Stories By 'Mahir Ali'
Among the broadly sensible recommendations at the end of the report, released last week, by the UN special rapporteur on extrajudicial, summary or arbitrary executions following an “investigation into the unlawful death of Mr Jamal Khashoggi”,
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Iran raised the stakes in its game of chicken with the United States this week by announcing its intention for uranium enhancement beyond what is permitted under the nuclear deal concluded in 2015.
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A relatively light-hearted column was on the agenda this week, focused mainly on Ukraine, whose voters decided by a landslide on Sunday to elevate an actor best known for playing the president in a TV comedy to the actual post. But then, on the same day, there was breaking news from Sri Lanka.
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Mexican wave

MAHIR ALI, Jul 05 2018

Andrés Manuel López Obrador’s landslide in Mexico’s presidential election this week was fuelled in large part by deep-seated disenchantment with the status quo.
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By the time the centenary of Karl Marx’s death was marked 35 years ago, devotees of his ideas were struggling to promote their continued relevance.
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Until a few months ago, Donald Trump and Kim Jong-un appeared to be deriving considerable pleasure from exchanging taunts and playground insults. Threats of fire and brimstone were hurled in both directions. The risk of hostilities loomed large.
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