Category Archives: Current Affairs

THE DARK SIDE OF THE ARAB SPRING

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Hosni Mubarak, Egypt’s latter day Pharaoh, forced to relinquish power on 11th February 2011, is facing a probable death sentence at a Cairo trial, which he attends on a sickbed inside a cage, accused of mass murder and three decades of corruption.

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COVER STORY

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Sheikha Hanadi bint Nasser bin Khalid Al Thani (Businesswoman-banking and finance and women’s rights activist)

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LETTER FROM CAIRO

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Yet these battle-scarred streets are witnessing a creative transformation. The battered building facades, the closed shutters of ruined shops, and the military’s cement walls are all being covered in painting and graffiti, not just slogans or the bold stencils associated with the revolution, but exuberant, mural-sized images. People come on Fridays, Cairo’s calmest day, or whenever they can, to paint together or separately, everyone contributing to the collage of colour and calligraphy.

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Shades of Saddam

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Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri Al Maliki, flying in the face of the Arab Spring revolution for greater democracy in a region long notorious for its dictators, seeks to become an old-style Arab strongman by eliminating his political rivals. By Ed Blanche.

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Iranian people are the main victims of their regime’s nuclear programme

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In a new international effort to see a peaceful resolution to Iran’s nuclear crisis, the foreign ministers from the group of 5+1 countries have agreed to meet with the Iranian negotiators, amid fresh speculation of pre-emptive military strikes on Iran’s nuclear facilities.

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Yemen on the brink – but of what?

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By Neil Ford

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Tipping Point

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Of the two, the latter would no doubt help his re-election campaign and an announcement to that effect is already being expected, the only question being one of timing. Announce it too early and Afghanistan could blow up before November; announce it too late and its effect on the presidential campaign could be minimal.

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ICSS to combat crime in sport

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A bold new initiative from Qatar could help rid the international community of illegal acts that have discredited and dishonoured sections of the sporting community. Pat Lancaster reports from Doha.

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The death of Iran’s economy

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The Ayatollah Khomeini once described the economy as “a matter of concern for donkeys” and slammed those who demanded his regime offer economic prosperity as well as spiritual enlightenment to the Iranian people.

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