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African governments signing away water rights for decades
African governments signing away water rights for decades

By Mike Shanahan A paper published today by IIED warns that African governments are signing away water rights for decades with insufficient regard for how this will affect millions of local users, including fishing, farming and pastoralist communities. The water rights often feature in the growing number of large land deals that governments are signing […]

African governments signing away water rights for decades
African governments signing away water rights for decades

By Mike Shanahan A paper published today by IIED warns that African governments are signing away water rights for decades with insufficient regard for how this will affect millions of local users, including fishing, farming and pastoralist communities. The water rights often feature in the growing number of large land deals that governments are signing […]

Is Imran Khan the leader Pakistan needs?
Is Imran Khan the leader Pakistan needs?

By Ethan Casey I’m not Pakistani, and for me to make pronouncements or pass judgment on Pakistani domestic politics would be presumptuous. But several Pakistani friends have asked me to write about Imran Khan. I do so now, albeit hesitantly, because what he represents is an important subject at this pregnant historical moment. I’ll start […]

Can aid salvage US-Pak relations?
Can aid salvage US-Pak relations?

By Syed Mohammad Ali Its internal implications, apart from the memogate scandal has led to the appointment of a new Pakistani ambassador to the US, who has just taken charge of her responsibilities in Washington, at a time when relations between the two countries are severely strained. Last year was a particularly difficult one for […]

India through media lens
India through media lens

By I.A Rehman Friday, 06 January 2012 18:43 That the Pakistan media does not present a correct or complete account of what goes on in India is known and also understandable. But if anyone tries to probe what it chooses to report and what it does not, the findings will throw considerable light on its […]

Iranians’ choice in the face of war
Iranians’ choice in the face of war

By Arash Falasiri Signals that military action against Iran is a real danger have been multiplying over the past twelve months. Faced with external military intervention and internal repression, Arash Falasiri asks what course remains open to the Iranian people. Although there are signs that the Islamic Republic of Iran might face military action by […]

Stephen Lawrence: Legacy that lives on
Stephen Lawrence: Legacy that lives on

By Shamik Das Wednesday, 04 January 2012 17:50 Stephen Lawrence’s killers were today jailed for the racist murder of the 18-year-old 18 years ago. Gary Dobson has been jailed for a minimum 15 years and two months, David Norris has been jailed for a minimum 14 years and three months. As justice begins to catch up on his […]

NGOs in Arab states
NGOs in Arab states

By Brian Whitaker Tuesday, 03 January 2012 20:50 Imagine you live in Saudi Arabia and want to start a discussion group with some friends. The only way to do it legally is to ask the king’s permission. Musa al-Qarni dutifully wrote a letter to the king but never got a reply — so he went […]

Where Labour should go in 2012
Where Labour should go in 2012

By Marcus Roberts Monday, 02 January 2012 01:55 The problem with glass half full, glass half empty analyses is that its all too easy to sit on the fence agreeing with both. That’s how I felt reading Anthony Painter and Luke Akehurst on Labour’s year. I’m pretty happy with where the party is in terms […]

Pakistan in the Media: Changing Narrative, bringing in new voices
Pakistan in the Media: Changing Narrative, bringing in new voices

This panelist session as part of the series of events between the RSA, the Samosa and City University London focused on the current young generation of British South Asians and how their role in the media is helping shape the relationship between Britain and Pakistan. Terrorism, corruption, extremism and poverty, there are currently plenty of […]

‘An Unbreakable Friendship’? Where next for Britain and Pakistan?
‘An Unbreakable Friendship’? Where next for Britain and Pakistan?

‘An Unbreakable Friendship’? Where next for Britain and Pakistan? Conservative Chairman Baroness Warsi discusses the intricate relationship between Britain and Pakistan in the first of a series of events with the Samosa. the RSA and City University. Tweet This Post