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Putin began by embracing the west. Now, he wants revenge

There’s little hope of an improvement in relations so long as the Russian president’s 20-year reign continues Angus Roxburgh When Boris Yeltsin appointed Vladimir Putin prime minister on 9 August 1999, few Russians knew much about him. In early television appearances he came across as mousy, shy and awkward, a man unaccustomed to the limelight from which his previous career in ...

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For a clear view of Trumpism, step outside the news cycle

Journalism must give voice to deep, expert analysis, particularly at moments of violence and recrimination Paul Chadwick In journalism, you can sometimes feel trapped in one of the smaller faster-spinning cogs of an information machine that never slows. Readers might experience this phenomenon through its palliatives – as, for example, a book by a leader writer or political editor who ...

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A visionary gamble, or a serious misstep in J&K?

India-Pakistan relations have been impacted along predictable lines, if not the government’s calculated ones. K C SINGH The announcement earlier this week by Union home minister Amit Shah about the abrogation of Articles 370 and 35A of the Constitution of India, and the bifurcation of Jammu and Kashmir into two Union territories, left most of the world surprised and Pakistan ...

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Shootings in US: Will immigration eliminate whites?

There can be little doubt, though, that the ideological underpinnings of such ideologies precede Trump and his soulmates by several decades at least. MAHIR ALI In the wake of last weekend’s mass murders in the US, much attention has been devoted to assessing the role of Trumpian rhetoric in motivating such violence. While it remains unclear exactly what thought processes ...

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How the world’s dirtiest industries have learned to pollute our politics

The fossil-fuel lobby is threatened by public concern over the climate crisis. So it’s buying influence to get the results it wants George Monbiot The tragedy of our times is that the gathering collapse of our life support systems has coincided with the age of public disservice. Just as we need to rise above self-interest and short-termism, governments around the ...

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J&K’s bifurcation: A huge step backwards

One thing is almost certain. India will have very few now batting for it in the Kashmir Valley, and the Muslim dominated Poonch region of Jammu. MOHAN GURUSWAMY The Narendra Modi government’s action in abrogating Article 370 of the Constitution is reminiscent of the precipitous “demonetisation” exercise that marked the downturn of the economy, which still shows no sign of ...

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Only a government of national unity can deliver us from no deal

Let Margaret Beckett lead a ‘government’ to do what the crisis demands – call an election and a referendum Polly Toynbee Be not afraid. There’s hope that the constitutional atrocities planned by the prime minister and Downing Street’s ‘dark lord’, Dominic Cummings, can and will be prevented by good MPs who will put saving the country ahead of their party. Most ...

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