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Good work if you can get it!


The Guardian reports, “A British company hired to help train Afghan intelligence officers billed the US government for more than $50m (£38.4m) in expenses that included luxury cars and salaries paid to the “significant others” of the company’s top executives, … read more

Remembering Shariati (1933-77)

Janius Banaji writes on FB:  Looking at him you’d scarcely guess that this suave figure inspired a whole generation of Iranian youth to turn to radical Left politics which included the kind of insurrectionary politics associated then with the Mojahedin-e … read more

Court ulema under scrutiny

Usaama al-Azami writes in, ‘The Forum for Promoting Peace in Muslim Societies (FPPMS) was established in 2014 by the United Arab Emirates, ostensibly as an Islamic scholarly body that would help promote peace in a region destabilised by violence.  … read more

Saudi Arabia’s Eastern Province

Mahan Abedin writes in, ‘The full implications of Saudi Arabia’s three-months old siege of the Qatif town of Awamiyah are only just beginning to emerge. Pictures depicting wholesale destruction and civil war-like conditions in the Shia-majority town speak to … read more

China-India tensions

A. K. Bhadrakumar writes in, “. . . on June 18, 270 Indian troops, driving two bulldozers, crossed the international border with China at the Doka La mountain pass to obstruct road-building on the Chinese side . . . New … read more

Hajj Advice

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The Ministry of Health (MOH) of Saudi Arabia ( has issued the following requirements and recommendations to obtain entry visas for 2017/1438H-Hajj and Umrah seasons: 1.    Yellow fever (A) In accordance with the International Health Regulations 2005, all travelers arriving … read more

Dunkirk: Forgotten heroes

Yasmin Khan in the New York Times, ‘Two and a half million soldiers drawn from Britain’s empire in South Asia fought in World War II. But they are missing from many British commemorations and accounts of the war — an … read more

Pakistan’s corrupt elite

BBC reports, ‘Nawaz Sharif has resigned as prime minister of Pakistan following a decision by the country’s Supreme Court to disqualify him from office. The ruling came after a probe into his family’s wealth following the 2015 Panama Papers dump … read more

Philanthro-capitalism reigns

David Callahan in the Guardian, ‘. . . Private foundations, on the other hand, offer a way to preserve – and grow – estates over many decades and even centuries. There are more than 90,000 private foundations in the US, with … read more