On Barcelona

Simon Jenkins in the Guardian, ‘Europe has endured seven acts of vehicle terrorism in the past year, and the Barcelona killer was apparently able just to walk away. What on earth can be done? Events yesterday in Calatonia suggest that, … read more

Turkey-China relations

Shazad Shafqat in, ‘Turkey appears to have forged an epic bilateral security agreement with China. Mevlut Cavusoglu, the Turkish foreign minister, briefed reporters in Beijing on Thursday while on a state visit to China. He categorically stated that any … read more

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

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

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

Friends in high places!

Alan Travis in the Guardian, ‘The establishment’s tendency to cover up its own scandals is on full display in the latest releases from Whitehall’s cupboard of secret “too hot to handle” files. The “top secret and strictly personal” files, known … read more