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Opinion


2 day 3 hour

‘Morals and probity are important and I value them’

Gulf News recently caught up with Prashant Bhushan, rights activist and one of India’s leading lawyers. In this exclusive, he walks us through his unusual career, his early interest in environment and anti-corruption drives, his unequivocal opinions on ‘case law judges’, the intriguing Judge Loya case and the current political scenario.GULF NEWS: You have been described as a lawyer, activist and politician. The First Post caricatured you as 2G’s Dabangg (Dabangg, a hit Bollywood film). Play on Dabangg, a fearless crusader, who exposed the 2G Spectrum scandal, senior advocate Colin Gonzales who heads the Human Rights Law Network, New York,...

Why has Corbyn become Israel’s nightmare

Things must be seen in perspective in order to really understand what’s behind the vicious campaign against Jeremy Corbyn, leader of the Labour party in the United Kingdom. It is very rare for a western politician to survive what seems to be a well-orchestrated and multi-fronted attack. He has been labelled anti-Semitic. Being the leader of the second-largest party in British parliament after the Conservatives, Jeremy Corbyn could possibly become the next prime minister of UK.Corbyn, a democratic socialist since he entered politics as a trade unionist in 1960s, has always spoken his mind independently from the Labour leadership official...
4 day 39 minute

A moment of reckoning for India

Ravi India celebrates its 72nd Independence Day today. And Prime Minister Narendra Modi, the most followed Indian on social media, unsurprisingly used his twitter handle to ask for ideas for his Independence Day speech. He also happens to be the best dressed prime minister the country has had. And speculation is rife on the head gear he will choose to wear for the event especially after Congress party’s Shashi Tharoor’s comments set off a firestorm. The Independence Day speech is a report card.A listing of the achievements of the government of the day and a peep into the future, a...

West’s Russia policy is inconsistent

There are not many laughs to be had from international diplomacy, but US foreign policy in the age of President Donald Trump provides a grim kind of comedy all the same. Recently, the world’s diplomats allowed themselves a chuckle at the risibly inconsistent US approach to Russia, in which the State Department whacks Moscow with sanctions even as the US president murmurs sweet nothings into the ear of Russian President Vladimir Putin.When it comes to Russia, the US has become the Jekyll and Hyde superpower. Just three weeks ago, Trump stood next to Putin in Helsinki, unable to utter so...

US should watch out for the enemy within

If the rest of the world is at a loss to understand why United States foreign policy towards the Middle East is held hostage by the whims of Israel, then they would have to understand the covert actions that dictate such policies through a series of spying, lobbying and the distribution of money to fund policy-makers. These spies are not your undercover foreign agents. These operatives are Americans who publicly proclaim their allegiance to their flag. They could be your next-door neighbours, mowing the lawn on a Saturday morning or throwing a couple of steaks on the barbecue. But deep...
1 week 22 hour

Did Helsinki summit advance Israel’s strategic interests?

Since the end of the Helsinki summit between United States President Donald Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin, there has been much talk in the political literature about “Israel’s security” being the most important issue at the summit. The two leaders declared their commitment to Israel’s security. It was an announcement with double meanings. The first is Israel’s demand to draw Syria’s future by adhering to the 1974 agreement on disengagement of forces. This was evident in Putin’s statement that “the implementation of the agreement must be adopted”. Israel was given the right to security demands also with Trump noting:...

Aggression, abuse and addiction: we need a social media detox

It’s August, when the talk is of holidays looming or just gone — and yet the question I find myself asking is not where, but whether.I’m less interested in where friends or colleagues are going than whether they will fully unplug. Will they stay off their phones and, specifically, off Twitter and Facebook?I’m filled with admiration for the pal who stayed off the tweets a full month, only now gradually re-entering that realm, blinking into the darkness. That took some serious willpower. How funny to think that we once regarded the humble email device as addictive — the CrackBerry, we...

No place for nepotism in Saudi Arabia

The slow-moving state of affairs at Jeddah Airport keeps grating the patience of even the most enduring of people. So many promises about the opening date for the airport just remain that — promises! While the airport authorities did indeed have a soft opening three months ago, it remained stuck at that — a soft opening. Meanwhile, in the heat of summer, most of the residents of Jeddah have to utilise the decrepit and rundown facilities at the airport’s old terminal buildings.When the government began rounding up businessmen and public figures for corruption and crimes against the state last November,...

Saudi Arabia stands for positive change

So what has changed in Saudi Arabia? This is a question I am often asked by visiting journalists on the rapidly moving landscape of Saudi Arabia. And with the passage of time, I find my answers adapting to a more voluminous response.So, what has changed, you may wonder.A lot, I say — and for the better. Ever since Crown Prince Mohammad Bin Salman revealed his Vision 2030 to the Kingdom, Saudi Arabia has not looked back.Internally, the Kingdom leapfrogged over decades of fundamental stagnation and moral dilemmas that wrapped every aspect of the day-to-day living of the people. From the...

Helsinki summit: Much ado about nothing

Despite attempts by some American circles to cancel or postpone the Helsinki summit between United States President Donald Trump and Russia’s President Vladimir Putin, citing “Russian intervention in the US presidential election”, we have seen how Trump was eager to sit with Putin. The summit is a historic one for both the leaders. One has been taking solid steps and making gains in many parts of the world, while the other is controversial with a businessman mentality; and each needs the other. All along, the summit raised many questions and expectations. Are we about to witness “deals” that will characterise...

Arabs are now officially second-class citizens

It would be shamefully embarrassing for Western officials, particularly the Americans, to lecture Arabs from now on that Israel is ‘the region’s democratic oasis’ or ‘the only democracy in the Middle East.’ The Israeli state has not only uncovered its deep-rooted racist nature by adopting the latest ‘Nation-State Law’, but it has also officially ‘legalised’ its racism by parliamentary legislation. The ‘law’ gives Jews, wherever they are on the planet, exclusive rights to self-determination in Israel.Israel has constitutionally put its Jewishness ahead of its so-called democracy. Last week, the Knesset (Israel’s parliament) voted 62 in favour and 55 against with...

The will of the people? These Brexit ideologues are destroying democracy

First, a confession. One that relates to the current threat facing Britain’s democratic way of life and which involves a decision I made nearly 15 years ago. It turns on the unlikely name of Brian. In January 2004, I had covered for the Guardian the publication of the Hutton Report into one of the most vexed aspects of the Iraq war: The death of the scientist and weapons inspector David Kelly, and the accusation by the BBC that former British prime minister Tony Blair’s government had “sexed up” its dossier on the threat supposedly posed by Saddam Hussain. Lord Hutton...