January 8, 2012 • 10:13 am
POLITICIANS like to promise better times ahead. But these days many are peddling gloom. In her new year’s address, Angela Merkel, Germany’s chancellor, predicted that 2012 would be more difficult for the euro zone than 2011. Nicolas Sarkozy, France’s president, spoke of “the year of all risks”. Half a world away, Manmohan Singh, India’s prime minister, warned …
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In the early 20th century, Venezuelan dictator Cipriano Castro liked to borrow money from foreign investors. But he didn’t like paying them back. Big mistake. In December 1902, Britain, Italy and Germany demanded repayment. To make the point clear, warships from all three nations shelled several …
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Ten days before he was assassinated in January, my father, Salman Taseer, sent out a tweet about an Indian rocket that had come down over the Bay of Bengal: “Why does India make fools of themselves messing in space technology? Stick 2 bollywood my advice.”
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Osama bin Laden was working to assemble a team of militants to attack the U.S. on the 10th anniversary of 9/11, according to communications Navy SEALs seized from his Pakistani hideout when they killed …
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The received wisdom in Washington when Leon E. Panetta took Robert M. Gates’s place as defense secretary was that the Pentagon was exchanging one low-intensity Beltway professional for another. Well,
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The United States is withholding some $800 million in military assistance to Pakistan in a show of displeasure over its cutback on U.S. trainers, limits on visas for U.S. personnel and other rubs, the Obama administration said on Sunday.
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HUGO CHÁVEZ has always tried to project an air of invincibility. Even before his successful campaign to revoke Venezuela’s presidential term limits, he spoke of wanting to stay in office until 2031. The man Venezuelans saw on television last night, however, was barely recognisable as the country’s robust and voluble leader. In a 15-minute recorded speech, a notably thinner Mr Chávez looked stiff and downcast as he …
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