Climate justice and remembering Paddy Ashdown on his 80th birthday

Ever the military mind, Paddy Ashdown saw climate change playing a hand in resource wars, and saw the Syrian refugee crisis, caused by climate change and lack of water, as the beginning of a worrying trend.

He wanted to see us in less climate-affected nations to accept more climate-displaced people in line with standards of humanity and decency. Continue reading Climate justice and remembering Paddy Ashdown on his 80th birthday

Interview on BBC Asian Network on foreign policy

With one hand, our government gives, and the other, it takes. The Liberal Democrats’ manifesto calls for a presumption of denial of arms exports to human rights priority countries; British arms sales to Saudi Arabia contributed to the killing of … Continue reading Interview on BBC Asian Network on foreign policy

The Continuing Story of Brexit

Interviews with Trialeti TV & Through the News Oct 22, 2019 | Irina | Through the News “Trick or treat?” might be the classic Halloween question but on October 31, 2019 the festivities are expected to take a different turn at least in one place in the world – in the United Kingdom the big question this Halloween is “Deal or no deal?” as Brexit, the 3-year-long process of leaving the EU is officially set to happen on that day. Or so it is said in the papers. In reality, Brexit of today is a political mess which too many … Continue reading The Continuing Story of Brexit

Should Pakistanis apologise to Bangladeshis?

A Rwanda-based Pakistani is pushing his compatriots to admit that their country committed war crimes on Bangladesh, something Pakistan’s rulers have never conceded. Beena Sarwar · Dec 07, 2015 · 12:30 pm Scroll.in An online petition stark in its simplicity has revived an over 30-year-old debate in Pakistan. “We the undersigned Pakistanis deeply regret the atrocities committed in our name against the people of Bangladesh in 1970-71. Yours with utter humility,” it says. Created a couple of months ago by young Pakistani Imaduddin Ahmed, the petition took on new life after the Pakistan’s Director General South Asia and SAARC summoned the Acting … Continue reading Should Pakistanis apologise to Bangladeshis?

Performance art, Toni Stuart and I am Somebody!

My dear friend Toni Stuart, founder of I Am Somebody!, an initiative to give South African youth a voice by helping them narrate their stories, is also a poet. Here is a recording of one of her recent performances in Stellenbosch outside Cape Town. At 8m46s, she tells my story as it was in the wake of the financial crisis in late 2008, and recites a poem, ‘For Imad’. She certainly makes me feel like I am somebody. Related: I Am Somebody! Newsletter – USA Toni’s profile of a graffiti artist on p24 of Word Up! eZine, Aug 2011 edition … Continue reading Performance art, Toni Stuart and I am Somebody!

A better view from abroad

The Independent Being cheaper is just one of the advantages of studying for an MBA overseas. By Widget Finn Thursday, 7 April 2011 ‘[ . . . ] Imad Ahmed from the UK, a correspondent on the BusinessBecause.com website, also chose a US business school. “They set the gold standard in education and networks. At the Fletcher School, Massachusetts, my tutors include the former CEO of Xerox Corporation and the founder of Saturn Corporation. The programme also offers the chance of a term at HEC Paris to get the European perspective. Studying away from the UK allowed me to make … Continue reading A better view from abroad