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.

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 85,000 Yemeni children & endangerment of 12.3M. Just aired on BBC Asian Network trying to…

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…

Pakistani community in Rwanda marks Independence Day

By: MOSES OPOBO New Times | August 16, 2016 Bilateral ties between Pakistan and Rwanda are on track and could only grow stronger, nearly a century after the first Pakistani national settled in Rwanda. The sentiment was shared by the Pakistani community in Rwanda and their Rwandan counterparts as the former marked 69 years of…

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…

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…

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…