The Trump Plan, or the so-called “deal of the Century”, is nothing but a sheer display of the arrogance of power, Palestine’s envoy in Qatar has said, while slamming the proposals announced by US President Donald Trump recently.“It’s [the deal] basically trying to impose on the Palestinians the agenda of [Benjamin] Netanyahu, adopted by Trump and being called the ‘Trump initiative’. It’s rather the political agenda of the occupier and the government of Netanyahu, which is a rightwing, extremist, settler-government,” underlines HE Munir Ghannam, the Ambassador of the State of Palestine to Qatar, in an exclusive interview with Qatar Tribune.The conversation draws a guffaw withRead More →

MAQBOOL Fida Husain, or simply ‘MF’ to art connoisseurs across the world, has been in the eye of a storm, thanks to some of his recent sketches. The “International Gypsy”, as he likes to describe himself, has been living in Dubai for nearly a year now. Back home in India, a section of Hindu extremists is adamant that this “Muslim painter” must answer for the “insulting” depiction of their deities. At 90-plus, one of the most visible symbols of secular India is facing a court case as well as a concerted hate mail campaign geared to socially isolate him. In a freewheeling interview with MehreRead More →

“HUMAN beings are not property… let us reaffirm the inherent dignity of all men, women, and children. And let us redouble our efforts so that the words of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights — ‘no one shall be held in slavery or servitude’ — ring true.” Kofi Annan Lately, some aid agencies have been in the news for all the wrong reasons. Some of their staff have accused of perverse behaviour on duty — they were found offering handouts in exchange for sexual favours. Adding to the shock, however, is the way honchos at these human aid organisations have been trying to explain awayRead More →

AS A newsman having spent more than a decade in Middle East newsrooms, it’s a poser one has often found facetious. One is referring here to the coverage in the media of the long-standing Palestine-Israel imbroglio. Of course the media landscape has undergone humongous changes with focus shifting to the visual and the digital over the last few years. And, unlike in the past, what is overlooked in the print now can always find its pride of place on the new mediums. But despite all this metamorphosis I still find myself slipping into the myriad and, way too often, the incongruous hues of this deeplyRead More →