Simon Tisdall

  • TAung San Suu Kyi, the Burmese (Myanmarese) democracy leader has issued a passionate manifesto for freedom in an unprecedented international broadcast describing the continuing 21-year-long struggle against Burmas military junta and the inspirational impact of the Tunisian and Egyptian ...

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  • TAlbert Camus, were he alive, would have understood the upheavals sweeping the Arab world. In La Peste (The Plague), the French-Algerian author and philosopher explored through allegory the deep-seated malaise that he believed shaped and determined the human condition. At its core, society and the ...

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  • TWestern countries are urgently considering a number of options for intervention in Libya, ranging from military operations to diplomatic initiatives and stepped-up humanitarian assistance. The overall aim, according to the US, Britain and France, is to prevent further violence against civilians by ...

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  • TThe official response to unrest on Tunisias streets comes straight out of a tyrants playbook: order the police to open fire on unarmed demonstrators, deploy the army, blame resulting violence on terrorists and accuse unidentified foreign parties of fomenting insurrection. Like other Arab rulers, ...

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  • TBarack Obama puts a brave face on it. The Afghan war is winnable, he insists. We are going to break the Talibans momentum, he told US troops at Bagram this month. He repeated the mantra on Thursday. But American commentators and analysts, across the political spectrum, are wondering aloud: will it ...

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