Daily Archives: April 3, 2012

Gideon Rachman

One thing that Pakistani officials particularly hate is when their double-dealing over terrorism is put under the spotlight. That was one of the reasons they were so acutely embarrassed by the killing of Osama bin Laden on Pakistani (the other was the US’s flagrant and humiliating violation of Pakistani sovereignty). Now, the US decision to offer a $10m bounty leading to the arrest of Hafiz Saeed, the founder of a Pakistani militant group blamed for the 2008 Mumbai attacks that killed 166 people, will further irritate the Pakistanis. It highlights the extent to which Saeed – far from being a fugitive – is a player on the Pakistani political scene. Read more

John Paul Rathbone

More words have been written about the Falklands/Malvinas than the islands probably deserve. Sadly, almost a thousand service personnel died there too, in the months after Argentina invaded 30 years ago this week. Why is the problem so intractable? The answer to that question can perhaps be boiled down to less than 70 words. Read more

By Gideon Rachman

This should be a great time to be a eurosceptic. The sceptics predicted the single currency would not work. They would love to gloat. Instead, they face a dilemma. For now the sceptics are being told that they must do everything possible to keep the euro together – or risk economic Armageddon.