Ilham Ahmed was dispatched to Washington, D.C., this week to try to salvage some part of the rapidly deteriorating relationship between the United States and its Kurdish-led Syrian allies. She is one of the two leaders of the political council that, with U.S. backing, has overseen the region in northern Syria controlled by an umbrella militia called the Syrian Democratic Forces, or SDF.Recent days haven’t gone well: President Donald Trump’s surprise decision to withdraw the 1,000 American soldiers who were effectively guaranteeing the peace there has triggered a series of shifts that, in sum, have led to significant violence and displacement and left the SDF scrambling to find a way to survive.Read: The consequences of Donald Trump washing his hands of the Middle EastI spoke with her about conflicting signals from the White House, the reduction of American power in the region, and the continued threat from the Islamic State—as well as the SDF’s precarious … [Read more...] about ‘The U.S. Should Have Committed to Its Promises’
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Litton Das scores maiden Test fifty against South Africa in the 1st Test © AFP Bad light stopped play on the third day of the first Test between Bangladesh and South Africa in Chittagong on Thursday. Catch all the highlights of the match here: (Scorecard) South Africa were 61-0 in their second innings after bowling out Bangladesh for 326 runs before play was suspended midway through the third session. Openers Stiaan van Zyl and Dean Elgar were unbeaten on 33 and 28 respectively as the visitors trimmed Bangladesh's first innings lead of 78 runs to 17.Earlier wicketkeeper-batsman Litton Das made 50, his maiden Test 50, after putting on 82 runs in a stand with Shakib Al Hasan (47) for the sixth wicket, as Bangladesh posted their highest Test score against South Africa. Live Score - Bangladesh vs South Africa Last 10 updates Last 5 updates Last 10 updates Last 20 updates Full Commentary Wickets Boundaries 3rd Innings 1st Innings 2nd Innings 3rd Innings 4th … [Read more...] about As it Happened: Bangladesh vs South Africa, 1st Test, Day 3 at Chittagong
Rating: 3.0/5 Star Cast: Asif Ali, Ahmed Sidhique, Basil Joseph, Vijayaraghavan, Ashwathy Manoharan Director: Dinjith Ayyathan Kakshi Amminipilla is the comedy drama movie which features Asif Ali in the lead role. Actor-writer Ahmed Sidhique essays the titular character Amminipilla in the movie, which features Fara Shibla as the female lead. Kakshi Amminipilla is directed by newcomer Dinjith Ayyathan and scripted by Sanilesh Sivan. The movie is produced by Riju Rajan, under the banner Zarah Films. Has the movie succeeded in impressing the audiences? Read Kakshi Amminipilla movie review here to know... Plot Amminipilla aka Shajith Kumar (Ahmed Sidhique), a Thalassery-based NRI is forced by his traditional family to get married to a girl whom he hasn't met. He instantly hates his wife Kanthi Sivadasan (Fara Shibla), a plus-sized woman, who is totally opposite to his concepts of an 'ideal' wife. Finally, after a few months of marriage, Amminipilla files for divorce with the help of … [Read more...] about Kakshi Amminipilla Movie Review: This Asif Ali Movie Will Make You Think!
According to its editor Nikesh Shukla, The Good Immigrant is “a document of what it means to be a person of colour” in Britain today. In 21 essays by black, Asian and minority ethnic writers working across literature and the media, the book highlights the standards by which immigrants – first or second generation, refugees and asylum seekers – are either accepted into, or judged to be apart from, a dominant culture determined by whiteness. It’s a kind of unspoken deal at the heart of multiculturalism that immigrants are perceived to be “good” or “bad”. A black or Asian Olympic gold medallist or the winner of a reality TV programme is considered a “good” immigrant by a host nation wanting sporting success or culinary entertainment. “Bad” immigrants are “job-stealers” or “benefit-scroungers” or, worse, potential terrorists. Sparked by a disgruntled comment below an interview in the … [Read more...] about The Good Immigrant review – an unflinching dialogue about race and racism in the UK
Happy Bhag JayegiCast: Abhay Deol, Diana Penty, Jimmy Shergill, Ali FazalDirector: Mudassar AzizRating: 3/5It’s neither a Runaway Bride remake nor is it borrowed from Pyaar Ke Side Effects. The only connect is that the bride leaves her house in a hurry. From there, Happy Bhag Jayegi rises on its own and is a surprisingly good entertainer.An Amritsari strongman and local corporator Daman Singh Bagga (Jimmy Shergill) is paying his tribute to Sunny Deol by dancing to ‘Yaara O Yaara’ when his would-be wife Harpreet aka Happy (Diana Penty) goes missing.Read: Mika’s ‘adult’ humour at Happy Bhag Jayegi music launch alarms manyRead other film reviews hereShe lands up in Lahore, in the house of Bilal Ahmed (Abhay Deol), a reluctant politician. Fearing a political storm over keeping an Indian with him, Bilal tries to hide Happy’s presence from the local media. But his plans take a wild turn when some Indians cross the … [Read more...] about Happy Bhag Jayegi review: Abhay Deol, Diana Penty return in full form
Fugitive Libyan dictator Muammar Qaddafi was killed in fighting around his hometown Thursday, Libya's prime minister confirmed after hours of speculation surrounding his death. "We have been waiting for this moment for a long time. Muammar Qaddafi has been killed," Prime Minister Mahmoud Jibril told a news conference in the capital Tripoli. Libyan fighters captured Sirte, Qaddafi's hometown and the last bastion of loyalist resistance, earlier Thursday. Shortly after, reports of Qaddafi's capture and subsequent death began to swirl. The 69-year-old Qaddafi is the first leader to be killed in the Arab Spring wave of popular uprisings that swept the Midde East, demanding the end of autocratic rulers and greater democracy. Qaddafi had been one of the world's most mercurial leaders, dominating Libya with a regime that often seemed run by his whims and bringing international condemnation and isolation on his country for years. "Don't shoot": Qaddafi's final momentsWith warped vision, Qaddafi … [Read more...] about Qaddafi dead after Sirte battle, PM confirms