It is tempting to draw parallels between the Salman Rushdie case and the current uproar over an anti-Islamic internet video. But despite a co-incidence of timing – the protests coincided with the publication of Joseph Anton, Rushdie’s memoir of his years in hiding – the differences between the two cases far outweigh the parallels. Read more

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I’ve written before about the way in which the Jason Bourne movies shook up the world of James Bond. Read more

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Will we ever know who killed Saleem Shahzad, the Pakistani journalist whose body was found last week? Many Pakistanis suspect that he was killed by elements in the ISI because he threatened to reveal the nature of contacts between the secret intelligence agency and terrorist groups. Read more

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I grew up in the 60s and the 70s in a vaguely Lefty family. This was a time when the phrase ‘the ugly American’ was in common use, when the US was involved in unpopular exercises of its power (in Vietnam, for instance) and when the CIA was actively interfering in Indian politics (just because we exaggerated its influence, do not believe that the Agency was idle). Read more

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