The Bali Nine

I know that there are appeals for clemency coming from different countries around the world for my two Australian friends. Australia is a powerful country even though it is small, and Australia has a big trade market with Indonesia. I know these things, because we have been here a long time, and we have talked… Continue reading The Bali Nine

fiction and reality blur

I read with a degree of disbelief that the Pakistani government has complained to the Americans about the recent series of Homeland, which has just finished. They said that the TV programme had portrayed Pakistan, and the capital Islamabad, as a ‘grimy hell-hole’. “Maligning a country that has been a close partner and ally of… Continue reading fiction and reality blur

difficult problems

The recent (lack of) publicity about a young Sudanese woman leaves me wondering, not for the first time, about the western world’s priorities. The reported facts are fairly consistent; a 26y old Sudanese doctor, Meriam, with a Muslim father, but brought up as an Orthodox Christian by her Christian mother, married a Christian. They have… Continue reading difficult problems