Catriona Luke
Catriona Luke is South Asia writer for and was staff at the Independent and Evening Standard.

Entries by Catriona Luke

The Cold War Never Went Away in the Middle East: It Also Had a Bearing on the Invasion of Iraq in 2003

(2) Comments | Posted 29 September 2015 | (11:09)

If you thought the Suez crisis of 1956 was a long way away, consider that there were joint Russia-China-Iran naval exercises this year, the collapse of the Soviet bloc in 1989 could be considered just a pause and the West versus the world's murkier and more dictatorial states is still...

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The Taller Than Mountain, Deeper Than Ocean Friendship - Notes on a China-Pakistan Love-in

(0) Comments | Posted 23 April 2015 | (12:21)

On a world globe if you trace your finger due south from Gwadar, the port on Makran coast in Pakistan's far west, it ends up, uninterupted by land, in the vast pale blue of the Arabian ocean. From Gwadar sea travel is permissible in any number of directions - into...

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Sorcerers, Apprentices, Broomsticks: The US Has Not Done Enough to Support Democracy in Pakistan, Peace With India

(0) Comments | Posted 9 January 2015 | (10:26)

Writing sensitive diplomatic documents is probably the world's second oldest profession. A mountainous, inaccessible central Asian country with immense strategic importance, causes a regional governor to urgently dispatch a memo to the equivalent of the State department. This country, he writes, autonomously governed 'ruled on theocratic lines, is likely to...

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The Light Garden of the Angel King

(0) Comments | Posted 3 November 2014 | (11:15)

In Kabul, there were bullets in the squash court, three in the bedroom, three near my bed, three in our bathroom, one missing the minister by six inches. The gardener has continued to drive his two donkeys about our garden with complete unconcern, but the day has come when only...

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Hanif Kureishi and the Philosophers' Stone

(0) Comments | Posted 6 February 2014 | (15:58)

Kureishi's novel The Last Word shows that if you run the vernacular flotsam and jetsam of human experience on top of a structure of abstract philosophical thought, you may still effect change in society, by literary means.

A huge debt is owed to Hanif Kureishi. At the Karachi Literary...

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Rushdie has Damaged Rather Than Protected Free Speech

(176) Comments | Posted 21 September 2012 | (11:17)

His autobiography is out, so he is everywhere. In discussion with Andrew Marr, the subject of Imagine on BBC1, on the World Service and on BBC news online. "Loathing is a bit too affectionate" to describe how he feels about Pakistan, the BBC irresponsibly reported (Sir Salman Rushdie: 'Pakistan is...

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Imran Khan's Deal Done?

(6) Comments | Posted 29 September 2011 | (00:00)

The military is thought to have backed Imran Khan to be the next president of Pakistan but while he is popular in Britain, he is less so in Pakistan

You cannot rule without doing a deal with the army, a prominent PPP politician told Christina Lamb, then...

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China Will Have Mastery of Asia's Water Tap by 2020

(0) Comments | Posted 3 August 2011 | (16:04)

China has a damming programme for six of the world's great rivers that rise in Tibet - the Indus, Sutlej, Mekong, Brahmaputra, Salween and Yangste - and feed by irrigation an estimated 1.3 billion people.

The Mekong whose flow takes in Yunnan province in China, Laos, Thailand,...

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