Stories written by Sanjay Suri
Sanjay Suri has been chief editor since December 2009. He was earlier editor for the Europe and Mediterranean region since 2002. His responsibilities through this period included coverage of the Iraq invasion and the conditions there since. Some other major developments he has covered include the Lebanon war and continuing conflicts in the Middle East. He has also written for IPS through the period on issues of rights and development.Prior to joining IPS, Sanjay was Europe editor for the Indo-Asian News Service, covering developments in Europe of interest to South Asian readers, and correspondent for the Outlook weekly magazine. Assignments included coverage of the 9/11 attacks from New York and Washington. Before taking on that assignment in 1990, he was with the Indian Express newspaper in Delhi, as sub-editor, chief sub-editor, crime correspondent, chief reporter and then political correspondent.Reporting assignments through this period included coverage of terrorism and rights in Punjab and Delhi, including Operation Bluestar in Amritsar, the assassination of Indira Gandhi and the rioting that followed. This led to legal challenge to several ruling party leaders and depositions in inquiry commissions. Other assignments have included reporting on cases of blindings in Rajasthan, and the abuse of children in Tihar jail in Delhi, one of the biggest prisons in India. That report was taken as a petition by the Supreme Court, which then ordered lasting reforms in the prison system.Sanjay has an M.A. in English literature from the University of Delhi, followed by a second master’s degree in social and organisational psychology from the London School of Economics and Political Science. He has also completed media studies at Stanford University in California. Sanjay is author of ‘Brideless in Wembley’, an account of the immigration experiences of Indians in Britain.

Star Rises a Little

Any comparison of energy output from renewables to conventional energy sources must necessarily fail at the start. Renewables are new, they are a beginning, and it’s still too early to weigh such figures and to discount renewables.But despite significant advances in Abu Dhabi and Morocco, and promising commitments by the Saudis, the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region was reminded it is still doing less than many others. 

Power and Empowerment

The frustrated energies of Arab youth that burst on to the streets over the past two years will need energy by way of electricity to calm them, Queen Rania of Jordan said at the launch of the Abu Dhabi Sustainability Week on Tuesday. 

Q&A: Busan Beckons With New Promise

For a start, stop calling it "aid", Brian Atwood, chair of the Development Assistance Committee at the OECD, tells IPS.

DEATH PENALTY: Arab League Asked to Intervene

Campaigners from around the world have called upon the Arab League and on the African Commission on Human and People's Rights to explore the possibility of adopting regional protocols to abolish the death penalty.

DEATH PENALTY: On Popular Demand

The image endures of the death penalty in force across the Arab world because it is considered somehow Islamic, and because most regimes are undeniably autocratic. But campaigners on the ground say the death penalty might just be in place because the people want it. Which would make it in essence a democratic institution.

DEATH PENALTY: Not in the Name of the Quran

Islamic regimes look for provisions and precedents to carry out the death sentence in the name of Islam. But, says Dr. Mohammad Al-Habash, director of the Islamic Studies Centre in Damascus, they are not looking enough at 13 provisions within the Quran to commute the death sentence to a lesser punishment.

Nasreen Awal Mintoo, president of the Women Entrepreneurs Association of Bangladesh, speaks with IPS. Credit: Sanjay Suri/IPS

DEVELOPMENT: Women Leading Bangladesh Away from the LDC Tag

Women entrepreneurs and workers will soon help Bangladesh shake off the Least Developed Country (LDC) label, business leaders say.

Jany Chen, CEO of Shanghai Environmental Group, speaks with IPS. Credit: Sanjay Suri/IPS

DEVELOPMENT: Chinese Step In, Efficiently

For Jany Chen from Shanghai, concern often-raised in Europe and North America about the Chinese invasion of Africa is a lot of wasteful talk that deserves to be flushed down the toilet. Efficiently.

Demba Moussa Dembele, chairperson of LDC Watch, speaks to IPS. Credit: Sanjay Suri/IPS

DEVELOPMENT: South-South Axis Strengthens

The glass isn’t exactly half-full, but it certainly is not entirely empty either. Within the broad failure of the weeklong Fourth U.N. Conference on the Least Developed Countries (LDC-IV) in Istanbul that concluded Friday, many delegates are taking heart in a strengthening South-South front that has emerged.

Turkish section of the private sector bazaar packed with goods targeted at LDC buyers. Credit: Sanjay Suri/IPS

DEVELOPMENT: Market Forces Rise Above Declarations

Upstairs in halls where the conference of the Least Developed Countries (LDCs) is being held, all the right things were being said about the misery of poverty and the virtue of opportunity and development. Several floors below, what are called ‘market forces’ were at work.

Valentine Rugwabiza, deputy director general of the World Trade Organization (WTO) speaks with IPS. Credit: Sanjay Suri/IPS

LDCs Seek Mini Trade Deal

Leaders from the Least Developed Countries are making a strong push in Istanbul for a mini trade deal for their 48 impoverished nations - ahead of any worldwide agreement under the Doha Round.

POPULATION: Promise Rises With a Problem

On the face of it, a rapidly rising population among the Least Developed Countries (LDCs) spells the usual doom about adequate resource distribution. But the least developed are also among the youngest in the world - and well channelled, they can be a valuable asset, United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) head Babatunde Osotimehin told IPS.

The Royal Are More Royal Outside Britain

Quite a treat Britain has on offer for the world these days. Or who would ever have been talking - in this day and age - about a prince and princess riding in splendour into a world of pageboys and palaces.

Migrant Population on Track to Hit 400 Million

The population of migrants worldwide could rise above 400 million by 2050 if present rates of growth continue, says a report by the International Organisation for Migration released Monday.

Primary school children in class, in Harar, Ethiopia. Credit: UN Photo/Eskinder Debebe

DEVELOPMENT: Africa’s Time Has Come

There is the image of Africa, worse than Africa is, and then there is Africa, so much of it better than its image. It's the continent whose time has come, African civil society leaders emphasised at a meeting in Madrid Thursday.

Thoraya Obaid, Executive Director of the United Nations Population Fund Credit: UN Photo/Mark Garten

Q&A: What the U.S. Undid for Women in Iraq

The U.S.-led invasion and then occupation of Iraq brought a sharp setback to the rights of women in that country, UNFPA head Thoraya Obaid tells IPS in an interview.

U.S. Journalist To Be Deported From Turkey

Jake Hess, a U.S. freelance journalist who also wrote for IPS on Kurdish rights within Turkey, is to be deported following a government order.

RIGHTS: ‘G20 Must Lead on Justice’

Amnesty International is calling on the G20 to lead the world out of a crisis in justice, after the band of major industrialised and emerging nations has led a fair bit of the world out of economic recession, to some extent.

London cabs at Heathrow airport Credit: Wikipedia commons

ECONOMY: Get the Cab From Shanghai to London

The black, curvy London cab is so much more than just a taxi. It is an icon without which the picture of London can never be complete.

RIGHTS: Not Quite Islamic Executions

The Middle East leads the world in executions after China, says an annual Amnesty International report released Tuesday.

ENVIRONMENT: For Three Dollars More

A high-level meeting in London of political and business leaders will consider this week ways of raising 100 billion dollars to fight climate change. And yet another one in Washington will search for ways of finding, and funding, more three-dollar stoves around the world.

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