BBC and India’s Problematic Romance

June 24, 2015

In this edition of The Interview, Fair Observer talks to former Bureau Chief of BBC New Delhi Sir Mark Tully. The relationship between the Indian public and the government has often been fraught with tension. During such times, foreign broadcasters like the BBC have found it easier to make...

The BBC is Whitewashing Britain’s Failures in Afghanistan

November 18, 2014

John Simpson's description of Afghanistan's progress couldn't be further from the truth. On October 27, the BBC Today Programme broadcast the following exchange between presenter Justin Webb and John Simpson, the BBC’s world affairs editor, about the official end of British combat operations...

The Scottish Referendum: No Tactic Too Cynical

September 18, 2014

The London establishment ought to be careful what it wishes for in Scotland. “England would lose a surly lodger, and gain a good neighbour.” That's the oft-repeated summary of Alex Salmond, Scotland’s first minister, on how the relationship between the two countries would be transformed...

When a Coup is Not a Coup

July 11, 2013

History suggests that Egypt’s troubles are about to get a whole lot worse. On July 3, Egypt’s military overthrew the government of President Mohammed Morsi. Having warned of its intention to intervene, the Egyptian armed forces seized control of state media, sealed the borders, placed...