Bharath Gopal

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'How could our country lie so completely?': meet the North Korean defectors

They send pamphlets and DVDs in balloons over the barbed-wire border. Can these defectors inspire others to make the same dangerous journey to the South?<p>One day, when he was 25 years old, Park Sang-hak was strolling around a huge square in the North Korean port of Wonsan. It is a drab place, with …

Brexit is a tragedy that reads like a satire

The economic consequences of this terrible mistake require us to make an urgent retreat<p>One should have thought that in the production of Richard III at Islington’s Almeida theatre on the night the referendum results were declared, the cast would have relished the following exchange:<p><i>Richard: What</i> …

Saudi Arabia is facing a major dilemma

As the reports faded, prices once again tumbled lower, but just as WTI crude prices were making new record-lows for the year on Thursday and testing a key support level, headlines once again became consumed with claims from a UAE Energy Minister that OPEC members might be ready to cooperate on …

Here's the hidden strategy behind Saudi Arabia's oil plan

Or, alternatively, are they targeting specific global competitors and specific national markets?<p>Did they start with a particular strategy in November 2014 when Saudi Petroleum and Mineral Resources Minister Ali al-Naimi announced the new market share policy at the OPEC meeting in Vienna and are …

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