The Foreign Desk
A year after the US attack that saw Osama bin Laden killed, efforts to crush the remnants of al-Qa’ida are at a pivotal stage.
While most Indian media attention has been focussed on Pranab Mukherjee and what the end of his unproductive time as finance minister might mean for economic progress now that prime minister Manmohan Singh has taken over the job, a significant liberalisation move has been made by the usually moribund Defence Ministry.
“Human rights and democracy are inextricably connected. Only in a democracy can individuals fully realize their human rights; only when human rights are respected can democracy flourish.”
It says something about the way that India and other countries fail to look after those in need that it has taken an Indian businessman based in London to alert the world to the plight of widows who are cast aside in their thousands by families after their husbands die.
Yesterday Lord (Raj) Loomba was lauded [...]
Last week I saw a production of Sophocles’ Antigone at the National Theatre in London and it struck me that the play echoed dangerously in today’s Greece, especially if thought through Hegel’s reading of the play.
If Y.S.Jaganmohan Reddy, a young regional politician in southern India, had not tried to become chief minister of Andhra Pradesh state immediately after his father Y.S.Rajasekhara Reddy (YSR), who held that job, was killed in a helicopter crash in September 2009, he almost certainly would not be in jail now accused of massive corruption.
Congratulations tinged with relief was the message being given by dealers and collectors at the end of Christie’s South Asian modern art auction here yesterday to the event’s main organizers, Hugo Weihe and Yamini Mehta.
As Obama nears the end of his first term as President, Chris Pleasance says he has done little to live up to the terms of the Nobel Peace Prize. Instead, his is a legacy of continued war, questionable drone strikes and pandering to hawkish neocons.
IN LONDON FROM MY BASE IN INDIA………. Surely only the Brits could and would do it – turn out in their hundreds of thousands along the banks of a river in cold wet and windy weather, with the sun never fully breaking through the clouds, to honour their 86-year old monarch, Queen Elizabeth II, as [...]
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