Wheels within Wheels in Syrian War

BY ROBERT FISK They must be the most expensive nuns in the world – if, that is, a poisonous press and the ferocious rumours of civil war are anything to go by. Qatar, according to the Lebanese, paid Bashar al-Assad’s enemies £40m for the nuns’ freedom. The figure goes up to £43m in Syria. Or, […]

Cruelty in Words

BY KOREN HELBIG ‘Change your appearance so you can be a little kinder on yourself,’ a date once told Melbourne writer and activist Carly Findlay, referring to the genetic skin condition that leaves her skin forever scaly, itchy and shiny red. Too many people, assuming Findlay’s face is flushed crimson with severe sunburn, take the […]

A Kuffiya for Tony Benn – May the World Have More Like Him

BY RAMZY BAROUD Long before the Boycott, Sanctions and Divestment campaign inched slowly from the fringes of global solidarity with Palestinians to take center stage, Tony Benn had been advocating a boycott of Israel with unrestricted conviction, for years. “Britain should offer its support for this strategy by stopping all arms sales to Israel, introducing […]

How Not to Bring Up Children

BY ROBERT J BURROWES Apart from having its physical needs met, the primary needs of children are for stimulus and attention. Children are genetically programmed to move about to explore their world and to focus their attention on an endless succession of natural phenomena which stimulates their emotional, intellectual and physical development. However, if you […]

Casting Indo-Pak Bilateralism around Internal Dilemmas

There is a need to discuss the existential problems facing Indian democracy and Jinnah’s dream of a Pakistan in a dialogue between the two countries. If we can’t provide answers to them, then any core issue dogging them will remain a topic to rehash old press releases on peace BY JAWED NAQVI By delving extensively […]

For an All-Party Manifesto on Health

Each year, more than 40 million people, mostly in rural areas, are impoverished and run into massive debts to access healthcare. The devastating contribution of out-of-pocket medical expenses to poverty is often not fully appreciated by the media and policy-makers BY VINOD PAUL  &       K SRINATH REDDY As the countdown to the next general […]

Achieving Objectives

BY PAULO COELHO The yogi Raman was a true master of the art of archery. One morning, he invited his favourite disciple to watch a display of his skill. The disciple had seen this more than a hundred times before, but he nevertheless obeyed his teacher. They went into the wood beside the monastery and […]

Why Civilizations Collapse

BY DR NAFEEZ AHMED A new study sponsored by NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center has highlighted the prospect that global industrial civilisation could collapse in coming decades due to unsustainable resource exploitation and increasingly unequal wealth distribution. Noting that warnings of ‘collapse’ are often seen to be fringe or controversial, the study attempts to make […]

Why Russia Needs Crimea

 BY VLADIMIR RADYUHIN On Sunday, Crimea voted to split away from Ukraine and return to the Russian fold. For a vast majority of Crimea’s Russian-speaking population this is an act of redressing a monumental injustice that happened in 1991 when Crimea, which geographically, ethnically and historically is more Russian than many regions of Russia itself, […]

Britain and Bahrain’s Dictators

BY ANDREW SMITH On March 14, 2011, Saudi Arabia sent hundreds of troops into Bahrain to help crush a growing protest movement. More than 30 people died, hundreds were injured and thousands arrested. The response of the British government was to support and condone the action. We know that Saudi forces used armoured vehicles supplied […]