Entitlement by Privilege of Wealth

BY URVASHI BUTALIA My office is located in an urban village in the heart of Delhi. Originally surrounded by fields where people grew crops, these areas now house apartment blocks and shopping malls. All that’s left of the old village is the cluster of houses in which many of the erstwhile residents live, and where […]

Dealing With Energy-Drainers

BY JUGGUN KAZIM There are times when just about anyone will drain your energy – a friend going through a divorce or a career crisis, or a close relative having marital problems. But then there are others who always leave you feeling low. How do you gauge if someone is an energy drainer or just […]

Playing Russian Roulette in Ukraine

BY MUNIR AKRAM Europe and the United States have successfully encouraged a revolt against Viktor Yanukovych, the inept and corrupt, but elected, Russian-oriented president of Ukraine. A pro-Western interim administration has been installed in the capital Kiev. But, neither the new Ukrainian leaders, nor their Western backers, appear to have a plan for what to […]

Islamic Scholar Who Laments Loss of Pluralism in Arab World

BY ROBERT FISK Tarif Khalidi is a big, bearded bear of a man, the kind you would always choose to play Father Christmas, or perhaps a Cossack leader sweeping across the Russian steppe, reins in one hand, sword in the other. But Tarif – or Uncle Tarif as I invariably call him – is an […]


BY ALI AHMED A new study ‘Nuclear Famine: Two Billion People at Risk?’ conducted by the Nobel Prize-winning International Physicians for the Prevention of Nuclear War along with Physicians for Social Responsibility, says that even a ‘limited’ nuclear war using a 100 weapons would disrupt global climate and agricultural production so severely that the lives of more […]

Mother Tongue

BY JO LATEU Whatever your memories of your school days – and let’s face it, for most of us, they were not ‘the best years of our lives’, whatever our parents claimed – the chances are you were taught in your mother tongue. Or at least, you were if you are a privileged Westerner who […]

India’s Power Pyramid

Titled The Saint and The Doctor, Arundhati Roy’s introduction to a new, annotated edition of Dr. B R Ambedkar’s Annihilation of Caste is an intensive examination of the Gandhi-Ambedkar debate and its relevance in India. Excerpts: Today, India’s one hundred richest people own assets equivalent to one-fou­rth of its celebrated GDP.  In a nation of 1.2 […]

Flickering Hopes for a Syrian Future

BY VIJAY PRASHAD In late February, Filippo Grandi, the Commissioner General of UNRWA, the United Nations agency tasked with the welfare of the Palestinians, visited Yarmouk, a neighbourhood in Damascus, Syria. When he entered Yarmouk, the people came to greet him and to collect much-needed supplies. They emerged, he said, “like ghosts from the depths […]

A Dynast Who Chose Not to Be

BY NIRUPAMA SUBRAMANIAN Chandrika Bandaranaike Kumaratunga, the former President of Sri Lanka, has among her photographs a collector’s item taken when she was an 11-year-old girl. Crowded into the frame are no less than five South Asian Prime Ministers who served at different times over five decades in the 20th Century: her father S.W.R.D. Bandaranaike, […]

North’s Weird Winter and Climate Change

BY FRED PEARCE Scientists are trying to understand if the unusual weather in the Northern Hemisphere this winter – from record heat in Alaska to unprecedented flooding in Britain – is linked to climate change. One thing seems clear: Shifts in the jet stream play a key role and could become even more disruptive as […]