Ideas, New in Ceasefire - Monday, October 31, 2011 14:00 - 2 Comments
Away from the headlines, the inhabitants of South Korea's Jeju Island, home to more World Natural Heritage sites than any other place on earth, are bravely resisting plans to turn their idyllic home into a US military base, a "forward line" against China. In an exclusive essay, Noam Chomsky and Matthew Hoey raise the alarm about one of our "most critical struggles against a potentially devastating war".
New in Ceasefire, South of The Border - Monday, October 11, 2010 4:54 - 1 CommentIn the news this week in Latin America: Argentina vents its anger at the IMF, an internet super cable to link Cuba and Venezuela, ousted Honduran president Zelaya speaks out, Dilma a step away from the Brazilian presidency and much more. Ceasefire correspondent Tom Kavanagh delivers his weekly round up of what's been going on south of the border.
Columns, Diary of a Domestic Extremist, Politics - Tuesday, September 14, 2010 0:30 - 2 CommentsMorrissey's outburst in Saturday's Guardian, calling the Chinese a "subspecies", provoked acres of outraged newsprint. And yet, as Mikhail Goldman argues in this week's diary, whilst many of us in countries like the UK may not consciously agree with the idea, we certainly end up benefiting from the very treatment of the Chinese and other Asians, Africans, Latin Americans and East Europeans as "subspecies". Our hypocritical outrage, Goldman points out, is no less outrageous.
Features, Science - Thursday, September 9, 2010 19:02 - 12 CommentsIn this week's Science & Technology update, Omayr Ghani looks into the future of train travel. In particular, he considers the quasi-futuristic technological advances currently being pioneered in China. As the article shows, we could be entering an age of 'space travel' on earth and, as Ghani argues, the sooner we do the better it would be for us, and for the planet.
Columns, Devil's Advocate, Ideas, Politics - Thursday, August 5, 2010 14:02 - 9 CommentsEveryone knows -or at least pays lip-service to- Democracy as an exalted ideal. Is everyone wrong? Is this a concept we have been too lazy, or too blind, to fully examine? what is so special about a system that is aimed at creating a good society yet rarely delivers on that promise? In a controversial piece, the first of his 'Devil's Advocate' columns, Omer Ali examines the impact of democracy as well as its theoretical underpinnings. In the process, he draws on examples from politics and economics and takes aim at a few sacred truths.
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