Ken Loach: 'It's a privilege to be able to make films'

There’s a sombre scene early in Ken Loach’s new drama, ‘Route Irish’. It’s the funeral of Frankie, an ex-soldier who died while working as a private contractor in Iraq. His sharp-suited boss steps into the pulpit in a Liverpool church and delivers a calm, measured speech about Frankie and the sadness of his awful loss […]

SOVEREIGNTY: A view of one Naga

‘Sovereignty’ is a word for which thousands of Nagas have given their lives willingly free. It is a word for which many a Naga have their lifeless bones scattered in far away places unknown, uncared and eternally crying: ‘when you reach our Village, tell them we lie here bare, alone and uncovered for theirs tomorrow’. […]

Media ownership: interesting indicators

March 1 is the time of year when newspapers declare their shareholding, so attention turns briefly to the issue of media ownership. On March 1 Delhi newspapers printed the Form IV with mandatory disclosure on ownership, and who the printer, publisher, editor etc. are. For television there is no such stipulation but when the company […]

'Peace & Justice Movement Should Oppose US-Led Intervention in Libya'

Forces aligned with Libyan leader Col. Muammar Gaddafi have launched new assaults to regain control of several towns captured in a popular uprising over the past two weeks. Meanwhile, two U.S. warships have moved through the Suez Canal into the Mediterranean Sea toward Libya under orders by U.S. Defense Secretary Robert Gates. As talk of […]

Listening to the Revolution

There is a time to speak and a time to listen. After visiting Egypt and Tunisia over the past 10 days, I am convinced that the best thing we can do is to listen. What matters now is what the people of Egypt are saying, and what kind of reforms the people of Tunisia are […]

The King rules the Oscars

To no one’s surprise, The King’s Speech swept the major categories at the 83rd Annual Academy Awards. Crafted with a faultless restraint, the emotionally compelling story about the battle of Prince Albert (later King George VI) to overcome a nervous stammer bagged Oscars for Best Picture, Best Actor (Colin Firth), Best Director (Tom Hooper), and […]

Gorbachev at eighty: evaluating his achievements

About the authorArchie Brown is an Emeritus Professor of Politics at Oxford University. In each successive year in the second half of the 1980s perestroika meant something more radical to Mikhail Gorbachev than it had in the previous year. He continued to voice support for ‘the socialist idea’ as well as for perestroika, but this […]

Cyberspace Wars

This year, the 47th Munich Security Conference included for the first time a special session on cybersecurity. “This may be the first time,” the president of a small European noted to the high-powered assembly, more accustomed to dealing with armies and alliances than with worms and denial-of-service attacks, “but it will not be the last.” […]

America’s Total Surveillance Society

In 2003, an ACLU report warned that "Big Brother" no longer is fiction, America having advanced to where total surveillance is now possible. Barry Steinhardt, Director of the ACLU’s Technology and Liberty Program said:"Given the capabilities of today’s technology, the only thing protecting us from a full-fledged surveillance society are the legal and political institutions […]

Vital keys towards Indo-Naga Political Settlement

While appreciating the untiring peace initiatives undertaken by the Forum for Naga Reconciliation (FNR); and positive responses from all sections of Naga peoples especially the Naga national workers; the Concerned Senior Citizens Forum of Mokokchung desires to appeal to different factions who are fighting for a common cause of Naga National destiny to sincerely listen […]

Democracy at its worst

Democracy is a gift and the virtues of it are supposed to bring joy to the people of every tongue, tribe and nation. When we put rotten apples in the midst of the good ones, it spoils the good ones too. In the same way when we allow the wicked to rule over us, the […]

America and the new Middle East

LEADERS AND KINGS: Unrest is rapidly changing the map, claiming some leaders while forcing others to undertake reforms. (Clockwise from top) Tunisia’s former President Zine el-Abidine Ben Ali, Egypt’s former President Hosni Mubarak, Libya’s Muammar Qadhafi, Yemen’s President Ali Abdullah Saleh, Saudi Arabia’s King Abdullah bin Abdul Aziz, Bahrain’s King Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa, […]