Meet the world’s smallest democratic govt

Just 122 votes were cast in the election which created a “provisional administration in waiting” for the Chagos Islands – the Diego Garcia and Chagos Islands Council – an organisation with a tiny mandate and vast problems stretching all the way to Whitehall and the White House.First, and most pressing, none of its members can […]

The end of Keoladeo’s avian glory?

A serious water crisis at Keoladeo National Park, exacerbated by caste politics and strife, has put its World Heritage Site status at risk. Barely 10% of the migratory birds that used to flock to Bharatpur are to be seen today. How feasible are the solutions proposed? Keoladeo National Park (KNP) in Bharatpur (Rajasthan) has only […]

Food for All

Child undernutrition levels in India are among the highest in the world. This situation has been tolerated for too long, and the National Food Security Act is a unique opportunity for radical change in this field. Even though the National Advisory Committee (NAC) has made some welcome recommendations, we are dismayed to note that children’s […]

US cables' insights into Qadhafi's family

The leader of the Libyan revolution presides over a “famously fractious” family that is powerful, wealthy, dysfunctional and marked by internecine struggles, according to U.S. diplomatic cables released by WikiLeaks. The documents shed light on his eight children. Muammar Qadhafi The patriarch, now 68, was described by U.S. ambassador to Tripoli, Gene Cretz, in 2009 […]

Bid to document endangered languages

You’ll never again hear anyone speaking Laghu, and anyone yearning to communicate in Old Kentish Sign Language is out of luck: it, too, has gone the way of the dodo. But there’s still a chance to track down a conversation in Gamilaraay, or Southern Pomo — if you’re prepared to trek to visit to one […]

Cleaning up

BEING attacked on Fox News was probably the worst, but all the past month has been horrid for the Global Fund to fight Aids, Tuberculosis and Malaria, backed by $20 billion and one of the world’s biggest do-gooding outfits. Set up in 2002, it is used to appreciative coverage of its efforts to stamp out […]

What Palin could teach Netanyahu about reality

When I read the Washington Post’s story "Palestinians Seek Recognition through South America" this morning, all I could think of was Sarah Palin. Now, some might think that is a kind of a disorder that calls for therapy more than it does another blog post. But I suspect you are probably jumping to the wrong […]

Between ULFA and peace

Members of the main rebel group in India’s troubled northeast, United Liberation Front of Asom (ULFA), meet Indian Home secretary Gopal Krishna Pillai, left, in New Delhi. The separatists accuse the Indian government of exploiting Assam’s natural resources while doing little for the indigenous people, most of whom are ethnically closer to the people of […]

People Making a Difference

It takes an unusual mind to bring a wood chipper to the desert. But in her 37-year quest to help save Africa’s most endangered big cat – the cheetah – Laurie Marker has gotten used to taking unusual steps. "Actually, I have two," she says of the chippers in an interview in Indianapolis, where Dr. […]

Legacy of our Leaders

Remember your leaders, who spoke the Word of God to you. Consider the outcome of their way of life and imitate their faith. Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever. Hebrews 13:7-8The secret behind every success lies in the mind of every concerned individuals and leaders. The great men and women of […]

Three years after independence

“Dawn rolling over, the clouds bring the rain, it’s time to start over, time to join hands.” These were the first lines of Kosovo’s 2010 campaign to reach out to the world. The lyrics give an idea of the country’s continuing challenges. Today, Kosovo is celebrating the third anniversary of its independence. Despite all arguments […]