The ICC doesn’t own cricket

The International Cricket Council (ICC), in attempting to regulate the media’s coverage of the World Cup, has over-reached itself. While cricket’s governing body has cause to protect what it perceives as its interests, its efforts to monitor and curb the packaging and the presentation of content, particularly in the print media, are excessive and in […]

‘Where is India’s Tahrir Square?’

Where is India’s Egypt, India’s Tahrir Square? This question is being asked in India, both publicly by leaders and activists and also quietly in personal conversations. Eminent social activist Swami Agnivesh told the media on Feb 6, 2011 that “it is time people should go to the streets against corruption. If corruption goes on at […]

A new protocol

The Internet is running out of addresses in the numerical format. The last blocks of addresses under the IPv4 or Internet Protocol version 4 system have now been allocated to different regional registries around the world. The IPv4 system provides for a massive 4.3 billion numerical combinations but strong growth in communications in many countries […]

Poor governance & corruption

Child malnutrition and widespread hunger in Bangladesh, India and Nepal The Asian Legal Resource Centre (ALRC) wishes to highlight failures by the Bangladeshi, Indian and Nepalese governments in ensuring their citizen’s right to food. All three are State Parties to the International Covenant on Economic, Social, and Cultural Rights (ICESCR), which guarantees the right to […]

Mobile radiation is dangerous

The speculative fears of mobile phones being a danger to health in the long run, seem to be coming true. A latest government study talks about the harmful effects of not just using mobile phones but also the radiation from mobile phone towers. A Times of India report states that –  Radiation from mobile phones […]

Questions of accountability

The report of the Comptroller and Auditor General on the 2G spectrum deals, submitted in November 2010, revealed a presumptive loss caused to the Central government of about Rs.1.76 lakh crore. This is the largest single instance of corruption in monetary terms in India’s political history. Furious indignation among the media and the public, and […]

The "Reform" of Kings and Masters

With a troubled eye toward Egypt, and in fidgety counteraction to the political unrest there, Jordan’s King Abdullah has replaced the whole of his cabinet, directing the new prime minister to undertake “true political reforms.” Ever the buzzword of political masters beleaguered by their own crisis-inducing attempts to constrain society, “reform” is the favored mantra […]

Is honesty waning in American business?

Are American businesspeople less honest than they used to be?An actual level of shady and dishonest practices is probably impossible to measure. Two recent examples:1. In July, Goldman Sachs paid $550 million – the largest penalty by a Wall Street firm – to settle a federal suit that it misled investors in selling a subprime […]

ILO standards and the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples

Introduction On 13 September 2007, the General Assembly of the United Nations adopted the Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (UNDRIP). With the adoption of the Declaration, the UN has taken a major step forward in the promotion and protection of indigenous and tribal peoples’ rights throughout the world.  The ILO welcomes the adoption […]

Sovereignty Is Far From Dead

In his latest book, How Barack Obama Is Endangering Our National Sovereignty, John Bolton lays out what has become a consensus view on the American right. Those who argue that the United States must engage with international organizations to address global problems, he argues, are really saying we should “cede some of our sovereignty to […]

Who's Next?

Kim Jong Il, North Korea Sometimes called the Hermit Kingdom, North Korea has been ruled since 1994 by the ruthless and retrograde Kim Jong Il, who took over after his father’s 46 years at the helm. Kim Jong Il holds numerous titles, but rules as the chairman of the National Defense Commission, the “highest office […]

Next: Credible Elections

Even at this point, after the dramatic announcement by the armed forces, no one can predict the ultimate outcome of the Egyptian drama. But there is a clear picture of the existing situation and a few obvious options for the future. Most Egyptians would like to see an end to public disturbances, restoration of basic […]