The outsourcing of war

José Luis Gómez del Prado, Chairman of the United Nations Working Group on the Use of Mercenaries, has provided a damning indictment of private military and security companies (PMSCs), the use of which has expanded hugely over the past two decades. In the early 1990s, the DynCorp company was contracted by the United States to […]

Ivory Coast: Sovereignty and the Price of Chocolate

It has been almost a month since the elections in Ivory Coast produced not one – but two presidents – one sworn in ceremoniously, wrapped in a regal sash, gushing in front of cameras at the presidential palace – the other hunkered down at the Golf Hotel where he took the wise precaution to retreat […]


In preparation for a new year or in order to begin another year, people practice different ways to symbolize ‘forsaking their old habits and decision for change.’ But a change has to do with our egg-sized heart. The Bible calls it either seed of deception or the temple of the Holy Spirit. External signs does […]

Sudan on the brink

Sudan, Africa’s largest country, the world’s tenth largest and one of its poorest, faces partition in a referendum scheduled for January 9. The country is already effectively divided. Seventy per cent of the 43-million population are Sunnis and largely occupy the north; in the south, most are animists and about five per cent belong to […]

Angry New Year Dr Binayak Sen!

As the New Year of 2011 rolls in it will already be an entire week inside a cold and harsh Raipur prison for Dr Binayak Sen. For many of us the conviction of this well-known health and human rights activist by a local court in Chattisgarh for ‘sedition’ and ‘conspiracy’ has made it impossible to […]

ENPO demand is no trust vote against DAN

The demand for separate statehood by ENPO which has come into the open is heartbreaking news. The news has stabbed the hearts of the founding Fathers and Mothers of Nagaland. Hundreds of thousands of lives that were sacrificed for Nagaland could become meaningless. The news is the saddest news of the century for people who […]

Green new year? Whats that?

Many sincere developmental journalists are frustrated with eating ‘green’ ideas fed by pot-bellied editors. It is insulting to ask these reporter to dig out green stories, says DEBBY AAt a time when climate change and environment issues have taken more news space over sex and nudity, it is an obvious conclusion that some editors will […]

A Dog’s New Year Resolutions

My fur is thick and glistening for now it is the cold season in this land. We have only two seasons, the rainy and the cold although it sometimes rains during the latter also. This means that another cycle of 365 days has already begun. Around this time, canines like other animals also resolve to […]

Fulfilling the Purpose of Christmas

Nagaland celebrated Christmas with more maturity and decency in 2010. Our river sides are quieter and less noisy, roadsides and streets were peaceful, our roads safer, and far less accident with exception of few happenings. Of course, the writer of this article does not know the inside story of each home. The way we behave […]

Digital divide to blur

Mobile technology will change lives forever A connectivity revolution is set to blur India’s digital divide in the coming decade, according to a study conducted by global consultancy firm KPMG. The spread of 3G mobile telephony, says the report, will herald the change as the value added services market will witness tremendous growth and lead […]

One people, many aspirations

The Telangana region has had a chequered history of popular movements. The Justice B.N. Srikrishna Committee report submitted to the Central government on December 30 marks a milestone in the history of Andhra Pradesh, which has had a turbulent existence. The Committee’s recommendations will assist the Central government in determining whether the Telugu-speaking people will […]

Gauging the impact of the Bill Gates grants

Five years ago, Bill Gates made an extraordinary offer: he invited the world’s scientists to submit ideas for tackling the biggest problems in global health, including the lack of vaccines for AIDS and malaria, the fact that most vaccines must be kept refrigerated and be delivered by needles, the fact that many tropical crops like […]