The arrest of Ali Hassan al-Majid, one of the old Iraqi regimes most feared and hated figures, is an opportunity for his Kurdish victims to find belated justice.
Since taking office in May 2003, Argentina’s new president, Nestor Kirchner, has launched campaigns to reduce tax evasion and to reform the notoriously corrupt and inefficient state pension system. He has shaken up the Supreme Court and the leadership of the armed forces and let it be known that he will support any international efforts to extradite human rights abusers from Argentina’s 1970s “dirty war”.
All of this signals that Kirchner is serious about moving Argentina forward and putting behind it the dark days that the country has experienced since December 2001, when President Fernando de la Rua resigned in disgrace amid a collapsing economy, currency, and bank system.
Another world is possible, and its name is Pyongyang. Iraq, France, Texas
North Korea. Dominic Hiltons intrepid grand tour continues, and pulls out an exclusive from the Hermit Kingdom.
The polarity between anarchy and oligarchy deforms Siva Vaidhayanathans vision of the future of the net. Beneath the rhetoric, he and Bill Thompson share a belief in the net's democratic potential. But Siva does point to a real danger: that state and commodifying forces will undermine the liberating gift economy' that lies at the heart of the net.
Ismail Abu Shanab was a moderate by Hamas leadership standards. A ceasefire negotiator, he was prepared to consider the two-state solution. openDemocracys Paul Hilder interviewed him at his home in Gaza in July 2002, days after the assassination of Salah Shehadeh, leader of Hamass military wing. In this disturbing conversation, they talk about peace, violence, democracy, the US, bin Laden, and colonialism. One year on, Shanab shared Shehadehs fate.
The promise of micro-technology as a tool of social progress is balanced by fear of its use to reduce freedom and widen global divisions. The benign if flawed vision of E.F. Schumacher still holds lessons for how a better social application of science can serve the interests of the worlds poor and the planets sustainability.
Korea latest, Chinese capital, Cheap drugs and the WTO
The scale and severity of the casualties inflicted on United States troops in Iraq are increasing pressure on the Pentagons civilian leadership to share responsibility for the countrys security. But any such process is fraught with difficulties.
From Zambia to Ghana, African countries have very different attitudes to the application of biotechnology to food production. In a context of systemic inequality, the process raises key issues of good governance and global justice as well as science. Can the new technology be used to address poverty and advance sustainability, or will it be a means of increasing global corporate control?
Cedric Price, an architect more renowned for his ideas than his buildings, once proposed the concept of Non-Plan in response to violations of landscape. Paul Barker, an ally in that campaign, remembers him.
The reckless financial policies of leading western powers in the last two decades make it likely that the next seismic debt crisis will be in America, not Argentina. It can be avoided, says Ann Pettifor of the Real World Economic Outlook, only by serious efforts to bring regulation and balance to the international economy.
Return is a Palestinian dream, a compulsion, a wound. Is it also a curse? In retrieving the vision of a single, inclusive, secular, democratic state for Palestinians and Israelis, Omar al-Qattan argues that his people need to make a different return. It will not be to land irretrievably lost, but to the best of their own history, that they make the best of the future now available to them and their neighbours alike.
The American medias coverage of the 2003 Iraq war reinforces the pattern established in the wake of 9/11: a combination of intimidation, collusion, inattention, and ethnocentrism. A leading scholar of the media charts a dismal period in US journalism and asks whether a turn of the political tide offers hope of its revival.
United States forces in Iraq are responding to armed resistance against their occupation by recruiting agents of the old regime to enforce security. Their political masters see the presence of foreign militants in Iraq as confirming the logic of the war on terror. Is this grand strategy, or delusion?
Part 4 of The new information ecosystem: the nation-state vs. networks
Indian restraint, Rwandan traps, Elite chefs, and right frontal lobes
When will renewable energy technologies start to have a geopolitical impact?
The fierce post-Soviet conflict between the small Caucasian republics of Azerbaijan and Armenia over the disputed territory of Nagorno-Karabakh is also one between geographies of the mind. The landlocked Armenians, condemned to history, better fighters, have the land; the Azeris have oil, sturgeon, and a Promethean shoreline. In an extract from The Taste of Dreams: an obsession with Russia and caviar, Vanora Bennett evokes the mysterious alchemy of the Caspian Sea.
For generations of Palestinians, the longing to return to lands and settlements lost in the catastrophe of 1948 is both at the core of their being, and the only route to justice for their people. But is such an aspiration either realistic or compatible with the creation of an enduring peace with Israel? Ghada Karmi, who has spent a lifetime in exile, defines the crucial choice.
A family of Roma origin displaced from Kosovo to Englands north-east are facing deportation back to Pristina. For them, outsiders in their homeland, it is a fearful prospect.