The broadcasting schedules of global media have little space for Africa, still less for Africans who want to tell their own stories. Sorious Samura, the Sierra Leonean journalist, has forced the river to flow upstream in a series of remarkable films. As his latest, Surviving Hunger, is shown worldwide, openDemocracy's media editor Caspar Melville profiles him.
The BBC is under the spotlight following Lord Huttons report, which criticised its coverage of the British use of intelligence in the run-up to the Iraq war. How can the broadcaster recover from its latest collision with power?
Heavenly business, Gordon Gekko, and Super Bowl forecasting plus figures and quotes of the week
How committed are we to free speech? In the first of his new monthly columns on life in America, Siva Vaidhyanathan, passionate champion of liberty, abandons the cause when faced with airport security, his wife and the ghost of Woody Guthrie.
The crisis in Britain over the Iraq war, its intelligence and its reporting, is one of media as well as politics. John Lloyd asks: can journalism, both press and television, tell stories for active citizens rather than cynical couch potatoes?
How do Iranians see the world its foreign policy establishment, its dissident intellectuals, and its ordinary people? Charles Grant, recently in Tehran for a week's discussions, presents a vivid portrait of a political system under pressure.
The Hutton report reveals the crisis of the British model of governance. Tony Blair and the BBC alike have fed the public realms manipulative populism, says David Marquand. Will Blairs leadership now be consumed by it?
Young womens public display of Islamic belief exposes Europes fears about immigration. Dave Belden takes the long view.
Can humanity learn a new way of thinking, and thus break the pattern of a century of violence?
President Bush gets fundamental. Senator Kerry storms home in the New Hampshire Primary. In the third of his weekly columns on the US election, Todd Gitlin looks at the key figures and does the math.
Want to know the five top stories of 2004? Take a trip on Professor Ivor Clues time machine.
In the story of an epic wartime journey whose source lies in the intimacy of a profound love, the novelist Candida Clark finds both humanity and wisdom.
Anthony Minghellas latest cinematic epic is a great love story. As such, it is also a great anti-war story.
The film is set during the American Civil War of 1861-65, but apart from early scenes which vie with Saving Private Ryan for sheer realism there are no battles, few explosions, no sense of war-plan or stratagem. Nor are there martyrs or heroes.
The World Social Forum in Mumbai was democracy in action in search of a fairer, people-centred world, says one of its Indian organisers. But to advance its global ambitions, must it look beyond Brazil as the site of future forums?
This Swedish activist combines observation of everyday Indian experience with her own political commitment to draw a lesson from Mumbais World Social Forum: women in the global justice movement are taking possession of space and voice.
A press corroded by cynicism could not see that the death of a British weapons scientist was a private tragedy, not a political scandal.
The annual Davos conference pulsates with brilliant people. Why do so many of their fine ideas dissolve with the winter snow? Simon Zadek, an insider-outsider with attitude, sends a daily diary from the high-altitude conference.
The Hutton report on the death of a British scientist blames the BBC and clears Tony Blair, but misses the larger truth of the Iraq weapons affair: the British governments system of command and control.
The conclusion of the Hutton Inquiry into the death of the British weapons inspector David Kelly has coincided with the call by David Kay for a fundamental fault analysis into the intelligence used to justify the coalitions
Gaddafi the statesman, Iraq the market economy, Dick Cheney the evil genius and Neo-con fashion!
The failure to find weapons of mass destruction in Iraq will lead the United States and Britain to invoke humanitarian concerns as the wars primary justification. The evidence of their long entanglement with Saddams regime tells a different story.
Seeing Nordic hunks and Indian tribals exchange email addresses, this Indian journalist and filmmaker knew that the Mumbai jamboree was a window on a new world.