A great financial scandal is taking place. Italys food giant, and one of the worlds great companies, has collapsed in a cloud of fraud. An Italian financial journalist assesses the causes and global ramifications of Enron alla parmigiana.
The World Summit on the Information Society venue was bland, the rhetoric cloudy, the chocolates consoling but ideas and energy flowed around the fringes.
Neither the dictators arrest, nor Israel's counter-insurgency advice to the United States, will stem the violence in Iraq.
Art and healing are intimately linked in the writing of victims of torture and genocide, says a writer whose practice has been transformed by working with them.
Siva Vaidhyanathans openDemocracy series on peer-to-peer networks raises vital questions about intellectual property in the digital age, but he falls prey to the unsubstantiated revolutionary rhetoric of the copyright-buster. If claims by peer-to-peer distributors that they are supporting free speech and contributing to knowledge want to find a sympathetic ear in the courtroom, then they have to mean it, says this legal expert.
It was an evening to remember, sixty-five years ago. A 96-year old Irish fisherman and writer recalls an everyday drama at the worlds edge.
The crisis over Iraq has brought the United Nations to a crossroads. At the end of a year when diplomacy was felled by force, the institution can regain its influence only by rethinking its core security mandate.
A visit to a young family living from the land in rural England leaves Sara Forsstrom inspired.
The full measure of Paul Hirsts achievement as a public intellectual is still being explored, six months after his tragically premature death. Jonathan Zeitlin, a close collaborator, salutes the ambition and independence of mind of a sorely missed friend.
Why did the Brussels summit on the European Constitution collapse? Perhaps because it deserved to. The EU must move from government by elites who seek to manage, to one grounded on citizens support.
Who did it? Who is responsible for the failure of European heads of states and governments to agree to a proposed new Constitution at their inter-governmental conference (IGC) in Brussels on 12-13 December?
There is a temptingly easy answer.
How high should the bar be set after the fall of Saddam?
The arrest of the Iraqi dictator presents a huge opportunity to the countrys new political figures. Can they seize it?
A defiant response from a young Zimbabwean poet to the officially sanctioned language of violence that grips his country.
Everything youd forgotten about 2003 and then some
What does the stunning image of Saddam’s now empty mouth after his capture reveal of the nature of his regime and its fate?
‘We have got him!’, proclaimed Paul Bremer, the American proconsul in Iraq.
But what have they got?
Personally, I had half-expected Saddam Hussein to be found and probably killed in a remote farm.
For those of us who recall the 1960s, the vile conditions of the rat-hole he hid in were familiar from the Vietnam war (although the National Liberation Front was always diligent enough to build tunnels with escape routes).
The obsession with power, will and hierarchy in Peter Jacksons film trilogy adaptation of JRR Tolkiens epic The Lord of the Rings fuels its dangerous topicality: a vindication and veneration of empire.
From Baghdad to southern California, the journey of a family from one of the Middle Easts ancient communities is a modern epic of survival.
Dominic Hilton, rummaging the years archive in search of the perfect column, finds that he has written it.
Respect for the interred human body is shared across human cultures from prehistoric time. It involves not just attachment to the consolations of memory, but responsibility across generations. This, says Ken Worpole is the ethical politics of the long now.
The appropriate use of Information and Communications Technology (ICT) could make a vast contribution to solving the problems of development and democracy. But to realise this potential, a global conversation is needed to match the global nature of economic, social and environmental challenges.