Bill Thompson opens the debate by introducing the 'e' in e-Democracy.
The lengthy negotiations leading to Security Council Resolution 1441 were a success for French diplomacy. Frances two-step approach may not avert war on Iraq; but in deflecting the United States unilateral drive to war she has served the worlds interest.
France acts independently in the international arena and, especially if she
fails to fall in line with the United States, the country is deemed to be a
troublemaker. Viewed from Washington or London, we are an obvious usual
Before taking action in Iraq, the United States is writing a new chapter in the law of nations, by recognising the need for evidence. But the factual cornerstone for Bushs policy remains contested.
Giscard, Gerhard, and the latest from King Mswati III
What will be the lasting outcomes of last weeks European Social Forum? And why does US Congressman Tom De Lay have contempt for science?
The long, slow collapse of the British monarchy is a global story. The shrivelling of its main parliamentary chamber is a local tragedy. But behind these entertaining and dignified realms, efficient power in Britain has moved to the new field of regulation. Can it be made democratic?
The Bush administration is savouring Republican electoral victory, Security Council unity, and a successful military operation in Yemen. More significant than all these is the newly-unified US Strategic Command backed by a globally-ambitious National Security Strategy. There is one problem: the scale of US military objectives will over time ensure the opposite of what is intended.
Diplomacy and war are marching together. After tortuous negotiations, and amidst intensive military preparations, Iraq is faced with a tough United Nations resolution challenging it to reveal its weapons secrets. But even if diplomacy leads to war, will the hard bargaining at the Security Council remind the United States of the limits of its power?
There is progress, but is it too little, too late? Civil servants in Afghanistan are unpaid, roads impassable, and justice undone. Where there is no effective governance, and more money being spent on warfare than development aid, is it surprising that the Taliban still has support? A year after Kabul changed hands, a bleakly realistic assessment from the BBCs Developing World Correspondent.
At a conference in London, Beyond the Backlash where next for the digital economy?, South Africas minister of arts, culture, science and technology drew on local experience in the Eastern Cape region to argue the merits of information and communication technologies as a means of social advancement throughout the world.
Scattered around the world there is a belief that if you can build a house between sunset and sunrise, then the alleged owner of the land cannot evict you. There are many variations on this theme. The condition might be that the roof is in place, or that a pot is
boiling on the fire, or that smoke is emerging from the chimney.
Iconic, mythic and symbolic. The stuff of disputes, dreams and fascination. Hair has the power to draw crowds and capture the imagination. Here, we start to look at how, and why.
The theme of apology is in the air: governments are saying it to former colonial subjects, or to political prisoners in post-dictatorships; former terrorists to their targets; banks and businesses to looted or polluted clients; churches and cults to victims of abuse. Why are they doing it? In her approach to todays latest political enthusiasm, we accompany Marina Warner novelist, critic, and subversive anatomist of myth and the collective subconscious on a sparkling tour of the literature of apology over twenty-five centuries.
Stafford Beer achieved the hardest of all pedagogic tasks: he changed the way people think. His protean influence stretches from generations of inspired students, through Salvador Allendes Chile, to the collective brain of openDemocracy.
A decade after his return from exile, and eight years on from the countrys first free election, our South Africa-based columnist looks back in wonder and forward in hope.
Islamic and Western governments share a concern to define just behaviour and just government. But the advocacy of universal human rights by secular democracies challenges the idea of basing social order on religious principle. In a discussion co-hosted by the Iranian government and Londons Goethe Institute, two respected scholars debate the tensions between and within their different conceptions of social justice.
Paul Hirst reviews Philip Bobbitts book The Shield of Achilles.
Shield of Achilles is the most thought provoking book on the future
of war and the international system to have appeared for some considerable
She dresses like Carol Vorderman, idolises Oprah Winfrey and, although she grew up in a male-dominated society where a man’s word is law, she likes to be seen as a feminist.
Once, before cynicism and television, elections were exciting. Now, apathy rules. But democracy still threatens. The sultan of indifference disdains to ask: how low can caring go?
What is it? Where does it come from? And where can it take us? Hair gets the full treatment in this first instalment of Objects & Projects. First up: the science.