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Archive for June, 2010

 

Rigor mortis

How can demagogues be prevented from hijacking democracy? This is a riddle as old as democracy itself. The ancient Athenians grappled with the question, and history is replete with examples of tyrants who exploited populism and stoked ultra-nationalism during economic crisis to get in power, often with disastrous results and wars that caused immense suffering to the people they led. […]


Little big country

Last week, Maldivian President Mohamed Nasheed announced that his country would phase out all ozone-depleting chemicals by 2020, ten years ahead of what is required of his country under the Montreal Protocol. In his speech, he thanked his predecessor President Gayoom for having taken the lead in climate change issues and putting the Maldives on […]


North and south

Our hosts from the May 18 Memorial Foundation in Korea had planned a tour of the demilitarized zone (DMZ). The group of editors and publishers from Pakistan, Palestine, India, Taiwan, Thailand and Indonesia were looking forward to taking a peek at the North from the South. However, word came that the trip to Panmunjeom was […]



 

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