The traces are everywhere; the debris of death is everywhere. There are obvious places like Choeung Eck not far from Phnom Penn, where a memorial has been constructed, an ossuary containing thousands of skulls, many bashed in, evidence of how they met their end.
Nearby is a tree, now known as the Chankiri or the Killing Tree. When Brother Number One ruled Cambodia infants and babies, brought with their parents from Toul Sleng, the capital’s notorious detention centre, were battered to death against its trunk, swung by the feet. It was the habit for the murderers to laugh as they beat... Read More
India, like China, is a country to watch. If this is to be the Chinese century it’s just as likely to be the Indian one. This is a country that Gandhi would scarcely recognise; a country of rapid economic growth, of new technologies and gleaming skyscrapers; it’s a country of call-centres and Bollywood starlets, of glamour, fashion and high-living; it’s a country of the future.
There are problems; of course, not least of which is atrocious levels of corruption. This led to a series of protests beginning in the spring, with people coming out in support of Anna Hazare, an activist very... Read More
In China, Chen Guangcheng, a man blind since childhood, a self-taught lawyer and human-rights activist has faced a 6 year campaign by government officials that has consisted of harassment, persecution and physical abuse because of his work to investigate and uncover forced abortions and sterilizations by local authorities in Linyi.
Friday, Beijing accused Hillary Clinton of interfering in its affairs after the US Secretary of State expressed her concern's over China's human rights record when she said she was troubled by Bejing's treatment of ethnic and of Chen.
"We oppose... Read More
A recent op-ed in the Times of India, "No More Chasing Shadows" (9 September), has the head of 'a group on C4ISRT (Command, Control, Communications and Computers Intelligence, Surveillance, Reconnaisance and Targeting) in South Asia' casting the net of prospective terrorists wider, but not wide enough to possibly net the likely suspects.
He considers the public stereotype of the terrorist as a 'desperately poor, illiterate, uneducated, rural-based or ghetto-based, religious fanatic, a single young man in his late teens or early twenties' as inadequate. 'Madrassa students from poor families'... Read More
The presidential term of President Pratibha Patil is due to expire in July 2012 and speculation seems to have already commenced in the power circles of New Delhi about her successor. The July 2012 Presidential Elections are crucial for the Congress Party as whoever is elected as President would be overseeing the 2014 General Elections which promise to be hotly contested and with the Congress Party at a disadvantage with Indian public opinion in the manner its Government handled the social activists movements of Anna Hazare and Baba Ramdev on issues of corruption. The next President is likely... Read More
In September 2007, as our credit bubble was starting its collapse, China’s meteoric rise was the subject of universal admiration. We disagreed with this view, and wrote an essay titled “The Chinese Disaster” outlining the flaws in the Chinese growth model and suggesting a potentially disastrous end to the experiment.
Four years later it is appropriate to revisit both analysis and forecast.
Our first theme in the original essay was the lack of an ethical system underlying China’s current development. After Mao had “burned the books” and destroyed China’s 2500-year old ethical foundation... Read More
Of all the things that India is famous for, food will most probably be among the top five. It is amazing to see that every major city, in almost every country across the globe, has a buffet of Indian restaurants serving the best of Indian cuisine. Food is one of the major ingredients used in advertisement campaigns to lure tourists to India. And festivities in India are as much about food as they are about ceremonies.
The Advertisement Council of India in a report says that the Food and Beverages industry in India is worth $300 billion. And in terms of production, India is the third... Read More
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