John Gray reviews Martha Nussbaum's Frontiers of Justice, Alexander Cockburn looks at the rising left in India, Jeremy Scahill uncovers more on Blackwater in New Orleans.
The NSA surveillance scandal raises questions about whether
phone companies will become pawns of an Administration bent on
expanding its power.
Hurricane victims are still homeless in New Orleans, but thanks to the federal government's $30 million contract bonanza, Blackwater USA's profits are soaring.
Americans are now caught in a security paradox: We expect the
government to protect us, but its responses make us feel even more
The United States has fueled a worldwide overreaction to the threat of a bird
flu pandemic, putting AIDS, malaria, malnutrition and other crucial
global health programs at risk.
Desperate to report progress in Iraq Bush boasts that the newest Iraqi
leader has taken his phone call twice. Wow. And it only cost $200
billion and thousands of dead and maimed Americans.
It's outrageous enough that the NSA is secretly monitoring Americans' calling
patterns. But has anyone considered what would happen if unscrupulous
monitors sold that information to the highest bidder?
If democracy represents the will of the people, then there is either
something wrong with democracy in the United States and Britain or something wrong with the people on both sides of the Atlantic.
The left may be a dusty relic in Germany, but in the Indian state of Kerala,
it has made formidable gains on a platform of reform and smart
As conditions worsen in Darfur, the nascent International Criminal Court, whose mandate is to bring genocidaires to justice in a chaotic environment hostile to the rule of law, is facing a daunting challenge.
Confronting the forces of war, genocide and lawlessness begins with the
belief that individual citizens have the power--and the
responsibility--to focus our government's mind, change its priorities
and save lives.
Israel's plans for a series of farms and wineries designed to draw tourists to the Negev Desert is the latest insult to its marginalized Bedouin population.
The Bush Administration's warm embrace of the Equatorial Guinea's despotic President Teodoro Mbasogo demonstrates how low it will go in pursuit of oil.
The limp grassroots response to Democratic gubernatorial
candidates reveals that the plummeting popularity of one party doesn't
automatically translate into support for the other.
In Frontiers of Justice, philosopher Martha Nussbaum explores our moral
obligations to the disabled, to nonhuman animals and to the unresolved
areas of international law.
"The Road to Damascus" explores the strange, the beautiful
and the uncanny in Syrian cinema.
Absurdistan is a stunning encore for novelist Gary Shteyngart,
both the avatar of a new Jewish-American literature and an inveterate
Eastern European trickster.