By Kalinga Seneviratne *
“I’m making a claim that we have to discover our own heritage and not just learn about the West, at the cost of leaving behind your own culture and forgetting your own roots,” Dr. Madanmohan Rao told IDN after launching his latest book of proverbs which focuses on Singapore, perhaps the most multicultural and cosmopolitan nation in Asia.
By Dr Ishtiaq Ahmed *
Book Review: India-Pakistan Relations, 1947-2007: A Documentary Study
Author: Introduced and Edited by Avtar Singh Bhasin
Publisher: New Delhi: 2012 Published in cooperation with Public Diplomacy Division, Ministry of External Affairs by Geetika Publishers
The publication of a massive 9062-page, 10-volume work, India-Pakistan Relations, 1947-2007: A Documentary Study by Avtar Singh Bhasin, who retired after a three-decade long career in the Indian External Ministry, is a work of outstanding merit produced with a passion and devotion that would elicit respect and admiration from anyone who has worked with the tiresome and frustrating task of sifting, selecting, categorisation and classification of documents.
By Eric London *
A report issued by the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) on Jul 10 [http://www.aclu.org/alpr ] details an immense operation through which nearly 1 billion license plate records of hundreds of millions of drivers are tracked and huge databases are amassed, providing the American government with access to the history and recent whereabouts of the majority of the US population.
For years, a network of federal security agencies, local police departments and private companies have been using automatic license plate readers on police cruisers, in parking lots, at traffic intersections—even through smartphone apps—to photograph cars and their drivers and to record license plate numbers with the matching time, date and location.
NSA Whistleblower asks for support from international community and human rights campaigners
By Edward Snowden *
Hello. My name is Ed Snowden. A little over one month ago, I had family, a home in paradise, and I lived in great comfort. I also had the capability without any warrant to search for, seize, and read your communications. Anyone’s communications at any time. That is the power to change people’s fates.
Writings Suffused With Enlightenment and Marxian Humanism
By Ishtiaq Ahmed *
The founder of Viewpoint, Mazhar Ali Khan (born 6 June 1917 – died 28 January 1993) was born into one of the leading landowning families of the united Punjab: the Khattars of Wah, north of Rawalpindi-Islamabad. His father Nawab Muzaffar Ali Khan was a cousin of Sir Sikander Hyat Khan, leader of the Punjab Unionist Party and the first elected chief minister(1937-1942) under the 1935 Act, of the old Punjab. The Punjab Unionist Party was staunchly pro-British but its record for good government remains unsurpassed till today.
Banks Count Ten Times More for Banks Than For Europe’s Yout
By Robert Savio*
Youth At the last summit of European heads of state in Brussels, the main theme was youth unemployment, which has now reached 23% of European youth (although it stands at 41% in Spain). Last year, the International Labour Organization issued a dramatic report on 'Global Employment Trends for Youth 2012' in which it spoke of a “lost generation”.
The Great Corporate Heist
By Colin Todhunter *
The current far-reaching free trade talks between the EU and India are being carried out behind closed doors. People and groups are therefore rightly concerned that proper accountability and effective public scrutiny are being sidelined in favour of a business-led agenda (1) D emands for transparency were however dealt a blow by a recent ruling .
By Ishtiaq Ahmed *
Baroness Flather recalled her joyful days in Lahore as a teenager. Her closest friends were Muslims. She would go to the Imambargah and her Muslim friends were always taking part in Hindu festivals
On July 15, 2013, Baroness Shreela Flather, great granddaughter of the great builder, social reformer and philanthropist of undivided Punjab, Sir Ganga Ram, hosted my book The Punjab Bloodied, Partitioned and Cleansed (Oxford, 2012), in Committee Room No. 2 of the House of Lords. It was packed to full capacity and many people had to stand for the two hours we spent discussing it.
Make 4 July Independence From America Day!
By Dr Gideon Polya
The 4th of July is Independence Day for the United States of America and commemorates the 4 July 1776 Declaration of Independence for America, the key passage of which is “ We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness. ”
By Mark Vorpahl *
George Zimmerman has been found innocent of both second-degree murder and manslaughter for the killing of Trayvon Martin. In spite of Zimmerman's history as a neighborhood watchman employing racial profiling; in spite of the fact that he was armed with a gun and Trayvon was not; in spite of the fact that he stalked Trayvon in a way that anyone would find threatening; in spite of his recorded menacing comments about "f...king punks," that "these assholes always get away"; and in spite of his defiance of a 911 operator who told him he did not need to follow Trayvon, Zimmerman is free.