Disaster in slow motion

India is the world’s largest democracy, of course, and as a consequence its elections are always something of a logistical challenge. The 815 million voters in this year’s election to the Lok Sabha, the lower house of the Indian parliament, will cast their votes on 7 different dates spread over a month and a half,…

PRISM and the War on terror: towards perpetual war

“Arms, and the man I sing, who, forc’d by fate, And haughty Juno’s unrelenting hate, Expell’d and exil’d, left the Trojan shore.” –       Virgil, Aeneid. Is it a coincidence that the Aeneid, one of the founding texts of Western culture, the establishing myth of Rome, begins with the word ‘Arma’, or ‘arms’? Is war really…

Biopower and homophobia in Russia

“Men accept servility in order to acquire wealth; as if they could acquire anything of their own when they cannot even assert that they belong to themselves.” – Etienne De La Boétie Gays not allowed Gay people no longer seem welcomed even in the West. On the one hand, far right politicians like Geert Wilders…