What is happening in society
Friday, 14 January 2011 (George Town Sector)
Brazil floods: 'Never seen anything like it'
More than 500 people are now known to have died in floods in south-eastern Brazil, the country's worst natural disaster for several decades. Heavy rain has led to massive mudslides hitting several towns, resulting in thousands being made homeless. Mountainous areas north of Rio de Janeiro have been hit by the heaviest downpours in 44 years.
Here, residents from the affected areas describe the aftermath:
Wednesday, 29 December 2010 (Suva Sector) North-eastern Australia's worst flooding in decades is continuing to cause chaos across the region. About 1,000 people in Queensland have been evacuated, including the entire population of the town of Theodore. The government has declared Theodore and two other towns in the region to be disaster zones, and forecasters say the floods have not yet peaked.
The cost of the damage is expected to top AU$1bn (£650m), including massive losses of sunflower and cotton crops. Army Black Hawk helicopters evacuated the 300 residents of ..→
Thursday, 3 February 2011 (Delhi Sector) One of Nepal's top television networks has begun broadcasting its nightly news bulletin in semi-darkness to highlight the effects of massive power cuts. Since the beginning of February, Kantipur Television has used only a kerosene (paraffin) lantern to light its 30-minute-long 7pm news bulletin. The head of Kantipur News said that the aim was to put pressure on the government to tackle the problem. Nepal is currently suffering about 12 hours of power cuts a day.
"We want the government to produce more electricity as soon as ..→
Delhi gang rape: Four sentenced to death
Friday, 13 September 2013 (Delhi Sector) An Indian court has sentenced four men to death for the gang rape and murder of a student in the capital Delhi, a case which led to violent protests across India and new laws against rape. Mukesh Singh, Vinay Sharma, Akshay Thakur and Pawan Gupta were found guilty on all counts earlier this week. Judge Yogesh Khanna said the case fell in the "rarest of rare category", rejecting pleas for a lighter sentence. The woman, 23, was attacked on a bus in December and died two weeks later.
On Friday, Judge Khanna said the attack ..→
Saturday, 14 September 2013 (Berlin Sector)
Sister Teresa Forcades: Europe's most radical nun
A Spanish nun has become one of Europe's most influential left-wing public intellectuals. This year, thousands have joined her anti-capitalist movement, which campaigns for Catalan independence, the reversal of public spending cuts and nationalisation of banks and energy companies. As political headquarters go, the monastery of St Benet has got to be among the most beautiful and peaceful anywhere. To get there you must take a breath-taking drive up the sacred mountain of Montserrat.
Sister Teresa Forcades, the ..→
India: good, bad and ugly of Indian life - all on one road
Friday, 28 January 2011 (Delhi Sector) India's economy is booming, the rich are getting richer and the poor are able to dream - but chaos and corruption are still everywhere you look. As with many things in India, I had a bit of a love-hate relationship with Aruna Asaf Ali Marg.
This was the road on which I drove, or was driven, from home to work and back, most days that I was in Delhi. All life was there. A little bit of everything. There was the India of progress and increasing prosperity. The new hospital on the corner, the South Asian ..→
Thursday, 27 January 2011 (Kahira Sector)
The Egyptian day of wrath
What is happening now in Egypt is historic by all means and all parties involved should acknowledge that and deal with it as such. “Without beating around the bush or postponing or playing us for fools and without more false promises, we, the people of Egypt, demand all of our long forgotten rights to be granted and this time there is no turning back … we have learned our lesson …we have finally broken free of all fears”
… thus stated a written flier that has been circulating – by banned oppostion -all over major cities ..→
Saturday, 18 December 2010 (Hong Kong Sector)
US envoy warns of Korea tinderboxAn unofficial US envoy visiting North Korea has warned that the situation on the peninsula is a "tinderbox". The envoy, Bill Richardson, made the comments after talks with officials in Pyongyang, whom he asked to exercise "extreme restraint". He said he had urged them to let South Korea go ahead with planned live-firing exercises on an island which was shelled by the North last month. Pyongyang has been threatening to strike back if the drill goes ahead.
On Friday, Russia - which shares a border with North Korea - summoned US and ..→
Saturday, 11 December 2010 (World)
WikiLeaks cyberbattles signal rise of new powers?
Too often the potential of the Internet to change our lives has been dramatically overhyped. But I wonder if there's one area where we are grossly underestimating its impact. Futurists have long speculated about the notion that the Internet would eventually erode the power of the nation as the primary way we organize ourselves and exert power and influence. That point was always just over the horizon.
But as I watched the escalating hostilities that erupted over the WikiLeaks controversy last week, I debated whether we ..→
Saturday, 4 December
Impact of Wikileaks' US cable publications
The US cables released in stages by Wikileaks and several newspapers have caused a stir around the world. Anatol Lieven, professor in the War Studies Department of King's College, London, examines the impact. Wikileaks are like peanuts - absolutely addictive, but in the end curiously unsatisfying.
In truth, not much has emerged that had not already been leaked to the media in one form or another by US diplomats, to serve either US agendas or battles over policy in Washington.
The more these people know of how the outside world regards them the ..→
Thursday, 9 December 2010
On television, the scenes have looked like a typical demonstration: people standing around in the cold waving placards while police run around after trouble-makers. But what's beyond doubt is that social media has played an important role in the anti-cuts demonstrations, but is it changing the nature of modern protest?
List of all news
- Brazil floods
- Floods hit north-east Australia
- Nepal electricity power cuts
- Delhi gang rape
- Sister Teresa Forcades
- India: good, bad and ugly
- The Egyptian day of wrath
- US envoy warns of Korea tinderbox
- Cyberbattles signal rise of new powers
- Impact of Wikileaks US cable publications
- How social media changed protest