Archive for April, 2006

Euston Heavy

Sunday, April 30th, 2006

Christopher Hitchens has come out with all guns blazing in support of the Iraq War on today’s Sunday Times. But then he would, wouldn’t he. Its more of the same snarling Iraq-is-a-success envangelism we have come to expect from the Fat White Duke: Yes the Iraq War has been a cracking success and not least […]


Sunday, April 30th, 2006

The details of the extra-marital affair of Deputy Prime Minister John Prescott story can be sold to the highest bidding newspaper at the going rate of a hundred large.
There were rumours that Barrie Williams, Miss Temple’s boyfriend, had made at least £100,000 from selling the story to the Daily Mirror and that, despite the […]

Last Night a Streamer Saved My Life

Sunday, April 30th, 2006

Back in 2004 The Onion reported on the tragic story of Sam Powers, a man who’s love affair with music ended at 35 when he discovered that buying music wasn’t fun anymore. A huge lump formed in my throat that made me choke back the emotion. Thousands of thirty-something people could, like me I’m sure, […]

Two chairmen and a people

Monday, April 24th, 2006

Kanak Mani Dixit, the brilliant and tireless editor of Himal magazine, writes a dense and intricate synopsis of the events that have brought Nepal to where it stands now.
It is just possible that the Spring of 2006 will bring such a political tsunami of sheer people power. But it is also possible that the chairman-king […]

A New Challenge

Sunday, April 23rd, 2006

The Yale Online on Bangladesh:
Preserving democracy in an impoverished Muslim nation is no easy task. After separating from Pakistan in 1971, Bangladesh created a constitution embracing secularism and democracy. A 1982 military coup suspended the constitution, and Islam was eventually named the state religion. Extremists instigate violence against politicians with a secular platform, thus contributing to […]

New blog for Liberal Islam

Sunday, April 23rd, 2006

Our friend and fellow Risk buff, Zeeshan Hasan has started a blog at Liberal Islam. Zeeshan has been busy editing and maintaining the Liberal Islam section at wikipedia. We wish him good luck with the new blog.


Sunday, April 23rd, 2006

AS IF! (Authors Support Intellectual Freedom) is an American association of authors who are monitoring authors and books that being removed from school curricula in all fifty states. So, for example, we read about the the NAACP in Pasadena’s move to remove To Kill a Mockingbird from the school curriculum.
What kind of forces are operating in the US […]

Police offence

Sunday, April 23rd, 2006

One of the priveleges for the citizens of a Democracy is the benefit of a free press. A international sports event is a good a time as any to show the world what the Bangladesh government thinks of that privelege. So last week the People got to see an ugly incident at the opening of […]

Do See

Sunday, April 23rd, 2006

Last week more4 showed History of Oil by “Britian’s brightest comic” Robert Newman.
Here is a chance to see it again.
Get it while its still cached.
[via IndyBay]

Nepal’s Road to Democracy

Friday, April 21st, 2006

The good news from Nepal suggests that King Gyanendra has bowed to pressure from opposition political groups and mass pro-democracy demos that have brought the country to a standstill in the last two weeks. He has made the announcement that he will be standing down to the demands of the opposition:
“We hope peace and order […]

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