The minute I saw the news this week about Playboy magazine, I groaned. I all but smacked my forehead with the flat of my hand. This famous (some might say infamous) magazine plans to clean up its act?
On Oct. 10, twin bomb blasts devastated an area of Ankara, capital city of Turkey, where a protest rally was underway. People had gathered to condemn the government's attacks on the Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK), a separatist organization officially regarded as a terrorist movement.
In its annual selection process, the full General Assembly has picked five countries to serve as non-permanent members on the U.N. Security Council. Importantly, Egypt, Japan and Ukraine as well as Senegal and Uruguay were chosen as the new members who will serve two year terms on the powerful 15-member Security Council.
Earlier this month, I was fortunate to attend the Khazanah Megatrends Forum 2015 in Kuala Lumpur on Disruptive Innovation. The forum brought together many amazing speakers who are at the cutting edge of innovation. The most impressive was Dr. Hugh Herr, who lost both legs to frost bite when mountain-climbing.
News broke last week that as early as 1977, senior scientists from United States oil giant Exxon had warned that the burning of fossil fuels was influencing the climate.
Negotiations on the largest regional trade accord in history concluded last week. Pundits have since weighed in on which groups of nations stand to gain or lose from the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), as the agreement is called.
The agreement on the Trans-Pacific Partnership, reached after five years of often nail-biting sessions that ended inconclusively, marks a triumph for the United States, especially for President Barack Obama, but opposition to it is so strong in the U.S. Congress that its passage is far from certain next year, which will be marked by U.S. presidential election campaign rhetoric.
The issue of exploitation of child domestic laborer does not catch our attention in Bangladesh unless there is sensational news of torture in the media.
There is a remarkable novelty in the craft of Svetlana Alexievich, the 68-year-old Belarusian writer who has won the Nobel Prize for Literature this year. The fact that she is now settled in Ukraine conveys a very different message to the likes of Vladimir Putin in the context of his expansionist designs over the former Soviet satellites, Belarus included. Svetlana has famously been able to bridge the gap between historiography and literature, a critical departure from at least three facets -- the standard narrative, subaltern studies and the history of literature.
Over the last few days quite a lot has been said about back-channel diplomacy between India and Pakistan. This is something of a paradox, for the back channel, by definition, must be far removed from the public gaze, and even if its existence is known and whether or not it may be currently active, not much usually comes to light about what takes place within this most private of forums. Moreover,