News and politics

Who are they?

Can you make a guess? I have spent the past few months immersing myself in the following themes of the moment: loving brother-sister incest, the second world war, female teachers having sex with male pupils, staying with the man who makes you happy rather than promises hot sex, people “as old as the century”, male …

Democracy is…

Looking at reports on Sonia Gandhi’s victory, a few thoughts came to mind: India is the world’s largest democracy, with 675 million voters – twice the population of the USA. Yet it managed a 56% turnout. Needless to say, democracy in India is a huge, messy process. Votes from four seats are being recounted, but …

Pre-emptive puzzle

Israeli ‘traitor’ released from jail. Based on the doctrine of pre-emption, which the Bush administration used to justify the invasion of Iraq, should the US now do likewise to Israel for the suspected possession of weapons of mass destruction? Or will the doctrine of pre-emption be non-retroactive, since the secrets were leaked in 1986? 🙂

Log for the day

Some news I’ve stumbled across today. Sleeping more reduces risk of cancer, says the Stanford University Medical Centre. Siesta, anyone? Governator update: It appears that Arnie’s promises may not be that easy to achieve. Still, he’s on a roll, and his new campaign website is up and running. [We interrupt this transmission to bring you …