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Human rights

Awarding the tyrant

Issue Date: Aug 15, 2012
Human rights groups have condemned UNESCO as “shameful and utterly irresponsible” for awarding a prize sponsored by one of Africa’s most authoritarian rulers. The $3 million award, presented to three scientists on July 17, is funded by Equatorial Guinea’s president, Teodoro Obiang Nguema Mbasogo.

Beautiful survivors

Issue Date: Jul 31, 2012
With a 79-year-old as the winner, it was an unlikely beauty contest. The pageant was for Holocaust survivors in which 14 women, aged 74 to 97, walked the red carpet and described their sufferings at the hands of the Nazis during World War II. Hava Hershkovitz, who had to flee her native Romania, was crowned the winner.

Hunger games – it’s the real India show

Posted on: 15 May, 2012
The celluloid fantasy of a dystopian world is a reflection of our society

Jarawas: to protect or not

Issue Date: Feb 15, 2012
A RECENTLY released video showing Jarawa women dancing in front of tourists has triggered a debate on whether the ancient tribe of Andaman and Nicobar Islands should be brought into the mainstream. In this context, an expert committee of the Ministry of Tribal Affairs has recommended the Central government should not alter the policy of protecting the Jarawas from exposure to the outside world until studies are conducted on their concerns and aspirations. The Jarawas, whose population is just about 300, are known to have little immunity to outside illnesses.

Letters - February 15, 2012

Issue Date: Feb 15, 2012
A farmer’s take

Secretive tribunals, hidden damages

Issue Date: Jan 31, 2012
The North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) appears to have generated the most number of investor-state treaties and shows that rich countries are as much at risk as developing countries. Would you agree? 

India’s many investment treaties make it vulnerable

Issue Date: Jan 31, 2012
Would it be correct to say that all countries are at risk from BITs and FTAs although the treaties are targeted at developing countries?

Justice league for people’s rights

Issue Date: Jan 31, 2012
What is the Permanent People’s Tribunal (PPT)?

Investment terror

Issue Date: Jan 31, 2012
The New Year may not have started cheerily for the claims brigade. An international arbitration panel awarded US oil giant Exxon Mobil Corp just $908 million in compensation for Venezuela’s nationalisation of its assets in 2007, less than 10 per cent of what the behemoth had reportedly sought. It was presumed that Venezuela’s feisty president Hugo Chavez, known for his America-baiting, would be celebrating.
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