January 2013 (8)
Jan 24 2013 11:34AM
The country where 'looking gay' and drinking Bailey's Irish Cream can get you jailed
If you’ve ever been wronged, the first thing you’ll probably want to seek is justice. In fact the law courts and the criminal justice system as a whole are generally seen as the last great bastions of the rule of law in any society. So...
Jan 21 2013 12:07PM
Zero Dark Thirty: a film review in two halves
The intro First, cards on the table. I don’t usually like Hollywood films, especially of the modern, hard-boiled “action” variety. So, OK, Kathryn Bigelow’s much-talked-about Oscar-nominated Zero Dark Thirty was never going to be my cu...
Jan 17 2013 5:33PM
To intervene or to not intervene? That's the Mali question
Across dinner tables and in column inches, the debate has raged over whether France and other western powers should intervene in the deepening conflict in Mali, as Islamic insurgents gain ground across the country. The Daily Telegraph...
Jan 15 2013 6:53PM
Courting favour
You might expect the Prime Minister to have one resolute line on the European Court of Human Rights, and to stick to his position – which previous to today seemed to be almost one of contempt for decisions which run counter to those ma...
Jan 11 2013 11:55AM
Is the future still orange at Guantánamo?
It could be I’m unusually sensitive to certain colours. But, for instance, I strongly dislike turquoise. The same with purple. Ghastly. Also, generally, orange. Hmm. While I’ve done well in avoiding the first two (including painting ov...
Jan 10 2013 5:55PM
So, Prince Muhammad, any interesting executions coming up?
We’re in a run of stories that seem to be showcasing the potential for appalling treatment of young women. The alleged Delhi gang rape case . The alleged serial rape of a 15-year-old girl by her step-father in the Maldives . And, yeste...
Jan 7 2013 5:58PM
Chinese censor censured
There’s a Harry Belafonte song about how you can cage the singer, but not the song. That’s often the truth – but in China at the moment, it’s the words that have been impounded – and the authors who are still at liberty to protest. For...
Jan 3 2013 5:04PM
India risks finding that you can have two wrongs, and still no rights
One of the lovely volunteers who works here with us in the media team is from Taiwan. She was telling me that over the last few weeks she had been involved in some online debates with friends about the use of the death penalty in Taiwa...