Features

  • October 3, 2006

    For many years my Lenten season reading has included Emmanuel Charles McCarthy's booklet, The Stations of the Cross of Nonviolent Love [PDF file here]. When George W. Bush responded to the court decision declaring his recent war-on-terrorism wiretapping unconstitutional by saying, "Those who herald this decision simply do not understand the nature of the world in which we live," I thought about the spiritual implications of Bush's words, and that reminded me of McCarthy's booklet.

  • October 3, 2006

    The coup in Thailand (19 September, 2006) remains a great puzzle for many. The issue is not so much why it has happened, but its popularity. There were reports of people giving flowers and cold drinks to soldiers on the streets. In Chiangmai, kids would not stop bothering their teachers until they were taken to see the tanks. In fact, according to one recent survey, 83% of Thais nationwide are in favour of this coup.

  • October 3, 2006

    Toward the beginning of the Saddam Hussein's second trial for genocide against the Kurdish people, three different coloured posters appeared on the streets of Suleimaniya. On one, the face of a frightened Saddam Hussein peered out behind jailhouse bars. The message on the poster asks, "What punishment would begin to fit the crimes he committed?" Another showed Saddam pointing a gun at a column of people, and bore the statement, "The forced exodus of the Kurdish people is a violation of human rights." A third read, "Humanity does not accept mass graves."

  • October 3, 2006

    John Paul II's papal rule was largely defined by his relationship with a global conflict between West and East.

  • June 9, 2006

    Love it or loathe it, the media will be full of the World Cup over the next month, as football-lovers and football-haters make their respective preparations for Germany 2006