35 years have elapsed since the revolution that ousted the Shah and put an authoritarian theocracy in place. But does this make it the equivalent of the USSR, 35 years after 1917?

An open letter to my friends in Afghanistan, Pakistan and India.

For a change, I want to talk about what’s going on presently in my hometown, Paris.

I’ve just returned to Sarajevo where some of my closest and dearest friends live. The pessimism is palpable everywhere. Not a single institution seems to be working efficiently, be it hospitals, schools, universities. Museums have been shut for a year. Only supermarkets and religious establishments, principally Muslim, are sprouting everywhere

Let us imagine a society where such ideologies triumph (which is not excluded in view of the West’s negotiations with Taliban and their look-alike), a society without women, one that is deprived of 50% of its brains, capacities and potential. Gone would be the primary school teachers, nurses, police officers, provincial civil servants, – not to be replaced by male counterparts who neither have the qualifications nor the desire to work in these fields.

This is the title of an article that appeared in the Financial Times dated August 14th 2013 by  Mr. Jacob  Shapiro assistant professor at Princeton University. The author, who seems to be considered an expert on the subject, is convinced that once the US and allied troops leave, the Taliban will no longer have any […]

As the departure of US troops approaches and negotiations with Taliban gain respectability, violence against women has been on the increase in Afghanistan. A recent UN Report dated December 12th 2012 attempted to monitor the effect of the legislation passed in 2009 that criminalized recurring acts of violence against women including child marriage, rape, the […]

General Petraeus, one time world-accredited hero of Iraq and Afghanistan has resigned from his position as director of the CIA after just over one year in office. Reason given: an extra-marital affair of the kind European politicians would not bat an eyelid about. Is this about morality and the self-castigation of a four-star lover boy […]

What transparency?

On October 11th, the British government  announced transparency measures regarding the trade of imported natural resources, including gas and petrol. Companies will be required to publish payments to any government of more than €80,000 . This is meant to inform the local populations of the crimes and misdemeanours of their respective governments when they handle   […]

Dear readers of this post Please look at this http://www.facebook.com/ViolenceFreeTechnology?ref=ts The aim is to organize  world-wide campaign for a a day mobile telephone strike to protest about the rape that so often is part of extracting conflict minerals in the DRC, used for digital technology . This does not just concern the Congo- human rights […]