We Are a Society of Half-Adults

June 10, 2016

It is a formidable proposition, in today’s context, to decide what’s real. To borrow from Charles Dickens, it is the best of times, it is the worst of times. To highlight another paradigm, we are traversing along in a society where impulse is given its way. In the process, we are...

The Virtue of Silence in a Modern World

May 21, 2016

In today's mad rush for instant materialistic nirvana, silence has practically ceased to exist. We all know much about noise, because noise has become part of our being. Not silence—as our consciousness, or philosophy, would want us to know, observe and, also, if possible, practice. In today's...

How Much Does Google Know About You?

February 07, 2015

Covert technology is 30 years ahead of what’s in the public realm, argues Norman Ball. Google Chairman Eric Schmidt made a splash recently at Davos with his quip about the vanishing Internet. Frankly, he does creepy better than obtuse when he all but begged the question about what the hell...

Has Europe Failed to Integrate Muslims?

January 18, 2015

European minorities and majorities are moving away from each other on matters of social cohesion and identity politics. US President Barack Obama recently chastised British Prime Minister David Cameron about the failure of Europe to “integrate” its Muslims in the way the United States has...

North Korea: Missing the Forest for the Trees (Part 2/2)

February 20, 2013

Nicholas A. Heras speaks to North Korea expert Michael Bassett about the country's internal society and its role in the international system. Read part one here. Nicholas A. Heras: Is the peaceful unification of the Korean Peninsula under one state possible, and under what conditions? Michael...

North Korea: Missing the Forest for the Trees (Part 1/2)

February 13, 2013

Nicholas A. Heras speaks to North Korea expert Michael Bassett about the country's internal society and its role in the international system. North Korea is again at the center of international attention due to assertions that its leadership is pursuing a program of enriching uranium in order...

India’s Slide Into Medievalism

February 12, 2013

The traditional feudal society behind the façade of a modern liberal democracy has been revealed after the Delhi rape. It has also highlighted the increasingly bitter clash of civilisations within a civilisation. Although column inches, candles and slogans have been liberally expended over...