Vietnam: Gender equality needs society's attention

Local and foreign experts have acknowledged Viet Nam's endeavours in developing a legal framework to ensure women's rights. However, they have also voiced the need to draw greater attention from society to ensure gender equality in the country.

India: The 1857 Revolt And Its Historiography: An Overview

The Revolt of 1857 was born out of various features ranging from the British policy of conquest and expansion to the colonial exploitation of India. Geographically speaking, it affected north-western, north and central India.


'Green Roofs' and Urban Heat Islands

An urban heat island is a metropolitan area that is significantly warmer than its surrounding rural areas. Unlike global warming, which entails a worldwide rise in temperatures, heat islands occur at the local level.


Won't Get Fooled Again?

The most important lesson about the Iraq War for reporters was perhaps the simplest one: Don't assume the White House is telling the truth. It's a lesson that many reporters seem to be forgetting now that U.S. officials are escalating their claims about Iran's role in Iraq.


Civil rights groups launch 2007 agenda

Civil rights groups see a chance to make important gains during the next two years with the new dynamics in Congress. In a letter earlier this month to members of the House and Senate, the Leadership Conference on Civil Rights outlined 16 key issues that the 200-member civil and human rights coalition plans to win.


How a Bill Becomes a Signing Statement

At the House Judiciary Committee hearings on Bush's use of signing statements on Wednesday, two exchanges at the end were quite revealing.


GROUNDHOG DAY – Who is creeping out of his hole with a new threat today?

-President Bush wants to Slice and Dice Medicare and children’s health programs, H.R. 676 is the answer to that!


Uruguay Signs a TIFA with the U.S.

On January 25, Uruguay signed a Trade and Investment Framework Agreement (TIFA) with the United States that could ultimately dismantle Mercosur and isolate Uruguay in the southern cone.


Our Profound Ignorance of Muslims

Long-time readers of my commentaries will know that I do not subscribe to the liberal notion that our main problems in the Middle East derive from our blundering in without really understanding the peoples and cultures of the region – any more than I believe that the situation in Iraq right now derives from our lack of understanding that “Shi’a and Sunni have been killing each other for 14 centuries in Iraq.”


Movie Review: Pan's Labyrinth (El Laberinto del Fauno)

A young girl arrives with her debilitated pregnant mother in a Spanish hillside garrison of Franco's fascist army to live with her new stepfather, the commander of the outpost. It is 1944, and though the civil war has subsided, armed guerrillas – mostly communists and other freedom and democracy-loving people – still harass the Spanish government forces.

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