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18 March, 2009

‘A Nuclear-Armed Afghanistan’

That’s what Pakistan can become, warns Patrick French. (Via Nikhil Mehra.)

Posted by Amit Varma in Politics at 12:06 AM

15 December, 2008

Pragmatism And Ideology

Tobin Harshaw links to some thought-provoking pieces here.

Posted by Amit Varma in Politics at 5:49 PM

12 December, 2008

The Worst Puns Ever

Ramesh Srivats continues to delight.

Posted by Amit Varma in Politics at 8:02 AM

Nuclear Proliferation

The NY Times lays out the history of the spread of nuclear technology. (Via Neel.)

Posted by Amit Varma in Politics at 7:31 AM

18 July, 2008

“Viva il duce”

This is a scary story. Read the full thing. (Via Gautam.)

Posted by Amit Varma in Politics at 1:18 PM

05 June, 2008

A fleet of “prison hulks”.

Floating prisons as part of the “extraordinary rendition” program by the Bush administration. (- via.)

Posted by Sanjeev Naik in Politics at 7:21 AM

03 April, 2008

India’s public sector and suffering

From the Economist on Indian babus: Public employees also suffer less stress than their private-sector counterparts, which is one reason why the user of their services suffers more.

Posted by Yazad Jal in Politics at 10:02 AM

29 March, 2008

A lasting relationship

Even as Sarkozy courts Britain, the British are in love with Bruni’s style.

Posted by Sanjeev Naik in Politics at 4:45 AM

23 March, 2008

The Mayflower

Common theme connecting Spitzer, FDR, and JFK. Not the ship. The hotel.

Posted by Sanjeev Naik in Politics at 3:48 AM

19 March, 2008

The Scandal Quiz - II

17/23 on the quiz. Here’s a cheat-sheet that will help you answer some of the DC-related questions!

Posted by Sanjeev Naik in Politics at 7:14 AM

The Scandal Quiz

My score was 15. Now you try. (Via email from SK.)

Posted by Amit Varma in Politics at 2:53 AM

05 March, 2008

“Russia has one one future”

... and that’s democracy, says Mikhail Gorbachev in a memo to Dmitri Medvedev.

Posted by Amit Varma in Politics at 10:58 PM

27 February, 2008

“Every unsavoury separatist is gloating”

Pratap Bhanu Mehta explains why Kosovo “sets a dangerous precedent in international law.”

Posted by Amit Varma in Politics at 2:31 PM

Clinton’s still in it

Jay Cost explains why.

Posted by Amit Varma in Politics at 3:02 AM

19 February, 2008

“When The Magic Fades”

Here’s David Brooks on Barack Obama.

Posted by Amit Varma in Politics at 2:42 PM

06 February, 2008

“Darkness Seeking Darkness”

Maureen Dowd sums up Hillary Clinton.

Posted by Amit Varma in Politics at 2:50 PM

The Dark Side of Hillary Clinton

Read David Brooks on The Cooper Concerns.

Posted by Amit Varma in Politics at 2:26 AM

21 December, 2007

Countdown the days

With a Firefox add-on, a countdown clock, or maybe just cross off the days on this lovely calender. :)

Posted by Sanjeev Naik in Politics at 6:12 PM

12 December, 2007

Russian Gambit

An interview with Kasparov

Posted by Sanjeev Naik in Politics at 7:47 PM

10 December, 2007

The Prosecutor’s Scythe

Check out Michael Powell’s profile of Rudy Giuliani.

Posted by Amit Varma in Politics at 6:31 PM

16 November, 2007

Where’s the Definitive Musharraf Story?

Mini Kapoor interviews Tina Brown.

Posted by Amit Varma in Miscellaneous | Politics at 10:20 AM

27 September, 2007

The Tsar’s Opponent

Check out David Remnick’s fabulous profile of Garry Kasparov. (Via email from Ramanand.)

Posted by Amit Varma in Politics | Sports at 11:09 PM

16 August, 2007

Mahatma Gandhi on August 15, 1947

It was special. (Via email from Gautam.)

Posted by Amit Varma in Politics at 1:50 AM

13 August, 2007

Seeing is believing

Cheney saying going into Iraq would be wrong and lead to a quagmire! A decade later, a change of heart (no pun intended)? (- via.)

Posted by Sanjeev Naik in Politics at 9:55 AM

10 August, 2007

“Cheney declares himself national monument”

Heh. (Via email from Joby Joseph.)

Posted by Amit Varma in Politics at 8:51 PM

03 August, 2007

Unite, Bloggers!

Nate Anderson questions whether bloggers need a union.

Posted by Gautam in Miscellaneous | Politics at 11:22 AM

16 July, 2007

Web 2.0 Presidential Campaign

Duncan Riley on Ron Paul and the rise of internet campaigns.

Posted by Gautam in Politics | Science and technology at 1:16 PM

07 June, 2007

Behind the Veil

LA Times reporter Megan Stack goes undercover in Saudi Arabia.

Posted by Gautam in Miscellaneous | Politics at 1:14 PM

02 June, 2007

The story of Indian art…

... is the story of an unfettered India. Salil Tripathi explains why it is under threat.

Posted by Amit Varma in Arts and entertainment | Politics at 11:56 AM

23 May, 2007

Street Food in Peril?

Not if the Supreme Court has its way. And it’ll be safer too.

Posted by Gautam in Economics | Politics | The good life at 10:16 AM

22 May, 2007

Religious Growth

Foreign Policy reports that four out of the six fastest growing religions are directly attributable to high birth rates in India.

Posted by Gautam in Miscellaneous | Politics at 11:08 AM

12 May, 2007

Al Gore for VP

Eric Schulman, who statistically predicted the 2004 U.S. Presidential election, now predicts leading candidates for 2008.

Posted by Sanjeev Naik in Politics at 12:32 AM

01 May, 2007

Barack Obama: The Conciliator

Do read this excellent profile in the New Yorker by Larissa MacFarquhar.

Posted by Amit Varma in Politics at 1:06 AM

21 April, 2007

US Government, Outsourced

Scott Adams wants to outsource the US government to India.

Posted by Gaurav Mishra in Politics at 12:42 AM

20 April, 2007

Politics and tragedy

This is superb satire. (Via email from Ravikiran.)

Posted by Amit Varma in Politics at 5:43 PM

05 April, 2007

Nationalism

You cannot get more patriotic than this. (Via email from Joby Joseph.)

Posted by Amit Varma in Politics at 5:49 PM

02 April, 2007

We The Educated and God

Makes you wonder. Exactly, what effect does a college education have?

Posted by Arzan Sam Wadia in Politics at 9:31 PM

24 March, 2007

The Internet is Not a Big Truck…

... it’s a series of tubes. A totally over-the-top techno version of US senator Ted Stevens’s now infamous “series of tubes” speech.

Posted by Gaurav Mishra in Politics | Science and technology at 9:26 PM

21 March, 2007

Incarceration Rates

It might surprise you to know that India has one of the lowest incarceration rates. I wonder why…

Posted by Gautam in Miscellaneous | Politics at 10:21 AM

10 March, 2007

Pluto back in the game

...at least in New Mexico. Why? Because lawmakers there believe anything that “passes over their excellent skies deserves to be declared a planet.”

Posted by Patrix in Politics at 1:37 PM

05 March, 2007

Hey! Don’t tell anybody…

...but we are tapping your phone. The NSA messes up, and needs to pay the bill.

Posted by Ravages in Politics at 9:13 PM

28 February, 2007

Al Gore’s Inconvenient Truth?

Now that we have labeled Al Gore as a hypocrite, I guess we don’t have to worry about global warming any more. Bah!

Posted by Patrix in Politics at 10:34 PM

Laura Welch…

...apparently ran a red light, had an accident and killed her ex/boyfriend. She’s now Mrs. Laura Bush. A pinch of salt is advised.

Posted by Gautam in Miscellaneous | Oddball | Politics at 9:55 AM

27 February, 2007

Hell - too good for some evil bastards

That’s from a controversial ad in NZ with a picture of this guy, who apparently wanted to do this  to this guy. If only he could catch him!

Posted by Sanjeev Naik in Oddball | Politics at 10:48 PM

26 February, 2007

A flat earth, after all.

Tom Tomorrow, on this Modern World and about scientists, liberals and Dubya.

Posted by Ravages in Politics | Science and technology at 1:13 PM

An Inconvenient Truth…

...wins the Oscars. Awesome.

Posted by Arzan Sam Wadia in Economics | Politics | Science and technology at 10:44 AM

25 February, 2007

Good bye anonymous19@yahoo.com.

Europe’s getting ready to restrict internet users, especially how one signs up for an email address. (via Wired)

Posted by Ravages in Politics at 9:54 AM

23 February, 2007

Washington’s Birthday is not Washington’s birthday

Really, now.

Posted by Amit Varma in Politics at 6:11 PM

22 February, 2007

Judicial activism

Adrants points to a story in which the Supreme Court of Alabama allows the sale of guns, but not the sale of sex toys.

Posted by Ravages in Politics at 8:59 PM

An enemy of big government?

Here’s Phil Gramm on John McCain. Hmmm…

Posted by Amit Varma in Politics at 6:02 PM