Weapons of Mass Destruction: Part 2 of 2

50 years ago few people understood the threat posed by a nuclear arms race. The destructive power of these new weapons was simply beyond the comprehension of most people. But […]

The Nigerian Closet

In Nigeria, homosexuality not only is a taboo, it is illegal. In the north of the country, the maximum punishment is death by stoning. In southern Nigeria, people convicted of […]

Heavenly Stories: Bollywood Dreams

India literature produced the single longest poem in history, the great epic Mahabarata. Today the ancient story-telling and poetry recital traditions of India live on in “Bollywood”, the world’s biggest […]

Piet Mondrian

While some people are simply reminded of handkerchief designs at the sight of a canvas by the Dutch artist Piet Mondrian (1872-1944), there is no doubt that he was one […]

Goddess of the Netherlands: Belle van Zuylen

  Isabelle Agneta Elisabeth van Tuyll van Serooskerken (1740-1805) was her full name at birth, an impressive enough name on its own. She came to be known as simply Belle […]

Microchips Yes, Potato Chips No

India relaxed its laws on foreign investments in 1991 and opened its doors to market liberalization. By the time this programme was made a few years later, India was being […]

The Angst Behind Our Urban Myths

Now if you live in the Far North and you think you’ve spotted a polar bear rummaging through your trash, or a moose wandering around your back yard, or even […]