Colombia: A Political Primer (Part 2)

Colombia Primer (Part 2) Author: Cristobal Campos Posted: 24 Feb, 2003 The 1960s could almost be called the Guerilla Decade as several large groups were formed and rose to nation-wide prominence during these years. The FARC was founded in 1964. The same year, the Ejercito Liberacion de la Nacion (ELN) was established. (The ELN is…

Colombia: A Political Primer

Colombia Primer Author: Cristobal Campos Posted: Feb 8, 2003 This article is the first of three in a series that will attempt to provide a background on the ongoing events in Colombia. It is by no means exhaustive. There is no way a 40-year civil war can be summed up in a few pages. It…

Book Review: “India: A History” by John Keay

(HarperCollins – 576 pages) Reviewer – Luke Brown India: a history, by John Keay, attempts to chart the course of the history of India from around 3000 BC to the end of the century just passed, in one volume. It was always going to be a tough task. 5,000 years contains an immense amount of…

Press Freedom in China

Reading the English version of China’s People’s Daily on the Internet, one gets the heartening impression that the Chinese government is tackling the growing AIDS crisis head on. Headlines like “Facing AIDS, Silence is Death” and “China Warned of 12 Million HIV Carriers in 8 Years if no Measures Taken” attest to this new openness.…

Colombia: Turning a Shining Face to War

Colombia. To some, the mere name conjures up images of coca fields and swarthy-looking men with slicked-back hair and a long pinky fingernail exchanging briefcases full of cash for brick-sized packages wrapped in duct-tape. Others think of an RPG ambush on white, USGOV Suburbans or of pink t-shirts, covered by cheap suit jackets, a la…

Book Review: “Caucasus” by Nicholas Griffin

(Review – 240 pages) Reviewer – Luke Brown “Mountain Men and Holy Wars” Ominously, Zbigniew Brzezinski, the former National Security Adviser to President Jimmy Carter, in his book The Grand Chessboard, stated that, geopolitically, there is no more important area in the world than the Caucasus. His reasons, as cited in Nicholas Griffin’s fascinating “Caucasus,”…

Kiev, Ukraine: Night Tram

Founded in the 5th century on the Dnipro river, Kiev, the capital of Ukraine, has survived many hardships and dangers, including invasions, fires, the Nazis and communism. It is now 11 years since Ukraine gained its independence from the Soviet Union in 1991. Photographer: Thomas Noël http://lisa.phoar.com/thomas/

Book Review: Route 66 AD by Tony Perrottet

Following the route of ancient generals from Pompeii to Egypt. Every week there seems to be an addition to the travel books currently adorning the shelves at the local bookstore. It occurred to me that this was a bizarre phenomenon. Especially since these books not only recount the travels, but also describe the “personal journey”…

Multi-Tool Review

When Leathermans came out they were an absolute godsend to the practical camper or traveler. They revolutionised the multi-tool market and set the benchmark by which all subsequent imitators have been judged. Their brilliant craftsmanship and utility have been matched by only a few of the subsequent attempts to infiltrate this market. Unfortunately the best…

Aum Shinrikyo Update

RECENT ALEPH DEVELOPMENTS Aleph has made headlines recently on several occasions that are uniformly noteworthy. As the Justice Ministry in Japan slowly uncovers more and more pertinent information we can expect the intentions of Aleph to become clearer to the discerning individual or agency. As of now, Aleph is still shrouded in secrecy, their intentions…

North Korea: Roll over Kim Il Sung

One wonders how advocates for centrally planned economies still gain a voice. The concept that a relative few on a committee of sorts should be given the power to effectively manage a country’s economy is seen by many as a good thing. The justification for this point of view is largely an emotional one, often…