Well, the world has already dubbed it as “the biggest leak in history.” For those uninitiated, I am talking about the Panama Papers leaks. About 11.5 million confidential documents of over 214,000 offshore companies and the identities of shareholders and directors have been leaked, much to the chagrin of the rich and famous. […]
Author: Subhojit Goswami
Obama’s Cuba Visit: Symbolism and Optimism
In 1928, US President Calvin Coolidge arrived in Cuba on a battleship. That trip was “decorous and dull.” Almost 88 years later, Obama became the next US president to visit the country. One of the first things he said after arriving on Cuban soil was this: “what we did for 50 years did not serve […]
Ankara Blast and Turkey’s Security Challenges
When the emergency workers at the explosion site close to Kizilay Square were picking up the severed body parts and pieces of machines, the Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan was talking about “bringing down terror to its heel.” Forgive me for the cliche, but the job is easier said than done. While the rest of […]
Donald Trump’s Chicago Rally: Protests and Undercurrent of Racism
When media came to know that Donald Trump was outraged because his freedom of speech was violated on Saturday night when his rally in Chicago had to be called off due to protests, they responded by saying that his “fondness for free expression is highly selective.” That was perhaps the drift of the event that […]
Sharapova and Doping Cases in Tennis
Sponsors are severing ties with Maria Sharapova. This new development comes close on the heels of the tennis star’s announcement that she had failed a drugs test at the Australian Open. The press conferences on March 7 was one of the very few ones when the 28-year-old Russian seemed at unease. The entire world watched […]
Women Rights Activists the World Must Remember
“I am not going to die, I am going home like a shooting star.” These were the words of a notable African American lady who became the first black woman to win a lawsuit against a white man to save her son from slavery. When she passed away in 1883, she had already built the […]
Can Ted Cruz Stop Donald Trump’s Run?
It was only last week when Donald Trump thundered during one of the press conferences, “”I would love to take on Ted Cruz one on one.” This might sound like a man confident of his prospects, but deep within Trump knows that even before he can go into a battle with Hillary Clinton for the […]
Border Controls in Europe: What could be the Domino Effect?
Some 283,000 people crossed borders illegally to enter Europe in 2014. The figure touched an unprecedented 1.8 million in 2015. With huge infiltration of refugees in the last year, the entire Europe now finds itself on horns of a dilemma. While people can sense the end of passport-free travel in Europe, they can also foresee […]
How Do Some of the Largest Sperm Banks Operate?
A gentleman named Bertold Wiesner was the biological father to 600 children. This was in the 1940s. A lot has changed since then and world has grown little more conscious of its social responsibility. Wiesner, who went on to found the London Barton Clinic, could have got many more to share this responsibility had he […]
How to Interpret Sean Penn’s Interview With Mexican Drug Lord in Rolling Stones?
Here’s a story that would make Don Corleone (Godfather) look like a midget. A Mexican drug lord, who has been literally calling the shots in entire Mexico and America when it comes to drug trafficking, has occupied public imagination like no one else. In fact, it was a moment of epiphany for the world when […]