Farewell, Filibuster

The Editors – The Nation There?s more work to be done, but this was a big win for democracy During his first five years in office, President Obama faced unprecedented obstruction of routine executive and judicial nominations: sixteen executive branch… Continue Reading

End the N.S.A. Dragnet, Now

By RON WYDEN, MARK UDALL and MARTIN HEINRICH* – The New York Times WASHINGTON ? THE framers of the Constitution declared that government officials had no power to seize the records of individual Americans without evidence of wrongdoing, and they… Continue Reading

Trade: On to Bali, ?to buy a pig in a poke?’

Chakravarthi Raghavan* Geneva, 21 Nov – An ancient Indian saying (perhaps by a disillusioned courtier) has this: ?the words of a king, are like words writ in water, disappearing in the next ripple of waves.’

Race to Climate Disaster

Yesterday most African and Latin American nations walked out of talks because Australia under the new Abbott govt said ‘we don?t care what you want?. With irresponsible govts in Australia, Canada and Japan there is little hope for agreement. I… Continue Reading