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COVER STORY

12-07-2013

Uncle Scan

Uncle Scan

Briefing

United States

Yes, We Scan

JOHN CHERIAN Cover Story
President Barack Obama’s legacy will be blotted further by the latest revelations.
Surveillance

How NSA hacks the whole world

The NSA is building a $2-billion facility in Utah, which will have the capacity to store and process data equivalent to one million DVDs for every man, woman and child on earth.
Britain

Thick as thieves

The David Cameron government, whose surveillance department has all along colluded with the CIA, provokes anger and ridicule by resorting to an all-too-familiar argument that law-abiding citizens have “nothing to fear” and a bit of intrusion into privacy is a small price to pay for security.
Privacy law

The missing Act

V. VENKATESAN Cover Story
An expert panel recommends a comprehensive law and changes in the existing legal framework to protect the right to privacy.
Turkey

The great divide

JOHN CHERIAN World Affairs
The recent events in Turkey following Prime Minister Erdogan’s authoritarian actions have only polarised its society and politics further.
North-eastern Africa

Whose Nile is it?

JOHN CHERIAN World Affairs
A war of words breaks out in north-eastern Africa as Egypt fears that the $4.7-billion dam Ethiopia is planning on the Blue Nile will curtail the flow of Nile waters to the country and encourage other basin states to emulate Ethiopia.
India & Russia

Reworking old ties

RAJIV BHATIA World Affairs
The Track II expert-level dialogue between Russia and India is marked by realism rather than nostalgia about Soviet-era ties. Both sides agree that geostrategic considerations will drive them towards increasing mutual cooperation.
Labour Issues

Loss of security

T. K. Rajalakshmi The Nation
At the 45th Indian Labour Conference in New Delhi, labour-related issues get more than the usual attention on account of the general elections next year. But the question is whether the government will take earnest action on its recommendations.
West Bengal

Kamduni shocker

The Nation
WEST BENGAL has the dubious distinction of having the highest incidence of crime against women for the second consecutive year in 2012 according to ...
Myanmar

Suu Kyi’s dilemmas

A.G. NOORANI World Affairs
Aung San Suu Kyi’s silence on the Rohingyas problem is guided by realpolitik in her race for presidency. In that she has no moralistic pretensions.
Tamil Nadu

Stripped of dignity

S. DORAIRAJ Social Issues
A Dalit boy of Vadugapatti in Tamil Nadu’s Madurai district has been forced to carry his footwear on his head for daring to wear them in a caste-Hindu area.
Ajit Pandey

Voice of the masses

The Nation
The rebel voice of Ajit Pandey, the renowned singer and writer of protest songs, which inspired more than a generation of activists involved in the ...
Surveillance

How NSA hacks the whole world

The NSA is building a $2-billion facility in Utah, which will have the capacity to store and process data equivalent to one million DVDs for every man, woman and child on earth.
Britain

Thick as thieves

The David Cameron government, whose surveillance department has all along colluded with the CIA, provokes anger and ridicule by resorting to an all-too-familiar argument that law-abiding citizens have “nothing to fear” and a bit of intrusion into privacy is a small price to pay for security.
Privacy law

The missing Act

V. VENKATESAN Cover Story
An expert panel recommends a comprehensive law and changes in the existing legal framework to protect the right to privacy.
Critical concerns

Vulnerable Indian

Cover Story
RAJEEV CHANDRASEKHAR, a Rajya Sabha member from Karnataka, has been involved in the debate over Internet governance. Responding to the recent exposes ...
Transgenders

Lesser citizens

SAGNIK DUTTA General Issues
The meagre pension for transgenders announced by the Delhi government is an unimaginative measure that will not help solve the myriad problems faced by the community.
Inter-caste marriage

Forced break-up?

Social Issues
IN November 2012, caste flames devoured three Dalit colonies in Dharmapuri district of Tamil Nadu. The anger over the “marriage” in October of E.
BJP

Double whammy

The euphoria that Narendra Modi’s elevation as election campaign chief created in the BJP suddenly turned into panic with senior leader L.K. Advani rising in revolt and the party’s long-time ally Janata Dal (United) leaving the NDA.
Column

Cost of reliance on gas

C.P. Chandrasekhar
AMIDST controversy, the United Progressive Alliance government is once again working to boost private profit at the expense of ordinary citizens. This ...
Critical concerns

Vulnerable Indian

Cover Story
RAJEEV CHANDRASEKHAR, a Rajya Sabha member from Karnataka, has been involved in the debate over Internet governance. Responding to the recent exposes ...
Cover Story

Empire in espionage

VIJAY PRASHAD Cover Story
A systems administrator blows the cover of a U.S. spying programme that routinely mines data from Internet servers and telecommunications systems used by billions of people around the planet, including all Americans.
Column

Refractions off the PRISM

Sashi Kumar
THE problem is that you cannot pick up the phone and talk about it. Nor sign on to Facebook or Skype to vent your feelings about it. Because, as we ...
Indian scenario

India: Privacy in peril

BHAIRAV ACHARYA Cover Story
The danger of mass surveillance in India is for real. The absence of a regulating law is damning for Indians who want to protect their privacy against the juggernaut of state and private surveillance.
Ajit Pandey

Voice of the masses

The Nation
The rebel voice of Ajit Pandey, the renowned singer and writer of protest songs, which inspired more than a generation of activists involved in the ...
Transgenders

Lesser citizens

SAGNIK DUTTA General Issues
The meagre pension for transgenders announced by the Delhi government is an unimaginative measure that will not help solve the myriad problems faced by the community.
Uttarakhand

Himalayan tragedy

The havoc that followed torrential rains in Uttarakhand had been in the making for many years. Rampant construction and unmindful digging and blasting of the hills had been going on, and the State’s successive governments ignored the warning signs.
Food Security

Exclusion as policy

T.K. RAJALAKSHMI Social Issues
Attempts by the Congress-led UPA government to adopt the ordinance route to pass the Food Security Bill fail as the opposition parties are more or less united in seeking a Bill that provides universal PDS coverage.
Myanmar

Suu Kyi’s dilemmas

A.G. NOORANI World Affairs
Aung San Suu Kyi’s silence on the Rohingyas problem is guided by realpolitik in her race for presidency. In that she has no moralistic pretensions.
Genetics

No patent for genes

R. RAMACHANDRAN Science & Technology
A landmark judgment of the U.S. Supreme Court ends Myriad Genetics Inc.’s exclusive rights over the DNA sequences of two genes, detection of whose mutations through diagnostic tests can reveal the risk of cancer in women. The court holds that merely isolating genes that are found in nature does not make them patentable.

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