Monthly Archives: March 2001

Mother Nature is a great nurturer

Exposure to the natural environment has a positive effect on your health and could actually help prevent and treat illnesses, argues a US researcher. According to the Environmental News Network, Emory University’s Dr Howard Frumkin makes the case in a review of the literature to be published in next month’s issue of the American Journal of Preventive Medicine, “Our standard clinical paradigm involves medications more than non-medical approaches, Read More »

The war on truth

Last year’s libel battle between revisionist historian David Irving and American academic Deborah Lipstadt was billed as a war over the history of the Holocaust. Article history But did Irving really matter? And what did the two-month trial actually achieve? In an exclusive extract from his remarkable new book about the case, DD Guttenplan argues that the bare facts proved in a London courtroom fell short of the whole truth about the Nazi genocide How the case was won before ... Read More »

Equality and Efficiency – The Big Tradeoff

Contemporary American society has the look of a split-level structure Its political and social institutions distribute rights and privileges universally and proclaim the equality of all citizens Yet economic institutions, with efficiency as their guiding principle, create disparities among citizens in living standards and material welfare. This mixture of equal rights and unequal economic status breeds tensions between the political principles of democracy and the economic principles of capitalism. Whenever the wealthy try for extra helpings of supposedly equal rights, ... Read More »

How are we to live?: ethics in an age of self-interest

Singer suggests that people who take an ethical approach to life often avoid the trap of meaninglessness, finding a deeper satisfaction in what they are doing than those people whose goals are narrower and more self-centered. He spells out what he means by an ethical approach to life and shows that it can bring about significant and far-reaching changes to one’s life. How Are We to Live? explores the way in which standard contemporary assumptions about human nature and self-interest ... Read More »


Plato was born around the year 428 BCE in Athens. His father died while Plato was young, and his mother remarried to Pyrilampes, in whose house Plato would grow up. Plato’s birth name was Aristocles, and he gained the nickname Platon, meaning broad, because of his broad build. His family had a history in politics, and Plato was destined to a life in keeping with this history. He studied at a gymnasium owned by Dionysios, and at the palaistra of ... Read More »

Центральная Азия: Мобилизация исламистов и региональная безопасность

Asia Report N°14 1 Mar 2001 КРАТКОЕ СОДЕРЖАНИЕ Правительства Кыргызстана, Таджикистана и особенно Узбекистана ссылаются на реальное, но сильно преувеличенное, присутствие воинственно настроенных исламистких движений для оправдания репрессивных мер. Эти правительства, а также Россия, используют заявления об этих движениях, чтобы оправдать усиленные совместные меры международной безопасности против того, что воспринимается ими как общая угроза, а также, чтобы заручится согласием и помощью западных государств. Такие мероприятия по большей Read More »