Monthly Archives: November 2001

Rwanda genocide conviction upheld

Some were locked in a cave and set on fire United Nations appeal judges in The Hague have upheld the conviction of former tea factory boss Alfred Musema for his involvement in the 1994 genocide of Tutsis and moderate Hutus in Rwanda. They also confirmed the life prison sentence he was given last year by the UN war crimes tribunal for Rwanda, based in Tanzania. But the appeals court quashed his conviction for rape on the grounds of unreliable evidence. ... Read More »

Introduction of Professor Noam Chomsky

by N. Ram, Editor, Frontline and Trustee, Media Development Foundation Noam Chomsky. (Image by Duncan Rawlinson, CC) Public Lecture, “September 11 and Its Aftermath: Where is the World Heading?” Music Academy, Chennai, Saturday, November 10, 2001 Noam Chomsky, Institute Professor at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), is the great polymath of our age, although given his own attitude to heroes and hype, I am sure he will dissent from such characterisations. Renowned scholar, founder of the modern science of Read More »

Thomas Hobbes (1588-1679)

“The universe is corporeal; all that is real is material, and what is not material is not real.” —The Leviathan The philosophy of Thomas Hobbes is perhaps the most complete materialist philosophy of the 17th century. Hobbes rejects Cartesian dualism and believes in the mortality of the soul. He rejects free will in favor of determinism, a determinism which treats freedom as being able to do what one desires. He rejects Aristotelian and scholastic philosophy in favor of the “new” ... Read More »