When Ladakh’s Original Hero Dared to Take the Plunge Into Bollywood in the 1970s

Ladakh officially opened itself to the world in 1974 when the Government of India first allowed tourists into this strategically sensitive high-altitude region. However, in 1972, a young and ambitious 19-year-old Phonsok Tsering Dimbir, popularly known as Phonsok Ladakhi, decided to plunge into the world of cinema, seeking admission into the prestigious Film and Television … Continue reading “When Ladakh’s Original Hero Dared to Take the Plunge Into Bollywood in the 1970s”

China Running Out of Provincial Capitals to Name Its Warships For

Destroyers are traditionally named for provincial capitals but only 2 are still without a namesake in the navy. China has the 2nd largest destroyer fleet in the world China is running out of provincial capitals to name new destroyers, and it might have to turn to other big domestic cities, which reflects the country’s rapid … Continue reading “China Running Out of Provincial Capitals to Name Its Warships For”

As Rohingyas flee Myanmar, India needs to drop religious criteria in its refugee law

More than 90,000 Rohingyas, victims of a new surge of violence in Myanmar, are fleeing the country and pouring into Bangladesh, while 30,000 people are still trapped near the border. At the same time, the government of the prime minister of India – who is due to visit Myanmar this week – has announced that … Continue reading “As Rohingyas flee Myanmar, India needs to drop religious criteria in its refugee law”

Notre Dame: We Have Always Belonged to Her

Photograph by Nathaniel St. Clair Some have expressed dismay that there is so much grief over the loss of a building and not over the loss of nature, or the biosphere, or of human beings. But why does there need be an “either or” response? Why do some human beings feel the need to limit the scope … Continue reading “Notre Dame: We Have Always Belonged to Her”

What Does it Mean to Teach Peace?

Depending on your age, people associate peace with protesting the Vietnam War, songs, movies and marches of the 1960’s, the time before 9/11, quiet getaway retreats, or their yoga class. So what does it mean to teach peace and howwould one do it? I think the whyis obvious. I have been teaching all my life – first more … Continue reading “What Does it Mean to Teach Peace?”

Du Tacite chez Rammstein ?

_Germanicus devant les restes des légions de Varus_, par Lionel Royer, 1896, musée du Mans. Wikimédia, CC BYUne musique inquiétante. Une ambiance sombre, presque romantique. Un bout de terre au milieu des marais, illuminé par un rayon rouge. Et une indication : Germania Magna. 16 A.D. (« Grande Germanie, 16 apr. J.-C. »). Ce cadre dans lequel s’ouvre le … Continue reading “Du Tacite chez Rammstein ?”