The Hindu Taking cities to the people In the first four decades of freedom, the assumption
was that the economic benefit of investments in big irrigation projects and heavy industries, and of
the State controlling the `commanding heights of the economy', would trickle down...
Asia Times A
Star-Spengler'd apology An American masterwork puts to shame SPENGLER's
previous gibes at US "hand me down culture", and that is none other than
the national anthem. Belonging to the genre of great poems by awful poets, the central question of "The
Star-Spangled Banner" remains relevant to this day: Do America's national colors wave over a brave and free
Gulf News Force spies to work together The American Senate Intelligence Committee has
released its report on the pre-war intelligence on Iraq. It says America's intelligence network,
particularly the Central Intelligence Agency, CIA, badly needs repair.
Times The screaming 'idiot' in the middle of Iraq Hashida Shinsuke, a veteran Japanese combat reporter
who survived Vietnam, Cambodia and imprisonment by the Khmer Rouge,
then Burma, Bosnia, Israel-Palestine and Afghanistan, died in Iraq in late May when
insurgents attacked his car. ADAM LEIBOWITZ describes him, citing excerpts from his book on covering the
Business Line Private sector smugness Off and on, observers come up with disturbing comments
on the cursory nature of checks and controls exercised over private sector firms. The private sector has
failed the test of public accountability, writes B S Raghavan.