A thirst for privatisation

If one recognises water as a basic human right - a concept endorsed last year by the UN - then the decision to allow it be taken out of public control and given to private interests is reprehensible, writes Frank Groome.

Small change from Barack Obama

Obama's rhetoric of change may have been seductive during his 2008 campaign, but American foreign and national security policy has remained much the same as it was during the Bush years. By Frank Groome.