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“Struggle And Create: My Days With Com. Shankar Guha Niyogi” : Chapter 1- Niyogi And His Mission

“Struggle And Create: My Days With Com. Shankar Guha Niyogi” : Chapter 1- Niyogi And His Mission

CHAPTER ONE  – NIYOGI AND HIS MISSION[1] I used to say, somewhat in amusement and somewhat grievingly, “I belong to the B-team of Niyogi”. The A-team consisted of Binayak da (Dr Binayak Sen)  and Ashish da (Dr Ashish Kumar Kundu). Saibal da (Dr Saibal Jana), Chanchala di ( Dr Chanchala Samajdar) and I used to manage the affairs of the[Read More…]

US AFRICOM Blacklists Reporter Nick Turse As “Not A Legitimate Journalist”

US AFRICOM Blacklists Reporter Nick Turse As “Not A Legitimate Journalist”

Journalist Nick Turse, who has reported extensively on US military operations in Africa, was recently told that he has been deemed “not a legitimate journalist” by AFRICOM, the US military command which oversees operations across the continent. The move is of a piece with the US government’s drive to silence critical reporting by alternative news outlets and comes amid the[Read More…]

On December 31, 2012, the Kulluk, a Shell drilling vessel, drifted aground off Sitkalidak Island in the Gulf of Alaska in 2012. (Photo: Day Donaldson/flickr/cc)

The Last Oil: Gathering to Resist Trump’s Reckless Arctic Energy Policy

The Last Oil is not a warning that we are running out of oil. On the contrary, there is so much oil — and gas and coal and other unconventional fossil fuels like tar sands and methane hydrates — that if we continue to dig up and burn all these fuel sources, we will push the Earth’s climate toward a runaway[Read More…]

Iran Is ‘Not Alone’: Interview With Andre Vltchek

Iran Is ‘Not Alone’: Interview With Andre Vltchek

Andre Vltchek interviewed by Mostafa Afzalzadeh Q – M.A.: Why do you think the western countries are trying to use people against Iran and not use military force? What is the difference? A – A.V.: It is because Iran is ‘not alone’. If the West were to dare use military force against Iran, directly, there would be an immediate response[Read More…]

 Solidarity From Central Cellblock To Guantanamo

 Solidarity From Central Cellblock To Guantanamo

On Thursday, January 11, the sixteenth anniversary of the opening of the US military prison at Guantanamo Bay in Cuba was marked by a coalition of 15 human rights organizations gathered in Lafayette Park, across Pennsylvania Avenue from the White House in Washington, DC. An interfaith prayer service was followed by a rally featuring song and poetry and addresses by[Read More…]

When African Americans Learn of Criminal Media’s 54 Year Blackout of King’s Condemnation of US Wars

When African Americans Learn of Criminal Media’s 54 Year Blackout of King’s Condemnation of US Wars

  How strange it is that the African American community  has been, either openly or indifferently, supportive of white racist regime change, imperialist bombings, invasions and bloody occupations in smaller nations of people whose skin color is of various hues even though MLK condemned them as “atrocity wars and covert violence on three continents since 1945 to maintain unjust predatory investment in countries overseas,”[Read More…]

 National Green Tribunal Southern Bench Has No Judges: Narendra Modi And Amit Shah Must Be Happy

 National Green Tribunal Southern Bench Has No Judges: Narendra Modi And Amit Shah Must Be Happy

  The last Judge of the National Green Tribunal southern bench retired last week. Now there are none. Narendra Modi and Amit Shaw who head the most anti-environment Government and political party India has ever had, must be happy. In this year’s Finance Act they and their Yogis had smuggled in changes to how Tribunal members should be appointed in[Read More…]

Macron In China

Macron In China

Since coming to power, Macron has given the impression of forging ahead with new agendas and ideas crafted from a novel perspective.  This has been far from the case.  True, the man’s novelty has shone through in doing what seemed to be the undoable: establish a power base against traditional powerbrokers and carve out a good slice of the electoral[Read More…]

Above, two characters of the Earthsea world: Ged and Vetch (Ged is the one with the scars on his face). Behind Ged, the Shadow. A wonderful image by Paul Duffield.

Epistemology of Earthsea: Is The Universe A Machine?

I propose here a modified version of a post that I published last year on “Chimeras“.  I argue here that all our troubles are epistemological in nature: we don’t know how to find the truth. In the Earthsea series, Ursula Le Guin gave us some hints – although no solution – about this dilemma.  Any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable[Read More…]

Eric Greitens And The Bondage Scandal: Looking Beneath The Surface

Eric Greitens And The Bondage Scandal: Looking Beneath The Surface

When I shook hands with Eric Greitens following the 2016 debate for Missouri Governor, none of us on the Green team imagined that, a year before, he had tied a woman up, blindfolded her, undressed her, photographed her and warned that he would release the photo if she ever said what happened.  The story made local and US news on[Read More…]

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Thus Spake Oprah As The New York Times Spots UFOs Over The Comb Over Empire

I remember my first impression of the Reality Television program American Idol. I cringed at the thought, what if, a young Bob Dylan, Patti Smith, or the members of The Clash had been forced to have their talents appraised by the sort of shallow celebrities, supercilious moderators, and gallery of lowest common denominator-giddy cretins attendant to the hype-driven fare. Yet[Read More…]

Pakistan Warns India Against Any Misadventure

Pakistan Warns India Against Any Misadventure

  Pakistan Foreign Minister Khawaja Muhammad Asif said Saturday (Jan 13) that Indian Army Chief General Bipin Rawat’s remarks about Pakistan amount to “invitation for nuclear encounter”. Asif was reacting to Rawat’s Wednesday remark that his forces are ready to call Pakistan’s “nuclear bluff” and cross the border to carry out any operation if asked by the government. “We will[Read More…]

"The deep disillusionment and anger that led to Donald Trump’s election—a reaction to the corporate coup d’état and the poverty afflicting at least half of the country—have destroyed the myth of a functioning democracy."(Photo: Mr. Fish)

America, A Penthouse Built On Tenaments

Western capitalist countries, especially the United States, have become grotesquely unequal, with a significant portion of their populations angst-ridden, miserable, and living within a framework of economic stagnation. Observing how Donald Trump chooses monologue over dialogue,tweeting and quacking-on about his ‘smartness’, is to witness American exceptionalism firsthand.Smartness appears to be the cloakthat conceals the expropriation of wealth, a practice common[Read More…]

Trump Frenzy Disrespects Facts

Trump Frenzy Disrespects Facts

  War, namely, the use of actual force hovers in the background, while warfare, which is really all other means in relations between states, remains the Trumpian leitmotif.  Contumely for African countries one day, invective for Iran the next.  Last week it was Pakistan.  It’s all grist for a presidential mill in a psychedelic world where facts swirl about on[Read More…]

U.S President Donald Trump Has Been Declared “Persona Non Grata” In The Caribbean

U.S President Donald Trump Has Been Declared “Persona Non Grata” In The Caribbean

( A Declaration that was authored by the Pan-Africanist and Socialist popular forces of  the Caribbean nation of Barbados at Bridgetown, Barbados on Saturday 13th January 2018, and  submitted to the people and civil society organizations of the Caribbean for their endorsement and adoption) DECLARATION  OF  THE  PEOPLE  OF  THE  CARIBBEAN We, the under-signed representatives of the sovereign people of the Caribbean, hereby[Read More…]

What It Was Like Thinking A Ballistic Missile Was Speeding Toward Us In Hawaii

What It Was Like Thinking A Ballistic Missile Was Speeding Toward Us In Hawaii

Yesterday morning, while I was drinking coffee and reading and my wife was getting ready for work, we heard an emergency alert sound from our phones.  I figured it would be a storm warning, but the weather was clear.  My wife looked at her phone and said a missile was coming.  She immediately sprang into action, grabbed a gallon of[Read More…]

Why We Can’t Tolerate Waikiki As A State

Why We Can’t Tolerate Waikiki As A State

  “We are missing our deadlines.” — S. Suzuki It would be like saying the state of San Francisco when you should have said the state of California. Waikiki is a beachfront neighborhood of Honolulu on the south shore of O’ahu in the U.S. state of Hawaii. It’s no more an “island” than San Francisco is a state. So how[Read More…]

What Really Happened In Bhima Koregaon – Fact Finding Report

What Really Happened In Bhima Koregaon – Fact Finding Report

On January 1, 2018, thousands of Dalit families that had gathered at Bhima Koregaon to pay homage to the Dalit Mahar martyrs of the Anglo-Maratha war of 1818, were targeted and attacked by members of extreme right wing Hindutva groups. The saffron goons not only pelted the Dalit gathering, where there were thousands of women and children, with large stones,[Read More…]

The Departure Of Anand Prakash, An Extra-Ordinary Crusader Who Stood Up For Justice

The Departure Of Anand Prakash, An Extra-Ordinary Crusader Who Stood Up For Justice

The news of the demise of the unassuming, down-to-earth Anand Prakash, who led the struggle for justice for Ruchika Girhotra tirelessly for 26 long years once again brought to my mind the words of a young woman relating the story of her fight for justice to me – “Power and pelf hold sway and ordinary folk like me stand no[Read More…]

We Need A Martin Luther King Day Of Truth

We Need A Martin Luther King Day Of Truth

  As Martin Luther King’s birthday is celebrated with a national holiday, his death day disappears down the memory hole. Across the country – in response to the King Holiday and Service Act passed by Congress and signed by Bill Clinton in 1994 – people will be encouraged to make the day one of service.Such service does not include King’s[Read More…]

Gag Order: Congressmen Aren’t Allowed To Speak About Impeachment

Gag Order: Congressmen Aren’t Allowed To Speak About Impeachment

 The GOP-controlled House of Representatives is prohibiting Members of Congress from discussing impeachment of President Trump, when they give speeches on the Floor of the House.   When I first heard about this, back in May of 2017, my jaw dropped.  Under the Constitution, the U.S. House of Representatives is the body responsible for impeaching the President of the United[Read More…]

 Being Too Principled….

 Being Too Principled….

  “You can indulge your righteous rage, but the things it comes out of are pretty cheap. The trick is to make yourself an instrument of your own policy. Whether you like it or not, that’s the highest effectiveness man has achieved.” — Norman Mailer, The Naked and the Dead Principles invite us to do something about the morass of[Read More…]

 Considering Absolute Numbers

 Considering Absolute Numbers

  On October 12, 1961 Eugene Jacques Bullard, the first African-American fighter pilot died. I went to his funeral in the French War Veterans section of the Flushing Cemetery in Queens, New York because I had only been a few feet away from him In Peekskill, New York in 1949 (as a six-year-old) when a racist, “patriotic” crowd almost beat[Read More…]

It’s What They Do

It’s What They Do

  The percentage of moisturizers sold in the United States as “fragrance free” that contain a fragrance is 45. Of moisturizers sold as “hypoallergenic” that contain a common allergen it’s 83. But the misrepresentation of a lotion or cream used to prevent dryness in the skin, though wrong and deserving of consequences, is nothing when it comes to disingenuous organic[Read More…]

This Is Not A Drill

This Is Not A Drill

  The recent “mistake” in Hawaii which sent many people running for cover, as if they could actually protect themselves from an incoming ballistic missile from North Korea pushed my envelope on several counts. It’s too early to have a handle on all of the important variables at the moment, but I can ask a few questions: Why — at[Read More…]

 Smashing The Box To Bits Nonviolently

 Smashing The Box To Bits Nonviolently

An act of creation is only half the story: the other half is the community into which that creation lands. The realm of blending is all-important. Novelty is insufficient — what’s also required is resonance with one’s society. That should be obvious, but it’s not. For instance, the “creativity” involved in the Occupy hey day in New York sparked a[Read More…]

Does It Come Down To People Vs the Natural World?

Does It Come Down To People Vs the Natural World?

Letter to a friend: My region of the USA is starting to collapse in some places due to too many people using up too many resources. Eventually the overall economy will collapse since we will run out of fossil fuels and certain other critical resources. … My local water is garbage (fecal material, other potentially poisonous materials, and road chemicals[Read More…]

New Delhi:  Prime Minister Narendra Modi welcomes Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on his arrival at Air Force Station, Palam, in New Delhi on Sunday. PTI Photo / PIB(PTI1_14_2018_000094B)

No To Netanyahu, No To complicity With Israel’s Apartheid

The ICCABI a group of academics, activists and artists in India, came together in 2010 to campaign against yet another apartheid regime by extending support to the international campaign for the academic and cultural boycott of Israel. They have issued the following statement which, in essence, calls on citizens committed to dismantling apartheid in Israel to refuse to be a[Read More…]

The Hold Of Moneylenders Grows To A Record High

The Hold Of Moneylenders Grows To A Record High

   A recent report by IndiaSpend states that professional moneylenders, who can charge up to four times more interest than the government’s banking system, hold more rural debt than ever, from 19.6 percent in 2002 to 28.2 percent in 2013. According to a 2017 study by Stanford University’s Center on Global Poverty and Development, farmers take loans from informal sources at high rates of interest[Read More…]

Brahmanism, Patriarchy, Supreme Court And The Justice

Brahmanism, Patriarchy, Supreme Court And The Justice

It is the patriarchal fixation with fathers and husbands as feudal heads of indian households where sanctities are attached to family units, that leads to normalization of corruption in a judicial system that is unsurprisingly spearheaded by the brahminical chiefs. No matter what the chief of the family does, it has to be a hush-hush affair and not be made[Read More…]

Trump’s Racist Comments Trigger International Condemnation

Trump’s Racist Comments Trigger International Condemnation

The already battered international standing of the US government has been dealt a further blow by the revelation that President Trump labeled some of the most oppressed and impoverished nations as “shithole countries.” Disgust and anger over the openly racist comments the US president made at a meeting with congressional leaders on Thursday have only been intensified by Trump’s belated[Read More…]

Media, Racism, And Global “Shitholes”

Media, Racism, And Global “Shitholes”

We find ourselves in yet another Trump outrage cycle. After famously calling Haiti, El Salvador and the entire continent of Africa “shitholes,” there is a high level of righteous indignation among media outlets against Trump. This will dissipate, soon to be replaced by a new, improved outrage. What is noteworthy about many of these cycles of condemnation is that Trump is often[Read More…]

Who Created These Shitholes?

Who Created These Shitholes?

When I was six, my parents put me in footed pajamas that were cozy and warm. Then they took turns reading me a short bedtime story so that I could have sweet, interesting dreams. Afterwords, they kissed me, tucked the bedding around me and told me that they were going to awaken me in a few hours to listen to[Read More…]

United States border fence, US/Mexico border, east of Nogales, Arizona, USA, viewed from US side

The Gringo Wall

Some years ago an amusing satirical article in the Buenos Aires leftwing daily, Pagina 12, made me want to cry. In five thousand words the Argentinean journalist José Pablo Feinmann, ridiculed, among other things, the whole concept of the great wall the U.S. Bush government projected along the border with Mexico. “What? Raise a wall. The gringos must be very[Read More…]

India And Net Neutrality: The Credibility Of The Regulator Matters More

India And Net Neutrality: The Credibility Of The Regulator Matters More

  Net neutrality has been one of the most studied and controversial areas of policy making for nearly one-and-a-half-decades now, since the term was coined back in 2003. As the US has been the most innovative nation in fueling the digital revolution globally, much of the regulations on it also has originated from the US, namely the Federal Communications Commission[Read More…]

These are the Palestinian children killed by Israel in 2017.

These Are The Palestinian Children Israel Killed In 2017

Fourteen Palestinian boys and girls under the age of 18 were shot dead by Israeli occupation forces in the West Bank and Gaza Strip during the year. There were 21 fewer children killed than in 2016, which was the deadliest year for Palestinian children in the occupied West Bank in the past decade. In addition to those 14 shot and killed[Read More…]

Collapsing Systems: What Empires And Avalanches Have In Common

Collapsing Systems: What Empires And Avalanches Have In Common

The Italian chemistry professor Ugo Bardi has written a book about the Seneca effect. He refers to the abrupt collapse of systems: observed in avalanches and balloons, but also in financial market bubbles and powerful empires. By Jantje Hannover When a balloon bursts or an avalanche takes place, it is a network structure that suddenly reorganizes. (image stock & people /[Read More…]

41 Hearts Beating in Guantanamo

41 Hearts Beating in Guantanamo

  January 11, 2018 marked the 16th year that Guantanamo prison has exclusively imprisoned Muslim men, subjecting many of them to torture and arbitrary detention. About thirty people gathered in Washington D.C., convened by Witness Against Torture, (WAT), for a weeklong fast intended to close Guantanamo and abolish torture forever. Six days ago, Matt Daloisio arrived from New York City[Read More…]

 Spiritually Taking Care Of Our Common Home

 Spiritually Taking Care Of Our Common Home

  “Glory be to God for dappled things” — Gerard Manley Hopkins, Pied Beauty “The big conversation we need within government has still not begun.” George Monbiot responding to UK Prime Minister Theresa May’s new environmental proposal, very much echoing the essential message embedded in Pope Francis’ Laudato Si’… which focuses on Care for Our Common Home. The punchline to this piece —[Read More…]

Aaron Swartz: A Man Who “Rocked The Boat”

Aaron Swartz: A Man Who “Rocked The Boat”

 I knew Aaron Swartz. Aaron was an internet leader and free-speech advocate who helped organize the worldwide movement to keep the internet free from censorship and corporate control. Now more than ever, we should listen to his story and what he fought for. Aaron committed suicide at the young age of 26 after downloading JSTOR articles without JSTOR’s permission. He[Read More…]

Joint Citizens Protest Demands Scrapping of Biometric UID/Aadhaar Number Database Project

Joint Citizens Protest Demands Scrapping of Biometric UID/Aadhaar Number Database Project

The planned Joint Citizens Protest against world biggest Central Identities Data Repository (CIDR) of 12 –digit biometric Unique Identification (UID)/Aadhaar numbers happened at the Parliament Street from 3 pm onwards on12th of January, 2018.  More such protests are planned across the districts and cities in the country.  Several speakers at the protest site demanded immediate stoppage of the biometric UID/Aadhaar number database project. [Read More…]

Indian Association of People’s Lawyers Salute The Whistle Blower Judges

Indian Association of People’s Lawyers Salute The Whistle Blower Judges

The Indian Association of People’s Lawyers applauds the courageous step taken by the four senior-most judges of the Supreme Court in placing, before “we, the people” as the ultimate authority, the impasse that has been created by the refusal of the Chief Justice of India to respond to their legitimate and responsible concerns over his recent administrative actions. In their[Read More…]

The Issues Raised By The Judges Must Be Taken Up By The Civil Society: PUCL

The Issues Raised By The Judges Must Be Taken Up By The Civil Society: PUCL

The People’s Union For Civil Liberties (PUCL) is seriously concerned over the implication of issues raised by the 4 senior most SC judges after the Chief Justice of India (CJI) going public about their disagreement with the CJI over functioning of the judicial institution both in its administrative as also judicial sphere of functioning. In the Press Conference today, all[Read More…]

#ShitHoleDon Captures Disgust After Trump’s Racist “Shithole Countries” Remark

#ShitHoleDon Captures Disgust After Trump’s Racist “Shithole Countries” Remark

First reported by the Washington Post, and then confirmed by various other outlets, President Donald Trump’s racism sparked renewed outrage on Thursday—and the #ShitHoleDon hashtag—after it was learned he referred to Haiti, El Salvador, and African nations as “shitholes countries” during  a closed-door meeting with Republican lawmakers. “Why are we having all these people from shithole countries come here?” Trump reportedly said, according to people[Read More…]

How Can Chief Justice Of India Dipak Misra Be Impeached

How Can Chief Justice Of India Dipak Misra Be Impeached

   Ignoring this morning Friday January 12 2017 press conference held by Justice Chelameswar the senior most Justice of India after the Chief Justice, along with the next three senior most judges of the Supreme Court, at his home in New Delhi, the Chief Justice of India Dipak Misra continued with business as usual at the Supreme Court. At their[Read More…]

Farming For A Small Planet

Farming For A Small Planet

People yearn for alternatives to industrial agriculture, but they are worried. They see large-scale operations relying on corporate-supplied chemical inputs as the only high-productivity farming model. Another approach might be kinder to the environment and less risky for consumers, but, they assume, it would not be up to the task of providing all the food needed by our still-growing global[Read More…]

Stephen Hawking – Struggle Against Disability And Superstition

Stephen Hawking – Struggle Against Disability And Superstition

  ‘I have noticed that even people who claim that everything is predetermined and that we can do nothing to change it, lok before they cross the road ‘ From Black Holes and Baby Universes and other Essays ‘If you are disabled, it is probably not your fault , but it is no good to blame the world or expecting[Read More…]

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Go Talking “Too Loud”… You’ll Cause A Landslide

    “Do you know what it’s like on the outside?” — from the Bee Gees’ New York Mining Disaster 1941 The mudslides in Montecito and elsewhere throughout southern California are far more horrifying than anything being reported in the press. The devastation is simply one of those things that not only goes beyond words but exceeds what is possible to[Read More…]

Unprecedented! Supreme Court Judges Go Public Against Chief Justice Of India

Unprecedented! Supreme Court Judges Go Public Against Chief Justice Of India

In an unprecdented move four judges of the Supreme Court of India went public with their grievances against the Chief Justice of India, Dipak Misra by holding a press conference. They said democracy in India is at stake. NDTV reported: They said that repeated attempts to alert the Chief Justice to their concerns -including a meeting with him this morning-[Read More…]

 If Anything….

 If Anything….

  “Why do men then now not reck his rod?” — a line from God’s Grandeur “Progressives, generally, are not at home with controversial religious issues, in part because they cannot deal with phenomena which they’ve only encountered in the telegraphic sound bites offered by political debate. It is characteristic of the narrow logic of left-of-center citizens that when they[Read More…]

Fire And Fury. Inside The Trump White House

Fire And Fury. Inside The Trump White House

Fire and Fury. Inside the Trump White House, Little, Brown 2018. One wonders how the public got so thrilled by a book that combines all the D. C. gossip and tittle-tattle between two boards, which the tabloids published about Trump’s chaotic White House so far. The book was a media coup that only served the financial advantage of the author;[Read More…]

How The First Lady Of Islam Set An Example For The Generations To Come

How The First Lady Of Islam Set An Example For The Generations To Come

The public perception of Muslim women is one of stubborn stereotypes: supposedly powerless and oppressed, behind walls and veils, demure, voiceless and silent figures, discriminated and bereft of even basic rights. Contrary to this general belief, Muslim women have held the flag of enlightenment throughout history. The early Muslim community recognised and honoured a wide spectrum of female roles and[Read More…]

A Neoliberal Earthquake

A Neoliberal Earthquake

 As the BJP dipped below hundred seats in the recently concluded election in Gujarat, it was nervousness and not a sense of triumph that absorbed the party supporters at large. The word ‘vikas’ was wilfully abandoned during the campaigns and ‘Gujarat model’ was convincingly voted out in rural Gujarat.  A lot has been rightly said about the glaring limitations of[Read More…]

160,000 Industrial Workers Strike In Germany

160,000 Industrial Workers Strike In Germany

Around 160,000 employees in the automotive, steel and electrical industries have engaged in token strikes called by the IG Metall union, which is currently negotiating a new wage contract for 3.9 million workers in Germany’s largest industrial sector. The actions include workers at Porsche, Daimler, Bosch and other auto, auto parts and electrical companies like Siemens and AEG. A rally[Read More…]

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Fuming In The White House: The Bannon-Trump Implosion

Michael Wolff is laughing, if not gloating, all his way to the bank. Money bags are singing; bank accounts are being filled.  Doubts about the free publicity his work on the Trump White House would receive would have abated with the tweeting complex that is the current and singular US president, one Donald J. Trump.  Call something fake, and it’s[Read More…]

Monsanto, Bayer And Neoliberalism: A Case of Hobson’s Choice

Monsanto, Bayer And Neoliberalism: A Case of Hobson’s Choice

A Bayer marketing professional recently stated on Twitter that critics of GMOs deny choice to farmers. It’s a common accusation by the pro-GMO lobby. In a previous article, I noted the idea that GMOs offer increased choice is erroneous and that, by implication, corporations like Bayer or Monsanto restrict options. Much evidence suggests that GMOs provide a false choice. However, to[Read More…]

Revolutions…. For Whom?

Revolutions…. For Whom?

  As my nation stands betrothed to World Hunger Index and Bullet train, it is quite incomprehensive, which beau she will meet at the altar-towards the end of 2019. The cacophony for more power, more votes, more solidarity grows within the usual suspects of political alliances. With each passing day India descends into another abyss of political turmoil, the stakes[Read More…]

Neoliberal Totalitarianism And The Social Contract

Neoliberal Totalitarianism And The Social Contract

 Neoliberal Totalitarianism and the Social Contract Abstract Analyzing aspects of the rightwing populist tide arising largely in reaction to the pluralistic-diversity model of neoliberalism, this essay examines the evolving social contract that normalizes systemic exploitation and repression in the name of capitalist growth. Amid incessant indoctrination by the media representing big capital, people try to make sense of whether their[Read More…]

A Church In Need Of Genuine Reform

A Church In Need Of Genuine Reform

  The “people’s Pope” is striking all the right notes: concern for the poor, for the climate change, sympathy for all who suffer under oppression, and apology of sorts for sexual abuse of children by Catholic priests. Yet something is amiss amid all these verbal proclamations: Genuine reform – reform of the “Universal Church” whose oppressive and archaic dogmas have[Read More…]

Trump Already Fading Into Irrelevance

Trump Already Fading Into Irrelevance

This will be a nonpartisan commentary about U.S. politics, as viewed by an American historian who is disgusted with the profoundly corrupt U.S. Government — not merely the political Parties, but the billionaires who effectively control them. Not everyone who finds Trump and the Republican Party to be beneath contempt is a Democrat. All that this commentator is is a[Read More…]

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Theresa May And The Snail Going Away

  “Ay, of a snail, for though he comes slowly, he carries his house on his head—a better jointure, I think, than you make a woman. Besides, he brings his destiny with him.” — lines from Act IV, Scene 1 of As You Like It, which remind the author of what all shelled gastropods have to offer us, and what our fate[Read More…]

Here’s Hoping You Do The Same On Some Level In Your Community

Here’s Hoping You Do The Same On Some Level In Your Community

“I have always imagined that Paradise will be a kind of library.” — Jorge Luis Borges “I find television very educating. Every time somebody turns on the set, I go into the other room and read a book.” — Groucho Marx “So many books, so little time.” — Frank Zappa Lest you think — looking at the quotes above —[Read More…]

Dedicated To Shrinking The Carbon Footprint

Dedicated To Shrinking The Carbon Footprint

I’ll be the first to admit that I have lived high on the hog for parts of my life. I have traveled to Europe and the Caribbean numerous times each. I was on a huge cruise ship coming back to the USA from France when I was a child. I’ve flown back and forth across the USA for work and[Read More…]

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What Happens At A Death Café?

  Sonoma County, Northern California: Putting the words “death” and “café” together may seem unusual. In the United States, many of us ignore our own pending, inevitable mortality. Many Americans do not accept that they will surely die, much less talk openly about it with others, especially strangers. On the other hand going to one’s favorite café is something that[Read More…]

India And Pakistan: The Only Meeting Ground!

India And Pakistan: The Only Meeting Ground!

(The only meeting ground between the two Asian countries of India and Pakistan is the extreme poverty of the masses on the two sides of the divide!) It has been reported that the National Security Advisors of India and Pakistan met in Thailand on December 27, secretly! The meeting is reported to have been useful and it is claimed that[Read More…]

ESOPs Fables :Infosys Stock Buyback Bonanza

ESOPs Fables :Infosys Stock Buyback Bonanza

“Our society has become so unequal. The wealthy need to be taxed more” -Rohini Nilekani In an information saturated age such as ours corporate spin is sine qua non of business reporting where the narrative is controlled by the few to the detriment of the many. None is more evident than in the dominant narrative leading to the resignation of[Read More…]

The City Taking The Commons To Heart

The City Taking The Commons To Heart

The Belgian city of Ghent plays host to a broad range of projects and initiatives around the commons. But it has yet to adopt a model which really places a commons-focused approach and logic at the core of its institutions and processes. Recent work undertaken by experts on the commons provides a roadmap for the city to re-imagine and reconfigure[Read More…]

Iranian pro-government supporters in Mashhad hold posters of Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei during a rally after authorities declared the end of unrest on 4 January 2018 (AFP)

US Hypocrisy, From Cairo To Tehran

Last week protests broke out in the city of Isfahan, spreading to Iran’s remaining cities, including the capital, Tehran. The riots have given voice to calls for socio-economic change amid rising deprivation and unemployment among young people and a sense of injustice among poorer Iranians. These groups have suffered the brunt of inefficient economic management and the effects of the[Read More…]

Will The World Economy Continue To “Roll Along” In 2018?

Will The World Economy Continue To “Roll Along” In 2018?

Once upon a time, we worried about oil and other energy. Now, a song from 1930 seems to be appropriate: Today, we have a surplus of oil, which we are trying to use up. That never happened before, or did it? Well, actually, it did, back around 1930. As most of us remember, that was not a pleasant time. It[Read More…]

 Blood Narratives and Feminist Heroes

 Blood Narratives and Feminist Heroes

  In an excellent article, published by Al Jazeera, Shenila Khoja-Moolji wonders why the West (including its stalwart feminists) have not been galvanized to protest and demand the release of a 16-year old Palestinian girl, Ahed Tamimi, detained by Israeli authorities for defending her home and family from Israeli soldiers, soon after they had shot her 15-year old cousin in the face[Read More…]

Shadow Armies: The Unseen, But Real US War In Africa

Shadow Armies: The Unseen, But Real US War In Africa

There is a real – but largely concealed – war which is taking place throughout the African continent. It involves the United States, an invigorated Russia and a rising China. The outcome of the war is likely to define the future of the continent and its global outlook. It is easy to pin the blame on US President Donald Trump,[Read More…]

Swiss Newspaper Unveils Secret Saudi Arabia-Israel Military Alliance

Swiss Newspaper Unveils Secret Saudi Arabia-Israel Military Alliance

 Saudi Arabia is seeking to buy Israeli defense systems and working with Israel to prevent Iran’s expansion in the Middle East, according to the Swiss newspaper Basler Zeitung. Basler Zeitung reported on Monday (Jan 8) a “secret alliance” between Saudi Arabia and Israel, intended “to restrain Iran’s expansion in the region, despite the absence of any official relations between the[Read More…]

How Jeff Bezos’s Washington Post Became The U.S. Military-Industrial Complex’s Chief Propagandist

How Jeff Bezos’s Washington Post Became The U.S. Military-Industrial Complex’s Chief Propagandist

  It used to be that the New York Times and the Washington Post competed against each other to be the chief propagandist for the hundred or so top firms who sell to the U.S. federal government — the 100 top “federal contractors,” almost all of which are Pentagon contractors — mainly these are weapons-manufacturing firms, such as the biggest,[Read More…]

To Liberate Cambodia

To Liberate Cambodia

  A long-standing French protectorate briefly occupied by Japan during World War II, Cambodia became independent in 1953 as the French finally withdrew from Indochina. Under the leadership of Prince Norodom Sihanouk, Cambodia remained officially neutral, including during the subsequent US war on Indochina. However, by the mid-1960s, parts of the eastern provinces of Cambodia were bases for North Vietnamese[Read More…]

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Sinful

  I’m in with the in crowd I go where the in crowd goes I’m in with the in crowd And I know what the in crowd knows — opening lines to Dobie Gray’s The “In” Crowd “There’s many a bestseller that could have been prevented by a good teacher.” — Flannery O’Connor “It’s not a popular notion, but no advance in social[Read More…]

History Of The World: A Chaddi Retelling

History Of The World: A Chaddi Retelling

In the beginning there was a huge Man named Brahma. He was huge and immortal. Then the Gods who have always been there cut him into four pieces. From the wise Head came the wise Brahmin, from the strong Hands came the strong Kshatriyas, from the big sweaty torso & belly came the Vaishya mass of agile traders & from[Read More…]

Ahed Tamimi Offers Israelis A Lesson Worthy Of Gandhi

Ahed Tamimi Offers Israelis A Lesson Worthy Of Gandhi

  Nazareth: Sixteen-year-old Ahed Tamimi may not be what Israelis had in mind when, over many years, they criticised Palestinians for not producing a Mahatma Gandhi or Nelson Mandela. Eventually, colonised peoples bring to the fore a figure best suited to challenge the rotten values at the core of the society oppressing them. Ahed is well qualified for the task.[Read More…]

Trump Administration To Deport 250,000 Salvadorians

Trump Administration To Deport 250,000 Salvadorians

  The Trump administration announced Monday, Jan 8, that it will end “temporary protected status” (TPS) that was first granted to Salvadorans nearly two decades ago. Roughly 263,000 people from El Salvador are covered by the program, which allowed the immigrants to stay and work in the United States legally. According to Gabe Ortiz of Daily Kos, with this marking[Read More…]

Iran: Surviving Another Attack Supported From Abroad?

Iran: Surviving Another Attack Supported From Abroad?

Protests in Iran are winding down, and the streets in most of the cities are becoming quiet again. But the question remains: who was behind the ‘events’ that took at least 22 human lives? The diplomatic and media storm is far from abiding with questions about the origin of the protests. What really took place in Iran at the very[Read More…]

Duvets left at the APVs' Borderfree Center (photo credit Sabia Rigby 2017)

Death At The Gate

Kabul, January 2017: The number of visitors passing through the Afghan Peace Volunteers'(APVs’) Borderfree Nonviolence Community Center in Kabul is incredible. Each afternoon, nearly sixty high-school-age students attend free classes to prepare them for the rigorous KanKor test, required of every Afghan desiring to attend public university. By 8:00 this morning, women from neighboring districts had begun arriving on foot,[Read More…]

Paying For Travesties

Paying For Travesties

In the late 1980’s, I lived in a different town than my current one in MA, USA. Every now and then, maybe about once a week, an industrial plant about a mile from my home would sound a whistle. Then suddenly the air surrounding my home would be filled with something that smelled sickeningly sweet. It tasted, too, that way[Read More…]

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 Expose Our Guernicas

“I know I am going to have terrible problems with this painting, but I am determined to do it….” Picasso to Dora Maar in anticipation of creating his now world famous mural-sized oil painting, one of the most moving anti-war artworks in history… not well-received initially, and not appreciated in many quarters for a very long time. In 1962 John[Read More…]

The Condition

The Condition

Love, let us never forget that there are people in this troubled world, men especially, who are very different from you and I—who think abstractly and pride themselves on the suppression of emotion and the will with which they hold clearly, if ever so grimly, to their goals—men of unwavering principle, if not obsessive and infernal ideologies. Strong men, men[Read More…]

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Oprah In The Oval Office: Curb Your Enthusiasm

“What I know for sure is that speaking your truth is the most powerful tool we all have. And I’m especially proud and inspired by all the women who have felt strong enough and empowered enough to speak up and share their personal stories. Each of us in this room are celebrated because of the stories that we tell. And[Read More…]

 It Involves More

 It Involves More

  “…creation can only be understood as a gift….” — Pope Francis underscoring that faith tells us that the earth is not a possession to be used and destroyed… very much in the spirit of indigenous beliefs Pope Francis sees the cause of the collective crises in what he calls a “technocratic” mentality, one that considers “the rise of a[Read More…]

Mothers Of Disappeared Of Kashmir Ask For Justice 

Mothers Of Disappeared Of Kashmir Ask For Justice 

             I was recently talking to a mother , who is still waiting for his son’s return. Although she was not wailing, but her moist eyes was saying it all. The pain and agony was visible on his face. She has seen her son disappear before her eyes. She has tried everything, from going to army camps to police posts[Read More…]

Afghan Refugees Feeling The Heat As US-Pakistan Geopolitical Tensions Rise

Afghan Refugees Feeling The Heat As US-Pakistan Geopolitical Tensions Rise

Last week, the Pakistani government callously doubled down on its strategy of using Afghan refugees as pawns in its ongoing political dispute with Afghanistan when it refused to grant a long-term extension of their stay in Pakistan. Islamabad’s move will anger Kabul, which has struggled to absorb and reintegrate the massive influx of Afghans returning from Pakistan in recent years.[Read More…]

Be Ready For Manu’s Rule

Be Ready For Manu’s Rule

Subramanyam Swami, a BJP leader, said, development alone was not enough to garner votes in elections, what was required was emotions and that in turn, required a cultural awareness. (Times of India, 27th November, 16) This is what Golwalkar had said earlier. He said ‘We have achieved mind revolution ‘man kranti ‘ The victory of BJP in the recent elections[Read More…]

Narendra Modi Is Bound To Loose The Next Parliamentary Elections

Narendra Modi Is Bound To Loose The Next Parliamentary Elections

  The Political Economy of Hindu Rashtra is a mix of manic use of State power to line the pockets of the upper castes combined with abject subjection of the State to the globalisation of finance. By this means since 2014 BJP may have achieved its aim of establishing Hindu Rashtra in India and communalising the political discourse for the[Read More…]

The Triple Talaq Conundrum

The Triple Talaq Conundrum

  Of all the lawful acts the most detestable to God is divorce. – Prophet Muhammad [This an authentic saying recorded by Abdullah ibn Umar, a highly respected companion of the prophet in an authoritative treatise “Divorce (Kitab Al-Talaq)” of Sunan Abu-Dawud (Ref. 63-2173)] India is currently mired in a war between theology and law as it tries to articulate[Read More…]

We Keep Ourselves Peaceful

We Keep Ourselves Peaceful

Every action produces an effect and every effect
in turn becomes a cause and produces still further
effects, and causes, and effects, and causes, and
effects and causes…
Like spreading ripples of water

2017 Crushed A Major Temperature Record And Scientists Are Sounding The Alarm

2017 Crushed A Major Temperature Record And Scientists Are Sounding The Alarm

It’s been very cold over North America for days, but globally, 2017 has ended up smashing the record for the hottest year on record without an El Niño. And that has scientists worried, since the warmest years usually happen when the long-term human-caused global warming trend gets a short-term boost from an El Niño’s enhanced warming in the tropical Pacific.[Read More…]

Trashing The Planet For Profit

Trashing The Planet For Profit

Before I began this essay I read through some of my past forays that mentioned climate change and capitalism, the first I think, being in 2006 where I opined in a piece on the ‘War on Terror’: Perhaps the impending climate catastrophe as well as the genocidal actions of the US will force us to finally start thinking and acting[Read More…]

Foreign Minister Asif Says Pakistan Alliance With U.S. Over

Foreign Minister Asif Says Pakistan Alliance With U.S. Over

  Pakistan’s alliance with the United States seems to be coming towards an end following the US decision to suspend security aid, Pakistan Minister of Foreign Affairs Khawaja Asif told the Wall Street Journal on Friday (Jan. 5). Asif said he believes the US-Pakistan relations are now at risk, especially after the tensions heightened and moods turned sour when President Donald Trump[Read More…]

GMOs, Global Agribusiness And The Destruction of Choice

GMOs, Global Agribusiness And The Destruction of Choice

  One of the myths perpetuated by the pro-GMO (genetically modified organisms) lobby is that critics of GMOs in agriculture are denying choice to farmers and have an ideological agenda. The narrative is that farmers should have access to a range of tools and technologies, including GM crops. Before addressing this issue, we should remind ourselves that GMOs have been[Read More…]

 Why The ‘Progressive’ Historian Stephen Cohen Refuses to Call a U.S. Coup a “Coup” 

 Why The ‘Progressive’ Historian Stephen Cohen Refuses to Call a U.S. Coup a “Coup” 

  The most important historical event of recent times was a coup that occurred in 2014 and caused what’s now called ‘the new Cold War’, which is even worse than the original one was; and, yet, Western ‘news’media never reported the coup as being anything like what it was, when it happened; and, it still isn’t being recognized by Western[Read More…]

Egypt’s Executions Spree Alarms UN HR Commissioner

Egypt’s Executions Spree Alarms UN HR Commissioner

  The United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights has expressed deep shock over the execution of 20 people in Egypt within one week, amid concerns that due process and fair trial guarantees did not appear to have been followed. According to the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights on Tuesday, January 2, five men who had[Read More…]

A Letter In Solidarity With The Tribune

A Letter In Solidarity With The Tribune

To The Editor in Chief The Tribune Harish Khare Sir, I, as a common, unemployed youth of this country like many others unemployed and distressed youths, who have been struggling to survive every day with the hope that “acchhe din” will arrive, would like to thank you for exposing the sham of this so called democracy who first give us[Read More…]

Difficult Choices Regarding Government

Difficult Choices Regarding Government

  The last time that I voted for a USA president was in the Al Gore vs Bush, Jr. (the shrub in relation to his bigger and more adept daddy, the bush) contention. Since Gore would take my state of MA, USA, I voted for the Green Party candidate since that political group needed money in their coffers and clout[Read More…]

How the Recent Protests in Iran Are a Sign of The USA & Saudi Arabia’s New Aggressive Approach against Iran

How the Recent Protests in Iran Are a Sign of The USA & Saudi Arabia’s New Aggressive Approach against Iran

Many Iranian authorities have claimed that the recent protests in Iran are a result of foreign instigation, pointing fingers at the USA, Israel, Saudi Arabia & the MEK. There have been a series of provocations that have led Iranian authorities to believe a joint initiative is being carried by these different groups. Ali Shamkhani, secretary of the Supreme National Security[Read More…]

Dima Wawi, the youngest Palestinian prisoner in Israeli jails, being comforted by her parents. She was released in April 24, 2016 after 75 days on charges of allegedly trying to stab an IDF soldier while on her way to school.

Yes, Palestinians Teach Their Children To Hate The Jewish State

  Zionism [see http://state-of-terror.net/] is an insidious ideology. Its ideologues often gain traction by well-placed and oft repeated constructs – in films and TV series, in posts and comments on social media, and even in academia. So, it is no wonder that people end up having ideas about certain things, like the nature of Israel, the Zionist Jewish state, or[Read More…]

Netanyahu Go Back!!

Netanyahu Go Back!!

Mahtama Gandhi ~ “Palestine belongs to the Arabs in the same sense that England belongs to the English or France to the French. It is wrong and inhuman to impose the Jews on the Arabs. Surely it would be a crime against humanity to reduce the proud Arabs so that Palestine can be restored to the Jews partly or wholly[Read More…]

Public Outrage Against The Filing Of FIR Against Tribune Reporter Who Exposed Aadhaar Leaks

Public Outrage Against The Filing Of FIR Against Tribune Reporter Who Exposed Aadhaar Leaks

A number of journalistic forums including Editors Guild of India have condemned the filing of FIR against Rachna Khaira, a reporter of The Tribune who exposed the data breach of UIDAI that implements Indiia’s coercive and panopticon AAdhaar cards. Editors Guild of India released this stement: The Editors Guild of India is deeply concerned over reports that the Deputy Director[Read More…]

Who Will Pay The $250+ Billion Reconstruction Cost In Syria?

Who Will Pay The $250+ Billion Reconstruction Cost In Syria?

  The United States Government says that Syria’s Government caused the U.N.-estimated “at least $250 billion” cost to restore Syria from the destruction that Syria’s war produced, and so Syria’s Government should pay those reconstruction costs. That link is to a New York Times article, which explicitly blames Syrian “President Bashar al-Assad’s ruthless triumph” — which was won against all[Read More…]

How Does One Process That?

How Does One Process That?

  The decision to try the leading Nazis at Nuremberg meant developing a system of due process, providing them with defense attorneys and, it has often been forgotten, with access to spiritual counsel. To Heinrich “Henry” Gerecke, an American Lutheran from the Midwest, fell the strange and theologically complex duty of providing succor to men marked, if any ever have[Read More…]

What’s Behind the ‘Disappearance’ Of 420,000 Palestinians in Lebanon?

What’s Behind the ‘Disappearance’ Of 420,000 Palestinians in Lebanon?

  Rashidieh Palestinian camp, on the border of Occupied Palestine: The first ever official census of Palestinian refugees in Lebanon was finally released on 12/21/2017 in Beirut. The village by village and camp by camp survey by 500 specialists found that only 174,422 Palestinian refugees are living these days in the country. Counted were al Palestinians living in the 12 official[Read More…]

Donald Trump signs an executive order declaring Jerusalem the capital of Israel at the White House on 6 December. Chris KleponisCNP

President Trump And Jerusalem

President Trump’s decision announced on 6th December 2017 to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel and to order the transfer of US Embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem reminds one of the 1917 Balfour Declaration that paved the way for the establishment of the State of Israel. Trump has ignored the claims of Palestinians to have their capital in[Read More…]

Disabled Left With ‘Nir-Aadhaar’

Disabled Left With ‘Nir-Aadhaar’

  A lot has been discussed about ‘Aadhar’ and its impact on common people. Economists, political and social scientists and many other academicians have elaborately analysed the futility of the project. One more angle of introspecting aadhar is the impact on disabled persons, especially those who have problems with their fingers or eyes or both. While the poor are facing[Read More…]

The Madrasa Myth

The Madrasa Myth

  The silhouette of the large mosque, brick-like but for a bulbous dome, looks blurry in the downpour past the minarets as the imposing wide red brick gates, herald you into the hallowed precincts of an institution—one of the most influential institutions in the world that frames Islamic discourse in the subcontinent. The occasional rain is heavy, lending a sparkle to the green paddies[Read More…]

​Zainul Abedin's Painting, 1971

Dalit Resistance And Violence

From past few days we have been witnessing on our television channels or social media news portals debating over just and unjust forms of protest. But the moot able theme that underlies all these debates and news reporting is how we construe, what is Resistance? And what is Violence? A common dictionary meaning of Resistance is: the act or power[Read More…]

Fandom And Misogyny

Fandom And Misogyny

Freedom of opinion also means we are all entitled to opinions and that we don’t necessarily have to share the same opinion about anything. The difference in opinion paves way for a debate which may or may not settle the root cause, this type of aggression and war of words are nothing unfamiliar but with the advent of social media[Read More…]

Bhima Koregoan – The Latest Battlefield Of Dalit Resistance

Bhima Koregoan – The Latest Battlefield Of Dalit Resistance

The incidences of Bhima Koregoan have come up as yet another battleground of Dalits’ liberation movement against a Hindutva fascist state run by caste system. The incidences and the videos have been rolling around is just shocking. The symbol of yester-century’s valiant and brave battle and victory over the atrocious ruling Peshwas by a small unit of 500 Dalits (Mahar’s),[Read More…]

Parallel Worlds: Trump, Nuclear Buttons And Korean Diplomacy

Parallel Worlds: Trump, Nuclear Buttons And Korean Diplomacy

It has been said that what is required in dealing with the Trump administration is less an army of diplomats than keen and attentive psychiatrists.  Those psychiatrists would have had dreams of splendour contemplating how a statement about having access to a nuclear button could quite become this. It all began, as it tends to do, with a goading remark[Read More…]

Unearthing The Capitalocene: Towards A Reparations Ecology

Unearthing The Capitalocene: Towards A Reparations Ecology

Co-Written by Jason W. Moore & Raj Patel Settled agriculture, cities, nation-states, information technology and every other facet of the modern world have unfolded within a long era of climatic good fortune. Those days are gone. Sea levels are rising; climate is becoming less stable; average temperatures are increasing. Civilization emerged in a geological era known as the Holocene. Some[Read More…]

Israel Step Closer To Making Jerusalem Jewish-Only City

Israel Step Closer To Making Jerusalem Jewish-Only City

  The Israeli government is planning a series of measures aimed at fully denying Palestinians their legal rights in Jerusalem and precluding any future peace settlement based on sharing the city between Israel and a future Palestinian state. One of the most aggressive measures to date is a bill that was approved by the Israeli Knesset on Tuesday, January 2.[Read More…]

Chinese President Xi Jinping is applauded as he walks to the podium to deliver his speech at the opening ceremony of the 19th Party Congress held at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing, China, Wednesday, Oct. 18, 2017. Xi has told a key Communist Party congress that the nation's prospects are bright but the challenges are severe. (AP Photo/Ng Han Guan)

Chinese Politics After The 19th Party Congress

  The 19th Congress of the Chinese Communist Party began on October 18 last year and lasted for a week. At congresses in the Chinese Communist Party, the more than 2000 delegates first choose a central committee consisting of about 200 full members and approximately 200 alternative members. Then the 25 members of Politburo of the Central Committee are elected,[Read More…]

I Don’t Recall Witnessing Such A Blending

I Don’t Recall Witnessing Such A Blending

  In No Country for Old Men, Sheriff Bell recounts his conversation with a woman who complains about “right-wing” politics: “She kept on, kept on. Finally told me, said: I dont like the way this country is headed. I want my granddaughter to be able to have an abortion. And I said well mam I dont think you got any[Read More…]

A Tweeting Trump(et) Blows Away Allies

A Tweeting Trump(et) Blows Away Allies

  Schoolyard name calling by an American president might be unusual, it might be undiplomatic, it might even be childish, yet it had the world riveted — if only for a short moment — on the antics of ‘rocket man’ and the Donald.  The ‘nuclear button is on my desk says one’; ‘my button is bigger than yours and works[Read More…]

To Honor Albert Camus On The Day He Died: January 4, 1960

To Honor Albert Camus On The Day He Died: January 4, 1960

  Because he was not a partisan in the Cold War between the U.S./NATO and the U.S.S.R, Albert Camus was an odd ball.  As a result, he was criticized by the right, left, and center.  His allegiance was to truth, not ideologies.  He opposed state murder, terrorism, and warfare from all quarters.  An artistic anarchist with a passionate spiritual hunger,[Read More…]

Bhima Koregaon—One History, Two Hundred Years Apart

Bhima Koregaon—One History, Two Hundred Years Apart

Whether we are aware of it or not, we stand to witness now what will be history tomorrow. A history that will do its provenance proud, in fact, leaving it a lot more glorious. Even the xenophobic right who asked for this new chapter in the first place, are left with no ‘foreign conspiracy’ theory to tout. For ‘Bhima Koregaon[Read More…]

Tackling Poverty, One Meaningful Step At A Time

Tackling Poverty, One Meaningful Step At A Time

  The test of our progress is not whether we add more to the abundance of those who have much; it is whether we provide enough for those who have too little.” – Franklin D. Roosevelt In India, the priorities of village people are constantly undergoing changes. These are, in fact, a result of the changes the development landscape is undergoing.[Read More…]

The Slug Factor

The Slug Factor

  “You don’t want to be a spiritual slug.” — Howard Zinn, speaking at the University of California-Santa Cruz, 2004 “There are more things in heaven and earth, Horatio, Than are dreamt of in your philosophy.” — from Shakespeare’s Hamlet Right after my partner and I put on a free three-day cultural/social/political event in Santa Cruz, California in 2004, which[Read More…]

Ambrose Pinto: A God’s Man Who Walked The Talk

Ambrose Pinto: A God’s Man Who Walked The Talk

  Ambrose pinto’s death after struggling with treacherous cancer for about Six months on 3 January of 2018 made me feel that this year would be bad for Dalits. His smiling face, hopeful of change, keeps flashing through my mind. I last met him when I gave a special lecture at Indian Social Institute Benuluru on January 20, 2017, in[Read More…]

Protesters holding posters of Khalida Jarrar and Ahed Tamimi to show solidarity with Palestinian prisoners held in Israeli jails on 1 January in Gaza City. Ashraf Amra APA images

Teenager Ahed Tamimi Could Face Years In Israeli Prison

The Israeli military filed 12 charges on Monday against Palestinian teenager Ahed Tamimi. The 16-year-old, who was filmed in an encounter with soldiers in her home village of Nabi Saleh last month, could remain in Israeli prisons for years if convicted on charges including throwing stones, incitement and assaulting and threatening a soldier. Israel’s military tribunals are notorious for their near-100 percent conviction rate against[Read More…]

On The Controversy Over Matt Damon’s Comments About the #MeToo Movement

On The Controversy Over Matt Damon’s Comments About the #MeToo Movement

Are we going for retribution or transformation?   In the last two weeks, there has been a great deal of controversy and commentary on recent comments from the actor Matt Damon about the #MeToo movement. This has ranged from substantive critiques to complaints that the problem is that he, as a man, is speaking at all. There has even been[Read More…]

China Supports Pakistan Against Trump’s Tweet

China Supports Pakistan Against Trump’s Tweet

  A day after bitter criticism of Pakistan from President Donald Trump, China supported Pakistan by lauding its efforts for “outstanding contribution against terrorism” which should be acknowledged by “the international community”. At the regular press conference of the Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman, Geng Shuang, on Tuesday was asked: US President Donald Trump said on Monday that the US has[Read More…]

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Humanitarianism: The Greatest Art

Humanitarianism: The Greatest Art

Henry Thoreau, the 19th century American poet, naturalist and philosopher once remarked: “It is something to be able to paint a particular picture, or to carve a statue, and so to make a few objects beautiful; but it is far more glorious to carve and paint the very atmosphere and medium through which we look to affect the quality of the[Read More…]

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India’s Entire Aadhaar Data Breached: One Billion Identities Out For Sale

India’s Entire Aadhaar Data Breached: One Billion Identities Out For Sale

In perhaps the biggest identity data breach in history, India’s entire Aadhaar data has been breached by fraudsters and over one billion Aadhaar details that includes name, address, postal code (PIN), photo, phone number and email are on sail for just Rs 500. Unique Identification Authority of India’s (UIDAI) Central Identities Data Repository (CIDR) is the biggest collection of identities[Read More…]

John Avery’s Books For Download

John Avery’s Books For Download

John Scales Avery is one of the most important voices of our times today. I had the honour of interviewing him last year. https://countercurrents.org/2017/03/15/interview-with-john-scales-avery-one-of-the-greatest-living-intellectuals-on-earth/ He cares so much for the health of the planet and worries about a calamity that’s facing humanity, and all other species on earth. He has written a lot for Countercurrents.org. He has collected all his[Read More…]

Mass Protests Against Austerity And Social Inequality Shake Iranian Regime

Mass Protests Against Austerity And Social Inequality Shake Iranian Regime

Iran has been rocked for the past six days by protests against food-price rises, mass joblessness, ever-widening social inequality, and the Islamic Republic’s brutal austerity program and political repression. The protests began last Thursday in Iran’s second largest city, Mashhad, and the neighboring centers of Neyshabur and Kashmar, then spread to the capital Tehran and more than three-dozen other cities[Read More…]

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Gangs, Race And Melbourne

Gangs, Race And Melbourne

Two’s a company; three’s a crowd.  More?  This issue is preoccupying political and policing figures in the city considered by the Economist Intelligence Unit the most liveable in the world, bettering a whole host of other seemingly more appropriate candidates.  So liveable, in fact, that it houses all sorts. Having repeatedly boasted, self-congratulated and beamed at the idea that Australia[Read More…]

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The Fierce Urgency Of “How”

There is only one pathway to avert the crisis humanity is heading toward, and it is to deeply feel the connection with the ecosystem we are a part of. But understand, this is not an ecological argument, this is not about the climate or other environmental systems. The latest exposure of the predatory behavior of some men is much closer[Read More…]

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The Fight For A New Economy

The Fight For A New Economy

Each day, we can see new evidence that the economy fails to serve people or planet. Stewart Wallis, former executive director of the New Economics Foundation, speaks with Tellus Senior Fellow Allen White about how to galvanize action for a new economy. You began your career in business but have since become a strong advocate of a new economic paradigm. What shaped this[Read More…]

Ensure Justice In The Era Of Transformation

Ensure Justice In The Era Of Transformation

Co-Written by Kevin Zeese and Margaret World Events Ensure Major Transformations Are On The Horizon. The Movement Must Ensure That Economic, Racial And Environmental Justice And Peace Are Realized In The Transformational Era In our last article, we predicted that the 2020’s will be an era of transformation. We focused on the development of the movement since the “Take-Off” phase of[Read More…]

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Three Key Points on the Imperialist—and Fascist—Logic of the Trump Tax Bill

Three Key Points on the Imperialist—and Fascist—Logic of the Trump Tax Bill

  The new tax law is NOT principally a handout, motivated by corporate greed—although greedy hands are seeking to maximize and game its benefits, which are utterly skewed to the wealthy. This tax bill is a conscious and strategic move to deal with economic contradictions and imperialist great-power needs. Yes, the tax bill will accelerate the upward redistribution and concentration[Read More…]

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Plants And Animals Don’t Have A Voice, Let Us Be Theirs

43 years ago, my parents owned a public swimming pool. In the summer season, there was a lifeguard that I remember fondly. He was a handsome, kind and idealistic young man, always with a pipe in the corner of his mouth. He studied to be a priest and wanted to visit the Amazon someday. He could talk about it passionately[Read More…]

Am I My Brother’s Keeper?

Am I My Brother’s Keeper?

  A saying from the Bible’s story of Cain and Abel. After Cain had murdered his brother Abel, God asked him where his brother was. Cain answered, “I know not; am I my brother’s keeper?” Note : Cain’s words have come to symbolize people’s unwillingness to accept responsibility for the welfare of their fellows — their “brothers” in the extended[Read More…]

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And Quiet Flows The Ganga

And Quiet Flows The Ganga

C0-Written by Ashish Kumar Singh, Vidya Bhooshan Singh & Siddhartha Negi ‘It’s my destiny to serve Maa Ganga’ said the current Prime Minister of India Narendra Modi after being elected in May 2014 to Parliament from Varanasi. The first Prime Minister of India, Jawaharlal Nehru, wrote, “The Ganges, above all, is the river of India which has held India’s heart[Read More…]

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Malnutrition Ravages India’s Children

Malnutrition Ravages India’s Children

 We are guilty of many errors and many faults, but our worst crime is abandoning the children, neglecting the fountain of life. Many of the things we need can wait. The child cannot. Right now is the time his bones are being formed, his blood is being made, and his senses are being developed. To him we cannot answer ‘Tomorrow,’[Read More…]

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Understanding Bhima Koregaon Celebrations And The Subsequent Violence Unleashed Upon Dalits

Ambedkarites are agitated all over the country as the despicable attempts of the Hindutva affiliated organisations in Pune attacked the massive assembly of people who had come to pay their respect to 800 brave Mahar soldiers who with the help of British had defeated the then powerful army of the Peshwas which numbered around 30,000  at the battle of Bhima[Read More…]

Mike Ferner photo of Kabul 12-24-2010

Welcome To Kabul

  December 31, 2017: It is a dream come true being back among friends in Kabul! Streams of dented Toyotas (They are all Toyotas!) with windscreens cracked like bolts of lightning still jockey for position on roads where traffic lights and common sense hold little sway. Carts of vegetables drawn by donkeys or dragged by men without dreams continue clotting the already stuttering traffic,[Read More…]

RAFAH REFUGEE CAMP, GAZA STRIP - MAY 15:  Palestinian refugee Mohamad Mahmoud Al-Arja, 80, from the Rafah refugee camp, holds up a key allegedly from his house in Beer AI-saba, now located in Israeli, during a rally May 15, 2007 the in Rafah refugee camp, southern Gaza strip. Palestinians are marking May 15, as Nakba Day or Catastrophe Day, as the 59th anniversary of the al-Nakba, the day the Israeli state was created in 1948.  (Photo by Getty Images)

Jewish Identity Politics And The Struggle To Liberate Palestine

Jewish identity politics complicate the Palestinian response to the existence of Israel as a Jewish state. Sometimes it seems impossible to address the crux of the matter, the Jewish state Nakba in Palestine, without being subjected to attacks one way or another. On the last day of 2017, I posted a meme on my Facebook wall that provoked a long and heated argument. The meme[Read More…]

Odisha Government Trying To Hand Over POSCO Land To JSW Steel

Odisha Government Trying To Hand Over POSCO Land To JSW Steel

Dear Friends, Revolutionary Greetings and Happy New Year from our struggle. Hope, 2018 will give us hope and peace. If you can kindly recollect, we have informed you about the withdrawal of POSCO due to the continuous peaceful resistance of our people and also because of your overwhelming support to our cause. However, the saga of repression is continuing in[Read More…]

The Importance Of ‘ Braille’ In The Lives Of Visually Impaired

The Importance Of ‘ Braille’ In The Lives Of Visually Impaired

  ‘Braille is knowledge , and knowledge is power’ – Louis Braille For many years, visually disabled and blind had to depend on Braille script as the main form of communication. Even now, when modern tools like cassette recordings, voice synthesizers, computer compatible speech softwares are available, braille continues to be a major form of reading and writing source for[Read More…]

Another Woman Dies Of Hunger In Jharkhand After Aadhaar Disrupts Delivery Of Ration And Pension

Another Woman Dies Of Hunger In Jharkhand After Aadhaar Disrupts Delivery Of Ration And Pension

Etwariya Devi, a 67-year-old widow, died of hunger and exhaustion on 25 December in Sonpurwa village of Majhiaon block of Garhwa district (Jharkhand). She lived with her son Ghura Vishwakarma, daughter-in-law Usha Devi and their three children in a dilapidated kutcha house. The family has a hand-to-mouth existence and is routinely unable to access adequate nutrition. Surviving the day on[Read More…]

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Kicking Off 2018 With A Pledge

Dear Countercurrents family (present and future)— 2017 was a tough year all around. Hot and cold wars continue, the environment further degrades and Trumpism/Putinism/Modiism reigns. One can get depressed- forlorn even- by the array of monsters to fight. Humanity in many ways appears to be stepping backwards, embracing narrow and racist nationalism, further eroding the rights of women, reveling in[Read More…]

Donald Trump signs an executive order declaring Jerusalem the capital of Israel at the White House on 6 December. Chris KleponisCNP

Trump, The UN, And The Future Of Jerusalem

[Prefatory Note: This post is the modified text of an interview on behalf of the Tasnim News Agency in Iran as conducted by Mohammed Hassani. It tries to assess the wider implications of the UN reaction to Trump’s December 6th decision to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel, and to follow this by relocating the American Embassy from Tel Aviv[Read More…]

Newton And Democracy

Newton And Democracy

Most of the reviews or newspaper reports about Amit Masurkar’s Newton is about its entry to Oscar’s or it has been labelled as “black comedy”, “Satire” and the critics even went on to say that it has been plagiarised from an Iranian film called Secret Ballot (2001). I sometimes wonder how many movies, songs; beats are just copy cuts of[Read More…]

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The Healing Touch Of Love

  Love is our true destiny. We do not find the meaning of life by ourselves alone – we find it with another. -Thomas Merton, Love and Living Henry Thoreau, the 19th century writer, naturalist and philosopher once remarked: “It is something to be able to paint a particular picture, or to carve a statue, and so to make a few[Read More…]

A Classroom Analysis Of Gujarat Assembly Election via The Polity Book

A Classroom Analysis Of Gujarat Assembly Election via The Polity Book

There is multi-dimensional, post-election analysis of the high voltage Gujarat Assembly Election at the end of 2017. Some analyst identified it as one man show like ‘Modi Magic’; few others indentified Congress’s moral victory, urban-rural electoral division or the consequences of agrarian crisis. Every political Pandit has his own rationality or assumption based on certain variables. While teaching social studies[Read More…]

Revisiting 8 Significant Judgements Of 2017

Revisiting 8 Significant Judgements Of 2017

As a new year begins, it becomes necessary to review the legal pronouncements of the past year. 2017 has been replete with many significant judgments by the Supreme Court for India’s jurisprudence. While there are some judgments worthy of mention for the controversial nature and media reportage associated to it, such as that of Ram Rahim’s conviction, upholding of sentence[Read More…]

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Introspection 2017: Speak Up Against Intimidating Language Of The Goons Masquerading As Political Activists

  As another year is coming to an end, we witnessed huge turmoil everywhere. The intimidation to dissenters continued while political opponents were targeted as usual by the Hindutva groups. Mob lynching and cow terrorism aggravated all over the country and as the state remained subdued and muted, the goons with political patronage had a field day during the year.[Read More…]