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The Pittsburgh Synagogue Massacre, Donald Trump, and the Rise of Anti-Semitism

The Pittsburgh Synagogue Massacre, Donald Trump, and the Rise of Anti-Semitism

Précis: The October 27 massacre at the Tree of Life Synagogue in Pittsburgh was not just “the latest mass shooting,” or even the latest act of right-wing political violence. With these murders, a virulent undercurrent of anti-Semitism has burst on the scene. Millions of people were shaken deeply by this act, which awoke memories of the terror of the Nazi[Read More…]

The Kosovo Blunder: Moves Towards a Standing Army

The Kosovo Blunder: Moves Towards a Standing Army

There never is a time not to worry in the Balkans.   The next conflict always seems to be peering around the corner with a malicious enthusiasm, eager to spring at points of demagogic advantage and personal suffering.  The centrepieces of future disaster in the region tend to be Kosovo and Bosnia.  The former is now intent on formalising military arrangements,[Read More…]

A WORLD FEDERATION – Chapter 8: Federalism And Global Governance

A WORLD FEDERATION – Chapter 8: Federalism And Global Governance

“To coerce the states is one of the maddest projects that was ever devised… What is the cure for this great evil? Nothing, but to enable the… laws to operate on individuals, in the same manner as those of states do.” Alexander Hamilton, 1787 1 A personal note I have been a World Federalist ever since 1954. Sixty-four years ago,[Read More…]

Children and climate change

Children and climate change

“We are causing the problem, but our children and grandchildren are going to suffer the consequences “ James Hansen on Climate change Voicing concerns on deteriorating climate and rising pollution levels, children have started to register their protests. Tens of thousands of school children skipped school to march on streets demanding more action on climate change as world leaders gather[Read More…]

Did ‘UN scientists’ suggest transcending capitalism to tackle Climate Change?

Did ‘UN scientists’ suggest transcending capitalism to tackle Climate Change?

From August 31 this year, a part of the media and social media was abuzz with a supposed oracle of some scientists. Headings like: “We Cannot Fight Climate Change With Capitalism, Says Report,” “A dire new report reveals our capitalist economic system may not be up to the task of dealing with the climate disasters to come”, “This is how[Read More…]

Canada must not shy away from calling 1984 Sikh massacre a genocide

Canada must not shy away from calling 1984 Sikh massacre a genocide

Considering recent political developments in India, Canada, which claims to be a human rights leader in the world, should stand up for the Sikhs and recognize the 1984 Sikh massacre as genocide. Thousands of Sikhs were murdered across India during the first week of November 1984 following the assassination of then-Prime Minister Indira Gandhi by her Sikh bodyguards. The innocent[Read More…]

The Demise of Modi`s Arrogance and Acrimonious Politics

The Demise of Modi`s Arrogance and Acrimonious Politics

A recent inglorious defeat of Modi/Shah combine in three Indian states: Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh and Chhattisgarh and victory of Rahul Gandhi, once labeled immature, part-time politicians by the BJP/RSS, shows that no leader or government can befool the intelligent Indian voters for a long time. Insulating day and night Gandhi family from the public platforms by Modi/RSS/VHP/Bajrang Dal made sick[Read More…]

Celebrating birthday of Prophet Mohammed in Holms

In Syria The Entire Nation Mobilized And Won

Text and Photos: Andre Vltchek Yes, there is rubble, in fact total destruction, in some of the neighborhoods of Homs, Aleppo, in the outskirts of Damascus, and elsewhere. Yes, there are terrorists and ‘foreign forces’ in Idlib and in several smaller pockets in some parts of the country. Yes, hundreds of thousands of people lost their lives and millions are[Read More…]

Nearly 15,000 children held in detention camps across the US

Nearly 15,000 children held in detention camps across the US

Nearly 15,000 immigrant children are being held in a network of detention centers across the United States. Changes implemented by the Trump administration have filled the child jails to near capacity, and the government is considering adding more employees and more beds to make it possible to hold even more adolescents. The Department of Health and Human Services, which oversees[Read More…]

Crimes against the Earth

Crimes against the Earth

“Dear Caesar  Keep Burning, raping, killing But please, please Spare us your obscene poetry And ugly music ” (From Seneca’s last letter to Nero) The excavation of more than 600 billion tons of toxic carbon and hydrocarbon geological remains of previous biospheres and their transfer to the atmosphere as carbon gases constitutes nothing less than insanity leading to global suicide.With[Read More…]

A WORLD FEDERATION – Chapter 7: Inequality, Oligarchy And Climate Change

A WORLD FEDERATION – Chapter 7: Inequality, Oligarchy And Climate Change

“Every Night & every Morn, Some to Misery are Born. Every Night & every Morn, Some are Born to sweet delight. Some are Born to sweet delight, Some are Born to Endless Night.” William Blake “Whatever happens, we have got The Maxim gun, and they have not.” Hilaire Beloc 1 Intolerable economic inequality The excessive inequality that we can see[Read More…]

PARIS, FRANCE - NOVEMBER 24: A fire rages as protesters wearing yellow vests protest against rising fuel prices on the Champs-Elysees avenue on November 24, 2018 in Paris France. The police have used tear gas and water cannon to in an attempt to disperse the protest, which was organised by 'Yellow Vests' (Vestes Jaunes), a protest movement without political affiliation that protests against taxes and rising fuel prices. (Photo by Chesnot/Getty Images)

Gilets Jaunes! Don’t Forget Your Anti-Americanism

Gilets Jaunes! Greetings on your fourth week of Revolutionary struggle! Dalit Marxists extend our Solidarity and Revolutionary Greetings! We offer you an analysis of the world’s crisis we are all struggling against in the hope that you in turn gain strength from our solidarity and we gain strength from your solidarity with us! The first information we need is the[Read More…]

Why is it so Easy to Lie to Us? The Case of Russia and Climategate

Why is it so Easy to Lie to Us? The Case of Russia and Climategate

Our media feed us routinely with lies and the story of the involvement of the Russian Secret Service with the Climategate hack is just one of them. I thought it was worth discussing it here in light of the fact that it is one of the most blatant lies I could ever find. Also a good illustration of the incredible[Read More…]

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Corporate Exploitation- Prime Hindrance of Sustainable Development

Every one of our policy makers of government, quasi government and private or other sectors in India says proudly about sustainable development or they plan towards achievement of sustainability of the particular programme. But their desired expectation is theoretically a mouthful word. It is perhaps a political demand, and it is only a politically correct concept because practice tells different[Read More…]

The Rising Tide of Attacks on Minorities!

The Rising Tide of Attacks on Minorities!

Gandhi’s vision of the ideal society was that of a non-violent and democratic social order in which there would be a just balance between individual freedom and social responsibility. He had a very high regard for the place of ideals in human life. Without ideals, he said, life could have no meaning because there would be no goals towards which[Read More…]

Google Censors Anti-racist Jews Opposing Apartheid Israeli State Terrorism & Palestinian Genocide

Google Censors Anti-racist Jews Opposing Apartheid Israeli State Terrorism & Palestinian Genocide

Google is owned by Alphabet which is the world’s number 1 media organization and has a Zionist-dominated Board. However Google grossly violates journalistic standards by blatantly censoring the views of numerous anti-racist Jewish humanitarians as recorded in a series of public interest websites. Thus 5 websites involving criticism by anti-racist Jews of genocidally racist Zionism, Apartheid Israel, Israeli state terrorism,[Read More…]

Shaking  one  hand   with  Andre  Vltchek,  and  keeping  the  other  hand  on  my  heart

Shaking  one  hand   with  Andre  Vltchek,  and  keeping  the  other  hand  on  my  heart

  Let  me  begin  by  congratulating  Binu  Mathew  on  his  probing  queries  during  his  interview  with  Andre  Vltchek,  which  brought  out  a  powerfully  honest  narrative  from  this  world-known  public  intellectual,  who  dares  to  describe  himself  as  a  “..Revolutionary  and  Internationalist.’ Since  these  two  issues  –  revolution  and  internationalism  –  had  been  a  part  of  my  life  since  the  1950s,  both [Read More…]

The Case that Dare Not Speak Its Name: The Conviction of Cardinal Pell

The Case that Dare Not Speak Its Name: The Conviction of Cardinal Pell

  “Freedom of the press in the world will cease to exist if a judge in one country is allowed to bar publication of information anywhere in the world.” Martin Baron, Executive Editor, The Washington Post, Dec 13, 2018 It had been shrouded in secrecy akin to the deepest conspiracy, but the trial of Cardinal George Pell, while not letting[Read More…]

Why I am an Indian – Part II

Why I am an Indian – Part II

My previous essay in this series of Essays for Our Times addressed to India got three hundred shares on fb. This surprising fact has made me keep quiet for a long time, wondering what to write next. It was on “why I am an Indian.” Meanwhile, while I go on reifying the definitions of nation, India and what it means[Read More…]

The Curfewed Night

The Curfewed Night

The Curfewed Night by Basharat Peer is a novel read of its kind. It provides an intimate account of life in the 1990’s when insurgency and counter-insurgency engulfed the valley. The author, through his personal experiences, highlights the agonies of being born and living in a conflict situation like Kashmir. Most of the narratives about Kashmir have been centered on[Read More…]

Climate Activists Must Organize Like It’s 2099

Climate Activists Must Organize Like It’s 2099

Though Donald Trump’s Black Friday release of the Fourth National Climate Assessment (FNCA) completely backfired–the media relentlessly covered the report, and with devastating detail–Trump nevertheless managed to escape being held to account for what is (arguably) the Assessment’s most damning observation: “Current trends in annual greenhouse gas emissions, globally, are consistent with RCP8.5.” What does this mean? RCPs, or “Representative[Read More…]

Feminist Theological View on Abortion and Catholic Church

Feminist Theological View on Abortion and Catholic Church

                               The word abortion has been abominable to Catholic Church for centuries and the theological views on abortion from catholic perspective always painted abortion as a heinous moral sin. In tracing the Christian antipathy on abortion in the church history, it become rather an ironic factor[Read More…]

Adivasi Journalist Amit Topno Covering The Pathalgadi Movement Found Dead

Adivasi Journalist Amit Topno Covering The Pathalgadi Movement Found Dead

Adivasi Journalist Amit Topno was found dead on Sunday, Groundxero reported. Amit Topno has been bringing exclusive videos covering the Pathalgadi movement. Pathalgadi are a way to demarcate the adivasi territories and tell the Government that the law of the land does not apply here. In June this year, the movement erupted at Khunti, 40 km south-east of Ranchi after[Read More…]

Central Government Ensnares Itself In Northeast and Kashmir

Central Government Ensnares Itself In Northeast and Kashmir

First the Bhartiya Janata Party led government in Delhi was very enthusiastic about conducting the National Register of Citizens exercise in Assam on the premise that this process will identify all the illegal migrants from Bangladesh who entered Assam after 24 March, 1971, the date of creation on Bangladesh, who could then be sent back to Bangladesh. The assumption was[Read More…]

A WORLD FEDERATION – Chapter 6: The Collective Punishment In The Middle East

A WORLD FEDERATION – Chapter 6: The Collective Punishment In The Middle East

1 Sanctions as collective punishment Under the Fourth Geneva Convention, collective punishment is war crime. Article 33 states that “No protected person may be punished for an offense that he or she did not personally commit.” At present, we treat nations as though they were persons: We punish entire nations by sanctions, even when only the leaders are guilty, even[Read More…]

Kashmir: Tourism loses priority!

Kashmir: Tourism loses priority!

(In spite of tall claims from various politicians and the government functionaries about Tourism being the backbone of Kashmir’s economy, the sector seems to have lost government’s priority!) Kashmir has been a well-known Tourist destination throughout our history. In earlier times, great travelers used to visit the valley and describe its beauty in their travelogues and other writings. Before partition[Read More…]

War, Anniversaries and Lessons Never Learned

War, Anniversaries and Lessons Never Learned

On December 7, 1941, Japan attacked Pearl Harbor and the U.S. entered the Second World War.  A war of horrors, it normalized the intensive, barbaric bombing of civilian populations.  If the Spanish Civil War gave us Guernica and Picasso’s wrenching painting, WW2 offered up worse:  London, Berlin, Dresden to name a few, the latter eloquently described in Kurt Vonnegut’s “Slaughter[Read More…]

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Nobel Peace Prize Highlights Need to Prevent  Rape as a Weapon of War

Dr Denis Mukwege has created a clinic near Bukavu in South Kivu, Democratic Republic of Congo.  The eastern area of Congo is the scene of fighting at least since 1998 – in part as a result of the genocide in neighboring Rwanda in 1994.  In mid-1994, more than one million Rwandan Hutu refugees poured into the two Kivu provinces.  Many[Read More…]

Threat to Our Future ‑ Optimism Bias

Threat to Our Future ‑ Optimism Bias

Could it be that there are inherent evolutionary cranial/neurological deficiencies in our DNA makeup; so deeply embedded that we as a species now in this industrial age are unable to comprehend ourselves as a threat to our own future existence? Could it be that this is the reason our response to our desecration of the planet and its biosphere is[Read More…]

The Nostalgia for George H. W. Bush and the Dream of a Kinder, Gentler Imperialism

The Nostalgia for George H. W. Bush and the Dream of a Kinder, Gentler Imperialism

In the week just past, the treatment of the death of George H. W. Bush called forth the hope of a “kinder, gentler America.” But do the facts back up those hopes? Let’s start with this: In 1988, an Iranian commercial airliner, flying its normal route in Iranian airspace, was shot down by a U.S. Navy ship, illegally operating in[Read More…]

BJP’s defeat in Hindi heartland is worth celebrating, but Congress cannot be trusted

BJP’s defeat in Hindi heartland is worth celebrating, but Congress cannot be trusted

  The recent defeat of the right-wing Hindu nationalist Bhartiya Janata Party (BJP) in three important assembly elections in India has refreshed hopes for the ouster of Hindu supremacists from power next year. The ruling BJP suffered humiliating defeat in the provincial elections held in the states of Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh and Chhattisgarh. The party was in power in these[Read More…]

Power to the People!

Power to the People!

As if by magic, the fierce political unrest in France appeared suddenly and unexpectedly before the eyes of the world. Of course, it did not appear completely and evenly, but in brief and scattered images, as if a strobe light had been focused upon the people in yellow vests raging through the streets of Paris and then other cities in[Read More…]

 A Planet in Loss Mode

 A Planet in Loss Mode

If you’ve been paying attention to what’s happening to the nonhuman life forms with which we share this planet, you’ve likely heard the term “the Sixth Extinction.” If not, look it up.  After all, a superb environmental reporter, Elizabeth Kolbert, has already gotten a Pulitzer Prize for writing a book with that title. Whether the sixth mass species extinction of Earth’s history[Read More…]

William Blum: Anti-Imperial Advocate Passes Away

William Blum: Anti-Imperial Advocate Passes Away

In the incessant self-praise of the US imperial project, kept safe in a state of permanently enforced amnesia, occasional writings prod and puncture.  Mark Twain expressed an ashamed horror at the treatment of the Philippines; Ulysses Grant, despite being a victorious general of the Union forces in the Civil War and US president, could reflect that his country might, someday,[Read More…]

According to the Ecological Footprint Network, humans currently consume at a rate 1.7 times what Earth’s generative capacity can sustain—and the gap is growing. (Photo by Lee Scott on Unsplash.)

In Defense of the Human Individual

While it is now very late in the life cycle of homo sapiens, with extinction now due to consign us to Earth’s fossil record – see ‘Will humans be extinct by 2026?’ – I would like to make a belated pitch for the importance of the human individual and why nurturing each individual’s uniqueness is so important even if it[Read More…]

The Real Face of Justin Trudeau: Are Palestinians Canada’s New Jews?  

The Real Face of Justin Trudeau: Are Palestinians Canada’s New Jews?  

How does one explain Canada’s contradictory foreign policy regarding Palestine and Israel? On December 4, Secretary General of the Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO), Saeb Erekat, praised Canada’s commitment not to follow the footsteps of the US Donald Trump Administration by transferring its embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem. But there is little worth praising here. Respecting the internationally-recognized status of Jerusalem[Read More…]

How the US Creates “Sh*thole” Countries

How the US Creates “Sh*thole” Countries

Whether you consider yourself already well educated on the U.S. empire or are looking for a starting place, “How the US Creates “Sh*thole” Countries” is a strong read. Cynthia McKinney has gathered together a series of essays examining features of the empire as well as a list of some the more seriously affected victims. The histories have been covered elsewhere,[Read More…]

The US Wants to Bring Back the Shah of Iran

The US Wants to Bring Back the Shah of Iran

The US had a great deal going from 1953 to 1979 with the Shah of Iran.  For 25 years Iran was a cornerstone of the US usurping the British Empire in the Middle East, following World War Two.  Iran was a base for projecting US power in the region, and strategically it bordered the Soviet Union during the Cold War.[Read More…]

An Historic Opportunity to Transform Trade When We Stop Nafta II

An Historic Opportunity to Transform Trade When We Stop Nafta II

Donald Trump was right when he said that the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) has been a disaster for the United States and promised to renegotiate it when he became president. However, the renegotiated NAFTA-2 is worse than the original NAFTA and should be rejected. On December 1, NAFTA-2 was signed by President Trump, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau of[Read More…]

A furtherance of “Donald Trump: The Perfect President of The Perfect Capitalist State”

A furtherance of “Donald Trump: The Perfect President of The Perfect Capitalist State”

In response to Robert Delaney’s 12/11 column in The South China Morning Post Robert Delaney, wrote an article today in his column in entitled “In the Huawei, Patrick Ho and Chinese spy cases, Trump sees only bargaining chips for his trade war” It is a column which both states the obvious and bemoans it; the obvious being that, as I[Read More…]

Labour violations in a Chinese phone manufacturing unit- Hipad Technology India

Labour violations in a Chinese phone manufacturing unit- Hipad Technology India

PUDR conducted a fact-finding to probe into the incident of mass termination in a mobile phone manufacturing unit in Noida, Uttar Pradesh where around 180 workers were thrown out of job without any prior notice on 29th November 2018. The abysmal and appalling nature of employment being generated under the 2015 ‘Make in India’ drive becomes starkly visible in this[Read More…]

Where Is Sant Gopal Das? It Is Government’s Responsibility To Trace Him

Where Is Sant Gopal Das? It Is Government’s Responsibility To Trace Him

We are shocked that fasting for the cause of conservation and preservation of Ganga-Himalayan basin since 24th of June, 2018, Sant Gopal Das ji has disappeared from AIIMS, hospital, New Delhi under mysterious circumstances and is missing since 4th of December. The government never tried to have a conversation with the saint in the last 171 days of his fasting[Read More…]

From Bombay to Bulandshahr

From Bombay to Bulandshahr

Hindutva has emerged as the clear and present danger to Hinduism and silence is not an option for the sane majority Aijaz Zaka Syed So this is how the cookie crumbles. Who would have thought India would find itself at this dangerous crossroads so early in its democratic journey after all those historic sacrifices offered by the founding fathers for[Read More…]

PARIS, FRANCE - NOVEMBER 24: A fire rages as protesters wearing yellow vests protest against rising fuel prices on the Champs-Elysees avenue on November 24, 2018 in Paris France. The police have used tear gas and water cannon to in an attempt to disperse the protest, which was organised by 'Yellow Vests' (Vestes Jaunes), a protest movement without political affiliation that protests against taxes and rising fuel prices. (Photo by Chesnot/Getty Images)

The Macron Implosion – Will it Spread to Other EU Members?

The Yellow Vest Movement – weekend 8 and 9 December – Round 4. Some say, they are the worst riots in France since the student-driven mini-Revolution of May 1968. Over the four weekends, hundreds of thousands were in the streets, middle class people, from students to workers to outright employees and housewives. The police force increases by every new Round[Read More…]

BJP Loses The Semi Final

BJP Loses The Semi Final

In a crucial election to five assemblies in what is billed as a semi final before the 2019 general elections, Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s ultra Hindu nationalist Bharatiya Janata Party drew a blank. It lost massively in Chattisgarh, a state where it held power for four consecutive terms. The Chief Minister Raman Singh was defeated in his constituency too. In[Read More…]

Seventy Years of Aspiration: Rights Charters and the Universal Declaration of Human Rights

Seventy Years of Aspiration: Rights Charters and the Universal Declaration of Human Rights

It was a gathering of activists masquerading as deep thinkers.  Ostensibly, it was to celebrate seven decades of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, one devised in the aftermath of a traumatised world and easier to do so for that fact. But this gathering on Lonsdale Street, Melbourne which featured irritatingly optimistic speakers showed the lamentable weaknesses in the human[Read More…]

Complacency kills: Prevention cannot take a backseat while we scale up treatment coverage to #endAIDS

Complacency kills: Prevention cannot take a backseat while we scale up treatment coverage to #endAIDS

“The global health system is only as strong as its weakest parts” had said UNDP’s Mandeep Dhaliwal in her article around last year’s World AIDS Day. The context has only deepened over the year, not only for ending AIDS but also for health security in general. With Universal Health Coverage Day (UHC Day) on 12th December this year, time is[Read More…]

A WORLD FEDERATION – Chapter 5 – Nuclear Weapons As Collective Punishment

A WORLD FEDERATION – Chapter 5 – Nuclear Weapons As Collective Punishment

“The unleashed power of the atom has changed everything except our ways of thinking, and thus we drift towards unparalleled catastrophes.” “I don’t know what will be used in the next world war, but the 4th will be fought with stones.” Albert Einstein 1 The erosion of ethical principles during World War II When Hitler invaded Poland in September, 1939,[Read More…]

Role of women in food security

Role of women in food security

One of the major goals to be achieved in Sustainable development goals (SDG) policy by countries globally is ‘ food security.’ The UNDP made a ‘ universal call to action to end poverty , protect the planet , and ensure that all people enjoy peace and prosperity’  in the year 2016 and India was one of the countries which agreed[Read More…]

Bihar government should constitute judicial inquiry into Sitamarhi riots

Bihar government should constitute judicial inquiry into Sitamarhi riots

The Socialist Party demands from the Bihar government that a judicial inquiry should be constituted into the communal riots took place on the occasion of Durga Puja on 20th October, 2018 in Sitamarhi, Bihar. The party believes that incidents such as burning of an elderly person Zainul Ansari in the public before the eyes of the administration are not possible[Read More…]

Call it by its true name: declare Global Climate Emergency now

Call it by its true name: declare Global Climate Emergency now

Modern industrial societies are having a catastrophic effect on the planet, accelerating contamination of the air, water, and soil, the destruction of terrestrial and marine ecosystems, mass extinction of species, and runaway climate change. A global economic systemfixated with exponential GDP growth at all costs is now not only damaging the natural systems on which we depend, but pushing them towards irreversible[Read More…]

Donald Trump:  The Perfect President of a Perfect Capitalist State  (And What That Implies for the Working Class)

Donald Trump:  The Perfect President of a Perfect Capitalist State  (And What That Implies for the Working Class)

When we look beyond his most offensive personal traits, which are in themselves the products and natural reflection of capitalist character structure: narcissism, bullying, tantrumped tweets, adolescent name calling,  the dismissal of all those who do not support him, and the denigration and objectification not only of women, but of other human beings in general, we are able to see[Read More…]

100th Anniversary of 1918 Australian & New Zealand Surafend Massacre Of Palestinians

100th Anniversary of 1918 Australian & New Zealand Surafend Massacre Of Palestinians

On 10 December 1918 Australian and New Zealand soldiers of the Australian and New Zealand Army Corps (ANZAC) massacred about 100 Palestinian men in the village of Surafend and a nearby Bedouin camp and then burned the Palestinian dwellings. The atrocity was committed as revenge for the death of a New Zealand soldier at the hands of a fleeing thief[Read More…]

Peace is possible between India and Pakistan 

Peace is possible between India and Pakistan 

People choose various methods of resistance when dealing with ideological issues – from outright belligerence and violence to democratic collectivism. It depends on their perspective,  beliefs, or sometimes there is just a selfish agenda. In the long run such methods cannot provide solutions for serious issues which hang on for years, like an incurable ailment which drains the human condition. Let us deal specifically[Read More…]

Mushirual Hasan Passes Away

Mushirual Hasan Passes Away

     Mushirual Hasan was born on 15 August 1949 Bilaspur in Uttar Pradesh. He studied at Aligarh Muslims University, and did his M. A. in1969.  Later he went to the Cambridge University for higher education. He was an eminent academic historian of modern India.  He passed away early morning (10 December, 2018) at the age of 70 years. Hasan[Read More…]

It’s time to recognize the term “anti-Semitism” as a misnomer

It’s time to recognize the term “anti-Semitism” as a misnomer

This morning I woke up to two news reports in my mailbox that indicated two things to me: Bigotry against Jews can no more nor less be distinguished from bigotry against any other group of people or religion. Sectarianism by any other name is sectarianism. The insistence on making bigotry against Jews (in its sense of sectarianism) a separate or[Read More…]

Exhuming Franco: Spain’s Immemorial Divisions

Exhuming Franco: Spain’s Immemorial Divisions

“Of course there’s one Spain.  If there was another, we’d all be in that one.” Joke on Franco’s Spain, in London Review of Books, 37, July, 2015 Beware the corpse that never truly expires.  General Francisco Franco might well be entombed in the Valley of the Fallen (Valle de los Caídos) – at least for the moment – but his[Read More…]

How Big Brother Grips Americans’ Minds to Support Invasions

How Big Brother Grips Americans’ Minds to Support Invasions

On November 29th, Gallup headlined “Democrats Lead Surge in Belief U.S. Should Be World Leader” and reported that “Three-fourths (75%) of Americans today think the United States has ‘a special responsibility to be the leading nation in world affairs,’ up from 66% in 2010. The surge is driven by Democrats, whose belief in this idea has increased from 61% eight[Read More…]

70th Anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights

70th Anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights

As we commemorate the 70th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, it is time for a serious introspection as why after 70 years the wheel of the rights has turned full and returning to haunt us again. The UDHR came into being after much chaos, anarchy, killings and destruction of the second world war when the world was[Read More…]

Land for dalits remains hogwash in Telangana

Land for dalits remains hogwash in Telangana

Beneficiaries given documents by the CM while launching the scheme are yet to receive land Unkept promises during polls is nothing new for the Indian public. But implementation of land reforms which have been at the fulcrum of a promise to socio-economic justice since the end of the Raj refuses to die down. No wonder, the issue found its echo[Read More…]

Jeff Biggers writes that he "created the Climate Narrative Project out of a sense of failure," after he spent "years—decades, really—investigating and chronicling the devastation of the coal industry on communities, miners, and the environment, as well as its impact on carbon emissions." (Photo: Jeff Biggers)

Climate Storytellers Inspire Roadmap to Action

Earlier this year, taking a front row seat at a church in Gary, Indiana, I watched as a young rapper, local food leader, and an arts educator beguiled a standing-room-only audience with a theatrical envisioning of their city in the year 2030. To the side of the stage, jazz legend Billy Foster and his trio added a lively soundtrack to[Read More…]

A WORLD FEDERATION – Chapter 4– Individual Responsibility: The Nurenberg Principles

A WORLD FEDERATION – Chapter 4– Individual Responsibility: The Nurenberg Principles

1 The training of soldiers Within individual countries, murder is rightly considered to be the worst of crimes. But the institution of war tries to convince us that if a soldier murders someone from another country, whom the politicians have designated as an “enemy”, it is no longer a crime, no longer a violation of the common bonds of humanity.[Read More…]

President Donald Trump meets with Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman in the Oval Office of the White House, Tuesday, March 20, 2018, in Washington. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

Shifting Middle Eastern sands spotlight diverging US-Saudi interests

A series of Gulf and Middle East-related developments suggest that resolving some of the Middle East’s most debilitating and devastating crises while ensuring that efforts to pressure Iran do not perpetuate the mayhem may be easier said than done. They also suggest that the same is true for keeping US and Saudi interests aligned. Optimists garner hope from the fact[Read More…]

The Significance of Human Duties and Responsibilities

The Significance of Human Duties and Responsibilities

As we observe the 70th anniversary of the adoption and proclamation of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR) by the UN General Assembly on the 10th of December 1948, it is imperative that we remind ourselves of the vital importance of Human Duties and Responsibilities in the life of a society. In fact there is a profound link between[Read More…]

Manifesto Of Indian Farmers

Manifesto Of Indian Farmers

Adopted by an assembly representing the farmers of India on the occasion of the historic Kisan Mukti March organised by the All India Kisan Sangharsh Coordination Committee Delhi, 30 November 2018 WE, THE FARMERS OF INDIA, The producers of primary agricultural commodities; Including Women, Dalit, Nomadic and Adivasi farmers; Landowners, Tenants, Sharecroppers, Agricultural Labourers and Plantation Workers; Fishworkers, Milk Producers,[Read More…]

Caste and Communal Biases in Police

Caste and Communal Biases in Police

Rrecently a video of a police officer from Maharashtra, Bhagyashree Navtake had gone viral wherein she is seen bragging about how she files false cases against Dalits and tortures them and Muslims. It represents a crude but true picture of social prejudices in India’s police force. After all our police men come from the society, hence the police organisation is the true[Read More…]

Strokes of Saffron Terror

Strokes of Saffron Terror

When the fountainhead of the State’s governance, its chief minister overwhelms the need to hunt cow-killers over ‘cop-killers’, it crystallizes a practice in gross violation and rule of mob anarchy. Dressing the incident as an ‘accident’, that too four years after the incident and relegating a heart to heart with the victim policeman’s family after the end of his political[Read More…]

Challenging misinformation about 1984 Sikh massacre with simple facts

Challenging misinformation about 1984 Sikh massacre with simple facts

In one of the worst massacres in the history of India, the world’s so called largest secular democracy, thousands of innocent Sikhs were lynched and burnt alive, while their women were raped during the first week of November, 1984. The Sikh community, which makes up just two percent of the Indian population, was targeted by mobs all across the country[Read More…]

Tribals with the cotton crop that was destroyed by forest officials. The tribals do not possess documents to claim ownership of the lands though they have been tilling them for generations. The Forest Rights Act 2005 protects their right over these lands. But tribals allege their rights have remained on paper and largely observed in breach. Mulakalapalli village in Bhadradri Kothagudem District. Crop on over 70 acres was destroyed.

Tribals left in lurch in Telangana

Bhadrachalam: A dawn of the new state of Telangana doesn’t seem to have done justice to the tribal cause. Activists aver the situation has only worsened. The State governments ‘Haritha Haram’ scheme to bring more areas under green cover seems to have affected them directly. The tribal activists aver the laws like the Forest Rights Act 2005 which was brought[Read More…]

French government threatens bloody crackdown on “yellow vest” protest

French government threatens bloody crackdown on “yellow vest” protest

Co-Written By Alex Lantier and Francis Dubois Ahead of today’s marches by “yellow vest” protesters against President Emmanuel Macron in Paris, the French government issued unprecedented threats of a bloody crackdown in the capital. Amid rising support for the “yellow vests” among students and workers, and mounting popular anger with Macron, top officials are warning that they will stop at[Read More…]

A WORLD FEDERATION – Chapter 3– Human Rights

A WORLD FEDERATION – Chapter 3– Human Rights

“We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness. That to secure these rights Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the Governed.” Thomas Jefferson, 1776 1 Adoption[Read More…]

President Soekarno inaugurating future capital city

Palangkaraya: Dreaming About The Soviet Capital of Indonesia and the 1965 US-Backed Killing Fields

Text and Photos: Andre Vltchek Believe it or not, but decades ago, Indonesia was a socialist country, the cradle of the ‘Non-Aligned Movement’, with the progressive and fiery President Soekarno leading the nation. The Communist Party of Indonesia (PKI) was then the third largest Communist Party in the world, after those of China and the Soviet Union, and was it[Read More…]

The Saga of J & K Bank: When The Killers Turn Saviours

The Saga of J & K Bank: When The Killers Turn Saviours

Governor Malik’s decision to classify J&K Bank as a Public sector undertaking (PSU) should be seen in the broader scheme of Indian efforts to strengthen the tools of occupation which aim at controlling economic resources besides political, military & cultural control of the occupied. Before commenting on the specific act of J&K Bank, it needs to be stated that Under[Read More…]

AgustaWestland chopper deal is a dead snake in neck of the country

AgustaWestland chopper deal is a dead snake in neck of the country

The Socialist Party believes that the Modi government has brought the issue of AgustaWestland chopper deal as a rebuttal of the Rafale aircraft deal, and not to fight corruption. The BJP leaders, including the PM, have explicitly stated that extradition of James Christian Michel will pose a serious crisis for the Congress and its Gandhi-Nehru family. People should understand that[Read More…]

Sacred Cows, Disposable Humans

Sacred Cows, Disposable Humans

“It is a curious people. With them, all life seems to be sacred except human life.” – Mark Twain on Indians A single quote sometimes remains the sole memory of a leader. Giriraj Kishor, VHP leader, can be considered a classic example to demonstrate this who had rather (in)famously said “Cow is considered more sacred than human beings in Puranas[Read More…]

Sri Lankan president uses executive powers to run government

Sri Lankan president uses executive powers to run government

Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena has responded to Monday’s appeal court ruling by concentrating state power in his own hands and working with senior state bureaucrats to directly manage the government. The interim court order was in response to a petition disputing the president’s October 26 sacking of Ranil Wickremesinghe as prime minister. Sirisena replaced him with former president Mahinda[Read More…]

B.R.Ambedkar and Electoral Politics: A Relook

B.R.Ambedkar and Electoral Politics: A Relook

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on December 6, 2018. in a short video posted on his personal Twitter handle to mark the 62nd death anniversary of Ambedkar, said the “mantra of sabka saath, sabka vikas has been inspired by the late leader”. He said Ambedkar pitched for equality before law, equality in opportunities and equality in rights. The prime minister said[Read More…]

Ecuadorian president hints again at moves to renege on Julian Assange’s asylum

Ecuadorian president hints again at moves to renege on Julian Assange’s asylum

In a radio interview on December 6, President Lenín Moreno effectively demanded that WikiLeaks’ publisher Julian Assange leave the Ecuadorian embassy in London. Assange was granted political asylum by Ecuador in its embassy in 2012 because he faces the danger of prosecution in the US in retaliation for WikiLeaks’ publication of leaked information exposing US war crimes, diplomatic conspiracies, intelligence[Read More…]

How Circular is the Circular Economy?

How Circular is the Circular Economy?

The circular economy has become, for many governments, institutions, companies, and environmental organizations, one of the main components of a plan to lower carbon emissions. In the circular economy, resources would be continually re-used, meaning that there would be no more mining activity or waste production. The stress is on recycling, made possible by designing products so that they can[Read More…]

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Jacques Ellul: A Prophet for Our Tech-Saturated Times

By now you have probably read about the so-called “tech backlash.” Facebook and other social media have undermined what’s left of the illusion of democracy, while smartphones damage young brains and erode the nature of discourse in the family. Meanwhile computers and other gadgets have diminished our attention spans along with our ever-failing connection to reality. The Foundation for Responsible[Read More…]

The Security Derangement Complex: Technology Companies and Australia’s Anti-Encryption Law

The Security Derangement Complex: Technology Companies and Australia’s Anti-Encryption Law

Australia is being seen as a test case. How does a liberal democracy affirm the destruction of private, encrypted communications? In 2015, China demonstrated what could be done to technology companies, equipping other states with an inspiration: encryption keys, when required, could be surrendered to the authorities. It is worth remembering the feeble justification then, as now.  As Li Shouwei,[Read More…]

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Sometimes A Pair of Pants Can Give You Vertigo

“Between the experience of living a normal life at this moment on the planet and the public narratives being offered to give a sense to that life, the empty space, the gap, is enormous. The desolation lies there, not in the facts.” – John Berger, “A Man with Tousled Hair” in The Shape of a Pocket A few days ago,[Read More…]

Getting to Effective Mitigation: Forcing Trudeau’s Resignation

Getting to Effective Mitigation: Forcing Trudeau’s Resignation

“A fast,emergency-scale transition to a post-fossil fuel world is absolutely necessary to address climate change. But this is excluded from consideration by policymakers because it is considered to be too disruptive. The orthodoxy is that there is time for an orderly economic transition within the current short-termist political paradigm.Discussion of what would be safe—less warming that we presently experience—is non-existent.[Read More…]

Translating Habba Khatoon, A Praiseworthy Attempt by G R Malik

Translating Habba Khatoon, A Praiseworthy Attempt by G R Malik

Most of the readers, who are good at reading the literature written in their mother tongue or in a language they can read and comprehend well, feel it as an unnecessary step taken; and they often pose a question – “Why would someone translate a work of art from source language to any other language?” For such readers, the answer[Read More…]

J&K Power projects: Story of exploitation, plunder & surrender

J&K Power projects: Story of exploitation, plunder & surrender

Pre-View: State of J & K is most probably only piece of land on the world map that despite being profusely rich in many resources of self-reliance & self-satisfaction is not, & has not been, enabled to reap their benefit to its full advantage. Huge hydroelectric power resources of the State have not been exploited by the government-politicians & State-administration[Read More…]

Be a Shameless Idealist

Be a Shameless Idealist

As I stand here at the tail end of 2018, just a few days before the new year is due to come in, I ask myself how I would like to be remembered. And the answer, hands down is, as a Shameless Idealist. In your life, if you want to achieve anything worthwhile you must do two things. Firstly, surround[Read More…]

Record-High Carbon Emissions Show ‘We Are Speeding Towards the Precipice of Irrevocable Climate Chaos’

Record-High Carbon Emissions Show ‘We Are Speeding Towards the Precipice of Irrevocable Climate Chaos’

As world leaders are meeting at the COP24 in Poland to discuss how to achieve goals outlined in the 2015 Paris climate agreement, scientists and activists are raising alarm about “brutal” new research published by the Global Carbon Project on Wednesday which offers the international community a “reality check” by showing that carbon emissions will hit a record high this year. “We’ve[Read More…]

US Senate resolution potentially changes Middle East dynamics

US Senate resolution potentially changes Middle East dynamics

A draft US Senate resolution effectively portraying Saudi policy as detrimental to US interests and values and Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman as “complicit” in the killing of journalist Jamal Khashoggi, if adopted and implemented, potentially could change the dynamics of the region’s politics and create an initial exit from almost a decade of mayhem, conflict and bloodshed. The six-page draft also holds Prince[Read More…]

A WORLD FEDERATION – Chapter 2– The United Nations Charter

A WORLD FEDERATION – Chapter 2– The United Nations Charter

1 The San Francisco Conference After the unspeakable horrors of World War II, delegates from 50 Allied nations met in San Francisco California. The purpose of the conference, which took place between 25 April and 26 June, 1945, was to set up an international organization that would be able to abolish the institution of war. However, the Charter which the[Read More…]

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Sex Work: Let Us Not Make It Work

“We say who, we say when, we say how much…” These are the words of Kit a minor character explaining to Vivienne( played by Julia Roberts) in the movie Pretty Woman about the nuances of their trade. Both of them are prostitutes. The dialogue sounds terrific, very empowering and…absolutely unrealistic. But movies are havens of escapist comfort and as we[Read More…]

Demolition of Babri Mosque and aftermath

Demolition of Babri Mosque and aftermath

                                 “It may be pronounce that they will not construct a temple at the disputed site because this issue had have assisted BJP to polarise people for electoral purpose” Demolition of the Babri Mosque in Ayodhya on December 6, 1992 by mob is considered as[Read More…]

Professor Stuart Rees Awarded Inaugural Jerusalem (Al Quds) Peace Prize By Supporters Of Palestinian Human Rights

Professor Stuart Rees Awarded Inaugural Jerusalem (Al Quds) Peace Prize By Supporters Of Palestinian Human Rights

On 29 November 2018 at a black-tie event in the Queen’s Hall of the Victorian State Parliament, Melbourne, the inaugural Jerusalem (Al Quds) Peace Prize was awarded to Professor Stuart Rees, founder of the Centre for Peace and Conflict Studies at Sydney University that in turn established the prestigious Sydney Peace Prize. Stuart Rees has been indefatigable in his support[Read More…]

Sad May Be, But Determined

Sad May Be, But Determined

The 10  year old walked bold and fast along the main roads of Thiruvananthapuram. She had no fears as her mother held her hand and she could see her father and grandparents close by. The green leaves of the trees that gave shade on that hot afternoon seemed to be waving at her. For she was part of the SORROWFUL[Read More…]

My beautiful death

My beautiful death

When you’re an artist, the work often becomes more important than you. Sadly, that’s always been the case for me. I started sculpting in 1991, working only with natural materials. At first, I sold small sculptures made of eggshells at the One of a Kind Show. Later, I created larger pieces modelled after the human anatomy using bones, coral and[Read More…]

Thoughts on 6th December BLACK DAY, When the Babri Masjid was Demolished

Thoughts on 6th December BLACK DAY, When the Babri Masjid was Demolished

My tentative thoughts on the likely political scenario unravelling itself. Today is the BLACK DAY when the saffron forces consisting of RSS/BJP/Shiv Sena/ VHP /Bajrang Dal etc. demolished the Babri Masjid in December 1992 with the complicity of the State. It is clear as daylight what the saffron forces are conspiring to accomplish now and in future. They are hysterically[Read More…]

Students of Punjabi Department of DU unite against Administration’s Banning of Bhagat Singh and Paash

Students of Punjabi Department of DU unite against Administration’s Banning of Bhagat Singh and Paash

Raising the slogan for justice, the students of Punjabi Department unite against the blatantly dishonest, anti-student administration! Today, the Punjabi department of Delhi University has presented before us an example of how the administration can turn its back on its students.Days after giving assurances to fulfil the demands raised by students who united against an apathetic administration determined to have[Read More…]

Breaching Sub-Continents Berlin Wall!

Breaching Sub-Continents Berlin Wall!

(The opening of Kartarpur Corridor practically signifies a breach in the artificial security barriers created by the two countries to keep their people apart) An interesting short entry in Wikipedia about the corridor sums up the motive behind theproject. “The Kartarpur Corridor is a proposed border corridor between India and Pakistan, connecting the Sikh shrines of Dera Baba Nanak Sahib (located in Punjab, India) and Gurdwara Darbar Sahib Kartarpur (in Punjab, Pakistan). The[Read More…]

Can Muslim women pray in a mosque?

Can Muslim women pray in a mosque?

A friend sent me a video about an all-women mosque (actually it turned out to be women praying in an all-faith center) in California with the caption, ‘This is Haraam and is a sign of Dajjal.’ I debated with myself whether this was even worth spending time to refute. But I recall the Hadith of Rasoolullahﷺ who emphasized principle of ownership[Read More…]

Lynching: Casteist, Communal and Fascist Tool of Violence in India

Lynching: Casteist, Communal and Fascist Tool of Violence in India

  Violence has always been a tool of oppression, suppression and subordination. Though every form of violence is illegal according to the law of the land, dominant social forces (upper castes/classes) often justifies employing certain forms of violence as they believe that they are essential to keep the supposedly holy and sacred religious, social and cultural systems and customs alive[Read More…]

Book Review: Search for a‘Real Ambedkar’ in the Time of Neoliberal Hindutva

Book Review: Search for a‘Real Ambedkar’ in the Time of Neoliberal Hindutva

 Co-Written by Badre Alam Khan and Sanjay Kumar The Republic of Caste: Thinking equality in time of Neoliberal Hindutva by Anand Teltumbde, Delhi: Navayana, (2018), pp 432, Rs,600. Anand Teltumbde is a prominent public intellectual and civil rights activist. He is presently general secretary of the committee for protection of democratic rights.  He is also associated with the All India forum for[Read More…]

And the Silence Whispered: A study of Wani Nazir’s Poetic Endure

And the Silence Whispered: A study of Wani Nazir’s Poetic Endure

And the Silence Whispered, a remarkable debut collection of poems, by Wani Nazir, an educator, poet and reviewer, is not only beautiful as for the diction and form is concerned, but stands unparalleled in terms of numerous perspectives. The book has a foreword and an introduction written by two distinguished contemporary poets, Santosh Bakaya and Lopa Banerjee, of India, who[Read More…]

“Divided by barriers, United by blood’’: India Can Be United By Blood!

“Divided by barriers, United by blood’’: India Can Be United By Blood!

India is going through a phase of unparalleled hatred to one another according to their religion, caste, culture, linguistic affiliation etc. It need not be that way. We are all human beings with common origins. It’s history that divided us. We can break these human made barriers if we accept that we are one family. Hundreds of thousands of Indians[Read More…]

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Unlike a Globalized Food System, Local Food Won’t Destroy the Environment

If you’re seeking some good news during these troubled times, look at the ecologically sound ways of producing food that have percolated up from the grassroots in recent years. Small farmers, environmentalists, academic researchers and food and farming activists have given us agroecology, holistic resource management, permaculture, regenerative agriculture and other methods that can alleviate or perhaps even eliminate the global food system’s worst impacts:[Read More…]

Why Does a Play Rile Islamists in Kerala?

Why Does a Play Rile Islamists in Kerala?

The play features a young Muslim girl who is in constant debate with her father, a muezzin in a local mosque. With aspirations to touch the sky, this young girl questions many notions of Islam regarding the supposed inequality between men and women. She questions why women are supposed to eat half as much as men. After being chastised by[Read More…]

President Issias Aferwerki Vs. Al Jazeera; February 2010

President Issias Aferwerki Vs. Al Jazeera; February 2010

This transcript is from an interview done by Eritrean President Issias Aferwerki and Al Jazeera “journalist” Jane Dutton in February 2010, shortly after the UNSC passed punitive sanctions against Eritrea based on what has now been proven to be fabrications. The sanctions are now history and this interview stands as an example for aspiring journalists of just how low their[Read More…]

Book Review: Miko Peled’s ‘Injustice, The Story of the Holy Land Foundation Five’

Book Review: Miko Peled’s ‘Injustice, The Story of the Holy Land Foundation Five’

Survive prison I must, for when I come out I would hold no grudges, or hate, or resentment. My belief system tells me that whatever comes upon me is a matter already decreed by Allah. He knows better.   Shukri Abu-Baker, HLF5 Injustice: The Story of the Holy Land Foundation Five is about a grave and cruel injustice wielded by both[Read More…]

Trump And His Trail of Lies

Trump And His Trail of Lies

What is poison? Anything which is more than our needs- be it power, wealth, hunger, ego, greed, ambition, hate or anything… Jalal Rumī (a 13th-century Persian poet, jurist, Islamic scholar and theologian.) I lived and studied in the USA in the 60s and 70s and witnessed its greatness. People were honest, hard working, generous, sincere and they frowned upon racism[Read More…]

John Scales Avery Interviews Dr. David Krieger

John Scales Avery Interviews Dr. David Krieger

Dear David, I have long admired your dedicated and heroic life-long work for the complete abolition of nuclear weapons. You did me the great honour of making me an Advisor  to the Nuclear Age Peace Foundation (NAPF). You are both the Founder and the President of the  NAPF. Could you tell us a little about your family, and your early[Read More…]

From Central America to Syria: The Conspiracy against Refugees

From Central America to Syria: The Conspiracy against Refugees

Watching the ongoing debate between US liberal and right-wing pundits on US mainstream media, one rarely gets the impression that Washington is responsible for the unfolding crisis in Central America. In fact, no other country is as accountable as the United States for the Central American bedlam and resulting refugee crisis. So why, despite the seemingly substantial ideological and political[Read More…]

When America’s Press Contradicts America’s President

When America’s Press Contradicts America’s President

On November 16th, the Washington Post headlined that “CIA concludes Saudi crown prince ordered Jamal Khashoggi’s assassination” and reported that “The CIA’s assessment, in which officials have said they have high confidence, is the most definitive to date linking [Crown Prince] Mohammed [bin Salman] to the [murder] operation.” Then, after almost a full week of silence on that, U.S. President[Read More…]

In Contempt of Parliament: The Legal Advice of Brexit

In Contempt of Parliament: The Legal Advice of Brexit

It is attrition, suffocation and contortion.  While Theresa May’s Brexit program, weak, compromising and cobbled as it is, endures that bit longer, her opponents from within and without government have been essentially undercutting her on various fronts. Foppish and solutions-free Boris Johnson does so from the perspective that the May program as it has been agreed to with the EU[Read More…]

Action and Thought

Action and Thought

Last night my mother came in my dreams
She asked me, why do you do what you do?
And I said
`Mother, I don’t do what I should do
And I do what I shouldn’t do’
She just smiled and said
`Do what you ought to do
and don’t do what you shouldn’t do’

Himalayan Villages Saving Endangered  Herbal Treasures

Himalayan Villages Saving Endangered  Herbal Treasures

Co-Written By Siddhartha Negi and Ashish Kumar Singh Country’s last Himalayan Villages of India painstakingly save endangered national herbal treasures with Promising multi-fold in farm income. They remain yet in anticipation of vital government Support. With high aspirations these villages celebrated Kutki (an Endangered Herb) Mahotsav with Chief Minister, Uttarakhand State & Ayush Minister, Govt. Of India. They aspire strengthened[Read More…]

The Fakir Rejects Mandir – Masjid

The Fakir Rejects Mandir – Masjid

“Peace is not something you wish for; it’s you make, something you do, something you are, and something you give away.” The simple plan of anarchy over Ayodhaya is just not what India deserves after the culmination of intellectuals. From the time of Independence to the present Hindutva throbbing nation, both the Muslims and Hindus should learn something which is[Read More…]

“Once Upon a Time”: Journey of a Peasant Girl

“Once Upon a Time”: Journey of a Peasant Girl

“Akh Daur”, a novel by Kashmiri author Bansi Nirdosh (translated by Qaisar Bashir as “Once Upon a Time”), is a historical fiction: it takes readers to an era which there was once, but is now seen no more. The novel can be divided into two parts: one, that depicts the beauty of Bandipora (fraternity, solidarity, love, peace, care) in general[Read More…]

Plebiscite, Kashmir And Sher-i-Kashmir

Plebiscite, Kashmir And Sher-i-Kashmir

5 December is the birth anniversary of Sheikh Mohammad Abdullah, a mass leader who dominated the politics of Kashmir for over half a century before passing away in 1982. For 22 years between his ouster as Prime Minister in 1953 and return as Chief Minister in 1975, he remained a dominant symbol of the popular demand for UN-mandated plebiscite in[Read More…]

Rally For Right To A Way Of Life

Rally For Right To A Way Of Life

The sleepy, cool village of Peringamala nestled in the biodiversity rich hills of Southern Western Ghats woke upon 3rd December morning to the slogans and songs that brought together the villagers all set for a walk to the capital city of Thiruvananthapuram. They were united by the urgent need to raise their protest and concern about the upcoming Waste to[Read More…]

Bibi – The Turbulent Life and Times of Benjamin Netanyahu

Bibi – The Turbulent Life and Times of Benjamin Netanyahu

Bibi – The Turbulent Life and Times of Benjamin Netanyahu. Anshell Pfeffer. Signal/McClelland & Stewart (Penguin Random House), Toronto, 2018. This morning I read online the current problems Benjamin Netanyahu is having within the Knesset and within his own political party, “Now, Netanyahu’s once stable coalition is hanging by a thread, with the support of only 61 members in the[Read More…]

A WORLD FEDERATION – Chapter 1 – The History of International Law

A WORLD FEDERATION – Chapter 1 – The History of International Law

“With law shall our land be built up, but with lawlessness laid waste.” Njal’s Saga, Iceland, c 1270. 1 What is law? After the invention of agriculture, roughly 10,000 years ago, humans began to live in progressively larger groups, which were sometimes multi-ethnic. In order to make towns, cities and finally nations function without excessive injustice and violence, both ethical[Read More…]

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Seeing Yemen from Jeju

Several days ago, I joined an unusual skype call originated by young South Korean founders of “The Hope School.” Located on Jeju Island, the school aims to build a supportive community between island residents and newly arrived Yemenis who seek asylum in South Korea. Jeju, a visa-free port, has been an entry point for close to 500 Yemenis who have[Read More…]

LOC flare-ups on Indo-Pak border

LOC flare-ups on Indo-Pak border

                     Let Line of Control (LOC) be a line of peace-Mr. Manmohan Singh,ex-Prime Minister of India. The end of the British rule paved way for the freedom of the masses at the time of independence. However, it was at the cost of the economic and socio-political exploitation of the masses. The division of the British colony into the two states[Read More…]

When an officer on duty is killed by the right wing goons

When an officer on duty is killed by the right wing goons

Uttar Pradesh Police inspector Subodh Kumar Singh was killed by a mob in Bulandshahar. The cowardly killings and its videos were viral from yesterday evening. The mob, it is alleged, was protesting against cow slaughter, that was ‘said to have’ happened in the area. Such hearsay have become part of the mob culture and justification of the goons masquerading as[Read More…]

In Kenya during Al-Shabaab standoff

How I Became A Revolutionary And Internationalist:Andre Vltchek

 Binu Mathew, Editor of Countercurrents.org interviews Andre Vltchek BM: You are one of the foremost critics of imperialism. Can you tell us how you came to be who you are? Can you tell us about your formative years? AV: Formative years… There were many of them, and actually, I feel that I am still evolving, until now. People always do,[Read More…]

The 2018 Firestorms: there is no Planet B

The 2018 Firestorms: there is no Planet B

It takes only a spark, from a lightning or human ignition, to start a fire, but it involves high temperatures, a period of drought, a build-up of dry vegetation and strong winds to start a bush fire, such as is devastating Queensland and recently California. When all these factors combine firestorms ensue, enhanced by strong winds from the hot interior[Read More…]

Two World Conferences…. What Can We Expect?

Two World Conferences…. What Can We Expect?

President Trump’s abrupt cancellation of bilateral talks with Mr. Putin at the G-20 meeting in Argentina — following the seizure of Ukrainian ships by Russia — puts any rapprochement on the back burner, at least for the time being.  As leaders convene, Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman is flashing his wallet, his presence awkward, trying to buy friends — this[Read More…]

Manufacturing “Islamic Extremism”

Manufacturing “Islamic Extremism”

“Hate is like drinking poison and waiting for the other person to die”. Saint. Augustine The so-called “Islamic extremism” has become synonymous with the Western definition of “terrorism” to conceal the West’s ongoing war on Islam and Muslims. It is invented and sensationalised by anti-Muslim Anglo-Zionist mass media and the Anglo-Zionist political establishments. Its intention is to demonise Muslims and[Read More…]

George H.W. Bush: Cold War Ends and New World Orders

George H.W. Bush: Cold War Ends and New World Orders

The death of certain political figures, notably those of a vast imperium, is bound to provoke less criticism or critical insight than soul searching pursuits.  With the US in the mauling clutches of Donald J. Trump, the nightmare that was supposedly never to happen, nostalgia prevails in establishment circles.  What ever happened to traditional duplicity and dynasty politicians, with their[Read More…]

Israel’s new war of attrition on Jerusalem’s Palestinians

Israel’s new war of attrition on Jerusalem’s Palestinians

Czech president Milos Zeman offered Benjamin Netanyahu’s ultra-nationalist government a fillip during his visit to Israel last week. He inaugurated a cultural and trade centre, Czech House, just outside Jerusalem’s Old City walls. At the opening, he expressed hope it would serve as a precursor to his country relocating its embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem. If so, the Czech[Read More…]

In Defense of ‘Conspiracy Theories’: From ‘Fake News’ to the Art World

In Defense of ‘Conspiracy Theories’: From ‘Fake News’ to the Art World

 “To remain innocent may also be to remain ignorant.” ― John Berger, Ways of Seeing This November 22nd marked fifty-five years since the assassination of John F. Kennedy. Perhaps no other major incident in U.S. history has generated more uncertainty and skepticism towards its official account than his Dallas killing in 1963. A 2013 Gallup poll showed that a clear[Read More…]

The Naxalbari-days: The rural poor formed village defense squad

The Naxalbari-days: The rural poor formed village defense squad

Third of the three interviews by Subhasis and Arijit from the cradle of the revolutionary uprising, which dispel many distorted analyses on Naxalbari   Aneek, an independent, radical Baanglaa monthly from Kolkata, India, in its 53rd years of publication, interviewed three leaders of the Naxalbari Uprising. The leaders with working class background were organizing armed struggle of the poor-landless peasantry[Read More…]

Journey into Obsolescence: The Adani Carmichael Project

Journey into Obsolescence: The Adani Carmichael Project

The Carmichael mine being pursued in the Galilee Basin in Central Queensland is a dinosaur before its creation.  On paper, it is hefty – to be some five times the size of Sydney harbour, the largest in Australia and one of the largest on the planet.  Six open cut and five underground mines covering some 30 kilometres are proposed, a[Read More…]

Hillary Clinton to 65 Million Desperate Refugees: STAY PUT, SHUT UP, AND DROP DEAD

Hillary Clinton to 65 Million Desperate Refugees: STAY PUT, SHUT UP, AND DROP DEAD

There are 65 million refugees in the world today, forced out of their homes because of wars, poverty, and ecological destruction and desperately seeking a place where they can survive. These conditions have resulted from this system, rooted in the expand-or-die competition of capitalism and the imperialist rivalry over control of the world to serve that end. Those fleeing are[Read More…]

M.S. Swaminathan

Father of Green Revolution in India Rejects GM Crops

Genetically modified (GM) cotton in India is a failure. India should reject GM mustard. And like the Green Revolution, GM agriculture poses risks and is unsustainable. Regulatory bodies are dogged by incompetency and conflicts of interest. GM crops should therefore be banned. You may have heard much of this before. But what is different this time is that the claims[Read More…]

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As You Labor so You Become: The Way Work Shapes Us

In Russia no less than in America, in Moscow no less than in New York, people are obsessed with keeping “fit”. When I see people running off to their “fitness clubs” I think of my grandfather and grandmother. My grandfather was a coal miner. He had been a coal miner since he was fourteen years old and his body reflected[Read More…]

Gandhi Ji's visit to Marwari Library on 27.11.1917 with message

Significance of Gandhi’s visit to Marwari Public Library in November 1917

The Marwari Public Library at Chandni Chowk is like an oasis in the midst of a business hub of Delhi, says its secretary Raj Narayan Saraf, where people come to quench their thirst for knowledge. Seth Kedar Nath Goenka, a Marwari cloth merchant, was inspired by Gandhi to start this library when Gandhi first came to Delhi in April 1915.[Read More…]

Smash Patriarchy, Brahmanical or otherwise

Smash Patriarchy, Brahmanical or otherwise

tr Lakhs of women across the world, including in the developed western countries, rallied and joined demonstrations, to mark the UN’s International Day for Elimination of Violence Against Women on November 24. It is well known that patriarchy reigns around the world, East or West, and irrespective of religion, and irrespective of caste in India and South Asia, with variation[Read More…]

Pellet Horror In Kashmir

Pellet Horror In Kashmir

Indian in Jammu and Kashmir is blinding Kashmiris unabated with each passing day. The pellet horror which started in the year 2016 is still continuing with no end in sight in near future. Small children, young and old and women have become the victims of this pellet horror. Hiba Nisar, 20 month old child, a resident of Shopian is a[Read More…]

India-Pakistan: Shared Heritage, Shared Future for a hatred free-violence free subcontinent

India-Pakistan: Shared Heritage, Shared Future for a hatred free-violence free subcontinent

Though political disputes could have been resolved politically without breaking human sentiments and emotions, but India and Pakistan could not do this during last 71 years. These political disputes have been made personal and resulted as loss of lives, of people, of soldiers and various kinds of misunderstandings, stereotypes and hatred that got developed in minds of people gradually on[Read More…]

Ideas as Crime in a Majoritarian Democracy

Ideas as Crime in a Majoritarian Democracy

To such a degree has Religion fuelled conflict, complicated politics, retarded social development and impaired human relations across the world, that one is often tempted to propose that Religion is innately an enemy of Humanity, if not indeed of itself a crime against Humanity … it is time that the world adopted a position that refuses to countenance Religion as[Read More…]

Archival evidence establishing change in place names of Shopore, Pantchhokh and Munshi Bagh.

Changing Place Names in Kashmir

On 24 October 2018, the State Government inaugurated in Srinagar a ‘library building’ named after the third generation Dogra ruler, Pratap Singh, whose memory in Kashmir only evokes painful feelings of oppression. On psychological plain, the development could be read as a statement to emphasize that theoretically the Dogra regime (1846-1947) might have since ended but its spirit still rules[Read More…]

Raise the Bar

Raise the Bar

I went to Oakwood Friends School since I came from a Quaker family. … I have been on several clearness committees. It is about helping people achieve mission, as well as follow their leading (what Catholics name calling). We sit in silent prayer or meditation. Then we speak. Now there were clearness committees about Quaker Oats and Poughkeepsie, NY. The[Read More…]

Language – reflection of society

Language – reflection of society

One of the best form of effective and precise communication is language. It not only exposes one’ s mood and state of mind but also ability to choose words for expressing the intended meaning. While there are many effective ‘good’ words to indicate happiness and joy, there are few words which hurt certain communities or gender when anger or annoyance[Read More…]

Adivasi Organisations Demand Equality, Gender & Environmental Justice at Sabarimala

Adivasi Organisations Demand Equality, Gender & Environmental Justice at Sabarimala

We the following Adivasi organisations hereby express our deep concern on the recent developments and controversies about the Sabarimala temple in Kerala. The social, political and economic interests of the upper caste communities on Sabarimala Temple are well noticed by us.We hereby wish to express our need to retain our following rights that have been denied for generations: Many Adivasi[Read More…]