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World Bank warns of “storm clouds” over global economy

World Bank warns of “storm clouds” over global economy

The World Bank has added its voice to those warning of a worsening outlook for the global economy this year, amid signs that some major economies could experience a recession. In its Global Economic Prospects report issued last week, entitled “Darkening Skies,” it stated that “storm clouds are brewing for the global economy” and contrasted the situation with that of a year[Read More…]

Trump, Bolton and the Syrian Confusion

Trump, Bolton and the Syrian Confusion

It’s a messy, though typical picture.  US President Donald Trump wants to pull out forces in Syria.  When announced in December, jaws drooped and sharp intakes of breath were registered through the Washington establishment.  Members of the military industrial complex were none too pleased.  The President had seemingly made his case clear: US blood and treasure will not be further[Read More…]

Undeliverable Political Settlment For The Tamils And Bankrupt Policies Of Tamil National Alliance

Undeliverable Political Settlment For The Tamils And Bankrupt Policies Of Tamil National Alliance

  The political history of Tamils who inhabited the island before the arrival of Vijaya in 543 BC, a legendary prince, still to be proved by real and documented evidence, has been tarnished with the record of betrayals, pogroms, genocide and massacres in the hands of successive Sri Lankan Governments since 1948.Numerous articles and books have detailed these events locally[Read More…]

When Mylapore went to Tondiarpet

When Mylapore went to Tondiarpet

An early morning walk in a poorer working-class neighborhood in North Chennai “Let’s throw caste and religious hatred into the Boghi fire and celebrate Pongal together as Tamilians to attain Equality!” I was part of a group-walk this morning (13/1/2019) in Tondiarpet in North Chennai, thanks to theChennai Photowalk Team(https://chennaiphotowalk.wordpress.com) and the ongoing Chennai Kalai Theru Vizha(Chennai Arts Street Festival).I[Read More…]

A Prayer!

A Prayer!

A: The United States has dropped bombs on innocent people including children in Iraq. We should do something. B: Yes, you are right. We must pray. A: Over one hundred people died waiting in queues during the implementation of demonitisation. B: Yes. We must pray. A: Thousands of farmers are committing suicide in India. B: How sad ! We must[Read More…]

A New Era? Timor-Leste after the UN

A New Era? Timor-Leste after the UN

(Images by- José Fernando Real, Wikimedia commons) Book: Ingram, S, Kent, L. &Mcwilliam, A. (Eds.). (2015). A New Era?: Timor-Leste after the UN. The Australian National University. (Free to downloadfrom https://press.anu.edu.au/publications/series/state-society-and-governance-melanesia/new-era) “A New Era?: Timor-Leste after the UN” is an edited book which looks into the status of a newer country – that of Timor-Leste (East Timor). The book answers[Read More…]

That Green Growth at the Heart of the Green New Deal? It’s Malignant

That Green Growth at the Heart of the Green New Deal? It’s Malignant

A burgeoning save-the-climate effort called the Green New Deal, explains Vox’s David Roberts, “has thrust climate change into the national conversation, put House Democrats on notice, and created an intense and escalating bandwagon effect. … everyone involved in green politics is talking about the GND. … But WTF is it?” Roberts goes on to give a good summary, but no[Read More…]

Origins of the climate catastrophe

Origins of the climate catastrophe

It is not a mere coincidence that extreme right wing movements reject the scientific evidence for anthropogenic climate change, which reflects their connections with the fossil fuel corporations from whom they receive funding, as well as a lack of concern for the living world.In the wake of Benito Mussolini’s adoption of “fasces” (a Roman symbol consisting of a bundle of[Read More…]

Uniting For A Green New Deal

Uniting For A Green New Deal

Co-Written by Margaret Flowers and Kevin Zeese Support is growing in the United States for a Green New Deal. Though there are competing visions for what that looks like, essentially, a Green New Deal includes a rapid transition to a clean energy economy, a jobs program and a stronger social safety net. We need a Green New Deal for many[Read More…]

Martin Heidegger Views on Philosophical Conception of Time and Being

Martin Heidegger Views on Philosophical Conception of Time and Being

The purpose of the series is to provide comprehensive expository and critical surveys of the work of major philosophers. One aim of the series is to dispel the intimidation such readers often feel when faced with the work of a difficult and challenging thinker. Martin Heidegger is now widely recognized alongside Wittgenstein as one of the greatest philosophers of the[Read More…]

The Founder of Islam

The Founder of Islam

In all, Prophet Mohammad married thirteen wives. But he married his first wife Khadija when he was 25 years old and she was 40. All other marriages were contracted after the death of Khadija when Mohammad was 50 years old. Mohammad was 40 years old when he received his first divine revelation and Khadija was the first person to convert[Read More…]

Why Is a Woman’s ‘Virgin’ Status Synonymous With Her

Why Is a Woman’s ‘Virgin’ Status Synonymous With Her

Let me warn you this article is not for kids because kids in India are not supposed to read all these ‘ashlil vichaar’. Are you looking for a post supporting your misogynist thoughts ? Wait! Well, you are at the wrong place because this article will disappoint you. Recently, a Kolkata professor took to social media to teach young boys[Read More…]

People’s Resistance Against The Citizenship Amendment Bill

People’s Resistance Against The Citizenship Amendment Bill

New Socialist Initiative (NSI) stands in solidarity with the people of Assam, Tripura and the other North Eastern states in their heroic struggle against the communally motivated Citizenship Amendment Bill (CAB). It was only because of the resistance of the people that the government couldn’t table the Bill for voting in the Rajya Sabha after surreptitiously passing it in the[Read More…]

Sooner or Later, We Have to Stop Economic Growth — and We’ll Be Better for it

Sooner or Later, We Have to Stop Economic Growth — and We’ll Be Better for it

Both the U.S. economy and the global economy have expanded dramatically in the past century, as have life expectancies and material progress. Economists raised in this period of plenty assume that growth is good, necessary even, and should continue forever and ever without end, amen. Growth delivers jobs, returns on investment and higher tax revenues. What’s not to like? We’ve[Read More…]

Professional conspiracies & cartels in Kashmir

Professional conspiracies & cartels in Kashmir

More than a century ago, George Bernard Shaw in his famous 1906 play The Doctor’s Dilemma has said “all professions are a conspiracy against laity”. Conspiracies are hatched & executed in groups, albeit the idea is often brainchild of a master kingpin of that group who resembles “suspense boss” of the Bollywood movies. Conspiracies are committed on back of the[Read More…]

Harappa To Ayyappa

Harappa To Ayyappa

Harappa! We are all your descendants You shepherded the first civilization You built the first city in the East You domesticated the early animals Goat, sheep, buffalo, dog and donkey. You made the first pot, brick, bronze tools You built the first tank, boat and building. You were God’s Own Man. Brahma came and burnt all your civilization Indra damaged[Read More…]

Kashmir’s New Ambassadors

Kashmir’s New Ambassadors

Like many others in my tribe; opinion writers and columnists, guided by screaming headlines I am also oblivious to the urges and aspirations of our youth. That there is a strong undercurrent in a whole generation of them to use music, arts, literature, theatre and modern mediums like Instagram and YouTube for telling their stories, and articulating their pain and[Read More…]

People’s Initiative To Commemmorate Mahatma Gandhi’s Martyrdom Day!

People’s Initiative To Commemmorate Mahatma Gandhi’s Martyrdom Day!

We appeal to every Indian to:- • Commemorate, pay homage and stand in silence for 2 minutes on the 30th of January at 11.00am and/or 5.17pm. • Organise Sarva Dharma Prarthana, Inter-Faith Prayer meetings. • Take a Pledge for Communal Harmony, Peace and Non-Violence It was on this ominous day, 71 years ago, that Mahatma Gandhi was assassinated by a[Read More…]

Global Wars and Peace:  Insanity against Humanity:  What is Next?

Global Wars and Peace:  Insanity against Humanity:  What is Next?

 “The road to hell is paved with good conventions.”  (Bert Rolling, The Law of War and National Jurisdiction since 1945). The Global Conventions Betrayed the Humanity The UNO, The Geneva Conventions, The Hague Conventions, The Declaration of Human Rights, The Human Rights Commission and so many other paper-based laws and conventions often are a distraction from the prevalent reality of[Read More…]

Are they untouchables?  

Are they untouchables?  

“Untouchability is a crime against god and humanity,” said the Mahatma, the father of our nation. And untouchability is a crime in India. But Sabarimala temple in Kerala has been practising gender untouchability long since by imposing selective ban on menstruating women and the quite positive and progressive verdict of Supreme Court on Sept. 28, 2018 put an end to this selective[Read More…]

Dances of Disinformation: The Partisan Politics of the Integrity Initiative

Dances of Disinformation: The Partisan Politics of the Integrity Initiative

Is there such a plane of blissful, balanced information, deliberated and debated upon?  No.  Governments mangle; corporations distort.  Interest groups tinker.  Wars must be sold; deception must be perpetrated.  Inconsistencies must be removed.  There will be success, measured in small doses; failure, dispatched in grand servings.  The nature of news, hollow as it is, is to fill the next segment[Read More…]

Oma , Aomori Prefecture

Why Is Japan So Bitter About Unstoppable Rise Of China?

Text and photos: Andre Vltchek There used to be a pair of beautiful swings for children, not far from an old rural temple in Mie Prefecture, where I used to frequently power walk, when searching for inspiration for my novels. Two years ago, I noticed that the swings had gotten rusty, abandoned, and unkempt. Yesterday, I spotted a yellow ribbon,[Read More…]

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The Birch in Winter

As the snow lands soft on my face,
The memory suffices.
The gray becomes bearable,
and I find myself satisfied.

Bahujan Hindus versus Brahminical Hindutva

Bahujan Hindus versus Brahminical Hindutva

                            The election campaigns in North India would have passed uneventful had Yogi Adityanadh not uttered at Alwar, Rajasthan during the last phase in November 20018, the impulsive feeling that Hanuman was only a Dalit forest dweller and servant of Raja Sri Ram. It was the inner[Read More…]

Need Proportional representation at all level to democratize Indian power structure

Need Proportional representation at all level to democratize Indian power structure

The quota bill providing 10%  reservation for the ‘general’ category of people has been passed by the Rajya Sabha yesterday with opposition parties like Congress, Samajwadi Party, AAP and left parties . The AIDMK walked out of the Parliament so had the stand of DMK as Tamilnadu already have 69% quota.  The question is whether this act will not be[Read More…]

10% Reservation to Economically Weak Sections in General Category : Socialist Party’s Perspective

10% Reservation to Economically Weak Sections in General Category : Socialist Party’s Perspective

Mr. Kotha Prabhakar Reddy, Member Parliament, on 8th January 2019, seek a reply from Government of India, Ministry of Scial Justice and Empowerment to the question (No. 4475) on ‘Reservation for Poor’. Mr. Reddy’s question was : (a) whether the Government is exploring the scope of providing reservation for poor candidates from forward communities for education and employment; (b) if[Read More…]

Old Age Homes – A Necessary Evil?

Old Age Homes – A Necessary Evil?

Isolation is proving to be a reality that comes with old age. Ageing being inevitable, everyone goes through these stages, provided death does not come calling in the meantime. Thus, irrespective of our stature, all of us come to a stage where we need others. Currently, around the globe, senior citizens are being deprived of their rights. They face acute[Read More…]

Beginning of the End of Reservation?

Beginning of the End of Reservation?

Imagine a pool of 100 candidates. You have 10 vacancies to appoint them. Now tell them that 9 wil be appointed on merit and 1 will be under reservation, but all 100 are eligible to apply for the 1 reserved seat. Conduct a written test and select 10 who scored most. First 9 gets in the merit list and the[Read More…]

Shah Faesal Reclaiming Electoral Politics

Shah Faesal Reclaiming Electoral Politics

Dr Shah Faesal’s reclaiming a new electoral politics after resigning from civil services in India’s Kashmir neither seems vapid nor promising at the moment.The prominent youth icon shot to fame when he topped the Indian Civil Services (IAS) in 2010. He keeps every body guessing and amid his much talked about resignation from the prestigious civil services a few days[Read More…]

Citizenship Bill: One more step of BJP towards the contempt of Constitution

Citizenship Bill: One more step of BJP towards the contempt of Constitution

By passing the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill 2016 in the Lok Sabha the Narendra Modi government at the Center has taken up another step towards the contempt of the Constitution. The Bill provides that six non-Muslim communities – Hindu, Sikh, Christian, Buddhist, Jain, Parsi – of Bangladesh, Pakistan and Afghanistan will be granted citizenship of India in the event of religious[Read More…]

What We Need Are Kannada Schools Not Sammelanas

What We Need Are Kannada Schools Not Sammelanas

Our Akhila Bharata Sahitya Sammelana is an annually occurring lavish ritual literally like a school annual day celebration. This time it’s being observed in Dharwad. The expenditure for these Sammelanas has been increasing by the crores, year after year. It was 8 crores for the Sammelana held in Mysore last year, 7 plus crores for the one before that in[Read More…]

Negative Zero Sum Game

Negative Zero Sum Game

Many citizens throughout the world have concluded that our Capital Market system is an ecological Negative Zero Sum game driving human civilization toward an “end of time” apocalypse of horrific proportions. XXXXXXXXX With the Enlightenment and the Industrial Revolution that followed, the economic theory of Adam Smith relating to efficiency of an open and free capital market distribution of goods[Read More…]

Compromise And Democracy, Trumps Border Wall And Immigrants

Compromise And Democracy, Trumps Border Wall And Immigrants

Compromise is the essence of democracy for a good reason; it is the glue holding it together. It is how a country can unite after an election; it is when the 51 percent give a little, so the remainder can still feel part of governing; it is when the winning candidate promises to represent all constituents not just those voting[Read More…]

The Shock

The Shock

When can I forget losing my mother
Perhaps, only after losing myself
When should a flower merge with the sand
Still watching the plant remain.

US will Maintain Military Presence in Syria after Withdrawal

US will Maintain Military Presence in Syria after Withdrawal

The US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo delivered contradictory messages in a speech in Cairo on Thursday, January 18. On the one hand, he said Washington will withdraw American troops from Syria in line with Donald Trump’s momentous announcement on December 19, and on the other, he emphasized the US will continue fighting the Islamic State and will also contain[Read More…]

Venezuela’s Maduro sworn in for second term amid rising social unrest and threats of intervention

Venezuela’s Maduro sworn in for second term amid rising social unrest and threats of intervention

President Nicolas Maduro took the oath of office Thursday morning for a second six-year term under conditions of mounting social unrest within Venezuela and a concerted drive by the US, the European Union and the right-wing governments of Latin America to force him from power. Maduro was sworn in before the Venezuelan Supreme Court and not, as is customary, before[Read More…]

Corporate media smears WikiLeaks and Julian Assange

Corporate media smears WikiLeaks and Julian Assange

A number of corporate media outlets have begun the year by publishing scurrilous and derisive attacks against WikiLeaks and its founder Julian Assange. The coverage has the character of a coordinated political campaign, with the most sinister motives. Its aim is to legitimise the stepped-up persecution of Assange by the US and British governments, which are pursuing the journalist and[Read More…]

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Oil’s Wild Price Swings Set to Create Global Chaos

As the current global oil glut shakes up petro states around the world, oil prices are becoming more volatile than Donald Trump tweets. Neither Canada, now the dumb owner of a marginal 65-year-old pipeline, nor Alberta, a key exporter of bitumen, a cheap refinery feedstock, has paid much attention to this revolution. As a consequence Canada has no strategy to[Read More…]

The Commons, the State and the Public: A Latin American Perspective

The Commons, the State and the Public: A Latin American Perspective

An interview with Daniel Chavez. What are the commons and what is their political, social and economic relevance? In recent years, many researchers and social activists from very different countries, like myself, have rediscovered the notion of the commons as a key idea to deepen social and environmental justice and democratise both politics and the economy. This reappropriation has meant[Read More…]

Furtherance: A Response to Gail Tverberg’s  “World Economy is Reaching Growth Limits: Expect Low Oil Prices, Financial Turbulence”

Furtherance: A Response to Gail Tverberg’s  “World Economy is Reaching Growth Limits: Expect Low Oil Prices, Financial Turbulence”

I am always delighted to read another piece by Gail Tverberg.  Her articles  are consistently highly informative, and the information she presents to us is without exception well documented,  clear, and concise. Her work flows from and is the extension of that of Donella and Dennis Meadows as expounded in their book The Limits of Growth, which can be downloaded from[Read More…]

PUCL Maharashtra Statement in Solidarity with protesting BEST Workers

PUCL Maharashtra Statement in Solidarity with protesting BEST Workers

PUCL Maharashtra expresses shock and dismay at reports that the BMC and BEST administration have chosen to invoke draconian provisions of the Maharashtra Essential Services Maintenance Act (MESMA) against striking BEST employees, instead of taking steps to respond to their demands and alleviate their grievances at the earliest. PUCL Maharashtra learns that the BEST administration has issued eviction notices to[Read More…]

Why is Mehbooba Mufti apologizing people of Kashmir?

Why is Mehbooba Mufti apologizing people of Kashmir?

Why is she nowadays visiting the militant families and apologizing the people for her past deeds and remarks? Why is she terming the slain militants as martyrs? Is it that she wanted the support of people to repeat her previous activities or the fulfillment of leftover dreams of her father? As the assembly elections of 2019 are around the corner,[Read More…]

Good day to you all. Or is it?

Good day to you all. Or is it?

Every time I watch anything to do with Israel on American TV, or listen to a radio report somewhere, or read an article in a newspaper or online, I am always confronted with the same slogan. “We must support our closest ally with whom we share values and a way of life. We must do our utmost to enable them[Read More…]

P. K. Rosy: A dalit actress in film world

P. K. Rosy: A dalit actress in film world

Many women have struggled to come up in the tinsel world of film industry. The #Me Too movement has exposed how domination of male led many women to terminate their careers or compromise and continue in the field. Being a dalit woman makes it all the more difficult to survive. In the face of such uncomfortable conditions, P. K. Rosy[Read More…]

Mounting social anger seen in two-day strike against Indian government

Mounting social anger seen in two-day strike against Indian government

Tens of millions of workers throughout India yesterday joined the second day of a 48-hour national protest strike against the hated pro-investor economic “reforms” of the Hindu supremacist Bharatiya Janatha Party (BJP)-led government. While the capitalist media largely tried to black-out the strike, it was supported by broad sections of the working class, both in the so-called formal and informal[Read More…]

What Are We Working For “At Eternity’s Gate”?

What Are We Working For “At Eternity’s Gate”?

“One also knows from his letters that nothing appeared more sacred to Van Gogh than work.” – John Berger, “Vincent Van Gogh,” Portraits Ever since I was a young boy, I have wondered why people do the kinds of work they do.  I sensed early on that the economic system was a labyrinthine trap devised to imprison people in work[Read More…]

Laos, between the West and China (3rd part)

Laos, between the West and China (3rd part)

Did you know the World Bank is present in Laos? Yes, World Bank is here, but probably too ashame of their criminal nature to show their face. It is easy to find their address if we search for it on internet. It is not so easy to find it without the GPS on, because there’s not a single sign with the[Read More…]

The problem with  rural India being  governed by the urban mindsets

The problem with  rural India being  governed by the urban mindsets

 ( All characters  and incidents, referred in this piece  are fictional) The rural India, today is governed by the urban technocratic mindset which is not always very helpful and often dangerous.   While we often relate under development to the lack of awareness among the rural communities, the truth is the urban awareness on rural lifestyle and culture is negligible and[Read More…]

Mr.  IAS What Next?

Mr.  IAS What Next?

                      Till 2010 Shah Faesal was not a well known figure in Kashmir but after cracking the India’s top most civil service examination held under UPSC (IAS) that too with a top position gave him a good reputation in Kashmir as well as in India and sooner was considered as an inspiration for the youth. Indian politicians and other[Read More…]

The Doctrine of State

The Doctrine of State

(The Doctrine of State cannot override the Doctrine of Human Rights!) Mr Yashwant Sinha former Foreign Minister in an interview on NDTV disclosed that a senior Government Officer had informed him that Delhi is following the “Doctrine of State” in Kashmir. According to him, as part of this doctrine the government is going all out in elimination of any rebellion[Read More…]

2019: World Economy Is Reaching Growth Limits; Expect Low Oil Prices, Financial Turbulence

2019: World Economy Is Reaching Growth Limits; Expect Low Oil Prices, Financial Turbulence

Financial markets have been behaving in a very turbulent manner in the last couple of months. The issue, as I see it, is that the world economy is gradually changing from a growth mode to a mode of shrinkage. This is something like a ship changing course, from going in one direction to going in reverse. The system acts as if the[Read More…]

Surgical Totalitarianism

Surgical Totalitarianism

You don’t have to control everything to be in total control. In the modern world this seeming paradox is a systemic reality. In the past, classic totalitarian governments sought to literally control every aspect of biopower. As it turned out, this was a very inefficient and self-defeating way to maintain and increase scientific knowledge and technology, capital accumulation, and total[Read More…]

When Bolsonaro and Netanyahu Are ‘Brothers’: Why Brazil Should Shun the Israeli Model

When Bolsonaro and Netanyahu Are ‘Brothers’: Why Brazil Should Shun the Israeli Model

Newly-inaugurated Brazilian President, Jair Bolsonaro, is set to be the arch-enemy of the environment and of indigenous and disadvantaged communities in his country. He also promises to be a friend of like-minded, far-right leaders the world over. It is, therefore, not surprising to see a special kind of friendship blossoming between Bolsonaro and Israeli Prime Minister, Benjamin Netanyahu. “We need[Read More…]

Millions of Indian workers hold two-day general strike against Modi government

Millions of Indian workers hold two-day general strike against Modi government

Over 180 million workers began a two-day general strike across India yesterday in protest against Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s big business assault on the working class. Tens of thousands of workers defied threats of sacking and pay cut by state governments to join the national walkout. The huge strike, which is continuing today, is a powerful indication of the mass[Read More…]

Sabarimala row: While he defends ‘tradition’, will PM Modi also guarantee protection to Bindu and Kanakadurga?

Sabarimala row: While he defends ‘tradition’, will PM Modi also guarantee protection to Bindu and Kanakadurga?

The entry of two women devotees, Bindu and Kanakadurga, into the sanctum sanctorum of the Sabarimala temple on January 2 led to widespread violence in the state of Kerala. The violence, which erupted during the bandh call issued by the BJP and allied organisations on January 3, saw not just damage of public property but also the loss of a[Read More…]

Open Letter to Bayer CropScience: Bayer Has Never Been Transparent In Its Life!

Open Letter to Bayer CropScience: Bayer Has Never Been Transparent In Its Life!

“Transparency creates trust. At Bayer, we embrace our responsibility to communicate how we assess our products’ safety — and we recognize that people around the world want more information around glyphosate. This month, we published more than 300 study summaries on the safety of glyphosate on our dedicated transparency website. “ Mason is scathing in her response and begins her letter by[Read More…]

Dr. Abdul Ahad, a noble soul!

Dr. Abdul Ahad, a noble soul!

Dr. Sheikh Abdul Ahad, a well-known ENT Specialist who passed away recently was truly a noble soul! Kashmir has produced many renowned doctors who have made a name within Kashmir and abroad. I had the good fortune of knowing a few of these doctors personally. Dr. Sheikh Abdul Ahad an ENT (Ear, Nose, Throat) specialist was one among these. I[Read More…]

Karl Marx and Religion: Definition, Sources, Ideology and Criticism

Karl Marx and Religion: Definition, Sources, Ideology and Criticism

The living Karl Marx was a dismal failure. He passed most of his life in poverty, dependent on the charity of the capitalist Friedrich Engels. His writings were never sufficiently in demand to earn a living. He had great difficulty in finishing anything, and the bulk of what he wrote he never saw in print. His revolutionary activities ‘came to[Read More…]

Paulus in Southern Russia. (Bundesarchiv)

War and Betrayal: Change and Transformation

Rome: I have wondered if the German Field-Marshal Friedrich Paulus after his defeat and capture by Russians at Stalingrad in February 1943 really changed when as a prisoner of war in Soviet Russia he joined the National Committee For A Free Germany and the anti-Fascist Union of German Officers. Were his words sincere when he broadcast anti-fascist messages to Germany over Radio[Read More…]

On Refugees….And Myanmar-It’s Not Just The Rohingya

On Refugees….And Myanmar-It’s Not Just The Rohingya

  … And my life’s cold winter that knew no spring; Of my mind so weary and sick and wild,    Of my heart too sad to sing.                        — Paul Laurence Dunbar   The world now has more refugees than at any time since after WW2, more than the population of Britain.  They are often[Read More…]

Gabon and Coup Mania

Gabon and Coup Mania

It starts with a presumption, makes its way through a discussion, and becomes a set, moulded stereotype: Africa is the continent of tin pot dictatorships, unstable leaderships, and coups.  Latin America, attuned to brigandage and frontier mentalities, is not far behind.  Such instances lend themselves to the inevitable opportunity to exploit the exception.  Gabon, ruled by the same family without[Read More…]

An American Senator Writes of ISIS “Hellish Filth We’ve Recruited, Armed and Trained for 8 Years!”

An American Senator Writes of ISIS “Hellish Filth We’ve Recruited, Armed and Trained for 8 Years!”

“The Syrian War had … much to do with clandestine actions of CIA, MI-6, Mossad, Turkish MIT, French DGSE, Saudi GID and others. “would never have occurred without American planning and execution.” (and CBS NBC ABC CNN FOX PBS fake news) “The Syrian War had … much to do with clandestine actions of CIA, MI-6, Mossad, Turkish MIT, French DGSE,[Read More…]

The Jungle Grows Back: America and Our Imperiled World

The Jungle Grows Back: America and Our Imperiled World

The Jungle Grows Back: America and Our Imperiled World. Robert Kagan. Alfred A. Knopf, New York, 2018. It is always an interesting ride to read a Robert Kagan book as it is a journey into wonderland where things aren’t really what they seem. His most recent work, The Jungle Grows Back: America and Our Imperiled World, is a mish mash[Read More…]

Narendra Modi Is Actually The Accidental PM

Narendra Modi Is Actually The Accidental PM

Anupam Kher’s film ‘Accidental Prime Minister’ has targeted Dr. Manmohan Singh who served for two terms and may be again acceptable for the job if his party regains power. But his tormentor Narendra Modi seems to be out of breath even before his first term is over. Disillusionment with him is so widespread and deep that people of India may[Read More…]

Bases, Bases, Everywhere…  Except in the Pentagon’s Report 

Bases, Bases, Everywhere…  Except in the Pentagon’s Report 

The U.S. military is finally withdrawing (or not) from its base at al-Tanf. You know, the place that the Syrian government long claimed was a training ground for Islamic State (ISIS) fighters; the land corridor just inside Syria, near both the Iraqi and Jordanian borders, that Russia has called a terrorist hotbed (while floating the idea of jointly administering it with the United States); the location of a camp where hundreds of U.S. Marines joined Special[Read More…]

Giving 10 percent Reservation is a ‘Political stunt’ to woo the upper-castes votes

Giving 10 percent Reservation is a ‘Political stunt’ to woo the upper-castes votes

As reported in the media that the BJP led Union Cabinet on Monday 7th Jan 2019 has approved 10 reservations for economically weaker upper castes in the government jobs and education.  For giving the reservation, the government has underlined the criterion for deciding economically weaker section, would be based on the size of ‘land holdings’ and the income of the respective[Read More…]

Visual Politics of Iranian Cinema: Social Class in Asghar Farhadi’s ‘A Separation’

Visual Politics of Iranian Cinema: Social Class in Asghar Farhadi’s ‘A Separation’

Iranian movies receive widespread critical acclaim and popularity in the global space for its creative richness, honesty and the striking blend with reality. These movies are regarded as some of the finest piece of artistic expressions that has come out from the global visual scape. The achievements and recognition can be attributed to the legendary filmmakers like Abbas Kiarostami, Dariush[Read More…]

Fake News of Trump’s Volte-face on Syria Exit Strategy

Fake News of Trump’s Volte-face on Syria Exit Strategy

Quoting Donald Trump’s National Security Advisor John Bolton, who was recently on a visit to Israel and told reporters in Jerusalem that American forces would remain in Syria until the last remnants of the Islamic State were defeated and Turkey provided guarantees that it would not strike Kurdish forces allied with the United States, fake news have been circulating on[Read More…]

“Energy Dominance,” what does it mean? Decoding a Fashionable Slogan

“Energy Dominance,” what does it mean? Decoding a Fashionable Slogan

“Now, I know for a fact that American energy dominance is within our grasp as a nation.” Ryan Zinke, U.S. Secretary of the Interior (source) “All Warfare is Based on Deception” Sun Tzu, “The Art of War” Over nearly a half-century, since the time of Richard Nixon, American presidents have proclaimed the need for “energy independence” for the US, without[Read More…]

Good Cop/Bad Cop: The US and Russia Show

Good Cop/Bad Cop: The US and Russia Show

There may have been a time when the US and Russia were serious geopolitical rivals. That time has long since passed. Now, the two “nations” (elite controlled entities masquerading as a res publica) play the neat, little old game known as Bad Cop/Good Cop. Elite interests, practices, and life styles of both countries have long since converged. Russian elites have[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)

Quo Vadis Mr. Xi?  Quo Vadis China?

 Back in November I wrote an article for Countercurrents about how The People’s Republic of China, a Socialist (as defined by its own constitution) country, has turned on its own citizens because they are Marxists.   On the 6th of this month I wrote (https://countercurrents.org/2019/01/06/considerations-on-chandra-muzaffars-the-uighur-question-a-civil-society-solution/)  about China’s attempt to “reeducate” the Muslim Uighur minority so that they were no longer religious. [Read More…]

Shashi Tharoor’s Hypocrisy

Shashi Tharoor’s Hypocrisy

‘Hinduism’s suitability for the modern world lies in many ways in its recognition of non Dogmatism and uncertainty’ Good Hindu Dr. Shashi Tharoor in ‘Why I am Hindu’ pg 287   ‘I am all for women empowerment but the issue is of sanctity. The entry of two women inside the premise of a temple shrine is an unnecessarily deliberate and[Read More…]

Additional Reservation Quota for Uppercastes Is A Political Gimmick

Additional Reservation Quota for Uppercastes Is A Political Gimmick

10% reservation quota for Upper castes people in the government jobs is ever biggest gimmick of the Modi government after Rs.1.5 million to very citizen of India and 2 crore new jobs per year. Today’s Union Cabinet decision of 10% reservation to Upper castes people and tomorrow a bill-proposal will put up by the Minister in Parliament for bringing constitutional[Read More…]

When Idea of Representation Is Misrepresented

When Idea of Representation Is Misrepresented

The decision of the Centre to provide for an additional 10% quota for the economically weaker section among upper caste in jobs and education is a misrepresentation of the idea of representation. Measuring social deprivation by economic standards is a caste-blind approach that usurps the spirit of positive discrimination to the socially and educationally backward caste for decades. The government[Read More…]

Over 200 Individuals And Organisations Demand: Dismiss The Priests at Sabarimala Over Violation of Constitutional Rights And Return The Shrine To Adivasis

Over 200 Individuals And Organisations Demand: Dismiss The Priests at Sabarimala Over Violation of Constitutional Rights And Return The Shrine To Adivasis

To Shri Pinarayi Vijayan Chief Minister of Kerala CC To: President of India, Chief Justice of India, Governor of Kerala Over 200 women’s activists, dalit activists, adivasi activists, human rights groups, social organisations, cultural personalities and well known citizens demand the dismissal of the priests in Sabarimala over violation of constitutional rights and return the shrine to adivasis. Sir, Adv.[Read More…]

Discriminatory Reservation of Savarnas!

Discriminatory Reservation of Savarnas!

“Caste is not a physical object like a wall of bricks or a line of barbed wire which prevents the Hindus from co-mingling and which has, therefore, to be pulled down. Caste is a notion; it is a state of the mind.” When Ambedkar inscribed this line for millions of Dalits of India, he rejected the dictatorial theology and power[Read More…]

The UCCRI(ML) supports the call for a two day All-India General Strike

The UCCRI(ML) supports the call for a two day All-India General Strike

They are demanding better wages, better employment opportunities, better social security and democratic rights for the workers while opposing price-rise. They have also declared that they are opposing the “pro-corporate, anti-national and anti-people policies” of the BJP Government by Mr. Modi, which have spelled misery for the workers. These demands are just and we support the same along with their[Read More…]

What Would A Yellow Vest Movement Look Like In The United States?

What Would A Yellow Vest Movement Look Like In The United States?

Co-Written by Kevin Zeese and Margaret Flowers A truth about movements is, they move. They morph, evolve and move around a country or even around the globe. This occurs over months and often over years. The US Occupy encampment era occurred ten months after the Arab Spring and six months after the Spanish Indignado movement – early versions of occupy.[Read More…]

Movie Review: “The March of the Wooden Soldiers” directed by Hal Roach

Movie Review: “The March of the Wooden Soldiers” directed by Hal Roach

I am fond of telling my great grand children that when and where I grew up, there were no mobile phones (in fact, we had no phone at all), there were no computers, and for a long time, there wasn’t even a radio because neither my grandparents or I spoke English. I was born in America, but English was my[Read More…]

A vendor selling idols of Hindu god Ganesh, the deity of prosperity, rests as he waits for customers at a roadside workshop in Ahmedabad, India, August 29, 2016. (Photo by Amit Dave/Reuters)

India’s Season of Unreason

Barely a week into 2019 I am still trying to figure out what exactly is so ‘new’ about this New Year that is upon us. The balance in my bank account has not changed for the better, nor has my weight, nor the cost of living, while the future all around looks depressingly same as a smog-struck Delhi winter day.[Read More…]

Laos, between the West and China (2nd part)

Laos, between the West and China (2nd part)

To start writing this essay, I chose a cozy bar / restaurant named Tango, in the city center, where I had the pleasure to be surrounded by French and Canadian journalists eating wonderful western food and drinking very expensive red wine. They were saying incredible Orwellian stuff, plenty of nonsensical true-true they learned in their schools of newspeak journalism, and they were not at all aware[Read More…]

Biting into Apple: The Giant’s Revenues Fall

Biting into Apple: The Giant’s Revenues Fall

The worm has gotten into Apple, and is feasting with some consistency.  Revenue has fallen. Chief executive Tim Cook is cranky.  The celebrated front of Apple’s wealth – the iPhone with its range of glittering models – has not done as well as he would have hoped.  Dreams of conquering Cathay (or, in modern terms, the Chinese market) have not[Read More…]

Considerations on Chandra Muzaffar’s “The Uighur Question: A Civil Society Solution”

Considerations on Chandra Muzaffar’s “The Uighur Question: A Civil Society Solution”

The relationship The People’s Republic of China’s to the Muslim Uighur people who live within its borders and are is best understood when it is viewed from more universal contexts.  The first of these would be the universal context of the political relationship between states and religion in general.  This allows for a classification of such relationships.    A second  context[Read More…]

No Man’s Land

No Man’s Land

                              Get out your atlas. You will likely need it when you read farther here about the intriguing but little known story in a lesser known part of Alpine Europe: Italy’s northern territory of Alto Adige, better known as South Tyrol. I used an atlas for[Read More…]

Politics Over Menstruation

Politics Over Menstruation

“Religion is the sigh of the oppressed creature, the heart of a heartless world, and the soul of soulless conditions. It is the opium of the people. The abolition of religion as the illusory happiness of the people is the demand for their real happiness”. ~ Karl Marx. If we stand on the platform that Marx established then we can[Read More…]

Triple Talaq Bill: Background, implications & way out

Triple Talaq Bill: Background, implications & way out

Pre-View: When you fail to understand & resolve your own problems, then, those who suffer by your ‘inaction’ will certainly approach others for their resolution. Triple divorce is such a topic that has been over-discussed & talked through in India since decades drawing the attention of the Muslim Personal Law Board (MPLB) & Indian Muslim leaders to find a remedy to stop[Read More…]

Jan. 8th & 9th General Strike: Why Are We Striking? Against Whom Are We Striking?

Jan. 8th & 9th General Strike: Why Are We Striking? Against Whom Are We Striking?

India’s Working Class people have a tremendous history of showing their built-up anger and collective bargaining strength time and again through General Strikes. Since the arrival of the disastrous policies of neo-liberalism in 1991, the working class of India have embarked upon a General Strike 17 times. Last time when we struck work in September 2016, an unprecedented 180 million workers took part[Read More…]

People hold signs during the March for Science in Melbourne, Australia on April 22, 2017. (Photo: Takver/flickr/ccc)

Resolutely Promised Prosecutions Of Climate Criminals May Force Urgent Climate Action

Eminent climate scientist Professor James Hansen has published a must-read, 55-page summary of the worsening climate emergency. In short, to correct the Earth’s presently disastrous energy imbalance we must urgently reduce the atmospheric CO2 to 342-373 ppm CO2 from the present disastrous 407 ppm CO2. The cost of extracting 1 ppm of CO2 from the atmosphere is $878-1803 billion but[Read More…]

Young people of Damascus - confident, optimistic and kind

Seven Gates of Damascus And Concrete Walls of Kabul

Text and Photos by Andre Vltchek Syria and Afghanistan. Two terrible wars, two mighty destructions, but two absolutelyopposite outcomes. In Syria, it may be autumn now, but almost the entire country is blossoming again, literally rising from ashes. Two thousand miles east from there, Afghanistan is smashed against its ancient rocks, bleeding and broken. There, it does not really matter[Read More…]

 Peace for Syria and a New Kurdistan as Regional Stabilizing Factor?

 Peace for Syria and a New Kurdistan as Regional Stabilizing Factor?

The US will withdraw her troops from Syria. Will they really? – Let’s take Trump at his word, just for argument’s sake. Though in the meantime, RT reports that the withdrawal may be slower than anticipated, to allow Erdogan making his own “strategic arrangements”, while US troops depart. During his flash visit to the US troops in Iraq on Christmas[Read More…]

Has Bait and Switch Become a Trump Signature?

Has Bait and Switch Become a Trump Signature?

People voted for Donald Trump under the assumption, Mexico would be paying for your border wall.  They why should the people pay now in this bait-and-switch game, when hardly any of their concerns are being addressed?  It is a question that has led to a government shutdown in the US. Roads are potholed, bridges crumbling, trains mostly ancient, and the[Read More…]

Why I am an Indian – III

Why I am an Indian – III

If we talk to reductionists who are die hard Hindu upper caste and usually upper caste about the Other that is Muslim they come up with some interesting observations that can be summed up in the amusing and alarming sentence ‘all Muslims are potential terrorists as all terrorists are Muslim.’ This is followed by statements that stem from fear like:[Read More…]

Social media and violation of human rights

Social media and violation of human rights

Advancement of technology, more than benefiting masses, is becoming dangerous in the hands of miscreants. Increase of smart – phones and computers have spread the use of social media platforms. Instead of using the platforms for messaging information or decent discussion, it is becoming a medium to spew hatred, upload incidents of human rights violations mostly by perpetrators themselves with[Read More…]

In defense of the indefensible

In defense of the indefensible

Courtesy ANI, Narendra Modi has clarified his position on both the Triple Talaq Bill as well as the Sabarimalatemple entry movement. Though problematic on its face it’s a remarkable effort in defense of the indefensible. While he classified the former as a tool for ensuring equal rights for Muslim women, he ended up contradicting himself when it came to talking[Read More…]

Ignorance is Power in a Casteist System

Ignorance is Power in a Casteist System

With the recent surge of sheer “ignorance” about what is Brahmanical patriarchy and treating it as a concept that never existed before the discussion that took off on Twitter, it is perhaps important to see where exactly does this ignorance configure in a casteist system. Jaahil, ganwar, dehaati[1]: these were three words that I often heard in my Brahmin upbringing[Read More…]

Mrinal Sen, Calcutta, 1978

Mrinal Sen: “A perfect combination of a wise-old-man and completely young at heart”

“I don’t agree with Godard when he says that the cinema is a gun. That is too romantic an expression. You can’t topple a government or a system by making one “Potemkin”. You can’t do that with ten “Potemkins”. All you can do is create an environment in which you can discuss a society that is growing undemocratic, fascistic.” –[Read More…]

Modern Civilization Faces Another Easter Island Dilemma

Call It Climate Crisis Not Climate Change Or Else?

Another year has come and gone and the earth’s climate continues to become ever more extreme, violent and unpredictable. Yet every day, everywhere in the world, one hears politicians, industrialists, scientists, academicians, news anchor talking heads and protagonists or naysayers of all colors and shapes misuse the expression of so-called Climate Change to describe what is the actual reality of[Read More…]

At the 2018 International Summit for Women in the Struggle called by the Zapatistas. The mural reads: “Capitalism converts everything, absolute everything into commodities. For it [capitalism] we women are propaganda, decorations…Down with this capitalist system!” Photo credit: Global Justice Now/Flickr/CC 2.0

A Spark of Hope: Lessons From the Zapatistas on the 25th Anniversary of Their Uprising

January 1, 2019 marks the 25th anniversary of the Zapatista uprising in Chiapas, Mexico. For those of us who remember that day well, it’s hard to believe it was a quarter century ago. It’s been many years since the Zapatista movement was the darling of the international solidarity scene, and many years since I’ve been back to Chiapas. But in the[Read More…]

Are We Fascist Yet?

Are We Fascist Yet?

To characterize modern day America as a fascist state is at one and the same time both ahistorical and close to the present truth. In order to resolve this apparent contradiction we must understand that modern day fascism displays certain rough, jagged continuities as well as discontinuities with its interwar past. Operationally, fascism was, at least initially, an alliance between[Read More…]

Cars parked on the road, corrupt civic machinery now threaten our lives

Cars parked on the road, corrupt civic machinery now threaten our lives

“It is no doubt ironic that the motor car, superstar of the capitalist system, expects to live rent-free” – WOLFGANG ZUCKERMAN. It is true even very rich motorists all over the world do not like to pay for parking. That is bad enough. What is alarming is that in India this insistence on the right to park free, grab public[Read More…]

The Uighur Question: A Civil Society Solution

The Uighur Question: A Civil Society Solution

In the last few months, the International Movement for a Just World (JUST) like so many other civil society groups in various parts of the world has been inundated with videos and articles from different sources alleging  cruel persecution and harsh oppression of the Uighur Muslim minority in Xinjiang province in the Western part of China. It is alleged that[Read More…]

Rajiv Gandhi is Guilty

Rajiv Gandhi is Guilty

On December 17, 2018 two very conflicting signals emanated from the world’s so called largest democracy. While the Delhi High Court pronounced one accused involved in the 1984 Sikh massacre guilty, the other was sworn in as the Chief Minister of Madhya Pradesh. Thousands of Sikhs were murdered all over India following the assassination of then Prime Minister Indira Gandhi[Read More…]

Degrowth: A Call for Radical Abundance

Degrowth: A Call for Radical Abundance

When orthodox economists first encounter the idea of degrowth, they often jump to the conclusion that the objective is to reduce GDP.  And because they see GDP as equivalent to social wealth, this makes them very upset. Nothing could be further from the truth. I reject the fetishization of GDP as an objective in the existing economy, so it would[Read More…]

Bernie Sanders’ New Year Message

Bernie Sanders’ New Year Message

Jane [Bernie’s wife] and I want to take this opportunity to wish you and yours a very healthy and happy new year. It goes without saying that 2019 will be a pivotal and momentous time for our country and the entire planet. As you know, there is a monumental clash now taking place between two very different political visions. Not[Read More…]

Coming Out of the Political Closet:   Socialism in America

Coming Out of the Political Closet:   Socialism in America

In the time of hopelessness and fear, of dark days; days of hunger, days of despair known as the Depression, a Perseus came to protect the people of America from the Greedy Gorgons and Monied Monsters.  He was an aristocrat, coming from one of America’s most ancient and noble families, connected by birth or marriage to eleven presidents, to famous[Read More…]

‘Hartal Raj’ under the Sangh Hegemony

‘Hartal Raj’ under the Sangh Hegemony

Kerala still appears to have been languished in a self-imposed prison of hartals in spite of all efforts to terminate the snowballing menace of social disruption and public nuisance caused by its reckless ‘declaration.’ It was only recently that nearly three dozen trade organisations got together to declare that 2019 would be a ‘hartal-free year.’ However, 2019 began with the[Read More…]

SPR Kalluri

PUCL Chhattisgarh Expresses Its Displeasure on Appointment of Police Officials With Tainted Human Rights Record

People’s Union for Civil Liberties – Chhattisgarh Unit has expressed its displeasure at the appointment of tainted police officials, such as Mr. SPR Kalluri, in key positions by the State Government despite full knowledge of their poor and controversial record at the human rights front. PUCL CG strongly believes that the last fifteen years of BJP rule in the state[Read More…]

10 Worst-Case Climate Predictions If We Don’t Keep Global Temperatures Under 1.5 Degrees Celsius

10 Worst-Case Climate Predictions If We Don’t Keep Global Temperatures Under 1.5 Degrees Celsius

The summer of 2018 was intense: deadly wildfires, persistent drought, killer floods and record-breaking heat. Although scientists exercise great care before linking individual weather events to climate change, the rise in global temperatures caused by human activities has been found to increase the severity, likelihood and duration of such conditions. Globally, 2018 is on pace to be the fourth-hottest year on record. Only 2015, 2016[Read More…]

Shameless Hypocrisy of Our Hindu Nationalist PM

Shameless Hypocrisy of Our Hindu Nationalist PM

Modi As A Hindu Nationalist PM Modi is the only occupier of a constitutional post in the history of Independent India who declared himself to be a Hindu nationalist. He made this declaration in 2013 in an interview to two Reuters journalists, Ross Colvin and Sruthi Gottipati, on July 12 as CM of Gujarat.[i] Modi glorified his Hindu nationalist identity[Read More…]

Early Elections: Who Will Dethrone ‘The King of Israel’?

Early Elections: Who Will Dethrone ‘The King of Israel’?

“A historic mistake” is how Israeli Prime Minister, Benjamin Netanyahu responded to calls for early elections last November. A few weeks later, he spoke, in exaggerated confidence of the “unanimous” agreement of his right-wing coalition that early elections must be held next April. So why the change of heart? Netanyahu may not be a good leader, but he is certainly a cunning[Read More…]

Behind of the phenomenon Gilets Jaunes (yellow vests) and various colours of the yellow flame spectrum

Behind of the phenomenon Gilets Jaunes (yellow vests) and various colours of the yellow flame spectrum

To understand the phenomenon Gilets Jaunes we may start from some background facts. The background study will show us why this phenomenon is complex.We shall also see how far the opposition of Daniel Cohn-Bendit,one leading person of 1968 rebellion, is correct;and we must see why prof Alain Badiou distanced himself from this movement, because Alain Badiou is one of the[Read More…]

2018: Another challenging & tough year for American Muslims

2018: Another challenging & tough year for American Muslims

The seven-million American Muslims remained at the receiving end since 9/11/2001 through reconfiguration of US laws, policies and priorities but their plight has taken a new twist under President Donald Trump whose anti-Muslim, anti-immigration policies and rhetoric alarmingly fomented hate crimes against them. The xenophobic rhetoric and anti-Muslim fear-mongering enjoys unprecedented influence with Donald Trump’s most vitriolic anti-Muslim rhetoric as[Read More…]

Kashmir, the Nemesis!

Kashmir, the Nemesis!

Kashmir has been continuously ravaged by many outside forces for more than four centuries. While the barbarity and oppression has failed to dampen our unique spirit of survival, it has proved a nemesis for all the oppressors! Dictionary defines nemesis as, “The nemesis of a person or thing is a situation, event or a person which causes them to be[Read More…]

Power sharing in National Politics: An obligation for political parties

Power sharing in National Politics: An obligation for political parties

In the recent backdrop of the electoral results, finally the hangover of 2014 elections seem diminishing if not ending. Though it would be a hasty statement to predict the national electoral outcomes based on state electoral results as these elections vary in many aspects. But, once again these electoral outcomes brought the importance of alliance and coalition at the forefront[Read More…]

Caste verses gender: Why the patriarchy in India cannot be smashed without challenging Brahmanism

Caste verses gender: Why the patriarchy in India cannot be smashed without challenging Brahmanism

A Six Hundred Twenty Kilometer long human chain was created yesterday in Kerala against the attempt to communalise the environment in the state particularly related to the issues of Sabarimala which the Hindu organisations have been violently protesting against the Supreme Court order of allowing the women to enter into the temple. That even after 71 years of our independence,[Read More…]

Historic Day In Sabarimala As Two Women Enter The Temple

Historic Day In Sabarimala As Two Women Enter The Temple

After the historic ‘Women’s Wall’ that challenged Brahmanic Patriarchy two young women entered the Sabarimala temple early morning today. Bindu and Kanaka Durga, both in their early 40s, entered the hilltop shrine around 3.45 am. This is the first entry of women after the Supreme Court ordered the end of a decades-old ban on women of menstrual age entering the[Read More…]

Brexit Armageddon

Brexit Armageddon

London, New Year’s Eve 2018. It is a very English middle-class trait: the world will end if the price of a certain life style goes up.  Certain services will be cut.  Access to certain travel destinations might be restricted.  (The usual European haunts in France and Spain rendered dearer if not inaccessible.)  But there is no denying that the attitude[Read More…]

The Gathering Climate Storm And The Media Cover-up

The Gathering Climate Storm And The Media Cover-up

“Earth is now substantially out of energy balance. The amount of solar energythat Earth absorbs exceeds the energy radiated back to space. The principalmanifestations of this energy imbalance are continued global warming on decadaltime scales and continued increase in ocean heat content” (James Hansen 2018). “The people have no voice since theyhave no information” …“No First World country has ever[Read More…]

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Old Mother Forest

To survive the holocaust of planetary proportions that is upon us, one must defend her or get out of the way. I live across a small stream from an ancient rainforest in Wayanad, Kerala. It has a constancy that’s baffling, appearing more or less the same to me, for all the years I’ve been here. The forest sustains. As do[Read More…]

Rounded

Rounded

When a child, she ran the mountains with the dogs. The only voice she heard were those of the toothless old woman, The old man, frail as a robin’s bone, dry coughing, dry coughing. No boxes spoke to her, no images existed that were not there and then. Mystery lived in every unopened bud; she shelled okra So its secrets[Read More…]

Upcoming Opportunities For The Movement

Upcoming Opportunities For The Movement

Co-Written by Kevin Zeese and Margaret Flowers  There will be important opportunities in the next few years to advance the movement for economic, racial and environmental justice as well as peace. This article will focus on three opportunities: the 2020 elections, the decline of US empire and an economic slowdown. The movement is in a stronger position than it has[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)

Saudi Arabia and the West’s right wing: A dubious alliance

Traditionally focussed on ultra-conservative Sunni Muslim Islam, Saudi funding in the era of crown prince Mohammed bin Salman has been streamlined and finetuned to ensure that it serves his geopolitical ambitions, primarily stymying the expansion of Iranian influence in the Middle East and North Africa and enhancing the kingdom’s global impact. The effort, however, has so far produced a mixed[Read More…]

Awards And Politics

Awards And Politics

More than a decade back, sitting in a newspaper office, a fellow writer Ashraf Sahil suggested the idea of instituting of the ‘private awards’ in Kashmir for literature. Comparing the reports and writings of journalists of Kashmir, works of some writers with the literary works of Barbara Harlow, he suggested instituting of annual awards for best journalists, fiction writers, novelists[Read More…]

The Agony of Being Naseeruddin Shah 

The Agony of Being Naseeruddin Shah 

  The storm of abuse and sheer vitriol that greeted Naseeruddin Shah’s lament over the alarming state of the nation only proves his point. The actor wasn’t even referring to the routine attacks and abuse that India’s Muslims have been facing on a daily basis since the country ushered in the good times under the current order.  His comment that[Read More…]

Minority rights, Gender justice and ‘disciplining’ Muslim Community

Minority rights, Gender justice and ‘disciplining’ Muslim Community

 Since the BJP government came into power in 2014, it has initiated and purposed to make legislation on Muslim women mainly around the instant Triple talaq. Just few days back, Bill has been passed in the Lok Sabha where BJP has majority. However, opposition’s parties belonging to the Left, Congress and including Muslims political parties (AIMIM) led by Mr. Asaduddin[Read More…]

Laos, between the West and China (PART 1)

Laos, between the West and China (PART 1)

What was the first thing I noticed when I took a bus from the border to the capital city Vientiane? Well, the Japanese flag on the bus, showing the great care Japan has for his fellow Asian country once totally destroyed by the terrorist US Empire. At that time they did nothing to counter the US aggression of this defenseless[Read More…]

Reflections on 2018, Forecasting 2019

Reflections on 2018, Forecasting 2019

In many ways it is painful to reflect on the year 2018; a year of vital opportunities lost when so much is at stake. Whether politically, militarily, socially, economically, financially or ecologically, humanity took some giant strides backwards while passing up endless opportunities to make a positive difference in our world. Let me, very briefly, identify some of the more[Read More…]

Live Human Fences

Live Human Fences

A month after 1000s walked the roads of the capital city of Thiruvananthapuram in a SORROWFUL MARCH to express their dissent about the upcoming Waste to Energy plant near their homes at Peringamala, Kerala saw 3 more rallying together of people for just and relevant causes. The Kandankali paddy land near Payannur has been in the heat of debate as[Read More…]

620 KM Long Women’s Wall of Kerala Challenges Brahmanical Patriarchy

620 KM Long Women’s Wall of Kerala Challenges Brahmanical Patriarchy

About 3-5  million women formed a wall across Kerala to protect to protect Kerala’s renaissance values and for women empowerment. About three million women stood shoulder to shoulder across Kerala and formed 620 KM “wall” from Thiruvananthapuram to the northern district of Kasaragod. They also pledged to protec the renaissance values of Kerala. The wall was organised against the backdrop[Read More…]

Why France’s Yellow Vest protests have been ignored by “The Resistance” in the U.S.

Why France’s Yellow Vest protests have been ignored by “The Resistance” in the U.S.

 “The rich are only defeated when running for their lives.” — C.L.R. James, The Black Jacobins In less than two months, the yellow vests (“gilets jaunes”) movement in France has reshaped the political landscape in Europe. For a seventh straight week, demonstrations continued across the country even after concessions from a cowing President Emmanuel Macron while inspiring a wave of similar gatherings in[Read More…]

The origin of labour-saving economies that’s now leading to our demise

The origin of labour-saving economies that’s now leading to our demise

But first a summary of my life My ancestors farmed the same blot of land in Switzerland for over 10 century and I spent my whole working life in factories with my fellow workers supplying society’s domestic needs, to assist primary producers, the extractive industries, and manufactures. So, I’m interested in the history of people who sustain societies rather than[Read More…]

MH17 TURNABOUT: Ukraine’s Guilt Now PROVEN

MH17 TURNABOUT: Ukraine’s Guilt Now PROVEN

Finally, a clear and convincing — and unrefuted — case can now be presented to the public, as to precisely whom the guilty party was, that downed the MH17 Malaysian airliner over Ukraine on 17 July 2014, and why it was done. The complete case, which will be fully documented here, displays unequivocally who needed the MH17 murders (of 298[Read More…]

Welcome 2019, or Maybe Not

Welcome 2019, or Maybe Not

If you liked 2018, you will probably love 2019. Our national leaders continue to squabble. The scene in Washington often looks like a school yard at recess time. In fact, they have even orchestrated an extended recess. We are now in an indefinite shut-down. Hillary called us “Deplorables”. During his recent trip to Iraq, President Trump called us “Suckers”. Trump[Read More…]

Bearing Witness

Bearing Witness

    I am not good today. Indeed, I am pitiful, but I am bearing witness in the aftermath as I was taught to do as a little girl and onward in time by Quakers like the members of my Quaker family. So bear with me (double meaning). I had a child in my class. I’m usually very good at[Read More…]

Your waste: someone’s taste

Your waste: someone’s taste

                                       While we every other day listen to boastful claims that the country India is developing fast. It has become very difficult for most of us to accept the brute reality that our people die because of hunger. Yes, death due to[Read More…]

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Free Speech in India 2018: The State Rolls On

Free Speech in India 2018: The State Rolls On

A Report by the FreeSpeechCollective Date of Release: 31 December 2018 Author: Geeta Seshu Editor: Laxmi Murthy Contributors: Ashlin Mathew, Geeta Seshu, Malini Subramaniam, Laxmi Murthy, Shone Satheesh Cover Image: Journalists in the thick of reporting army operations in Srinagar on 8 December 2018, during which a 14-year old militant was killed . Credit: Kamran Yousuf Note: The incidents in[Read More…]