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Historic humanitarian disaster unfolds in southeast Africa in the wake of Cyclone Idai

Historic humanitarian disaster unfolds in southeast Africa in the wake of Cyclone Idai

People displaced by flooding are seen at Bangula evacuation camp, in Nsanje, Malawi, March 12, 2019 [ Credit: L. Masina/VOA] The dire social and economic conditions which prevail for millions of workers and toilers in Mozambique, Zimbabwe, Malawi and Madagascar have been tragically exposed by Cyclone Idai, which has left a historic humanitarian crisis in its wake across the southeast[Read More…]

Greedy Boeing’s Avoidable Design and Software Time Bombs

Greedy Boeing’s Avoidable Design and Software Time Bombs

Boeing’s sales-driven avoidance of producing effective manuals with upgraded pilot training was courting disaster as was outrageously leaving many of the pilots in the dark As internal and external pressures mount to hold Boeing responsible for its criminal negligence, the giant company is exerting its immense influence to limit both its past and future accountability. Boeing whistleblowers and outside aviation[Read More…]

Martyrs Bhagat Singh, Rajguru, Sukhdev And The Shameless Hindutva Gang

Martyrs Bhagat Singh, Rajguru, Sukhdev And The Shameless Hindutva Gang

 23rd March, 2019 is the 88thanniversary of the martyrdom of three great revolutionaries, Bhagat Singh, Rajguru and Sukhdev, who were hanged at Lahore for working to overthrow the British rule in India.  The British government like any other colonial power thought that with the physical elimination of these freedom fighters their ideas and dreams of a secular and egalitarian independent[Read More…]

Green Left Weekly journalist Federico Fuentes with Maria Paez. Photo: Joe Montero.

Venezuelans: ‘We want to resolve our problems by ourselves’

  “Why don’t you go to Venezuela and speak to people living there to find out what is really going on?” Invariably, any article or post on social media presenting a different view to that pushed by the corporate media would prompt numerous comments such as this — almost always from people not in Venezuela and who, mostly, have never[Read More…]

Remembering the Bhagat Singh’s revolutionary legacy in the times of cultural intolerance

Remembering the Bhagat Singh’s revolutionary legacy in the times of cultural intolerance

Let me remind that we are living in the era of the deep crisis of thought and ‘age of cultural intolerance’ across the world because of the Right-wing conservative forces has captured the power in most of the countries. For instance, the rise of Donald Trump in the USA, Tayyip Erdogan in Turkey and PM Modi in India etc. could[Read More…]

It’s Time to bend the curve sharply to #endTB

It’s Time to bend the curve sharply to #endTB

Co-Written by Shobha Shukla and Bobby Ramakant Although governments of 193 countries had promised way back in 2015 to end tuberculosis (TB) by 2030, the global annual rate of TB decline since then has been much less than what is required. The rate of TB decline which is currently hovering around 1.5%, should catapult to over 10% by 2025 globally,[Read More…]

Shah Faesal: Player or Pawn?

Shah Faesal: Player or Pawn?

Shah Faesal has finally launched a new political project in the state of Jammu and Kashmir. There is a question which rings in the mind of most observers and merits a deep analysis. That question put succinctly is this; Whose project is this? Is it Faesal’s personal idea, conviction and effort or is it a part of some bigger design.[Read More…]

A-Z Reasons – Why No to Vote for Modi in 2019

A-Z Reasons – Why No to Vote for Modi in 2019

A-Z Reasons – Why No to Vote for Modi in 2019 Letter Reasons A Anti-Minority-Dalit-Women-Working Class – The BJP / RSS displays a clear Anti-Dalit-Minority-Working Class attitude as reflected in its policies and ideological leanings. B Big Brother – This is a government run by Mota Bhai (Big Brother), an unconstitutional figure who in connivance with another Big Brother (Prime[Read More…]

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A Calamitous Week

A Calamitous Week

Something is infinitely wrong in the picture, a juxtaposition of polar opposites:  New Zealand, a country of unfailingly courteous and kind people, and an extremist terrorist killing 50 Muslims at prayer.  Of course, modern guns made it possible, a hate-filled extremist of Australian origin set the stage, and a country not familiar with such violence — thus an easy target. [Read More…]

U.S.A To ICC – We Will Break Your Legs!

U.S.A To ICC – We Will Break Your Legs!

  Well, not exactly like that, but in a way, yes. Now, finally, ‘the gloves are off’. The U.S. is openly threatening the historically timid ICC (International Criminal Court) and its judges. And unexpectedly, the ICC is hitting back. It refuses to shut up, to kneel, and to beg for mercy. Suddenly, even the Western mass media outlets cannot conceal[Read More…]

Why Christchurch Attack is a Wakeup Call

Why Christchurch Attack is a Wakeup Call

                             Politics around the world has been changing dramatically. Extreme right has risen into the power throughout the globe from the Donald Trump of US (2016) to Rodrigo Duterte of Philippines (2016) and from Victor Orban of Hungary (2010) to Jair Bolsanaro of Brazil (2019). Rise of[Read More…]

Global Humanity Looks to Unity of Minds in Crisis: Massacres of Muslim Worshipers in Christchurch

Global Humanity Looks to Unity of Minds in Crisis: Massacres of Muslim Worshipers in Christchurch

“And if we do act, in however small a way, we don’t have to wait for some grand utopian future. The future is an infinite succession of presents, and to live now as we think human beings should live, in defiance of all that is bad around us, is itself a marvelous victory.”  (Howard Zinn, late American historian and distinguished[Read More…]

Weaponizing the World Bank and IMF

Weaponizing the World Bank and IMF

This is a transcript of the full interview with PressTV for their Program “Economic Divide”, of which sections were aired in this broadcast – U.S. military use of IMF, World Bank https://www.presstv.com/Detail/2019/03/14/590986/US-Military-Use-of-IMF-World-Bank Background Wikileaks revelation Here is the link to the news story: https://www.mintpressnews.com/leaked-wikileaks-doc-reveals-how-us-military-uses-of-imf-world-bank-as-unconventional-weapons/254708/ The U.S. Army states that major global financial institutions — such as the World Bank, International[Read More…]

Three Neo-Nazis Lead Ukraine’s Presidential Contest: Gallup Finds Ukrainians Despise All the Candidates

Three Neo-Nazis Lead Ukraine’s Presidential Contest: Gallup Finds Ukrainians Despise All the Candidates

Gallup headlined on March 21st, “Ukraine’s Election: Voters Disenchanted Ahead of Key Vote”, and “World-Low 9% of Ukrainians Confident in Government”. Might the reason for both be that no candidate in the contest is respected by the Ukrainian public, and that only three — the candidates with the least-low public approval — are the only ones who have even a[Read More…]

On Constitutions and the Rule of Law

On Constitutions and the Rule of Law

Fifty million or more people are estimated to have died due to the 2nd World War; untold many millions more bore scars of every kind: Catastrophe enough. The weapons of war had by the end of the war begun to reach a destructive capability that made another world war likely to be very much worse. A primary motive for the formation[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)

Macron to deploy French army against “yellow vest” protests

After Wednesday’s meeting of the council of ministers, French government spokesman Benjamin Griveaux announced that President Emmanuel Macron would activate army units during this weekend’s “yellow vest” protests. This is the first time since the 1954–1962 war in Algeria that the army is to be mobilized in police operations on French soil against the population. Griveaux announced that the operation[Read More…]

Citizenship in the Age of Trump

Citizenship in the Age of Trump

It turns out that walls can’t always be seen. Donald Trump may never build his “great, great wall,” but that doesn’t mean he isn’t working to wall Americans in. It’s a story that needs to be told. This past month, for instance, claims of ISIS’s near total defeat in Syria have continued to mount. As a result, numerous foreigners who had traveled[Read More…]

Ten reasons why you should not vote for Modi

Ten reasons why you should not vote for Modi

Wake Up India: Essays for Our Times – continued A democracy needs at least two big parties and to rotate them. Time to rotate and give the baton to the Congress and its allies now. Demonetisation failed to bring back any black money. In fact, the BJP government is being asked to give an explanation for the excess money it[Read More…]

Globalising the Christchurch Shootings: Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, Gallipoli and Invasion

Globalising the Christchurch Shootings: Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, Gallipoli and Invasion

Never let a bloody and opportune crisis pass.  In New Zealand, there is talk about gun reform after attacks on two Christchurch mosques left fifty dead.  There have been remarks made in parliament about unchecked white supremacy growing with enthusiastic violent urge in Australasia.  In Turkey, the approach has shifted into another gear: the canny, even menacing exploitation by Turkey’s[Read More…]

Christchurch Shooting vs. Ibrahimi Mosque Massacre — Fascism in our time

Christchurch Shooting vs. Ibrahimi Mosque Massacre — Fascism in our time

Jewish supremacists in 2000 celebrating Baruch Goldberg’s massacre of 29 Palestinian Muslims in the Ibrahimi mosque in Hebron The Christchurch shooting and ensuing furor over white supremacy brought to mind a similar massacre of Muslims in a mosque in Palestine perpetrated by a Jewish supremacist several decades ago. Two recent headlines about fascism have coalesced in my mind into mirror images.[Read More…]

15/3 New Zealand…The White Zealotry

15/3 New Zealand…The White Zealotry

Fifty innocent Muslims were killed after terrorist showered bullets on them, who were offering Friday Salah (Namaaz), in two mosques in the New Zealand city of Christchurch.  The stomach turning massacre is birthing brand new terminologies like ‘White Zealotry’ and ‘White Christian Extremism’ as the writings on the shooting gun, that was recovered and clearly seen in the live video[Read More…]

VENEZUELA: Westerners have lost the ability to reason! (PART 3)

VENEZUELA: Westerners have lost the ability to reason! (PART 3)

Information Millions can be seen, in photos and videos, supporting Maduro, the democratically elected Venezuelan President. If a westerner believes himself to be well informed by his Orwellian propaganda machine, can that westerner explain the reason why none of these images are shown in Western Lying Media? And no, westerners cannot afford to say that all these lies and manipulated disinformation are[Read More…]

 Hyper-Hypocrisy of The West about ISIS

 Hyper-Hypocrisy of The West about ISIS

  During the period of 17 September to 11 December of 2016, the United States and its allies carried out a massive operation to move ISIS’s surviving jihadists who were in the oil-producing Iraqi region of Mosul, into the Syrian oil-producing region of Deir Ezzor and Palmyra. This was done so that those oil-stealing-and-selling jihadists in Iraq would now be[Read More…]

Navroz: A New Start

Navroz: A New Start

May the soul flourish; May youth be as the new-grown grain Navroz, usually celebrated on 21 March in Iran and Central Asia, is the “New Day”, the end of the old year with its hardships and deceptions and the start of the New Year to be filled with hope and optimism. With each periodical festival, the participants find the same[Read More…]

On screen adaptation – A subtle attempt at reinforcing Modi’s Hindutva image

On screen adaptation – A subtle attempt at reinforcing Modi’s Hindutva image

A biopic and a web series on Narendra Modi scheduled for release in middle of general elections are indeed new and innovative ways of spreading propaganda. Whether it causes violation of model code of conduct in any ways is for Election commission to ascertain. With dates being announced it has the required apparatus at its disposal to enquire into the[Read More…]

The Chinese Rebuff! 

The Chinese Rebuff! 

(The fourth Chinese veto in preventing declaration of Masood Azhar as a global terrorist is not only a rebuff but the signal of an additional factor in the very basic Kashmir problem!)   The recent incident in Pulwama which drew condemnation from all over the world was attributed by the Indian authorities to Masood Azhar, the head of the Jaish-e-[Read More…]

Climate Crisis: Now Will the Older Generation Step Up?

Climate Crisis: Now Will the Older Generation Step Up?

On Friday, the youth spoke. And they spoke loudly. In excess of a million young people skipped school and colleges and marched around the globe demanding urgent action on climate change. They did so in over a hundred countries. Listening to one young activist about why their generation cares so much about climate change, they replied: “it is the urgency[Read More…]

What a Waste

What a Waste

Our modern industrial economy traces a straight line from resource extraction to manufacturing to sales to waste disposal. Since Earth has finite resources and limited ability to absorb pollution, the straight-line economy is unsustainable; it is designed for eventual failure. Why not make the economy circular, with waste from one process feeding into other production processes, thus dramatically reducing the need[Read More…]

Reading Manifestos: Restricting Brenton Tarrant’s The Great Replacement

Reading Manifestos: Restricting Brenton Tarrant’s The Great Replacement

A censorious and censoring attitude has engulfed responses to the mental airings of the Christchurch shooter.  Material in connection with Brenton Tarrant, the alleged gunman behind the killing of 50 individuals at two mosques in New Zealand, is drying up; his manifesto, for one, is being disaggregated and spread through multiple forms, removed from their various parts with blunt razors. [Read More…]

What Happens in the Arctic…

What Happens in the Arctic…

We’re dead men walking. Last summer a group of eminent climate scientists published a warning that we were close to a threshold where human induced warming could set off a cascade of positive feedbacks which would increase temperatures to Hothouse Earth, a 5-7C rise in temperature, the end of civilization and maybe even humanity. They warned that “Incremental linear changes[Read More…]

Mohammad Shtayyeh

Uniting Fatah, Not Palestinians: The Dubious Role of Mohammed Shtayyeh

Political commentators sympathetic to the Palestinian Authority (PA) and the Fatah Movement, in particular, fanned out as soon as the news was announced of Mohammad Shtayyeh’s appointment as the new Palestinian Prime Minister. It is no surprise to witness this gush of support and enthusiasm, for Shtayyeh is a Fatah man, par excellence. Gone are the days of the factional[Read More…]

Holi celebrates the triumph of good over evil. Let us unite at Holi to slay the evil of air pollution

Holi celebrates the triumph of good over evil. Let us unite at Holi to slay the evil of air pollution

Co-Written by Amita Basu and Shilpi Bhardwaj        One of the countless Holika pyres dotting the Allahabad cityscape before Holi Amid growing environmental awareness, government has recently targeted Diwali fireworks. Laws on manufacture, sale and hours of use have been passed, altered, flouted and forgotten. But public awareness is growing: pockets of concerned young people are boycotting fireworks and[Read More…]

Darryl D’Monte: A journalist of people and environment

Darryl D’Monte: A journalist of people and environment

Very few journalists stood by peoples’rights and dared to expose atrocities committed by corporates and government. One such fine committed journalist was Darryl D’Monte who inspired younger generation. He passed away on March 16 in a Mumbai hospital. Pioneering work A prominent advocate of the advanced locality management (ALM) movement, which involved citizens in care of their neighborhoods, he was[Read More…]

Mahatma and his Mock Assassins Visual Text Analysis

Mahatma and his Mock Assassins Visual Text Analysis

              A Professor from Madras University was describing the background of Champaran Satyagrah of 1917, at an International Conference on India Vietnam Relations through the Prism of Gandhian and Ho Chi Minh Philosophies at Centre of Southeast Asia and Pacific Studies Sri Venkateshwara University Tirupati, Andhra Pradesh on March 18, 2019. As the learned Professor was speaking why Mahatma Gandhi[Read More…]

The Claimants of Sheila Dikshit’s Delhi!

The Claimants of Sheila Dikshit’s Delhi!

Delhi is the ancient city of India. The city’s history bears testimony to settlements and also to ruins. This order of settling and deserting of the city has been going on since the Mahabharata period. In the medieval period, this city enjoyed eminence as a centre of power and this eminence endured for a long time. It is hardly surprising[Read More…]

Condemn Corporate Violence And State Violence In Lanjigarh

Condemn Corporate Violence And State Violence In Lanjigarh

UPHOLD THE RIGHT TO DISSENT OF THE STRUGGLING PEOPLE OF NIYAMGIRI!! BhubaneswarMarch 19, 2019: We the undersigned, with deep anger and profound sorrow, condemn the killing of the dalit activist Dani Batra at the gate of the Vedanta Alumina refinery plant at Lanjigarh in Kalahandi district yesterday morning.  Sujit Kumar Minj of the OISF has also been killed. Over 50[Read More…]

(Drawing: Mr. Fish/TruthDig)

Chelsea Manning and the New Inquisition

The U.S. government, determined to extradite and try Julian Assange for espionage, must find a way to separate what Assange and WikiLeaks did in publishing classified material leaked to them by Chelsea Manning from what The New York Times and The Washington Post did in publishing the same material. There is no federal law that prohibits the press from publishing government secrets. It is a crime,[Read More…]

Worldwide school strike, 15 March, 2019: Largest Climate Action In History Neglected By The Media

Worldwide school strike, 15 March, 2019: Largest Climate Action In History Neglected By The Media

Over 1.5 million young students across all continents took to the streets on Friday March 15th for the first ever global climate strike. Messages in more than 40 languages were loud and clear: world leaders must act now to address the climate crisis and save our future. The school strike was the largest climate action in history. Nevertheless it went[Read More…]

When the Going gets Tough, Women get Going. “MIddle Ages 2.0” and the Great Transformation Awaiting us

When the Going gets Tough, Women get Going. “MIddle Ages 2.0” and the Great Transformation Awaiting us

In Europe, Greta Thunberg has smashed all the memetic barriers succeeding in doing what nobody else had succeeded before: bringing the climate emergency within the horizon of the public and of the decision makers. In parallel, on the other side of the Atlantic, another young woman, Alexandra Ocasio Cortez has been doing something similar with her “Green New Deal.”These are[Read More…]

The battle for leadership of the Muslim world: Turkey plants its flag in Christchurch

The battle for leadership of the Muslim world: Turkey plants its flag in Christchurch

When Turkish vice-president Fuat Oktay and foreign minister Mevlut Cavusoglu became this weekend the first high-level foreign government delegation to travel to Christchurch they were doing more than expressing solidarity with New Zealand’s grieving Muslim community. Messrs. Oktay and Cavusoglu were planting Turkey’s flag far and wide in a global effort to expand beyond the Turkic and former Ottoman world[Read More…]

BJP in power is always favourable to Pakistan and vice-versa

BJP in power is always favourable to Pakistan and vice-versa

How many of us remember the post emergency era famous quote that “Mr. Atal Bihari Vajpayee can win election from any constituency in Pakistan”; whilst he was the foreign minister in Sri Morarji Bhai’s cabinet in 1977? Remember that India had just won a conclusive war in 1971 courtesy of Mrs. Indira Gandhi’s government. The wound of Bangladesh’s creation by[Read More…]

Anti-Semiticism And “The Israel Project”

Anti-Semiticism And “The Israel Project”

Israel is off-limits. The criminalisation of anti-Semitism means nothing short of this. In fact, France’s President Macron says anti-Zionism is a form of anti-Semitism and both are now legally defined as “hate crimes”. Will this be a global precursor? Will the world uphold such a sweeping, broad legal definition that has the potential to embrace the inhumanity and egregious acts[Read More…]

Review: “Sapiens. A brief history of humankind” – Palestinian Genocide,  Muslim Holocaust & Climate Genocide Ignored

Review: “Sapiens. A brief history of humankind” – Palestinian Genocide,  Muslim Holocaust & Climate Genocide Ignored

“Sapiens. A brief history of humankind” by Jewish Israeli historian Dr Yuval Noah Harari from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem (Al Quds to Indigenous Arab Palestinians)  is a well-written,  interesting, entertaining, and thought-provoking book that challenges and suggests many ideas. However for all its radical and progressive pretensions it involves a Eurocentric, Anglocentric, Zionocentric and neoliberal narrative  that is most[Read More…]

Shadow Wars – The Secret Struggle for the Middle East

Shadow Wars – The Secret Struggle for the Middle East

Shadow Wars – The Secret Struggle for the Middle East by Christopher Davidson. Oneworld Publishing, U.K., 2016. Written in response to the ‘Arab Spring’ initiated in Tunisia in 2011, Shadow Wars – The Secret Struggle for the Middle East, is a powerful indictment of the western neoliberal economic/political order. Christopher Davidson has gathered a huge amount of information from many[Read More…]

2 years of a violent Judgment, 7 years in Jail: Free the Political Prisoners of Class Struggle

2 years of a violent Judgment, 7 years in Jail: Free the Political Prisoners of Class Struggle

18 March 2019 marks two years of the violent atrocious judgment sentencing 13 workers of Maruti Suzuki Workers Union to Life Imprisonment by the Sessions Court, Gurgaon. The 13 workers, the entire Union body of the Maruti Suzuki Workers Union – who spearheaded resistance against contractualization, brutal working conditions and for Union formation – continue to languish in Gurgaon Central[Read More…]

The Huntington Thesis:The Dogma Of The Far-Right And The Ideology Of White Supremacist Terror

The Huntington Thesis:The Dogma Of The Far-Right And The Ideology Of White Supremacist Terror

The shocking context of the white supremacist hateful terror attack that killed 50 Muslims and injured as many as 34 others offering prayers at the Al Noor mosque, in Christchurch, New Zealand,cannot be seen in isolation from the ideological strands that get woven into the anti-migrant, anti-Muslim narrative that was primarily triggered by the publication of Samuel Huntington’s book, “Clash[Read More…]

Venezuela: Westerners have lost the ability to reason! (PART 2)

Venezuela: Westerners have lost the ability to reason! (PART 2)

Dictatorship Strange “dictatorship” in which the Parliament is controlled by the opposition. Strange “dictatorship” where elections are held all the time. Strange “dictatorship” in which “dictators” lose elections and respect the results. Strange “dictatorship” in which some can appeal, live on TV, to crimes against the president and the country, in total impunity. Strange “dictatorship” in which the “leader” of[Read More…]

The Mirwaiz Kashmir Institution: Its importance as  Socio-Religious Organization

The Mirwaiz Kashmir Institution: Its importance as Socio-Religious Organization

Like Chris, a French writer and filmmaker, “What I’m passionate about is History; politics interests me only insofar as it is the cross-section of History in the present.” Looking, at the contemporary scenario at our own place, I was thinking how past three centuries have shaped our contemporary narrative, in this column I may not venture courage to write how[Read More…]

Mr Arun Jaitley, It Was Not Nehru or China But RSS/BJP Government Which Gifted Terrorist Azhar Masood

Mr Arun Jaitley, It Was Not Nehru or China But RSS/BJP Government Which Gifted Terrorist Azhar Masood

The present RSS/BJP rulers are using every dirty trick to hide the fact that blood thirsty criminal, perpetrator of the Pulwama massacre, Azhar Masood is roaming free thanks to the Atal Bihari Vajpayee government which was ruling India in 1999. Instead of discussing who gave new lease of life to this sadist criminal who was also the master mind behind[Read More…]

Appeal to non-BJP opposition Parties Regarding 2019 Elections

Appeal to non-BJP opposition Parties Regarding 2019 Elections

The coming 2019 may prove to be a watershed in India’s political history, as were the 1977 elections forty-two years ago.  In 1977, elections were held after a declared Emergency, during which the Constitution was suspended, political activity disallowed and opposition leaders and activists imprisoned. The success of non-Congress parties in those elections strengthened the electoral system in Indian democracy.[Read More…]

Venezuela: US Imperialism Is Based On Lies And Threats

Venezuela: US Imperialism Is Based On Lies And Threats

Co-Written by Kevin Zeese and Margaret Flowers We are completing what became more than a week-long peace delegation to Venezuela organized by the US Peace Council and the Committee for International Solidarity in Venezuela (COSI). The trip was complicated by American Airlines cancelling all flights in and out of the country, leaving us scrambling for ways to get there and[Read More…]

Venezuela under Threat of U.S. Aggression

Venezuela under Threat of U.S. Aggression

“As a matter of fact, of the 92 elections that we’ve monitored, I would say the election process in Venezuela is the best in the world.” Former U.S. President, Jimmy Carter. Venezuela has been under U.S.-enforced “medieval siege” designed to terrorise the population and bring Venezuela on its knees. It is a genocidal economic warfare targeting any independent nation that[Read More…]

Saving the Planet One Child at a Time: Children, School Strikes and Global Climate Action

Saving the Planet One Child at a Time: Children, School Strikes and Global Climate Action

Children’s crusades do not necessarily end well.  During the years of armed missions to the Holy Land, when Jerusalem meant something to the sacredly inclined in Europe, children were encouraged to take to the rough and dangerous road as it wound its way towards Palestine.  In 1212, a boy of 12 is said to have begun preaching at Saint-Denis in[Read More…]

Tracing The Con(Tours) Of The Inverted Narratives That Bedevil ‘The West’

Tracing The Con(Tours) Of The Inverted Narratives That Bedevil ‘The West’

Those who allow seriousness to get in the way of imagination, fail to discover what they need to free themselves from. For many decades I have been aware of knocking on the door of Western Imperialism from the inside in search of a universal perspective. Maybe it started 80 years ago when I first experienced authority (de jour)in the person[Read More…]

Netanyahu-Modi: Similarities in Ideologies and Election Strategies

Netanyahu-Modi: Similarities in Ideologies and Election Strategies

● Netanyahu: Those who criticise us are Anti-Semites, Self-Hating Jews. These traitors weaken Israel ànd play into the hands of our enemies. ■ Modi: Those that criticise us are Anti-National, Anti-Hindu. These traitors weaken India and play into the hands of our enemies. ● Netanyahu: Israel is under threat from Terror. I will destroy the terrorists in Gaza, bomb them[Read More…]

Sakshi Maharaj

Indication of Fascism….?

As the country is preparing for elections, all the politicians are trying to outsmart each other in promises and rhetoric. Amidst of the statements of leaders, some are really very disturbing. For instance, Sakshi Maharaj, MP, lok sabha said that the upcoming elections will be fought in the name of the country and there will be no elections after that.[Read More…]

The Construction of an Angry Nation

The Construction of an Angry Nation

An angry human being cannot think of anything sane and rational. He/She executes everything which ultimately leads to scattering off the foundation of humanity. Similarly, the India we’re living in is burning in anger. Anger over democracy and love for fascism. The citizens of this diverse nation today are cynic and ignores everything which can demolish diversity but concentrates on[Read More…]

Cruel killings of Namazis in New Zealand mosques is a crime against humanity

Cruel killings of Namazis in New Zealand mosques is a crime against humanity

The Socialist Party pays a humble tribute to 49 worshippers who have been killed by a white supremacist who opens indiscriminate firing on them while praying in two mosques at Christchurch city in New Zealand. The party expresses deep condolences towards their families and wishes a speedy recovery to the wounded. The party terms the killings a crime against humanity.[Read More…]

Canadian Gurdwara where a temple keeper was murdered by white supremacists held prayers for the victims of Christchurch attacks

Canadian Gurdwara where a temple keeper was murdered by white supremacists held prayers for the victims of Christchurch attacks

The Sikh congregation at a gurdwara in Surrey held prayers for the victims of Christchurch attacks by a neo Nazi. The Friday attacks on two mosques in New Zealand had left 50 people dead. On Sunday, the congregation at the Guru Nanak Sikh Temple, Surrey remembered the dead and prayed for the speedy recovery of those injured. What binds the[Read More…]

A Future Without Fossil Fuels?

A Future Without Fossil Fuels?

“Kingsmill Bond” certainly sounds like a proper name for a City of London financial analyst. He looks the part, too: gray hair expertly trimmed, well-cut suit. He’s lived in Moscow and Hong Kong and worked for Deutsche Bank, the Russian financial firm Troika Dialog, and Citibank. He’s currently “new energy strategist” for a small British think tank called Carbon Tracker,[Read More…]

Kashmir-A simmering Volcano  & Chinese efforts of neutralization

Kashmir-A simmering Volcano  & Chinese efforts of neutralization

  China has yet again blocked the move at UN to designate Masood Azhar as a global terrorist. India is  highly disappointed at China’s stand  which had the support of other permanent members of security council- US, UK, France Russia and many other non-permanent members like Germany, Poland & Belgium etc. A security council diplomat, not happy with the Chinese[Read More…]

Something Is Happening

Something Is Happening

“Er! Ahem!! Excuse me, you may not have noticed but something is happening. My neighbor has imported a man-eating tiger to eat her mother-in-law. She wants her MIL to become a MEAL.” (Ugh! Bad pun – or whatever) “What after the tiger has finished the offending mother-in-law?” “Well, my neighbor hasn’t thought about it that far. Maybe she thinks the[Read More…]

Venezuela: Westerners have lost the ability to reason! (PART 1)

Venezuela: Westerners have lost the ability to reason! (PART 1)

Apparently, most of Western sheep-like humans are buying all the imperial propaganda against Venezuela. And the rest of Western human beings, the minority, they seem to have a lot of doubts about what’s going on in Venezuela, as if they were living in a Stone Age era without instant access to a titanic amount of information provided by an enormous variety of[Read More…]

The Dangers of Values: Brenton Tarrant, Fraser Anning and the Christchurch Shootings

The Dangers of Values: Brenton Tarrant, Fraser Anning and the Christchurch Shootings

The argument that the Christchurch shooter, suspect Brenton Tarrant, or the views of Australia’s Senator Fraser Anning, seemingly holding a lone torch, are somehow not representative of the broader whole, be it Australia or New Zealand, is a self-deflecting exercise.  They are the uncomfortable mirrors of ruin, actual and perceived.  They are the voices of people who can either be[Read More…]

The New Zealand Mosque Attacks and White Supremacy in the West

The New Zealand Mosque Attacks and White Supremacy in the West

Within hours of Australian White Supremacist Brenton Tarrant’s gunning down of forty-nine Muslims at two mosques at Christchurch during Juma prayer on 15th March, tens of thousands of short and long postings on the event came out in social media. In the following twenty-four hours, hundreds of op-eds came out in newspapers in so many languages across the world. As[Read More…]

Open Letter To New Zealand Prime Minister

Open Letter To New Zealand Prime Minister

Rt. Hon. Jacinda Ardern Prime Minister PO Box 18888 Parliament Buildings Wellington NEW ZEALAND Dear Madam Prime Minister, I’m William Gomes, Human rights defender and Freelance journalist based in York, United Kingdom. Like many other British round, the country, I had been appalled to wake up to news of the terrorist attack on two mosques in Christchurch, New Zealand, that[Read More…]

Britain And The EU: The Problems With Brexit

Britain And The EU: The Problems With Brexit

Does anyone remember Nigel Farage? He led the UK Independence Party and the ‘leave’ EU vote — along with his last minute ally Boris Johnson who hoped to push himself up to prime minister. Farage is still around as a Member of the European Parliament representing south-east England, a job soon to be redundant when Britain leaves the EU. Boris[Read More…]

Academic prostitution in the field of terrorism studies

Academic prostitution in the field of terrorism studies

The expression “academic prostitution” appears abusive. It either conveys an apparently arbitrary disrespect to certain academics by comparing them to prostitutes, or conversely appears to equate sexual prostitution, – an honorable, if hazardous, occupation – with intellectual prostitution, a definitely dishonorable one. There is no dispute that even those who honestly earn their academic titles can produce shoddy scholarship, rely[Read More…]

When Simply Being a Muslim Is Your Biggest Crime

When Simply Being a Muslim Is Your Biggest Crime

The sediment of hatred and discrimination directed at Muslims slowly builds up over time and it is not only the most hateful and dark places online or in the world that lay the groundwork for explosions of hatred and violence such as this The Christchurch terrorists, who earlier today took the lives of nearly 50 people at two mosques, were[Read More…]

American Muslims alarmed at White Supremacist terror attacks in New Zealand

American Muslims alarmed at White Supremacist terror attacks in New Zealand

The seven-million strong American Muslim Community was alarmed at the White Supremacist terror attacks on two mosques in New Zealand where gunmen entered the mosques and began to shoot and kill Muslim parishioners indiscriminately during the Friday prayer services. At least 49 Muslims were killed and another 48 injured. New Zealand Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison confirmed children among shooting victims. An[Read More…]

The emerging new world order’s alarm bells: Men like Brandon Tarrant and Andreas Breivik

The emerging new world order’s alarm bells: Men like Brandon Tarrant and Andreas Breivik

This week’s attack on two mosques in New Zealand reflects a paradigm shift: the erosion of liberal values and the rise of civilisationalism at the expense of the nation state. So do broader phenomena like wide spread Islamophobia with the crackdown on Turkic Muslims in Xinjiang as its extreme, and growing ant-Semitism These phenomena are fuelled by increasing intolerance and[Read More…]

Hatred can not be allowed as a tool to win elections in democratic polity

Hatred can not be allowed as a tool to win elections in democratic polity

  The Great Replacement”, stated that “the invaders must be removed from European soil, regardless from where they came or when they came. Roma, African, Indian, Turkish, Semitic or other. If they are not of our people, but live in our lands, they must be removed.” This is the statement by the white supremacist who along with other accomplished killed[Read More…]

The advent of extreme weather events and climate tipping points

The advent of extreme weather events and climate tipping points

According to Hans Joachim Schellnhuber, chief climate advisor to the European Union, “We’re simply talking about the very life support system of this planet”. As fascism and the horror of murderous hate crimes areon the rise, governments are presiding over runaway climate change leading toward mass extinctions of species, costing the lives of billions and the demise of much of[Read More…]

Can China And Russia Survive In This Unharmonious World?

Can China And Russia Survive In This Unharmonious World?

Does it pay ‘to be good’? Is it still possible to play by the rules in this mad world, governed by brigands? What if the rules are defined and ratified by all countries of the world, but a small group of the strongest (militarily) nations totally ignores them, while using its professional propagandists to reinterpret them in the most bizarre[Read More…]

Why Calling U.S. a ‘Democracy’ Is Both False & Dangerous to Do

Why Calling U.S. a ‘Democracy’ Is Both False & Dangerous to Do

    It’s false because it is definitely untrue, and that’s not merely because America has a higher percentage of its residents in prison than does any other nation on this planet, but also because the only scientific studies that have been done of the matter show — they prove scientifically — that the U.S. is a dictatorship by its[Read More…]

Unions Can Take on International Fights — and Win

Unions Can Take on International Fights — and Win

Fresh off a strike in Erie, PA, the United Electrical Workers are a model of the working-class internationalism that can build a more just world. After nine days of picketing in below freezing temperatures, striking workers in Erie, Pennsylvania returned to work recently under a 90-day agreement. The 1,700 strong United Electrical, Radio, and Machine Workers of America (UE) strike[Read More…]

Schools, Scams, and Scoundrels

Schools, Scams, and Scoundrels

This is wonderful news… maybe the best news of the decade. Finally the truth about college admission scams has been exposed. This is only the tip of the iceberg. Corruption extends from K – 12 through Graduate School. I have waited since 1942 for this. In 1942 I was five years old living with my parents in Philadelphia. My Father[Read More…]

The Illegal Ban on Jamaat-e-Islami 

The Illegal Ban on Jamaat-e-Islami 

                      PUDR draws attention to the illegality behind the decision of the Central Government-ruled Jammu and Kashmir to ban Jamaat-e-Islami of Jammu and Kashmir on February 28, 2019. While attention has been focussed on the escalation and de-escalation of tension between India-Pakistan, the Central Government has intensified repression in the[Read More…]

Why is the State Afraid of Rona Wilson?

Why is the State Afraid of Rona Wilson?

Few days ago Bhima-Koregaon witnessed the progressive manifestation of the resistance against dominant Hindutva brahmanical cultural coercion on the vast mases of people in the country. The celebration at BhimaKoregaon brings into ashes the Hindutva political conspiracy of unifying India on the basis of brahmanical theological practices. BhimaKoregaon is a spatial manifestation of the resistance which the oppressed has presented[Read More…]

Collapse of pedestrian bridge in Mumbai exposes sham of world class city

Collapse of pedestrian bridge in Mumbai exposes sham of world class city

Infrastructure is the catchword of our politicians and bureaucrats. But they are obsessed with creating infrastructure for the upper class, not for common people. The pedestrian bridge collapse in Mumbai last Thursday killing six people and injuring several others underscores the extremely anti-people nature of the Indian State. But it is not likely to learn any lessons unless massive public[Read More…]

Has the Sun Finally Set on the British Empire?  Some reflections on ICJ advisory opinion on Chagos Islands

Has the Sun Finally Set on the British Empire?  Some reflections on ICJ advisory opinion on Chagos Islands

Co-Written by PunsaraAmarasinghe  and Anastasia Glazova The fame of British Empire was once embellished around the corners of the world as the empire where sun never sets and its imperial majesty ruled the millions of lives regardless how they were brought under the colonial yoke. The end of two great wars saw eventually paved the path to dismantle British Empire[Read More…]

Remembering the Khaksar Martyrs of British India – Rare Photos Released

Remembering the Khaksar Martyrs of British India – Rare Photos Released

No powerful ruler transfers power unless his/her reign is threatened and he/she can no longer continue. Allama Mashriqi’s private army of Khaksars in British India was indeed instrumental in bringing about the end of the British Raj in the Indian sub-continent. On March 19, 1940, a large number of Khaksar freedom fighters were massacred while marching in protest of restrictions[Read More…]

Death in New Zealand: The Christchurch Shootings

Death in New Zealand: The Christchurch Shootings

Five weapons were said to have been used, all inscribed with symbols, numbers and insignia.  The individual charged with the shootings at two Christchurch mosques that left 49 dead was an Australian with, it is alleged, a simple purpose: inflict death, and on specific communities in worship.  Even as the carnage became clear, Christchurch was already the epicentre of twenty-four[Read More…]

Midnight Sky

Midnight Sky

A ghazal for Muslim victims of hatred in Christchurch, NZ, March 15, 2019   Each cosmic conflagration in the midnight sky Helps sketch a constellation in the midnight sky. Dim, bright, small points of light light years apart comprise Apparent aggregations in the midnight sky. Imagined beings, mythic heroes, mesmerize, Impart more fascination to the midnight sky. Far, far above[Read More…]

New Zealand’s Black Friday

New Zealand’s Black Friday

This morning, Friday the 15th March, we woke up to the horrendous news of the massacre of 49 people at two mosques in the city of Christchurch, New Zealand. A further 20 people are seriously injured. Just the name of the city – Christchurch – and the mention of two mosques being attacked with the innocent, Muslim worshippers being mowed[Read More…]

New Zealand Muslims to follow Prophet Muhammad

New Zealand Muslims to follow Prophet Muhammad

Forty Nine people have been shot dead and 20 injured. The tragedy in New Zealand invokes Muslims to follow the Prophet, Muhammad. The man was called a Mercy to humanity, and his words, deeds, actions, and prayers reflected his character; mercy.  Many Muslims proudly keep the beard believing it was the tradition of the Prophet. Indeed, it was, now it[Read More…]

There is a new Peacemaker in town!

Love Letter from Smoky Kabul: Nonviolent Versus Violent Peace in Afghanistan and the World

Dear friends, “Salam (peace)!” is how Afghans greet one another, some of them simultaneously placing a hand over their hearts. But, while everyone including Afghans wants peace, the Afghan Peace Volunteers and I have observed thatthe human species appears to be stuck onviolent peace. We think that this is because most of us are reared as armed doves, like the[Read More…]

The Forest Rights Act: A Well Meaning Legislation but Poorly Implemented

The Forest Rights Act: A Well Meaning Legislation but Poorly Implemented

On February 28 the Supreme Court (SC) put on hold its February 13 order directing states to evict tribals and other forest-dwellers whose claims for land titles under the Forest Rights Act, 2006 (FRA) have been rejected. The SC is hearing a batch of petitions filed eleven year ago by the forest conservation groups including Wildlife First, Nature Conservation Society[Read More…]

"Politicians have responded with indifference to our crippling summer of record heat, bushfires, and floods. It's no wonder so many came out in support today," Nosrat Fareha a 16-year-old climate activist from Western Sydney, said as more than 150,000 students and adult supporters poured into the streets across Australia on Friday. (Photo: School Strike/Flickr/cc)

Youth-Led Global Climate Strikes Kick Off in 130+ Nations

“We are unstoppable. Another world is possible.” That was the message of the youth-led School Strike for Climate movement on Friday as hundreds of thousands of students across the globe walked out of class and flooded the streets to demand immediate action against the ecological crisis, which threatens to render the planet uninhabitable for future generations. With events planned in over 130 countries on[Read More…]

Scores Killed In Christchurch Terror Attack

Scores Killed In Christchurch Terror Attack

Forty nine people have been killed and more than 20 others have been seriously injured in shootings at two mosques in the New Zealand city of Christchurch after one or more terrorists opened fire on worshipers. One terrorist, who identified himself as 28-year-old Australian-born Brenton Tarrant, filmed the attack on social media. Dressed in a military-style, camouflage outfit, and carrying[Read More…]

Venezuela: Roundup – 5- India’s Reliance halts diluents export to Venezuela

Venezuela: Roundup – 5- India’s Reliance halts diluents export to Venezuela

While Venezuela fully restored electricity supply and near-fully restored water supply, the country faces economic war by imperialism with increasing intensity. A Reuters report said: India’s Reliance Industries Ltd, operator of the world’s biggest refining complex, said on Wednesday it had halted supply of diluents to Venezuela’s national oil company PdVSA and would not resume such sales until sanctions were[Read More…]

Classified Memo: Bush Admin knew Iraq invasion would destabilize entire region

Classified Memo: Bush Admin knew Iraq invasion would destabilize entire region

More facts on imperialist aggression on Iraq have come out. The imperialists knew that the aggression would destabilize the entire region. Citing classified memo, media reports said: As U.S. president George W. Bush pressed the case for war in Iraq in the summer of 2002, top State Department officials warned that an invasion to overthrow Iraqi President Saddam Hussein could[Read More…]

Trump Calls NYT “A true enemy of the people”: Factional fight of the US ruling classes surfaces again

Trump Calls NYT “A true enemy of the people”: Factional fight of the US ruling classes surfaces again

Donald Trump, the US president, has identified The New York Times as “A true enemy of the people”. (The New York Times, “Trump Attacks The Times, in a Week of Unease for the American Press”, February 20, 2019, by Michael M. Grynbaum and Eileen Sullivan; an article on the issue also appeared in print on February 21, 2019, on page[Read More…]

Wealth Concentration Drives a New Global Imperialism

Wealth Concentration Drives a New Global Imperialism

Regime changes in Iraq and Libya, Syria’s war, Venezuela’s crisis, sanctions on Cuba, Iran, Russia, and North Korea are reflections of a new global imperialism imposed by a core of capitalist nations in support of trillions of dollars of concentrated investment wealth. This new world order of mass capital has become a totalitarian empire of inequality and repression. The global[Read More…]

Note from a Guarantor in a Sedition Case

Note from a Guarantor in a Sedition Case

On March 5, I went to the Bekal police station in Kerala’s Kasaragod district to stand guarantor for one of my students. Avala Ramu from Andhra Pradesh is in the final semester of his MA in International Relations and Politics at the Central University of Kerala. He was charge-sheeted under IPC 124A, the Sedition clause. I had to pitch in[Read More…]

Photo by: Tony Webster from Minneapolis, Minnesota, United States - Cows, CC BY-SA 2.0

Taking Baby Steps to Solve the World’s Greatest Crises

Efforts to live more sustainably have been popularized by individuals, leaders, and corporations across the globe. While reports seem to indicate that people are more socially aware, the widespread popularization of the term ‘sustainability’ falsely leads us to believe that we are doing much more than we actually are. In reality, we are on a path of pseudo-sustainability. Most of[Read More…]

India’s Agrarian Crisis: Dismantling ‘Development’

India’s Agrarian Crisis: Dismantling ‘Development’

In his 1978 book ‘India Mortgaged’, T.N. Reddy predicted the country would one day open all sectors to foreign direct investment and surrender economic sovereignty to imperialist powers. Today, the US and Europe cling to a moribund form of capitalism and have used various mechanisms to bolster the system in the face of economic stagnation and massive inequalities: the raiding of public budgets,[Read More…]

Parenting the Climate-Change Generation Or Will They Parent Us?

Parenting the Climate-Change Generation Or Will They Parent Us?

  Kids are taking over the streets in other countries, rallying and chanting and refusing to go to school one day a week. Young people across the world are striking to draw attention to the ravages of climate change. They are demanding — with their bodies and their voices — that the catastrophe each of them will inherit be a priority for the grown-ups[Read More…]

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A Green New Deal Must Not Be Tied to Economic Growth

The Green New Deal bill is an audacious 10-year mobilization plan to move the U.S. to a zero-carbon economy. Bold and ambitious interventions like it are necessary, in the U.S. and elsewhere, if we are to unsettle the current complacency with climate breakdown. Academics like economist Robert Pollin, who kept alive the idea of a Green New Deal in the past years and[Read More…]

Lobbies and Belated Groundings: Boeing’s 737 Max 8

Lobbies and Belated Groundings: Boeing’s 737 Max 8

Lobbies, powerful interests and financial matters are usually the first things that come to mind when the aircraft industry is considered.  Safety, while deemed of foremost importance, is a superficial formality, sometimes observed in the breach.  To see the camera footage of the wreckage from the Ethiopian Airlines Boeing 737 Max 8 was to be shocked by a certain irony:[Read More…]

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Is neutrality still desirable? 

When hate becomes institutionalized And love is forced to look for places to hide If such a scenario you encounter, is neutrality still desirable?   With cries for war all around And the feeblest voice for peace also drowned If such a scenario you encounter, is neutrality still desirable?   When lies are awarded generously And truth just looks on[Read More…]

 I love the Green New Deal but …

 I love the Green New Deal but …

Ever since out first ancestor lit a fire, humans have been pumping CO2 into the atmosphere.  Add to that the first herder because ruminants are another large emitter of greenhouse gas (GHG). Some people want to declare a national emergency and ban fossil fuels within ten years.  How?   I am for it and all ready to go.  But please[Read More…]

Review: Only People Make Their Own History by Samir Amin (2019) – With a Comprehensive Bibliography of Amin’s Work

Review: Only People Make Their Own History by Samir Amin (2019) – With a Comprehensive Bibliography of Amin’s Work

            Samir Amin (1931-2018) was one of the great organic intellectuals of our time. He synthesized theory and practice; Marxism and developmentalism; comradeship and critique, like no other. Only People Make Their Own History is the first ever posthumous publication of Amin’s work. It includes ten of Amin’s most important essays published in the 21st century, and an introduction by[Read More…]

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“Maria! Maria! it was Maria that Destroyed Us!”: The Human Story

This is an island surrounded by water, big water, ocean water — Donald Trump, INDEPENDENT, September 29, 2017 Hurricane Maria devastated Puerto Rico in September 2017. One and a half years later, many of the island’s more than 3 million U.S. citizens continue to be forgotten and ignored by the federal government. Earlier this year, Stan Cox and I stayed[Read More…]

Shame vs. Shamelessness: Examples from Bangladesh

Shame vs. Shamelessness: Examples from Bangladesh

The Oxford Dictionary defines shame as “a painful feeling of humiliation or distress caused by the consciousness of wrong or foolish behaviour”. It could be self-inflicted, or an act committed by others leading to a loss of self-respect or self-esteem. “Shame on you” is something no respectful human being wants to hear from anyone. Self-respecting victims of shame sometimes kill[Read More…]

Chinese pressure tactics put countries between a rock and a hard place

Chinese pressure tactics put countries between a rock and a hard place

Recent Chinese pressure on Myanmar to approve a controversial dam project and the arrest in recent days in Kazakhstan of a human rights activist suggest that China in a seemingly tone-deaf pursuit of its interests is forcing governments to choose between heeding increasingly anti-Chinese public sentiment and pleasing Beijing to ensure continued political and economic support. Apparent Chinese disregard of[Read More…]

Firecracker industry: Pollution, jobs and revenue

Firecracker industry: Pollution, jobs and revenue

The Supreme court had earlier in Oct 2018 closed down the firecracker industry to curb pollution. The court on March 12, 2019 took a relook into its order banning the existing firecrackers. A bench of Justices SA Bobde and S Abdul Nazeer asked the Centre whether any comparative study has been done to fairly establish that vehicles pollute more than[Read More…]

The Embarassing state of Kerala’s maternal health care: effect of the Kerala model

The Embarassing state of Kerala’s maternal health care: effect of the Kerala model

Health system in India has seen several incongruities since its independence. Public health expenditure, inspite of repeated promises in election manifestos as well as in policy documents towards raising it to 2.5 to 3 % of GDP, remains around 1 to 2 %. The the existing health care infrastructure is flawed and inadequate; the hospitals are under-staffed, under-financed compelling the[Read More…]

Restoring Kashmir’s Traditional Routes

Restoring Kashmir’s Traditional Routes

The uncertainty of the present physical link of the valley to the outside world shows the urgency of restoring other historical routes to prevent people from getting claustrophobic! The frequent closure of the National Highway NH-1A linking valley by surface to the outside world during the current winter has almost turned the local population claustrophobic. They feel to have been[Read More…]

Is ‘Women’s reservation’ a backdoor entry for the Savarna elite

Is ‘Women’s reservation’ a backdoor entry for the Savarna elite

Rahul Gandhi has declared that his party would reserve 33% seats for women in Parliament and State assemblies as their representation is very low. He went a step forward and suggested that they would also ensure that 33% women are taken into Union government’s various services. These announcement are great for many but they also sound an alarm bell. Congress[Read More…]

Venezuela: ROUNDUP -4- Guaido seeks to sell out Venezuela’s oil industry, and U.S. is willing to buy

Venezuela: ROUNDUP -4- Guaido seeks to sell out Venezuela’s oil industry, and U.S. is willing to buy

Juan Guaido, the self-proclaimed “interim president” of Venezuela, has offered to sell out Venezuela’s oil industry to foreign private companies, and the U.S. has expressed its willingness to buy. Guaido has proposed a “draft legislation” that will sell Venezuela’s oil reserves to private companies, a Reuters report said. The move would shrink the participation of state-run oil company PdVSA. Ricardo Hausmann, Guaido’s[Read More…]

Residents obtain water from a natural source from the hill El Avila after the water supply was suspended in a nationwide blackout on March 10, 2019 in Caracas, Venezuela. More than 70 percent of the country was in darkness amid an ongoing political dispute between President Nicolas Maduro and self-declared interim president Juan Guaido.  (Photo: Edilzon Gamez/Getty Images/TNS)

To Help Venezuela, the U.S. Must Use Diplomacy, not a Military Coup

Fomenting regime change—by a soft coup, by economic sabotage, by fostering a military revolt—is likely to lead to more violence and more suffering The United States is pushing for an overthrow of the government of Venezuela. The Trump administration has denounced Nicolas Maduro as a “dictator,” dismissing the 2018 election, which the opposition boycotted. Instead of a good neighbor policy[Read More…]

Samir Lives! The Struggle Continues!

Samir Lives! The Struggle Continues!

Declaration from the Third National Assembly of the National Indigenous Congress, the Indigenous Governing Council, and the EZLN To the peoples of the world: To those organizations and collectives acting in resistance and rebellion: To the national and international Sixth: To the media: As Ayuuk, Binizza, Chinanteco, Chol, Chontal, Guarijío, Maya, Mayo, Mazahua, Mazateco, Mixteco, Nahua, Nayeri, Otomí, Popoluca, Purépecha,[Read More…]

Citizenship Amendment Bill – Wrong Medicine to the Right Diagnosis

Citizenship Amendment Bill – Wrong Medicine to the Right Diagnosis

Can you relate to the feeling of being trapped in a world where your identity is in your enemy? Can you relate to anger the accompanies when the language you speak and choice of god you pray to determine whether you’ll be able to put food on the table? Can you relate to the feeling alienation when babus and netas[Read More…]

Why Is The Country Which Was Agitated On Martyrdom Of Soldiers, Silent On Saints Dying For Ganga?

Why Is The Country Which Was Agitated On Martyrdom Of Soldiers, Silent On Saints Dying For Ganga?

In 2011 Swami Nigmanand died on the 115th day of his fast against illegal mining in Haridwar. Matri Sadan, the ashram with which he was associated alleges that he was killed by poisoning in the hospital at the behest of a mining mafia. Swami Gokulanand, who sat on first fast organised by Matri Sadan along with Swami Nigmanand in 1998,[Read More…]

REFILE -- CORRECTING TYPO --      Students who were evacuated after a shooting at North Park Elementary School walk past well-wishers to be reunited with their waiting parents at a high school in San Bernardino, California, U.S. April 10, 2017.  REUTERS/Mario Anzuoni

School Shooters and Drones: Linking Gun Violence at Home to America’s Wars Abroad

In the wake of the February 14, 2018, mass shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, which killed 17 students and staff members, a teacher said the school looked “like a war zone.” And to many young Americans, that’s exactly what it felt like. But this shooting was different. Refusing to be victims, Parkland survivors disrupted the “thoughts and[Read More…]

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas gestures during a meeting of the UN Security Council at UN headquarters in New York, U.S., February 20, 2018. REUTERS/Lucas Jackson

Chasing Mirages: What Are Palestinians Doing to Combat the ‘Deal of the Century’?

More US measures have been taken in recent weeks to further cement the Israeli position and isolate the Palestinian Authority (PA), before the official unveiling of President Donald Trump’s so-called ‘deal of the century’. But while attention is focused on spiteful US actions, little time has been spent discussing the PA’s own responses, options and strategies. The last of Washington’s[Read More…]

The Divine Right of Dark-hearted Despots (Then and Now)

The Divine Right of Dark-hearted Despots (Then and Now)

This essay was in part, inspired by — and written in memory of — William Blum (1932-2018). Blum was a comrade-in-arms, and himself one of the great keyboard warriors of his time. We all had much to learn from this man about courage, integrity, tenacity, and resilience in the service of truth. His trenchant opposition to the ruthless and relentless exploitation of other countries and their[Read More…]

Lies in the Branding: Justin Trudeau’s Implosion

Lies in the Branding: Justin Trudeau’s Implosion

“Trudeau came out and asked for strong women, and he got them.” Michelle Rempel, Conservative Party MP, The Atlantic, Mar 12, 2019 The gods have various roles, and most of them are intrusively irritating. They select humans, and drive them mad.  They select them for special missions, praise them and drive them to death.  They also select them to, if[Read More…]

With the author kneeling in the lower right, an international peace delegation outside Iran's Tehran Peace Museum. (Photo: Courtesy of Medea Benjamin)

How US Sanctions are Hurting Iran: A Firsthand Report

On a recent delegation to Iran, we experienced first-hand the legendary Iranian hospitality. Iranians are particularly thrilled to meet Americans, but as we discovered, our government’s policies are hurting the very people who want to be our friends. As our 28-person delegation traveled through the country wearing messages on our jackets proclaiming “Peace with Iran” in English and Farsi, we were surrounded[Read More…]

Venezuela: Roundup – 3- Details of Electricity War exposed, saboteurs detained, imperialist economic war widens

Venezuela: Roundup – 3- Details of Electricity War exposed, saboteurs detained, imperialist economic war widens

Details of the Electricity War, part of a plan to incite unrest against Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro and the ruling party, have been exposed. President Maduro has presented details of the attacks on the country’s electricity supply system. The attacks were made through three phases. Maduro on March 11, 2019 described the sabotage as the cruelest blow in the history of[Read More…]

The Charter of Fundamental Duties and Nationalism

The Charter of Fundamental Duties and Nationalism

  I am a citizen of India. I consider it my duty to abide by the 11 Fundamental Duties that are laid down in Part IV-A, Article 51-A of the Constitution of India, because India is a constitutional democracy, where the Constitution of our nation is the supreme authority and we, the people of India, have given to ourselves this[Read More…]

The Green Shoot Of Hope

The Green Shoot Of Hope

I have been coming to Australia, particularly to Perth, Western Australia, for the last 43 years. My wife, Sandra was born here and now our daughter and her family live here. When I first arrived in December 1976 Perth reminded me of Haifa, in Palestine. There are the eucalyptus trees dotted everywhere, there is the warm blue expanse of the[Read More…]

Washington is Waging a New Dimension War Against China – and will Lose out Bitterly

Washington is Waging a New Dimension War Against China – and will Lose out Bitterly

  Once the all-encompassing chittering and chattering about tariffs on Chinese imports by the western corporate media subsided, Trump, egocentric businessman rather than the President of the Empire, “out of the blue”, one could almost say, under the pretext of ‘unfair’ Chinese trading, launches a new ferocious and as usual totally illegal campaign of aggression against China’s fast-growing economy. It’s[Read More…]

Publicised Cruelty: Scott Morrison Visits Christmas Island

Publicised Cruelty: Scott Morrison Visits Christmas Island

His visit struck a sour note.  The Australian prime minister Scott Morrison was making an effort to show he cared: about those intangible things called borders, secure firm and shut to the unwanted human matter coming by sea.  The distant Australian territory of Christmas Island was selected to assist in coping with arrivals from Manus and Nauru Island needing medical[Read More…]

Geostrategy After the Deadlock in U.S.-North-Korean Relations

Geostrategy After the Deadlock in U.S.-North-Korean Relations

George Friedman, the head of the ‘private CIA’ firm Stratfor, issued a report on March 5th, “After Hanoi: North Korea, the US and Japan”, and it said: The strategy since World War II, built on the assumption that U.S. conventional forces can defeat any foe and pacify the country, is being abandoned. And in the case of the Hanoi talks,[Read More…]

Trudeau’s Cabinet Tempest

Trudeau’s Cabinet Tempest

On a global scale, the current events within Canada’s Justin Trudeau cabinet are not much more than the proverbial tempest in a teapot. While receiving saturation coverage on Canada’s CBC and some national newspapers, it is not totally noteworthy with global significance, other than some slipping and tarnishing of Trudeau’s halo with foreign media. Having said that the problem’s within[Read More…]

Appeal to non-BJP opposition Parties Regarding 2019 Elections

Appeal to non-BJP opposition Parties Regarding 2019 Elections

The coming 2019 may prove to be a watershed in India’s political history, as were the 1977 elections forty-two years ago.  In 1977, elections were held after a declared Emergency, during which the Constitution was suspended, political activity disallowed and opposition leaders and activists imprisoned. The success of non-Congress parties in those elections strengthened the electoral system in Indian democracy.[Read More…]

One Pound Capitalism, a Pinch of Democracy, and Misfortune Stuffed Chapatis./ By Priti Gulati Cox

A Democracy In Distress

Even as I write, a new twitter trend #boycottSurfexcel is soaring. Depicting Hindu-Muslim unity-ish feeling the ad is now being trashed for its subservient Hindu sentiments as compared to those of Muslims; for promoting love-jihaad and being Hindu phobic. Coming in the backdrop of on-going strategic war with Pakistan, it is an understatement to say feelings of nationalism have touched[Read More…]

The Post-Truth India

The Post-Truth India

     We entered the age of fake news long time ago and some intellectuals and scholars have started to call it an important branch of post truth. When did it started and when will it end, nobody has the accurate answers. There are different views about  the beginning of the Post-Truth Age. Some say that it started with the[Read More…]

When I hoped for Peace In despair

When I hoped for Peace In despair

At this uncertain time of scarred historicity and the chaotic years I had followed from the beginning of my existence onto the world, memory of my past would often haunt me. I had seen the people of my age suffocated, caught in the hue and cry not finding any sight of peace dawning. I had heard houses have souls and[Read More…]

Venezuela: Roundup – 2- US presses India to stop buying oil from Venezuela: Imperial Economic War intensifies

Venezuela: Roundup – 2- US presses India to stop buying oil from Venezuela: Imperial Economic War intensifies

Imperialists are intensifying their economic war against the Bolivarian Venezuela. A Reuters report said: The U.S. is pressing India to stop buying oil from Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro’s government. The report referred to Washington’s top envoy for Venezuela. “We say you should not be helping this regime. You should be on the side of the Venezuelan people,” Elliott Abrams told[Read More…]

The UN fails to name and shame firms aiding Israel’s illegal settlements

The UN fails to name and shame firms aiding Israel’s illegal settlements

Nazareth: The United Nations postponed last week for the third time the publication of a blacklist of Israeli and international firms that profit directly from Israel’s illegal settlements in the occupied territories. The international body had come under enormous pressure to keep the database under wraps after lobbying behind the scenes from Israel, the United States and many of the[Read More…]

Robert Muller (11 March 1923 -20 Sept. 2010) The U.N. Networker

Robert Muller (11 March 1923 -20 Sept. 2010) The U.N. Networker

  Decide to Network, use every letter you write, every conversation you have, every meeting you attend to express your fundamental beliefs and dreams, affirm to others the vision of the world you want. In a world of big powers, big media and monopolies, networking is a new freedom, the new democracy, a new form of happiness. Robert Muller Robert[Read More…]

Condemn attempts at intimidating Prof Ram Puniyani

Condemn attempts at intimidating Prof Ram Puniyani

To The Commissioner of Police Mumbai We the undersigned strongly condemn the way in which attempts were recently made to intimidate Prof Ram Puniyani by people supposedly belonging to CID. We fear that it is to silence his voice which has always remained critical of communal forces and has fought for peace and harmony. We are told that on 9[Read More…]

Will Ayodhya Panel Break the Jinx? 

Will Ayodhya Panel Break the Jinx? 

Ayodhya issue is an explosive mix of history, religion and politics. Can the Ayodhya land dispute mediation panel make any dent in crafting a compromise among the disputing parties is the fundamental question? This method of arbitration has made the case too simple, because if any such compromise has to have reached, it could have been done long ago, and[Read More…]

Demand for raising MGNREGA wages to Rs.600

Demand for raising MGNREGA wages to Rs.600

To, Shri Narendra Modi Prime Minister of India Dear Prime Minister, NREGA has been a lifeline for the poor, with one in every three rural households working in it. About 5 crore households access some employment under this Act every year. Even though most households are able to access their full guarantee to employment under NREGA, the programme  has played[Read More…]

Kashmir Returns To International Discourse

Kashmir Returns To International Discourse

Thank God for the clouds of war that frighteningly hovered for a week have started waning from the skies of the Sub-Continent. In the seventy years, acrimonious history of India and Pakistan another terrifying date has been added to already existing long list of the dates reminiscent of awful tales of death and destruction. On Tuesday 26 February 2019,  twenty[Read More…]

The Indian Women of 2019

The Indian Women of 2019

India celebrated another International Women’s Day on 8th March, with great enthusiasm and talked about the achievements of women in our country. Like a structured repeated event, much was discussed on how we can do more to empower our women, make India a women-friendly nation and our successes towards women empowerment. Nothing short of rhetoric and situational lip service, the[Read More…]

New Environmental Studies Raise Alarms

New Environmental Studies Raise Alarms

   New environmental research continues to alarm as three studies published within the past week amply demonstrate. Danish scientists report a significant increase in winter rain over Greenland.  The rain-induced melt refreezes forming a dark crusty layer which acts as a greater heat absorber than white fresh snow.  After decades of more frequent winter rain, the snow-pack contains many such[Read More…]

Grand Jury Efforts: Jailing Chelsea Manning

Grand Jury Efforts: Jailing Chelsea Manning

“I will not comply with this, or any other grand jury.”  So explained Chelsea Manning in justifying her refusal to answer questions and comply with a grand jury subpoena compelling her to testify on her knowledge of WikiLeaks.  “Imprisoning me for my refusal to answer questions only subjects me to additional punishment for my repeatedly stated ethical obligations to the[Read More…]

 Is a War With Iran on the Horizon? 

 Is a War With Iran on the Horizon? 

The Trump Administration Is Reckless Enough to Turn the Cold War With Iran Into a Hot One  Here’s the foreign policy question of questions in 2019: Are President Donald Trump, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, and Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, all severely weakened at home and with few allies abroad, reckless enough to set off a war with[Read More…]

The US Must Grow Up And Respect Iranian Independence

The US Must Grow Up And Respect Iranian Independence

Co-Written by Kevin Zeese and Margaret Flowers One of the lessons from our recent visit to Iran as a Peace Delegation is that Iran is a mature country. It is 2,500 years old, ten times as old as the United States and one of the world’s oldest continuous major civilizations with settlements dating back to 7,000 BC. It was an empire that[Read More…]

How To Enjoy Dinner Knowing Fellow Americans Have Caused 85,000 Yemeni Kids to Starve to Death?

How To Enjoy Dinner Knowing Fellow Americans Have Caused 85,000 Yemeni Kids to Starve to Death?

The news that one’s compatriots have brought death to 85,000 darling Yemeni children being hard to stomach, the author wonders how other Americans feel or manage not do not feel. I looked down at the food on my plate, and wished I hadn’t just heard PBS’s News anchor Judy Woodruff report that the war in Yemen had already caused 85,000[Read More…]

The Cawing of the Crow

The Cawing of the Crow

In time its caws roused me from my ritual morning immersions: sipping coffee, lacing words together, drawing them like fingers Across the surfaces of life, Yet remaining untouched.   How long it cried out for my attention Before I walked to the window to confront it, I do not know, but I knew it was me it had called.  [Read More…]

Kazakh police raid raises spectre of China’s long arm

Kazakh police raid raises spectre of China’s long arm

A police raid on a Kazakh group documenting the plight of Kazakhs and Uyghurs caught in a brutal crackdown in China’s north-western province of Xinjiang is about more than a government seeking to please Beijing in the hope that it improves the lot of its ethnic kin while preserving diplomatic and economic relations. Amid suspicions that the raid on the[Read More…]

Open Letter to The Chief Justice of India –re Ayodhya Case

Open Letter to The Chief Justice of India –re Ayodhya Case

Mediation order in Ayodhya case is bludgeoning of the Indian constitutional polity which the Supreme Court is duty-bound to safeguard Honourable Chief Justice of India, You know more than anyone else in the world that Indian constitutional polity treats all citizens equally irrespective of their race, creed, religion, language, culture and gender. But the observation of the Bench (consisting Justices[Read More…]

Protest Against Sentencing of Three Sikh Activists

Protest Against Sentencing of Three Sikh Activists

The members of Indians Abroad for Pluralist India (IAPI) held a demonstration in Surrey on Sunday, March 10 against the recent sentencing of three Sikh activists in Punjab, for merely keeping literature that was perceived as “anti-national” by the state police.Arwinder Singh, Surjit Singh and Ranjit Singh were criminally charged in 2016 under draconian laws. Last month, a Nawanshehar court[Read More…]

Night view of Caracas during a power cut on March 7, 2019. - The government of Nicolas Maduro denounced a "sabotage" against the main electric power dam in the country, after a massive blackout left Caracas and vast regions of Venezuela in the darkness. (Photo by YURI CORTEZ / AFP)        (Photo credit should read YURI CORTEZ/AFP/Getty Images)

Stay true to Chavismo, says Maduro as power outage continues due to cyber-attacks on Venezuela’s power grid

Venezuela’s electrical systems have been targeted by another cyber-attack. In the face of this imperialist sabotage, Venezuela’s President Nicolas Maduro said: “We have overcome so many challenges, we’ll overcome this one.” Venezuelan President was addressing a huge mass gathering in capital city Caracas on Sunday. During the speech, Maduro called on the people to stay true to Chavismo and the sovereignty of Venezuela as the 24-hour[Read More…]

Solidarity To Venezuela From Indonesia

Solidarity To Venezuela From Indonesia

We, the undersigned, Indonesian people and organizations who are profoundly concerned with various diabolical measures inflicted by the government of the United States of America and its allies upon Venezuela and its people, hereby express the following assertions : We denounce and condemn the hostile interventions of the USA against Maduro’s administration and the people of Venezuela, and strongly insist[Read More…]

 Judging U.S. War Crimes

 Judging U.S. War Crimes

Chelsea Manning, who bravely exposed atrocities committed by the U.S. military, is again imprisoned in a U.S. jail. On International Women’s Day, March 8, 2019, she was incarcerated in the Alexandria, VA federal detention center for refusing to testify in front of a secretive Grand Jury. Her imprisonment can extend through the term of the Grand Jury, possibly 18 months,[Read More…]

USA Continues Economic Sabotage of Eritrea

USA Continues Economic Sabotage of Eritrea

On February 28, 2019 the last financial wire transactions between the small socialist country of Eritrea and all the western countries were stopped with no further wire transfers in USD$ or Euros to or from Eritrea being allowed . UNjust and illegal UN sanctions against Eritrea were lifted recently but the damage being done continues. During the 9 year long[Read More…]

Yulin, locating in Shenfu coalfield, together with Ordos and Shuozhou (ShanXi), is called the “Golden Triangle of Coal” in China. Shenmu is an important part of the Shaanbei Energy and Chemical Base. Since 2004, the economy had been developing dramatically thanks to its rich coal resource and was for the first time listed among “Top 100 Prosperous Counties in China” in 2008. Yulin has been tagged as “the Oriental Kuwait”.

A Fancy Hypocrisy: China, Australia and Coal Mania

Fear them for their technology; fear them for their ideology and their authoritarianism. But embrace interference and involvement in the economy if it involves coal.  This is the fancy hypocrisy of Australian politics, one driven to lunacy and inconsistency by that dark and dirty love. The contrast between a fear of Huawei, on the one hand, and an eager opening[Read More…]

Chelsea Manning jailed for refusal to testify against WikiLeaks

Chelsea Manning jailed for refusal to testify against WikiLeaks

A federal judge ordered Chelsea Manning to prison Friday morning for an indefinite period of time, after the former Army private, jailed for seven years for providing information to WikiLeaks exposing US war crimes in Iraq and Afghanistan, refused on principle to answer any questions before a secret grand jury investigating the media organization and its founder Julian Assange. “The[Read More…]

The real Energy Return of Crude Oil: smaller than you would have imagined

The real Energy Return of Crude Oil: smaller than you would have imagined

A simple but important study by Luciano Celi shows what is the real energy return that oil companies manage to attain. Much smaller than you would have believed, in several cases it is today well below 10. Which means that renewable energies already produce a larger EROI than oil and gas. No more excuses for not switching to renewables as fast[Read More…]

Iran and North Korea highlight pitfalls of Trump’s ‘maximum pressure’ strategy

Iran and North Korea highlight pitfalls of Trump’s ‘maximum pressure’ strategy

Donald J. Trump’s hitherto failed ‘maximum pressure’ approach to Iran, as well as for that matter North Korea, begs the question what the US president’s true objectives are and what options he is left with should the policy ultimately fail. In the case of North Korea, it remains to be seen whether the country’s reported rebuilding of a rocket launch[Read More…]

Financial Inclusion: A Key Driver of Inclusive Growth

Financial Inclusion: A Key Driver of Inclusive Growth

India has grown into a global powerhouse. Its economy is soaring but the picture on the ground is still quite arid. The green shoots that you see are only a patch of its landscape. Most Indians are hapless victims of inequity.  India is one country where intense poverty abounds in the shadow of immense wealth. The Indian economy is projected to[Read More…]

The MGNREGA fund puzzle-  Why the workers are angry?

The MGNREGA fund puzzle-  Why the workers are angry?

 As the month of march progresses, there is great pressure from the administration to intensify the works  but does the government have money  to  make timely payments to the workers?   Workers employed under the Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Scheme (MGNREGS) across India gathered at their nearest police stations to lodge complaints against the Prime Minister of India  for irregularities and[Read More…]

Where Is Mugilan?

Where Is Mugilan?

The Chairperson National Human Rights Commission Manav Adhikar Bhawan Block-C, GPO Complex, INA New Delhi- 110023 Dear Chairperson,  I am William Gomes, Human rights defender and Freelance journalist. According to the information received from  Front Line Defenders, as of 4 March 2019, human rights defender Shanmugam Thangasamy, better known as RS Mugilan, remains missing. On 15 February 2019, RS Mugilan[Read More…]

International Women’s Day Ignored Global Avoidable Mortality Holocaust Of Women And Children

International Women’s Day Ignored Global Avoidable Mortality Holocaust Of Women And Children

On International Women’s Day (8 March) the Western-dominated celebrations have laudably used the occasion to praise women’s achievements and to press for women’s rights, a more gender-balanced world, equal pay, equal parliamentary representation, gender equality, “Me too” activism, and an end to sexism, discrimination and violence against women. However, palpably ignored in this praiseworthy activism are the horrible and massive[Read More…]

Children in Street Kids School, Kabul, March 2019  Credit:  Maya Evans

 Can We Divest from Weapons Dealers?

Impoverished people living in numerous countries today would stand a far better chance of survival, and risk far less trauma, if weapon manufacturers such as Lockheed Martin, Boeing, General Dynamics, and Raytheon stopped manufacturing and selling death-dealing products. About three decades ago, I taught writing at one of Chicago’s alternative high schools. It’s easy to recall some of their stories—fast-paced,[Read More…]

Brave Heart:   The Unrelenting Courage of Chelsea Manning

Brave Heart: The Unrelenting Courage of Chelsea Manning

 It takes a lot of courage to be who and what you are when who or what you are contradicts the values of your society.   Thus, even under the best of circumstances it takes a lot of courage to be out and gay.  No matter what laws may exist on the books to protect your rights, there are narrow minded,[Read More…]

 Syria Accuses U.S. Stole 40+ Tons of Its Gold

 Syria Accuses U.S. Stole 40+ Tons of Its Gold

The Syrian National News Agency headlined on February 26th, “Gold deal between United States and Daesh” (Daesh is ISIS) and reported that, Information from local sources said that US army helicopters have already transported the gold bullions under cover of darkness on Sunday [February 24th], before transporting them to the United States. The sources said that tens of tons that[Read More…]

Condemn the Illegal Arrest of Lingaraj Azad

Condemn the Illegal Arrest of Lingaraj Azad

PUDR protests the illegal arrest of Niyamgiri Suraksha Samiti member Lingaraj Azad, who has been at the forefront of the peoples struggle against bauxite mining in the Niyamgiri hills, and the continuing repression against the people through routine detention of NSS leaders, security camps, patrolling and raids on villages. Lingaraj Azad was detained and arrested on 6 March in Lanjigarh[Read More…]

Pulwama attack: Politicizing a conflict for electoral gains

Pulwama attack: Politicizing a conflict for electoral gains

Ever since the attack in Pulwama by a suicide bomber killing 42 of India’s security personnel, the country has been on the edge fearing an all-out war with Pakistan.  Any civilized person could see the barbarity of this dastardly terrorist act only with disgust and rage. However, a confrontation between these two nuclear powers is neither in the interest of[Read More…]

What’s Wrong With Our Education System And How Can We Change It!

What’s Wrong With Our Education System And How Can We Change It!

It’s exam time in India. A time of deep tension for students and parents. All that you’ve learnt in a year will have to reproduced in a two hour written exam and the student will be assessed by what she has written in those two hours. If you fail to answer a few questions you’ll be at a loss and[Read More…]

US government threatens to jail Chelsea Manning for refusing to testify against WikiLeaks

US government threatens to jail Chelsea Manning for refusing to testify against WikiLeaks

In a heroic and principled stand in defence of fundamental democratic rights, former US army intelligence analyst Chelsea Manning yesterday refused to answer questions before a grand jury in Virginia. Manning stood firm and refused to incriminate WikiLeaks and its publisher Julian Assange—or any other media organisation and individual—over her courageous 2010 disclosure of hundreds of thousands of documents that[Read More…]

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Re-Inhabiting Planet Earth

Re-Inhabiting Planet Earth

“I believe that for a moment I thought the explosion might set fire to the atmosphere and thus finish the Earth, even though I knew that this was not possible.” These words of Manhattan Project physicist Emilio Segre, quoted by Richard Rhodes in his book The Making of the Atomic Bomb, refer to the Trinity blast on July 16, 1945, at Alamogordo,[Read More…]

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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

Embracing Grassroots Feminism

Women’s rights are at a tipping point. Rural and urban women workers on the frontlines of climate chaos experience the most acute violations of their rights to land, food, and territory at this time of escalating hunger and malnutrition, and steady erosion of democracies.Around the world, these women are taking the patriarchy to task, while healing the environment – all[Read More…]

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A Farrago of Farces

A Farrago of Farces

Where politicians of all hues vie with each other, but the BJP’s shenanigans ‘stand apart’! In its insatiable lust and a desperate bid for power, the BJP government is pulling no punches to use all the tricks in the trade to fleece masses so as to get back to the hot seat in Delhi in 2019. The latest one pertains[Read More…]

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Venezuela:ROUNDUP1-Imperialism’s Electricity War follows failure of interventionist ploy

Venezuela:ROUNDUP1-Imperialism’s Electricity War follows failure of interventionist ploy

Venezuela experienced an electricity war machinated by imperialism and its proxies – the rightists, the reactionaries. Electricity War Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro accused the US of waging an “electricity war” against the country, as Caracas and other cities plunged into darkness Thursday night. Electricity supply to many parts of Venezuela snapped for a few hours. Venezuela’s 18 states reported electricity[Read More…]

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Idlib- Reportage From The Last Front In Syria

Text and photos: Andre Vltchek For a while, all the guns have fallen silent. I am near Idlib, the last stronghold of the terrorists in Syria. The area where the deadliest anti-government fighters, most of them injected into Syria from Turkey, with Saudi, Qatari and Western ‘help’, are literally holed up, ready for the final showdown. Just yesterday, mortars were[Read More…]

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Admiral Ramdas Writes to Election Commission: Stop Politicization of Armed Forces

Admiral Ramdas Writes to Election Commission: Stop Politicization of Armed Forces

Chief Election Commissioner of India, Nirvachan Sadan, Ashoka Road, New Delhi – 110001 Sub : Stop Politicization of Armed Forces by Political Parties Dear Sir, On behalf of a number of my colleagues from the armed forces veterans, this is Admiral L Ramdas – a former Chief of the Naval Staff – writing to share some of my concerns regarding[Read More…]

Saving Japan’s seed heritage from “free trade”

Saving Japan’s seed heritage from “free trade”

I recently had the opportunity to interview Masahiko Yamada, formerly Japan´s Minister of Agriculture and now one of the country´s foremost food sovereignty activists. We met at an international Economics of Happiness Conference in Prato, Italy, where Yamada delivered a keynote speech about the birth of a new citizens’ movement to protect Japan´s food-crop heritage from corporate take-over. Keen to learn more,[Read More…]

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Why Only Fools Trust America’s Mainstream ‘News’ Media After the 2003 Invasion of Iraq

Why Only Fools Trust America’s Mainstream ‘News’ Media After the 2003 Invasion of Iraq

Here will be yet another current example to demonstrate that all U.S. mainstream ’news’ media hide from their respective publics that the U.S. Government is lying, when the U.S. Government lies — i.e., that all of the mainstream ’news’ media in America hide the truth, when the Government itself is lying. In other words: the U.S. mainstream ’news’ media are[Read More…]

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Deconstructing grand myth of Kashmiriyat

Deconstructing grand myth of Kashmiriyat

No book of history or literature of any credence on Kashmir has anywhere used the term “Kashmiriyat” in its references to socio-cultural values of its inhabitants:  Kashmiris. I.  However, the term “did not emerge ex-nihilo from the soil of Kashmir.  II. It has a clear background more political than pretended or projected socio-religious that gave birth to it. In a desperate[Read More…]

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South Asia Cloud Has A Silver Lining

South Asia Cloud Has A Silver Lining

A dark and menacing cloud of a possible war that had been hanging over India and Pakistan in the last few days was leading to despair and fatalism not only in India and Pakistan but almost all over the world due to the nuclear arsenal the two countries possess. Ian Helfand, a US physician associated with the International Physicians for[Read More…]

Foot March From Delhi To Haridwar In Support of Sadhus Fasting for Conservation of Ganga

Foot March From Delhi To Haridwar In Support of Sadhus Fasting for Conservation of Ganga

Swami Gyan Swaroop Sanand who earlier served as Professor at Indian Institute of Technology, Kanpur and was the first member-secretary of Central Pollution Control Board began a fast unto death on 22 June, 2018 demanding a law for conservation of Ganga. After 112 days of fasting he died at All India Institute of Medical Sciences, Rishikesh because of alleged cardiac[Read More…]

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Jesus came to me I did not recognise him Marx came to me I did not recognise him Ambedkar came to me I did not recognise him Gandhi came to me I did not recognise him Buddha came to me I did not recognise him Then, I came to me `Who are you?’ I asked ‘I am you…!’ He said[Read More…]

Ban on Jamaat e Islami , Unconstitutional, Undemocratic

Ban on Jamaat e Islami , Unconstitutional, Undemocratic

The current comprehensive crackdown  on Jama’at-e-Islami though not unprecedented is  unique at the same  in many respects.In the past whenever there was a ban  placed on it, it was on the instigation of local political players. It is interesting to note that when emergency was declared in India in 1975 by Mrs Gandhi, Jam’at was left out of its purview.[Read More…]

 Women speak: To be a woman and to be in India

 Women speak: To be a woman and to be in India

Is the situation dismal? In a survey of experts done in 2018, India ranks as the world’s most dangerous country for women. It had ranked 4th in the same survey done 7 years ago. The Global Gender Gap Index 2017 by the World Economic Forum placed India at 108 position out of 144 countries benchmarked on the basis of gender[Read More…]

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The Cardinal Can Do No Wrong: George Pell’s Defenders

The Cardinal Can Do No Wrong: George Pell’s Defenders

The powerful have always had defenders.  Power seeps into the system, corrupts, controls and, ultimately, assumes an authority that does wonders to destroy an appraisal of fairness.  To be there is to assume that matters are natural, a habit.  As David Hume made clear, such an instance creates the basis of error: because it has been accepted for generations and[Read More…]

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Walking a Chinese tightrope: Kazakh quiet diplomacy produces limited results

Walking a Chinese tightrope: Kazakh quiet diplomacy produces limited results

The Kazakh government, in defense of Kazakh and by implication Central Asian behind-closed-doors diplomacy towards China in the face of mounting domestic pressure, has offered a rare public account of its ability to improve conditions for its ethnic kin caught in a crackdown on Turkic Muslims in the north-western Chinese province of Xinjiang. Kazakhstan’s detailing of its ability to reduce[Read More…]

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Neglect of Education, Death-Squads, and the Deep State Syndrome in Bangladesh

Neglect of Education, Death-Squads, and the Deep State Syndrome in Bangladesh

Education has almost everything to do with changing, modifying, and improving the levels of people’s culture (although “improving the cultural level” is a loaded and controversial expression). To remain politically correct, we may assert that education helps us broaden our world view, liberate ourselves from age-old, prejudicial ideas and practices promoted and nurtured by pre-modern feudalism, colonialism, and stagnating postcolonial[Read More…]

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‘Patriotism’ Made Easy in Times of ‘WhatsApp Elections’

‘Patriotism’ Made Easy in Times of ‘WhatsApp Elections’

A WhatsApp-sponsored report, prepared in partnership with Queen Mary University, has raised the alarm that the 2019 elections in India, which already has cleavages on lines of caste, race, gender, religion, would be a fertile ground for damaging fake news. There was a time when ‘Good Morning’ messages were causing much “pain” to internet giants? It was the beginning of[Read More…]

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Peace, not War!

Peace, not War!

(People raising a pitch for going to War probably forget that any conflict now in the sub-continent would be the last War for this entire region!) It is an established fact of the world history that wars have never solved any problems but have on the contrary destroyed civilisations. The sub-continent has witnessed three major wars in last 70 years[Read More…]

Britain rejects International Court of Justice order to return Chagos Islands to Mauritius

Britain rejects International Court of Justice order to return Chagos Islands to Mauritius

The British government has rejected both the ICJ’s order and its unanimous ruling that its jurisdiction relates to a UN process of decolonization, not a dispute between two states. The International Court of Justice (ICJ) has ordered Britain to hand back the Chagos Islands, including Diego Garcia, to Mauritius “as rapidly as possible.” This follows its landmark ruling that the[Read More…]

Venezuela-Baiting: How Media Keep Anti-Imperialist Dissent in Check

Venezuela-Baiting: How Media Keep Anti-Imperialist Dissent in Check

Corporate media have always attacked leftists for their positions on Venezuela, a country consistently demonized and misrepresented in the US press (FAIR.org, 6/1/02, 11/1/05, 4/1/13, 2/22/19). But with President Donald Trump’s latest tightening of sanctions, and signs of a build-up to a long-rumored invasion (Fox News, 2/27/19), the media’s Venezuela-baiting has been turned up to 11. The political right is uniting with establishment Democrats in[Read More…]

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An Open Letter to the Washington Office on Latin America About Its Stance on US Effort to Overthrow Venezuelan Government

An Open Letter to the Washington Office on Latin America About Its Stance on US Effort to Overthrow Venezuelan Government

The following open letter, signed by 124 academics from around the globe, is addressed to the Washington Office on Latin America and voices serious concerns over WOLA’s support for various components of the Trump administration’s policy towards Venezuela. We write out of concern for the direction that WOLA has taken with regard to a matter of life and death, and[Read More…]

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Release Lingraj Azad Immediately!

Release Lingraj Azad Immediately!

Delhi, March 6: NAPM (National Alliance of Peoples’s Movements) condemns the illegal and deceitful arrest  of Lingraj Azad today by Odisha police. He is the leader of Niyamgiri Suraksha Parishad, who successfully fought the valiant struggle against Vedanta corporation along with Dongria Kondh. Initially it was reported that he has been arrested in an old case but just now we[Read More…]

Reflections On Putin As A Leader And On The World Situation In Which He Works

Reflections On Putin As A Leader And On The World Situation In Which He Works

There is an immense amount of criticism of Putin, especially coming from America, most of it empty criticism which ignores realities and genuine analysis. For the more thoughtful, it represents only the stink and noise of propaganda, and not honest criticism in its true sense at all. In politics, and especially in the direction of a country’s foreign affairs, there[Read More…]

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Yala 2019

Yala 2019

It is 5.30 am. We have just finished Subh (Fajr as it is called in Sri Lanka and most Shafi countries including Kerala). And he walks in. The human conducting tower. His hair has the benefit of what I believe must be at least half a tube of gel, jet black, thick and all standing on end pointing in more[Read More…]

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Indigenous Peoples and Religious Freedom in AbyaYala– Latin America: Reflections from a European Point of View

Indigenous Peoples and Religious Freedom in AbyaYala– Latin America: Reflections from a European Point of View

  Assassinating Berta Cáceres, a Maya-Lenka Women from Honduras in 2016, shows in a brutal way, that the recognition of indigenous religions in AbiaYala-Latin America is not only an interreligious, but also an economic and political challenge. Where do we go after death, Dady? We come from the earth. We return to the earth. That is all. Valentin Quispe[2] In[Read More…]

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Elite Banking at Your Expense: How Secretive Tax Havens are Used to Steal Your Money

Elite Banking at Your Expense: How Secretive Tax Havens are Used to Steal Your Money

Tax havens are locations around the world where wealthy individuals, criminals and terrorists, as well as governments and government agencies (such as the CIA), banks, corporations, hedge funds, international organizations (such as the Vatican)and crime syndicates (such as the Mafia), can stash their money so that they can avoid regulation and oversight and, very often, evade tax. According to Nicholas[Read More…]

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The Orientalism of Western Russophobia

The Orientalism of Western Russophobia

Last year marked the 40th anniversary of the publication of Edward W. Said’s pioneering book, Orientalism, as well as fifteen years since the Palestinian-American intellectual’s passing. To bid farewell to such an important scholar shortly after the 2003 U.S. invasion of Iraq, which Said fiercely criticized until his dying breath before succumbing to leukemia, made an already tremendous loss that much[Read More…]

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Why the Outrage? “Jewish Power” Party is the New Norm in Israeli Politics

Why the Outrage? “Jewish Power” Party is the New Norm in Israeli Politics

Immediately after Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu forged an alliance with the fringe political group, Otzma Yehudit (Jewish Power), a widespread outrage ensued. The anger did not emanate only from the Center, Left and Arab parties, but from some in the Right as well. Even the pro-Israel lobby in the US, known for its hawkish political views, spoke out against[Read More…]

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Militarised Conservation: Paramilitary Rangers and the WWF

Militarised Conservation: Paramilitary Rangers and the WWF

Think charity, think vulnerability and its endless well of opportunistic exploitation.  Over the years, international charity organisations have been found with employees keen to take advantage of their station.  That advantage has been sexual, financial and, in the case of allegations being made about the World Wild Life Fund for Nature, in the nature of inflicting torture on those accused[Read More…]

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Social Conflicts And Sahir Ludhianvi’s Thoughts

Social Conflicts And Sahir Ludhianvi’s Thoughts

‘Khuda-e-Bartar teri zameen par zameen ki khatir yeh jung kyoon hai? Har ek fatah-o-zafar ke daaman pe khoon-e-insaan ka rang kyon hai? O Lord Almighty, on your land, why is this war raging to win a land? Why has every conqueror’s victory always been tainted with stains of human blood?) From lyrics of the film ‘ Taj Mahal(1963) Even after[Read More…]

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Guaidó returns to Venezuela for next stage of US regime-change operation

Guaidó returns to Venezuela for next stage of US regime-change operation

Self-proclaimed “interim president” Juan Guaidó returned to Venezuela after an 11-day absence Monday, escorted into the country by a phalanx of Western diplomats, including the ambassadors of the US, Germany, France, Canada, Brazil and several other countries. In advance of his return, Washington issued threats of retaliation against any attempt by Venezuelan authorities to apprehend Guaidó, who violated an order[Read More…]

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Giving the Bomb to Saudi Arabia’s Dr. Strangelove

The most dangerous foreign policy decision of the Trump administration—and I know this is saying a lot—is its decision to share sensitive nuclear technology with Saudi Arabia and authorize U.S. companies to build nuclear reactors in that country. I spent seven years in the Middle East. I covered the despotic, repressive kingdom as the Middle East bureau chief for The[Read More…]

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First Dalit Collector Who Changed A Feudal District In The 1970s

Next to Hyderabad, Warangal is the second biggest city of the Telangana state. Most of the present Telangana state’s heritage symbols, Kakatiya Gate, and its tank based irrigation system go back to the history of Warangal, which, in the medieval and pre-medieval Telugu, was known as Orugallu. After this town became the capital of the famous Kakatiya dynasty in the[Read More…]

It’s Time To Balance Profits And Social Good

It’s Time To Balance Profits And Social Good

 In a free enterprise, the community is not just another stakeholder, but is in fact the very purpose of its existence. — Jamshedji Tata When we flip back through the business history of the world, we find that all large mercantile communities were great patrons of the art of philanthropy. They regarded it a divine tradition. The world is witnessing[Read More…]

Why Ban Jamaat-e-Islami Kashmir?

Why Ban Jamaat-e-Islami Kashmir?

So Jamaat-e-Islami Kashmir has been declared an ‘unlawful association’ and banned for five years on the grounds of what the notification says ‘Indulging in subversive activities’ and all the manufactured tosh the document is crammed with. it should not come as a calamitous shock, especially to those who have understood or experienced the petty machinations the present regime has churned[Read More…]

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Patriotism of Cowardice and Enslaved Mind

Patriotism of Cowardice and Enslaved Mind

1. The modern industrial civilization has witnessed two World Wars. The researchers of war have yet not been able to estimate the magnitude of casualties/deaths – both military and civilian – which occurred in these two World Wars. The estimated figure of people killed in both World Wars is between 10 to 15 crores. World Wars I and II were[Read More…]

The Plot to Attack Iran

The Plot to Attack Iran

The Plot to Attack Iran – How the CIA and the Deep State Have Conspired to Vilify Iran. Dan Kovalik. Skyhorse Publishing, New York, 2018. Western mainstream media (MSM) typically present Iran as a degenerate and impoverished society under the sway of Islamic terrorist fundamentalists. Alternate media and seriously investigated works present a much different picture. Dan Kovalik’s The Plot[Read More…]

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Dissent and Democracy : Banning The Jama’at-e-Islamia

Dissent and Democracy : Banning The Jama’at-e-Islamia

For four million people living in   an area of 85,805.8 square milesin the bosom of mighty Himalayas,Saturday ‘12 March 1932’ was a momentous day.On this day after years of struggle and sacrifices,   ‘Maharaja Hari Singh, the autocratic ruler of Kashmir  on the recommendations of the Glancy Commission Report announced the grant of the rights to freedom of press and platform[Read More…]

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Why Ban FAT Schools?

Why Ban FAT Schools?

 “The function of education is to teach one to think intensively and to think critically. Intelligence plus character – that is the goal of true education”                                 ~ Martin Luther King  A notification released by the Ministry of human affairs on 28th February has imposed[Read More…]

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Omitted From NRC: Man Commits Suicide In Assam

UDALGURI,Assam,Mar 5: The updating of the National Register of Citizenship for Assam has ostensibly triggered a rash of suicides, suggesting that it has become a source of tremendous stress and anxiety for segments of the state’s population. These emotions do not necessarily arise from paranoia — after all, exclusion from the National Register of Citizenship (NRC) implies revocation or denial[Read More…]

“Julian Assange will never obey Big Brother”

“Julian Assange will never obey Big Brother”

Speech by John Pilger, March 3, 2019 Whenever I visit Julian Assange, we meet in a room he knows too well. There is a bare table and pictures of Ecuador on the walls. There is a bookcase where the books never change. The curtains are always drawn and there is no natural light. The air is still and foetid. This[Read More…]

What can we Learn About Collapse From the Middle Ages? The Great Challenge of the Seneca Bottleneck

What can we Learn About Collapse From the Middle Ages? The Great Challenge of the Seneca Bottleneck

The idea that a collapse is awaiting our civilization seems to be gaining ground, although it has not reached the mainstream debate. But no civilization before ours escaped collapse, so it makes sense to think that the entity we call “The West” is going to crash down, badly, in the future. Then, just as it happened to the Romans long[Read More…]

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National Security Is Necessary, Not A Belligerent Consciousness

National Security Is Necessary, Not A Belligerent Consciousness

The Pulwama attack, the aerial strike in response to it, the capture of an Indian Airforce Pilot, Abhinandan Varthaman and the aftermath of his return have evoked strong responses from the Indian public. While the patriotic quotient of such responses is justified yet it is necessary to highlight a problematic tendency inherent in them. For a large part of these[Read More…]

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India’s agricultural growth story

India’s agricultural growth story

Since the 2000s, a large section of the rural population has been migrating to the urban centres in pursuit of employment and survival from life-threatening poverty& drought, as happiness is a long way to go. Rural Reporter P. Sainath warned that the migration from a rural economy to urban is “…perhaps the greatest distress-driven migrations we’ve seen in independent India”.[Read More…]

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Gender Gap: A Bridge Still Far

Gender Gap: A Bridge Still Far

   All lives have equal value. No matter where they live on the planet. No matter what state, city, and country you’re born in, whether you are male, female. – Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation The Gate s Foundation captures in it mission goal the true spiritual concept of human creation. But today we know that not all lives have[Read More…]

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Turkish-Chinese spat puts Central Asian leaders on the spot

Turkish-Chinese spat puts Central Asian leaders on the spot

A Turkish-Chinese spat as a result of Turkish criticism of China’s crackdown on Turkic Muslims in its strategic but troubled north-western province of Xinjiang complicates efforts by Kazakhstan and other Central Asian states to at best deal quietly behind closed doors with the plight of their citizens and ethnic kin in the People’s Republic. China’s threat that the Turkish criticism[Read More…]

British Labour’s Fractious Jaunt: The Politics of the Independent Group

British Labour’s Fractious Jaunt: The Politics of the Independent Group

They could not hold on.  A small – and in the scheme of things negligible group – split from the British Labour mothership last month in an effort to salvage some self-described form of credibility.  In truth, they were the original sceptics of Jeremy Corbyn, the pro-New Labour grouping indifferent, even disbelieving, about the predations made by Tony Blair during[Read More…]

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A Swiftian Modest Proposal for the President

A Swiftian Modest Proposal for the President

Or How to Solve the Border and China Problems in One Swell Foop Call me crazy, if you want, but I think I see how to do it! We have two intractable issues, one intractable president, and an intractable world, but what if it weren’t so? What if those two intractable problems could be swept off the table by a[Read More…]

The Living and Mission of Jiddu K. Krishnamurti

The Living and Mission of Jiddu K. Krishnamurti

Jiddu Krishnamurti is unquestionably one of the greatest and the most influential philosophers of our times. He is extensively regarded as a radical and insightful thinker who lived through the most tumultuous part of the twentieth century that witnessed not only the phenomenal growth of science and technology but also saw the two World Wars, the crumple of traditions and[Read More…]

10 Questions on IED Blasts in Kashmir

10 Questions on IED Blasts in Kashmir

I am not trying to be a conspiracy theorist, but certain intriguing things are happening which need to be questioned big time as there was another IED blast which took place in the Pulwama district yesterday night. Interestingly, it took place in a village which is at a distance of 15kms from the site of February 14 blast, and in[Read More…]

Against the Politics of War of Hindutva Forces

Against the Politics of War of Hindutva Forces

Political atmosphere in the country rapidly changed after 14th Feb Pulwama terror incident. Warlike situation emerged and war mongers had a field day. War hysteria was created in Pakistan as well as India. There was air strike on terrorist training centre of Jaish-e-Muhammad at Balakot by Indian Air Force. Next day, Pakistan too launched air strike crossing Indian territory. Indian Air Force[Read More…]

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Strengthen the idea of Inclusive India to defeat forces trying to destablise us

Strengthen the idea of Inclusive India to defeat forces trying to destablise us

In the 46th session of the OIC, external affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj was invited and despite Pakistan protest and boycott, the invitation was not retracted. The speech on ‘pluralism’ by Sushma Swaraj was published and BJP’s ministers were quick to jump that this was a big turn around and successful foreign policy initiative by the Prime Minister. They gave example[Read More…]

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An American Dialectic – As Capitalism Fails, Socialism Succeeds

An American Dialectic – As Capitalism Fails, Socialism Succeeds

  One can say that America’s pythonic grip on the sovereign nation of Venezuela is motivated by a desire to possess its oil or its gold, but that statement would only be partially true.   America wants to destroy Venezuela because it has been for some time a socialist country.  The annihilation of socialists and socialism is the sine qua non[Read More…]

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Gallup Finds Americans Have Been Very Deceived Regarding United States’ Image Around the World

Gallup Finds Americans Have Been Very Deceived Regarding United States’ Image Around the World

Gallup issued on February 28th its “2019 Rating World Leaders” report, subtitled “The U.S. vs. Germany, China and Russia,” and said that “The world still frowned on U.S. leadership more than the leadership of any other country asked about in 2018.” All four of the countries’ leaderships received approval-ratings from people worldwide in only the 30-39% range, and this low[Read More…]

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The Art of The No-Deal: Korea And The Indian Subcontinent

The Art of The No-Deal: Korea And The Indian Subcontinent

Miscalculation and a bit of overreach on both sides and we have a regrettable end to the North Korea Summit.  Each party thought the other was desperate for a deal:  the North Koreans aware of President Trump’s troubles with Congress and the Oversight Committee hearings; Donald Trump misunderstanding the letters from Kim Jong Un.  His promises of denuclearization are old,[Read More…]

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CNDP Statement on Ongoing Indo-Pak Armed Conflict

CNDP Statement on Ongoing Indo-Pak Armed Conflict

The Coalition for Nuclear Disarmament and Peace (CNDP) notes with grave concern the ongoing conflicts between neighboring India and Pakistan, both armed with nuclear weapons together with all the three delivery platforms ensuring a “second strike” capability in case of being hit by a “first strike”. To recall, the present phase was triggered by an abominable suicide blast – following[Read More…]

Afghanistan, China and Pakistan , A Paradigm Shift

Afghanistan, China and Pakistan , A Paradigm Shift

The role of Pakistan and Afghanistan in the region has become more important with the announcement of CPEC. The upcoming hub of Gwadar is all set to change the shape of international trade in South Asia. In order to resolve key issues and to bring peace in Afghanistan, Pakistan consistently been holding dialogues with Taliban on the request of Trump.[Read More…]

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The Constitution (Application to Jammu and Kashmir) Amendment Order, 2019: A critical analysis

The Constitution (Application to Jammu and Kashmir) Amendment Order, 2019: A critical analysis

Everybody knows that Article 35-A is sub judice before the Apex Court of India.  The petitioners who challenged the Article are proxy of the ruling class of India who want the Article to be declared unconstitutional in total disregard of the conditions under which it was incorporated in the Constitution by the First President of Free India, Dr. Rajendra Prasad,[Read More…]

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Can We Imagine a Just Peace for Palestine?

Can We Imagine a Just Peace for Palestine?

While waiting without even a glimmer of hope for the Trump ‘deal of the century’ the Palestinian ordeal unfolds day by day. Many Israelis would like us to believe that the Palestinian struggle to achieve self-determination has been defeated, and that it is time to admit that Israel is the victor and Palestine the loser. All that needs to be[Read More…]

Climate Change Is Too Serious for Political Labels

Climate Change Is Too Serious for Political Labels

This month the Green New Deal was introduced in the U.S. Congress with much fanfare, and its opponents quickly mobilized. The resolution is more than a set of specific legislative proposals. It is a framework for an ambitious commitment to address climate change through eliminating fossil fuels and reducing agricultural emissions while also reducing inequality, creating well-paying green jobs, and[Read More…]

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Why has CounterPunch spiked Andre Vltchek’s ‘Lies of the Empire’?

Why has CounterPunch spiked Andre Vltchek’s ‘Lies of the Empire’?

I first started reading Andre Vltchek on the website CounterPunch, which is a truly great leftist website… even though I will probably never get published on there, even if I was relaying the cure for cancer: CounterPunch appears totally opposed to working with any state media, and I work for Iran’s PressTV. Rather anarchist and ivory-tower, but… whatever. Reporters have[Read More…]

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India Pakistan after Playing ‘War War’ calls for Truce

India Pakistan after Playing ‘War War’ calls for Truce

 India and Pakistan seem to have just got over playing “War War” on the February 26 and 27, 2019 testing aerial capabilities of each other and in the end declaring victory. In the absence of hard evidences and credible sources, both the sides have sold their own version of the story to save their faces and let the people make[Read More…]

Why This Jingoism

Why This Jingoism

Arnab Goswami of Times Now/ Republic Tv needs no introduction. He is notoriously famous for his jingoistic temperament and equally known for building opinions of elite figures or so-called bigwigs on his show—that paddles noise than message. His problem roots in rigidity: That only his is gospel of truth. He loves to hear it from his con artists who keep[Read More…]

‘Pulwama’, ‘Balakot’, Modi, Imran Khan, Wing Commander Avinandan, War Cry, Peace Appeal etc. etc: What do we make of all these?

‘Pulwama’, ‘Balakot’, Modi, Imran Khan, Wing Commander Avinandan, War Cry, Peace Appeal etc. etc: What do we make of all these?

Whole thing started with Pulwama in Kashmir in Indian Kashmir where a suicide bomber attacked an Indian army convoy and killed 40 soldiers. The incident has happened in the wake of upcoming general election in India which also coincides with Modi’s plummeting popularity that have made some people looking at this sad incident beyond the obvious. There is nothing more[Read More…]

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Government Inaction While Reports Signal A Climate Crisis

Government Inaction While Reports Signal A Climate Crisis

In the wake of climate-fueled disasters and several alarming reports on climate change, a gap is evident — a gap between how the world is responding to the climate crisis and how it should. A new study appearing in Nature Climate Change (Feb. 25, 2019) examined three sets of satellite data using three teams of scientists.  The scientists’ findings now[Read More…]

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How We, the People, Can Save the Planet

How We, the People, Can Save the Planet

Co-Written by Gary Null and Richard Gale The recent release of the proposed Green New Deal is a template, an outline identifying some of the most crucial issues facing the nation regarding climate change and a wish list of measures to address those issues. It contains a variety of inspired agenda items, many of which have been voiced by the[Read More…]

Abdul Rahman Nofal, 11, Gaza war-zone, was shot with an explosive bullet by a Jewish sniper and his leg was amputated. 19-4-18. Abdul loved playing football.

Paralympic Body Shields Israeli Systematic Mutilation Machine

Malaysia, on 12 January, one of the international hosts of the 2019 World Para Swimming Championships ethically boycotted Israel as a competitor. Malaysia’s principled boycott was not directed against the athletes but against the Jewish state of Israel in protest of decades of Israel’s brutal illegal occupation, its 12 year illegal siege of Gaza and its months of recent sustained[Read More…]

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Difference as liberatory politics

Difference as liberatory politics

It’s ironic that I found out about India’s air strikes across the line of control, inside Pakistani territory, from a friend in New Delhi. Surbhi Dewan and I were texting each other, late at night on Monday, February 25, about the passing of her grandmother, Leela Dewan, one of the beautiful women who shared their testimony about the partition of[Read More…]

War Is The Loss of Humanity

War Is The Loss of Humanity

I’m living with war in my heart/ I’m living with war in my heart and my mind/ I’m living with war right now/And when the dawn breaks I see my fellow man/ And on the flat-screen we kill and we’re killed again/ And when the night falls I pray for Peace/ Try to remember Peace/ I join the multitudes/ I[Read More…]

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Unethical Journalism

Unethical Journalism

 Early morning on Friday,  I was eagerly waiting to read ‘Dastavez’ published in “Roznama Rashtriya Sahara”, Urdu. I was shocked to find a sentence added to my original draft in the published copy, calling surgical strike ” necessary” Dastavez is published every week on Friday in almost all editions of Roznama Rashtriya Sahara. For last one year, I have quite[Read More…]

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An Open Letter to Dr. Gowher Rizvi

An Open Letter to Dr. Gowher Rizvi

Dear Gowher: In hindsight, I think I should have written this letter ten years back, days after you became the International Affairs Adviser to the Prime Minister of Bangladesh. I am sorry, I failed miserably to perform my duty as a friend towards a very good old friend on time. I should have advised you what I thought and still[Read More…]

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Legislating on Transnational Dowry Abuse: A Ray of Hope from Australia

Legislating on Transnational Dowry Abuse: A Ray of Hope from Australia

As per the report titled Crimes in India 2016, published by the National Crime Record Bureau of India, death of 7621 women is registered as dowry death under Section 304B of the Indian Penal Code. This implies that more than 21 women die every day because they could not fulfill dowry demands made by their husbands or in-laws. Also, 1,10,378[Read More…]

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Conscience for Sale: What the Cobrapost sting tells us?

Conscience for Sale: What the Cobrapost sting tells us?

A year after Cobrapost did a sting operation on the premier media houses of the country and showed how they were willing to act as propaganda machines and even go to the extent of communal polarisation in exchange of money, it came out with Operation Karaoke, another sting operation which exposed some three dozen Bollywood actors as well as TV[Read More…]

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 An Indian Icon: The Great Indian Bustard

The Great Indian Bustard (Ardeotis nigriceps)  is a magnificent  ground bird with a height of about one metre. It is unmistakable, as it sports a black cap of feathers which contrast with a pale head and neck. The entire body is a tan colour, with a black patch which is spotted with white. The Great Indian Bustard according to the[Read More…]

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Sirhama : The Village of Apple and Education

Sirhama : The Village of Apple and Education

  Sirhama, one of the most promising village in the state of Jammu and Kashmir, is located in the lap of beautiful mountains.  It is located on the eastern side of the mountain ( Khareewan)  which demarcated the Srigufwara tehsil of Anantnag district from the Tral tehsil of the Pulwama district. It is positioned in the Dochnipora   bloc that[Read More…]

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Netanyahu to face charges of bribery, fraud and breach of trust

Netanyahu to face charges of bribery, fraud and breach of trust

Israeli Attorney General Avichai Mandelblit announced on Thursday his decision to indict Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in connection with three separate cases on charges of bribery, fraud and breach of trust, pending a hearing at which Netanyahu can challenge the charges. The indictment announcement, following three years of deliberations over recommendations to prosecute by numerous authorities, comes just 40 days[Read More…]

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Britain’s witchfinders are ready to burn Jeremy Corbyn

Britain’s witchfinders are ready to burn Jeremy Corbyn

“McCarthyism” is a word thrown around a lot nowadays, and in the process its true meaning – and horror – has been increasingly obscured. McCarthyism is not just the hounding of someone because their views are unpopular. It is the creation by the powerful of a perfect, self-rationalising system of incrimination – denying the victim a voice, even in their[Read More…]

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Eviction of Adivasis: The Order Should Be Quashed

Eviction of Adivasis: The Order Should Be Quashed

We are shocked and appalled by the Supreme Court order dated 20/2/2019 for eviction of Adivasis and other Traditional Forest dwellers from their Traditional habitats, thus depriving them their right to life and livelihood guaranteed by Article 21 enshrined in Indian constitution. We unequivocally appeal to the Supreme Court to reevaluate this retrograde anti people order which will throw Millions[Read More…]

Over 600 Concerned Citizens Appeal for Reason

Over 600 Concerned Citizens Appeal for Reason

Further to the recent tensions between India and Pakistan, the appeal below is being released today on behalf of more than 500 Indian signatories from many different walks of life – students, teachers, economists, journalists, lawyers, industrialists, writers, actors, choreographers, photographers, physicists, homemakers, retired bureaucrats, diplomats, judges, the armed forces. This flood of endorsements was received within less than 24[Read More…]

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Walkout in Hanoi: The Second Trump-Kim Summit

Walkout in Hanoi: The Second Trump-Kim Summit

“Sometimes you have to walk and this was one of those times.”  That was US President Donald Trump’s remark about something he has been doing a lot of lately: walking away from agreements or understandings in the hope of reaching the ultimate deal.  North Korea’s Kim Jong-un had been pressing his advantage in Hanoi with an attempt to convince Trump[Read More…]

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How Climate Change Could End Washington’s Global Dominion

How Climate Change Could End Washington’s Global Dominion

Once upon a time in America, we could all argue about whether or not U.S. global power was declining. Now, most observers have little doubt that the end is just a matter of timing and circumstance. Ten years ago, I predictedthat, by 2025, it would be all over for American power, a then-controversial comment that’s commonplace today. Under President Donald Trump,[Read More…]

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A World (Still) Split Apart

A World (Still) Split Apart

  “When men choose not to believe in God, they do not thereafter believe in nothing, they then become capable of believing in anything” (Attributed to Gilbert Keith Chesterton) The dramatic turn for the worse in the evolution of humanism and in the dizzying advances in science and technology has triggered heated debate among great thinkers and writers of the[Read More…]

From Late Victorian Holocausts to 21st Century Imperialism: Crocodile Tears for Venezuela

From Late Victorian Holocausts to 21st Century Imperialism: Crocodile Tears for Venezuela

On 26 February, Stephen Hickey, UK political coordinator at the United Nations, delivered a statement at the Security Council briefing on Venezuela that put the blame for the situation in that country on its government. He said that years of misrule and corruption have wrecked the Venezuelan economy and that the actions of the “Maduro regime” have led to economic[Read More…]

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