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Ozone-Depleting CFCs Return

Ozone-Depleting CFCs Return

In August of 1987 the world came together after a panic-attack over ongoing depletion of atmospheric ozone, aka: The Ozone Hole.  Subsequently, global agreements to stop ozone depletion became the first ever “universally ratified treaties in UN history.” Theworld banned CFCs. Thereafter, an era of good feelings about ozone restoration swept the world community and 25 years afterwards Science News[Read More…]

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Al Quds

Al Quds

This is the Arabic name for the holiest of cities, the most sacred of cities, the most beautiful yet tragic of cities in the world. Jerusalem. I have known Jerusalem all my life. I travelled to Jerusalem most weekends when I was young and walked through the cobbled streets and the alleyways of the ancient city. I ventured into each[Read More…]

Algeria: Dr Kamel Eddine Fekhar dies fasting in Custody

Algeria: Dr Kamel Eddine Fekhar dies fasting in Custody

Dr Kamel Eddine Fekhar dies fasting in Custody on May 28, Workers Party leader Louisa Hanoune and many other Activists under arrest by military, while Protest Continues Kameleddine Fekhar, mort… sous nos yeux silencieux https://t.co/Cv88Xv1nDi — Khaled Drareni (@khaleddrareni) May 29, 2019 Dr Kamel Eddine Fekhar was arrested on March 31 by the authority in the de facto military rule[Read More…]

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‘Judging’ the Drink of the Workers

‘Judging’ the Drink of the Workers

Alcohol has many connotations amongst its consumers. Some see it as a medium of intoxication that heightens pleasure, others consume it to celebrate on festive occasions, and for many others it is a commodity that allows them to forget their everyday woes. Quite opposed to these connotations, the medical experts hold the view that excessive consumption of alcohol leads to[Read More…]

Africa is now world’s largest free trade zone

Africa is now world’s largest free trade zone

Map of Trans-African Highways © Wikipedia Africa is now the world’s largest free trade zone, which bears big implications with expectation to boost regional and international trade. Media reports said: The African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA) came into being on May 30, 2019. It is the largest free trade agreement by population that the world has seen since the[Read More…]

VENEZUELA: Westerners have lost the ability to reason! (PART 14)

VENEZUELA: Westerners have lost the ability to reason! (PART 14)

False Humanitarian Aid has been used to promote violence in synchrony with violent and criminal “opposition” funded with dozens of millions of US dollars. Violence is incredibly common in Venezuela but not has the West portrays it. The West never reports crimes like the one that happened a few days ago, when a Venezuelan policeman was shot dead in the streets[Read More…]

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

 Key American Allies in the Middle East Are the Real Tyrants

American foreign policy can be so retro, not to mention absurd. Despite being bogged down in more military interventions than it can reasonably handle, the Trump team recently picked a new fight — in Latin America. That’s right! Uncle Sam kicked off a sequel to the Cold War with some of our southern neighbors, while resuscitating the boogeyman of socialism.[Read More…]

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Stripped of their Rights: Understanding the Gaza Strip

Stripped of their Rights: Understanding the Gaza Strip

Many wonder why Israel continues to persecute the Palestinians in Gaza with such brutal repression. The answer is simple; Palestinians in Gaza pose a demographic and, indeed, an existential threat to the Jewish state, which created the inferno that is Gaza today in order “to exist” as such. The Russian Zeev Jabotinsky described his position on the Zionist colonization of[Read More…]

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Clubs, Cartels and Bilderberg

Clubs, Cartels and Bilderberg

“After decades of neoliberalism, we are at the mercy of a cluster of cartels who are lobbying politicians hard and using monopoly power to boost profits.” Joseph Stiglitz, The Price of Inequality (2012) The emergence of think tanks was as much a symptom of liberal progress as it was a nervous reaction in opposition to it.  In 1938, the American[Read More…]

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How Could Modi Come Back?

How Could Modi Come Back?

“It was never expected”, “How could this happen?”, “Are the EVMs rigged?” – these were some reactions of the students who participated in the discussion organized in NEHU on the Elections Verdict 2019.  Not just the students, even the panellists admitted that they never expected BJP would come back to power with such a thumping majority, vanquishing its opponents in[Read More…]

Can Modi Sarkar allay the fears of Indians?

Can Modi Sarkar allay the fears of Indians?

  There is not a single human being out there who do not want to feel secure about his/her faith, race, ethnicity, culture, and other uniqueness. Indians are no different. The 2019 election not only has shaken a majority of the Indians, but it even surprised the winners with the landslide referendum the Indians gave them. The results have created[Read More…]

Building counter cultural narrative is the lone alternative to Brahmanical hegemonic polity

Building counter cultural narrative is the lone alternative to Brahmanical hegemonic polity

The election verdict 2019 has send shock waves among the Ambedkarite-Bahujan activists all over the country particularly in Uttar Pradesh and Bihar, where people expected huge gains for parties like Samajwadi Party ( SP),  Bahujan Samaj Party ( BSP) and RashtriyaJanta Dal ( RJD). In Bihar RJD faced complete rout while in Uttar Pradesh Samajwadi Party could get 5 and[Read More…]

 Message from ET: Leave Me Alone!!

 Message from ET: Leave Me Alone!!

Here’s a thought: What if alien civilizations want to be left completely alone? Listed below are some of the unspoken presumptions underlying our nascent interstellar expansionism: We know what “universal intelligence” means. (Our most celebrated scientists usually equate this with “technical control over nature”— all “aliens” wash their hands before dinner and watch sitcoms) Closely tied to assumption number one[Read More…]

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Assange BULLETIN: The journalist can barely talk, moved to prison hospital

Assange BULLETIN: The journalist can barely talk, moved to prison hospital

Julian Assange, the WikiLeaks founder now imprisoned in the UK, has been moved to the hospital wing of the Belmarsh prison in the UK, prompting concerns about his health pending the hearing on his extradition to the US. “The decision of prison authorities to move him to the health ward speaks for itself,” said WikiLeaks. It said Assange has lost[Read More…]

Fascist International? Note on EU Parliamentary Election Results

Fascist International? Note on EU Parliamentary Election Results

Fascism is always latent in a Republic, and makes its appeal in underhand ways. They incite you to believe that the survival of your family is dependent on the survival or expansion or maintenance of the Republic itself and scoop up your vote in their net. As a consequence 174 fascists were elected to the Europe of Nations and Freedom[Read More…]

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Lies in Politics: Boris Johnson, the Law and the European Union

Lies in Politics: Boris Johnson, the Law and the European Union

An enduring memory of the 2016 Brexit campaign, so marked by the foppish-haired blusterer, Boris Johnson, was the claim that the European Union was hungrily drawing out from British coffers £350 million a week.  It was insufferable, unqualified and dishonest.  It was a claim reared in the atmosphere of outrageous deception marking the effort on all sides of the debate[Read More…]

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The Bilderbergers in Switzerland

The Bilderbergers in Switzerland

The 67th Bilderberg Meeting will take place in Montreux, Switzerland from 30 May – 2 June 2019, where the about 130 invitees – so far confirmed – from 23 countries, will stay at one of Switzerland’s most luxurious venues, the Montreux Palace hotel. About a quarter of the attendees are women. The Bilderberg meetings started at the onset of the[Read More…]

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Phantom of the Vedic Opera Returns

Phantom of the Vedic Opera Returns

In an era where national elections have become a strange cross between an episode of Big Boss and twenty-twenty cricket, it has become quite difficult to take the end results very seriously. This is even more so when, there is widespread suspicion of the poll itself being rigged through massive deletion of names from voter lists and possible tampering with[Read More…]

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How the BJP’s Political Narrative Filled the Holes in the NDA’s Actual Performance

How the BJP’s Political Narrative Filled the Holes in the NDA’s Actual Performance

The messaging around national security and last-mile schemes allowed Modi to present himself as the best short-term solution, regardless of his long-term vision. The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) – and more than that, Narendra Modi – has come back with a larger mandate than what it was given by India’s voters in 2014. At one level, this is remarkable given the economic[Read More…]

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Solving the Kashmir Problem

Solving the Kashmir Problem

(India and Pakistan have now strong and stable governments. The leaders in both countries claim to be people friendly. There cannot be a better opportunity than this to solve the most intractable problem of Kashmir!) The recent elections have thrown up Narendra Modi as the uncontested leader of the 1.3 billion people of India. He has shown that he has[Read More…]

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India News Roundup: Dalit lynched for plucking mangoes and his body hung in Panchayat office

India News Roundup: Dalit lynched for plucking mangoes and his body hung in Panchayat office

In Singampalli village panchayat of Rangampeta mandal in East Godavari district of Andhra Pradesh on Wednesday a Dalit was lynched for allegedly plucking mangoes from an orchard belonging to an upper caste man. Bikki Srinivas (30) allegedly stole mangoes from an orchard in the village. The orchard owner and others chased and caught him. They thrashed him with sticks leading[Read More…]

Despite Assange’s ill-health, Swedish court rejects delay to hearing

Despite Assange’s ill-health, Swedish court rejects delay to hearing

A Swedish district court this week rejected an application by Julian Assange’s lawyers for a June 3 hearing into bogus sexual misconduct allegations to be delayed. The ruling was made despite the fact that the WikiLeaks founder is reportedly too ill to consult with his lawyers and has not received English-language translations of the arrest warrant or underlying evidence against[Read More…]

Endless procedural abuses show Julian Assange case was never about law

Endless procedural abuses show Julian Assange case was never about law

It is astonishing how often one still hears well-informed, otherwise reasonable people say about Julian Assange: “But he ran away from Swedish rape charges by hiding in Ecuador’s embassy in London.” That short sentence includes at least three factual errors. In fact, to repeat it, as so many people do, you would need to have been hiding under a rock[Read More…]

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Five Amnesty bosses resign following a review of the organization’s “toxic” work culture

Five Amnesty bosses resign following a review of the organization’s “toxic” work culture

Five members of Amnesty International’s leadership team are on their way out, following a damning report about what’s been described as the human-rights organization’s “toxic” culture. Amnesty said the senior leadership team accepted responsibility and all seven had offered to resign. Five of the seven senior leaders, based mainly in London and Geneva, are either have left or are in[Read More…]

Europe, Europe! The Dream Doesn’t Die

Europe, Europe! The Dream Doesn’t Die

There was a time, long ago, when the term “Europe” was a vague definition for the lands north of the Mediterranean Sea, a vast regions of fog and swamps, inhabited by hairy Barbarians. In time, the Roman Empire came to dominate the area we call today “Western Europe” but nobody would even dream to call him or herself “European.” For[Read More…]

Eyeing UK soccer clubs: Gulf buyers come with baggage

Eyeing UK soccer clubs: Gulf buyers come with baggage

The bitter Gulf rift between Qatar and its Saudi and United Arab Emirates-led detractors could spill on to the pitches of English soccer. A flurry of reports suggest that the Gulf rivals are seeking to buy big name English clubs. Abu Dhabi billionaire Sheikh Khaled bin Zayed Al Nahayan, a member of the emirate’s ruling family, said this week that[Read More…]

Facebook blocks page of Good Morning Kashmir, deletes hundreds of posts

Facebook blocks page of Good Morning Kashmir, deletes hundreds of posts

Srinagar: Facebook on Wednesday blocked the official page of Srinagar based english daily ‘Good Morning Kashmir’ and deleted hundreds of its posts for not “following community standards”, shocking its editors who demanded immediate restoration of the page. Good Morning Kashmir , a daily English newspaper had shared the routine news reports for which Facebook blocked their Facebook page. “The issue,[Read More…]

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An appeal and some unanswered questions

An appeal and some unanswered questions

Journalists doing their job (practicing independent and real journalism, although perceived as anti-establishment) constantly and openly abused and issued rape and death threats via social media (https://www.thehindu.com/news/national/ntdvs-ravish-kumar-says-death-threats-have-increased/article23989047.ece) A second-year medical student forced to commit suicide for having taken admissions in SC/ST category, (in simpler terms, for being born in a ‘wrong’ caste) (https://indianexpress.com/article/cities/mumbai/payal-tadvi-suicide-mumbai-arrested-5753636/) A Muslim man assaulted for being born[Read More…]

Disaster for Democracy: How The Modi Wave Has Flooded India With Fascism

Disaster for Democracy: How The Modi Wave Has Flooded India With Fascism

“In the west, we have labels,” commented journalist François Gautier on WION TV, during a panel about the results of India’s 2019 general election. “Right, left. Far-right, far-left. We keep applying them to India, where they’re not applicable. We cannot apply to India labels we use in the West. To say that the BJP is far-right is completely wrong.” The[Read More…]

Matryoshka (for Katya)

Matryoshka (for Katya)

Your eyes are the mystery you have willed them to be. From a distance, they are a breeze Bearing the scent of sandalwood, of ginger, Salty sea lather roasting in an oriental sun. When viewed directly, One sees the colors of a spice market Haloed in blue.   Your lips were formed in Russian forests, Kept moist by the same[Read More…]

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Resurrecting the PLO is Palestine’s Best Response to the ‘Deal of the Century’

Resurrecting the PLO is Palestine’s Best Response to the ‘Deal of the Century’

Palestinian groups, Fatah, Hamas and others should not confine themselves to simply rejecting the Trump Administration’s so-called ‘Deal of the Century’. Instead, they should use their resistance to the new American-Israeli plot as an opportunity to unify their ranks. Leaked details of the ‘Deal of the Century’ confirm Palestinians’ worst fears: the ‘Deal’ is but a complete American acquiescence to[Read More…]

The Professor And The Poet: Reflections on Chomsky and Dylan

The Professor And The Poet: Reflections on Chomsky and Dylan

I have been pondering lately the significance of two elder visionaries who have exerted a lasting influence on me – Noam Chomsky (90) and Bob Dylan (77) – the former because he is an intellectual ‘rock of Gibraltar’ now in his ninth decade, and the latter because I recently saw the Nobel Laureate perform in concert more than half a[Read More…]

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National Protest Against EVMs on May 30

National Protest Against EVMs on May 30

The outcome of the recent Parliamentary elections has shocked the entire nation. We always believed that EVMs are hacked on a massive scale by the BJP and our belief is strongly substantiated by numbers now. The website of the Election Commission (EC) shows that the “votes counted” do not match with “votes polled”, in all the 48 constituencies in Maharashtra.[Read More…]

India News Roundup: Foreigner Stabbed in Meerut for not chanting “Ram Ram”

India News Roundup: Foreigner Stabbed in Meerut for not chanting “Ram Ram”

On Tuesday, at Parikrama Marg in the Govardhan area of ​​Mathura district of Uttar Pradesh, a man attacked and injured a foreign devotee, using a knife. The police admitted the victim to the community health center. The attacker has been arrested. Sabrang India reported, Latvian citizen, Gemitris is on a tour of India. He sings hymns on the Khajoor Ghat[Read More…]

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Venezuela Resisting Venezuela Reconstructing: A photo-feature

Venezuela Resisting Venezuela Reconstructing: A photo-feature

Dateline: Venezuela, April 26-May 5, 2019. Background: This is my fifth visit. My first visit was in 2005. So I’m able to find the changes. The mainstream media (MSM) are creating an image of desperate suffering, hardship and chaos. Supermarket shelves in Caracas But I found food in restaurants, and food stores with shelves full of foods.                          [Read More…]

Regenerating Gaia: Imagine a Peaceful Rebellion that Regrows Nature

Regenerating Gaia: Imagine a Peaceful Rebellion that Regrows Nature

Gaia – the living global ecological system – is collapsing and dying as human industrial growth overruns natural ecosystems and climate. Yet the biosphere can regenerate, as it has done before, given the time and space, free from human burning and cutting. As the twin emergencies of climate and ecosystem loss threaten the end of being, I join in calls[Read More…]

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Authoritarian Spirits: Congress, the Espionage Act and Punishing WikiLeaks

Authoritarian Spirits: Congress, the Espionage Act and Punishing WikiLeaks

The time was 1917, and for anyone keen to impress us about any liberal feelings on the part of President Woodrow Wilson, the following should be said.  Having deemed the United States too proud to fight, he proceeded to commit the very same to the first global industrial conflict of its kind and overturn every reservation against backing the Franco-German[Read More…]

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How the U.S. Regime Uses Sanctions to Soften a Country Up for Invasion

How the U.S. Regime Uses Sanctions to Soften a Country Up for Invasion

The Wall Street Journal headlined on May 27th, “Iran’s Crude Buyers Jump Ship” and reported that “the country’s direct crude buyers have all but vanished, traders and executives in the Islamic Republic say. … China, India, Turkey, South Korea and Japan have ended all direct purchases of Iranian crude and condensates, they said.” Those buyers had “bought up to 1.6[Read More…]

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ABC & Mainstream Media Lying By Omission Enabled Trumpist & Climate Criminal Australian Coalition Victory

The right-wing Liberal Party-National Party Coalition has just won the 2019 Australian Federal election, defeating an earnest Labor Party Opposition and gaining a bare majority in Parliament. The surprise defeat of the Labor Party came about because of neoliberal greed, support for the climate criminal Coalition from the racist One Nation Party, the Sinophobic and Trumpist United Australia Party of[Read More…]

The Elephant in the Mud: Crisis of Identity Politics and BSP

The Elephant in the Mud: Crisis of Identity Politics and BSP

  The BSP, SP and RLD pre election alliance in UP was formed keeping in view the percentage numbers that these parties had secured in the previous general elections of 2014. The combined vote share of these parties was nearly 42 percent then and it was anticipated that they would be able to secure their shares in this election too[Read More…]

Bringing Up Morally Sound Children

Bringing Up Morally Sound Children

From time immemorial, Kashmir has been enjoying recognition all across the world as ‘Resh Waer’ – Abode of Sages because the sages, savants, and saints from different parts of the world have visited this place. Some of them stayed permanently here and some had a transient stay. Also, there is a significant number of native godly and spiritual personages who[Read More…]

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‘Caste’ education in higher education

‘Caste’ education in higher education

‘That the caste system must be abolished if the Hindu society is to be reconstructed on the basis of equality, goes without saying. Untouchability has its roots in the caste system. They cannot expect the Brahmins to rise in revolt against the caste system. Also we cannot rely upon the non- Brahmins and ask them to fight our battle’ B.[Read More…]

Hate crimes against minorities continue in the aftermath of Modi’s landslide victory

Hate crimes against minorities continue in the aftermath of Modi’s landslide victory

While the entire country was seeing a video clip of Muslim youths being thrashed black and blue on the suspicion of carrying beef, Prime Minister Narendra Modi was addressing a meeting of National Democratic Alliance’s newly elected members of Parliament, Times of India reported. On May 22, the day before counting of votes, three Muslims, including a couple, were beaten[Read More…]

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Was Dr Payal Tadvi victim of a hate crime ?

Was Dr Payal Tadvi victim of a hate crime ?

While in truly technical terms Dr Payal Tadvi committed suicide on May 22nd 2019 in her hostel room in Mumbai, but for all practical reasons, I would call it a murder, a crime which was not merely racial hatred but also look like Islamophobia as she seem to belong to tribal community practicing Islamic faith. The twenty six year old[Read More…]

India News Roundup: Mother walks with dead son’s body in Uttar Pradesh

India News Roundup: Mother walks with dead son’s body in Uttar Pradesh

In Shahjahanpur of Uttar Pradesh a mother walked with her dead son’s body home as the hospital denied ambulance. The deceased child had been admitted to the hospital after he encountered high fever. It was alleged that three ambulances were parked at the hospital but the authorities failed to spare one. The doctors of the concerned hospital dismissed the claims[Read More…]

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Greta Thunberg says ’You lied to us’

Greta Thunberg says ’You lied to us’

“The first law of humanity is not to kill your children” (Hans Joachim Schellnhuber, EU chief climate scientist). Following a nuclear reduction agreement in the Eighties, workers of a US nuclear triggers factory went on strike over job reductions. In January 2017 British atomic weapons workers protested over pension conditions ―assuming they will reach retirement age notwithstanding their destructive products.[Read More…]

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European Parliament elections 2019: The Far-Right surges

European Parliament elections 2019: The Far-Right surges

The far-Right surges in the European Parliament (EP) election while the big centre-right and centre-left blocs have lost their combined majority. However, the far-right fell short of the very significant gains, which was predicted by a number of analysts. The election sees rise of the right-wing Europe of Nations and Freedom (ENF) group in the EP, which doubled in size[Read More…]

The western media is key to Syria deceptions

The western media is key to Syria deceptions

The media are not a watchdog on power but the public relations arm of giant corporations pursuing their narrow interests in the Middle East By any reckoning, the claim made this week by al-Qaeda-linked fighters that they were targeted with chemical weapons by the Syrian government in Idlib province — their final holdout in Syria — should have been treated by the western media[Read More…]

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Trump’s Trade War was Born out of Class Struggle in America

Trump’s Trade War was Born out of Class Struggle in America

David Dodwell writing in today’s (5/27/2019) South China Morning Post states that “Increasingly, the Trump administration’s trade war is not about tariffs but about keeping China in its place, regardless of the costs to US companies and consumers – and the world.”  Of course, what he is saying is, on the one hand, true in so far as it goes,[Read More…]

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Saudi religious moderation: How real is it?

Saudi religious moderation: How real is it?

Meet Mohammed bin Abdul-Karim Al-Issa, the public face of Saudi crown prince Mohammed bin Salman’s version of moderate Islam. A 54-year old former justice minister, Mr. Al-Issa, one of a younger generation of Islamic scholars willing to do Prince Mohammed’s bidding, has been doing the rounds internationally and making all the right moves to project the de facto Saudi leader[Read More…]

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Sri Lanka: Sectarian Violence and the Higher Self

Sri Lanka: Sectarian Violence and the Higher Self

On 14 and 15 May 2019, revenge violence broke out in a number of towns in Sri Lanka against Muslim shopkeepers by Christians motivated by the Easter Sunday attacks on three Christian churches, two Roman Catholic and one Protestant. The Easter church attacks were carried out by a recently formed militant Muslim militia most of whose members have now been[Read More…]

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We The 4G

We The 4G

We the fourth generation of this country,solemnly expect, demand and aspire to see a post-election 2019 India, where: All our elected representatives irrespective of ruling or opposition, should resolve to work together, committ together and share a common vision, and strive to build a truly democratic, federal, secular and egalitarian country. Our government and the entire governing system should 24×7[Read More…]

NRC muddle: a vigilante student union and India’s borderlands

NRC muddle: a vigilante student union and India’s borderlands

Society cannot escape human influences, wrote philosopher and revolutionary Frantz Fanon. Student unions have played a significant role in shaping the contours of regional politics in Northeast India. The All Assam Students’ Union, All Arunachal Pradesh Students’ Union, and Khasi Students’ Union, among others, have often defined the measurements and boundaries of all spheres of life in the region. As expected,[Read More…]

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India News Roundup: Days After Elections Attack On Minorities Increase

India News Roundup: Days After Elections Attack On Minorities Increase

Days after Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s far right Hindutva party Bharatiya Janatha Party (BJP) secured a second term with brute majority violence against Muslims and Dalits have erupted in many parts of India. Three Muslims thrashed over suspicion of carrying beef in Madhya Pradesh In a brutal incident in Madhya Pradesh’s Seoni on May 22, self-proclaimed cow vigilantes allegedly thrashed[Read More…]

Kandukuri, a great reformer, remembered on his death centenary

Kandukuri, a great reformer, remembered on his death centenary

  It was hundred years ago on May 27, in 1919, that Kandukuri Veeresalingam (16 April 1848 – 27 May 1919), widely regarded as Father of Renaissance Movement in Telugu society and literature,  breathed his last at the age of 71. Kandukuri, as he was popularly called by his surname, was a great social reformer, a man of action, a[Read More…]

The End of Theresa May

The End of Theresa May

The vultures of the British conservative party have gathered, and the individual who seemed to thrive in failure, to gain momentum in defeat, has finally yielded.  UK Prime Minister Theresa May will leave the way for change of leadership on June 7.  Never known for any grand gestures of emotion, the Maybot finally gave way to it. It had begun[Read More…]

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VENEZUELA: Westerners have lost the ability to reason! (PART 13)

VENEZUELA: Westerners have lost the ability to reason! (PART 13)

We have here clear evidence proving Western MSM lie when they accuse Maduro of refusing humanitarian help and, consequently, being “responsible” of many deaths. Wrong, absolutely wrong. Liars! In a few years under Bolivarian socialism, the Venezuelan healthcare system went from a third world level to a decent and modern level, and the many millions that never had visited a[Read More…]

Glorifying Israeli soldiers

It Is Indifference Of The Israelis That Is Killing People

 Text and Photos: Andre Vltchek   In the past, whenever I went to (or more precisely, ‘through’) Israel, it was for some antagonistic purpose: to write about the brutal suppression of the intifada in Gaza or Hebron, to comment on the insanity of the land grab around Bethlehem, or to report from the eerie and de-populated Golan Heights, which Israel[Read More…]

From BRI to Clash of Civilization:  Beijing conference refutes Huntington

From BRI to Clash of Civilization:  Beijing conference refutes Huntington

China hosted a two-day Conference on Dialogue of Asian Civilizations (CDAC), to boost exchanges and mutual learning among Asian civilizations. The CDAC theme was “Exchanges and Mutual Learning among Asian Civilizations and A Community with A Shared Future.” It brought together more than 2,000 government officials and representatives of various circles from 47 Asian countries and other nations outside the[Read More…]

Modi 2.0: India under ‘Charismatic Authoritarianism’?  

Modi 2.0: India under ‘Charismatic Authoritarianism’?  

  The ultra-Right BJP-led National Democratic Alliance’s (NDA) resounding victory in the 17th Lok Sabha elections in India has surprised many, even within the NDA alliance because of the unexpected pay-offs emerging from the electoral fray. Many still wonder if ‘anti-incumbency factor’ is any more relevant in electoral calculus in a country of 900 million voters (save southern states like[Read More…]

Understanding the rise of the ‘Modi juggernaut’-2.0 and its ramifications on the India’s Muslim Masses

Understanding the rise of the ‘Modi juggernaut’-2.0 and its ramifications on the India’s Muslim Masses

After the landslide and historic victory of the Prime Minister Narendra Modi led BJP in 2019 parliamentary polls, political pundits and scholars have critically reflected on and wrote several articles in the mainstream newspapers and elsewhere to understand and explain the second avatar of PM Modi-2.0 in the Indian politics with absolute majority. This time, the Modi led BJP has[Read More…]

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“We’re Stepping Up—Join Us”: Climate Leaders Answer Youth School Strikers’ Call for Global Action

As more than a million youth poured into the streets worldwide on Friday for the weekly #SchoolStrike4Climate demonstrations, well-known adult climate activists answered a call to action from school strikers with a pledge to join global protests in September. “On 20 September, at the request of the young people who have been staging school strikes around the world, we’re walking out of our workplaces[Read More…]

Memorial Day! Mourn US Soldiers Killed in Criminally Dishonorable Wars in Other Peoples Countries!

Memorial Day! Mourn US Soldiers Killed in Criminally Dishonorable Wars in Other Peoples Countries!

Imagining What Many GIs Who Lost Their Lives Might Be Saying On Memorial Day If They Could Speak From Their Graves: ‘While our family and friends mourn our absence, conglomerate owned media, after having used our patriotism to have us fight criminally unjust wars based on lies, now hypes our inglorious death as beautiful military service, blacking out our senseless[Read More…]

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Why the Hindi Belt Voted for Modi? – A Ground-level Account

Why the Hindi Belt Voted for Modi? – A Ground-level Account

Sachin Mathew (name changed), one of my students who completed M.A. in at the Central University of Kerala subsequently did his B.Ed. and worked in a school in the rural part of Gorakhpur, the district the Chief Minister of Uttar Pradesh, Yogi Adityanath hails from. He had given me an interesting account of the actual conditions prevailing there. I asked[Read More…]

Fever Pitch – Notes From an Election Campaign

Fever Pitch – Notes From an Election Campaign

The Desh ka Maha Tyohar has come to an end but Modi’s juggernaut rolls on. Modi wave has swept the nation (for now, let us believe that there was no tampering of EVMs etc) once again. The festival of colours, flags, symbols, masks etc is over. What was striking about this election campaign was the amount of party merchandize being[Read More…]

Narendra Modi’s speech and political pluralism

Narendra Modi’s speech and political pluralism

Whenever I can, I listen to the speeches of political leaders and I have done the same with a few speeches of Prime Minister Modi. The following video is about 70 minutes long. The speech was made around May 24, 2019. Prime Minister Modi is unquestionably one of the greatest orators of this decade. I watched his full speech to[Read More…]

Modi Wins May Loses

Modi Wins May Loses

The Indian elections are over. Despite Narendra Modi’s abysmal economic record — industrial production has slumped, farmers are in trouble and had been demonstrating their plight, and unemployment is at record highs — he deftly switched the debate to personalities comparing himself, who pulled himself up by his bootstraps from a poor tea seller, to the scion of the Nehru[Read More…]

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Three Narratives from the General Election 2019

Three Narratives from the General Election 2019

The results of the 2019 general election have dissatisfied a large number of Indians. The message that has come out from the mandate 2019 is that the secular democratic and socialist forces have been marginalized in the country. There are few clear cut narratives that come out from the mandate 2019. The way people have voted for the BJP in[Read More…]

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Unfinished Portrait: Iraq and Afghanistan, 2012, with the performance occurring after sunset.

Loved Naught

you won’t leave me but you won’t love me just the same you will be there yet not there in the mediocrity of life we will live procreate and finish no ecstasies no abysses no heights of bliss no depths of despair we shall amble along life’s well trodden path walking in the footsteps of all those who lived and[Read More…]

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“Truth ultimately is all we have:” Julian Assange appeals for public support

“Truth ultimately is all we have:” Julian Assange appeals for public support

In his first publicly-released comments to supporters since his arrest, WikiLeaks founder and publisher Julian Assange has detailed the repressive conditions he faces in Britain’s Belmarsh prison and called for a campaign against his threatened extradition to the United States. “I am defenceless and am counting on you and others of good character to save my life,” Assange wrote, adding,[Read More…]

Mainstream Under – Reporting of the Climate Crisis

Mainstream Under – Reporting of the Climate Crisis

Only immediate climate action can save the future. If we don’t take action, the collapse of our civilizations and the extinction of much of the natural world is on the horizon. A speech by Bill Moyers At an April 30 conference entitled “Covering Climate Now”, co-sponsored by The Nation and Colombia Journalism Review, Bill Moyers made a speech which included[Read More…]

VENEZUELA: Westerners have lost the ability to reason! (PART 12)

VENEZUELA: Westerners have lost the ability to reason! (PART 12)

If the US administration had an unlikely and remote interest on humanitarian aid, instead of providing Saudi Arabia with weapons and military assistance used to destroy Yemen, the US and its client states should punish Saudi Arabia with harsh sanctions and embargoes (instead of Venezuela) If the US administration had a minimum concern about human life, the US would not[Read More…]

Pakistani woes likely to dominate Chinese vice president’s visit

Pakistani woes likely to dominate Chinese vice president’s visit

Security and the viability of China’s massive investment is likely to top Chinese Vice President Wang Qishan’s agenda when he lands this weekend in the Pakistani capital of Islamabad. A series of violent attacks, including on Chinese targets, coupled with enhanced Saudi influence in Pakistan and mounting tension between the United States and Iran that could suck the South Asian[Read More…]

Another Empire’s Boot Stomps On Ireland

Another Empire’s Boot Stomps On Ireland

Can a pair of U.S. military veterans and the Irish peace movement topple a key outpost of the American Empire entrenched on the Emerald Isle? That’s the question a new mini-documentary explores about former Marine Ken Mayers and former Army paratrooper, Tarak Kauff as they begin a third month of activist exile in Ireland following a peaceful act of civil[Read More…]

How NRC legitimised xenophobia and chauvinism in Assam

How NRC legitimised xenophobia and chauvinism in Assam

The NRC exercise seems to have links to the border police and Foreigners’ Tribunal, despite official denials.   Co-Written by Parag Jyoti Saikia and Suraj Gogoi As soon as the draft of the National Register of Citizens (NRC) was released, an image went viral across media platforms in Assam. It was that of the All Assam Student Union (AASU) members[Read More…]

Purulia: Ravaging Ajodhya (or Ayodhya) Hills and Strangulating the Hill-Streams — A forty-years’ story accelerating towards fruition 

Purulia: Ravaging Ajodhya (or Ayodhya) Hills and Strangulating the Hill-Streams — A forty-years’ story accelerating towards fruition 

This article examines the following – the Early history of the Purulia Pumped Storage Projects that is/will-be devastating Ayodhya Hills ecosystem and society;The Faulty Environmental Impact Assessments and the Actual Devastating Impacts happened so far; the Alternative Technologies available and their possible loads; Some Conclusions including request to the students of GIS-RS, the Cultural and Historical Value of the Ayodhya[Read More…]

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Clipped Wings

Clipped Wings

your wings are clipped woman you soaring bird have been dashed to the ground no price will save your person compromise compromise compromise the only panacea for lulled harmony debasement self-effacement take the cue woman your only chance your days numbered your time monitored you don’t even know if you can come or go at the end of it all[Read More…]

Do not lose hope, Indian Muslims!

Do not lose hope, Indian Muslims!

            When I am writing this letter, the obituary has already been written of all the political parties held up against the far-right Hindu nationalist party- BJP, but I am quite hopeful for Indian Muslims- the greatest ‘false enemy’ of BJP ever and its co-travelling parties. The triumph is giant and massive. Amidst the vehement outcry of opposition parties and[Read More…]

Modi 3 :Majoritarianism Normalised ?

Modi 3 :Majoritarianism Normalised ?

“The crisis consists precisely in the fact that the old is dying and the new cannot be born; in this interregnum a great variety of morbid symptoms appear.” – Gramsci A journalist friends’ prophesy has finally come true. The day India launched ‘surgical strikes’ across the border supposedly to avenge the Pulwama terror attack, this friend immediately sent a message[Read More…]

Democratise and Diversify Congress to Rebuild it Nationally

Democratise and Diversify Congress to Rebuild it Nationally

The Congress Party has lost miserably and it need to introspect seriously on what went wrong. The party must decide as what kind of policies it would have and need to strengthen the organisation at all level. Like all Centrist parties, Congress of late has become, organisation of managers and connectors who can easily shift to other parties if their[Read More…]

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Assange BULLETIN: The journalist faces 175 yrs in prison with 17 more charges

Assange BULLETIN: The journalist faces 175 yrs in prison with 17 more charges

The U.S. justice department has filed 17 new charges against Wikileaks co-founder Julian Assange. In reaction, NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden tweeted: It’s a war on journalism. Journalists have reacted: “Modern fascism is breaking cover”. The new charges expand the original one-count indictment of conspiracy to hack into U.S. government computers, announced in March, prior to Assange’s arrest in London. He[Read More…]

Bolivia’s universal healthcare is model for the world, says UN

Bolivia’s universal healthcare is model for the world, says UN

The World Health Organization (WHO) has cited the universal healthcare system in Bolivia as a model for all. Media reports said: The U.N.’s World Health Organization praised Bolivia’s newly implemented universal health care system, known in the country as the Single Health System (SUS). The WHO pointed out that Bolivia’s leftist government has given generous funding and resources to health,[Read More…]

Separating Real From Fake Socialism

Separating Real From Fake Socialism

How do you define socialism, especially when it comes to having a “socialist”, Bernie Sanders, one of the most popular candidates to be the next president of the USA? Or the next Prime Minister of Spain a “Socialist”? To start with, real socialism means that the government, representing all the people, owns all the land. Land cannot be bought or[Read More…]

The Timeless Wisdom of the Pagan Understanding of Nature  

The Timeless Wisdom of the Pagan Understanding of Nature  

(A response to Dr. Lubna Sarwath’s “Abhorrence for Wastefulness and Exhortation for Moderation inThe Qur’an”) As any thoughtful person understands, and as every Pagan knows, the destruction of our world is our destruction and our self-destruction, which is not just sad or wrong, but is a Mortal Sin, A Sin of the First Order committed Against the Gods who are[Read More…]

What Modi’s landslide election victory means for already terrified Indian Muslims?

What Modi’s landslide election victory means for already terrified Indian Muslims?

– Washington Post:  Modi’s win is a victory for a form of religious nationalism that views India as a fundamentally Hindu nation and seeks to jettison the secularism promoted by the country’s founders. – The Guardian: Indian politics has likely entered a new era of Hindu nationalist hegemony fuelled by Modi’s extraordinary popularity. – New York Times: Prime Minister Narendra Modi is[Read More…]

Hope and Fear

Hope and Fear

The emotional journey between hope and fear has come to an end with the fear triumphing. There was the hope that the forces of divisive nature and hatred would be defeated. And the forces of solidarity and harmony would win over. There was the fear that the divisive forces would come back and haunt the country for another five years.[Read More…]

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What explains Modi’s second term and what is to be done?

What explains Modi’s second term and what is to be done?

Hours before the beginning of the counting of the General Elections 2019, my article published in a Urdu daily. Here I argued that the prediction of the exit polls survey would not match the final result. But as things stand now, Narendra Modi-led BJP is likely to better its own big performance of the 2014. My prediction was proven wrong.[Read More…]

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Election Watch: Split-screen view of the Indian Diaspora

Election Watch: Split-screen view of the Indian Diaspora

Most Indian-Americans are likely to vote against Trump in 2020, but they are just as likely to be cheering the victory of Modi in the recent elections They are “like termites…eating our grains and taking our jobs,”declares the party president, vowing to throw out all illegal immigrants,as he falsely blames them for bomb blasts of the past.But he then proceeds[Read More…]

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Zakir Musa’s killing: intense clashes erupt in Valley, curfew imposed, internet snapped

Zakir Musa’s killing: intense clashes erupt in Valley, curfew imposed, internet snapped

Srinagar, May 23: After the news of Zakir Musa’s killing spread in the valley, intense clashes erupted in various parts of Kashmir valley on Thursday evening. As per reports, as soon as the news of Zakir Musa’s killing spread across the valley, scores of youth from many parts of the valley took to roads and started throwing stones on government[Read More…]

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Four in 10 in U.S. embrace socialism

Four in 10 in U.S. embrace socialism

“Americans today are more closely divided than they were earlier in the last century when asked whether some form of socialism would be a good or bad thing for the country”, says Gallup. The Gallup poll results have been released on Monday. The poll agency said: “While 51% of U.S. adults say socialism would be a bad thing for the[Read More…]

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Leave Venezuela alone, Lula tells Trump in interview

Leave Venezuela alone, Lula tells Trump in interview

Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva, the former president of Brazil, has called to respect the Venezuelan people and their right to decide their own future. In an interview, aired Tuesday, from the Federal Prison in Curitiba, Brazil, former President Lula da Silva commented on the behavior of right-wing governments and recommended to the U.S. president Donald Trump that he takes care of his own country and leave Venezuela in[Read More…]

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India: PM Modi To Get A Second Term

India: PM Modi To Get A Second Term

Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s far right Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) is certain to get a second term in Indian general election. As results are coming in BJP on its has crossed the half way mark of 272 seats. BJP and allies are leading in 342 seats out of the 542 seats where elections are held. Congress the main opposition party[Read More…]

Monsanto, Scientific Deception and Cancer

Monsanto, Scientific Deception and Cancer

Money may not be able to buy the purest love, but it can buy the best, life-ending cancer.  For Monsanto, giant of rule and misrule in matters of genetically modified crops, known for bullying practices towards farmers, things have not been so rosy of late.  Ever the self-promoter of saving the world an agricultural headache (biotech crops being the earth’s[Read More…]

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Abhorrence For Wastefulness And Exhortation For Moderation In The Qur’an

Abhorrence For Wastefulness And Exhortation For Moderation In The Qur’an

The non-enviro approach of mainstream politico milieu  and unbridled profiteering agenda of economic agencies of the world have brought the world on the brink of irreversible ecological damages, to a stage where we beg  for basics such as clean air, potable water, pure soil, healthy sun light. Bigger panic though is that the climate breakdown issue is being sidelined, because, [Read More…]

Facing the Climate Change

Facing the Climate Change

Unusual weather phenomena in Kashmir indicate the effects of the global climate change to face which one needs to take urgent corrective measures before it is too late! The unprecedented weather changes especially sudden rise and fall in temperatures and unusual increase/decrease in precipitation are indictors of the global climate change presently happening in different parts of the world. In[Read More…]

Defunding UNRWA: Trump’s Legal Sleight of Hand

Defunding UNRWA: Trump’s Legal Sleight of Hand

Trump wants to dismantle the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA) and shift responsibility for Palestine refugees to the office of the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR). What has UNHCR got to say about that? Is it worried about any negative effects, such as what it has to say about Iran?[Read More…]

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Defiance – Prelude to Revolution

Defiance – Prelude to Revolution

Defiance is not revolution.  Revolution is what Lenin made, what the Founding Fathers of America made; what Mao made, what Ho Chi Minh made, and Fidel, and never forget Che, how he hungered for it, lived and died for it.     No, defiance is a prelude to revolution, it is what comes just before independence, it is what teenagers who have[Read More…]

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India: Communalism or Islamophobia?

India: Communalism or Islamophobia?

In his attempts at explaining Islamophobia as a phenomenon unique to the west, Prof Guduvarthy(‘There is Communalism – Not Islamophobia in India, The Wire, 01/05/19) commits a number of erroneous assumptions; namely limiting anti-Muslim violence in India to the domain of the Hindutva forces thereby discounting the structural racism and exclusion of Indian Muslims as evident from the Sachar Committee[Read More…]

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Rainbow Social Coalition – To What End?

Rainbow Social Coalition – To What End?

USS passe rani hai, iss passe Gandhi!” (“On that side is the Queen, on this is Gandhi) (https://indianexpress.com/elections/patiala-dharamvira-gandhi-aap-elections-2019-bjp-congress-5726029/) Nawan Punjab Party’s candidate ex MP Dr Dharamvira Gandhi’s election campaign and the way he projected his appeal as ‘battle against the royals’ had rightly evoked interest in a section of the media as well as pro-people circles.(https://www.newsclick.in/electoral-mobilisation-vehicle-rainbow-social-coalition) It is of interest[Read More…]

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Repoll in 7 polling stations in AP’s Chandragiri constituency held – Dalits here voted, on their own, for the first time in 30-40 years

Repoll in 7 polling stations in AP’s Chandragiri constituency held – Dalits here voted, on their own, for the first time in 30-40 years

  Even as all seven phases of polling in India’s parliament elections were over and the results are awaited, AP’s Chandragiri Legislative Assembly constituency attracted attention. It was a curious case where EVMs, photo ID cards, so many poll officials and observers from Centre and state, indelible thumb marks, videography etc were all there but rigging went on, unhindered, peacefully,[Read More…]

Venezuela ROUNDUP: US sanctions have cost Venezuelan economy $130 billion

Venezuela ROUNDUP: US sanctions have cost Venezuelan economy $130 billion

Sanctions imposed by the U.S. on Venezuela have cost the Bolivarian country billions of dollars while human suffering in the country is increasing, which have made the sanctions crime against humanity. Media reports said: “As a result of the economic embargo imposed by the US from 2015 through the last year, financial damages to Venezuelan economy totaled $130 billion,” said[Read More…]

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Madonna’s Fake Revolution: Eurovision, Cultural Hegemony and Resistance

Madonna’s Fake Revolution: Eurovision, Cultural Hegemony and Resistance

Rim Banna, a famous Palestinian singer who translated Palestine’s most moving poetry to song passed away on March 24, 2018, at the age of 51. Rim captured the struggle for Palestinian freedom in the most dignified and melodious ways. If we could imagine angels singing, they would sound like Rim. When Rim died, all Palestinians mourned her death. Although a[Read More…]

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The Betrayal of America

The Betrayal of America

The events of September 11, 2001, are still unexposed. Instead, the world has narrated a story within 13 minutes that Osama bin Laden was the supposed mastermind, and after 24 hours, the “facts” were set in stone by a congressional vote. At a lot of dissenting opinions about the attacks hushed, were silenced or ignored. The mainstream media behaved the[Read More…]

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Interview With Marius Reikerås – Human Rights Defender

Interview With Marius Reikerås – Human Rights Defender

Marius Reikerås is an internationally acclaimed Norwegian lawyer and human rights activist. He was awarded the NCHR/NKMR honorary diploma 2018 for outstanding bravery, compassion and humanitarian engagement. As a lawyer, Marius Reikerås has always battled against the Norwegian court system, to protect his Human rights. For many years, Marius Reikerås has been at the forefront of the protests and demonstrations[Read More…]

Nazrul Islam – The bard of Bengal

Nazrul Islam – The bard of Bengal

‘I sing the song Of equality : In my view gender difference is essentially a triviality. Everything that is great in the world, all the works, beneficial and good, half must be credited to woman, and to man, half only we should. (Original: ‘Nari’ ( Bengali) Translator : Mohammad Omar Farooq ) PoemHunter.com This is a reflection of Kazi Nazrul[Read More…]

The rise of ‘philistines’ in Assam

The rise of ‘philistines’ in Assam

Co-Written by Parag Jyoti Saikia and Suraj Gogoi In Assam, a certain section of people desire intellectuals who do not question human rights issues, authority or policy.   The current social and political milieu in Assam is replete with claims and counterclaims over citizenship and measurements of being an Assamese. Assam has always been a site of such claims, where[Read More…]

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Citizens can foil anti-people Projects

Citizens can foil anti-people Projects

  With the harsh political reality we are now faced with   there is a serious need for strong resistance from citizens. This was clear at a public hearing  on the proposed Metro rail line 6 project  in Mumbai  on May 21. Alert  citizens, architects, engineers, housewives, transport experts  completely exposed the inefficiency and insensitivity in the implementation of the project [Read More…]

Poll Predictions and the Gift that just Keeps on Giving

Poll Predictions and the Gift that just Keeps on Giving

So, after 38 days of Election Campaigning, which started on the 11th of April, 2019, the World’s Largest Election, (and also, the most complex as well as the most expensive), finally came to an end on the 19th of May, 2019. After 7 stages of voting and the equivalent of 7000 million (7 billion) US Dollars spent on costs in[Read More…]

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Custer’s Last Stand Meets Global Warming

Custer’s Last Stand Meets Global Warming

A recent article in Arctic News on the outlook for global warming foresees a frightening scenario lurking right around the corner. Hopefully, the article’s premise of impending runaway global warming (“RGW”)is off the mark, by a lot. More to the point, off by really a lot in order to temper the sting expected when abrupt temperature increases hit hard, as[Read More…]

Children in conflict zones and imperialism

Children in conflict zones and imperialism

Children in conflict zones are one of the most affected “parties” in today’s world. They, especially children from the poor-households pay the most. A recently released report – Stop the War on Children (2019) – by the Save the Children, UK highlights many facts related to the children in conflict zones. It’s a commendable effort in defense of children. The[Read More…]

Eyewitness in Venezuela: a 14-year Perspective

Eyewitness in Venezuela: a 14-year Perspective

I was in Venezuela from April 26 to May 5, 2019. It was the fifth time I have been there in a span of 14 years, so I was able to put things I saw on this trip in that context. My first visit was in 2005. I saw people begging, sleeping in doorways, street venders filling not just sidewalks,[Read More…]

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Libya FILE: Millions without water as armed group cuts off supply

Libya FILE: Millions without water as armed group cuts off supply

Millions of people are without water in Libya as summer temperatures begin to climb. Water supplies to the Libyan capital and surrounding cities have been cut off after an armed group stormed a control room. Media reports said: The gunmen arrived on Sunday at the control room in Jafara run by the Great Man-Made River project, first commissioned by the[Read More…]

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US geopolitical interests offer Iran sanctions loophole amid mounting tension

US geopolitical interests offer Iran sanctions loophole amid mounting tension

  The Indian-backed Iranian port of Chabahar has emerged as a major loophole in a tightening military and economic noose and ever harsher US sanctions that President Donald J. Trump, reluctant to be sucked into yet another war, sees as the best way to either force Tehran to its knees or achieve regime change. Alice Wells, the State Department’s assistant[Read More…]

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VENEZUELA: Westerners have lost the ability to reason! (PART 11)

VENEZUELA: Westerners have lost the ability to reason! (PART 11)

With Chávez dead and Maduro democratically elected the new president of Venezuela, terrorist “opposition” started to implement fear, destruction and death in the street of its own nation. Local elites started to attack the economy by closing factories, sabotaging distribution, exchanging all its savings to dollars and sending it to Miami, etc. The US and Europe increased their support (including[Read More…]

Australian’s Vote For Australia’s Largest Export

Australia’s Voters Betray Themselves, Their Homeland And Mother Earth Herself

By re-electing their current right-wing Liberal Party government and its Prime Minister leader Scott Morrison, Australian’s have, in one fell swoop, simultaneously betrayed humanity’s higher nature that seeks to heal and constantly grow beyond whatever the more limited, baser, self-destructive tendencies among human beings and their societies. In so doing, Australia’s voters have also denied the long-term protection of their[Read More…]

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Understanding NATO, Ending War

Understanding NATO, Ending War

On 4 April 2019, the North Atlantic Treaty Organization, better known as NATO, marked the 70th anniversary of its existence with a conference attended by the foreign ministers of member nations in Washington DC. This will be complemented by a meeting of the heads of state of member nations in London next December. Coinciding with the anniversary event on 4[Read More…]

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 Will Women Be Regarded as Human Beings or Incubators? Your Response to the Fascist Assault on Abortion May Well Determine the Answer

 Will Women Be Regarded as Human Beings or Incubators? Your Response to the Fascist Assault on Abortion May Well Determine the Answer

A vicious wave of extreme anti-abortion legislation is being hammered into law across the country. Alabama’s new law bans all abortions—even in cases of rape and incest. Doctors who provide abortions could be sent to prison for life. Georgia, Mississippi, Louisiana, Missouri, Indiana, Arkansas, and Utah have also passed bans—many at stages in pregnancy before most women even know they[Read More…]

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Pointless Colonial Massacres And Post-Colonial Wars And Killing On The Indian Subcontinent

Pointless Colonial Massacres And Post-Colonial Wars And Killing On The Indian Subcontinent

Two colonial mass killings from the twentieth century are always remembered:  The Qissa Khwani Bazaar massacre on April 23, 1930 in Peshawar (then India, now in Pakistan) was the result of peaceful demonstrations protesting the arrest of Khan Abdul Ghaffar Khan who had called for a nonviolent movement of ‘patience and righteousness.’  Authorities nervous at the size of the crowds[Read More…]

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The silence of the media: National Register Of Citizens in Assam

The silence of the media: National Register Of Citizens in Assam

Co-Written by Parag Jyoti Saikia and Suraj Gogoi Suicides, violence, persecution – why is the media not reporting the NRC process responsibly? On June 11, 2018, four Special Rapporteurs of Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) submitted a letter to Minister of External Affairs, Sushma Swaraj addressing the racial bias and human rights violations resulting from the National[Read More…]

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Celibacy Cannot be a Ground for Political Legitimacy

Celibacy Cannot be a Ground for Political Legitimacy

Celibacy is not equivalent to high moral politics. To be married or unmarried is an individual choice. But to equate it with political morality and to celebrate celibacy as a high moral principle, creates a false binary of high and low moral politics. Ever since Narendra Modi was elected as the Chief Minister of Gujarat he has been portrayed as a[Read More…]

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Where do they Migrate?

Where do they Migrate?

Co-Written by Anubhav Chakraborty and Azam Abbas   “There is usually work out there in Surat,” recounts a old migrant employee, before boarding the Puri-Okha specific, one amongst the longest train journeys in India—transporting many thousands of migrant employees from coastal Odisha to Gujarat. Surat has been one amongst the world’s quickest growing cities of the past four decades, with[Read More…]

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Bullets and bulletins – Thoughts on The Bullet Train and other Loaded poems

Bullets and bulletins – Thoughts on The Bullet Train and other Loaded poems

The Urdu Marxist poet HabeebJaalib once entreated with his fellow writers: Artists of this land/ Rage, rage against the dying of the light/Art ill suits the bed of Tyranny. /This doomed sorrow is our inheritance. The sentiment is certainly not new, as art has always found a way to write back to power. This sentiment has especially strengthened since the[Read More…]

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Answering the Mysterious Call of An Artist’s Spiritual Vocation

Answering the Mysterious Call of An Artist’s Spiritual Vocation

What You Have Heard Is True: A Memoir of Witness and Resistance by Carolyn Forché   “Friend, hope for the Guest while you are alive.” – Kabir, “To Be a Slave of Intensity” Strange how a man Can enter your life Just like that: a knock Out of nowhere And you’ve slipped away To a rendezvous with destiny That always[Read More…]

The Internal Relatedness of Soybeans, Human Health, Global Warming and the Trade War

The Internal Relatedness of Soybeans, Human Health, Global Warming and the Trade War

The study of soybeans brings home the fact that everything is internally related. We can never fully understand any one thing, even something as humble as the soybean,  without being drawn beyond it to the study of other things, and ultimately to the study of the totality in which they partake. The Dialectic of Soy in the Human body: Soybeans[Read More…]

At least 100,000 infants die every year in ten conflict-zones, says report

At least 100,000 infants die every year in ten conflict-zones, says report

Every year in just ten conflict-affected countries at least 100,000 infants die who in the absence of conflict would survive, says a new report British charity Save the Children. The study applied the findings in The Lancet’s study to the ten worst conflict-affected countries, which estimates that in the last five years alone more than 550,000 infants have died due[Read More…]

The Victory of Small Visions: Scott Morrison Retains Government

The Victory of Small Visions: Scott Morrison Retains Government

Australian politics since the 1990s has been marked by a dedicated loathing of the “vision thing”.  For those keen to see policies lasting beyond the life of the May fly, disappointment lies.  Federal governments, at best, have shelf lives of three short years. Governments are effectively encouraged to be agents of small change if, indeed, they are to be agents[Read More…]

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The New Politics of Starvation

The New Politics of Starvation

President Donald Trump’s use of the most vicious aspects of economic warfare prompt another examination of the politics of starvation. After George W. Bush’s administration, Presidents Barack Obama and Donald Trump lessened Bush’s aggressive war policies and leaned to economic warfare. Sounds harmless when compared to exploding bombs, but it is not — economic warfare can crush an adversary without firing a shot.[Read More…]

Strait of Hormuz, Sabotage Attack and the Sabre-Rattling

Strait of Hormuz, Sabotage Attack and the Sabre-Rattling

“The people of Iran should stand united in the face of this, and they will deliver a strong punch to the mouth of the American secretary of state and anyone who backs them” (Dehghanpisheh and Andrew 2018)). Almost one year back, Ismail Kowsari, the deputy commander of the Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC), Iran’s elite military force, responded strongly at[Read More…]

Venezuela in “Misery” – Lies and Deceit by the Media: Open Letter to the New York Times

Venezuela in “Misery” – Lies and Deceit by the Media: Open Letter to the New York Times

NYT – 18 May 2019 To the Editor in CHIEF Venezuela’s Collapse Is the Worst Outside of War in Decades, Economists Say https://www.nytimes.com/2019/05/17/world/americas/venezuela-economy.html?nl=todaysheadlines&emc=edit_th_190518 Subtitle: Butchers have stopped selling meat cuts in favor of offal, fat shavings and cow hooves, the only animal protein many of their customers can afford. This introduction is accompanied by a picture of a man in[Read More…]

VENEZUELA: Westerners have lost the ability to reason! (PART 10)

VENEZUELA: Westerners have lost the ability to reason! (PART 10)

In Orwellian West, everything is possible nowadays. On one hand, we have the US admittedly willing to intervene militarily in Venezuela, with Guaidó’s masochist supporters misinterpreting article 187.11 of the Venezuelan Constitution to beg to be bombed and slaughtered. On the other hand, blatantly ignoring the very same article of the Venezuelan Constitution, the very same Guaidó’s supporters demand Russian personnel[Read More…]

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 ‘Humanitarian’ Concerns Increase Wars, Benefit Only Arms-Producers

 ‘Humanitarian’ Concerns Increase Wars, Benefit Only Arms-Producers

Unlike a regular corporation, the corporations that manufacture and sell weapons to their government are virtually 100% dependent upon their government and its military allies, for their own success; their markets are only those governments, not individuals (such as is the case for normal corporations). Consequently, either their government will control them, and those firms won’t have any effective control[Read More…]

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Shahir Amar Shaikh and his Contributions to Working Class Culture and literature

Shahir Amar Shaikh and his Contributions to Working Class Culture and literature

WHY AMAR SHAIKH? In today’s hubbub, the collective voice of descent of working masses appears to have melted away and ‘organizational strength’ of toiling and working masses is in retreat. Under such a chaotic situation, we are inevitably reminded of an eloquent popular voice, a poet and troubadour of the working class in India! — the Historic, mountainous and unique[Read More…]

Gandhi Versus Sadhvi Pragya Thakur

Gandhi Versus Sadhvi Pragya Thakur

  Sadhvi Pragya Thakur, an accused in Malegaon blast in 2008 is fielded by the Bhartiya Janata Party(BJP) in Lok Sabha 2019 elections as a potential candidate against veteran Digvijay Singh, the Congress party candidate in Bhopal, Madhya Pradesh. Sadhvi Pragya Thakur is a criminal and a murderer. The character of the BJP is that it can stoop to any[Read More…]

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A Tocquevillian blunder

A Tocquevillian blunder

Co-Written By Suraj Gogoi and Prasenjit Biswas Colonialism is a story of exploitation, subjugation and domination. It sought to establish racial supremacy and resorted to an accumulation of wealth. Be it the Dutch Vereenigde Oostindische Compagnie (VOC) or the British East India Company, in the name of trade and Empire, they carried out heinous crimes and plunder of its colonies. Racism also has a deep[Read More…]

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Election Commissioner Ashok Lavasa Brings In Open The Inner Turmoil Of Election Commission

Election Commissioner Ashok Lavasa Brings In Open The Inner Turmoil Of Election Commission

The country which possess independent, impartial and efficient institutions is a politically developed country. Unfortunately this thesis is under stress and its major blow has just come when Election Commissioner Ashok Lavasa has stated that his minority views were not recorded on violations of moral code of conduct. Election Commission has been criticized by opposition parties and analysts that it[Read More…]

Does India Really Know What its GDP Is?

Does India Really Know What its GDP Is?

  Everyone knew India’s organised sector contained a large number of shell companies. We should have worked out its impact and whether a blowing up factor was required before launching the new GDP series. Another controversy about India’s gross domestic product (GDP) data has broken out, with a National Sample Survey Office (NSSO) report casting doubt on the quality of[Read More…]

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Varanasi : Democracy and justice denied amidst the din of costliest electoral democracy

Varanasi : Democracy and justice denied amidst the din of costliest electoral democracy

Varanasi, the seat Narendra Modi contests, goes to polls on May 19, in the last and seventh phase, as per a ‘conveniently manipulated schedule’. Elections in India are more an act of denial of democracy than seeking a people’s mandate.  It is more like bidding for and winning a contract to loot and plunder our country, its resources and people.[Read More…]

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Chinese purchases of Iranian oil raise tantalizing questions

Chinese purchases of Iranian oil raise tantalizing questions

A fully loaded Chinese oil tanker ploughing its way eastwards from two Iranian oil terminals raises questions of how far Beijing is willing to go in defying US sanctions amid a mounting US military build-up in the Gulf and a US-China trade war. The sailing from Iran of the Pacific Bravo takes on added significance with US strategy likely to[Read More…]

 Berkeley University study of Islamophobia in India highlights plight of Muslims

 Berkeley University study of Islamophobia in India highlights plight of Muslims

  The last decade has witnesses intensified attacks on Muslim, Christian, Sikh and ‘lower castes’ in India, according to a study released recently by the University of California, Berkeley. This first of its kind report on the status of Islamophobia in India is meant to provide a groundbreaking collection of evidence and provide a reference point for all future work[Read More…]

Targeting Iran 

Targeting Iran 

      A dangerous flashpoint has emerged in world politics at the moment. There is widespread fear that the United States and its allies might launch a military operation against Iran at any time. A US aircraft carrier and B-52 bombers are already deployed in the region. The alleged sabotage of four oil tankers, two of them Saudi, and[Read More…]

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Assam against itself: A response to Sanjib Baruah

Assam against itself: A response to Sanjib Baruah

Co-Written By Suraj Gogoi, Gorky Chakraborty and Parag Jyoti Saikia In response to Professor SanjibBaruah‘s article ‘Stateless in Assam‘ which discussed a new focus on detention camps for ‘stateless citizens’, SurajGogoi, Gorky Chakraborty and Parag JyotiSaikia reflect on the implications of reducing people to ‘bare life’. The Concentration camps that came to the fore during the Holocaust, left a deep impact on human history. It showed[Read More…]

‘ Education’ of Educated Persons

‘ Education’ of Educated Persons

“The backward classes have come to realise that after all education is the greatest material benefit for which they can fight….’ Dr. B. R. Ambedkar (EDUCATION: THE ONLY KEY TO DALIT PROGRESS By Bhalchandra Mungekar, , Vice Chancellor, University of Mumbai www.ambedkar.org ) Past few years have seen the rise of many ‘educated’ persons supporting statements of politicians who propagate[Read More…]

Venezuela ROUNDUP: U.S. raid Venezuela embassy a brutal act against international law, says Maduro

Venezuela ROUNDUP: U.S. raid Venezuela embassy a brutal act against international law, says Maduro

  The United States has raided the premises of the Venezuelan embassy in Washington D.C. The aggressive act violates all related international laws. Media reports said: Nicolas Maduro, the President of Venezuela, has rejected and repudiated the storming of its embassy by U.S. police officers Thursday. “The U.S. has raided the premises of the Venezuelan embassy in Washington, a brutal act against international law and lack[Read More…]

VENEZUELA: Westerners have lost the ability to reason! (PART 9)

VENEZUELA: Westerners have lost the ability to reason! (PART 9)

The US plans to illegally give Guaidó’s Gang access to at the least part of the US$30 billion stolen from the Venezuelan people so these US-trained Venezuelan criminals could buy US weapons to help the US invade and plunder Venezuela. Brilliantly criminal! The US administration believes to be above the Venezuelan constitution, above the Venezuelan people, above the UN Charter[Read More…]

Strategic Fulcrum in Whirlwind: The Gulf Regimes on a Short Fuse?  

Strategic Fulcrum in Whirlwind: The Gulf Regimes on a Short Fuse?  

The Persian Gulf region has become a veritable powder keg with the United States taking a more aggressive position on Iran, while Saudi Arabia, UAE and other regional powers keep lining up behind Washington with an equally aggressive mood. The unfolding strategic scenario in the Gulf flashes multiple narratives, events and interventions. It all started when the US pulled out[Read More…]

A police officer stands guard in front of the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) head office in Mumbai April 17, 2012. The Reserve Bank of India cut interest rates on Tuesday for the first time in three years by an unexpectedly sharp 50 basis points to give a boost to flagging economic growth but warned that there is limited scope for further rate cuts. REUTERS/Vivek Prakash (INDIA - Tags: BUSINESS)

RBI should give up its contempt for RTI

‘King can do no wrong’ days have gone, and the RBI is not a king. Despite noticing wilful defiance of the RBI, the apex court was very kind to it in contempt cases, but if the later does not withdraw this anti-transparency policy again, it might face the ire of people and courts. The RBI should explain why it wants[Read More…]

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The Inheritance of the Congress Socialist Party

The Inheritance of the Congress Socialist Party

At the time of the establishment of the Congress Socialist Party (CSP) on May 17, 1934 in Patna, under the chairmanship of the patriarch of the Indian Socialist Movement, Acharya Narendra Deva, two goals were clear: to achieve the independence of the country and to enhance the pace of the organised efforts towards establishing a socialist system. To achieve both[Read More…]

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Mayawati-Narendra Modi face-off

Mayawati-Narendra Modi face-off

“Don’t complain about the snow on your neighbour’s roof, when your own doorstep is unclean.” – Confucius Prime Minister Narendra Modi mounted at Kushinagar, Deoria in UP, a furious attack on BSP supremo and former UP Chief Minister Mayawati for “shedding crocodile tears” over the incident of gang-rape of a dalit woman in Rajasthan’s Alwar and demanded her party’s withdraw[Read More…]

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Scientific Temper and the Modi Era

The mark of last five years has been to make consistently inconsistent and unscientific statements. The difference between science and non-science has been reduced. Exploration of truth through investigation of natural, social and economic phenomenon, understanding the basic laws of science and social processes has been done away with. This is being replaced by an imaginative truth which does not[Read More…]

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India’s growing religious divide: BJP’s anti-religious minorities agenda

India’s growing religious divide: BJP’s anti-religious minorities agenda

As the election season is winding down and the nation is anxiously looking forward to the results, one cannot escape but witnessing India’s slide towards complete polarization based on the politics of religion.  Prime Minister Modi’s ascension to power has resulted in growing Hindu intolerance of Christianity and Islam. Radical elements within his party are pushing an agenda to marginalize[Read More…]

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How to Lobby Washington to Death :  A Business Model From Hell and the War in Yemen

How to Lobby Washington to Death : A Business Model From Hell and the War in Yemen

Co-Written By Mashal Hashem and James Allen A springtime wedding in Northern Yemen’s Al-Raqah village took place in April 2018, a moment of reprieve from the turmoil and devastation of that war-torn country, a moment to celebrate life, love, and the birth of a new family. From the tents constructed for the event, music flooded into the village and, as at any good wedding,[Read More…]

 Water Crisis, Global Avoidable Mortality Holocaust, Water Apartheid, Global Warming & Mina Guli

 Water Crisis, Global Avoidable Mortality Holocaust, Water Apartheid, Global Warming & Mina Guli

The world faces a worsening global water crisis that is compounded by remorselessly increasing  carbon pollution, population, and  economic output.  For the 5.0 billion people of the impoverished global South (the Developing World minus China) the worsening water crisis is a present reality. However endless growth in a carbon economy means that all 7.6 billion of Humanity are threatened. Dire[Read More…]

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Gauri Lankesh

Anatomy of killing the public intellectuals from Dabholkar to Gauri

Lecture delivered by Adv S Balan,  Special public prosecutor for Gauri Lankesh murder case, at IIT Madras organized by Ambedkar Periyar Study Circle on April 13th 2019.  In the year 2013, Dabholkar was killed. In 2015, Pansare was killed. Again in 2015, Kalburgi was killed. In 2017, Gauri was killed. The modus operandi in these murders is the same. A[Read More…]

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Followers And The Leader

Followers And The Leader

Some folks who were considered fairly intelligent, have fallen under the spell of a man. According to his fervent fans he is much more.He is a politician with a self-measuredfifty-six-inch chest. Though this man has not sullied his livelihood by doing anything else except politics all his life, his ardent supporters feel that he has a highly developed intellect. They[Read More…]

VENEZUELA: Westerners have lost the ability to reason! (PART 8)

VENEZUELA: Westerners have lost the ability to reason! (PART 8)

Do you still have doubts about who oppresses who? No problem, read Venezuela for dummies. If, after having read this article and analyzed all the given sources, you still find yourself “confused” about Venezuela, well, in that case, you too are a lost cause. In that case, you can join the club of those who “have lost the ability to reason”.[Read More…]

Sudan protesters demand civilian government, sit-ins continue

Sudan protesters demand civilian government, sit-ins continue

The military-run Transitional Military Council (TMC) has suspended talks with protesters for 72 hours in Sudan. However, protest for a civilian government and democracy is continuing. The opposition alliance has vowed to continue sit-ins outside the defense ministry and across the country. The opposition demands that the military hand over power to civilians. The political situation still is in turmoil.[Read More…]

Why There Will be no War in Iran

Why There Will be no War in Iran

Many journalists are wringing their hands over the possibility of America waging war with Iran just as many did over the possibility of a U.S. invasion in Venezuela.   A decade ago, both might have been real possibilities, two decades ago they would have been absolute certainties, but not today.  Why?  Because there are forces in the world acting to keep[Read More…]

 Trump – From China to Iran to Venezuela – Threats and Sanctions Everywhere – A Chronicle of Disorganized Chaos Foretold

 Trump – From China to Iran to Venezuela – Threats and Sanctions Everywhere – A Chronicle of Disorganized Chaos Foretold

As of May 10, Mr. Trump has arbitrarily increased tariffs on Chinese goods imported into the US, worth about 200 billion dollars, from 10 % to 25%. It is an action without any foundation. An action that makes no sense at all, as China can and will retaliate – and retaliate much stronger than what the impact of the US’s[Read More…]

Fantasies of Humanity: The Christchurch Pledge and a Regulated Internet

Fantasies of Humanity: The Christchurch Pledge and a Regulated Internet

It had to come.  A massacre, broadcast in real time and then shared with viral automatism; the inevitable shock, and the counter from the authorities.  The Christchurch shootings, inflicting fifty-one deaths upon worshippers at two mosques in quiet New Zealand on March 15 this year, have spurred Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern.  Laws have been passed regulating guns in her country. [Read More…]

Bangladesh’s rape epidemic: Are these a case of deviant sexual behaviour or ‘System’s failure’?

Bangladesh’s rape epidemic: Are these a case of deviant sexual behaviour or ‘System’s failure’?

In Bangladesh incidents of loot, plunder, enforced disappearances, breakdown of rule of law, extra-judicial killings, deaths and injuries in road accidents through reckless driving have become parts of daily news. Lately, news of audacious rapes, abductions of girls and women and sexual harassments in almost all parts of the country are also becoming common occurrences these days. Spates of horrifying[Read More…]

The Politics of Silence on the ‘Minority Questions’ in 2019Polls: Critical Analysis

The Politics of Silence on the ‘Minority Questions’ in 2019Polls: Critical Analysis

As the last phase of 2019 election campaign is just going to be concluded within a few days,political parties are now busy in scrambling for the votes of gullible masses including Indian Muslims. To be precise, the issues which are dominated during the 2019 elections campaigns are such as corruptions, muscular nationalism, bad governance, terrorism, (to note that this time,[Read More…]

Kashmir: Governance, not Politics!

Kashmir: Governance, not Politics!

(Kashmir’s political problem is a Gordian knot which no one has been able to disentangle for last 70 years. Till the problem gets resolved, there is need for good governance to at least make daily living conditions of the citizens comfortable) Most of the political leaders in Kashmir from all the “streams” talk about the “Political” problem. The mainstream leaders[Read More…]

U.S. behaves as “Cowboy” in Venezuela, says Spain’s Foreign Minister

U.S. behaves as “Cowboy” in Venezuela, says Spain’s Foreign Minister

Spain’s Foreign Minister Josep Borrell Wednesday accused the U.S. of behaving like a “cowboy” in Venezuela. He stressed that a solution to Venezuela’s current political impasse should be “peaceful, negotiated and democratic.” “The contact group which we are part of is not on the same wavelength as the U.S. administration, which is like a cowboy who says ‘look at me, I[Read More…]

Venezuela ROUNDUP: Guaido now seeks direct relationship with the U.S. Southern Command

Venezuela ROUNDUP: Guaido now seeks direct relationship with the U.S. Southern Command

Imperialism is intensifying its interventionist activities in Venezuela with the help of its proxies. Its proxies are also seeking cooperation of U.S. armed forces. Media reports said: The situation in Venezuela has turned so bad for Juan Guaido, the U.S.-backed self-declared “interim president”, that the number of participants at his own rallies has diminished greatly over the last few days. According[Read More…]

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A Punjab parliamentary seat of international significance

One broad generalisation which can be reasonably made about the 2019 General Election in India is that there is no wave of any kind countrywide unlike some of the previous parliamentary elections. Each state is witnessing a unique combination of forces and alliances that reflect the specific regional character of that state. We can safely stretch it further to argue[Read More…]

Attacking Iran Would Mean Global Disaster

Attacking Iran Would Mean Global Disaster

On Monday, 13 May 2019, the New York Times posted an article with the title “White House Reviews Military Plams Against Iran. in Echoes of Iraq War”. Besides the aircraft carrier and other naval forces already sent to the Persian Gulf, plans include sending as many as 120,000 US troops to the region. There is a great danger that an[Read More…]

 10 Points on Palestine’s Nakba and ‘Israel’s’ Illegitimacy

 10 Points on Palestine’s Nakba and ‘Israel’s’ Illegitimacy

Nakba Day, the Day of the Catastrophe, is commemorated on the 15th May, the day after the Jewish terrorist Ben Gurion unilaterally proclaimed the Israeli Declaration of Independence on a gaping fault line of delegitimisation. 1.  The Balfour Declaration illegally promising to facilitate a Jewish national homeland in Palestine with the stipulation – “it being clearly understood that nothing shall[Read More…]

What does the watering-down of UN’s rape-in-war resolution mean?

What does the watering-down of UN’s rape-in-war resolution mean?

The omission of critical clauses in the recent UNSC resolution narrates the disastrous tale of misuse-of-power by the Veto bloc to defend conservative domestic policies. In 8514th meeting of Security Council, on April 23, UN passed a historic resolution [2467:2019] to adopt measures on ending sexual violence in conflict. But the resolution passed by UN omitted crucial terminologies contouring sexual violence. Among them were ‘reproductive healthcare’[Read More…]

VENEZUELA: Westerners have lost the ability to reason! (PART 7)

VENEZUELA: Westerners have lost the ability to reason! (PART 7)

It’s amazing the amount of misinformation that has been produced in recent years about oppression and/or repression in Venezuela. I only ask you to tell me, ladies and gentlemen in the West, what kind of oppression allows the criminal opposition to commit all these outrageous acts of terror? Read the full article HERE

Russia and China, Putin and Xi:  “Best and closest friends”

Russia and China, Putin and Xi:  “Best and closest friends”

Trump’s statement on May 2nd  that  trade wars “were good and easy to win.”  reflected yet another dimension of what he does not know or understand – the nature and history of trade wars. https://www.marketwatch.com/story/trump-on-tariffs-trade-wars-are-good-and-easy-to-win-2018-03-02.     The history of trade wars teaches us that no one wins these wars, save perhaps for those who are not involved in them /https://www.nytimes.com/2018/03/08/business/tariff-trump-trade-wars.html  For[Read More…]

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Modern Merchants of Death: The NSO Group, Spyware and Human Rights

Arms manufacturers of old, and many of the current stable, did not care much where their products went.  The profit incentive often came before the patriotic one, and led to such dark suspicions as those voiced by the Nye Committee in the 1930s.  Known formally as the Special Committee on Investigation of the Munitions Industry, the US Senate Committee, chaired[Read More…]

Israel was Forced on Palestinians — as in Rape

Israel was Forced on Palestinians — as in Rape

Palestine is about to be gang-raped again. It’s been 71 years now, to the day, and the Jewish State of Israel, the bastard progeny of Zionism’s rape of Palestine, is still “thriving” among us as the fictitious “ancestral homeland” of Jews — a deceptive rhetorical ploy Thomas Friedman, among many others, has been spouting, without check — until recently. “The term ‘Jew’ is fuzzy[Read More…]

The Nakba of Two Palestinians

The Nakba of Two Palestinians

Do you ever sit with your thoughts and wonder what religion has done for you or to you? As a Palestinian I often do and this is the reason that many years ago I declared myself to be agnostic. It is because of religion and unproven words in an old text called The Bible that a group of atheist Zionists[Read More…]

Venezuelan Communes Protect the State

Venezuelan Communes Protect the State

Direct democracy works like a charm. Check out Venezuela’s Communes…. Venezuela’s ubiquitous Communes are proof that direct democracy works. And, interestingly enough, those same Communes are powerful buffers to attempted coups, protecting the sanctity of direct democracy in their country. In all likelihood, John Bolton and Trump and Pence and Pompeo and Rubio were shocked beyond recognition by the failed[Read More…]

Rafale Scam: Indian Election, Lobbyism And Deception

Rafale Scam: Indian Election, Lobbyism And Deception

Lobbyism around the world has reinforced the reality of profit being privatized, and the loss being socialized. It has dangerously deprived the already marginalized working class, that are struggling with the economic urgency to survive. The somatic structure of balance of economical equity and equal representation of interest has become a myth by itself. In the absence of counteractions by[Read More…]

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Redacting Democracy: What You Can’t See Can Hurt You

Redacting Democracy: What You Can’t See Can Hurt You

The Nobel Prize-winning Czech author Milan Kundera began his 1979 novel, The Book of Laughter and Forgetting, by describing two photographs. In the first, two men are standing side by side, a Czech nationalist later executed for his views and the country’s Communist ruler. In the second, the dissenter is gone, airbrushed out. Just the dictator remains. Today, if Kundera hadn’t written[Read More…]

Bandipora rape case: Student protests escalate across Kashmir; govt shuts down schools, colleges to curb unrest

Bandipora rape case: Student protests escalate across Kashmir; govt shuts down schools, colleges to curb unrest

Srinagar, May 14: Student protests against rape of three-year-old minor girl in Bandipora district continue to rock Kashmir Valley on Tuesday, even as authorities had ordered the closure of some colleges but at different places clashes between Students and government forces turned violent particularly in Srinagar city. In Srinagar, a large number of students from Amar Singh College on Tuesday[Read More…]

Washington pushes to brink of war against Iran

Washington pushes to brink of war against Iran

The abrupt trip staged by US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo to Brussels to push Washington’s hard line against Iran, combined with the deployment of still more US military assets to the Persian Gulf, point to Washington’s calculated escalation of a war crisis in the region. Late Monday, the New York Times posted an article under the headline “White House Reviews Military[Read More…]

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Sweden reopens “preliminary investigation” and seeks extradition of Julian Assange

Sweden reopens “preliminary investigation” and seeks extradition of Julian Assange

Sweden’s reopening of an investigation into a long-discredited rape allegation made against Julian Assange in 2010 deepens the US-led conspiracy to discredit and silence the WikiLeaks founder. Sweden’s deputy director of public prosecutions, Eva-Marie Persson, announced at a press conference Monday that the “preliminary inquiry” into the allegations against Assange would be reopened and a European Arrest Warrant issued to[Read More…]

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U.S. Tariffs: Undaunted China hits back and U.S., global and Asian stocks tumble

U.S. Tariffs: Undaunted China hits back and U.S., global and Asian stocks tumble

China is undaunted in the face of U.S. pressure in the on-going trade war between the two countries, which the U.S. has initiated. The world’s two biggest economies have been involved into a full-scale trade dispute over the past two years. Media reports said: China on Monday struck back at U.S. tariffs on Chinese goods. The measures will be effective[Read More…]

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A mural of former Venezuela President Hugo Chavez (1954-2013). The U.S. government and the Venezuelan oligarchy first tried to overthrow Chavez and the Bolivarian Revolution in 2002. Nearly twenty years later, they are still at it. (Photo: Univision)

The Plot to Kill Venezuela

And who is caught between an economy reliant on oil revenues and a sanctions regime designed to create suffering? The people caught in the squeeze of factors beyond their control. Hugo Chávez knew that Venezuela was very vulnerable. Its oil revenues account for 98 percent of its export earnings. Chávez was familiar with the thinking of Juan Pablo Pérez Alfonzo,[Read More…]

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Sexual Harassment as Constitutional Embarrassment?  Let law take its own course, My Lords!

Sexual Harassment as Constitutional Embarrassment?  Let law take its own course, My Lords!

Highlights A class-III court staff’s allegation of sexual harassment against the Chief Justice of India has shaken up the apex court’s elite leadership. A class-III court staff’s allegation of sexual harassment against the Chief Justice of India has shaken up the apex court’s elite leadership. People are wondering whether institutional reaction reflects due process or heavy imposition on the victim[Read More…]

Maximum Pressure in the Strait of Hormuz: The US-Iran Standoff

Maximum Pressure in the Strait of Hormuz: The US-Iran Standoff

Hegemons are never going to sound too sensible when they lock horns or joust in spats of childish anger.  Power corrupts, not merely in terms of perspective but language, and making sense about the next move, the next statement, is bound to be challenging.  Otherwise justified behaviour can be read as provocative; retaliatory moves duly rattle and disturb. The Iran-US[Read More…]

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Israel’s Common Denominator: Why Israel Will Continue to Bomb Gaza

Israel’s Common Denominator: Why Israel Will Continue to Bomb Gaza

On May 4, Israel launched a series of deadly airstrikes on the besieged Gaza Strip, prompting a response from various resistance groups. At least 25 Palestinians were killed and nearly 200 people wounded in the Israeli attacks. Four Israelis were also killed by Palestinian rockets. The clashes were instigated by Israel, when the Israeli military killed four Palestinians in Gaza[Read More…]

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The Threat of Political Climate Change

The Threat of Political Climate Change

In the Americas, the Trump tsunami has swept across both continents and the “pink tide” of progressivism has all but disappeared from the southern half of the hemisphere. In Europe, with the recent exception of Spain, the left has been banished to the political margins. In Africa and Asia, socialism has devolved into nationalism, authoritarianism, or just plain corruption. And forget about the[Read More…]

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Why Shouldn’t the Boston Marathon Bomber Vote? U.S. Politicians Radicalized Him

Why Shouldn’t the Boston Marathon Bomber Vote? U.S. Politicians Radicalized Him

Last month, 2020 U.S. presidential hopeful Bernie Sanders stirred controversy at a CNN town hall after answering a loaded question about whether his position on extending voting rights to incarcerated felons barred any exceptions such as the Boston Marathon bomber currently on death row. It was impossible for Sanders to respond honestly without being entrapped by the inclusion of Dzhokar[Read More…]

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800+ Retired Justice Department Lawyers Demand Trump’s Impeachment

800+ Retired Justice Department Lawyers Demand Trump’s Impeachment

  As of this writing, 802 former federal lawyers — all of them former federal prosecutors working for the U.S. Department of Justice — have signed a public letter headlined on May 6th “STATEMENT BY FORMER FEDERAL PROSECUTORS”, which states the charges they all think should be passed by the U.S. House of Representatives in an indictment of the President,[Read More…]

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The Disintegrated Mind: The Greatest Threat to Human Survival on Earth

The Disintegrated Mind: The Greatest Threat to Human Survival on Earth

Like many people who have struggled to understand why human beings are driving the sixth mass extinction event in Earth’s history, which now threatens imminent human extinction as well, over many decades I have explored the research and efforts of a great many activists and scholars to secure this understanding. However, with many competing ideas from the fields of politics,[Read More…]

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Accumulation of Slaves

Accumulation of Slaves

Co- written by Meer Abass and Aarif Peer Modern education is about producing workers to perpetuate the secularized, capitalist system; it is not about producing thinkers. Thinkers change systems and shift paradigms, and so modern education is as careful as it can be to avoid producing too many people who are capable of sustained critical thinking. How a particular stuff[Read More…]

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Development Beyond Numbers

Development Beyond Numbers

A leader is best when people barely know he exists, when his work is done, his aim fulfilled, they will say: we did it ourselves  – Lao Tzu India is at a crossroads in its journey of “development”. It is still perceived that the development landscape continues to look jaded. Lessons from recent times show that if we plant the[Read More…]

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A Venezuela-situation analysis by the MSM

A Venezuela-situation analysis by the MSM

“Self-proclaimed ‘interim president’ Juan Guaido”, Ian Bremmer writes in Time, “gambled this week [Last week of April] to try to force the ouster” of Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro. (“The quick read about… Venezuela’s faltering revolution”, May 4, 2019) On the pre- and post-coup attempt situation, now identified as Guaido-gamble, Time writes: “[T]here was genuine hope that this was the beginning[Read More…]

Paéz Mayor, José María 'Chema' Romero (centre) with local residents.

Venezuela: How one local council is working to overcome the crisis through people’s power

In the midst of Venezuela’s prolonged economic crisis, in which state budgets and support for the governing socialists steadily contract, at least one municipal council is bucking the trend. The key, according to the local mayor, has been focusing on people’s power and self-management. Paéz is a rural municipality located in Apure state, along the tense border with Colombia. Opposition-controlled[Read More…]

Assange BULLETIN: Ecuador will give US all documents & devices Assange left in London embassy

Assange BULLETIN: Ecuador will give US all documents & devices Assange left in London embassy

Documents and devices Julian Assange left in the London embassy of Ecuador will be handed over to U.S. Media reports said: Ecuador’s attorney general has informed Julian Assange’s lawyer that the WikiLeaks co-founder’s files, computer, mobile phones and other electronic devices will be seized during a search of the London embassy and sent to the U.S. The searches are set[Read More…]

Money, Media And The Climate Crisis

Money, Media And The Climate Crisis

Immediate action is needed to save the future The central problem which the world faces in its  efforts to avoid catastrophic climate change is a contrast of time scales. In order to save human civilization and the biosphere from the most disastrous effects of climate change, we need to act immediately. But it is difficult to mobilize public opinion behind[Read More…]

The Great Soybean War

The Great Soybean War

Donald Trump is a great believer in the use of force to change things.  Regretfully, he does not understand either the nature of force or of change.    The nature of force is explained by Newton’s third law of motion which states that as forces exist in pairs, as one exerts force on the other, the second object in turn exerts[Read More…]

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 Victim of IMF debt trap, Pakistan compelled to seek new loan

The people have to pay dearly and long for the sins and crimes of their leaders – Lee Kuan Yew, former Prime Minister of Singapore. After appointing an ex-IMF official as Finance Minister and another ex-IMF official as State Bank of Pakistan Governor, the government of Pakistan has assured the International Monetary Fund (IMF) of increasing electricity and gas prices[Read More…]

Lake Waits For People To Wake

Lake Waits For People To Wake

A rare, hybrid environmental campaign is underway to save a great lake – in fact, a Great Lake – Erie.   That grand body of water, declared dead in the late 1960’s experienced a textbook turnaround by the mid-80’s, but is once again in critical condition every summer. Just as citizens of a previous generation finally held polluters accountable, they’re beginning[Read More…]

Illegal Bt Brinjal In India: A Call To Initiate Criminal Proceedings Against Regulators And Corporations

Illegal Bt Brinjal In India: A Call To Initiate Criminal Proceedings Against Regulators And Corporations

What is the point in central government orders and carefully thought out regulatory norms if government officials and regulators act with blatant disregard? This is precisely what we now see happening in India where genetically modified organisms (GMOs) are concerned. India has the greatest brinjal germplasm in the world with 2,500 varieties, including wild species. Following news in April that[Read More…]

Announcing The Monster – Shah Alam Khan , A Book Review

Announcing The Monster – Shah Alam Khan , A Book Review

The blurb reads – a collection of essays by an ordinary Indian doctor , written during the most extraordinary times which the country saw…….. The author Prof. Shah alam Khan a ortho-oncologist , multifaceted a prolific writer , dauntless . His second book asks a few straight simple questions , each essay nudging the neurons in the brain to create[Read More…]

The Newspeak road to four degrees Celsius

The Newspeak road to four degrees Celsius

While a price placed on the Earth, estimated at $5000 trillion (New Formula Values Earth), belongs to the unthinkable, the haggle by conservatives over the price of mitigation of climate change underpins the reality of the Faustian Bargain, manifested by extreme weather events (Fig. 1).Under a plethora of misconceptions and cover-ups the current elections take little account of the scientific[Read More…]

Cameroon: Moving Fast When There Are Short Windows of Opportunity

Cameroon: Moving Fast When There Are Short Windows of Opportunity

On 8 May 2019, Michelle Bachelet, the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights, after a 3-day mission to the Cameroon, welcomed the Cameroon government’s willingness to cooperate over finding workable solutions to what she called “major human rights and humanitarian crises” caused by months of serious unrest and violence across the southwest and north of the country.  She said[Read More…]

Have Eritrea’s Afars Lost Their Sailing Heritage?

Have Eritrea’s Afars Lost Their Sailing Heritage?

It seems that Eritrea’s Afar people have lost their sailing heritage, falling victim to the internal combustion engine and fossil fuels. Living along the southern Red Sea coast of Africa, the Afars were made famous by the finding of the earliest human remains in the Afar Desert (once the Sea of Afar, and a Sea again one day due to[Read More…]

Bhopal: BJP candidate for Bhopal Lok Sabha seat Sadhvi Pragya Singh Thakur, with BJP vice president Shivraj Singh Chouhan, addresses a press conference at the party's state headquarters in Bhopal, Wednesday, April 17, 2019. BJP has fielded Thakur, an accused in the 2008 Malegaon blasts, as its candidate against Congress leader Digvijay Singh. (PTI Photo)  (PTI4_17_2019_000160B)

Curse! “Maine kaha tera (Mumbai ATS chief late Hemant Karkare) sarvanash hoga.”

· “In Hinduism, conscience, reason and independent thinking have no scope for development…. If Hindu Raj does become a fact, it will, no doubt be the greatest calamity for this country. No matter what the Hindus say, Hinduism is a menace to liberty, equality and fraternity. It is incompatible with democracy. Hindu raj must be prevented at any cost.” Dr[Read More…]

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Venezuela’s crisis: A view from the communes

Within hours of Venezuelan opposition leader Juan Guaidó calling for street mobilisations to back his attempted military coup against President Nicolás Maduro on April 30, Guaidó’s supporters had looted and set fire to the headquarters of the Indio Caricuao Commune in south-west Caracas. The building was used for local residents’ meetings and housed a commune-run textile enterprise, which funds projects[Read More…]

 ‘Humanitarian’ Concerns Increase Wars, Benefit Only Arms-Producers

 ‘Humanitarian’ Concerns Increase Wars, Benefit Only Arms-Producers

Unlike a regular corporation, the corporations that manufacture and sell weapons to their government are virtually 100% dependent upon their government and its military allies, for their own success; their markets are only those governments, not individuals (such as is the case for normal corporations). Consequently, either their government will control them, and those firms won’t have any effective control[Read More…]

Antisemitism And Relating To Others: The Need To Go Beyond Tolerance

Antisemitism And Relating To Others: The Need To Go Beyond Tolerance

Although the focus of this essay is on Jewish experiences and Jewish responses, other religious and secular readers concerned about responding to so much hatred, bigotry, racism, sexism, and other forms of oppression, exploitation, and injustice today can easily transform my wordings into their own contextualized terms. Most of our responses to hatred, bigotry, antisemitism (also spelled anti-Semitism, anti-semitism), racism,[Read More…]

AS WE SAY – Have a good day

AS WE SAY – Have a good day

A day without hatred or fear a day without prejudice, suspicion or persecution a day without being lied to being swindled or mislead a day without bullying, without abuse, violation violence or murderous terror without the trauma of affliction without humiliation and without a loss of love. A day so natural that the sun rises in the east over the[Read More…]

The Electricity Department Rae Bareli, UP,writes a new story “Batti gul, Meter Chalu”

The Electricity Department Rae Bareli, UP,writes a new story “Batti gul, Meter Chalu”

Rae Bareli as a political constituency is world-famous. The ground realities remain no different than any other three-tier city in India. Political promises of UPA and NDA both have failed the citizens of Rae Bareli. The city still stands poorly in providing basic amenities to its citizens. During the time of elections, the usual question one asks is whether the[Read More…]

Hummingbirds are among the 88 species included in a new study which shows that the warming of the planet has thrown off the timing of relationships between predators and prey as well as plant-eaters and pollinators. (Photo: Jen Goellnitz/Flickr/cc)

We can survive and live well if we fully cooperate with the planet and its life

Capitalism successes are based on economic growth, attain and sustained by burning fossil fuels. The key one for nearly a century is oil, it’s involved in all our activities, and it’s what sustains world societies, also its gradually changing our benign planet to an unliveable one. Its due to two factors one been the emission of carbon dioxide, which keeps[Read More…]

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Varanasi Constituency Prediction: Will BJP Return To Power?

Varanasi Constituency Prediction: Will BJP Return To Power?

Uttar Pradesh in general, and Varanasi in particular, hold a significant value for BJP, as it is a parliamentary constituency of PM Narendra Modi. The nation had witnessed BJP’S mega political roadshow in Varanasi on Friday, 26 April 2019. Prominent political figures like Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath, Manoj Tiwari, Union minister JP Nadda, Mahendra Pandey etc, were in[Read More…]

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PM Modi, Rahul Gandhi, Wayanad Constituency and the Separate Electorate

PM Modi, Rahul Gandhi, Wayanad Constituency and the Separate Electorate

At a rally in Nanded, Maharashtra recently , PM Modi said that Rahul Gandhi has picked the safest possible seat to contest the elections as the majority is in minority in Wayanad. “Congress ke naamdaar ne microscope le kar bharat mein ek aisi seat khoji hai jahan par vo muqabala karne ki taakat rakh sake. Seat bhi aisi jahan par[Read More…]

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Pompeo’s Arctic Shipping Lanes

Pompeo’s Arctic Shipping Lanes

America’s Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, speaking at the prestigious Arctic Council biannual meeting in Finland, christened the Arctic meltdown:“A wonderful economic opportunity for international trade.” In a nutshell, here’s a critique of the Secretary’s advice: An ice-free Arctic reduces travel time for shipping lanes between Asia and the West by three weeks, which qualifies as one of the biggest[Read More…]

The Zionist Idea has Never been more Terrifying than it is Today

The Zionist Idea has Never been more Terrifying than it is Today

On this seventy-first annual commemoration of Palestine’s Jewish-state Nakba, let’s resolve not to continue to oversimplify things. Whether you believe the American rabbi and historian Arthur Hertzberg’s assessment of the Zionist idea as “unprecedented … an essential dialogue between the Jew and the nations of the earth”, rather than a matter between Jews and God, or you believe the assessment of[Read More…]

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Interview with Sanjukta Basu, feminist writer and polymath

Interview with Sanjukta Basu, feminist writer and polymath

Ms. Sanjukta Basu is a writer, photographer, analyst, blogger, fervent microblogger, freelance journalist, commentator, academic, an avid traveller, a social crusader, and a feminist scholar. She’s a TED Fellow and Founder of Samyukta Media, a pioneering social media dissemination, and outreach organisation. She’s one of the first women in India to extensively write on politics, and avant-garde issues, both in[Read More…]

Chelsea Manning Released From Jail

Chelsea Manning Released From Jail

U.S. Army whistleblower Chelsea Manning was released from jail Thursday after being held for 62 days—including a month in solitary confinement—for refusing to testify before a secret grand jury, but she could be imprisoned again as soon as next week if she refuses to comply with a second subpoena to appear before a different grand jury. Manning’s release came after the expiration[Read More…]

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Convention to protest unjust arrest of social and human rights activists  

Convention to protest unjust arrest of social and human rights activists  

To the authorities, it is an offense whenever anyone raises voice against repression and torture on the poor, indigenous, fallen, mostly identified as Dalit, people and nationalities smaller in number. To the authorities, it is considered an offense whenever someone stands by these people. Social and human rights activists raising voices of protest against repression on these people are being[Read More…]

China vows to take necessary countermeasures after US tariff hike

China vows to take necessary countermeasures after US tariff hike

U.S.-China trade was is now a major world issue. The United States is taking measures against China while China vows to take counter-measures. Media reports from Washington DC and Beijing said: China plans to take “necessary countermeasures” in response to the US’ decision to increase tariffs to 25 percent on $200 billion in Chinese goods, a decision China’s Commerce Ministry[Read More…]

The Nightmare of Medical Care in America

The Nightmare of Medical Care in America

On this extremely hot summer day, the ear-splitting siren screaming through New York’s streets is coming from the ambulance I’m in — on a gurney on my way to the ER. That only makes the siren, loud as it is, all the more alarming. I fell. The pain, its location and intensity, suggests I’ve probably broken my hip. The kind[Read More…]

The Democrats and Muellerisation

The Democrats and Muellerisation

The psychic problems facing the Democrats continue to bite, and with their foiled efforts to see the full, unredacted report of the Mueller Report, they look distracted, confused and bitter.  In politics, the sense of vengeance and retribution has a place, but without some restorative balance, cripples the actor.  The Democrats can point to numerous contenders for the presidential election,[Read More…]

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Remembering Socrates: His Days and Times

Remembering Socrates: His Days and Times

  Introduction Of all the famed names of ancient Greece, that of Socrates is surely the most extensively known. His reputation does not derive from his writings, for he left none. Most of our understanding of him comes from dialogues written by Plato, who was deeply influenced by him and developed his own ideas in such a way that it[Read More…]

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Protests continue in Sudan after military leaders demand Islamic law in constitution

Protests continue in Sudan after military leaders demand Islamic law in constitution

  Sudan is going through political turmoil as military rulers are trying to capitalize Islamic and Sharia law and lingering with transition to civilian rule while the public demanding democracy are opposing imposition of Islamic and Sharia law. At the same time, female activists are seeking half of transitional authority. Media reports said: Sudan’s military rulers said Tuesday that they[Read More…]

Mounting tension with Iran sheds a light on dynamics of US geopolitics

Mounting tension with Iran sheds a light on dynamics of US geopolitics

  Mounting tension between the Trump administration and Iran are likely to shed light on US dynamics shaping today’s geopolitical environment. Looming large is the figure of US national security advisor John Bolton, a proponent of a muscular US foreign policy in which the United States employs military force to impose its will and fortify its superpower status as the[Read More…]

Venezuela – A Risk to Dollar Hegemony – Key Purpose Behind “Regime Change”

Venezuela – A Risk to Dollar Hegemony – Key Purpose Behind “Regime Change”

  After the new coup attempt – or propaganda coup – Venezuela lives in a state of foreign imposed insecurity. The failed coup was executed on 30 April by Juan Guaidó, the self-proclaimed and Washington-trained and endorsed “interim President”, and the opposition leader, Leopoldo López, who was hurriedly freed from house arrest by Guaidó with a couple of dozens of[Read More…]

 How Lies Become ‘Facts’ in U.S. ‘News’

 How Lies Become ‘Facts’ in U.S. ‘News’

On Fox News Channel’s May 2nd edition of “The Story with Martha MacCallum” was alleged, by the program host (at 2:45 in this video), that one reason we must invade Venezuela (if  we will) is that “People have lost 24 pounds” there. So (her point was), if we invade, that’s not evil, it’s no coup, but instead it’s humanitarian (presumably[Read More…]

False charges fail before Truth

False charges fail before Truth

Prison walls or iron bars cannot hide Truth. Torture or harassment cannot detain anyone for too long. That was proved on April 3, 2019 when a brave woman Nirmalakka travelled from Sukma to Kunta for two hours with around twenty journalists after her release from jail in Chhattisgarh. After 12 years in jail, she was finally acquitted from all cases.[Read More…]

Indian Education- Suicide--Madura beats

An Education that kills

It is not that education is in crisis. Education is a crisis now. When people involved in education face problems in practicing it, it is an educational problem or educational crisis. Education as a crisis is it has become an instrument of crisis in society. How? Everyone, be it a politician, administrator, educationist, teacher, parent, student and thinker wants education[Read More…]

Kashmir: Need For Adventure Tourism Directorate

Kashmir: Need For Adventure Tourism Directorate

(The most promising sector in Tourism is Adventure Tourism but to promote and develop it on modern lines there is urgent need for an independent organization of trained people in the line)  The Tourism arrivals these days seem to be on a very low key. The month of May used to be the peak seasonas regards domestic tourism. Unfortunately, some[Read More…]

The Two Narratives of Palestine: The People Are United, the Factions Are Not

The Two Narratives of Palestine: The People Are United, the Factions Are Not

The International Conference on Palestine held in Istanbul between April 27-29 brought together many speakers and hundreds of academics, journalists, activists and students from Turkey and all over the world. The Conference was a rare opportunity aimed at articulating a discourse of international solidarity that is both inclusive and forward thinking. There was near consensus that the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS)[Read More…]

Needs finally explained

Needs finally explained

We need food, clothing, and shelter to secure our existence. It gives us the basic pleasure of living. People are also social beings. Joined in society, they improve their lives significantly and get more pleasure. The most substantial progress comes from the cooperation between free people which may bring the greatest power to satisfy their needs. It may also bring[Read More…]

Basic Income Revisited

Basic Income Revisited

 Universal basic income (UBI) is an old idea that is gaining traction as governments look to revamp their social safety nets. India is the most serious new aspirant. India is actively weighing the idea and the main opposition Congress party has already promised that it will implement a variation of a universal basic income (UBI) targeted at 50 milion   families[Read More…]

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SC In-House Committee on Sexual Harassment: A “Travesty of Justice!”

SC In-House Committee on Sexual Harassment: A “Travesty of Justice!”

PUCL is appalled by and strongly denounces the Report of the Supreme Court In-House Committee’ which concluded that there was no substance in the allegations of sexual harassment made by a former woman employee of the SC against Justice Ranjan Gogoi, the incumbent Chief Justice of India, as a gross travesty of justice, flagrant violation of the principles of natural[Read More…]

Will the U.S. Start a War Against Iran?

Will the U.S. Start a War Against Iran?

On Sunday, May 5, U.S. National Security Adviser John Bolton announced that the USS Abraham Lincoln Carrier Strike Group and a bomber task force had begun to make their way from the Mediterranean Sea toward the coastline of Iran. Iran, Bolton said, had made “a number of troubling and escalatory indications and warnings.” He was, characteristically, not specific. It was[Read More…]

Assange BULLETIN: Bay Watch star Pamela Anderson fears for Assange’s Life

Assange BULLETIN: Bay Watch star Pamela Anderson fears for Assange’s Life

Pamela Anderson speaks to the media as she leaves Belmarsh Prison in London after visiting Julian Assange Pamela Anderson has revealed she fears Julian Assange will be assassinated if he is extradited to the US, hours after visiting him in Belmarsh high-security jail. The former Baywatch star said she was “deeply concerned about his well being” and does not think the Wikileaks founder will[Read More…]

An interview with Fred Magdoff on a farming community in Venezuela

An interview with Fred Magdoff on a farming community in Venezuela

Fred Magdoff is Professor Emeritus of plant and soil science at the University of Vermont and author of many articles including “A rational agriculture is incompatible with capitalism” (Monthly Review, March 2015) and “An ecologically sound and socially just economy” (Monthly Review, September 2014), and of books including The Great Financial Crisis (with John Bellamy Foster, editor, Monthly Review) and[Read More…]

Lowering Standards: Australian Universities, English Requirements and Student Cash Cows

Lowering Standards: Australian Universities, English Requirements and Student Cash Cows

There are no protests on the streets and no effigies of university officials being burned by protesting students today.  There are no protests outside the officers of the over-remunerated Vice Chancellors and their various henchpersons.  It is business and malpractice as usual after revelations by Australia’s national broadcaster that Australian universities have been adjusting admission requirements to boost student numbers. [Read More…]

 Making Sense of the $1.25 Trillion National Security State Budget

 Making Sense of the $1.25 Trillion National Security State Budget

Co-Written By William D. Hartung and Mandy Smithberger In its latest budget request, the Trump administration is asking for a near-record $750 billion for the Pentagon and related defense activities, an astonishing figure by any measure. If passed by Congress, it will, in fact, be one of the largest military budgets in American history, topping peak levels reached during the Korean and Vietnam Wars. And keep[Read More…]

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A Short Note on how the Money Moves in Global Finance

A Short Note on how the Money Moves in Global Finance

The impressive retraction in the US Equity Markets since the 24th of December, 2018; (the day that the severe sell-off in US Equities was finally halted) has been awe inspiring, especially as it was artificially generated in an attempt to support an illusion of economic prosperity within the context of the present Global Recessionary Environment. You could almost think of[Read More…]

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The Middle East Agenda: Oil, Dollar Hegemony & Islam

The Middle East Agenda: Oil, Dollar Hegemony & Islam

Assalamu’alaikum. Dr. Mahathir, Mrs. Mahathir, distinguished Excellencies, ladies and gentlemen. Little has changed in the imperialist tendencies of American foreign policy since the founding of the United States of America in seventeen eighty-nine. The fledgling United States opened the nineteenth century by stealing the continent of North America from the Indians, while in the process ethnically cleansing them and then[Read More…]

Dear Hitler

Dear Hitler

Why does Hitler’s legacy in India greatly differs from that in the West. More removed from the traumas associated with World War II and the Holocaust  ( An extract from ‘Hindutva’s Second Coming’ by SubhashGatade, www.mediahouse.online) ……………………………………………………………………. ..An innocent question sometimes comes up with very troubling answer(s). J’admire( I admire)… a simple exercise given to students to know from them[Read More…]

A Psychological Disorder

A Psychological Disorder

A psychological disorder is ruling us Which looks at others as disorders Orderly men hung themselves Others were ordered to be relieved From their existence with empty promises. The images of the order surround us In petrol stations, bus stands and railway stations On the streets, on newspapers and television sets His voice blasts on our ears With promises unwilling[Read More…]

“Indian Campuses Under Seige” – People’s Tribunal on Attacks on Educational Institutions in India

“Indian Campuses Under Seige” – People’s Tribunal on Attacks on Educational Institutions in India

National Release of the Report titled “Indian Campuses Under Seige” of the People’s Tribunal on Attacks on Educational Institutions in India at Speaker Hall, Constitutional Club of India, New Delhi on May 7, 2019 People’s Commission on Shrinking Democratic Space in India (PCSDS) has released the Report of the People’s Tribunal on Attacks on Educational Institutions on 7th May, 2019[Read More…]

Atmospheric CO2 at Mauna Loa hits 415 ppm

Atmospheric CO2 at Mauna Loa hits 415 ppm

When Countercurrents.org was founded in 2002 the atmospheric CO2 level was 370 ppm. Today we have the terrifying news that it has reached 415 ppm according to measurement at at Mauna Loa in Hawaii. BREAKING: For the first time ever, the CO2 concentration at Mauna Loa in Hawaii has reached 415PPM. We were worried it would happen this year, and[Read More…]

One million species face extinction, world is on notice, says major UN report

One million species face extinction, world is on notice, says major UN report

Nearly one million species risk becoming extinct within decades while current efforts to conserve the earth’s resources will likely fail if radical action is not taken, says a major UN report on the impact of humans on nature. Speaking in Paris at the launch of the 2019 Global Assessment Report on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services – the first such report[Read More…]

Silent Spring’s Encore

Silent Spring’s Encore

Rachel Carson’s famous and brilliant book Silent Spring (1962), which single-handedly ignited the environmental movement, has never been more relevant than it is today. A mimeo of Silent Spring is scheduled for publication by the UN, as the most comprehensive study of life on the planet ever undertaken, an 1,800-page study by the world’s leading scientists that spells out in[Read More…]

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What Did Rabindranath Tagore Think About Islam?

What Did Rabindranath Tagore Think About Islam?

Rabindranath Tagore, the preeminent Bard of the Orient was the mercurial mystic and polymath whose repertoire was unprecedented in proliferation. Transcending to a legendary status, whilst living, Tagore created a teeming ecosystem of art, literary, musical and fine, and wholly constituted an entire era and genre in Bengali art and culture. Such was the influence of Tagore, a man who,[Read More…]

Palestine’s Martyrs, Liquidation, and the Power of the Dead

Palestine’s Martyrs, Liquidation, and the Power of the Dead

The concept of martyrdom has sustained the Palestinian struggle for decades and continues to be the single most formidable obstacle in the path of the forces that would liquidate (in Arabic, تصفيهtassfiyah) the cause. You don’t hear the term “liquidation” used in the English press in connection with the struggle. There, politically correct terms such as “negotiations” or, until recently,[Read More…]

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Robert Owen, Worker Cooperatives, and Democratic Socialism

Robert Owen, Worker Cooperatives, and Democratic Socialism

Democratic Socialists of America (DSA) – and its two predecessor organizations, the Democratic Socialist Organizing Committee (DSOC) and the New American Movement (NAM) – had their origins in the early 1970s, at the beginning of a long-term rightward shift of United States and global politics. This shift to the right – from the 1980s of Ronald Reagan and Margaret Thatcher[Read More…]

A Matter of Independence: Equinor and Drilling the Great Australian Bight

A Matter of Independence: Equinor and Drilling the Great Australian Bight

Such companies advertise themselves as slick and professional, the best in the business, all things to men, women and everyone in between. They insist that we can all have that vast cake of wealth and eat it too.  Equinor, a Norwegian multinational beast of an energy company with its headquarters in Stavanger, has been doing much in the way of[Read More…]

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A new study from Brown University's Costs of War Project found that the U.S. "War on Terror" has killed half a million people in Iraq, Afghanistan, and Pakistan. (Photo: Spc. Phillip McTaggart/Flickr/cc)

Does Capitalism Mean War?

During the Cold war, the major antagonists, United States and Soviet Union, faced one another at European borders. No military confrontations occurred between them. Their cooperation, in a war to end all wars, had a brief interlude, and succeeding years detected huge losses of lives in endless conflicts. The Cold War atmosphere became a testing ground for two systems. The[Read More…]

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 Is the United States a democracy?

 Is the United States a democracy?

There are many partisan responses to this question. Of course, internationally, the United States is regarded by many people to be the gold standard of what constitutes a democracy (perhaps because the U.S. was the first nation that was born out of a successful revolution against an existing dictatorship and that quickly produced a written Constitution, which endorses many democratic[Read More…]

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The Dialectic of American Greatness and American Decline: Obama versus Trump

The Dialectic of American Greatness and American Decline: Obama versus Trump

Donald Trump may be remembered for many reasons, but not the least of which will be that he was the first American political figure to proclaim before his people and the world that the America of his time was a nation in decline.  In choosing as his campaign slogan “Make American Great Again” he was clearly  stating that America, while[Read More…]

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Israel pounds Gaza, stoking fears of invasion

Israel pounds Gaza, stoking fears of invasion

Just days after being sworn into Israel’s new parliament following the victory of his far-right bloc in last month’s elections, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu authorised a massive aerial assault on Gaza’s defenceless population, targeting at least 150 sites over the weekend. In addition, the Israel Defense Forces (IDF), the most powerful military force in the region, used artillery fire to[Read More…]

Centrist Cortizo declares victory in Panama’s presidential election

Centrist Cortizo declares victory in Panama’s presidential election

The Panamanian presidential candidate from the opposition Democratic Revolutionary Party, Laurentino Cortizo has declared victory, with 93 percent of votes counted and a narrow gap with his rival who has not yet conceded defeat. The electoral commission said it would be prudent to count more votes, given Roux’s refusal to concede defeat in the sixth presidential election since a U.S.[Read More…]

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Community members working in the La Columna community garden, Merida, Venezuela. by Tamara Pearson

A first-hand account from a commune in Venezuela: Striving for food sovereignty

May 3, 2019 — We went to visit facilities for urban food production named after Fabricio Ojeda, one of the many Venezuelan revolutionary martyrs of the last century. It is a joint effort of four communes of Catia, whose total population is about 150,000 people. It is on a hill surrounded by the dramatic steep landscape of western Caracas. We were met[Read More…]

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Venezuela: Blatant Violation, by U.S. & Its Allies, Against the U.N. Charter

Venezuela: Blatant Violation, by U.S. & Its Allies, Against the U.N. Charter

America’s and its allies’ violation of the U.N. Charter, in regards to their recent actions to force a regime-change upon the sovereign nation of Venezuela, are baldly, and with unambiguous clarity, in violation of one of the seven founding “Principles” that are stated in the U.N. Charter. These violations are so severe as to demonstrate that the U.S. Government is[Read More…]

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Venezuela: Westerners have lost the ability to reason! (PART 6)

Venezuela: Westerners have lost the ability to reason! (PART 6)

Let’s now talk about Western’s nemesis: Russia. The Western media in general, and the French in particular, keep calling RT a deceitful tool of Kremlin’s propaganda. The only problem is that RT broadcasts shows, like CrossTalk, in which people with absolutely opposed views can debate live for long periods of time! Live! Tell me which French or other Western media[Read More…]

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EAMs at the LOC

EAMs at the LOC

First, it was Zahedan where an IRGC convoy; returning home from their tour of duty, along the borders of Sistan-Baluch, are suddenly ambushed and nearly annihilated. As the sun begins to rise at dawn, on the next day, (the 14th of February), over Pulwama in Kashmir, a strikingly similar event occurs to a much larger CRPF convoy, this time returning[Read More…]

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Erdogan condemns ‘Israeli terrorism’ for bombing Turkish news agency in Gaza

Erdogan condemns ‘Israeli terrorism’ for bombing Turkish news agency in Gaza

President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has fiercely condemned what he called “Israeli terrorism” after the Gaza office for the Turkish news agency was destroyed during the latest round of hostilities between Israeli forces and Palestinian militants. “We strongly condemn Israel’s attack against Anadolu Agency’s office in Gaza,” Erdoğan said on twitter and added: “Turkey and Anadolu Agency will continue to tell the[Read More…]

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The Only Viable Response to Global Terror is Democracy

The Only Viable Response to Global Terror is Democracy

More than 250 people were killed in a series of coordinated terrorist attacks in churches and hotels in Colombo, Sri Lanka, on 20 April during Easter Sunday. Local Islamic orgasnisations NJT and JMI are held responsible for the attack. Islamic State has also claimed responsibility. Sri Lanka has had a long history of majoritarian Buddhist and state violence against religious[Read More…]

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The Anti-Congress Narrative : Identifying Truth and Falsehood

The Anti-Congress Narrative : Identifying Truth and Falsehood

Narendra Modi, during the campaigning for 2014 Lok Sabha elections, had specifically emphasized two things : First, nothing has happened in the country during the Congress rule of the last 65 years. He, accusing the Congress of failures during its 65 years rule, had then claimed that he would complete 65 years of task in just 65 days if he[Read More…]

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Meeting the challenges of Global Polio eradication

Meeting the challenges of Global Polio eradication

Polio or poliomyelitis is a viral infectious disease caused by polio virus, which mainly affects young children. The disease culminates in rendering the infected person paralyzed. It has no cure and can be prevented by immunization only. Due to efforts of major health organizations, the disease has almost been wiped out from the face of the planet – Earth. However,[Read More…]

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Mercy Petitions of Hindutva Guru Veer/Brave Savarkar

Mercy Petitions of Hindutva Guru Veer/Brave Savarkar

MYTH Savarkarites argue, “There are no evidences to prove that Savarkar collaborated with the British for his release from jail. In fact, his appeal for release was a ruse. He was well aware of the political developments outside and wanted to be part of it. So he kept requesting for his release. But the British authorities did not trust him[Read More…]

Narendra Modi : Investigating Eligibility

Narendra Modi : Investigating Eligibility

Narendra Modi has been a recipient of consistent acceptance and support from various corners/ sources which favours his eligibility as the Prime Minister. Although after five years of being Prime Minister, a lot of people have come out of the lure of Modi, yet an unreal aura is being created about his future Prime Ministerial role, as if it is[Read More…]

Value for sale!

Value for sale!

What is the secret behind the success of the advertising world? How is it that the corporate world convinces us to buy more and more, even when it knows that we do not at all need many of those celebrated products? The modus operandi seems very simple. The sales market makes us fall for a value. When a fairness cream,[Read More…]

A first-hand account from Caracas on the May Day

A first-hand account from Caracas on the May Day

Caracas, May 1 — Most of today our delegation was getting to and then attending the rally and so each by Maduro at the end of the march. Our visit coincided with the conference on housing. We “internationals” were taken to bleachers set up very close to the main stage. They did not want us to actually march because they[Read More…]

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The U.S. is waging a war on the Bolivarian republic: Venezuela Roundup

The U.S. is waging a war on the Bolivarian republic: Venezuela Roundup

The U.S. is waging a war against Venezuela, the Bolivarian republic. The war has already taken a very high toll: death of 40,000 people in the country in 2017-2018 due to sanctions the most powerful economy in the world has imposed, finds a study. It is a genocide. Columbia University economics professor Jeffrey Sachs carried out the study. The study[Read More…]

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Disproportionate Sentences: Julian Assange, Bail, and Extradition

Disproportionate Sentences: Julian Assange, Bail, and Extradition

Should journalism ever have a deity worth His, Her or Its salt, looking down upon the recent proceedings against Julian Assange will provide endless choking fits of confusion and dismay.  The prosecution continues in the twisted logic that engaging a source to disclose something secret while also protecting anonymity is somehow unnatural in the world of journalism.  Most prosecutions in[Read More…]

Neoliberal Fascism

Neoliberal Fascism

  Co-Written by Thomas Klikauer & Kathleen Webb Tunney Undoubtedly we live in the age of neoliberalism. There might also be a link between Neoliberalism and fascism. If one agrees with the rather enticing idea that Hayek’s ideology pamphlet The Road to Serfdomis the ur-texts of neoliberalism, then neoliberalism was indeed invented during the dying days of German Nazism and[Read More…]

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A Beautiful Journey

A Beautiful Journey

A journey through the hills, waters, fields, cities and towns A journey through the pains, sufferings, anger and anguish A journey through laughter, joy, intimacy, bonding and hatred A journey through the wilderness of thoughts and actions A journey through images, words, music and colours This train of life is beautiful to remember. The passengers come and go Some look[Read More…]

Glorious Tradition of Sacrifices

Glorious Tradition of Sacrifices

The freedom struggle of this country has witnessed a band of youth inspired by a zeal willing to put their lives at stake. Number of them were arrested, tried in court and executed by the British. Bhagat Singh, Chandrashekhar Azad, Ram Prasad Bismil, Ashfaqullah Khan, Thakur Roshan Singh, Rajendra Nath Lahiri, Shivaram Rajguru, Sukhdev Thapar, Jatindra Nath Das are common[Read More…]

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Sabars of Jharkhand’s  Jamshedpur constituency continue to live in hunger and destitution

A recent visit to a few Sabar villages in Jamshedpur Lok Sabha constituency’s Ghatshila block exposed the “double-engine” claims of the BJP. Raghuvar Das does not tire harping about how the state is developing under the BJP-led state and central governments (“double engine”). One of Jharkhand’s particularly vulnerable tribal groups (PVTG), the Sabars continue to live in hunger and extreme[Read More…]

Cyclone Fani Makes Landfall in India

Cyclone Fani Makes Landfall in India

A storm characterized as “one of the strongest” cyclones in India’s recorded history made landfall on Friday amid warnings of “potentially catastrophic” wind, rain, and ocean surges. UPDATE: Cyclone #Fani is making landfall right now near Puri, India as a Category 4 — one of the strongest landfalling cyclones in the country's recorded history. pic.twitter.com/TDfalErBJR — Eric Holthaus (@EricHolthaus) May[Read More…]

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Bolivarian Republic is now a tense issue in geopolitics: Venezuela Roundup

Bolivarian Republic is now a tense issue in geopolitics: Venezuela Roundup

Venezuela, the Bolivarian republic, has turned into a tense issue in geopolitics. Media reports said: Irreconcilable positions The positions of Russia and the U.S. have turned as irreconcilable. Russia is going to form group of states to oppose the U.S., the chief in the imperialist camp. On Wednesday, the Russian foreign minister Sergei Lavrov spoke to U.S. Secretary of State[Read More…]

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Tackling hate speech: Tech companies and world leaders opt for band-aid solutions

Tackling hate speech: Tech companies and world leaders opt for band-aid solutions

There’s a ‘blame the messenger’ quality to global efforts to counter misinformation, extremism and hate speech by world leaders and technology companies. The efforts are informed by a historically proven false assumption that suppressing expressions of racism, bigotry, supremacism and intolerance or psychological warfare campaigns by the likes of Russia will ensure that they do not reach the public. Perhaps,[Read More…]

Side Effects of living – An anthology of Voices on Mental Health | Book Review

Side Effects of living – An anthology of Voices on Mental Health | Book Review

As a doctor because of it, I understood and looked upon mental health issues purely from a clinically detached fashion. I understood the basic facts, that India had one of the largest number of people suffering from depression and is in fact according to India today, the most depressed country in the world today according to a recent India Today[Read More…]

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Baksa carnage victims yet to get justice after 5 years in Assam

Baksa carnage victims yet to get justice after 5 years in Assam

BAKSA,Assam, May 3: The Bodoland Territorial Area Districts (BTAD) in lower Assam which had witnessed carnage over the years ,the memories of which are still afresh and vivid in the minds of the people and not to say of those who lost their kins for whom justice still remains to be delivered.The 2008 ethnic and communal clashes in Darrang-Udalguri districts[Read More…]

Of Autocrats and Uprisings in the Middle East and North Africa | Rebecca Gordon

Of Autocrats and Uprisings in the Middle East and North Africa | Rebecca Gordon

“Al-Shebab,” said my student Jerry early in the fall 2010 semester. “We’re calling our small group al-Shebab. It means ‘The Youth.’” From his name alone, I wouldn’t have guessed his background, but he was proud of his family’s Egyptian roots and had convinced his classmates to give their group an Arabic name. As usually happens when the semester ends and[Read More…]

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Is 5G Worth the Risks? |  Iishana Artra

Is 5G Worth the Risks? | Iishana Artra

In recent months there’s been a lot of talk about 5G – the next generation of wireless technology. 5G is being touted as a necessary step to the ‘internet of things’ – a world in which our refrigerators alert us when we’re low on milk, our baby’s diapers tell us when they need to be changed, and Netflix is available[Read More…]

Neoliberalism, Solution Aversion, Implicatory Denial and Predatory Delay | Bill Henderson

Neoliberalism, Solution Aversion, Implicatory Denial and Predatory Delay | Bill Henderson

Below is a selection of quotes from a long essay explaining how neoliberalism, solution aversion, implicatory denial and predatory delay have frustrated needed effective climate mitigation. Hey you XR kids, these quotes (and the docs they are from) explain why we have failed to implement effective treatment for at least three decades; this is why you are instead on a[Read More…]

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Shameless Arrogance | Vidya Bhushan Rawat

Shameless Arrogance | Vidya Bhushan Rawat

A Hindi reporter of a brahmanical channel yesterday tweeted about former Bihar Chief Minister Rabari Devi whether she knows the spelling of ‘tweet’ ? We all know well the background of Mrs Rabari Devi who was the chief minister of Bihar for two terms. A few days back, another channel termed Mr Lalu Prasad Yadav as ‘Lalua’ in a public[Read More…]

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Maduro addresses May Day mobilization: Venezuela Roundup

Maduro addresses May Day mobilization: Venezuela Roundup

Maduro addressed people on May 1, the International Workers Day| Photo: teleSUR Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro has announced a “day of dialogue” to be held over the weekend, in an effort to fix some of the mistakes his government has made “since the Revolution.” Addressing people in a huge May Day mobilization in Caracas, the Venezuelan president accused the U.S.-backed[Read More…]

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Beyond GDP: Time for Inclusive Growth | Moin Qazi

Development can be seen as a process of expanding the real freedoms that people enjoy  – Amartya Sen The pursuit of growth over social justice, which has been the defining credo of classical economists, has brought prosperity to most developing societies. But it has also created huge inequalities. The argument that economic growth is the road to social justice has[Read More…]

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Students taking lunch in one of the Ashram Schools in Kurkheda block of Gadchiroli district of Maharashtra

The Horror of Residential School Education: A Failed Model for Girl Students | Santosh Gedam

The recent incident of sexual exploitation of minor tribal girls in residential school raises the primary issue of safety and security before we evaluate the educational outcomes As the mainstream media is focused on the sexual exploitation allegations on the CJI and has given due space and time to scrutinize and question every decision that has happened in the Constitutional[Read More…]

MoU’s exchanged between Achyuta Samanta and Adani Foundation for setting up a branch of KISS in Mayurbhanj, Odisha

Achyuta Samanta, the Myth of being a Messiah | Rajaraman Sundaresan

Elections in India are strange occasions, where parties and their rhetoric strangle the public discourse, leaving the common people to respond and think of their problems all alone. The strangeness of a manufactured ‘democratic election’ of this kind not only leaves one with the choice of choosing between the lesser evils, but also raises questions over the hope of democratic[Read More…]

A first-hand account from Caracas on the rightists’ failed coup-day | Peter Lackowski

A first-hand account from Caracas on the rightists’ failed coup-day | Peter Lackowski

April 30, 2019, 10 pm — Today there was a farcical attempt to take a military airport that fizzled. It turned into a dozen or so guys throwing stones and being ignored. The Guardian is shamelessly running video of something that happened weeks ago as though it were today. We were there and it was all normal. There was a[Read More…]

Venezuela – Another Failed Coup Attempt – What’s Next? | Peter Koenig

Venezuela – Another Failed Coup Attempt – What’s Next? | Peter Koenig

In the early morning hours of 30 April, 2019, the self-declare “Interim President”, Juan Guaidó, launched what at first sight appeared to be a military coup – Guaidó calls it “Operation Freedom” (sounds very much like a Washington-invented title) – against the democratically elected, legitimate government of Nicolas Maduro. With two dozen of defected armed military from the Carlota military[Read More…]

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Indonesian Election – Two Right-Wing Candidates Claiming Victory | Andre Vltchek

Text and photos: Andre Vltchek In Indonesia, both presidential candidates have declared victory, just a few days after the elections that were held on 17th April, 2019. Both of them are pro-business, both Muslim, and both insist that the Communist Party should continue to be banned. Neither of them is even thinking about stopping their country from committing one of[Read More…]

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France and the EU, Recognizing Yet Supporting Apartheid Reality in Palestine | RamzyBaroud

France and the EU, Recognizing Yet Supporting Apartheid Reality in Palestine | RamzyBaroud

A recent statement made by the outgoing French Ambassador to the US regarding the nature of Israeli apartheid accentuates a larger ailment that has afflicted the European Union foreign policy. The EU is simply gutless when it comes to confronting Israel’s illegal occupation of Palestine. Ambassador Gerard Araud was, of course, right when he told the US magazine, the ‘Atlantic’,[Read More…]

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Islamic State Celluloid: Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi and Witch Doctors of Terrorism | Binoy Kampmark

Islamic State Celluloid: Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi and Witch Doctors of Terrorism | Binoy Kampmark

Nothing turns on the charlatan class of terrorism expertise than a video from an elusive, unknown destination, adjusted, modified and giving all the speculative trimmings.  In reading, E.B. White suggested the presence of two participants: the author as impregnator; the reader as respondent.  In the terrorism video, the maker consciously penetrates the shallow mind of the recipient, leaving its gurgling[Read More…]

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Presidential candidate Volodymyr Zelenskiy reacts during a policy debate with his rival, Ukraine's President Petro Poroshenko at the National Sports Complex Olimpiyskiy stadium on April 19, 2019, in Kyiv.

 How Ukraine’s War Is to Be Settled: Zelenskiy, Crimea, and Donbass | Eric Zuesse

On April 30th, Ukraine’s Central Election Commission announced that after the final voting tabulations (which included more than 13% of Ukrainians living abroad), Volodmyr Zelensky had beaten the sitting President, Petro Poroshenko, by a vote of 73.22% to 24.45%. The biggest single issue that Ukraine’s new President will be dealing with is going to be whether to continue, or to[Read More…]

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Bavarians Vote to Stop Extinction | Robert Hunziker

Bavarians Vote to Stop Extinction | Robert Hunziker

The world is in the throes of an extinction crisis unlike any throughout paleoclimate history, aka: the Sixth Mass Extinction, keeping in mind that the normal “background rate” for extinction is 1-to-5 species gone per year. But, what if it’s five (5) every 24 hours? Answer: It’s a lot more than that. The current worldwide extinction rate is more than[Read More…]

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Kashmir’s Bleeding Economy! | Mohammad Ashraf

Kashmir’s Bleeding Economy! | Mohammad Ashraf

(The uncertain situation for last few years is making already fragile Kashmir economy to bleed without any redressal in sight!) The founder of the Ziraat Times, Arjimand Hussain Talib in a recent post on the Facebook while highlighting the problems faced by the trade in Kashmir has observed, “Kashmir’s economy is dying silently, with far-reaching long term negative impacts.It is[Read More…]

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Democracy as Majoritarianism

Democracy as Majoritarianism

“We can never forget that everything that Hitler did in Germany was ‘legal,’ and everything the Hungarian freedom fighters did was ‘illegal.’ It was ‘illegal’ to aid and comfort a Jew in Hitler’s Germany, but I am sure that if I lived in Germany during that time I would have comforted my Jewish brothers even though it was illegal… we[Read More…]

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Guaido’s Failed Coup – Venezuela Roundup

Guaido’s Failed Coup – Venezuela Roundup

Coup attempt by Guaido, the imperialism-backed proxy in Venezuela, has failed. After hours of violence with rocks and Molotov cocktails, and gunfire by Guaido supporters the gamble of Guaido has flopped. Chavista leaders took to state and social media to denounce what they termed a coup in progress, and large crowds gathered to defend Miraflores Presidential Palace. Media reports said:[Read More…]

Guaidó launches abortive military coup in Venezuela | Bill Van Auken 

Guaidó launches abortive military coup in Venezuela | Bill Van Auken 

A coup attempt launched Tuesday morning in Venezuela, distinguished by the brazen criminality of the US government in supporting and orchestrating it, appeared to have failed miserably by nightfall. The attempt was launched with the posting of a video by the US-backed right-wing puppet Juan Guaidó, backed by a few dozen men in military uniform outside the La Carlota air[Read More…]

OBOR – Towards A Just World? | Chandra Muzaffar        

OBOR – Towards A Just World? | Chandra Muzaffar        

The Belt Road Initiative (BRI) also known as the One Belt One Road ( OBOR) project could well emerge as the obor ( the flame in Indonesian or Malay) that will blaze the trail in the evolution of a new epoch in history. Chinese President Xi Jinping must have sensed its historical significance when he announced OBOR in 2013. Essentially[Read More…]

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Trump working to designate the Muslim Brotherhood as a ‘terror’ group | Abdus Sattar Ghazali

Trump working to designate the Muslim Brotherhood as a ‘terror’ group | Abdus Sattar Ghazali

After declaring the Iranian Revolutionary Guards as a foreign terrorist organization, the Trump administration is working to designate the Muslim Brotherhood a foreign “terrorist” organization. “The president has consulted with his national security team and leaders in the region who share his concern, and this designation is working its way through the internal process,” White House press secretary Sarah Sanders[Read More…]

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The Narrative Roadblock to Forest Rights Act | Vaishnavi Rathore

The Narrative Roadblock to Forest Rights Act | Vaishnavi Rathore

The Supreme Court order of February 13, 2019 on the forced eviction of more than 1,000,000 forest-dwelling households from forestlands across 16 states, once again brought to the fore the sharp ideological divide around the politics of ‘forest’ land ownership. Articulations by the ‘conservation’ lobby in support of the order also exposed the deep misconceptions and factual misunderstanding of the[Read More…]

They want to bail out private airlines and run down BEST | Vidyadhar Date

They want to bail out private airlines and run down BEST | Vidyadhar Date

The rulers went out of their way to bring pressure on public sector banks to bail out the unprofessionally run private airline Jet Airways. This put at risk thousands of crores of public funds. There are double standards here. On the one hand the glamorous airline industry is pampered and on the other hand the BEST bus undertaking serving millions[Read More…]

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May 1: Glints at Bangladesh labor’s struggle | Farooque Chowdhury

May 1: Glints at Bangladesh labor’s struggle | Farooque Chowdhury

Today is May Day – a day for the labor to celebrate, a day to vow for carrying forward its political struggle for emancipation of humanity, a day to reiterate its position on the questions of capital and capital’s political power; and a day to learn from the working people’s history of struggles. This land – Bangladesh – is rich[Read More…]

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Unless unions educate workers politically, labor will find itself more powerless than ever before: Timir Basu focuses on labor in India

Unless unions educate workers politically, labor will find itself more powerless than ever before: Timir Basu focuses on labor in India

Labor around the world is facing a hostile situation to the extent and intensity unprecedented in labor’s history. At the same time, labor in the Global South and Global North is theoretically, organizationally and politically unarmed. In this perspective, Timir Basu, a revolutionary once organizing the poor peasantry, and after passing hard time behind bar, organizing the labor, and delivering[Read More…]

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A fully automated society is science fiction: Michael Yates focuses on US labor

A fully automated society is science fiction: Michael Yates focuses on US labor

May Day is one of the most important days to the exploited people. Michael D. Yates, director of Monthly Review Press and former Associate Editor of Monthly Review magazine, focuses on US labor and its movement in the following interview taken in April 2019 by Farooque Chowdhury. Professor Michael Yates, whose academic fields are labor economics and the relationship between[Read More…]

Jai Jawan, Jai Kisan, Jai Samman and the International Workers Day | Jayashubha

Jai Jawan, Jai Kisan, Jai Samman and the International Workers Day | Jayashubha

Lal Bahadur Shastri had given the slogan ‘Jai Jawan, Jai Kisan’ (Hail the Soldier, Hail the Farmer). This was in recognition of their contribution for national security and food security in the country. The point that was however missed out was the issue of ‘Jai Samman’. Being a part of the working class working towards protecting national territory or providing[Read More…]

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 Sri Lanka – Candidate for a New NATO Base? | Peter Koenig

 Sri Lanka – Candidate for a New NATO Base? | Peter Koenig

Sri Lanka, Easter Sunday, 21 April 2019: More than half a dozen bomb blasts shook the country killing from 250 to more than 350 people. Depending on who counts, the death toll varies. The devastation took place in in several catholic churches and luxury hotels. Other explosions, including from – what they say – are suicide bombers, have since killed[Read More…]

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Want to curb violent attacks? Curb civilisationalism | James M. Dorsey

Want to curb violent attacks? Curb civilisationalism | James M. Dorsey

Decades of Saudi global funding of Sunni Muslim ultra-conservatism is perceived to have created breeding grounds for radicalism in Muslim communities even if it was largely not directly responsible for the rise of jihadism. The same is true for civilisationalism of which jihadism is just one expression as are intolerant, supremacist expressions of Evangelism, Hinduism and Buddhism. Civilisationalism, wittingly or[Read More…]

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 Six Ways to Curb America’s Military Machine | William J. Astore

 Six Ways to Curb America’s Military Machine | William J. Astore

Donald Trump is a con man. Think of Trump University or a juicy Trump steak or can’t-lose casinos (that never won). But as president, one crew he hasn’t conned is the Pentagon. Quite the opposite, they’ve conned him because they’ve been at the game a lot longer and lie (in Trump-speak) in far biglier ways. People condemn President Trump for his incessant lying and his con games — and[Read More…]

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Polishing A Fatberg | Denis A. Conroy

Polishing A Fatberg | Denis A. Conroy

Father time and mother nature must be looking askance at the motherfucking arrogance that has given us Anglo-Zionism and global capitalism. The mere fact that Donald Trump, Mike Pompeo, John Bolton, Hilary Clinton, Benjamin Netanyahu and the AIPAC fifth column have brought a neo-liberal crypto-fascist zeitgeist into the Greco-Roman pantheon attests to the fact that Western culture is being privatised[Read More…]

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Students’ suicide – social problems | Sheshu Babu

Summer is not only ‘cruelest’ season with rising heat and water connected problems to people but also it is a ‘ testing’ time for many young students who dream of bright future and decent life. This is also a peak season for suicide- related incidents for secondary and higher secondary as well as competitive exam writing youth. Whenever results are[Read More…]

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What is RSS? | Madhu Limaye

What is RSS? | Madhu Limaye

I entered in political life in 1937. I was quite young then but as I had passed my matriculation examination at a relatively early age, I also entered college quite early. Quite active in Pune in those days were the RSS and the Savarkarites (followers of Vinayak Damodar Savarkar) on the one hand and nationalist, socialist and leftist political organisations[Read More…]