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U.S. in its Corona crisis should remember Murdered Allende

U.S. in its Corona crisis should remember Murdered Allende

Gabriel Garcia Marquez, the Nobel prize winning writer, wrote a classic essay Why Allende Had to Die in New Statesman in 1974 on the coup in Chile in 1973 in which socialist President Salvador Allende was killed. He gives details of U.S. involvement in the coup and a lot of subsequent research reaches that conclusion. The United States, now facing[Read More…]

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Ventilator Shortage Exposes the Cruelty of Neoliberal Capitalism: Noam Chomsky

Ventilator Shortage Exposes the Cruelty of Neoliberal Capitalism: Noam Chomsky

C.J. Polychroniou Interviews Noam Chomsky Trump has reacted during his years in office in the manner to which we have become accustomed: by defunding and dismantling every relevant part of government and assiduously implementing the instructions of his corporate masters to eliminate the regulations that impede profits while saving lives — and leading the race to the abyss of environmental[Read More…]

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Lockdown and Rural Economy: Case study of Village in Rajasthan

Lockdown and Rural Economy: Case study of Village in Rajasthan

Co-Written by Amit Kumar and Puja Pal Originating from Wuhan, China, the novel Corona Virus has affected most of the countries across the continents. Due to its world-wide spread WHO declared it as “pandemic” on March 11.  Since the outbreak of COVID-19, around 1,523,898 people around the world have been infected and some 88,956 people have died in at least[Read More…]

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A brief sketch of epidemic-history of Kashmir

A brief sketch of epidemic-history of Kashmir

The ongoing pandemic caused by Coronavirus or “SARS-Cov-2” has paralysed the whole world. It is by far the worst of the pandemics known to the human history cutting across geographies with catastrophic results for world economy & life of people with increasing daily numbers of deaths, and more testing positive for the disease.  In these trying times, people living today[Read More…]

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"Temperature High" /Cartoon by: Mir Suhail Qadri

Modi Created Permanent Dent on India’s Pride by succumbing to Trump

 Trump thanked India after it lifted the ban on shipping of generic drugs to the US after it threatened Modi of possible retaliation, the dent it caused in India’s pride is permanent. Donald Trump thanked India for lifting exports of hydroxychloroquine—floated as a plausible COVID-19 treatment drug after Washington threatened Modi of possible retaliation if New Delhi failed to supply[Read More…]

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COVID-19: Cases top 1.5 million worldwide as the number in U.S. nears third of the total

COVID-19: Cases top 1.5 million worldwide as the number in U.S. nears third of the total

Confirmed cases of coronavirus, officially Covid-19, ticked to just over one and a half million worldwide on Wednesday, with the death toll now standing at over 87,000. Out of the worldwide cases, more than 319,000 patients are considered fully recovered. Worldwide cases of the coronavirus now stand at 1,500,830, according to a tally by Johns Hopkins University. Fatalities from the[Read More…]

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PM CARES Fund- Need for transparency

PM CARES Fund- Need for transparency

 Letter to the Prime Minister   To Shri Narendra Modiji Prime Minister of India   Dear Shri Modiji, From PMO’s website, it is evident that PM CARES Fund has been set up under your chairmanship as a public charitable trust,  “keeping in mind the need for having a dedicated national fund with the primary objective of dealing with any kind of emergency[Read More…]

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COVID-19: ILO predicts 195 million job losses, 400 million in India will fall deeper into poverty

COVID-19: ILO predicts 195 million job losses, 400 million in India will fall deeper into poverty

The coronavirus pandemic can wipe out 6.7 per cent of working hours globally in the second quarter of 2020, which is equivalent to 195 million full-time workers. This number far exceeds the effects of the 2008-09 financial crisis, the International Labour Organization (ILO) warned on Tuesday. According to the ILO report “ILO Monitor 2nd edition: COVID-19 and the world of[Read More…]

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"The transfer is from public institutions, in which voters have some say, insofar as democracy is functioning, to private tyrannies -- the corporations that dominate the economy -- in which voters have no say at all." (Photo: Andrew Rusk/flickr/cc)

Noam Chomsky: ‘Coronavirus pandemic could have been prevented’

Chomsky slams US’s handling of virus as he warns nuclear war, global warming threats will remain after pandemic is over. While the coronavirus can have “terrifying consequences, there will be recovery”, said Chomsky, but regarding the other threats, “there won’t be recovery, it’s finished” :  threat of nuclear war … and the other of course is the growing threat of[Read More…]

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The smearing of Ken Loach and Jeremy Corbyn is the face of our new toxic politics

The smearing of Ken Loach and Jeremy Corbyn is the face of our new toxic politics

The film-maker’s crime – like Corbyn’s – wasn’t antisemitism but recalling a time when class solidarity inspired the struggle for a better world Ken Loach, one of Britain’s most acclaimed film directors, has spent more than a half a century dramatising the plight of the poor and the vulnerable. His films have often depicted the casual indifference or active hostility[Read More…]

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Solidarity in the Age of Coronavirus: What the Arabs Must Do

Solidarity in the Age of Coronavirus: What the Arabs Must Do

While the Coronavirus continues to ravage almost every nation on earth, Arab countries remain unable, or unwilling, to formulate a collective strategy to help the poorest and most vulnerable Arabs survive the deadly virus and its economic fallout. Worse, amid growing international solidarity, we are yet to see a pan-Arab initiative that aims to provide material support to countries and[Read More…]

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“The Lancet” on Nicaragua – cynicism posing as concern

“The Lancet” on Nicaragua – cynicism posing as concern

Co-Written by Stephen Sefton & Tortilla con Sal Coverage of the COVID-19 epidemic in Nicaragua has become yet one more psy-warfare  battleground between supporters of the US government supported right-wing opposition and the country’s Sandinista government. In the UK, “the Lancet” has long been a leading propaganda outlet for supporters of Nicaragua’s right wing political opposition, making a mockery of[Read More…]

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Nicaragua and COVID-19 – Western media’s best kept secret

Nicaragua and COVID-19 – Western media’s best kept secret

Co-Written by Jorge Capelán & Managua con Amor 250,000 volunteer health promoters have made 2.3 million house to house visits to educate about COVID-19, just one of many activities undertaken by the Sandinista government to address the pandemic. (Photo El 19 Digital) One of the best hidden secrets amidst the cacophony of panic and media terrorism caused by the current[Read More…]

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Condemn the Supreme Court’s denial of relief from arrest for Prof. Anand Teltumbde and Gautam Navlakha

Condemn the Supreme Court’s denial of relief from arrest for Prof. Anand Teltumbde and Gautam Navlakha

Stand in solidarity with all voices for peoples’ rights and democracy! Campaign Against State Repression (CASR) demands the immediate release of all political prisoners! On March 16th 2020, the Supreme Court of India rejected the anticipatory bail plea of civil rights activists, Prof. Anand Teltumbde and Gautam Navlakha, asking them to surrender by April 6th 2020. The review petition heard[Read More…]

Government of Odisha requested to take safety measures for tribals from spread of COVID 19 virus

Government of Odisha requested to take safety measures for tribals from spread of COVID 19 virus

Today, on behalf of GASS, we have requested the Government of Odisha to take safety measures for tribals from spread of COVID 19 virus. The tribals of Odisha particularly Primitive Tribal Group (Bonda, Dongaria and Pawadi Bhuyan etc) are more vulnerable to spread of any virus because of lack of immunity. The special feature of COVID 19 is pneumonia and[Read More…]

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Coronavirus pandemic: An Africa picture

Coronavirus pandemic: An Africa picture

Total confirmed coronavirus, officially COVID-19, cases in Africa was 10,427 while the number of recovered patients was 1,074, and the number of confirmed deaths was 519. The virus has spread to dozens of countries within weeks. Governments and health authorities across the continent are striving to limit widespread coronavirus infections. With few doctors and fewer ventilators, countries in Africa fear[Read More…]

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Will Covid-19 spur a peoples’ bailout for the world’s poorest?

Will Covid-19 spur a peoples’ bailout for the world’s poorest?

The question is whether Covid-19 will awaken us to the stark inequalities of our world, or does it simply represent a new cause of impoverishment for the vast swathes of humanity who have long been disregarded by the public’s conscience?  Since the beginning of 2020, we’ve entered an extraordinary new era. There is still a great deal of fear and[Read More…]

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Pandemic and Poetry: How Writers in Pakistan react to COVID-19

Pandemic and Poetry: How Writers in Pakistan react to COVID-19

There is a proverb in Persian and Urdu that could be roughly translated thus — ‘A collective death has an air of festivity’. The great Urdu poet, Ghalib, however, would have not subscribed to this notion as was made evident from an episode in his personal life. Once afflicted by his financial and existential miseries, he had foretold his own[Read More…]

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COVID-19 Challenge To Healthcare System In India

COVID-19 Challenge To Healthcare System In India

Due to covid-19 outbreak, the healtcare system in US is under deep stress, even though US Healthcare system is considered to be the best in the world . If this deadly virus can wreak havoc in developed countries with far superior healthcare, India surely in ramping up their public health system lagging far behind. What part  of Prime minister’s declared[Read More…]

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A ‘Testing Time’ for Ageing: Geronticide or Necropolitics?

A ‘Testing Time’ for Ageing: Geronticide or Necropolitics?

With the Covid-19 proliferation taking on a dreadful speed, humanity is in the throes of an unprecedented breakdown. Severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus-2 (SARS-CoV-2) seems to have the armoury to legitimate the Darwinian dictum—“Survival of the Fittest.” Even the world’s megatowns and megacities of affluence/abundance have gone bust. The world’s developed as well as the ‘fast growing’ economies and societies have[Read More…]

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COVID-19: Dealing With An Untamable Virus

COVID-19: Dealing With An Untamable Virus

COVID-19, a virus of disease and death, has affected the world since the beginning of 2020. Dealing against it is becoming increasingly difficult for the governments, across the world, because each one has different priorities. More so, in India, the fight against this virus becomes more challenging because of persisting difficulties such as extensive socio-economic inequalities, less value of life[Read More…]

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UK Rights Organisations condemn the imminent arrest of  Prof Dr Anand Teltumbde and Gautam Navlakha

UK Rights Organisations condemn the imminent arrest of  Prof Dr Anand Teltumbde and Gautam Navlakha

Demand prompt release of all political and democratic rights activists in Indian jail The police in the State of Maharashtra, India, acting at the behest of the central BJP Hindutva government, is forcing the arrest of Professor Dr Anand Teltumbde and Gautam Navlakha under August 2018 fabricated charges, accusing them of involvement in violence that occurred at Bhima Koregaon on[Read More…]

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Survival of the unfittest?

Survival of the unfittest?

                                                Extinction is the rule. Survival is the exception.  Carl Sagan Survival in the trying times becomes a matter of concern and ponderation both for the rich and the poor. The Corona pandemic has nudged the mind of the whole world about the[Read More…]

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 Islamophobia and Muslim persecution : A Global Pandemic !

 Islamophobia and Muslim persecution : A Global Pandemic !

In August 2006, on a sweaty afternoon, Sri Lanka and South Africa were up against each other in a Test match, when Hashim Amla (Sporting beard beneath his hat), a mediocre player then, with his athleticism took a brilliant catch to send the veteran cricketer Sangakarra, back to the pavilion. It was all normal until the bells of Islamophobia rang.[Read More…]

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Julian Assange and Lockdown Injustice

Julian Assange and Lockdown Injustice

Scribes of the Julian Assange case must surely gawk with a sense of horrified wonder at each proceeding unfolding at the Westminster Magistrates’ Court in London.  Assange is in a battle that can only be described as titanic, seeking to avoid the clutches of the US Justice Department, not to mention its legal system, and convince District Judge Vanessa Baraitser[Read More…]

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Need Of The Hour In Covid Times: Leadership From The Front

Need Of The Hour In Covid Times: Leadership From The Front

  PM Modi has recognized the Corona pandemic as a “ladai” and given a clarion call to the people to be prepared for a long battle, and to contribute liberally for the fight. For Central and State governments, it is an unprecedented challenge to handle cases of Covid-19 and prevent/check spread of the virus, as well as to reach help[Read More…]

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After COVID-19, We All Should Be Cuba

After COVID-19, We All Should Be Cuba

Rare are those photographs which can be declared iconic right after they are taken, without awaiting the approval of the connoisseurs, critics or people. It is an ordinary-looking photo, of a large team of people, dressed in white robes, disembarking from a plane and being welcomed by someone wearing a white coat too. Take a closer look at the frame[Read More…]

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“Chemical Shower, Bareilly, Covid 19’ by DeepankarGohain

Frantic spatio-temporality of CoVid 19: Social isolation and/in the ‘home’

Co-Written by Shruti Sharma & Bikash Sarma The horrendous outbreak of SARS-CoV-2, and the sequence of ‘phantasmagoric’ events for the last few months, paved the way for strands of thinking and genres of debates on modernity, the networks of nature/culture, on quarantine–physical and social isolation, palliative measures, a virulent nature of bio-politics, the state of exception – and ways of[Read More…]

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In Prague, A Disgraceful Act: They Desecrated And Removed The Statue Of Marshal Konev!

In Prague, A Disgraceful Act: They Desecrated And Removed The Statue Of Marshal Konev!

  Soon, there might be silence. The liberation of Prague, as well as the liberation of Auschwitz and or Warsaw by the Red Army will be forgotten. At least in Europe, even in Eastern Europe, where it took place. This is where it is all leading to. Perhaps, one day, East European governments will issue new orders to desecrate cemeteries[Read More…]

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Democratic Socialism Will Soon Replace Capitalism

Democratic Socialism Will Soon Replace Capitalism

Capitalism will slowly evolve into a Democratic Socialist system that will be able to provide the structures for maintaining democratic substance and resolving the challenges of a difficult future.  Theory and logic indicate Socialism’s possible superiority. If centralized planners, especially in the technological age of data mining and artificial intelligence, responsibly control the processes, allocate resources, create an agreeable work[Read More…]

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Amidst Coronavirus, We Need ‘Scientific Temper’ to Fight against the Socioeconomic and Health Crisis

Amidst Coronavirus, We Need ‘Scientific Temper’ to Fight against the Socioeconomic and Health Crisis

Co-Written by Badre Alam Khan & Sanjay Kumar   The scholars have expressed that the pandemic like novel coronavirus that followed by the national lockdown (which was announced by our PM on 24th March) is adversely affecting both sectors like economic and health. Given the week welfare measures and PDS (public distribution system), lives and livelihoods of millions of people mainly[Read More…]

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US hegemonism threatens India which succumbs to Trump, the bully

US hegemonism threatens India which succumbs to Trump, the bully

Hydroxychloroquine: India agrees to release drug after Trump retaliation threat The above is the title of a report by BBC.com this morning (April 7).  India has agreed to lift an export ban on a drug US President Donald Trump has called a “game-changer” in the fight against coronavirus, despite reservations from medical experts. The decision came after Mr Trump warned[Read More…]

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For the first time, China reports zero new coronavirus death

For the first time, China reports zero new coronavirus death

China reports zero new fatalities from coronavirus, officially Covid-19, China’s National Health Commission said in a statement. This is the first such no case for China since the country was wracked with the coronavirus outbreak in December. Italy, which has the world’s highest Covid-19 mortality rate, has started to see its cases subside. Italy has reported its falling daily cases[Read More…]

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While Rome Burns – Trump Gets What He’s Always Wanted

While Rome Burns – Trump Gets What He’s Always Wanted

Last month, Donald Trump retweeted a doctored photo of himself playing the fiddle that was labeled “My next piece is called: nothing can stop what’s coming.” It was clearly an homage to the Emperor Nero who so infamously made music while Rome burned. To it, the president added this comment: “Who knows what this means, but it sounds good to me!” Whether[Read More…]

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Lives matter the most , more than the ciphers and statistics…….….

Lives matter the most , more than the ciphers and statistics…….….

It is generally accepted among the environmental geographers that there is no such thing as a natural disaster. In every phase and aspect of a disaster—causes, vulnerability, preparedness, results and response, and reconstruction—the contours of disaster and the difference between who lives and who dies is to a greater or lesser extent a social calculus.                                                                                                                                                     —-Neil Smith1 As the[Read More…]

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Coronavirus:Sanctions And Suffering

Coronavirus:Sanctions And Suffering

In the midst of the most horrendous crisis to confront the entire human family in recent decades, the Unite States elite, it appears, is hell-bent on perpetuating massive sanctions against certain states and affecting regime change in some of them. Sanctions cause much pain and suffering and even death on a wide scale.  One would have thought that given what[Read More…]

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Men wearing protective masks walk as they carry bags, amid concerns about the spread of coronavirus disease (COVID-19), in Nizamuddin, area of New Delhi, India, March 31,  2020. REUTERS/Adnan Abidi

Corona Virus Spread: Looking for Scapegoat: Tablighi Jamaat

As India is under lockdown, we see the attempts to contain the Corona Virus. With over four thousand reported cases and over one hindered deaths, India is shaken to the core and it seems life will not be the same again. What is more worrying in India is that the mistake of one religious’ organization, Tabligi Jamat (TJ) is being[Read More…]

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Infantalization, creating idiots by Light

Infantalization, creating idiots by Light

Fed with regular doses of spectacular distractions, promise maker Modi creates a deafness that enables a culture of silence that is fast becoming the cornerstone of India. With these carefully scripted distractions the majority are lulled into accepting the superiority of the leader’s instincts over abstract and universal reason. The 9 to 9 sacred lights lit at the auspicious time[Read More…]

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When Fountain of My Blood Stops, I will Tell God Everything. 

When Fountain of My Blood Stops, I will Tell God Everything. 

While watching vacuous memes of a person trying to kill the dullness of corona by his otiose attempts to scale the grass of his garden with comb and scissors.  I see a  drunken man walking the deserted road  spitting invective and cursing Corona. With whimsical goggling I also see a shopkeeper trying to fit a customer in a fuzzy circle[Read More…]

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Countdown to Lockdown: Fear and Loathing in the Trolley Race at the End of the World

Countdown to Lockdown: Fear and Loathing in the Trolley Race at the End of the World

If I had to choose a place to be to sit out the coronavirus pandemic sweeping over the globe, there are probably few places better than the South Island of New Zealand. A significant number of the world’s super-rich have invested in the Southern Hemisphere nation, some even buying residency through a controversial and secretive ‘Investor Plus’ scheme. Tech startup[Read More…]

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Looking East to Contain COVID-19

Looking East to Contain COVID-19

The strategies employed by S. Korea, Taiwan, Hong Kong, Singapore and China are instructive for India Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s extraordinary decision to impose a nationwide lockdown for three weeks to contain COVID-19 is without precedent. Even at the peak of the outbreak — and lockdowns — in China, 600 million fewer people were confined to their homes. Overall, the decision is a welcome one, but[Read More…]

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While we fixate on coronavirus, Earth is hurtling towards a catastrophe worse than the dinosaur extinction

While we fixate on coronavirus, Earth is hurtling towards a catastrophe worse than the dinosaur extinction

At several points in the history of our planet, increasing amounts of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere have caused extreme global warming, prompting the majority of species on Earth to die out. In the past, these events were triggered by a huge volcanic eruption or asteroid impact. Now, Earth is heading for another mass extinction – and human activity is to blame. I am[Read More…]

by 07/04/2020 Comments are Disabled Climate Change
Condemn the impending arrest of Prof. Anand Teltumbde

Condemn the impending arrest of Prof. Anand Teltumbde

 All India Forum for Right to Education (AIFRTE) organised a virtual press conference on 6th April 2020 to register its strongest condemnation of the impending arrest of Prof. Anand Teltumbde, Member Presidium of AIFRTE and Senior Professor and Chair Big Data Analysis, Goa Institute of Management, on April 6, 2020. The Supreme Court had denied him anticipatory bail on the[Read More…]

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 When Worlds Collide: Locating Privacy in the midst of Public Health Surveillance

 When Worlds Collide: Locating Privacy in the midst of Public Health Surveillance

Co-Written by Jitamanyu Sahoo & Syed Mujtaba Hussain Surveillance has served as the eye of public health every time our world is in collision with epidemics. From the identification of the early cases of AIDs in the 1980’s; SARS, avian flu and west nile virus in the twenty-first century all were contained as a result of a well placed public[Read More…]

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Banal Terrors: Pandemics and the Ordinary Business of War

Banal Terrors: Pandemics and the Ordinary Business of War

The twaddle of framing the confrontation of the coronavirus as a “war” has proven to be a cheapening, misguided exercise.  France’s president Emmanuel Macron has deemed COVID-19 the “invisible, elusive enemy”, making it sound like an adept guerrilla specialising in sneak attacks.  China’s Xi Jinping has gone for the language of the “people’s war”, suggesting that the virus has certain[Read More…]

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 Covid-19 Crisis: Crime, Poverty and the need to evolve Social Security

 Covid-19 Crisis: Crime, Poverty and the need to evolve Social Security

Global inequality and injustice have been heated topics and of deep social concern throughout human history. In January 2020, OXFAM (Oxford Committee for Famine Relief), a reputable confederation of charitable organisations, declared in a widely circulated report “2,153 billionaires have more wealth than the 4.6 billion people who make up 60 percent of the planet’s population”. Debates about the statistical[Read More…]

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Corona, Capitalism and Civilisation

Corona, Capitalism and Civilisation

“Who do you blame it on? For a while it was China, until the most favourite target for the Indians appeared on the scene – you know who. When it comes to the business of blaming, Indians (a large percentage of them) would have loved it if the virus had originated somewhere in the Middle East or in Pakistan. But[Read More…]

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Crocodile Tears

Crocodile Tears

This writer is not one to always single out certain members of our Embedded in Empire mainstream media. To me, they are all sellouts. Why? Well, let’s look at what transpired just last evening on Anderson Cooper’s CNN news talk show. As a preface, we know that Anderson gives to lots of charities, and why shouldn’t this heir to the[Read More…]

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Love In A Dangerous Time

Love In A Dangerous Time

A profusion of anonymous axioms and memes floods social media these days but one remains my very favorite: “It’s like we’ve all been sent to our room to think about what we did.”  My friends, if there ever was a nation that needed a “time out” for that purpose, it’s ours. With nearly every minute of round-the-clock news cycles dedicated[Read More…]

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Understanding the grueling journey

Understanding the grueling journey

 I am willing to be “negative” and “unpatriotic” during the present crisis. Yes, I am referring to the accusations leveled against the dissenting voices by the pro-establishment forces. If anyone questions about the intelligence failure leading to the attack on the security forces in Pulwama, he will be asked to shut his mouth as it will supposedly strengthen Pakistan. Questions raised over the Indian government’s[Read More…]

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Reproductive health services are essential services, including during pandemics like COVID-19

Reproductive health services are essential services, including during pandemics like COVID-19

The recently released Asia and the Pacific SDG Progress Report 2020 shows that Asia and the Pacific region is not on track to achieve any of the 169 targets of the 17 sustainable development goals (SDGs), including those around ensuring universal access to sexual and reproductive health services. Despite commitments made by governments, inequality in the region is growing and[Read More…]

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As it releases thousands of prisoners, UK government keeps Julian Assange locked-up in danger

As it releases thousands of prisoners, UK government keeps Julian Assange locked-up in danger

In response to the coronavirus crisis, the British Ministry of Justice (MoJ) has announced plans for the early release of up to 4,000 prisoners in England and Wales—just under 5 percent of the prison population. The selected “low-risk” prisoners in the last two months of their sentences will be electronically tagged and allowed back into the population to ease overcrowding.[Read More…]

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Coronavirus Pandemic: Cases cross 1.2 million worldwide

Coronavirus Pandemic: Cases cross 1.2 million worldwide

There are over 1.2 million cases of the coronavirus worldwide, according to tracking from Johns Hopkins University. The number of global fatalities has passed 66,000 while the U.S. leads the world with more than 300,000 reported cases. U.S. President Trump warned Saturday that “it’s going to be really some very bad numbers” in the U.S., where the death toll reached[Read More…]

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Emergency Relief: Jharkhand Government’s Token Promises Will Not Do

Emergency Relief: Jharkhand Government’s Token Promises Will Not Do

The government of Jharkhand has announced, as part of its relief measures, that eligible households left out of the public distribution system (PDS) would receive 10 kg of foodgrain if they have applied for a ration card. An impression has been created that this would be 10 kg per month. In fact, none of this is happening. Instead, mukhiyas (gram[Read More…]

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Indian Economy unlikely to Recuperate Quickly under Double Whammy of COVID-19 Lockdown and Global Economic Meltdown

Indian Economy unlikely to Recuperate Quickly under Double Whammy of COVID-19 Lockdown and Global Economic Meltdown

  Covid-19 which originated in China’s Wuhan city has taken the shape of pandemic all over the world calling for severe medical emergencies world-wide. The world has no vaccine or a drug to control it medically, as such the World Health Organisation (WHO) urges all the nations to implement complete lockdown in their country, which is the only available strategy[Read More…]

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Save Rohingyas from catastrophic COVID- 19

Save Rohingyas from catastrophic COVID- 19

Spring, the best season, is twinkling Bangladesh. Mango pods adore trees here and there across the country. Hopes are pinching dreams for big profit. In this flashy season optimism of Bangladeshis has been grabbed by a scare – COVID -19. Yes, ruling of coronavirus has been started the country. It has already occupied several places of the delta country- Bangladesh.[Read More…]

by 06/04/2020 Comments are Disabled South Asia
IITs and IIM Ahmedabad Fraternity Stand with ‘Role Model’ Dr. Anand Teltumbde

IITs and IIM Ahmedabad Fraternity Stand with ‘Role Model’ Dr. Anand Teltumbde

At the time of writing this article, more than 670 students, researchers, faculty and alumni of the prestigious IIM Ahmedabad and IITs pan-India, in their individual capacities, have expressed their solidarity with Dr. Anand Teltumbde. They have requested the President to intervene for dropping all charges against Dr. Teltumbde, who has been asked to surrender by 6th April, 2020. This[Read More…]

by 06/04/2020 Comments are Disabled Human Rights
Seeds of a More Equal, Equitable and Environment Friendly Society In Coronavirus Threat Lockdown

Seeds of a More Equal, Equitable and Environment Friendly Society In Coronavirus Threat Lockdown

The coronavirus threat has forced governments to impose a disruptive change in our life styles, which may seem very inconvenient and irritating to us in the present circumstances, but it may be worth considering to continue with some of these changes in the interest of society, economy and environment. The modern economy involved unnecessary travel, both long term long distance[Read More…]

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Memoirs of a Dalit Communist

Memoirs of a Dalit Communist

शिळेखाली हात होता, तरी नाही फोडला हंबरडा किती जन्मांची कैद, कुणी निर्मिला हा कोंडवाडा……’ -दया पवार The above lines taken from Daya Pawar’s poem ‘ kondwada’ essays the inner nuances of the struggle of Dalits to achieve their dream of the egalitarian society which shall be based on the edifice of Genderless, Casteless and Classless Society.It also potrays the hope[Read More…]

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Living With Type 1 Diabetes

Living With Type 1 Diabetes

Living with something like this requires a great amount of motivation, positive mindset and a healthy living. Struggling with diabetes or any disease in fact is not easy and it breaks you at many points of your life because you loose hope and the desire to live. It is important to not give up and accept your body with the[Read More…]

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Coronavirus Socialism for the Wealthy

Coronavirus Socialism for the Wealthy

When capitalism screeches to a halt and starts its old business of killing off the adventurous but weakened, the enterprising but foolish, those who initially benefited, shed tears.  Losses mount, accountants tally up current and future losses.  Huge profits somehow do not matter now, as the diminishing balances bite and impress.  As this happens, the corporatocrats start to search.  Options[Read More…]

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Covid-19 Reveals The Ugly Face Of  US Hegemonism and imperialism

Covid-19 Reveals The Ugly Face Of  US Hegemonism and imperialism

 People thought Covid-19 has united the whole world, erasing borders and frictions. Indeed people – medical personnel, scientists, journalists and administrators across countries joined hands in educating and mobilizing people to face the calamity. But US acted erratically, promoted anti-China tirade and calumny, called it Chinese virus or Wuhan virus, despite WHO’s explicit appeal not call it that way. China[Read More…]

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Wall Street Wins – Again: Bailouts in the Time of Coronavirus

Wall Street Wins – Again: Bailouts in the Time of Coronavirus

To say that these are unprecedented times would be the understatement of the century. Even as the United States became the latest target of Hurricane COVID-19, in “hot spots” around the globe a continuing frenzy of health concerns represented yet another drop down the economic rabbit hole. Stay-at-home orders have engulfed the planet, encompassing a majority of Americans, all of India, the United Kingdom,[Read More…]

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Bangladesh’s COVID-19 Response Plan: Can the government turn a chaotic start into a good end?

Bangladesh’s COVID-19 Response Plan: Can the government turn a chaotic start into a good end?

Contrary to the common belief that Government of Bangladesh has been least prepared and that its responses to COVID-19 have been ad hoc and impulsive, it is important to note that the government did have an elaborate plan, ‘National Preparedness and Response Plan for COVID – 19’ and that the Plan was prepared under the guidance of the Directorate General[Read More…]

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 “May you live in interesting times”: Covid-19 and Capitalism’s Existential Crisis

 “May you live in interesting times”: Covid-19 and Capitalism’s Existential Crisis

There are decades where nothing happens, and there are weeks when decades happen.  When history is compressed enough and people bend their minds to new problems, consciousness can change with lightning speed.  Because of the emotional rollercoaster that is accompanying the Covid-19 pandemic, the world’s collective weltanschauung is shifting noticeably to the left. Fear and panic are poor advisers, of course. Absurd, visceral predictions[Read More…]

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A  View From Athens: Covid-19 and the End of the World as We Know It

A  View From Athens: Covid-19 and the End of the World as We Know It

No more kisses, handshakes or blowing out birthday candles.  But that’s alright.  We can live with these changes. Many people in Athens are still optimistic.  They say that in a relatively short period of time—and aided by more clement weather in the Northern Hemisphere—the global spread of Covid-19 will slow down enough to become manageable. People will joke about new[Read More…]

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A new class of `anti-nationals’ – victims of COVID-19 paranoia   

A new class of `anti-nationals’ – victims of COVID-19 paranoia   

  The  term  `guilty  by  association’   had  been  a  part  of  discourse  in  criminal  jurisprudence  for  years.  It  implies  the  categorization  of  any  one  as  guilty  who  has   been  associated  with  the  accused  criminal ,  even  though  not  directly  participating  in  the  crime.   Today,  in  the  paranoid  environment  of  the  coronavirus  pandemic,  the  term  has  been  extended  to  include   common [Read More…]

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They told us so

They told us so

I cannot say “I told you so” because I did not. But I can say “They told us so” because they did. “They” being the alternate media that provided news and views that the mainstream media (MSM) would not touch because it harmed their veneer of the world that all was running smoothly. Certainly there were signs in the MSM[Read More…]

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The Green School Initiative in Bhutan: A Long-Term Solution to Future Pandemics

The Green School Initiative in Bhutan: A Long-Term Solution to Future Pandemics

Co-Written by Sayan Dey and Malati Sunar Introduction: An Overview This article is a continuation of the arguments about the importance of ecological consciousness as a powerful antidote against future pandemics, which we have put forward in the article “Why Bhutan Is An Outlier In The Fight Against Coronvirus?” In the previous article we have mentioned about the ‘green school’[Read More…]

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Nursing Profession and its Services during Pandemics

Nursing Profession and its Services during Pandemics

NURSE:-Having privilege to open the eyes of a new born, and to gently close the eyes of a dying man, the first to witness the beginning and the end of life. The history of Nursing is as old as the history of this universe. The field of nursing continue to provide the care and treat the illnesses in all the[Read More…]

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 Romance of Fire: The life of Ernest Mandel

 Romance of Fire: The life of Ernest Mandel

Aside from Tony Cliff (and the ‘old man’ himself) few can claim intellectual leadership of the Trotskyist movement like Ernest Mandel can. He was not only the pillar of the Fourth Internationale but also the most widely published Belgian author since Georges Simenon. He gave the prestigious Alfred Marshall lectures at Cambridge in 1967, and produced books, articles, and pamphlets[Read More…]

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Bohemian folk singer who sang for those who couldn’t

Bohemian folk singer who sang for those who couldn’t

 In an ideal world, we all hope to leave the world a better place, to make a difference somehow, to have our life matter. Julie Felix, who died recently, aged 81, has left behind a legacy far greater than her half century career as a folk singer. But to dismiss her just as a protest singer of yesteryear would be[Read More…]

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A potential coronavirus vaccine might have been discovered

A potential coronavirus vaccine might have been discovered

Researchers at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine and UPMC, the school’s medical center, are working on a possible vaccine for SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19. Scientists announced news of the potential vaccine, which has now been tested successfully on mice, on Thursday. Several research groups around the world are racing to create a vaccine, including a temporary[Read More…]

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Denominational Coloring of Corona Spread: A Methodical Move

Denominational Coloring of Corona Spread: A Methodical Move

The search for a scapegoat is the easiest of all hunting expeditions. Dwight Eisenhower India has earned a bad name for many preposterous moves and prejudiced acts against Muslims. The of late anti-Muslim riots in Delhi bear testimony to the fact. The echelons of the establishment and its associated myrmidons are always out to blame and hunt Muslims. The media[Read More…]

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If n-Coronavirus Passionately Falls In Love With Me, This Is What I’ll Do As A Medical Doctor With Fifty Years Experience

If n-Coronavirus Passionately Falls In Love With Me, This Is What I’ll Do As A Medical Doctor With Fifty Years Experience

Into the seventieth year of life and having survived a life-threatening heart attack in January 2017, I’m fit as a fiddle – thanks to Mother Nature – and do my bit as an activist along with co-workers in Delhi. Were n-Coronavirus to take abode in my body and I develop mild symptoms like ‘flu’, I’ll quarantine myself strictly at home.[Read More…]

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Remembering Martin Luther King, Jr. on the Anniversary of his Murder in a Pandemic Year

Remembering Martin Luther King, Jr. on the Anniversary of his Murder in a Pandemic Year

  The United States Strategic National Stockpile of essential medical supplies maintained by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, seems unable to respond to the present COVID-19 crisis.  There is much discussion in today’s news about who is responsible for the shortcomings. Did Trump find the shelves empty or full when he took office after President Obama? Is[Read More…]

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University Bailouts, Funding and Coronavirus

University Bailouts, Funding and Coronavirus

In a set of stable circumstances, funding higher education should be a matter of automatic persuasion.  If you want an educated populace, the tax payer should muck in. In some countries, however, this venture is uneven.  In the United Kingdom, the system remains divided, an echo of class stratification.  In Australia, which took so many of its behavioural and policy[Read More…]

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COVID-19 Pandemic and the Global Humanity

COVID-19 Pandemic and the Global Humanity

Has civilization taught us to be more friendly towards one another? Asked Bertrand Russell, the British philosopher and intellectual and explains further:  …Within the herd we are more friendly to each other than are many species of animals, but in our attitude towards those outside the herd, in spite of all that has been done by moralists and religious teachers,[Read More…]

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Coronavirus Pandemic: More than $4 trillion from global economy will be wiped out

Coronavirus Pandemic: More than $4 trillion from global economy will be wiped out

The coronavirus pandemic will hit the global economy in a much bigger way than previously expected, warned the Asian Development Bank (ADB) has warned in its annual economic report –  Asian Development Outlook (ADO) 2020. According to the gloomiest scenario presented by the bank, the impact of the “worst pandemic in a century” will be $4.1 trillion, or 4.8 percent[Read More…]

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74 journalism professors sign letter calling Fox News’ coronavirus coverage a ‘danger to public health’

74 journalism professors sign letter calling Fox News’ coronavirus coverage a ‘danger to public health’

74 journalism professors and journalists signed an open letter addressed to Fox News’ Rupert and Lachlan Murdoch on Thursday, criticizing the network they oversee for its coverage of the coronavirus pandemic. The letter stated, in part, “The Viewers of Fox News, including the president of the United States, have been regularly subjected to misinformation relayed by the network — false statements[Read More…]

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Men wearing protective masks walk as they carry bags, amid concerns about the spread of coronavirus disease (COVID-19), in Nizamuddin, area of New Delhi, India, March 31,  2020. REUTERS/Adnan Abidi

Media’s Antagonism: How a Section of Media is Fostering Hatred Using Tablighi-jamaat Episode

  Corona pandemic’s fright has now reached almost every corner of the country and the globe.        While we are awaiting a prompt solution to the grave crisis, a legal as well as moral obligation falls on everyone to dwell inside homes; stay safe and let others stay safe. While necessary measures are being taken everywhere to control the health[Read More…]

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Ambedkarite Engineers Body express solidarity with Dr Anand Teltumbde

Ambedkarite Engineers Body express solidarity with Dr Anand Teltumbde

We the members of Babasaheb Ambedkar National Association of Engineers express our deepest shock and anguish over the rejection of the anticipatory bail application of one of the founders and ex-president of our Association, Dr Anand Teltumbde. We were shocked right from the day his name was linked by the Police in what by now clearly appears as the concocted[Read More…]

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IIM Ahmedabad community Statement of Solidarity and Appeal to Acquit Prof. Anand Teltumbde

IIM Ahmedabad community Statement of Solidarity and Appeal to Acquit Prof. Anand Teltumbde

Over 280 students, faculties and alumni of Indian Institute of Management, Ahmedabad (IIMA) have signed statements in solidarity with their illustrious alumnus, Anand Teltumbde who apart from being corporate leader and teacher has done so much to the society.  Teltumbde is expected to surrender himself by April 6 in accordance with the Supreme Court verdict. We, as part of the[Read More…]

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Review of Ajnabi

Review of Ajnabi

(Adaptation of The Stranger by Albert Camus) Directed by Anil Kumar Chaudhary Performed at Veda Factory and Tefla’s Studio As strange as it may sound – is the philosophy of the world, condemned to death. If the purpose of literature is to comfort and disconcert, the actor is the promise of the world which, in Camus’ The Stranger, Meursault imagines.[Read More…]

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The Post-Corona Economic Scenario: All political parties must  wake up to reality

The Post-Corona Economic Scenario: All political parties must  wake up to reality

Setting a precedent, India’s 1.3-billion people are the world’s largest social-distancing lockdown population in the wake of the Corona virus. The decision to lockdown at this scale with 4-hours “notice”, without adequate preparation and planning is being questioned. But condemn it or praise it, we are in its midst and it is necessary to handle the lockdown effects, particularly on[Read More…]

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Manusangada: The Grammar of Anarchy

Manusangada: The Grammar of Anarchy

“Constitutional morality is not a natural sentiment. It has to be cultivated. We must realise that our people have yet to learn it. Democracy in India is only a top-dressing on an Indian soil which is essentially undemocratic.”                             – Dr.B.R.Ambedkar       The above quote by Babsaheb Ambedkar in the times of Corona Pandemic which is proving to be a[Read More…]

Why the central government position on the principle of non-refoulement is erroneous?

Why the central government position on the principle of non-refoulement is erroneous?

The BJP led Central Government on March 17 filed a 129-page preliminary counter affidavit in response to a batch of petitions filed in the Supreme Court (SC) challenging the constitutional validity of Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA) 2019. The CAA fast-tracks Indian citizenship for Hindu, Sikh, Buddhist, Christian, Parsi, and Jain “illegal migrants” from Afghanistan, Bangladesh and Pakistan, who came to India before December 31, 2014[Read More…]

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Collapse Is Here

Collapse Is Here

ABSTRACT The novel corona virus or COVID 19 has finally triggered the collapse of the industrial/capitalist economy. In the first part of this article we outline this collapse and the solution that has been proposed for the last decade and a half by a variety of green initiatives all over the world. However the COVID 19 has also posed an[Read More…]

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What’s This ‘Candle’ Ma?

What’s This ‘Candle’ Ma?

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Boastful Pay Cuts: The Coronavirus Incentive

Boastful Pay Cuts: The Coronavirus Incentive

It has become a source of pride.  Highly salaried executives – often, it should be said, receiving pay very much disconnected from the value of their work – making voluntary pay cuts and telling everybody else about it.  In sport, celebrated figures such as Lionel Messi and Christiano Ronaldo have chosen to reduce their enormous pay packages for the sake[Read More…]

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Notes from Myanmar: Humans versus Viruses

Notes from Myanmar: Humans versus Viruses

A reflection on Covid-19 virus outbreak by San Lin Tun Birds are at ease, showing no worries, looking down at the helter-skelter of humans, struggling and striving to survive under this ruthless virus’ attack. Before that, birds caused flu and migratory birds could not be seen easily. That time, people hated birds; they stopped bird watching for the fear posed by[Read More…]

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Covid-19 – Postlude Human Life on Planet Earth ?

Covid-19 – Postlude Human Life on Planet Earth ?

If the warfare against each other and Planet earth continues, the Cosmic experiment with human life, which in principle could support its  harmonious and joyous flourishing existence far into the future, could soon come to a premature end. This would be one of the supreme tragedies of the universe. Our Biological Vulnerability The Pandemic Covid-19 as it builds in intensity[Read More…]

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The bigger picture is hiding behind a virus

The bigger picture is hiding behind a virus

Things often look the way they do because someone claiming authority tells us they look that way. If that sounds too cynical, pause for a moment and reflect on what seemed most important to you just a year ago, or even a few weeks ago. Then, you may have been thinking that Russian interference in western politics was a vitally[Read More…]

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Depositors Paying the Price of Corporate Bad Loans

Depositors Paying the Price of Corporate Bad Loans

Co-Written by Ashish Kajla & Shivani Dwivedi   The primary objective of nationalization of banks was to reach out to each and every last person of our society. The purpose was to provide credit facilities to poor and marginalized sections and free them from the clutches of moneylenders. Banks were to provide credit to small and medium businesses. But with[Read More…]

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Coronavirus Pandemic: Over 1 million cases worldwide, 50,000 dead

Coronavirus Pandemic: Over 1 million cases worldwide, 50,000 dead

The coronavirus pandemic has passed its landmark moment, as over one million people worldwide have tested positive for the disease, according to figures from multiple sources including news agency AFP and the John Hopkins University. More than 51,485 people have died worldwide from the virus. Now, the U.S. is the most-affected country, surpassing China. In Europe, Italy, Spain, Germany and[Read More…]

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U.S. sanctions abort delivery of Covid-19 aid from Alibaba chief to Cuba

U.S. sanctions abort delivery of Covid-19 aid from Alibaba chief to Cuba

Cuba has slammed the U.S.’ “criminal blockade” of the country after the embargo stood in the way of the delivery of Covid-19 test kits and ventilators donated by Chinese e-commerce tycoon Jack Ma. “The criminal blockade of the imperial government violates the human rights of the Cuban people,” tweeted Cuba’s President Miguel Diaz-Canel Bermúdez on Wednesday. Cuba’s envoy to Beijing,[Read More…]

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After the 21-day Lockdown

After the 21-day Lockdown

It is imperative that once the 21-day lockdown is lifted on 14th April, every effort should be made by the Central and State Governments to bring back stranded labourers, daily wage earners, poor village folk, etc. to their respective village locations in respective states. This is top priority before we start any action to alleviate the so-called suffering of the[Read More…]

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Migrant Workers in the Cities and Public Health Response to the Corona Pandemic

Migrant Workers in the Cities and Public Health Response to the Corona Pandemic

In 1896 a ‘plague’ pandemic arrived in the Indian city of Mumbai from Hongkong. Within a few days, strict quarantines have been imposed against Indian vessels at Suez and at many ports of Europe. Subsequently, strict quarantine measures were introduced in the city which included evacuation and burning of huts inhabited by the poor. There was an all-round clearance and[Read More…]

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Trump’s racist rant against China causing ripples in India too

Trump’s racist rant against China causing ripples in India too

Coronavirus, which has claimed more than 45,000 human lives across the world, may not be discriminating between races, but it has given an opportunity to bigots to scapegoat Chinese people and those with Oriental facial features. The virus which originated in Wuhan, China has now spread to more than 150 countries, including Canada and the US. India, which shares a[Read More…]

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He’s Got Eight Numbers, Just Like Everybody Else

Trident nuclear disarmament activist Steve Kelly, a Jesuit priest, begins his third year imprisoned in a county jail as he and his companions await sentencing. On April 4, 2020, my friend Steve Kelly will begin a third year of imprisonment in Georgia’s Glynn County jail. He turned 70 while in prison, and while he has served multiple prison sentences for[Read More…]

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Capitalism’s Triple Crisis

Capitalism’s Triple Crisis

Capitalism is facing at least three major crises. A pandemic-induced health crisis has rapidly ignited an economic crisis with yet unknown consequences for financial stability, and all of this is playing out against the backdrop of a climate crisis that cannot be addressed by “business as usual.” Until just two months ago, the news media were full of frightening images of[Read More…]

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Good Karma, Bad Karma… Always Karma

Good Karma, Bad Karma… Always Karma

The old adage should say : Nothing is certain but death and taxes… and Karma. Karma is as real as it gets. The various holy books made sure to state that ‘ What ye sow so shall ye reap’ AKA ‘ What goes around comes around.’ Karma has many flavors, but the end result is always the same: What one[Read More…]

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Is the Covid-19 Pandemic Mother Nature’s Response to Human Transgression?

Is the Covid-19 Pandemic Mother Nature’s Response to Human Transgression?

As the coronavirus sweeps across the planet, leaving death and mayhem in its wake, many theories are being expounded to explain its ferocity. One, widely circulated within right-wing conspiracy circles, is that it originated as a biological weapon developed at a secret Chinese military lab in the city of Wuhan that somehow (perhaps intentionally?) escaped into the civilian population. Although that “theory”[Read More…]

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We Won’t Die for Wall Street

We Won’t Die for Wall Street

In recent weeks, the bankruptcy of global capitalism has been exposed to millions as the system has gone into deep crisis and its representatives have failed to take the measures needed to stem COVID-19’s spread. This has been no accident. As scientists and health care professionals shouted themselves hoarse over the need for an urgent response, Trump and the political[Read More…]

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PUDR demands temporary decongestion of jails in view of COVID-19 public health crisis

PUDR demands temporary decongestion of jails in view of COVID-19 public health crisis

Peoples Union for Democratic Rights (PUDR) welcomes the directions passed by the Supreme Court of India on 23.03.2020 in Suo Moto Writ Petition (C) 1/2020 titled In Re: Contagian of Covid 19 Virus in Prisons. Through the said order, all States and Union territories have been directed to constitute a High Powered Committee for the release of prisoners in the[Read More…]

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The economy is hit, wake up now , give up fancy projects

The economy is hit, wake up now , give up fancy projects

The onset of the Corona virus and the subsequent lockdown have crippled Maharashtra’s economy and this will impact Mumbai. It has also completely changed the way people think. The Gods have become helpless, they have abandoned the field, they have failed to work miracles, declared an article in the Shiv Sena mouthpiece daily Samnaa written by Sanjay Raut, editor. He[Read More…]

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I am no more a proud Kashmiri

I am no more a proud Kashmiri

On October 26 1947, the then Maharaja of Kashmir Hari Singh signed an instrument of accession under which the state surrendered only three subjects that are Defence, external affairs and communication to the Dominion of India . in March 1948 the Maharaja appointed an interim Government in the state with sheikh Abdullah as Prime minister .The Government of India made[Read More…]

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`Rights To Have Rights’ In Context Of Citizenship Matrix In India

`Rights To Have Rights’ In Context Of Citizenship Matrix In India

Much has been said about the controversial Citizenship Amendment Act, 2019 while protestors all over India demanded to withdraw the law claiming that it is discriminatory. The matter is pending before the Supreme Court but in this piece, it is added that the amendments made over the years, in the citizenship law, have changed the very notion and discourse of[Read More…]

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Catastrophe capitalism: climate change, COVID-19, and economic crisis – An interview of John Bellamy Foster

Catastrophe capitalism: climate change, COVID-19, and economic crisis – An interview of John Bellamy Foster

by Farooque Chowdhury and John Bellamy Foster In the backdrop of the ravaging coronavirus pandemic, John Bellamy Foster, editor of Monthly Review, the famous socialist magazine, discusses the pandemic in relation to the present condition of capitalism and economic crisis in the following interview conducted by Farooque Chowdhury in late-March, 2020. Foster, professor of sociology at the University of Oregon,[Read More…]

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Coronavirus Pandemic: More than 66 million U.S. jobs are at high risk of layoffs

Coronavirus Pandemic: More than 66 million U.S. jobs are at high risk of layoffs

As the coronavirus wreaks havoc on the U.S. economy, more than 66 million jobs across sales, production, and food preparation services are at “high risk” of layoffs, finds Charles Gascon, a St. Louis Federal Reserve regional economist. Using 2018 occupational data from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) detailing 808 occupations, Charles Gascon found that 66.8 million people —[Read More…]

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Coronavirus Pandemic: U.S. National Park staff revolts, says shut them down

Coronavirus Pandemic: U.S. National Park staff revolts, says shut them down

Frustrated by what he considered inadequate answers about why some staff could telework while others had to show up to work, Lyndon B. Johnson Historic Park maintenance worker Trevor Wright took matters into his own hands — with an all-staff email. “No one has ever died because they were not able to see LBJ’s ranch or ancestral settlement on any[Read More…]

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Locked Down and Locking in the New Global Order

Locked Down and Locking in the New Global Order

On 12 March, British PM Boris Johnson informed the public that families would continue to “lose loved ones before their time” as the coronavirus outbreak worsens. He added: “We’ve all got to be clear, this is the worst public health crisis for a generation.” In a report, the Imperial College had warned of modelling that suggested over 500,000 would die from the virus[Read More…]

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Hands In – Hearts Out

Hands In – Hearts Out

Pandemic Covid19, has set up a chaos of highest order globally, with Asia being the epicentre. India, (though being at the tail of the list of worst-hit countries presently), is prone to a wholesale slaughter. (as predicted by the medicos) Kashmir valley has freshly detected scores of Covid19 positive cases. Kashmir has been fighting battles since ages. Political wars, natural[Read More…]

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COVID-19 and the Northeast of India

COVID-19 and the Northeast of India

Being in the extreme Northeast of India, this region of seven States and more than 45 million people has always found itself at a disadvantage because of poor communication with the centres of power. Moreover, the whole region with only 22 members of Parliament has very little power of advocacy.  But in the initial stages of the COVID-19 Pandemic its[Read More…]

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The crackle of brilliance

The crackle of brilliance

A review of the play ‘Kusur’ Director & Lead actor: Amol Palekar Co-director & Playwright: Sandhya Gokhale Veteran script writer, costume and set designer, scholar of Hindustani classical music and lawyer, Sandhya Gokhale staged her play, ‘Kusur’ at the inaugural function of New Delhi’s National School of Drama’s 21st Bharat Rang Mahotsav – India’s International Theatre Festival spanning 21 days[Read More…]

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COVID-19 And We Are Not Allowed To Watch, Listen And Read What We Want, Anymore

COVID-19 And We Are Not Allowed To Watch, Listen And Read What We Want, Anymore

Now, that almost all of us, all over the world, have been forced into staying in what could be easily defined as house arrest, there is suddenly plenty of time to read books, to watch great films, and to listen to splendid music. Many of us, for years, have been sadly repeating again and again: “if only we would have[Read More…]

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 Could COVID-19 Reshape Global Leadership?

 Could COVID-19 Reshape Global Leadership?

Co-Written by Medea Benjamin and Nicolas J S Davies Credit: CODEPINK As U.S. COVID-19 cases double every few days and the death toll mounts, the U.S. seems to be caught in a “worst of both worlds” predicament: daily life and much of the U.S. economy is shut down, but no real progress has been achieved in its efforts to contain[Read More…]

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Tunisia Leads the Way: New Report Exposes Israel’s False Democracy

Tunisia Leads the Way: New Report Exposes Israel’s False Democracy

Tunisia is the Middle East’s greatest success story, according to the findings of the V-Dem Annual Democracy Report 2019. One of the world’s most regarded annual reports on democracy and good governance, the V-Dem Report is produced by the V-Dem (Varieties of Democracy) Institute at the University of Gothenburg in Sweden. While Tunisians can be proud of the prospect of[Read More…]

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Porf G N Saibaba

Modi’s message of combating epidemic with compassion sounds hypocritical as his government refuses to release jailed disabled scholar

India’s Prime Minister, who is known for his oratory skills, recently urged the people of his country to fight Corona with Karuna (Compassion). In a highly emotional speech, he asked the citizens to provide poor and stray animals with meals in these difficult times. The crisis of COVID 19 has created a lot of uncertainty for the most vulnerable, because[Read More…]

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There’s Class Warfare and The Rich are Winning

There’s Class Warfare and The Rich are Winning

Co-Written by Thomas Klikauer and Norman Simms Even since investment billionaire Warren Buffet told us, There’s class warfare, all right…but it’s my class, the rich class, that’s making war, and we’re winning, we have known three things: firstly, there is a class system under capitalism; secondly, there is also class war between the two classes – the working class and[Read More…]

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Indian version of Shock Doctrine

Indian version of Shock Doctrine

Modi government using COVID 19, Afghan terror attack to silence resistance against CAA Canadian author Naomi Klein’s warning to her readers about the tendency of big powers to capitalize on catastrophes has started showing a sign in the world’s so called largest democracy. The right wing Hindu nationalist Bhartiya Janata Party (BJP) government under Prime Minister Narendra Modi has been[Read More…]

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Arrest of Anand Teltumbde Creates a Piece of History

Arrest of Anand Teltumbde Creates a Piece of History

Co-Written by Anirban Goswami & Anupam Bannerjee The first IIM Ahmedabad Alumnus, the first IIT, Professor, the first Corporate CEO to be arrested for Political Crime Professor Anand Teltumbde, when he surrenders on 6 April 2020 as per the Supreme Court directions, will be the first alumnus of the hallowed IIM, Ahmedabad, the first IIT, Professor; and the first CEO[Read More…]

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Bob Dylan’s Midnight Message to JFK’s Ghost

Bob Dylan’s Midnight Message to JFK’s Ghost

“For murder, though it have no tongue, will speak with most miraculous organ.”   – Hamlet On May 1, 1962, President John Kennedy was meeting in the Oval Office with a group of Quakers who were urging him to do more for peace and disarmament.  As he kept explaining the great political opposition he was facing within his own government, they[Read More…]

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Coronavirus deaths in US nearing 4,000 as Trump washes his hands of responsibility

Coronavirus deaths in US nearing 4,000 as Trump washes his hands of responsibility

Co-Written by Benjamin Mateus and Patrick Martin The coronavirus killed at least 812 people in the United States Tuesday, the highest death toll since the pandemic began, while nearly 25,000 new cases were reported, bringing the total number infected to more than 188,000, the largest number in the world by far. Along with the unprecedented scale of the infection, its[Read More…]

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Markaz Nizamuddin: Communalisation of Coronavirus

Markaz Nizamuddin: Communalisation of Coronavirus

Authorities playing blame game over corona in Nizamuddin, Delhi, under scanner, Markaz Nizamuddin issues clarification At least 10 people, including 9 Indians, who attended the Markaz meet have died of coronavirus, with over 400 hospitalised with Covid-19 symptoms. Thousands of people had  attended the Muslim religious  meet at Delhi, and left. 1548 people were evacuated from Delhi, Times of India reported. Many[Read More…]

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Corona Virus Lock Down without considering the Plight of Penurious class: A People’s Perspective to Corona Crisis

Corona Virus Lock Down without considering the Plight of Penurious class: A People’s Perspective to Corona Crisis

Co-Written by Sushant Kumar Singh & Utpal Pandey On March, 25th 2020 Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi started his address to the nation, as he often does, at 08:00 pm. In wake of rapid spread of corona virus, he announced locking down of the entire nation, except for some essential services, for 21 days. Thus 1.3 billion People has been[Read More…]

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Medical exile: Social distancing in the Corona times in India

Medical exile: Social distancing in the Corona times in India

In all the decisive mood to cure and prevent, social distance has emerged as one of the most doable social practice in the current times of corona (COVID-19). People are understanding corona in both the scientific and public way. Though public understanding is more sought after the programme to save one’s life when compared to scientific understanding whose technicalities doesn’t[Read More…]

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When Muslim Women Became My Saviour

When Muslim Women Became My Saviour

Before the anti-Citizenship Amendment Act, National Register of Citizens and National Population Register dharna at Ghata Ghar was symbolically withdrawn on 23 March morning, I happened to visit the dharna site on 21 March evening with the purpose of sitting their with my spinning wheel or Charkha in support of the women. Immediately the police arrived and wanted me to[Read More…]

by 01/04/2020 Comments are Disabled Communal Harmony
California tenants are on rent strikes as Covid-19 relief falls short

California tenants are on rent strikes as Covid-19 relief falls short

Tenants across California are organizing rent strikes for the month of April. The strikers’ argument: They will not be able to pay their landlords for the foreseeable future and that the minimal protections now in place fail to provide relief for vulnerable renters. As Covid-19 shelter-in-place orders have led to a surge in unemployment and slowed down the state’s economy,[Read More…]

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Poetry as Utopia and Apocalypse

Poetry as Utopia and Apocalypse

The word “prophet” is rooted in the Greek word prophetes, a word that breaks down etymologically into “to speak before or foretell”. A soothsayer is considered a prophet in the sense that he foretells events. Such is the soothsayer in Julius Caesar who tells Caesar to “beware of the ides of March” when he was doomed to assassination. The Prophetic books of the Old[Read More…]

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President Gotabaya’s Twisted Accountability And Justice

President Gotabaya’s Twisted Accountability And Justice

  President Gotabaya Rajapaksha’s pardon and release of former Army Sergeant Ratnayake who was sentenced to death in 2015 for the brutal murder of 8 Tamil civilians including children in December 2000 is an expected act from an alleged war criminal Gotabaya as he is only fulfilling his election pledge made in October 2019 when he promised “That all military[Read More…]

by 01/04/2020 2 comments South Asia
Lockdown And The Mass Exodus

Lockdown And The Mass Exodus

No one will question why Lockdown was imposed on this country for 21 days. The idea was to distance people so that the corona virus would not spread due to community contact. The step was taken to keep people separate so that the virus would not spread like it has spread in Italy and Spain with disastrous consequences. What we[Read More…]

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Economies won’t be able to recover after shutdowns

Economies won’t be able to recover after shutdowns

Citizens seem to be clamoring for shutdowns to prevent the spread of COVID-19. There is one major difficulty, however. Once an economy has been shut down, it is extremely difficult for the economy to recover back to the level it had reached previously. In fact, the longer the shutdown lasts, the more critical the problem is likely to be. China[Read More…]

by 01/04/2020 Comments are Disabled Resource Crisis
Dealing with Corona Virus: No place for blind Faith

Dealing with Corona Virus: No place for blind Faith

The World today (March 2020) is gripped with the pandemic of Corona Virus. While it began from China, currently it has gripped various countries; India is also facing the problem of mammoth proportions. Many steps are being taken, and many more are need of the hour. Apart from other things, what will make the battle against this threat to global-Indian[Read More…]

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An OEB class on evolutionary genomics and museum collections underscores a multi-university initiative to integrate museum collections into classroom teaching.  Post-doctoral fellow Sarah Kocher teaches the class, which is joined remotely by others via video. Jon Chase/Harvard Staff Photographer

Signing in and Dropping Out: Coronavirus and the Virtual University

It was made with little thought but a good deal of high-minded urgency: Evacuate your office, take what you can, and prepare for the virtual world.  Fill in a form, tell us if you actually pinched the office computer.  This was the message that was sent to academic staff across Australia in the second half of March.  Australian universities were[Read More…]

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Tribal Intolerance

Tribal Intolerance

Judaism, Islam, Christianity, Hinduism, and many other religions groups could be considered tribes; a social division within a society consisting of groupings of individuals having commonality, in this case, their religious views. These tribes share very similar high moral values; love of family, looking out for the poor and downtrodden and obedience of their religion’s dictates. Yet there seems to[Read More…]

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Trade wars and other geopolitical tensions strain US–China scientific collaborations

Trade wars and other geopolitical tensions strain US–China scientific collaborations

Global problems like pandemics and climate change demand global cooperation, but US creates hurdles as part of its trade war. It has increasingly displayed chauvinism and racism in recent times. This summer a tenured physics professor at a Texas university received a letter from his employer expressing concern about the professor’s plans to co-chair a conference in China. The letter[Read More…]

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