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Indonesia Tragedy Again Highlights the Need for Better Safety at Crowded Events and Gatherings

Indonesia Tragedy Again Highlights the Need for Better Safety at Crowded Events and Gatherings

On the night of October 1 at least 125 people died in a football stadium in Malang, East Java (Indonesia) in an entirely avoidable mishap. When the home team lost there was a rush of frustrated spectators, a situation that could have been controlled. However when the police over-reacted with excessive use of tear gas shells and batons, a big[Read More…]

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How Reducing Marriage Time Accidents Can Save Many Precious Lives

How Reducing Marriage Time Accidents Can Save Many Precious Lives

On October 4 a bus carrying a marriage party fell into a deep gorge near Simri in Pauri Garhwal district ( Uttarakhand ). Although local villages rushed for rescue effort followed by a government rescue team, as many as 33 members of the marriage party (coming from Haridwar district ) died while 19 were injured. While all accidents are tragic[Read More…]

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U.S. Economy ‘Has Failed To Live Up To The Nation’s Promise Of Equal Opportunity For All’, Says U.S. Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen

U.S. Economy ‘Has Failed To Live Up To The Nation’s Promise Of Equal Opportunity For All’, Says U.S. Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen

A Market Watch report published on Oct. 5, 2022 (https://www.marketwatch.com/story/treasury-secretary-janet-yellen-says-u-s-economy-has-failed-to-live-up-to-the-nations-promise-of-equal-opportunity-for-all-11664975349?siteid=yhoof2) said: The Biden administration announced a slew of new efforts to further racial economic equity during the annual Freedman’s Bank Forum in Washington, D.C. Tuesday. The forum, acknowledging the history of the former Freedman’s Savings Bank that maintained accounts for formerly enslaved people before its ultimate collapse in 1874, served as an opportunity[Read More…]

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Himalayan Region Needs Protective Policies

Himalayan Region Needs Protective Policies

The Indian Himalayas stretch majestically for nearly 2500 km across 13 states and union territories. Nearly 50 million people live here, but the number of people whose life is closely influenced by the Himalayas is many times more, with a heavy concentration in the densely populated Gangetic plains. For all their outward grandeur, the Himalayas are geologically young and fragile[Read More…]

by 06/10/2022 Comments are Disabled Environmental Protection
Deaths of Children due to contaminated cough syrups- Role of the Drug Controller of India

Deaths of Children due to contaminated cough syrups- Role of the Drug Controller of India

To Shri Rajesh Bhushan Union Health Secretary Dear Shri Bhushan, During the last few years, the use of spurious cough syrup in India has caused deaths of infants. Eleven children lost their lives due to this in J&K in 2020 (https://indianexpress.com/article/india/jammu-children-deaths-poisonous-cough-syrup-recalled-udhampur-district-6286962/). There were several such instances in other States, as evident from the following news reports. https://indianexpress.com/article/cities/chandigarh/himachal-pradesh-toxic-cough-syrup-maker-gave-misleading-quality-report-hc-informed-6562290/ https://economictimes.indiatimes.com/industry/healthcare/biotech/pharmaceuticals/cough-syrup-had-nothing-to-do-with-children-deaths-digital-vision-owner/articleshow/74312160.cms?from=mdr Despite this, no tangible[Read More…]

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Is the Energy Transition Taking Off—or Hitting a Wall?

Is the Energy Transition Taking Off—or Hitting a Wall?

 With the Inflation Reduction Act, the federal government is illogically encouraging the increasing use of fossil fuels—in order to reduce our reliance on fossil fuels. The passage of the Inflation Reduction Act (IRA) constitutes the boldest climate action so far by the American federal government. It offers tax rebates to buyers of electric cars, solar panels, heat pumps, and other renewable-energy and[Read More…]

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Hidden Motives: Why Lapid is Not Serious about a Palestinian State 

Hidden Motives: Why Lapid is Not Serious about a Palestinian State 

Israeli Prime Minister Yair Lapid threw a wrench into the works when he declared from the United Nations General Assembly podium: “An agreement with the Palestinians, based on two states for two peoples, is the right thing for Israel’s security, for Israel’s economy and for the future of our children.” The statement took many by surprise, including the Palestinian leadership.[Read More…]

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Global Peace and Conflict Management:  How Ignorance and Wickedness Pushing Humanity to Third World War

Global Peace and Conflict Management:  How Ignorance and Wickedness Pushing Humanity to Third World War

Leaders who could not Lead to Human Unity, Peace and Sustainable Future-Making The political adversaries against universal peace and brotherhood are propagating a new era of catastrophic fault lines for a Third World War. The ongoing eight months old disastrous conflict between Russia, Ukraine and the West is dissolving human relationships of reason, truth and honesty.  The global leader’s mental[Read More…]

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Is the UNHRC established to protect the Human Rights violators?

Is the UNHRC established to protect the Human Rights violators?

The Human Rights Council is an inter-governmental body within the United Nations system responsible for strengthening the promotion and protection of human rights around the globe and for addressing situations of human rights violations and make recommendations on them. The slow and delayed actions by the UNHRC causes severe hardship to the victims affected by the state terrorism in Sri[Read More…]

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Tribal Protest in Hasdeo: A battle against Coal Mining

Tribal Protest in Hasdeo: A battle against Coal Mining

The hasdeo aranya region in Chhattisgarh is considered as an environmentally very sensitive is again in controversy due to the protest which have has started against coal mining. In Hasdeo aranya region which is rich in biodiversity and ecologically sensitive, people from three villages and activists have again started protest against clearance given by Chhattisgarh’s forest department for the second[Read More…]

by 06/10/2022 Comments are Disabled Environmental Protection
Shift Altaf Ahmad Shah to AIIMs Delhi immediately

Shift Altaf Ahmad Shah to AIIMs Delhi immediately

Altaf Ahmad Shah, a political undertrial prisoner lodged in Delhi’s Tihar Jail since 2017, is currently battling for his life in Ram Manohar Lohia Hospital (RML), Delhi. His cancer diagnosis, its metastasis and other organ related deterioration was done on September 30, in the same hospital. Since October 2, Mr Shah has been on a ventilator in RML. The hospital[Read More…]

by 05/10/2022 Comments are Disabled Human Rights
The Number Of Death In The On-going Protests In Iran Reaches 154

The Number Of Death In The On-going Protests In Iran Reaches 154

The Iranian Human Rights Organization (IHRO) announced that the number of people killed in the on-going protests in Iran reached “at least 154 people”. Among this number of deaths 9 were probably “children” and 63 are citizens of Zahedan. Iranian officials report at least forty dead, while independent sources claim it is much higher. Iran’s state TV has reported the death toll[Read More…]

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Will the UNHRC take a bold step to find justice to the oppressed Eelam Tamils in Sri Lanka

Will the UNHRC take a bold step to find justice to the oppressed Eelam Tamils in Sri Lanka

Despite decades of Tamil protests and unequivocal calls for international action to end impunity in Sri Lanka, the Human Rights Council has continued to heed Sri Lanka’s requests for “time and space” to address allegations of international crimes with a homegrown solution. Groups of families, spread across Sri Lanka’s northern and eastern districts that were the site of the nearly[Read More…]

by 05/10/2022 Comments are Disabled South Asia
How Cuba Is Dealing With the Devastation of Hurricane Ian

How Cuba Is Dealing With the Devastation of Hurricane Ian

by Vijay Prashad and Manolo De Los Santos On September 27, 2022, a tropical cyclone—Hurricane Ian—struck Cuba’s western province of Pinar del Río. Sustained winds of around 125 miles per hour lingered over Cuba for more than eight hours, bringing down trees and power lines, and causing damage not seen during previous tropical cyclones. The hurricane then lingered over the warm waters of[Read More…]

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Will China Deplete the Oceans?

Will China Deplete the Oceans?

According to the Marine Stewardship Council, depletion of fish stocks is the most urgent threat to the world’s oceans. Ninety-three percent (93%) of the world’s major marine fish stocks are classified as fully exploited, overexploited, or significantly depleted. “Illegal, Unreported, and Unregulated  (IUU) fishing is a pervasive, far-reaching security threat.” (Source: Illegal, Unreported, and Unregulated Fishing, United States Coast Guard,[Read More…]

by 05/10/2022 Comments are Disabled Environmental Protection
What Hope Is There?

What Hope Is There?

[The following is excerpted in shortened form from Chapter 9 of Notes on Resistance by Noam Chomsky and David Barsamian, published by Haymarket Books.] David Barsamian: What we are facing is often described as unprecedented — a pandemic, climate catastrophe and, always lurking off center stage, nuclear annihilation. Three of the four horsemen of the apocalypse. Noam Chomsky: I can add a fourth:[Read More…]

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Public Opinion in the Digital Era: Neumann’s Spiral of Silence

Public Opinion in the Digital Era: Neumann’s Spiral of Silence

Civic participation in issues of public importance has been at the heart of many debates in our world history. Philosophers and theorists have attempted to determine how the ordinary citizen can grasp the external world with all its nuances and subtleties. Professor John Dewey believed in strengthening our citizenry through various means such as promoting logic & reason, scientific temperament,[Read More…]

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As We Approach 60th anniversary of Cuban Missile Crisis, Possibility of Nuclear Warfare Peaks Again

As We Approach 60th anniversary of Cuban Missile Crisis, Possibility of Nuclear Warfare Peaks Again

In October-November this year the world observes the 60th anniversary of the Cuban Missile Crisis of 1962 when the world had come closest to the exchange of nuclear weapons. Now in October 2022 we again have a situation where the risk of use of nuclear weapons is fast increasing. This risk is more widely discussed today than ever before in[Read More…]

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World Teachers’ Day—Educational systems need a new awakening

World Teachers’ Day—Educational systems need a new awakening

Every year in India we celebrate 5th September as the National Teachers’ Day and just a month later the world observes 5th October as ‘World Teachers’ Day’. The theme this year is: “Teachers at the heart of education recovery”. It was UNESCO that established this day in 1994 to celebrate and recognize the immense contribute of all those in the[Read More…]

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Samyukt Kisan Mocha  commemorates first anniversary of Lakhimpur Kheri

Samyukt Kisan Mocha  commemorates first anniversary of Lakhimpur Kheri

Commemorating the 1st anniversary of the Lakhimpur Kheri massacre on October 3rd , farmers organizations which were constituents of the Samyukt Kisan Morcha congregated at Rajendra Pratap Singh Park in Azamgadh. At 11 a.m they planted the banner of the Samyukt Morcha .At first the police closed the gates of the park, to block the demonstration. However frightened with witnessing[Read More…]

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A struggle for dignity of women

A struggle for dignity of women

A padyatra (foot march) was to be taken out between 26 September and 4 October, 2022 from Randhikpur village in Dahod district of Gujarat to Ahmedabad to apologise to Bilkis Bano. Randhikpur is Biliks Bano’s village. In 2002 Gujarat communal violence she was gang raped, her 3 years old daughter, another child in womb and a total of 14 family[Read More…]

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Want to write a book, Contact the Government first

Want to write a book, Contact the Government first

  Men fear thought as they fear nothing else on earth — more than ruin, more even than death. Thought is subversive and revolutionary, destructive and terrible, thought is merciless to privilege, established institutions, and comfortable habits; thought is anarchic and lawless, indifferent to authority, careless of the well-tried wisdom of the ages. Thought looks into the pit of hell[Read More…]

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The Amazon’s Last Chance

The Amazon’s Last Chance

In the first round of Brazil’s presidential elections, Lula triumphed. But the threat of a Bolsonaro victory to the world is clear – and must be passionately fought in the upcoming run-off. Brazil went to the polls yesterday under unusual political circumstances: Lula, the Workers’ Party (PT) candidate and champion of the poor, confronted an extreme right-winger, racist, misogynist, homophobic,[Read More…]

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Questions Posed by a Movement

Questions Posed by a Movement

Over a year ago, we wrote about a protest movement going on in the village of Silger, in Sukma district in the south of Chhattisgarh, against the setting up of a police camp in their village.[1] (We will not repeat here the details given in that article.) As we write this, the movement has completed more tha16 months; and it is still continuing.[Read More…]

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Ban on PFI must be revoked

Ban on PFI must be revoked

The Ganatantrik Adhikar Suraskha Sangathan, Odisha is extremely worried on the implications of the attack to the democratic setup and the constitutional rights of people of the country under the cover of “Operation Octopus”. A nation-wide raid and arrest of hundreds of leader from the Popular Front of India (PFI) and subsequent the organisation along with seven other under the[Read More…]

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Mass Unemployment Threat in National Capital Region Due to Failure of Planning and Coordination

Mass Unemployment Threat in National Capital Region Due to Failure of Planning and Coordination

Recently a mass unemployment threat has arisen in the National Capital Region (NCR) of India, in densely populated cities and towns like Panipat, Sonipat , Bahadurgarh, Ballabhgarh and Faridabad. Several hundred thousand jobs may be lost. Thousands of industrial units temporarily suspended work on October 1. At a more obvious level, it is being said that this crisis situation has[Read More…]

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Europe Faces Unprecedented Risk Of Gas Shortage This Winter, Warns IEA

Europe Faces Unprecedented Risk Of Gas Shortage This Winter, Warns IEA

Europe faces “unprecedented risks” to its natural gas supplies this winter after Russia cut off most pipeline shipments and could wind up competing with Asia for already scarce and expensive liquid gas that comes by ship, the International Energy Agency (IEA) said. Media reports including an AP report said: The Paris-based IEA said in its quarterly gas report released Monday that European[Read More…]

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Nord Stream Leaks A Shock Therapy, Claims Economist And A Former Pentagon Advisor

Nord Stream Leaks A Shock Therapy, Claims Economist And A Former Pentagon Advisor

Jeffrey Sachs and a former Pentagon Advisor expressed their opinions on the Nord Stream leaks. Economist Jeffrey Sachs speculated on Monday that the sabotage of the Nord Stream pipelines was the work of the U.S. and maybe Poland, to the chagrin of Bloomberg TV hosts who quickly tried to change the subject. Now a professor at Columbia University, Sachs became[Read More…]

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The China Coup Dupes

The China Coup Dupes

It all caused a flutter amongst the ignorant and expectant on September 21.  China, it was said, was in the grip of an intriguing internal crisis. Air traffic had dramatically altered, with some 9,583 flights cancelled.  There were talking heads aflame with interest on the latest social media morsel, minute and yet profound. The issue of flight cancellations was then[Read More…]

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 Clean Water at What Cost?

 Clean Water at What Cost?

This being the first Monday in October means the Supreme Court is now back in a new session along with its newest member and the first Black woman Justice Ketanji Brown Jackson. Among its many cases the first to be reviewed is Sackett v. Environmental Protection Agency, pitting landowners Michael and Chantell Sackett of Idaho against the Environmental Protection Agency’s[Read More…]

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Inquilabi Mazdoor Kendra stages 6th Conference in Rudrapur in Uttarakhand

Inquilabi Mazdoor Kendra stages 6th Conference in Rudrapur in Uttarakhand

Inquilabi Mazdoor Kendra concluded its 6th conference in Radrapur in Uttarakhand from 2-3rd October.It was a most eventful or colourful occasion with the red banner of working class resistance flying high. A qualitative event in context of confronting the opression of the working class from imperialist and capitalist opression. Over a considerable period of time this organization has made a[Read More…]

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Best Songs of Majrooh Sultanpuri

Best Songs of Majrooh Sultanpuri

Majrooh Sultanpuri ( 1919-2000) was a highly talented lyricist of Hindi cinema who also received the highly coveted Dadasaheb Phalke Award for lifetime achievement. What is less known is his involvement in the Progressive Writers Movement and his strong leftist views as reflected in some of his earliest poems. In fact due to this he was imprisoned in 1949, just[Read More…]

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Beyond Babri – Deliberations in a Muslim neighborhood

Beyond Babri – Deliberations in a Muslim neighborhood

When the Babri Masjid was demolished in 1992, Indian cities witnessed the construction of an invisible border that gradually began to demarcate Muslim residential areas and markets. Every anti-Muslim riot heightened this sense of vulnerability, alienating Muslim communities even more. These limits are considerably more visible today, thirty years later. The Faizabad Road neighbourhood in Gonda, located 48 kilometers from[Read More…]

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Paradigm for peace applied to Russia, Ukraine, and the US –  Finale Part 6. Condensed summary and conclusion

Paradigm for peace applied to Russia, Ukraine, and the US –  Finale Part 6. Condensed summary and conclusion

NOTE: For these 6 Finale videos, there is no accompanying written essay that matches each video. The videos are each presentations given extemporaneously with charts. This concludes the series of essays and videos on the application of the Paradigm for Peace model to the Russia/US conflict in Ukraine and beyond. While I had intended to walk through each part of[Read More…]

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Capitalism: Why we should scrap it

Capitalism: Why we should scrap it

This is a new book by Ted Trainer. You can download it for free (170 pp.) at: https://thesimplerway.info/CAPITALISMBOOK.pdf This book provides a fairly short but sufficiently detailed critical discussion of the nature of our basically capitalist economic system, its faults, why it is not just unsatisfactory but is leading to global breakdown, the alternative we must work for, and how[Read More…]

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Nafrat Chhodo Bharat Jodo

Nafrat Chhodo Bharat Jodo

10,000 Mumbaikars march on the occasion of Gandhi Jayanti on 2nd October History is made as for the very first time, people marched on the streets to commemorate the 153rd Birth Anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi, as well as the Jayanti of former PM Lal Bahadur Shastri. Cries of ‘Mahatma Gandhi Amar Rahein’, ‘Lal Bahadur Shastri Amar Rahein’, ‘Nafrat Chhodo Bharat[Read More…]

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Princess Jahanara–Legacy of Inter-Faith Harmony

Princess Jahanara–Legacy of Inter-Faith Harmony

Jahanara–The First Lady of a Great Empire Who Devoted Herself to Reducing Suffering and Distress In times when royalty was characterized by the craze for luxury and constant intrigues for power, Princess Jahanara (1614-81) is almost a unique character in the Mughal Dynasty who devoted most of her time, efforts and wealth to reducing the distress and suffering of others.[Read More…]

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Climate Crisis Could Wipe $108 Billion From U.S. Property Market, Finds Study

Climate Crisis Could Wipe $108 Billion From U.S. Property Market, Finds Study

Sea level rise will flood huge swaths of the U.S. and submerge billions of dollars’ worth of land, according to a new report. The report – Sinking Tax Base Land & Property at Risk from Rising Seas – (9/8/2022, https://assets.ctfassets.net/cxgxgstp8r5d/2KKeTjnqbFelWrZalnPeRR/9a28719038f3a1dddbdd2e8b78b8455b/CC_Sinking_Tax_Base_20220908a.pdf ) by Climate Central delivers an assessment of sea level rise impact on the tax base of hundreds of coastal[Read More…]

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The Sad Tale of USN Lt. Alkonis in Japan 

The Sad Tale of USN Lt. Alkonis in Japan 

The family of U.S. Navy Lt. Ridge Alkonis has been rallying outside of the White House this past week seeking to bring attention to the unjust case in hopes of gaining his release from a Japanese prison. Posters and signs at the west gate entrance to the White House calling for his immediate release form a backdrop as his children[Read More…]

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 Home of the “Hellhounds,” Whiteman AFB drone squadron ‘most lethal’ in US

 Home of the “Hellhounds,” Whiteman AFB drone squadron ‘most lethal’ in US

Note: Brian Terrell delivered this talk at the Oct. 1 peace witness sponsored by PeaceWorksKC, at Whiteman AFB, near Knob Noster, MO. Leading up to this protest there was discussion among organizers about the nature of drone operations here at Whiteman Air Force Base. Is this a training facility, or are Reaper drones engaged in lethal activities, are actual murders[Read More…]

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Hurricanes R Us!!

Hurricanes R Us!!

One can only empathize with those poor souls on the SW Gulf Coast of Florida who were devastated by this hurricane. Imagine losing your residence, possessions and perhaps your life. Sad is the best word to use. This writer had his family’s own experience with such weather terror, when Hurricane Mathew hit us directly on October 6th, 2016. We had[Read More…]

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Dated and Fractured: Optus and Data Protections Down Under

Dated and Fractured: Optus and Data Protections Down Under

Things are not getting better for Optus, a subsidiary of the Singapore-owned Singtel and Australia’s second largest telecommunications company.  Responsible for one of Australia’s largest data breaches, the beleaguered company is facing burning accusations and questions on various fronts.  It is also proving to be rather less than forthcoming about details as to what has been compromised in the leak.[Read More…]

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United Nations Security Council in session, New York (File photo)

‘Well of Solutions’ or Problems: Why Reforming the UN is Critical

The 77th session of the United Nations General Assembly was, in many ways, similar to the 76th session and many other previous sessions: at best, a stage for rosy rhetoric that is rarely followed by tangible action or, at worse, a mere opportunity for some world leaders to score political points against their opponents. This should surprise no one. For[Read More…]

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We write to you from Gaza today: Let us be clear, the Palestinian people expect accountability and action from the European Union

We write to you from Gaza today: Let us be clear, the Palestinian people expect accountability and action from the European Union

Caption: Masked youth cadets from the Ezzedine al-Qassam Brigades, the armed wing of the Palestinian Islamist Hamas movement, march in the southern Gaza Strip city of Khan Yunis (Getty) Josep Borrell, High Representative of the European Union for Foreign Affairs, is being bombarded by urgent appeals, the most strongly-worded of which comes from the National and Islamic Forces in Gaza[Read More…]

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Familiar Birds of Sanawar

Familiar Birds of Sanawar

A Pioneering Book That Brings Out the Love of School Children for Birds “Birds are a miracle because they prove to us there is a finer, simpler state of being which we may strive to attain.” This is the illuminating quote from Douglas Coupland with which a remarkable new book ‘Familiar Birds of Sanawar’ has started. This book has been[Read More…]

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Gandhi’s Way the Only Way for India

Gandhi’s Way the Only Way for India

A Muslim youth was beaten recently when he tried to witness the famous Garbha performance during the Hindu religious 9 days festival of Navratri in Gujarat. There was a time when Muslims could easily participate in Garbha events in an atmosphere of cordiality. Bilkis Bano was gang raped in 2002 Gujarat communal violence, her 3 years old daughter, the child[Read More…]

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Remembering the Rashtrapita: Gandhi as an antidote to hatred and violence 

Remembering the Rashtrapita: Gandhi as an antidote to hatred and violence 

We are celebrating yet another Gandhi Jayanti. Given the significance that Mahatma Gandhi holds not only for Indians but globally, some introspection about the current state of affairs in India and Gandhi’s philosophy as a possible antidote to rapidly increasing hatred and violence is urgently required. Let me begin by using Dharma as an example. The contemporary fallacy of collapsing dharma into[Read More…]

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Shaheed Hasan Nasir!

Shaheed Hasan Nasir!

An unsung hero Hassan Nasir is known to none in this present generation! A heroic people’s leader was sent to oblivion. Though Hassan Nasir is our Hyderabadi (Deccan), a great working class organizer, sacrificed his life in Pakistan, for the Communist Party . He was born on August 2nd, 1928 in Bank Street near Koti, Hyderabad and hacked down on[Read More…]

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Politics of Public Order

Politics of Public Order

I begin at a tangent. Today,on the 2nd October ,I had left home in the morning to join a public assembly to pay homage to the Father of the Nation.People do not fully understand why he alone among all the tallest leaders of the Freedom Movement should be given that epithet,and that too by one of his most bitter critics[Read More…]

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Palestinians launch hunger strike in prisons and people protest in support of Georges Abdallah

Palestinians launch hunger strike in prisons and people protest in support of Georges Abdallah

Thirty Palestinians held in Israeli custody embarked on a hunger strike from last Sunday to protest their indefinite detention. “The strike aims to fulfil the demands of the detainees” for ending their administrative detention in Ofer prison west of Ramallah, Qadura Fares, the head of the Palestinian Prisoner Society NGO, told a press conference. All the detainees are cadres of[Read More…]

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Paradigm for peace applied to Russia, Ukraine, and the US – Finale Part 5

Paradigm for peace applied to Russia, Ukraine, and the US – Finale Part 5

NOTE: For these 6 Finale videos, there is no accompanying written essay that matches each video, because the videos are each presentations given extemporaneously, with charts. The following text is an introduction to the video that does not include the bulk of the video’s material but that contains additional material not included in the video. While there seems to be[Read More…]

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Against the Adanis and Ambanis of the world

Against the Adanis and Ambanis of the world

I’ve seen the faces of those who work for you Your money is made on the backs you broke Of their blood, sweat, and tears And cheap labour I have seen the agony on their faces Smelled the cheap liquor they are forced to imbibe to forget As their women struggle and their children grimace As they lay down for[Read More…]

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CDRO condemns the ban of PFI, NCHRO and other organisations

CDRO condemns the ban of PFI, NCHRO and other organisations

Coordination of Democratic Rights Organisations (CDRO) strongly condemns the ban imposed by the Union Government on the Popular Front of India (PFI) and other organisations alleged to be working in close proximity with it, such as Rehab India Foundation (RIF), Campus Front of India (CFI), All India Imams Council (AIIC), National Confederation of Human Rights Organisation (NCHRO), National Women’s Front,[Read More…]

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India’s   neo-Nazi  `Concentration  Camps’ 

India’s   neo-Nazi  `Concentration  Camps’ 

The  term  `Concentration  Camps’   was  used  to  describe  the  notorious  prisons  run  by  the  Nazis  in  the  1930-40  period  in  Dachau,  Buchenwald,  Auschwitz  and  other  places  in  Germany,  and  occupied  territories  in  Europe.  The  plight  of  the  prisoners  who  were  held  there  had  been  well  documented  by  later  researchers  who   delved  into  the  records  of  those  camps  and  interviewed  the [Read More…]

by 02/10/2022 Comments are Disabled Human Rights
Appeal to President of India: Set up a legal service authority to get speedy justice to undertrials

Appeal to President of India: Set up a legal service authority to get speedy justice to undertrials

An appeal for initiating action to set up a legal service authority to reach out to undertrials and secure access for them to legal assistance for enabling them to get justice To Smt Droupadi Murmu President of India Rashtrapati Bhawan Respected Rashtrapati Ji, I had earlier addressed you vide my letter dated 25-7-2022 (which can also be readily accessed at[Read More…]

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Only Adult Children Still Believe U.S. Propaganda

Only Adult Children Still Believe U.S. Propaganda

It should now be quite clear to any reasonable person that the Biden administration is hell-bent on destroying Russia and will risk nuclear war in doing so.  It has already started World War III with its use of Ukraine to light the final match.  The problem is that reasonable people are in very short supply, and, as Ray McGovern recently[Read More…]

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 Ending Urban Gun Violence in America

 Ending Urban Gun Violence in America

A profoundly inspiring and positive news conference was held today at the National Press Club addressing the ever-increasing street gang gun violence problem in America. No community in the country has suffered more than that of the African-American community that has seen during the COVID pandemic an ever-escalating increase in senseless shootings and killings. In addressing the pandemic of gun[Read More…]

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Mahatma Gandhi’s Message of Healing for A World Troubled Deeply by Violence, War and Ecological Ruin

Mahatma Gandhi’s Message of Healing for A World Troubled Deeply by Violence, War and Ecological Ruin

On October 2 an increasingly divided and troubled world observes the birth anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi (MG). This is a good time to reflect on the essence of some of his enduring messages. Firstly, he said that economics should never be separated from ethics. In particular he gave a call for placing the poorer and weaker sections at the center[Read More…]

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 Paradigm for peace applied to Russia, Ukraine, and the US – Finale Part 4

 Paradigm for peace applied to Russia, Ukraine, and the US – Finale Part 4

NOTE: For these 6 Finale videos, there is no accompanying written essay that matches each video, because the videos are each presentations given extemporaneously, with charts. The following text is an introduction to the video that does not include the bulk of the video’s material but that contains additional material not included in the video. Once you’ve laid out and[Read More…]

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Protests in Italy against stripping of rights to Abortion  

Protests in Italy against stripping of rights to Abortion  

Italians thronged through Rome, Milan, Palermo and other cities Wednesday to defend right to abortion, which faces impending threat by a far-right party expected to form the next government after leading in parliamentary elections. A most significant development in light of ascendancy or consolidation of neo-fascism .which adheres to abolish right to abortion. striking to the very need of the[Read More…]

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Meloni’s “Neo-Fascist” Image & Political Hold! 

Meloni’s “Neo-Fascist” Image & Political Hold! 

Right-winged party’s victory in Italy’s parliamentary elections has led to speculations being voiced about political importance being gained by “extremist” or far-right parties in recent years. Prior to Giorgia Meloni’s Brothers of Italy securing victory, Europe has witnessed right-winged parties taking over political command in Poland and Hungary. Should it be assumed that this phase of right-winged politics is here[Read More…]

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In memory of the ‘Young Guard’ on 80th Anniversary  

In memory of the ‘Young Guard’ on 80th Anniversary  

80 years ago, on September 30, 1942, in the city of Krasnodon, Voroshilovgrad region, the Komsomol underground organization “Young Guard” was born with amalgamation of  several anti-fascist youth groups. The headquarters included: Ulyana Gromova, Ivan Zemnukhov, Oleg Koshevoy (commissioner), Vasily Levashov, Viktor Tretyakevich, Ivan Turkenich (commander), Sergei Tyulenin, Lyubov Shevtsova. Their story is the most inspiring resistance ever in confronting[Read More…]

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Waging peace/Making war: Curious case of another extension to AFSPA

Waging peace/Making war: Curious case of another extension to AFSPA

The news of extension of AFSPA, w.e.f, 1 October 2022, though not surprising is, nonetheless, befuddling. Reports state that AFSPA has been extended for a period of six months in three out of the 26 districts of Arunachal Pradesh, viz., Tirap, Changlang and Longding districts and areas under Namsai & Mahadevpur police stations in Namsai district. In the state of[Read More…]

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Global Democracy and Peace

Global Democracy and Peace

Democracy in all its forms are products of working class struggles against feudalism, colonialism, imperialism and capitalism. These struggles are integral for the establishment of various forms of democracy across the globe. The working people have played a major role in the deepening of democracy, democratic institutions and civil societies. The ideals of equality, liberty, human-animal rights and justice are[Read More…]

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12th Congress of CPI (ML) Red Star Calls for All Out Offensive Against RSS Fascism

12th Congress of CPI (ML) Red Star Calls for All Out Offensive Against RSS Fascism

The 12th Congress of CPI (ML) Red Star held at Shivaram-Sharmishta Hall (SK Pottekad Hall) from September 24 to 29 concluded with a call to resist and defeat RSS neo-fascism.  The Congress attended by around 300 delegates and observers from 16 states, following intense discussion, adopted the updated Party Program and Path of Revolution along with amendments to Party Constitution,[Read More…]

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Neo-Realist Films on the Lingering Impact of War Devastation

Neo-Realist Films on the Lingering Impact of War Devastation

Charlie Chaplin called this the most beautiful Italian film he had ever seen, but then this is also an extremely tragic film. Based on the life of a family in post-Second War Berlin, ‘Germany Year Zero’ (1948) is not a film you can forget easily. War is over, but its devastation lives on in the life of so many people.[Read More…]

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 UAPA: Criminalising Dissent and State Terror – Study of UAPA Abuse in India, 2009 – 2022

 UAPA: Criminalising Dissent and State Terror – Study of UAPA Abuse in India, 2009 – 2022

            We are happy in releasing to the public the first part of the study of how the Indian state has weaponised the UAPA law against anyone who dares to challenge the Indian state and assert their fundamental rights to information, association, dissent and democracy. As part of the Campaign to repeal the UAPA, we had undertaken to study the[Read More…]

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Sea Level Acceleration

Sea Level Acceleration

This article addresses the most current research on sea level rise, as well as adaptation measures being taken around the world. Of special interest, brilliant adaptation measures are taking place in the face of higher seas. “Sea level has been fairly stable for 6,000 years, which is most of human civilization… but its risen eight (8) inches or twenty (20)[Read More…]

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Sabotage of Nord Stream Pipe Lines: A new phase of hybrid war 

Sabotage of Nord Stream Pipe Lines: A new phase of hybrid war 

On Tuesday, September 27, Gazprom announced unprecedented damage to the company’s two gas pipelines that run along the bottom of the Baltic Sea to Germany – Nord Stream and Nord Stream 2. Almost immediately, this information was confirmed by the Danes, in whose exclusive economic space near the island of Bornholm the accident occurred. Then the Swedish seismologists spoke about[Read More…]

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Ukraine’s European Lives Matter! Iraqi Vietnamese Asian MidEast African Latin Lives Didn’t!  An Element of Racism?

Ukraine’s European Lives Matter! Iraqi Vietnamese Asian MidEast African Latin Lives Didn’t!  An Element of Racism?

While it would be expected for Western media to report fully on civilian life taken in the Ukraine by the military of US designated enemy Russia, and for CIA managed Western media[1] to avoid reporting civilian loss of life caused by US/NATO military throughout the Third World, people in Asia, Africa, MiddleEast and Latin America are surly noticing an element of racism[Read More…]

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As US Foreign Policy Turns More Aggressive, Much Stronger Peace Movement Needed in West

As US Foreign Policy Turns More Aggressive, Much Stronger Peace Movement Needed in West

In the build-up to the Russian invasion of Ukraine, the USA was on the one hand provoking Russia in numerous ways to attack and on the other hand saying to its European allies and other countries—Look how dangerous is Putin’s Russia—attacking its weaker neighbor so aggressively. Unfortunate as such conduct was, it could be understood by those who had followed[Read More…]

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High Inflation: Germany And Eurozone Face Difficulty

High Inflation: Germany And Eurozone Face Difficulty

High inflation in Germany and Eurozone is making impact, with possibility of further impacting. Inflation in Germany saw year-on-year growth of 10.9% in September, up from 8.8% recorded in the previous month, official data released on Thursday by the Federal Statistical Office (Destatis) shows. The readings came in higher than the market expectation of 9.4%, and marked a record high[Read More…]

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The Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse — Death, Famine, War, and Conquest — result from our everyday choices and are not preordained

Tech Billionaires Are Actually Dumber Than You Think

 It turns out that many of today’s billionaires are selfish, lonely men fantasizing about how they will survive the end times they have played a part in creating. In mid-September, for just a few days, Indian industrialist Gautam Adani entered the ranks of the top three richest people on earth as per Bloomberg’s Billionaires Index. It was the first time an Indian,[Read More…]

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To Youth of the World – Activists, Global Citizens, Earth Keepers, Red Road Walkers

To Youth of the World – Activists, Global Citizens, Earth Keepers, Red Road Walkers

When the corrupters, swindlers, betrayers, deniers – the practitioners of ecocide and insanity – tell you, “Calm down.” Don’t calm down.  Rise up! When they tell you, “Don’t be an alarmist.” Don’t!  But sound the alarm clear, loud, and relentlessly. There are no “alternative facts.” There is reality. And there is no Planet B. When they tell you, “Don’t panic.”[Read More…]

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Pan-Turkism’s Aggressive Dreams of Empire –Yesterday and Today 

Pan-Turkism’s Aggressive Dreams of Empire –Yesterday and Today 

linchpin_armenia_001.jpg (3507×2550) (indybay.org) Turkey’s imperial ambition of creating a Pan-Turkic empire, ruled from Ankara, is on display in today’s Caucasus and elsewhere. This racist ideology envisions an empire that would include any country or region speaking a Turkic-type language regardless of how distant that language is from the language spoken in Turkey and regardless of whether the people in those[Read More…]

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We Need a New Society, Not More Psychiatric Diagnoses

We Need a New Society, Not More Psychiatric Diagnoses

Are you sad because a bout of Covid-19 disrupted your life with illness, bills, or even the death of a friend or family member? Are you anxious because your benefits have ceased and you can’t find a new job? Are you worried because the brain fog after Covid has persisted so long? Are you angry because you are being evicted[Read More…]

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Shaheed Bhagat Singh was without doubt our greatest anti-colonial Revolutionary who is relevant even today

Shaheed Bhagat Singh was without doubt our greatest anti-colonial Revolutionary who is relevant even today

Without doubt Bhagat Singh was one of the greatest revolutionaries, who chalked out a genuine revolutionary anti-colonial programme and not the Indian National Congress. He pioneered the formation of an organisation charting out a programme opposing landlordism, capitalism   and imperialism. Initially he supported the path of individual terrorism and was influenced by the Irish revolutionaries     but later after studying Marx[Read More…]

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Accepting Failures in Life

Accepting Failures in Life

I am tempted to write this after seeing a report in a vernacular newspaper today. It was about someone named V Bright Saigal who died recently in a rented room in Delhi as a lonely man with no significant social contacts. It was his landlord who brought him dead to Delhi’s Safdar Jung Hospital. Saigal originally belonged to Kakkanadu in[Read More…]

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Who Sabotaged Nord Stream Gas Pipelines?

Who Sabotaged Nord Stream Gas Pipelines?

I agree with Jan Oberg Dr. Jan Oberg, Co-Founder and leader of the Transnational Foundation for Peace and Future Research, wrote a really excellent article on the question of who sabotaged Nordstream  pipelines. In the article, he points out that Russia had no motive for sabotaging Nordstream pipelines. If the Russians had wanted to stop the flow of natural gas[Read More…]

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Can The Ukraine Conflict Become Much Wider?

Can The Ukraine Conflict Become Much Wider?

Seven months after the Russian invasion started, the Ukraine crisis has become the biggest flashpoint which can endanger world peace. From the point of view of those who cherish world peace, the situation is fast becoming more perplexing, difficult and dangerous than before. It may sound alarmist to ask whether we are moving closer to a world war type situation[Read More…]

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Hasty launch of 5G mobile services without a matching preparation to indigenise mobile devices has strategic implications

Hasty launch of 5G mobile services without a matching preparation to indigenise mobile devices has strategic implications

To Shri A K Bhalla Union Home Secretary Dear Shri Bhalla, The Dept of Telecommunications (DOT) had conducted 5G spectrum auctions recently, without fully appreciating the strategic implications of privatising the spectrum and without adequate preparatory steps to indigenise the 5G mobile technology so as to make sure that the country’s mobile services do not become captive to foreign agencies.[Read More…]

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The World Is Sliding Into Recession, Warns WTO Chief

The World Is Sliding Into Recession, Warns WTO Chief

The world is sliding into a recession due to multiple overlapping crises, the head of the WTO said on Tuesday. Speaking at the opening of the WTO’s annual public forum in Geneva, Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala noted that the World Bank and the International Monetary Fund (IMF) have both downgraded their global growth forecasts, and that trade indicators are “not looking too[Read More…]

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 Paradigm for peace applied to Russia, Ukraine, and the US –  Finale Part 3

 Paradigm for peace applied to Russia, Ukraine, and the US –  Finale Part 3

NOTE: For these 6 Finale videos, there is no accompanying written essay that matches each video, because the videos are each presentations given extemporaneously, with charts. The following text is a detailed synopsis of the video that doesn’t include all of the video’s material but that also contains much additional material not included in the video. While the first two[Read More…]

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 The only option for Iran is to end the Hijab mandate

 The only option for Iran is to end the Hijab mandate

‘One day the hijab will no longer be compulsory in Iran, this is part of progress and development’ – Parvaneh Salashouri, reformist lawmaker, women’s faction in Iranian Parliament, 2018 ‘The hijab in the Quran is for women’s protection but what we’ve done is holding the hijab over women like a club’ – former President Hassan Rouhani, moderate cleric, January 2019.[Read More…]

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Hindutva in East Leicester and its implications for UK

Hindutva in East Leicester and its implications for UK

According to a number of media reports, more than 200 Hindu vigilantes many of whom were from outside the area, ran through the streets of East Leicester, United Kingdom, shouting “Jai Sri Ram,” particularly in front of mosques, and hurling insults at the Pakistani community in celebration of India and Pakistan’s cricket match victory. As a result, violent conflicts between[Read More…]

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Corporate entities’ excessive dependence on PSU banks- Financial stability implications

Corporate entities’ excessive dependence on PSU banks- Financial stability implications

  To Shri Shaktikanta Das Governor RBI Dear Shri Shaktikanta Das, I had earlier written to you about excessive borrowings by certain corporate entities from the PSU banks and their over-leveraged operations (https://countercurrents.org/2022/08/reports-on-highly-leveraged-debt-based-operations-of-the-adani-group-calls-for-a-closer-look-from-the-psu-banks-point-of-view/). In particular, I had suggested that RBI should be aware of the implications of corporates carrying out their operations, heavily dependent on PSU bank credit, instead of[Read More…]

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Under-cover hobnobbing of 5 Muslim intellectuals with RSS chief is both anti-national & anti-Muslim

Under-cover hobnobbing of 5 Muslim intellectuals with RSS chief is both anti-national & anti-Muslim

In a significant development a delegation of 5 Muslim intellectuals namely former chief election commissioner S Y Quraishi; former senior bureaucrat Najeeb Jung; former AMU vice-chancellor and Lt Gen (retd) Zameer U Shah; politician-cum-journalist Shahid Siddiqui (presently with RLD); and businessman Saeed Shervani [Samajvadi Party] met RSS Supremo, Mohan Bhagwat at RSS Delhi headquarters (The Indian Express, September 22, 2022).[Read More…]

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RSS leader’s outreach to Muslims: Reconciliation or cooption?

RSS leader’s outreach to Muslims: Reconciliation or cooption?

Recently five eminent Indian Muslim intellectuals – former Chief Election Commissioner S.Y.Quraishi, former Delhi Lt Governor Najeeb Jung, former Deputy Chief of Army Staff, Gen Zameer Uddin Shah, former journalist-public figure Shahid Siddiqui and leading businessman Saeed Shervani, met the RSS Sarsanghchalak (supreme leader) Mohan Bhagwat. This meeting took place at their request in the wake of the Nupur Sharma[Read More…]

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Opportunistic Interests: The US-Pacific Island Declaration

Opportunistic Interests: The US-Pacific Island Declaration

If ever there was a blatant statement of realpolitik masquerading as friendliness, the latest US-Pacific Island declaration must count as one of them.  The Biden administration has been busy of late, wooing Pacific Island states in an effort to discourage increasingly sharp tilt towards China.  It has been spurred on, in no small way, by Beijing’s failure in May to[Read More…]

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PBS Spurious Narrative of America and the Holocaust

PBS Spurious Narrative of America and the Holocaust

Introduction to a Spurious Narrative Excessive attention to the 80 year old World War II Holocaust prompts questions: “Why have constant reminders of  the World War II Holocaust failed to halt contemporary holocausts; has the attention distracted from careful watching of ongoing genocides, and has it enabled Israel’s destruction of the Palestinian community?” Public Broadcasting’s documentary, The U.S. and the[Read More…]

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Naujwan Bharat Sabha and Stree Mukti League commemorate 115th birthday of Shaheed Bhagat Singh in Mumbai

Naujwan Bharat Sabha and Stree Mukti League commemorate 115th birthday of Shaheed Bhagat Singh in Mumbai

On the 28th of September 2022, Naujawan Bharat Sabha – Maharashtra and Stree Mukti League Maharashtra celebrated the 115th birth anniversary of the great revolutionary martyr Bhagat Singh in Mankhurd, Mumbai with great vigour and pomp… Around 50 persons participated in a demonstration and rally with a cultural programme .With intense attention people observed the proceedings in the basti area.[Read More…]

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 “End War in Ukraine” Say 66 Nations at UN General Assembly

 “End War in Ukraine” Say 66 Nations at UN General Assembly

by Medea Benjamin and Nicolas J.S. Davies Photo credit: UN We have spent the past week reading and listening to speeches by world leaders at the UN General Assembly in New York. Most of them condemned Russia’s invasion of Ukraine as a violation of the UN Charter and a serious setback for the peaceful world order that is the UN’s[Read More…]

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Paradigm for peace applied to Russia, Ukraine, and the US – Finale Part 2

Paradigm for peace applied to Russia, Ukraine, and the US – Finale Part 2

NOTE: For these 6 Finale videos, there is no accompanying written essay that matches each video, because the videos are each presentations given extemporaneously, with charts. The following text is a synopsis that also contains additional material not included in the video. The first of the four elements of the Paradigm for Peace model involves an examination of the Roots of[Read More…]

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Maharashtra’s progressive tradition

Maharashtra’s progressive tradition

Maharashtra’s progressive record has taken a beating in the last few years. But occasionally there are signs of hope. One of the best reprsentatives of the progressive tradition was Narhar Kurundkar. He was a real public intellectual, atheist, rationalist, outspoken critic whoquestioned almost ridiculed false,established notions. The orthodox told him he would go to hell but they could do not[Read More…]

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RSS: Breadth and Depth – A review of Devanur Mahadeva’s book

RSS: Breadth and Depth – A review of Devanur Mahadeva’s book

In the recent past the book titled ‘RSS: Breadth and Depth’ by Kannada writer Devanur Mahadeva, has been in the news. This short book sold over a lakh copy within a brief period of its publication in Kannada. It was also translated to English, Telugu, Tamil, Malayalam, and Marathi. While many points made in the book has already been told[Read More…]

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PUCL condemns the Mass Raids, the Arrests of PFI leadership and cadre and the Ban on the PFI

PUCL condemns the Mass Raids, the Arrests of PFI leadership and cadre and the Ban on the PFI

The PUCL is deeply concerned about the implications for democracy and the constitutional rights of freedom of speech and association in the light of the ongoing `Operation Octopus’ which is being carried out against the Popular Front of India (PFI) and its affiliates, across the country as a joint operation of the CRPF, the home ministry, ATS, NIA, ED, RAW,[Read More…]

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Unprecedented Melt Of Swiss Glaciers, Finds Study

Unprecedented Melt Of Swiss Glaciers, Finds Study

Switzerland’s glaciers are melting like never before, found a study. Switzerland has the greatest volume of glaciers of any country in Europe. The study, released Wednesday, found with the glaciers’ ice volume declining by 6% this year amid rising concerns about global warming and a summer heat wave that swept across Europe. Media reports said: The Swiss Academy of Sciences[Read More…]

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BKU (Ugrahan) stage conference in Barnala commemorating 115th birth anniversary of Shaheed Bhagat Singh

BKU (Ugrahan) stage conference in Barnala commemorating 115th birth anniversary of Shaheed Bhagat Singh

Flashing the anti-imperialist legacy and shimmering the torch of Shaheed Bhagat Singh the Bhartiya Kisan Union (Ugrahan) staged a 75,000 strong rally in Barnala grain market. It symbolized the wrath of the Punjabi farming community against it’s sheer victimization by the ruling class parties be it on issues of land, unemployment, price rise, waivers ,debts ,electricity,etc.The rally was also a[Read More…]

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Cancellation of disinvestment of Central Electronics Ltd (CEL)- Why has government exonerated DIPAM and its advisors?

Cancellation of disinvestment of Central Electronics Ltd (CEL)- Why has government exonerated DIPAM and its advisors?

To Smt Nirmala Sitharaman Union Finance Minister Dear Smt Sitharaman, I gather that the government has decided to scrap disinvestment of the Central Electronics Ltd (CEL), apparently on the ground that there were quasi-judicial proceedings pending against the bidder selected by DIPAM, a fact that  the bidder had not disclosed. Thus, the blame seems to have been placed entirely on the[Read More…]

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Gautam Adani: Ecological Crossdresser

Gautam Adani: Ecological Crossdresser

Imagine the tobacco producer who invests in smoke limitation programs, or the arms manufacturer who attends a conference proposing to ban weapons and seek a better future.  Gautam Adani, one of India’s most ruthlessly adept billionaires, has added his name to the growing list of corporate transvestism, using ecological credentials as his camouflage for fossil fuel predation. The central feature[Read More…]

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From Nabulsi to Shtayyeh: Which Side is the PA On?

From Nabulsi to Shtayyeh: Which Side is the PA On?

The arrest of a prominent Palestinian activist, Musab Shtayyeh, and another Palestinian activist, by Palestinian Authority police on September 20 was not the first time that the notorious PA’s Preventive Security Service (PSS) has arrested a Palestinian who is wanted by Israel. PSS is largely linked to the routine arrests and torture of anti-Israeli occupation activists. Several Palestinians have died[Read More…]

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Rich Australia Ignores 100,000 Preventable Deaths Annually: The Cost Of Neoliberalism & Lying

Rich Australia Ignores 100,000 Preventable Deaths Annually: The Cost Of Neoliberalism & Lying

Australia was recently number one in the world for median per capita wealth.  However, presently about 100,000 Australians die preventably each year from life-style choice and political choice reasons. Of these an estimated  23,000 die from poverty. Yet these horrible realities are effectively ignored by rich Australia that is blindly committed to neoliberalism that demands maximum freedom for the smart[Read More…]

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The Aerodynamics of Velvet: What Owls Can Teach Humans

The Aerodynamics of Velvet: What Owls Can Teach Humans

Owl physiology can help advance technology to address noise pollution—and maybe even help the deaf hear. To the ancient Greeks, the owl symbolized wisdom, but the Romans saw it as an evil omen. Their myths tell of an owl-like strix that stalked the night and preyed on human flesh. Ovid’s poem Fasti describes how such a demon slipped into the nursery of the sleeping[Read More…]

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Enforcing Islamic Attire on Women Sparks Protests in Iran

Enforcing Islamic Attire on Women Sparks Protests in Iran

Since the Iranian revolution in 1979, the ruling clerics have strictly enforced the Islamic hijab on women in Iran. The clerics require women above puberty age to wear headscarves and avoid wearing tight clothing. On September 13, 2022, Mahsa Amini, a 22-years-old woman, was arrested by Morality Police (Gashte Ershad) presumably for not having proper Islamic attire. Mahsa, who lived[Read More…]

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The Electricity Crisis in South Africa Continues to Brew

The Electricity Crisis in South Africa Continues to Brew

At the end of apartheid in 1994, only 36 percent of households in South Africa were electrified, with almost all white households having electric power and most Black households having no access to electricity. Ten years later, more than 80 percent of households were electrified. This was an important achievement, albeit one that mostly left out the residents of the rapidly growing shantytowns across the country.[Read More…]

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What South Sudan Needs and Doesn’t Need

What South Sudan Needs and Doesn’t Need

By every conceivable measure, South Sudan is a nation in acute crisis. According to the World Bank, eighty percent of the South Sudanese population lives below the international poverty line, only one percent of people have access to electricity, and this month a UN Security Council delegation warned that another full-fledged civil war could break out at any moment. What[Read More…]

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Ukraine Update: Four Regions In Southern Ukraine Vote To Join Russia

Ukraine Update: Four Regions In Southern Ukraine Vote To Join Russia

In an important development with serious implication, the Donetsk and Lugansk People’s Republics (LPR and DPR) along with Kherson Region (87%) and part of Zaporozhye Region (93%) in southern Ukraine have voted to join Russia in referendums that were held between September 23 and 27. Media reports said: In Lugansk, more than 98.42% of voters have supported the idea to[Read More…]

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Anirban Biswas – A Man of Unrelenting Dreams

Anirban Biswas – A Man of Unrelenting Dreams

Introductory Review of ‘Aleek Manush Anirban Biswas’, a Frontier anthology Anirban Biswas, assistant editor of Frontier and one of the directors of Germinal Publications Pvt Ltd, passed away on April 4, 2021 at the age of 69, in his home in Birbhum district, West Bengal. He was also a regular contributor in the bilingual monthly Purbasha Ekhon, and editor of[Read More…]

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90th anniversary of the Poona Pact

90th anniversary of the Poona Pact

It is said that if we can learn from our mistakes and not let them rob us of our boldness or hope, then we can grow. It was perhaps this sought of boldness which emboldened Dr B R Ambedkar to vigorously pursue the cause of real political representation of the depressed classes after the Poona-Pact debacle. On the 90th anniversary[Read More…]

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English India In The Making

English India In The Making

October 5th is International Teachers Day. It is also Indian English Day. English language education has a history of 205 years in India. Incidentally October 5th is also my 70th birthday. My thirty years campaign for English medium education for poor children in the Government schools has come to a meaningful stage. William Carey and Raja Ramohan Roy started the[Read More…]

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Implications of Netaji’s statue at India Gate

Implications of Netaji’s statue at India Gate

In a TV channel debate, BJP spokesperson and anchor shared and served a lie that Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose’s daughter in her letter to the Prime Minister has alleged that the Congress kept devaluing Netaji to further Gandhi’s non-violence; because Netaji had taken the path of liberating the country through violence mode by forming the Azad Hind Fauj (INA). They[Read More…]

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22 Organisations protest against imposition of Section 144  in Sangrur

22 Organisations protest against imposition of Section 144  in Sangrur

A most unwarranted ban on democratic protests was imposed through enforcement of section 144 in Sangrur-Patiala.,by the administration. Valiantly 22 organisations organised a joint protest, defying   the ban unflinchingly., embarrassing the rulers. It spoke volumes of the death defying spirit of the activists. At night the peaceful protestors were forced to disembark by the cops with the administration tightening it’s[Read More…]

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Four Straight Years of Nonstop Street Protest in Haiti

Four Straight Years of Nonstop Street Protest in Haiti

A cycle of protests began in Haiti in July 2018, and—despite the pandemic—has carried on since then. The core reason for the protest in 2018 was that in March of that year the government of Venezuela—due to the illegal sanctions imposed by the United States—could no longer ship discounted oil to Haiti through the PetroCaribe scheme. Fuel prices soared by up to 50 percent. On August 14,[Read More…]

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Creating the Good Anthropocene: Towards a Socialist Future

Creating the Good Anthropocene: Towards a Socialist Future

Capitalism has always had a chorus of sirens that have striven to allure Homo sapiens from thinking they had any chance to escape its clutches. Margaret Thatcher proclaimed ‘there is no alternative’ in 1980. In the wake of the Soviet Union’s collapse, Francis Fukuyama declared the ‘End of History’ in 1992. Given the fall of the Soviet Union, the decline[Read More…]

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Yes, to Water, No to Oil!

Yes, to Water, No to Oil!

Standing behind a large banner proclaiming “Permission Denied,” a coalition of activists from a broad spectrum of environmental groups demonstrated this morning at the U.S. Capitol, calling on both Houses to declare the Mountain Valley Pipeline (MVP) a dead deal. Many held signs reading “Keep it in the Ground” regarding the extraction of fossil fuels and their effect on the[Read More…]

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Paradigm for peace applied to Russia, Ukraine and the US –  Finale Part I

Paradigm for peace applied to Russia, Ukraine and the US – Finale Part I

Paradigm for Peace is a model that I created in the autumn of 2001, following 9/11. The model has four elements: The Defensive and Aggressive Roots of Violence The Mental, Legal, and Physical Escalators of Violence Three Facets of Solutions Cooperative Dialogue A major purpose of this model is to promote understanding, truth, and caring. In this video, I use[Read More…]

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Remembering Shankar Guha Niyogi on his death anniversary

Remembering Shankar Guha Niyogi on his death anniversary

Today on September 28 many, many people in Chattisgarh and other parts of India will be remembering Shankar Guha Niyogi on his death anniversary. It was on this day that he was assassinated at the peak of his efforts to mobilize workers for a big struggle. Niyogi, a labor leader who became a legend in his lifetime, led a very[Read More…]

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Birth anniversary of shaheed Bhagat Singh

Birth anniversary of shaheed Bhagat Singh

Today September 28 is the birth anniversary of Bhagat Singh, the revolutionary freedom fighter from India who could dare to think at a very young age of fighting imperialism all over the world! Although he was hanged by colonial rulers at the age of only 23 in 1931, he is still not only remembered with great affection and respect by[Read More…]

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Former White House Chief Strategist Steve Bannon arrives with Giorgia Meloni, leader of the right-wing party "Fratelli d'Italia," to attend a congress of the party in Roma on September 22, 2018. After weekend elections, the far-right Meloni is set to become Italy's next prime minister. (Photo: Tiziana FABI / AFP) (Photo credit should read TIZIANA FABI/AFP via Getty Images)

Introducing Giorgia Meloni: How the United States Opened the Door for Fascism’s Return to Italy

With the help of people like Steve Bannon, Meloni was able to rise like a toxic slime on the surface of a sea of contaminated waste. The Italian Parliamentary election has concluded and the neofascist Giorgia Meloni is ready to emerge as the new prime minister of a divided country with no clear mandate from around 60 percent of eligible voters,[Read More…]

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"The Bankruptcy of the Liberal Ass." (Cartoon: Mr. Fish)

We Have Seen This Movie Before: The Fascists Have Arrived

The failure of the neoliberal order—which continues to ignore the needs and aspirations of the people—gives fuel to an ascendant far right that feeds on the despair and humiliation of the working class. Energy and food bills are soaring. Under the onslaught of inflation and prolonged wage stagnation, wages are in free fall. Billions of dollars are diverted by Western nations[Read More…]

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To All Who Care about Humanity’s and the Planet’s Future – Petition Campaign

To All Who Care about Humanity’s and the Planet’s Future – Petition Campaign

Humanity has reached a tipping point. It is time for governments, international institutions and people everywhere to take stock and act with renewed urgency. The Ukraine conflict is inflicting death, injury, displacement and destruction, exacerbating a global food crisis, driving Europe into recession, and creating shock waves across the world economy. The Taiwan conflict is threatening to escalate into outright[Read More…]

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Outlook Is Darkening: Warns EU Central Bank

Outlook Is Darkening: Warns EU Central Bank

Europe is facing lower-than-expected economic growth as inflation continues to climb, European Central Bank chief Christine Lagarde revealed on Monday, explaining that the ECB had raised interest rates by 75 basis points in an attempt to control soaring prices. Speaking before the European Parliament’s Committee on Economic and Monetary Affairs on Monday, Lagarde admitted that “inflation remains far too high and[Read More…]

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UK Pound Absolutely Hammered As It Slides To Its Lowest Level Against U.S. Dollar Since 1971

UK Pound Absolutely Hammered As It Slides To Its Lowest Level Against U.S. Dollar Since 1971

The UK pound plunged to its lowest level against the U.S. dollar since the British currency went decimal in 1971. In early Asia-Pacific trade on Monday, the sterling fell by more than 4% to $1.0327 before it regained some ground to about $1.05, extending Friday’s 3.61% drop. Media reports said: Chris Weston, head of research at the brokerage firm Pepperstone,[Read More…]

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India should care for its elder citizens

India should care for its elder citizens

India is quite young. Its population of 1.3 billion has an average age of 29 years. Much of the country’s focus, therefore, has been on its “youth bulge” and the “demographic dividend” this should potentially yield since the working age population is greater than the segment of dependents. While the country will be able to hold on to this advantage[Read More…]

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Whitewashing at Shinzo Abe’s State Funeral

Whitewashing at Shinzo Abe’s State Funeral

Be careful who you praise and the degree of zeal you do it with.  The slain Shinzo Abe, shot dead in Nara on July 8, towered over Japanese politics.  In doing so, he cast a lengthy shadow.  In death, this shadow continues to grow ever more darkly. The reaction from certain figures outside Japan left an impression of distorted admiration. [Read More…]

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Manual Scavenging: Deep Rooted Problem In India

Manual Scavenging: Deep Rooted Problem In India

The basic need of people accommodate food, clothing and shelter. These three are important for the existence and survival of human beings, but presently, survival is not the only segment which the human beings look at. The aspects like dignity, self respect, freedom, justice also plays a very crucial role in leading a respectful and meaningful life. By this analyses,[Read More…]

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Shankar Guha Niyogi and experiments of revolutionary creation

Shankar Guha Niyogi and experiments of revolutionary creation

In a popular quote from his speech “The Ballot or The Bullet” , American activist Malcolm X says “…you don’t have a revolution in which you are begging the system of exploitation to integrate you into it. Revolutions overturn systems. Revolutions destroy systems.” In abstraction, this quote only half describes what a revolution is because indeed , revolutions do destroy[Read More…]

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Healthy, sleek wild horses in the Piceance-East Douglas Herd Management Area during a Bureau of Land Management roundup on July 19, 2022. (Photo credit: Ginger Fedak/In Defense of Animals)
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Why Are Wild Horses Brutally Uprooted From Public Lands While Private Livestock Can Stay?

Every year, thousands of wild horses and burros are chased by helicopters and ripped from their native land in terrifyingly brutal, and often deadly, roundups. After capture, they are corralled in crowded dry lot holding pens, where many contract diseases or injuries and some then die or are killed. Some of the captured wild horses and burros are adopted out or sold[Read More…]

by 27/09/2022 Comments are Disabled Environmental Protection
 Open Letter to the MAGA Crowd

 Open Letter to the MAGA Crowd

I actually come into contact with many of you folks all the time. When I get car repairs, need a plumber or handyman, or go to a store, most of those I run into are MAGA supporters. On a personal basis you folks are usually nice, decent people. Yet, you support a political group who really don’t have your best[Read More…]

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Avoiding a War without a Winner: How we Could Ease the Deadly US-China Dispute

Avoiding a War without a Winner: How we Could Ease the Deadly US-China Dispute

In a world haunted by the specter of nuclear war, needlessly aggressive competition among nations could lead to an apocalyptic catastrophe. Yet, from January 1st to August 30th of 2022, 92 “close encounters” occurred between the military forces of the United States and China, both heavily armed nuclear powers. What is driving this conflict and how can we de-escalate it?[Read More…]

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Indian Diaspora becoming vanguards of assertive Hindutva

Indian Diaspora becoming vanguards of assertive Hindutva

There are ominous signs that the Indian diaspora community is asserting the aggressive brand of Hindutva identity in the countries of their wellbeing. The Hindus- Muslim communal clashes in Leicester, UK, Hindu -Sikhs clash in Melbourne Australia, and the bulldozer march in New Jersey, US are some of the disturbing developments. These events signify that the Indian diaspora community wants[Read More…]

by 27/09/2022 Comments are Disabled India
Away with all Babadom?

Away with all Babadom?

Why criticism of religion should now come on the agenda ? There are some ‘unnatural deaths’ which remain a mystery forever. Whether death of Mahant Narendra Giri, of the  Baghambari Math, Prayagraj (earlier Allahabad) last year – who was found hanging in his room, merely a day after he had a meeting with a senior minister of the state government,[Read More…]

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A Peace Proposal that Can Give More Immediate Results in Ukraine

A Peace Proposal that Can Give More Immediate Results in Ukraine

With the passage of time, not only has distress and destruction associated with the Ukraine war increased, in addition the possibility of peace has become more distant and difficult. As in the case of many wars that drag on, more unfortunate incidents and statements become the cause of increasing bitterness on both sides and this itself then becomes the reason[Read More…]

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Aadhaar number database, a tool for electoral ‘surveillance’

Aadhaar number database, a tool for electoral ‘surveillance’

States, opposition parties clueless even after four years of Section 57 of Aadhaar Act being declared unconstitutional. Five years after Supreme Court’s verdict, no right to privacy law in sight, audit of UIDAI & Aadhaar schemes by CAG reveals Aadhaar Act as Black law 26 September 2022: Disregarding the ten fathom deep burial of the notorious majority opinion of the Supreme Court[Read More…]

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The Narmada Sardar Sarovar Project – The truth about the dam(ned) delay

The Narmada Sardar Sarovar Project – The truth about the dam(ned) delay

Addressing the September 23, 2022, National Conference of Environment Ministers, PM Modi said:“Urban Naxals and anti-development elements having political backing had stalled the construction of the Sardar Sarovar Dam by running a campaign that the project will harm the environment. Huge amount of money was wasted because of this delay. Now, when the dam is complete, you can very well[Read More…]

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Starting A Dialogue

Starting A Dialogue

Former EC member SY Qureshi has made the context of the meeting of four eminent Muslims with RSS supremo Mohan Bhagavat clear.The account of the meeting also makes one sigh with some relief that the usual constraint and strain of such exchanges seemed absent in it.Next we hear of Mohan Bhagavat himself visiting the chief of the Council of Imams,and[Read More…]

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Demonstrators burn a scarf at a protest against the Iranian government on Sunday. (David Bates/CBC)

Defying Warning, Iranians’ Anti-hijab Protest Continues For 10th Night: 57 Deaths

Iranians took to the streets for a 10th consecutive night Sunday, in defiance of a warning from the judiciary, to protest the death of young Kurdish woman Mahsa Amini in morality police custody. Images circulated by IHR showed protesters on the streets of Tehran, shouting “death to the dictator,” purportedly after nightfall on Sunday. Witnesses said that protests in several locations were[Read More…]

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From Exodus to Marvel: A Brief History of Hollywood’s Justification of Israeli War Crimes

From Exodus to Marvel: A Brief History of Hollywood’s Justification of Israeli War Crimes

The introduction of an Israeli Mossad agent as the latest Marvel movie character crosses the line, even by Hollywood’s poor moral standards. However, the Israeli superhero, Sabra, must be understood within the rational progression of the Israelification of Hollywood, a phenomenon that is surprisingly new. Sabra is a relatively old character, dating back to Marvel comic The Incredible Hulk in 1980. On 10 September, however,[Read More…]

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Towards Understanding Injustice, Inequality, Violence and Social Problems Blocking Human Progress

Towards Understanding Injustice, Inequality, Violence and Social Problems Blocking Human Progress

 Our Human Culture and Our Problems Logic seeks truth – the principle and strategy of rational thinking. If the 21st century knowledge-based societal leaders would use the natural faculties of mind, vision and intellect, we could imagine having public institutions (systematic governance) to deal with issues of racial discrimination, inequality and social injustice, violence and societal degradation leading to mindless[Read More…]

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The AGE of FLOWERS

The AGE of FLOWERS

I am of flowers. I came out from the butterfly. I came out from the bee, the dancing bee – the hummingbird’s feathered breast.   Once upon a time, a long, long time ago, the face of life was a flowers’ face. Flower perfume recited out song. Flower petals inscribed our naming across deserts and grasslands.   At a time[Read More…]

by 26/09/2022 Comments are Disabled Arts/Literature
Russian Holiday; A War Time Travelogue

Russian Holiday; A War Time Travelogue

A worrying aspect of Russia-EU relations is that certain creepiness has got the better of people’s senses. Things have gone so far that Europeans are proscribing even the ownership of Russian pets. Clearly, the western media seems to have gone overboard in demonizing ordinary Russian People. An attempt has been made here to bring flavour of Russia and its people,[Read More…]

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Shaheed Hospital, created and nurtured by workers, is an inspiration for people’s movement for health for all

Shaheed Hospital, created and nurtured by workers, is an inspiration for people’s movement for health for all

At a time when the trend of trying to maximize profits has led to so many serious distortions in the health sector, the need for at least some efforts which have been consistently providing rationality based, low cost medical care with a special emphasis on trying to reach out to workers and peasants and to all weaker sections of society[Read More…]

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In memory of Darshan Singh Canadian on martyrdom anniversary

In memory of Darshan Singh Canadian on martyrdom anniversary

Darshan Singh Canadian was martyred today 26 years ago on   September 25th, at the hands of the Khalistani terrorists. His entire life was manifestation of relentless spirit to serve the downtrodden. Darshan Singh was a very warm personality, extremely well read, a versatile conservationist and resonating with wit and humour. In Canada In 1937, at the age of 19, Darshan[Read More…]

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Thousands of demonstrators join Fridays for Future's global day of action to stand with Ukraine by walking down Willy-Brandt-Strasse, a main thoroughfare in Hamburg, Germany. (Photo: Daniel Reinhardt/dpa/picture alliance via Getty Images)

Europe’s Unquestioning Following of USA on Ukraine is as Harmful for its Own Interests as it is for World Peace

Europe could have criticized the Russian invasion as much as it wanted, it could have called Putin authoritarian as many times as it desired and of course it could (should) have provided even more humanitarian assistance to Ukraine refugees/displaced persons, but its more or less unquestioning acceptance of the role of the USA in Ukraine certainly raises several disturbing questions.[Read More…]

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Is the USA Scoring Self-Goals With Its Ukraine Policy?

Is the USA Scoring Self-Goals With Its Ukraine Policy?

There has already been significant criticism of the Ukraine policy of the USA government from a perspective of world peace. The base of US policy is the concept of a proxy war that can bleed and weaken Russia as much as possible (at great cost to the people of Ukraine as well as the peace and stability of the rest[Read More…]

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Should We Abolish Examinations?

Should We Abolish Examinations?

Someone I know very well has just completed his engineering course and joined an IT company. He was selected by the company after a rigorous online selection test. Many of his friends have also taken the selection test in other renowned companies. I have seen him taking online selection tests on behalf of his friends and all of his friends[Read More…]

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Ugandan climate activists demonstrate in Kampala on September 23, 2022. (Photo: Hilda F. Nakabuye/Twitter)

Rallies Across Africa Demand Global Action, Climate Justice Ahead of UN Summit

Thousands of African activists and members of communities on the frontlines of the worsening climate emergency turned out Friday to call on world leaders—who will gather in Egypt in November for the United Nations Climate Summit—to urgently address a crisis that disproportionately impacts their lives. Demonstrators took to the streets, public spaces, and even waterways in countries across a continent that’s responsible for just 4%[Read More…]

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A Peep into the spirit of China

A Peep into the spirit of China

Review of Ascension (2021) directed by Jessica Kingdon.   Firstly, the prospect of an American documentary about China arouses too much speculation; additionally, it draws one’s interest to know how the director juxtaposes Chinese ideology with the American counterpart. Ascension by Jessica Kingdon is solely about China, and how China ascended into the top echelons of the world economy. One[Read More…]

by 25/09/2022 Comments are Disabled Arts/Literature
Breaching Human Rights: Australia, Climate Change and the Torres Strait Islands

Breaching Human Rights: Australia, Climate Change and the Torres Strait Islands

Australia has a mixed relationship with the United Nations Human Rights Committee.  Irritation, dismissal and even the occasional openly hostile comment, have registered.  But in 1994, the Toonen decision filtered through the Australian legal process, leading the federal government to remove archaically noxious provisions in the Tasmanian criminal code criminalising sodomy. The UNHRC has since found Australia’s compliance with the[Read More…]

by 25/09/2022 Comments are Disabled Climate Change
Leicester Spells “Communal” Tension For British Society? 

Leicester Spells “Communal” Tension For British Society? 

Who is to be blamed for ongoing tension in Leicester (United Kingdom) between two groups of people? Given that recent history of this country has not witnessed communal tension of this nature on its own soil, one is prompted to raise questions as to who has failed, where? Understandably, the people responsible for participating in violence and trying to promote[Read More…]

by 25/09/2022 Comments are Disabled Communal Harmony
Ensuring Sri Lanka’s Compliance with UNHRC Resolutions

Ensuring Sri Lanka’s Compliance with UNHRC Resolutions

Eelam Tamils in Sri Lanka and Tamils all over the world are very deeply concerned in relation to Sri Lanka’s past human rights violations including war crimes and the very minimal steps taken by Sri Lanka so far to uphold accountability and dispense justice to the victims which is long delayed and has been remaining in cold storage since the[Read More…]

by 25/09/2022 Comments are Disabled Human Rights
Tribute to Justice O.Chinnappa Reddy on his birth Centenary

Tribute to Justice O.Chinnappa Reddy on his birth Centenary

On September 25th today ,we celebrate the 100 th birth anniversary of justice O.Chinnappa Reddy.His life is an illustration of relentless service to the cause of social justice. He is most relevant today when our judicial system has been completely defaced or fabric torn apart  with the penetration of Hindutva fascism . At every juncture of his life he braved[Read More…]

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Apologising to Bilkis Bano

Apologising to Bilkis Bano

It is a matter of shame for us as a society that Bilkis Bano’s rapists have been released by a District level committee of Gujarat Government. Some people in the Hindutva family are also justifying the act by claiming that a few of the rapists are Sanskari Brahmans. If rapists and murderers will be called Sanskari, then we as a[Read More…]

by 25/09/2022 Comments are Disabled Human Rights
Who Scuttled the Ukraine Peace Process, and What Are the Future Prospects

Who Scuttled the Ukraine Peace Process, and What Are the Future Prospects

Soon after the Russian invasion of Ukraine started, in the very next month of March an important initiative was launched with the help of Turkish diplomats. Right through this month this initiative appears to have progressed well, and broad agreements for ceasefire were substantially reached, even though details remained to be worked out. Among other things, this is likely to[Read More…]

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What can Unite India: ‘Hindu Spiritualism or ‘Unity in Diversity’?

What can Unite India: ‘Hindu Spiritualism or ‘Unity in Diversity’?

Sudheendra Kulkarni, ex-aide of former Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee, in his piece (‘Reach out for Bharat Jodo’, IE, September 12,) while welcoming the Yatra, is critical of the yatra for it not being based on Hindu Spiritualism. As per him Hindu Spiritualism is the basis of India’s unity. He also commends RSS for popularizing the same. He harps that[Read More…]

by 24/09/2022 Comments are Disabled India
Messing Up the Bread Basket–Changes in Ukraine Farming Cause for Serious Concern

Messing Up the Bread Basket–Changes in Ukraine Farming Cause for Serious Concern

Ukraine has for long been a very productive food grain producing country with very favorable natural conditions for this role. In particular its role in producing surplus wheat has been very well-established. What is important for government policy is to establish the sustainability and equality aspects of these natural strengths. Unfortunately in recent years Ukraine has instead travelled in an[Read More…]

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Connecting the Dots Between Climate Devastation and Fossil Fuel Profits

Connecting the Dots Between Climate Devastation and Fossil Fuel Profits

What do Pakistan, Puerto Rico, and Jackson, Mississippi, have in common? They’ve all recently experienced climate-related catastrophic rains and flooding, resulting in the loss of homes, electricity, and running water. But, even more importantly, they are all low-income regions inhabited by people of color—the prime victims of climate injustice. They face inaction from negligent governments and struggle to survive as[Read More…]

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Thousands of loyalists and migrants from other African countries languish in prisons.

Understanding Libya’s Relentless Destabilization

Libya’s competing domestic actors are being exploited by foreign powers seeking to downplay their role in the fragile country. After leading a military coup in 1969, Libyan dictator Muammar Gaddafi cemented his rule over Libya for more than 40 years. A variety of different political ideologies—Pan-Arabism, Pan-Africanism, socialism, Islamic leftism, and others—characterized his leadership, which were further reinforced by a cult of personality.[Read More…]

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IMSD strongly condemns the repressive Iranian regime, questions the hypocrisy of the Muslim clergy in India

IMSD strongly condemns the repressive Iranian regime, questions the hypocrisy of the Muslim clergy in India

Indian Muslims for Secular Democracy (IMSD) strongly condemns the Iranian State’s obscurantist, authoritarian laws and their murderous enforcement, as also the denial of the citizens’ right to protest.  In this third decade of the 21st century it’s inhuman and barbaric to kill a fellow human being merely for not covering her head. At the same time, we question the hypocrisy[Read More…]

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Global People’s Assembly at the UN General Assembly: Over 1000 civil society groups propose bold steps to transform the world 

Global People’s Assembly at the UN General Assembly: Over 1000 civil society groups propose bold steps to transform the world 

New York, 23 September 2022 – Seven years after the adoption of the Sustainable Development Goals – almost halfway to the 2030 deadline – the visionary promise of social justice and a rights-based, equitable and ecologically just world for all appears to be a distant dream. 1300 participants from groups who have historically been marginalized and excluded as well as civil society[Read More…]

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Many protesters cut their hairs. Photo Reuters

At least 31 Killed As Anti-government Protests Spread Across Iran

Norway-based, Iran Human Rights Organization says that they can confirm that at least 31 protesters have been killed in the on-going anti-government, anti-hijab protest across Iran. Iran’s state-run media acknowledged on Thursday that at least 17 people have been killed in anti-hijab protests which have spread across the country. The protests have spread to more than 80 cities and towns across[Read More…]

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 Singing in the Shadows

 Singing in the Shadows

Do they have a choice — all these unfledged young hands that crumble under the   weight of guns— not to fight a war that is not theirs? Could his army choose to disobey Sauron?   The world watches as they decimate towns, cities, humans in the name of a cause that grew out   of a debt-ridden soul, a[Read More…]

by 23/09/2022 Comments are Disabled Arts/Literature
The Nightmare of Military Spending on an Overheating Planet

The Nightmare of Military Spending on an Overheating Planet

A Big Carbon Bootprint and a Giant Sucking Sound in the National Budget On October 1st, the U.S. military will start spending the more than $800 billion Congress is going to provide it with in fiscal year 2023. And that whopping sum will just be the beginning. According to the calculations of Pentagon expert William Hartung, funding for various intelligence agencies, the[Read More…]

by 23/09/2022 Comments are Disabled Climate Change
Shoddy Consultations: Santos, Drilling and First Nations Peoples

Shoddy Consultations: Santos, Drilling and First Nations Peoples

Federal Court Justice Mordecai Bromberg has been in the environmental news again, this time throwing a large judicial spanner in the works of Santos and its drilling efforts in the Timor Sea. On this occasion, the Federal Court found that the National Offshore Petroleum Safety and Environmental Management Authority should never have approved the Barossa Gas Project off the Tiwi[Read More…]

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File photos of a library in Nashik

On the Subject of Book Banning, Can Burning be Far Behind?

This being Banned Books Week, one should first ask why in a free society such a declaration is even necessary. All citizens should be free to read any book they choose without others enforcing their ideals or will upon them. The freedom of choice to read any book offers us exposure to alternative views and experiences of their authors to[Read More…]

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Will the United Nations Finally Deliver Justice for Palestine?

Will the United Nations Finally Deliver Justice for Palestine?

In his anticipated speech at the United Nations General Assembly on September 23, Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas is expected to, once more, make a passionate plea for the recognition of Palestine as a full member. Abbas’ ‘landmark speech’ would not be the first time that the President of the Palestinian Authority has lobbied for such a status. In September 2011,[Read More…]

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The Arc of a Covenant

The Arc of a Covenant

The Arc of a Covenant – The United States, Israel, and the Fate of the Jewish People. Walter Russell Mead. Alfred A Knopf, New York, 2022. In today’s world a clear understanding of the relationship between the U.S. and Israel is important – this is not the work to clear it up. Walter Mead’s hypothesis is that Israel does not[Read More…]

by 23/09/2022 Comments are Disabled Book Review
Tribute to Ross Longhurst on 2nd death anniversary

Tribute to Ross Longhurst on 2nd death anniversary

The departure of Ross Longhurst (aka Harry Powell), on 28th September 2020.was an inconsolable loss to the Communist Movement. Ross till his last breath unfurled the flag of Communism  and  proletarian internationalism when many others rejected it  it in favour of tailing nationalism of all kinds. One of the finest students of Marxism-Leninism in Imperialist countries, who in many junctures resisted[Read More…]

by 23/09/2022 Comments are Disabled Life/Philosophy
Nagarkovil Massacre of School Children

Nagarkovil Massacre of School Children

On September 22, 1995, a SLAF aircraft bombed the Nagarkovil Maha Vidyalayam schoolyard crammed with 750 children on their lunch break, killing more than 30 – of whom 12 were six or seven-year-olds – and injuring 150 others. The overall death toll from the raids reached 71. The bombing occurred just hours after the Sri Lankan government imposed press censor­ship[Read More…]

by 23/09/2022 Comments are Disabled South Asia
Rural Workers Struggle for Proper Implementation of  Jobs Scheme

Rural Workers Struggle for Proper Implementation of  Jobs Scheme

One of the most widely discussed rural initiatives from India has been the National Rural Employment Guarantee Act (NREGA) which provides a guarantee of employment in various tasks of rural development. While it can provide very genuine benefits to workers and peasants while carrying out highly useful tasks ( like water conservation), in practice its implementation has been increasingly marred[Read More…]

by 23/09/2022 Comments are Disabled India
Thousands of demonstrators join Fridays for Future's global day of action to stand with Ukraine by walking down Willy-Brandt-Strasse, a main thoroughfare in Hamburg, Germany. (Photo: Daniel Reinhardt/dpa/picture alliance via Getty Images)

Ukraine War: Still a Cuban Missile Crisis in Slow Motion

Russia’s use of tactical nuclear weapons could trigger a cataclysmic nuclear exchange. During the first days of the Ukraine war, former  Senator Sam Nunn warned that the Ukraine War was a Cuban Missile Crisis in slow motion. That warning was recently reiterated by  senior analysts in Moscow during an off the record conversation. The war is about Ukraine and much more:[Read More…]

by 22/09/2022 Comments are Disabled World
Is Mamata Banerjee a Poster Girl of RSS?

Is Mamata Banerjee a Poster Girl of RSS?

There is/was a hullabaloo among them who believe or rather portray her as more left than CPIM(Communist Party Of India – Marxist ) itself about Mamta Banerjee’s comment that all in RSS (Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangha) are “not bad.” Is there anything to be shocked about? Mamata Banerjee became CM after the massive mandate of the 2011 assembly election. Thus ending[Read More…]

by 22/09/2022 Comments are Disabled India
 Right to Food Campaign demands proper functioning of MGNREGA

 Right to Food Campaign demands proper functioning of MGNREGA

The Right to Food Campaign stands in solidarity with the NREGA Sangharsh Morcha’s national call for action across the country to revive the proper functioning of MGNREGA. The Right to Food Campaign is extremely concerned and anguished with the continued violation of MGNREGA across the country. MGNREGA is being implemented in a manner that is contrary to its spirit. Millions[Read More…]

by 22/09/2022 Comments are Disabled India
Refer Sri Lanka to International Criminal Court

Refer Sri Lanka to International Criminal Court

The Sri Lankan government’s failure to establish an accountability mechanism for violations of International law means that referral to the International Criminal Court or the creation of another international mechanism “would be fully warranted,” said the International Commission of Jurists (ICJ), in a statement to the UN Human Rights Council. The primary reason for the call for referral to ICC[Read More…]

by 22/09/2022 Comments are Disabled South Asia
Ukraine Crisis Escalates Sharply With More Aggressive Statements, Higher Mobilization

Ukraine Crisis Escalates Sharply With More Aggressive Statements, Higher Mobilization

September 21 will be remembered in history as a day when the Ukraine crisis appeared to be escalating very sharply. Russian President Vladimir Putin called up 300,000 reservists to fight in Ukraine and backed a plan for territorial gains to make up for some recent reverses. In an address to his country he said, “If the territorial integrity of our[Read More…]

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Ukraine Update: Russia To Begin Partial Mobilization

Ukraine Update: Russia To Begin Partial Mobilization

Russia is going to make a partial mobilization of its reservists. It is a mobilization of 300,000 reservists. Russian President Vladimir Putin announced a partial military mobilization during an address to the nation on Wednesday morning. He said the Defense Ministry had recommended drawing military reservists into active service as the country faces a protracted conflict in Ukraine and Donbass.[Read More…]

by 22/09/2022 Comments are Disabled World
Paradigm for peace applied to Russia, Ukraine, and the US: Proposal for a peaceful pathway forward – Part 4S. Obtuse US and UK “experts” issue libelous statements re: Putin’s concept of unity

Paradigm for peace applied to Russia, Ukraine, and the US: Proposal for a peaceful pathway forward – Part 4S. Obtuse US and UK “experts” issue libelous statements re: Putin’s concept of unity

Part 4. Mental escalators of violence in US policy and media makers – Part 4S. Obtuse US and UK “experts” issue libelous statements re: Putin’s concept of unity  False Bias #19. When Putin Speaks of “Unity,” He Means That Ukrainians Aren’t Ukrainians but Russians and that Russia and Ukraine Should Merge into One Nation. Peter Dickinson, a member of the[Read More…]

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Right to Bodily Autonomy v/s Right to Life: Is there a just half-way?

Right to Bodily Autonomy v/s Right to Life: Is there a just half-way?

The US Supreme Court’s overturning of the Roe vs. Wade judgment which provided a constitutional right to abortion on June 24, 2022, triggered a spark of debates all over the globe. The altercations between advocates of abortion rights (preserving the right to patient choice and bodily autonomy) on one hand and the advocates of the anti-abortion movement (seeking to preserve[Read More…]

by 22/09/2022 Comments are Disabled Patriarchy
Offence by Another Name: Suppressing Anti-Royal Protest in Britain

Offence by Another Name: Suppressing Anti-Royal Protest in Britain

The right to protest, fragile and meekly protected by the judiciary in Britain’s common law tradition, did not really hold much force till European law confirmed it.  In the UK, condemning other countries for suppressing rights to protest is standard fare.  So it was with some discomforting surprise – at least to a number of talking heads – that people[Read More…]

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Truth to the Powerless: Newly Released Critical Docuseries on Canada’s Foreign Policy

Truth to the Powerless: Newly Released Critical Docuseries on Canada’s Foreign Policy

Truth to the Powerless: An Investigation into Canada’s Foreign Policy is a six-part docuseries which takes a critical look at the role Canada’s foreign policy plays in the international arena.  The docuseries features extensive interviews with academics such as Noam Chomsky, Tyler Shipley, and Justin Podur as well as extensive interviews with politicians such as Canadian defense ministers  Bill Graham,[Read More…]

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Suppression of contrarian voices

Suppression of contrarian voices

In the US, we proudly point to the First Amendment in the Bill of Rights that was adopted in 1791: “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the government[Read More…]

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What Do Americans Care About? Not a Cold War With Russia and China

What Do Americans Care About? Not a Cold War With Russia and China

The Biden administration will soon release its National Security Strategy, which is being revised in the wake of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine. The document will no doubt trigger a renewed debate about how the United States should gear up for a new Cold War against Russia and China. But before we plunge into a global great-power competition, it’s worth recalling President Biden’s[Read More…]

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Preventing Climate Disaster in Africa; Eritrea Leads the Way

Preventing Climate Disaster in Africa; Eritrea Leads the Way

As what is mainly a western caused climate disaster continues to hammer Africa, with tens of millions facing famine and starvation in the Horn of Africa, the small, underdeveloped country of Eritrea is leading the fight to prevent this from happening. Eritrea is doing this by aggressively carrying out water conservation by building water reservoirs, both small and large. Over[Read More…]

by 22/09/2022 Comments are Disabled Climate Change
How Russians Read the Conflict in the Caucasus

How Russians Read the Conflict in the Caucasus

In the early morning hours of Tuesday, September 13, Azerbaijan launched an aggressive military assault along the borders of the Armenian Republic. Observers of politics in the post-Soviet space may be forgiven for thinking that the center of fighting was the disputed, Armenian-inhabited region of Nagorno-Karabakh (also known as Artsakh by Armenians). In fact, however, the attack targeted several towns and villages[Read More…]

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Alone in a Crowd!

Alone in a Crowd!

Did you ever get the strangest feeling while in a crowd of people… some who you actually know, that you are ‘ All Alone’? Before someone reading this dismisses such a feeling as obviously coming from a person suffering from a condition of actual depression, not necessarily folks. In reality, this is most likely the normal reaction from one who[Read More…]

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Red Rags To Hindutva Bulls

Red Rags To Hindutva Bulls

One hopes the old idiomatic phrase is still understood by many. For nothing else can catch the frenzy the words ‘secular’ and ‘socialist’ provoke among die-hard adherents of Hindutva.Our Prime Minister has re-affirmed his old links with them with a recent remark. Shedding his jovial neighbourly expression and putting on his portentuous mien and manner,he has reportedly declared that the[Read More…]

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Misrepresenting Subhash Chandra Bose’s philosophy

Misrepresenting Subhash Chandra Bose’s philosophy

While inaugurating the statue of Netaji Subhash Bose on September 8 in New Delhi, Prime Minister Narendra Modi stated that had India embarked path shown by him, India would have progressed much better, that he has been forgotten, and now (with Modi’s rule) his vision is being brought back. Modi claims his governance is showing the imprint of Netaji’s policies.[Read More…]

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US Peace Activists Try to Find A Way Out in the Complex Ukraine Crisis

US Peace Activists Try to Find A Way Out in the Complex Ukraine Crisis

Several peace activists in the USA recently observed a peace week during September 12-15 to mobilize more and more people for pressurizing US government policy towards peace-based solutions, instead of merely announcing weapon supply increases to an already deeply ravaged region. This effort was coordinated by Peace in Ukraine Coalition (PIUC) and spread to several parts of USA including Washington,[Read More…]

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On the eve of the 60th anniversary of the atomic bombing of Hiroshima, Greenpeace volunteers fly Peace Doves, bearing messages of peace, "No More Hiroshima", "Yes to Peace",  "No to Rokkasho" in Japanese and in English, beside the A-Bomb Dome Memorial in Hiroshima. 
Greenpeace renews their calls for peace and make this anniversary a message to world leaders to make real their commitments to nuclear disarmament, including the Japanese government to abandon plans to produce nuclear weapons.

Peace is the Way–Let Us Give Peace a Chance!

People everywhere appear to be wearied with the way things are in the world today. Present-day society is experiencing a profound breakdown and the minds of peoples of the world are in a state of utter confusion. From Black Sea to Korean peninsula to the Middle East to China Seas, from the Arctic to Indian Ocean, our planet is manifesting the signs of an “angry beast”. There is so much of violence and destruction everywhere. Age-old institutions are collapsing, traditional ways are[Read More…]

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Steps towards avoiding a climate catastrophe

Steps towards avoiding a climate catastrophe

I would like to announce the publication of a new book, which may be downloaded and circulated free of charge from the following link; https://eacpe.org/content/uploads/2022/09/Steps-Towards-Avoiding-a-Climate-Catastrophe-by-John-Scales-Avery.pdf The topics discussed in the book are listed below: Threats are becoming more severe There is clear evidence that climate-related threats are becoming more severe. One can think of the record-breaking heat waves in Europe[Read More…]

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Hindutva  & Zionism as natural allies pose great danger to multicultural world

Hindutva  & Zionism as natural allies pose great danger to multicultural world

Those who believe in a world free of hegemonic ethno-nationalism, Racism, religious bigotry and hatred have rightly taken note of Zionism and its ally Christian Zionism, major perpetrators of ethnic cleansing of ‘Others’.  However, the civilized world with its core belief in multi-culturalism and peaceful co-existence is oblivious to a no less dangerous threat to the present human civilization; the[Read More…]

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A mother holds her malnourished baby at a hospital in Baidoa, Somalia on September 3, 2022. (Photo: Ed Ram/Getty Images)

Number of Ultrarich Hits All-Time High as Someone Dies From Hunger Every 4 Seconds

As a new analysis revealed that the global ranks of the superrich soared to a record number, a coalition of charity groups said Tuesday that hundreds of millions of people around the world are hungry—and that someone starves to death every four seconds. At least 238 international and local charities from 75 countries signed an open letter noting that “a staggering 345 million[Read More…]

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Nurses at Children's Minnesota and United Hospital in St. Paul, Minnesota take part in a strike on September 12, 2022. (Photo: John Autey/MediaNews Group/St. Paul Pioneer Press via Getty Images)

Strike, Strike, Strike

Mounting inequality is fueling protests around the globe. The global ruling class is determined to prevent these protests from employing the weapon that can bring them down—strikes. The ruling oligarchs are terrified that, for tens of millions of people, the economic dislocation caused by inflation, stagnant wages, austerity, the pandemic, and the energy crisis is becoming unendurable.  They warn, as Kristalina Georgieva,[Read More…]

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Will the Samarkand Spirit Revive the Word ‘Mutual’ in World Affairs?

Will the Samarkand Spirit Revive the Word ‘Mutual’ in World Affairs?

In mid-September 2022, the nine-member Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) met in Samarkand, Uzbekistan, for its 22nd Meeting of the Council of Heads of State. Because China, India, and Pakistan are members of the SCO, the organization represents about 40 percent of the world’s population; with the addition of Russia, the SCO countries make up 60 percent of the Eurasian territory (the other member states[Read More…]

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At What Stage will USA’s Increasing Military Assistance to Ukraine Become a Direct Conflict with Russia

At What Stage will USA’s Increasing Military Assistance to Ukraine Become a Direct Conflict with Russia

At what stage can the USA’s increasing military assistance to Ukraine become like a direct conflict-or war- with Russia? This is one of the most significant questions facing humanity today, with very dangerous implications not just for these three countries but the entire humanity. Reuters reported on August 2 ( see news report titled ‘Russia says United States is directly[Read More…]

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Two dalit agricultural workers succumb in accident in Sangrur-Phillar 

Two dalit agricultural workers succumb in accident in Sangrur-Phillar 

Tragically 2 NREGA workers namely Avatar Singh and Ram Lubhaya met with fatal accident on their return to Phillaur from Sangrur,after the conclusion of the 3 day dharna of the Sanjha Morcha.After disembarking from the train at Phillaur they began to walk on the tracks to reach the main road to get an auto rickshaw when they met their fate.[Read More…]

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A flooded road is seen during the passage of Hurricane Fiona in Villa Blanca, Puerto Rico on September 18, 2022. (Photo: Jose Rodriguez/AFP via Getty Images)

Climate Crisis and the Age of the Super-Typhoon: Storms Batter Puerto Rico, Pakistan, Japan, and Shanghai

A mere category 1 hurricane dumped so much water on Puerto Rico so quickly that one of its rivers has swollen to 25 feet above normal, even more than it rose during Hurricane Maria in 2017, which was a Category 5 hurricane. The island is beset by flash floods, and is getting 16-30 inches of rain. The usual average amount of rainfall[Read More…]

by 20/09/2022 Comments are Disabled Climate Change
Paradigm for peace applied to Russia, Ukraine, and the US: Proposal for a peaceful pathway forward – Part 4R. The nature of a “US-led rules-based order”

Paradigm for peace applied to Russia, Ukraine, and the US: Proposal for a peaceful pathway forward – Part 4R. The nature of a “US-led rules-based order”

Part 4. Mental escalators of violence in US policy and media makers- Part 4R. The nature of a “US-led rules-based order” False Bias #18. Russia Is at Fault for Overturning the “US-Led Rules-Based Order,” Which Is a Benign, Just, Egalitarian, Democratic, Cooperative, and Peaceful Order to Spread Positive Political, Economic, and Cultural Values. The previous essay referred to the January[Read More…]

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Emerging Patterns of Youth Migration – the Curious Case of Kerala and What Needs to be Done

Emerging Patterns of Youth Migration – the Curious Case of Kerala and What Needs to be Done

People migrate from one place to the other for different reasons though migrants generally seek better economic opportunities. People also migrate to join their kith and kin in other places, to escape conflicts or persecution, or to respond to adverse impacts on their current living environment. Some people migrate just for a change or for the fun of getting a[Read More…]

by 20/09/2022 Comments are Disabled India
Urgent medical attention and bail sought for student leader Atiq-ur-Rehman

Urgent medical attention and bail sought for student leader Atiq-ur-Rehman

A Statement by Concerned Citizens and Representatives of Civil Liberties’ Organizations 20th Sep, 2022: More than 35 concerned citizens and representatives of civil liberties’ organisations in India have sought the urgent intervention of the authorities in Uttar Pradesh to ensure quality health care and medical bail for jailed student leader Atiq-ur-Rehman, struggling with partial paralysis and disorientation after a heart[Read More…]

by 20/09/2022 Comments are Disabled Human Rights
Tens Of Thousands Could Die This Winter In The UK, Warn Campaigners

Tens Of Thousands Could Die This Winter In The UK, Warn Campaigners

Campaigners warn “tens of thousands” may die during the winter unless Prime Minister Liz Truss gets to grips with the cost-of-living crisis, as pressure mounts on the new PM to act following the Queen’s funeral. A Morning Star report said on September 19, 2022: The PM was told today that now the funeral for the Queen was over she needed[Read More…]

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Ravish Kumar of NDTV

Two Indian Documentaries Find Place in TIFF 2022- Winners List

When the Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF2022) winds up its 47th season on Sep 18, Steven Spielberg’s semi-autobiographical creation, ‘The Fabelmans’ has bagged the prestigious People’s Choice Award. Sunday morning has witnessed the wrapping up of the 11-day festival along with the award ceremony followed by a number of free screenings of the Spielberg movie for the City of Toronto at various screening[Read More…]

by 20/09/2022 Comments are Disabled Arts/Literature
PMFBY- Does it provide insurance for farmers or for private corporates?- Request for a performance audit

PMFBY- Does it provide insurance for farmers or for private corporates?- Request for a performance audit

To Shri G C Murmu Comptroller & Auditor General of India (CAG) Dear Shri Murmu, The Ministry of Agriculture had introduced a Centrally Sponsored Scheme (CSS), Pradhan Mantri Fasal Bima Yojana (PMFBY) around 5 years ago for providing comprehensive crop insurance for farmers. Insurance under PMFBY is a precondition for farmers to take crop loans. From the website of PMFBY and[Read More…]

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A Nostalgic Walk in Delhi !

A Nostalgic Walk in Delhi !

My father died in Delhi when I was barely 18. My mother was returning to Kerala. I told her that I would look after myself and there was no need for her to worry about me. The only skill I had was a bit of knowledge in typing. I got a job as a typist at the CPI Parliamentary office.[Read More…]

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40 years on, after the 1982 massacre of Sabra Shatila, Palestinian Refugee Camp, Lebanon

40 years on, after the 1982 massacre of Sabra Shatila, Palestinian Refugee Camp, Lebanon

As Lebanon plunges into political chaos – banking corruption, power cuts and exploding prices, the Palestinian refugees, already marginalised without rights and unable to climb out of poverty, have fallen deeper into despair. Walking through the camps one sees tangles of bare electric cable, dripped on by corroded air conditioning units, hanging dangerously low in the narrow, dark passages that[Read More…]

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“I Do Not Think I Know”: Scott Morrison’s Submarine Deception

“I Do Not Think I Know”: Scott Morrison’s Submarine Deception

When it was revealed that former Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison had not only shown contempt for his own government in secretly appointing himself, via the Governor-General’s approval, to five portfolios, the depths of deception seemed to be boundless.   His tenure had already been marked by a spectacular, habitual tendency to conceal matters.  What else would come out? The latest[Read More…]

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 Dutch Farmers Resisting the Toxic Transition  

 Dutch Farmers Resisting the Toxic Transition  

In recent years, governments have been demonstrating their subservience to their billionaire masters in Big Finance, the Gates and Rockefeller Foundations, BlackRock and the entire gamut of forces in the military-financial-industrial complex behind the ‘Great Reset’, ‘New Normal’ or whichever other benign-sounding term is used to disguise the crisis and current restructuring of capitalism and the brutal impacts on ordinary people. In[Read More…]

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Brutalizing women political prisoners in the Philippines: A glimpse of the Marcos-Duterte spectacle of horrors

Brutalizing women political prisoners in the Philippines: A glimpse of the Marcos-Duterte spectacle of horrors

     In his classic “The Eighteenth Brumaire of Louis Bonaparte,” Karl Marx amends Hegel’s quip on history repeating itself, first as tragedy and then as farce (1986 97). With the former Philippine dictator Marcos’s son in office, will farcical acts be the spectacle for the next six years?. Imagine the sons of Somoza, Trujillo or Batista returning to their banana[Read More…]

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Divided We Fall, Bharat Jodo !

Divided We Fall, Bharat Jodo !

by Harshavardhan Purandare and Sandeep Pandey The Congress party declared Bharat Chhodo (Quit India) movement against the British regime in 1942. The Congress party is now launching a movement Bharat Jodo (Connecting and Uniting India) against the Modi regime in 2022. Indian people have had a journey of 80 years since Mahatma Gandhi gave that Quit India call to the[Read More…]

by 20/09/2022 Comments are Disabled India
US-NATO escalation in Ukraine risks nuclear war

US-NATO escalation in Ukraine risks nuclear war

by Andre Damon & Joseph Kishore A staggering recklessness has overtaken the American ruling class. It is treating the prospect of nuclear war, which would mean the deaths of millions and the potential annihilation of life on the planet, as a real possibility that must not be allowed to deter its geopolitical objectives in waging war against Russia over Ukraine.[Read More…]

by 19/09/2022 Comments are Disabled World
UN Development Rankings: U.S. Sliding Down

UN Development Rankings: U.S. Sliding Down

The U.S. is falling behind its developed-nation peers in checking the boxes of progress, according to a recent report from the United Nations Office of Sustainable Development. The U.S. last year ranked 32nd out of 193 UN member states has dropped 11 places in a single year and now trails even Ukraine and Cuba on the list, coming in just[Read More…]

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‘Leading from Behind’: Is Washington at War with Moscow? 

‘Leading from Behind’: Is Washington at War with Moscow? 

Though Washington insists that it is not interested in a direct military conflict with Moscow, the latter claims that the US is, in fact, directly involved. But who is telling the truth? On September 8, US Secretary of State Antony Blinken, appeared in Kyiv on an unannounced visit. He carried with him pledges of yet another military and financial package[Read More…]

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The Russia – Ukraine crisis: the Global South perspective

The Russia – Ukraine crisis: the Global South perspective

 by Yevgeny Ivanov & Ashish Singh   The conflict between Russia and Ukraine has seriously affected Europe. In August 2022, annual inflation in the EU exceeded 10%[1]. Political leaders are looking for solutions to the looming energy crisis[2]. However, the consequences of events in Ukraine affect other parts of the world too. African countries depend heavily on Russian and Ukrainian[Read More…]

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More Questions than Claims Regarding India’s Cheetah Project

More Questions than Claims Regarding India’s Cheetah Project

The release of eight cheetahs into the Kuno National Park ( Madhya Pradesh) by Prime Minister Narendra Modi on September 17, although accompanied by a media blitz, has raised several questions. The animals were flown from Namibia to Gwalior and from there they were taken to the release site in a helicopter. Official sources have stated that this is the[Read More…]

by 19/09/2022 Comments are Disabled Environmental Protection
When worship itself becomes a crime

When worship itself becomes a crime

Fariba Dalir and Sakin Behjati’ prison sentence has just begun. It was in the month of April that the Iranian courts finally convicted these two  women – recent converts to Christianity – for their ‘attempts to put national security in danger’. One among them has been sent to a much dreaded jail near Tehran. (https://www.en-hrana.org/tag/fariba-dalir/) Interestingly neither Fariba nor Sakin[Read More…]

by 19/09/2022 Comments are Disabled India
Worldwide protests against incarceration of political prisoners in India  

Worldwide protests against incarceration of political prisoners in India  

The democratic community of Europe expressed its heartfelt condolences to the fascist repression unleashed on the Indian people, particularly on the untimely demise of Comrade Pandu Naroti, an Adivasi who stood by the working class, peasants and all oppressed and exploited people of India. It expressed its condolences to his family and friends in Mureweda village, a poor Adivasi community[Read More…]

by 18/09/2022 Comments are Disabled Human Rights
Overseas investment rules- August, 2022- Do they open the floodgates to money laundering?

Overseas investment rules- August, 2022- Do they open the floodgates to money laundering?

To Shri Ajay Seth Secretary (DEA) Ministry of Finance Govt of India   Dear Shri Seth I refer to the revised overseas investment rules issued by the Union Finance Ministry vide GSR 646(E) dated 22-8-2022 on overseas direct investment (ODI). Apparently, these rules were notified on the basis of a draft notification placed in the public domain about a year[Read More…]

by 18/09/2022 Comments are Disabled India
South Asian Deluge is a Mix of Climate Change and Serious Mismanagement

South Asian Deluge is a Mix of Climate Change and Serious Mismanagement

Most countries of South Asia have suffered excessive flood losses this year, peaking in Pakistan. In the last week of August Pakistan, overwhelmed by surging waters, declared an emergency. Nearly 1500 human lives have already been claimed by the disaster. With excessive rains affecting almost half the country and a third of the country submerged during the peak of the[Read More…]

by 18/09/2022 Comments are Disabled World
Queen Elizabeth II & 70 years of UK colonialism, neo-colonialism, wars, mass mortality & genocide

Queen Elizabeth II & 70 years of UK colonialism, neo-colonialism, wars, mass mortality & genocide

Queen Elizabeth II has died, and there is immense public affection for the Queen for her dignified but warm conduct in 70 years of dedicated service as a constitutional  monarch. That affection is most marked among her British, Australian , Canadian and New Zealand Subjects, as well as among some British Commonwealth loyalists. However resolutely ignored is the Royal heading[Read More…]

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Indian Myths and the Violence Against the Non-Aryans

Indian Myths and the Violence Against the Non-Aryans

Introduction In almost all myths, the low-born non-Aryan characters, from Bali to Barbareek to Eklavya to Karna, are presented as generous to the extent that none of them cry foul at being robbed of their life. In fact they willingly give it away. What does their lack of protest say? What kind of consciousness does it reflect? The essence of[Read More…]

by 18/09/2022 Comments are Disabled Life/Philosophy
Pakistan’s Devastation Is Just a Preview of the Future—and the Biggest Climate Polluters Must Pay Up

Pakistan’s Devastation Is Just a Preview of the Future—and the Biggest Climate Polluters Must Pay Up

The developing world will not forget the leading role that industrialized economies have played in permanently altering the climate and making catastrophic events more likely. Around the world, 2022 has been a year of climate catastrophes, including droughts, floods, mega-fires, typhoons, and more. Among the hardest-hit countries is Pakistan. With torrential monsoon rainfall almost 190% above its 30-year average, extraordinary flooding[Read More…]

by 17/09/2022 Comments are Disabled Climate Change
It’s Time to Call It What It Is—A Capitalism-Induced Ecological Crisis

It’s Time to Call It What It Is—A Capitalism-Induced Ecological Crisis

One-third of Pakistan is under water. Record heat waves blanket the globe driving up temperatures beyond what humans can survive. Polar glaciers are melting much faster than scientists predicted. Droughts, fires and floods are ravaging the planet, forcing the displacement of tens of millions of people. And this is just the beginning. It’s time to tell the truth. We can’t afford[Read More…]

by 17/09/2022 Comments are Disabled Climate Change
Mining Mafias Ruin Livelihoods of Farmers and Pastorals, Spread Terror

Mining Mafias Ruin Livelihoods of Farmers and Pastorals, Spread Terror

In Kolawalpur village of Banda District (state of Uttar Pradesh), many farmers complained bitterly that the miners of river sand had destroyed their farms and standing crops. What is more, threat of floods in the rainy season and the river drying up in the dry season had increased due to the excessive extraction of sand from the river using heavy[Read More…]

by 17/09/2022 Comments are Disabled Environmental Protection
Monumental Plans to Fix the Planet

Monumental Plans to Fix the Planet

When Congress directs the White House Office of Science and Technology (OSTP) to coordinate with other relevant federal agencies to research a five-year scientific assessment of solar and other rapid climate interventions, it’s only too apparent that the highest levels of government have gotten the internal memo that the climate is in trouble. Even so, they are still fashionably late[Read More…]

by 17/09/2022 Comments are Disabled Climate Change
Climate crisis, GDP and the working people – Part III: The working people

Climate crisis, GDP and the working people – Part III: The working people

Identifying the GDP’s limitations help find the losses the working people have to make, untold yet, due to climate crisis, although it’s the working people that bear the most. The reason that works to put the working people in this position is, in briefest way, they are chained by capital. Nothing, but GDP? No. Yet, to fathom performance in economic[Read More…]

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Evil Empire: Let the Monarchy Die Along With Elizabeth

Evil Empire: Let the Monarchy Die Along With Elizabeth

There is no good reason to allow the evil empire to retain any legitimacy as the British royal family papers over the pillage it continues to benefit from. The death of Queen Elizabeth II, the longest-serving monarch of British royalty, has sparked global fascination and spawned thousands of clickbait reports of the details of her funeral. Americans, who centuries ago[Read More…]

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Back Door Proliferation: The IAEA, AUKUS and Nuclear Submarine Technology

Back Door Proliferation: The IAEA, AUKUS and Nuclear Submarine Technology

In Vienna, China’s permanent mission to the United Nations has been rather exercised of late. Members of the mission have been particularly irate with the International Atomic Energy Agency and its Director General, Rafael Grossi, who addressed the IAEA’s Board of Governors on September 12. Grossi was building on a confidential report by the IAEA which had been circulated the[Read More…]

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The Roar of a U.S. Warplane Over a Civilian Irish Airport

The Roar of a U.S. Warplane Over a Civilian Irish Airport

“This is not a regular airport,” Margaretta D’Arcy said to me as we heard a C-130T Hercules prepare to take off from Shannon Airport in Ireland after 3 p.m. on September 11, 2022. That enormous U.S. Navy aircraft (registration number 16-4762) had flown in from Sigonella, a U.S. Naval Air Station in Italy. A few minutes earlier, a U.S. Navy[Read More…]

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Why This Letter on Ukraine Crisis by a Veteran of Peace is So Important

Why This Letter on Ukraine Crisis by a Veteran of Peace is So Important

US Policy Makers Must Listen to Gerry Condon Gerry Condon, former President of Veterans of Peace, a USA-based global organization of Military Veterans and allies with 140 chapters worldwide whose collective efforts are to build a culture for peace and end all wars, has very recently written a letter to President Biden which needs to be widely read by all[Read More…]

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A tale of two writings: On Nehru and Savarkar

A tale of two writings: On Nehru and Savarkar

In the November 1937, an article titled “Rashtrapatiji” was published in a Calcutta-based monthly journal “Modern Review”. Founded by Ramanand Chatterjee in 1907, the journal had good readership among the Indian intelligentsia with a diversity of writers contributing essays, informing or analysing the debates and issues around the country’s freedom movement. The paper “Rashtrapatiji”, written by one Chanankya, drew considerable[Read More…]

by 17/09/2022 Comments are Disabled India
Barbara Ehrenreich Will be Remembered for Her Writings on Justice and Dignity

Barbara Ehrenreich Will be Remembered for Her Writings on Justice and Dignity

Barbara Ehrenreich died at the age of 81 on September 1. The American author had reached a worldwide readership with her over 20 books which are best known for their strong voice of justice and dignity for the weakest sections as well as for opposing hypocrisy and social deceit at several levels. Her brilliant reportage, social commentary and book reviews[Read More…]

by 16/09/2022 Comments are Disabled Life/Philosophy
Jadavpur University Contracted Employees Union challenge University authorities

Jadavpur University Contracted Employees Union challenge University authorities

For over a year, the agitation of contracted employees of two campuses under the leadership of Jadavpur University contracted employees union is intensifying in resisting various companies and contractors. For the past almost one year, contracted workers of Jadavpur University have been relentlessly protesting to quickly resolve various other issues including fair salaries, regularization of EPF and ESI. The minimum[Read More…]

by 16/09/2022 Comments are Disabled India
Palestinians will rebuild the PLO! The liberation landscape is changing

Palestinians will rebuild the PLO! The liberation landscape is changing

Caption: At a joint in California where customers leave notes in the cracks of a brick wall. Note says: “الله اكبر –Free Palestine, assholes.” It’s not wishful thinking; it’s really happening! To use Bob Dylan’s words, the Israeli order is “rapidly fadin’ and the first one now will later be last, for the times they are a-changin’.” You’ve probably heard[Read More…]

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Dematerialising LIC’s policies- It can have implications for small policy holders

Dematerialising LIC’s policies- It can have implications for small policy holders

To Smt Nirmala Sitharaman Union Finance Minister Dear Smt Sitharaman, I have come across a report today (https://www.business-standard.com/article/finance/lic-exploring-all-options-on-dematerialisation-of-insurance-policies-122091500928_1.html) that the Insurance Regulatory Authority of India (IRDAI) has proposed to “dematerialise” all insurance policies, including life insurance policies. As a follow up measure, LIC seems to be considering to set up its own repository, in view of the large number of[Read More…]

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Kartavya Path: Another leap towards neo-colonialism!

Kartavya Path: Another leap towards neo-colonialism!

Let it be clear at the outset that when the road from Rashtrapati Bhavan to India Gate was named Rajpath, it was not a literal translation of the King’s Way. In the same sense, Janpath was not the translated name for its old name, the Queen’s Way. In the Rajpath nomenclature, the symbolism of independent and sovereign India’s democratic statehood[Read More…]

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Climate crisis, GDP and the working people – Part II: GDP

Climate crisis, GDP and the working people – Part II: GDP

As is known, GDP, dating back to the 1930s, and innovated by Simon Kuznets, appraises the value of goods and services produced in an economy in a given period. At the same time, it’s now well-accepted that GDP, a Bretton Woods tool, doesn’t tell the whole fact. John Smith discusses the issue: “The ‘GDP Illusion’ is a fault in perception[Read More…]

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U.S. Railroad Strike Averted, Says Biden

U.S. Railroad Strike Averted, Says Biden

The rail strike that threatened to shut down freight traffic across the U.S. has been temporarily averted, U.S. President Joe Biden announced on Thursday. A draft agreement by the industry and union reps reached after 20 hours of negotiations will be sent to workers for ratification after several weeks’ “cooling off” period. “The rail workers will get better pay, improved[Read More…]

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Royal Money: Charles III and the Wealth Dimension

Royal Money: Charles III and the Wealth Dimension

Once the fixated adoration with the late Queen Elizabeth II starts cooling, the accountants of public welfare and decency will be stunned to realise the costs and wealth associated with the royal institution.  Her successor, Charles III, is continuing in that vein, a jarring note of wealth and pomp even as prices rise and the hefty bills for citizens (should[Read More…]

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The Queen is dead, long live the King

The Queen is dead, long live the King

Queen Elizabeth II, the longest serving monarch of British empire died on September 8th, at the age of 96 and since then the crazy 24×7 channels including BBC and CNN are minutely reporting every event related to her death. The funeral will take place on September 19th but till then people will watch various events and engagements of the Royal[Read More…]

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Indiscriminate Cuts in Allocations for Weaker Sections Have Accentuated Their Distress

Indiscriminate Cuts in Allocations for Weaker Sections Have Accentuated Their Distress

There have been frequent demands in recent times for increasing the budgetary allocations for weaker sections as many of their priority needs are not being met properly. Instead of responding sympathetically to these demands, if some of these allocations are cut in arbitrary and indiscriminate ways, then this is bound to increase the distress of weaker sections by midway jeopardizing[Read More…]

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It’s as if the French Revolution never happened…

It’s as if the French Revolution never happened…

According to legend, Zhou Enlai, the first premier of the People’s Republic of China, when asked what he thought was the impact of the French Revolution of 1789, is supposed to have quipped, “It’s too early to tell”. For quite a while, I took it as just another witty repartee from Comrade Zhou, with no special significance. Nowadays, I can see[Read More…]

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Why Our Electricity Prices Can’t Be Left to Bogus ‘Free Markets’

Why Our Electricity Prices Can’t Be Left to Bogus ‘Free Markets’

The so-called electricity markets were created to help private capital, not people. It is time that we wind up such bogus electricity markets and return all such public services to the people, to be run cooperatively for their benefit. The price of electricity has risen astronomically in Europe over the last two years: by four times over the previous year and 10 times over the last[Read More…]

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Violence Against Indigenous Women Grows in Vancouver Amid ‘Apathy and Injustice’

Violence Against Indigenous Women Grows in Vancouver Amid ‘Apathy and Injustice’

 Indigenous women and girls in Canada continue to face disproportionate levels of violence and insecurity rooted in colonialism. Violence against Indigenous women is “escalating like never before,” the Union of British Columbia Indian Chiefs (UBCIC) has warned. A series of tragedies have rocked the city of Vancouver (unceded Musqueam, Squamish, and Tsleil-Waututh lands) in recent months, including the discovery of the body of a 14-year-old[Read More…]

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America as a Sacrifice Zone

America as a Sacrifice Zone

In the American ethos, sacrifice is often hailed as the chief ingredient for overcoming hardship and seizing opportunity. To be successful, we’re assured, college students must make personal sacrifices by going deep into debt for a future degree and the earnings that may come with it. Small business owners must sacrifice their paychecks so that their companies will continue to[Read More…]

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Rahul’s Yatra:- Politically Correct Move? 

Rahul’s Yatra:- Politically Correct Move? 

Would it be fair to assume that Congress leader Rahul Gandhi has embarked on a politically correct path by deciding to undertake his “Bharat Jodo Yatra”? Against endless political problems encountered by Rahul and his party, perhaps it was imperative for him to take such a step. There is no doubt that he has eyes set on forthcoming parliamentary polls.[Read More…]

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Pensions for All Elderly People Must be A Top Priority in India

Pensions for All Elderly People Must be A Top Priority in India

The population of elderly (60 years plus) citizens in India is around 140 million. The union ( central) government pays annual pensions worth around Rs. 180,000 crore ( one crore=10 million) to its former employees numbering between 6 to 7 million. For the remaining elderly it provides about Rs. 9700 crore ( inclusive of some other welfare spending). During recent[Read More…]

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Petition: Stop Repression Against Villagers In Dhinkia, Odisha

Petition: Stop Repression Against Villagers In Dhinkia, Odisha

Writers, Artists, Human Rights Activists and Well-known Personalities. Demand Protection of Human Rights and Livelihood of the Local Villagers of Dhinkia, Odisha The South Korean Company POSCO backed out from Odisha due to a long struggle of the local communities. However, the Odisha state Government is allowing Jindal to take over the lands and livelihood of the same local villagers. The struggle for[Read More…]

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Climate crisis, GDP and the working people – Part I: Climate crisis

Climate crisis, GDP and the working people – Part I: Climate crisis

Climate crisis takes its costs from gross domestic product. A recent study1 finds about a quarter of the countries studied are sensitive to such impact. Climate crisis, negatively affecting economy in countries, takes toll; and it’s peoples that pay the toll while capitals, the dominant force creating climate crisis, reaps profit. “[A] critical and still unresolved empirical question is”, the[Read More…]

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 Azerbaijan Attacks Armenia Amidst the Globalist Countdown to WW III

 Azerbaijan Attacks Armenia Amidst the Globalist Countdown to WW III

From a September 13th, 2022 Artsakh Press article headlined “Azerbaijan had pre-planned the attack”: [The Criminal Prosecution of Armenia] says its criminal investigation into Azerbaijan’s attack – a violation of the November 9, 2020 trilateral statement and several international treaties prohibiting the use of force or the threat to use force and invading the territory of another country gathered information[Read More…]

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More Than 100,000 U.S. Rail Workers Plan Strike  

More Than 100,000 U.S. Rail Workers Plan Strike  

Nearly 115,000 U.S. rail workers are poised to go on strike on Thursday at midnight, shutting down 40% of long-distance trade, after negotiations between rail unions and carriers failed to bear fruit. If a deal is not reached by Friday, a strike will begin, shutting down freight rails across the U.S. While the leaders of 10 of the 12 unions[Read More…]

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Female giant panda YaYa at the Memphis Zoo. Source: Panda Voices

Zoo Troubles: The Plight of Two Pandas Lays Bare the Flaws

by Florence Foo, Si Cheng, Taciana Santiago and Brittany Michelson Zoos are often viewed as places of entertainment where humans can appreciate the beauty of the various species that can be found in different ecosystems on the planet. Many parents take their children to visit these facilities to let them experience being close to animals, educate them about the species,[Read More…]

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Why It’s Time to Declassify the Documents From Trump’s Basement

Why It’s Time to Declassify the Documents From Trump’s Basement

Whatever your feelings about former President Trump, there are reasons to be skeptical when government officials say it was necessary to raid his Florida home to recover classified documents that threatened national security. Like the former president, I was once accused by the government of mishandling classified information connected to my representation of a detainee at Guantanamo Bay. There was[Read More…]

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‘Avenging Sabra and Shatila’: On Israeli Massacres and Palestinian Resistance

‘Avenging Sabra and Shatila’: On Israeli Massacres and Palestinian Resistance

September 16 marks the 40th anniversary of the Sabra and Shatila massacre, the killing of around 3,000 Palestinians at the hands of Lebanon’s Phalangist militias operating under the command of the Israeli army. Four decades have passed, yet no measure of justice has been received by the survivors of the massacre. Many of them have died, and others are aging[Read More…]

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Life Expectancy: The US and Cuba in the Time of Covid

Life Expectancy: The US and Cuba in the Time of Covid

The article documents that, for the first time, life expectancy in Cuba exceeds that in the US by almost three years. It explores intertwined reasons behind this occurrence, including responses to Covid, health care systems, racism, poverty, misinformation campaigns, the embargo, international solidarity efforts, and resilience to climate change. Recent data shows that between 2019 and 2021, life expectancy (LE)[Read More…]

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Guilty Women

Guilty Women

Review of Hitler’s Girl by Lauren Young Historians and lay-people alike have for decades posed the counter-factual question, “How could Hitler have been stopped?”  The answer, shocking to those at play in the fields of elision, is that the easiest way to contain him and therefore to halt the growth of Nazism and the save the world from murderous peril[Read More…]

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Rural Landless Neglected Despite Being the Most Critical Segment for Poverty Alleviation

Rural Landless Neglected Despite Being the Most Critical Segment for Poverty Alleviation

Landowning farmers ( kisans) present the most visible face of India’s villages, and most of the discussion is in their context. However a very important aspect of rural India seldom emphasized is that there are more landless peasants and workers ( bhumiheen) in villages of India than landowning farmers. Several landless farm workers have belonged traditionally to the most marginalized[Read More…]

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An attack on Diversity is an attack on Unity

An attack on Diversity is an attack on Unity

At the time of independence, more than 500 princely states agreed to join the union of India under a common constitution which safeguarded the fundamental rights of its citizens, gave freedom to practice their religious, cultural and linguistic diversities and ensured the integration of a liberal political democracy. An integrated India has not only survived but thrived over the span[Read More…]

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Big picture of disengagement in Ladakh

Big picture of disengagement in Ladakh

The Ministry of External Affairs has done the right thing by explaining its taciturn press release on September 8 Thursday in a single sentence regarding the disengagement of troops in the area of Gogra-Hotsprings along the LAC in the Western Sector of India-China border areas. The Official Spokesman Arindam Bagchi shared on Friday more details. Broadly, a consensus reached at the 16th round of[Read More…]

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Dara Shikoh and his times reveal the utter absurdity of communal propaganda

Dara Shikoh and his times reveal the utter absurdity of communal propaganda

Communal propagandists who want to disrupt inter-faith harmony often distort and misrepresent history to peddle their lies. While this can be shown in the context of many instances, the times of Dara Shikoh are particularly relevant in this context. As is well known , Dara Shikoh (1615-59) was the  favorite son of the Mughal emperor Shah Jahan, the buider of[Read More…]

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Dalit Agricultural Labour Organisations of Punjab defy section 144 to launch protest outside Chief Minister’s house in Sangrur

Dalit Agricultural Labour Organisations of Punjab defy section 144 to launch protest outside Chief Minister’s house in Sangrur

Ten agricultural labourer unions of Punjab — under the umbrella of Sanjha Punjab Morcha — swarmed in like a huge army in front of Punjab Chief Minister Bhagwant Mann’s residence in Sangrur’s Dreamland Colony on Monday. They heroically defied the imposition of Section 144 orders and notices issued to them. to launch  on a 72-hour dharna fron 12-14th September. The[Read More…]

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Europe Will Spiral Into Severe Recession, Says BlackRock

Europe Will Spiral Into Severe Recession, Says BlackRock

Europe will spiral into a severe recession, as the shortage in energy supplies is set to spike inflation even higher and weigh heavily on Europe’s GDP, BlackRock said in a note on Monday. Media reports said: “The energy crunch will drive a recession in Europe, as we’ve argued since March. The crisis has worsened since then as Russia has halted gas supplies,”[Read More…]

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The Journey of the Farmers’ Rebellion: A compilation of interviews on the farmers’ movement in India (2020-2021)

The Journey of the Farmers’ Rebellion: A compilation of interviews on the farmers’ movement in India (2020-2021)

Temperatures are rising, and so is communal hate. Rainfall is drying up, and so is employment. A war is being waged on the working masses by the corporates and ruling classes on every front. A war in which the people are losing one battle after another. But when the corporates and their henchmen in the seats of power thought that[Read More…]

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When Killers Become Choosers: Resurrecting the Thylacine and Other Species

When Killers Become Choosers: Resurrecting the Thylacine and Other Species

Here we go again, playing God and toying with Promethean fire.  Having done a comprehensively brutal job of killing off the thylacine, known in popular parlance as the Tasmanian Tiger, along with a growing number of other species, there is interest in reviving and ultimately returning them to the wild.  And, as with any deity, the choice resides in the[Read More…]

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Meeting point of the Bhagirathi and Alakananda rivers in Uttarakhand.

 Photography by Tristan Partridge.

Humanity, Nature and Rights

by Bharat Dogra, Anupam Bhandari & Tristan Partridge Perhaps the most widespread and persistent cause of human distress has been relationships based on dominance, whether across differences in class, gender, caste, race, or other imposed social categories. These tendencies are clear and undeniable, yet very difficult to change at a fundamental or societal level – as reflected in the ongoing[Read More…]

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Will the U.S. Learn Anything from Putin’s Disastrous Invasion?

Will the U.S. Learn Anything from Putin’s Disastrous Invasion?

In Washington, wide agreement exists that the Russian army’s performance in the Kremlin’s ongoing Ukraine “special military operation” ranks somewhere between lousy and truly abysmal. The question is: Why? The answer in American policy circles, both civilian and military, appears all but self-evident. Vladimir Putin’s Russia has stubbornly insisted on ignoring the principles, practices, and methods identified as necessary for[Read More…]

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Tigray’s Humanitarian Crisis Worsens with Theft of Critical Supplies of Fuel Oil

Tigray’s Humanitarian Crisis Worsens with Theft of Critical Supplies of Fuel Oil

September is supposed to be a very critical month for the nearly 5.5 million people of Tigray region of Ethiopia affected by very severe food shortages, almost half of them on brink of starvation. If the neighboring regions of Afar and Amhara are included then as many as 13 million people face a very difficult situation. The United Nations officials[Read More…]

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Bhojpuri Songs and Branding of Caste Pride

Bhojpuri Songs and Branding of Caste Pride

The popularity of Bhojpuri music has grown to reach a wide audience, both in terms of listeners and watchers. Songs, in a sense, are a means through which cultural identities may be asserted. Bhojpuri songs promote certain prejudiced natures and settings in terms of gender, caste, class, and regions, among other categories. Some of the key aspects that are prevalent[Read More…]

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A letter to Godard that never reached him

A letter to Godard that never reached him

Here is a sad news that Godard is no more.Veteran critic Vidyarthy Chatterjee wrote a letter to Godard after listening to an interview, where the master confessed that he doesn’t get any Indian films to watch.After Fifty years of pedestrian writing, Vidyarthy Chatterjee wrote his first book and he had sent it across by courier to Switzerland,only to hear back[Read More…]

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SCO Summit: Xi And Putin Are For A New World Order

SCO Summit: Xi And Putin Are For A New World Order

China is willing to work with Russia to take the global order “in a more just and reasonable direction,” Beijing’s top diplomat said, underscoring the depth of the two nations’ ties. A Bloomberg report said: Under the guidance of President Xi Jinping and President Vladimir Putin, “the relationship between the two countries has always been on the right track, and[Read More…]

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

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas falsely vilified by Zionists over “50 holocausts”

Zionism as frankly espoused by its most prominent advocates for 130 years is genocidal racism, and Nazism without gas chambers but now with 90 nuclear weapons and 6 German-supplied submarines to carry nuclear missiles for scores of nuclear holocausts. Yet defenceless Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas has been falsely and hysterically vilified  by the Zionist-subverted West for describing the ongoing Palestinian[Read More…]

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Queenly Saturation

Queenly Saturation

Turn on the television. Move to the screen.  Switch on the device – if you ever left it off.  Queen Elizabeth II may have passed, but she is everywhere in very lively fashion, a spectral manifestation that has utterly controlled large chunks of a transfixed global media system. It helps that she has captured the media mecca that is the[Read More…]

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Silencing The Lambs, How Propaganda Works

Silencing The Lambs, How Propaganda Works

In an address to the Trondheim World Festival in Norway, John Pilger charts the history of power propaganda and describes how it appropriates journalism in a ‘profound imperialism’ and is likely to entrap us all, if we allow it. In the 1970s, I met one of Hitler’s leading propagandists, Leni Riefenstahl, whose epic films glorified the Nazis. We happened to[Read More…]

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Inequalities and militarization in USA have led to millions being deprived of basic needs

Inequalities and militarization in USA have led to millions being deprived of basic needs

The USA is without doubt the most powerful country in the world. It was endowed with an exceptionally plentiful natural resource base. Despite this the bottom half of the population of the USA has been facing increasing difficulties in meeting its basic needs. One of the most important reasons for this relates to increase of inequalities. The USA poverty level[Read More…]

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“We’ll Meet Them Out in the Fields”: Challenging the Pipelines to Nowhere

“We’ll Meet Them Out in the Fields”: Challenging the Pipelines to Nowhere

Recent polls suggest that the bonkers, even barbaric, rhetoric coming from far-right MAGA candidates could be undermining Republicans’ chances of capturing both chambers of Congress in November. Now, the greater danger may lie down-ballot. If extremists win key offices in swing-state governments in 2022, they might manage to award their states’ Electoral College votes to the MAGA presidential candidate, against[Read More…]

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Authoritarian ambitions with a democratic interpretation

Authoritarian ambitions with a democratic interpretation

The unveiling of the Subhash Chandra Bose statute by the Prime Minister of India marking the inauguration of the ‘Kartavya Path,’ the revamped Central Vista Avenue, has at least three objectives attached to it. One, it allows the BJP to add some momentum for the 2024 elections by staging the arrival of a ‘refreshed’ India. Second, it provides it with[Read More…]

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Nationalism: The True Enemy of Humanity

Nationalism: The True Enemy of Humanity

In a recent lecture on the war in the Ukraine, John Mearsheimer, a political scientist at the University of Chicago, noted that “nationalism” is the strongest ideology in the world today. Having lived through the Cold War era, anything having to do with Russia, formerly the major part of the Soviet Union, was framed in the ideological context of “the[Read More…]

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Gorbachev betrayed essence of Communism

Gorbachev betrayed essence of Communism

Mikhail Gorbachev has been eulogised by sections for bringing end to cold war, giving Socialism new perspective an formulating Glasnost and Persetroika.At the time it caused great confusion within the International Communist camp and gave an impression that Gorbachev was creating another revolution. Gorbachev did everything under the sun  to undo any remnants of the soviet socialist system and de-construction[Read More…]

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 Lessons of the  death of  Cyrus Mistry  in the car crash

 Lessons of the  death of  Cyrus Mistry  in the car crash

The sudden realisation in elite circles of the need to wear seat belts for passengers in  rear seats  of cars in the wake of the death of  Mr Cyrus Mistry, former Tata group chief, on September 4 is important. But it misses a vital  point. It shows all the concern for the safety of  car occupants, the rich, while there[Read More…]

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Vehicular speed that annually kills million in India

Vehicular speed that annually kills million in India

The tragic death of a young entrepreneur in a road accident has created ripples in social media about the safety of a luxury car which may run at a higher speed but with satisfactory control over the vehicle in case of an emergency. The debate also touched on the mandatory use of seatbelts in rear seats by the passengers, necessary[Read More…]

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Reservations on reservation policy

Reservations on reservation policy

Few recall these days the furore on the Mandal Commission report.At that time I found to my dismay even some progressive academics at the Delhi University campus wavering on the question of reservation.(I had been there for some reason I do not remeber now,but vividly remember the vehemence of passion against the policy of reservation in the campus.)Some well-known professors[Read More…]

by 12/09/2022 Comments are Disabled Annihilate Caste
Developing countries debt crisis – Chinese or Western trap?

Developing countries debt crisis – Chinese or Western trap?

As rich countries switch on their firefighting mode to tame soaring inflation, developing countries are feeling the heat. Higher interest rates mean increased debt servicing costs. Hawkish interest rate hikes are also triggering net capital outflows and currency depreciations, adding to the woes caused by commodity price volatilities and US-led trade disruptions. Thus, an increasing number of developing countries are[Read More…]

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Why We Need an Alternative Paradigm for Checking Climate Change

Why We Need an Alternative Paradigm for Checking Climate Change

While scientists and activists have done well to establish the urgency of checking climate change before it is too late, it is increasingly clear that the current paradigm of checking climate change is not working. Briefly, it has to be changed in ways which will link it very closely to checking militarism and inequalities while promoting peace and justice, preventing[Read More…]

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Europe In Energy Turmoil

Europe In Energy Turmoil

Europe is in energy turmoil with uncertainty in the coming winter and measures to counter Russia. The EU finds consensus is elusive and solidarity is in short supply. A Bloomberg report said: European ministers sounded defiant as they met in Brussels to deliberate plans aimed at halting the spiral in energy prices. “We will prevail,” European Union Energy Commissioner Kadri[Read More…]

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Pentagon by gregwest98 is licensed under CC BY 2.0 / Flickr

Contractors Cash in as Congress Adds Billions to the Pentagon Budget

by Julia Gledhill & William D. Hartung Congress has spoken when it comes to next year’s Pentagon budget and the results, if they weren’t so in line with past practices, should astonish us all. The House of Representatives voted to add $37 billion and the Senate $45 billion to the administration’s already humongous request for “national defense,” a staggering figure that includes both the[Read More…]

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Role of Muslim Intellectuals in the Promotion of Educational awareness among Students

Role of Muslim Intellectuals in the Promotion of Educational awareness among Students

Today , a public meeting was organized by the Education Promotion Council ( henceforth EPC)at the Nobel Senior Secondary School, Dillar Nagar, Ghazipur, UP. At the outset, let me remind that long ago a great educationist and social reformer like Sir Syed Ahmad khan had founded Scientific Society in Ghazipur to spread education , social reform and scientific temper among[Read More…]

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BJP’s Mission South and Politics of Hate in Telangana

BJP’s Mission South and Politics of Hate in Telangana

    The Nizam being sworn in as the Raj pramukh (Governor) of Hyderabd province in 1948. Sep17 is being celebrated by BJP as Hyderabad Liberation Day, and Home Minister Amit Shah is to address a rally at Hyderabad on that day. It was Liberation of Nizam from people, not the other way round.  BJP is using the occasion to[Read More…]

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Vernon Gonsalves: Statement by Family Members of the Accused in the fabricated BK case

Vernon Gonsalves: Statement by Family Members of the Accused in the fabricated BK case

In yet another act of criminal negligence, the prison authorities of Taloja Central Jail, Maharashtra, have delayed medical treatment to Vernon Gonsalves, a prominent activist and one of the accused in the Bhima Koregaon – Elgar Parishad case. Gonsalves, who is 65 years old, fell ill with fever on August 30th, and even though his condition was steadily deteriorating, he[Read More…]

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Vernon Gonsalves: Stop Denying Political Prisoners the Right to Healthcare in Jails

Vernon Gonsalves: Stop Denying Political Prisoners the Right to Healthcare in Jails

On 8th September Vernon Gonsalves, one of the 16 undertrials in the Bhima Koregaon case lodged in the anda cell of Taloja Central Jail, was diagnosed with dengue and likely pneumonia. Gonsalves age 65, had been suffering from fever since 30th August, but it took an appeal from his lawyer and the intervention of the Court for the Taloja Jail[Read More…]

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Release Activist Vernon Gonsalves on immediate Medical bail

Release Activist Vernon Gonsalves on immediate Medical bail

Statement by Mumbai Rises to Save Democracy – a campaign of 40+ civil society groups MRSD is distressed to learn about the health situation of 65 year old activist, poet, and writer Vernon Gonsalves, incarcerated since 2018 in the Bhima Koregaon/Elgar Parishad case. Gonsalves started developing several symptoms, such as fever, cough, dizziness, and nausea starting on August 30, as[Read More…]

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Why did Siddique Kappan get bail?

Why did Siddique Kappan get bail?

Siddique Kappan got bail from the Supreme Court. This is so good and relaxing. I met Siddique Kappan many years ago. He is a very honest person. Sending them to jail was and is a crime in itself. Yogi Adityanath’s government disobeyed the law and completely engaged in hatred towards Muslims. But why has Kappan suddenly got this vine? About[Read More…]

by 11/09/2022 Comments are Disabled India
Pakistan faces massive humanitarian crisis as unprecedented flooding continues

Pakistan faces massive humanitarian crisis as unprecedented flooding continues

Unprecedented flooding—arising from and demonstrably tied to climate change— continues to ravage Pakistan, with the official death toll rising by more than 250 since last week. 1,391 people are now reported as having perished due to the floods, which have inundated a third of the impoverished South Asian country. A further 12,700 have been injured. On Friday, Pakistan’s National Disaster[Read More…]

by 11/09/2022 Comments are Disabled South Asia
Mining the River Pamba for Flood Prevention- Novel ideas for evading Regulations: Case Study of Thottappally in Alapuzha, Kerala, India

Mining the River Pamba for Flood Prevention- Novel ideas for evading Regulations: Case Study of Thottappally in Alapuzha, Kerala, India

EXECUTIVE SUMMARY The Vemband Wetland in Kerala is a Ramsar Site, and also a Critically Vulnerable Coastal Area (CVCA).  One of the three meeting points of the lake’s waters and the Lakshadweep Sea is at Thottappally in Purakkad Panchayat of Alapuzha. It is a Marma Point. About 600,000 cubic meters of mineral sand has been dredged out from the River[Read More…]

by 11/09/2022 Comments are Disabled Environmental Protection
Jharkand Jan Sangarsh  Morcha  challenges  neo-fascist repression

Jharkand Jan Sangarsh  Morcha  challenges  neo-fascist repression

In recent weeks the Jharkand Jan Sangharsh Morcha, waged a sustained campaign against the arrest of journalists like Rupesh Singh, Socialist activists and Shamru Khadia. It is also valiantly confronting the burning issues of the day to day lives of people, like corruption ,unemployment etc. Mazdoor Sanghatna Samiti  convenor Baccha Singh is the convenor of The Jharkhand Sangharsh Morcha ,playing[Read More…]

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Floods  in South Asia and Climate Change

Floods  in South Asia and Climate Change

Havoc and misery  caused by recent floods in Bengaluru, Pakistan  and Assam are not only natural disasters  but are man made and due to climate change. Over exploitation  of urban land and water resources by greedy private real estate developers perhaps the chief cause of floods. Media relentlessly focused on  flooded upscale  villas, their swanky automobiles of super rich in[Read More…]

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A Note on Suicide Prevention Day

A Note on Suicide Prevention Day

Where do we stand in 2022? A lot could be found on the web, when someone searches for ‘Suicide Statistics’ or a similar keyword. There have been detailed reports published by various departments and NGOs on the figures (numbers) and the stated reasons behind a person dying by suicide. I pick a few from those, as I move towards my[Read More…]

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Need to Recognize Wider Dimensions of Stubble Burning

Need to Recognize Wider Dimensions of Stubble Burning

Crop stubble burning has so far attracted concern mainly in the context of Punjab and nearby areas. Its most widely discussed impact has related to increase in air pollution in Delhi and some other nearby cities. However what is not often realized is that in a more quiet way this is also spreading in several other parts of the country[Read More…]

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RSS, Nazism and Fascism

RSS, Nazism and Fascism

It is often said that RSS follows Mussolini, Hitler. To what extend it is true? Hitler and Mussolini were individuals. RSS is a collective, an organisation created by a caste. That was not the case with Hitler or Mussolni. The basic difference between Nazism, Fascism and RSS is that RSS ideology is based on caste system and is not simply[Read More…]

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Questioning Technological Determinism – II

Questioning Technological Determinism – II

This is part II of an essay in two parts on modern technology and its demise. Part I deals with the history of modern technology starting from the Industrial Revolution (1760-1830) and ending in 2008 with the financial meltdown and the birth of the Fourth Industrial Revolution. In Part II we will show how this latest industrial revolution is bound[Read More…]

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Disposal of Railways’ surplus land- Legal implications

Disposal of Railways’ surplus land- Legal implications

To Shri Ashwini Vaishnaw Union Railway Minister   Dear Shri Vaishnaw, I have come across a news report recently that the Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs (CCEA) has approved a steep reduction in the annual rental for land leased to third parties by the Railways from the existing 6% to 1.5% of the market value of the land, annual step-up[Read More…]

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Kiss the Amazon Goodbye?

Kiss the Amazon Goodbye?

The ecosystems of the world that support life like Brazil’s Amazon rainforest have an incompatible relationship with far right governments, like the United States under Trump, who took a baseball bat to the EPA.  According to Christine Todd Whitman, who headed EPA under George W. Bush: “I’ve never seen such an orchestrated war on the environment or science.” (How Trump[Read More…]

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Horn of Africa Moving Rapidly Towards Famine, Millions Face Starvation

Horn of Africa Moving Rapidly Towards Famine, Millions Face Starvation

The greater part of the Horn of Africa region is seeing a steady worsening of hunger and starvation, as four years of rain failure have tasted the limits of the coping mechanisms of people. In Somalia, a country of around 16 million people, nearly 260,000 people are reported to have died in the famine of 2010-11. The international community was[Read More…]

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The Bewildering Vote in Chile That Rejected a New Constitution

The Bewildering Vote in Chile That Rejected a New Constitution

by Taroa Zúñiga Silva and Vijay Prashad On September 4, 2022, more than 13 million Chileans—out of a voting-eligible population of approximately 15 million—voted on a proposal to introduce a new constitution in the country. As early as March, polls began to suggest that the constitution would not be able to pass. However, polls had hinted for months at a narrowing of the lead[Read More…]

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France’s Influence in Africa Faces Strains From Locals and Foreign Competitors

France’s Influence in Africa Faces Strains From Locals and Foreign Competitors

The recent visit by French President Emmanuel Macron to Algeria is an attempt by Paris to hold on to the economic and cultural control it once had over its former colonies. On August 25, French President Emmanuel Macron arrived in Algeria on a three-day visit to begin mending bilateral relations with the country. Ties between France and Algeria have historically been erratic,[Read More…]

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Reforming The United Nations

Reforming The United Nations

A new freely downloadable book I would like to announce the publication of a new book about how we might strengthen the United Nations and make it more effective in the great tasks that are facing the organization. The book may be downloaded and circulated free of charge from the following link; https://eacpe.org/content/uploads/2022/09/Reforming-the-United-Nations-by-John-Scales-Avery.pdf Strengthening the United Nations It is becoming[Read More…]

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The 11th Hour of Empire!!

The 11th Hour of Empire!!

In most dramatic thrillers they love to use the term of ‘ The 11th hour’ for whatever suspenseful endeavor is reaching its deadline. Detectives or surgeons are running ragged to stop the oncoming negative conclusion from happening. Well, so it is for this American Military Industrial Empire… the end is near. This may not mean the end of human existence,[Read More…]

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India Struggling To Have  Clean Air For Blue Skies

India Struggling To Have  Clean Air For Blue Skies

As we mark the United Nations International Day of Clean Air for Blue Skies on September 7 and raise demands for better air pollution management, we also stare at the crop residue burning and approaching winter season when air quality levels in large parts of the country touch hazardous limits. Central and state governments spring into action with various measures as pollution[Read More…]

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In memory of 50th anniversary of Munich Massacre

In memory of 50th anniversary of Munich Massacre

On September 5-6th we commemorated the 50th anniversary of the killing of Israeli hostages in the 1972 Olympic Games . 50 years ago in September5th-6th in 1972 a tiny unit of Palestinian fighters sensationally took 11 Israeli athletes hostage just ahead of the Olympic Games in Munich, West Germany. All the hostages were executed during a botched rescue attempt by[Read More…]

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At last wild Orchids are being protected in India  

At last wild Orchids are being protected in India  

We lived in Shillong in Meghalaya for two years when my father was posted there with the Indian Air Force. That is where we learnt so much about India’s rare orchids which grew quite happily in the jungles around. In Fact there was a beautiful Orchidarian which was close to our home off Laitumkhrah in the busy downtown area. The[Read More…]

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Heartbroken

Heartbroken

It’s been one year now and there is still no response from her. Not even an acknowledgement for all those messages I have been sending her way. I am even losing interest in her Instagram posts. Often I prefer to take a break for days from social media, to overcome frustration caused by her indifference towards me. Earlier, I used[Read More…]

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Saththrukondan Massacre of 185 innocent Tamils

Saththrukondan Massacre of 185 innocent Tamils

On September 9, 1990, the men, women and children from Saththurukondan and surrounding villages, on the outskirts of Batticaloa, were taken to an army camp by Sri Lankan soldiers, where 185 Tamil men, women and children from Sathurukondan and surrounding villages were slaughtered by Sri Lankan soldiers. The mass killings, which were carried out during the presidency of the UNP’s[Read More…]

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‘Bharat Jodo’ Yatra and Idea of India

‘Bharat Jodo’ Yatra and Idea of India

Indian National Congress (INC), the oldest party of the country is planning a Bharat Jodo Yatra from 7th September, from Kanyakumari to Kashmir, a distance of 3500 KM, passing through 12 states and two union territories. The yatra is being undertaken by an electoral outfit, still on 20th August nearly 200 social activists, who generally have no direct interest in[Read More…]

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Bharat Jodo Yatra Can Contribute Much to Communal Harmony, National Integration and Understanding Real Needs of People

Bharat Jodo Yatra Can Contribute Much to Communal Harmony, National Integration and Understanding Real Needs of People

One of the most important initiatives to be taken by any political parties in recent times, the 3570 km. Bharat Jodo Yatra from Kanyakumari to Kashmir, passing through 12 states and 2 union territories and spread over around 5 months, covering on average 22 km.  in 6.5 hours every day, has raised high hopes at a time of increasing problems.[Read More…]

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Some Off The Cuff Remarks On “Bharat Jodo Yatra”

Some Off The Cuff Remarks On “Bharat Jodo Yatra”

Rahul Gandhi’s bold new initiative has the potential to electrify the aggrieved and oppressed masses of India.Provided it is not a rehash of the ‘Karwain Mohabbat’ type march for spreading the gospel of love.In this divided and frustrated country where beneath the surface of patient suffering there is smouldering anger and resentment.From time to time there are explosions of fratricidal[Read More…]

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Recent 5G spectrum auctions- Post-tender developments erode the credibility of the auctions

Recent 5G spectrum auctions- Post-tender developments erode the credibility of the auctions

  To Shri K Rajaraman Secretary (Telecommunications) Govt of India Dear Shri Rajaraman, I had earlier addressed the Comptroller & Auditor General of India (C&AG) to scrutinise the recent 5G spectrum auctions, keeping in view the absence of any worthwhile competition, which diluted its credibility, as also the post-tender relaxations allowed, that had the effect of vitiating the sanctity of[Read More…]

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‘Painful March for Freedom’: The Triumphant Legacy of Palestinian Prisoners

‘Painful March for Freedom’: The Triumphant Legacy of Palestinian Prisoners

“As soon as I left prison, I went to Nael’s grave. It is adorned with the colors of the Palestinian flag and verses from the Holy Quran. I told my little brother how much I loved and appreciated him, and that, one day, we would meet again in paradise.” The above is part of a testimony given to me by[Read More…]

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Paradigm for peace applied to Russia, Ukraine, and the US: Proposal for a peaceful pathway forward – Part 4. Mental escalators of violence in US policy and media makers – Part 4Q

Paradigm for peace applied to Russia, Ukraine, and the US: Proposal for a peaceful pathway forward – Part 4. Mental escalators of violence in US policy and media makers – Part 4Q

Part 4q. US and NATO policymakers blame Putin, and not themselves, for violating the post-cold war settlement   False Bias #17. This Confrontation Is Not America’s or NATO’s Fault. Russia Is to Blame for “Rolling Back” the Post-Cold War Settlement. In his January 29, 2019 testimony to the Senate Armed Services Committee for the Senate Hearing of the National Defense[Read More…]

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Dinner Versus the Truth: The Problem With Facebook’s Content Warnings

Dinner Versus the Truth: The Problem With Facebook’s Content Warnings

Facebook’s algorithm is considering two sponsored posts that feature the same chicken. In the first post, she is alive and struggling, confined in a tiny cage, on her way to her premature death. In the second, she is dead, beheaded, and roasted. Can you guess which post was approved? It turns out that Meta, the parent company of Facebook, is[Read More…]

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Victory of Liz & Rishi’s Defeat!

Victory of Liz & Rishi’s Defeat!

Give a thought, if Rishi Sunak had not chosen to resign from cabinet, Boris Johnson may have still remained Prime Minister of United Kingdom. With political turns favoring her, Mary Elizabeth Truss, better known as Liz Truss, is now the third female Prime Minister of United Kingdom. She shares an interesting political bonding with the other two of fairer gender.[Read More…]

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The Prospect of Earning Freedom — a review of The Well-Earned, edited by Kiriti Sengupta 

The Prospect of Earning Freedom — a review of The Well-Earned, edited by Kiriti Sengupta 

The French theologian Simone Weil wrote, “Attention is the rarest and purest form of generosity.” On the 75th anniversary of India’s independence, Hawakal Publishers released The Well-Earned, a poetry anthology edited by Kiriti Sengupta. This collection sought the nearly impossible: poems defining liberty. Freedom of expression is the artist’s bedrock. However, there seems to be a lack of poetry anthologies[Read More…]

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Entrenched Impunity to military and police in Sri Lanka

Entrenched Impunity to military and police in Sri Lanka

The culture of impunity has matured and has become endemic among the police and the security forces of Sri Lanka. Increasing Militarisation in the North and East of Sri Lanka and A Culture of Impunity in Sri Lanka The Sri Lankan military enjoys total impunity for human rights violations. To this day, almost no one has been held accountable for[Read More…]

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Girls use a temporary raft across a flooded street in a residential area after heavy monsoon rains in Karachi on July 26, 2022. A weather emergency was declared in Karachi as heavier-than-usual monsoon rains continue to lash Pakistan's biggest city, flooding homes and making streets impassable. (Photo: Rizwan Tabassum/AFP via Getty Images)

Solidarities and Perversions

An Indian comedian did an experiment recently that tells us tales about people and their vituperations. The experiment was brilliant: Prime Minister Modi tweeted a standard-world-leader note of sorrow to those affected by the floods in Pakistan. The comedian tweeted largely the same thing under his own name. And? You guessed it. He got a torrent of hateful responses from[Read More…]

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Dalit Agricultural labour Organisations of Punjab to stage protest outside chief Minister’s house on September 12th

Dalit Agricultural labour Organisations of Punjab to stage protest outside chief Minister’s house on September 12th

A pukka Morcha has been planned outside the office of the chief minister Bhagwant Mann on September 12th by a set of agricultural labour organizations. A most significant event in light of the mass political movement of the dalit agricultural community of Punjab. A meeting was convened by Zameen Prapt Sangharsh commitee leader Mukesh Mulaudh,where leaders of all agricultural labour[Read More…]

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Chile: Rejection of New Constitution — Paradox of Democracy? Or, Wait and Watch?

Chile: Rejection of New Constitution — Paradox of Democracy? Or, Wait and Watch?

62% of voters in Chile rejected the proposed constitution last Sunday. It may seem paradoxical. How could they reject a constitution that would guarantee 50% reservation for women; Education, Health and Social Security and care for all are state responsibility; and also Rights of Indigenous communities or nations or tribes (by whatever name they be called) would be documented for[Read More…]

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Europe Struggles With Energy Crisis

Europe Struggles With Energy Crisis

Europe is struggling with energy crisis. Reports by media including AP and ABC News said: Europe is struggling to contain an energy crisis that could lead to rolling blackouts, shuttered factories and a deep recession. The primary cause: Russia has choked off the supplies of cheap natural gas that the continent depended on for years to run factories, generate electricity[Read More…]

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Mumbai Activists protest building of Metro Car Shed in Aarey Colony

Mumbai Activists protest building of Metro Car Shed in Aarey Colony

A team of activists launched a demonstration on Sunday on September 4th, to oppose the construction of a Metro car shed in Mumbai’s Aarey Colony and raised slogans against the Maharashtra government’s decision to undertake the project.  Around 100 persons 100 comprising Students, Dalits, Adivasis and activists of many NGOs, Political Parties. and social organisations.,participated. Heartening to witness involvement of[Read More…]

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Questioning Technological Determinism -1

Questioning Technological Determinism -1

This is an essay in two parts on modern technology and its demise. Part I deals with the history of modern technology starting from the Industrial Revolution (1760-1830) and ending with the 2008 financial meltdown and the birth of the Fourth Industrial Revolution. In Part II we will show how this latest industrial revolution is bound to fail. Part I:[Read More…]

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Paradigm for peace applied to Russia, Ukraine, and the US: Proposal for a peaceful pathway forward – Part 4. Mental escalators of violence in US policy and media makers – Part 4P

Paradigm for peace applied to Russia, Ukraine, and the US: Proposal for a peaceful pathway forward – Part 4. Mental escalators of violence in US policy and media makers – Part 4P

Part 4P. Proxy wars for fur and fossil fuels: Obsessions for resources are the cause and effect of mental, spiritual, physical, economic, and environmental imbalance False Bias #16. Oil Is a Vital Resource, and US Policymakers Are Smart and Psychologically Balanced in Their Pursuit of Fossil Fuels. The night of February 8, 1690, some 200 French troops with their Native[Read More…]

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us supreme court

The Trump Supreme Court Is Nothing New

Has the Trump Supreme Court gone rogue? The evidence mounts. Certainly, its recent judicial blitzkrieg has run roughshod over a century’s worth of settled law. A woman’s right to get an abortion? Gone (at least as a constitutionally protected civil right). Meanwhile, voting rights are barely hanging on, along with the 1965 Voting Rights Act that gave them life. State legislatures, so the court ruled, may[Read More…]

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An open letter to Biden, Putin, and Zelensky

An open letter to Biden, Putin, and Zelensky

I am in a dilemma about how to address you. We may leave it behind. You all three are quite aware that the world is now going through the most dangerous crisis since the end of World War 11 mainly because of you. A single misstep can ignite apocalyptical consequences. That may lead the planet to the threshold of an[Read More…]

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India without Congress

India without Congress

It was expressed long before the parliamentary elections of 2014 that India will soon be made free from the dynastic congress party that has been responsible for declaring the country a secular republic soon after its independence in 1947. Appeasing the minorities for securing the vote bank was another accusation against the party. The slogan ‘Congress Mukt Bharat’ (Congress-free India)[Read More…]

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Remembering Gauri Lankesh, Renewing A Pledge

Remembering Gauri Lankesh, Renewing A Pledge

  1. We lost Gauri Lankesh, journalist, activist and very passionate human being, exactly five years back It is now history how she was assasinated by rightwing Hindutva fanatics outside her home in Rajarajeshwari Nagar on 5 September 2017. A killing which shocked not only the people of Karnataka but everyone who believed in a just and equitable society elsewhere.[Read More…]

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Protest against displacement of housing and livelihoods calls for halt to evictions

Protest against displacement of housing and livelihoods calls for halt to evictions

While evictions of the poor from their huts and small houses should be avoided as far as possible in all circumstances, the situation since the pandemic appeared has been all the more difficult for the weaker sections as they suffered very big losses in earnings and employment. What is more weather conditions have also been becoming more adverse in these[Read More…]

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Celebrate Sep 17 as ‘National Integration Day’ instead of ‘Liberation Day’, demands Asaduddin  Owaisi

Celebrate Sep 17 as ‘National Integration Day’ instead of ‘Liberation Day’, demands Asaduddin  Owaisi

“ The struggles of the people of the erstwhile Hyderabad state against colonialism, feudalism and autocracy are a symbol of national integration rather than merely a case of “liberation” of a piece of land,” Asaduddin Owaisi wrote in a letter to Amit Shah. AIMIM President and Hyderabad MP Asaduddin Owaisi on Sep 3 wrote to Union Home Minister Amit Shah[Read More…]

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Privatisation of NMDC’s steel plant at Nagarnar village in Bastar raises serious legal issues

Privatisation of NMDC’s steel plant at Nagarnar village in Bastar raises serious legal issues

  To Shri Anil Kumar Jha Union Tribal Affairs Secretary   Shri Alok Tandon Union Mines Secretary   Shri Amitabh Jain Chief Secretary Chhattisgarh   Dear S/Shri Jha, Tandon and Jain, I understand that NMDC’s steel plant near Nagarnar in Bastar district of Chattisgarh has been demerged from NMDC and the Centre is fast-tracking its privatisation. There are some important[Read More…]

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Pakistan Post-Flood Situation: Vegetable Costs Up 500% Threaten to Fuel Inflation

Pakistan Post-Flood Situation: Vegetable Costs Up 500% Threaten to Fuel Inflation

Skyrocketing prices of tomatoes, potatoes and onions are putting food out of reach in flood-ravaged Pakistan, raising the specter of inflation hitting 30% that may spur more monetary tightening, said a report. The Bloomberg report said: The South Asian nation already reeling from dwindling currency reserves and the fastest inflation in almost five decades faces a food shortage after torrential[Read More…]

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Mikhail Gorbachev’s lessons for the Indian Left

Mikhail Gorbachev’s lessons for the Indian Left

The recent passing of Mikhail Gorbachev triggered memories from the mid-eighties, when as a young communist party activist, I would be constantly confronted with the question, ‘Why are you still fighting for communism? The Soviet Union is being reformed by Gorbachev.’ My retort would be, “In India or elsewhere, we first need to carry out the Russian Revolution. We will[Read More…]

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Casting Malevolent Shadows: Liz Truss Wins the Tory Leadership

Casting Malevolent Shadows: Liz Truss Wins the Tory Leadership

10 Downing Street is set to be bathed in social media guff with the victory of Liz Truss.   Confirmed as Boris Johnson’s successor, the new British Prime Minister won by a slimmer margin over rival contender Rishi Sunak than anticipated.  Nonetheless, 81,326 votes to 60,399 was sufficient to guarantee her a secure margin – for the moment.  (The turnout had[Read More…]

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Peace talks in Turkey, March 2022. Photo credit: Murat Cetin Muhurdar / Turkish Presidential Press Service / AFP

 Peace Talks Essential as War Rages on in Ukraine 

by Medea Benjamin and Nicolas J.S. Davies Six months ago, Russia invaded Ukraine. The United States, NATO and the European Union (EU) wrapped themselves in the Ukrainian flag, shelled out billions for arms shipments, and imposed draconian sanctions intended to severely punish Russia for its aggression. Since then, the people of Ukraine have been paying a price for this war[Read More…]

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Tribute to Mother Teresa on 25th death Anniversary

Tribute to Mother Teresa on 25th death Anniversary

Today the world commemorates the 25th death anniversary of Mother Teresa. Whatever her gross flaws, she rendered service to humanity in regions almost untranscended, resembling the relentless spirit of the waves of an Ocean. Irrespective of community or religion. she offered her service. Even those not drawn by sainthood revere the role of Mother Teresa. For 68 years, she had[Read More…]

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Role of a Teacher, as an Agent of “Social Change”

Role of a Teacher, as an Agent of “Social Change”

The birth anniversary of second President of India, Dr. Surepalli Radhakrishnan ( who was born in brahmin family) is used to be celebrated as a teacher’s day on 5th september every year in our country with enthusiasm and dedications in schools and colleges across the nation. Dr. Radhakrishnan was also first Vice-President of our country and his contributions in education,[Read More…]

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Cyrus Mistry’s Death is sad but no one cares when the poor are killed by the rich on our roads

Cyrus Mistry’s Death is sad but no one cares when the poor are killed by the rich on our roads

The sad death of former Tata group chairman Cyrus Mistry in a road crash in Maharashtra on September 4 should create more awareness about the need for road safety. It is for the first time that such a high profile corporate figure has met with a road crash in recent years. This is mainly because corporates travel more by air[Read More…]

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Hindustan Latex Lifecare Ltd (HLL)- Empower the COPSE, not dismantle it through privatisation

Hindustan Latex Lifecare Ltd (HLL)- Empower the COPSE, not dismantle it through privatisation

  To Smt Nirmala Sitharaman Union Finance Minister Dear Smt Sitharaman, Over the last few months, I have addressed the government more than once, expressing my concern at the undue haste in which the government has resorted to privatising CPSEs and their valuable assets. For ready reference, some of those letters may be accessed at the following web-links. https://countercurrents.org/2022/03/lic-ipo-gross-injustice-to-the-smaller-lic-policy-holders-especially-those-belonging-to-the-scs-sts-obcs/ https://www.moneylife.in/article/lic-ipo-gross-underestimated-valuation-put-it-on-hold-says-eas-sarma/66146.html https://countercurrents.org/2022/01/cpse-disinvestment-valuation-approach-flawed/ https://countercurrents.org/2022/07/privatisation-of-psu-banks-legal-and-other-implications/[Read More…]

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Cost Of Living And Energy Crisis In UK: Fear Of Civil Unrest This Winter: Says Times

Cost Of Living And Energy Crisis In UK: Fear Of Civil Unrest This Winter: Says Times

Citing a leaked national strategy paper the Sunday Times reports: UK police fear a sharp rise in certain categories of crime and a risk of civil unrest this winter amid a cost of living and energy crisis. The document compiled by police chiefs warns that “economic turmoil and financial instability” may lead to an increase in offenses such as shoplifting,[Read More…]

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The Road to Fascism: How the War in Ukraine is Changing Europe 

The Road to Fascism: How the War in Ukraine is Changing Europe 

As soon as I landed in Rome, I discovered that I was no longer able to access any Russian media whatsoever. Unfortunately, threats by European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen, that Europe should sever all links with “Russia’s propaganda machine” were taken seriously by the Italian government. As a journalist, having access to only one side of the Russia-Ukraine[Read More…]

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What I Learned About Governments by Reading Classified Documents

What I Learned About Governments by Reading Classified Documents

Donald Trump’s illegal retention of classified U.S. government records reminded me that I have been reading these kinds of sensitive official files after their declassification―and learning from them―for decades. The reason is that I am a scholar of international history and, in this connection, have drawn upon such material in my research.  Governments keep secrets, and to understand the full[Read More…]

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Peace protest at the White House - Photo credit: iacenter.org

Global Peace and Human Security:  Are We, the People and Global Leaders at Crossroads?

Global Leaders lack Understanding of the Nature,  Peace and Human Security To manifest global peace and human security, We, the People of conscience ask for a reasoned dialogue for peace between the warring parties. There is no place for complicity to maintain ignorance to atrocities and emerging calamities or acrimonious spell of violence and madness on the other side. Superiority[Read More…]

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Marginalized and Misunderstood — Nomadic Communities in Desperate Need of Better  Policy

Marginalized and Misunderstood — Nomadic Communities in Desperate Need of Better  Policy

Nomadic communities have suffered from increasing marginalization in recent times as both their needs and potential have not received the due attention and understanding. On the one hand their rights are trodden upon and violated by powerful forces, on the other hand whatever development work is initiated for them fails to take account of their real and considerable potential, their[Read More…]

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Punjab’s economic loss from the 1947 independence and partition

Punjab’s economic loss from the 1947 independence and partition

Last month, there were celebrations of the 75th anniversary of India’s independence. August 1947 is indeed a month of celebration in India for liberation from British colonial rule (on 15th August) and in Pakistan for the birth of a new nation (14th August). However, for Punjab and Bengal, this memory of celebration is mixed with the one of pain caused[Read More…]

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On Israel “Mowing the Lawn” in Canada: An Interview with Khaled Barakat By Rima Najjar

On Israel “Mowing the Lawn” in Canada: An Interview with Khaled Barakat By Rima Najjar

Khaled Barakat and Samidoun Palestinian Prisoner Solidarity Network international coordinator Charlotte Kates attending the conference of the International League of Peoples’ Struggle Toronto, Canada 2013 (courtesy: Khaled Barakat) Palestinian writer and researcher Khaled Barakat, whose activism and writing aims to expand the pro-Palestinian movement at a mass level by educating young Palestinians outside Palestine, is being subjected to a smear[Read More…]

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Comprehensive, Unbiased Evaluation of Dam Impacts Can Help to Avoid Serious Mistakes

Comprehensive, Unbiased Evaluation of Dam Impacts Can Help to Avoid Serious Mistakes

There has been an increasing, welcome trend in many parts of world for seeking a better, unbiased and more comprehensive understanding of real-life impacts of large dams. This is to a substantial part driven by the actual experience of several leading and highly publicized dam projects which turned out to be very different from the rosy promises made earlier. The[Read More…]

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The Kerala Model – A Critique  

The Kerala Model – A Critique  

                                                                      Background It is high time to unravel the myth of the Kerala model, which as a State is actually bankrupt and highly unstable. In the following I aim to underscore this reality which is sought to be glossed over by ideological irrelevancies propagated[Read More…]

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Ode to myself

Ode to myself

Looking inward Found arrows Shot to forestall my growth. Trying to dismantle the chain, Threw back the arrows, Culminating in a painful war, Where the loved one Stood amidst. Looking outside, Found number of errors, Where a woman is mocked for her irrationality, Labelled as “immature” for her actions and being Questioned of her whole existence, Conditioned and crushed for[Read More…]

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When will we see a real change of government policy in favor of natural farming?

The union government has often voiced its support for natural farming but this is not yet seen in real change in government’s commitments. The government’s subsidies in favor of agriculture are still heavily biased in favor of chemical fertilizers or overall agro-chemical intensive farming or ‘green revolution’ type farming. This farming also tends to use water and power in greater[Read More…]

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Sanjoy Ghose

Sanjoy Ghose Media Awards 2022

  Charkha Development Communication Network announces Sanjoy Ghose Media Awards 2022. These jury-based awards aim to celebrate the work of people committed to a new perspective on the media’s role in empowering young girls and women from rural communities. These awards are inspired by Charkha’s founder, Sanjoy Ghose, who worked towards the social and economic inclusion of marginalized rural communities[Read More…]

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How US converted Taiwan into a launch pad for war with China

How US converted Taiwan into a launch pad for war with China

When the US House Speaker Nancy Pelosi visited Taiwan on 2 August 2022, it predictably enraged China because the island is part of China. The visit was thus a condescending challenge to China especially when it was backed up by a U.S. aircraft carrier battle group and military jets. Pentagon provided fighter jets as escorts for Pelosi’s congressional visit with[Read More…]

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MLPD (Germany) celebrate 40th Anniversary 

MLPD (Germany) celebrate 40th Anniversary 

The Marxist Leninist Party of Germany (MLPD) celebrated its 40th anniversary with a weekend of celebration from August 25-28 in town of Gelsenkirchen. The 1500 who attended were party members from across Germany, their families, residents of the local community, and international guests representing revolutionary parties and organizations from 31 countries across five continents. Andy Koch, the National Organizer of[Read More…]

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The Global Tamil Community in Collective struggle to Free Tamil Eelam

The Global Tamil Community in Collective struggle to Free Tamil Eelam

Tamil Eelam is the historical homeland of the Tamil nation of the island of Ceylon (today known as Sri Lanka). In ancient Tamil literatures, the island was referred to as Eelam. Tamil Eelam is the modern collective name for the Tamil-speaking territories of the precolonial Tamil kingdoms and principalities that existed in the districts of Jaffna, Killinochi, Mullaithivu, Mannar, Vavuniya,[Read More…]

by 04/09/2022 Comments are Disabled South Asia
Ghulam Nabi Azad’s Political Cards & their Timing!

Ghulam Nabi Azad’s Political Cards & their Timing!

Ghulam Nabi Azad’s decision to quit Congress party and apparently test his own political standing by forming his party has raised speculations in several political camps. Of course, Congress has a reason to be disturbed by a senior member parting ways and adding to doubts being circulated about this party’s leadership. Prospects of Azad’s “friendship” with Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP)[Read More…]

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My plea to Facebook’s Oversight Board: Stop criminalizing Palestinian armed resistance

My plea to Facebook’s Oversight Board: Stop criminalizing Palestinian armed resistance

Rima Najjar I have just filled out the form of appeal to the Facebook and Instagram Oversight Board, which describes itself as “Ensuring respect for free expression, through independent judgment.” The form provides space just for 2000 characters, so I was not able to present my case fully. And the fact that the drop-down menu that asks which countries are[Read More…]

by 03/09/2022 Comments are Disabled Palestine
Increasing threat to federalism from Centrally Sponsored Schemes- Need to form a Federal Front

Increasing threat to federalism from Centrally Sponsored Schemes- Need to form a Federal Front

  Letter to the Chief Ministers Respected Chief Ministers, Subject:- Increasing threat to federalism from Centrally Sponsored Schemes (CSSs)– Need to form a Federal Front of the States to persuade the Centre not to proliferate CSSs, instead transfer existing CSSs with the associated fund allocations to the States I invite your attention to my letter dated March 2, 2022 addressed to[Read More…]

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Food as a Cultural Artifact vs. Political Weapon

Eating food is not just a mechanical activity to fill our stomach. It has emotions, values, and beliefs shaped by our tradition, religion, and family associated with it. While we travel, we are often tempted by restaurants that claim to be serving ‘homely’ food. In Delhi, there is a restaurant named ‘Mother’s Kitchen’ which attracts a good crowd on weekends.[Read More…]

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How Bad Can It Get?

How Bad Can It Get?

 How bad can it (climate change) get? The sky’s the limit! No pun intended. Still, the general public is tired of negative articles about climate change. It turns them off. Climate change is impossible to deal with. It’s too much; it’s too negative! As a result, baffling emails come with loud and clear messages, some subtle but some not so[Read More…]

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Where Does Russia Receive Its Aid From?

Where Does Russia Receive Its Aid From?

While Ukraine has received enormous aid from around the world since the Russian invasion began in February, open support for Russia should not be dismissed. On August 24, Ukraine’s independence day, the U.S. provided a $3 billion military aid package to the country. The additional assistance adds to more than $80 billion worth of support that Kyiv has already received between January[Read More…]

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Why There is a Big Increase in Concern About Homeless Numbers Increasing Rapidly in USA

Why There is a Big Increase in Concern About Homeless Numbers Increasing Rapidly in USA

In recent years concern has been expressed that the number of homeless persons in the USA has ranged between 500,000 to 600,000, too high for such a rich country. However now the number of homeless people here appears likely to increase very rapidly in the near future. Why? Nearly one-third of the households, mostly in the lower-income groups and racial[Read More…]

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An agenda for debate on Scheduled Castes and reservations

An agenda for debate on Scheduled Castes and reservations

In an editorial dated 01 Sep 2022 the New Indian Express has raised an important issue about the final aim of reservation – whether to remove social and educational backwardness or end untouchability. Because of the judicial mill grinding frustratingly slow; the fact that in the fast changing internet manipulations access to important materials already published is limited for various[Read More…]

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Girls use a temporary raft across a flooded street in a residential area after heavy monsoon rains in Karachi on July 26, 2022. A weather emergency was declared in Karachi as heavier-than-usual monsoon rains continue to lash Pakistan's biggest city, flooding homes and making streets impassable. (Photo: Rizwan Tabassum/AFP via Getty Images)

CO2 Levels Are the Highest in a Million Years as Extreme Weather and Flooding Rage Across the Globe

CNN reports that satellite photos show that the overflowing Indus has created a new body of water in southern Pakistan some 62 miles (100km) wide. It will take days or weeks for the water to recede, and in the meantime millions are left homeless and over all, 33 million people have been affected by the worst monsoon floods in recorded history. CNN quotes Pakistan’s[Read More…]

by 02/09/2022 Comments are Disabled Climate Change
Workers Convention in Delhi   

Workers Convention in Delhi   

On August 28, a Workers Convention of the North Indian region held by Mazdoor Adhikar Sangharsh Abhiyan (MASA) against the 4 new Labour Codes, anti-worker policies and privatization.     The Convention, organized at Rajendra Bhawan in Delhi on 28th Aug i.e. the 6th foundation anniversary of MASA, witnessed the participation of delegates from Delhi, NCR (Gurgaon, Faridabad, Noida, Meerut etc.),[Read More…]

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Why Foreign Military Bases of USA Should be Reduced Significantly

Why Foreign Military Bases of USA Should be Reduced Significantly

Soon after the Second World War ended, the British government with its vast colonial empire made significant territorial concessions to the USA which could facilitate the rapid spread of USA military bases in many parts of the world. In addition of course the defeated Axis countries and their territories could provide another suitable place for the rapid proliferation of the[Read More…]

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Ukraine Update: U.S. Prepared Ukraine For Counteroffensive, Reports CNN

Ukraine Update: U.S. Prepared Ukraine For Counteroffensive, Reports CNN

Citing anonymous sources CNN claimed on Thursday, U.S. officials helped prepare the Ukrainian military for its counteroffensive against Russian forces in the south of the country. In its article, CNN, one of largest US news organizations, alleged that this assistance included joint “war gaming” analytical exercises designed to help the Ukrainians get a clear picture of how much personnel and[Read More…]

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Godi media, 5G high speed pathway to misinformation and spreading hate

Godi media, 5G high speed pathway to misinformation and spreading hate

The recent effort to indirectly acquire NDTV by Adani enterprises is an effort in the direction of creating another Godi media. Much of the mainstream national media is already a ‘Godi media’ and perhaps it is believed that this will put an end to independent media in the mainstream media space. Godi media can perhaps be described as an extension[Read More…]

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Dalit agricultural labour denied land plots promised in Patiala

Dalit agricultural labour denied land plots promised in Patiala

The Zameen Prapt Sangharsh commitee on August 29th lodged a sustained protest outside the District Collectors office in Patiala, under the leadership of Zonal secretary Gurvinder and Dharamveer Harigadh. Around 50 persons participated. Mukesh Malaudh adressed a gathering, stating that the authorities in villages of Patiala reverted their decision to distribute Panchayat land for agricultural labourers and even in the[Read More…]

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Trauma

Trauma

House: house made of wood is on fire. Fiery winds blow our ashes away. Burning forests and the grasslands.   House: house made of clay. Raging waters wash towns away. Death by drowning the epic ooze.   House of storms house of stars without a roof without foundation. Children of thirst frail with hunger. Dreamers not dreaming the haven of[Read More…]

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National Press Club Honors Shireen Abu Akleh

National Press Club Honors Shireen Abu Akleh

Al Jazeera reporter Shireen Abu Akleh who was killed on May 11, 2022, while reporting from the West Bank during an Israeli military operation was honored last night at the National Press Club in Washington during the club’s 49th Annual National Press Club Journalism Awards Dinner. Al Jazeera DC Bureau Chief Abderahim Foukara noted that the shooting of his colleague[Read More…]

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Is the U.S. Legal System at War With Its People?

Is the U.S. Legal System at War With Its People?

Incarcerations, brutality, and torture are common in the U.S. Activists claim that this amounts to a war waged against racially marginalized, poor, and working-class people. The very laws and government agencies created to protect the people in the United States are increasingly being weaponized against those who are often marginalized in society: people of color, the poor, and the working[Read More…]

by 02/09/2022 Comments are Disabled Human Rights
Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas gestures during a meeting of the UN Security Council at UN headquarters in New York, U.S., February 20, 2018. REUTERS/Lucas Jackson

 Innocence of Mahmoud Abbas Duplicity of Olaf Schulz

Those who struggle to bring Israel to task for its crimes must reveal the nefarious use of the holocaust and spurious charges of anti-Semitism that attempt (and succeed) to shield Israel from criticism. Before the exposure is accomplished, nothing else will succeed in liberating the Palestinians from Israel’s genocidal actions. Palestinian President, Mahmoud Abbas, demonstrated political naiveté when replying to[Read More…]

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Patriarchy and Honoring the Culprits of Bilkis Bano Mass Rape-Murder

Patriarchy and Honoring the Culprits of Bilkis Bano Mass Rape-Murder

Gujarat Carnage (2002) was one of the major acts of anti Minority violence. It was a catastrophe which took the degree of violence, hate and ghettoization to higher degree. Much before the violence the term, “Gujarat: Laboratory of Hindu Rashtra” was well popularized. On the pretext of Godhra train burning; Gujarat carnage was unleashed in which over one thousand people[Read More…]

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Flag of Atrocities—Caste, Present and Future: Bilkis Bano

Flag of Atrocities—Caste, Present and Future: Bilkis Bano

One thing is constant in India: violence. The perpetrators are the same; only the faces of those who encounter and resist the violence change. In India, or JatiIndia — my name for this nation of jatis/castes — the social hierarchical structure of jatiism/casteism and the inherent violence that goes with it stems from the country’s tree of systemic upper-caste supremacy[Read More…]

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Atrocities against SCs and STs in Odisha shows an increasing trend – NCRB report 2021

Atrocities against SCs and STs in Odisha shows an increasing trend – NCRB report 2021

The state is featured among the top five states having more number of atrocity cases against SCs and STs. National Crime Records Bureau (NCRB) in its annual report Crime in India 2021 captures the trends of crime in our country. The report contains crime against vulnerable sections such as women, children, senior citizens and SC’s and ST’s and others. As[Read More…]

by 01/09/2022 Comments are Disabled Annihilate Caste
Remembering Habib Tanvir on his birth centenary year

Remembering Habib Tanvir on his birth centenary year

This is the birth centenary year of renowned playwright, director, actor Habib Tanvir. He was born on 1 September 1923 in Raipur, Chhattisgarh. Habib Tanvir’s father Hafiz Ahmed Khan was a resident of Peshawar (Pakistan). Habib Tanveer completed his schooling in Raipur. After this he graduated from Nagpur University in 1944 and MA from Aligarh Muslim University. After that he[Read More…]

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GHG Concentrations, Sea levels And Ocean Heat Hit Record Highs In 2021

GHG Concentrations, Sea levels And Ocean Heat Hit Record Highs In 2021

The annual State of the Climate report ( https://ametsoc.net/sotc2021/StateoftheClimate2021_lowres.pdf)  report published Wednesday in the U.S. shows that in 2021, greenhouse gas (GHG) levels, global sea levels, and ocean heat reached record highs. The international report was led by scientists from the U.S. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s (NOAA) National Centers for Environmental Information. “The data presented in this report are clear[Read More…]

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How Risks of Nuclear Weapons Have Become Alarmingly High

How Risks of Nuclear Weapons Have Become Alarmingly High

Risks of nuclear weapons have become alarmingly high due to a number of factors. Giving one indication of this, the Union of Concerned Scientists, USA, has written recently that warheads on just one US nuclear armed submarine have SEVEN times the destructive power of ALL the bombs dropped during World War II including the two atomic bombs dropped on Japan.[Read More…]

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Australian PM Morrison’s Pseudo Coup By Secretly Grabbing 5 Ministerial Positions

Australian PM Morrison’s Pseudo Coup By Secretly Grabbing 5 Ministerial Positions

Australians were astonished  by the revelation in August that former Prime Minister Scott Morrison had secretly been appointed by the Governor General, General David Hurley, as a Minister for Health, Minister for Treasury,  Minister for Home Affairs, Minister for Finance, and Minister for Resources and Water. These extraordinary and secret actions, while legal,  have grossly violated the core principles of[Read More…]

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The Most Important Election in the Americas Is in Brazil

The Most Important Election in the Americas Is in Brazil

Former Brazilian President Luíz Inácio Lula da Silva (known as Lula) runs about on stage at the Latin America Memorial in São Paulo. He was there on August 22, 2022, speaking at a book launch featuring photographs by Ricardo Stuckert about Lula’s trips around the world when he was the president of Brazil from 2003 to 2010. Lula is a[Read More…]

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Investigating the Victim: On Abbas’ ‘Holocaust’ and the Depravity of Israeli Hasbara

Investigating the Victim: On Abbas’ ‘Holocaust’ and the Depravity of Israeli Hasbara

“There was no Massacre in Jenin” was the title of a Haaretz editorial on April 19, 2002, one week after Israel ended its deadly onslaught on the besieged Palestinian refugee camp in the northern West Bank. The unwarranted conclusion by Haaretz, other Israeli media and, ultimately, numerous western outlets was not the outcome of a thorough investigation carried out by[Read More…]

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Noble Ideas of Visionary Gorbachev Failed Because He Ignored the Deceit, Duplicity and Dangers of Imperialism

Noble Ideas of Visionary Gorbachev Failed Because He Ignored the Deceit, Duplicity and Dangers of Imperialism

Gorbachev set out to reform the Soviet Union and make