Archive for July, 2022

Right-wing Environmentalism in Germany

Right-wing Environmentalism in Germany

In Germany and elsewhere, the issue of environmental protection is often understood as a rather young movement originating in the non-mainstream, green milieu of the 1970s. In the case of Germany, this might – at least partially – be a slight misconception. Germany has a very long history of an ecologically oriented radical right. Today’s German right-wing ecological renaissance is[Read More…]

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Penal Assassination: The Gradual Effort to Kill Assange

Penal Assassination: The Gradual Effort to Kill Assange

They really do want to kill him.  Perhaps it is high time that his detractors and sceptics, proven wrong essentially from the outset, admit that the US imperium, along with its client states, is willing to see Julian Assange perish in prison.  The locality and venue, for the purposes of this exercise, are not relevant.  Like the Inquisition, the Catholic[Read More…]

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Korean War Monument Unveiling Pays Tribute to the Fallen

Korean War Monument Unveiling Pays Tribute to the Fallen

A long overdue tribute to honor each individual service member who gave their life during the 1950-1953 Korean War has finally been added to the Korean War monument here in Washington. In October of 2016, Congress enacted the “Korean War Veterans Memorial Wall of Remembrance Act” (Public Law 114–230) with the stipulation that related costs for its implementation would not[Read More…]

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A play in the life of upper caste liberals: A review of Ek Mamooli Aadmi (An ordinary man)

A play in the life of upper caste liberals: A review of Ek Mamooli Aadmi (An ordinary man)

Dir. Arvind Gaur Written by: Ashok Lal Presented by Asmita Theatre Group in Sri Ram Centre for Art and Culture on 29th July 2022 The black t-shirt wearing and exceedingly soft-spoken young volunteers we encountered outside the venue exuded such an intense awareness of the injustices of the world that I wanted to pat them on the shoulder and tell[Read More…]

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Hindi Film Songs Which Reflect the Spirit of the Freedom Movement

Hindi Film Songs Which Reflect the Spirit of the Freedom Movement

As India celebrates the 75th Independence Day, it is interesting to look at those Hindi film songs which have best reflected the spirit of the freedom movement in the years following the freedom of India from colonial rule. The coverage here is restricted to about two decades following freedom. First of all, there are songs directly dealing with films made[Read More…]

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West Bengal Education Ministry Teacher Appointment Scam and Aftermath

West Bengal Education Ministry Teacher Appointment Scam and Aftermath

Some of the élites are in a fury and others busy in making cover up. West Bengal Education Ministry scam in recruiting teachers, though yet to be come as व्यापक (vyapak) as the व्यापम (vyapam) scam of the of Madhya Pradesh where one officer was found to be in possession of ₹70 crores, has already made storms in media, social-media[Read More…]

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US carrier group heads toward Taiwan as Pelosi flies to Asia

US carrier group heads toward Taiwan as Pelosi flies to Asia

The American aircraft carrier USS Ronald Reagan and its strike group, including a guided missile destroyer and cruiser, set out from Singapore on Monday heading toward the South China Sea and Taiwan. This deployment, clearly linked to the planned highly provocative visit by US House Speaker Nancy Pelosi to Taiwan, greatly heightens US military and political tensions with China, which[Read More…]

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The Corporate Oligarchs Have Put Humanity on a Path Toward Self-Annihilation

The Corporate Oligarchs Have Put Humanity on a Path Toward Self-Annihilation

We are stumbling—seemingly oblivious—into the bared teeth of the Anthropocene, a new geological epoch driven by humanity itself. We are walking straight into it and pretending it’s not here. The world today is on the verge of a major food emergency, provoked in part by Russia’s attack on Ukraine but more broadly by the damage heat from global warming is doing[Read More…]

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Breakdown of the Marine Food Web

Breakdown of the Marine Food Web

For the first time, a significant loss at the base of the marine food web has been detected. The Scottish research vessel Capepod reported the findings in equatorial waters of the Atlantic Ocean. It’s a disturbing discovery, but first a look at the marine food web, starting with the lowest organisms: (1) phytoplankton – plant-like plankton: green algae, diatoms, and[Read More…]

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Chile’s Lithium Provides Profit to the Billionaires But Exhausts the Land and the People

Chile’s Lithium Provides Profit to the Billionaires But Exhausts the Land and the People

by Vijay Prashad and Taroa Zúñiga Silva The Atacama salt flat in northern Chile, which stretches 1,200 square miles, is the largest source of lithium in the world. We are standing on a bluff, looking over la gran fosa, the great pit that sits at the southern end of the flat, which is shielded from public view. It is where the[Read More…]

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Birsa Munda Freedom Fighter Museum at Ranchi

Living Memorials of Freedom Fighters Will Help to Keep Alive Their Inspiring Message

The freedom movement of India is a highly inspiring chapter of world history. With their deeds and not just their words, year after year so many freedom fighters gave highly inspiring examples of facing very tough challenges in highly courageous ways, often making big sacrifices with a smile and freedom movement slogans and songs on their lips. The broad message[Read More…]

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Covid impact in the land of terracotta

Covid impact in the land of terracotta

Bhutnath Kumbhakar, a master terracotta craftsman, heard that an emergency situation had developed and so he would not be permitted go out of the campus. The nationwide lockdown started due to the Covid pandemic while he was working as a resident artist in the NSHM campus in Durgapur. He along with several other artists continued their work inside the campus.[Read More…]

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Vijay Singh Pathik—the Tireless Freedom Fighter Who Fought Both Imperialism and Feudalism

Vijay Singh Pathik—the Tireless Freedom Fighter Who Fought Both Imperialism and Feudalism

Vijay Singh Pathik (1882-1954) was an eminent freedom fighter, peasant leader, journalist, poet, author, educationist and historian who worked tirelessly all his life to fight both imperialism and feudalism at several levels. At one level he was active in the Indian National Congress, fulfilling important responsibilities in Rajasthan in particular but also in other areas. However he had started life[Read More…]

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Nafrat chhodo! Bharat jodo! Bharat jodo! The Failed Fraternity Factor: A wake-up call

Nafrat chhodo! Bharat jodo! Bharat jodo! The Failed Fraternity Factor: A wake-up call

On 13 Dec 1946, Jawaharlal Nehru moved an “Objective Resolution” during the Constituent Assembly, which outlined the objectives of the Constitution. These were discussed and later became the constitutional Preamble, assuring to the People, the democratic core values of Justice, Liberty and Equality. Fraternity as a core value, was added by B.R.Ambedkar on 21 February 1948. B.R.Ambedkar urged that the[Read More…]

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Cartoon by Mohammad Sabaaneh with the caption: “The legitimate … and stubborn representative.”

How to cherish the struggle and sacrifices of those who resist Israel

To me, the purest and strongest expression of Palestinian resistance comes from Al Masar Al Badil (Palestinian Alternative Revolutionary Path Movement), a movement organized by activists who never accepted the path that led us to the disastrous and debilitating Oslo decades. With Oslo’s duplicity and perversion now obvious to all except the Palestinian Authority and the Palestinian elite who benefit[Read More…]

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UN General Assembly declares access to clean and healthy environment a universal human right

UN General Assembly declares access to clean and healthy environment a universal human right

With 161 votes in favour, and eight abstentions*, the UN General Assembly adopted a historic resolution on Thursday, declaring access to a clean, healthy and sustainable environment, a universal human right. The resolution, based on a similar text adopted last year by the Human Rights Council, calls upon States, international organisations, and business enterprises to scale up efforts to ensure a healthy environment[Read More…]

by 29/07/2022 Comments are Disabled Environmental Protection
China Warns U.S.: Those Who Play With Fire Will Perish By It

China Warns U.S.: Those Who Play With Fire Will Perish By It

Taiwan is a part of China and the 1.4 billion Chinese will not tolerate any challenges to the country’s national sovereignty and territorial integrity, President Xi Jinping told his U.S. counterpart, Joe Biden, in a phone call on Thursday. Xi’s warning comes amid reports that U.S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi is preparing to visit the island next month, something China[Read More…]

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Photo by Thejaswi

 Recent amendment of the Forest Conservation Rules- Issue a clarification to the States

To Smt Leena Nandan Secretary Ministry of Environment, Forests & Climate Change (MEFCC) Govt of India   Shri A K Jha Secretary Ministry of Tribal Affairs Govt of India   Dear Smt Nandan and Shri Jha,   I refer to the amendment introduced by the MEFCC to the Forest (Conservation) Rules vide GSR 480(E) dated 28-6-2022, in which the procedure for[Read More…]

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Why the Struggle of Dhinkia Deserves Wide Support

Why the Struggle of Dhinkia Deserves Wide Support

The struggle of the people of Dhinkia and nearby villagers ( in Jagatsinghpur district of Odisha) to save the local green rural economy based on dhana – mina – pana (paddy, fish and vines of betel leaves , apart from cashew nuts) from the onslaught of highly polluting big industries has acquired a new relevance and resonance in the middle[Read More…]

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Facial Recognition Technology Down Under

Facial Recognition Technology Down Under

The language is far from reassuring.  Despite being caught red handed using facial recognition technology unbeknownst to customers, a number of Australia’s large retail companies have given a meek assurance that they will “pause” their use.  The naughty will only show contrition in the most qualified of ways. It all began with an investigation by CHOICE which found that the[Read More…]

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Need to Revive the Spirit of Tiranga

Need to Revive the Spirit of Tiranga

This August 15 (2022) we are completing 75 years of our freedom from the slavery of British rule. This is a time to introspect and commit ourselves to the movement which got us freedom and to assess whether we are walking the path of dreams of the visionaries of freedom movement. To mark the occasion the Government of India led[Read More…]

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      Baz Ratner/Reuters US troops in Afghanistan, June 2011

The Paranoid Nature of American Foreign and Domestic Policy

I have a brother with chronic schizophrenia. He had his first severe catatonic episode when he was 16 years old and I was 10. Later, he suffered from auditory hallucinations and heard voices saying nasty things to him. I remember my father reassuring him that the voices weren’t real and asking him whether he could ignore them. Sadly, it’s not that[Read More…]

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Anti-Mountain Valley Pipeline Protest

Anti-Mountain Valley Pipeline Protest

A small group of dedicated activists today rallied in front of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) headquarters calling for the commission not to issue a second extension certificate to the controversial Mountain Valley Pipeline (MVP) a $5.5 billion 303-mile-long interstate natural gas project. The 42-inch diameter pipeline is facing opposition from numerable groups with issues related to global warming,[Read More…]

by 29/07/2022 Comments are Disabled Environmental Protection
Exponential Explosions Shake the World: Radical Reorganiztion Required

Exponential Explosions Shake the World: Radical Reorganiztion Required

     It’s only a few months since last we wrote about the dangers of war, pandemics, and climate change reaching a climax (https://multiracialunity.org/2022/05/07/an-exploding-world-requires-radical-change/), but already the crises are intensifying. Inflation, infection, injustice, impoverishment are all further endangering the lives of workers around the world. Consequences of Ukraine War Multiply As the lead op-ed in the NY Times said recently (6/22/2022),[Read More…]

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Lessons from recent US history

Lessons from recent US history

For much of the period since the breakup of the Soviet Union, the US was politically, militarily and economically unchallenged. The US was now the world’s hegemon and, to remain dominant, it couldn’t allow powerful challengers to arise. This goal meant that the US viewed the relationship with nations such as Russia and China as a zero-sum game, thus reducing[Read More…]

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Gandhi will live with truth non-violence and love

Gandhi will live with truth non-violence and love

Some Gandhians are feeling indignant about the special issue of ‘Antim Jan’ on Sarvakar. It is a monthly magazine published by a government organization, ‘Gandhi Darshan and Smriti’. Some journalists, intellectuals and party spokespersons/leaders too have expressed their unhappiness over the special issue. Gandhi’s great-grandson Tushar Gandhi’s statement also has come against the same. ‘Gandhi Darshan and Smriti’ is an[Read More…]

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Why the Deucha Pachami Coal Project Should be Given Up at an Early Stage

Why the Deucha Pachami Coal Project Should be Given Up at an Early Stage

As the crisis of climate change has aggravated rapidly, there is a strong reason for being highly cautious about development of any new coal projects. Nevertheless, countries of the global south cannot entirely ban such development as they have to be concerned also about their crucial energy needs as well and of developing their own resources within the country for[Read More…]

by 29/07/2022 Comments are Disabled India
U.S. Contingency Military Plan For Pelosi’s Taiwan Visit

U.S. Contingency Military Plan For Pelosi’s Taiwan Visit

The Pentagon could send additional ships, aircraft and surveillance systems to protect US House Speaker Nancy Pelosi if she proceeds with her plan to visit Taiwan, AP reported on Wednesday, citing unnamed US officials. A “contingency plan,” which is being developed by the U.S. military, involves creating “overlapping rings of protection” for the U.S. House speaker during her flight to[Read More…]

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Rupesh Kumar Singh—Why this Journalist’s Arrest Should be Opposed Strongly and Widely

Rupesh Kumar Singh—Why this Journalist’s Arrest Should be Opposed Strongly and Widely

One of the most challenging tasks in India has been to report from those remote places which are in the middle of several conflicts and repressive policies. Apart from the more routine problems relating to collecting evidence and facts in remote areas, when these become conflict zones or when repression is being unleashed there, risks of journalism work increase considerably[Read More…]

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Mexico’s President Gives Joe Biden a Big History Lesson

Mexico’s President Gives Joe Biden a Big History Lesson

Mexico’s President Andrés Manuel López Obrador (AMLO) visited the United States on July 12 and offered five proposals to U.S. President Joe Biden. These proposals are based on AMLO’s in-depth knowledge of Mexican history and his reading of the economic crisis in the United States, which seems to be losing its edge as a global leader. The first of the proposals[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

Washington is the Problem, Not the Solution: Why Mahmoud Abbas is Seeking New ‘Powerful’ Sponsors

To judge US President Joe Biden’s recent visit to Israel and Palestine as a ‘failure’ in terms of activating the dormant ‘peace process’ is simply a misnomer. For this statement to be accurate, Washington would have had to indicate even a nominal desire to push for negotiations between the Israeli government and the Palestinian leadership. Political and diplomatic platitudes aside,[Read More…]

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Remembering T.Nagi Reddy, his college days in BHU and MK Gandhi

Remembering T.Nagi Reddy, his college days in BHU and MK Gandhi

   A memorial meeting, remembering Com DV and TN was held in Khammam town of Telangana State on July27, 2022. Hundreds of people who are fighting for and supporting agrarian revolution attended, including a big number of adivasi and poor peasants, and large number of women. The meeting held  in the peak of rainy season went on from10.30 am to[Read More…]

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by Gila National Forest – New Mexico is licensed under CC BY-SA 2.0 / Flickr

The Global Ruling Class Is Frog-Marching Us Towards Extinction

We were warned for decades about the death march we are on because of global warming. And yet, the global ruling class continues to frog-march us towards extinction. The past week has seen record-breaking heat waves across Europe. Wildfires have ripped through Spain, Portugal and France. London’s fire brigade experienced its busiest day since World War II. The U.K. saw its hottest day on record of 104.54 Fahrenheit. In[Read More…]

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From Bill Gates to the Great Refusal – Farmers on the Frontline  

From Bill Gates to the Great Refusal – Farmers on the Frontline  

Prior to the Industrial Revolution, most humans were engaged in agriculture. Our relationship with nature was immediate. Within just a few generations, however, for many people across the world, their link with the land has been severed. Food now arrives pre-packaged (often precooked), preserved with chemicals and contains harmful pesticides, micro-plastics, hormones and/or various other contaminants. We are also being[Read More…]

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Gotabaya Rajapaksa Expected To Return, Says Official

Gotabaya Rajapaksa Expected To Return, Says Official

Sri Lanka’s former president Gotabaya Rajapaksa is expected to return to the country from Singapore, a Sri Lankan lawmaker says. Cabinet spokesperson Bandula Gunawardena told reporters on Tuesday that G Rajapaksa was not in hiding but the date of his return was not known. The former president fled Sri Lanka after mass unrest over an economic crisis. Many protesters say[Read More…]

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Australia’s 2 Top Universities Anti-Arab Anti-Semitic & Anti-Jewish Anti-Semitic

Australia’s 2 Top Universities Anti-Arab Anti-Semitic & Anti-Jewish Anti-Semitic

Australia’s 2 top universities, the University of Melbourne and the University of Sydney, have both falsely defamed their anti-racist Jewish and non-Jewish students as anti-Semitic for criticizing the appalling crimes of Israeli Apartheid, and have thus implicitly falsely defamed all  anti-racists everywhere who rightly condemn the  ongoing human rights abuses and  ongoing Palestinian Genocide by Apartheid Israel. These 2 top[Read More…]

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Chaff Candidates: The Race for the UK Tory Leadership

Chaff Candidates: The Race for the UK Tory Leadership

As UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson set the scene in spectacular fashion.  All who sought to confine him to history, perished.  He was the only one who seemed to survive, and reject, one diabolical scandal after the next – till now. No leader with such a destructive sense of presence could do anything but impair those who followed him.  But[Read More…]

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The US Boxes Itself in over Taiwan and Ukraine

The US Boxes Itself in over Taiwan and Ukraine

Nancy Pelosi, speaker of the United States House of Representatives, is reportedly scheduled to visit Taipei in August 2022. The stated purpose is supporting Asian democracy. The trip has more than irked the Chinese. The trip has obviously not been approved by the one recognized government of China in Beijing. Some may downplay the speaker of the US House of[Read More…]

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Ukraine War: A Rock and a Hard Place 

Ukraine War: A Rock and a Hard Place 

One of the collateral damages of the war in Ukraine is the future of Indian medical students who went to study there. The typical profile of the students was that they appeared for the National Entrance and Eligibility Test(NEET) which regulates admission to medical colleges in India. But their scores were not high enough to get them a government medical[Read More…]

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The Agnipath scheme makes sense in larger context of the BJP’s Neoliberal Hindutva

The Agnipath scheme makes sense in larger context of the BJP’s Neoliberal Hindutva

Lakh of the youths in the country are feeling fudged. Violent protests took place against the recently announced Agnipath scheme in the army recruitment for personnel below officer rank (PBOR). Under the new Agnipath scheme, the government has announced recruiting youths for the army, to be called Agniveers. Under this scheme, after qualifying, they will not have a secured tenure[Read More…]

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Why Injustice to Himanshu Kumar Will be Exceptionally Harmful for Democracy

Why Injustice to Himanshu Kumar Will be Exceptionally Harmful for Democracy

The case of social activist Himanshu Kumar is attracting widespread concern as it is widely believed that something exceptionally unjust has happened, even when judged by recent standards. To capture the events so far very briefly, as a social activist working in Dantewada, Chattisgarh, Himanshu Kumar petitioned the Supreme Court in 2009 ( with co-petitioners) regarding an independent inquiry into[Read More…]

by 27/07/2022 Comments are Disabled Human Rights
The Enduring Tyranny of Oil – War, Inflation, Geopolitical Rivalry, and Soaring World Temperatures

The Enduring Tyranny of Oil – War, Inflation, Geopolitical Rivalry, and Soaring World Temperatures

It may seem hard to believe, but only 15 years ago many of us were talking confidently about “peak oil” — the moment of maximum global oil output after which, with world reserves dwindling, its use would begin an irreversible decline. Then along came hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, and the very notion of peak oil largely vanished. Instead, some analysts[Read More…]

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Letter from Anti Vizhinjam Adani Port struggle front

Letter from Anti Vizhinjam Adani Port struggle front

Dear Sisters , Today  5 of us women have left our homes to participate and sit as Satyagrahis in the small pandal near Thiruvannathapuram Domestic terminal where the Anti Adani Vizhinjam Port struggle reaches its 50th day. Many of you may wonder why we are here and what we are trying to communicate by this Satyagraha. Titled the Indefinite Satyagraha[Read More…]

by 26/07/2022 Comments are Disabled Environmental Protection
The village of Kulusuk in Greenland. (Photo: Ville Miettinen/flickr/cc)

Greenland – Towards A Protective Future

At a time when headlines were focused more on the heat wave in Europe, an event of great importance which should have received more attention was the melting of as much as 18 billion tons of ice sheets in just 3 days of mid-July in Greenland. Very frightening estimates have been presented of the extent of rise in sea level[Read More…]

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China Pledges Serious Consequences For U.S. If Pelosi Visits Taiwan

China Pledges Serious Consequences For U.S. If Pelosi Visits Taiwan

China’s Foreign Ministry has warned the U.S. of “serious consequences” should U.S. House of Representative Speaker Nancy Pelosi visits Taiwan in a demonstration of developing ties between Washington and the autonomous island that Beijing sees as inalienable part of China’s territory. “The Chinese side has made it clear to the U.S. on many occasions that it is firmly opposed to[Read More…]

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50th Death Anniversary of Charu Mazumdar

50th Death Anniversary of Charu Mazumdar

On 28th July we commemorate the 50th death anniversary of Charu Mazumdar,who was tortured to death in police custody. It ranks amongst the worst abuse of human rights of a political prisoner or leader in India or the world. Today history is repeating itself in with Custodial deaths being a routine occurrence in prisons.Charu’s assassination illustrated the neo-fascist nature of[Read More…]

by 26/07/2022 Comments are Disabled Life/Philosophy
Documenting a Story of Change

Documenting a Story of Change

The end credits to the Slumdog Children of Mumbai, a 2010 documentary made by Nick Read roll on my screen at 3:00 am. Yes, I am guilty of watching documentaries at odd hours and losing track of time. As I’m looking for more heartfelt documentaries to watch, I chance upon the trailer of the documentary, titled Right Forward, that’s based[Read More…]

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Sri Lankan President – Ranil Wickremasinghe will face people’s anger

Sri Lankan President – Ranil Wickremasinghe will face people’s anger

Sri Lankan Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe won the presidential elections conducted by the Parliament on Thursday after Gotabaya Rajapaksa fled abroad amidst intense agitation over the economic crisis. He will serve the remaining tenure of Gotabaya Rajapaksa till November 2024. Ranil Wickremesinghe is a Sri Lankan Politician who is also currently the 9th President of Sri Lanka since July 21,[Read More…]

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Need for transparency in disclosing fiscal liabilities under the FRBM

Need for transparency in disclosing fiscal liabilities under the FRBM

To Smt Nirmala Sitharaman Union Finance Minister Dear Smt Sitharaman, As one closely associated [as the then Chairman of the committee on Fiscal Responsibility and Budget Management (FRBM) legislation in the year 2000] with the idea of evolving a statutory framework for the Centre and the States to ensure transparency in terms of the disclosure of fiscal liabilities to their respective[Read More…]

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One Major Way We Can Reduce the Suffering of Animals Raised for Food

One Major Way We Can Reduce the Suffering of Animals Raised for Food

Veterinarians have an opportunity to uphold medical ethics—and give the nation’s factory-farmed animals a small bit of mercy when they are killed. The American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) is holding its annual convention in Philadelphia starting on July 29. This is an opportunity for the group to formulate a policy statement opposing a method of killing farmed animals that epitomizes the inhumane[Read More…]

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The Hundred Year War on Palestine

The Hundred Year War on Palestine

The Hundred Year War on Palestine – A History of Settler Colonialism and Resistance, 1917-2017.  Rashid Khalidi.  Metropolitan Books, Henry Holt and Company, New York, 2020. With the writing of The Hundred Year War on Palestine – A History of Settler Colonialism and Resistance, 1917-2017, Rashid Khalidi has created an interesting well written overview of the Zionist colonial-settler enterprise in[Read More…]

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Fascist interrogation of Revolutionary Intellectuals in the name of curbing ‘Maoists’ in Andhra Pradesh

Fascist interrogation of Revolutionary Intellectuals in the name of curbing ‘Maoists’ in Andhra Pradesh

The National Investigation Agency (NIA) on Tuesday, July 19 conducted intense search operations at the residences of alleged Communist Party of India-Maoist sympathisers and the widow of Maoist leader Ramakrishna in Andhra Pradesh. The searches were conducted in Alakurapadu village of Tangutur mandal. The officials of NIA raided the residence of G Kalyan Rao, a poet and leader of Viplava[Read More…]

by 26/07/2022 Comments are Disabled Human Rights
Why Senior Veterans of Armed Forces Are Worried about Agnipath

Why Senior Veterans of Armed Forces Are Worried about Agnipath

Few changes in armed forces have been as controversial as the Agnipath scheme of recruitment announced in June. It is very important for national interest to examine carefully the objections raised by several very senior and experienced veterans of armed forces, some of whom have distinguished themselves not just in the battlefield but as also as very learned commentators on[Read More…]

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Ariel Gold

Anti-War and Human Rights Leader Ariel Gold Appointed as FOR-USA Executive Director in Historic Hire

After an extensive national search, the Fellowship of Reconciliation-USA (FOR-USA) is proud to welcome our next executive director, Ariel Gold. Ms. Gold, a veteran peace and justice advocate, is taking the helm as the organization’s first Jewish executive director. Prior to this groundbreaking appointment, for the past seven years Ms. Gold worked at CODEPINK Women for Peace, where she was[Read More…]

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Paper Straws Are Not Enough

Paper Straws Are Not Enough

As the UK suffered its hottest-ever temperatures only recently, Amy Goodman, host of Democracy Now, interviewed Britain’s erudite environmental journalist George Monbiot July 21, 2022 about his most recent article in The Guardian: This Heatwave Has Eviscerated The Idea That Small Changes Can Tackle Extreme Weather, July 18, 2022. According to Monbiot: “Paper straws are not enough. Only System Change[Read More…]

by 25/07/2022 Comments are Disabled Climate Change
An Asia-Pacific Statement of Faith Communities on Israel as an Apartheid State

An Asia-Pacific Statement of Faith Communities on Israel as an Apartheid State

 by Global Kairos Asia Pacific Palestine Solidarity (GKAPPS) Global Kairos Asia Pacific Palestine Solidarity (GKAPPS) is a group of Asian Christian Theologians from 21 countries working in alliance with all religious communities and civil society movements in the Asia-Pacific region and around the Globe to act decisively to address the brutal and horrific situations of the continuing Nakba that the[Read More…]

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The CJI’s Complaint

The CJI’s Complaint

When the present Chief Justice of India speaks,India listens.Not because of his position and power,but because he has restored a measure of trust in the justice system of the country following its steep decline under some of his predecessors. The point is critical.For the highest courts in the world are prone to be subjected to heated controversy from time to[Read More…]

by 25/07/2022 Comments are Disabled India
International Accountability: Myanmar, the ICJ and the Genocide Question

International Accountability: Myanmar, the ICJ and the Genocide Question

The indomitable spirit of Raphael Lemkin, bibliophile, assiduous documenter of humanity’s dark deeds and inexecrable conduct, is bound to be an unsettled one.  This brilliant, committed and peculiarly dedicated creature took years to come up with what would, in time, become a word so horrifying as to transfix judges of international law.  The amalgam word of genocide stalks the conscience[Read More…]

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Meltwater flows off the Greenland ice sheet.

Temperature In Greenland Causes Unusual Extensive Melting Of Ice Sheet, Boosts Sea Level

In Greenland, last weekend temperatures rose enough to cause 18 billion tons of the country’s ice sheet to melt over three days. Scientists have warned about the fate of Greenland’s ice sheet. Scientists say what happened between July 15 and 17 is the latest massive melting event contributing to an increase in the global sea level. The amount of water from[Read More…]

by 25/07/2022 Comments are Disabled Climate Change
President should play a proactive role for tribals

President should play a proactive role for tribals

To Smt Droupadi Murmu President of India Rashtrapati Bhawan Respected Rashtrapati Ji, I wish to congratulate you on being elected as the  President of India. As the first representative of the adivasis of the country, I have no doubt that you will take a proactive role in re-orienting the policy of the government for the overall betterment of the adivasis’[Read More…]

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How the policies of globalization exploited the resources and economy of the developing countries

How the policies of globalization exploited the resources and economy of the developing countries

In last five decade of twentieth century has been perhaps the most remarkable in period of human history in terms of scientific development as we have unlocked countless secrets. In this same period saw the creation of institution of global governance: the United Nations, the International monetary fund, the world bank, and the GATT which turned into World trade organization.[Read More…]

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CDC Prioritizes a Healthy Public or a Healthy Economy?

CDC Prioritizes a Healthy Public or a Healthy Economy?

It is not possible to serve two masters with opposing goals. In the case of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), it has not always been obvious that such a dichotomy exists, but it has become ever more apparent since Trump and Covid-19. Before that, many of us relied on the CDC for accuracy, integrity, public health science,[Read More…]

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CHORUS of CHOICES – In 10 Notes

CHORUS of CHOICES – In 10 Notes

One: Earth is in danger.  We are the source of Earth’s endangerment. Troubles are real.  Consequences are rapidly becoming global reality. Two: Each person living on this Living Earth must take a clear, unwavering stand, standing in responsibility and raising an alerting voice. Three: Individual voices need to become a global chorus—the chorus of human choices. Four: Often people will[Read More…]

by 25/07/2022 Comments are Disabled Life/Philosophy
Welfare Programs—Is the Glass Half Full or Half Empty?

Welfare Programs—Is the Glass Half Full or Half Empty?

In recent times there have been several very impressive claims by the union government regarding its very strong commitment to various welfare programs. However at the same time we cannot ignore that equally strong criticisms questioning these claims have also been voiced. As a lot of statistics are often quoted in support of claims as well as criticisms, people are[Read More…]

by 25/07/2022 Comments are Disabled India
Will social media unite Kashmir?

Will social media unite Kashmir?

 Digital technology has demolished the borders between different countries without any war or confrontation. The same technology has come to the rescue of those families living across the Indo-Pak border who were separated during the partition of the subcontinent in 1947. More relief has come to those thousands of divided families in the Kashmir who have never been allowed to[Read More…]

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Welcome President Draupadi Murmu

Welcome President Draupadi Murmu

Mrs Draupadi Murmu has expectedly won the Presidential contest defeating Shri Yashwant Sinha with a heavy margin. A large number of individual members of non-NDA political parties supported her apart from the ruling parties in Andhra Pradesh, Odisha and Jharkhand which reflected the popular sentiment among them not to be seen as opposing the candidature of the first President of[Read More…]

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Dehli Aanganwadi Workers and Helpers Union gherao Development Department in Delhi protesting termination

Dehli Aanganwadi Workers and Helpers Union gherao Development Department in Delhi protesting termination

The Delhi state Aanganwadi workers and helpers Union launched an effective gherao at the city govt’s women and child development Department at Kashmere gate on July 22nd , raising slogans against the Aam Admi party dispensation. Their plight is symbolic of that of women workers all over the country, mercilessly entrapped by the contract system, denied stipulated or fair wages,[Read More…]

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Book Review: People’s Tales From Narmada Valley

Book Review: People’s Tales From Narmada Valley

————————————————————————————————————————- NARMADA GHATI SE BAHUJAN GATHAYEN Editors: Ojas S. V., Madhuresh Kumar, Vijayan M. J. and, Joe Athiyali Translation: Chinmay Mishra New Delhi, April 2022, Navarun, Pp. 247, Price Rs. 350/- ————————————————————————————————————————– Narmada Bachao Andolan (NBA, Save Narmada Movement) is one of the longest drawn (35 years) people’s movement against ‘development’ at the cost of people and nature in India.[Read More…]

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Burning Questions of the Sri Lankan People’s Movement: What is to be Done?  

Burning Questions of the Sri Lankan People’s Movement: What is to be Done?  

(This article is based on a talk delivered at the online session organised by International Solidarity with the People’s Movement in Sri Lanka on a 23.07.2022) The people’s movement in Sri Lanka has entered into a deadlock with the ‘(s)election’ of Ranil Wickremesinghe as President. Within hours of him assuming office, a mid-night crackdown on the Galle Face protest camp[Read More…]

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The Elephant in the Room: Geopolitics and the ‘Great Reset’ in Sri Lanka

The Elephant in the Room: Geopolitics and the ‘Great Reset’ in Sri Lanka

“But to watch cricket, there has to be a country left for us to watch it in, no?” A fan at the Galle Test Match that ended with an innings victory for Sri Lanka. July 11, 2022 Spirits were high on July 11 when the Sri Lankan cricket team beat the visiting Aussies by an innings even though the country[Read More…]

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Walter Rodney – A Revolutionary to Inspire Us Today

Walter Rodney – A Revolutionary to Inspire Us Today

All of us who yearn to see a mass movement of workers united across national, racial and gender lines against capitalism and imperialism should remember and learn from the life of Walter Rodney. A Guyanese historian and activist who was murdered by his own ruling class in 1980 at the age of 38, Rodney understood the pitfalls of pseudo-socialism and[Read More…]

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The War ‘Diplomat’: How Borrell, the West Lost the ‘Global Battle of Narratives’

The War ‘Diplomat’: How Borrell, the West Lost the ‘Global Battle of Narratives’

In a blog entry, reflecting on the G20 Foreign Ministers’ meeting in Bali, Indonesia on July 7-8, the High Representative of the European Union, Josep Borrell, seems to have accepted the painful truth that the West is losing what he termed “the global battle of narratives”. “The global battle of narratives is in full swing and, for now, we are[Read More…]

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Activists Demand Biden End Support to Marcos 2.0

Activists Demand Biden End Support to Marcos 2.0

A small group of activists marched from Dupont Circle to the Philippine Embassy calling for President Biden to stop supporting the Philippine government of “BongBong” Marcos while calling for the prosecution of former President Duterte for the extrajudicial killings in his “War on Drugs.” Signs in both English and Tagalog were used to inspire resistance and to fight for change.[Read More…]

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Israel is an Apartheid State

Israel is an Apartheid State

The Indo-Palestine Solidarity Network (IPSN) is a network of like- minded people drawn from all parts of the country committed to justice and freedom for Palestine. It seeks an end to the racist-colonialist-apartheid politics of Israel. Over the last three years, IPSN has consistently been involved in creating awareness about the conditions of the Palestinian people and drawing people together[Read More…]

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How to flag hate speech and related matters

How to flag hate speech and related matters

        The order passed by the SC bench led by Justice D.Y.Chandrachud releasing Mohammed Zubair on bail and clubbing together all six cases filed by UP and Delhi police comes as welcome relief at a time when the extraordinary judgment of another bench ordering prosecution of Teesta Setalvad,well-known human rights activist, seemed to be the culmination of courts’ indecisive and[Read More…]

by 24/07/2022 Comments are Disabled India
Climate change wreaks havoc in Uttarakhand’s mountainous terrain

Climate change wreaks havoc in Uttarakhand’s mountainous terrain

 Indiscriminate road building and hydropower projects are increasing the vulnerability of the mountainous areas of Uttarakhand to the impact of climate change that is manifesting in the form of cloud bursts and flash floods in recent years. With every passing year,  both frequency and magnitude of the disasters is getting more severe. An example of how this is affecting the[Read More…]

by 24/07/2022 Comments are Disabled COVID Response Watch
Securing Skilled Jobs for the Present and the Future

Securing Skilled Jobs for the Present and the Future

As the world recovers from the pandemic, and many across the country are trying to find their feet with gainful employment, a study released early this year by CMIE reveals that agriculture absorbed an additional 11 million workers over the last 3 years. The study also indicates a loss of 15 million jobs in the rest of the economy. Mahesh[Read More…]

by 24/07/2022 Comments are Disabled India
Indian Constitution, Ethnic Factors & Murmu’s Election!

Indian Constitution, Ethnic Factors & Murmu’s Election!

Constitutionally speaking, all citizens are equal before law and nobody can be discriminated against on basis of religion, race, caste, gender, place of birth and other such factors. Constitutional spirit of Indian democracy and secularism also bears this stamp. Against this backdrop, what is suggested by election of Draupadi Murmu as 15th President of this country with emphasis laid on[Read More…]

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U.S. F-16s at Incirlik    Photo credit: U.S. government

White House confirms plans to send US-NATO jets to fight Russia

In what may be the most provocative escalation of the US-NATO war against Russia to date, the White House has confirmed that the US is planning to send NATO-made fighter jets to Ukraine. John Kirby, the National Security Council coordinator for strategic communications, confirmed that the Pentagon is discussing “providing fighter aircraft to the Ukrainians.” Kirby’s statement marks a rejection[Read More…]

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Jafar Panahi

Iran imprisons film directors amid escalating crackdown on dissent and protests

In the largest crackdown on its film industry since 2010, Iran ordered internationally acclaimed filmmaker Jafar Panahi, 62, to serve a six-year jail sentence after he criticised the government. Panahi was arrested on July 11 when he went to the prosecutor’s office to follow up on the arrest of Mohammad Rasoulof, another well-known filmmaker, and Mostafa Aleahmad. The two were[Read More…]

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Jawans, Kisans, and Karmiks Come Together

Jawans, Kisans, and Karmiks Come Together

Calling an all-Party meeting recently, MEA Minister S.Jaishankar rightly expressed official concern at the critical economic-financial situation of our southern neighbour Sri Lanka. It had caused large-scale protests. Jaishankar also allayed fears that a similar situation could arise in India. It is devoutly to be hoped that he is correct, in the interest of our People and our nation. The[Read More…]

by 23/07/2022 Comments are Disabled India
The U.S. Is a World Outlier on Abortion Restrictions

The U.S. Is a World Outlier on Abortion Restrictions

The recent overturning of Roe v. Wade is part of a pattern of American exceptionalism that harms people in both the U.S. and the rest of the world. We know the United States is an outlier in abortion restrictions, but it is still startling to realize just how much. In the last two decades, 50 countries around the world have liberalized abortion[Read More…]

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The WTO Opts for Greed and Profits Over Providing Vaccinations for All People Worldwide

The WTO Opts for Greed and Profits Over Providing Vaccinations for All People Worldwide

The health of all people is being sacrificed to Big Pharma profits and rich countries’ saber-rattling sanctions. Meanwhile, other countries are capable of meeting the world’s vaccine needs. The UNAIDS Executive Director Winnie Byanyima had appealed before the 12th WTO Ministerial Conference in Geneva that the world would face a grim future if patent waivers did not take place. At a press[Read More…]

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The Dark Side of Germany and the American Institute for Contemporary German Studies  

The Dark Side of Germany and the American Institute for Contemporary German Studies  

Post World War II Germany has exhibited commendable characteristics — publicly atoning for its Nazi past, working assiduously to create a thriving nation, designing a truly democratic country, integrating its European compatriots into a common market, leading others in opening borders to refugees, and modifying its previous ultra-nationalism to form the European union. Behind these praiseworthy attributes lurks another Germany[Read More…]

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THE ONCE and FUTURE KING: a Back to the Future Meditation in Three Movements

THE ONCE and FUTURE KING: a Back to the Future Meditation in Three Movements

First Movement: Round Table and the Peers   When Arthur realized he was to become king, and not just any king, but the illustrious Once and Future King, he went apart in solitude, looked out over the rolling land and for a long time contemplated the condition of the realm he was destined to guide, guard, and govern. Visibly on[Read More…]

by 23/07/2022 Comments are Disabled Life/Philosophy
Capitalism and Unmaking of Democracy

Capitalism and Unmaking of Democracy

Rule of law, transparency, accountability and citizenship rights are fundamental pillars of constitutional democracy. These pillars are eroding rapidly. The democratic cultures based on equality, liberty, justice, reason, science, secularism, tolerance and mutual respect for dissenting and diverse opinions are declining across the globe. The corporatisation of electoral campaigns, market command over political parties, corporate control over political processes and[Read More…]

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Save Dhinkia

Save Dhinkia

To E. Tendayi Achiume, Special Rapporteur on contemporary forms of racism, racial discrimination, Xenophobia and related intolerance, UN Re- Testimony at the civil society expert consultation by Prasant Paikray from India (Odisha) Dear E. Tendayi, I Prasant Paikray, the Spokesperson of Anti Jindal Anti POSCO Movement from Odisha, India do make the following submissions humbly for your understanding and intervention:[Read More…]

by 23/07/2022 Comments are Disabled Environmental Protection
CHOWKIPUR, INDIA, - SEPTEMBER 18: Boys study by lantern light in a house L-R: (children closest to camera) Nitish Suraj (12), Ashish Choudhary (10), Baijunath Paswan (7) in Chowkipur India on September 18, 2015. Chowkipur is a village 60 KM from Patna that has no electricity. (Photo by Simon de Trey-White for the Washington Post)

 Letter to the State Chief Ministers – Come together on Electricity and MSP

Respected Chief Minister, I had earlier addressed you through a series of letters on the range of policy changes introduced by the Centre that amounted to making inroads into the legislative and the executive domains of the States and overstepping the lakshman rekha of federalism that lies at the core of the parliamentary democratic system provided in the Constitution. The[Read More…]

by 23/07/2022 Comments are Disabled India
Why Electricity Bill Amendment Should Not be Passed in A Hurry

Why Electricity Bill Amendment Should Not be Passed in A Hurry

There are increasing demands from many sides that the amendment of Electricity Act 2003 which the union government has been trying to push ahead for some time should not be passed in a hurry. It has been discussed that the government is likely to introduce the Electricity ( Amendment) Bill 2022 in the Monsoon Session of the Parliament. A reference[Read More…]

by 23/07/2022 Comments are Disabled India
When Accused Become Innocent And Innocent Are Made Accused

When Accused Become Innocent And Innocent Are Made Accused

Mahatma Gandhi was assassinated by Nathu Ram Godse. There are some people subscribing to Hindutva ideology who idolize Godse. Various leaders, activists associated with the Hindutva ideology from time to time have portrayed Godse as a patriot. Question is Gandhi was the tallest leader of India’s freedom movement and even before India achieved independence Godse was making an attempt to[Read More…]

by 23/07/2022 Comments are Disabled Human Rights
The challenges of Gig-Economy

The challenges of Gig-Economy

by Ashish Kumar Singh & Akash Singh According to a NITI Aayog recent report titled ‘India’s Booming Gig and Platform Economy’ India’s gig workforce, estimated to be at 77 lakh in 2020-21. It is expected to go up to 2.35 crore by 2029-30. Gig worker are defined by Niti Aayog as those engaged in livelihoods outside the traditional employer-employee arrangement. Gig[Read More…]

by 22/07/2022 Comments are Disabled India
Islamophobia and the Christian community in Kerala

Islamophobia and the Christian community in Kerala

Although there are many threads of kinship, those who study history can understand that there have been conflicts between Islam and Christianity since the beginning. Although it can be attributed to the Semitic tradition and the exact assimilation of the modern structure, it can undoubtedly be said that imperial political interests were behind it. But on the other hand, the role of[Read More…]

by 22/07/2022 Comments are Disabled India
Japan’s Threat Assessment Identifies Russia, China And North Korea As Its Main Security Concerns

Japan’s Threat Assessment Identifies Russia, China And North Korea As Its Main Security Concerns

Japan in its first annual defense report issued since the war in Ukraine mentioned Russia and China’s deepening military cooperation that has included joint air and navy drills is raising security concerns in the region. The defence white paper approved by Prime Minister Kishida’s government identifies China, Russia and North Korea as its main security concerns. Rivalries Are Clear “The[Read More…]

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New Mexico’s Megafires Mark a Turning Point

Firefighters don’t normally allude to early English epics, but in a briefing on the massive Hermits Peak/Calf Canyon Fire in northern New Mexico, a top field chief said, “It’s like Beowulf: it’s not the thing you fear, it is the mother of the thing you fear.” He meant that the flames you face may be terrifying, but scarier yet are the conditions[Read More…]

by 22/07/2022 Comments are Disabled Climate Change
AUKUS, Technology and Militarising Australia

AUKUS, Technology and Militarising Australia

Thinktanks across Australia, tanked with cash from US sources and keen to think in furious agreement, are all showing how delighted they are with the AUKUS security pact and what potential it has for local, if subordinated industry.  The United States Studies Centre, a loudspeaker for Washington’s opinions based at the University of Sydney, has added its bit to the[Read More…]

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No Russian roulette: The hunger emergency and the global corporate system 

No Russian roulette: The hunger emergency and the global corporate system 

As government efforts to contain it fails even in rich nations, the world’s hunger and livelihoods crisis is rapidly escalating into an emergency. Western leaders and media have been blaming Russia and the war in Ukraine for this unfolding catastrophe, but the facts say otherwise. A month ago, the Food and Work Network, a coalition of academics, community activists, and[Read More…]

by 22/07/2022 Comments are Disabled COVID Response Watch
8 Billion Humans? Population Is a Difficult Conversation, but We Need to Start Getting Real

8 Billion Humans? Population Is a Difficult Conversation, but We Need to Start Getting Real

 It’s time to rethink our broken and unfair family planning systems. July 11 was World Population Day, an observance established by the United Nations aiming to highlight population issues, particularly how the human population relates to the environment. The UN’s Department of Economic and Social Affairs (UNDESA) marked the occasion by releasing its World Population Prospects 2022 report, which announced that the global human[Read More…]

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A Call for Debt Justice, Debt Cancellation and Transparency in IMF Negotiations in Sri Lanka

A Call for Debt Justice, Debt Cancellation and Transparency in IMF Negotiations in Sri Lanka

The Coalition for Economic Democracy in Sri Lanka (CEDSL) is a group of concerned academics, activists, agricultural, fisheries and industrial workers, students, business persons, trade unionists, and professionals based ‘in country’ and overseas, including the diaspora, who uphold the values of economic rights and justice in public policy making. In the wake of two years of economically-devastating Covid-19 lockdowns, quantitative[Read More…]

by 22/07/2022 Comments are Disabled South Asia
From Zail Singh to Draupadi Murmu

From Zail Singh to Draupadi Murmu

The Indian state has constantly deceived the world by concealing its dismal record on minority rights through tokenism Let’s not be fooled by the election of the first indigenous (Adivasi) woman as India’s President. Draupadi Murmu made history after winning the presidential election. She was the candidate of the ruling right wing Hindu nationalist Bhartiya Janata Party (BJP). Prime Minister[Read More…]

by 22/07/2022 Comments are Disabled India
Rent Seeking Hindutva Government in India

Rent Seeking Hindutva Government in India

High inflation, growing unemployment and depreciating rupee are three fundamental issues faced by Indian economy today. The educational and health infrastructure is falling apart. Human development is in the bottom of the nadir. Modi government has no plans to take responsibility to navigate Indian economy away from these crises.  It is passing its responsibility on Indian people by reckless hiking[Read More…]

by 21/07/2022 Comments are Disabled India
Popular Opposition To Wickremesinghe’s Election Could Spill Over Into Violence In Sri Lanka

Popular Opposition To Wickremesinghe’s Election Could Spill Over Into Violence In Sri Lanka

Sri Lanka was braced for more unrest after newly appointed president Ranil Wickremesinghe vowed to crack down on the protests that toppled his predecessor, condemning them as “against the law”. Speaking after being MPs picked him as successor to Gotabaya Rajapaksa, Wickremesinghe made it clear he would not tolerate those he perceived to be stirring up violence. “If you try[Read More…]

by 21/07/2022 Comments are Disabled South Asia
CESTA’s order in favour of some Adani Group companies in a case being pursued by the DRI

CESTA’s order in favour of some Adani Group companies in a case being pursued by the DRI

To Shri Tarun Bajaj Union Revenue Secretary Dear Shri Bajaj, I understand that the a Customs, Excise & Service Tax Appellate Tribunal (CESTAT) has pronounced an order in favour of the Adani Group in a case being investigated by the Directorate of Revenue Intelligence (DRI) on alleged over invoicing of power equipment by some companies belonging to that group. I refer[Read More…]

by 21/07/2022 Comments are Disabled India
South Africa’s Energy Crisis Escalates

South Africa’s Energy Crisis Escalates

Behind rolling power cuts loom deep-seated socioeconomic issues worsened by the rich countries of the world. On the morning of June 27, 2022, National Union of Mineworkers (NUM) shop steward David Fankomo joined his fellow members at the picket line outside Eskom’s Emalahleni office in the heart of South Africa’s coal belt. Workers at Eskom, the nation’s state-owned electricity utility,[Read More…]

by 21/07/2022 Comments are Disabled World
The Kremlin Seeks to Exploit Growing Wariness Over Refugees in Europe

The Kremlin Seeks to Exploit Growing Wariness Over Refugees in Europe

Instability and rising living costs have caused significant growth in refugee and other migrant numbers globally. The opportunity to exploit the crisis will not be missed by other countries, most notably Russia. Since the start of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, more than 7 million Ukrainian refugees have left the country till mid-June. While some 1.5 million ended up in Russia, the rest have mostly[Read More…]

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Russia, Iran and Turkey Hold Tehran Summit While the Paranoid West Views it Suspiciously

Russia, Iran and Turkey Hold Tehran Summit While the Paranoid West Views it Suspiciously

“Intellectuals must be seated in chosen assemblies and systems of public governance to overt individualistic insanity against the people.” German philosopher Immanuel Kant (“Perpetual Peace”, 1795). Western Leaders Skeptical of Tehran Summit Most Western leaders enjoin lingering suspicion if President Putin, President Ebrahim Raisi and President Erdogan will meet or could produce any tangible outcomes of Tehran Summit. Despite political[Read More…]

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Amendment of Biodiversity Law Will Weaken Protection Efforts and Rights of People

Amendment of Biodiversity Law Will Weaken Protection Efforts and Rights of People

The importance of protecting biological diversity has been increasingly realized all over the world in recent times. This realization came in the wake of several disturbing trends such as very disturbing pace of destruction of natural forests and fast spread of monocultures over vast farming areas. As biological diversity was lost in nature but its importance was realized by powerful[Read More…]

by 21/07/2022 Comments are Disabled India
Sri Lanka will never prosper without addressing the ethnic problem of Eelam Tamils 

Sri Lanka will never prosper without addressing the ethnic problem of Eelam Tamils 

 Sri Lanka’s ethnocratic political structures and history of atrocities, and thereby the root causes that ultimately led to the present crisis. This will only lead to further instability, violence and economic collapse. There have been many moments in Sri Lanka’s history when governments have had the opportunity to change course and address the root causes of the island’s conflict, but[Read More…]

by 21/07/2022 Comments are Disabled South Asia
Gotabaya’s ascent and descent in power as the President of Sri Lanka

Gotabaya’s ascent and descent in power as the President of Sri Lanka

Gotabaya’s election as the President of Sri Lanka in December 2019 is unique as it exposes and endorses the underlying political ills of Sri Lanka namely racism, communalism, majoritarianism and Sinhala/Buddhist hegemony. His victory has cemented the paths of polarization and created separatist and segregating tendencies among the usual peaceful Sinhalese, Tamils and Muslim communities. This article briefly mentions the[Read More…]

by 21/07/2022 Comments are Disabled South Asia
Urgent Need to Support Goba System of Ladakh

Urgent Need to Support Goba System of Ladakh

Kalpavriksh, Snow Leopard Conservancy – India Trust (SLC-IT), Nature Conservation Foundation (NCF), Ladakh Media and Arts Organisation (LAMO), and Local Futures   Five civil society organisations are encouraging the UT Administration and the Hill Council, along with Ladakhi society, to recognise and strengthen the goba (or nambardar) system. In a detailed study led by Kalpavriksh (a Pune-based organisation active in[Read More…]

by 21/07/2022 Comments are Disabled India
The Future of Food? Genetic Engineering, Value Capture and Dependency 

The Future of Food? Genetic Engineering, Value Capture and Dependency 

The following is an abridged version of the second chapter of the author’s short (free-to-read) e-book Food, Dispossession and Dependency (2022)  GM crops are required to feed the world is a well-worn industry slogan trotted out at every available opportunity. Just like the claim of GM crops being a tremendous success, this too is based on a myth. There is no[Read More…]

by 20/07/2022 Comments are Disabled Book Review
Book Review: It Begins at Home and Other Short Stories

Book Review: It Begins at Home and Other Short Stories

Sanjukta Dasgupta, Virasat Art Publication, Kolkata, 2021 Sanjukta Dasgupta has been a scholar and an academic over her entire working life. Having taught English literature in its varied manifestations has seen its reflection in her very scholarly books revolving around literature, both English and Bengali, but she later shifted to poetry in the original and in translation and is now[Read More…]

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Greenland Threatens

Greenland Threatens

It rained for 9 hours at Summit Station/Greenland, 10,530’ elevation. Greenland is sending signals to coastal metropolises around the world that it’s never too early to start building seawalls. These are not mixed signals from the big ice island. Rather, they are straightforward signals indicative of rapid breakdown of average ice thickness of 5,000 feet sooner than ever thought possible.[Read More…]

by 20/07/2022 Comments are Disabled Climate Change
Ahmad Manasra

The Shameful UN ‘List of Shame’: Equating between the Israeli Perpetrator and the Palestinian Victim

“We regret we failed to protect you.” This was part of a statement issued by United Nations human rights experts on July 14, urging the Israeli government to release Palestinian prisoner Ahmad Manasra. Only 14 years old at the time of his arrest and torture by Israeli forces, Manasra is now 20 years old. His case is a representation of[Read More…]

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Controlling Bodies and Subverting Democracy

Controlling Bodies and Subverting Democracy

When I was the age that my daughter is now, my favorite sweatshirt had the words “Choice, Choice, Choice, Choice” in rainbow letters across its front. My mom got me that sweatshirt at a 1989 rally in response to Webster v. Reproductive Health Services. In that case, the Supreme Court upheld a Missouri law restricting the use of state funds and facilities for[Read More…]

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Swami Acchutanand/Picture courtesy: velivada.com

Adi-Hindu Movement, The Chimera of Social Equality and The Way Forward

Co-written by Ms. Akanksha Sharma and Mr. Skand Priya I The phenomenon of caste as we see it today has evolved historically and been shaped materially. It is also perhaps the most written about Indian phenomenon and, consequently, has generated a truly colossal amount of scholarship, and this shows the hegemonic position Caste possesses in the contemporary Indian society and politics. Though[Read More…]

by 20/07/2022 Comments are Disabled Annihilate Caste
‘Collective Action or Collective Suicide’: UN Chief Pleads for Real Climate Response

‘Collective Action or Collective Suicide’: UN Chief Pleads for Real Climate Response

Governments can either come up with a collaborative and urgent plan to tackle the fossil fuel-driven climate emergency that is already wreaking deadly havoc across the globe or keep allowing corporations to pollute the atmosphere without limit, thereby condemning humanity to a grim future. That stark warning comes from United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres, who said Monday: “We have a choice. Collective action[Read More…]

by 19/07/2022 1 comment Climate Change
Europe’s “apocalypse of heat” highlights capitalism’s climate crisis

Europe’s “apocalypse of heat” highlights capitalism’s climate crisis

Europe’s second heat wave this summer is setting record temperatures across the continent. Much of Southern and Western Europe will reach highs of 40-47°C (104-117°F). Thousands of people are dying, large swaths of land are burning, and harvests are being destroyed in what climate change is making an increasingly common and severe phenomenon. Wildfires are raging across Portugal, Spain, France,[Read More…]

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Military presence in the North and East of Sri Lanka

Military presence in the North and East of Sri Lanka

The Sri Lankan government may have won the war against the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam in the north-east of the country, but another protracted struggle is looming on the horizon, that of winning democracy and development back from the clutches of militarisation. In the meantime, for those in the north (and the east) struggling to recover socially, economically and[Read More…]

by 19/07/2022 Comments are Disabled South Asia
 With These Wings, by A. Shea

 With These Wings, by A. Shea

The idea of writing short poetry that conveys intense feelings isn’t new but has flourished through the internet especially as a method of sharing emotions with multitudes, often using a beautiful layout to evoke a feeling many of us can relate to. Surely this move towards making poetry accessible to everyone is a good thing, but it can also be[Read More…]

by 19/07/2022 Comments are Disabled Book Review
Representative picture of malnutrition, Photo: Shirish Khare

Malnutrition spreading around India’s financial capital

  While population and average wealth of residents grows in India’s metros,  malnutrition and hunger too are spreading equally fast in their periphery. Mumbai, considered to be the country’s financial capital is a good example where the state legislative council was informed late last year that more than 4,000 children were found suffering from acute malnutrition. Women and Child Development[Read More…]

by 19/07/2022 Comments are Disabled COVID Response Watch
Arrest of Rupesh Kumar and legal action against Himanshu Kumar is illustration of ascendancy of neo-fascism

Arrest of Rupesh Kumar and legal action against Himanshu Kumar is illustration of ascendancy of neo-fascism

Jharkhand’s Saraikella Police arrested journalist Rupesh Kumar Singh from his house on July 17th, 2022 at noon. The police force along with magistrate attacked the house of Rupesh’s at Ramgarh, and his family members were interrogated in the name of search. Though police had search and arrest warrant, arrest warrant was not shown in anticipation of public resistance. Later, he[Read More…]

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Prime  Minister  makes  India  stink  in  world  public  opinion

Prime  Minister  makes  India  stink  in  world  public  opinion

   “He  (Narendra  Modi)   gifted  ittar  (perfume  derived       from  natural  sources)  bottles in  zardozi  box,  crafted  in  Lucknow,  to  French  President  Emmanuel  Macron.”  (The  Times  of  India,  June  29,  2022)     “Here  is  the  smell  of  the  blood  still:  all  the  perfumes  of  Arabia will  not  sweeten  this  little  hand.” (Shakespeare:  Macbeth). The  above  two  quotes  sum  up  the  record [Read More…]

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Railways plans to use tech to tighten vigil on child trafficking

Railways plans to use tech to tighten vigil on child trafficking

But are privacy rights coming in the way of reuniting lost children with families? In the backdrop of international development agencies such as International Labour Organisation (ILO) warning an imminent rise in incidence of child-trafficking during the pandemic, the Railway Police Force aims to use technology to outsmart unscrupulous elements trafficking children. It is rolling out a new set of[Read More…]

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Weaponising Trade and Its New Enemy

Weaponising Trade and Its New Enemy

“Weaponising trade”, i.e., using trade as a tool of foreign policy aspirations and marginalizing rivals instead of as an opportunity for economic growth, is not new. It is well known that among most countries, “the United States bears a good share of responsibility” for increasingly weaponizing trade. The US and its allies have used trade embargoes and sanctions against countries,[Read More…]

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Ukraine Update: West Can Not Sustain Prolonged Conflict In Ukraine, Says Pentagon Supplier

Ukraine Update: West Can Not Sustain Prolonged Conflict In Ukraine, Says Pentagon Supplier

The West does not have the stockpiles of weapons needed to sustain a prolonged military campaign in Ukraine or elsewhere, the CEO of one of the Pentagon’s main defense contractors has warned. The military-industrial complex therefore needs a “clear demand signal” from Western governments on what exactly it should produce and whether it will be purchased, Kathy Warden told the[Read More…]

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Geopolitical Update: Iran Is Capable Of Building Nuclear Bomb, Says Khamenei Advisor

Geopolitical Update: Iran Is Capable Of Building Nuclear Bomb, Says Khamenei Advisor

Iran is technically capable of producing a nuclear bomb but no political decision on such an option has been made, Kamal Kharrazi, a senior adviser to Iran’s Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei, has said. “In a few days we were able to enrich uranium to 60% and we can easily produce 90% enriched uranium,” Kharrazi told Al Jazeera on Sunday. He[Read More…]

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Plotting War on Iran

Plotting War on Iran

The United States, Saudi Arabia, and Israel, responsible for military fiascos, hundreds of thousands of deaths, and innumerable war crimes in the Middle East, are now plotting to attack Iran. The United States, Israel and Saudi Arabia are plotting a war with Iran. The 2015 Iranian nuclear arms accord, or Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), which Donald Trump sabotaged,[Read More…]

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State of Disgrace in Washington

State of Disgrace in Washington

Well before the House select committee’s January 6th investigation began, trust in the classic American system of checks and balances as reliable protection against executive (or, more recently, Supreme Court) abuses of power had already fallen into a state of disgrace. A domestically shackled Biden presidency, a Congress unable to act, and a Supreme Court that seems ever more like[Read More…]

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Will Sri Lanka be able to develop an alternative to hateful political nationalism of the Rajapaksas?

Will Sri Lanka be able to develop an alternative to hateful political nationalism of the Rajapaksas?

The mighty nationalist leaders from the Rajapaksa family in Sri Lanka looked helpless and cowardly when he was humiliated at the airport as he tried to flee abroad to protect himself from the agitating people who protested at the airport. Still, he used his powers as the arm forces followed it ‘dutifully’, knowing fully well that it was actually a[Read More…]

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The hard-hearted state

The hard-hearted state

A Chhattisgarh court on July 14, 2022 acquited 121 tribals in an UAPA case after 5 years in jail. The accused were booked under the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act (UAPA) for allegedly assisting Maoists in the 2017 Burkapal attack, which killed 25 CRPF personnel. Of the 121 accused, seven were minors who were released earlier and one died during the[Read More…]

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The Unfortunate New Trend of Punishing Petitioners  

The Unfortunate New Trend of Punishing Petitioners  

In June 2021 the Delhi High Court passed a judgment on a petition filed by leading film actor Juhi Chawla. She had filed a petition against hasty roll-out of 5G Technology. While anyone may agree or disagree with this, the fact remains that hundreds of scientists worldwide have been warning on the same issue that Juhi Chawla had taken to[Read More…]

by 18/07/2022 Comments are Disabled India
AAP: A New Specimen of Corporate Politics

AAP: A New Specimen of Corporate Politics

(This article was written in November 2013 and had been published in the Mainstream Weekly, VOL LI, No 47, November 9, 2013. The article was highly criticized by certain progressive/secular intellectuals/columnists ranging from India to the US. Most of them  thought it better to ignore the article as ‘trash’. A generation of young Indians has grown up since then. Definitely,[Read More…]

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The magician and the crowd

The magician and the crowd

       The scenes unfolding before us are rather dispiriting.Consider the lone crusade of the opposition’s joint candidate for the post of the President,Yashwant Sinha, as he travels from state to state like an old but sturdy war-horse.It now appears that some elements in the opposition have been brought up short by the support generated for Droupadi Murmu among considerable numbers[Read More…]

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Struggle For Complete System Change To Continue In Sri Lanka, Protesters Vow

Struggle For Complete System Change To Continue In Sri Lanka, Protesters Vow

Sri Lankan protesters have vowed to continue their struggle for a complete change of the system by abolishing the presidency, as the popular uprising that ousted Gotabaya Rajapaksa as president marked the 100th day on Sunday. The anti-government protest began on April 9 near the presidential office and has been continuing without a break. “We will continue our fight till[Read More…]

by 17/07/2022 Comments are Disabled South Asia
Wildfires Ravage Spain, France, Portugal As Heatwave Kills Hundreds In West Europe

Wildfires Ravage Spain, France, Portugal As Heatwave Kills Hundreds In West Europe

Wildfires ravaged parts of Spain, France and Portugal Friday in the blistering heat, burning forests and prompting widespread evacuations. The ongoing heatwave has already claimed hundreds of lives in the west European countries. There is a spike in heat wave-related casualties in Western Europe. On Saturday, La Vanguardia reported that there were more than 360 deaths in Spain caused by the[Read More…]

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The Rise of BRICS: The Economic Giant that is Taking on the West 

The Rise of BRICS: The Economic Giant that is Taking on the West 

The G7 summit in Elmau, Germany, June 26-28, and the NATO summit in Madrid, Spain, two days later, were practically useless in terms of providing actual solutions to ongoing global crises – the war in Ukraine, the looming famines, climate change and more. But the two events were important, nonetheless, as they provide a stark example of the impotence of[Read More…]

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To Remember Bhagat Singh in Terms of Terrorism is Grave Injustice to His Yearnings for Justice, Equality and Harmony

To Remember Bhagat Singh in Terms of Terrorism is Grave Injustice to His Yearnings for Justice, Equality and Harmony

An avoidable controversy has arisen recently due to the unfortunate comments of a politician of Punjab who called Shahid Bhagat Singh a terrorist. That this politician is linked closely to the Khalistani ideology explains his narrow worldview, and his comments regarding Bhagat Singh were quickly dismissed by most people. However to counter false propaganda based on such comments, it will[Read More…]

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The rise and fall of Gotabaya Rajapaksa

The rise and fall of Gotabaya Rajapaksa

Gotabaya Rajapaksa is a Sri Lankan politician and former military officer who served as the eighth President of Sri Lanka from 2019 until his resignation on 14 July 2022. Gotabaya Rajapakshe  is believed to have directly overseen the country’s police and military, which have been accused by the UN, human rights groups and Sri Lanka’s own investigative agencies of crimes[Read More…]

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New Amendments to  Indian Forest Rights Act 2006  To help  Big  corporations

New Amendments to  Indian Forest Rights Act 2006  To help  Big  corporations

While nominating Mrs. Draupadi Murmu,as candidate to President of India, ruling BJP  boasted a savior of tribal people. However, by proposing  changes to Forest Rights Act, 2006, the government is doing quite  the opposite by subverting  the interests of tribal people to benefit big companies. During the current monsoon session of Indian Parliament new rules are proposed to the present[Read More…]

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Faster Growing at Socio-Economic and Demographic Fronts: India or Bangladesh?

Faster Growing at Socio-Economic and Demographic Fronts: India or Bangladesh?

by Ishika Jaiswal & Dr. Bimal Jaiswal India and Bangladesh are the two exceptional economies in South Asian region.  Both the nations have number of similarities and both want to achieve remarkable economic growth in the shortest span of time possible.  To attain this objective, both the economies are endeavouring altogether in certain sectors and sub-sectors. However, there are some[Read More…]

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WTO Has Accentuated Problems of Small Farmers and Increased Hurdles in Path of Food Sovereignty

WTO Has Accentuated Problems of Small Farmers and Increased Hurdles in Path of Food Sovereignty

A recent news published in several newspapers has quoted India’s Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman as telling a seminar that she has asked the World Trade Organization (WTO) to allow India to export food grains from its public stockholding to nations which are facing food crisis. She said that India could help in reducing hunger or food insecurity but there was[Read More…]

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Protest in Hardike village in Sangrur by Dalit Agricultural Labour for scrapping distribution of Reserved Quota of Land

Protest in Hardike village in Sangrur by Dalit Agricultural Labour for scrapping distribution of Reserved Quota of Land

In village Hardike in Sangrur a land distribution of reserved quota for dalit agricultural labour bid was thwarted by the administration. The Zameen Prapt Sangharsh Commitee lodged a concerted protest on July 13th in the village mobilizing over 500 persons.Shingara Singh, Shinder Kaur,,Jaswant Sinh Khedi ,Jasvir Kaur and Hakim Singh adressed the meeting. They elaborated the motive of the village[Read More…]

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Get Gota: Holding a War Criminal Accountable

Get Gota: Holding a War Criminal Accountable

The fall and ignominious retreat of Sri Lanka’s Gotabaya Rajapaksa has enlivened one distinct possibility.  Having formally resigned as Sri Lankan President, a point made via email from Singapore, those wishing to see him account for war crimes may get their wish. There have been various efforts in train regarding a man who ruthlessly concluded his country’s civil war in[Read More…]

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Biden’s Middle East Trip is all about Oil and Mid-Term Elections

Biden’s Middle East Trip is all about Oil and Mid-Term Elections

President Biden’s Middle East trip that was claimed to be undertaken to bolster American interest in the region has instead angered activists around the world. Referring to himself as a “non-Jewish Zionist” to bolster his image and ongoing support while in Israel and at home along with his declaring Jerusalem as the capital of Israel has done nothing to placate[Read More…]

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Proposed amendments to Mines & Minerals (Development & Regulation) Act- Not in the national interest

Proposed amendments to Mines & Minerals (Development & Regulation) Act- Not in the national interest

To Shri Rajiv Gauba Cabinet Secretary Govt of India I have just come across a public notice issued by the Union Ministry of Mines proposing a few far reaching amendments to the Mines & Minerals (Development & Regulation) Act, 1957 (MMDRA). I have enclosed here a copy of the relevant notice [Ministry of Mines No. M VI-1/3/2022- Mines VI dated[Read More…]

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The West Is Experiencing a Contraction of Its Power, Not Necessarily Its Decline

The West Is Experiencing a Contraction of Its Power, Not Necessarily Its Decline

What Westerners call the West or Western civilization is a geopolitical space that emerged in the 16th century and expanded continuously until the 20th century. On the eve of World War I, about 90 percent of the globe was Western or Western-dominated: Europe, Russia, the Americas, Africa, Oceania, and much of Asia (with the partial exceptions of Japan and China).[Read More…]

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Will Egypt Drain the World’s Second Largest Wetlands?

Will Egypt Drain the World’s Second Largest Wetlands?

“With 35% loss globally since 1970, wetlands are our most threatened ecosystem, disappearing three times faster than forests. Wetlands’ services for climate mitigation, adaptation biodiversity, and human health outweigh all other terrestrial ecosystems.” (Source: Wetlands are Being Lost at Alarming Rates, Global Wetland Outlook, 2021) Sudd is Africa’s largest freshwater wetland at roughly 3,500 square miles in an otherwise dry[Read More…]

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Advocating for Palestine in Canada

Advocating for Palestine in Canada

Advocating for Palestine in Canada – Histories, Movements, Actions. Ed.: Emily Wills, Jeremy Wildeman, Michael Beuckert, Nadia Abu-Zahra. Fernwood Publishing, Halifax/Winnipeg, 2022. Different groups advocate for Palestine from a variety of perspectives while developing several common themes. Advocating for Palestine contains nine presentations looking at Palestine from the viewpoint of students, Jewish activism, indigenous issues, being Palestinian-Arab in Canada, and[Read More…]

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This historic moment must be used to confront Sinhala Buddhist nationalism 

This historic moment must be used to confront Sinhala Buddhist nationalism 

Most of the myths regarding the history of Sri Lanka originate from the Mahavamsa. And so, Sinhalese Buddhist nationalists maintain that they are the Buddha’s selected people, and that the island of Sri Lanka is the Buddhist promised land At the opening of the nineteenth century, the existence of an historical record called the Mahavamsa, or Great Dynasty, was known[Read More…]

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Farmers Organisations in Punjab plan to protest against Corporates plunging waste into Rivers and robbing Water

Farmers Organisations in Punjab plan to protest against Corporates plunging waste into Rivers and robbing Water

  A massive agitation has been planned from July 21st to 25th by the farmers organization in Punjab to thwart the bid of the corporates to grab the land and pollute the waters of the rivers. Despite being the dominant state of agriculture, Punjab is a facing severe shortage of water for agriculture. Issue illustrates the patronising of corporate plunder[Read More…]

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Labourers work on a dried lake to try and revive it under the National Rural Employment Guarantee Act (NREGA) at Ibrahimpatnam, on the outskirts of Hyderabad, June 17, 2009. The government has started a pilot project to quantify climate benefits from the NREGA, the anti-poverty scheme that could become one of the country's main weapons to fight criticism it is not doing enough to tackle global warming. The flagship anti-poverty plan, started three years ago, provides 100 days of employment every year to tens of millions of rural poor, a move that partly helped the Congress party-led coalition return to power in a general election. REUTERS/Krishnendu Halder (INDIA ENVIRONMENT BUSINESS EMPLOYMENT)

Campaign demanding pending wages of NREGA workers

The disastrous condition of the most marginal rural workers who work in the 100 days work programme (MGNREGA) is now a burning issue in West Bengal. For more than six months, the workers are not getting their wages under MGNREGA. Both the central and state government do not seem interested in a solution. They are rather engaged in a war[Read More…]

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Statement in response to the NEP report in Karnataka

Statement in response to the NEP report in Karnataka

In the continuing misery being faced by children as policy-makers increasingly push for an agenda of vegetarianism that has never been endorsed or debated in a country consisting of largely non-vegetarian people. Through a report by an expert committee, headed by John Vijay Sagar, Professor and Head, Department of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, NIMHANS on health, the New Education Policy[Read More…]

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Sri Lanka Parliament Meets Tomorrow, New President To Be Elected Within 7 Days

Sri Lanka Parliament Meets Tomorrow, New President To Be Elected Within 7 Days

Sri Lanka politicians are trying to settle popular unrest as parliament plans to meet tomorrow after the official resignation of President Gotabaya Rajapaksa was made today. Speaker Mahinda Yapa Abeywardena said he expected to elect a new President through Parliament within 7 days in accordance with the provisions of the Constitution. The Speaker said in terms of the Constitution Prime[Read More…]

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Worsening Chaos: Israel’s Political Instability is Now the Norm

Worsening Chaos: Israel’s Political Instability is Now the Norm

The collapse of the short-lived Israeli government of Naftali Bennett and Yair Lapid validates the argument that the political crisis in Israel was not entirely instigated and sustained by former Israeli Prime Minister, Benjamin Netanyahu. Bennett’s coalition government consisted of eight parties, welding together arguably one of the oddest coalitions in the tumultuous history of Israeli politics. The mishmash cabinet[Read More…]

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Confronting “Policy Murder” and the Rising Violence of the Right

Confronting “Policy Murder” and the Rising Violence of the Right

Priti Gulati Cox, It’s Time, ink on vellum, embroidery. See closeups of individual images here. On Juneteenth weekend, tens of thousands of people walked up Pennsylvania Avenue toward the U.S. Capitol as part of the epically titled Poor People’s and Low-Wage Workers’ Assembly and Moral March on Washington and to the Polls. (Priti Gulati Cox and I traveled via Amtrak[Read More…]

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With the Supreme Court’s EPA Ruling, Can Trump’s Damage to the Environment Ever Be Repaired?

With the Supreme Court’s EPA Ruling, Can Trump’s Damage to the Environment Ever Be Repaired?

Trump’s appointments reveal the frightening far-reaching power of a corrupt president. Grasping the enormity, the breadth, and the depth of “Trump corruption” is rather astonishing. Most news junkies and politicos alike are quite familiar with the in-your-face looting, skimming, and self-dealing of the president and his family members. Beyond the family corruption, there is a much larger world of Trump[Read More…]

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What I Can Still Love about My Embattled Country (and World)

What I Can Still Love about My Embattled Country (and World)

It’s hot and hazy as July rolls around. Growing up in the Baltimore swamplands, we used to say, “It’s not the heat, it’s the humidity.” Meaning that the humidity was harder to deal with than the feverish temperatures. At some point in my family, the phrase morphed into: “It’s not the heat, it’s the stupidity.” At the time, we meant[Read More…]

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Tanks Deployed Near Parliament And State Of Emergency Declared In Sri Lanka

Tanks Deployed Near Parliament And State Of Emergency Declared In Sri Lanka

On Thursday, the Sri Lanka government announced a curfew in the capital Colombo and its suburbs that would run until 5am on Friday. To stop demonstrators from accessing the Parliament on Thursday, the Sri Lankan Army stationed tanks close to the building. Troops in green military uniforms and camouflage vests arrived by armored personnel carriers on Thursday to reinforce barricades around[Read More…]

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Empower the CPSEs, not privatise them

Empower the CPSEs, not privatise them

“We must have full control over our electricity production and performance”, said the French Prime Minister recently, when she informed the Parliament of the government’s decision to increase its equity share from the present 83.76% to 100% in the EDF company, France’s premier nuclear electricity utility and one of the largest producers of nuclear electricity in the world. France has[Read More…]

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Graduate Unemployment and Skill Mismatch in Bangladesh: A Broader Context

Graduate Unemployment and Skill Mismatch in Bangladesh: A Broader Context

The staggering rate of unemployment among university graduates in Bangladesh, and the difficulty faced by employers in securing a skilled workforce, pose a conundrum for the country’s development journey, with implications regarding productivity, growth, social welfare and integration in the global value chain. A World Bank study found that, more than a third of university graduates remain unemployed for one[Read More…]

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Need for Caution and Widespread Consultation on Public Health Bill

Need for Caution and Widespread Consultation on Public Health Bill

The Government is in the process of finalizing a new public health bill while repealing the 125 year old Epidemic Diseases Act of 1897. While few will question the need for replacing such an old and outdated law, there is also urgent need for carefully studying the various provisions of the new bill so that it is not coercive and[Read More…]

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Tamil Nationalism [Eelam Tamils]

Tamil Nationalism [Eelam Tamils]

Tamil nationalism is the ideology which asserts that the Tamil people constitute a nation and promotes the cultural unity of Tamil people. Sri Lankan state violence, persecution, and discrimination from the 1940s to 70s pushed Eelam Tamil leadership to answer the Tamil national question, manoeuvring through a maze of democratic and diplomatic methods in an attempt to achieve only a[Read More…]

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When Leaders Err..!  

When Leaders Err..!  

Sri Lankan crisis is likely to remain classic illustration for a long time of how “power-holders” can be forced to give in to aggressive command displayed by common people’s “power”. When people decide and choose to exercise their power as they have in Colombo, all “strategies” of curbing the same can burst like bubbles. There is a limit to which[Read More…]

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Climate expropriation: US caused nearly $2 trillion damages to other countries from 1990 to 2014

Climate expropriation: US caused nearly $2 trillion damages to other countries from 1990 to 2014

U.S.-attributable climate damages. (a) Ensemble mean GDPpc changes in each country attributable to U.S. emissions, over 1990–2014 with territorial emissions accounting and a short-run (contemporaneous) damage function. Missing data (white countries) denotes countries without continuous GDPpc data from 1990 to 2014. b, c U.S.-attributable damages in the five countries with the greatest GDPpc percent decreases (b) and percent increases (c). The black lines[Read More…]

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Counting the dead 

Counting the dead 

Most counts estimate that over 100,000 civilians died during the conflict, though accounts of the final stages of the war, when the Sri Lankan government defeated the Tamil Tigers militia in 2009, vary significantly, with the United Nations estimating the total casualties to be somewhere between 40,000 and 70,000 over a five-month period. Apart from that the death toll during[Read More…]

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Beware the Prophets of Doom – Organic Food, Fertilisers and Fossil Fuels  

Beware the Prophets of Doom – Organic Food, Fertilisers and Fossil Fuels  

“As oil and gas prices rise so does the price of artificial chemical fertilisers – the lynch-pin of industrial agriculture’s claims to be ‘efficient’. In the UK, the price of nitrogen fertiliser has doubled over the past year to around £330 per tonne. With oil currently at over $130 a barrel and with OPEC warning it could reach $200 by[Read More…]

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Withered on the Vine: Stagnation and Low Wages in a Rigged Economy

Withered on the Vine: Stagnation and Low Wages in a Rigged Economy

                       This week President Biden will pay a visit to Saudi Arabia. As it has been widely pointed out, this marks a shift for the president who came into office calling Saudi Arabia a “pariah” state for its many human rights violations. The kingdom’s reputation in the U.S. media has shadowy since the murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi[Read More…]

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After the American Century

After the American Century

“The American Century Is Over.” So claims the July 2022 cover of Harper’s Magazine, adding an all-too-pertinent question: “What’s Next?” What, indeed? Eighty years after the United States embarked upon the Great Crusade of World War II, a generation after it laid claim to the status of sole superpower following the fall of the Berlin Wall, and two decades after the Global[Read More…]

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Fall of Boris Johnson: Some Take-Home Lessons

Fall of Boris Johnson: Some Take-Home Lessons

London Mayor Sadiq Khan has described Boris Johnson’s political tenure as “…one of the most shameful sagas in the history of British politics …[who] presided over a government defined by lies, sleaze, an utter lack of integrity, unlawful behaviour, incompetence, and a damaging culture of impunity in public office”. Sadiq further said that “At every turn, his government has sought[Read More…]

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Announcement seeking Nominations for Kandhamal Human Rights (KHR) Awards

Announcement seeking Nominations for Kandhamal Human Rights (KHR) Awards

The National Solidarity Forum (NSF) is pleased to announce the call for 2022 nominations for Kandhamal Human Rights Awards: Kandhamal Human Rights Award for Individual category- It carries a cash award of INR 25,000 and a Plaque Kandhamal Human Rights Award for Institutional category- It carries a Plaque and Citation attesting the works. About KHR Awards: The National Solidarity Forum has instituted these[Read More…]

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Attempts to Implicate Medha Patkar and Colleagues in False Allegations Widely Condemned

Attempts to Implicate Medha Patkar and Colleagues in False Allegations Widely Condemned

Social activists who devote their life selflessly to advancing the cause of justice and environment protection in peaceful and democratic ways are a source of great strength for any genuine democracy and any such country would take great pride in their achievements. Medha Patkar and her close colleagues in the Narmada Bachao Andolan (NBA) are such activists whose achievements in[Read More…]

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World Population Projected To Reach 9.8 Billion In 2050, And 11.2 Billion In 2100, Says UN

World Population Projected To Reach 9.8 Billion In 2050, And 11.2 Billion In 2100, Says UN

The current world population of 7.6 billion is expected to reach 8.6 billion in 2030, 9.8 billion in 2050 and 11.2 billion in 2100, according to a new United Nations report released today. The global population is expected to reach 8 billion by November 15, the UN predicts With roughly 83 million people being added to the world’s population every[Read More…]

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Ukraine: End War, Lift Sanctions

Ukraine: End War, Lift Sanctions

The war in Ukraine is dragging on. Today, the 11th    of July 2022 is the 138th day of an armed conflict that began on the 24th of February when Russian president, Vladimir Putin, declared that his country is launching a special military operation in Ukraine. As one should expect, a few thousands have been killed so far on both sides.[Read More…]

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Barely Legal: The Global Uber Enterprise

Barely Legal: The Global Uber Enterprise

The lobbying of Uber should, along with those of other corporate giants, only surprise those prone to pollyannaish escapism.  Its hungry, desperate behaviour takes place in plain sight, and denials merely serve to emphasise the point.  It resembles, in some crudely distant way, the operating rationale of the notorious British sex pest Jimmy Savile, who preyed upon his victims with[Read More…]

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Biden “Celebrates” New Gun Laws, Activists Lament

Biden “Celebrates” New Gun Laws, Activists Lament

Today being 7-11, one would have thought it would be a lucky day. But America being America, ever fascinated with guns and gun culture, it’s just another day of violence in which, on average, sees 96 people killed by guns. Oddly, too, it was one week ago on July 4th that a deranged gunman killed seven people at an Independence[Read More…]

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 No Starvation for Oil

 No Starvation for Oil

As President Joe Biden embarks on his trip to the Middle East, those of us back home must acknowledge that a “sensitive” trip would visit the victims rather than the butchers. President Joe Biden’s foreign policy advisors are applauding themselves for devising a “sensitive” itinerary as he plans to embark on a trip to the Middle East on July 13.[Read More…]

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$2 Trillion for War Versus $100 Billion to Save the Planet

$2 Trillion for War Versus $100 Billion to Save the Planet

The West seems more fixated on spending social wealth on the military rather than addressing the climate catastrophe. During late April and early May, South Asia experienced the terrible impacts of global warming. Temperatures reached almost 50 degrees Celsius (122 Fahrenheit) in some cities in the region. These high temperatures came alongside dangerous flooding in Northeast India and in Bangladesh, as the[Read More…]

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Indigenous-Led Organization Opens New Salvo in Fight for Climate Justice

Indigenous-Led Organization Opens New Salvo in Fight for Climate Justice

NDN Collective, inspired by the Standing Rock Sioux movement, releases a report on Dakota Access Pipeline. Climate justice means something different to everyone but when it brings to mind images of shrinking glaciers, islands of floating garbage, or oil leaking into the soil from a cross-country pipeline, the associations being made are actually examples of climate injustices, according to climate[Read More…]

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India to be worst hit if it cannot reduce fossil fuel dependency

India to be worst hit if it cannot reduce fossil fuel dependency

If the six most fossil fuel dependent  nations do not transition to use of cleaner energy sources and adapt to climate change  they will face a bleak economic future. According to a new report by the International Institute for Sustainable Development (IISD) India , one among these six, is predicted to be the worst sufferer. The report recommends that  these[Read More…]

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New global plan launched to #endTB in next 101 months

New global plan launched to #endTB in next 101 months

Despite the promise by all countries to end TB by 2030 (and India to end TB by 2025), decline in TB rates, deaths, and number of new infections, is not steep enough to meet the target. Lot more action (and investment) needs to urgently happen if we are to #endTB in next 101 months globally (and next 41 months in[Read More…]

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Punjab Mobilizes to Save its Precious Forest of Mattewara

Punjab Mobilizes to Save its Precious Forest of Mattewara

Punjab has one of the lowest forest coverage in the country as only about 4 per cent of the land here is reported to be under forest. Hence, apart from making longer-term efforts to increase its forest cover,  it is extremely important to save its few remaining precious forests and it is in this context that the impressive mobilization that[Read More…]

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Succession In Focus As Sri Lanka Plunges In Political Vacuum

Succession In Focus As Sri Lanka Plunges In Political Vacuum

Sri Lanka’s opposition parties are trying to cobble together an all-party government and pick candidates who can take over after President Gotabaya Rajapaksa and Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe agreed to step down, giving in to popular pressure in a country struggling to pay for essentials. Sri Lanka has been plunged into a political vacuum after an economic crisis sparked widespread protests[Read More…]

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Violation of the provisions of the Forest Rights Act & infringement of the rights of the tribals

Violation of the provisions of the Forest Rights Act & infringement of the rights of the tribals

To Shri Bhupesh Baghel Chief Minister Chhattisgarh Dear Shri Baghel, I have come across a news report (https://indianexpress.com/article/india/forest-conservation-rules-disempower-tribals-congress-8021282/) on a Congress spokesperson alleging that the NDA government at the Centre had amended the rules framed under the Forest Conservation Act on June 28, 2022, that would effectively bypass the requirement under another Central legislation, the Forest Rights Act (FRA) which[Read More…]

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Nuclear Portents On A Burning Earth 

Nuclear Portents On A Burning Earth 

According to Fermi’s Paradox, the failure to date to achieve radio communications between Earth and extraterrestrial civilizations can be attributed to the short-term self-destruction of technological civilization by means of contamination of air, water and land by lethal substances, and the creation of deadly weapons. In the 20-21st centuries this includes saturation of the atmosphere by greenhouse gases and proliferation of radioactivity. Lost in[Read More…]

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Saudi Embassy Now Faces Jamal Khashoggi Way

Saudi Embassy Now Faces Jamal Khashoggi Way

Protesting against governments for human rights violations, illegal acts, war and other non-socially redeeming behavior can take many forms. Washington, like many nations’ capitals, is no exception when it comes to shaming governments, including our own, for their outrageous, illegal and immoral behavior. Being creative with bringing a public protest has always been a challenge for any number of reasons.[Read More…]

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Climate change disturbs monsoon patterns. Rain plays hide and seek with MP farmers

Climate change disturbs monsoon patterns. Rain plays hide and seek with MP farmers

“Each time the rains failed our tubewell came to the rescue. This time the water table went down a lot by the end of May. There was hardly any irrigation possible even for an hour. Due to this the sugarcane crop we had grown in 9 acres turned yellow. It was expected that it would rain from June 5 to[Read More…]

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Navali Church Bombing Killing 147 Refugees inside the Church

Navali Church Bombing Killing 147 Refugees inside the Church

On 9th July 1995, the Sri Lankan Air Force bombed the St Peter’s Church in Navaly and the nearby Sri Kathirgama Murugan Kovil, which were both sheltering displaced Tamils from army bombardment. A total of 13 bombs were dropped on the sheltering shrines, killing 147 on the spot with many more succumbing to injuries later. The victims included men, women[Read More…]

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BJP  style  of  observing  Bakrid

BJP  style  of  observing  Bakrid

The  Muslim  religious  practice  of  Bakrid –  being  observed  in  July  this  year  –  is  in  commemoration of  an  event  in   past  history  that  is  shared  by   both  Islam  and  Christianity.  Members  of  both  the  communities  assert   their  devotion  to  a  preacher  known  as  Abraham  among  Jews  and  Ibrahim  among  Muslims.  Note  the  similarities  in  the  phonetic  pronunciations. According  to [Read More…]

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Women members of the Constituent Assembly

An Alternate Vision of Justice

by Sahba Husain & Meera Velayudhan Dakshayani Velayudhan was born on this day in 1912 at Bolghatty, a small island off the coast of the then princely state of Cochin, in an agrestic slave caste, Pulaya. She was the child of social change, for the early 1900s saw some of the earliest struggles for equality and recognition across Kerala. At[Read More…]

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Leena Manimekalai

To Leena Manimekalai

In a very holy land In a very pious place One hundred thirty crore people live Sensitive, religious, courageous and non-sensuous. We get hurt And rightly so When a polymorph smokes And a strange man named Zubair Says the truth We are very decent people We kiss in private We kill in public. We worship our goddesses. We are fine[Read More…]

by 11/07/2022 1 comment Arts/Literature
World Population Day is a time to re-emphasize the crucial importance of  justice and equality  

World Population Day is a time to re-emphasize the crucial importance of  justice and equality  

We will soon be 8 billion on Planet Earth. Is this good news or bad, happy or sad? Well, the answer is not such a simplistic one, it is more nuanced. We can examine more than one side of various arguments. Some well-intentioned persons concerned with the present-day inability of very significant numbers of people to even meet their most[Read More…]

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Corbyn case, a piece of democracy

Corbyn case, a piece of democracy

Who opposes democracy? None, but the anti-people, retrogressive forces oppose democracy. They carry on the job sacred to them. Despite wide preference for democracy as a political system, or process, it has got some problems; and the problems begin with its definition. With the term democracy, the general perception is bourgeois democracy, which is nothing but dictatorship of the bourgeoisie.[Read More…]

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Paradigm for peace applied to Russia, Ukraine, and the US: Proposal for a peaceful pathway forward – Part 4L

Paradigm for peace applied to Russia, Ukraine, and the US: Proposal for a peaceful pathway forward – Part 4L

Mental escalators of violence in US policy and media makers – Part 4L. Without substance or proof, shallow US journalism condemns Putin’s alleged goals False Bias #12. Putin Bemoans the Fall of the Soviet Union Because He Is a Creep Who Loves Power, Status, Gulags, and Empires. In her article in The Atlantic, “Who Is Vladimir Putin’s Revisionist History For?”[Read More…]

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Unprecedented Protests Create Political Crisis In Sri Lanka

Unprecedented Protests Create Political Crisis In Sri Lanka

Sri Lanka’s opposition political parties are trying to agree on a new government a day after the country’s president and prime minister offered to resign in the country’s most chaotic day in months of political turmoil, with protesters storming both officials’ homes and setting fire to one of the buildings in a rage over the nation’s economic crisis. Sri Lankan Army chief General[Read More…]

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Zameen Prapt Sangharsh Commitee stages protest of Dalit agricultural labour outside BDO office at Sherpur town in Punjab 

Zameen Prapt Sangharsh Commitee stages protest of Dalit agricultural labour outside BDO office at Sherpur town in Punjab 

The Zameen Prapt Sangharsh committee staged an impressive blockade outside the office of the Block Development Officer at Sherpur town, in Sangrur.It was preceded by a rally staged from the fruit market to the bazaar.   Around 1000 persons participated. Parmjeet  Kaur Longowal ,  Darshan Singh Kheri,  Darshan Singh Bajwa,  Jasmeer Singh and  Bikkar Singh Hathua .They .stated that in the[Read More…]

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Faizan Mustafa’s questionable defence of partisan Indian Higher Judiciary

Faizan Mustafa’s questionable defence of partisan Indian Higher Judiciary

Faizan Mustafa, a Professor of law and vice-chancellor of National Academy of Legal Studies and Research (NALSAR University of Law Hyderabad established by Legislative Assembly of Telangana) in a recent write-up (‘Muslims and Judiciary: We do not have Muslim or non-Muslim judges in India’, the Indian Express, July 8, 2022) disclosed that in 1997 he refused to undertake a project on[Read More…]

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Hoisted by their own Petard: Wimbledon’s Russian Player Ban

Hoisted by their own Petard: Wimbledon’s Russian Player Ban

It was, all and all, an odd spectacle.  The Ladies’ Singles victor for Wimbledon 2022 had all the credentials that would have otherwise guaranteed her barring.  Being Russian-born, news outlets in Britain walked gingerly around The All England Club’s decision to ban Russian players yet permit Elena Rybakina to play.  Sky News noted that, “Moscow-born Elena Rybakina, who represents Kazakhstan,[Read More…]

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Dakshayani Velayudhan

Retrieving fragments of Dakshayani Velayudhan’s life

by Sahba Husain & Meera Velayudhan Dakshayani Velayudhan was born on this day in 1912 at Bolghatty, a small island off the coast of the then princely state of Cochin, in an agrestic slave caste, Pulaya. She was the child of social change, for the early 1900s saw some of the earliest struggles for equality and recognition across Kerala. At[Read More…]

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Chencholai girls complex deliberately bombed by Sri Lankan Air Force

Chencholai girls complex deliberately bombed by Sri Lankan Air Force

On 14th of August 2006, the government forces deliberately bombed a girl’s orphanage killing 60 girls and wounding 120 who were between the ages of 15 and 18 In the Cenchcholai complex in Vallipunam in the Mullaithivu district hundreds of female students in the age group of 17-20 were gathered on 10 August 2006 for a weeklong training in leadership[Read More…]

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Soldiers Must Refuse to Fight to End the War

Soldiers Must Refuse to Fight to End the War

Imperialist countries cannot wage war for global power without the tens of thousands of workers they recruit and arm to fight for their empires. If soldiers rebel and fraternize with opposing armies, they can end wars. Soldiers have significant power by deserting, sabotaging equipment, and refusing orders. There are some reports of Russian soldiers deserting; over 30,000 have died! International[Read More…]

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Pro-Choice Activists Call Upon Biden to Act Boldly

Pro-Choice Activists Call Upon Biden to Act Boldly

In demonstrations across the nation today activist rallied under the call of Rise Up 4 Abortion Rights and in support of their actions, participants were asked to wear green, the internationally recognized symbol of abortion rights. Here in Washington, women of all ages along with their supporters, marched to the White House after a nearby rally in support of Women’s[Read More…]

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Reflections From Kandhamal

Reflections From Kandhamal

Ajaya Kumar Singh is one of the main strengths of the struggle for justice in Kandhamal. A well known human rights activist, Ajaya Kumar is a recipient of the Minority Rights Day Award from the National  Commission for Minorities (NCM). Through this interview, Rashida Nazria is documenting some of his reflections. Rashida: I have heard that your grandparents were Adivasis[Read More…]

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The Way We Live Now

The Way We Live Now

                         Both the central government and the government of my state run on increasing debt,and annual expenditure far outstrips the budget.In the case of the Centre deficit runs into lakhs of crores.The CM of the state announces every heavy loan with flourish breathing the intoxicating mantra of ‘Vikash’.And the struggling shopkeeper,[Read More…]

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Multilayered Struggle Needed to Protect the Indian Democracy, says Ram Puniyani  

Multilayered Struggle Needed to Protect the Indian Democracy, says Ram Puniyani  

There is little doubt that the Indian democracy is facing multiple challenges today. On the eve of the 75th year of its independence, this might be a critical question for debates from different vantage points. There are several internal and external challenges that India has been grappling with for many decades. The most challenging task is how to sustain a[Read More…]

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An over 12-year-old cartoon that featured in the national media to mark 50 years of India’s independence: the situation is as grim

Today’s Neta

Some statements stay with you. One of them is a Tweet I read a few days ago, just after Uddhav Thackeray had resigned as Chief Minister of Maharastra. The tweet was by a Muslim who said something like this “ I am born and brought up a Muslim and have lived in Bandra. I have seen 91 and 93. I[Read More…]

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WFP food distribution in Raymah (credit: Julian Harneis CC BY-SA 2.0)

Why Does the World Food Situation Appear To Be More and More Precarious?

In a statement on June 24, the UN-Secretary General Antonio Guterres warned,“ There is  a real risk that multiple famines will be declared in 2022.” He went on to add, “2023 could be even worse.” In a message to a meeting of representatives of several countries being held at Berlin, Mr. Guterres said that the world faces catastrophe because of[Read More…]

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Paradigm for peace applied to Russia, Ukraine, and the US: Proposal for a peaceful pathway forward – Part 4K

Paradigm for peace applied to Russia, Ukraine, and the US: Proposal for a peaceful pathway forward – Part 4K

 Mental escalators of violence in US policy and media makers – Part 4K. US “experts” display skills in creative fiction, but they fail in history, research, reading comprehension, and truth False Bias #11: Putin Is a Deluded Man Seeking Empire Whose Interest in History Reveals His Ignorance, Backward Views, and Crazed Longing for a Mythological Past. We’ve been talking about[Read More…]

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Land to the Landless still unfinished task in the country

Land to the Landless still unfinished task in the country

The agenda of the central and state governments relating to land resources is slowly getting away from the long promises of freedom struggle, while we are celebrating the Azadi Ka Amrut Mahotsav. The move of the governments to digitizing of land records, computerized database, mapping of land areas using drone technology, conclusive land titling and registering property index of easy[Read More…]

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Cuba Should Be Removed from the U.S. List of State Sponsors of Terrorism

Cuba Should Be Removed from the U.S. List of State Sponsors of Terrorism

by Roger Waters, Vijay Prashad and Manolo de los Santos The United States maintains a list of countries that it considers as “state sponsors of terrorism.” There are currently four countries on that list: Cuba, North Korea, Iran and Syria. The basic idea behind this list is that the U.S. State Department determines that these countries have “provided support for acts of[Read More…]

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Global Conflicts, Time and Humanity:  Are the Leaders Making Extinction a Reality?

Global Conflicts, Time and Humanity:  Are the Leaders Making Extinction a Reality?

“The world is a dangerous place to live,” warned Albert Einstein, “not because of the people who are evil, but because of the people who don’t do anything about.” Have We, the People Ignored the impulse of Time for Change, Peace and Future-Making? Are we the human beings intelligent enough to THINK rationally and be reasonable to avoid catastrophic conflicts[Read More…]

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Support the fight to protect the Sinjajevina mountains and local communities living there

Support the fight to protect the Sinjajevina mountains and local communities living there

Interview : Milan Sekulović, President ‘ Save Sinjajevina’, Montenegro   Sinjajevina forests located in Montenegro in the Balkans are rich in bio diversity where pastoralists and other forest dwellers lived in complete harmony with nature. Growing militarisation is impacting not only our environment but also threatening to uproot communities who have lived in the forest for years and sustained it.[Read More…]

by 09/07/2022 Comments are Disabled Environmental Protection
The gate at Sachsenhausen concentration camp, with the barren “parade ground” visible/Photo credit: Creative Commons image

War Scars the Earth. To Heal, We Must Cultivate Hope, not Harm

 by Kathy Kelly and Matt Gannon “No War 2022, July 8 – 10,” hosted by World BEYOND War, will consider major and growing threats faced in today’s world. Emphasizing “Resistance and Regeneration,” the conference will feature practitioners of permaculture who work to heal scarred lands as well as abolish all war. Listening to various friends speak of the environmental impact[Read More…]

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Chomsky & the United Nations Warn of Collapse

Chomsky & the United Nations Warn of Collapse

It’s entirely possible that doomsayers of the world, though widely ridiculed, could be on target about the prospects for global societal collapse. But, of course, when? According to a recent Noam Chomsky interview, it’s an ongoing grind that will end with a thud. The onset of societal collapse is not hidden. Rather, similar to animals in the wild, people sense[Read More…]

by 08/07/2022 2 comments Climate Change
Rising Inflation Pushes 71 Million People Worldwide Into Poverty

Rising Inflation Pushes 71 Million People Worldwide Into Poverty

The worldwide cost-of-living crisis is pushing an additional 71 million people in the world’s poorest countries into extreme poverty, warned the a new report by the U.N. Development Programme (UNDP) on Thursday The report said: “The war in Ukraine has severely disrupted global markets for food and energy due to both countries’ large global market shares. Before the war, Russia[Read More…]

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Victory of the national strike in Ecuador

Victory of the national strike in Ecuador

 The national strike in Ecuador, which ended on Thursday, June 30, is presented as a struggle for the collective rights of peoples and nationalities and as a new popular confrontation against neoliberal policies. The movement can be seen as a show of the strength, organization and expression of the different progressive social forces in Ecuador. The class struggle and  the[Read More…]

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Abandoning the Sinking Rat: Boris Johnson Resigns

Abandoning the Sinking Rat: Boris Johnson Resigns

Like the political equivalent of a cockroach, UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson survived and endured one strike after another.  His credibility was shot, his mendacity second to none.  He lost the confidence of a party that delighted in his buffoonish performances and appeal.  Fearing electoral punishment, senior ministers and aides have left his side.  Labour opposition leader, Sir Keir Starmer,[Read More…]

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Feeling Defeated by the Supreme Court’s EPA Ruling? There’s Still a Lot We Can Do

Feeling Defeated by the Supreme Court’s EPA Ruling? There’s Still a Lot We Can Do

America’s highest court has limited the EPA’s authority to regulate power plant emissions. Signed into law by President Richard Nixon in 1970 with the intention of reducing and controlling air pollution nationwide, the Clean Air Act is the nation’s primary federal air quality law, giving the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) the authority to regulate air emissions from sources that are[Read More…]

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Pentagon by gregwest98 is licensed under CC BY 2.0 / Flickr

America’s $1.4 Trillion “National Security” Budget Makes Us Ever Less Safe

This March, when the Biden administration presented a staggering $813 billion proposal for “national defense,” it was hard to imagine a budget that could go significantly higher or be more generous to the denizens of the military-industrial complex. After all, that request represented far more than peak spending in the Korean or Vietnam War years, and well over $100 billion more than at the[Read More…]

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Paradigm for peace applied to Russia, Ukraine, and the US: Proposal for a peaceful pathway forward – Part 4I

Paradigm for peace applied to Russia, Ukraine, and the US: Proposal for a peaceful pathway forward – Part 4I

Mental escalators of violence in US policy and media makers – Part 4I. US “experts” falsely claim that a “prosperous, democratic Ukraine” is supported by the US and opposed by Putin False Bias #9. Putin Feels Threatened by a “Prosperous, Democratic Ukraine.” Derek Mitchell is the President of the National Democratic Institute, one of the four core institutes of the[Read More…]

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Why We Should Study Mughal History

Why We Should Study Mughal History

                                      This is not a disquisition on history,for I am no historian,not by a long shot.But it is an essay nudged by an interest in education.And in these times for all I can see resistance to a misguided and systematic destruction of our entire modern state[Read More…]

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Journalists in India Face Many-Sided Threats

Journalists in India Face Many-Sided Threats

On May 3 World Freedom Day ten international human rights and press freedom organizations (including the Committee to Protect Journalists and PEN America) expressed serious concern at the increasing assaults on journalists and media freedom in recent times. They called upon the Indian authorities to stop targeting journalists and critics, and more particularly to desist from prosecuting them under sedition[Read More…]

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Army Attack on Golden Temple Marks Unleashing of Fascist Forces

Army Attack on Golden Temple Marks Unleashing of Fascist Forces

Thirty-eight years ago in June 1984, the army launched an attack on the Golden Temple, Amritsar on 3 June with a proclamation to “flush out Sikh militants entrenched inside the holy shrine”. An orchestrated official propaganda, managed by New Delhi power-centre sought to justify the entry of the army on the eve of Guru Arjun Dev’s Shaheedi Divas being observed[Read More…]

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A boy looks at U.S. workers building a section of the U.S.-Mexico border wall at Sunland Park, U.S. opposite the Mexican border city of Ciudad Juarez, Mexico. REUTERS/Jose Luis Gonzalez

U.S.-Mexico Border Is World’s Deadliest Land Route, Finds UN Migration Study

More than 700 migrants died or disappeared trying to enter the U.S. from Mexico last year, said a new UN study. A new study has labeled the 2,000-mile (3,200km) border between the U.S. and Mexico the deadliest migration land route in the world. The study, conducted by the Missing Migrants Project and published by the International Organization for Migration (IOM), recorded at[Read More…]

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Confronting the Media’s Crisis of Trust – Some Candid Thoughts

Confronting the Media’s Crisis of Trust – Some Candid Thoughts

Lack of trust in the news media is the news these days. The reasons are; rampant misinformation, the rise of authoritarian governments, the dominance of social media, etc. are adding to the lack of trust in the news media. To discuss these issues, experts gathered in Honolulu at the recent East-West Center International Media Conference. Here I am putting up[Read More…]

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15 Years of Failed Experiments: Myths and Facts about the Israeli Siege on Gaza 

15 Years of Failed Experiments: Myths and Facts about the Israeli Siege on Gaza 

15 years have passed since Israel imposed a total siege on the Gaza Strip, subjecting nearly two million Palestinians to one of the longest and most cruel politically-motivated blockades in history. The Israeli government had then justified its siege as the only way to protect Israel from Palestinian “terrorism and rocket attacks”. This remains the official Israeli line until this[Read More…]

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How Cuba Is Eradicating Child Mortality and Banishing the Diseases of the Poor

How Cuba Is Eradicating Child Mortality and Banishing the Diseases of the Poor

by Vijay Prashad & Manolo De Los Santos To move from 59 infant deaths out of every 1,000 live births to no infant deaths in the matter of a few decades is an extraordinary feat. Palpite, Cuba, is just a few miles away from Playa Girón, along the Bay of Pigs, where the United States attempted to overthrow the Cuban[Read More…]

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How Tribal friendly is Mayawati?

How Tribal friendly is Mayawati?

Recently, Mayawati has supported the NDA’s presidential candidate, Draupadi Murmu, saying that her party and its policies have always been pro-tribal. Although this statement of Mayawati seems very natural and expected, the reality is completely opposite. Mayawati’s four times Chief Ministership period shows that Mayawati’s party and its policies have been utterly anti-tribal, as is evident from the following description.[Read More…]

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Cowardly New Australian Labor Government Fails On Nuclear Weapons, Poverty & Climate Change

Cowardly New Australian Labor Government Fails On Nuclear Weapons, Poverty & Climate Change

Most Australians welcomed the defeat by Labor of the mendacious, corrupt, incompetent, climate criminal, and racist Australian Coalition Government in the 21 May 2022 elections. However the Australian Albanese Labor Government, while vastly better than its predecessor, is egregiously neoliberal, cowardly, pro-Zionist, US-beholden and pro-fossil fuels, and has so far failed on nuclear weapons, poverty and climate change that are[Read More…]

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Ukraine Update: Former U.S. Special-ops Soldiers Train Ukrainian Soldiers, Says New York Times

Ukraine Update: Former U.S. Special-ops Soldiers Train Ukrainian Soldiers, Says New York Times

A number of U.S. veterans are reportedly training Ukrainian soldiers near the frontlines of the Russia-Ukraine conflict, said the New York Times in an article — In Ukraine, U.S. Veterans Step In Where the Military Will Not — on July 3, 2022, Sunday (https://www.nytimes.com/2022/07/03/us/politics/american-combat-volunteers-ukraine.html). “Americans are in Ukraine,” states the New York Times, noting that the exact number of U.S. citizens[Read More…]

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Selling Weapons, Selling War

Selling Weapons, Selling War

Why does war persist? War was always madness, always immoral, always the cause of unspeakable suffering, economic waste and widespread destruction, and always a source of poverty, hate, barbarism and endless cycles of revenge and counter-revenge. It has always been a crime for soldiers to kill people, just as it is a crime for murderers in civil society to kill[Read More…]

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Paradigm for peace applied to Russia, Ukraine, and the US:  Proposal for a peaceful pathway forward – Part 4H

Paradigm for peace applied to Russia, Ukraine, and the US:  Proposal for a peaceful pathway forward – Part 4H

Mental escalators of violence in US policy and media makers – Part 4H. To authoritarian US policymakers, those who prefer international law to the US-led unipolar world are dangerous, undemocratic, and aggressive False Bias #8: The Unipolar World Represents Democracy and the Free World, while Putin’s Disapproval of the Unipolar World Reveals His Dislike for Democracy and Freedom. We’ve been[Read More…]

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AUKUS Submarines: Beasts of Nuclear Proliferation

AUKUS Submarines: Beasts of Nuclear Proliferation

When faced with the option of acquiring nuclear technology, states have rarely refused.  Since the splitting of the atom and the deployment of atomic weapons in war, the acquisition of a nuclear capacity has been a dream.  Those who did acquire it, in turn, tried to restrict others from joining what has become, over the years, an exclusive club guarded[Read More…]

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It’s Time. Pen & Ink on vellum embroidered on canvas/  by Priti Gulati Cox

Extreme Life – Or World War III (IV and V), Climate-Style

In recent weeks, a newly emboldened right-wing Supreme Court struck down a more than century-old New York law restricting the carrying of concealed weapons and a nearly 50-year-old precedent on abortion.  Meanwhile, the January 6th Committee has been laying out in graphic televised detail how our last president tried to subvert the 2020 election.  Inflation, of course, continues to run riot; gas prices[Read More…]

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IS BIG BROTHER Just a Chubby Republican Neo Fascist?

IS BIG BROTHER Just a Chubby Republican Neo Fascist?

They say we are a nation respecting freedom and individual privacy. Well, take a look at this news blip taken from anyone of many news sites: “Public universities in Florida will be required to survey both faculty and students on their political beliefs and viewpoints, with the institutions at risk of losing their funding if the responses are not satisfactory to the state’s[Read More…]

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Courtesy: Dominic Xavier for Rediff.com

Emergency by Rule Of Law And Law-Less Rule Of Undeclared Emergency… 

(This is part-1 of a two-part  article on Emergency, formal and Undeclared.)     “People lost even right to life during Emergency” said Prime Minister  Modi, in the 90th episode of Mann Ki Baat, June 26.  He reminded the nation about the imposition of Emergency 47 years ago, recalling how the “right to life and liberty” was snatched from citizens[Read More…]

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Oil and Gas Workers Strike In Norway, Europe’s Energy Crisis May Escalate

Oil and Gas Workers Strike In Norway, Europe’s Energy Crisis May Escalate

Oil and gas workers at state giant Equinor are on strike in Norway, the largest producer of oil and gas in Western Europe. The strike is escalating Europe’s natural-gas crisis a week before a key pipeline with Russia shuts for maintenance. Benchmark Dutch natural gas futures surged 10% on Monday on news of the strike in Norway. Operator Equinor has[Read More…]

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Paradigm for peace applied to Russia, Ukraine, and the US: Proposal for a peaceful pathway forward – Part 4G

Paradigm for peace applied to Russia, Ukraine, and the US: Proposal for a peaceful pathway forward – Part 4G

 Mental escalators of violence in US policy and media makers – Part 4G. Black-and-white thinking and needs for noble purpose bring the domino theory back to life False Bias #7. Putin Is Using Ukraine As a Testing Ground for His War against Democracy. One would imagine that Derek Mitchell, president of the National Democratic Institute, one of the four core[Read More…]

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How PR is Preventing Awareness of Global Warming

Global warming has long been subjected to the propagandistic influence of a wide variety of public relations (PR) organizations. Yet, despite its overwhelming importance, the impact of public relations/propaganda on our awareness of global warming has long been overlooked. Over the past decades, gas and oil corporations have engaged many – if not almost all – top PR firms in[Read More…]

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Massacre Inside High Security Welikada Prison in Sri Lanka

Massacre Inside High Security Welikada Prison in Sri Lanka

The incident occurred in two different series of actions: the first on 25 July 1983 when 35 Tamil prisoners were attacked and killed by Sinhalese inmates. The second massacre was two days later when Sinhalese inmates killed another 18 Tamil detainees and 3 prison deputies. ‘It is the massacres in the Welikade gaol which are attracting the most attention. There[Read More…]

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The Patriarchal Regulation of Female Sexuality in India

The Patriarchal Regulation of Female Sexuality in India

  Since the beginning of 2022, more than 650 serious crimes have been reported against women in India. This statistic encapsulates various egregious crimes that include rape, assault on women, kidnapping and abduction, brutality by husbands, and domestic abuse, among others. Instead of focusing on the social foundations of this growing gender oppression, the Indian state has largely maintained a punitive[Read More…]

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Debajyoti Misra

Debajyoti Misra on his music for Aparajito

Debajyoti Misra does not need any introduction. He is one of the most multi-faceted, talented, a bit eccentric and trained music composer in India whose fame reaches beyond Indian borders. His music for Anik Dutta’s recreation of the making of Satyajit Ray’s Pather Panchali has spread like wildfire among music lovers and the media. Music and orchestral performances across the[Read More…]

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Two opinions on the US, and no extra comment 

Two opinions on the US, and no extra comment 

Two opinion-articles in The Washington Post help understand the current condition of the US, an advanced bourgeois democracy. Comments on these opinions are not needed. The “Don’t venerate or vilify the Founders. Vindicate their radical vision.” (July 3, 2022) opinion piece by Mr. Max Boot, The Washington Post columnist, senior fellow at the Council on Foreign Relations and author of[Read More…]

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Sanjoy Ghose

Collectively Stronger

On Sanjoy Ghose’s 25th death anniversary, Ashutosh Tosaria tells us through a microstory how collectives are transforming lives of young girls and women across the country – an idea in which Sanjoy believed strongly. Two hours from Kolkata, a group of thirty young girls and women, all in the age group 16-22, had gathered in a village in Baruipur. They[Read More…]

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Paradigm for peace applied to Russia, Ukraine, and the US: Proposal for a peaceful pathway forward – Part 4F

Paradigm for peace applied to Russia, Ukraine, and the US: Proposal for a peaceful pathway forward – Part 4F

Mental escalators of violence in US policy and media makers- Part 4F. US experts’ lack of empathy and lack of truthfulness cause them to twist Putin’s motives for military action in Ukraine False Bias #6. Putin Doesn’t Care about Ukrainians’ Lives or Sovereignty. Based on my reading of Putin’s 2007 Munich speech, July 2021 essay, and February 21 and 24,[Read More…]

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Justice in Crisis – 2

Justice in Crisis – 2

       It is good that the CJI has reminded a foreign audience abroad that the judiciary is committed to the constitution and its values,and not to any government creating havoc by flaunting its banner.In another recent function here a Supreme Court Judge has expressed his unhappiness at the media criticism of the different verdicts of the courts in different cases.[Read More…]

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Happy B-Day USA

Happy B-Day USA

I love my children. I love my grandchildren. And have deep concern for the youth of the Earth. Who and what do you love? What we value defines who we are. Who we are is shaped by what we love. My doctor and I are talking about despair, depression, hopelessness and the upset of constant stress.  I say, “I am[Read More…]

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How sincere is the government in its commitment to natural farming?

How sincere is the government in its commitment to natural farming?

There have been several assertions on the part of the union government at high levels that natural farming will be promoted by it in a big way. While natural farming has been interpreted often in different ways, generally the meaning sought to be conveyed is that ecologically safe practices to produce healthy food free of harmful chemicals will be promoted[Read More…]

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The Major Questions Doctrine: The US Supreme Court Blunts the EPA

The Major Questions Doctrine: The US Supreme Court Blunts the EPA

The US Supreme Court has been frantically busy of late, striking down law and legislation with an almost crazed, ideological enthusiasm.  Gun laws have been invalidated; Roe v Wade and constitutional abortion rights, confined to history.  And now, the Environmental Protection Agency has been clipped of its powers in a 6-3 decision. The June 30 decision of West Virginia v[Read More…]

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U.S.-Led Holy War to Conquer Russia and China Declared by Pompeo

U.S.-Led Holy War to Conquer Russia and China Declared by Pompeo

On June 24th, at the think tank, the Hudson Institute, U.S. President Trump’s CIA chief and Secretary of State, Mike Pompeo, delivered a 5,000+-word speech, suggesting that America has an essentially God-assigned mission to control the world, so as to preserve freedom and democracy for everybody, and that victory against Russia and China is therefore obligatory for the United States[Read More…]

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How Sri Lanka’s militarized response to Covid led to the unraveling of a nation

How Sri Lanka’s militarized response to Covid led to the unraveling of a nation

Note: This is the second in a series of articles on the economic and social crisis in Sri Lanka in the aftermath of Covid-19 by journalist Tushar Dhara who was in the country to report on the events there first hand. On 18 March, 2020 – a week after the first local case of Covid-19 was reported in Sri Lanka –[Read More…]

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Release Chandrashekhar Azad and his 21 associates now

Release Chandrashekhar Azad and his 21 associates now

Allow the CHAs to continue with their protests and rallies. Remove the magisterial powers of bail from the Jaipur police Commissionerate   The PUCL- Rajasthan condemns the illegal arrest of Chandrashekhar Azad (Ravan), the President of the Bhim Army, by the Vidhyakpuri thana of the Jaipur Police Commissionerate, from Hotel Gangaur in Jaipur. What was the urgency to arrest them[Read More…]

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Dowry Prohibition Act 1961 completes 60 years

Dowry Prohibition Act 1961 completes 60 years

Sixty years ago, in order to eradicate Evil Custom of DOWRY from the society, to eliminate violence against married women for want of Dowry  and Dowry Deaths “ Dowry Prohibition Act “ was passed. This Act received the assent of the President of India on 20th May 1961 and the Act came into force on1st July 1961. This  date  is[Read More…]

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Paradigm for peace applied to Russia, Ukraine, and the US: Proposal for a peaceful pathway forward – Part 4E

Paradigm for peace applied to Russia, Ukraine, and the US: Proposal for a peaceful pathway forward – Part 4E

Part 4. Mental escalators of violence in US policy and media makers Part 4E. Psychological patterns of US policymakers  obstruct the creation of genuine democracy False Bias #5: The US Represents Democracy and the Free World, while Putin’s Russia Seeks to Destroy Democracy. We’ve been discussing how Mental Escalators, specifically US policy and media makers’ dysfunctional, skewed psychological patterns, falsehood,[Read More…]

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Fr. Stan Swamy: his legacy lives forever!

Fr. Stan Swamy: his legacy lives forever!

A year ago, on 5 July 2021, when Father Stan Swamy left us, the world mourned the death of a great human being who epitomised compassion, courage, collaboration and commitment! ‘Stan’, as he was lovingly called by those close to him, died whilst he was still incarcerated. From the time he was illegally arrested on 8 October 2020, he languished[Read More…]

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Political Parties To Receive Foreign Donation?

Political Parties To Receive Foreign Donation?

To Shri Rajiv Kumar Chief Election Commissioner Shri A C Pandey Election Commissioner Dear S/Shri Rajiv Kumar and Pandey, Please refer to my last letter dated 24-6-2022 about the danger posed by money power to the integrity of the electoral processes in the country (https://countercurrents.org/2022/06/money-power-of-the-political-parties-making-a-mockery-of-the-integrity-of-the-electoral-process/) I hope that the Election Commission of India (ECI) has considered my suggestions carefully and[Read More…]

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Propaganda, Fact checks and Fake news busting sites

Propaganda, Fact checks and Fake news busting sites

Recently Mohammad Zubair, co-founder of fact-checking website Altnews was arrested in the name of ‘hurting religious sentiments.’ This was based on a supposed complaint on a post by Zubair in 2018. The twitter account which called for action was later deleted. The point is whether the specific post was a problem, or the role being played by altnews in fact[Read More…]

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Why Leprosy Should Get Better Priority in Health Programs

Why Leprosy Should Get Better Priority in Health Programs

Recently serious concern was expressed by some senior doctors and doctors’ associations regarding the shortage of clofazimine, a drug urgently needed in the treatment of leprosy. The shortage is  confined to private hospitals but nevertheless is affecting the treatment of many leprosy patients who need multi-drug combination treatment and the absence of one key drug adversely affects the overall treatment.[Read More…]

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Paradigm for peace applied to Russia, Ukraine, and the US: Proposal for a peaceful pathway forward – Part 4D

Paradigm for peace applied to Russia, Ukraine, and the US: Proposal for a peaceful pathway forward – Part 4D

 Part 4. Mental escalators of violence in US policy and media makers- Part 4D. Who truly stands against corruption? Black-and-white thinking causes US experts to believe falsehood False Bias #4. The US Is Fighting Against Corruption. The previous essay about authoritarianism referred to the 2019 testimony to the Senate Armed Services Committee for the Senate Hearing of the National Defense[Read More…]

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As "Honorary Aryans" the Japanese had the 'privilege' of carrying the Nazi Banner

Japan: Trials and Tribulations of a Land of “Honorary Whites”

Of the many descriptions of the Japanese people readers are familiar with, e.g. industrious, polite, clean, etc., the description of Japanese as “honorary whites” may well be a first for many. Yet, it was not long ago that this term had official standing, albeit in apartheid South Africa. In the 1960s Prime Minister Hendrik Verwoerd determined it would be to[Read More…]

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Taming of a Serpent: The Case of Nupur Sharma and the Supreme Court

Taming of a Serpent: The Case of Nupur Sharma and the Supreme Court

What a surprise! Even the Supreme Court of India can uphold justice today in India. For a while, I had a feeling that these institutions are slowly decaying in India. But that is not true. Though we have witnessed many judgments which indirectly provided space for further injustice, there are also many beautiful judgments which upheld the value of justice,[Read More…]

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Dangerous trends and need for greater restraint and autonomous institutions

Dangerous trends and need for greater restraint and autonomous institutions

The Supreme Court has dismissed a plea by Nupur Sharma for clubbing together all the FIRs against her in different parts of the country. But before rejecting her plea, the court passed strong observations against her. The Court said that ‘she was singlehandedly’ responsible for what is happening in the country today. The courts also observed that whatever happened in[Read More…]

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Some pious deeds

Some pious deeds

While razing the house of a Muslim family and setting them on fire with kerosene the man was thinking of the Buddhist monastery he planned to visit in Bhutan. It was his long drawn wish to meditate on the mountains where the air was thin.   Meanwhile the wails of the hapless family floated back to his ears and he[Read More…]

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US Marine Press Takes on Hothouse Earth

US Marine Press Takes on Hothouse Earth

America loves its military. It should because it’s the most expensive defense force of all time. $778B was allocated for defense spending in 2022. China comes in a distant second at $229B. All of which prompts a provocative question: What if the Marine Corps publishes a landmark study that claims recipients of the US government defense budget are collectively responsible[Read More…]

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Chomsky on Israeli Apartheid, Celebrity Activists, BDS and the One-State Solution

Chomsky on Israeli Apartheid, Celebrity Activists, BDS and the One-State Solution

(Dedicated to the memory of Ghassan Kanafani, an iconic Palestinian leader and engaged intellectual who was assassinated by the Israeli Mossad on July 8, 1972) This is, according to the Italian socialist Antonio Gramsci, the ‘interregnum’- the rare and seismic moment in history when great transitions occur, when empires collapse and others rise, and when new conflicts and struggles ensue.[Read More…]

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The United States Contests the Chinese Belt and Road with a Private Corporation

The United States Contests the Chinese Belt and Road with a Private Corporation

At the G7 Summit in Germany, on June 26, 2022, U.S. President Joe Biden made a pledge to raise $200 billion within the United States for global infrastructure spending. It was made clear that this new G7 project—the Partnership for Global Infrastructure and Investment (PGII)—was intended to counter the Chinese Belt and Road Initiative (BRI). Given Biden’s failure to pass the Build[Read More…]

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2019 Strike

Colombia: You Can’t Elect an End to Exploitation   

Many progressives are excited about the electoral victory of  so-called leftist, Gustavo Petro, who defeated both the centrist candidate representing the status quo and the right wing Rodolfo Hernández. “So-called” leftist is the key word here, because, to quote Petro,  he is fighting for “democracy and peace, not socialism.” 1 He wants to raise taxes on the rich, combat hunger,[Read More…]

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The NATO Summit in Madrid. (Jonathan Ernst/Pool Photo via AP)

NATO prepares for “warfighting against nuclear-armed peer-competitors”

At the conclusion of this week’s NATO summit in Madrid, Spain, the members of NATO, including most European states as well as the United States and Canada, adopted a strategy document outlining plans to militarize the European continent, massively escalate the war with Russia, and prepare for war with China. The document pledges to “deliver the full range of forces” needed “for[Read More…]

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Paradigm for peace applied to Russia, Ukraine, and the US: Proposal for a peaceful pathway forward – Part 4C

Paradigm for peace applied to Russia, Ukraine, and the US: Proposal for a peaceful pathway forward – Part 4C

 Mental escalators of violence in US policy and media makers – Part 4C. Who truly stands against authoritarianism? Black-and-white thinking causes US experts to believe falsehood False Bias #3. The US Is Fighting against Authoritarianism. In his 2019 testimony to the Senate Armed Services Committee for the Senate Hearing of the National Defense Strategy, Damon Wilson, President of the National[Read More…]

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India–Why Efforts for the Homeless Need A Big Boost

India–Why Efforts for the Homeless Need A Big Boost

If the homeless people faced a difficult time earlier in heat wave conditions, they are now suffering due to heavy rain in many places. Yet concerns relating to them hardly ever become a leading concern, except perhaps for a very few days in a year in a few places where deaths on footpaths caused by cold wave are reported. The[Read More…]

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Privatisation of PSU banks- legal and other implications

Privatisation of PSU banks- legal and other implications

 To Smt Nirmala Sitharaman Union Finance Minister Dear Smt Sitharaman, In your Budget speech last year, you had mentioned that the government would privatise a few PSU banks in due course. There are reports on statements originating from your Ministry that the government would introduce a Bill during the coming monsoon session for enabling it to privatise PSU banks in[Read More…]

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Exorbitant military spending sacrifices public well-being

Exorbitant military spending sacrifices public well-being

President Dwight Eisenhower gave his first major presidential speech, The Cross of Iron, on April 16, 1953. He laid out several important precepts guiding US conduct in world affairs as well pointing out the cost of military spending in very concrete terms. Eisenhower stated: “Every gun that is made, every warship launched, every rocket fired signifies, in the final sense,[Read More…]

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 Why America’s nuclear threat to Russia now is bigger than the Soviet nuclear threat to America was in the 1962 Cuban Missile Crisis

 Why America’s nuclear threat to Russia now is bigger than the Soviet nuclear threat to America was in the 1962 Cuban Missile Crisis

During the 1962 Cuban Missile Crisis, the central issue was how short America’s available reaction-time to a Soviet blitz nuclear attack would be and whether it would be too short for America to respond before America’s leader, JFK, would be able to press the nuclear button and retaliate against such a Soviet nuclear first-strike (from so near a location as[Read More…]

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How the American Legislative Exchange Council Turns Disinformation Into Law

How the American Legislative Exchange Council Turns Disinformation Into Law

 State lawmakers introduced nearly 2,900 bills based on ALEC templates from 2010 through 2018. More than 600 of them became law. In June 2021, Texas Governor Greg Abbott signed into law a bill banning the state from contracting with or investing in businesses that divest from coal, oil or natural gas companies. For Texas Railroad Commissioner Wayne Christian—one of the state’s top[Read More…]

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It’s All Over Now Baby Red, White and Blue

It’s All Over Now Baby Red, White and Blue

The vagabond who’s rapping at your door Is standing in the clothes that you once wore Strike another match, go start anew And it’s all over now, Baby Blue Those are lyrics from the great Bob Dylan song It’s All Over Now Baby Blue ( 1965). How appropriate they are now in Amerika 2022. We have finally become a damaged[Read More…]

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America’s Anger Problem

America’s Anger Problem

Dealing with Trump’s Occupation of All Too Many American Hearts and Minds Increasingly, it seems, Americans have an anger problem. All too many of us now have the urge to use name-calling, violent social-media posts, threats, baseball bats, and guns to do what we once did with persuasion and voting. For example, during the year after Donald Trump entered the Oval Office, threats[Read More…]

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Demonising Muslims: How the act is rooted in a cynical reading of Islamic scriptures!

Demonising Muslims: How the act is rooted in a cynical reading of Islamic scriptures!

It’s not always the case that a certain faith, religion or an ideology is misunderstood or misinterpreted exclusively by those who happen to profess a different faith, religion or ideology. The fact is that more often than not, it’s also the committed, diehard followers of a certain strand of faith or ideology upon whom is completely lost the essence of these[Read More…]

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Teesta Setalvad Case – ‘Asatyameva Jayate’ has triumphed  

Teesta Setalvad Case – ‘Asatyameva Jayate’ has triumphed  

  There are many instances where untruth has triumphed. The latest case of “Asatyameva Jayate“ is Supreme Court’s judgment on Teesta Setalvad, R B Sreekumar, and Sanjiv Bhatt. The judgment was pronounced on a simple case of an appeal against an order of the Gujarat High Court which rejected the revision petition filed by Zakia Jafri widow of late Ahsan Jafri. [Read More…]

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