Archive for August, 2022

Condemn the brutal attack on Salman Rushdie

Condemn the brutal attack on Salman Rushdie

I am deeply shocked to know about such a brutal attack on the globally renowned writer Salman Rushdie in New York by forces that have been planning to kill him for a long time. As a writer and columnist myself I cannot sit silent without condemning such a brutal attack on fellow writers. He was an Indian born writer with[Read More…]

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Ideas

Ideas

Ideas are hard to curb even if voices are silenced. Ideas will float in the air, waft on a sunbeam till they   embed themselves in more minds. Ideas will find wedges in time and ride over tides of violence, intolerance   forced silences and crimes. They will invade dreams till the magic of stardust blows sandstorms of love.  [Read More…]

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Warmer Nights Could Lead To A 60% Increase In Global Mortality, Finds Study

Warmer Nights Could Lead To A 60% Increase In Global Mortality, Finds Study

Increasing night-time heat could have high toll on human health, finds a new research. According to models, by the year 2100, the world could see an up to 60 percent spike in mortality due to rising temperatures at night. Published in The Lancet Planetary Health, data from Japan, South Korea and China show hotter night-time temperatures could lead to a 60[Read More…]

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A Brief Outline of Strategy for the New Phase of Janatha Aragalaya

A Brief Outline of Strategy for the New Phase of Janatha Aragalaya

[This article is based on the discussions with activists of the Janatha Aragalaya and concerned Sri Lankan citizens. It is a humble contribution towards ongoing debates within the movement. As the French proverb goes: “De choc des opinions jaillit la vérité” – Truth arises from a conflict of opinions.]   With the deepening crisis of the world capitalist system, we[Read More…]

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5G Spectrum – Is it a distress sale? CAG may look at it carefully

5G Spectrum – Is it a distress sale? CAG may look at it carefully

To Shri G C Murmu C&AG Dear Shri Murmu, The Department of Telecommunications (DOT) in the Ministry of Communications has just finalized 5G spectrum auctions. According  to the Ministry’s statements, out of the 72,098 MHz of spectrum put on sale, the government has realised Rs 150,173 Crores from the sale of 51,236 MHz of spectrum that could be sold. Most[Read More…]

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Information Overload: A New Challenge for a Modern Man to Tackle

Information Overload: A New Challenge for a Modern Man to Tackle

We are vessels of very limited content. Not all men can read all books; it is only in a chosen few that any man can find his appointed food. R.L Stevenson Technological advancement has sharpened the potential of modern and has also beautified his world with unique, awe-inspiring and novel gadgets like mobile phone, computer and other smart paraphernalia of[Read More…]

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Sit-in protests by the families of the missing – 2000 days with no response from the Government

Sit-in protests by the families of the missing – 2000 days with no response from the Government

Hundreds of Tamil mothers on August 12 took out a rally in Sri Lanka’s northern Kilinochchi district to mark 2,000 days of their relentless struggle, seeking truth and justice for their loved ones forcibly disappeared during and after the civil war. A whole bunch of Tamil moms rallied in Sri Lanka’s northern Kilinochchi district on Friday to mark a 2,000-day[Read More…]

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The Inflation Reduction Act – Is it Enough Soon Enough?

The Inflation Reduction Act – Is it Enough Soon Enough?

Could somebody please get an extension ladder to help Senator Schumer down from the ceiling? He’s stuck in the rafters in a high-pitched note of self-congratulation whilst spraining his elbow as he awkwardly and repeatedly tries to pat his own back, screaming over and over again “the greatest climate legislation of all time!” Compared to what? Still, one signal that[Read More…]

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Two Most Important Crises of World Today and Their Inter-Connection

Two Most Important Crises of World Today and Their Inter-Connection

Crucial to understanding the present day world is an understanding of its two major crises and their close inter-connection. The first crisis is the survival crisis. It consists of a number of ways in which the basic life-nurturing conditions of our planet are threatened by human made factors. One important factor is the emergence of about a dozen very serious[Read More…]

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The plight of homemakers, post-Covid-19

The plight of homemakers, post-Covid-19

Sarmishtha, a mother of two is a homemaker in the Cachar area of Assam. She says that though none in her family were infected during the second Covid wave in mid-2021, life has become tough since then. “I am not at all able to cope with the workload, because life has changed” she laments. “The children, who are studying in[Read More…]

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Celebrating the 75th Anniversary of Independence – Why Gandhi-Nehru brothers RSS-BJP?

Celebrating the 75th Anniversary of Independence – Why Gandhi-Nehru brothers RSS-BJP?

                                     Our current ruling dispensation led by BJP-RSS is working overtime to make India Congress-free and opposition-free and to change the basic tenets of the country’s constitution to make the country a Hindu Rashtra. And as a part of that strategy, founders of our nation Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi and Jawaharlal Nehru are being ignored while celebrating the 75th Anniversary of[Read More…]

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75th anniversary of Indian Independence Part 2 -Post-1947 period 

In August 1947,India was  now self-governed or politically independent and a was established as a republic with universal suffrage, fully fledged constitution, a functioning parliament, regular elections contested by a wide range of parties and considerable level of freedom of speech and press. Although not a fully fledged bourgeois democracy, it had strong semblances to one. Still India remains to[Read More…]

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Painting by Sorei Kesang

What’s that decisive moment in art and life?

“History has become a catechism. You are given a question; you are given the answer. You stick with that question and you stick with that answer. Don’t ask another question and don’t look for another answer”, said Historian Romila Thapar in an interview about contemporary India. I should admit that while attending an online seminar organized by the Visva Bharati[Read More…]

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Nafrat Chodo – Bharat Jodo Abhiyaan!

Nafrat Chodo – Bharat Jodo Abhiyaan!

14th August “Partition Horrors Remembrance Day” – Another Strategy to Fuel the Politics of Hate & Division! A day of mourning and introspection is being transformed into a day of further spawning hatred and division – India must Resist It! Even as the entire country unites to celebrate the 75th Anniversary of our Independence on the 15th of August, yet[Read More…]

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Europe Faces Worst Drought In 500 Years

Europe Faces Worst Drought In 500 Years

Europe is facing its worst drought in 500 years. More than 60% of the EU and U.K.’s combined lands are now under drought warnings or alerts. Media including Reuters’ reports said: The source of the River Thames has dried up further downstream than ever before, as England looks set to enter a drought that some experts say the country is[Read More…]

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This happens there in the US

This happens there in the US

The Trump-shelter-search incident is a new political occurrence in the US. Then, the interview came. Donald Trump, former US president, during an almost day-long interview with the New York attorney general, answered only a single question, and that was about his name. The interview was from about 9:30 a.m. to about 3 p.m., with a few breaks. That was an[Read More…]

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What ails the World of Medical Education? Caste Discrimination in the World of Medical Education

What ails the World of Medical Education? Caste Discrimination in the World of Medical Education

‘the more things change, the more they stay the same’ – French critic, journalist and novelist Jean-Baptiste Alphonse Karr (1808-1890) AIIMS, the premier medical institute in the country is in the news again albeit for wrong reasons. The Parliamentary Panel headed by Kirit Premjibhai Solanki, which looks into issues of caste discrimination in specific institutions has come out with a[Read More…]

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75th Anniversary of Indian Independence Part 1 –Analysis of pre-1947 to present

75th Anniversary of Indian Independence Part 1 –Analysis of pre-1947 to present

The   British left us 75 years ago, with India now self-governed and politically independent. with a secular and democratic constitution. However it was not a triumph of people’s liberation, with transfer of power not accomplished as a result of an anti-feudal and anti-imperialist revolution.  Even after independence there was inadequate space to democratically organise and imperialist capital continued to penetrate[Read More…]

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Ukraine Is a Wake-Up Call for Europe

Ukraine Is a Wake-Up Call for Europe

It is becoming clear that U.S. neoconservatives have succeeded in creating a warmongering, anti-Russian mood in Europe through an unprecedented information war, the consequences of which will take some time to assess. It is, however, possible to identify the signs of what is to come. Losers: We do not yet know who will win this war (or if anyone will win[Read More…]

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Cosmology: Humanly Irrelevant

Cosmology: Humanly Irrelevant

                         We have seen the startling images provided by the $10 billion James Webb telescope, images relentlessly hyped as an incredible scientific breakthrough by those involved in the research–but of no conceivable relevance or benefit to humanity as a whole.  I would venture to say that, in a moral-humanistic[Read More…]

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The Inflation Reduction Act – just more time-wasting pretend mitigation?

The Inflation Reduction Act – just more time-wasting pretend mitigation?

“(T)he technological and institutional status quo is a precarious predicament from which societies need to escape….If we act wisely, the coming century will be defined by the recognition of what we owe the future, and our grandchildren will look back at us with gratitude and pride. If we mess up, they might never see the light of day.”  William MacAskill[Read More…]

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The Decline and Fall of Everything (Including Me)

I find nothing strange in Joe Biden, at 79 (going on 80), being the oldest president in our history and possibly planning to run again in 2024. After all, who wouldn’t want to end up in the record books? Were he to be nominated and then beat the also-aging Donald Trump, or Florida Governor Ron DeSantis, or even Fox News’s eternally popular Tucker Carlson, he would[Read More…]

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Displaced Afghans from the northern provinces are evacuated from a makeshift IDP camp in Share-e-Naw park to various mosques and schools on August 12, 2021 in Kabul, Afghanistan. People displaced by the Taliban advancing are flooding into the Kabul capital to escape the Taliban takeover of their provinces. (Photo: Paula Bronstein/Getty Images)

Let’s Talk Turkey PART 1 … and I Don’t Mean the Country!!

Here’s what cracks me up on right wing European leaders’ anger over refugees flooding their nations. Recently, the fascist head of Hungary, Viktor Orban, gave his address to the CPAC neo fascist conference, you know, the one that Trump and cabal love so much. Orban doesn’t like all those refugees from the Middle East and North Africa inundating his beloved[Read More…]

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Understanding Maduro’s successful socialist economic strategy

Understanding Maduro’s successful socialist economic strategy

After years of calling Venezuela’s economy a dismal failure that demonstrates the dangers of socialism, Western media is now lauding its recovery for ’embracing capitalism’ — but this is not accurate, argues Francisco Dominguez In its intensely biased coverage of Venezuela during the hard years of 2014-21 the mainstream media wheeled in every imaginable academic pundit to “demonstrate” that the[Read More…]

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In this April 3, 1968, file photo, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. makes his last public appearance at the Mason Temple in Memphis, Tenn. (Photo: AP/Charles Kelly, File)

MLK’s Historic Speech Has Increasing Relevance

Great speeches are those which address the most urgent issues of the time in such such a way as to bring out real solutions while exposing falsehoods. Greatest speeches are those which achieve this in such a way that their relevance increases with the passage of time and years later, even decades later, we can refer to them to improve[Read More…]

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Pathetic plight of the Tamil Political Prisoners in Sri Lanka

Pathetic plight of the Tamil Political Prisoners in Sri Lanka

Today, there are believed to be approximately 200 Tamil political prisoners, some of whom have been detained for over a decade. These arrests were under the widely criticized PTA which facilitates detentions without charge. Sri Lanka had vowed to repeal the draconian legislation as part of the GSP+ agreement and the UN Human Rights Council Resolution 30/1. However, the Sri[Read More…]

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Reflections on 75th anniversary of India’s Independence

Reflections on 75th anniversary of India’s Independence

Indians are going to unfurl the tricolour to celebrate the 75th anniversary of India’s Independence on 15th of August 2022. Indian freedom struggle has not only shaped India as a modern constitutional democracy but also shaped the nature of state, society and citizenship. The anti-colonial, anti-capitalist, anti-feudal and anti-imperialist struggle were the four pillars of Indian freedom struggle that laid[Read More…]

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Can  the  new  President  `fulfil  the  dreams  of  the  poor’ ? 

Can  the  new  President  `fulfil  the  dreams  of  the  poor’ ? 

After  taking  the  oath  of  office  of  the  President  of  India,  Droupadi  Murmu  said:  “My  election  is  proof  of  the  fact  that  the  poor  in  India  can  have  dreams  and  fulfil  them  too.”   Her  speech  at  the   oath  taking  ceremony  was  a  moving  narrative,  recalling  her past   struggles  from  humble  origins  and   her  daily  toil  during  her  childhood.  She  described [Read More…]

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Gaza: War as an election tactic

Gaza: War as an election tactic

It is cynical to use war as a way of beefing up chances of winning an election. This is exactly what Israel’s leader Lapid did in Israel’s latest aggression on the besieged Gaza strip. Two hard facts define what this war sought to achieve. First, it wanted to tug at the unity of the Palestinian resistance. Second, and equally disparaging,[Read More…]

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Arizona Tribes In The U.S. Face Water Crisis

Arizona Tribes In The U.S. Face Water Crisis

Water is more than a commodity to the Indigenous peoples in the U.S. Tribes say water is life itself for the people, plants, animal life and the land itself. But many tribes people in Arizona are facing water crisis. A report by AZCentral | The Arizona Republic  — Arizona tribal water settlements stall in courtrooms, agency offices (Aug. 10, 2022,[Read More…]

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Cholera outbreak in Kashipur of Odisha

Cholera outbreak in Kashipur of Odisha

    The outbreak of Cholera in Kashipur block of Rayagada and other 7 districts has resulted in the death of more than 17 people and unrelieved suffering of hundreds is reported by the Health minister in Assembly. For the  last three decades , this has not been a new one  to Kashipur and other tribal populous areas of the[Read More…]

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A Looting Matter: Cambodia’s Stolen Antiquities

A Looting Matter: Cambodia’s Stolen Antiquities

Cambodia has often featured in the Western imagination as a place of plunder and pilfering.  Temples and artefacts of exquisite beauty have exercised the interest of adventurers and buccaneers who looted with almost kleptocratic tendency. In 1924, the French novelist and future statesman André Malraux, proved himself one of Europe’s greatest adventurers in making off with a ton of sacred[Read More…]

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Sanctions Fuel the Fire at Cuba’s Matanzas Oil Storage

Sanctions Fuel the Fire at Cuba’s Matanzas Oil Storage

by Vijay Prashad and Manolo De Los Santos On August 5, a major oil storage facility in Matanzas, Cuba, 65 miles east of Havana, was hit by lightning. A tank that contained 25,000 cubic meters of crude oil caught fire after being struck. Since then, an enormous fire has been raging in Matanzas. Lieutenant Colonel Alexander Ávalos Jorge, deputy head of Cuba’s[Read More…]

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Nancy Pelosi represents California's 12th congressional district. She is the Minority Leader of the United States House of Representatives and served as the 60th Speaker of the United States House of Representatives (Image by DonkeyHotey / CC wikimedia)

Pelosi is the Symbol of a Dying Perspective

On August 2nd, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi became the highest-level U.S. official to visit Taiwan since 1997, against all warnings from China and from American officials, who said it could lead to more aggressive military posturing. The objective of the visit was not clear, besides making a stand against China with the usual “democracy” rhetoric. What will America gain by[Read More…]

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Without Palestine, There is No Arab Unity: Why Normalization with Israel Will Fail

Without Palestine, There is No Arab Unity: Why Normalization with Israel Will Fail

It seemed all but a done deal: Israel is finally managing to bend the Arabs to its will, and Palestine is becoming a marginal issue that no longer defines Israel’s relations with Arab countries. Indeed, normalization with Israel is afoot, and the Arabs, so it seems, have been finally tamed. Not so fast. Many events continue to demonstrate the opposite.[Read More…]

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How Tribal People Have Been Losing Their Land Rights Steadily for Years

How Tribal People Have Been Losing Their Land Rights Steadily for Years

How will you feel if someone promises to remove an injustice you have suffered for years, but in the end leaves you suffering even more than before? Something similar appears to be happening to tribal communities in India in the context of the Forest Rights Act 2006. They were promised by the government that the historic injustice caused to them[Read More…]

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When true patriots are being locked up, what is there to celebrate?

When true patriots are being locked up, what is there to celebrate?

It was Sunday, July 31, when some of us gathered outside the Indian Visa and Passport Application Center in Surrey, BC. The occasion was the martyrdom day of Indian revolutionary Udham Singh. Singh was executed on July 31, 1940 in London for assassinating the former Lt. Governor of Punjab, Michael O’ Dwyer, who was instrumental behind the circumstances leading to[Read More…]

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Delhi Police attacks terminated anganwadi workers and helpers

Delhi Police attacks terminated anganwadi workers and helpers

The Anganwadi Workers and Helpers Union of Delhi in recent times have waged a relentless struggle against the barbaric conditions of termination enforced. It recently launched a 38 day strike embarrassing the rulers in their backyard. The Delhi police mercilessly ripped through the peaceful gathering. Anganwadi workers and helpers in Delhi waged a sustained agitation against the illegal terminations after[Read More…]

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August Ninth Spells “Freedom”

August Ninth Spells “Freedom”

As another ‘Ninth August’ slips into history and perhaps into oblivion (as some would certainly like it to be), it is important that we bask in the significance of the day and what it holds in store for all and particularly for the journey ahead! This reflection therefore is about the past, present and future – three tenses all encapsulated[Read More…]

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Cuban firefighters Photo credit: AP

While Cuba Deals with Blazing Fire, the U.S. Watches and Waits

by Natasha Lycia Ora Bannan and Medea Benjamin By now, the images of the oil explosion that erupted in the Cuban province of Matanzas on Friday, August 5 and continues blazing have become international news. When lightning struck an oil tank in Cuba’s largest oil storage facility, it quickly exploded and began to spread to nearby tanks. As of now,[Read More…]

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The Big Squeeze Play

The Big Squeeze Play

No, this is not about baseball, though this writer as a youth participated in many squeeze plays. Sometimes they were actually ‘ Suicide Squeezes’, so apropos to this current political climate. No, this is about  millions of us working stiffs who consider ourselves Socialists or Socialist thinkers. Some in the sadly corrupt Democratic Party call themselves ‘ Progressives’ , but…[Read More…]

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Bihar: Nitish Kumar Changes Political Sides Again! 

Bihar: Nitish Kumar Changes Political Sides Again! 

Fearing loss of chief ministerial berth and being pushed into political sidelines has apparently prompted Nitish Kumar to break his party (Janata Dal-United)’s alliance with Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and once again shake hands with Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD). His key concern has for the moment been taken care of, with his remaining Bihar’s chief minister. To a degree, his[Read More…]

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US will send warships through Taiwan Strait “in the coming days,” US Naval Institute reports

US will send warships through Taiwan Strait “in the coming days,” US Naval Institute reports

Amid the military standoff in the Taiwan Strait triggered by the visit of US House Speaker Nancy Pelosi to Taiwan last week, the US is planning to send warships through the Taiwan Strait “in the coming days,” the publication of the United States Naval Institute reported Tuesday. On Monday, the Pentagon confirmed earlier statements by the White House that the[Read More…]

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Famine, Disease And War

Famine, Disease And War

Malthus’ “Essay on The Principle of Population” T.R. Malthus’ “Essay on The Principle of Population”, the first edition of which was published in 1798, was one of the the first systematic studies of the problem of population in relation to resources. Earlier discussions of the problem had been published by Boterro in Italy, Robert Wallace in England, and Benjamin Franklin[Read More…]

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Will Sri Lanka recover from its massive debt crisis?

Will Sri Lanka recover from its massive debt crisis?

The massive debt crisis has affected the lives of nearly all classes in the society, specially the poor and middle, in Sri Lanka is not new. The loans given lead to a debt trap which is the root cause of our situation. Sri Lanka’s foreign debt has reached US$ 52 billion and debt servicing last year was six billion dollars[Read More…]

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Of George Monbiot, mathematical modernism and the case for agrarian localism

Of George Monbiot, mathematical modernism and the case for agrarian localism

When you read a book with which you profoundly disagree, I guess it’s usually best just to shrug, put it back on the shelf and get on with your work. The hatchet job review is a popular but ignoble genre. Having been the object of one myself I can attest the outcomes are rarely positive, apart perhaps from a warm[Read More…]

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South Africa Is on a Knife Edge as Xenophobia Escalates

South Africa Is on a Knife Edge as Xenophobia Escalates

Xenophobia is a global crisis, but in South Africa, it takes a particularly violent form. The day-to-day accumulation of insult and harassment from within the state and society periodically mutates into open-street violence in which people are beaten, hacked and burned to death. If there is a useful point of global comparison, it may be with the communal riots that[Read More…]

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Vigil for Victims of Israeli Attack in Gaza

Vigil for Victims of Israeli Attack in Gaza

A vigil was held this evening at the Museum of the Palestinian People to honor the 16 children killed in the Israeli military attack on the Gaza Strip. The attack on 140 sites in the crowded strip killed 44 people and wounded hundreds of others including children ranging in age from four to sixteen. Museum Curator and Direct Ahmed Mansour[Read More…]

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77th Nagasaki Memorial at the White House

77th Nagasaki Memorial at the White House

On the 77th anniversary of the bombing of Nagasaki during WWII was cause for a small group of anti-war activists to demonstrate at the White House to draw attention to both that disaster and the ongoing legacy of nuclear war that continues to threaten the world. The setting was appropriate as nearby on the sidewalk in a tent at Lafayette[Read More…]

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Essential Precepts of Freedom Movement Eroded

Essential Precepts of Freedom Movement Eroded

The Independence Day is always a proud day for all citizens of India. This year it is all the more so as this is the 75th Independence Day. However at the same time there is growing concern about the increasing erosion of some essential precepts of the freedom movement during the last eight years or so of the NDA/BJP regime.[Read More…]

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Phoolan Devi: A Feminist Icon

Phoolan Devi: A Feminist Icon

Today, on 10th of August, we are celebrating the 59th Birth anniversary of Phoolan Devi, who was a former member of parliament and fearless leader of marginalized. She was born on 10th August 1963 at Ghura ka Purwa village of Jalaun district of Uttar Pradesh in a mallah caste which is considered as extremely backward caste and scheduled caste in[Read More…]

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With God on Our Side?

With God on Our Side?

On Sunday, August 7th –the day that Jews around the world celebrated Tisha bAv, the traditional day of mourning for the disasters that have occurred throughout Jewish history—the state of Israel brutally slaughtered at least 44 people, including 15 children in the besieged Gaza Strip. Beyond the horrible irony of this massacre, it is difficult for me not to see[Read More…]

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Free-wheeling remarks on freebies

Free-wheeling remarks on freebies

       Suddenly the country is abuzz with freebies.The media resounding with high-minded denunciation of them.Experts,opinion makers,op-ed writers are homing in on them.The Supreme Court is shaking its head.Now a committee of taxpayers are to decide if parties can promise freebies before elections.That too at a time when prices of gas cylinders etc are hurtling through the roof.One question continues to[Read More…]

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AFDR Protest in Sangrur on Black Laws and demanding unconditional release of political Prisoners

AFDR Protest in Sangrur on Black Laws and demanding unconditional release of political Prisoners

The Association for Democratic Rights Punjab launched a protest in Sangrur on  August 8th, comprising around 50 persons, condemning the state sponsored blacklaws.A march was led upto the office of the Deputy Commissioner. Swaranjeet Singh spoke about how the rulers were intruding in all independent areas to seize power and trod on the people’s rights.The manner the organs of democracy[Read More…]

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Sixteen children aged 18 and under were killed by Israeli air strikes on Gaza over the past three days. Twelve are pictured here; the three without photos, all siblings, died in the Al-Jabaliya refugee camp in Gaza. The 16th child died in the hospital late Monday of wounds received earlier, and has not yet been named.

Gaza slaughter: Israel’s war crimes and US hypocrisy

Over the past three days, relentless Israeli airstrikes killed at least 45 Palestinians, including 16 children, and caused extensive devastation. At least 400 were wounded, many severely, and the handful of barely functioning hospitals and clinics were overwhelmed. Some 2.3 million Palestinians live in Gaza, confined by Israeli and Egyptian military cordons and fences. Hundreds of powerful bombs and missiles[Read More…]

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40th Death Anniversary Tribute to Poet Cherabanda Raju  

40th Death Anniversary Tribute to Poet Cherabanda Raju  

It has been Forty years since Revolutionary poet Cherabanda Raju left us. Thinking of him is reminiscent of a lotus blooming in full. Chera was an epitome of creativity of revolutionary poetry, transcending realms few revolutionary poets did in his era. The VIRASAM staged a meeting in his memory on July 3rd, this year in Hyderabad in Sundaraya Vigyan hall,[Read More…]

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HIV patients should have uninterrupted flow of life saving anti-retroviral drugs

HIV patients should have uninterrupted flow of life saving anti-retroviral drugs

Statement issued by HIV activists and civil society organisations Civil Society organisations and activists working on the HIV response in India are putting out this statement in utter distress and in strong solidarity with people living with and affected by HIV whose simple and basic demand for uninterrupted flow of life saving anti-retroviral drugs is being ignored by the Government[Read More…]

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Ukrainian army endangers civilians says Amnesty International

Ukrainian army endangers civilians says Amnesty International

Ukrainian forces have threatened civilians by setting up bases and operating weapons systems in populated areas, including schools and hospitals, as they battled the Russian intervention that began in February, Amnesty International said in a statement. “Such a tactic violates international humanitarian law and endangers civilians, as it turns civilian objects into military targets. The Russian strikes that followed in[Read More…]

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Punishing Whistleblowers at the United Nations

Punishing Whistleblowers at the United Nations

The United Nations prides itself on exposing, monitoring and noting the travails and vicissitudes to be found on this troubled planet.  It also prides itself on being the premier international institution that protects, or at the very least keeps an eye out for, the principles of the Charter that underpin its existence.  But as with all bodies with mighty aspirations[Read More…]

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Peaceful Protests for a Revolutionary Change in Sri Lanka

Peaceful Protests for a Revolutionary Change in Sri Lanka

Sri Lankans had been protesting for months over the country’s economic crisis that has led to a severe shortage of many essential imported items like medicines, fuel and cooking gas. Wickremesinghe’s predecessor Gotabaya Rajapaksa fled the country after protesters stormed his official residence and occupied many key state buildings including the president’s office and prime minister’s office and official residence.[Read More…]

by 09/08/2022 Comments are Disabled South Asia
Family affair: Sione Vaianginam, a farmer, with his children on their tractor in Nukuʻalofa, the capital of Tonga. (Photo credit: Luis Enrique Ascui/Asian Development Bank/Flickr, CC BY-NC-ND 2.0)

Pacific Islanders’ Food-Sharing Customs Ensure Resiliency in Face of Disaster

by Stacy Jupiter, Teri Tuxson, Caroline Ferguson & Sangeeta Mangubhai  Strong social networks foster resilience to food system shocks, both within and between Pacific Island communities. Pacific Islanders are no strangers to disasters. For millennia, island peoples have coped with and adapted to disasters like tropical cyclones and tsunamis, as well as unpredictable shifts in precipitation patterns, leading to droughts and floods.[Read More…]

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Mendel’s Genetic Revolution and the Legacy of Scientific Racism

Mendel’s Genetic Revolution and the Legacy of Scientific Racism

Scientific advances are not always linear; they zigzag in unexpected ways. This is particularly true of genetics, which has a dark history of being coopted into eugenics and race science. In July, the world celebrated 200 years since the birth of Gregor Mendel, who is widely accepted as the “father of modern genetics” for his discovery of the laws of inheritance.[Read More…]

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From Thalaivetti Muniyappan To Buddha

From Thalaivetti Muniyappan To Buddha

Sculpture mistakenly identified as a Hindu deity is originally “Buddha”, declares Madras High Court In a Writ Petition challenging the identity of the statue at Thalaivetti Muniyappan Temple, Periyeri Village, Salem, Tamil Nadu, the Madras High court after considering the detailed report of Archaeological Department declared the statue to be the depiction of “Buddha”. The Petitioners, one Mr.P.Ranganathan and a[Read More…]

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A Rights Based Approach to Development Work

A Rights Based Approach to Development Work

Recently someone asked me to pen down a few thoughts on why I thought that the welfarist approach to development is wrong and why I advocate a Rights-based Approach to Development. The conclusion is not totally correct as I believe there is a place for welfare-oriented activities, particularly where they would otherwise be left out completely. Or when a new[Read More…]

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Smoke rises following Israeli airstrikes on a building in Gaza City's Shijaiyah neighborhood, Sunday, August. 7, 2022. [Photo: Hatem Moussa/WSWS]

Israeli airstrikes massacre Palestinian children in Gaza

For three days, Israel has bombarded the densely and impoverished coastal enclave of Gaza, targeting leaders of Palestinian Islamic Jihad (PIJ), civilians and their property in the worst flare up since May 2021. As of Sunday evening, Israel’s “surgical” air strikes have killed at least 43 Palestinians, including Taysir al-Jabari and Khalid Mansour, senior PIJ military leaders in northern and[Read More…]

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August Revolution and India’s ruling class

August Revolution and India’s ruling class

(This is the English translation of my article in Hindi written in 2012 to mark the 70th anniversary of Quit India Movement or August Revolution. The article was published in ‘Yuva Samvad’ and ‘Hastakshep.com’. In it an attempt was made to delineate the inspiration and facts behind the movement, and the sentiments of the Indian people and leaders who participated[Read More…]

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Many lives of creative artists

Many lives of creative artists

There is a river inside all of us, a free flow of ideas, thoughts, borne out of our active minds, everyday attempts to catch the liminal spaces we inhabit. In the souls more attuned to inner life this river bellows, tumbles wildly, splaying tendrils, tasting forbidden fruits, unabated. Yet, in fertile minds this river becomes a source: of life-force, beauty,[Read More…]

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 Two Electricity Bills tabled in the Parliament without consulting the States – Letter to the Chief Ministers of States

 Two Electricity Bills tabled in the Parliament without consulting the States – Letter to the Chief Ministers of States

Respected Chief Minister, At the recent Niti Ayog meeting, the Prime Minister (PM) is reported to have said that “India’s federal structure and cooperative federalism emerged as a model for the world during Covid crisis” (https://www.hindustantimes.com/india-news/indias-federal-structure-became-role-model-covid-19-pm-modi-niti-aayog-meeting-101659873302169.html). While the sentiment underlying the statement is commendable, it is important that it is translated into tangible action in all respects. In the past,[Read More…]

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As the State collapses in Sri Lanka, citizens fill the vacuum

As the State collapses in Sri Lanka, citizens fill the vacuum

Sri Lanka’s unprecedented economic and political crisis has created new kinds of solidarities among citizens, as they try and help each other ride through fuel and food shortages in the absence of assistance or information from the government. Take the fuel queues that stretch for a kilometer or more outside petrol pumps in every direction, for example. Vehicles have to[Read More…]

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Food for Thought… Literally

Food for Thought… Literally

Our journey with food had a tumultuous start with our progenitors being banished from paradise for eating the forbidden fruit. Since then, food has been predominant in our existence, evolving with the evolution of humanity. The biological progression of human bodies and the development of our brains commenced with the discovery of food and progressed with the gradual expansion of[Read More…]

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What if they missed the gold medal, the Indian women cricket team won the hearts of people

What if they missed the gold medal, the Indian women cricket team won the hearts of people

The Indian women cricket team was on the verge of clinching the gold medal at the Commonwealth Games, but just missed out on this much coveted goal. Till the last over the result could have gone either way, but being more experienced, the Australian team could win. It does not matter. A T20 match result can go either way within[Read More…]

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Muttur Massacre – Action Against Hunger Farm Staff

Muttur Massacre – Action Against Hunger Farm Staff

On 4 August 2006 17 Action Against Hunger staff were murdered in Muttur, Sri Lanka. They were assisting communities suffering the impact of the 2004 tsunami, as well as the ravages of war, when they were shot dead. Still now their killers have never been brought to justice. During the three days following the killings, from 4th to 7th August,[Read More…]

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80th Anniversary of Quit India Movement

80th Anniversary of Quit India Movement

A Great Upsurge of People Which Warned Colonial Powers that Their Rule Must End It was on August 8 1942, 80 years ago, that Mahatma Gandhi gave his great call to the people of India to ‘do or die’ for independence and thereby served notice to the colonial rulers. Even though all the leading Congress rulers were arrested almost immediately,[Read More…]

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Going Global with NATO

Going Global with NATO

Regional alliances should, for the most part, remain regional.  Areas of the globe can count on a number of such bodies and associations with varying degrees of heft: the Organization of American States; the Organisation of African Unity; and the Association of Southeast Asian Nations.  Only one has decided to move beyond its natural, subscribed limits, citing security and a[Read More…]

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Why Should War Criminals Operate with Impunity?

Why Should War Criminals Operate with Impunity?

The issue of alleged Russian war crimes in Ukraine highlights the decades-long reluctance of today’s major military powers to support the International Criminal Court. In 1998, the International Criminal Court (ICC) was established by an international treaty, the Rome Statute.  Coming into force in 2002 and with 123 nations now parties to it, the treaty provides that the ICC, headquartered[Read More…]

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Rollerball Amerika

Rollerball Amerika

                 You must see or revisit Norman Jewison’s 1975 film Rollerball, starring James Caan as superstar player Jonathan E. In it, we see a world no longer made up of countries, but of corporations that control every bit of life for the people. There are no longer wars, just a complacent populace who ‘go along to get[Read More…]

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Palestinians examine the rubble of a destroyed building following an Israeli air strike in Gaza City on 6 August 2022. Ashraf AmraAPA images

Israel’s killing campaign continues in Gaza

Israel’s bombardment of the occupied Gaza Strip entered its second day on Saturday with no sign of de-escalation as the United States, European Union and other Western countries gave Tel Aviv a green light to continue its campaign of killing and destruction. By late evening on Saturday, Israeli airstrikes in Gaza had killed at least five more people. The health ministry in[Read More…]

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The Intricate Fight For Africa: The Legacy of the Soviet Union vs Western Colonialism

The Intricate Fight For Africa: The Legacy of the Soviet Union vs Western Colonialism

Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov’s recent tour in Africa was meant to be a game changer, not only in terms of Russia’s relations with the continent, but in the global power struggle involving the US, Europe, China, India, Turkey and others. Many media reports and analyses placed Lavrov’s visit to Egypt, the Republic of Congo, Uganda and Ethiopia within the[Read More…]

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Revolt in Sri Lanka: Does A Seismic Struggle Guarantee System Change?

Revolt in Sri Lanka: Does A Seismic Struggle Guarantee System Change?

To quote Ahilan Kadirgamar, a political economist at the University of Jaffna, Sri Lanka, the uprising is “a revolt and not yet a revolution, because it doesn’t want to change fundamental social relations… or property relations.”1 As was the case with the massive upheaval in Egypt in 2011 (https://multiracialunity.org/2021/02/24/revolt-in-india-does-a-seismic-struggle-guarantee-systemic-change/, https://multiracialunity.org/2021/03/18/revolt-in-burma-does-a-seismic-struggle-guarantee-systemic-change/), without a program to challenge capitalism or an organization to[Read More…]

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Handlooms And Khadi Can Promote Millions of Sustainable, Ecologically Protective Livelihoods

Handlooms And Khadi Can Promote Millions of Sustainable, Ecologically Protective Livelihoods

Handlooms Day ( August 7 ) is a good time to assert the need for a strong protective policy towards not just handlooms ( hand-woven cloth) but also towards cloth which is hand-spun as well as hand-woven ( called khadi in India). In this context we also need to make the wider point, as emphasized by Mahatma Gandhi repeatedly ,that[Read More…]

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Why the Argument of Pension Burden is Not Relevant in the Context of Agnipath Debate

Why the Argument of Pension Burden is Not Relevant in the Context of Agnipath Debate

In the context of the ongoing debate on the Agnipath scheme, one of the factors that has been mentioned sometimes in its favor relates to the need for reducing the pension burden. However this is not relevant due to the reasons given below. Firstly the amount of civilian defense personnel pensions is often included in the armed forces pension bill.[Read More…]

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US-China relations at breaking point

US-China relations at breaking point

The reckless and provocative trip by US House Speaker Nancy Pelosi has strained relations between the United States and China to breaking point. The Chinese government has reacted with Pelosi’s visit by ending dialogue with Washington in key areas, including military-to-military talks, climate change, cross-border crime and drug trafficking, and the repatriation of illegal migrants. Beijing has also imposed unspecified[Read More…]

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Review: “Four Seasons in Rome” – US Genocide-Ignoring Exampled

Review: “Four Seasons in Rome” – US Genocide-Ignoring Exampled

“Four Seasons in Rome” by Anthony Doerr is an absorbing account of a year spent in Rome in 2004-2005 by a young American couple and their new-born twins. This book touches on WW2 Normandy, victims of the 2004 Tsunami, the wounding of an Italian journalist in Iraq, and death of the Pope, but it avoids mentioning any of the huge Iraqi[Read More…]

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The Exuberant Fatuity of the Indian Neo-Con

The Exuberant Fatuity of the Indian Neo-Con

Ever too clever by half, he believes common decency is beneath him. In the event, common sense has taken leave of him.                        When, in July, 2021 Father Stan Swamy succumbed to the combined depredations of a venal State machine and a depraved judicial system,  Jaithirth Rao wrote a column in an online newsmagazine which bore a title that to[Read More…]

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Jammu & Kashmir Solidarity Day Statement & Report of 3 years

Jammu & Kashmir Solidarity Day Statement & Report of 3 years

The Indian parliament passed the J&K Re-­‐organisation Act on August 5, 2019, de-­‐operationalising Article 370, ending Jammu & Kashmir’s special status and partitioning the erstwhile state into two Union Territories of Ladakh and J&K. Soon after, Jammu & Kashmir’s political and geographical status was changed by imposing massive restrictions on the people of Jammu & Kashmir with several months under[Read More…]

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America’s Biggest Reservoirs Hit By Dead Pool Jitters

America’s Biggest Reservoirs Hit By Dead Pool Jitters

Hoover Dam’s Lake Mead is dangerously close to dead pool status for the first time since construction in the mid 1930s. A vicious hammering drought sequence for over two decades throughout the West threatens to bring America’s biggest water reservoir to its knees. In a word, the implications are unspeakable. America’s monuments, the Statue of Liberty, Mount Rushmore, the Lincoln[Read More…]

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Big Protest of Apple Growers in Himachal Highlights Their Growing Discontent

Big Protest of Apple Growers in Himachal Highlights Their Growing Discontent

August 5 witnessed the biggest protest of apple growers in Himachal Pradesh in recent decades as a very large number of them joined a march in Shimla, following the getting together of nearly 27 of their organizations under the Sanyukta Kisan Manch ( SKM or Joint Farmers’ Front).This was the biggest protest of apple growers since 1990. Incidentally then too[Read More…]

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Book Review – “Why Do You Fear Me So Much-Poems and Letters From Prison”

Book Review – “Why Do You Fear Me So Much-Poems and Letters From Prison”

“Why Do You Fear Me So Much-Poems and Letters from Prison” by Professor G.N.Saibaba portrays the sheer inhumanity prevailing within prison walls in India, illustrating the barbaric jail practices. It is the best illustration of how genuine activists are falsely fabricated in India today ,with the judiciary virtually a tool or completely subservient to the ruling classes

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Rights, Laws, Constitution: Confusions of an Ignoramus

In the month of June-July, fruit-wise still a month of Mangoes, allegedly some fellows at the behest of Adani Power company and emboldened by administration of WB started destructing mango and lichi orchards in some villages near Farakka (the place famous for barrage) for the purpose of clearing way for constructing transmission towers for carrying electricity from Adani’s power plant in Jharkhand to neighbouring Bangladesh. When villagers protested many were beaten by police and many were arrested. A team of Sanyukt Kisan Morcha that went to inspect the area was virtually detained by the administration and was prevented from going to the spot, a press statement of SKM said.

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Sanitary workers are most neglected in Odisha

Sanitary workers are most neglected in Odisha

Sanitary workers are not like other workers of any occupation but they are also one of the most vulnerable communities among scheduled castes in India. Scavenging or sanitary work is still prevalent as a customarily caste based occupation in India. As per 2011 census the population of Hadi community in Odisha was 2.5 lakh who are largely engaged in sanitary work. They are also called by different local names such as Mehenter, Behera, sweeper and scavengers.

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Why NREGA Implementation Problems Are Increasing

Why NREGA Implementation Problems Are Increasing

While the Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Act ( MG-NREGA or simply NREGA)has certainly provided an important means of improving rural livelihood prospects, it is increasingly clear that its implementation problems are increasing, and this is particularly true this year.

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Photo credit: The Nation: Hiroshima - It’s time to ban and eliminate nuclear weapons

Hiroshima Day— Threat of Actual Use of Nuclear Weapons, Accidental or Intended, is Increasing

This year has been extremely threatening in terms of the rise of big power rivalry and tensions. First, the escalation of the Ukraine crisis with Ukraine becoming a proxy country in the real conflict between the USA and Russia has led to tensions worsening steadily. What is most worrying is that unlike in the case of most recent wars, no[Read More…]

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Pope Francis affirms genocide of first nations by Canada and Catholic schools

Pope Francis affirms genocide of first nations by Canada and Catholic schools

THE SINS OF THE FATHERS VISITED UPON ALL THE SONS AND DAUGHTERS It has taken 500 years for the fallacies of the European ‘Age of Discovery’ in the New World to finally become more truthfully revealed for its true genocidal history towards First Nation peoples and their cultures. This truth has now been affirmed by Pope Francis, the head of[Read More…]

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The Cultural Genocide of Tamils in Tamil Eelam – Sri  Lanka

The Cultural Genocide of Tamils in Tamil Eelam – Sri  Lanka

It is a universally accepted principle that people living in a democratic land should be treated as equals, irrespective of language, ethnic or religious differences. But in Sri Lanka democracy  is being crushed by the tyranny of the majority – the Sinhala Buddhist representatives – in Parliament… Sri Lankan military has been building Buddhist statues and temples illegally on private[Read More…]

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Can you train a man (or a woman) to kill in 6 months?

Can you train a man (or a woman) to kill in 6 months?

Can you train a man( or a woman) to kill in 6 months? Definitely yes. In fact, our crime records would indicate that a majority of killers in India; don’t require any training at all. When the time comes and the need occurs, the trigger is pulled or the dagger is thrust in, quite effortlessly. But in the armed forces,[Read More…]

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 Justice in the Land of the FreeTM: The cases of Griner and Assange

 Justice in the Land of the FreeTM: The cases of Griner and Assange

I feel for American basketball player Brittney Griner. Did she break the law? Yes, she did, and she pled guilty at trial. But a sentence of nine years — to be spent in what the New York Times calls a “penal colony” — for bringing hashish into Russia for self-treatment (assuming this is true) seems overly harsh. But the law[Read More…]

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U.S. Military Activity Near Taiwan

U.S. Military Activity Near Taiwan

U.S. Navy ships and planes will transit the Taiwan strait in the next two weeks. U.S. National Security Council spokesman John Kirby condemned Chinese military drills in the area and said the Pentagon had ordered the aircraft carrier USS Ronald Reagan and her escorts to remain near Taiwan to “monitor the situation.” The USS Reagan and her accompanying ships are[Read More…]

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Russia and the European Union Continue Transition to Wartime Economies

Russia and the European Union Continue Transition to Wartime Economies

Russia and the West have signaled their intent to commit to a long-term confrontation over Ukraine. While Russia has clearly felt the effect of sanctions, the EU remains vulnerable to Russian attempts to use energy to divide member states. Having declared victory over the “economic blitzkrieg” of Western sanctions in March, Russian President Vladimir Putin must contend with continued Western[Read More…]

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Climate Crisis, Tax Reforms and Sausages

Climate Crisis, Tax Reforms and Sausages

The pending massive climate legislation to reduce U.S. carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions 40 percent by 2030 as outlined by President Biden is still being held hostage in the Senate. The $369 billion package that is thicker than a New York phonebook contains 725 pages of text. Like any well-made sausage, the bill includes a myriad of bits and pieces of[Read More…]

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Kansas Trusted Women

Kansas Trusted Women

The “Vote Yes” side screamed at us that we wanted to kill babies. Their skillfully branded mother-and-child logo and cynical three-word slogan “Value Them Both” were everywhere here in Salina, Kansas. Always the same cozy white-on-purple image and soothing words on yard signs and banners, as if they were My Pillow or Hobby Lobby. On weekends, they would occupy street[Read More…]

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Yogendra Shukla Served Freedom Movement in Many Ways

Yogendra Shukla Served Freedom Movement in Many Ways

In various streams of the freedom movement, we meet Yogendra Shukla ( 1896-1960) in different roles: what is common to all these roles is that he always worked with the highest commitment. If at an early stage of his life we find him living as an inmate of Sabarmati Ashram attracting the admiration of none other than Mahatma Gandhi, at[Read More…]

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Women Frontline Warriors and Covid-19- Part Two

Women Frontline Warriors and Covid-19- Part Two

[In Part One of this article, we examined the restrictions in extending Rs.50 lakh compensation to the next of kin of Covid-19 frontline warriors who died after contracting Covid-19 while on duty. In this second and concluding part, we will try to summarize the first-person accounts of some women health workers—mainly nurses and ASHA workers—on the extreme exploitative working conditions[Read More…]

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Inflation and malnourishment devastating MP’s poor

Inflation and malnourishment devastating MP’s poor

“Whatever the government kept claiming, our income has not increased. Poverty has increased after the Covid pandemic. Yes, it is true that cheap food grains are still available from the government, but if you use up all the food, then you will not be able to pay the rent for the house, books for the children’s education and other expenses.[Read More…]

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Saving Hundreds of Children Every Year

Saving Hundreds of Children Every Year

Tragedy of Hundreds of Children Dying in Pond and Well Accidents Can Be Avoided In a very tragic accident in Una ( Himachal Pradesh) on August 1, 7 teenagers and youths from Punjab drowned in Govindsagar lake. 4 of them were from a single family. In a joyful mood they had gone for a routine bath in the lake but[Read More…]

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PLA’s military drills around the island of Taiwan, Graphic: Xu Zihe/GT

PLA’s Complete Blockade Around Taiwan, And The Blockading Exercise Will Be Routine

Joint military exercises around the island of Taiwan by the Chinese People’s Liberation Army (PLA) continued Wednesday with a joint blockade, sea assault and land and air combat trainings, involving the use of advanced weapons including J-20 stealth fighter jets and DF-17 hypersonic missiles after the drills started on Tuesday evening, when U.S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi landed on the[Read More…]

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Pelosi-play in Taiwan

Pelosi-play in Taiwan

Mrs. Nancy Pelosi, Speaker, US House of Representatives, had a play in Taiwan, which in its initial phase was not dignified. The play’s initial phase was like a Hide-and-Seek game: no public announcement about Taiwan visit and the planned visit’s time schedule; none definitely knew the Taiwan trip-plan, and then, her plane made an adventure like detour to the east[Read More…]

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Endless Wait of 60 million Senior Citizens for Pensions

Endless Wait of 60 million Senior Citizens for Pensions

The most important support needed by elderly persons is for regular and adequate pensions. Only about 10 per cent of senior citizens in India have access to regular and reasonable pensions. They are mostly those who have served in the civil government, armed forces and related parts of the formal sector. For the remaining over 90 per cent of senior[Read More…]

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Hindutva gang colluded with British rulers and Jinnah against Quit India movement: A peep into Hindutva archives

Hindutva gang colluded with British rulers and Jinnah against Quit India movement: A peep into Hindutva archives

On the eve of 80th anniversary of the glorious Quit India Movement 1942 [QIM], we must evaluate the anti-national role of the Hindutva flag-bearers (who shamelessly claim to be the original nationalists) in India’s anti-colonial freedom struggle. QIM also known as ‘August Kranti’ (August Revolution) was a nation-wide Civil Disobedience Movement for which a call was given on August 7,[Read More…]

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The Fuss about Monkeypox

The Fuss about Monkeypox

The World Health Organization has been one of the easier bodies to abuse.  For parochial types, populist moaners and critics of international institutions, the WHO bore the brunt of criticisms from Donald Trump to Jair Bolsonaro.  Being a key institution in identifying public health risks, it took time assessing the threat posed by SARS-CoV-2 and its disease, COVID-19. Little time[Read More…]

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Climate Crisis and the military

Climate Crisis and the military

  Seven people including veterans and their supporters were arrested this morning while staging a sit-in on the street in front of the U.S. Capitol when calling for action on the military’s massive contribution to climate change. Veterans For Peace (VFP), the organization that sponsored the action, made known their demands to bring about a reduction in the environmental damage[Read More…]

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Ten Truths that Can’t Be Published Under the U.S. Regime

Ten Truths that Can’t Be Published Under the U.S. Regime

The overthrow of Yanukovych in Ukraine in February 2014 was a U.S. coup, and definitely not a democratic revolution there.   The U.S. Government and its ‘news’-media lied — didn’t merely “err” — to deceive the U.S. public to believe the “Saddam’s WMD” falsehoods that were used to ‘justify’ criminally invading Iraq on 20 March 2003.   The U.S. Government[Read More…]

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As the War in Ukraine Devastates the Nation’s Ecosystems, the World Reaches Record-High Military Spending

As the War in Ukraine Devastates the Nation’s Ecosystems, the World Reaches Record-High Military Spending

Just one bomb releases a slew of toxic heavy metals into Ukraine’s soil and groundwater. Now multiply this by thousands. In the U.S., proponents supporting military expansion and increasing defense spending have prevailed despite the more pressing need to divert all available resources to fight the impending disaster being faced by humanity: climate change. While ignoring the climate disaster, the[Read More…]

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There is a new Peacemaker in town!

The Clash of Leadership, Global Peace and Humanity at Crossroads

“….Human nature is at least in part wicked and in part foolish, how can human beings be prevented from suffering from the results of their wickedness and folly? ….Men simply do not see that war is foolish and useless and wicked. They think on occasion that it is necessary and wise and honourable, for war is not the work of[Read More…]

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

Why Resistance Matters: Palestinians are Challenging Israel’s Unilateralism, Dominance

Until recently, Israeli politics did not matter to Palestinians. Though the Palestinian people maintained their political agency under the most demoralizing conditions, their collective action rarely influenced outcomes in Israel, partly due to the massive discrepancy of power between the two sides. Now that Israelis are embarking on their fifth election in less than four years, it is important to[Read More…]

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Indo/Sri Lanka Peace Accord of 1987 – Still not implemented

Indo/Sri Lanka Peace Accord of 1987 – Still not implemented

The Indo-Sri Lanka Peace Accord was an accord signed in Colombo on 29 July 1987, between Indian Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi and Sri Lankan President J. R. Jayewardene. The accord was expected to resolve the Sri Lankan Civil War by enabling the thirteenth Amendment to the Constitution of Sri Lanka and the Provincial Councils Act of 1987. The Peace Accord[Read More…]

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Women Frontline Warriors and Covid-19 – Part One

Women Frontline Warriors and Covid-19 – Part One

“Is beemari se bachne ke liye jo hamare dhaal hain jaise hamare doctor, swasthyakarmi, safai karmachari aur police aadi, unka samman karen, unhen sahyog den. In yoddhaon ki karo dekhbhaal to desh jeetega corona se har haal” [Translation: To save ourselves from this disease, those who are our armours…like our doctors, health workers, sanitation workers and police etc., respect them[Read More…]

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Stop political parties giving “freebies” to there electorate

Stop political parties giving “freebies” to there electorate

To Shri Rajiv Kumar CEC Shri Anup Chandra Pandey EC Dear S/Shri Rajiv Kumar and Pandey, I understand that a PIL has been filed before the Supreme Court seeking a direction to stop political parties from promising and distributing “irrational freebies” during election campaigns. Any undue inducement by a political party in power to woo the voters at the cost[Read More…]

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‘Get Out!’ People In Taiwan Protest Pelosi’s Visit Amid China’s Missile Drill 

‘Get Out!’ People In Taiwan Protest Pelosi’s Visit Amid China’s Missile Drill 

Tuesday’s protest in Taiwan. Photo: Fan Lingzhi/Global Times Civic groups, politicians, and business and industry representatives on the island of Taiwan on Tuesday protested against U.S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s visit, amid China’s missile drill. Protest Media reports said: The Taipei-based Chinese Patriotic Concentric Association took to the street at a site near the Grand Hyatt hotel in the Xinyi[Read More…]

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Nancy Pelosi, you Silly Biddy

Nancy Pelosi, you Silly Biddy

Archduke Franz Ferdinand’s visit to Sarajevo in 1914 was an instructive lesson on how the dumb do, at some point, ask for it.  Bosnia, then part of the Austro-Hungarian empire, was desired by the Kingdom of Serbia.  With the Serbs also well represented in Bosnia, a visit by the heir to the Austro-Hungarian throne was always to be tricky, if[Read More…]

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

Why Peace and Disarmament Must be the Number One Priority Today

Many eminent persons, individually and in groups, have been trying to convince the world leadership to give much more attention to environment protection, particularly to checking climate change. This is very well justified by the seriousness of the environmental crisis. While fully supporting this, it must be asserted that peace and disarmament are even more important. One compelling reason is[Read More…]

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Odisha: Stage Set For Political Drama!

Odisha: Stage Set For Political Drama!

Seventy-five year old Naveen Patnaik will be nearing 80 when Odisha heads for the next scheduled assembly elections in 2024. He is credited for his sharp political strategies which have helped him stay as state’s chief minister for the fifth consecutive term. Biju Janata Dal (BJD) founded by him on 26 December 1997 is recognized as the most successful and[Read More…]

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A clarion call for the unconditional release of all political prisoners

A clarion call for the unconditional release of all political prisoners

Association for Protection of Democratic Rights (APDR) rose to the very need of the hour by staging a protest meeting for release of political prisoners. Even if not such large numbers, an event of most qualitative significance in light of neo-fascism sharpening it’s fangs day by day. It was a stepping stone in dealing with the question of incarceration of[Read More…]

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Three Tons of Fascism with a Bull Bar – Fuming at the Rest of Us, Democracy, and the Earth

Three Tons of Fascism with a Bull Bar – Fuming at the Rest of Us, Democracy, and the Earth

In the United States during 16 months in 2020 and 2021, vehicles rammed into groups of protesters at least 139 times, according to a Boston Globe analysis. Three victims died and at least 100 were injured. Consider that a new level of all-American barbarity, thanks to the growing toxicity of right-wing politics, empowered by its embrace of ever-larger, more menacing vehicles being cranked[Read More…]

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Questions On Supreme Court

Questions On Supreme Court

Justice.M.Khanwilkar’s recent judgments have provoked much controversy.His retirement has become an occasion for acerbic reviews of his past orders and also the SC’s role.It has been suggested that he had been assigned cases where the government was in a tight spot and every time he came to the government’s rescue with a battery of arguments as well as a deeply[Read More…]

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Road Accidents Exceptionally High in Himalayan Region

Road Accidents Exceptionally High in Himalayan Region

On June 7, 13 passengers were killed when a bus plying on Shainshar-Kullu road, in Sainj Valley of Himachal Pradesh, rolled down a hill. The high death toll was caused by at least two avoidable reasons which are often seen in hilly areas. Firstly, there was delay in relief and rescue. Secondly, a landslide had thrown boulders and stones on[Read More…]

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China’s PLA In Full Alert As Tension Escalates Ahead Of Pelosi’s Potential Taiwan Visit

China’s PLA In Full Alert As Tension Escalates Ahead Of Pelosi’s Potential Taiwan Visit

The situation across the Taiwan Straits has drastically escalated as the military deployment from the Chinese mainland, U.S. and the island of Taiwan continues creeping up, after US and Taiwan-based media disclosed that U.S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi is expected to visit the island on Tuesday night. Pelosi’s Taiwan visit is seen by China as a serious provocation and violation[Read More…]

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A fire burns trees next to grazing land in the Amazon basin in Ze Doca, Brazil. (Photo: Mario Tama/Getty Images)

Climate Emergency: Curtains for humanity? World leaders, Wake-up!

We humans live on a planet which we have named Earth which, along with several other planets each of which we have named, revolves around a star which we have named Sun – all with different names in different cultures. More recently, we have recognized life on Earth ranging from micro-organisms to elephants and whales, and understand that in physical[Read More…]

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New Free E-Book: Sacrificing The Earth For The Economy

New Free E-Book: Sacrificing The Earth For The Economy

Climate change is an extreme emergency There is ample evidence that if the international community does not act immediately and effectively to reduce greenhouse gas emmissions and to replace fossil fuels with renewable energy, tipping points will be passed, after which feedback loops will take over, making human efforts to avoid catastrophic climate change useless. Some examples of feedback loops[Read More…]

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Rachakonda Viswanatha Sastri, India’s Gorky remembered in his birth centenary year

Rachakonda Viswanatha Sastri, India’s Gorky remembered in his birth centenary year

  Rachakonda Viswanatha Sastri (Raavi Sastri)  (30 July 1922 – 10 November 1993), India’s Gorky, was a great Telugu writer whose birth centenary celebrations are presently going on in Telugu states. Reviewing the works of Ravishasri is like doing a social audit, said one judge. “Raa Vi Sastry gave a powerful narrative on India’s  bureaucracy, police, legislature, parliament, apart from[Read More…]

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How Maasai Women Are Resisting Land Grabs

How Maasai Women Are Resisting Land Grabs

In Mwanza, Tanzania, Nairukoki Leyian-Naisinyai tells me that here, “Corporations come with papers from the government claiming that they have the right to our land.” She points to the large corporations that have entered the lands of the Maasai people to mine rubies and tanzanite. The Maasai can neither assert their rights to the land nor benefit from the mining[Read More…]

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Spirit of Chipko echo in the cry for justice in Helang

Spirit of Chipko echo in the cry for justice in Helang

In the border district of Chamoli in Uttarakhand a powerful action Smt Mandodari Devi to protect her meadows and grazing land has brought back the memories of Chipko resistance. Mandodari Devi fought with the CISF Jawans who tried to stop her accessing the village Charagah or what is termed as Common Property Resource and snatched her fodder which she had[Read More…]

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Art-Literature for Social Change-Annabhau’s Struggles: Contributions

Art-Literature for Social Change-Annabhau’s Struggles: Contributions

“The Earth does not rest on the forehead of Sheshanaga. It is safe in the hands of the Dalits, the farmers and the workers.” (Annabhau Sathe) As we celebrate the birth centenary of Tukaram (Annabhau Sathe) we not only see the relevance of his writings at that time but even today. Here is a man who belonging to Maanag (Matang)[Read More…]

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Nancy Pelosi Taiwan Visit Could Get Us All Killed

Nancy Pelosi Taiwan Visit Could Get Us All Killed

The arrogance of power is especially ominous and despicable when a government leader risks huge numbers of lives in order to make a provocative move on the world’s geopolitical chessboard. Nancy Pelosi’s plan to visit Taiwan is in that category. Thanks to her, the chances of a military confrontation between China and the United States have spiked upward. Long combustible over[Read More…]

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Steve Otto Tribute  

Steve Otto Tribute  

One of my closest comrades Steve Otto, expired 4 days ago, while sitting on the porch of his house. Some months ago, he lost his wife Cammy.He ran blogs ‘Ottos War Room’ and ‘Idiot Factor.’ I may not have personally met him but I don’t have words to express my sense of loss at his demise and my gratitude for[Read More…]

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In the Zionist  Megiddo prison

In the Zionist  Megiddo prison

(This is part of my memoir I published successively on the pages of Countercurrents on the Zionist invasion of Lebanon in 1982 and the destruction of the Palestinian refugee camp and the jail experience in the Zionist jails.) They took us to a detention camp in the Megiddo area, not far from where we were. There we found the prison[Read More…]

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Myanmar: Executing Dissent

Myanmar: Executing Dissent

The execution of four well-known democracy activists by the military junta in Myanmar in June 2022 has angered and incensed those who cherish freedom and justice all over the world.   The four , Phyo Zeyar Thaw, Kyaw Min Yu, Hla Myo Aung and Aung Thura Zaw have become immortalised in the noble struggle of the Myanmar people for their dignity[Read More…]

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There Will Be No Surrender: Serbian President Calls for Peaceful Solution to Kosovo Escalation

There Will Be No Surrender: Serbian President Calls for Peaceful Solution to Kosovo Escalation

Amidst escalating tension in Kosovo, Serbian President Aleksandar Vucic said: “No matter how difficult it is, there will be no surrender, Serbia will win,” he stated. “We do not want conflict and we do not want war,” Vucic said in his speech. He said: We will pray for peace and seek peace, but let me tell you right away. If[Read More…]

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Dalits gherao Panchayat Officials in Sangrur protesting dummy land auction

Dalits gherao Panchayat Officials in Sangrur protesting dummy land auction

The Zameen Prapt Sangharsh Committee tightened the noose around the neck of the authorities in Hardike village in Sangrur by undertaking   a sustained 6 hour gherao. The protestors demanded scrapping of dummy land auction of panchayat land. The protestors deflated the tyres of the official’s vehicles in addition to locking all gates of the BDPO Office and locking the BDPO,[Read More…]

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Rally for Teesta Setalvad held on Udham Singh’s martyrdom day in Canada

Rally for Teesta Setalvad held on Udham Singh’s martyrdom day in Canada

On Sunday, July 31, South Asian activists came together outside the Indian Visa and Passport Application Center in Surrey, BC, to raise their voices for a detained journalist and human rights defender Teesta Setalvad was recently arrested on trumped up charges at the behest of the right wing Hindu nationalist BJP government in New Delhi for advocating for justice to[Read More…]

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A still from Shekhar Kapur's "What Love Got To Do With It?"

TIFF 2022 Announces A Few of the Special Presentation Titles

It’s time for Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF) fans to get spoiled for their choice of movies after two years of pandemic-inflicted restrictions. While the 47th edition of the film festival is just a  month away, the organisers have planned a wonderful line-up of events, making good of the lost festivities. TIFF 2022 will run from September 8 to 18 without any of the[Read More…]

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Right-Wing Extremists Are Making Fiction Come True

Right-Wing Extremists Are Making Fiction Come True

Ever since the early morning hours of November 9, 2016, standing in a ballroom with red-hatted Trump election celebrants in the New York Hilton, I’ve been waiting for this moment. This eruption of misogyny, unlike any since perhaps the witch trials and the burnings of midwives at the stake, was only a matter of time. As shocking, as wildly insulting as that pussy-grabber winning[Read More…]

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Maharashtra farmers in the grip of monsoon disaster

Maharashtra farmers in the grip of monsoon disaster

In Maharashtra, it was first the uncertainty of the weather. Then followed the hailstorm and now it is the heavy rains that have spoiled the calculations of  the state’s farmers. They had  just sowed the Kharif crop when  heavy rains hit and destroyed their hard work in a matter of a few days. To the extent that they may have[Read More…]

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Endless wait for petrol turns life upside down for Sri Lankans

Endless wait for petrol turns life upside down for Sri Lankans

People following the 2022 Sri Lanka political-economy crisis will be able to decipher that the two are closely linked. Political eruptions in Sri Lanka since April have usually followed intense periods of economic shortages. In March there were crippling 12-hour power cuts, resulting in small demonstrations that culminated on 9 April when thousands gathered at the Galle Face Greens. This[Read More…]

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Ghunghutipada Slum in Sambalpur district of Odisha – How Temple project discriminates against the Landless Dalit

Ghunghutipada Slum in Sambalpur district of Odisha – How Temple project discriminates against the Landless Dalit

The Ghunghutipada slum in ward no.17 of Sambalpur Municipal Corporation is home to more than 200 households belonging to scheduled castes (SCs). About 400 years back the then king Rajabalaram Deo had engaged their forefathers to beat drums during temple rituals and also to maintain the cleanliness of the temple premises. Since then they have been staying over the land[Read More…]

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