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What Kind of Swachh Bharat and Modernisation Are We  Creating?

What Kind of Swachh Bharat and Modernisation Are We  Creating?

   What kind of Swachh Bharat and  modern urbanisation we are creating ? Let us start with Bandra suburban station in Mumbai, one of the  oldest and prized heritage  stone  buildings, with   its red tile roof. A perfectly  functioning toilet for men and women   here  was demolished recently  and  now there is  no toilet, urinal of any kind  on any[Read More…]

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The Fermi paradox – From the gas chambers to a radioactive greenhouse Earth

The Fermi paradox – From the gas chambers to a radioactive greenhouse Earth

According to Fermi’s Paradox the apparent absence to date of observable extra-terrestrial intelligent life suggests the lifetime of technological civilizations may not be long, consistent with Carl Sagan’s estimate of relatively short life span of intelligent species which discover the means of self-annihilation. As the nuclear arms race began to escalate again in the late 1970s, Sagan became increasingly concerned[Read More…]

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Empathy Exercise: What If The Zionists Invaded, Devastated, And Ethnically Cleansed Australia Too?

Empathy Exercise: What If The Zionists Invaded, Devastated, And Ethnically Cleansed Australia Too?

The West has rightly and  vigorously responded to the evil and war criminal Russian invasion of Ukraine but it hypocritically  ignores US, US Alliance and Apartheid Israeli invasions of numerous countries in living memory. In vain one cries “All men are created equal” and that “Black, brown, non-European and Palestinian lives matter”. Set out below  is a  quantitative analysis to[Read More…]

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If High Gas Prices Are So Painful, Shouldn’t We Move Away From Fossil Fuels?

If High Gas Prices Are So Painful, Shouldn’t We Move Away From Fossil Fuels?

Not only is it possible to switch to renewables, but it’s also cheaper and would make economies less vulnerable. Yet, bizarrely, politicians and the fossil fuel industry, who are using the war on Ukraine to justify high gas prices, are now calling for more oil to be produced. Long used to cheap gas at the pump, Americans are experiencing serious[Read More…]

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Finding a Solution to the Conflict in Ukraine

Finding a Solution to the Conflict in Ukraine

In a global atmosphere dominated by war hysteria, Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro’s call for peace in Ukraine has been sidelined. On March 7, 2022, he said that “those who provoked this conflict with decades of non-compliance with agreements, with decades of threats against Russia, with decades of preparing plans for the extension of NATO are the first ones who are[Read More…]

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Monster See Monster Do!!

Monster See Monster Do!!

In less than two weeks will be the chilling anniversary of probably the most heinous act by my nation of pre-emptive war against another nation. March 19th, 2003 when this writer awoke for breakfast I was greeted by all the cable news networks’ subtly celebrating our carpet bombing attack on Iraq. As Baghdad was in flames elements of our 177,000[Read More…]

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On the Edge of a Nuclear Abyss

On the Edge of a Nuclear Abyss

Two days after Russia attacked Ukraine and the day before Vladimir Putin put Russia on nuclear alert, I wrote a little article whose first sentence was: “Not wanting to sound hyperbolic, but I am starting to conclude that the nuclear madmen running the U.S./NATO New Cold War they started decades ago are itching to start a nuclear war with Russia.” It was[Read More…]

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Love & Shukla  – Through a Gender Lens

Love & Shukla  – Through a Gender Lens

The setting – A 12 by 12 all-purpose one-room rundown chawl in a crowded suburb of Central Mumbai. The residents – An auto rickshaw driver, Manu Shukla, and his parents. The milieu – A crowded, dark, noisy, smoky bar where Shukla and his friends hang out late evenings after a hard day’s labor, to bond over beer and banter.  Conversations[Read More…]

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Political thoughts of BR Ambedkar and its historical destiny

Political thoughts of BR Ambedkar and its historical destiny

Ambedkar is a man of our times. From RSS to communists all are busy including Ambedkar in their programs. It is a fact that Ambedkar is more popular among Indian people now, than during his life times. Starting from Indian ruling class at the top to the working masses below, attention has been drawn towards Ambedkar. This is an anachronism.[Read More…]

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Modern Ouroboros

Modern Ouroboros

 ‘Society does not consist of individuals, but express the sum of interrelations, the relationships within which this individual stand’- Karl Marx. The interrelation of individuals and the production process was defined by Karl Marx in his analysis of Superstructure. The industrial revolution and the state of the global economy during the 17th century incited Marx to give the analysis of[Read More…]

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Our Culture: Some Random Thoughts

Our Culture: Some Random Thoughts

                                                                      The place where I live in is predominantly a Bengali refugee area. It would be no exaggeration if one calls it a Bangal Para. Bengalis[Read More…]

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Gender roles and their Blurred Envision       

Gender roles and their Blurred Envision       

by Madhubrota Chatterjee and Kaibalyapati Mishra           The themes for International Women’s Day have always been evident to link gender equality with every sphere of societal concerns. This year’s (2022) theme proposed by the UN is “Gender Equality today for a sustainable tomorrow”, throwing light on the climate crisis and its vulnerabilities majorly exposed to women[Read More…]

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A Book on COVID-19 that Gives Voice To the Marginalized

A Book on COVID-19 that Gives Voice To the Marginalized

While the pandemic has brought distress to all sections of people, the poor and vulnerable sections have suffered the most in this phase, not just from the disease directly but including  the impact of policy measures like prolonged lockouts which caused huge unemployment and loss of income. The urgency of discussing this issue particularly from the perspective of weaker sections[Read More…]

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Fight against fascists isn’t over yet

Fight against fascists isn’t over yet

The results of recently held assembly elections in five states of India should worry us. In Punjab, the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) – which has emerged as a third alternative to the BJP and the opposition Congress Party – won with a brute majority, taking close to 90 seats out of the total 117. However, the ruling right wing Hindu[Read More…]

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The Geopolitics of the Ukraine War

The Geopolitics of the Ukraine War

Vladimir Putin and Xi Jinping in the Struggle over Eurasia Just as the relentless grinding of the earth’s tectonic plates produces earthquakes and volcanic eruptions, so the endless superpower struggle for dominance over Eurasia is fraught with tensions and armed conflict. Beneath the visible outbreak of war in Ukraine and the U.S.-Chinese naval standoff in the South China Sea, there[Read More…]

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Hindu Revivalists of Bengal

Hindu Revivalists of Bengal

Bengal was the province where English rulers had initial impact. The Bengalis were influenced by the British rule more than any other area of the country. The East India Company established its capital at Calcutta in 1773. The upper caste, the Bhadra Bengali people were attracted towards English culture and they were thinking that English education, English culture were superior.[Read More…]

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Assembly Election Results- Democratically Speaking! 

Assembly Election Results- Democratically Speaking! 

Assembly elections in five states are over and results declared. However, several questions have surfaced which perhaps need to be considered seriously. This isn’t simply related to speculations voiced about faulty nature of Electronic Voting Machines (EVMs). Several strong messages conveyed by these results need to be perhaps paid serious attention. Though Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) has returned to power[Read More…]

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Sagarika Ghose

Breaking Patriarchy in the Media: A Reality Check

by Sabin Iqbal and K.M. Seethi  A few years back, an analysis that appeared in the Harvard Business Review showed that women were grossly underrepresented in the media across the world and that they only appeared “in a quarter of television, radio, and print news.” Quoting a report, a group of Harvard behavioural scientists said that women constituted “a mere[Read More…]

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Anti-Conversion Laws are Anti-Adivasi

Anti-Conversion Laws are Anti-Adivasi

Karnataka Government has passed the Anti-Conversion Bill in the Assembly despite stiff opposition from civil society and political parties. The Bill is expected to be tabled in the upper house to be made into a law. The Anti-Conversion Laws affect Christians, Muslims, Dalits, Adivasis and Women. It restricts the rights of an Indian citizen to choose one’s religion. It violates[Read More…]

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BJP Wins Crucial Elections In India

BJP Wins Crucial Elections In India

In what was touted as a semifinal before the national elections in 2024 in India, the assembly elections in five states including the politically crucial state of Uttar Pradesh, the right wing Hindu nationalist Bharatiya Janata Party is set to form government four out of the five states. Uttar Pradesh Bharatiya Janata Party is set to retain the State of[Read More…]

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Ukraine’s far right Azov Battalion (Getty Images)

How the U.S. Has Empowered and Armed Neo-Nazis in Ukraine

by Medea Benjamin and Nicolas J.S. Davies Russian President Putin has claimed that he ordered the invasion of Ukraine to “denazify” its government, while Western officials, such as former U.S. Ambassador to Moscow Michael McFaul, have called this pure propaganda, insisting, “There are no Nazis in Ukraine.” In the context of the Russian invasion, the post-2014 Ukrainian government’s problematic relations[Read More…]

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The Imperialist Roots of Putin’s Policy

The Imperialist Roots of Putin’s Policy

A key factor that explains Vladimir Putin’s military invasion of Ukraine is traditional Russian imperialism. Throughout the world’s long and bloody history, other powerful territories (and, later, nations) expanded their lands through imperial conquest, including Rome, China, Spain, France, Britain, Germany, Japan, and the United States. Russia was no exception.  Beginning with the small principality of Moscow in 1300, Russia[Read More…]

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Who wants war?

Who wants war?

War and the Deep State Russia’s military attack on Ukraine starting 24 February 2022, is war. Whether or not countries are actually involved in war, war is always justified by one or more parties to the conflict, and condemned as unjustified by one or more parties. Both sides of the conflict and opinion have their arguments and “facts”, which are[Read More…]

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Politics and Sports Do Mix: On FIFA’s Hypocrisy in Palestine and the Need to Isolate Apartheid Israel

Politics and Sports Do Mix: On FIFA’s Hypocrisy in Palestine and the Need to Isolate Apartheid Israel

Israel’s war on Palestinian sports is as old as the Israeli state itself. For Palestinians, sports is a critical aspect of their popular culture, and since Palestinian culture itself is a target for the ongoing Israeli attack on Palestinian life in all of its manifestations, sports and athletes have been purposely targeted as well. Yet, the world’s main football governing[Read More…]

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Review: “Lies And Falsehoods” By Bernard Keane: Australian Coalition Government Lies

Review: “Lies And Falsehoods” By Bernard Keane: Australian Coalition Government Lies

We expect authoritarian governments to lie, and anti-racist Jewish American writer I .F. Stone famously opined that “Governments lie”.  However the Australian Coalition Government under PM Scott Morrison has adopted blatant, in-your-face lying and falsehood to an extraordinary, Orwellian and Trumpist degree as revealed by Bernard Keane in his scathing book “Lies and Falsehoods. The Morrison Government and the new[Read More…]

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Asia continues to see disparities in access to vaccines: People’s Vaccine Alliance – Asia

Asia continues to see disparities in access to vaccines: People’s Vaccine Alliance – Asia

On March 11, 2020 the World Health Organisation (WHO) declared Covid-19 as a pandemic. Two years into the pandemic, Asia continues to see disparities in access to vaccines which has prolonged the pandemic for Asians and deepened existing inequalities across the region. Members of the Peoples Vaccine Alliance (PVA)-Asia called upon governments to invest in public healthcare services and ensure[Read More…]

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The Russian Orthodox Church And The World Crisis

The Russian Orthodox Church And The World Crisis

Extreme religious or anti-religious engagement of the ruling political forces in modern times would have serious negative consequences for the society as whole and the state apparatus. The Russian experience shows this very clearly. The communist phase of Russia was completely anti-religion. Now Putin’s Russia is deeply associated with the Orthodox Church that suffered a lot during the communist regime. Vladimir[Read More…]

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Night schools bring literacy to children affected by Covid’s economic impact

Night schools bring literacy to children affected by Covid’s economic impact

11 year old Ruby (name changed) never saw the face of any school. Because her father is a poor farmer cultivating one bigha of land and mother Hansa Devi works as a labourer under the MNREGA or national employment guarantee scheme. That’s why the parents leave Ruby at home to take care of their two younger siblings. Early in the[Read More…]

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Sharab, Shabab aur Kebab -III

Sharab, Shabab aur Kebab -III

Morality in Political Discourse in India This is a three part article and each part is complete in itself. Therefore each part is being published with the same title. The Introduction will be repeated in each part for the sake of making it complete in itself. PART III KEBAB ‘We are, therefore, largely a drinking, smoking and meat-eating people’! Dr.[Read More…]

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On the Worthiness and Unworthiness of War Victims

On the Worthiness and Unworthiness of War Victims

Dividing the world into worthy and unworthy victims is a tactic used to justify our crimes and demonize our enemies. Conflicts will not be solved until all nations abide by international law and all victims are deemed worthy. Rulers divide the world into worthy and unworthy victims, those we are allowed to pity, such as Ukrainians enduring the hell of modern[Read More…]

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Ukraine Update: Saudi Arabia and UAE leaders ‘decline calls with Biden’

Ukraine Update: Saudi Arabia and UAE leaders ‘decline calls with Biden’

Incidents following the Ukraine Crisis are developing dramatically. The world markets are also bearing the Crisis’ brunt. A report by The New York Times said: A digital barricade went up between Russia and the world. Both Russian authorities and multinational internet companies built the wall with breathtaking speed. And the moves have ruptured an open internet. TikTok and Netflix are[Read More…]

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Understanding the War in Ukraine

Understanding the War in Ukraine

The war between Russia and Ukraine began much before February 24, 2022—the date provided by the Ukrainian government, NATO and the United States for the beginning of the Russian invasion of Ukraine. According to Dmitry Kovalevich, a journalist and a member of a now-banned communist organization in Ukraine, the war actually started in the spring of 2014 and has never[Read More…]

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How Pakistan Could Find a Development-First Path to Peace in Balochistan

How Pakistan Could Find a Development-First Path to Peace in Balochistan

The disappearances and killings of Baloch activists living in Pakistan and abroad under mysterious circumstances have made headlines in recent years. The surge in cases relating to these “enforced disappearances” highlights the urgency for Pakistan to resolve the grievances felt by the people of the region as it tries to forge an identity away from the U.S. and looks to China for its future[Read More…]

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Absit Omen

Absit Omen

“I liked history better when it was in the past.” There are several implications of this kind of statement.  For people living in benign territories, ones that are not subject to corporate or military subjugation, history is the past, the written record of what has happened while life continues on its usual path.  For others history is what is occurring[Read More…]

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Our Ukraine Wake-Up Call – The Global Age is Upon Us

Our Ukraine Wake-Up Call – The Global Age is Upon Us

In recent days, experts have begun laying out the potential hardships the Russian invasion of Ukraine might inflict here in the United States, thousands and thousands of miles from the battle zone. As former White House national security official Richard Clarke bluntly put it, “Russia will bring the war to our homeland.” He pointed to potential damage in two particular realms, possible[Read More…]

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International Women’s day celebrated in  a big way in Punjab

International Women’s day celebrated in  a big way in Punjab

On the International Women’s day, Bharti Kisan Union(Ekta Ugrahan) staged massive  women conferences at 11places in 10 districts of Punjab, in which tens of thousands of women participated. State president of the Union, Joginder Singh Ugrahan and General Secretary Sukhdev Singh Kokri Kalan informed the press that at all these places the Conferences were organised and led on the initiative[Read More…]

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Protest in Punjab against the Ukraine War

Protest in Punjab against the Ukraine War

A Protest was undertaken by Lok Sangram Morcha, in Punjab in Nature Park in Moga district on March 5th protesting the War in Ukraine. The front is a conglomeration of revolutionary democratic mass organizations, adhering towards Communist revolutionary line. Even if not more than around 400 persons it was impactful in raising the consciousness of the basic masses on the[Read More…]

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Gender, Environment and Sustainability

Gender, Environment and Sustainability

The theme for International Women’s Day 2022 is, “Gender equality today for a sustainable tomorrow”, gender equality in context to climate crisis and management is one of the major concerns of the twenty-first century. Its impacts vary amongst regions, generations, age, income groups, and gender. Over recent years, expanding concern about the climate change has had a widespread effect on[Read More…]

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Jhund: An upper-caste movie review

Jhund: An upper-caste movie review

ONE I was shown Nagraj Popatrao Manjule’s Fandry for my course in media and cultural studies at TISS and then I went and watched Sairat with my friends in a theatre. It was impossible for me to get my family to watch either of these movies. One of the reasons was that these movies were in Marathi while my family[Read More…]

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Crime and Punishment: Is Indian Justice System Impartial?

Crime and Punishment: Is Indian Justice System Impartial?

Indian society has been suffering the violence of many types. Two of these the communal violence and acts of terror have shaken the very humane ethos of our society from last few decades. Communal violence which began during colonial period has by now assumed the form of a majoritarian violence directed against religious minorities. During colonial period both types of[Read More…]

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Reduced presence in politics main cause of Gender Gap

Reduced presence in politics main cause of Gender Gap

With four parameters, the gender gap in 156 nations was studied in 2021. It says it will take 135.6 years to bridge the gender gap worldwide… India is at 140th rank among 156 nations. It has slipped 28 places.. It is unfortunate that India was rated as one of the most dangerous places for women in the world.. The problem[Read More…]

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Axing Scholarships, Denying Opportunities

Axing Scholarships, Denying Opportunities

When Government itself Does Not Have Any Qualms in rationalising Drona Mindset [H]istory has come to a stage when the moral man, the complete man, is more and more giving way, almost without knowing it, to make room for the . . .commercial man, the man of limited purpose. This process, aided by the wonderful progress in science, is assuming[Read More…]

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Our India: Either We keep it or it will be Stolen from Us

Our India: Either We keep it or it will be Stolen from Us

Our Generation’s Challenge. Our generational challenge is out in the open. The events set in motion from the videos humiliating Muslims[1] in Hindi Belt last summer to Haridwar Dharma Sansads[2] to the ongoing segregation in schools of Karnataka to spread of denial of education to students on basis of hijab or turban, this challenge is obvious and self-evident. People often[Read More…]

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Hindutva crucifying Science

Hindutva crucifying Science

While conducting an interactive session last Sunday at a local youth club on the eve of Science day, I was astonished at the kind of queries my next generation put forth. I was up for a discussion on topics ranging from the ‘Raman Effect’ up to recent advances in medical sciences but definitely not prepared to tackle issues like plastic[Read More…]

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The Anti-Conversion Laws Target Freedom of Religion and Conscience

The Anti-Conversion Laws Target Freedom of Religion and Conscience

Karnataka Government has passed the Anti-Conversion Bill in the Assembly despite stiff opposition from civil society and political parties. The Bill is expected to be tabled in the upper house to be made into a law. The Anti-Conversion Laws affect Christians, Muslims, Dalits, Adivasis and Women. It restricts the rights of an Indian citizen to choose one’s religion. It violates[Read More…]

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How the US Could Solve the Ukraine Crisis Tomorrow

How the US Could Solve the Ukraine Crisis Tomorrow

No war is a one-sided affair. There is no sound to one hand clapping. Russia’s assault on Ukraine is an unambiguously bad thing. But it didn’t happen in a vacuum. In order to solve the problem, we have to first understand the context in which it occurred, and the part that the U.S. played in its happening. The Big Bang in[Read More…]

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Ukraine Update: Global Wheat Supply May Be Disrupted

Ukraine Update: Global Wheat Supply May Be Disrupted

Grain prices were rising before the Ukraine conflict. But recent days have seen unprecedented further gains as two of the world’s biggest producers, Russia and Ukraine, are at war. Wheat closed in Chicago at the highest price ever on Monday. Benchmark corn and soybean futures have each surged by 26% this year. Those kinds of increases in food-staple commodities have been associated with social unrest throughout history.[Read More…]

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Taliban took over a bankrupt nation

Taliban took over a bankrupt nation

American left Afghanistan and consequently the Taliban took over a bankrupt nation in August 31, 2021. The United States never succeeded in inducing good governance in Afghanistan or persuading Pakistan to stop its multifaceted support for the Taliban. US President Joe Biden imposed sanctions, announcing that a substantial portion of Afghanistan’s official reserves amounting $4.9 billion held in liquid assets[Read More…]

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Maharashtra: Lakhs of doses of Covid vaccine go waste

Maharashtra: Lakhs of doses of Covid vaccine go waste

On 27 February this year, in Maharashtra, about 40 thousand doses of Covid vaccine were dumped in the garbage can. Not only this, in the next five days, a further 240,000 doses of the vaccine were wasted. The reason behind the dumping of the Covid vaccine doses on such a large scale is because of they have remained unused past[Read More…]

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End Violence, Exclusion and Discrimination Against Women: Global Civil Society Campaign

End Violence, Exclusion and Discrimination Against Women: Global Civil Society Campaign

On the International Women’s Day today Global Call To Action Against Poverty (GCAP), a global civil society campaign working in 58 countries, in a statement expresses deep concern over the war in Ukraine and especially the security and survival of women and girls in Ukraine and in all conflict-affected countries like Yemen, Syria, and Afghanistan. Women and girls are facing[Read More…]

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Off-Grid Life of Margaret Gallagher

Off-Grid Life of Margaret Gallagher

  “Everyone’s entitled to live their life as they want to”, there can be no truer words. These are the words of Margaret Gallagher, a woman who has lived all her life without the basic amenities of modern daily living, out of choice not necessity. Born on 26th January, 1942, Margaret is eighty years old, never married and lives in[Read More…]

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Welfare and Empowerment of Women Suffer Badly Due to Lack of Adequate Budgetary Support

Welfare and Empowerment of Women Suffer Badly Due to Lack of Adequate Budgetary Support

Even some of the most publicized programs fall far short of funds required for proper implementation Recent times have been extremely difficult for weaker sections in India due to not just the pandemic but several highly adverse policy decisions as well. Within weaker sections it is often the women who suffer more and face the most difficulties and distress in[Read More…]

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Cutting Ties: The West, Ukraine, and the Russian Academy

Cutting Ties: The West, Ukraine, and the Russian Academy

Working with Russian academics and institutions.  The attack upon Ukraine by Russia. These are two features playing out heavily in university discussions.  As typifies such chitchat, nuance features rather less than cant and sanctimony. As writer and lecturer Paolo Nori of Milano-Bicocca University stated after discovering that his course on Fyodor Dostoevsky would be cancelled in response to the war,[Read More…]

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Slaveroo @ Deliveroo – Platform Labor

Slaveroo @ Deliveroo – Platform Labor

by Thomas Klikauer and Meg Young The advent of Tim Berners-Lee’s newly coded Internet has not only given us Google with 86.9bn site visitors per month, wearables transmitting our heartbeats to profit making so-called “health” corporations, and Apps like Tinder, the Internet has also changed our cities and how we order the food we eat. It converted our cities into[Read More…]

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The Last Years of Karl Marx: An Intellectual Biography

The Last Years of Karl Marx: An Intellectual Biography

The Last Years of Karl Marx: An Intellectual Biography. By: Marcello Musto Marcello Musto’s The Last Years of Karl Marx: An Intellectual Biography provides an illuminating glance at the work and life of Karl Marx during the most unexamined period of his life. Musto’s oscillation between Marx’s work and life provides readers with both an intellectual allurement towards research in[Read More…]

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Sharab, Shabab aur Kebab -II

Sharab, Shabab aur Kebab -II

Morality in Political Discourse in India This is a three part article and each part is complete in itself. Therefore each part is being published with the same title. The Introduction will be repeated in each part for the sake of making it complete in itself. PART II SHABAB ‘We are, therefore, largely a drinking, smoking and meat-eating people’! Dr.[Read More…]

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Anti-Conversion Laws Restrict Individual Freedom to Practice Faith or Belief of One’s Own Choice

Anti-Conversion Laws Restrict Individual Freedom to Practice Faith or Belief of One’s Own Choice

Karnataka Government has passed the Anti-Conversion Bill in the Assembly despite stiff opposition from civil society and political parties. The Bill is expected to be tabled in the upper house to be made into a law. The Anti-Conversion Laws affect Christians, Muslims, Dalits, Adivasis and Women. It restricts the rights of an Indian citizen to choose one’s religion. It violates[Read More…]

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Russian government cracks down on media and protests

Russian government cracks down on media and protests

In an effort to forestall the eruption of significant popular opposition to Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, the Putin government is systematically banning news outlets and social media platforms in the country. The government is simultaneously cracking down on still as of yet small anti-war protests in Moscow, Saint Petersburg and other cities. On Friday, Russia’s federal agency for information technology[Read More…]

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The Zaporizhzhia complex is the largest nuclear power plant not only in Ukraine, but also in Europe. (Photo: Dmytro Smolyenko/Future Publishing via Getty Images)

Russian Invasion Threatens All Ukrainian Nuclear Power Plants

Ukraine and Russia should negotiate an agreement to protect plant personnel and allow safe shift changes as well as emergency preparedness and response activities. Russian troops in Ukraine seized Europe’s biggest nuclear power plant Friday after shelling set part of the complex on fire, ringing alarm bells around the world of a potential nuclear disaster. Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky accused Russia of waging[Read More…]

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A Strong Case for Resurgence of Non-Alignment Movement

A Strong Case for Resurgence of Non-Alignment Movement

NAM has a new resonance in the fast-changing world In recent times the world situation has changed very swiftly, with the world getting closer and closer to getting divided between two blocks, one led by Russia and China, and the other led by the USA and its NATO allies. Other countries may face various pressures from one or the other[Read More…]

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Mark-7 A-bomb readied for mounting at Kadena AFB, Okinawa

Japan: ‘Sharing’ Nuclear Weapons

Following the outbreak of war in Ukraine, after some slight hesitancy Japan joined the European Union, the US, and other countries in both condemning Russia’s military invasion and placing strong economic sanctions on Russia. However, even while condemning Russia, a group of conservative politicians, headed by former Prime Minister Abe Shinzo, saw an opportunity the pursue what has long been[Read More…]

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Ukraine Update: U.S. Oil Prices Briefly Soared Above $130 Amid Concerns Of Chaos In Commodity Flows

Ukraine Update: U.S. Oil Prices Briefly Soared Above $130 Amid Concerns Of Chaos In Commodity Flows

Values for U.S. oil soared Sunday evening, driving prices above $125 a barrel in electronic trade as discussions about a ban on Russian oil heated up following the Ukraine crisis. Oil prices have soared to the highest level since 2008 after the U.S. said it was discussing a potential embargo on Russian supplies with its allies. Brent crude – the[Read More…]

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Advertising Gimmicks: Australia’s Nuclear-Powered Submarines

Advertising Gimmicks: Australia’s Nuclear-Powered Submarines

Never trust anything that comes out of a politician’s mouth in an election year.  Pledges are made to be broken; promises are made to seduce, not convince.  When the subject matter involves fictional submarines, even greater care should be taken. The prolonged, costly nightmare of Australia’s submarine policy took another turn on March 6.  The Defence Minister Peter Dutton could[Read More…]

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Would a “Cold” War Be the Best News Around?

Would a “Cold” War Be the Best News Around?

Ukraine, Taiwan, and Other Flashpoints in a New Age of Geopolitics Russia’s invasion of Ukraine has been widely described as the beginning of a new cold war, much like the old one in both its cast of characters and ideological nature. “In the contest between democracy and autocracy, between sovereignty and subjugation, make no mistake — freedom will prevail,” President[Read More…]

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Sharab, Shabab aur Kebab -1

Sharab, Shabab aur Kebab -1

Morality in Political Discourse in India This is a three part article and each part is complete in itself. Therefore each part is being published with the same title. The Introduction will be repeated in each part for the sake of making it complete in itself. PART I SHARAB ‘We are, therefore, largely a drinking, smoking and meat-eating people’! Dr.[Read More…]

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Rohingya Refugee Crisis in Myanmar: Ethnic Conflict and Resolution

Rohingya Refugee Crisis in Myanmar: Ethnic Conflict and Resolution

Book Review: ROHINGYA REFUGEE CRISIS IN MYANMAR: ‎ETHNIC CONFLICT AND RESOLUTION (Palgrave Macmillan) Edited by: Kudret Bülbül, Md. Nazmul Islam & Md. Sajid Khan Considering the current situation of crisis, the publication of the Rohingya Refugee Crisis in Myanmar: ‎Ethnic Conflict and Resolution is very timely and something that was required. The editors of the book, Kudret Bülbül, Md. Nazmul[Read More…]

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Putin says Ukrainian statehood in jeopardy

Putin says Ukrainian statehood in jeopardy

Media reports said: Russian President Vladimir Putin warned Saturday that Ukrainian statehood is in jeopardy and likened the West’s sanctions on Russia to “declaring war,” while a promised cease-fire in the besieged port city of Mariupol collapsed amid scenes of terror. Putin continued to pin the blame for the war squarely on the Ukrainian leadership and slammed their resistance to the invasion. “If[Read More…]

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Modi’s opening Pune Metro Rail shows poor Understanding of Public Transport

Modi’s opening Pune Metro Rail shows poor Understanding of Public Transport

Narendra Modi, Prime Minister, unwittingly admitted today that the operation of Metro railway network in India is a failure. He was inaugurating short stretches of two Metro lines in Pune. He appealed to people to travel by the Metro. It was in the tone of desperation of a salesman who knows the product is expensive and does not meet real[Read More…]

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War and Punishment in Ukraine

War and Punishment in Ukraine

Russian invasion on Ukraine has resulted in global outcry against Vladimir Putin and his regime. There are protests and sanctions against Russia. United Nations has passed resolutions where many nations including China, India, Pakistan have abstained and refused to toe to the western line. The UN Human Rights Committee is forming a commission of inquiry against Russian War crime. UN[Read More…]

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2022 UP Polls and Shifting Discourse around Electoral Politics

2022 UP Polls and Shifting Discourse around Electoral Politics

  India’s political pundits have now started thinking about what will be the possible fate of the Hindutva politics, if the UP electoral outcomes will not be in favour of the BJP? This election is now considered as a historic in nature and its result will have the national impact (ahead of 2024 Lok Sabha). More importantly, the elections results will[Read More…]

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The Indian Railways and Covid – Part I

The Indian Railways and Covid – Part I

It is the largest employer in India and eighth largest in the world. It is also the fourth longest railway network in the world sprawling out to a total length of 70,000 kms. It runs 21,000 trains and carries 23 million passengers and 3 million tonnes of freight per day. What was the multi-faceted impact of the Covid pandemic on[Read More…]

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LIC IPO- Gross injustice to the smaller LIC policy holders, especially those belonging to the SCs/STs/OBCs

LIC IPO- Gross injustice to the smaller LIC policy holders, especially those belonging to the SCs/STs/OBCs

  To   Smt Nirmala Sitharaman Union Finance Minister Dear Smt Sitharaman, Earlier, I had written two letters to you (https://www.moneylife.in/article/lic-ipo-gross-underestimated-valuation-put-it-on-hold-says-eas-sarma/66146.html, https://countercurrents.org/2022/01/cpse-disinvestment-valuation-approach-flawed/) about the flawed approach to valuing the LIC for listing it in the stock markets and the injustice meted out to millions of small policy holders, with a view to grant undue benefits to a handful of speculative,[Read More…]

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Ukraine, Russia and the West to Rethink of Dialogue for Peace, Not War

Ukraine, Russia and the West to Rethink of Dialogue for Peace, Not War

Rational Leaders Think of People, not Egoism In an age of Reason, the cause of humanity calls for peace, freedom and respect for human dignity. In a hybrid geo-political culture – part human and part vulture, we are witnessing a forgotten wisdom of human courage and foresight to stand for the protection of human rights, state sovereignty and national freedom[Read More…]

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Reforming Medical Education–Learning from Ukraine Crisis

Reforming Medical Education–Learning from Ukraine Crisis

A lesson from Ukraine crisis- Decentralisation can help greatly to correct the mismatch between need and availability of medical personnel As thousands of medical students from India have recently faced extreme difficulties and risks in Ukraine, a lot of attention has been drawn to the anomaly of a very large number of Indian medical students going to study in difficult[Read More…]

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As ‘La Françafrique’ Comes to an End, Russia is Ready To Replace France in West Africa

As ‘La Françafrique’ Comes to an End, Russia is Ready To Replace France in West Africa

Finally, France will be leaving Mali, nearly a decade after the original military intervention in 2013. The repercussions of this decision will hardly be confined to this West African nation, but will likely spread to the entirety of the Sahel Region; in fact, the whole of Africa. France’s decision to end its military presence in Mali – carried out in[Read More…]

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Punjab-22: What March 10 Won’t Mention

Punjab-22: What March 10 Won’t Mention

 10 Weeks – In Between Returning from Delhi Border 11.12.2021 and Going to Polling Booths 20.02.2022 Millions will be waiting for the results of the elections to the five state assemblies out of which three took part in the farmers movement: Punjab, Uttarakhand and Uttar Pradesh. Gigabytes of comments from ‘Experts’ will pour out. And there will again be a[Read More…]

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The Anti-Conversion Laws are Anti-Women, Anti-Dalit and Anti Minorities

The Anti-Conversion Laws are Anti-Women, Anti-Dalit and Anti Minorities

Karnataka Government has passed the Anti-Conversion Bill in the Assembly despite stiff opposition from civil society and political parties. The Bill is expected to be tabled in the upper house to be made into a law. The Anti-Conversion Laws affect Christians, Muslims, Dalits, Adivasis and Women. It restricts the rights of an Indian citizen to choose one’s religion. It violates[Read More…]

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Putin’s invasion of Ukraine unjustified, but US responsible for pushing Russia to the brink

Putin’s invasion of Ukraine unjustified, but US responsible for pushing Russia to the brink

 US and EU responding with escalation instead of pushing for a political settlement Russia’s invasion of Ukraine on February 24 is illegal according to international law. It is a war crime. Putin arguably still had diplomatic options open to him. Everyone who is anti-war must condemn this attack. At the same time, it was not unprovoked. Further, the US is[Read More…]

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Assembly Elections: Missing New Education Policy in the Debate

Assembly Elections: Missing New Education Policy in the Debate

The assembly elections of five, which lasted for about a month, are going to end. Only last phase of the elections is left in Uttar Pradesh to be held on March 7. Much of the debate during the elections was lost to accusations and counter-accusations between the parties and leaders. In the debate on election issues that appeared in newspapers,[Read More…]

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Thousands of Poorest and Most Vulnerable People Threatened by Demolitions in Ambala and Chandigarh

  In recent times urban poor households have faced great difficulties due to the pandemic as well as loss of livelihoods and income. In such times they need help and certainly nothing should be done which will increase their difficulties. So it is really very disturbing to know that thousands of hut and slum dwellers have been recently threatened by[Read More…]

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The Sawyer Glacier in Alaska, July 2016. The Arctic is enduring unprecedented warming this year, affecting Alaska and Greenland specifically. (Photo: Ian Keating, Flickr)

Climate Breakdown

The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change –IPCC- has issued its direst warning of all-time: “Climate breakdown is accelerating rapidly.” Additionally, they readily admit to overly conservative predictions: “Many impacts will be more severe than originally predicted.” (Source: The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, Working Group II Sixth Assessment Report, 2022) The crowning blow of this heavy-hitting report is a chilling[Read More…]

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Is remaining under 1.5 C warming feasible?

Is remaining under 1.5 C warming feasible?

In the United Nations Framework Convention of Climate Change’s twenty sixth Conference of Parties (COP is an annual inter-governmental meetings held to discuss and negotiate climate agreements) held in Glasgow in November 2021, the meeting’s President Alok Sharma, UN Secretary General António Guterres and other top leaders repeatedly chanted “Keep 1.5oC alive,” to make it the best-known mantra of the[Read More…]

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The energy transition is not fit for purpose

The energy transition is not fit for purpose

Image by Thomas Homer-Dixon The second part of the IPCC Sixth Assessment Report (AR6) has just been released and “climate breakdown is accelerating rapidly, many of the impacts will be more severe than predicted and there is only a narrow chance left of avoiding its worst ravages”. The Working Group 11 report focuses upon local as well as global impacts[Read More…]

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Pathetic plight of the elderly mothers and relatives of missing persons in Sri Lanka

Pathetic plight of the elderly mothers and relatives of missing persons in Sri Lanka

For the past 1390 days, the elderly mothers and relatives have been engaged in a series of struggles, especially amid the great epidemic threat, “78 parents of the missing relatives have lost their lives in the ongoing series of struggles for justice, “The 78 parents who fought for justice with us in past years are not with us today. The[Read More…]

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Significant Gains Achieved After Long Struggle by Construction Workers Are Threatened Now

Significant Gains Achieved After Long Struggle by Construction Workers Are Threatened Now

Very significant gains were achieved by construction workers of India in the form of two laws enacted in 1996 for their social security and welfare. Then for over two decades another phase of struggle had to continue for their implementation in the right spirit. By the year 2018 again there were significant successes in the form of decisions of Supreme[Read More…]

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The Plight of the Indian Medical Student

The Plight of the Indian Medical Student

Caught amid the war are thousands of Indian students, a majority of these medical students. A large number of students go to Ukraine who are in the news these days. Others go elsewhere. There are several reasons as we will see. Many, though not all degrees\ are recognised across the world, including by the World Health Organization (WHO), European Union,[Read More…]

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Media coverage of Russia’s criminal invasion of Ukraine

Media coverage of Russia’s criminal invasion of Ukraine

  The recent appalling Russian invasion of Ukraine must be condemned. It’s yet another atrocious aggression in a long series of violations of international law by several countries including the US, Britain, Russia and Israel. It is terribly disappointing that humanity has failed to advance beyond the use of warfare (military, economic and cyber) to settle problems. Lobbying by the[Read More…]

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EUCHARIST of WAR

EUCHARIST of WAR

Eat this. There is not much time for eating. We fight and food is scarce and getting scarcer.   Maybe this is our last supper? Perhaps the world is ending?   This shattered bone-bread is bodies of our people – fallen, falling bread crumbs and scattered black seeds of sunflowers.   Citizens who are dismembered sleep now, never to waken[Read More…]

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A short historical and literary view of Crimea

A short historical and literary view of Crimea

In the context of modern European political conflicts and conflict resolutions, the name of Crimea is very much on the surface, resonant not just for the last few years but actually centuries. This short piece takes a brief look at the strategically important peninsula and takes the readers back through its rocky history as well as its beautiful literary and[Read More…]

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Do Not Treat Dalits and Adivasis as Objects. Repeal Anti-Conversion Laws!

Do Not Treat Dalits and Adivasis as Objects. Repeal Anti-Conversion Laws!

Karnataka Government has passed the Anti-Conversion Bill in the Assembly despite stiff opposition from civil society and political parties. The Bill is expected to be tabled in the upper house to be made into a law. The Anti-Conversion Laws affect Christians, Muslims, Dalits, Adivasis and Women. It restricts the rights of an Indian citizen to choose one’s religion. It violates[Read More…]

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Ukraine Update: Oil Hits 10-year High And Closes In On $120 A Barrel

Ukraine Update: Oil Hits 10-year High And Closes In On $120 A Barrel

On incidents centering Ukraine, media reports said: French President Emmanuel Macron thinks “the worst is yet to come” in Ukraine after talking with Russian President Vladimir Putin on Thursday. A senior French official said Macron’s warning came after the two leaders spoke for 90 minutes, which did not yield any diplomatic progress. The official said Putin was determined to carry[Read More…]

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The Ukraine War and the “Good” Refugee

The Ukraine War and the “Good” Refugee

“These people are not people we are used to… these people are Europeans.” – Kiril Petkov, Bulgarian Prime Minister, Associated Press, March 1, 2022 In the history of accepting refugees, countries have shown more than an erratic streak.  Universal human characteristics have often been overlooked in favour of the particular: race, cultural habits, religion.  Even immigration nations, such as the[Read More…]

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The War-Profiteering Gangsters Will Kill Us All Unless We Unite Against Them

The War-Profiteering Gangsters Will Kill Us All Unless We Unite Against Them

 Western media simplifies the conflict in Ukraine in ways that divide us. But what if instead, we chose to unite against those who profit from all wars throughout the world? I figured something out after tossing and turning all night. We on the left often make the mistake of still looking upon Russia as a somewhat socialist enterprise. Of course,[Read More…]

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Ukraine Crisis Highlights Crisis of New World Order

Ukraine Crisis Highlights Crisis of New World Order

Since the end of World War II, the US and its allies have been directly responsible for 81 percent of all unjust wars, illegal occupations of countries, civilian deaths, violations of human rights, destruction of entire nations like Vietnam, Cambodia, Palestine, Iraq, Afghanistan, Libya, Syria, and many more. So, the most embarrassing question for the US and its allies is[Read More…]

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War Torn – Continental Drifters and the Nationless Nation

War Torn – Continental Drifters and the Nationless Nation

We live on a planet in motion, a world of collision and drift. This was once an Earth of super-continents — Gondwana, Rodinia, Pangea. The eastern seaboard of the United States sidled up against West Africa, while Antarctica cozied up to the opposite side of the African continent. But nothing in this world lasts and the tectonic plates covering the planet are always in[Read More…]

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Rural and urban women hit hardest by Covid-induced unemployment

Rural and urban women hit hardest by Covid-induced unemployment

It is well-nigh impossible to obtain accurate information in a country where data is routinely fudged or camouflaged, be it the number of deaths due to the killer virus, or, be it the tragic index of poverty and mass unemployment. However, some figures have been trickling in from various sources, and from this scattered realm of statistics one can figure[Read More…]

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We Had But Only Grandfathers

We Had But Only Grandfathers

That was at what time, our mother said, “we were working out on a journey with friends and relatives.” We were joyful. We departed by picking lonesome paths, that carried eerie charge. I was but eight.   Mother said, people walked all the way through wars. It was in contrast to whatever we conceived it to be. We did not[Read More…]

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USA Must Avoid Misuse of Its ‘Exorbitant Privilege’ of Dollar Domination

USA Must Avoid Misuse of Its ‘Exorbitant Privilege’ of Dollar Domination

                  A very important issue of international relations on which open and free discussion is often avoided relates to the extent to which maintenance of worldwide domination of US dollar is important for the USA and the extent to which it is reflected in US policy. Transparency and unbiased discussion on this issue is clearly very important. The period[Read More…]

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Parliamentary privileges: Undefined & ambiguous

Parliamentary privileges: Undefined & ambiguous

On the complaint of a BJP MP, two newspapers got a notice from the Privileges Committee of Parliament for alleged ‘breach’ of privilege, for the comments published on the PM’s speech in Parliament. Earlier, the TRS moved a motion of Privilege against the PM, for his remark on the passage of bifurcation Bill to divide AP. What is a privilege,[Read More…]

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Ukrainian ‘refugees’ wait at a train station in Zahony, Hungary, a border town with Ukraine, February 26, 2022 (Photo: AP)

In Hate, Racism; In Love, Racism

In the world as it has come to be, certain gestures are obligatory while equivalent ones are not.   We are trained to have what can be deemed as inconsistent responses to paired events which are for the most part similar, even identical.   It is a fool’s errand to expect consistency and an exhausting routine to demand it.  Asking for it,[Read More…]

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UN: Protectors of human rights or silent watchers of war crimes?

UN: Protectors of human rights or silent watchers of war crimes?

The United Nations is a global organization that brings together its member states to confront common challenges, manage shared responsibilities and exercise collective action in an enduring “quest for a peaceful world.” One of the main purposes of the United Nations is to maintain world peace and security. At present there are 193 member states in the UN. Of the[Read More…]

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In this photo provided by the Fraser Coast Regional Council, water floods streets and houses in Maryborough, Australia, Feb. 28, 2022. | Queensland Fire and Emergency Services/AP

Climate change is triggering a humanitarian crisis, UN report finds

“Our people and the planet are getting clobbered by climate change. Nearly half of humanity is living in the danger zone now. Many ecosystems are at the point of no return now. The facts are undeniable,” Antonio Guterres, the secretary-general of the United Nations (UN) remarked in unveiling the latest international report on the impacts of climate change. “This abdication[Read More…]

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Why Much Hyped Protection of Ganga Has Not Succeeded

Why Much Hyped Protection of Ganga Has Not Succeeded

Protection of the Ganga river is one of those tasks in which the government can achieve great success with the enthusisastic involvement of people. Then why is it that success has so far proved so elusive? The available data for Varanasi, the most prioritized place for Ganga protection, reveals that in terms of the essential parameters which define acceptable water[Read More…]

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Hijab: Pursuing profits of polarization

Hijab: Pursuing profits of polarization

National prerogative should be on minimizing social and economic inequalities instead  of the current thrust on clipping cultural codes.   Dress Code  – Uniformity and Inclusion in Educational Institutions Barack Obama as President of the US in 2008 had flown to England to make an address to the world leaders of G-20 countries. President and First Lady Michelle Obama were also invited by Queen[Read More…]

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Russia’s Invasion of Ukraine: Outing the Iraq War White Washers

Russia’s Invasion of Ukraine: Outing the Iraq War White Washers

The guilty can be devious in concealing their crimes, and their role in them.  The greater the crime, the more devious the strategy of deception.  The breaking of international law, and the breaching of convention, is a field replete with such figures. Vladimir Putin’s invasion of Ukraine has presented a particularly odious grouping, a good number of them neoconservatives, a[Read More…]

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Ukraine: A Conflict Soaked in Contradictions and New Patterns in War and Media

Ukraine: A Conflict Soaked in Contradictions and New Patterns in War and Media

Surprise and horror have defined the reaction to the Russian military intervention in Ukraine. That’s likely because although the intervention has followed the contours of a modern land war, it has also marked a break with the past in a number of ways. The world has become used to military interventions by the United States. This is, however, not a[Read More…]

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“Let Them Kill as Many as Possible”- United States Policy Toward Russia and its Neighbors

“Let Them Kill as Many as Possible”- United States Policy Toward Russia and its Neighbors

In April 1941, four years before he was to become President and eight months before the United States entered World War II, Senator Harry Truman of Missouri reacted to the news that Germany had invaded the Soviet Union: “If we see that Germany is winning the war, we ought to help Russia; and if that Russia is winning, we ought[Read More…]

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On Palestine’s Everyday Victories: Why Israel is No Longer the Exception 

On Palestine’s Everyday Victories: Why Israel is No Longer the Exception 

Can Israel be pressured? Or is Tel Aviv the only exception to the global political order in which every country, big or small, is subjected to pressures and subsequent change in attitude and behavior? Several events, in recent days, bring the question of Israel’s legal and moral accountability to the fore. On February 21, Israel’s Nature and Park Authority decided[Read More…]

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 More than Covid-19, inequality killed many

 More than Covid-19, inequality killed many

Govt raising burden on a large section of people, while easing taxes on super-rich On June 10, 2008, the International Labour Organization (ILO) adopted the ILO Declaration on Social Justice for a Fair Globalization. On November 26, 2007, the UN General Assembly declared that 20th February will be celebrated every year as the World Day of Social Justice, also known[Read More…]

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Essential Precepts of Progress Whose Importance Has Increased Further in Recent Times

Essential Precepts of Progress Whose Importance Has Increased Further in Recent Times

All through human history there has been a quest for understanding what really constitutes betterment of human beings, indeed of all inhabitants of our planet. This quest still continues, at higher levels of sophistication, with one major difference. There is now increasing recognition that major environmental problems, accumulation of weapons of mass destruction and some other issues have combined to[Read More…]

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UP Prepares for Change

UP Prepares for Change

As Uttar Pradesh Assembly elections draw to a close, a wind of change seems to be blowing through the state. Initially it was thought that because of farmers movement the Samajwadi Party-Rashtriya Lok Dal alliance will dominate Bharatiya Janata Party only in western UP. Although revival of SP had begun much before the elections but it was believed that BJP[Read More…]

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Russia-Ukraine War: Why Civil Resistance Doesn’t Work?

Russia-Ukraine War: Why Civil Resistance Doesn’t Work?

With Russia’s attack on Ukraine on 24 February 2022, the activities of the governments of various countries, all global institutions including the United Nations, embassies, media, subject experts etc. is firmly focused on the Russia-Ukraine war. After the Second World War, European leaders agreed that in the future, the soil of Europe would be kept free from wars. This happened[Read More…]

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Help set up a Federal Front to thwart Central leadership’s onslaught on Federalism

Help set up a Federal Front to thwart Central leadership’s onslaught on Federalism

To Thiru M K Stalin Chief Minister Tamilnadu Dear Thiru Stalin, In your recently released book, Ungalil Oruvan (One Amongst You), you have highlighted, among others, the necessity for the States to come together to protect the equitable federal framework in which the Centre and the States should function.  On the occasion of the book release, as per news reports, you have[Read More…]

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Ukrainian ‘refugees’ wait at a train station in Zahony, Hungary, a border town with Ukraine, February 26, 2022 (Photo: AP)

We’re Europeans, Christians, Whites!

Racist Ukraine coverage in mainstream Western media. Notice the racist overtones.  1. BBC “It’s very emotional for me because I see European people with blue eyes and blonde hair being killed”  – Ukraine’s Deputy Chief Prosecutor, David Sakvarelidze 2. CBS News “This isn’t Iraq or Afghanistan…This is a relatively civilised, relatively European city”  – CBS foreign correspondent Charlie D’Agata 3.[Read More…]

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Ukraine updates

Ukraine updates

Many incidents are developing centering Ukraine, which are largely ignored by a major part of media. But these incidents help understand the real picture centering Ukraine. Racism Against Students A Rolling Stone report (‘Ugly, Unprofessional’: International Students Describe Racism at the Ukrainian Border, March 2, 2022) said: Since Thursday, Feb. 24, more than 660,000 people have fled Ukraine, according to the U.N.[Read More…]

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Ukraine War, US/West’s War Hypocrisies, and Quest for a Rule-based World – Can UN Help?

Ukraine War, US/West’s War Hypocrisies, and Quest for a Rule-based World – Can UN Help?

“World Tour of Wars” Russia’s invasion of Ukraine is both illegal and immoral. While Russia’s concern that Ukraine’s decision to join NATO which also included the prospect of NATO setting up a missile base in Ukraine, 100 miles from Russia’s border, is genuine, this by no means is a justification for invading Ukraine. Russia should have continued to explore other[Read More…]

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While Rightly Criticizing Putin, the West Should Also Look Inwards

While Rightly Criticizing Putin, the West Should Also Look Inwards

Putin is the most criticized person in western countries today. Repeated criticism of the invasion unleashed by him is justified, both because of the enormous distress caused to the people of Ukraine and the very serious threats posed to world peace and stability. Mass protests against Ukraine’s invasion in several western countries are therefore justified. However the interests of world[Read More…]

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Ukraine: Who is to blame? Кто виноват?

Ukraine: Who is to blame? Кто виноват?

For people in Ukraine, the horror is just beginning. Hiding from bombardment in their basements, they will soon face hunger and then epidemics… And above them, on the streets – explosions, fire, the thunder of tanks, the whistle of bullets, the debris of fallen buildings, the cries of the wounded and dying, the foul smell of unburied corpses. But who[Read More…]

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Searching My Roots in Ukraine: What I Learned and Re-learned in Kiev    

Searching My Roots in Ukraine: What I Learned and Re-learned in Kiev    

“Footfalls echo in the memory/ Down the passage which we did not take/ Towards the door we never opened/ Into the rose-garden.” (T. S. Eliot; from, “Four Quartets”) 1. Recent, shattering world events, have prompted me to check my files to reconsider any past references I’d made to Ukraine.  I found a short note to a correspondent/friend from about 10[Read More…]

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Constitution: State and Nation

Constitution: State and Nation

Congress Party vice president, Rahul Gandhi said in the Lok Sabha that this country is a union of states, not a nation. Rahul Gandhi raised this issue in his speech in Parliament. He also said that there is no concept of nation in the constitution. And he also said that the culture, language and history of each state is different.[Read More…]

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Reflections from the Netherworld

Reflections from the Netherworld

Advice from JFK to President Biden Dear Mr. President: I send greetings from the other side — and no, I don’t mean the other side of the aisle. I refer to the place where old politicians go to make amends for their sins. Apart from our shared Catholicism and affinity for sunglasses, I suspect you and I don’t have a[Read More…]

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The Pathalgadi movement for adivasi autonomy

The Pathalgadi movement for adivasi autonomy

The Adivasis of India have been trying to protect their lands and assert their collective right to self-determination since India’s Independence and long before. The Pathalgadi movement is the most powerful recent mass expression of self-determination, which is presumably why its participants have been terrorized and criminalized by the Indian state. This also why it is vital that more and[Read More…]

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On Current Changes In Toponymy

On Current Changes In Toponymy

This unfamiliar term means ‘Scence of Place Names’ and traces origins and histories of place-names.The current saffron craze for changes in place-names purportedly associated with Muslim rule actually plays havoc with Toponymy,and by association,with history Originating in a thirst for revenge against alleged ‘historical wrongs/injustices’, this mania actually sins against history.Colonial rulers sometimes failed to pronounce native names correctly,and changed[Read More…]

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Condemn the Re-arrest of Fahad Shah, Editor Kashmirwallah

Condemn the Re-arrest of Fahad Shah, Editor Kashmirwallah

The re-arrest of Fahad Shah, Editor of The Kashmir Walla, in politically motivated cases  is another sign of the deepening crackdown on media freedom in Kashmir. Fahad Shah, a prominent Kashmiri journalist, was arrested on 4 February under the draconian Unlawful Activities Prevention Act (UAPA) and other offences including sedition for allegedly “uploading anti-national content, including photographs, videos and posts[Read More…]

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Saudi Arabia's War in Yemen Has Failed - Council on Foreign Relations

Oh Yemen

Oh Yemen, I’m sorry That No one remembers you That You are not White That You are not Christian That You were attacked by the “good guys” I know you have solidarity With the people Of Ukraine Even if No one remembers you

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West Rightly Supports Ukraine But Ignores Brutally Occupied Palestine

West Rightly Supports Ukraine But Ignores Brutally Occupied Palestine

Both the Russian occupation of  Ukraine and the Apartheid Israeli occupation of Palestine are wrong, violate international law, and have been hugely destructive.  However a racist and specifically anti-Arab anti-Semitic West (the Anglosphere, NATO  and the EU) utterly ignores the Israeli occupation and ethnic cleansing of Palestine while quite rightly condemning and sanctioning  Russia over its invasion of Ukraine. This[Read More…]

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Boatmen Pushed to the Brink by Covid in UP

Boatmen Pushed to the Brink by Covid in UP

The economy of the impoverished Mallah or boatmen community living in various villages of Shamli district of Uttar Pradesh (UP) received a major jolt during Covid times. Many are stuck in a non-ending cycle of debt or have lost their precious valuables to local lenders. Majid Mallah of Imrana village told Covid Response Watch, “Covid – 19 shook us completely when markets were[Read More…]

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Corporations Versus Democracy

Corporations Versus Democracy

A new freely downloadable book I would like to announce the publication of a new book, which discusses the ways in which giant corporations control both governments and media, thus undermining democracy. The book may be downloaded and circulated free of charge from the following link: https://eacpe.org/content/uploads/2022/02/Corporations-Versus-Democracy-by-John-Scales-Avery.pdf Corporate oligarchy versus democracy As Professor Noam Chomsky has pointed out, greed and[Read More…]

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Russia’s Use of Force against Ukraine

Russia’s Use of Force against Ukraine

The basic international law One of the most fundamental rules of international is that States are prohibited from using force to resolve their international disputes. Any State that uses force against the territorial integrity or political independence of another State violates this solemn rule of international law. Applying this rule, the use of force by Russia against Ukraine is an[Read More…]

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 Ukraine – Sacrificial Lamb

 Ukraine – Sacrificial Lamb

No matter if the U.S. agreed or disagreed with Russia’s requests, Ukraine was a big loser, and the preferred solution was to cut its losses. U.S. and its allies  enabled Ukraine and Russian suffering and had the U.S. (not its allies) gain a pyrrhic victory – the war will debilitate Russia’s prestige and the sanctions will debilitate Russia’s economy, circumstances that benefit[Read More…]

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The She’ll Be Right Mate Syndrome: Australia’s Doomed Koalas

The She’ll Be Right Mate Syndrome: Australia’s Doomed Koalas

In a country expert in killing off mammal species at a rate exceeding that of others (to be fair, there are so many more to destroy, with more to come), Australians now face the prospect that the koala, one of its most singularly recognisable animals, has its days numbered. Divergent attitudes to such animal species, notably indigenous ones, has been[Read More…]

The Global Seafood Supply Is Being Contaminated by Microplastics, but Major News Outlets Are Silent

The Global Seafood Supply Is Being Contaminated by Microplastics, but Major News Outlets Are Silent

by Andy Lee Roth and Mickey Huff Our addiction to plastic is having negative effects all along the food chain. Editor’s note: Every year Project Censored publishes the “State of the Free Press,” which highlights important news stories that the corporate media insufficiently covered and takes the temperature of press freedom and integrity. The project’s student researchers work with faculty advisers at college[Read More…]

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Can Iran and the U.S. Breathe Life Back Into Nuclear Deal?

Can Iran and the U.S. Breathe Life Back Into Nuclear Deal?

The possibility of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA)—or the Iran nuclear deal—being revived, though difficult, seems to have brightened in February 2022. The U.S. may now also believe that the potential loss of Russian natural gas and oil due to the ongoing Russia-Ukraine war needs to be offset by Iran returning to the global oil market. The nuclear deal could have been accomplished[Read More…]

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Finally BJP Forced To Focus On People’s Issues

Finally BJP Forced To Focus On People’s Issues

In the middle of the Uttar Pradesh Assembly elections the Bhartiya Janta Party published a full front page advertisement a day before and on the day of polling for fourth and fifth phase. This advertisement is basically electoral promises. According to Section 126 of the Representation of Peoples Act all campaigning must stop 48 hours before the conclusion of polling.[Read More…]

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15 Nuclear Reactors in the Midst of Battle

15 Nuclear Reactors in the Midst of Battle

Russian forces have captured Chernobyl, a 1,000 square mile radioactive exclusion zone. But more significantly, what about Ukraine’s nuclear reactors smack dab in the middle of a theatre of war? A complicating/dangerous aspect of Russia’s invasion is the status of Chernobyl’s sister reactors, 15 reactors at four nuclear power plants exposed in a war zone of bombing, missile attacks and[Read More…]

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How the U.S. Started a Cold War with Russia and Left Ukraine to Fight It

How the U.S. Started a Cold War with Russia and Left Ukraine to Fight It

by Medea Benjamin and Nicolas J.S. Davies Photo Credit: CODEPINK The defenders of Ukraine are bravely resisting Russian aggression, shaming the rest of the world and the UN Security Council for its failure to protect them. It is an encouraging sign that the Russians and Ukrainians are holding talks in Belarus that may lead to a ceasefire. All efforts must[Read More…]

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Nobody Wins in the Conflict Over Ukraine

Nobody Wins in the Conflict Over Ukraine

When two scorpions are in a bottle, they both lose. This is the preventable danger that is growing daily, with no end game in sight, between the two nuclear superpowers, led by dictator Vladimir Putin and de facto sole decider, Joe Biden. Putin’s first argument is, Washington invented the model of aggressive, illegal invasions, and destruction of distant countries that never[Read More…]

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Bundelkhand—Farmers Worried by Revival of A Wasteful Project Harmful to Them

Bundelkhand—Farmers Worried by Revival of A Wasteful Project Harmful to Them

            Despite increasing budgets for water conservation and irrigation, real benefits are not reaching the villages of Bundelkhand region in Uttar Pradesh. Wrong priorities, poor planning, alienation from people and corruption have all combined to deny badly needed benefits of widely publicized government schemes to the long-suffering people of Bundelkhand. The recent revival of Kachnauda irrigation scheme in Lalitpur district[Read More…]

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Bangladesh’s Response to the US Sanctions: Matured or Imprudent?

Bangladesh’s Response to the US Sanctions: Matured or Imprudent?

On December 10, 2021, the Biden administration imposed sanctions on Bangladesh’s elite paramilitary force, the Rapid Action Battalion (RAB) and seven of its current and former officials accusing of human rights abuses and abductions. Even though US-Bangladesh has been enjoying a cozy relationship since the birth of Bangladesh, this sudden human-rights related sanctions have raised concern in the South Asian[Read More…]

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Ukraine Crisis: Shenanigans of a Hegemon

Ukraine Crisis: Shenanigans of a Hegemon

Ignoring the vituperations of the west, Russian President, Vladimir Putin finally implemented his ‘military-technical’ threat against Ukraine on Thursday the 24th February. As expected, this produced a barrage of recriminations from those very countries of the US led NATO alliance, who had done their utmost to precipitate this situation, which had been simmering for the last eight years. Understandably, Ukrainian[Read More…]

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Poverty is the Sin, Not Poor People

Poverty is the Sin, Not Poor People

As if killing the Child Tax Credit, blocking voting rights, gutting key climate legislation, and refusing living wages wasn’t enough, West Virginia Democratic Senator Joe Manchin is now promoting legislation that further punishes the poor and marginalized. Along with Florida Republican Senator Marco Rubio, he’s introduced the PIPES Act, which undercuts key harm-reduction funding from the Department of Health and Human Services. It arrives with a[Read More…]

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Jewish pro-Israel group attacks local pro-Palestinian activists:  Progressives are silent

Jewish pro-Israel group attacks local pro-Palestinian activists:  Progressives are silent

The following is an email I wrote on February 20 to a group of progressive political activists from Syracuse, NY, a city less than one hour’s drive west from where I live.  For the last three years the Jewish Federation of Central New York (JFCNY) has sent a series of letters to the Syracuse Peace Council (SPC), a local progressive[Read More…]

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Time for UNHRC member countries to consider sanctions against Sri Lanka

Time for UNHRC member countries to consider sanctions against Sri Lanka

Whether or not Sri Lanka cooperates with the international investigation, the OHCHR will proceed with its work as mandated and present  its report to the Human Rights Council [HRC] The HRC will discuss the Report  [Sri Lanka will have the right to respond] and decide on whether it will be adopted or not. If the Report is adopted and there[Read More…]

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Stopping World War III !

Stopping World War III !

This war must be immediately terminated before it expands and sucks in the European NATO States and the United States. Towards that end President Biden must publicly announce that NATO Expansion is over for good and that Ukraine, Georgia and Moldova will not be joining NATO as member States. President Biden must also call for an international peace conference for[Read More…]

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Anti- Conversion Laws are attempts to intimidate Christian Community: Dr. Ram Puniyani

Anti- Conversion Laws are attempts to intimidate Christian Community: Dr. Ram Puniyani

Karnataka Government has passed the Anti-Conversion Bill in the Assembly despite stiff opposition from civil society and political parties. The Bill is expected to be tabled in the upper house to be made into a law. The Anti-Conversion Laws affect Christians, Muslims, Dalits, Adivasis and Women. It restricts the rights of an Indian citizen to choose one’s religion. It violates[Read More…]

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Ramrao:  The Story of India’s Farm Crisis

Ramrao:  The Story of India’s Farm Crisis

On a trip to India 8 years ago, I picked up “A Village Awaits Doomsday” at an airport bookshop.  It appeared to be an interesting read and I was glad to find it in a shop that otherwise was littered with business titles and pulp fiction.  On the flight, I read it cover to cover and was at once impressed[Read More…]

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India’s prisoners remain vulnerable to Covid

India’s prisoners remain vulnerable to Covid

When the COVID-19 pandemic started, there was initially some concern about crowding in Indian prisons. In an overpopulated, confined environment the risk of explosion of an infectious disease is always high. That is why, rights groups from several countries advocated for the decongestion of the prisons. Especially, in India, where poor health infrastructure in prisons added even more to the[Read More…]

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The Exploitative System of Public University: A Delhi University Teacher Recounts his Tale

The Exploitative System of Public University: A Delhi University Teacher Recounts his Tale

Several students of mine on Saturday came to meet me. Since I stay near JNU, we decided to go to the campus. For those who may not know, I am teaching a paper on political science at Moti Lal Nehru College, University of Delhi. Please do not think that I am a permanent teacher. Nor am I an ad-hoc teacher.[Read More…]

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Nirmala Didi, Swami Agnivesh, John Dayal, Admiral Ramdas among others outside the burnt bogies.

Twenty Years After Godhra – Some Reflections

by Admiral L Ramdas and Lalita Ramdas Twenty years ago, in end February 2002 we were in Palo Alto with our daughter towards the end of a successful lecture tour organised by  friends –to build a coalition of groups and voices prepared to stand up against the proliferation of Nuclear weapons. It was with horror and disbelief that we watched[Read More…]

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 20th Anniversary of Gujarat Genocide

 20th Anniversary of Gujarat Genocide

On 20th anniversary of one of the biggest genocides since 1947, we must dip our blood in memory of all the victims and pledge to disarm the breeding ground of Hindutva fascism. It is ironical that this event was staged on February 27th, the very day the Nazi storm troopers set fire on the Reichstag, which lit the first spark[Read More…]

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Your Foster Child!

Your Foster Child!

Nights are on the panics, you filled your gun with bullets; Nights are dreadful, you shield and polish your weapons with great pride. Pride – your pride costs how many lives? You caress your pride like a baby, your only child is your weapon. Time has come; you’re ready to take charge, Your baby is well prepared- your gun is[Read More…]

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Say No to Anti-Conversion Laws, It is contrary to the Indian Constitution: Tushar Gandhi

Say No to Anti-Conversion Laws, It is contrary to the Indian Constitution: Tushar Gandhi

Karnataka Government has passed the Anti-Conversion Bill in the Assembly despite stiff opposition from civil society and political parties. The Bill is expected to be tabled in the upper house to be made into a law. The Anti-Conversion Laws affect Christians, Muslims, Dalits, Adivasis and Women. It restricts the rights of an Indian citizen to choose one’s religion. It violates[Read More…]

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There’s Gambling Going On Here!!!

There’s Gambling Going On Here!!!

Remember Captain Renault ( Claude Rains) in Casablanca when he had them close Rick’s Cafe Americain. Rick (Humphrey Bogart) runs to him and says ” Why are ya shutting me down?” Renault shouts back ” There’s gambling going on here.” At that moment the croupier runs over to him with a pile of chips saying ” Here’s your winnings sir.”[Read More…]

by 27/02/2022 1 comment Imperialism
Prevention of terrorism act (PTA) 1979- Preserving it for a potential Presidential dictatorial rule

Prevention of terrorism act (PTA) 1979- Preserving it for a potential Presidential dictatorial rule

The much widely criticized PTA of 1979 described as draconian is doomed to live as long as Rajapakshas hold the reins of power in Sri Lanka. The demise of it by repealing will certainly ring the death knell of any designs of dictatorship in Sri Lanka and their hold on power. PTA -1979 was legislated as a result and consequence and aftermath[Read More…]

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Chandrashekhar Azad and His Comrades Supported Socialist Ideas and Opposed Communalism

Chandrashekhar Azad and His Comrades Supported Socialist Ideas and Opposed Communalism

                       Today ( Feb. 27 ) is 91st death anniversary of Azad While travelling in Uttar Pradesh I have often been struck by the extent to which people still become inspired and excited by the sheer mention of the name of a freedom fighter, legends of whose courage are spread[Read More…]

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Samyukta Kisan Morcha extends support to Struggling Farmers in West Bengal and Odisha

Samyukta Kisan Morcha extends support to Struggling Farmers in West Bengal and Odisha

PROTESTERS AGAINST BIRBHUM COAL PROJECT IN WEST BENGAL MUST BE RELEASED AND CASES WITHDRAWN STOP POLICE AND STATE REPRESSION ON PEASANTS OF DHINKIA IN ODISHA Samyukt Kisan Morcha expresses deep concern at police repression against farmers in Birbhum in West Bengal and Dhinkia in Odisha. These farmers have been protesting against land acquisition for coal mining and industry, respectively, without[Read More…]

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Coup Season – The African Status Quo

Coup Season – The African Status Quo

Apparently, it is coup season in Africa, and the reasons for these upheavals always vary, from outright power grabs by opposing political factions to foreign-backed attempts at controlling central governments and resources. Pointing out governance issues identifies a serious aspect around the ‘ease’ at which coups take place successful or not. Regional and continental entities are generally at the forefront[Read More…]

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The Russian predator/War Never Ends

The Russian predator/War Never Ends

The Russian predator by Ra Sh Once again, there is blood on Neruda’s streets. Once again, there are those sickening images of mothers grieving for their sons, of families looking for their bread winners, of little girls picking blood splattered flowers, of airplanes bombing housing colonies. Once again, war photos will fill pages. One will get the Pulitzer prize. Many[Read More…]

by 26/02/2022 Comments are Disabled Arts/Literature
UP Elections: Sex and the Sanyasi

UP Elections: Sex and the Sanyasi

How is it that even as Uttar Pradesh  goes to the polls, even as desperate youth go on a rampage to demand employment, their Chief Minister remains focused on evoking violent fantasies around the ‘M’ of the Mafia.  How is it that the facts of Kairana matter so little when Adityanath evokes the “Kashmir-like” Hindu exodus?  How is it that[Read More…]

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Factory Farms Destroy Ecosystems

Factory Farms Destroy Ecosystems

Factory farms are the Grim Reapers of civilization, inhumanely penning up and slaughtering cows, pigs, and chickens by the tens of millions, as well as unintentionally, but effectively, poisoning, maiming and/or killing birds, insects, amphibians, mammals, and crucial life-supporting ecosystems that are key to human life. And, it’s legal. Factory farms have suddenly arisen out of nowhere, e.g., in Iowa[Read More…]

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This War Must End As Early As Possible

This War Must End As Early As Possible

The most obvious aspect of the Ukraine war just now is that it should end immediately, or as early as possible. If this lingers on, possibilities of new ways of spreading conflict can emerge. This has to be checked. This war and its violence should not spread. If all sides see reason, clearly it is possible for the conflict to[Read More…]

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Is Ukraine crisis the result of the manipulations of a Unipolar World?

Is Ukraine crisis the result of the manipulations of a Unipolar World?

  Russia has invaded Ukraine after President Vladimir Putin recognised two eastern provinces of Donetsk and Luhansk as ‘independent’ nations and then on their ‘request’ it sent a ‘Peace Keeping Force’ to maintain order. So we have two new ‘nations’ in the world map: Donetsk People’s Republic” (DPR) and the “Luhansk People’s Republic” (LPR) as independent. Both these two states[Read More…]

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Ukraine: Understanding The Concern Of The Other

Ukraine: Understanding The Concern Of The Other

The mainstream Western media is almost unanimous in demanding that Russia and Vladimir Putin stop their military operation in Ukraine immediately. This in their opinion is the only solution to the current conflict.   However, if one attempts to understand how the current conflict had evolved, one would ask not Russia but the US led Western alliance to bring down the[Read More…]

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Why communalising the election remains final recourse for BJP to win Uttar Pradesh

Why communalising the election remains final recourse for BJP to win Uttar Pradesh

The election tempo in Uttar Pradesh is getting more communal with every phase of voting, thanks to the virulent communal campaigning of incumbent BJP. With its sizeable population, existence of diverse caste groups, active identity politics, considerable muslim minority population, the mandate of Uttar Pradesh resulting from the 403 assembly seats will be decisive in understanding the future course of[Read More…]

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Ukraine president Zelensky gave a video address after midnight on February 25, 2022 disclosing a Russian offer of talks

Ukraine’s hybrid war is mutating

The first signs of the dual track in Russia’s hybrid war in Ukraine have surfaced. By Thursday evening, the Kremlin held out an olive branch to the Ukraine president Volodymyr Zelensky.  Succinctly put, President Vladimir Putin expressed his preparedness to engage in discussions with his Ukrainian counterpart with a focus on obtaining a guarantee of neutral status for Ukraine and the[Read More…]

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Russia-Ukraine War: A Test for India’s Foreign Policy

Russia-Ukraine War: A Test for India’s Foreign Policy

What Caused the War? The world woke up to alarming news on the morning of 24th February when Russian President Vladimir Putin  declared war on Ukraine in a televised address. This doesn’t come as a shock due to the fact that war clouds were looming large in the skies of Eatern Europe since mid February. Though the Russian military aggression[Read More…]

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Again There Is War

Again There Is War

  There is war. Again there is war on the European continent – war of type and magnitude not experienced in Europe since Hitler and the racism imperialism of Nazi Germany.  The war now is Putin’s war. Last night, this morning, tomorrow, always the same. War is murder. It is organized murder on a large scale. War technology increases the[Read More…]

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Ukraine Crisis – A War of Choice

Ukraine Crisis – A War of Choice

Russia’s military has moved into Ukraine despite threats of sanctions repeated ad nauseum by President Biden and other leaders of the West. Obviously, the repeated threats of sanctions have not made any difference to Putin’s behavior. This should not surprise anyone as the sanctions imposed on Russia when it annexed the Crimea in 2014 did not compel Putin to reverse[Read More…]

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The Real History Behind Ukraine, Putin, the EU, Gas, & Donbass

The Real History Behind Ukraine, Putin, the EU, Gas, & Donbass

 Russia’s long-predicted invasion of Ukraine finally happened, but the reasons for it are widely misrepresented. Basic history is necessary in order to understand it. The Nord Stream 2 natural gas pipeline, from Russia, under the Baltic Sea, to Germany, was planned in order to enable greatly increased sales-volume of the lowest-cost natural gas, which came from Russia, into the EU, without[Read More…]

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In Memoriam —

In Memoriam —

Let us write poetry in memory of peace. Let us write poetry of love in times of war.   Erasing the anger, the hate, let us sing love songs for skies without warplanes,   horizons without clouds of mushrooms. Let us with love deluge, fill human hearts with   hope for the war to end, an ability to transcend walls drawn by[Read More…]

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State Terrorist Australian Coalition Government Bans Hamas & Threatens Australian Human Rights

The state terrorist Australian Coalition Government has joined the US, UK, Apartheid Israel and other anti-Arab anti-Semitic US Alliance countries in declaring the leading Palestinian political party, Hamas, to be a terrorist group in its entirety.  This false and racist decision seriously threatens anti-racist Jewish, non-Jewish, Palestinian, Arab and Muslim Australians supporting the lives and human rights of the sorely[Read More…]

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Enough is enough! The Russian bear is out of its den 

Enough is enough! The Russian bear is out of its den 

Despite possible sanctions and their hard-hitting economic consequences, the hunted Russian bear has got out of the den and is going after the hunters. Until recently, Russians, Ukrainians, and Europeans believed that there would be no war. What we see now, however, is a full-scale Russian intervention and quite a successful one too. Where are the Russian troops going, and[Read More…]

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Ukraine Crisis: World Leaders Shoot Themselves in the Foot, First and Foremost Vladimir Putin

Ukraine Crisis: World Leaders Shoot Themselves in the Foot, First and Foremost Vladimir Putin

Cynics say the situation around Ukraine benefits all parties except the Chinese. The Russians are annexing territories inhabited mostly by Russians, the Americans will sell natural gas and oil at very high prices, the Germans will push their (now cheap) green energy, and the French will open new nuclear power stations—while everyone will go on selling weapons systems because world[Read More…]

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Antarctica: Where Realpolitik and Science Meet

Antarctica: Where Realpolitik and Science Meet

A frozen continent.  Another potential frontier for conflict and competition.  Antarctica is a part of the world were realpolitician meets scientist; the desire for finding exploitable resources meets environmental expectations and fears.  Countries have vied for their little slice of ice, sometimes citing reasons of scientific collaboration, and often national self-interest.  Much of this culminated in the establishment of the[Read More…]

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A Planet on the Brink

A Planet on the Brink

Consider us at the edge of the sort of epochal change not seen for centuries, even millennia. By the middle of this century, we will be living under such radically altered circumstances that the present decade, the 2020s, will undoubtedly seem like another era entirely, akin perhaps to the Middle Ages. And I’m not talking about the future development of[Read More…]

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Taxing the Billionaires

Taxing the Billionaires

In recent times there have been several well-intentioned studies and reports which strongly advocate raising more resources by imposing much higher taxes on the super-rich and billionaires. An increasing support for this is provided by the sharply escalating inequality of COVID times in which billionaires have increased as never before and have been amassing wealth to an unprecedented extent, at[Read More…]

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France Withdraws From Mali, But Continues to Devastate Africa’s Sahel

France Withdraws From Mali, But Continues to Devastate Africa’s Sahel

On February 17, 2022, French President Emmanuel Macron held a press conference in Paris just ahead of the sixth European Union-African Union summit in Brussels along with Senegal’s President Macky Sall and Ghana’s President Nana Akufo-Addo as well as European Council President Charles Michel. At the conference, Macron announced that the French forces would be withdrawing from Mali. This means that France and its[Read More…]

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Sri Lankan Economic Crisis amidst the Pandemic

Sri Lankan Economic Crisis amidst the Pandemic

by Dr. Prashant Kumar Choudhary and Madhubrota Chatterjee Sri Lanka is facing its worst economic crisis in the past fifty years; its economy has registered the lowest GDP per capita annual growth -4.1% in 2020, which is lower than its previous worst economic downturn of 2001 (GDP per capita annual growth was -2.25%). It is not the case that its[Read More…]

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Virangana ‘Matangini Hazara’ the Freedom Fighter of 1942  – ‘My favorite Heroine & Idol’

Virangana ‘Matangini Hazara’ the Freedom Fighter of 1942  – ‘My favorite Heroine & Idol’

There were many women who sacrificed their lives in the freedom struggle. One of them is ‘Matangini Hazra’. She was born on 19th October 1870 in the village of Hogla in Midnapore district of East Bengal to a peasant family. Due to extreme poverty at home, she married Trilochan Hajra, Aged 62, when she was barely 12 years old. From[Read More…]

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Kerala’s SilverLine Project: Will the Economy bleed?

Kerala’s SilverLine Project: Will the Economy bleed?

The Kerala government’s obsession with huge infrastructure projects is not something new. The previous United Democratic Front (UDF) led government and the present Left Democratic Front (LDF) government have all initiated several projects in the past. But this time it is different, amidst the near apocalypse the state is going through after the three waves of the pandemic and the[Read More…]

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Not Just Ukraine, Entire Humanity Will Suffer

Not Just Ukraine, Entire Humanity Will Suffer

All limits of irresponsibiity have been crossed by big powers in the build-up to Russia-Ukraine war and now its actual outbreak. Beyond the immediate issues lurks the much bigger truth that the deeply troubled humanity just cannot afford any war at this critical juncture of its history, when it stands precariously at the onset of a survival crisis caused by[Read More…]

by 24/02/2022 1 comment World
Onslaught on Federalism- An appeal for a Federal Front

Onslaught on Federalism- An appeal for a Federal Front

To Shri K Chandrasekhar Rao Chief Minister Telangana Dear Shri Chandrasekhar Rao garu, I had earlier written to you on 8-2-2022 welcoming your opposition to the Centre’s unilateral proposal to privatise the Singareni Collieries. Considering it from the point of view of federalism, in that letter I had suggested that the States should come together to counter the growing threat[Read More…]

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Symbols not Substance 

Symbols not Substance 

In August 2018, India’s Hindu nationalist Bhartiya Janata Party (BJP) government renamed the historic Mughalsarai Junction Railway Station in the state of Uttar Pradesh after the right-wing Hindu ideologue Deen Dayal Upadhyaya, most likely because the existing name referred to the Indian Muslim Mughal dynasty. Three years earlier, in May 2015, the ruling BJP officially changed the name of the[Read More…]

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Painful tragedy of six women migrant workers burning to death  in Himachal

Painful tragedy of six women migrant workers burning to death  in Himachal

On the morning of February 22 in a very tragic accident in an illegal firecrackers factory at Baathu (Una district of Himachal Pradesh), six women migrant workers were burnt to death. These included mother and daughter from a single family.  14 other workers, most of them also women migrant workers, were injured. In most cases injuries are serious. In fact[Read More…]

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Putin’s Advance Into Ukraine Compares with Saddam Hussein’s Invasion of Kuwait…a Disaster for Russia

Putin’s Advance Into Ukraine Compares with Saddam Hussein’s Invasion of Kuwait…a Disaster for Russia

On 2 August 1990, Saddam Hussein ordered the Iraqi army to invade and occupy Kuwait in an operation that led to Iraq’s defeat in war, rebellions crushed in blood, 13 years of UN sanctions, defeat in a second war, foreign occupation, and two decades of civil conflict that is only now drawing to an end. More than thirty years later, Vladimir Putin sent[Read More…]

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People wave Russian national flags celebrating Moscow’s recognition Donetsk and Lugansk, eastern Ukraine, Feb 21, 2022

Putin crosses the Rubicon. What next?

Russia’s recognition of the ‘people’s republics’ of Luhansk and Donetsk in the eastern Ukrainian region of Donbass on Monday is a watershed event. In a manner of speaking, by this decision President Vladimir Putin crossed the Rubicon. But a tumultuous period lies ahead. Moscow followed up by putting the legal underpinnings in place “to deploy troops to these regions,” concluding two treaties on[Read More…]

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The Next Step in Palestine’s Anti-Apartheid Struggle is the Most Difficult

The Next Step in Palestine’s Anti-Apartheid Struggle is the Most Difficult

When Nelson Mandela was freed from his Robben Island prison on February 11, 1991, my family, friends and neighbors followed the event with keen interest as they gathered in the living room of my old home in the Nuseirat Refugee Camp in the Gaza Strip. This emotional event took place years before Mandela uttered his famous quote “our freedom is[Read More…]

by 24/02/2022 1 comment Palestine
Non-violence and dialogue are ideal: But they have a shelf life that ends

Non-violence and dialogue are ideal: But they have a shelf life that ends

People across the world who seek justice do what they can and must to respond to the plight of Palestinians who remain trapped in a deepening cycle of violence, humiliation and despair. Palestinians have called out to their brothers and sisters in around the world as their suffering proliferates. They shed tears as they shout in anguish: “Enough is enough.[Read More…]

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Members of the 82nd Airborne Division of the U.S. Army clean weaponry ahead of deployment to Poland from Fort Bragg, N.C. on Monday, Feb. 14, 2022. (AP Photo/Nathan Posner)

NATO’s Ukraine Playbook Resonates Traditional Imperialism

Amidst of all its failures, the troika of capitalism, reactionary nationalism and imperialism move together to continue its false relevance with the help of its traditional weapons of war and regional conflicts.  It is a response to divert the radical agendas and promises of rising social and political movements against capitalism and imperialism.  It is within this context; one needs[Read More…]

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The Indian media and Covid – Part One: Locked up during Lockdown

The Indian media and Covid – Part One: Locked up during Lockdown

Note: In this series of articles senior journalist Amit Sengupta examines the role of the Indian media during the two years of the Covid pandemic. Part One: Locked up during Lockdown Even as the affluent and the middle classes were rejoicing the banging of thalis and utensils on their balconies to beat an incipient virus which had just arrived in[Read More…]

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Academic Justice Through Citation Audit

Academic Justice Through Citation Audit

 That academia which preaches justice is itself an unjust environment has been pointed out by some of the academia themselves (Kumar 2016, Guru 2002). The major complaint is that the marginalised do not get due recognition. I published a book in 2011 out of my PhD (Khora 2011). However, it has not been referred in academic writings in India in[Read More…]

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 America: One Big Commercial!

 America: One Big Commercial!

This baby boomer can recall watching a NY Giants football game on the boob tube 60 years ago. Towards the end of the game one of the teams called a timeout. The network went to performer Julie London singing a Marlboro cigarette commercial. As the clock reached one minute they broke to the field as the teams were at the[Read More…]

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Fabricated cases against people defending their right to livelihood in Dhinkia 

Fabricated cases against people defending their right to livelihood in Dhinkia 

People’s Union for Civil Liberties (PUCL) expresses serious concern over the malafide action of the police in implicating local villagers and human rights defenders with fabricated cases following the incident that happened on 19th February, 2022 in Dhinkia. It needs to be noted that in response to a number of PILs about the police repressions in Dhinkia and requesting the[Read More…]

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COP-26: Dilution of Equity by the Global North

COP-26: Dilution of Equity by the Global North

by Deva Prasad M and Navaneeth M S   The 26th session of the Conference of the Parties (COP 26) in Glasgow, although described by UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson as a big step forward, in-ground, was uneventful and continuation of the status quo with few bright promises that gave optimism to the future trajectory of climate change negotiations. The[Read More…]

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Death of Two Organic Intellectuals of Tamil Nadu

Death of Two Organic Intellectuals of Tamil Nadu

The  demise of two outstanding , organic intellectuals who served the cause of annihilation of caste and the  destruction of capitalist system  and highlighted a number of  burning social problems in Tamil Nadu and the rest of the  world passed  largely unnoticed  or ignored by the mainstream media , while  activists in Dalit , Periyarist and Communist movements could pay[Read More…]

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Another Martyr, Another Time, Another Place – Thillaiyadi Valliammai

Another Martyr, Another Time, Another Place – Thillaiyadi Valliammai

Yesterday, 22 February, was Kasturba Gandhi’s 78th death anniversary. Kasturba died in 1944 and at the time she was in prison, arrested on 9 August 1942, the first day of the “Quit India Movement”. Gandhiji had already been arrested the previous evening, and both of them along with some of their closest colleagues were imprisoned at the Agha Khan Palace[Read More…]

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Far reaching national interest implications of privatising DISCOMs

Far reaching national interest implications of privatising DISCOMs

  To Shri A K Bhalla Union Home Secretary   Dear Shri Bhalla, The Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) seems to be rushing into privatising the electricity distribution systems in the Union Territories (UTs). I understand that the proposal to privatise the Chandigarh DISCOM is at an advanced stage. So is the case with the DISCOMs in Dadra & Nagar Haveli,[Read More…]

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Afghan Sikhs and  Hindus in India

Afghan Sikhs and  Hindus in India

On January 10, 2022, the Indian Government implemented the Citizen Amendment Act(CAA) . According to this law, Hindus, Sikhs, Jains, Buddhists, Parsis and Christians  are welcome from Pakistan, Bangladesh and Afghanistan. Taking cue from it, many persecuted Afghan Sikhs and Hindus are migrating to India from Afghanistan. “A friend in need is a friend indeed” seems to be the policy of India[Read More…]

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The Welshman Who Founded Donetsk, Ukraine

The Welshman Who Founded Donetsk, Ukraine

In the 18th century a migration took to the Donbas region of Ukraine which Tsarist Russia named “New Russia” after rich coal resources were discovered. The man who was chosen to facilitate mining and to develop steel mills was John Hughes who was born in Wales. He had become a well-known developer of steel mills in England and armor plating[Read More…]

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How Nanoplastics Enter the Human Body

How Nanoplastics Enter the Human Body

If you regularly drink water from plastic bottles, you’re likely ingesting even more plastic than the average consumer. We are no better protected from plasticized air outdoors than we are indoors. Minuscule plastic fibers, fragments, foam, and films are shed from plastic stuff and are perpetually floating into and free-falling down on us from the atmosphere. Rain flushes micro- and[Read More…]

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Wake Up and Smell the Fascism

Wake Up and Smell the Fascism

It is no coincidence that a wave of schools in Karnataka suddenly began banning students from wearing hijab at the exact same time that the state government was passing a so-called “anti-conversion” law to criminalize freedom of religion. About the hijab ban, we might well ask: what’s next? Will beards be banned? Will the Sikh dastar be done away with?[Read More…]

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The Sacralization of War, American-Style – Reaping What We Sow

The Sacralization of War, American-Style – Reaping What We Sow

Lately, random verses from the Bible have been popping into my mind unbidden, like St. Paul’s famous line from Galatians, “A person reaps what they sow.” The words sprang into my consciousness when I learned of the death of the 95-year-old Vietnamese Buddhist monk and peace activist Thich Nhat Hanh, who helped encourage Martin Luther King to declare his opposition to the Vietnam[Read More…]

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Tired Propaganda Bandied as History

Tired Propaganda Bandied as History

Review of Munich:  the Edge of War|Netflix, 2022 When I first saw an advertisement for Munich:  The Edge of War appear on my Netflix search screen, my blood pressure rose palpably.  I knew that I had to watch it and that parts of the movie would be objectionable, from a historical and moral point of view.  I avoided watching it[Read More…]

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Members of the 82nd Airborne Division of the U.S. Army clean weaponry ahead of deployment to Poland from Fort Bragg, N.C. on Monday, Feb. 14, 2022. (AP Photo/Nathan Posner)

Russia sends troops into East Ukraine, Biden announces sanctions

Events in the war crisis over Ukraine between Russia and NATO overtook each other on Monday. The day began with news that two reconnaissance-sabotage units of the Ukrainian army had crossed into Russia’s Rostov region and ended with Russian President Vladimir Putin ordering Russian troops to enter the East Ukrainian separatist republics of Donetsk and Lugansk which he had just[Read More…]

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Equity in Education after COVID-19 Pandemic

Equity in Education after COVID-19 Pandemic

With the re-opening of schools, there is a need for pedagogic support for students belonging to the marginalized sections to help them acquire linguistic, numerical, and cognitive competencies. In the aftermath of the pandemic, the contradiction between instrumentalism and morality as educational aims has reached the state of a full-blown crisis. This has percolated in the educational institutions as they[Read More…]

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Savarkar’s Original Petitions To The British Begging Forgiveness (1913, 1914, 1920) [Source: National Archives of India]

Savarkar’s Original Petitions To The British Begging Forgiveness (1913, 1914, 1920) [Source: National Archives of India]

First time these are being made available in original form. The credit to gather all these goes to Mr. Amit Indurkar and his friends who are intensely involved in unearthing anti-national and anti-humanity documents of Savarkar.  (22 February 2022) Mercy Petition-Savarkar 14-11-1913 (2 pages) Mercy Petition-Savarkar-1914 (3 pages) MERCY PETITION-SAVARKAR-30-03-1920 (total pages 4) Compiled by Shamsul Islam

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Anti-war protesters gather in front of the White House to demonstrate against escalating tensions between the United States and Russia over Ukraine on January 27, 2022, in Washington, D.C. (Photo: Win McNamee/Getty Images)

Innate Warmongering: Seeing Conflict in Ukraine as Inevitable

US President Theodore Roosevelt never had much time for peace, seeing its returns as distinctly less than those of war.  Despite his love of military conflict and its touted benefits, he was rewarded with the Nobel Peace Prize for his role in brokering peace in the Russo-Japanese War.  But for old Teddy peaceniks were sissies, degenerates, and probably sexually dubious.[Read More…]

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Members of Ukraine’s Territorial Defense Forces, volunteer military units of the Armed Forces, train in a city park in Kyiv, Ukraine, Jan. 22, 2022. (AP Photo/Efrem Lukatsky, File)

War or Images of War?

Experienced foreign policy analysts such as Ray McGovern, Scott Ritter, and Pepe Escobar, while agreeing that the Biden administration is clearly guilty of provoking Russia over Ukraine, are divided over whether it will lead to war.  All agree that Russia has no intention of invading Ukraine and that it is clearly justified in demanding safe borders by insisting U.S./NATO withdraw[Read More…]

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Biden’s Real Challenge is Not Russia or China, but Poverty in America

Biden’s Real Challenge is Not Russia or China, but Poverty in America

Mainstream US media continues to celebrate the supposed strength of the US economy. Almost daily, headlines speak of hopeful numbers, sustainable growth, positive trends and constant gains. The reality on the ground, however, tells of something entirely different, which raises the questions: Are Americans being lied to? And for what purpose? “US Economy Grew 1.7% in Fourth Quarter, Capping a[Read More…]

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Justice Denied Once Again to Persons with Disabilities in Budget Allocations

Justice Denied Once Again to Persons with Disabilities in Budget Allocations

If responsibilities with respect to a most deserving and vulnerable section of our population increase significantly and the government also accepts that responsibilities have increased yet refuses to increase the budget in accordance with increased responsibilities, then surely this is a case of serious injustice. If on top of it even the limited allocations are frequently cut mid-year and so[Read More…]

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Destruction of a Small Nationality

Destruction of a Small Nationality

Reports say some authority in central(union) government had rejected the tableaux from three states for the Republic Day parade.What does the republic stand for? Not a centralized state,but as CPI(M) leader Sitaram Yechury had insisted in Parliament during the first Modi government ‘a union of states’.He had invoked the Constitution.But leader of the Opposition Arun Jaitley had promptly retorted that[Read More…]

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Esoteric neutrinos and People’s concerns: The Indian Neutrino Observatory

Esoteric neutrinos and People’s concerns: The Indian Neutrino Observatory

Tamil Nadu has reportedly made clear to the Supreme Court that it does not want the Indian Neutrino Observatory (INO) to be set up in a sensitive ecological zone in the Western Ghats at great cost to wildlife, biodiversity, and by ignoring the local opposition and public agitations to the project. Neutrinos are esoteric Neutrinos, first postulated in 1930 by[Read More…]

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Hindus for Human Rights to lobby US Congress and Government against Hindutva hate campaign against Muslims

Hindus for Human Rights to lobby US Congress and Government against Hindutva hate campaign against Muslims

In a forceful and passionate interview, where both her anger and anguish are clearly visible, the Executive Director of Hindus for Human Rights, a US-based civil society organisation, says that her organization will “certainly intensify and escalate” efforts to lobby the US Congress and Biden Administration to speak out against Hindutva and India’s treatment of minorities and muslims in particular.[Read More…]

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Public Trust as a Non-negotiable Duty of the Indian State

Public Trust as a Non-negotiable Duty of the Indian State

Proposed electoral reforms not only evokes a procedural and constitutional debate, but has deeper implications for India’s engagement on the idea of public trust   File image of an Aadhaar card | Photo: Dhiraj Singh | Bloomberg  A central procedural aspect of any democratic nation is manifested in its legislative elections. The Election Laws (Amendment) Bill, 2021 passed by both[Read More…]

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Paralysing Afghanistan: Washington’s Regime Change Agenda

Paralysing Afghanistan: Washington’s Regime Change Agenda

Nation states are habitually doomed to defeat their best interests.  Conditions of mad instability are fostered.  Arms sales take place, regimes get propped up or abandoned, and the people under them endure and suffer, awaiting the next criminal regime change. Nothing is more counter-intuitive than the effort to isolate, cripple and strangulate the Taliban regime in Afghanistan.  For all the[Read More…]

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Where is India Headed? And where lies the Inspiration for Change?

Where is India Headed? And where lies the Inspiration for Change?

Book Review: Where is India Headed? An Historical Critique by  Dr Vinod Mubayi, Media Society and Sahithya Pravarthaka, 2021. It was April 2017, UP elections had just concluded, writing about the loss of composite culture, the Ganga-Jamuni tehzeeb, Vinod Mubayi, in his essay UP Elections and Consequence said, ‘the early signs are not reassuring’. The essay foretold that the country[Read More…]

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Assault on the idea of education

Assault on the idea of education

The Sangh Parivar claims to be a cultural organization. Core supporters of its ideology are upper caste and/or the educated elite. Quite naturally it gives importance to education. It is opposed to caste based reservation in the name of honouring merit. The irony is among the top leadership of Sangh Parivar or it affiliate organisations there are hardly any intelligent[Read More…]

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Disturbing increase in child labour during Covid

Disturbing increase in child labour during Covid

There has been a steep increase in child labour in the country during the Covid pandemic period that shows severe economic distress among large sections of the population. The figures of the government itself are telling that apart from the mental, physical health of the children, this virus has forced them to work at a young age. Children have started[Read More…]

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UNHRC is duty bound to find justice to the oppressed Tamils in Sri Lanka

UNHRC is duty bound to find justice to the oppressed Tamils in Sri Lanka

The United Nations, UN Human Rights Council and the International Community will now understand Sri Lanka’s policy of non-compliance of any recommendations of the UN or UNHRC. The following long standing core issues still to be investigated and perpetrators punished, On the evening of January 02, 2006, amid New Year’s celebrations at Trincomalee beach Sri Lankan security forces shot and[Read More…]

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Peoples Welfare Democracy Conference at Barnala

Peoples Welfare Democracy Conference at Barnala

“Confide in struggles not in elections” called the Peoples Welfare Rally. of the Bharatiya Kisan Union Ekta(Ugrahan).On February 17th farmers, farm-labourers, women, youth, industrial labourers, contractual labourers and toiling people flooded Barnala grain market. Scene resembled a festival of the masses. Revolutionary democratic spirit was elevated to a height rarely transcended or scaled in Punjab or even India, with an[Read More…]

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How the Indian community has been crushed by Governments and Markets

How the Indian community has been crushed by Governments and Markets

Recently, I started reading Raghuram Rajan‘s ‘The Third Pillar’, in which he brilliantly describes the critical role of community in a nation and how the state and markets do not give much importance to it. I could not help but circumspect those 3 pillars from the perspective of our country, where the state and markets have become powerful by oppressing[Read More…]

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Freedom Convoy in Canada: At Least 100 Arrested As Police Clamp Down On Protesters Blocking Ottawa For Weeks

Freedom Convoy in Canada: At Least 100 Arrested As Police Clamp Down On Protesters Blocking Ottawa For Weeks

The “Freedom Convoy” protest has left Ottawa, Canada, in gridlock for three weeks, and on Friday, police began a major operation to clear out the remaining protesters and vehicles. Police said more than 100 people were arrested and that some protesters had assaulted officers. Freedom Convoys are also being organized in other countries. In a few countries this has already[Read More…]

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Biden claims “Putin has made the decision” to invade Ukraine as mass evacuations begin in the Donbass

Biden claims “Putin has made the decision” to invade Ukraine as mass evacuations begin in the Donbass

At an extraordinary press conference Friday afternoon, US President Joe Biden declared that he was “convinced” Russian President Vladimir Putin had made “the decision to invade” Ukraine and advance on the country’s capital Kiev. Biden said that the White House “expected” such a move “within the coming week, within the coming days.” In a 10-minute speech, Biden warned that “such[Read More…]

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A woman passes a fence outside Brooklyn's Green-Wood Cemetery adorned with tributes to victims of COVID-19. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan)

 Pandemic is not over yet by a long shot: Deaths rose every week in 2022

by Shobha Shukla and Bobby Ramakant   Global health thought leader Dr Tim France rightly tweeted, “Here is the WHO stating explicitly what most people I know are saying to one another privately: Is not it really risky to lift all COVID-19 related measures now, with the virus still circulating in high levels? Clearly, in these global experts’ minds, the[Read More…]

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The Big Dendrophobics

The Big Dendrophobics

I am the Agar wood or Oud tree that has been growing for more than 5 decades in the green campus of the heritage space in the city –the Residency and Guest house . It would be better to say that I  “was the agar tree” because now I am just logs with little or no life left in me.[Read More…]

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Jesse helping Sneha identify the smell and touch of a flower

COVID complicates lives of those afflicted with deaf-blindness

Since it started in early 2020 the COVID pandemic has posed great challenges for many with hearing and visual impairments, particularly children. Talking with the help of hands or facial expression is the most convenient way for a person dealing  with  hearing impairment  to communicate. Even a person with visual impairment    requires support of objects and humans to move around[Read More…]

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President Joe Biden speaks about Ukraine in the East Room of the White House, Tuesday, February 15, 2022, in Washington. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

United States’ Diplomatic Communication & Ukraine-Crisis! 

United States’ expertise at holding strategic command over controlling operation of diplomatic reins may well be assumed to have fumbled a little at propagation of so-called Ukraine-crisis because of alleged military designs of Russia. Yes, to a considerable degree, greater part of the world still depends on going by what is stated by White House as well as American media.[Read More…]

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Elections in Colombia: Prospects for Change and Lack of Guarantees

Elections in Colombia: Prospects for Change and Lack of Guarantees

With legislative and presidential elections coming up in Colombia, the supposedly “oldest democracy in Latin America” will see if it can consolidate the most precarious and recent peace on the continent. The Latin American and Caribbean electoral calendar for 2022 promises to be no less hectic than that of the previous year. Among the upcoming elections and referendums that are slated for this year—Costa[Read More…]

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Dangerously Awash in Chemicals

Dangerously Awash in Chemicals

Man-made chemicals have exceeded the limits of safety for the planet. This statement comes from the first-ever major scientific warning based upon a study of the dangers posed by the flood of chemicals across the globe as three hundred fifty thousand (350,000) chemicals slosh throughout the planet. “We have overwhelming evidence of negative impacts on Earth systems, including biodiversity and[Read More…]

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Forgive Thyself and Others: Reparations Now!

Forgive Thyself and Others: Reparations Now!

The question of Reparations for the historical crime of slavery is not primarily about money. Rather it is about spiritual cleansing and healing. It is about recognizing the fact that systemic physical and mental torture have long hands that stretch out across time and space. It is about acknowledging the attempted physical and spiritual destruction of a people and the[Read More…]

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Elections and the idea of struggle

Elections and the idea of struggle

As village after village is being visited by the political elite of the state of Punjab to make promises and appease the voters for 20th February (when their fate gets decided by the population of the state), the members of BKU (Ekta) Ugrahan – the largest Kisan union  in Punjab –  was busy preparing for its Lok Kalyan rally, which[Read More…]

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Lives in the Renaissance

Lives in the Renaissance

Human history as cultural history We need to reform our teaching of history so that the emphasis will be placed on the gradual growth of human culture and knowledge, a growth to which all nations and ethnic groups have contributed. A new freely downloadable book I would like to announce the publication of a book which presents many aspects of[Read More…]

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Bolsonaro’s ‘Solidarity’ With Russia: U.S. Unhappy

Bolsonaro’s ‘Solidarity’ With Russia: U.S. Unhappy

The U.S. on Thursday criticized Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro’s declaration of “solidarity” with Russia during a visit there this week. A Reuters report from Brasilia said: “The timing of the president of Brazil expressing solidarity with Russia, just as Russian forces are preparing to launch attacks on Ukrainian cities, could not be worse,” the U.S. State Department said. “It undermines[Read More…]

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People gather in Rome to call for peace, February 15, 2022 | Photo Credit: Reuters

What Is Going to Happen in Ukraine?

by Medea Benjamin and Nicolas J.S. Davies  Every day brings new noise and fury in the crisis over Ukraine, mostly from Washington. But what is really likely to happen? There are three possible scenarios: The first is that Russia will suddenly launch an unprovoked invasion of Ukraine. The second is that the Ukrainian government in Kyiv will launch an escalation[Read More…]

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Airmen from the 436th Aerial Port Squadron load ammunition, weapons and other equipment bound for Ukraine during a foreign military sales mission at Dover Air Force Base, Del., on Jan. 30, 2022.

Western Democracies Have Mutated Into Propagandists for War and Conflict

Marshall McLuhan’s prophecy that “the successor to politics will be propaganda” has happened. Raw propaganda is now the rule in Western democracies, especially the U.S. and Britain. On matters of war and peace, ministerial deceit is reported as news. Inconvenient facts are censored, demons are nurtured. The model is corporate spin, the currency of the age. In 1964, McLuhan famously[Read More…]

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The Western Allied Nations Bully the World While Warning of Threats From China and Russia

The Western Allied Nations Bully the World While Warning of Threats From China and Russia

On January 21, 2022, Vice Admiral Kay-Achim Schönbach attended a talk in New Delhi, India, organized by the Manohar Parrikar Institute for Defense Studies and Analyses. Schönbach was speaking as the chief of Germany’s navy during his visit to the institute. “What he really wants is respect,” Schönbach said, referring to Russia’s President Vladimir Putin. “And my god, giving someone respect is low cost, even no[Read More…]

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 We Need to Talk About the Jewish National Fund

 We Need to Talk About the Jewish National Fund

The world took little notice last month when over 100 Bedouin, a third of them minors, were arrested in the Negev/Naqab desert in Southern Israel. They were protesting the Jewish National Fund’s planting trees on 300 dunams as part of a 5,000 dunam (1,236 acre) afforestation project on land where 300,000 Palestinian citizens of Israel live and farm. Because the Keren Kayemeth LeIsrael-Jewish[Read More…]

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Even though the Neocons and Neoliberals are drooling for war in Ukraine, Putin never intended a war

Even though the Neocons and Neoliberals are drooling for war in Ukraine, Putin never intended a war

As the title states, the Washington DC Think Tank crowd have been itching, along with the military industrial complex, for another major war. They are still attempting to draw Iran into a trap but so far that hasn’t worked because of the pragmatism of the Iranian leadership. However, they knew they could rattle Vladmir Putin’s cage with the threat of[Read More…]

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Why Is China Fanning the Flames of Ethnic Politics in the Balkans?

Why Is China Fanning the Flames of Ethnic Politics in the Balkans?

The fragile geopolitical nature of the Balkans has allowed Russia to consistently undermine Western integration attempts in the region. While foreign interference is nothing new in Europe’s underbelly, it has historically been limited to regional powers and the U.S. But China’s recent collaboration with Russia in supporting ethnic separatism in Bosnia and Herzegovina (BiH) reveals that Beijing is happy to challenge the[Read More…]

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 Palestine/Israel Crisis Resolved!

 Palestine/Israel Crisis Resolved!

As awareness of the Palestinian crisis grows and empathy for the Palestinian people increases, organizations search frantically for a solution to Israel’s continuous theft of Palestinian lands and oppression of the native peoples. Justice looks to establishing a single state, where Israelis and Palestinians live as equals and in harmony. The single state solution arrived with improved understanding of the[Read More…]

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The Little Dendrophilics

The Little Dendrophilics

The 14 year old brother and 10 year old sister hurried with their mother across the crowded city to reach their grandmother’s shop by the road side . Most evenings they came here to help the grandmother pack up the containers and other materials, untie the long chain of masks that she sold ever since Covid phase and also drop[Read More…]

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3 M’s behind Hijab issue

3 M’s behind Hijab issue

The February 5 order of Government of Karnataka banning wearing of Hijab and High court interim order restraining wearing of any form of religious attire has brought to fore the Hijab issue. While the BJP may try to show itself in progressive and modernity light, there are 3 M’s behind the move of Government of Karnataka. Karnataka has emerged as[Read More…]

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The Big Squeeze

The Big Squeeze

Politically and culturally this baby boomer feels like the odd man out. Each day it compounds itself as no matter where I look is there any rational thinking. Perhaps I am related to Robert Heinlein’s main character in his 1961 novel ‘ Stranger in a Strange Land’, born on Earth and raised on Mars. Methinks perhaps Pluto or somewhere further[Read More…]

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My Life with Maus Or How I Was Banned (Even If in a Second-Hand Way) by a Trumpian World

My Life with Maus Or How I Was Banned (Even If in a Second-Hand Way) by a Trumpian World

Sometimes life has a way of making you realize things about yourself. Recently, I discovered that an urge of mine, almost four decades old, had been the very opposite of that of a rural Tennessee school board this January. In another life, I played a role in what could be thought of as the unbanning of the graphic novel Maus.[Read More…]

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Pseudoscience thrives during the Covid pandemic

Pseudoscience thrives during the Covid pandemic

Mamata Banerjee, the Chief Minister of West Bengal, stirred up a series of trolls and memes on social media recently by claiming that “Corona does not spread in salt water”, during a press conference related to the Gangasagar Mela. The Gangasagar mela is an annual pilgrimage for Hindus, held every year during the makar sankranti festival, when thousands from all[Read More…]

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Assembly Elections: Scenario and Consequences

Assembly Elections: Scenario and Consequences

The assembly elections in five states, being held from February 10 to March 7, 2022, are bound to have an impact on both: the politics of power and the politics of ideology. The impact of these elections on the politics of power is being discussed more and more in political parties, mass media and citizens’ discourse. With the acceptance and[Read More…]

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Members of Ukraine’s Territorial Defense Forces, volunteer military units of the Armed Forces, train in a city park in Kyiv, Ukraine, Jan. 22, 2022. (AP Photo/Efrem Lukatsky, File)

US, NATO double down on war threats against Russia over Ukraine

Events are exposing the threats and lies that the NATO powers are using to launch a war drive against Russia. Yesterday, the date US officials had said would see the beginning of Russia’s conquest of Ukraine, came and went without any Russian invasion whatsoever, and Russia in fact pulled back units deployed along its border with Ukraine for military exercises.[Read More…]

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President Joe Biden speaks about Ukraine in the East Room of the White House, Tuesday, February 15, 2022, in Washington. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

The Blatancy of American Presidents’ Lies

Joe Biden told the American people, on 15 February 2022, “The United States and NATO are not a threat to Russia. …  To the citizens of Russia: You are not our enemy.” He expected Americans and Russians to believe that America’s anti-Russian military alliance (NATO) wasn’t hostile to Russia, wasn’t against it, didn’t consider it to be even an enemy[Read More…]

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Com.K.S.C.Bose (20-02-1946...20-12-2012)

Remembering Com.K.S.C.Bose, a Committed and Respected Working-class Leader and Communist Revolutionary

         Well irrigated paddy  fields and  rich economy, as shown in Telugu cinemas come to one’s mind whenever there is any reference to East and West Godavari districts of Andhra Pradesh (AP) in India which  are part of central coastal region of the state  where canal irrigation and capitalism arrived earliest,  thanks to a record 3.5 km long Dowlaiswaram[Read More…]

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Africa Must Not Abandon Palestine by Granting Israel Observer Status

Africa Must Not Abandon Palestine by Granting Israel Observer Status

The current split in the African Union (AU) over Israel’s Observer membership status is emblematic of a larger conflict that could potentially split the African continent’s largest political institutions. Africa is currently facing one of its most crucial decisions regarding Palestine and Israel. The repercussions of this decision could be as significant as the 1975 Resolution 77 (XII) by the[Read More…]

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Failure in Moscow: Liz Truss loses Britannia’s Way

Failure in Moscow: Liz Truss loses Britannia’s Way

Incompetent politicians and diplomats are on the level with ill-prepared generals fighting current wars with dated methods.  They err, they stumble, and they may well be responsible for the next idiotic slander, misfire or misunderstanding.  UK Foreign Secretary Liz Truss is synonymous with Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s idea of groping diplomacy.  Graceless, all confusion, and much ignorance besides, she has[Read More…]

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The Altruistic USA always needs an enemy

The Altruistic USA always needs an enemy

Since the Korean war, the USA could not pass a reasonable long time without at least one enemy, if not more, around the globe. It constantly finds a foe on the horizon. They can find or discover an adversary when needed and notably, they need it always! No need to give chronological examples to readers. And in Washington’s lens, it[Read More…]

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Victims of Floods and Erosion Raise Voice Against Neglect and Injustice

Victims of Floods and Erosion Raise Voice Against Neglect and Injustice

          Recent reports from Bihar have pointed to the building up a movement of flood and erosion affected people of Bihar against denial of promised relief and rehabilitation. In addition longer term issues of the injustice done to people caught between embankments on two sides are also being raised. Although the emphasis of the movement just now is more on[Read More…]

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President Joe Biden speaks about Ukraine in the East Room of the White House, Tuesday, February 15, 2022, in Washington. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

Biden’s Russia speech: Hypocrisy, lies and warmongering

On Tuesday, the day before the United States had previously claimed Russia would launch a full-scale invasion of Ukraine, US President Joe Biden gave a speech in which he doubled down on his threats of a “bloody, destructive war” even though no Russian invasion was forthcoming. Earlier in the day, the Russian government, which has insisted that it has no[Read More…]

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Citizens are seen on their daily life during snowfall in winter season in Avdiivka, Ukraine on January 24, 2022. People of Avdiivka located near Donbas have demanded peace, not war, with Russia. (Photo: Ali Atmaca/Anadolu Agency via Getty Images)

What Russia Wants

Russia does not want to invade Ukraine Both Russia’s President, Vladimir Putin, and its Foreign Secretary, Sergey Laverov, have repeatedly stated that Russia does not intend to invade Ukraine. Logic also tells us that if they had wished to do so, they would have done it long ago. The threat of a Russian invasion of Ukraine is a western invention.[Read More…]

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 The political economy of CPSE disinvestment: Has national wealth been put on a distress sale?

 The political economy of CPSE disinvestment: Has national wealth been put on a distress sale?

2021 Disinvestment Policy: The sweeping, ill-advised disinvestment policy announced by the NDA government in December, 2021 has put most of the national wealth on a distress sale. The few oligarchs who fund the political parties and issue diktats on policy are waiting with their war chests of funds ready to buy the Central Public Sector Enterprises (CPSEs)  for a song,[Read More…]

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Experts Worried Over Drift Towards Privatisation in India’s Dairy Sector

Experts Worried Over Drift Towards Privatisation in India’s Dairy Sector

Several leading experts and veterans of the dairy sector in India have recently stated in a joint statement that they are worried about the recent privatisation trends in the National Dairy Development Board which had been engaged so far in advancing cooperatives based dairy development. In fact this trend extends to some other dairy institutions  also, sending strong signals that[Read More…]

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We Cannot Truly Die

We Cannot Truly Die

The extraordinary statement “we cannot truly die” is found on page 133 of Joseph Selbie’s book, The Physics of God (New Page Books, 2021). Indeed, it’s a book for people who want to understand and believe that there is more to life’s course than earthly corporeal existence. Based upon reams of fascinating scientific and metaphysical research, Selbie connects the dots[Read More…]

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America’s Disastrous 60-Year War

America’s Disastrous 60-Year War

Three Generations of Conspicuous Destruction by the Military-Industrial Complex In my lifetime of nearly 60 years, America has waged five major wars, winning one decisively, then throwing that victory away, while losing the other four disastrously. Vietnam, Afghanistan, and Iraq, as well as the Global War on Terror, were the losses, of course; the Cold War being the solitary win[Read More…]

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Saudi Arabia's War in Yemen Has Failed - Council on Foreign Relations

The UAE, Saudi Arabia, US, and UK are Complicit in Committing War Crimes in Yemen

I’ve previously written concerning [Yemen, The War That Should Have Never Been And How To Achieve Peace: Countercurrents: 13/02/2022] the fact the War in Yemen should never have occurred in the first place and the what and how required to achieve peace; either by dividing Yemen in two, North and South Yemen as per the pre-1990 borders, or under a[Read More…]

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American critics of Hindu nationalism risk sustained attacks

American critics of Hindu nationalism risk sustained attacks

From politicians to academics, Americans who speak against Hindutva face harsh backlash, protests, and violent threats.  When US Senator and then-presidential candidate Bernie Sanders criticized then President Donald Trump’s “failure of leadership on human rights” for having dismissed the issue of the February 2020 anti-Muslim pogrom in Delhi as “up to India,” it was not long before a senior leader of India’s ruling Bharatiya[Read More…]

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It’s February again……

It’s February again……

The sunlight dazzles in the breeze sparkling its way through the window The rays of the sun touch my brow and embrace the body in full splendor The roses you loved, the magnolia you planted, the jasmine you potted The roses have withered, magnolia stands tall, the jasmine blooms in all its charm The breeze is slow, birds are silent,[Read More…]

by 16/02/2022 1 comment Arts/Literature
Some Years after #MeToo

Some Years after #MeToo

We are aware of how the #MeToo movement began in 2017, in the United States of America, and spread to other parts of the world. I will not go into the timeline here. I will, though, begin with how it hit the Indian sub-continent. In 2018, as the movement spread in media, politics, film industry, art worlds etc. in India,[Read More…]

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New situation in the North India

New situation in the North India

A new situation is being emerged in some parts of North India. The states where elections are being held include Uttar Pradesh, Uttarakhand, Punjab. Uttar Pradesh A new picture is emerging in this state which is the integration of Bahujan castes like never before. Yadav, Jatt, Kurmi, Rajbhar etc. The integration of OBC castes and some Dalit castes, who had[Read More…]

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Hijab ban: Multiple Dimensions

Hijab ban: Multiple Dimensions

The raging controversy around Hijab is taking disturbing proportions. In Udupi Karnataka Muslim girls alleged that they were denied entry in to the classroom if they wear Hijab. Then we saw the gates of the institute being shut on the hijab wearing girls. Also we witnessed the shameful-despicable act of the vigilantes wearing saffron turban and shawls obstructing the lone[Read More…]

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A view of the U.S. Embassy in Kyiv, Ukraine, Saturday, Feb. 12, 2022 [Credit: AP Photo/Andrew Kravchenko]

US moves embassy from Ukraine’s capital Kiev to the western city of Lviv

Amid an ongoing war frenzy in the American media, the US cleared out its embassy in the Ukrainian capital Kiev and relocated its diplomatic staff 340 miles west to Lviv, near the border with Poland. Since Thursday, the Biden administration and the corporate press have peddled unsubstantiated allegations that a Russian invasion is “imminent,” naming Wednesday as a potential date[Read More…]

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People and environment of Dhinkia versus the Indian steel industry

People and environment of Dhinkia versus the Indian steel industry

For several months now people of Dhinkia in Jagashinghpur district of Orissa have been protesting against the project of Utkal Steel Industries Ltd. belonging to US$13 billion JSW group, owned by  Sajjan Jindal . On 14th January state atrocity against protesters became inhumane. They were subjected to brutal lathi charge. Elderly-children-women nobody was spared from the ruthless lathi charge. More[Read More…]

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Anti-war protesters gather in front of the White House to demonstrate against escalating tensions between the United States and Russia over Ukraine on January 27, 2022, in Washington, D.C. (Photo: Win McNamee/Getty Images)

Ukraine Standoff! Will cooler heads prevail?  

The drums of war are beating again! It is at the border between Russia and Ukraine and in the corridors of the power elites in Washington. It is kind of shocking to see the readiness for another war so soon among the Neocons considering the recent debacle in Afghanistan, an epic failure of a global power surrendering to a ragtag[Read More…]

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Is Modi working overtime to reverse India’s progression into a nation from a country?

Is Modi working overtime to reverse India’s progression into a nation from a country?

Muskan Khan, the lone Karnataka (India) Muslim student in Hijab, standing up against Hindu extremists; Source:  CNN In the past, there were no countries. There were civilizations and empires and then, there were nations of small ethnic and linguistic groups. ‘Country’, is a colonial construct and thus a very a recent idea. For example, before British colonised ‘India’, it did[Read More…]

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US steals billions in Afghan bank funds

US steals billions in Afghan bank funds

In an action that combines brazen theft, imperialist brutality and unlimited hypocrisy, the Biden administration announced Friday that it will seize control of $7 billion in Afghanistan financial assets, held largely at the Federal Reserve Bank of New York, rather than return them to the Afghanistan central bank. Media attention has largely been devoted to Biden’s splitting of the $7[Read More…]

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Post 10 March Scenarios – Hope and Despair

Post 10 March Scenarios – Hope and Despair

Elections to the Vidhan Sabha in five states – Punjab, Uttar Pradesh, Uttarakhand, Goa and Manipur – took off, with the first round in Uttar Pradesh on 10 February. And a month later, we will have the results out on 10 March. These elections are being considered very critical – not just for the political parties and individuals in the[Read More…]

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Possession and use of chemical weapons by Sri Lankan Army: Massacre of 147,000 Tamils

Possession and use of chemical weapons by Sri Lankan Army: Massacre of 147,000 Tamils

Sri Lanka is a democracy only in its most slovenly application, and even if it is a full, blazing beacon of a democracy, the category offers no protection or excuse for what that “democracy” so gruesomely did to Tamils by using banned cluster bombs and phosphorous to wipe out the Tamils trapped inside the war zone. Most unfortunate for all[Read More…]

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Canada, Truckers, and Freedom

Canada, Truckers, and Freedom

Non-sovereign nation Start at the top:  Canada is not free and does not control its own sovereignty as a fully independent country.  Much of this is by choice as an offspring of the British Empire. Canada’s foreign policy is very much in line with U.S. foreign policy, or more broadly it is fully in line with the Anglo-American Five Eyes[Read More…]

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Right to Education, Diversities and Public Institutions

Right to Education, Diversities and Public Institutions

   Just a few days back, an incident took place around the wearing of hijab by Muskan Khan. It has created huge controversies, leading to a deeply polarized situation in the realm of politics and society. This incident has created pan-Indian reactions and it has become an international issue. In this hijab row, political leaders and the so-called secular parties have[Read More…]

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Unpaid salaries, low budget allocation plague mid-day meal scheme in UP

Unpaid salaries, low budget allocation plague mid-day meal scheme in UP

On a biting cold  day in January this year, the city of Prayagraj witnessed a day long demonstration by a group of cooks employed by the government’s Mid-Day Meal Scheme (MDMS) for school children. They were demanding their pay, withheld for over eight months at the peak of the Covid pandemic, by the Uttar Pradesh regime without giving any reasons.[Read More…]

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How can one remain silent?

How can one remain silent?

by Ra’ana Dilruba Yasmin and Robert H. Stiver “I have never doubted that apartheid – because it was of itself fundamentally, intrinsically evil – was going to bite the dust eventually.”   ~Desmond Tutu, 2007 Along with Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi, Nelson Mandela ‘Madiba,’ and Martin Luther King, Jr., the world has lost one of the greatest souls of the last two centuries or[Read More…]

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Religion and Identity in a Critical Time—Italian Philosopher’s Reflections

Religion and Identity in a Critical Time—Italian Philosopher’s Reflections

Debating on religion, culture, and nationalism is a challenging task in contemporary times. Given the multifarious dimensions of issues related to religion and nationalism, this has become extremely complex today, more than ever before in the history of philosophy. This is the theme of a special lecture by Italian philosopher Dr Sabrina Lei, Director, Tawasul International Centre for Publishing, Research[Read More…]

by 13/02/2022 Comments are Disabled Life/Philosophy
Arctic Methane Threat: Global Warming Increasing Bacterial Methanogenesis & Methane Release

Arctic Methane Threat: Global Warming Increasing Bacterial Methanogenesis & Methane Release

The atmospheric level of the potent greenhouse gas (GHG) methane (CH4) is increasing, and is now nearly triple the pre-industrial level. There is a positive feedback loop in the Arctic with increased methane leading to warming and thence to further increase in atmospheric methane. In the warming Arctic methane release is occurring from  huge methane-water clathrate deposits, and increasingly from[Read More…]

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High time to recognize the genocide of Tamils in Sri Lanka

High time to recognize the genocide of Tamils in Sri Lanka

Genocide of Tamils in Sri Lanka, including structural genocide, commenced in 1948 soon after the independence. As defined in the United Nations Genocide Convention of 1948, genocide includes “killing members of the group, or causing serious bodily or mental harm to members of the group, with intent to destroy in whole or part of a said national, ethnical, racial or[Read More…]

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Public Intellectual – The Life of a Citizen Pilgrim

Public Intellectual – The Life of a Citizen Pilgrim

Public Intellectual – The Life of a Citizen Pilgrim. Richard Falk. Clarity Press, Atlanta, GA. 2021. Writing an autobiography after experiencing the greater part of a century as a public intellectual has resulted in Richard Falk’s superbly written story covering many of the major events of the Twentieth and nascent Twenty-first Centuries. Public Intellectual is densely written with ideas and[Read More…]

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Yemen, the war that should have never been and how to achieve peace

Yemen, the war that should have never been and how to achieve peace

In military history, the term “we learn from history, that we never learned from history” could be no truer than in Yemen. Two wars are raging in Yemen that the United States and the UK are complicit in: the first conflict has been a continuous counterterrorism battle against a Yemeni Al Qaeda’s affiliate, known as Al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula[Read More…]

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Justice for Lakhimpur Kheri Massacre

Justice for Lakhimpur Kheri Massacre

‘Deaths in Farmers’ Protest 2020’ portal provides details of over 700 women and men who died during the year-long, peaceful farmers’ movement.  The records are a testimony of lives shortened by neglect and harsh living conditions, made harsher due to state apathy.  Men and women died of stress, dehydration, by suicides and were ran over by speeding vehicles, the list[Read More…]

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Ocean Heat Killing Spree

Ocean Heat Killing Spree

The oceans of the world are undergoing a dangerous and damaging upheaval that manifests throughout scientific studies of late. Whether it’s the world’s fisheries of the Bering Strait or coral reefs of the Mediterranean Sea or emaciated Gray Whales along the Pacific coastline, study after study after study describes sudden, sharp downturns in all categories of marine life. What is[Read More…]

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Fossil Fuel Companies and Their Mouthpieces Offer Net-Zero Logic on Climate Change

Fossil Fuel Companies and Their Mouthpieces Offer Net-Zero Logic on Climate Change

Oil and gas CEOs were too chicken to show up to a recent congressional hearing—perhaps fearing that their climate pledges will be revealed as nothing more than slick PR. Everywhere around us there is evidence of climate change, from the increase in winter storms such as New England’s late January blizzard, to California’s recent record-breaking winter heat wave. Meanwhile, the world’s biggest oil and[Read More…]

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Millions of Afghans have been displaced by the war. Photo: MikrofonNews

The Terrible Fate Facing the Afghan People

On February 8, 2022, UNICEF (the United Nations Children’s Fund) Afghanistan sent out a bleak set of tweets. One of the tweets, which included a photograph of a child lying in a hospital bed with her mother seated beside her, said: “Having recently recovered from acute watery diarrhea, two years old Soria is back in hospital, this time suffering from edema and wasting.[Read More…]

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Interpreting Karnataka’s Hijab Row

Interpreting Karnataka’s Hijab Row

In Karnataka, there have been incidents of Muslim girls being banned from attending college for wearing hijab; when they insisted on exercising their right to do so, Hindu students donned saffron scarves to intimidate them, raising slogans of “Jai Shri Ram (praise Lord Ram)” while going to college. In response to these events, the state’s Education Department said, “In some[Read More…]

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Begampura conference of Dalit agriculture labourers demands land for the landless

Begampura conference of Dalit agriculture labourers demands land for the landless

In Bhawanigarh  in Punjab on February 10th the Zameen Prapt Sangharsh Commitee held the Begampura  conference on the issue of the implementation of the land ceilings act on the Occasion of birthday Guru  Ravidas .Comprising around 2000 persons it was a most qualitative assembly in channelizing the wrath of the agricultural dalit labour against the oppressive social order. It also[Read More…]

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The missing ‘worker’ in Budget 2022 and its implications

The missing ‘worker’ in Budget 2022 and its implications

Two popular words — ‘worker’ and ‘labourer’ were absent in the finance minister’s speech. This signifies a paternalistic approach to workers where workers are not holders of any legitimate rights over re-distributed wealth. Finance minister Nirmala Sitharaman’s speech while presenting Budget 2022 is littered with words, ‘jobs’ and ‘employment’. The words reflect the core ideological position of the budget. What[Read More…]

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Islamophobia is taking its most lethal form in India: Noam Chomsky

Islamophobia is taking its most lethal form in India: Noam Chomsky

Celebrated thinker Noam Chomsky said the “pathology of Islamophobia”, now growing throughout the West, was “taking its most lethal form in India where the Modi government is systematically dismantling Indian secular democracy and turning the country into a Hindu ethnocracy”. Chomsky’s comments came in a recorded message to a congressional briefing — the third in a month organised by US-based[Read More…]

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Kerala story is inspiring for all Indians and Uttar Pradesh would do well to follow it

Kerala story is inspiring for all Indians and Uttar Pradesh would do well to follow it

Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath has been claiming that UP model has become ‘ideal’ for the rest of the country. Darbari media has already given Uttar Pradesh one of the best ‘governed’ state. As first phase of elections in Uttar Pradesh has completed yesterday, things are not that rosy for the ruling BJP as they were claiming and hence[Read More…]

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 ‘Thank You for Hearing Our Afghan Pain’

 ‘Thank You for Hearing Our Afghan Pain’

People in the United States must recognize the suffering their country continues inflicting in Afghanistan. During visits to Kabul, Afghanistan, over the past decade, I particularly relished lingering over breakfasts on chilly winter mornings with my young hosts who were on their winter break from school. Seated on the floor, wearing coats and hats and draped with blankets, we’d sip[Read More…]

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Tikait’s Haridwar Visit: These Other Sadhus @ HARIDWAR & Their Protracted Fight

Tikait’s Haridwar Visit: These Other Sadhus @ HARIDWAR & Their Protracted Fight

Rakesh Tikait visits Swami Sivananda Image courtesy: हिन्दुस्तान टीम, हरिद्वार In June 2011 Swami Nigamananda died fasting for more than a hundred days. Later, Swami Gyan Swarup Sanand (formerly known as professor G D Agarwal the pioneer Environmental Engineer at IIT Kanpur and one of the initiators of Pollution Control Boards of our country) died in October 2018 fasting 112[Read More…]

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Should Bangladesh Lease Land from South Sudan?

Should Bangladesh Lease Land from South Sudan?

For a long period of time, Bangladesh has been striving to ensure food security at home by planning to shop farmland abroad. Recently, South Sudan, an African country, has expressed interest in leasing a vast area of its fallow land to Bangladesh in order to collaborate in agricultural production, processing, and marketing in the central African countries. This is not[Read More…]

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Attacks on Democracy in the United States

Attacks on Democracy in the United States

The Republican Party has become irresponsible In recent years, and especially since Donald Trump’s term as president, the Republican party has become irresponsible. Republican Senators and members of the House of Representatives no longer act to promote whatever is best for their country and the planet. Instead they block whatever the Democratic Party tries to achieve. The Republican Party is[Read More…]

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Cuba, Venezuela and Nicaragua: The US-Russia Conflict Enters a New Phase

Cuba, Venezuela and Nicaragua: The US-Russia Conflict Enters a New Phase

As soon as Moscow received an American response to its security demands in Ukraine, it answered indirectly by announcing greater military integration between it and three South American countries, Nicaragua, Venezuela and Cuba. Washington’s response, on January 26, to Russia’s demands of withdrawing NATO forces from Eastern Europe and ending talks about a possible Kyiv membership in the US-led alliance,[Read More…]

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How & Why Billionaires Actually Support Global Warming

How & Why Billionaires Actually Support Global Warming

Global warming has been extremely profitable for billionaires, even though many of them mouth and endorse policies (but only failed and failing ones) against global warming. All of this will be fully documented here. The public are actually strongly opposed to global warming, but they are very confused about the matter, largely because the policies that are advocated (by billionaire-fronts)[Read More…]

by 11/02/2022 1 comment Climate Change
Cyprus – An occupied island, a freedom fighter, a consociational republic in the eastern Mediterranean

Cyprus – An occupied island, a freedom fighter, a consociational republic in the eastern Mediterranean

The Republic of Cyprus is an island state that is situated in the eastern Mediterranean just 45 miles from Turkey, 65 miles from Syria and 125 miles from Palestine. The country gained its independence from the British 62 years ago. It is a “consociational” republic between its Greek-speaking and Turkish-speaking people. It is also a member of the European Union,[Read More…]

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Film on Godse’s Killing of Gandhi: Falsehoods Galore

Film on Godse’s Killing of Gandhi: Falsehoods Galore

The film has “Why I killed Gandhi” was recently released. It is an attempt to glorify Nathuram Godse the killer of Mahatma Gandhi. One of its clip, the one related to Godse’s Testimony in Punjab High court is doing rounds in the social media. In the long clip Godse unabashedly falsifies the events and gives them a communal slant. It[Read More…]

by 11/02/2022 Comments are Disabled Arts/Literature
Request Forest Department: Stop Uprooting Forest Growers, Rather Support Them, Provide Shelter

Request Forest Department: Stop Uprooting Forest Growers, Rather Support Them, Provide Shelter

Though I could not meet Naren Hansda, the esteemed teacher, yet, but I have heard stories regarding him from friends and also read some articles on him; and hence I am not hesitant in using this hashtag #stand_with_naren_hansda. Photo Courtesy: Ayna Soren (Facebook) Naren Hansda is an unusual man. Naren Hansda is not only a Santali folk singer – Starting[Read More…]

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Veer Narayan Singh—Freedom Fighter Who Died Fighting for his People– Was Also A Food Rights Activist

Veer Narayan Singh—Freedom Fighter Who Died Fighting for his People– Was Also A Food Rights Activist

Veer Narayan Singh (1795-1857) is remembered today as a great freedom fighter of Chattisgarh and India who sacrificed his life fighting colonial rulers. A huge cricket stadium has been named after him in Chattisgarh, and this provides a convenient identity point with him to the youth. However there is more to his valiant life that we need to know and[Read More…]

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Thousands Join The Campaign Against Anti-Conversion Laws In India

Thousands Join The Campaign Against Anti-Conversion Laws In India

Many prominent citizens in India demanded for a Repeal of All Anti-Conversion Laws in India, in the context of the Anti-Conversion Bill scheduled to be tabled in Karnataka Upper House on February 14, 2022. The initial signatories for the Petition to the President of India included nationally well known citizens like Admiral L Ramdas ( Former Chief of Naval Staff of[Read More…]

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Despite major Covid impact, no long-term measures for India’s unorganized workers

Despite major Covid impact, no long-term measures for India’s unorganized workers

Since the beginning of COVID, most political parties have competed against each other in claiming how they provided relief material to those most affected by the pandemic. While the State governments and the central government announced various packages for the people political leaders were seen distributing food and medical kits among the people. In West Bengal too, Covid relief work[Read More…]

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Anthropocene Means The Future Is in Our Hands

Anthropocene Means The Future Is in Our Hands

Ecologists around the world are making the case for societies to change the systems that oversee development and resource extraction so that ecosystem functionality—which supports all life—can be maintained or restored. Geologists have classified most epochs in Earth’s history according to fossils, radiometric dating and composition of the strata. The widely endorsed label for our current era, the Anthropocene, describes the extent[Read More…]

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Climate Emergency & Biodiversity Loss—It is Now or Never!!

Climate Emergency & Biodiversity Loss—It is Now or Never!!

At the turn of the 20th Century, the astonishing advances in science emboldened humanity, giving rise to confidence that science could, at last, as the fountainhead of truth provide the wherewithal for a stable and equitable social order for a sustainable future. In such a world, God was dead and religion regarded as a bundle of superstitions and blind faith.[Read More…]

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Sustainability Is Not as New an Idea as You Might Think—It’s More Than 300 Years Old

Sustainability Is Not as New an Idea as You Might Think—It’s More Than 300 Years Old

Modern sustainability evolved from forest management of the 18th century, and its ancient roots go back even further. Could it help with today’s climate crisis and lumber shortage? The proverb “necessity is the mother of invention” has roots that go back to Aesop’s fable “The Crow and the Pitcher” and to Plato’s “Republic.” It is realistic to assume that Hans[Read More…]

by 10/02/2022 Comments are Disabled Counter Solutions
From Tantura to Naqab: Israel’s Long Hidden Truths are Finally Revealed

From Tantura to Naqab: Israel’s Long Hidden Truths are Finally Revealed

A succession of events in recent weeks all point to the inescapable fact that nearly 75 years of Israel’s painstaking efforts aimed at hiding the truth about its origins and its current racially-driven apartheid regime are failing miserably. The world is finally waking up, and Israel is losing ground quicker than its ability to gain new supporters, or to whitewash[Read More…]

by 10/02/2022 1 comment Palestine
Criticizing the Zionist occupation is the reason to fire Arab journalist from a German TV

Criticizing the Zionist occupation is the reason to fire Arab journalist from a German TV

The firing of the five Arab journalists from work on German television in Arabic Deutsche Welle, is a disgrace to Germany and everyone who claims freedom of opinion. I may not fully agree with one of the fired journalists that freedom of opinion in Europe is an illusion, but it is even more when it crosses the red line drawn[Read More…]

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Economic Recovery Should be Led by Greater Equality

Economic Recovery Should be Led by Greater Equality

by Bharat Dogra and Kumar Gautam An issue of increasing worldwide concern is that more people have been pushed into poverty and deprivation in COVID times, negating years of progress and promise. In this context, the need for equality-led economic recovery is being increasingly emphasized and engaging a lot of attention of economists and policy-makers. This need is even more[Read More…]

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Environment and 2022 Budget: Amrit Kaal or Vish Kaal?

Environment and 2022 Budget: Amrit Kaal or Vish Kaal?

 Key points of analysis by constituents of Vikalp Sangam This analysis looks at the environmental implications of India’s Union Budget 2022-23 in three dimensions: Direct allocations for Environment Indirect allocations for Environment in non-environment sectors Allocations for other sectors with environmental impacts Overall, the picture is bleak. There are some welcome allocations and indications of shifts in thinking (e.g. in[Read More…]

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Himalayan Apple Growers in India Unite to Protect Domestic Market from Excessive Imports of Apples

Himalayan Apple Growers in India Unite to Protect Domestic Market from Excessive Imports of Apples

Apple orchards have become a very important part of the economy of several parts of the Himalayan region in India. This is particularly true of Kashmir and Himachal Pradesh, and to a lesser extent Uttarakhand. However in recent times the orchard owners and local apple traders have become increasingly worried about the increasing imports of cheaper apples from Iran. These[Read More…]

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Destruction of JNU

Destruction of JNU

      Everything that reminds people of Nehru’s legacy is being smashed.Along with it the ideas of democracy and all-round development he espoused so tenaciously. Now there is no need to put him on a pedestal and burn incense to his memory.He had his faults,but he had been practically the founder of modern Indian democracy as we know it[Read More…]

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Ukrainian servicemen from the 25th Air Assault Battalion are seen stationed in Avdiivka, Ukraine on January 24, 2022. (Photo: Wolfgang Schwan/Anadolu Agency via Getty Images)

Credibility – U.S.

Incidents centering Ukraine are showing many sides of the U.S. These include credibility. A Politico report (Spy world wary as Biden team keeps leaking Russia intel, February 9, 2022) said: “The Biden administration has gone to unusual lengths to publicly share intelligence about Russia’s threat to Ukraine, using targeted media leaks and other methods to warn the world of everything[Read More…]

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A Feminist Perspective on Karnataka’s Hijab Row

A Feminist Perspective on Karnataka’s Hijab Row

In an order that legitimizes the decision of state education institutions to prohibit Muslim girl students from wearing the hijab (headscarf), the Karnataka government said on February 5, 2021, that “clothes which disturb equality, integrity and public law and order should not be worn”. This seemingly innocuous directive comes hard on the heels of several disturbing incidents. Whereas Muslim girl[Read More…]

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Punjab Polls: Tough Battle For All In the Race?

Punjab Polls: Tough Battle For All In the Race?

Selection of Charanjit Singh Channi as party’s Chief Minister-face in Punjab may have enhanced chances of Congress faring better in coming assembly elections than was presumed not too long ago. In 117-member Punjab Assembly, 59 seats are needed to form a majority. During the 2017 elections, Congress won 77 seats, two lesser than it secured in 2012. Aam Aadmi Party[Read More…]

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The Embarrassing Discourse on Marital Rape

The Embarrassing Discourse on Marital Rape

It is embarrassing to any right-thinking person to read that since January 7, a two-judge bench of the Delhi High Court has been conducting daily hearings of a clutch of petitions asking for the marital rape exception under the Indian Penal Code to be struck down. India remains one of the few countries in the world that does not treat[Read More…]

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Punjab’s crisis in water management, both in terms of quantity and quality, neglected by all political parties

Punjab’s crisis in water management, both in terms of quantity and quality, neglected by all political parties

Drinking water contamination is one of the factors for cancer in Punjab, with at least 90 cancer patients for every 100,000 population, higher than the national average of 80, reveals a survey (January 28,2013) by the Punjab government ( downtoearth.org.in). Geo-genic factors are complicated by anthropogenic causes, including those related to recklessness in Green Revolution. There are a few districts[Read More…]

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Abolishing the competitive examinations for entrance to educational institutions

Abolishing the competitive examinations for entrance to educational institutions

Tamil Nādu abolishes the competitive examinations for admissions to medical colleges Tamil Nadu Admission in Professional Educational Institutions Act (2007) abolished the Common Entrance Test (CET) and proposed the Pre University exam marks as the criterion for admission to professional courses. This applies for admission to medical colleges run by the state government. However, now the government of TN wants[Read More…]

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How China Became an Olympic Boogeyman for the West

How China Became an Olympic Boogeyman for the West

The history of the Olympic Games shows both the struggle by China and the Global South to be accepted by the U.S. and other imperialist nations, as well as alternative models to it. In the early 1990s, barely a decade after rejoining the Olympic movement, Beijing launched a bid to host the 2000 Games. Unfortunately by then, U.S. policy had begun to[Read More…]

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Friedrich Engels and the Dialectics of Nature By Kaan Kangal

Friedrich Engels and the Dialectics of Nature By Kaan Kangal

Friedrich Engels’ Dialectics of Nature has been arguably the most polemic ‘book’ within the corpus of classical Marxist literature.  It is fair to say that since its initial 1925[1] publication in German and Russian, one can infer a ‘Marxists’ political orientation based on their assessment of Engels’ text. However, the centrality of the ‘text’ in the debate between the artificial bifurcation of ‘soviet’[Read More…]

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Karnataka hijab row: Will the Supreme Court act

Karnataka hijab row: Will the Supreme Court act

The incidents happening in the southern part of Karnataka are deeply distressing and need to be resolved at the earliest. Unfortunately, rather than resolving the issue the current regime wanted to escalate it further and as the modus operandi is, ruling party encouraged the students to counter demand of the Muslim girls wearing Hijab with saffron scarves. Friends were converted[Read More…]

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A salute to Muslim sisters from Karnataka

A salute to Muslim sisters from Karnataka

Mukul Kesavan recently wrote that ‘a Muslim citizen’s default state is a state of culpability’. He cannot be more right than that. What has transpired in recent past, and continues to simmer, in the Indian social and public space, is the hate against its Muslim citizens. The propaganda is not merely limited to speeches, it has gone into actions; and[Read More…]

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A soldier holds his machine gun position on the front line near the village of Spartak, located southeast of the line of demarcation and recently shelled by the Ukrainian troops. Valentin Sprinchak/TASS (Photo by Valentin Sprinchak\TASS via Getty Images)

War with Russia?

The Strategic Blunder of the 1990s That Set the Stage for Today’s Ukrainian Crisis Understandably enough, commentaries on the crisis between Russia and the West tend to dwell on Ukraine. After all, more than 100,000 Russian soldiers and a fearsome array of weaponry have now been emplaced around the Ukrainian border. Still, such a narrow perspective deflects attention from an[Read More…]

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Memo to Congress: Diplomacy for Ukraine Is Spelled M-i-n-s-k

by Medea Benjamin and Nicolas J. S. Davies While the Biden administration is sending more troops and weapons to inflame the Ukraine conflict and Congress is pouring more fuel on the fire, the American people are on a totally different track. A December 2021 poll found that a plurality of Americans in both political parties prefer to resolve differences over[Read More…]

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Amnesty International report on Israel’s apartheid challenges world to speak truth to power

Amnesty International report on Israel’s apartheid challenges world to speak truth to power

On February 1st, 2022 Amnesty International released a report titled, “Apartheid Against Palestinians is a Cruel System of Domination and a Crime Against Humanity”. Amnesty’s report declares, says Agnes Callamard, Amnesty Intl’s Secretary General, “Whether they live in Gaza, East Jerusalem and the rest of the West Bank, or Israel itself, Palestinians are treated as an inferior racial group and[Read More…]

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Rights and Duties

Rights and Duties

Prime Minister Narendra Modi made a rather controversial comment, while addressing a Hindu religious women’s organization called the `Brahmakumaris’ on January 21. He reminded his listeners: “In the last 75 years, we only kept talking about rights, fighting for rights and wasting our time. The issue of rights may be right to some extent in certain circumstances, but neglecting one’s[Read More…]

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War tensions mount as EU powers hold talks in Moscow, Washington

War tensions mount as EU powers hold talks in Moscow, Washington

After thousands of US troops arrived in Eastern Europe this weekend to threaten Russia’s western borders, the European Union (EU) powers held high-level talks yesterday. French President Emmanuel Macron traveled to Moscow to meet Russian President Vladimir Putin, while German Chancellor Olaf Scholz went to Washington for talks with US President Joe Biden, both to discuss NATO propaganda claims that[Read More…]

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The Thucydides Trap: Stumbling blindly into nuclear war

The Thucydides Trap: Stumbling blindly into nuclear war

“The splitting of the atom has changed everything, bar man’s way of thinking, and thus we drift toward unparalleled catastrophes” Albert Einstein Figure 1. Thucydides On a rapidly warming planet engulfed by bush fires, collapsing glaciers, floods and rising oceans the last thing needed is the growing threat of a nuclear war between superpowers possessing fatal arsenals capable of poisoning[Read More…]

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Welcoming the opposition to Centre’s likely move to privatise Singareni Collieries

Welcoming the opposition to Centre’s likely move to privatise Singareni Collieries

To Shri K Chandrasekhar Rao Chief Minister Telangana Dear Shri Chandrasekhar Rao garu, I welcome your statement expressing Telangana government’s opposition to the Centre’s move to privatise Singareni Collieries. It has certainly set the tone for a wider coalition being formed among the States to protect federalism. The NDA government has gone berserk by adopting a sweeping policy to disinvest the[Read More…]

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An autofiction Manifesto

An autofiction Manifesto

I was making all kinds of films all these years, but mostly non-fiction films. The idiom of story-telling  in my  films were  more or less indebted to a fictional tradition.  I pushed the boundaries to such an extent that it  becomes invalid after a point if I could hook my viewers. In some  films,  obviously a viewer –  friendly  idiom[Read More…]

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Chinese President Xi Jinping (right) held talks with visiting Russian President Vladimir Putin at the Diaoyutai State Guesthouse, Beijing, Feb. 4, 2022.

China’s support is a game changer for Russia

During the visit by President Vladimir Putin to Beijing on Friday, the world attention was focused on how far China would go in support of Russia in the latter’s standoff with the US and NATO. From the joint statement issued after the visit, China has given fulsome support to Russia, endorsing Moscow’s demand for security guarantee and its opposition to NATO[Read More…]

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Great Barrier Reef Fantasies: The Morrison Government’s Electoral Ploy

Great Barrier Reef Fantasies: The Morrison Government’s Electoral Ploy

There are some things that strain credulity.  There are the dubious accounts of virgin births.  There are the resolute flat earth theorists and denialists of the moon landing.  To this can be added the environmental stance of Australia’s Scott Morrison and his ministers, one resolutely opposed to the empirical world.  We are now at the phoney stage of an electoral[Read More…]

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How Inequalities Reduced the Ability of Even the Biggest Economy to Meet the Needs of Its People

How Inequalities Reduced the Ability of Even the Biggest Economy to Meet the Needs of Its People

Problems of the bottom half of the population in the USA are much more serious than is commonly realized In the midst of increasing distress of common people, some leading opposition leaders in some important developing countries like India are increasingly drawing attention to accentuating economic inequalities as the most crucial reason for the distress of people. In this context[Read More…]

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What the Cuban Missile Crisis Can Teach Us About Today’s Ukraine Crisis

What the Cuban Missile Crisis Can Teach Us About Today’s Ukraine Crisis

Commentators on the current Ukraine crisis have sometimes compared it to the Cuban missile crisis.  This is a good comparison―and not only because they both involve a dangerous U.S.-Russian confrontation capable of leading to a nuclear war. During the 1962 Cuban crisis, the situation was remarkably similar to that in today’s Eastern Europe, although the great power roles were reversed.[Read More…]

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The Great Disconnect Part 3….

The Great Disconnect Part 3….

Knee deep in the land of the ignorant. Oh boy, talk about ignorance. Where do I begin. Let me start with the great US foreign policy from 2014 until the present. In 2014, the Obama administration, through the right wing Victoria Nugent, Assistant Secretary of State for European and Eurasian Affairs ( married to Robert Kagan, one of the founders[Read More…]

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It  is high time UN to right its wrong in Sri Lanka

It  is high time UN to right its wrong in Sri Lanka

Genocide of Tamils in Sri Lanka. UN Failed to apply R2P and protect the Massacre of 147,000 Tamils It is very sad that United Nations an international institution particularly was initiated to protect the civilians during the conflicts and other matters affecting the civilians failed from in its duty by ignoring the genocide in Sri Lanka. Several UN agencies, along[Read More…]

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A woman passes a fence outside Brooklyn's Green-Wood Cemetery adorned with tributes to victims of COVID-19. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan)

US death toll from COVID-19 heading toward 1 million

Today at 5:00 p.m., the US National Cathedral’s bell will ring 900 times, to mark 900,000 American dead from COVID-19. It has been just 55 days—less than two months—since the bells of the cathedral rang to commemorate 800,000 deaths. And, at the present daily death rate of 2,700, it will take just 37 more days for the United States to[Read More…]

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The Double Whammy of Hunger and Livelihood Crises after Covid-19

The Double Whammy of Hunger and Livelihood Crises after Covid-19

Pappu Singh is bedridden in his one-room dilapidated house. His nephew Pirghas (Right) and son Pavan (next to Pirghas) stand behind him along with some of their neighbours. The pandemic wreaked havoc on Pappu Singh and Sheela Devi’s family, residents of Nagla Vidhichand village situated on the Agra-Gwalior highway in the southern part of Agra district. While none of their[Read More…]

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Whither India’s Sovereign Green Bonds

Whither India’s Sovereign Green Bonds

In her Union Budget 2022 speech on February 1, Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman announced the issuance of sovereign green bonds during the upcoming fiscal year. “As a part of the government’s overall market borrowings in 2022-23, sovereign green bonds will be issued for mobilizing resources for green infrastructure. The proceeds will be deployed in public sector projects which help in[Read More…]

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NFIW Condemns exclusion of young Muslim girls on Hijab issue in Karnataka

NFIW Condemns exclusion of young Muslim girls on Hijab issue in Karnataka

New Delhi, February 7, 2022: The National Federation of Indian women (NFIW) unequivocally condemns the exclusion of young Muslim girls from universities and schools in Karnataka, on the flimsy grounds that their attire is not appropriate. The administration caved in to the demand by a group of saffron scarved boys to ban women wearing hijab from entering the premises of[Read More…]

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Who stands to gain if LIC bleeds?

Who stands to gain if LIC bleeds?

In her last budget speech in 2021, the Finance Minister declared the government’s disinvestment plans for the Life Insurance Corporation of India (LIC). Already, amendments to the LIC Act have been made to set in motion the LIC IPO. This has triggered panic waves across the large sections of ordinary policy holders who are anxious about their life’s savings. It[Read More…]

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Fahad Shah and the Tragic Fate of Journalism in Kashmir

Fahad Shah and the Tragic Fate of Journalism in Kashmir

The recent arrest of Fahad Shah, editor of Kashmir Walla, under S 13 of UAPA and S 124 A and 505 of IPC for ‘uploading anti-national content’ raises a debate about the fate of journalism in times of conflict. Shah was arrested as he had uploaded Inayat Ahmad Mir’s family’s protest over the police’s claim that Mir was a “hybrid[Read More…]

by 07/02/2022 Comments are Disabled Human Rights
Sri Lankan Tamils Wait For Crucial 49th UNHRC Session For Justice

Sri Lankan Tamils Wait For Crucial 49th UNHRC Session For Justice

   In the March 2022 UNHRC Sessions Human Rights Commissioner Her Excellency Michael Bachelet is expected to present her oral Report on progress made by Sri Lanka in respect of various UNHRC Resolutions passed since 2015 This Session is particularly crucial for the victimized Tamils who have pinned their hopes only on UNHRC and the United Nations to deliver justice[Read More…]

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Dharna at clock tower Saharanpur during anti liquor movement of Pather in 1993

 Women Led Movements Against Liquor Consumption

  Fast increase in liquor consumption is a matter of increasing concern.The WHO Status Report on Alcohol  points out that while per capita consumption of alcohol at present is highest in developed countries like the USA and European countries, the trend of increasing world consumption is mainly driven by increase in alcohol consumption in China and India and this in[Read More…]

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Hemispheric Gangsterism: The US Embargo Against Cuba Turns 60

Hemispheric Gangsterism: The US Embargo Against Cuba Turns 60

It all seems worn, part of an aspic approach to foreign policy.  But US President Joe Biden is keen to ensure that old, and lingering mistakes, retain their flavour.  Towards Cuba, it is now 60 years since President John F. Kennedy’s Presidential Proclamation 3447 imposed an embargo on all trade with the island state. The proclamation was packed with Cold[Read More…]

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Covid Mandate Protests: ‘Freedom Convoy’ Blockades Leave Ottawa On Edge

Covid Mandate Protests: ‘Freedom Convoy’ Blockades Leave Ottawa On Edge

Canada’s capital Ottawa on Saturday was bracing for a surge of demonstrators to join a week-long protest against public health measures and Prime Minister Justin Trudeau that has blockaded much of the downtown core, unnerved residents and been described by officials as an “occupation” and a “siege.” Ottawa Police Services Board held an emergency meeting on Saturday afternoon, but failed[Read More…]

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Rahul Gandhi and Our Constitution

Rahul Gandhi and Our Constitution

The initial remarks in Rahul Gandhi’s speech in Parliament the motion of thanks to the President’s speech have provoked a storm of abuse from BJP ranks within and outside the house.The matter needs some scrutiny. Gandhi said the Constitution does not mention the nation. Quite so. But I believe no constitution in the world actually mentions the nation.It is usually[Read More…]

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Shopping Mall or Shocking Mall

Shopping Mall or Shocking Mall

Eight farmers have taken their own lives. The death certificate is crystal clear. It’s suicide not murder. The potatoes they have to sell in zero profit are in shopping trolley with a tip – top price tag. The wife of paanwala Ramu stands by roadside every night She tucks in some ragged clothes inside her bra to makes her breasts[Read More…]

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Amnesty’s Israeli Apartheid Report Versus Zionist, IHRA & US Lies

Amnesty’s Israeli Apartheid Report Versus Zionist, IHRA & US Lies

Amnesty International’s 2022 report exposing and condemning Israeli apartheid has provoked false allegations of lying and anti-Semitism from the mendacious and  genocidally racist Zionists and their US Alliance supporters.  In actuality, denial of Israeli apartheid is a lie, and the Zionists and their supporters  are manifestly mendacious, and both  anti-Arab anti-Semitic and anti-Jewish anti-Semitic by falsely defaming anti-racist Jewish, Arab,[Read More…]

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 The Curious Case of the State of Israel – A Country Without Borders 

This month’s publication of Amnesty International UK’s report on Israel and the occupied territories represents the latest declaration of Israel as an apartheid state by an established NGO. It can be read in the context of other such declarations made both in Israel and abroad. The question of where the country lies on a continuum from ‘democracy’ to ‘apartheid state’[Read More…]

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Amnesty International Calling Israel an Apartheid State shakes the Zionist state

Amnesty International Calling Israel an Apartheid State shakes the Zionist state

 Amnesty International’s declaration of Israel as an apartheid state was a resounding announcement that resonated worldwide. The importance of this announcement is that it came from an organization with a respected reputation globally. Amnesty international has human rights lawyers who study every word before publishing the report. It is an organization known with a reliable reference, and its information is[Read More…]

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Russia – China pledge to expand cooperation

Russia – China pledge to expand cooperation

Joint Statement of the Russian Federation and the People’s Republic of China on the International Relations Entering a New Era and the Global Sustainable Development Full Text of the Joint statement, 4 February 2022.   At the invitation of President of the People’s Republic of China Xi Jinping, President of the Russian Federation Vladimir V. Putin visited China on 4 February 2022. The Heads of State held talks in Beijing and took part in the opening ceremony of the XXIV Olympic Winter Games. The Russian Federation and the People’s Republic of China, hereinafter referred to as the sides,[Read More…]

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Signature Campaign: Citizens Demand Repeal of Anti-Conversion Laws in India

Signature Campaign: Citizens Demand Repeal of Anti-Conversion Laws in India

  REPEAL Anti-Conversion Laws! They undermine India’s Constitution, Secular Heritage and Human Rights We, the citizens of secular and democratic India, are shocked to witness the , moves of the state governments ruled by the BJP and other political parties, targeting Christians, Muslims, Dalits, Adivasis and Hindu women using Anti-Conversion Laws in India. Hindutva elements in various parties, and specially[Read More…]

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Is Digital Ethnography reliable for translating our reality? 

Is Digital Ethnography reliable for translating our reality? 

by Prof Raashid Nehal & Zain Mohammad Sulaiman What do we understand about digital ethnography? Digital or Virtual Ethnography is using online digital resources and data for reporting and documentation often used by media professionals. Media professionals access different dimensions of online data done on different digital platforms such as making videos for YouTube or sharing photos on Internet services[Read More…]

Badshah Khan Played A Crucial Role in Freedom Movement’s Consensus on Inter-Faith Harmony

Badshah Khan Played A Crucial Role in Freedom Movement’s Consensus on Inter-Faith Harmony

A legacy of the freedom movement of India which remains extremely important  not just for India but for all of South Asia relates to the enduring great importance of inter-faith harmony which is extremely important for peace, stability and prosperity of this region. A very important achievement of the freedom movement was that some of the greatest leaders, each of[Read More…]

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The U.S. Appears To Be On The Path To ‘Some Form Of Civil War’, Says Billionaire Investor Ray Dalio

The U.S. Appears To Be On The Path To ‘Some Form Of Civil War’, Says Billionaire Investor Ray Dalio

Billionaire investor Ray Dalio said on Thursday that the US appears to be on the path to “some form of civil war.” Dalio based his analysis on historical cases — arguing that the combination of financial burdens, such as large deficits, high taxes and inflation, and large wealth and value gaps in a nation “leads to some sort of fighting[Read More…]

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Only by projecting revolutionary alternative can fascism be toppled in Uttar Pradesh

Only by projecting revolutionary alternative can fascism be toppled in Uttar Pradesh

Summary of conditions prevailing in UP. Today the reign of Adityanath Yogi is reminiscent of a ruthless emperor retaining the throne, even at the cost of trampling on the people. Hindu Communal fascism is simmering at a boiling point. This despite the fact that people in Uttar Pradesh, mainly agrarian and mostly backward state, have suffered a lot from criminal[Read More…]

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China’s Olympic Battle for Legitimacy: The Prehistory of the 2022 Beijing Games

China’s Olympic Battle for Legitimacy: The Prehistory of the 2022 Beijing Games

Only through the lens of history can we understand why China fought so hard for a place in the Olympics on its own terms: to heal the scars of both exploitative Western colonialism and civil war. Much has been made of the “diplomatic boycott” by the United States and its allies of the 2022 Beijing Olympics. But what much of the[Read More…]

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The Five (Rosa) Luxemburgs

The Five (Rosa) Luxemburgs

by Thomas Klikauer and Meg Young In January 2022, the East-Germany city of Leipzig started to host an exhibition about the siblings of one of Germany’s greatest anti-war activists, working class speaker, theoretician of mass strike, and a struggling working class: Rosa Luxemburg. Yet, unlike her well-known political activist side, this new exhibition focuses on the much less known years of Luxemburg’s so-called “Polish life”. Almost to this[Read More…]

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Kabul, November 2021 — This former school teacher lost her job when the Taliban took control. Due to severe sanctions and a collapsing economy she is now shining shoes for survival. PHOTO: Ali Khara / Reuters

Afghanistan: Suffering skyrockets as US replaces soldiers with sanctions.

Two weeks before the last U.S. and NATO soldiers left Afghanistan on Aug, 30, 2021, President Biden imposed a freeze on Afghan central bank reserves held in U.S. and European banks. The freeze deprived Afghanistan of $9.5 billion of its own state money, broadening sanctions already levied against the Taliban. The World Bank suspended loans for a variety of development[Read More…]

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An Inconvenient Truth:  The Peasant Food Web Feeds the World

An Inconvenient Truth:  The Peasant Food Web Feeds the World

In October 2020, CropLife International said that its new strategic partnership with the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) would contribute to sustainable food systems. It added that it was a first for the industry and the FAO and demonstrates the determination of the plant science sector to work constructively in a partnership where common goals are shared. A[Read More…]

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AP reporter challenges US lies about Russian war preparations

AP reporter challenges US lies about Russian war preparations

Matt Lee — the AP’s senior member of the State Department Correspondent’s Association and now virtually the lone member who demands that the State Department not lie to the press as had happened constantly about “Saddam’s WMD” in 2002 and has happened many times since then — challenged on February 3rd the State Department spokesperson Ned Price’s much-publicized press-conference allegation[Read More…]

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Airmen from the 436th Aerial Port Squadron load ammunition, weapons and other equipment bound for Ukraine during a foreign military sales mission at Dover Air Force Base, Del., on Jan. 30, 2022.

America, NATO and Russia:  Why War and Not Peace?

Immanuel Kant, the German philosopher wrote in Critique of Practical Reason, imperative of a moral human conduct requires to “Act in such a way that you treat humanity, whether in your own person or in the person of another, always at the same time as an end and never simply as a means”. The on-going war syndrome between America, NATO[Read More…]

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A Practical Radical Politics

A Practical Radical Politics

We need to be practical when it comes to politics, to work for policies that we can enact today, inadequate though they may be to answer calls for social justice and ecological sustainability. We also need to maintain a relentlessly radical analysis, to highlight the failures of systems and structures of power, aware that policies we might enact today won’t[Read More…]

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US corporate media and Israel

US corporate media and Israel

Israel is greatly concerned about the Palestinian Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) effort that seeks: 1) to end international support for Israel’s oppression of Palestinians; and 2) to pressure Israel to comply with international law. Israel claims that this campaign is a threat to its legitimacy. Unsurprisingly, Israel doesn’t want to acknowledge that it is its own repeated flouting of[Read More…]

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 Are digital education programs in India accessible for persons with disabilities?

 Are digital education programs in India accessible for persons with disabilities?

Are digital education programs in India accessible for persons with disabilities? How do students with disabilities access online classes? Is there currently any guideline or policy of the government which educational institutes need to follow? New Delhi, February 5, 2022: As per Census data of 2011 there are a total of 2.68 crore persons with disabilities who call India their[Read More…]

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Adivasis ignored in the Budget

Adivasis ignored in the Budget

The Adivasi Adhikar Rashtriya Manch considers the Union Budget of 2022-2023 as a cruel betrayal of needs of the tribal communities of India. It is not an Amrit kaal but a Vish Kaal for tribal communities, because none of the urgent issues such as hunger, joblessness, loss of livelihood which haunt tribal communities have been even remotely addressed in this[Read More…]

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Pegasus: The new Cyber Weapon for dismantling democracy

Pegasus: The new Cyber Weapon for dismantling democracy

The New York Times recently reported that India had purchased the Pegasus software from an Israeli company, NSO, as part of the multi-billion-dollar armaments deal that included sophisticated weapons and intelligence gear. The report also said that the purchase was finalized during the visit of Prime Minister Narendra Modi to Israel and cleared by the then Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu[Read More…]

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The Origin of Neoconservatism

The Origin of Neoconservatism

Neoconservatism (advocacy of control over the entire planet by America’s Government — i.e., of a universal American empire or “hegemony”) was first stated in 1877, by the British empire’s colonialist Cecil Rhodes (founder of Rhodesia and of South Africa as British colonies) when he wrote the first draft of his will that ultimately produced the Rhodes Trust organization that selects[Read More…]

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Rejection of Sri Narayana Guru Float for Republic Day Celebrations!

Rejection of Sri Narayana Guru Float for Republic Day Celebrations!

Every republic day we have the gala program where on one hand the military parade with its highlights is displayed and on the other floats from different states are displayed. The central Government chooses these floats. This year (2022) they rejected the displays from West Bengal, Tamilnadu and Kerala in particular, on the ground that only 12 such displays are[Read More…]

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The quota rants and its impact on marginal students

The quota rants and its impact on marginal students

The apex court delivered a judgement on 20th January 2022 authored by Justice D.Y. Chandrachud and Justice A.S. Bopanna about extending reservation to OBCs in all-India quota (AIQ) of seats in admission to under-graduate and post-graduate medical and dental courses. The landmark judgement is perceived as a tool to demolish false narratives regarding reservation, especially the merit of marginalised students,[Read More…]

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US pips regional states at race for Kabul

US pips regional states at race for Kabul

In a hugely consequential advisory, the US Treasury Department quietly signalled on Wednesday that it was “tweaking” the sanctions against the Haqqani Network. The international banks can transfer money to Taliban, including Haqqani Network without fear of breaching sanctions.  Washington simply issued clarifications dilating on the relaxation of sanctions announced in September and December for humanitarian work in Afghanistan. The banks[Read More…]

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The Blockade Against Cuba Turns 60

The Blockade Against Cuba Turns 60

It’s easy to say, but it’s been six very hard decades that began with disconcerting lightness and the belief that the United States government’s blockade of Cuba would not last long—a couple of years, maybe. On February 2, 1962, U.S. President John F. Kennedy called his press secretary, Pierre Salinger, and gave him an urgent task: “I need a lot of [Cuban][Read More…]

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The Hypocrisy of the ‘Diplomatic Boycott’ of the 2022 Beijing Olympics

The Hypocrisy of the ‘Diplomatic Boycott’ of the 2022 Beijing Olympics

Which human rights matter enough to put politics above sports? For decades, the United States and its European allies have gotten to decide the answer at their convenience. On February 4, the 2022 Winter Olympics are set to open in Beijing. With this, the Chinese capital will become the first city to have hosted both the Summer and Winter Games.[Read More…]

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Nostalgic for the Future

Nostalgic for the Future

Despite its pedigree as a fundamental element in civilization’s greatest stories, nostalgia has come to be associated with treacly sentimentality, defeatism, and spurious spiritual inclinations.  Homer, Vergil, Dante, the Biblical writers, and their ilk would demur, of course, but they have been dead for a few years, so progress’s mantra urges us to get on with it.  This is now.[Read More…]

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Towards Human Fraternity

Towards Human Fraternity

On all counts 4 February 2019 was a memorable day for the world! On that day, Pope Francis and the Grand Imam of Al-Azhar, Ahmad al-Tayyib, met in Abu Dhabi, and together signed the historic and pathbreaking document entitled ‘Human fraternity for world peace and living together’. The document is one of the most comprehensive ones written in recent times.[Read More…]

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Politics of the farmers movement!

Politics of the farmers movement!

I have written five-six articles on the unprecedented farmers movement organised under the aegis of the Samyukt Kisan Morcha (SKM) against the three agricultural laws. Therefore, to avoid repetition, this short comment. The peasant movement was kept apolitical in the sense that the leaders of any political party were not allowed to use the platform of the movement. However, the[Read More…]

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162 Doctors Express Serious Concerns About GM Foods in India

162 Doctors Express Serious Concerns About GM Foods in India

In recent weeks several groups which have been active on food safety issues have expressed  concens about the serious health hazards involved in the increased possibility of introduction of imported or domestic GM foods in India. These concerns have been also related to the process of creating a regulatory framework by the Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI).[Read More…]

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Ravi Singh

Hands Against Racism goes global

Already in its eighth year, an anti-racism campaign started by Canada-based Spice Radio got a major boost when world renowned humanitarian Ravi Singh joined it on Wednesday, February 2. The Khalsa Aid founder from England, known for his philanthropy in countries hit by conflicts and natural disasters, raised his hand in the air while holding out a sign reading, “Sarbat[Read More…]

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Scenario for a War in Eastern Ukraine: The United States Views Russians Just as the Nazi’s Did in World War II

Scenario for a War in Eastern Ukraine: The United States Views Russians Just as the Nazi’s Did in World War II

“There is a sense of open, almost joyful viciousness in all this pro-war, anti-Russian sentiment on opinion pages and television broadcasts. It is certainly racist and demeaning in tone. Such is the first step in convincing the public that the “transgressor” is equivalent to a retrovirus.” John Stanton, Dissident Voice, 2015 Vietnam 2.0 is in the making in Ukraine. The[Read More…]

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What a Waste! $778 Billion for the Pentagon and Still Counting

What a Waste! $778 Billion for the Pentagon and Still Counting

2021 was another banner year for the military-industrial complex, as Congress signed off on a near-record $778 billion in spending for the Pentagon and related work on nuclear warheads at the Department of Energy. That was $25 billion more than the Pentagon had even asked for. It can’t be emphasized enough just how many taxpayer dollars are now being showered on the Pentagon. That department’s astronomical[Read More…]

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The Budget 2022-23: Insipid and Cheerless

The Budget 2022-23: Insipid and Cheerless

The unceasing bench thumping in the parliament at the treasury benches on the budget day, gave an impression as if the budget was packed with a pile of path breaking initiatives. But the facts speak otherwise. There is nothing much to commend in the budget. Once again, like the government’s previous budgets, the present budget has little to show by[Read More…]

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Hindutva and the Crisis of Public Institutions in India

Hindutva and the Crisis of Public Institutions in India

Public institutions have evolved in post-colonial India in response to crisis created by colonial plunders. Public institutions led by the state and government were shaped by anticolonial struggles in India. In spite of all its limitations, these institutions were designed to ensure and expand democratic and citizenship rights of all Indians irrespective of their caste, class, gender, religion and region.[Read More…]

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Airmen from the 436th Aerial Port Squadron load ammunition, weapons and other equipment bound for Ukraine during a foreign military sales mission at Dover Air Force Base, Del., on Jan. 30, 2022.

US sends another 3,000 troops to Eastern Europe

The United States announced Wednesday it is deploying another 3,000 troops to two East European NATO member states, further escalating the prospect of an all-out war on the continent. The nearly 2,000 paratroopers being sent to Poland will join a 4,000-man NATO force already there, while those dispatched to Romania will more than double the size of military personnel currently[Read More…]

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“ 40 Districts in UP are Exposed To High Concentration Of Arsenic and Mercury in Groundwater”

“ 40 Districts in UP are Exposed To High Concentration Of Arsenic and Mercury in Groundwater”

  Arsenic concentration in groundwater of Uttar Pradesh shown by red, green, and blue circles. The places marked in green are bad, and those in red are dangerous. For arsenic in drinking water, the permissible and acceptable limits are 0.01 mg/l and 0.05 mg/l,  respectively. It is difficult to remove it from water. Thus 0.01mg/l level is regarded as “lower[Read More…]

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Anti-war protesters gather in front of the White House to demonstrate against escalating tensions between the United States and Russia over Ukraine on January 27, 2022, in Washington, D.C. (Photo: Win McNamee/Getty Images)

Ukraine Crisis

The imminent war in one of the eastern European countries has seen the comeback of the cold war situation between Russia and the United States for the last few weeks. Both countries show no flexibility in their stand on Ukraine, which has been in the grip of severe cold, surrounded by arms and ammunition, and mostly, the uncertain future. In[Read More…]

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Divine right of the Empire faces challenge as Putin talks about Russia-China partnership

Divine right of the Empire faces challenge as Putin talks about Russia-China partnership

Vladimir Putin has again made it clear: It’s a different time. The post-Cold War days are over. The Empire’s imperialist arbitrary acts are going to be increasingly difficult to carry on. Putin penned an article for Xinhua, the state-run media of China. It appears ahead of his Beijing visit to join the Winter Olympic, an event of solidarity and friendship,[Read More…]

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Let Peace and Harmony Prevail in Gujarat- Open letter to CM

Let Peace and Harmony Prevail in Gujarat- Open letter to CM

  To The Chief Minister Gujarat   State Respected Sir, We, a group of citizens from different parts of Gujarat, would draw your attention to the inflammatory hate messaging on the social media and public calls for violence against the Muslim community, following the unfortunate, condemnable murder of Kishan Bharwad in Dhandhuka by certain criminal elements. The police have acted with[Read More…]

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 Should the government disinvest BEML at all? Is it not imprudent?

 Should the government disinvest BEML at all? Is it not imprudent?

To   Shri Rajnath Singh Union Defence Minister Dear Shri Rajnath Singh, I understand that the Department of Investment and Public Asset Management (DIPAM), Ministry of Finance has processed disinvestment of 26% of the equity of the BEML, a CPSE under the administrative control of the Ministry of Defence. From what I could gather from news reports, two private companies are[Read More…]

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Gig workers get a raw deal in pandemic period

Gig workers get a raw deal in pandemic period

They are workers but without any formal “employment”. They do work but have no jobs. They might sport Zomato or Swiggy t-shirts and caps. But they are not their workers. Nor are these firms their employers. Some might own their cabs but pay a hefty commission to taxi aggregators like Ola and Uber solely because passengers hire them through these[Read More…]

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The Russians Are Coming: Are Beijing and Moscow at the Cusp of a Formal Alliance?

The Russians Are Coming: Are Beijing and Moscow at the Cusp of a Formal Alliance?

by Ramzy Baroud and Romana Rubeo  It should matter little to the Chinese that American diplomats and a handful of their western allies will not be attending the Beijing Winter Olympics in February. What truly matters is that the Russians are coming. The above is not an arbitrary statement. It is supported with facts. According to a survey conducted by[Read More…]

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More Than Two Dozen Major Lawsuits Are Putting a Price Tag on the Climate Damage Caused by Fossil Fuel Companies

More Than Two Dozen Major Lawsuits Are Putting a Price Tag on the Climate Damage Caused by Fossil Fuel Companies

Four years ago, Boulder, Colorado, sued ExxonMobil and Suncor Energy—owner of the only oil refinery in the state—for climate change-related damages and adaptation expenses. Boulder and its co-plaintiffs, Boulder County and San Miguel County, home to Telluride, estimated the damage caused by extreme weather events would cost them more than $100 million by 2050. As it turns out, they overestimated the time span—and underestimated[Read More…]

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Instead of Freeing Palestinian Prisoners, New Scheme Aims at Punishing Their Families

Instead of Freeing Palestinian Prisoners, New Scheme Aims at Punishing Their Families

A scheme is underway to withhold or to reduce payments made by the Palestinian Authority to the families of Palestinian prisoners. According to Israeli media, the Biden Administration has requested that the PA entirely overhauls its support system of Palestinian prisoners. The Palestinian leadership had already expressed willingness to engage the US in a ‘discussion’. According to Israel’s Channel 12,[Read More…]

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Can Israel Stop the World from Saying ‘Apartheid’? Concealing the Suffering in Palestine

Can Israel Stop the World from Saying ‘Apartheid’? Concealing the Suffering in Palestine

On January 27, 2022, the Hebrew-language news site Walla published part of the text from a telegram sent by Amir Weissbrod—who is part of the Israeli Foreign Ministry—to Israeli embassies around the world. The telegram warned the Israeli diplomats that in the upcoming 49th regular session of the United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC), which is expected to begin on February 28, a report[Read More…]

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