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Coronavirus Pandemic: Rice and wheat prices surge may threaten global food security

Coronavirus Pandemic: Rice and wheat prices surge may threaten global food security

Increased panic buying of food due to coronavirus lockdowns has led to price spikes for the world’s two staple grains – rice and wheat. Reuters data showed, rice prices are now the highest since late April 2013. Importers have rushed to stockpile the goods, while exporters have curbed shipments. The price of rice has hit seven-year highs, while wheat futures[Read More…]

The pandemic will unleash worst recession since Great Depression, says IMF chief

The pandemic will unleash worst recession since Great Depression, says IMF chief

The coronavirus pandemic sweeping the world will turn global economic growth “sharply negative” in 2020, triggering the worst fallout since the 1930s Great Depression, with only a partial recovery seen in 2021, the International Monetary Fund (IMF) Managing Director Kristalina Georgieva said. Georgieva painted a far bleaker picture of the social and economic impact of the new coronavirus than even[Read More…]

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Noam Chomsky: ‘Coronavirus pandemic could have been prevented’

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

Coronavirus pandemic: An Africa picture

Coronavirus pandemic: An Africa picture

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

US hegemonism threatens India which succumbs to Trump, the bully

US hegemonism threatens India which succumbs to Trump, the bully

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

For the first time, China reports zero new coronavirus death

For the first time, China reports zero new coronavirus death

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

Coronavirus Pandemic: Cases cross 1.2 million worldwide

Coronavirus Pandemic: Cases cross 1.2 million worldwide

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

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

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

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

A potential coronavirus vaccine might have been discovered

A potential coronavirus vaccine might have been discovered

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Markaz Nizamuddin: Communalisation of Coronavirus

Markaz Nizamuddin: Communalisation of Coronavirus

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

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

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

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

Corona : China and India support each other

Corona : China and India support each other

Anti-China poison is spreading through (anti-) social media, with a role of  pro-US lobbies, based on false info. See below realities: A report in THE PRINT, edited by Shekhar Gupta, dated 11th February, 2020 said : India is all set to dispatch emergency supplies of medical protective equipment such as masks, gloves, face shields, head and boot covers to coronavirus-hit[Read More…]

People wearing protective face masks walk on a street in Beijing, Sunday, Feb. 23, 2020. South Korea and China both reported a rise in new virus cases on Sunday, as the South Korean prime minister warned that the fast-spreading outbreak linked to a local church and a hospital in the country's southeast had entered a "more grave stage." (AP Photo/Andy Wong)

WHO warns: Coronavirus pandemic in Asia is far from over

In view of some Asian countries slowing down the spread of the coronavirus, officially Covid-19, pandemic, the World Health Organization (WHO) experts have warned: No country should let its guard down. “Let me be clear. The epidemic is far from over in Asia and the Pacific,” said Takeshi Kasai, WHO Regional Director for the Western Pacific. Takeshi Kasai was talking[Read More…]

Coronavirus Pandemic: Goldman Sachs on possible future changes

Coronavirus Pandemic: Goldman Sachs on possible future changes

The coronavirus pandemic is influencing the entire human world. The pandemic’s impact and the changes it will bring are searched. After the crisis is over, there will be many changes. The longer the pandemic lasts, the more people may embrace new aspects of lifestyle. The global oil industry has been hit hard. Oil prices have crushed. Long-term viability of many[Read More…]

Coronavirus Pandemic:  Deaths Surge

Coronavirus Pandemic:  Deaths Surge

According to Johns Hopkins University on Sunday, there are more than 721,000 coronavirus cases and 33,900 deaths worldwide. The U.S. now leads the world with more than 120,000 confirmed cases while the U.S. coronavirus deaths surge past 2,000. Dr. Anthony Fauci said Sunday that the U.S. could experience more than 100,000 deaths and millions of infections. Italy Coronavirus deaths in[Read More…]

Exodus of migrants in thousands , on foot, amidst lockdown and social distancing

Exodus of migrants in thousands , on foot, amidst lockdown and social distancing

They did not see the thousands of migrant labourers streaming out of Delhi because none of them got the promised food packet. They were hungry, many confessed, and had no drinking water either to last the long journey home. There was outrage and helplessness voiced by civil society. There was also anger at the indifference and incompetence of the Government.[Read More…]

Coronavirus Pandemic: Global cases cross 500,000 with more than 24,000 deaths

Coronavirus Pandemic: Global cases cross 500,000 with more than 24,000 deaths

Coronavirus cases surpassed 530,000 worldwide, with more than 24,000 deaths while the U.S. now leads the world with more than 85,500 confirmed coronavirus, officially COVID-19, cases, overtaking China and Italy. There have been more than 1,288 deaths in the U.S. At least 122,000 people around the world have recovered. Among the recovered in Italy was an 86-year-old woman who was released[Read More…]

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WHO Director General Requests Global Humanitarian Response In The Face Of COVID-19

WHO Director General Requests Global Humanitarian Response In The Face Of COVID-19

The World Health Organization Director General said on March 25, 2020: Now is the time for solidarity in the face of this threat to all of humanity. He said the coronavirus, officially COVID-19, pandemic has accelerated over the last two weeks and while coronavirus is a threat to people everywhere, what is most worrying is the danger the virus poses[Read More…]

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Coronavirus Pandemic: Countries start hoarding food

Coronavirus Pandemic: Countries start hoarding food

Countries have started hoarding food, threatening global trade while Jeff Bezos, the world’s richest man, is seeking money from public for his staff’s relief fund. The richest man has faced backlash. A Bloomberg report said on March 25, 2020: Some governments are moving to secure domestic food supplies during the conoravirus pandemic. Kazakhstan, one of the world’s biggest shippers of[Read More…]

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Hubei, China’s first locked-down province to reopen on March 25

Hubei, China’s first locked-down province to reopen on March 25

The War Against Coronavirus is being successfully waged in countries. Thousands of scientists in countries are working round-the-clock while drugs are being tested at different levels including clinical test by Chinese and Russian scientists. China is lifting travel restrictions on Hubei Province on Wednesday, as China’s fight against coronavirus, officially designated Covid-19, and is yielding positive results. Even constraints on[Read More…]

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Coronavirus pandemic: 37 million U.S. jobs could be lost but gun sales spur

Coronavirus pandemic: 37 million U.S. jobs could be lost but gun sales spur

U.S. Private Sector Job Quality Index estimates that some 37 million domestic jobs are vulnerable to layoffs. Hardest hit would be limited- and full-service restaurants, with some 9 million jobs at risk of layoffs in the near term. Fields such as education have some 3.2 million jobs at risk, while general stores have 2.8 million, according to the report. The[Read More…]

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COVID-19 Pandemic Slows Down In China

COVID-19 Pandemic Slows Down In China

China is slowing down the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic. A Beijing datelined AFP said a few days ago: China reported on Tuesday just one new domestic coronavirus infection but found 20 more cases imported from abroad, with more regions imposing quarantines on foreign arrivals in a bid to stem the disease being brought in from overseas. The single case[Read More…]

Coronavirus pandemic: countries massively increase surveillance of phone

Coronavirus pandemic: countries massively increase surveillance of phone

As coronavirus sweeps across the globe, governments are stepping up surveillance of their citizens. Some countries are collecting anonymized data to study movement of people more generally, while others are providing detailed information about individuals’ movements. Governments across the world are galvanizing every surveillance tool at their disposal to help stem the spread of the novel coronavirus. Countries have been[Read More…]

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Coronavirus: Africa finds extremely rapid evolution of pandemic, says UN

Coronavirus: Africa finds extremely rapid evolution of pandemic, says UN

More African countries have closed their borders as the coronavirus’ local spread threatened to turn the continent of 1.3 billion people into an alarming new front for the pandemic. Africa is seeing an “extremely rapid evolution,” the World Health Organization’s (WHO) regional chief, Dr. Matshidiso Moeti, told reporters. Thirty-six of Africa’s 54 countries now have cases, with the total over[Read More…]

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Coronavirus pandemic: Global corporate losses may reach $12 trillion    

Coronavirus pandemic: Global corporate losses may reach $12 trillion    

The economic damage from the coronavirus pandemic will be unprecedented, according to Ray Dalio, the head of one of the world’s largest hedge funds. Ray Dalio says global corporate losses from the pandemic will amount to $12 trillion. Dalio told CNBC: “What is happening has not happened in our lifetime before … What we have is a crisis. There will[Read More…]

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Coronavirus pandemic: U.S. doctors demand immediate release of prisoners and detainees

Coronavirus pandemic: U.S. doctors demand immediate release of prisoners and detainees

Doctors and medical workers across the U.S. raise the alarm about the coronavirus’s risk to prison populations. Thousands of medics have signed an open letter calling upon the immigration authorities to release individuals and families from detention. The letter, which at the time of writing had been signed by more than 3,000 people, is addressed to the director of the[Read More…]

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Coronavirus pandemic hits U.S. and Europe: Biggest factory closing since World War II

Coronavirus pandemic hits U.S. and Europe: Biggest factory closing since World War II

The running coronavirus pandemic is hitting the U.S. and Europe. At first, it was service industries including hotels, restaurants and tourism. Now, the manufacturing sector is taking the hit. There are shutdowns of heavy industry, unprecedented since the World War II. A Bloomberg report said: Automakers in the U.S. and Europe are idling plants. China, Japan and South Korea have[Read More…]

For the 1st time since outbreak, China reports NO NEW LOCAL coronavirus case  

For the 1st time since outbreak, China reports NO NEW LOCAL coronavirus case  

Mainland China has had no new local coronavirus infections over the past 24 hours – the first time since the outbreak began in December. However, China is still struggling to contain imported cases of the disease. Notably, the purported epicenter of the epidemic – Wuhan, in Hubei province – recorded no new locally transmitted infections. The same was true across[Read More…]

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Coronavirus pandemic: China and Cuba send medical teams, equipments and medicine to countries

Coronavirus pandemic: China and Cuba send medical teams, equipments and medicine to countries

China and Cuba have stepped in with practical measures at international level amidst the near-collapse health care situation in a number of capitalist countries in the face of coronavirus pandemic. China sending million masks & gloves to France China is shipping one million surgical masks and gloves to France as the EU member struggles to contain the coronavirus, with Europe[Read More…]

Coronavirus pandemic: Reports from U.S., India, Pakistan, Afghanistan

Coronavirus pandemic: Reports from U.S., India, Pakistan, Afghanistan

US struggles to fill requests for protective gear A Salem, Oregon, March 18, 2020 datelined Associated Press report by Andrew Selsky said: The U.S. government is rushing protective equipment to states, packing dozens of flights and hundreds of trucks with supplies for medical workers who will be on the front lines of the coronavirus fight. But the pandemic has exposed[Read More…]

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Telangana Assembly passes resolution against CAA, NPR, and NRC

Telangana Assembly passes resolution against CAA, NPR, and NRC

The Telangana State (TS) Legislative Assembly, by way of a resolution passed on March 16, Monday, has opposed the Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA), National Population Register (NPR), and National Register of Citizens (NRC), asserting these formed part of concerted attempts to tinker with the inclusive and non-religious nature of citizenship. The resolution urged the Central government to amend Citizenship (Amendment)[Read More…]

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Taliban fought IS with ‘limited’ US military support, reveals U.S. general

Taliban fought IS with ‘limited’ US military support, reveals U.S. general

Since signing of the U.S-Taliban deal, some revealing reports are coming out. A Washington, March 11, 2020 datelined AFP report, “Taliban fought IS with ‘limited’ U.S. military support, U.S. general reveals”, said: “The Taliban has shown that it can fight and defeat Islamic State group jihadists in Afghanistan, a top U.S. general said Tuesday, revealing for the first time that[Read More…]

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Baghdad’s Tahrir Square protest waning, but the movement is going on

Baghdad’s Tahrir Square protest waning, but the movement is going on

The biggest democratic movement in modern Iraq is waning, but the movement is going on. Activists of the Tahrir Square in Baghdad are struggling to keep alive the movement. Security forces have killed nearly 700 protesters and wounded about 30,000 since the protests began in October. Media reports including a report by the news agency AP said: “At the once bustling[Read More…]

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U.S. airstrike against Iran-backed militia sites in Iraq

U.S. airstrike against Iran-backed militia sites in Iraq

The U.S. carried out airstrikes on Thursday against Iran-backed militia sites in Iraq, according to the U.S. Defense Department. The strikes have been made one day after the U.S. assessed an Iranian-backed group was responsible for a rocket attack on a base where coalition forces are located, killing two American service members and one British service member. A U.S. defense[Read More…]

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Iran goes to IMF for fund to fight coronavirus

Iran goes to IMF for fund to fight coronavirus

Iran has asked the International Monetary Fund (IMF) for emergency funding to help it fight the coronavirus outbreak that has hit the country hard, Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif said on Thursday. The escalating coronavirus outbreak in the Islamic Republic, the worst affected country in the Middle East, has killed 429 people and infected 10,075. It has damaged the country’s[Read More…]

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COVID-19: WHO, IFRC, UNICEF guidelines

COVID-19: WHO, IFRC, UNICEF guidelines

The International Federation of the Red Cross (IFRC), UNICEF and the World Health Organization (WHO) have issued new guidance to help protect children and schools from transmission of the COVID-19 virus. The guidance provides critical considerations and practical checklists to keep schools safe. It also advises national and local authorities on how to adapt and implement emergency plans for educational[Read More…]

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World Health Organization declares Covid-19 a pandemic

World Health Organization declares Covid-19 a pandemic

The World Health Organization (WHO) has said that the spread of Covid-19 around the world has reached the stage where it can be described as a pandemic. “Pandemic is not a word to use lightly or carelessly. It is a word that, if misused, can cause unreasonable fear, or unjustified acceptance that the fight is over, leading to unnecessary suffering[Read More…]

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Coronavirus: No Need for Fear– Stay Calm

Coronavirus: No Need for Fear– Stay Calm

Fear is spreading centering coronavirus. In the UK, supermarkets have rationed food and other items because of panic buying. Cities in the U.S. have found shop shelves empty, as there was panic buying. News agencies including Reuters have already posted news and photos on those developments in the U.S. and UK. But to be fearless is the first task to[Read More…]

Oil slump + coronavirus-fears: Global economy into turmoil: Dow closes with 7.8% drop, largest since 2008

Oil slump + coronavirus-fears: Global economy into turmoil: Dow closes with 7.8% drop, largest since 2008

Stock markets are bearing the burden of oil slump and coronavirus fear. Stock markets across the world tumbled on Monday, and the fall in global oil prices after the OPEC+ deal collapsed. European markets fell by as much as 11.17 per cent during the course of the day’s trading. Last week the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) said[Read More…]

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International Women’s Day: Clashes, strike while conservatives attack marching women

International Women’s Day: Clashes, strike while conservatives attack marching women

Women around the world observed the International Women’s Day – March 8 – with marches and strike. Police in countries obstructed the marches and clashed with the marching women. In countries, goons and conservatives attacked women marching in celebration of the day. With its origins in the labor and socialist movements of the 20th century, the day now recognized by[Read More…]

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Two Leading Malayalam News Channels Banned From Airing For 48 Hours For Reporting The Delhi Riots

Two Leading Malayalam News Channels Banned From Airing For 48 Hours For Reporting The Delhi Riots

Two leading Malayalam news channels, Asianet News and Media One and are banned from airing for 48 hours from 7.30 PM this night on account of their reporting on Delhi riots. The Ministry of information and broadcasting claimed that these two channels violated the model code of conduct in airing the news. Both orders were signed by Amit Katoch. Ironically[Read More…]

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Coronavirus: Countries are not grasping reality of threat, warns WHO chief as 300 million students sent home worldwide

Coronavirus: Countries are not grasping reality of threat, warns WHO chief as 300 million students sent home worldwide

World Health Organization (WHO) officials have warned that some countries are not taking the coronavirus crisis seriously enough, as outbreaks surged across Europe and in the U.S. where medical workers sounded warnings over a “disturbing” lack of hospital preparedness. The epidemic has wreaked havoc on international business, tourism, sports events and schools, with almost 300 million students sent home worldwide.[Read More…]

Tropical forests are now carbon source, not carbon sinks

Tropical forests are now carbon source, not carbon sinks

The world’s tropical forests are no longer carbon sinks because of human activity, and these forests now emit more carbon than these are able to absorb from the atmosphere as a result of the dual effects of deforestation and land degradation, finds a new study. The study tracking 300,000 trees over a period of 30 years finds: The ability of[Read More…]

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‘Do wear masks but don’t think you’re safe’: Top Soviet virologist & WHO expert explains Covid-2019 & debunks popular myths

‘Do wear masks but don’t think you’re safe’: Top Soviet virologist & WHO expert explains Covid-2019 & debunks popular myths

As coronavirus fears spread, a world-renowned virologist has explained when Covid-2019 will fade away and, whether medical masks are of any use. Around the world, public anxiety grows, with people embarking on panic buying and even fighting for medical masks. But for initiated professionals, the Covid-2019 is just one of many epidemics that come and go without inflicting devastating losses[Read More…]

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U.S. public health departments scramble against coronavirus, decimated by funding cuts

U.S. public health departments scramble against coronavirus, decimated by funding cuts

The U.S. state and local public health offices are scrambling to respond to the coronavirus outbreak. They are doing so against a backdrop of years-long budget cuts, leaving them without the trained employees or updated equipment to adequately address the virus’ growing threat, former public health officials say. A USA Today report said: “In the last 15 years, public health, the country’s[Read More…]

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People wearing protective face masks walk on a street in Beijing, Sunday, Feb. 23, 2020. South Korea and China both reported a rise in new virus cases on Sunday, as the South Korean prime minister warned that the fast-spreading outbreak linked to a local church and a hospital in the country's southeast had entered a "more grave stage." (AP Photo/Andy Wong)

China’s coronavirus crisis wanes while epidemic takes hold in U.S. and spreads to 80 countries

The spread of COVID-19, popularly known as Coronavirus, is taking strange turns. The coronavirus crisis in China is improving while it is spreading in other countries including the U.S. The worldwide death toll, up to March 2, 2020, topped 3,000, and the number of cases tops nearly 90,000 in about 80 countries. However, world health officials sought to reassure the[Read More…]

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No evidence of fraud in Bolivian election that saw Evo Morales ousted in military coup, finds MIT study

No evidence of fraud in Bolivian election that saw Evo Morales ousted in military coup, finds MIT study

  A new MIT study has found no evidence of fraud in Bolivia’s 2019 election, despite allegations of serious irregularities by the Organization of American States (OAS), which led to the ousting of Evo Morales in a military coup. John Curiel and Jack R. Williams examined the OAS’s report and published their findings in the Washington Post on February 27,[Read More…]

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Delhi Riots: Muslim Youth Forced To Sing National Anthem In Viral Video Dies

Delhi Riots: Muslim Youth Forced To Sing National Anthem In Viral Video Dies

A Muslim youth, Faizan who was seen lying injured on the street with a few others as policemen made them sing the national anthem in a video that went viral, died three days after the assault. His family told News18, Faizan was declared dead at the GTB Hospital on the morning of February 26. Nothing is Shocking anymore ;( pic.twitter.com/1aAX6C007Z[Read More…]

33 Turkish soldiers confirmed killed in Idlib airstrike

33 Turkish soldiers confirmed killed in Idlib airstrike

At least 33 Turkish soldiers have been killed and an unspecified number of soldiers were injured in an airstrike in Syria’s Idlib province. Turkish officials blamed the strike to the Syrian military. Casualties from the strike were being treated at hospitals in the border town of Reyhanli. Turkish officials have called the NATO secretary-general and the U.S. national security adviser[Read More…]

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Defend democracy, Lula calls on citizens

Defend democracy, Lula calls on citizens

Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva, former President of Brazil, called on the Congress and citizens of Brazil to defend democracy against the calls for a coup by ultra-right-wing ruler Jair Bolsonaro and retired general Augusto Heleno. Bolsonaro has recently sent a message via WhatsApp to his close circle of allies in which he calls for “action” against Congress. Bolsonaro follows[Read More…]

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Human rights under assault worldwide: warns UN chief

Human rights under assault worldwide: warns UN chief

“Human rights are under assault,” said Antonio Guterres, the UN secretary-general, as he opened on Monday the UN Human Rights Council’s main annual session in Geneva. “People are being left behind. Fears are growing,” he said, pointing to swelling divisions and political polarization in many countries. A perverse political arithmetic “A perverse political arithmetic has taken hold: divide people to[Read More…]

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By 2030, 2·3 billion people are projected to live in fragile or conflict­ affected contexts

By 2030, 2·3 billion people are projected to live in fragile or conflict­ affected contexts

A World Health Organization (WHO)-United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF)-The Lancet Commission report said: Rising inequalities and environmental crises threaten political stability and risk international conflict over access to resources. By 2030, 2·3 billion people are projected to live in fragile or conflict ­affected contexts. The commission’s report – A future for the world’s children? (www.thelancet.com, published online on February 18, 2020[Read More…]

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Winter 2019-20 was so far the warmest on record in the contiguous U.S.

Winter 2019-20 was so far the warmest on record in the contiguous U.S.

  January Average Temperature Departures The first two months of meteorological winter (December 2019 – January 2020) were the warmest on record for the contiguous U.S. in data going back to 1895. January 2020 the fifth warmest January on record in all 48 contiguous states. The states saw above- to much-above-average temperatures last month. This was the ninth consecutive January[Read More…]

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River in flood-ravaged UK town reaches highest level in 200 years following Storm Dennis

River in flood-ravaged UK town reaches highest level in 200 years following Storm Dennis

The River Wye in Hereford has reached its highest level in at least 200 years in the wake of Storm Dennis lashing the area with torrential rain. The River Taff in Pontypridd reached its highest level in more than 40 years and the River Usk reached the highest level since 1979. Britain will be lashed by more heavy rain this[Read More…]

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Mississippi Pearl River’s third-highest crest on record causes flooding in Jackson

Mississippi Pearl River’s third-highest crest on record causes flooding in Jackson

The Pearl River in Jackson, Mississippi, reached its third-highest crest on record as flooding impacted homes and businesses. Hundreds of residents have fled Jackson ahead of potentially historic flooding of the Pearl River. Hundreds of homes have been damaged by the flood. The number may increase to at least 1,000 said Malary White with the Mississippi Emergency Management Agency. After[Read More…]

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CCTV Footage Exposes Police Brutality in Jamia Millia Islamia University

CCTV Footage Exposes Police Brutality in Jamia Millia Islamia University

Two months after the  police brutality at Jamia Millia Islamia, a new video has emerged showing paramilitary and police personnel beating up students in the library on December 15. The 48-second video, which appears to be CCTV footage, shows some seven to eight paramilitary and police personnel entering the Old Reading Hall and beating up students with batons. The paramilitary[Read More…]

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Debate centering army in Pakistan politics

Debate centering army in Pakistan politics

Old debate centering army in Pakistan politics has reemerged following remarks by the country’s Prime Minister Imran Khan. A report in Pakistan’s leading daily The Dawn said: “Opposition parties have taken exception to the reported remarks of Prime Minister Imran Khan that the army knows who is corrupt in the country, terming the statement ‘irresponsible’.” The report by Amir Wasim[Read More…]

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January 2020 was the warmest January on record for the Earth

January 2020 was the warmest January on record for the Earth

Last January was the hottest January on record over the world’s land and ocean surfaces, with average temperatures exceeding anything in the 141 years of data held by the U.S. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). The record temperatures in January follow an exceptionally warm 2019, which has been ranked as the second hottest year for the planet’s surface since[Read More…]

U.S. troops clash with villagers in Syria, teenager killed

U.S. troops clash with villagers in Syria, teenager killed

Media reports said: A Syrian was killed and another was wounded when villagers attacked U.S. troops and tried to block their way as their convoy drove through an army checkpoint in northeastern Syria. The incident prompted a rare clash. Another report said: A Syrian teenager was killed while another man was injured during the altercation between U.S. troops and locals.[Read More…]

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The Philippines scrap security agreement with U.S.

The Philippines scrap security agreement with U.S.

Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte has terminated the 1998 Visiting Forces Agreement (VFA) with the U.S. The Philippines announced its decision Tuesday – a move the U.S. embassy in the Philippines called a “serious step” – touching off a six-month countdown to the end of the deal. Duterte’s disdain for the Philippines’ close ties with the U.S. is well-known, He sees[Read More…]

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Intelligence coup of the century: Spying, profit also

Intelligence coup of the century: Spying, profit also

Confidential documents published Tuesday by The Washington Post and German and Swiss broadcasters ZDF and SRF show: The CIA, the world-famous U.S. intelligence agency, secretly bought a Swiss company that sold encrypted devices and rigged them to spy on clients. The company, Crypto AG, sold gadgets and software to spies, diplomats, military officials, and private companies for decades. The company[Read More…]

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Antarctic continent suffers from record temperature of 18.3°C

Antarctic continent suffers from record temperature of 18.3°C

Aerial view of melting glaciers on King George Island, Antarctica. UN Photo/Eskinder Debebe The World Meteorological Organization (WMO) has confirmed that the Antarctic likely saw a new temperature record of more than 18°C on Thursday. Speaking to journalists in Geneva, spokesperson Clare Nullis from the WMO, said that the record reading taken in the north of the continent, would be[Read More…]

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Police Brutally Beat Up Jamia Millia Islamia Students Again

Police Brutally Beat Up Jamia Millia Islamia Students Again

Police brutally beat up Jamia Millia Islamia students today. The police resorted to a lathi-charge on the protesters near Holy Family hospital which is within walking distance of Jamia Millia Islamia university. The students were holding an anti-CAA march from Jamia Millia Islamia to Parliament. The police had earlier denied permission to the protesters for the march. Height of brutality[Read More…]

The flu has killed 10,000 Americans this season

The flu has killed 10,000 Americans this season

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), an estimated 19 million Americans have been infected with the flu so far this season, and 180,000 of them have been hospitalized because of the illness. The flu virus has already killed an estimated 10,000 people across the U.S., including 68 children, according to the CDC. Fourteen influenza-associated pediatric deaths[Read More…]

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Latin America is free to make own policy choices, says Lavrov on US threats and the humiliating Monroe Doctrine

Latin America is free to make own policy choices, says Lavrov on US threats and the humiliating Monroe Doctrine

With Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov’s current Latin America tour significant change is happening in the region. Sergey Lavrov has hit back at threats from Washington over Moscow’s support for Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro, insisting Caracas and its neighbors deserve the option not to be U.S. vassal states. Lavrov was in Mexico on an official tour. Prior to the Mexico[Read More…]

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Pakistan and Somalia declare national emergency over locust as hordes near India border

Pakistan and Somalia declare national emergency over locust as hordes near India border

Following infestation of swarms of desert locusts in the eastern part of Pakistan the country’s Prime Minister Imran Khan declared national emergency on Saturday to protect crops and help farmers. The Pakistan government said it was the worst locust infestation in more than two decades. “We are facing the worst locust infestation in more than two decades and have decided[Read More…]

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China plans to ban the trade in wild animals, believed to be behind the coronavirus as racism spreads worldwide

China said it would ban illegal wildlife markets and trade in light of the Wuhan coronavirus or 2019-nCoV, which has killed at least 426 people and infected more than 20,000. Beyond China, at least 169 cases have been confirmed in 25 countries. It is widely believed that the Wuhan coronavirus likely started in a wet market, where live and dead[Read More…]

Seattle City Council Passes Resolution Against CAA, NRC

Seattle City Council Passes Resolution Against CAA, NRC

The Seattle City Council, one of the most powerful city councils in the U.S., on Monday unanimously passed a resolution condemning India’s recently-enacted Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA) and the National Register of Citizens (NRC). Reaffirming Seattle as a welcoming city and expressing solidarity with the city’s South Asian community regardless of religion and caste, the resolution “resolves that the Seattle[Read More…]

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Scientists sign open letter to Australian Government urging action on climate crisis

Scientists sign open letter to Australian Government urging action on climate crisis

  More than 270 scientists have signed an open letter to Australia’s leaders calling on them to abandon partisan politics and take action on climate change. They are calling for urgent action to reduce Australia’s greenhouse gas emissions The scientists warn the impacts of climate change are coming faster, stronger and more regularly The letter comes as the Australian Parliament[Read More…]

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Female flogging squad engaged in Indonesia’s Aceh

Female flogging squad engaged in Indonesia’s Aceh

A female flogging squad in Indonesia’s Aceh province has been engaged recently. Reports by media including reports by AFP and The Jakarta Post said: The members of the squad sometimes unleash flurry of lashes as part of their duty. They watch for morality crimes in Aceh, the only region in the world’s biggest Muslim-majority nation that imposes Islamic law –[Read More…]

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Coronavirus: WHO declares international health emergency

Coronavirus: WHO declares international health emergency

The World Health Organization (WHO) has declared a “public health emergency of international concern” over the outbreak of the 2019nCoV, or the Wuhan coronavirus. The international body did not recommend travel and trade restrictions. The declaration comes hours after the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported the first case of human-to-human transmission of the coronavirus in the U.S., in[Read More…]

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Protests in Palestine against U.S. plan

Protests in Palestine against U.S. plan

  Palestine has erupted in protest against the U.S. President Donald Trump announced plan on Palestine. Tens of thousands of Palestinians took to the streets to protest Trump’s proposal. The plan is a sellout of the Palestine people, as the Palestine President Mahmoud Abbas has told. Gaza Thousands of Palestinians in Gaza Strip observed a general strike on Wednesday. All the[Read More…]

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Jerusalem is not for sale, your conspiracy will not pass, Abbas reacts to Trump’s Middle East proposal

Jerusalem is not for sale, your conspiracy will not pass, Abbas reacts to Trump’s Middle East proposal

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas has slammed U.S. President Donald Trump’s Middle East “peace” plan, declaring “Jerusalem is not for sale”. Abbas warned that the “conspiracy deal will not pass.” “Your conspiracy deal will not pass and the Palestinian people will reject it,” Abbas warned on Tuesday after Trump unveiled his long-awaited plan for peace between Israel and Palestine. Calling it[Read More…]

Wuhan seafood market may not be source of coronavirus spreading globally

Wuhan seafood market may not be source of coronavirus spreading globally

New research suggests that the Wuhan coronavirus, which has killed at least 100 people, may not have originated in the Huanan Wholesale Seafood Market in Wuhan, Hubei, China. The virus is zoonotic, meaning it can be passed from animals to humans. So experts thought people in Wuhan likely caught the virus from snakes in a wet market, where meat is[Read More…]

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West Bengal becomes Fourth state to pass anti-CAA resolution

West Bengal becomes Fourth state to pass anti-CAA resolution

West Bengal became the fourth opposition-ruled state to pass a resolution against the Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA) in its assembly, after Kerala, Punjab and Rajasthan. The resolution, moved by Parliamentary Affairs Minister Partha Chatterjee was passed unanimously by the House, with Congress and Left members, along with those of the ruling Trinamool Congress (TMC), supporting it. The BJP opposed it.[Read More…]

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Coronavirus impacts the gold, oil, tourism, crop markets

Coronavirus impacts the gold, oil, tourism, crop markets

Coronavirus is impacting the gold, oil, tourism crop markets. Virus fears has driven sell-off in stocks, oil, yuan. The death toll from the virus has risen to at least 80, and confirmed cases in the U.S. rose to five on Sunday. Case has been detected in Canada also. Thailand has so far confirmed eight cases, with five already discharged and[Read More…]

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7 Million Form A Human Chain Across Kerala To Protest Against CAA

7 Million Form A Human Chain Across Kerala To Protest Against CAA

A 620 km long human chain from the northern part of Kerala to the south was formed on Republic Day by the CPI(M) led Left Democratic Front, to register the protest against the ‘unconstitutional: Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA). People from all walks of life including newly weds participated in the human chain. The organizers claimed that around 60 to 70[Read More…]

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Rajasthan Assembly passes resolution against CAA

Rajasthan Assembly passes resolution against CAA

Rajasthan Assembly passed a resolution against the Citizenship (Amendment) Act (CAA). Rajasthan is the third state to pass a resolution against CAA. The resolution asked the Centre to repeal the CAA and withdraw the new questionnaire for preparation of the National Population Register (NPR), as the people would face inconvenience with the proposed additional information. “The CAA flouts the Constitution’s[Read More…]

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New government in Lebanon still failing to diffuse protests as many raise slogan: Revolution, Revolution

New government in Lebanon still failing to diffuse protests as many raise slogan: Revolution, Revolution

More than three months of political blockade have passed since protests in Lebanon erupted. A new government has sworn-in. Still violent protests continue with call for an end to corruption, economic woes and sectarian politics. Protesters have called for a “Week of Rage”. Protesters on Tuesday chanted “Revolution, Revolution:. More than 540 people have been wounded during the protests. Despite the[Read More…]

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Landmark UN ruling: Countries banned from returning refugees to countries threatened by climate crisis

Landmark UN ruling: Countries banned from returning refugees to countries threatened by climate crisis

A landmark ruling by the UN Human Rights Committee said: It unlawful to return refugees to countries where their lives may be threatened by the impacts of the climate crisis. The non-binding ruling is a move, which could set a precedent for future protection claims. The committee’s judgment centered on the case of Ioane Teitiota, a man from the Pacific[Read More…]

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Years after imperialist intervention, Libya is still conflict-torn

Years after imperialist intervention, Libya is still conflict-torn

Libya devastated by imperialist intervention is still conflict-torn, and in unstable condition. Recently concluded Berlin conference has begun a process. Still uncertainty is there as the conference is yet to produce fruitful progress in Libya-situation. Much remained to be done, says Lavrov Russian Foreign Minister, Sergey Lavrov has said that his country considers the Berlin Conference a “small step” towards[Read More…]

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Richest 1% own more than twice as much wealth as 6.9 billion people, says report

Richest 1% own more than twice as much wealth as 6.9 billion people, says report

  A super-rich one percent of the world’s population has accumulated twice as much wealth as the remaining 90 percent, said a new report by Oxfam, a global charity. The report has been released on January 20, 2020 on the eve of the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland. The gap between the filthy rich and the rest of humanity[Read More…]

Delhi To Be Under Draconian National Security Act For Three Months

Delhi To Be Under Draconian National Security Act For Three Months

In an unprecedented move Lieutenant Governor (LG) Anil Baijal has granted power of detaining authority to the Delhi Police Commissioner under the National Security Act, according to a notification. Under the National Security Act, an individual can be detained without a charge for up to 12 months. The individual also need not be informed of the charges for 10 days.[Read More…]

Punjab Becomes The Second State To Pass Resolution Against CAA

Punjab Becomes The Second State To Pass Resolution Against CAA

The Punjab Assembly on Friday passed a resolution by voice vote against the controversial Citizenship Amendment Act, the second state in the country to do so.  The resolution moved by Parliamentary Affairs Minister Brahm Mohindra was passed after over three hours of discussion. While the ruling Congress and main opposition Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) supported the resolution, the BJP opposed[Read More…]

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Davos 2020 Report: Climate change tops risks for world in 2020

Davos 2020 Report: Climate change tops risks for world in 2020

The world’s elite are set to descend on Davos, a Swiss mountain resort, in the World Economic Forum (WEF). It is an annual gathering of world political leaders, business executives including chief executives of some of the world’s biggest and powerful companies, academics and non-governmental organization (NGO) leaders. The Davos WEF has an image of being an elitist event meant[Read More…]

2019 was second-hottest year ever, more extreme weather ahead: WMO

2019 was second-hottest year ever, more extreme weather ahead: WMO

  The 2019 was the world’s second-hottest year on record. The World Meteorological Organization (WMO), U.S. space administration NASA and the U.S. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) announced the finding Wednesday. The Geneva-based WMO combined several datasets, including two from the NASA and the UK Met Office. The decade beginning in 2010 was the hottest ever, and it’s the[Read More…]

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Anti-government protesters chant slogans as they hold cardboard cutouts of clenched fists, with Arabic that reads, "Lebanon," as they block a main highway during a protest in the town of Jal el-Dib, north of Beirut, Lebanon, Tuesday, Jan. 14, 2020. Protesters blocked several roads around the capital of Beirut and in other areas of the country on Tuesday in renewed rallies against the ruling elite they say has failed to address the economy's downward spiral. (AP Photo/Bilal Hussein)

Protesters return to streets in rudderless Lebanon

Amidst obstacles to the creation of a new administration in Lebanon angry protesters have begun returning to streets. Protesters are returning with the slogan, “The revolution is coming back.” There were clashes between the protesters and army and security forces. Protesters burned tires, blocked roads and brought traffic in Beirut to a standstill on Tuesday in renewed demonstrations against economic[Read More…]

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Air pollution could kill 160,000 people in the next decade through strokes and heart attacks

Air pollution could kill 160,000 people in the next decade through strokes and heart attacks

Air pollution is a big killer. Air pollution has also been linked to an increased risk in depression and suicide. More than 160,000 people could die in the next decade from strokes and heart attacks caused by air pollution, a charity has warned. The British Heart Foundation (BHF) said there is an estimated 11,000 such deaths per year at the[Read More…]

Deadly winter storm wreaks havoc across the Middle East, death toll in Pakistan and Afghanistan 54

Deadly winter storm wreaks havoc across the Middle East, death toll in Pakistan and Afghanistan 54

A deadly winter storm brought severe impacts to millions of people from parts of the Arabian Peninsula to Pakistan beginning late last week and through the weekend. According to media reports, at least 54 people were killed by the combination of heavy snowfall, brutal cold and severe flooding in Afghanistan and Pakistan. The storm got underway on Thursday with scattered[Read More…]

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An open letter to the citizens of India by former officials of Government of India

An open letter to the citizens of India by former officials of Government of India

India does not need the CAA-NPR-NRIC. They need to be resolutely opposed. Withdraw the Foreigners (Tribunals) Amendment Order, 2019 Issued on 09 January 2020, by CONSTITUTIONAL CONDUCT GROUP, with 106 signatories, Full Text given below. Most of them were IAS, and include IPS, IRS, IFS officials. And include top former Secretaries, DGPs, RAW officials too. The signatories included those connected[Read More…]

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A Dalit Girl Gang Raped And Hanged From A Tree In Gujarat

A Dalit Girl Gang Raped And Hanged From A Tree In Gujarat

In north Gujarat a 19-year-old Dalit woman was kidnapped, gangraped and murdered before her body was hanged from a tree to make it look like a suicide. The victim had gone missing on December 31 and her body was found on January 5. According to the details of the Nirbhaya-like case, after the deceased went missing, her family had approached[Read More…]

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Attack on JNU: Police Accuse Left Wing Students As The Perpetrators of Violence

Attack on JNU: Police Accuse Left Wing Students As The Perpetrators of Violence

Five days after masked goons attacked students in New Delhi’s prestigious Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) in which about 20 students including JNU Students Union President Aishe Ghosh and teachers were grievously injured, the Delhi police have accused that Aishe Ghosh and other left wing students were among the attackers. The police released photos puported to be that of Aishe Ghosh.[Read More…]

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ABVP Goons Attack JNU

ABVP Goons Attack JNU

Masked goons entered New Delhi’s prestigious Jawaharlal Nehru University and went on a rampage, targeting students and teachers and vandalising property. Several students have been injured, including the head of its students’ union. The police, “who are in the campus and the security personnel did nothing,” said JNUSU vice-President Saket Moon. The JNUSU has alleged the complicity of Akhil Bharatiya[Read More…]

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Indian-Australians Hold Protest Against CAA & NRC

Indian-Australians Hold Protest Against CAA & NRC

Indian-Australians in Sydney held a huge protest against the unconstitutional, bigoted and divisive Citizenship Amendment Act and the National Register of Citizens. Speakers called for the repeal of the CAA and NRC; for an end to police violence; and for the Morrison government to speak out about the human rights abuses occurring under the Modi government. A number of speakers[Read More…]

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Burn CAA Copies On New Year’s Eve

Burn CAA Copies On New Year’s Eve

The Citizenship Amend Act (CAA) is a unconstitutional law passed by the Nazi regime in India led by the ideologically Nazi Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) led government. The Citizenship (Amendment) Act, 2019 was passed by the Parliament of India on 11 December 2019. It amended the Citizenship Act of 1955 by providing a path to Indian citizenship for Hindu, Sikh,[Read More…]

Reign Of Terror In U.P Says Fact Finding Report

Reign Of Terror In U.P Says Fact Finding Report

A fact-finding report, published by a team comprising activist Yogendra Yadav, CPI (ML)’s Kavita Krishnan, and Riad Azam, says that Uttar Pradesh is under a “reign of terror” following the state government’s “unlawful and lethal tactics” to harass citizens protesting peacefully against the Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA) and National Register of Citizens (NRC). The report, which cites district-wise statistics and[Read More…]

Modi Lies To The Nation On NRC

Modi Lies To The Nation On NRC

Prime Minister Narendra Modi lied to the nation claiming that there never was a pan India National Register of Citizens (NRC). Launching BJP’s election campaign in Delhi he said, “Has anything happened with the NRC yet? Lies are being spread. After my government came to power, from 2014 to now, let me tell the 130 crore citizens of this country,[Read More…]

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Death Toll Mounts In Protest Against Citizenship Amendment Act

Death Toll Mounts In Protest Against Citizenship Amendment Act

The protests against Citizenship (Amendment) Act (CAA) and the proposed NRC is spreading in many parts of India. Six protesters were killed in clashes that erupted across Uttar Pradesh over the Citizenship Amendment Act on Friday, the state police confirmed. This has taken the total number of protest-related deaths in the state so far to seven. However, Uttar Pradesh Director[Read More…]

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Hellish heatwave hits Australia and Sydney suburbs are without water

Hellish heatwave hits Australia and Sydney suburbs are without water

  Extreme temperatures are expected in South Australia, Victoria, NSW and the as the heatwave moves east. Source: Bureau of Meteorology Hellish heatwave is hitting Australia. A state of emergency has been declared in New South Wales, Australia, amid fears a record-breaking heatwave will exacerbate the state’s bushfire crisis. More than 100 fires continue to burn in New South Wales[Read More…]

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Protest Against Citizenship Amendment Act Widens In India, Hundreds of Protestors Detained

Protest Against Citizenship Amendment Act Widens In India, Hundreds of Protestors Detained

Hundreds of protestors were detained across India on Thursday as authorities clamped down on protests against the Citizenship Amendment Act. Senior advocate Prashant Bhushan, social activist Harsh Mander, scholar Yogendra Yadav, and Left leaders Sitaram Yechury and D Raja were among those detained in Delhi, where 20 metro stations were closed through the day. Historian Ramachandra Guha and others detained[Read More…]

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Amazon deforestation highest since 2008

Amazon deforestation highest since 2008

Deforestation on protected Indigenous lands in the Amazon was almost three times higher than the loss of trees in the region as a whole and the highest since 2008, finds a new study based on satellite imagery. The data from Brazil’s National Institute for Space Research (INPE) studied by the Socio-Environmental Institute (ISA), a group working with Indigenous people, show that between August 2018 and[Read More…]

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Greenland ice losses are faster than forecasted

Greenland ice losses are faster than forecasted

Greenland is losing ice seven times faster than in the 1990s and is tracking the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change’s high-end climate warming scenario, which would see 40 million more people exposed to coastal flooding by 2100. A team of 96 polar scientists from 50 international organizations has produced the most complete picture of Greenland ice loss to date. The[Read More…]

COP25 produces nothing but compromise and disappointment

COP25 produces nothing but compromise and disappointment

The longest ever UN climate talks on record – Conference of Parties (COP)25 – have finally ended in Madrid with nothing, but a compromise deal. Many of those in attendance were unhappy with the overall package, feeling it did not reflect the urgency of the science. A disappointment has overwhelmed many COP25 delegates. Exhausted delegates reached agreement on the key[Read More…]

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Students Across India Rise Up In Anger After Jamia Milia Crack Down Against Citizenship Amendment Act

Students Across India Rise Up In Anger After Jamia Milia Crack Down Against Citizenship Amendment Act

Students  rose up across India against the unconstitutional Citizenship Amendment Act after their compatriots in Jamia Milia Islamia were violently beaten up in their campus yesterday. Police in both Delhi and Aligarh used excessive force against student protest. The crack down left a total of nearly 50 students injured and the 100 Jamia students – who had been detained after[Read More…]

Reports from COP25: Last minute discussions for stronger actions

Reports from COP25: Last minute discussions for stronger actions

On Saturday, activists staged a protest outside the COP25 summit venue in Madrid to express their frustration at what they see as the failure of world leaders in taking meaningful action on climate change. The conference has become enmeshed in deep, technical arguments about a number of issues including the role of carbon markets and the financing of loss and[Read More…]

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Kerala Will Not Implement Citizenship Amendment Bill; Joins Bengal And Punjab In Opposing It

Kerala Will Not Implement Citizenship Amendment Bill; Joins Bengal And Punjab In Opposing It

The Kerala government has decided not to implement the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill enacted by the Centre, calling it unconstitutional. Kerala chief minister Pinarayi Vijayan told reporters in Thiruvananthapuram on Thursday that his government had taken the decision based on the “unconstitutional” nature of the bill. Another opposition-ruled state, Punjab, too, decided to not implement the law. Chief Minister Captain Amarinder[Read More…]

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To redress debacle due to neoliberal policies, Argentina to declare economic, health and social emergencies

To redress debacle due to neoliberal policies, Argentina to declare economic, health and social emergencies

Argentina is taking measures to fight out debacles created by implementation of neoliberal policies for years in the country. The measures may appear unusual to many. But the measures show a political leadership’s effort to fight out poverty, lack of medicare for common people. There is also a plan to make current laws related to health and social emergencies ineffective[Read More…]

Dollar’s domination diminishing

Dollar’s domination diminishing

US Dollar’s world domination is diminishing. Not only are central banks, the world’s rich also hoarding the yellow metal – gold. A Bloomberg opinion piece “World Is Stuck With the Dollar as the Reserve Currency” (December 11, 2019) said: “The U.S. dollar’s position as the world’s reserve currency might be weakening. In the last few years, the fraction of global[Read More…]

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The Arctic is increasingly at risk as temperatures warm and sea ice melts away warns NOAA

The Arctic is increasingly at risk as temperatures warm and sea ice melts away warns NOAA

The Arctic is increasingly at risk as temperatures warm and sea ice melts away, warns U.S. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) in its Arctic Report Card (ARC), an annual report on the state of this crucial ecosystem. Climate crisis is causing chaos in the Bering Sea, home to one of America’s largest fisheries, said the U.S. federal government agency’s scientists[Read More…]

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“Gains” the U.S. made in Afghanistan

“Gains” the U.S. made in Afghanistan

The war The U.S. is waging in Afghanistan is highly costly. Brown University’s Costs of War Project made some calculations of the war years ago. Now, the high cost is being discussed in the circles of the mainstream politics and media. The New York Times in its “What Did the U.S. Get for $2 Trillion in Afghanistan?” report on December[Read More…]

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Thousands of workers march in France

Thousands of workers march in France

A countrywide union strike against pension reform has brought transportation across France to a standstill. Thousands of workers marched in what has been described as the largest protest of its kind since 1995. The protest dwarfed the weekly Yellow Vests demonstrations that have been happening every Saturday for over a year now. The massive worker walkouts and marches were called[Read More…]

Decade ending 2019 likely to be the hottest on record, says WMO

Decade ending 2019 likely to be the hottest on record, says WMO

Exceptional global heat driven by greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions mean this decade will most likely go down as the warmest on record, according to the World Meteorological Organization (WMO), which released its provisional statement on the State of the Global Climate on Tuesday. The WMO also finds that 2019 is on track to be the second or third warmest year[Read More…]

Judge Loya case should be re-investigated if there is demand and need: Sharad Pawar

Judge Loya case should be re-investigated if there is demand and need: Sharad Pawar

NCP chief Sharad Pawar on Monday said that Central Bureau of Investigation Judge Brijgopal Harkishan Loya’s death should be re-investigated if there is a demand and need for it. Sharad Pawar said in an interview to a Marathi news channel, “If there is something in it [the demands], then maybe a re-investigation should be done.” “I don’t know, I read[Read More…]

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Hope At COP 25

Hope At COP 25

Conference of Parties (COP) 25 is on in Madrid. The COP25 is going through discussions and debates. Problems are raised and solutions are sought in the COP. Prospects are searched while promises are made in the conference. But, the outcome of the COP25 may not be hopeful. Political leaders and climate diplomats are meeting in Madrid for two weeks of[Read More…]

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Iraqi Communist Party calls for a new system replacing the present

Iraqi Communist Party calls for a new system replacing the present

Iraqi Communist Party (ICP) calls for the resignation of the government, a total replacement of the current system by a new system, and for continuing the uprising with the same motivation and power until people’s demands are met. As massive demonstrations over unemployment, rampant corruption, poor delivery of services, and sectarianism are gaining momentum, the ICP – the country’s oldest existing[Read More…]

China slaps sanctions on US over Hong Kong

China slaps sanctions on US over Hong Kong

China has suspended U.S. warship visits and sanctioned American NGOs on Monday in retaliation for the passage of a bill backing pro-democracy protesters in Hong Kong. Hong Kong has been rocked by nearly six months of increasingly violent unrest, which Beijing has frequently blamed on foreign influence. Last week U.S. President Donald Trump signed the Hong Kong Human Rights and[Read More…]

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Telangana CM KCR announces huge sops for RTC workers

Telangana CM KCR announces huge sops for RTC workers

(Following is a news report that pleased all RTC workers and people who supported them in spite of a 52-day long strike from October 5. Around 49000 workers went on strike, hardly one percent workers resumed duties in spite of threats and ultimatums issued by the Management as well as the Chief Minister. The strike was illegal, declared the management,[Read More…]

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Rapid and deep decarbonization of power supply worldwide is required to limit global warming

Rapid and deep decarbonization of power supply worldwide is required to limit global warming

A rapid and deep decarbonization of power supply worldwide is required to limit global warming to well below 2 °C. Beyond greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, the power sector is also responsible for numerous other environmental impacts. An international team of scientists in their study has found this. Producing electricity in a climate-friendly brings huge benefits for our health – mainly due[Read More…]

China warns U.S. for interference in Hong Kong and threatens of firm counter measures

China warns U.S. for interference in Hong Kong and threatens of firm counter measures

China has warned that continued U.S .meddling in Hong Kong is “doomed to fail” and threatened “firm counter measures,” after President Donald Trump passed two bills backing ongoing protests in the territory. Washington has “ignored facts” and “blatantly supported violent radicals who oppose the rule of law” in Hong Kong, the Foreign Ministry of China said on Thursday. The warning[Read More…]

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Argentina’s president-elect Alberto Fernandez rejects remaining IMF money

Argentina’s president-elect Alberto Fernandez rejects remaining IMF money

Argentina’s leftist president-elect Alberto Fernandez said Tuesday that he would renounce the remaining $11 billion tranche of the country’s International Monetary Fund (IMF) loan as soon as he takes office next month. Outgoing center-right President Mauricio Macri agreed a massive $57 billion loan package last year, but the austerity measures he imposed failed to right the economy. “What I want[Read More…]

Gunfire, clash in second night of violence in Lebanon while business group calls for general strike

Gunfire, clash in second night of violence in Lebanon while business group calls for general strike

  Lebanon is going through turmoil.   Clashes between supporters of Lebanon’s caretaker prime minister, Saad al-Hariri, and Shi’ite groups Hezbollah and Amal turned into gunfire in Beirut late on Monday, reported state news agency NNA. The clashes marked the second consecutive night of violence linked to Lebanon’s political crisis, threatening to tip largely peaceful demonstrations directed at the country’s ruling[Read More…]

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13 Protesters killed in a day in Iraq while death toll reaches 342

13 Protesters killed in a day in Iraq while death toll reaches 342

At least 13 protesters were killed and 150 were injured Sunday in Baghdad and the southern cities of Basra and Nasiriya during clashes between security forces and the protesters. Sunday was one of the “worst” days since protests began. Many of these deaths were due to the use of live ammunition and tear gas by security forces against demonstrators. At least 342 people have been killed in[Read More…]

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People’s protests pass more than a month in Chile

People’s protests pass more than a month in Chile

People in thousands joined in protests in Chile on Monday (November 18). It marked the first month of the most serious public protests against neo-liberal policies in recent time in Chile. The protests show the people’s distrust of the social agenda the government announced, and the parliamentary agreement on a new constitution. Anti-riot police used tear gas, rubber bullets and[Read More…]

Facebook and Google, “Surveillance Giants”, threaten human rights, says Amnesty

Facebook and Google, “Surveillance Giants”, threaten human rights, says Amnesty

  Tech titans Google and Facebook employ “surveillance-based business models” that threaten human rights and erode privacy worldwide, said Amnesty International (AI) in its new report Surveillance Giants: How the Business Model of Google and Facebook Threatens Human Rights (Peter Benenson House, 1 Easton Street, London WC1X 0DW, UK). The AI in its report called for an end to the[Read More…]

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Military and police crackdown on gas plant blockade in Bolivia, 2 dead

Military and police crackdown on gas plant blockade in Bolivia, 2 dead

With armored vehicles and helicopters, Bolivian military forces and police used tear gas to crack down on protesters blocking access to a major gas plant, operated by state-run YPFB, in El Alto city on Tuesday. Helicopters flew above roads around the Senkata gas plant while heavily armed police dispersed protesters with tear gas and bullets. The number of dead was 2[Read More…]

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How citizens can become agents of environmental change? Scientists’ suggestion

How citizens can become agents of environmental change? Scientists’ suggestion

Citizens participating in preservation of environment are an important aspect of fighting decay of environment. Scientists have proposed (“Researchers explore how citizens can become agents of environmental change: A blueprint for how to educate people to maximize their impact.”) a blueprint for methods of educating people to maximize impact of people’s participation. By walking in the woods, rafting a river,[Read More…]

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Police Brutally Attack JNU Students

Police Brutally Attack JNU Students

Thousands of students from Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) in New Delhi, India, who were marching to parliament to protest the massive hike in hostel fees were detained and baton-charged, leaving some of them grievously injured yesterday. The students continued their march but were stopped at many places. The protesters said they would not relent until the government withdrew the fee[Read More…]

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Hong Kong: Protesters set massive fire on university, throw petrol bombs 

Hong Kong: Protesters set massive fire on university, throw petrol bombs 

Massive fires raged at the campus of Hong Kong Polytech University (PolyU), where anti-government protesters have holed up, and pelting petrol bombs at riot police, who have taken position around the university campus. The protesters feared police raid in the campus. The campus turned into a battleground between the rioters hurling Molotov cocktails and rocks at police, and police firing[Read More…]

Maduro and Morales on gringos and dictatorship

Maduro and Morales on gringos and dictatorship

Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro denounced this Sunday that the country’s right-wing has received more than US$400 million with the objective of buying politicians, policemen and members of the Bolivarian National Armed Force, to put them at the service of foreign nations’ interests. During an interview for the ‘Jose Vicente Hoy’ show, Maduro affirmed that despite bribes, the Venezuelan Armed Forces have remained loyal to the Constitution, the[Read More…]

Five Killed In Bolivia As Security Forces Opened Fire On Supporters Of Evo Morales

Five Killed In Bolivia As Security Forces Opened Fire On Supporters Of Evo Morales

Security forces opened fire on supporters of evicted Bolivian President Evo Morales in a central town of Sacaba, killing at least five people, injuring dozens. Most of the dead and injured Friday in Sacaba near the city of Cochabamba suffered bullet wounds, Guadalberto Lara, director of the town’s Mexico Hospital, told The Associated Press. He called it the worst violence[Read More…]

Security forces violently clash with people as Evo Morales warns government not to stain with blood

Security forces violently clash with people as Evo Morales warns government not to stain with blood

Bolivia has flared up with violent clashes between people protesting the coup and security forces. Fresh clashes have broken out in as the self-declared interim president Jeanine Anez faced challenges to her leadership in the Bolivia Congress and the streets from supporters of the exiled President Evo Morales. Evo Morales, forced out by the armed forces in the country has[Read More…]

Bolivians protest self-declared “interim president” and police tear gas thousands of Evo Morales supporters

Bolivians protest self-declared “interim president” and police tear gas thousands of Evo Morales supporters

Thousands of supporters of deposed Bolivian President Evo Morales gathered in La Paz, the Bolivian capital city, to demand the resignation of self-declared “interim” leader Jeanine Anez. Riot police squared off the protesters during street clashes. Thousands of Bolivians are demonstrating against the coup, which was orchestrated by opposition leaders Luis Fernando Camacho and Carlos Mesa and supported by the country’s[Read More…]

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A self-appointed president, soldiers and violence dominate Bolivia, 6 citizens already shot  

A self-appointed president, soldiers and violence dominate Bolivia, 6 citizens already shot  

Jeanine Áñez, a senator from the rightist opposition camp, declared herself president of Bolivia on Tuesday although the legislative body failed to meet with the constitutional requirements for such a move. The Parliament did not achieve a quorum because the lawmakers of the Movement to Socialism (MAS), the movement ousted president Evo Morales represented, could not attend, due to a lack of[Read More…]

Plane carrying Morales lands in Paraguay after getting refusal from Peru

Plane carrying Morales lands in Paraguay after getting refusal from Peru

Paraguayan media including the newspaper ABC Color reported on Tuesday: An aircraft of the Mexican Air Force carrying resigned Bolivian President Evo Morales has landed in Paraguay after a request for landing in Peru was rejected. At the same time, thousands of pro-Evo protesters were marching towards Bolivia’s legislative assembly. The plane was supposed to refuel in Peru before heading[Read More…]

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48000 RTC workers of Telangana on strike for 37 days : It is a stalemate now

48000 RTC workers of Telangana on strike for 37 days : It is a stalemate now

The strike by 48000 workers and employees of  Telangana State Road Transport Corporation (TSRTC) has completed 37 days by now. It is a stalemate now, caused chiefly by the adamant attitude of State Government led by TRS headed by Chief Minister KCR. The High Court had several sittings till now, but could not end the stalemate, and is going to[Read More…]

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UN overwhelmingly votes for ending U.S. blockade against Cuba

UN overwhelmingly votes for ending U.S. blockade against Cuba

12:05 pm The voting process begins. Result: 187 in favor; 3 against; 2 abstentions Against: Israel, the United States, Brazil Abstaining: Colombia and Ukraine The United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) on Thursday overwhelming voted in favor of the resolution demanding ending of the U.S. blockade against Cuba with 187 countries voting in favor, three including the U.S. against while two countries abstained.[Read More…]

No intervention is needed: Mexico tells U.S.

No intervention is needed: Mexico tells U.S.

Mexico’s President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador has said: Mexico does not need “foreign intervention” to deal with its security issues. The Mexican President was making comments following an offer of “help” from U.S. President Donald Trump after the ambush and murder of a family from the U.S. “It’s a firm no,” he said on Tuesday morning. He said: “Of course[Read More…]

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Climate crisis: 11,000 scientists foresee untold human suffering

Climate crisis: 11,000 scientists foresee untold human suffering

Governments are failing to address the climate crisis, says a new study, which is based on 40 years of data on a range of measures. Another team said: Paris carbon-cutting pledges are “too little, too late”. The alarming assessments came a day after U.S. President Donald Trump formally notified the UN of the U.S. withdrawal from the 2015 Paris Climate[Read More…]

People are rising against neoliberalism in Latin America: Maduro

People are rising against neoliberalism in Latin America: Maduro

Nicolas Maduro, President of Venezuela, said: People across the Latin America region are rising against “savage capitalism” especially the neoliberal model pushed by the International Monetary Fund. Maduro was delivering his closing statement at the III Anti-Imperialist Congress against Neoliberalism held in Havana Sunday. Maduro said that although neoliberalism seems to have taken the reins in Latin America, it is[Read More…]

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Amazon Guardian Shot Dead By Loggers

An indigenous Amazon Guardian has been shot dead by loggers and another wounded after they were ambushed by loggers. Paulo Paulino Guajajara, known also as Kwahu Tenetehar, was shot in the neck and died in the forest. His colleague, Tainaky Tenetehar, was shot in the back and arm but escaped. The Amazon Guardians have been patrolling their territory in the[Read More…]

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U.S. debt exceeds $23 trillion for the first time in history 

U.S. debt exceeds $23 trillion for the first time in history 

U.S. Treasury Department figures released Friday show: U.S. public debt has surpassed $23 trillion for the first time in history, rising more than 100 percent in less than a decade and more than a trillion dollars this year alone. Of the total, less than US$17 trillion is owed to individuals, while the remaining $6 trillion comes from loans within government agencies.[Read More…]

U.S. soldiers enter Syria and U.S. armored vehicles near Syria-Turkey border

U.S. soldiers enter Syria and U.S. armored vehicles near Syria-Turkey border

U.S. troops and armored vehicles entered Syria Thursday with the proclaimed mission to protect oil fields from the Islamic State (ISIS). Dozens of U.S. soldiers and fewer than 10 Bradley armored vehicles moved into the northeastern part of Syria. On the other hand, citing a witness and Reuters video footage a Beirut datelined and “U.S. forces patrolling in Syria near[Read More…]

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Major cities of the world could submerge within 30 years due to Global Warming

Major cities of the world could submerge within 30 years due to Global Warming

  Major cities of the world are at risk of being submerged under rising sea levels over the next 30 years. This could put hundreds of millions of people at risk – their homes and jobs lost. A new study finds this. New elevation data triple estimates of global vulnerability to sea-level rise and coastal flooding. A new digital elevation[Read More…]

Hariri resigns, protesters celebrate, and uncertainty persists in Lebanon

Hariri resigns, protesters celebrate, and uncertainty persists in Lebanon

Following an unprecedented popular revolt for 13 days over decades of political corruption and economic turmoil in Lebanon, Prime Minister Saad Hariri has resigned on Tuesday. After the announcement, the main protest square in central Beirut erupted into applause, less than an hour after counter-demonstrators ravaged the site and attacked protesters. Cries of celebration and joy went up across Lebanon,[Read More…]

Far Right EU MPs Visit Kashmir

Far Right EU MPs Visit Kashmir

The 27-member delegation of European Parliament members visited the troubled region of Jammu and Kashmir. It’s the first foreign delegation allowed to visit Kashmir after abrogation of Article 370 on August 5, this year. The MEPs are drawn largely from extreme right-wing parties like the German Alternative for Germany (AfD) famous for its anti-immigrant stand, and France’s Rassemblement National. In[Read More…]

Progressives secure majority in the chambers of congress in Bolivia

Progressives secure majority in the chambers of congress in Bolivia

The Movement to Socialism (MAS), the progressives, has secured a majority presence in the Senate and Deputy Chamber of Bolivia, Vice President of the country Álvaro García Linera said Monday. During a presentation explaining the results of the election on October 20, the vice president said MAS obtained 21 representatives in the Senate while securing 68 lawmakers in the House of Representatives. The Bolivian senior official said, “the MAS has prevailed in[Read More…]

Progressive Cristina Fernandez wins presidency in Argentina

Progressive Cristina Fernandez wins presidency in Argentina

In a dramatic comeback, Cristina Fernández de Kirchner, progressive and one of Argentina’s most popular presidents during her two terms in 2007-2015, has been voted back into office as vice president. A large crowd of supporters burst into a roar outside the Frente de Todos (Everybody’s Front) party bunker in the Chacarita neighborhood of the capital city of Buenos Aires[Read More…]

U.S. plans to send tanks to Syria oil fields

U.S. plans to send tanks to Syria oil fields

The U.S. is reportedly planning to deploy tanks and other heavy military hardware to protect oil fields in eastern Syria. This would mark the first deployment of U.S. tanks to Syria. A senior Pentagon official told Newsweek Wednesday that the U.S. is seeking to deploy half of an Army armored brigade combat team that includes 30 Abrams tanks to eastern[Read More…]

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Iraq is taking legal action to kick unauthorized U.S. forces out of country

Iraq is taking legal action to kick unauthorized U.S. forces out of country

The Iraqi government is now taking legal action against the uninvited presence of the U.S. forces in Iraq. The U.S. forces entered western Iraq without authorization as it withdrew from Syria. The Iraqi government is also seeking international help after U.S. troops entered western Iraq without any authorization from the Iraq government. Baghdad did not give permission for U.S. forces[Read More…]

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Defiant people continue demonstration in Lebanon

Defiant people continue demonstration in Lebanon

Tens of thousands of Lebanese protesters kept the country on lockdown on Tuesday, rallying for a sixth consecutive day to demand new leaders despite the government’s adoption of an emergency economic rescue plan. The protesting people remain defiant despite Prime Minister Saad Hariri’s reforms, insisting the government resign. Media reports said: Demonstrations have grew into an unprecedented cross-sectarian street mobilization[Read More…]

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Australian media protest secrecy laws, redact their front pages

Australian media protest secrecy laws, redact their front pages

Print, online and on-air news outlets on Monday joined in a concerted campaign to pressure the Australian government to soften its restrictive secrecy laws. In a rare show of unity, the Australian media published redacted front pages in a protest against press restrictions. News outlets of the News Corp Australia and Nine mastheads showed blacked-out text beside red stamps marked[Read More…]

Mass revolt in Lebanon: General strike begins as marchers call for revolution

Mass revolt in Lebanon: General strike begins as marchers call for revolution

A nationwide general strike has begun across Lebanon as protests aimed at ousting the government entered its fifth day. The main labor union announced the general strike. A mass revolt is continuing in the country over the last four days. Banks said they would remain closed on Monday. Schools and universities will also remain closed. Hundreds of thousands of demonstrators[Read More…]

General strike in Catalonia as Barcelona is burning

General strike in Catalonia as Barcelona is burning

A general strike has been called in Catalonia on Friday, marking the end of a week of protests following the ruling of Spain’s Supreme Court on Monday. The court sentenced nine Catalan pro-independence leaders to jail for sedition. Thousands of people have joined a series of “marches for freedom”, which are set to converge in the Catalan capital on Friday.[Read More…]

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Trump finds a “third-rate politician” in his “meltdown” moment during Turkey’s Syria invasion

U.S. President Donald Trump is facing troubling time in his Turkey-game. His political allies and opponents are furious. Embarrassing sounds are being heard in Washington D.C. while the Democratic leaders walked out of a meeting with Trump on Syria. Media reports from Washington D.C. said: Congressional Democrats walked out of a White House meeting on Syria Wednesday, claiming President Trump[Read More…]

Second India-China Informal Summit: A New Direction In India China Relations

Second India-China Informal Summit: A New Direction In India China Relations

  Full Text issued by PM’s office after the Second Informal Summit The Prime Minister of India Shri Narendra Modi and the President of the People’s Republic of China Mr Xi Jinping held their Second Informal Summit in Chennai, India, on 11-12 October 2019. The two Leaders had an in-depth exchange of views in a friendly atmosphere on overarching, long-term[Read More…]

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People’s protest in Ecuador compels Moreno government to drop IMF’s prescription of neo-liberal measure

People’s protest in Ecuador compels Moreno government to drop IMF’s prescription of neo-liberal measure

United Nations-backed dialogue between the right wing Lenin Moreno’s government and leaders of protesting people including indigenous people’s organizations reached a deal Sunday to revoke pro-International Monetary Fund (IMF) Decree 883, end strikes across the country, and to set up a commission that will write the new document, which will replace the decree issued earlier. Indigenous groups that led the[Read More…]

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Turkey’s military assault on the Kurdish people in Syria turns into a full-blown disaster

Turkey’s military assault on the Kurdish people in Syria turns into a full-blown disaster

   Turkey’s military assault on the Kurdish people in Syria has already become a full-blown disaster. Horrific public executions have also been carried out amidst reports of rising death toll. Media reports said: The Turkish Defense Ministry informed Sunday that its troops have pushed 30-35km into the Kurdish-held territory in Syria, several kilometers beyond its proposed 30-km ‘safe zone.’ It[Read More…]

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Erdogan’s ‘Operation Peace Spring’ in Syria kills and injures dozens of civilians

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has launched “Operation Peace Spring” – aggression against the Kurdish people in northeastern Syria. The Turkish attack was greenlighted by a U.S. announcement of withdrawal from northeast Syria after a phone call between Erdogan and U.S. President Donald Trump on Sunday. The Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) warned in a statement Wednesday that Turkey’s assault[Read More…]

Ecuador raging against IMF’s measures, protesters storm parliament building

Ecuador raging against IMF’s measures, protesters storm parliament building

Amid widespread demonstrations by people, clashes with riot police, and general strike by transport workers over the International Monetary Fund (IMF) dictated neo-liberal measures, protesters stormed Ecuador’s parliament building in Quito, the capital city. Thousands of people are demonstrating in the capital city over the last seven days to protest against the neoliberal economic measures, particularly elimination of state fuel[Read More…]

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Turkey launches airstrike against Kurds on Syria border

Turkey launches airstrike against Kurds on Syria border

According to state-run Syrian news agency SANA, Turkish forces launched airstrikes against Kurdish and Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) positions in al-Hasakah province in northeastern Syria. According to Saudi broadcaster al-Ikhbariya, Turkish planes attacked SDF headquarters in Hasakah province. Other reports suggest Turkey targeted the Kurdish YPG militia. Videos circulating on social media appear to show Turkish forces targeting Kurdish troops near[Read More…]

Protests against unemployment and corruption in Iraq: Death toll crosses 100 and wounded 6,000

Protests against unemployment and corruption in Iraq: Death toll crosses 100 and wounded 6,000

Protests against unemployment, poor public services and corruption in Iraq have seen blood over the last few days. The death toll from anti-government protests in Iraq is at least 104. A total of 540 protesters have been arrested, of whom nearly 200 remain in custody, the human rights commission said. More than 6,000 people have been wounded, according to the[Read More…]

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UK refuses to stop spending billions of pounds on fossil fuel projects across world

The United Kingdom government has rejected calls from MPs to stop spending billions on overseas fossil fuel projects. The UK Parliament’s Environmental Audit Committee (EAC) had warned that Britain is sabotaging its climate credentials by paying out “unacceptably high” oil and gas subsidies in developing countries. But UK’s international trade secretary Liz Truss shunned the cross-party group’s recommendation that investment in fossil[Read More…]

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Weapons, petrol bomb, body armor: “Democracy” tools of the Hong Kong demonstrators

Weapons, petrol bomb, body armor: “Democracy” tools of the Hong Kong demonstrators

Hong Kong police have seized weapons, armor and materials used to create Molotov cocktails, which the police said belonged to some extremist groups among the protesters labeled ‘pro-democracy’ by western media. The police arrested 51 people, including seven women, aged between 15 and 44, and charged them with crimes related to the rioting. At about 4 p.m. Tuesday, a large[Read More…]

India experiences worst monsoon in 25 years

India experiences worst monsoon in 25 years

With incessant monsoon rains, wreaking havoc parts of India, Bihar and Uttar Pradesh states are reeling under floods over the past few days. The country has received highest ever rainfall recorded in last 25 years, and Mumbai has broken 61-year record. The Indian Meteorological Society (IMS), a non-profit organization, said the ongoing deluge will ensure this September will be the wettest in[Read More…]

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Change society to fight climate crisis or drown in rising sea level, warns UN report

Change society to fight climate crisis or drown in rising sea level, warns UN report

A new report – Special Report on the Ocean and Cryosphere in a Changing Climate, – warns: failure to fight out climate crisis will mean devastation for coastal cities, Arctic communities, small island states, anyone who relies on glaciers for water, and virtually all sea creatures. To put it simply, it would be the end of life on Earth, as[Read More…]

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For “democracy” in Venezuela: U.S. triples aid

For “democracy” in Venezuela: U.S. triples aid

An AP report headlined “Trump administration to triple democracy aid to Venezuela” said: “The Trump administration is more than tripling U.S. support for pro-democracy work in Venezuela and for the first time directly funding opposition leader Juan Guaidó as he attempts to set up a government to rival the socialist administration of Nicolás Maduro. “The $52 million in new aid[Read More…]

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Parliament “paralyzed”, taunts Boris Johnson over opposition boos and cries of “resign”

Parliament “paralyzed”, taunts Boris Johnson over opposition boos and cries of “resign”

Boris Johnson, the humiliated UK PM, said he believes the Supreme Court was “wrong” to rule his decision to prorogue a “paralyzed parliament” as shouts and boos rocked the House of Commons. The PM accused the opposition of “sabotaging” Brexit. In a raucous statement to the Commons on Wednesday, a day after the UK’s highest court ruled his suspension of parliament “unlawful,[Read More…]

Two Dalit Children Lynched For Open Defecation

Two Dalit Children Lynched For Open Defecation

Two Dalit children were on Wednesday beaten to death by two persons for defecating in front of a panchayat building in Shivpuri district’s Bhavkedhi village of Madhya Pradesh in the morning. Sirsod police station SHO RS Dhakad said the two children, Roshani (12) and Avinash (10), suffered serious injuries in the incident and were rushed to the district hospital where[Read More…]

UK Supreme Court’s historic rule on Boris Johnson’s suspension of parliament 

UK Supreme Court’s historic rule on Boris Johnson’s suspension of parliament 

The UK Supreme Court has ruled that British prime minister Boris Johnson acted unlawfully when he decided to prorogue parliament for five weeks, plunging Britain into a constitutional crisis. And, Boris Johnson, the humiliated prime minister, flies back from New York to face MPs’ fury after the court ruling. As decision to shut parliament is quashed, the humiliated PM says[Read More…]

‘How dare you’: Greta Thunberg’s powerful speech to the UN

‘How dare you’: Greta Thunberg’s powerful speech to the UN

[This report carries Greta Thunberg’s full speech at the UN Climate Action Summit.] Greta Thunberg, the young climate crisis activist on Monday opened the United Nations Climate Action Summit with an angry condemnation of world leaders for failing to take strong measures to combat climate crisis – “How dare you,” she said. “This is all wrong,” said Thunberg, the 16-year-old who[Read More…]

Climate crisis is “hitting harder and sooner” than forecast, warn scientists

Climate crisis is “hitting harder and sooner” than forecast, warn scientists

Arctic summer sea ice has declined at a rate of 12 percent per decade over the past four decades: Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution: Matt Osman A new report – United in Science – published ahead of key UN climate talks has warned the world is falling drastically behind in the race to avert climate disaster, with the five-year period ending[Read More…]

Vincent Emanuele on Rebuilding Michigan City

Vincent Emanuele on Rebuilding Michigan City

Vincent Emanuele is a co-founder of PARC (which stands for Politics, Art, Roots and Culture), a community cultural center in Michigan City, Indiana, USA. Michigan City is a economically-devastated rust-belt city about 50 miles southeast of Chicago on Lake Michigan. According to a recent survey, over half of the population is surviving month-by-month, with considerable violence on the streets and[Read More…]

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#ClimateStrike kicks off in Australia and Pacific, millions across the globe join

#ClimateStrike kicks off in Australia and Pacific, millions across the globe join

Climate strike has kicked off on Friday 20 September across continents. Millions of people and students from Sydney to Delhi and Melbourne to London and New York have marched/are marching for urgent action on climate crisis. Students and citizens of different ages and from different occupations have joined the strike in hundred of cities. Many mobilizations of people in cities[Read More…]

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Climate crisis, the biggest crisis humanity has ever faced, wake up and face the facts: Greta Thunberg

Climate crisis, the biggest crisis humanity has ever faced, wake up and face the facts: Greta Thunberg

Greta Thunberg delivered a 15-minute address to around 150 people, rounding off her two-day tour of Capitol Hill, Washington DC. The teenage activist from Sweden took the lectern under a giant chandelier in a grand committee room and smiled as she resumed her call to arms against the climate crisis. “The USA is the biggest carbon polluter in history,” Thunberg[Read More…]

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To address hunger, most low- and middle-income countries have to increase carbon footprint

To address hunger, most low- and middle-income countries have to increase carbon footprint

Most low- and middle-income countries will require a substantial increase in greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions and water use due to their efforts to increase food production as these countries try to fight hunger, finds a new research from the Johns Hopkins Center for a Livable Future based at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. Obesity, undernutrition, and climate[Read More…]

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“God Save the Queen”, Hong Kong activists sing ex-colonial master’s anthem

“God Save the Queen”, Hong Kong activists sing ex-colonial master’s anthem

Waving Union Jacks and singing “God Save the Queen” hundreds of Hong Kong activists flocked to the UK Consulate in Hong Kong on Sunday. This was their bid to convince the UK to step in and protect them from China like it would have in the colonial era. The activists gathered in front of the British Consulate-General claim the Chinese[Read More…]

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Counter Kremlin: USAID’s strategy in the name of democracy

Counter Kremlin: USAID’s strategy in the name of democracy

An intergovernmental coalition about a new U.S. initiative planned to counter Russia in Europe hosted a presentation on September 12, 2019 in Warsaw. Media reports said: The U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) describes its initiative – Countering Malign Kremlin Influence – as a framework to help democratic institutions safeguard elections, counter propaganda and misinformation, and avoid dependence on Russian[Read More…]

Inevitable climate crisis: Adaptation can deliver $7.1 trillion in benefits, says global report

Inevitable climate crisis: Adaptation can deliver $7.1 trillion in benefits, says global report

Climate impacts – such as super-charged hurricanes, floods, and wildfires – are becoming an increasingly urgent reality. Global leaders have called for urgent action on climate adaptation, and a global commission finds adaptation can deliver $7.1 trillion in benefits The Global Commission on Adaptation has warned Tuesday: Nations rich and poor must invest now to protect against the effects of[Read More…]

Devastating decline in Arctic ice over past 35 years

Devastating decline in Arctic ice over past 35 years

An unusually hot summer worldwide has led to an extreme rate of Arctic ice melt, NASA said on Friday. NASA has released a visualization of sea ice in the Arctic that shows a devastating loss of perennial ice in the Arctic Circle within the last 35 years. NASA scientist Nathan Kurtz said the Greenland ice sheet is experiencing extreme levels[Read More…]

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Hong Kong protesters appeal to Trump to intervene

Hong Kong protesters appeal to Trump to intervene

Waving U.S. flags protesters in Hong Kong have appealed to U.S. President Donald Trump to intervene and liberate them as they marched to the U.S. consulate general in the city on September 8, 2019. They engaged in violent acts including setting fires, breaking traffic signs and tearing away pavement before making the appeal. International media including AFP, BBC and New[Read More…]

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India Should Not Go The Nazi Way But Give Citizenship To 1.9 Million People Left Out Of The Assam NRC List

India Should Not Go The Nazi Way But Give Citizenship To 1.9 Million People Left Out Of The Assam NRC List

Over 1.9 million people have been left out of the final National Register of Citizens or NRC – a list intended to identify legal residents and weed out illegal immigrants from Assam. Those left out of the NRC can appeal to the Foreigners Tribunal within 120 days. After that those left out will be sent to Detention Centers! Are we[Read More…]

India’s Media Watch Dog Supports News Blockade In Kashmir

India’s Media Watch Dog Supports News Blockade In Kashmir

In a shocking development India’s Media watch dog, The Press Council of India (PCI) has moved the Supreme Court supporting the Centre and Jammu and Kashmir government’s decision to impose restrictions on communication in the state following the abrogation of Article 370. The council, a statutory body led by a former Supreme Court judge and meant to preserve freedom of[Read More…]

Article 370: Magsaysay Awardee Sandeep Pandey Put Under House Arrest Again

Article 370: Magsaysay Awardee Sandeep Pandey Put Under House Arrest Again

Social activist and Magsaysay Award winner Sandeep Pandey was put under house arrest again. In a brief mail he said, ” The police arrived again today at my and advocate Mohammad Shoaib’s place to house arrest us and other activists an hour and a half before candle light demonstration at Gandhi statue, Hazratganj, Lucknow scheduled at 6 pm.” On August[Read More…]

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Hong Kong  airport resumes operations with over 200 flights still cancelled amidst violence

Hong Kong airport resumes operations with over 200 flights still cancelled amidst violence

The Hong Kong International Airport resumed operations on Tuesday, a day after all flights were cancelled due to violent acts by protesters. Media reports said: Despite resumption of activities of the HK international airport, still over 200 flights in and out of China’s Hong Kong Special Administrative Region have been cancelled on Tuesday. Thousands of protesters rallied at the airport,[Read More…]

Floods hit Indian states of Kerala, Karnataka, Madhya Pradesh, Maharashtra, Tamil Nadu: Toll at least 150

Floods hit Indian states of Kerala, Karnataka, Madhya Pradesh, Maharashtra, Tamil Nadu: Toll at least 150

Kerala flood 2019: A view of a flood-affected region in Malappuram district on Sunday. (PTI Photo) Monsoon fury has gripped central and southern Indian States. The floods have crippled life in vast areas, affecting millions. The death toll from floods in the Indian states of Karnataka, Kerala Madhya Pradesh, Maharashtra and Tamil Nadu rose to at least 150 on Sunday,[Read More…]

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Typhoon in eastern China takes 44 lives and wreaks havoc, billions of dollars in economic losses

Typhoon in eastern China takes 44 lives and wreaks havoc, billions of dollars in economic losses

Rescue workers help residents after Typhoon Lekima hit the city of Linhai The death toll from typhoon Lekima in eastern China rose to 44 people on Monday morning, according to official data, as the storm continued up the coast, racking up billions of dollars in economic losses and widely disrupting travel. This is the third-largest typhoon in China’s history. Typhoon[Read More…]

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Floods and landslide in Myanmar: At least 52 dead

Floods and landslide in Myanmar: At least 52 dead

Rescue workers search for bodies under debris and mud after a landslide in Mon state, Myanmar, August 10. © Thomson Reuters Foods and rain-pressed landslide   are taking a heavy toll in Myanmar. Troops have been deployed to flood-hit parts of Myanmar on Sunday to help with relief efforts after rising waters left thousands stranded and the death toll from a[Read More…]

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Hong Kong protest and photo of U.S diplomats with protest leaders emerge

Hong Kong protest and photo of U.S diplomats with protest leaders emerge

Hong Kong is hot with protests, and with a photo of foreign diplomats and protest leaders. Media reports said: Hong Kong’s Airport Authority said on Friday only departing passengers with travel documents will be allowed to enter the terminal as anti-government activists gear up for a three-day rally to raise awareness among tourists entering the city. The move comes as[Read More…]

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‘Imagination Unlimited’: Countercurrents.org Initiates A New Book Publication Venture

‘Imagination Unlimited’: Countercurrents.org Initiates A New Book Publication Venture

The dedicated journal Countercurrents.org has sustained for almost two decades. Writers and readers from all parts of the world have appreciated the relevance of this crucial effort. After an experience of two decades of social journalism, Countercurrents.org has decided to get involved in the production of books with a difference, through a venture titled ‘Imagination Unlimited’. The rationale for this[Read More…]

Mass Shootings: Amnesty International Issues Historic U.S Travel Warning

Mass Shootings: Amnesty International Issues Historic U.S Travel Warning

Amnesty International (AI) has urged travelers to be cautious amid a “human rights crisis” which it blames on “ubiquity of firearms” and U.S. government reluctance to confiscate them. It is a historic development regarding the U.S., because it was the U.S., which regularly issue travel warnings to its citizens visiting other countries. The AI aims to hold up a mirror[Read More…]

Developments around Gulf: U.S. finds friends and reluctant-friends

Developments around Gulf: U.S. finds friends and reluctant-friends

The United States is trying to build up coalition for its Gulf expedition. The world power is finding a few friends while a few of its friends are not feeling easy with joining the war-coalition and the world power is facing problems in building up the war axis. Media reports said: U.S. allies feel ‘ashamed’, say Zarif The U.S. is[Read More…]

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U.S. plans to deploy missiles in Asia and eyes competition with China

U.S. plans to deploy missiles in Asia and eyes competition with China

The U.S. is planning escalation of its war program in Asia. There is news on its plan to deploy missile in Asia. The move will increase tension in the continent amid threat of new arms race. The U.S. is hoping to deploy new ground-based intermediate-range missiles to Asia “sooner rather than later,” U.S. defense chief Mark Esper said of a[Read More…]

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El Paso shooting: Hundreds of mothers and students demanding gun control march on White House and the Capitol

El Paso shooting: Hundreds of mothers and students demanding gun control march on White House and the Capitol

Hundreds of mothers, students and other volunteers demanding action on gun control marched on the White House and the Capitol on the heels of the deadly shooting in El Paso, Texas on Saturday. Several other similar protest demonstrations were also held across the U.S. Members of activists group Moms Demand Action and Students Demand Action organized the march. The protesters[Read More…]

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Jammu And Kashmir Loses Its Special Status, To Be A Union Territory

Jammu And Kashmir Loses Its Special Status, To Be A Union Territory

The government of India has abolished the special status given through the constitution to Kashmir through a presidential order. Home Minister Amit Shah informed parliament that Article 370 has been abolished with the President signing an order that comes into effect “at once.” The government has also said it wants parliament to clear a proposal that bifurcates the state of[Read More…]

Climate is warming faster than it has in the last 2,000 years

Climate is warming faster than it has in the last 2,000 years

Global mean warming / cooling rates over the last 2,000 years. In red are the periods (each across 51 years) in which the reconstructed temperatures increased. Global temperatures decreased in the periods in blue. The green line shows that the maximum expected warming rate without anthropogenic influence is just under 0.6 degrees per century. Climate models (dashed orange line) are[Read More…]

Germany won’t take part in U.S.’ Strait of Hormuz initiative

Germany won’t take part in U.S.’ Strait of Hormuz initiative

United States’ Iran-show is not moving smoothly. It is not always getting wholehearted support from all of its friends. The Strait of Hormuz initiative by the U.S. is part of the show, and it is facing the same problem. An example is Germany. Germany will refuse to take part in a U.S.-led maritime mission in the Strait of Hormuz, German[Read More…]

Rains batter Karachi, 17 deaths

Rains batter Karachi, 17 deaths

Monsoon rains wreaked havoc on the ill-maintained electricity and sewerage systems in Karachi, Pakistan’s largest city, leaving at least eight more people dead on Tuesday, officials and rescue services said. Media reports said: Most of the victims died due to electrocution, taking the death toll since the rain began on Monday morning in Karachi to 17. At least seven other[Read More…]

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Muslim Boy Who Said He Was Set Ablaze For Refusing To Chant ‘Jai Shri Ram’, Dies

Muslim Boy Who Said He Was Set Ablaze For Refusing To Chant ‘Jai Shri Ram’, Dies

A 15-year-old boy, who was allegedly set on fire by four men for refusing to chant ‘Jai Shri Ram’ in Uttar Pradesh, succumbed to his injuries on Tuesday. Mohammad Khalid had alleged that he was set ablaze by four men in Chandauli on Sunday. He had been admitted to the Kabir Chaura Hospital in Varanasi with 60 per cent burns.[Read More…]

Migrant detention centers in U.S.: A few accounts – chilling, horrific

Migrant detention centers in U.S.: A few accounts – chilling, horrific

Migrant detention centers in the U.S. are turning out to be an issue of debate. U.S. Vice President Mike Pence toured two detention facilities on the Texas border Friday, July 12, including a Border Patrol station where hundreds of men were crowded in sweltering cages without cots. “Look, this is tough stuff,” Pence acknowledged at a later news conference. “I knew[Read More…]

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18 U.S. Marines, one sailor arrested for alleged crimes including human smuggling and drug-related offenses

18 U.S. Marines, one sailor arrested for alleged crimes including human smuggling and drug-related offenses

Citing the U.S. Naval Criminal Investigative Service (NCIS) media reports including CNN Wires said on July 27, 2019 and on later dates: Three more Camp Pendleton-based service members — two Marines and a sailor — have been arrested, bringing to 19 the total arrests in a sweeping human smuggling and drug probe. Jeff Houston, an NCIS spokesperson, said the two[Read More…]

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Chavez remembered on his 65th birth anniversary

Chavez remembered on his 65th birth anniversary

Nicolas Maduro, the President of Venezuela, recalled on July 28, 2019, the legacy of the leader of the Bolivarian Revolution, Hugo Chavez (1954-2013), on his 65th birth anniversary. “65 years of love Commander! We celebrate your life reaffirming the loyalty and commitment you sowed in us. We will defend how you taught us, the happiness of the people you loved[Read More…]

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U.S. resumes military aid to Pakistan days after Imran’s visit 

U.S. resumes military aid to Pakistan days after Imran’s visit 

The U.S. is reopening the military aid plug to Pakistan within a week of Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan meeting Donald Trump, the President of the U.S. The Pentagon is notifying its decision to approve $125 million technical and logistic support for Pakistan’s F-16 fighter jets. The aid resumption, made at the “request” of Pakistan, was disclosed by a Pentagon[Read More…]

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India Is Becoming A Police State

India Is Becoming A Police State

It looks like India is becoming a police state. With the passage of three amendments to existing laws the central government is impinging upon the powers delegated to the states,  becoming opaque and transgressing upon the rights of individuals. The Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act amendment bill which was passed by the Lok Sabha gives the government the power to designate[Read More…]

Sahil in white shirt.

A Minor Muslim Boy Lynched To Death In Delhi

In another case of mob lynching a minor Muslim boy was beaten to death by a mob in India’s capital New Delhi’s Adarsh Nagar locality. Sahil, a 15 years old boy was brutally thrashed to death by his neighbors , who allegedly entered the house of his neighbor Mukesh for stealing . The incident took place on Friday morning. The[Read More…]

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

Abbas suspends all agreements with Israel

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas has announced: All standing agreements with Israel will be suspended indefinitely. President Abbas announced the decision on Thursday afternoon. The Palestine President said the suspension would take effect by Friday. The move by Palestine comes in response to the Israeli government’s demolition of homes in Wadi Hummus, a Palestinian community in southeast Jerusalem. Israeli authorities claim[Read More…]

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Second coup attempt in Sudan to foil transition to democracy, Army Chief and Islamists arrested

Second coup attempt in Sudan to foil transition to democracy, Army Chief and Islamists arrested

Sudan’s army chief and at least a dozen high-ranking army officers and Islamists have been arrested in a second coup plot, the country’s military said Wednesday. The coup was hatched to foil transition to democracy in the African country. Sudan’s military said on Wednesday that it was a plot to restore the party of ousted autocrat President Omar al-Bashir to[Read More…]

Kabul seeks explanation on Trump’s boast: Wiping out Afghanistan off the face of the earth

Kabul seeks explanation on Trump’s boast: Wiping out Afghanistan off the face of the earth

The Afghanistan government requested Tuesday U.S. President Donald Trump explain his boast of terminating the Afghan war in 10 days by wiping out Afghanistan and its 10 million residents. “The Afghan nation has not and will never allow any foreign power to determine its fate,” Sediq Sediqqi, the spokesperson for the President of Afghanistan, said in a statement. The statement said: “Given[Read More…]

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Floods hit more than 14 million in South Asia: death toll crosses 650

Floods hit more than 14 million in South Asia: death toll crosses 650

Torrential monsoon rain induced floods, landslides, collapse of buildings and houses, lighting, etc. have already taken a heavy price in the South Asia region. The disaster has created havoc in the life of the people in regions of Pakistan, India, Nepal and Bangladesh. Severe floods and lightning have claimed the lives of more than 650 people across India, Nepal, Bangladesh[Read More…]

End sanctions against Venezuela, demands NAM

End sanctions against Venezuela, demands NAM

The Non-Aligned Movement (NAM) has condemned hostile U.S. policies against Venezuela. The non-aligned countries demanded on Sunday that the U.S. immediately lift economic and financial sanctions against Venezuela. The NAM members, in a statement, indicated that only Venezuela can decide its fate, no other state can intervene in Venezuela. The two-day ministerial meeting of the Coordinating Bureau of the NAM (Co-BNAM) began on July 20 in Caracas.[Read More…]

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Four Elderly Women Beaten To Death Alleging Witchcraft In Jharkhand

Four Elderly Women Beaten To Death Alleging Witchcraft In Jharkhand

Four women, all above 60 were dragged from their homes and beaten to death in a village in Gumla district of Jharkhand on Sunday, after being accused of witchcraft. The victims were identified as Chapa Bhagat, 62, and his wife Piri Devi, 60, and Umraav, 65, and his wife Fagani Devi, 62. The victims were dragged out of their homes[Read More…]

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Heatwave reaches record-breaking 49.9  degrees Celsius in Sodom, Israel

Heatwave reaches record-breaking 49.9  degrees Celsius in Sodom, Israel

Israel’s extreme heatwave reached a record-breaking peak of 49.9 degrees Celsius in Sodom, near the Dead Sea in mid-July. The heatwave sparked several wildfires throughout the country. More than a hundred cases of heat related symptoms were reported. The mid-July temperature was the highest ever recorded since Israel was founded in 1948, and the second highest since national weather records[Read More…]

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Deadly heat wave grips tens of millions in U.S., 6 deaths as temperature reaches record high

Deadly heat wave grips tens of millions in U.S., 6 deaths as temperature reaches record high

The deadly heat wave gripping much of the U.S. has resulted at least 6 deaths, hit tens of millions of people, left tens of thousands of people in New York and Michigan without power, and caused the cancellation of many public events. As more than two-thirds of the U.S. feeling temperatures push into the triple digits the U.S. National Oceanic[Read More…]

Protests flare up in Puerto Rico: Hundreds of thousands flood streets

Protests flare up in Puerto Rico: Hundreds of thousands flood streets

Hundreds of thousands have marched in Puerto Rico, a U.S. territory since 1898, for the fifth consecutive day on Thursday. They are calling for the resignation of Ricardo Rosselló, governor of the financial crisis shattered and billions of dollars debt burdened island territory. Protestors cleared of the streets Thursday morning after clashing with police all night. Police sprayed tear gas[Read More…]

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Three Men Lynched On Suspicion Of Cattle Theft In Bihar

Three Men Lynched On Suspicion Of Cattle Theft In Bihar

In another instance of mob violence, three men were beaten to death this morning by locals in the Saran district of Bihar over suspicion of cattle theft. Locals in Baniyapur village in Saran caught of hold of the three men and accused them of trying to steal cattle. The three men, who were from the neighbouring village, were thrashed badly[Read More…]

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Ebola outbreak in DR Congo: WHO declares global health emergency

Ebola outbreak in DR Congo: WHO declares global health emergency

WHO Director-General Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus has declared the Ebola virus disease (EVD) outbreak in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) a Public Health Emergency of International Concern (PHEIC), said a WHO news release. The declaration was made in Geneva on July 17, 2019. This is the fifth such declaration in history. The “Ebola outbreak in the Democratic Republic[Read More…]

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U.S. faces killer heat, unprecedented risk, if emissions go unchecked, warn scientists

U.S. faces killer heat, unprecedented risk, if emissions go unchecked, warn scientists

Widespread “increases in extreme heat” due to climate crisis could bring unprecedented risks to the U.S. in coming decades, warned a new study. By 2050, hundreds of U.S. cities could experience an entire month each year with U.S. “heat index” temperatures above 100F (38C) if nothing is done to check emissions and the consequent climate crisis, said the study report[Read More…]

Lake discovered high in the Mount Blanc range at the end of heat wave (Bryan Mestre / Instagram)

Lake discovered 11,000ft high in the Alps, in ‘truly alarming’ sign of climate change

‘I have been up there a fair amount of times and I have never seen liquid water up there,’ says mountaineer. Adam Forrest @adamtomforrest mountaineer, has captured the formation of an “alarming” lake high in the French Alps after glacial snow melted in the intense heatwave that gripped central Europe in late June. Bryan Mestre discovered the large pool of water at[Read More…]

Flood In Assam And Bihar, Dozens Dead

Flood In Assam And Bihar, Dozens Dead

As South India is facing drought like situation, heavy rains continue across the north- eastern parts of India worsening the flood situation, which has left millions of people displaced in Bihar, Assam and a few other north-eastern districts. The India Meteorological Department (IMD) has declared a red color warning for action for Assam on Tuesday, as widespread and heavy rainfall[Read More…]

Modinama: Issues That Did Not Matter

Modinama: Issues That Did Not Matter

In May 2019, the party of the Hindu Right, Bharatiya Janata Party, under Narendra Modi, won a spectacular electoral victory. The victory seemed to defy common sense – why did conversations of life and livelihood not dominate the election? Why did the thuggery of the Hindutva vigilantes seem inconsequential to vast numbers of ordinary, decent people? Why is an aggressive,[Read More…]

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Madrasa Students Assaulted For Not Chanting “Jai Sri Ram”

Madrasa Students Assaulted For Not Chanting “Jai Sri Ram”

A group of madrasa students were assaulted and allegedly forced to chant “Jai Sri Ram” purportedly by right-wing goons in Unnao, Uttar Pradesh, resulting in the injury of at least four students on Friday, reported The Hindu. The boys, all of them minors, were allegedly beaten up with cricket stumps and bats, and also attacked with stones. “Almost all of[Read More…]

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A Police Constable Killed By A Mob In Rajasthan

A Police Constable Killed By A Mob In Rajasthan

In the latest incident of mob violence a police constable was beaten to death in Rajasthan’s Rajsamand district on Saturday. Head constable Abdul Gani, 48, a resident of Kunwariya, was probing a land dispute and had gone to the site when a mob attacked him after an argument over encroachment. The policeman was seriously injured in the attack. He was[Read More…]

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U.S.’ wars in the Middle East weren’t worth fighting, opine most U.S. veterans

U.S.’ wars in the Middle East weren’t worth fighting, opine most U.S. veterans

U.S. veterans are war-weary, finds a recent poll. A parallel survey of U.S. adults finds that the public shares the same sentiments found in the poll on vets. The poll by Pew Research Center finds: Nearly two-thirds of the veterans believe the war in Iraq “was not worth fighting.” The same poll finds: More than half of the vets think[Read More…]

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Haiti-hell: Slum women raped, widowed, millions face food-insecurity, funds stolen

Haiti-hell: Slum women raped, widowed, millions face food-insecurity, funds stolen

Haiti appears hell to the slum women. An AFP report headlined “Raped, widowed, homeless: Haiti’s slum women abandoned to gangs” begins with the following description: “As the first bursts of gunfire rang out, the women from La Saline slum grabbed their kids and fled for cover. “Shootings are common here, but this time, there was no outrunning the full-on battle[Read More…]

Mass extinction could follow breaching of carbon threshold

Mass extinction could follow breaching of carbon threshold

Carbon dioxide emissions may trigger a reflex in the carbon cycle, with devastating consequences, finds a new study. The NASA and the National Science Foundation supported study – “Characteristic disruptions of an excitable carbon cycle” – by an MIT scientist said: “The great environmental disruptions of the geologic past remain enigmatic. Each one results in a temporary change in the[Read More…]

Changes in agricultural practices may free fifth of agricultural land

Changes in agricultural practices may free fifth of agricultural land

Making minor changes to how food is produced, supplied and consumed around the world could free up around a fifth of agricultural land, finds a new research. The study – “Transforming agricultural land use through marginal gains in the food system” (Global Environmental Change, 2019; 57: 101932 DOI: 10.1016/j.gloenvcha.2019.101932) – by Peter Alexander, Anjali Reddy, Calum Brown, Roslyn C. Henry[Read More…]

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Imperial collaboration: UK, France will send forces to Syria and U.S. will bear the cost  

Imperial collaboration: UK, France will send forces to Syria and U.S. will bear the cost  

Along with other allies, the UK and France will send forces to Syria, and the U.S. will bear the cost, says a new report in Foreign Policy. The U.S. president Donald Trump promised to outsource fighting to allies and pay them to do it. According to the Foreign Policy report, the UK and France are willing to heed calls from[Read More…]

Flash floods soak Washington, D.C. and seep into White House briefing room

Flash floods soak Washington, D.C. and seep into White House briefing room

A sudden heavy rainfall flooded Washington D.C., the capital city of the most powerful country in the world. Scenarios in parts of the capital city were no different from the similar flooded capital cities of the countries considered poor, backward and mismanaged. Widespread flash flooding hit throughout the D.C. metro area, including in downtown Washington D.C. The rainfall-fed flood submerged[Read More…]

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Migrant detention debate: New York Times hits back at Trump claim of “phony” story

Migrant detention debate: New York Times hits back at Trump claim of “phony” story

Migrant detention is now a top debate in the United States. The U.S. President, the press and politicians are in the debate. The New York Times hit back at Trump after he accused the NYT of fabricating a story about nightmarish conditions inside a migrant detention center at Clint, Texas. On Sunday, Trump tweeted that the NYT had written “phony and exaggerated accounts,”[Read More…]

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Heat-hit Alaska baked: Temperature touched record mark

Heat-hit Alaska baked: Temperature touched record mark

The US state of Alaska, part of which lies inside the Arctic Circle, sweltered under a heatwave, with record temperatures recorded in several areas, including its largest city. The temperature rivaled temperatures in Miami Temperatures reached 90 Fahrenheit (F) (32.2C) in Anchorage on Thursday, shattering the city’s all-time record-high temperature by 5 degrees. The previous record of 85F was set[Read More…]

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Trees can cut carbon significantly, finds new study

The restoration of forested land at a global scale could help capture atmospheric carbon significantly and mitigate climate change, finds a new study. The scientists showed for the first time where in the world new trees could grow and how much carbon they would store. The study report – “The Global Tree Restoration Potential” (Science, 2019; 365 (6448): 76) –[Read More…]

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Rahul Gandhi Warns Of Institutional Take Over Of India – Full Text Of The Letter

Rahul Gandhi Warns Of Institutional Take Over Of India – Full Text Of The Letter

Taking responsibility for the Congress party’s poor performance in the 2019 Lok Sabha elections, Rahul Gandhi, on Wednesday, 3 July, resigned from the post of the Congress President. He posted a four-page letter on Twitter, officially announcing his resignation as the Congress President. It is an honour for me to serve the Congress Party, whose values and ideals have served[Read More…]

Heat spike to cost global economy $2.4 trillion a year, says ILO

Heat spike to cost global economy $2.4 trillion a year, says ILO

The total cost of losses due to temperature rise will be $2.4 trillion a year, said the International Labour Organization’s (ILO) Working on a warmer planet: The impact of heat stress on labour productivity and decent work report. This prediction has been made based on a global temperature rise of only 1.5 degrees Celsius by the end of this century. Highlighting[Read More…]

Venezuela UPDATE: Guaido supporters’ heart broken

Venezuela UPDATE: Guaido supporters’ heart broken

Juan Guaido, the U.S.-backed self-proclaimed “interim president” has frustrated his supporters. His support is also getting lost. On the other hand, the Venezuelan government is gaining diplomatically. A Reuters analysis by Angus Berwick and Mircely Guanipa said: “Four days before Venezuelan opposition leader Juan Guaido launched a military uprising in a bid to oust President Nicolas Maduro, he told supporters[Read More…]

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Again, whale slaughter, again Japan

Again, whale slaughter, again Japan

Japanese whalers returned to port Monday with their first catch after resuming commercial whaling for the first time in 31 years. Whaling and consuming whale meat is a long-cherished goal of traditionalists. They see whaling as largely a lost cause amid slowing demand for the meat and changing views on conservation. A fleet of five boats brought back two minke[Read More…]

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Chennai water scene: Scarcity, Insensitivity and Protest

Chennai water scene: Scarcity, Insensitivity and Protest

The Reuters photo above by P Ravikumar with the following caption “Women fetch water from a dried-up lake in Chennai, India” (© Reuters / P. Ravikumar) was an issue of discussion among people concerned with plight of millions of residents due to recent water scarcity in the city of Chennai. But the water-scarcity issue did not touch hearts of a[Read More…]

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Another Youth Lynched In West Bengal

Days after the brutal lynching of Tabrez Ansari in Jharkhand, a 24-year-old youth was lynched to death in West Bengal. The victim identified as Sanaul Sheikh was accused of bike theft. A mob lynched him instead of having him arrested, in Malda district, 326 kms from Kolkotta. The video that went viral shows three sturdy men brutally assaulting Sanaul, who[Read More…]

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Hundreds of thousands of protesters flood Khartoum demanding end of army rule in Sudan: 7 protesters killed

Hundreds of thousands of protesters flood Khartoum demanding end of army rule in Sudan: 7 protesters killed

Hundreds of thousands of protesters flooded Khartoum Sunday demanding end of army rule in Sudan while security forces killed at least seven protesters. There are reports of 181 injuries also. The army rule is supported by Islamist groups favoring Sharia law. Sunday’s mass demonstrations – “Millions March” – were the first since security forces killed more than 100 people during[Read More…]

Three Manual Scavangers Die While Cleaning The Septic Tank Of A Pig Farm In Coimbatore

Three Manual Scavangers Die While Cleaning The Septic Tank Of A Pig Farm In Coimbatore

Three manual scavangers died in Coimbatore while cleaning sewer at pig farm. The three dead are identified as Rajappan and two others both named Vediappan. The incident happened on Thursday morning. They were cleaning the septic tanks filled with the faeces of 30 pigs in a farm. According to a police report on the incident, Rajappan first succumbed to poisonous[Read More…]

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High temperature forecast for Europe on Wednesday. (WeatherBell.com)

Record heat wave scorches Europe

A searing heat wave continues to scorch parts of Western Europe. Intense heat wave has hit northern Europe. A wildfire has broken out in northeastern Spain. France measured its highest-ever June temperature. This was much of Europe’s temperature-map of Thursday. Record temperatures have begun in northern Europe this week. Experts have said heat waves are on the increase worldwide, further[Read More…]

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Modi on Emergency, Democracy and Mandate

Modi on Emergency, Democracy and Mandate

Prime Minister Narendra Modi in his latest Parliament speech on June 25 recalled it was the day Emergency was proclaimed by the Congress government led by Indira Gandhi. PM Modi’s first address to Parliament after being voted to power came on the 44th anniversary of the Emergency declared by then prime minister Indira Gandhi in 1975. He repeated some points[Read More…]

An Ola Cab Driver Beaten Up And Forced To Chant “Jai Sri Ram” In Mumbai

An Ola Cab Driver Beaten Up And Forced To Chant “Jai Sri Ram” In Mumbai

An Ola cab driver was forced to chant “Jai Sri Ram” in Mumbai when his vehicle broke down in the middle of the road. The incident took place on Sunday, when the Ola cab driver Faisal Usman (25), a resident of Mumbra was travelling with passengers and his car broke down. After picking up passengers from Agusan road in Diva[Read More…]

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Venezuela UPDATE: Maduro assassination & military coup plot foiled

Venezuela UPDATE: Maduro assassination & military coup plot foiled

There was a plot to assassinate Venezuelan president Nicolas Maduro, and to stage a coup. The plot has been foiled. The Latin American country’s intelligence agency has made the claim. The foiled plot envisioned a group of rogue officers storming the presidential palace and installing an imprisoned general in his stead. The plot by current and former military officers involved[Read More…]

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An Upper Caste Youth Runs His Vehicle Over A Dalit Family, Killing Two Women

An Upper Caste Youth Runs His Vehicle Over A Dalit Family, Killing Two Women

Horrific atrocities against Dalits continue. An upper caste youth ran his speeding vehicle over a dalit family killing twowomen of the family and injuring two others. The incident happened Bulandshahr near Meerut in Uttar Pradesh. The incident happened after the youth tried to molest one of the girls in the family. Frustrated at the failed attempt, the youth left the[Read More…]

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2019 ITUC Global Rights Index finds 10 worst countries for workers’ rights

2019 ITUC Global Rights Index finds 10 worst countries for workers’ rights

Democracy in crisis as brutal repression used to silence age of anger: 2019 ITUC Global Rights Index finds 10 worst countries for workers’ rights The systematic dismantling of the foundations of workplace democracy and the violent repression of strikes and protests put peace and stability at risk, says a new report – 2019 ITUC Global Rights Index – on workers’[Read More…]

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Ehsan Jafri’s Daughter Writes A Moving Letter To Shweta Sanjiv Bhatt

Ehsan Jafri’s Daughter Writes A Moving Letter To Shweta Sanjiv Bhatt

Nishrin Jafri Hussain, the daughter of Ehsan Jafri, who was burnt alive in Ahmedabad during post-Godhra riots by a mob has written an open letter , to Shweta Sanjiv Bhatt. the wife of the IPS officer, sentenced to life imprisonment last week in a 30-year old case of alleged custodial death. In the letter Nishrin  says she should not expect[Read More…]

Madarsa Teacher Shahrukh Haldar. Courtesy: Indian Express Bangla

A Madrasa Teacher Thrashed For Not Chanting “Jai Sri Ram” In Kolkotta

In a hate crime in Kolkotta, the capitala city of West Bengal, a madrasa teacher, Twenty-year-old Mohammad Shahrukh Haldar was thrashed by a mob for not chanting Jai Shri Ram. Haldar a resident of Canning, a town in south 24 Parganas was travelling to Hoogly on Thursday afternoon. A group of people, assaulted and bullied him for sporting a beard[Read More…]

Water scarcity in Chennai: Train to transport water in 2 weeks 

Water scarcity in Chennai: Train to transport water in 2 weeks 

Water scarcity-scene in Chennai has not eased much. A June 22, 2019 report said: Heavy rainfall in several parts of Chennai, the capital city of Tamil Nadu state, has brought some relief for the city. The Met Department had predicted rain across the city for the next 48 hours. Citing an announcement from Tamil Nadu chief minister Edappadi K Palaniswami[Read More…]

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A Muslim Youth Beaten Up And Forced To Chant ‘Jai Shri Ram’ Dies In Hospital

A Muslim Youth Beaten Up And Forced To Chant ‘Jai Shri Ram’ Dies In Hospital

In another case of hate crime a 24-year-old Muslim man Tabrez Ansari was beaten to death. He was attacked by a mob in Jhankhand’s Kharsawan district and beaten up on the suspicion of theft on June 18, died in a local hospital on June 22. The incident took place in Dhatkidih, roughly 10 kilometres from where he lived. A number[Read More…]

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Millions suffer as Chennai faces worst ever water crisis

Millions suffer as Chennai faces worst ever water crisis

Millions of people are running out of usable water in Chennai, India’s sixth biggest city. The water crisis has turned into a political issue. The state opposition party has called a statewide protest on June 22. Media reports said: Chennai, capital city of the southern Indian state, is experiencing major droughts and a rapidly worsening water crisis as the city[Read More…]

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$20 million: Cost to kill Maduro and corruption Guaido-style

$20 million: Cost to kill Maduro and corruption Guaido-style

Nicolas Maduro, the President of Venezuelan, said foreign backers financed the failed attempt on his life last summer to the tune of $20 million. Maduro said the money was distributed to opposition members in neighboring Colombia. “The plan to kill me that was executed in August cost several million, there is talk of 20 million dollars, said Maduro. The Venezuelan[Read More…]

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Climate crisis: Rice yields experience larger declines in extreme weather conditions in India

Climate crisis: Rice yields experience larger declines in extreme weather conditions in India

In India, the yields from grains such as millet, sorghum, and maize are more resilient to extreme weather; their yields vary significantly less due to year-to-year changes in climate and generally experience smaller declines during droughts; but yields from rice experience larger declines during extreme weather conditions, finds a new study. In a paper – “Sensitivity of grain yields to[Read More…]

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Global population to reach nearly 10 billion by 2050 and India’s to surpass China’s in 6yrs, says UN

Global population to reach nearly 10 billion by 2050 and India’s to surpass China’s in 6yrs, says UN

The global population will add 2 billion in the next three decades, closing in on the 10-billion milestone by 2050, said the United Nations. And, India, projected to overtake China, will lead the charge. A newly released report – The World Population Prospects 2019: Highlights – by the Population Division of the UN Department of Economic and Social Affairs (DESA)[Read More…]

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Scores of Children Die of Acute Encephalitis Syndrome in Bihar

Scores of Children Die of Acute Encephalitis Syndrome in Bihar

The death toll of children due to suspected Acute Encephalitis Syndrome (AES) in Muzaffarpur area of Bihar on Friday went up to 77. Ten more deaths were reported on Saturday, taking the toll to 77. Most of the casualties are between the age group of 1-10. Doctors claim that the deaths, due to Acute Encephalitis Syndrome (AES), are being caused[Read More…]

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Four Sanitation Workers And Three Others Die While Cleaning A Sewer In Gujarat

Four Sanitation Workers And Three Others Die While Cleaning A Sewer In Gujarat

Seven people, including four sanitation workers, died of suffocation while cleaning a hotel sewer in Gujarat. The men had entered the septic tank without any safety gear, news agency AFP reported. The incident took place at Darshan Hotel in Fartikui village of Dabhoi tehsil, about 35 km from Vadodara city. The four sanitation workers were identified as Mahesh Patanwadiya, Ashok[Read More…]

A billion people facing high exposure to climate change effects, finds Global Peace Index

A billion people facing high exposure to climate change effects, finds Global Peace Index

Nearly a billion people are facing climate change hazards globally, with the Asia-Pacific region housing twice as many people living in areas with high exposure than all other regions combined, says the new annual Global Peace Index (GPI) released on Wednesday by the Institute for Economics and Peace (IEP). Another new study finds: Intensifying climate change is estimated to increase[Read More…]

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Anti-EVM Convention Calls For Nationwide Movement And Election Boycott

Anti-EVM Convention Calls For Nationwide Movement And Election Boycott

A convention organzed by EVM Virodhi Rashtriya Jan Andolan in Mumbai has called upon political parties and the people to boycott the forthcoming elections in Maharashtra, Jharkhand, Haryana and Sikkim if they are not conducted using ballot papers. An eight-point resolution passed by convention said the people of India have very little faith in the outcome of the recently-held general[Read More…]

British Home Secretary Signs Extradition Order To Send Julian Assange To USA

British Home Secretary Signs Extradition Order To Send Julian Assange To USA

The British Home Secretary has signed a request for the extradition of WikiLeaks co-founder Julian Assange to the US, where he is accused of violating the Espionage Act. Speaking on BBC Radio 4’s Today program, Sajid Javid said that he signed and certified the papers on Wednesday, with the order going before the UK courts on Friday. Javid said, he’s[Read More…]

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U.S. military, world’s single largest producer of GHG, says study

U.S. military, world’s single largest producer of GHG, says study

The U.S. military is the single largest producer of greenhouse gases (GHG) in the world, says a new study report. The report – “Pentagon Fuel Use, Climate Change, and the Costs of War” – by Neta C. Crawford, Professor of Political Science at Boston University and Co-Director of the Costs of War project, has been prepared under Brown University’s Costs[Read More…]

Warming may reduce sea life by 17%, finds study

Warming may reduce sea life by 17%, finds study

A new study says the world’s oceans will likely lose about one-sixth of its fish and other marine life by the end of the century if climate change continues on its current path. Much of the world relies on the oceans for food or livelihood, scientists say. The comprehensive computer-based study by an international team of marine biologists found that[Read More…]

Millions join general strike in Sudan to dislodge army as civil disobedience campaign entered second day: 120 killed

Millions join general strike in Sudan to dislodge army as civil disobedience campaign entered second day: 120 killed

Millions of people in Sudan have joined a general strike called by pro-reform groups, shutting down the centre of cities across the country despite a wave of arrests and intimidation. The civil disobedience campaign aimed at forcing the ruling military junta to accept civilian rule entered a second day on Monday amidst reports of military killing at least 120 and[Read More…]

Clashes on 30th weekend of French ‘yellow vests’ protests and an analysis

Clashes on 30th weekend of French ‘yellow vests’ protests and an analysis

A 30th consecutive weekend of yellow vest protests across France saw minor clashes. Citing French government sources a number of media reports said: The number of protesters was well below peaks seen compared to earlier this year. Some 10,300 people demonstrated across the country on Saturday, up from 9,500 last weekend. The numbers were well below the peaks seen in[Read More…]

Protest Rally in Delhi Over the Arrest of Journalists

Protest Rally in Delhi Over the Arrest of Journalists

A protest rally was held at the Press Club of India, New Delhi from 1 p.m. onwards today i.e. 10 June, 2019. About 200 journalists and supporters attended the protest against arrest of journalists Prashant Kanojia, Ishika Singh & Anuj Shukla. A round of Press Club of India was taken by way of rally. Slogans like “yogi sarkar hosh mein[Read More…]

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Venezuela ROUNDUP: U.S. sanctions on Venezuela illegal under UN and OAS charters, and US laws

Venezuela ROUNDUP: U.S. sanctions on Venezuela illegal under UN and OAS charters, and US laws

Sanctions imperialism has imposed on Venezuela are illegal. The UN and Organization of American States (OAS) charters, and U.S. laws find this illegal action. Media reports said: The unilateral economic sanctions is an explicit violation of international law protected under the UN, OAS charters, human rights stipulations, and even U.S. law. Despite the fact, sanctions have turned as imperialism’s preferred[Read More…]

Dumping Dollar? Russia and China agree to bilateral trade in national currencies

Dumping Dollar? Russia and China agree to bilateral trade in national currencies

The all-powerful U.S. Dollar is not that lovely thing now-a-days. Significant moves are on to dump the U.S. Dollar. Media reports said: Russia and China took another step away from the U.S. Dollar after the two countries agreed to develop bilateral trade using the Ruble and the Yuan. It was one of the major deals reached after Vladimir Putin and[Read More…]

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India News Roundup: Dalit Boy Thrashed by Saffron Clad Men

India News Roundup: Dalit Boy Thrashed by Saffron Clad Men

In the Pali district of Rajasthan a Dalit boy was thrashed by a group of saffron clad men after he allegedly tried to enter a local temple. A preliminary investigation has revealed that the incident took place in Dhaneriya village of Pali district on June 1. Reports suggest that the victim’s uncle filed a complaint with the police two days[Read More…]

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People take part in a demonstration on April 19, 2018 in Paris, as part of a multi branch day of protest called by French unions CGT and Solidaires against French President's policies amid a rail strike and spreading student sit-ins.
French President faces mass protests today as trade unionists seek to galvanise angry students, public sector workers and striking train drivers into a joint movement against his multi-pronged drive to overhaul the French economy. / AFP PHOTO / Philippe LOPEZ

Thousands of railway workers protest railway reform in France

The French railway workers are striking. The workers are rejecting “the new railway pact” that plans to split up the public railway company. Demonstrations also took place in many areas including Lyon. Rail traffic has been sporadic since Monday in Valence and Lyon since Monday. There were irregular transportation services in Saint, Bel, Saint-Paul, Brignais, Lozanne, Puy, Saint Etienne, West Lyonnais and Montlucon-Bourges. Media reports said: Most of the[Read More…]

Military kills 35 in Sudan as army rulers end talks and opposition declares “Escalation of Revolution”

Military kills 35 in Sudan as army rulers end talks and opposition declares “Escalation of Revolution”

Sudan’s troops stormed the main camp of pro-democracy protestors in the capital Khartoum Monday and killed at least 35 people in a crackdown, which has drawn international condemnation. Hundreds were injured in the armed assault as the Islamists-backed military tried to break up the opposition sit-in, according to the Central Committee of Sudan Doctors, which is close to the protestors.[Read More…]

WASHINGTON, DC - NOVEMBER 09: Chinese State Councilor and Defense Minister General Wei Fenghe speaks during the second round of U.S.-China Diplomatic and Security Dialogue on November 9, 2018 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Diao Haiyang/China News Service/VCG via Getty Images)

PLA would not yield a single inch of China’s sacred land, warns China at Shangri-La Dialogue

General Wei Fenghe, China’s defense minister, warned June 2, 2019 that the People’s Liberation Army (PLA) would not “yield a single inch of the country’s sacred land.” Wei said China’s military will “resolutely take action” to defend China’s claims over self-ruled Taiwan and disputed South China Sea waters. Wei was addressing defense chiefs, officials and academics at the Shangri-La Dialogue[Read More…]

India News Roundup: Labourers beaten up allegedly for eating meat

India News Roundup: Labourers beaten up allegedly for eating meat

In yet another case of mob violence in Bareilly of Uttar Pradesh four daily wage labourers were mercilessly thrashed by unidentified assailants allegedly after they were seen eating meat near a makeshift temple. The matter came to light earlier this week when a video of the assault began circulating on social media. A preliminary investigation has led police officials to[Read More…]

Africa is now world’s largest free trade zone

Africa is now world’s largest free trade zone

Map of Trans-African Highways © Wikipedia Africa is now the world’s largest free trade zone, which bears big implications with expectation to boost regional and international trade. Media reports said: The African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA) came into being on May 30, 2019. It is the largest free trade agreement by population that the world has seen since the[Read More…]

Assange BULLETIN: The journalist can barely talk, moved to prison hospital

Assange BULLETIN: The journalist can barely talk, moved to prison hospital

Julian Assange, the WikiLeaks founder now imprisoned in the UK, has been moved to the hospital wing of the Belmarsh prison in the UK, prompting concerns about his health pending the hearing on his extradition to the US. “The decision of prison authorities to move him to the health ward speaks for itself,” said WikiLeaks. It said Assange has lost[Read More…]

India News Roundup: Dalit lynched for plucking mangoes and his body hung in Panchayat office

India News Roundup: Dalit lynched for plucking mangoes and his body hung in Panchayat office

In Singampalli village panchayat of Rangampeta mandal in East Godavari district of Andhra Pradesh on Wednesday a Dalit was lynched for allegedly plucking mangoes from an orchard belonging to an upper caste man. Bikki Srinivas (30) allegedly stole mangoes from an orchard in the village. The orchard owner and others chased and caught him. They thrashed him with sticks leading[Read More…]

Five Amnesty bosses resign following a review of the organization’s “toxic” work culture

Five Amnesty bosses resign following a review of the organization’s “toxic” work culture

Five members of Amnesty International’s leadership team are on their way out, following a damning report about what’s been described as the human-rights organization’s “toxic” culture. Amnesty said the senior leadership team accepted responsibility and all seven had offered to resign. Five of the seven senior leaders, based mainly in London and Geneva, are either have left or are in[Read More…]

India News Roundup: Foreigner Stabbed in Meerut for not chanting “Ram Ram”

India News Roundup: Foreigner Stabbed in Meerut for not chanting “Ram Ram”

On Tuesday, at Parikrama Marg in the Govardhan area of ​​Mathura district of Uttar Pradesh, a man attacked and injured a foreign devotee, using a knife. The police admitted the victim to the community health center. The attacker has been arrested. Sabrang India reported, Latvian citizen, Gemitris is on a tour of India. He sings hymns on the Khajoor Ghat[Read More…]

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India News Roundup: Mother walks with dead son’s body in Uttar Pradesh

India News Roundup: Mother walks with dead son’s body in Uttar Pradesh

In Shahjahanpur of Uttar Pradesh a mother walked with her dead son’s body home as the hospital denied ambulance. The deceased child had been admitted to the hospital after he encountered high fever. It was alleged that three ambulances were parked at the hospital but the authorities failed to spare one. The doctors of the concerned hospital dismissed the claims[Read More…]

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European Parliament elections 2019: The Far-Right surges

European Parliament elections 2019: The Far-Right surges

The far-Right surges in the European Parliament (EP) election while the big centre-right and centre-left blocs have lost their combined majority. However, the far-right fell short of the very significant gains, which was predicted by a number of analysts. The election sees rise of the right-wing Europe of Nations and Freedom (ENF) group in the EP, which doubled in size[Read More…]

India News Roundup: Days After Elections Attack On Minorities Increase

India News Roundup: Days After Elections Attack On Minorities Increase

Days after Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s far right Hindutva party Bharatiya Janatha Party (BJP) secured a second term with brute majority violence against Muslims and Dalits have erupted in many parts of India. Three Muslims thrashed over suspicion of carrying beef in Madhya Pradesh In a brutal incident in Madhya Pradesh’s Seoni on May 22, self-proclaimed cow vigilantes allegedly thrashed[Read More…]

Assange BULLETIN: The journalist faces 175 yrs in prison with 17 more charges

Assange BULLETIN: The journalist faces 175 yrs in prison with 17 more charges

The U.S. justice department has filed 17 new charges against Wikileaks co-founder Julian Assange. In reaction, NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden tweeted: It’s a war on journalism. Journalists have reacted: “Modern fascism is breaking cover”. The new charges expand the original one-count indictment of conspiracy to hack into U.S. government computers, announced in March, prior to Assange’s arrest in London. He[Read More…]

Bolivia’s universal healthcare is model for the world, says UN

Bolivia’s universal healthcare is model for the world, says UN

The World Health Organization (WHO) has cited the universal healthcare system in Bolivia as a model for all. Media reports said: The U.N.’s World Health Organization praised Bolivia’s newly implemented universal health care system, known in the country as the Single Health System (SUS). The WHO pointed out that Bolivia’s leftist government has given generous funding and resources to health,[Read More…]

Four in 10 in U.S. embrace socialism

Four in 10 in U.S. embrace socialism

“Americans today are more closely divided than they were earlier in the last century when asked whether some form of socialism would be a good or bad thing for the country”, says Gallup. The Gallup poll results have been released on Monday. The poll agency said: “While 51% of U.S. adults say socialism would be a bad thing for the[Read More…]

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Leave Venezuela alone, Lula tells Trump in interview

Leave Venezuela alone, Lula tells Trump in interview

Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva, the former president of Brazil, has called to respect the Venezuelan people and their right to decide their own future. In an interview, aired Tuesday, from the Federal Prison in Curitiba, Brazil, former President Lula da Silva commented on the behavior of right-wing governments and recommended to the U.S. president Donald Trump that he takes care of his own country and leave Venezuela in[Read More…]

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India: PM Modi To Get A Second Term

India: PM Modi To Get A Second Term

Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s far right Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) is certain to get a second term in Indian general election. As results are coming in BJP on its has crossed the half way mark of 272 seats. BJP and allies are leading in 342 seats out of the 542 seats where elections are held. Congress the main opposition party[Read More…]

Repoll in 7 polling stations in AP’s Chandragiri constituency held – Dalits here voted, on their own, for the first time in 30-40 years

Repoll in 7 polling stations in AP’s Chandragiri constituency held – Dalits here voted, on their own, for the first time in 30-40 years

  Even as all seven phases of polling in India’s parliament elections were over and the results are awaited, AP’s Chandragiri Legislative Assembly constituency attracted attention. It was a curious case where EVMs, photo ID cards, so many poll officials and observers from Centre and state, indelible thumb marks, videography etc were all there but rigging went on, unhindered, peacefully,[Read More…]

Venezuela ROUNDUP: US sanctions have cost Venezuelan economy $130 billion

Venezuela ROUNDUP: US sanctions have cost Venezuelan economy $130 billion

Sanctions imposed by the U.S. on Venezuela have cost the Bolivarian country billions of dollars while human suffering in the country is increasing, which have made the sanctions crime against humanity. Media reports said: “As a result of the economic embargo imposed by the US from 2015 through the last year, financial damages to Venezuelan economy totaled $130 billion,” said[Read More…]

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Libya FILE: Millions without water as armed group cuts off supply

Libya FILE: Millions without water as armed group cuts off supply

Millions of people are without water in Libya as summer temperatures begin to climb. Water supplies to the Libyan capital and surrounding cities have been cut off after an armed group stormed a control room. Media reports said: The gunmen arrived on Sunday at the control room in Jafara run by the Great Man-Made River project, first commissioned by the[Read More…]

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At least 100,000 infants die every year in ten conflict-zones, says report

At least 100,000 infants die every year in ten conflict-zones, says report

Every year in just ten conflict-affected countries at least 100,000 infants die who in the absence of conflict would survive, says a new report British charity Save the Children. The study applied the findings in The Lancet’s study to the ten worst conflict-affected countries, which estimates that in the last five years alone more than 550,000 infants have died due[Read More…]

Varanasi : Democracy and justice denied amidst the din of costliest electoral democracy

Varanasi : Democracy and justice denied amidst the din of costliest electoral democracy

Varanasi, the seat Narendra Modi contests, goes to polls on May 19, in the last and seventh phase, as per a ‘conveniently manipulated schedule’. Elections in India are more an act of denial of democracy than seeking a people’s mandate.  It is more like bidding for and winning a contract to loot and plunder our country, its resources and people.[Read More…]

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Venezuela ROUNDUP: U.S. raid Venezuela embassy a brutal act against international law, says Maduro

Venezuela ROUNDUP: U.S. raid Venezuela embassy a brutal act against international law, says Maduro

  The United States has raided the premises of the Venezuelan embassy in Washington D.C. The aggressive act violates all related international laws. Media reports said: Nicolas Maduro, the President of Venezuela, has rejected and repudiated the storming of its embassy by U.S. police officers Thursday. “The U.S. has raided the premises of the Venezuelan embassy in Washington, a brutal act against international law and lack[Read More…]

Sudan protesters demand civilian government, sit-ins continue

Sudan protesters demand civilian government, sit-ins continue

The military-run Transitional Military Council (TMC) has suspended talks with protesters for 72 hours in Sudan. However, protest for a civilian government and democracy is continuing. The opposition alliance has vowed to continue sit-ins outside the defense ministry and across the country. The opposition demands that the military hand over power to civilians. The political situation still is in turmoil.[Read More…]

U.S. behaves as “Cowboy” in Venezuela, says Spain’s Foreign Minister

U.S. behaves as “Cowboy” in Venezuela, says Spain’s Foreign Minister

Spain’s Foreign Minister Josep Borrell Wednesday accused the U.S. of behaving like a “cowboy” in Venezuela. He stressed that a solution to Venezuela’s current political impasse should be “peaceful, negotiated and democratic.” “The contact group which we are part of is not on the same wavelength as the U.S. administration, which is like a cowboy who says ‘look at me, I[Read More…]

Venezuela ROUNDUP: Guaido now seeks direct relationship with the U.S. Southern Command

Venezuela ROUNDUP: Guaido now seeks direct relationship with the U.S. Southern Command

Imperialism is intensifying its interventionist activities in Venezuela with the help of its proxies. Its proxies are also seeking cooperation of U.S. armed forces. Media reports said: The situation in Venezuela has turned so bad for Juan Guaido, the U.S.-backed self-declared “interim president”, that the number of participants at his own rallies has diminished greatly over the last few days. According[Read More…]

U.S. Tariffs: Undaunted China hits back and U.S., global and Asian stocks tumble

U.S. Tariffs: Undaunted China hits back and U.S., global and Asian stocks tumble

China is undaunted in the face of U.S. pressure in the on-going trade war between the two countries, which the U.S. has initiated. The world’s two biggest economies have been involved into a full-scale trade dispute over the past two years. Media reports said: China on Monday struck back at U.S. tariffs on Chinese goods. The measures will be effective[Read More…]

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Assange BULLETIN: Ecuador will give US all documents & devices Assange left in London embassy

Assange BULLETIN: Ecuador will give US all documents & devices Assange left in London embassy

Documents and devices Julian Assange left in the London embassy of Ecuador will be handed over to U.S. Media reports said: Ecuador’s attorney general has informed Julian Assange’s lawyer that the WikiLeaks co-founder’s files, computer, mobile phones and other electronic devices will be seized during a search of the London embassy and sent to the U.S. The searches are set[Read More…]

China vows to take necessary countermeasures after US tariff hike

China vows to take necessary countermeasures after US tariff hike

U.S.-China trade was is now a major world issue. The United States is taking measures against China while China vows to take counter-measures. Media reports from Washington DC and Beijing said: China plans to take “necessary countermeasures” in response to the US’ decision to increase tariffs to 25 percent on $200 billion in Chinese goods, a decision China’s Commerce Ministry[Read More…]

Protests continue in Sudan after military leaders demand Islamic law in constitution

Protests continue in Sudan after military leaders demand Islamic law in constitution

  Sudan is going through political turmoil as military rulers are trying to capitalize Islamic and Sharia law and lingering with transition to civilian rule while the public demanding democracy are opposing imposition of Islamic and Sharia law. At the same time, female activists are seeking half of transitional authority. Media reports said: Sudan’s military rulers said Tuesday that they[Read More…]

Assange BULLETIN: Bay Watch star Pamela Anderson fears for Assange’s Life

Assange BULLETIN: Bay Watch star Pamela Anderson fears for Assange’s Life

Pamela Anderson speaks to the media as she leaves Belmarsh Prison in London after visiting Julian Assange Pamela Anderson has revealed she fears Julian Assange will be assassinated if he is extradited to the US, hours after visiting him in Belmarsh high-security jail. The former Baywatch star said she was “deeply concerned about his well being” and does not think the Wikileaks founder will[Read More…]

Atmospheric CO2 at Mauna Loa hits 415 ppm

Atmospheric CO2 at Mauna Loa hits 415 ppm

When Countercurrents.org was founded in 2002 the atmospheric CO2 level was 370 ppm. Today we have the terrifying news that it has reached 415 ppm according to measurement at at Mauna Loa in Hawaii. BREAKING: For the first time ever, the CO2 concentration at Mauna Loa in Hawaii has reached 415PPM. We were worried it would happen this year, and[Read More…]

One million species face extinction, world is on notice, says major UN report

One million species face extinction, world is on notice, says major UN report

Nearly one million species risk becoming extinct within decades while current efforts to conserve the earth’s resources will likely fail if radical action is not taken, says a major UN report on the impact of humans on nature. Speaking in Paris at the launch of the 2019 Global Assessment Report on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services – the first such report[Read More…]

Centrist Cortizo declares victory in Panama’s presidential election

Centrist Cortizo declares victory in Panama’s presidential election

The Panamanian presidential candidate from the opposition Democratic Revolutionary Party, Laurentino Cortizo has declared victory, with 93 percent of votes counted and a narrow gap with his rival who has not yet conceded defeat. The electoral commission said it would be prudent to count more votes, given Roux’s refusal to concede defeat in the sixth presidential election since a U.S.[Read More…]

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The U.S. is waging a war on the Bolivarian republic: Venezuela Roundup

The U.S. is waging a war on the Bolivarian republic: Venezuela Roundup

The U.S. is waging a war against Venezuela, the Bolivarian republic. The war has already taken a very high toll: death of 40,000 people in the country in 2017-2018 due to sanctions the most powerful economy in the world has imposed, finds a study. It is a genocide. Columbia University economics professor Jeffrey Sachs carried out the study. The study[Read More…]

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Cyclone Fani Makes Landfall in India

Cyclone Fani Makes Landfall in India

A storm characterized as “one of the strongest” cyclones in India’s recorded history made landfall on Friday amid warnings of “potentially catastrophic” wind, rain, and ocean surges. UPDATE: Cyclone #Fani is making landfall right now near Puri, India as a Category 4 — one of the strongest landfalling cyclones in the country's recorded history. pic.twitter.com/TDfalErBJR — Eric Holthaus (@EricHolthaus) May[Read More…]

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Bolivarian Republic is now a tense issue in geopolitics: Venezuela Roundup

Bolivarian Republic is now a tense issue in geopolitics: Venezuela Roundup

Venezuela, the Bolivarian republic, has turned into a tense issue in geopolitics. Media reports said: Irreconcilable positions The positions of Russia and the U.S. have turned as irreconcilable. Russia is going to form group of states to oppose the U.S., the chief in the imperialist camp. On Wednesday, the Russian foreign minister Sergei Lavrov spoke to U.S. Secretary of State[Read More…]

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Maduro addresses May Day mobilization: Venezuela Roundup

Maduro addresses May Day mobilization: Venezuela Roundup

Maduro addressed people on May 1, the International Workers Day| Photo: teleSUR Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro has announced a “day of dialogue” to be held over the weekend, in an effort to fix some of the mistakes his government has made “since the Revolution.” Addressing people in a huge May Day mobilization in Caracas, the Venezuelan president accused the U.S.-backed[Read More…]

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Guaido’s Failed Coup – Venezuela Roundup

Guaido’s Failed Coup – Venezuela Roundup

Coup attempt by Guaido, the imperialism-backed proxy in Venezuela, has failed. After hours of violence with rocks and Molotov cocktails, and gunfire by Guaido supporters the gamble of Guaido has flopped. Chavista leaders took to state and social media to denounce what they termed a coup in progress, and large crowds gathered to defend Miraflores Presidential Palace. Media reports said:[Read More…]

Greenpeace "NO WAR" hot air balloon at a demonstration against the Iraq war in Berlin.
Mit einem Heissluftballon, der die Parole "No War" traegt, protestiert Greenpeace gegen den Irak-Krieg auf der Friedensdemonstration in Berlin. Ballon und Demonstranten auf dem Weg vom Brandenburger Tor zur Siegessaeule.

World military expenditure at 3-decade high, grows to $1.8 trillion in 2018, biggest spender US

The past year has been immensely successful for the war industry. The world has spent $1.8 trillion on its military in 2018. The US is leading the charge, while some of its NATO allies are also buffing their war budgets citing the Russian threat despite Moscow decreasing its military spending. The driving force behind this increase is the growing appetite[Read More…]

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Socialists win Spain election

Socialists win Spain election

Spain’s governing Socialists won the country’s third election in four years. However, the centrist Socialist have fallen short of a majority. In his victory speech, Prime Minister Pedro Sánchez said the party’s big challenges were to fight inequality, advance co-existence and halt corruption. “The future has won and the past has lost,” he told cheering supporters. Media reports said: Sánchez’s[Read More…]

Enough with threats, ultimatums, Cuba tells US

Enough with threats, ultimatums, Cuba tells US

“Enough threats and deadlines against the Cuban Revolution. They could not, cannot and will not (work),” said Miguel Diaz-Canel, the President of Cuba. Media reports from Cuba said: President Miguel Diaz-Canel said: Cuba has had enough of U.S. threats and ultimatums. The Cuban president denounced 60-years of U.S attempts to destabilize Cuba. “Enough threats and deadlines against the Cuban Revolution.[Read More…]

Anti-government protests turn violent in Colombia, 35 arrested

Anti-government protests turn violent in Colombia, 35 arrested

Thousands of people across Colombia are joining anti-government protests on Friday. At one stage, the protests turned violent in the capital of Bogota. Media reports said: Thousands of protesters marched in central Bogota to demonstrate against President Ivan Duque’s policies, which are destroying workers’ rights as well as the education system. Masked demonstrators tore away nets protecting the metropolitan cathedral, which[Read More…]

Iran’s Revolutionary Guard threatens to close Hormuz Strait

Iran’s Revolutionary Guard threatens to close Hormuz Strait

The Strait of Hormuz, a key strategic waterway situated between the Persian Gulf and the Gulf of Oman, is now tense. In reaction to the U.S. plan of interference, Iran has threatened to close the shipping lane vital for the world trade. Media reports said: Iran’s Rear Admiral Alireza Tangsiri stated on Monday that if Iran is not allowed to export oil[Read More…]

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Interview With Kimaya Mahajan, Young Climate Justice Activist

Interview With Kimaya Mahajan, Young Climate Justice Activist

Countercurrents interviewed Kimaya Mahajan of Bellevue, WA, USA. She is a 14 year old climate justice activist who has a fresh take on the issue. CC: Kimaya, tell us how you got involved in Climate Justice? Kimaya: I’ve been involved with social justice in my community for some time now, and in all honesty, there aren’t a lot of student[Read More…]

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Sri Lanka explosions: More than 200 killed, Churches and hotels targeted

Sri Lanka explosions: More than 200 killed, Churches and hotels targeted

More than 200 killed and at least 500 injured as eight explosions rocked Catholic churches and luxury hotels in Sri Lanka while Christians began Easter Sunday celebrations. Media report said: The blasts started at around 8:45am local time at St. Anthony’s Church in Colombo and St. Sebastian’s Church in Negombo, a Catholic-majority town outside of the capital. The Zion Church[Read More…]

Vietnam demands compensation for victims of US chemical warfare

Vietnam demands compensation for victims of US chemical warfare

Vietnam, the country that defeated U.S. imperialism through decades-long war, is seeking justice for the victims of Agent Orange. Media reports said: Vietnam, the Southeast Asian country and victim of imperialist war, has felt encouraged by the multimillion-dollar verdicts against Monsanto in California, U.S.A. Monsanto, one of the largest biotech firms in the world, supplied the US military with the[Read More…]

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Goods Trade: EU’s surplus with U.S. and deficit with China grows

Goods Trade: EU’s surplus with U.S. and deficit with China grows

Interesting trends in the area of goods trade between the EU and U.S., and between the EU and China have emerged recently. These trends carry possibility of increased global economic tension. Media reports said: The EU’s trade surplus in goods with the U.S. increased in the first two months of 2019 while its deficit with China widened. According to Eurostat,[Read More…]

US pushing for war with Venezuela -Venezuela ROUNDUP – 16

US pushing for war with Venezuela -Venezuela ROUNDUP – 16

Washington DC meeting to plan war in Venezuela US pushing for war with Venezuela US forces ready to attack Venezuela: Southern Commander Maduro rejects Bolsonaro’s invasion threats Imperialism is moving ahead with its war plan in Venezuela. Meeting to plan war Media reports said: Samuel Moncada, the Venezuelan Ambassador to the UN, denounced an April 10-secret meeting at Washington D.C.’s Center[Read More…]

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Assange BULLETIN – 2

Assange BULLETIN – 2

Assange and Lula the same case to silence their voices, says Chomsky If Assange is criminalized & incarcerated, you’ll never be free again, says George Galloway Assange must face Swedish justice first: 70 UK MPs and peers The US case against Assange could change the future of journalism Journalists in the U.S. are concerned ‘Surreally idiotic’: CAT FOR SPYING Noam[Read More…]

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Ambedkar Statue Vandalised In Hyderabad

Ambedkar Statue Vandalised In Hyderabad

In a shocking incident on the eve of the 128th birth anniversary of the father of the Indian Constitution, Dr BR Ambedkar, a freshly-erected 10-ft-tall statue of the leader was vandalised by the Greater Hyderabad Muncipal Corporation. The reason given was permission was not sought for the building of the statue. The statue was erected at Punjagutta early on Saturday[Read More…]

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An Adivasi Christian lynched for skinning a dead Ox in Jharkhand

In a shocking incident an Adivasi Christian was killed allegedly for skinning a dead ox. The Indian Express reported that on Wednesday a farmer Adranish Kujur told the village of Jhurmo in Jharkhand that his 20-year-old ox had died in his field, at least 35 villagers went to carve it up. Minutes later, a mob, armed with rods and sticks,[Read More…]

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Assange BULLETIN – 1

Assange BULLETIN – 1

No fair trial awaits Assange, says CIA whistleblower Ecuador failed to notify Assange’s defense of asylum withdrawal, says lawyer Violation of principles of human rights protection Impartial trial? UK judge brands Assange ‘narcissist’ Hillary chuckles over Assange’s arrest “Our property now”: (Most) US lawmakers rejoice over Assange arrest Arrest of Assange met with cheers from UK lawmakers in parliament Assange[Read More…]

In defense of Assange

In defense of Assange

Putin wants Assange’s rights to be observed Atrocious decision, says Maduro Bolivian president condemns persecution of Assange Moreno, the greatest traitor in Ecuadorian history, says Correa Corbyn opposes extradition of Assange Fight chilling’ attack on press Assange’s persecution sends freedom of speech & journalists’ rights into ‘oblivion’ Assange arrest ‘national shame’ and ‘historic error,’ says Ecuador’s ex-FM People around the[Read More…]

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Julian Assange’s Arrest, Dark Moment For Press Freedom

Julian Assange’s Arrest, Dark Moment For Press Freedom

Wikileaks co-founder Julian Assange has been arrested at the Ecuadorian embassy in London on Thursday morning. Julian Assange has been dragged out of the Ecuadorian Embassy in London where he has spent the last six years. This happens after Ecuador’s president Lenin Moreno withdrew Julian Assange’s asylum. Video shows Julian Assange being carried out of the Ecuadorian embassy by force,[Read More…]

Maradona fined! Crime? Dedicating Victory to Maduro

Maradona fined! Crime? Dedicating Victory to Maduro

Diego Maradona, one of the most influential players in history and universally known for his leftist political stances, has been fined for dedicating a recent victory by his Mexican club to Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro. Mexico’s football federation informed the decision on Monday. During dedicating the win, Maradona had said he was dedicating the victory to Maduro and to all[Read More…]

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Libya FILE – 1

Libya FILE – 1

Haftar’s Libyan National Army gains control of Yarmuk military camp Battle for Tripoli is proceeding according to the operational plan, says LNA LNA declares a no-fly zone over the western Libya GNA vice president resigns French President, GNA Prime Minister discuss Tripoli offensive France of being behind Libya’s Tripoli war, accuses EU Parliament president Paris reiterates support to GNA Unmanageable situation waiting Libya’s[Read More…]

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Congress Alleges BJP of Huge Corruption During Demonetisation

Congress Alleges BJP of Huge Corruption During Demonetisation

Just days before the national elections opposition Congress party released tapes of a sting operation which reveales that the ruling BJP and its president Amit Shah played major role in helping corporates and politicians to exchange the devalued notes. According to Congress spoke person Kapil Sibal three series of notes worth 3 Lakh Crores were printed abroad and brought to[Read More…]

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Events in Venezuela are similar to Syria’s, says Assad: Venezuela Roundup – 15

Venezuelan, Syrian people resisting the same US imperialism, says Arreaza Venezuelan right promotes violence, death Venezuelan troops on high alert Maduro accuses US of rehearsing new form of warfare in Venezuela Who are the colectivos demonized by the imperialist media? NATO discusses Russian military staff visit to Venezuela Venezuela-Russia working with schemes to break US blockade Imperialist intervention in Venezuela[Read More…]

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Bolivarian Republic defies imperialist sanctions: Venezuela Roundup – 14

Bolivarian Republic defies imperialist sanctions: Venezuela Roundup – 14

Oil exports stable in March Venezuela surviving the world’s first cyber war, says Maduro Venezuela won’t become 2nd Syria and S. America won’t back military invasion, says Lavrov Criminal case against Guaido Washington is concerned over Maduro’s stay in power China slams reports of sending troops to Venezuela Venezuela, the Bolivarian republic, is defying imperialism imposed sanction. The imperialist camp[Read More…]

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For Venezuela

For Venezuela

China, Russia to supply medicine until year-end End Trump’s war in Venezuela: 40 U.S. organizations to Congress Caribbean students oppose war plans and demand respect for Venezuelan sovereignty Venezuela will be receiving an average of 100 containers with medicines from both China and Russia monthly until the end of this year, said Venezuela’s Health Minister Carlos Alvarado. The minister added[Read More…]

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113 million worldwide in food insecurity, conflict is the leading cause, finds report

113 million worldwide in food insecurity, conflict is the leading cause, finds report

Global Report on Food Crises, a new report on famine around the world, says starvation is ravaging 53 countries. This is mostly due to conflict and climate shocks. In some places, like Yemen, the crisis is almost entirely man-made. Some 113 million people in 53 countries, the majority of them in Africa, faced chronic food shortages last year. Another 143[Read More…]

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Schools and universities to reopen: Venezuela ROUNDUP – 13

Schools and universities to reopen: Venezuela ROUNDUP – 13

Maduro reactivates power supply headquarters Electric coup d’état is in full swing, says Maduro S. sanctions impact electricity generation Schools are reopening in Venezuela after a brief period of closure amidst repeated electricity outages by interventionists’ series of sabotages. To take effective measures against sabotage, electricity supply authority has been reactivated. Media reports said: Maduro sets up power supply headquarters[Read More…]

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“Who are these Yankees?” Maradona blasts U.S. meddling: Venezuela Roundup – 12

“Who are these Yankees?” Maradona blasts U.S. meddling: Venezuela Roundup – 12

Maduro announces power rationing, blames opposition for violence and chaos Guaido awaits army support, informs BBC Guaido dismisses report of Russian troops in Venezuela No one is showing up for pro-Guaido protests Very happy, says U.S. envoy on India cutting Venezuela oil import “Who are these Yankees?” Maradona blasts U.S. meddling in Venezuela Lavrov dismisses U.S. threat Caracas mayor calls[Read More…]

Venezuela Roundup – 11

Venezuela Roundup – 11

800% increase of US surveillance on Venezuela Venezuelan electricity system sabotaged again We will defeat aggressions: Maduro Hundreds march in Washington, DC, to protest US interference in Venezuela Venezuelans march in defense of freedom and peace Solidarity from South African Alliance Imperialism is increasing its interventionist acts in and around Venezuela. People’s protest against imperialism’s intervention in Venezuela is also[Read More…]

A Collector’s Delight: 21 Films by K.P. Sasi

A Collector’s Delight: 21 Films by K.P. Sasi

K.P Sasi is one of the unsung heroes of Indian parallel cinema movement. His repertoire of films are amazing. From feature films , music videos to a plethora of documentaries that touch every aspect of our lives. His films are a collectors delight. A Package of 21 Films Directed by K.P. Sasi Are Available. All these films are social issues[Read More…]

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Imperialism’s threats overwhelm situation: Venezuela ROUNDUP – 10

Imperialism’s threats overwhelm situation: Venezuela ROUNDUP – 10

“Russians will pay a price”: threatens U.S. Venezuela slams U.S. threats against Russia, reminds of Pentagon military activity Focus on actual activities: Venezuela tells U.S. “Do the right thing”, Venezuelan defense minister reminds Bolton S. asks EU to build up pressure on Venezuela’s Maduro with more sanctions US warns Turkey to halt its support for Maduro Venezuela to armor its[Read More…]

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Venezuela Roundup – 9

Venezuela Roundup – 9

Moscow responds to U.S. threat Sniper rifle took out hydroelectric plant Fake photos of Venezuelan health situation: AFP Guaido announces “tactical action” Russia has made a strong response to the U.S. warning on the Venezuela situation while more information on the electricity sabotage and fake photographs disseminated by the interventionists is being exposed. Sniper rifle took out hydroelectric plant: Maduro[Read More…]

Imperialist intervention heightens tension: Venezuela Roundup – 8

Imperialist intervention heightens tension: Venezuela Roundup – 8

 U.S. threatens Russia: Must get out of Venezuela, all options open U.S. to assess Russian “influence” in Venezuela: House passes three bills Interventionists’ diplomatic debacle: Germany won’t recognize Guaido’s envoy as ambassador Elliott Abrams fumbles on Guaido, the “President” Guaido’s “achievements”   With imperialist threats to allies of Venezuela tension around the Bolivarian republic is increasing. Media reports said: U.S.[Read More…]

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New attack on Venezuela’s national electric system: Roundup – 7

New attack on Venezuela’s national electric system: Roundup – 7

New attack on Venezuela’s national electric system Venezuela presents evidence of opposition paramilitary plot Over $30 billion of Venezuela’s assets stolen by US Lavrov to US: Your Venezuelan coup violates UN Charter Venezuela may divert US-bound oil to Russia & China Venezuela electricity crisis may challenge global oil market – IEA Trump’s failed bid to isolate Venezuela Trump Admin wants[Read More…]

20-years of NATO bombing of Yugoslavia

20-years of NATO bombing of Yugoslavia

20 years have passed since NATO bombed Yugoslavia for 78 days. The air campaign with at least 900 bombing sorties again announced imperialist power – destroy everything to loot. It was an act of aggression against Yugoslavia, deny the country’s sovereignty and integrity, and violently carve away Kosovo for creating an imperialist enclave. The NATO aggression officially claimed at least 758 civilian[Read More…]

Venezuela Resisting: Roundup – 6

Venezuela Resisting: Roundup – 6

Revolutionary people is the guarantee for peace and democracy: Maduro Rightists organize mercenaries Plan to assassinate political and military leaders, and judges Plan to sabotage metro system and the Caracas cable car Plan to spread fake news through social media, and organize strikes Bolton’s threat Imperialism’s interventionist acts are getting exposed while imperialism is renewing its interventionist acts in Venezuela. In[Read More…]

Scores Killed In Christchurch Terror Attack

Scores Killed In Christchurch Terror Attack

Forty nine people have been killed and more than 20 others have been seriously injured in shootings at two mosques in the New Zealand city of Christchurch after one or more terrorists opened fire on worshipers. One terrorist, who identified himself as 28-year-old Australian-born Brenton Tarrant, filmed the attack on social media. Dressed in a military-style, camouflage outfit, and carrying[Read More…]

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Venezuela: Roundup – 5- India’s Reliance halts diluents export to Venezuela

Venezuela: Roundup – 5- India’s Reliance halts diluents export to Venezuela

While Venezuela fully restored electricity supply and near-fully restored water supply, the country faces economic war by imperialism with increasing intensity. A Reuters report said: India’s Reliance Industries Ltd, operator of the world’s biggest refining complex, said on Wednesday it had halted supply of diluents to Venezuela’s national oil company PdVSA and would not resume such sales until sanctions were[Read More…]

Classified Memo: Bush Admin knew Iraq invasion would destabilize entire region

Classified Memo: Bush Admin knew Iraq invasion would destabilize entire region

More facts on imperialist aggression on Iraq have come out. The imperialists knew that the aggression would destabilize the entire region. Citing classified memo, media reports said: As U.S. president George W. Bush pressed the case for war in Iraq in the summer of 2002, top State Department officials warned that an invasion to overthrow Iraqi President Saddam Hussein could[Read More…]

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Venezuela: ROUNDUP -4- Guaido seeks to sell out Venezuela’s oil industry, and U.S. is willing to buy

Venezuela: ROUNDUP -4- Guaido seeks to sell out Venezuela’s oil industry, and U.S. is willing to buy

Juan Guaido, the self-proclaimed “interim president” of Venezuela, has offered to sell out Venezuela’s oil industry to foreign private companies, and the U.S. has expressed its willingness to buy. Guaido has proposed a “draft legislation” that will sell Venezuela’s oil reserves to private companies, a Reuters report said. The move would shrink the participation of state-run oil company PdVSA. Ricardo Hausmann, Guaido’s[Read More…]

Venezuela: Roundup – 3- Details of Electricity War exposed, saboteurs detained, imperialist economic war widens

Venezuela: Roundup – 3- Details of Electricity War exposed, saboteurs detained, imperialist economic war widens

Details of the Electricity War, part of a plan to incite unrest against Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro and the ruling party, have been exposed. President Maduro has presented details of the attacks on the country’s electricity supply system. The attacks were made through three phases. Maduro on March 11, 2019 described the sabotage as the cruelest blow in the history of[Read More…]

Venezuela: Roundup – 2- US presses India to stop buying oil from Venezuela: Imperial Economic War intensifies

Venezuela: Roundup – 2- US presses India to stop buying oil from Venezuela: Imperial Economic War intensifies

Imperialists are intensifying their economic war against the Bolivarian Venezuela. A Reuters report said: The U.S. is pressing India to stop buying oil from Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro’s government. The report referred to Washington’s top envoy for Venezuela. “We say you should not be helping this regime. You should be on the side of the Venezuelan people,” Elliott Abrams told[Read More…]

Night view of Caracas during a power cut on March 7, 2019. - The government of Nicolas Maduro denounced a "sabotage" against the main electric power dam in the country, after a massive blackout left Caracas and vast regions of Venezuela in the darkness. (Photo by YURI CORTEZ / AFP)        (Photo credit should read YURI CORTEZ/AFP/Getty Images)

Stay true to Chavismo, says Maduro as power outage continues due to cyber-attacks on Venezuela’s power grid

Venezuela’s electrical systems have been targeted by another cyber-attack. In the face of this imperialist sabotage, Venezuela’s President Nicolas Maduro said: “We have overcome so many challenges, we’ll overcome this one.” Venezuelan President was addressing a huge mass gathering in capital city Caracas on Sunday. During the speech, Maduro called on the people to stay true to Chavismo and the sovereignty of Venezuela as the 24-hour[Read More…]

Venezuela:ROUNDUP1-Imperialism’s Electricity War follows failure of interventionist ploy

Venezuela:ROUNDUP1-Imperialism’s Electricity War follows failure of interventionist ploy

Venezuela experienced an electricity war machinated by imperialism and its proxies – the rightists, the reactionaries. Electricity War Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro accused the US of waging an “electricity war” against the country, as Caracas and other cities plunged into darkness Thursday night. Electricity supply to many parts of Venezuela snapped for a few hours. Venezuela’s 18 states reported electricity[Read More…]

Imperialist intervention in Venezuela: UPDATE 20

Imperialist intervention in Venezuela: UPDATE 20

US military intervention in Venezuela may begin very soon: Gen. Tata 92% of Venezuelans reject US military invasion Russia’s resolution in the UNSC reaffirms Maduro’s Role in coordinating aid CARICOM for peaceful solution of Venezuela problem Venezuela calmer than Brazil and Mexico, find Leftist Social Movements visiting Caracas S African unions express solidarity with Venezuela Thousands rally in Caracas in[Read More…]

Imperialist intervention in Venezuela: UPDATE 19

Imperialist intervention in Venezuela: UPDATE 19

US amasses special ops in Puerto Rico, army in Colombia Russian FM blasts US attempts to create pretext for military intervention No foreign soldier can tread our soil: Venezuela Venezuela’s FM terms US aim as the Politics of Death “Aid” trucks carried nails and wire for barricades Russia ready to mediate South Africa’s ANC expresses solidarity with Venezuela Brazil cannot[Read More…]

Pakistan Strikes India In Retaliation, An Indian Airforce Pilot Captured By Pakistan

Pakistan Strikes India In Retaliation, An Indian Airforce Pilot Captured By Pakistan

Escalating tensions between the two nuclear armed South Asian neighbours, Pakistan carried out an air strike inside India in retaliation to the air strike carried out by India in Balakot yesterday. In the ensuing air battle an Indian Airforce Pilot was captured by Pakistan. Pakistan claimed that they shot down two Indian fighter jets. They claimed that one of the[Read More…]

Imperialist intervention in Venezuela: UPDATE 18

Imperialist intervention in Venezuela: UPDATE 18

US isolation increasing US allies – EU, Lima Group, Spain, Germany, Canada, Brazil, Colombia, Chile, Peru – against use of military force China wants constructive help for Venezuela Chile’s Communist Party rejects intervention Expired medicine in the “aid” Hawks within the imperialist camp are facing isolation in their plan for intervention in Venezuela. However, the interventionists are continuing with their[Read More…]

Indian Airforce Strikes Pakistan: Another War In The Making?

Indian Airforce Strikes Pakistan: Another War In The Making?

Raising the spectre of another war between nuclear armed South Asian neighbours, India and Pakistan, Indian airforce carried out air strike across the Line of Control (LoC) today morning. The strike was carried out at around 3:30 this morning by 12 Mirage 2000 fighter jets. The aircraft dropped 1,000 kg laser-guided bombs on a major terror camp across the Line[Read More…]

Imperialist intervention in Venezuela: UPDATE 17

Imperialist intervention in Venezuela: UPDATE 17

Rogue elements attack Brazil-Venezuela border Violence on the Colombian side of the border with Venezuela US-backed opposition caught on VIDEO throwing Molotov cocktails at aid truck Violent opposition elements throw Molotov cocktails at Venezuelan Forces For now, the Venezuelan border is calm Venezuela denounces intensification of U.S. aggressive policy US Senator Rubio’s threat to Maduro Guaido supporters heckle journalist By[Read More…]

Solidarity with Venezuela: Oppose imperialist intervention

Solidarity with Venezuela: Oppose imperialist intervention

People in countries are expressing solidarity with the people in Venezuela in their fight against imperialist intervention. Following are a few reports: Sao Paulo Forum condemns U.S. plan to intervene in Venezuela The Sao Paulo Forum on Friday condemned U.S. plans to intervene in Venezuela under the banner of so-called humanitarian aid, and called on the international community to defend[Read More…]

Two Kerala Students Arrested On Sedition Charges For Sticking Posters On Kashmir Issue

Two Kerala Students Arrested On Sedition Charges For Sticking Posters On Kashmir Issue

Two students from Malappuram district in Kerala were arrested on sedition charges for allegedly sticking posters on the Kashmir issue inside their college campus. The students have been booked under section 124(A) or sedition. The arrested students, Rinshad Reera and Faris (20), belong to the B Com department of the Government College Malappuram. Both of them are part of the[Read More…]

Imperialist intervention in Venezuela: UPDATE 16

Imperialist intervention in Venezuela: UPDATE 16

Border clashes, rocks, fire, tear gas, masked thugs, ‘torched aid’, fake Red Cross symbol US “aid”: a Trojan horse and PR stunt Venezuela denounces 2nd false flag operation We are defending our borders and freedom: Maduro Red Cross denounces unsanctioned use of its symbol to smuggle US “aid” Who burnt the truck? Venezuelan FM says ‘false flag expert’ Pompeo should[Read More…]

People in 150 cities around the world oppose US intervention in Venezuela

People in 150 cities around the world oppose US intervention in Venezuela

People in hundreds of cities around the world stood in solidarity to Venezuela on February 23, 2019. The peoples’ gatherings opposed U.S.-led imperialist intervention in Venezuela. Labor unions and people’s organizations, and intellectuals – artists, singers, academics, activists – also raised their voices. The activists opposing the US-led intervention organized some 150 demonstrations around the globe on Saturday to show[Read More…]

Imperialist intervention in Venezuela: UPDATE 15

Imperialist intervention in Venezuela: UPDATE 15

White House warns Maduro S. threatens new sanctions on Venezuela Self-proclaimed “president” Guaido sneaked into a concert in Colombia US companies and NATO purchase arms in East European country Caracas seals Colombia border Border tensions, 2 die, provocations Russia ready to address UNSC if US stages provocation against Venezuela Lavrov to discuss situation in Venezuela with Chinese FM Cuba calls[Read More…]

Imperialist intervention in Venezuela: UPDATE 14

Imperialist intervention in Venezuela: UPDATE 14

China warns against military intervention in Venezuela US envoy Abrams heading to Colombia Russia’s solidarity with Venezuela Guaido and three busload of his supporter-lawmaker move towards Colombia border Venezuela closes border with Brazil, may do the same at Colombia border Ortega warns U.S. against war on Venezuela Central American leftist parties express solidarity with Venezuela Investigate US for war crimes[Read More…]

Imperialist intervention in Venezuela: UPDATE 13

Imperialist intervention in Venezuela: UPDATE 13

Massive Bolivarian March for Peace and Sovereignty Venezuelan military reject Trump’s incitement to rebel: “Over Our Dead Bodies” Maduro controls situation in Venezuela, Russian ambassador Venezuela suspends flights, closes several borders amid intervention threats Venezuela protests violation of diplomatic accords after assault on embassy in Costa Rica Costa Rica slams Guaido representatives for taking control of Venezuelan embassy PDVSA pumping[Read More…]

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Supreme Court of India Orders Forced Eviction of 1 Million Adivasis

Supreme Court of India Orders Forced Eviction of 1 Million Adivasis

The Supreme Court of India has ordered the forced eviction of more than one million Adivasi and other forest-dwelling households from forestlands across 16 states after the government failed to defend a law protecting their rights. The final country-wide numbers of forced evictions are likely to rise substantially as other states are forced to comply with the court orders. The[Read More…]

Farmers Begin Second Long March

Farmers Begin Second Long March

Even though police have imposed severe restrictions and taken some of their leaders into custody thousands of farmers have gathered at Nashik’s Mumbai Naka for their second historic long march. They are aiming to reach Mumbai on February 27, covering a distance of 180 kilometres. The call for the Kisan Long March was given by the All India Kisan Sabha[Read More…]

Imperialist Intervention in Venezuela: UPDATE 12

Imperialist Intervention in Venezuela: UPDATE 12

“They want to enslave us!” Maduro slams Trump’s “Nazi-style” attack on socialism “You’ll lose everything!” Trump’s ultimatum to Venezuelan military, says all options are open Interventionist European MPs coming to meet Guaido kicked out Venezuela losses $38 bln from U.S. sanctions U. S. Senator Rubio pushes interventionist agenda Imperialists have increased Nazi-style threats in their phase of intervention in Venezuela.[Read More…]

Venezuela Regime Change ‘Made in the USA and Canada’ (photo: venezuelanalysis.com)

Imperialist intervention in Venezuela: UPDATE 11

US military planes deliver cargo in Colombian town bordering Venezuela Stop US military adventure against Venezuela: Cuba Latin American left-wing parties call for peace The US is afraid of truth: FM of Venezuela US orders Venezuelan envoy to UN to limit movement within New York City Imperialism has initiated acts prelude to military aggression in Venezuela. These are parts of[Read More…]

Imperialist intervention in Venezuela: UPDATE 10

Imperialist intervention in Venezuela: UPDATE 10

Anti-intervention coalition initiated at UN Caracas receives tons of medical aid from allies Venezuelan Foreign Minister-US envoy meet India to continue buying Venezuelan oil despite US threats Investigation into Guaido’s acts launched Danes protest U.S. coup attempt in Venezuela Venezuela initiates WTO complaint against US measures   Anti-interventionist moves centering Venezuela are getting stronger while the imperial interventionists are making[Read More…]

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Imperialist intervention in Venezuela: UPDATE 9

Imperialist intervention in Venezuela: UPDATE 9

US planes fly to strategic areas to pressure Venezuela US military power is massing near Venezuela Guaido sets date for “aid” entry US Congress rejects Trump’s warmongering China denies The Wall Street Journal report on talks with Venezuela opposition Colombian social leaders express solidarity with Venezuela Chavista march continues Turkey will process Venezuelan gold The U.S. is planning to manufacture a[Read More…]

Imperialist Intervention in Venezuela: UPDATE 8

Imperialist Intervention in Venezuela: UPDATE 8

Russia warns the US not to intervene in Venezuela The aim of the US coup in Venezuela is to dominate the country’s oil resources Arreaza slams indifference of UN members to US coup 80% of Venezuelans oppose intervention Maduro continues call for peace, dialogue, respect Canada Labour Congress with 3M members denounces Trudeau’s support for intervention The imperialist intervention is[Read More…]

Ethics Probe for Trudeau And Legitimacy Problem for Guaido

Ethics Probe for Trudeau And Legitimacy Problem for Guaido

Justin Trudeau, the Canadian Prime Minister, and an over-active participant in imperialist intervention in Venezuela, and Juan Guaido, the self-proclaimed “interim president” of Venezuela, and one of the leading proxies in the imperialist venture are facing serious problem. The problems of the two leaders are of two types. But the two are related to interference, and both of the cases[Read More…]

Imperialist Intervention in Venezuela: UPDATE 7

Imperialist Intervention in Venezuela: UPDATE 7

Story of a bridge that MSM don’t tell Guaido’s money from foreign sources Guaido’s great knowledge Bolivia calls for global support of peace talks UN Secretary General meets Venezuelan Foreign Minister Venezuela seeks to double oil exports to India Venezuela hasn’t asked for military assistance: Russia Proxies of and propaganda for the intervention in Venezuela are exposing their character and[Read More…]

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No War on Venezuela: Call for Solidarity

No War on Venezuela: Call for Solidarity

  Peoples and organizations in countries are calling: no war on Venezuela. There are calls for solidarity in countries. Imperialism’s subversive acts are also exposed in these statements. Following are a few reports from those solidarity calls: International Committee for Peace, Justice and Dignity (ICP): We stand with Maduro and the Venezuelan people The following statement [excerpt] was issued by[Read More…]

Imperialist intervention in Venezuela: UPDATE 6

Imperialist intervention in Venezuela: UPDATE 6

·    Russia, US present rival UNSC resolutions on Venezuela Only Venezuelans can solve Venezuela’s issues, reiterates China US blockade on Venezuela has cost US$350 billion Oil reserves would be opened to foreign investors, says Guaido’s envoy US humanitarian aid is a ‘big lie’: Venezuela’s VP Independence, sovereignty non-negotiable: Venezuelan VP Guaido isn’t ruling out ‘authorizing’ US intervention ‘You don’t[Read More…]

Imperialist intervention in Venezuela: UPDATE 5

Imperialist intervention in Venezuela: UPDATE 5

10 million-signature petition: “Hands off Venezuela” Bolivia, Mexico, Caricom reject EU-sponsored resolution on Venezuela UN warns against politicizing humanitarian aid and using it as “a pawn” Peru President rejects military intervention in Venezuela 500 luminaries for peace Labour Party in UK rejects EU’s recognition of Guaido Venezuela reveals evidence of plotters behind US-backed coup attempt Venezuela seizes US weapons destined[Read More…]

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Resist imperialist intervention: Workers, communards, people march in Venezuela

Resist imperialist intervention: Workers, communards, people march in Venezuela

People from different occupations in Venezuela held demonstration and solidarity marches to oppose imperialist intervention in their country. The people organizing and participating in these marches included oil workers, dairy workers, transport workers, Afro groups, communards – members of communes, teachers and students from universities. Members of trade unions, grassroots level organizations, social movements, Popular Defence Brigades and the National[Read More…]

Venezuela's President Nicolas Maduro attends a rally in support of his government and to commemorate the 61st anniversary of the end of the dictatorship of Marcos Perez Jimenez next to his wife Cilia Flores in Caracas, Venezuela January 23, 2019. Miraflores Palace/Handout via REUTERS ATTENTION EDITORS - THIS PICTURE WAS PROVIDED BY A THIRD PARTY

Imperialist intervention in Venezuela: UPDATE 4

End US’s threats of war: Maduro asks world community Trump threatens with military “option” Japan declines to join any side EU states directly interfering: Russia A divided Europe Left in Europe oppose their govt’s stand As threats of imperialists’ militarized intervention in Venezuela have resurfaced, and new rounds of suffocating sanctions against the country’s economy is being imposed by the[Read More…]

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Labor opposes Canada’s stance on Venezuela: Lima Group’s press conference crashed

Labor opposes Canada’s stance on Venezuela: Lima Group’s press conference crashed

Organized labor in Canada is voicing its opposition to the government’s decision to embrace Guaido as Venezuela’s president. The Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE) — Canada’s largest union — the Canadian Union of Postal Workers and the Canadian Labour Congress have expressed concern over Canada’s move to recognize Guaido as interim president. They’re sharing that stance with the federal New Democrats, who came[Read More…]

Court Releases Anand Teltumbde

Court Releases Anand Teltumbde

Writer and activist Anand Teltumbde was released by a Pune court after he was produced before it on Saturday afternoon. The court termed his arrest by the Pune police in the early hours of Saturday in Mumbai “illegal” and observed that the protection granted to him was for four weeks, and that either the Bombay High Court or the Supreme[Read More…]

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Imperialist intervention in Venezuela: UPDATE 3

Imperialist intervention in Venezuela: UPDATE 3

Maduro: “I stand firm defending Venezuela’s sovereignty” UN rejects Guaido, favors dialogue with Maduro Italy rejects Guaido, says Venezuela is a sovereign state US rejects Uruguay and Mexico’s initiative for dialogue Chavista mobilizations Vowing to resist imperialism is bold in Venezuela while imperialist intervention in the country is intensifying. Media reports from Europe and the Americas said: Venezuelan President Nicolas[Read More…]

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Anand Teltumbde Arrested

Anand Teltumbde Arrested

Writer and activist Anand Teltumbde was arrested at 3.30 am from Mumbai domestic airport when he was returning to Mumbai from Kochi. Adv Pradeep Mandhyan spoke to Inspector Indulkar from Pune who was at airport to take him into custody. Indulkar claimed Teltumbde was being arrested since his bail had been rejected by the Pune trial court! This action blatantly[Read More…]

International Criminal Court judge resigns, citing ‘shocking’ US interference

International Criminal Court judge resigns, citing ‘shocking’ US interference

Christoph Flügge, a senior judge with the UN International Criminal Court (ICC) in The Hague, has resigned from the ICC, after the US threatened judges investigating alleged US war crimes in Afghanistan. Flügge, a German judge, has worked with the ICC and the International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia (ICTY) since 2008. Recently, he got involved with a preliminary[Read More…]

Imperialist intervention in Venezuela: UPDATE 2

Imperialist intervention in Venezuela: UPDATE 2

Imperialist intervention in Venezuela is being followed by further developments. The imperialists are not having easy days. However, the imperialists and their Venezuelan collaborators are continuing with acts of provocation and belligerency while Nicolas Maduro, the constitutionally elected president of Venezuela, is extending moves for conciliation and peace. Following is the update based on media reports: Maduro’s offer of dialogue[Read More…]

Imperialist intervention in Venezuela: UPDATE

Imperialist intervention in Venezuela: UPDATE

Maduro endorses dialogue call by Mexico, Uruguay China and Russia extend support to Maduro Regional allies Bolivia, Cuba, Nicaragua reiterate support Maduro and reject US-led intervention Over 70 Experts call for US to stop interfering in Venezuela On-going imperialist intervention in Venezuela is making situation tense. Imperialism is organizing provocative hostile acts to deteriorate situation in Venezuela. Following update has[Read More…]

Historic Day In Sabarimala As Two Women Enter The Temple

Historic Day In Sabarimala As Two Women Enter The Temple

After the historic ‘Women’s Wall’ that challenged Brahmanic Patriarchy two young women entered the Sabarimala temple early morning today. Bindu and Kanaka Durga, both in their early 40s, entered the hilltop shrine around 3.45 am. This is the first entry of women after the Supreme Court ordered the end of a decades-old ban on women of menstrual age entering the[Read More…]

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620 KM Long Women’s Wall of Kerala Challenges Brahmanical Patriarchy

620 KM Long Women’s Wall of Kerala Challenges Brahmanical Patriarchy

About 3-5  million women formed a wall across Kerala to protect to protect Kerala’s renaissance values and for women empowerment. About three million women stood shoulder to shoulder across Kerala and formed 620 KM “wall” from Thiruvananthapuram to the northern district of Kasaragod. They also pledged to protec the renaissance values of Kerala. The wall was organised against the backdrop[Read More…]

Adivasi Journalist Amit Topno Covering The Pathalgadi Movement Found Dead

Adivasi Journalist Amit Topno Covering The Pathalgadi Movement Found Dead

Adivasi Journalist Amit Topno was found dead on Sunday, Groundxero reported. Amit Topno has been bringing exclusive videos covering the Pathalgadi movement. Pathalgadi are a way to demarcate the adivasi territories and tell the Government that the law of the land does not apply here. In June this year, the movement erupted at Khunti, 40 km south-east of Ranchi after[Read More…]

BJP Loses The Semi Final

BJP Loses The Semi Final

In a crucial election to five assemblies in what is billed as a semi final before the 2019 general elections, Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s ultra Hindu nationalist Bharatiya Janata Party drew a blank. It lost massively in Chattisgarh, a state where it held power for four consecutive terms. The Chief Minister Raman Singh was defeated in his constituency too. In[Read More…]

Hundred Thousand Farmers Lay Siege To Indian Parliament

Hundred Thousand Farmers Lay Siege To Indian Parliament

Around 100,000 farmers from across the country converged and marched to the parliament of India in New Delhi demanding a special session to discuss their problems. They were stopped near Parliament Street Police station in the national capital, where their leaders addressed the protesters. The farmers, who have been camping at the Ramlila ground since Thursday, began their march to[Read More…]

Sabarimala Temple Entry: Sandeepananda Giri’s Ashram Attacked, Amit Shah Threatens Kerala Government

Sabarimala Temple Entry: Sandeepananda Giri’s Ashram Attacked, Amit Shah Threatens Kerala Government

An ashram in Kerala, founded by a preacher who supported the Supreme Court verdict allowing the entry of women of menstruating age to Sabarimala temple, was attacked by unidentified persons yesterday. Two cars and a scooter belonging to Swami Sandeepananda Giri’s School of Bhagavad Gita on the outskirts of Thiruvananthapuram were set on fire at around 2:30 am. The attackers[Read More…]

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Countercurrents.org Receives Human Rights Award

Countercurrents.org Receives Human Rights Award

Countercurrents.org has been awarded this year’s Solidarity Media award initiated by Solidarity Youth Movement. Countercurrents receives this special award for ‘its courageous interventions in upholding Human Rights and Citizen’s Rights’. Countercurrents editor Binu Mathew will receive the award on October 31, 2018 at Press Club Hall, Thiruvananthapuram from veteran journalist Thomas Jacob. The award carries Rs 10,000 and a plaque.[Read More…]

Police Brutally Stop Farmer’s March To Delhi; Many Injured

Police Brutally Stop Farmer’s March To Delhi; Many Injured

Police used tear gas and water cannons to disperse a farmers march led by Bhartiya Kisan Union (BKU) on the outskirts of Delhi. Many farmers were injured.  The protesting farmers are coming to the capital with several demands including farm loan-waiver, friendly crop insurance and support for small and marginal farmers and to implement recommendations of the Swaminathan Commission. The[Read More…]

India’s Aadhar Card Stays But With Strings Attached

India’s Aadhar Card Stays But With Strings Attached

India’s Aadhar card ,World’s largest biometric database, was declared constitutional by Supreme Court of India, in a 4-1 verdict on 27 petitions that challenged the constitutional validity of the Aadhaar card. Although the court cleared the use of Aadhaar for access to welfare schemes, struck down attempts to make it mandatory for bank accounts, mobile phone connections and school admissions.[Read More…]

Thirumurugan Gandhi Subjected To Inhuman Treatment In Prison

Thirumurugan Gandhi Subjected To Inhuman Treatment In Prison

The health of Thirumurugan Gandhi, Coordinator of May17 Movement, has deteriorated in prison and the prison authorities are not giving him due treatment, said the May17 Movement in a statement. He has been kept in solitary confinement for the past 45 days in Vellore prison. He is not allowed to step out of his cell, meet others or talk with[Read More…]

Rape of a Nun: Bishop Franco Mulakkal Arrested

Rape of a Nun: Bishop Franco Mulakkal Arrested

In a historic development in Catholic Church in India, Jalandhar Bishop Franco Mulakkal has been arrested allegedly for raping a nun. He was arrested after a three day long drilling by Kerala police in Kochi. In an unprecedented protest nuns came out on the street demanding the arrest of the Bishop. The arrest comes after a two week long protest[Read More…]

Kochi:  Nuns protest against the delay in action against Roman Catholic Church Bishop alleged accused of sexually exploiting a nun in Kochi, Saturday, Sept 08, 2018. (PTI Photo)(PTI9_8_2018_000180B) *** Local Caption ***

Historic Strike By Catholic Nuns In Kerala, Against A Rape Accused Bishop

Beset with allegation of sexual abuse of minors by its clergy from around the world, Catholic Church is facing an unprecedented protest in Kerala, India. A group of nuns are on a week long protest in Kochi demanding justice for a fellow nun who was raped by the Jalandhar Bishop Franco Mulakkal. It’s the first time in the history of[Read More…]

Historic Supreme Court Verdict: Homosexuality No Longer A Crime In India

Historic Supreme Court Verdict: Homosexuality No Longer A Crime In India

Supreme Court of India has ruled to decriminalise gay sex, in an historic and unanimous verdict handed down by a five-judge panel that will have a profound impact both here in India and across the world. The court ruled that consensual sex between adults of any gender was no longer deemed a crime. Until now, gay sex had been punishable[Read More…]