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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…]

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…]

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…]

A civilian wounded by Turkish airstrikes receives treatment in a medical facility in the predominantly Kurdish city of Qamishli, Syria, October 9, 2019. (Photo: SDF Media Office/Mustafa Bali)

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…]

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…]

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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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Sanaul Sheikh, his mother and wife with their child

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…]

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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…]

A Student Arrested For Shouting The Slogan “fascist BJP government down, down”

A Student Arrested For Shouting The Slogan “fascist BJP government down, down”

Tamil Nadu government which killed 13 people in Tutucorin, protesting against Sterlite Copper smelting factory owned by Vedanta Limited, a subsidiary of Vedanta Resource is turning even more repressive. In the latest episode Lois Sofia, 28 year old student studying in Canada, was arrested for shouting a slogan “fascist BJP government down, down” on board a flight in the presence[Read More…]

Kerala Faces Devastating Floods

Kerala Faces Devastating Floods

The death toll brought on by floods, landslides and bridge collapses in India’s monsoon-hit state of Kerala has jumped to 94. More than 1.5 lakh people are lodged in relief camps across the state. The airport at Kochi, the busiest in Kerala, will remain closed till Saturday due to heavy rains and resultant flooding. The runway and the parking area[Read More…]

Umar Khalid Shot At In Delhi, Escapes Unhurt

Umar Khalid Shot At In Delhi, Escapes Unhurt

Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) student Umar Khalid was shot at by an unidentified man outside Constitution Club of India in New Delhi on Monday afternoon. Umar Khalid managed to escape unhurt. Khalid was at the venue to attend an event titled ‘Khauff Se Azaadi’, organised by an organisation named ‘United Against Hate’. Talking to reporters after being attacked, Khalid said,[Read More…]

Cow vigilante gang lynch a Muslim, Beat up a Brahmin in Rajasthan

Cow vigilante gang lynch a Muslim, Beat up a Brahmin in Rajasthan

A Muslim man was beaten to death in Rajasthan on Friday night by villagers who accused him of cow smuggling. The police have identified the man as 28-year-old Akbar Khan. Villagers in Ramgarh saw two men with cows and attacked them, according to the police. The two were beaten up and one of them died on the spot. “Akbar Khan,[Read More…]

Eminent social activist Swami Agnivesh assaulted by BJP’s youth wing in Jharkhand

Eminent social activist Swami Agnivesh assaulted by BJP’s youth wing in Jharkhand

Eminent social activist Swami Agnivesh was assaulted by BJP’s youth wing workers in Jharkhand’s Pakur area today. The video of the assault that took place in broad daylight has gone viral. Agnivesh was there to attend an event in a hotel. The moment he came out of the hotel, he was attacked. The assaulters were reportedly upset with Agnivesh’s recent[Read More…]

WhatsApp Lynching Again: Google Engineer Killed In Karnataka

WhatsApp Lynching Again: Google Engineer Killed In Karnataka

Rumour of child snatchers spread via WhatsApp has taken another life in Bidar district of Karnataka. A 32-year-old Google software engineer was beaten to death and three others, including a Qatari national, critically injured by a mob which suspected they were a group of “child lifters”. WhatsApp rumours warning villagers of child lifters has taken more than a dozen lives[Read More…]

Three Civilians Including A Teenage Girl Killed In Kashmir

Three Civilians Including A Teenage Girl Killed In Kashmir

Three civilians including a teenage girl were killed allegedly in government forces action during clashes in Redwani area of south Kashmir’s Kulgam district on Saturday. A senior police officer told news agency GNS that army’s patrolling party opened fire upon a group of youth after they pelted stones on them in Hawoora area of Khudwani near Redwani area. The deceased[Read More…]

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Tamil Nadu Police Is Hounding “Kakkoos” Director Divya Bharathi

Tamil Nadu Police Is Hounding “Kakkoos” Director Divya Bharathi

Tamil Nadu police is hounding film maker Divya Bharathi. On Monday evening 15 police officials entered her home without search warrant and demander her father about her whereabouts. The News Minute reported that On Tuesday, the group stopped her vehicle outside Madurai District Court, insisting that she come with them. “We kept asking who they were and if they had[Read More…]

SFI Student Activist Stabbed To Death Inside The Hostel Allegedly by Popular Front Activists In Kerala

SFI Student Activist Stabbed To Death Inside The Hostel Allegedly by Popular Front Activists In Kerala

A Student Federation of India (SFI) activist and a student of Maharaja’s College Ernakulam, Abhimanyu (20) was stabbed to death allegedly by Campus Front-Popular Front activists today morning.  Another student of the college  Arjun (19) got seriously injured in the attack. He was taken for a surgery at a private hospital. He’s in critical condition. Another student, Vineeth, also was[Read More…]

Film Fraternity Condemn The Decision by Malayalam Film Actor’s Body To Reinstate Dileep

Film Fraternity Condemn The Decision by Malayalam Film Actor’s Body To Reinstate Dileep

Around a hundred film actors, directors, technicians, writers and activist have signed a statement condemning  the decision of Association of Malayalam Movie Artists (AMMA) to reinstate the Malayalm movie star Dileep who is an accused in the adduction and molestation of a fellow actress. They extended their solidarity and support to the  actress and demanded that an atmosphere should be[Read More…]

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Cops Turn Cow Protectors And Beats A Muslim Man To Death In U.P

Killing people on suspicion of possession or trading of beef continues unabated in India. In yet another case related to suspicion on cow slaughter, the Bareilly in Uttar Pradesh (U.P) police thrashed a meat trader Mohammad Salim Qureshi alias Munna so badly that he succumbed to injuries on Thursday after spending eight days in AIIMS. In a written complaint to[Read More…]

A Muslim Man Lynched To Death, Another Critically Injured In Western UP Over Rumour Of Cow Slaughter

A Muslim Man Lynched To Death, Another Critically Injured In Western UP Over Rumour Of Cow Slaughter

A Muslim man was lynched to death following a rumour of cow slaughter in a village in Pilkhua near Hapur district of western UP. The man named Kashim died in the hospital in the course of treatment. The condition of the other person is also serious. A trivial feud, where men were reportedly driving out stray cows from fields, aggravated into[Read More…]

Three Dalit Boys Stripped, Beaten And Paraded Naked For Swimming In Village Well In Maharashtra

Three Dalit Boys Stripped, Beaten And Paraded Naked For Swimming In Village Well In Maharashtra

Three minor Dalit boys were allegedly stripped, beaten and paraded nude in a village in Maharashtra’s Jalgaon district for allegedly swimming in a village well. The incident occurred on June 10, but came to light only after some videos of the boys’ being paraded in Vakadi village went viral. Maharashtra social justice minister Dilip Kamble told media persons that two[Read More…]

Senior Kashmiri Journalist Shujaat Bukhari Shot Dead In Srinagar

Senior Kashmiri Journalist Shujaat Bukhari Shot Dead In Srinagar

Senior Kashmiri journalist Shujaat Bukhari was shot dead by unknown attackers in Srinagar on Thursday evening. Mr Bukhari, the editor of the ‘Rising Kashmir’ newspaper, was attacked when he was coming out of his office in Press Colony in the city. He was hit by multiple bullets at close range. A security guard on his protection detail was also shot[Read More…]

Two Muslim Men Lynched on Suspicion of Cattle Theft in Jharkhand

Two Muslim Men Lynched on Suspicion of Cattle Theft in Jharkhand

Two Muslim men were lynched on suspicion of stealing cattle in Jharkhand’s Godda district on Wednesday morning. Residents of Dullu village caught hold of the two victims – Sirabuddin Ansari (35) and Murtaza Ansari (30) – and accused them of stealing 13 buffaloes from one Munshi Murmu on Tuesday night. “Villagers claim that that they found the missing buffaloes in[Read More…]

Sangh Parivar Goons Attack Christian Missionaries In Kerala

Sangh Parivar Goons Attack Christian Missionaries In Kerala

RSS, Sangh Parivar goons attacked a Christian pastor and his associates in Kodungallur, Kerala. They were distributing pamphlets in houses. RSS goons prevented them from distributing the pamphlets and forced them to tear up the pamphlets. Pastor Roy Thomas was even physically attacked. They were shooting the whole incident on mobile phone and posted it on social media. In the[Read More…]

Anti-Coal Mine Activist Suresh Oraon Shot Dead In Jharkhand

Anti-Coal Mine Activist Suresh Oraon Shot Dead In Jharkhand

Suresh Oraon (27) of Purnadih Chatra Jharkhand was shot dead this morning. Suresh and his people were the owners of the land on which the state owned Central Coalfields Limited (CCL) built their Purnadih coal mines. Suresh kept fighting CCL and their mafia against land grabbing. When CCL bulldozed the resistance Suresh and community started fighting for jobs and compensation.[Read More…]

Farmers On Strike Path, Dumps Vegetables, Milk On The Road

Farmers On Strike Path, Dumps Vegetables, Milk On The Road

Indian farmers are on a 10-day long nationwide strike demanding fair prices for their produce and implementation of the Swaminathan Commission recommendations and farm loan waivers among other things. They are throwing vegetables and pouring milk on the road the farmers are letting out their grievances. The farmers are also preventing the movement of their produce to cities. This has[Read More…]

A Youth Crushed To Death By A Paramilitary Vehicle In Kashmir

A Youth Crushed To Death By A Paramilitary Vehicle In Kashmir

A youth was crushed to death by a speeding paramilitary CRPF vehicle near Jamia Masjid, Srinagar on Friday. Kaiser Bhat, 21, of Fateh-a- Kadal has been identified as the dead person. Another youth also sustained injuries after being run over by the vehicle. The deceased youth is survived by two teenage sisters and had recently started Kashmir art business. He[Read More…]

Police Officer Who Saved A Muslim Boy From Being Lynched Facing Death Threats And Has Gone Underground

Police Officer Who Saved A Muslim Boy From Being Lynched Facing Death Threats And Has Gone Underground

Police officer Gagan Deep Singh, who had saved a young Muslim boy from being lynched by a Hindutva mob, is facing death threats and has gone underground. His family members are also facing death threats from local RSS and BJP leaders. The reason: he defended “indecent behaviour”. The police inspector in Ramnagar, Uttarakhand shot to fame after saving a Muslim[Read More…]

Two Dalits Hacked To Death In Tamil Nadu For Sitting Cross Legged In Front Of An Upper Caste Hindu

Two Dalits Hacked To Death In Tamil Nadu For Sitting Cross Legged In Front Of An Upper Caste Hindu

Two dalits were killed in Tamil Nadu’s Kachanatham village near Manamadurai on Monday night in Sivaganga district for not respecting a uuper caste Hindu. It is alleged that during a temple festival at Kachanatham on May 25 when Dalits denied temple honours to a caste Hindu family. On the next day, Chandrakumar (45), a caste Hindu, objected to Shanmuganathan and[Read More…]

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‘Honour Killing’ Of A Dalit Youth Shocks Kerala

‘Honour Killing’ Of A Dalit Youth Shocks Kerala

Swami Vivekananda Kerala a ‘lunatic asylum’ 125 years ago because of its stringent caste system. It seems it holds true in more than one sense after the ‘honour killing’ of a young dalit bridegroom, Kevin P. Joseph, in Kottayam. Kevin and Neenu, a second year B.Com student had got married at a civil marriage ceremony on May 24. Neenu’s family[Read More…]

Sting Operation Reveals Big Indian Media Outlets Agree To Spread Communal Hatred

Sting Operation Reveals Big Indian Media Outlets Agree To Spread Communal Hatred

In what could be a bombshell in Indian journalism Cobrapost, an investigative news portal on Friday May 25 posted ‘sting’ videos to show executives of media houses discussing lucrative offers to promote communal content and criticise Opposition leaders In more than 30 videos posted Cobrapost showed virtually all major media outlets falling over each other to accept lucrative offers to[Read More…]

The Mystery Snipers In Tuticorin

The Mystery Snipers In Tuticorin

The mystery of the police firing in Tuticorin (Thoothukudi) has deepened with the emergence of a video in which snipers are seen shooting from atop a vehiccle at the crowd. 12 protesters died in the shooting on Tuesday ,May 22, 2018. They were on a protest march demanding the closure of Sterlite Copper, a Vedanta group copper smelter unit in[Read More…]

Nine People Protesting Against Copper Smelting Plant Shot Dead In Tamil Nadu

Nine People Protesting Against Copper Smelting Plant Shot Dead In Tamil Nadu

Nine people were killed as police opened fire on protesters who were protesting, demanding closure of a copper smelting plant in Tamil Nadu’s port city of Tuticorin. The protesters were leading a procession towards the collectorate defying prohibitory orders. About 20,000 people gathered at the protest site today and stormed the district collector’s office. Thousands of local residents have been[Read More…]

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Cow Vigilante Group Beats A Muslim Man To Death In Madhya Pradesh

A Muslim man accused of killing a cow was beaten to death by a mob in central India, police said Sunday, the latest vigilante murder over the animal considered sacred by Hindus. Siraj Khan, a 45-year-old tailor, was attacked in the Satna district of Madhya Pradesh state early Friday and died at the scene, local police official Arvind Tiwari told[Read More…]

Kerala’s ‘Whatsapp Hartal’ For Asifa:  Troubling Questions That Need Answers

Kerala’s ‘Whatsapp Hartal’ For Asifa:  Troubling Questions That Need Answers

The busting of the Hindutva racket who tried to foment communal tension in Kerala in the name of the ‘People’s Hartal’ on 16th of this month has sent shock waves through Kerala society. The hartal was called through Whatsapp groups to protest the gruesome rape and murder of the Kathua minor girl. Since the sponsors remained anonymous, no organisation claimed[Read More…]

Full Text Of Dr Kafeel Khan’s Letter, The Tragic Hero Of Gorakhpur Hopital Tragedy

Full Text Of Dr Kafeel Khan’s Letter, The Tragic Hero Of Gorakhpur Hopital Tragedy

Dr Kafeel Khan who managed to save the lives of a number of children in the last August’s Gorakhpur hopital tragedy where 63 children died within a span of five days for a lack of supply of oxygen cylinders has written a heart rending letter from jail, where he is lodged without bail for the last seven months. In the[Read More…]

Civil Society Condemns Police Behaviour on the Protest in Kerala for Justice for Asifa

Civil Society Condemns Police Behaviour on the Protest in Kerala for Justice for Asifa

 Many members of the civil society all over India are pouring in to condemn the police action on the protesters for justice for Asifa. We are producing a joint statement issued by concerned citizens: `The Kerala police arrested close to a thousand people on April 16, 2018 in connection with the harthal seeking Justice for Asifa. Several youths have been[Read More…]

Dalit Protest Paralyse India: Five Dead

Dalit Protest Paralyse India: Five Dead

Protests that swept north India have cost five lives today as Dalit groups tried to enforce an all-India shutdown over a Supreme Court order. In Madhya Pradesh, four people died during clashes and a man was killed in firing in Rajasthan’s Alwat. Violence was also reported from parts of Punjab, Rajasthan, Jharkhand, and Uttar Pradesh. Punjab came to a standstill[Read More…]

JNU #LongMarch Brutally Attacked By Police

JNU #LongMarch Brutally Attacked By Police

Police brutally attacked a peaceful march dubbed as “Long March” organised by JNU Teachers’ Association and the JNU Students’ Union near INA market New Delhi yesterday. Many students were injured. The police detained 23 students. The protest was organised against various issues inside the Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) including privatisation of education, scuttling of reservation and demanding suspension of Professor[Read More…]

Historic Victory For Farmers Of Maharashtra

Historic Victory For Farmers Of Maharashtra

The farmers in Maharashtra won a historic victory after 50,000 farmers threatened to siege the state assembly. The Devendra Fadnavis government of Maharashtra has agreed to the demands of protesting farmers. A committee has been set up, which will consider all aspects of their demands, which includes loan waiver, free electricity and a higher price for their produce.The government has[Read More…]

Historic Farmer’s March Reaches Mumbai

Historic Farmer’s March Reaches Mumbai

A historic ralley of over 35,000 farmers which started from Nashik district will surround the Maharashtra Assembly tomorrow demanding loan waivers and other just demands. They walked about 180 km over the last five days. They entered Mumbai, the capital of Maharashtra today and are camping at KJ Somaiya Ground in Sion. The farmer contingent, including tribal cultivators, led by[Read More…]

Periyar’s Statue Vandalised In Tamil Nadu

Periyar’s Statue Vandalised In Tamil Nadu

The right wing Sangh Parivar elements are on a statue destroying spree in India. Just hours after Lenin’s statue was toppled in Tripura after BJP’s historic victory there, statue of Dravidian icon and social reformer EVR Ramasamy, popularly known as Periyar was vandalised in Tamil Nadu. The vandalisation came after a top BJP national secretary H Raja posted on Facebook[Read More…]

TISS Agitation: BAPSA Protesters Detained

TISS Agitation: BAPSA Protesters Detained

Today in Delhi there was a demonstration call given by BAPSA at Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment in support of TISS Students. While the protesting students were detained at Parliament Street Police Station for no reason as such (some were injured, roughed up), but thankfully the police incharge at the end allowed (and helped) us to meet the ministry.[Read More…]

Adivasi Youth Beaten To Death In Kerala

Adivasi Youth Beaten To Death In Kerala

An adivasi youth Madhu (27) was beaten to death by settlers in the Adivasi heartland of Attapady, Kerala, for allegedly stealing food. The murderers took selfies with the victim and posted on social media. He was severely beaten on suspicion of stealing some rice from a provision store. After catching hold of him, the mob severely trashed him and then[Read More…]

Police Brutality Once Again On Dalits Protesting The ‘Caste Wall’ In Kerala

Police Brutality Once Again On Dalits Protesting The ‘Caste Wall’ In Kerala

The protest against the ‘Caste Wall’ at Vadayampady, near Kochi in Kerala took an ugly turn when the police and RSS/Sangh Parivar goons attacked dozens of protesters gathered for a dalit ‘Self Respect’ march. Hundreds of dalits and progressive activists had gathered at Vadayampady today morning shouting the slogan ‘Jai Bhim’. Sangh Parivar goons numbering around fifty attacked the protesters.[Read More…]

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Mozilla: Take Action On Aadhaar

Mozilla: Take Action On Aadhaar

Mitchell Baker, Executive chairwomen of Mozilla published an open letter responding to the Srikrishna Committee. Mitchell is asking for indian community members and friends of Mozilla to support the demands by cosigning this letter.  In 2017, the Government of India set up a committee headed by Justice Srikrishna to examine a data protection framework and draft India’s first comprehensive data[Read More…]

A Caste Wall In ‘Progressive’ Kerala

A Caste Wall In ‘Progressive’ Kerala

Progressive Kerala ruled by a communist government is witnessing a protest by dalits against a caste wall built by upper caste Hindus, in Vadaympadi near Kochi. On sunday the police unleashed its brutal force on the protesters and destroyed their protest tent injuring many protesters. Two journalists covering the police atrocities were arrested branding them as Maoists. Abhilash Padacherry, Editor[Read More…]

Killer Aadhaar Kills Another Aadivasi Woman By Denying Her Food

Killer Aadhaar Kills Another Aadivasi Woman By Denying Her Food

An aadivasi woman died of hunger in Dhowadnagal village in Hiranpur block of this Jharkhand district. According to the villagers, the woman, identified as Lakhi Murmu (30), had not received food grains under the PDS scheme for the past four months resulting in her starvation death since she could not link her Aadhaar card to the PDS scheme. The villagers[Read More…]

Kunduli Gang Rape Victim Commits Suicide

Kunduli Gang Rape Victim Commits Suicide

In a tragic turn of events the sensational October 10 kunduli gang rape victim, dalit minor girl, committed suicide at her house frustrated over the police inaction and investigation into the case. The victim girl was rescued in a critical condition from her house in Musaguda village and taken to the Kunduli Community Health Centre where the doctors declared her[Read More…]

Eight Men’s Wealth Is Equal To The Wealth Of Half Of The World’s Population, India Worst Hit

Eight Men’s Wealth Is Equal To The Wealth Of Half Of The World’s Population, India Worst Hit

Eight men own the same wealth as the 3.6 billion people who make up the poorest half of humanity, according to a new report published by Oxfam to mark the annual meeting of political and business leaders in Davos. Oxfam’s report, ‘An economy for the 99 percent’, shows that the gap between rich and poor is far greater than had[Read More…]

Unprecedented! Supreme Court Judges Go Public Against Chief Justice Of India

Unprecedented! Supreme Court Judges Go Public Against Chief Justice Of India

In an unprecdented move four judges of the Supreme Court of India went public with their grievances against the Chief Justice of India, Dipak Misra by holding a press conference. They said democracy in India is at stake. NDTV reported: They said that repeated attempts to alert the Chief Justice to their concerns -including a meeting with him this morning-[Read More…]

India’s Entire Aadhaar Data Breached: One Billion Identities Out For Sale

India’s Entire Aadhaar Data Breached: One Billion Identities Out For Sale

In perhaps the biggest identity data breach in history, India’s entire Aadhaar data has been breached by fraudsters and over one billion Aadhaar details that includes name, address, postal code (PIN), photo, phone number and email are on sail for just Rs 500. Unique Identification Authority of India’s (UIDAI) Central Identities Data Repository (CIDR) is the biggest collection of identities[Read More…]

Killer Aadhaar Kills Two More: A Kargil Martyrs Wife And A Pensioner

Killer Aadhaar Kills Two More: A Kargil Martyrs Wife And A Pensioner

Son of Kargil martyr in Haryana’s Sonipat accused that he lost his mother after she was denied treatment in a hospital due to an unavailability of the Aadhaar card. Wife of a Kargil martyr dies at a hospital in Haryana's Sonipat, claims son; says "I brought my mother in a serious condition to the hospital. They asked me to get[Read More…]

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Speakforme.in: Website To Petition MPs And Service Providers Against The Coercive Implementation Of Aadhaar

Speakforme.in: Website To Petition MPs And Service Providers Against The Coercive Implementation Of Aadhaar

Campaigners have set up an an easy to use website that allows you to automatically petitition your MP, Banks, Mobile phone companies and other service providers like MGNREGA, EPF etc against the coercive attempt to link Aaadhar number. The website https://www.speakforme.in has well written letters, with citations, reasonings and arguments. With a few clicks you can send these letters to[Read More…]

Admiral Ramdas Requests Judicial Enquiry Into Judge Loya’s Mysterious Death

Admiral Ramdas Requests Judicial Enquiry Into Judge Loya’s Mysterious Death

Former Navy Chief Admiral L. Ramdas has requested that a “high level judicial inquiry” into “mysterious circumstances” of the death of Brijgopal Harkishan Loya, the Special CBI Judge presiding over the trial of BJP President Amit Shah and several Gujarat Police Officers in the Sohrabuddin fake encounter case. In a letter addressed to Chief Justice of India Dipak Misra, Admiral[Read More…]

Another Aadhaar Caused Starvation Death

Another Aadhaar Caused Starvation Death

A Woman in Bareilly in the state of Uttar Pradesh of India, died due to starvation as she was denied food ration since it was not linked to her Aadhaar card. ANI reported her husband was refused ration as ration shop owner allegedly demanded the woman be present for bio-metric fingerprint verification. She was unwell for past 5 days. The[Read More…]

Global Peace, Security And Conflict Resolution: Approaches to Understand the Current Issues and Future-Making

Global Peace, Security And Conflict Resolution: Approaches to Understand the Current Issues and Future-Making

Global Peace, Security And Conflict Resolution: Approaches to Understand the Current Issues and Future-Making by Mahboob A. Khawaja. Lambert Academic Publishing, Germany, October 2017. Softcover with 433 pages. ISBN 978-3-659-58644-6 In a global worldfraught with individualistic politics and massive propaganda, increased violence is used as means to enforce change and militarism leading to global disorder.The author initiates a courageous reasoned[Read More…]

Another Muslim Man Killed For Transporting Cows In Rajasthan

Another Muslim Man Killed For Transporting Cows In Rajasthan

Another dastardly lynching of a Muslim man for transporting cows has taken place in Rajathan. The police on Sunday registered a case of murder on the basis of the family’s complaint. The family of a Muslim man, whose dismembered body was found on the railway tracks near Govindgarh in Alwar district of Rajasthan on Friday, has claimed that he was[Read More…]

Kondasawali Massacre: NHRC Pulls Up Chhattisgarh State

Kondasawali Massacre: NHRC Pulls Up Chhattisgarh State

In 2013, the villagers of Village Kondasawali, Police Station Jagargunda, district Sukma, Bastar Divison, Chhattisgarh had lodged a complaint with the Collector regarding the fact that a few years before that, in 2007, some SPOs and Salwa Judum leaders had come to their village, burnt 95 huts in three settlements in their panchayat, killed 7 people, and threatened the villagers[Read More…]

Four Horsemen – Video Documentary

Four Horsemen – Video Documentary

We hope many of you have watched this remarkable documentary “Four Horsemen”. Although the film vouches for capitalism, it calls for bloodless revolution. Moreover, it calls for the cooperation of humanity to over ride the coming crises. It’s a remarkable film that connects all the dots of all the crises humanity faces collectively, a task that Countercurrents.org has been doing for[Read More…]

Police Brutality Against Gas Pipeline Protesters In Kerala

Police Brutality Against Gas Pipeline Protesters In Kerala

Kerala police unleashed brutal force against people protesting against the proposed liquefied natural gas (LNG) pipeline of Gas Authority of India Ltd (GAIL) at Mukkom, near Calicut in which dozens of agitators were injured. The agitating mob blocked rural roads with lighted tyres and threw stones at police vehicles. Tension prevailed in the area as the police resorted to a[Read More…]

Kathputli Colony Demolition: One Year Old Child Dies

Kathputli Colony Demolition: One Year Old Child Dies

A child has lost its life during Delhi Development Authority’s demolition drive in Delhi Kathputli Colony, in West Delhi. One year old son of Jitu and Pooja, Aryan died late in the evening of 31st October. Yesterday, child’s house was destroyed by the authorities and the child and the parents stayed in the cold at night. It is believed that[Read More…]

Dr G.N Saibaba’s Life In Danger: Writes, He May Not Survive The Winter Months

Dr G.N Saibaba’s Life In Danger: Writes, He May Not Survive The Winter Months

Dr G.N.Saibaba Professor at Delhi University and now in solitary confinement in Nagpur Central Jail has spoken out for help. Saibaba 90 per cent disabled and suffering from multiple ailments, wrote this letter to his wife Vasantha that he might not be able to survive the winter months in jail. He has been convicted under the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act[Read More…]

Adani Port In Vizhinjam Hits A Road Block As Locals Step Up Agitation

Adani Port In Vizhinjam Hits A Road Block As Locals Step Up Agitation

Adani Port in Vizhinjam, near Thiruvananthapuram, the state capital of Kerala, India has hit a road block with local people started agitating against the port. The agitation has entered into the fourth day and is likely to intensify as there is no immediate solution to their demands. Piling and other work is stalled. Hundreds of fisherfolk, including women and children,[Read More…]

First Aadhaar Linked Starvation Death Reported In Jharkhand

First Aadhaar Linked Starvation Death Reported In Jharkhand

In perhaps the first Aadhaar linked starvation death 11 year old girl Santoshi Kumari died at her village, Karimati, in Jharkhand since her family’s ration card was not linked to Aadhaar. Santoshi had not eaten for eight days before her death on September 28, according to a Scroll.in report; she was unable to avail of the mid-day meal she usually[Read More…]

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Dear Banias My Pen Will Write From My Grave Also: Kancha Ilaiah Shepherd

Dear Banias My Pen Will Write From My Grave Also: Kancha Ilaiah Shepherd

A collection of quotes From Kancha Ilaiah Shepherd’s Speeches SC/ST/OBCs are nationalists, What About Narendra Modi’s Big Brothers’ Capital. How many jobs they get in that capital?—-Kancha Ilaiah Shepherd Minorities are nationalists, What about Amith Shaw’s Industrialists? – Kancha Ilaiah Shepherd How many minorities get jobs in his private empire?—Kancha Ilaiah Shepherd Foot Soldiers Are Nationalists, Why their brothers and sisters[Read More…]

FIR Against Durga Puja: The Complainant Arrested

FIR Against Durga Puja: The Complainant Arrested

Lokesh Sori who protested the Mahisashur vadh during Durga Puja and filed an FIR against puja committee members has been arrested. Saturday night the members of the organising committee filed an FIR against him to which the police acted quickly. His whereabouts are unknown. One source says that he has been sent to Kanker jail. Another source says that he[Read More…]

Thousands Protest Across The Country Against The Assassination Of Gauri Lankesh

Thousands Protest Across The Country Against The Assassination Of Gauri Lankesh

In a spontaneous outpouring of grief, anger and disbelief, protests erupted across the country against the assassination of senior journalist and activist Gauri Lankesh. Lankesh was shot dead at point-blank range at her home yesterday. Candlelight vigils were held in Delhi, Bengaluru, Mumbai and in Kolkata, where Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee participated. Protests were held in Gauri Lankesh’s home town[Read More…]

Anti-Communal Activist And Journalist Gauri Lankesh Shot Dead

Anti-Communal Activist And Journalist Gauri Lankesh Shot Dead

Gauri Lankesh (55) , a senior journalist and a vocal anti-communal activist was shot dead in at her residence in Rajarajeshwari Nagar in Bengaluru. According to police officials she was shot dead from close range when she was standing at her house in Rajarajeswari Nagar. According to eye witnesses, the 55-year-old journalist was standing near the gate of her house[Read More…]

Onam: Setting The Record Straight

Onam: Setting The Record Straight

Onam is a festival celebrated by all the Malayalis across the world. It is a secular festival celebrated by all the Malayalis irrespective of their religion. It is a nostalgic remebrance of a past where all Malayalis lived in harmony. According to the legends Mahabali was a just Asura king. In his kingdom everyone was equally treated. There was no[Read More…]

Right To Privacy: Judgement Highlights And Full Judgement

Right To Privacy: Judgement Highlights And Full Judgement

In a landmark verdict, the Supreme Court today said that privacy is a constitutional right. Nine judges were unanimous in their finding. The verdict on the right to privacy today is a major setback for the government, which had argued that the constitution does not guarantee individual privacy as an inalienable fundamental right. The judges concluded today, “The right to[Read More…]

Propaganda On Venezuela Busted

Propaganda On Venezuela Busted

There is a full scale propaganda war going on against Venezuela. Speaking at a press conference in Cartagena, Columbia with Columbian President Juan Manuel Santos, US Vice President Mike Pence said that “Venezuela is sliding into dictatorship” and that “the United States will not stand by” as democracy “crumbles”. “That once rich nation’s collapse into authoritarianism has pushed it into[Read More…]

Can We Be Proud Of Such Independence?

Can We Be Proud Of Such Independence?

On the eve of India’s 70th Independence Day, the longest and most recognised people’s movement in independent India is on dock, despite it being non-violent, worked relentlessly for the tribals and farmers who are affected by the mighty Sardar Sarovar (Narmada) dam, consistently raised issues of displacement and rehabilitation, and helped country ponder over a question which sums up the[Read More…]

Medha Patkar Arrested Again

Medha Patkar Arrested Again

Narmada Bachao Andolan leader Medha Patkar was arrested again after being released from hospital. She is on the 14th day of her fast. Today after discharged from hospital in the afternoon, Medha Patkar started at 4 PM from Indore after meeting her supporters and resting a little. As their vehicle was moving towards Barwani, her vehicle was intercepted by nearly[Read More…]

12th ViBGYOR International Film Festival From 23rd to 26th August 

12th ViBGYOR International Film Festival From 23rd to 26th August 

  Across the world, emerging far right political movements, religious fanatic groups and fascist regimes are trying to silence people who voice different opinions and embrace divergent paths. If at all we may perhaps brag about the advancement in digital communication and the apparent economic progress as the hallmarks of the third millennium, the present age is so alarming for[Read More…]

Lokayat And Socialist Party (India) Celebrate Independence Day With Various Programmes

Lokayat And Socialist Party (India) Celebrate Independence Day With Various Programmes

FREEDOM WEEK PROGRAMS: August 9 – 15 This year, the country celebrates the 75th Anniversary of one of the most glorious chapters of our Freedom Struggle, the Quit India Movement, that was launched on August 9, 1942. The irony is that the Hindu fundamentalist forces, who today are attempting to redefine nationalism and instill their false nationalism in us, had[Read More…]

South Asians For Peace And Democracy

South Asians For Peace And Democracy

The last few decades has seen the rise of religious nationalism, fascism, conservative right wing politicsall over the world. As these authoritarian forces of hate and repression rise inexorably, it is no longer tenable toconfine resistance or struggles for social change entirely within the boundaries of the nation-state. The fact is that national borders are modern day mirages, conjured up[Read More…]

Lynchistan: Another Muslim Lynched In Jharkhand

Lynchistan: Another Muslim Lynched In Jharkhand

India is really becoming a Lynchistan. A man accused of carrying beef was allegedly beaten to death by a mob in Jharkhand’s Ramgarh district on Thursday. This happened hours after Prime Minister Modi said that killing people in the name of cow protection is not acceptable. The man has been identified as Alimuddin alias Asgar Ansari. He was allegedly carrying[Read More…]

The Adani Port In Kerala Runs Into Rough Weather

The Adani Port In Kerala Runs Into Rough Weather

The Vizhinjam sea port being constructed by Adani Ports and SEZ Private Limited has run into rough weather as the Comptroller and Auditor General’s (CAG) report has found that the  unfavourable conditions in the concession agreement of the project have gone against the interests of the Kerala State government.  The CAG  report says that the standard concession period for PPP[Read More…]

Dalit Anger Boils Over In Gujarat

Dalit Anger Boils Over In Gujarat

The simmering anger of Dalits of Gujarat over the flogging of Dalit youths by Gau Rakshaks (cow protection squad) in Utna boiled over into a massive rally in Ahmedabad and they vowed not dispose of animal carcasses, clean sewer lines, two dirty jobs which the dalits do as a centuries old practice since the upper caste people refuse to do[Read More…]

Irom Sharmila To End Fast

Irom Sharmila To End Fast

Irom Sharmila, the iron lady of Manipur,  who was on hunger strike for the past 16 years has decided to end her fast and contest election. The 44-year-old told a district court in Manipur today that she will end her fast on August 9. She also told the court that she wants to marry. Sharmila is expected to contest the[Read More…]

Young Kerala Writer Attacked For Writing About “Padachon” (Creator)

Young Kerala Writer Attacked For Writing About “Padachon” (Creator)

Four men assaulted a young Muslim writer in Kerala on Sunday night for allegedly insulting God in the title of his new collection of short stories. P Jimshar, 26, whose collection of short stories — “Padachonte Chithra pradarshanam” (The Painting Exhibition by the Creator) — is slated for release on August 5. In Malayalam, the word Padachon means (Creator), a[Read More…]

Cow Skinning Takes A Deadly Turn: Gujarat Dalit Protest Spreads

Cow Skinning Takes A Deadly Turn: Gujarat Dalit Protest Spreads

Gujarat is witnessing widespread protests following the incident at Una where seven Dalit youths were beaten up for skinning a dead cow on July 11. 16 members of the Dalit community, including local Congress leader Anil Madhad, attempted suicide in Saurashtra on Monday and Tuesday as a form of protest. Several suicide attempts were reported on Tuesday from Junagadh, Gondal,[Read More…]

Newspaper Offices Raided, Information Black Out In Kashmir

Newspaper Offices Raided, Information Black Out In Kashmir

Police on Saturday raided news paper offices and printing presses in Kashmir valley and confiscated already printed copies. In South Kashmir and Kupwara all communication system with the outside world are cut off with telphone lines and cable TV networks blocked. Anuradha Bhasin, Executive Editor of Kashmir Times, said no information is coming out from these areas. She said ”[Read More…]

A Coup Attempt In Turkey Leaves 60 Dead

A Coup Attempt In Turkey Leaves 60 Dead

A military coup attempt in Turkey on Friday night has left at least 60 people dead and hundreds injured. Turkish president, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, whose whereabouts had been unknown for hours after the plotters claimed to have taken control of Tukey flew into Istanbul Ataturk Airport from an undisclosed location early Saturday and said that the coup was failing. Speaking[Read More…]

80 Killed As Truck Ploughs Through Crowd In France

80 Killed As Truck Ploughs Through Crowd In France

A lorry struck a crowd after Bastille Day celebrations in the southern French city of Nice, killing at least 80 people. About 50 people were injured, 18 of them critically. The driver was shot dead and guns and grenades were found inside the lorry. President Francois Hollande said the attack was of a “terrorist nature”. He said he was extending[Read More…]

Another African American Shot Dead; #BlackLivesMatter Protests Erupt Across USA

Another African American Shot Dead; #BlackLivesMatter Protests Erupt Across USA

Police fatally shot an African-American in the early hours of Saturday in Houston, Texas. The man, identified by media as Alva Braziel, was reportedly shot ten times after he pointed his gun at law enforcement. The shooting took place at about 12:40am on Cullen. According to the police, they spotted a man on the road with a revolver. When they[Read More…]

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Kashmir Tense: Death Toll Rises To 16

Kashmir Tense: Death Toll Rises To 16

Normal life was hit for the second day today in Kashmir Valley due to curfew and strike following the killing of Hizbul Mujahideen commander Burhan Wani. The restrictions have been imposed in most of Kashmir Valley as a precautionary measure. According to Kashmir Monitor, the civilian death toll on Sunday rose to 16 after a youth was killed and four other[Read More…]

Five Dalit/Adivasis Including A Child Killed In Fake Encounter In Kandhamal

Five Dalit/Adivasis Including A Child Killed In Fake Encounter In Kandhamal

In continuing war on its own people security forces in Kandhamal district of Odisha state in India killed six poor Adivasi and Dalit labourers. Four others have been seriously injured by CRPF firing in Malapanga forest under Tumudibandha police limits. They were returning from Balliguda ,( the block and Sub-Divisional head quarter of their village Gungudmaha under Parampanka G.P) with[Read More…]

Burhan Wani Killed In Encounter

Burhan Wani Killed In Encounter

Burhan Muzaffar Wani, the 22-year-old commander of Hizbul Mujahideen, has been killed in an encounter in Jammu and Kashmir, police have said. Two other militants also were killed in the encounter. J&K police chief K Rajendra confirmed that Wani was killed in the exchange of fire between security personnel and militants in Anantnag. Burhan Wani had emerged as the new[Read More…]

Five Dallas Police Officers Killed In Sniper Firing At A #BlackLivesMatter Protest

Five Dallas Police Officers Killed In Sniper Firing At A #BlackLivesMatter Protest

Five Dallas police officers were killed and six others were wounded by snipers on Thursday night during a demonstration protesting shootings by officers in Minnesota and Louisiana this week. The gunfire broke out around 8.45 pm on Thursday while hundreds of people were gathered to protest against fatal police shootings this week in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, and suburban St. Paul, Minnesota. The[Read More…]

#BlackLivesMatter: Philando Castile Shot Dead In Minnesota

#BlackLivesMatter: Philando Castile Shot Dead In Minnesota

Philando Castile, another African-American, a 32-year-old school cafeteria manager, was killed during a traffic stop near St. Paul, in Falcon Heights, Minnesota where his distraught girlfriend broadcast his final moments in real time on Facebook. As blood soaked through Castile’s shirt Wednesday night, his girlfriend, Diamond “Lavish” Reynolds, began broadcasting live video to her Facebook page, saying on camera that[Read More…]

Three Killed In Terrorist Attack In Bangladesh

Three Killed In Terrorist Attack In Bangladesh

In a terrorist attack near a mass Eid prayer gathering in Kishoreganj in Bangladesh two policeman and a woman were killed and 13 people were wounded. One attacker had been shot dead. Three terrorists were arrested, one of them injured. A group of terrorists reportedly attacked one of the policemen with a knife and threw homemade bombs at a school[Read More…]

Chelsea Manning Attempts Sucicide

Chelsea Manning Attempts Sucicide

Chelsea Manning, the military whistleblower serving a 35 year sentence, was rushed to hospital after reportedly trying to take her own life. According to media reports Manning, who us being held at in a cell at the US Military Disciplinary Barracks at Fort Leavenworth, Kansas, was taken to hospital early on Tuesday morning. CNN said that it was believed that[Read More…]

The Chilcot Report Is Out, Tony Blair Apologises But Still Justifies His Decision

The Chilcot Report Is Out, Tony Blair Apologises But Still Justifies His Decision

The Chilcot report that enquired into Britain’s decision to join US coalition that attacked Iraq which was released today finds that Britain decided to join the 2003 invasion of Iraq based on “flawed intelligence”. John Chilcot, the chair of the Iraq Inquiry said that the invasion went “badly wrong”. The 2.6 million-word Iraq Inquiry – which took seven years to[Read More…]

Modi Government’s Witch Hunt Of Teesta Setalvad Enters New Phase: Sabrang Trust’s Registration Cancelled

Modi Government’s Witch Hunt Of Teesta Setalvad Enters New Phase: Sabrang Trust’s Registration Cancelled

The Narendra Modi led Indian government cancelled on Thursday the registration of Sabrang Trust run by social activist Teesta Setalvad and her husband Javed Anand. Teesta and her NGOs are on the forefront of civil society campaign against the Gujarat pogrom of 2002, in which over 1000 muslims were massacred. She was active in bringing to justice many Sangh Parivar[Read More…]

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