Articles by: Countercurrents Collective

Israel bombs targets in southern Syria amid tensions

Israel bombs targets in southern Syria amid tensions

Citing the Israeli military media reports from Jerusalem said: Israeli fighter jets and attack helicopters struck military targets in southern Syria belonging to the Syrian army Monday night, hours after thwarting an infiltration attempt from Syria by suspected militants trying to plant explosives. In a rare statement acknowledging strikes in neighboring Syria, the Israeli army said the targets included “observation[Read More…]

August 4, 2020 World
DU Professor Apoorvanand Questioned By Delhi Police, Phone Seized

DU Professor Apoorvanand Questioned By Delhi Police, Phone Seized

Delhi University professor Apoorvanand was questioned on Monday by Delhi police in connection with Delhi riots. Apoorvanand said his phone was seized for investigation and he spent five hours with the police. Apoorvanand, who teaches Hindi at Delhi University, urged the police to conduct a thorough, just and fair investigation into the violence. This is the full text of Apoorvanand’s[Read More…]

August 4, 2020 Human Rights
Huge rise in Amazon wildfires alarms scientists and environmental groups

Huge rise in Amazon wildfires alarms scientists and environmental groups

Scientists and environmental groups have expressed alarm after new data revealed there were 28 percent more fires in Brazil’s Amazon rainforest this July compared with the same time last year. Satellite images released by INPE, Brazil’s space research agency, on Saturday revealed 6,803 fires in the Amazon last month. There were 5,318 in July 2019. Citing official data, a Reuters[Read More…]

August 3, 2020 Environmental Protection
Now, lifeline has disappeared in the U.S. but millions rely on emergency pandemic benefits for food, medicine, and rent,  

Now, lifeline has disappeared in the U.S. but millions rely on emergency pandemic benefits for food, medicine, and rent,  

An NBC News report by Ben Popken said on July 31, 2020: “A $600 per week lifeline is about to run out of rope, threatening to leave millions of American families at the end of theirs. “The pandemic unemployment assistance payments, which were approved in March as part of the government’s fiscal stimulus package, known as the CARES Act, are[Read More…]

August 3, 2020 World
U.S. jobless claims top 1 million again in latest week as the pandemic keeps on biting workers

U.S. jobless claims top 1 million again in latest week as the pandemic keeps on biting workers

In the U.S., the number of people who filed for unemployment benefits rose for the second consecutive week last week as coronavirus cases surged around the country. The number of people collecting jobless benefits also increased to 17 million, up from 16.2 million the week prior. More than a million people filed for unemployment benefits in the latest week, showed[Read More…]

July 31, 2020 World
U.S. dollar’s grip on global markets might be over, warns Goldman

U.S. dollar’s grip on global markets might be over, warns Goldman

Goldman Sachs has issued a bold warning Tuesday that the dollar is in danger of losing its status as the world’s reserve currency. Goldman Sachs Group Inc. has put a spotlight on the suddenly growing concern over inflation in the U.S. With the U.S. Congress closing in on another round of fiscal stimulus to shore up the pandemic-ravaged economy, and[Read More…]

July 30, 2020 World
Virus-linked hunger tied to 10,000 child deaths each month

Virus-linked hunger tied to 10,000 child deaths each month

All around the world, the coronavirus and its restrictions are pushing already hungry communities over the edge, cutting off meager farms from markets and isolating villages from food and medical aid. Virus-linked hunger is leading to the deaths of 10,000 more children a month over the first year of the pandemic, according to an urgent call to action from the[Read More…]

July 29, 2020 World
Coronavirus is going to be “one big wave”, warns WHO

Coronavirus is going to be “one big wave”, warns WHO

A senior World Health Organization (WHO) official has said that coronavirus pandemic is likely to be “one big wave” as they warned people to remain vigilant despite lockdowns being eased. Margaret Harris, the WHO spokesperson, said the idea of a “second wave” is flawed since infection rates do not seem to be affected by the seasons. Instead, Harris said, people[Read More…]

July 29, 2020 World
NOAA revealed Thursday that July 2019 was the hottest month on record since the U.S. government began recording temperature date in the lat 19th century. (Photo: Lukas Schulze/Getty Images)

Scientists finally see Earth’s climate destiny more clearly

Human-caused carbon emissions islikely to trigger irreversible damage to the planet, according to a comprehensive international study released Wednesday. Researchers studying one of the most important and vexing topics in climate science — how sensitive the Earth’s climate is to a doubling of the amount of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere — found that warming is extremely unlikely to be[Read More…]

July 23, 2020 Climate Change
Libyan youths wave Libyan flag from the top of a buiding after the muslim Friday prayer at Martyrs Square, seeing in background in Tripoli, Libya, Friday Oct. 21, 2011. The death Thursday of Gadhafi, two months after he was driven from power and into hiding, decisively buries the nearly 42-year regime that had turned the oil-rich country into an international pariah and his own personal fiefdom. (AP Photo/Francois Mori)

Libya’s war becomes a global scramble for power

Libya is becoming a crucible for would-be regional powers. The intractable civil war that has carved apart the oil-rich North African country is in reality a multisided chess match between a variety of outside actors, from Turkey to the United Arab Emirates, France and Egypt. The battle involves thousands of Syrian militiamen and Sudanese mercenaries. Countries are deploying drones, fighter[Read More…]

July 21, 2020 World
River Nile dam: Sudan blasts unilateral move as Ethiopia begins filling dam

River Nile dam: Sudan blasts unilateral move as Ethiopia begins filling dam

Sudan says River Nile water levels have dropped as a reservoir behind Ethiopia’s Grand Renaissance dam has filled up, hitting out at “any unilateral actions taken by any party.” Egypt has also demanded “quick official clarification” from Ethiopia. Sudan and Egypt are downstream, and fear the large dam will greatly reduce their access to water. Ethiopia sees the hydroelectric project[Read More…]

July 17, 2020 World
Floods: Third of Bangladesh underwater

Floods: Third of Bangladesh underwater

From some of the heaviest rains in a decade that has created monsoon flood, a third of Bangladesh is already underwater, and at least 1.5 million people are already affected, marooned or have left their homes for higher ground along with their cattle and other belongings with villages and roads flooded. Almost four million people have been hit by this[Read More…]

July 15, 2020 South Asia
Coronavirus pandemic may get worse and worse and worse, warns WHO

Coronavirus pandemic may get worse and worse and worse, warns WHO

The coronavirus pandemic is set to get “worse and worse” if countries do not stick to strict healthcare guidelines, the World Health Organization (WHO) has warned. The disease has already killed more than half-a-million globally. Speaking on Monday during a press briefing from the WHO headquarters in Geneva via videolink, WHO chief Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus gave an alarming prognosis on[Read More…]

July 14, 2020 World
Almost 10 million children may never to return school after the pandemic

Almost 10 million children may never to return school after the pandemic

The coronavirus pandemic has caused an “unprecedented education emergency” with up to 9.7 million children affected by school closures at risk of never going back to class, warned Save the Children Monday. The British charity cited UNESCO data showing that in April, 1.6 billion young people were shut out of school and university due to measures to contain COVID-19 –[Read More…]

July 14, 2020 World
Japan is furious at the U.S. after coronavirus outbreak at Marine bases in Okinawa

Japan is furious at the U.S. after coronavirus outbreak at Marine bases in Okinawa

  Japanese authorities have demanded answers from the U.S. after a large scale COVID-19 outbreak among U.S. Marines stationed in Japan’s southern prefecture of Okinawa. The U.S. military officials told the two bases have since been put in lockdown. In recent days, 61 U.S. Marines have been infected with the virus, spread across two bases in the archipelago — which[Read More…]

July 13, 2020 World
Floods, landslides kill more than 40 in Nepal, many missing, thousands displaced

Floods, landslides kill more than 40 in Nepal, many missing, thousands displaced

  Torrential rainfall for the past three days has triggered floods and landslides in different parts of Nepal, claiming more than 40 lives and displacing thousands of families in western Nepal. Narayani and other major rivers have swollen due to the continuous downpour. Meteorological Department on Friday had forecast that the monsoon rains would last for another three days. Twenty-seven[Read More…]

July 12, 2020 South Asia
About half of Oklahoma is Native American land, rules U.S. Supreme Court

About half of Oklahoma is Native American land, rules U.S. Supreme Court

The U.S. Supreme Court ruled Thursday that about half of the land in Oklahoma is within a Native American reservation. The court ruling will have major consequences for both past and future criminal and civil cases in the U.S. The U.S. court’s ruling hinged on the question of whether the Creek reservation continued to exist after Oklahoma, one of the[Read More…]

July 10, 2020 World
Who got U.S. Paycheck Protection loans? They include Hedge funds and Kanye West

Who got U.S. Paycheck Protection loans? They include Hedge funds and Kanye West

COVID-19 pandemic is making the poor poorer and the rich richer. The following is such a story: An AP report said: “The U.S. government’s small business lending program has benefited millions of companies, with the goal of minimizing the number of layoffs Americans have suffered in the face of the coronavirus pandemic. Yet the recipients include many you probably would[Read More…]

July 8, 2020 World
Emergency declared and National Guard deployed in Atlanta amid Black Lives Matter protests

Emergency declared and National Guard deployed in Atlanta amid Black Lives Matter protests

Georgia Governor Brian Kemp has ordered National Guard troops to deploy in Atlanta, after rioters ransacked the state police headquarters. Shootings in the city have doubled in the wake of protests against police brutality. Some 1,000 soldiers will be deployed to protect the state Capitol, the governor’s mansion, and the Department of Public Safety building that was vandalized over the[Read More…]

July 7, 2020 World
Columbus statues toppled in U.S.

Columbus statues toppled in U.S.

Protesters pulled down a statue of Christopher Columbus in Baltimore, U.S. They threw the statue into the city’s Inner Harbor. Statues of Columbus have also been toppled in cities including Miami; Columbus, Ohio; Richmond, Virginia; St Paul, Minnesota; and Boston, where one was decapitated. In Baltimore, Demonstrators used ropes to topple the monument on Saturday night near the Little Italy[Read More…]

July 6, 2020 World
Activists and members of different tribes block the road to the Mount Rushmore National Monument as they protest in Keystone, South Dakota on July 3, 2020.

Native Americans blocked road to Mount Rushmore hours before Trump’s fiery speech as protesters refuse to celebrate July 4

A group of mainly Native American protesters blocked the road leading up to Mount Rushmore for three hours before President Donald Trump gave a speech at the national monument Friday night. When they refused to disband, the protesters faced off with the South Dakota National Guard, which shot close-range shells at their feet and sprayed some protesters with pepper spray,[Read More…]

July 5, 2020 World
Large majority of Americans say U.S is a mess, finds new poll

Large majority of Americans say U.S is a mess, finds new poll

A new Yahoo News/YouGov poll shows that no matter how polarized they might be politically, Americans finally seem to agree on something: that everything about America is getting worse. In his 1989 farewell address, President Ronald Reagan famously described the United States as a “shining city on a hill” — a beacon of hope and a model for the rest[Read More…]

July 3, 2020 World
U.S. faces another deadly health problem as a massive dust cloud from Africa covers Florida, Gulf of Mexico

U.S. faces another deadly health problem as a massive dust cloud from Africa covers Florida, Gulf of Mexico

Two large blobs of dust blown off of Africa’s Sahara Desert – which some experts say could be the biggest and most intense Saharan plume in 50 years – are on their way to North America, driven by the same high-pressure system that pushes hurricanes across the same route. The largest is already over the Gulf of Mexico and parts[Read More…]

June 26, 2020 Environmental Protection
WHO welcomes Saudi decision to limit Hajj 2020

WHO welcomes Saudi decision to limit Hajj 2020

On June 24, 2020, an Arab News report from Riyadh said: The World Health Organization (WHO) on Wednesday welcomed Saudi Arabia’s decision to greatly limit the number of Hajj pilgrims this year due to the coronavirus pandemic. The Kingdom said just 1,000 people, who are already living in Saudi Arabia, would be able to perform the pilgrimage. Last year almost[Read More…]

June 25, 2020 World
epa06747281 Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, director general of the World Health Organization (WHO), attends a press conference at the European headquarters of the United Nations in Geneva, Switzerland, 18 May 2018. The WHO Director-General answered questions ahead of the World Health Assembly and following the meeting of an International Health Regulations Emergency Committee on Ebola in the Democratic Republic of the Congo.  EPA-EFE/VALENTIN FLAURAUD

Politicization of Covid-19 has exacerbated global health crisis, says WHO chief

Using the coronavirus to score political points has only made the global health crisis worse, claimed the World Health Organization’s (WHO) director-general. Some observers have interpreted the WHO chief’s claim as a broadside against U.S. President Donald Trump. The politicization of the pandemic has “exacerbated” the effects of the disease, Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said during an online conference on Monday,[Read More…]

June 23, 2020 World
Marupakkam To Hold One Day Online Film Festival Against Super Emergency

Marupakkam To Hold One Day Online Film Festival Against Super Emergency

To observe a day of protest against the Super Emergency on 25 June 2020 https://marupakkamonlinefilmscreening.blogspot.com will conduct a one-day online film festival. They will be screening 1) “Ammi” – Dir: Sunil Kumar 90 min; Hindi with Eng subtitles; 2018 This is one woman’s two-year fight for justice. Battered by the police, having been told by the myriad government agencies who[Read More…]

June 22, 2020 India
epa06747281 Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, director general of the World Health Organization (WHO), attends a press conference at the European headquarters of the United Nations in Geneva, Switzerland, 18 May 2018. The WHO Director-General answered questions ahead of the World Health Assembly and following the meeting of an International Health Regulations Emergency Committee on Ebola in the Democratic Republic of the Congo.  EPA-EFE/VALENTIN FLAURAUD

There are green shoots of hope says WHO chief

The World Health Organization (WHO) Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus in opening remarks at the media briefing on COVID-19 on June 17, 2020 informed: The world has now recorded more than 8 million cases of COVID-19. In the first two months, 85,000 cases were reported. But in the past two months 6 million cases have been reported. There have been more[Read More…]

June 19, 2020 World
Trump saw Venezuela as ‘part of the U.S.’, and thought of invasion, but backtracked because of Putin, claims Bolton

Trump saw Venezuela as ‘part of the U.S.’, and thought of invasion, but backtracked because of Putin, claims Bolton

U.S. President Donald Trump thought it would be “cool” to invade Venezuela but was persuaded not to by “Soviet-style propaganda” from Moscow, claims Trump’s former U.S. national security adviser John Bolton in book excerpts leaked to the press. Trump said invading Venezuela would be “cool” and described the Latin American country as “really part of the United States,” according to[Read More…]

June 18, 2020 Imperialism
11 U.S. billionaires’ wealth increased most during the coronavirus pandemic

11 U.S. billionaires’ wealth increased most during the coronavirus pandemic

Over 44 million U.S. citizens lost jobs as authorities introduced lockdown measures aimed at curbing the spread of the coronavirus, officially COVID-19, disease. The U.S. is finding a decline in the jobless rate. Lines in front of Food Banks are increasing. The U.S. Federal Reserve forecast on employment and the overall economic situation, which is said to be the most[Read More…]

June 17, 2020 World
India – China Border Clashes: Three Indian Soldiers Killed

India – China Border Clashes: Three Indian Soldiers Killed

Three Indian soldiers were killed during a “violent face-off” with Chinese troops along the Line of Actual Control in eastern Ladakh. The incident occurred during a “deescalation process” underway in the Galwan Valley in the disputed Aksai Chin-Ladakh area, where a large troop build up has reportedly been taking place for weeks now on both sides of the border, before[Read More…]

June 16, 2020 World
Turkish jets strike Kurdish PKK positions close to refugee camps in Iraq

Turkish jets strike Kurdish PKK positions close to refugee camps in Iraq

Jets from Turkey carried out cross-border airstrikes on Monday targeting the Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK), the Turkish Kurdish rebels in northern Iraq, announced Turkish authorities. A source in the area told Kurdistan 24 the Turkish fighter jets launched the attack at midnight, targeting several locations in the Shingal (Sinjar) district, and several locations close to the Makhmour refugee camp, which[Read More…]

June 16, 2020 World
Sand’s end? New models will help manage impact of sea-level rise

Sand’s end? New models will help manage impact of sea-level rise

The shape of carbonate sands. (a) 3D scans of the 18 Heron particles using a Hirox RH2000 microscope equipped with MXB2016Z. (b) Estimation of the projected area of the particles by considering the particles as different geometric shapes (squares, circles, rectangles, or ellipses). Source: Scientific Reports The method of accounting sand is important for understanding the way reefs, atolls and[Read More…]

June 15, 2020 Climate Change
Bengal doctors lead Cyclone Amphan relief efforts

Bengal doctors lead Cyclone Amphan relief efforts

When Super Cyclone Amphan hit  West Bengal  on  May 20 this year, it devastated large parts of the state, including the capital city Kolkata, killing dozens, destroying thousands of homes and depriving lakhs of people of their livelihoods.  Coming on top of the ongoing COVID-19 epidemic the cyclone created a double disaster for West Bengal. However, the state is now[Read More…]

June 8, 2020 India
Persistent and Unabated Efforts by US to Grip and Destabilize Nepal as Part of Indo-Pacific Strategy

Persistent and Unabated Efforts by US to Grip and Destabilize Nepal as Part of Indo-Pacific Strategy

This is Part-5 of a series of articles on a crisis in India-Nepal relations. Part-4 was titled India-Nepal Border Dispute : The International Ramifications. It mainly dealt with attempts made in vain to topple a communist regime, the NCP-Oli-led Nepal govt, and the international context and import of the still unfolding controversy. This one, Part-5, focuses on US hegemonic role[Read More…]

June 2, 2020 South Asia
Welcoming Reader’s Participation In Preparing A “People’s Manifesto for India’s Future”

Welcoming Reader’s Participation In Preparing A “People’s Manifesto for India’s Future”

Today,  the Republic of India faces its gravest moment since it was born seventy years ago. What has hit the second most populous nation in the world – just in the last few months itself – is nothing short of a crisis of Biblical proportions. An untreatable viral epidemic, a debilitating lockdown, a collapsed economy, hunger stalking every corner of[Read More…]

June 2, 2020 Editor's Picks, India
India-Nepal  Border Dispute : The International Ramifications

India-Nepal  Border Dispute : The International Ramifications

This is Part-4 of a series of articles on a crisis in India-Nepal relations that led to mutual allegations of a cartographic war, and smacked of being a part of  cold war against China. It is a still unfolding controversy, being reported and analysed exclusively for the readers of   Countercurrent.org. Part-4 now being published, deals with the international context and[Read More…]

May 31, 2020 South Asia
Minneapolis police station set on fire on the 3rd day of Floyd murder demonstration in U.S.

Minneapolis police station set on fire on the 3rd day of Floyd murder demonstration in U.S.

On the 3rd day – Thursday – of protest on the murder of George Floyd, a handcuffed black man, demonstrators broke into a Minneapolis police precinct station after the department abandoned it, setting it ablaze and igniting fireworks as three days of violent protests spread to cities across the U.S. Gov. Tim Walz late Wednesday called it an “extremely dangerous[Read More…]

May 29, 2020 World
Photos of mass graves in Brazil show the stark toll of the coronavirus

Photos of mass graves in Brazil show the stark toll of the coronavirus

The Parque Taruma cemetery during the coronavirus outbreak in Manaus, Brazil. Brazil now has the second-highest number of reported coronavirus cases, surpassing Russia. Blue, turquoise, and white crosses mark the dead in mass graves in Manaus, Brazil, a visual reminder of the toll the novel coronavirus has had on the country. The University of Washington’s Institute for Health Metrics and[Read More…]

May 29, 2020 World
Protests against police violence spread across U.S

Protests against police violence spread across U.S

In the second day of demonstration, protests against police violence have spread across the U.S. in response to the death of George Floyd, who died in Minneapolis police custody May 25. Thousands of people are decrying the killing by police. Among many places, protests spread in Los Angeles, Memphis, Minnesota, Houston, Chicago. In Minneapolis, protesters turned to violent confrontation as[Read More…]

May 28, 2020 World
U.S. military is making plans for complete Afghan withdrawal before the next election

U.S. military is making plans for complete Afghan withdrawal before the next election

U.S. Defense Department officials are reportedly planning to brief President Donald Trump on several options to withdraw all U.S. troops from Afghanistan, that include an option to pull them out before the 2020 U.S. presidential election in November. Trump has expressed a desire to end the U.S.’s wars throughout the course of his presidency. In 2019, he abruptly ordered the[Read More…]

May 27, 2020 World
India-Nepal Embittered Relations : Much beyond a  Border Dispute

India-Nepal Embittered Relations : Much beyond a  Border Dispute

(This is Part-2 of a two-part Report; this one deals with various dimensions of the issue. Part-1 was published on May24, with the title, India-Nepal Border Issue Raked Up, Relations Strained Once Again.)  Even as Covid-19 health crisis, and its cascading effect on the economic crisis — both are aggravating in India — are upsetting Modi Government’s claims and calculations[Read More…]

May 26, 2020 South Asia
India-Nepal  Border Issue Raked Up, Relations Strained Once Again

India-Nepal  Border Issue Raked Up, Relations Strained Once Again

(This is Part-1 of a two-part article) “ We remain committed to resolving the border issue,” said Anurag Srivastava, India’s Official Spokesperson. “If the coronavirus was an obstacle for negotiations between friendly nations, then we were surprised that it wasn’t an obstacle for this decision (inauguration of the link road). ..This wasn’t the time to create unnecessary controversy which can[Read More…]

May 24, 2020 South Asia
Coronavirus pandemic will contract India’s economy in 2020-21, warns central bank

Coronavirus pandemic will contract India’s economy in 2020-21, warns central bank

The Reserve Bank of India (RBI) has slashed its growth forecast for this financial year and warned of inflation uncertainties as India’s economy suffers due to the Covid-19, pandemic. While the country’s GDP growth is set to “remain in the negative territory with some pick up in second half” of the 2020-21 fiscal year, RBI Governor Shaktikanta Das did not[Read More…]

May 22, 2020 India
Historic World Health Assembly ends with global commitment to COVID-19 response

Historic World Health Assembly ends with global commitment to COVID-19 response

The above  is the title of news release by WHO.  The two-day meeting of the 73rd World Health Assembly (WHA) was held  in Geneva on May 18-19, discussed Covid-19 and how the world is coping with that. Even as the media in India is engaged 24×7 on Covid-19,  this historic session was given poor coverage, and many of those that[Read More…]

May 21, 2020 World
Super cyclone Amphan wreaks havoc in India and Bangladesh with death toll over 20

Super cyclone Amphan wreaks havoc in India and Bangladesh with death toll over 20

Super cyclone Amphan has wrecked havoc in the Indian state of West Bengal, especially the state capital Kolkata, and the southwestern part of the neighboring country Bangladesh after the Amphan made landfall in West Bengal. The death toll, yet to be counted finally, in both the countries is over 20. The Amphan became the strongest storm ever recorded in the Bay of[Read More…]

May 21, 2020 World
Coronavirus pandemic may throw 60 million people into extreme poverty, warns World Bank

Coronavirus pandemic may throw 60 million people into extreme poverty, warns World Bank

The world’s progress in eliminating poverty is set to suffer a major setback due to the coronavirus pandemic, forcing more people to survive on less than $1.90 per day, the World Bank has said in a recent statement (Press release no.: 2020/193/EXC). “The pandemic and shutdown of advanced economies could push as many as 60 million people into extreme poverty[Read More…]

May 21, 2020 World
U.S. is leading the global spending on nuclear weapons, says ICAN report

U.S. is leading the global spending on nuclear weapons, says ICAN report

The world’s nuclear powers are increasingly streaming money into their nuclear arsenals, and the U.S. is leading the trend, says a new report. The U.S. has also exited a major arms control treaty and deployed a new tactical weapon. The report – Enough is Enough: 2019 Global Nuclear Weapons Spending (May 2020) – by the International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear[Read More…]

May 14, 2020 World
Photo: @Embacubaeeuu

Cuba asks U.S for answers to the attack on its embassy in Washington DC

Cuba’s Foreign Minister Bruno Rodríguez Parrilla has accused the U.S. government of criminal negligence because the attack on Cuba’s embassy in Washington DC could have been avoided. He has asked that the attacker’s links with anti-Cuban, Florida-based groups be investigated. “Twelve days after the attack, the State Department is complicit in silence and does not condemn the incident,” Rodriguez said, recalling[Read More…]

May 13, 2020 World
Trump responsible for deaths in U.S. and globally because of Covid-19 response, says Chomsky

Trump responsible for deaths in U.S. and globally because of Covid-19 response, says Chomsky

U.S. President Donald Trump is culpable for thousands of deaths in the U.S. and beyond due to his Covid-19 pandemic response, from making states deal with the crisis individually to cutting the World Health Organization (WHO) funding, Professor Noam Chomsky has said. The radical intellectual has said: Donald Trump has done it to boost his electoral prospects and line the[Read More…]

May 12, 2020 World
Humans are not herds: WHO thrashes brutal arithmetic of herd immunity to beat coronavirus pandemic

Humans are not herds: WHO thrashes brutal arithmetic of herd immunity to beat coronavirus pandemic

In the absence of a vaccine, the increasingly discussed idea of beating the coronavirus pandemic through achieving so-called herd immunity could be a disastrous miscalculation, a senior World Health Organization (WHO) official has warned. “This is a really dangerous, dangerous calculation,” Michael Ryan, head of the WHO’s health emergencies program, said at a briefing on Monday. “Humans are not herds,”[Read More…]

May 12, 2020 World
Three Press Photographers From Kashmir Win Pulitzer Prize

Three Press Photographers From Kashmir Win Pulitzer Prize

Three Indian photojournalists based in Jammu & Kashmir won the 2020 Pulitzer Prize for feature photography for their coverage of the region during the clampdown that followed the Union government’s decision last August to divest the region of its special status and reorganise it into two Union Territories. Associated Press photographers Dar Yasin, Mukhtar Khan, and Channi Anand have been[Read More…]

May 11, 2020 India
Crisis bites Saudi Arabia: VAT tripled and state allowances cut

Crisis bites Saudi Arabia: VAT tripled and state allowances cut

Saudi Arabia announced a slew of austerity measures to cope with the fiscal impact of the coronavirus pandemic and oil price rout, tripling its value-added tax (VAT) and cutting allowances for government workers. The steps taken to shore up revenue and rationalize spending are valued at about 100 billion riyals ($26.6 billion) in total, according to the official Saudi Press[Read More…]

May 11, 2020 World
Protesting Afghans demand food aid, gunfire kills 6

Protesting Afghans demand food aid, gunfire kills 6

A shootout erupted on Saturday at a protest in western Afghanistan by residents demanding economic assistance, leading to the deaths of at least six people including a local reporter and two police officers, officials said. The reporter has been identified as local volunteer radio presenter Ahmadkhan Nawid, according to the Afghanistan Journalists’ Centre. The protesters were demanding relief after weeks[Read More…]

May 11, 2020 World
EU economy will contract 7.5% this year in worst economic shock since Great Depression

EU economy will contract 7.5% this year in worst economic shock since Great Depression

The coronavirus pandemic will plunge most of Europe into its worst recession since the 1930s, according to a grim forecast released by the European Commission (EC). Brussels has had to abandon any hope of growth for both the EU and euro area in 2020, as the economies are set to contract by 7.5 and 7.75 percent respectively, according to this[Read More…]

May 7, 2020 World
Import Of Chinese Test Kits Canceled By ICMR : The Story Behind

Import Of Chinese Test Kits Canceled By ICMR : The Story Behind

This is yet another news story underplayed by Big Media, and being reported by us. A Delhi HC judgment showed that ICMR agreed to pay 2.5 times the price for Corona rapid test kits, imported from China, to help private traders to loot the public exchequer. Public interest must outweigh private gain, the Court observed. And Justice Najmi Waziri slashed[Read More…]

May 6, 2020 India
New Delhi, May 04 (ANI): Prime Minister Narendra Modi attends the 'Non-Aligned Movement' Summit via video conferencing, in New Delhi on Monday. (ANI Photo)

Non-Aligned Movement Virtual Summit

The Non-Aligned Movement (NAM) Virtual Summit “United against COVID-19” was held on Monday, May 4, via videoconference. Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev chaired the NAM summit. The meeting took place in the format of the Contact Group, which includes regional representatives. The Republic of Azerbaijan convoked the meeting as president of the Movement for the period 2019-2022, given the need for[Read More…]

May 6, 2020 World
NOAA revealed Thursday that July 2019 was the hottest month on record since the U.S. government began recording temperature date in the lat 19th century. (Photo: Lukas Schulze/Getty Images)

Up to 3 billion will live in extreme heat by 2070, study warns

If global warming continues unchecked, the heat that is coming later this century in some parts of the world will bring “nearly unlivable” conditions for up to 3 billion people, a study released Monday said. Climate change could push 1.5 billion people to migrate to escape unlivable heat in the next 50 years even if global targets are reached, says the[Read More…]

May 5, 2020 Climate Change
Swiss environmentalists demand green recovery after the coronavirus pandemic

Swiss environmentalists demand green recovery after the coronavirus pandemic

Environmental activists delivered a petition to a special session of the Swiss parliament on Monday demanding that a government aid package should promote a “green recovery” from the coronavirus crisis. More than 22,000 people signed the petition demanding that support for companies in sectors with large greenhouse gas emissions like aviation be tied to reducing their environmental impact. Campaigners said[Read More…]

May 5, 2020 World
Invasion foiled in Venezuela

Invasion foiled in Venezuela

Venezuelan authorities have foiled a raid by “foreign mercenaries” trying to reach the anti-imperialist country. The first aim of the failed mercenary incursion into Venezuela was assassinating the country’s President Nicolas Maduro. The mercenaries tried to reach the Latin American country by sea to launch terrorist attacks and assassinate government officials. Venezuela’s Interior Minister Nestor Reverol said in a televised[Read More…]

May 5, 2020 World
Global coronavirus cases pass 3.5 million

Global coronavirus cases pass 3.5 million

Global coronavirus, officially COVID-19, cases has passed 3.5 million while deaths have topped 247,000. The U.S. has the most coronavirus deaths in the world at more 67,600, a number that rose 1,450 over the 24 hours to Sunday evening. Deliberately concealed outbreaks, low testing rates and the severe strain the disease has placed on health care systems mean the true[Read More…]

May 4, 2020 World
Over Rs 68,600-crore loans of wilful defaulters written off, says RBI

Over Rs 68,600-crore loans of wilful defaulters written off, says RBI

That is the title of a Report by business-standard.com, April 29, 2020. While the country is drowned in reports about Covid-19, this news did not so much attract the attention of people. We celebrate the World Press Freedom Day with a report on this issue. The Indian media, known for its sensationalism did not somehow highlight it, nor gave it[Read More…]

May 3, 2020 India
Fake News Targeting Muslims Exposed by Police, But Still Aired, And That Even By Mainstream Media

Fake News Targeting Muslims Exposed by Police, But Still Aired, And That Even By Mainstream Media

  Attacks on Doctors and Media: A Few Case Studies was a Report published on April 27. This one is a sequel to that, and can be deemed as Part-2 of a two part report.The focus now is on Islamophobia, promoted by media, and abetted by State agencies. Tablighi Jamaat members spat on doctors, defecated in hospital wards, misbehaved with[Read More…]

May 1, 2020 India
ODNI , the clearinghouse for the web of U.S. spy agencies, debunks conspiracy theory on COVID-19

ODNI , the clearinghouse for the web of U.S. spy agencies, debunks conspiracy theory on COVID-19

USA Intelligence Community Statement on Origins of COVID-19 News Release, For Immediate Release ODNI News Release No. 11-20,  April 30, 2020 WASHINGTON, D.C. – The Office of the Director of National Intelligence (ODNI)  today issued the following Intelligence Community (IC) statement: “The entire Intelligence Community has been consistently providing critical support to U.S. policymakers and those responding to the COVID-19 virus,[Read More…]

May 1, 2020 World
COVID-19 Infection Crosses 3 Million

COVID-19 Infection Crosses 3 Million

The number of global cases of coronavirus infection reached 3.22 Million while the global number of deaths reached 227,420. U.S. coronavirus deaths pass 60,000 The Covid-19 death toll in the U.S. has passed 60,000 on Wednesday, according to Johns Hopkins University. The deaths are now above the figure predicted by the latest model used by Dr Anthony Fauci, U.S. President[Read More…]

April 30, 2020 World
How Trump orders sacrifice workers’ lives, under a Defence Act

How Trump orders sacrifice workers’ lives, under a Defence Act

President Donald Trump has ordered meat processing plants to stay open to protect the nation’s food supply amid the coronavirus pandemic                                —  BBC Report dated April 29. An estimated 3,300 US meatpacking workers have been diagnosed with coronavirus and 20 have died. BBC reported:  He invoked a Korean War-era law from the 1950s to mandate that the plants continue to[Read More…]

April 30, 2020 World
World should have ‘listened carefully’ to WHO coronavirus advice back in January, says director-general

World should have ‘listened carefully’ to WHO coronavirus advice back in January, says director-general

As more than three million cases of Covid-19 have been recorded worldwide, more than 210,000 people have died, and both the World Health Organization (WHO) and world leaders face criticism for mishandling the coronavirus, officially Covid-19, pandemic, the WHO director-general claimed: Countries that ignored the WHO’s advice at the end of January have been less successful in tackling the Covid-19[Read More…]

April 28, 2020 World
COVID-19: Attacks On Doctors And Media : A Few Case Studies

COVID-19: Attacks On Doctors And Media : A Few Case Studies

The Ordinance on punishing “miscreants” who attack healthcare personnel was issued on April 22. Whether it would really put an end to attacks etc is to be seen in practice. A few case studies of attacks on doctors and their media coverage will be useful in this connection. Hence this news analysis. Adarsh Pratap Singh, President of AIIMS Healthcare Professional[Read More…]

April 27, 2020 India
COVID-19: World death toll surpasses 206,000

COVID-19: World death toll surpasses 206,000

More than 206,000 people have died from the coronavirus pandemic, according to data from Johns Hopkins University. More than Over 2.9 million people worldwide have tested positive. In the U.S., more than 54,000 people have died, while there have been over 950,000 confirmed cases. U.S. President Trump’s economic adviser said the U.S. jobless rates from the coronavirus crisis would be[Read More…]

April 27, 2020 World
Syrian air defenses down several Israeli missiles over Damascus

Syrian air defenses down several Israeli missiles over Damascus

Syrian missile defenses responded to an attack by Israeli warplanes, intercepting several missiles over Damascus launched from Lebanese airspace, Syria’s SANA news agency reported. A video found online purportedly showed the Syrian missile shield being activated to shoot down missiles, reportedly fired by the Israel Defense Forces (IDF) from Lebanese airspace. There have been unconfirmed reports that at least three[Read More…]

April 27, 2020 World
COVID-19 : World death toll passes 190,000

COVID-19 : World death toll passes 190,000

On Friday, according to AFP, the number of people who have lost their lives to the COVID-19, passed 190,000 and continues to rise. There is some cause for hope that the tide may be about to turn as testing capabilities grow worldwide and human trials for a vaccine get underway. The AFP reports that a total of 190,089 people passed[Read More…]

April 24, 2020 World
Ordinance to tackle offences against doctors signed by the President – But will it resolve the problem by itself?

Ordinance to tackle offences against doctors signed by the President – But will it resolve the problem by itself?

This is Part-2 of a report. “ The Union Cabinet in its meeting held on 22nd April 2020 has approved promulgation of an Ordinance to amend the Epidemic Diseases Act, 1897 to protect healthcare service personnel and property including their living/working premises against violence during epidemics. The President has given his assent for promulgation of the Ordinance. The Ordinance provides for making[Read More…]

April 24, 2020 India
Shoot down and destroy all Iranian gunboats that “harass our ships at sea”, Trump instructs US Navy

Shoot down and destroy all Iranian gunboats that “harass our ships at sea”, Trump instructs US Navy

U.S. President Donald Trump has ordered the U.S. Navy to “shoot down and destroy” Iranian gunboats, should they harass American vessels at sea. His declaration comes after a confrontation in the Persian Gulf. “I have instructed the United States Navy to shoot down and destroy any and all Iranian gunboats if they harass our ships at sea,” the U.S. president[Read More…]

April 23, 2020 Imperialism
Doctors Withdraw Symbolic Protest

Doctors Withdraw Symbolic Protest

Ordinance to treat offences against doctors as non bailable and cognizable issued   This is Part-1 of a two part report. Indian Medical Association (IMA) withdrew its protest,slated for today, April 22, after their meeting with the Home Minister and the Health Minister. Safety and dignity of our doctors at their work place is non-negotiable, Union Home Minister Amit Shah[Read More…]

April 22, 2020 India
World on brink of a hunger pandemic, says UN food agency chief

World on brink of a hunger pandemic, says UN food agency chief

As the world is dealing with the coronavirus, officially COVID-19, pandemic, the head of the UN food agency warned Tuesday that, the world is also “on the brink of a hunger pandemic” that could lead to “multiple famines of biblical proportions” within a few months if immediate action isn’t taken. World Food Program (WFP) Executive Director David Beasley told the[Read More…]

April 22, 2020 World
U.S. oil market crashes, hundreds of U.S. oil companies could go bankrupt

U.S. oil market crashes, hundreds of U.S. oil companies could go bankrupt

U.S. oil market has crashed. The price of U.S. oil turned negative for the first time in history. The U.S. oil industry is facing a doomsday scenario. Hundreds of U.S. oil companies could go bankrupt. Many U.S. oil companies took on too much debt during the good times. Some of them will not be able to survive this historic downturn.[Read More…]

April 21, 2020 World
Coronavirus Pandemic: The church-debate

Coronavirus Pandemic: The church-debate

The coronavirus pandemic has created debates on many issues including church and similar institutions. A number of letters in Los Angeles Times is a show of that debate, which indicates the impact the pandemic is making on many parts of life. The “Letters to the Editor: Churches don’t have a 1st Amendment right to ruin public health” in Los Angeles[Read More…]

April 21, 2020 World
Demand dries down, U.S. oil prices drop to 21-year low

Demand dries down, U.S. oil prices drop to 21-year low

As demand dries down and storage runs out, the price of U.S. oil has fallen to a level not seen since 1999. Crude prices in U.S.’ oil capital are getting dangerously close to zero. The oil market has come under intense pressure during the coronavirus pandemic with a huge slump in demand. The price of a barrel of West Texas[Read More…]

April 20, 2020 World
Coronavirus Pandemic: Lockdown in U.S. creates controversy, armed gang joins protesters

Coronavirus Pandemic: Lockdown in U.S. creates controversy, armed gang joins protesters

Lockdown to counter coronavirus, officially Covid-19, in the U.S. has created political controversy in the country. Political leaders are exchanging tirades, threatening measures considered beyond constitution, and groups of people protesting while armed militiamen are joining the anti-lockdown protest. Cuomo extends New York lockdown in coordination with other states New York Governor Andrew Cuomo has extended his state’s social-distancing measures[Read More…]

April 17, 2020 World
Coronavirus Pandemic: More than 2 million cases worldwide

Coronavirus Pandemic: More than 2 million cases worldwide

Worldwide, more than two million people have contracted coronavirus, officially Covid-19, Wednesday since the lethal outbreak began last December, passing another dark milestone, and the worst hit country is the U.S. Globally, more than 132,000 people have died. And in this situation, the U.S. is continuing its war against the World Health organization (WHO) and China. According to data from[Read More…]

April 16, 2020 World
U.S. assault on WHO

U.S. assault on WHO

The United States is unleashing a war against the World Health organization (WHO) as U.S. cuts funding to probe its ‘China ties’. However, the UN Chief has said: “Now is not the time!” The UN chief says WHO is “critical” in global war against Covid-19. As the pandemic rages on in some 185 countries, the U.S. has escalated a rhetorical[Read More…]

April 16, 2020 World
Covid-19 in India: Social media pandemic, equally virulent and fast

Covid-19 in India: Social media pandemic, equally virulent and fast

This is Part-2 of a Report. Part-1 appeared with the title: 200 Million Indian Muslims Vilified, now in the name of Covid-19. “Coronavirus may die…but the virus of communal disharmony will be hard to kill when this is over.” — Khalid Rasheed, Chairman of Islamic Center of India The anti-Muslim tirade has become the new normal so much so that it[Read More…]

April 15, 2020 World
Coronavirus Pandemic: England and Wales see spike in deaths, Critics Say UK is Underreporting Deaths

Coronavirus Pandemic: England and Wales see spike in deaths, Critics Say UK is Underreporting Deaths

  Covid-19 death toll in England and Wales have shot up dramatically, with one in every five now linked to the coronavirus, while the UK government has been accused of underreporting fatalities among the elderly in care homes. New data published on Tuesday by the UK’s Office of National Statistics (ONS), which detail all deaths in hospitals and out in the[Read More…]

April 15, 2020 World
Governments are using coronavirus to build “The Architecture of Oppression”, Warns Edward Snowden

Governments are using coronavirus to build “The Architecture of Oppression”, Warns Edward Snowden

Edward Snowden, the whistleblower who leaked information on U.S. National Security Agency, has warned that governments may use the coronavirus to curtail freedoms. Snowden, in an exclusive interview with Vice, said that governments may take advantage of the pandemic to impose authoritarian rules on populations. Snowden said, “As authoritarianism spreads, as emergency laws proliferate, as we sacrifice our rights, we[Read More…]

April 15, 2020 World
200 Million Indian Muslims Vilified, now in the name of Covid-19

200 Million Indian Muslims Vilified, now in the name of Covid-19

(This is part-1 of a two part report) Let us begin with the latest news : “We cannot curb the freedom of press,” a Supreme Court bench headed by Chief Justice of India SA Bobde said, on April 13 Monday. Very much   welcome, but for the context. The very next day, April 14, BR Ambedkar’s birth anniversary, in compliance of[Read More…]

April 14, 2020 India
Countries including India extend lockdown, worldwide death toll crosses 119,000

Countries including India extend lockdown, worldwide death toll crosses 119,000

The worldwide death toll from the coronavirus, officially COVID-19, passed 119,000 on Monday, according to data from Johns Hopkins University. More than 2 million people have tested positive for the virus. Germany saw its new coronavirus cases fall for the fifth consecutive day. The U.S. has had more than 23,000 deaths and 682,000 COVID-19 cases, leading the world in both[Read More…]

April 14, 2020 World
Satellite data from NASA shows the ozone layer above the Arctic in March 2019 compared to March 2020, when the hole formed. Source: NASA Ozone Watch

Largest Arctic ozone hole ever recorded over the North Pole

A vast ozone hole, probably the biggest on record in the north, has opened in the skies above the Arctic, on the other side of the planet from the infamous hole that forms each year above the Antarctica, better-known Antarctic ozone hole. It rivals the Antarctic ozone hole. Scientists from the European Space Agency said this week that this rare[Read More…]

April 13, 2020 Environmental Protection
Coronavirus Pandemic: A perfect storm for South Asia, says World Bank

Coronavirus Pandemic: A perfect storm for South Asia, says World Bank

South Asia is on course for its worst economic performance in 40 years, with decades of progress in the battle against poverty at risk, because of coronavirus, the World Bank (WB) said Sunday. Afghanistan, Bangladesh, India, the Maldives, Pakistan and other countries in the region, which have 1.8 billion people and some of the planet’s most densely populated cities, have[Read More…]

April 13, 2020 World
One Humanity and the Remaking of Global Peace, Security and Conflict Resolution

One Humanity and the Remaking of Global Peace, Security and Conflict Resolution

by Mahboob A. Khawaja, Lambert Academic Publishing Germany: 12/2019:  537 Pages Mahboob A. Khawaja, PhD in interdisciplinary Social Science (Syracuse University, New York, USA), an academia and international scholar believes in One Global Humanity living peacefully on One Earth and shares new ideas and vision for change and critical thinking action to transform the obsolete global systems of thinking and[Read More…]

April 13, 2020 Book Review
The Chernobyl Exclusion Zone is on fire and radiation levels are spiking

The Chernobyl Exclusion Zone is on fire and radiation levels are spiking

Part of the Chernobyl Exclusion Zone where the infamous power plant explosion occurred in 1986 is on fire, and radiation in the area is spiking- reported Live Science. The report said, The fire covers about 50 acres (20 hectares) near the abandoned village of Vladimirovka in Ukraine’s Chernobyl Exclusion Zone, according to CNN. In a Facebook post, Yegor Firsov, head of Ukraine’s ecological[Read More…]

April 11, 2020 World
Coronavirus Pandemic: Rice and wheat prices surge may threaten global food security

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

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

April 10, 2020 World
The pandemic will unleash worst recession since Great Depression, says IMF chief

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

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

April 10, 2020 World
COVID-19: Cases top 1.5 million worldwide as the number in U.S. nears third of the total

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

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

April 9, 2020 World
COVID-19: ILO predicts 195 million job losses, 400 million in India will fall deeper into poverty

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

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

April 9, 2020 World
"The transfer is from public institutions, in which voters have some say, insofar as democracy is functioning, to private tyrannies -- the corporations that dominate the economy -- in which voters have no say at all." (Photo: Andrew Rusk/flickr/cc)

Noam Chomsky: ‘Coronavirus pandemic could have been prevented’

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

April 9, 2020 World
Coronavirus pandemic: An Africa picture

Coronavirus pandemic: An Africa picture

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

April 8, 2020 World
US hegemonism threatens India which succumbs to Trump, the bully

US hegemonism threatens India which succumbs to Trump, the bully

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

April 7, 2020 World
For the first time, China reports zero new coronavirus death

For the first time, China reports zero new coronavirus death

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

April 7, 2020 World
Coronavirus Pandemic: Cases cross 1.2 million worldwide

Coronavirus Pandemic: Cases cross 1.2 million worldwide

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

April 6, 2020 World
Covid-19 Reveals The Ugly Face Of  US Hegemonism and imperialism

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

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

April 6, 2020 World
A potential coronavirus vaccine might have been discovered

A potential coronavirus vaccine might have been discovered

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

April 5, 2020 World
Coronavirus Pandemic: More than $4 trillion from global economy will be wiped out

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

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

April 4, 2020 World
74 journalism professors sign letter calling Fox News’ coronavirus coverage a ‘danger to public health’

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

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

April 4, 2020 World
Coronavirus Pandemic: Over 1 million cases worldwide, 50,000 dead

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

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

April 3, 2020 World
U.S. sanctions abort delivery of Covid-19 aid from Alibaba chief to Cuba

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

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

April 3, 2020 World
Coronavirus Pandemic: More than 66 million U.S. jobs are at high risk of layoffs

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

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

April 2, 2020 World
Coronavirus Pandemic: U.S. National Park staff revolts, says shut them down

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

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

April 2, 2020 World
Markaz Nizamuddin: Communalisation of Coronavirus

Markaz Nizamuddin: Communalisation of Coronavirus

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

April 1, 2020 India
California tenants are on rent strikes as Covid-19 relief falls short

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

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

April 1, 2020 World
Corona : China and India support each other

Corona : China and India support each other

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

March 31, 2020 India
People wearing protective face masks walk on a street in Beijing, Sunday, Feb. 23, 2020. South Korea and China both reported a rise in new virus cases on Sunday, as the South Korean prime minister warned that the fast-spreading outbreak linked to a local church and a hospital in the country's southeast had entered a "more grave stage." (AP Photo/Andy Wong)

WHO warns: Coronavirus pandemic in Asia is far from over

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

March 31, 2020 World
Coronavirus Pandemic: Goldman Sachs on possible future changes

Coronavirus Pandemic: Goldman Sachs on possible future changes

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

March 31, 2020 World
Coronavirus Pandemic:  Deaths Surge

Coronavirus Pandemic:  Deaths Surge

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

March 30, 2020 World
Exodus of migrants in thousands , on foot, amidst lockdown and social distancing

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

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

March 29, 2020 India
Coronavirus Pandemic: Global cases cross 500,000 with more than 24,000 deaths

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

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

March 27, 2020 World
WHO Director General Requests Global Humanitarian Response In The Face Of COVID-19

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

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

March 26, 2020 World
Coronavirus Pandemic: Countries start hoarding food

Coronavirus Pandemic: Countries start hoarding food

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

March 25, 2020 World
Hubei, China’s first locked-down province to reopen on March 25

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

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

March 24, 2020 World
Coronavirus pandemic: 37 million U.S. jobs could be lost but gun sales spur

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

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

March 23, 2020 World
COVID-19 Pandemic Slows Down In China

COVID-19 Pandemic Slows Down In China

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

March 22, 2020 World
Coronavirus pandemic: countries massively increase surveillance of phone

Coronavirus pandemic: countries massively increase surveillance of phone

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

March 22, 2020 World
Coronavirus: Africa finds extremely rapid evolution of pandemic, says UN

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

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

March 22, 2020 World
Coronavirus pandemic: Global corporate losses may reach $12 trillion    

Coronavirus pandemic: Global corporate losses may reach $12 trillion    

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

March 20, 2020 World
Coronavirus pandemic: U.S. doctors demand immediate release of prisoners and detainees

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

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

March 20, 2020 World
Coronavirus pandemic hits U.S. and Europe: Biggest factory closing since World War II

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

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

March 20, 2020 World
For the 1st time since outbreak, China reports NO NEW LOCAL coronavirus case  

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

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

March 19, 2020 World
Coronavirus pandemic: China and Cuba send medical teams, equipments and medicine to countries

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

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

March 19, 2020 World
Coronavirus pandemic: Reports from U.S., India, Pakistan, Afghanistan

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

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

March 19, 2020 World
Telangana Assembly passes resolution against CAA, NPR, and NRC

Telangana Assembly passes resolution against CAA, NPR, and NRC

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

March 18, 2020 India
Taliban fought IS with ‘limited’ US military support, reveals U.S. general

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

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

March 16, 2020 World
Baghdad’s Tahrir Square protest waning, but the movement is going on

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

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

March 16, 2020 World
U.S. airstrike against Iran-backed militia sites in Iraq

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

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

March 13, 2020 World
Iran goes to IMF for fund to fight coronavirus

Iran goes to IMF for fund to fight coronavirus

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

March 13, 2020 World
COVID-19: WHO, IFRC, UNICEF guidelines

COVID-19: WHO, IFRC, UNICEF guidelines

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

March 12, 2020 World
World Health Organization declares Covid-19 a pandemic

World Health Organization declares Covid-19 a pandemic

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

March 12, 2020 World
Coronavirus: No Need for Fear– Stay Calm

Coronavirus: No Need for Fear– Stay Calm

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

March 10, 2020 World
Oil slump + coronavirus-fears: Global economy into turmoil: Dow closes with 7.8% drop, largest since 2008

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

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

March 10, 2020 World
International Women’s Day: Clashes, strike while conservatives attack marching women

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

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

March 9, 2020 World
Two Leading Malayalam News Channels Banned From Airing For 48 Hours For Reporting The Delhi Riots

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

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

March 6, 2020 India
Coronavirus: Countries are not grasping reality of threat, warns WHO chief as 300 million students sent home worldwide

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

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

March 6, 2020 World
Tropical forests are now carbon source, not carbon sinks

Tropical forests are now carbon source, not carbon sinks

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

March 5, 2020 Climate Change
‘Do wear masks but don’t think you’re safe’: Top Soviet virologist & WHO expert explains Covid-2019 & debunks popular myths

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

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

March 3, 2020 World
U.S. public health departments scramble against coronavirus, decimated by funding cuts

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

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

March 3, 2020 World
People wearing protective face masks walk on a street in Beijing, Sunday, Feb. 23, 2020. South Korea and China both reported a rise in new virus cases on Sunday, as the South Korean prime minister warned that the fast-spreading outbreak linked to a local church and a hospital in the country's southeast had entered a "more grave stage." (AP Photo/Andy Wong)

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

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

March 3, 2020 World
No evidence of fraud in Bolivian election that saw Evo Morales ousted in military coup, finds MIT study

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

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

March 2, 2020 World
Delhi Riots: Muslim Youth Forced To Sing National Anthem In Viral Video Dies

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

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

February 29, 2020 India
33 Turkish soldiers confirmed killed in Idlib airstrike

33 Turkish soldiers confirmed killed in Idlib airstrike

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

February 28, 2020 World
Defend democracy, Lula calls on citizens

Defend democracy, Lula calls on citizens

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

February 27, 2020 World
Human rights under assault worldwide: warns UN chief

Human rights under assault worldwide: warns UN chief

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

February 25, 2020 World
By 2030, 2·3 billion people are projected to live in fragile or conflict­ affected contexts

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

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

February 24, 2020 World
Winter 2019-20 was so far the warmest on record in the contiguous U.S.

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

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

February 21, 2020 Climate Change
River in flood-ravaged UK town reaches highest level in 200 years following Storm Dennis

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

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

February 20, 2020 World
Mississippi Pearl River’s third-highest crest on record causes flooding in Jackson

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

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

February 18, 2020 Climate Change
CCTV Footage Exposes Police Brutality in Jamia Millia Islamia University

CCTV Footage Exposes Police Brutality in Jamia Millia Islamia University

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

February 17, 2020 India
Debate centering army in Pakistan politics

Debate centering army in Pakistan politics

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

February 17, 2020 South Asia
January 2020 was the warmest January on record for the Earth

January 2020 was the warmest January on record for the Earth

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

February 14, 2020 Climate Change
U.S. troops clash with villagers in Syria, teenager killed

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

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

February 13, 2020 World
The Philippines scrap security agreement with U.S.

The Philippines scrap security agreement with U.S.

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

February 13, 2020 World
Intelligence coup of the century: Spying, profit also

Intelligence coup of the century: Spying, profit also

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

February 12, 2020 World
Antarctic continent suffers from record temperature of 18.3°C

Antarctic continent suffers from record temperature of 18.3°C

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

February 11, 2020 Climate Change
Police Brutally Beat Up Jamia Millia Islamia Students Again

Police Brutally Beat Up Jamia Millia Islamia Students Again

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

February 10, 2020 India
The flu has killed 10,000 Americans this season

The flu has killed 10,000 Americans this season

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

February 7, 2020 World
Latin America is free to make own policy choices, says Lavrov on US threats and the humiliating Monroe Doctrine

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

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

February 7, 2020 World
Pakistan and Somalia declare national emergency over locust as hordes near India border

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

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

February 4, 2020 World
Countries with confirmed coronavirus cases. Photo: ABC News. The photo is used here in public interest.

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

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

February 4, 2020 World
Seattle City Council Passes Resolution Against CAA, NRC

Seattle City Council Passes Resolution Against CAA, NRC

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

February 4, 2020 World
Scientists sign open letter to Australian Government urging action on climate crisis

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

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

February 3, 2020 Climate Change
Female flogging squad engaged in Indonesia’s Aceh

Female flogging squad engaged in Indonesia’s Aceh

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

February 3, 2020 World
Coronavirus: WHO declares international health emergency

Coronavirus: WHO declares international health emergency

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

January 31, 2020 World
Protests in Palestine against U.S. plan

Protests in Palestine against U.S. plan

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

January 30, 2020 Palestine
Jerusalem is not for sale, your conspiracy will not pass, Abbas reacts to Trump’s Middle East proposal

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

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

January 29, 2020 Palestine
Wuhan seafood market may not be source of coronavirus spreading globally

Wuhan seafood market may not be source of coronavirus spreading globally

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

January 28, 2020 World
West Bengal becomes Fourth state to pass anti-CAA resolution

West Bengal becomes Fourth state to pass anti-CAA resolution

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

January 28, 2020 India
Coronavirus impacts the gold, oil, tourism, crop markets

Coronavirus impacts the gold, oil, tourism, crop markets

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

January 27, 2020 World
7 Million Form A Human Chain Across Kerala To Protest Against CAA

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

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

January 26, 2020 India
Rajasthan Assembly passes resolution against CAA

Rajasthan Assembly passes resolution against CAA

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

January 25, 2020 India
New government in Lebanon still failing to diffuse protests as many raise slogan: Revolution, Revolution

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

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

January 23, 2020 World
Landmark UN ruling: Countries banned from returning refugees to countries threatened by climate crisis

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

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

January 22, 2020 Climate Change
Years after imperialist intervention, Libya is still conflict-torn

Years after imperialist intervention, Libya is still conflict-torn

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

January 21, 2020 World
Richest 1% own more than twice as much wealth as 6.9 billion people, says report

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

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

January 20, 2020 World
Delhi To Be Under Draconian National Security Act For Three Months

Delhi To Be Under Draconian National Security Act For Three Months

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

January 18, 2020 India
Punjab Becomes The Second State To Pass Resolution Against CAA

Punjab Becomes The Second State To Pass Resolution Against CAA

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

January 17, 2020 India
Davos 2020 Report: Climate change tops risks for world in 2020

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

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

January 17, 2020 Climate Change
2019 was second-hottest year ever, more extreme weather ahead: WMO

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

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

January 16, 2020 Climate Change
Anti-government protesters chant slogans as they hold cardboard cutouts of clenched fists, with Arabic that reads, "Lebanon," as they block a main highway during a protest in the town of Jal el-Dib, north of Beirut, Lebanon, Tuesday, Jan. 14, 2020. Protesters blocked several roads around the capital of Beirut and in other areas of the country on Tuesday in renewed rallies against the ruling elite they say has failed to address the economy's downward spiral. (AP Photo/Bilal Hussein)

Protesters return to streets in rudderless Lebanon

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

January 15, 2020 World
Air pollution could kill 160,000 people in the next decade through strokes and heart attacks

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

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

January 14, 2020 Environmental Protection
Deadly winter storm wreaks havoc across the Middle East, death toll in Pakistan and Afghanistan 54

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

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

January 14, 2020 Climate Change
An open letter to the citizens of India by former officials of Government of India

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

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

January 14, 2020 India
A Dalit Girl Gang Raped And Hanged From A Tree In Gujarat

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

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

January 13, 2020 India
Attack on JNU: Police Accuse Left Wing Students As The Perpetrators of Violence

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

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

January 10, 2020 India
ABVP Goons Attack JNU

ABVP Goons Attack JNU

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

January 5, 2020 India
Indian-Australians Hold Protest Against CAA & NRC

Indian-Australians Hold Protest Against CAA & NRC

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

December 29, 2019 India
Burn CAA Copies On New Year’s Eve

Burn CAA Copies On New Year’s Eve

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

December 28, 2019 India
Reign Of Terror In U.P Says Fact Finding Report

Reign Of Terror In U.P Says Fact Finding Report

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

December 27, 2019 India
Modi Lies To The Nation On NRC

Modi Lies To The Nation On NRC

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

December 22, 2019 India
Death Toll Mounts In Protest Against Citizenship Amendment Act

Death Toll Mounts In Protest Against Citizenship Amendment Act

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

December 20, 2019 India
Hellish heatwave hits Australia and Sydney suburbs are without water

Hellish heatwave hits Australia and Sydney suburbs are without water

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

December 20, 2019 Climate Change
Protest Against Citizenship Amendment Act Widens In India, Hundreds of Protestors Detained

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

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

December 19, 2019 Uncategorized
Amazon deforestation highest since 2008

Amazon deforestation highest since 2008

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

December 18, 2019 Environmental Protection
Greenland ice losses are faster than forecasted

Greenland ice losses are faster than forecasted

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

December 17, 2019 World
COP25 produces nothing but compromise and disappointment

COP25 produces nothing but compromise and disappointment

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

December 16, 2019 Climate Change
Students Across India Rise Up In Anger After Jamia Milia Crack Down Against Citizenship Amendment Act

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

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

December 16, 2019 Uncategorized
Reports from COP25: Last minute discussions for stronger actions

Reports from COP25: Last minute discussions for stronger actions

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

December 15, 2019 Climate Change
Kerala Will Not Implement Citizenship Amendment Bill; Joins Bengal And Punjab In Opposing It

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

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

December 13, 2019 India
To redress debacle due to neoliberal policies, Argentina to declare economic, health and social emergencies

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

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

December 13, 2019 World
Dollar’s domination diminishing

Dollar’s domination diminishing

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

December 12, 2019 World
The Arctic is increasingly at risk as temperatures warm and sea ice melts away warns NOAA

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

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

December 11, 2019 Climate Change
“Gains” the U.S. made in Afghanistan

“Gains” the U.S. made in Afghanistan

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

December 11, 2019 World
Thousands of workers march in France

Thousands of workers march in France

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

December 6, 2019 World
Decade ending 2019 likely to be the hottest on record, says WMO

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

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

December 4, 2019 Climate Change
Judge Loya case should be re-investigated if there is demand and need: Sharad Pawar

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

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

December 3, 2019 India
Hope At COP 25

Hope At COP 25

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

December 3, 2019 World
Iraqi Communist Party calls for a new system replacing the present

Iraqi Communist Party calls for a new system replacing the present

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

December 2, 2019 World
China slaps sanctions on US over Hong Kong

China slaps sanctions on US over Hong Kong

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

December 2, 2019 World
Telangana CM KCR announces huge sops for RTC workers

Telangana CM KCR announces huge sops for RTC workers

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

December 2, 2019 India
Rapid and deep decarbonization of power supply worldwide is required to limit global warming

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

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

November 29, 2019 Climate Change
China warns U.S. for interference in Hong Kong and threatens of firm counter measures

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

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

November 28, 2019 World
Argentina’s president-elect Alberto Fernandez rejects remaining IMF money

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

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

November 27, 2019 World
Gunfire, clash in second night of violence in Lebanon while business group calls for general strike

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

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

November 26, 2019 World
13 Protesters killed in a day in Iraq while death toll reaches 342

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

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

November 25, 2019 World
People’s protests pass more than a month in Chile

People’s protests pass more than a month in Chile

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

November 22, 2019 World
Facebook and Google, “Surveillance Giants”, threaten human rights, says Amnesty

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

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

November 21, 2019 World
Military and police crackdown on gas plant blockade in Bolivia, 2 dead

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

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

November 20, 2019 World
How citizens can become agents of environmental change? Scientists’ suggestion

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

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

November 19, 2019 Environmental Protection
Police Brutally Attack JNU Students

Police Brutally Attack JNU Students

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

November 19, 2019 India
Hong Kong: Protesters set massive fire on university, throw petrol bombs 

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

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

November 18, 2019 World
Maduro and Morales on gringos and dictatorship

Maduro and Morales on gringos and dictatorship

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

November 18, 2019 World
Five Killed In Bolivia As Security Forces Opened Fire On Supporters Of Evo Morales

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

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

November 16, 2019 World
Security forces violently clash with people as Evo Morales warns government not to stain with blood

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

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

November 15, 2019 World
Bolivians protest self-declared “interim president” and police tear gas thousands of Evo Morales supporters

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

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

November 14, 2019 World
A self-appointed president, soldiers and violence dominate Bolivia, 6 citizens already shot  

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

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

November 13, 2019 World
Plane carrying Morales lands in Paraguay after getting refusal from Peru

Plane carrying Morales lands in Paraguay after getting refusal from Peru

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

November 12, 2019 World
48000 RTC workers of Telangana on strike for 37 days : It is a stalemate now

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

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

November 11, 2019 India
UN overwhelmingly votes for ending U.S. blockade against Cuba

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

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

November 8, 2019 World
No intervention is needed: Mexico tells U.S.

No intervention is needed: Mexico tells U.S.

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

November 7, 2019 World
Climate crisis: 11,000 scientists foresee untold human suffering

Climate crisis: 11,000 scientists foresee untold human suffering

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

November 6, 2019 Climate Change
People are rising against neoliberalism in Latin America: Maduro

People are rising against neoliberalism in Latin America: Maduro

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

November 5, 2019 World
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Amazon Guardian Shot Dead By Loggers

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

November 4, 2019 Environmental Protection
U.S. debt exceeds $23 trillion for the first time in history 

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

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

November 4, 2019 World
U.S. soldiers enter Syria and U.S. armored vehicles near Syria-Turkey border

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

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

November 1, 2019 World
Major cities of the world could submerge within 30 years due to Global Warming

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

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

October 31, 2019 Climate Change
Hariri resigns, protesters celebrate, and uncertainty persists in Lebanon

Hariri resigns, protesters celebrate, and uncertainty persists in Lebanon

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

October 30, 2019 World
Far Right EU MPs Visit Kashmir

Far Right EU MPs Visit Kashmir

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

October 29, 2019 India
Progressives secure majority in the chambers of congress in Bolivia

Progressives secure majority in the chambers of congress in Bolivia

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

October 29, 2019 World
Progressive Cristina Fernandez wins presidency in Argentina

Progressive Cristina Fernandez wins presidency in Argentina

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

October 28, 2019 World
U.S. plans to send tanks to Syria oil fields

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

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

October 25, 2019 World
Iraq is taking legal action to kick unauthorized U.S. forces out of country

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

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

October 24, 2019 World
Defiant people continue demonstration in Lebanon

Defiant people continue demonstration in Lebanon

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

October 23, 2019 World
Australian media protest secrecy laws, redact their front pages

Australian media protest secrecy laws, redact their front pages

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

October 22, 2019 World
Mass revolt in Lebanon: General strike begins as marchers call for revolution

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

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

October 21, 2019 World
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…]

October 18, 2019 World
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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…]

October 17, 2019 World
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…]

October 15, 2019 World
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…]

October 14, 2019 World
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…]

October 14, 2019 World
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…]

October 10, 2019 World
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…]

October 9, 2019 World
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…]

October 8, 2019 World
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…]

October 7, 2019 World
Pic credit: www.enincon.com

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…]

October 4, 2019 World
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…]

October 2, 2019 World
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…]

October 1, 2019 Climate Change
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…]

September 27, 2019 Climate Change
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…]

September 26, 2019 World
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…]

September 26, 2019 World
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…]

September 26, 2019 Annihilate Caste, India
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…]

September 25, 2019 World
‘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…]

September 24, 2019 Climate Change
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…]

September 23, 2019 Climate Change
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…]

September 23, 2019 World
#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…]

September 20, 2019 Climate Change
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…]

September 19, 2019 Climate Change
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…]

September 18, 2019 Climate Change
“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…]

September 16, 2019 World
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…]

September 13, 2019 Imperialism
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…]

September 11, 2019 Climate Change
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…]

September 9, 2019 Climate Change
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…]

September 9, 2019 World
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…]

August 31, 2019 Editor's Picks, Human Rights, India
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…]

August 25, 2019 India
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…]

August 16, 2019 India
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…]

August 13, 2019 World
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…]

August 12, 2019 Climate Change
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…]

August 12, 2019 Climate Change
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…]

August 12, 2019 Climate Change
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…]

August 9, 2019 World
‘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…]

August 8, 2019 Arts/Literature
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…]

August 8, 2019 World
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…]

August 7, 2019 World
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…]

August 6, 2019 World
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…]

August 5, 2019 World
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…]

August 5, 2019 India
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…]

August 2, 2019 Climate Change
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…]

August 1, 2019 World
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…]

July 31, 2019 World
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…]

July 30, 2019 India
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…]

July 30, 2019 Human Rights
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…]

July 30, 2019 World
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…]

July 29, 2019 World
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…]

July 29, 2019 South Asia
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…]

July 27, 2019 Editor's Picks, India
Sahil in white shirt.

A Minor Muslim Boy Lynched To Death In Delhi

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

July 27, 2019 India
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…]

July 26, 2019 Palestine
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…]

July 25, 2019 World
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…]

July 24, 2019 Imperialism
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…]

July 23, 2019 South Asia
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…]

July 22, 2019 World
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…]

July 22, 2019 India
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…]

July 21, 2019 Climate Change
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…]

July 21, 2019 Climate Change
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…]

July 19, 2019 World
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…]

July 19, 2019 India
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…]

July 18, 2019 World
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…]

July 17, 2019 Climate Change
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…]

July 17, 2019 Climate Change
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…]

July 16, 2019 India
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…]

July 14, 2019 Book Review
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…]

July 14, 2019 India
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…]

July 14, 2019 India
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…]

July 12, 2019 World
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…]

July 12, 2019 World
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…]

July 11, 2019 Climate Change
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…]

July 11, 2019 Environmental Protection
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…]

July 10, 2019 Imperialism
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…]

July 9, 2019 World
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…]

July 9, 2019 World
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…]

July 8, 2019 Climate Change
(Photos: GBS Photo Archives)

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…]

July 5, 2019 Climate Change
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…]

July 4, 2019 India
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…]

July 3, 2019 Climate Change
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…]

July 3, 2019 World
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…]

July 2, 2019 Environmental Protection
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…]

July 2, 2019 India
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…]

July 1, 2019 India
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…]

July 1, 2019 World
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…]

June 28, 2019 India
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…]

June 28, 2019 Climate Change
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…]

June 28, 2019 India
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…]

June 28, 2019 India
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…]

June 27, 2019 World
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…]

June 27, 2019 India
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…]

June 25, 2019 World
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…]

June 25, 2019 Human Rights
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…]

June 24, 2019 India
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…]

June 24, 2019 India
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…]

June 23, 2019 India
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…]

June 21, 2019 India
$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…]

June 20, 2019 World
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…]

June 19, 2019 Climate Change
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…]

June 18, 2019 World
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…]

June 16, 2019 India
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…]

June 15, 2019 India
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…]

June 14, 2019 Climate Change
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…]

June 14, 2019 India
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…]

June 13, 2019 World
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…]

June 13, 2019 Climate Change
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…]

June 12, 2019 Climate Change
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…]

June 11, 2019 World
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…]

June 10, 2019 World
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…]

June 10, 2019 India
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…]

June 7, 2019 World
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…]

June 6, 2019 World
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…]

June 6, 2019 India
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…]

June 5, 2019 World
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…]

June 4, 2019 World
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…]

June 3, 2019 World
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…]

June 1, 2019 India
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…]

May 31, 2019 World
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…]

May 30, 2019 World
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…]

May 30, 2019 India
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…]

May 29, 2019 World
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…]

May 28, 2019 India
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…]

May 28, 2019 India
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…]

May 27, 2019 World
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…]

May 27, 2019 India
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…]

May 24, 2019 World
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…]

May 24, 2019 World
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…]

May 23, 2019 World
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…]

May 23, 2019 World
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…]

May 23, 2019 India
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…]

May 22, 2019 India
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…]

May 22, 2019 World
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…]

May 21, 2019 World
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…]

May 20, 2019 World
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…]

May 18, 2019 World
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…]

May 17, 2019 World
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…]

May 16, 2019 World
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…]

May 15, 2019 World
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…]

May 15, 2019 World
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…]

May 14, 2019 World
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…]

May 13, 2019 World
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…]

May 10, 2019 World
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…]

May 9, 2019 World
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…]

May 8, 2019 World
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…]

May 7, 2019 Climate Change
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…]

May 7, 2019 Environmental Protection
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…]

May 6, 2019 World
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…]

May 4, 2019 World
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…]

May 3, 2019 India
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…]

May 3, 2019 World
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…]

May 2, 2019 World