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Canada Rejects Trump

Canada Rejects Trump

Canada’s parliament has unanimously rejected the Trump agenda on trade and the Trump reaction on his departure from the G7 meeting recently held in Charlevoix, Quebec. The motion contained six items: recognition of strong trade ties between the U.S. and Canada. that the government stand with the workers of Canada, particularly in aluminum and steel and potentially with autoworkers. “strongly[Read More…]

American Values: Lessons I Learned from My Family by Robert F. Kennedy, Jr.- A Review

American Values: Lessons I Learned from My Family by Robert F. Kennedy, Jr.- A Review

When a bookas fascinating, truthful, beautifully written, and politically significant as American Values:Lessons I Learned from My Family, written by a very well-known author by the name of Robert F. Kennedy, Jr. and published by aprominent publisher (HarperCollins),is boycotted by mainstream book reviewers, you know it is an important book and has touched a nerve that the corporate mainstream media[Read More…]

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AR 7993-B (crop) 22 June 1963
Civil Rights Leaders meet with the Vice President, Attorney General, and other officials. White House. Please credit "Abbie Rowe, National Park Service/John Fitzgerald Kennedy Library, Boston".

Bobby Kennedy

Here in Massachusetts, I love it when when people proudly come up to me and say, “I was with Jack Kennedy in 1960” or “I was with Teddy Kennedy in ’94.” The energy and passion hasn’t faded in their voices one bit – and it’s infectious. But there’s something different about the way people say: “I was with Bobby in[Read More…]

The Ramsay Twist: Australian University Funding and Western Civilisation

The Ramsay Twist: Australian University Funding and Western Civilisation

There is a lot of tattle going on about why the Australian National University rebuffed, after a series of talks, the offer for the establishment of a specific bachelors degree that would feature Western Civilisation as its content. It would have been managed under the auspices of the Ramsay Centre for Western Civilisation. Besides, universities have been directing their attention[Read More…]

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Talks between New Delhi And Srinagar: Options and Possibilities

Talks between New Delhi And Srinagar: Options and Possibilities

There is no history of a dialogue between Srinagar and New Delhi for the resolution of the “Kashmir Dispute.”If a dialogue takes place now, it will be making history. Moreover, the leader from New Delhi, who initiates talks for deciding the future of the state, the cause of wars and skirmishes between India and Pakistan and a nuclear flash point[Read More…]

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American Rage

American Rage

“The Bonaparte dynasty represents not the revolutionary, but the conservative peasant; not the peasant who strikes out beyond the condition of his social existence, the small holding, but rather one who wants to consolidate his holding; not the countryfolk who in alliance with the towns want to overthrow the old order through their own energies, but on the contrary those[Read More…]

What Ramadan Teaches Me Every Year

What Ramadan Teaches Me Every Year

  O you who believe! Fasting is prescribed for you as it was prescribed for those before you, that you may attain Taqwa [God-consciousness]  – (The Qur’an, Al-Baqarah: 183) Religious fasting traditions- from Ramadan to Ekadasi to Yom Kippur and Lent -are meant to relieve believers from unburden believers from day-to-day compulsions, helping them replenish their spirituality, remember the poor,[Read More…]

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A Brief Discourse on Naga’s Struggle for Self-Respect and Freedom

A Brief Discourse on Naga’s Struggle for Self-Respect and Freedom

  Mr. T. Sakhrie, one of the first Naga intellectuals, a philosopher and a great Naga-nationalist leader of his era who sacrificed his life for the freedom and rights of Nagas stood true till his last breath to his ideologies and convictions which reflect in his quote that further produced verbatim. He said,             “Truly we are a peculiar people.[Read More…]

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When ‘The’ Pranab Speaks

When ‘The’ Pranab Speaks

Former president Pranab Mukherjee gave a speech in the RSS meeting on Thursday the 7th of June in Nagpur. Now,  let me clarify that this is not a speech on the speech but in fact an article on the speech/ opinions flung around, before and after the speech. When it was announced that Mukherjee had accepted the invite from the[Read More…]

Do we oversimplify loneliness?

Do we oversimplify loneliness?

Loneliness, as a reality of modern day, fast paced, expectation loaded life is more common than ever and equally complex, layered and abstractin its causes and consequences. For factors other than biological,the sense of loneliness and number of people confessing to be in its grip has increasedover the last few decades. According to study in 2016 by Centre for Study[Read More…]

Parliament house in New Delhi on July 24th 2015. Express photo by Ravi Kanojia.

Lateral entry into India’s Civil Services- The Constitutional Blunder

11th of June, 2018 should be considered as the darkest day in the constitutional history of India. It is the day when BJP government through the Department of Personnel and Training   opened up the doors to the prestigious ‘higher’ civil services of India to the private sector through lateral entry scheme.  Central Government through its nation-wide advertisement has call for[Read More…]

G7 vs. G6+1 – The War of Words

G7 vs. G6+1 – The War of Words

 Background The war of words has intensified between the U-S and G-7 allies after President Donald Trump retracted his endorsement of the communiqué of the once-united group. The German chancellor called Trump’s abrupt revocation of support for a joint communiqué sobering and depressing. Angela Merkel however said that’s not the end. France also accused Trump of destroying trust and acting[Read More…]

Crimes against the Earth: The role of the mainstream media

Crimes against the Earth: The role of the mainstream media

“To ignore evil is to become an accomplice” (Martin Luther King) Humans are of the Earth, physically adapted to its range of climates, gravity, radiation, electro-magnetic field and composition of the atmosphere. Had there ever been a single critical issue science has conveyed, it is that altering the composition of the Earth’s atmosphere can only bearfatal consequences for nature and[Read More…]

Raj Kishore : An uncompromising journalist passes away

Raj Kishore : An uncompromising journalist passes away

Veteran journalist Raj Kishore passed away on 4 June 2018 at the age of 72. He had recently lost his 42 years old  son Vivek, also a journalist, merely one and a half months ago. Vivek met a sudden death on 21 April  due to a massive brain stroke and was cremated at Nigam Bodh Ghat electric crematorium the same[Read More…]

Israel and its spokespeople can “justify” only through lies and deflections

Israel and its spokespeople can “justify” only through lies and deflections

Chris Hayes’ incredulous tweet on the killing of Palestinian paramedic Razan al-Najjar in Gaza is being echoed everywhere it seems on social media.Hayes hosts All In with Chris Hayes, a weekday news and opinion television show on MSNBC. On June 7, 2018 he tweeted: “The wording of that [Israel Defense Forces] IDF video is so bizarre. Hamas “incited” a woman[Read More…]

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Foreign Interference In Australia 1. Hugely Disproportionate Jewish Zionist Representation In Australia’s Richest 200

Foreign Interference In Australia 1. Hugely Disproportionate Jewish Zionist Representation In Australia’s Richest 200

A US lackey and Zionist perverted and subverted Australia is second only to the US as a supporter of nuclear terrorist, genocidally racist, democracy-by-genocide Apartheid Israel. The Coalition Government with the support of the cowardly Labor Opposition is rushing through draconian foreign interference legislation aimed squarely at China, but there is no Mainstream public discussion of massive US, Zionist and[Read More…]

A Mile in Their Shoes

A Mile in Their Shoes

  One of several murals being created by Kabul’s “ArtLords” painters to welcome the Helmand to Kabul peace walkers. This past Friday in Afghanistan’s Ghazni province, Hazara girls joined young Pashto boys to sing Afghanistan’s national anthem as a welcome to Pashto men walking 400 miles from Helmand to Kabul. The walkers are calling on warring parties in Afghanistan to[Read More…]

An American Babushka in Moscow:  On the Boundless Pride of Skilled Labor and once again, on Anthony Bourdain, Chef

An American Babushka in Moscow:  On the Boundless Pride of Skilled Labor and once again, on Anthony Bourdain, Chef

Without my glasses the trees outside the window are misconceived mosaics.  No young breezes have come to play among them, nor has the west wind come to make them dance.  It is only the residual droplets of water that create motion and a semblance of sound.  The birds are quiet.  It is a distinctly cold morning in Moscow.   It is[Read More…]

Lynching in Assam: Living amidst Lords of the Flies

Lynching in Assam: Living amidst Lords of the Flies

The cruel lynching of two innocent and budding youth in Kacharigaon village under Dokmoka police station of Assam’s Karbi Anglong district is the harsh reminder of the state in which we are living today. In last couple of years India’s public spaces have turned into squares of mediaeval Europe in which people were publicly executed for ‘heresy’, ‘witchcraft’, for petty[Read More…]

The different worlds of Mohan Bhagwat And Rationalist Actor Hemu Adhikari

The different worlds of Mohan Bhagwat And Rationalist Actor Hemu Adhikari

  Mr Mohan Bhagwat,RSS chief in his speech preceding Pranab Mukherjee’s in the RSS headquarters made a reference which seems very questionable but has attracted little notice.In quoting a Sanskrit subhashit, a saying, he virtually ridiculed intellectual debate. Those who use learning for debate are wicked., he said. This was in keeping with the current dumbing down of knowledge and[Read More…]

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Medieval Rohingya Poetry

Medieval Rohingya Poetry

People from the Ra-khin countries are called Ra-khin-ye – or the Rohingya. In vernacular Bengali, we had learnt of the place as the Arakan Valleys that lie to the east of Bangladesh – beyond the southern hilly walls of Chittagong. We had surmised that the Arakan must have been a great melting pot of Buddhism, Islam and the tribes. Buddhist[Read More…]

US Democracy is facing threat, claims Hillary

US Democracy is facing threat, claims Hillary

The US democracy is facing threat. This has been claimed by Hillary Clinton, former Democratic presidential candidate, former senator and former first lady of the country. Thence, there’s no scope to consider the cautionary signal in a casual way. A Cambridge, Massachusetts, May 25, 2018 datelined Associated Press report (“At Harvard, Clinton warns of threats to American democracy”) said: Hillary[Read More…]

Elite Atrocities: Australia’s Special Forces in Afghanistan

Elite Atrocities: Australia’s Special Forces in Afghanistan

“Further into the Afghanistan mission, after multiple deployments, soldiers began to refer to members going ‘up the Congo’.” Chris Masters, The Sydney Morning Herald, Jun 9, 2018 They operate with impunity in areas already deemed lawless by their civilising superiors.  Afghanistan, derided as a country of anarchic sensibilities, was never going to be a place for those abiding by armchair[Read More…]

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G7 Follies

G7 Follies

The police are wonderful when they control traffic, or rescue a cat from a tree, when they talk to school kids about catching criminals and locking them up, when they talk to teens about the dangers of drunk driving and the new legalities around marijuana. Crowd control – who benefits? But give them a G7 summit to watch over and[Read More…]

Rachel Maddow Is Setting You Up…to Go Along with a Very Possible Nuclear War Against North Korea, If or When Trump’s ‘Negotiations’ Fail

Rachel Maddow Is Setting You Up…to Go Along with a Very Possible Nuclear War Against North Korea, If or When Trump’s ‘Negotiations’ Fail

On Friday, June 1, a top North Korean official, Kim Yong-chol, made a surprise visit to the White House to meet with Donald Trump about the on-again, off-again U.S.-North Korea summit meeting. That night on the “liberal” MSNBC, Rachel Maddow devoted the first 24 minutes of her show to “sounding the alarm” about the situation. Rachel Maddow Gives You the[Read More…]

On Celebrity, Trade War And Nuclear Peace

On Celebrity, Trade War And Nuclear Peace

  Is there a celebrity brotherhood?  Kim Kardashian, the reality TV star, turned celebrity, visits the White House and promptly there is clemency for a grandmother serving a life sentence for being part of a cocaine distribution ring.  Yet she is right.  Draconian sentences are seldom fair, and judges’ hands are often tied with strict laws, often lobbied for by[Read More…]

RSS, Mukherjee and the Mohan Bhagwat speech

RSS, Mukherjee and the Mohan Bhagwat speech

The recent visit of Pranab Mukherjee to RSS headquarter had attracted a lot of attention among political circles. Even before the visit, concerns were raised over the acceptance of invitation as well as the potential content of the speech that might be delivered. Contrary to the fears, the speech of Mukherjee only tried to emphasise Gandhian-Nehruvian concept of Nationalism. It[Read More…]

Muslims end their daily fast to observe Iftar on first day of Ramzaan at Jama Masjid in Sector 20 of Chandigarh on Friday, June 19 2015. Express photo by Sumit Malhotra

Ramadan  – An occasion of unity

The month of Ramadan is not only a time of revelry and festivity but also occasion to show brotherhood among people of various communities and religions.  One may see the people expressing ‘ Mah-e-Ramzan Mubarak’ on streets ( Greetings on the occasion of the month of Ramzan) irrespective of religion hugging their Muslim brothers and sisters and holding ‘Iftar’ parties.[Read More…]

Transformative Issues Facing the News Industry Today

Transformative Issues Facing the News Industry Today

In an era of profound distortion of news and storytelling, the most pertinent question that is being asked is; ‘what is News now’? Notwithstanding the debatable facts, the fact remains that we are witnessing new trends and upheavals in the media industry particularly transformative issues in the business of news. Today we are facing an increasing focus on the intersection[Read More…]

Corruption: India’s Worst Curse

Corruption: India’s Worst Curse

India’s eager quest for economic dynamism has been severely stifled by chronic corruption. The country needs to urgently modernize its institutions and end the culture of rent seeking and cutting corners if it is to allow the economic wheels to roll seamlessly. Corruption is both anti-national and anti-poor because the resources meant for poverty alleviation schemes get siphoned off by[Read More…]

An American Babushka in Moscow:  Further notes on killing ourselves – In Memory of Anthony Bourdain

An American Babushka in Moscow:  Further notes on killing ourselves – In Memory of Anthony Bourdain

Yesterday I wrote about the fact that the suicide rate in America had gone up twenty five percent over the course of the last sixteen years, and then drew out some capitalist social relations which could explain this drastic increase.  First and foremost is the psychopathology of capitalism itself which tells people they are independent individuals and as such, must[Read More…]

 We Are Not Your Property!

 We Are Not Your Property!

Whether children or adults, we are not your property! We are not your property when young, as wives, nor as employees! … This week, my sister told me that the choice that our parents made for her (involving removal of seven of her adult teeth as a child, although our father was somewhat reluctant about the procedure) has led to[Read More…]

Exponential Growth Towards a Sustainable Future: the Limits of Solar Panel and Wind Turbine Production

Exponential Growth Towards a Sustainable Future: the Limits of Solar Panel and Wind Turbine Production

Many people, including myself, fear that the great acceleration (1, 2) of our consumption and destruction of resources such as land, biodiversity, soil, minerals, and fossil energy sources, could lead us into a catastrophe. Other people point out the positive side of near-exponential growth in various fields: renewable energy production, “biotechnology and bioinformatics; computational systems; networks and sensors; artificial intelligence; robotics;[Read More…]

The Food of Movement: Anthony Bourdain’s Universal Eater

The Food of Movement: Anthony Bourdain’s Universal Eater

Bruce Chatwin considered movement the indispensable feature of the human species.  Sedentary natures killed through asphyxiation; a refusal to move suggested an acceptance of death.  Walking he considered a virtue; tourism the ultimate sin.  For the late Anthony Bourdain, a chef turned walker and explorer, no dish was odd enough or peculiar to be avoided or exiled by palate. Bourdain[Read More…]

U.S. Challenges Russia to Nuclear War

U.S. Challenges Russia to Nuclear War

  Now that the United States (with the cooperation of its NATO partners) has turned the former Soviet Union’s states other than Russia into NATO allies, and has likewise turned the Soviet Union’s Warsaw Pact allies into America’s own military allies in NATO, the United States is finally turning the screws directly against Russia itself, by, in effect, challenging Russia[Read More…]

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Opposition Parties joining to defeat BJP lack Alternate Policies

Opposition Parties joining to defeat BJP lack Alternate Policies

  BJP’s chain of defeat which started with Gorakhpur and Phoolpur in Uttar Pradesh bye elections has extended to defeat in Kairana and Noorpur. It has broken the invincibility myth of Modi and Amit Shah.  If the opposition parties succeed in joining hands to get rid of unprecedented danger to basic democratic values, institutions, society, culture and civilization created during[Read More…]

The original founder members-Zaibun,Minakshi and Shashikala

Rag Pickers To Entrepreneurs: How Women In This Maharashtra Village Are Empowering Themselves

I vividly remember my moment of epiphany. It was a balmy afternoon in early 1996 in Warora, a small township in northern Maharashtra. I was posted as a manager of my bank’s branch, dealing mostly with rural clients. I was busy trawling through the day’s mail and going about my tasks.Although transactions had not commenced, there was, as usual, an[Read More…]

Sangh Parivar Goons Attack Christian Missionaries In Kerala

Sangh Parivar Goons Attack Christian Missionaries In Kerala

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

An American Babushka in Moscow:  You don’t have to kill us, we will do it ourselves

An American Babushka in Moscow:  You don’t have to kill us, we will do it ourselves

Those who cherish justice throw their bodies against the armies of injustice.  Those who love freedom die fighting for it.  Those who hate oppression are willing to rise up against it.  Those whose lives have some higher meaning beyond their own person, love life in a way that only poets can express.  Even those of us who fight for bread,[Read More…]

His Highness Pranab Mukherjee, You Have Denigrated Mother India By Describing Hedgewar As Great Son Of India

His Highness Pranab Mukherjee, You Have Denigrated Mother India By Describing Hedgewar As Great Son Of India

OPEN LETTER TO THE FORMER PRESIDENT OF INDIA Respected Sir, You have been a leader of the Indian national Congress, theoretically committed to democratic-secular India, for more than four decades, and also occupied the office of the President of India, the highest constitutional office of the country. Sir, yesterday (June 7, 2018) while addressing a select gathering of RSS cadres[Read More…]

14th General Election in Malaysia and the Three Exciting Scenarios

14th General Election in Malaysia and the Three Exciting Scenarios

14th General Election of Malaysia held on 9th May 2018 gave birth to three exciting scenarios to be enjoyed and shared by all. This could happen not just because  the 61 year old ruling coalition, Barisan Nasional, BN was defeated by a newly formed opposition coalition, Pakatan Harapan, PH, but because of a historical reapproachment among the top trio-leaders of[Read More…]

Churches in India accused of conspiring with the Vatican to destabilize Modi’s government

Churches in India accused of conspiring with the Vatican to destabilize Modi’s government

Right-wing Hindu nationalist organization, The Vishwa Hindu Parishad (VHP) has accused the Indian churches of  conspiring with the Vatican to destabilize Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s government. The Hindutva organization’s accusation came after the Archbishop of Goa and Daman, Father Filipe Neri Ferrao, wrote a letter to churches saying the Constitution is in danger. In May, Archbishop of Delhi Anil Couto had said in a[Read More…]

When Army Became A Four-Letter  Word

When Army Became A Four-Letter  Word

                      “There was a young man who said though, it seems that I know that I know, but what I would like to see is the I that knows me, when I know that I know that I know” …Alan W Watts. Propaganda is a language that deals in fear. Its’ modus operandi is to deliver…in pied piper fashion… misnomer[Read More…]

Greenpeace activists delivered a mattress to the Environmental Protection Agency’s headquarters with a message reading "Take Your Used Trump Hotel Mattress and Resign Already.” The delivery was in response to the revelation that EPA administrator Scott Pruitt asked a top aide to find him a used Trump Hotel mattress, and comes at a time when Pruitt faces intense criticism over misuses of his office as EPA administrator and his deep conflicts of interest with the fossil fuel industry., 8.18.46.EPA Mattress Delivery

We knew Pruitt was in bed with energy lobbyists, but…

EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt has gotten himself into so many scandals that I wouldn’t blame you for sleeping through another. But one of this week’s woke me right up: we found out that Pruitt asked an aide to help him acquire a used mattress from the Trump hotel. You might ask, “why on Earth would he want that?” But I[Read More…]

The internet is proving a boon to Southeast Asia’s illegal pet Otter trade

The internet is proving a boon to Southeast Asia’s illegal pet Otter trade

The cute little Panda from China, the cuddly Koala bear from Australia and now the Otter cub have become the fascinating new pet, which pet lovers especially in South East Asia, have begun to crave for. Sadly it is their cute looks as pups which draw the avid pet lover to acquire them. Today with vast online possibilities which are[Read More…]

Citizenship Amendment Bill and the people of Assam

Citizenship Amendment Bill and the people of Assam

Most recently,the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill has been the talk of every nook and corner of the state with people from all walks of life joining the bandwagon and raising voices against the ill-fated bill.The state has witnessed severe protest over the past few weeks and protesting slogans even beat the deep blowing horns and revving engines of lumbering trucks on[Read More…]

The Rise of BJP

The Rise of BJP

The use of technology to gather data of people across India was one of the biggest political shenanigans of Modi’s rise. When Modi started campaigning after winning Gujrat Chief Ministerial berth third time, his government started working on his bigger role and used the technology to ensure his obvious win in India’s polity. Fetching data by means of the ruse[Read More…]

Gadchiroli Massacre: The Killers Should Be Prosecuted

Gadchiroli Massacre: The Killers Should Be Prosecuted

The Human Rights Forum (HRF) demands that personnel of the C-60 Commandos, CRPF and regular police who participated in the killing of 40 persons including 22 Maoist armed cadre and 18 civilians on April 22 and 23, in the forest abutting the Indravati river on the Chattisgarh side and the Nainer forests of Aheri tehsil in Gadchiroli, Maharasthra, be prosecuted[Read More…]

IAPL Condemns Arrest of Activists

IAPL Condemns Arrest of Activists

Today, Indian Association of People’s Lawyers (IAPL) organised a press conference at the Press Club of India in New Delhi in relation to the recent arrests of Advocate Surendra Gadling, Prof. Shoma Sen , Sudhir Dhawale, Rona Wilson and Mahesh Raut. The arrests took place on the 6th June, 2018, by Pune police at the early Hours of morning. The[Read More…]

Anti-Coal Mine Activist Suresh Oraon Shot Dead In Jharkhand

Anti-Coal Mine Activist Suresh Oraon Shot Dead In Jharkhand

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

Putin Asserts: World Imperialism Faces Difficult Times

Putin Asserts: World Imperialism Faces Difficult Times

Putin’s latest assertion signals that the world imperialism is going to face tough days in future. Vladimir Putin, the Russian president, said: “Either Russia is a sovereign country, or there is no Russia.” The world imperialism is not habituated to listen to such assertions. It’s also a tough message to hirelings of the world imperialism. The masters and their lackeys[Read More…]

Dazzled by Tech: Universities, Googlification and Microsoft

Dazzled by Tech: Universities, Googlification and Microsoft

The mechanical, robotic striving of university politburos and their jack boot managers have always been interesting when it comes to one particular topic: the role of technology and its adoption.  For it is in technology that the mediocre paper clip shuffler can claim to have achieved something – on someone else’s back, naturally. The shift to Google by universities as[Read More…]

Gaza Holocaust

Gaza Holocaust

“Never Again” was the cry after WWII asserting a solemn pledge by the international community to prevent another holocaust or any similar crime perpetrated against any other people. Yet the Jews, particularly the Zionist Jews, took this assertion as never again only to the Jews, but permissible to Jews to perpetrate similar holocausts onto other nations. Zionist terrorist Israeli state,[Read More…]

Israel scores painful own goal in run-up to the World Cup

Israel scores painful own goal in run-up to the World Cup

Argentina’s cancellation of a friendly against Israel because of Israeli attempts to exploit the match politically is likely to reverberate far beyond the world of soccer and spotlights the risks of Israeli efforts to persuade the international community to recognize Jerusalem as its capital. The Argentinian decision suggests that despite the fact several countries, including East European nations, are debating[Read More…]

US Trade War with the European Union

US Trade War with the European Union

  Background Brussels, June 6, 2018 (AFP) The EU on Wednesday said a raft of retaliatory tariffs, including on whiskey and motorcycles, against painful metals duties imposed by the US would be ready as early as July. The European Commission, which handles trade matters for the 28-country bloc, “expects to conclude the relevant procedure in coordination with member states before[Read More…]

Digging Deeper

Digging Deeper

Here in Kabul in early June, outside the home of several Afghan Peace Volunteers, a large drilling machine is parked on what was once a lovely garden. To this now muddy patch, workers will soon arrive for another noisy, dusty day of digging for water. The well dried up a week ago. As of today, the household has no water. Ongoing[Read More…]

Misun Woo

Climate justice is integral to development justice

  Climate justice is integral to development justice, as it is essential for building a brave feminist future sans power and wealth inequalities. This is the dream of feminists in the Asia Pacific region, including Misun Woo, who recently took over charge as the Regional Coordinator for APWLD (Asia Pacific Forum on Women, Law and Development). A law graduate from[Read More…]

Wind Farms — Yes or No?

Wind Farms — Yes or No?

I was truly amazed to see so much opposition to wind farms, a necessary and desirable part of any renewable energy future. Scientist Carl Safina questioned whether this is the right way to go. Well, there is a wrong way, which is to continue to allow unchecked development and construction and more people without planning a sane energy policy. If[Read More…]

The Story of Broken People of India

The Story of Broken People of India

India is a nation of BROKEN PEOPLE who were made the prisoners of the Caste System. The Bramhinicle social order set up an invisible prison where aborigines-the erstwhile rulers of Pax-Indica thrown to rot for thousands of years. They were deprived of their basic human rights. They were robbed off their self-respect and honor. The caste system ghettoized the Indian[Read More…]

Zojila pass tunnel

The land-locked Kashmir!

(Kashmir has been described as a land-locked country but with the advent of civil aviation it became quite accessible. However, some parts still continue to be remote especially in winter!) Historically, Kashmir has always been known as a land-locked country in the high Himalayan Mountains. In the earliest Chinese records Kashmir is described as, “a country enveloped on all sides[Read More…]

Unfinished Portrait: Iraq, Afghanistan, Pakistan, 2013, 555 gallery jail cells, Detroit, Michigan.

Condemn the arbitrary arrests of Shoma Sen, Sudhir Dhawale, Surendra Gadling, Rona Wilson, and Mahesh Raut 

Women against Sexual Violence and State Repression (WSS) is outraged at the arbitrary arrest of its valued member, Professor Shoma Sen along with other leading Dalit and human rights activists, in an alarming crackdown on civil liberties activists throughout the country. Today, on 6th June 2018 at 6 am in the morning, Professor Shoma Sen, Advocate Surendra Gadling, cultural activist[Read More…]

Condemn the arrests of Adv Surendra Gadling, Prof Shoma Sen, Sudhir Dhawle, Rona Wilson, Mahesh Raut

Condemn the arrests of Adv Surendra Gadling, Prof Shoma Sen, Sudhir Dhawle, Rona Wilson, Mahesh Raut

CDRO strongly condemns the arrest by Maharashtra police in the early morning of June 6, 2018 of Adv. Surendra Gadling, senior advocate from Nagpur and General Secretary of India Association of Peoples’ Lawyers (IAPL), Prof. Shoma Sen, Head of Department of English, Nagpur University, Sudhir Dhawale, poet and Editor of Vidrohi from Mumbai, Rona Wilson, public relations secretary of Committee[Read More…]

Confusion in finding Marx in Bangladesh

Confusion in finding Marx in Bangladesh

Misrepresentation creates confusion, and confusion misleads many. Misrepresentation is unfair also as it carries seeds of injustice. A recent two-parts-article in a Dhaka English daily (“Karl Marx in Bangladesh”, The Daily Star, Dhaka, May 5 and 6, 2018, https://www.thedailystar.net/opinion/perspective/karl-marx-bangladesh-1571515 and   https://www.thedailystar.net/opinion/perspective/karl-marx-bangladesh-part-2-1571884) is an example of this practice. The article narrates, as it claims, “the intellectual or conceptual footprints of Marx[Read More…]

Huge Carbon Debt & Intergenerational Injustice  – CO2 Drawdown Necessity, 300.org & 300 ppm CO2 Target

Huge Carbon Debt & Intergenerational Injustice  – CO2 Drawdown Necessity, 300.org & 300 ppm CO2 Target

We need to urgently cut carbon emissions and eventually cease greenhouse gas (GHG) pollution in coming decades. Ignored by Mainstream media is the need to drawdown atmospheric carbon dioxide (CO2) from the present dangerous and damaging 410 parts per million CO2 (410 ppm CO2) to a safe and sustainable 300 ppm CO2 i.e. negative GHG emissions. However a feasible, large-scale[Read More…]

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The Power of Self-Pardon: Trump’s Novel View

The Power of Self-Pardon: Trump’s Novel View

  “If a president was dumb enough to pardon himself that would be such an arrogant statement of power that the House would probably impeach him in a week and the Senate would convict him.” Newt Gingrich, Jun 5, 2018 It is a view that Charles I would have been proud of: The means by which one can forgive and[Read More…]

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Australia Aid and Abetz Israeli War Crimes

Australia Aid and Abetz Israeli War Crimes

  Australian Liberal senator, Eric Abetz, on 31 May, enthusiastically backed  Foreign Minister Julie Bishop’s letter to the Palestinian Authority asking whether Australian aid is channeled to the Martyrs Fund which Abetz repeatedly and falsely asserts funds terrorist activities. Bishop’s Martyr’s Fund letter is cut from the same fake funds-diverted-to-terrorism-template as her fake accusations that World Vision’s Mohammed el-Halabi was[Read More…]

RAFAH REFUGEE CAMP, GAZA STRIP - MAY 15:  Palestinian refugee Mohamad Mahmoud Al-Arja, 80, from the Rafah refugee camp, holds up a key allegedly from his house in Beer AI-saba, now located in Israeli, during a rally May 15, 2007 the in Rafah refugee camp, southern Gaza strip. Palestinians are marking May 15, as Nakba Day or Catastrophe Day, as the 59th anniversary of the al-Nakba, the day the Israeli state was created in 1948.  (Photo by Getty Images)

The Colonization of Palestine: Rethinking the Term ‘Israeli Occupation’

June 5, 2018 marks the 51st anniversary of the Israeli Occupation of East Jerusalem, the West Bank and Gaza. But, unlike the massive popular mobilization that preceded the anniversary of the Nakba – the catastrophic destruction of Palestine in 1948 –  on May 15, the anniversary of the Occupation is hardly generating equal mobilization. The unsurprising death of the ‘peace process’ and the inevitable demise of the ‘two-state[Read More…]

Himalayan glacier and climate change

Himalayan glacier and climate change

Awareness on climate change and pollution has increased over the years though very little has been done to reduce pollution and protect environment. While Indian landmass is in the grip of extreme vagaries of climate, Himalayas too are being affected by increase in temperature. According to latest scientific research that adds to data officially confirming the glacier loss of Indian[Read More…]

Plastic Is Not So Fantastic !

Plastic Is Not So Fantastic !

      This year the World Environment day was celebrated with the theme ‘’Beat the Plastic Pollution’’-The pollution about which we have been less concerned, so far. Regarding the theme of WED, it is indicative of consciousness of Environmental Crusaders, because Plastic poses a serious threat to our planet. This beautiful Blue Marble- Earth (as it appears from outer[Read More…]

Psychotherapy, politics and women

Psychotherapy, politics and women

  I have been thinking about and reading a bit about psychotherapy. Psychotherapy for sad people is very important. Psychotherapy is very important for example because sadness and tension and stress are the leading cause of heart disease, one of the leading chronic illnesses in women, and of premature death. But at the present moment in history the idea of[Read More…]

India In The Mirror: A Brief Discourse On Parallel Realities Of India

India In The Mirror: A Brief Discourse On Parallel Realities Of India

It is said that the India is a cradle of civilization that has been following the ‘SANATANA’ Dharma that teaches the principles of Equality and Brotherhood. Vasudhaiv Kutumbakam- ‘The Entire Earth is my Family” has been the celebrated Sanskrit verse that most of the Indians have been taught in the school. “Saare Jaha se Acha, Hindostan Hamara” has been proudly[Read More…]

John Pilger and Courage Foundation announce “urgent campaign” to free Assange

John Pilger and Courage Foundation announce “urgent campaign” to free Assange

Internationally-acclaimed journalist and documentary filmmaker John Pilger issued the following statement on behalf of the Courage Foundationyesterday. Pilger is a trustee of the organisation, which raises funds for the legal defense of persecuted whistleblowers, journalists and publications, including Julian Assange and WikiLeaks. Pilger will be addressing the June 17 Sydney Town Hall Square rally, called by the Socialist Equality Party, demanding that[Read More…]

Venezuela – Vanguard of a New World – Iran to Follow in the Same Footsteps?

Venezuela – Vanguard of a New World – Iran to Follow in the Same Footsteps?

Venezuela is a champion in democracy, in democratic elections, as proven twice within the last twelve months and more than a dozen times since 1999. Never mind that the lunatic west doesn’t want to accept it – simply because the west – the US and her handlers – and her European vassals, cannot tolerate a socialist country prospering – one[Read More…]

Jordanian protests: Revisiting the Arab Spring and setting a benchmark

Jordanian protests: Revisiting the Arab Spring and setting a benchmark

  Protests that forced Jordan’s prime minister to resign and laid bare the country’s systemic economic and political crisis shed a new light on the root causes of popular protests in the Middle East that swept the region in 2011 and have since continuously erupted at local levels in a swath of land stretching from Morocco to Egypt. The protests,[Read More…]

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Western media continue to use the Jewish state of Israel as a foil to Islam

Western media continue to use the Jewish state of Israel as a foil to Islam

Despite Israel’s intensive cover-up of its ongoing crimes against the Palestinian people, stark images and indisputable facts continue to seep through from the Gaza Strip. The world has never witnessed a braver, more steadfast and resolute people than the en-caged Palestinians of Gaza — and that goes for every man, woman and child, from Hamas down, enduring unspeakable conditions and saying, in a voice[Read More…]

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 Disorderly Bangladesh: Is Anarchy Lurking Behind Extrajudicial Killings? 

Extrajudicial killings of dissidents and outlaws by states is as old as civilization. The recent world history is replete with such killings. As Hitler had his Waffen-SS and Gestapo, so had Mussolini his Blackshirts to do the job. In the recent past, the last Shah of Iran had his Savak, and the Pakistani occupation Army in Bangladesh had its al-Badr,[Read More…]

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Open Letter to Amitabh Bachchan on his association with Horlicks #MissionPoshan

Open Letter to Amitabh Bachchan on his association with Horlicks #MissionPoshan

Dear Sh. Amitabh Bachchan, We came to know about your association with recent campaign on undernutrition in India and truly appreciate your commitment for the cause. However, we are shocked to see that you are joining hands with Horlicks and Network 18 to launch “Mission Poshan” to support India’s Rashtriya Poshan Abhiyaan. We like to submit as under:- Horlicks is a high sugar[Read More…]

On Being Positive

On Being Positive

Anything that we can create a notion of in our minds, which could be tangible or intangible, has two attributes: each contradicting other. For instance, darkness and light, good and evil, virtue and vice, matter and spirit, so on and so forth! We, the human beings, remain under two influences all the time: negative impulse which we are prone to[Read More…]

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A systemic approach to minimise the impacts of Climate Change

Climate Change, as a global phenomenon, has come to be known as one of the most critical issues facing the humanity today, if not the most critical issue.  Many individuals, academic and  research institutions, including the global institutions such as IPCCC, WHO, UNEP etc., have tried to address this issue from different perspectives. One such recent analysis has come to[Read More…]

People’s Inquest into Thoothukudi Firings: INTERIM OBSERVATIONS

People’s Inquest into Thoothukudi Firings: INTERIM OBSERVATIONS

We share with you the Interim Report of the People’s Inquest into the circumstances leading to Tamilnadu Police opening fire on protestor’s demanding closure of Vedanta Group’s Sterlite Copper smelter at Thoothukudi (Tuticorin). The protests had been intensified over the past four months, as twenty years of struggle to demand closure of the highly polluting copper smelter had failed. 15[Read More…]

War, Peace And The Significance of Colors

War, Peace And The Significance of Colors

A sad and distressing anniversary slipped by this week almost unnoticed — the centenary of the first use of a premier killing machine.  On May 31, 1918, the Renault FT a French light tank was first deployed in battle.  The 30 tanks sent against two German infantry divisions advancing in the sector bordering Ploisy and Chazelles caused havoc, crippling the[Read More…]

How and why the U.S. Government Perpetrated the 2014 Coup in Ukraine

How and why the U.S. Government Perpetrated the 2014 Coup in Ukraine

This will document that the ‘new Cold War’ between the U.S. and Russia did not start, as the Western myth has it, with Russia’s involvement in the breakaway of Crimea and Donbass from Ukraine, after Ukraine — next door to Russia — had suddenly turned rabidly hostile toward Russia in February 2014. Ukraine’s replacing its democratically elected neutralist Government in[Read More…]

 Train Galore!

 Train Galore!

  Every night I hear trains, which are pulling stuff into Boston city, MA, USA. Oh wow, it’s amazing. Some of the engines are pulling more than a hundred cars. Clickity-clack again and again for a long amount of time! Then the next train comes with the same sounds. I try to imagine about what is on their cars: drugs,[Read More…]

United Nations: Looking Toward 2020

United Nations: Looking Toward 2020

There are two major issues today that the League of Nations did not have to face. Thus when the League was reincarnated in 1945 as the United Nations, no one considered how to structure appropriate responses. The major political issue today is the disintegration of Member States. The second major issue is the ecological and social consequences of global warming.[Read More…]

Insane Euphoria over Royal Wedding Celebrates “Inclusion” in Blood-Soaked Monstrosity—the British Empire

Insane Euphoria over Royal Wedding Celebrates “Inclusion” in Blood-Soaked Monstrosity—the British Empire

The May 18 wedding of British Prince Harry and Meghan Markle, an African-American woman, set loose an astonishing display of euphoria among many progressives and people of color. They were “swept away” by Markle and elements of Black culture—a Black preacher, a gospel choir, a young Black cellist—that broke the mold… that is, the form—of the usually all-white and deadly[Read More…]

Kashmir Dispute Has Solution In Its Archives

Kashmir Dispute Has Solution In Its Archives

  Sometimes a new book for its contested contents makes one dust the archives and look for answers and explanations for the controversies raised in it. In a situation like that of our where peopleare caught up in a morass of political uncertaintyandare struggling for ending it many times, books are sponsored by the establishment to cloud the historical realities. [Read More…]

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

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

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

Google says it will not renew Project Maven—but collaboration with Pentagon will continue

Google says it will not renew Project Maven—but collaboration with Pentagon will continue

On Friday, Google Cloud CEO Diane Greene announced at a meeting with employees that the company will not renew its contract with the Pentagon for Project Maven following its expiry in 2019. Under the program, which Google entered in September last year, the company has provided the military with artificial intelligence software to perform real-time analysis of drone surveillance footage.[Read More…]

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Officially not a war - Intifada Gaza

Peace is a cliché: When the West cannot control the world unopposed it means war

  Dedicated to my friend, a philosopher, John Cobb, Jr. The West likes to think of itself as a truly “peace-loving part of the world”. But is it? You hear it everywhere, from Europe to North America, then to Australia, and back to Europe: “Peace, peace, peace!” It has become a cliché, a catchphrase, a recipe to get funding and[Read More…]

An American Babushka in Moscow:  Singularity and Social Space

An American Babushka in Moscow:  Singularity and Social Space

Like Oedipus I was never able to escape my fate.  In principle, if not in actuality, I was orphaned before I was born: a father dead from the war, a mother lost to desire and chance.  My grandmother came to save me when I was less than two weeks old.  The first thing she did the morning after she returned[Read More…]

Book Review: ‘The Trader of War Stories’ by Naveed Qazi

Book Review: ‘The Trader of War Stories’ by Naveed Qazi

Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform Pages: 402 Genre: Political Thriller A new band of writers has emerged from the valley, in recent times. Young Kashmiris have been writing evocative poetry and fiction. It proves that there is ample talent in the youth who don’t fear to experiment with their time by pursuing their passions. The political turmoil, reflection of cultural[Read More…]

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Major Gogoi and the Continuing Culture of Impunity    

Major Gogoi and the Continuing Culture of Impunity    

      On May 30, 2018, the Jammu and Kashmir Police filed a status report before the Chief Judicial Magistrate of Srinagar regarding the case of sexual favours that Major Gogoi of 53 Rashtriya Rifles sought from a local Kashmiri woman, on May 23, 2018. The police claimed that it was a case of ‘consenting adults’ as the woman[Read More…]

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The Empire Strikes Back: Leaving Indian Farmers in the Dirt

The Empire Strikes Back: Leaving Indian Farmers in the Dirt

By 2050, if current policies continue, India could have numerous mega-cities with up to 30-40 million inhabitants and just two to three hundred million people (perhaps 15-20% of the population) left in an emptied-out countryside. Given current trends in the job market, it could mean tens of millions of city-based rural migrants without much work: victims of the ill thought out policies we currently see[Read More…]

India, Iran and the strategic Implications of the US pull out from the JCPOA

India, Iran and the strategic Implications of the US pull out from the JCPOA

The decision of the Trump administration to pull out of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA)—a major international agreement to address the Iranian nuclear programme—set in motion a wave of reactions across the world. President Trump terminated the US “participation in the JCPOA, as it failed to protect America’s national security interests.” He said that the JCPOA “enriched the[Read More…]

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 My Grandmother’s Name Was ‘Kochadima’ (Little Slave) And I Spit Upon The Glorified ‘History’ Of Kerala

 My Grandmother’s Name Was ‘Kochadima’ (Little Slave) And I Spit Upon The Glorified ‘History’ Of Kerala

  Name of my father’s mother was ‘Kochadima’ (Little Slave). I was ashamed to say my grandmother’s name. I used to think who will give a name like ‘Little Slave’ to a person. Yesterday, when activist Mrudula Devi told me about the ‘Illam’ (family names of dalits)  stories I went through a pang. When there was slave trade of dalits,[Read More…]

Fighting Hunger

Fighting Hunger

 Over 40 million people experience hunger in our country [the USA] every day. That includes over 13 million children. For me, hunger is a political condition. We have the food. We have the resources. We have the infrastructure. We know what it takes. We have everything we need to end hunger now – everything except the political will. It’s our[Read More…]

FILE - In this Feb. 28, 2017, file photo, President Donald Trump addresses a joint session of Congress on Capitol Hill in Washington. as Vice President Mike Pence and House Speaker Paul Ryan of Wis. listen. Trump will deliver his first State of the Union address on Tuesday, Jan. 30, 2018. (Jim Lo Scalzo/Pool Image via AP, File) ORG XMIT: WX101

Crisis in Pacistan?

 A country is on the brink of catastrophe. And its people desperately need our help. Here’s a synopsis of the tragedy unfolding as we speak: A few of the country’s richest inhabitants are spending billions to install political puppets in office — from city councils up to the highest levels of government, even the country’s president — who will do[Read More…]

Politics of Polarisation: A Flop Show

Politics of Polarisation: A Flop Show

The election results in Kairana bye elections comes as a welcome development. The ideological investment made into the constituency to create a myth of the Hindu exodus due to criminal Muslim activities did not pay the electoral dividends. This is despite the Modi, Adityanath and Amit Shah Combine at the helm of campaigning and all out efforts to polarise. Neither[Read More…]

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21 Year Old Paramedic Razan Al-Najjar Killed In Gaza

21 Year Old Paramedic Razan Al-Najjar Killed In Gaza

Israeli elites failed in their support of terrorists in Syria and were unable to bring down a resurgent Iran (just look at rising science citation index for Iran and compare it to Arab countries!). This failure was o be compensated with by massacres in Gaza: murdering 125 protestors at the borders; injuring thousands; testing new weapons on a captive poipulation;[Read More…]

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Disney represents much of what is wrong with contemporary capitalism

Disney represents much of what is wrong with contemporary capitalism

   The Walt Disney Company is an enormously profitable corporation worth somewhere in the neighborhood of $150 billion. Last year, it made $9 billion in profits and rewarded its CEO, Bob Iger, with a compensation package worth up to $423 million over a four year period. And as a result of the Trump tax cuts, they were given an additional[Read More…]

Natasha And Boris Badenov: Why Russians Are Upset With Americans- Seen Through The Eyes Of An Iraqi – Part I

Natasha And Boris Badenov: Why Russians Are Upset With Americans- Seen Through The Eyes Of An Iraqi – Part I

Geopolitically, America is an island off the shores of the large landmass of Eurasia, whose resources and population far exceed those of the United States. The domination by a single power of either of Eurasia’s two principal spheres – Europe or Asia – remains a good definition of strategic danger for America, Cold War or no Cold War. . (Henry[Read More…]

Mahathir’s reforms could put Saudi Arabia and the UAE on the spot

Mahathir’s reforms could put Saudi Arabia and the UAE on the spot

Newly elected Malaysian Prime Minister Mohammed Mahathir is adopting policies that could reshape the Southeast nation’s relations with powerful Gulf states. A series of anti-corruption measures as well as statements by Mr. Mahathir and his defense minister, Mohamad (Mat) Sabu, since this month’s upset in elections that ousted Prime Minister Najib Razak from office, are sparking concern in both Saudi[Read More…]

 Zakat: Reawakening A Spirit Of Camaraderie

 Zakat: Reawakening A Spirit Of Camaraderie

  By no means shall you attain righteousness, unless you give of that which you love.  (Q 3:  92) The idea that helping others is part of a meaningful life has been around for thousands of years. For Muslims, charity is a central aspect of their faith and practice. In Islam, a culture of giving is interwoven into the fabric[Read More…]

Savitribai Phule: The lady who changed the face of women’s rights in India

Savitribai Phule: The lady who changed the face of women’s rights in India

A leading social reformer Savitribai Phule is hailed for her contribution in the field of education. Savitribai was a crusader for women empowerment as she broke all stereotypes and spent her life promoting the noble cause of women’s education. The deprived of India’s exclusion was made to be a slave for thousands of years. Savitribai Phule has made education the[Read More…]

J & K – At the End of the Tether

J & K – At the End of the Tether

The Kannada saying “murthi chikkadaadaru keerthi doddadu” (meaning that even if the physical form is diminutive, the virtue is great), applies to Lal Bahadur Shastri who, as prime minister, led India with remarkable initiative and verve in the 1965 war against Pakistan. It was he who coined the slogan “Jai Jawan Jai Kisan”, in the full understanding that the Jawan[Read More…]

What Pranab Mukherjee Should Tell RSS Cadres

What Pranab Mukherjee Should Tell RSS Cadres

Dialogue is an essential part of democratic process. But what do you do when people wanting to usurp democracy through democratic means want to have dialogue with those believing in secular democratic Constitution of India? We are witnessing strong views being articulated for and against Pranab Mukherjee’s agreeing to be the chief guest at RSS cadre program. On one side[Read More…]

Condemn the arrest of Alik Chakraborty

Condemn the arrest of Alik Chakraborty

Coordination of Democratic Rights Organisation (CDRO) strongly condemns the arrest of the leader of the Bhangar anti-power grid peasants’ movement and spokesperson of the Bhangar Land, Livelihood, Environment and Ecology Protection Committee, Alik Chakraborty, from Bhubaneshwar on 31.05.2018 by a team of the West Bengal police. Alik has been suffering from life-theratening ailments for quite some time and had gone[Read More…]

A Youth Crushed To Death By A Paramilitary Vehicle In Kashmir

A Youth Crushed To Death By A Paramilitary Vehicle In Kashmir

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

Terror against Gaza: Solidarity and Activism in an Age of Imperial Decline

Terror against Gaza: Solidarity and Activism in an Age of Imperial Decline

Co-Written by Junaid S. Ahmad and Zehra Yilmaz One of the most spectacular series to come out recently was based on a novel by the greatest spy thriller of our time, John Le Carre (hence, we shouldn’t be surprised of the novel’s adaptation in TV/movie form). It’s called The Niight Manager. The plot had its own suspenseful and fascinating intrigues,[Read More…]

Cover Ups and Confessions: Pope Francis and Child Abuse

Cover Ups and Confessions: Pope Francis and Child Abuse

It is the season for exposures and exposes, and the Catholic Church has been making regular ripples of the wrong and undeniably crude sort.  Globally, the church is finding itself being picked bare in terms of institutional malfeasance, not merely on the issue of having harboured abusive priests, but of placing a dark, impenetrable cover over them. No area of[Read More…]

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How A Mumbai Couple Is Helping To Change The World

How A Mumbai Couple Is Helping To Change The World

Historians will tell you that a burst of creativity occurs when we start believing that the search for solutions to complex problems has come to an end. This explosion is fate’s way of reminding us that there is always something just over the curve of innovation. As the country continues to face mounting challenges, social entrepreneurs are pairing their ingenuity[Read More…]

For not collecting enough money DTC contractual staff gets show cause notice and fine

For not collecting enough money DTC contractual staff gets show cause notice and fine

After the massive protest on 1st May (Labor Day) for “equal pay for equal work” now Delhi Transport Corporation (DTC) contractual staff facing new problem, if they will not collect target amount in a day from the duty they will be punished and also will give the fine. Chandra Prakash is a bus conductor, on 16 may, he just earn[Read More…]

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Politicizing Education: Israel and Myanmar set worrisome precedent

Politicizing Education: Israel and Myanmar set worrisome precedent

 Israel and Myanmar, two countries with troubled human rights records and disputed histories of dealing with ethnic and national rights, have set a worrisome precedent by giving each other a veto over what students are taught about the other. A recently signed education agreement between Israel and Myanmar allows for editing each other’s textbooks as they relate to the portrayal[Read More…]

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

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

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

Let Humanity Die

Let Humanity Die

The death of Kevin became front page news in national as well as international media. Death; nowadays has become a very cheap commodity for news channels and papers to mint money.  News of Rapes, Murders, Genocide, Riots, Sexual Affairs, Violence, Gang-wars attract people to the media.  Kevin did not die in accident nor did he die due to some physical[Read More…]

Border Patrol Murders Young Guatemalan Woman: Justice for Claudia González!

Border Patrol Murders Young Guatemalan Woman: Justice for Claudia González!

Up and down the Rio Grande A thousand footprints in the sand –From “Across the Borderline,” by Ry Cooder, John Hiatt, James Dickinson Claudia Gómez González had studied to be an accountant. But she was unable to earn a living in her homeland, a country wracked by extreme poverty and violence; reeling from decades under the thumb of U.S. imperialism,[Read More…]

Kairana’s Message

Kairana’s Message

Kairana results have signalled to the mighty that the public can wash them out in the 2019 elections. For the first time, RSS spokes person was speaking that government’s come and go but we must protect institutions. He was defending election commission but how come the Sangh Parivar now saying this. Why is Pranab Mukherjee invited. Why did the Sangh[Read More…]

From Bernays to Trump, Hooked on Misery

From Bernays to Trump, Hooked on Misery

The father of modern public relations and spin, Edward Bernays was a cold, cynical manipulator of mass perception. He knew that by shaping people’s desires in a certain way, governments and corporations could sell just about any notion to the masses and manipulate them at will. Whether it was whipping up fear about the bogeyman of communism or selling the[Read More…]

Our Energy Problem Is a Quantity Problem

Our Energy Problem Is a Quantity Problem

Reading many of today’s energy articles, it is easy to get the impression that our energy problem is a quality problem—some energy is polluting; other energy is hoped to be less polluting. There is a different issue that we are not being told about. It is the fact that having enough energy is terribly important, as well. Total world energy consumption has risen quickly[Read More…]

US Trade War with China

US Trade War with China

Transcript of PressTV Skype Interview of 29 May 2019 Background WASHINGTON, May 29 (Reuters) – The United States said on Tuesday that it will continue pursuing action on trade with China, days after Washington and Beijing announced a tentative solution to their dispute and suggested that tensions had cooled. By June 15, Washington will release a list of some $50[Read More…]

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Venezuela 1998-2018: 20 years, 7 elections, 2 charts and Some Hypotheses

Venezuela 1998-2018: 20 years, 7 elections, 2 charts and Some Hypotheses

Elections seldom act as a true mirror – a century ago we heard about soldiers ‘voting with their feet’ in favour of demobilisation and Bolsheviks getting only about a quarter of popular votes in the constituent assembly election weeks after the Bolshevik revolution. But election results can show some trends within the society and it will not be prudent to keep eyes[Read More…]

Thus Spake Spymasters

Thus Spake Spymasters

In Pakistan, it is rare of rarest happenings when a spy chief in the office or out of office is publicly summoned to GHQ the headquarters of Pakistan Army, Rawalpindi to explain his conduct. A host of army generals in the country created by Jinnah ‘through his indomitable will’ from General Mohammad Asghar Khan, ‘Generals in Pakistan Politics (1958- 1982)[Read More…]

Ceasefire in“Ramadan”!

Ceasefire in“Ramadan”!

(Linking cessation of military operations against militants with the holy month of Ramadan amounts to communalizing the move which should normally have no connection with religion) The Central Government recently announced the cessation of cordon and search operations by the Army during the Muslim holy month of Ramadan to give peace a chance. The announcement was made on the request[Read More…]

KHOKH:  A bogey of fear that was created in Kashmiri Muslims-minds

KHOKH:  A bogey of fear that was created in Kashmiri Muslims-minds

Kashmiri Dictionary defines the word “Khokh” as “an effigy used to scare away birds from fields of crop”. Its English equivalent is “scarecrow” which is used by peasants during harvest season in their farmlands to keep away the pesky birds from damaging the crop. That said, we know that this word was used by Kashmiri parents, usually mothers, till very[Read More…]

Rape as war weapon for Indian Armed Forces

Rape as war weapon for Indian Armed Forces

Ever since the beginning of the conflict Kashmir has witnessed a remarkably high incidence of violence in general and the rape of Kashmiri women by security forces in particular. Rape is used as a means of targeting women whom the security forces accuse of being militant sympathisers; in raping them, the security forces are attempting to punish and humiliate the[Read More…]

New Delhi: President Pranab Mukherjee with  Lt Governor of A & N Islands, Prof Jagdish Mukhi at a meeting in New Delhi on Wednesday.PTI Photo/RB(PTI8_31_2016_000279A)

When Will Pranab Mukherjee Be The Chief Guest At The Functions Of Jaish-E-Mohammad And Lashkar-E-Taiba?

According to the national publicity in-charge of the RSS, Arun Kumar, the former President of India and the veteran Congress leader Pranab Mukherjee will be attending as chief guest the valedictory session of the ‘Tritiya Varsh Varg’ or the 3-year year graduation course conducted by RSS. This course, one of the major events, organized by the RSS produces cadres committed[Read More…]

Naval Kishor Kumar, Hindi Editor of Forward Press, Recieves Death Threats

Naval Kishor Kumar, Hindi Editor of Forward Press, Recieves Death Threats

Naval Kishor Kumar, Hindi Editor of Forward Press, has received death threats from the supporters of Brahmeshwar Mukhiya. Over the last 24 hours, he has received numerous phone calls issuing death threats to him and rape threats against his family members living in Bihar. The miscreants, who are believed to be part of the Ranvir Sena, have even posted threatening[Read More…]

Eight Things I learned About Palestine While Touring Eight Western Nations

Eight Things I learned About Palestine While Touring Eight Western Nations

On February 20, 2018, I embarked on a global book tour that has, thus far, taken me to eight nations. The main theme of all my talks in various cultural, academic and media platforms was the pressing need to refocus the discussion on Palestine on the struggle, aspirations and history of the Palestinian people. But, interacting with hundreds of people[Read More…]

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Universities, Branding and Saudi Arabia

Universities, Branding and Saudi Arabia

The modern university is a tertiary colonising institution.  Like the old mercantilist bodies – the Dutch East India Company and its equivalents – the educational world is there to be acquired by bureaucrats, teachers and, it is hoped, suitable recruits. To that end, a good degree of amorality is required.  Scruples are best left to others, and most certainly not[Read More…]

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Gauri Lankesh

Gauri Lankesh Murder: Hindu Janajagruti Samiti Linked With Killers Was Patronized By Modi As CM Of Gujarat

The Karnataka police has found clear linkages between the killers of Gauri Lankesh and two Hindutva organizations, the Hindu Janajagruti Samiti (HJS) and its sister concern, Sanatan Sanstha.[i] These are two Maharashtra/Goa based Hindutva organizations which adore MS Golwalkar. The hand of the same organizations was suspected in the murders of Narender Dabholkar, Govind Pansare and Professor MM Kalburgi. But[Read More…]

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Sikhs, As True Gems, Are Welcomed Neighbors in Massachusetts, USA

Sikhs, As True Gems, Are Welcomed Neighbors in Massachusetts, USA

  I am not the only one who strongly admires and respects the Sikhs. My Governor Charlie Baker, the most popular one in the USA for all fifty states, does so, too. He will always support them on account since they are wonderful in many regards. Why? In part, it is because that he supports ethnic and religious diversity. He[Read More…]

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

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

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

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Venezuela Defeats US In Election, Now Must Build Independent Economy

Venezuela Defeats US In Election, Now Must Build Independent Economy

Upon returning to the United States from Venezuela and reading the terrible media reporting of the election, it was evident that the people of the United States are being lied to. The Intrepid News Fund and Venezuela Analysis invited me and others to come to Venezuela for the election to see first hand what actually happened so we could report[Read More…]

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Freedom of Expression: A Global Threat

Freedom of Expression: A Global Threat

 India, a complex, beautiful and enchanting land, a melting pot of innumerable cultures, religions, ethnicities and traditions. India, a society deeply rooted in tolerance, compassion and forbearance. India, a land where the legends of Akbar’s justice, Shahjahan’s love, Prithvi Raj’s valor, Chanakya’s wisdom, live in every household. India, a land which gave birth to the concept of ahinsa, a land[Read More…]

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Spy Chronicles: A one-sided narrative

Spy Chronicles: A one-sided narrative

Pakistan’s former spy chief, General Asad Durrani, is facing flak. His former colleagues in the army are fuming for his latest endeavour – writing a book in collaboration with Amar Singh Dulat, former head of the Research and Analysis Wing (RAW), the premier Indian intelligence agency. General Asif Ghafoor, head of the ISPR, Pakistan military’s public information arm, summoning Durrani[Read More…]

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Indian Education- Suicide--Madura beats

Umpteen suicides – Are we qualified to stop it?  Some educational measures to adopt…

An 11-year-old girl from South Carolina shot herself to death because she was being bullied at school… A 12-year-old boy jumped from an overpass above Interstate 66 in northern Virginia and landed on a car…A 17-year-old IIT aspirant jumped to death as she was disappointed with her scores in IIT-JEE Mains Headlines, headlines everywhere…umpteen and quotidian suicides among our youth[Read More…]

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The Blatant Conspiracy behind Senator Robert F. Kennedy’s Assassination

The Blatant Conspiracy behind Senator Robert F. Kennedy’s Assassination

Early in 1968, Clyde Tolson, F.B.I. Director J. Edgar Hoover’s deputy and bosom buddy, a key player in the assassination of Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr., expressed both the hope and intent of those making sure that there would never be another president by the name Kennedy, when he said about RFK that “I hope someone shoots and kills the[Read More…]

Sabka Saath Sabka Vikas and Ache Din- Is it real?

Sabka Saath Sabka Vikas and Ache Din- Is it real?

The current Government came to power with the slogans of ‘Ache Din’ and ‘Sabka saath, Sabka vikas’ in which promises of better days and an inclusive model of development was promised. Lot of public relations exercises through advertisements, interviews in government favouring news channels tried to project its ‘development’ orientation. In reality, the travel made thus far shows a different[Read More…]

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Make in India to Kill in India

Make in India to Kill in India

After Raigad, Jaitapur (Maharashtra), Kalinganagar, Niyamgiri, Gandhamardhan, Dhinkia and Khandadhar (Odisha), Nandigram, Singur (West Bengal), Dandakaranya, Raipur (Chhatishgarh), Jharkhand’s Saranda, MP’s Singrouli, Kovvada, Sompeta (Andhra Pradesh) and Koodankulam and Neduvasal (Tamil Nadu), the recent unfortunate events at the copper smelter plant of Sterlite Industries at Tuticorin bring out the basic issue back to the table. Can the state agencies and[Read More…]

TOPSHOT - Palestinians clash with with Israeli forces near the border between the Gaza strip and Israel east of Gaza City on May 14, 2018, as Palestinians protest over the inauguration of the US embassy following its controversial move to Jerusalem. - Dozens of Palestinians were killed by Israeli fire on May 14 as tens of thousands protested and clashes erupted along the Gaza border against the US transfer of its embassy to Jerusalem, after months of global outcry, Palestinian anger and exuberant praise from Israelis over President Donald Trump's decision tossing aside decades of precedent. (Photo by MAHMUD HAMS / AFP)        (Photo credit should read MAHMUD HAMS/AFP/Getty Images)

Gaza Massacre Update – Decent Humanity Will Boycott Apartheid Israel & All its Supporters

The latest Israeli Gaza Massacre in which Apartheid Israeli soldiers shot and killed 116 unarmed Palestinian protesters and wounded 13,000, has divided the world into 2 camps, (1) the Good,those who have variously reacted with horror, condemnation and demands for action against the Israeli perpetrators, and (2) the Bad, those whose responses have been to support the perpetrators or have[Read More…]

Fathi Harb burnt himself to death in Gaza. Will the world notice?

Fathi Harb burnt himself to death in Gaza. Will the world notice?

Fathi Harb should have had something to live for, not least the imminent arrival of a new baby. But last week the 21-year-old extinguished his life in an inferno of flames in central Gaza. It is believed to be the first example of a public act of self-immolation in the enclave. Harb doused himself in petrol and set himself alight[Read More…]

13 Inconvenient Truths About What Has Been Happening In Gaza: Another Corporate Media Spin

13 Inconvenient Truths About What Has Been Happening In Gaza: Another Corporate Media Spin

The Palestinian peoples historic Great March of Return has begun in Gaza in the face of horrendous Israeli military violence and the massive moral, logistical, corporate financial aid and support provided by Israel’s allied countries, whose worldwide corporate press progaganda continues to wage its own assault against the Palestinians. The corporate media network, always intensely adept and subtly clever, has[Read More…]

How Long Can The Sri Lankan Government Hoodwink The UN And The International Community?

How Long Can The Sri Lankan Government Hoodwink The UN And The International Community?

The Sri Lankan State runs on Sinhala Buddhist chauvinism, the Maha Sanga and the Buddhist Clergy. The Sri Lankan State has to obtain the blessings of these people to enact any laws regarding devolution of powers to the Tamils in the North and East of Sri Lanka and the participation of foreign judges to investigate the war crimes committed by[Read More…]

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Conflict Theory and Biosphere Annihilation

In a recent article titled ‘Challenges for Resolving Complex Conflicts’, I pointed out that existing conflict theory pays little attention to the extinction-causing conflict being ongoingly generated by human over-consumption in the finite planetary biosphere (and, among other outcomes, currently resulting in 200 species extinctions daily). I also mentioned that this conflict is sometimes inadequately identified as a conflict caused[Read More…]

‘Honour Killing’ Of A Dalit Youth Shocks Kerala

‘Honour Killing’ Of A Dalit Youth Shocks Kerala

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

An American Babushka in Moscow:  On falling in love with Moscow and its pastrami

An American Babushka in Moscow:  On falling in love with Moscow and its pastrami

I am from New York City, and what that means is that I know a good pastrami sandwich when I see, or more properly, taste one.  For those of you who do not know what pastrami is, let me give you a quick course in Jewish cuisine.According to David Sax, author of “Save the Deli,” pastrami is not actually a[Read More…]

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 Saudi Wahabbism Serves Western Imperialism

Text and Photos: Andre Vltchek When the Saudi Crown Prince gave an interview to the Washington Post, declaring that it was actually the West that encouraged his country to spread Wahhabism to all corners of the world, there was a long silence in almost all the mass media outlets in the West, but also in countries such as Egypt and[Read More…]

India’s Public Banks Are Its Lifeline: Privitisation Will Ruin Them

India’s Public Banks Are Its Lifeline: Privitisation Will Ruin Them

The world’s investment leader, Warren Buffett, once said, “It’s only when the tide goes out that you realise who has been swimming naked”. When the banking system hit the rocks and the tide turned, the naked were caught disrobed. Similarly, sometimes it takes a pitch-black economy to reveal who and what in the financial firmament really shines. It is only[Read More…]

Donald Trump, Summits and Cancellations

Donald Trump, Summits and Cancellations

It was the sort of party you would be reluctant to turn up to, and its cancellation would have caused a sigh of relief. But when the US president replicates the feigned hurt of a guest who has been impugned, the puzzlement deepens.  A mix of crankiness and promise, Trump’s letter announcing the cancellation of the Singapore meeting with North[Read More…]

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A Marine carry team moves a transfer case containing the remains of Lance Cpl. Nickolas A. Daniels at Dover Air Force Base, Del. Monday, Nov. 7, 2011. According to the Department of Defense, Daniels, 25, of Elmwood Park, Ill., died Nov. 5, 2011 while conducting combat operations in Helmand province, Afghanistan. (AP Photo/Steve Ruark)

What Dead GIs Would Say To the World on Memorial Day About Being Praised As Heroes

If they could speak from their graves, GIs who died shamefully killing, maiming and destroying within innocent populations would appeal to Majority Humanity in the ever targeted for plunder 3rd World to effect the same level of solidarity that the racist neocolonial investment banker driven imperialists of the 1st World of mostly Caucasian population display, and bring their five centuries[Read More…]

Mass Shootings In The U.S. – An Historical Perspective

Mass Shootings In The U.S. – An Historical Perspective

A week ago on May 18, 10 students were killed and 13 wounded at Santa Fe High school just south of Houston, within its metropolitan area.  The shooter was a student who, as can now be expected, had been bullied. While definitions of a mass shooting may vary, the Investigative Assistance for Violent Crimes Act of 2012 labels it as[Read More…]

 I Ask That A Proper Play About Muslims Be Written

 I Ask That A Proper Play About Muslims Be Written

“To think that we can understand Islam through current headlines and the conflicting opinions of political pundits is sheer illusion. But the misrepresentations embedded in many scholarly tomes from prestigious institutions create even more problems.” — Richard Martin Oxman Some citizens in Europe and the United States have engaged in ugly debates about whether or not they ought to welcome[Read More…]

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That Peace Train Track

That Peace Train Track

Something good has begun Oh, I’ve been smiling lately — Cat Stevens There is environmental degradation under Trump, for sure. However, it would be a major mistake to think that things were better under previous administrations on that score. Matters were sufficiently horrible under ALL administrations (through Clinton, Bush, Obama and Trump) to demand the most severe condemnation. And NEW EFFECTIVE ACTION — designed[Read More…]

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Election observer: ‘The majority have chosen the path they want for Venezuela’

Election observer: ‘The majority have chosen the path they want for Venezuela’

By Eulalia Reyes de Whitney & Federico Fuentes More than 300 international representatives from organisations such as the African Union, the Caribbean Community and the Electoral Experts Council of Latin America, as well as former heads of states, parliamentarians, trade unionists and solidarity activists, were present for Venezuela’s May 20 presidential vote. Among them was Eulalia Reyes de Whitney, a Venezuelan-born activist with the Australia Venezuela[Read More…]

Why we need gender sensitive trade policies?

Why we need gender sensitive trade policies?

Holding on to the assumptions and apprehensions tightly may deny us, many a times, the opportunity to assess the concerns and constructive possibilities that lie ahead. This specially holds relevance in many domains of economic policy making in a development paradigm which require us to construct multidimensional, holistic approaches that not only go beyond the obvious but takes into account[Read More…]

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Rally against the killings of protesters in Tamil Nadu held in Canada

Rally against the killings of protesters in Tamil Nadu held in Canada

South Asian activists came together to protest against the killings of 12 demonstrators by the Tamil Nadu police at Holland Park in Surrey on Saturday evening, May 26. Organized by Radical Desi, the rally started with a moment of silence for the demonstrators killed by the police in Thoothukudi, and also for nearly 60 Palestinian protesters killed by the Israeli[Read More…]

The Time of the Great Slaughter: the Seneca Cliff of Rabbit Island

The Time of the Great Slaughter: the Seneca Cliff of Rabbit Island

Little rabbits, little rabbits, come to me and hear this story. I can tell it to you because I am the oldest rabbit of all the island and I have heard it by rabbits older than me, who heard it from rabbits older than them. And so, this is the story of the island where we live, that we call[Read More…]

The Politics of Pink

The Politics of Pink

“But my favourite colour is pink Mamma”, he said with pleading eyes for the umpteenth time. “I know, but blue is such a lovely colour. And grey, black, green are also so nice”, she tried persuading him. “No, I like pink and purple. I want to buy those pink shoes”, he persisted. “Pink is a very girlie colour, you know.[Read More…]

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

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

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

The Climate Justice Movement Splits from Environmentalists

The Climate Justice Movement Splits from Environmentalists

  The science behind climate change is well known: an overabundance of CO2 and other greenhouse gases, raising the average global temperature and causing widespread melting of glaciers and ice shelves that could raise sea level by one meter (a conservative estimate) to three meters (likely by the end of this century if we continue business as usual). The lack[Read More…]

Incompatibility of Capitalism and Life

Incompatibility of Capitalism and Life

  “Can you think of any problem in any area of human endeavor on any scale, from microscopic to global, whose long-term solution is in any demonstrable way aided, assisted, or advanced by further increases in population, locally, nationally, or globally?” – Al Bartlett Al Bartlett is no longer with us but his wisdom persists. This quotation comes at a[Read More…]

Donating yourself – The tortuous journey to donate your organs

Donating yourself – The tortuous journey to donate your organs

The Finance minister , Shri Arun Jaitley underwent a kidney transplant operation successfully recently, following in the footsteps of Mrs. Sushma Swaraj, the External Affairs Minister in 2016. Even as he recovers from the surgery, the transplant has brought into focus, the lives of lakhs of people  living in the shadows – those who are waiting, often for years for[Read More…]

Sikh cop save the life of Muslim boy from a violent mob

Sikh cop save the life of Muslim boy from a violent mob

Recently a video is making round on social media where a Sikh police officer saved a Muslim boy from the violent mob in Uttarakhand. In the video, the officer Gangandeep Singh made an entry like a bollywood hero and saved the Muslim guy, who was allegedly found with the Hindu girl in a temple. The video shows the Muslim boy[Read More…]

Houses Demolished in the Name of Housing Scheme in Indore

Houses Demolished in the Name of Housing Scheme in Indore

Co-Written by Ankit Jha & Anand Lakhan On the morning of May 23rd 2018 more than 110 houses were demolished at Bhuri Tekri in Indore by Indore Municipal Corporation. Houses were demolished for the rehabilitation of people under the in-situ slum redevelopment component of Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojana-Urban (PMAY-U). Most of the residents belong to Dalit community. In an earlier[Read More…]

An American Babushka in Moscow:  The Tai Chi Babushki: How I was taught I wasn’t a Communist

An American Babushka in Moscow:  The Tai Chi Babushki: How I was taught I wasn’t a Communist

It is late spring in Moscow, and the day is exquisite.  I sit on my balcony and drink my coffee and watch  a mischievous breeze run through the trees.  It brushes against them, makes them bob and sway like off balance dancers.    When it scuttles away, the branches slide back into the sun, hold still, and the space we share[Read More…]

Dark Web: The darkest corner of internet

Dark Web: The darkest corner of internet

New Delhi: Buying illegal items has never been easier. With a click of a mouse, one can purchase almost any illegal commodity and get it delivered to any location worldwide. Be it an automatic pistol, or drugs from western countries, the mysterious world of Dark Web has it all. One can browse through the dark web marketplaces like People’s Drugs[Read More…]

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500 years is long enough! Human Depravity in the Congo

500 years is long enough! Human Depravity in the Congo

I would like to tell you something about human depravity and illustrate just how widespread it is among those we often regard as ‘responsible’. I am going to use the Democratic Republic of the Congo as my eample. As I illustrate and explain what has happened to the Congo and its people during the past 500 years, I invite you[Read More…]

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Survival

We have little time to save our children. Life is facing extinction within the near future. In the last session we all stated our major concerns and what needs to be prioritised to improve our lives. We were given statistics that showed there’s both improvement on many vital measures and some worries. So it looks as if we are managing.[Read More…]

States of Cruelty: The Dead Refugees of Manus

States of Cruelty: The Dead Refugees of Manus

In those seemingly interminable refugee debates being held in various countries, cruelty is pure theatre. It is directed, stage managed, the victims treated as mere marionettes in a play of putrid public policy and indifferent public officials.  Barriers have been set; barbed wire has been put in place. Open zones such as the European Union are being internally bordered up,[Read More…]

The US and CHINA in the Oil and Dollar Game

The US and CHINA in the Oil and Dollar Game

This cartoon depicts the poor mouse (Trump) in a trap and the question (by China) for him to rate his dining experience. Trapped, the US will be in no position to rate the experience. The cheese represents the Chinese bait, not necessarily N. Korea. This article is not about the cancelled Trump-Kim summit. It’s about oil and US dollar domination.[Read More…]

 That’s Why We Shouldn’t Be Killing Anyone

 That’s Why We Shouldn’t Be Killing Anyone

“The world is charged with the grandeur of God.” — Gerard Manley Hopkins Everyone… everyone seemed to be “bleared, smeared with toil.” I made an attempt to interact at the dinner table, and I chose to bring up an amazing set of facts that I had come across earlier in the day; I vowed to be smart and stay away[Read More…]

How to Deal with the NFL and the USA: Thoughts of Smith, Carlos and Robeson

How to Deal with the NFL and the USA: Thoughts of Smith, Carlos and Robeson

“There is a cross to bear when you go out there far enough, departing severely from what’s permissible, like what Paul Robeson did.” — Richard Martin Oxman The Vets Administration disability backlog of veterans awaiting care had topped 800,000. The cases of sexual assault within the U.S. military which go unpunished hovers around 20,000 these days. The suicides among vets[Read More…]

The Mystery Snipers In Tuticorin

The Mystery Snipers In Tuticorin

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

Kartar Singh Sarabha – A Hero Who Inspired Bhagat Singh

Kartar Singh Sarabha – A Hero Who Inspired Bhagat Singh

India has produced great young persons who dared to lay their lives fighting for freedom from British. Bhagat Singh, Sukhdev and others are well known. But there were many others who are not remembered by many people to-day. One such young martyr is Kartar Singh who inspired Bhagat Singh in his struggle against colonialism. Life sketch Kartar Singh Sarabha ([Read More…]

The ‘Trump Card’ In Korean Peninsula In Times of Uneasy Peace

The ‘Trump Card’ In Korean Peninsula In Times of Uneasy Peace

The US President Donald Trump has done it again. He has withdrawn from his commitment to a planned summit with the North Korean leader Kim Jong-un in Singapore on 12 June. Trump announced this amid reports of North Korea dismantling its nuclear facility in Punggye-ri on Thursday. Trump stated that he had come to this decision following “hostile” statements from[Read More…]

Weapons of the Weak: Bringing Democracy to Streets

Weapons of the Weak: Bringing Democracy to Streets

Kiran Nagarkar, well-known novelist, floated the idea during his recent interaction with activists that some kind of a rasta roko agitation could be held to check the growing congestion caused by cars, to assert people’s right to the road and to help increase the speed of BEST buses. The car lobby , the traffic police and the whole establishment will[Read More…]

The Angle From Which I Chose to Teach Eight-Year-Old Children About Guns

The Angle From Which I Chose to Teach Eight-Year-Old Children About Guns

The mother of one of the dozen third graders I was teaching last year in a home school setting crossed paths with me the other day. She reminded me of how the parents of my young charges had requested that I address gun violence with their children after the San Bernadino Elementary School Shooting came down. I had questioned whether or not[Read More…]

Eternal Disappearance: MH370 and the Hangar Gossipers

Eternal Disappearance: MH370 and the Hangar Gossipers

It has fuelled enough speculation to fill libraries and populate databases at catchy speed.  The disappearance of MH370 en route from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing on March 8, 2014, one of two Malaysian Airlines flights to perish that year, continues to torment relatives and tantalise the diviners of mystery. Ocean Infinity, the Houston-based company retained by the Malaysian government to[Read More…]

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Iran and Pompeo’s 12-Point Ludicrous Wish List–Empire’s End of the Rope?

When you listen to Secretary of State, Mike Pompeo’s 12-Point wish list, what he calls Plan B to confront Iran – one can but wonder, has this man, or for that matter the entire Trump Administration, truly departed from the realm of common sense? – This is, of course, a question many of us have been asking for quite a[Read More…]

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Fixing The Violence As Best As One Can

 One of my friends right now is in Bangladesh. He’s in the middle of having a shock to his soul or his sensibilities (if one doesn’t believe in a soul) due to having been invited to write an assessment for “ROHINGYA: Bangladesh Mission Report.” Yes, it is hard to bear witness. It is hard to endure suffering and loss on[Read More…]

Revisiting Governor’s Role

Revisiting Governor’s Role

  With the resignation of the BJP’s BS Yeddyurappa as Chief Minister just before a trust vote Karnataka’s  political cliffhanger might have ended, at least for time being, but the power and role of Governor in the formation of a government in the eventof a fractured verdict willcontinue to be debated for some time to come. The validity of the[Read More…]

Srinagar International Airport, A Cruel Joke!

Srinagar International Airport, A Cruel Joke!

(Going by International Civil Aviation Standards, the Civil Airport at Srinagar does not, in reality, function as an International Airport) For a change, let us see how the airport is described in the famous online encyclopedia, Wikepedia. It says, “Sheikh-ul-Alam International Airport (IATA: SXR, ICAO: VISR) also known as Srinagar Airport is an international airport that serves Srinagar, the summer capital of the state of Jammu and Kashmir, India. It is[Read More…]

‘ Legalizing ‘ Abuse

‘ Legalizing ‘ Abuse

Now – a- days, the news of rapes and other forms of atrocities have become daily routine. While the number of crimes is rising, number of arrests, let alone convictions, is not increasing. Women and girls are losing confidence in the system. They are being abused in public by male with impunity. If one goes by the ruling of Chattisgarh[Read More…]

Dear Asifa…..

Dear Asifa…..

Dear Asifa, I have lost count of the endless letters I have written in my mind’s note pad to you since last month. There were so many moments when thoughts about you, the special life you led in the short time you lived and the memories shared by your parents and friends made me want to talk to you. But[Read More…]

A Litany for the Rains

A Litany for the Rains

there’s crazy music that rains down every nook and corner of the universe there’s crazy music that shoots up along arteries on both sides of the skull it is like vines of dark time it is like the darkest flames from the darkest chambers did the newspapers not tell you this? soon, it will be numbers – 9, 11, whatever[Read More…]

One More Shot Dead In Tuticorin; Death Toll 13

One More Shot Dead In Tuticorin; Death Toll 13

 Today on May 23, 2018 fresh violence was unleashed on the family of those who were killed in the police atrocities yesterday in Tuticorin. They had gathered in the Tuticorin government hospital and opposed the attempt by the government to cover-up the cold blooded murder by conducting autopsy without any witness. The police took control of the hospitals and autopsy[Read More…]

An American Babushka in Moscow:  Superstition and Slaughter: the Wars of the Lords of Opium

An American Babushka in Moscow:  Superstition and Slaughter: the Wars of the Lords of Opium

There is something in the white trunked birches of Russia that dumbs my mind and irritates my flesh.  Every May, their leaves, still small and weak from just being born into the world, provoke me to exhaustion and the coughing and sneezing begins.  This 11th spring of my Moscow years, is the worst, and the congestion becomes a bronchitis which[Read More…]

An Opportune Moment: Karnataka Legislative Elections 2018

An Opportune Moment: Karnataka Legislative Elections 2018

This reflective piece is the second within a week. It comes out of anguish and a search for political relevance in times such as this. It also comes as a response to queries from friends overseas. Theatre of the Absurd: The 19th of May 2018 was the culmination of a Theatre of the Absurdin Karnataka, performed at the VidhanaSoudha in[Read More…]

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Tamil Nadu’s General Dyer Moment

Tamil Nadu’s General Dyer Moment

Protests against the proposed expansion of Sterlite copper smelting plant, a subsidiary of Vedanta has been happening for the past 100 days in Tuticorin. The people in the surrounding locality have been protesting against the plant’s operations after severe land, water and air pollution caused by the operations of the plant as well as numerous regulation violations by the plant.[Read More…]

TOPSHOT - Palestinians clash with with Israeli forces near the border between the Gaza strip and Israel east of Gaza City on May 14, 2018, as Palestinians protest over the inauguration of the US embassy following its controversial move to Jerusalem. - Dozens of Palestinians were killed by Israeli fire on May 14 as tens of thousands protested and clashes erupted along the Gaza border against the US transfer of its embassy to Jerusalem, after months of global outcry, Palestinian anger and exuberant praise from Israelis over President Donald Trump's decision tossing aside decades of precedent. (Photo by MAHMUD HAMS / AFP)        (Photo credit should read MAHMUD HAMS/AFP/Getty Images)

Israel’s Premature Celebration: Gazans Have Crossed the Fear Barrier

60 Palestinians were killed in Gaza on May 15, simply for protesting and demanding their Right of Return as guaranteed by international law. 50 more were killed since March 30, the start of the ‘Great March of Return’, which marks Land Day. Nearly 10,000 have been wounded and maimed in between these two dates. ‘Israel has the right to defend[Read More…]

Shithole Trump Calls Immigrants Animals… But Who Are the World’s Most Savage Beasts?

Shithole Trump Calls Immigrants Animals… But Who Are the World’s Most Savage Beasts?

This week Nazi Shithole Trump called immigrants subhuman “animals”: “We have people coming into the country, or trying to come in…. You wouldn’t believe how bad these people are. These aren’t people. These are animals.” Leave aside Trump’s hollow excuse that he was talking about gangs. He was talking about people—immigrants, in many cases driven here by what the U.S.[Read More…]

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Resisting Brutality One Act At A Time!

Resisting Brutality One Act At A Time!

I have some religiously oriented and nonreligious friends who are absolutely willing to lay their lives on the line for others. In relation, the religiously oriented ones think that they may go up with God after death and thereby find continuance of themselves or think that there is reincarnation, which is somewhat the same orientation (a continuation of consciousness of[Read More…]

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Sovereign Money to Restore Democracy in Switzerland

Sovereign Money to Restore Democracy in Switzerland

  In the latest survey by Swiss television 59% of the citizens surveyed will vote yes to a reform of the money system in Switzerland. The Full Reserve Money referendum scheduled for Sunday June 10th 2018 will ask Swiss citizens to vote on a proposed change to the Swiss constitution to require the federal government to supply the national economy[Read More…]

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Belief That Relief is Within One’s Grasp: Becoming Rose Dunn

Belief That Relief is Within One’s Grasp: Becoming Rose Dunn

Dedicated to the incomparable Sylvie… who introduced me to Rose Dunn and Poco’s song about the fifteen-year-old last night “You’re the one they’d turn to, the only one they knew who’d do All her best to be around when the chips were down” — from Rose of Cimmaron “Desperado, why don’t you come to your senses? Come down from your[Read More…]

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Bail Not Jail

Bail Not Jail

  In a recent case at Uttarakhand High Court at the end of April 2018 a person accused under the Indian Penal Code of cheating, of being party to a criminal conspiracy, of wrongfully confining a person, of receiving and detaining against his will a person as a slave, and also of rendering his services for purposes of transplantation and[Read More…]

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The Freedom I Fear

The Freedom I Fear

No other right has been so dear to humans as the right to freedom. Freedom has been the bedrock of whole humanity. Then clearly stated the history of all human societies has been the history of struggle for freedom. The very creation of the humans has been justified by the free will granted to them. So it is freedom that[Read More…]

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State Masscre In Tuticorin To Protect Corporate Mafias

State Masscre In Tuticorin To Protect Corporate Mafias

What happened in Tuticorin is nothing but protecting the corporate mafias in close connivance of the state power. Let us not forget how Vedanta attempted to destroy Odisha and its great Adivasi heritage. If you see how the police and the political establishment tackled this issue, then you must remember that these things are going to happen. The police and[Read More…]

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Cold Blooded Masscre of  People of Tuticorin

Cold Blooded Masscre of  People of Tuticorin

       Coordination of Democratic Rights Organisation (CDRO) condemns strongly the cold blooded masscre of 11 and injuring more than 30 peaceful protesters against the Sterlite Smelter plant of Tuticorin, Tamil nadu. They have been protesting against the project for past several years over the pollution caused by the plant. The plant had earlier been ordered to be closed[Read More…]

Sterlite Kills

Sterlite Kills

Nine people were killed as police opened fire on protesters who were protesting, demanding closure of a copper smelting plant in Tamil Nadu’s port city of Tuticorin. The protesters were leading a procession towards the collectorate defying prohibitory orders. Angela Ferrao  is a cartoonist

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

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

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

An Orwellian Climate and the Faustian Bargain

An Orwellian Climate and the Faustian Bargain

  “Two plus two is five – if the party says so” (George Orwell). Should anyone record the history of the 20th and 21st centuries, they may report that, while temperatures and sea levels were rising, the human sense of reality has been clouded by electronic system, including television, the internetand smart phones, by science fiction, virtual realities, public circuses,[Read More…]

Cartoon by S. Reynolds/ CC BY-SA 4.0.

Scourging Yemen

  On May 10, the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia informed the UN Security Council and UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres that Saudi Air Defenses intercepted two Houthi ballistic missiles launched from inside Yemeni territory targeting densely populated civilian areas in Riyadh, the Saudi capital. No one was killed, but an earlier attack, on March 26, 2018, killed one Egyptian worker[Read More…]

Ismail Abu Riyala’s mother Kifa mourns during her son’s funeral on 15 March. Abu Riyala was killed by the Israeli navy on 25 February. Mohammed Asad

Boycott Pro-Apartheid US & Australia For Backing Israeli Gaza Massacres, Apartheid, Theft & Palestinian Genocide

  Pro-Apartheid Trump America and US lackey Australia merit international Boycotts, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) as the only countries to vote against the UN Human Rights Council’s resolution to formally investigate the latest Israeli Gaza Massacres in which Apartheid Israeli soldiers have shot 116 unarmed Palestinian  protestors and injured about 13,000. No Israeli soldiers have been killed or wounded and no[Read More…]

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Tom Wolfe the Parajournalist

Tom Wolfe the Parajournalist

As is the nature of his creepy totality, President Donald Trump has a habit of suffusing the obituaries of the famous and pampered.  Tom Wolfe, it is said by such figures as Maggie Haberman in The New York Times, conceived of Trump as a formidable figure before Trump himself came to prominence. The point is somewhat inaccurate: when The Bonfire[Read More…]

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Canada’s adventures in neoliberal imperialism continue

Canada’s adventures in neoliberal imperialism continue

Not a month goes by without Canada demonstrating in many ways that it is a strong supporter of the neoliberal imperial agenda of the – take your choice – one percenters, military-industrial-financial complex, the deep state. Since the last report, many things have lined up with U.S. desires for global hegemony Russia First off was another politically oriented attack against[Read More…]

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The Psychopathology of Capitalism- Chapter 2, Part 2

The Psychopathology of Capitalism- Chapter 2, Part 2

While the specifics of human character structure vary across time and from place to place, there are certain human characteristics which seem to arise out of primordial human needs and/or instincts.  One of these characteristics is our propensity to conceive and tell stories.  By stories I make no distinction between folk tales, legends, myths or religious fantasies.   From my perspective,[Read More…]

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Reducing the Plaque, Circumventing the Quacks

Reducing the Plaque, Circumventing the Quacks

“Untrained people who pretend to be a physician and dispense medical advice and treatment that doesn’t work or is harmful have their counterparts in the realms of government and activism.” — Richard Martin Oxman After reading her heartbreaking essay on water in Detroit, I wanted to connect with Valerie Burris, but… once again direct contact info wasn’t made available by an[Read More…]

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New Transnational Unionism: Review of ‘Choke Points’

New Transnational Unionism: Review of ‘Choke Points’

New Transnational Unionism: Review of ‘Choke Points’ eds. Alimahomed-Wilson & Ness (2018) Introduction At a time when rightwing nationalism appears increasingly to be the only voice for the embattled union movement in the global north. At a time when there is a widespread misconception of union obsolescence given the historic ebb in working class organization. At a time when the[Read More…]

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A street play against witch-hunting in a village in West Midnapore- Photo Credit/ Telegraph India

Witch-hunting with Impunity

“Witch-hunting  is a modern phenomenon with ancient  roots. We are perhaps familiar of people being branded as witches in medieval times when certain people were labelled as ‘witches’ and executed across Europe, Africa and Asia. The victims included Joan of Arc, who was burnt alive at the stake, at the  age of 19 for heresy, on 30 May 1431.” But[Read More…]

Baba Amte’s Legacy Ignites Granddaughter

Baba Amte’s Legacy Ignites Granddaughter

The future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams. -Eleanor Roosevelt The world is witnessing a new breed of women leaders and game-changers who are gate crashing and boldly scaling new heights even as they are pairing their ingenuity and knowledge with passion for bringing lasting solutions to most pressing social challenges and creating a sustainable and[Read More…]

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Required Introspection by the Top Congress Leadership

Required Introspection by the Top Congress Leadership

The Congress is the mother of all communal politics in India starting and supporting from the very Khilafat Movement, origin of RSS, further division of India and actively involved within all communal riots against Muslims after independence without putting perpetrators to Justice by their Government of the day but unfortunately, the Congress top leadership (Shrimati Sonia Gandhi) has announced recently[Read More…]

Childrens holding placards on the awareness programme at Beluguri village in Orang of Udalguri of Assam on Sunday.

Adivasi Women join hands to fight against Alcoholism

UDALGURI,Assam ,May 21: The Adivasi community of state whose fate remains locked decades after the Britshers left them in tea gardens of state are plagued with innumerous socio-economic hardships. In the ‘labour lines’ of tea gardens, in Udalguri of Assam merriment begins as soon as the sun goes down. There is not much by way of entertainment so ‘making merry’[Read More…]

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Yasha Is Not Weak!

Yasha Is Not Weak!

Like every day, the narrow lane was filled with the loud laughter and giggles of the children running around that evening. Just like every other big society or play area, there were two groups among the children, those who played the rugged games… mostly boys and a rare girl or two and the girls gang with a rare boy. Yasha,[Read More…]

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The Ramadan Break In Kashmir

The Ramadan Break In Kashmir

  The recent announcement by New Delhi to halt its military operations in Kashmir that seek to kill nominally trained and armed militants and the youth that lead agitations during the military operations is a welcome move. After two years of relentless and wanton violence, mostly provoked by the illogical military response to a struggle that is primarily based on[Read More…]

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Blood-Spilling On the Line: ‘The future of India-Pakistan lies in the past.’   

Blood-Spilling On the Line: ‘The future of India-Pakistan lies in the past.’   

It was yet another dark day for people living on the bloody line dividing Jammu and Kashmir. On Friday, fire-spewing mortar guns that have been thunderously roaring like man eaters for past seventy years devoured ten more human beingsand wounded dozens critically- perhaps disabled for life. Four civilians including a husband and wife and a Border Security Soldier where killed[Read More…]

A Tale of Two Women

A Tale of Two Women

One American and one Australian. Nikki Haley is the current US Ambassador to the UN. Julie Bishop is the current Australian Minister of Foreign Affairs. These two women have taken it upon themselves to not only support genocidal operations by Israel against unarmed Palestinian civil society but also to champion the cause of the Jewish State no matter what. I[Read More…]

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