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Chokehold on diplomat exposes Israel’s special type of apartheid

Chokehold on diplomat exposes Israel’s special type of apartheid

Nazareth: An Israeli diplomat filed a complaint last week with police after he was pulled to the ground in Jerusalem by four security guards, who knelt on his neck for five minutes as he cried out: “I can’t breathe.” There are obvious echoes of the treatment of George Floyd, an African-American killed by police in Minneapolis last month. His death[Read More…]

June 23, 2020 Uncategorized
Galwan Valley: The Lessons We Didn’t Learn In 1962

Galwan Valley: The Lessons We Didn’t Learn In 1962

On the evening of 15th June news began coming in of a commanding officer and two Indian soldiers having died in some remote area of Ladakh, in what appeared the most barbaric way. But, there was more to come. By midnight the ferocious, cave age encounter with stones, batons filled with nails and rods began emerging and the news of[Read More…]

June 20, 2020 Uncategorized
Pandemic Paxicide

Pandemic Paxicide

Globally, three million children a year die of hunger or malnourishment according to theworldcounts.com. The site also notes the number is dropping steadily. In a May 2019 editorial ,Voice of America reports, “Today, some 821 million people suffer chronically from hunger. And although this is significantly fewer people than the numbers we saw a decade ago, hunger still kills more people than AIDS,[Read More…]

May 26, 2020 Uncategorized
The Soviet Victory Over Nazism 75 Years Ago, And COVID-19

The Soviet Victory Over Nazism 75 Years Ago, And COVID-19

How could the Great Patriotic War in which the Soviet people (including many members of my own family) lost at least 25 million lives, have anything in common with the latest outbreak of the novel coronavirus? You think this is an absolutely insane question? However, before you dismiss it, think twice. There are similarities how they are being portrayed. There[Read More…]

May 19, 2020 Uncategorized
Per Capita Covid-19 Deaths In Anglosphere 5-Eyes Intelligence-Sharing  Nations Correlate With Neoliberal Greed

Per Capita Covid-19 Deaths In Anglosphere 5-Eyes Intelligence-Sharing  Nations Correlate With Neoliberal Greed

There are huge differences in Covid-19 deaths per  million of population (Covid-19 deaths/ M) in the nations of the Anglosphere 5-Eyes intelligence-sharing alliance, to whit 4/M (New Zealand), 4/M (Australia), 151/M (Canada), 272 (US) and   508 (UK). These huge differences  in  national Covid-19 deaths per  million of population  loosely correlate with political conservatism and neoliberal greed. Neoliberalism and deficient intra-national[Read More…]

May 17, 2020 Uncategorized
India’s COVID Crisis: Increasing vulnerabilities and visible caste-class divide

India’s COVID Crisis: Increasing vulnerabilities and visible caste-class divide

  ‘Sorry, we have run out of all words today, National Shame”, said the front page headline of Mumbai Mirror, a sister publication of Times of India, on the horrific killings of 16 migrant workers who were walking back to their homes in Madhya Pradesh nearly 800 kilometers away. Most of the ‘walkers’ are doing that in the night as[Read More…]

May 15, 2020 Uncategorized
Rebuilding After Corona

Rebuilding After Corona

A new freely downloadable book I would like to announce the publication of a book, which discusses the changes that we must make to create a better world after the pandemic has ended. The book may be freely downloaded and circulated from the following link: http://eacpe.org/app/wp-content/uploads/2020/04/Rebuilding-After-Corona-by-John-Scales-Avery.pdf A better world is possible! It is hard to predict how long the terrible[Read More…]

April 15, 2020 Uncategorized
Locked Down and Locking in the New Global Order

Locked Down and Locking in the New Global Order

On 12 March, British PM Boris Johnson informed the public that families would continue to “lose loved ones before their time” as the coronavirus outbreak worsens. He added: “We’ve all got to be clear, this is the worst public health crisis for a generation.” In a report, the Imperial College had warned of modelling that suggested over 500,000 would die from the virus[Read More…]

April 2, 2020 Uncategorized
Objectifying. Others

Objectifying. Others

Others are often means to making an income or vast wealth for oneself. With the way that the economy is set up, it is the norm. Here are a few examples. They should exemplify the condition. I injured my knees and other parts of my body when saving another person’s life. That action is a  no-brainer for me. If I[Read More…]

February 14, 2020 Uncategorized
Kicking The Habit

Kicking The Habit

Our addiction to fossil fuels can kill us The Industrial Revolution marked the start of a massive human use of fossil fuels. The stored energy from several hundred million years of plant growth began to be used at roughly a million times the rate at which it had been formed. The effect on human society was like that of a[Read More…]

February 10, 2020 Uncategorized
Protest Against Citizenship Amendment Act Widens In India, Hundreds of Protestors Detained

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

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

December 19, 2019 Uncategorized
Students Across India Rise Up In Anger After Jamia Milia Crack Down Against Citizenship Amendment Act

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

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

December 16, 2019 Uncategorized
Why Citizenship Amendment Bill be rejected?

Why Citizenship Amendment Bill be rejected?

The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) led government at the centre is all set to introduce the controversial Citizenship Amendment Bill (CAB) in the Parliament on December 9. The existing Citizenship Act was enacted in 1955 which along with articles 5 to 11 of the Constitution of India determines Indian citizenship. The original Citizenship Act of 1955 has been amended several[Read More…]

December 8, 2019 Uncategorized
Israel’s Aussie Mensch

Israel’s Aussie Mensch

The Zionist Federation of Australia bestowed in November its 2019 Jerusalem Prize for “exceptional in strengthening Australia-Israel relations” or as Prof. Stuart Rees puts it, ‘for sucking up to Israelis,’ on an exemplary recipient, the prime minister of Australia, Scott Morrison. Former meritorious recipients from the zionist mishpocheh are John Howard, Bob Hawke, Julia Gillard, Alex Downer and serial war[Read More…]

December 4, 2019 Uncategorized
 When the World Observes the International Day of Solidarity with the Palestinian People

 When the World Observes the International Day of Solidarity with the Palestinian People

Generally, international days are to celebrate or remember special events or achievements of humanity. These occasions can give understandings about the day and educate the international community on specific issues. It can also help to invite international attention and to mobilise political will to address global issues. By creating special observances, the United Nations Organisations (UNO) promotes general awareness and[Read More…]

November 30, 2019 Uncategorized
Rising seas threaten US Pacific nuclear dump

Rising seas threaten US Pacific nuclear dump

According to reports from the Marshall Islands, plutonium is leaking into the Pacific Ocean from a massive concrete bunker the United States built in the 1950s to dispose of nuclear waste. A potential disaster is looming. Situated mid-way between Hawaii and Australia, the Marshall Islands has a population of 53,000 people. The island chain was occupied by Allied forces in[Read More…]

November 23, 2019 Uncategorized, World
Sufi

Sufi

Each expression of beauty is an act of love.  Every manifestation of love is an act of beauty. To make a warrior’s choice in the clarity of human evolution is to invite the flowering of beauty.  To make a warrior’s choice within the possibilities of wisdom is to work intimately in the garden of love. A person does not need[Read More…]

August 27, 2019 Uncategorized
Terror Grips Kashmir

Terror Grips Kashmir

Terror grips the most militarized zone in the world after India’s Central Government terminated Jammu and Kashmir’s 70-year-old “special status” as the first step towards stripping the disputed region of statehood entirely. Internationally infamous as the world’s hottest potential nuclear flashpoint, J&K originally acceded to India in 1947 only on the condition that the newly-formed country be restricted from interfering[Read More…]

August 9, 2019 Uncategorized
At The Mercy of Rain Gods

At The Mercy of Rain Gods

Farmers in India do a lot of talking about the weather—especially, it seems, when there is no weather in sight.   when the land heats up like a furnace and most fields lie fallow, when wells have run dry and the sun taunts from its broiling perch in a cloudless sky, there is no topic more consuming—or less certain—than when and[Read More…]

June 16, 2019 Uncategorized
Venezuela in “Misery” – Lies and Deceit by the Media: Open Letter to the New York Times

Venezuela in “Misery” – Lies and Deceit by the Media: Open Letter to the New York Times

NYT – 18 May 2019 To the Editor in CHIEF Venezuela’s Collapse Is the Worst Outside of War in Decades, Economists Say https://www.nytimes.com/2019/05/17/world/americas/venezuela-economy.html?nl=todaysheadlines&emc=edit_th_190518 Subtitle: Butchers have stopped selling meat cuts in favor of offal, fat shavings and cow hooves, the only animal protein many of their customers can afford. This introduction is accompanied by a picture of a man in[Read More…]

May 20, 2019 Uncategorized
Followers And The Leader

Followers And The Leader

Some folks who were considered fairly intelligent, have fallen under the spell of a man. According to his fervent fans he is much more.He is a politician with a self-measuredfifty-six-inch chest. Though this man has not sullied his livelihood by doing anything else except politics all his life, his ardent supporters feel that he has a highly developed intellect. They[Read More…]

May 16, 2019 Uncategorized
Attacking Iran Would Mean Global Disaster

Attacking Iran Would Mean Global Disaster

On Monday, 13 May 2019, the New York Times posted an article with the title “White House Reviews Military Plams Against Iran. in Echoes of Iraq War”. Besides the aircraft carrier and other naval forces already sent to the Persian Gulf, plans include sending as many as 120,000 US troops to the region. There is a great danger that an[Read More…]

May 15, 2019 Uncategorized
Walter Benjamin’s Idea of Revolution and World’s favourite Theorist | Pravat Ranjan Sethi

Walter Benjamin’s Idea of Revolution and World’s favourite Theorist | Pravat Ranjan Sethi

Introduction The German-Jewish critic and philosopher Walter Benjamin (1892–1940) is at the present commonly regarded as one of the most important witnesses to European modernity. Walter Benjamin was known as great thinker, critic, social commentator, and theorist has become even more apparent in the English speaking world. The period from the 1910s to the late 1930s witnessed historical and intellectual[Read More…]

April 27, 2019 Uncategorized
Why Calling U.S. a ‘Democracy’ Is Both False & Dangerous to Do

Why Calling U.S. a ‘Democracy’ Is Both False & Dangerous to Do

    It’s false because it is definitely untrue, and that’s not merely because America has a higher percentage of its residents in prison than does any other nation on this planet, but also because the only scientific studies that have been done of the matter show — they prove scientifically — that the U.S. is a dictatorship by its[Read More…]

March 16, 2019 Uncategorized
Neglect of Education, Death-Squads, and the Deep State Syndrome in Bangladesh

Neglect of Education, Death-Squads, and the Deep State Syndrome in Bangladesh

Education has almost everything to do with changing, modifying, and improving the levels of people’s culture (although “improving the cultural level” is a loaded and controversial expression). To remain politically correct, we may assert that education helps us broaden our world view, liberate ourselves from age-old, prejudicial ideas and practices promoted and nurtured by pre-modern feudalism, colonialism, and stagnating postcolonial[Read More…]

March 7, 2019 Uncategorized
Pulwama Attack and the Disclosure of a Mindset

Pulwama Attack and the Disclosure of a Mindset

The deadliest suicide attack at Pulwama has yet again exposed the perennial fault lines in South Asia with epicenter being Kashmir. It has disclosed many old scars which get buried under manufactured arrangements and forced calm. The first of its magnitude, the suicide attack has revealed the hidden truths and nature of the very relationship between a reluctant Kashmir and[Read More…]

February 24, 2019 Uncategorized
World Bank warns of “storm clouds” over global economy

World Bank warns of “storm clouds” over global economy

The World Bank has added its voice to those warning of a worsening outlook for the global economy this year, amid signs that some major economies could experience a recession. In its Global Economic Prospects report issued last week, entitled “Darkening Skies,” it stated that “storm clouds are brewing for the global economy” and contrasted the situation with that of a year[Read More…]

January 15, 2019 Uncategorized
 Our Man in Riyadh: Abizaid of Arabia 

 Our Man in Riyadh: Abizaid of Arabia 

What does President Trump’s recent nomination of retired Army General John Abizaid to become the next U.S. ambassador to Saudi Arabia signify? Next to nothing — and arguably quite a lot. Abizaid’s proposed appointment is both a non-event and an opportunity not to be wasted. It means next to nothing in this sense: while once upon a time, American diplomats abroad wielded[Read More…]

November 28, 2018 Uncategorized
Siblings Zaid, Ziyad and Aisha I’mad Mahmoud Al-Haj Al-Hussein were killed in a November 3 US-led air strike on their family home in Hajin, Deir Ezzor, Syria. (Photo: Syrian Network for Human Rights)

Latest US-Led Air Strikes Kill At Least 80 Syrian Civilians

The US-led coalition against Islamic State has carried out more than 100 new air strikes targeting the militant group’s remaining strongholds in Syria’s Deir Ezzor province, killing at least 80 civilians — including dozens of women and children — in recent weeks. US-led bombing resumed on October 24 following a particularly deadly period in which scores of Syrian men, women and children[Read More…]

November 10, 2018 Uncategorized
What We Can Expect After The U.S Midterm Elections

What We Can Expect After The U.S Midterm Elections

The midterm elections are over, the result … a split-decision.  The Democrats will control the House, raising the possibility of an impeachment attempt.  The Senate remains under Republican control with their majority increased by one seat.  The president reminded us at a post-election press conference that while he could not help in the all too numerous House elections, he did[Read More…]

November 9, 2018 Uncategorized
 People Worldwide Will Soon Demand Americans Stop Planing Nuclear War Endangering Us All!

 People Worldwide Will Soon Demand Americans Stop Planing Nuclear War Endangering Us All!

  “We are moving in the direction of a multipolar world,” UN Secretary-General. China is again the world’s greatest economic power as it was through most of human history. As USA loses its economic hegemony it  will eventually lose the power to shut people up by threat of imposing crippling economic sanctions. A wave of voices across the world will[Read More…]

October 3, 2018 Uncategorized, World
The Dangers of One Nation One Election Narrative

The Dangers of One Nation One Election Narrative

The debate of simultaneous Lok  Sabha and state assemblies’ elections is gaining momentum in India.  After continuous pitch by Prime Minister Narendra Modi and ruling BJP, the Law Commission recently held consultations with national and regional parties to know their views on the idea of ‘One Nation One Election’.  The main arguments behind having One Nation One Election system are[Read More…]

July 31, 2018 Uncategorized
“A Watershed Moment in Palestinian History”: Interview with Jamal Juma’

“A Watershed Moment in Palestinian History”: Interview with Jamal Juma’

For weeks now, Palestinians everywhere have been galvanized by events taking place in the Gaza Strip, the site of weekly (since March 30) mass protests demanding the end of the siege and blockade of Gaza (in place now since 2007) and the right to return to the homes from which they or their elders had been kicked out. Dubbed the[Read More…]

June 19, 2018 Uncategorized
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…]

June 3, 2018 Uncategorized
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…]

May 31, 2018 Uncategorized
 School Shootings in America: Just the Tip of the Iceberg!

 School Shootings in America: Just the Tip of the Iceberg!

Another school shooting by a 17-year-old White student at Santa Fe yesterday (18th May 2018), and another round of “prayer” by Republican Senator Ted Cruz, Republican Governor of Texas, and other important and not-so important Americans! They admired the courage of some students, teachers, policemen, and mourned the deaths of ten victims of the attack, which was 22nd of its[Read More…]

May 20, 2018 Uncategorized
Gina Haspel and Pinocchio from Rome

Gina Haspel and Pinocchio from Rome

Being in Rome, Italy and thinking of Gina Haspel, the CIA nominee and admitted torturer who says her “moral conscience” has changed after the fact, seems most fitting.  Wherever you go in central Rome, you can hear the screams and smell the blood of those tortured and killed by the Roman Empire and those who ably followed in their stead.  [Read More…]

May 18, 2018 Uncategorized
John Avery

The Information Explosion

I would like to announce the publication of a new book entitled “The Information Explosion”. This book discusses the role of information in evolution, and especially in the evolution of human culture. Articles and book chapters that I have previously written on this subject are incorporated in the text in modified forms, but more than half of the material is[Read More…]

May 18, 2018 Uncategorized
Teesta Setalvad Honoured With Medal Of Courage

Teesta Setalvad Honoured With Medal Of Courage

Visiting social justice activist from India Teesta Setalvad was honoured with a medal of courage by Radical Desi publications and Indians Abroad For Pluralist India, at an event organized in commemoration of the Jallianwala Bagh massacre on Friday, April 13. Held at the Surrey Central Library, the event was organized to launch the Punjabi edition of Foot Soldier of the[Read More…]

April 15, 2018 Uncategorized
Disembodiment As Alienation

Disembodiment As Alienation

Alienation as Disembodiment: considerations on Edward Curtin’s Disembodied Americans and the Crucifixion of the World.  I am not writing to criticize Curtin’s piece because to my mind there is nothing to criticize; it is a well written, interesting and insightful piece.  I am only writing to address his primary question which, as I see it, is why are so many[Read More…]

April 1, 2018 Uncategorized
Punishing Russia

Punishing Russia

  The 1991 collapse of the Soviet Union gave the American administration the opportunity to become the only political and military global power. The world, then, became unipolar. The American Military Industrial Complex, though, suffered greatly since the main American enemy; the Soviet Union, had been neutralized and there was no more need for arms race. The attacks on 911[Read More…]

March 22, 2018 Uncategorized
"Might we, by willful choice, transition from Earth exploiters to Earth healers?" (Photo: Bart/flickr/cc)

Economic System Reform: Saving The Planet; Salvaging The Human Prospect

Economic systems include elements of design. Economic systems are not the progeny of happenstance, nor are they beyond our powers, like the sun and moon and stars above. And based on how things have worked out, nor are they the fruit of unimpeachable wisdom. In any case, they are influential. If a successful human presence on earth – which includes[Read More…]

February 10, 2018 Uncategorized
Photo by riagarwa

Perspectives On Activism: Waiting And Being Present

  “The more people I meet, the happier I become.” -Samuel Beckett, Waiting for Godot In the interregnum, we find ourselves as citizens waiting…for something. We bide our time with pablums, social media, or sports, or even pseudo-political debates. Many have insulated themselves from real issues: economic, social, and ecological justice. Capitalism imposes a state of captivity, one where spontaneity[Read More…]

February 8, 2018 Uncategorized
Demonizing Kashmiris!

Demonizing Kashmiris!

(The greatest achievement of the present central government has been demonizing of Kashmiris throughout India!) The incidents of beating Kashmiri students in different institutions in India have been spreading like an epidemic. Every second day or so one hears about the students being roughed up in one or the other institution, in buses, in trains and so on. In fact,[Read More…]

February 8, 2018 Uncategorized
Shithole!

Shithole!

Trump Henchman coming
Trump College of Law
Over my dead body unopposed!

January 27, 2018 Uncategorized
Iran Is ‘Not Alone’: Interview With Andre Vltchek

Iran Is ‘Not Alone’: Interview With Andre Vltchek

Andre Vltchek interviewed by Mostafa Afzalzadeh Q – M.A.: Why do you think the western countries are trying to use people against Iran and not use military force? What is the difference? A – A.V.: It is because Iran is ‘not alone’. If the West were to dare use military force against Iran, directly, there would be an immediate response[Read More…]

January 15, 2018 Uncategorized
 Trump’s National Security Strategy: A Strategy Of Thuggery And Intimidation

 Trump’s National Security Strategy: A Strategy Of Thuggery And Intimidation

  During his national security speech last Monday, December 18th Trump introduced his administration’s new “America First” national security strategy in a surprisingly unaccustomed calm and calculated mannerism that is uncharacteristic of him. Although it seemed that he was well coached, yet, he couldn’t escape his narcissistic tendency and kept denunciating previous administrations while praising his own. Trump accused the[Read More…]

December 26, 2017 Uncategorized
CNN Breaks Story On Slave Trade In Libya; French Government Voices Concern For African Migrants

CNN Breaks Story On Slave Trade In Libya; French Government Voices Concern For African Migrants

The world we find ourselves in is complex and full of contradictions. It is easy to fall for rudimentary textbook propaganda based on simplistic dichotomies, such as ‘the good guys versus the bad guys’. If we are not aware of the complexities and nuances facing us, we can fall for this type of propaganda, whose sole aim is to keep[Read More…]

November 25, 2017 Uncategorized
A Triumph Of Accountancy: The Paradise Papers

A Triumph Of Accountancy: The Paradise Papers

This was another case of the big and the powerful undercutting the tax systems of the world. But could anyone be genuinely surprised at the revelations to come out of the Paradise Papers on the workings of the tax haven industry? Of the 13.4 million files revealed by the Süddeutsche Zeitung, the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists and some 90[Read More…]

November 7, 2017 Uncategorized
Populism And The Current Crisis In Liberalism

Populism And The Current Crisis In Liberalism

The vacuum populism creates for itself after digging the grave of liberalism reveals that it faces its own ‘crisis of replacement’. It is the same paradox which Gramsci had faced, confronting a time when “the old is dying and the new is powerless to be born”. “In this interregnum”, he wrote “a great variety of morbid symptoms arise.” Populism just might be the morbid symptom of our time, and it is fatal to mistake the symptom for a cure.

September 25, 2017 Uncategorized
UN Must Take A Leaf From The Global Grassroots BDS Movement

UN Must Take A Leaf From The Global Grassroots BDS Movement

  Among ongoing outrageous actions and in defiance of international law, Israel’s HabayitHayehudi party has just approved a plan for annexing the remaining occupied Palestinian territory “while either facilitating the exit of Palestinian residents or allowing them to remain but without voting rights.” This is by no means a surprising outcome, nor is it simply a reflection of so-called right-wing[Read More…]

September 21, 2017 Uncategorized
The Flawed Institution: Australian Marriage And The Same-Sex Debate

The Flawed Institution: Australian Marriage And The Same-Sex Debate

It’s a pretty curious thing to see: marriage being defended at all.  Like slavery, and not necessarily inconsistent with it, marriage is an institution. It embraces codes. It imparts obligations, duties, and rights.  And it creeps up on you. In Australia, flawed campaigns are being waged in its name.  This has been occasioned by an absence of parliamentary will.  Abdicating[Read More…]

September 3, 2017 Uncategorized
Walk For Pluralist India Held In Vancouver

Walk For Pluralist India Held In Vancouver

A Walk for Pluralist India against growing attacks on religious minorities under Modi government was held here on Sunday evening. Organized by the Indians Abroad for Pluralist India (IAPI), the walk started from the Simon Fraser University Harbour Center and went up to the Komagata Maru Memorial. The participants stopped by at the Indian consulate for sloganeering and dropped some[Read More…]

August 28, 2017 Uncategorized
Hadiya Case: A Potpourri of Conversion, Marriage And Security Case

Hadiya Case: A Potpourri of Conversion, Marriage And Security Case

  The case related to annulment of interreligious marriage between a Muslim groom and Hindu turned Muslim bride by the Kerala High Court has caught the imagination of the entire nation. This national interest in this case is because it has reached the Supreme Court where some high profile lawyers of the country are arguing for and against, bringing out[Read More…]

August 21, 2017 Uncategorized
Stopping Hate Crimes!

Stopping Hate Crimes!

 There are two states that I think are best in my country, USA. That’s here in MA where I live and VT. My state is called the pinko (meaning communist) state by many people. I don’t think that the moniker fits, but who cares about the way that we are named? I have not met a single commie in my[Read More…]

August 20, 2017 Uncategorized
UK Indians March For Communal Harmony

UK Indians March For Communal Harmony

In a massive show of strength hundreds of Indians living in United Kingdom gathered at Tavistock Square to express their disapproval of the politics of hatred and growing incidents of mob lynching against minorities, Dalits and other marginalised sections in India. They expressed their horror how the constitutional values of secularism, pluralism, democracy and dissent are under the assault by[Read More…]

August 16, 2017 Uncategorized
Surayya Badruddin Tayyabji: The Woman Behind Indian National Flag

Surayya Badruddin Tayyabji: The Woman Behind Indian National Flag

When the people of the country hoist flag and celebrate ‘ independence ‘ they rarely think about the woman who was responsible in designing the flag. The hindutva forces rarely acknowledge the contribution of Mohd Iqbal whose famous lyric ‘ saarey Jahan sey achcha hindostan hamaara ‘ rings in the ears on every Independence and republic day. Allama Iqbal is[Read More…]

August 16, 2017 Uncategorized
India, United By Blood : Pune Stands  Up For Communal Harmony

India, United By Blood : Pune Stands  Up For Communal Harmony

This year, the country celebrates the 75th Anniversary of one of the most glorious chapters of our Freedom Struggle, the Quit India Movement, that was launched on August 9, 1942. Our freedom struggle has been an epic example of unity in diversity. We have centuries old tradition of harmonious integration of various streams of human civilisation of the world comingling[Read More…]

August 14, 2017 Uncategorized
Heroes and Sheroes of Plural India – Akshay Brahmachari

Heroes and Sheroes of Plural India – Akshay Brahmachari

This article is part of a series called “Heroes And Sheroes Of Plural India” under #AnHourForCommunalHramony campaign to celebrate the Heroes and Sheroes who struggled to shape modern India in all its plurality.  Today we celebrate Akshay Brahmachari who worked for communal harmony in Ayodhya.  All are welcome to contribute an hour of your day, in celebrating these Heroes and[Read More…]

August 9, 2017 Uncategorized
Rana Ayyub To Be Honoured In Surrey

Rana Ayyub To Be Honoured In Surrey

Courageous author and journalist Rana Ayyub – who exposed the involvement of the Indian officials in the systematic killings of Muslims will be honoured by Radical Desi in Surrey, Canada this Saturday. The writer of Gujarat Files – based on her undercover investigation of the administrative and police officers who were responsible for the murders of the members of the[Read More…]

August 9, 2017 Uncategorized
Heroes And Sheroes Of Plural India: Savitribai Phule

Heroes And Sheroes Of Plural India: Savitribai Phule

  This article is part of a series called “Heroes And Sheroes Of Plural India” under #AnHourForCommunalHramony campaign to celebrate the Heroes and Sheroes who struggled to shape modern India in all its plurality.  Today we celebrate Savitribai Phule “The First Lady of Indian Women’s Education”. All are welcome to contribute an hour of your day, in celebrating these Heroes and Sheroes[Read More…]

August 8, 2017 Uncategorized
To Mark The 75th Anniversary of Quit India Movement/August Revolution “Anti-Constitutional Elements Quit Power” Rally

To Mark The 75th Anniversary of Quit India Movement/August Revolution “Anti-Constitutional Elements Quit Power” Rally

9th August 2017 will be the 75th anniversary of the Quit India Movement. To mark the occasion, the Socialist Party has decided to organize “Anti-Constitutional Elements Quit Power” rally in Delhi.

August 5, 2017 Uncategorized
Heroes And Sheroes Of Plural India: Nangeli 

Heroes And Sheroes Of Plural India: Nangeli 

   This article is part of a series called “Heroes And Sheroes Of Plural India” under #AnHourForCommunalHramony campaign to celebrate the Heroes and Sheroes who struggled to shape modern India in all its plurality.  Today we celebrate Nangeli, who challenged the caste system by refusing to pay  the inhumane ‘breast tax’. All are welcome to contribute an hour of your[Read More…]

August 5, 2017 Uncategorized
An Open Letter To The Heads Of All Churches And Other Christian Leaders

An Open Letter To The Heads Of All Churches And Other Christian Leaders

We, as Indian Christians, are concerned at the steady shift we see in our country from a pluralist, secular, democracy to a Hindu Rashtra. What used to be fringe, has now become mainstream. There is a systematic design to undermine the Constitution. Official machinery often seems working in tandem with the ‘vigilantes’. Street lynching, victims charged as accused, stage-managed trials;[Read More…]

August 4, 2017 Uncategorized
Girija Devi looks after the tomb on Bhagalpur-Kahalgaon road. (Source photo by Prashant Ravi)

Heroes And Sheroes Of Plural India:Suresh Bhagat and Girija Devi, Muhammad Zahir And Others

I am dedicating this piece to all the common people who, in their small but significant ways have stood up for peace and communal harmony that unequivocally underlines the cultural heritage of this nation. I would first like to share a news report that I came across while reading a newspaper back in 2014. The link to the news report,[Read More…]

August 3, 2017 Uncategorized
Lokayat And Socialist Party (India) Celebrate Independence Day With Various Programmes

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

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

August 3, 2017 Uncategorized
Heroes And Sheroes Of Plural India : Pujari Laldas

Heroes And Sheroes Of Plural India : Pujari Laldas

He was the chief priest in the Ram janmabhoomi temple and he vehemently opposed the actions of hindutva forces responsible of demolition of Babri Masjid and the riots that followed it. Sitting in the heart of Ayodhya, he made sure that his views on communal harmony reach masses.

August 2, 2017 Uncategorized
Rally In Solidarity With #NotInMyName Held In BC, Canada

Rally In Solidarity With #NotInMyName Held In BC, Canada

The first public rally by Indians Abroad for Pluralist India (IAPI) in Surrey on Sunday evening received a welcoming response. Organized in solidarity with #NotInMyName campaign against ongoing violence against minorities in India by Hindutva extremists, the rally was attended by activists from diverse backgrounds. The event was held near the Surrey City Hall. The participants also raised slogans and[Read More…]

July 31, 2017 Uncategorized
Fatima Shiekh and Savitribai Phule

Heroes And Sheroes Of Plural India: Fatima Sheikh

  This article is part of a series called “Heroes And Sheroes Of Plural India” under #AnHourForCommunalHramony campaign to celebrate the Heroes and Sheroes who struggled to shape modern India in all its plurality.  Today we celebrate Fatima Sheikh  who along with Savitribai Phule pioneered girl’s education in India. All are welcome to contribute an hour of your day, in[Read More…]

July 29, 2017 Uncategorized
Heroes And Sheroes Of Plural India: Rokeya Sakhawat Hossain

Heroes And Sheroes Of Plural India: Rokeya Sakhawat Hossain

This article is part of a series called “Heroes And Sheroes Of Plural India” under #AnHourForCommunalHramony campaign to celebrate the Heroes and Sheroes who struggled to shape modern India in all its plurality.  Today we celebrate Rokeya Sakhawat Hossain a pioneering woman literary person who also pioneered girls education . All are welcome to contribute an hour of your day, in[Read More…]

July 27, 2017 Uncategorized
Heroes And Sheroes Of Plural India: Komuram Bheem

Heroes And Sheroes Of Plural India: Komuram Bheem

This article is part of a series called #HeroesAndSheroesOfPluaralIndia under #AnHourForCommunalHramony campaign. This series will celebrate the Heroes and Sheroes who struggled to shape modern India in all its plurality. We kick off the series with the revolutionary Adivasi leader Komuram Bheem who raised the slogan ‘jal, jangal, jameen ‘ ( water, forest and land). All are welcome to contribute an hour of your day, in celebrating these Heroes and Sheroes of plural India

July 25, 2017 Uncategorized
Rally For Pluralist India In Canada

Rally For Pluralist India In Canada

Sunday, July 30, 5.00 PM Surrey City Hall Plaza 13450 104 Avenue, Surrey, BC There has been a systematic attack on the rich pluralist society and culture of India since Narendra Modi came to power with a Bhartiya Janata Party (BJP) majority in 2014. A secular, democratic republic with guaranteed citizenship rights and constitutional protection of minorities is in the[Read More…]

July 20, 2017 Uncategorized
Musings On The Eve Of Hindu Rashtra

Musings On The Eve Of Hindu Rashtra

  You can smell it at a distance, in the burnt out, blackened frames of torched homes and vehicles from yet another communal pogrom. You can see it in the blood stained corner of a railway platform, still fresh from a recent lynching. And you can hear it in the guttural cries of the frenzied, saffron swathed mobs, pledging murder[Read More…]

July 18, 2017 Uncategorized
Come Visit My Home, Be My Guest

Come Visit My Home, Be My Guest

Visit My Home, Be My Guest is a simple campaign directed to change the preconceived notions and opinions that we hold about people of other community, class, caste, religion, sexual orientation, language, region etc. It is easy to spread hatred in the absence of direct contact with each other. The objective is simple and direct, people must go to each[Read More…]

July 13, 2017 Uncategorized
Wilfred Owen, We Need Your Voice Today!

Wilfred Owen, We Need Your Voice Today!

Experssing the horror of war Wilfred Owen and his mentor, Siegfried Sassoon were two poets who eloquently described the horrors of World War I. They met in a military hospital, after both had been wounded in the war. Owen had been writing poetry since the age of 11, but not about war. When he became friends with Sassoon during their[Read More…]

June 20, 2017 Uncategorized
Simplified Proposals To Resolve The World Conflagrations, Part II – Syria

Simplified Proposals To Resolve The World Conflagrations, Part II – Syria

  The American Revolution has characteristics that guide understanding of the Syrian insurrection. In both situations, ardent and semi-popular groups rebelled against injustices and hoped to create new regimes. In both situations, foreign powers, France and Spain in the American Revolution, and Russia, Iran, United States, Turkey, Saudi Arabia, Qatar, and other nations in the Syrian revolution, stoked the violence,[Read More…]

June 20, 2017 Uncategorized
Trump Is Tragically Off Course

Trump Is Tragically Off Course

Last spring Donald Trump was widely viewed as a petulant oddity in the primary race. Nonetheless, he won the electoral vote; and here we are – an unprepared commander-in-chief who recently discovered new tools of an intoxicating military. I cannot be alone in thinking that Mr. Trump is tragically off course. Mr. Trump inherited a nation that is perpetually at[Read More…]

April 21, 2017 Uncategorized
Microfinance Needs To Realign Its Focus

Microfinance Needs To Realign Its Focus

Today, microfinance   — an approach to financial inclusion based on providing small loans and other financial services to poor people, primarily women —  is a global multi-billion dollar industry with operations on all continents .Microfinance had once generated considerable enthusiasm, not just in the development community but also at political levels. It was considered a marvelous innovation and was expected[Read More…]

February 5, 2017 Uncategorized
Trump Fires Acting Attorney General, Pushes Ahead With Ban On Refugees

Trump Fires Acting Attorney General, Pushes Ahead With Ban On Refugees

US President Donald Trump fired the acting attorney general, Sally Yates, an Obama administration holdover, after she defied instructions to defend Trump’s executive order banning the entry of refugees and visitors from seven Muslim-majority countries—Iran, Iraq, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria and Yemen. Yates precipitated the crisis by overruling a finding by the Justice Department’s Office of Legal Counsel, which approved[Read More…]

January 31, 2017 Uncategorized
Chaos At The Airports: Blocking Trump’s Executive Order

Chaos At The Airports: Blocking Trump’s Executive Order

The diary of this particular US administration is bound to be heavy with incident.  Executive orders are now coming out of the Trump administration at pace, and the question of whether they will compel obedience or not looms.  In many parts of the US, the answers have already been determined in advance. As ever, it is the US legal system[Read More…]

January 30, 2017 Uncategorized
Trump: The Defeat Of Science

Trump: The Defeat Of Science

Defeats are supposed to teach people how to do better; in theory. In practice, it often happens that defeats teach people how to become masters in blame-shifting. With some exceptions, this seems to have been the main result of the recent defeat of the Democrats in the 2016 presidential election, where we saw a truly spasmodic search for culprits: Putin,[Read More…]

January 24, 2017 Uncategorized
The Women’s Boat To Gaza Activists Are Free And Undeterred

The Women’s Boat To Gaza Activists Are Free And Undeterred

“If you’re listening to this, then you will know that myself and all the women who sailed on the Women’s Boat to Gaza have been arrested and are in detention in Israel.” These pre-recorded words by Nobel Peace Laureate Mairead Maguire open a 2-minutevideo, released October 5, after Maguire and 12 female companions aboard the small sailing vessel the Olivia-Zaytouna were detained by Israeli[Read More…]

October 10, 2016 Uncategorized
Congress’s Take On The Heroin Epidemic

Congress’s Take On The Heroin Epidemic

A heroin epidemic is on fire all across America. Heroin deaths shot up from 1,779 in 2001 to 10,574 in 2014 as Afghan opium poppy fields metastasized from 7,600 hectares in 2001 (when the War in Afghanistan began) to 224,000 hectares currently. The Taliban outlawed opium in Afghanistan in 2000 and within a year it was all but gone, demonstrating[Read More…]

October 8, 2016 Uncategorized
Claims Of Exoneration: The Case Of Slobodan Milošević

Claims Of Exoneration: The Case Of Slobodan Milošević

Every age needs its cult of demonology.  It creates a social target of unified indignation and moral outrage. Finally, we can find a figure, prey upon it, and feel good that things are orderly in the world.  In the savage wars of the Balkans during the 1990s, the identification of good sides over bad, of noble warriors over ignoble ones,[Read More…]

August 21, 2016 Uncategorized
National Fish Workers Forum Passes Resolution Against New Commercial Ports And Demands Scheduled Tribe Status For Fisher People

National Fish Workers Forum Passes Resolution Against New Commercial Ports And Demands Scheduled Tribe Status For Fisher People

The Annual Executive Committee meeting of National Fishworkers Forum (NFF) was held on August 11th and 12th at the Govt. Guest House, Pondicherry. The following are the decisions made and resolutions taken in the meeting:   It was decided to hold the annual general body meet of NFF for the year at Tuticorin on 9th and 10th of December2016 and observing[Read More…]

August 18, 2016 Uncategorized
Still The Political Project Calls To Us

Still The Political Project Calls To Us

  “But the state lieth in all languages of good and evil; and whatever it saith it lieth; and whatever it hath it hath stolen.”—Friedrich Nietzsche, The New Idol,Thus Spoke Zarathustra “Many people, it is true, never contemplate the possibility of total power; the very thought of it scares them.”—Simone Weil, On the Abolition of All Political Parties Not long[Read More…]

August 5, 2016 Uncategorized
Neoliberal Australia Re-elects War Criminal, Climate Criminal, Pro-Apartheid, Child-abusing Coalition Government

Neoliberal Australia Re-elects War Criminal, Climate Criminal, Pro-Apartheid, Child-abusing Coalition Government

  In July 2016 a  substantially  ignorant, greedy,  racist,  pro-Zionist, US lackey, extreme right-wing and neoliberal Murdochracy Australia re-elected (albeit by a wafer-thin margin) a mendacious, corrupt, anti-equity, anti-science, anti-environment, pro-war, war criminal, pro-coal, climate criminal, human rights-abusing, pro-Apartheid and child-abusing Coalition Government. Those supporting the Coalition are on a continuum from egregious ignorance and stupidity to homicidal greed. Responsibility[Read More…]

July 19, 2016 Uncategorized
MDR-TB Treatment Regimen: Short Indeed Is Effective

MDR-TB Treatment Regimen: Short Indeed Is Effective

    WHO recently announced new recommendations to speed up diagnosis and improve treatment outcomes for multi drug resistant TB (MDR-TB) through the use of a novel rapid diagnostic test called MTBDRsl, and a shorter, cheaper 9-12 month treatment regimen. The new treatment regimen can be completed in 9-12 months— less than half the time required by the current 24-month[Read More…]

July 8, 2016 Uncategorized
The Ethics Of Asylum In Early Muslim Society

The Ethics Of Asylum In Early Muslim Society

  This paper examines the historical events related to asylum for Muslim refugees in the formative years of Islam and its impact upon the development of the first Muslim community in Medina. This paper is also part of an ongoing historical study to identify socio-political and humanitarian responses to refugee populations in Muslim civilizations. The research aims to analyze the[Read More…]

July 1, 2016 Human Rights, Uncategorized
Ruby Rai And The Joke Called Juvenile Justice

Ruby Rai And The Joke Called Juvenile Justice

The Bihar police have arrested Ruby Rai, a 17-year-old girl, under Sections 420, 465, 467, 468, 471, and 120(B) of the India Penal Code on 26 June 2016 and have duly sent her to jail, i.e. an adult jail. Her alleged crime is that of cheating to secure top rank in the state senior secondary school examination. Questioned by a[Read More…]

July 1, 2016 Uncategorized
Towards A TB Free India: It Cannot Be A Lone Battle

Towards A TB Free India: It Cannot Be A Lone Battle

  (CNS): India carries the highest global burden of TB – a curable disease that kills one Indian every 90 seconds. There are 2.2 million new cases of TB in the country every year, out of which an estimated 71,000 cases are of multi-drug resistant TB (MDR-TB). This curable disease kills 110,000 HIV-associated TB cases also emerging annually in India,[Read More…]

June 25, 2016 Uncategorized
Big Brother’s Virtual Reality

Big Brother’s Virtual Reality

  A billboard for Comcast pitches a lineup of “reality” shows, with this caption, “Recommended for you. Because real reality is boring.” In contemporary America, real reality is also less real than Big Brother’s cartoony version. While we’re driving, walking, at work, lying in bed or even in the bathroom, Big Brother dictates what we know. Big Brother’s hypnotic screens[Read More…]

June 24, 2016 Uncategorized
Photos by Brett Seymour, EUA/WHOI/ARGO

Exciting Artifacts Discovered On Second Expedition To Antikythera Shipwreck

Stories about shipwrecks on the regular trade routes round the world have always been exciting news. And most of us are only familiar with the Titanic and the treasures unearthed from the wreck.  Recently an international research team has discovered spectacular artifacts during its ongoing excavation of the famous Antikythera Shipwreck (circa 65 B.C.) this month. The shipwreck is located[Read More…]

June 22, 2016 Uncategorized
$50 Oil Doesn’t Work

$50 Oil Doesn’t Work

$50 per barrel oil is clearly less impossible to live with than $30 per barrel oil, because most businesses cannot make a profit with $30 per barrel oil. But is $50 per barrel oil helpful? I would argue that it really is not. When oil was over $100 per barrel, human beings in many countries were getting the benefit of[Read More…]

June 17, 2016 Uncategorized