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Author filing an appeal to his criminal conviction at the court in Cochem, Germany. Photo by Christiane Danowski

Resisting Nuclear Weapons in a Climate Crisis

On July 21, I was walking in the forests surrounding the German Air Force Base at Büchel in the Eifel Mountains with three Catholic Worker friends, Susan van der Hijden of Amsterdam, Netherlands, Susan Crane of Redwood City, California, and Christiane Danowski of Dortmund, Germany. We were there at the end of an “International Week” of protests against the approximately[Read More…]

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The Manchurian Americans

The Manchurian Americans

If one reads Richard Condon’s 1958 novel The Manchurian Candidate or sees the original film (1962) or  its remake (2004) one would realize my comparison to today’s events. In the novel ( and films ) we see a patrol of US soldiers being captured and then brainwashed by the enemy. The ones who survive this terrible experience are returned home,[Read More…]

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As Progressives Call for End to Blockade, Biden Announces More Sanctions Against Cuba

As Progressives Call for End to Blockade, Biden Announces More Sanctions Against Cuba

While President Joe Biden campaigned on a pledge to reverse the “failed” policies of his predecessor that “inflicted harm on Cubans and their families,” his administration—already under mounting pressure from progressives to deliver on that promise—announced new sanctions against Cuba on Friday. Following Cubans’ recent protests over shortages of food, medicine, and other essentials during the Covid-19 pandemic, the U.S. Treasury Department’s Office of Foreign Assets[Read More…]

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Witness to Turbulent American Democracy:  The Paradox for Soul Searching of American Acclaimed Values

Witness to Turbulent American Democracy:  The Paradox for Soul Searching of American Acclaimed Values

The Myriad Drama at the US Congressional Committee Hearings Nancy Pelosi, the US House Speaker wanted an independent and non-partisan congressional investigation into the January 6, 2021 Trump planned mobbed invasion of the US Congressional complex in Washington, D.C.  Its aim was to undo the peaceful transfer of power to Joe Biden- the President Elect according to the US Constitution.[Read More…]

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Blinken comes riding the Pegasus

Blinken comes riding the Pegasus

What we are talking about is a variant of cybercrime. Would the Israeli government have been in the dark about what was happening right under their nose? Impossible. Indeed, was the US in the dark about what Israel was up to all this while? Again, impossible. The CIA and Mossad are joined at the hips. Shouldn’t India call for a[Read More…]

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The Crisis in Tunisia

The Crisis in Tunisia

On July 25, 2021, Tunisian President Kais Saied dismissed Prime Minister Hichem Mechichi, froze the parliament, suspended the legal immunity of parliament members and took control of the general prosecutor’s office. He warned against any armed response to his actions: “Whoever shoots a bullet, the armed forces will respond with bullets.” In the hours after Saied’s announcement, huge crowds gathered[Read More…]

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Pivoting to America

Pivoting to America

As a ROTC cadet and an Air Force officer, I was a tiny part of America’s vast Department of Defense (DoD) for 24 years until I retired and returned to civilian life as a history professor.  My time in the military ran from the election of Ronald Reagan to the reign of George W. Bush and Dick Cheney. It was[Read More…]

by 29/07/2021 1 comment World
Foreign Ministers of Shanghai Cooperation Organisation at Dushanbe with Tajikistan President Emomali Rahmon, July 14, 2021

UK scripts new Afghan plot for US

As often in modern history, Britain provides the plot for Washington to act. Russia, China, Iran are in the US crosshairs and Washington’s future agenda is principally oriented to blocking China’s Belt & Road, promoting regime change in Central Asia, using militant Islam as geopolitical tool, and consolidating a long-term presence in Afghanistan as a template of its Indo-Pacific strategy. [Read More…]

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Need for a Change of the dominant Narrative in An Asian Century

Need for a Change of the dominant Narrative in An Asian Century

The key players of the global power contest must realize that we are past the cold war era wherein two superpowers fought for global domination. Suppressing a rising China simply because it threatens the American leadership will not be the end of this diplomatic war that the U.S. seems to be embarking upon. The current world order is far from[Read More…]

by 28/07/2021 0 comments World
COVID-19 Pandemic Of The Unvaccinated, Vaccine Hesitancy, Manufactured Dissent & Lying By Omission

COVID-19 Pandemic Of The Unvaccinated, Vaccine Hesitancy, Manufactured Dissent & Lying By Omission

We are all concerned for family, friends, community and Humanity as a whole in the COVID-19 Pandemic especially as the much more infectious Delta strain has become dominant. However many of us will be frustrated by family members and friends who variously are vaccine hesitant, anti-vaxxer (anti-vaccination), accept bizarre conspiracy theories, and reject expert medical advice. Set out below are[Read More…]

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Papers Instead of Human Lives: The Sentencing of Daniel Hale

Papers Instead of Human Lives: The Sentencing of Daniel Hale

In May 2019, the US District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia, that famous bastion of anti-whistleblowing fervour, unsealed an indictment charging former intelligence analyst Daniel Everett Hale with five counts of providing classified information to a reporter.  The first four focused on obtaining national defense information, retaining and transmitting that information, causing the communication of that same information[Read More…]

by 28/07/2021 1 comment World
The Little Talked About Covid-19 ‘Variants’: Vaccine Mismanagement Will Have Dire Repercussions 

The Little Talked About Covid-19 ‘Variants’: Vaccine Mismanagement Will Have Dire Repercussions 

Do you remember the United Nations Millennium Development Goals? If not, you are not alone. These ambitious goals, which included the eradication of “extreme poverty and hunger”, to “combating lethal diseases” and “reducing child mortality worldwide”, proved to be yet another empty gesture which, unsurprisingly, amounted to little. Even if the architects of the project were well-intentioned as they labored[Read More…]

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Afghan children walk past a Taliban Red Unit, an elite force, Alingar district, Laghman province in eastern Afghanistan (File photo) 

Afghanistan, Failure and Second Thoughts

It is a country other powers simply cannot leave alone.  Even after abandoning its Kabul post in ignominy, tail tucked between their legs, Australia is now wondering if it should return – in some form.  The Department of Trade and Foreign Affairs has been sending out a few signals, none of them definitive.  “We will not comment on intelligence matters,”[Read More…]

by 27/07/2021 0 comments World
68th Anniversary of the Moncada Attack 

68th Anniversary of the Moncada Attack 

68 years ago, on July 26, 1953, an angry young lawyer, Fidel Castro, led a small band of armed men in a failed attempt to seize the Moncada barracks in Santiago de Cuba, in Oriente province. Nearly one-half of the rebels were killed – most of them died under or following torture. While Fidel and his young comrades did not[Read More…]

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Sharks With NO Water

Sharks With NO Water

If you’re a working stiff with some sense of rhyme or reason, you should feel them near. They come in all shapes and sizes, these predators. For starters we have the ever-present War Sharks. These are the gung ho wave the flag gang, made up of Pentagon sharks and the super rich ( along with their political and media lackeys)[Read More…]

by 26/07/2021 0 comments World
Letter from drone war whistleblower Daniel Hale to Judge Liam O’Grady

Letter from drone war whistleblower Daniel Hale to Judge Liam O’Grady

“We now kill people without ever seeing them. Now you push a button thousands of miles away … Since it’s all done by remote control, there’s no remorse … and then we come home in triumph.” —US Navy Admiral Gene LaRocque, speaking to a reporter in 1995. Dear Judge O’Grady, It is not a secret that I struggle to live[Read More…]

by 26/07/2021 1 comment World
Cuba is an example of resistance, says Mexican president while wants to replace OAS

Cuba is an example of resistance, says Mexican president while wants to replace OAS

Mexico’s President Andrés Manuel López Obrador said Saturday that Cuba is an “example of resistance,” and proposed the entire country should be declared a World Heritage site. Media reports said: The Mexican President praised Cuba’s ability to stand up to U.S. hostility since 1959. López Obrador has in the past stated his opposition to U.S. sanctions that limit commerce with[Read More…]

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The Evolving Debate on COVID-19 Origin and Its Missing Component

The Evolving Debate on COVID-19 Origin and Its Missing Component

On July 22, in the latest twist in the evolving debate on COVID origin, Chinese officials said that they were shocked and offended by a World Health Organization proposal to further investigate whether the COVID 19 pandemic emerged from a lab in Wuhan. Zeng Yixin, the vice minister of the Chinese Health Commission , said at a news conference in[Read More…]

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Tibet and Xinjiyang: Cultural Revolution From Above

Tibet and Xinjiyang: Cultural Revolution From Above

Left-inclined people in India are usually left in a twilight between belief and scepticism when faced with conflicting reports on affairs in Tibet and Xin Jiyang from Western and Chinese sources. Western sources dwell on massive social and cultural oppression attempting to recast by force the native identities of the peoples of these two regions.But Chinese sources trot out impressive-sounding[Read More…]

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Greenwashing the Tokyo Olympic Games

Greenwashing the Tokyo Olympic Games

“The gap between rhetoric and reality is a persistent one when looking at the sustainability of commitments of Olympic Games hosts”. Martin Müller, European Urban and Regional Studies, 2015 The organisers of the Olympics have always been into appearances and grand theatre.  And the International Olympic Committee has always been keen in keeping them up, from the barely credible notion[Read More…]

by 24/07/2021 0 comments World
Carlos Lazo getting ready to start his march from Miami to Washington, D.C. Credit: Tighe Barry

“Let Cuba live”: Lula, Correa, Cornel West and 400 Leading Personalities of the World Demand to U.S. President Biden

People from different walks of life are standing in support of revolution in Cuba. They are calling to defend the revolution in Cuba. Leading artists, intellectuals, personalities, U.S. lawmakers are calling on the U.S. government to withdraw blockade against Cuba. A Granma report said: As another reliable example of the rejection generated in the international community by the hostile policy[Read More…]

by 23/07/2021 1 comment World
Artificial Intelligence Wants You (and Your Job) – We’d Better Control Machines Before They Control Us

Artificial Intelligence Wants You (and Your Job) – We’d Better Control Machines Before They Control Us

My wife and I were recently driving in Virginia, amazed yet again that the GPS technology on our phones could guide us through a thicket of highways, around road accidents, and toward our precise destination. The artificial intelligence (AI) behind the soothing voice telling us where to turn has replaced passenger-seat navigators, maps, even traffic updates on the radio. How[Read More…]

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Cuba: US narrative paving way for military incursion

Cuba: US narrative paving way for military incursion

Threat for imperialist intervention in Cuba is increasing. A Havana, July 22, 2021 datelined AP report said: Cuba criticized the US and President Joe Biden on Wednesday for a series of statements by senior officials, accusing the US government of seeking to justify a military intervention. The report said: Johana Tablada, deputy director for US affairs at Cuba’s Ministry of[Read More…]

by 22/07/2021 0 comments World
Cuba’s Fight against Imperialism

Cuba’s Fight against Imperialism

Cuba has been witnessing anti-government protests since July 11, 2021. Several objective factors account for these demonstrations. Cuba is experiencing its greatest economic crisis in 30 years. The devastating knock-on effects of the Covid-19 pandemic on the country’s tourism-dependent economy, coupled with criminal sanctions and blockade, have caused real hardship to the Cuban people. The decline in foreign visitors caused a loss of around $3[Read More…]

by 22/07/2021 0 comments World
Progress or War: On Islamophobia and Europe’s Demographic Shifts

Progress or War: On Islamophobia and Europe’s Demographic Shifts

Europe’s identity crisis is not confined to the ceaseless squabbles by Europeans over the EU, Brexit or football. It goes much deeper, reaching sensitive and dangerous territory, including that of culture and religion. Once more, Muslims stand at the heart of the continent’s identity debate. Of course, anti-Muslim sentiments are rarely framed to appear anti-Muslim. While Europe’s right-wing parties remain[Read More…]

by 22/07/2021 0 comments World
Photograph: Yander Zamora / EFE

Subvert Cuba: Imperialist campaign and few facts

Assassinate Fidel and Raul, and subvert Cuba are now well-known facts related to the Empire. The Empire is ceaselessly engaged with this task since Revolution in Cuba; and the Empire considers the assassination attempts and acts of subversion as essential for its existence. Recent disturbance in Havana and some other places in Cuba have again brought this issue to forefront.[Read More…]

by 21/07/2021 0 comments World
Pegasus Spyware: UN Urges Better Regulation of Surveillance Technology

Pegasus Spyware: UN Urges Better Regulation of Surveillance Technology

The UN voiced alarm Monday at reports that several governments used Israeli phone malware to spy on activists, journalists and others, stressing the urgent need for better regulation of surveillance technology. Media reports said: The UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Michelle Bachelet said the apparent widespread use of Pegasus spy software to illegally undermine the rights of those under surveillance, including journalists[Read More…]

by 21/07/2021 0 comments World
Pegasus Rides Again: The NSO Group, Spyware and Human Rights

Pegasus Rides Again: The NSO Group, Spyware and Human Rights

They keep insisting they don’t do it. But companies such as the Israeli NSO Group are global vendors for regimes, whatever stripe or colour, for surveillance tools to spy on those they deem of interest.  The 2013 revelations by Edward Snowden that exposed the warrantless world of mass surveillance by entities such as the US National Security Agency and Britain’s[Read More…]

by 21/07/2021 0 comments World
Why there are increasing reasons now for the USA to end its blockade of Cuba?

Why there are increasing reasons now for the USA to end its blockade of Cuba?

The USA has  imposed the longest ever embargo on Cuba which has continued for almost six decades with very limited relaxations for short durations . The Cubans ( as well as other critics) refer to this as blockade to  convey its more damaging impacts. For almost the last three decades the United Nations General Assembly has been regularly passing resolutions[Read More…]

by 21/07/2021 0 comments World
 Tale of two pandemics: Follow the science and do not forget one at the cost of the other

 Tale of two pandemics: Follow the science and do not forget one at the cost of the other

Covid-19 has posed innumerable health, economic, and social challenges for all, including people living with HIV. It has exposed the fragility of health systems around the globe and has diverted political attention and funding from other infectious diseases like TB and HIV. The opening session of the 11th International IAS Conference on HIV Science (#IAS2021) held virtually from Berlin, saw[Read More…]

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Genesis of Right Wing Islamic Activism

Genesis of Right Wing Islamic Activism

The US believed that Muslims between Greece and China, The Arc of Islam would function as fire wall against the USSR, and might even incite the restive Muslims inside the USSR to open rebellion. The U.S. and other Western countries and Israel have in turn befriended, manipulated, double crossed and cynically used the Mujahideen as cold war allies. After the[Read More…]

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Mobilising Against the Corporate Hijack of Agriculture and the UN Food Systems Summit

Mobilising Against the Corporate Hijack of Agriculture and the UN Food Systems Summit

The UN Food Systems Summit (UNFSS), including a ‘pre-summit’, will take place in September 2021 in New York. The Italian government is hosting the pre-summit in Rome from 26–28 July. The UNFSS claims it aims to deliver the latest evidence-based, scientific approaches from around the world, launch a set of fresh commitments through coalitions of action and mobilise new financing[Read More…]

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Infectious Follies: Britain’s Freedom Day

Infectious Follies: Britain’s Freedom Day

He can scant resist a slogan, but UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s insistence on describing Britain’s exit from lockdown as Freedom Day came with its usual kitschy quality.  All would be splendid as COVID-19 restrictions were lifted in the “move to step 4.”  Social contact rules would be scrapped, along with mask mandates in various public spaces.  Nightclubs could reopen;[Read More…]

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Politicians, Journalists, HR Activists And Others Spied Upon Using Pegasus Spyware

Politicians, Journalists, HR Activists And Others Spied Upon Using Pegasus Spyware

NSO Group, a private Israeli firm that sells surveillance technology to governments worldwide, insists that its Pegasus spyware is used only to “investigate terrorism and crime.” Leaked data, however, reveals that the company’s hacking tool “has been used to facilitate human rights violations around the world on a massive scale.” That’s according to an investigative report published Sunday by the[Read More…]

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German Chancellor Angela Merkel (L) paid an ‘official working visit to White House and held talks with President Joe Biden (R), July 15, 2021.

Transitional period ahead in US-China relations

She was making it clear that China cannot be branded in one-dimensional terms as an adversary. Merkel is “convinced of our needing to be technological leaders… in many, many areas” but then, “Obviously, it’s legitimate for China wishing to do this as well. *** The ‘official working visit’ by the German Chancellor Angela Merkel to the White House on July 15[Read More…]

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Way to Go Captain Ron!!!

Way to Go Captain Ron!!!

Now I don’t recall what rank Gov. Ron DeSantis had in the Navy, while over in Iraq or Afghanistan, fighting the ‘ Good Fight’. After all, those countries have water … oh, maybe I mean drinking water or sewage water. I will just call him ‘ Captain Ron’ for purposes of this column, OK? The main point of contention is[Read More…]

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Flag of Afghan Taliban (in white) was raised on the Afghan side of the border with Pakistan at the major border crossing at Chaman, 14 July 2021. The ministerial meeting of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) and the meeting of the SCO-Afghanistan working group at Dushanbe on July 13-14 have thrown light on the templates of China’s approach to the evolving situation in Afghanistan. 

China explains its Afghan motivations

Contrary to the paranoia in the western (and Indian) media,  Wang prioritised China’s security concerns in the prevailing situation in 3 main directions –  namely, prevent the present conflict from morphing into a full-fledged civil war; restart the peace talks quickly; and, eliminate the risk of Afghanistan becoming again a revolving door of international terrorist groups. China’s commitment to the[Read More…]

by 18/07/2021 0 comments World
CUBA: Differing Voices, Different Protests – I

CUBA: Differing Voices, Different Protests – I

A ‘Protest Song’, the Singers, what else they sang for, A Wrong Protester Vis-à-vis other kind of Cuban ‘protesters’ least talked-of #Patriayvida, @descemerbueno, @gentedezona, (René Pérez Joglar) @residente, @lajovencuba A new Cuban ‘protest-song’ is now much talked about. It is “Patria y Vida” sang by Descemer Bueno, Gente De Zona, and Yotuel, and written by Beatriz Luengo Gonzalez, Descemer Bueno,[Read More…]

by 17/07/2021 1 comment World
World faces a ‘hurricane of humanitarian crises’, warns UN chief 

World faces a ‘hurricane of humanitarian crises’, warns UN chief 

There is a bloody surge” impacting humanitarian crises around the world, with civilians in conflict zones paying the highest price, UN secretary-general Antonio Guterres told the UN Security Council on Friday. UN’s and media reports said: The UN secretary general’s speech to the U.N. Security Council was read by UN deputy secretary-general Amina Mohammed. The UN chief cited Ethiopia’s Tigray[Read More…]

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 Australia’s Labor Opposition Leader Albo Backs Apartheid Israel & Dooms Labor

 Australia’s Labor Opposition Leader Albo Backs Apartheid Israel & Dooms Labor

In a speech to Australian Zionists the pro-Zionist  Australian Labor Opposition leader  Anthony “Albo” Albanese has grossly  violated the policy of the Australian Labor Party (ALP) which promises to recognize the State of Palestine if it wins the forthcoming Federal  election. Instead pro-Zionist Albo  won’t do this before consulting with Zionists and Apartheid Israel, a position repugnant to anti-racist Jewish[Read More…]

by 17/07/2021 1 comment World
Covid-19, State Repression and the Decline of People’s Movement

Covid-19, State Repression and the Decline of People’s Movement

 by  Dr. Md Afroz & Md Tabrez Alam  The outbreak of Covid-19 shattered the whole world, everything goes on standstill except state, it got absolute control over territory and population curtailed all civil political movement and weakened democracy.  Covid-19 outbreak and Human Catastrophe   The ongoing Corona virus popularly known as COVID-19 rocked the whole world with its large number[Read More…]

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The Battle for America’s and Israel’s Understanding of its True Soul & Selfhood

Haters Of America’s 1619 Project And Lovers Of Israel’s Jewish Nation-State Laws

How the United States of America and Jewish Nation State first were born is at the heart of the battlelines that have been drawn now between all those who hate America’s 1619 Project, that endeavors to tell students of American history and culture what it contends is the true story of its birth and development as a nation, and all[Read More…]

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China 101

China 101

Regardless of whether it is in democracies or otherwise, decisions on foreign policies including those that concern wars against other countries are almost always made exclusively by governments, with limited or no consultations with the citizens and often at the behest of vested interest who operate mostly within and at times, from abroad. Once decisions on wars are made, public[Read More…]

by 17/07/2021 1 comment World
Destroyed houses are seen in Schuld, Germany, Thursday, July 15, 2021. (AP Photo/Michael Probst)

Flooding in Germany and Belgium leaves over 100 dead

Severe thunderstorms and heavy rainfall have led to severe devastation and at least 93 fatalities so far in the German regions of Rhineland-Palatinate (50) and North Rhine-Westphalia (43). At least nine people have also been killed in Belgium. The actual death toll could be much higher. According to reports, 1,300 people are currently missing. On Friday morning, the Interior Minister[Read More…]

by 16/07/2021 1 comment World
Photograph: Yander Zamora / EFE

USA’s Imperialist Stranglehold on Cuba

Cuba has been witnessing anti-government protests since July 11, 2021. These demonstrations are fuelled by a number of factors. The devastating knock-on effects of the Covid-19 pandemic on a developing nation like Cuba – a tourism-dependent economy – coupled with the criminal sanctions and blockade against the country have caused real hardship to the Cuban people and their economy. Cuban[Read More…]

by 16/07/2021 1 comment World
COVID19 Crisis In Malaysia: Questions And Motives

COVID19 Crisis In Malaysia: Questions And Motives

The significant increase in Covid 19 infections in our country in the last one week has prompted concerned Malaysians to ask the authorities to re-strategize their approach towards the fight against the spread of the virus. A total lockdown, some feel, where most movements are severely curbed is not the solution. They prefer a targeted lockdown which is focussed upon[Read More…]

by 16/07/2021 0 comments World
Hands Off Cuba!

Hands Off Cuba!

It was not fire-breathing communists but Jawaharlal Nehru who took the initiative to recognize Cuba at a time when Western powers were bristling with frustrated rage against the tiny island-country only thirty and odd miles from the American coast.Because Nehru saw the Cuban revolution as part of the national liberation movement that roused people against suffocating colonial and imperialist dominance[Read More…]

by 15/07/2021 0 comments World
Cornel West accuses Harvard of ‘spiritual rot’ in resignation letter

Cornel West accuses Harvard of ‘spiritual rot’ in resignation letter

Cornel West, prominent professor of African American studies and progressive activist, said this week that his resignation from Harvard University was driven by a tenure dispute and the Ivy League school’s “intellectual and spiritual bankruptcy.” According to media reports, Cornel West said in a letter dated June 30: “How sad it is to see our beloved Harvard Divinity School in such decline[Read More…]

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Explosion kills 9 Chinese on way to China-invested dam project in Pakistan

Explosion kills 9 Chinese on way to China-invested dam project in Pakistan

Nine Chinese nationals and four Pakistani nationals were killed in a shuttle bus explosion in north Pakistan on Wednesday morning on their way to the China-invested Dasu hydropower project, Daily Dawn reported. The Dasu hydroelectric project is part of  the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC), a US$65 billion investment plan under Beijing’s Belt and Road Initiative  that is aimed at connecting western[Read More…]

by 15/07/2021 0 comments World
Cuba: An Unexpected ‘Political’ Storm 

Cuba: An Unexpected ‘Political’ Storm 

Since July 11, Cuba has been facing a protest that started in a city and then spread to 60 to 70 points of turbulence. Everyone knows that Cuba is a thorn in the flesh for the US imperialist. Imperialist propaganda for decades was Cuba was alive only due to Soviet Military Umbrella and Soviet aids proved partially wrong after the[Read More…]

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When Football Did Not Come Home

When Football Did Not Come Home

They were in with a shot.  The English team, deliriously floating on chants of Football’s Coming Home, had made it to their first major tournament final since 1966.  The UEFA European Football Championship would be decided at Wembley against an Italian side unblemished by defeat since September 2018.  But the English, coached by the much admired Gareth Southgate, succumbed in[Read More…]

by 15/07/2021 0 comments World
Peace, Ecology and People

Peace, Ecology and People

The existential crisis has emerged at world level as the most crucial issue of our times. As is widely acknowledged now, this consists mainly of two components. Firstly, there are about a dozen serious environmental problems led by, but certainly not confined to, climate change. Secondly, there are the weapons of mass destruction as well as the possibility of space[Read More…]

by 15/07/2021 0 comments World
Cuban protesters wave US flag and MSM go with photo-lie

Cuban protesters wave US flag and MSM go with photo-lie

The mainstream media (MSM) is over-active with news on protest in Cuba. All these news attract readers. One such news by National Review from the US is interesting: “In another tweet, Cuban dissidents are seen flying an American flag.” (“Cuban President blames US for ‘social unrest’ after massive anti-communist protest”, July 12, 2021, https://www.nationalreview.com/news/cuban-president-blames-u-s-for-social-unrest-after-massive-anti-communist-protest/) Has not the “protest” been exposed?[Read More…]

by 14/07/2021 0 comments World
Turkey’s path to independence 

Turkey’s path to independence 

The events in the Middle East have made a large number of interstate relations of the former “allies” very complicated due to the large-scale operation “Arab Spring”. After the failure of the original idea of creating the Great Middle East, a project in which the main role was played by Washington, in alliance primarily with the Gulf monarchies but also[Read More…]

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Hands off Cuba: Defend the Revolution!

Hands off Cuba: Defend the Revolution!

by Carlos L. Garrido & Edward Liger Smith Yesterday, the Midwestern Marx co-founders got together to discuss the recent imperialist attacks on Cuba. In the podcast below, Carlos and Edward analyze the Cuban protests in their historical context; beginning from the development of colonial monocropping and the subsequent sugar and tobacco dependency created on the Cuban economy thereof, to the[Read More…]

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Under the Shadow of the Pandemic: The Number of Hungry People Continued to Rise in 2020

Under the Shadow of the Pandemic: The Number of Hungry People Continued to Rise in 2020

The number of people in the world affected by hunger continued to increase in 2020 under the shadow of the Covid-19 pandemic, says the annual UN report – The State of Food Security and Nutrition in the World – published on Monday. According to the report, “Even in Northern America and Europe, where the lowest rates of food insecurity are found,[Read More…]

by 13/07/2021 0 comments World
On the Brink in 2026: U.S.-China Near-War Status Report

On the Brink in 2026: U.S.-China Near-War Status Report

It’s the summer of 2026, five years after the Biden administration identified the People’s Republic of China as the principal threat to U.S. security and Congress passed a raft of laws mandating a society-wide mobilization to ensure permanent U.S. domination of the Asia-Pacific region. Although major armed conflict between the United States and China has not yet broken out, numerous[Read More…]

by 13/07/2021 0 comments World
Australia’s Hermit Nation Strategy Unravels

Australia’s Hermit Nation Strategy Unravels

Australia, like other island states, has had spells of isolationist fancy and hermit dispositions.  Protected by geography, distant and vast, the country’s first bit of legislation in 1901 was the Immigration Restriction Act.  This nasty little statute came to be colloquially known as the White Australia Policy.  Doors would remain open to Europeans and preferably those of Western stock. Fortress[Read More…]

by 13/07/2021 1 comment World
Imperialist Aggressions Against The Cuban Revolution

Imperialist Aggressions Against The Cuban Revolution

Since June 11, 2021, protests have been taking place in Cuba. USA’s imperialist Mafiosos have laid their vulturine eyes on these events, sensationalizing the demonstrations as evidences of the Cuban people’s disillusionment with their revolutionary government. Jake Sullivan, the US national security advisor, was quick to pose as a full-blown freedom fighter, saying: “The U.S. supports freedom of expression and assembly across Cuba,[Read More…]

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153 Years… Nothing Changes!!

153 Years… Nothing Changes!!

A must read for all who wish to study our Civil War history is Barnet Schecter’s 2005 book The Devil’s Own Work. He carefully covers the 1863 NYC Draft Riots, the major and important Civil War battles, and finally, the Reconstruction years leading up to the 1868 elections. I am focusing on the latter events, which are too sadly reminiscent[Read More…]

by 12/07/2021 0 comments World
Cuba faces loot, whose hands behind?

Cuba faces loot, whose hands behind?

Imperialist media and its followers are over-active in circulating the news: Protests and loot in Cuba. Then, they draw conclusion: The people in Cuba are rejecting socialism. The MSM circulated news on Cuba said: Large anti-government protests broke out in Cuba’s major cities. Thousands of protesters marched on Sunday in Havana, Santiago de Cuba and other locales, decrying food, medicine[Read More…]

by 12/07/2021 1 comment World
A World of Total Illusion & Fantasy: Noam Chomsky Interview

A World of Total Illusion & Fantasy: Noam Chomsky Interview

Facing Future.TV founder and executive producer Stuart Scott and co-host Dale Walkonen recently broadcast a wide-ranging interview with Noam Chomsky about the state of human existence in the face of universal decadence. They started by referencing the Doomsday Clock (Science and Security Board Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists), which has pegged humanity’s risk of annihilation at an all-time high of[Read More…]

by 12/07/2021 1 comment World
Rising Bread Price, and Fuel and Electricity Shortages Grip Lebanon without a Fully Functioning Government

Rising Bread Price, and Fuel and Electricity Shortages Grip Lebanon without a Fully Functioning Government

Lebanon is facing shortages of fuel and electricity. The price of bread has risen again in bakeries and stores in Lebanon as a result of rising production costs and the free-falling pound, the Lebanese Economy Ministry said Saturday. Lebanese Prime Minister-designate Saad Hariri is slated to present President Michel Aoun this week with a new Cabinet lineup in a last-ditch[Read More…]

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EU and Russia’s Fraught Relationship – A Timeline

EU and Russia’s Fraught Relationship – A Timeline

Russia and Europe share strong historical and cultural ties from time immemorial. But these ties did not translate into amicable trade relations between the two.  The Russian Federation and the European Union both came into existence in the early 1990’s. With the dissolution of the Soviet Union in 1991, the Russia we all know today came into being. During the[Read More…]

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Record Weekend Violence in USA Again Exposes High Risks of Gun Culture

Record Weekend Violence in USA Again Exposes High Risks of Gun Culture

The weekend of 4 July was supposed to be a celebratory time in the USA as celebrations of freedom day were being held all over the country and fireworks celebrations were being organized. But this turned out to be actually a nightmarish time for a very large number of people as random shooting incidents and brawls in many parts of[Read More…]

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Kneeling against Racism: Solidarity in EURO 2020 Should Not be ‘Controversial’ 

Kneeling against Racism: Solidarity in EURO 2020 Should Not be ‘Controversial’ 

Another football ‘controversy’ has started when football players participating in the ongoing ‘UEFA Euro 2020’, kneeled down during national anthems to protest racism, a serious problem that has plagued football stadiums for many years. Yet, while some players chose to kneel down, others opted not to, offering flimsy excuses as “players weren’t ready”, and “politics should stay out of football”.[Read More…]

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Personality and ambition potentially fuel divide among Gulf states

Personality and ambition potentially fuel divide among Gulf states

Personality as well as the conflation of genuine national interest with personal ambition contribute to the widening gap between Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates. It was only a matter of time before Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman would want to come out on his own and no longer be seen as the protégé of his erstwhile mentor[Read More…]

by 11/07/2021 0 comments World
Taliban co-founder Mullah Abdul Ghani Baradar (R, bottom) at the peace talks with Afghan government, Doha, Qatar (File photo)

Afghanistan, Iran And USA

Introduction On July 7, 2021 Iran hosted talks between the Afghan Government and Taliban (the Taliban delegation was led by Sher Mohammad Abbas Stanikzai). The same day, the Taliban attacked the Badghis provincial capital Qalat-i-Naw. Iranian Foreign Minister, Javad Zarif emphatically stated that the Afghan people should decide their own future, while also stating that there was a major threat[Read More…]

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What’s not stopping capital from murdering workers?

What’s not stopping capital from murdering workers?

Capital’s absolute disregard for life once again surfaces in Narayanganj, Bangladesh, where 52 workers have been burnt to death on 9 July 2021, after they were denied exit when fire broke out in the food-processing factory which had almost no fire-safety mechanisms installed. Many more are injured and struggling for life in burn units. The factory employed child workers as[Read More…]

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52 Laborers Die In Bangladesh Factory: Fire-Death-Forget

52 Laborers Die In Bangladesh Factory: Fire-Death-Forget

Again fire; again deaths; and again the process of forgetting the firing of life. Fire and deaths, at least 52 laborers, in the Narayanganj-food-production factory is now news; and international news agencies have already disseminated the news of the murderous incident. So, there’s no scope to hide and deny; and no scope to claim that such reports tarnish image. The[Read More…]

by 10/07/2021 0 comments World
Jovenel Moïse.  Photograph: Andrés Martínez Casares/Reuters

A Short History of Haiti

The 1697 Treaty of Ryswick legalized French control over the western third of the island of Hispaniola – a Spanish asset – under the name of Saint-Domingue. The colony proved to be a valuable spigot of wealth. In 1789, Saint-Domingue supplied two-thirds of the overseas trade of France and was the greatest individual market for the European slave trade. It[Read More…]

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 CPC : Not the Party of Mao and Revolution… But of Counterrevolution and Capitalism-Imperialism

 CPC : Not the Party of Mao and Revolution… But of Counterrevolution and Capitalism-Imperialism

Official celebrations have been taking place throughout China to mark the 100th anniversary of the Communist Party of China (CPC). Xi Jinping and other leaders of the ruling CPC pretend that there is an unbroken chain from the founding congress of the party in July 1921 to the present-day CPC. Theirs is a story of the CPC realizing its mission[Read More…]

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Tiananmen Square 1989 Revisited – Part I

Tiananmen Square 1989 Revisited – Part I

Professors Edward Herman and Noam Chomsky in their classic “Manufacturing Consent: The Political Economy of the Mass Media” (1988) exposed in great forensic detail how US Mainstream media (MSM) operate as propaganda agents for US governments.” (countercurrents.org, June 26,2021) *** Even as the China Communist Party (CCP) celebrated its Birth Centenary at the historic Tiananmen Square on July 1, the[Read More…]

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Governments must adopt a strong political declaration that the global crisis mandates

Governments must adopt a strong political declaration that the global crisis mandates

Because if they do not, then we are doomed to fail to deliver on the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) by 2030 (for which only 104 months are left). The clock is ticking but governments from around the world, who are convening at the United Nations High Level Political Forum (HLPF) seem to be regurgitating old timid commitments and shying away[Read More…]

by 09/07/2021 0 comments World
New freedom of speech in the United States      

New freedom of speech in the United States      

Free speech has long been a cornerstone of American society. The US Constitution guarantees that no one shall be prosecuted for expressing his or her opinion. However, within the past few years the situation has completely changed. Recently, one of the United States’ oldest public figures – the legendary leader of the American Civil Liberties Union Ira Glasser, who for[Read More…]

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Aspects of Nationality Question

Aspects of Nationality Question

In the backdrop of globalisation, liberalisation, increasing privatisation, and the role of multinationals, transnationals, WB, IMF and WTO etc. particularly in the Neo-colonial phase of imperialism the nationality question has assumed significant and very interesting dimensions. Nationality question came to the fore as a politico-economic movement with the emergence of bourgeois democratic revolution in Europe. Thus the nationality question was[Read More…]

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Carlos Lazo getting ready to start his march from Miami to Washington, D.C. Credit: Tighe Barry

 Carlos Lazo: The Cuban American Leading the Charge to Transform U.S.-Cuba Policy 

Carlos Lazo and a small band of Cuban Americans are on a 1,300-mile pilgrimage from Miami to Washington, D.C., to end the U.S. blockade of Cuba. Despite the blistering summer heat and occasional death threats (including a trucker who tried to run them off the road), the marchers persist. Lazo’s group is called Puentes de Amor, Bridges of Love, and[Read More…]

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Heavy Metals have Contaminated Entire French Population, Warns Study

Heavy Metals have Contaminated Entire French Population, Warns Study

A study has found that nearly all French people are contaminated with heavy metals such as arsenic and mercury, and that exposure levels are higher than in other European countries. A RFI report said: France’s national health agency Santé Publique France said smoking and the consumption of fish and seafood products had contributed to the findings, published recently. The presence[Read More…]

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The Covid Milestone

The Covid Milestone

We are more than a year and half into the pandemic and this momentous time period has laid bare our vulnerabilities as a global society. The way coronavirus disease has been fought, has brought an enormous shift in our lives. Pandemic protocols, restrictions and lockdowns gave us a glimpse of the world suspended in time. The pandemic is far from[Read More…]

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America’s Drug Wars – Fifty Years of Reinforcing Racism

America’s Drug Wars – Fifty Years of Reinforcing Racism

Fifty years ago, on June 17, 1971, President Richard Nixon stood before the White House press corps, staffers at his side, to announce “a new, all-out offensive” against drug abuse, which he denounced as “America’s public enemy number one.” He called on Congress to contribute $350 million for a worldwide attack on “the sources of supply.” The first battle in this new[Read More…]

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China’s Celebration of its own Brand of Imperialism in the guise of “Socialism with Chinese Characteristics”

China’s Celebration of its own Brand of Imperialism in the guise of “Socialism with Chinese Characteristics”

Introduction The most significant component of Chinese Communist Party’s (CPC) Centenary Celebration held on July 1 2021 was the hour-long speech of Xi Jinping, the “core leader”, delivered to the crowd of thousands assembled in Tiananmen Square in a celebratory atmosphere. In his address Xi, as General Secretary of CPC standing ahead of its 25-member Politburo, President of China (the[Read More…]

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People above Profit: Thousands Demonstrate in Brazil in New Wave of Protests in 350 Cities

People above Profit: Thousands Demonstrate in Brazil in New Wave of Protests in 350 Cities

In Brazil, social movements, trade unions, and human rights activists on Saturday demonstrated in at least 350 cities to condemn the recent corruption scandal linking President Jair Bolsonaro with the purchase at inflated prices of Indian-produced Covaxin COVID-19 vaccines. The protests supported the impeachment petition submitted by unions, left political parties and social organizations to the Lower House on Wednesday. The nationwide mobilizations come after the Senate Commission[Read More…]

by 05/07/2021 0 comments World
Thordarson’s Fabrications: Another Hole in the Julian Assange Prosecution

Thordarson’s Fabrications: Another Hole in the Julian Assange Prosecution

The tyrannical, brutal cynicism of keeping Julian Assange in Belmarsh prison remains one of the more inglorious marks of the British legal system and, it should be said, its sponsors and colluders. Having won his case against extradition to the US, if only in deeply qualified terms, the UK keeps the WikiLeaks publisher banged up as the appeals process stutters.[Read More…]

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Hijacking MY Flag!!

Hijacking MY Flag!!

Well, as a baby boomer who has seen lots of instances of the empire using MY flag as their own private property, this newest one ‘ takes the cake’. I mean, my generation went through the whole ‘ America, love it or leave it’ rhetoric during the Vietnam debacle. Many of us, either old or new to activism,  just tossed[Read More…]

by 04/07/2021 0 comments World
Independence Day Celebration in Centre Square, Philadelphia, by John Lewis Krimmel, 1819

 Public Awareness of Deadly Racist History versus Celebratory Feelings for Birth of Slave Owners USA

A lot has happened since the July 4th Independence Day celebrations of 2020 when yours truly saw published: Not All Americans Celebrate the Birth of a Racist Slave Owning USA Homicidal at Home Genocidal Abroad  Prominently placed statues of famous racists are no longer acceptable, just as policemen shooting African Americans has finally become unacceptable. Why not dispense with the[Read More…]

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Zhou Enlai (left) and Mao Zedong (second from left) at Chinese Communist capital of Yan’an, c.1936. Photo by Edgar Snow

CPC transforms China as a world class power

The CPC’s centennial marks a historic breakthrough for China by far exceeding the predictions of most foreign observers. In a nutshell, the CPC has achieved the twin collective goals of getting rid of poverty and standing up to bullying by foreigners. The CPC is omnipotent in China and has become synonymous with the nation, the society and its politics. ***[Read More…]

by 03/07/2021 1 comment World
China’s Programme of Socialist Modernization

China’s Programme of Socialist Modernization

On July 1, 2021, Chinese President and Communist Party General Secretary Xi Jinping delivered a speech marking the centenary of the Communist Party of China (CPC). “Any attempt to divide the party from the Chinese people or to set the people against the party is bound to fail,” he said during the ceremony in the capital, Beijing. Xi said “the strengths[Read More…]

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Rumsfeld-lie – Iraq, Afghanistan devastated

Rumsfeld-lie – Iraq, Afghanistan devastated

Former US defense secretary Donald Rumsfeld has died a few days back. The death-news pulls back the lie the US political leader uttered and sold forcefully around the world. That was not a petty lie. That was a devastating lie – creating a premise for an imperialist invasion of a sovereign country that resulted in the devastation of a people.[Read More…]

by 02/07/2021 0 comments World
Fireworks behind statue of liberty

 July 4th bonds the United States with India and Muslims

America is the greatest nation on the Earth. Indeed, India is a part of the American Heritage from the very beginning. Upon declaration of our Independence on July 4, 1776, one of the first three heads of the States who recognized the sovereignty of the United States was Nederland, Morocco, and the kingdom of Mysore (now Karnataka), India. Morocco was the first country[Read More…]

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The Rumsfeld Rules

The Rumsfeld Rules

Editors note: The death of former US Secretary of State Donald Rumsfeld on 29 June marks the end of a man who was one of the main architects and executors of the infamous US invasion of Iraq in 2003. A War of Aggression made on the bogus pretext of Saddam Hussein’s Iraq harbouring weapons of mass destruction. Weapons that were[Read More…]

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Living on a Sci-Fi Planet

Living on a Sci-Fi Planet

Yes, once upon a time I regularly absorbed science fiction and imagined futures of wonder, but mainly of horror.  What else could you think, if you read H.G. Wells’s War of the Worlds under the covers by flashlight while your parents thought you were asleep?  Of course, that novel was a futuristic fantasy, involving as it did Martians arriving in London to[Read More…]

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Communist Party of China turns 100

Communist Party of China turns 100

On July 1st the Communist Party of China turns 100.Without doubt it’s formation was one of the greatest turning points in the history of mankind. It shaped the political course of China being a precedent to many a historic event, be it the Long March of 1935,the anti-Japanese War from 1937-45 , the civil war of 1946-1949, the New Democratic[Read More…]

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President Biden & Secretary of State Blinken have Failed to Confront International Terrorism 

President Biden & Secretary of State Blinken have Failed to Confront International Terrorism 

  In 2020, candidate Joe Biden promised to “rally the world” to fight “transnational terrorism.” Yet President Joe Biden and Secretary of State Antony Blinken have failed to confront and impose sanction/penalties upon Turkey and Azerbaijan for financing, arming, and deploying the most notorious jihadist terrorists/mercenaries. These include: ISIS, the Hamza Division, Sultan Murad Brigade, Sultan Suleyman Shah Brigade, Al-Amshat Faction, Al-Nusra Front,[Read More…]

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Working for the Company

Working for the Company

In the early 70s the Rolling Stones sized it up for we working stiffs in their song ‘ Working for the Company’: I want a real fine car, fly Miami too All the rum, I want to drink it, all the whiskey too My woman need a new dress, my daughter got to go to school I’m working so hard,[Read More…]

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Washington’s National Security Spending Follies

Washington’s National Security Spending Follies

by Mandy Smithberger & William D. Hartung President Biden’s first Pentagon budget, released late last month, is staggering by any reasonable standard.  At more than $750 billion for the Defense Department and related work on nuclear weapons at the Department of Energy, it represents one of the highest levels of spending since World War II — far higher than the peaks of the Korean[Read More…]

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Egyptian First Deputy Prime Minister Vice and Minister of Defense, General Abdel Fattah al-Sisi sits in the Defense Ministry in Cairo, Egypt, 01 August 2013. Westerwelle is holding political talks with representatives from the government and the opposition. Photo by: Michael Kappeler/picture-alliance/dpa/AP Images

American Muslim groups urge suspension of US aid to Egypt

The US Council of Muslim Organizations (USCMO), the largest coalition of major national, regional, and local Muslim organizations, Monday sent a letter to Secretary of State Anthony J. Blinken calling on the Biden administration and Congress to demand that “the Egyptian government halt its plans to conduct a mass execution of democracy activists, faith leaders, and other political prisoners in the coming days.” The letter[Read More…]

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Chinese expert members of a WHO-China joint team introduce the report on the WHO-convened global study of COVID-19 origins at a press briefing in Beijing, capital of China, March 31, 2021. (Photo: Xinhua/Zhang Yuwei via Getty Images)

Examining the Origins of Covid-19 and Preventing Future Pandemics

An international and independent investigation to examine the alternative hypotheses is urgently needed, and the U.S. and Chinese governments should cooperate fully and transparently with such an inquiry. Where did COVID-19 come from? The source of the pandemic is a subject of immense importance. But more than 18 months after the emergence of SARS-CoV-2 (the virus that causes COVID-19), the question[Read More…]

by 28/06/2021 0 comments World
The Rise and Fall of the Islamic Gunpowder Empires

The Rise and Fall of the Islamic Gunpowder Empires

Islam emerged in the 7th century in the south-western corner of the Asian continent. It spread very rapidly throughout the Middle East, North Africa, and the Iberian Peninsula. In the 16th century it was pushed out of Iberia but simultaneously penetrated what we now call the Balkans. Meanwhile, it had been extending its geographic zone eastward towards South-East Asia and[Read More…]

by 28/06/2021 0 comments World
Biden and Trump: No COVID-19 Safety Protocols for Workers

Biden and Trump: No COVID-19 Safety Protocols for Workers

During his campaign for the Presidency, Joe Biden called on President Donald Trump to: “Establish and enforce health and safety standards for workplaces… The Trump Administration should immediately release and enforce an Emergency Temporary Standard… to give employers and frontline employees specific, enforceable guidance on what to do to reduce the spread of COVID.” Biden became President on January 20,[Read More…]

by 28/06/2021 0 comments World
EU shelves Russia dialogue

EU shelves Russia dialogue

But the bottom line is that the German-French initiative has caused a divide within the EU, with East European and Baltic countries that are closer geographically to Russia being wary of any loosening of the EU’s approach to Moscow. Equally, the German-French initiative will alarm Ukraine, Georgia and Moldova in Russia’s ‘near abroad’. *** A thoughtful, far-sighted proposal by German[Read More…]

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US’ pathway to Iran has thorny shrubs

US’ pathway to Iran has thorny shrubs

Iran’s president-elect Ebrahim Raisi addresses his first press conference in Tehran, June 21, 2021 Raisi said: “European countries and the US should look at what they have done towards the nuclear deal; the US violated the nuclear deal and the Europeans did not fulfil their undertakings. We tell the US that it is duty-bound to lift all sanctions and that[Read More…]

by 27/06/2021 0 comments World
Handover ceremony at Camp Anthonic, from US Army to Afghan Special Forces, Helmand province, Afghanistan, May 2, 2021.

The Long Crusades of Western Imperialism

In late April 2021, US President Joe Biden announced  a withdrawal from Afghanistan. In other words, the US has been trounced in Afghanistan by its very own jihadist Frankenstein, the Taliban. The defeat of USA is covered with the ugly debris of history. The dirty war on Afghanistan was part of a disastrous process of occupying and controlling large swathes of the[Read More…]

by 26/06/2021 0 comments World
Alternate Media in the USA

Alternate Media in the USA

I would like us to give serious consideration to alternative media in the USA. I know a lot of us watch/listen to NPR, Pacifica Radio, Link TV and Democracy now. I am sure quite a few are members of the organizations. We are all cognizant of the fact that the so-called mainstream media are not mainstream in their out look..[Read More…]

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US & Zionist Censorship: Search Analysis Reveals Huge Lying By Australia’s ABC

US & Zionist Censorship: Search Analysis Reveals Huge Lying By Australia’s ABC

The World is existentially threatened by  nuclear weapons and climate change but lying exacerbates the threat. US lackey Australia fervently supports nuclear terrorism, fossil fuel exploitation and US-backed and genocidally racist Apartheid Israel that is a major player in both these key threats to Humanity and the Biosphere. Search analysis reveals massive lying by Australia’s taxpayer-funded ABC news organization over[Read More…]

by 26/06/2021 0 comments World
Words Alone will not End Anti-Muslim Terror in Canada 

Words Alone will not End Anti-Muslim Terror in Canada 

The killing of a Muslim family on June 6 in Ontario, Canada, again presented an opportunity for Canadian Prime Minister, Justin Trudeau, to brand himself as a voice of reason and communal harmony. However, Trudeau’s amiable and reassuring language is designed to veil a sinister reality which has, for many years, hidden the true face of Canadian politics. “This was[Read More…]

by 26/06/2021 0 comments World
Fizz is gone from Biden-Putin summit

Fizz is gone from Biden-Putin summit

Putin’s Russia is a highly toxic subject in the US’ foreign-policy discourses.  US National Security Advisor Jake Sullivan, in a carefully choreographed interview, announced June 20 Sunday, “we are preparing another package of sanctions to apply” on the Kremlin…The Russian Ambassador to the US Anatoly Antonov  promptly noted, “This is not a signal we all expected after the summit. I[Read More…]

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Forging a future with rather than against Iran

Forging a future with rather than against Iran

The rise of hardline President-elect Ebrahim Raisi has prompted someanalysts to counterintuitively suggest that it could pave the way for reduced regional tensions and potential talks on a rejiggered Middle Eastern security architecture but getting from A to B is likely to prove easier said than done. Hopes that a hardline endorsement of a return to the 2015 international agreement[Read More…]

by 25/06/2021 0 comments World
G-7 Aftermath: Western Leaders in Search of New Animosities

G-7 Aftermath: Western Leaders in Search of New Animosities

Has civilization taught us to be more friendly towards one another? Asked Bertrand Russell, the British philosopher and intellectual and explains further:  …Within the herd we are more friendly to each other than are many species of animals, but in our attitude towards those outside the herd, in spite of all that has been done by moralists and religious teachers,[Read More…]

by 25/06/2021 0 comments World
Banner held outside of Nuclear Submarine Base, King’s Bay, GA

Living with World’s End in Plain Sight

Groton and New London, Connecticut, are home to about 65,000 people, three colleges, the Coast Guard Academy, 15 nuclear-powered, nuclear-armed submarines capable of destroying the world many times over, and General Dynamics’ Electric Boat, a multi-billion-dollar private corporation that offers stock options to its shareholders and mega-salaries to its top executives as it pockets taxpayer dollars and manufactures yet more[Read More…]

by 24/06/2021 1 comment World
The Insurgency Against Big Oil

The Insurgency Against Big Oil

While Australian politicians languish in a world blotched by climate change scepticism and fossil fuel love-ins, global oil and gas companies have been shaken.  Three titans of oil fame – Shell, ExxonMobil and Chevron – faced a range of decisions in May that promise to dramatically shape their future operations.  The point is not negligible, given that this triarchy produced,[Read More…]

by 24/06/2021 0 comments World
‘Putting Lipstick on a Pig’: Why Washington is Fawning over Israel’s New Government

‘Putting Lipstick on a Pig’: Why Washington is Fawning over Israel’s New Government

When former US President Barack Obama used an old cliché to denigrate his political opponent, the late US Senator, John McCain, he triggered a political controversy lasting several days. “You can put lipstick on a pig, but it’s still a pig,” Obama said at a campaign event in 2008. The maxim indicates that superficial changes have no bearings on outcomes[Read More…]

by 24/06/2021 0 comments World
Woman votes in Iranian election. Photo credit: Reuters

How Biden Helped Hardliner Raisi Win Iran Election

by Medea Benjamin and Nicolas J. S. Davies  It was common knowledge that a U.S. failure to rejoin the Iran nuclear deal (known as the JCPOA) before Iran’s June presidential election would help conservative hard-liners to win the election. Indeed, on Saturday, June 19, the conservative Ebrahim Raisi was elected as the new President of Iran. Raisi has a record[Read More…]

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Abdala, with three doses, has 92.28% efficacy in fighting COVID-19

Abdala, with three doses, has 92.28% efficacy in fighting COVID-19

Written by Leticia Martínez and René Tamayo León A three-dose regimen of Cuba’s Abdala candidate vaccine has demonstrated an efficacy of 92.28 percent, placing it well above the World Health Organization (WHO) requirement of at least 50 percent, to be recognized as an anti-COVID-19 vaccine. Over the course of 48 hours, from Saturday to Monday, Cuba, a small, poor country,[Read More…]

by 23/06/2021 0 comments World
Brazilian Court Clears ex-President Lula of Corruption Charges in another Legal Win

Brazilian Court Clears ex-President Lula of Corruption Charges in another Legal Win

Brazil’s former leftist president, Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva, scored a fresh legal victory on Monday after a federal court acquitted him of passive corruption charges relating to alleged political favors, citing lack of evidence. In 2017, Lula was accused of having granted political favors to automobile companies in exchange for donations of 6 million reals (around $1.2 million) to[Read More…]

by 22/06/2021 0 comments World
School Children, Fracking Fumes, Immigrant Parent’s Daughter, Climate Crisis and Billions of Dollar

School Children, Fracking Fumes, Immigrant Parent’s Daughter, Climate Crisis and Billions of Dollar

Media reports from the U.S. tell about environmental incidents and hardship of the common people in the society. Fracking and Children A Fort Worth Star-Telegram report (Thousands of Arlington’s schoolchildren are exposed to fracking fumes, report warns, Thu, June 17, 2021) said: More than half of Arlington’s public school children attend classes within half a mile of a natural gas[Read More…]

by 21/06/2021 0 comments World
Vaccine Equity and G7 Summit: Solidarity Not Charity, Justice Not Denial of Human Rights

Vaccine Equity and G7 Summit: Solidarity Not Charity, Justice Not Denial of Human Rights

Vaccine equity is not working because besides the role played by the fascists and the authoritarian regimes in denying vaccine access to their population, also, it is behind the cloak of human rights that the western countries are not sharing the knowledge of production and manufacturing of the basic life-saving technologies in the times of pandemic. The G7 Summit pledged[Read More…]

by 21/06/2021 0 comments World
Iran’s President Hassan Rouhani (L) meets the media with President-elect Ebrahim Raisi (R) in Tehran, June 19, 2021

Biden has a worthy interlocutor in Raisi

This may seem a paradox but the truth is that the United States does not realise that Iran’s presidential election result — the resounding victory of the conservative head of the judiciary Ebrahim Raisi — can be an optimal outcome. Raisi has impeccable credentials as a hardliner who belongs to the powerful religious establishment and happens to be a genuinely popular public[Read More…]

by 21/06/2021 0 comments World
Vaccine Failings: The European Commission and AstraZeneca

Vaccine Failings: The European Commission and AstraZeneca

In the messy, underhanded world of global health responses to COVID-19 it was only appropriate that lawyers should find themselves enriched on respective sides of a dispute about vaccine supply.  The pharmaceutical giant AstraZeneca has been getting a good deal of bad press, with its COVID vaccines seen to be a riskier proposition, notably to younger adults, than those of[Read More…]

by 21/06/2021 0 comments World
The 47th G 7 Meeting and reflections: the dirt is on the face and not on the mirror

The 47th G 7 Meeting and reflections: the dirt is on the face and not on the mirror

47th G7 meeting was held at Cornwall, UK in May this year. The May G7 meeting was significant for many reasons but most importantly that this was also Jo Biden’s first foreign outing as the President of USA. Although the meeting announced more prominently, COVID 19 and Climate Change as its agenda, the real purpose of the meeting was to[Read More…]

by 21/06/2021 0 comments World
Vaccine Nationalism

Vaccine Nationalism

Fifteen months ago, the SARS-CoV-2 virus unleashed Covid-19. Since then, it’s killed more than 3.8 million people worldwide (and possibly many more). Finally, a return to normalcy seems likely for a distinct minority of the world’s people, those living mainly in the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom, the European Union, and China. That’s not surprising.  The concentration of wealth and power[Read More…]

by 21/06/2021 0 comments World
‘Epic Failure of Humanity’: Global Displaced Population Hits All-Time High

‘Epic Failure of Humanity’: Global Displaced Population Hits All-Time High

A report released Friday by the United Nations Refugee Agency finds that more than 82 million people across the globe were forcibly displaced by war, persecution, the climate crisis, and other factors by the end of 2020, a record high that one international aid group called “an epic failure of humanity.” The U.N.’s annual Global Trends in Forced Displacement (pdf) assessment estimates that girls and[Read More…]

by 19/06/2021 1 comment World
Geneva Summit: Leading from the front while dealing with media

Geneva Summit: Leading from the front while dealing with media

Two leaders of two great nations meet at a neutral venue known for its peaceful locales and absolute neutral position world over. President Joe Biden of the United States and President Vladimir Putin of Russian Federation came to Geneva for their first face to face meet after the United States saw a change in the government. President Putin had in[Read More…]

by 19/06/2021 0 comments World
Modest results of the meeting in Geneva

Modest results of the meeting in Geneva

Presidents Joseph Biden and Vladimir Putin met in Geneva on Wednesday, June 16. Both separately noted that the talks went well. “There’s been no hostility,” Putin said. “On the contrary, our meeting took place in a constructive spirit.” Biden meanwhile declared “the tone of the entire meeting… was good. Positive.” The spirit may have been constructive and the tone positive,[Read More…]

by 19/06/2021 0 comments World
Takeaways from Biden-Putin summit

Takeaways from Biden-Putin summit

Putin said, “..We can see attempts at destroying the relationship between Russia and China. We can see that those attempts are being made in practical policies. And your questions, too, have to do with it. This is, perhaps, the salience of the Geneva summit…”  Russia and China have congruent interest in lending support to each other to create space for[Read More…]

by 19/06/2021 1 comment World
Taliban co-founder Mullah Abdul Ghani Baradar (R, bottom) at the peace talks with Afghan government, Doha, Qatar (File photo)

USA’s Hypocritical Dealings with Taliban

Speculations abound over Taliban’s aim to exploit the vacuum left by the partial withdrawal of US-NATO troop to seize control of the capital Kabul and re-establish an Islamic Emirate, similar to the one the US dislodged from power after its 2001 invasion. The ground reality seems to confirm these concerns about an impending civil war. Violence and territorial contestations are[Read More…]

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Mankind’s Struggle Against Zoonotic Diseases….a self fulfilling prophecy

Mankind’s Struggle Against Zoonotic Diseases….a self fulfilling prophecy

As we make virtue out of necessity by celebrating Earth Day, Environment Day, Water Day….a pandemic like Covid-19 only debunks our claims to protect and respect nature. In the course of evolution, as we graduated from animal kingdom to human kingdom and exerted our dominance fueled and fooled by our belief of superiority and arrogance about our superior intelligence, the[Read More…]

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Prepare for both dialogue and confrontation with U.S., says N. Korea’s leader Kim

Prepare for both dialogue and confrontation with U.S., says N. Korea’s leader Kim

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un said North Korea should prepare for both dialogue and confrontation with the United States, particularly confrontation, state media KCNA reported on Friday. It was Kim’s first direct comment on the Biden administration. The remarks came during Thursday’s plenary meeting of the ruling Workers’ Party’s central committee, after an earlier session where Kim called for[Read More…]

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NATO declares China as global security challenge

NATO declares China as global security challenge

Family Portrait of NATO Allies, Brussels, Belgium, June 14, 2021 The NATO brings to mind the classic paradigm of someone all dressed up and nowhere to go. It has to constantly reinvent a reason for its existence. The NATO is a lucrative hunting ground for the American arms industry. The bigger the NATO’s threat perceptions, the greater the scope for[Read More…]

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Justin Trudeau posturing for Israel

Justin Trudeau posturing for Israel

On June 13, 2021, Canada’s Prime Minister Justin Trudeau put out a statement welcoming the new Israeli government and outlining Canada’s support for all things Israeli. The full statement is available on the government website [https://pm.gc.ca/en/news/statements/2021/06/13/statement-prime-minister-formation-new-government-israel] and contains many simplistic platitudes that conceal too many ugly realities.  Without deconstructing all of it there are some salient points that do stand[Read More…]

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      Baz Ratner/Reuters US troops in Afghanistan, June 2011

America Is Stabbing Itself in the Back

Tough Truths Are Desperately Needed About America’s Lost Wars Americans may already be lying themselves out of what little remains of their democracy. The big lie uniting and motivating today’s Republicans is, of course, that Donald Trump, not Joe Biden, won the 2020 presidential election.  Other big lies in our recent past include the notion that climate change is nothing[Read More…]

by 18/06/2021 1 comment World
Afghan children walk past a Taliban Red Unit, an elite force, Alingar district, Laghman province in eastern Afghanistan (File photo) 

Pakistan’s Geopolitical Game in Afghanistan

On June 14, 2021, Pakistan Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi spoke at the inaugural Pakistan-Afghanistan Bilateral Dialogue in Islamabad. His tone was mildly aggressive. Talking about USA’s pullout from Afghanistan, Qureshi said: “If the objective of going to Washington is starting a new blame game and holding Pakistan responsible for all the ills and the lack of progress in the[Read More…]

by 17/06/2021 1 comment World
The Carbis Bay Imperialism

The Carbis Bay Imperialism

The recently concluded meetings of the leaders of the Group of Seven (G7) countries in Cornwall from the 11th to 13th of June 2021, have reaffirmed their commitment to a post pandemic world based on twin planks; i) revive capitalism and ii) reinstate imperialism.  These twin decaying and dangerous ideals are central to the Carbis Bay G7 Summit Communique by[Read More…]

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Contradictions in the Anachronistic US-Russian Relationship

Contradictions in the Anachronistic US-Russian Relationship

On 16 June 2021, Russian president Vladimir Putin met with US President Joe Biden to discuss the tense bilateral relationship. Despite differences in Russia’s specific bilateral relations with NATO members such as Germany over economic ties and the gas pipeline, or Turkey-Russia strategic relations, to name two examples, Biden presumably spoke as the senior partner of the Atlantic alliance. Judging[Read More…]

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The G7 leaders celebrated that the tumultuous Donald Trump presidency is over. French President Emmanuel Macron (L) sharing happy moment with President Biden, Cornwall, UK, June 12, 2021

US accent is on bilateral track to China

The US is aware that if it crosses China’s red line on the Taiwan question, there is going to be a heavy a price to pay at the cost of US own interests… All this only underlines that the US has realised the importance and necessity of bringing the China-US economic trade ties back on track… *** The European countries[Read More…]

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On Trumpism and Netanyahu-ism: How Benjamin Netanyahu Won America and Lost Israel 

On Trumpism and Netanyahu-ism: How Benjamin Netanyahu Won America and Lost Israel 

Israeli Prime Minister, Benjamin Netanyahu, is as much American as he is Israeli. While other Israeli leaders have made their strong relationship with Washington a cornerstone in their politics, Netanyahu’s political style was essentially American from the start. Netanyahu spent many of his formative years in the United States. He lived in Philadelphia as a child, graduated from Cheltenham High[Read More…]

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COVID-19, Care and Carelessness

COVID-19, Care and Carelessness

Written by Raminder Kaur and Shirin M Rai   Abstract COVID-19 has revealed deep inequalities in our societies based on class, race, ethnicity, gender, age and region. These inequalities have also been marked by national borders and borderings especially between the global North and South. Orientated between India and the UK, we adopt a mobile and doubly reflexive lens characteristic[Read More…]

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Putting people first is a critical cog in the wheel for responsive health systems

Putting people first is a critical cog in the wheel for responsive health systems

Imagine a world where no one was suffering from any of the preventable diseases, be it non-communicable diseases (NCDs) or infectious diseases, or had to die untimely due to diseases that were primarily avoidable! Also imagine a tobacco free world – imagine a world where healthy balanced nutrition for all was a reality – where health for all was not[Read More…]

by 16/06/2021 0 comments World
Social Security Versus National Security – Whose Entitlement Really Makes Us Safer?

Social Security Versus National Security – Whose Entitlement Really Makes Us Safer?

These days my conversations with friends about the new administration go something like this: “Biden’s doing better than I thought he would.” “Yeah. Vaccinations, infrastructure, acknowledging racism in policing. A lot of pieces of the Green New Deal, without calling it that. The child subsidies. It’s kind of amazing.” “But on the military–” “Yeah, same old, same old.” As my friends and[Read More…]

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Photo credit: BPM Media - Protest at G7 summit in Cornwall UK

 Why Democracies in G7 & NATO Should Reject U.S. Leadership 

Written by Medea Benjamin and Nicolas J. S. Davies The world has been treated to successive spectacles of national leaders gathering at a G7 Summit in Cornwall and a NATO Summit in Brussels. The U.S. corporate media have portrayed these summits as chances for President Biden to rally the leaders of the world’s democratic nations in a coordinated response to[Read More…]

by 15/06/2021 0 comments World
G7 and China: Fault lines in the world order

G7 and China: Fault lines in the world order

Surely, the friendly ambience has helped Biden to inject a certain Cold War overtone to the G7 proceedings…But without doubt, the G7 has brought to the fore that there is sharp disagreement among the United States and its allies about how to respond to China’s rising power. Europe — especially, the two major European powers Germany and France — does[Read More…]

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Stop Antagonizing China: Suggests Australia’s Top Exporting State

Stop Antagonizing China: Suggests Australia’s Top Exporting State

Australia’s biggest exporting state on Tuesday urged Canberra to stop antagonizing China, the country’s top trade partner, in remarks that came amid escalating criticism of Beijing led by the U.S., Australia’s main ally. “This isn’t about kowtowing to other countries and giving in,” Western Australian Premier Mark McGowan said at Australia’s biggest oil and gas industry conference, being held in[Read More…]

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Bosnia commemorates victims burned alive in war

Bosnia commemorates victims burned alive in war

Bosnia-Herzegovina on Monday, June 14, commemorated the massacre of more than 3,000 Bosniaks during the war between 1992 and 1995. Bosnian news agency provided a graphic account of the massacre. On June 14, 1992, more than 70 civilians were burned alive by Bosnian Serb forces in the eastern Bosnian city of Visegrad, where soldiers locked up Muslim Bosniak women, children[Read More…]

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New Israeli Government, Same Israeli Apartheid 

New Israeli Government, Same Israeli Apartheid 

After 12 years, Israel finally inaugurated a new prime minister. While being hailed by many as the opportunity for a fresh start, Naftali Bennett is at best a continuer of Netanyahu’s policies and at worst an ideologue whose positions are to the right of Netanyahu’s. In 2013, as Middle East peace talks were set to resume after a five-year freeze,[Read More…]

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A broad, historic revolt in Myanmar against a ruthless military

A broad, historic revolt in Myanmar against a ruthless military

For the first time in its history, legions of civilians in Myanmar, also known as Burma, are forging courageous resistance against a bloody military dictatorship — together. This in a country of enormous ethnic diversity, many languages and religions, and entrenched sexism. Such defiance reflects a desperate yearning for genuine democracy. In the November 2020 elections, when the military’s party[Read More…]

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Miss Universe Meza was unemployed before crowning and an ILO report: A capitalist reality of “democracy”

Miss Universe Meza was unemployed before crowning and an ILO report: A capitalist reality of “democracy”

Andrea Meza’s life forever changed when she heard the words “Viva Mexico”, said a June 13, 2021 media report. But, there were some more facts from a reality, which is out-and-out capitalist. In May, Meza was crowned the 69th Miss Universe. The pageant was broadcast from the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel and Casino Hollywood in Florida. It was aired to more than[Read More…]

by 14/06/2021 2 comments World
G7 is divided over China

G7 is divided over China

G7 is divided over the China issue. A report by The Telegraph (“China divides G7 as Biden calls for international investigation into origins of Covid-19”, June 14, 2021) said: “Joe Biden has called for an international investigation to establish whether Covid-19 leaked from a Chinese laboratory as he tried to rally G7 leaders behind a ‘competition with autocracies.’ “But his remarks about a[Read More…]

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The Struggle for Socialism in Peru: An Interview with Peruvian Intellectual Sebastian León

The Struggle for Socialism in Peru: An Interview with Peruvian Intellectual Sebastian León

The Western Ruling class constantly strives to isolate the US working class from radical workers organizing around the globe. Capitalists understand that communication amongst the workers would allow them to see through the lies of capitalist imperialism and build a global class solidarity which would be incredibly threatening to the interests of the ruling class. For this same reason, the[Read More…]

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Vague Alternatives and G7 Summitry: The Build Back Better World Initiative

Vague Alternatives and G7 Summitry: The Build Back Better World Initiative

Summits often feature grand statements and needless fripperies.  In Cornwall, the leaders of the G7 countries were trying to position and promote their relevance as the vanguard of democratic good sense and values.  They, the message went, remained relevant, valuable and essential to the order of the earth, despite challenges posed by the autocrats. Never let contradiction get in the[Read More…]

by 13/06/2021 0 comments World
Human population activity: the primary factor that has precipitated a climate emergency, biodiversity loss and environmental pollution on our watch

Human population activity: the primary factor that has precipitated a climate emergency, biodiversity loss and environmental pollution on our watch

Homo sapiens is a creature of earth, not separate from the natural world. Just as it is for other species within the web of life of earth, food is a fundamental basis of life for the human species. There are other factors that help sustain life, but food is a root cause of the growth of all species (3,4,5). Population[Read More…]

by 13/06/2021 1 comment World
Why Pakistan is reluctant to host US military bases?

Why Pakistan is reluctant to host US military bases?

Pakistani officials have privately begun confirming a secret visit to Islamabad of CIA Director William Burns and are suggesting that he was firmly told that Pakistan would not host the spy agency’s drone bases on its territory, according to the daily Dawn. This comes after New York Times in an article published on June 6 claimed that Mr Burns had[Read More…]

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A few reports on G7 summit

A few reports on G7 summit

The eyes of the world media audience are on Cornwall, a south-west England holiday destination, over the next couple of days as the powerful Group of Seven (G7) summit is going on there. The usual allies — the UK, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, Canada and the US — are joined on this occasion by Australia, South Korea, India and South[Read More…]

by 12/06/2021 0 comments World
Picture of Aussie soldier gulping beer from ‘prosthetic leg of dead Taliban fighter’

A Wide World of War Porn

Recently, I wanted to show my wife a picture, so I opened the photos app on my phone and promptly panicked when I saw what was there. It’s not what you think. A lot of people are worried about what’s lurking on their smartphones. Compromising photos. Illicit text messages. Embarrassing contacts. Porn. What I noticed was a video in the[Read More…]

by 11/06/2021 2 comments World
Taiwan, Japan, China: A few developments

Taiwan, Japan, China: A few developments

In the eastern Asia region, Taiwan has become a sensitive topic, especially as Japan, the U.S. and some other U.S. allies move closer to Taipei. Relations with Taiwan is unofficial Japan’s Chief Cabinet Secretary Katsunobu Kato told a regular news conference Friday that “Japan’s position is to maintain relations with Taiwan as those of practical and non-governmental” as stated in[Read More…]

by 11/06/2021 1 comment World
Biden clears the air on ties with Russia and China

Biden clears the air on ties with Russia and China

The US President Joe Biden’s op-ed in  Washington Post My trip to Europe is about America rallying the world’s democracies will draw wide attention in world capitals from Brussels to Beijing. He says right at the outset that this weeklong trip to Europe, the first overseas trip of his presidency, is “about realising America’s renewed commitment to our allies and[Read More…]

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Less Freedom, More Money: Tony Blair’s Vaccine Passport

Less Freedom, More Money: Tony Blair’s Vaccine Passport

Sincere Tony is again on the stump, promoting his vision of how best to return to a lovely, unruffled world of capitalist endeavour, circuit lecturing and summit meetings that no longer need to be held online.  And when Blair has visions, they are bound to be highly selective and keen in terms of his own bank account, not to mention[Read More…]

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Ballad of a Thin Nation

Ballad of a Thin Nation

You walk into the room with your pencil in your hand You see somebody naked and you say, “Who is that man?” You try so hard but you don’t understand Just what you will say when you get home Because something is happening here but you don’t know what it is Do you, Mr. Jones? You raise up your head[Read More…]

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Power at Any Cost: How Opportunistic Mansour Abbas Joined Hands with Avowed ‘Arab Killers’ 

Power at Any Cost: How Opportunistic Mansour Abbas Joined Hands with Avowed ‘Arab Killers’ 

We are led to believe that history is being made in Israel following the formation of an ideologically diverse government coalition which, for the first time, includes an Arab party, Ra’am, or the United Arab List. If we are to accept this logic, the leader of Ra’am, Mansour Abbas, is a mover and shaker of history, the same way that[Read More…]

by 11/06/2021 1 comment World
Modi’s silence over London, Ontario attack tells us a lot about his mindset

Modi’s silence over London, Ontario attack tells us a lot about his mindset

The hawkish Prime Minister of India, who is generally prompt in denouncing terrorism anywhere in the world, remains quiet over the recent killings of four members of a Muslim family in Ontario. On Sunday, 74-year-old Talat Afzaal, her 46-year-old son Salman Afzaal, 44-year-old daughter-in-law Madiha Salman and 15-year-old granddaughter Yumma Afzaal, were struck by a vehicle in a pre-planned manner[Read More…]

by 10/06/2021 1 comment World
G7 no longer able to order world around

G7 no longer able to order world around

In these Covid times, “There is an ongoing attempt to reframe G7 as the representative and champion of the democratic world in the struggle against autocracy, shorthand for China…. West’s indifference to the vaccination needs of the developing world will be on full display at the G7 summit”. *** Fine words will accompany the G7 summit this week. Much will[Read More…]

by 10/06/2021 1 comment World
Four members of a Muslim family killed in London, Ontario terrorist atrocity

Four members of a Muslim family killed in London, Ontario terrorist atrocity

Four members of a Muslim family in London, Ontario were brutally slain Sunday night in a hit-and-run attack that police have described as “premeditated” and motivated by “hate” towards Islam and Muslims. Police have revealed next to nothing about what they know about the far-right political views and connections of the 20-year-old assailant, Nathaniel Veltman. But they have characterized his[Read More…]

by 09/06/2021 0 comments World
ET, You Bore Me: Unidentified Aerial Phenomena and the Pentagon

ET, You Bore Me: Unidentified Aerial Phenomena and the Pentagon

Those of you drawing sustenance and stimulation from the traditional acronym UFO best brace yourselves.  The less exciting and dull term accepted by the defence clerks – unidentified aerial phenomena (UAP) – is renewing its march into the extra-terrestrial hinterland. On June 25, the Pentagon’s UAP Task Force will release a declassified report to Congress that will do little to[Read More…]

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Twilight of the Pandemic? Bracing for a Surge of Trumpism or…

Twilight of the Pandemic? Bracing for a Surge of Trumpism or…

I went to a birthday party recently. The celebrants greeted each other with hugs on the patio. After an outdoor barbeque dinner, we stood shoulder to shoulder around the island in the kitchen, eating cake from small paper plates. We sang “Happy Birthday.” Ordinarily, an event like that wouldn’t be worth noting, but these aren’t exactly ordinary times. In this[Read More…]

by 08/06/2021 1 comment World
Pedro Castillo speaking at a campaign event. Photo: AP

Rural Teacher Pedro Castillo Poised to Write a New Chapter in Peru’s History

Written by Medea Benjamin and Leonardo Flores With his wide-brimmed peasant hat and oversized teacher’s pencil held high, Peru’s Pedro Castillo has been traveling the country exhorting voters to get behind a call that has been particularly urgent during this devastating pandemic: “No más pobres en un país rico” – No more poor people in a rich country. In a[Read More…]

by 08/06/2021 0 comments World
Major news, social media sites back online after massive internet outage

Major news, social media sites back online after massive internet outage

Dozens of major websites — including The New York Times, CNN, Reddit, Spotify, Twitch, GitHub, gov.uk, Hulu, HBO Max, PayPal, Vimeo, Shopify — were beginning to return online Tuesday morning after crashing in an apparent massive internet outage. The cause of the outage was not immediately clear. Fastly, a popular content delivery network (CDN), confirmed it was experiencing an outage on its[Read More…]

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Downward Social Mobility and Authoritarianism

Downward Social Mobility and Authoritarianism

Authoritarianism’s Popular Base Inexorably linked to self-identity molded by the social environment, political identity, shaped by social class and the hegemonic culture, largely determines the individual’s participation in the political arena. Not the only factor that shapes political behavior, social mobility along with cultural conditioning is the catalyst to molding political identity. In the age of mass politics where bourgeois[Read More…]

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126 Nobel Laureates and Experts Issue Timely Warning on Some Crucial Issues, But  Miss Other Urgent Concerns

126 Nobel Laureates and Experts Issue Timely Warning on Some Crucial Issues, But  Miss Other Urgent Concerns

An extremely important recent statement on critical issues faced by  humankind was recently released in late April  by 126 Nobel Laureates.  This statement was inspired by the discussions at the 2021 Nobel Prize Summit , issued by the Steering Committee and co-signed by Nobel Laureates and experts. This statement is titled Our Planet, Our Future—A Call for Action (OPOF-CA). While this[Read More…]

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Photo credit: UNICEF Teachers and students were able to return to school in Lao Cai, Viet Nam, in May 2020

A People’s Vaccine Against a Mutating Virus and Neoliberal Rule

A recent Yahoo News/YouGov poll found that worries about the COVID pandemic in the United States are at their lowest level since it began. Only half of Americans are either “very worried” (15%) or “somewhat worried” (35%) about the virus, while the other half are “not very worried” (30%) or “not worried at all” (20%). But the news from around[Read More…]

by 07/06/2021 1 comment World
Millions of Asians urgently need developed countries to stop blocking their access to vaccines

Millions of Asians urgently need developed countries to stop blocking their access to vaccines

Across Asia, a surge in coronavirus cases is prompting fresh restrictions and pushing people further into poverty. While fast-moving vaccination drives are allowing developed economies to bounce back, most Asian countries have managed to vaccinate less than 10 percent of their populations. As the WTO TRIPS Council meets for talks today, the Peoples Vaccine Alliance-Asia has called upon leaders of[Read More…]

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Saudi Arabia no Longer an Oil Producing Country, claims the kingdom

Saudi Arabia no Longer an Oil Producing Country, claims the kingdom

Saudi Arabia’s Energy Minister Prince Abdulaziz bin Salman announced that Saudi Arabia was no longer an oil-producing country. “Saudi Arabia is no longer an oil country, it’s an energy-producing country,” the Energy Minister told S&P Global Platts this week. But that does not mean Saudi Arabia is planning on producing any fewer barrels of oil. And it does not mean[Read More…]

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Talking or bickering? Will Putin and Biden discuss the “dirty war” in the Middle East?

Talking or bickering? Will Putin and Biden discuss the “dirty war” in the Middle East?

The whole world is looking forward to the meeting of the new US President Joe Biden with his Russian counterpart, Vladimir Putin. Although the Kremlin and the White House urge people not to expect too much from the June 16 summit, one still wants to believe that a personal meeting by the leaders of the two rival powers will lead[Read More…]

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 Lying US, Australian, Canadian & UK Mainstream Media Ignore Race-based Rigging Of Israeli Elections

 Lying US, Australian, Canadian & UK Mainstream Media Ignore Race-based Rigging Of Israeli Elections

In descending order, the most fervent supporters of Apartheid Israel and hence of Apartheid are the Anglosphere democracies of the US, Australia, Canada and the UK. Apartheid Israel has had 4 elections in the last 2 years but in their massive coverage of these elections the Zionist- and US Government-beholden Mainstream media of these Anglosphere democracies overwhelmingly ignore the hard[Read More…]

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A World at the Edge

A World at the Edge

Let me start with my friend and the boat. Admittedly, they might not seem to have anything to do with each other. The boat, a guided-missile destroyer named the USS Curtis Wilbur, reportedly passed through the Straits of Taiwan and into the South China Sea, skirting the Paracel Islands that China has claimed as its own. It represented yet another Biden-era challenge to the planet’s rising[Read More…]

by 07/06/2021 1 comment World
Of Plagues and Rodents: Australia’s War Against Mice

Of Plagues and Rodents: Australia’s War Against Mice

Not a day goes by these days without a casual remark about animal extermination in Australia.  Mice have moved to the front of the queue in terms of animal species Australians would most like to liquidate.  The language used has various registers: sombre and regretful; grave and scientific; panicked and bloody. This is all ordinary fare and is characterised by[Read More…]

by 06/06/2021 0 comments World
Free Market Illusions: What is the US’ Endgame in China? 

Free Market Illusions: What is the US’ Endgame in China? 

Why does the US advocate a free market while doing its utmost to stifle it? The current US-China economic war is a perfect example of this perplexing question. The legacy of Milton Friedman, the founder of America’s modern political economy, was a representation of this very dichotomy: the use, misuse and manipulation of the concept of the free market. Through[Read More…]

by 06/06/2021 1 comment World
Jewish Chronicle criticizes Pakistani You Tubers for extreme anti-Israel position

Jewish Chronicle criticizes Pakistani You Tubers for extreme anti-Israel position

The Jewish Chronicle has bitterly criticized Pakistani You Tubers for their anti-Israel and anti-Jews mind-set and position. The world’s biggest video sharing platform is hosting extreme antisemitism in the Urdu language, the Jewish Chronicle said Friday. The rash of antisemitic clips, produced by YouTubers who attract millions of views, spread fake news about Israel, naked Jew-hatred and conspiracy theories about[Read More…]

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India’s Connect Central Asia policy

India’s Connect Central Asia policy

Narendra Modi, like his predecessors, P.V Narasimha Rao and others, visited the central Asian countries in July 2015. Although, he became the first Indian prime minister to visit all five of them. Back then in 2015, Modi signed memoranda of understanding (MOUs) and agreements related to defence and military technical cooperation with Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, and Turkmenistan. In the future, it[Read More…]

by 05/06/2021 0 comments World
The complexity of German – Serbian historic relations

The complexity of German – Serbian historic relations

Today, Germany is a major investor in Serbia and has a significant impact on strengthening the Serbian economy. Suffice it to say that 75,000 workers work in German companies in Serbia. The President of Serbia, Aleksandar Vucic, has repeatedly stated in public that in a few years the number of Serbian workers in German companies in Serbia will exceed 100,000.[Read More…]

by 05/06/2021 0 comments World
Inherit the Hypocrisy

Inherit the Hypocrisy

A must see movie for all Americans is ” Inherit the Wind” ( 1960, Stanley Kramer, Director). To those who never saw this film, it accurately portrays the 1925 Scopes Monkey Trial in Dayton, Tennessee. The trial of substitute high school teacher John Scopes was for breaking Tennessee’s Butler Act, which forbade the teaching of evolution in state funded schools.[Read More…]

by 04/06/2021 0 comments World
Swept into a Covid Hell of Profits-The Great Forgetting, Part 2

Swept into a Covid Hell of Profits-The Great Forgetting, Part 2

Now that we’re all unmasking and the economy seems set to roar into the 2020s, what will we remember about how disastrously, how malignantly, the Trump administration behaved as the pandemic took hold? And will anyone be held to account for it? The instinct to forget pandemics, as I’ve pointed out when it came to the 1918 “Spanish flu,” has historically been[Read More…]

by 03/06/2021 0 comments World
A Syria-story: Limit of the Empire’s power

A Syria-story: Limit of the Empire’s power

The following observations tell at least one aspect of the reality yet dominated by the Empire. Bonnie Kristian, fellow at Defense Priorities, writes in Business Insider (“Bashar Assad’s inevitable presidential victory is another sign of the limits on the US’s power”, June 2, 2021, https://www.businessinsider.in/politics/world/news/bashar-assads-inevitable-presidential-victory-is-another-sign-of-the-limits-on-the-uss-power/amp_articleshow/83175304.cms): “For the United States, Assad’s re-election should be a reiteration of the great foreign-policy lesson[Read More…]

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US has been Spying on Major European Powers

US has been Spying on Major European Powers

There have been reports that Denmark’s military agency has helped the United States to spy, on leading European politicians, including Angela Merkel. The European Union is now demanding answers. Danmarks Radio, a Danish public broadcaster, said that US National Security Agency (NSA), whose alleged tapping of Merkel’s phone was made known by Edward Snowden in 2013, also used Danish Defense[Read More…]

by 03/06/2021 0 comments World
Spend $50bn to end COVID, suggest IMF, World Bank, WHO and WTO

Spend $50bn to end COVID, suggest IMF, World Bank, WHO and WTO

The International Monetary Fund (IMF), World Bank, World Health Organization (WHO) and World Trade Organization (WTO) on Tuesday made a rare and what they called “extraordinary” plea for international cooperation and investment. “By now it has become abundantly clear there will be no broad-based recovery without an end to the health crisis,” the four bodies said in a joint statement.[Read More…]

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Zionist-Subverted Australian ABC Bans Use Of Term “Apartheid” To Describe Israel

Zionist-Subverted Australian ABC Bans Use Of Term “Apartheid” To Describe Israel

Orwellian domination by Zionists and the Zionist-beholden US means that the Mainstream media of the so-called “Free World” of Western US Alliance countries (the Anglosphere and the EU NATO countries) are not so free when it comes to reportage on Apartheid Israel. By way of example, the Zionist-subverted Australian ABC (the Australian equivalent of the UK BBC) has recently officially[Read More…]

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Suicidal Games: Tokyo’s Coronavirus Olympics

Suicidal Games: Tokyo’s Coronavirus Olympics

A pandemic crisis.  A state of emergency.  Overwhelming public opinion bristling with alarm.  Notwithstanding these factors, Tokyo is still on track to host the Olympics that was cancelled last year in response to the global pandemic.  The first sports team – Australia’s softball crew – has touched down.  Is all this folly, bravery or self-interest? On a daily basis, the[Read More…]

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Suez Canal Blockade & Global Trade Troubles

Suez Canal Blockade & Global Trade Troubles

Global economy was on its knees, as trade ramifications from Suez Canal started to appear when the trade artery in Egypt was blocked, almost for a week, after a giant container ship, called Evergreen, owned by the Taiwanese company, Evergreen Marine ran around on the bank, of the canal, after apparently being deviated by high winds, on 23 March 2021.[Read More…]

by 02/06/2021 0 comments World
From 1980s Neoliberalism to the ‘New Normal’

From 1980s Neoliberalism to the ‘New Normal’

Sold under the pretence of a quest for optimising well-being and ‘happiness’, capitalism thrives on the exploitation of peoples and the environment. What really matters is the strive to maintain viable profit margins. The prevailing economic system demands ever-increasing levels of extraction, production and consumption and needs a certain level of annual GDP growth for large firms to make sufficient profit.[Read More…]

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Chinese Vice Premier Liu He (L) and USTR Katherine Tai held their first call after the latter’s Senate confirmation, May 26, 2021

Biden wants to remain engaged with Russia, China

Russophobia and Sinophobia are so widely prevalent among the US foreign policy elite… Despite US statements against Kremlin or Beijing…highlighted by Indian media… Neither China nor Russia regards that the US is qualified to speak to them from a position of strength. Biden has outlined that his foreign policy vision will be domestically driven and linked to the American middle[Read More…]

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My Covid-19 Teaching Year

My Covid-19 Teaching Year

It seems appropriate that the 2020-2021 school year in Portland, Oregon, began amid toxic smoke from the catastrophic wildfires that blanketed many parts of the state for almost two weeks. The night before the first day of school, the smoke alarm in my bedroom went off. Looking back, I see it as a clarion call, a shrieking, beeping warning of all the[Read More…]

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Will the real Bernie Sanders please stand up?

Will the real Bernie Sanders please stand up?

Bernie Sanders was not so favoured and fashionable at the international stage, until he ran for the Democratic presidential election nomination in 2016. The 2016 election was also remarkable in terms of the opposition he gained. However, his overly left wing political assertiveness struck a chord with the Democratic American youth, and other disenchanted voters, who believed that America was[Read More…]

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Handover ceremony at Camp Anthonic, from US Army to Afghan Special Forces, Helmand province, Afghanistan, May 2, 2021.

Leave Kabul: Foreign missions prepare for evacuation

In the wake of U.S. and NATO troops withdrawal, foreign missions in Kabul are preparing for evacuation. Media reports said: The U.S. Defense Department and the State Department are drawing up plans for the possible evacuation of Afghans whose lives are in danger because of their work for the U.S. government, the U.S. military’s top officer said. Army Gen. Mark[Read More…]

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Afghan children walk past a Taliban Red Unit, an elite force, Alingar district, Laghman province in eastern Afghanistan (File photo) 

Afghan nationalism faces existential challenge — Part 2

 India is hardly in a position to assert on the Afghan chessboard… The bottom line is that New Delhi is highly unlikely to do anything that may undermine the US strategy in Afghanistan, which, incidentally, also has an “Indo-Pacific” dimension to it… New Delhi selectively intensifies its engagement with those world capitals that share its concerns over China’s rise and[Read More…]

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China worries Mr. Biden

China worries Mr. Biden

China, since its emergence in 1949, worries many. Today, it worries too many. Mr. Joe Biden, the US president, is also worried with China. “We’re kind of at a place where the rest of the world is beginning to look to China,” Biden said. “The most devastating comment made after I was elected – it wasn’t so much about me[Read More…]

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The Most Crucial Issues of World Should Get Much More Attention

The Most Crucial Issues of World Should Get Much More Attention

Without any doubt the most significant issue in the world today is that the basic life-nurturing conditions of our once beautiful and bountiful planet are being threatened in extremely serious and unprecedented ways. This threat has at least three aspects. Firstly around a dozen very serious environmental problems, perhaps led by but certainly not confined to climate change , often[Read More…]

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A Mine Resistant Ambush Protected vehicle being loaded on to a flatbed trailer, Bagram Air Field, Afghanistan. (File photo) 

Afghan nationalism faces existential challenge — Part 1

Afghan conundrum is mutating  The commencement of the troop withdrawal from Afghanistan by the United States and the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation has got off to a flying start. So far there has been no hiccup. One significant landmark has been the vacation of the big American base at Kandahar, southern Afghanistan. There is some poignancy here. A recent despatch[Read More…]

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Economic and Financial Travails of our Planet caused by Covid-19

Economic and Financial Travails of our Planet caused by Covid-19

In a world when Covid-19 has brought humanity to its knees and exposed the haughty posturing of many nation-states the lesson of its interconnectedness are still not being learnt. Despite some positive developments that give hope, there is much that should weigh heavily on the conscience of the human race.  Impending systemic collapse, the crash of global economy and widespread[Read More…]

by 27/05/2021 0 comments World
How It All Went Wrong: The Global Response to COVID-19

How It All Went Wrong: The Global Response to COVID-19

The Independent Panel for Pandemic Preparedness and Response was never likely to hand down a rosy report with gobbets of praise.  Organised by the World Health Organization Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus last May, the panel’s gloomy assessment was grim: the COVID-19 pandemic could have been avoided. Almost nothing in the main report could be seen as remarkable in these jaded[Read More…]

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What Lies Beneath: President Biden’s Deceptive Acknowledgment of the Armenian Genocide

What Lies Beneath: President Biden’s Deceptive Acknowledgment of the Armenian Genocide

  President Biden’s April 24 statement acknowledging the Armenian Genocide (1915–1923+) carried out by Turkey was welcome but flawed.  Indeed, “Turkey” appears nowhere in the document.  Moreover, the State Department swiftly undermined Biden’s virtuous-sounding words. American acknowledgment of the Armenian Genocide isn’t even new.  The U.S. House has passed several resolutions on the Genocide.   And a nearly unanimous Congress did[Read More…]

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$150 billion of oil money has been stolen from Iraq since the US-led invasion of 2003

$150 billion of oil money has been stolen from Iraq since the US-led invasion of 2003

An estimated $150 billion of stolen money has been smuggled out of Iraq in corrupt deals since the US-led invasion of Iraq in 2003, Iraqi President Barham Salih said Sunday. CNN and The New Arab reports said: “Of the close to a thousand billion dollars made from oil since 2003, an estimated $150 billion of stolen money has been smuggled[Read More…]

by 26/05/2021 0 comments World
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Reflections On Women And Race During The Year Of The Pandemic

The Pandemic’s End in View When I first started writing the following reflections, the country was all but trapped in the dreaded clutches of the pandemic. In the midst of what then appeared as an unstoppable plague utterly mismanaged by an inept, feckless, brazenly unprincipled administration, the lockdown put all of us in the position of terrified witnesses to a[Read More…]

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The Emperor’s New Rules

Written by Medea Benjamin and Nicolas J. S. Davies The world is reeling in horror at the latest Israeli massacre of hundreds of men, women and children in Gaza. Much of the world is also shocked by the role of the United States in this crisis, as it keeps providing Israel with weapons to kill Palestinian civilians, in violation of[Read More…]

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America Dominant Again (in Arms Sales)

America Dominant Again (in Arms Sales)

When it comes to trade in the tools of death and destruction, no one tops the United States of America. In April of this year, the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (SIPRI) published its annual analysis of trends in global arms sales and the winner — as always — was the U.S. of A. Between 2016 and 2020, this country accounted for[Read More…]

by 25/05/2021 0 comments World
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Why Improvement of Bio Safety Should Not Be Delayed Any Longer

While the ongoing pandemic has brought so much distress there is just  one positive possibility also that this may lead to long-delayed bio-safety reform as the neglected but extremely significant issue of bio-lab safety has started receiving  more attention now, both at the level of experts as well as common, safety conscious citizens. We should clinch this opportunity to introduce[Read More…]

by 25/05/2021 0 comments World
Changing the Way the Military Handles Sexual Assault

Changing the Way the Military Handles Sexual Assault

Given the more than 60 Democratic and Republican votes lined up, the Senate is poised to move forward with a new bill that would change the way the military handles sexual assault and other felony crimes by service members. Sponsored by Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY) and Joni Ernst (R-IA), the new law would assign decision-making on sexual-assault cases and a host of other[Read More…]

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Swedish doctors recommend against vaccination of young, healthy

Swedish doctors recommend against vaccination of young, healthy

Over 85 per cent of those who died of Covid-19 had some other underlying health condition and were very old. The risk from the virus to the young and healthy is not great, and vaccination of the whole population could set off other health crises, over 25 Swedish doctors have warned in a joint, open letter. In the age group[Read More…]

by 24/05/2021 0 comments World
How India lost its way in Persian Gulf

How India lost its way in Persian Gulf

“India gets booted out, by Iran, of Farzad-B gas field in Persian Gulf… India’s ONGC Videsh Ltd had discovered it way back in 2008.” India began to identify itself with the countries of the anti-Iran regional front that the former US President Donald Trump was sponsoring, involving Israel, Saudi Arabia and the UAE…and with Washington’s so-called Indo-Pacific strategy against China.[Read More…]

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81 Years and Nothing Has Changed

81 Years and Nothing Has Changed

In Mark Wortman’s impressive historical account of the lead-up to WW2 here in America, 1941 , Fighting the Shadow War, one becomes amazed at what went on then. We can still have debates as to whether the US should have gotten into the European conflict or not before December 7th, 1941. Obviously, once the Japanese attacked our naval base at[Read More…]

by 22/05/2021 0 comments World
Global Humanity Paralyzed by COVID-19 Pandemic and Politics of Conflicts Looks for Change and Unity

Global Humanity Paralyzed by COVID-19 Pandemic and Politics of Conflicts Looks for Change and Unity

COVID-19 Pandemic Deserves Critical Thinking and Human Unity We are living in a connect world of virtual reality – people in one part of the globe cannot be separated by resurgent COVID pandemic and continued insanity of violent political conflicts – man fighting man due to perpetuated ignorance, greed, economic and intellectual exploitation and political domination – an unending irresistible[Read More…]

by 22/05/2021 0 comments World
Is Colombia’s Military Displacing Peasants to Protect the Environment or Sell Off Natural Resources?

Is Colombia’s Military Displacing Peasants to Protect the Environment or Sell Off Natural Resources?

Colombia witnessed a series of mass protests at the end of April following a call for a national strike in the city of Cali. Still ongoing, the protests have many causes: an apparent “tax reform” that was going to transfer even more wealth to the 1 percent in Colombia; the failure of the most recent peace accords; and the inability of Colombia’s[Read More…]

by 22/05/2021 0 comments World
Robot Weapons Moving From Horror Movies to Real Battles

Robot Weapons Moving From Horror Movies to Real Battles

       There has increasing concern in recent times of robot weapons becoming more of a real-life threat, and a very serious one at that. So it was only a matter of time before we would hear of a horrible robot weapon being used in real battlefield. This appears to have happened last year in Libya with the appearance of what[Read More…]

by 22/05/2021 0 comments World
Chernobyl Alert and The Doomsday Clock

Chernobyl Alert and The Doomsday Clock

Like the mythical Phoenix, Chernobyl rises from the ashes. A recent… “Surge in fission reactions in an inaccessible chamber within the complex” is alarming scientists that monitor the ruins of the Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant in Ukraine. (Source: Nuclear Reactions at Chernobyl are Spiking in an Inaccessible Chamber, NewScientist, May 11, 2021). It is known that this significant renewal of[Read More…]

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Activists rally outside Pfizer headquarters in New York City on March 11, 2021. (Photo: Steve Frances Kong)

Profit First: COVID vaccines create 9 billionaires with combined wealth greater than cost of vaccinating poorest countries

At least nine persons have become new billionaires since the beginning of the COVID pandemic, thanks to the excessive profits pharmaceutical corporations with monopolies on COVID vaccines are making, said the People’s Vaccine Alliance (PVA), a group advocating turning vaccine receipts into a global public good. Between them, the nine new billionaires, have a combined net wealth of $19.3 billion,[Read More…]

by 21/05/2021 0 comments World
China blocks US bases in Central Asia

China blocks US bases in Central Asia

Photo taken on May 9, 2021 shows the books of students who were killed in a car bomb attack in Kabul, capital of Afghanistan. (Photo by Rahmatullah Alizadah/Xinhua). Over 80 people were killed in successive explosions outside a girls’ high school in Kabul, the capital of Afghanistan, most of the victims were girl students. US withdrawal from Afghanistan must be[Read More…]

by 21/05/2021 0 comments World
Africa’s Role Model; Eritrea’s 30 Years of Independence

Africa’s Role Model; Eritrea’s 30 Years of Independence

Africa’s role model, Eritrea, located on the Red Sea will mark 30 years of independence this coming Monday, May 24. When a rag tag band of afro coiffed Eritrean rebels drove captured Ethiopian tanks into the streets of our capital Asmara thirty years ago it marked the first successful armed struggle for national liberation on the continent. Others had fought[Read More…]

by 21/05/2021 0 comments World
Middle East Peace Plan – Justice to Palestinians and Security for Israel 

Middle East Peace Plan – Justice to Palestinians and Security for Israel 

Letter to President Biden and his cabinet about Israel and Palestine conflict Letter to President Joseph Biden Vice-President Kamala Harris Secretary of State Tony Blinken Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer Senator Minority leader Mitch McConnel Congressional Majority leader Nancy Pelosi Congressional Minority leader Kevin McCarthy It is time we work for the security of Israel and Justice to the Palestinians.[Read More…]

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Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed Bin Salman (R) received Qatar’s Emir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani (L), Jeddah, May 11, 2021

Saudi-Iran reset will take time

The Saudi-Iranian contacts that began last month in secrecy have gained gravitas. Significantly, this is an exclusively regional initiative. The Saudi-Iranian drive to normalise ties is motivated primarily by the two sides’ deep distrust of American intentions. Blinken sounded unhappy and somewhat irritated. His words reflect the reality that the US is a mere passive bystander while the two Gulf[Read More…]

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The Roots Of Colombia’s Crisis 2021

The Roots Of Colombia’s Crisis 2021

There has been a social explosion of the Colombian people against poverty and repression. President Duque’s ‘tax reform’ package was the last straw that broke their patience. The biggest upsurge of sustained popular protest since the 1970s has brought the country to an absolutely pivotal moment: Colombia’s future hangs in the balance. In this article we look at why Duque[Read More…]

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 Will the Real Aliens Please Stand Up!

 Will the Real Aliens Please Stand Up!

At the beginning of this year, I wrote an article for Counterpunch arguing that UFO sightings were a new kind of quasi-religion based on the cultural peculiarities of modern post-war America: technologism, managerism, a decline in traditional religions, cold war “after-glow”, and last but not least a pervasive sense of loss of control over one’s destiny and increasing alienation from society and[Read More…]

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Progressive Alliance Wins in Chile: Pinochet-Era Constitution to be Rewritten

Progressive Alliance Wins in Chile: Pinochet-Era Constitution to be Rewritten

Resounding victories for leftist and independent candidates saw rightwing politicians crash to dismal electoral defeats alongside those with links to Chile’s transition to democracy. Communist party members in Santiago celebrated victories in the constitutional assembly elections. The Chilean voters this weekend elected a progressive slate of delegates to the constituent assembly tasked with rewriting the country’s right-wing constitution, which was[Read More…]

by 19/05/2021 0 comments World
African Financial Independence is a Threat to the Status Quo and not a Pipedream

African Financial Independence is a Threat to the Status Quo and not a Pipedream

This article seeks to draw attention to one aspect of African sovereignty that does not get adequate coverage. Admittedly, many are aware of illicit financial outflows that cripple development or the fact that Africa has been a net creditor to the global financial system even though the countries within are debt ridden. This article will draw the lines between the[Read More…]

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War as the Enemy of Reform

War as the Enemy of Reform

Is President Biden afflicted with the political equivalent of a split personality?  His first several months in office suggest just that possibility.  On the home front, the president’s inclination is clearly to Go Big.  When it comes to America’s role in the world, however, Biden largely hews to pre-Trumpian precedent.  So far at least, the administration’s overarching foreign-policy theme is[Read More…]

by 18/05/2021 0 comments World
Recent Threatening Trends to Democracy

Recent Threatening Trends to Democracy

Democracy is all about access to resources, rights, participation in decisions, freedom and the ability to pursue choice. Democracy the world over has been under threat, in recent times. In fact, in India, increasingly dilution of democratic processes can be traced to chronology of globalisation of Indian economy. There is a perspective wherein globalisation is aligned with the democracy. Globalisation[Read More…]

by 18/05/2021 0 comments World
Notwithstanding The Ban On Biological Weapons, Research and Experiments Continue

Notwithstanding The Ban On Biological Weapons, Research and Experiments Continue

                  In the strategic planning for various forms of weapons and warfare an important place may be assigned to those weapons or agents  and forms of  warfare which can inflict very heavy damage on the perceived enemy  in such a way that the identity of the attacker  may be completely hidden or else at least is not revealed clearly.[Read More…]

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We can defeat the corporate media’s war to snuff out independent journalism

We can defeat the corporate media’s war to snuff out independent journalism

My talk at the International Festival of Whistleblowing, Dissent and Accountability on May 8. Transcript below. https://video.emergeheart.info/videos/watch/0e680370-0f59-4110-aaca-d0d0c228f47f?start=0s I wanted to use this opportunity to talk about my experiences over the past two decades working with new technology as an independent freelance journalist, one who abandoned – or maybe more accurately, was abandoned by – what we usually call the “mainstream”[Read More…]

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The Gilt Comes Off: Singapore Goes Into Lockdown

The Gilt Comes Off: Singapore Goes Into Lockdown

A clean, technology driven dystopia.  A representation of our techno future.  These were the introductory descriptions to a piece by science fiction author William Gibson on Singapore for Wired in 1993.  “Imagine an Asian version of Zurich operating as an offshore capsule at the foot of Malaysia; an affluent microcosm whose citizens inhabit something that feels like well, Disneyland. Disneyland[Read More…]

by 18/05/2021 0 comments World
How Serious Risks From Genetically Engineered Viruses Are Increasing?

How Serious Risks From Genetically Engineered Viruses Are Increasing?

In recent decades the serious risks of genetically engineered crops, foods, animals and mosquitoes have been widely discussed and thanks to the rich contribution by several senior scientists and groups of scientists also to this debate these  hazards are now recognized quite widely. It is time now to give equal attention to the very high risks of genetically engineered viruses[Read More…]

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Demilitarizing the Border

Demilitarizing the Border

From the mountaintops of southern Arizona, you can see a world without borders. I realized this just before I met Juan Carlos. I was about 20 miles from the border but well within the militarized zone that abuts it. I was, in fact, atop the Baboquivari mountain range, a place sacred to the Tohono O’odham, the Native American people who[Read More…]

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Endless, Unfulfilled Yearnings For Peace in Afghanistan

Endless, Unfulfilled Yearnings For Peace in Afghanistan

One of the  world’s most inspiring movements for peace involved the Pashtun community. It was led by Badshah Khan, and earned the highest praise from Mahatma Gandhi who visited the villages and towns of the movement almost as a pilgrimage site. From 1933 to 1973, when Zahir Shah was the king for 40 long years, Afghanistan had a long period[Read More…]

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Increasing Need for Worldwide Peace Movement With Continuity

Increasing Need for Worldwide Peace Movement With Continuity

The increasing conflict in many parts of the world and the near ruin of several once prosperous and well-resourced countries in recent times due to war, invasion and civil strife has re-emphasized the need for a strong and effective world peace which is unbiased and independent and can work with continuity. This should be created from bottom to top and[Read More…]

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China on the horizon as ‘world’s pharmacy’

China on the horizon as ‘world’s pharmacy’

Jospeh Stiglitz,  the Nobel laureate,  in an essay last week , with a startling title Will Corporate Greed Prolong the Pandemic? , wrote: “…Their goal is simple: to maintain as much market power as they can for as long as possible in order to maximise profits..” Now China has gatecrashed the aggressively-guarded orchard of powerful western pharmaceutical companies… The WHO approved[Read More…]

by 16/05/2021 0 comments World
Elbowed and Hustled: Australia’s Yellow Peril Problem

Elbowed and Hustled: Australia’s Yellow Peril Problem

With the babble about Cold War paranoia becoming a routine matter in Canberra, the treacherous ground for war with China is being bedded down and readied.  The Yellow Peril image never truly dissipated from Australia’s politics.  It was crucial in framing the first act of the newly born Commonwealth in 1901: the Immigration Restriction Act.  Even as China was being[Read More…]

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Kabul School Bombing A Dreadful Reminder of Dangers Ahead

Kabul School Bombing A Dreadful Reminder of Dangers Ahead

When children leave school for the day they are in a joyous mood. They are happy to be going home, and yet they have so much to tell their friends before they go. So friends cling to each other to say all their  precious important things before they separate for the day. Free of the discipline of the classroom and[Read More…]

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The Pandemic: Global Death Over 3.34M, India Reports Over 343,000 New Cases

The Pandemic: Global Death Over 3.34M, India Reports Over 343,000 New Cases

The global death toll from the coronavirus pandemic has topped 3.34 million and over 160.8 million cases of the infection have been detected, according to Baltimore, Maryland’s Johns Hopkins University (JHU). The U.S., India and Brazil are the top three countries in terms of the number of registered coronavirus infections, while the largest number of COVID-19-related deaths has been observed[Read More…]

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Netanyahu Must Realize the Disastrous Implications of  Civil War Type Conditions in Pandemic Times

Netanyahu Must Realize the Disastrous Implications of  Civil War Type Conditions in Pandemic Times

The rapid escalation of violence, including Israeli air attack, resulting in civil war type conditions in parts of Israel and Palestine territories is deeply distressing and coming as it does in pandemic times threatens to move  towards  serious humanitarian crisis. The crisis can also widen, leading to violence and tensions in other parts of the volatile  region. The rapid escalation[Read More…]

by 13/05/2021 0 comments World
…’ Wrapped In A Flag….’

…’ Wrapped In A Flag….’

One of our nation’s greatest novelists, Sinclair Lewis once wrote that ” When Fascism comes to America it will be wrapped in a flag and carrying a cross.” Are we soon to be approaching that Rubicon? January 6th , 2021 will go down in American history either as A) The culmination of years of far right wing Neo Fascist mechanisms[Read More…]

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Mother’s Day Tears

One hundred and fifty years ago, in the bloody wake of the Civil War, the abolitionist Julia Ward Howe issued a “Mother’s Day Proclamation.” The world, she wrote, could no longer bear such terrible violence and death. She called on women across the country to “rise up through the ashes and devastation” and come together in the cause of peace.[Read More…]

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Vancouver, ‘Anti-Asian Hate Crime Capital of North America,’ says Report

Vancouver, ‘Anti-Asian Hate Crime Capital of North America,’ says Report

With more anti-Asian hate crimes than 10 of the most populous U.S. cities combined in 2020, Vancouver has reportedly become the “Anti-Asian Hate Crime Capital of North America.” A report in Bloomberg looked into police figures collected by the Center for the Study of Hate and Extremism (CSHE) at Cal State San Bernardino. The Bloomberg report looks deeply, with historical[Read More…]

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‘Out of gas:’ Multiple U.S. states declare emergency, drivers in the U.S. Southeast are scrambling for fuel

‘Out of gas:’ Multiple U.S. states declare emergency, drivers in the U.S. Southeast are scrambling for fuel

Gas (fuel) outages are spreading across the U.S. Southeast as motorists rush to fill up their cars days after the biggest U.S. fuel pipeline temporarily shut down following a cyberattack. Gas stations in Georgia, North Carolina and Tennessee were seeing some panic buying, said Patrick De Haan, head of petroleum analysis at GasBuddy. Virginia and Florida declared a state of[Read More…]

by 12/05/2021 0 comments World
Photo Credit: Sam Durant, Untitled (drone), 2016-2021 (rendering). Proposal for the High Line Plinth. Commissioned by High Line Art. Courtesy of the High Line

Art Against Drones

At the High Line, a popular tourist attraction in New York City,  visitors to the West side of Lower Manhattan ascend above street level to what was once an elevated freight train line and is now a tranquil and architecturally intriguing promenade. Here walkers enjoy a park-like openness; with fellow strollers they experience urban beauty, art and the wonder of[Read More…]

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Why the Pentagon Budget Never Goes Down

Why the Pentagon Budget Never Goes Down

Joe Biden’s First 100 Days Were a Pentagon Prize The first 100 days of President Joe Biden’s administration have come and gone. While somewhat exaggerated, that milestone is normally considered the honeymoon period for any new president. Buoyed by a recent election triumph and inauguration, he’s expected to be at the peak of his power when it comes to advancing the[Read More…]

by 11/05/2021 0 comments World
Covid-19 Vaccines: Politics And Economics Of The IPR Waiver Ploy

Covid-19 Vaccines: Politics And Economics Of The IPR Waiver Ploy

US announcement to discuss IPR relaxation came as Modi regime, a QUAD ally, was gasping for political breath after election setbacks, and an oxygen crisis in India. In a sudden change of heart, US announced, towards the end of  April 2021, that it may relent on Intellectual Property Rights (IPR) restrictions and may lift the ban on export of raw materials[Read More…]

by 11/05/2021 0 comments World
Held to Ransom: Colonial Pipeline and the Vulnerabilities of Critical Infrastructure

Held to Ransom: Colonial Pipeline and the Vulnerabilities of Critical Infrastructure

It should be making officials in the White House tremble.  Critical infrastructure supplying 45% of the East Coast’s diesel, gasoline and jet fuel, left at the mercy of a ransomware operation executed on May 6.  In the process, 100 GB of data of Colonial Pipeline was seized and encrypted on computers and servers.  The next day, those behind the operation[Read More…]

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Czech charade and its masterminds

Czech charade and its masterminds

The investigation into the Vrbetice explosions in the Czech Republic quickly turned into a comedy. First, the country’s respected President Milos Zeman, obviously hating to go down in history, started making uncomfortable comments and casting doubt on the stated cause of the blasts. Then the media began to talk about the dark past of the owner of the ammunition that[Read More…]

by 11/05/2021 0 comments World
U.S. issues emergency legislation over fuel pipeline cyber-attack by criminal gang

U.S. issues emergency legislation over fuel pipeline cyber-attack by criminal gang

An example of a DarkSide ransomware notice that appears on victims’ computer screens The U.S. government has issued emergency legislation on Sunday after the Colonial Pipeline, the country’s largest fuel pipeline, was hit by a ransomware cyber-attack. The Colonial Pipeline carries 2.5 million barrels a day, 45% of the U.S. East Coast’s supply of diesel, gasoline and jet fuel. It[Read More…]

by 10/05/2021 0 comments World
Fish and France and UK, but it is not fish

Fish and France and UK, but it is not fish

Over Fish, France and UK are having a quarrel. But it is not fish that has started the quarrel. Media reports said: France’s junior minister for European affairs Clement Beane threatened the UK on financial services if Britain failed to grant licenses to French fishermen. Clement Beane said France would retaliate in sectors like banking in the European Union to[Read More…]

by 10/05/2021 0 comments World
What Many Developing Countries Can Learn and Should Learn From Cuba

What Many Developing Countries Can Learn and Should Learn From Cuba

There are some aspects of the experiences of Cuba in recent times from which many developing countries in particular can learn valuable lessons without necessarily accepting some other aspects. The persistence of imperialism , its injustices and even cruelties has been very much a reality of the world which emerged following the end of more formal and obvious forms of[Read More…]

by 09/05/2021 0 comments World
Why Non-Alignment Movement Needs to be Strengthened, Keeping in View Also New Important Realities

Why Non-Alignment Movement Needs to be Strengthened, Keeping in View Also New Important Realities

 In certain circumstances of the world the non-aligned movement was born in 1961 ( although the Bandung conference  heralded the effort as early as 1955) and quickly gathered strength, before moving into a state of relative stagnation. Now in different circumstances and for somewhat different reasons the movement is becoming even more relevant and there is increasing need for strengthening[Read More…]

by 09/05/2021 0 comments World
Activists rally outside Pfizer headquarters in New York City on March 11, 2021. (Photo: Steve Frances Kong)

Big Pharma Greed Will Prolong Pandemic—If We Don’t Fight Back

Written by Joseph Stiglitz and Lori Wallach The Covid-19 vaccines have been developed by scientists from all over the world, thanks to basic science supported by numerous governments. We must not let drug companies put profits ahead of lives. The only way to end the Covid-19 pandemic is to immunize enough people worldwide. The slogan “no one is safe until[Read More…]

by 08/05/2021 1 comment World
Horn of Africa: Poor News Analyses Undermines Potential for Understanding

Horn of Africa: Poor News Analyses Undermines Potential for Understanding

The Tigray People’s Liberation Front’s (TPLF) launch of a massive attack on the Ethiopian Northern Command in early November last year has entailed considerable humanitarian ramifications, even if the worst case scenario has been avoided through swift and effective countermeasures that have thwarted its sinister designs. Prevailing challenges must indeed be gauged against the intractable quagmire that would have enveloped[Read More…]

by 08/05/2021 0 comments World
‘Biden leads again,’ but where to?

‘Biden leads again,’ but where to?

  On the climate problem as on any other, the Biden administration follows a time-honored U.S. tradition: addressing problems only so long as solutions are profit opportunities for powerful U.S. corporations.   *** President Biden may have returned the U.S. to the Paris Agreement but this alleged renewal of multilateralism goes hand in hand with much harsher pursuit of Trump’s[Read More…]

by 08/05/2021 1 comment World
The ideological basis of the new Cold War is clear, and this time the Western powers look set to be on the losing side

The ideological basis of the new Cold War is clear, and this time the Western powers look set to be on the losing side

 The ideological divisions of today involve the organization of the international system of states. One side, led by the USA, UK, EU and NATO, subscribes to something it calls the “rules-based international order.” (India claims to follow this.)  The other side, led by Russia and China, subscribes to “international law…The principles of this system are set out in the United[Read More…]

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The Uprising in Colombia

The Uprising in Colombia

On April 28, 2021, many of Colombia’s largest unions held a national strike against tax reforms put forward by President Ivan Duque’s government to cover funds related to the COVID-19 pandemic and national debt . Demonstrators filled the streets of downtown Bogotá, Medellín, Cali, Barranquilla and Ibague, as well as smaller cities. Stores and most public services came to a[Read More…]

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Decades After A War is Over, Its Destruction Still Continues

Decades After A War is Over, Its Destruction Still Continues

Several decades have passed since the Vietnam war ended, but its destruction has still continued. Sometimes a bomb buried in the ground suddenly explodes, and people still die from their impact. These bombs, after all, were designed not so much to destroy buildings but to kill people. These are not very isolated or rare incidents. Thousands of people are reported[Read More…]

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Israel An Apartheid State

Israel An Apartheid State

What do the neo-fascist elements of South African apartheidism of the past and Israeli apartheidism of the present have in common: Afrikaner Nationalism and Jewish Orthodox Nationalism? Black phobia and Palestinian phobia? White Supremacy and Jewish Supremacy? White Separatism and Jewish Separatism? Afrikaner Storm Troopers and Likud Storm Troopers? All of the above or none of the above? THUMBNAIL HISTORICAL[Read More…]

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People’s Vaccine Alliance lauds US decision to break open Covid-19 monopolies and urges others to follow

People’s Vaccine Alliance lauds US decision to break open Covid-19 monopolies and urges others to follow

The United States government last night moved to support a waiver of intellectual property protections of the Covid-19 vaccine. The People’s Vaccine Alliance has been campaigning to suspend Covid-19 intellectual property protections. This is the decision the world needed: by backing a waiver of intellectual property protections for Covid-19 vaccines the Biden Administration can increase the global supply of vaccines[Read More…]

by 06/05/2021 0 comments World
Boris Johnson walks away laughing with India’s Serum Institute in tow

Boris Johnson walks away laughing with India’s Serum Institute in tow

Without doubt, Johnson has stolen a march over PM Modi just  when the Indian foreign policy establishment is daydreaming about the possible induction of the UK into the Quad to contain China. Clearly, Johnson’s priorities are different — transfuse lifeblood from the former colony, the jewel in the Crown, into his “Global Britain” project.   *** Three cheers for the[Read More…]

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Spending More On Nukes: STRATCOM’s Nuclear Death Wish

Spending More On Nukes: STRATCOM’s Nuclear Death Wish

Being sufficiently able at your job is a good thing.  But beware the trappings of zeal.  When it comes to the business of retaining an inventory for humanity’s annihilation, the zealous should be kept away.  But there Admiral Charles Richard was in April this year, with his siren calls, urging the US Senate to consider a simple proposition.  “Sustainment of[Read More…]

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Going to Court: The EU Sues AstraZeneca

Going to Court: The EU Sues AstraZeneca

It has been a relationship of characterised by bitterness and misunderstanding.  It began with a poorly negotiated agreement – poor, that is, from the European Union perspective – between Brussels and AstraZeneca for the supply of COVID-19 vaccine doses.  Less rigorous in terms of penalties and consequences than the UK-AstraZeneca deal, the EU version was very much the poor cousin,[Read More…]

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Wage Stagnation in the Global North

Wage Stagnation in the Global North

According to the “Global Wage Report 2020-21”, in the few years before the COVID-19 crisis, annual average real wage growth for North  America (Canada and USA) and Western Europe fluctuated between 0 and around 1 per cent. What accounts for this wage stagnation over much of the Global North? To answer this question, we need to briefly look at the pre-neoliberal economy[Read More…]

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Taliban co-founder Mullah Abdul Ghani Baradar (R, bottom) at the peace talks with Afghan government, Doha, Qatar (File photo)

Breakthrough in Afghan peace process!

The “extended Troika” on the Afghan problem comprising the United States, Russia, and China — and Pakistan — have announced in Doha on April 30 Friday a road map in consultation with the Ashraf Ghani government and Taliban as regards the way forward in immediate terms for reaching a peace settlement. The announcement followed consultations in Doha with the involvement[Read More…]

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Surveillance, counter Russian “propaganda”, Snowden and World Press Freedom Day

Surveillance, counter Russian “propaganda”, Snowden and World Press Freedom Day

Partner with private firms to surveil domestic terrorists A May 3, 2021, Washington datelined CNN report said: The Biden administration is considering using outside firms to track extremist chatter by Americans online, an effort that would expand the government’s ability to gather intelligence but could draw criticism over surveillance of U.S. citizens. The Department of Homeland Security is limited in[Read More…]

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Is America hoping its withdrawal from Afghanistan makes that war-ravaged country China’s problem now?

Is America hoping its withdrawal from Afghanistan makes that war-ravaged country China’s problem now?

A car bomb attack in Pakistan, possibly aimed at a Chinese diplomat, has demonstrated just how important peace and stability in the region is to Beijing and its $65 billion Belt and Road Initiative. On April 21 Wednesday evening a deadly blast struck a Pakistan hotel stemming from a car bomb, claiming four lives. The apparent target of the attack[Read More…]

by 04/05/2021 0 comments World
Photo credit: ICAN (International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons)

Squad & Co: Unite as a Block to Downsize Biden’s Military Budget

Written by Medea Benjamin and Marcy Winograd Imagine this scenario: A month before the vote on the federal budget, progressives in Congress declared, “We’ve studied President Biden’s proposed $753 billion military budget, an increase of $13 billion from Trump’s already inflated budget, and we can’t, in good conscience, support this.” Now that would be a show stopper, particularly if they[Read More…]

by 03/05/2021 0 comments World
Afghan National army (ANA) soldiers line up during military training in  Badakhshan province, Afghanistan, on May 8, 2016 (Photo by Mohammad Sharif Shayeq/NurPhoto) *** Please Use Credit from Credit Field ***

Reports from Afghanistan: General’s comment, blast, cost

U.S. general: Afghan forces could face ‘bad possible outcomes’ A May 2, 2021, Washington datelined AP report said: Afghan government forces face an uncertain future and, in a worst-case scenario, some “bad possible outcomes” against Taliban insurgents as the withdrawal of American and coalition troops accelerates in the coming weeks, the top U.S. military officer said Sunday. Gen. Mark Milley[Read More…]

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US is whipping up fear of China because Washington simply cannot contemplate a world it does not dominate

US is whipping up fear of China because Washington simply cannot contemplate a world it does not dominate

According to research by Stop Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders (AAPI) Hate, there were nearly 3,800 anti-Asian racist incidents from March 19, 2020 to February 28, 2021, not including those that have occurred the most recently. America’s annual threat assessment has highlighted the dangers posed by China. The manufactured hysteria about Beijing’s supposed intentions reveals a country unnerved at the[Read More…]

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IAPI holds May Day vigil for slain Indian farmers

IAPI holds May Day vigil for slain Indian farmers

Activists came together on the international workers’ day outside the Indian Visa and Passport Application Center in Surrey, to remember more than 300 farmers who have laid down their lives during the ongoing agitation. Indian farmers have been camping on the borders of New Delhi since November against controversial farm laws which have been passed by the ruling right wing[Read More…]

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Forgetting Citizenship: Australia Suspends Flights from India

Forgetting Citizenship: Australia Suspends Flights from India

As India is being devastated by COVID-19 cases that have now passed a daily rate of 400,000, affluent and callous Australia has taken the decision to suspend all flights coming into the country till mid-month.  The decision was reached by the Morrison government with the blessing of the State Premiers and the Labor opposition. Not happy with banning flights from[Read More…]

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US-China confrontation may only get worse under Biden as Beijing switches into ‘war mode’ in face of western criticism & sanctions

US-China confrontation may only get worse under Biden as Beijing switches into ‘war mode’ in face of western criticism & sanctions

Joe Biden’s policy on China might not be as inflammatory as Trump’s, but the principle remains the same and the US will continue its attempts to contain China’s rise as a perceived challenge to the international order. Therefore, Biden’s self-proclaimed unwillingness to back down produces the very thing he vows to also avoid – confrontation. During his first press conference[Read More…]

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Our Humanity; Our Identity

Our Humanity; Our Identity

Identity politics has been on the ascendancy in many parts of the world in the last few decades. Its relationship to ethnicity, culture and religion is what concerns us at this point. To understand this relationship one has to consider the context. We should also try to explain the impact of identity politics upon religion itself. The United States of[Read More…]

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“Digital” workers don’t delete Marx on May Day

“Digital” workers don’t delete Marx on May Day

“Digital” economy and work, like the imagined and claimed “4th industrial revolution”, are mesmerizing many scholars that lead them to chorus: “Blue-collars are gone, gone are smoke spewing chimneys, so is Marx”. But, do facts support those scholars’ choir “Cancel Marx” even if data related to blue-collar employees are ignored? The ILO report The World Employment and Social Outlook, The[Read More…]

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The Dawn of Labor: Commemorating May Day

The Dawn of Labor: Commemorating May Day

 In 1889, Clara Zetkin wrote:  “Wherever busy folk are drudging under the yoke of capitalism, the organised working men and women will demonstrate on May Day for the idea of their social emancipation.” In today’s world, the murderous claws of oppression have dug deeper into the flesh of humanity. The globalization of capital, establishment of post-Fordist economic arrangements of flexible[Read More…]

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A Brief History of Israeli Interventionism in Lebanon

A Brief History of Israeli Interventionism in Lebanon

Israel has a long-standing interest in Lebanon. These interests have periodically manifested themselves in bloody attacks against the small Arab state. Two important sources on the Zionist plans for Lebanon are the diary of Moshe Sharett, who was the Prime Minster of Israel in 1954-1955 and who was considered a “soft Zionist”, and Livia Rokach’s “Israel’s Sacred Terrorism: A study based[Read More…]

by 30/04/2021 0 comments World
Photo: Oren Ziv/Sikha Mekomit  Far-right Jewish demonstrators on Jaffa Street in Jerusalem.

Extremism is on the Rise in Israel

After neo-Nazis marched in Charlottesville, North Carolina, and then President Donald Trump responded by saying there were “good people on both sides,” people who abhor white supremacism stood up, took notice, and condemned the marchers. Anti-racists would be wise to do the same about the far-right march that took place last week in Jerusalem. The situation in Jerusalem began with[Read More…]

by 30/04/2021 1 comment World
Antebellum America Redux

Antebellum America Redux

Many Americans can see for their own eyes how people from low income areas speak, due to the overwhelming news coverage ( finally ) of police killings of unarmed blacks. When there are equally disturbing instances of murders within areas where low income whites and brown folks live, the public can get a view of how these folks speak. Unfortunately,[Read More…]

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Peoples’ Vaccine, Not For-Profit Vaccine!

Peoples’ Vaccine, Not For-Profit Vaccine!

Urgent call to three rich Asian country governments – Japan, South Korea and Singapore to stop opposing TRIPS waiver at WTO Press Release by people’s Vaccine Alliance, Asia Chapter   The Peoples Vaccine Alliance (PVA) in Asia is calling on Japan, Singapore and South Korea to take action on the voices of citizens across Asia and the global South by[Read More…]

by 29/04/2021 0 comments World
May-Day Thoughts: Let the Dignity of Labour be the Basis of Development

May-Day Thoughts: Let the Dignity of Labour be the Basis of Development

   Corona attacks us again. This time intensity is much higher than last year. As a result of the previous sudden lockdown, millions of workers, porters, drivers of rickshaw auto taxi, etc., employees of shopping malls and restaurants – in a word, various sections of the toilers lost their jobs. The country’s economy had almost collapsed. This time the central[Read More…]

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Waiting for the Cyber-Apocalypse

Waiting for the Cyber-Apocalypse

The Cold War Has Already Turned Hot — on the Internet America has a serious infrastructure problem. Maybe when I say that what comes to mind are all the potholes on your street. Or the dismal state of public transportation in your city. Or crumbling bridges all over the country. But that’s so twentieth century of you. America’s most urgent[Read More…]

by 28/04/2021 0 comments World
Amidst pandemic and economic sufferings, 2020’s global military spending reached highest level in decades

Amidst pandemic and economic sufferings, 2020’s global military spending reached highest level in decades

Military spending around the world has increased to unprecedented level since 1988 despite economic suffering due to the COVID-19 pandemic, and the U.S. was ahead of all the countries again, finds Trends in World Military Expenditure, 2020, the latest report by the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (SIPRI). In 2020, nations were struggling to support their economies through the times[Read More…]

by 27/04/2021 0 comments World
Millions of children at risk from serious disease after Covid disrupts 60 mass immunization campaigns

Millions of children at risk from serious disease after Covid disrupts 60 mass immunization campaigns

An alliance of international health agencies has warned that up to 228 million people, mostly children, are at risk from serious disease after the Covid pandemic derailed around 60 mass immunization campaigns in 50 countries. The United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF), the Gavi vaccines alliance and the World Health Organization (WHO) released a joint statement on Monday warning that “with[Read More…]

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Joe Biden, Recognition and the Armenian Genocide

Joe Biden, Recognition and the Armenian Genocide

Attributing names to the brutal acts humans are capable of inflicting upon each other is never without problems.  There are gradations of terror, hierarchies of atrocity and cruelty.  In these, the pedants reign.  Disputes splutter and rage over whether a “massacre” can best be described as a crime against humanity or a counter-measure waged with heavy sorrow against a threatening[Read More…]

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COVID Vaccine debate intensifies in the USA

COVID Vaccine debate intensifies in the USA

Various Covid vaccines have been developed in unprecedented record time due to the widely voiced urgency . The normal time for development of a vaccine before the advent of Covid was a decade. However in exceptional conditions various Covid vaccines have been made available in about a year’s time. Therefore several experts have been emphasizing the need  for very careful[Read More…]

by 26/04/2021 0 comments World
Ethnic Engineering: Denmark’s Ghetto Policy

Ethnic Engineering: Denmark’s Ghetto Policy

The very word is chilling, but has become normalised political currency in Denmark.  Since 2010, the Danish government has resorted to generating “ghetto lists” marking out areas as socially problematic for the state.  In 2018, the country’s parliament passed “ghetto” laws to further regulate the lives of individuals inhabiting various city areas focusing on their racial and ethnic origins.  The[Read More…]

by 25/04/2021 1 comment World
Learning From Earlier Sudden  Outbreaks of Diseases May Be Very Useful Today

Learning From Earlier Sudden  Outbreaks of Diseases May Be Very Useful Today

At a time when the entire world is focused on COVID-19, it is important to recall some important lessons which emerged from the response to previous sudden outbreaks  like Ebola infectious disease and other diseases in recent times. Of course no two diseases are the same but lessons can be learnt in terms of  policy responses, the various factors and[Read More…]

by 25/04/2021 0 comments World
To Avoid Very Serious Threats, Superpower  Rivalry Should Spare the Space

To Avoid Very Serious Threats, Superpower  Rivalry Should Spare the Space

A very serious emerging threat concerns the growing extension of superpower rivalry for dominance to outer space. This may relate to economic, technological and even military aspects. Ultimately this may lead not only to  new kinds of pollution but in addition also to very big disasters. The extent to which private corporations are being given a big role in the[Read More…]

by 25/04/2021 0 comments World
If Fukushima’s Water is Safe, Then Drink it!

If Fukushima’s Water is Safe, Then Drink it!

By now, the world knows all about the decision by Japan to dump tritium-laced radioactive water into the Pacific Ocean. According to Japan’s Deputy Prime Minister Taro Aso, the treated and diluted water will be “safe to drink.” Furthermore, he claims the country should have started releasing it into the ocean earlier. (Source: China to Japan: If Treated Radioactive Water[Read More…]

by 23/04/2021 0 comments World
 Can a Formula 1 Star Send a Message to the Saudi Government? 

 Can a Formula 1 Star Send a Message to the Saudi Government? 

Written by Danaka Katovich and Ariel Gold For human rights advocates who also enjoy the sport of car racing, a great opportunity awaits us. Lewis Hamilton, the only Black driver in the history of Formula 1 racing, has been bravely and consistently supporting the Black Lives Matter movement. In the wake of the protests against the murders of George Floyd[Read More…]

by 23/04/2021 0 comments World
The Great Forgetting

The Great Forgetting

Why We Forget Epidemics and Why This One Must Be Remembered The second Moderna shot made me sick — as predicted. A 24-hour touch of what an alarmed immune system feels like left me all the more grateful for my good fortune in avoiding the real thing and for being alive at a time when science had devised a 95%[Read More…]

by 22/04/2021 0 comments World
U.S. Air Force personnel walk past an entry at Incirlik Air Base in Turkey. STAFF SGT. REBECCAH A. WOODROW U.S. AIR FORCE

Key U.S. air base in Turkey sits on property stolen from Armenians during the genocide

Suppose the U.S. built and operated a military base in Germany on property confiscated from Jews during the Holocaust. America, Jewish Americans, Germany, and Israel would have reached a principled resolution years ago. Now consider Incirlik (EEN-jeer-leek) Air Base in Turkey. American taxpayers and the Army Corps of Engineers built it 67 years ago. Its 3,320 acres are home to[Read More…]

by 22/04/2021 0 comments World
Profiting from Hajj: Commodification of Spirituality

Profiting from Hajj: Commodification of Spirituality

Hajj is one of the five pillars of Islamic practice. Every adult Muslim is required to perform hajj once in a lifetime if they can afford the journey. It is staged on the 8th to 13th days of Dhu’l Hijjah, the final month of the Islamic lunar calendar. The Saudi royal family – which calls itself the “Custodian of the Two[Read More…]

by 21/04/2021 0 comments World
The Ukrainian crisis and Biden’s interests

The Ukrainian crisis and Biden’s interests

The strange policy, pursued by the present occupant of the White House during the past few weeks is fairly surprising. Moreover, Joe Biden’s actions vis-à-vis Russia are downright contradictory, to say the least. Or maybe his strange initiatives are sending some ulterior message to the team around him and those who supported last fall’s very dirty elections? On the morning[Read More…]

by 21/04/2021 0 comments World
US’ China policy at inflection point

US’ China policy at inflection point

“The symbolism is stunning”: China-France-Germany climate summit, Beijing, April 16, 2021. The three met without US…It is against the backdrop of the Biden administration’s containment strategy against China. The discussions spilled over from climate change to the entire spectrum of world politics. Considering the US media build-up as President Biden’s climate envoy John Kerry set out for China, the 4-day visit turned[Read More…]

by 21/04/2021 0 comments World
Biden’s Anti-China Ambitions – A Reality Check

Biden’s Anti-China Ambitions – A Reality Check

Like his immediate predecessor, Joe Biden is committed to a distinctly anti-China global strategy and has sworn that China will not “become the leading country in the world, the wealthiest country in the world, and the most powerful country in the world… on my watch.” In the topsy-turvy universe created by the Covid-19 pandemic, it was, however, Jamie Dimon, the CEO and[Read More…]

by 20/04/2021 1 comment World
In our hurry to conquer nature and death, we have made a new religion of science

In our hurry to conquer nature and death, we have made a new religion of science

Back in the 1880s, the mathematician and theologian Edwin Abbott tried to help us better understand our world by describing a very different one he called Flatland. Imagine a world that is not a sphere moving through space like our own planet, but more like a vast sheet of paper inhabited by conscious, flat geometric shapes. These shape-people can move[Read More…]

by 20/04/2021 1 comment World
Lift USA embargo  on the export of Vaccine raw materials

Lift USA embargo  on the export of Vaccine raw materials

Nation is currently reeling through a serious COVID pandemic.  Daily reported cases are touching  nearly 3.0 lakhs  with mounting deaths in many states.  Unless 30 crore population is vaccinated by beginning of August, it may not be possible to  stock pile antibodies, break the disease chain and attain herd immunity. Till the  third week of April  despite the vaccine shortages[Read More…]

by 20/04/2021 3 comments World
Greed and the European Super League

Greed and the European Super League

Suffocating the grassroots.  Mocking the working class origins of the game.  World football, and primarily European club football, has long done away with loyalties in favour of cash and contract.  The professionalization of the game has seen a difficult relationship between fan, spectator and sporting management, none better exemplified than the price of tickets, the role of branding and sponsorship.[Read More…]

by 20/04/2021 0 comments World
The Growing Threat of Fascism in the United States

The Growing Threat of Fascism in the United States

Donald Trump’s efforts to overturn the 2020 election were unprecedented in U.S. history. When his Big Lie about widespread voter fraud, more than 60 lawsuits, and pressure on state officials failed to change the results, he incited the January 6 attack on Congress which led to 5 deaths and about 140 injuries. The insurrection failed to stop the certification of[Read More…]

by 20/04/2021 0 comments World
Earth Abuse and the Next Pandemic

Earth Abuse and the Next Pandemic

Humanity’s transgression of ecological limits has caused widespread damage, including a climate emergency, catastrophic loss of biodiversity, and extensive degradation of soils around the world. Earth abuse is also at the root of the Covid-19 pandemic and the grim likelihood that new pathogens will continue to emerge from other animal species to infect humans. [image: “Human Miasma” by Priti Gulati[Read More…]

by 19/04/2021 0 comments World
Tightening The Noose Around Syria

Tightening The Noose Around Syria

The US – with the help of Israel – has been repeatedly waging attacks on the high seas against oil tankers bound for Syria. In recent statements to parliament, Syria’s Prime Minister Hussein Arnous revealed that oil tankers loaded with crude allocated for Syria are being attacked or intercepted on the high seas. The goal is to aggravate the hydrocarbon crisis generated[Read More…]

by 19/04/2021 0 comments World
Portland police disperse protesters Saturday night, riot declared Friday night

Portland police disperse protesters Saturday night, riot declared Friday night

Reports by media including AP and CNN said: In Portland, Oregon, about 70 demonstrators assembled outside Portland Police Bureau’s East Precinct Saturday night. When the group pushed two dumpsters into the street at around 10:30 p.m., police declared an unlawful assembly and officers moved in. There were no arrests and no reported injuries. The police called the demonstrators a “hostile[Read More…]

by 19/04/2021 0 comments World
Coronavirus Strikes Papua New Guinea

Coronavirus Strikes Papua New Guinea

There was a time when it seemed Papua New Guinea had managed to dodge a bullet.  Instances of SARS-CoV-2 were minimal, along with its disease, COVID-19.  Through 2020, the country of eight million people recorded a mere 900 cases.  The World Health Organization praised the PNG government in a September 2020 news release in “taking the threat of the pandemic[Read More…]

by 19/04/2021 0 comments World
How to Make a Gulf Monarchy All-American

How to Make a Gulf Monarchy All-American

Written by Ben Freeman, Brian Steiner and Leila Riazi The Saudi Lobby Moves from K Street to Main Street Princess Reema bint Bandar Al-Saud, Saudi Arabia’s ambassador to the U.S., was on the hot seat. In early March 2020, as the Covid-19 pandemic swept the world, oil prices collapsed and a price war broke out between Saudi Arabia and Russia, leaving American[Read More…]

by 19/04/2021 0 comments World
Increasing Need for Early Availability of More Reliable Mortality Data

Increasing Need for Early Availability of More Reliable Mortality Data

Mortality data is very important for understanding trends relating to health problems and diseases and hence for overall health policy and planning. Unfortunately, however, in many countries there is need for improving reliability of mortality data. In addition there is another serious and wider problem. This relates to delays in availability of mortality data, even more in the context of[Read More…]

by 18/04/2021 1 comment World
President Joe Biden wipes his eye as he walks through Arlington National Cemetery to honor fallen veterans of Afghan war, April 14, 2021.2400 American forces were killed, and 20,000 wounded .

Chronicle of the unavailing Afghan war

The occupation of Afghanistan became an end in itself, with war profiteering turning into a roaring business with money, women, drug trafficking, foreign bank accounts, contractors — all thrown into it…thus a limited punitive mission by two dozen special forces personnel morphed into a Sisyphean exercise that lasted nineteen years. *** One missing part in US President Joe Biden’s remarks[Read More…]

by 18/04/2021 1 comment World
Children in Afghanistan - Photo credit: cdn.pixabay.com

Reactions to U.S. troop withdrawal from Afghanistan

Reactions to the U.S. decision to withdraw troop from Afghanistan are mixed. A few are of disappointment. Media reports said: ‘Not what we’d hoped for’: UK military chief disappointed Britain’s military chief has expressed disappointment at president Joe Biden’s decision to withdraw U.S. troops from Afghanistan. General Sir Nick Carter, the Chief of the Defense Staff, said it was “not[Read More…]

by 18/04/2021 0 comments World
Gates Unhinged: Dystopian Vision for Agrifood Must Not Succeed

Gates Unhinged: Dystopian Vision for Agrifood Must Not Succeed

We are currently seeing an acceleration of the corporate consolidation of the entire global agrifood chain. The high-tech/data conglomerates, including Amazon, Microsoft, Facebook and Google, have joined traditional agribusiness giants, such as Corteva, Bayer, Cargill and Syngenta, in a quest to impose a certain type of agriculture and food production on the world. The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation is[Read More…]

by 18/04/2021 0 comments World
The Pandemic: death toll reaches 3 million, crisis deepening in Brazil, India, France

The Pandemic: death toll reaches 3 million, crisis deepening in Brazil, India, France

The global death toll from the coronavirus pandemic has topped 3 million people amid repeated setbacks in the worldwide vaccination campaign and a deepening crisis in countries like Brazil, India and France. World Health Organization (WHO) says pandemic is at a critical point. The number of deaths, compiled by Johns Hopkins University, is about equal to the population of metropolitan Lisbon, Portugal[Read More…]

by 18/04/2021 0 comments World
Uniforms

Uniforms

As I view the new Frontline documentary American Insurrection I can see how terribly important ( in not a good sense ) the wearing of uniforms is. As a student of the Nazi Holocaust for much of my adult life I always remember how those brown SA uniforms ( Black for the SS ) were so vital. You take a[Read More…]

by 18/04/2021 1 comment World
Photo: Juvenal Balán, Granma

Raul Castro steps down, next generation of anti-imperialist leaders take responsibility

Raul Castro, leader of the Communist Party of Cuba, has announced that he is stepping down and handing leadership to a younger generation “full of passion and anti-imperialist spirit.” Fidel Castro and Raul Castro have led the Communist Party of Cuba party since 1961. Ready to defend revolution “As I live I will be ready with my foot in the[Read More…]

by 17/04/2021 0 comments World
The Dirty Campaign Underlying Ecuador’s “Free and Fair” Election

The Dirty Campaign Underlying Ecuador’s “Free and Fair” Election

Written by Medea Benjamin and Leonardo Flores A spoiled ballot in Ecuador’s elections. Photo by @AlinaDuarte_ Ecuador’s April 11 election that led to a 5-point victory by conservative banker Guillermo Lasso over progressive candidate Andrés Arauz was not what it appeared to be. On the surface, it was a surprisingly clean and professional election, as our CODEPINK official observer delegation[Read More…]

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The Myth of Peace in the Middle East: Deconstructing the Naturalization Narrative

The Myth of Peace in the Middle East: Deconstructing the Naturalization Narrative

Summary: This critical essay deconstructs the political narrative surrounding the naturalization agreements that have occurred between some Arab countries and Israel formally known as the Abrahamic Accords or Jared Kushner’s plan for peace in the Middle East. It offers unique perspectives and analysis of these accords and their true geopolitical intentions. Primarily, it argues how the peace promised by these[Read More…]

by 17/04/2021 0 comments World
U.S. Joins Past Empires In Afghan Graveyard

U.S. Joins Past Empires In Afghan Graveyard

Written by Medea Benjamin and Nicolas J S Davies An Afghan taxi-driver in Vancouver told one of us a decade ago that this day would come. “We defeated the Persian Empire in the eighteenth century, the British in the nineteenth, the Soviets in the twentieth. Now, with NATO, we’re fighting twenty-eight countries, but we’ll defeat them, too,” said the taxi-driver,[Read More…]

by 17/04/2021 0 comments World
India should welcome the end of US occupation of Afghanistan

India should welcome the end of US occupation of Afghanistan

A Taliban unit in Laghman, Afghanistan, Dec. 2020 (File photo) To be sure, the “forever war” in Afghanistan is ending on a sombre note. The US has barely managed to avoid a humiliating defeat. The final legacy will be that there are limits to American power. India will do well to bear this mind as it consorts with the Quad. [Read More…]

by 17/04/2021 0 comments World
Photo by Almigdad Mojalli

Killing Yemen

The Yemeni city of Marib is in the thick of fighting between Houthi rebels and loyalists of Abdrabbuh Mansur Hadi’s government. Marib is the capital of Marib Governorate, lying roughly 100 miles northeast of the country’s capital in Sana’a. It was established after the 1984 discovery of oil deposits in the region and contains much of Yemen’s oil, gas, and[Read More…]

by 16/04/2021 0 comments World
Children in Afghanistan - Photo credit: cdn.pixabay.com

Exiting Afghanistan: Biden Sets the Date

It had to be symbolic, and was represented as such.  Forces of the United States will be leaving Afghanistan on September 11 after two decades of violent occupation, though for a good deal of this stretch, US forces were, at best, failed democracy builders, at worst, violent tenants. In his April 14 speech, President Joe Biden made the point that[Read More…]

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Making Sense of a Viral Military

Making Sense of a Viral Military

A Military Spouse’s Perspective on the Pentagon’s Flawed Response to the Pandemic Herd immunity? Don’t count on it. Not if that “herd” is the U.S. military. According to news reports, at least a third of active-duty military personnel or those in the National Guard have opted out of getting the coronavirus vaccine. That figure, by the way, doesn’t even include American[Read More…]

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The Hawks Who Want War With Iran Are Working Overtime

The Hawks Who Want War With Iran Are Working Overtime

Written by Ariel Gold and Medea Benjamin Just as talks between the United States and Iran were taking place last week in Vienna, a cyberattack was carried out on Iran’s Natanz nuclear facility. Reports are that the Mossad, Israel’s intelligence agency, was behind the attack that blacked out the facility just one day after Tehran launched new advanced uranium enrichment[Read More…]

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Mass shootings, racism, video games, Fox News, CNN, Washington DC and Americans’ opinions  

Mass shootings, racism, video games, Fox News, CNN, Washington DC and Americans’ opinions  

A new poll has found a majority of Americans is blaming mass shootings in the U.S. on easy access to guns and racism, but a significant portion also put networks like Fox News and CNN at fault. Asked “how much do you blame each of the following for mass shootings?” in the wide-ranging Politico/Morning Consult poll, 69% and 67% pointed[Read More…]

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Whither India-Russia ties?

Whither India-Russia ties?

Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov (L) at press conference with  External Affairs Minister S. Jaishankar (R), Delhi, April 6, 2021 That is why today, any signalling that Modi has lost interest looks a cowardly behaviour and can be lethal to the India-Russia relationship… India has already given up its fascination for Russian energy and has settled for US shale oil;[Read More…]

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Wright shooting: 3rd day of riot: Curfew: Protesters across U.S. call for justice

Wright shooting: 3rd day of riot: Curfew: Protesters across U.S. call for justice

Communities across the U.S. marched and mourned for the third consecutive night Tuesday in memory of Daunte Wright, a 20-year-old Black man who was fatally shot by a police officer after a traffic stop over the weekend. Meanwhile, the cities of Brooklyn Center, Minneapolis and St. Paul imposed 10 p.m. curfews. Wright’s death on Sunday has shaken a nation already[Read More…]

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Slaughter Central

Slaughter Central

By the time you read this piece, it will already be out of date. The reason’s simple enough. No matter what mayhem I describe, with so much all-American weaponry in this world of ours, there’s no way to keep up. Often, despite the headlines that go with mass killings here, there’s almost no way even to know. On this planet[Read More…]

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Saudi Arabia's War in Yemen Has Failed - Council on Foreign Relations

Making Yemen Bleed

On April 12, 2021, a meeting was held in Germany between US Special Envoy for Yemen Tim Lenderking, German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas and UN Special Envoy for Yemen Martin Griffiths. In a press statement following the meeting, Griffiths said: “The war in Yemen has lasted over six years. In these six years Yemenis have increasingly and appallingly, lacked access to[Read More…]

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How America’s leadership weakened during the pandemic

How America’s leadership weakened during the pandemic

Unlike Hollywood movies where Americans have the lead in saving the world, the crisis of the corona virus pandemic has shown the opposite. The first major test showed that the American health care system was inferior to the Russian one, created during the Cold War. And while the Kremlin has managed to provide real assistance to a number of European[Read More…]

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Living with the Virus? – A New Nirvana for our Times

Living with the Virus? – A New Nirvana for our Times

Whether people of the world will have to learn to live with the virus? As India and many parts of the world seem to be engulfed by the second or third wave of the Coronavirus epidemic – which is more dangerous and has appeared with new symptoms – this idea is being pushed from different quarters.  Newspaper articles or surveys[Read More…]

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Japan government will release irradiated water from Fukushima nuclear plant into the sea

Japan government will release irradiated water from Fukushima nuclear plant into the sea

Contaminated wastewater at the Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear plant will be released into the ocean “in around two years,” the Japanese government has announced, despite calls from China and South Korea urging against the move. Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga announced the move in Tokyo, on Tuesday. He had previously called the release “unavoidable” given the amount of accumulated water over[Read More…]

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Riot, curfew, protesters besiege Brooklyn Center police department in Minnesota, U.S.

Riot, curfew, protesters besiege Brooklyn Center police department in Minnesota, U.S.

Flash-bangs and teargas were used to disperse the crowd gathered outside the Brooklyn Center, Minnesota police department, in violation of the curfew declared to stop the riots over the death of Daunte Wright. An hour and 45 minutes after the 7 pm curfew went into effect, police issued a final “unlawful assembly” warning and deployed crowd control weapons. Some of[Read More…]

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Beautiful Plots: Israel Sabotages the Natanz Nuclear Facility

Beautiful Plots: Israel Sabotages the Natanz Nuclear Facility

Over the weekend, Iran marked National Nuclear Technology Day.  The stars of the show were going to be new advanced centrifuges at the Natanz uranium enrichment plant.  Unfortunately, the stars did not shine and President Hassan Rouhani and his officials were left with a reminder of the previous time the centrifuges at Natanz crashed.  In 2010, a joint US-Israeli operation[Read More…]

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COVID Times Should Not Be Used As A Cover to Push Narrow Interests

COVID Times Should Not Be Used As A Cover to Push Narrow Interests

COVID-19 pandemic as well as the lockdowns which followed in most countries have caused a lot of distress . However the wider bitter reality is that these times were also used to push the narrow interests of very powerful persons and forces. Inequalities have  increased greatly. While tens of millions have suffered great distress and loss of income, the fortunes[Read More…]

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Nimble Failure: The Australian COVID-19 Vaccination Program

Nimble Failure: The Australian COVID-19 Vaccination Program

“I am not going to be talking about numbers today,” Australia’s Chief Medical Officer Paul Kelly told Australia’s Radio National on April 12.  This echoed suggestions from the Australian Prime Minister, Scott Morrison, who had adopted the position that Australia best forget meeting any clear vaccination targets.  Having left battling the pandemic to State governments, the Federal government has found[Read More…]

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Financiers of the Belarusian dictator

Financiers of the Belarusian dictator

Protests in Belarus continue, and opposition leaders, mostly fled from the country, are busy calculating and looking for funds that the Belarusian dictator Lukashenko annually withdraws from the budget of his Republic. Meanwhile, information about the wealth of his family is almost on the surface, and the enrichment scheme of the Lukashenko clan has been worked out a long time[Read More…]

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Impact of Social Media on Our Attention Span and its Drastic Aftermath

Impact of Social Media on Our Attention Span and its Drastic Aftermath

The quantity of information that we are exposed to every single day is astounding: we now in 2021 take in five times more information than we did in 1986. With our attention spans eroded to approximately eight seconds in our digital landscape, we have learned that to consume is to skim. Most of the text content is forced to be[Read More…]

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COVID-19: South Asia passes the grisly milestone of 15 million cases

COVID-19: South Asia passes the grisly milestone of 15 million cases

Coronavirus infections in the South Asia has surpassed the grim milestone of 15 million on Saturday, a Reuters tally shows. The surge is led by India’s record daily infections and vaccine shortages. South Asia — India, Bangladesh, Pakistan, Bhutan, Nepal, Maldives, and Sri Lanka — accounts for 11% of global cases and almost 6% of deaths. The region accounts for[Read More…]

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Yemen Is a Public Health Catastrophe

Yemen Is a Public Health Catastrophe

The war in Yemen—the Arab world’s poorest country—has reached new heights of sickness and death by the spreading of the coronavirus pandemic in a vulnerable and fragile population. The death toll from the coronavirus pandemic could be greater than the combined toll of war, disease and hunger over the last five years, according to Lise Grande, the U.N.’s head of[Read More…]

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We, the People, the Humanity and Our Entangled Future in Global COVID-19 Pandemic

We, the People, the Humanity and Our Entangled Future in Global COVID-19 Pandemic

“He who does not bellow the truth when he knows the truth makes himself the accomplice of liars and forgers.”  CHARLES PEGUY – French Author (1873-1914). Looking Beyond the Erroneous Logic of Contemporary Professional Intellect and Political Leaderships Are we living in an era of false truth, feigned piety and alternate transient facts of human affairs?  To answer a rational[Read More…]

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Horn of Africa: A blamegame

Horn of Africa: A blamegame

Once again we see US and Europe on the basis of false information and misleading campaigns have a destructive influence and lacks understanding of the peace process in The Horn of Africa. For 80 years, the UN and the international community disregarded Eritrea’s rights. The peace agreement in 2018 between Ethiopia and Eritrea was a welcome development in a region,[Read More…]

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Iman Saleh (with drum) on hunger strike  in Washington D.C. to protest the blockade and war against Yemen; seated next to her is Rep. Ilhan Omar
Photo credit: Hassan El-Tayyab

Hunting in Yemen

“It’s not normal for people to live like this,” says Iman Saleh, now on her twelfth day of a hunger strike demanding an end to war in Yemen. April 10, 2021: Since March 29th, in Washington, D.C., Iman Saleh, age 26, has been on a hunger strike to demand an end to the war in Yemen. She is joined by[Read More…]

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The United States After Trump

The United States After Trump

After four nightmarish years, the presidency of Donald Trump came to an end in January. Over 81 million people voted for Joe Biden over Trump, the largest vote total for any presidential candidate in the country’s history. Many of those votes for Biden were the result of the extraordinary efforts of grassroots organizers who rallied people to the importance of[Read More…]

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7th night of Belfast riots and protests: Bus set alight and petrol bombs thrown

7th night of Belfast riots and protests: Bus set alight and petrol bombs thrown

Police in Belfast faced further disruption in Belfast on Thursday (April 8) night as crowds gathered again for the seventh night. Police blasted rioters with water cannon. Police officers were called in from other parts of Northern Ireland to help to deal with the rioting. More than 50 officers have been hurt in violence in several areas since the end[Read More…]

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The Cold War, Rebooted and Rebranded

The Cold War, Rebooted and Rebranded

The future isn’t what it used to be. As a teenager in the 1970s, I watched a lot of TV science fiction shows, notably Space: 1999 and UFO, that imagined a near future of major moon bases and alien attacks on Earth. Movies of that era like Stanley Kubrick’s 2001: A Space Odyssey envisioned colossal spaceships and space stations featuring international crews on mind-blowing missions[Read More…]

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The Global Anti-Eritrea-Ethiopia Agenda

The Global Anti-Eritrea-Ethiopia Agenda

It is not up to the US to demand or dictate that Eritrea withdraw from Ethiopia — it is Ethiopia’s and only Ethiopia’s call to make.   “The people of Eritrea and Ethiopia are challenging the US and EU’s fabrications, exaggeration and agendas with facts.” On February 22, 2021, the EU’s Council of Ministers held a conference in Brussels and addressed[Read More…]

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Fatuous Defence: Australia’s Guided Missile Plans

Fatuous Defence: Australia’s Guided Missile Plans

Even in times of pandemic crises, some things never change.  While Australia gurgles and bumbles slowly with its COVID-19 vaccine rollout, there are other priorities at stake.  Threat inflators are receiving much interest in defence, and the media is feeding on it with a drunken enthusiasm.  We live in a dangerous environment, and think-tankers, parliamentarians and commentators are starting to[Read More…]

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Jordan is where domestic and regional fissures collide

Jordan is where domestic and regional fissures collide

Former Crown Prince Hamzah bin Hussein has papered over a rare public dispute in the ruling Jordanian family in a move that is unlikely to resolve long-standing fissures in society and among the country’s elite and that echo multiple Middle Eastern fault lines. Differences over socio-economic policies, governance, and last year’s normalization of relations between Israel, the United Arab Emirates[Read More…]

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The Far Right in Uniform

The Far Right in Uniform

It was around noon and I was texting a friend about who-knows-what when I added, almost as an afterthought: “tho they seem to be invading the Capitol at the mo.” I wasn’t faintly as blasé as that may sound on January 6th, especially when it became ever clearer who “they” were and what they were doing. Five people would die[Read More…]

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U.S. Values vs Chinese Values: Empire vs Bandung As Seen From Cape Verde (Africa)

U.S. Values vs Chinese Values: Empire vs Bandung As Seen From Cape Verde (Africa)

In February the US Secretary of State, Anthony Blinken, made it a priority to phone Rui Figueiredo, the Foreign Affairs and Defense Minister of Cape Verde. They spoke about commerce and “security” (1). Why? Why is the tiny African nation of Cape Verde (population 550,000) a US priority? In short: because the US is behind China in the latest “scramble[Read More…]

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The China-Iran pact is a game changer – III

The China-Iran pact is a game changer – III

This is Sixth and the last in the series on the flux in the global scene by the seasoned diplomat, an expert on Middle East, Eurasia, Central Asia, South Asia and the Asia-Pacific… Part III: There is no timetable for an official launch  Yuan as the clearing currency?A non-dollar payment mechanism, between China and Iran is under discussion. It remains[Read More…]

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Hindutva has arrived in America!

Hindutva has arrived in America!

  This may not be news for those who have little connection with US domestic politics, but those who are closely watching the house of Uncle Sam it’s apparent that Hindutva forces are challenging the core US values in its home turf. This is an interesting development that needs to be closely watched as America’s melting pot culture is having[Read More…]

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Four Words Gates and His Pals Despise: Democracy & Minimum Support Price

Four Words Gates and His Pals Despise: Democracy & Minimum Support Price

The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and an assortment of high-profile figures and policy makers are pushing for unregulated gene-editing technologies, the rollout of bio-synthetic food created in laboratories, the expanded use of patented seeds and the roll back of subsidies and support for farmers in places like India. These neoliberal evangelists despise democracy and believe that state machinery and[Read More…]

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 Was Albert Einstein an anti-Semite?

 Was Albert Einstein an anti-Semite?

Written by Neve Gordon and Mark LeVine Neve Gordon and Mark LeVine explain why the  International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance definition of antisemitism has been so successful.   Was Albert Einstein an anti-Semite? Was Hannah Arendt? These questions may sound ludicrous. Yet, according to the definition of anti-Semitism that more than 30 countries — including the United States through the Biden Administration [Read More…]

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Riot in Swiss city, police use rubber bullet and tear gas, dozens detained

Riot in Swiss city, police use rubber bullet and tear gas, dozens detained

Police used rubber bullets against rioters as the rioters hurled bottles and Molotov cocktails in the northeastern Swiss city of St. Gallen on Saturday. More than 30 people were temporarily banned from entering the city. The riot broke out after around 1,000 young people gathered at the Roter Platz square in the city center. The agitated crowd attacked police and[Read More…]

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Iran’s President Hassan Rouhani received China’s State Councilor and Foreign Minister Wang Yi, Tehran, March 27, 2021

The China-Iran pact is a game changer

Part II: China positions itself on the right side of history  See Part I: China neutralises the US campaign on Muslim Uighur issue  https://www.indianpunchline.com/the-china-iran-pact-is-a-game-changer-part-i/ In an exclusive interview with Al-Arabiya last week, China’s State Councilor and Foreign Minister Wang Yi outlined Beijing’s approach to the West Asian region with particular reference to the tensions in the Persian Gulf. Wang lamented[Read More…]

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What has gone wrong in America?

What has gone wrong in America?

What has gone wrong in America? Many throughout the world see a nation disjointed internally. A nation with radical extremists in control of large parts of its society. A nation with wide material inequality. A nation since the 9/11 blowing up of New York’s World Trade Center with none of its foreign interventions having achieved objectives. And now a nation[Read More…]

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White supremacists march through the University of Virginia campus the night before the “Unite the Right” rally in Charlottesville, VA. Photo by Karla Ann Coté.

The Donald’s Bastard Children

The most recent bastard child one of our presidents fathered was when Junior Bush, with whispers from his ‘ Handler’ Cheney, ordered the pre-emptive attack on Iraq on March 19th, 2003. The horrific overkill that trended into the terrible occupation still resonates with us. Of course, one year previous the same Cabal, always referenced through the war criminal Rumsfeld, orchestrated[Read More…]

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Biden’s Aggressive Foreign Policy

Biden’s Aggressive Foreign Policy

What Joe Biden has done right We should praise Joe Biden for the good decisions that he had made during his first few months in office. He has filled positions in his cabinet with and administration with an ethnically diverse and gender balanced group of people. For example, we can think of his new Secretary of the Interior, Deb Haaland,[Read More…]

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Thousands march across UK as police clash with Kill the Bill protestors in London, dozens arrested

Thousands march across UK as police clash with Kill the Bill protestors in London, dozens arrested

Police have arrested 26 people following clashes in London as thousands of demonstrators attended numerous marches against a controversial UK government crackdown on protests. Demonstrators on Saturday marched and gave speeches while holding signs with slogans such as ‘Kill the Bill,’ referring to the controversial proposed Police, Crime, Sentencing and Courts Bill. The proposed legislation would give police more authority[Read More…]

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Priti Patel and the Death of Asylum

Priti Patel and the Death of Asylum

Nothing makes better sense to the political classes than small time demagoguery when matters turn sour. True, the United Kingdom might well be speeding ahead with vaccination numbers, and getting ever big-headed about it, but there is still good reason to distract the voters.  Coronavirus continues to vex; the economy continues to suffer. In February, the Office of Statistics revealed[Read More…]

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The China-Iran pact is a game changer

The China-Iran pact is a game changer

This is Fourth in the series on the flux in the global scene by the seasoned diplomat, an expert on Middle East, Eurasia, Central Asia, South Asia and the Asia-Pacific…   Fifth will follow. Part I : China neutralises the US campaign on Muslim Uighur issue    Iran’s Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif (R) and China’s Foreign Minister Wang Yi (L)[Read More…]

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How To Prevent the Drift Towards Humanitarian Crisis in Myanmar

How To Prevent the Drift Towards Humanitarian Crisis in Myanmar

The deeply worrying crackdown in Myanmar is seen at present more commonly as an attack on basic democratic   processes as the military junta seems intent on denying legitimate governance to those forces which have won very convincing victory in recent elections. However if early resolution of this confrontation does  not emerge, and this appears unlikely in view of both the[Read More…]

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Was the Cabo Delgado massacre a curtain call for Mozambique’s methane capitalism?

Was the Cabo Delgado massacre a curtain call for Mozambique’s methane capitalism?

Written by  Joan Martinez-Alier  and Patrick Bond  Now in retreat, Total talked “net zero” emissions while pursuing ultra-risky gas extraction On March 26, In a tropical site of great beauty and a centuries-old peasant lifestyle, scores of local residents and a few foreign workers died violently, as a major French oil company allied to a climate-unconscious African government gambled far[Read More…]

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Brazil’s Political Crisis

Brazil’s Political Crisis

Brazil’s political atmosphere is unstable. On 30 March, 2021, the commanders of the Brazilian army, navy and air force – Gen Edson Leal Pujol, Adm Ilques Barbosa and Lt-Brig Antônio Carlos Bermudez – resigned from their posts in a historic move not seen since 1977 during the country’s military dictatorship. According to an official notice by Brazil’s Ministry of Defense, “The[Read More…]

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The Wretched of the USA

The Wretched of the USA

 America is the richest nation in history, yet it has the highest poverty rate in the industrialized world with an unprecedented amount of Americans living in dire straits. Over 50 million citizens are living in poverty and need food stamps to eat, and 50 percent of U.S. children will use food stamps to eat at some point in their childhood.  Approximately 20,000 people are added[Read More…]

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Refugees fleeing the attack by separatist Karen Liberation Army on Myanmar military outpost on Thai border, March 27, 2021. “Make no mistake, KLA is a creation of British intelligence.”

This is how shingles of Indian interests in Myanmar overlap Russia and China’s

This is third in the series on the flux in the global scene by the seasoned diplomat, an expert on Middle East, Eurasia, Central Asia, South Asia and the Asia-Pacific…Fourth will follow.  “To be sure, Myanmar saga is far from a binary of democracy vs. autocracy….Beware of “colour revolution” that the Western intelligence ,  US and UK in lead role[Read More…]

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Stumbling into War?

Stumbling into War?

Could the U.S. and China Face an Unintended Blowup in the Western Pacific in the Biden Years? The leaders of China and the United States certainly don’t seek a war with each another. Both the Biden administration and the regime of Chinese President Xi Jinping view economic renewal and growth as their principal objectives. Both are aware that any conflict[Read More…]

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Let’s end the insanity of colossal military spending during a global health emergency

Let’s end the insanity of colossal military spending during a global health emergency

Written by Sonja Scherndl and Adam Parsons Imagine what could be achieved if just a portion of the money spent on military expenditures were pooled into a global fund, and redirected towards ending hunger and massively investing in public health systems.  **** If nations had a referendum, asking the public if they want their taxes to go to military weapons[Read More…]

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The Adani Business Formula: Dealing with Myanmar’s Military

The Adani Business Formula: Dealing with Myanmar’s Military

Corporate morality can be a flexible thing.  Some companies see tantalising dollar signs afloat in the spilt blood of civilians and dissidents.  Military governments, however trigger crazed, offer ideal opportunities; potentially, corners can be cut, regulations relaxed.  The Adani Group has shown itself to be particularly unscrupulous in this regard. In many ways, it is fitting.  The group’s record in[Read More…]

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Kafkaesque Politics: The Missing Lessons from Israel’s Latest Elections

Kafkaesque Politics: The Missing Lessons from Israel’s Latest Elections

A ‘major setback’ was the recurring term in many news headlines reporting on the outcome of Israel’s general elections of March 23. While this depiction specifically referred to Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s failure to secure a decisive victory in the country’s fourth elections in two years, this is only part of the narrative. Certainly, it was a setback for[Read More…]

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Will Biden’s Central American Plan Slow Migration (or Speed It Up)?

Will Biden’s Central American Plan Slow Migration (or Speed It Up)?

Joe Biden entered the White House with some inspiring yet contradictory positions on immigration and Central America. He promised to reverse Donald Trump’s draconian anti-immigrant policies while, through his “Plan to Build Security and Prosperity in Partnership with the People of Central America,” restoring “U.S. leadership in the region” that he claimed Trump had abandoned. For Central Americans, though, such[Read More…]

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Myanmar’s Continuing Horrible Crackdown Also Reflects The Wider Decline of Democracy

Myanmar’s Continuing Horrible Crackdown Also Reflects The Wider Decline of Democracy

The on-going crackdown in Myanmar is just now the biggest  concern of those devoted to protection of  democratic and human rights. The brutal  crackdown by the junta unwilling to accept the strong electoral  verdict in favor of Aung San Suu Kyi and the National League for Democracy   has already claimed 500 lives within a short period. As many as nearly[Read More…]

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Recent Charges Against Suu Kyi Are Grim Reminder of Misuse of Anti Corruption Campaigns

Recent Charges Against Suu Kyi Are Grim Reminder of Misuse of Anti Corruption Campaigns

Recently several charges of corruption have been leveled by the repressive junta  against Suu Kyi, the popular leader of Myanmar who recently led her party to a big electoral victory but is being prevented from leading a democratic government by the military. These have been firmly denied by her lawyer. Despite this, we may see more of such charges in[Read More…]

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India’s agony and ecstasy over Quad

India’s agony and ecstasy over Quad

Aren’t the lotus-eaters in India in a state of blissful forgetfulness or foolish ecstasy that Blinken raised Ladakh at the Alaska talks? The NATO statement after the Ministerial didn’t contain a word on China…European allies are reluctant to be pushed into an American-led confrontation with China… *** A flurry of diplomatic activities through the past fortnight starting with the first-ever[Read More…]

by 31/03/2021 1 comment World
Coronavirus structure. Credit: https://www.scientificanimations.com / CC BY-SA

COVID variants reach escape velocity

The dense worldwide transportation network constructed by humans is now powering so-called variants (mutations) of COVID-19 across the world from their countries of origin. The British variant (called B.1.1.7), the Brazilian variant (called P.1) and the South African variant (called B.1.351) are all racing across the globe. This shouldn’t be surprising since all three are thought to be more contagious[Read More…]

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Banality of Evil in Neo-fascist Times

Banality of Evil in Neo-fascist Times

We live in dangerous times. Neo-fascism is on the rise in many parts of the world, combining the savagery of the market with authoritarian forms of xenophobia. The combinatorial power of individualizing cultural conformism and totalizing statism has resulted in a new “culture of silence”, intended to reduce citizens to passive spectators of the misery and suffering inflicted on others.[Read More…]

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When Glaring Crimes Against Humanity  Go Unpunished, This May Pave the Way For Even Worse To Come

When Glaring Crimes Against Humanity  Go Unpunished, This May Pave the Way For Even Worse To Come

There are supposed to be systems in place, at national and international levels , for exemplary punishment in the case of serious crimes against humanity. Surely if anyone who murders one person is given very strong punishment then those who are responsible for the death of thousands ( in some cases hundreds of thousands or even millions) cannot be allowed[Read More…]

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 Land to the tillers for genuine food system change

 Land to the tillers for genuine food system change

The Asian Peasant Coalition (APC)’s observance of 29 March as “Land of the Landless: Land to the Tillers”, reminds us of the words of Mahatma Gandhi: “In reality, the toilers is the owner of what he produces. If the toilers intelligently combine, they will become an irresistible power.” Socialist leader Dr Ram Manohar Lohia had also echoed in the last[Read More…]

by 29/03/2021 0 comments World
Soldiers question an indigenous woman on the way to buy food. Photo: TeleSUR

The 2019 Coup In Bolivia And USA’s Continuing Hypocrisy

On 27 March, 2021, US Secretary of State Anthony Blinken released a press statement wherein he said: “The United States is deeply concerned by growing signs of anti-democratic behavior and the politicization of the legal system in Bolivia in light of the recent arrest and pre-trial imprisonment of former interim government officials.” US-backed Coup Blinken’s statement is deeply hypocritical. The “former interim[Read More…]

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Cancelling Art, Dark Mofo and the Offended Classes

Cancelling Art, Dark Mofo and the Offended Classes

Last week, Australians found themselves delighting in another fit of cancel culture, this time in the art world.  Tasmania’s Dark Mofo art festival prides itself on being gritty but the mood was very much about removing any grit to begin with.  Interest centred on the project of Spanish artist Santiago Sierra, who had proposed soaking a Union Jack Flag “in[Read More…]

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Fauci does not buy coronavirus originated in China lab-theory

Fauci does not buy coronavirus originated in China lab-theory

Dr. Anthony Fauci, a top adviser to the U.S. President on the coronavirus pandemic, said he did not believe that the coronavirus originated in a Chinese laboratory for studying pathogens. Dr. Fauci’s opinion appears to contradict controversial remarks made earlier on March 27, 2021 by the former head of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Dr. Robert[Read More…]

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Junta Kills Over 100 in Myanmar

Junta Kills Over 100 in Myanmar

While Myanmar’s military celebrated Armed Forces Day on Saturday with a parade through the capital, the ruling junta’s security forces killed more than 100 people elsewhere throughout the country in the deadliest crackdown on peaceful pro-democracy protesters since last month’s coup. According to Myanmar Now, soldiers and police had killed at least 114 people, including children, nationwide as of 9:30 pm on[Read More…]

by 28/03/2021 0 comments World
China signals possible greater Middle East engagement

China signals possible greater Middle East engagement

Two initiatives send the clearest signal, yet, that China may be gearing up to play a greater political role in the Middle East. Touring the region this week, Foreign Minister Wang Yi laid out five principles Middle Eastern nations would need to adopt to achieve a measure of regional stability. He called on the region’s rivals “to respect each other, uphold equity and[Read More…]

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The Farruggio Plan , Part A, for Saving our Economy

The Farruggio Plan , Part A, for Saving our Economy

After seeing what some Democrats in Congress wish to adopt by way of taxation of the Super Rich, let me weigh in. The plan put forth by Senator Warren, Rep. Jayapal and Rep. Boyle is to tax 2% of net worth  of $ 50 million to $ one billion per annum, and 3% of net worth over $ one billion[Read More…]

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Itamar Ben Gvir in Modi’in (west of Jerusalem) on Israeli election night, March 23, 2021 [Sraya Diamant/Flash90]

Israeli Elections: From Ben-Gurion To Ben-Gvir, Israel Politics Are Extreme Racism And Supremacism

“He is a true and honest representative of Zionism, the racist ideology that views Palestinians as nothing more than an obstacle in the path of total domination and colonization.” The “he” in the above post on Twitter by Ali Abunimah refers to Itamar Ben-Gvir, a Kahanist racist Jewish supremacist, who has just won a seat in the Israeli Knesset (parliament).[Read More…]

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U.S. Joins “Rules-Based World” on Afghanistan

Written by Medea Benjamin and Nicolas J. S. Davies On March 18, the world was treated to the spectacle of U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken sternly lecturing senior Chinese officials about the need for China to respect a “rules-based order.” The alternative, Blinken warned, is a world in which might makes right, and “that would be a far more[Read More…]

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During the summer of 2020, the hashtag #PayUp was shared millions of times by consumers and influencers on social media., Remake/PayUp Fashion // Waging Nonviolence

Garment Workers Win $22 Billion in Historic Victory Against Wage Theft

The PayUp campaign has clawed back $22 billion from apparel companies owed to factories and workers, and they’re just getting started. In March 2020, Amanda Lee McCarty was laid off from her job. For years, she had been working in the fashion industry as a buyer and product developer. But as COVID-19 cases surged and lockdown orders were implemented across[Read More…]

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Will Drones Really Protect Us? Drugs, Surveillance & The War on Terror

Will Drones Really Protect Us? Drugs, Surveillance & The War on Terror

I’m seated in the police Zoom briefing with other council representatives for my small seaside town in England. Our Chief Inspector is telling us about the crisis we have with soaring heroin addiction in the town. The recent surge is contributing to a general increase in crime. The next section of the briefing is about the future use of police[Read More…]

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Interpreting Neo-Fascism And Religio-Fanaticism

Interpreting Neo-Fascism And Religio-Fanaticism

With the rise of various sorts of neo-fascisms all over the world, a moralistically framed liberal response to the former’s religio-fanaticism has become common. Based on the traditional foundations of Enlightenment rationality, the liberal response sees the neo-fascist upsurge as a form of mass irrationality, superstition, mental pathology, etc. that only the renewed march of Reason can eradicate. What is[Read More…]

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Increasing Nukes and Trimming the Military: Global Britain’s Skewed Vision

Increasing Nukes and Trimming the Military: Global Britain’s Skewed Vision

Campaigners for the abolition of nuclear weapons had every reason to clink glasses with the coming into force of the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons in January.  Nuclear weapon states and their allies still persisted in calling the document unhelpful and unrealistic; the self-appointed realists have preferred the go-slow approach of disarmament, a form of moderated insanity. In[Read More…]

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Sanctions and Sanctions: U.S. and its allies hit China

Sanctions and Sanctions: U.S. and its allies hit China

The U.S. and its allies – Canada, Britain and the European Union – on Monday announced sanctions on several Chinese officials alleged to have links to what U.S. officials say is a “genocidal” campaign against Uyghur Muslims. The U.S.-led multi-national, coordinated sanctions drew condemnation and some immediate retaliatory sanctions from China. The moves offered a glimpse into the growing divide[Read More…]

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      Baz Ratner/Reuters US troops in Afghanistan, June 2011

Confused in Afghanistan: The Biden Administration’s Latest Trick

The Biden administration continues to engage in that favourite activity White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki can only describe as “circling back”.  And much circling is taking place in the context of Afghanistan. The cupboard of calamities is well stocked, with the US facing an emboldened Taliban keen to hold Washington to its word in withdrawing the last troops by[Read More…]

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We are living through a time of fear – not just of the virus, but of each other

We are living through a time of fear – not just of the virus, but of each other

Welcome to the age of fear. Nothing is more corrosive of the democratic impulse than fear. Left unaddressed, it festers, eating away at our confidence and empathy. We are now firmly in a time of fear – not only of the virus, but of each other. Fear destroys solidarity. Fear forces us to turn inwards to protect ourselves and our[Read More…]

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The Border-Industrial Complex in the Post-Trump Era

The Border-Industrial Complex in the Post-Trump Era

In late February, I drove to see the Trump wall in Sasabe, Arizona. As soon as I parked, a green-striped Border Patrol vehicle stationed a quarter of a mile away began to creep down the dirt road toward us. Just ahead, a dystopian “No Trespassing” sign was flapping in the wind. It was cold as I stepped out of the[Read More…]

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One-in-100-year flood in Australia while drought threatens Texas cattle ranches

One-in-100-year flood in Australia while drought threatens Texas cattle ranches

Australia’s east coast is being hit by record rainfall, with flood warnings issued and a natural disaster declared for parts of New South Wales (NSW), Australia’s most populous state with 8 million people. The flooding comes in stark contrast with the devastating bushfires that struck Australia in late 2019 and early 2020, when nearly 7% of NSW land was scorched.[Read More…]

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Seasoned broadcaster honoured for starting a campaign against racism

Seasoned broadcaster honoured for starting a campaign against racism

On the international day for the elimination of racial discrimination, the members of Indians Abroad for Pluralist India (IAPI) presented a medal to Shusma Datt. The CEO of Spice Radio 1200 AM had launched “Hands Against Racism” on the birth anniversary of Martin Luther King Jr. in January, 2015. The campaign, which has entered its seventh year, coincides with Holi,[Read More…]

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Syria: The Price Of Resistance

Syria: The Price Of Resistance

Few nations in recent decades have been targeted by a superpower the way the United States of America has subjected Syria to various forms of attack. Apart from military assaults and acts of political subversion aimed at overthrowing the government in Damascus, the US has also imposed crippling economic sanctions upon Syria, sometimes regarded as the crucible of human civilisation.[Read More…]

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Beyond COVID-19 Pandemic, Global Peace and Imperatives of our Future

Beyond COVID-19 Pandemic, Global Peace and Imperatives of our Future

What will be our future like beyond the compelling horizon of COVID-19 Pandemic and its aftermath? Are ‘We, the People and Humanity’ going to be learning for global unity and consciousness of One Humanity to cope with immense problems arising from unpredictable socio-economic, medical, humanitarian and political imagination terrified by the dreadful threats of unknown future? Any rational answers would[Read More…]

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 Britain Threatens Humanity with Nuclear Winter Extinction Without Explaining Why It Foresees War    

 Britain Threatens Humanity with Nuclear Winter Extinction Without Explaining Why It Foresees War    

Why do the rest of us allow the British (the former genocidal colonial power) to get away with claiming the right to destroy the world if Britain comes under some sort of less than clearly defined non-nuclear attack? Is there no legal authority to sanction the UK and its officials involved in threatening Humanity – the UN Monitoring Verification and[Read More…]

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