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

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

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

July 8, 2020 World
Netanyahu’s Annexation Drive

Netanyahu’s Annexation Drive

Land seizures, annexations, and conquest.  These are words axiomatic to the state of Israel.  In the main, the state has maintained an uncomfortable position based on patience and attrition.  We have waited this long; you will wait longer.  Be it dispossessed Palestinians and their aspirations for state recognition or what are loosely described as the objections of the “international community”,[Read More…]

July 8, 2020 World
Turkey: Hagia Sophia should not be converted to a Mosque  

Turkey: Hagia Sophia should not be converted to a Mosque  

Washington, DC: President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan is considering converting the Hagia Sophia to a Mosque, which has been a museum since its conquest. As Muslims, we appeal to President Erdogan to keep it as a Museum, and not convert it to a Mosque. “Hagia Sophia was one of the largest Christian Cathedral in the Eastern Roman Empire for 1000 years,[Read More…]

July 8, 2020 World
India with Chinese Characteristics

India with Chinese Characteristics

As India and China squabble over a tiny but strategic strip of land along their long border, some may be tempted to classify this as a clash between a democracy and a communist dictatorship. And yet, a closer look reveals that India is not much of a democracy anymore – with rampant state repression, subversion of institutions, mass surveillance and[Read More…]

July 7, 2020 World
Arun Gupta

On Coronavirus and the Anti-Police-Brutality Uprising

By Arun Gupta and Raghav Kaushik An investigative reporter, Arun Gupta has been consistently ahead of the news. In September 2011, he founded The Occupy Wall Street Journal with the help of the Yes Men to help build support for the fledgling occupation in Zuccotti Park. During the 2016 presidential campaign, he warned that if elected Trump would carry out[Read More…]

July 7, 2020 World
Emergency declared and National Guard deployed in Atlanta amid Black Lives Matter protests

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

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

July 7, 2020 World
Right-Wing Resentment in Germany

Right-Wing Resentment in Germany

The rise of AfD right-wing extremism may well threaten Germany’s democratic society. It applies even more since the AfD mutated into Björn Höcke’s national-revolutionary movement party while also moving [its focus] from the earlier scapegoat (the Jew) to the current scapegoat, the Muslim. Others might argue that the AfD has not replaced one scapegoat with the other but has simply[Read More…]

July 7, 2020 World
Finally: A Way Out of This Mess!!

Finally: A Way Out of This Mess!!

First off, this writer is simply a Socialist- not a Marxist or Trotskyite or Stalinist, Leninist or whatever flavor of left wing tastes there are. All of them are categorically better than what we here in Amerika ( and most of the industrialized world) live under. That being Corporate Capitalism On Steroids! Yes, what Adam Smith proselytized hundreds of years[Read More…]

July 7, 2020 World
Dalai Lama turns 85 today

Dalai Lama turns 85 today

For 60 years he served US imperialism, operating from Indian soil, playing havoc with India-China Relations The 14th Dalai Lama, born as Lhamo Thondup on 6 July 1935, turns 85 today and 60 years of that he served US imperialism,operating from  Indian soil. He presided over a so-called Tibet Government -in-Exile (CTA), against all cannons of Panch Sheel and international law, [Read More…]

July 6, 2020 World
Columbus statues toppled in U.S.

Columbus statues toppled in U.S.

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

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

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

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

July 5, 2020 World
Black Lives Matter a lot in Cuba… since 1959

Black Lives Matter a lot in Cuba… since 1959

When in 1868, Cuban slave-owner Manuel de Céspedes embarked on a 10-year nationalist uprising against Spain, the colonial master, he did not imagine he would be building not only the political bases of an independent Cuba but also the ideological blocks of a new Cuban identity. Scholars correctly point out that Ten Years War (1868-78) turned out to be the[Read More…]

July 5, 2020 World
Reopening Vs Lockdown Is A False Dichotomy

Reopening Vs Lockdown Is A False Dichotomy

California is seeing a surge in coronavirus infections, and most of our government misleaders, from Governor Gavin Newsom on down, are trying to sweep the true story under the rug with the same kind of blowhard fake news that we hear from the Trump administration. The politicians don’t want to admit that the real problem is a serious lack of[Read More…]

July 5, 2020 World
In search of ‘Unity, Solidarity and Peace’ in a Fragile World

In search of ‘Unity, Solidarity and Peace’ in a Fragile World

The horrors of deaths, destitutions and common vulnerabilities due to the pestilence of COVID-19 has brought back the ideals of universal unity, peace and solidarity into the center stage of a fragile world. These ideals are historically proved shelter during every crisis created by colonial, imperialist and reactionary nationalist adventures during 19th century, and productivist plunders of capitalism during 20th[Read More…]

July 5, 2020 World
A Statue of Hatuey

A Statue of Hatuey

If you look at a US $20 bill, you might notice Andrew Jackson nervously watching statues of Columbus and Robert E. Lee coming down and wondering if his face is going to disappear from currency. As Democrats ponder which militarist they wish to glorify in the next round of monuments, it is critical to realize that statues which go up[Read More…]

July 5, 2020 World
Co Dependence Day

Co Dependence Day

They’ll be shooting off the fireworks, eating and drinking like ‘ Ants at a picnic’ and sending ‘ Social Distancing’ out the window. Why not? It’s July 4th once again, a time to celebrate. Celebrate what? This pandemic is showing its teeth once again, the economy that Trump needs to be vibrant (for his biggest ‘ Deal’) going down the[Read More…]

July 4, 2020 World
Large majority of Americans say U.S is a mess, finds new poll

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

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

July 3, 2020 World
Venezuelans, and especially the elderly, have been encouraged to wear facemasks when out and about, and to try to stay home where possible. Photo: @jacoli44 / Twitter

The 21st Century’s Time Of The Great Plague; A Long Overdue Cleansing And Purification Of The World

  To this writer’s mind wherever one is at anywhere in the world – given the yet unknown first, second, third, fourth or however more waves of Covid-19 are yet to come, with no vaccine in sight, for perhaps another 18 months or more, if ever, one literally must continue as if they daily are taking one’s life into their[Read More…]

July 3, 2020 World
Criminalising Journalism: Australia’s National Security Craze

Criminalising Journalism: Australia’s National Security Craze

There has been a lot of noise made in Australia about the need for broader protections when it comes to the fourth estate and the way it covers national security matters.  In a country lacking a backbone in terms of constitutional free speech, journalists are left at the mercy of authorities when it comes to exposing egregious abuses of power. [Read More…]

July 3, 2020 World
Perpetuated Insanity against Besieged Humanity:  Racial Injustice, Kashmir and Palestine  – Dark Days Ahead

Perpetuated Insanity against Besieged Humanity:  Racial Injustice, Kashmir and Palestine  – Dark Days Ahead

“The world is a dangerous place to live, not because of the people who are evil, but because of the people who don’t do anything about it.”  Albert Einstein How to Mirror the Racial Injustice and Insanity against Mankind? There is much evil and less goodness in the 21st century global affairs – amassed collection of unthinkable junk history. Flamboyant[Read More…]

July 3, 2020 World
Fireworks behind statue of liberty

 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 far out illusion of a racist colonial capitalist USA being worth celebrating. Meanwhile left undone is the protecting of non-American Black lives from killer American GIs invading and bombing their beloved countries. Since prominently placed[Read More…]

July 3, 2020 World
Mahatma Gandhi, Race and Caste

Mahatma Gandhi, Race and Caste

  During the course of agitation ‘Black lives matter’ some protestors defaced the statue of Mahatma Gandhi in US. Mahatma Gandhi, the Father of Indian Nation, has the unique distinction of leading the biggest ever mass movement in the World and leading the strong anti colonial movement. In this direction he contributed two major tools as the basis of the[Read More…]

July 3, 2020 World
Breaking the labouring back

Breaking the labouring back

The death of Jacques Chirac marked the physical disappearance of, arguably, the most intriguing French president of the past three decades or so. Chirac was conservative in his politics; an opportunist by nature; culture-conscious; and could be both defiant and corrupt. He showed character when he publicly acknowledged the fact of French complicity in the Holocaust, or chose not to[Read More…]

July 2, 2020 World
Pandemic and the Technological Delusion: A Road Ahead

Pandemic and the Technological Delusion: A Road Ahead

The world is suffering with the biggest crisis of this century. Pandemics have affected the world in past too, but the current pandemic of corona or the Covid-19 is different in terms of its origin at a different juncture of the global development. It is required to look into the present crisis in the framework of last 30-40 years of[Read More…]

July 2, 2020 World
Tearing Down the Idols of Colonialism: Why Tunisia, Africa Must Demand French Apology

Tearing Down the Idols of Colonialism: Why Tunisia, Africa Must Demand French Apology

The visit by newly-elected Tunisian President Kais Saied to France on June 22 was intended to discuss bilateral relations, trade, etc. But it was also a missed opportunity, where Tunisia could have formally demanded an apology from France for the decades of French colonialism, which has shattered the social and political fabric of this North African Arab nation since the[Read More…]

July 2, 2020 World
Trump’s Record on Foreign Policy: Lost Wars, New Conflicts and Broken Promises

Trump’s Record on Foreign Policy: Lost Wars, New Conflicts and Broken Promises

Co-Written by Medea Benjamin and Nicolas J. S. Davies On June 13, President Donald Trump told the graduating class at West Point, “We are ending the era of endless wars.” That is what Trump has promised since 2016, but the “endless” wars have not ended. Trump has dropped more bombs and missiles than George W. Bush or Barack Obama did in their first terms, and[Read More…]

July 1, 2020 World
The Sudden Descent of the United States

The Sudden Descent of the United States

 You know that feeling when you trip on the street and instantly sense that you’re about to crash hard and there’s no way to prevent it? As gravity has its way with you, all you can do is watch yourself going down. Yeah, that feeling. I had it the other day on my way to a Black Lives Matter demonstration when I[Read More…]

July 1, 2020 World
Pandemics, Neoliberalism And Inequality

Pandemics, Neoliberalism And Inequality

Introduction: Socopolitical Polarization and Capital Concentration amid Pandemics Shortly after the World Health Organization declared COVID-19 a pandemic erupted on 11 March 2020, there were optimistic scenarios that there would be global solidarity, and society could become more human-centered instead of capital-centered. Whereas some feared greater tendency toward authoritarianism and a public reaction against it, the mainstream politicians, media and[Read More…]

June 30, 2020 World
It’s Not Just Meat: All Farm and Food Workers Are in Peril

It’s Not Just Meat: All Farm and Food Workers Are in Peril

COVID-19 outbreaks are now reaching far beyond the meatpacking industry. Migrant farmworkers in fruit orchards and vegetable fields, long the targets of intense exploitation, are seeing their health put in even greater jeopardy as they’re pushed to feed an increasingly voracious supply chain in pandemic-time. With the pandemic rolling on unchecked, the fragility of the entire U.S. food system and[Read More…]

June 30, 2020 World
The Crisis Of Neoliberalism In Honduras

The Crisis Of Neoliberalism In Honduras

As the Covid-19 pandemic rages in Honduras, the healthcare infrastructure is increasingly coming under stress. Due to decades of privatization in the health sector, the role of the Ministry of Health and the Honduran Institute of Social Security (IHSS) has drastically diminished. Almost 9 out of 10 people in Honduras are not covered by any type of health insurance and 1.5 million[Read More…]

June 30, 2020 World
A Trendy Rage: Boycotting Facebook and the Stop Hate for Profit Campaign

A Trendy Rage: Boycotting Facebook and the Stop Hate for Profit Campaign

Rage can be that most trendy of things, and social media rage has become modish. If you dislike something, scream it in a certain number of characters and post it on every network you subscribe to.  You might even feel good about it.  When the pot is taken off the boil, the matter goes away. Things cool till other ingredients[Read More…]

June 29, 2020 World
World in 1920

One Hundred Years Ago

Where were we one hundred years ago? Mankind was out of caves long ago and Asia was learning lessons from colonials about drawing boundaries. Colonialism was still an accepted way of life — it was twenty-five years before a nuclear bomb condemned fascist aspirations in history. Historically, India was in the middle of the Non-cooperation and Khilafat movements. USA was[Read More…]

June 29, 2020 World
Some Italian Thinkers Are Now Resisting Lies About The Soviet Union And WWII

Some Italian Thinkers Are Now Resisting Lies About The Soviet Union And WWII

Lying about world history is one of the main weapons of the Western imperialists, through which they are managing to maintain their control of the world. European and North American countries are inventing and spreading a twisted narrative about almost all essential historic events, be they colonialism, crusades, or genocides committed by the Western expansionism in all corners of the[Read More…]

June 29, 2020 World
Sadness and Fury: Trump’s Betrayal of our Soldiers

Sadness and Fury: Trump’s Betrayal of our Soldiers

There’s a particular kind of sadness and fury in my gut as a member of a military family after hearing the news that Commander in Chief, Donald Trump either did not know or did not respond to intelligence that Putin’s Russia paid bounties to the Taliban for killing American soldiers in Afghanistan. Here’s what it means if you have a[Read More…]

June 29, 2020 World
Should NYC’s Wall Street Be Renamed “Eric Garner St.?”

Should NYC’s Wall Street Be Renamed “Eric Garner St.?”

Scenes of sorrow spread across the US. Football teams apologize. Cops march with demonstrators. Democratic Party politicians call for “structural change” in police departments. Delmar Blvd. at Sgt. Mike King Dr. Image by David Doonan. Some of these are sincere. Others are crocodile tears shed in hopes that people will be pacified with assurances that turn out to be vague[Read More…]

June 28, 2020 World
 King’s Three Top Concerns And The Response

 King’s Three Top Concerns And The Response

I have known this information for some time. M. L. King’s top threesome topics in interest were racism, war and materialism — I.e., excessive consumerism. I am rightfully proud of my support of King. Here’s the scoop: Jewish parents made a deal with a NYC bus company to bus people to the Selma March by exchanging Green Stamp booklets for[Read More…]

June 28, 2020 World
Regarding Shukri Abdi

Regarding Shukri Abdi

The travesty of Shukri Abdi’s death is a tragedy of globalization; racialized, exploitative, inimical and finally untenable. It does not ‘provide the goods’ either for the Southern refugees who stream into cities seeking shelter from poverty, famine, fratricide and war; nor for the Northern citizens who bear the daily brunt of austerity which serves as a subsidy to the stockbrokers[Read More…]

June 28, 2020 World
A demonstrator holds a sign during an Extinction Rebellion action in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo: julian meehan/flickr/cc)

Multiple Crises Signal the Need to Change Course

 The virus spreading Covid-19 worldwide jumped from non-human animals to people — as have most new diseases, from AIDS to SARS to Ebola. We may not know the precise origin of this particular coronavirus, but we understand the factors behind its spread to humans. And we’ve seen the devastation a tiny, mysterious, rapidly spreading virus can wreak on people in a globalized[Read More…]

June 27, 2020 World
 What Will It Take to Defeat Trumpism?

 What Will It Take to Defeat Trumpism?

Learning Lessons from the End of the Confederacy, Nazi Germany, and Saddam’s Iraq Let’s assume that Donald Trump loses the election in November. Yes, that’s a mighty big assumption, despite all the polls currently favoring the Democrats. If the economy begins to recover and the first wave of Covid-19 subsides (without a second wave striking), Donald Trump’s reelection prospects could[Read More…]

June 27, 2020 World
photo credit: Corporación Selk'nam Chile

Selk’nam victory for indigenous recognition in Chile

At a time of renewed social struggles for the rights of historically marginalized groups, an indigenous campaign in Chile this week received some positive news. On Wednesday (24 June), the National Congress approved a bill calling for the Selk’nam people to be listed among the indigenous ethnic groups formally recognized by the State. This is the result of collective efforts[Read More…]

June 27, 2020 World
Smoke billows as Iraqi forces advance towards the centre of Kirkuk during an operation against Kurdish fighters on October 16, 2017. 
Iraqi forces seized the Kirkuk governor's office, key military sites and an oil field as they swept across the disputed province following soaring tensions over an independence referendum. / AFP PHOTO / AHMAD AL-RUBAYE        (Photo credit should read AHMAD AL-RUBAYE/AFP/Getty Images)

The SIN Just Continues!

You  know, nations commit sins just as individuals do. Sometimes there is a marriage between individuals and nations that sin as one. This is the case of my dear country, the place of my birth and actually the only country I ever lived in. Being a baby boomer that is a lot of decades to sample the sins of empire…[Read More…]

June 27, 2020 World
Police Brutality and Black Bodies: Can Martin Luther King’s ‘Dream’ Be Fulfilled?

Police Brutality and Black Bodies: Can Martin Luther King’s ‘Dream’ Be Fulfilled?

When I heard the news of a 46-year old African-American man being choked to death by a US law enforcement officer on 25th May, 2020 in Minnesota, one month back, I was curious to know how grave a crime the man had committed that he was punished so brutally. A little research into social media posts and news reports revealed[Read More…]

June 27, 2020 World
Unbeatable Footballer Belal Defeated by Covid-19

Unbeatable Footballer Belal Defeated by Covid-19

I’m not a footballer, nor a cricketer. And also not a fan, who is mad for football, but I like it. I used to watch football matches on the television screen while I was a schoolchild. I enjoyed local and the world cup football matches at that time. Bangladesh’s first division football player Belal Hossain’s magical playoffs with the football[Read More…]

June 26, 2020 World
Can any of our buttons be reset?

Can any of our buttons be reset?

Very few people actually enjoy elbowing their way into a crowded bus or train, but this seems to be like a faraway nightmare. Paradoxically, it’s one we’re sorry we won’t be able to get into again in the near future. Perhaps we look back with nostalgia at how we used to queue for hours to get a foot in the[Read More…]

June 26, 2020 World
Promotional image of the Italian frigate the U.S. Navy is adapting for construction at Marinette.  Photo credit: Fincantieri.

Battleground States 

The time for manufacturing of weapons of war has passed as a viable industry for our nation, despite the way some of our political leadership clings to economies of the past.—Lisa Savage, U.S. Senate candidate in Maine On Thursday, June 25th, President Trump’s re-election efforts took him to the “battleground” state of Wisconsin, where he toured the Fincantieri Marinette Marine[Read More…]

June 26, 2020 World
Indicting Hashim Thaçi: The Kosovo Specialist Prosecutor’s Office Gets Busy

Indicting Hashim Thaçi: The Kosovo Specialist Prosecutor’s Office Gets Busy

When it comes to the touchy, violent matter of Kosovar affairs, history keeps company with the devils of nationalism and vengeance. Serbia remains scornful of the aspirations of the territory, whose legitimacy it does not recognise; Kosovo remains spiteful of Serbia’s continued interest, and attempts, at any given turn, to frustrate their neighbour’s effort at European integration.  Blood tinged memories[Read More…]

June 26, 2020 World
WHO welcomes Saudi decision to limit Hajj 2020

WHO welcomes Saudi decision to limit Hajj 2020

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

June 25, 2020 World
Better human than homo deus

Better human than homo deus

Many among us, more so in the western world, smug with the scientific breakthroughs of recent years, predict the unbelievable for the human race. Yuval Noah Hariri is a Professor of History at the Hebrew University in Israel. In his best-selling ‘Homo deus – A Brief History of Tomorrow’, Hariri goes to the extent of predicting that humans with ‘mastery over[Read More…]

June 25, 2020 World
Bolton’s Memoir Bolts from the Stable

Bolton’s Memoir Bolts from the Stable

President Donald Trump’s former National Security Advisor John Bolton would have been confident.  His indulgent The Room Where it Happened: A White House Memoir pitted him against the administration in a not infrequent battle over material that is published by former officials recounting their giddy days in high office.  On June 17, the US government filed a civil suit seeking[Read More…]

June 25, 2020 World
Turn The Other Cheek

Turn The Other Cheek

At a Quaker Meeting some years ago, a speaker stood up and explained the original meaning of turn the other cheek, which Jesus espoused. The meaning transformed over time to something like forgive and forget or look the other way. Quakers generally don’t lie and certainly someone would have to be mentally ill in some way to share this information,[Read More…]

June 24, 2020 World
Experts from around the world discuss life after the pandemic

Experts from around the world discuss life after the pandemic

The continuing coronavirus pandemic has laid bare the economic and political problems of the United States and Europe, which are becoming increasingly hard to ignore. Dozens of experts from various countries attending the “COVID-19 Global Challenges” international summit, held by public organizations of India, Germany, Britain, Russia and Serbia on June 15-19, discussed the challenges that the world has faced[Read More…]

June 24, 2020 World
Coronavirus structure. Credit: https://www.scientificanimations.com / CC BY-SA

Dichotomies and the future: The COVIDian world and the new philosophy

Many of our daily life events are governed by dichotomies. The world is witnessing a reorientation and reconsideration of such dichotomies and even several assumptions regarding human existence and outlook. This is not just in terms of moral aspects like honest or dishonest, love and hate, good and bad, right and wrong etc. In the  backdrop of the pandemic, the[Read More…]

June 24, 2020 World
Reflections on a Pandemic

Reflections on a Pandemic

Co-Written by György Széll and Thomas Klikauer Free image download from: https://pixabay.com/de After each crisis we ask ourselves, can we learn from it? We will ask this question again after the major effects of the on-going Covid-19 pandemic will be over. Perhaps, one might like to look back into the history of pandemics. Every human being on earth has about[Read More…]

June 24, 2020 World
A FAMILY PROTECTING THEMSELVES & ONE ANOTHER

Humans Who Won’t Wear Protective Masks Are Selfish And Inconsiderate

  In the midst of the worldwide COVID Pandemic, responsible individuals and families are protecting themselves and each other by wearing protective masks so they won’t infect family members, friends or anyone else with whom they may come in contact. But there also are many more individuals and whole families who don’t care a whit about protecting themselves, their families[Read More…]

June 23, 2020 World
In this April 3, 1968, file photo, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. makes his last public appearance at the Mason Temple in Memphis, Tenn. (Photo: AP/Charles Kelly, File)

 Martin Luther King’s Giant Triplets – Racism, Yes, But What About Militarism and Materialism?

In the wake of the police killing of George Floyd, Americans are finally — or is it once again? — confronting the racism that afflicts this country and extends into just about every corner of our national life. Something fundamental just might be happening. Yet to state the obvious, we’ve been here before. Mass protests in response to racial inequality and discrimination,[Read More…]

June 23, 2020 World
epa06747281 Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, director general of the World Health Organization (WHO), attends a press conference at the European headquarters of the United Nations in Geneva, Switzerland, 18 May 2018. The WHO Director-General answered questions ahead of the World Health Assembly and following the meeting of an International Health Regulations Emergency Committee on Ebola in the Democratic Republic of the Congo.  EPA-EFE/VALENTIN FLAURAUD

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

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

June 23, 2020 World
THE DOOMSDAY CLOCK  (Courtesy of The Globe and Mail)

The Final 100 Seconds

Never before this year 2020 has the world-famous Doomsday Clock registered only “100 seconds-to-midnight.”  According to the Science & Security Board, Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists, since WWII, the world has never been so perilous. Alas, it’s been a long journey (73 yrs) all the way up to 100 seconds to midnight versus the original 1947 setting of seven minutes[Read More…]

June 22, 2020 World
Peter Navarro’s Dangerous Agenda

Peter Navarro’s Dangerous Agenda

Amidst the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, the Trump administration has made numerous reckless decisions to combat the virus, demonstrating a deadly incompetence. Indeed, what even minimal intelligent preparedness in the richest country on the plane, up to eighty percent of the more than one hundred thousand deaths from the virus in the US so far could have been prevented. Assigning Peter[Read More…]

June 22, 2020 World
What #BlackLivesMatter Protests Hold For India? – Part II

What #BlackLivesMatter Protests Hold For India? – Part II

The uproar over the recent murder of George Floyd, a 46-year-old African American man, by Derek Chauvin, a 44-year-old White Minneapolis police officer, has assumed centre-stage in the United States and other parts of the world, prodding countries to introspect and cleanse their own tainted societies. It is an opportune moment for us Indians to reflect too. The twin scourges[Read More…]

June 22, 2020 World
Police Violence And Racism Have Always Been Tools Of Capitalism

Police Violence And Racism Have Always Been Tools Of Capitalism

Co-Written by Kevin Zeese and Margaret Flowers The system-wide challenges the United States faces with policing are entrenched and deeply rooted. When the historical and current practices of police are examined, it is evident police have been designed to uphold the status quo including racial injustice and class inequality. Whenever political movements develop to respond to racial and class unfairness,[Read More…]

June 22, 2020 World
 Racist Police Terror,  Poisonous Tip of the Class War

 Racist Police Terror,  Poisonous Tip of the Class War

The fight against racist killer cops helps all workers For decades over 1,000 people a year have been murdered by the police and almost never has a cop been fired or put on trial for murder.  During the last 40 years we have had both Black and White presidents, and the killings go on.  We have had Black and White,[Read More…]

June 22, 2020 World
 The War Zone Is America

 The War Zone Is America

Recently, in this Black Lives Matter protest moment, my five-year-old son looked at me and asked, “Mommy, where did all the brown people go? Did the police here shoot them?” We’d just moved to the outskirts of a more affluent rural town from a city where my son and three-and-a-half-year-old daughter mixed daily with black, Latino, and Asian American kids[Read More…]

June 22, 2020 World
U.S Voters In 2020 Have A Serious Decision To Make For America And The World

U.S Voters In 2020 Have A Serious Decision To Make For America And The World

White Supremacist’s Burning of Tulsa’s Greenwood District in 1921 Tulsa Race Riot Massacre. As the world watched with President Donald Trump the spontaneous reactions of so much racism, police brutality, social protests, burning and looting spread throughout the streets of America and the world over the murder of George Floyd, the world overheard Trump declare, “These Aren’t My Voters!” (http://msn.com/en-us/news/politics/trump-has-privately-dismissed-protestors-saying-those-arent-my-voters-report/ar-BB15pGLa)[Read More…]

June 22, 2020 World
EuroFags and Commies

EuroFags and Commies

The picture above was published 68 years ago in London on the front-page of the Daily Worker in 1952, (28th of April). It shows a British Royal Marine holding the severed heads of a young woman and man who were accused of supporting the Malayan Communist Party. Take some time to look at it. It is freely available on the[Read More…]

June 22, 2020 World
Democracy and Sports

Democracy and Sports

I’ll be frank. I use to enjoy playing in certain kinds of sports games, but I don’t like watching sports on tv or in videos. Indeed, I don’t like personally attending sporting events to watch them. Doing so bores me too much, although I do have friends who do like to do so. So I am glad that they get[Read More…]

June 21, 2020 World
All lives must matter

All lives must matter

Had Urdu been the spoken language of Europe or America, it is quite evident that the revolutionary verse of the famous Urdu poet Faiz Ahmad Faiz would have become the rallying point of the recent protests that have been taking place in most of the big cities after the gruesome killing of George Floyd. The unarmed Black man was killed[Read More…]

June 21, 2020 World
How We Sold Soviet Union And Czechoslovakia For Plastic Shopping Bags

How We Sold Soviet Union And Czechoslovakia For Plastic Shopping Bags

For months, this has been a story that I want to share with young readers in Hong Kong. Now it seems to be the really appropriate time when the ideological battle between the West and China is raging, and as a result of it, Hong Kong and the entire world is suffering. I want to say that none of it[Read More…]

June 21, 2020 World
Race still matters in the land of Lincoln

Race still matters in the land of Lincoln

  President Trump has taken credit for popularizing Juneteenth in an interview with the Wall Street Journal (WSJ) on Thursday (June 19, 2020), stating that no one had ever heard of the June 19 holiday before he scheduled a political rally in Tulsa, Oklahoma, on that day, claiming, “I did something good: I made Juneteenth very famous.” President Trump is[Read More…]

June 21, 2020 World
Obvious Maladies: Prepublication Reviews and Trump’s Bolton Problem

Obvious Maladies: Prepublication Reviews and Trump’s Bolton Problem

Again, they cheered, and again, the Schadenfreude chorus sounded off key.  It was another atrocious week for US President Donald Trump, whose efforts to prevent the publication of his former national security adviser’s memoir seemed more than a touch childish. For one, John Bolton is hardly the administration’s most sympathetic figure.  When he was admitted to the inner circle, it[Read More…]

June 20, 2020 World
More U.S Deaths in COVID-19 Pandemic Than in World War I

More U.S Deaths in COVID-19 Pandemic Than in World War I

More people have now died during the COVID-19 pandemic in the United States than American soldiers died on the battlefields of World War I.  The acknowledged death toll of U.S. soldiers in the “Great War” is 116,516.  As of this writing, 119,112 have died from a coronavirus infection in the U.S. World War I is over.  The COVID-19 pandemic marches[Read More…]

June 20, 2020 World
Turkey’s Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan receives the ADL’s ‘Courage to Care’ award from ADL National Director Abraham Foxman in New York. June 10, 2005. (Photo: jta.org)

The ADL’s “Task Force on Middle East Minorities”: A Con Job?      

Hardly anyone — Jewish or otherwise — believes that the Anti-Defamation League (ADL) genuinely cares about the welfare of Christian, Muslim, and other non-Jewish minorities in the Middle East. After all, contrary to its claim to be a civil/human rights champion and “secure … fair treatment for all,” the ADL is essentially a political organization. So when it launched its[Read More…]

June 20, 2020 World
"17th Special" Seabees with the 7th Marines on Peleliu (public domain)

The Greatest (sic) Generation also didn’t believe #BlackLivesMatter

Reminder: The U.S. military that fought against fascist white supremacy (“Antifa,” if you will) during the Second World War was segregated.  *** Army Chief of Staff General George S. Marshall bellowed during the “good” war: “Quit catering to the negroes’ desire for a proportionate share of combat units. Put them where they will best serve the war effort.”  This usually meant[Read More…]

June 20, 2020 World
John Bolton, The Room Where It Happened

John Bolton, The Room Where It Happened

The title of John Bolton’s revenge insinuates highly explosive internal affairs by a guy who’s, besides the Chief of Staff, the most important person besides the President in the White House. John Bolton was President Donald Trump’s Adviser for National Security from 8 April 2018 until 10 September 2019, where Trump fired him. The question arises why Trump took Bolton[Read More…]

June 20, 2020 World
What about Minneapolis, dear?

What about Minneapolis, dear?

Current domestic developments in the Empire’s political-sphere are a re-exposure of an old fact – failure of the centuries-old bourgeois “republic”. The propagandists of the Empire engage all their skills to hide the fact, and sermonize to other countries: democracy, equal opportunity, rights. But, today, anyone from any peripheral country can ask: what about Minneapolis and the following developments, dear?[Read More…]

June 19, 2020 World
epa06747281 Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, director general of the World Health Organization (WHO), attends a press conference at the European headquarters of the United Nations in Geneva, Switzerland, 18 May 2018. The WHO Director-General answered questions ahead of the World Health Assembly and following the meeting of an International Health Regulations Emergency Committee on Ebola in the Democratic Republic of the Congo.  EPA-EFE/VALENTIN FLAURAUD

There are green shoots of hope says WHO chief

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

June 19, 2020 World
Fragile Big Power Relationships Add to Middle Eastern Uncertainty

Fragile Big Power Relationships Add to Middle Eastern Uncertainty

A web of relationships between Turkey, Russia, Iran, and China have to a significant degree shaped Middle Eastern and North African geopolitics. The fragility of those relationships, however, begs the question whether fluidity in regional geopolitics rather than paradigm shifts is, at least for now, the name of the game. Fraught with multiple powder kegs that could blow up at[Read More…]

June 19, 2020 World
Reverse Logic: Trump Sanctions the International Criminal Court

Reverse Logic: Trump Sanctions the International Criminal Court

The decision by the Trump administration to sanction members of the International Criminal Court defies logic, in so far as there is any logic to sanctions.  As a policy tool, such tools are supposedly designed to target specific members of a regime that has fallen into bad ways.  In practice, they act as instruments of collective punishment.  When used economically,[Read More…]

June 19, 2020 World
Do Not Belittle Protesters In U.S By Calling Their Struggle A “Color Revolution”!

Do Not Belittle Protesters In U.S By Calling Their Struggle A “Color Revolution”!

For almost a decade, I have been covering “Color Revolutions” in virtually all parts of the world. While making a film for TeleSur, I was facing Egyptian tanks, risking my life under sniper fire, getting roughed-up in the middle of clashes of the supporters of al-Sisi and Morsi. Together with Syrian commanders, I was also facing the terrorists in Idlib;[Read More…]

June 19, 2020 World
Freedom in the Age of Neoliberalism and Right-wing Politics

Freedom in the Age of Neoliberalism and Right-wing Politics

The world is facing its deepest crisis after the world wars. The legitimacy of Westphalian international systems and their post-war reincarnations are falling apart. The political parties are losing the public trust and people question their legitimacy. The states and governments are becoming hostage and facilitators of neoliberal capitalism, where people live in an environment of unfreedom and market oligarchs[Read More…]

June 19, 2020 World
Patents or people: The conundrum of healthcare industry

Patents or people: The conundrum of healthcare industry

 Co-Written by Abhay Singh, Divyansh Prakash, Isha Garg, Jeevan Joseph, Ram Karthikeyan, Stuti Khandelwal The first traces of SARS-CoV-2 virus (severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2) were discovered in November, 2019 in Wuhan, China. Since then, the novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19) has transformed from a local disease into a global pandemic. While countries across the world, rich and poor, are[Read More…]

June 19, 2020 World
Canada loses UN Security Council seat bid

Canada loses UN Security Council seat bid

With only one round of voting, Canada lost its bid to secure a Security Council (UNSC) seat at the UN today . (Wednesday, June 17, 2020). The result is what many domestic critics had hoped for, but in both foreign policy and domestic affairs it changes little – obviously, Canada remains off the UNSC and will continue with its usual[Read More…]

June 19, 2020 World
The Age of Disappointment? Or How the American Century Ends

The Age of Disappointment? Or How the American Century Ends

Let me rant for a moment. I don’t do it often, maybe ever. I’m not Donald Trump. Though I’m only two years older than him, I don’t even know how to tweet and that tells you everything you really need to know about Tom Engelhardt in a world clearly passing me by. Still, after years in which America’s streets were[Read More…]

June 19, 2020 World
Psychological cost of Covid-19 on School Children

Psychological cost of Covid-19 on School Children

    Since the first case of novel coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) was diagnosed in December 2019 in Hubei province of China, it has swept across the world and galvanized global action. This has brought unprecedented efforts to institute the practice of physical distancing called in most cases “social distancing” in countries all over the world, resulting in changes in[Read More…]

June 19, 2020 World
A Walk With George Floyd in Tiffany’s Shoes

A Walk With George Floyd in Tiffany’s Shoes

What I can’t do is change my skin color for y’all… Just like when I go to work everyday, it’s a choice… no matter what happens in that day, good or bad, I chose it. When I was born I didn’t choose that. I didn’t choose to be the color I am, but I’m proud of who I am and[Read More…]

June 18, 2020 World
Low Budget Amerika!

Low Budget Amerika!

The great British rock group The Kinks, stars of the 60s ‘ British Invasion’ , outdid themselves in 1979 with ‘ Low Budget’. Check out these lyrics: Cheap is small and not too steep But best of all cheap is cheap Circumstance has forced my hand To be a cut price person in a low budget land Times are hard[Read More…]

June 18, 2020 World
Cops: Protectors or Predators?

Cops: Protectors or Predators?

The killing of Rayshard Brooks in Atlanta in a Wendy’s parking lot by Officer Garrett Rolfe is a reflection not only of racism, but also the transformation of police from protector to predator, and the criminalization of social problems like DWI. Officer Garrett Rolfe was a reputed “expert” in detecting drunk driving. “Failing” sobriety test automatically leads to arrest, slapping[Read More…]

June 18, 2020 World
The ‘Palestinian Chair’: Exposing Israel’s Direct Role in US Violence

The ‘Palestinian Chair’: Exposing Israel’s Direct Role in US Violence

The banning of deadly police practices by many American states and cities following the murder of an African American man, George Floyd, at the hands of Minneapolis police officers is, once more, shedding light on US-Israeli collaboration in the fields of security and crowd-control. From California to New York, and from Washington State to Minneapolis, all forms of neck restraints[Read More…]

June 18, 2020 World
Was It Only “Fear Itself?”:  FDR and Today

Was It Only “Fear Itself?”:  FDR and Today

“Movement” politics is how the people flex their power, while electoral politics under the corporate duopoly is the domain of the moneyed classes.                       — Glen Ford, Black Agenda  Report While it’s myth that after the stock market crash of 1929, brokers pitched themselves off of tall buildings in Lower[Read More…]

June 17, 2020 World
11 U.S. billionaires’ wealth increased most during the coronavirus pandemic

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

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

June 17, 2020 World
Impact of COVID-19 on the International Economy

Impact of COVID-19 on the International Economy

The World Health Organization (WHO) first announced COVID-19 as a world health crisis in January 2020. Since the virus was first diagnosed in Wuhan, China, it has been actively discovered in over 190 countries.[1] In early March, the point of convergence of infections transferred from China to Europe, especially Italy and Spain, but by April 2020, the virus was all[Read More…]

June 17, 2020 World
Sticks, Stones and Death in Galwan Valley

Sticks, Stones and Death in Galwan Valley

Things along the Indian-Chinese border in the Himalayas have rarely lacked interest, notably along the secretive, heavily patrolled 3,488 km Line of Actual Control.  Neither China nor India have ever quite sorted out their differences on that front, plagued by territorial claims over unclearly demarcated boundaries.  The administration of Narendra Modi might well have wooed global governments, but China’s Xi[Read More…]

June 17, 2020 World
Constitutional Breakdown In US

Constitutional Breakdown In US

Death of George Floyd and Rayshard Brooks due to the excessive force exhibited by the policemen raises two crucial constitutional points in the context of liberty as enshrined in the fifth amendment of the American Constitution. The preamble of United Nations constitution begins with the words, ‘we the people’. However till the 24th amendment the racial discrimination was not prohibited[Read More…]

June 17, 2020 World
Trump Plays To White Supremacist Voters In 2020 Re-Election Bid

Trump Plays To White Supremacist Voters In 2020 Re-Election Bid

White Supremacist’s Burning of Tulsa’s Greenwood District in 1921 Tulsa Race Riot Massacre. As the world watched with President Donald Trump the spontaneous reactions of so much racism, police brutality, social protests, burning and looting spread throughout the streets of America and the world over the murder of George Floyd, the world overheard Trump declare, “These Aren’t My Voters!” (http://msn.com/en-us/news/politics/trump-has-privately-dismissed-protestors-saying-those-arent-my-voters-report/ar-BB15pGLa)[Read More…]

June 16, 2020 World
 Trump Hammers Cuba While Cuba Cures the Sick

 Trump Hammers Cuba While Cuba Cures the Sick

Co-Written by Medea Benjamin and Leonardo Flores Credit: Cubacooperation A team of 85 Cuban doctors and nurses arrived in Peru on June 3 to help the Andean nation tackle the coronavirus pandemic. That same day, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo announced another tightening of the sanctions screws. This time he targeted seven Cuban entities, including Fincimex, one of the principal[Read More…]

June 16, 2020 World
India – China Border Clashes: Three Indian Soldiers Killed

India – China Border Clashes: Three Indian Soldiers Killed

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

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

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

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

June 16, 2020 World
The Narrative of the Leakers: Collateral Murder and the Assange Indictment

The Narrative of the Leakers: Collateral Murder and the Assange Indictment

When the superseding indictment was returned by a federal grand jury in the Eastern District of Virginia against Julian Assange on May 23, 2019, there was one glaring omission.  It was an achievement, it might even be said the achievement, that gave the WikiLeaks publisher and the organisation justified notoriety.  Collateral Murder, as the leaked video came to be called,[Read More…]

June 16, 2020 World
Comfortably Numb… On Jesus Radio!

Comfortably Numb… On Jesus Radio!

{As a preface to this column, this writer has been an adherent of the teachings of Paramahansa Yogananda. Thus, I believe wholeheartedly in the teachings of Jesus of Nazareth, and that he was truly ‘ Anointed with the Christ spirit’.} This Sunday morning I decided to drive to the beach and take a walk along the shore. Using our very[Read More…]

June 16, 2020 World
Martin’s Letter: 1963-2020

Martin’s Letter: 1963-2020

‘You deplore the demonstrations taking place in Birmingham. But your statement, I am sorry to say, fails to express a similar concern for the conditions that brought about the demonstrations.’ Letter from Birmingham Jail written by Martin Luther King Jr, in 1963 on the margins of a newspaper in an Alabama Jail was an answer to some ‘white’ clergymen who[Read More…]

June 16, 2020 World
How to Spot Fake News? Try these 6 Simple Steps

How to Spot Fake News? Try these 6 Simple Steps

We all have been there – one news or the other. Whether they are the seemingly beneficial WhatsApp messages shared by our concerned relatives in the family group or thought-provoking news headlines of the articles shared in Facebook. Fake news has now been an imminent part of social media and websites. Along with using fact checking websites and apps (like[Read More…]

June 15, 2020 World
 Will the Death of George Floyd Mark the Rebirth of America?

 Will the Death of George Floyd Mark the Rebirth of America?

A Man Forced to Die with His Face Pressed to the Ground May Yet Shift the Earth Under Your Feet They were relegated to the protest equivalent of a ghetto. Their assigned route shunted them to the far fringes of the city. Their demonstration was destined for an ignominious demise far from any main thoroughfare, out of sight of most[Read More…]

June 15, 2020 World
The Uprising Is Only Beginning: Building Power To Win Our Demands

The Uprising Is Only Beginning: Building Power To Win Our Demands

Co-Written by Kevin Zeese and Margaret Flowers The current uprising against police violence and racism is just beginning. It is rapidly shifting public consciousness on issues of policing, violence against Black people and others, and systemic racism. The movement is deepening and becoming broader as well as putting forward solutions and making demands. The confluence of crises including recent police violence,[Read More…]

June 15, 2020 World
Trump at West Point: Un-Policing the World

Trump at West Point: Un-Policing the World

Donald Trump claims to be the law-and-order president of the United States.  There does not seem much sign of this as the stitching of the Republic gets undone.   Protestors have been given a considerable roughing up across several states; police forces are in retreat before proposals of defunding while protocols for arrests are being changed. Police chiefs are resigning and,[Read More…]

June 15, 2020 World
Atlanta Police Shoot and Kill Another Black Man, Rayshard Brooks

Atlanta Police Shoot and Kill Another Black Man, Rayshard Brooks

Demands for accountability and sweeping reforms mounted Saturday after Atlanta police shot and killed Rayshard Brooks, a 27-year-old black man, Friday night amid a wave of global protests against police violence and systemic racism sparked by the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis late last month. In a message to Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms on Saturday, the Georgia NAACP tweeted that[Read More…]

June 14, 2020 World
 UAE Targets Turkey and Qatar in the Mediterranean

 UAE Targets Turkey and Qatar in the Mediterranean

Europe is progressively being sucked into the Middle East and North Africa’s myriad conflicts. As if wars on its doorstep in Libya and Syria were not enough, UAE support for an Eastern Mediterranean pipeline that could hurt Qatar economically — combined with Greek, Cypriot and French opposition to Turkish moves — leaves Europe with few, if any, options but to[Read More…]

June 14, 2020 World
Corrupt Propositions: AstraZeneca, Public Institutions and the Coronavirus Vaccine Drive

Corrupt Propositions: AstraZeneca, Public Institutions and the Coronavirus Vaccine Drive

Putting your destiny into the hands of a drug company is much like seeking reassurances from an opportunistic pimp.  The returns are bound to mixed, dressed up in deceptive language.  The promises, however, are always remarkable.  The back-breaking pace in finding a vaccine for COVID-19 is something that is bringing out the pimps of industry, notably those in Big Pharma.[Read More…]

June 14, 2020 World
Taiwan’s Lesson: 9 ways to prevent COVID-19 in campuses

Taiwan’s Lesson: 9 ways to prevent COVID-19 in campuses

The COVID-19 pandemic has severely affected the functioning of colleges and schools all over the world since March. However, these educational institutions are expected to be re-opened after August 2020. But these campuses are needed to take measures to prevent students getting affected by the pandemic. Several countries have successfully combated the challenges brought by the pandemic. Taiwan is one[Read More…]

June 14, 2020 World
U.S. Measures Weaken the  Slow but Sure Growth of World Law

U.S. Measures Weaken the  Slow but Sure Growth of World Law

            For nearly a half a century — almost as long as the United Nations has been in existence — the General Assembly has recognized the need to establish such a court to prosecute and punish persons responsible for crimes such as genocide.  Many thought that the horrors of the Second World War — the camps, the cruelty, the exterminations,[Read More…]

June 13, 2020 World
Downstream effects of Bernie Sanders Candidacy: Equality, Social Justice and Participatory Democracy in Frontal Politics

Downstream effects of Bernie Sanders Candidacy: Equality, Social Justice and Participatory Democracy in Frontal Politics

The Bernie Sanders candidacy is over but has left wide-ranging downstream effects. These include a resurgence of class consciousness and realisation of the necessity of a class analysis in frontal politics. Can the aborted candidacy of Bernie Sanders in the 2020 U.S. presidential election be looked at as merely a thrust to his party’s attenuating working class support base? Isn’t[Read More…]

June 13, 2020 World
Image Courtesy: Graffiti on a wall in Toronto. | C.J. Atkins / PW

 The Political Economy of the Pandemic

The world wide covid19 outbreak has once again exposed the hopelessness of Western capitalist economies.  While the socialist one prioritizes public health and social welfare, the other seeks profit even in the time of pandemic. The magnitude of the repercussions of this greed for profit is yet to be understood. Why is there such a drastic difference in responding to[Read More…]

June 13, 2020 World
Allow me to breath: George Floyd

Allow me to breath: George Floyd

I can’t breath Allow me to breath Not just because I want to live But because I have every right to live   Stop me from taking breath Just because I belong to a different colour Colour does not make me any lesser of a person Who cannot have even a liberty to breath   My forefathers have fought Just[Read More…]

June 13, 2020 World
Christopher Columbus statue beheaded in Boston

 Tearing down statues isn’t vandalism. It’s at the heart of the democratic tradition

It is easy to forget how explicitly racist British society was within living memory. I’m not talking about unconscious prejudice, or social media tropes. I’m talking about openly celebrating racism in the public space, about major companies making racism integral to their brand, a selling-point. Roberston’s, Britain’s leading jam maker, made their orange marmalade sweeter to generations of (white) British[Read More…]

June 13, 2020 World
The New Cold War with China: How Will It Affect You?

The New Cold War with China: How Will It Affect You?

America’s pundits and politicians have largely concluded that a new Cold War with China — a period of intense hostility and competition falling just short of armed combat — has started. “Rift Threatens U.S. Cold War Against China,” as a New York Times headline put it on May 15th, citing recent clashes over trade, technology, and responsibility for the spread of Covid-19. Beijing’s decision[Read More…]

June 12, 2020 World
It Is All About Race. Awful Hypocrisy To Say It’s Not!

It Is All About Race. Awful Hypocrisy To Say It’s Not!

While I am following closely various discussions on Western mass media and social media, simultaneously engaging in several direct exchanges, one overwhelming leitmotif that I see is clearly emerging: “What is happening in the United States (and the UK, France and other parts of Western Empire) is not really about the race. Let us protest peacefully, let us not allow[Read More…]

June 12, 2020 World
When the Chickens Come Home…

When the Chickens Come Home…

Malcolm X made some comments on December 1 1963, less than two weeks after the murder of JFK. It was instantly misrepresented by the mainstream media ( as they always seem to do, when dealing with any sort of perceived radical thinking) and he was terribly vilified. In a subsequent one on one interview, Malcolm  explained his statement this way:[Read More…]

June 12, 2020 World
American While Black

American While Black

The State’s knee for 8 minutes and 46 seconds on a Black man’s neck. That’s what it took BLACK LIVES MATTER America to take to the young but deadly pandemic streets like there was no tomorrow. And it’s been the same since. Michael Cruse… killed a man before for running a stop sign… He was fired from the police department…[Read More…]

June 11, 2020 World
Unknown virus behaviour, an unsteady human behaviour and community masking: A public health challenge

Unknown virus behaviour, an unsteady human behaviour and community masking: A public health challenge

Co-authored by K Rajasekharan Nayar, Anant Kumar, Arathi P Rao, and Lekha D. Bhat When unknown entities affect humans, they become unsteady especially during crucial times. This leads to ambiguous decision-making with respect to a number of key issues and factors. What happened when COVID-19 struck the world in the form of a pandemic is not different. A number of[Read More…]

June 11, 2020 World
Open Wounds: Sweden Drops the Olof Palme Case

Open Wounds: Sweden Drops the Olof Palme Case

It’s the sort of thing that ruffled the image of a composed and tranquil existence.  In some countries, doing away with political leaders is a periodic affair, deemed necessary to clean the stables.  But in Sweden, change is barely discernible, stability nigh guaranteed and institutions revered.  “It’s in the tradition of Sweden to put itself forth as a moral role[Read More…]

June 11, 2020 World
Racism in USA: Relevance in Today’s American Society 

Racism in USA: Relevance in Today’s American Society 

Racism can be understood as a belief that one race is superior or inferior to other.      It is not a yesterday’s thing rather it holds its long roots since ages which is still being witnessed in modern  era. In USA again there occurred an heinous act which led to the shame on the entire world’s humane behaviour. On monday, 25[Read More…]

June 11, 2020 World
Abolish the Police, Abolish the Military, Abolish ICE: Dismantle Systems of Oppression

Abolish the Police, Abolish the Military, Abolish ICE: Dismantle Systems of Oppression

In this crucial moment, all of us who desire change should begin to think very carefully about a unified message and a coherent, organizing principle in the fight against endemic racism and police brutality in this country. I believe the message should be simple, yet radical: a complete abolition of the police in this nation. There are many reasons for[Read More…]

June 11, 2020 World
Western racism and the world

Western racism and the world

 Erkin Oncan interviews Andre Vltchek EO: How do you evaluate the George Floyd protests? Do these actions lead to a positive permanent change in the country? Is there a possibility like that? AV: George Floyd’s death was the last drop, at least for many. The country has exploded. Or more precisely, many of those who were, for years and decades[Read More…]

June 11, 2020 World
In defence of utopias

In defence of utopias

The Coronavirus pandemic has forced the world into an uncharted territory, where businesses suffer with unpredictability, and people look at the future with hopeless abyss. The fragile global, national and local systems are becoming more fragile, in which risks and crisis causing esoteric turmoil in human lives. The crisis is proliferating in every step of human lives, institutions, and networks.[Read More…]

June 11, 2020 World
The International Criminal Court : Who Bells The ”Big Cats”?

The International Criminal Court : Who Bells The ”Big Cats”?

At last another tyrant is going to face trial at The International Criminal Court (ICC) on charges of carrying out genocide, mass murder and crimes against humanity upon a large ethnic group. Omar Al-Bashir, ex-dictator of Sudan who was ousted by a popular uprising in 2019 will be extradited to the Hague, the headquarter of the ICC. It has recently[Read More…]

June 10, 2020 World
USS Liberty: One of the many big lies between America and Israel

USS Liberty: One of the many big lies between America and Israel

On this day, June 9th, 1967, Israel’s sea and air forces knowingly attacked the USS Liberty in international waters off of the coast of Egypt’s Gaza Strip in an undeclared Act of War that killed 34 U.S. Navy serviceman, while seriously injuring over 174 other American sailors. Following the attack, the captain and entire crew of the USS Liberty, then[Read More…]

June 10, 2020 World
Altars of Hypocrisy: George Floyd, Protest and Black Face

Altars of Hypocrisy: George Floyd, Protest and Black Face

Be wary what you protest about.  The modern moral constabulary are out, and they are assisted by their Silicon Valley friends in the Social Media club.  Should you dare take a stand on anything, especially in a dramatic way, you will be found out and eviscerated on the altar of hypocrisy. The latest round of huffing and strutting on moral[Read More…]

June 10, 2020 World
Credit: CODEPINK

Defund the Police, Defund the Military

Co-Written by Medea Benjamin and Nicolas J S Davies On June 1, President Trump threatened to deploy active-duty U.S. military forces against peaceful Black Lives Matter protesters in cities across America. Trump and state governors eventually deployed at least 17,000 National Guard troops across the country. In the nation’s capital, Trump deployed nine Blackhawk assault helicopters, thousands of National Guard[Read More…]

June 10, 2020 World
The Aftermath Of 2019 Bolivian Coup

The Aftermath Of 2019 Bolivian Coup

Ever since the racist right-wing government of Jeanine Anez has assumed power, Bolivia is continuously experiencing politico-economic tumult. Recently, seven legislators of the Movement towards Socialism (MAS) filed a complaint against the Ministers of Government and Defense, Arturo Murillo and Luis Fernando López, for misconduct in the purchase of riot gear equipments. As per the complaint, the post-coup Bolivian government unfavorably cancelled[Read More…]

June 10, 2020 World
Crisis Means Danger And Opportunity

Crisis Means Danger And Opportunity

In written Chinese, the word “crisis” is represented by two characters. One of these, taken alone, means “danger”. The other, by itself, means “opportunity”. A crisis nearly always leads to great change. There is a danger that this will be a change for the worse. But there also is the opportunity to change society for the better – to reform[Read More…]

June 9, 2020 World
Radical Reforms: Disbanding Police Forces in the US

Radical Reforms: Disbanding Police Forces in the US

“I’ve been saying for the last several years … American policing is at a crossroads.” Mike Cutone, former Massachusetts officer, June 5, 2020 If you can envisage the commencement of a police force as a band of auxiliaries to keep slaves in check, capture escapees and sow much terror, it becomes that much clearer.  Such men were not stewards to[Read More…]

June 9, 2020 World
The Shallow Deep-State Goes Deeper as It Moves Toward Martial Law

The Shallow Deep-State Goes Deeper as It Moves Toward Martial Law

I am not trying to be cute and play with words.  That title is meant to convey what it says, so let me explain. The people who own the United States and their allies around the world have a plan.  It is so simple that it is extremely devious.  Their plan has been in operation for many years.  It has[Read More…]

June 9, 2020 World
 How Che Guevara Taught Cuba to Confront COVID-19

 How Che Guevara Taught Cuba to Confront COVID-19

Beginning in December 1951, Ernesto “Che” Guevara took a nine-month break from medical school to travel by motorcycle through Argentina, Chile, Peru, Colombia, and Venezuela. One of his goals was gaining practical experience with leprosy. On the night of his twenty-fourth birthday, Che was at La Colonia de San Pablo in Peru swimming across the river to join the lepers.[Read More…]

June 9, 2020 World
COVID-19 Will Devastate Indonesia Which Is Already Collapsing Under Brutal System

COVID-19 Will Devastate Indonesia Which Is Already Collapsing Under Brutal System

In Jakarta, doctors are dying, while common people do not know which data to believe, anymore. It appears that even some government officials do not trust government statistics. People in the slums are attacking ambulances, preventing patients infected with COVID-19 from being taken to hospitals. The novel coronavirus is a stigma. Tests are resisted, death certificates falsified. Social distancing, even[Read More…]

June 9, 2020 World
We are One Humanity – All Lives Matter

We are One Humanity – All Lives Matter

American Leaders to Rethink of Human Rights, Dignity and Global Peaceful Co-existence George Floyd was killed by a police force that should have protected his life, human dignity and oxygen breathing natural lifelines from the encroachment of extremism and brutality. His cry “I can’t Breathe” is echoed throughout the globe whether someone knows George or not – a natural sense[Read More…]

June 9, 2020 World
Why #BlackLivesMatter is so important in the epicentre of Global Pandemic?

Why #BlackLivesMatter is so important in the epicentre of Global Pandemic?

The infamous Novel Coronavirus usually attacks one’s respiratory system. The limbs feel heavy as the oxygen doesn’t reaches the lungs. One can’t breathe & body loses all consciousness in a span of few minutes. 2589 people died worldwide on May 25 this way but one black man, George Floyd, died with a similar modus operandi but not by the virus.[Read More…]

June 9, 2020 World
The Vaccine Conundrum

The Vaccine Conundrum

“We hope to have a vaccine ready for testing in about two years” was a bold, hopeful and overoptimistic statement made in April 1984 by U.S. Health and Human Services Secretary Margaret Heckler about an HIV vaccine, based on a conversation she had with the virus’s co-discoverer, Robert Gallo. After three and a half decades of incessant struggle by scientific[Read More…]

June 8, 2020 World
 Murder, Suicide, Race, & Militarized Police: Carpe Diem!  

 Murder, Suicide, Race, & Militarized Police: Carpe Diem!  

      “Most people who are killed by American cops are white.  Black people are disproportionately killed, but they are not alone.  It’s white working class life expectancy that is falling because of drugs, and drink, and suicide, and the depths of despair.  Connecting this moment—this broad, chaotic, polarizing, rebellious moment that is taking place in the US—connecting it[Read More…]

June 8, 2020 World
 Warrior-Cops Are the Law — and Above the Law — as Violence Grips America

 Warrior-Cops Are the Law — and Above the Law — as Violence Grips America

From their front porches, regular citizens watched a cordon of cops sweep down their peaceful street in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Rankled at being filmed, the cops exceeded their authority and demanded that people go inside their houses. When some of them didn’t obey quickly enough, the order — one heard so many times in the streets of Iraqi cities and in[Read More…]

June 8, 2020 World
Apartheid Israelis Train US Killer Cops – Black, Indigenous And Palestinian Lives Matter

Apartheid Israelis Train US Killer Cops – Black, Indigenous And Palestinian Lives Matter

The 8 minutes 46 seconds murder of George Floyd by Minneapolis cops has prompted huge “Black Lives Matter” demonstrations in the US and thence in the UK, Western Europe and Australia (where 434 Indigenous Australian have died in police custody since 1991). Largely deleted by Mainstream media is Apartheid Israeli killing of  10,000 of its Palestinian Subjects since 2000,  and[Read More…]

June 8, 2020 World
Managed public opinion and the way forward

Managed public opinion and the way forward

With the world seeing the rise of right-wing nationalism despite not having a great track record in governance, a natural question comes into mind regarding factors responsible for this change. There are many other instances in different parts of the world where the least probable ones got elected to power. It has left political scientists in those places struggling to[Read More…]

June 7, 2020 World
The Anti-Racist Football

The Anti-Racist Football

“I can’t breathe.” The end line of helpless George Floyd is burning the mighty America inside out. Mr. President is hiding in a Bunker and darkness is looming over the White House. Just like the many brutal dictators before him, the rage of the people is shattering the throne and slowly the protesters are triumphing over Trump. During this time[Read More…]

June 7, 2020 World
A Strategy for Global Democracy and Wealth Sharing

A Strategy for Global Democracy and Wealth Sharing

  It is time for power to the people! Global capitalist inequality contributes directly to health pandemics, environmental degradation, and mass poverty. Elite-corporate oligarchs control the governments and political parties. They use established militarized police states to protect their vast empires of property and money worldwide. The global one percent own half of the world’s wealth, and the richest 10[Read More…]

June 7, 2020 World
Coronavirus structure. Credit: https://www.scientificanimations.com / CC BY-SA

Interview with a COVID-19 survivor

“At my lowest points, the unsettling realization came to me that given the ferocity and rapidity of change with this virus, a further plunge could mean that I might not survive. Indeed, I felt so close to total suffocation that there seemed little room for further decline. I was determined to fight my way through this, but at the same[Read More…]

June 6, 2020 World
It’s Cruel and it’s Mean – Ugliest Thing You Ever Have Seen

It’s Cruel and it’s Mean – Ugliest Thing You Ever Have Seen

White people in this country will have quite enough to do in learning how to accept and love themselves and each other, and when they have achieved this—which will not be tomorrow and may very well be never—the Negro problem will no longer exist, for it will no longer be needed. James Baldwin, “Letter from a Region in my Mind,”[Read More…]

June 5, 2020 World
Limits of Intersectionality and Global Significance of #BlackLivesMatter Movements

Limits of Intersectionality and Global Significance of #BlackLivesMatter Movements

On 25th of May 2020, Derek Chauvin, a white American police officer has killed George Floyd, a 46-year-old black man in Minneapolis, Minnesota. It was on a broad day light; the police officer pressed his knee on Floyd’s neck like a coward trophy hunter. There were eighteen complaints against Mr Chauvin; the killer police officer. He is the first white officer to be charged[Read More…]

June 5, 2020 World
Right-wing Populism and the Future of Left-wing Politics

Right-wing Populism and the Future of Left-wing Politics

 In the times of pandemic, the undoubtedly crucial question of a new leftist strategy is being broached. The Covid-19 pandemic has precipitated a massive economic crisis in which the globally integrated mechanisms of capitalism are floundering and are unable to get rid of their social insensitivity. According to IMF, the global economy will shrink by 3% in 2020, second only[Read More…]

June 5, 2020 World
Anti-Communism Is A Fundamentalist Religion, Now Followed By Billions

Anti-Communism Is A Fundamentalist Religion, Now Followed By Billions

 Happy Birthday Comrade Lenin! 150 years ago, on April 21, 1870, Vladimir Ilyich Ulyanov, alias Lenin, was born. According to many, he was the greatest revolutionary of all times, a man who gave birth to both internationalism and anti-imperialism. It is time to “revisit Communism”. It is also time to ask some basic, essential questions: “How is it possible that[Read More…]

June 5, 2020 World
Which America Will Be Ours After the Pandemic?

Which America Will Be Ours After the Pandemic?

In the summer of 1995, when I was 18, I started visiting Tent City, a temporary encampment in an abandoned lot in northeast Philadelphia. About 40 families had taken up residence in tents, shacks, and other makeshift structures. Among them were people of various races, ages, and sexual orientations, all homeless and fighting for the right to live. Tent City was set up[Read More…]

June 5, 2020 World
Too Much Bull Excrement!!

Too Much Bull Excrement!!

You might as well turn off that boob tube ASAP. The bull excrement is running wild! Where does one start? Well, let’s go to that sea of new human interest corporate commercials saying how they all ‘ Care about you during this pandemic’. All those nice and decent companies want to see you through this, of course IF you use[Read More…]

June 5, 2020 World
Once Upon a Time in America

Once Upon a Time in America

                     There exists consensus that had such an eruption of nationwide and supporting global protest on a scale even approximating  that following the police murder of George Floyd occurred in a country not part of the USA bootlicking club regime change action would swiftly follow. After all, the 21st century is[Read More…]

June 5, 2020 World
America’s Pandemic Racism Is As Heart-Wrenching As It Is Sickening

America’s Pandemic Racism Is As Heart-Wrenching As It Is Sickening

“It’s My Face Man!….I Didn’t Do Nothing Serious Man!….Please!…Please!…Please!…I Can’t Breathe!….Please!…Man!…Please!….Somebody!….Please!…Man!….I Can’t Breathe!….I Can’t Breathe!….Please!….(inaudible),,,,Man!…Can’t Breathe!….My Face!….Just Get Up!….I Can’t Breathe!…Please!….(inaudible)….I Can’t Breathe!…Shit!….I Can’t Move!….Mama!…Mama!…My Knee!….My Nuts!….I’m Through!….I’m Through!….I’m Claustrophobic!….My Stomach Hurts!…My Neck Hurts!….Everythin’ Hurts!…Some Water!…Somethin!….Please!….Please!….Can’t breathe!….Officer!….Don’t Kill Me!….They Gonna’ Kill Me Man!….Come on Man!….I Can’t Breathe!….I Can’t Breathe!…..They Gonna Kill Me!….They Gonna Kill Me!…I Can’t Breathe!…I Can’t Breathe!….Please, Sir!….Please!…Please!…Please!…I[Read More…]

June 4, 2020 World
Statement From Feminists in India Against The Police Violence That Killed George Floyd

Statement From Feminists in India Against The Police Violence That Killed George Floyd

We, feminists in India, strongly condemn the murder of George Floyd, an African-American, by a white officer of the Minneapolis Police Department, and express our deep solidarity with the people’s resistance against police violence presently raging in the US and many other parts of the world. Words from George Floyd in his death throes, “I cannot breathe”, speak to each one of[Read More…]

June 4, 2020 World
In US, While Leadership Falters, COVID-19 Wins: Trumps Pathetic Treatment Of The Pandemic

In US, While Leadership Falters, COVID-19 Wins: Trumps Pathetic Treatment Of The Pandemic

Much has been written in academic and trade publications on leadership.  This is a topic which is always current and relevant. Harvard Business Review has dedicated a Special Summer 2020 Issue on “How to LEAD in a Time of CRISIS.” This is indeed the biggest crisis facing America in recent memory. With death attributed to COVID-19 exceeding the 100,000 mark,[Read More…]

June 4, 2020 World
As US protests show, the challenge is how to rise above the violence inherent in state power

As US protests show, the challenge is how to rise above the violence inherent in state power

Here is one thing I can write with an unusual degree of certainty and confidence: Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin would not have been charged with the (third-degree) murder of George Floyd had the United States not been teetering on a knife edge of open revolt. Had demonstrators not turned out in massive numbers on the streets and refused to be corralled[Read More…]

June 3, 2020 World
Taking The Knee

Taking The Knee

I have to admit that I am very enthusiastic about taking the knee. It is a symbolic gesture. Now, my knees are cruddy. They got so bad that twice I was taken by ambulance to a hospital and a rehabilitation center. The fact is that I couldn’t walk and my knees got ruined by saving a policeman’s life. Would I[Read More…]

June 3, 2020 World
Remembering Tiananmen Square And The Pro-Democracy Protests

Remembering Tiananmen Square And The Pro-Democracy Protests

In any given life, there are certain events that remain firmly imprinted in our memories. I carry an indelible memory of an evening in late May 1989. I had just returned home from a meeting and my wife excitedly called me into the television room. On the screen were images of tens of thousands of young people gathered at Tiananmen[Read More…]

June 3, 2020 World
The Killing Of George Floyd And The Long History Of Police Brutality In The US

The Killing Of George Floyd And The Long History Of Police Brutality In The US

  Innocent brothers and sisters it’s time to wake up, wake up, wake up Brothers and sisters it’s time to say something, do something, make ’em Mmm I wonder, how many Blacks lives, how many Black lives How many heartbeats turned into flatlines – “How Many” by Miguel Just when the news about the way African-Americans were being disproportionately affected by the[Read More…]

June 3, 2020 World
A Superpower In Chaos

A Superpower In Chaos

Minneapolis could not have happened at a worse time for the US elites. While violence perpetrated against African Americans by White police officers has happened a number of times before, its occurrence right in the midst of a huge health emergency that has already claimed more than a 100,000 lives and a related massive economic disaster that has robbed 30[Read More…]

June 2, 2020 World
China diminishes itself

China diminishes itself

The rise of China is not only a hope for the Asian people but also inspires working class people all over the world. It instils hopes that there is an alternative to predatory capitalism of the west. The Chinese Communist Party (CCP) played a major role in transforming China as a major world power while uplifting many Chinese from poverty,[Read More…]

June 2, 2020 World
 “The World Cannot Breathe!” Squashed By The U.S.-A Country Built On Genocide And Slavery

 “The World Cannot Breathe!” Squashed By The U.S.-A Country Built On Genocide And Slavery

More than two centuries of lies are now getting exposed. Bizarre tales about freedom and democracy are collapsing like houses of cards. One man’s death triggers an avalanche of rage in those who for years, decades and centuries, have been humiliated, ruined, and exterminated. It always happens just like this throughout the history of humankind – one single death, one[Read More…]

June 2, 2020 World
Nationwide Uprising Against Failed State Triggered By Police Killings

Nationwide Uprising Against Failed State Triggered By Police Killings

Co-Written by Kevin Zeese and Margaret Flowers The nationwide uprising sparked by the murder of George Floyd and other recent racially-motivated events is a response to the bi-partisan failed state in which we live. It comes in the midst of the COVID19 pandemic and the largest economic collapse in the US in more than a century. These three crises have[Read More…]

June 1, 2020 World
Let’s Burn the Whole Thing Down: Death, Protest and George Floyd

Let’s Burn the Whole Thing Down: Death, Protest and George Floyd

Mobs are unruly, headless things.  The message is the action.  The platform is often violence.  But what is happening across the United States cannot simply be labelled as a looting-leads-to-shooting episode.  It ranks as another chapter of enraged despair and untidy opportunism. It all began with a savage act in South Minneapolis, a killing grotesque for its indifference.  The hunter[Read More…]

June 1, 2020 World
A Graduation Speech for an Age of Collapse

A Graduation Speech for an Age of Collapse

Class of 2020, wherever you are, I had planned to address you on this graduation day. But how can I? Yes, I know that former President Obama, Oprah Winfrey, and Tom Hanks all took part in elaborate online graduation ceremonies, offering commentary, advice, and encouragement in our now campus-less world, but I’m a hapless old guy with a flip phone from another age. And,[Read More…]

June 1, 2020 World
Vaccine development and immunity for COVID-19: Some thoughts and doubts

Vaccine development and immunity for COVID-19: Some thoughts and doubts

Co-Written by K. Rajasekharan Nayar and Arathi P. Rao The possibility of developing vaccines and drugs against COVID-19 is being closely watched by the world.  The journal ‘Nature’ reports that there are about 115 vaccine development initiatives in the world of which 78 are confirmed as active and 37 are unconfirmed and of the 78 confirmed active projects, 73 are[Read More…]

May 31, 2020 World
I’m the Pied Piper

I’m the Pied Piper

In 1966 Crispian St. Peters wrote and sang the hit song ‘ The Pied Piper’. It resonates well in 2020 with this current Snake Oil Salesman: The Pied Piper Crispian St. Peters You With your masquerading, and you Always contemplating what to do In case heaven has found you Can’t you see That it’s all around you So follow me[Read More…]

May 31, 2020 World
SpaceX Astronaut Launch: Curiosity, science and the Red Planet

SpaceX Astronaut Launch: Curiosity, science and the Red Planet

A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket and Crew Dragon spacecraft take off from the Kennedy Space Center on the first orbital spaceflight from U.S. soil since 2011. Credit: Walter Scriptunas II / Spaceflight Now Two veteran NASA astronauts Doug Hurley and Bob Behnken rocketed away from the Kennedy Space Center in Florida on Saturday to begin a test flight of a[Read More…]

May 31, 2020 World
Beating Swords to Plowshares

Beating Swords to Plowshares

“Nuclear weapons will not go away by themselves” says Plowshares activist Steve Kelly, SJ. Inscribed on a wall across from the United Nations in New York City are ancient words of incalculable yearning: “They will beat their swords into plowshares and their spears into pruning hooks. Nation will not take up sword against nation, nor will they train for war[Read More…]

May 31, 2020 World
 Israel-China Relations: Staring Into the Abyss of US-Chinese Decoupling

 Israel-China Relations: Staring Into the Abyss of US-Chinese Decoupling

Israel knew the drill even before US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo boarded his flight to Tel Aviv earlier this month four days after the death of his father. It was Mr. Pompeo’s first and only overseas trip since March. Echoing a US warning two decades ago that Israeli dealings with China jeopardized the country’s relationship with the United States,[Read More…]

May 31, 2020 World
Democracies can’t breathe without responding to Race and Caste discrimination

Democracies can’t breathe without responding to Race and Caste discrimination

Two of the biggest democracies in the world now face the biggest challenges in their political history. Yes, I am speaking about United States and India. One has failed to accommodate the huge Black population victim of the racism in that country while the other has failed to include the Dalits in the decision making as caste hatred and caste[Read More…]

May 31, 2020 World
U.S. President Donald Trump departs at the end of a news conference in New York, U.S. September 25, 2019. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst     TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY - RC1297B30D30

Sinister Flatulence: Trump versus Twitter

Sawing off the branch you sit on can hardly be the best of policies.  But that all depends on the nature of the branch.  US President Donald Trump has huffed himself into another small historical moment, going on the offensive against social media companies using the very language his faux progressive opponents use against them.  All seem to be in[Read More…]

May 30, 2020 World
Jacinda Ardern: A Prime Minister with Difference

Jacinda Ardern: A Prime Minister with Difference

The best leaders have a high consideration factor. They really care about their people.                                                                                                                      … Brian Tracy 21st Century has produced lot of political leaders all over the world. We have Trump from America, Erdogan from Turkey, Modi from India, Imran Khan from Pakistan, Trudeau from Canada, Boris Johnson from England, Jair Bolsonaro from Brazil and Jacinda Arder from[Read More…]

May 30, 2020 World
“Do Not Resuscitate”:  My Experience with Hospice, Inc.

“Do Not Resuscitate”:  My Experience with Hospice, Inc.

    One nurse told Clay. . .  “I’ve given him the highest dosage I can.  It’s enough to kill a horse.  Most hospice patients die from morphine, but I can only OD him within an acceptable margin of error.” -From Christopher Bollen,  A Beautiful Crime In this age of coronavirus, it has become abundantly clear that Western culture has little[Read More…]

May 29, 2020 World
Towards the forward march of workers led alternative globalisation

Towards the forward march of workers led alternative globalisation

Is globalisation over after the COVID-19 pandemic? There are three visible signs during the unending Coronavirus led health crisis, which substantiates the end of globalisation thesis. The first sign indicates reversal of capitalist globalisation led by market integrations. The people and their nation states are fighting the pandemic alone. As a result, there is growth of ultra nationalist and right-wing[Read More…]

May 29, 2020 World
The Empire’s Executioners?

The Empire’s Executioners?

From a recent report by the Insider publication:  ” George Floyd and Officer Derek Chauvin actually worked for the same Minneapolis night club- Chauvin as a security guard for many years, and Floyd as a bouncer during 2019.” It begs the question of just how well these two may have known each other, or worse, if Chauvin had some sort[Read More…]

May 29, 2020 World
Revisiting Multilateral Institutions in the time of COVID-19

Revisiting Multilateral Institutions in the time of COVID-19

International Governmental Organisations (IGOs) have grown steadily over time – in number and in their scope. The growth in numbers is characterised by sporadic bursts in their birth rates, determined typically by global events of economic and political conflict, like the two World Wars. When global politics is altered substantially and the world order is thrown into flux, there is[Read More…]

May 29, 2020 World
Minneapolis police station set on fire on the 3rd day of Floyd murder demonstration in U.S.

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

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

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

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

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

May 29, 2020 World
The owners of a shoe repair shop in Florence (*). In this picture, taken just after the end of the coronavirus lockdown, they are preparing to reopen their shop. They look happy, even euphoric. Time will tell if that optimism was justified.

Three months later, Florence restarts. But not quite

The epidemic is almost over in Italy. After almost three painful months of lockdown and the loss of about 30.000 lives, the daily number of victims of the coronavirus is slowly dwindling to zero. In a couple of weeks at most, the epidemic will be completely gone. It is time to restart, but the damage has been terrible. The lockdown[Read More…]

May 29, 2020 World
The Immediacy of Touchlessness

The Immediacy of Touchlessness

Part I   My motive for writing this piece is to reach, by some other way, Barbara Bryson, and tell her that we love her.   The citation below is taken from the album “Exodus” by the late Bob Marley, whose music rekindles hope for a better future.  It stands out because it brings us peace of mind at a[Read More…]

May 29, 2020 World
Johnson & Johnson’s Double Standard Regarding Their Talcum Powder

Johnson & Johnson’s Double Standard Regarding Their Talcum Powder

  To Drugs Controller General of India Central Drugs Standard Control Organization (CDSCO), Directorate General of Health Services Union Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, Government of India FDA Bhavan, ITO, Kotla Road, New Delhi -110002 Sir, This is to draw your immediate attention of CDSCO towards the announcement dated May 19, 2020 by Johnson & Johnson, a multinational company[Read More…]

May 29, 2020 World
The Great Depression, Coronavirus Style

The Great Depression, Coronavirus Style

Many economists believe that a recession is already underway. So do millions of Americans struggling with bills and job losses. While the ghosts of the 2008 financial crisis that sent inequality soaring to new heights in this country are still with us, it’s become abundantly clear that the economic disaster brought on by the Covid-19 pandemic has already left the initial shock[Read More…]

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

Protests against police violence spread across U.S

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

May 28, 2020 World
To be or not to be productive during the pandemic

To be or not to be productive during the pandemic

‘To be or not to be productive’ is an old constructed dilemma that surfaces during the Coronavirus pandemic. This Shakespearean tragedy is pushing people in two contradictory directions. In one hand, the states and governments are asking people to stay at home and stay safe during the lockdown period. The inevitable lockdown and physical distancing policies produce social alienation and[Read More…]

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

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

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

May 27, 2020 World
In Defense of Military History

In Defense of Military History

Some years ago, I was lucky enough to have a rich email dialogue with Colonel David Glantz, the foremost historian of the Eastern Front in World War 2.  He was gracious in his thoughts and supportive of the lay-history I was doing.  He even offered a compliment or two for some of the thoughts I had regarding the redaction of[Read More…]

May 27, 2020 World
Political Economy of COVID-19

Political Economy of COVID-19

Manish Azad is a political activist. That is why he has been a victim to State repression. On February 29, he returned from prison after 8 months. Even before this, he has been writing for Dastak. Here is his article, presenting all the aspects related to the corona virus pandemic. This article is especially important in the context that while[Read More…]

May 26, 2020 World
Riding for Freedom

Riding for Freedom

I have had the honor and the privilege to know two Freedom Riders. One was killed  for Freedom Riding and had been a friend of mine. Irwin Wadler was my childhood and my young adult dentist. He loved brutally murdered Andy Goodman as I did. So Irwin took up the mantle. He did so willingly after Andy was butchered. Here[Read More…]

May 26, 2020 World
When the War Was Close to Home

When the War Was Close to Home

Memories are like those fireflies that sparkle your vision on a deep hot summer night. They entice you with their sudden appearance and just as sudden departure. So it is with this baby boomer’s mind, transversed back so many decades until… 50 years appear as if it was today. This brings tears to your tired eyes within this pandemic hibernation.[Read More…]

May 25, 2020 World
Why Does Israel Celebrate Its Terrorists: Ben Uliel and the Murder of the Dawabsheh Family

Why Does Israel Celebrate Its Terrorists: Ben Uliel and the Murder of the Dawabsheh Family

Israeli media and Zionist apologists everywhere are busy whitewashing Israel’s globally-tattered image using the rare indictment of an Israeli terrorist, Amiram Ben Uliel, who was recently convicted for murdering the Palestinian Dawabsheh family, including an 18-month-old toddler in the town of Duma, south of Nablus. The conviction of Ben Uliel by an Israeli three-judge court on May 18, is expectedly[Read More…]

May 25, 2020 World
Lend ears to China’s voice, please

Lend ears to China’s voice, please

The pandemic is helping to understand a few facts of the current state of geo-politics. One of these facts is China’s voice – voice with all its meanings. China has called for international cooperation against COVID-19, popularly named coronavirus, to tide over darkest hours. China has said: Cooperation and solidarity are the most powerful weapon to prevail over the epidemic.[Read More…]

May 25, 2020 World
Mourn On Memorial Day & Indict Our Ruling Criminally Insane Murderous Investors in Wars on Wall St. 

Mourn On Memorial Day & Indict Our Ruling Criminally Insane Murderous Investors in Wars on Wall St. 

On Memorial Day, after mourning our loved ones, taken away from us by our ruling criminally insane murderous investors in Weapons of Mass Destruction on Wall Street, let us at least indict these pathetic racist colonial powered accumulators of capital in our hearts and minds and look to the day when pale skin bankers will no longer wield such incredible[Read More…]

May 25, 2020 World
Covid-19 : There are no heroes in this war

Covid-19 : There are no heroes in this war

Co- Written by Kamala Tamirisa, Ritu Thamman and Martha Gulati Health care professionals need more support. Based on a survey  of 553 health care professionals in mid-April, 2020. The death by suicide of Dr. Lorna Breen, the medical director of the emergency department at NewYork-Presbyterian Allen Hospital in New York City, is just the beginning of yet another health care[Read More…]

May 25, 2020 World
Jacindaism: the new doctrine of political leadership during crisis

Jacindaism: the new doctrine of political leadership during crisis

Leadership is tested during times of crisis. The present pandemic is seeing it happen across the world. Many unexpected parts of the world have shown better corona control than those expected of better performance. Many wise men have said before that empathy, not disdain, separates great leaders from the rest. This behavioral aspect is what present New Zealand  Prime Minister Jacinda[Read More…]

May 24, 2020 World
The Illusions of Bourgeois Democracy

The Illusions of Bourgeois Democracy

Democracy is a product of struggles and sacrifices of the working classes. The October revolution, French revolution in Europe and anti-colonial struggles in Africa, Asia and Americas shaped democracy. The struggles for freedom, equality and justice, anti-capitalist struggles, and people’s movements against war and terrorism, social and political movements for livelihoods have helped to deepen democratic practices all over the[Read More…]

May 24, 2020 World
Ants at a Pandemic Picnic

Ants at a Pandemic Picnic

Remember when you were a kid, locked within that monster called a grade school, at dismissal time? You must recall how the seas just opened and the throng descended on the schoolyard… like , well… ants at a picnic. Thus, the expression becomes almost timeless. So it is with so many of our Amerikan public whenever the opportunity reveals itself[Read More…]

May 23, 2020 World
A Left Perspective on Emerging Post-Pandemic Global Relations

A Left Perspective on Emerging Post-Pandemic Global Relations

 Introduction COVID-19 pandemic, its emergence, global spread and the crisis therefrom are inseparably linked up with the character of neoliberal accumulation today. As is widely recognised, its origins are rooted in profit-driven corporate capital’s unbridled plunder of nature and consequent invasion and intrusion in to wild life ecosystem leading to spill-over of viruses to humans and their subsequent mutations. That[Read More…]

May 23, 2020 World
OUTSIDE A BAT CAVE in China's Guangxi province in 2004, Shi Zhengli releases a fruit bat after taking a blood sample. Credit: Shuyi Zhang

How China’s ‘Bat Woman’ Hunted Down Viruses from SARS to the New Coronavirus

Wuhan-based virologist Shi Zhengli has identified dozens of deadly SARS-like viruses in bat caves, and she warns there are more out there. Scientificamerican.com Editor’s Note (4/24/20): This article was originally published online on March 11. It has been updated for inclusion in the June 2020 issue of Scientific American and to address rumors that SARS-CoV-2 emerged from Shi Zhengli’s lab[Read More…]

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

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

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

May 21, 2020 World
The Wuhan Hoax: Covid-19 and Trump’s War on the U.S. Intelligence Community

The Wuhan Hoax: Covid-19 and Trump’s War on the U.S. Intelligence Community

There’s a meme that appears now and then on Facebook and other social media: “Those who don’t study history are doomed to repeat it. Yet those who do study history are doomed to stand by helplessly while everyone else repeats it.” That’s funny. What’s not is that the Trump administration and its coterie of China-bashers, led by Secretary of State[Read More…]

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

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

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

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

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

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

May 21, 2020 World
“Battle” Against COVID-19 In A Fragmented World, Has Ruined Billions Of Lives

“Battle” Against COVID-19 In A Fragmented World, Has Ruined Billions Of Lives

It is not only about physically surviving the pandemic. People miss people, and places, sometimes desperately. And they die, when separated. We are bombarded by briefings and numbers. We are scared into submission by horrifying medical stories, by shocking images, and then, simultaneously, by predictions of economic and social downfall. Day and night, day and night. But somehow, so often[Read More…]

May 21, 2020 World
Covid-19 Timeline Exposes Falsehood Of US & US Lackey Australian Anti-China Blame Game

Covid-19 Timeline Exposes Falsehood Of US & US Lackey Australian Anti-China Blame Game

Trump is blaming China for the Covid-19 pandemic to hide his criminal negligence during the crisis. A detailed Timeline of the disaster reveals that China informed the WHO and the World of the Wuhan outbreak  on 31 December  2019 but Trump spent the following 4.5 months minimizing the seriousness of the pandemic and slagging both China and the WHO. With[Read More…]

May 20, 2020 World
Battles over Barley: Australia, China and the Tariff Wars

Battles over Barley: Australia, China and the Tariff Wars

It promised to be bruising to both dignity and wallet.  However brazen Australian politicians have been drumming up support for an international inquiry into the origins of the novel coronavirus, the first ones to be slapped in anger would have to be those in agriculture.  Barley exporters find themselves facing a suffocating, and potentially market killing tariff, of 80.5 percent. [Read More…]

May 20, 2020 World
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COVID-19: Iran and the U.S., An Irony of Curious Affinity

This spring, the novel coronavirus pandemic has raised the issue of the relationship between the blindest kind of religious faith and rational skepticism — this time in two countries that think of themselves as polar opposites and enemies: Supreme Leader Ali Khameini’s Iran and Donald Trump’s America. On the U.S. side of things, New Orleans pastor Tony Spell, for instance, has[Read More…]

May 20, 2020 World
Why Thinking Makes it So: Donald Trump’s Obamagate Fixation

Why Thinking Makes it So: Donald Trump’s Obamagate Fixation

The “gate” suffix has been wearing thin since the break-in scandal that gave it its birth.  Since Watergate, virtually anything dubious and suggestive, and much more besides, is suffixed.  Which brings us to the issue of President Donald Trump’s predecessor, Barack Obama.  Finding himself in hot water (did he ever leave it?) Trump has been sowing the seeds of “Obamagate”,[Read More…]

May 19, 2020 World
Truth and Propaganda About Coronavirus

Truth and Propaganda About Coronavirus

Co-Written by Vijay Prashad, Weiyan Zhu, and Du Xiaojun This was dated March 31, 2020, by which time Anti-china tirade was already going on in a high pitch. Subsequently, it was further accentuated, with more and more lies, now shaping into anti-China measures, bordering on sanctions.  Globalization principles thrust by imperialists led by USA, are sought to be reversed or[Read More…]

May 19, 2020 World
Right Off the Right Wing Radar Screen!!

Right Off the Right Wing Radar Screen!!

Ok, let me be perfectly clear here. I know, from years of studying the real Amerikan history from writers like Parenti, Chomsky, Zinn, Chossuduvsky, even Oliver Stone and Peter Kuznik, that the fix has always been in. Meaning, that this Two Party/One Party political system has always done the bidding for the Uber Rich… Period! As a socialist I have[Read More…]

May 19, 2020 World
Inglorious Bastardry: Hacking for Vaccines

Inglorious Bastardry: Hacking for Vaccines

If you cannot discover or create something, best steal it.  It has been the operating principle for everything from wealth to technology.  With the efforts to discover a vaccine to the novel coronavirus being all but bound by solidarity, the race on plundering secrets has already begun in earnest.  No one party can claim particular innocence in this endeavour.  All[Read More…]

May 19, 2020 World
 America’s Pandemic Role Reversal

 America’s Pandemic Role Reversal

Remember the song “Over There”? “Over there, over there Send the word, send the word over there That the Yanks are coming, The Yanks are coming, The drums rum-tumming everywhere…” Maybe not, since it was popular so long ago, but it was meant to inspire American troops saying goodbye to their country on their way to a Europe embroiled in[Read More…]

May 18, 2020 World
 “No. It’s Capitalism, Stupid.”

 “No. It’s Capitalism, Stupid.”

The title is a riff on James Carville’s disingenuous (and stupid) phrase from 1992 when he was Bill Clinton’s campaign director. Carville’s pithy quip, “It’s the economy, stupid,”  became the campaign’s de facto slogan. It functioned as a clever ruse to help Clinton beat Bush by pandering to workers and creating the impression that his policies would actually help them.[Read More…]

May 18, 2020 World
Reality in the Time of Covid-19

Reality in the Time of Covid-19

  First the good. There’s an outpouring of spontaneous actions, large and small, to feed the hungry, help the desperate, aid seniors, the economically afflicted. There is public art and and an endless steam of performances, gatherings and flash mobs on line. Mask Oakland distributes N95 Masks to the homeless. In Aurora Colorado, librarians assemble kits of essentials for seniors[Read More…]

May 18, 2020 World
Corona and Changes in Consciousness

Corona and Changes in Consciousness

  The State as a ‘conception’ or as an ‘imagination’ remained in the flux situation from 1648 to the second decade of the 21st century. Are we moving from ‘Westphalia’ to ‘Westfailure’? Susan Stranger excellently articulated this idea of “The West-failure System” in the finishing years of the 1990s, where she portrayed the negotiating situation of ‘State’ in modern times.[Read More…]

May 18, 2020 World
Washington places Cuba and Venezuela on “terror” list

Washington places Cuba and Venezuela on “terror” list

Less than two weeks after an abortive mercenary invasion aimed at overthrowing Venezuela’s government and murdering its president that was hatched by the Trump White House, the US State Department on Wednesday renewed it classification of the country as “not fully cooperating” with Washington’s global war on terrorism. Also added to the list was Cuba, whose embassy in Washington was[Read More…]

May 16, 2020 World
The Mouse Roars: Australia, China and a Coronavirus Independent Inquiry

The Mouse Roars: Australia, China and a Coronavirus Independent Inquiry

Australia matters little when it comes to international muscle.  It is the retainer and pretender of power, a middle-distance runner who runs out of puff on the final stride.  The big boys and girls look, agog. Why did you even bother?  In the recent international relations shouting match (for Australia, shouting; for China, sotto voce with a touch of menace),[Read More…]

May 16, 2020 World
Trump’s Lesser Economy 

Trump’s Lesser Economy 

How many times a day, and in how many different presentations, has President Donald Trump suddenly departed from script to exclaim, “This was the greatest economy we ever had, the greatest in the world, the greatest ever, and it all went down because of a pandemic?” A large part of the United States electorate has accepted this political statement, which[Read More…]

May 16, 2020 World
COVID-19: Past, Present, Future

COVID-19: Past, Present, Future

 COVID-19 is the latest in a long line of devastating zoonoses.  Unless we radically alter our behaviour, it won’t be the last.   SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19, is one of a family of coronaviruses, named for the wreaths that ‘coronate’ them.  As of March 16, SARS-CoV-2 has infected 171,000 and killed 6,500.  SARS-CoV-2, first reported in China, is[Read More…]

May 15, 2020 World
Civil Societies issue statement calling for adequate measures for the vulnerable groups during Coronavirus pandemic

Civil Societies issue statement calling for adequate measures for the vulnerable groups during Coronavirus pandemic

The world faces an unprecedented moment of crisis. The Covid-19 pandemic is pushing humanity’s resilience to the limit and has vast impacts on the wider social, economic and environmental fabric of our world. The pandemic especially affects older people, people with disabilities, and those with underlying health conditions, and highlights the importance of a whole-of-society approach to deliver well-resourced health[Read More…]

May 15, 2020 World
What happened to ‘failed state’ thesis?

What happened to ‘failed state’ thesis?

The policy practitioners in the World Bank, OECD, and other development agencies used the term ‘fragile state’ during 1990s before using of the term ‘failed state’. The failure to provide security to the citizens, failure to provide public services including health and monopoly of state violence are three central components that define ‘failed state’. The incubation and spread of deadly[Read More…]

May 15, 2020 World
 Addendum to ICAN Report on World Nuclear Arms’ Spending

 Addendum to ICAN Report on World Nuclear Arms’ Spending

Only a day ago CounterCurrents.Org brought in a very informative article on world nuke spending to a tune of almost 73$ billion. While the entire humanity is facing a far worse survival crisis currently, one has to seriously ask how obscene such one spending is and for whose benefit. It is simply put, a bizarre veritable shame on civilised humanity,[Read More…]

May 15, 2020 World
 Who Is “Essential” to Our Covid-19 World

 Who Is “Essential” to Our Covid-19 World

A Military Spouse’s Perspective on Fighting This Pandemic “When he first came home, it was tough.” So Aleha, the wife of an airman in Colorado, told me. She was describing her family’s life since her husband, who lives with chronic depression, completed a partial hospitalization program and, in March, along with other members of his unit, entered a pandemic lockdown. He[Read More…]

May 14, 2020 World
U.S. is leading the global spending on nuclear weapons, says ICAN report

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

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

May 14, 2020 World
The capitalist as vampire in the time of Corona virus

The capitalist as vampire in the time of Corona virus

We are in the midst of a new mobility revolution, declared Mr Narendra Modi, Prime Minister, at the global mobility summit in New Delhi in 2018. The gentleman who waxed eloquent on mobility then was completely silent in his recent address to the nation about the misery of thousands of workers stranded , immobilised all over the country without shelter[Read More…]

May 14, 2020 World
The Liabilities of History: The Dangers of Pandemic Compensation

The Liabilities of History: The Dangers of Pandemic Compensation

Smug assertions of liability in history are often incautious things.  They constitute a fruit salad mix: assertions of the wishful thinkers; hopes of the crazed; the quest of genuinely aggrieved generations who feel that wrongs need to be rectified (the Elgin Marbles and transatlantic slavery come to mind).  Before you know it, the next historical act will require compensation, the[Read More…]

May 14, 2020 World
Regret, Guilt, Depression and Suicides Among the Traumatized Veterans of Iraq And Afghanistan War with Reference to the Indian Soldiers in Kashmir

Regret, Guilt, Depression and Suicides Among the Traumatized Veterans of Iraq And Afghanistan War with Reference to the Indian Soldiers in Kashmir

The story of Avtar, John, Nic and Others “What the f**k is going on in my mind? Last night I was sitting in bed and looked across the room to a chair in my room and there was a young girl covered in blood. What happened after that I don’t remember. I was told a full-scale panic attack. This is[Read More…]

May 14, 2020 World
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Cuba asks U.S for answers to the attack on its embassy in Washington DC

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

May 13, 2020 World
International Nurses Day: Remember The Real Heroes

International Nurses Day: Remember The Real Heroes

As the worldwide response to the novel corona virus (COVID-19) continues, nurses are working to assist the sick, quell community fears and address concerns. Nurses, the largest sector of healthcare workers in every country, play a pivotal role in preparation for a possible pandemic. Nurses account for more than half of all the world’s health workers, yet there is an[Read More…]

May 13, 2020 World
A new study from Brown University's Costs of War Project found that the U.S. "War on Terror" has killed half a million people in Iraq, Afghanistan, and Pakistan. (Photo: Spc. Phillip McTaggart/Flickr/cc)

The Betrayal of the American Soldier

 “Every day is a copy of a copy of a copy.” That meme, from the moment when Edward Norton’s character in Fight Club offers a 1,000-yard stare at an office copy machine, captures this moment perfectly — at least for those of us removed from the front lines of the Covid-19 crisis. Isolated inside a Boston apartment, I typically sought new ways[Read More…]

May 12, 2020 World
The Sadness… Continues!!

The Sadness… Continues!!

For this writer there are events and incidents that transcend the usual causes of sadness for many of us. Yes, we all have a myriad of memories of sadness. Perhaps when a loved one or pet becomes ill or passes away. Perhaps when someone we love moves away from us, and we hurt from missing them. My earliest memory of[Read More…]

May 12, 2020 World
Understanding the Trajectory of Epidemics: From Political Economy and Historical Perspective 

Understanding the Trajectory of Epidemics: From Political Economy and Historical Perspective 

Recently history of a medical science professor Frank M. Snowden (who is emeritus professor at Yale University, USA) in his book, “Epidemics and Society: From the Black Death to the Present”, which appeared in 2019 has reminded that if we look at epidemics from the historical and political economy perspective view, most of the epidemics (like tuberculosis, plague, and Spanish[Read More…]

May 12, 2020 World
Trump responsible for deaths in U.S. and globally because of Covid-19 response, says Chomsky

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

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

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

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

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

May 12, 2020 World
Living Together In Peace

Living Together In Peace

Against the institution of war The United Nations has designated the 16th of May as a day devoted to Living Together in Peace. It therefore seems appropriate to mark this day by discussing the reasons why war must be eliminated as a human institution. Science and technology are double-edged As we start the 21st century and the new millennium, our[Read More…]

May 12, 2020 World
Zooming the death of teachers and teaching as a profession

Zooming the death of teachers and teaching as a profession

In search of profit, the growth of managerialism and marketisation of education crippled the abilities of teachers and destroyed institutions of learning all over the world. The managerialist revolution in education is designed to transform education as a commodity for sale by privatisation. The processes of commodification and privatisation of education is central to the principles of market in education[Read More…]

May 12, 2020 World
Pivot To Peace Must Replace US Pivot To War With China

Pivot To Peace Must Replace US Pivot To War With China

Co-Written by Kevin Zeese and Margaret Flowers The Trump administration, in seeking to divert attention from its bungled response to the COVID-19 pandemic and mishandling of the economic collapse, is escalating the bipartisan anti-China policy, which has a long history. This increases the potential of military conflict and economic war between our countries. President Trump is making both a global[Read More…]

May 12, 2020 World
 Can We Simultaneously Oppose Bayer/Monsanto’s Biotechnology and Support Cuba’s Interferon Alpha 2B?

 Can We Simultaneously Oppose Bayer/Monsanto’s Biotechnology and Support Cuba’s Interferon Alpha 2B?

Genetically engineered crops are a form of food imperialism.  This technology allows mega-corporations like Bayer/Monsanto to patent seeds, lure farmers into buying them with visions of high yields, and then destroy the ability of small farmers to survive. Genetic engineering produces an artificial combination of plant traits which often results in foods with less nutritional value while introducing health problems[Read More…]

May 12, 2020 World
 Coronavirus, Farmers and More

 Coronavirus, Farmers and More

The same problem exists in the USA as in India and other countries. Farmers are dumping huge amounts of their produce back in the fields. A pig farmer in America is considering just killing off her pigs since they can’t go to a slaughterhouse and to markets. I saw about this farmer problem happening in various newsfeeds in MA, USA[Read More…]

May 12, 2020 World
Social Media In COVID Times

Social Media In COVID Times

  The world is going through very tough days and facing lots of difficulties due to the outbreak of coronavirus, which is also known as the COVID19 outbreak in china last December. Slowly or gradually, it reached the rest part of the world and kept the world under lockdown. In these tough days, the only social media is helping people[Read More…]

May 12, 2020 World
COVID-19 Pandemic: This is the time for bold programs from the left to help the people: an interview with Fred Magdoff

COVID-19 Pandemic: This is the time for bold programs from the left to help the people: an interview with Fred Magdoff

Fred Magdoff, Professor Emeritus of plant and soil science at the University of Vermont and author of many articles and books on ecology, agriculture and economy, frequent Monthly Review contributor and closely associated with struggles of the working people, discusses the coronavirus pandemic in light of capitalism and agriculture in the following interview conducted on April 2, 2020 by Farooque[Read More…]

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

Crisis bites Saudi Arabia: VAT tripled and state allowances cut

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

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

Protesting Afghans demand food aid, gunfire kills 6

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

May 11, 2020 World
Syria’s Northeast Camps

Syria’s Northeast Camps

Tens of thousands of Syrian and non-Syrian families, who are affiliated with the members of the Islamic State, pose a daunting challenge for the Syria’s northeast. These families live in camps, such as al-Houl and Ain Essa, which have evolved from a few tents in a muddy field into a sprawling grid of shops, cafeterias, falafel stands, schools, clinics, mosques,[Read More…]

May 11, 2020 World
Teaching Across an Abyss of Silence

Teaching Across an Abyss of Silence

Do you hear that silence? That’s the absence of footsteps echoing through our nation’s public school hallways. It’s the silence of teaching in a virtual space populated with students on mute who lack a physical presence. It’s the crushing silence of those who are now missing, who can’t attend the classroom that Zoom and Google built. Maybe you heard the[Read More…]

May 11, 2020 World
Patriotic Vaccines: The Divided Coronavirus Cause

Patriotic Vaccines: The Divided Coronavirus Cause

When it comes to the politics of medicine and disease, the United States has always attempted to steal the limelight, while adding the now faded colouring of universal human welfare.  In 1965, Washington pledged financial and technical support to the international effort to eradicate smallpox, though the initiative had initially been spurred by the Soviet Union at the behest of[Read More…]

May 11, 2020 World
The Shortcomings of our Slow in Coming Modernity

The Shortcomings of our Slow in Coming Modernity

The empty stare we have been projecting onto the outside world ever since SARS-Cov 2 invited itself into our life is pretty disconcerting. Although spring is here, and it is perfect, with no sign of a cataclysm like the ones we experienced in the past (drought, flood, famine, war), we do not seem to take notice of it, let alone[Read More…]

May 10, 2020 World
COVID 19: Australia’s Anti-China Rhetoric Risks its Economic Recovery

COVID 19: Australia’s Anti-China Rhetoric Risks its Economic Recovery

Mr. Scott Morrison, the Prime Minister of Australia ought to be applauded for his remarkable leadership for mobilisation of best scientific advice and pursuing coherent federal/state policies and enlisting trust and cooperation of ordinary Australians, in tackling the COVID 19 crisis so successfully. By now, spread of the deadly virus in most parts of the country has come to a[Read More…]

May 10, 2020 World
Sahel’s Desert War

Sahel’s Desert War

 The black flag of the Islamic State is flying on the frontlines of Sahel, on the southern bounds of the Sahara. It has been over seven years since international forces of France, United Nations, United States, and G5 Sahel Joint Force have tried to stop the Jihadism spreading. So far they have failed in their efforts, as the allies are[Read More…]

May 10, 2020 World
COVID-19: Welcome to the World of New Age Geopolitics

COVID-19: Welcome to the World of New Age Geopolitics

But, after all, shadows themselves are born of light. And only he who has experienced dawn and dusk, war and peace, ascent and decline, only he has truly lived. Stefan Zweig —The World of Yesterday, 1941 2020 is turning out to be one of the most challenging years since the end of the Second World War.  A coming disruption for[Read More…]

May 10, 2020 World
War That Has Divided Yemen

War That Has Divided Yemen

As Southern Transitional Council has declared self rule in the southeast part of the country, a north – south regional divide once again has come to the forefront. Now, it seems likely that there will be new conflicts emerging, not only within warring sections in the country, but also involving Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates and Iran, signaling a proxy[Read More…]

May 9, 2020 World
COVID-19 and The New York Times as Ideological Gatekeeper

COVID-19 and The New York Times as Ideological Gatekeeper

“Accumulate, accumulate! That is Moses and the prophets.” — Karl Marx I’ve been negligent in failing to acknowledge my gratitude to op-ed writers at the New York Times for their frequent doses of insidious misinformation which demand disassembling and refutation. They didn’t disappoint on May 5, 2020. In the lead op-ed, “Will We Get Used to the Dying?” Editor-at-Large Charlie[Read More…]

May 9, 2020 World
UK government covers up PPE shortages leading to health care worker deaths

UK government covers up PPE shortages leading to health care worker deaths

Inquests into the deaths of National Health Service (NHS) workers from COVID-19 will be barred from addressing government failures in providing adequate personal protective equipment (PPE). Mark Lucraft QC, the chief coroner for England and Wales, issued guidance at the end of April stating that “an inquest would not be a satisfactory means of deciding whether adequate general policies and[Read More…]

May 8, 2020 World
Spending COVID Time In Norway And USA!

Spending COVID Time In Norway And USA!

Donald Trump is not a president. He can’t even play one on TV. He’s a corrupt and dangerous braggart with ill-concealed aspirations for a Crown and, with an election coming up, he’s been monopolizing prime time every day, spouting self-congratulation and misinformation. (No, don’t inject that Lysol!) His never-ending absurd performances play out as farce against the tragic background of the Covid-19[Read More…]

May 7, 2020 World
Tara Reade, the Democrats and Joe Biden’s Woman Problem

Tara Reade, the Democrats and Joe Biden’s Woman Problem

The Me Too movement was meant to be more than a howl or rage with a trending hash tag.  It was a surge that threatened to pulverise all before it, arming accusers with weapons of merit and disarming predators who had, for decades, acted in beastly fashion from positions of power.  It did net some mighty scalps and also, at[Read More…]

May 7, 2020 World
EU economy will contract 7.5% this year in worst economic shock since Great Depression

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

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

May 7, 2020 World
Trump Must Be Defeated!

Trump Must Be Defeated!

Trump Threatens the future of human civilization There is so much wrong with Donald Trump that one hardly knows where to start. He is a bully, braggart, narcicist, racist, mysogenist, habitual liar, and tax evader, in addition to being demonstrably ignorant. He has contempt for both domestic and international law, as well as for the US Constitution. However, it is[Read More…]

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

Non-Aligned Movement Virtual Summit

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

May 6, 2020 World
Propaganda 4.0

Propaganda 4.0

Co-Written  by Thomas Klikauer and Nadine Campbell Ever since the Catholic Church gave the world propaganda in its Congregation for the Propagation of the Faith (Congregatio de Propaganda Fide) in the year 1622, propaganda has been with us. The triumph of populist propaganda has been shown in the USA with the election of Donald Trump. As in the USA, right-wing[Read More…]

May 6, 2020 World
Cuba, The most caring country in the world  “punished” with a blockade for over 59 years!

Cuba, The most caring country in the world  “punished” with a blockade for over 59 years!

Cuban Doctors, photo Cubadebate Cuba has carried out more than 600,000 internationalist missions in 164 countries. Cuba has been at the forefront when it comes to fraternally assisting other countries in need, without ever interfering in the internal affairs of any of these countries. With more than 1.7 billion medical examinations, 12.5 million surgical interventions and just as many vaccinations[Read More…]

May 6, 2020 World
This Summer We’ll Hear the Silencin’ / 70K Dead in the USA (and Counting)

This Summer We’ll Hear the Silencin’ / 70K Dead in the USA (and Counting)

Photo by John Epic taken outside Kansas’ 1st District Congress member @RogerMarshallMD’s office in Salina, Kansas, May 4 Yesterday, May 4, marked the 50th Anniversary of the Kent State University Massacre in Ohio, when the U.S. National Guard showered bullets into young anti-Vietnam war protestors killing four and wounding nine. According to David Paul Kuhn, author of The Hardhat Riot:[Read More…]

May 6, 2020 World
Swiss environmentalists demand green recovery after the coronavirus pandemic

Swiss environmentalists demand green recovery after the coronavirus pandemic

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

May 5, 2020 World
Invasion foiled in Venezuela

Invasion foiled in Venezuela

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

May 5, 2020 World
 Hubris, Chutzpah and the United States : Covid-19 and treading the thin ice of American Individualism

 Hubris, Chutzpah and the United States : Covid-19 and treading the thin ice of American Individualism

The world watches in stupefaction as the numbers of those infected and dead in the US has continued to grow at an alarming rate.  The superpower is on its knees. A pandemic that has cost it millions of jobs and unheard of breadlines that stretch for miles. The first world wonder that spearheaded the world’s green revolution, whose farmers “feed[Read More…]

May 5, 2020 World
Pandemic Revisionism: The George W. Bush Whitewash

Pandemic Revisionism: The George W. Bush Whitewash

“Our enemies are innovative and resourceful.  And so are we.  They never stop thinking about new ways to harm our country and our people.  And neither do we.” President George W. Bush, Aug. 5, 2004 Hatred is disorientating, and becomes, over time, a form of enduring fanaticism.  The attacks on US President Donald Trump tend to fall into this camp. [Read More…]

May 5, 2020 World
 Trump Must Choose Between a Global Ceasefire and America’s Long Lost Wars 

 Trump Must Choose Between a Global Ceasefire and America’s Long Lost Wars 

Co-Written by Medea Benjamin and Nicolas J S Davies As of May 1, there were 7,145 cases of COVID-19 in the US military, with more falling sick every day.  Credit: Military Times As President Trump has complained, the U.S. does not win wars anymore. In fact, since 1945, the only 4 wars it has won were over the small neocolonial[Read More…]

May 5, 2020 World
Global coronavirus cases pass 3.5 million

Global coronavirus cases pass 3.5 million

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

May 4, 2020 World
The Coronavirus Crisis: A Plea To Pause And Power

The Coronavirus Crisis: A Plea To Pause And Power

Dr Chandra Muzaffar, President of the International Movement for a Just World (JUST), Malaysia makes a presentation on COVID-19 pandemic SIGN UP FOR COUNTERCURRENTS DAILY NEWS LETTER  

May 4, 2020 World
Beware the Pentagon’s Pandemic Profiteers

Beware the Pentagon’s Pandemic Profiteers

At this moment of unprecedented crisis, you might think that those not overcome by the economic and mortal consequences of the coronavirus would be asking, “What can we do to help?” A few companies have indeed pivoted to making masks and ventilators for an overwhelmed medical establishment. Unfortunately, when it comes to the top officials of the Pentagon and the CEOs running[Read More…]

May 4, 2020 World
The ‘ White Makes Right’ Continuance

The ‘ White Makes Right’ Continuance

In September of 1962 James Meredith, a 28 Year old Air Force veteran, and proud black man, enrolled in the segregated University of Mississippi. All hell literally broke loose. In David Talbot’s great look at the Kennedy years, aptly entitled Brothers ( 2007 ), we see how JFK and RFK had to deal with a revise of a Civil War[Read More…]

May 4, 2020 World
Libya’s War Heading Towards More Uncertainty

Libya’s War Heading Towards More Uncertainty

April 2020 marks one year since Khalifa Haftar launched an offensive towards Tripoli to expel its Government of National Accord (GNA). Seen as the next Gaddafi, by many, it was believed that he launched the campaign last year in desperation, as not doing so could have brought his political and military demise. The offensive left more than thousand fighters dead[Read More…]

May 3, 2020 World
A Friendly Note on the virus

A Friendly Note on the virus

Please do not think that this is a note which supports the virus in any way but it is examining the behaviour of the virus differently in different contexts and the changes or status quo that it brought on humans. Various hypotheses are already going around regarding the virus which actually made the writing of this note a bit cumbersome[Read More…]

May 3, 2020 World
Post-Covid-19 Needs-based Economy, Zero Emissions, UBI, Green New Deal & Free University Education

Post-Covid-19 Needs-based Economy, Zero Emissions, UBI, Green New Deal & Free University Education

Comprehensive social distancing and economic lockdown measures required to suppress Covid-19 have been associated with rapid socialism-style adoption of a needs-based economy (essential services), a decrease in carbon fuel burning and  air pollution, a widened social safety net, and on-line learning. Post-Covid-19 one envisages a socialist needs-based economy, zero emissions, universal basic income (UBI) , a Green New Deal (GND)[Read More…]

May 3, 2020 World
Venezuelans, and especially the elderly, have been encouraged to wear facemasks when out and about, and to try to stay home where possible. Photo: @jacoli44 / Twitter

Bolivia vs Venezuela: COVID-19 response reveals true nature of governments

Government responses to the COVID-19 pandemic have put into sharp relief their true nature. This is perhaps no more evident than when we compare Bolivia and Venezuela. Despite having been installed as “interim” president after a coup last November, Jeanine Anez is presented in the media as leading Bolivia’s “transition back to democracy”. On the other hand, Venezuelan president Nicolas[Read More…]

May 3, 2020 World
 Policy exigencies for good food, work, housing and health

 Policy exigencies for good food, work, housing and health

The COVID-19 virus has global spread. The whole world is dealing with the monumental crisis. Urban centres have turned into ghost towns. The pandemic has brought to the fore policy loopholes and failures. People all over the world are looking for surviving through the lockdown. Basics of food, shelter and health are historically underlined. Work has seized. The realization of[Read More…]

May 3, 2020 World
The Inevitable Coronavirus Censorship Crisis is Here

The Inevitable Coronavirus Censorship Crisis is Here

 As the Covid-19 crisis progresses, censorship programs advance, amid calls for China-style control of the Internet (Today is World Press Freedom Day, proclaimed by the UN General Assembly in December 1993, following the recommendation of UNESCO’s General Conference. US and India claim to be democracies with flourishing media freedom, while blaming China.. Countercurrents Collective published a series of articles how[Read More…]

May 3, 2020 World
Romance Is the New Realism: Eugene Debs and the Age of Corona

Romance Is the New Realism: Eugene Debs and the Age of Corona

In this pandemic-era, it has become increasingly clear that we are only as healthy as the least insured—hence the poorest—in our society. Eugene Debs delivering a speech in Chicago in 1912. “I can see the dawn of the better day for humanity,” the famous socialist leader once said. “The people are awakening. In due time they will and must come[Read More…]

May 3, 2020 World
COVID-19, Scientific Temper and Governance

COVID-19, Scientific Temper and Governance

COVID-19 has come to us in 2020 where the world leaders, with a few exceptions, lack a 20-20 vision as well as the scientific temper that goes in with such a vision. To understand history, it is at times necessary to imagine what might have happened. Such counter-factual arguments often help us to understand better what did happen in the[Read More…]

May 2, 2020 World
My interview with Covid-19

My interview with Covid-19

ARA: Well Mr Covid-19, it is said that you are born and brought up in Wuhan. Covid-19: I don’t know exactly. Some say I was created by Zionists to reduce the world population. There is also an opinion that CIA has launched me to destroy Chinese economy, whereas USA blames that a Chinese lab has fathered me as a biological[Read More…]

May 2, 2020 World
Brutal Choices: Anders Tegnell and Sweden’s Herd Immunity Goal

Brutal Choices: Anders Tegnell and Sweden’s Herd Immunity Goal

If the title of epidemiological czar were to be created, its first occupant would have to be Sweden’s Anders Tegnell.  He has held sway in the face of sceptics and concern that his “herd immunity” approach to COVID-19 is a dangerous, and breathtakingly cavalier approach, to public health.  Tegnell T-shirts featuring him as a medieval liberator are available for purchase;[Read More…]

May 2, 2020 World
A May Day with A Difference

A May Day with A Difference

The month of May travels me to the path of nostalgia as because I got married on a May day. I, along with my bridal party had to travel on a long bumpy road to wed my fiancé on the day of the ceremony. That’s a sweet recollection for me. And, May is also the month of May Day- International[Read More…]

May 1, 2020 World
May Day In COVID-19

May Day In COVID-19

  The Indian working class must uphold Proletarian Internationalism while rededicating itself to the struggle for People’s Democracy and Socialism in the country This May Day comes at a time when the entire world is struggling against the pandemic unleashed by the Covid 19 virus over the last 4 months. It is a fact that this pandemic is of a[Read More…]

May 1, 2020 World
May Day in this pandemic-time

May Day in this pandemic-time

Deaths, pain, starvation and uncertainty overshadow the working people in this May Day. The world’s working classes witness the world capitalist system’s inefficiency and failure as the current pandemic ravages countries. Reports from every country tell the same story: following deaths, uncertainty and hunger are haunting the working classes. The number of the unemployed is surging in countries. Major economies[Read More…]

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

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

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

May 1, 2020 World
The Assassin-in-Chief Comes Home

The Assassin-in-Chief Comes Home

“Be assured of one thing: whichever candidate you choose at the polls in November, you aren’t just electing a president of the United States; you are also electing an assassin-in-chief.” So I wrote back in June 2012, with a presidential election approaching. I was referring then to the war on terror’s CIA and military drone assassination programs, which first revved up in[Read More…]

May 1, 2020 World
Cold War Of Trump/Navarro Vs China: More Dangerous Than COVID-19

Cold War Of Trump/Navarro Vs China: More Dangerous Than COVID-19

It is getting ugly, extremely ugly. It is increasingly looking like a war – at least a new ‘cold’, ideological war. But in the shadow of COVID-19, it goes almost unnoticed. The blind horseman, who hates China intuitively, without knowing hardly anything about it, is leading the pack, pushing his president into a confrontation with the most populous country on[Read More…]

May 1, 2020 World
Taliban Peace Talks

Taliban Peace Talks

 In February 2020, the United States signed a peace deal with Taliban in Qatar, and set to withdraw its forces from Afghanistan, in following fourteen months, provided Taliban upheld the conditions of the agreement, including distancing itself from Al-Qaeda. The U.S. said that it was also committed to close its five military bases, within one hundred thirty five days, and[Read More…]

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

COVID-19 Infection Crosses 3 Million

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

April 30, 2020 World
COVID 19: The Crisis, Leadership and the State

COVID 19: The Crisis, Leadership and the State

New Zealand Prime Minister comforting a Muslim woman in the aftermath of the mosque massacre in Auckland, New Zealand in 2019 As of April 30, 2020, there were 3 018 952 confirmed and 207 973 deaths globally[3] and counting though  Australia’s Chief Health Officer speculates that given that these numbers cover only those who have been clinically tested and recorded[Read More…]

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

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

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

April 30, 2020 World
The Science, Arts and Politics of COVID

The Science, Arts and Politics of COVID

Co-Written by K Rajasekharan Nayar, Muhammed Shaffi & Anant Kumar When human beings face uncertainties, they invent justifications to overcome the anxieties that accompany them. The COVID pandemic is especially characterized by such a phenomenon which affected not just ordinary people but even the scientists and  governments. The science of the infection played a major role in shaping our response[Read More…]

April 30, 2020 World
Post- Pandemic Global Concerns! Geopolitics, not global cooperation, holds sway !

Post- Pandemic Global Concerns! Geopolitics, not global cooperation, holds sway !

                                           With COVID-19 pandemic almost convulsing the whole world, global cooperation and a collective response seems indispensable to negotiate multiple challenges arising out of this unpardonable enemy. The challenges that range from threats to public health, economic recovery, food security,[Read More…]

April 30, 2020 World
Gods of the Sky

Gods of the Sky

An interesting film to watch is Gavin Hood’s 2015 Eye in the Sky. It captures the tremendous tension of a joint US/UK drone missile ‘ Kill ‘ mission in Kenya. The movie had to make the targeted terrorist cell look extremely dangerous. The two most dangerous ones were a British citizen working hand in hand with her Al Qaeda type[Read More…]

April 30, 2020 World
Hating Arabs as a Common Ground: Why Israel’s Coalition Government is Likely to Survive

Hating Arabs as a Common Ground: Why Israel’s Coalition Government is Likely to Survive

Shortly after an agreement to form a “national emergency government” in Israel, leader of the Blue and White (Kahol Lavan) party, Benny Gantz, tweeted triumphantly that ‘democracy’ in Israel has been ‘safeguarded’. But how is a deal that would grant Israel’s right-wing Prime Minister, Benjamin Netanyahu, a veto power over the very judicial system which will determine his fate, a[Read More…]

April 30, 2020 World
Global Arms Race

Global Arms Race

In mid April 2020, a report issued by the United States State Department called “Adherence to and Compliance with Arms Control, Nonproliferation, and Disarmament Agreements and Commitments (Compliance Report)” raised concerns that China might be conducting nuclear tests with low yields at its Lop Nur site, in violation of its Comprehensive Nuclear Test Ban Treaty (CTBT) undertakings. The U.S. report also[Read More…]

April 28, 2020 World
World should have ‘listened carefully’ to WHO coronavirus advice back in January, says director-general

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

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

April 28, 2020 World
Cease arms race and invest more on health, Corona’s message to world leaders

Cease arms race and invest more on health, Corona’s message to world leaders

The world is going through difficult times, as one of its kind in century, Corona virus has hit the earth with all its might, claiming more than 211,768 lives and infecting over 3,073,603 World over. Forget about developing and third world countries that lack proper health infrastructure to cater the infected patient population, but developed countries like United States of[Read More…]

April 28, 2020 World
COVID-19’s Economic Holocaust

COVID-19’s Economic Holocaust

Co-Written  by Richard Gale and Gary Null PhD For all the uncertainties the COVID-19 pandemic poses to the world, especially in the US, one thing seems evident.  Our neoliberal capitalist civilization has proven itself to be unprepared for unexpected crises and catastrophes. For decades, the US has been falling behind other developed nations to infuse economic resiliency in society. Not[Read More…]

April 28, 2020 World
It Can’t Happen Here? The Roots Run Deep!

It Can’t Happen Here? The Roots Run Deep!

Sinclair Lewis wrote an important novel in 1935, It Can’t Happen Here. In the fictitious book, based on the threats at the time of fascism taking root in the USA, we see how this virus spread. As with Philip Roth’s 2004 novel The Plot Against America we see how Charles Lindbergh’s leadership in the America First movement of the 1930s[Read More…]

April 28, 2020 World
The ‘silent spring’ again: Where have all the people gone?

The ‘silent spring’ again: Where have all the people gone?

In 1962, Rachel Carson wrote the book named ‘Silent Spring’ which influenced lots of academics and environmentalists also leading to environmental movements in the US and elsewhere against human onslaughts on nature.  It appeared a romantic view on environment but highlighted the negative impacts of the pesticide use in agriculture and generated debates especially when the world was trying to[Read More…]

April 28, 2020 World
PHM Condemns US Halt on Funding to WHO

PHM Condemns US Halt on Funding to WHO

The COVID-19 pandemic, as on April 20, has infected more than 2.3 million individuals and led to over 160,000 deaths across the globe. These are indeed trying times for the entire global community. The People’s Health Movement unequivocally denounces this move by the US Trump Administration to defund World Health Organisation (WHO) and calls for building global solidarity to address[Read More…]

April 28, 2020 World
COVID-19: World death toll surpasses 206,000

COVID-19: World death toll surpasses 206,000

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

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

Syrian air defenses down several Israeli missiles over Damascus

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

April 27, 2020 World
Rising Piracy in Gulf of Guinea

Rising Piracy in Gulf of Guinea

Gulf of Guinea continues to be world’s most dangerous route for international shipping trade. Called as ‘world piracy hotspot’, it has now eclipsed the troubled waters off Somalia in the Horn of Africa, by becoming a new epicenter for piracy, looting and kidnappings. According to International Maritime Bureau, almost eighty two percent of maritime kidnappings in the world occurred in[Read More…]

April 27, 2020 World
Soldiers question an indigenous woman on the way to buy food. Photo: TeleSUR

COVID-19 crisis: Bolivia’s Movement Towards Socialism says #PutLivesFirst

Given the exponentially rising death toll from COVID-19 and the devastating social and economic effects of brutal lockdowns, what could a humane and progressive response to the global pandemic look like? This is what Bolivia’s Movement Towards Socialism (MAS) has sought to outline in #PutLivesFirst, its detailed and comprehensive plan for tackling COVID-19 and its social and economic impacts. The[Read More…]

April 27, 2020 World
The World Leadership Trophy: The Winner’s Prize in the Virus-Killer Race

The World Leadership Trophy: The Winner’s Prize in the Virus-Killer Race

Historically, in hyper-crises, local and global systems can change fundamentally. Before the coronavirus pandemic hit first China and then the rest of the globe, the question of whether the American imperial era might be faltering was already on the table, amid that country’s endless wars and with the world’s most capricious leader. When humanity emerges from this devastating crisis of[Read More…]

April 27, 2020 World
Is this a Trump Epidemic in the United States?    

Is this a Trump Epidemic in the United States?    

Although President Trump, in his daily press conferences, attempts to show that his administration is succeeding in containing the epidemic, the April 22, 2020 report from https://www.worldometers.info/coronavirus/#countries demonstrated the opposite — the United States had 1/3 of the Corona Virus cases and 1/4 of the corona virus deaths worldwide. Could the response be more catastrophic?   TOTAL CASES TOTAL DEATHS[Read More…]

April 27, 2020 World
Will the Coronavirus Change the World? On Gramsci’s ‘Interregnum’ and Zizek’s Ethnocentric Philosophy 

Will the Coronavirus Change the World? On Gramsci’s ‘Interregnum’ and Zizek’s Ethnocentric Philosophy 

Co-Written by  Ramzy Baroud and Romana Rubeo The prophecies are here and it is a foregone conclusion: the post-coronavirus world will look fundamentally different from anything that we have seen or experienced, at least since the end of World War II. Even before the ‘curve flattened’ in many countries that have experienced high death tolls – let alone economic devastation[Read More…]

April 27, 2020 World
Deja vu: another bail out for banks and other giant corporations

Deja vu: another bail out for banks and other giant corporations

The name of the latest enormous transfer of wealth to the one percent, the CARES (Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security) Act, represents a public relations coup. Unsurprisingly, this great sounding title misrepresents the bill’s contents. Pattern of transferring wealth upward Unfortunately, this bill is essentially a repeat of the bailout of Wall Street during the Great Recession that further[Read More…]

April 27, 2020 World
Clash of the Titans: Tragedy of Great Power Politics and Soft Power, the Means to Success in World Power Politics

Clash of the Titans: Tragedy of Great Power Politics and Soft Power, the Means to Success in World Power Politics

Introduction International relations academia shaped by many schools of thoughts and different schools of ideologies. The evaluation process of the field dominated by these ideological groups and different school of thoughts in altered time frames. These groups describe the phenomenon of International System based on their straightforward aspirations, because of that the field itself found ambiguous and complicated to define.[Read More…]

April 26, 2020 World
Militarization and Deployment of the Panopticon amid Coronavirus Outbreak

Militarization and Deployment of the Panopticon amid Coronavirus Outbreak

The Panopticon Gaze, that was once a metaphor to study the relation between system of fabricated social control of civilians in a disciplinary situation, is now a global reality amid the Coronavirus outbreak, and is being deployed by the government worldwide to supervise every movement of its citizens. The result of this deployed surveillance has led to a social acceptance[Read More…]

April 26, 2020 World
Despots and Disease: Gossiping over Kim Jong-Un

Despots and Disease: Gossiping over Kim Jong-Un

Illness can often fall into the category of the obsessive, becoming a sport for mugs, sufferers and observers alike.  The following often feature: the hypochondriac, the speculator of disease, the gossip about how far gone a person is who has contracted something or rather.  When it comes to tyrants, such speculation becomes a thrill of sorts, with rich lashings of[Read More…]

April 26, 2020 World
Coronavirus: Why aren’t the Italians singing anymore?

Coronavirus: Why aren’t the Italians singing anymore?

At the beginning of the COVID-19 epidemic, a few weeks ago, Italians seemed to have found a moment of national unity when the country’s lockdown began March 9. Everyone understood that it was a difficult moment, but took it as a challenge to fight the virus together. Italian flags were hung from windows and people sang from their balconies and windows. More[Read More…]

April 25, 2020 World
Jeff Bezos, Philanthropy, and Exploited Amazon workers

Jeff Bezos, Philanthropy, and Exploited Amazon workers

The ending of my Countercurrents article published on April 20, did not sit well with some people including my daughter. The reason being that I had mentioned Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos donating $100 million to nonprofit Feeding America that helps food banks across the country to feed families in need. “Even in ordinary times, food insecurity in American households is[Read More…]

April 25, 2020 World
Trump’s Coronavirus War Against the American People

Trump’s Coronavirus War Against the American People

At almost every step of the way, Trump has helped cause the coronavirus to spread and obstructed medical supplies from reaching places in need. It amounts to an undeclared war by the US president on his own country. Vacating his role as national leader, President Donald Trump had instructed the states to acquire their own ventilators and PPE. Then his[Read More…]

April 25, 2020 World
Conversation with a Typical “Liberal” Indian-American

Conversation with a Typical “Liberal” Indian-American

Me: Did you see the latest news on Trump. Crazy times. Such anti-immigrant hysterics. Incredible racism rearing its ugly head. TLIA: Seriously. My cousin from India applied for a Green Card and it’s going to take a long time now, it may not even happen. He’s super successful and wants to build a business here. Trump is so racist it[Read More…]

April 25, 2020 World
COVID-19 : World death toll passes 190,000

COVID-19 : World death toll passes 190,000

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

April 24, 2020 World
The logic of Irony: Covid, Constitution, President, Divine Intervention and Fauci

The logic of Irony: Covid, Constitution, President, Divine Intervention and Fauci

In unnamed small town, there was a pathole in the road. People repeatedly facing problems with that pathole, resorted to the governor for a solution. The governor asked for three days-time to think about a solution. Three days later, the people returned to the governor for the solution. The governor, known for his wisdom and decisive decisions asked the people,[Read More…]

April 24, 2020 World
From Emergency to Emergence

From Emergency to Emergence

The COVID-19 emergency has exposed our societies’ failure to address the needs of billions of people. Simultaneously, we are witnessing a fundamental truth about human nature: There are those among us eager to exploit the suffering of others for personal gain. We can be reassured, however, by how few of them there are. Their actions contrast starkly with the far[Read More…]

April 24, 2020 World
Reopening Day 2020? Big-Time Spectator Sports Are the Last Things We Need

Reopening Day 2020? Big-Time Spectator Sports Are the Last Things We Need

  As controversies about the “reopening” of America loom over our lives, nothing seems as intrinsically irrelevant — yet possibly as critically important — as how soon major spectator sports return. If sports don’t trump religion as the opiate of the masses, they have, until recently, been at least the background music of most of our lives. So here’s my[Read More…]

April 24, 2020 World
Luc Montagnier and COVID-19 Conspiracy Theory

Luc Montagnier and COVID-19 Conspiracy Theory

Pandemics have historically been breeding grounds for fake news and conspiracy theories . And this one is by a scientist who lost credibility among his peers, and scientific agencies around Europe, says By  Dr. Felix Bast. The 2008 Nobel Laureate for physiology or medicine from France, Luc Antoine Montagnier, caught the media’s attention when he recently endorsed a COVID-19 conspiracy theory –[Read More…]

April 23, 2020 World
UAE deserves a Standing Ovation

UAE deserves a Standing Ovation

Since centuries, the royal family and its members have displayed a “Spirit of Tolerance” and practice this ideal candidly to welcome ethnic nationalities to UAE.  A proverb, ‘Action speaks louder than words’, suffice the vision and empathy of the royal family of UAE. In pursuant to this farsightedness and compassion, the royal family of UAE gave permission to build a[Read More…]

April 23, 2020 World
Japan- South Korea Economic War

Japan- South Korea Economic War

In August 2019, as world watched the China-US trade war play out, another tit for tat spat occurred between South Korea and Japan, as it threatened the world’s tech supply chain and made the global economy more uncertain. It came at an unfavourable time when Brexit was also looming, and putting businesses under an onslaught. The dispute involves historical grievances[Read More…]

April 23, 2020 World
An Odd Little Commemoration: ANZAC Mythology during Coronavirus

An Odd Little Commemoration: ANZAC Mythology during Coronavirus

War commemorations nurse a dirty secret, though it is one displayed with a peacock flourish.  The victors bring out the celebratory paraphernalia and talk about noble ideas; the defeated, quite simply, do not.  We won, we celebrate and we, somehow, got things right.  You, defeated, eat it, beat it.  This does not quite work well with the ANZAC tradition, born,[Read More…]

April 23, 2020 World
Four Dead in Ohio- Feeding the Beast

Four Dead in Ohio- Feeding the Beast

Singer/Songwriter Neil Young wrote the song ‘ Four Dead in Ohio’ for Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young: Four Dead In Ohio Lyrics Tin soldiers and Nixon’s comin’. We’re finally on our own. This summer I hear the drummin’. Four dead in Ohio. Gotta get down to it. Soldiers are gunning us down. Should have been done long ago. What if[Read More…]

April 23, 2020 World
A Machiavellian Fiasco: How ‘Centrist’ Gantz Resurrected Netanyahu, Israel’s Right

A Machiavellian Fiasco: How ‘Centrist’ Gantz Resurrected Netanyahu, Israel’s Right

It was intended to be a Machiavellian move, but the decision by Benny Gantz, leader of Israel’s Kahol Lavan (Blue and White) coalition, to join a Benjamin Netanyahu-led government is likely to destabilize the political fabric of Israeli society for years to come. In a surprising move, Gantz has entered into precarious political compromises, whereby he would become the Speaker[Read More…]

April 23, 2020 World
World on brink of a hunger pandemic, says UN food agency chief

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

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

April 22, 2020 World
Climbing the Revenue Mountain: Google, Facebook and the Publishers’ Right

Climbing the Revenue Mountain: Google, Facebook and the Publishers’ Right

They are rather good at raking in the cash; rather poor at sharing it.  Google and Facebook have radiated, strafed and shrivelled hundreds of news outlets across the globe with their information sharing platforms while celebrating choice, advertising revenue and traffic.  The idea of whether such content is news is irrelevant: what is shared, be it news, rumour or supposition,[Read More…]

April 22, 2020 World
Amazon’s Wildfires and its Deforestation

Amazon’s Wildfires and its Deforestation

 2019 Amazon wildfires, that lit up in August, led to an international concern about the fate of the rainforests, responsible for world’s twenty percent oxygen, often called as the ‘lungs of the world’. The country’s National Institute for Space Research reported that there were more than eighty thousand fires, the most that it had ever recorded. It was nearly an eighty percent[Read More…]

April 22, 2020 World
Will America’s Corruption End on a Ventilator or in a Mushroom Cloud?

Will America’s Corruption End on a Ventilator or in a Mushroom Cloud?

Co-Written by Medea Benjamin and Nicolas J S Davies  Photo: Daily Express Little by little, Americans are understanding just how badly our government has let us down by its belated and disastrous response to the Covid-19 pandemic, and how thousands more people are dying as a result. But there are two other crises we face that our government is totally[Read More…]

April 22, 2020 World
 Inequality and the Coronavirus

 Inequality and the Coronavirus

My mom contracted polio when she was 14. She survived and learned to walk again, but my life was deeply affected by that virus. Today, as our larger society attempts to self-distance and self-isolate, my family has texted about the polio quarantine my mom was put under: how my grandma fearfully checked my aunt’s temperature every night because she shared[Read More…]

April 22, 2020 World
Fair-shares rationing can cure today’s food shortages

Fair-shares rationing can cure today’s food shortages

Co-Written by Stan Cox and Ezra Silk For weeks, pandemic-induced overbuying has resulted in shortages of staple foods and sanitation products. With their shelves stripped, supermarkets are donating much less to food banks just as those services are being overwhelmed by a surge of newly jobless clients. Disinfectant wipes are selling for extortionate prices online — if they are available at all.[Read More…]

April 22, 2020 World
Covid-19: Life in the New Normal

Covid-19: Life in the New Normal

How people behave when the Covid-19 lockdown measures are lifted will vary. There are horses and mules among us. When the rider falls off the horse, the horse usually waits for her to get back on. The mule on the other hand, might kick, stomp or bite the rider. Twelve years have passed since the 2008 financial meltdown. Millions of[Read More…]

April 21, 2020 World
U.S. oil market crashes, hundreds of U.S. oil companies could go bankrupt

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

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

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

Coronavirus Pandemic: The church-debate

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

April 21, 2020 World
Planning for Post-Corona: Five proposals to craft a radically more sustainable and equal world

Planning for Post-Corona: Five proposals to craft a radically more sustainable and equal world

COVID-19 has shaken the world. It has already led to the loss or devastation of countless lives, while many people in vital professions are working day and night to attend to the sick and stop further spread. Personal and social losses, and the fight to stop these, demand our continued respect and support. At the same time, it is critical[Read More…]

April 21, 2020 World
WHO And China: A Case of Geo-political Misdirection, Who’s at Fault?

WHO And China: A Case of Geo-political Misdirection, Who’s at Fault?

The Covid-19 pandemic has been a real roller-coaster ride as far as geo-politics is concerned. Through the chaos and the barrage of information and updates on the on-going pandemic, there are still those, especially among the political elite who have moved ahead of the pandemic management curve and have begun investing time and energy into calling for accountability and reparations[Read More…]

April 21, 2020 World
Coronavirus Capitalism: Entrenching Dispossession and Dependency

Coronavirus Capitalism: Entrenching Dispossession and Dependency

There is surprisingly a certain degree of optimism around at the moment, despite virtually entire populations and economies on lockdown. Although things are really bad for millions right now due to the effects of lockdown, economist Mariana Mazzucato believes that the Covid-19 crisis will shine light on societal and economic systems all across the world, exposing some of the deep-rooted flaws of[Read More…]

April 21, 2020 World
Zimbabwe’s Food Crises

Zimbabwe’s Food Crises

Zimbabwe’s food security poses a serious threat to national security, as it can cause civil unrest and general insecurity in the country. Zimbabwe is facing the worst food shortage in recent memory. Once known as the breadbasket of the continent, the country is now facing its most serious crises. It has resulted in a lot of fear and loss of[Read More…]

April 20, 2020 World
Cuban doctors arrive in Italy to join the fight Covid-19

Capitalism provides what is superfluous while socialism provides what is necessary

Expressing gratitude for the assistance being provided by a medical brigade of Cuban doctors in the Italian region of Lombardy, the Italian region most affected by the new SARS COV-2 virus, the Communist Party of Italy sent a message to the First Secretary of the Communist Party of Cuba Central Committee, Army General Raúl Castro Ruz, and to President of[Read More…]

April 20, 2020 World
Demand dries down, U.S. oil prices drop to 21-year low

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

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

April 20, 2020 World
Donald Trump’s Governor Problem: Debates on Opening Up the Economy

Donald Trump’s Governor Problem: Debates on Opening Up the Economy

Things are getting dizzy in the White House on what, exactly, is being done to “open the economy”.  Cranky advocates for the financial argument over the restrictions of public health have been attempting to claw back some ground.  As Jonathan Chait puts it, “The anti-public health faction either believes the dangers of the coronavirus have been exaggerated, or that the[Read More…]

April 20, 2020 World
“The coronavirus is everywhere in America, so is the hunger”

“The coronavirus is everywhere in America, so is the hunger”

Anaheim, California: Cars were lined up about a half mile long in both directions of the 57 Freeway to get to Second Harvest Food Bank On March 30, the-stay-at home order became Maryland law at 8 p.m. that night. Since then a common scene that most news media are carrying – from Atlanta to Pittsburgh, from Pennsylvania to Baltimore, people[Read More…]

April 20, 2020 World
 On Being Addicted to Trump and His Press Conferences

 On Being Addicted to Trump and His Press Conferences

My partner and I have been fighting about politics since we met in 1965. I was 13. She was 18 and my summer camp counselor. (It was another 14 years before we became a couple.) We spent that first summer arguing about the Vietnam War. I was convinced that the U.S. never should have gotten involved there. Though she agreed,[Read More…]

April 20, 2020 World
Perplexing Times

Perplexing Times

We’re confronted with competing theories about the origin of this novel coronavirus and competing strategies for dealing with it, as well as gross uncertainties in the absolute number of infections and recoveries. The things that are easiest to track are the number of hospitalizations of the diagnosed, and those actually dying with the virus while hospitalized or in a secure[Read More…]

April 20, 2020 World
Orwellian Lockstep and a Loaded Syringe

Orwellian Lockstep and a Loaded Syringe

Some years ago, the then vice-president of Monsanto Robert T Fraley asked, “Why do people doubt science”. He posed the question partly because he had difficulty in believing that some people had valid concerns about the use of genetically modified organisms (GMOs) in agriculture. Critics were questioning the science behind GM technology and the impacts of GMOs because they could[Read More…]

April 20, 2020 World
 Nuclear Nightmare

 Nuclear Nightmare

In 2018, I read an article about the atomic bombing of Hiroshima. It is here: https://archive.org/stream/catholicradical/catholicradical-2018-10   The eyewitness acount to the happening included this information: “… August 6, 1945, in Hiroshima, Japan. A short, wiry 37-year- old Basque Jesuit priest served as Novice Master on the outskirts of the city. He tells what happened that morning: “The roof tiles,[Read More…]

April 20, 2020 World
 A view from the UK – Coronavirus crisis in suburbia

 A view from the UK – Coronavirus crisis in suburbia

The things they say about suburbia are true.  It’s leafy and has lots of parks.  And if there was a place the state could operate a Stasi style network of informants, suburbia would be the place.  The white net-curtains, the perfect cover. I’ve lived in my part of London suburbia all my life and seen it change.  Before the population[Read More…]

April 20, 2020 World
Anti-China Propaganda In The Backdrop Of Covid-19 Pandemic

Anti-China Propaganda In The Backdrop Of Covid-19 Pandemic

A pandemic is a situation where a disease spreads to various countries and continents globally in a short time. Even before one understands the nature and progression of the disease, it kills a number of people. The present Covid-19 virus was declared as a pandemic by the World health organisation (WHO) on 11thMarch 2020. To understand what a pandemic means,[Read More…]

April 19, 2020 World
Corona and the Geopolitics of Justice

Corona and the Geopolitics of Justice

It is obvious that the coronavirus pandemic will be front-page news for a good part of 2020. And for good reason, since its human toll and social dislocation has been devastating. Though not theorized in this way, this crisis can also be understood as yet another significant marker of our ‘Age of Transition.’ The world system of the past five[Read More…]

April 19, 2020 World
COVID – 19: Changing Dynamics, Shifting World?

COVID – 19: Changing Dynamics, Shifting World?

As of April 17, 2020COVID 19, a health hazard of unimaginable proportions has infected 2020 1.9 million and killed more than 150000 and counting. However, Australia’s Chief Medical Officer speculates that given that these official numbers are based on those who have been tested and recorded as infected and as large numbers remain untested and unrecorded especially in developing countries,[Read More…]

April 19, 2020 World
US-China Trade War

US-China Trade War

  The conflict between the US and China is not simply economic — it has political, cultural and military dimensions. For quite a while, world’s two largest economies, or superpowers, as a matter of fact, have been locked in a trade war. The result has been imposition of tariffs on hundreds of billions of dollars worth of each other’s goods.[Read More…]

April 18, 2020 World
The Coronavirus Liability Craze: Holding China Accountable

The Coronavirus Liability Craze: Holding China Accountable

Politicians, as any political class, will nurse their favourite prejudice.  And when there is a crisis, those prejudices will be fanned and praised to the heavens.  For some politicians, who find the whole business of lockdowns and business restrictions all too much, someone has to pay for COVID-19. Australian Senator Malcolm Roberts takes up the theme that is being pushed[Read More…]

April 18, 2020 World
Daniel Berrigan, inoculated against normalcy

COVID-19 and the Wasting Disease of Normalcy

“But what of the price of peace?” asked Jesuit priest and war resister Daniel Berrigan, writing from federal prison in 1969, doing time for his part in the destruction of draft records. “I think of the good, decent, peace-loving people I have known by the thousands, and I wonder. How many of them are so afflicted with the wasting disease[Read More…]

April 18, 2020 World
Undaunted Cuba defies the Empire and extends hands of solidarity to continents

Undaunted Cuba defies the Empire and extends hands of solidarity to continents

Undaunted Cuba’s act of solidarity, in real terms, in today’s pandemic ravaged world is a modern day epic. Now, none, but the Empire, declines the fact. Cuba’s role in facing the pandemic in countries is unparallel in human history: the island-country facing the longest-ever imperial economic blockade in human history is reaching humanity in countries with medical assistance in defeating[Read More…]

April 17, 2020 World
Coronavirus Pandemic: Lockdown in U.S. creates controversy, armed gang joins protesters

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

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

April 17, 2020 World
Will this phase of history change us as individuals, communities and nations?

Will this phase of history change us as individuals, communities and nations?

Last night, I got a call from my cousin sister. She is a Nurse in a big hospital in NY. She was calling me after a long time. In fact, I started getting many such phone calls from several other friends and relatives after the current pandemic driven global lockdown. Glad that people are finding more time to interact as[Read More…]

April 17, 2020 World
Action Cost/Deaths Ratios For Covid-19, Malaria, Infant Health,  Starvation, Poverty & Pollution

Action Cost/Deaths Ratios For Covid-19, Malaria, Infant Health,  Starvation, Poverty & Pollution

The world has been forced to adopt economically hugely expensive lockdown measures to stem the huge mortality associated with the Covid-19 pandemic. However the global Action Cost/Deaths ratio is about $3 million per death for tackling the world-wide Covid-19 pandemic but merely about $9,000 per death for tackling malaria that massively and disproportionately impacts the Developing World. When the Covid-19[Read More…]

April 17, 2020 World
Cutting the Funding: The WHO, Trump and the Coronavirus Wars

Cutting the Funding: The WHO, Trump and the Coronavirus Wars

The US president is in a warring mood.  Having declared himself a president at war, a meaningless gesture given that the US is always, somewhere in the world, at war, finding necessary enemies in distraction was always going to be a priority.  Donald Trump already had the “China virus” in his artillery, attaching nationality to pathogen. Now, and it took[Read More…]

April 17, 2020 World
Cuba: From AIDS, Dengue, and Ebola to COVID-19

Cuba: From AIDS, Dengue, and Ebola to COVID-19

Preparing for a pandemic requires understanding that a change in the relationship between people is primary and the production of things is secondary and flows from social factors.  Investors in profit-based medicine cannot comprehend this concept.  Nothing could exemplify it more clearly than Cuba’s response to the corona virus (COVID-19). The US dawdled for months before reacting.  Cuba’s preparation for[Read More…]

April 17, 2020 World
Working Class Heroes…. STIFFED!!

Working Class Heroes…. STIFFED!!

John Lennon, prolific as a writer as much as a performer, wrote this: Working Class Hero As soon as you’re born they make you feel small By giving you no time instead of it all Till the pain is so big you feel nothing at all A working class hero is something to be A working class hero is something[Read More…]

April 17, 2020 World
Trump Rex

Trump Rex

  In retrospect, it’s no surprise that, after the election of Donald Trump in 2016, dystopian fiction enjoyed a spike in popularity. However, novels like George Orwell’s 1984 and Margaret Atwood’s The Handmaid’s Tale, which soared on Amazon, would prove more horror stories than roadmaps. Like so many ominous sounds from a dark basement, they provided good scares but didn’t foreshadow the actual Trumpian[Read More…]

April 16, 2020 World
Coronavirus Pandemic: More than 2 million cases worldwide

Coronavirus Pandemic: More than 2 million cases worldwide

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

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

U.S. assault on WHO

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

April 16, 2020 World
Will India seize its ‘Attlee moment’?

Will India seize its ‘Attlee moment’?

It was the summer of 1945. Britain & the Allied forces had just won the Second World War against the Axis powers under the leadership of Winston Churchill and the coalition government of conservative and labour parties. This coalition government was rock solid during the war time with conservation party leader Churchill as the Prime Minister and labour leader Clement[Read More…]

April 16, 2020 World
The White House And Western Media Are Smearing,  And Humiliating The WHO

The White House And Western Media Are Smearing,  And Humiliating The WHO

For decades, the United States has been antagonistic to the most important international organization on Earth – the United Nations. It is because the organization has periodically rebelled and refused to take direct diktats from Washington. Although greatly influenced by the West, the U.N. has always insisted on a certain degree of independence, for which it has been criticized, bullied[Read More…]

April 16, 2020 World
 Politics of the Pandemic: The Failed Neoliberal Response to Coronavirus

 Politics of the Pandemic: The Failed Neoliberal Response to Coronavirus

The novel coronavirus pandemic that is ravaging the world has brought about a healthcare crisis of a magnitude hitherto unheard of, putting the entire planet in lockdown. The past month has been a veritable roller coaster ride for humanity, which has brutally disrupted the normalcy of everyday life and civilization. A few months ago, It would have been downright impossible[Read More…]

April 16, 2020 World
 The COVID-19 pandemic and developing countries

 The COVID-19 pandemic and developing countries

Co-Written by Anandi Sharan  and Nihal Ahmed             After the declaration of a COVID-19 pandemic by the WHO, around 4 billion people are locked down. In India the loss of GDP due to the COVID-19 pandemic may be 10% of GDP and there may be zero growth and very low prospect of recovery of the industrial sector in India. The[Read More…]

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

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

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

April 15, 2020 World
The Jungle Endures: Packing Meat in the U.S.

The Jungle Endures: Packing Meat in the U.S.

       On August 7th, 2019, in what was billed by Mike Hurst, U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of Mississippi, as the largest single-state immigration enforcement action in U.S. history, ICE raided seven poultry packing plants in Mississippi. The plants included three owned by Peco Foods, one owned by Koch Foods in Morton, Mississippi, one Pearl River Foods in Carthage,[Read More…]

April 15, 2020 World
After the Pandemic

After the Pandemic

Our admiration, interest, and respect spikes for countries where the spread of Covid-19 is flattened or limited with early measures. As we track global statistics on a daily basis, any country with less than 1000 cases makes us react with Wow and How. As we scroll further down the list, those with 500 or less than 100 cases make us feel positive and[Read More…]

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

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

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

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

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

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

April 15, 2020 World
epa06747281 Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, director general of the World Health Organization (WHO), attends a press conference at the European headquarters of the United Nations in Geneva, Switzerland, 18 May 2018. The WHO Director-General answered questions ahead of the World Health Assembly and following the meeting of an International Health Regulations Emergency Committee on Ebola in the Democratic Republic of the Congo.  EPA-EFE/VALENTIN FLAURAUD

World Health Organization post Covid-19: The tangled web of Legitimacy (Crisis) and (Post) Neutrality

Co-Written by Jitamanyu Sahoo & Syed Mujtaba Hussain The World Health Organisation(WHO) is currently facing an image problem. We all are aware about the existence of WHO but very few have any idea about what it does. Is it a world medical association, a transnational health body or a source for technical medical reports with an overview of bureaucracy. According[Read More…]

April 15, 2020 World
The Fire Fauci Brigade

The Fire Fauci Brigade

The intemperate volcano that is the US President has done much to burn its way through prominent appointments.  As the title of former GOP strategist Rick Wilson’s book goes, Everything Trump Touches Dies.  There seem few more important individuals in the United States than Dr Anthony Fauci, and that, for the White House, is a problem.  No burning bushel can[Read More…]

April 15, 2020 World
Might the Coronavirus Be a Peacemaker?

Might the Coronavirus Be a Peacemaker?

 Let me quote a Trumpian figure from long ago, Henry Ford. That’s right, the bigot who created the Ford Motor Company (and once even ran for president). Back in 1916, in an interview with a Chicago Tribune reporter, he offered this bit of wisdom on the subject of history: “Say, what do I care about Napoleon? What do we care about what they did 500 or 1,000[Read More…]

April 14, 2020 World
 US-Saudi Oil Clash Sets Stage for Future Epic Battle

 US-Saudi Oil Clash Sets Stage for Future Epic Battle

The coronavirus pandemic and the global economic meltdown forced Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, the United States, and Russia to call time out in a war that was less about prices and more about market share and survival of the fittest. The agreement among producers to cut production by 10 million barrels a day amounts to a ceasefire that[Read More…]

April 14, 2020 World
Covid-19 is a sign of our fate if we do not take radical action: Michael D. Yates

Covid-19 is a sign of our fate if we do not take radical action: Michael D. Yates

Farooque Chowdhury Interviews Michael D. Yates In the backdrop of the coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic, Michael D. Yates, decades-long union activist, director of Monthly Review Press and former Associate Editor of Monthly Review magazine, discusses condition of the working people and steps required. The interview of Professor Michael Yates, whose academic fields include labor economics and the relationship between capital and[Read More…]

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

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

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

April 14, 2020 World
Peter Navarro: A Man Who Smears China Without Knowing Much About It

Peter Navarro: A Man Who Smears China Without Knowing Much About It

For many years now, it has been obvious that in both North America and Europe, smearing and provoking China has become an extremely lucrative business, even career. There are entire ‘institutes’ and NGOs dedicated strictly to such activities, and there are individuals who are groomed to become anti-Chinese warriors. Peter Navarro, a neo-con and a right-wing combatant, has been, for[Read More…]

April 14, 2020 World
BC to AC

BC to AC

We are living in defining times. Never in living memory has the world seen something like the Covid-19 virus and the disruption that it has caused all over the world. Not in living memory or history. There are those who claim that it is a hoax. But dead bodies don’t lie. The world has come to a halt. Literally speaking.[Read More…]

April 14, 2020 World
Time For UBI is NOW!!!

Time For UBI is NOW!!!

A man struggled in the desert heat with his mouth as parched as sandpaper. He was fading fast from lack of the basic essentials to exist, number one  being water. Someone hands him a giant bottle of water and he is so appreciative. He drinks the water, but hours later on his journey through the unforgiving sands, he realizes that[Read More…]

April 13, 2020 World
Younger Population & COVID-19…. What Parents need to know?

Younger Population & COVID-19…. What Parents need to know?

A novel coronavirus (CoV) is a new strain of coronavirus. The disease caused by the novel coronavirus first identified in Wuhan, China, has been named coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) – ‘CO’ stands for corona, ‘VI’ for virus, and ‘D’ for disease. Formerly, this disease was referred to as ‘2019 novel coronavirus’ or ‘2019-nCoV.’ [UNICEF] The COVID-19 virus is a new[Read More…]

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

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

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

April 13, 2020 World
Strangers in Our Midst – ( dedicated to President Donald Trump)

Strangers in Our Midst – ( dedicated to President Donald Trump)

  In the uncertain and unsettling time of the COVID-19 crisis, we may be wise to consider our good fortune and family. We are fortunate, in fact, that our family bonds exist and we have loved ones at all. This testifies to God’s ever shining mercy. However, in the current crisis we should also consider those who are distant from[Read More…]

April 13, 2020 World
Worshiping and Defiling Britain’s NHS

Worshiping and Defiling Britain’s NHS

Tories worshipping Britain’s National Health System are akin to fanatical carnivores who suddenly extol the virtues of vegans.  Has the grave response to COVID-19 signalled a change of heart?  In the case of UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson, it was all heart, quite literally.  It might have stopped beating and that scruffy, buffoonish essence of a man, a compulsive hand[Read More…]

April 13, 2020 World
Communities across Venezuela are producing face masks, with local communal councils and communes distributing them for free to families, particularly to those most in need. Photo: Páez Potencia/Facebook

Venezuela: Combatting COVID-19 through solidarity

Despite a deep economic recession, a profound political crisis and international sanctions that have ravaged its health sector, the South American nation of Venezuela is demonstrating that prioritising lives is possible in the battle against COVID-19. As of March 30, Venezuela had 135 confirmed cases of people infected with the novel coronavirus, including three who subsequently died. The battle to[Read More…]

April 13, 2020 World
 The American World That Covid-19 Reveals

 The American World That Covid-19 Reveals

The Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS-CoV-2) virus, which causes Covid-19, seemed to emerge from deepest history, from the Black Death of the 14th century and the “Spanish Flu” of 1918. In just months, it has infected more than 1.5 million people and claimed more than 88,000 lives. The virus continues to spread almost everywhere. In no time at all, it’s shattered the[Read More…]

April 13, 2020 World
Pandemic Economic Relief: For Elites or Commons

Pandemic Economic Relief: For Elites or Commons

Every crisis is boom for some and bane for others. Over $8 trillion economic package have been announced by north American and European nations plus $1 trillion by Japan whereas total known lobal gold reserves amounts to $9.5 trillion. But where this money will go: business elite or commons. Is this helicopter money as discussed in economic textbooks or win[Read More…]

April 12, 2020 World
Inside outside

Inside outside

There are more things in heaven and earth, Horatio, Than are dreamt of in your philosophy. – Hamlet (1.5.167-8), Hamlet to Horatio Shakespeare’s Hamlet might have much to sneer about given his mental state and the context in the play of that name. His words are loaded with irony and sarcasm, no doubt. Perhaps the actor also would be advised[Read More…]

April 12, 2020 World
‘Globalization of Profiteering’ Looms into ‘Globalization of Zoonotic Diseases’!

‘Globalization of Profiteering’ Looms into ‘Globalization of Zoonotic Diseases’!

During the 90’s when the global corporate lobby and their accessories aggressively advocating for and advancing towards establishing the systems of ‘Globalization’, the socially /environmentally concerned communities all over the world warned against the global maneuvering. They predicted various key impacts that are one by one emerging up now. As the corporate houses and their bosses are swindling money as[Read More…]

April 12, 2020 World
Mainstream Myths Versus Scientific Collaboration

Mainstream Myths Versus Scientific Collaboration

The rediscovery of scientific collaboration across borders is a welcome development. Nothing in life is to be feared, it is only to be understood. Now is the time to understand more, so that we may fear less. Marie Curie. Does the 5G network have any link to the novel coronavirus outbreak?” Well, any sane person on this part of Earth[Read More…]

April 12, 2020 World
COVID-19 –Nurses the real warriors

COVID-19 –Nurses the real warriors

 Nurses- The corona warriors are battling tirelessly on the frontline to combat the disease. Patient care is a partnership between skilled healthcare professionals of all levels of training. Nurses are Amazing and often contribute much to the success of patient care, as Nurses have been at the forefront of care. Things aren’t going to work if the team isn’t whole[Read More…]

April 12, 2020 World
Crisis Management:Post Pandemic – With a system of Justice

Crisis Management:Post Pandemic – With a system of Justice

It’s not wrong to criticize government, its policies and politicians in both ruling and opposition when they are on wrong side. In democratic system, criticism always makes state to run efficiently; also criticism just for the sake of criticism is of no use, giving alternatives is also necessary for the smooth functioning of state. Different parties may come in power[Read More…]

April 12, 2020 World
The Last Refuge of a Scoundrel: Coronavirus and the British Establishment

The Last Refuge of a Scoundrel: Coronavirus and the British Establishment

I do not wish Boris Johnson to die. I only wish him to suffer. As paradoxical as it might sound, I don’t mean this in a sadistic way.   Suffering is part of the human life; it is as integral to our experience as the drawing in of air, or the feeling of sunlight against the skin.  Hospitals are places of suffering;[Read More…]

April 12, 2020 World
What the exponential growth of COVID-19 helps us learn about another blind spot or two

What the exponential growth of COVID-19 helps us learn about another blind spot or two

For too long, the movers of the word have been blind or neglectful of the connection between economic growth, global climate crisis and mass extermination of wildlife “It took 12 days for cases [of coronavirus infections] to rise from 100 to 1,000 in our country,” said Mr. Lav Agarwal, Joint Secretary of the Indian Health Ministry, on March 30, 2020, arguing[Read More…]

April 12, 2020 World
Is the right-wing nationalism there to stay?

Is the right-wing nationalism there to stay?

The question which keeps most of the political scientists perplexed is, “Whether right-wing nationalism is there to stay or liberal democracy will stage a comeback.” Both issues are related as cause and effect. Liberal democracy can bounce back only when right-wing nationalism is a spent force, and people fully realize its drawbacks. The surge of right-wing nationalism started in 2011[Read More…]

April 12, 2020 World
A doctor and members of the local health committee visit a family in Alto de Lidice, Caracas, Venezuela. Photo: Gsus Garcia

Venezuela: Community organisation key to fighting COVID-19

Venezuela has been under a nationwide quarantine since mid-March as the government battles to quash the coronavirus before it overwhelms its health system. In this endeavour, the government of President Nicolas Maduro faces many challenges, not least of which is the state of its embattled health system that has suffered from years of economic sanctions and the return of thousands[Read More…]

April 11, 2020 World
King Covid Rules

King Covid Rules

It is a capricious little virus with a funny crown and a flimsy protein coat, zipping across the planet, leaving behind a trail of utter confusion, death and destruction. And as nations rush to prevent exposure to COVID-19’s deadly effects, the virus is in turn exposing each one of them for whatever they are – good, bad or ugly. Depending[Read More…]

April 11, 2020 World
Islamophobia is a harmful misnomer for anti-Islamism

Islamophobia is a harmful misnomer for anti-Islamism

There is no such thing as Islamophobia. There is only anti-Islamism. A Hindu, Christian, or secular liberal does not have a mental illness that makes them afraid of Muslims, they are against Islam as a political ideology and value system. The same is true of homophobia which is really just a cover for anti-homosexualism, which is the political assertion of[Read More…]

April 11, 2020 World
Is Social Distancing a Misleading Term?

Is Social Distancing a Misleading Term?

Ever since the detection of the first COVID—19 positive case in Wuhan China, the pandemic has swept over almost the entire globe and has landed us in extremely frightening, challenging and testing times. The virus has made us face a serious public health crisis and changed the whole world overnight. Tens of thousands have lost their lives and more than[Read More…]

April 11, 2020 World
The Chernobyl Exclusion Zone is on fire and radiation levels are spiking

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

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

April 11, 2020 World
The Significance of Bernie Sanders

The Significance of Bernie Sanders

Bernie Sanders is a self-described Democratic Socialist – though the Left prefers to describe him as a Social Democrat, as he does not subscribe to abolition of capitalism or workers’ ownership of the means of production! Bernie Sanders, the longest serving independent in U.S. congressional history, an independent senator from Vermont, who has served in government since 1981, had first time campaigned for[Read More…]

April 11, 2020 World