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Denmark to end oil and gas extraction in North Sea

Denmark to end oil and gas extraction in North Sea

Denmark has decided to end all oil and gas activities in the North Sea by 2050 and has cancelled its latest licensing round, saying the country is “now putting an end to the fossil fuel era.” “We are now putting a final end to the fossil era,” said Denmark’s climate minister Dan Joergensen, a Social Democrat. Greenpeace called it “a[Read More…]

by December 5, 2020 World
 Chinese Cartoon & US Lackey Australia’s Complicity In Mass Murder of Afghan Children

 Chinese Cartoon & US Lackey Australia’s Complicity In Mass Murder of Afghan Children

A Chinese official has used a cartoon showing an Australian soldier threatening a child with a knife  to rightly castigate US lackey and serial war criminal Australia over horrendous Australian war crimes in Occupied Afghanistan. Australian politicians, journalists, academics and commentators have indignantly responded by falsely describing the cartoon as a doctored image or fake image, and ignoring passive mass[Read More…]

by December 5, 2020 World
Picture of Aussie soldier gulping beer from ‘prosthetic leg of dead Taliban fighter’

Imperfect Releases: Andrew Hastie, War Crimes Reports and Australia in Afghanistan

If one were to get into the head of Australian government MP Andrew Hastie, a security tangle of woe would no doubt await.  Having been a captain with the Special Air Services and having also served in Afghanistan, he has been none too thrilled by the publicity soldiers he served with have received.  The report by New South Wales Court[Read More…]

by December 5, 2020 World
 Why Venezuela’s National Assembly elections matter

 Why Venezuela’s National Assembly elections matter

Venezuelans are set to vote in elections like no other in the country’s recent history when they go to the polls to elect a new National Assembly (AN) on December 6. Ever since Hugo Chavez’s victory in the 1998 presidential election, electoral contests in the South American country have been highly polarised between the pro-Chavez, pro-poor Bolivarian Revolution and the[Read More…]

by December 4, 2020 World
 A Comparison of Respect for the Sanctity of Mosques in France, the US, and China

 A Comparison of Respect for the Sanctity of Mosques in France, the US, and China

France has seen a spate of attacks carried out by radicalized Muslims. The attacks and killings must be denounced. But more so must one denounce the terrorism and killings carried out by the French state against Muslims in its wars abroad. In a move that gives a strong inkling of French values, the French state has targeted 76 mosques for[Read More…]

by December 4, 2020 World
Racism and lawfare in the United States

Racism and lawfare in the United States

And the first thing the American power structure doesn’t want any Negroes to start is thinking internationally. Malcolm X – Autobiography  Color is not a human or a personal reality; it is a political reality.  James Baldwin, The Fire Next Time   The United States, with the complicity of local oligarchies, used lawfare to overthrow the governments of Manuel Zelaya[Read More…]

by December 3, 2020 World
The David McBride Case: Whistleblowing, Afghanistan and Australian War Crimes

The David McBride Case: Whistleblowing, Afghanistan and Australian War Crimes

Much complaint can be had of the Inspector-General of the Australian Defence Force Afghanistan Inquiry Report. It exempts political actors of responsibility for alleged atrocities and war crimes. It suggests that those in the highest echelons of the Australian Defence Forces are ignorant in incompetent innocence.  It spares the desk warriors and flays the field operatives. Heavily redacted, this document[Read More…]

by December 3, 2020 World
Picture of Aussie soldier gulping beer from ‘prosthetic leg of dead Taliban fighter’

Australia’s Afghanistan War Crimes: A Case of Old Habits Die Hard?

Every time you start to believe that West is your model of morality, you get a jolt. Recent revelations of horrific war crimes committed by the Australian soldiers in Afghanistan where innocent men, women and children were deliberately and gruesomely killed are a rude reminder that West’s claim to morality is not just outright falsehood, their colonial habits of abuse[Read More…]

by December 3, 2020 World
Insanity reigns — the US, Israel and Iran

Insanity reigns — the US, Israel and Iran

All too often, events occur that make me feel that I am living in ‘Bizarro World’. The recent talk and extensive US corporate media coverage about whether or not the US and/or Israel will soon attack Iran is one of these occasions. The alleged rationale for such an attack is the possibility that Iran might pursue the development of a[Read More…]

by December 3, 2020 World
Eisenhower’s Ghost Haunts Biden’s Foreign Policy Team

Eisenhower’s Ghost Haunts Biden’s Foreign Policy Team

In his first words as President-elect Joe Biden’s nominee for Secretary of State, Antony  Blinken said, “we have to proceed with equal measures of humility and confidence.” Many around the world will welcome this promise of humility from the new administration, and Americans should too. Biden’s foreign policy team will also need a special kind of confidence to confront the most serious challenge they face. That will[Read More…]

by December 2, 2020 World
Asbestos in 15% of the talc-based cosmetic products, finds study

Asbestos in 15% of the talc-based cosmetic products, finds study

About 15 percent of talc-based cosmetic products contain asbestos, finds a new study. The study, published on November 24, 2020 in the Environmental Health Insights journal, was commissioned by the Environmental Working Group (EWG) and conducted by the Scientific Analytical Institute (SAI). In their research, the EWG identified more than 2,000 personal care products sold in the last three years[Read More…]

by December 2, 2020 World
The Past Lives On: The Elite Strategy To Divide and Conquer

The Past Lives On: The Elite Strategy To Divide and Conquer

“They call my people the White Lower Middle Class these days. It is an ugly, ice-cold phrase, the result, I suppose, of the missionary zeal of those sociologists who still think you can place human beings on charts.  It most certainly does not sound like a description of people on the edge of open, sustained and possibly violent revolt,” wrote[Read More…]

by December 2, 2020 World
Many Voices, Still Many Worlds

Many Voices, Still Many Worlds

Writing on the feats and flaws of modern science way back in 1951, humanist writer and literary genius M. Govindan (1919-1989) brought in the story of al-Hameed—a landlord in Hyderabad who, over years, lost interest in agriculture, but developed a penchant for diamond trade. al-Hameed thought he could fetch both fame and fortunes from buying and selling valuable diamonds. He[Read More…]

by December 2, 2020 World
French government’s u-turn: Controversial bill curbing filming of police dropped, new version to be written

French government’s u-turn: Controversial bill curbing filming of police dropped, new version to be written

The speaker of French President Emmanuel Macron’s ruling party has said the government is dropping part of the controversial bill curbing the right to film on-duty police, which drew huge public anger. The government leader said that the bill will be re-drafted. Christophe Castaner, president of La Republique en Marche in the National Assembly, told the press on Monday that[Read More…]

by December 1, 2020 World
Number Has Decreased But the Overall Threat From Nuclear Weapons Is Increasing

Number Has Decreased But the Overall Threat From Nuclear Weapons Is Increasing

            While it is true that the total number of nuclear weapons at world level has decreased significantly compared to the days when the number had peaked, nevertheless in several important ways the actual threat from nuclear weapons has increased in recent times and is increasing . It is very important to recognize this and not go by numbers alone.[Read More…]

by November 30, 2020 World
The Muslim world’s changing dynamics: Pakistan struggles to retain its footing

The Muslim world’s changing dynamics: Pakistan struggles to retain its footing

 Increasing strains between Pakistan and its traditional Arab allies, Saudi Arabia, and the United Arab Emirates, is about more than Gulf states opportunistically targeting India’s far more lucrative market. At the heart of the tensions, that potentially complicate Pakistan’s economic recovery, is also India’s ability to enhance Gulf states’ capacity to hedge their bets amid uncertainty about the continued US[Read More…]

by November 30, 2020 World
Protecting Indigenous Languages is Protecting Biodiversity

Protecting Indigenous Languages is Protecting Biodiversity

One million animal and plant species face extinction due to human activity, according to the United Nations. Now, think about cultural production—art and literature that we have invested to address the extinction of just a handful of species (passenger pigeon included). Quite a bit actually. The extinction of one million species feels rather abstract, beyond the comprehension of human cultural[Read More…]

by November 30, 2020 World
Shrinking the Pentagon

Shrinking the Pentagon

Co-Written by William D. Hartung and Mandy Smithberger Will the Biden Administration Dare Cut Military Spending? Now that Joe Biden is slated to take office as the 46th president of the United States, advice on how he should address a wide range of daunting problems is flooding in. Nowhere is there more at stake than when it comes to how he handles[Read More…]

by November 30, 2020 World
Paris protest against police violence: Thousands clash with police

Paris protest against police violence: Thousands clash with police

Thousands of people rallied against the controversial bill in more than 70 French cities on Saturday, with the organizers claiming over half a million participants and authorities estimating the number at around 150,000. The daytime rallies went off peacefully, but by early evening clashes erupted in multiple cities, including Marseilles, Lyon, Brest, Nice, Rennes, Lille, Bordeaux and in other cities.[Read More…]

by November 29, 2020 World
Is de–nuclearization possible after all?

Is de–nuclearization possible after all?

Nuclear weapons are rendered as the most dangerous threat to human civilization. At least nine countries including five permanent members of the UN Security Council presently have approximately 14000 nuclear warheads, around 4000 which are active for operation within minutes. Current versions of nuclear bombs are obviously more powerful than those hurled over Hiroshima and Nagasaki of Japan in the[Read More…]

by November 29, 2020 World
Shocking Silence: The Assassination of Mohsen Fakhrizadeh

Shocking Silence: The Assassination of Mohsen Fakhrizadeh

Where is the statement of outrage? Where is the statement of solidarity? Where is anything? The assassination of Iranian physicist Mohsen Fakhrizadeh should merit a massive response from the world’s scientific community but as far as this author has seen, no scientific organization has issued a statement of repudiation of this brazen act of illegal violence. Though no one has[Read More…]

by November 29, 2020 World
Not Adding Up: Australia, Iran and the Release of Kylie Moore-Gilbert

Not Adding Up: Australia, Iran and the Release of Kylie Moore-Gilbert

Australia’s ambassadorial offices and political leaders have a consistent record of ignoring their citizens in tight situations.  David Hicks, Mamdouh Habib and Julian Assange are but a few names that come to mind in this inglorious record of indifference.  In such cases, Australian public figures and officials have tacitly approved the use of abduction, torture and neglect, usually outsourced and[Read More…]

by November 28, 2020 World
A Crestfallen Year

A Crestfallen Year

Life always been and happened to be a hurdle race for every individuals in its pace; but it became merciless tyrant when the Covid-19 carved in it’s path. Casket of thoughts, some feeble vehemence and unspoken words tryst with ailing promises. Life always been and happened to be a hurdle race for every individuals in its pace; but it became[Read More…]

by November 28, 2020 World
Neuropsychological lens of COVID-19

Neuropsychological lens of COVID-19

Co-Written by Disha Malik,  Shubhangi Kandwal, Upasna Gaba and Dr. Swati Sapna COVID-19 outbreak was notified as the Public Health Emergency of International Concern by WHO.  COVID-19 has spread to countries, territories, or areas around the world. Knowing the seriousness of the situation, all nations started taking steps towards the detection of the virus as well as preventing the spread[Read More…]

by November 27, 2020 World
Biden’s Promise: America is Back(wards)

Biden’s Promise: America is Back(wards)

With President Donald Trump all but conceding to the transition team that will take over after January next year, interest now shifts to President-elect Joe Biden’s choices for cabinet.  On the national security front, the imperial-military lobby will have reasons to be satisfied.  If Trump promised to rein in, if not put the brakes on the US imperium, Biden promises[Read More…]

by November 27, 2020 World
Warriors vs Australia’s CoverUps, War Crimes and Thug Culture

Warriors vs Australia’s CoverUps, War Crimes and Thug Culture

War crimes committed by the losers are punished and pilloried in news articles, books documentaries, movies while military coverups of atrocities by the victors are standard issue for evading justice. And cover-ups generally work – Australian war crimes against civilians are rarely exposed unless you happen to stumble across them such as the barely known 101 year old ANZAC massacre of Palestinian male[Read More…]

by November 27, 2020 World
Image: Bandera del pueblo selk'nam
Source: Wikimedia Commons

25th November: a Day of Dignity for the Selk’nam People

Though the 25th of November marks a dark time in their history, members of the Indigenous community Selk’nam Covadonga Ona are reclaiming the date as a ‘Day of Dignity’ in their ongoing struggles. On this day in 1886, a massacre of Selk’nam families was carried out under the order of Ramón Lista, soon after his militia landed at San Sebastián on Tierra del[Read More…]

by November 27, 2020 World
Like a Rocket in the Garden: The Unending War in Afghanistan

Like a Rocket in the Garden: The Unending War in Afghanistan

People in the United States continue to pretend that the despair and futility we’ve caused isn’t our fault. Late last week, I learned from young Afghan Peace Volunteer friends in Kabul that an insurgent group firing rockets into the city center hit the home of one volunteer’s relatives. Everyone inside was killed. Today, word arrived of two bomb blasts in[Read More…]

by November 26, 2020 World
The Implosion of Capitalism in Guatemala

The Implosion of Capitalism in Guatemala

On 21 November, 2020, thousands of Guatemalans rallied in the central square of the country’s capital, took over the Congress and set fire to several rooms inside. The immediate trigger for this outburst of anger was the 2021 budget – now revoked by the Congress after sustained protests – which, despite being the largest in the country’s history, slashed funding for both education and healthcare. The[Read More…]

by November 25, 2020 World
End of Election of American Regime for Make Benefit Once Glorious Nation of US of A

End of Election of American Regime for Make Benefit Once Glorious Nation of US of A

As the world watches in fascinated horror, the US’s election-results fiasco drags on. Donald Trump, who now presides over the greatest UnReality Show, has been unequivocally told, “You’re Fired.” Yet, he continues in some La-La-Land of Denial, playing hooky on international zoom conferences, and golf. His mastiff-like pugnaciousness and refusal to acknowledge reality  in the face of overwhelming evidence reminds one[Read More…]

by November 25, 2020 World
The Reagan/Trump Playbook

The Reagan/Trump Playbook

Go get Rick Perlstein’s great book Reaganland: America’s Right Turn, 1976-1980 and see how we got here from ‘ There’ , the turn to the right wing in the dawning of Reagan’s presidency. Even the slogan that Trump ‘ borrowed ‘ from the Reagan campaigns: Let’s Make America Great Again’  was bundled with all the other techniques that Ronnie’s handlers[Read More…]

by November 25, 2020 World
Skewed Responsibility: Australian War Crimes in Afghanistan

Skewed Responsibility: Australian War Crimes in Afghanistan

The Inspector-General of the Australian Defence Force Afghanistan Inquiry was always going to make for a gruesome read – and that was only the redacted version.  The findings of the four-year investigation, led by New South Wales Court of Appeal Justice and Army Reserve Major-General Paul Brereton, point to “credible evidence” that 39 Afghan non-combatants and prisoners were allegedly killed[Read More…]

by November 24, 2020 World
The Undead Republican Party Seeks to Overthrow Democracy in America

The Undead Republican Party Seeks to Overthrow Democracy in America

  “With hindsight, it is clear that the United States failed the difficult test set by history. In the three decades that followed their triumph [over the Soviet Union] and their coronation, they proved unable to establish a new world order, to build a role as a parental power or indeed sustain their moral credibility, which is probably lower today[Read More…]

by November 24, 2020 World
2020 Election: The Trojan Horse Vs. The Horse’s …..

2020 Election: The Trojan Horse Vs. The Horse’s …..

We were all taught in grade school of the story of the ‘ Trojan Horse’ . In it’s war with Troy the Greeks built a gift of a giant horse. They informed the Trojans that , after 10 years of war, they had had enough. Once inside of Troy, the Greek horse, filled with armed men, attacked the unknowing Trojans.[Read More…]

by November 23, 2020 World
Keep it Hot and Don’t Move On

Keep it Hot and Don’t Move On

With the recent Democratic win in the US election, all sorts of people have been calling for a “lowering of the temperature,” “coming together,” and “forgiving and forgetting.” “Let’s heal,” they say and “move forward.” “Now,” they say, “is not the time for politics.” Notoriously- and righteously- missing from this group of what Pankaj Mishra would call “Bland Fanatics,” are[Read More…]

by November 22, 2020 World
Foreign policy challenges for Biden!

Foreign policy challenges for Biden!

It has been the most keenly followed election in U.S. history. The entire world had been on tenterhooks anxiously waiting for the outcome in the early week of November. According to some foreign policy experts, the last four years had witnessed a remarkable change in U.S. policies with the outside world under the garb of “America First,” which has, in[Read More…]

by November 22, 2020 World
Saudi Arabia's War in Yemen Has Failed - Council on Foreign Relations

The Yemen Civil War Arms Bonanza

“Making billions from arms exports which fuel the conflict while providing a small fraction of that in aid to Yemen is both immoral and incoherent.”  So thundered Oxfam’s Yemen Country Director, Muhsin Siddiquey after consulting figures from the Stockholm Peace Research Institute (SIPRI) showing that members of the G20 have exported over $17 billion worth of arms to Saudi Arabia[Read More…]

by November 21, 2020 World
‘Total Reset’ is Wishful Thinking: The Daunting Task of Reordering US Foreign Policy

‘Total Reset’ is Wishful Thinking: The Daunting Task of Reordering US Foreign Policy

A new term has imposed itself on the conversation regarding the impending presidency of US President-elect, Joe Biden: “The Total Reset”. Many headlines have already promised that the Biden Presidency is ready to ‘reset’ US foreign policy across the globe, as if the matter is dependent solely on an American desire and decision. While a ‘total reset’ is, perhaps, possible[Read More…]

by November 21, 2020 World
 UK-, US-  &  Zionist-subverted Australia’s ABC Lies For Nuclear Terrorist Apartheid Israel

 UK-, US-  &  Zionist-subverted Australia’s ABC Lies For Nuclear Terrorist Apartheid Israel

Australia’s ABC is the Australian version of the UK BBC and has a charter demanding balanced reportage. However Australia is a slavish lackey of the US, and in practice that balance means massive lying by omission by the ABC in relation to US, UK and Apartheid Israeli war criminality. The ABC has a Search function that reveals the astonishing degree[Read More…]

by November 20, 2020 World
Saudi Arabia's War in Yemen Has Failed - Council on Foreign Relations

 Ten Foreign Policy Fiascos Biden Can Fix on Day One

Co-Written by Medea Benjamin and Nicolas J S Davies Donald Trump loves executive orders as a tool of dictatorial power, avoiding the need to work through Congress. But that works both ways, making it relatively easy for President Biden to reverse many of Trump’s most disastrous decisions. Here are ten things Biden can do as soon as he takes office.[Read More…]

by November 20, 2020 World
Dim Halos: Suppressing the Cult of Pope John Paul II

Dim Halos: Suppressing the Cult of Pope John Paul II

As chief conductor of the saint factory, Pope John Paul II was always going to be, in time, canonised.  Almost 500 saints were created under his watch.  The previous 600 years had seen 300.  But declaring him a saint in 2014, a mere nine years after his death, was speedy by the standards of the Vatican.  Critics, and those more[Read More…]

by November 20, 2020 World
Living Power Of People’s Agitations And Uprisings

Living Power Of People’s Agitations And Uprisings

Popular uprising refers to the action or an act of rising or uprising by the people in a country involving large numbers to confirm its general support to the cause or causes which led to the uprising. It includes rebellion or revolt arising from a pre-conceived plan or being spurred spontaneously generating mass support for the justifiable and deserving demands.[Read More…]

by November 19, 2020 World
Who and What Should One Remember on Remembrance Day?

Who and What Should One Remember on Remembrance Day?

Education is supposed to encourage critical thinking. However, if critical thinking ever were a part of the education curriculum, it usually goes out the window around Remembrance Day. Take, for instance, Canada Remembers Times the Veterans’ Week Special Edition (5-11 November 2020). It is published by Veterans Affairs Canada and made available in BC provincial elementary schools. On page one[Read More…]

by November 19, 2020 World
American Presidential Election and Democracy Look for Change, Moral and Intellectual Leadership

American Presidential Election and Democracy Look for Change, Moral and Intellectual Leadership

Presidential Election in Stained Democracy When false claims challenge the truth, it breeds fearful and ferocious public outcomes. No wonder, why the American masses are more divided today than any time in recent history. American presidential elections failed to produce a viable prospect for the working of democracy. The nation is entrenched in an unending political crisis, more of opinions[Read More…]

by November 19, 2020 World
Islamophobia, Hate Crime, or Trade War? Muslims vs the West, in France and Beyond

Islamophobia, Hate Crime, or Trade War? Muslims vs the West, in France and Beyond

This is an appraisal of Islamophobia, mainly in the West, and the so-called Westophobia among Muslims from a different viewpoint. I believe that since all wars are “trade wars”, the ideological conflicts between Islam and Western civilizations are primarily motivated by economic reasons, so they are “trade wars” by other means!  I have mainly cited examples from the US and[Read More…]

by November 19, 2020 World
Digging Own Grave: The End Days of Ethiopia’s TPLF

Digging Own Grave: The End Days of Ethiopia’s TPLF

Previously in power for almost three decades, the Tigray Peoples Liberation Front (TPLF) of Ethiopia finally is approaching their end days and as we say here in the Horn of Africa, “they are digging their own grave”. The TPLF has been Africa’s, if not the world’s, most corrupt, brutal, genocidal regime for the past 30 years. Removed from national power[Read More…]

by November 18, 2020 World
Subtly, China pressures Gulf states to reduce regional tensions

Subtly, China pressures Gulf states to reduce regional tensions

Co-Written by James M. Dorsey and Alessandro Arduino Public debates about China’s Middle East policy are as much internal Chinese discussions as they are indications of where Beijing’s thinking is going and efforts to nudge countries like Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates to accommodate potential policy changes. Relying on scholars rather than officials, China is signalling to Gulf[Read More…]

by November 18, 2020 World
RCEP Augurs Hope

RCEP Augurs Hope

In the mist of the gloom generated by the twin health and economic crises, the birth of the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP) is a ray of light auguring hope. More than a million lives have been lost world-wide as a result of the coronavirus pandemic, there is massive unemployment and entire societies have been devastated. For the 10 ASEAN[Read More…]

by November 18, 2020 World
Biden Victory: A Mere Sigh of Relief or a Sign of Salvation?

Biden Victory: A Mere Sigh of Relief or a Sign of Salvation?

  Last four years of Trump presidency has been the most chaotic if not the most problematic that the US and the world at large have experienced, ever. Mr. Trump’s governing style has been unique and bewildering. He made White House a twitter factory – made policies, hired and fired people and attacked his opponents through twitters. Furthermore, and not[Read More…]

by November 18, 2020 World
Covid Offices and the Religion of Remote Work

Covid Offices and the Religion of Remote Work

Masks can prove liberating.  The hidden face affords security.  Obnoxious authority breathes better, hiding in comfort.  Behind the material, confidence finds a home.  While tens of millions of jobs have been lost to the novel coronavirus globally, security services, surveillance officers and pen pushers are thriving, policing admissions to facilities, churning through health and safety declarations, and generally making a[Read More…]

by November 18, 2020 World
 Crisis, What Crisis? Hypocrisy and Public Health in the UK

 Crisis, What Crisis? Hypocrisy and Public Health in the UK

On 12 March 2020, British PM Boris Johnson, referring to COVID-19, informed the public: “We’ve all got to be clear; this is the worst public health crisis for a generation.” Since that time, we have seen lockdowns, on ongoing government-backed fear campaign, fundamental rights being stripped away, dissent censored, inflated COVID-19 death numbers and the use of a flawed PCR[Read More…]

by November 18, 2020 World
Democracy In The Grips Of A Trumpian struggle Between Heaven & Hell, Good & Evil

Democracy In The Grips Of A Trumpian struggle Between Heaven & Hell, Good & Evil

On the eve of his defeat as President of the United States, Donald Trump chose not to utter so much as a word at the 2020’s 11th Hour of the 11th day of the 11th month Remembrance Day wreath-laying ceremony at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier monument in the Arlington National Cemetery in Virginia. To this writer, Trump’s odd[Read More…]

by November 18, 2020 World
Playing Politics with the Truth

Playing Politics with the Truth

The 1980 film Brubaker starring Robert Redford, based on a true story, had one scene that told it all.  Reform warden Henry Brubaker gets fired for seeking to uncover past corruption surrounding the penitentiary. As he is walking away down the hallway, his friend Lillian, who works for the governor and actually got him the job, runs after him. She[Read More…]

by November 18, 2020 World
A New Strategy For The American Left

A New Strategy For The American Left

Joe Biden won the 2020 US Presidential Election after narrowly defeating the sitting president Donald Trump. This victory comes at a tremendous cost: the defeat of an incipient counter-hegemonic movement which embryonically expressed demands for an alternative future to capitalism. Even after the collective utterance of anger against police brutality and the nascent realization of the structural violence of capitalism, the electoral mechanisms of[Read More…]

by November 18, 2020 World
The Other America

The Other America

The New Politics of the Poor in Joe Biden’s (and Mitch McConnell’s) USA In the two weeks since Election 2020, the country has oscillated between joy and anger, hope and dread in an era of polarization sharpened by the forces of racism, nativism, and hate. Still, truth be told, though the divisive tone of this moment may only be sharpening,[Read More…]

by November 17, 2020 World
The Imperative To Achieve National Improved Medicare For All

The Imperative To Achieve National Improved Medicare For All

Health care will be a major issue early in the new Biden/Harris administration. Unemployment is still high with over a million people applying for unemployment benefits last week and 42.6% of working age people without a job. In the United States, losing employment often means losing health insurance. On top of the 30 million people who are already uninsured, it is estimated that nearly[Read More…]

by November 16, 2020 World
A strategy comes home to roost

A strategy comes home to roost

Traveling around Venezuela in 2005, it occurred to me that the paint merchants must be doing very well. There had been a recall referendum the year before. The question on the ballot was a simple yes or no: Shall President Hugo Chávez be recalled? The word “NO” was still painted on walls, pillars, even random rocks along the highway everywhere[Read More…]

by November 16, 2020 World
There’s No Returning to Normal After Trump

There’s No Returning to Normal After Trump

 Imagine for a moment that Hillary Clinton had won the presidential election in 2016. Imagine, in other words, that the “blue wall” of Michigan, Wisconsin, and Pennsylvania had held firm four years ago. Claiming election fraud, Donald Trump would have insisted on a recount and Election Day would then, too, have stretched into election week and election month. Eventually, Trump[Read More…]

by November 16, 2020 World
Sino–India dispute: how far can it go?

Sino–India dispute: how far can it go?

In September 11, both India and China optimistically agreed to reduce tensions, caused by China’s occupation of Indian lands, with a joint statement in Moscow made by the foreign ministers of respective parties on the need to achieve results through negotiations and military de-escalation. In actual fact, the recent Sino-India border clashes, which started between the two Asian nuclear armed[Read More…]

by November 15, 2020 World
A Dedicated Obsession: Washington’s Continuing Iran Sanctions Regime

A Dedicated Obsession: Washington’s Continuing Iran Sanctions Regime

One dogma that is likely to persist in US foreign policy during a Biden presidency will be the sanctions regime adopted towards Iran.  Every messianic state craves clearly scripted enemies, and the demonology about the Islamic Republic is not going to go begging.  Elliot Abrahams, the current US special representative for Iran, told Associated Press on November 12 that, “Even[Read More…]

by November 15, 2020 World
Belarus Protests: Where Is It Heading

Belarus Protests: Where Is It Heading

An interview conducted by Stephen Shenfield of the World Socialist Party of the United States with Dmitry Kosmachev, a member of the Minsk Socialist Circle, about the situation in Belarus, the current protests, and where they may lead. Stephen Shenfield: In the 1990s I made visits to five of the new post-Soviet republics – Russia, Ukraine, Belarus, Georgia, Kazakhstan. I[Read More…]

by November 15, 2020 World
The future is in our hands

The future is in our hands

The election is now over and Joe Biden is the President-elect. What is likely to happen after Biden is inaugurated? The incoming Biden administration will face numerous huge problems left behind by the Trump administration. It is likely that Covid-19 will still be a major concern here and in many other nations around the world. President Biden will also have[Read More…]

by November 15, 2020 World
Real platitudes from a fake democracy — and a sigh of relief

Real platitudes from a fake democracy — and a sigh of relief

Trump is gone and not a minute too soon. You know he’s treated very unfairly. Horribly. The IRS treats him very unfairly. Everyone’s nasty to him. Just recently Leslie Stahl was very nasty to him. At the same time, the Proud Boys are standing down and standing by. I have to wonder if there aren’t some that cringe and wish[Read More…]

by November 15, 2020 World
 Biden will fail to bring back ‘normal’ politics. What’s needed now is a populism of the left

 Biden will fail to bring back ‘normal’ politics. What’s needed now is a populism of the left

Analysts are still grappling with the fallout from the US election. Trumpism proved a far more enduring and alluring phenomenon than most media pundits expected. Defying predictions, Trump improved his share of the overall vote compared to his 2016 win, and he surprised even his own team by increasing his share of minority voters and women. But most significantly, he[Read More…]

by November 14, 2020 World
Future of American Democracy: On Inequality, Polarization and Violence

Future of American Democracy: On Inequality, Polarization and Violence

In January 2017, the Economist Intelligence Unit (EIU)’s Democracy Index downgraded the state of democracy in the United States from “full democracy” to “flawed democracy”. The demotion of a country that has constantly prided itself, not only on being democratic but also on championing democracy throughout the world, took many by surprise. Some US pundits challenged the findings altogether. However,[Read More…]

by November 14, 2020 World
 Revolution To Revulsion: The Evolution Of Homo Democratius

 Revolution To Revulsion: The Evolution Of Homo Democratius

“What is the robbing of the bank compared to the founding of a bank”…BERTOLT BRECHT November 2020 witnessed America affirming that it isn’t just its name that embodies unity but that it breathes the democratic ‘unity’ of the age. So far as we are told, it was a victory of conscience over everything that we consider evil (And the paternal[Read More…]

by November 13, 2020 World
Petitions, Probes and Rupert Murdoch

Petitions, Probes and Rupert Murdoch

Australia has given the world two influential and disruptive exports in the field of media.  One, currently in London’s Belmarsh Prison, is facing the prospect of extradition to the United States for charges that could see him serve a 175 year sentence in a brutal, soul destroying supermax.  The other, so the argument goes, should also be facing the prospect[Read More…]

by November 12, 2020 World
Democracy and the Corporation

Democracy and the Corporation

“The two greatest obstacles to democracy in the United States are, first, the widespread delusion among the poor that we have a democracy, and second, the chronic terror among the rich, lest we get it.”                   Edward Dowling Of late we have been seeing many articles lamenting the role of the Press and Media in today’s society and complaining how it is[Read More…]

by November 12, 2020 World
IAPI honours Mandeep Nagra for being instrumental behind Sikh Genocide proclamation 

IAPI honours Mandeep Nagra for being instrumental behind Sikh Genocide proclamation 

The Surrey City Councillor whose efforts led to the recognition of state sponsored massacre of Sikhs in India was presented with medal by members of Indians Abroad for Pluralist India on Tuesday, November 10. Mandeep Nagra was instrumental behind the Sikh Genocide Remembrance Month proclamation read out by Surrey Mayor Doug McCallum on Monday night. Thirty-six years after the well-organized[Read More…]

by November 11, 2020 World
The coming weeks could be the period of greatest threat to Venezuela

The coming weeks could be the period of greatest threat to Venezuela

Trump has not yet accepted electoral defeat, and his remaining days as U.S. presidency until Biden’s inauguration may represent the period of greatest threat of armed intervention in Venezuela, especially before December 6, the date of the country’s next legislative elections. In addition to trying to judicially question the outcome of the elections – an increasingly remote possibility – Trump[Read More…]

by November 11, 2020 World
State of Chaos: Donald Trump Knew Us Better Than We Knew Ourselves

State of Chaos: Donald Trump Knew Us Better Than We Knew Ourselves

In 2016 as now, he was the candidate of chaos. Yes, he was a billionaire (or wanna-be billionaire or in-hock billionaire, not to mention a liar, a cheat, and a scoundrel), but from the beginning he appealed to the forces of order in America that were also, as it happened, the forces of chaos. Donald Trump entered the presidential sweepstakes, or to be completely accurate rode[Read More…]

by November 11, 2020 World
Two Face America: 73 Million Trump Party Apparatchiks Guarantee Turmoil Over the Coming Years

Two Face America: 73 Million Trump Party Apparatchiks Guarantee Turmoil Over the Coming Years

It is happening here. The soul of America is like the character Two Face in the Batman movie series. One defeat of the Party of Trump and its 73 million apparatchiks is not enough. In Trump, the United States has bred its own dictator in waiting and he’s got an army of servile apostles willing to fight and die for[Read More…]

by November 11, 2020 World
Is Normalization With Israel Without A Resolution For Palestine Justifiable?

Is Normalization With Israel Without A Resolution For Palestine Justifiable?

  Some fifty-three years ago, in 1967, in Khartoum, Sudan, the Arab League met. Then the League adopted the moral high ground “The Three No’s”: no peace with Israel; no recognition of Israel; and, no negotiation with Israel. But today these moral principles are too costly to sustain for Sudan. Sudan is in deep economic difficulties, where petrol queues run[Read More…]

by November 10, 2020 World
Imagining the Impossible

Imagining the Impossible

Now that the American election is all over, it should be the time to debate our future political activity. The Left insisted that Trump was the anti-Christ and that working people should vote for a lesser evil, the saintly figure of Joe Biden. But now with Biden in the White House they are telling us to begin organizing campaigns to[Read More…]

by November 10, 2020 World
Will the Biden Team Be Warmongers or Peacemakers?

Will the Biden Team Be Warmongers or Peacemakers?

Co-Written by Medea Benjamin and Nicolas J. S. Davies Obama and Biden meet Gorbachev – did Biden learn anything? Credit: Wikimedia Commons Congratulations to Joe Biden on his election as America’s next president! People all over this pandemic-infested, war-torn and poverty-stricken world were shocked by the brutality and racism of the Trump administration, and are anxiously wondering whether Biden’s presidency[Read More…]

by November 9, 2020 World
 Own Nothing and Be Happy: Being Human in 2030

 Own Nothing and Be Happy: Being Human in 2030

The World Economic Forum’s (WEF) annual meeting at the end of January in Davos, Switzerland, brings together international business and political leaders, economists and other high-profile individuals to discuss global issues. Driven by the vision of its influential CEO Klaus Schwab, the WEF is the main driving force for the dystopian ‘great reset’, a tectonic shift that intends to change[Read More…]

by November 9, 2020 World
Nagorno–Karabakh disputes: Is there any peaceful way out?

Nagorno–Karabakh disputes: Is there any peaceful way out?

Massive conflicts erupted in September 27 between forces of Azerbaijan and Armenia over the disputed region of Nagorno-Karabakh, mostly governed by the unrecognized republic of Artsakh led by ethnic Armenians since the Karabakh war in 1990s. Initial conflicts started along the Nagorno-Karabakh Line of Contact subsequently extended with bomb and missile attacks at a few main cities of both parties[Read More…]

by November 9, 2020 World
 The UK equalities commission’s Labour antisemitism report is the real ‘political interference’

 The UK equalities commission’s Labour antisemitism report is the real ‘political interference’

I recently published for the Middle East Eye website a detailed analysis of last week’s report by the Equalities and Human Rights Commission into the question of whether the UK Labour party had an especial antisemitism problem. (You can read a slightly fuller version of that article on my website.) In the piece, I reached two main conclusions. First, the[Read More…]

by November 9, 2020 World
On Being Black and Blue in America

On Being Black and Blue in America

Reclaiming American Idealism: We Could Use A Leader Like George McGovern Again As I lived through the nightmare of the election campaign just past, I often found myself dreaming of another American world entirely. Anything but this one. In that spirit, I also found myself looking at a photo of my fourth-grade class, vintage 1972. Tacked to the wall behind[Read More…]

by November 9, 2020 World
New Hampshire report raises concerns on evolving 5G technology

New Hampshire report raises concerns on evolving 5G technology

On November 1, the Commission to Study the Environment and Health Effects of Evolving 5G Technology in the US state of New Hampshire submitted its report to the governor of the state. It noted that the permissible radiation exposure rates in the US are among the highest in the world, and recorded that research within the country exists to show[Read More…]

by November 9, 2020 World
Celebration on Kamala Harris Victory in India is absolute hypocrisy

Celebration on Kamala Harris Victory in India is absolute hypocrisy

Indians are ‘rejoicing’ over Kamala Harris becoming the ‘first’ woman vice president and that too with Indian origin. The other day, we saw Priyanka Radhakrishnanan being sworn in the Newzealand Ministry and Keralites have been proud of her ‘achievements’. Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau already has four Ministers of Indian origin, three of them being Sikhs who are represented far[Read More…]

by November 8, 2020 World
Islam, freedom of religion and recent Jihadi attacks

Islam, freedom of religion and recent Jihadi attacks

It is generally believed that Islam is a backward religion, reinforcing the beliefs of medieval period, if not of the ancient period, it is conservative and even fundamentalist in its outlook, and it motivates its followers to be intolerant and violent. Islam, it is further believed, is incompatible with modern values and political systems, including, secularism, freedom of religion, human[Read More…]

by November 8, 2020 World
How Do Medical Students Get More Experience in the US than Cuba?

How Do Medical Students Get More Experience in the US than Cuba?

During the last 10 years I have written multiple articles documenting how Cuba has better medical practice and education than the US.  To be honest, I have known for a long time that there is an area of medical training where medical students in the US get considerably more training than do those who study in Cuba. This realization came[Read More…]

by November 8, 2020 World
US Elections 2020 was essentially a Referendum on Trumpism & he lost

US Elections 2020 was essentially a Referendum on Trumpism & he lost

The reality is that the Obama-Biden regime started more wars that even Bush Jr. Obama initiated wars in Libya, Syria & Yemen & carried on with the Occupation of Iraq & Afghanistan. Obama has dropped more bombs & undertaken more drone attacks than Bush Jr. He also targeted both Venezuela & Bolivia with sanctions & carried on with the Corporate[Read More…]

by November 7, 2020 World
Bolivarian Socialism and the anti-blockade law in Venezuela

Bolivarian Socialism and the anti-blockade law in Venezuela

Atilio Boron, an Argentine political scientist and Professor at the University of Buenos Aires, wrote in 2017: “Revolutions aren’t carried out neatly and with the inexorable logic of trigonometric theorems. Revolution is like an immense cauldron in which historical processes are forged, with all their human limitations and social contradictions.” This statement has assumed renewed significance as leftists debate the contentious anti-blockade law passed by[Read More…]

by November 7, 2020 World
Fur Trades and Pandemics: Coronavirus and Denmark’s Great Mink Massacre

Fur Trades and Pandemics: Coronavirus and Denmark’s Great Mink Massacre

“The worst case scenario is a new pandemic, starting all over again out of Denmark,” came the words of a grave Kåre Mølbak, director of the Danish health authorities, the State Serum Institute.  According to the Institute, COVID-19 infections were registered on 216 mink farms on November 6.  Not only had such infections been registered; new variants, five different clusters[Read More…]

by November 7, 2020 World
The task of ‘Sleepy Joe’ is to put liberal America right back to sleep

The task of ‘Sleepy Joe’ is to put liberal America right back to sleep

At birth, all of us begin a journey that offers opportunities either to grow – not just physically, but mentally, emotionally and spiritually – or to stagnate. The journey we undertake lasts a lifetime, but there are dozens of moments each day when we have a choice to make tiny incremental gains in experience, wisdom and compassion or to calcify[Read More…]

by November 7, 2020 World
The US Presidential Election: The View from Outside

The US Presidential Election: The View from Outside

It was now the turn of other states to vent about, and at, the United States.  The 2020 US presidential elections were coming down to a razor sharp wire.  The Democrats were starting to feel confident in the swing states.  Republicans and the Trump camp were mustering aggressive arguments on potential electoral fraud, lawyering up the heavies.  The picture is[Read More…]

by November 6, 2020 World
 Our Work Is Just Beginning

 Our Work Is Just Beginning

In the chaos of this moment, it seems likely that Joe Biden will just squeeze into the presidency and that he’ll certainly win the popular vote, Donald Trump’s Mussolini-like behavior and election night false claim of victory notwithstanding. Somehow, it all brings another moment in my life to mind. Back in October 2016, my friends and I frequently discussed the challenges progressives would face[Read More…]

by November 6, 2020 World
Conflict in Ethiopia extends the Greater Middle East’s arc of crisis

Conflict in Ethiopia extends the Greater Middle East’s arc of crisis

Co-Written by James M. Dorsey and Alessandro Arduino  Ethiopia, an African darling of the international community, is sliding towards civil war as the coronavirus pandemic hardens ethnic fault lines. The consequences of prolonged hostilities could echo across East Africa, the Middle East and Europe. Fighting between the government of Nobel Peace Prize winning Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed and Tigrayan[Read More…]

by November 6, 2020 World
Crisis of American Dream

Crisis of American Dream

The political turmoil in American presidential election reflects the limits of capitalist constitution and crisis of market democracy in United States of America. Both Mr Donald Trump and Mr Joe Biden represent different versions of American capitalism. The imperialist foreign policy and domestic security states are twin pillars of American governance system. These twin pillars are going to stay whoever[Read More…]

by November 5, 2020 World
Islamophobia in France: Lessons for India

Islamophobia in France: Lessons for India

The gruesome beheading of a teacher in France has filled Muslim minority with fear of collective punishment. Communal reactionaries are spearheading hate against Muslims over Killings. The outpouring reactions of liberals and others have been on expected lines. More than 130 prominent Indians have also condemned killings. It has to an extent polarized Muslims and Majority religions across the world. Muslims[Read More…]

by November 5, 2020 World
Trump, Blue Mirages and False Polls

Trump, Blue Mirages and False Polls

The great bard remarks in Henry VI: Part II that all the lawyers ought to be killed.  In entertaining this homicidal formula, William Shakespeare had yet to encounter that barnacle breed known as the pollster.  There is much to suggest that those practising this dark and futile art ought to be done away with, with their special ability to suggest[Read More…]

by November 5, 2020 World
 Three Muslims elected to the US House of Representatives

 Three Muslims elected to the US House of Representatives

Three Muslim candidates were re-elected to the House of Representatives in Tuesday’s election. Ilhan Omar won in Minnesota’s 5th Congressional District and Rashida Tlaib won in Michigan’s 13th Congressional District. They are the first Muslim women elected to the Congress in 2018. In Indiana, Rep. Andre’ Carson (D) won his re-election bid for the 7th District. US Representative Ilhan Omar[Read More…]

by November 5, 2020 World
Macron’s Incitement: ‘Crisis in Islam’ or French Politics? 

Macron’s Incitement: ‘Crisis in Islam’ or French Politics? 

There is no moral or ethical justification for the killing of innocent people, anywhere. Therefore, the murder of three people in the French city of Nice on October 29 must be wholly and unconditionally rejected as a hate crime, especially as it was carried out in a holy place, the Notre Dame Basilica. However, we would be remiss to ignore[Read More…]

by November 5, 2020 World
Reinaldo Iturriza: ‘An important part of Chavismo is demanding its rightful place at the crest of the wave’

Reinaldo Iturriza: ‘An important part of Chavismo is demanding its rightful place at the crest of the wave’

As a revolutionary activist working with Venezuela’s popular movements and a sociologist who has extensively studied and theorised the rise of Chavismo as a political movement of the popular classes, Reinaldo Iturriza is well placed to provide an overview of the current state of play within the country’s Bolivarian Revolution. Iturriza also served as Minister for the Communes and Social[Read More…]

by November 5, 2020 World
Trump Denounced for False Election Night Claim of Victory

Trump Denounced for False Election Night Claim of Victory

President Donald Trump realized the fears of many political observers Tuesday night by falsely claiming a “big win” in the U.S. presidential election despite many millions of votes yet to be counted and no clear victor even remotely in sight. With the battle over crucial electoral college votes still potentially days or even weeks away—and just after Democratic nominee Joe[Read More…]

by November 4, 2020 World
Israel’s Contribution to the Destruction of Armenian Nagorno-Karabakh

Israel’s Contribution to the Destruction of Armenian Nagorno-Karabakh

Every state makes decisions and enacts policies based on its interests and security perceptions. Some state decisions are more insidious than others in that the secondary effects can be devastating, especially by those states that can project sovereignty outside their own borders. Undoubtedly, Israel’s decision to create a relationship with Azerbaijan was a well-thought-out process. Not that Israel has any[Read More…]

by November 4, 2020 World
Fearing election unrest, businesses in U.S. cities board up and governors ready National Guard

Fearing election unrest, businesses in U.S. cities board up and governors ready National Guard

Ahead of the polls opening on Tuesday, businesses in cities from Denver to Detroit to Washington, D.C., were boarding up their windows with plywood as they readied for the possibility of civil unrest. Some governors were readying the National Guard, said a report by The New York Times. The report said: “Everyone is starting to panic,” Fernando Casas, a construction[Read More…]

by November 3, 2020 World
What do ‘God’s goons’ think?

What do ‘God’s goons’ think?

Terrorism has struck France again in the wake of the ongoing cartoons’ controversy. In a terrorist attack some years ago on the headquarters of Charlie Hebdo magazine following the publication of the controversial cartoons, several people were killed. And now, in a recent terrorist attack, yet more people have lost their lives. There can be no justification for committing acts[Read More…]

by November 3, 2020 World
Notes on US presidential election: Show of a politics [Part III]

Notes on US presidential election: Show of a politics [Part III]

The on-going presidential election process in the US has bared the mainstream politics’ face more manifestly than any other recent growth. The exposure is so stark that the mainstream discourse is admitting a few facts in its style, and this acknowledgement is unmistakable. Free and fair election is at risk Larry Diamond, author of Ill Winds: Saving Democracy from Russian[Read More…]

by November 2, 2020 World
 Criminally Responsible Americans Vote for Commander of Their Worldwide Genocidal Killing Machine 

 Criminally Responsible Americans Vote for Commander of Their Worldwide Genocidal Killing Machine 

  Good people of the 3rd World should not let themselves be taken in by worldwide satellite beamed CIA-fed media prattling on continuously about American democracy during ongoing presidential elections. Sadly, Americans are duped into participating  in elections that back crimes against humanity ordered by the ruling genocidal Wall St. plutocracy which militarily and financially plunders 3rd World humanity.  The[Read More…]

by November 2, 2020 World
Beyond Our Control: America in the Mid-Seventies and 2020

Beyond Our Control: America in the Mid-Seventies and 2020

It was summer almost half a century ago when I got into that Volkswagen van and began my trip across country with Peter, a photographer friend. I was officially doing so as a reporter for a small San Francisco news service, having been sent out to tap the mood of the nation in a politically fraught moment. The Vietnam War,[Read More…]

by November 2, 2020 World
Déjà Vu In France: Change Attitudes

Déjà Vu In France: Change Attitudes

As events unfold in France centring around Islamophobia, there is a feeling of déjà vu. We have witnessed a few times before this sequence of events.  There is some provocation or other targeting the Prophet Muhammad initiated by a non-Muslim group or institution. Predictably, Muslims react.  In the midst of demonstrations and rallies, an act of violence occurs perpetrated by[Read More…]

by November 1, 2020 World
USA’s Campaign Against Venezuela

USA’s Campaign Against Venezuela

The Bolivarian-socialist project in Venezuela is in a critical conjuncture. External imperialist aggressions – spearheaded by the US – are continuously growing in their magnitude. Importers of Venezuelan crude including India’s Reliance Industries Ltd, Spain’s Repsol SA and Italy’s Eni SpA have skipped oil purchases in October 2020. The three companies took a combined 9.7 million barrels in September 2020, accounting for[Read More…]

by November 1, 2020 World
Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro holds up a copy of his anti-blockade law.

Venezuela: Maduro’s anti-blockade law deepens debate over revolution’s future

Venezuela’s National Constituent Assembly (ANC) passed a controversial anti-blockade law on October 8. Elected in July 2017, the ANC was an initiative taken by President Nicolas Maduro to counter months of violent right-wing opposition protests. Its official mandate is to promote a national dialogue on reforms to the constitution as a way out of the country’s deep economic and political[Read More…]

by November 1, 2020 World
The AFL-CIO’s Foreign Policy Program:    Where Historians Now Stand

The AFL-CIO’s Foreign Policy Program:    Where Historians Now Stand

Moving from being an area of study that had received only minimal and sporadic academic attention prior to 2010, the study of AFL/AFL-CIO foreign policy and operations (hereafter, critical US labor foreign policy studies) has taken a qualitative leap in garnering academic attention over the past ten years:  this foreign policy program is increasingly being seen as an important component[Read More…]

by November 1, 2020 World
France and Muslims Live on One Earth:  From Animosity to Politics of Reason

France and Muslims Live on One Earth:  From Animosity to Politics of Reason

French President Macron – What He Said and What He Meant? Politics is a game of pretension, saying something and meaning something else. President Emmanuel Macron appears to be no exception in a hybrid political culture of uncanny coincidence to blame Islam for the criminal acts of one individual. The reactionary beheading of a French school teacher has nothing to[Read More…]

by November 1, 2020 World
Nagorno-Karabakh: Starting the Second Month of War

Nagorno-Karabakh: Starting the Second Month of War

          27 September 2020 marked the start of a renewed armed conflict in Nagorno-Karabakh among the forces of Azerbaijan, the Armenian-populated Republic of Artsakh, and Armenia.  The conflict has provoked a loss of life and the destruction of civilian property.  Of the 150,000 persons living in the Republic of Artsakh prior to the start of the fighting, a large percentage[Read More…]

by October 31, 2020 World
Charlie Hebdo Cartoons and Blasphemy Laws in Contemporary Times

Charlie Hebdo Cartoons and Blasphemy Laws in Contemporary Times

The murder of French school teacher Samuel Paty by an 18 year old Muslim boy of Russian origin has opened the Pandora’s Box all over. Few days’ later three people were killed in Nice, in France again. There were protests against France in few Muslim majority countries like Bangladesh and there was boycott of French goods in many of them.[Read More…]

by October 31, 2020 World
The Qatar World Cup: Dreaming of Bridging the Gulf Rift

The Qatar World Cup: Dreaming of Bridging the Gulf Rift

  With the 2022 World Cup in Qatar only two years away, and a resolution of the three-year-old Gulf rift nowhere in sight, government officials, soccer governance executives, and pundits are playing with the notion that the tournament could serve as an icebreaker in the dispute between Qatar and its detractors, Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates (UAE), and Bahrain. It is[Read More…]

by October 31, 2020 World
LONDON, ENGLAND - NOVEMBER 27:  Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn presents documents related to post-Brexit UK-US Trade talks as he speaks during an election policy announcement on the NHS at church house n Westminster on November 27, 2019 in London, England. The United Kingdom's will go to the polls in a general election on December 12. (Photo by Leon Neal/Getty Images)

Factionalising Antisemitism: The British Labour Party Suspends Jeremy Corbyn

Whatever stance taken by followers of the British Labour Party on the subject of antisemitism within its ranks, the suspension of Jeremy Corbyn must be seen as an exercise of muscle on the part of Sir Keir Starmer.  Since coming to the leadership, Starmer’s popularity has risen, catching up to that of Prime Minister Boris Johnson.  But Corbyn and the[Read More…]

by October 31, 2020 World
Anti-France protests draw tens of thousands across Muslim world

Anti-France protests draw tens of thousands across Muslim world

A rift between the Muslim world and France is widening, as leaders and the public in Muslim countries respond to the October 2 speech of President Emmanuel Macron saying Islam was “in crisis” globally. The fallout deepened with renewed Macron support to show caricatures of the Prophet Muhammad and anti-France demonstrations on Friday in several Muslim countries. Tens of thousands[Read More…]

by October 31, 2020 World
Dumping Fukushima’s Water into the Ocean… Seriously?

Dumping Fukushima’s Water into the Ocean… Seriously?

For nearly a decade the crippled Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant has been streaming radioactive water into the Pacific Ocean. As it happens, TEPCO (Tokyo Electric Power Co.) struggles to control it. Yet, the bulk of the radioactive water is stored in more than 1,000 water tanks. Assuredly, Japan’s government has made an informal decision to dump Fukushima Daiichi’s radioactive[Read More…]

by October 30, 2020 World
Terrorism and French Values- Sowing and Reaping?

Terrorism and French Values- Sowing and Reaping?

There have been some horrendous, despicable killings by Muslim extremists in France. Such killings must be condemned. French president Emmanuel Macron played the victim card, saying that France “will not give into terrorism.” Yet when 21st century France engages in overseas militarism, otherwise known as state terrorism, in places with large Muslim populations – places that never attacked France —[Read More…]

by October 30, 2020 World
Ill-Considered Candidates, Inept Campaign Strategies

Ill-Considered Candidates, Inept Campaign Strategies

The 2020 presidential race has shaped itself similar to the 2016 race ─ neither candidate has shown ability or credentials that satisfy a majority of the electorate. Their choice is not to select the more qualified of two highly qualified, their choice is to accept the candidate who has the lesser disqualifications. As of October 29, the choice tends toward[Read More…]

by October 30, 2020 World
Begging Outrage: British Journalists for Assange

Begging Outrage: British Journalists for Assange

Even that title strikes an odd note.  It should not.  The Fourth Estate, historically reputed as the chamber of journalists and publishers keeping an eye on elected officials, received a blast of oxygen with the arrival of WikiLeaks.  This was daring, rich stuff: scientific journalism in the trenches, news gathering par excellence.  But what Julian Assange and WikiLeaks did was[Read More…]

by October 30, 2020 World
Nuclear Terrorism: US & Israeli Lackey Australia To Violate Treaty On Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons

Nuclear Terrorism: US & Israeli Lackey Australia To Violate Treaty On Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons

The 24 October ratification by a 50th state, Honduras, of the UN Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons (TPNW) means that it will take effect from 22 January 2021, from which time  the 9 nuclear terrorist states and 32 complicit states will be grossly violating International Law. The US lackey, fervently pro-Apartheid Israel and pro-nuclear terrorism Coalition Government of[Read More…]

by October 30, 2020 World
 Donald Trump’s Failed State: America’s Daunting New World and the Coming Election

 Donald Trump’s Failed State: America’s Daunting New World and the Coming Election

These past few months, it’s grown ever harder to recognize life in America. Thanks to Covid-19, basic day-to-day existence has changed in complicated, often confusing ways. Just putting food on the table has become a challenge for many. Getting doctors’ appointments and medical care can take months. Many schools are offering on-line only instruction and good luck trying to get a driver’s[Read More…]

by October 30, 2020 World
The New Kings of Jihadist Terrorism: Azerbaijan and Turkey

The New Kings of Jihadist Terrorism: Azerbaijan and Turkey

The vicious war against the Armenian Republic of Artsakh (Nagorno-Karabagh) and Armenia by Azerbaijan, Turkey, and thousands of their jihadist terrorists has passed the one month mark. The jihadis’ presence, which includes ISIS, is consistent with the debauched political cultures and national ambitions of Azerbaijan and Turkey.  It also tells us that the U.S./NATO/EU stance towards those countries continues to[Read More…]

by October 30, 2020 World
Of national visions and international status of Bangladesh

Of national visions and international status of Bangladesh

National vision, which usually reflects long-term goals of progression, is crucial for planned development of any country including Bangladesh. A well-developed national vision provides overall development targets to be achieved within a specified time in planned manner, while ill-formulated vision or lack of national vision may result in haphazard or distorted development. Of course, many countries in different regions have[Read More…]

by October 30, 2020 World
Curfew in Philadelphia following two nights of protests, looting, 172 arrests

Curfew in Philadelphia following two nights of protests, looting, 172 arrests

After two nights of protests and looting following the fatal police shooting of Walter Wallace Jr. in West Philadelphia, a curfew has been imposed in the city. The curfew went into effect at 9 p.m. and will last until 6 a.m. Thursday. Meanwhile, Mayor Jim Kenney says the National Guard is deploying and the first troops are expected to arrive[Read More…]

by October 29, 2020 World
Google meets the Sherman Act

Google meets the Sherman Act

“Ambition is the subtlest Beast of the Intellectual and Moral Field,” wrote John Adams to his son, John Quincy Adams, in January, 1794. “It is wonderfully adroit in concealing itself from its owner.”  Father Adams was thinking of Thomas Jefferson in penning these words, that sly devil of a man who sought to gain power while falsely claiming to eschew[Read More…]

by October 29, 2020 World
Resurgence of Socialism in Bolivia

Resurgence of Socialism in Bolivia

In Bolivia, the Movement Toward Socialism (MAS) – a major leftist political force – has returned to power following a thumping victory in the 2020 elections. The MAS presidential candidate Luis Arce obtained 55.09% of the votes, decisively ahead of the neoliberal candidate Carlos Mesa and the right-wing extremist Luis Fernando Camacho who garnered 28.83% and 14% of the votes, respectively. The[Read More…]

by October 29, 2020 World
 Ending Regime Change – in Bolivia and the World

 Ending Regime Change – in Bolivia and the World

Co-Written by Medea Benjamin and Nicolas J S Davies Less than a year after the United States and the U.S.-backed Organization of American States (OAS) supported a violent military coup to overthrow the government of Bolivia, the Bolivian people have reelected the Movement for Socialism (MAS) and restored it to power. In the long history of U.S.-backed “regime changes” in[Read More…]

by October 29, 2020 World
Notes on US presidential election: Show of a politics [Part II]

Notes on US presidential election: Show of a politics [Part II]

Politics of the ruling classes in all lands is fundamentally always violent, full with coercion. It varies in appearance – covert or overt. The variation depends on, to say in a simple way, circumstance, which is, in real sense, state of [1] class struggle/class contradiction, [2] ruling classes, [3] machines for rule. These are evident in power of classes, antagonistic[Read More…]

by October 28, 2020 World
Class Consciousness in the Age of COVID

Class Consciousness in the Age of COVID

Prior to the appearance of COVID-related restrictions and lockdowns, neoliberal capitalism had turned to various mechanisms in the face of economic stagnation and massive inequalities: the raiding of public budgets, the expansion of credit to consumers and governments to sustain spending and consumption, financial speculation and militarism. Part and parcel of this has been a strategy of ‘creative destruction’ that has[Read More…]

by October 28, 2020 World
Riot, looting continues for 2nd night in Philadelphia following fatal police shooting, troops mobilized

Riot, looting continues for 2nd night in Philadelphia following fatal police shooting, troops mobilized

Media reports from Philadelphia said: Looting and demonstrations continued for a second consecutive night Tuesday in Philadelphia following the fatal police shooting of Walter Wallace Jr. in West Philadelphia. Police have made several arrests. Several hundred troops from the Pennsylvania National Guard have been mobilized in Philadelphia following a night of violent unrest over a fatal police shooting, as city[Read More…]

by October 28, 2020 World
Crunch Time

Crunch Time

A week from now is Election Day. How much longer than that until the election tally is decided? No one knows. How much longer than even that until we know who will be President for at least the next four years? No one knows. So what do we who hate Trump and Trumpism and who would celebrate his exit know?[Read More…]

by October 27, 2020 World
How the War Came Home, Big Time – Perspectives From a Military Spouse

How the War Came Home, Big Time – Perspectives From a Military Spouse

It was July 2017, a few weeks before the “Unite the Right” Charlottesville riots, when white men marched through the streets of that Virginia city protesting the planned takedown of a confederate statue and chanting, “Jews will not replace us.” I was sitting at a coffee shop in my quiet town of Poulsbo in Washington State. I had set aside[Read More…]

by October 27, 2020 World
Notes on US presidential election: Show of a politics

Notes on US presidential election: Show of a politics

Election politics in the US is a show of the politics the ruling classes in the country pursue. Presidential election politics is at times an apex point of that politics. The entire politics of the dominating classes in the country is a case for study of the bourgeois politics. A careful study of the politics tears down all masks and[Read More…]

by October 27, 2020 World
Cultivated Lunacy, Nuclear Deterrence and Banning the Nuke

Cultivated Lunacy, Nuclear Deterrence and Banning the Nuke

Is international relations a field for cautious minds, marked by permanent setbacks, or terrain where the bold are encouraged to seize the day?  In terms of dealing with the existential and even unimaginable horror that is nuclear war, the bold have certainly stolen a march. The signature of Honduras was the 50th required for the entry into force of the[Read More…]

by October 27, 2020 World
70 Years after China and the DPRK Defeated the United States in Korea

70 Years after China and the DPRK Defeated the United States in Korea

There is a piece of news on an important anniversary missing from western state and corporate news. This year, 2020, is the 70th anniversary of the Chinese People’s Volunteers (CPV) army entering the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK) to help in, what the Chinese call, the War to Resist US Aggression and Aid Korea. It is described by the[Read More…]

by October 27, 2020 World
Chile’s dream for an equal society

Chile’s dream for an equal society

“Workers of my country, I have faith in Chile and its destiny. Other men will overcome this dark and bitter moment when treason seeks to prevail. Go forward knowing that, sooner rather than later, the great avenues will open again where free men will walk to build a better society. Long live Chile! Long live the people! Long live the[Read More…]

by October 26, 2020 World
The World is Changing: China Launches Campaign for Superpower Status 

The World is Changing: China Launches Campaign for Superpower Status 

The outdated notion that China ‘just wants to do business’ should be completely erased from our understanding of the rising global power’s political outlook. Simply put, Beijing has long realized that, in order for it to sustain its economic growth unhindered, it has to develop the necessary tools to protect itself, its allies and their combined interests. The need for[Read More…]

by October 26, 2020 World
 Capitalism is double-billing us: we pay from our wallets only for our future to be stolen from us

 Capitalism is double-billing us: we pay from our wallets only for our future to be stolen from us

Here is a word that risks deterring you from reading on much further, even though it may hold the key to understanding why we are in such a terrible political, economic and social mess. That word is “externalities”. It sounds like a piece of economic jargon. It is a piece of economic jargon. But it is also the foundation stone[Read More…]

by October 26, 2020 World
Muslim intellectuals, activists condemn Paris beheading, demand abolition of apostasy and blasphemy laws

Muslim intellectuals, activists condemn Paris beheading, demand abolition of apostasy and blasphemy laws

Muslim intellectuals and activists speaking at a webinar on Sunday the 25th of October, condemned the Paris beheading of a school teacher, Samuel Paty, by an 18-year-old Muslim fanatic, Abdullakh Anzorov. The webinar was organised by the Indian Muslims for Secular Democracy (IMSD). Moderated by its convener, Javed Anand, all four panellists are office bearers and prominent members of IMSD.[Read More…]

by October 26, 2020 World
Impunity and Carefree Violence: Australia’s Special Forces in Afghanistan

Impunity and Carefree Violence: Australia’s Special Forces in Afghanistan

In 2016, Australian Major General Jeff Sengelman approached the then chief of the Australian army Lieutenant General Angus Campbell with a nagging worry. The concern lay in allegations that Australian special forces had committed various war crimes in Afghanistan.  Sengelman was then special forces commander; Campbell was chief of the army.  Sociologist Samantha Crompvoets was duly commissioned to write a[Read More…]

by October 26, 2020 World
So Trump Loses, What Happens Then?

So Trump Loses, What Happens Then?

Donald Trump isn’t just inside the heads of his Trumpster base; he’s long been a consuming obsession among those yearning for his defeat in November. With barely more than a week to go before the election of our lifetime, those given to nail biting as a response to anxiety have by now gnawed ourselves down to the quick. And many[Read More…]

by October 26, 2020 World
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Liquid Capitalism: Everyone Drinks it, Swims in it, Drowns in it

The most radical socialists; Black Lives Matter (BLM) protesters (Black, White, Latino or Asian); liberal and conservative zealots; diversity and equity gurus; pacifists; denizens of corporates and non-profits; rappers, rockers and country western musicians; Bernie Sanders; racists and White guilt pushers; Baptists, Catholics, and Muslims; children; bland K-16 teachers; members of the military; indeed, every social, cultural, political and economic[Read More…]

by October 26, 2020 World
The Muslim World denounces French President’s remarks against Islam, its prophet

The Muslim World denounces French President’s remarks against Islam, its prophet

The General Secretariat of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) has condemned continued attacks and incitement against Muslim sentiment and insults of Prophet Muhammad, Anadolu Agency (AA) reported. A statement by the 57-member pan-Islamic OIC criticized the “discourse from certain French politicians, which it deems to be harmful to the Muslim-French relations, hate-mongering and only serving partisan political interests.” It[Read More…]

by October 26, 2020 World
Trump’s Desperation and the Manufactured China Threat

Trump’s Desperation and the Manufactured China Threat

Co-Written by Atul Bhardwaj and Inderjeet Parmar (This article is of interest not only in the context of US Presidential election, but how pro-US hawks in India indulging in jingoism,  are taking Indian people for a ride, drawing India into US strategy against china.) As Donald Trump faces the possibility of a catastrophic electoral defeat in November 2020, he has[Read More…]

by October 26, 2020 World
The 2020 youth uprising in Thailand

The 2020 youth uprising in Thailand

Note: From a pro-democracy stand-point, this article attempts to provide some basic background for people who might not know much about Thai politics and who may be confused or alarmed by the current wave of protest that is confronting the Thai government (junta) and also the Monarchy itself. The aim is thus to increase understanding around the world that, right[Read More…]

by October 25, 2020 World
A Judicial Coup Against Democracy Is Underway In America

A Judicial Coup Against Democracy Is Underway In America

SHAKESPEARE’S JULIUS CAESAR & AMERICA’S POLITICAL SYSTEM; TWO PARALLEL UNIVERSES The proceedings now have been concluded by the U.S. Senate’s Judiciary Committee’s confirmation hearings of President Trump’s nominee Judge Amy Coney Barrett to replace the late Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg. Yet the indelible impression these hearings have left on this writer’s mind parallel those of William Shakespeare’s play[Read More…]

by October 25, 2020 World
15 Artsakh War Myths Perpetuated By Mainstream Media

15 Artsakh War Myths Perpetuated By Mainstream Media

When geopolitical power, malignant governance, military might and petroleum wealth determine the political pecking order, being a landlocked country on the right side of history is a minor detail.  It is through this lens that global citizens may observe the tiny besieged Republic of Armenia fighting for its survival alone against neighboring aggressors, ISIS, civilian bombings, foreign actors provoking instability[Read More…]

by October 25, 2020 World
WHO warns, World at critical juncture as Covid pandemic resurges in Europe

WHO warns, World at critical juncture as Covid pandemic resurges in Europe

The WHO Director-General Tedros Adhahnom Ghebreyesus has warned: The northern hemisphere is at a critical juncture in the Covid pandemic, and some countries are on a dangerous track. “Too many countries are seeing an exponential increase in cases,” putting hospital capacities at risk, he said. He urged leaders to take quick action to contain the virus’s spread. Europe is again[Read More…]

by October 24, 2020 World
Coronavirus Pandemic: With new wave of infections, U.S. cases reach record high

Coronavirus Pandemic: With new wave of infections, U.S. cases reach record high

The U.S. Coronavirus (officially, Covid-19) cases have hit a record daily high as more than 83,000 new cases were reported in the U.S. on Friday. At the same time, scientists have warned that the U.S. approach to fight the Coronavirus pandemic  and the inconsistent use of masks to prevent virus spread could lead to the cumulative loss of more than[Read More…]

by October 24, 2020 World
” The Same Hypocrisy”

” The Same Hypocrisy”

In Francis Ford Coppola’s second Godfather film we see Michael Corleone, head of the most powerful Mafia family in the country, having a ‘ tete de tete’ with Nevada Senator Pat Geary. The Senator, as crooked as the Corleones, is attempting to shake down Don Corleone over a Las Vegas casino license. When Don Corleone balks, Senator Geary gives him[Read More…]

by October 24, 2020 World
A presidential election debate in the US – point- counter-point

A presidential election debate in the US – point- counter-point

The U.S. presidential election debates show a lot of the country’s politics the ruling classes’ political representatives produce for public’s consumption – an act of manipulation of public psyche. Following are a few points from the latest debate between Joe Biden and Donald Trump, two contending candidates from two factions of the same dominating classes: Wearing mask all the time[Read More…]

by October 23, 2020 World
 Sending Trump to Hell

 Sending Trump to Hell

Dante Alighieri Has Words for Donald J. Trump From the Other Side of Death For some time now, I’ve wanted to send Donald Trump to Hell. I mean this literally, not as a figure of speech. I want him to inhabit the palpable, sensory Hell that religions have long conjured up with scenes of sulfur, damnation, and screams of perpetual[Read More…]

by October 23, 2020 World
Trusted Demonologies: US Electoral Interference, the Proud Boys and Iran

Trusted Demonologies: US Electoral Interference, the Proud Boys and Iran

Iran, Russia and electoral interference.  It is all part of the delicious mess that any observer of US politics has come to expect.  Were the US body politic capable of being examined on the clinician’s couch, historical fears, psychic disturbances, and a range of unsettling syndromes would be identified.  The issue of electoral interference would certainly be at the fore;[Read More…]

by October 23, 2020 World
Nation-wide strike in Colombia: Trade unions, indigenous people, women, students join hands

Nation-wide strike in Colombia: Trade unions, indigenous people, women, students join hands

Amidst the increase in the numbers of massacres and murders of social leaders and former members of the then Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia – People’s Army (FARC-EP) a nation-wide strike has gripped Colombia since Wednesday. The strike has hit the country’s main cities. Supported by peasant organizations, women, Afro-descendant and LGBTI communities and student groups, the mobilizations will be peaceful[Read More…]

by October 22, 2020 World
Reimagining National Liberation

Reimagining National Liberation

The dismantling of European colonialism in Asia and Africa seven decades ago and then the  collapse of the Soviet Union in the late eighties led to the formation of many new independent nation states.  From a mere 51 countries in 1945 the membership of the United Nations has grown to 195 currently. The path to independence for many of these[Read More…]

by October 22, 2020 World
 US Alliance Covid-19 Gerocide – Intentional Mass Killing Of Elderly By US Alliance Countries

 US Alliance Covid-19 Gerocide – Intentional Mass Killing Of Elderly By US Alliance Countries

With the exception of decent New Zealand and arguably Australia, the rich, European countries of the US Alliance have been involved in  deliberate, intentional Gerocide in which their sustained, deliberate, Covid-19 pandemic policies resulted in overwhelmingly elderly “Covid-19 deaths per million of population” that were 10-180 times greater than that obtaining in New Zealand. Indict Trump and Johnson for Gerocide[Read More…]

by October 21, 2020 World
 Venezuela: Could rebellion in the ranks spell trouble for Maduro?

 Venezuela: Could rebellion in the ranks spell trouble for Maduro?

Venezuela is no stranger to protests, registering thousands of demonstrations, rallies and strikes each year. As of October 1, about 7000 protests had occurred this year (roughly 25 a day), according to the Venezuelan Observatory of Social Conflicts. Unlike before, these protests have by and large not taken place in right-wing opposition strongholds nor necessarily demanded the removal of President[Read More…]

by October 21, 2020 World
Campaigning on Planet A

Campaigning on Planet A

“Look, folks, the air quality is in the red zone today. The EPA says that means people with lung or heart issues should avoid prolonged activity outdoors.” That was J.R. de Vera, one of two directors of UNITE-HERE!’s independent expenditure campaign to elect Biden and Harris in Reno, Nevada. UNITE-HERE! is a union representing 300,000 workers in the hospitality industry — that[Read More…]

by October 20, 2020 World
Julian Assange and the fight against digital capitalism

Julian Assange and the fight against digital capitalism

Julian Assange, the founder of WikiLeaks, is facing potential extradition to the United States for exposing the US empire’s war crimes. Assange faces charges under the US Espionage Act and the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act. The warrant lists 17 counts of violating the Espionage Act on which he could be jailed for up to 175 years, and one count of conspiracy with Chelsea Manning[Read More…]

by October 20, 2020 World
We return: Evo will return to Bolivia

We return: Evo will return to Bolivia

The Bolivia-victory says: We return. We, the people, return crossing ages, foiling frontiers, crushing conspiracies the Empire and its gang of imperialists hatch. Following the latest Bolivia-election-victory Evo Morales, the guerrilla turned lead fighter in a bourgeois-electoral arena, has vowed: “We’re going to return to Bolivia; that’s not in debate.” The former president of Bolivia announced: My great desire is[Read More…]

by October 20, 2020 World
 An effective COVID-19 vaccine: Will you take it or will you not?

 An effective COVID-19 vaccine: Will you take it or will you not?

A new study reveals that a large percentage of people globally are hesitant to take a COVID 19 vaccine if and when it is made available. Researchers from The Barcelona Institute for Global Health (ISGlobal) conducted a survey in 19 countries that have been hard-hit by the virus, in June 2020 to determine potential acceptance rates and factors influencing acceptance[Read More…]

by October 20, 2020 World
How Biden Flubbed Town Hall Foreign Policy Question

How Biden Flubbed Town Hall Foreign Policy Question

 Co-Written by Medea Benjamin and Nicolas J. S. Davies Toward the end of Joe Biden’s October 15 town hall session, a Trump supporter asked Biden the only foreign policy question of the night. “So peace is breaking out all over the world,” the questioner claimed. “Our troops are coming home. Serbia is talking to Kosovo. And the Arabs and Israelis[Read More…]

by October 20, 2020 World
Follow the Money: Banking, Criminality and the FinCEN Files

Follow the Money: Banking, Criminality and the FinCEN Files

It was all a fitting reminder of Bertolt Brecht’s remark that bank robbery lies in the province of amateurs.  The real professionals of plunder establish banks.  Last month, the labours of Buzzfeed and the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists revealed just that.  Centre stage: international banking misbehaviour. And my, was there much to go on. The journalists had been combing[Read More…]

by October 20, 2020 World
The Communist Party of China: Putting the People First

The Communist Party of China: Putting the People First

Wherever we lift one soul from a life of poverty, we are defending human rights. And whenever we fail in this mission, we are failing human rights. — Kofi Annan, former United Nations Secretary-General Among other items “proclaimed as the highest aspiration of the common people,” the preamble to the Universal Declaration of Human Rights states that “… human beings[Read More…]

by October 20, 2020 World
Socialist Luis Arce Wins The Bolivia Election

Socialist Luis Arce Wins The Bolivia Election

A year after former Bolivian president Evo Morales was ousted in a military coup that installed a far-right regime, Morales ally Luis Arce declared victory after exit polls showed the socialist candidate with a large advantage over his two main competitors. “Democracy has won,” Arce, who served as Morales’ finance minister, said in an address to the nation after one[Read More…]

by October 19, 2020 World
War in the Caucasus: One more effort to shape a new world order

War in the Caucasus: One more effort to shape a new world order

Fighting in the Caucasus between Azerbaijan and Armenia is about much more than deep-seated ethnic divisions and territorial disputes. It’s the latest clash designed, at least in part, to shape a new world order. The stakes for Azerbaijan, backed if not egged on by Turkey, are high as the Azeri capital’s Baku International Sea Trade Port seeks to solidify its[Read More…]

by October 19, 2020 World
Neoliberalism and its criminal confessions

Neoliberalism and its criminal confessions

                   The pandemic has shaken up the neoliberalism as an economic project of capitalism. The economic architecture of neoliberalism based on austerity, liberalisation, privatisation, and globalisation has failed to provide basic dignity of life in terms of basic health, education, home and food security. The rise of unemployment, hunger and homeless are the direct products of neoliberal economic policies followed[Read More…]

by October 19, 2020 World
The pandemic has benefited billionaires

The pandemic has benefited billionaires

Roughly 3 out of 4 American billionaires have seen a rise in their net worths. Elon Musk alone has tripled his net worth during the pandemic. Michael Hobbes, Senior Enterprise Reporter, The Huffington Post, wrote in The Huffington Post: “Other than Netflix, Andrew Cuomo and the virus itself, no one has benefited from the COVID-19 pandemic more than American billionaires.[Read More…]

by October 19, 2020 World
Sloppy Methodology: Social Media, Censorship and New York Post’s Hunter Biden Story

Sloppy Methodology: Social Media, Censorship and New York Post’s Hunter Biden Story

It was highly probable.  Given the howls of concern that social media platforms such as Twitter and Facebook nurse and nurture a bias (every choice on content entails one), a gift was made to critics to show just that.  Last Wednesday, Twitter prevented users from posting links to a New York Post story.  The story, claimed Twitter, was “potentially unsafe,”[Read More…]

by October 19, 2020 World
The Case for Affirming the Independence of the Armenian Republic of Artsakh/Nagorno-Karabagh

The Case for Affirming the Independence of the Armenian Republic of Artsakh/Nagorno-Karabagh

  In recent years, many territories’ declarations of independence have been justifiably affirmed through international agreements.  The Republic of Artsakh/Nagorno-Karabagh’s declaration of independence from Azerbaijan three decades ago is as legitimate as any of those. Artsakh is the republic’s ancient Armenian name. Artsakh and Christian Armenia have been under attack by Azerbaijan, Turkey, jihadist terrorists, and ISIS since September 27. [Read More…]

by October 19, 2020 World
Reframing America’s Role in the World: The Specter of Isolationism

Reframing America’s Role in the World: The Specter of Isolationism

The so-called Age of Trump is also an age of instantly forgotten bestselling books, especially ones purporting to provide the inside scoop on what goes on within Donald Trump’s haphazard and continuously shifting orbit. With metronomic regularity, such gossipy volumes appear, make a splash, and almost as quickly vanish, leaving a mark no more lasting than a trout breaking the[Read More…]

by October 19, 2020 World
An Open Letter to My Old Tribe

An Open Letter to My Old Tribe

“It could be days. It could be weeks until we find out who the new president is…. Will you urge your supporters to stay calm during this extended period, not to engage in any civil unrest? And will you pledge tonight that you will not declare victory until the election has been independently certified?” If those words sound familiar, it’s[Read More…]

by October 19, 2020 World
Spectre of Jihadi violence in France

Spectre of Jihadi violence in France

The gruesome murder of a French school teacher in a Paris suburb on Friday is yet another pointer to the spirit of Jihadi Islam being conjured up by the young generation to set in a troubling spectre of violence and terror in the name of ‘faith and commitment.’ Sadly—but not surprisingly—Muslim Ulama across the world still remain silent on such[Read More…]

by October 19, 2020 World
 Greta Thunberg vs Amy Coney Barrett

 Greta Thunberg vs Amy Coney Barrett

Environmental activist Greta Thunberg had strong words for the abstract stance the Unites States Supreme Court nominee Amy Coney Barrett took during her Senate Judiciary Committee confirmation hearing. In answer to the question: What about climate change? Barrett responded: “I have read things about climate change,” then warily emphasizing that she is not a scientist: “I would not say I[Read More…]

by October 18, 2020 World
Big companies made huge profit when the poor lost their jobs: GCAP

Big companies made huge profit when the poor lost their jobs: GCAP

Today, October 17th 2020 – the International day for the eradication of poverty the Global Call to Action Against Poverty (GCAP) expresses solidarity with hundreds of millions of people suffering under the COVID-19 pandemic. Communities worldwide are being pushed deeper into poverty, precarious existence and inequalities – with a massive loss of paid- and self-employment and livelihoods as well as[Read More…]

by October 18, 2020 World
Honor the Warrior, Not the War…

Honor the Warrior, Not the War…

Donald Trump has just gotten caught saying those who served, and especially those who died in combat, were “losers” and “suckers.”  Not a terribly astute thing to say when you’re the Command-in-Chief of the US Empire. Now, obviously, the men and women who have served in this nation’s military have not been losers and suckers; while some have been folks[Read More…]

by October 17, 2020 World
 Yemen – Prisoner Swap and What May be Behind it

 Yemen – Prisoner Swap and What May be Behind it

Background The fourth batch of Yemeni detainees has arrived the in Sana’a as part of the largest prisoner swap between the country’s warring sides. The residents in the capital received 112 prisoners after their plane landed in the Sana’a international airport. 1081 men will be released in two days. A two-day prisoner swap between Yemen’s warring sides is underway. The[Read More…]

by October 17, 2020 World
Setting the standards for electing Indian Americans to the US Congress

Setting the standards for electing Indian Americans to the US Congress

Why should we support or pull down the Indian Americans running for US Congress or Senate? The answer is simple, almost all Indian Americans have families back in our motherland, and we must support and elect candidates who subscribe to American values. You and I came to America and have cherished this nation for its values of freedom, equal opportunities,[Read More…]

by October 17, 2020 World
World Food Day:  Ecologically-Sound Development

World Food Day:  Ecologically-Sound Development

Since the hungry billion in the world community believe that we can all eat if we set our common house in order, they believe also that it is unjust that some men die because it is too much trouble to arrange for them to live.           Stringfellow Barr Citizens of the World (1954)           World Food Day was set by[Read More…]

by October 17, 2020 World
Health, medicine and Covid 19

Health, medicine and Covid 19

The public health experts, or at least some of them, have begun to put the cat among the pigeons. And the latter are not exactly happy about it. We can witness all the fluttering and flapping in countries such as UK, USA and India. In UK, the Scientific Advisory Group for Emergencies (SAGE) is up against the Boris Johnson government[Read More…]

by October 16, 2020 World
Dropped Prosecutions: The Afghan Files, Public Interest Journalism and Dan Oakes

Dropped Prosecutions: The Afghan Files, Public Interest Journalism and Dan Oakes

In July 2017, two journalists working for the Australian Broadcasting Corporation, Dan Oakes and Sam Clark, wrote of a stash of incriminating documents, running into hundreds of pages.  They were “secret defence force documents leaked to the ABC”.  These documents gave “an unprecedented insight into the clandestine operations in Australia’s elite special forces in Afghanistan, including incidents of troops killing[Read More…]

by October 16, 2020 World
 From the Salem Witch Hunt to Conspirator-in-Chief Donald Trump

 From the Salem Witch Hunt to Conspirator-in-Chief Donald Trump

News is “faked”; elections are “rigged”; a “deep state” plots a “coup”; Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia died suspiciously in bed with a pillow over his face; aides of ex-president Barack Obama conspire to undermine foreign policy from a “war room”; Obama himself was a Muslim mole; the National Park Service lied about the size of the crowd at the president’s inauguration;[Read More…]

by October 16, 2020 World
Republic of Georgia’s Concessions to the Azerbaijani War Effort Against Armenians

Republic of Georgia’s Concessions to the Azerbaijani War Effort Against Armenians

The Republic of Georgia’s airspace is used by Turkey and Israel to support Azerbaijan in its war against the Armenians of Nagorno-Karabakh and Armenia. Flight from Libya to Baku, Azerbaijan, September 30, 2020 Using Georgian Airspace One need only review how many Turkish military transport flights from Libya, Turkey, and those transporting Syrian Jihadists are archived on sites such as[Read More…]

by October 16, 2020 World
COVID19: Dr Fauci Issues A Stern Warning

COVID19: Dr Fauci Issues A Stern Warning

Dr. Anthony Fauci, the director of the U.S. National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases and an expert in infectious diseases for the last four decades, told CNBC’s Shepard Smith Monday evening that it was more critical than ever to do these five things: wear a mask, social distance, avoid crowded spaces, do things outdoors where possible, and wash your[Read More…]

by October 15, 2020 World
The Battle for Jerusalem: Turkey’s Erdogan stakes his claim

The Battle for Jerusalem: Turkey’s Erdogan stakes his claim

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan didn’t mince his words at this month’s opening of parliament. In his first assertion of a claim to a lost non-Turkic part of the Ottoman empire, Mr. Erdogan declared that Jerusalem is Turkish. “In this city, which we had to leave in tears during the First World War, it is still possible to come across[Read More…]

by October 15, 2020 World
Unite against Washington’s ‘old-fashioned cold war mentality’, Beijing urges Asian nations

Unite against Washington’s ‘old-fashioned cold war mentality’, Beijing urges Asian nations

China’s top diplomat has urged neighboring states to guard against Washington’s geopolitical ambitions in Asia and called for regional cooperation to thwart foreign provocations in the South China Sea. Media reports said: Wang Yi, Chinese Foreign Minister, said during a joint news conference with his Malaysian counterpart that members of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) should work together[Read More…]

by October 14, 2020 World
Presidential Election U.S. and the money

Presidential Election U.S. and the money

Fox News founder Rupert Murdoch’s son and daughter-in-law are two of the biggest backers of presumptive Democratic nominee Joe Biden’s campaign, federal filings show. James Murdoch and his wife Kathryn Murdoch each contributed $615,000 to the Biden Victory Fund in June, according to Federal Election Commission filings. The Biden Victory Fund splits donations between Biden’s campaign, the Democratic National Committee and[Read More…]

by October 14, 2020 World
“Herd Immunity” is unethical, says WHO

“Herd Immunity” is unethical, says WHO

The World Health Organization (WHO) has warned against the idea of allowing Covid-19 to simply spread through society, calling this “herd immunity” approach to fighting the pandemic “unethical.” “Never in the history of public health has herd immunity been used as a strategy for responding an outbreak, let alone a pandemic,” said WHO chief Dr. Tedros Ghebreyesus said during a[Read More…]

by October 13, 2020 World
Demonstrators protesting white colonialism on a ‘Day of Rage’ march in downtown Portland, Oct. 11, 2020, pulled down this statue of President Theodore Roosevelt.

Portland protest takes down statues of former presidents, police declare a riot

A demonstration in Portland, Oregon, that included people breaking windows and taking down statues of former Presidents Theodore Roosevelt and Abraham Lincoln has been declared a riot by police. Media reports from Portland including reports by major international news agencies said: The protests were part of a “Day of Rage” declared over the celebration of Columbus Day on Monday. Organizers[Read More…]

by October 13, 2020 World
IMF, World Bank, G20 countries to create Central Bank Digital Currency rules

IMF, World Bank, G20 countries to create Central Bank Digital Currency rules

International financial authorities and 20 of the world’s largest economies are establishing official standards for regulating and issuing sovereign digital currencies. The Group of Twenty (G20), an organization of finance ministers and central bank governors representing the European Union and 19 countries across every continent, said in a report today that it is working with the International Monetary Fund (IMF),[Read More…]

by October 13, 2020 World
Boris Johnson at Sea: Coronavirus Confusion in the UK

Boris Johnson at Sea: Coronavirus Confusion in the UK

The tide has been turning against UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson.  Oafishly, he has managed to convert that tide into a deluge of dissatisfaction assisted by the gravitational pull of singular incompetence.  Much of this is due to such errors of communication as committed last month, when he got into a tangle over new coronavirus restrictions in England’s northeast. In[Read More…]

by October 13, 2020 World
Afghan children play in the bombed out rubble of the Darul Aman Palace in Kabul, amidst a photo exhibition marking four decades of Afghans killed in war and oppression. Photo credit: Maya Evans

Afghanistan: 19 Years of War

The NATO & US backed war on Afghanistan was launched 7th October 2001, just a month after 9/11, in what most thought would be a lightning war and a stepping stone onto the real focus, the Middle East. 19 years later and the US is still trying to extricate itself out of the longest war in its history, having failed[Read More…]

by October 13, 2020 World
The old factional fight in the Empire

The old factional fight in the Empire

The old game is again in that state: a formalized factional fight of the ruling classes in the US. It’s the presidential election there. All dirty tricks available are in use in the intra-class fight as the masters follow the much pronounced, and unprincipled dictum: All is fair in […] war. Ergo, the arena named election is overabundant with lies[Read More…]

by October 12, 2020 World
Majority of Britons do not trust the government, finds survey

Majority of Britons do not trust the government, finds survey

The majority of Britons do not trust the government, with confidence among the lowest levels ever recorded, a poll has revealed. The British Social Attitudes survey found that just 15 per cent of people said they have faith in Boris Johnson‘s government ‘most of the time’ or ‘always’. More than double, 34 per cent, instead said that they ‘almost never’ trust the[Read More…]

by October 12, 2020 World
USA’s Aggressive China Containment Strategy

USA’s Aggressive China Containment Strategy

On 6 October, 2020, foreign ministers of USA, India, Australia and Japan gathered in Tokyo to participate in the second Quad security dialogue, a strategic forum aimed at containing China. The Quad initiative first began in May 2007 with a meeting between the US, Japan, India and Australia in the Philippine capital Manila. In its preliminary years, the Quad did[Read More…]

by October 12, 2020 World
A Game of Nuclear Chicken with Russia and China

A Game of Nuclear Chicken with Russia and China

On August 21st, six nuclear-capable B-52H Stratofortress bombers, representing approximately one-seventh of the war-ready U.S. B-52H bomber fleet, flew from their home base in North Dakota to Fairford Air Base in England for several weeks of intensive operations over Europe. Although the actual weapons load of those giant bombers was kept secret, each of them is capable of carrying eight AGM-86B nuclear-armed, air-launched cruise missiles (ALCMs) in its[Read More…]

by October 12, 2020 World
Election in Tanzania: The Battle of Neo-liberal agendas

Election in Tanzania: The Battle of Neo-liberal agendas

TANZANIA will be going to the polls on 28 October 2020 to elect the president, national assembly and local councillors. The semi-autonomous island of Zanzibar is, in addition, to elect its president and house of representatives. From a population of 55 million over 30 million are registered to vote at more than 80,000 polling stations. Some 15 presidential contenders have[Read More…]

by October 12, 2020 World
Malaysia: A Clear Direction For The Present

Malaysia: A Clear Direction For The Present

Malaysians at this moment are concerned about two different types of numbers. The overwhelming majority are worried about the recent spike in Covid 19 infections and the increase in the number of related deaths. There is a much smaller segment of the population that is focussed upon the number of members of Parliament that the leader of the Opposition Anwar[Read More…]

by October 11, 2020 World
Nagorno-Karabakh: Dangers of Expanded Armed Conflict

Nagorno-Karabakh: Dangers of Expanded Armed Conflict

          Representatives of the Minsk Group of the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe gathered in Geneva on 9 October 2020 but were not able to advance beyond their earlier calls for a ceasefire to be followed by negotiations. The Minsk Group, created in 1994 after the 1992-1994 war between Armenia and Azerbaijan has 11 States as members with[Read More…]

by October 11, 2020 World
How can Americans support peace in Nagorno-Karabakh?

How can Americans support peace in Nagorno-Karabakh?

  Americans are dealing with an upcoming general election, a pandemic that has killed over 200,000 of us, and corporate news media whose business model has degenerated to selling different versions of “The Trump Show” to their advertisers. So who has time to pay attention to a new war half way round the world? But with so much of the[Read More…]

by October 11, 2020 World
 Forget the White Sheets…Put on Your Brown Shirts!!

 Forget the White Sheets…Put on Your Brown Shirts!!

The late, great Rod Serling narrated that famous intro of his television show The Twilight Zone: ” You are travelling through another dimension- a dimension of not only sight and sound but of mind… “. Well, dear children, we are arriving into this 21st Century ‘ Twilight Zone’ as prisoners of what our empire is capable of allowing… or perhaps[Read More…]

by October 9, 2020 World
DR Congo sex abuse claims shake UN agencies and NGO

DR Congo sex abuse claims shake UN agencies and NGO

Media reports said: The aid circle has pledged to combat the scourge of sexual abuse within its ranks following shock revelations of alleged exploitation in the Democratic Republic of Congo. In a report published in early-October, more than 50 women levelled accusations against aid workers from the World Health Organization (WHO), other UN agencies and major non-governmental organizations (NGO) during[Read More…]

by October 9, 2020 World
Savior of Capitalism

Savior of Capitalism

Roosevelt’s New Deal brought an array of acronyms for new government agencies to the attention of the American public, NRA, WPA, CCC, TVA et al. The only one absent was capitalism’s SOS. There is no doubting that many of the projects initiated by the New Deal were indeed beneficial to America’s infrastructure and were a success. It was said that[Read More…]

by October 9, 2020 World
“Totalitarian” Anti-Communism: Loaded Languages Straight Out of CIA, Neo-Con Playbook

“Totalitarian” Anti-Communism: Loaded Languages Straight Out of CIA, Neo-Con Playbook

ORIENTATION Forms of language manipulation As most of us know, verbal language is both a tool and a weapon. Verbal language allows our species to talk about the past and the future. It allows us to label mental and physical illnesses and provides us with diagnosis and prognosis. It allows us to communicate more precisely than we can with non-verbal[Read More…]

by October 9, 2020 World
Nobody for President: Voting Legitimizes a Fraudulent Democracy

Nobody for President: Voting Legitimizes a Fraudulent Democracy

Co-Written by Jason Holland and William Hawes Here’s a bit of food for thought about why you should not, we repeat, should not, vote for anyone in November. Now, unlike the rabid pro-voters, there is no intention on our part to “vote-shame” those that choose to vote. If you really feel that strongly about voting, that’s fine and that’s your[Read More…]

by October 9, 2020 World
Amidst pandemic, while billions struggle for survival, billionaires’ wealth tops $10 trillion

Amidst pandemic, while billions struggle for survival, billionaires’ wealth tops $10 trillion

Billionaires are “smart” enough. Their wealth now, in this pandemic, tops trillions of dollars. A new report – Riding the Storm, billionaires insights 2020 – by UBS and PwC reveals that the world’s uber-rich have increased their already-huge fortunes by more than a quarter; and this “miracle” happened amidst the ongoing pandemic ravaging life of billions of the poor in[Read More…]

by October 8, 2020 World
Trump And His Loyalists Threaten World Democracy, Health And Peace

Trump And His Loyalists Threaten World Democracy, Health And Peace

The reality of Trump and all those who consider themselves Loyalists of Trumpism are no different than the same ideologically-compromised, fearful followers and sycophants, so in need of a saviour down through the ages of every civilization, culture and society, that they have been willing to follow the irrational, illogical rants of whatever ‘flavour of the month’ demagogue to have[Read More…]

by October 8, 2020 World
Credit: CODEPINK

Black Lives Should Always Matter: Delinking Social Justice from Seasonal US Politics 

After viewing the first US Presidential debate on September 29, one is left with no doubt about the degenerating political discourse among America’s ruling elites. Following the debate between US President, Donald Trump, and Democratic Presidential nominee, Joe Biden, most analyses focused mainly on the personal insults and name-calling, which, deservedly, earned the event the title ‘worst Presidential debate in[Read More…]

by October 8, 2020 World
Trump orders total declassification of all Russiagate and Clinton email probe documents

Trump orders total declassification of all Russiagate and Clinton email probe documents

  Media reports from the U.S. said: President Donald Trump says he has authorized the release of “any and all” documents related to the Russiagate conspiracy theory and the Hillary Clinton email scandal, noting the material would be completely free of redactions. “I have fully authorized the total Declassification of any and all documents pertaining to the single greatest political[Read More…]

by October 7, 2020 World
Covid-19 pandemic has proved that free market policies have failed, says Pope  

Covid-19 pandemic has proved that free market policies have failed, says Pope  

Pope Francis has presented his blueprint for a post-COVID-19 world, covering a vast number of issues from fraternity and income inequality to immigration and social injustice. The Pope said the Covid-19 pandemic proved that free-market policies have failed to produce the societal benefits promised by their proponents. Pope Francis began writing the document early this year, with the aim of[Read More…]

by October 6, 2020 World
Analysis of the Key Participants In the Nagorno Karabagh War

Analysis of the Key Participants In the Nagorno Karabagh War

At the time of writing this analysis, on Oct. 5, 2020, the war between Armenia and Nagorno Karabagh on one side, and Azerbaijan, Turkey and Islamist mercenaries on the other, is continuing with countless deaths of soldiers and civilians, and widespread damage of cities and villages. This week, I will analyze the role of each of the key participants in[Read More…]

by October 6, 2020 World
Towards a New Gold Standard? Or a Currency War with China?

Towards a New Gold Standard? Or a Currency War with China?

Rumors have it that the remaining months of 2020 may bring drastic and explosive changes in the world’s financial system. But such “doomsday” rumors have been floating around every beginning of fall during the last few years. Why? – The US dollar is getting weaker and weaker. It is not quite on a free fall, but still remains a major[Read More…]

by October 6, 2020 World
Problematizing The Name “Filipinx”: A Colloquy

Problematizing The Name “Filipinx”: A Colloquy

by Delia D. Aguilar & E. San Juan, Jr. With Freedom Siyam, May Penuela, Charlie Samuya Veric, Jeffrey Cabusao, Michael Viola, and Delia Aguilar, initiated by Delia D. Aguilar with the collaboration of E. San Juan, Jr.               Controversies over the use of names or classifying rubrics for groups of people are rarely amusing, some even dull and soporific. [Read More…]

by October 6, 2020 World
Facebook blocked Greenpeace USA

Facebook blocked Greenpeace USA

Earlier in the month, I woke up to my Facebook account blocked. I could not access anything and, as a result, I could not do my job to amplify your important calls for a more just and green world! In fact, all of Greenpeace USA’s online staff could not access their Facebook accounts, along with frontline Wet’suwet’en Indigenous leaders, grassroots[Read More…]

by October 5, 2020 World
America’s Maestro of Death and Destruction

America’s Maestro of Death and Destruction

Yes, when he was running for president, he did indeed say: “I could stand in the middle of Fifth Avenue and shoot somebody, and I wouldn’t lose any voters, OK? It’s, like, incredible.” Then he won — and this November 3rd (or thereafter), whether he wins or loses, we’re likely to find out that, when it comes to his base, he was[Read More…]

by October 5, 2020 World
Lunar Lunacy: Competition, Conflict and Mining the Moon

Lunar Lunacy: Competition, Conflict and Mining the Moon

The discussion about mining the Moon resembles that of previous conquests: the division of territory; the grabbing of resources; language of theft and plunder.  All of this is given the gloss of manifest destiny and human experiment.  Such language is also self-perpetuating: the plunderer is only as good as the amount taken; success is dependent on constant replenishment and expansion.[Read More…]

by October 5, 2020 World
Bizaarro Amerika

Bizaarro Amerika

How funny was the Seinfeld show’s episode on the Bizarro world? People who physically resembled the real Jerry and  his three friends in a cartoonish way, with their character traits being the opposite, was fantastic. If you recall, the Bizarro folks were into sharing and not self absorbed at all. They not only cared about each other more than even[Read More…]

by October 5, 2020 World
Presidents and pandemic

Presidents and pandemic

Well, the United States President becomes the third important leader to be caged. First, it was UK’s Prime Minister Boris Johnson, then the Brazilian President Bolsonaro, and now President Trump. With more than 200,000 deaths, the United States is the worst hit Covid country in the world. With over 40,000 deaths, UK is the worst hit country in Europe. And[Read More…]

by October 4, 2020 World
 Religion & Politics: US, Vatican clash over China-Vatican agreement

 Religion & Politics: US, Vatican clash over China-Vatican agreement

The Vatican Secretary of State Cardinal Pietro Parolin, has asserted the Vatican’s right to pursue an accord with Beijing on the appointment of bishops that has been strongly criticized by US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo. Pompeo met Secretary of State Cardinal Pietro Parolin and Foreign Minister Archbishop Paul Gallagher on Thursday on a visit marked by Vatican irritation over[Read More…]

by October 3, 2020 World
How Covid-19 is shifting free market tectonic plates

How Covid-19 is shifting free market tectonic plates

Covid-19 has brought free market juggernaut to a grinding halt; now if we are serious about changing the course of history, we can’t afford to lay waste to this pandemic It’s nearly ten months since the Covid-19 first broke out in the Chinese city of Wuhan, and now with many parts of the world in the midst of a second[Read More…]

by October 3, 2020 World
Politics with the pandemic and a vaccine

Politics with the pandemic and a vaccine

Toll the current coronavirus pandemic has already claimed hasn’t desisted imperialism and its media to indulge with politics of pandemic and a vaccine – the Sputnik V. The vaccine is “criminal” as it’s Moscow-made. The global toll, according to the Johns Hopkins University, has crossed a grim line a few days ago: More than a million – a 10-months toll[Read More…]

by October 2, 2020 World
Assange’s Eighteenth Day at the Old Bailey: Abuse of Power, Breaching Attorney-Client Privilege and Adjournment

Assange’s Eighteenth Day at the Old Bailey: Abuse of Power, Breaching Attorney-Client Privilege and Adjournment

October 1, 2020.  Central Criminal Court, London: The Old Bailey has been the venue for a trial that should never have taken place. But during the course of these extradition proceedings against Julian Assange, the WikiLeaks founder accused by the US Department of Justice for violating the US Espionage Act (17 charges) and one under the Computer Fraud and Abuse[Read More…]

by October 2, 2020 World
 America’s Dark Side in the Age of Trump

 America’s Dark Side in the Age of Trump

What pops into your head when you hear the number 1,000 in a political-military context? Having studied German military history, I immediately think of Adolf Hitler’s confident boast that his Third Reich would last a thousand years. In reality, of course, a devastating world war brought that Reich down in a mere 12 years. Only recently, however, such boasts popped[Read More…]

by October 2, 2020 World
 Two years after Khashoggi’s murder, why is America still an accomplice to MBS’s crimes?

 Two years after Khashoggi’s murder, why is America still an accomplice to MBS’s crimes?

by Medea Benjamin and Nicolas J. S. Davies Trump holds a chart of weapon sales as he welcomes Mohammed bin Salman in the Oval Office,  March 20, 2018. (Photo: Reuters) Washington Post journalist Jamal Khashoggi was brutally murdered on October 2, 2018 by agents of Saudi Arabia’s despotic government, and the CIA concluded they killed him on direct orders from[Read More…]

by October 2, 2020 World
Amerika in Trumpland

Amerika in Trumpland

Lewis Carroll’s novel Alice in Wonderland ( 1865 ) sadly resonates so well today. This writer in November of 2016 emphasized with Alice as she fell down that rabbit hole. The unlikely co-conspirators in this 21st Century Amerikan novel were, as usual, the Democrats. All they had to do was nominate Donald Duck and they would have defeated Donald Trump…[Read More…]

by October 1, 2020 World
Assange’s Seventeenth Day at the Old Bailey: Embassy Espionage, Contemplated Poisoning and Proposed Kidnapping

Assange’s Seventeenth Day at the Old Bailey: Embassy Espionage, Contemplated Poisoning and Proposed Kidnapping

September 30.  Central Criminal Court, London: Today will be remembered as a grand expose.  It was a direct, pointed accusation at the intentions of the US imperium which long for the scalp of the WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange.  For WikiLeaks, it was a smouldering triumph, showing that the entire mission against Assange, from the start, has been a political one. [Read More…]

by October 1, 2020 World
Preserving the human experiment through one of history’s darkest periods

Preserving the human experiment through one of history’s darkest periods

Positioning itself squarely against what Noam Chomsky calls the ‘Reactionary International’, the Progressive International seeks to unite the forces of sanity and progress around the world       A news item barely covered by the Indian news media relates to the statement, issued by the council of the Progressive International (PI) on 23 September, 2020, calling upon the Government of India[Read More…]

by September 30, 2020 World
Assange’s Sixteenth Day at the Old Bailey: Special Administrative Measures, Unreliable Assurances and Espionage

Assange’s Sixteenth Day at the Old Bailey: Special Administrative Measures, Unreliable Assurances and Espionage

September 29.  Central Criminal Court, London.: Julian Assange’s defence team spent the day going over, reemphasising and sharpening the focus on what awaited their client should he, with the blessing of Her Majesty’s Government, make his way to the United States.  Not only will he confront 17 charges under the US Espionage Act and one under the Computer Fraud and[Read More…]

by September 30, 2020 World
‘Round Midnight

‘Round Midnight

September 26th was the International Day for the Total Elimination of Nuclear Weapons.  In Chicago, where Voices for Creative Nonviolence is based, activists held the third of three COVID-era “Car Caravans” for nuclear disarmament, travelling through the city from Voices’ own rapidly gentrifying Uptown neighborhood to the statue on Chicago’s South Side which marks the fateful site of Earth’s first[Read More…]

by September 30, 2020 World
Fight over the Mediterranean: France’s Proxy War and the Budding Turkish-Russian Alliance

Fight over the Mediterranean: France’s Proxy War and the Budding Turkish-Russian Alliance

Overwhelmed by uncontrollable circumstances, the Greek government is bracing for another financial crisis that promises to be as terrible as the last one in 2015. Prime Minister, Kyriakos Mitsotakis, announced, on September 12, that Athens has made a “robust” arms deal that will “reinforce the armed forces” and create a “national shield”. However, beyond Mitsotakis’ mask of confidence, there is[Read More…]

by September 30, 2020 World
The Mobster-in-Chief : Will the November Election Be Decided in the Streets?

The Mobster-in-Chief : Will the November Election Be Decided in the Streets?

The white mobs didn’t care whom they killed as long as the victims were Black. They murdered people in public with guns and rocks. They set fire to houses and slaughtered families trying to escape the flames. In East St. Louis in July 1917, white vigilantes lynched Blacks with impunity. It was the prelude to what civil rights activist James Weldon[Read More…]

by September 30, 2020 World
More than 1 million – Covid-19 death toll worldwide

More than 1 million – Covid-19 death toll worldwide

The coronavirus has claimed more than 1 million lives around the world, the latest dark ‘milestone’ for the worldwide pandemic first detected some 10 months ago, which continues to spread across several hotspots. Infecting more than 33 million since first emerging in the Chinese city of Wuhan last December, the global Covid-19 death toll surpassed the 1 million mark on[Read More…]

by September 29, 2020 World
New Silk Road and the Asian Century:  India, China and the Empire

New Silk Road and the Asian Century:  India, China and the Empire

          For the much of human history on planet earth – till the 18th century – India and China were the two largest economies in the world, who periodically interchanged the top position amongst themselves. This was mainly possible because of the ‘blessing from the heights’: first, the Tibetan Plateau – the largest water tank in the world from which[Read More…]

by September 29, 2020 World
Assange’s Fifteenth Day at the Old Bailey: Solitary Confinement and Parlous Health Care

Assange’s Fifteenth Day at the Old Bailey: Solitary Confinement and Parlous Health Care

September 28.  Central Criminal Court, London.: Throughout the sham process formally known as the Julian Assange extradition trial, prosecutors representing the United States have been adamant: the carceral conditions awaiting him in freedom’s land will be pleasant, accommodating and appropriate.  Confronting 17 charges under the US Espionage Act and one under the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act, Assange and his[Read More…]

by September 29, 2020 World
American Justice Means Different Things To Black, Brown and White Races

American Justice Means Different Things To Black, Brown and White Races

The sculpture “Stand Tall, Stand Loud”, conceived by the African American artist Aaron Bell, whose father once was a prominent jazz bassist with the Duke Ellington Band, was originally assigned a spot directly beneath a complex of apartment buildings in New York’s Manhattan Riverside Park that bear the name TRUMP. However, the sculpture was soon removed and silenced by New[Read More…]

by September 29, 2020 World
Barricades, fires and loot amid showdown with police in Seattle, 10 arrested

Barricades, fires and loot amid showdown with police in Seattle, 10 arrested

Protesters wreaked havoc in downtown Seattle, erecting barricades and setting them on fire to block police from moving in. Violence erupted in the heart of the former ‘autonomous zone’ created by Black Lives Matter (BLM) protesters. At least 10 were arrested after a BLM protest in Seattle turned violent on Saturday night, and saw activists storming a boarded store and[Read More…]

by September 28, 2020 World
 The Rise of Christian Nationalism in America

 The Rise of Christian Nationalism in America

On August 26th, during the Republican National Convention, Vice President Mike Pence closed out his acceptance speech with a biblical sleight of hand. Speaking before a crowd at the Fort McHenry National Monument in Baltimore, he exclaimed, “Let’s fix our eyes on Old Glory and all she represents. Let’s fix our eyes on this land of heroes and let their courage inspire.”[Read More…]

by September 28, 2020 World
 The Guardian’s deceit-riddled new statement betrays both Julian Assange and journalism

 The Guardian’s deceit-riddled new statement betrays both Julian Assange and journalism

In my recent post on the current hearings at the Old Bailey over Julian Assange’s extradition to the United States, where he would almost certainly be locked away for the rest of his life for the crime of doing journalism, I made two main criticisms of the Guardian. A decade ago, remember, the newspaper worked closely in collaboration with Assange[Read More…]

by September 28, 2020 World
Armenia and Azerbaijan clash over Nagorno-Karabakh, fatalities reported

Armenia and Azerbaijan clash over Nagorno-Karabakh, fatalities reported

Media reports from Yerevan and Baku said: Armenia declared martial law and mobilized its male population on Sunday after clashes with Azerbaijan over the breakaway Nagorno-Karabakh region. Both sides reported fatalities. Authorities in Nagorno-Karabakh, a mainly ethnic Armenian region inside Azerbaijan which declared independence in 1991, also announced martial law and mobilized the male population after clashes, which the two[Read More…]

by September 27, 2020 World
Assange’s Fourteenth Day at the Old Bailey: Elections, Cracking Passwords and Failures of Proof

Assange’s Fourteenth Day at the Old Bailey: Elections, Cracking Passwords and Failures of Proof

September 25.  Central Criminal Court, London: On this Friday, the Assange trial moved into the rarefied realm of computer hacking and the less than rarefied world of when final arguments will be made.  The WikiLeaks publisher is confronting the prospect of extradition to the United States for 17 charges under the US Espionage Act and one under the Computer Fraud[Read More…]

by September 27, 2020 World
In Search of America

In Search of America

  The disparity between America’s ideals and America’s main street realities are always vast and often stark.  This has always been so, most apparently and appallingly for Americans of color and each new wave of immigrants regardless of color. America’s ideals have, at best, only been partially realized.  Too often the nation’s relationship with American ideals has been the proverbial[Read More…]

by September 26, 2020 World
 Shaping Palestinian politics: The UAE has a leg up on Turkey

 Shaping Palestinian politics: The UAE has a leg up on Turkey

The United Arab Emirates may have the upper hand in its competition with Turkey in efforts to shape Palestinian politics. Similarly, the UAE’s recognition of the Jewish state gives it a leg up in ensuring that its voice is heard in Israel and Washington irrespective of who wins the November US election. Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan didn’t miss a[Read More…]

by September 26, 2020 World
Termites

Termites

Think about this: You know how spiders look, ditto for bees, ants and other assorted bugs. Yet, when it comes to termites, few of us can even sketch how they look. Meanwhile, every homeowner and tenant has to be on guard for these creatures, who will destroy the very structures they inhabit. Termites do their dirty deed always in semi[Read More…]

by September 26, 2020 World
Reform monarchy, demands biggest protest in years in Thailand

Reform monarchy, demands biggest protest in years in Thailand

Tens of thousands of people recently massed close to Thailand’s royal palace demanding the resignation of the Prime Minister Prayut Chan-O-Cha, a former army chief who led a coup in 2014. The protests took place on the anniversary of a 2006 coup that ousted ex-PM Thaksin Shinawatra. A major rally calling for PM Chan-O-Cha to step down gathered outside the[Read More…]

by September 25, 2020 World
Assange’s Thirteenth Day at the Old Bailey: Mental Health, Managed Risk and Publication Chronologies

Assange’s Thirteenth Day at the Old Bailey: Mental Health, Managed Risk and Publication Chronologies

September 24.  Central Criminal Court, London: The lion’s share of today’s Old Bailey proceedings in Julian Assange’s extradition trial was spent on battles over mental health and dire risk.  The prosecution continued its attempt to minimise the dangers facing Assange were he to be extradited to the United States for 17 charges under the US Espionage Act and one under[Read More…]

by September 25, 2020 World
THE DOOMSDAY CLOCK  (Courtesy of The Globe and Mail)

John Hersey, Hiroshima, and the End of World

Whether you’re reading this with your morning coffee, just after lunch, or on the late shift in the wee small hours of the morning, it’s 100 seconds to midnight. That’s just over a minute and a half. And that should be completely unnerving. It’s the closest to that witching hour we’ve ever been. Since 1947, the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists has[Read More…]

by September 25, 2020 World
Imagine Trump or Biden In Church Praying For Yemeni Children Facing Starvation and US missiles?   

Imagine Trump or Biden In Church Praying For Yemeni Children Facing Starvation and US missiles?   

Noting the history of the child genocide in Yemen as only one example of America’s  genocidal foreign policy and cruel criminal media managed political distraction away from compassionate public interest, article seeks to awaken enough of a feeling of outrage to promote public demand for a halt of what is the ongoing murder of a massive amount of children. Thousands[Read More…]

by September 25, 2020 World
Breonna Taylor protests erupt across the U.S. and 2 police officers shot

Breonna Taylor protests erupt across the U.S. and 2 police officers shot

Protesters took to the streets in cities across the U.S. after Kentucky grand jury indicted a former Louisville police detective involved in the March 13 shooting death of 26-year-old Breonna Taylor. Louisville police said two officers have been shot and a suspect is in custody. Protesters took to the streets from Texas to Rhode Island Wednesday night as demonstrations honoring[Read More…]

by September 24, 2020 World
Assange’s Twelfth Day at the Old Bailey: Autism, Suicide and Prisons

Assange’s Twelfth Day at the Old Bailey: Autism, Suicide and Prisons

September 23.  Central Criminal Court, London.: Following the script sheet of the previous day, the non sequitur, pop medical view of the prosecution was again in sharp evidence at the Old Bailey.  In an effort to make the road for Julian Assange’s extradition to the United States for 17 charges under the US Espionage Act and one under the Computer[Read More…]

by September 24, 2020 World
 The US is using the Guardian to justify jailing Assange for life. Why is the paper so silent?

 The US is using the Guardian to justify jailing Assange for life. Why is the paper so silent?

Julian Assange is not on trial simply for his liberty and his life. He is fighting for the right of every journalist to do hard-hitting investigative journalism without fear of arrest and extradition to the United States. Assange faces 175 years in a US super-max prison on the basis of claims by Donald Trump’s administration that his exposure of US[Read More…]

by September 23, 2020 World
Assange’s Eleventh Day at the Old Bailey: Suicide, Hallucinations and Psychological Torture

Assange’s Eleventh Day at the Old Bailey: Suicide, Hallucinations and Psychological Torture

September 22.  Central Criminal Court, London: Today, the prosecutors in the Julian Assange case did their show trial predecessors from other legal traditions proud.  The ghosts of such figures as Soviet state prosecutor Andrey Vyshinsky, would have approved of the line of questioning taken by James Lewis QC: suggest that Assange, accused of 17 counts of violating the US Espionage[Read More…]

by September 23, 2020 World
The UAE-Israel deal’s historicity is in the fine print

The UAE-Israel deal’s historicity is in the fine print

A close read of the agreement between the United Arab Emirates and Israel suggests that the Jewish state has won far more than diplomatic recognition. It won acknowledgement of its claim to historic Jewish rights. By the same token, the UAE has received a significant boost to project itself as a leader in inter-faith dialogue. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu[Read More…]

by September 23, 2020 World
(Un)Civil War?

(Un)Civil War?

When it rains, pieces of glass, pottery, and metal rise through the mud in the hills surrounding my Maryland home. The other day, I walked outside barefoot to fetch one of my kid’s shoes and a pottery shard stabbed me in the heel. Nursing a minor infection, I wondered how long that fragment dated back. A neighbor of mine found[Read More…]

by September 23, 2020 World
“Manifest Destiny” and the Mexican-American War

“Manifest Destiny” and the Mexican-American War

Each year tens of thousands of Irish-Americans proudly celebrate their heritage on St Patrick Day, yet few are aware of the fate of the Irish in the St Patrick’s Battalion,el Batallón de San Patricio, who chose to fight under their green flag for Mexico against the aggression of the United States in the Mexican-American War of 1846-48 . How many[Read More…]

by September 23, 2020 World
 Iran – US Sanctions – Unilateralism – Turning the Clock Back to Before the Nuclear Deal

 Iran – US Sanctions – Unilateralism – Turning the Clock Back to Before the Nuclear Deal

Background Iran’s President Hassan Rouhani has slammed U-S sanctions against his country, saying they are a flagrant violation of the U-N charter. In an address to the UN General Assembly, Rouhani said the Iranian nation successfully withstood the U-S maximum pressure campaign. He added, Iran even flourished under the bans while pursuing its role as a pivot of peace and[Read More…]

by September 23, 2020 World
Assange’s Tenth Day at the Old Bailey: Bolting Horses, Death Penalties and Plots of Eviction

Assange’s Tenth Day at the Old Bailey: Bolting Horses, Death Penalties and Plots of Eviction

September 21.  Central Criminal Court, London: Today was one of reiteration and expansion.  Computer scientist Christian Grothoff of the Bern University of Applied Sciences supplied the relevant chronology on what led to the publication of unredacted US State Department cables, the subject of such concern for the prosecution.  This proved a mild taster of what was to come: the alleged[Read More…]

by September 22, 2020 World
The Truth Hurts

The Truth Hurts

Well, to this writer, a student of the esoteric sciences, the great Indian Yogi Paramahansa Yogananda was correct: This must be a dream! So many friends and acquaintances over the years have discounted these beliefs as foolish for believing in fairies, demons and angels ( I do). Yet, to comprehend rationally that this current president and his crew are as[Read More…]

by September 21, 2020 World
Empires are short-lived structures created and kept together by the availability of mineral resources, fossil fuels in our times. They tend to decline and fall with the decline of the resources that created them, and that's the destiny of the current World Empire: the American one. Will new empires be possible with the gradual disappearance of the abundant mineral resources of the past? Maybe not, and Donald Trump could be the last great emperor in history.

Who Is President Trump?

Someone who much likes Trump and who plans again to vote for him asked me to provide proof that he is corrupt in presidential dealings. So here is my reply: “The Supreme Court and lower courts ruled against his actions a number of times. The House ruled against him plenty of times and including in impeachment hearings. “He lets others[Read More…]

by September 21, 2020 World
Protests re-erupts in Portland

Protests re-erupts in Portland

Protesters attack businesses, burn flags and force motorists to pledge loyalty to BLM  Several hundred people smashed up storefronts, torched American flags and harassed motorists in Portland, Oregon, following a brief lull in nearly nightly riots due to wildfires tearing through the state. Around 200 demonstrators marched through the city on Saturday night, with some individuals smashing windows and applying[Read More…]

by September 21, 2020 World
Controversial Israeli soccer club may be litmus test for UAE soft power ploy

Controversial Israeli soccer club may be litmus test for UAE soft power ploy

 An Emirati offer to invest in Israel’s most controversial soccer club could serve as a figurative litmus test of hopes that Arab recognition of the Jewish state may persuade it to be more empathetic towards Palestinian national aspirations. It was not immediately clear whether the offer was to acquire or co-invest in Beitar Jerusalem, notorious for its links to the[Read More…]

by September 21, 2020 World
Dangers for Democracy without Opposition

Dangers for Democracy without Opposition

As people battle with the deadly Coronavirus, the world is sleep walking into an authoritarian future to keep capitalism alive with the help of brute force. The parliamentary and presidential forms of democracies are running the government without effective oppositions. The majoritarian governments in USA, UK, Brazil, India, China, Pakistan, Bangladesh and many other countries are busy in bending inclusive,[Read More…]

by September 21, 2020 World
Burkina Faso Fights the War on Terror

Burkina Faso Fights the War on Terror

Burkina Faso’s National Council for Emergency Relief and Rehabilitation (CONASUR) found in its August 2020 report that more than a million people have been internally displaced by the upsurge in violence in the country. This figure represents a 100% increase compared to early 2020 when Burkina Faso had 450,000 internally displaced persons. Now, almost 5% of Burkina Faso’s population has fled their homes because[Read More…]

by September 21, 2020 World
US-China Cross Swords Over Taiwan

US-China Cross Swords Over Taiwan

The US efforts to ruffle-feathers with China does not seem to cease as US has sent its senior Keith Krach to Taipei, the capital of Taiwan on September 17, 2020, as the reports published in The NewYorkTimes  1  informs. This visit was destined to become controversial as it is a well known fact that any US meddling inside Taiwan irks[Read More…]

by September 21, 2020 World
Pro-Women’s Rights Supreme Court Judge Ruth Ginsburg Utterly Ignored Palestinian Genocide

Pro-Women’s Rights Supreme Court Judge Ruth Ginsburg Utterly Ignored Palestinian Genocide

On the occasion of the death of the remarkable, pro-women’s rights US Supreme Court judge but fervent supporter of genocidally racist Zionism,  Ruth Bader Ginsburg (RBG), one notes that in her outstanding over 60 year career she was utterly silent about the human rights of Palestinians, and that  women and children are 75% of the 14 million sorely oppressed Palestinians,[Read More…]

by September 20, 2020 World
Assange’s Ninth Day at the Old Bailey: Torture Testimonies, Offers of Pardon and Truth Telling

Assange’s Ninth Day at the Old Bailey: Torture Testimonies, Offers of Pardon and Truth Telling

September 18.  Central Criminal Court, London. The extradition trial of Julian Assange at the Old Bailey moved into a higher gear today.  Testimonies spanned the importance of classified information in war journalism, the teasing offer of a pardon for Assange by US President Donald Trump, torture inflicted by the US Central Intelligence Agency, the chilling effect of indictments under the[Read More…]

by September 20, 2020 World
Venezuela – A Tribute for Her Endless Pursuit of Democracy

Venezuela – A Tribute for Her Endless Pursuit of Democracy

Venezuela is again the shining light of Democracy – pushing ahead with the 6 December 2020 National Assembly (NA) elections – despite the endless challenges of covid – of sanctions, of embargos, of confiscation of foreign assets, and even of a totally illicit blockage of reserve currencies – Venezuela’s gold – naturally in the world’s protectorate of international financial fraud,[Read More…]

by September 20, 2020 World
Thomas Sankara's revolutionary government regulated the mining sector, limiting multinational companies ability to plunder Burkina Faso's rich gold resources.

Extractive imperialism and resistance in Burkina Faso

Canadian company Tajiri Resources announced on August 20 that it had entered into an agreement with Sahara Natural Resources to begin drilling in Burkina Faso at the company’s exploration program on the Reo Gold project, located 130 kilometres west of the capital, Ouagadougou. The initiation of a mining project, even during the COVID-19 pandemic, reflects the entrenchment of extractive imperialism, and its[Read More…]

by September 19, 2020 World
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Like A Rowboat In A Typhoon: Why 2020 Center-Right Yankee Election Outcomes Are Dead In The Water

Turning and turning in the widening gyre The falcon cannot hear the falconer; Things fall apart; the center cannot hold Mere anarchy is loosed up the world…. The best lack all conviction, while the worst Are full of passionate intensity. William Butler Yeats   ORIENTATION How dare you? “Oh, great, that’s all we need. A cynical radical leftist who is[Read More…]

by September 19, 2020 World
Afghanistan On A Very Sticky Wicket

Afghanistan On A Very Sticky Wicket

The Afghan-Taliban and the US sponsored Ashraf Ghani government seem to be heading towards a deadlock,  as very soon US, after its disastrous war with Afghan-Taliban , is slated to move out in 14-months, after its agreement with the Afghan-Taliban on February 29, 2020 1 , thus, leaving it in-between Ashraf Ghani and Afghan-Taliban to decide their future for themselves.[Read More…]

by September 18, 2020 World
Constance Galeo Mogale explains Racism, Land Reforms and why she passionately speaks for Food Sovereignty in South Africa

Constance Galeo Mogale explains Racism, Land Reforms and why she passionately speaks for Food Sovereignty in South Africa

Constance Galeo Mogale is an experienced South African land activist who has played leading roles in several campaigns and initiatives. She led a grassroots movement called the Land Access Movement of South Africa (LAMOSA), A federation of communities claiming land through Restitution, an organisation that challenged the Restitution of Land Rights Amendment Act of 2015. She has a proven record in[Read More…]

by September 18, 2020 World
Azerbaijani-Iranian Relations Continue to Warm

Azerbaijani-Iranian Relations Continue to Warm

Since mid-August of this year, there has been an increase in the number of Iranian and Azerbaijani reports celebrating the continued warming of relations between these neighboring states. Of particular interest is the near-completion of a synchronized power grid between Iran, Azerbaijan, and Russia. Synchronization is a requirement for buying and selling electrical power and boosting strategic cooperation between these[Read More…]

by September 18, 2020 World
Assange’s Eighth Day at the Old Bailey: Software Redactions, the Iraq Logs and the Extradition Act

Assange’s Eighth Day at the Old Bailey: Software Redactions, the Iraq Logs and the Extradition Act

September 17.  Central Criminal Court, London. The extradition trial of Julian Assange at the Old Bailey struck similar notes to the previous day’s proceedings: the documentary work and practise of WikiLeaks, the method of redactions, and the legacy of exposing war crimes.  In the afternoon, the legal teams returned to well combed themes: testimony on the politicised nature of the[Read More…]

by September 18, 2020 World
The end of the US$ and the U.S. military

The end of the US$ and the U.S. military

Train of thought To start with, here are some recent quotations that weigh heavily on the negative aspects of the US$ and its role as the global reserve currency, also known as the petrodollar. One of the current global issues is refugees, in Europe and elsewhere: These waves of migration – and the anti-immigrant backlash that has done so much[Read More…]

by September 17, 2020 World
Strong unions are pivotal for safety of healthcare workers and patients

Strong unions are pivotal for safety of healthcare workers and patients

 In May 2019, all 194 countries that set the agenda of the World Health Organization met at the 72nd World Health Assembly and endorsed the establishment of World Patient Safety Day to be marked annually on 17 September. But this year’s COVID-19 pandemic has unveiled the huge challenges and risks healthcare workers are facing globally including hospital-borne infections, violence, stigma,[Read More…]

by September 17, 2020 World
Sig Heil is Just Around the Corner

Sig Heil is Just Around the Corner

An exact replay of history is not likely, but while specific “failed” actors leave the stage, class forces survive to enact the same drama another day. In Joachim Fest’s fine biography of Adolf Hitler, aptly titled Hitler, we learn many things never before taught in our World History classes here. To delve into it now with the needed detail from[Read More…]

by September 17, 2020 World
Assange’s Seventh Day at the Old Bailey: Diligent Redactions and Avoiding Harm

Assange’s Seventh Day at the Old Bailey: Diligent Redactions and Avoiding Harm

September 16.  Central Criminal Court, London.  Proceedings today at the Old Bailey regarding Julian Assange’s extradition returned to journalistic practice, redaction of source names and that ongoing obsession with alleged harm arising from WikiLeaks releases.  John Goetz of Der Spiegel added his bit for the defence, making an effort to set the record straight on the events leading up to[Read More…]

by September 17, 2020 World
 A “Persistent Eye in the Sky” Coming to a City Near You?

 A “Persistent Eye in the Sky” Coming to a City Near You?

by Medea Benjamin and Barry Summers “Gorgon Stare will be looking at a whole city, so there will be no way for the adversary to know what we’re looking at, and we can see everything.” That same persistent eye in the sky may soon be deployed over U.S. cities. At the time he made that comment about surveillance drones over[Read More…]

by September 16, 2020 World
The Salt of the Earth

The Salt of the Earth

Over 50 years have transpired since the lyrics of this song, Salt of the Earth, resonated then, just as much as now: Let’s drink to the hard working people Let’s drink to the lowly of birth Raise your glass to the good and the evil Let’s drink to the salt of the earth Say a prayer for the common foot[Read More…]

by September 16, 2020 World
Deadly Dark Ages USA–“Herd Immunity”

Deadly Dark Ages USA–“Herd Immunity”

If Covid-19 was as lethal as Ebola, the six million US infections registered on 9/1/20, would have already resulted in 3 million Covid -19 deaths.  This is the reality of the murderous; let them die “herd immunity” policy the administration is intentionally following, by forcing us back to unsafe work/school.  How many deaths will they accept with this abuse and[Read More…]

by September 16, 2020 World
 As Bahrain, UAE sign peace deals with Israel, Trump says 5-6 more countries ready to follow soon

 As Bahrain, UAE sign peace deals with Israel, Trump says 5-6 more countries ready to follow soon

President Donald Trump on Tuesday said five or six more countries are ready to make peace with Israel, Times of Israel reported. However, he did not name those countries. Shortly before the signing of the Abraham Accords between Israel, the United Arab Emirates and Bahrain, Trump said, “We’re very far down the road with about five additional countries… Frankly, I[Read More…]

by September 16, 2020 World
 Will They or Won’t They? Saudi Recognition of Israel is the $64,000 Question

 Will They or Won’t They? Saudi Recognition of Israel is the $64,000 Question

Will the Saudis formalize relations with Israel or will they not? That is the 64,000-dollar question. The odds are that Saudi Arabia is not about to formalize relations with Israel. But the kingdom, its image tarnished by multiple missteps, is seeking to ensure that it is not perceived as the odd man out as smaller Gulf states establish diplomatic relations with the Jewish state.[Read More…]

by September 16, 2020 World
 The Abraham Accord: Realignment, Containment, and Militarism

 The Abraham Accord: Realignment, Containment, and Militarism

On 19 August 2020, an article in Foreign Affairs argued that a “botched peace plan” in the Middle East accidentally produced the Abraham Accord between the United Arab Emirates (UAE), Israel and the US. On the surface, the Abraham Accord appears to be a ‘botched peace plan’. However, it is consistent with the goals of the Trump administration to forge[Read More…]

by September 16, 2020 World
Assange’s Fifth Day at the Old Bailey: Supermax Prisons and Special Administrative Measures

Assange’s Fifth Day at the Old Bailey: Supermax Prisons and Special Administrative Measures

Having had a coronavirus scare towards the end of last week, necessitating a brief suspension of proceedings for September 11, the extradition proceedings for Julian Assange resumed with Eric Lewis.  The chairman of the board of Reprieve, who has cut his teeth on representing Afghan detainees in US custody and those in Guantánamo, has not been shy in arguing against[Read More…]

by September 15, 2020 World
Zuckerberg wants to “Change” the World with his Philanthropy

Zuckerberg wants to “Change” the World with his Philanthropy

Since 2014, we all have seen how Facebook CEO and co-founder Mark Zuckerberg constantly talks about changing the world. Will his billionaire philanthropy actually save the world? His estimated wealth to date is $111 billion USD. It makes him the fifth richest man on the planet. In 2017, while Zuck was nabbing an honorary degree from Harvard College, Harvard’s 28th[Read More…]

by September 15, 2020 World
America’s “Good” Wars

America’s “Good” Wars

On December 11, 1941, four days after the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor, Germany declared war on the United States. Even within the most avowed Leftist anti-war activist there exists a belief that the Second World War was fully justified in stopping Hitler’s Nazis. They claim it was a just war for freedom and to halt the Holocaust. The position[Read More…]

by September 15, 2020 World
Rio Tinto turns Cultural Vandal: The Destruction of the Juukan Gorge Caves

Rio Tinto turns Cultural Vandal: The Destruction of the Juukan Gorge Caves

It was a calamity in cultural terms likened to the destruction of the Buddhist statues of Bamyan and the ancient city of Palmyra.  The explosive eradication of two Aboriginal sites in West Australia’s Juukan Gorge in May, said to be 46,000 years old, moved Peter Stone, the UNESCO chair in Cultural Property Protection and Peace, to call it “a black[Read More…]

by September 14, 2020 World
Bahrain-Israel Ties: The Second Wicket Has Fallen

Bahrain-Israel Ties: The Second Wicket Has Fallen

   The UAE-Israel formalisation of ties on August 14, 2020 1, was a bang and Bahrain-Israel normalisation of ties declared on September 12, 2020 2 turned out to be a whimper. The reason is plain and obvious. It was very much on the expected lines as the sprawling presence in the backdrop of all these ‘deals’ is Kingdom of Saudi[Read More…]

by September 14, 2020 World
What A City-Wide Lockdown Means – Evidence from Germany

What A City-Wide Lockdown Means – Evidence from Germany

by Thomas Klikauer and Nadine Campbell Amidst 93,000 daily cases and 80,000 deaths, some cities in India are experiencing a lockdown because of the the Coronavirus pandemic also known as Covid-19. Just a few months ago, Germany’s capital Berlin experienced the very same. If Berlin’s experiences is anything to go by, here is what such a lockdown means for you[Read More…]

by September 14, 2020 World
Anti-Turkey alliance emerging in the Arab World

Anti-Turkey alliance emerging in the Arab World

The intended target of the UAE-Israel alliance is not Iran but Turkey, whose regional clout poses a threat to Gulf rulers, says David Hearst, the editor in chief of Middle East Eye. In an article titled – A new message resounds in the Arab world: Get Ankara – Hearst wrote Saturday: Israel had been saying for some time to Arab diplomats[Read More…]

by September 13, 2020 World
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COVID-19 Changes Work in Germany

by Thomas Klikauer and Nadine Campbell In a great workplace, most people would work independently of their immediate boss, and they might even like what they do. Having enough time and being flexible is increasingly more important to many employees in Germany. Even before the Coronavirus pandemic, there were more and more German companies that started to realise that the[Read More…]

by September 13, 2020 World
It’s 9/12 And On That Counts

It’s 9/12 And On That Counts

As a student of both the Kennedy brothers’ assassinations and 9/11 this writer was able to interview very interesting researchers on these topics. Ed Curtin and James DeEugenio have been very astute as to the former. They joined my radio show in the past and shed important light on what really most likely went down in Dallas and in Los[Read More…]

by September 13, 2020 World
 “Losing both elections” is a sideshow for U.S. militarism

 “Losing both elections” is a sideshow for U.S. militarism

In an op ed titled “Losing Both Elections” Gwynne Dyer sees Trump’s presence in the White House as exposing the U.S.’ racism leading to its being “extinguished”, a “necessary evolution of American history.”   That is a very positive summation, but it comes about through some very strange presentation of information. Dyer is a Canadian historian/journalist with degrees in military history[Read More…]

by September 12, 2020 World
Rogues in the Ranks

Rogues in the Ranks

On May 25, 2020, African American George Floyd, was arrested and killed by a white Minneapolis police officer. The officer, Derek Chauvin, knelt forcefully on Floyd’s neck, and in effect crushing Floyd’s wind pipe. Three other officers were involved, two helping to restrain Floyd, and another standing guard between witnesses and the actual killing. Eight minutes passed and Floyd was[Read More…]

by September 12, 2020 World
American Muslims 19 years after 9/11

American Muslims 19 years after 9/11

19 years after the ghastly tragedy of 9/11, civil rights remains the major problem for the seven-million-strong American Muslim Community. The Covid-19 Pandemic shut down the US economy and disturbed the social life however even in this challenging times American Muslims were victims of hate crimes, discrimination and Islamophobia. Almost two decades  after 9/11, American Muslims still dealing with the[Read More…]

by September 11, 2020 World
India and China agree on de-escalation plan, say border standoff ‘not in the interest of either side’

India and China agree on de-escalation plan, say border standoff ‘not in the interest of either side’

Chinese State Councilor and Foreign Minister Wang Yi (R) meets with Indian External Affairs Minister Subrahmanyam Jaishankar on the sidelines of a meeting of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization Council of Foreign Ministers in Moscow, Russia, on September 10, 2020. (Photo: Xinhua) India and China have agreed to ratchet down tensions that have been building along the disputed Chinese-Indian border, leading[Read More…]

by September 11, 2020 World
Assange’s Fourth Day at the Old Bailey: COVID in the Courtroom

Assange’s Fourth Day at the Old Bailey: COVID in the Courtroom

As James Lewis QC for the prosecution, representing the US government, revealed, “I’m just saying about my charger.  It’s in court and I’m going to run out of battery.”  It was one of those moments that said much about the fourth day of proceedings at the Old Bailey regarding one Julian Assange, publisher, Australian national and wanted by the US[Read More…]

by September 11, 2020 World
USA’s Strangulation of the International Criminal Court

USA’s Strangulation of the International Criminal Court

On 2 September, 2020, the US sanctioned two officials of the International Criminal Court (ICC) for investigating into alleged war crimes by US forces and the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) in Afghanistan since 2003.The officials are ICC prosecutor Fatou Bensouda, and the ICC’s head of Jurisdiction, Complementary, and Cooperation Division, Phakiso Mochochok (sanctioned for having materially assisted Prosecutor Bensouda). Announcing this decision,[Read More…]

by September 11, 2020 World
How Long Will Be The Wait For A Safe COVID-19 Vaccine?

How Long Will Be The Wait For A Safe COVID-19 Vaccine?

Adverse Effects among participants of Oxford-Zeneca Vaccin Trials in the UK In 1922-23, about two years after the end of Spanish Flu which infected over 500 million people, the United Kingdom experienced a very small epidemic of a very rare disorder called transverse myelitis (TM).  No virus or any micro-organism behind this.  These were adverse effects from vaccinations against small[Read More…]

by September 10, 2020 World
Assange’s Third Day at the Old Bailey: Bias, Politics and Wars on Journalism

Assange’s Third Day at the Old Bailey: Bias, Politics and Wars on Journalism

The third day of extradition proceedings against Julian Assange at the Old Bailey resumed on the point of politics.  Assange as a figure of political beliefs; Assange as a target of the Trump administration precisely for having them.  The man sketching the portrait was Paul Rogers, Emeritus Professor of Peace Studies at Bradford University. It is no mean feat trying[Read More…]

by September 10, 2020 World
Protesting the Escobal mine in Guatemala. Photo: earthworks.org

Mining and Imperialism in Guatemala

Amid the Covid-19 pandemic, the long-drawn-out conflict at the Escobal silver mine in Guatemala – the second- largest in the world – is intensifying. The Escobal mine is located in southeast Guatemala, outside the town of San Rafael de las Flores, approximately 40 km from Guatemala City. Since the beginning of commercial production in early 2013, the mine has been[Read More…]

by September 10, 2020 World
UAE Recognition of Israel Dents Emirati Religious Soft Power

UAE Recognition of Israel Dents Emirati Religious Soft Power

  The United Arab Emirates’ establishment of diplomatic relations with Israel is damaging its efforts to garner religious soft power by projecting itself as a model of Islamic moderation and tolerance and a force for peace. The UAE move has sparked splits within a key group, created and nurtured by the Gulf state, to project its image as a moderate[Read More…]

by September 10, 2020 World
As Washington Retreats, Eastern Mediterranean Conflict Further Marginalizes NATO

As Washington Retreats, Eastern Mediterranean Conflict Further Marginalizes NATO

The North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) is an alliance in name alone. Recent events notwithstanding, the brewing conflict over territorial waters in the Eastern Mediterranean indicates that the military union between mostly Western countries is faltering. The current Turkish-Greek tension is only one facet of a much larger conflict involving, aside from the two Mediterranean countries, Israel, Egypt, Cyprus, France,[Read More…]

by September 10, 2020 World
For What It’s Worth…. 53 years Later!!

For What It’s Worth…. 53 years Later!!

The group, Buffalo Springfield, with both Neil Young and Stephen Stills as members, had a major hit song For What It’s Worth, in 1967. It was the lyrics that are almost frighteningly valid in today’s socio-political climate: For What It’s Worth Buffalo Springfield There’s something happening here What it is ain’t exactly clear There’s a man with a gun over[Read More…]

by September 10, 2020 World
FILE - In this Feb. 28, 2017, file photo, President Donald Trump addresses a joint session of Congress on Capitol Hill in Washington. as Vice President Mike Pence and House Speaker Paul Ryan of Wis. listen. Trump will deliver his first State of the Union address on Tuesday, Jan. 30, 2018. (Jim Lo Scalzo/Pool Image via AP, File) ORG XMIT: WX101

Most U.S. citizens believe their government, legislators and courts are corrupt and unaccountable to the public, finds poll

Most U.S. citizens believe their government, legislators and courts are corrupt and unaccountable to the public, according to a new poll. Strikingly, both Democrats and Republicans share this opinion. Seventy-three percent of the U.S. citizens say that elected officials do not face “serious consequences” for misconduct, according to a new Pew Research Center poll. Pew Research Center, the Washington, DC-based[Read More…]

by September 9, 2020 World
Assange’s Second Day at the Old Bailey: Torture, Drone Strikes and Journalism

Assange’s Second Day at the Old Bailey: Torture, Drone Strikes and Journalism

The highlights of the second day of Julian Assange’s extradition proceedings at the Central Criminal Court in London yielded an interesting bounty.  The first was the broader public purpose behind the WikiLeaks disclosures, their utility in legal proceedings, and their importance in disclosing instances of US extrajudicial killings, torture and rendition.  The second involved a discussion about the practice of[Read More…]

by September 9, 2020 World
Fourth World Or American Carnage From a Pandemic President

Fourth World Or American Carnage From a Pandemic President

The year was 1991 and the United States was suddenly the globe’s lone superpower, its ultimate hyperpower, the last and greatest of its kind, the soon-to-be-indispensable nation. The only one left — alone, utterly alone and triumphant atop the world. Who could have asked for more? Or better? It had been a Cold War fantasy of the first order —[Read More…]

by September 9, 2020 World
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 Biden Urged to Adopt a Good Neighbor Policy Toward Latin America

By Medea Benjamin and Leonardo Flores Election season is a difficult time to develop good policies towards Latin America, since both Democrats and Republicans cater to the small, but organized, conservative factions of the Latinx community in Florida, vying for their votes. But if Biden wins the White House, there is a chance to reverse the Trump administration policies that[Read More…]

by September 8, 2020 World
Perils To  Canada’s Borders as Fascist Storm Mounts in U.S

Perils To  Canada’s Borders as Fascist Storm Mounts in U.S

UNCERTAINTIES OF AMERICA’S LAW & ORDER PARTY The moment of truth fast approaches in the 2020 U.S. Presidential Election, and soon the world will learn whether or not if it will be Donald Trump, his dynastic family, and their Law & Order Party who will once more continue to rule for yet another four years, eight years, twelve years, or[Read More…]

by September 8, 2020 World
Time for a new revolution

Time for a new revolution

What Happened As the presidential election draws near both contestants make fatuous appeals to America’s near-sainted Founding Fathers and that almost sacred scroll known as the Constitution. History has seen more than its share of distortion. Myths and misconceptions have sprung up that many people now take as fact. However, historical interpretation must be based on evidence, which in many cases[Read More…]

by September 8, 2020 World
For Iran China Is In, India Not

For Iran China Is In, India Not

India’s war with China is getting more and more imminent, as what has finally come out, after the talks between India’s defence minister Rajnath Singh and his Chinese counterpart Wei Fenghe in Moscow, it has become clear that situation is clearly heading for a deadlock 1.  India in a true case of running with a hare and hunting with a[Read More…]

by September 8, 2020 World
 Will Trump Pardon Snowden and Assange?

 Will Trump Pardon Snowden and Assange?

Speculations about a presidential pardon for the whistleblower Edward Snowden, who leaked National Security Agency’s classified information to the press in 2013, have grown since last month after Donald Trump commented on the case in an interview [1] with The New York Post on August 13. “There are a lot of people that think that he is not being treated[Read More…]

by September 8, 2020 World
Climate And The U.S. Election

Climate And The U.S. Election

Why the 2020 election is so important Why did Prof. Noam Chomsky call the US Republican Party “The most dangerous organization in the history of the world”? He did so because the party is characterized by climate change denial and by support for giant fossil fuel corporations. According to the 2018 IPCC Report, the world has only a very short[Read More…]

by September 7, 2020 World
Vaccine Nationalism, Big Promises and Warped Speed

Vaccine Nationalism, Big Promises and Warped Speed

From sneering dismissiveness of the coronavirus as nothing more than a common cold to a grand promise to find a vaccine, President Donald Trump is all promises. “We remain on track to deliver a vaccine before the end of the year and maybe even before November 1st,” he told a White House news conference on September 4.  “We think we[Read More…]

by September 7, 2020 World
From ‘Greater-Turkey’ To ‘Blue-Homeland’

From ‘Greater-Turkey’ To ‘Blue-Homeland’

The real ‘Turkish-Delight’ was into its consonance as Turkey President Tayyip Erdogan, on August 21, 2020 announced the discovery of large reserves of oil/gas and hydrocarbons in Mediterranean sea 1 and with it obviously the objective of ‘blue-homeland’ of Turley has started to be counted inside Turkish populace as it has started to hit everyone’s imagination that Turkey is soon[Read More…]

by September 7, 2020 World
The Ordinary Calculus of Color in Trump’s America

The Ordinary Calculus of Color in Trump’s America

I was driving on Highway 90, just outside of Bellevue, WA, where I live- in the first week of September, 2020.  The drive East from Bellevue on I-90 is for the most part absolutely incredible.  The physical beauty of the land, the sylvan cover, the density of the vegetation- all of these remind one that the Earth has beautiful parts,[Read More…]

by September 7, 2020 World
Does Facebook’s Zuckerberg have a ‘Muslim’ problem?

Does Facebook’s Zuckerberg have a ‘Muslim’ problem?

Mark Zuckerberg, the founder and CEO of Facebook, claims to be against the use of his popular social media portal for spreading hatred. He said that there “is no place for hate speech or content that promotes violence.” Can we trust him? How serious is he to ensuring his claims? Is he ready to walk the talk? After all, accusations[Read More…]

by September 6, 2020 World
 “Warrior” Steve Bannon Arrested As Trump’s America Is Crumbling

 “Warrior” Steve Bannon Arrested As Trump’s America Is Crumbling

It often happens this way: extreme right-wingers, or call them ‘ultra-conservatives,’ either in the United States or Europe, suddenly fall from grace, after committing the most heinous crimes. Sometimes it is child abuse or sexual harassment, but most of the time, it is a corruption of tremendous proportions. In theory, in their own theory, it is not supposed to be[Read More…]

by September 5, 2020 World
How ‘QUAD’ To Counter China On The Lines Of NATO

How ‘QUAD’ To Counter China On The Lines Of NATO

The first-round between China and US, from the past couple of months, has gone to the US side, as surely and certainly a lot is happening in terms of geo-politics, a change in what is called as ‘an old guard’ is taking place, as new blocs are getting formed and new formulations are in vogue, to be put forward, for[Read More…]

by September 5, 2020 World
A Green New Deal for Workers

A Green New Deal for Workers

By Howie Hawkins and Angela Walker Workers in 2020 have a unique opportunity to vote to put two fellow workers in the White House. Howie is a recently retired Teamster and Angela is a dump truck driver. We know the economic realities that working people face in the United States. This Labor Day we call for a better class of[Read More…]

by September 4, 2020 World
Israel’s Friends at the RNC: ‘Christian Zionists’ Dictate the Agenda of the Republican Party

Israel’s Friends at the RNC: ‘Christian Zionists’ Dictate the Agenda of the Republican Party

It is difficult – and futile – to argue which American president has historically been more pro-Israel. While former President Barack Obama, for example, has pledged more money to Israel than any other US administration in history, Donald Trump has provided Israel with a blank check of seemingly endless political concessions. Certainly, the unconditional backing and love declared for Israel[Read More…]

by September 4, 2020 World
USA Is Wary Of China

USA Is Wary Of China

The US Office of the Secretary of Defense Report released on Sep 2, 2020, is a 200-page document available free in PDF form, is named as Military and Security Developments Involving the Peoples Republic of China-2020, has been put to the world to see and probe as to what miracle China has become, militarily, apart from what economically it is. [Read More…]

by September 4, 2020 World
Pakistan’s Choice for an Islamicate Counter-Hegemony

Pakistan’s Choice for an Islamicate Counter-Hegemony

The rapidly shifting geopolitical realities, every new emerging international security situation, and (especially) current circumstances in South Asia behoove Pakistan to treat the Kashmir issue as its top priority – and thankfully Islamabad is doing that. The recent statement by Pakistan’s Foreign Minister, Shah Mahmood Qureshi, concerning the establishment of an alternative Muslim bloc to deal with the Kashmir issue[Read More…]

by September 3, 2020 World
Fruits of Illegality: The NSA, Bulk Collection and Warrantless Surveillance

Fruits of Illegality: The NSA, Bulk Collection and Warrantless Surveillance

He has become part of the furniture when it comes to discussions about privacy rights and personal liberties, arguably an odd sort of thing for a man who also dealt in the shadows of intelligence secrets.  But Edward Snowden has been doing his bit to reveal and chip away at the foundations of the national security state that continues to[Read More…]

by September 3, 2020 World
Turkey To Take On European Union All Alone

Turkey To Take On European Union All Alone

The world is dangerously heading towards a war which eventually has the likelihood to change into a world-war. There are now conflict zones getting ‘more aggravated’ owing to geo-political needs and there is a growing tension between Greece-Turkey in the Mediterranean sea,  since at least a month and there are all out chances that it may turn out to be[Read More…]

by September 2, 2020 World
Venezuela and Palestine: A Revolutionary Alliance

Venezuela and Palestine: A Revolutionary Alliance

On 6 August, 2020, Juan Guaidó, the US-backed puppet attempting to destabilize the legitimate administration of President Nicolas Maduro, announced the opening of a “virtual embassy” in Jerusalem. This action is one of the first measures initiated by the anti-Chavista opposition to restore diplomatic ties with Israel, severed by former President Hugo Chavez a decade ago. Guaidó is a pro-Israel ideologue who[Read More…]

by September 2, 2020 World
COVID-19 Pandemic: A Joint Nobel Prize For Trump, Bolsonaro, Modi – Truly Deserved!

COVID-19 Pandemic: A Joint Nobel Prize For Trump, Bolsonaro, Modi – Truly Deserved!

An emergency meeting of the 50-member Nobel Assembly at Karolinska Institutet, Stockholm – responsible for the selection of Nobel laureates in physiology or medicine – is having grave deliberations. Chairperson: An unprecedented situation has arisen after we received an email from the aforesaid aspirants for the Nobel Prize; the rules do not allow nomination by the potential laureates. I beseech[Read More…]

by September 2, 2020 World
COVID-19: A Pretext to Demonise China

COVID-19: A Pretext to Demonise China

The attempts by the U.S.-led Anglo-Saxon regimes to shift the blame against China over what they called a “cover-up” of the origin of the Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19) are unsubstantiated allegations designed to deflect attention away from the real culprit and portray China as the arch-villain of the “West”. The ongoing propaganda campaign to demonise and make China a scapegoat allows[Read More…]

by September 1, 2020 World
Live Like Them

Live Like Them

Back in the time before the time before the time before now, we used to have a chant. It would name some courageous, creative, fighter for justice and then urge that we Live Like Her, Live Like Him. In that time, in the next time, in the next time, up until now, would any serious committed activist for racial, gender,[Read More…]

by August 31, 2020 World
My Last ( Electoral ) Dance

My Last ( Electoral ) Dance

Here I am stranded on this island called Dumarika. Being a baby boomer this writer can recall the days when this place was never as dumb as it is now. Don’t get me wrong, this was always home to many fitting the description of Dumb, but never such a preponderance. I mean, how dumb can the majority of us be[Read More…]

by August 31, 2020 World
Life During a Trump Second Term: Paramilitary Democracy Accelerates

Life During a Trump Second Term: Paramilitary Democracy Accelerates

“We must take sides. Neutrality helps the oppressor, never the victim. Silence encourages the tormentor, never the tormented. Sometimes we must interfere. When human lives are endangered, when human dignity is in jeopardy, national borders and sensitivities become irrelevant. Wherever men and women are persecuted because of their race, religion, or political views, that place must —at that moment—become the[Read More…]

by August 31, 2020 World
The failure of US strategy in Venezuela

The failure of US strategy in Venezuela

In the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic, the United States’ “maximum pressure” campaign against Venezuela continues to intensify. Washington is planning to impose sanctions on “bad actors” that do business with Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro’s government, singling out countries such as Russia, China, Cuba and Iran. James Story, the top US diplomat accredited for Venezuela, told the Senate Foreign Relations Committee: “Certainly[Read More…]

by August 31, 2020 World
Iran Sitting On A Ticking Powder Keg

Iran Sitting On A Ticking Powder Keg

    Shahran oil depot in north west Tehran has been likened to a “hydrogen bomb”  The subterfuge and sabotage, particularly after the August 4, 2020 Beirut, Lebanon blasts 1 , in which around 181 people died, more than 3,00,000 rendered homeless and property worth billions of USD gutted, has become the new normal.   There are many theories about who[Read More…]

by August 31, 2020 World
 Carbon Debt & Dumping – Climate Criminal Australia Hugely Subsidizes Meat, Grain & Wine Exports To China

 Carbon Debt & Dumping – Climate Criminal Australia Hugely Subsidizes Meat, Grain & Wine Exports To China

Despite China being Australia’s biggest trading partner, US lackey Australia has joined Trump America in its anti-China trade war and military posturing policies. China has been offended by this increasing hostility from US lackey Australia and coincidentally for asserted anti-dumping reasons has applied tariffs to Australian beef and barley with threats of extending this to Australian wine. In actuality there[Read More…]

by August 31, 2020 World
The Sentencing of Brenton Tarrant: Jailing the Man, not the Great Replacement

The Sentencing of Brenton Tarrant: Jailing the Man, not the Great Replacement

  Brenton Tarrant was sentenced last week.  The Australian national who butchered, with relish, 51 individuals in Christchurch at Al Noor Mosque and the Linwood Islamic Centre, found himself facing something unique in New Zealand: jail for life without parole.  He pleaded guilty to 51 charges of murder, 40 counts of attempted murder and one of terrorism.  He also faced[Read More…]

by August 31, 2020 World
How Obama Administration Covered Up Swine Flu Pandemic?

How Obama Administration Covered Up Swine Flu Pandemic?

  It baffles the mind whether it’s willful blindness or anterograde amnesia but while drawing parallels with coronavirus outbreak, mainstream media appears to vividly recall Spanish flu of 1918 from a century ago and doesn’t seem to have an inkling about a much more pertinent example of H1N1 swine flu pandemic in 2009-10, even though it shared a lot of[Read More…]

by August 31, 2020 World
The Israel-UAE Deal Isn’t About Peace at All

The Israel-UAE Deal Isn’t About Peace at All

In some ways, the U.S.-brokered plan for mutual recognition between Israel and the United Arab Emirates is big news. For more than a quarter of a century, only two Middle Eastern countries—Egypt and Jordan—had officially recognized Israel. None of the Gulf monarchies did. So, it was a pretty big deal when the announcement was made. Except, actually, not so much.[Read More…]

by August 30, 2020 World
Israel To Keep An Eye On Pakistan via Yemen

Israel To Keep An Eye On Pakistan via Yemen

  How many of us have had any clue about Socotra Island which had recently been in news ( on June 21, 2020) when it was reported 1 that Houthi rebels had taken over Socotra Island from the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia (KSA) backed Yemeni government.  ‘Yemeni separatists have seized control of the island of Socotra in the Arabian Sea,[Read More…]

by August 30, 2020 World
Protest marches across Canada call ‘Defund the Police’, John Macdonald statue toppled

Protest marches across Canada call ‘Defund the Police’, John Macdonald statue toppled

Peaceful protests were held in cities across Canada on Saturday as protesters urged governments to slash police funding and do more to tackle deep-rooted racism in this country. Rallies to defund the police were held in Calgary, Halifax, Fredericton, Toronto, Montreal and London, Ont., many of which were organized by the Coalition for Black, Indigenous and People of Colour (BIPOC)[Read More…]

by August 30, 2020 World
Trump’s acceptance speech at the RNC epitomized scare tactics

Trump’s acceptance speech at the RNC epitomized scare tactics

On Thursday night (August 27, 2020) President Donald Trump of the United States delivered his acceptance speech as the presidential candidate at the Republican National Convention (RNC) that was held in the White House. It was the first of its kind when the White House was used as a podium for campaign by a seating president. As noted by presidential[Read More…]

by August 30, 2020 World
US-China Showdown Has Begun

US-China Showdown Has Begun

  US is itching for a war. In fact it is inching towards a war, a war which probably will have the full potential to change into a ‘third-world-war’, solely, for the reason that this time US is modelling itself against China, which by every standard is also a super-power.  US strategy is to station its aircraft carriers near the[Read More…]

by August 30, 2020 World
Thousands march in Washington D.C. with the rallying cry Get Your Knee off Our Necks

Thousands march in Washington D.C. with the rallying cry Get Your Knee off Our Necks

Thousands of protestors seeking criminal justice reform gathered at the National Mall in Washington D.C., the capital city of the U.S., on Friday under the rallying cry “Get Your Knee Off Our Necks,” a reference to the manner in which George Floyd was killed while in police custody in May and reminiscent of the 1963 March on Washington. Capping a[Read More…]

by August 29, 2020 World
Street violence in Portland as armed far-right returns “prepared to fight”

Street violence in Portland as armed far-right returns “prepared to fight”

Over the last three months in Portland, mass protests against police violence and racism gradually gave way to nightly often violent standoffs between a core of pro-Black Lives Matter (BLM) and anti-fascist protesters and law enforcement. The incidents are now part of a fact of life in the United States. In the past week the city has fallen back into[Read More…]

by August 29, 2020 World
Australia-China Relations: Down Under Squabbling

Australia-China Relations: Down Under Squabbling

These are proving testy times for Australian-Chinese relations.  Last week, Chinese authorities announced that an investigation would be conducted into claims that Australia has been using unfair dumping practices for its wine on the Chinese market.  This was not what Australian wine makers wanted to hear, given that exports of Australian wine to China grew from AU$268 million in 2015/16[Read More…]

by August 29, 2020 World
Canadian legislator honoured for standing up for Kashmir and minorities in India

Canadian legislator honoured for standing up for Kashmir and minorities in India

The members of Indians Abroad for Pluralist India (IAPI) presented a medal of courage to a North Delta MLA at his constituency office on Thursday, August 27 for raising the issue of Kashmir with the United Nations and speaking out for justice to the victims of Sikh Genocide. Ravi Kahlon, who is known for his strong advocacy for human rights[Read More…]

by August 28, 2020 World
Forging unity within the working class: An interview with Michael D. Yates

Forging unity within the working class: An interview with Michael D. Yates

Farooque Chowdhury interviews  Michael D. Yates In its desperate race to survive its series of crises, capitalism keeps clinging onto its old tool of dividing the working class. But, since commencing its political fight, the working class has uplifted a different call: Workers of the world unite! More than one hundred years ago, the proletariat in Russia trampled over all[Read More…]

by August 27, 2020 World
Schumpeter, the Luddites, and the Post-COVID Workforce

Schumpeter, the Luddites, and the Post-COVID Workforce

This is not a commercial. But if you happen to find yourself in Abu Dhabi at this moment, and are planning to take a flight back home to Delhi, you might be advised to try Etihad Airways, especially in these pandemic times. To check in via their ‘Fit to Fly’ application, just stand in front of the monitor, remove your[Read More…]

by August 27, 2020 World
Sound Advice to Facebook Cheif Zuckerberg on hiring practices 

Sound Advice to Facebook Cheif Zuckerberg on hiring practices 

Religious discrimination is on the rise across the world and must be contained before it harms businesses and our social progress. A religiously or politically prejudiced employee can affect others’ morale, cause a lot of headaches, bring lawsuits, and affect the organization’s ability to function cohesively. He or she can waste the CEO’s time and the precious resources defending and[Read More…]

by August 27, 2020 World
Democracy Is Important But Is It Working?

Democracy Is Important But Is It Working?

If you think that democracy is about ‘government of the people by the people and for the people’, you are dead wrong, not these days. The way democracy has evolved in recent years in both developed as well as in developing countries, it has become more of a system that may be, just may be ‘of the people’ and to[Read More…]

by August 26, 2020 World
Israel Will Never Allow Pakistan Have Access To UAE’s F-35

Israel Will Never Allow Pakistan Have Access To UAE’s F-35

When US made UAE and Israel to normalise their bi-lateral relations, on August 14, 2020, within ten days when the flames of Beirut, Lebanon had not even got doused, the under-cut deal which was made was that US would sell its F-35 stealth fighter jets to UAE, and which, obviously, sent alarm bells in Tel Aviv and Israel PM Benjamin[Read More…]

by August 26, 2020 World
On the eve of the 60th anniversary of the atomic bombing of Hiroshima, Greenpeace volunteers fly Peace Doves, bearing messages of peace, "No More Hiroshima", "Yes to Peace",  "No to Rokkasho" in Japanese and in English, beside the A-Bomb Dome Memorial in Hiroshima. 
Greenpeace renews their calls for peace and make this anniversary a message to world leaders to make real their commitments to nuclear disarmament, including the Japanese government to abandon plans to produce nuclear weapons.

Catholics Against Nukes: Archbishop Wester’s Hiroshima Vigil

In what is a turn-up for the books, a senior voice of the Catholic Church made something of an impression this month that did not incite scandal, hot rage, or the commencement of an investigation.  It did, however, agitate a few editors.  Archbishop John C. Wester of San Fe, in speaking at the online Hiroshima Day vigil, had put up[Read More…]

by August 26, 2020 World
 Light vs. Darkness’: What to Expect from the US Presidential Election

 Light vs. Darkness’: What to Expect from the US Presidential Election

Ideology: Mobilizing the Popular Base under Neoliberalism In his acceptance speech for president, Joe Biden framed the election in moral terms, stating: “I will be an ally of the light, not the darkness.” He then went on to ask voters to judge him and Trump not by rhetorical promises, but their deeds. Both Trump and Biden have a public record[Read More…]

by August 26, 2020 World
Robot Generals: Will They Make Better Decisions Than Humans — Or Worse?

Robot Generals: Will They Make Better Decisions Than Humans — Or Worse?

With Covid-19 incapacitating startling numbers of U.S. service members and modern weapons proving increasingly lethal, the American military is relying ever more frequently on intelligent robots to conduct hazardous combat operations. Such devices, known in the military as “autonomous weapons systems,” include robotic sentries, battlefield-surveillance drones, and autonomous submarines. So far, in other words, robotic devices are merely replacing standard weaponry on conventional battlefields.[Read More…]

by August 26, 2020 World
Kingdom of Saudi Arabia humiliates Pakistan

Kingdom of Saudi Arabia humiliates Pakistan

  The political developments in Gulf-region are leaving no scope to imagination  that the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia (KSA) is now working as an extended-arm of US, which is what is an extension of Israel.  Israel is the new super-power of the Gulf-region and has successfully raised a false-hoax of ‘rising-Iran’, to squeeze Arab-states into submission to Israel, after the[Read More…]

by August 25, 2020 World
 People Who Are in Denial About Coronavirus

 People Who Are in Denial About Coronavirus

There are basically two different policy-approaches to the coronavirus problem: One is the passive approach, waiting for ‘herd immunity’ to develop naturally. And the other is the active approach, in which the Government does take action — not just wait while the most-vulnerable individuals die off from the disease. The “herd immunity” approach is libertarian; it assumes that “let nature[Read More…]

by August 25, 2020 World
USA’s Militarization of Latin America

USA’s Militarization of Latin America

Maj. Gen. Andrew Croft, the commander of 12th Air Force, wrote on 22 August: “I have seen an increasingly contested strategic space where Beijing and Moscow are aggressively investing time and resources in Latin America to support their authoritarian models of governance. The Air Force must reinforce the strength of our longstanding commitment to the Western Hemisphere. We lose ground when we[Read More…]

by August 25, 2020 World
Ignore at your peril: Palestine ranks high in Arab public opinion

Ignore at your peril: Palestine ranks high in Arab public opinion

Rare polling of public opinion in Saudi Arabia suggests that Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman may be more sensitive to domestic public opinion on foreign policy issues such as Palestine than he lets on. The polling also indicates that a substantial number of Saudis is empathetic to protest as a vehicle for political change. The poll conducted on behalf of[Read More…]

by August 24, 2020 World
Hymn for a Broken Empire: Republican National Security Officials for Biden

Hymn for a Broken Empire: Republican National Security Officials for Biden

If fodder is needed for the argument that a Deep State is running wild and determined to depose President Donald J. Trump, this will surely help.  In a statement by self-titled “former Republican National Security Officials”, a hand-on-heart allegiance is made to Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden.  The authors are intent on moving the incumbent out of office, “profoundly concerned[Read More…]

by August 24, 2020 World
Responding To Voter Suppression, Understanding Manipulated Elections

Responding To Voter Suppression, Understanding Manipulated Elections

Co-Written by Kevin Zeese and Margaret Flowers Voter suppression in the 2020 election has become a topic of great concern. In reality, voter suppression has been part of US politics since the founding of the country. The oligarchs who wrote the US Constitution enabled voter suppression by not including the right to vote in it and only allowing white male property owners[Read More…]

by August 24, 2020 World
 Was Qassem Soleimani Killed to Avenge Saudi Oil Installations Attack?

 Was Qassem Soleimani Killed to Avenge Saudi Oil Installations Attack?

A joint American-Israeli program [1], involving a series of short-of-war clandestine strikes, aimed at taking out the most prominent generals of the Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC) and targeting Iran’s power stations, industrial infrastructure, and missile and nuclear facilities has been going on since early this year when commander of IRGC’s Quds Force General Qassem Soleimani was assassinated in a[Read More…]

by August 23, 2020 World
China And The Decline Of US Power

China And The Decline Of US Power

Constant attacks by some US elites on China will, according to some observers, diminish and disappear once the US presidential election is over in November 2020. This is unlikely to happen for at least two reasons. One, the issues that underscore the targeting of China are fundamental in nature and go beyond elections and personalities. Two, at the root of[Read More…]

by August 23, 2020 World
Lying  Mainstream Media Ignore Expert New 9/11 WTC7 Demolition Report

Lying  Mainstream Media Ignore Expert New 9/11 WTC7 Demolition Report

3 engineering experts from the University of Alaska Fairbanks have produced a detailed report entitled “A structural reevaluation of the collapse of World Trade Center 7” that concludes that “the collapse of WTC 7 was a global failure involving the near-simultaneous failure of all columns in the building” i.e. by explosive demolition and not by fire as asserted by the[Read More…]

by August 22, 2020 World
From Protecting Voting Rights to Honoring Veterans, The Post Office Is An Essential Service

From Protecting Voting Rights to Honoring Veterans, The Post Office Is An Essential Service

The capacity of the United States Postal Service (USPS) to provide mail services that generations of Americans have relied on has been severely weakened by the Trump administration. The assault on the Postal Service has only grown stronger and more brazen in recent weeks. We know by Trump’s own admission that his targeting of the agency is by design and[Read More…]

by August 22, 2020 World
The Fault Dear Citizens….

The Fault Dear Citizens….

” … Is not in our stars but in ourselves”. Paraphrased right out of Shakespeare ( Julius Caesar) you have it in a nutshell, for all of you, like myself, who actually vote. It seems that during each and every major election cycle the masters of empire make sure to give you choices as if right out of those old[Read More…]

by August 21, 2020 World
The Historic Bastardization of “Freedom” in the US

The Historic Bastardization of “Freedom” in the US

The bastardization of liberty and freedom is nothing new in the United States. It extends far beyond the recent “Liberate” protests in response to pandemic lockdowns, the result of which have borne fruit in an earlier than predicted second wave of Covid-19. It is not confined to just the 21st century, during which all three presidents have directed acts of[Read More…]

by August 21, 2020 World
Belarus is calming down after days of protest and EU plans to impose sanction

Belarus is calming down after days of protest and EU plans to impose sanction

Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko has stepped up efforts to reassert his control after 10 days of street protests and strikes triggered by disputed elections. Lukashenko says he has given orders to end the unrest in the capital Minsk. The move signaled an escalation just as European Union (EU) leaders agreed to impose sanctions at a virtual summit. The President of[Read More…]

by August 21, 2020 World
Send in the Clowns for the Circus Is in Town

Send in the Clowns for the Circus Is in Town

Don’t bother, they’re here, already performing in the center ring under the big top owned and operated by The Umbrella People. Trump, Biden, Pence, Harris, and their clownish sidekicks, Pompeo, Michelle Obama, et al., are performing daily under the umbrella’s shadowy protection. For The Umbrella People run a three-ring circus, and although their clowns pop out of separate tiny cars[Read More…]

by August 21, 2020 World
 The “Great” Reopening Or Setting America’s Schools Up to Fail

 The “Great” Reopening Or Setting America’s Schools Up to Fail

Seventeen years ago, against the advice of my parents, I decided to become a public school teacher. Once I did, both my mother and father, educators themselves, warned me that choosing to teach was to invite attacks from those who viewed the profession with derision and contempt. They advised me to stay strong and push through when budgets were cut,[Read More…]

by August 20, 2020 World
Pandemic-pain in Kuwait and Oman: Salary withheld and wine served

Pandemic-pain in Kuwait and Oman: Salary withheld and wine served

Kuwait has not enough cash to cover state salaries beyond October. And, Dubai again has loosened laws governing alcohol sales and possession of liquor. These developments are due to the coronavirus pandemic and the fall in oil price. A Bloomberg report – “Kuwait Can’t Pay Salaries Beyond October, Minister Tells Parliament” – on August 19, 2020 said: Kuwait has 2[Read More…]

by August 20, 2020 World
The Hunger Crisis in Guatemala

The Hunger Crisis in Guatemala

A report released by Oxfam in July 2020 states, “COVID-19 is deepening the hunger crisis in the world’s hunger hotspots and creating new epicentres of hunger across the globe. By the end of the year 12,000 people per day could die from hunger linked to COVID-19, potentially more than will die from the disease itself.” Like other regions in the world,[Read More…]

by August 20, 2020 World
Israel-UAE Bonhomie: The Dangers Ahead

Israel-UAE Bonhomie: The Dangers Ahead

Even when the flames of the blasts of Beirut, the capital of Lebanon 1 on August 4, 2020, had not doused, where death and destruction,  misfortune and misery has become the fate of Lebanese , that Arab states should have run to share the grief and started to investigate ‘who is responsible’ for the blasts,  as Michel Aoun, the Lebanon[Read More…]

by August 20, 2020 World
The momentum of protest in Belarus getting lost

The momentum of protest in Belarus getting lost

Momentum for factory strikes is winding down. Only a few days ago Belarus was boiling with opposition led protests and strike while the Belarus President Alexander Lukashenko’s claims the opposition’s program has failed. At the same time, Russian President Vladimir Putin has warned against foreign interference in Belarus while the European Union has expressed concern with the situation in the[Read More…]

by August 19, 2020 World
‘Black Lives Matter’: Slavery, race and the ideology in the historical context

‘Black Lives Matter’: Slavery, race and the ideology in the historical context

Like communalism, Brahmanism (casteism) and the gender, the Race, is also not an attribute of biology but an ideology that is constructed, reconstructed, nurtured and perpetuated in the day-to-day life experiences and intellectual discourses. A sense of superiority or supremacy is one of the key elements of the hegemony. In the colonial era, the European colonizers harbored the illusory sense[Read More…]

by August 19, 2020 World
 Donald Trump Is Losing His Tech War with Xi Jinping

 Donald Trump Is Losing His Tech War with Xi Jinping

For the Trump administration’s senior officials, it’s been open season on bashing China. If you need an example, think of the president’s blame game about “the invisible Chinese virus” as it spreads wildly across the U.S. When it comes to China, in fact, the ever more virulent criticism never seems to stop. Between the end of June and the end[Read More…]

by August 18, 2020 World
Indigenous People of Mexico Fight More Than Pandemic

Indigenous People of Mexico Fight More Than Pandemic

In Mexico, the intensity of the Covid-19 pandemic is increasing. With more than 480,000 cases and 50,000 deaths (third largest number of Covid-19 deaths), the country is staggering under the Coronavirus pandemic. While the entire country is experiencing the impact of the pandemic, indigenous communities represent the demographic section hardest hit by health catastrophe. Data from Coneval, the national government’s[Read More…]

by August 18, 2020 World
Hands off Lebanon: Macron’s Self-serving ‘New Pact’ Must Be Shunned  

Hands off Lebanon: Macron’s Self-serving ‘New Pact’ Must Be Shunned  

French President, Emmanuel Macron, is in no position to pontificate to Lebanon about the need for political and economic reforms. Just as thousands of Lebanese took to the streets of Beirut demanding “revenge” against the ruling classes, the French people have relentlessly been doing the same; both peoples have been met with police violence and arrests. Following the August 4[Read More…]

by August 18, 2020 World
The U.S. coronavirus death toll of 170,000 is a ‘success story,’ says Jared Kushner

The U.S. coronavirus death toll of 170,000 is a ‘success story,’ says Jared Kushner

Jared Kushner, the U.S. president Donald Trump’s son-in-law and senior adviser, once again gave a bullish assessment of the U.S.s’ coronavirus response on television, despite the nation leading the world in cases and deaths. The president’s son-in-law and senior adviser doubled down on comments from April, where he called the U.S. administration’s efforts a “great success story” and that the[Read More…]

by August 18, 2020 World
Google’s Open Letter: Fighting Australia’s News Media Bargaining Code

Google’s Open Letter: Fighting Australia’s News Media Bargaining Code

Tech giants tend to cast thin veils over threats regarding government regulations.  They are also particularly concerned by those more public spirited ones, the sort supposedly made for the broader interest.  Google has given us an example of this in an open letter published on August 17 to all Australians – the generosity that comes with transparency – that does[Read More…]

by August 18, 2020 World
Playing With Fire: China Fuels Middle East Arms Race

Playing With Fire: China Fuels Middle East Arms Race

Chinese President Xi Jinping, right, with Saudi King Salman during a signing ceremony at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing, China, March 16, 2017. (Lintao Zhang Pool Photo via AP) Unfettered Chinese support for Saudi Arabia’s so far peaceful nuclear energy program risks fueling a burgeoning Middle East arms race amid concerns that the 2015 Iranian nuclear agreement[Read More…]

by August 18, 2020 World
The first emancipation

The first emancipation

Co-Written by Alan Johnstone and Stephen Shenfield Dramatic news spreads among the slaves. Their masters are at war! They are told that their masters’ enemies are also theirs. But some doubt whether that is true. Might not their masters’ enemies be their friends? Soon it is rumored that any slave who crosses the lines into enemy-held territory goes free. A scene from the[Read More…]

by August 18, 2020 World
D & D Amerika

D & D Amerika

Coming from Brooklyn, NYC, and having a dad who was both a longshoreman and bookmaker, this writer knows a ‘ thing or two about a thing or two’ concerning the mob. In colloquial terms when someone knows something about an illegal act and keeps his or her mouth shut, they call that D & D or ‘ Deaf and Dumb’.[Read More…]

by August 17, 2020 World
Clashes across U.S. cities

Clashes across U.S. cities

Far-right demonstrators, counter-protesters and police clashed in a number of states in the U.S. The series of clashes between far-right militia, pro-Confederacy groups, and anti-fascist (Antifa) counter-protesters erupted across the U.S. on Saturday. Mostly peaceful protests against racial injustice have been ongoing for weeks following the death of George Floyd on Memorial Day. Clashes between opposing groups have also occurred.[Read More…]

by August 17, 2020 World
Turkey And Greece-Israel Heading For A Showdown

Turkey And Greece-Israel Heading For A Showdown

There are conflict zones or rather war-zones fast developing in the world right now. India is facing Pakistan in Kashmir, China in Ladakh and China is facing US, Japan, Australia, Indonesia and Taiwan in its South China sea, Middle-East is on the boil since a long time, precisely after Iraq was torn to pieces, thereafter Syria became the target where[Read More…]

by August 17, 2020 World
Foiled in the Security Council: The United States, Extending Arms Embargoes and Iran

Foiled in the Security Council: The United States, Extending Arms Embargoes and Iran

There are no official policing authorities as such when it comes to international relations.  Realists imagine a jungle of states, the preyed upon and the predators, a grim state of affairs moderated by alliances, agreements and understandings. But there is one body whose resolutions are recognised as having binding force: the Security Council, that most powerful of creatures in that[Read More…]

by August 17, 2020 World
How Billionaires Took Over Liberalism and Destroyed It

How Billionaires Took Over Liberalism and Destroyed It

They’ve done it via the ‘news’-media — their propaganda-operations. So, this is about how billionaires do that; how they’ve done it. Ever since at least the time of Thucydides in the 5th century BC, the wealthiest have ruled, and did it by conquest and plunder. The acquisition of exceptional wealth was by theft: it was coercion, which could be either[Read More…]

by August 17, 2020 World
Globally Governments Gang-up with AstraZeneca; Indemnifying It Against COVID-19 Vaccine Dangers!

Globally Governments Gang-up with AstraZeneca; Indemnifying It Against COVID-19 Vaccine Dangers!

“Cancel all … agreements that compromise the fundamental interests of the Indian people, particularly those imposed on behalf of global corporations …” A People’s Manifesto for Ecological Democracy by Countercurrents Collective Oxford University, England backed by the British Government in collaboration with multinational drug corporation AstraZeneca (British, Swedish origin) is reported to have completed Phase-1, II trials of its newly-discovered[Read More…]

by August 17, 2020 World
The Israel – UAE Bonhomie

The Israel – UAE Bonhomie

The improbable and unprecedented has happened. United Arab Emirates (UAE) has declared to normalise relations with the state of Israel on August 14, 2020 1 , after a phone-call between the trio- US president Donald Trump, Israel PM Benjamin Netanyahu and UAE crown prince Zayed Al Nahyan sealed it through, sending shock waves throughout the world, apart from the general[Read More…]

by August 16, 2020 World
The other side of American Exceptionalism

The other side of American Exceptionalism

Dyed-in-the-wool patriots know that the United States of America is God’s gift to the world. Policymakers have risen the story to doctrinal status. It’s referred to as American Exceptionalism, and it basically means if we say it or do it, it’s ok. It’s a nice thing to be backed up with this doctrine when you have ambitious plans for the[Read More…]

by August 16, 2020 World
George Floyd murder site

Anti-Racist Uprising In Minneapolis Infiltrated By Extreme-Right Hooligans

Text and photos: Andre Vltchek (Reportage from Minneapolis) The city of Minneapolis is where it all began. It is where the last drop fell on the surface of a proverbial overflowing lake, causing the dam to burst, consequently starting to destroy the foundations of the empire. A death of just one single man can, under certain dreadful circumstances, put into[Read More…]

by August 15, 2020 World
Apartheid UAE Recognizes Apartheid Israel – Will Apartheid Saudi Arabia Follow?

Apartheid UAE Recognizes Apartheid Israel – Will Apartheid Saudi Arabia Follow?

On 14 August 2020 the Australian ABC radio and TV news announced that the United Arab Emirates (UAE) had agreed to recognize Israel and exchange ambassadors with what the ABC described as “the Jewish State”. Not only was this descriptive  false and anti-Arab anti-Semitic (Arabs are 50.3% of the Subjects of Apartheid Israel) it was also grossly anti-Jewish anti-Semitic (all[Read More…]

by August 15, 2020 World
MLA Ravi Kahlon writes to UN to raise his concerns over Kashmir

MLA Ravi Kahlon writes to UN to raise his concerns over Kashmir

Close to the first anniversary of the scrapping of special constitutional rights given to Indian-occupied Kashmir, a North Delta legislator is seeking global intervention into the matter. Ravi Kahlon, who is known for his strong advocacy for human rights and social justice, has written to the United Nations on behalf of his constituents, who had raised concerns about the plight[Read More…]

by August 14, 2020 World
 Don’t be Hoodwinked by Trump’s UAE-Israel “Peace Deal”

 Don’t be Hoodwinked by Trump’s UAE-Israel “Peace Deal”

Co-Written by Medea Benjamin and Ariel Gold “HUGE breakthrough today,” crowed Donald Trump on twitter as he announced the new peace deal between Israel and the United Arab Emirates (UAE). The deal makes the UAE the first Gulf Arab state and the third Arab nation, after Egypt and Jordan, to have diplomatic ties with Israel. But the new Israel-UAE partnership[Read More…]

by August 14, 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

A president is called “a cheat, a liar, a fraud, a bully, a racist, a predator, a con man”

Michael Cohen, U.S. President Donald Trump’s former personal attorney, has released a foreword to his new book in which he calls the president “a fraud, a bully, a racist, a predator, a con man,” and accuses him of cheating in the 2016 presidential election. Cohen also makes reference to “golden showers in a sex club in Vegas,” without specifically stating[Read More…]

by August 14, 2020 World
Tension in the eastern Mediterranean as Erdogan threatens  

Tension in the eastern Mediterranean as Erdogan threatens  

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has threatened reprisals if anyone attacks the ship surveying disputed waters in the Mediterranean for oil and gas, after two French jets flew nearby during an exercise with the Greek fleet. “We said that if you attack our Oruc Reis you will pay a high price, and they got their first answer today,” Erdogan said[Read More…]

by August 14, 2020 World
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Avoiding World War III in the Caucasus

  “The Caucasus is Ground Zero in the New Cold War between the U.S. and Russia.” I wrote that several years ago, and it’s still true, particularly after Christian Armenia decisively repulsed a mid-July attack by Muslim Azerbaijan. Perhaps dozens of Azeris died in the battles, including a major-general, colonel, and two majors.  Armenia reported far fewer deaths and captured[Read More…]

by August 14, 2020 World
Covid-19: past, present and future

Covid-19: past, present and future

The current pandemic continues to have a large negative impact on most aspects of our lives. Over 20.6 million have been infected and almost 750,000 have died worldwide (about 5.3 million infections and over 168,000 deaths in the US) due to this pandemic. Besides these horrific impacts, this pandemic has also made clearer the failure of the bipartisan neoliberal economic[Read More…]

by August 14, 2020 World
Chile’s Mapuche Conflict

Chile’s Mapuche Conflict

On 1 August, 2020, a group of civilians, in complicity with the Chilean national police force or the carabineros and right-wing hoodlums, violently attacked Mapuche community members who were on a hunger strike in front of the Municipality of Victoria, in Araucania. The attack was strategic, organized and preplanned with the occupied town halls of Ercilla and Traiguén also being attacked, Mapuche women and children being[Read More…]

by August 14, 2020 World
Blood and Soil!

Blood and Soil!

In the 1970 film Patton, we see a scene where two battle worn soldiers marching along the road are passed by a jeep carrying General Patton. One guy looks and then says ” There goes old ‘ Blood and guts.’ ” The other soldier smirks and answers ” Yeah, OUR blood and HIS guts!” So it is for the Super[Read More…]

by August 13, 2020 World
Biden Wins-Then What?

Biden Wins-Then What?

Assume Joe Biden wins the presidency. Assume as well that he genuinely intends to repair the damage our country has sustained since we declared ourselves history’s “Indispensable Nation,” compounded by the traumatic events of 2020 that demolished whatever remnants of that claim survived. Assume, that is, that this aging career politician and creature of the Washington establishment really intends to salvage something[Read More…]

by August 13, 2020 World
Record numbers of U.S. citizens are giving up their U.S. citizenship

Record numbers of U.S. citizens are giving up their U.S. citizenship

Record numbers of U.S. citizens are renouncing their citizenship according to numbers reported by a New York accountancy firm. Bambridge Accountants reports that 5,816 people gave up U.S. citizenship in the first half of 2020 — a 1,210 per cent increase on the previous six months in which only 444 cases were recorded. The first two quarters of 2020 also rank as having[Read More…]

by August 13, 2020 World
The Politics of War: What is Israel’s Endgame in Lebanon and Syria? 

The Politics of War: What is Israel’s Endgame in Lebanon and Syria? 

On August 4, hours before a massive explosion rocked the Lebanese capital, Beirut, Israeli Prime Minister, Benjamin Netanyahu, issued an ominous warning to Lebanon. “We hit a cell and now we hit the dispatchers. I suggest to all of them, including Hezbollah, to consider this,” Netanyahu said during an official tour of a military facility in central Israel. Netanyahu’s warning[Read More…]

by August 13, 2020 World
Saudi Arabia is normalizing relations with Israel?

Saudi Arabia is normalizing relations with Israel?

A drama series telecast on the Saudi-controlled MBC during the holy month of Ramadan is being seen as a clear signal from Saudi Arabia about its growing ties with Israel, the Brussels Times said Tuesday. The TV series, ‘Umm Haroun’ (mother of Aaron), begins with a long monologue in Hebrew, in which a Jewish character says “we are the Gulf[Read More…]

by August 13, 2020 World
Lebanon’s government steps down following the Beirut blast and people’s protest

Lebanon’s government steps down following the Beirut blast and people’s protest

Lebanon’s government stepped down on Monday night, less than a week after a massive explosion in Beirut killed more than 170 people and wounded more than 6000, sparking days of violent protests. Prime Minister Hassan Diab addressed the nation, announcing his resignation and that of his government in the wake of the blast, which he called a “disaster beyond measure.”[Read More…]

by August 12, 2020 World