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Humans Have Done Too Much Killing, Try Peace Now Before It’s Too Late!

Humans Have Done Too Much Killing, Try Peace Now Before It’s Too Late!

We approach Memorial Day honoring the ultimate sacrifices made by 1.4 million American military men and women who died in America’s wars since 1775.  We must discuss the horrific impact of war on surviving soldiers and civilians.  For only they can teach us working for peace is a better option than fighting wars. Each death in war brings everlasting tragedy[Read More…]

Instability Widens In Mali And The Sahel Region of Africa

Instability Widens In Mali And The Sahel Region of Africa

The first foreign visit of the new French President Emmanuel Macron, after a now habitual trip to Berlin, was to Gao in northern Mali as head of the French military. The visit was an attempt to be seen as paying attention to the efforts of French troops in operations in northern Mali and other states of the Sahel region of[Read More…]

The tomb of the prophet Daniel, south of Tehran in Shush (ancient Susa), attracts Jews and Muslims alike. | Photo credit: AP

Fear As An Obstacle To Peace: Why Are Israelis Afraid?

  Bat-Hen Epstein Elias’s long article on Iranian Jews is interesting. Parts of it, in fact, are heartwarming. Yet, despite the lack of any serious evidence, the story is entirely framed in the language of fear. Entitled, “All the Jews there live in fear that their telephones are tapped,” the story in‘Israel Hayom’ peddles the idea that, although Iranian Jews[Read More…]

Past And Future: Evaluating Three Years Of Modi Raj

Past And Future: Evaluating Three Years Of Modi Raj

Narendra Modi government is completing three years of its rule tomorrow. It’s time to take stock of the government and the governance. Though three years in a span of seventy years of Independent India is not much, there are some important issues that should be discussed which may provide guidelines for the future. Rise of The Right Since the first[Read More…]

From Afghanistan To My #Mother!, And The Child In Everyone

From Afghanistan To My #Mother!, And The Child In Everyone

Dear mom and fellow members of the human family, I love my 77-year-old frugal, hardworking, self-sacrificial Han Chinese Singaporean mother, so when Trump’s military/government dropped what they nicknamed the ‘Mother of All Bombs’ ( MOAB ) on Achin District in Afghanistan, I knew I had to do something about this psycho-social disease of ‘war’. I mean, my mom is nothing[Read More…]

The May-Trump Guide To War And Terror

The May-Trump Guide To War And Terror

Bomb, terrorize and slaughter Middle Eastern majority-Muslim countries for strategic self-interest, but call it humanitarian. Thereby destroy the state’s security and infrastructure creating the perfect conditions for terror groups to operate. Arm, train & fund terror groups who are/have the same ideology as those you claim to be fighting against, but call them rebels. Create 100s of thousands of refugees[Read More…]

Kashmir: Idea, Not leaders!

Kashmir: Idea, Not leaders!

(Kashmir’s new revolution is following an idea and not any particular leaders!) Recently, there was a sting operation conducted by a TV network regarding money being received by some of the leaders of the present movement for “Azadi”. In fact, the discovery was proclaimed all over the country like the discovery of the principle of floatation by Archimedes who ran[Read More…]

PUDR Condemns Award To Major Gogoi

PUDR Condemns Award To Major Gogoi

PUDR strongly condemns the commendation conferred on Major Leetul Gogoi by none less than the Army Chief for taking Farooq Dar hostage, tying Dar to the front of his jeep allegedly to ward off attacking stone-pelters, and then driving around for several hours to warn people that a similar fate awaited them. The incident where Dar was used as a[Read More…]

Countering The Fake News Industry

Countering The Fake News Industry

While fake news industry has existed in some form or other in the past too, the rise of BJP into power has coincided with the disproportionate growth of fake news industry. What makes it alarming is these fake news sites are closely connected to BJP IT cell. They are on a continuous run to produce fake news which is used[Read More…]

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Why Is Saharanpur Burning?

Why Is Saharanpur Burning?

  Saharanpur district of Uttar Pradesh is on the boil for over one months as the Thakurs who are also known as Kshatriyas or Rajputs have been engaged in violent attacks on the Dalits in which several people have been killed, several other injured and houses burnt in village Shabbirpur. Western Uttar Pradesh is a very fertile land of powerful[Read More…]

Energy cooperative from the US, Touchstone Energy (http://www.touchstoneenergy.com/) Photo by David Ingram CC-BY-NC2.0

Is Renewable Energy A Commons?

How relocating energy in the commons helps scaling-up renewables & saving energy Is energy a mere commodity, or is it a common good? Why is this relevant in the first place? Here we look at why energy is part of our commons, from the sources to the product itself. In a second time, we will see that relocating energy in[Read More…]

Twenty-Seven Hours: Donald Trump in Israel

Twenty-Seven Hours: Donald Trump in Israel

It was time to do the Zionist boogie within a mere period of 27 hours, and anyone wishing to see two muggers of history enjoying each other’s company found themselves peering at Donald Trump of the United States, and Israel’s Benjamin Netanyahu, nearly arm in arm on the recent tilt in US policy.  “We understand each other,” effused the Israeli[Read More…]

Veterans for Peace, Northwest Michigan Chapter 50 publicly honors fallen Michigan service men and women with flags and crosses on Memorial Day and Veterans Day.
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Resisting Imperialist Militarism On Memorial Day

The United States is the most militarized and jingoistic nation on earth. Its foreign policy is guided by imperialist militarism, neoliberal capitalism and racial xenophobia. For more than sixteen years now, three presidential administrations have carried out a so-called “War on Terror” (GWOT), a perpetual state of war that is waged globally, under the depraved reasoning that “the world is[Read More…]

Standing by Truth Together

Standing by Truth Together

The thing is, a core group of citizens are — first — going to have to get off of the Untruthful Treadmill that they’re on. Talk about the toxicity of the blacktops that cover the only roads now available. And, then, carve out unprecedented inroads in the realm of the electoral arena.

Naxalbari May 25, 1967: A tribute

Naxalbari May 25, 1967: A tribute

  Naxalbari is still alive. Half a century has passed, yet the struggle is as bright as the crimson sun. Naxalbari is alive in the politics of people. The politics of dominating classes with all its power, and after so many years, is still failing to ignore Naxalbari, now, name of a politics, and has failed to wipe out Naxalbari[Read More…]

Enforcing Monolingualism, Endangering Multilingualism

Enforcing Monolingualism, Endangering Multilingualism

Every language is an asset; it carries the wisdom of elders, history, and memories. Based on the rich linguistic diversity and multilingualism, accommodating 1652 mother tongues, India has been called as a ‘sociolinguistic area.’In the November 2006, deliveringthe inaugural speech at the 28thAll India Conference of Linguists, Banaras Hindu University, Varanasi, Prof. U N Singh [the then director of the[Read More…]

The Adani Port In Kerala Runs Into Rough Weather

The Adani Port In Kerala Runs Into Rough Weather

The Vizhinjam sea port being constructed by Adani Ports and SEZ Private Limited has run into rough weather as the Comptroller and Auditor General’s (CAG) report has found that the  unfavourable conditions in the concession agreement of the project have gone against the interests of the Kerala State government.  The CAG  report says that the standard concession period for PPP[Read More…]

In Visit To Israel, Trump Escalates Attacks On Iran

In Visit To Israel, Trump Escalates Attacks On Iran

Donald Trump made clear from the moment of his arrival in Israel Monday that the purpose of his trip, promoted by the White House and the media as part of a quest for “Middle East peace,” is the consolidation of reactionary regional alliance in support of a US military buildup against Iran. The US president flew to Tel Aviv directly[Read More…]

Giving Rights To Trees. But Forgetting The Forests That Are Destroyed

Giving Rights To Trees. But Forgetting The Forests That Are Destroyed

Some four weeks ago, I posted my text on the “Rights of Rivers” (see here!), with which I had responded to a discussion that was going on in a google discussion group called Radical Ecological Democratic List. That was the beginning of another discussion in the said group: on the right to life of individual chimpanzees. A participant had informed[Read More…]

An Inherent Ecocidal Death Wish Of Humanity

An Inherent Ecocidal Death Wish Of Humanity

Our problem: There is a high probability of massive pain and suffering and then human extinction within the next one to two hundred years. The problem extends well beyond global warming denier Donald Trump and his American followers. It even extends into the bowels of the American “Liberal Left” and their US Media. It extends beyond America itself. The problem[Read More…]

Saudi King Salman presents President Donald Trump with The Collar of Abdulaziz Al Saud Medal at the Royal Court Palace, Saturday, May 20, 2017, in Riyadh. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

Donald Trump’s Riyadh Circus: Farcical, Nasty, And Dangerous

  Although there’s no reason to take Donald Trump’s erratic behaviour, and his ambivalent and nasty assertions seriously, yet we can’t ignore his latest gimmick, the circus he staged in Riyadh in the name of defeating Islamist terrorism on May 21st. To paraphrase Shakespeare, Trump’s so-called Islamic-Arab-American Summit was “full of sound and fury, signifying nothing”. The whole thing was[Read More…]

British Media Are Siding With Iranian Regime To Undermine Ahwazi Arabs’ Struggle For Freedom

British Media Are Siding With Iranian Regime To Undermine Ahwazi Arabs’ Struggle For Freedom

  Recently we have seen the mainstream media in the UK, supplemented by the film industry, undermine the struggle of an already oppressed people, the Ahwazi Arabs, by making a film about their plight, but wrongly labelling it ‘terrorism’.  There was no coverage of the human rights violations which have been perpetrated upon them by the Iranian regime, nor the[Read More…]

Questionable Legality Of The Surrender Process In Chhatisgarh: The Podiyam Panda ‘Surrender’

Questionable Legality Of The Surrender Process In Chhatisgarh: The Podiyam Panda ‘Surrender’

The Podiyam Panda ‘surrender’ is the first one being challenged before a court. The entire experience shows the questionable legality of the surrender process in Chhatisgarh. In the habeas case filed by his wife, Muiye Panda, Podiyam Panda came and went before the High Court under police guard. What value does such a production have? The Supreme Court has held[Read More…]

Women farmers at work in their vegetable plots near Kullu town, Himachal Pradesh, India.  Pic by Neil Palmer (CIAT).

India Needs To Focus On Its Development Warriors

  India spends more on programmes for the poor than most developing countries, but is not getting  the expected dividends that significant public expenditure would seem to warrant, and the needs of important population groups still  remain  partly addressed. This   has been haunting  social scientists and policy makers . India has ranked a lowly 131 among the 188 countries surveyed for[Read More…]

Koodankulam Nuclear Power Plant: Second Reactor Also Commissioned Illegally

Koodankulam Nuclear Power Plant: Second Reactor Also Commissioned Illegally

The KNNPP is a technological hoax, an abominable goof-up. The dogged determination to have commissioned it shows that the authorities is mortgaged to alien corporate interests reminding us of Andrew Undershaft in George Bernard Shaw, “Well, I am a millionaire and that is my religion”.

Reflections Of A Seed

Reflections Of A Seed

I wish I remain
In the cozy lap of mother Earth
Safe without pain
Of germination and growth …

President Donald Trump xxx during a speech to the Arab Islamic American Summit, at the King Abdulaziz Conference Center, Sunday, May 21, 2017, in Riyadh. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

Trump’s Speech In Riyadh Signals US Escalation Against Iran

Riddled with hypocrisy, clichés and absurdities, President Donald Trump’s speech Sunday before an assembly of monarchs and despots in Saudi Arabia spelled out an agenda of escalating US militarism throughout the Middle East and a buildup in particular toward war with Iran. Hailed by a fawning American media as “presidential”–supposedly eclipsing for the moment the crises and factional struggles engulfing[Read More…]

Getting Julian Assange: The Untold Story

Getting Julian Assange: The Untold Story

Julian Assange has been vindicated because the Swedish case against him was corrupt. The prosecutor, Marianne Ny, obstructed justice and should be prosecuted. Her obsession with Assange not only embarrassed her colleagues and the judiciary but exposed the Swedish state’s collusion with the United States in its crimes of war and “rendition”. Had Assange not sought refuge in the Ecuadorean[Read More…]

Back to Realpolitik: Trump in Saudi Arabia

Back to Realpolitik: Trump in Saudi Arabia

  “You are a unique personality that is capable of doing the impossible.” President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi to President Donald Trump, New York Times, May 21, 2017 The business of making money on property, badly, has shifted to the business of making money, greatly, for the US industrial arms complex.  This is the technique of President Donald Trump, who has[Read More…]

Trump in Riyadh And Oil Wars

Trump in Riyadh And Oil Wars

Historically, this latest eruption of American militarism at the start of the 21st Century is akin to that of America opening the 20th Century by means of the U.S.-instigated Spanish-American War in 1898. Then the Republican administration of President William McKinley stole their colonial empire from Spain in Cuba, Puerto Rico, Guam, and the Philippines; inflicted a near genocidal war[Read More…]

Truth or Delusion?

Truth or Delusion?

One inevitable outcome of the phenomenal violence we all suffer as children is that most of us live in a state of delusion throughout our lives. This makes it extraordinarily difficult for accurate information, including vital information about the endangered state of our world and how to respond appropriately, to penetrate the typical human mind. ‘Phenomenal violence?’ you might ask.[Read More…]

The confirmation comes soon after a report from the U.K. Met Office in June warned that the planet was well on its way toward that grim milestone. (Photo: Kevin Gill/flickr/cc)

The Death of Gaia

It is known scientifically that the Earth System, or Gaia if you will, is organized and functions similarly to other scales of biology, including organisms and old-growth forests. Gaia is a self-regulating, reproducing life-form, and as such is alive. As industrial human growth destroys Gaia’s naturally evolved ecosystem organs, the human family is failing to embrace a rich and truthful[Read More…]

Israel’s Genocide Towards Palestinian Arabs

Israel’s Genocide Towards Palestinian Arabs

  Kafir Qasim Massacre Several truths become manifestly clear to all those who remain truthful to the historical record and to themselves, and who have ever undertaken a serious read of the original imperialistic design and intent of the early Zionist visionaries and plotters towards Palestine in the late 19th century and 20th century; and those who have come after[Read More…]

The Illyrians – Autochthonous Balkan People

The Illyrians – Autochthonous Balkan People

It is true that every story about the Balkan Peninsula begins with the ancient Illyrians.[1] Historians believe that these Indo-European people were one of the largest European populationsto inhabit the western portion of the Balkans from the coasts of the Ionian Sea and the Adriatic Sea to the Alps about 1000 B.C. Their eastern neighbours were also Indo-European peoples –[Read More…]

Happiness In The (Un)Real World, (Un)Happiness In The Real World

Happiness In The (Un)Real World, (Un)Happiness In The Real World

In a first in India, the Government of Madhya Pradesh (GoMP) has set up an “Anand Mantralaya” (Ministry of Happiness) with the Chief Minister himself in charge, and a “Rajya Anand Sansthan” (State Institute of Happiness), headed by a CEO. [“Madhya Pradesh to devise Happiness Index”; http://www.thehindu.com/news/national/madhya-pradesh-to-devise-happiness-index/article18516488.ece; The Hindu, Bengaluru; 21 May 2017]. Without in any manner belittling the initiative[Read More…]

Connecting ‘Silos’: Interdependence Is Key To #EndTB in Sustainable Development Era

Connecting ‘Silos’: Interdependence Is Key To #EndTB in Sustainable Development Era

  (CNS): When major weak-spots go beyond the purview of health ministry, inter-sectoral programming becomes critical to progress towards ending tuberculosis (TB) by 2030, globally. Indian government has committed to end TB by 2025 – a welcome political commitment indeed – but warrants urgent and unprecedented actions to muscle up the required pace to keep this promise. As our governments[Read More…]

“Peak Hats.” Social Change And The Coming Demise of Private Cars

“Peak Hats.” Social Change And The Coming Demise of Private Cars

For a long time, hats were oversized and expensive status symbols more than tools for protecting people’s heads. During the past half century or so, they have nearly disappeared. A similar destiny may befall on private cars, also oversized and expensive status symbols rather than tools for transporting people. With the disappearance of cars, we may see hats coming back. [Read More…]

Md Naeem was the last of four people to be beaten to death on Thursday by villagers in Sobhapur, less than an hour’s drive from Jamshedpur, Jharkhand’s most populous city.(Manoj Kumar/HT Photo)

Lynchdia: The New India

Pete and Laura, old friends from Derby were visiting. They were here for a month and wanted to go around and discover the land of Buddha. “We want to go to Agra and see the Taj Mahal”, she said with a mouthful of English accent. “Hmm…Taj Mahal? That’s in Uttar Pradesh, nearer to Dadri where Akhlaq was lynched.” “And then[Read More…]

America’s Retarded Awareness

America’s Retarded Awareness

  Alternative ideas don’t come easily to Americans. It seems that Americans imported colonial hierarchal practices from Europe to cultivate them to their own advantage.Over millennia, Europeans had come to accept the authority of Church, Monarchy or State Principalities to be the places wherethe ‘rightful-centres’ existed. The ‘rightful-centre’ was always beyond the reach of the masses. Pontiffs and warlords alikehad[Read More…]

Growing Up With A Monster In Your Life!

Growing Up With A Monster In Your Life!

As children, my sister and I used to feel sorry for ourselves from time to time while having a brother, who’s a pathological narcissist. He was by no means easy with whom to interact day after day and year after year while growing up. Pathological narcissism | definition of Pathological narcissism by … medical-dictionary.thefreedictionary.com/Pathological+narcissism a psychiatric diagnosis characterized by an[Read More…]

Thinking About The Brain Thinking About Changing The World

Thinking About The Brain Thinking About Changing The World

     Albert Einstein said, “The world as we have created it is a process of our thinking, it cannot be changed without changing our thinking.”  Changing our thinking requires an understanding of how our brains work.  Scientific research has led to the discovery that our thinking brain is strongly influenced by our primitive emotional brain, known as the limbic system,[Read More…]

The Navajo Way!

The Navajo Way!

    It is sickening, tiring and frustrating to year after year deal with racism and bigotry. What does it matter whether directed against darker skinned peoples, people from other cultures, people designated as less than equal due to a caste system or the fact that some group wants the resources or land that the other group has and, so,[Read More…]

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Cleaning Up The Air We Breathe

(CNS): My first personal brush with the severity of asthma was several years ago, when one of my students suddenly started gasping for breath in the middle of her Physics Practical final examination of Class 12. We were clueless about the cause of her sudden affliction. Other than making her sit in the open air and force her to drink[Read More…]

Strutting Fascism And Swaggering Militarism

Strutting Fascism And Swaggering Militarism

It’s their strutting. That detestable image of the strutting that links them, the strutting and prancing Fascists and their swaggering and parading military cousins, up front for their conveniently concealed corporatist controllers. Il Duce among Blackshirts. A strutting and swaggering couple they are, Fascism and the entrenched class of war. Their distorted visions of gallantry and nation come so naturally[Read More…]

Julian Assange, Sweden, And Continuing Battles

Julian Assange, Sweden, And Continuing Battles

It had been, from the start, a cruel wait and see game.  Lacking logic and consistency, the Swedish effort to extradite Julian Assange from the United Kingdom, not for formal charges but the pretext of questioning him over sexual assault and rape, collapsed on Friday. The Director of Public Prosecutions Marianne Ny and Chief Prosecutor Ingrid Isgren, in a press[Read More…]

On Being Presidential And The Judgment Of History

On Being Presidential And The Judgment Of History

  There is in the U.S. a certain notion of being presidential.  Toss missiles at Syria or bomb Afghanistan and everyone reflexively calls it presidential.  Added to warmongering is peace making, visiting foreign countries, meeting with foreign leaders, holding joint press conferences with a slew of foreign reporters, all in a whirlwind of activity eagerly seized upon by the home[Read More…]

Disappearance of Daughters!

Disappearance of Daughters!

Nobel Laureate, Economist Amartya Sen, in way back 1990’s introduced the term “missing women”, showing a deficit in the number of women relative to the expected number of women in a region. He argues that “an advantage they enjoy not only after they are forty years old but also at the beginning of life, especially during the months immediately following birth, and even in the womb”. Thus Sen, attributes the phenomenon to the discrimination in basic nutrition and health care.

Positioning Popularity Properly

Positioning Popularity Properly

“Frequently the cock combines the lifting of his tail with the raising of his voice. He appears to receive through his feet some shock from the center of the earth, which travels upward through him and is released: Eee-ooo-ii! Eee-­ooo-ii! To the melancholy this sound is melancholy and to the hysterical it is hysterical. To me it has always sounded[Read More…]

Consuming Passions And Environment

Consuming Passions And Environment

    “Runaway growth in consumption in the past fifty years is putting strains on the environment never before seen.” The United Nations’ Human Development Report 1998 (UNDP Report) WHEN WILL WE EVER LEARN – LAMENT When will we ever learn? That “conspicuous consumption” only satisfies our shallow need for positive appraisal, self-esteem and Identity. That happiness is not the result of[Read More…]

Israeli-Zionist Genocide And Racism Unmasked

Israeli-Zionist Genocide And Racism Unmasked

Is Israel and its infamous Wall of Separation representative of a modern evolving democratic state, based upon Biblical principles and teachings, as applied towards the original indigenous Palestinian peoples of Palestine, or is it an example of yet another ethnic-cleansing, apartheid state, possessive of the same genocidal-racist tendencies as those 19th century colonial-imperialistic powers – like the United States, Canada,[Read More…]

The Indian Mainstream Media Continues To Damn Justice C.S. Karnan While His Pronouncements Stand Censored

The Indian Mainstream Media Continues To Damn Justice C.S. Karnan While His Pronouncements Stand Censored

Articles published in the mainstream media continue to damn Justice Karnan. Permit us to refer to one such article titled “SC right in convicting Karnan, wrong in gagging him, media” (The Times of India, 15.05.2017). The writer Dhananjay Mahapatra, associate editor with The Times of India, has spent about twenty seven years in journalism, twenty two of which have been on legal beat.

Obama Presidential Center In Chicago Could Cost $1.5 Billion

Obama Presidential Center In Chicago Could Cost $1.5 Billion

Earlier this month former US president Barack Obama spoke in Chicago about his plans to build his presidential center on the city’s impoverished South Side. Astonishingly, when the center is completed by 2021, the accumulated cost of building Obama’s monument to his political legacy could exceed $1 billion dollars. The early-phase spending, which includes the costs of building a library[Read More…]

Intervention: Inter-Parliamentary Union’s No To The Imperialist Procedure – Part II

Intervention: Inter-Parliamentary Union’s No To The Imperialist Procedure – Part II

The costs to be calculated The most important part of these intervention-costs lacking in most of these calculations are the cost and price the intervened countries, the societies and the people in these countries had to pay/are paying. In any of the countries going through intervention process, there’s no scope of pursuing productive, democratic, and educational-cultural-intellectual activities in usual, normal[Read More…]

Love Vs Pornography, Revolution Vs Passivity

Love Vs Pornography, Revolution Vs Passivity

  You say that you want facts – facts and more facts, before you can commit. Before you finally decide to become part of something: a political party, a movement or another human being. You already have plenty of them: an avalanche, a tsunami of facts. “In fact”, your life is overflowing with facts. Most of them are brought directly[Read More…]

Was Chelsea Manning Motivated By Moral Injury? 

Was Chelsea Manning Motivated By Moral Injury? 

  “My guilt will never go away,” former Marine Matthew Hoh explained to me. “There is a significant portion of me that doesn’t believe it should be allowed to go away, that this pain is fair.” If America accepts the idea of fighting endless wars, it will have to accept something else as well: that the costs of war are[Read More…]

Syria: The Afghans Are Coming!

Syria: The Afghans Are Coming!

  There’s a phrase that keeps popping up in discussions of Syria. It’s a string of words that always appear together, without variation, which is a tell for propaganda phrases and talking points. In the context of Libya, there was a line about “African Mercenaries”. The one I keep hearing about Syria is that Assad has “Afghan Shia militias” fighting[Read More…]

Is Trudeau Moving To The Far Right?

Is Trudeau Moving To The Far Right?

This afternoon (Thursday, May 18, 2017) CBC’s Power and Politics host Hannah Thibedeau hosted ex-Ukrainian Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk (“ex” as in being forced out of the current Poroshenko government). Apparently Yats has been traipsing around western political circles looking for support for his neoNazi anti-Russian stance in the Ukraine. Support for this would obviously be easy to find in[Read More…]

Reform Of The Financial System: Money Without Debt or Interest

Reform Of The Financial System: Money Without Debt or Interest

The current financial system cannot provide sufficient funds now to reduce unemployment or to alleviate the suffering of the 800 million across the world who are in poverty, close to starvation. The only remedy is for governments to provide debt free money without charging interest. This will not be easy. Governments will want to provide infrastructure. Roads, Transport, Hospitals, Schools[Read More…]

Hail Emmanuel Caesar! The Bankster Macron And Pax Francais in Africa

Hail Emmanuel Caesar! The Bankster Macron And Pax Francais in Africa

Emmanuel Macron wears the crown of Caesar in France today, with Presidential powers of Imperial proportions with his vision for Pax Francais in Africa pointing towards more of “Hollandism”, his predecessors practice of putting more boots on the ground to insure French access to Africa’s natural resources. Africa is Pax Francais’ last major bastion of neo colonialism, and it’s continued[Read More…]

The Release of Chelsea Manning

The Release of Chelsea Manning

It was one of the brighter acts in a darkening turmoil in the last parts of the Obama presidency, but the decision to commute Chelsea Manning’s sentence added a zest of enlightenment.  Manning had already found herself on the slippery slope to doom, having made two attempts at suicide the previous year, and facing the torment of incarceration in a[Read More…]

The Public Or The Agrochemical Industry: Who Does The European Chemicals Agency Serve?

The Public Or The Agrochemical Industry: Who Does The European Chemicals Agency Serve?

Agrochemicals are fueling disease and environmental destruction across the world and corporations need to be properly held account for their crimes and charges laid against them in an international court of law.

Tale of Tahir , Who Dreamed To Become A Journalist ,Is Now Behind The Bars

Tale of Tahir , Who Dreamed To Become A Journalist ,Is Now Behind The Bars

Tahir Ahmad Mir, a student of Journalism of Kashmir university is a criminal in the opinion of the police because of his alleged involvement of pro-freedom activities and is behind the bars for the   last long six months. Tahir was arrested in November allegedly for having involvement in pro-freedom activities during the peak of 2016 uprising. A resident of Kashmir’s[Read More…]

Hindutva: The “Opium” Of The People!

Hindutva: The “Opium” Of The People!

(The Hindutva wave of violence during the elections and after is not really against Muslims and for the safety of the cows. It is an excuse to administer what Karl Marx called the “Opium of the people” to the millions of poor Indians!) The ultimate goal of every religion is to explain the purpose of human existence to make it[Read More…]

Come to the Okavango

Come to the Okavango

First there was the dry. Then it rained high up and far away in the mountains. And water flowed. Life giving water filled the river banks and overflowed. Life giving water which itself gives up its life in a few months when it sinks into the sands of the Kalahari Desert. But while it lasted, it would be called by[Read More…]

Little Damini

Little Damini

As the Devil tiptoes into the room, The little girl’s hands seize the cane As he walks towards doom, His gaze fixed at her bane Brutus will make his deft move, But Caesar’s honour will not demise No longer trapped under his cove, The Damini in her is swift to rise Daddy’s little girl is now mature Ready to strike[Read More…]

Blow Jobs

Blow Jobs

Government of the blowjobs, by the blowjobs, and for the blowjobs
Government of the warmongers, by the warmongers, and for the warmongers
Is not war the ultimate blowjob?

Jewish Nation-State Bill: Israel’s Precarious Identity Is Palestine’s Nightmare

Jewish Nation-State Bill: Israel’s Precarious Identity Is Palestine’s Nightmare

  The Israeli Knesset (parliament) has hurriedly passed a new bill that defines Israel as the “national home of the Jewish people.” Although the association between Jewishness and Israel goes back to the foundation of the state, the new law also carries clear discriminatory elements that target the country’s Arab communities, numbering nearly two million people. The ‘Jewish Nation-State Bill’[Read More…]

Intervention: Inter-Parliamentary Union’s No To The imperialist Procedure [Part I]

Intervention: Inter-Parliamentary Union’s No To The imperialist Procedure [Part I]

  The Venezuela government has recently accused the US of financially propping up violent opposition groups in the country: Promoting an “unprecedented and systematic attempt” to intervene in the internal affairs of Venezuela. A statement of the foreign ministry of Venezuela said: “US financing and logistical support for violent groups in Venezuela have facilitated an armed sedition”. The statement added:[Read More…]

Trump Slip Ups in The Oval Office

Trump Slip Ups in The Oval Office

It has the air of a hunting party, and the quarry, on this occasion, was a lumbering US President with a loose tongue. The individual aiming the rifle in this case was The Washington Post, assisted by the murmurings and breathless whispers of various concerned officials as to what Donald Trump did in his meeting with Russian foreign minister, Sergey[Read More…]

In Desperate Need Of A Social Reform

In Desperate Need Of A Social Reform

To be free is not merely to cast off one’s chains, but to live in a way that respects and enhances the freedom of others. And as long as poverty, injustice and gross inequality persist in our world, none of us can truly rest. Above quote by Nelson Mandela forces us to think if we are really free and if[Read More…]

Trumpist-Populism, Neo-Liberalism And Anti-Semitism

Trumpist-Populism, Neo-Liberalism And Anti-Semitism

Introduction Nearly three decades after the collapse of the Soviet Union and the reintegration of the former Communist countries into the capitalist world economy, rightwing populism with authoritarian if not Fascist aspects, is thriving not just in Eastern and Western Europe but most notably in the US that presents itself to the world as a democratic society. An eclectic ideology[Read More…]

 Comic Faith, Wonder And Activism

 Comic Faith, Wonder And Activism

Proactive concerned citizens attempting to bring about institutional changes in the midst of our horrid momentum — rife with what makes us wretch morning, noon and night now — must embrace humor as they heft their sad sandbags onto barricades being used to fight the powers that be.

Ballad of People

Ballad of People

Fifty springs have passed
Number of people martyred
But, till democratic equality is not attained
Future torch – bearer is Naxalbari

Bahubali And The Propagation Of Gender Stereotypes

Bahubali And The Propagation Of Gender Stereotypes

With the path-breaking commercial success of the Bahubali series, it has become imperative to highlight certain other noteworthy achievements of the movie. While focusing on grossing billions and establishing landmarks in the world of commercial cinema, the makers of the movie did-not even attempt to window-dress the glaring prejudices and biases that the movie series conveys. The most blatantly and[Read More…]

Make The Anthill Great Again! The Ant Colony And The Human Ones

Make The Anthill Great Again! The Ant Colony And The Human Ones

Image above: the 1998 movie “AntZ”. This post was inspired by a post by Antonio Turiel titled “Of Ants and Men” where he used the example of an ant to discuss the difficulties that humans have to perceive the real problems facing humankind today. Here, I examine again, a little more in depth, the same issue. Imagine yourself as an[Read More…]

Fantasies of Worth: Macron’s French Mission

Fantasies of Worth: Macron’s French Mission

The outcome of the French presidential elections did not suggest a France on the verge of rapid, vigorous renewal. It suggested the opposite, a state in atrophy, the Fifth Republic in terminal decline before unleashed historical forces. Dejected, voters feared by way of a majority that Marine Le Pen was simply too potent to be catapulted into the Élysée Palace[Read More…]

Protesters Take Net Neutrality Issue To FCC Chair’s Home

Protesters Take Net Neutrality Issue To FCC Chair’s Home

Arlington, VA – Ajit Pai, the Chair of the FCC, is on a mission to destroy the Internet by reclassifying it so that it is no longer a common carrier where we all have equal access and repeal net neutrality rules so Comcast, Verizon and A&T can discriminate based on content. Net neutrality protesting outside of Ajit Pai’s home on[Read More…]

Venezuelan opposition activists clash with the police during a protest against the government of President Nicolas Maduro on April 6, 2017 in Caracas.
Violence erupted for a third straight day at protests against the government, escalating tension over moves to keep the leftist leader in power. / AFP PHOTO / JUAN BARRETO

Standoff In Venezuela

Venezuela has been rocked in recent weeks by almost daily protests and counter-protests, as right-wing opponents of socialist President Nicolas Maduro seek to bring down his government. While the media portrays these events as a popular rebellion against an authoritarian government, supporters of the pro-poor Bolivarian revolution initiated by former president Hugo Chavez say the country is witnessing an escalation[Read More…]

Tracing Potential US View of ISIS As Strategic Asset

Tracing Potential US View of ISIS As Strategic Asset

Gelhorn prize winner Gareth Porter notes this week that in 2008, after the US had destroyed Iraq, killing hundreds of thousands of people and sending millions fleeing, George W. Bush wanted to establish indefinite military occupation of the country.  But the then Iraqi government lead by prime minister Nouri al Maliki “rebuffed that demand” and forced the largely defeated US[Read More…]

Israel Tutors Its Children in Fear And Loathing

Israel Tutors Its Children in Fear And Loathing

  Nazareth: A display of Israeli-style community policing before an audience of hundreds of young schoolchildren was captured on video last week. Were the 10-year-olds offered road safety tips, advice on what to do if they got lost, or how to report someone suspicion hanging around the school? No. In Israel, they do things differently. The video shows four officers[Read More…]

The US Embassy Will Stay in Tel Aviv

The US Embassy Will Stay in Tel Aviv

The US embassy will not be moved from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem before a peace deal between Israel and Palestine is reached. Having talked to the Arab leaders, US President Donald Trump and his Secretary of State Rex Tillerson have finally understood the importance of such a move. It would be an offense not only for the Arab world but[Read More…]

“Me And My Shadow-Drone”

“Me And My Shadow-Drone”

The computer whined
a kind of laugh….
“You’re on a biometric leash!
We know your thoughts before you strew them
haphazardly about.”

The Method And The Manner of Punishing Justice Karnan Raises Questions of Law of Great Public Importance

The Method And The Manner of Punishing Justice Karnan Raises Questions of Law of Great Public Importance

  Commanding respect and not demanding is the central virtue of Courts administering justice. Supreme Court of India, being the Apex Court of the land has a constitutional responsibility to set an example in cultivating such a virtue. The method and the manner in which a sitting judge of Calcutta High Court Sri Justice C.S.Karnan has been convicted for contempt[Read More…]

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How Do You Degrow An Economy, Without Causing Chaos?

‘Houston, we have a problem’. On the one hand, there is growing acceptance among environmentally conscious people that rich nations and affluent regions of the global economy must dramatically reduce overall resource and energy consumption levels – that is, undergo a process of ‘degrowth’ – if humanity is to bring about a sustainable world order. On the other hand, we[Read More…]

The Future Is A Pluriverse

The Future Is A Pluriverse

Some believe that the commons are incompatible with commodity markets. Others claim that markets and commons may form mutually beneficial relations with each other. What are your own views on this issue? I think it is entirely possible for markets and commons to “play nicely together,” but only if commoners can have “value sovereignty” over their resources and community governance. [Read More…]

The Film Bahubali Amidst An Ethos of Hinduism

The Film Bahubali Amidst An Ethos of Hinduism

  Considering its huge budget, it is perhaps not surprising that there has been so much orchestrated praise in the media for the film Bahubali 2 with its record box office collections. It is disturbing enough but more questionable is the RSS mouthpiece Panchjanya championing the film as an ideal expression of Hindu values . One can give any spin[Read More…]

RSS Rolls On Nazi Racist Project Of Producing ‘Aryan’ Babies In India

RSS Rolls On Nazi Racist Project Of Producing ‘Aryan’ Babies In India

  According to press reports, one of the RSS offshoots, Garbh Vigyan Sanskar (Uterus Science Culture), following the Vedic preaching and post-World War II experiments in Germany, is conducting live trials in many parts of India for producing ‘fair’ and ‘tall’ ‘customised’ babies. According to Dr. Hitesh Jani, convenor of Arogya Bharati, another outfit of RSS which is part of the[Read More…]

The World For Ransome: The Effects of Wannacry

The World For Ransome: The Effects of Wannacry

What a stealthy bugger of a problem. Malware deftly delivered, locking the system by encrypting files and making them otherwise impossible to access unless a fee is paid. A form of data  hijacking that can only be admired for its ease of execution, for its viral-like replication that seeks, even hunts, vulnerable “unpatched” computer systems. The global information environment is[Read More…]

Left Liberals And Counter-History

Left Liberals And Counter-History

I read a Facebook post by an American Liberal comparing the refusal of the French Far-Leftist Jean-Luc Melanchon to choose between Emmanuel Macron and the rightist Marine Le Pen as President of France to the Left’s rejection of the German Social Democrats on the eve of WWI, resulting, ultimately, in the emergence of Naziism. He cited other similar cases where[Read More…]

Prominent Lawyer Prashant Bhushan Urges Indian Government to Stop Commercialisation of GM Mustard 

Prominent Lawyer Prashant Bhushan Urges Indian Government to Stop Commercialisation of GM Mustard 

The environment ministry in India will make the final call after the Genetic Engineering Appraisal Committee recently gave a positive recommendation for the commercial cultivation of GM mustard. Whether the crop is commercially cultivated could depend on the Supreme Court, which is hearing a case seeking a moratorium on its commercial release. The government has stated it will abide by[Read More…]

The Hand

The Hand

Around nine years ago, I read a very powerful poem called “The Hand.” It haunts me to this day as it perfectly summed up the utter travesty, ugliness and brutality of warmongering activities whether nation to nation or in smaller scale regional conflicts. The aftermath of carnage explained in the poetry was straight to the point. It starkly showed the[Read More…]

How Al-Nusra Front Split Up From Islamic State?

How Al-Nusra Front Split Up From Islamic State?

Since the beginning of the Syrian conflict in August 2011 to April 2013, Islamic State and al-Nusra Front (currently Jabhat Fateh al-Sham, JFS) were a single organization that chose the banner of “Jabhat al-Nusra.” Although the current al-Nusra Front is led by Abu Mohammad al-Julani but he was appointed as the emir of al-Nusra Front by Abu Bakr al Baghdadi,[Read More…]

Investigation

Investigation

Your honour!
Stifling his right of expression
Punishing him with incarceration
Is nothing different from anticipation
But continued centuries of strangulation
Of justice generation after generation !

Sardar Sarovar Dam Affected People Are Being Threatened Of Brutal Eviction

Sardar Sarovar Dam Affected People Are Being Threatened Of Brutal Eviction

After almost 32 years of struggle, lakhs of people in the Narmada valley to be affected by Sardar Sarovar, are being threatened of brutal eviction. The government of M.P has begun sending its emissaries to convey to the farmers, labourers and all inhabitants of the valley that they will have to move out of their homes and hearths, their farms[Read More…]

Resist Mamta Banerjee’s Goonda Raj in West Bengal

Resist Mamta Banerjee’s Goonda Raj in West Bengal

Soon after the massive Raj Bhavan march on 8th May, the goonda bahini of ex MLA of TMC, Arabul Islam, supported by the police are engaged in all nefarious moves to errorize and attack the people  violating the assurances given by the DM on 19th April to the delegation which met him. He had assured that the villagers going outside[Read More…]

Trump Threatens Comey Over Leaked Account Of White House Dinner

Trump Threatens Comey Over Leaked Account Of White House Dinner

  The crisis engulfing the Trump administration was compounded Friday by the president’s early morning tweet threatening fired FBI Director James Comey over leaked accounts of a White House dinner that contradicted the story given out by the president in an interview the previous day with NBC News. In the interview, broadcast two days after Trump fired Comey without warning,[Read More…]

Commoners Against Rape In Bangladesh

Commoners Against Rape In Bangladesh

Commoners in Bangladesh are raising their voices against rape. There are protest march, meetings, stand-ins. Days ago, an incident of a rape came out to public light. The victims were two university-students. The incident occurred weeks ago in the capital city of Dhaka. But, the victims dared not to lodge any complaint with the concerned authority as the   perpetrators were[Read More…]

Six Years Ago, Famine Killed 260,000 People In Somalia. Now, It’s On The Brink Of Happening Again

Six Years Ago, Famine Killed 260,000 People In Somalia. Now, It’s On The Brink Of Happening Again

Years of drought and violence have left half of Somalia’s population in urgent need of humanitarian aid. With food prices rising and animals dying, millions of people don’t know where their next meal is coming from. Humanitarian organizations are working hard to deliver aid to the most vulnerable people in affected areas. To make a donation click HERE UN agencies[Read More…]

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Kashmir, A Way Forward

Kashmir, A Way Forward

Kashmir is said to be paradise on earth. However when India started implementing its policy of ” Kashmir baharat ka atoot ang hai  ( Kashmir is a integral part of India ) ”  , Kashmir once the valley of red apples became the valley of blood. Successive Indian governments couldn’t resolve the problem and  Kashmiris kept the pot boiling. There[Read More…]

We Can Learn To Express More Boldly From Manto

We Can Learn To Express More Boldly From Manto

If the great Urdu writer, Saadat Hasan Manto was alive today, he would have been 105 years old. I wonder whether his spectacled and now old eyes would be surprised at how the world had further degraded in values of humanism. On second thoughts I doubt todays India or Pakistan with its ever increasing intolerance, extremism and gender inequality would[Read More…]

Indo-Pak  Confrontation:  A Suicidal  Militaristic  Adventure

Indo-Pak  Confrontation:  A Suicidal  Militaristic  Adventure

 Official  reactions  to  the  recent  incidents  on  the  Indo-Pak  border  ( killing  of  Indian  jawans,   the  death  sentence  passed  on  an  Indian  national  by  the  Pakistan  judiciary , the  incessant  cross-border  firings),  follow  a  predictable  pattern.  At  the  diplomatic  level,  the  foreign  secretaries  of  the  two  states,  perpetually  miffed  with  each  other,  exchange  angry  notes.  At  the  military  level,  the [Read More…]

Fact Finding Report On Assault of Prof Waghmare Following WhatsApp Post

Fact Finding Report On Assault of Prof Waghmare Following WhatsApp Post

This is a report of an eight-member fact finding team constituted by the Joint Action Committee for Social Justice, Mumbai to inquire into the assault on Prof Sunil Waghmare, head of Commerce department of KMC college in Khopoli (district Raigad, Maharashtra). The series of events related to this incident took place between 15th and 17th March, 2017. Following media reports,[Read More…]

UN Urges India To Lift Social Media Ban In Kashmir

UN Urges India To Lift Social Media Ban In Kashmir

Raising alarm over the impact of internet and social media restrictions imposed by authorities in Kashmir, United Nations human rights experts have called on the Government of India to protect the right to freedom of expression and to pursue an open and democratic dialogue to address the region’s social and political conflicts. The UN special rapporteur on freedom of opinion[Read More…]

Mounting Contradictions As Trump, Aides Defend Firing of FBI Director

Mounting Contradictions As Trump, Aides Defend Firing of FBI Director

The Trump White House plunged deeper into political crisis Thursday, as President Trump and top aides gave conflicting accounts of how and why Trump fired FBI Director James Comey, and FBI and Justice Department officials flatly contradicted the White House version of events. As the Trump administration scrambled to defend the decision to fire Comey, Democrats have seized on the[Read More…]

Critics Shocked By Trump Admission on Comey

Critics Shocked By Trump Admission on Comey

While it’s hard to keep up with the shifting reports of how the decision to fire FBI Director James Comey came about, President Donald Trump on Thursday admitted to directly asking the former head of law enforcement if he was under investigation—a move many said presented a shocking conflict of interest. “A dinner was arranged, I think he asked for[Read More…]

Palestinian women hold banners during a protest calling for an end to intra-Palestinian political divisions that have aggravated the electricity crisis, outside the Gaza Strip’s sole functioning generating plant, 23 April. Ashraf Amra APA images

Power Crisis Hits Gaza Hospitals As Israel Tightens Siege On Sick

The humanitarian situation in Gaza is growing more dire against the dimming possibility of a reconciliation between the Ramallah-based Palestinian Authority controlled by Mahmoud Abbas, and the Islamist movement Hamas, the UN special coordinator for the Middle East peace process has warned. UNSCO says the friction between the competing Palestinian regimes that operate under Israeli occupation in the West Bank[Read More…]

The Power of Grey – Towards A Harmonious And Peaceful World Order

The Power of Grey – Towards A Harmonious And Peaceful World Order

The society and humankind has been painstakingly trained, through centuries, to be fascinated by black and white. This is irrespective of the fact that if human soul was to be assigned a color, it most definitely would have to be grey, neither black nor white. So deeply have we been prejudiced that black is associated with darkness, negativity and all[Read More…]

Tributes

Tributes

Oh! Mother of civilization !
We are out to destroy
The meticulous creation
You nourished for us to enjoy

Urgent Appeal For Social Justice In The Narmada River Valley

Urgent Appeal For Social Justice In The Narmada River Valley

In the current context of planned closure of the SSP dam sluice gates (understood as planned for 09 May 2017 by NCA), about 40,000 PAFs (2,00,000 people) in Madhya Pradesh alone, along with their villages and one township, will be drowned. Their forcible evacuation by police action is being planned and is imminent. Such action will bring utter shame on our Republic.

Fact Finding Team’s Report on Ambedkar Nagar Demolition

Fact Finding Team’s Report on Ambedkar Nagar Demolition

This is a report of the five-member fact finding team constituted by Committee for Protection of Democratic Rights (CPDR) to inquire into the demolition of homes and police harassment of residents of Ambedkar Nagar, Colaba between 3rd and 7th May, 2017. The Fact Finding Team members were Shraddha (Nirmala Niketan College of Social Work), Tanmay (Tata Institute of Fundamental Research),[Read More…]

The Apple And The Ant

The Apple And The Ant

Antonio Turiel keeps what I think is one of the best blogs in the world (perhaps the best) dedicated to energy and fossil fuels: The Oil Crash. Too bad that, despite the title, the blog is written in Spanish. But if you can read Spanish or are willing to spend some time to decipher a Google translation, then you can truly[Read More…]

Supreme Court Gags The Entire Press Around Justice Karnan: Worse Than Indira Gandhi’s Emergency of 1975-76

Supreme Court Gags The Entire Press Around Justice Karnan: Worse Than Indira Gandhi’s Emergency of 1975-76

Co-Written by Chitta Ranjan Behera & Dr. Krushna Chandra Bal The order of the Supreme Court delivered on 9 May 2017 while directing the arrest and imprisonment of Justice C.S. Karnan for contempt of court did also forewarn the media not to publish any order issued by him. There are compelling reasons for which we the people of India need[Read More…]

China Should Be Our Model For Swachh Bharat, Public Transport

China Should Be Our Model For Swachh Bharat, Public Transport

  Beijing, the Chinese capital could well be a model for India’s Swachh Bharat mission of cleanliness. Toilets are everywhere in the city, I noticed during my two-week visit to Beijing last month. It could also be a model for us in public transport. I experienced this through my constant walks in different parts of the city and travel by[Read More…]

Jeremy Corbyn’s Electoral Vision: Labour’s Leaked Manifesto

Jeremy Corbyn’s Electoral Vision: Labour’s Leaked Manifesto

It is unfortunate that policies otherwise deemed middle of the road and social democratic tend to be seen in Britain as offspring of a lunatic mother long held in indefinite detention at Her Majesty’s Pleasure.  But such is the nature of the current electioneering round, which has seen a source, most likely a disgruntled Labour hack, leak the manifesto of[Read More…]

Pro-Apartheid Australia’s New White Australia Policy & Compulsory Australian Values Statement

Pro-Apartheid Australia’s New White Australia Policy & Compulsory Australian Values Statement

US lackey Australia (Oz) is second only to the US as a supporter of Apartheid Israel that denies 4.7 million Occupied Palestinians all human rights.  Oz has a racist New White Australia Policy for visitors and immigrants who must also sign a compulsory Australian Values Statement that hides the ugly reality of a massive Australian culture of mendacity, racism, invasion,[Read More…]

Fixing the Waste and Garbage Problems (Sort Of)

Fixing the Waste and Garbage Problems (Sort Of)

Garbage, pollution, toxins, diseases: All can be carried in the air, via the water supply and through the land, itself. Anyone who doubts that this is so needs only to look at what Indian Point nuclear plant, concerning which 17 million people live within fifty miles of it, has done: It doesn’t take an accident at the Indian Point nuclear[Read More…]

UNIFIL vehicle parked in front of Hezollah poster

Lebanon: Hedonism And War

Text and Photos: Andre Vltchek Palestinian refugee camps are up in flames, across the country, a result of the disputes between the rival factions, but also of ‘unsavory’ influences from abroad. As everyone knows here, there are, for instance,the Al Qaida-affiliated militants hiding in the South. There are Israeli incursions into Lebanon, both by land and by water. There are[Read More…]

New Charter: Should Hamas Rewrite The Past?

New Charter: Should Hamas Rewrite The Past?

  Now that the Palestinian Islamic Movement, Hamas, has officially changed its Charter, one should not immediately assume that the decision is, in itself, an act of political maturity. Undoubtedly, Hamas’ first Charter, which was released to the public in August 1988, reflected a degree of great intellectual dearth and political naïveté. “Allah is great, Allah is greater than their[Read More…]

Iran’s Elections: An Empty Charade for Ethnic Minorities

Iran’s Elections: An Empty Charade for Ethnic Minorities

With the Iranian presidential election scheduled to take place on Friday, May 19, the six candidates are competing for every vote, with all vying to win the essential backing of the country’s ethnic minority regions, whose peoples collectively comprise over 50 percent of the Iranian population.   All six candidates – Hassan Rouhani, Ibrahim Raisi, Mohammad Baqer Qalibaf, IssaqJahangiri, Mustapha Hashmi[Read More…]

The Other Side Of The Sukma Attack

The Other Side Of The Sukma Attack

The April 24 attack on India’s Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) contingent by the Maoist insurgents in Chhattisgarh state has evoked sharp reaction not only from the Indian leaders but also from Israel. The ambush left 26 soldiers dead. The incident occurred in the Sukma district of the state that remains under influence of the ultra leftist Maoist insurgency for[Read More…]

All We Like Sheep Are Being Led Astray

All We Like Sheep Are Being Led Astray

  “Collective fear stimulates herd instinct, and tends to produce ferocity toward those who are not regarded as members of the herd.” ― Bertrand Russell We are often taken aback by the vehemence with which our friends, associates and acquaintances disagree with our observations, especially while discussing the political motivation of politicians. We are also surprised by their loyal devotion to the[Read More…]

The ‘Political Buddha’ of Dalits in UP

The ‘Political Buddha’ of Dalits in UP

  Buddhism as a religion owes its origin to present day UP as ‘Buddha after attaining knowledge’ , he gave his first sermon at Sarnath, near Banaras. He and his pupils travelled widely in and around UP and Bihar, and propagated his ideas and philosophy before finally attaining Mahaparinirvan (death) at Kushinara (current Kushi Nagar, UP) in c483 BCE. Since[Read More…]

Revoke Varsha Dongre’s Suspension: Safeguard Adivasi Rights

Revoke Varsha Dongre’s Suspension: Safeguard Adivasi Rights

Revocation of suspension orders of upright, Dalit woman officer, Ms. Varsha Dongre, Asst. Jail Superintendent, Raipur Central Jail and restoration of peace and good government in the V Schedule adivasis areas of Bastar

On A Journey To Humanize Jinnah: Sheela Reddy On The Challenge of Understanding Jinnah Through His Disastrous Marriage

On A Journey To Humanize Jinnah: Sheela Reddy On The Challenge of Understanding Jinnah Through His Disastrous Marriage

What is important in life? The sages and wise women will tell you that the journey is important, not the destination. But ask veteran journalist and author Sheela Reddy and she will say both are important, the journey as much as the destination. She knows better, I guess, having both journeyed and having reached her destination of having published her[Read More…]

The New “Iron Curtain”!

The New “Iron Curtain”!

(The Digital India has failed to control the Social Life in Kashmir in spite of the strongest curbs ever put on all the social networking sites sand TV channels!) In the erstwhile Soviet Union there was such a blackout of communications with the outside world that the measure got the name of the “Iron Curtain”. It was virtually an Iron[Read More…]

Delhi Metro Fare Hike: Another “Surgical Strike” on Peoples Pocket

Delhi Metro Fare Hike: Another “Surgical Strike” on Peoples Pocket

Most of the mainstream newspapers since the announcement of fare hike in Delhi Metro carried out the same narrative fed to them by the Delhi Metro Rail Corporation, that the fare hike is the result of Staff Salaries and other Operational expenses incurred by them causing a loss of profit to the Company. The DMRC is registered under the Companies[Read More…]

Band wallahs march during a procession. Photo courtesy: Sadia Akhtar

Photo Essay: The Band Wallahs of Indian Weddings

Marriages in India are considered to be a sacrosanct social institution. Amid the glitz and the glitter of the wedding are men, whose music has become entwined with the wedding affair, the band wallahs. But who are these men, whose job is to be perpetual celebrants on behalf of other people. What kind of existence do these band wallahs lead?[Read More…]

As Justice Karnan Fights His Legal Battle, His Safety, Well-being Must Be Ensured

As Justice Karnan Fights His Legal Battle, His Safety, Well-being Must Be Ensured

Ever since the Supreme Court of India passed the order on 9th May, 2017 of arrest of Justice C.S. Karnan, a judge of the Calcutta High Court, he has been rendered untraceable. Since the Supreme Court order had put press censorship of sorts,rumours are afloat about Justice Karnan’s whereabouts. A disinformation campaign has been launched in the mainstream media to[Read More…]

Why A Just And Sustainable Economy Looks Like A Doughnut

Why A Just And Sustainable Economy Looks Like A Doughnut

I see a lot of books presuming to explain what’s wrong with the economy and what to do about it. Rarely do I come across one with the consistent new paradigm frame, historical depth, practical sensibility, systemic analysis, and readability of Doughnut Economics by Kate Raworth. Especially unique and valuable is her carefully reasoned, illustrated, and documented debunking of the[Read More…]

The Conquest of Chattisgarh: Unearthing Sangh Ascendancy In The State

The Conquest of Chattisgarh: Unearthing Sangh Ascendancy In The State

Odisha followed by Madhya Pradesh enacted the so called Freedom of Religion Acts for the first time in India. State of Chattishgarh was carved out of Madhya Pradesh which inherited the same law. Recently media reported of a series of Ghar Wapsi and attacks on Christians led by Dinesh Kashyap, a BJP MP from Jagdalpur, Chattishgarh. I joined a fact[Read More…]

The Case For An Intellectual Discourse On Islam

The Case For An Intellectual Discourse On Islam

  The righteous rage that boils over into lynchings, mobs, suspicions and allegations of blasphemy shows a loss of balance and rationality in our social behaviour. This is a disturbing truth that needs a serious collective introspection. Among other things, a lot of this (self) righteous rage is because of an inability and unwillingness to intellectually confront and address diversity,[Read More…]

"The ongoing struggle will not go down in the flames at Oceti Sakowin," writes Ladha. (Photo: Stephen Yang/Getty Images)

From The Ashes of Standing Rock, A Beautiful Resistance Is Born

If you’re like me, you are probably feeling a deep sorrow in your heart over the news that oil will soon flow through that black snake of death, the Dakota Access Pipeline. Despite the largest gathering of tribes in over 100 years, despite the prayers and militant resistance, despite hundreds of water protectors facing trumped up felony charges, despite the[Read More…]

Chopping James Comey

Chopping James Comey

“Having refused to admit his errors, the [FBI] Director cannot be expected to implement the necessary corrective actions.” US Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein Any sense that Donald Trump had found some accord with James Comey of the FBI gathered from his investigative zeal regarding Hillary Clinton’s improper use of a private email server should always have been doubted. Trump[Read More…]

The Relationship Between Forgetting Ourselves And War

The Relationship Between Forgetting Ourselves And War

  “The essential thing is to WANT to sing.” — Henry Miller “Education in this country just boxes you in.” — Emil White Just prior to Emil White dying, I had a chance to interact with the publisher, artist and well-known friend of Henry Miller at the Henry Miller Library in Big Sur, California in the late eighties. One of[Read More…]

Photo by Kasun Chamara

Three Found Poems

Three eruptions of unintentional poetry plucked from prose works, on topics ranging from homelessness in India to neocolonialism to death.

Palestinian mothers take part in a rally with hunger striking prisoners in the West Bank city of Ramallah on 3 May. Ahmad Al-Bazz ActiveStills

Israel Resorts To “Psychological Warfare” To Try To Break Strike

More than 1,500 Palestinian prisoners entered their fourth week without food on Monday as Israel intensifies its efforts to break the hunger strike. The striking prisoners are demanding improvements in conditions and an end to solitary confinement, heavy restrictions on family visits and administrative detention – prolonged imprisonment without charge or trial. Israel has refused to negotiate with or discuss[Read More…]

In Defence Of Justice Karnan’s Constitutional Rights

In Defence Of Justice Karnan’s Constitutional Rights

  The Supreme Court’s order of today (09 May, 2017) sentenced Calcutta High Court judge, Justice C.S. Karnan to six months imprisonment for contempt of court; additionally media has also been barred from publishing pronouncements of Justice Karnan. This order undermines the Constitution of India as it violates Article 19(fundamental right to freedom of speech and expression) and erodes the[Read More…]

Go Electric, Young Man! The Story of the Electric Fiat "500"

Go Electric, Young Man! The Story of the Electric Fiat “500”

Some ten years ago, myself and my friend Pietro Cambi had the weird idea of “retrofitting” Pietro’s old Fiat 500, turning it into an electric car. To understand why we embarked in such a task, you have to consider that we were (and are) both “peak oilers”; but also we were (and are) both Italian and the Fiat 500 is[Read More…]

Midnight Raids And Fabricated Surrenders of Niyamgiri Suraksha Samiti Activists

Midnight Raids And Fabricated Surrenders of Niyamgiri Suraksha Samiti Activists

CDRO expresses deep concern about the intensifying repression on the Dongria Kondhos of Niyamgiri mountains whose sustained resistance against bauxite mining is a fight for their survival and livelihood. CDRO condemns the midnight raid of the CRPF on the night of May 1, 2017 and the illegal and arbitrary manner in which 20-year old Kuni Sikaka was forcibly taken to[Read More…]

The Macron Denial

The Macron Denial

The cheer was always going to be qualified. The bubbles would be less effervescent, more a case of relieved sighing rather than frothy exultation.  After another electoral hack, and another round of threats, the French election was being played out in an era that may, in time, be given the Trump name. The pollsters did rest a bit easier after[Read More…]

Pakistan’s Tense Relations With Its Three Neighbors

Pakistan’s Tense Relations With Its Three Neighbors

  The head of the Iranian armed forces warned Islamabad on Monday (May 8) that Tehran would hit bases inside Pakistan if the government does not confront militants who carry out cross-border attacks. Ten Iranian border guards were killed by militants on April 26. Iran said Jaish-al-Adl (the Army of Justice), a militant group, had shot the guards with long-range[Read More…]

Threat To Muslim Identity: Perception And Reality

Threat To Muslim Identity: Perception And Reality

While growing up I learned that a sense of Muslim identity in me is not only a source of pride and joy, but also of great strengths, warmth and confidence. I did not find any conflict in my Muslim identity and being patriotic towards my own country. But gradually, I felt betrayed when I realised that my sense of belonging[Read More…]

 What’s So “Interesting” In Bangladesh Today?

 What’s So “Interesting” In Bangladesh Today?

Interestingly, “interesting” is an English expression, which may hide one’s actual opinion about something one considers “interesting”. What I read in Bangladesh media in the last one month is very “interesting” to me. Stories that I read are absurd, bizarre, entertaining, frightful, and sickening. I learnt from media reports and articles that there’s  nothing immoral, or impossible in Bangladesh today.[Read More…]

The Presidential Election Show In Iran

The Presidential Election Show In Iran

The Islamic Republic of Iran has started propagandas for its 12th presidential election which is on Friday May 19. This is not a free election because the major secular political parties are banned and prevented to designate their candidates. Islamic Republic is a misnomer, the regime is neither Islamic nor a republic. It is a theocratic totalitarian regime ruled by a[Read More…]

Hindu Rashtra: Is It Good For Hindus?

Hindu Rashtra: Is It Good For Hindus?

Hindu Rashtra is the goal of Hindu nationalist politics, which is also called as Hindutva. In contrast to Hinduism, Hindutva is a politics in the name of Hinduism with Brahmanism as the core of the same. In a nutshell Hindutva is a politics based on Brahmanical values of caste and gender hierarchy. The concept of Hindutva-Hindu nation is a modern[Read More…]

How The Law That Bhanwari Devi Inspired Fails Marginalised Women Like Her

How The Law That Bhanwari Devi Inspired Fails Marginalised Women Like Her

India has recently seen a spate of allegations of sexual harassment at the workplace. While analysing the Sexual Harassment of Women at Workplace (Prevention, Prohibition and Redressal) Act, 2013, we caught ourselves wondering – would the Act have changed anything for Bhanwari Devi?

Communal Politics In India Is primarily Due To Absence Of Land Reforms; Absence Of Process Of Secularization And Failure To Reduce The Hold Of Clergy: Dr Ram Puniyani

Communal Politics In India Is primarily Due To Absence Of Land Reforms; Absence Of Process Of Secularization And Failure To Reduce The Hold Of Clergy: Dr Ram Puniyani

Dr Ram Puniyani has been one of the foremost voices against communalism and has been active in promoting communal amity and national integration through various engagements at the grassroots. A regular commentator on the important socio-political issues, Dr Ram Puniyani has written as well as edited many books on communalism and for secular polity in India. In this detailed conversations[Read More…]

 Poetry Against Violence: A Prayer For Peace

 Poetry Against Violence: A Prayer For Peace

  Poetry has ever been a conversation with self, with the other that we tend to call society, with nature and with mystery that envelopes all beings. Ocatvio Paz, wrote in his introduction to  Poesia en Movimiento ( Poetry in Motion ) an anthology of contemporary Mexican poetry : “There can be no poetry without history, but poetry has no[Read More…]

Centenary of Osmania University 1917-2017: A Grand Function Where Students  Were Alienated, And Police Took Over The Whole Campus

Centenary of Osmania University 1917-2017: A Grand Function Where Students  Were Alienated, And Police Took Over The Whole Campus

  India’s President Pranab Mukherjee inaugurated the much-awaited, three day-long, Centenary Celebrations of Osmania University (OU) on April 26, 2017 at Hyderabad. One of the oldest and biggest, once prestigious, OU has now 720 affiliated colleges with 3.2 lakh students including about 5000 from 87 foreign countries.  The HINDU that morning reported: The Vice Chancellor Professor Ramachandram in a media[Read More…]

Venezuelan opposition activists clash with the police during a protest against the government of President Nicolas Maduro on April 6, 2017 in Caracas.
Violence erupted for a third straight day at protests against the government, escalating tension over moves to keep the leftist leader in power. / AFP PHOTO / JUAN BARRETO

Death Toll Rises To 37 Amid Continuing Clashes In Venezuela

The death toll rose to at least 37 Thursday in the nationwide protests and street clashes that have gripped Venezuela over the past month. The identity of the latest victims reflects the violent and provocative character of the campaign being waged by Venezuela’s right-wing opposition, as well as the increasingly repressive crackdown being carried out by the government of President[Read More…]

Turbulence Theory: Reactive Mismeasures: The New Yorker And The “New” Cold War Propaganda (Part 5) 

Turbulence Theory: Reactive Mismeasures: The New Yorker And The “New” Cold War Propaganda (Part 5) 

  This  is the fifth part (of 5 ) of a paragraph by paragraph commentary on a recent article posing as journalism in the March 6, 2017 issue of The New Yorker. I hope to demonstrate that this article is basically a totally mendacious concoction of cold war US propaganda constructed out of unsubstantiated opinions expressed by US government officials[Read More…]

#AadhaarLeaks: Why UIDAI And PwC Are Responsible

#AadhaarLeaks: Why UIDAI And PwC Are Responsible

In India, on past one month there are many news reports on various #AadhaarLeaks from Aadhaar seeded Govt services. As of now combined number of Aadhaar numbers leaked will cross 200 million , considering various leaks from Employment Guarantee, minor /student scholarship portal leaks, Social assistance schemes, and various pension schemes. Yesterday I was closely following Attorney General of India’s arguments[Read More…]

Climate Change Proof To Convince Even The Most Irrational

Climate Change Proof To Convince Even The Most Irrational

  The People’s Climate March on Saturday, April 29, 2017, flooded Washington, DC, with over 100,000 protesters. Organizers claimed 150,000, with marches in 330 other cities across the country and in three dozen solidarity events abroad. Coinciding with President Trump’s 100th day in office, the marchers also protested his anti-environmental actions. The previous Saturday (April 22, 2017), thousands of scientists[Read More…]

The North Korean Nuclear Conundrum

The North Korean Nuclear Conundrum

The world is watching with much fear and anxiety, admixed with some curiosity, the unfolding confrontation between President Trump and Kim Jong-un the supreme leader of North Korea. We still do not know whether the confrontation will lead to hostilities with predictably unpredictable and disastrous consequences or the two sides along with other interested parties will sit down and talk.[Read More…]

Margins And Solidarity At Perils In Assam: The Case of Kaziranga National Park And Beyond

Margins And Solidarity At Perils In Assam: The Case of Kaziranga National Park And Beyond

I grew up as a sick child, having suffered a chronic cough for over seven years. My parents tried everything to cure my illness. In one of such pursuits, I found myself traveling to Mayong with my father[1]. We travelled in a bus from Sadiya, the easternmost place in Assam, along with many others. Some were known to me and[Read More…]

Olympian Politics: The Australian Olympic Committee

Olympian Politics: The Australian Olympic Committee

It was a scrappy affair, and it resulted in a predictable result: the re-election of veteran administrator John Coates as president of the Australian Olympic Committee by 58 votes to 35.  Such a process was all in all dull but for the notable lid it had blown off regarding Olympic harmony down under. King Coates, as it were, has ruled[Read More…]

Of Frequent Net Ban: A Repressive And A Vindictive New Norm       

Of Frequent Net Ban: A Repressive And A Vindictive New Norm       

The best possible option with the clueless state government would be to call a spade a spade and stop this provocative Net banning ritual. Instead the Centre should start the institution of “unconditional dialogue” with all concerned stakeholders to put out this long-burning fire. There is no point in trying to divert the focus from the core to its surface.

Avoiding Another War In North Korea

Avoiding Another War In North Korea

During the Korean War, the United States dropped more bombs and napalm on North Korea than was used against the Japanese during World War II. The carpet bombing destroyed all of the cities and most of the villages in North Korea. More than 3,000,000 Korean civilians died in the war—most were in the North. Since the war ended with a[Read More…]

A Few Lines From Young Marx

A Few Lines From Young Marx

  It was 1830, the July Revolution forced abdication of king Charles X in France, and Louis Philippe became constitutional monarch. Twenty-eight years prior to this development in France, in 1802, the first factory law was introduced in England; and the law pertained to child labor. In the same year, John Dalton introduced atomic theory into chemistry. In the Congress[Read More…]

A Victory for Theresa May Will See Britain Dragged Further Towards War With Russia

A Victory for Theresa May Will See Britain Dragged Further Towards War With Russia

British Prime Minister Theresa May has been warned by various political leaders in Britain not to rush to attack Syrian government forces if she wins the general election in June. The Guardian reported that she might hold a vote on military action this summer. If this is the case, it would imply that she wants to press ahead without UN backing. May[Read More…]

In Yemen, Shocked to His Bones

In Yemen, Shocked to His Bones

  The ruins carpeted the city market, rippling outwards in waves of destruction. Broken beams, collapsed roofs, exploded metal shutters and fossilized merchandise crumbled underfoot. In one of the burnt-out shells of the shops where raisins, nuts, fabrics, incense and stone pots were traded for hundreds of years, all that was to be found was a box of coke bottles,[Read More…]

Greater Albania And The Balkan Problem

Greater Albania And The Balkan Problem

The Balkans has always been cursed by a recurring theme: that each entity within it can, at some point, become greater and more consuming in territory than the next neighbour. Each nation has, and in some instances continues, to nurse dreams of enlargement, pecking away at borders and assuming that few will notice. Strategies of expansion tend to have one[Read More…]

Nine Key Political Propositions For Building The Commons

Nine Key Political Propositions For Building The Commons

The following piece is extracted from a series of reviews on Common: An Essay on Revolution in the 21st Century, a book by Pierre Dardot and Christian Laval, from which Martin O’Shaughnessy summarizes the authors´ nine political propositions: In an earlier post (here), I summed up Dardot and Laval’s position on how we should think the common. What I want to do[Read More…]

Why We Should Be Concerned About Low Oil Prices

Why We Should Be Concerned About Low Oil Prices

Most people assume that oil prices, and for that matter other energy prices, will rise as we reach limits. This isn’t really the way the system works; oil prices can be expected to fall too low, as we reach limits. Thus, we should not be surprised if the OPEC/Russia agreement to limit oil extraction falls apart, and oil prices fall[Read More…]

‘Butcher of Kabul’ Returns To Kabul In An Afghan Peace Deal

‘Butcher of Kabul’ Returns To Kabul In An Afghan Peace Deal

  Lord Palmerston, the 19th century British Prime Minister, has famously said: “The Great Britain has no friends, no enemies, but only interests.” It was rephrased by Henry Kissinger as “America has no permanent friends or enemies, only interests.” This applies to current Afghan politics where Gulbuddin Hekmatyar, a former anti-Soviet “mujahideen” commander, arrived in the capital on Thursday (May[Read More…]

Photo by Andre Vltchek

Pope And I In Cairo

  In Cairo, Pope Francis, once again, did what he usually does best: he snapped at the state of immorality and selfishness, which is governing the world, particularly in the West. The message to Egypt’s priests couldactually be directed at the population of the European and North American cities: “The first temptation is to letting ourselves to be led, rather[Read More…]

A Billion Dollars Isn’t What It Used To Be

A Billion Dollars Isn’t What It Used To Be

One of the metrics of success in a mature capitalist economy is the number of billionaires present in its ranks. This term, billionaire, is the defining adjective of our time. Billionaire hedge fund manager, billionaire real estate developer, billionaire media mogul, billionaire investor, billionaire tech innovator. Where does it go from here? Asked and answered. Quoting from Credit Suisse’s 2013[Read More…]

The Bad Brother!

The Bad Brother!

  My younger brother, Rick, wasn’t meant to be born. That is — he wound up as an accidental birth concerning which my mother had mistakenly gotten pregnant only one month after I was born. Her ob-gyn was alarmed by the occurrence. He was the one, along with my mother and my father since the twosome were co-joined in decision-making[Read More…]

Why Americans Distrust The Press More Than They Distrust Trump

Why Americans Distrust The Press More Than They Distrust Trump

  A Morning Consult poll published on April 28th showed that “roughly half (51 percent) of Americans said the national political media ‘is out of touch with everyday Americans,’ compared with 28 percent who said it ‘understand the issues everyday Americans are facing’.” Plus: “Thirty-seven percent of Americans said they trusted Trump’s White House to tell the truth, while 29[Read More…]

Politics, Not Religion, Is The Source Of Sunni-Shia Conflict

Politics, Not Religion, Is The Source Of Sunni-Shia Conflict

Lately, it has become a habit of Orientalist apologists of Western imperialism to offer reductive historical and theological explanations of Sunni-Shi’a conflict in the Middle East region in order to cover up the blowback of ill-conceived Western military interventions and proxy wars that have reignited the flames of the internecine conflict in the Islamic World. Some self-anointed “Arabists” posit that[Read More…]

It’s Time To Reawaken The Spirit of Occupy For The Starving Millions

It’s Time To Reawaken The Spirit of Occupy For The Starving Millions

The world is now facing an unprecedented emergency of hunger and famine, with a record number of people requiring life-saving food and medical assistance in 2017. Since the start of this year, the largest humanitarian crisis since the end of the second world war has continued to unfold, while the international community has failed to take urgent commensurate action. The[Read More…]

Women farmers at work in their vegetable plots near Kullu town, Himachal Pradesh, India.  Pic by Neil Palmer (CIAT).

New Mantras For India’s Development

  A decade or two ago, many in India’s development community acted with the best of intentions, but without the best of evidence. If households lack clean water—help build wells ; if people suffer ill health—set up health services; if the poor lack capital to start businesses, give them credit. But the actual reality is not simple, it is very[Read More…]

Political Illiteracy Of Banker And BJP Spokeperson Syed Zafar Islam

Political Illiteracy Of Banker And BJP Spokeperson Syed Zafar Islam

Syed Zafar Islam, former managing director of the Deutsche Bank and now a BJP spokesperson has penned a piece of wisdom for Indian Muslims on behalf of the Hindutva camp titled ‘Why Muslims must give BJP a fair chance: The community has devalued its own vote by becoming captive to self-styled secular parties’ (The Indian Express, May 4, 2017).[i] A banker[Read More…]

Hillary Clinton’s Lament

Hillary Clinton’s Lament

“I’m back to being an active citizen and part of the resistance.” Hillary Clinton, May 2, 2017 Predictability in these tumultuous times will get you removed from office, or render you unelectable. Such a tendency has more than just a faint stain of the establishment, however accurate this might be in fact. This is not a point the defeated presidential[Read More…]

Kashmir: Generals Call For Political Solution!

Kashmir: Generals Call For Political Solution!

(Recently a number of retired Generals of the Army including a former Army Chief have opined that Kashmir needs a political solution rather than a military one!) In a recent interview, the former Chief of the Army Staff General Ved Prakash Malik said that Kashmir needs a political solution and bringing peace is not solely the task of the Indian[Read More…]

The New India of Cow Age

The New India of Cow Age

Welcome to the New India. This is nothing but a world of a Cow Age India. In this Cow Age India, Cows have ultimately achieved an up gradation. From non-citizenship, they have acquired citizenship. They will be offered an Aadhaar number which will become a proof of her Indian Citizenship. About eight crore cows which did not have an identity[Read More…]

US Sends B-1 Strategic Bombers Over South Korea

US Sends B-1 Strategic Bombers Over South Korea

The US Air Force sent two B-1B Lancer strategic bombers from Guam to the Korean Peninsula on Monday to engage in bilateral training exercises with South Korean and Japanese military forces. The provocative move was taken amid continuing threats by the Trump administration to launch military action against North Korea. A US Air Force spokesperson claimed that the flight was[Read More…]

Korean Tensions: Could They Slip Out of Control?

Korean Tensions: Could They Slip Out of Control?

  There have been over the years since the 1953 armistace periodic increases of tensions related to the policies of the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (North Korea) and the Republic of Korea (South Korea). Currently, the nuclear program and missile launches of North Korea, the establishment of sophisticated anti-missile systems in South Korea, increased sanctions against North Korea voted[Read More…]

Photo by John Vetterli

I’d Rather Be ‘Intellectual’ Than Stupid

Politicians, once they come to power, blame ‘intellectuals’ and ‘liberals’ for slowing down their bid for absolute control and power over all of us citizens. Politicians use the words ‘Intellectual’ and ‘liberal’ to malign, belittle and disparage social thinkers and independent minded social commentators who differ and disagree with them. Social commentators and all those who do not agree with[Read More…]

Empty Values: The Australian Concept of Citizenship

Empty Values: The Australian Concept of Citizenship

It has been a lowering conversation, and one that Australia’s politicians have been engaging in with various degrees of discomfort. The Australian prime minister, for one, doesn’t seem to know where to place his feet on this one, showing considerable trouble in navigating the term “Australian values” before probing questions. Would such values, posed Leigh Sales of the ABC to[Read More…]

National Guard, Pentagon Hold Drills Testing Preparations For Nuclear Attack On The US

National Guard, Pentagon Hold Drills Testing Preparations For Nuclear Attack On The US

With little public notice, government agencies at the local, state and federal level, in conjunction with the Pentagon, began exercises at the end of last month war gaming the reaction of emergency responders and the military to the detonation of a nuclear bomb in a major American city. Contemporaneous exercises are taking place around the country involving thousands of emergency[Read More…]

Resistance must be more than blockades and protest. (Photo: Eric Wüstenhagen/flickr/cc)

 Variables Vitiating Viewpoints, Visions

  I’m not using the “V” here to allude to the 2009-2011 mini-series, the 1983 television production, the Guy Fawkes mask, Thomas Pynchon’s debut novel or any other silly or pseudo-serious treatment of radical response to the powers that be. Rather, for me, there’s a need to address the repetition that we’re experiencing in the realm of activism, whereby — ad nauseum — vociferous citizens are voicing[Read More…]

Britain Must Break Free From The Agrochemical Cartel

Britain Must Break Free From The Agrochemical Cartel

Agrochemical manufacturers are knowingly poisoning people and the environment in the name of profit and greed. Communities, countries, ecosystems and species have become disposable inconveniences. Corporate totalitarian tries to hide beneath an increasingly fragile facade of democracy. The agrochemicals industry lobbies hard to have its products put on the market and ensures that they remain there. It uses PR firms and front[Read More…]

Aren’t Rohingyas Bengalis, And Arakan Integral To Bangladesh?

Aren’t Rohingyas Bengalis, And Arakan Integral To Bangladesh?

  Every society has certain taboos – cultural/religious, social, and political – set apart and designated as restricted or forbidden to associate with, or even to bring in ordinary discussion. The Rohingya issue (for some strange reasons) seems to be such a taboo in Bangladesh. Both people and government here don’t want to go beyond certain limits to have a[Read More…]

The Omnipotent And Omniscient

The Omnipotent And Omniscient

But if you risk life
Continue strife
Spread collective power
High over the infinite ‘ Sky’ tower
Will the big brother follow you?

The Trade Dreams of Boris Johnson

The Trade Dreams of Boris Johnson

“My chances of being PM are about as good as the chances of finding Elvis on Mars, or my being reincarnated as an olive.” Boris Johnson, UK Foreign Secretary Few characters in history have seen so much spoken about him for one seemingly so irrelevant.  Out of obscure follies and foolhardy decisions, he rose from being a questionable journalist for[Read More…]

The Prisoners’ Revolt: The Real Reasons Behind The Palestinian Hunger Strike

The Prisoners’ Revolt: The Real Reasons Behind The Palestinian Hunger Strike

Gaza is the world’s largest open air prison. The West Bank is a prison, too, segmented into various wards, known as areas A, B and C.  In fact, all Palestinians are subjected to varied degrees of military restrictions. At some level, they are all prisoners. East Jerusalem is cut off from the West Bank, and those in the West Bank are separated from one[Read More…]

Australian ABC And UK BBC Fake News Through Lying By Omission

Australian ABC And UK BBC Fake News Through Lying By Omission

  The UK BBC and the Australian ABC (Australia’s equivalent of the BBC) pride themselves on superiority over the Yellow Press as typified by the sex and scandal tabloids of the Murdoch media. However, as analysed below, both the Oz ABC and the UK BBC betray their audiences with fake news through lying by omission over horrendous Australian, British and[Read More…]

Remembering Karl Marx  

Remembering Karl Marx  

While most of the European thinkers and philosophers are famous, not all of them are as relevant as Karl Marx who is often referred to as the father of revolution. As a student of social sciences it was a privilege for me to study Karl Marx during early days of my graduation and at doctoral level. The present piece of[Read More…]

Who’s Afraid Of Aadhaar UID?

Who’s Afraid Of Aadhaar UID?

     Political corruption is a manipulation of policies, institutions and rules of procedure in the allocation of resources and financing by political decision makers, who abuse their position to sustain their power, status and wealth. www.transparency.org It was around midnight, and the family was having their late, last supper. As the clock struck twelve, they heard the dreaded midnight knock![Read More…]

Indian Education- Suicide--Madura beats

Statement on Suicide of Sagar in IISER, Kolkata

The Coordination of Science and Technology Institutes Students’Associations (COSTISA) expresses its grave concern at the suicide of Sagar Mandal, a 2nd year undergraduate student of IISER, Kolkata on 1st May, 2017. Sagar Mandal, a student from a poor family and rural background, is the latest in the case of suicides by students of the elite science and technology institutes in[Read More…]

Unfortunate Set of Circumstances

Unfortunate Set of Circumstances

It was a cloudy Sunday morning and Vesna was cooking up a storm for her two colleagues from work. All three of them were immigrants from Eastern Europe with similar pasts, comparable presents, and daunting futures. Back in their youth they were oblivious optimists, but a series of debilitating clean sweeps gradually turned them into neurotic toilet scrubbers who could[Read More…]

Where Farmers Are Taking Lives, Women Refuse To Die

Where Farmers Are Taking Lives, Women Refuse To Die

  The large swathes of cotton farms in Central India have been the epicenter of a global crisis that has gripped the rural population in crippling debts and has driven thousands of them to suicide. But the great news is women in this region have creatively and doggedly used the power of hope to reemerge form the ruins. This new[Read More…]

(Photo: Mr. Fish / Truthdig)

Reign of Idiots

The idiots take over in the final days of crumbling civilizations. Idiot generals wage endless, unwinnable wars that bankrupt the nation. Idiot economists call for reducing taxes for the rich and cutting social service programs for the poor, and project economic growth on the basis of myth. Idiot industrialists poison the water, the soil and the air, slash jobs and[Read More…]

Doctor And Predator

Doctor And Predator

Welcome to the nation!
‘ Doctor President’ Erdogan!
Let dictatorship and despotism
Integrate fanaticism with fascism!

Trump’s Deportation Priorities Aim At Creating Fear

Trump’s Deportation Priorities Aim At Creating Fear

  The Trump administration is implementing new deportation priorities with the aim of creating fear as people are lifted from highly sensitive locations like schools, courts and places of worship, says Julia R Wilson of OneJustice. She was of the view that the Trump administration doesn’t believe in ANY immigration. Addressing a civil rights forum of the United Muslims of[Read More…]

Bahujan Leaders And May Day

Bahujan Leaders And May Day

Mahatma Jyotirao Phule and Krantijyoti Savitribai Phule (1827 to 1890) fought throughout their entire life for • Decreasing the working hours from 12 to 8 • Special leaves for pregnant women • Abolition of the child labor • First leader to unite the labourers and farmers • Land to the tillers • Special protection for the tenant labors etc. Savitribai[Read More…]

May Day 2017: In solidarity With Maruti Workers’ Struggle

May Day 2017: In solidarity With Maruti Workers’ Struggle

More than 130 years from today, in 1886 May 1st, several thousand workers in Chicago city had participated in the massive strike demanding eight-hour working day and several workers sacrificed their life to achieve this demand. From that day onwards, May 1st is celebrated as the International Workers Day, as a symbol of working class unity against the capitalist class.[Read More…]

Korea: Leading To War?

Korea: Leading To War?

  The Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) is deeply concerned that escalating tensions between North Korea and the United States of America could lead to war. This view was expressed at the end of the 30th ASEAN Leaders’ Summit in Manila on the 29th of April 2017. Given the gravity of the situation, ASEAN could perhaps have been a[Read More…]

Is The U.S. Going To War With North Korea?

Is The U.S. Going To War With North Korea?

  In a continuation of the theater of the absurd, all 100 U.S. senators were driven to the White House to listen to a top-secret intelligence briefing on North Korea.  North Korea now has missiles capable of reaching Hawaii and will soon be able to extend its reach to California. As they also have nuclear weapons, putting two and two[Read More…]

Days of Illusion: Donald Trump’s First 100

Days of Illusion: Donald Trump’s First 100

The human capacity, notably in cultures where measurements are valued, places much stock in numbering deeds.  In the case of the US presidency, power is supposedly meant to translate into something within the first hundred days, a ring fight between the president and other arms of government, a race to the policy making podium. The US political system, in its[Read More…]

Rays

Rays

Sun zooms into sky
Like aspirations of workers of ‘ Maruti Suzuki ‘
Toiling daily with casting and moulding
And turning and fitting
Gears, accelerators and brakes
Or cushioned seats and side glasses
In the sweltering heat
And iron rust

Killing Kids at Yale Law School

Killing Kids at Yale Law School

Early January 1977 Just out of Harvard Law Looking for a job Landing at Yale Law 26 years old 2 hour faculty presentation In faculty lounge To my right Dean Harry Wellington Arrayed left and right Across the room Yale Law Faculty all Most distinguished crowd   Sitting in the back Directly opposite Clear line of sight Glaring right at[Read More…]

Abbas Fears The Prisoners’ Hunger Strike

Abbas Fears The Prisoners’ Hunger Strike

Nazareth: The Palestinian president Mahmoud Abbas is due to meet Donald Trump in the White House on Wednesday to discuss reviving the long-cold corpse of the peace process. Back home, things are heating up. There is anger in the West Bank, both on the streets and within the ranks of Abbas’s Fatah movement. The trigger is a two-week-old hunger strike[Read More…]

May Day 2017: Trample All Forms Of Sectarianism

May Day 2017: Trample All Forms Of Sectarianism

One hundred years ago, the proletariat in Petrograd celebrated the historic May Day in jubilation and honor. “Thousands of people turned out for the 1917 May Day parade. They carried […] banners and posters, which became the main elements of the decorations in Petrograd.” (Natalia Murray, “Feast in a time of plague, May Day celebrations of 1917-1918”, Baltic Worlds, vol.[Read More…]

The U.S. Political Scene: Whiteness And The Legitimacy Crisis of Global Capitalism

The U.S. Political Scene: Whiteness And The Legitimacy Crisis of Global Capitalism

Progressive, left, and social movement forces in the U.S. need to build on successes of the past as well as move beyond them, taking on, for instance, a more pro-active position against militarism and a deeper critique of capitalism. Reaching out across racial and gender lines to working and lower income people, such a movement cannot allow for itself to fall under the hegemony of corporatist political actors. Rather it must be a project that provides a real fight back to the Trumpian right and the permanent war state it now inhabits.

The Forgotten Message Of Ambedkar To The Working Class

The Forgotten Message Of Ambedkar To The Working Class

( The following are extracts from A paper presented by Dr KS Sharma at the XXXII Indian Social Science Congress held at New Delhi from 18′” December to 22nd December 2008. The Paper quotes Dr. B. R. Ambedkar extensively and seeks to bring out some views he had expressed at one stage in his political life. A few extracts focussing[Read More…]

North Korea’s Military Gambit

North Korea’s Military Gambit

“All options for responding to future provocation must remain on the table.  Diplomatic and financial levers of power will be backed up by a willingness to counteract North Korean aggression if necessary.” Rex Tillerson, Apr 28, 2017 The theatre unfolding in various international forums regarding North Korea is garnering top prices for front seats.  The press corps await the next[Read More…]

Muslim Profiling At US Borders Escalates During President Trump’s First 100 Days

Muslim Profiling At US Borders Escalates During President Trump’s First 100 Days

  President Donald Trump’s first 100 days in office were a frightening experience for the seven-million strong Muslim American community. According to the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), the largest American Muslim civil advocacy group, the U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) profiling of Muslims accounted for 23 percent of cases in the first three months of 2017. This represents[Read More…]

Conflict Resolution: White Feathers of Peace

Conflict Resolution: White Feathers of Peace

Absolutely, I get deeply angry at the carnage that our species demonstrates towards others of our kind and other species, the ones that are a part of the natural world that we dismantle for economic growth. Yet sometimes anger is necessary as it pushes one to where he doesn’t want to tread and to be someone he’d like to avoid[Read More…]

No Just War

No Just War

  Moral Injury and Nonviolent Resistance is not an easy train read. It is, however, a “Must Read” and very compelling. In a culture where war is taken for granted, whether it be on a foreign battleground or in a domestic arena, the Lynds offer their book as a plea for Peace. Peace through nonviolent actions. Peace through voices speaking[Read More…]

The Necessary Ground of Being for Dyslexic Activism

The Necessary Ground of Being for Dyslexic Activism

  In the early days of hip hop, most of the artists either lived in or were born in New York City’s South Bronx. That area was devastated in 1929 by the building of the Cross-Bronx Expressway, which displaced 60,000 Bronx residents. Although the white residents who lived in the realm moved to the suburbs, many of the poor African-American[Read More…]

Witness To The Revolution: Radicals, Resisters, Vets, Hippies, And The Year America Lost Its Mind And Found Its Soul

Witness To The Revolution: Radicals, Resisters, Vets, Hippies, And The Year America Lost Its Mind And Found Its Soul

Witness to the Revolution: Radicals, Resisters, Vets, Hippies, and the Year America Lost Its Mind and Found Its Soul by Clara Bingham is a valuable contribution to further understanding and popularizing the radical upsurge of the 1960s. The book is an oral history and we hear from well-known figures of the time such as Ericka Huggins, Tom Hayden and Robin[Read More…]

Hybrid War: Reactive Mismeasures: The New Yorker and the “New” Cold War Propaganda (Part 4)

Hybrid War: Reactive Mismeasures: The New Yorker and the “New” Cold War Propaganda (Part 4)

  This is the fourth part (of 5 ) of a paragraph by paragraph commentary on a recent article posing as journalism in the March 6, 2017 issue of The New Yorker. I hope to demonstrate that this article is basically a totally mendacious concoction of cold war US propaganda constructed out of unsubstantiated opinions expressed by US government officials[Read More…]

Kashmir: Remembering The Unsung Heroes

Kashmir: Remembering The Unsung Heroes

  29 April 1865 is marked as the bloodiest day in Kashmir history. On this day the Dogra army brutally massacred 28 Kashmiris at old city’s Zaldagar, when shawl weavers peacefully protested against the Dagh shawl department and the cruel taxation of the government.This protest was in the backdrop of their frustration, their extremely difficult working conditions, meagre wages, excessive[Read More…]

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Heat Wave Scalds Orange Farmers

  Nagpur’s oranges, which were the pride of the country, are fast losing sheen. Nagpur still retains the appellation of “Orange City” but the scene today is nowhere near the mystical description that famous Englishman Major Henry Bevan gave following his visit to Nagpur in 1818. “The greatest ornament of the garden is… (an) orange tree called Cintra (santra) or[Read More…]

Reducing Spaces of Critical Voices And Clampdown on Human Rights Organisations

Reducing Spaces of Critical Voices And Clampdown on Human Rights Organisations

In recent times, the suppression, attempts of arm twisting and cancellation of FCRA of NGOs have been a subject of debate among various circles in India. Most of these NGOs have been either organisations belonging to minority communities or organisations critical of the Government’s policies on development or those involved with human rights issues. The recent clampdown on the human[Read More…]

Jeremy Corbyn Is Britain’s Best Hope

Jeremy Corbyn Is Britain’s Best Hope

British Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson has suggested the UK could join US military action against the Syrian government without parliamentary approval. Johnson said he and PM Theresa May agreed that in the event of another chemical attack by the Assad regime, it would be hard for the UK to refuse any request to join military action. No evidence has been provided that[Read More…]

 A World In Free Fall In A Dangerous Universe: Syria, Afghanistan, North Korea, Iran, What’s Next, An Asteroid?

 A World In Free Fall In A Dangerous Universe: Syria, Afghanistan, North Korea, Iran, What’s Next, An Asteroid?

  A universal truth was revealed by the recent chemical weapon tragedy in Syria’s Idlib Province and the MOAB bombing of Afghanistan. Namely, that as the human world continues to tear itself asunder and make a mockery of the United Nation’s concept of international law and the sovereign rights of nations – supposedly intended to protect them from unprovoked, preemptive[Read More…]

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Middle Eastern Surgeon Speaks About The ‘Ecology Of War’

  Text and Photos: Andre Vltchek Dr. Gus Abu-Sitta is the head of the Plastic Surgery Department at the AUB Medical Center in Lebanon. He specializes in: reconstructive surgery. What it means in this part of the world is clear: they bring you people from the war zones, torn to pieces, missing faces, burned beyond recognition, and you have to[Read More…]

The Shame of Killing Innocent People

The Shame of Killing Innocent People

  On April 26th, 2017, in Yemen’s port city of Hodeidah, the Saudi-led coalition which has been waging war in Yemen for the past two years dropped leaflets informing Hodeidah’s residents of an impending attack.  One leaflet read: “Our forces of legitimacy are heading to liberate Hodeidah and end the suffering of our gracious Yemeni people. Join your legitimate government[Read More…]

Climate Change And Other Dire Difficulties

Climate Change And Other Dire Difficulties

  To do nothing what-soever except minimally (such as recycling garbage) in light of coming climate change impacts for a small portion of the world — well, we know to where this feebly enacted, but basically empty non-action leads. Same-old patterns exist until forcing a change as the same-old ones are no longer workable given changing impacting variables at the[Read More…]

Science And Wars Against The Environment

Science And Wars Against The Environment

At the Boston Science March this past Saturday, April 22 , I did not notice any signs proclaiming “SCIENCE FOR THE PEOPLE, NOT FOR PROFIT” or “SCIENCE FOR PEACE, NOT FOR WAR.” (1) Were there any?  The few scientists I have known personally believe that science is value-free, unconcerned with politics or morality. It exists as pure truth born of[Read More…]

Yemen: Effective Humanitarian Aid Depends on a Peace Accord

Yemen: Effective Humanitarian Aid Depends on a Peace Accord

  The United Nations (UN) together with the governments of Sweden and Switzerland which have often led humanitarian issues in the UN system held a high-level pledging conference in Geneva on April 25, 2017 to again draw attention to the deepening humanitarian crisis in war-torn Yemen, currently the largest food security emergency in the world. Some 60% of the population[Read More…]

Yassmin Abdel-Magied Censored On Anzac Day – Jingoists Trash Australian Free Speech

Yassmin Abdel-Magied Censored On Anzac Day – Jingoists Trash Australian Free Speech

  On Australia’s Anzac Day,  Muslim, feminist  social advocate and  humanitarian  journalist  Yassmin Abdel-Magied (who works for the ABC, Australia’s equivalent of the UK BBC) posted on her Facebook page: “Lest we forget (Manus, Nauru, Syria, Palestine)”. Savaged by public outcry, Ms Abdel-Magied rapidly deleted the post and apologized. The post was correct and her silencing by rabid jingoists is[Read More…]

Turkey’s Kurdish Agenda

Turkey’s Kurdish Agenda

Any doubts that Turkey’s involvement in the conflict against Islamic State is purely symbolic were dispelled by a latest round of air strikes against Kurdish positions in northeast Syria and Iraq’s Sinjar region, killing at least 20 fighters.  (The number from Ankara is a more inflated 70).  Iraqi government officials were flawed by the action, infuriated by its audacity; the[Read More…]

Palestinian, Jewish Voices Must Jointly Challenge Israel’s Past

Palestinian, Jewish Voices Must Jointly Challenge Israel’s Past

  Israel has resorted to three main strategies to suppress Palestinian calls for justice and human rights, including the Right of Return for refugees. One is dedicated to rewriting history; another attempts to distract from present realities altogether and a third aims at reclaiming the Palestinian narrative as essentially an Israeli one. The rewriting of history happened much earlier than[Read More…]

Regardless Of Lifestyles We’re Too Numerous To Be Sustainable

Regardless Of Lifestyles We’re Too Numerous To Be Sustainable

To survive and live well we must reduce our population back to 2 billion as it was 80 years ago. Why did we allow our world population to keep growing to an unsustainable 7.4 billion, and passing on to our children the task of feeding and managing 9 billion people on a planet of degrading soils, acidifying and rising oceans[Read More…]

A Revolution of Values

A Revolution of Values

Angela Merkel, in her congratulatory message to Donald Trump after his election victory, struck a reminder of the values connecting Germany and America: “democracy, freedom and respect for the law and the dignity of man.” Merkel alluded to the so-called Wertegemeinschaft, or community of values, that many politicians and citizens of Western countries frequently invoke. The term not only implies[Read More…]

Bechtel Corporation And Iran: A Story of American Corporatism-Imperialism

Bechtel Corporation And Iran: A Story of American Corporatism-Imperialism

  (Rome) Iran’s Islamic Revolution in 1979 resulted in the overthrow of the US-supported Pahlavi dynasty at that time under Mohammad Reza Shah Pahlavi. The Iranian Revolution  was a violent and widely popular overthrow of a ferocious US-inspired regime installed following the CIA-organized coup d’état of the democratically elected government led by PremierMohammad Mossadegh on August 19, 1953. Eventually led[Read More…]

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Question

When life is uncertain
Death certain
How long can 1%
Live with wealth of 99% ?

Options Before Us: To ‘Cow Down’ or ‘Stand Up’!

Options Before Us: To ‘Cow Down’ or ‘Stand Up’!

Column article titled Silence is not an Option by Neera Chandhoke appeared in “The Hindu, April, 2017, brings to the foreground the layers of silence that the citizens of the country maintain to a maze of issues that they confront day in and day out. In nuanced ways Neera swipes at the problems that would drastically altar and significantly change[Read More…]

Terrorism And Militancy: Are They Quite The Same?

Terrorism And Militancy: Are They Quite The Same?

              Maoists (or Naxals, according to some) ambushed a 100-strong CRPF road-opening patrol (ROP) on 24 April in Chintagufa Police Station limits of Sukma District of Chhattisgarh, killing 25 CRPF personnel and wounding six. The Maoists were reportedly around 200 in strength, and they ruthlessly continued engaging the pinned-down CRPF patrol for about one hour. The killing and wounding[Read More…]

Who Runs India?

Who Runs India?

(A view of the various economic and political activities reveals that it is the Brahmins and Banias who practically run and control India!) Sometimes one wonders how such a large country is run and who really runs it? Arundhati Roy calls India, “An Upper Caste Hindu Corporate Republic”! One would have thought that she may have been saying this in[Read More…]

Internet Service Officially Banned In Kashmir For One Month 

Internet Service Officially Banned In Kashmir For One Month 

Jammu and Kashmir government has ordered suspension of internet services in the trouble-hit valley for a period of one month or till further orders. In an order, the Home Department has said that internet services in Kashmir valley shall not be transmitted for a period of one month or till further orders. The state home department invoked powers conferred on[Read More…]

Every Story Has Two Sides: Kashmir Is No different

Every Story Has Two Sides: Kashmir Is No different

http://www.amazon.in/Scattered-Souls-Shahnaz-Bashir/dp/9352641248 I recently finished reading Shahnaz Bashir’s “Scattered Souls”, which is a collection of powerful short stories depicting the price that ordinary citizens living in Kashmir are paying because of excessive militarization. The Indian Government may justify this as much needed policing against the Kashmiri insurgents, to maintain internal security. But with all due to respect to the National Security[Read More…]

The Contradictory Bahujan of the BSP

The Contradictory Bahujan of the BSP

The BSP was formed in 1984 after a long span of preparatory activities by the All India Backward and Minorities Communities Employees Federation (BAMCEF) and the Dalit Shoshit Samaj Sangharsh Samiti (DS-4). Its founder Kanshiram used to say that the Indian society and politics is marked by the hegemony of 15% upper castes and they rule over the rest 85%[Read More…]

The Unwanted Male Calf

The Unwanted Male Calf

Just a few days back one of the cows at our Prerna Kendra delivered a male calf. My colleague called me to inform about the birth of it. Everyone there was waiting for the cow to deliver and as usual each one was expecting a female calf. My colleague was sad to inform me about the birth of male calf.[Read More…]

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The Snow Girls

The Snow Girls

The battle lines were drawn up.
The snow girls with books in backpacks.
The olive green troopers with guns.
An eagle perched on a white cloud
relayed the proceedings to Times Now.

Short Choices: The French Presidential Elections

Short Choices: The French Presidential Elections

The establishment got another burning in the French elections on Sunday, revealing again that there is no level of voter disgust that will not find some voice in the current range of elections.  The terror for pollsters and the establishment now is whether Marine Le Pen will realise her anti-Euro project and drag the French nation kicking and moaning into[Read More…]

Egyptian Kangaroo Court Sentences 20 People To Death

Egyptian Kangaroo Court Sentences 20 People To Death

  A court of Egyptian military leader, General Abdel Fattah el-Sisi, who assumed the title of Field Marshal after overthrowing the elected President Mohamed Morsi in July 2013, Monday sentenced 20 supporters of Morsi to death. The brutal military dictator el-Sisi has been cracking down on the opposition since the overthrow of President Morsi. He has killed more than 800[Read More…]

Securing Sweetness For Sugarcane Souls: A Tribute To Paulo Freire

Securing Sweetness For Sugarcane Souls: A Tribute To Paulo Freire

  “…there neither is, nor has ever been, an educational practice in zero space-time—neutral in the sense of being committed only to preponderantly abstract, intangible ideas.” — Freire, Paolo (2014) Pedagogy of Hope: Reliving Pedagogy of the Oppressed, New York: Bloomsbury, p.67   “Paulo Freire says that reflection and action… action… action should be directed at the structures that need to be[Read More…]

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Who Cares About Helping Homeless Women?

I hadn’t seen J. in more than a week and that was concerning. It always worries me when one of my “regulars” vanishes. Often, this situation has resulted in me eventually encountering them and getting updates about illnesses, hospital visits, and/or surgeries. Whenyour mission is offering food, clothes, supplies, and more to New York City’s homeless women, you quickly learn[Read More…]

Is Pope Francis the World’s Most Powerful Advocate for Climate Stability?

Is Pope Francis the World’s Most Powerful Advocate for Climate Stability?

  Maybe not now. But that’s what he could well become. Pope Francis’ Encyclical “On Care for Our Common Home” recognizes the incredible damage being done to climate change and biodiversity. Few realize how strong his beliefs are and the unused power of persuasion he has. Here’s 10 ways that power could be used. 1. Francis could call for a[Read More…]

Endless Atrocities: The US Role In Creating The North Korean Fortress-State

Endless Atrocities: The US Role In Creating The North Korean Fortress-State

Paul Atwood, a Senior Lecturer in American Studies at the University of Massachusetts Boston, provides a concise summary of the history that informs North Korea’s “relations with the United States” and “drives its determination never to submit to any American diktat”. Excerpts from Atwood’s summary are here used as a framework, with other sources where indicated. Atwood notes it is[Read More…]

Trump, Public Imagination, And Islamophobia

Trump, Public Imagination, And Islamophobia

  Donald Trump’s crafty manipulation of Islamophobia, we are told, was one of the factors that propelled him to the presidency of the United States of America. He was very much aware of the prevalence of negative sentiments towards Islam and Muslims within segments of the American electorate. Because Islamophobia was part of the public imagination, he had no scruples[Read More…]

Kashmir: Is It True?

Kashmir: Is It True?

After violent protests on April 9, the day of by polls to the Srinagar Lok Sabha seat, rumors spread that the Mehbooba Mufti government had been dismissed. My next door neighbor, currently based in New Delhi called me on phone and said, ‘’I don’t know how to break this news to you, but Mehbooba Mufti is not now J &K[Read More…]

India-Bangladesh: Trust Can Take Us A Long Way

India-Bangladesh: Trust Can Take Us A Long Way

  North-eastern region of India has always been a tumultuous region since 1947. Also, this is one of the most backward regions in terms of economic and political development. It helped giving birth to the insurgency in the area, which once again, hampered its growth. It is a landlocked and mountainous region, while Bangladesh is almost situated between it and[Read More…]

Liberian President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf attends an Arab and African leaders summit meeting in Kuwait city on November 19, 2013. The summit aims at reviewing steps to promote economic ties between wealthy Gulf states and investment-thirsty Africa. AFP PHOTO/YASSER AL-ZAYYAT        (Photo credit should read YASSER AL-ZAYYAT/AFP/Getty Images)

Africa’s War Lord Queen; The Bloodstained Career of Liberia’s Eleanor Sirleaf Johnson

Eleanor Sirleaf Johnson is the Harvard educated, Nobel Prize winning President of Liberia with a long bloodstained history of support for warlords both past and present. She used to be the de facto foreign minister for that most bloodthirsty of warlords former Liberian “President” Charles Taylor, and she addressed the US Congress in his support. President Johnson is the queen[Read More…]

Anzac As Apologia And Religion

Anzac As Apologia And Religion

Soaked to the core, Melbournians gathered around the War Memorial in thousands, gazing at the flickering, all-resistant eternal flame in an annual tribute to Australia’s fallen.  Each year, the secular religion of Anzac (the Australian and New Zealand Army Corps) receives more adherents, gathers a few more followers, and nabs a few more converts among the young. This also shows[Read More…]

The Bridgeport Herald Wages an Important Free Speech Fight

The Bridgeport Herald Wages an Important Free Speech Fight

                                                                                                                       [Read More…]

Prosecution of Assange Is Persecution of Free Speech

Prosecution of Assange Is Persecution of Free Speech

  US authorities are reported to have prepared charges to seek the arrest of WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange. This overreach of US government toward a publisher, whose principle is aligned with the U.S. Constitution, is another sign of a crumbling façade of democracy. The Justice Department in the Obama administration could not prosecute WikiLeaks for publishing documents pertaining to the US government, because they struggled[Read More…]

Donald Trump A Man of Evil?

Donald Trump A Man of Evil?

The Abrahamic concept of “evil” has to some extent left the Western vocabulary. The time has come for Americans to bring it back. They can do so by answering these questions: Is their country now under its control? Could Donald Trump and his followers bring down not just the country but human civilization? My essay provides answers. XXXXXXX As Donald[Read More…]

Rage Against The Establishment : Naxalbari And Dalit Panthers Movement

Rage Against The Establishment : Naxalbari And Dalit Panthers Movement

In the era when most of the government regimes all over the world are being installed by the multinational companies and transnational corporations behind the garb of parliamentary electoral set up or in the name of democracy (21st century’s – White man’s burden) to facilitate naked plunder of natural and human resources; it then becomes the responsibility of every person[Read More…]

Trump Does A Dirty Harry – And Africa Starves

Trump Does A Dirty Harry – And Africa Starves

So;President Trump launches 59 Tomahawk missiles(each costing over $1 million) to obliteratea Syrian air base because, we’re informed, he was moved by footage of chemically impacted children.As it turns out, it was, according to Fairfax’s Paul McGeogh, one of the Trump family members, Ivanka, who was so moved. Still, thes hocking images apparently drove the President to the final moral[Read More…]

Poor Women Deliver Rich Dividends

Poor Women Deliver Rich Dividends

 We live in a world in which women living in poverty face gross inequalities and injustice from birth to death. From poor education to poor nutrition to vulnerable and low pay employment, the sequence of discrimination that a woman may suffer during her entire life is unacceptable but all too common. When we want to help the poor, we usually[Read More…]

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How Cow Vigilantes Are Being Projected As ‘Modern Day Freedom Fighters.’

Cow vigilantes attacked six people, including a 9-year-old girl in the Reasi district of Jammu and Kashmir on Friday and fled away with their flock. The vigilantes beat up the nomad community blue and black and the minor girl has suffered multiple fractures when the community was en route to Talwara area… (http://www.timesnow.tv/india/video/cow-vigilantes-attack-6-including-9-year-old-in-jammu/59745) In yet another chilling instance of self-styled[Read More…]

The Chhattisgarh PUCL Condemns The Ruthless Ambush Carried Out by Maoists at Burkapal

The Chhattisgarh PUCL Condemns The Ruthless Ambush Carried Out by Maoists at Burkapal

The Chhattisgarh PUCL severely condemns the ruthless ambush carried out by Maoists at the Burkapal area under Police Station Chintagufa limits in district Sukma on 24th April 2017, and expresses its deep grief at the killing of 25 jawans, mostly young persons of poor families. According to initial reports, this attack, the most lethal of its kind in five years,[Read More…]

The Soothing Hand

The Soothing Hand

When I hear the degradation of nature I think of the tender touch of Helen Keller! When I hear of the inhuman bombings of warmongers I remember the odyssey of Homer …! When I read of children with hunger I console myself in the music of Stevie Wonder When there are so many suffering around me Still living with hope[Read More…]

Dealing With Tragedies In Life

Dealing With Tragedies In Life

Unavoidably, we all sometimes face seemingly insurmountable tragedies in our lives that can disassemble us in dreadful ways, such as a death of an only child or a deeply loved mate. So what do we do to pull ourselves back together after such overwhelming loss? It’s all about the ways that we use outrageous, totally devastating tragedies in their aftermath[Read More…]

Prafulla Samantara Receives The Goldman Environmental Prize, Asia, 2017

Prafulla Samantara Receives The Goldman Environmental Prize, Asia, 2017

New Delhi, April 24: Prafulla Samantara, National Convener, National Alliance of Peoples’ Movements and the leader of Lokshakti Abhiyan, Orissa has been awarded The Goldman Environmental Prize, Asia, 2017. The Goldman Environmental Prize honours the achievements and leadership of grassroots environmental activists for their sustained and significant efforts to protect and enhance the Natural environment. He has been awarded the[Read More…]

On Anzac Day Australia Ignores Its Complicity in Horrendous War Crimes & Climate Crimes

On Anzac Day Australia Ignores Its Complicity in Horrendous War Crimes & Climate Crimes

    25 April is Anzac Day commemorating the Australian and New Zealand Army Corps (ANZAC) invasion of Turkey at Gallipoli in 1915, the day after the commencement of the Turkish Armenian Genocide (1.5 million Armenians killed) that was precipitated by the prior prolonged Allied naval bombardment. On Anzac Day Australians utterly ignore Australia’s complicity in horrendous UK and US[Read More…]

The Conspiracy Behind Babri Demolition

The Conspiracy Behind Babri Demolition

  After the long wait, the Supreme Court Chief Justice J.S. Khehar opined that long pending dispute of Ram Janmabhoomi-Babri Masjid should be settled out of court. (March 2017) He even offered to mediate himself in the matter. Uniformly most of the spokesperson from RSS Combine welcomed the move, while large number of Muslims and other elements have been surprised[Read More…]

More Aadhaar Numbers Leaked On Chandigarh PDS And Swacch Bharat Mission Websites

More Aadhaar Numbers Leaked On Chandigarh PDS And Swacch Bharat Mission Websites

Raising major privacy concerns truck loads of Aadhaar numbers and other personal details of individuals are being leaked. Yesterday, it was revealed that the personal details over one millions Aadhaar subscribers were leaked on a website run by the Jharkhand Directorate of Social Security. Today, it is reported that the Aadhar numbers and other personal details of Public Distribution System[Read More…]

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As Colleges re-open, Clashes In Kashmir

As Colleges re-open, Clashes In Kashmir

As colleges opened on Monday in Kashmir after five days, students of Shri Pratap Higher Secondary school clashed with police in Srinagar. Students held a march from the school premises and marched towards MA road, making their way by breaking the gate of school. The students later blocked road that was followed by clashes between forces and the students. Meanwhile,[Read More…]

A Fallen Republic’s New War Against Kashmiris

A Fallen Republic’s New War Against Kashmiris

In the totalitarian times that we are living in currently, one is constantly reminded of George Orwell’s prophetic lines: “Poetry might survive in a totalitarian age, and certain arts or half-arts, such as architecture, might even find tyranny beneficial, but the prose writer would have no choice between silence or death.” Nobody is fond of painting a dystopian imagery on[Read More…]

Our Common Oceans And Seas

Our Common Oceans And Seas

The United Nations is currently preparing a world conference 5-7 June 2017 devoted to the Implementation of Sustainable Development Goal N° 14: Conserve and sustainable use the oceans, seas and marine resources for sustainable development. Non-governmental organizations in consultative status with the U.N. are invited to submit recommendations for the governmental working group which is meeting 24 to 27 April[Read More…]

Mike Pence in Oz

Mike Pence in Oz

Vassal visiting time, and the next slot in the US imperium tourism schedule was one of America’s more cosy allies, Australia. The US Vice President Mike Pence popped in to keep an eye on matters just to make sure that all was in order. There had been that issue of the notable phone call, when Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull[Read More…]

Putin’s World: Reactive Mismeasures: The New Yorker and the “New” Cold War Propaganda (Part 3) 

Putin’s World: Reactive Mismeasures: The New Yorker and the “New” Cold War Propaganda (Part 3) 

  This  is the third part (of 5 ) of a paragraph by paragraph commentary on a recent article posing as journalism in the March 6, 2017 issue of The New Yorker. I hope to demonstrate that this article is basically a totally mendacious concoction of cold war US propaganda constructed out of unsubstantiated opinions expressed by US government officials[Read More…]

South Indians Are Black: Tarun Vijay Learned It Sitting At The Feet Of His Guru Golwalkar

South Indians Are Black: Tarun Vijay Learned It Sitting At The Feet Of His Guru Golwalkar

Tarun Vijay, the former editor of RSS Hindi organ, ‘Panchajanya’, a prominent ‘ideologue’ of the organization (in-charge of the RSS project of spreading Hindutva politics in Tamil Nadu), ex-member of the Rajya Sabha, who also heads India-Africa Parliamentary Friendship Group, has come out with another gem of wisdom. The Gulf-based news channel Al Jazeera sponsored an online discussion last week[Read More…]

MaaAranganathan (1932-2017): Chonicler of the Ordinary

MaaAranganathan (1932-2017): Chonicler of the Ordinary

In the demise of MaaAranganathan, 83,the Tamil literary world has lost a writer known for bringing out deep meaning and great beauty through very simple, detailed depictions of the mundane. Known for his artistry, modernity and unique use of language Aranganathan’s tales are a product of his observations of the lives of very ordinary people and his deep study of[Read More…]

Artificial Intelligence: Socioeconomic, Political And Ethical Dimensions

Artificial Intelligence: Socioeconomic, Political And Ethical Dimensions

Introduction: Humanity’s Future in AI-Biosynthetic World In a few centuries or perhaps a few decades, Artificial Intelligence (AI) and biosynthetic engineering will be perfected to the degree that androids will closely resemble humans and biosynthetically engineered humans will resemble androids. Despite the nightmares of such a prospect for some scientists, humanist scholars and theologians, AI will be a dream becoming[Read More…]

From Earth Day to The Monsanto Tribunal, Capitalism on Trial

From Earth Day to The Monsanto Tribunal, Capitalism on Trial

World Environment Day (WED) occurs on 5 June every year. Promoted by the United Nations, its aim is to encourage global awareness and action for the protection of the environment. Since its inauguration in 1974, WED has helped bring attention to various issues, including global warming, sustainable consumption and wildlife crime. We also have Earth Day, celebrated annually on 22 April. On this day. various[Read More…]

Expanding The Poetic Field. From Ford Madox Hueffer to Kate Tempest

Expanding The Poetic Field. From Ford Madox Hueffer to Kate Tempest

I have for many years now held a deep fascination for Ford Madox Hueffer’s Antwerp, a poem as little known as the man himself, a poem written in 1915 that vividly recreates the horror of the war fields of Europe during the so-called Great War and the even greater horror of mothers waiting at Charing Cross station for sons who[Read More…]

Is President Trump’s Foreign Policy Shaping Up?

Is President Trump’s Foreign Policy Shaping Up?

April has been an eventful month geopolitically so far. President Trump carried out a much-trumpeted-about Tomahawk missile strike at the Syrian regime, held responsible by him for a nerve-agent attack on the village of Khan Sheikhoun in Idlib, a province largely held by rebels. Trump has changed his mind on China, which he previously accused as a ‘currency manipulator’. He[Read More…]

epa05919710 Demonstrators hold flags of the region of Al-Ahwaz as they take part in a rally in support of the Ahwazi minority in Iran, in Berlin, Germany, 21 April 2017. Dozens of demonstrators took part in the march striving for the recognition of this minority and their human rights. The Ahwazi live within the Iranian province of Khuzestan and constitute an ethnic, linguistic and cultural minority in Iran.  EPA/FELIPE TRUEBA

Ahwazi Exiles Hold Four Massive Freedom Rallies in London, The Hague, Canberra, And Berlin

 Demonstrators hold flags of the region of Al-Ahwaz as they take part in a rally in support of the Ahwazi people in Iran, in Berlin, Germany, 21 April 2017. Dozens of demonstrators took part in the march striving for the recognition of this population and their human rights. Ahwazi exiles marked important anniversaries in the state’s history during the past[Read More…]

Saving The Amazon Reef

Saving The Amazon Reef

The Great Barrier Reef on the north-east coast of Australia which contains the world’s largest collection of coral reefs, has been the only reef which has been in the news of late  and has a UNESCO heritage label. Today with oceans heating up reefs are threatened and the world holds its breath, hoping to reverse the trend. Interestingly, a newly[Read More…]

Lynching of Mashal Khan: Roots of Rage

Lynching of Mashal Khan: Roots of Rage

How does one move on with all this deep, searing pain over the mob lynching of a body that bore a beautiful heart and a precious mind? And with our senses still reeling, we hear of at least two more horror stories of blasphemy related violence. Grueling as it is, one has to navigate a path out of the all-consuming[Read More…]

Climate Change As Genocide

Climate Change As Genocide

 Not since World War II have more human beings been at risk from disease and starvation than at this very moment. On March 10th, Stephen O’Brien, under secretary-general of the United Nations for humanitarian affairs, informed the Security Council that 20 million people in three African countries—Nigeria, Somalia, and South Sudan—as well as in Yemen were likely to die if not provided[Read More…]

Books, North Korea And Trump’s Sanity

Books, North Korea And Trump’s Sanity

  How many books have been authored by Donald Trump?  The answer:  a steady stream totaling a whopping 17 — more than enough to keep a full-time writer fully occupied without all of Mr. Trump’s other activities.  The word ‘writer’ of course is key, for Mr. Trump has not actually written any of them.  He hires a ghost writer and[Read More…]

Children As Songbirds

Children As Songbirds

  “We live in one global environment with a huge number of ecological, economic, social, and political pressures tearing at its only dimly perceived, basically uninterpreted and uncomprehended fabric. Anyone with even a vague consciousness of this whole is alarmed at how such remorselessly selfish and narrow interests – patriotism, chauvinism, ethnic, religious, and racial hatreds – can in fact[Read More…]

Kashmir: Time For UN To Act

Kashmir: Time For UN To Act

There has been no transparency in discussions arising from bilateral talks on Kashmir. From the last few years, calling off the Kashmir dispute has been the favourite argument arising out of Indian media commentators and political leaders. It is because of existing narration of implanting fervent Indian nationalism inside Kashmir valley. Economic development, financial incentives and being part of India’s[Read More…]

Non State Actors And Moral Policing

Non State Actors And Moral Policing

In the recent past, one has witnessed violence being increasingly inflicted by actors such as Gau Rakshaks, Anti Romeo squads and Hindu Yuva Vahini. Violence by Hindu senas, Ram senas, Bajrang dal was always there. These are extra-constitutional actors aiming to impose a culture through usage of physical violence. Under the current National regime and State regimes in BJP ruled[Read More…]

Rahul Pandita’s New India: A Hindutva India On The Ashes Of Democratic Secular India

Rahul Pandita’s New India: A Hindutva India On The Ashes Of Democratic Secular India

[It is in response to Rahul Pandita’s piece ‘Gorakhpur and the Ghost of Gangadhar Adhikari: Whether liberals like it or not, the story of Hindu consolidation is not over yet’ appeared in Open Magazine on March 24, 2017. My response is a lengthy one, as reproduction of many original documents from the RSS/Hindutva archives is needed to evaluate many beliefs[Read More…]

Trump, The DOJ And Julian Assange

Trump, The DOJ And Julian Assange

“I’m glad that the Justice Department has found a way to go after Assange.  He’s gotten a free ride for too long.” Rep. Peter King (R-New York), Apr 20, 2017 There had been some doubts from initial enthusiasts about WikiLeaks once information from leaks released on its site started puncturing holes in an already worn Democratic campaign in 2016.  Accusations[Read More…]

On hard substrata, frequently observed epilithic organisms include corals, actiniarians, hydroids, sponges, ascidians and crinoids - from 2011 seamounts expedition in the SW Indian O_C_IUCN [fwdslash] NERC

An Expedition to Explore Life on Undersea Mountains

For the common man, mountains are a large landform that stretches above the surrounding land in a limited area, usually in the form of a peak. In geography we were taught that a mountain is generally steeper than a hill. And that mountains are formed with movement between tectonic plates or volcanoes erupting. So it is amazing to know that[Read More…]

The US Aggression on Syria And The Principles of a “Just War”

The US Aggression on Syria And The Principles of a “Just War”

The US military forces committed a classical example of the aggression on one sovereign and independent state on April 6th, 2017 by bombing a territory of Syrian Arab Republic by 59 Tomahawk cruise missiles killing civilians who are proclaimed as usually as “collateral damage”. A formal excuse for the aggression was based as many times before (from Vietnam, Kosovo, Afghanistan,[Read More…]

Trump Is Tragically Off Course

Trump Is Tragically Off Course

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

International Collaboration to End Violence

International Collaboration to End Violence

While much of the world is engulfed in violence of one sort or another (whether violence in the home or on the street, exploitation, ecological destruction or war), a global network of individuals and organizations is committed to ending this violence in all of its manifestations. With individual signatories in 100 countries and organizational endorsements in 35 countries, each of[Read More…]

Latest Lancet Data Imply Adani Australian Coal Project Will  Kill 1.4 Million Indians

Latest Lancet Data Imply Adani Australian Coal Project Will  Kill 1.4 Million Indians

  A multi-author 2017 paper in the prestigious UK medical journal The Lancet estimates 1.1 million Indian deaths annually from ambient (outdoor) air pollution, notably from fine carbon particulates (PM2.5). Assuming coal burning causes 50% of ambient air pollution in India, pollutants from the burning of coal exported to India from the giant, Australia-approved Adani coal mine will eventually kill[Read More…]

The Football Analogy for Activists

The Football Analogy for Activists

  “Billy Graham, a key figure at the Christian Woodstock in 1972, once compared life to a golf course, where it was only important to follow the rules in order to be embraced by the Lord once the game was over.” —  Vine Deloria, Jr. in conversation with the author Explo ’72 was a gigantic rally held at the Cotton[Read More…]

Iqra Is Recovering

Iqra Is Recovering

Student of Nawa Kadal College Srinagar, Iqra, who was injured during the student protests on Monday is stable and recovering in hospital. A resident of Rajouri Kadal, Iqra, was seriously injured after a paramilitary CRPF trooper used his catapult to target her. She was hit by a stone on the left side of her head, caused a concussion and fracture.[Read More…]

Why Are You In Deep Slumber Mr. Secretary General?

Why Are You In Deep Slumber Mr. Secretary General?

  The worst crimes against humanity committed by India in Kashmir are going unchallenged. The absence of  any censure or reprimand by the international community particularly UN, is taken  as a  license or tacit  permission by India to continue with its dastardly & grotesque  action  of annihilating the natives of the place, physically, socially & economically. And while as the[Read More…]

Political Economy of Cow-Mentality in India

Political Economy of Cow-Mentality in India

  India is a mosaic of great cultures. Not now. The culture which we inherited from our founding fathers and martyrs who wanted to preserve the greatness would be ashamed to see India today. India today which is digital, India which is nuclear  and India one of the fastest growing economies of the world is now also the land of[Read More…]

Caste, Gender And Other Such Issues Should Be Dealt With As Class Struggle: Anand Teltumbde

Caste, Gender And Other Such Issues Should Be Dealt With As Class Struggle: Anand Teltumbde

Anand Teltumbde is a civil rights activist, political analyst, columnist and author of many books. He has a long association with peoples’ struggle spanning over three decades backing his theorizations on various issues.  Trained in technology and management from the top institutes in the country, he marshals his insights of the modern techno-managerial world to sharpen strategies of struggles. In[Read More…]

On one of the riverbanks

Trump – In North Korea You Will Be Murdering Human Beings!

When I think about North Korea, what first comes to my mind is a mist over the calm and majestic surface of the Taedong River near Pyongyang. Next I always recall two lovers, locked in a tender and almost desperate embrace, sitting side by side on the shore. I saw them every day, while taking brisk walks at dawn. Now[Read More…]

China Reinforces Border Claims Within Days of Dalai Lama’s Visit To Arunachal Pradesh

China Reinforces Border Claims Within Days of Dalai Lama’s Visit To Arunachal Pradesh

  China has renamed six places in Arunachal Pradesh in retaliation against the Dalai Lama’s visit to India’s easternmost state. The move is apparently aimed at reaffirming Beijing’s territorial sovereignty to the region. China’s civil affairs ministry carried out the name changes on April 13, a day after the Dalai Lama left Arunachal Pradesh following a nine-day high-profile visit. The[Read More…]

Review: Black Subjugation in America

Review: Black Subjugation in America

Books Reviewed in this Essay: Theodore W. Allen, The Invention of the White Race. London and New York: Verso, 2012. Edward E. Baptist, The Half Has Never Been Told: Slavery and the Making of American Capitalism. New York: Basic Books, 2014. Sven Beckert, Empire of Cotton: A Global History. New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 2015. On a recent visit to[Read More…]

Kashmir Flood 2017: Yet Another Nightmare!

Kashmir Flood 2017: Yet Another Nightmare!

(Srinagar has once again passed through a nightmarish situation due to a sudden flood in River Jhelum. It is nature’s warning for a big one which may hit us soon unless preventive measures are taken on a war footing!) Just two days of incessant heavy rain swelled River Jhelum to dangerous flood level. There was panic all over and many[Read More…]

The Army As The Politicians Human Shield?

The Army As The Politicians Human Shield?

              The recent video clip of a civilian strapped to the front of an army vehicle deployed in internal security (IS) operations in Kashmir has made headlines. Many army veterans are defending it as a tactical means to avoid stone-pelting and thus permit operations with minimal bloodshed of protestors and army personnel alike. Some journalists aver that this tactic[Read More…]

America’s Longest War Drags On In Afghanistan

America’s Longest War Drags On In Afghanistan

The US national security advisor, Lieutenant General H.R. McMaster, was in Afghanistan over the weekend, speaking with President Ashraf Ghani and General John Nicholson, the US military commander in the country. The aim of the talks, the Military Times reported prior to McMaster’s arrival in Kabul, was to “assess whether more military personnel are needed to break the stalemate there.”[Read More…]

Cults of Old Age: The Passing of Emma Morano

Cults of Old Age: The Passing of Emma Morano

The novelist Anthony Powell spoke of old age as penalisation for a crime one had not committed.  Obviously, not being biblically inclined in that sense, the antics of Adam and Eve in the Garden of Eden were discounted. Through the histories on the subject of aging, mythologies have accumulated as eager moss crossing moist rock.  These have assumed something of[Read More…]

Life in a ‘Degrowth’ Economy, And Why You Might Actually Enjoy It

Life in a ‘Degrowth’ Economy, And Why You Might Actually Enjoy It

What does genuine economic progress look like? The orthodox answer is that a bigger economy is always better, but this idea is increasingly strained by the knowledge that, on a finite planet, the economy can’t grow for ever. But what is a steady-state economy? Why it is it desirable or necessary? And what would it be like to live in?[Read More…]

Setting An Example

Setting An Example

    When I was a child, I took it for granted that my world would always be surrounded by the beauty and wonder of many other species included in it. For example, I thought that it was normal to see many mourning doves flap out of a stand of trees next to my home while starting, shortly before dawn’s[Read More…]

Paintings Without Frames, Living Without Games

Paintings Without Frames, Living Without Games

“Near Eastern religions have a propensity for building massive temples and tombs and this tradition has been emulated by Christian tendencies to construct gigantic cathedrals. Temples, churches, and synagogues separate the faithful from the secular world and from the natural world as if religion needs to be isolated from the rest of human activities.” — Vine Deloria, Jr., God is Red:[Read More…]

Edward Said

When Daesh Is Defeated: Who Will Fill The Intellectual Vacuum In The Arab World?

  Back in the Middle East for a few months, I find myself astounded by the absence of the strong voices of Arab intellectuals. The region that has given rise to the likes of Michel Aflaq, George Habash, Rached al-Ghannouchi, Edward Said and numerous others has marginalized its intellectuals. Arab visionaries have either been coopted by the exuberant funds allocated[Read More…]

Israel Celebrates 50 Years As Occupier

Israel Celebrates 50 Years As Occupier

  Nazareth: Israel is to hold lavish celebrations over the coming weeks to mark the 50th anniversary of what it calls the “liberation of Judea, Samaria and the Golan Heights” – or what the rest of us describe as the birth of the occupation. The centrepiece event will take place in Gush Etzion, south of Jerusalem. The West Bank settlement[Read More…]

Making Microfinance Work For People

Making Microfinance Work For People

The claims of microfinance are not necessarily dubious but then as the saying goes, there are three sides to every story—your side, his side and the truth. The good claims are trumpeted and the bad evidence is rubbished. It is a reminder that those who provide microfinancial services   need to monitor carefully not only their positive impacts but also their[Read More…]

An Open Letter From A Kashmiri Student To The People Of India

An Open Letter From A Kashmiri Student To The People Of India

Dear all I am a Kashmiri student of psychology. While studying the topic of resistance to persuasion, I came across this: “Few of us like orders or being told what to do. We all have probably experienced advertisers, politicians or individuals pressurising us to change our attitude about some issue.  In all such cases if we feel like our personal[Read More…]

Minorities And Dissenters Under Intimidation And Deep Stress In South Asia:  The lynching of  Mashal Khan

Minorities And Dissenters Under Intimidation And Deep Stress In South Asia:  The lynching of  Mashal Khan

  ‘If you are black or you are brown or you are gay or you are lesbian or you are Trans or you are Introvert , Anyone that is treating you unkindly , It’s only because they are afraid or they have been taught to be afraid of how important you are. Because being different means you make a difference. so[Read More…]

Talk Bhima or Bhim, Walk Manu

Talk Bhima or Bhim, Walk Manu

  ..nothing to eat nothing to wear boundless is the anguish who indeed can bear to see such misery among the world’s creatures let my soul be condemned to hell but let the Universe be redeemed. – Bhima Bhoi,   [Source: BiswamoyPati in Religion and social ‘subversion’, Re-examining colonial Orissa (EPW, July/2010).,BidyutMohanty in Orissa famine of 1866 Demographic and economic[Read More…]

Donald Trump, North Korea And Nuclear Brinkmanship

Donald Trump, North Korea And Nuclear Brinkmanship

Warring toddlers, fanatical children, one-eyed adolescents who confuse noise with constructive contribution – this is the state of the world, with the recent, and ongoing spat chapter of Washington and Pyongyang. However you wish to describe the stout, proud and foolishly dangerous Kim Jong-un, murderous leader of North Korea, comparisons must diminish somewhat before the trigger happy CEO of United[Read More…]

USA Moves Toward Major Intervention In Yemen

USA Moves Toward Major Intervention In Yemen

The USA, according to Defense Secretary “Mad Dog” Mattis, he who ordered the use of chemical weapons in Fallujah, Iraq, is about to take a major step towards direct intervention in support of the Saudi Arabia war on the Yemeni people. According to Jeffrey St. Clair, Editor of Counterpunch, this war has already seen 90,000 Saudi airstrikes on Yemen, or[Read More…]

Reactive Mismeasures: The New Yorker and the “New” Cold War Propaganda (Part 2)- Cold War 2.0

Reactive Mismeasures: The New Yorker and the “New” Cold War Propaganda (Part 2)- Cold War 2.0

  This  is the second part (of 5 ) of a paragraph by paragraph commentary on a recent article posing as journalism in the March 6, 2017 issue of The New Yorker. I hope to demonstrate that this article is basically a totally mendacious concoction of cold war US propaganda constructed out of unsubstantiated opinions expressed by US government officials and various[Read More…]

BJP’s Rise in UP Shows the Need for a Real Progressive Alternative and Not Votebank Politics

BJP’s Rise in UP Shows the Need for a Real Progressive Alternative and Not Votebank Politics

Even as social media remains abuzz with the fake news of Yogi Adityanath, the newly appointed CM of Uttar Pradesh, cutting down reservations for SCs, STs and OBCs in private medical colleges (which never existed in the first place), what has taken the country by storm is BJP’s major upset in the UP assembly elections of 2017. Known to be[Read More…]

Deconstructing Yogi’s Meat Politics

Deconstructing Yogi’s Meat Politics

  The crackdown on illegal abattoirs was one of the first decisions taken by Yogi Adityanath soon after taking over as Chief Minister of the most populous and politically crucial state of the country following the Bharatiya Janata Party’s (BJP) resounding victory in the recently held assembly elections. The UP is the country’s largest meat exporting state having a business[Read More…]

A top shot of the Okhla Sabzi Mandi

Photo Essay: Okhla Sabzi Mandi, Life in Action

“All the world’s a stage, And all the men and women merely players;” (As You Like It, Act 2, Scene 7) The quoted lines, written by Shakespeare somehow, explain the cycle of our life. We are born and then we die. But it’s the “in between” where we actually live. We’re actors of the play called ‘Life’ and we go[Read More…]

Erdogan Clinches Victory In Turkish Constitutional Referendum

Erdogan Clinches Victory In Turkish Constitutional Referendum

  The Turkish president, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, Sunday (April 16) achieved victory in a historic referendum on a package of constitutional amendments that will introduce presidential form of government like France and the United States. In a press conference in Istanbul following his party’s declaration of victory, Erdoğan said that unofficial results showed there were about 25m yes votes, 1.3m[Read More…]

Kashmir On Boil Again As Student Protests Spread

Kashmir On Boil Again As Student Protests Spread

Protests against the Pulwama raids by police have escalated to other towns outside Srinagar. While Srinagar police is battling students in SP College, reports about similar protests came from Shopian, Sopore, Pattan, Gaderbal and now from Kashmir University. Police reportedly used force at almost all places. The students of various colleges boycotted their classes and staged protests inside their college[Read More…]

The Mother Of All Bombs Goes To Afghanistan

The Mother Of All Bombs Goes To Afghanistan

These are the times where magnitude and size matters. Bombs in number with much heft and presence are being sought to root out those non-state jihadists of the Prophet, destructively maiming and killing all before them in the name of the next heavily drawn out cause. On Friday, United States armed forces busied themselves with dropping such a weapon of[Read More…]

MOAB: Muslim Lands Are Testing Ground For Dangerous Weapons?

MOAB: Muslim Lands Are Testing Ground For Dangerous Weapons?

  The U.S. Thursday (April 13) dropped a bomb with an explosive force equal to 11 tons of TNT on a cave complex used by the Afghanistan branch of the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) , the Pentagon said. The bomb is officially called a GBU-43 or Massive Ordnance Air Blast (MOAB), the origin of its nickname as[Read More…]

Don’t Poison Yourself: A Warning As It’s Too Late For Us!

Don’t Poison Yourself: A Warning As It’s Too Late For Us!

Yesterday one of my friends visited my home. I offered her big fluffy kernels of organic popcorn cooked in sunflower oil. I recommend both products: Great Northern Popcorn Organic Yellow Gourmet Popcorn All Natural, 5 Pounds and Baja Precious – Organic Sunflower Oil, 750ml (25.3 Fl Oz). You don’t have these products in your country? Then go for something comparable.[Read More…]

Kashmir : A Human Rights Hell

Kashmir : A Human Rights Hell

Kashmir is undoubtedly the human rights hell of the world . The tale of human misfortune in Kashmir is of unprecedented nature. Every form of brutal human rights violations and tactics of suppression have been committed against the masses of Kashmir to quell their sentiments of solution and right to self determination . Most of the voices of conscience in[Read More…]

Socio-Political and Economic Aspects Of Fluorosis

Socio-Political and Economic Aspects Of Fluorosis

A Presentation made at XL Indian Social Science Congress, Dec 19-23, 2016, University of Mysore, Mysuru , focused on PEOPLES HEALTH AND QUALITY OF LIFE IN INDIA. It was widely appreciated as one focussing on a key problem faced by vast masses of India, neglected by all the (un-)concerned agencies

Statue of Bhagat Singh:Generating Revolutionary Spirit In The Hearts Of Toiling Masses

Statue of Bhagat Singh:Generating Revolutionary Spirit In The Hearts Of Toiling Masses

    “We don’t have any faith in statue-worship but as a symbol the importance of a statue cannot be underestimated. We adore our homes with the pictures or statues of our heroes, mentors or beloved ones and these pictures or statues inspire and enthuse us. Had the statues been devoid of any importance then after the defeat of socialism and[Read More…]

In India Any Social Activist Can Be Arrested, Charged And Tried – Sans Evidence – For Terrorism: Kobad Ghandy’s Case – Part II – The Punjab Trial

In India Any Social Activist Can Be Arrested, Charged And Tried – Sans Evidence – For Terrorism: Kobad Ghandy’s Case – Part II – The Punjab Trial

The first part of the article (Countercurrents.org, 14.03.2017) dealt with Kobad Ghandy’s trial under Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act (UAPA) in Delhi, during which he was detained in Tihar Jail for about seven years!; and acquitted by the court of charges under UAPA on 10 June, 2016!! Kobad Ghandy was acquitted of even being a member of CPI (Maoist).

Kashmir Today Needs A Healing Touch

Kashmir Today Needs A Healing Touch

What is the meaning of victory of Farooq Abdullah from the Srinagar constituency where not even 7% votes polled. In many of the booths merely 2% votes were polled. I know there are past precedences of such a situation in at least three Indian states when people boycotted and government determinedly went for polls and were ‘able’ to form governments.[Read More…]

Commander-in-Chief Trump Drops ‘Mother of All Bombs’ on Afghanistan

Commander-in-Chief Trump Drops ‘Mother of All Bombs’ on Afghanistan

Commander-in-Chief Donald Trump unleashed one of the most powerful U.S. bombs—the 20,000 pound GBU-43, known as “the mother of all bombs”—on Afghanistan on Thursday, the Pentagon has confirmed. The MOAB, which stands for massive ordinance air blast, reportedly struck an Islamic State (ISIS) tunnel complex in Nangarhar province. According to the Department of Defense statement, “the strike was designed to[Read More…]

Pompeo, Power And WikiLeaks

Pompeo, Power And WikiLeaks

“Vested interests deflect from the facts that WikiLeaks publishes by demonizing its brave staff and me.” Julian Assange, The Washington Post, Apr 11, 2017. The Central Intelligence Agency’s current director, Mike Pompeo, has a view of history much like that of any bureaucrat as understood by the great sociologist Max Weber. The essential, fundamental purpose of bureaucracy is a rationale[Read More…]

Pollutants From Adani Coal Mine Will Eventually Kill About 0.5 Million Indians

Pollutants From Adani Coal Mine Will Eventually Kill About 0.5 Million Indians

  Under a climate criminal Coalition Government Australia is lurching towards an environmental and human catastrophe represented by the huge, Government-approved Adani Carmichael coal mine in the Galilee Basin of Queensland. Pollutants from burning Australian coal exported from the proposed Adani coal mine are  estimated to kill 13,000 people annually and 500,000 people over the lifetime of the coal mine.[Read More…]

Lines From The Edge Of Darkness

Lines From The Edge Of Darkness

At a time when military planners intensify the demonic work of softening the world up for a normalisation of the use of tactical nuclear weapons in the ever-growing fields of war, let our hearts more fully awaken to the pain of the world, and particularly to the pain of those innocents caught up in war and preparations for war.

Kashmiri Youth Tied In Front Of Army Jeep As Human Shield

Kashmiri Youth Tied In Front Of Army Jeep As Human Shield

A Kashmiri civilian is tied to an Indian army jeep as a human shield in Beerwa, Budgam area of Kashmir. The Indian army personnel on the top of the jeep is warning local Kashmiris of same fate if they pelt stones. Former chief minister Omar Abdullah has tweeted a photograph and a video, showing a Kashmiri youth tied by Indian[Read More…]

 How The Insurgencies In Middle East Are Not Terrorism?

 How The Insurgencies In Middle East Are Not Terrorism?

The definition of the term “terrorism” has been deliberately left undefined by the Western powers to use it as a catch-all pretext to justify their interventionist policy in the energy-rich Islamic countries. Depending on context, “terrorism” can mean two markedly distinct phenomena: that are, religious extremism or militancy. If terrorism is understood as religious extremism, then that is a cultural[Read More…]

What Does An “America-First” Foreign Policy Actually Mean? 

What Does An “America-First” Foreign Policy Actually Mean? 

  What does an “America-first” foreign policy look like under President Donald Trump? As a start, forget the ancient label of “isolationism.”  With the end of Trump’s first 100 days approaching, it looks more like a military-first policy aimed at achieving global hegemony, which means it’s a potential doomsday machine. Candidate Trump vowed he’d make the U.S. military so strong[Read More…]

Laos Plain of Jars - village fence made of American bombs

Now Only Rational Thinking Can Save The World!

  Scenario ONE: Imagine that you are on board a ship, which is slowly sinking. There is no land in sight, and your radio transmitter is not functioning properly. There are several people on board and you care for them, deeply. You don’t want this to be the end of ‘everything’. What do you do? A) You fix for yourself[Read More…]

Ambedkar, Nationalism And The Emerging Crises In India

Ambedkar, Nationalism And The Emerging Crises In India

Today is Ambedkar Jayanti. It would be appropriate to take a re-look at Ambedkar’s idea of nationalism in the face of virulent Hindutva nationalism in India and also on the global context

Keystone XL And America’s Psychopathic Government

Keystone XL And America’s Psychopathic Government

 Keystone XL Pipeline is a long-controversial proposed Canadian pipeline project through the U.S. north to south, from Canada to the Gulf of Mexico, to trans-ship the world’s most global-warming filthiest oil, from Canada’s tar-sands, to be burnt and used in Europe. On March 24th, U.S. President Trump informed the to-be-owner of the Keystone XL Pipeline project, that he gives them[Read More…]

Palestine Retold: Palestine’s Tragic Anniversaries Are Not Only About Remembrance

Palestine Retold: Palestine’s Tragic Anniversaries Are Not Only About Remembrance

For Palestinians, 2017 is a year of significant anniversaries. While historians mark May 15th as the anniversary of the date on which Palestinians were expelled from their historic homeland in 1948, the fact is the ethnic cleansing of the Palestinians began in earnest in 1947. In strict historical terms 1947 and ‘48 were the years in which Palestine was conquered[Read More…]

If Assad Must Go, So Must All The Warmongers

If Assad Must Go, So Must All The Warmongers

The real truth revealed by the chemical weapon tragedy in Syria’s Idlib Province is that as the world continues to tear itself asunder and make a mockery of the United Nation’s concept of international law and the sovereign rights of nations – supposedly intended to protect them from such unprovoked, preemptive attacks by rogue countries like the United States and[Read More…]

A Syrian man collects samples from the site of a suspected toxic gas attack in Khan Sheikhun, in Syria’s northwestern Idlib province, on April 5, 2017.
International outrage is mounting over a suspected chemical attack that killed scores of civilians in Khan Sheikhun on April 4, 2017. / AFP PHOTO / Omar haj kadour

MIT Rocket Scientist Questions White House Claims On Syria Chemical Attack

  One of the world’s leading rocket scientists, national security advisor and MIT Professor Theodore Postol, who has won awards for debunking claims about missile defense systems and has been a scientific adviser to the US Chief of Naval Operations, says today in a nine-page report that a four-page report released by the Trump administration yesterday intended to blame the[Read More…]

A Financial Toll Tax: Transform, Not Reform, The Tax System

A Financial Toll Tax: Transform, Not Reform, The Tax System

I recently awoke from a rather pleasant dream in which members of Congress and the President embraced the unique proposition that they had been elected to serve the People of the United States. Congress had determined that healthcare was a matter of right (by simply reducing the age at which a person qualified for Medicare to birth) and that every[Read More…]

LUKOMORYE—Poets Pave The Road To The Golden Age

LUKOMORYE—Poets Pave The Road To The Golden Age

(Rome) The recent death of the Russian poet with whom I was acquainted, Yevgheny Yevtushenko, prompted these considerations of the role of poets in social-cultural-political progress in general and in a particularly spectacular fashion in Russia. In few other countries have poets played a more significant than in Russia. Nonetheless, for centuries Russian poets have been harassed, persecuted, and punished[Read More…]

Kashmir: Election “Balloon” Deflated!

Kashmir: Election “Balloon” Deflated!

  (Total boycott accompanied by gruesome mayhem clearly shows the oft bandied “Balloon” of elections has been fully deflated!) George Bernard Shaw had said “Democracy is a balloon filled with hot air. Fools watch it when it rises and the clever pick their pockets”! This has been happening in Kashmir from the very start. The best excuse oft used by[Read More…]

Holy Cow: One More lynching

Holy Cow: One More lynching

  One Pehlu Khan from Haryana came to the cattle fair in Jaipur to purchase a buffalo. He was a dairy farmer. In the fair he was impressed by high milk yielding Cow and bought that instead of his plan of buying a buffalo. On way back in Alwar ‘Go Rakshak’ (Protectors of Cow) attacked his group and mercilessly beat[Read More…]

Healing India’s Suicidal Farmers

Healing India’s Suicidal Farmers

  How many deaths will it take ‘til he knows That too many people have died The answer, my friend, is blowin’ in the wind, The answer is blowin’ in the wind. –Bob Dylan, Nobel Laureate India’s economy may be soaring, but agriculture remains its Achilles’ heel, the source of livelihood for hundreds of millions of people but a fraction[Read More…]

Forced Removal From United Airlines

Forced Removal From United Airlines

Flying United Airlines was never a pleasant business. Functional, sterile, with staff more appropriately disposed to a deep freeze morgue than the hot blood of enthusiastic living, the airline was always an entity you wished ill towards, even as the flight started taking off.  Dreams of flying  a Gulf carrier or Singapore Airlines would fill the mind in the uneasy[Read More…]

Common Decency: The Voight-Kampff Test

Common Decency: The Voight-Kampff Test

I once stayed up all night reading a book, Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep, by Philip Dick.  The book was made into the movie Blade Runner.  The main character in the book, Rick Deckard, has to figure out something that seems like quite a challenge: is he a human being, or is he a “replicant”? Replicants are artificial beings[Read More…]

Proven US Alliance Lying Over Chemical Weapons Attack & Trump Pretext For Destruction Of Syria

Proven US Alliance Lying Over Chemical Weapons Attack & Trump Pretext For Destruction Of Syria

  The Russian and Syrian denials are true if they are innocent and lies if they are guilty of the suspected  chemical weapons attack that killed 90 people including 30 children in Syria. However Trump, US and US Alliance certitude over Russian and Syrian guilt is clear, proven, warmongering lying in the absence of findings from expert and independent investigators.[Read More…]

The Silver Lining of Trump’s Ownership of Regime Change Policy in Syria

The Silver Lining of Trump’s Ownership of Regime Change Policy in Syria

On a positive note, it has been a good development that the Trump administration has owned the “regime change” policy of the Obama administration in Syria by launching cruise missiles strike against the Syrian air force in al-Shayrat air base. Because over the decades, it has been a convenient stratagem of the Western powers with two-party political systems, particularly the[Read More…]

Reactive Mismeasures: The New Yorker And The “New” Cold War Propaganda (Part 1)

Reactive Mismeasures: The New Yorker And The “New” Cold War Propaganda (Part 1)

This  is the first part (of 5 ) of a paragraph by paragraph commentary on a recent article posing as journalism in the March 6, 2017 issue of The New Yorker. I hope to demonstrate that this article is basically a totally mendacious concoction of cold war US propaganda constructed out of unsubstantiated opinions expressed by US government officials and[Read More…]

School in Aleppo - still smiling despite pain

Photo Essay: Reflecting On Syria

Ms. Yayoi Segiis based in Beirut, Lebanon, and she has worked in Syria for almost 3 years. She is extremely passionate about the country, which she admires and tries to support in her position as an accomplished specialist in national education development. She agreed to share her collection of personal photos from Damascus, Homs and Aleppo.

Africa And India: Let’s Build Stronger People To People Relations

Africa And India: Let’s Build Stronger People To People Relations

Recent attacks upon African people in India has come as a shock for many of us who believe in equality and human rights. Though, no words are enough to condemn this incident, I not only condemn this, but as an Indian national, I also apologise to every African citizen for this shameful incident that happened in my country by my[Read More…]

Crimea: From World War 0 To World War III

Crimea: From World War 0 To World War III

Today, we remember little about what we call the Crimean war (1853-1856), even though it was the largest war ever fought in history up to that moment. It prefigured many of the elements that would later reappear in the two world wars of the 20th century, so much that we might call it “World War 0.” It included fossil fuels[Read More…]

Al-Shayrat Airfield Attack Violates UN Charter

Al-Shayrat Airfield Attack Violates UN Charter

In early morning darkness on April 7th the United States fired 59 Tomahawk cruise missiles at the Syrian al-Shayrat Airfield from two American destroyers stationed in the Eastern Mediterranean. It described the targets as Syrian fighter jets, radar, fuel facilities used for the aircraft. It asserted prior notification of Russian authorities, and offered the assurance that precautions were taken to[Read More…]

Joining The War Train: Trump’s Liberal Cheer Leaders

Joining The War Train: Trump’s Liberal Cheer Leaders

“Action is consolatory.  It is the enemy of thought and the friend of flattering illusions.” Joseph Conrad, Nostromo (1904). At the psychological heart of every liberal is a milk soft tendency to succumb to the authoritarian personality, a feeling that, just around the corner, resistance will fold.  Before such authority, adoration and bruising follow in menacing union. As US President[Read More…]

A Syrian man collects samples from the site of a suspected toxic gas attack in Khan Sheikhun, in Syria’s northwestern Idlib province, on April 5, 2017.
International outrage is mounting over a suspected chemical attack that killed scores of civilians in Khan Sheikhun on April 4, 2017. / AFP PHOTO / Omar haj kadour

 The Gassing Game In Syria: Regime Change And Beyond

  The use of chemical weapons in Sheikhun, in the Idlib province of Syria on 4th April 2017 was a heinous act. The world has rightly condemned it. Because it was so cruel and callous, it is vital that the truth about the attack is established as soon as possible.  The United States of America and a number of its[Read More…]

Trudeau Poodles For Empire

Trudeau Poodles For Empire

“Russia needs to be aware, made aware of its responsibility in the bloody actions last week by the Assad regime and therefore we are always open to working with our friends, allies and partners allies to send clear messages through sanctions and other means to Russia.” PM Justin Trudeau. Canada’s PM Trudeau displayed all the sycophancy of a stalwart U.S.[Read More…]

Can Red Sea Corals Save The Worlds Reefs?

Can Red Sea Corals Save The Worlds Reefs?

Hot water tolerant Red Sea corals could be the key to saving the worlds reefs. It will take an international effort to create the massive coral nurseries here in the Red Sea needed to begin to bring back to life the enormous areas of bleached dead coral reefs in places like The Great Barrier Reef in Australia, or from the[Read More…]

Mourning The Death Of ‘The City Of Ideas’

Mourning The Death Of ‘The City Of Ideas’

There was once a city called ‘The City of Ideas’. It was known far and wide for its culture of questioning, debating, discussing, disagreeing, arguing and naturally, generating more and more ideas in the process. It was a city filled with numerous schools, colleges, Universities and Institutions of learning. People from all over the world vied to earn themselves the[Read More…]

The Case For A Truth And Reconciliation Commission In Kashmir

The Case For A Truth And Reconciliation Commission In Kashmir

The recent deaths of eight young civilians on the polling day once again underscores the need move beyond the sovereignty versus azaadi debate or even the embittered dynamics of the neighbourhood territorial dispute and mend fences closer home, before the embers of dissatisfaction spill over the streets again.The narrative should shift stance on justice dispensation, a crucial facet, which is often ignored by the political class and state institutions alike.

Racially Motivated Attacks On Africans In India Rooted In Casteism

Racially Motivated Attacks On Africans In India Rooted In Casteism

Over the last 2-3 years there have been a surge in targeted attacks on African nationals living in India, people from the North-Eastern provinces settled elsewhere in our country, people belonging to minority communities and members of backward castes particularly Dalits. Last year alone a Congolese teacher was attacked and killed in Delhi, a group of six Africans—two women, a[Read More…]

Tamil Nadu farmers strip outside Prime Minister Narendra Modi's Office in protest demanding waiver of loans

In Champaran’s Centenary, Indian Farmers Await Another Gandhi

   This is the centenary year of  the Champaran sayagraha (policy of passive political resistance)  – the first experiment by  Mahatma Gandhi of his epic philosophy .This tool  was to become Gandhi’s most powerful amour  and  earned him  a cherished and coveted place  in the pantheon of world ‘s legendary leaders . Gandhi launched his satyagraha in Champaran district on[Read More…]

The U.S. Navy’s Anti-Environmental Broadside In The Gulf of Alaska 

The U.S. Navy’s Anti-Environmental Broadside In The Gulf of Alaska 

It’s war in the Gulf and the U.S. Navy is on hand to protect us. No, not that Gulf! I’m talking about the Gulf of Alaska and it’s actually mock war — if, that is, you don’t happen to be a fin whale or a wild salmon. This May, the Navy will again sail its warships into the Gulf of[Read More…]

“A homeless sleeps amid a snow storm outside the White House in Washington D.C., capital of the United States…” [Photo: Xinhua/Zhang Jun]

On Finding A Homeless Person In A Blizzard!

  Personally if I were to find even one homeless person sleeping in the icy snow not far from my home, I’d make it a habit to always nightly check the area for others in the same condition and, in the least, call a local shelter for a pick-up of him, give him hot tea and a sandwich, as well[Read More…]

Syria Chemical Weapon Attack:  Truth Comes At A Cost

Syria Chemical Weapon Attack:  Truth Comes At A Cost

  Shooting from the hip with unerring accuracy was the Wild West according to Hollywood.  As anyone who has ever fired a pistol will tell you it is improbable, and historically the West’s few gun duels were rather unremarkable.  The latest hip-shooter is of course Donald J. Trump whose foreign policy seems to turn on a dime — from not[Read More…]

Australia, India And Coal Proliferation

Australia, India And Coal Proliferation

Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull is in New Delhi today on a four-day visit. It is widely expected that he will advocate for, among other things, increased coal and Uranium export from Australia to India. The issue of coal export to India gains significance in the backdrop that world’s largest coal mine in Australia is being planned to be developed[Read More…]

Trump’s Syria Attack Poses New Conundrums For The Anti-War Movement

Trump’s Syria Attack Poses New Conundrums For The Anti-War Movement

There is widespread criticism of Trump’s Syria attack on the left, and many of the reasons stated are spot on: The attack was surely not motivated by humanitarian considerations, contrary to what is claimed. The attack is illegal, both under US and international law, and hence constitutes an act of war. The US has been conducting military strikes in Syria[Read More…]

WSS Condemns Threats By Bajrang Dal On WSS Activist In Assam

WSS Condemns Threats By Bajrang Dal On WSS Activist In Assam

Women against Sexual Violence and State Repression (WSS) strongly condemns the manner in which our member Ms Bondita Acharya, a well known women’s activist from Jorhat, Assam, is being criminally intimidated, abused in sexual language, defamed and trolled on her Facebook account only because she expressed her personal opinion regarding eating of beef, a common practice in her state of[Read More…]

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Science Needs To Be Set Free For The Good Of Mankind

  This article is based on the Presidential Speech by well-known physician, Dr BM Hegde at the 40th Annual Congress of the Indian Social Science Academy, held in Mysore, Dec 19-23, 2016. We are publishing the entire content of the speech in the light of the many brilliant and thought-provoking observations made on science and health but cannot verify all the[Read More…]

Arms And The Babies: Unbridled Compassion For All The Casualties of War

Arms And The Babies: Unbridled Compassion For All The Casualties of War

We must not conceal from ourselves that no improvement in the present depressing situation is possible without a severe struggle; for the handful of those who are really determined to do something is minute in comparison with the mass of the lukewarm and the misguided. And those who have an interest in keeping the machinery of war going are a[Read More…]

Trump Strikes Syria

Trump Strikes Syria

All bets are off in the latest round of escalation in the Syrian conflict.  The attack on al-Shayrat airbase involving 59 cruise missiles launched from the USS Ross and Porter in the Eastern Mediterranean was meant to be a lesson of sorts. For US President Donald Trump, it was in the “national interest of the United States” to deter the[Read More…]

Trump Attacks Syria: A Gambit And A War Crime

Trump Attacks Syria: A Gambit And A War Crime

There are contradictory opinions about who on last Tuesday April 4th used chemical weapons, which killed more than 80 civilians including children in the rebel-held town of Khan Sheikhun in Syria. Some pundits impute the deadly Sarin gas attack to Bashar al-Assad, while others believe terrorists belonging to the al-Nusra Front, which is an al Qaeda surrogate and friends with[Read More…]

Holy Cow

Holy Cow

Madhavikutty, the renowned Malayalm writer, was ahead of her times. Here is a short story she wrote in Malayalam in the sixties. It foretells what’s happening in India now.   One day, while a boy was picking up banana skin from the waste bin and eating it, a cow reached there and grabbed it from him. He pushed the cow[Read More…]

How Can You Eat At A Time Like This?

How Can You Eat At A Time Like This?

  “The horror in Syria is terrible, but much worse has been going on in the Congo — greater numbers sacrificed — for a much longer period of time… with our clear complicity.” — one of the author’s home schooled youngsters Comedian Mitch Hedberg used to tell a joke about the Dufresnes which is germane today. If you viewed the[Read More…]

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What if I told you 2,000 women per year are murdered by men they know? (Interview with Dawn Wilcox)

On May 28, 2016, a gorilla named Harambe was killed at the Cincinnati Zoo. A small child had fallen into the primate’s enclosure and… well, you know the rest. “As I watched the sort of public outrage and mourning rarely afforded murdered women, it was the final straw,” explains Dawn Wilcox, a registered nurse for 22 years. Wilcox is no “expert,”[Read More…]

Bankim’s ‘Bharat’ -Pro-British, Anti-Muslim And Pro-Brahminical

Bankim’s ‘Bharat’ -Pro-British, Anti-Muslim And Pro-Brahminical

Bankim Chandra Chatterjee or Bankim Chandra Chattopadhyay, who is considered as the father of Hindu Rashtra, has written three novels all in the last ten years of his life: Anandmath, Debi Choudhurani and Sitaram. All of them can be justly described as anti-Muslim. B.C.C played an important role in reducing Indian nationalism to Hindu nationalism, which is anti-Muslim to the[Read More…]

Bridging The Gender Gap

Bridging The Gender Gap

Pride and dignity would belong to women if only men would leave them alone. Egyptian Proverb Gender inequality is not only a pressing moral and social issue but also a critical economic challenge. India has a larger relative economic value at stake from advancing gender equality than any of the ten regions analyzed in a McKinsey Global Institute report, The Power of Parity:[Read More…]

A washerman washing clothes inside the cement tubs at the ghat.

Photo Essay: We Treat Your Clothes Like Our Babies

Devi Prasad Sadan Ghat has managed to exist and battle the innovations of technology that brought washing machines to every household. Almost hidden and unnoticed by people the biggest dhobi ghat in Delhi is located in CP at the otherwise quiet and serene Hailey lane. Families of 60 washermen, try to sustain themselves by washing and ironing clothes from dawn[Read More…]

Voice Of The Voiceless: People’s Tribunal Of Acquitted Innocents

Voice Of The Voiceless: People’s Tribunal Of Acquitted Innocents

Being imprisoned for a crime one did not commit, being acquitted and freed after going through a hard ordeal of physical and mental agony, granting of ‘Good Service Entry’ to those officers whose hands played key role in unreasonably locking up innocent persons in prisons, being denied any sort of a compensation for the deprival of valuable years of their[Read More…]

North East Indian Organisations Express Solidarity In Response To Discrimination And Assault Against African Nationalities

North East Indian Organisations Express Solidarity In Response To Discrimination And Assault Against African Nationalities

The undersigned students’ organisations and unions from North East India, would like to extend solidarity with people of African origin living in India and particularly those who were attacked in Greater Noida recently. We empathise with the violence, ordeals, and humiliation faced by Africans in India. We are distressed to learn of the ongoing situation, and denial of the Indian[Read More…]

Internet Shut Down In Srinagar

Internet Shut Down In Srinagar

Internet services in three districts falling under the Srinagar Parliamentary constituency, going to polls tomorrow, will be shut down from midnight as a precautionary measure to prevent floating of rumours by anti- national elements. Srinagar, Budgam and Ganderbal, which form part of the Srinagar Lok Sabha seat, will have no Internet connections amid reports that Pakistan-based groups were engaged in[Read More…]

American Militarism As A Way Of Life: Beyond Syria And The Middle East

American Militarism As A Way Of Life: Beyond Syria And The Middle East

Introduction Nothing unifies America at home and rallies support among its allies quicker than a bombing of a Muslim nation, no matter the ideological, political, and moral justifications about the military option as a first resort before or after the bombing. Governments divided and lacking popular support, governments questioned by a segment of the military, political and business elites, and[Read More…]

US Threatens More Strikes After Cruise Missiles Hit Syria

US Threatens More Strikes After Cruise Missiles Hit Syria

The day after US warships rained some 60 Tomahawk missiles on a Syrian government airbase, US officials made it clear that this unilateral and criminal attack against an oppressed former colonial country is merely the first shot in what is to be an escalating and widening campaign of American military aggression. The governor of Syria’s central Homs province reported Friday[Read More…]

Why Promoters Of Biometric UID Aadhaar Are Wrong And Irresponsible

Why Promoters Of Biometric UID Aadhaar Are Wrong And Irresponsible

When asked about why India chose to go with the UID/Aadhaar model when several countries like France, Britain and Germany have disbanded such identification projects, Nandan Nilekani, a former official of Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI) replied, “Their purpose was not development, inclusion, saving government money or curbing corruption. How can you compare Aadhaar with the smart card project[Read More…]

The Civilized World Strikes Again

The Civilized World Strikes Again

It is apparent given the timelines and the lack of time given to verifying the validity of accusations concerning the gas attack in Homs, Syria, that plans had already been coordinated for such an attack. Watching the mainstream media the viewer receives the impression from the wording of the announcers reports and questions for the “experts” that the matter was[Read More…]

And The Winner Is Raytheon

And The Winner Is Raytheon

The attack on Syria is a violation of the U.S. Constitution, International Law, and the Geneva Convention.  Why did President Trump make this disastrous decision? We may never know why. BUT we do know that the decision was not made to protect those ‘beautiful little babies’.  No U.S. president in recent history has ever placed any value on the lives of babies,[Read More…]

Australian Commitment To Unlimited Natural Gas Exploitation Threatens Planet & Invites Global Blowback

Australian Commitment To Unlimited Natural Gas Exploitation Threatens Planet & Invites Global Blowback

  Australia is a major exporter of coal, gas and iron ore, and is set to become the world’s largest exporter of Liquid Natural Gas (LNG).  However, depending upon the degree of systemic gas leakage,  burning gas for power may be worse greenhouse gas (GHG)-wise than burning coal.  However a remorselessly neoliberal, anti-science and anti-environment  Australia is committed to massive[Read More…]

STEM The Tide

STEM The Tide

  Fifty years ago Dr. King risked his life to tell us that ‘the world now demands a maturity of America that we may not be able to achieve,” that a nation focused on military defense more than social uplift “is approaching spiritual death,’ and that we still had a choice: “nonviolent coexistence or violent co-annihilation.”  How much longer will[Read More…]

The Politicization Of Cow In North East India

The Politicization Of Cow In North East India

Three people, including a minor, was arrested on 5th of April for cooking beef. The news is not from  the state of Uttar Pradesh or Chhattisgarh, where eating or possessing cattle meat is prohibited. Sadly, It is a news from the North Eastern part of India and to be precise, it is from Jorhat district of Assam. “They bought beef[Read More…]

Give These Tenacious Women Some Flashlights

Give These Tenacious Women Some Flashlights

  Woman must not accept; she must challenge. She must not be awed by that which has been built up around her; she must reverence that woman in her which struggles for expression. – Margaret Sanger Providing women with more and better opportunities to fulfill their social, economic, and political roles is now deemed so essential for reducing poverty and[Read More…]

Of Celebrating India’s 100th Independence Day After 30 Years……

Of Celebrating India’s 100th Independence Day After 30 Years……

After 30 years from now India will be celebrating its 100thyear of independence from the colonial rule. What will happen in the year 2047-48? Will India be able to fulfill the vision of those who fought for the freedom? Will the country be able to adapt itself to the dreams and aspirations of the present and the future citizens of[Read More…]

Pehlu Khans In A Soulless India

Pehlu Khans In A Soulless India

These communal incidents are becoming a commonplace and the religious fervor of the people who commit them are proud to be a participant of this mad race to fulfill their brutal agendas. With the streets getting bloodier and darker, turning a blind eye to such incidents could mean an end the delicate social fabric of love and mutual harmony of our country and converting minorities to mere statues and puppets divorced from their own religious ideologies.

Babri Masjid Ramjanmbhoomi Dispute: Need For Justice

Babri Masjid Ramjanmbhoomi Dispute: Need For Justice

  After the long wait, the Supreme Court Chief Justice J.S. Khehar opined that long pending dispute of Ram Janmabhoomi-Babri Masjid should be settled out of court. (March 2017) He even offered to mediate himself in the matter. Uniformly most of the spokesperson from RSS Combine welcomed the move, while large number of Muslims and other elements have been surprised as the[Read More…]

American Unlimited Imperialism:Syria

American Unlimited Imperialism:Syria

Historically, this latest eruption of American militarism at the start of the 21st Century is akin to that of America opening the 20th Century by means of the U.S.-instigated Spanish-American War in 1898. Then the Republican administration of President William McKinley stole their colonial empire from Spain in Cuba, Puerto Rico, Guam, and the Philippines; inflicted a near genocidal war[Read More…]

Empire’s Aggression On Syria

Empire’s Aggression On Syria

With the pounding of 59 Tomahawk land attack cruise missiles on Shayrat airbase in Syria the Empire has widened its aggression in the strategically crucial country. The sounds of destruction announce imperialism’s and aggression, interference and intervention. This is the sound of “peace” imperialism likes to impose on peoples of other countries. Speaking from his Mar-a-Lago estate in Florida, Donald[Read More…]

US Launches Cruise Missile Attack Against Syrian Government

US Launches Cruise Missile Attack Against Syrian Government

  Between 8 and 9 p.m., US Eastern Time Thursday, two US warships in the Mediterranean fired a barrage of 59 Tomahawk cruise missiles at a Syrian air base at Shayrat, near the city of Homs. The attack is the first direct assault by the United States on the Russian- and Iranian-backed government of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad and has[Read More…]

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The Reign Of ‘Humanity’

I am told it was the best moment of their lives When my parents saw my pretty little face, they say they forgot all strife They loved me, adored me I felt I was the most blessed child They made me feel special, beautiful, strong, dignified, let me have fun, allowed me to get wild In the world I grew[Read More…]

US Public Directed To Condemn Chemical Attacks And Election Interference – Unless Carried Out by US or Collaborators

US Public Directed To Condemn Chemical Attacks And Election Interference – Unless Carried Out by US or Collaborators

  Dr. Noam Chomsky, a scholar who taught classes on US foreign policy at MIT and whom International Business Times notes is “one of the world’s most eminent academics and political commentators”, gave a more than one hour-long interview this week to Democracy Now.  In it, he points out that while the US government and oligarchy (see below) encourages US[Read More…]

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From Syria To Monsanto: A Moribund System Of Deceit And Destruction

  Today, as the dominant global power, the US roles out its brand of unfettered capitalism across the world. US citizens constitute just five percent of the world’s population but consume 24 percent of global energy. Consider the consequences of a US-style model of ‘development’ if it were to be aspired to and copied throughout the world (which it is in places[Read More…]

Eyes On Eternity Versus Eyes On The Prize: Dedicated To Gil Scott-Heron

Eyes On Eternity Versus Eyes On The Prize: Dedicated To Gil Scott-Heron

  Henry Hampton‘s work — like his groundbreaking Eyes on the Prize (1987-1990) — should be applauded. His grand efforts and accomplishments — along with those of his many hardworking, talented colleagues, such as the dedicated and incomparable Judy Richardson — are praiseworthy by any standards. That said, to have one’s eyes on any prize in the realm of social activism usually means a[Read More…]