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"Fixing Global Finance" by Kavaljit Singh

Gaza Death Toll
Rises Above 600

By Ma'an News Agency

The death toll in Gaza rose above 600 on Tuesday as emergency teams pulled dead bodies from the rubble of homes destroyed by Israeli strikes on the 15th day of the assault. The deaths brought the number of Palestinians killed by Israeli fire on Tuesday to 31

Israel Is Being Defeated In Gaza As It Was In Lebanon
By Ali Abunimah

Israel’s great “deterrent” threat was always the ground invasion of Gaza. A deterrent is often more effective as a threat than as a reality. If it is used and proves to be a bluff, it no longer works. Now Israel has gone into Gaza, and Israelis are shocked at the extent of the losses they are suffering. Israel has so far admitted to 25 dead soldiers in just four days of ground operations. That’s a higher daily casualty rate than it suffered in Lebanon

Diary of An Israeli War
By Haidar Eid

Should we accept an Egyptian ceasefire initiative calling on us to surrender to Israel? A ceasefire that will result in the continuation of the siege? An initiative that calls our resistance to occupation and apartheid "hostilities"? Why are people dying? For the status quo to remain as is? No! Gaza, the Sharpeville, the Guernica of Palestine will become our Saigon! We cannot afford despair!

Why I Vowed Not To Have Children in Gaza
By Omar Ghraieb

Can you imagine the devastation of a father who is holding his child dead in his hands? Can you imagine his loss? And how ashamed and guilty he feels for not being able to protect his child? That’s why I vowed to never, ever to have children here. I will not bring them to this world and fail to protect them. I will not watch my children die. It is too painful watching other children die and their parents weep; I can’t handle going through it myself

Gaza’s Resistance Will Not Be Crushed
By Ramzy Baroud

Just by taking a quick glance at the history of this protracted battle - the refugees versus the Middle East’s ‘strongest army’- one can say with a great degree of conviction that Israel cannot possibly subdue Gaza. You may call that a historical inevitability as well

How Obama Is A Direct Accomplice To Israeli War Crimes
By Shamus Cooke

The fact that Israel is actively committing war crimes in the Gaza Strip is not open to debate, since a cursory glance at the conflict obviously exposes them in practice

Israel’s Modus Operandi: Blackmail, Bribery And Bullying
By William Hanna

The insidious cancer of AIPAC is also being spread (with more free junkets) by “Friends of Israel” groups in most European parliaments; by the Australian Israel & Jewish Affairs Council (AIJAC); and by the recently formed South African Israel Public Affairs Committee (SAIPAC) which will endeavour to silence criticism by a people already familiar with the iniquities of Apartheid

Complicity In Ethnic Cleansing
By Ron Forthofer

There must be an immediate end to the killing as well as an immediate lifting of the illegal siege of Gaza. Without an ending of the siege, the is little-to-no-hope for the people of Gaza or for stopping the rocket fire into Israel. If the killing and the siege continue, more people will join the boycott, divestment and sanctions (BDS) movement. Israeli crimes are the things that are destroying its legitimacy and continuing its crimes today will speed this destruction

How American Propaganda Works
By Paul Craig Roberts

Why hasn’t Washington joined Russian President Putin in calling for an objective, non-politicized international investigation by experts of the case of the Malaysian jetliner?

Harassing The Drones
By Kathy Kelly

On July 10, 2014, in New York State, Judge David Gideon sentenced Mary Anne Grady Flores to a year in prison and fined her $1,000 for photographing a peaceful demonstration at the U.S. Air National Guard's 174 th Attack Wing at Hancock Field (near Syracuse) where weaponized Reaper drones are remotely piloted in lethal flights over Afghanistan. Dozens have been sentenced, previously, for peaceful protest there. But uniquely, the court convicted her under laws meant to punish stalkers, deciding that by taking pictures outside the heavily guarded base she violated a previous order of protection not to stalk or harass the commanding officer. Mary Anne is a 58 year-old grandmother of three, from Ithaca, New York, where she is part of the Upstate Drone Action

Sometimes The Border Crosses You (Know Your History)
By Mickey Z.

According the Washington Post, Texas Governor Rick Perry “reportedly plans to dispatch the Texas National Guard to the U.S. border with Mexico” to deal with “the continued surge of young immigrants, most of them from Central America, crossing the border.” "If the federal government does not do its constitutional duty to secure the Southern border of the United States, the state of Texas will do it,” Perry explained. Hmm… I smell a history lesson brewing

Elite Insanity on Display in Ukraine
By Robert J. Burrowes

For those of us interested in understanding what is driving the conflict in Ukraine, now seriously complicated by the shooting down of a Malaysian Airlines passenger jet – which has raised the potential of the conflict to explode into a nuclear war with devastating consequences for humanity – it is worth delving into the psychology of key parties to the conflict and particularly those elite individuals and their agents in politics, industry, academia and the media who are driving it

Postcard From The End of America : Wolf Point
By Linh Dinh

It was already dusk when I rolled into Wolf Point , for my train was seven-hour late. In this town of 2,700, downtown is just three blocks and visible from the station. Flanked by modest, two-story buildings, Main Street was mostly empty, and I encountered no other pedestrians as I passed Missouri Breaks Brewing, a movie theater then the Elks Lodge. That's two bars already within one block, but after crossing 3rd Avenue , I quickly spotted three more, Dad's Bar, Stockmans 220 Club and Arlo's. Though these seemed more promising than the first two, I couldn't decide, so I asked the only other person in sight, a short, squinting man who was smoking a cig on the sidewalk, “Which one should I go in, man?”

J&K Children: Right To Life Is Compromised?
By Ravi Nitesh

With the teenager’s death at Kulgam (J&K) by police firing, it is once again proved that life is not safe at all if you are in J&K. It becomes more vulnerable for children and women as cruelty never identify them for any kind of relaxation

Killing of 7 And Detention of 2000 People By Branding Them as Red Sanders Smugglers
Fact Finding Report

Fact Finding Report prepared by National Campaign for DNT Human Rights (NCDNTHR)

21 July, 2014

Heavy Gaza Attacks Kill Over 50 Palestinians, Death Toll Crosses 500
By Ma'an News Agency

Israeli forces continued airstrikes and artillery assaults on the Gaza Strip Monday for the 14th day, killing multiple members of three extended families as the death toll tops 500. In Khan Younis, at least 26 members of the Abu Jami family were killed by Israeli shelling, after more bodies were pulled from the rubble. An Israeli airstrike killed 11 members of the Siyam family in Rafah, including an eight-month old baby and two other children

 

War Crime: Video Shows Sniper Killing of Wounded Gaza Civilian
By Ali Abunimah

A video has emerged of the targeting and killing by a sniper of a Palestinian civilian in Gaza City’s Shujaiya neighborhood where Israeli shelling killed dozens of civilians and caused massive destruction early on Sunday morning. The video, documenting a war crime, was uploaded to YouTube by the International Solidarity Movement

Pain In Gaza
By Professor Mazin Qumsiyeh

It is hard not to cry watching the unfolding horror in Gaza, children with heads blown off, pregnant woman with body torn by a shell, babies with missing limbs, targeting of playing children, targeting hospitals, targeting ambulances, and even a handicap center killing two handicap children

Anti-Racist Jewish And Non-Jewish Figures & Nobel Laureates
Demand Arms Embargo On Apartheid Israel

By Dr Gideon Polya

Numerous eminent humanitarians from around the world, including Nobel Laureates and leading anti-racist Jewish and non-Jewish figures, have written an Open Letter protesting the horrendous violence by the state of Israel against its captive Palestinian population and concluding “We call on the UN and governments across the world to take immediate steps to implement a comprehensive and legally binding military embargo on Israel, similar to that imposed on South Africa during apartheid”

Veterans To Deliver Letter To Israeli Ambassador
By Veterans For Peace

Members of Veterans For Peace will deliver a letter to Israel's Embassy, 3514 International Dr. NW, Washington , D.C. 20008, at 1:30 pm Monday afternoon, July 21. The letter calls on the government of Israel to immediately halt the bombing of Palestinian civilians and to withdraw all its troops and military assets from Gaza. Colonel Ann Wright, who has visited Palestine and Israel several times, will head up the delegation

The Arab Collusion in Israeli Massacre of Palestinians in Gaza
By Abdus Sattar Ghazali

"Gaza ceasefire hopes switch to Qatar as Arabs divided over Israeli offensive," this headline of the Guardian of July 20, 2014 best reflected the collusion of major Arab states in the Israeli massacre of Palestinians in Gaza.

The Middle East: Leaders Who Could Not Lead
By Mahboob A. Khawaja

The contemporary Arab world is devoid of educated, intelligent and effective leadership. Those occupying the helms of power are mostly the former traditional loyalists tribal agents of the European colonial era uplifted to kingship and absolute authoritarianism to protect the vested foreign interests in the new age of the 21sy century politics

US Empire Reaches Breaking Point - Time To End It
By Kevin Zeese and Margaret Flowers

The people of the United States must work to end the interventionist violence of the U.S. Empire

Competition Corrupts Minds And Actions, Cooperation Is Needed
By Graham Peebles

Cooperation and sharing unites, encourages trust and builds relationships; competition divides, it sets people against one another and denies that essential ingredient to peaceful living – ‘right relationship'. For social harmony and peace to come about, social justice is essential. Cooperation and sharing are key requirements in bringing this about. Conversely, “there can be no peace, no enduring happiness for man as long as we – the individual, the group and the nation – accept this competitive existence as inevitable.”

A Discourse on Isms And The Principle of Sharing
By Mohammed Mesbahi

How can we bring about an awareness that sharing is the solution to a planetary crisis, and our last remaining hope for rehabilitating a divided world? Central to this question is the problem of 'isms', in which our complacency has intellectualised itself in order to justify its existence as being normal

The Truth About Ukraine
By Timothy Gatto

If the United States wants peace, they should talk to Putin and the Ukrainian Government and institute a cease-fire in the region. Let the people of Donetsk and other provinces vote to succeed or to join Russia. This would be the legitimate thing to do. Let the people exercise their right of self determination. This is also the democratic thing to do. Still, that fact doesn't enter into the West's "Big Game"

Peoples Tribunal Demands The Repeal Of UAPA
Press Release

A two day’s People’s Tribunal was held on cases mainly under Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act in Kozhikode. The programme was organized by Solidarity Youth Movement on July 14th and 15th. The tribunal heard a range of cases under which people have been booked mainly under UAPA. The accused, family members of the accused as well as lawyers presented the facts, documents as well as their experiences to the tribunal. On the basis of these presentations and after perusing the police and court documents, the tribunal made some recommendations

20 July, 2014

Israeli 'Massacre' In Gaza City Kills At Least 66
By Ma'an News Agency

On the 13th day of the ongoing military offensive against the Gaza Strip, residents say invading Israeli forces committed "a new massacre" in the Shujaiyya neighborhood of Gaza City. At least 66 people have been killed and hundreds have been injured in the eastern neighborhood, medics said Sunday. The death toll is expected to rise as more bodies are uncovered, while the day's total across the Gaza Strip has surpassed 90. Spokesman for the Palestinian Ministry of Health Ashraf al-Qidra said rescue teams evacuated 50 dead bodies from destroyed houses including 17 children, 14 women and four elderly people. More than 200 injured people were taken to al-Shifa Hospital

#GazaUnderAttack: Israel Committed A Massacre Against Innocent People In
Al-Shijaeyya In Gaza Killing At Least 60 And Wounding Hundreds

By Shahd Abusalama

The Israeli occupation endorsed a two-hour ‘humanitarian’ truce starting from 1:30 pm to 3:30 pm, and within these two hours they committed a terribly atrocious massacre against our people in Al-Shijaeyya, killing at least 60 innocent people

The Boy Who Clung To The Paramedic: The Story Behind The Photo
By Belal Dabour

He was extremely lucky: his neck injury was just an inch away from a major artery, his chest injury penetrated all the way through but failed to puncture his lung, and his abdomen was struck by shrapnel that just missed his bowel. He had a stroke of luck denied to many that night. The medics performed heroic measures in a remarkably short time, and the little boy’s life was saved

Devastated Family Remembers Cheerful Boy Cut Down By Israeli Fire On Gaza Beach
By Rami Almeghari

The massacre, witnessed by international journalists at the nearby Al-Deira hotel, caused outrage around the world and drew attention to the horrifying death toll among Gaza’s children

On 'Human Shielding' In Gaza
By Neve Gordon and Nicola Perugini

Since hi-tech states can and do kill hundreds or thousands of civilians, they have to provide moral justification for their action in order to preserve their standing in the international arena; they have to demonstrate that they are protecting the principles of liberal democracy. It is precisely within this context that we should understand the series of posters recently disseminated by the Israeli military through its Twitter account, Facebook and blogs

‘The Worst Are Full of Passionate Intensity’
By Sukumaran C. V.

As the corporate onslaught against the Environment in the name of progress and development, and the war against humanity by the so called democratic States and by the fanatics all over the world sideline and marginalize people’s movements that try to build a sustainable and pacifist world without having wars and riots, fanatics and terrorists; I see, as Anne Frank saw 70 years ago, the world being slowly transformed into a wilderness

What Happened To The Malaysian Airliner?
By Paul Craig Roberts

Washington’s propaganda machine is in such high gear that we are in danger of losing the facts that we do have. One fact is that the separatists do not have the expensive Buk anti-aircraft missile system or the trained personnel to operate it. Another fact is that the separatists have no incentive to shoot down an airliner and neither does Russia. Anyone can tell the difference between low-flying attack aircraft and an airliner at 33,000 feet. The Ukrainians do have Buk anti-aircraft missile systems, and a Buk battery was operational in the region and deployed at a site from which it could have fired a missile at the airliner

MH 17: Release Military Radar Data
By Chandra Muzaffar

In the interest of finding the answers, the International Movement for a Just World (JUST) calls upon the authorities in Kiev, Moscow and Washington to de-classify and release the raw military radar data manifest for the incident area on that ill-fated day. This vital information should be studied by an independent international panel of experts. The panel’s findings should be made public immediately

To End War - Our Peace Proposal
By Alan Johnstone

Both in the Gaza and the Ukraine (and many other places in the world), the international "community" and its leaders have been slow to interfere for fear of jeopardising their political and economic interests. The victims are pawns in a power struggle over resources, and the economic advancements these make possible

Idiocy As Scholarship
By Subhash Gatade

Question arises what is the import of discussing the 'P N Oak saga' when the appointment of Prof Y Sudershan Rao, at Kakatiya University, as Chairman of the prestigious Indian Council of Historical Research (ICHR) has become a cause of concern in the academic world ?

19 July, 2014

37 Killed In Israeli Attacks On Saturday As Death Toll Rises To 329
By Ma'an Nws Agency

The death toll on Saturday morning hit 37 after Palestinian civil defense rescue teams pulled ten bodies out of the debris of a home in Khan Younis in the southern Gaza Strip as Israeli forces continued their military offensive against the Gaza Strip by air, sea, and land for the twelfth day

Bloody Friday: 12 Children Among Dozens Killed In Israel’s Merciless Slaughter
By Ali Abunimah

At least 61 people, at least 12 of them children, were killed on Friday alone, the second day of Israel’s ground invasion of parts of the Gaza Strip, and the twelfth and bloodiest day since Israel began bombarding the territory with airstrikes and land-based and naval artillery. Eight members of a single family, the youngest six months old, were killed when a missile struck their home

The Jews In Palestine
By Mahatma Gandhi

Let the Jews who claim to be the chosen race prove their title by choosing the way of non-violence for vindicating their position on earth. Every country is their home, including Palestine, not by aggression but by loving service

Make The Connections: Anti-War, Animal Rights, Collective Liberation
By Mickey Z.

While photographing a #FreePalestine rally in NYC on July 15, I ran into many friends. That's no surprise for me in my hometown but what does stand out is how rarely I ever encounter any of my vegan/animal rights (AR) comrades at such human rights events

Malaysia Airlines Flight MH17 Atrocity And Ongoing Apartheid Israeli Gaza Massacre
By Dr Gideon Polya

The world has been utterly horrified by the destruction of Malaysia Airlines Flight MH17 (298 dead) on 17 July 2014 by a sophisticated surface-to-air missile launched either by Government Ukrainians, or Rebel Ukrainians (the latter less likely because it can only damage their cause, they have not been supplied with such missiles, and lack the required skilled Buk system operators). This appalling atrocity coincides with, and has diverted world attention from, the deadly escalation of the Israeli Gaza Massacre (about 300 Palestinians killed so far) involving actual ground invasion by the war criminal Israeli Defence Forces (IDF)

Climate Change: Will A Disaster Wake Us Up?
By John Scales Avery

In order to prevent a tipping point, after which human efforts to prevent drastic temperature increases will become ineffective, it may be necessary for ordinary people to replace their oligarchic governments with true democracies

18 July, 2014

30 Palestinians Killed As Israel Presses Gaza Ground Assault
By Ma'an News Agency

At least 30 Palestinians have been killed in Gaza by airstrikes and artillery fire since Israel launched a ground operation late Thursday, medics said. Ahmad Abdallah al-Behnsawi was killed by shelling in Beit Lahiya, medics said, while the bodies of Saleh al-Zgheibi and Alaa Abu Shabab were found under rubble in eastern Rafah. Three children were killed in a targeted shelling on a home in northern Gaza. The bodies of Ahmad Ismail Abu Musallam, 14, his sister Alaa, 13, and their brother Muhammad, 15, were taken to Kamal Adwan hospital. The children were killed when a shell hit their bedroom

Israel Ends “Humanitarian Ceasefire” With New Massacre of Gaza Children
By Ali Abunimah

Four children were killed when Israel resumed its heavy bombardment of the occupied Gaza Strip after the expiry on Thursday afternoon of a five-hour “humanitarian ceasefire” requested by the United Nations. Another child died of injuries sustained in earlier Israeli attacks

Doctors Evacuate Patients After Israel Bombs Gaza Hospital
By Nora Barrows-Friedman

After a week of threats and “warning rocket” fire last Friday on the al-Wafa rehab and geriatric hospital in eastern Gaza City, the Israeli army heavily shelled the building just hours ago and caregivers are scrambling to evacuate the most vulnerable patients

The Dementedness Destroying Israel
By William A. Cook

Today as the current spring rain of missiles pours down on Gaza, the intent arises from a totally different cause, a manufactured cause created by Netanyahu's government directed at the Israeli people to elicit unconditional support to destroy Gaza

Sanctions And Airliners
By Paul Craig Roberts

Washington’s empire is beginning to crack, a circumstances that will bring desperate action from Washington. Today (July 17) I heard a BBC news report on National Public Radio about a Malaysian airliner being shot down in Ukraine. The reporting might have been honest, but it sounded like a frame-up of Russia and the Ukrainian “separatists.” As the BBC solicited more biased opinions, the broadcast ended with a report from social media that separatists had brought down the airliner with a Russian weapon system

MH 17 And Iran Air 655: A Medal For Terrorism
By Soraya Sepahpour-Ulrich

On July 3, 1988, in an unprovoked move, US carrier USS Vincennes fired two missiles at an Iranian passenger plane, Iran Air flight 655 that was on route to Dubai. All 290 innocent civilians perished. The passenger airliner, so recognizable even from the ground was “mistaken” for a jet fighter (jetfighter is two-thirds smaller than the passenger). The United States called its own act of terrorism ‘a regrettable accident”. Listening to the media news surrounding the ML 17 incident, one cannot help but conclude that the USS Vincennes captain, Will Rogers III was too dumb and blind not to see the easily recognizable passenger plane, or else, he was/is a terrorist

Israel’s Golden Gift
By Hussein Al-alak

Israel has given a golden gift to the British Anti-War and Left Wing movements, by carrying out its actions against the Hamas in the Gaza Strip. As a result of the bombardment of Palestinians by the Israeli’s, the global focus of attention has now been diverted away from Iraq and Syria, and refocused itself on the ongoing conflict between the two waring sides

The Political Objective And Strategic Goal Of Nonviolent Actions
By Robert J. Burrowes

Whether or not activists achieve their political objective is strategically irrelevant. This is because an effective nonviolent action is designed to achieve its strategic goal, irrespective of the response of opponents or the authorities to the political objective of the action. Whether or not activists achieve their strategic goal, however, is always strategically determinative

Raise Your Voice, Not The Sea Level
By Anitha S

As we stood out in the open on World Environment Day after planting many trees, we were convinced about the need to conserve this green lung. We can Clean and Green more but not to compensate for the trees planned to be cut. The bus bay and shops can be built else where. But we cannot ever create this atmosphere that the 100 trees, 80 species of herbs and innumerable birds and butterflies have made for so many years. This is my thought for the World Environment day. And I will raise my voice against the move to cut trees

BRICS Bank Is First Step Towards New International Economic Order [NIEO]
By Dr. Vivek Kumar Srivastava

World is changing. US domination will decline in financial sphere if it does not change its strategy of exploiting and suppressing the poor countries in the name of globalization, free trade and proclaiming irrelevance of demands of developing and Least Developed Countries. Strength of NIEO has been expressed and is likely to continue

17 July, 2014

8 Palestinians Killed Ahead Of Gaza Truce
By Ma'an News Agency

Israel killed eight Palestinians overnight before a five-hour humanitarian truce came into effect at 10 a.m. Thursday, bringing the death toll in Gaza to 230. Shortly before 10 a.m., Israeli artillery shells killed three Palestinians from the Abu Sneima family and injured four others in eastern Rafah. Gaza health ministry spokesman Ashraf al-Qidra said three bodies, including a woman, were removed from a Rafah home. Earlier, five Palestinians were killed in Israeli attacks

Four Children Die Playing Football In Gaza Beach
By Ali Abunimah

On Wednesday afternoon, in an horrific attack witnessed by international journalists stationed at the Al-Deira Hotel, shelling from an Israeli gunboat killed four children from a single family as they played football on a beach near Gaza’s seaport. The four victims were Ahed Atef Baker and Zakaria Ahed Bakr, both ten years old, Muhammad Ramiz Bakr, eleven, and Ismail Muhammad Bakr, aged nine

An Open Letter To Israelis And Jews!
By Dr Salim Nazzal

You are stronger militarily, but we still resist, you are stronger in the media and capable to make the black, white, but our voice is getting through, and get louder and louder .You do all this terror as if you will have the upper hand all the time. But this is illusion; your fate will be like all colonial powers

Krugman's Illusion: We Becoming Richer, But Not Damaging The Environment
By Saral Sarkar

I read an article by Paul Krugman (Nobel Laureate in Economics) in the New York Times (17.04.2014) entitled Climate Change:Salvation Gets Cheap. Referring to the glad tidings on the cost of saving the planet coming from the IPCC, Krugman wrote he thinks the climate threat is solved. He went even further. He wrote: “… there's no reason we can't become richer while reducing our impact on the environment .” Is it really possible?

How America's Policies Sealed Iraq's Fate
By Dahr Jamail

As Iraq's disintegration into darkness progresses, it sickens me to think of all the Iraqis I met and became friends with, who have since been killed, disappeared, or have become refugees. What is left of Iraq, this mess that is no longer a country, should be considered the legacy of decades of U.S. policy there, dating back to the moment when Saddam Hussein was in power and enjoyed Washington’s support. With Maliki, it has simply been a different dictator, enjoying even more such support (until these last weeks), and using similarly barbaric tactics against Iraqis

Did Brazil's Poor Protesting Painful World Cup Capitalism Affect Its Team's Morale?
By Jay Janson

Did Brazil putting the World Cup above improvements in the lives of its poor ultimately affect its team's morale? Organized poor have elected socialist presidents in Venezuela, Bolivia, Ecuador, Uruguay Nicaragua Cuba Paraguay Chile Guatemala, Guiana, Dominican Republic, Haiti and Honduras. Asking Maradona to again raise his voice against injustice murderously emanating from a Wall St. center of plundering First World power

Washington Is In A State Of Immobility
By Fazal M. Kamal

The Obama administration's socio-economic-political ambitions are evidently in limbo though, under the circumstances, he himself maybe feeling that he's in a Sisyphean state

Climate Crisis Increases Risk Of Flooding Across 70% of Asia
By Countercurrents

Climate crisis increases risk of flooding across 70% of Asia, shows a new map launched by the UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office on July 16, 2014

16 July, 2014

Israel Warns 100,000 Gazans To Evacuate Their Homes, Death Toll Passes 200
By Ma'an News Agency

Israel urged 100,000 Gazans to flee their homes on Wednesday, but the warning was largely ignored despite an intensification of the military's nine-day campaign. So far, Israel's campaign, now in its ninth day, has killed 208 Palestinians, with a Gaza-based rights group saying over 80 percent of them were civilians

Gaza Health Ministry Declares State of Emergency
By IRIN

As Israel continues to bomb hundreds of targets in the Gaza Strip, hospitals are facing a shortage of medical supplies. Pre-existing shortages are being exacerbated by heightened need and by the border policies of the Egyptian government, which continues to limit entry into Gaza

‘For What Cause, Did I Die?’
By Nazia Nazar

The Palestinian women, children and elderly are alone in their sufferings. The poor children are being deprived of their right to live, grow and enjoy a bright future. More than 35 children have been killed in a week. They don’t know which crime they are punished for? They were unaware of the politics going on between Hamas and the Israeli army. Those little souls never thought that the UN and the big powers would never come to rescue them. Their shattered body parts are still waiting to be collected and buried in a grave, as the funerals are also attacked in this land. Alas, we couldn’t give them a peaceful life; let’s give them a peaceful burial

Ravaging Gaza: The War Netanyahu Cannot Possibly Win
By Ramzy Baroud

A true Palestinian unity culminating in a massive popular Intifada is the kind of war Netanyahu cannot possibly win

WANTED – A New Strategy For Palestinian Resistance
By Alan Hart

Handing complete responsibility and accountability for occupation back to Israel would not only concentrate the minds of the leaders and governments of the major powers. It would also enable activist groups of all faiths and none which campaign for justice for the Palestinians to sharpen their focus and be more effective

BRICS Bank Established: Beginning of Financially Multi-Polar World
By Countercurrents

BRICS Development Bank has been established on July 15, 2014 in the now-going BRICS summit in Brazil . It is an epoch-making event for the global south. A financially multi-polar world begins with the establishment of the much-hoped BRICS bank. It is the beginning of the end of US dollar-dominance and the dominance of the Bretton Woods institutions – the World Bank and the International Monetary Fund. Establishment of the bank surpasses all on-going incidents around the world

Obama’s Influence Abroad Is Evaporating
By Shamus Cooke

As the U.S. government resorts to its trump card of military intervention to maintain its foreign power, working people in the U.S. will raise increased demands to use the hundreds of billions of annual tax payer dollars to instead fund schools, health care, infrastructural projects, and the rest of long-neglected U.S. civil society

Indonesia, A Proudly Nazi Nation? Mass Murderers Are Ruling!
By Andre Vltchek

Indonesians have voted and what votes they have cast! Either they have chosen an outright Nazi, or a populist supported by a bunch of Nazis! The results are actually too close; it appears that almost half of the active Indonesian voters have endorsed either the Mayor of Jakarta – a former furniture salesman and populist known as ‘Jokowi’ – or a former general of the National Special Forces – Prabowo Subianto

The Rising Global Movement That Calls For #NoTTIP
By Adam Parsons

TTIP is the latest bid to capture policymaking by the profit-making interests of the 1%, with dire implications for anyone who upholds a vision of a more equitable and sustainable economic order. But campaign groups and activists are working hard to expose this trade agreement for what it is, and to build an overarching global movement that can prevent this massive transfer of power to transnational corporations

Atoms For Peace And Iran Nuclear Talk: The Theatrics Continues - From Eisenhower to Obama
By Soraya Sepahpour-Ulrich

In spite of the numerous obstacles placed in its path, Iran has demonstrated to the world that it wishes to pursue peace and transparency. It exercised ‘heroic flexibility' to cooperate with the P5+1 and consistently and tirelessly demonstrated its goodwill, transparency, and cooperation. But as with the Eisenhower era, Iran's cooperation has demonstrated to the world that it is not a threat. Its peaceful agenda is the greatest threat to Washington's agenda

Prasanna Vithanage: A Political Proof of Western Cinema
By Gouthama Siddarthan

Tamil Nadu is witnessing a spate of spicy critical theories being floated about Prasanna Vithanage’s film, ‘With You, Without You’. As a matter of fact, the film is a proof or an evidence of how the Western films have seamlessly impacted the thinking process of the creative artistes in the Third World

Wazirpur Struggle Continues, As Factory Owners Refuse To Honour Written Agreement
Press Statement By People's Union for Democratic Rights

PUDR condemns the attitude of the factory owners and demands that they honour the agreement arrived between them and the workers. The State should take strict action against the errant factory owners and ensure that the workers are guaranteed minimum benefits as laid down by the law

15 July, 2014

Israel Claims New "Legitimacy" As Attack On Gaza Resumes
By Jon Queally

Fulfilling fears and suspicions that an Egyptian-proposed "cease-fire" agreement put forth late on Monday would not last and may have simply been a pretext for Israel to bolster a narrative that it was Hamas and other militant factions that refused a settlement, the Israel military—after a brief respite—resumed its aerial bombing of the Gaza Strip on Tuesday with a massive show of firepower

Israel Firing Experimental Weapons At Gaza’s Civilians, Say Doctors
By Rania Khalek

Doctors treating patients in Gaza have accused Israel of using experimental weapons on Palestinian civilians. Addressing reporters at a press conference on Sunday, Youssef Abul Resh, undersecretary of the health ministry in Gaza said, “Medical teams have registered injuries consistent with those caused by DIME [dense inert metal explosives] and other banned weapons.”

The Overwhelming Silence of Gaza’s Streets
By Rami Almeghari

Everyone in Gaza is a potential target for Israel’s warplanes. We can all be killed — whether we stay at home, go to work, go to a marketplace or pray in a mosque

Israel Student Union Sets Up “War Room” To Sell Gaza Massacre On Facebook
By Ali Abunimah

As the death toll from Israel’s savage bombardment of Gaza continues to climb, Israel has once again turned to students to sell the slaughter online. “Although they haven’t been called up to the army yet, they’ve decided to enlist in a civilian mission that is no less important – Israeli propaganda [hasbara],” Ynet’s Hebrew edition reported about a massive initiative organized by the Israeli student union branch at the Interdisciplinary Center Herzliya (IDC Herzliya), a prestigious private university

Israel’s Template For The Globe’s Future
By Satya Sagar

For all those who think that Israel is run by the most despicable, racist and repressive regime in the world here is some very bad news indeed. Not only are the Israeli state and its ruthless methods here to stay they could also be, very frighteningly, a prototype of our collective global future

Journalism of Horror And Helplessness
By Jay Janson

How many of us working, with former US Attorney General Ramsey Clark's support,[1] to seed confidence that Nuremberg Principles law will soon come down on citizens of US, of NATO nations and of allied nations, including the still contested state of Israel, which exists primarily on seized, stolen and ethnically cleansed land, are freaking sick of reading, even during ongoing genocide, excellently and professionally written, moralistic journalism of horror and helplessness

The Gaza Massacre: The Underlying Motives
By Chandra Muzaffar

Massacre has become a habit. Every two or three years, Israel launches a massive military assault upon largely unarmed Palestinians in Gaza. It did this in December 2008 to January 2009. It did it again in November 2012. On each occasion hundreds of Palestinians are murdered and thousands more maimed

The "Peace Process" Dies Again
By Gary Corseri

There is no “peace process.”
There is peace… and the absence of peace—
The gnawing hunger for it,
The desperation of the vanquished

Jordan Reluctant To Host Expanded Proxy War Against Syria
By Countercurrents

Jordan, where the Central Intelligence Agency has been covertly training Syrian rebels for more than a year, is reluctant to host an expanded program in what is likely to be a significant step back for Barack Obama

Postcard From The End of America : Williston
By Linh Dinh

The Amtrak route that goes from Chicago to Portland , Oregon is called Empire Builder, and it was on this train that I saw Williston , North Dakota for the first time. With so much freight traffic coming in and out of Williston, the Amtrak train is always delayed, from several hours to half a day, and so the conversations on board often focused on fracking as we approached the Bakken Shale Play. The conductor said, “Yes, this is a hassle, but I also look at it as our country's future!”

Observe Kandhamal Day On August 25, 2014
By Ram Puniyani & Dhirendra Panda

We call upon all secular and human rights activists and organisations to express their concerns on the forthcoming Kandhamal Day on August 25, 2014. We feel that such expressions of concerns, public expressions, dissent and pressure on the present day governance is too important to see to it that such communal violence with the protection of State will not be repeated in future – either in Odisha or elsewhere in the world. Therefore, we appeal to you to join hands with our actions with the demand for justice for the survivors of communal violence in Kandhamal in as many ways as possible

Education In Confined Spaces
By Priyanka Dass Saharia

The physical space of a university added a huge dimension to the overall life of a student. The unfettered freedom to explore shaped one’ sensibilities and broadened one’s curiosity; for the sheer spirit of the soul to learn more, know more was enhanced by the knowledge that one could if one wished to. The element of choice gave way to the development of one’s inclinations to different things

UNIMOGP: Vacate Delhi Or Vacate India
By Abdul Majid Zargar

Indian Government has asked UNIMOGP office in New-Delhi to vacate the premises allotted to it forty years ago free of cost. It has given two reasons for its marching orders. One that UNIMOGP presence in India has lost relevance in view of the Shimla agreement and two that it wants to tighten its belt in the budgetary season

'Patriots' of Our Times !
By Subhash Gatade

India is a land of surprises, say many. And how can Bihar, which they say has been witness to a glorious past, be an exception. Of course nobody could have imagined that 'surprise of surprises' or (should I call) 'mother of all surprises' would be reserved for the Bihar police. In fact it was one life time experience for all of them there where they found how 'Rs 50,000 can balloon into Rs 1.14 crore'

14 July, 2014

Israel Escalates Attack On Gaza
By James Cogan

The Israeli military continued to escalate its assault on the Palestinian Gaza Strip over the weekend, carrying out hundreds more air strikes and its first ground incursion into the territory. It claims it has conducted over 1,300 air strikes in Gaza over the past week. Israel is openly targeting the private homes of officials and leading members of the Islamist Hamas organisation, which governs the densely-populated strip of land, regardless of who is residing in them. The assassination attempts have killed at least 167 people so far, the vast majority of whom were civilians, according to United Nations representatives. At least 19 women and 29 children under the age of 16 are among the dead

Israel’s Incremental Genocide In The Gaza Ghetto
By Ilan Pappe

The killing of three Israeli teenagers, two of them minors, abducted in the occupied West Bank in June, was perhaps in reprisal for killings of Palestinian children. But for all the depredations of the oppressive occupation, it provided the pretext first and foremost for destroying the delicate unity in the West Bank but also for the implementation of the old dream of wiping out Hamas from Gaza so that the Ghetto could be quiet again

Israel's Dissenting Voices Get Lost In The War Echo Chamber
By Prof. Neve Gordon

Israeli politicians across the political spectrum appear to support the attack on Gaza

Gaza: A War or A Brutal Massacre?
By Dr. Ludwig Watzal

The international media outlets speak of a new Middle Eastern war between Israel and the Palestinian Hamas organization, which rules a tiny strip of Palestine adjacent the Mediterranean Sea that resembles rather a large open-air prison than a state-like entity. Are we really witnesses of a “war” or an attack by a brutal colonial regime against a defenseless and helpless community of people in the Middle East? In order to provide its criminal operations with a veneer of legitimacy, the Israeli government is using war terminology

Israel Is Captive To Its ‘Destructive Process’
By Chris Hedges

A mass movement demanding boycotts, divestment and sanctions is the only hope now for the Palestinian people. Such a movement must work for imposition of an arms embargo on Israel; this is especially important for Americans because weapons systems and attack aircraft provided by the U.S. are being used to carry out the assault

Israel Is Deliberately Targeting Civilians In Gaza
By Rania Khalek

The UN says 77 percent of Palestinians killed in Israel’s relentless bombing campaign on the besieged Gaza Strip have been civilians. A report by the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs details Israel’s current assault, now it in its sixth day. With over 150 killed, including an alarming number of women and children, and the death toll in Gaza rising by the hour, Israeli officials insist they are doing all they can to avoid civilian casualties

Israel, Muslims, And The Israel Lobby In America:
Local Dynamics And Global Ramifications

By Taj Hashmi

We have reasons to believe that the first Arab-Israel War, which led to the creation of Israel in 1948, signaled the beginning of another “Hundred-Year War” in world history. And America can play the most decisive role in ending, what appears to be, a never-ending conflict in the Arab World, which has already spread to other parts of the Muslim World and beyond, and is potentially capable of destabilizing the entire world for decades

US Concerned With Proxy Fighters In Syria
By Countercurrents

Eric Holder, the US attorney general, is concerned: Fighters from Europe and the US who are supporting the Syrian intervention are joining forces with Yemeni bomb makers

Calling the European Commission To Account: Clamping Down on Institutional Corruption
By Colin Todhunter

The Alliance for Lobbying Transparency and Ethics Regulation (ALTER-EU) is a coalition of about 200 civil society groups, trade unions, academics and public affairs firms. It campaigns against the increasing and massive influence exerted by corporate lobbyists on the political agenda in Europe. As Members of the European Parliament (MEPs) prepare to quiz the president-elect of the European Commission Jean-Claude Juncker on Tuesday 15 July, the coalition is calling on them to ensure that improvements in the areas of ethics, conflicts of interest and lobby transparency are placed high on the agenda of the new Commission

“God's Warriors” Against The Secular State – On Boko Haram And ISIS
By Saral Sarkar

Nowadays, something is happening before our eyes that is difficult to understand. But we must understand it if we still want to work for our political vision

Here's Where The Illegal Immigrant/Refugee Children Should Be Sent
By John Spritzler

The illegal immigrant/refugee children arriving at the southern U.S. border from Honduras, El Salvador and Guatemala, should be sent to Beverly Hills, CA and Greenwich, CT and other super rich communities like these

Patel’s Idolization And Need For Libraries
By S.R.Darapuri

Now if BJP is bent upon spending public money on memorial of Sardar Patel let it be not in the form of a statue with which India is already over flooded, it will be much beneficial to set up Public Libraries in his name all over India

13 July, 2014

18 From One Family Killed In Gaza
By Eva Bartlett

Israeli air strikes on the Gaza Strip killed 52 people Saturday, including two severely handicapped women in a care facility, medics said. The toll made Saturday the bloodiest day yet in the five-day conflict, and hiked the overall toll to 157. The deadliest strike came in the Tuffah district in eastern Gaza City, where 18 people were killed in strikes that hit a home and a mosque

“Wake Up My Son!” None of Gaza’s Murdered Children Are Just Numbers
By Ali Abunimah

Sahir was killed on Friday afternoon when an Israeli warplane bombed his family home in the Tal al-Zaatar neighborhood in northern Gaza. “He was playing and smiling next to his mother when missile shrapnel divided his head”

Israel Fires "Warning" Missiles At Gaza City Geriatric Hospital
By Nora Barrows-Friedman

Israeli warplanes fired a series of “warning rockets” at the al-Wafa Geriatric Hospital in Gaza City on Friday, sending patients and nurses into a panic

Urgent Call From Gaza Civil Society: Act Now!
By Palestinian Civil Society Groups

We Palestinians trapped inside the bloodied and besieged Gaza Strip call on conscientious people all over the world, to act, protest, and intensify the boycotts, divestments and sanctions against Israel until it ends this murderous attack on our people and is held to account

Israel’s Attacks Against The Population Of The Gaza Strip
By Dr. Ludwig Watzal

The international media outlets speak of a new Middle Eastern war between Israel and the Palestinian Hamas organization, which rules a tiny strip of Palestine adjacent the Mediterranean Sea that resembles rather a large open-air prison than a state-like entity. Are we really witnesses of a “war” or an attack by a brutal colonial regime against a defenseless and helpless community of people in the Middle East? In order to provide its criminal operations with a veneer of legitimacy, the Israeli government is using war terminology

Save Gaza Today; Tomorrow May Be Too Late!
By Soraya Sepahpour-Ulrich

As Israel is set for a ground invasion of Gaza, the alarming call of a Holy War is heard from an Israeli commander who tells his soldiers that they are engaged in a war to “wipe out” an “enemy who defames” God. Jewish extremism has always been concealed, and with it, the dangers. But the threat is very real – and very well understood even by those supporting this growing danger

Israel/Gaza: UN Must Impose Arms Embargo And Mandate
An International Investigation As Civilian Death Toll Rises

By Amnesty International

Amnesty International is calling for an UN-mandated international investigation into violations committed on all sides amidst ongoing Israeli air strikes across the Gaza Strip and continuing volleys of indiscriminate rocket fire from Palestinian armed groups into Israel

25 Most Fragile States: Gifts From The Global System
By Farooque Chowdhury

The world's 25 most fragile states have been identified. The Foreign Policy magazine has released the annual ranking of the least-stable countries, now known as the Fragile State Index (FrSI). Up to last year, the name of the index was the Failed States Index (FaSI). The FaSI/FrSI is created by The Fund for Peace

What Would A Psychiatrist Call This? Delusions Of Grandeur?
By William Blum

Question asked: “Which country do you think is the greatest threat to peace in the world today?”
Replies: United States 24%, Pakistan 8%, China 6%, Afghanistan, Iran, Israel, North Korea, each 5%, India, Iraq, Japan, each 4%, Syria 3%, Russia 2%, Australia, Germany, Palestinian territories, Saudi Arabia, Somalia, South Korea, UK, each 1%

Jordan: Kingdom Of Shadows And Submissiveness
Text and Photos: Andre Vltchek

Country of some 8 million is producing close to nothing, but many locals are living high life here, thanks to their collaborating with the West and with Saudi Arabia. To be on good terms with Israel is another lucrative business. And to have US military bases on its territory, and to have US army and air force ‘visiting’ Jordanian bases, is also one great way to get cash. Refugees, old and new, are great business. Not for the poor Jordanians, not for the majority, but for the elites

The Myths of Big Corporate Capitalism
By Ralph Nader

Large corporate capitalism is a breed apart from smaller scale capitalism. The former can often avoid marketplace verdicts through corporate welfare, strip owner-shareholders of power over the top company bosses and offload the cost of their pollution, tax escapes and other “externalities” onto the backs of innocent people

Overwhelming Evidence: Organic Food Higher
In Antioxidants And Lower In Toxic Metals And Pesticides

By Colin Todhunter

Consumer demand for organic foods is partially driven by perceptions that they are more nutritious. Now a peer-reviewed study just published in the British Journal of Nutrition [1], a leading international journal of nutritional science, has shown that organic crops and crop-based foods are between 18 to 69 percent higher in a number of key antioxidants such as polyphenolics than conventionally-grown crops

The Natives Play No Football
By Satya Sagar

Watching the football World Cup games in Brazil offers many simple lessons in history for those Indians who think that the ‘Hindus’ are original inhabitants of India while Christians and Muslims are ‘foreigners’

Vindictiveness And Autocracy: "Achhe Din" Defined
By Anshul Kumar Pandey

Ever since the BJP led NDA government took charge on May 22, its leader and our new Prime Minister hasn't stopped preaching to us the value of working together to build the nation. That's all fine. However, if one were to analyze his words and deeds over the past few days, it would reveal a gap so vast as to make the Grand Canyon look like a small crevice

UK Rushes Through Invasive Surveillance Laws As Intelligence Agencies Go On Trial
By Amnesty International

Amnesty International and Privacy International have accused the UK government of trying to rush through legislation in an attempt to deflect from a landmark hearing starting Monday, challenging the validity of UK spy agencies’ justification for mass surveillance of British citizens’ social media use

12 July, 2014

Ongoing Israeli Airstrikes Kill 14 In Gaza, Death Toll 121
By Ma’an News Agency

Ongoing Israeli airstrikes across the besieged Gaza Strip have killed 14 Palestinians since midnight Saturday, bringing the total death toll to 121, Gaza medical sources say

The Mindlessness of A Manifesto
By William A. Cook

Today’s invasion of Gaza is but a repetition of Israel’s savagery under Sharon and Olmert; I’ve written about this before. How horrible that we must revisit such horror! All I can do is to reassert what was true in Rafah, Jenin, Lebanon, Syria, and Palestine again and again and again since 1947 and ’48

Horrendous Palestinian/Israeli Death Ratios - World Must Stop Latest Israeli Gaza Massacre
By Dr Gideon Polya

The world must urgently put a stop to the latest war criminal Apartheid Israeli massacre of Occupied Palestinians in the Gaza Concentration Camp that has, so far, killed over 100 Palestinians and wounded 700 as reprisals for Gaza rockets (zero Israeli deaths) and the murder of 3 Israeli teenagers who may well have been killed by Israeli state terrorists in a “false flag” operation to justify a further Gaza Massacre and other Apartheid Israeli excesses

Facts All US Citizens Need To Know About Israel and Palestine
By Robert Barsocchini

Germany, Japan, and South Africa went from being the most reviled countries on Earth to being some of the most admired. Maybe Israel could undergo the same transformation, but not unless we, US citizens, help by ceasing to enable Israeli terrorism and war crimes by illegally supporting them

Can Hezbollah Prevent DAASH (IS) From Pulling Lebanon into its Caliphate?
By Franklin Lamb

Bedawi Palestinian camp, North Lebanon: The answer to that question is—perhaps. But for a number of reasons, some suggested below, it’s not a happy picture, and it won’t be a walk in the park

TPP: A Thoroughly Predatory Pact
By Ron Forthofer

U.S. transnational corporations are working behind the scenes to change the rules governing them. You may say 'big deal, this doesn't affect me'. However if you use the internet, view movies, take pharmaceuticals, want a clean and safe environment, believe in democracy, etc., you likely will be negatively impacted

US-Europe Trade Deal: Corporate Power Grab
By Megan Darby

Protest is ramping up against a transatlantic trade treaty critics say could weaken environmental protection. The Transatlantic Trade Investment Partnership is intended to boost commerce between Europe and the US , by cutting tariffs and aligning regulations. Green groups on both sides of the ocean have expressed fears this could mean watering down environmental safeguards and increasing fossil fuel consumption

Climate Crisis May Bring More Kidney Stones
By Countercurrents

As daily temperatures increase, so does the number of patients seeking treatment for kidney stones. In a study that may both reflect and foretell a warming planet's impact on human health, a research team found a link between hot days and kidney stones in 60,000 patients in several US cities with varying climates

Pearls of Wisdom of A RSS Leader, ‘Elections equivalent to Independence Struggle’
By Subhash Gatade

Suresh Soni broached another controversy by his utterances while addressing 161 first time BJP MPs at a two-day training camp organised by the Party at Surajkund near Delhi. He has compared BJP’s recent electoral victory with India’s freedom struggle

11 July, 2014

Gaza Death Toll Hits 100 As Israel Continues Assault
By Ma'an News
Agency

Thirteen Palestinians have been killed in Israeli airstrikes since midnight on Thursday, Gaza's Ministry of Health said, bringing the death toll in Israel's military assault to 102

Israel Warns Of Imminent Ground Invasion Of Gaza
By Mike Head

Israel yesterday told an estimated 100,000 Gaza residents living in cities near the border with Israel to leave their homes immediately, in a clear warning of an imminent ground invasion of the densely-populated enclave that houses nearly two million Palestinians

CNN: Palestinians Want To Die
By David Swanson

In a video from Thursday on CNN, Jake Tapper interviews Diana Buttu, a former advisor to the PLO. After failing to persuade her of Israel's complete innocence, he tells her that Hamas is instructing women and children to remain in their homes to die as Israel bombs them. She responds by expressing doubt that people want to die. Oh no, says Tapper, Palestinians live in a culture of martyrdom; they want to die

Gaza Rhymes: Bombs, Pain And The Resistance
By V. Arun Kumar

In Gaza, history rhymes. The aggression of Israel rhymes, the sound of bombs dropped by Israeli aircrafts rhymes and the agony of Palestinians rhymes. And so does the great Palestinian resistance against oppression rhymes, which rhymes in a musical tone of struggle and hope. One day Palestine will be free!

Israel’s Gaza Genocide Redux
By Professor Francis A. Boyle

Professor Francis A. Boyle delivered the following Oral Argument before the Kuala Lumpur War Crimes Tribunal Commission for the Indictment of Israel for genocide, war crimes, and crimes against humanity on November 21, 2012 during Israel’s genocidal Operation Cast Lead II against the 1.7 million Palestinians living in Gaza. The analysis and conclusions remain the same today during Cast Lead III

The Nation Magazine Plays Dumb About Obama's Nazism on Ukraine Policy
By Eric Zuesse

No matter what so-called "progressive" magazines might say about so-called "Democrats" such as Obama, he's a war-criminal and a hyper-protector of the biggest crooks on Wall Street, and any publication that soft-peddles his evilness on account of his being a “Democrat,” isn't progressive; it's not even decently liberal; it is garbage

Humanitarian Crisis In South Sudan Is Spiraling Out Of Control As Aid Fails To Arrive
By Countercurrents

South Sudan is currently Africa 's worst crisis with nearly 4 million people, a third of the country's population, at risk of severe hunger. Aid effort in South Sudan has only so far reached half of those-in-need

Gringo Bond With Love From Washington : Germany Catches US Spies 
By Countercurrents 

The United States is caught up in a spy-net in Germany . And, the US spying operation is creating pressure on its relation with the NATO ally. The US president Obama and the German chancellor Merkel are engaged in a spy flap

Shell Is Failing To Account For Climate Risks, Finds Study
By Megan Darby

Shell was accused of “Orwellian doublethink” in its attitude to climate change as an influential think-tank published new analysis on July 9, 2014. In the latest installment of the “carbon bubble” debate, the Carbon Tracker Initiative (CTI) highlighted flaws in the oil major's optimistic assessment of its future profitability

“Letter To Young People Over $220 Trillion Carbon Debt: Revolt (Peacefully)”
By Dr Gideon Polya

Young people in Australia and around the world are thoroughly disenchanted with anti-youth, anti-environment, anti-future, pro-One Percenter, pro-Ten Percenter, neoliberal and Corporatist governments. It is time for young people to REVOLT (peacefully of course) to ensure that Humanity reverts to a decent and safe course of sustainability and social humanism involving maximizing human happiness, dignity and opportunity for everyone. To that end I have written the Open Letter to young Australians

Amerikistan, Not Afghanistan, Warocracy, Not Democracy
By Dr Hakim

Abdullah Abdullah's phone call with U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry who arrived in Kabul today, shows that it is the U.S. government, and not Afghans, who run this country

Iraq And The Military-Industrial Complex versus A True Cost Economy
By Brent Blackwelder

A true cost or steady state economy can never be reached in a society consumed with perpetual war, especially warfare over oil. A steady state economy must have its energy supply based on renewable sources like solar and wind. To reach a true cost, steady state economy, the resources currently devoted to waging war must be transformed, and the use of natural resources like oil that are causing wars must be shifted

Doublespeak, The Transatlantic Trade And Investment Partnership
And The Corporate Hijack Of Europe

By Colin Todhunter

Tom Vilsack is the US Agriculture Secretary. In an attempt to support giant agritech and food corporations' aims to eliminate all ‘unnecessary' barriers to trade and investment between the US and EU via the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP), Vilsack has stated in public that he wants “sound science” to underpin any rules governing food trade

America's Creative Extortion
By Soraya Sepahpour-Ulrich

Admittedly, America has always devised creative means to execute its vast array of crimes against other nations – coups, wars, occupation, exploitation, terrorism, genocide, and so forth. One crime often neglected is America's creative extortion. America has made a legal judgment to rob Iran of $1.75 billion

Immigration In The Time of Imperialism
By Gaither Stewart

With each of America’s wars in its Middle Eastern-East European expansion strategy the waves of immigration swell: Libyans, Tunisians, Egyptians, Syrians, East Europeans aim at (once) rich Europe. The bill for centuries of colonialism and exploitation and now current US imperialism has fallen due. Africans and Middle Easterners are here to collect that bill. Sooner or later, there is always a payback

Accession And Article 370: In Response To Adarash Sen Anand
By Abdul Majid Zargar

Mr. Adarash Sen Anand, former chief Justice of India, has written a two installment article titled “Accession of J&K, a constitutional view” which appeared in daily Chandigrah Tribune of 2nd & 3rd July 2014.In the first part of the article he has dealt with the historical perspective of the Accession of J&K State to Indian Dominion and in the second part about the history & legality of Article 370 of Indian Constitution. The article appears to be a part of the wider debate started by BJP on Article 370. If the debate remains serious & civil, devoid of heat & Jingoism generated by right wing extremist elements-it is welcome. The write-up by Mr. Anand is factually incorrect on few points & economical in content & substance on few others

Bokaro Rape Case: India Needs To Abolish All Illegal Bodies
By Dr. Vivek Kumar Srivastava

Now the time has come to abolish the local Panchayats, Khap Panchyats, religious bodies which act as kangaroo courts in Indian society.This thoughtful demand emerges from the fact that in the country the decisions and fatwas of such bodies are degrading the human dignity, a goal which Indian constitution never aimed for, it had although aimed for providing the respect to human dignity

10 July, 2014

Israeli Airstrikes Kill 33 Palestinians In Gaza
By Ma'an News Agency

Israeli airstrikes across the besieged Gaza Strip killed 33 Palestinians overnight Wednesday and Thursday, including a family of eight

Death Toll Mounts In Israeli Attacks On Gaza
By Patrick Martin

The latest atrocity overnight Wednesday was the killing of at least eight people at a café in Khan Younis, a Gaza neighborhood, where spectators were watching the World Cup match between Argentina and the Netherlands. That bomb injured at least another ten Palestinians

Israel's Genocidal War On Gaza, Palestine - The Third Intifada Begins!
By Feroze Mithiborwala

This is the time for the "Global Palestine Solidarity Movement" to take to the streets across the world to stand in solidarity with the courageous resistance. Globalise the Resistance, Globalise the Intifada!!

An Open Letter To The Israelis And Palestinians
By Dr. Alon Ben-Meir

I have been writing about your conflict for more than three decades. Invariably, I find myself delving into the same themes time and agaihemes time and again. The nature of the conflict remains the same. You coexist, and short of self-inflicted catastrophe, you are destined to coexist until the end of time. You must now choose to live in harmony and peace, or in self-consuming enmity and hate

The Unabated Devastation In Palestine
By Fazal M. Kamal

The recent murders of three Israeli and one Palestinian teenagers---and the merciless torture of another Palestinian-American teen) are unquestionably barbaric, beyond tragic and comprehensively reprehensible. No rational person can even come close to condoning any such brutality. But if one follows the trail it leads directly to the door of Israel’s leaders and primarily to Benjamin Netanyahu who, partially but not wholly, to appease his extremist supporters has been for months spewing hatred utilizing constantly the language of violence, intransigence and belligerence while punishing an entire people

The Deteriorating Economic Outlook
By Paul Craig Roberts, Dave Kranzler, and John Williams

The third and final estimate (until the annual GDP revisions) of first quarter 2014 real GDP growth released June 25 by the US Bureau of Economic Analysis was a 2.9% contraction in GDP growth, a 5.5 percentage point difference from the January forecast of 2.6% growth. Apparently, the first quarter contraction was dismissed by those speculating in equities as weather related, as stock averages rose with the bad news

Remembering Thangjam Manorama On The 10th Anniversary Of
Her Rape And Murder By The Indian Paramilitary

By Women Against Sexual Violence and State Repression

Ten years ago, in the early hours of 11th July 2004, the bullet riddled body of 32- year old Thangjam Manorama Devi was found in Laipharok Maring of Imphal East district of Manipur. She had been picked up by the paramilitary Assam Rifles from her home in Bamon Kampu Mayai Leikai and was raped and killed

Contributing To A Culture Of Mutual Peace And Understanding : Zindagi Channel
By Devika Mittal

The Zee network has recently launched a new channel by the name of Zindagi. With the theme of “Vasudeva Kutumbkam” or “The whole world is my family”, Zindagi channel promises to bring in stories from around the world. The channel theme and the tag line “Jodey Dilon ko” or “to connect hearts” clearly indicates that this channel has a clear mission. It is trying to use the medium of television to create a culture of peace

Activist Endurance: A Look Back At The 2004 RNC
By Mickey Z.

Even in the face of urgent, ecocidal issues, dissent is a marathon, not a sprint. With authentic solidarity, a daily ego check, and an enduring willingness to evolve, we can each find our pace and help make a difference

Iraq: Whose Fault, Obama’s or Maliki’s?
By Taj Hashmi

As Bush was responsible for the ongoing, post-invasion civil war in Iraq, so is Obama responsible for the messy situation in Syria, Iraq and the entire region. History has proven Bush wrong

Obama's Failure And Richard Perle's Whitewashing of The Iraq War
By Ramzy Baroud

As Iraq stands on the verge of a complete breakdown into mini sectarian states, former leading neoconservative and Iraq war advocate Richard Perle made a sudden appearance on Newsmax TV. His statements in the interview were yet another testament to the intellectual degeneration of a group that had once promised a ‘new Middle East', only to destabilize the region with violent consequences that continue to reverberate until this day

Washington’s Arrogance Will Destroy Its Empire
By Paul Craig Roberts

It is difficult to imagine a country as wrong as the US, where government serves not the people but a tiny handful of the one percent, a government incapable of delivering any kind of justice, a government that if it uttered truth would destroy itself. Washington reeks of evil. And the world is beginning to realize it

Let's Remove The Rich From Power
By John Spritzler

Unless we start thinking and writing and acting (yes, acting in our own neck of the woods, with the people who also live there) with a focus on removing the rich from power, then all we really are is a bunch of observers, with no effect on what actually happens. We're not helping Palestinian victims of Zionism or anybody else. The ruling elite know it. Isn't it about time we did too?

USA's Multi-Decade Campaign of Imperial Terror Against Afghanistan
By Robert Barsocchini

This is an update to my examination of the USA's decades-long campaign of brutal imperial violence and terror against Afghanistan

'Movie ‘Punjab 1984’-Its Content And Intent'
By Ajmer Singh

Before analyzing the movie, one question that really needs to be answered is, how ‘well thought’ was the name of the movie; ‘Punjab 1984’? With all fairness to the hardworking team of this project, let’s safely presume that it was pretty well thought out. And, after that presumption, my immediate reaction is that the contents, the story line and the message of this film has no relevance to its title what so ever. It is, perhaps, manipulatively misleading

09 July, 2014

12 More Dead In Gaza, Death Toll 35
By Ma'an News

Twelve Palestinians were killed Wednesday in the ongoing Israeli airstrikes on the Gaza Strip, bringing the overall death toll since Monday to 35 and 300 injuries. The most recent deadly airstrike was reported in Beit Hanoun in the northern Gaza Strip killing 40-year-old woman Sahar Hamdan al-Masri and her teenage son 14-year-old Ibrahim. The two were killed after an Israeli missile hit their house

Eight Children Killed As Israeli Warplanes Relentlessly Bomb Gaza
By Maureen Clare Murphy

Twenty-five lives have been claimed by Israel in Gaza since Monday, including at least eight children, as warplanes bombed areas across Gaza, whose 1.7 million Palestinian residents live under a tightly-enforced siege and are unable to flee and have nowhere to seek shelter

Israelis, Not Palestinians, Excel At Vengeance
By Jonathan Cook

Shock and anger have engulfed Israeli and Palestinian societies since they learnt last week of the barbarous murder of children from their communities. Hours after three Israeli teenagers’ bodies were located, long after their abduction, a Palestinian youth, Mohammed Abu Khdeir, was kidnapped, beaten and burnt to death, apparently as revenge. These horrifying events should serve as a lesson in the obscene futility of vengeance. As a relative of one of the murdered children observed: “There is no difference between blood and blood.”

Changing The Israeli Mindset… Is It Really Possible?
By Alan Hart

In a recent article with the headline Charting A New Course, Alon Ben-Meir made the statement that “Only the Palestinians can modify and subsequently change the Israelis’ mindset.” The essence of his case is that the Palestinians must recognize that the average Israeli believes they do not seek real peace and are still committed to Israel’s destruction. That is indeed what most Israelis have been conditioned to believe, so the key question seems to me to be something like this. What could be done and by whom to open Israeli minds to the truth?

The Giant Methane Monster Is Lurking
By Thom Hartmann

There's something lurking deep under the frozen Arctic Ocean , and if it gets released, it could spell disaster for our planet. That something is methane

15 Countries Hold Key To Avoid Dangerous Global Warming, Finds Study
By Sophie Yeo

Climate experts have presented the UN with a report on how countries can club together to avoid world temperatures soaring to dangerous levels. The report, delivered to UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon on July 8, 2014 in New York , lays out technical pathways on how the world's 15 major emitters can make the deep decarbonisation needed to keep the planet below 2C

Record Levels Of Solar Ultraviolet On Earth's Surface Hit South America
By Countercurrents

A team of researchers from the US and Germany has measured the highest level of ultraviolet radiation ever recorded on earth's surface. The extraordinary UV fluxes, observed in the Bolivian Andes, are far above those normally considered to be harmful to both terrestrial and aquatic life

Our 21st Century Energy Wars
By Michael T. Klare

Global conflicts are increasingly fueled by the desire for oil and natural gas––and the funds they generate

Bowe Bergdahl And The Voice of War
By Kathy Kelly

Bergdahl listened to conscience; listened to the best he knew of the United States; and, heedless of the danger to himself, walked away from war. His military superiors knew that he was troubled, that his platoon was barely functional, and that he needed to find a way out, but they weren't listening to the voice of compassion. They were listening to the voice of war

The Great Corporate Swindle: Agribusiness Leading The Way In Setting The TTIP Agenda
By Colin Todhunter

According to the official language, the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) between the US and EU plans to create the world's largest free trade area, ‘protect investment' and remove ‘unnecessary regulatory barriers'. Cut through the rhetoric and it becomes clear that the treaty aims to weaken labour, social, environmental and consumer protection standards. Masterminded by the ‘ High Level Working Group on Jobs and Growth ', this group has been accused of constituting nothing but a bunch of unelected and unaccountable, notorious pro-free-trade bureaucrats from both sides of the Atlantic

Why Are Most Human Beings So Powerless?
By Robert J. Burrowes

Human beings stand at the edge of extinction and yet few of us are mobilized in defense of human existence. Why is this? And what can we do about it?

Debating Secularism In A Communalized Society
By Ram Puniyani

In the aftermath of the recent elections Congress, Communist parties, Samajvadi and Lalu’s RJD, which can be called secular in some sense; bit the dust. In the review of defeat the major opposition party Congress, which has been in power for maximum number of years, one major opinion from its top leader A.K. Antony came forth to say that the secularism practiced by Congress was seen more as an appeasement of minorities (read Muslims) and so the large sections turned against it emasculating it to a mere 19% votes with 44 seats in Lok Sabha. In a free for all; different opinions on secularism, and failure of Congress are coming forth

08 July, 2014

Death Toll Reaches 14 As Israel Targets Northern Gaza
By Ma'an News Agency

Israeli airstrikes on the northern Gaza Strip killed three Palestinians on Tuesday evening, bringing the total death toll in Israel's latest assault on the besieged enclave to 14. At least 100 Palestinians have been injured since late Monday in military action dubbed Operation Protective Edge, with Palestinian security sources putting the number of airstrikes at more than 70

“Operation” Bomb-the-hell-out-of-Gaza-this-has-nothing-to-do-with-security
By Eva Bartlett

The Zionists are again bombing Gaza, in another sadistically-named “operation” which I will not repeat, out of respect for the Palestinians of Gaza. Why bother with the names, just be honest: bomb-the-hell-out-of-Gaza-this-has-nothing-to-do-with-security # XXX

In The Case Of Israel: Western Hypocrisy At Its Best
By Ludwig Watzal

The crocodile tears of Netanyahu for the murder of the young Palestinian are hypocritical. For the record: Netanyahu and his extremist predecessor Ariel Sharon have not moderated a mob at a demonstration in Jerusalem, who slandered Rabin as a “traitor” and carried Rabin dummies in Nazi uniform, one of the most despicable symbols in Israel. Shortly after, Rabin was assassinated. Not without reason, Lea Rabin has refused Netanyahu’s condolences at the state funeral. Therefore, one should not belief the political arsonist, which calls for the fire brigade

Clinton and Kerry Call On Snowden To Submit To Sham Security State Trial,
Snowden Should Refuse to Play “Alice in Wonderland”

By Kevin Zeese

Edward Snowden submitting to prosecution in the United States, would be like Alice going into the courtroom in Wonderland

Boiling Point: Multiple Crises And The Democratic Deficit
By Kumi Naidoo

Kumi Naidoo, the International Executive Director of Greenpeace, was interviewed by Allen White of the Tellus Institute about fixing the current democratic deficit and pushing for system change and system innovation

Pakistan Faces ‘Environmental Cataclysm', Warn Officials
By Nivedita Khandekar

Governments in Islamabad and Delhi are not preparing for potential climate impacts, says new research

Greenpeace Protests Chevron Fracking In Romania
By Countercurrents

Greenpeace activists have staged a protest outside a controversial Chevron shale gas exploration site in Romania . They insisted the use of fracking technologies could harm the environment there

The Promise And Pitfalls of BRICS $100 Billion CRA
By Kavaljit Singh

Brazil will host the leaders of Russia, India, China, and South Africa for the 2014 BRICS Summit during July 15-17, 2014. This BRICS summit is expected to launch the $100 billion Contingency Reserve Arrangement (CRA) and further details on soon to be established BRICS Development Bank will be unveiled

The Safest And Fairest Way To Have A Constitutional Convention
By Roger Copple

When the Supreme Court's Citizens United ruling was passed in 2010, corporations and the wealthiest one percent were granted even more power to finance politicians than they had before. Therefore, everyone is encouraged sign the Move to Amend petition to reverse the Citizens United decision through a constitutional amendment

$10 Trillion Annual Carbon Debt Increase For Young People On A Threatened Planet
By Dr Gideon Polya

Humanity and the Biosphere are increasingly threatened by man-made global warming but climate change inaction means that it may soon be too late to act to prevent catastrophic global warming. This climate change inaction is associated with a $10 trillion annual increase in the Carbon Debt for young people and future generations. Young people must urgently reclaim their future from the terracidal, climate criminal One Percenters who are destroying the planet

 

 

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