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29 September, 2007

Burmese Troops Gun Down Protestors
By Sujeewa Amaranath & Peter Symonds

Over the past two days, the Burmese military regime has brutally suppressed large anti-junta protests in the major cities of Rangoon and Mandalay, breaking up crowds with tear gas, batons, rubber bullets and live rounds. The state media reported that nine people died in clashes on Thursday, but reports from activists, diplomats and a handful of foreign journalists suggest the figure could be considerably higher

Pro-Democracy Means Anti-Fascism
By Cindy Sheehan

Watching the pro-democracy marches in Burma both inspires and sickens me. I am inspired by seeing thousands of red-robed monks leading the demonstrations and sickened by the violence they are being met with by the military

Arctic Thaw May Be At ‘Tipping Point’
By Alister Doyle

A record melt of Arctic summer sea ice this month may be a sign that global warming is reaching a critical trigger point that could accelerate the northern thaw, some scientists say

Iraq: A Bush Family Jihad?
By Felicity Arbuthnot

Thomas Nagy is a Member of the Association of Genocide Scholars, who concluded that the deliberate destruction of Iraq's water system in 1991 was genocide. It seems they have a lot more work ahead. Oh, and the invasion of Iraq was sold to the American public, by their Administration linking Saddam Hussein to 11th September 2001 and Osama bin Laden. It was not Saddam, but the Bush family who were in business with the Bin Ladens.What wickedness

Defending The Cuban Revolution:
With Love Or Venom?

By James Petras

Defending the Cuban revolution demands unconditional defense against imperialism and proposals to rectify its problems. These are acts of love. Polemical invective and personal attacks against life-long defenders of the revolution and revolutionary movements will further isolate Cuba and opportunists like Gonzalez Casanova from reality and the coming social transformations in Latin America and social changes in Cuba

The Justice That Jena Demands
By Xochitl Bervera

Up to 50,000 people marched in the streets of Jena the other day — the majority of them Black, many were from the South. All were outraged by the blatant racism evidenced by the criminal justice system. This could be the beginning of the end for a system that should have been dismantled years ago

Gaza: The Quality Of Mercy Revisited
By Sonja Karkar

In these days of warmongering, peace and justice are tossed about like hot potatoes with no end to the suffering in sight. But, where is the compassion for the children, women and men who are being subjected to the excesses of power in all its guises? Right now, some mercy for the Palestinians in Gaza is desperately needed before it is too late

The Forgotten Faithful
By Timothy Seidel

Our convictions should compel us to listen to the voices of our Palestinian brothers and sisters, voices too often silenced. As we learn from Jesus' experience of "God-forsakenness" we should also learn from Palestinians who share their lives with us -- their despair and their hopes -- what it means to participate in God's reign of peace and justice

More Teeth To Police, Not Victims
By Colin Gonsalves

In a critique of "The Communal Violence (Prevention, Control and Rehabilitation of Victims) Bill, 2005", Colin Gonsalves opines that the Act simply relegates victims to a footnote. For instance, when it comes to sexual violence, it does not recognise the fact that the nature of atrocities committed against women during riots is radically different from those committed during 'normal' times

28 September, 2007

Hamas Ready For A Plebiscite
By Khalid Mish’al & Zafarul-Islam Khan

In an exclusive interview Hamas supremo Khalid Mish’al says that Hamas is ready to accept anything accepted by Palestinians in a plebiscite

Why Did Israel Attack Syria?
By Jonathan Cook

Israel’s air strike on northern Syria earlier this month should be understood in the context of events unfolding since its assault last summer on neighbouring Lebanon. Although little more than rumours have been offered about what took place, one strategic forecasting group, Stratfor, still concluded: "Something important happened."

The Road To Pieces
By Dan Lieberman

Failure to understand the driving forces in the Middle East violence will lead to disaster

The State of the American Empire –
How the USA Shapes the World

By Jim Miles

Book Review: The State of the American Empire – How the USA Shapes the World By Stephen Burman. University of California Press, Myriad Editions,2007

Getting Lost In Translation:
Ahmadinejad And The Media

By Ali Quli Qarai

First I want to make some remarks about that now world-famous statement of President Ahmadinejad at Columbia: “We do not have homosexuals in Iran of the kind you have in your country.” The American media conveniently ignored the second, and crucial, part of his sentence as something redundant

Rhetoric And Tactics In British Foreign Policy
By Sukant Chandan

This weeks annual national Labour Party conference is witnessing the party’s leadership doing all that they can to distance themselves from the Blair years which are synonymous with Islamophobia, war, lies and deceit, known as ‘spin’ in modern British political parlance, all of which has alienated wide sections of the electorate from Labour

Ball Is In Your Court
By Amjad Malik

Its up to the politicians to close the gap of constitutionally improper accommodation of any individual ultra constitutionally against the letter and spirit of the Constitution of Pakistan wherever it is with unity by sheer intelligence, reconciliation and consultation in the wider interest of the state and in order to promote democratic process

Do Intercessory Prayers Work?
By Mansur Hallaj Sindhi

As a child, the author learnt that self help, rather than prayers or dua would help. The result of a recent comprehensive study about intercessory prayers, which is common in Christianity and Islam, showed that it does not work. Similarly, having people pray for rain as often done by our leaders is futile

Myth, History And Politics
By K.N.Panikkar

Now that Ayodhya is no more a potent force, Ram Sethu has emerged as a possible alternative

27 September, 2007

Burmese Military Cracks Down On
Escalating Protests

By Sujeewa Amaranath

The military in Burma (Myanmar) unleashed its troops yesterday on unarmed demonstrators in a bid to stamp out mounting protests against the junta’s stifling rule, and price rises that have made life for broad layers of working people unbearable

Lift The Siege On Hamas
By Ahmed Yousef

Policies whose aim is the isolation or marginalization of Hamas will not only fail but will also set the stage for the spread of extremist thinking in occupied Palestine. Allowing Hamas to participate in the Palestinian political process will encourage the growth and development of pragmatic ideas and instruments of political action. It will also allow tolerance and respect for pluralism and diversity to strike root in Palestinian political culture. The West should ask itself whether it wants the moderation and realism of Hamas or the dogmatism of radical groups that subscribe to the clash of civilizations theory

How The Bush Administration’s Iraqi
Oil Grab Went Awry

By Dilip Hiro

The Bush administration’s failure to achieve its short-term objectives does not detract from the overarching fact — established by the copious evidence marshaled in this article — that gaining privileged access to Iraqi oil for American companies was a primary objective of the Pentagon’s invasion of Iraq

David And Goliath: Palestinian Artist Spreads Hope
By Ramzy Baroud

"David and Goliath" reflects a symphony of emotions. Rana Ghassan masterfully brings together elements of accurate drawing, mood coloration, and phenomenal composition, capturing subtle emotions sometimes hidden within a live scene or photograph, and expresses the struggle of life under oppression in an inspiring light of courage and struggle

Bush Makes Mockery Of UN Declaration Of
Human Rights In NY Speech

By Matthew Rothschild

At his speech to the UN, Bush had the audacity to invoke the Universal Declaration of Human Rights several times, despite the fact that he’s been violating it over and over again

Bush At The UN: A War Criminal Lectures
The World On “Human Rights”

By Bill Van Auken

Bush’s appearance before the UN General Assembly was an entirely predictable exercise in imperialist arrogance, rank hypocrisy and double-talk in service of American big business. In the final analysis, his speech was probably more significant for what it omitted than for the American president’s absurd posturing as a crusader for human rights and universal liberation. Behind the virtual silence on Iraq and Iran, new and more terrible crimes are being prepared

Full Text Of Ahmadinejad's Remarks
At Columbia University

By Mahmoud Ahmadinejad

Mahmoud Ahmadinejad's Speech at Columbia University were almost entirely boycotted by western and specially US media; while he spoke of such crucial issues as Iran's nuclear program and the Holocaust which have always been at the center of western media's attention, almost the only point the US press mentioned about Ahmadinejad's address at Columbia university pertained to a few seconds of his answer to a question about the rights of homosexuals in Iran

Presidential Candidates Diverge
By David Swanson

There are now two types of Democratic presidential candidates, the ones who promise to end the occupation of Iraq, and the ones who say they may very well keep it going for another four years

Fear of Freedom: On The Left And The Right
By Jorge Majfud

Is it that we Uruguayans, who are so proud of our democratic tradition, are still not able to overcome the mental parameters of the dictatorship? Why such fear of freedom?

Metaphor For Pakistan's Problems And Their Solution
By Isa Daudpota

The park and its surroundings gives numerous examples of what's wrong with our society and those who manipulate its laws and institutions. Only the intervention of the Supreme Court can correct the injustices and ills in and around the park, and help create a model for change in the country. That would truly honor the person after which it is named

Land After Thirty Years Of 'Entitlement'
By Vidya Bhushan Rawat

Story of Land Reclamation of Dalits in village Rupchandrapur

26 September, 2007

Let's Respect Our Mother Earth
By Evo Morales

Letter from President Evo Morales to the member representatives of the United Nations on the issue of the environment

Earth Calls For Radical Social Change
And Spiritual Transformation

By Dr Glen Barry

The population bomb has burst, the climate and biosphere are in tatters, and tyrannical, militaristic governments rule; yet there remains a path to global ecological sustainability

American Vampire In New York
By Adam Engel

For some, the living, this war is about oil. I won’t dispute that. But for me and my kind it is a harvest of blood, a bounty of blood—wasted, discarded, like a sour coleslaw at a bitter family picnic. “Why?” I ask. Why can’t they fill their canteens with blood or capture it in containers and freeze it and send it to the clinic and disperse it, without charge, so I can live and work and be sociable with my countrymen who relish the blood almost as much as I?

A Culture Of Violence
By Stephen Lendman

What kind of country glorifies mass killing, assaults and abuse; one that looks down on pacifist non-violence as sissy or unpatriotic, yet claims to be peace loving. It's not in the third world, under dictatorship or controlled by religious extremists. It's the "land of the free and home of the brave, America the Beautiful" where human rights, civil liberties, common dignity and personal safety are more illusion than fact

Observing Our Government Through Blackwater
By David Swanson

The Pentagon is useless to politicians because it doesn't make campaign "contributions". But when you take a big chunk of that enormous military budget and give it to private companies, you free it up to come back (some portion of it) to politicians every campaign season

"Pick Up The Gun"(Fishing for evildoers)
By Mickey Z.

As reported in the New York Times, US snipers in Iraq are "using fake weapons and bomb-making material as bait and then killing anyone who picks them up."

5 Minutes Over Islamabad
By A.H Amin

Bagram , Khost,Jalalabad and Kandahar airfields are being developed not against the Taliban or against the Al Qaeda but for 5 minutes over Islamabad !

Nomi Klein On "Disaster Capitalism"
By Thomas Riggins

This article is a review of Naomi Klein’s important article in the October 2007 issue of Harper’s Magazine (“Disaster Capitalism: The new economy of catastrophe”) based on her new book, The Shock Doctrine

"…A Tale Told By An Idiot"
By Stan Moody

"Evil" becomes a moving target. First, it safely retreats to the mountains of Pakistan, emerging in another forum at another time. Then it is hanged in Baghdad. It appears in places like Abu Ghraib, Guantanamo Bay and Fallujah. It is imprisoned behind the "Wall of Separation" on the West Bank or the bank of the Rio Grande. As the "good" eradicate the "evil," a strange phenomenon occurs. The world becomes more unstable, requiring a renewed advance by the "good."

Chak De Tamilnadu!
By Arasu Balraj

The vast apolitical masses of India, especially in North India are euphoric today with the Indian win in the T20 world cup and we hear 'Chak De India' everywhere from overjoyed News Channels to streets. At the same time, the political scenario of the country is facing a crucial challenge of North-south divide. It would be simplistic to say it as North-South divide as it is more than that. It is the fight between Brahminic cultural hegemony and the undying Dravidian cultural resistance

25 September, 2007

Scandal In The Palace
By Arundhati Roy

Arundhati Roy examines the efficacy of the Contempt of Court law in India, in the light of the imprisonment handed out to four journalists for publishing reports against former chief justice of India, Justice (retd) Y K Sabharwal

Of Far-Reaching Dilemmas And Provisional Remedies
By Emily Spence & Jean-Louis Robert Turcot

If we start to change our ideology in needed ways to support ourselves collectively, we can begin to put into motion the plans necessary to wean off of fossil fuels, stop our warring over resources and find a way to cooperate for mutual benefit

Now Is Time For Non-Violent Earth Revolution
By Glen Barry

There are times in human history where obligations to truth, humanity and being take precedent over personal safety, consumption and comfort. Now is one such moment. The time has come for non-violent, direct societal and personal revolutionary action to save the Earth

Global Warming: The Great Equaliser
By Adam Parsons

As the latest summit to discuss a post-Kyoto treaty continues in New York this week, the single most revealing statement has already been spoken: “We need to climate-proof economic growth”. These few words, told to reporters by the UN’s top climate official, Yvo de Boer, during the recent Vienna round of talks, define the blinded establishment approach to tackling climate change

Dare To Compare - Israel
By Ghali Hassan

Few days ago, I had a long e-mail message from someone with the “Jews for Peace” group. The message starts: “I am very annoyed by your comparison of Israel with Nazi Germany … There is no Auschwitz in Palestine, and the Palestinians have not experienced a holocaust. Palestinians are free to leave any time they wish.” I do not know anything about the group, but a response is in order

Sethusamudram: Can Sri Lanka Speak?
By Dr. T T Sreekumar

One of the important issues in the Sethusamudram debates is the near total obliteration of the Sri Lankan perspective(s) by the Indian Media. Understanding the Sri Lankan perspective(s) is critical

The Political Stand Off In Nepal
By Harsh Dobhal

This week, Maoists have resigned from the government after most governing parties opposed their demand that the monarchy be abolished before the elections scheduled in November. They have clearly accused PM Koirala and his Nepali Congress of trying to protect King Gyanendra and have warned to start a new "people's revolt" for the abolition of monarchy

Is Blackwater A Black Hole?
By Stan Moody

As private security force, Blackwater, breaks into the news with the recent killing of 11 Iraqi civilians and accusations of illegal arms smuggling, a little-anticipated feature of the War on Terror surfaces. Refer to this feature as "collateral damage" if you will, but the bottom line is that engagement in war produces effects that ripple down through the innocents for generations

A Pitiless Plan A: Denying Plan B Emergency
Contraception To Victims Of Rape

By Robert Weitzel

Only nine states have statutes providing victims of rape with timely access to Plan B emergency contraception. Considering the current fragile state of Roe v. Wade, strong state and federal compassionate care laws may be a rape victim’s only hope of having her right to choose the rest of her life supercede the rapist’s “right” to impregnate her. If the likes of Rep. Gundrum or Pro-Life Wisconsin or Focus on the Family prevail, the man who chooses to rape will win hands down

23 September, 2007

Ignorance Of Iraqi Death Toll
No Longer An Option

By Les Roberts & Gilbert Burnham

Not wanting to think about civilian deaths in Iraq has become almost universal. The average American believed approximately 9,900 Iraqis had died as a result of the war according to a February 2007 AP poll. Unfortunately, recent evidence suggests that things in Iraq may be one-hundred times worse than Americans realize

The War On Gaza's Children
By Saree Makdisi

Israel's sanctions are leaving a generation of Palestinian children poorly educated and hungry

Israel’s Collective Punishment Of Gaza
By Chris Marsden

Declaring the Gaza Strip as a “hostile entity” and limiting its supply of fuel and electricity is an act of collective punishment by Israel. The Kadima-led coalition government has also said it will further restrict the transfer of goods and people in and out of Gaza. The moves are part of an escalating offensive against Gaza’s one-and-a-half million residents that could culminate in an armed attack

Who Allies With Whom Against Iran?
By Umur Talu

USA (and Israel) who want to use "Turkey (at least its territory, bases and airspace) for attacking Iran" are also using the "PKK for attacking Iran "

We Have Nothing But Fear Itself
By David Swanson

Most Americans appear paralyzed by fear. And that includes many Americans with the power to put a halt to our slide into martial law. We have an opposition political party afraid to oppose anything. We have grassroots groups that swear obedience to the opposition party, even as the useless unopposing party condemns the activists. Those with the power to end national crimes are afraid to do so

Next Step To 9/11 Justice
By Joel S. Hirschhorn

Everyone thinks of terrorism and homeland security for lessons learned from 9/11. There is another opportunity. Make our government trustworthy and truthful

A Conservative's Garden Of False Narratives
By Phil Rockstroh

What has an era of conservatism wrought? Answer: a culture that has all the value, integrity, sustainability and safety as a toy manufactured in China. Apropos, contemporary life, as conceived and manufactured by conservative "values", is shoddily made, toxic and not a lot of fun

Nail Biting Time
By David Truskoff

The Fed cut the interest rates. Newspapers clear across the USA had front page Headlines such as, "Rate drops, Dow leaps. The New York stock exchange gained more than three hundred points. All that it means to the average American is that the rich will get more rich and the poor will get poorer

Response From An Ordinary
Indian Citizen To Mr. Vishwaranjan

By Anoop Saha

If there are serious questions regarding police's conduct, it is the moral responsibility of the DGP to own them, and to find out ways to correct the institutional maladies

Police Torture And Good Governance
By Gladson Dungdung

Though a bit of good governance is being seen in Bihar in the regime of the Chief Minister Nitish Kumar. But the way cases of police torture and Dalit atrocities are increasing is a big question mark to the existence of good governance in Bihar

22 September, 2007

Ice Withdrawal 'Shatters Record'

Arctic sea ice shrank to the smallest area on record this year, US scientists have confirmed. The National Snow and Ice Data Center (NSIDC) said the minimum extent of 4.13 million sq km (1.59 million sq miles) was reached on 16 September

Agriculture In A Post-Oil Economy
By Peter Goodchild

The future will be just like today, only tougher. Oil depletion is basically just a matter of overpopulation — too many people and not enough resources. The most serious consequence will be a lack of food. The problem of oil therefore leads, in an apparently mundane fashion, to the problem of farming

Recession Too Mild A Word
By Pablo Ouziel

The same group of people who lied to the world about the war in Iraq are doing the same about the state of the global economy, and again the public is sleepwalking listening to their lullabies. We could be witnessing the collapse of capitalist model of society as we know it. According to President Bush, however, we are seeing a "thriving" U.S. economy

Racism And War: Overcoming Us And Them
By Ramzy Baroud

Even when it doesn't pertain to race, most people seem to slide easily into greater tribal memberships that divide the world into "us" and "them", often using words of negation and often utilising religion. The "non" factor becomes very useful here: "non-Muslim", "non-Jew", "non-Christian", and so on. Such negations are never well intended and always produce negative results

Never Never Land
By Roni Ben Efrat

Soon Israel will celebrate its sixtieth year. These have been sixty years of short-sighted bullying. Its lack of willingness to reach a territorial compromise—to pay the price that Arab recognition requires—leads the region each time into deeper strife. The failure of Oslo brought Hamas to power. Now Hamas has become a significant factor. The political arena has become more complicated and more dangerous. The price remains what it has always been

A Truly Inconvenient Truth
By Ira Glunts

Review of The Israel Lobby and U.S. Foreign Policy by John J. Mearsheimer and Stephen M. Walt, Farrar, Strauss and Giroux, 2007

U.S. On The Warpath With The IAEA
By Dr. Shireen M. Mazari

Now we have begun to see a spate of articles targeting ElBaradai in the U.S. and U.S.-controlled print media. Some have been downright abusive with the Washington Post labeling him a "rogue" regulator. Ah that word which has become so central to the Bush era in the U.S. If one is not falling in line with the U.S., then one is a "rogue" of one form or another

Leftists Should Take Care Of Peace
And True Democracy

By Hasan Tarique Chowdhury

It is the high time for the Nepali Maoists to win over the peoples mind and prove themselves as true peace lover and to achieve their ultimate goal in a democratic manner.Because the there are conspiracies from imperialist forces to portray the leftists of Nepal as undemocratic

Seeds Of Distress: Story Of Cotton Seed
Growers In AP

By K.Jayaram

We met many farmers and all of them explained their problems in detail. All of them expressed their desire to withdraw from the seed production. Some farmers are not able to with draw from seed production due to their debt trap. It is very clear from the study that there is an urgent need for shift to farmer centric seed production from company centric seed production

Trumped By A Religious Myth
By Praful Bidwai

Each time the Indian state bends to fundamentalist pressure, it compromises itself, and allows public reason to be trumped by religious belief or private prejudice. This isn't the mark of a society that aspires to modernity, tolerance and pluralism

19 September, 2007

'Too Late To Avoid Global Warming'
By Cahal Milmo

The latest study from the United Nation's Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) put the inevitability of drastic global warming in the starkest terms yet, stating that major impacts on parts of the world – in particular Africa, Asian river deltas, low-lying islands and the Arctic – are unavoidable and the focus must be on adapting life to survive the most devastating changes

Israel’s Air Raid On Syria: Another Threat To Iran
By Peter Symonds

Further details have leaked out about Israel’s unprovoked air raid on Syria on September 6, underscoring its primary purpose as a menacing warning not only to Syria, but also Iran

America Is No More
By Paul Craig Roberts

Naïve Americans who think they live in a free society should watch the video filmed by students at a John Kerry speech September 17, Constitution Day, at the University of Florida in Gainesville

Apathy Is Our Greatest Enemy
By Linda S. Heard

What does it take us to shock us into action these days? An Opinion Business Research (ORB) survey of Iraqi families indicates as many as 1.2 million Iraqi civilians may have died as a result of the war. That's five times more than the death toll wrought by Fat Man and Little Boy in Hiroshima and Nagasaki

ORB Survey And 1.2 Million Iraq Deaths Ignored
By Australian And Anglo-American Media

By Dr Gideon Polya

Decent people are obliged to (a) inform others about horrendous human rights abuses (such as the Iraqi Holocaust, the Iraqi Genocide) and (b) to act ethically in all their dealings with individuals, corporations and countries complicit in such atrocities (e.g. through individual and collective, inter-national and intra-national Sanctions and Boycotts)

Why Not A Peace Symposium?
By Gunther Ostermann

In view of a possible (unjustifiable) attack against Iran, which could escalate into the much talked about and wished for WW 3 by ‘rapturists’, may I suggest a meeting of the minds with President George W Bush and President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, future wannabe Presidents, and some citizens of the world?

Palestinian Propaganda Prize For Israel
By Nicola Nasser

The inter-Palestinian war of words and the mutual violations of the freedom of press and expression by the Hamas - led government of Ismael Haniyyeh in the Gaza Strip and the Fatah – led government of Salam Fayyad in the West Bank have presented Israel with its biggest propaganda prize that is overshadowing the violations of human rights committed by the Israeli Occupation Forces in the Occupied Palestinian Territories

A Double Standard On Academic Freedom
In the Middle East

By George Bisharat

Two hundred thousand Palestinian children began school in the Gaza Strip this month without a full complement of textbooks. Why? Because Israel, which maintains a stranglehold over this small strip of land along the Mediterranean even after withdrawing its settlers from there in 2005, considers paper, ink and binding materials not to be "fundamental humanitarian needs."

The Fed's Cut And Run Strategy
By Jeff Berg

If however everything goes according to the Fed's cut, run and pray dreams the plus side will be that this delay may be long enough to give those who see what’s coming a little more room for maneuver. But it will do so at the cost of two very unfortunate things. 1) It will make Bush and Cheney's getaway all but complete. I.e. The worst of the economic effects will not take place until the next President takes over. Which is of course the very strongest reason why the Fed's "consequences be damned" strategy is the most likely scenario to unfold

Depleted Uranium - A Way Out?
By Felicity Arbuthnot

"All that needs to be done is for anti-DU citizens, activists and NGO's in every country to pressure their Foreign Minister to write to their French counterpart, drawing attention to the "Protocol for the Prohibition of the use in War of Asphyxiating, Poisonous or Other Gases and of Bacteriological Methods of Warfare", of 17th June 1925, prohibiting uses as above

Reviewing Naomi Klein's "The Shock Doctrine"
By Stephen Lendman

Naomi Klein's newest book just out is "The Shock Doctrine: The Rise of Disaster Capitalism" that explores the myth of "free market" democracy. It shows how neoliberal Washington Consensus fundamentalism dominates the world with America its lead exponent exploiting security threats, terror attacks, economic meltdowns, competing ideologies, tectonic political or economic shifts, and natural disasters to impose its will everywhere

Aligarh Muslim University Paralyzed Again
By Mirza A. Beg

On the 12th of September the news of rape of a student in the Abdullah Girls Collage hit the news. On September 16th another student was murdered in the heart of the campus by unknown assailants. These two events are unspeakably horrible. All efforts should be made to bring the culprits to the bar of justice. Instead, they trigger a mass violent protest and the university is closed for indefinite period (Sine die). Slide back to nightmarish yesterday again

17 September, 2007

A Deafening Silence On Report Of
One Million Iraqis Killed

By Patrick Martin

The reaction to the ORB report in the US political and media establishment was virtual silence. After scattered newspaper reports Friday, there was no coverage on the Friday evening television newscasts or on the cable television news stations. There was no comment from the Bush White House, the Pentagon, or the State Department, and not a single Republican or Democratic presidential candidate or congressional leader made an issue of it. On the Sunday morning talk shows on all four broadcast networks the subject was not raised

It Is The Death Of History
By Robert Fisk

The near total destruction of Iraq's historic past – the very cradle of human civilisation – has emerged as one of the most shameful symbols of our disastrous occupation

When George Bush Smiles People Die
By Robert Weitzel

In a recent Associated Press photograph, President Bush flashes his “what-me-worry?” smile at the camera while shaking the hand of Sheik Abdul-Sattar Abu Risha. Abu Risha is not smiling, by the way. He is deadly earnest . . . or worried . . . or scared. Abu Risha, a Sunni Arab tribal leader and one of the Bush/Cheney administration’s highest profile allies, was killed by a roadside car bomb planted 150 feet from his home ten days after Bush smiled for the camera and shook his hand

Tail Between Legs
By Sukant Chandan

Britain seems intent on continuing its course of military confrontation with the Islamic world. Is it any surprise that there are people from Basra to Helmand who feel that it is only the language of armed resistance that can enable them to knock any sense into the British?

Raising Progressive Offspring
By Emily Spence

One's living in a proactively progressive family is not easy from a number of standpoints. Especially as a youngster, one can feel torn between wanting to fit in with contemporaries and standing up for an altogether different viewpoint and lifestyle -- an alternative that could cause one to be ostracized and shunned by peers

Is Peace or Impeachment Possible?
By David Swanson

The purpose of impeachment is not just to take back control of our government, not just to end an occupation, not just to prevent an attack on Iran. The purpose of impeachment is to inform future presidents that they must obey laws. But this is not something that concerns many Congress members. Their chief concern tends to be whether the next president will belong to their party

Bolivia Needs Our Solidarity
By Federico Fuentes

Now is the time for all intellectuals, union militants, solidarity activists, political parties and progressive minded individuals who believe in real justice and equality to raise their voices in defence of Bolivia and its government, which is leading an important process of change providing hope and inspiration to millions of indigenous and oppressed people around the world, to ensure that the US and its lackeys cannot get away with crushing this movement for social liberation

Canada - Time To Exit NATO
By Jim Miles

Canada should get out of Afghanistan. Canada should get out of NATO. If the countries involved wished to truly be independent actors and thinkers, then NATO itself should be disbanded – it has long outlived its original purpose and is now being used as another force for American empire

M.I.A.’s Kala
By Sukant Chandan

Review of M.I.A's new album 'KALA'

15 September, 2007

Warming 'Opens Northwest Passage'

The most direct shipping route from Europe to Asia is fully clear of ice for the first time since records began, the European Space Agency (Esa) says. Historically, the Northwest Passage linking the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans has been ice-bound through the year.But the agency says ice cover has been steadily shrinking, and this summer's reduction has made the route navigable

More Than One Million Iraqi Deaths
Since US Invasion

By Patrick Martin

The British polling agency ORB reported Thursday that the death toll in Iraq since the 2003 US invasion has passed the one million mark.According to ORB, US-occupied Iraq, with an estimated 1.2 million violent deaths, has “a murder rate that now exceeds the Rwanda genocide from 1994 (800,000 murdered),” with another one million wounded and millions more driven from their homes into internal or external exile

Education Iraq: Back To School,Back To Horror
By Ali al-Fadhily

As another school year begins in Iraq, parents approach it with dread, fearing for the safety of their children.With the security situation grimmer than ever all over the country, just stepping out of one's house means a serious threat to life

Plummeting Dollar, Credit Crunch...
By Mike Whitney

The days of the dollar as the world’s “reserve currency” may be drawing to a close. In August, foreign central banks and governments dumped a whopping 3.8 per cent of their holdings of US debt

Economic Crisis: The U.S.
Political Leadership Has Failed

By Richard C. Cook

As the 2007 economic collapse picks up speed, it’s time to take a hard look at the performance of the U.S. national political leadership in meeting some of their most fundamental responsibilities. It’s time to face the fact of serious failure over the last quarter century

Palestinian Diaspora: With
or Against Collaboration?

By Laith Marouf

In the past few months, Palestinians in the Diaspora have watched with horror the latest developments in their homeland. There has been a flurry of articles about what to do, but overall there is a feeling that they are helpless to affect the situation on the ground. What has been missing is an understanding that Palestinians in the Diaspora must undertake a clear assessment of their own situation if they are to have any impact at all

September 11: Relevant Questions
By Ramzy Baroud

September 11 should be a day on which we remember those who died in New York, near Washington and in Pennsylvania, and also in Kabul, Baghdad and Gaza, so that we can work together at bringing all the culprits to account

The Power Of The Truth And The Power Of
The People Are Synergistic

By Kevin Zeese

Recognize your power, do not fear your power, use your power – when we use our power than power will return to the people, the government will return to the people and war will become an embarrassment of history

Imperial War Game South Asia
By Hasan Tarique Chowdhury

The voice has been raised by the people of Bangladesh, India and Pakistan and the people of this region to build up the united resistance against this aggressive conspiracy of US imperialism

Setusamudram Canal- Good Project, Bad Politics
By Mirza A. Beg

Unfortunately by unnecessarily questioning the historical veracity of Lord Rama the government and the politics is being battered on the shoals and Monkey business of religious exploitation by the feudalistic pseudo democratic parties

Why India Should Join UNITAID?
By Stanzin Dawa

The civil societies and people living with HIV/AIDS, TB and malaria are calling the Government of India to change the course of history by signing UNITAID to ensure access to treatment more precisely access to second line treatment to bolster prevention efforts and improve overall health systems throughout the country. Comprehensive Treatment and care of people living with HIV/AIDS and effective prevention cannot wait. People living with HIV/AIDS, TB and malaria are demanding for real Access for All

14 September, 2007

An Assassination That Blows Apart
Bush's Hopes Of Pacifying Iraq

By Patrick Cockburn

Last week George Bush flew into Iraq to meet Abdul-Sattar Abu Risha, leader of Anbar province.This week General David Petraeus told the US Congress how Anbar was a model for Iraq. Yesterday Abu Risha was assassinated by bombers in Anbar

Bush Calls For Permanent US Military
Occupation Of Iraq

By Barry Grey

President Bush’s nationally televised speech, delivered Thursday evening from the Oval Office, was the low point of a week of lies and absurdities designed to justify the United States’ bloody colonial war in Iraq. The ugly farce began with the congressional testimony Monday and Tuesday of Gen. David Petraeus, the top US commander in Iraq, and US Ambassador Ryan Crocker

9/11 Explains The Impotence Of
The Anti-war Movement

By Paul Craig Roberts

The anti-war movement has proven impotent to stop the war in Iraq despite the fact that the war was initiated on the basis of lies and deception. The anti-war movement stands helpless to prevent President Bush from attacking Iran or any other country that he might demonize for harboring a future 9/11 threat

September 11: The Epitome Of American Arrogance
By Lucinda Marshall

In what can only be called the epitome of American arrogance, concern for the plight of the Iraqi people, particularly the 4 million of whom are now refugees is absent from the rhetoric, the clear implication being that that our suffering, which is the result of our own failed policies, is far more important than the suffering we have inflicted upon others. Missing from the national dialog is any sense of pressing horror at the lack of electricity and potable water in Iraq, or the trauma and malnutrition, especially among children

The Cracks In The Façade Are Widening
By Siv O'Neall

Who are the people who call the shots in today's world? The real leaders are the financiers who work in collusion with governments, the transnational corporate leaders who care about nothing except immediate gain. The big corporations swallow up the minor ones and it's a free-for-all in this jungle where money is king. Money is what matters and nothing else does

When Will They Ever Learn?
By David Truskoff

The question that Pete Seeger asked (when will they ever learn) is still not answered, but the question, when posed back in the sixties, implied that it was the soldiers and the raving generals and politicians that will never learn, but the question should be asked another way; when will the American people ever learn

Put Tibet On The World Agenda
By Harsh Dobhal

International players have by and large excluded the Tibet issue from the list of major conflicts. While a good amount of attention gets focussed on Afghanistan, Palestine, Iraq, Lebonon and other conflict ravaged regions, there appears to be little tangible efforts for any resolution for Tibetans where China continues to hunt down the local populace like rats in snow, without inviting any effective political protest from any part of the world

Back To The Future In The Guatemalan Elections
By Cyril Mychalejko

The September 9 election to replace Guatemalan President Oscar Berger featured more body bags than tangible ideas to improve the country. Now facing a runoff election, voters are left with the tired choice between a military strongman and an oligarch

Iraq – The Logic Of Withdrawal
By Jim Miles

Book Review: Iraq – The Logic of Withdrawal By Anthony Arnove. Metropolitan Books, Henry Holt and Company, New York, 2007

Politicians Let Down Pakistan
By Naeem Malik

The People of Pakistan are coming to realise that they are about to be let down by its political classes once again. Nawaz Sharif, leader of the Muslim League, had raised people's expectations by declaring his return from forced exile to lead the struggle for the return of democracy and civil governance to Pakistan. His subsequent return and docile surrender to the authorities and his subsequent flight back to Saudi Arabia to continue the remaining period of his exile left the people of Pakistan disillusioned with its politicians

The Myths Of Salwa Judum
By Anoop Saha

Salwa Judum is continuing, and the violence is showing no signs of abatement. The policy of arming civilians to counter insurgency has never been discussed in the parliament. Proving once again that famous Edmund Burke hypothesis, “All that is necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing.”

Sethusamudram Under Emotive Waters
By Ram Puniyani

The leadership of Congress has apologized for the affidavit filed in the Supreme Court in the case pertaining to the Sethusmaudram project. This project which was set off by BJP led NDA regime, aims to make a canal from Palk straights to gulf of Munnar. It involved dredging of Adams Bridge, also called as Ramar Setu. The affidavit mentioned that the said bridge is not a man made structure and also the Ram is a mythological not historical figure. This affidavit set the emotive political streams rolling their political chariots, and hue and cry that this statement of the Government is an act of blasphemy

13 September, 2007

The Revolution That Is Arising From The Earth
By William M. H. Kötke

As the industrial system spins toward exhaustion, seeds of change are sprouting at the base. The people at the base are not revolting in order to take the power that the elite have but are revolting to take power over their own lives

Stark Warning Of Extinction List:
'Life On Earth Is Disappearing'

By Michael McCarthy

Gorillas, vultures, corals, Asian crocodiles and even seaweeds are joining thousands of other species on the slide towards extinction, according to the latest edition of the Red List, the international catalogue of threatened wildlife, published yesterday

Global Warming Impact Like ‘Nuclear War’
By Jeremy Lovell

Climate change could have global security implications on a par with nuclear war unless urgent action is taken, a report said on Wednesday. The International Institute for Strategic Studies (IISS) security think-tank said global warming would hit crop yields and water availability everywhere, causing great human suffering and leading to regional strife

Free The Jena 6
By Peter Rothberg

Sign a national petition asking the Louisiana governor to intervene in the case

Sanctifying Mass Destruction
By Praful Bidwai

The only state to have ever used nuclear weapons was the democratic U.S.. It would be tragic if our citizens look for Washington’s recognition of India as a “responsible” nuclear power while deadening their own moral sensibilities against weapons of terror

China: Is High Growth - High Risk Liberalization
The Only Alternative?

By James Petras

China’s drive toward economic superpower status in the world economy has accelerated in recent years. As China’s economy becomes globalized, fundamental changes in its financial markets have opened opportunities for overseas expansion as well as increasing risks of financial crisis

The Greatest Story Never Told
By Stephen Lendman

No issue is more sensitive in the US than daring to criticize Israel. It's the metaphorical "third rail" in American politics, academia and the major media. Anyone daring to touch it pays dearly as the few who tried learned

The World’s Ingredients:
Injustice, Hypocrisy, And Hope

By James Rothenberg

One part injustice. One part hypocrisy. One part hope. Imagine this as the recipe that makes up our world, with the proportions free to change but with no part free to vanish. Injustice is a priori the product of a competitive world. Hypocrisy is the rational response to injustice by the strong. Hope is the irrational response to injustice by the weak

Honouring A Pledge
By Dr Shabir Choudhry

Both India and Pakistan also made pledges to us Kashmiris. India pledged to protect life, property and honour of the Kashmiri people in 1947. If Pakistani governments had fulfilled their pledges and sincerely supported Kashmiri peoples unfettered right of self - determination, rather than converting it to right of accession then perhaps people of Kashmir would have been free of oppression and independent by now

For The Poor; Present Economic Development
A Hope Or A Hoax?

By Firdous Syed

The total number of people in India belonging to the poor and vulnerable group having a daily per capita consumption of less than Rs 20 in 2004-05 was 836 million, constituting about 77 percent of the population. What a person like Mukesh Ambani or somebody else of his elk earns in a day, anybody among the marginal income group of 836 million, constituting about 77 percent of Indian population, will not be spending during the whole span of his life

12 September, 2007

Fighting Amongst Shias Adds To Violence
By Ali al-Fadhily

Clashes between rival Shia militas in Kerbala have spread across southern Iraq and Baghdad, adding a new dimension to sectarian violence

The End Of The World?
By William M. H. Kötke

We are all looking at the end of the world as we know it. Our attention is focused on the holes in the ozone layer, planet warming, peak oil, the spread of DU weapons, the collapse of the house of credit cards, and the prospect of the planetary financial elite quickly establishing fascist control of the planet. Below this threshold of conscious awareness our biological survival systems are rapidly eroding

American Economy: R.I.P.
By Paul Craig Roberts

The US economy continues its slow death before our eyes, but economists, policymakers, and most of the public are blind to the tottering fabled land of opportunity

The “Surge” In Iraq’s Atrocity
By Ghali Hassan

While world’s attention is diverted by the U.S. flawed threat to attack Iran and replace the elected government in Tehran with a puppet one, U.S. troop “surge” in Iraq continues to murder, displace and imprisoned Iraqis en masse. The aim is to manipulate public opinion at home, and divert attention away for the Occupation and the destruction of Iraq

Sustaining Palestinian Division,
Reviving A Partner

By Nicola Nasser

While all media attention is focused on Hamas in the tightly sealed off Gaza Strip, the real battle of the inter-Palestinian political strife is being fought in the West Bank, where Israeli and American efforts are trying to secure the survival of the Fatah – led Palestinian Authority (PA) and preempt the repetition of the scenario that left Hamas in control of the besieged Mediterranean coastal strip

Pakistan’s crisis Of Governance
By Naeem Malik

Pakistan's political crisis takes a critical turn, as a result of the forced abduction of Nawaz Sharif from Pakistan to Saudi Arabia. The action takes the illegality that prevails in international affairs to a new level

Forget The Color Purple:
Oprah’s All About The Green

By Jason Miller

Oprah Winfrey ostensibly possesses the mythical Midas Touch, a generous spirit, deep spiritual wisdom, and, in the eyes of those blinded by their adoration, the credentials of a saint. Yet despite appearing destined for canonization, Oprah injects heavy doses of infectious pus into the already deeply abscessed wound of the American psyche

What Is Being Stolen From Us All
By Jeff Berg

We simply cannot afford to spend our scarce tax monies, precious fossil fuel and CO2 allotments on military adventurism when so many other projects absolutely essential to our health and wealth not to mention survival are going begging for the necessary allocation of resources, time, effort, capital and concentrated media and cultural focus

Could A Vietnamese Court Fine The U.S.
$ Trillions For A Thousand 9/11 Equivalents?

By Jay Janson

Could a Vietnamese court order the U.S. to pay trillions of dollars for the thousand 9/11 equivalents from 1954 to 1975, during which time it dropped more than twice the tonnage of bombs dropped in all of World War Two by all sides? No, of course not, “Might makes Right!” as the imperialist dictum reads

Bolivia: The Imminent Coup
By Antonio Peredo Leigue

Together with their conspiracy to “kill the Indian shit”, there are rumours of a coup, already prepared, and requiring only one or two pretexts to justify its execution

Making A Meal Of Bt cotton
By Bhaskar Goswami

In the Malwa belt of rural Punjab, mile after mile of Bt cotton fields are under attack by the mealy bug pest. Bathinda, Muktsar, Faridkot and Ferozepur, Punjab’s four major cotton-growing districts, have been badly affected. The so-called ‘magic bullet’, Bt cotton has turned into a bitter pill for farmers who were promised profits but who are now faced with huge losses

Ram Sethu: Man Made Or Natural
By Ram Puniyani

Different agitations are on to oppose Sethusamudram project linking Gulf of Mannar with Palk straight. Dharam Sansad (religious Parliament, a VHP initiative) has been mobilized around 'faith', on the ground that this project will destroy Ramar Sethu, the one which was built by Vanar Sena (Army of Monkeys) to help Ram cross over to Lanka to rescue Sita

11 September, 2007

With Deportation Of Nawaz Sharif,
The End Game Begins

By Brigadier (R) Usman Khalid

On September 10, 2007 (Pakistan’s 9/10) President Musharraf carried out another demonstration of force, once again to intimidate the judiciary. He despatched the former Prime Minister of Pakistan – Mian Nawaz Sharif – back into exile in Saudi Arabia despite the Supreme Court having ordered the federal and provincial governments not to obstruct his return to the country

"Unrecognized" Palestinians
By Stephen Lendman

The term is Orwellian in its worst sense. How can something real not officially exist? Around 150,000 or more (accurate numbers are hard to come by) Palestinian Arabs today live in over 100 so-called "unrecognized villages," mainly in the Galilee and the Negev desert. They're unrecognized because their inhabitants are considered internal refugees who were forced to flee their original homes during Israel's 1948 "War of Independence" and were prevented from returning when it ended

Israel Takes Aim At Palestinian Families
By Ida Audeh

Israel's practice of denying family reunification permits and denying entry to foreign passport holders (many of whom are of Palestinian origin) is part of a campaign of ridding the occupied territories (including East Jerusalem) of Palestinians and controlling those it is obliged to retain. The practice takes aim at Palestinian families under occupation: it splits families apart, denies Palestinian communities access to foreign and expatriate talent, deprives the economically hard-hit territories of foreign currency, and further isolates the Palestinians under occupation

Abbas' Village League
By Arjan El Fassed

For as long Palestinians have resisted violent Israeli policies against them, successive Israeli governments have tried to undermine Palestinian unity and foment divisions. A principal strategy has been to try to foster alternative leaders willing to abandon fundamental Palestinian demands for justice and focus on an agenda with which Israel is comfortable

Clerics Begin To Take Over
By Ali al-Fadhily

Religious clerics are beginning to play an increasingly powerful role in Iraq. Many Iraqis now fear that they are endangering human rights and religious freedom in the once largely secular country

An Essential Paradigm Shift's Needed ASAP!
By Emily Spence

All in all, we have to realize far more than we currently do that the only salvation for humankind and the Earth as a whole will come at a price. That cost is our absolute recognition that global welfare is inter-reliant. Therefore, we need each other. Therefore, we, all together, must protect, uplift and cherish life as a general rule

Changing course On Iran
By Abbas Edalat & Mehrnaz Shahabi

If the EU again follows the US to support another round of sanctions on Iran, then it will be complicit in preparing the ground for a new neoconservative illegal war of aggression

What Are Muslims Doing With 9/11?
By Mike Ghouse

The Silent majority of American Muslims feel enough is enough. It is time to speak up while doing the right thing. For years, they have been doing their darnedest to be positive participants and contributors to the well being of America, thanks to a substantial majority of Americans who understand and help in the efforts

10 September, 2007

Painful 9/11 Truth
By Joel S. Hirschhorn

Many technical analyses cast doubt on the official explanation of the collapse of three World Trade Center buildings, including those presented by an impressive new group: Architects and Engineers for 9/11 Truth. More difficult than discovering the truth, however, is convincing most of the public to accept the bitter truth

Will The Real Osama Stand Up?
By Soraya Sepahpour-Ulrich

How likely is it that OBL who is a strict adherent of fundamental Islam, would dye his beard and trim it to appear in front of a camera in order to meet the expectations of the ‘Western terrorist specialists’?

Osama Bin Dead
By Rand Clifford

One major problem in all this is the fact that Osama bin Laden has been dead for almost six years. Regardless of what "intelligence analysts" say about authenticity of this taping of the same impersonator as in the last tape, it’s just as phony. And now Bush is reminding us that we must work together to battle extremists who try to imitate our murder of the innocent in order to achieve political objectives. Perhaps the most dangerous problem of all is that the American herd continues to swallow outrageous and incredible bullshit as though it were truth

War Cometh Before A Fall
By Dan Lieberman

If the problems grow and the U.S standard of living declines, the U.S. government will seek an obvious solution for a strong power: capture markets, capture resources, crush competition, silence those who impede expansion. War cometh before a fall

Who Are The Fanatics?
By Paul Craig Roberts

In the US it is acceptable, even obligatory in many circles, to hate Muslims and to support violence against them

Uneducated Graduates
By David Truskoff

College campuses are just an extension of our society. The anger and alienation splitting racial and ethnic groups amid the fear and anxiety created by the Bush administration, with the help of the Dershewitz types, can soon lead to the violent explosion that will further accelerate the crumbling of the empire

Book Review:Making Globalization Work
By Jim Miles

Review of Joseph Stiglitz' book Making Globalization Work

Global Hegemony, IMF And Bangladesh
By Anu Muhammad

The world is calling for a change. We must join them; we must say a loud NO to IMF, World Bank, ADB and their local lobbyists. If we can gain that strength, we will be able to create a new governance, culture and environment to have a life with dignity

Re-Defining Minorities
By Yoginder Sikand

Besides the ominous implications of the proposed Constitutional amendment for minority rights, it is the perceived arbitrary manner in which the Government is said to be going ahead with it that has raised the ire of human rights and minority rights activists. Surely, the draft of an amendment of such import must be first made public and publicly discussed and debated before it can go ahead

Salwa Judum:Unreported India's Hidden War
By Madhu Chandra

Deep in India’s central jungle, weaker section of India’s tribal societies who already suffered socio-economic and educational backwardness, remains unheard of their man made and state sponsored crime on humanity

09 September, 2007

Doctors Accuse US Of 'Unethical Practices' At Guantanamo Bay
By Jeremy Laurance

More than 260 doctors from around the world have launched an unprecedented attack on the American medical establishment for its failure to condemn unethical practices by medical practitioners at the Guantanamo Bay prison camp in Cuba. In a letter to The Lancet, the doctors from 16 countries, including Britain and America, say the failure of the US regulatory authorities to act is "damaging the reputation of US military medicine"

The Militarization Of U.S. Public Service Agencies
By Laurel Federbush

Big Brother USA: surveillance via "Tagging, Tracking, and Locating"

Straight Lines: Real Feelings, False Expressions?
By Firdous Syed

The happy-going, pragmatic and materialistic Kashmiri will reflect the deep desire for peace without any stomach or inclination for any strife or conflict. The thousands of deaths, hordes of widows and orphans, deep scars on body and mind and the festering wounds on collective psyche amply stand witness to the real feelings of suppressed souls

Mickey Z. To The "Rescue" In 2008?
By Mickey Z.

Every four years, we get Coke vs. Pepsi. McDonald's vs. Burger King. MasterCard vs. Visa. Letterman vs. Leno. Let me put it another way: As long as the pilot has the controls, it matters not if you sit on the right side of the plane or the left side of the plane . So, the next time someone tells you America has a two-party system, I suggest you demand a recount

Book Review: Hamas – A History From Within
By Jim Miles

Book Review: Hamas – A History From Within. Azzam Tamimi. Olive Branch Press, Northampton, Massachusetts. 2007

Children:The Silent Victims
By Ziaur Rehman

A new report throws light on the dismal state of children and lays bare some hidden facts

Law Of Karma And The Israel Lobby
By Mike Ghouse

The lobby’s policies are hurting Israel and their reluctance to repair their arrogance of being the most powerful lobby in the world, will weaken the security of very people they are claiming to protect

A Notch Below The White Man,
A Touch Above The Black

By Jawed Naqvi

I am not surprised at all by the revelations in The Guardian last week that British military scientists sent hundreds of Indian soldiers, their colonial cannon fodder of many a foreign campaign, into gas chambers and exposed them to mustard gas during World War II

Preventing Terror Attacks
By Ram Puniyani

Sincere efforts to control terrorism will involve, looking at the root causes and trying to solve them. The terrorist acts can be prevented by an unbiased investigation, getting over the biases, and coming to identify the criminals, than their designs can be thwarted well in time. The biased intelligence and mere superficial approach cannot make any headway in preventing terror attacks

Aid Paid Zero For AIDS
By Farah Aziz

The debate on numbers is still raging in India that whether it is 5.7 or 2.5 million suffering from HIV/AIDS. Scholars, activists, statisticians, and media all frenzied about the figures. Somewhere it is missed that while we talk of HIV/AIDS, we talk of people and not just numbers. Issues of injustice and discrimination against these of counted and recounted people from among us are often neglected

08 September, 2007

Melting Icecaps Are Triggering Earthquakes
By Daniel Howden

High up inside the Arctic circle the melting of Greenland's ice sheet has accelerated so dramatically that it is triggering earthquakes for the first time. Scientists monitoring the glaciers have revealed that movements of gigantic pieces of ice are creating shockwaves that register up to three on the Richter scale

Climate Change Solutions: Beyond Science
And Above Confines

By Abdul Basit

The present crisis we are facing due to climate change is one of the rare moments in the history of mankind in which the survival of whole humanity is at stake. Many civilizations and cultures were destroyed earlier, but never on a global scale. In this hour of crisis, let us unite as one human community and face the challenges together. Let the leaders of all the communities, scientists, artists, academics, intellectuals, philosophers, poets, musicians, sportsmen along with world populace come together and save the humanity

Peak-Oil Awareness And The Larger Community
By Peter Goodchild

Is it possible to deal with peak oil on a broad demographic scale?

Israel’s Terrorist Educational System
By Dr. Elias Akleh

The first lesson an Israeli child learns is the most racist, chauvinist, prejudiced, religiously extremist, homo-phobic lesson of the persecuted (prejudice) God’s chosen people in God’s Promised Land. The Israeli child discovers that he has the Jewish divine birth right of being God’s chosen, and that this divine privilege comes with the envy, the anti-Semitic hatred, and the persecution the others (the Goyim; other people) inflicted on him

The Shiite Power Struggle:
Hardly Good News For The US In Iraq

By Ramzy Baroud

The decision made by Shiite cleric Muqtada al-Sadr to halt his Mahdi Army’s attacks on occupation forces and Iraqi security is likely to be considered the single most promising breakthrough for the US military in Iraq. Although the move comes ahead of several reports to be presented to the US Congress later this month, the decision was ultimately an outcome of a long-brewing intersectarian conflict between Shiite Iraqis, which will further complicate the devastating American failure in Iraq

APEC 2007 - World’s #1 Terrorist And #1
War Criminal In Australia

Dr Gideon Polya

Peace is the only way but silence kills and silence is complicity. With remote, peaceful Iran threatened as the next target for war criminal destruction by the World’s #1 Terrorist, decent humanity is obliged to inform others about horrendous abuses of humanity and to act ethically in relation to those complicit in such awful crimes

Bush's False Analogies Between Vietnam And Iraq
By Brian McAfee

With President Bush recently bringing up the killing fields of South East Asia as justification for the US continuing the war in Iraq , I could not help but think of John Pilger's 1991 film "Cambodia: The Betrayal." This documentary investigates and outlines the West's, particularly the US's, behind the scenes and ongoing support for Pol Pot and the Khmer Rouge. Indeed, this backing began during the Carter administration and it continued throughout both the Reagan and George W. Bush administrations

Disunited Nations
By Paul Buchheit

307 peacekeepers. That’s what the U.S. contributes to the United Nations. As of March, 2007 the U.S. ranked 43rd among the world’s nations in providing peacekeeping support, right after Togo and Rwanda

Malegaon One Year After The September Blasts
By Aleem Faizee

One year after the blasts, a look at the promises made by the Government reveals that, despite vigorous follow ups, many of the promises are gathering the dust in Government offices

Muslims In Gujarat: Victims Of A conspiring State
By Vidya Bhushan Rawat

Gujarat could be saved by a strong people's movement involving every segment of the marginalized sections of our society including Muslims and all those victims of Narendra Modi's rabid anti Dalit, anti tribal and anti farmer policies. It is also time to take these religious lunatics head on otherwise they will deny every one a right to live with dignity and freedom to express

07 September, 2007

The Girl Blogger From Baghdad Leaves Home
By Baghdad Burning

Baghdad Burning, the girl blogger from Baghdad who so movingly chronicled the fall, destruction and deterioration of a city leaves her home in Baghdad and becomes a refugee in Syria

Samarra Under U.S. Attack
By Ali al-Fadhily

Residents are fleeing Samarra city in the face of fierce fighting between U.S. forces and resistance groups

With Donkeys For Transport,All Is Well
By Ali al-Fadhily

A brave new attempt is under way to project that all is well now with Fallujah. Residents know better -- or worse

Bush Plans War On Iran
By Prof. Marjorie Cohn

The Sunday Times of London is reporting that the Pentagon has plans for three days of massive air strikes against 1,200 targets in Iran . Last week, Alexis Debat, director of terrorism and national security at the Nixon Center , told a meeting of The National Interest, a conservative foreign policy journal, that the military did not intend to carry out "pinprick strikes" against Iranian nuclear facilities. He said, "They're about taking out the entire Iranian military."

Credit Crunch Could Bring Recession
By Nick Beams

While global share markets appear to have stabilised—at least for time being—it’s a different story as far credit markets are concerned. Here there are fears that a growing crisis could spark a major downturn in the world economy

Class Is Still The Issue
By John Pilger

Just as elite power seeks to order other countries according to the demands of its privilege, so class remains at the root of our own society’s mutations and sorrows

Middle East Madness
By Stephen Lendman

Administration rhetoric is heated and the dominant media keep trumpeting it. It signals war with Iran of the "shock and awe" kind - intensive, massive and maybe with nuclear weapons. Plans are one thing, action another, and how things play out, in fact, won't be known until the fullness of time that may not be long in coming

US Arabs And Muslims: The Search
For Common Identity

By Ramzy Baroud

No other minority groups in the US are in as urgent a need for collective action as Arabs and Muslims, yet many remain incessantly inactive. While this can be explained or even justified by the very real fear of retaliation, the truth is that the post-9/11 backlash against US Muslims and Arabs can hardly compare with the collective punishment endured by the peoples of Iraq and Afghanistan

The Olive Trees Of Palestine Weep
By Sonja Karkar

Universally regarded as the symbol of peace, the olive tree has become the object of violence. For more than forty years, Israel has uprooted over one million olive trees and hundreds of thousands of fruit trees in Palestine with terrible economic and ecological consequences for the Palestinian people

Did Larry Craig Resign For The Wrong Reasons?
By Mary Shaw

Can we really afford to waste time worrying about the sex lives of our politicians? Does it really matter to you? Does it really matter for America?

The Agony Of The Deprived Indian Muslims
By Aleem Faizee

Packages and Financial Help require lot of time, as the normal practice in the Government is, however, one fails to know why the Government is failing in its duty for correcting the police attitude towards the Muslims

01 September, 2007

The Predicted Financial Storm Has Arrived
By Gabriel Kolko

Contradictions now wrack the world's financial system, and a growing consensus exists between those who endorse it and those who argue the status quo is both crisis-prone as well as immoral. If we are to believe the institutions and personalities who have been in the forefront of the defense of capitalism, we are on the verge of a serious crisis-if not now, then in the near future

The Social Toll Of The US Home
Mortgage Crisis- Part II

By Andre Damon

A multi-millionaire like George W. Bush, a thousand miles removed from the everyday realities of American life, can describe the “recent disturbances in the subprime mortgage industry” as “modest.” However, many lives are being turned upside down by the present mortgage crisis and wave of foreclosures

Environmental Crisis And Despair
By Bill Fletcher

I heard about the conversation a few months ago. It took place between my 18 year old daughter and some of her friends. Her friends had concluded that they would not permit THEIR children to have children because they believed that by that time the world would be coming to an end

Colonial Ideology And Aboriginal Australians
By Ghali Hassan

As the majority of Aboriginal Australians and experts proposed, the Northern Territory National Emergency Response Bill is a racially and ideologically motivated take-over of Aboriginal land and should be vigorously opposed by all concerned Australians

The Forgotten Katrina Refugees
By Elizabeth Schulte

When Hurricane Katrina hit the Gulf Coast two years ago, 79-year-old Carrie Lewis had to flee her assisted-living home in New Orleans. Two years later, she’s still living in a trailer, 100 miles northwest of New Orleans

America Needs A Guarantor
By Pablo Ouziel

Just like a good plan to raise venture capital or secure a grant would require good leadership and strategy, together with solid advise from seasoned professionals, ousting Bush and defending the American dream, will require committed activists with a solid strategy and the guiding hand of lucid intellectuals

Bolivia: Political Racism In Question
By Idón Moisés Chivi Vargas

To avoid this dangerous predicament, Bolivian men and women, indigenous and non-indigenous, brilliant and honest intellectuals, business owners committed to their country, have the mission of carefully protecting the results we have had until now: Nationalisation, Decolonialisation, as the basis of the New Plurinational Bolivia

Deadly Shell Game
By David Truskoff

There are Zionist supporters who claim that giving Israel the money to buy US arms means jobs for Americans so it is a good deal for both, but it is our money in the first place. Realists know there is little if any trickle down and the Palestinian children that are starving on the West Bank and the poor people who have had their houses blown up by our planes don’t give a damn about the profits of Lockheed and neither do I


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