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

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

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

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Reducing Spaces of Critical Voices And Clampdown on Human Rights Organisations

Reducing Spaces of Critical Voices And Clampdown on Human Rights Organisations

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

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

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

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

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MaaAranganathan (1932-2017): Chonicler of the Ordinary

MaaAranganathan (1932-2017): Chonicler of the Ordinary

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

JNU Dalit Scholar Commits Suicide

JNU Dalit Scholar Commits Suicide

Just a year after the shocking suicide of dalit scholar Rohith Vemula in Hyderabad Central University, another dalit scholar from Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) Muthu Krishnan (28) committed suicide in a friend’s home. He was found hanging from a ceiling fan at his friend’s house in the national capital on Monday. Muthu Krishnan had been at the forefront of the[Read More…]

Adam Purinton was arrested Thursday and accused of carrying out a shooting in Olathe, Kan. He's seen here in a photo released by the Henry County (Mo.) Sheriff's Office.

An Indian Software Engineer Shot Dead In USA

In what is believed to be a hate crime an Indian software engineer was shot dead in a Kansas bar. A man reported to have shouted “go back to your country” before opening fire. Srinivas Kuchibhotla, 32, and his friend Alok Madasani, both employees at tech company Garmin, were having a drink at a bar on Thursday when Adam Purinton,[Read More…]

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Global Warming: We Are Living In Dangerous Times

Global Warming: We Are Living In Dangerous Times

When Countercurrents.org started 15 years ago CO2 level in the atmosphere was 372 ppm. In the last 15 years it increased only at the rate of less than 2 ppm/year. This year we are seeing a jump of 3.5 ppm over the past year. United Nations climate change secretariat tweeted “January Mauna Loa record shows atmospheric CO2 concentration accelerating, now at[Read More…]

Social Activist Bela Bhatia Attacked At Home In Bastar, Asked To Leave In 24 Hours

Social Activist Bela Bhatia Attacked At Home In Bastar, Asked To Leave In 24 Hours

Just a couple of days after she helped a team of the National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) to investigate complaints of rapes by the security forces near Bijapur (South Chhattisgarh), Bela Bhatia was told by a mob of goons to leave her house in Parpa village outside Jagdalpur or face the consequences. Already two days ago, goons had come to[Read More…]

Defending Civil Resistance Under International Law

Defending Civil Resistance Under International Law

Since the Reagan administration’s ascent to power in 1981, thousands of American citizens have engaged in various forms of non-violent civil resistance activities in order to protest against distinct elements of U.S. foreign policy that violate basic principles of international law. These citizen protests have led to numerous arrests and prosecutions by federal, state, and local governments around the country.[Read More…]

Obama Commutes Chelsea Manning’s Sentence

Obama Commutes Chelsea Manning’s Sentence

President Barack Obama has commuted noted whistleblower Chelsea Manning’s prison sentence, and Manning will be released on May 17 of this year. Human rights defenders, government watchdogs, and LGBTQ advocates have long been pushing Obama to commute Manning’s 35-year sentence, particularly as Manning, who is transgender and is being denied appropriate healthcare in military prison, has attempted suicide twice in[Read More…]

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No Entry For Women To Agasthyamala! The Reasons Given Are An Insult

It is unfortunate that the Kerala Forest Department is continuing the practice of denying entry for women to the Agasthyamala. The Forest Secretary gave an explanation referring to somebody’s fancy religious sentiment and you have explained it as due to the lack of toilet facilities and the threat of wild animals which only amounted to adding insult to injury as it is oblivious to the fact that women visit and stay even in dense forests as researchers, photographers, foresters or as tourists, and that numerous women have scaled Everest.

Chennai Poromboke Paadal ft. TM Krishna

Chennai Poromboke Paadal ft. TM Krishna

Poromboke is an old Tamil word meaning shared-use community resources like waterbodies, seashore and grazing lands that are not assessed for tax purposes. Today, it has become a bad word used to describe worthless people or places. Chennai Poromboke Paadal is part of a campaign to reclaim the word and restore its worth. Credits: Featuring TM Krishna Concept: Nityanand Jayaraman[Read More…]

Modi Replacing Gandhi As The Image Of Khadi Angers India

Modi Replacing Gandhi As The Image Of Khadi Angers India

Prime Minister Narendra Modi has replaced father of the nation Mahatma Gandhi as the 2017 face of the government’s traditional handloom and cotton industry. The image of the bespectacled Gandhi, wearing a loincloth and sitting cross-legged at a spinning wheel, is one of India’s most iconic and has long been used to promote the khadi, or homespun cotton, industry. The[Read More…]

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“The Love For Your Underwear Is Not Patriotism”: Malayalam Actor Alancier’s Plea For Communal Harmony

“The Love For Your Underwear Is Not Patriotism”: Malayalam Actor Alancier’s Plea For Communal Harmony

Malayalam actor Alancier Ley Lopez made a unique plea for communal harmony in a one man protest show in Kasarkod, Kerala. He staged the show to express his protest against  BJP-RSS’s vicious targetting of Malayalam filmmaker Kamal. BJP state general secretary had ordered Kamal to leave the country, just because he happens to be a Muslim. At about 4.30 PM[Read More…]

Vaarasa (The Inheritance ) – A Compelling Short Fiction On Caste

Vaarasa (The Inheritance ) – A Compelling Short Fiction On Caste

“The Inheritance” is a compelling fictional narrative of a young man who is sucked up by the whirlpool of caste system. This short fiction depicts with conviction how even educated young people of lower castes are tragically drowned by the inheritance of their own caste. Rahul Pagare, a student of ITI-Electrical believed in Ambedkar’s message of ‘Educate Organise Agitate’. Grown[Read More…]

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#HumansOfDeMonetisedIndia: We Don’t Have Work

#HumansOfDeMonetisedIndia: We Don’t Have Work

The demonetisation scheme has put people in the unorganised sector out of work. People don’t have work, money and are barely surviving. One person in the video says “when the note ban happened nobody cared about the plight of the poor people. Think about the families who collected some money for a marriage.” Many marriages have been postponed. Report by[Read More…]

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#HumansOfDemonetisedIndia: Hawker of Old Notes

#HumansOfDemonetisedIndia: Hawker of Old Notes

#HumansOfDemonetisedIndia: In demonetised India, when people of the unorganised sector are fast losing jobes, they are finding inventive ways of surviving. A man in Trivandrum has become a hawker of old notes as his business of selling chappals and shoes on the street failed. He says “This is my new business. I’ve become a hawker of old notes. I have[Read More…]

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#HumansOfDeMonetisedIndia: People Are Suffering

#HumansOfDeMonetisedIndia: People Are Suffering

Fisher people who are dislocated from their homes due to sea erosion are hit hard by the note ban. Women of Valiyathura relief camp tell their woes caused by the note ban. Nobody has work. No money. No food. Who benefited from the note ban? They say, politicians, while the people are suffering.

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#HumansOfDeMonetisedIndia: How Do We Live?

#HumansOfDeMonetisedIndia: How Do We Live?

The workers in the unorganised sector are hit hard by the note ban. They can’t find work. With the introduction of new Rs 2000 notes, a new malady is upon them. They can’t find change for these notes. Auto-rickshaw drivers tell their woes of #Demonetisation

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#HumansOfDeMonetisedIndia: Why We Poor Have To Suffer?

#HumansOfDeMonetisedIndia: Why We Poor Have To Suffer?

The note ban hit poor people the hardest. Victims of sea erosion living in a camp in Valiyathura School tell their plight. For these people who already lost their homes due to sea erosion the note ban was a double blow.

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#HumansOfDeMonetisedIndia: I Am Starving

#HumansOfDeMonetisedIndia: I Am Starving

The note ban has hit the fisher folk and the fish vendors heavily. There is no sale for them. They are desperate. The woman in the video says “those who come to buy fish ask whether we will take old notes? Where will we change it? We don’t’ have mango, jack fruit, tapioca, papaya or anything to eat. We have[Read More…]

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#HumansOfDeMonetisedIndia: Shantha, The Grandmother

#HumansOfDeMonetisedIndia: Shantha, The Grandmother

My name is Shantha. I work as a domestic help. My granddaughter fell ill on Sunday. She had to be hospitalised. We had no cash at home. Banks were closed for three days. I tried to borrow money from friends. They too had no cash. At last, our neighbourhood shop owner lent us money. I have to give him back[Read More…]

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#HumansOfDeMonetisedIndia:Muneer, The Shoe Shop Owner

#HumansOfDeMonetisedIndia:Muneer, The Shoe Shop Owner

My name is Muneer. I am a shoe shop owner. After the note ban I hardly sell anything. Many shops have closed down. I don’t know how long can I continue. If things persist I too will have to close down. If you have such #HumansOfDeMonetisedIndia picture stories do send it to editor@countercurrents.org

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#HumansOfDeMonetisedIndia: Josy, The Fish Vendor

#HumansOfDeMonetisedIndia: Josy, The Fish Vendor

My name is Josy. I’m a fish vendor. After the currency ban my sales have gone down drastically. I now sell only 1/4th of what I used to sell earlier, that too on credit. Yesterday, I tried to sell 5 kg of sardine at Rs 120/kg. Managed to sell only 3 kg. Nobody has cash. People are not willing to[Read More…]

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HumansOfDeMonetisedIndia: Sabu,The Auto Rickshaw Driver

HumansOfDeMonetisedIndia: Sabu,The Auto Rickshaw Driver

My name is Sabu. I am an auto rickshaw driver from Perumbavoor, Kerala. Perumbavoor is the capital of migrant labourers in Kerala. A lot of migrant workers used to work near this town. After the note ban, a lot of them have lost jobs and left for home. Sunday is their holiday as well their shopping day. On a typical[Read More…]

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#HumansOfDeMonetisedIndia: Vanaja, The Domestic Help

#HumansOfDeMonetisedIndia: Vanaja, The Domestic Help

 My name is Vanaja. I am a 46 year old domestic help. I have been working as a domestic help for the past 22 years. They say there’s enough cash in banks for everyone. But all we get after standing in winding queues is Rs 2000 notes. What are we supposed to do when most shops are reluctant to tender[Read More…]

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#HumansOfDemonetisedIndia: Stella, The Fish Vendor

#HumansOfDemonetisedIndia: Stella, The Fish Vendor

#HumansOfDemonetisedIndia: My name is Stella. I’m a fish vendor at Shangumugham, Trivandrum, Kerala. I’ve been selling fish for the past 27 years, and never before have I gone back home after a day’s business with any leftovers. But now things are different. With the scrapping of Rs 500 and Rs 1000 notes, my daily sales have nosedived from a decent[Read More…]

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#HumansOfDemonetisedIndia: Nabakishore Pradhan, Farmer From Odisha

#HumansOfDemonetisedIndia: Nabakishore Pradhan, Farmer From Odisha

My name is Nabakishore Pradhan. I am a farmer from Odisha. My family is dependent on our agricultural produces and now is suffering due to demonetization. I cannot get loan from the banks to tend to our farming needs. My relatives do not have money to avail medical facilities. In every field of life, we are suffering. Life has come[Read More…]

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#HumansOfDemonetisedIndia: Ittiyavirah, The Petty Trader

#HumansOfDemonetisedIndia: Ittiyavirah, The Petty Trader

My name is Ittiyavirah. I am a petty trader of spices. When the note ban was announced all the money I had with me from that day’s trading became useless. Bank is not giving me money. After standing long hours in queue they give 4000 rupees. Farmers who come to sell me one or two kilo grams of their produce[Read More…]

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#HumansOfDemonetisedIndia: Mallika, The Daily Wage Earner

#HumansOfDemonetisedIndia: Mallika, The Daily Wage Earner

#HumansOfDemonetisedIndia: My name is Mallika Lohar. I am a daily wage earner from Ruppur, Birbhum, West Bengal. Demonetisation has only been inconvenience for us. Our payments have been delayed, and now there are Rs. 2000 notes only. Wherever we go, there is no change for Rs. 2000. How can we go on without change? The grocery-store person is saying I[Read More…]

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#HumansOfDemonetisedIndia: Rakesh, The Migrant Labourer

#HumansOfDemonetisedIndia: Rakesh, The Migrant Labourer

 My name is Rakesh. I am from West Bengal. I came to Kerala looking for work. When I landed in Kerala on 5th November demonetisation struck me like a thunder bolt. I can’t find work. Factories are closing. All the money with me is gone. I haven’t eaten today. I just want to go back home. I don’t have money[Read More…]

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Bhopal Encounter: Fact Finding Report

Bhopal Encounter: Fact Finding Report

News broke on 31st October 2016 that eight inmates of Bhopal Central Prison had escaped in the middle of the previous night. All these inmates were alleged to be members of the banned Students’ Islamic Movement of India. The inmates were all under-trials and were held in the terror cell of the B wing of the high security jail. By[Read More…]

Demonetisation: India Speaks -Part VI – The Government Is Deaf!

Demonetisation: India Speaks -Part VI – The Government Is Deaf!

Video by Aabha Joshi, Neethu Saji and Kritika The patience of the common people is running out. Despite standing in queues outside banks, day after day, people are unable to find change, resulting in a huge crisis in their everyday sustenance. On one hand, the food intake in the houses have gone down and on the other hand, huge amounts[Read More…]

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Revolutionary Greetings To Fidel Castro

Revolutionary Greetings To Fidel Castro

Revolutionary greetings to Fidel Castro who passed away today. You opened a blazing path, showed revolutionary courage and defiance to imperialism. Your legacy will survive for ages to come. Hope will be reborn whenever your name is remembered. A life well lived. Countercurrents.org salutes Fidel Castro. With Fidel’s passing a prominent voice of reason is gone, much needed in these[Read More…]

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Demonetisation: India Speaks -Part V – They Don’t Spare Even Old Women

Demonetisation: India Speaks -Part V – They Don’t Spare Even Old Women

Video by Aabha Joshi, Neethu Saji and Kritika As the large population of the country is standing in long queues, an old woman of 75 years of age describes her current situation while waiting for her turn outside KYS bank, branch Govandi in Mumbai. She has been waiting for her chance since morning and this video was shot at around[Read More…]

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Demonetisation: India Speaks -Part IV

Demonetisation: India Speaks -Part IV

Video byAabha Joshi, NeethuSaji and Kritika Nine days has passed since Modi government has declared a ‘war’ against ‘black money’ by demonetizing Rs. 500 and Rs. 1000 currency notes, claiming lives of almost 55 people. As the days pass by, the queues do not seem to get any shorter and the lives of the common people seem to have lost[Read More…]

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Demonetisation: Sad Plight Of Women In India

Demonetisation: Sad Plight Of Women In India

The poor women of India who save money in currencies for a rainy day, or from irresponsible husbands have been hit hard by Narendra Modi’s decision to withdraw Rs 1000, and Rs 500 notes from circulation. Here is a video of an old woman who saved some money in the now withdrawn denominations trying to flush out ‘black money’ from[Read More…]

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Does Demonetization Tackle Black Money? Public Meeting Today In Delhi

Does Demonetization Tackle Black Money? Public Meeting Today In Delhi

Public Meeting: November 18, 4-7pm Constitution Club (Speaker Hall), New Delhi At the stroke of midnight on November 8, 86% of the value of Indian currency which was in circulation in the country ceased to be legal tender. Many different adjectives are used to qualify that action – surgical strike, master stroke, third freedom (after freedom from British and license[Read More…]

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Jagadish Chandra And 30 Activists Arrested Protesting Against Demonetisation In Bangalore

Jagadish Chandra And 30 Activists Arrested Protesting Against Demonetisation In Bangalore

30 people from various left organisations, who organised a protest in Banglore against the demonetisation of the Rs. 500 and Rs. 1000 currency notes, have been arrested a few hours ago. A joint protest was called by CPI (ML) Liberation, AICCTU, New Socialist Alternative/ Peoples’ Solidarity Concerns, Street Hawkers Association and Karnataka Tamil Makkal Aaikyam for ‘Occupy RBI’ a movement[Read More…]

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Demonetisation, A Tragedy For Women: India Speaks -Part III

Demonetisation, A Tragedy For Women: India Speaks -Part III

This Episode is about the Koli fisherwomen of Mumbai who are bearing the brunt of this sudden demonetization. They are highly disillusioned by the government who comes begging to them for votes, but ends up protecting the rich. But when the poor needs the government, why don’t they listen?

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Demonetisation: India Speaks -Part II

Demonetisation: India Speaks -Part II

A fruit seller accounts the result of demonetization on her, who is one among the 93% of the unorganized sector of the Indian working class. She tells how despite working each day from morning till the night, she has been unable to make 50 rupees a day

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Demonetisation: India Speaks -Part I

Demonetisation: India Speaks -Part I

Video by Aabha Joshi, Neethu Saji and Kritika As the Modi government, in a bold step, by demonetizing 500 rupee and 1000 rupee currency notes has promised to recover ‘black money’ and combat ‘terrorism’, the horrors of this move have shaken the entire country, especially the most vulnerable section of the society who earn their living through daily wages by[Read More…]

FIR Filed By Chhattisgarh Police Against Human Rights Activists Is Sheer Vendetta

FIR Filed By Chhattisgarh Police Against Human Rights Activists Is Sheer Vendetta

We the Undersigned, strongly condemn the absurd charges of‘criminal conspiracy and murder’ against highly respected academics and social activists by the Chhattisgarh police in the case of murder of Shamnath Baghel by unknown persons on 4th November. None of the following named in the FIR – Dr Nandini Sundar, Head of the Department of Sociology, Delhi University; Dr Archana Prasad,[Read More…]

Dopdi In Mahendergarh: Encountering Saffron Terror In The Academia

Dopdi In Mahendergarh: Encountering Saffron Terror In The Academia

Report of a fact-finding team which visited Central University of Haryana, Mahendergarh on 20th October 2016  . Team members: Anirban Kar, Deepak Gupta, Jitender Dhankhar, Sachin N, Sameeksha Khandelwal and Saroj Giri On 21st September 2016, students and teachers of English and Foreign Languages department at Central University of Haryana (CUH), Mahendergarh, performed a play based on Mahasweta Devi’s short[Read More…]

In Solidarity With NDTV Countercurrents.org Will Not Be Publishing On November 9

In Solidarity With NDTV Countercurrents.org Will Not Be Publishing On November 9

In an unprecedented draconian action Government of India has imposed one day ban, November 9, on the NDTV India for not following the rule 6(1)(p) of cable TV Network Rules 1994, for showing the coverage of the Pathankot attack which has compromised the security and sovereignty of the country. This is a naked violation of freedom of press and freedom[Read More…]

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End Repression In Kashmir: A Call From The Civil Society

End Repression In Kashmir: A Call From The Civil Society

                          We, the undersigned, are dismayed over the ongoing crisis in Kashmir. We have watched in horror and shock the repetitive cycle of state aggression leading to violence, deteriorating state of civil liberties, violation of fundamental rights and ever escalating loss of human life and dignity in Kashmir.[Read More…]

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U.N. Rights Expert Urges Nations Not To Sign ‘Flawed’ CETA Treaty   

U.N. Rights Expert Urges Nations Not To Sign ‘Flawed’ CETA Treaty   

GENEVA (28 October 2016) – The trade deal set to be signed by the European Union and Canada is a corporate-driven, fundamentally flawed treaty which should not be signed or ratified without a referendum in each country concerned, a United Nations human rights expert says. Alfred de Zayas, the UN Independent Expert on the promotion of a democratic and equitable international[Read More…]

UN Adopts Landmark Resolution Calling To Ban Nuclear Weapons, North Korea Votes Yes, India Abstains

UN Adopts Landmark Resolution Calling To Ban Nuclear Weapons, North Korea Votes Yes, India Abstains

In a historical vote a United Nations General Assembly committee voted to launch negotiations on a new treaty banning nuclear weapons. It was for the first time in its 71 year history that the global body voted to begin negotiations on a treaty to ban nuclear weapons. The resolution was presented by Austria, Ireland, Mexico, Nigeria, South Africa and Brazil.[Read More…]

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Protest Against Harold Koh, Former Top Legal Advisor to Hillary Clinton At The University Of Illinois

Protest Against Harold Koh, Former Top Legal Advisor to Hillary Clinton At The University Of Illinois

Harold Koh: Former Top Legal Advisor to Hillary Clinton & Legal Architect of U.S. Crimes against Humanity – Not Welcome! Protest Koh’s speech at the University of Illinois College of Law, Champaign! When: 11:30 am, Friday, Oct. 28 Where: North Courtyard, Law Building Complex, 504 E. Pennsylvania Ave, Champaign, IL 61820 If you are on Facebook, please “join” and share[Read More…]

#RallyForAleppo Outside Downing Street On Saturday

#RallyForAleppo Outside Downing Street On Saturday

Join people from all across the UK who care about the lives of innocent people and #RallyForAleppo outside Downing Street on Saturday, October 22. This is the chance to take a giant stride towards stopping the heartbreaking violence in Syria. In Aleppo, hundreds of bombs are being dropped every day on a population roughly the size of Coventry – this[Read More…]

BRICS Must Take Legitimate And Convincing Steps To Defend Peace, Planet And People’s Interest, Urges People’s Forum

BRICS Must Take Legitimate And Convincing Steps To Defend Peace, Planet And People’s Interest, Urges People’s Forum

People’s Forum on BRICS held in Goa develops a declaration for heads of state attending the 8th BRICS Summit GOA, 14 October 2016: The People’s Forum on BRICS that took place in Goa on the 13th and 14th of Goa witnessed several social movements and civil society formations, representing the people of at least 10 countries, make a declaration towards[Read More…]

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Character Assassination Of Radhika Vemula

Character Assassination Of Radhika Vemula

We the members of Ambedkarite Women Against Atrocities’, India (AWAA) condemn the wording of the report by retired judge K. Roopanwal, which indicates an attempt of defamation and character assassination of Radhika Vemula. Under the garb of fact finding the committee has done all efforts to find out the cast of Radhika and Rohit as the remarks were made by[Read More…]

From #SaveHinduismFromHalfPants To #HindutvaToHumanism

From #SaveHinduismFromHalfPants To #HindutvaToHumanism

#SaveHinduismFromHalfPants was a campaign Countercurrents.org ran in October 2015 in association with CPI (Mohammad Rafi) . Now that the RSS changed their uniform from half pants to full Khaki trousers, let’s hope that RSS will change their half baked Hindutva ideology to a fulsome understanding of Humanity! #FromHindutvaToHumanism

Hazaribgh Police Firing – Jharkhand Government Waged War On Its Own People

Hazaribgh Police Firing – Jharkhand Government Waged War On Its Own People

Days after the Jharkhand police opened fire on farmers protesting land acquisition for coal mines by the National Thermal Power Corporation in Badkagaon, Hazaribagh, on 1st October 2016 resulting in several deaths, the demonstrators are still shocked at what they claim was the excessive use of force by the administration.

India – Pakistan Tension Continues To Mount After Terrorists Attack Indian Army Camp

India – Pakistan Tension Continues To Mount After Terrorists Attack Indian Army Camp

Tension between nuclear armed South Asian neighbours India and Pakistan continues to mount after terrorists on Sunday night attacked an army camp in Baramulla in Northern Kashmir killing constable Nitin of 40th battalion of the BSF and the injuring constable Pulwinder of the same battalion. According to news reports the terrorists are likely to have escaped taking advantage of night[Read More…]

No Diplomatic Efforts To Diffuse Tension Between India And Pakistan

No Diplomatic Efforts To Diffuse Tension Between India And Pakistan

It was a day of quiet on the India-Pakistan front except for the sporadic gunfire exchanged between the two sides in the Akhnoor sector of the international border in Jammu and Kashmir. On the other hand, it is a worrying sign to see no diplomatic efforts being taken up by both the sides to diffuse the tension. The South Asian[Read More…]

India-Pakistan Relations Remain Tensed, Evacuation In Border Districts

India-Pakistan Relations Remain Tensed, Evacuation In Border Districts

The India-Pakistan relations remain tensed after India’s surgical strikes across the Line of Control Wednesday night. India admitted that one of its soldiers is in Pakistan’s custody. The army says that 22-year-old soldier Chandu Babulal Chauhan strayed into Pakistani territory “inadvertently” on Thursday and was captured. According to the army Chauhan, a soldier of the Rashtriya Rifles, did not take[Read More…]

Indian And Pakistani Citizens Speak Out Against War

Indian And Pakistani Citizens Speak Out Against War

We, the people of India and Pakistan, stand in solidarity with each other to speak out against war in any form because, in war, we are all losers regardless of who might appear to win. We hope that the elected representatives of both countries will exercise restraint, and act with wisdom, in the interests of lasting peace in our region,[Read More…]

Surgical Strikes: Nuclear South Asia On Tenterhooks

Surgical Strikes: Nuclear South Asia On Tenterhooks

Responding to nationalist clamouring for retaliatory strike against Pakistan in response to attack on Uri army camp on September 18th, Indian Army conducted surgical strikes across the LoC on Wednesday night, the DGMO said on Thursday in a press briefing. “Significant casualties have been caused in these strikes,” DGMO Lt General Ranbir Singh said adding, “the operation has now ended.”[Read More…]

Petition Campaign: Free Khurram Parvez Immediately!

Petition Campaign: Free Khurram Parvez Immediately!

We know Mr Khurram Parvez, through his work with the Jammu and Kashmir Coalition of Civil Society to be a diligent worker for peace and human rights, and we see his incarceration as a gross violation of basic human rights in the country

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Bring Peace To The Sub-Continent Through Dialogue

Bring Peace To The Sub-Continent Through Dialogue

Pakistan- India Peoples’ Forum for Peace and Democracy (PIPFPD) PIPFPD expresses its concern over the growing tensions between India and Pakistan following militants’ attack on strategically important army base in Uri, Jammu & Kashmir. The leadership of both the countries needs to urgently act towards defusing the tense scenario rather than fuelling it. We appeal to the saner voices of[Read More…]

Delhi Workers In The Grip Of Fever And The Deplorable Condition Of Healthcare System

Delhi Workers In The Grip Of Fever And The Deplorable Condition Of Healthcare System

A report and list of demands by Mehnatkash Mahila Sangathan, Delhi Since the past one month, entire Delhi is in the grip of fever. Diseases like Dengue used to break out every monsoon, but this year, Chikungunya and Malaria have been added to the list. While no section of the city is left untouched, the worst affected are the poor[Read More…]

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Disturbing Developments In Assam

Disturbing Developments In Assam

After the BJP came to power in Assam in May 2016, the state government has unleashed a reign of terror to execute its fascistic agendas. Within 2 months into power, the government opened fire and killed a 25 year old man Mintu Deuri, during a protest organized in Raha against the transfer of the site for a proposed AIIMS in[Read More…]

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17 Soldiers Killed In Uri Terror Attack

17 Soldiers Killed In Uri Terror Attack

Four militants stormed an Army base barely 50 metres from the Brigade Headquarters in Uri sector, 6 km from the Line of Control (LoC), killing 17 soldiers and wounding 23, nine of them critically, at 4.30 am Sunday morning. It is the highest casualty suffered by the Army in a single attack in Kashmir in the past two decades. The[Read More…]

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Victory For Students And Access To Knowledge In DU Copyright Case: Corporate Publishers Market Ends At The Gates Of The University

Victory For Students And Access To Knowledge In DU Copyright Case: Corporate Publishers Market Ends At The Gates Of The University

By Association of Students for Equitable Access to Knowledge (ASEAK) In a rare and incredible order on 16th September 2016, the Delhi High Court dismissed the copyright infringement case filed in August 2012 by Oxford University Press, Cambridge University Press and Taylor and Francis Group against Rameshwari Photocopy Shop in Delhi School of Economics and Delhi University. Justice R.S. Endlaw[Read More…]

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Free Khurram Parvez

Free Khurram Parvez

Coordination of Democratic Rights Organization denounces the arrest of Khurram Parvez on the intervening night of 15-16 September at 12.30 AM from his house at Srinagar. He had returned from Delhi in the very morning of 15th September after being detained for nearly two hours and prevented from travelling to Geneva for the UN Human Rights Council’s meeting. Khurram Parvez[Read More…]

A Man Beaten Up By Cow Vigilantes Dies In Ahmedabad

A Man Beaten Up By Cow Vigilantes Dies In Ahmedabad

A 29-year-old man who was allegedly beaten up by gau rakshaks or cow vigilantes in Ahmedabad four days ago died of his injuries at a hospital in Ahmedabad on Friday. Mohammad Ayyub was allegedly attacked by a group of cow vigilantes on Tuesday while he and another man Sameer Sheikh were transporting a cow and a calf, police said. Pratik[Read More…]

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Eid, A Day Of Mourning For Kashmir As Two More Youth Killed: Death Toll 82

Eid, A Day Of Mourning For Kashmir As Two More Youth Killed: Death Toll 82

The festival of Eid turned out to be a day of mourning for many Kashmiris as curfew was clamped across the Kashmir valley. Two youth were killed in clashes and scores injured. Police said as many as 44 stone pelting incidents were reported across the valley. Mustafa Mir, 22, son of Hameed Mir of Dachigam village of Bandipora died during[Read More…]

Mewat Gang-Rape Victim Alleges Rapists Asked If She Ate Beef

Mewat Gang-Rape Victim Alleges Rapists Asked If She Ate Beef

Two women who were allegedly gang-raped two weeks ago in the Mewat region of Haryana one of the women told news reporters that attackers asked her if she ate beef. “They asked if we eat beef. We said we don’t, but they insisted we did. Then they said we’re hurting you before so you don’t and that if we tell[Read More…]

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Chelsea Manning Begins Hunger Strike Against Prison Conditions

Chelsea Manning Begins Hunger Strike Against Prison Conditions

U.S. Army whistleblower Chelsea Manning announced she began a hunger strike in protest of her prison conditions as she serves a 35-year sentence for leaking classified documents. Advocacy group Fight for the Future shared a statement from the 28-year-old transgender woman as she demanded written assurances from the Army she will receive all of the medically prescribed recommendations for her[Read More…]

Arrest Warrant Issued For Amy Goodman In North Dakota After Covering Pipeline Protest

Arrest Warrant Issued For Amy Goodman In North Dakota After Covering Pipeline Protest

An arrest warrant has been issued in North Dakota for Democracy Now! host and executive producer Amy Goodman. Goodman was charged with criminal trespassing, a misdemeanor offense. A team from Democracy Now! was in North Dakota last week to cover the Native American-led protests against the Dakota Access pipeline. On Sept. 3, Democracy Now! filmed security guards working for the[Read More…]

V.K. Singh Says Pellet Firing A Well Thought Out Plan As Another Youth Dies Of Pellet Injuries

V.K. Singh Says Pellet Firing A Well Thought Out Plan As Another Youth Dies Of Pellet Injuries

Day 64 of Kashmir shut down. One more youth died of pellet firing. A 23-year-old was killed in forces action in Batengoo village of south Kashmir’s Anantnag district on Saturday, taking the overall death toll in the current uprising to 78. The deceased has been identified as Yawar Ahmad, son of Mushtaq Ahmad. Medical Superintendent District Hospital Anantnag Dr Majeed[Read More…]

Media Clampdown: Modi Regime And Broadcast Journalists

Media Clampdown: Modi Regime And Broadcast Journalists

Since the campaign to push and promote Narendra Modi as a prime ministerial candidate began, and was remorselessly funded by corporate houses from 2013 on, the current dominant Indian political regime’s relationship with an autonomous media has been the subject matter of furious debate. Heavy corporate investment in the election campaign and the same corporate share in television network holdings[Read More…]

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Now, Haryana Cops Ask “What’s In Your Biryani?”

Now, Haryana Cops Ask “What’s In Your Biryani?”

India’s beef ban politics has taken a turn for the bizarre with Haryana police have started collecting samples of Biryani sold in Mewat district, the states only Muslim dominated district. The biryani checks are taking place days ahead of Eid festival. The biryani checks have taken many by surprise asking whether the police should be focusing on other crimes in[Read More…]

#HappyToBleed Campaign Is Back

#HappyToBleed Campaign Is Back

Nikita Azad is back with #HappyToBleed campaign once again. Last year, on November 21, 2015, #HappyToBleed campaign was launched as a counter attack against the sexist statement given by Devaswom chief Prayar Gopalakrishnan who had stated that women will be allowed to enter the famous Sabarimala temple in Kerala only after a machine to “check the purity of women”. Countercurrents.org[Read More…]

Archbishop Raphael Cheenath, Champion Of Kandhamal Victims, Remembered

Archbishop Raphael Cheenath, Champion Of Kandhamal Victims, Remembered

Archbishop Raphael Cheenath who played pivotal role in bringing justice to the Kandhamal pogrom victims was remembered in a function in Delhi. Archbishop Emeritus Raphael Cheenath of Kandhamal passed away in Mumbai on 14th August 2016 after a brave struggle against cancer. He was 81. The Archbishop played major role in the people’s struggle for justice after the August 2008[Read More…]

Anuragi: A Musical Journey

Anuragi: A Musical Journey

  Tell us something about you and your band; how you started your journey in music and how did you come together? Dr Rajesh Anuragi : I was born and raised in a small town of Hamirpur, district of UP. My father is a musician and a table player. Since school days I was always a bright student. I started[Read More…]

Montreal Declaration For Nuclear Fission Free World

Montreal Declaration For Nuclear Fission Free World

By Global Network for a nuclear-free world. As citizens of this planet inspired by the Second Thematic World Social Forum for a Nuclear-Fission-Free World, conducted in Montreal from August 8 to August 12, 2016, we are collectively calling for a mobilization of civil society around the world to bring about the elimination of all nuclear weapons, to put an end[Read More…]

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Death Of Two Workers In Anna University Was Due To Negligence

Death Of Two Workers In Anna University Was Due To Negligence

The team concluded that the tragic death of the two young workers was preventable and was caused due to the negligence of the employers – Anna University in its capacity as the principal employer and Kavimeena Rubber Products in its capacity as the direct employer.

ABVP Activists Try To Storm Amnesty Office In Bangalore

ABVP Activists Try To Storm Amnesty Office In Bangalore

More than 100 members of a right-wing student organization attempted to storm Amnesty International’s office in Bangalore, on Friday. The protesters from Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad (ABVP), who tried to storm the building with petrol bottles, were caned by police and detained. On Friday morning, Bengaluru police had barricaded road leading to the Amnesty International’s office anticipating protests. However, the[Read More…]

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A BJP Local Leader Killed By Cow Vigilantes In Karnataka

A BJP Local Leader Killed By Cow Vigilantes In Karnataka

A BJP local leader in Karnataka who was transporting cows in a vehicle died after he was attacked allegedly by right wing Hindutva group called Hindu Jagrana Vedike. Praveen Poojary, 29, was traveling with a friend Akshay Devadiga when they were stopped and thrashed by men. Poojary died of his injuries in hospital four hours after the assault. Devadiga is[Read More…]

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Gary Corseri

 Interview With Gary Corseri On US Foreign Policy

Muslim Press has conducted an interview with poet, writer, and columnist Gary Corseri to discuss the foreign policy of the United States. Here’s the full text of this interview: MP: Thank you for agreeing to give us an interview Mr. Corseri. Gary Corseri: Thank you for asking! MP: Let me begin by asking: how did you become a political activist? Gary[Read More…]

In Historic Una Rally Dalits Pledge Never To Dispose Off Dead Cattle Or Do Sanitation Work 

In Historic Una Rally Dalits Pledge Never To Dispose Off Dead Cattle Or Do Sanitation Work 

Thousands of Dalits gathered in Una, Gujarat on Independence Day pledged never to do sanitation work and never to dispose off dead cattle ever again. Radhika Vemula, mother of late Rohith Vemula who committed suicide at Hyderabad university hostel in January this year due to harassment by university authorities, unfurled the national flag in the massive rally. It was the[Read More…]

Irom Sharmila Gets Solidarity From Kerala

Irom Sharmila Gets Solidarity From Kerala

In solidarity with Irom Sharmila’s novel method of struggle against the draconian law of AFSPA, Solidarity Youth Movement held programs in different parts of Kerala. Programs were held in front of the Secretariat at Trivandrum and the Fort Kochi Beach at Ernakulam.

Demand For Dismissal Of Lt. Governor Kiran Bedi And Apologies For Insulting The Tribal Community

Demand For Dismissal Of Lt. Governor Kiran Bedi And Apologies For Insulting The Tribal Community

Kiran Bedi, Ex IAS officer, an active member of a political party and Puducherry Lt Governor, has insulted and condemned de-notified tribes by tweeting on 2ndAugust: ”Ex-criminal tribes are known to be very cruel. They are hardcore professionals in committing crimes. Rarely caught and/or convicted”.

Insha Malik, Victim Of Pellet Attack, Suffering From Deadly Brain Infection

Insha Malik, Victim Of Pellet Attack, Suffering From Deadly Brain Infection

Insha Malik, the 14 year old victim of Indian Army’s use of indiscriminate pellet attack on protesters in Kashmir valley, may be suffering from deadly brain infection. Kashmir Observer report quoting unnamed doctors in AIIMS New Delhi where she is undergoing treatment said “some of the pellets, which pierced her body particularly face couldn’t be timely removed from the nasal[Read More…]

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Obstacle To Peace: The US Role In The Israeli-Palestinian Conflict

Obstacle To Peace: The US Role In The Israeli-Palestinian Conflict

It is obvious to most in the world that the U.S. and Israel are symbiotically linked to each other – each using the other for their own purposes, some of which are common, others that are not. In Obstacle to Peace Jeremy Hammond dissects current events and the relationships between the two countries demonstrating that the biggest obstacle to peace[Read More…]

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A Welcome Move By Irom Sharmila:SSSC

A Welcome Move By Irom Sharmila:SSSC

Press Release by Save Sharmila Solidarity Campaign New Delhi, 27 July 2016: Save sharmila Solidarity Campaign welcomes decision of Irom Sharmila to break her fast in coming days. SSSC believes that it is a befitting reply to Government’s ignorance of her sixteen years of fast where an extra ordinary example of non violent appeal was made with the govt with[Read More…]

Cow Vigilantism As Terror

Cow Vigilantism As Terror

Thousands and thousands of Dalits have come out on streets in different parts of the state, gheraoed government offices, damaged government property, enforced state-widebandh and tried to bring the government to its knees, demanding severe punishment to the guilty and strict action against the police and government officials who failed to act upon their complaint when they were being publicly brutalised.

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The CAMPA Bill Will Scuttle The Forest Rights Act

The CAMPA Bill Will Scuttle The Forest Rights Act

A letter send to Shri Hamid Ansari Chairman of Rajyasabha by concerned citizens on the Compensatory Afforestation Management and Planning Authority (CAMPA) Bill that is being considered by the house

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Kandhamal Killings: Special Operations Group Should Be Prosecuted

Kandhamal Killings: Special Operations Group Should Be Prosecuted

SOG personnel who participated in the killing on five civilians near Gumudumaha village on July 8 be booked under provisions of the IPC including murder as well as relevant sections of the SC, ST (Prevention of Atrocities) Act and criminally prosecuted

End The Repression In Kashmir

End The Repression In Kashmir

Janhastakshep demands immediate end to the repression in Kashmir; strict punishment for the perpetrators of this violence against the people; and immediate resumption of unconditional dialogue with the non-official, but the real leaders of the Kashmiri people in order to find a lasting solution of the problem that takes into account the democratic aspirations of the people of Kashmir

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The Global Farm Land Grab In 2016: How Big, How Bad?

The Global Farm Land Grab In 2016: How Big, How Bad?

by GRAIN Staff In October 2008, GRAIN published a report called “Seized: the 2008 land grab for food and financial security”. It exposed how a new wave of land grabbing was sweeping the planet in the name of addressing the global food and financial crises. “On one hand”, we wrote, “‘food insecure’ governments that rely on imports to feed their[Read More…]

Urgent Action Needed To Bring Back Normalcy In Kashmir

Urgent Action Needed To Bring Back Normalcy In Kashmir

CITIZENS’ STATEMENT ON KASHMIR JULY 12 , 2016 We write this in anguish at another alarming spiral of violence in Kashmir, when a discredited old playbook has yet again been deployed to wreak havoc with civilian life. Kashmir’s escalating violence follows a familiar pattern: a killing, a funeral where rage is vented through slogans and stones, and volleys of lethal[Read More…]

Understand The Outpouring Of Grief And Rage In Kashmir

Understand The Outpouring Of Grief And Rage In Kashmir

Press Release By Jamia Teachers’ Solidarity Association India and its politicians must introspect as to why there has been such a mass outpouring of grief and support for Burhan Wani, a militant who was killed in an ‘encounter’. Already news reports confirm that over 30 unarmed protestors have been killed by the police and scores more have been injured. The death[Read More…]

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Innocent Blood Again Spilled In Kandhamal

Innocent Blood Again Spilled In Kandhamal

This is not the first time that innocent blood is being spilled in Odisha or in India in the name of containing Maoism. PUCL has consistently alerted the public that in the name of ‘encounters’ often innocent people are being killed by the security forces, and innocent poor Adivasis are being arrested after branding them as ‘Maoists’.

Stop The Senseless Killing In Kashmir

Stop The Senseless Killing In Kashmir

Coordination of Democratic Rights Organizations, (CDRO), expresses grave concern at the situation in Kashmir which has seen the death of 23 people and injuries to more than 300 persons over the last three days at the hands of Police and the Para military forces.

Mining Threatens Papua New Guinea’s Mighty Sepik River With Utter Ruin

Mining Threatens Papua New Guinea’s Mighty Sepik River With Utter Ruin

Chinese government’s massive open-pit mine in the rainy Papua New Guinea highlands, with its tons of toxic tailings full of sulphides and heavy metals, is to be poised above the Sepik River and its primary rainforests, intact local cultures, and the South Pacific Ocean. Apparently Papua New Guinea’s urban elites have learned little from decades of foreign industrial mining (and logging) causing conflict and despair, environmental damage, and social and economic decline.

Istanbul Airport Attack Leaves 36 Dead, 147 Injured

Istanbul Airport Attack Leaves 36 Dead, 147 Injured

At least 36 people were killed and 147 injured when suicide attackers opened fire and blew themselves up at Istanbul’s main airport on Tuesday night, in the latest in a string of terrorist attacks in Turkey. Shortly before 10 p.m. two gunmen opened fire with automatic weapons at a security checkpoint outside Istanbul’s Ataturk airport and then detonated their explosives.[Read More…]

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Support Teesta Setalvad: Donate To Sabrang Trust 

Support Teesta Setalvad: Donate To Sabrang Trust 

As a concerned and responsible citizen of India, we not only stand in solidarity with Teesta and others at the Sabrang Trust but we would also like to donate so that the various activities undertaken by the Trust runs smoothly. We would also like to appeal the fellow citizens. The NRIs who still retain their Indian passports can donate as well.

Fracking America: Explosions, Leaks, And Health Contamination

Fracking America: Explosions, Leaks, And Health Contamination

Train engines pulling 100 oil tank cars that derail causing fires and explosions, trucks and 50-year-old pipelines that leak and explode into fireballs releasing toxic methane into the air, contributing to leaks in the protective ozone layer, are just three problems related to fracking, according to an expert on fracking. “You can live 100 miles away from the nearest gas[Read More…]

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Prof. Mahesh Chandra Guru Arrested

Prof. Mahesh Chandra Guru Arrested

The Karnataka police have arrested BP Mahesh Chandra Guru, a professor in the journalism department of Mysore University and a well-known Phule-Ambedkarite writer. Professor Guru had made some sharp comments against Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Union HRD minister Smriti Irani at a function organized in the university recently to pay tributes to Rohit Vemula. He had also allegedly insulted[Read More…]

Peasants Battle Cry For Land In Punjab

Peasants Battle Cry For Land In Punjab

An Investigation into Police and Land-lord Repression on Land Struggle of Dalit Peasants in Villages of Sangrur District of Indian Punjab By Janhastakshep

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Fact-Finding Report On The Alleged Exodus Of Hindus From Kairana

Fact-Finding Report On The Alleged Exodus Of Hindus From Kairana

A team of journalists and activists, deputed by The Milli Gazette, on 14 June 2016 visited the town of Kairana in Western Uttar Pradesh’s Shamli district which is in the national news due to the claim by the local BJP member of Parliament Hukum Singh that 346 Hindu families have been forced to flee Kairana town due to threats from[Read More…]

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JO Cox

The Difficulties With Lone Wolves: Terror In Orlando, Birstall And Sydney

London: Much of Britain is recoiling in the wake of the death of Labour MP Jo Cox, who was shot and stabbed on Thursday in broad daylight outside the public library in Birstall to the shouts of “Britain first!” It was the first killing of a serving MP since Ian Gow, whose life was taken by Irish Republicans in 1990.[Read More…]

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