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Recent polls reveal a collapse in support for the Ukrainian government of Petro Poroshenko, which was voted into office in the aftermath of a Western-backed coup in February 2014. The decline in popularity for Poroshenko, which extends to all the country’s political parties and institutions, explodes the myth that the right-wing Maidan “revolution” was a democratic transformation

Israel Sentences Israeli Arab Haneen Zoabi To Six Months In Prison
By Shubhda Chaudhary

Israel, which for long, has worn the disguise of being a so-called democratic state is intrinsically carrying out the political cleansing of Israeli Arabs within its boundaries. The state’s policies are never questioned as they suspend arrest or judge Israeli Arabs, snatching away their right of dignified life. In a recent case, Israeli court has sentenced the Arab-Israeli MK Haneen Zoabi to six months suspended sentence for three years, in addition to NIS3,000 ($800) fine

Book Review: Genesis - Truman, American Jews,
And The Origins of the Arab/Israeli Conflict

By Jim Miles

Every once in awhile a history book arrives that is remarkable in its presentation. Genesis is one of those remarkable works, presenting a narrative that goes well beyond dates, times, decisions, and a predetermined geopolitical reference. John Judis is able to present the personalities behind the decisions, the variety of factions within the Zionist camp, the variety of factions and interests within the U.S. political scene, and the main themes that drove these individuals towards their respective goals

08 February , 2016

Palestinian Hunger Striker Muhammad al-Qiq In “Struggle Against Death”
By Ali Abunimah

Israeli doctors say that Palestinian hunger-striker Muhammad al-Qiq could die at any minute. The 33-year-old journalist remained on hunger strike in the HaEmek hospital in Afula, in the north of present-day Israel, for the 75th consecutive day on Saturday. Hiba Masalha, an attorney for the Palestinian Authority’s Commission for Detainees and Ex-Detainees Affairs, visited al-Qiq on Friday evening in the hospital where he is being kept under an Israeli court order

The Urgent Need For Complete Abolition Of Nuclear Weapons
By John Scales Avery

We know that war is madness. We know that it is responsible for much of the suffering that humans experience. We know that war pollutes our planet and that the almost unimaginable sums wasted on war prevent the happiness and prosperity of mankind. We know that nuclear weapons are insane, and that the precariously balanced deterrence system can break down at any time through human error or computer errors or through terrorist actions, and that it definitely will break down within our lifetimes unless we abolish it. We know that nuclear war threatens to destroy civilization and much of the biosphere. The logic is there. We must translate it into popular action. The peoples of the world must say very clearly that nuclear weapons are an absolute evil; that their possession does not increase anyone's security; that their continued existence is a threat to the life of every person on our planet; and that these genocidal and potentially omnicidal weapons have no place in a civilized society

Please Do Not Poison My Brain With The US Elections!
By Andre Vltchek

It was done for ages, that paper insertion. The same thing, when slaves were being chained and shifted from Africa to that “New World”, when hundreds of millions were exterminated by Western colonialism, when the Chinese people were brought to North America for horrible labor, and treated like animals. It was done when the first and the second generation of Europeans were annihilating almost the entire native population of North, Central and South America, as well as the Caribbean

Lessons From The Holocaust For Our Times, Part 1
By Dianne Monroe

My grandmother’s parents, (who raised Ulie as a child) did not escape. They were murdered in Hitler’s death camps, along with most of my extended family. Yet, had my great-grandparents not opened their home to this orphan child, my grandparents would not have had an early warning of the necessity to leave, nor the connections to help them do so – and I would not have been born. We truly cannot envision the ripple effects of our actions and the impact they can have on the future

My Unique Perspective Into The Russian-Turkish Crisis
By Ramziya Zaripova

The crisis between Russia and Turkey has brought only harm to both countries. Both governments try their best to conceal the simple truth – the conflict will affect common people’s lives - and use all possible means to heat up hatred towards each other

Hungarian Lessons
By Linh Dinh

I was surprised by how grimy and sooty Budapest was. So many of its buildings, once gorgeous, were in an advanced state of decay. This city looked better before World War II, for sure, and certainly a century ago. Since escaping Communism, Budapest is regaining its glories, though not at the same pace as Prague. There’s a peculiar local fad called ruin pubs, where hip types can drink and dance in these half wrecked buildings. Too creaky to boogie, I only glimpsed them from the outside, but they didn’t look half bad

Hindutva Politics And Islamist Politics Are Two Sides Of The Same Coin - Part III
By Shamsul Islam

Both stand for abrazenly sectarian, discriminatory and ruthlesstheocratic state

Organic Agriculture, Capitalism And The Parallel Reality Of The Pro-GM Evangelist
By ​Colin Todhunter

Consider that India had for generations sustained one of the highest densities of population on earth, without any chemical fertilisers, pesticides, exotic dwarf strains of grain or ‘bio-tech’ inputs. And it did it without degrading the soil. That is according to the evidence provided by Arun Shrivastava. What is truly impressive, however, is he then goes on to demonstrate that in the 18th and 19th centuries India achieved better productivity levels with organic methods than those of the 'green revolution'. For all these considerations, what we witness from powerful interest groups is an on-going campaign to denigrate and marginalise organic-based farming and systems based on it

Rohith Vemula’s Death: A Noose Around The BJP’s Neck
By Anand Teltumbde

Rohith’s death exposed the multilayered injustice of the saffron establishment. Entire student community, barring of course the ABVP, came out spontaneously condemning the hindutva hooliganism. It exposed the dalit leaders who failed even to speak out against their political patrons in the face of such monumental injustice. The dalits who were fooled by them into voting for the Hindutva forces have slowly woken up to see their folly

Of Rohith Vemula And Yashica Dutt : Dalit Identity Assertion
As An Instrument Of Resistance

By Narendra Kumar Arya

Success matters, but it also matter, how you achieve it. Act of individual success and its social repercussions to the whole society, matter even more. Here lies the iconic symmetry between the Dalit movement and Rohith Vemula, and ends the relevance of Yashica Dutt’s individual story of success to Ambedkarite ideology. Ambedkarite movement does not value individual emancipation at the neglect of entire community left for suffering

Stand Up For Justice For Dalit And Marginalized Groups
By Indian Christian Women’s Movement

We call upon all right thinking citizens to stand up and oppose any kind of acts of violence and injustice meted out to Dalit and marginalized groups. We call upon all Indian citizens especially those who profess to represent us in parliament to take an oath to put an end to violence against Dalits and marginalized groups and ensure that they enjoy all the rights that are enshrined in the constitution of our country on an equal footing with others

Rewriting History of Partition: Narratives Of
Four Generations of Pakistanis And Indians

By Yasir Bashir

The memories of partition are not just traumatic for its survivors, but are also still capable of reviving old biases and igniting violence. The fact is that those memories are not dead. They are handed down from one generation to another. The probing questions posed by Anam during the interviews might have helped these survivors of the partition to revisit their past and negotiate with their memories. Memories should never be suppressed. So it is necessary to remember the bloodbath of the partition- not to revive old religious prejudices and animosities, but to use it as a corrective catalyst to pre-empt its recurrence

India-Pakistan Peace: Breaking Kashmir Impasse
By Arshad M Khan

On the subcontinent, where the old grammar of discourse on the central issue has become a dead-end alley, peace and a prosperous future require protean attitudes and an abandonment of ossified stances. "[W]e know what we are, but know not what we may be ...". The devolution model offers a non-violent prospect and its possibilities

Does Bangladesh Need Development Before Democracy?
By Taj Hashmi

Liberal democracy isn’t an impediment to development, rather democracy is development; it’s the epitome of human achievement and development, it’s the “End of History”. Liberal democracy is the most powerful weapon against terrorism. Leading counterterrorism experts believe, denial of democracy, the rule of law, human rights and human dignity are the main factors behind the rise of terrorism, Islamofascism, and anarchy in the Muslim World. Turbulent Bangladesh no longer can afford to wait for the elusive “development”, before it becomes a fully-fledged liberal democracy

President Obama's Visit To Mosque And Presidential Race
By Abdus Sattar Ghazali

The seven million strong American Muslim community has welcomed the visit of President Barrack Obama to Maryland mosque where the President called on Americans to embrace their common humanity and reject the inexcusable political rhetoric emanating from the presidential campaign trail

10 Signs That America Is the Most Corrupt Nation
By Gary Corseri

A poem based on an article by Juan Cole—at Truthdig

Is Egyptian Youth Scared Of Another Revolution?
By Shubhda Chaudhary

Scared or not scared, the frustrations of the Egyptian youth and piling up and only time will reveal if they have matured enough to have a thought leadership in their actions so that Arab Spring does not fail again in their country

06 February , 2016

Aafia Siddiqui's Mother's Moving Letter To Obama
By Ismat Siddiqui

Here is an open letter from political prisoner Aafia Siddiqui's mother to the President of the US. Dr. Fowzia Siddiqui and her mother Ismat live in their family home in Karachi with Dr. Aafia Siddiqui's children who were restored to them when she was brought to the United States for trial and incarceration. They have worked tirelessly for Aafia's release since she was abducted in 2003

Oil Price Fall Brings Significant Losses For Big Producers
By Nick Beams

The downturn in oil prices is not only contributing to the lack of global demand—Apple pointed to the decline in demand from emerging markets as one reason for the expected first-ever decline in iPhone sales—it is working to create the conditions for a renewed financial crisis if oil-exporting countries default on their debts.Venezuela could be the first in line. Other oil-exporting countries are being caught in the price vortex

Climate Change: We Are All In This Together
By Jeff Berg

It was about 70,000 years ago when humanity was reduced to a thousand or so breeding pairs in Africa. Is this really the circle we want to complete for our children? Only this time in Iceland? One thing is for certain. For the first time in a very long time. We are all in this together

U.S. Now Overtly At War Against Russia
By Eric Zuesse

NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg announced on February 2nd that he approves of U.S. ‘Defense' Secretary Ash Carter's proposal to quadruple U.S. armaments and troops in Europe, against ‘Russian aggression.'

The Marxist, The Psychoanalyst, The Literary Critic And The Lonely Storyteller
By Gaither Stewart

I like to imagine Sartre and Camus sitting at their table in Café de Flore on Paris’ Boulevard St. Germain exchanging experiences and thoughts. In my imagination Sartre might say something like: “The bourgeoisie’s support for liberals has always been and always will be a great mystification to confuse the revolutionary. That is the reason for our mistrust of bien-pensant liberals, yesterday as today. The more liberals turn to the Right, the happier the bourgeoisie and the greater its support for ‘liberal’ causes. And therefore the marriage of (bourgeois) liberal democracy and market capitalism.”

05 February , 2016

UN Panel Finds Assange's Detention Illegal And Recommends Compensation
By Countercurrents.org

A UN legal panel has ruled that Wikileaks founder Julian Assange should be allowed go free and be compensated for his "deprivation of liberty". The UN's Working Group on Arbitrary Detention said that Assange's detention "should be brought to an end, that his physical integrity and freedom of movement be respected". "Assange should be afforded the right to compensation," it added

Freeing Julian Assange: The Final Chapter
By John Pilger

One of the epic miscarriages of justice of our time is unravelling. The United Nations Working Group on Arbitrary Detention — — the international tribunal that adjudicates and decides whether governments comply with their human rights obligations — has ruled that Julian Assange has been detained unlawfully by Britain and Sweden

Social Control Is Emerging As ISIS (Da’ish) Motive
For Erasing Our Cultural Heritage In Syria

By Franklin Lamb

It is widely recognized that the damage done to our cultural heritage in Syria and to the heritage of those who will follow us, cannot be calculated. Untold quantities of archaeologically vital artifacts have been looted, sold, displaced and discarded through industry-like efforts

Israeli Court “Freezes” Dying Journalist’s Detention
By Charlotte Silver

Israel’s high court froze the administrative detention of Muhammad al-Qiq on Thursday afternoon, citing his critical medical condition. The high court ordered al-Qiq to remain in the Israeli hospital for observation and treatment. In a separate ruling on Thursday, the high court ruled to allow al-Qiq’s shackles to be removed. But al-Qiq said he will continue his strike until “martyrdom or freedom.” Al-Qiq has refused all medical treatment and nourishment during his strike

Obama Readies To Fight In Libya, Again
By Jack A. Smith

Nearly five years after the U.S., Britain and France launched a bombing campaign against the Libyan government to bring about regime change, these same countries are contemplating a resumption of the war they thought was won when rebel forces they supported grotesquely tortured to death the country's leader, Col. Muammar Gaddafi

Is Bernie Sanders A Socialist?
By William Blum

“Self-described socialist” … How many times have we all read that term in regard to Vermont senator Bernie Sanders? But is he really a socialist? Or is he a “social democrat”, which is what he’d be called in Europe? Or is he a “democratic socialist”, which is the American party he has been a member of (DSA – Democratic Socialists of America)? And does it really matter which one he is? They’re all socialists, are they not?

Europe Is Built On Corpses And Plunder
By Andre Vltchek

Andre Vltchek's speech at the Italian Parliament, accusing Europe of being built on plunder, rape and murder

As Its Hometown Of Flint Remains Poisoned, GM Makes Record 2015 Profit
By Jerry White

General Motors announced yesterday that it made a record $11 billion in pre-tax profits in 2015. The Detroit-based auto giant, the third largest auto company in the world, made $6.3 billion in profits in the fourth quarter alone, beating Wall Street expectations.While the company is paying out billions to its richest investors, residents in Flint, Michigan—the birthplace of GM—have been poisoned by lead, largely due to decades of toxins the automaker dumped into the Flint River. While state and local officials ignored resident complaints about the taste, color and odor of the tainted water, in December 2014 GM quietly stopped using the river-supplied water at its local engine plant because of corrosion to its parts. The company’s employee drinking fountains and ice machines, however, continued to use the poisoned water

Syrian War Negotiations Collapse After Two Days
By Thomas Gaist

A United Nations arbitrator suspended international negotiations over the war in Syria on Wednesday. New talks have been scheduled to begin in three weeks. According to UN Syria envoy Staffan de Mistura, the cancellation of the talks was immediately prompted by the advance of Russian-backed Syrian government forces into key areas surrounding the city of Aleppo, breaking a three-year-old “rebel” siege of two Shia villages and cutting a supply line for the US-backed Islamist militias from Turkey

Loyal Customer Confronts Rude Laundry Owner.
You Won’t Believe What Happened Next

By Mickey Z.

As I dried my clothes, I felt melancholy. I felt sad for this lost man who scowled far more than he smiled. I felt sad for a world in which profit and greed have displaced community. I felt sad for having waited eight years to break down the walls between myself and the laundry owner

Book Review: Apartheid In Palestine
By Dr. Ludwig Watzal

Apartheid in Palestine" is a valuable guidance in the struggle for justice in Palestine. Ghada Ageel gathered activists, indigenous Palestinians and scholars, which do not represent the worn-out media views that the public is tired of hearing. The authors believe that peace to the region can only come if justice is done to Palestinians and if their rights, denied for decades by Israel and the international community, are met

A Tale Of Two Temples
By B.F. Firos

In Utter Pradesh, Mohammed Akhlaq was killed following a call from a temple. Thousands of kilometers away, in a village in Kerala, a temple shut down for two days as a mark of respect over the death of a Muslim youth

04 February , 2016

Bangalore Racist Attack: A Reflection Of Sickeningly Racist Indian Society
By Saswat Pattanayak

Torching down of vehicle in Bangalore of a Tanzanian woman on Sunday, who was also paraded naked by a lynch mob, is just a reflection of how sickeningly racist Indian society is. A racist lot, a casteist lot - but even worse, violently a in-denial lot. This has happened way too many times now to invoke any shock

Fragmented Discourse Of A Fractured System
By Srestha Banerjee

Just when Rohith Vemula's death was being dissected over caste controversy, the racist India could not afford to remain left behind. Thus the dignity of a Tanzanian student had to be stripped off

Atulya Bharat Or Bina Mulya Bharat
By Dr. Vivek Kumar Srivastava

This is not Indian tradition that a person, that too a women, moreover from a foreign land be beaten, stripped in front of all those who claim to be inheritor of Great Indian Culture. Sad is to learn none except one came for her rescue and when she tried to board the bus, she was thrown back. The way the Tanzanian women was treated is reprehensible, unacceptable and unbearable

Assad's Forces Rout American-Backed Jihadists At Golan Heights 
By Eric Zuesse

A major U.S.-backed assault to win Syria's crucial Golan Heights, by jihadist rebels of the Free Syrian Army (FSA), Jabhat Al-Nusra (Syria's branch of Al-Qaeda), and Harakat Ahrar Ash-Sham (the largest rebel group in Syria, though it's ignored by Western news-media), was repelled on Saturday morning, January 30th, by the army of the non-sectarian Syrian government, the Syrian Arab Army, which are the forces of Syria's non-sectarian Shiite President Bashar al-Assad and his ideologically non-sectarian Ba'ath Party, the only political force in Syria that insists upon separation of church and state

The Logic Of Hunger Striking Palestinians: When Starvation Is A Weapon
By Ramzy Baroud

By Friday, January 29, Palestinian journalist Mohammed al-Qeq had spent 66-days on hunger strike in Israeli jails. Just before he fell into his third coma, a day earlier, he sent a public message through his lawyers, the gist of which was: freedom or death. Al-Qeq is 33-years of age, married and a father of two. Photos circulating of him online and on Palestinian streets show the face of a bespectacled, handsome man. The reality though is quite different. “He's in a very bad situation. He fell into his third coma in recent days, and his weight has dropped to 30 kilograms (66 pounds),” Ashraf Abu Sneina, one of al-Qeq's attorneys, told Al Jazeera. Al-Qeq was arrested under yet another notorious Israeli law called the ‘administrative detention’ law

The Day In 1937 When Casco Workers In Bridgeport Sat Down On The Job
By Andy Piascik

It was an event that lasted less than a day and involved only 50 people directly. It was organized, led and carried out by everyday workers and thus contradicted the mainstream narrative that only big people make history. Many of the participants were women so their actions were thus further dismissed, even ridiculed. Yet as the great historian Howard Zinn might have put it, mostly unknown and forgotten people occupied the Casco factory in Bridgeport in 1937 and struck a blow for themselves and workers in the city as a whole

"Lies, Lies And More Lies" - GMOs, Poisoned Agriculture And Toxic Rants
By Colin Todhunter

Have you ever read all of those pro-GMO scientists-cum-lobbyists professing their love of science? They are always talking about how science must prevail over ignorance and ideology then they play on the public’s ignorance by using ideology and sloganeering to try to get their points across. As as been well documented, it is the pro-GMO lobby/industry that distorts and censors science, captures regulatory bodies, attacks scientists whose findings are unpalatable to the industry and bypasses proper scientific and regulatory procedures altogether

The “Leaders” And The “People”: Who Failed Whom?
By Mohammad Ashraf

The debate as to who has let down whoneeds to first consider the ground situationinKashmir and the actions of its two neighbours, overt as well as covert!

03 February , 2016

Netherlands To Begin Bombing Islamic State In Syria
By Josh Varlin

Prime Minister Mark Rutte’s announcement on January 29 that the Dutch cabinet had decided to begin bombing the Islamic State (IS, also known as ISIS or ISIL) in Syria marks a dramatic escalation of the Netherlands’ involvement in the US-led campaign. Six Dutch F-16 planes based in Jordan started bombing IS in Iraq in October 2014, although only four are currently engaged in bombing runs

Israel Spying And Harassing Human Rights Groups
By Shubhda Chaudhary

In order to prevent further damage to the image of Israel, it is now harassing its human rights groups. A recent revelation by award-winning British author and journalist Jonathan Cook delves deeper into how Israel is silencing the voices of human rights groups

Once Unstoppable, Tar Sands Now Battered From All Sides
By Ed Struzik

In the summer of 2014, when oil was selling for $114 per barrel, Alberta’s tar sands industry was still confidently standing by earlier predictions that it would nearly triple production by 2035. Companies such as Suncor, Statoil, Syncrude, Royal Dutch Shell, and Imperial Oil Ltd. were investing hundreds of billions of dollars in new projects to mine the thick, highly polluting bitumen. What a difference 18 months makes. The tar sands now has no takers!

Food In A Not Too Distant Future
By Wayne Roberts

The report identifies 16 benefits of reorganizing food production around self-reliant (as distinct from self-sufficient) and mutually-enriching (symbiotic) regions. My proposed addition of 17 more benefits reveals my excitement for what I’ll call “complementary regionalism” where needs of one group are matched by the strengths of another and vice versa, starting with the fact that a city population needs a lot of food and a nearby countryside produces a lot of food. Together, if I do say so myself, the two lists add up to a pretty impressive catalogue of 33 strong reasons for food advocates to endorse this “complementary foodshed” direction for a future that’s not-too-distant

Caste Is The Cruellest Exclusion
By Gail Omvedt

Caste is a form of social exclusion that is firmly entrenched because it is justified by religious scriptures. Brahmanic theory gave religious sanction to an unequal society. This article traces both the history of caste and the history of opposition to it

Why I Support Gay Rights..
By Parvin Sultana

The sexual minorities continue to be a community pushed into the shadows, forced to live a double life which has affected many other lives as well when homosexual individuals are forced to enter heterosexual relationships. Right to a dignified life and right to love cannot be denied and decided on the basis of ideas of popular morality, culture, tradition and religious principles. An outdated law that does not take into account consent and agency of individuals, and apparently has nothing to do with protection of women, children and public health has long past its utility and is no more than a colonial legacy as well as baggage which a modern democracy should shed off

Government Should Listen To The Local People:
A Case Of Khandadhar Hills, Odisha

By Dr. Vivek Kumar Srivastava

As the globalisation is on march and the marginalized people are at the receiving end. The impacts are uncountable and unbearable. The recent impacts are being born by the tribals of the Khandadhar area in the state of the Odisha where mining can be done by the big companies

Sri Lanka: A Suggested Overall Framework For Reconciliation Discourse
By Basil Fernando

The author is sharing this writing, with a suggested over all frameworkfor reconcilation discourse in Sri Lanka. It is meant to provoke thought and discussion. Responsiblity for this view is the author’s alone

Rohith Vemula: Hindutva Politics And Dalit Question Today
By Ram Puniyani

The death of Rohith Vemula has been projected as suicide by some and murder by others, depending on their political orientation. Rohith’s being dalit and his participation in Ambedkar Students Association (ASA) and active contribution to this politically vibrant dalit group is the major cause of his death. Apart from issues directly related to dalits, this association did raise the issues related to democratic rights which are relevant today, like beef eating, opposition to death penalty; as was given to Mumbai blast accuses Yakub Memon and went on to screen the film Muzzafarnagar Baki hai. This film on Muzzafarnangar violence (2013) exposes the role of communal forces

From Khairlanji To Hyderabad: What Post-Outrage?
By Samar

Rohith Vemula’s suicide will not be just another suicide in the statistical records of the National Crime Records Bureau. It will not be so in the same way the 2006 massacre in Khairlanji was not. These two cases separated by almost a decade, are far more than a statistic of ordinary crime, such as that committed in a fit of rage or planned in cold blood; they are a comment on the very body politic of the republic. They expose the lies that the Republic has repeated so many times that it has started believing in them. They expose the myth that India has a functioning – even if inadequate – justice system, capable of delivering what it promises. They betray the fact that all Indians are not equal in front of the law, definitely not the ones condemned to live at the bottom rungs of the social hierarchy created by the caste system

02 February , 2016

China Announcing 400,000 Steelworker Job Cuts
By Samuel Davidson

An estimated 400,000 steelworkers in China will lose their jobs, in line with plans to slash crude steel production capacity by between 100 million and 150 million tons. The announcement was posted Sunday on government web sites, and reports a decision made by the State Council on January 22 to cut steel, coal and other basic industrial production in response to the global slump and declining growth in China

Seeing Flight As A Non-Violent Option: One Way To Change
The Discourse About The World’s 60 Million Refugees

By Erica Chenoweth & Hakim Young

Seeing flight as a non-violent option will better equip the informed public to contest exclusionary rhetoric and policies, elevate a new discourse that empowers more moderate politicians, and widen the range of policy options available to respond to the current crisis

WAAAHHHH…But We Don’t Wanna Get Arrested!!
By Mike Ferner

As the macho, gun-toting, testosterone-addled cowboys who took over the wildlife refuge in Oregon call it quits, their pitiful whine can be heard all the way to Florida: “Waaahhh…but we don’t wanna get arrested…” So much for the rugged-individualists and badass proponents of personal responsibility. Let’s see what happens as their armed insurrection winds down. How will the system treat the militant bullyboys?

Politics On The Plate: Mob Wives, Seeds And Salt
By Colin Todhunter

Protest and action against widespread oppression, violence and exploitation has to be focussed. As in Gandhi’s time, it is again food that is playing a central role in raising awareness and provoking resistance

Insane UN Claim: Bandung-Creative City
By Andre Vltchek

Very often then, what is obviously black is redefined and propagated as white. Something dreadful is hailed as a great indisputable achievement. And some totally collapsed, failed country or city is suddenly singled out and showered with praises and rewards. This is exactly what took place in 2015, when the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) put the Indonesian city of Bandung on its newly created list of “World Creative Cities”

Is Being Gay A Crime In India?
By Shubhda Chaudhary

In order to fully protect transgender groups, nations must both overcome binary gender constraints and de-couple gender identity with sexual orientation. Society must imagine a plurality of genders and sexualities all with equal protections under the law. With this mindset, a new fundamental right emerges: the freedom to determine one’s own identity as inherently pluralistic. Indians accept the presence of the transgender community, but they are still kept away because of the ‘homosexuality’ connotation that transgenders carry with them

Women’s Reservation : The Road And The Blocks
By Sanjeev Chandan

If the women leaders and agitators have not succeeded in getting women’s reservation implemented even after struggling for 20 long years, it may be because of their ambivalence on commitment to the basic principle of equality in a democratic set-up. These ifs and buts provide the proponents of male domination an escape route. That is why representation for women does not figure in the bills tabled in the Rajya Sabha and that is why the maledominated establishment keeps putting off its enactment by demonizing the supporters of “reservation within reservation”

Why Are Smart Cities Being Shoved In The Public's Throat?
By Aayush Anand

The glitz and glimmer of Smart Cities is a marketing gimmick. What they are actually selling to us is a dark authoritarian landscape in which the definition of appropriate behavior will become so narrow that even the most finical violation of norms will be met with exclusion from the society. Everything shiny is not progress and Smart City is definitely not

Writers Gather In In Dandi In Gujarat To Oppose Communalism
By Vidyadhar Date

It was a highly inspiring gathering on January 30 at Dandi, the site of Mahatma Gandhi’s famous salt satyagraha of 1930.. Hundreds of writers, artistes and activists from different parts of the country travelled at their own expense to support Gandhian values and oppose communal forces

Countercurrents Fundraiser On 27th February In London

There is a fund raising event for Countercurrents.org on 27th February, 2016 at The Hive Dalston, 260-264 Kingsland Rd, London, from 7 PM. The event will pay tribute to Rohith Vemula with music and poetry. Mark your date and be there!

01 February , 2016

Japan Moves To Negative Interest Rates
By Nick Beams

In what was widely regarded as a shock move, the Japanese central bank yesterday cut its base interest rate to minus 0.1 percent. It was a response to continued deflation, amid a weakening domestic economy and fears of the impact of the continued slowdown in China. In its statement, the Bank of Japan (BoJ) said it would “cut the interest rate further into negative territory if judged necessary.”

The Settlers - A Documentary
By Dr. Ludwig Watzal

Shimon Dotan, an Israeli Award-winning filmmaker, screenwriter, and producer, presented his new documentary, "The Settlers", at Sundance Film Festival 2016. Currently, he teaches political cinema at NYU School of Journalism and at the New School University in New York City. The documentary reveals the history and consequences of Israeli settlement policy



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