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"Fixing Global Finance" by Kavaljit Singh

Combination Of Man's Greed And Climate Change Could Be Behind Kashmir Disaster
By Marianne de Nazareth

Walls of swirling brown water, homes and buildings on the banks of the Jhelum being washed away like little match boxes, shades of the Kedarnath tragedy was the thought that crossed one's mind watching TV footage of the Kashmir tragedy. The recent disaster in Kashmir Valley is being increasingly looked at as having been compounded by man, aggravated by reckless “developmental” activities with no regard for nature conservation. On the same lines, the very same lines as Kedarnath

Naomi Klein: 'Ferocious Love' And The Climate Fight To Come
By Jon Queally

If there's a way to adequately condense the central tenet of Naomi Klein's new book, This Changes Everything: Capitalism vs. The Climate, it's the observation that just as the rise of global greenhouse gas emissions coincided with the emergence of neoliberal globalization as the dominant economic paradigm in the late 20th and early 21st centuries, it's also possible that the growing and various social movements that have been building up to counter those dual forces are now converging at just the right moment to help save us from the destructive path humanity now walks

The People’s Climate March: Meet The Next Movement Of Movements
By Naomi Klein

The most important climate gathering next week will not be happening at the UN, but in the streets: thousands upon thousands of us will be sounding the climate alarm, literally, at the historic People’s Climate March on September 21. While the decision was made not to have speeches during the march, at 12:58pm there will be two minutes of silence followed by the unleashing of a chorus of magnificent sound—part of what organizers are describing as a global call for climate justice—complete with church bells and some 32 marching bands

This Changes Things
By Mark Kirkwood Callingham

A MANIFESTO REMIX, Written by Naomi Klein, Rebecca Tarbotton, Malcolm X, Joe Strummer, Mick Jones, David Wolf, George Monbiot, Chief Si'ahl, Art Solomon, M K C

US Prepares For “Generational” War In The Middle East
By Peter Symonds

At a hearing of the Senate Armed Services Committee on Tuesday, US Defence Secretary Chuck Hagel and Joint Chiefs of Staff Chairman Gen. Martin Dempsey set the stage for a massive and protracted expansion of US military operations in Iraq and Syria. “This will require a sustained effort over an extended period of time. It is a generational problem,” Dempsey told the committee

Hell (On Earth) Is For Children
By Mickey Z.

"Stop killing our kids,” warns indigenous author Ward Churchill, “if you want your own to be safe." What's that? You're not killing anybody's kids? Au contraire, mon ami... With nearly half of all U.S. tax dollars going to the military, the vast majority of Americans have contributed to enough death to make Kissinger blush

Ukraine And Neo-Nazis
By William Blum

Ever since serious protest broke out in Ukraine in February the Western mainstream media, particularly in the United States, has seriously downplayed the fact that the usual suspects – the US/European Union/NATO triumvirate – have been on the same side as the neo-Nazis. In the US it’s been virtually unmentionable. I’m sure that a poll taken in the United States on this issue would reveal near universal ignorance of the numerous neo-Nazi actions, including publicly calling for death to “Russians, Communists and Jews”. But in the past week the dirty little secret has somehow poked its head out from behind the curtain a bit

History Does Repeat Itself: Novorossiya, Ukraine And Crimea
By Gaither Stewart

Novorossiya or New Russia, so absent in mainstream media and so present in alternative news sources today, is popularly believed to be a fleeting matter, simply a new name created ex-novo for effect by the local militias of southeastern Ukrainians today fighting and defeating the Ukrainian regular army troops invading their territories. In doing so the people of Novorossiya are also shattering the dream of American President Obama. The truth is the people of this region are closely linked to the history of their lands

Can You Pass The "China Threat" Quiz?
By Jeffrey Rudolph

In terms of both economic and military power, the United States and China are the two most important countries in the world. World stability requires that the US, the established power, and China, the emerging power, effectively work out their differences over issues such as navigation rights in the seas surrounding China and the political status of Taiwan. Perhaps the greatest danger to peace is that China may overestimate its power—thus leading to hubris and aggression—or that the US may overestimate the threat China poses—thus leading to unnecessary fear and confrontation. The main purpose of the following Quiz is to examine China's evolution into an important economic and military power, and to assess the extent of its threat to the US

Lessons Learned In The Bucca Camp 
By Kathy Kelly

We need not choose blindness, or the hatred that lets us be herded in fear. We can reach out with truth, with compassion, with the activist courage that leaps from heart to heart, rebuilding sanity, civility, community, humanity, resistance. We can find hope in our own active work to prove that humanity persists, that history can yearn toward justice and that a love which is in no way comfortable, sentimental bosh remains vigorously at work in a world with such need of it

Demagogue’s Delight: US Extremist Leader Advances Militant Agenda
By Robert Barsocchini

Extremist groups in the US have publicly announced that they are going to violate international law and commit aggression by detonating large-scale explosives inside Syria, without UN member-state Syria’s permission or cooperation, without being attacked, and without UN Security Council authorization, which is legally required. It is countless international terrorist actions like this, combined with silly claims like “We are a nation of laws”, that have made Obama a worldwide laughingstock and tragicomic dunce

If ISIS Were Really a Movie
By David Swanson

ISIS has created a movie preview for the coming war, a war it eagerly wants Washington to take part in. The White House and Congress would like to oblige, as long as the movie can be a short one, on the model of Libya. Here's the plot: Evil force arises out of nowhere; United States destroys it; credits roll. If Libya-The-Movie had begun with years of support for Gadaffi or ended with the disaster left behind, the critics would have hated it. Framing is everything

Obama Has A “Strategy” Now!
By Taj Hashmi

America and its allies want the overthrow of the Syrian and Iranian regimes, and are paradoxically fighting the ISIS, which has also been fighting Assad, and all pro-Iranian elements in Syria and Iraq. One wonders why the enemy’s enemy is not a friend to the West! This “paradox” looks quite ominous

16 September, 2014

Kashmir Floods: An Appeal

This is an appeal from the Pakistan India Peoples’ Forum for Peace & Democracy (PIPFPD), joined by many concerned people – doctors, engineers, lawyers, teachers, social workers, activists and students from across India and the affected areas of Jammu & Kashmir – in writing this appeal letter. We understand that the scale of devastation is unprecedented but we strongly believe that much more needs to be done, on an urgent basis. Towards this, PIPFPD’s has initiated a coordination effort between groups and individuals to help devastated people of J&K get additional support, rescue and relief

Paris Conference Gives Green Light To New Middle East War
By Patrick Martin

A French-sponsored, US-backed international conference on “peace and security in Iraq,” held in Paris Monday, brought together most of the world’s great powers along with a majority of the Arab states to offer political, economic and military backing to the government in Baghdad. The conference issued a communiqué that committed all participants to work together to “eradicate” ISIS and support the newly formed Iraqi government “by any means necessary, including appropriate military assistance.”

UK Terror Hysteria Exposed – Empirical Annual Probability Of
UK Terrorism Death 1 In 16 Million

By Dr Gideon Polya

The West is again in the grip of “terror hysteria” as an asserted justification for illegal and war criminal US-led invasion of Iraq and Syria . Ostensibly impelled by barbarous war crimes by ISIS, the UK has joined the US-led Coalition to destroy the ISIS rebels and has raised the UK “terror threat” level to “severe”. However as described below, it is estimated that the empirical annual probability of a UK resident dying from a preventable cause (e.g. smoking, drinking, obesity, adverse hospital events, violence etc) is 1 in 417, this being 38,000 times higher than the empirical annual probability of a UK resident being killed by a terrorist of about 1 in 16 million

Sacrificing The Vulnerable, From Gaza To America
By Chris Hedges

The people in Gaza deserve to be free. So do we. But do not look to our political mandarins for help, or expect anything but vaudevillian smoke and mirrors from the billions poured into our campaign circus. Look within. We too are powerless. We have undergone a corporate coup d’état in slow motion. It is over. They have won. If we want to wrest power back, to make the consent of the governed more than an empty cliché, we will have to mobilize, to carry out sustained acts of civil disobedience to overthrow—let me repeat that word for the members of Homeland Security who may be visiting us this afternoon—overthrow the corporate state. And maybe, once we have freed ourselves, we can free the people of Gaza

How Historian Shlomo Sand "Stopped Being A Jew"
By Rod Such

“Is not the very fact of defining oneself as a Jew within the State of Israel an act of affiliation to a privileged caste which creates intolerable injustices around itself?” the Israeli historian Shlomo Sand asks, and in turn answers in the affirmative in the very title of his latest book, How I Stopped Being a Jew

RSS Targets Punjab And The Sikh Predominance
By Jaspal Singh Sidhu

The Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS), described by eminent sociologist Ashis Nandy as fountainhead of ‘demonic and seductive Indian religious nationalism’ seems to have put Punjab on its radar. Its chief Mohan Bhagwat finished a five-day ‘training camp’ of RSS at Doraha, near Ludhiana in second week of September (2014) in quick succession to a similar camp at Mansa (south Punjab) organized a few months ago. The Sangh Parivar activists from Punjab, Jammu and Kashmir, Himachal Pradesh and Chandigarh attended these camps. Just before the 2014 Lok Sabha polls Mohan Bhagwat had toured Punjab and camped at Malerkotla, a small pocket of Muslim population in the state

The Epistemological Bias of Indian Conscience
By Iqbal Sonaullah

This is in response to the startling comments and abuses that I received for my piece published on 13th September in Countercurrents.org, from some protectors of ‘Indian nationalism’. I am not a sentimentalist: so I am neither hurt, nor excited. But not writing a response, I think, would be unfair. Certain things, I suppose, need a little more clarification

15 September, 2014

Obama’s “Coalition Of The Willing” Against Syria, Iran
By Peter Symonds

The Obama administration is rapidly putting together a “coalition of the willing” to ramp up its new war of aggression in the Middle East. Using the pretext of “degrading and destroying” Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) militias, Washington has revived its plans, put on hold last year, directed at ousting Syrian President Bashar al-Assad and also aimed against Syria’s backers, Iran and Russia

If You Live In New Zealand, You Are Being Watched: Snowden
By Jon Queally

NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden has penned a firm rebuke to New Zealand Prime Minister John Key, accusing the head of state of "not telling the truth about mass surveillance" and issuing this plainly worded warning to residents of the country: "If you live in New Zealand, you are being watched."

Washington’s War Against Russia
By Paul Craig Roberts

The new sanctions against Russia announced by Washington and Europe do not make sense as merely economic measures. I would be surprised if Russian oil and military industries were dependent on European capital markets in a meaningful way. Such a dependence would indicate a failure in Russian strategic thinking. The Russian companies should be able to secure adequate financing from Russian Banks or from the Russian government. If foreign loans are needed, Russia can borrow from China

Why We March: Stepping Forth For A Planet In Peril
By Eddie Bautista, La Tonya Crisp-Sauray, and Bill McKibben

On Sunday, September 21st, a huge crowd will march through the middle of Manhattan. It will almost certainly be the largest rally about climate change in human history, and one of the largest political protests in many years in New York. More than 1,000 groups are coordinating the march -- environmental justice groups, faith groups, labor groups -- which means there’s no one policy ask. Instead, it’s designed to serve as a loud and pointed reminder to our leaders, gathering that week at the United Nations to discuss global warming, that the next great movement of the planet’s citizens centers on our survival and their pathetic inaction

Achilles Heel of Narendra Modi Is Nuclear Power
By Buddhi Kota Subbarao

If according to Barack Obama, every four minutes another American home or business is going solar, why should India invest heavily on nuclear electricity – amounting to more than 5 lakh crore rupees? Why India should not commit all that money to solar, wind, hydro, bio-fuels and on plans for conservation of electricity? If the dangerous nuclear electricity path is abandoned and the money is diverted to solar, wind, hydro, and bio-fuels will it not immensely improve employment opportunities in India, apart from realising safe and clean electricity production?

Nation Of Cowards
By John Chuckman

Turning a blind eye to the Holocaust three-quarters of a century ago was an unforgivable thing, but in at least one very real sense, it is now even more culpable the way the West turns a blind eye to Israel’s horrors. The Holocaust was perpetrated in great secrecy, and there was no Internet or international media equipped with satellites to tell the world what was happening. There was no United Nations or other international organizations watching. Today, what Israel does is everywhere to be seen. People in America eat their suppers watching Israeli jets bombing homes. Without much effort you can find images of Palestinian children with portions of their heads missing. And we all saw the Israelis from Sderot sit in lawn chairs on a bluff in the evening breeze laughing and applauding as women and children writhed in agony far below much like ants being stepped on

Palestinian Reconciliation At Crossroads
By Nicola Nasser

President Mahmoud Abbas and the Fatah movement, which he commands, have unleashed a media campaign against Hamas and the resistance. If pressure from the Palestinian public fails to stop the campaign, Abbas may achieve politically what Israel failed to achieve militarily: forcing the Palestinian presidency to choose “peace with Israel” over national reconciliation

Ransoms Have Been Paid In The Recent Past - Then Why Were
David Haines, Steven Sotloff & James Foley Sacrificed?

By Feroze Mithiborwala

precedents exist whereby the governments of the US, UK & other European nations have all negotiated with terrorists & have paid out millions of dollars to ensure that their citizens are freed from captivity. Yet in the case of Foley, Sotloff & Haines, the governments deliberately chose not to

We'll Never Learn
By Tim Gatto

America is on the verge of another "Crusade". Of course they are not telling us this directly, but the mass media has lined up its "polls" and has concluded that 90% of Americans want to defeat ISIS or ISIL or IS (whatever). The reason for this is because of the beheadings of two Americans and a Brit. Understandable, right?

14 September, 2014

US Bypasses Security Council On Impending Invasion Of Syria
By Thalif Deen

The United States has refused to go before the UNSC for authorization and legitimacy – even if it means suffering a veto by Russia or China or both

What Will It Take To Create Climate Justice?
By Margaret Flowers and Kevin Zeese

All of the elements required to create climate justice seem to be in place. The climate movement can put hundreds of thousands on the streets, organize creative civil resistance, get thousands to risk arrest and mobilize blockades of tar sands, fracking, oil pipelines and mountain top removal

Good News On The Recovery Of Earth's Ozone Layer
By Marianne de Nazareth

“There are positive indications that the ozone layer is on track to recovery towards the middle of the century. The Montreal Protocol – one of the world's most successful environmental treaties – has protected the stratospheric ozone layer and avoided enhanced UV radiation reaching the earth's surface,” said UN Under-Secretary-General and UNEP Executive Director Achim Steiner

Carbon Bomb Blows Up Near West Point
By Tarak Kauff & Katherine Ball

On Tuesday morning, a 30-foot carbon bomb blew up in the airspace over the Hudson River in front of West Point Military Academy. An inflatable bomb pressurized with carbon dioxide, hydrogen, and oxygen contained in outer shell of silver radiant barrier foil, the carbon bomb was manufactured as part of a research program coordinated by the inflatable fabrication group Tools for Action. Lettering on the side of the bomb read, "US Military: Largest consumer of oil, largest emitter of CO2."

Aryadan Muhammed or 'Aryan' Muhammed ?
By K. P. Sasi

Kerala Minister Aryadan Muhammed has come out with a statement that his great grand parents were Hindus. This has created a celebrative mood in the face book among the Sangh Parivar, with an attitude: `We told you so, you guys came from us’. It has also created resentment and confusion among some of the Muslims

PR Mind Control: Even Better Than The Real Thing
By Mickey Z.

I could go on and on detailing the damage done by Edward Bernays and his ilk yet never keep up with the deluge. In the era of social media and a 24-hour news cycle, we are now exposed to more propaganda than ever before as Bernays’ PR progeny continue refining and honing their skills -- keeping us passive, divided, and distracted

Piketty For Progressives -- Part 3
By Thomas Riggins

The distribution of wealth becomes, for Piketty, the most important area of study if we are to understand the growth of inequality. To determine this we must collect data on the economic history of many countries and forecast future developments by a scientific understanding of past and present trends

Book Review: Confess The Bleak
By Nilantha Ilangamuwa

The latest autobiography written by an eminent human rights defender and jurist, Basil Fernando, a self-exiled son of this nation, is able to light the candle of new discourse with rich narratives of his personal life. This is a careful selection of his life story which takes up a quarter of his life as a human rights activist and a poet. Most certainly Basil has faced a great deal more in his seven decades of life but for some reason he has chosen to ignore much of it while writing this autobiography

Outsourcing Love: Globalization, Care Economy
And Its Impact On Social Relations Within Families

By Shalu Nigam

The economic growth in India is not resulting in equitable distribution of wealth, resources or improvement in quality of life for all its inhabitants. Moreover, globalization is making a drastic impact on social relations as well as love, care, and emotions within a family, and in general, creating a situation which is adverse for women and children. It may be said that the city is becoming a symbol of a power, status, sumptuousness, opulence and affluence where the desire for money, wealth, status and professional achievement is surpassing the desire for love, care, affection and above all humaneness

Garba Mana Hain
By Manasi Gandhi

"One swallow doesn't make a summer" is the response given by BJP spokesperson Jay Narayan Vyas to the statement made by Madhya Pradesh BJP vice president and MLA, Usha Thakur, seeking a ban on entry of Muslim youths in 'garba' in MP, during the festive navratri. She has come out with 11 point guidelines, which consist of checking the voter ids of the youth trying to enter the garba pandal . There are also guidelines on the 'dress code' for girls, decent to be precise, to defend themselves from the so called 'love jihad'

13 September, 2014

Kashmir’s Epic Floods: Anger Mounts As Hundreds Of Thousands Still Stranded
By Countercurrents

Authorities in Pakistan and India are struggling to cope with raging monsoon floods which have killed more than 460 people, displaced nearly a million people, and still threaten many more

Indian Army In Kashmir Floods: Demystifying The Truth
By Iqbal Sonaullah

When people of Srinagar rejected any help from Indian army and stopped their choppers—a part of propagandist-rescue-operation—from landing, the rhetorical embellishment about Army’s role instantly perished. This is the truth about Kashmir: even in the state of absolute crisis India’s manipulating assistance is unwelcome

How The Monsoon Has Changed
By Sunita Narain

On the one hand, we are mismanaging our water resources, intensifying floods and droughts. On the other hand, climate change is beginning to make the country even more vulnerable, because of the increased frequency of extreme weather events

“ISIS –An American-CIA-Mossad-Saudi Intel Covert Operation”
By Feroze Mithiborwala

In terms of the rise of the ISIS (Islamic State of Iraq & Syria) the question that we must ask ourselves is that, is it possible for a terrorist organization to grow as powerful as on view, without the backing of certain nations & intelligence agencies? This is precisely what we will seek to achieve

Islamic State And The American Way Of War: The New Enemy Creation Process
By Steve Breyman

Propagating an endless steam of new enemies transforms war into a permanent enterprise that generates trillions in debt, billions in profits, and millions of security clearances. New bureaucracies are built. Old ones are strengthened and expanded. Militarization transforms formerly civilian police forces and once quiet international borders

Say ‘No’ To War And Media Propaganda
By Mairead Maguire

While the United States, United Kingdom and NATO are pushing for war with Russia, it behoves people and their governments around the world to take a clear stand for peace and against violence and war, no matter where it comes from.We are at a dangerous point in our history of the human family and it would be the greatest of tragedies for ourselves and our children if we simply allowed the war profiteers to take us into a third world war, resulting in the death of untold millions of people

Obama Iraq War And Obama Syrian War Will Both Involve US Alliance In 12 Types Of War Crimes
By Dr Gideon Polya

President Barack Obama has announced the Obama Iraq War, the Obama Syrian War and indeed an explicitly adumbrated Obama War on Indigenous Muslim rebels “wherever they are”. These Obama wars will involve commission of war crimes in 12 technical areas by US state terrorism and US Alliance state terrorism

Obama Takes Hypocrisy To New High Levels
By Alan Hart

So in my view THE question is this. Is there anything that could be done to change the dynamics of the conflict in and over Palestine that became Israel in order to improve the prospects for America taking the lead in calling Israel to account for its defiance of international law and crimes?

ISIS And Israel Allies Against A Palestinian State
By Jonathan Cook

The recent New York Times advertisement and Netanyahu’s depiction of Hamas and ISIS, or Islamic State, as “branches of the same poisonous tree” is a travesty of the truth

Losing The Plot: Israel's Premier To Face New Gaza Reality
By Ramzy Baroud

Netanyahu’s war-turned-genocide in Gaza has backfired badly - his strategy has helped resurrect Hamas, the very movement he tried desperately to crush

Let Us See Through Our Victims’ Eyes
By William A. Cook

By acting against the Constitution the President, in like manner, acts contrary to the will and the dictates of the people, and consequently must and should be brought to trial. Indeed, as Robertson points out “The charges against Milosevic at the Hague convey the same idea—the responsibility of the commander for all the natural and probable consequences of his command.” What alternative does the American citizen have then to take back their rights through the International Courts by bringing their own leaders before the law as Cooke did the King in 1649

32 Years After The Sabra-Shatila Massacre: Tension Mounts In Lebanon’s Teeming Camps….
By Franklin Lamb

They are beginning to arrive at Shatila Palestinian camp in Beirut this weekend. “They” being people of good will from around the world, many of whom annually visit Martyr’s Square in Shatila as well as some of Lebanon’s 11 other Palestinian Refugee Camps. It is the 32nd anniversary of the Sabra and Shatila massacre, and commemorative events are scheduled all next week

Warning To War Supporters
By David Swanson

I know you mean well. I know you think you've found a bargain that nobody else noticed hidden in a back corner of the used car lot. Let me warn you: it's a clunker. Here, I'll list the defects. You can have your own mechanic check them out

Bangladesh On A Slippery Slope
By Fazal M. Kamal

While the world is watching with intense trepidation developments in what are known as hotspots around the globe---i.e. Iraq, Syria, Ukraine, Palestine-Israel---a major catastrophic setting is being created in a country that, unfortunately, is more often in the news for all the wrong reasons. Especially after the non-election earlier this year the ruling party in Bangladesh has evidently embarked on an obviously well-thought-out project of enacting laws that will build a state structure which will gift the administration the full freedom to ensure that its decisions cannot be questioned on any ground, thereby assuring itself of comprehensive control over all the tentacles of the state

Scottish Independence Conference In london: When Getting Booed
By The Neo-Colonial Left Is Not A Bad Thing, But A Good Thing

By Sukant Chandan

Neo-colonial contradictions amongst the Scottish Independence socialists, neo-colonial contradictions of the british and western white left

US - UK Genocide Against Iraq 1990-2012 Killed 3.3 Million ,
Including 750,000 Children Says Prof. Francis Boyle

By Sherwood Ross

Approximately 3.3 million Iraqis, including 750,000 children, were “exterminated” by economic sanctions and/or illegal wars conducted by the U.S. and Great Britain between 1990 and 2012, an eminent international legal authority says

Ecological Disaster At Polavaram
By Vidya Bhushan Rawat

There are no clear estimates available at the moment but the number of people going to be drowned or displaced by dam under construction across the Godavari River would be nearly half a million if some activists are to be believed. The submergence area is not just in Andhra Pradesh and Telangana but also Odisha and Chhattishgarh but according to government’s own assessment it will be catastrophic

1120th Day Of Struggle Against Koodankulam Nuclear Power Plant
By The Women of Idinthakarai

We invite you to visit us and be with us. We request you to share our dreams and fears. We still do not get adequate safe drinking water, we still do not have good transportation facilities, a suitable hospital or a good road- nothing has changed for us, except that fear has increased. If establishing fear and anxiety in the minds of common people like us is the talisman of development, then that alone has been achieved ever since KKNPP became “operational”

Hand over data for surveillance or face fine $250,000 a day: US threatened Yahoo
By Countercurrents.org

Citing court documents news media including AFP, The Washington Post and BBC said in reports: US authorities threatened to fine Yahoo $250,000 a day if it failed to comply with a secret surveillance program requiring it to hand over user data in the name of national security

Knowing Is One Thing; Doing Is Another Matter...
By Chandi Sinnathurai

The world stood and watched simply mouthing platitudes. Even today, nothing is done to the Tamils – the plight of the poor has worsened in spite of the economic upturn in Sri Lanka

09 September, 2014

Kashmir’s Epic Floods: A Wake Up Call To Climate Change
By Countercurrents

The death toll from floods in India and Pakistan has passed 375 as authorities continue efforts to rescue hundreds of thousands of stranded people. In Indian state of Jammu and Kashmir at least 175 people have been killed, many of them swept away by surging rivers. More than 200 people are now thought to have died in Pakistan, where flood waters have destroyed thousands of homes and large areas of farmland

Kashmir Floods: People Come To Their Own Rescue
By Basharat Ali

In Srinagar, which remains inundated even after three days, young people from areas unaffected by flood have managed whatever they could to recue people. The migrant laborers from different parts of India have also been rescued from their rented places and provided food and shelter at safe locations. Tourists caught in hotels have also been rescued. From areas like Bemina, Rajbagh, Indra Nagar, Humhama, Gogji Bagh, Habba Kadal and other places in the city all rescue and evacuation is done by the volunteers and the media, perhaps not on ground, are fascinated by the rescue and are all praise for the government

Girish Shahane's Straw Man Anti-GMO Activist:
Irrationalism Masquerading As Informed Debate 

By Colin Todhunter

Shahane's attack on Shiva, environmentalists and the ‘irrational left' is based on the notion that rational debate and science should be paramount. Given the actions of the sector as outlined above, there seems little scope for open debate and scientific discourse. There is no room for Merton's lofty scientific ideals in the world of the pro-GMO lobby. Secrecy, intimidation, the co-optation of officials and the hijack of regulatory bodies take precedence

Society of Suicide Bombers: Beyond 9/11
By Mickey Z.

If viewed without bias, one might justifiably characterize modern human behavior as displaying both collective suicidal and homicidal tendencies. We’ve created and sustained a culture that requires relentless consumption and violence in order for it to function as designed. The inevitable outcome -- among many other tragedies -- is irreversible damage to our eco-system, our source of sustenance.Thus, we’re not only killing ourselves; we’re taking almost everything else with us. We’ve become a society of suicide bombers, waging an un-holy war upon ourselves and all forms of life. You might even call it a kamikaze mission

What’s Next For Israel, Hamas, And Gaza?
By Noam Chomsky

For a century, the Zionist colonization of Palestine has proceeded primarily on the pragmatic principle of the quiet establishment of facts on the ground, which the world was to ultimately come to accept. It has been a highly successful policy. There is every reason to expect it to persist as long as the United States provides the necessary military, economic, diplomatic, and ideological support. For those concerned with the rights of the brutalized Palestinians, there can be no higher priority than working to change U.S. policies, not an idle dream by any means

The Astounding Violence Of Israeli Colonialism
By Matt Peppe

To understand the astounding degree of Palestinian suffering, it is necessary to look at the many types of violence inflicted on them for decades by Israeli policies. It goes far beyond the unimaginable death tolls and casualty counts. It won't stop when Israel stops bombing Gaza with fighter jets. It can only be stopped with the overthrow of the Israeli colonial regime

ISIS, Love Jihad And Peaking of Islam Phobia
By Ram Puniyani

How does bring in reason in ‘social thinking' in the face of powerful vested interests who want to use, abuse, religion for their political goals, demonize a religious community is a question not easy to resolve. Challenging the prevalence of ideas of the dominant sections, dominant social powers; is a tall order, which has to be taken up in all seriousness if we want peace and progress in our society

ISIS: The Birth Of A Narrative
By Mirza Yawar Baig

Demanding that Muslims must condemn the ISIS is typical xenophobic and communal nonsense. We don't have to condemn something that we didn't create nor support. Let those who created ISIS condemn it and stop supporting it. Let them freeze their funding which will stop them as surely as a hole in the head. Let their creators and funders understand that they are not fooling anyone. We the people of the world and we the Muslims are more than aware of what is going on and are able to see the schemes behind the events. We are not fooled by the whimpering of captive media who have sold the very spirit of free press and journalism down the drain

What Gujarat Does Today .... Vibrant Gujarat – No Place For Muslims ?
By Subhash Gatade

One learns that recently the National Commission on Minorities wrote to the Gujarat government where businesspeople/traders belonging to the minority community are intimidated/coerced to close their business. And the response by the state government was on expected lines. A senior minister in Ms Anandiben Patel's cabinet completely refuted the allegations and charged the complainants themselves

Terrorism, COINTELPRO, And The Black Panther Party
By Angola 3 News

An interview with law professor Angela A. Allen-Bell

08 September, 2014

Fighting Flares In Eastern Ukraine Despite Ceasefire
By Johannes Stern & Alex Lantier

Fighting in the east Ukrainian cities of Mariupol and Donetsk continued Sunday despite Friday’s cease-fire between the NATO-backed Ukrainian regime in Kiev and pro-Russian separatist forces. The cease-fire was negotiated by Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko and Russian President Vladimir Putin

The West Paves The Road To War With Lies
By Paul Craig Roberts

Official statements from the Russian government indicate that the president and foreign minister continue to rely on the good will of “our Western partners” to work out a reasonable diplomatic solution to the trouble in Ukraine caused by Washington. Not only is there no evidence of this good will in Western capitals, the hostile measures against Russia are increasing. Moreover, hostile measures are on the rise even though their main effect is to disadvantage Europe

Climate Alarm Bells Ring But UN And Obama Administration Fail To Act
By Margaret Flowers & Kevin Zeese

This month, when the United Nations holds climate meetings in New York, people in the US have an opportunity to gather, raise awareness of the roots of the crisis and build a broader movement of movements that cooperates through a unified strategy. We must be clear in our demands and goals and lay a foundation to build a sustainable energy economy that provides universal access to basic necessities from the bottom up

Three Limits To Growth
By Herman Daly

Adopting a steady state economy allows us to avoid being shoved past the economic limit. We could take our time to evaluate new technology rather than letting it blindly push growth that may well be uneconomic. And the steady state gives us some insurance against the risks of ecological catastrophe that increase with growthism and technological impatience

Climate Change Means Lifestyle Change
By John Scales Avery

What then must we do? We must develop a new economic system which will aim at long-run sustainability. Within such a system, the problem of unemployment can be addressed by shifting jobs to the task of building renewable energy infrastructure. Secondly, we must recognize that our usual lifestyles cannot be continued. We must limit our consumption to necessities; and we must travel only when absolutely necessary. If we do not make these changes, we will have lost the struggle for the future

Peace Ecology
By David Swanson

With serendipitous timing, as a big march for the climate, and various related events , are planned on and around the International Day of Peace , Randall Amster has just published an important book called Peace Ecology . This book bridges divides that very much need to be bridged between peace activism and peace academia, and between peace advocacy and environmentalism. This is, in fact, a peace book for deep environmentalists and an environmental book for deep peace advocates

Joan Rivers And Arafat
By Alan Hart

In 2010 Joan Rivers tweeted a joke about her death. “With all the plastic surgery I’ve had, I’m worried when I die God won’t recognise me.” If she was still alive today, I would say to her something like, “If he does recognise you, perhaps you should worry about whether he will forgive you for saying that because they voted for Hamas the Palestinians of the Gaza Strip prison camp deserved what they were getting when Israel was delivering them more death and destruction

Monsanto's Gamble: A Risk Not Worth Taking
By Colin Todhunter

There are particular products that should be held back, though, and the precautionary principle applied. This principle is based on the notion that there is a good chance that a certain item may pose widespread harm to the entire population if released for public consumption. For example, there is enough evidence to suggest that releasing genetically modified (GM) foods onto the market could seriously damage the entire population's health

Our Decadent MSM Proves Stalin Was Right!
By Gary Corseri

On the same day that hundreds of US citizens were arrested, while peacefully protesting for a living wage for fast-food workers, in 150 cities across the United States, I channel-surfed the evening news reports. Every single channel—ranging from Right to Far Right—from ABC, CBS, NBC, CNN to FOX led their “news” broadcasts with tributes to the deceased “comedy legend” Joan Rivers!

Has Microfinance Lost Its Moral Compass?
By The University of Manchester

The industry that provides financial services for people on low-incomes and without access to traditional banking services is morally reprehensible according to new research from The University of Manchester

NATO Wales Summit Gives Dark And Limping Hopes
By Dr. Vivek Kumar Srivastava

NATO has used Ukraine to expand its sphere of influence in and around Russia. The strategy was well thought in the wake of dissolution of USSR after the end of cold war

The Overblown ISIS Threat: Prelude To Another Long War?
By Taj Hashmi

As the meteoric rise of the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS or simply the IS) – Ad-Dawlaht ul-Islamiyya – was enigmatic, so was the capitulation of Iraqi troops to this mysterious group surprising. Despite the misleading name, the terror outfit has no chance of establishing itself as a state, let alone its caliphate dream. Despite the hyped up threat perception, it neither poses an existential threat to any country in the region, nor is it a bigger security threat to the West than al Qaeda. This, however, does not mean that soon, the ISIS will go the IRA or LTTE way, into oblivion. Then again, Western warmongers’ demand for immediate military action in Iraq and Syria sounds ominously familiar. Is the West going to another long-drawn war in the region in the name of ensuring regional and global peace?

ISIS Cover For U.S. War Of Terror
By Ghali Hassan

ISIS is not an indigenous Islamic resistant movement; it is a U.S.-sponsored proxy terrorist force of foreign mercenaries. By creating and demonising ISIS, the West is demonising Muslims and Islam to justify a war of terror and to advance its imperialist-Zionist agenda, regardless of the loss of innocent human lives and the criminal tragedies it creates

Celebrating Onam In Challenging Times
By George Abraham

Today, that dream is being challenged by the forces of communalism which would like turn India on a path towards Hindutva. Yes, there are challenges; however, we all need to dream as individuals, as a society and as a nation. For many of us the dream of prosperity is only half of the puzzle. We might have accomplished them. We may be still missing that spiritual and moral dimension which made Kerala once a land of prosperity, justice and brotherhood

The Sikhs Losing ‘Political Identity’ In India
By Jaspal Singh Sidhu

Contextualizing what Mountbatten had visualized 65 years ago against the Sikhs’ present predicament under the Modi-RSS regime, the things are stark clear; like Indian Muslims, the Sikh minority’s political space seems to be fast shrinking in India. Zoya Hasan, former JNU professor has aptly described the Modi phenomenon as “politics without minorities’ in India

05 September, 2014

At NATO Summit,US And Europe Threaten Russia, Plan Military Action Against ISIS
By Jordan Shilton

The first day of NATO’s summit in Wales was dominated by scheming against Russia and preparations for military action in Iraq and Syria

Can Supermarkets Ever Be Sustainable?
By Rob Hopkins

Can supermarkets ever be sustainable? Walmart’s new boss is on a mission. Will his drive for renewable energy and waste reduction transform the supermarket model?

Jihadism And How It Could Be Isolated, Contained And Defeated
By Alan Hart

I must start by saying that Jihadism is my necessary headline shorthand for violent Islamic fundamentalism in all of its manifestations. In this article I’m going to ask and offer answers to two main questions. The first is – Where does this madness come from? I mean what is it, really, that gives birth and life to violent Islamic fundamentalism?

How And WhyThe USA Has Sponsored Terrorism In The Mid East Since At Least 1948
By Robert Barsocchini

The USA started carrying out coups, assassinating leaders, and sponsoring terrorism and extremists in Syria in 1948, continuing to the present moment, as everyone knows, under Obama

Nine Reasons Why Scots Should Vote Yes For An Independent Scotland
By Dr Gideon Polya

A referendum on whether Scotland should be independent from the UK will take place on Thursday 18 September 2014 . There are many locally and globally important reasons for Scots to vote “Yes” for an Independent Scotland and reject the “No” advice from a plethora of UK Mainstream media, politician and academic presstitutes and from bloody warmongers, war criminals and state terrorists like Barack Obama and Tony Blair who have urged Scots to remain as subjects of the historically and internationally brutal, bloody and exploitative English Establishment

By Gary Corseri

The Children of Light flutter…and depart,
Leaving their questions in the quivering air:
“Why bring us into this pinwheel of sorrow?
Wasn't it better not to be born?”

No One Has To Ask Permission To Fight For Women’s Liberation
By Carol Downer

A Response To Katie Klabusich’s Attack On Stop Patriarchy In Bitch Magazine

The Other 9/11
By Mickey Z.

Whether or not activists will ever mount a serious threat to U.S. hegemony and propaganda remains to be seen. One thing is certain, however: Without such organizing, action, and sacrifice, there will be many more wars and interventions and many more lies told to obscure the truth about them

Falsehoods In The NYT's Editorial, 'Mr. Putin Tests The West In Ukraine'
By Eric Zuesse

A country where a 'news' organization such as that can repeatedly win highly touted prizes for 'journalism' cannot possibly be a democracy, because the voters are being deceived so much, and so thoroughly, on such basic issues, even of war and peace, and of what the country itself is doing, so that to call such a country "democratic" would be to insult democracy itself

Penetrating The Darkness Covering Two Malaysian Airline Disasters
By John Chuckman

In each case, there appears to be only one explanation consistent with known facts

The Failures Of US Foreign/Military Policy
By Jack A. Smith

The United States insists on throwing its formidable weight around and being recognized as world hegemon, but refuses to take any responsibility for the great number of negative results that emanate from its constant military and political interventions in the affairs of other states and regions

Lenin: State And Revolution: Chapter 5 - Withering Away The State, Review (Part One)
By Thomas Riggins

Chapter 5 of State and Revolution has a brief introduction and four sections. Lenin opens by telling us that Marx’s major discussion of the withering way of the state is to be found in his Critique of the Gotha Program. The Gotha Program was the founding document of the SPD in 1875. Although Marx wrote it in 1875, it was not published until 1891, eight years after his death

04 September, 2014

NATO Summit Begins As Anti-Russian Measures Heighten War Danger
By Chris Marsden

Wednesday began with an announcement of at least the outline of a “permanent ceasefire” between Ukraine and Russia, but ended in rhetoric just as warlike as any sounded in the days leading up to today’s NATO summit in Wales

What Is The Truth About ISIS?
By Peter Chamberlin

Why is it that no researchers have asked the question “How did AQI suddenly acquire enough money and equipment to turn a failing terrorist entity into an “Islamic Caliphate” overnight?” Even if they did bully the Free Syrian Army and take their weapons,pull-off a “string of bank robberies,” kidnappings and extortion, AQI could never have come up with enough cash to run an army, or to buy a fleet of shiny new Toyota trucks, or to become one of the best-paying employers in the Middle East, without being on some state’s payroll

Energy East vs. The Climate
By Bill McKibben

By building a movement capable of shutting down the tar sands, we’re standing up for the future of the planet

A Global Warming President Presides Over A Drill-Baby-Drill America
By Michael T. Klare

Considering all the talk about global warming, peak oil, carbon divestment, and renewable energy, you’d think that oil consumption in the United States would be on a downward path. By now, we should certainly be witnessing real progress toward a post-petroleum economy. As it happens, the opposite is occurring. U.S. oil consumption is on an upward trajectory, climbing by 400,000 barrels per day in 2013 alone -- and, if current trends persist, it should rise again both this year and next

Why Peak Oil Refuses To Die
By Richard Heinberg

Ignore peak oil (this could equally be said of climate change), and our view of the global problem-set immediately becomes distorted. We grasp at apparent solutions that turn out to be a useless waste of effort, or worse. Peak oil helps us understand what we’re faced with, and what we must do. It’s a gift wrapped in a curse. And it refuses to go away no matter how often it is pronounced dead

The Evidence: MH17
By Peter Haisenko

Peter Haisenko was a pilot for Lufthansa for 30 years. In the article below he explains his conclusion that the Malaysian airliner downed in Ukraine was hit first by an air-to-air missile from a Ukrainian fighter jet and then by machine gun fire. As Ukrainian air control has refused to release its communications with the airliner and Washington refuses to release its satellite photos, we have to form a judgment based on experience and available evidence. This judgment is superior to unsupported propagandistic claims. The withholding of pertinent information suggests that Washington and/or Kiev are responsible for the downed airliner

Winners And Losers In Gaza: On Victory And False Victory
By Ramzy Baroud

Gaza's ceasefire “celebrations” were not the kind of celebrations that would follow a football match win. To comprehend it as an expression of mere joy is a mistake, and reflects a lack of understanding of Gaza society. It was more of a collective statement by people who lost 2,143 people, mostly civilians, and have over 11,000 wounded and maimed to care for. Let alone the total or partial destruction of 18,000 homes, 75 schools, many hospitals, mosques, and hundreds of factories and shops

Israel’s Incremental Inhumanity Precludes The Right To Demand For Israelis
That Which It So Violently Denies The Palestinian People

By William Hanna

Israel’s ability to continuously cite highfaluting concepts and ethical Judaic principles while simultaneously committing the most heinous of crimes, has become a well-practised national trait that must be challenged and exposed as the manifest criminal fraud which it is

How Israel Won The Battle And Lost The War
By Prakash Kona

This is the sad and stupid plight of the state of Israel that has murdered sleep and lost its appetite for life. No wonder it embarks on the politics of meaningless murder instead of looking for a way to end the occupation whose consequences generations of Israeli children will have to pay for deprived of both "sleep" and "appetite."

The Tragedy of The Greeks
By Atharva Pandit

An article on the current state of immigrants in Greece, attention on whom has increased after the judgement handed out by the High Court, acquitting three farmers who had shot a group of over 100 fruit-pickers in April 2013

Uranium Exports To India: Australia Not Playing Cricket With A Straight Bat
By Anuj Wankhede

There has been talk for the past many years about Australia which has the world's largest known uranium deposits - about 28% - lifting its ban on exporting uranium to India. The visit by the Australian PM Tony Abbott to India and specifically to Delhi on September 5th 2014 is expected to seal a deal which will probably end the 30 year ban on uranium exports to India by Australia

Elections In Kashmir: A Mockery Of Democracy
By Rayees Rasool

Had Indian state been sincere in their efforts and had helped free and fair elections in 87, we have strong reasons to believe that the political scenario in Kashmir would have been different

03 September, 2014

US And NATO Step Up Military Preparations Against Russia
By Niles Williamson

At their meeting this week in Wales, government heads of NATO member countries are expected to approve the creation of a special rapid response force of as many as 4,000 soldiers that could be deployed to any member state within two days. They are also expected to sanction the establishment of an ongoing troop presence in Poland and the Baltic states, as well as the buildup of equipment and arms stockpiles in Eastern Europe

Warning To The World: Washington And Its NATO And EU Vassals Are Insane
By Paul Craig Roberts

Herbert E. Meyer, a nutcase who was a special assistant to the CIA director for a period during the Reagan administration, has penned an article calling for Russian President Putin’s assassination. If we have “ to get him out of the Kremlin feet-first with a bullet hole in the back of his head, that would be okay with us.” As the crazed Meyer illiustrates, the insanity that Washington has released upon the world knows no restraint

Obama’s Paralyzed Presidency And The Push For War
By Shamus Cooke

President Obama is breathing fresh life into the term “lame duck.” At home and abroad the president seems frozen, powerless to confront the most demanding political issues. From foreign wars to Ferguson the president’s lack of audacity seems destined to be his legacy. And while working class people in Ferguson are demanding justice at home, the U.S. establishment is insisting on war abroad

“Law Proposes, And Politics Disposes: Questions Beyond/Beneath ‘Checks And Balances’ ”
By K.M. Seethi

There is a gratuitous twist given to the appointment of retired Justice Sathasivamn as the Governor of Kerala by scholars, lawyers and politicians. The controversy raises more questions about judiciary than about the gubernatorial selection

The Three Stooges of The NYPD Police Unions Should Resign
By Thomas Riggins

The heads of the three police unions in New York City are on the warpath against the head of the United Federation of Teachers because his union was in a civil rights march led by Rev. Al Sharpton on Staten Island Saturday August 23

Lynching: Public Celebration Of Painful Experience Of The Marginalised
By Kamalakar Duvvuru

The high caste tries to do anything, even lynching if it requires, to stop Dalits grow economically and educationally, so that the latter will never reach their level and challenge high caste supremacy. This is the underlying cause of some of the lynchings that have happened across India and of the real situation in educational institutions

From The Margins: Revisiting The Concept Of `Marginalized Women’
By Shalu Nigam

A few days back, I attended a seminar on `Violence Against Marginalized Women and Gender Justice’. The seminar discussed about issues relating to various subgroups within the category `women’ like widows, dalit women, tribal women, refugee women, so on and so forth. The deliberations made me think as to who constitute `marginalized women’ when `women’ being women are marginalized in the patriarchal world

02 September, 2014

NATO's "Military Hysteria" Undermines Hope For Peace
In Ukraine, Says Russia

By Jon Queally

In response to threats from NATO that it will be expanding its military capabilities eastward, Russia on Tuesday countered by saying such moves will only result in military recalibrations of its own

Iraq Has WMDs And Russia Has Invaded!
By David Swanson

The U.S. media has repeatedly been claiming that Russia has invaded Ukraine. They claim it for a while, and there's obviously been no invasion, so they pause. Then they claim it again. Or they claim that a convoy of aid trucks constitutes an invasion. But the aid trucks look like aid trucks in all the photographs, and yet nobody has taken similar photographs of any invasion. When Ukrainian tanks rolled into eastern Ukraine and were surrounded by civilians, we saw photographs and videos. Now there's just a Colin-Powellesque satellite photo from NATO supposedly showing Russian artillery in Ukraine

Putin’s Restraint
By Gaither Stewart & Paul Carline

Putin’s matter-of-fact statement over last weekend that “If I wanted to I could take Kiev in two weeks”, following his mid-week reminder of Russia’s sometimes forgotten nuclear capacity, was most certainly startling to European Union leaders gathered in Bruxelles to shuffle around EU functions in such way that the bureaucrats—who have made non-elected careers in Bruxelles running as much as possible the lives of Europeans—can keep their jobs

30% of Small Island States Population Threatened By Sea Level Rise
By Marianne de Nazareth

The new Global Environment Outlook report released by the UN Environment Programme (UNEP)says, Governments and the world at large are being confronted by accelerating climate change and environmental challenges to their economies and society. For many Small Island Developing States (SIDS), the experience is even more dramatic and is felt more rapidly because of their small physical scale, geographic isolation, unique biodiversity, exposure to natural hazards and disasters, high population growth coupled with outmigration and significant seasonal in-migration from tourism, limited resource base, remoteness from global markets and small economies of scale

How America Made ISIS
By Tom Engelhardt

Their Videos and Ours, Their “Caliphate” and Ours

Thai Elites And Coups: It is All About Controlling The People
Text and Photo: Andre Vltchek

A discussion with Andrew Marshall

Remembering Shays’ Rebellion
By Mickey Z.

Two hundred and twenty-eight years ago this month -- long before the cries of “support the troops” became commonplace during every U.S. military intervention -- the powers-that-be made it clear how little they intended to follow their own mantra

Celebrate Labor Day By Really Standing Up For Labor
By A D Hemming

Let us celebrate this Labor Day with the names of Lucy and Albert Parsons as well as FDR on our minds. This and the bloody struggle to bring a better balance between labor and business which now no longer exists and to commit ourselves to revive that movement of which all should be proud as real Americans as this right here should illustrate, for this is the zeitgeist the USA needs today for a “people century” Henry Wallace called for as vice president

History Could Help Sikhs Knowing Their Present Placing And Future In India’
By Jaspal Singh Sidhu

For better understanding of such process of banalisation ,the Sikhs should know the recent history to enable them to assessing their present placing and future probabilities in India. In this context, late Ram Narayan Kumar stands apart and so his book “ Terror in Punjab---Narrative, Knowledge and Truth” published in 2009 by Shipra Publications, Delhi

01 September, 2014

US And Europe Escalate Provocations Against Russia
By Johannes Stern

The European Union summit held in Brussels over the weekend represents a major escalation of the aggression by the Western powers against Russia, raising the specter of full-blown war in Europe and even a nuclear war between NATO and Russia

Top Ten Telltale Signs That Will Tell Whether Russia Has Invaded Ukraine?
By Dmitry Orlov

Armed with this list, you too should be able to determine whether or not Russia has invaded Ukraine last Thursday

Who Owns The Nukes If Wall Street Owns The Government?
Maybe it’s Time To Take Back The Government

By Nicholas C. Arguimbau

Paul Craig Roberts is not a fool. He cannot be dismissed lightly when he says the United States and Russia are already at war over the Ukraine, and the US is planning nuclear war, based upon a transparent pretense. He is not alone. Now there are almost daily expressions of concern that the US is positioning itself to take the first strike in a nuclear war with Russia

Why Are We Worried About The Islamic State? Did I Miss Something?
By Father Dave Smith

Just cut off their funding! The Islamic State are a weed without roots. Once we stop the flow of money the Islamic State will dry up and wither and disappear. We in the West have nothing to fear from Al Baghdadi and his band of mercenaries but we have everything to fear from the whirlwind that will eventuate if Mr Obama's dogs of war are let off their leash!

Hypocrisy, Double Standards, And The Politicisation Of Genocide
By William Hanna

Honest, self-respecting human beings — yes, including Jews — cannot on any grounds deny that Israel’s barbaric treatment of the Palestinian people warrants unconditional universal condemnation; Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions; and an unencumbered opening of investigations into Israel’s Gaza war crimes by the International Criminal Court. Anything less would constitute yet more contemptible criminal complicity

Cancellation of Foreign Secretary Level Talks: What Next?
By Z.G. Muhammad

If the stalemate in the relations between India and Pakistan persists will it follow a tradition pattern of ending into intensified ceasefire violations, skirmishes and armed stand off between the two countries along the LOC? And if it could explode into full-fledged war in 2015. Narendra Modi believes Pakistan has lost capacity to fight the conventional wars as India was far more superior in armoury and arsenals- rightly so India is five times bigger than India in size and strength. But in terms of possession of nukes the two countries are evenly placed. This strengthens the belief that South Asia is a most “dangerous place” in the world and Kashmir is a nuclear flash point that cries for a resolution

Labor’s Demise Is America’s Demise
By Paul Craig Roberts

Thoughts for Labor Day

Things My Mother Never Told Me
By John Chuckman

Despite my title, this is not a memoir, dealing as it does with some of the most deadly serious subjects on the planet

31 August, 2014

Modi's 100 Days: India Towards Doldrums?
By Ajaya Kumar Singh

Sangh Parivar aims in attempting to stifle India's vibrant plurality and diversity. Modi's one hundred days show that the very idea of India as plural and diverse nation is at axe. The alarm bell has rung. What nobody dared to do; Sangh Parivar attempts to do it by pulling the strings of the rubrics of the constitution. It does undermine all that India stands for: SOCIALIST SECULAR DEMOCRATIC REPUBLIC

The Hindutva Hypocrisy
By Bilal Shaheen

Even if India will become a Hindu Rashtra, it will be a Muslim Rashtra, Sikh Rashtra, Christian Rashtra and so on. And it will not be without tragedies, holocuasts and genocides. Millions have already perished in Hindutva's cumbersome mission to install Hindu Rashtra. Today India has its own ground zero at Ayodhya. If nothing is done to stem this rising tide of irrational nationalism, India, sooner or later, will explode into unimaginable scenes of genocide, extremism and nefarious nationalism

The Narrative Of Love Jihad
By Abdul Majid Zargar

With BJP’s ascendance to power at centre and in many other states, the confidence of minorities in the role of the state is fast crumbling, especially as regards their physical protection & prevention of communal violence. Hindu right-wing dominated State governments are lending tacit or express support to the Hindu zealots to promote the agenda of violence & hatred. Many years after anti-Muslim violence in Gujarat (2002) and Mumbai (1993) offenders still wait to be sentenced. Instead, persons convicted of murder have been let free like Maya Kodnani & babu Bajrangi in Gujrat. Similarly Sangeet som, accused of engineering Muzaffar nagar riots has been awarded Z+ security cover. To top it all a rabid communal lunatic has been made in charge of UP poll campaign. And all this does not augur well for India

Over 1,000 Protest In Ferguson, Call For Highway Shutdown Monday
By Kevin Zeese

Well over 1,000 people protested peacefully, marching through Ferguson, going to the police station and some going door-to-door in prosecutor McCulloch’s neighborhood asking him to be removed or recuse himself. There are calls for shutting down highways on Labor Day and, if Officer Wilson is not fired and arrested, for shutting down highways for two days the week after

Washington's Gamble: Wealth, Power And The Drive To Nuclear Armageddon
By Colin Todhunter

Would the US be prepared to back down? Faced with possible defeat by conventional Russian forces if the worst case scenario comes to pass, would it use the nuclear option to avoid backing down and attempt to eradicate Russia as a potential rival and risk destroying humanity in the process? Given its track record of reckless disregard for human life across the globe since 1945, what do you think?

The Guardian Australia Censors & Ignores Iraqi Holocaust
And Iraqi Genocide Now Renewed By US & Australia

By Dr Gideon Polya

After 2 decades of devastating Iraq, the US and US lackey Australia have now re-invaded Iraq with return of soldiers as security guards, selective air supply of humanitarian aid, 800 US “military advisers”, US bombing of Iraq (adumbrated to extend to Syria in addition to US-armed Israeli bombing in Syria), Australian air supply of weapons to the Kurds, and critical Australian targeting of US drone strikes in Iraq (and elsewhere) via its joint US-Australian Pine Gap spying facility in Central Australia

Killing By Silence: The International Community’s Silence
On The Israeli Aggression On Gaza Strip

By R.Sivakumar

The present episode of Israeli aggression on Gaza has killed around two thousand civilians but the more chilling fact is that the International community has let this to happen by choosing to remain quite

Participation: Of Whom, By Whom, For Whom?
By Farooque Chowdhury

Without participation, democracy is not democracy. And, participation – a process and an auger – in election is only a part of practicing democracy. It’s an important indicator of democracy, but not the only indicator

Arrest And Prosecute Yogi Adityanath
By N.D.Pancholi

Appeal To Rajnath Singh, Home Minister, to arrest and prosecute Yog Adityanath for making inflammatory statements to vitiate peace and communal harmony in the country

30 August, 2014

Western Threats Against Russia Increase Danger Of Nuclear War
By Johannes Stern

The imperialist powers are intensifying their confrontation with Russia in the run-up to today’s European Union (EU) meeting and next week’s NATO summit in Wales. The escalation, which is being driven by Washington and Berlin, is increasing the danger of a military conflict between NATO and Russia that could result in a nuclear war

The New York Times And Flight MH17
By Bill Van Auken

In an August 29 editorial calling for the US and NATO to adopt a retaliatory policy against Russia over its alleged “large and unacceptable escalation of ... aggression against Ukraine,” the New York Times asserts in passing that after rebels in eastern Ukraine “shot down a Malaysian jetliner with a Russian missile ... Russia’s involvement became more overt.”

The Truth About Immigration
By Mickey Z.

While the corporate media obscures the real terror and trains its focus on the latest battle between god’s country and ISIS (or whomever the villain of the day is), the primary conflict on the planet remains unchanged: globalization from above vs. globalization from below

Revolutionary Rats
By Gary Corseri

You’re a rat in a maze and you can’t get out.
The rats are eating the other rats.
How do you like this luscious rat food?
Gorge your full on the putrid cats!

Iraq And Syria: The US Goes In Deeper
By Jack A. Smith

After 13 years of stalemated wars against al-Qaeda and the Taliban, Washington is in no position to ignore the much more powerful IS that now controls a third of the territory in two countries — larger than Great Britain and inhabited by 6 million people. This most powerful jihadist organization is the unanticipated byproduct of America’s ill-conceived imperial misadventures in the Islamic world

Iran Sanctions: US Plays Dirty Game
By Ismail Salami

On Friday, the US government announced the imposition of a new round of sanctions on over 25 Iranian individuals and companies, including shipping firms, oil companies, airlines and six banks despite the fact that Iran and the six world powers Russia, China, France, Britain and the US and Germany are in the process of talks with the intention of resolving the West’s nuclear standoff with Iran

Release The MER On Encounter Killing Of Five People In Sonia Vihar, Delhi
Press Release

Full text of the petition submitted to the Lieutenant Governor of Delhi, demanding the public disclosure of the magisterial enquiry report (MER) investigating the encounter killing of five people by the Special Cell in Sonia Vihar (Delhi) in 2006. The MER was submitted in 2012. The most recent killing of one Fauzi by the Special Cell in the same Sonia Vihar area has re-opened the questions that were raised earlier. Scores of citizens wrote to the LG asking that the MER be made public immediately

29 August, 2014

White House Threatens Russia Over Alleged Incursion Into Eastern Ukraine
By Niles Williamson

The Obama administration and NATO officials on Thursday escalated threats against Russia over the alleged incursion of two columns of Russian tanks and troops into eastern Ukraine. Moscow has denied accusations that its troops are actively involved in the country

Continuing Media Silence On The Fate Of Flight MH17
By Stefan Steinberg

With a handful of exceptions, a shroud of silence has been drawn by the international media regarding the fate of Malaysian Airlines MH17, which crashed over Ukraine nearly six weeks ago

The Russians
By Gaither Stewart

Russia has been forced to fight off invaders and plunderers for millennia. The West has attacked her directly (Napoleon, the Nazis), or by proxy (The Turks in the 1850s Crimean War, egged on by the French and British) almost every 50 years. Russia has always prevailed—or survived—but at huge cost in lives and suffering

No American Arms For Lebanon Until Civil Rights For Palestinians
By Franklin Lamb

It is long overdue for Lebanese politicians to grant Palestinian refugees the elementary civil rights to work and to own a home. They should and are well advised do it now

The Truth About The IS
By Chandra Muzaffar

The Islamic State (IS) has been roundly condemned by everyone. It deserves to be. Nonetheless, many of those who have condemned IS do not want to know how this terrorist outfit came into being in the first instance. It is a direct consequence of the Anglo-American invasion and occupation of Iraq in 2003

Building A Local Movement: Transition Winnipeg Embraces The Steady State Economy
By James Magnus-Johnston

Winnipeg provides a great site to test a strategic partnership between the transition movement and CASSE, but that’s not because the city is a shining beacon of change! One mayoral candidate recently announced that he would cancel rapid transit and focus on filling potholes instead (full-cost accounting be damned). Rather, Winnipeg provides a great example of change precisely because the city sometimes fails to embrace the leading edge. If a grassroots partnership can work here, it can work just about anywhere

Kandhamal After 6 Years: Waiting For Justice And Peace!
By Ajay Kumar Singh

The anti-Christian violences that took lives a total of 39 persons, including 2 police personnel and 3 rioters while the Human Rights groups estimate to over 100 persons killed, including disabled and elderly persons, children, men and women. The communal frenzy engulfed more than 600 villages at least 6500 houses were looted and burnt with 54000 were made homeless; 315 churches and worship places razed and gutted in fire; 35 schools, philanthropic institutions including leprosy homes, tuberculosis sanatoriums; and a dozen of non-profit organisations were looted, damaged and burnt down. It was estimated that more than 10,000 children dropped out of schools due to displacement and security while thousands were pushed to unhygienic relief camps for nearly three years

Activist Files Complaint Against Yogi Adityanath
Press Release

Immediate Action including registration of FIR be directed against Hindu Yuva Vahini, MP Yogi Adityanath for hate speech exhorting Muslim women to be raped, Muslims to be deprived of voting rights and Mosques to be converted to pig pens and suspension of officers of Uttar Pradesh police at this rally at Sidhartnagar for not intervening and stopping this rabid hate-speech in their presence

The ‘Love Jihad’ And Hitler
By N.D Pancholi

Hitler had used the similar tactic, as being used by the Right wing in India against Muslims and Christians, to generate hatred and polarize German opinion against the Jews- the so called internal enemy, by making propaganda that Jewish youngmen had been luring the German girls and polluting the quality and purity of the Aryan blood with a view to subjugate German nation. The following passage from the ‘Mein Kamph’ by Hitler, as quoted by M.N.Roy in his book on ‘Fascism’ would be of interest

Is ‘Hindu’ Our National Identity?
By Ram Puniyani

So what Sangh Combine had been aspiring from last nine decades is being asserted with bigger authority with Modi Sarkar at center. What Bhagwat of RSS is saying and followers are speaking on the TV debates is a clear violation of the values of Indian Constitution. So where are we heading is a question which all the citizens have to become aware and stick to what we have gained through freedom movement epitomized in our Constitution. That needs to be saved and protected from the sectarian motivated agenda

28 August, 2014

NATO Steps Up Military Preparations Against Russia
By Kumaran Ira

The US and European powers are stepping up their reckless military escalation against Russia, citing the crisis in Ukraine and Russia’s annexation of Crimea as a pretext to deploy troops to new bases throughout Eastern Europe

More than 50,000 U.S.-Backed Troops Are Fighting In Ukraine's Civil War. Why?
By Eric Zuesse

According to the man whom we installed to lead Ukraine, "by now about 50 thousand soldiers and officers appear participants in the antiterrorist operation: 'Thousands are wounded. Many families were left without a breadwinner'." That quotation is from an article that was published on August 11th by the Press Service of the Ministry of Internal Affairs of the Ukrainian Government

USA Cares About Trapped People Being Attacked, People Being Beheaded
By Robert Barsocchini

The USA is legally culpable for ISIS, not only for aiding it (intentionally or not), but for committing aggression against Iraq in 2003, continued by Obama, and creating the conditions that allowed ISIS and other such groups to arise. US leaders are legally culpable for every death flowing from the original crime, the act of aggression against Iraq

It's Time For A Post-Piketty Vision Of Shared Wealth
By Adam Parsons

The latest bestseller in economics has done a great deal of service to progressives in highlighting the imperative of shared wealth. But given the social and ecological limits to economic growth, this emerging conversation on global sharing has to get a lot more radical

Phulbari Day: Celebrating Peoples Power
By Anu Muhammad

Like every year since 2006, people of Bangladesh observed August 26 this year as ‘Phulbari day'. This is a day to remember peoples resistance against open pit mining project proposed by Asia Energy, to celebrate peoples power and peoples resistance against plunder and destruction, a challenge against anti-people ‘development' paradigm to assert new direection for peoples' sustained welfare and development

America’s Corrupt Institutions
By Paul Craig Roberts

Every public institution in the United States and most private ones are corrupt. To tell this story would be a multi-book task. Lawrence Stratton and I have written one small volume of the story. Our book, The Tyranny of Good Intentions, now with two editions and multiple printings, documents the corruption of law in the United States and has been cited in rulings by Federal District and Appeal Court judges

The US And The Palestinian/Israeli Issue
By Ron Forthofer

Many Americans may think this foreign policy issue doesn't concern them. If they think about this issue at all, many say that it's not our business and we should just let them fight it out. However the US has been deeply involved in this conflict since before Israel declared its existence

The 2014 Global Multidimensional Poverty Index: What Has Gone Wrong In India ?
By Colin Todhunter

The 2014 global Multidimensional Poverty Index (MPI) by researchers at the University of Oxford covers 108 countries: 31 Low-Income Countries, 67 Middle-Income Countries and 10 High-Income Countries. These countries have a total population of 5.4 billion people , some 78% of the world's population

The ISIS Crisis And The Death Of Arif Majeed From Kalyan
By Feroze Mithiborwala

Why was the National Intelligence Agency (NIA) covering up their tracks?

What To Do About ISIS
By David Swanson

Start by recognizing where ISIS came from. The U.S. and its junior partners destroyed Iraq, left a sectarian division, poverty, desperation, and an illegitimate government in Baghdad that did not represent Sunnis or other groups. Then the U.S. armed and trained ISIS and allied groups in Syria, while continuing to prop up the Baghdad government, providing Hellfire missiles with which to attack Iraqis in Fallujah and elsewhere

Does Love Know Religious Boundaries?
By Ram Puniyani

Such campaigns against inter-religion, inter-caste marriages are not only against the spirit of national integration they also aim to control the lives of girls in the patriarchal mode. Women’s bodies are made symbols of community honor. In addition the bogey against a minority is whipped up to aid the divisive politics. It is a double bonus for sectarian politics

27 August, 2014

Skies Calm Over Gaza As Truce Takes Hold
By Ma'an News Agency

The skies over the Gaza Strip were calm Wednesday as a long-term ceasefire between Israel and the Palestinians took hold after 50 days of the deadliest violence in a decade. Millions in and around the war-torn enclave enjoyed a welcome night of peace during which there were no strikes on Gaza, nor Palestinian rockets fired at Israel, the Israeli army said. The conflict, which began on July 8 when Israel began Operation Protective Edge in a bid to stamp out cross-border rocket fire, has claimed the lives of 2,143 Palestinians and 70 on the Israeli side

Israel Lost The war In Gaza but The Struggle For Justice Goes On
By Ali Abunimah

We have to say never again. Never again must Israel be allowed to massacre Palestinians as it has in Gaza in 2006, 2008-2009, 2012 and 2014 – the years since it decided to turn Gaza into a giant open-air prison. It is crucial to understand that such violence is the price of a “Jewish state” in Palestine. The only way to stop the massacres is to escalate our work for justice. An end to Israeli apartheid and colonization and the founding of a country for all its people – where refugees, no longer excluded by racist laws, return to their land – is the only monument worth building for so many people whose lives were violently stolen

Fearing Political Islam: Why Was Gaza Betrayed
By Ramzy Baroud

Some Arab rulers continue to declare their strong support of Palestine and its cause. ‘Operation Protective Edge,’ however, has exposed beyond a doubt that such solidarity is just a mere show of words; and that, although discretely, some Arabs wish to see Israel crush any semblance of Palestinian resistance, in Gaza and anywhere else

Israel’s Extermination of Whole Families in Gaza Reflects Genocidal Impulse
By Rania Khalek

Eighty-nine families that existed seven weeks ago in Gaza have been exterminated by Israel. On Sunday 24 August an Israeli missile tore through the home of Issam Jouda in Gaza’s Tal al-Zatar neighborhood east of Jabaliya without warning, killing Issam’s wife Rawiya and their four children—Taghrid, Tasnim, Usama and Muhammad. According to the Palestinian health ministry , the Joudas were the eighty-ninth family wiped out in Gaza since the Israeli army started bombarding the besieged coastal enclave on 7 July

Gaza Ceasefire!! The Palestinian Resistance Stands Resolute
And Victorious! Israel Suffers Another Strategic Defeat!

By Feroze Mithiborwala

Even as the Palestinians & the world mourn the martyrs of the Israeli aggression, the Intifada, the global resistance to Zionism & Imperialism has only struck deeper roots across the world as millions now are part of the global struggle to liberate Palestine . . . to liberate the World . . . to liberate all of Humanity

A Voice From Gaza: Living Under The Bombs
By Judith Bello

The Afghan Peace Volunteers have a Global Day of Listening call on the 21st Day of every month. Last week, the call focused on a woman named Asma who called in from Gaza. Asma lives with her husband and three young children in central Gaza. During the call, Asma describes the mind-bending stress of living every day in an area under continual attack by bombs and missiles. Even if you have not lost most of your family or been left homeless, every day you know that could be the day, and you have no peace

Temple Mount: A Detonator For World War III
By William Hanna

Bearing in mind the unconscionable ease with which Western leaders — led by an AIPAC-controlled U.S. government — have unleashed illegal and still ongoing wars resulting in the death of millions in the Middle East, you can rest assured that Israel would have even less compunction in doing likewise. These racist humanity-hating fanatics — led by that war criminal maniac Benjamin Netanyahu — would quite happily initiate a nuclear holocaust in order to retain Israel’s grasp on its ill-gotten gains

Climate Crisis Connects Us, Climate Justice Demands Unity
By Margaret Flowers & Kevin Zeese

The truth of that banner can be made real as together we write the future history of humankind. We do not underestimate the forces aligned against the transformation that is a necessity, but nor do we underestimate the power of a mobilized people in times of crisis. This September is another step in the march to a new reality

The World Wide Web Of Living
By Janet Surman

The web of life – everything linked and interdependent. From the tiniest particle of soil to the African elephant; from plankton to whales and consumers of sea food; from the rice seeds germinating in Asian paddy fields to the plates on western tables. It's easy to recognise the links in the chain, links which if broken can disrupt the natural order and create problems throughout the web. On a purely physiological level what, to be a part of this web of life, does humankind require?

The European Union And The Twin Civil Wars In Syria/Iraq
By Dr. Peter Custers

Is this one of those rare occasions where policymakers self-critically correct a gigantic blunder? Or is it a cold turn-about guided by pure self-interest? On August the 15th, the Foreign Ministers of EU-countries gathered in Brussels and decided that each would henceforth be free to supply arms to Kurdish rebels fighting Sunni extremists of ISIS in the North of Iraq

New Liberation Forces Debate Future Of Post-Apartheid South Africa
By Federico Fuentes

Around 30 guests from across the globe and 120 shop stewards from the National Union of Metalworkers of South Africa (NUMSA) met August 7-10 in Johannesburg to discuss the prospects and challenges of building a new, left political alternative to the ruling African National Congress (ANC), the party of now deceased national hero Nelson Mandela

"Police Response In Ferguson Rooted In Systemic Violence And Militarism"
By Brian J. Trautman

The police response to public protests in Ferguson, Missouri in the wake of the deadly August 9 shooting of Michael Brown, Jr., an unarmed eighteen-year-old black man killed by a white police officer, was a prime illustration of the hyper-aggressive nature of policing in America today

Three Days in Ferguson: Observations From The Rust Belt
By Vincent Emanuele

Events in Ferguson provide a grand opportunity to build genuine solidarity with marginalized communities. It's our job as activists to seize the opportunity, and cultivate new possibilities for social transformation

Obama’s No-Win War On ISIS
By Shamus Cooke

With each new military intervention in the “war on terror” the jihadist movement grows exponentially, born amid the rubble of U.S.-destroyed Iraq, Libya, and Syria, and groomed to maturity by U.S. allies Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, Qatar and other Gulf States. Such an irrational, never-ending cycle of war cannot last forever. It is already collapsing under the weight of its own contradictions

The American Empire And Its Global Control Objectives
By G. Asgar Mitha

The American Empire is threatened with it's end by the actions of barbarian invasions of ISIS and Israel and the fundings from the Arab monarchies who're so weak they need western protection and who serve western interests in return

The Fall And Rise of Investigative Journalism
By Anya Schiffrin

From Asia to Africa to Latin America, Muckrakers Have Corrupt Officials and Corporate Cronies on the Run

Nisteling: The Art of Deep Listening
By Robert J. Burrowes

The most important form of attention that any human individual requires is nisteling. And nisteling is the most important gift we can give another individual to assist their personal journey to Self-awareness. If we nistel to a child, they will learn to nistel to themself

So, I Asked The Russian Ambassador What He Thinks of NATO
By David Swanson

"We were promised," Kislyak said, that NATO would not expand eastward at all upon the reunification of Germany. "And now look." NATO has declared that Ukraine and Georgia will join NATO, Kislyak pointed out, and NATO says this even while a majority of the people in Ukraine say they're opposed.  The ambassador used the word "disappointed" a few times. "We'll have to take measures to assure our defense," he said, "but we would have preferred to build on a situation with decreased presence and decreased readiness." Wouldn't we all

U.R. Annanthamurthy: The Death of an Institution
By Atharva Pandit

U.R.Annanthamurthy, one of India’s greatest storytellers and a public intellectual in every right, died on Friday, 22nd of August and as he bid goodbye to all of us, we lost not just a writer who had been a social critic, contemporary activist and a daring intellectual who did not hesitate to criticize even his own way of living, that is, the Brahmin sub-caste, but also someone who felt deeply for the language in which he chose to write, and the language which he felt should reach the global readership

Modi's Sinister Game Plan In Jammu And Kashmir
By Abdul Majid Zargar

So what is the game plan? Once inside the assembly with a simple majority, BJP intends to give State legislature concurrence to a President’s order of abrogating Article 370

26 August, 2014

6 Palestinians Killed In Israeli Airstrikes On Gaza
By Ma'an News Agency

Six Palestinians were killed on Tuesday in Israeli airstrikes on Gaza, witnesses said. In the latest airstrikes, two employees from a local electricity company were killed when Israel targeted their car

Jewish Survivors Of Nazi Genocide Condemn The Massacre Of Palestinians In Gaza
Press Statement

Jewish survivors and descendents of survivors of Nazi genocide unequivocally condemn the massacre of Palestinians in Gaza

In last Interview, Auschwitz Survivor Urged Palestinians "Not To Give Up TheirFight"
By Adri Nieuwhof

We mourn the loss of Hajo Meyer who fearlessly raised his voice to combat Zionism and to express his support for the struggle of the Palestinian people for freedom and equality. Hajo passed away in his sleep on 23 August just days after his ninetieth birthday

When David Became Goliath
By Lee-Alison Sibley

The carnage the IDF has inflicted on Gaza has lost the Israelis globally any good will they once had. Except for the USA, no one stands with them any longer. It is past the time, Israel, to remember who David was and to be the boy with the harp, not the monster Goliath. I am a Jew and my heart is broken – you, Israel, broke it

On Course For Holocaust II…..?
By Alan Hart

This is the most controversial article the gentile me has ever written or is ever likely to write, but I believe that what I am going to say needs to be said and should be widely debated if the rising, global tide of “anti-Israelism” (I prefer the term anti-Zionism) is not to be transformed into anti-Semitism on a scale that could lead, in a foreseeable future, to Holocaust II, my shorthand for another great turning against the Jews

Transference of Evil: Netanyahu, A Creature Without Morality or Mercy
By William A. Cook

There is need today to comprehend the mentality of those who rule in Israel. That mentality has dominated the international scene for the past 45 days and counting in Gaza. The mentality governing Israel is most visible through its Prime Minister, a man caught in the vice of a system that forces the continuation of the administration in power to accede to the demands of its radical elements if it is to stay in power, and the necessity of the PM to self-promote his value by promoting actions diametrically opposed to human rights and international law

Hate Speech From A Christian (sic) Organization
By William A. Cook

Israel's Enemies Are Our Enemies… “But I say to you, love your enemies…”
Israel's Fight Is Our Fight… “But I say...not to resist the evildoer…turn to him the other cheek.”
“Blessed are the peacemakers, for they shall be called children of God.”
The demand conveyed in the above box is plastered on top of the most non-Christian web site on the internet: CUFI, Christians United for Israel. Would that it would read: Christians United for Isolation of Israel, then it would offer a Christian message of a peaceful means to stop genocide in Palestine.

A Teacher in Kabul
By Kathy Kelly

Zekerullah yearns for knowledge as well as justice, and he's willing to sacrifice for both. I want to learn from him

Will The US Succumb To Another Bout of Usanity?
By Kieran Kelly

Usanity is like a weaponized version of aggrieved white male entitlement syndrome. #OfficerGoFuckYourself has clear symptoms of both conditions. But Usanity is broader and more profound. Usanity is that syndrome which grips an entire diverse nation, the most heavily armed on the planet, and turns it into that cop with his rolling eyes and gun pointed: “I will fucking kill you!”

India Is Where?
Photo And Text By André Vltchek

India, where are you? Are you really in the BRICS camp, fighting for a new, free world, or are you now in bed with your former colonial master and her mighty offshoot? An up-to-date unretouched snapshot of India…

India: Caste Forced To Clean Human Waste
By Human Rights Watch

The Indian government should end “manual scavenging” – the cleaning of human waste by communities considered low-caste – by ensuring that local officials enforce the laws prohibiting this discriminatory practice, Human Rights Watch said in a new report released today. The government should implement existing legislation aimed to assist manual scavenging community members find alternative, sustainable livelihoods. The 96-page report, “Cleaning Human Waste: ‘Manual Scavenging,’ Caste, and Discrimination in India,” documents the coercive nature of manual scavenging

By David Swanson

Even if environmentalism and peace activism were not a single movement, we'd have to join them and several others together in order to have the sort of Occupy 2.0 coalition we need to effect change. A big chance to do that is coming up around September 21st which is the International Day of Peace and the time when a rally and all sorts of events for the climate will be happening in New York City

War From The Shadows
By Timothy Gatto

It seems like this well-thought out plan that the people behind the curtain had devised to implement the Americanization of this planet has suddenly blown up in their faces. One does not need to be an economist or work for a think-tank to realize the fact that Washington's schemes and machinations have definitely gone awry... big time. Please try to bear with me as I go through the litany of failed policies that have come so precariously close to setting the World alight

Rights Groups React To The Murder Of Journalist James Foley
By Mary Shaw

James Foley was a much stronger journalist than I could ever hope to be. Foley went missing in Syria in 2012, and it appears that he remained stoic right through the last words he spoke on video just before his brutal beheading by an Islamic State terrorist thug

MH-17 ‘Investigation': Secret August 8th Agreement Seeps Out -
Perpetrator of the Downing in Ukraine, of the Malaysian Airliner, Will Stay Hidden

By Eric Zuesse

“The Causes of the MH17 Crash are ‘Classified'." Of course, this way of phrasing the matter is a slight oversimplification, because, actually, the findings will remain 'classified' only if, and to the extent that , the Ukrainian Government is found to have caused the airliner's downing. In other words: this 'investigation' will not be published unless the Ukrainian Government and the other three nations that are performing it agree unanimously to publish it

Political Europe Suppressed Under Washington´s Thumb Is Waking Up
By Roman Baudzus

In the aftermath of the downing of the Malaysian airliner in Ukraine, the Western media followed Washington’s lead and manipulated reports in order to make Europeans believe that Russia and Russian-supported separatists in eastern Ukraine were responsible for downing the airliner. In Germany, the press was an extension of Washington’s propaganda machine despite the lack of evidence from both Washington and Kiev to support their irresponsible claims

Killing Civilians
By John Scales Avery

Civilians must stop being passive hostages. Civil society must make its will felt. Where democracy has decayed, it must be restored. If our leaders continue to enthusiastically support the institution of war, if they continue to cling to nuclear weapons, then let us have new leaders

25 August, 2014

Gaza Death Toll Reaches 9 Following Israeli Airstrikes
By Ma'an News Agency

Seven Palestinians have been killed in Gaza since midnight by Israeli airstrikes, medical officials said, while a further two died from wounds sustained in earlier attacks. At least 2,120 Palestinians and 68 people on the Israeli side, all but four of them soldiers, have been killed since July 8

The People Of Israel Must Liberate Themselves By Liberating Palestine
By Dr. Ludwig Watzal

The archbishop of South Africa and an icon in the anti-Apartheid struggle, Desmond Tutu (1) , published an article in the Israeli daily "Haaretz" from 14 August 2014, in which he called on the Israeli people to liberate themselves by liberating the oppressed people of Palestine. Tutu asked a crowd at a demonstration to chant with him against the illegal occupation of Palestine and all the cruelties against the Palestinian people that were committed by the Zionist occupying regime in Palestine. But he also told the demonstrators that ""We are not opposed to Jews."

The Continual And Unconscionable Failure To Punish Israel For Its Evil Crimes
Against Humanity Results From Collective Cowardice And Constitutes
Criminal Cooperation And Culpable Complicity

By William Hanna

If what has just occurred in Gaza is not unconditionally condemned and punished, then it will most certainly reoccur as it has been doing for over 60 years

Corporate Capitalism Versus Human happiness
By Graham Peebles

Happiness as a permanent state implies contentment and freedom from desire, with its inherent agitation and insatiability. Whilst it is not the responsibility of governments to ‘make' people happy, it is their duty to abolish methods and reform systems that build obstacles to happiness and feed a climate of anxiety. Conversely governments should actively work to promote the building of a society based on perennial values, many of which sit at the heart of true democracy: participation, cooperation, sharing and unity. Qualities that allow happiness to naturally come into being

Coffee Break In #Ferguson: Talking 'Violence' In A Corporate Culture
By Mickey Z.

The unarmed man shot and killed by a local cop? Not violent. Militarized Ferguson police officers shooting rubber bullets and tear gas while releasing dogs on unarmed civilians? Not violent. A QuikTrip is burned down? Look out now, things have finally turned violent

Fuelling The Public's Appetite For War: Oil, Blood, Confusion And Fear
By Colin Todhunter

The alleged murder of US journalist James Foley captured on video is causing a timely outpouring of anger in Britain. Such sentiment is being ignited courtesy of senior British politicians who it seems can always be relied on to beat the war drums on cue from Washington

Blaming God For ‘All-Living-Things' Massacre In Je richo Set Hair Raising Precedent
By Jay Janson

Another slaughter of men, women and children in the land of the Bible. Probably many have heard the voice of God demanding it. The Jewish Bible is in the Christian Bible. Intelligent understanding of sacred scripture might make it more difficult for the mega genocidal thieving and enslaving amoral private speculative banking backed neocolonialist media and military to overcome Mankind's natural spirituality and humanity

New UT Chief's Military Background Is Cause For Reflection
By Robert Jensen

McRaven is best known for directing the raid that resulted in the death of Osama bin Laden in May 2011, when he was in charge of the Joint Special Operations Command, and shortly after that he was promoted to head of the U.S. Special Operations Command. He is widely admired for his long special-forces service, starting as a Navy SEAL and then advancing to those high-level positions. But just as important as McRaven's personal qualities are to his fitness to be chancellor is an evaluation of the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq of which he was a part

The Deafening Silence On Climate Change
By Avinay Umesh-Saiyogita

India is the third largest country in terms of carbon emission. India is the second largest country in terms of population. India is the the country to hold the biggest democratic elections in the world! To exclude the rest, these three factors are enough to highlight the rising importance of India globally. Still, why is there a deafening silence on climate change in India, not only by the media but also by the politicians, subsequently followed by the people as the two former agencies are responsible for prioritizing any agenda

Early Warning: Increasing Hate Crimes Alarm Religious Minorities
By John Dayal

Modi has an opportunity to restore faith in harmony and secularism in the country. But there is little of hope that filters through his current strategy of silence on most issues of concern to the country, other than in a few public speeches where rhetoric and slogans substitute for substance

Scribbling In Dark Times
By Subhash Gatade

As we mentioned in the beginning these are really dark times. But we should never forget that humanity has faced darker times than we have been witness to today. And despite occasional setbacks it has always moved ahead, surged ahead

Which Side Are You, Mr. Rajnath Singh, Union Home Minister of Democratic-Secular India?
By Shamsul Islam

While talking to The India Express (New Delhi, August 24, 1914) you described yourself as “Swayamsewak of RSS”. As a Home Minister of the country you must have taken oath to uphold the Indian Constitution which is based on the principles of democracy, secularism, federalism, socialism and justice. However, there is going to be a serious conflict of interests between above mentioned fundamental principles of the Indian polity and your membership of RSS

FDI In Defence: Missing The Reality
By Vishnu Bhagwat

The overblown hype over the increased FDI ceilings in the defence sector, touting that India would become a major arms exporter from currently being the top importer in the world, is unrealistic. The exaggerated expectations that by increasing the FDI limits from the current 26 percent to 49 percent for foreign original equipment manufacturers will ensure rapid transfer of technology and setting up of vast manufacturing facilities for India’s armed forces as well as for arms exports may turn out to be deeply disappointing

24 August, 2014

Netanyahu Says Gaza Offensive Will Continue As 8 Killed In Gaza
By Ma'an News Agency

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said Sunday that Israel's Gaza offensive would continue as long as necessary, a day after an Egyptian call for a ceasefire and new truce talks. Israeli air strikes killed eight Palestinians in the besieged coastal enclave on Sunday and injured dozens more, bringing the total death toll to 2,111. The United Nations says 70 percent of the Palestinian victims were civilians, and that among the dead have been 478 children

Ukraine Crisis: Death And Destruction Continues In Eastern Ukraine


Extensive war crimes in Donbass from July 2 to July 24, 2014. Kiev's warmongers/Zionists continue genocide of civilian population and deliberate destruction of Eastern Ukraine's infrastructure - schools, hospitals, kindergartens, power plants, train stations, factories, etc. The majority of the footage and interviews you will see in this documentary film have never been shown on TV.

Hollywood Comes Out In Support Of Genocide In Gaza
Press Statement

Full list of signatories

Solidarity Statement Condemning The Arrest of Salman And Demanding His Immediate Release
Press Statement

On August 20th night 12 pm Salman a student and social activist from Trivandrum was picked up by the police from his home in Peroorkada. The immediate accusation against him was that he had insulted the national anthem while it was being played in a theatre, where he had gone to watch a movie. Later his comments on Facebook where he questions nationalism as a philosophical and political concept were also pointed out as a reason for his arrest. It is also being reported that there was a deliberate attempt to frame him by some right-wing hindutva groups and that they are the ones who are behind his arrest



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