The Global Siginificance Of Greek Elections In 2015
The global significance of the election in Greece is the symbolism of popular opposition to: a) Western-imposed austerity that results in income redistribution from the bottom 80% the population to the top 20%; b) Blatant disregard for national sovereignty of debtor nations by the hegemonic creditor governments that represent finance capital; c) Popular democracy can prevail despite the massive propaganda by the mainstream media demonizing any political party or movement appealing for social justice; d) Contagion effect, as other political movements, PODEMOS in Spain for example, will follow the precedent set by the Greek election e) A major blow to the neoliberal model of development under globalization that the West has been presenting as “the only way” to conduct economic and social policy
Ukraine's Government Is Losing Its War. Here Is Why
The Ukrainian Government's problem is that there just aren't enough nazis, and there's also not enough money, to do the amounts of killing that need to be done in order to enable Obama's Ukrainian regime to retain the land in Donbass while eliminating the people there. The 90% of those people who had voted for the man (Viktor Yanukovych) whom Obama overthrew are far more numerous, and far more motivated, than are the vast majority of Ukraine's soldiers
With the leftist Green Party now polling at record levels in the UK , the predictable backlash from the conservative media arrived last week. The Tory press had fun spinning the Party's policies into sensationalistic drivel (see Matthew Holehouse's Drugs, brothels, al-Qaeda and the Beyonce tax: the Green Party plan for Britain for the Telegraph). There was vocal criticism from a number of Labour supporters too. While hostility from the conservative press was to be expected, I must say I have been quite taken aback by how many Labour commentators have completely failed to grasp the mentality of Green supporters or what the "Green Surge" is all about
Collective Efforts + Self-Education = Social Change
We are on the brink of economic, social, and environmental collapse. What an extraordinary time to be alive. How lucky are we? We've been trusted with the most vital mission of all time: survival. This is the best time ever to be working towards collective liberation. Let’s join together to make sure it’s not the last
Some Contributions Of Islamic Culture
At a time when the corporate-controlled media of Europe and the United States are doing everything that they can to fill us with poisonous Islamophobia, it is perhaps a useful antidote to remember the great role that Islamic civilization played in preserving, enlarging and transmitting to us the knowledge and culture of the ancient world
Peace or War: Global Political Quagmire
If living history is a valid reference point, Islamic civilization and diverse Western civilizations have co-existed for centuries in peace, harmony and productivity
The Truth About The Fight Against "Anti-Semitism"
The Israeli movie maker Yoav Shamir documents in the film "Defamation" the fight of the Anti-Defamation League (ADL) against "anti-Semitism". This "fight" has little to do with "anti-Semitism" but much with muzzling Israel critic. "Anti-Semitism" serves as a pretext to immunize the State of Israel against criticism
Series Sends Norwegian Fashion Bloggers To Observe Cambodian Garment Industry
This series, “Sweatshop: Dead Cheap Fashion”, consists of four episodes, ten to twelve minutes each, and is well worth watching. It chronicles the reactions of three young Norwegian fashion bloggers when they go to Cambodia to see who is making the clothing they love to buy and talk about
Why Do We Fear Love?
Why do human beings fear love? That is, why do we fear loving ourselves and others, and why do we fear being fully loved ourselves?
Pakistan And its Multiple Tyrannies
Pakistan must acknowledge it has serious governance problems and redress soonest its self-inflicted tyrannies. Only then will it restore its credibility within its own citizenry, and also abroad as a trusted nation and reliable ally with which to “ do business”, with confidence and, above all else, respect
It is the republic of world’s largest democracy where democratic parties are not fulfilling their promises, imports of arms and weapons are increasing by state, so many reports of state led violence upon people and human rights violations reported . But at the same time, I see the hope within people, like Irom Sharmila, who is till hopeful and continuing her fast in a peaceful protest to demand repeal AFSPA. And her hope in the democracy, gives me hope
Justice Delayed, And Denied Yet Again
PUDR urges Supreme Court to suo moto intervene in the Shankarbigha and other massacres
Kashmiri Pandits: What Happened To Them?
Kashmiri Pandits are as Kashmiris as we are, this nation belongs to them as much as it belongs to us
27 January, 2015
We are shocked by the conspicuous absence of the words ‘secular’ and ‘socialist’ from the Indian constitution’s preamble used in the customary advertisement in newspapers of 26th January, greeting people of India on the Republic Day. At the time when the people of India, and even the global community, have genuine apprehensions about the secular character of the Indian democracy, which stands threatened by a right-wing government formed with less than one-third of the popular votes, this omission is utterly condemnable #DefendIndianConstituion
The Collapse Of Europe?
The European Union May Be on the Verge of Regime Collapse
As a society where speech is heavily censored by the government and military, interviews with Israeli soldiers after the '67 war of aggression (the “six day war”) were locked away, until now, when they can be viewed to some extent in the documentary “Censored Voices”. However , “Israel forbids the filmmakers to reveal how much they were forced to change, and the military censor's office refused to discuss it.” The military is said to have “heavily edited” the footage
Our press assiduously avoids much of the world’s horrors as it focuses on “Islamic extremism,” and politics are the only explanation for the bias. The press theme of Islamic terror and indeed real incidents of terror grow from a reality always taken for granted, never debated, and certainly never criticised: the elephant in the room, as it were, is Israel’s illegal and agonizingly long occupation of the Palestinians
Freedom, Where Are You? Not In America or Europe
When the former Goldman Sachs executive who runs the European Central Bank (ECB) announced that he was going to print 720 billion euros annually with which to purchase bad debts from the politically connected big banks, the euro sank and the stock market and Swiss franc shot up. As in the US, quantitative easing (QE) serves to enrich the already rich. It has no other purpose
Gaza In Arizona
How Israeli High-Tech Firms Will Up-Armor the U.S.-Mexican Border
“US, Ukraine And Russia : What Went Wrong?”
A talk by John Mearsheimer and Rick Rozoff, Evanston , Illinois , January 10, 2015
New Media in 2015: In Conflict Areas It Plays An Active And Dynamic Role
Power of the people is paramount to the development and peace of any nation but in a conflict situation, this people’s power is always in jeopardy. Social media has a given new hope to the people to retain this power
Bhoomi – a Forum for Protection of Land in India (FPLI) resolved on 22nd January 2015 at Visakhapatnam meet to call upon people of India to oppose and resist the undemocratic Land Acquisition, Rehab, Resettlement (LARR) ordinance to take away the democratic rights of the farmers, tribals given in the Act 2013
Niall Ferguson On Kissinger's World Order [Part Four]
Ferguson thinks Kissinger is a mixture of idealist and realist, and more similar to the idealism expressed in Kant’s essay Perpetual Peace than the realism of Machiavelli. I don’t think anyone reading Kant would conclude that Kissinger was anything other than the thug and goon type of statesman Kant was horrified by and who was portrayed so accurately by Christopher Hitchens in The Trial of Henry Kissinger
26 January, 2015
Defend Indian Constitution! Defend Diversity, Dialogue, Democracy!
On 26 January 2015 as we mark the 65th anniversary of the adoption of the Indian Constitution and the declaration of the country as a Republic the time has come to ask, ‘How much longer will this entity called modern India last?’
Defend The Constitution Of India
The values of our sovereign socialist secular democratic Republic are under threat from within our own India. It is up to WE THE PEOPLE (each one of us) to understand our Constitution and pledge to defend it as our primary duty as citizens of the Republic of India. The fundamental duties of every citizen, defined in Article 51A are REPRODUCED here for immediate reference
Derailing The Constitution: A Threat To The Idea Of India
The Indian Constitution has been modeled to allow a process of collective decision-making that safeguards us against the terrible outcomes of concentrating all power in one individual. For over 60 years, we have as a nation, built up democratic institutions that act as a safety valve. Today, a unilateralist approach and an almost dictatorial control over these institutions threaten the very foundations of our democracy
We The People @ 1950
We the people request all Indians to give five minutes time to meditate on the great men of freedom struggle who fought to bring this republic into existence and absorb these great ethical values in our day to day life
People’s Historic Victory In Greece
A historic verdict has been announced in Greece. The people in Greece have achieved a historic victory. The just concluded election in Greece announces the victory. The cheering people’s smiling bright faces reflect the verdict: Death to Austerity, Assert People’s Sovereign Power. Europe is now waiting for an impact of the victory. It’s a victory against the bankers engaged with virtual criminal acts: stealing of people’s property with a constitutional coverage and instituting a regime change with a peaceful appearance. SYRIZA, the Radical Coalition of the Left, in Greece has shown the way people reject bankers’ crude cruelty
13 years of torture and lawlessness at Guantánamo should be enough for the self-proclaimed flagship democracy. This military camp has made a mockery of the US jurisdiction, which has lost its credibility. For the rest of the world, American democracy is no longer a role model because of its lousy judiciary and its criminal and despicable foreign policy. Wasn't the US founded, inter alia, on the basis of the rule of law? All American children cut their teeth on apple pie and the rule of law. As long as Guantanamo stays open, it's an insult to anybody who respects the rule of law, justice and fairness
The Banality Of 'American Sniper'
All the “controversy” surrounding Clint Eastwood’s latest dose of propaganda -- American Sniper -- appears to ignore how predictable it all is. The United States of Corporate Power spends more money on war that all other nations combined and is the planet’s #1 arms dealer. Why is anyone surprised that films about snipers are made, lauded, and well-received? Of course Clint made American Sniper and of course it’s a box office smash and no, I won’t waste my time and money seeing it. I will, however, once again break down America’s sniper/military fetish
A study of GMOs over a four-year plus period by India's multi-party Parliamentary Standing Committee on Agriculture recommended a ban on GM food crops, stating they had no role in a country of small farmers. The Supreme Court appointed Technical Expert Committee recommended an indefinite moratorium on the field trials of GM crops until the government devised a proper regulatory and safety mechanism. As yet, no such mechanism exists, but open field trials are being given the go ahead. GMO crops approved for field trials include rice, maize, chickpea, sugarcane and brinjal
The Global Hunger Index Report, 2014 indicates that the hunger is highest in Sub-Saharan Africa and South Asia and the irony is that it is more rampant among people who are the producers of food. The report also noted that the `hidden hunger' or the deficiency of micro-nutrients, is much prevalent in Africa, South of the Sahara and the South Asian Continent. In the 21 st century when the civilization boasts of its technology, development, and fast paced advancements why so many people are starving?
Incendiary Politics In Bangladesh Mainstream
No political movement in any period in the subcontinent found commoners being turned victims of incendiary politics. These facts are known to political leaders. They are fully aware of possible impact of these incendiary incidents. They are fully aware that people don’t like incendiary politics. So there lurks a question: Is the incendiary politics an attempt to reach a dead-end, an attempt by interventionists to prepare a prelude to an intervention with a far-reaching geopolitical target?
23 January, 2015
Runaway climate change and the ongoing threat of nuclear weapons have pushed the world closer towards irreversible catastrophe, the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists announced Thursday, as the group pushed the symbolic Doomsday Clock forward to three minutes before midnight
A Future In Prison
The Bureau of Prisons contacted me today, assigning me a prison number and a new address: for the next 90 days, beginning tomorrow, I'll live at FMC Lexington, in the satellite prison camp for women, adjacent to Lexington's federal medical center for men. Very early tomorrow morning, Buddy Bell, Cassandra Dixon, and Paco and Silver, two house guests whom we first met in protests on South Korea's Jeju Island, will travel with me to Kentucky and deliver me to the satellite women's prison outside the Federal Medical Center for men
CNN Serves US Gov Policy, Casts Deceased Saudi Tyrant In Positive Light
“ Reporting ” on the death of Saudi dictator Abdullah in an article titled “Saudi Arabia's ‘reformer' king Abdullah dies”, CNN notes that his dictatorship is a “key US ally”, and thus proceeds to paint an entirely sympathetic picture of his brutal regime, perhaps the world's most repressive. CNN expresses admiration for the dictatorship and hatred for the Saudi people, attempting to defend US policy of repressing those people by propping up the dictatorship since the 1930s, when Saudi oil was discovered
Federal Prison Sentence Begins For Anti-Drone Activist, Kathy Kelly
On January 23, Kathy Kelly, co-coordinator of Voices for Creative Nonviolence, a campaign to end U.S. military and economic warfare, will begin a three-month jail sentence in federal prison for a protest against drones (also known as “unmanned aerial vehicles”) at Whiteman Air Force Base in Missouri. Medea Benjamin had a chance to interview her before she had to turn herself in
Drones And The New Ethics Of War
This Christmas small drones were among the most popular gift under the tree in the U.S. with manufacturers stating that they sold 200,000 new unmanned aerial vehicles during the holiday season. While the rapid infiltration of drones into the gaming domain clearly reflects that drones are becoming a common weapon among armed forces, their appearance in Walmart, Toys “R” Us and Amazon serves, in turn, to normalize their deployment in the military
In the last 2 millennia the British have invaded 193 out of 203 present-day countries (195 UN-recognized nations and 8 non-UN-recognized self-governing countries) as compared to the French 80, the US 70 and Apartheid Israel 12. However the British invasion of Australia on 26 January 1788 ultimately destroyed as many as 600 unique Indigenous Australian tribes and a comparable number of languages and dialects
Ukraine Stiffs China For Billions It Owes
China paid Ukraine $3B two years Ago for grain still not delivered, now demands refund. Another $3.6B that's owed to China, will probably also default
Lessons That Hollande Failed To Learn From W. Bush’s Plunders
Francois Hollande is not a popular president. No matter how hard the ‘socialist’ leader tries to impress, there never seems to be a no solid constituency that backs him. He attempted to mask his initial lack of experience in foreign affairs with a war in Mali, after his country enthusiastically took on Libya. While he succeeded at launching wars, he failed at managing their consequences as the latest attacks in Paris have demonstrated
Meaningful justice, would be Europeans recognizing their legal responsibility to compensate the survivors of Muslim and non-Muslim millions slaughtered, maimed, impoverished, enslaved and exploited on three continents over the centuries of Europe’s rise via the plunder of three continents, including Muslim and other cultures and civilizations older, more advanced and wealthier than those of Europeans at that time. Patience!
Sri Lanka: Window Of Opportunity To Rebuild Damaged Legal Structure
The 100-day reform programme of the new government is an opportune moment for rebuilding the legal structure of Sri Lanka, a precondition for achieving the “good governance” that has been promised
Saving Modi’s Image, The BJP Way
Narendra Modi has decided not to address rallies and campaign in Delhi with full vigor. BJP has also decided not to make these Delhi elections a fight between him and others. BJP is afraid that if BJP looses then Modi's image will take a beating
21 January, 2015
Our Renewable Future
What’s needed now is neither fatalism nor utopianism, but a suite of practical pathways for families and communities that lead to a real and sustainable renewable future—parachutes that will get us from a 17,000-watt society to a 2,000-watt society. We need public messages that emphasize the personal and community benefits of energy conservation, and visions of an attractive future where human needs are met with a fraction of the operational and embodied energy that industrial nations currently use. We need detailed transition plans for each major sector of the economy. We need inspiring examples, engaging stories, and opportunities for learning in depth. The transition to our real renewable future deserves a prominent, persistent place at the center of public conversation
Street Smarts, Ecocide, And The Pope’s Mother
The only question left is whether or not anyone is human enough to stand up and defend their mother earth’s honor. Who knows, maybe the pontiff will take the first swing?
The Super-Rich Do Not Deserve Their Wealth
The implications of this obscene distortion of wealth on democracy are chilling. For to have one double decker bus full of people owning so much necessarily condemns billions of human beings to live in desperate, brutal poverty and misery. These findings make it crystal clear: we can either have billionaires or we can have democracy and freedom
Let Us Learn From The People Of France!
Two days ago, 16 million people in France staged a protest march against the genocide of Charlie Hebdo in an exemplary peaceful manner. During the protest march neither any Muslim mosque was smashed nor was any Muslim attacked. The people pledged to protect the freedom of expression and to join hands to fight against the religious right
26th January! And This Time Obama Is Visiting
Right to live, that too in ones own place, is an inalienable, birth and basic human right as Nelson Mandela said, ‘to deny people their human rights is to challenge their very humanity,’ Jammu and Kashmir is an example of such challenge to humanity where this right is being violated day in and out
What Was Gandhi’s Evaluation Of RSS?
Today having occupied the seat of power, RSS is desperate to link itself to the legacy of freedom movement from which it had kept aloof. It had criticized the freedom movement as people from all the communities were part of It. RSS aims for Hindu nation, the way Muslim League’s goal was Muslim nation. Today treading a careful path it wants to appropriate Gandhi for which a ‘certificate’ is needed from Gandhi. So his sentence is being manipulated to highlight ‘hard disciplined work’ and to hide the rider that ‘so had been the ‘Nazis of Hitler and Fascists of Mussolini.’ The basic contradiction in the two types of nationalisms should guide us as what was Gandhi’s attitude was towards RSS, despite the well manicured claims from RSS combine
Resist Academic Fundamentalism And Uphold The Shrinking Of Democratic Spaces On Campus
We condemn all the acts which are adding to the undemocratic nature of the Universities. On this we urge all students and faculty to support and join us in the endeavor to uphold the shrinking of democratic spaces in the Universities and create healthy spaces for academic discourses
Development And Dalits: Political Scenario In New Delhi
Once again Delhi is getting ready for political battle of the throne. This time all parties seem well informed about the present political scenario in the city and are taking calculated steps to influence all sections of voters, as the last assembly elections have been an eye opening episode. Dalit votes in the city are estimated to be around 25 lakhs, a significant fraction to change the game and ensure a soothing end for any political contender
A Historic Call For Uttarakhand
It is hoped that the state government of Uttarakhand will provide necessary details to the Court and show its inclination in distributing surplus land to Dalits and Aadivasis of the region. For us, it’s a struggle for more than 20 years, where we realize how difficult and frustrating is having faith in the rule of law and Constitution. If the Constitution fails here, it means people who are picking up arms to save their land and natural resources which their forefathers nurtured for years, are justified
20 January, 2015
Ukraine Opens Offensive Against Pro-Russian Separatists In The East
The Ukrainian regime opened a renewed offensive against pro-Russian separatists in the eastern Donbass region over the weekend in an effort to solidify control over the Donetsk International Airport, which has been the site of months of intense fighting between government forces and pro-Russian separatists
By their refusal to call and hold Israel to account for its defiance of international law, all the governments of the Western world are assisting the transformation of anti-Israelism into anti-Semitism
Netanyahu: Prime Minister of Israel or The Leader Of The "Jewish People"?
Netanyahu's presence at the "march of the millions" in France protesting the Charlie Hebdo killings and the murderous assault on a Jewish supermarket, in which four French Jewish citizens were killed by the perpetrator, was not only an offence to the other heads of states gathered there but also to France and its political class. Netanyahu was not invited, but attended anyway and pushed himself in the first row to wave to his fans, as if on a campaign tour
Inside The Uniform, Under The Hood, Longing For Change
There's no reason to automatically exalt uniformed fighters as heroes. But a humane society will surely seek understanding and care for any person who survives the killing fields of a war zone. Likewise, people in the U.S. should be encouraged to see every detainee in Guantanamo as a human person, someone to be called by name and not by a prison number. The cartoonized versions of foreign policy handed to U.S. people, designating heroes and villains, create a dangerously under-educated public unable to engage in democratic decision-making
A Shadow War In 150 Countries
Special Ops Missions Already in 105 Countries in 2015
Murdering Journalists … Them And Us
Where has all this Islamic fundamentalism come from in this modern age? Most of it comes – trained, armed, financed, indoctrinated – from Afghanistan, Iraq, Libya, and Syria. During various periods from the 1970s to the present, these four countries had been the most secular, modern, educated, welfare states in the Middle East region. And what had happened to these secular, modern, educated, welfare states?
Rain Water Harvesting In Myanmar
There are several types of Rain Water Harvesting ponds in the villages of Myanmar , of which some are especially designed to handle storage only of drinking water. The pond walls can be as high as 6 ft., and are normally protected so that domestic animals cannot enter them and pollute them. This protection is crucial and needs to be adhered to strictly
Sri Lanka’s New Regime Have To Modernise Its Style
I wonder if the newly sworn in cabinet consider themselves rulers or servants of the public. That will be their first choice for change
19 January, 2015
By Jon Queally
In less than two years, if current trends continued unchecked, the richest 1% percent of people on the planet will own at least half of the world's wealth. That's the conclusion of a new report from Oxfam International, released Monday, which states that the rate of global inequality is not only morally obscene, but an existential threat to the economies of the world and the very survival of the planet. Alongside climate change, Oxfam says that spiraling disparity between the super-rich and everyone else, is brewing disaster for humanity as a whole
I'm Maurice Sinet - "I Like Charlie Coulibaly"
The controversial French comedian Dieudonné M'bala M'bala posted on facebook "I like Charlie Coulibaly". An investigation by the Paris prosecutor's office followed immediately, and two days later, Wednesday 14 January, he was arrested for exercising his right of freedom of speech. His shows are banned because of being "anti-Semitic". With the approval of the French government freedom of expression can be utilized, but if it doesn't fit into the prevailing political concept of the ruling political and media class, one has a problem
Netanyahu And Europe's Far Right Find Common Ground
Israel has been having its own internal debate about the significance of the Paris killings this month, with concerns quite separate from those expressed in Europe. While Europeans are mired in debates about free speech and the role of Islam in secular societies, Israelis generally – and their prime minister, Benjamin Netanyahu, in particular – view the attacks as confirming Israel's place as the only safe haven for Jews around the world
American Sniper: Nation's Pride – Slaying Savages And The Importance Of Education
Had people like Chris Kyle, Bush Jr., and their contemporaries/predecessors been effectively reached, early and often, by information and logic, millions of people might still be alive and safe – that is, saf er . There is no such thing as total safety, but once the US invaded Iraq again in 2003, it dragged Iraq further and further down, further and further into chaos, until finally it was reduced to its current status as home of the “world's worst city”, as a UK research company put it
Uniform Civil Code: Do We Need One?
The Preamble to the Constitution assures social, economic and political justice, liberty of thought, expression, belief, faith and worship, and equality of status and of opportunity, to all citizens. Justice, liberty and equality are complementary, and not mutually exclusive. Therefore, a UCC will provide equality of status and opportunity which in turn will enhance social justice and equity, without in any manner impinging upon liberty of thought, expression, belief, faith and worship. It will bring wide social benefit. However, political leaders and civil society intellectuals have an important responsibility and role to proactively ensure that the process of formulating a UCC is not sullied by confusion caused inadvertently or deliberately, by those who may have a vested interest in hegemony within their own religion, or in communal disharmony
18 January, 2015
Humanity's rapacious growth and accelerated energy needs over the last generation—particularly fed by an economic system that demands increasing levels of consumption and inputs of natural resources—are fast driving planetary systems towards their breaking point, according to a new pair of related studies
A Population Perspective On The Steady State Economy
If our ethical understanding of the value of “sustainability” (longevity with sufficiency) is to “maximize” cumulative lives ever to be lived, subject to a per capita consumption level sufficient for a good life, then we must limit the load we place on the earth at any one time
On Finding Other Ways
The Cold War may have ended, but the US and Russia continue to harbour over 15,000 nuclear warheads between them. And a further 1,000 nuclear weapons are held by the UK, France, China, India, Pakistan and Israel. Does the thought of overkill come anywhere into the lexicon, let alone the imagination, of politicians and military planners?
Pope Francis, Salman Rushdie And Charlie Hebdo
I find myself siding with the abstract sentiments of Pope Francis, but with Rushdie's view of minimising the role of law and the state. In this respect, if we impose limits by way of government we are entering the domain of censorship. At the same time, we need to protect individuals and groups against malicious forms of defamation and hateful attacks on identities without confusing such protection with efforts to channel public awareness in certain prescribed directions
Five Facts That Prove Paris Massacre is A False Flag Terror Op
Fact 1: ‘Terrorist Leaves ID CARD’ is part of an elaborate frame-up
Europe's busy at the moment inductively for answers about what can be done after the terror that hit the French capital. But all the comments and analyses do not seem that Europe has come to the key question, about the reasons of the Arab and Muslim hostility towards the west. And the Islamic fundamentalism is the irrational product of this hostile environment. This hostility did not come overnight, and did not come as well by parachute, but has a clear history, title and address
Paris, Peshawar And Boko Haram- Religion, Politics And Violence
Do we need to factor in the political forces, Kings of the past, the colonial masters of yesteryears and the ‘oil hungry’ global superpowers, behind promoting, abusing religions’ identity to understand the dastardly acts tormenting the humanity? The phrases joining any religion and terrorism are the biggest insult to the morality of religions to be sure!
'Uncaged Corporate Parrots' And The False GMO Narrative
British Environment Secretary Elizabeth Truss has stated that genetically modified (GM) food should be grown in Britain because it is more ‘eco-friendly'. She adds that steps should be taken to speed up this development. Her statements come as little surprise to many because Truss's predecessor, Owen Paterson, was also a staunch supporter of GM technology
America Is Open for Business in Iraq (Psst... Wanna Buy an M1 Tank?)
Even as the Obama administration stumbles and bumbles along in search of a magical political strategy in Iraq that would make sense of everything, American weapons-makers can expect a bountiful future. In the meantime, Washington is putting forces in place that, by doing more of the same for the third time in a disintegrating Iraq in the middle of a fracturing region, guarantee more of the same. In that sense, you might say that American forces are partly in place to help promote the investment. If one needed an example of how the military-industrial complex works today, that might be it. Every mistake by Washington is a boon for future arms sales
Art Has To Fight For Justice
Why did I decide to write this essay? Why now? It is because the world appears to be facing yet another calamity, another great onslaught of fascism, this time conducted by the increasingly mad and brutal leaders of the Empire
#BlackLivesMatter, Veganism, & Intersectionality
An Interview with A. Breeze Harper
Fascism Thrives In The Form Of Democracy
When a democracy doesn't listen to the words of the people like Ram Bai and doesn't stop creating large number of hapless people like the tribal man who says that it would be better for his baby to die, it ceases to be a democracy. And it seems that fascism thrives both in the ‘strongest' democracy in the world and in the ‘largest' democracy of the world too
Terrorism Beyond Charlie Hebdo, Terrorism Of Motorists
The recent terrorist shooting of cartoonists in Paris and of school children in Peshawar needs to be strongly condemned. But if one looks at the numbers, far more people are killed by motor vehicles on roads in India than by Islamic terrorism. But few want to talk about the terrorism on the roads by private vehicles because it is inflicted by the upper class and in a way by the administration itself
The Right To Education: Rhetoric or A Reality?
Right to Education in India ensures that every child under the age of 14 years must be provided with free and compulsory education. However, to make this a reality, a continuous effort is required on the part of the state to ensure that both the quantitative and qualitative requirements are met. This means not only increasing availability of and accessibility to schools, classrooms, teachers and infrastructure facilities across the country but also there is a need to improve the quality of education
Time To Rebuild Sri Lanka: Basil Fernando
W. J. Basil Fernando is a Sri Lankan jurist, author, poet and human rights activist. Having been a lawyer engaged with human rights issues, he had to flee Sri Lanka decades ago. After that he became a legal adviser to Vietnamese refugees in a UNHCR-sponsored project in Hong Kong before joining the United Nations Transitional Authority (UNTAC) in 1992 as a senior human rights officer for Cambodia. He also served, later, as the Chief of Legal Assistance to Cambodia of the UN Centre of Human Rights (now the UN High Commissioner of Human Rights office). He is associated with Asian Human Rights Commission and Asian Legal Resource centre, based in Hong Kong since 1994. He was executive director of the organization for almost two decades. Here is an interview that DIGNITY (erstwhile RCT) of Denmark did with Basil Fernando on regime change in Sri Lanka
AHRC Writes To Minister Of Finance, Sri Lanka
AHRC is writing this letter in order to draw your attention to two important components necessary for the establishment of good governance that if they are to be realized, would require budgetary allocations. The two major areas where such budgetary allocations would be required are: 1) Measures for the modernization of the Sri Lankan police, to progress from the primitive style of policing that exists in the country to one that is possessed of the qualities and capacities found in modern times in many countries; 2) The establishment of a commission against bribery and corruption that could genuinely implement a program of prevention of bribery and corruption, again, in terms of what has been achieved in many countries in modern times. One recognized example is the Independent Commission against Corruption (ICAC) in Hong Kong
India: No One Killed 22 Dalits- Jehanabad Court
Citing lack of evidence against those accused of killing 22 Dalits in Shankar Bigha of Jehanabad, the district civil court acquitted all of the suspects. Coming a full 15 years after the massacre on the eve of 26 January 1999 - ironically the Republic Day - the verdict is not a standalone case of justice being first delayed for the Dalits and then altogether denied to them. The denial did not come from the lower judiciary alone, the higher judiciary has also acquitted many of the accused as well; often by setting aside the convictions by lower judiciary
15 January, 2015
Crossroads On Global Infrastructure
Massive Global Infrastructure Projects Could Prevent Achievement of a Sustainable Economy While Undermining Life Support Systems of the Earth
Private Property Versus Common Property
For our descendants to survive we must be honest and fair but that’s not possible in civilisation as it built on the reverse of those values. The less value our private property is the more honest and fairer we can be. It’s either civilisation or our children that we attempt to persevere, but we can only succeed with the children
The Importance of Being Angry
Unfortunately, in many circles, anger has a bad reputation. Anger is a vitally important evolutionary gift and without it we are perpetual victims. Anger has two primary evolutionary functions: to let us know when we are being threatened or attacked (whether by a more 'subtle' abuse or in an explicitly violent manner) while also giving us the power to respond effectively to this threat/attack
An Australian Block To BDS
The Australian government, Israel and its collaborator , the Palestinian Authority (PA) scored a victory over the Palestinian Boycott Divestment & Sanctions (BDS) Movement on November 29, 2014. This was the shameful day that the Australia Palestine Advocacy Network (APAN), at its AGM, voted for No.1 from the following options,
War Begets War: It's Not About Islam; It Never Was
It is still not about Islam, even if the media and militants attacking western targets say so. Actually, it never was. But it was important for many to conflate politics with religion; partly because it is convenient and self-validating
Right Wing Domestic Terrorists Far More Deadly Than Islamic Extremists
Since September 11, extremists associated with various far-right wing ideologies, including white supremacists, and Jewish extremists, have killed far more people in the United States than extremists motivated by radical Islam
Disputes Flare Up In Iran Over A Nuclear Deal
The latest round of Iran's nuclear negotiations with the 5+1 group (the US, UK, France, China, Russia and Germany) failed to reach a final agreement by its second deadline on November 24, 2014. Consequently, the two sides agreed to extend the negotiations for seven more months until July 1, 2015. As the third deadline is now looming, the confrontation between President Hassan Rouhani and the opposition factions in Iran is heating up
Two Most Amazing Feats Of Mass Media Bias?
1) Convincing a large percentage of the public that human-caused climate change is not happening. 2) Downplaying the role of the Saudi Arabian regime in the 9/11/01 attacks and overall global terror, and the USA's ongoing sponsorship of and collaboration with the Saudi regime
How Obama Lied About Obamacare
The first open enrollment period under Obamacare lasted from October 1, 2013 to March 31, 2014; and, so, there have now been a full 15 months, during which period, it's been up and running: Americans have been buying health insurance under the Act for 15 months now. Did it meet that basic promise he made? Is it even coming close? If it hasn't come close, is it likely ever to get there? The answers to all of these questions are uniformly and unequivocally no, and Obama knew that this would be the case, even back when he was running for the Presidency. All of this will be documented here
Poet-Journalists And Central Questions
A review of David Smith-Ferri’s Where Days Are Stones
Grief For France On A Scranton School District Bus
Aconversation with an 8th grade female student in Scranton School District bus
56 Days Hungry: Activist Stays Steadfast For Human Rights
A human rights activist in North India just completed day 56 of his hunger strike in protest against the government’s mistreatment and illegal detention of political prisoners. His cause and the duration of his strike reminds one of Bobby Sands, the first of ten Irish Hunger Strikers to die in 1981. The ten protested against the British government on revocation of the prisoner-of-war like category for paramilitary prisoners. They survived without food for 46 to 73 days
Has The Ordinance Raj Come To Stay?
In recent days, the central government has introduced a slew of ordinances related to land acquisition, raising cap on foreign investment in the insurance sector, coal and mineral mining license allocation, changes to the TRAI Act and so on. Several governments in the past, including the earlier UPA regime, have used the ordinance route to push through legislations which they have found difficult to get passed in the legislature. What is the ordinance route and does it benefit the people?
It’s Not Faith, But The Politics Of Conversion That Hurts
Ghar wapasi is an ideological project to produce the loyal citizen for the Hindu nation-state
Stupid! This Happens Only In Kashmir
For the past two weeks a number of articles appeared in Various papers expressing anguish over BJP-PDP alliance. But Still there remain some points that need to be put together to make an argument
POSCO Pratirodh Sangram Samiti Denounces Land Acquisition Ordinance
POSCO Pratirodh Sangram Samiti strongly condemn the Narendra Modi government’s decision for bringing a Presidential ordinance three days after the Indian Parliament ended its formal session with a clear and clandestine intention of turning the progressive Land Acquisition Act 2013 ineffective which had been designed to protect farmers’ interest from invading aggressive corporation
Piketty For Progressives (Part Six suite et fin )
The Theoretical and Conceptual Framework of Piketty's Book
14 January, 2015
Governments throughout Europe have responded to the attacks on Charlie Hebdo in France by moving quickly to push through a raft of anti-democratic measures. They are exploiting the shock and confusion generated by the event in Paris to take actions that have long been prepared, but that have so far encountered resistance
JE NE SUIS PAS CHARLIE
The Extremely Dark and Unexamined Underside of the Charlie Hebdo Affair
Je Suis Ahmed Hebdo
Like everyone else on the planet, I have been following the carnage that has been taking place in Paris; a carnage that has left nearly twenty people dead, including a black woman from Africa recently appointed a policewoman, a French policeman of Algerian descent, and three “terrorists,” also of African lineage. And while it is inhuman not to feel sympathy for all the victims who died in horrible conditions, we must remind ourselves of the stand that France has been taking vis-à-vis many issues concerning Muslims living inside its belly. For France, unlike the other colonial powers, has never faced up to its xenophobic past, especially when it has to do with those from The Maghreb
The Spectacular Media Failure On Charlie Hebdo
A core tenet of journalism is answering the question “why.” It’s the media’s duty to explain “why” an event happened so that readers will actually understand what they’re reading. Leave out the “why” and then assumptions and stereotypes fill in the blank, always readily supplied by politicians whose ridiculous answers are left unquestioned by the corporate media. Because the real “why” was unexplained in the Charlie Hebdo massacre, an obviously false culprit was created, leading to a moronic national discussion in the U.S. media about whether Islam was “inherently” violent
In 2015 the World may have now run out of time to prevent a catastrophic 2 degree Centigrade temperature rise, but while there is life there is hope. Climate change activists must still try in every way they can to make the looming disaster less bad. Below is an alphabetical list of numerous actions and advocacies whereby science-informed climate activists can try to mitigate the consequences of man-made climate change driven by remorseless, neoliberal One Percenter greed
Freedom For Badawi
Last May, the Saudi Arabian blogger Raif Badawi was sentenced to ten years in prison, 190,000 Euro fine and 1,000 lashes. The latter should be enforced, spread across 20 Fridays, that is: Every Friday 50 lashes over a period of almost five months. 2008, Badawi founded the website "Free Saudi liberals"
P. Sainath started building the People's Archive of Rural India http://www.ruralindiaonline.org/ only a couple of years ago. But the passion behind the innovative online project that mixes journalism and oral history, which was launched last month to overwhelming acclaim, goes back more than two decades
Why Narendra Modi Stole Christmas?
Christmas Day had been a public holiday throughout the history of independent India , so what changed in 2014? Obviously, the fact that it was the first Christmas with Modi in power as PM
Juvenile (In)Justice System
“It would have been better if we had murdered someone. We could have gotten out of the jail much earlier than rotting in this place”, one of the girls had once said. Perturbed, I ask her, “Why do you say so?” I never received an answer for that. But I understood what she meant. In the next one month that I spent in the Rehabilitation home for Juvenile Girls I realized what our phenomenal system is doing to the youth of the country. Young, impressionable girls are being subjected to a life of confinement, boredom and frustration
Why Was Greenpeace Activist Prevented From Travelling To London?
Greenpeace came under scrutiny because of its support to Mahan Sangharsh Samiti, a grassroots organisation challenging coal mining license for Mahan Coal Ltd, a joint venture of Essar and Hindalco (Aditya Birla group). What is ominous is that the Home Ministry has purportedly stated that there is "no rule which allows restraining a citizen from travelling abroad....(because) he/she would express views in conflict with government's policies." (TOI, 13/01/2015)]. So if this is the case who ordered the 'lookout circular', and at whose behest? These are questions which remain unanswered
BSP’s Dalit Votes Shifting Towards BJP?
Rejoinder to Biased Article in Hindu: ‘When the Elephant disappears’ (The Hindu 5 January, 2015)
Sri Lanka: Will Rajapaksa Return?
There are few possibilities of Rajapaksa regaining the leadership in the country again. To accomplish his desire first he has to win the struggle within the party while fuelling the internal crisis. Second, he will have to take the people into the streets, while instigating racism within Sinhalese sentiments. If he can do this he may set foot on the road of his return
Social networking Facebook Twitter YouTube cellphone cameras Everyone everywhere especially in countries suffering US bombings or CIA covert deadly violence, starvation! BREAK 48 year BLACKOUT of King's condemnation of his gov."greatest purveyor of violence in the world," Don't let genocidal media sucker our eyes and ears Use King's 1963 "I have Dream' to erase his 1967'That Dream won't come true unless we end the Nightmare'
09 January, 2015
Euro Zone Officially Tips Into Deflation
Figures released by Eurostat on Wednesday confirm that the euro area has fallen into deflation for the first time since 2009, when the region suffered the disastrous economic consequences of the 2008 financial crisis
Charlie Hebdo And Tsarnaev’s Trial: Cui Bono?
The Roman question is always: Who benefits? The answer is: Not France, not Muslims, but US world hegemony. US hegemony over the world is what the CIA supports. US world hegemony is the neoconservative-imposed foreign policy of the US
Charlie Hebdo: Who Is To Blame?
In promoting the Islamic enemy image, "Charlie Hebdo" was not the real model of freedom of speech. It was rather one of many mouthpieces of a predominant trend all across Europe that is racist, islamophobic, xenophobic and exclusively Western value-oriented. This arrogant attitude is now bearing terrible fruit. Nevertheless, the question remains: Who benefits from it?
Charlie Hebdo And Politeness In Multi-Ethnic Societies
Globally, we are in great need of a new ethic, which regards all humans as brothers and sisters, regardless of race, religion or nationality. Human solidarity will become increasingly important in the future, as stress from climate change and the vanishing of nonrenewable resources becomes more pronounced. To get through the difficult time ahead of us, we will need to face the dangers and challenges of the future arm in arm, respecting each other's differing beliefs, and emphasizing our common humanity rather than our differences
France Attack Reactions Include Citizen Calls To Kill All Muslims
Responding to the terror attack against French journalists and in addition to government and media incitements to violence, private citizens are issuing incitements to commit genocide against Muslims. It will be interesting to see whether people using the #killallmuslims hash-tag and making these very serious incitements to genocide will be prosecuted, as is explicitly required by the highest law in the world
Paris: A Dastardly Act Of Terror
The Charlie Hebdo episode has underscored yet again the importance of exercising freedom with a deep sense of responsibility. Restraints are part and parcel of rights. It is by balancing rights with restraints that one ensures the well-being of the whole
Who Should Be Blamed For Muslim Terrorism?
From a peaceful and creative civilization, that used to lean towards socialism, the Muslim nations and Islam itself, found itself to be suddenly derailed, tricked, outmaneuvered, infiltrated by foreign religious and ideological implants, and transformed by the Western ideologues and propagandists into one ‘tremendous threat’; into the pinnacle and symbol of terrorism and intolerance.mThe situation has been thoroughly grotesque, but nobody is really laughing – too many people have died as a result; too much has been destroyed!
Oleg Orlov headlined “Ukraine's Forgotten City Destroyed by War,” and he described a city in ruins from the intensive bombings during July and August
Intense pressure from Israel and the US last week on members of the United Nations Security Council narrowly averted Washington’s embarrassment at being forced to veto a Palestinian resolution to end the occupation. The Palestinians’ failure to get the necessary votes saved the White House’s blushes but at a cost: the claim that the US can oversee a peace process promising as its outcome a Palestinian state is simply no longer credible
Reproductive Sovereignty or Bust!
A radical feminist group's goal is reproductive sovereignty. Sovereignty means being independent or autonomous. A nation is sovereign when it has its own set of laws that it can enforce within its boundaries without interference. A woman is sovereign when she can decide her own destiny without State interference
We need a loud radical alarm clock and we need it now. In fact, we could use a bunch of 'em -- tick-tick-ticking in every city and town on the planet to remind us humans that time is of the essence. Our eco-system is finite, there is a point of no return, and we could all kick things up a notch or three in terms of urgency and methods
Do Americans Hate Children?
Here's one basic place we might start. Only three nations have refused to ratify the Convention on the Rights of the Child. They are Sudan, Somalia, and the United States of America, and two of those three are moving forward with ratification. My fellow Americans, WTF?
Political Realities Need To Be Tempered With Faith
One important lesson for the world politics is that evilness can not survive and sustain beyond a certain limit. Political realities will be followed by every nation state and its political leaders but it can not be done at the cost of violation of human rights. The general will of the Sri Lankan people have proved it
No More ‘Religion-Hopping’ For Me!
If you ask me, stepping out of the prison of institutionalised religion and relating directly with God can do wonders for our spirituality. It could help us get along much better with our fellow beings (humans and others) and make us more peaceful and joyful people, more deeply in loving connection with God. That, and not dogmatic attachment to dogmas, creeds, communities, cults, laws, rules, regulations and rituals, is, I would like to think, what true religiosity must certainly be all about!
A Response To Decoding PK By Amish Tripathi
In the days since watching PK and observing the reaction to it, I felt like voicing my opinion as well, but a catalyst was lacking. Author Amish Tripathi’s article in the Hindustan Times, titled Decoding PK, proved to be that source. As I read it, I could sense that something in it seemed jarring, but only after another reading could I place it well. By using seemingly innocuous terms such as idol-worship, spiritual masters, and theology, the article gives the impression of objective critique. But dare I say, it misses the point at several places, and misleads at others