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"Fixing Global Finance" by Kavaljit Singh

US Resupplies Israel
With Weapons As Gaza
Death Toll Hits 1390

By Ma'an News Agency

The United States confirmed it had restocked Israel's supplies of ammunition, hours after finally sharpening its tone to condemn an attack on a United Nations school in Gaza that killed 16 people sheltering there. Israeli airstrikes and shelling continued overnight and into the morning leaving 27 Gazans dead and dozens injured, bringing the 24-day death toll to 1,390 with 8,000 injured, according to the Ministry of Health. The Israeli military confirmed that 20 "sites" had been hit overnight

 

Video Shows Israeli Shelling of Shujaiya That Killed Gaza Journalist
By Ali Abunimah

On Wednesday, Israeli forces shelled the Shujaiya neighborhood of eastern Gaza City, killing 17 Palestinians at a market where people had gone to shop during what they thought would be a four-hour “humanitarian truce.” This video uploaded to YouTube shows the shelling. It is titled in Arabic “Shujaiya massacre and the targeting of a journalist and the injury of the Manara News Agency’s photographer.”

World Watches Idly As Israel Bombs Gaza School And Market
By Yousef Al-Helou

As each day brings new horror in Gaza, Palestinians in the besieged Strip have become largely cut off from the outside world as Israeli bombing has badly damaged the electricity infrastructure and telecommunications network. The bodies of at least sixteen Palestinians were pulled from the rubble after an Israeli strike hit a United Nations school in Jabaliya refugee camp on Wednesday. Approximately 3,300 displaced people were taking refuge in the school

"We Have No Power And No Water," Warns Gaza Physician Dr. Mona El-Farra
By Nora Barrows-Friedman

We don’t have power at the moment. We don’t have water,” physician Dr. Mona El-Farra told The Electronic Intifada from Gaza today. Dr. El-Farra works with the Palestine Red Crescent Society and is the director of Gaza projects at the Middle East Children’s Alliance. “We receive every day an increasing number of patients coming from the schools, people who took shelter in the schools or with their relatives,” she added

Israel's Gaza Massacre: 55 Anti-Racist Australian MPs
Condemn Israeli War Crimes And Occupation

By Dr Gideon Polya

While the pro-Zionist, US lackey Australian Coalition Government and the pro-Zionist, US lackey, Labor Right-dominated Australian Labor Opposition are appallingly united in their support for Apartheid Israel, 54 Australian MPs and the former conservative Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Fraser have signed an Open Letter condemning Israeli war crimes in Gaza

Should Israel Teach The Holocaust Less?
By David Swanson

To say that people are behaving like Nazis is not to say that they are exactly identical to Nazis, any more than to say that your child's piano playing is exactly like Mozart. Without question, Nazism is a source of imitation for rightwingers around the world, including in Israel. Might a lesser focus on its significance be helpful? Would a greater emphasis on peace studies do any harm?

There Are No Good Wars
By Vincent Di Stefano

The thousands of families in Afghanistan and Pakistan who continue to grieve the loss of their loved ones from past volleys of air-strikes, and the thousands of women and children blown apart in Gaza from Operation Cast Lead in 2008/2009 to Operation Protective Edge at the present time are all tragic witnesses to the fact that it has all gone horribly wrong

No One Has Right To Kill The Innocent Ones In Gaza
By Dr. Vivek Kumar Srivastava

All world leaders should press Israel to stop this act now. US should stop all support to Israel now

Global Ecosystem Collapse
By Dr. Glen Barry

The global ecological system is collapsing and dying. Humanity wantonly destroys natural ecosystems and climatic patterns that provide all life's environmental habitats. Our one shared, overpopulated, ecologically diminished, abjectly unfair biosphere is careening toward scarcity, war, disease, and social, economic and ecosystem collapse

The Era of Mega-Arbitration: International Court Rules Against Russia in $50 Billion Decision
By Kavaljit Singh

On July 28, 2014, an international arbitration tribunal under the auspices of the Permanent Court of Arbitration (The Hague) announced that Russia must pay $50.02 billion (Rs.300120 crore) in damages to former shareholders of the now defunct oil giant, Yukos Oil Company. The compensation amount of $50 bn is the largest international arbitration award to date. It is more than 20 times bigger than the previous record of $2.4 bn Award won by Dow Chemical Company against the Petrochemical Industries Company of Kuwait in 2013

Union Budget 2014-15: Continuing With The Capital-Centric Approach
In Spite Of “People’s Verdict For A Change”

By Communist Ghadar Party of India

Presenting the budget of the Government of India for the fiscal year 2014-15, Union Finance Minister Arun Jaitley began his speech in Parliament on 10th July with the following words: “The people of India have decisively voted for a change. The verdict represents the exasperation of the people with the status quo.” However, the budget presented looks almost exactly like the previous year’s budget that was presented by Chidambaram of Congress Party

Pakistan: Strange Democracy At Work
By Dr. Mahboob A. Khawaja

Pakistani politics is hub of intrigues and backdoor conspiracies. Democracy stands no chance to take roots in the current highly volatile and disruptive political culture. Feudal lords turned politicians would have hard time to define the democratic norms and principles in a rational manner. The take-over of Islamabad by the military is unwanted and unwise

30 July, 2014

Over 70 Palestinians Killed In Gaza On Wednesday; Death Toll Crosses 1300
By Ma'an News Agency

At least 70 Palestinians have been killed and 110 injured in Israeli attacks since midnight Wednesday on the 23rd day of the Gaza offensive, according to the Ministry of Health. The latest killings brought the number of dead since the start of Israel's assault on Gaza to more than 1,300, according to health ministry spokesman Ashraf al-Qidra

Israel Bombs Gaza Back To Stone Age: Razes Only Power Plant
And Plunges Strip Into Darkness

By Juan Cole

While one can argue about whether this mortar fire or or that aerial bombing was justified, the destruction of the power plant and therefore of civilian water-purification is certainly a war crime. Babies in particular are vulnerable to dirty water, and often take revenge on their parents for the inability to give them clean water by dying. Israel is, as Rashid Khalidi argues, collectively punishing the entire Palestinian population of Gaza to punish it for being insufficiently cowed and for refusing to accept being ethnically cleansed from what is now Israel

 

Artists, Activists And Nobel Peace Laureates Stand Up For Palestinian Rights In New Video
By Jewish Voice for Peace

A diverse group of celebrities, artists, and activists that includes American Jews and Palestinians are speaking out for Palestinian human rights in a video released online today. The video is a first of its kind expression of support for Palestinian freedom, equality and justice and features celebrities such as Chuck D, Jonathan Demme, Gloria Steinem, Wallace Shawn, Tony Kushner, Mira Nair, Roger Waters, Brian Eno, Nobel Peace Laureates Adolfo Pérez Esquivel, Desmond Tutu, Jody Williams, Rigoberta Menchu Tum , activists and artists like Mira Nair, Anand Patwardhan, Ken Loach, Naomi Klein etc holding signs with the names and ages of Palestinian civilians recently killed by the Israeli military in Gaza

Joint Declaration By International Law Experts on Israel’s Gaza Offensive
By International Law Experts

The International Community Must End Israel’s Collective Punishment of the Civilian Population in the Gaza Strip

Call From Palestine: Free Gaza, Hold Israel Accountable
By Citizens From Palestine

As Gaza is forced into darkness and devastation, we must speak on her behalf. Our friends and family members in Gaza call on you to demand the lifting of the siege on Gaza, the immediate provision of medical and humanitarian aid, and holding Israel accountable for war crimes and crimes against humanity

Open Letter From Javier Bardem About The Massacres In Gaza
By Javier Bardem

Yes, I’m outraged, ashamed and hurt by all of this injustice and human beings getting killed. Those children are our children. It’s horrendous. I can only hope that those who kill will find it in their hearts to show compassion and be cured of this murderous poison which only breeds more hate and violence. That those Israelis and Palestinians who only dream of peace and coexistence can some day find a solution together

Recruiting To Kill - It Is Not Just An Israeli War On Gaza
By Ramzy Baroud

It is one thing to fail to stop war crimes from being committed, it is a whole other level of failure to defend, finance and take active part in carrying out these war crimes. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is not the only leader culpable of Gaza's bloodbath; others in western capitals should also be held to account

Israel Is Stealing And Murdering Its Way Through Palestine
By Paul Craig Roberts

There is only one take on the current Israeli slaughter of Palestinians, which Netanyahu, the demonic Israeli leader, declares will be a “protracted campaign” this time. We are witnessing yet again Israeli war crimes that are supported by the Great Moral West that is so concerned about the deaths of 290 passengers on MH-17 that they are about to drive the world to a major war, while Palestinian casualties pile up so fast that they are out of date by the time you put the numbers in a column. So far more than 1,200 deaths, with injuries to 2,000 children, 1,170 women, and 257 elderly

Kandhamal Cultural Activist Calls For Action on August 25th
By Kandhamal Human Rights Watch

Bolli Anarsingh, who happened to be a victim of anti-Christian communal violence in Kandhamal during 2008, urges people all over the world to take action for justice and peace for survivors of Kandhamal violence

New ICHR Chief Is A Communal Ideologue
By Ram Puniyani

Prof. Y.Sudarshan Rao, not much known for his academic accomplishments in the discipline of History, has been appointed as the chief of ICHR (Indian Council for Historical Research). Prof. Rao has been working on proving the historicity of epics like Ramayana and Mahabharata. In addition rather than peer-reviewed research papers, he has been speaking his mind through blogs, which are reflective of his ideological moorings. Though he claims not to be part of RSS, his outpourings do show the inklings of agenda of Hindu Rashra inherent in them, the glorification of caste system, the glorification of Hindu past and it’s being tarnished by alien Muslim rule

An Invitation To Remember: The Lightning Testimonies Comes To India
By Shivani Kaul

Amar Kanwar's video installation "The Lightning Testimonies" is exhibited in India for the first time this year

U.S. Holds The World Records of Killings Innocent Civilians: Prof. John McMurtry
By Kourosh Ziabari

A world-renowned Canadian philosopher argues that the United States is the world recorder of illegal killings of unarmed civilians and extrajudicial detention and torturing of prisoners who are detained without trial

29 July, 2014

More Than 108 Killed In Gaza, Death Toll Crosses 1,200
By Ma'an News Agency

At least 26 were killed and 241 injured across the Gaza Strip on Monday night as Israel resumed its bombardment of the Gaza Strip from air, land, and sea. Gaza Ministry of Health Spokesman said over the last 21 days, a total of 1,088 Palestinians have been killed and 6,470 have been injured. Of the dead, 251 have been children and 50 have been elderly, while 1,980 children and 259 elderly have been among the injured

“Why Do You Continue To Kill People?”
By Alan Hart

The question of my headline was asked by an exasperated and quietly angry Ban Ki Moon, Secretary General of the UN during his diplomatic effort in the Middle East. Because Israel is doing virtually all of the killing I think it is more than reasonable to assume that the SG’s rhetorical question was addressed primarily to Israel’s leaders. The answer to it can be very simply stated

Humanize Palestine
By Professor Mazin Qumsiyeh

Palestinians lives are lost that are irreplaceable and faith in human dignity tarnished as western leaders were forced to defend an ongoing genocide so that they can please their Zionist lobbyists.The price paid by all humanity is far too high

"In Gaza There’s No Studying, No Children Are Left There", Sing Joyful Israeli Youths
By Ali Abunimah

A video that was posted on you tube shows an Israeli mob singing in celebration of children’s deaths in the style of a soccer fans’ song: “In Gaza there’s no studying, No children are left there, Olé, olé, olé-olé-olé.”

Open Letter To The Conscience of Humanity
By Roger Tucker

Roger Tucker's reply to the OpEd written by Moshe Feiglin, Deputy Speaker of the Knesset, and head of the Manhigut Yehudit ("Jewish Leadership") faction of Israel’s governing Likud party, entitled My Outline for a Solution in Gaza and published in Arutz Sheva on July 15th, 2014

Deleted BBC Report. “Ukrainian Fighter Jet Shot Down MHI7″, Donetsk Eyewitnesses
By Global Research News

TheBBC Russian Service has deleted a report by their veteran reporter Olga Ivshina in which every eyewitness interviewed indicated the presence of a Ukrainian military aircraft right beside the Malaysian Airlines Boeing MH17 at the time that it was shot down

MH17 – Sacrificed Airliner: The New Cold War
By Andre Vltchek

After the MH17 tragedy and after the way it has been handled by the Western mass media, there is no doubt that we are back to the Cold War again. It is not just a war against Russia. The war is reflected in the arms race that is being accelerated by the US in Asia, from the revolting, racist anti-Chinese propaganda, and from the attempts to overthrow our socialist governments in Latin America

American Twilight
By Jason Hirthler

America faces the emergence of a multipolar world—and a check on its self-delusion

Gadkari Bugging Scandal: Is "Saheb"Listening? 
By Shehzad Poonawalla

There is certainly more than what meets the eye in the "bugging controversy" that has hit the Narendra Modi government recently. Will it be India's 'Watergate Scandal' with a slight twist?

28 July, 2014

Israeli Shelling Kills 2 Palestinians, 7 Bodies Pulled From Rubble
By Ma'an News Agency

The death toll in Gaza increased by nine on Monday as two Palestinians were killed by Israeli shelling in the north and seven bodies were pulled from rubble in the south, a Ma'an reporter said. The latest deaths and discovery of bodies brought the total death toll up to 1,044 on the 21st day of the offensive

Not Just Numbers: Online Memorial Publishes Names, Faces of Palestinians Killed In Gaza
By Ali Abunimah

Afraid that the names of those slaughtered by Israel would get lost in the staggering statistics of death, two women have set up the website Humanize Palestine (humanizepalestine.com) as an online memorial to Palestinians killed in Israeli attacks

VIDEO: In Memory of Salem Shammaly
By International Solidarity Movement

In honour of the memory of Salem Khalil Salem Shammaly, the International Solidarity Movement (ISM) has published all the raw footage, taken by Mohammed Abedullah, of Salem’s murder

To The family Of The One Thousandth Victim Of Israel’s Genocidal Slaughter In Gaza
By Ilan Pappe

I pledge myself to work for justice, full justice, restorative justice. This is what I can pledge — to work to prevent the next stage in the ethnic cleansing of Palestine and the genocide of Palestinians in Gaza

Watch: Al Jazeera’s "Massacre at Dawn" Gives Glimpse of Horror in Shujaiya
By Shahd Abusalama

My body shakes as tears fall out of control after watching the first minute of Al Jazeera’s 22-minute documentary on the Shujaiya massacre which Israel committed in the eastern Gaza City neighborhood a week ago today, killing dozens and flattening the entire are

Israel/Palestine Lexicon For Mainstream Media
By Justin Podur

With these guidelines, you should be able to stay out of trouble with pro-Israel advocacy organizations, your editors, and politicians. Your job will be safer and you will be able to write about Israel/Palestine in a way that helps your career. Follow them carefully. Avoid any media that don't follow these guidelines – they are to be considered BIASED

Israel’s Fraudulent Claim of “Defending” Itself
By William Hanna

Because of the glaring disparity between the blockaded, ill-equipped Palestinians and the U.S. backed/financed Israelis, it would be ludicrous to attempt any comparison between their respective weaponry and resources. Equally ludicrous would be the suggestion that Israel was “defending” itself

Sorry For Palestinians But Not Calling For Nuremberg Laws Prosecution of Israelis
By Jay Janson

List of articles which fail any intention to bring the law down upon the perpetrators of genocide in Gaza, a continuation of the colonial crime against humanity in Palestine, that forced creation, through a fomented war, of a new colonial state in British occupied territory. UN as successor to the League of Nations was obliged to respect and bring democratic independence to in fairness to all its residents

Wishful Thinking About Natural Gas
By Naomi Oreskes

Why Fossil Fuels Can’t Solve the Problems Created by Fossil Fuels

Klaus Kinski – Toshiro Mifune – Dhanush Kasturiraja: State of Madness And Art of Madness
By Gouthama Siddarthan

An exploration into the madness of acting

China’s Strategic Aggression Through Sea, Land And Air
By Mousumi Roy

Asia is the world’s most resource-poor continent in the world. Overexploitation, overpopulation, urbanization, industrialization, resource crunch, decline in crop yields, potential shortage of fresh water supply mainly leading to concerns over resource crisis, environment crisis and climate crisis. China’s emergence as the Asia’s largest economic power, coupled with its ambition to become super power creating disputes with many other Asian countries. China’s strategic aggressions to establish its dominance through sea, land and air could be seen as main factors

Panthers In The Hole: French Angola 3 Book Illustrates US Prison Crisis
By Angola 3 News

Amnesty International France and La Boîte à Bulles have published a 128-page French language graphic novel entitled Panthers in the Hole . The book's co-authors David Cénou and Bruno Cénou present with visual art what Amnesty France describes as “la tragique histoire des Trois d'Angola” (the tragic story of the Angola 3)

Yes, I Am a Woman…..
By Shalu Nigam

Yes, I am a feminist and an activist and I take pride in it. No, I do not shy away from my identity which has given me an understanding to fight for my rights, to strive for justice, to struggle for freedom and endeavor for my self-respect. I dare to exhibit courage, confidence, audacity, till women in this country truly achieve independence…

27 July, 2014

Resumed Israeli Strikes Kill 6 Palestinians In Gaza, Death Toll 1,058
By Ma'an News Agency

Six Palestinians were killed and several others were injured Sunday in Gaza after Israeli forces resumed attacks. Separately, a Palestinian child, Fadi Baraka, had succumbed to his wounds in a hospital in Egypt, and Baha al-Din Ahmad Said succumbed to his wounds in al-Maghazi refugee camp, bringing Gaza total death toll to 1,058

"Our Village Has Become A Ghost Town": A Distressing Phone Call From Gaza
By Charlotte Silver

The extreme cruelty of Israel’s actions is underscored later that night. Just hours after I leave the Abufayyads’ house, Israel bombs an UNRWA school in the northern Gaza town of Beit Hanoun. At least sixteen people are killed

The Court Of World Opinion
By John Scales Avery

I believe that the few ineffective rockets recently fired by Hamas were damaging to the Palestinian cause. They did no real harm to Israel, but they made the case far less clear. Israel, an apartheid regime far more evil than it South African counterpart ever was, justifies its genocidal atrocities by claiming that it “has a right to self-defense”; and the clarity of the situation is lost

Trust Us Says Government, But Can We?
By Arshad M Khan

'Trust us' was essentially (US State Department deputy spokeswoman) Marie Harf's response when pressed by a reporter to back up the claims blaming Russia for the downing of the Malaysian airliner in Ukraine. But how far can we carry that trust? Her prior experience has been with the CIA, first as an intelligence analyst, later developing CIA media strategy and responses to reporters queries

U.S. ‘News' Media Propagandize For War Against Russia
By Eric Zuesse

This two-faced, two-conservative-party, system, is mere mockery of a "free press" in a "democracy." Americans should be outraged, no longer accept it, but just reject the conning of America by the aristocracy's two political parties, and by the "news" media that the aristocracy control

The Empire Economy Does Not Serve The Economy Or People
By Kevin Zeese & Margaret Flowers

As US Empire fades, we must choose our path forward

The Seminole-African Alliance
By Mickey Z.

Part of that message is the urgent need for deeper solidarity and broader coalitions within the struggle for justice. As activists, we must rediscover our history. We must never forget those whose shoulders we stand upon. We must recognize that there’s a lot more to our revolutionary heritage than rich and/or charismatic white “leaders.” We must embrace collective efforts towards collective liberation

The Only “Single Issue” Is Collective Liberation
By Mickey Z

Angela Davis—a high-profile vegan who most definitely breaks the patriarchal mode—has said that being a vegan is “part of a revolutionary perspective—how we not only discover more compassionate relations with human beings but how we develop compassionate relations with the other creatures with whom we share this planet.” This is the kind of message vegans should be conveying and representing: inclusive, holistic, accessible, uncompromisingly revolutionary, and not dripping with privilege

Petition Filed Against The Attempt To Communally Polarize Moradabad
By Shehzad Poonawalla

Shehzad Poonawalla files a petition to concerned authorities against offensive and illegal set of tweets by Mr.C T Ravi , General Secretary of the BJP in Karnataka and a member of the National Executive of the BJP, who is not only an MLA but has been a former Minister

26 July, 2014

Entire Gaza Family Killed Prior To Ceasefire, As Death Toll Tops 985
By Ma'an News Agency

The bodies of 85 Palestinians buried under the rubble of buildings destroyed by Israel have been recovered since the beginning of a 12-hour ceasefire Saturday morning at 8 a.m., as medical authorities accessed areas that had been off-limits due to shelling. Minutes before the humanitarian ceasefire went into effect in Gaza on Saturday morning, meanwhile, an Israeli airstrike left at least 20 members of a Palestinian family dead in Khan Younis refugee camp

"Dad, When Will These Attacks Stop?"
By Rami Almeghari

“Dad, when will these attacks stop? I want to go back to Maghazi, I want to go back. When can we go back?” My son Munir, who is 15, asked me these questions yesterday. Along with my other children, my son has stopped his daily routine during the holy month of Ramadan

The Gaza Massacre Is The Price Of A “Jewish State”
By Ali Abunimah

The massacre in Gaza is at the extreme end of the spectrum of abuses necessary to maintain Jewish sectarian rule in Palestine, but it is part of the same policy that requires employment and housing discrimination against Palestinian citizens of Israel, and outright land theft and ethnic cleansing in the Naqab (Negev) and the occupied West Bank

Open Letter by 50 Israeli Army Reservists on Why They Refuse to Fight in Gaza
Petition By Israeli soldiers and reservists

There are many reasons people refuse to serve in the Israeli Army. Even we have differences in background and motivation about why we’ve written this letter. Nevertheless, against attacks on those who resist conscription, we support the resisters: the high school students who wrote a refusal declaration letter, the Ultra orthodox protesting the new conscription law, the Druze refusers, and all those whose conscience, personal situation, or economic well-being do not allow them to serve. Under the guise of a conversation about equality, these people are forced to pay the price. No more

When BBC Calls, Don’t Answer..
By Richard Falk

My advice to the media savvy, is that if you have caller ID, and you can tell that it is BBC calling, don’t bother answering. I hope I have the good sense to follow my own advice should the phone ever ring again!

The Palestinians’ Right To Self-Defense
By Chris Hedges

If Israel insists, as the Bosnian Serbs did in Sarajevo, on using the weapons of industrial warfare against a helpless civilian population then that population has an inherent right to self-defense under Article 51 of the United Nations Charter. The international community will have to either act to immediately halt Israeli attacks and lift the blockade of Gaza or acknowledge the right of the Palestinians to use weapons to defend themselves

Gaza: Syllogism of Death
By Dan Lieberman

The media emphasizes the emotional aspect of tragedy, and the public responds with tears and regrets, rarely giving attention to the illogic that caused the tragedy. When illogic is a governing factor in the violence against people, it elevates the calamity to a criminal action. Feeling sorrow for the victim is warranted but insufficient; thought must complement emotion and enforce justice against the perpetrator

Samantha Power And The Age Of Genocide; Rwanda 1994 vs Gaza 2014
By Soraya Sepahpour-Ulrich

Two decades later, again, prior to November elections, the US is careful to avoid the “G” word. As Israeli law makers call for genocide and indiscriminate killing of Palestinians under siege, and with calls of rape of Palestinian women, the massacre continues with the full backing, arming and and funding by the United States

Refutation Of Mainstream –Accepted Racist Zionist Lies
Behind Israel 's Gaza Massacres And Palestinian Genocide

By Dr Gideon Polya

As of 26 July 2014, about 900 Palestinians have been killed, 6,000 injured, 150,000 rendered homeless and most of the 0.9 million children in the Gaza Concentration Camp have been traumatized [1]. Yet the World, and the US lackey West in particular, fails to act. That inaction is bolstered by widespread Mainstream media and politician acceptance of numerous utterly false Zionist and pro-Zionist one-liners used to support the ongoing Apartheid Israeli Palestinian Genocide. Indeed an appropriate anagram of ISRAEL is E-LIARS. These false Zionist one-liners are refuted below

Solidarity With Palestinians In Gaza Begins In Lebanon’s Camps
By Franklin Lamb

Gaza isn’t the only open air prison; Lebanon has 12 of its own. And the people there are denied the most elementary right to apply for a job in more than 50 professions. Worth noting also is that the US Foreign Assistance Act of 1961 could mandate a cut-off of all American aid to Lebanon due to ongoing violations of their human rights. Solidarity—credible, genuine solidarity—is within our grasp; let us reach for it

Does Russia (And Humanity) Have A Future?
By Paul Craig Roberts

Europe is complicit in its own demise

MH 17: Who Stands To Gain?
By Chandra Muzaffar

The Russian military has released military monitoring data which challenge allegations circulating in the media pertaining to the MH 17 crash in the Donetsk Region of Eastern Ukraine on July 17 2014. Questions have been raised about Kiev military jets tracking MH 17, Ukrainian air traffic controllers and the deployment of Buk missile systems. Kiev should also release military data on the circumstances leading to the crash. So should the Pentagon which reportedly has relevant intelligence and satellite data

Regulator's Approach To GMO Contamination: “Don't Look, Don't Find”
By Colin Todhunter

GMO maize, rice, cotton and oilseed rape have uncontrollably spread in regions and countries such as the US and Canada , Central America , Japan , China , Australia and Europe . In many cases, GMOs have escaped far beyond the fields into the environment and have even moved into populations of wild relatives . Commercial cultivation and experimental field trials are responsible for much of this contamination. However, losses from the import and transport of grains for food and feed production are also an important source of uncontrolled dispersal

Kashmir: The Agony Of Conflict
Book Review By Bilal Shaheen

Shahnaz Bashir's The Half Mother is the latest attempt to tell the heartwrenching story of those women who lost their fathers, brothers and sons to custodial interrogation by the Indian army, only to be found never again

Opening Doors Wider To Foreign Direct Investment Is A Dangerous Course
Statement of the Central Committee of Communist Ghadar Party of India

BJP led NDA government is gambling with the fate of our country to serve the imperialist drive of Indian capital to join the global big power club

25 July, 2014

26 Palestinians Dead On 18th Day Of Gaza Offensive
By Ma'an News Agency

Some 26 Palestinians have died as a result of Israeli attacks on Gaza since midnight Friday, as reports of a new ceasefire proposal surfaced on the 18th day of the offensive on the Strip. Ashraf al-Qidra, spokesman for the Palestinian ministry of health, said that the latest deaths brought the death toll since the beginning of the assault to 825

Israel Used Fabricated Images To Justify Bombing al-Wafa Hospital
By Nora Barrows-Friedman

The Israeli military on Wednesday completely destroyed the al-Wafa rehabilitation and geriatric hospital in the eastern Gaza City neighborhood of Shujaiya after weeks of missile strikes on the hospital and the forced evacuation of the patients, caregivers and hospital staff last week. The Israeli daily Haaretz reported that the Israeli military claimed the hospital buildings were “being used as a Hamas command center and rocket-launching site.” However, the hospital director, Dr. Basman Alashi, says that Israel has targeted the hospital based on false and misleading claims

War Crimes In Gaza? Genocide?
By Prof. Francis Boyle

I read the entire Navi Pillay Letter to the Human Rights Council. She said that war crimes and crimes against humanity have been committed and need to be investigated. So what? That’s exactly what [Richard] Goldstone did after Operation Cast Lead [in 2008-9] and nothing came of it. An appropriate legal remedy is to apply the 1948 Convention on the Prevention and Punishment of the Crime of Genocide. Palestinians have been victims of genocide by that treaty's definition

Who Wants All Your Attention on “Hamas” And “Rockets,” And Why
By Robert Barsocchini

The world has endured many campaigns of extermination of “savage” indigenous peoples by “superior” races, from the USA to Canada to Australia. One such campaign is being carried out by Israeli colonizers against the indigenous Palestinian peoples. The campaign is being illegally funded , indeed, made possible , by US taxpayers

A Concocted History: With Present Relevance
By Gauri Lankesh

Palestine: A parable from India

Washington Is Escalating The Orchestrated Ukrainian “Crisis” to War
By Paul Craig Roberts

Despite the conclusion by US intelligence that there is no evidence of Russian involvement in the destruction of the Malaysian airliner and all lives onboard, Washington is escalating the crisis and shepherding it toward war

Obama's Ukrainian Ploy Collapses; Ukraine Now Seeks Direct U.S. Bailout
By Eric Zuesse

The Ukrainian leadership has resigned, because of their unwillingness to impose the IMF's terms, which would impoverish the population within months. That impoverishment would be extracted from the Ukrainian public in order to repay the IMF's loans, which had been skimmed off by Ukraine's oligarch billionaires into secret bank accounts in Switzerland and other tax-havens

Redrawing of The Borders in Greater Middle East
By Shams uz Zaman

The speed, with which ISIL (or ISIS) conquered northern territory of Iraq, came as a surprise to everyone. It still remains unclear that for how long the organization would be able to control this newly established Islamic Emirate, as it may gradually fizzle out like of the Arab Spring which although had promised a lot but fell much short of expectations just adding more to the chaos. Whatever the case, first, the blame of this bloodshed and chaos stretching across the Greater Middle East rests primarily on the shoulders of the neo-cons at the Capitol Hill who crafted reckless plans to invade Iraq on false pretext and that too without a comprehensive plan

“Betrayal of People's Trust” - Green-lighting GMOs in India
By Colin Todhunter

The Indian government is facing strong opposition for its decision to allow field trials of genetically modified (GM) crops. The Coalition for a GM-Free India is calling the approvals ‘hasty' and has asked the Minister for Environment, Forests & Climate Change to cancel them. Swadeshi Jagaran Manch (SJM) is the economic wing of Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) - the parent body of the BJP party. It has termed the decision of the Narendra Modi BJP central government as a “betrayal of people's trust.”

Post Rana Plaza: A Failed System of Accountability in Global Scale
By Anu Muhammad

Fifteen months have passed after Rana Plaza disaster that housed five garments factories, killed 1135 and injured thousands on 24 April 2013. Even after so many days main concerns of workers conditions have changed little. We have heard loud promises, but little progress on the ground

Strengthen Actions on Kandhamal Day on August 25, 2014
By Dhirendra Panda

National Solidarity Forum is a coalition of various organizations, artists, film makers, writers, academicians, legal activists and human rights activists, which has undertaken various actions on the issue of delayed and undelivered justice to the victims and survivors of communal violence in Kandhamal in Odisha in India. We have appealed to the civil society in India and abroad to observe Kandhamal Day on August 25, 2014, when Adivasi and Dalit Christian survivors of 2007 and 2008 violence are still waiting for justice and perpetrators violence are roaming free

24 July, 2014

Dozens Feared Dead As Israel Shells UN School In Beit Hanoun, Gaza
By Ma'an News Agency

Israeli forces have shelled a UN school in Beit Hanoun, with at least 17 dead and 200 injured as many more are feared killed among the hundreds who had taken shelter there with Israeli coordination. The shelling of the school, which is affiliated with the UN's Palestine refugee agency UNRWA, is the fourth time in two days that Israeli forces have bombed schools serving as shelters for the displaced in the besieged Gaza Strip

Medical Workers Killed, Injured As Israel Targets Gaza Health Infrastructure
By Rania Khalek

“The Israelis are using a wide variety of sophisticated modern weapons against a basically naked civilian population,” said renowned Norwegian doctor Mads Gilbert in a phone interview with The Electronic Intifada on Tuesday, 22 July. “This is state terrorism at a very sophisticated and very high level,” he added. Speaking over the phone from al-Shifa hospital where he is helping to treat the wounded, Gilbert described the horrors he has witnessed in Gaza in recent days as the bodies of mostly Palestinian women and children are brought to the hopsital torn to shreds by an Israeli arsenal deliberately aimed at civilians

Video: Palestinian Woman Risks Life To Rescue Injured Youth In Gaza
By Ali Abunimah

Dramatic photographs and footage capture the moment a Palestinian woman ran into a firing zone to rescue a youth injured during relentless Israeli gunfire and shelling. Meanwhile, another video has emerged showing Israeli soldiers and religious mystics dancing as they adorn artillery shells with blessings

Al-Shujayeh: Palestine’s Saigon
By Haidar Eid

Any talk about improving the conditions of oppression (and even this is seen as too much for us) in light of the great sacrifices is a betrayal of Palestinian martyrs. Let’s start discussing radical solutions away from the “interim program” and the Bantustan-like state, and adopt a clear slogan: end the occupation, end the apartheid, and end settler-colonialism. This way, the families and lives that have been lost in Gaza would not go in vain. Otherwise, we shall turn it into Palestine’s own Saigon

Q/A on Palestine
By Justin Podur

Didn't Hamas start this fighting by provoking Israel?

America's Nazi Allies in Israel And Ukraine
By Eric Zuesse

The U.S. is now the chief sponsor of two nazi, ethnically cleansing, nations. In one of them (Ukraine), the U.S. President, Barack Obama, himself placed nazis into control there; the nazi control was imposed by him, via his agents . In the other (Israel), nazis have controlled for decades, and Obama merely extends their control by continuing American support

Holocaust Legacy - Britain’s New NAZI’s
By Hussein Al-alak

The first Holocaust of this century is taking place in Mosul, Iraq, and the British Government is strangely silent. Churches have been destroyed, the population branded like the Jews of NAZI occupied Europe and now, for the first time in 2000 years, Iraq’s Church bells have fallen silent

US Intelligence: Russia Didn’t Do It
By Paul Craig Roberts

After days of placing hostile blame for the downing of the Malaysian airliner on Russia, the White House permitted US intelligence officials to tell reporters that there is no evidence of the Russian government’s involvement

Putin Warns The US And Draws A Line In The Sand
By Colin Todhunter

While the mainstream media in the West set out to revive the Cold War mentality and demonise Russia as the aggressor and threat to world peace, Putin's speech makes clear what most informed people already know: US neo-con strategists on behalf of their powerful corporations are seeking global hegemony and regard Russia (and China and indeed ordinary working class people – the bulk of humanity) as obstacles in their way [5]. These criminals with their warped US ‘exceptionalism' superiority complex have complete disregard for human life (apart from their own). Putin's speech is an attempt to draw a line in the sand

The Affinity Between Iraqi Sunni Extremists And The Rulers Of Sauid Arabia
By Dr. Peter Custers

Has the US’s prime Middle Eastern ally Saudi Arabia ever been chastised over its systematic discrimination of Shias? Has it ever been put to task for its cruel oppression of heterodox Muslims? And has the US ever pondered over the implications of the trading mechanism of disparate exchange it sponsored - for the future of democracy, food sovereignty and people’s welfare in the Middle East?

Remembering Prempatiji..
By Vidya Bhushan Rawat

The passing away of D Prempati is a great blow to the movement for social justice as he was a friend, philosopher and guide who was always ready to help and go to any extent to support the cause of Dalit OBC and minorities

23 July, 2014

32 More Palestinians Killed In Gaza, Death Toll Reaches 680
By Ma'an News Agency

Israeli warplanes on Wednesday bombed a central Gaza City hospital after the army claimed militants opened fire from the premises, while a UN human rights chief warned that abuses by Hamas did not justify possible war crimes by Israel

The Lancet : Leading Doctors And Scientists Denounce Gaza Violence
Press Release

More than 20 leading doctors and scientists from the UK and Italy denounce ongoing Israeli military aggression in Gaza in a letter to The Lancet. “On the basis of our ethics and practice, we are denouncing what we witness in the aggression of Gaza by Israel,” write the authors. “We ask our colleagues, old and young professionals, to denounce this Israeli aggression.”

Palestinian Authority Parrots Israeli Claims on Gaza Attack
By Jalal Abukhater

As death and destruction in Gaza reach new heights, the reactions of the Ramallah-based Palestinian Authority sound like something out of a farce. A considerable number of major PA officials in the occupied West Bank and abroad, including the president himself, seem to be rallying against the desire of Palestinians facing the daily terror in Gaza

What, Really, Is (or Was) Netanyahu’s Game Plan?
By Alan Hart

It could be that in Netanyahu’s vision of the future Dahlan as Palestinian “president” would be prepared to use whatever means were necessary, including force, to compel his occupied and oppressed people to abandon their struggle in return for crumbs from Zionism’s table – a few Bantustans here and there on the West Bank which they could call a state if they wished. In other words, the Dahlan of Netanyahu’s vision would bring about a Palestinian surrender on Zionism’s terms

US Plays Decisive Role In Israel's Attack On Gaza
By Jonathan Cook

But of far greater concern should be the Obama administration’s decision to back Israel to the hilt and the US media’s silence on the matter. There can be no hope of a peaceful solution ever gaining traction – or these bouts of blood-letting in Gaza coming to end – unless Washington is finally unmasked as Israel’s abettor-in-chief

Israel/Palestine: Some of What The Media Ignores
By Mickey Z

The information presented here may or may not change your perception of this long-standing conflict but I like to hope it’ll inspire some deeper analysis and a more useful response than: “Israel has the right to self-defense.”

Afghan Children And The News Merry-Go-Round
By Judy Bello

What can we do better? How can we end these atrocities? I don't have any answers today. One thing is clear, though. At the center of all is U.S. Imperialism and drive for world dominance. People don't like to hear that, but until we address it, nothing will change

Sacrifices To The Deities Of Geo-Politics
By Fazal M. Kamal

“This makes you wonder what kind of world we are living in!” exclaimed an exasperated and astounded Dutch relative of one of the victims of the Malaysia Airlines calamity. Given the extant circumstances, from Ukraine to Palestine, not to mention Syria, Iraq, Sudan, the Central African Republic, Nigeria and some others, many people would certainly like to wish that one day soon the entire population of the world would wake up and discover that it was only a nightmare. The reality, however, is that predators have been let loose across planet Earth, and as often happens, there’s precious little the powers that be can do to end the marauders on a dime

‘Gurdwara Act’ Invites Indian State’s Interference In Sikh Religion
By Jaspal Singh Sidhu

Why not the present election system that involves government interference should be changed into a ‘selection system’ allowing truly religious Sikhs to choose ‘ religious people’ (not stark politicians) to run Sikh affairs?

 

 

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