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31 October, 2008

The Truth About Rising Seas
By John James

We know that were all the ice on Greenland to melt, sea levels would rise over 7 meters. The question is how long may this take? The IPCC estimate of hundreds of years is being contradicted by studies of past glaciations. Andrew Glickson and Bradley Opdyke showed that at the end of earlier ice ages the glaciers collapsed suddenly. Suddenly does not mean over a century or two, but within a decade. We all saw the speed at which this can happen in 2002 when 2,600 square kilometres on the Larsen B ice shelf in the Antarctic disintegrated and disappeared in less than five weeks

Iraqi Cabinet Stalls On US Security Agreement
By James Cogan

Progress toward the signing of a bilateral US-Iraqi security agreement sanctioning a continued American military presence in Iraq has stalled again. On Tuesday, the Iraqi cabinet of Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki officially rejected the pact which had been formulated through months of tortured negotiations between American and Iraqi officials

A Bombing In Assam
By Gary Corseri

A poem

The End Of Prosperity
By Stephen Lendman

Dealing with today's crisis requires big international rescue according to economist Nouriel Roubini. Called Dr. Doom for his gloomy views that today command worldwide respect. And whatever's done, America faces "year(s) of economic stagnation." After a deep protracted downturn. If as true as he forecasts, it signals the end of prosperity. A new age of austerity and world economies in extreme disrepair and needing an alternative model in lieu of a clearly failed one. Hugely corrupted as well

A Case Study Of Power And Media:
The Washington Post

By Max Kantar

Last week's unilateral attack on Syria and the subsequent coverage of the events by the mainstream US media give us an impeccable illustration of the prevailing ideologies that dictate how news is received, composed, and understood by respectable journalists and reporters

A Homeless March On Washington
By David Kendall

Nobody needs to leave job or home or family to participate in a "Homeless March on Washington". Communities must simply coordinate their interests, their efforts and their people to get the job done. This in mind, let's begin working together now to bring our leaders in Washington, DC, back to their senses, regardless of who gets elected on November 4. As Americans, we owe nothing less to ourselves, our families and communities, and to our country as a whole

Why I Am Supporting The Candidacy Of
Cynthia McKinney

By Lucinda Marshall

I have no doubt that many who read this have their fingers poised above their keyboards ready to ask how dare I risk the chance of a McCain presidency by suggesting a vote for anyone other than Obama. I urge them to read more closely

The Winter Of Our Discontent:
Provincialism And Terrorism

By Mustafa Khan

There is the winter of our discontent that has set in. The stock market is in doldrums, protests and violence in the streets, lynching and encounters in the financial capital of the country, war of words between states of the union, involvement of ex-servicemen and a serving lieutenant colonel in terrorism, the slide of the reputed Bhonsla military school of Nasik and Nagpur into the nadir of terrorism, and the bomb blasts in Assam, etc.

Multi Headed Hydra Monstrosity Of The Sangh Parivar
By Mustafa Khan

The kind of atmosphere built up over the last six months was such that it could have led to upheaval in the society on unprecedented scale. Amar Singh feared that Muslims might rebel against their repression and oppression on account of the innumerable arrests of many innocent members of the community. It is for such an eventuality that the RSS is training its cadres in arms and ammunition. They would take over the reign

30 October, 2008

Three Immediate Crises - Market Failure
And Green New Deal

By Bill Henderson

We face three crises each of which needs mitigation immediately- the economic crisis, the end of cheap energy and climate change threatening runaway global warming

World Tires Of Rule By Dollar
By Paul Craig Roberts

What explains the paradox of the dollar’s sharp rise in value against other currencies (except the Japanese yen) despite disproportionate US exposure to the worst financial crisis since the Great Depression? Read on, here is the answer

The 2008 US Recession,Military Keynesianism
And The Wars In The Middle East

By Peter Custers

Nouriel Roubini, the Wall Street economist who has gathered world fame by predicting the current world financial crisis, has already warned that the US economy may end up as a 'war economy', just as happened during the 20th century world wars. Clearly, it is time economists catch up, and engage in debate on the military underpinnings of economic policymaking in the US and beyond

Marxism And The Economic Crises
By Rohini Hensman

It is possible to get out of this recession without allowing it to become a depression if enough people press for decisive action along these lines. Eventually, another crisis will come along, of course: that is the nature of capitalism. But we can deal with that problem when we get to it!

Twelve Reasons To Reject Obama
And Support Nader/McKinney

By James Petras

The intellectuals who, in the name of ‘realism’, support a politician who publicly and openly embraces new wars, billionaire bailouts and for profit, private sector-run health programs are repudiating their own claims as ‘responsible critics’. They are what C. Wright Mills called ‘crackpot realists’, abdicating their responsibility as critical intellectuals. In purporting to support the ‘lesser evil’ they are promoting the ‘greater evil’: The continuation of four more years of deepening recession, colonial wars and popular alienation

Obama The Stalker
By Joel S. Hirschhorn

No presidential candidate has ever used massive amounts of money to so effectively stalk voters. You cannot escape the Obama sales pitch wherever you are, whatever you watch, whatever you read. His campaign will go down in American history as the most successful advertising and marketing effort to sell a product

Israel Bars Visit To Father’s Grave
By Jonathan Cook

Salwa Salam Qupty clutches a fading sepia photograph of a young Palestinian man wearing a traditional white headscarf. It is the sole memento that survives of her father, killed by a Jewish militia during the 1948 war that established Israel.“He was killed 60 years ago as he was travelling to work,” she said, struggling to hold back the tears. “My mother was four months pregnant with me at the time. This photograph is the closest I’ve ever got to him.” Six decades on from his death, she has never been allowed to visit his grave in Galilee and lay a wreath for the father she never met

Execution Of 47 In Kafr Qassem Commemorated
By Jonathan Cook

In a conflict that has produced more than its share of suffering and tragedy, the name of Kafr Qassem lives on in infamy more than half a century after Israeli police gunned down 47 Palestinian civilians, including women and children, in the village

Neoliberalism And Hindutva
By Shankar Gopalakrishnan

Fascism, free markets and the restructuring of Indian capitalism

Repression Escalates: Reporter Pedro Matías
Kidnapped And Tortured In Oaxaca

By Scott Campbell

Pedro Matías, a well-known reporter who writes for Noticias, a local daily paper, as well as the national weekly Proceso, was kidnapped, beaten, tortured and robbed on Saturday night in Oaxaca

29 October, 2008

Just The Tip Won't Do: Expose The Whole Iceberg
By Kavita Krishnan

No longer can the Sangh Parivar and BJP ever disown its role in terrorism. A former firebrand ABVP leader and so-called 'sadhvi', Pragya Singh Thakur, has been arrested for her role in the Malegaon blasts of September 2006 as well as in the more recent Modasa blasts. Even more ominously, two ex-Army officers are implicated in the blasts, and it has come to light that an institution called the 'Bhonsala Military Academy' in Nagpur has been imparting arms training to the Bajrang Dal

Defending The Idea Of India

The two day national convention - Countering Fascist Forces: Defending the Idea of India, 25-26 October 2008- was attended by over 750 activists' and intellectuals from 18 states. Here is the political resolution passed at the convention

The Triumph Of Ignorance
By George Monbiot

How was it allowed to happen? How did politics in the US come to be dominated by people who make a virtue out of ignorance? Was it charity that has permitted mankind’s closest living relative to spend two terms as president? How did Sarah Palin, Dan Quayle and other such gibbering numbskulls get to where they are? How could Republican rallies in 2008 be drowned out by screaming ignoramuses insisting that Barack Obama is a Muslim and a terrorist?

Running On Empty
By John Murphy

Even at this late date I could flood the local radio stations with advertisements for only about six thousand dollars. I could place an ad in the "Community Courier" for two thousand dollars and get into one hundred and ten thousand households. I could get out powerful progressive message and raise the consciousness of tens of thousands of people but this effort is of such little value that only a very few see it worth a contribution over two hundred dollars

Cleaning Up After Bush
By Niranjan Ramakrishnan

The day before 9-11, how many would have accepted a suggestion that seven years later, they would have been illegally spied upon, phones tapped and emails sniffed? That they would be entangled in two foreign wars? That New Orleans would disappear in a baffling act of incompetence and neglect? Or that their government would authorize torture? Or that fabled names in the financial industry would loot and cheat them, under the very eyes and noses of their own government? That insult would be added to injury by their being made to pay for a bailout of the very perpetrators of these same crimes?

A Few Outrageous Lies
By Timothy V. Gatto

I am totally amazed at the way the right continues to attack the left with misinformation that exposes them for what they are, barefaced liars. They aren’t worth the time it takes to counter them, but I have saved up a collection of lies so it may be worth the effort. The really sad part of all of this is that if people don’t call them out on their lies, they will continue to lie

Targeting Dissent: The San Francisco Eight
By Stephen Lendman

Support the San Francisco Eight. Demand their exoneration and release. Their struggle is ours

28 October, 2008

Messy Elections: Can We Trust
The Results?

By Kevin Zeese

The U.S. can be the greatest democracy on earth, but rright now it is far from it

The Cost Of Slumber
By Dahr Jamail

We must each ask ourselves, during this week before the election, what, precisely, we will be willing to do to bring about the change necessary to end all the illegalities being carried out in our name. For this question shall, of course, persist long after November 4

War Or Peace?: The World After
The 2008 U.S. Presidential Election

By Richard C. Cook

With the presidential election only a week away, the financial crisis has been dominating the news, but behind it is an even larger question of war vs. peace

Confronting Presidential "Meltdowns"
By Robert S. Becker

If our democracy is to be made whole, we must find ways to return quality to government and government to the sovereignty to the people – and that, paradoxically, begins by returning greatness to the White House. Great nations cannot long suffer a train of mediocre leaders who cannot transcend their own parties or mindsets when problems are larger than both

American Priorities
By Mickey Z.

Mickey Z. observes some American priorities

Peak Oil And The Systemic Collapse Of
Modern Civilization

By Peter Goodchild

Systemic collapse has ten principal parts, each with a somewhat causal relationship to the next. Fuel, metals, and electricity are a tightly-knit group, since no industrial civilization can have one without the others. As those three disappear, food and fresh water become scarce. Matters of infrastructure then follow: transportation and communication. Social structure fails: government, finance, and education. After these ten, there is psychic breakdown: madness and chaos

Sticking It To The Man,’ 21st Century Style…..
By Jason Miller

An interview with Captain Paul Watson, animal defender extraordinaire, founder of the Sea Shepherd Conservation Society, and courageous practitioner of extensional self defense on behalf of marine animals

Girl Thrown To Dogs Was Pregnant
By Rauf Klasra

There is more to the bone-chilling account of the 17-year-old Taslim Solangi of Khairpur who was thrown to dogs — she was 8-month pregnant and was forced to give birth to her baby prematurely. The baby was immediately thrown into the nearby Ubhal Wah canal after her killer father-in-law passed a judgement that the child was illegitimate and did not deserve to be allowed to live

US Military Forces Attack
Syrian Village, Killing Eight

By Patrick O’Connor

A ground assault conducted Sunday by the US military on a Syrian village saw eight people shot dead, four of them reportedly children, and others wounded. The raid has all the earmarks of a calculated provocation by the outgoing administration of US President George Bush aimed at derailing moves by the European powers to normalise relations with the Syrian government

27 October, 2008

Stolen Elections And Media Blackouts
By Carolyn Baker

Carolyn Baker interviews Mark Crispin Miller. Mark Crispin Miller's 2005 book Fooled Again, impeccably documents the stealing of the 2004 election, and Loser Take All, a 2008 collection of essays on stolen elections incorporates the research of other investigators of election fraud such as Robert Kennedy, Jr; Bob Fitrakis, and Steve Rosenfeld

Warnings Of Deep Recession
As US Layoffs Spread

By Patrick O’Connor

Dozens of mass layoffs have been announced by American employers, both private and public, in recent days. The impact of the downturn has begun to spread well beyond the imploding financial sector and such depressed industries as automobiles, to the economy as a whole

The Bailout
By Ghali Hassan

The U.S. and its Western allies are sinking in deep recession. The bailout is a bogus solution and doomed to fail. However, there is an alternative based on the promotion of human community. Investment in productive activities to create jobs, build housing, schools, healthcare services and vital public infrastructure will lead to lasting economic recovery in a regulated financial system characterised by openness, transparency and accountability, free of greed and corruption. If elected President of the United States, Barack Obama should position himself to the left of President Hugo Chávez

Public Enemy Number One
By Stephen Lendman

With so many good choices, it's hard just picking one. But given the gravity of today's financial crisis, one name stands out above others - Alan Greenspan

Nicolas Sarkozy And Sovereign Wealth Funds
By Kavaljit Singh

Not long ago, the EU gave a call for “Global Europe” with much fanfare and avowed commitment to open economy. Why double standards?

26 October, 2008

Rep. Sherman Feels Heat For Reporting On
Threat Of Martial Law

By David Swanson

Congressman Brad Sherman said on the floor of the House that a few Congress members had been told there would be martial law in America if they did not pass Paulson's Plunder. Sherman has not retracted that statement. He has not suggested that the Congress members who had told him that didn't really tell him that, or weren't honest, or didn't take it seriously, or that it didn't influence their votes. But he has put out a statement to the media, clearly at the instruction of the leaders of his party, attempting to backpedal

Voter Surveys And Racial Bias
By Thomas Riggins

If this election, as have the last two, is stolen from the American people, you can be sure the media and the powers that be will be explaining that the illusion of an Obama victory was due to faulty polls and the "Bradley effect."

The Obaminations Of Barack
By Niranjan Ramakrishnan

No presidential contender I have seen, other than Bill Clinton, has run a better campaign than Barack Obama. If nothing else, one must hand it to him for the magnificent improbability of the effort – a guy whose last name sounds like 'Osama' and whose middle name is the same as Saddam's – running for president in America, where the average Joe (including the plumber, likely) doesn't know Madrasi from Madrassa – now poised, and in the view of many, on the verge of victory!

Iraq In The Times Of Cholera… And Occupation
By Sabah Ali

With all the tragedies that the occupation brought to Iraq, the last thing it needs now is an epidemic, the cholera which is spreading in big numbers

Can Georgia Do Right?
By David Morse

Is the legal system of the state of Georgia up to the task – when the task is to rectify the flawed trial of a black man accused of killing a white police officer? The world is waiting to see if justice can prevail. Fortunately, on Friday, October 24, the U.S. Court of Appeals for Georgia’s 11th Circuit issued a stay of execution that narrowly prevented accused cop killer Troy Davis from being put to death by lethal injection the following Monday

Tracking Your Every Move: ‘Enhancing’
Driver’s Licenses At The Cost Of Privacy

By Christopher Parsons

The potential for ubiquitous surveillance that emerges with Enhanced Drivers Licenses (EDLs) could only be imagined by the Stasi in Communist East Germany, but is a genuinely looming specter for contemporary North American democracies. Provincial and state governments in North America are proposing to 'enhance' driver’s licenses in coming years by including a Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) chips in them

Venezuela: Between Assassination Plots
And Abstention

By Federico Fuentes

Talk of assassination plots and rising concerns about a high abstention rate have marked the beginning of the November 23 regional elections race

Peace, Non-Violence And Secularism
In Dalit Perspective

By Ratnesh Katulkar

Ignorance and negligence of Dalit ideology by the mainstream secularists and the upper-class Muslims are harming Muslims to fall prey before Hindu fascist and it is dangerous in building the real foundation of secularism in India

24 October, 2008

Chomsky, Zinn, And Obama
By Mickey Z.

Another Election Day approaches and veterans like Noam Chomsky and Howard Zinn endorse Obama for President. But Mickey Z. argues, " a vote for either John McCain or Barack Obama is—at best—an act of criminal negligence."

The Opium Of The Masses
By Max Kantar

This November, Americans face a choice. But the choice not between John McCain or Barak Obama; it is between submitting to the will of the corporate-military establishment or taking a moral stand in boycotting their rigged institutions of fake democracy

Taking Politics Seriously:Looking Beyond
The Election And Beyond Elections

By Robert Jensen & Pat Youngblood

We have nothing against voting. We plan to vote in the upcoming election. Some of our best friends are voters. But we also believe that we shouldn't make the mistake of thinking that the most important political moment in our lives comes in the voting booth. Instead, people should take politics seriously, which means asking considerably more of ourselves than the typical fixation with electoral politics

Is America Fascist?
By Sherwood Ross

Americans need to keep in mind that worse than anything President Bush has inflicted upon his own citizenry is what his wars of aggression have inflicted on innocent humanity abroad. A million dead Iraqis can't give a damn by what terminology you describe the United States. If the American people allow their government to make criminal wars to deprive innocent foreigners of their lives and liberties they do not deserve to enjoy either at home

Wrecked Iraq
By Michael Schwartz

What the good news from Iraq really means

World Food Day: Global Crises’ Double Standards
By Ramzy Baroud

Whether the American, European or any other government infused bailout packages rectify the financial crisis or not, chances are that 16 October 2009 will bring similarly devastating news about the plight of the world's poor and which is likely to remain that: mere "news" that requires little action, if any at all

Pardon Me, Congress?
By David Swanson

Jerry Seib, executive Washington editor of The Wall Street Journal said on the Diane Rehm Show on NPR last week that he expects Bush, Cheney, and their subordinates to be prosecuted for torture. This expectation is spreading

Seyed Mousavi: Guilty Of Being Muslim
In Police State America

By Stephen Lendman

In a climate of fear, Muslims risk harassment, prosecution and incarceration. Especially prominent ones like Mousavi. His defense will appeal and seek exoneration at the appellate court level. For now, he's incarcerated and subjected to dehumanizing treatment. For being Muslim in America at the wrong time. Only his inner strength sustains him. And the love and admiration of his family, friends and supporters. In today's disturbing climate, we're all Seyed Mousavis

Isn't This Hitler’s Tactic?
By Subhash Gatade

Terror and counter-terror have virtually laid a trap for Muslims, whereas some of the evidence points to the involvement of the Muslim-bashing Bajrang Dal and other RSS siblings. When it comes to this kind of evidence the law turns lame, writes Subhash Gatade

The Struggle Of Dalitbahujan For Their Identity
And In Quest Of Their Spiritual And Political Destiny

By Dr. Kancha Ilaiah

Speech delivered on the occasion of presentation of 'LISA Book Award – 2008 for 'Why I am Not a Hindu'

23 October, 2008

Pakistan Facing Bankruptcy As
World Financial Crisis Deepens

By Vilani Peiris

Wracked by political instability and hard hit by the global economic crisis, Pakistan is teetering on the brink of default. The country’s foreign reserves have dwindled to around $4.5 billion, equivalent to about six weeks of imports, foreign investors have fled the country in droves and the rupee has fallen sharply. The international credit rating agency, Standard & Poor’s, has downgraded Pakistan to a position superior only to the Seychelles, which has already defaulted

Will You Publish This Story?
By Nida Mariam

Lubna, a young woman from Baghdad, mother of four, stranded in Cairo, narrates her ordeals to Nida Mariam

The Challenger Disaster,Financial Collapse
And Viable Solutions

By Gary Corseri

An interview with Richard C.Cook

Why Accept The Endorsement Of A Liar?
Because He Has No Choice

By Maher Osseiran

Obama is not his own man, he is a persona, the creation of Zbigniew Brzezinski who sold him to the “old guard”, an amalgam of senior Republicans and Democrats - the ruling elite – the self appointed saviors of our nation from the clutches of the neo-conic evil. These guys are out in droves in support of Obama and they are all on message; Obama is what we need to rehabilitate our world image; a Hail Mary of sorts to recapture what George W. Bush squandered. Obama has no choice, he has to win and he has to accept the endorsement of whoever can get him there

It's Our Turn Now: Resistance
As If It Really Mattered

By Mike Ferner

It is not pleasant to conclude that, contrary to what you’ve learned all your life, the place you call home has become just another empire intent on enforcing its will on humanity. Our discomfort is trivial compared to the suffering of those living where our missiles land, but still there are days when the latest news from the colonies leaves you screaming with anguish and rage against the terror rained upon the innocent without end

Imagine: Media As A Sanctuary For Dissent
By Eileen Fleming

If the media were a sanctuary for dissent the candidates would have been grilled on America's record regarding the NPT; and why the silence about Israel's still un-inspected underground WMD facility and refusal to sign onto the NPT in light of the fact that we the people of America who pay taxes provide Israel with $7 million per day

Mammon, The God Of Excess
By Gaither Stewart

The last of Gaither Stewart's Definitions series

Heartland Of Darkness
By Adam Engel

A Review Of Jeffrey St. Clair's "Born Under A Bad Sky"

Revivalism Of Religious Rights Is A Challenge
To Democratic Secular Constitution

By Vidya Bhushan Rawat

The dirt in the name of secularism need to be cleaned first. Those who take shelter in the name of secularism need to believe in its perception and practice otherwise India is heading for a Afghanistan kind of a situation where we all will be speaking for our respective communities and not for those whose rights are violated and dignity challenged. It is a grave challenge and we must think it over

Whither India: Qualitative Change In Polity
By Ram Puniyani

Whether India will nurture the values of freedom movement and strive for human rights of all depends on us, as in no time in the past the very concept of democracy has been stifled as much as we are witnessing today

The Failing Idea Of India
By Shah Faisal

As old as the land itself, is perhaps that something called the "idea" of India. We may debate it, but it can not be refuted that this idea is as organic and alive now as the history had once sculptured it. But at the same time, it is no longer as inviting and impressive as it used to be once. The problem is not that the change is drastic but the problem is that the change is adverse. It seems as if heroes and villains of this land have swapped their places. Buddha personified this idea once but now bandits and barbarians have adjusted it to their own frame

22 October, 2008

The Theft Component
By Jeff Berg

The Republicans have gone to extraordinary lengths to steal the last two elections. It is truly breathtaking just how badly compromised America's election process has become. What has been perhaps even more astounding has been the American and Canadian media's lack of willingness to engage this story. Is this election beyond the reach of theft? One would like to think so. It is after all in the interest of the entire world that America begin to recover its democracy, and the integrity of the vote is as good a place as any to start. But.....

The Law Of Terror
By Harsh Dobhal

In the aftermath of the recent blasts in Delhi and other places there has been a concerted demand for a law that will help the state combat terror. Harsh Dobhal questions the logic of this anti-terror doctrine, the validity of its central tenets and the efficacy of its use

The Real Travesty
By Harsh Mander

Calling for a judicial enquiry into the Batla House encounter is a not a travesty. Denying the need for one is…

Stark Truths Of Hinduism
By Udit Raj

The Hindu Right fears not conversions but equitable society

The Children Of Gaza: Weaned On Fear And Trauma
By Samah A. Habeeb

Severe terror and traumas are de facto storms for children in the occupied territories, especially those who exist in the Gaza Strip. The ongoing Israeli military operations and violent retaliation induce psychological maladies and wretched conditions. The recent ceasefire in Gaza allows a temporary rest but not the cure for their fears and nightmares

This Time Is Different
By Stephen Lendman

America's economy is eroding. Government and Wall Street are orchestrating it. Maybe even willfully, and here's the legacy they're leaving. The nation "passing from democracy to oligarchy (and steering it is) a bipartisan financial kleptocracy" chuckling all the way to their offshore tax havens

The 21st Century American Revolution
By Timothy V. Gatto

If there is one thing I hate, it’s being patronized by educators that believe they have the final word because they work with “political theory” everyday. This time it’s Noam Chomsky that is doing it. Mr. Chomsky explains that we will be better ultimately (meaning the common man) under a Democratic administration. He suggests we vote for the lesser of two evils by insinuating that to vote for a lesser evil is still a vote against evil

More Reasons Not To Vote For Obama
By David Truskoff

I was shocked by the Obama statement that he would welcome Warren Buffet, the wizard of Wall Street, to be his Secretary of the Treasury. Now Obama has gone even further in welcoming Colin Powell into his administration if he is elected. It tells us who is pulling his strings. Powell didn't give Obama his endorsement without getting a promise of something in return

Feeling Robbed?
By Kevin Zeese

Wall Street Since the Bailout Shows No Signs of Changing and Washington is Not Forcing a Change. Not Even a Thank You or an Apology to the Taxpayers

‘No-Threat Feel’ In Handling Incidents Of Conflict
By M Shamsur Rabb Khan

How dangerous a speech Bal Thackeray, or his nephew Raj Thackeray, or Parveen Togadia makes, media as well as government takes it as ‘not-so-threatening’ to the unity and integrity of the nation, while the arrest of terror suspects (or even innocent) creates enough upheaval, as if the whole country will be defeated by a few mindless men

20 October, 2008

US Elections:It's Already Stolen
By Greg Palast

Don’t worry about Mickey Mouse or ACORN stealing the election. According to an investigative report out today in Rolling Stone magazine, Robert F. Kennedy Jr. and Greg Palast, after a year-long investigation, reveal a systematic program of "GOP vote tampering" on a massive scale

Fool Me Once...
By Timothy V. Gatto

According to Greg Palast and RFK Jr., writing in Rolling Stone yesterday the vote is already being tampered with by the Rovian computer geeks. The Democrats must win by a large margin in order to override the GOP vote tampering effort. This is so totally wrong and deceitful, that I have a hard time actually writing these words

Powell's Endorsement: Redemption,
Race, Or Revenge?

By Mary Shaw

On October 19th, retired U.S. Army general and former Secretary of State Colin Powell endorsed Barack Obama for president. I saw it as another step toward Powell's personal and political redemption

Planet Eaters: Chain Reaction,Black Holes,
Climate Change And Existentialist Philosophy

By Andrew Glikson & Emily Spence

The Sixth mass extinction is a novelty: For the first time in its history, the biosphere is in crisis through biological forcing by an advanced form of life, namely the activity of a technological carbon-emitting species

Hard Times
By Stephen Lendman

Hard and troubled. Racked by fear and uncertainty. For many trauma. Experts predict, speculate and conjecture, but no one knows for sure what's ahead. Key questions are whether we're in a protracted and severe recession. Or at the onset of another Great Depression. So much is unresolved. The problems have built for years and are immense. Maybe nothing at this stage will work and the best hope is for light at the end of a very long, dark tunnel

The Rising Body Count On Main Street
By Nick Turse

The Human Fallout from the Financial Crisis

The Cruel Boredom Of Pornography
By Robert Jensen

Pornography is relentlessly intense, pushing our sexual boundaries both physically and psychically. And, pornography also is incredibly repetitive and boring

Swedish Peace Activists Repeatedly
Break Into Weapon Factories

By Bill Quigley

Using hammers and bolt cutters, peace activists repeatedly broke into weapon plants and damaged weapons in Sweden. Activists from the Swedish group OFOG/Avrusta admitted damaging twenty high explosive grenade launchers as well as internal parts to a Howitzer 77. Five people were arrested. Two remain in jail

A Wednesday- Making Fools Of Us All
By Ashley Tellis

A Wednesday is the latest in a lengthening list of films that prove that the Hindi film industry is complicit with the Indian state in demonising the Muslim and producing amnesiac versions of Indian nationalism and 'terrorism,' says Ashley Tellis

I, The Convert
By Anand Mahadevan

My conversion was not a change of religion; it was a change of heart

Case Of Shahbaz Ahmed Arrested In connection
With Serial Bomb Blasts In Jaipur


A PUCL-PUHR fact finding report on accused in Serial Bomb Blasts In Jaipur

17 October, 2008

Fear The Coming Nature Crunch
By George Monbiot

This is nothing. Well, nothing by comparison to what's coming. The financial crisis for which we must now pay so heavily prefigures the real collapse, when humanity bumps against its ecological limits

Additional Thoughts On The Bailout
By Paul Craig Roberts

The bailout package is a result of panic and threats, not of analysis and understanding. Neither Congress nor the public knows the full story. If the problem is the mortgages, why does the bailout leave the mortgages unaddressed and focus instead on pouring vast amount of public money into private financial institutions?

How To Manage An Imperial Decline
By Aziz Huq

Do empires end with a bang, a whimper, or the sibilant hiss of financial deflation? We may be about to find out. Right now, in the midst of the financial whirlwind, it's been hard in the United States to see much past the moment. Yet the ongoing economic meltdown has raised a range of non-financial issues of great importance for our future

Toxic Asset, Tainted Milk
By Nazery Khalid

The financial bust-up in the US emanating from the sub-prime and housing market crises and the tainted milk scandal in China seem like two events a country mile apart. However, upon closer inspection, they underscore the interrelatedness between the two economies which are a lot more binding than it appears. While the two sorry episodes exposed the follies of two of the most powerful nations on earth, they also provide a fascinating study on globalization and the inextricable links and growing dependence between the two economic juggernauts on one other

The Forgotten U.S. War On
The Iraqi People

By Ghali Hassan

On October 3, 2008, the Washington Post reported that the Pentagon is paying $300 million to U.S. contractors to produce pro-U.S. propaganda for Iraqi audiences “in an effort to ‘engage and inspire’ the local population to support U.S. objectives and the puppet government”. The aim of this psychological warfare is to normalise the murderous Occupation and cover-up the slaughter of innocent Iraqi civilians

China’s Land Reform Will Deepen
The Gulf Between Rich And Poor

By John Chan

The Chinese Communist Party (CCP) launched a far-reaching new round of market reform at its Central Committee plenum on October 9-12. The meeting established the framework for peasants to freely trade their collective and state-owned land titles—a step toward large-scale industrial agriculture that will inevitably drive millions of small farmers off the land

Definitions: The Bourgeoisie
By Gaither Stewart

The third article in Gaither Stewart's "Definitions" series

Israel’s ‘City Of Coexistence’ Shows Its True Colours
By Jonathan Cook

Israel has been suffering its worst bout of inter-communal violence since the start of the second intifada, with a week of what has been widely presented as “rioting” by Jewish and Arab residents of the northern port city of Acre

Europe And The Middle East:
Will EU Be A More Just Mediator?

By Ramzy Baroud

Europe has showed greater willingness in recent months to play a larger part in the Middle East's most protracted conflict, that of Israel and Palestine. But willingness doesn't necessarily indicate readiness

Jamia Residents Foil “Encounter” Attempt
By Mumtaz Alam Falahi

The residents of Jamia Nagar today foiled a kidnapping/encounter attempt by some policemen in plainclothes in Shaheen Bagh area under the Jamia Nagar Police Station in Delhi

Chengara's Dalit-Adivasis Call
To Restore Their Fundamental Rights

By Vidya Bhushan Rawat

Chengara's land struggle is historical. It shows that people can not really depend on government dole out for land. Political parties in connivance with the defunct industrial houses are keeping people landless. New landlessness is on the rise. Courts are being used as an excuse to evict people. The marginalized have understood this and are ready to fight till end. If the government of Kerala think it is wrong, let it come out in open and say that they oppose people's movement for land right

16 October, 2008

Global Recession Takes Hold
By Patrick O’Connor

The financial crisis has brought to a head the underlying contradictions which have been wracking the capitalist system over an entire period. Notwithstanding the desperate hopes of policy makers in Europe, Asia, and other regions, a severe and protracted recession in the US will inevitably trigger a major downturn in the world economy

Financial Hurricane Batters World Capitalism:
System Failure And The Need for Revolution

By Raymond Lotta

This is a highly fraught situation. Things can change very quickly. The system is revealing much about its basic nature. Bigger jolts may come and outrage may suddenly grow and give rise to resistance from all kinds of quarters. We have to grasp the potential of the situation. We have to be out there bringing forward understanding and bringing forward a vision of a liberatory world. We have to rise to new political and ideological challenges in the belly of the beast

The Financial Economy And The Real Economy
By Justin Podur

Writers on financial or economic matters rarely see the need to explain the basics of the field or justify them at the best of times, let alone in the middle of unfolding crises. What are these “financial instruments” — futures, options, and swaps? What are they for, and how did they increase the dangers of what occurred? What is the relationship between finance and the ‘real economy’? What exactly is wrong with that relationship? Events move so quickly that stories discussing them rarely stop to explain the basics

Protecting Our Families And Future
In A Time Of Crisis

By Carolyn Baker

Carolyn Baker reviews Sharon Astyk's Depletion And Abundance

The Illusion Of Democracy
By Timothy V. Gatto

It seems like the citizens of this country should be enjoying the proceeds of the largest economy on Earth. Instead, 1% of the families in the United States own 54% of its wealth. This is up from 38% last year. Basing an economy on debt and then subsidizing the very people that profit from that debt is outrageous. One of the main reasons that we are in the predicament that we find ourselves in is that politicians in Washington rely on advice from those that have an inherent interest in the status quo

Reviewing James Petras' "Zionism, Militarism,
And The Decline Of US Power"

By Stephen Lendman

Every Petras book is important. So is this one at a time the most powerful Washington Lobby is assured that a new administration will continue and expand the current "Global Wars on Terrorism." Petras explains the dangers. The current disastrous foreign adventurism. America's economic decline as a result, and the calamitous global fallout overall. High-level officials won't read this book, but they should. To realize the dangers of their destructive policies. How they threaten the republic's survival and are heading the nation for insolvency and ruin

A Moratorium On Conversions: Who Decides?
By Joseph D’souza

So who decides on a moratorium on conversions? The RSS? The media? Those who come to the table and dialogue on this issue? Or the oppressed Dalit and low caste person in India? Dare we take away this final and most basic of human rights from the most dehumanized group of people in human civilization?

14 October, 2008

Does The Bailout Pass The Smell Test?
By Paul Craig Roberts

The authorities have blamed subprime mortgages for the crisis. Why then does their solution fail to address the problem of the mortgages? Instead, the solution directs public money into an increasingly concentrated private financial sector, the management of which is not only vastly overpaid, but also has escaped accountability for the financial chicanery that, allegedly, threatens systemic financial meltdown unless bailed out by the taxpayers

The October Surprise: Global Panic
By Stephen Lendman

Ordinary people are hit hardest. Millions will suffer grievously for years as a result of this totally avoidable crisis. Fraudsters who caused it are rewarded. Innocent homeowners, households, and workers are punished. Mercilessly

My Depression -- Or Ours?
By Tom Engelhardt

The Great Depression brought Hitler as well as Roosevelt to power. And if people are disturbed by the anger, the threats, the rage exhibited recently at McCain/Palin rallies, then hold your hats as things turn truly grim. So I sit here and worry. And I know I'm not alone

Forewarned Is Forearmed
By Timothy V. Gatto

"Forewarned is forearmed" Knowledge of imminent danger can prepare us to overcome it. But what is it that we should be prepared for? That my friend is the million dollar question, we are hurtling towards economic meltdown, our streets aren’t safe, the food we eat is altered, the planet is choking on carbon and the icecaps are melting. All of this is a lot to take in. Some people are doing their utmost while some are just biding time until everything falls to pieces

There Is No Quick Fix
By David Truskoff

I am amazed at how the pundits and so-called experts continue to offer opinions on how to fix the economic worldwide meltdown. No one seems to want to go back and see what started it or explain how it started. Trickle down economics does not work and never did, but no one is willing to admit that and so we keep hearing band-aid ideas of how to fix the problem

The Age Of Turbulence "Introduction"
By Thomas Riggins

The melt down of the world financial system is a good back drop for these reflections on the introduction to Alan Greenspan's 2007 memoir. His book THE AGE OF TURBULENCE is subtitled, “Adventures In A New World.” The “New World” that Greenspan now finds himself in is, however, not the world of his dreams but the old world found in the pages of DAS KAPITAL

When The Federal Government Fails The People
By Joel S. Hirschhorn

Things have turned so ugly that electing a new president and many new members of Congress will at best provide band-aids when what is needed is nothing less than what Thomas Jefferson wisely said our nation would need periodically: a political revolution

Why America's Democratic And
Economic Policies Are Failing

By G. Asgar Mitha

America, thanks to Bush, is no longer the democracy that he has lectured the rest of the world about. And Americans and west can thank him for an economy he has started to destroy, leaving behind mountains of debts for several generations to come. Can a nation addicted to gambling pay off those debts?

Study Censures Media For Its Reporting Of
Jamia Nagar Encounter

By S.K. Pande

Speakers at a meet organised by the Delhi Union of Journalists to release its interim report on media's coverage of Jamia Nagar encounter were unanimous in their opinion that the credibility of the media has touched an all-time low and the challenge before the media is how to regain this

Some Questions For The Delhi Police
And Embedded 'Journalists'

By Jamia Teachers' Solidarity Group

The last few days have seen the Delhi Police "returning fire" at the critics of the Jamia Nagar encounter. Pressured by the mounting skepticism about police claims, the Delhi Police have now responded with a new round of theories and stories, which nevertheless remain as riddled with holes, as their earlier version(s). Jamia Teachers' Solidarity Group responds to the latest Police claims

Talibanization Or Balkanization?
What Awaits Pakistan First?

By Safdar Jafri

The fact that in the next few years the map of West Asia is quite likely to change and that Pakistan will be at the forefront in this upcoming change makes the entire game of politics very interesting for the analysts. There will be growing choas, bloodshed, breakaway regions, militancy and above all, most certainly greater US presence in the region in the days to come

10 October, 2008

How To Save The U.S. Economy
By Richard C. Cook

The cause of the financial failure is that the producing and consumer economy is “maxed out” and is unable to repay existing loans much less new ones. This is because purchasing power in the U.S. has collapsed

Time To Create The Economy We Want
By Kevin Zeese

The rage over the bailout of Wall Street is still boiling. In fact, the boil is just beginning. Last week the bailed out massive insurance giant AIG had a party for their executives – the bill $440,000 – this, after an $84 billion tax payer bailout. After the party the Federal Reserve gave them $38 billion more!

Iceland Faces National Bankruptcy
By Jordan Shilton

Iceland’s entire banking system is in danger of collapse. On Wednesday Kaupthing Bank, Iceland’s largest bank, became the third financial institution to be taken over by the government, joining Landsbanki and Glitnir, Iceland’s second and third largest banks

The Trojan Horses Of Our Demise:
Reconnecting To The Moral Sense

By Gary Corseri

The Trojan horses of our demise: ignorance, arrogance, violence and greed. If we seek analogies for our financial collapse, Trojan horses are more instructive than horsemen of the apocalypse. Trojan horses internalize dangers—from the assassins crouching within their wooden hulls; to the gullible celebrants taking them into their fortress-city. In our blame-game culture, where and how we affix blame now is crucial to any possible restitution, let alone redemption. The glass is neither half-full nor half-empty; it is a looking-glass through which we may know ourselves

“Where Will The Money Come From?”
By Devinder Sharma

If only such ‘speed and sagacity’ was shown to tide over the terrible agrarian crisis sweeping throughout the country for over a decade now, thousands of farmers would have been saved from committing suicide. If only the RBI had stepped in to make more cash (or liquidity) available, the nation could have easily provided an assured employment to each and every Indian not only for 100 days but for all the 365 days in a year. The National Rural Employment Guarantee Programme (NREGA) can be easily extended to bring every unemployed Indian under its gambit

The Methane Time Bomb
And The Triple Meltdown

By Andrew Glikson

Recent reports of enhanced methane (CH4) leaks off the eastern Siberian coast (about 100 times the background level of about 1780 parts per billion CH4) and off Svalbard (Norway) have been overshadowed in the media by the collapse of the global credit bubble. At the root of both is a common thread, deregulation, including open-ended permits to pollute the atmosphere and the oceans, little-regulated financial systems and economic globalization, representing failure by governments to protect the life and welfare of their hapless populations

Why would The Public Ever Believe Me?
By Andrew Kishner

The danger, friends, is the region's public health enemy number 1, the Nevada Test Site. Allow me to remind you: the Nevada Test Site is still prepped for resumption of nuclear testing and there are those in the Defense Department who want (yes, want) to do more - to resume - testing. Then there are the horribly contaminated soils at the Test Site, the subcritical tests that have been the culprit for nations going-nuclear, the people downwind who have been horribly poisoned but never fully compensated, the public health effects that were never properly studied, and the winds

Israeli Best Seller Breaks National Taboo
By Jonathan Cook

No one is more surprised than Shlomo Sand that his latest academic work has spent 19 weeks on Israel’s bestseller list – and that success has come to the history professor despite his book challenging Israel’s biggest taboo.Dr Sand argues that the idea of a Jewish nation – whose need for a safe haven was originally used to justify the founding of the state of Israel – is a myth invented little more than a century ago

Another Israeli West Bank Land Grab Scheme
By Stephen Lendman

Israeli policy of land grab continues. All the while monitored by The Israeli Human Rights organization, B'Tselem. It just documented more evidence in its report titled "Access Denied: Israeli measures to deny Palestinians access to land around (West Bank) settlements." Its findings are discussed below. It details how authorities block Palestinians' access to areas adjacent to settlements through closure policies and de facto seizure. Land theft and displacement for greater settlement expansions

The Last Bastion Of Acceptable Prejudice...
By Bahija Réghaï

The elections on both sides of the Canada-US border have revealed that prejudices against Arabs and Muslims are the last bastion of acceptable prejudice in North America

Lies From The Corporate Political Parties
By Timothy V. Gatto

The real conundrum we have here is that none of the candidates we have running for the Presidency are worth a damn. If the people would demand that barriers enacted to stop third parties that have been put up by the corporate Republican and Democratic parties, we could see more candidates with ballot access

O.B.Cs Of J&K – Fighting For Their
Fundamental Rights Since Independence

By Ashok Kumar Basotra

Perhaps India is the only democratic country in the World where one has to fight for his/her Fundamental Rights enshrined under the Constitution. And the mockery is that one has to wait for ages even if the Apex Court directs for providing said Fundamental Rights within stipulated period of time. Same is the plight of O.B.Cs in J&K State

Dialogue: With Whom? Will The Real
Leaders Please Stand Up?

By Cynthia Stephen

Sr. Nirmala went to meet Naveen Patnaik and ended up giving his government a certificate. The venerable archbishops of the Catholic Church have already had a “dialogue” with the leadership of the BJP and issued a joint statement that “all efforts should be made to restore peace and a sense of security with the cooperation of the governments concerned and the leadership of the Hindu and Christian communities. Justice must be done to the victims of violence expeditiously.” But even as these statements are made, we see reports that violence in Kandhamal continue and has spread to other districts. So what is the value of the assurances given by the “Hindu” leaders to the Christians? Can we trust these “leaders” to deliver on their assurances?

Do You Need Something To Read ?
By Adam Engel

A review of Mickey Z.'s "CPR FOR DUMMIES" and an interview with the Author

08 October, 2008

Troops Deployed On U.S. Streets
By Naomi Wolf

The First Brigade of the Third Infantry Division, three to four thousand soldiers, has been deployed in the United States as of October 1. Their stated mission is the form of crowd control they practiced in Iraq, subduing "unruly individuals," and the management of a national emergency

“Invasion Of The Sea-Smurfs”
By Amy Goodman

3rd Infantry Division’s 1st Brigade Combat Team will be called the chemical, biological, radiological, nuclear or high-yield explosive Consequence Management Response Force. Its acronym, CCMRF, is pronounced “sea-smurf.” These “sea-smurfs,” Gina Cavallaro of Army Times newspaper reports, have “spent 35 of the last 60 months in Iraq patrolling in full battle rattle,” in a combat zone, and now will spend their 20-month “dwell time”—time troops are required to spend to “reset and regenerate after a deployment”—armed and ready to hit the U.S. streets

California Father Kills Family And Himself
By Kate Randall

Some time between Saturday night and Monday morning, Karthik Rajaram shot and killed his wife, Subasri, 39; his mother in law, Indra Ramasesham, 69; and his three sons—Krishna, 19, a business economics major at UCLA; Ganesha, 12; and Arjuna, 7. Rajaram was found dead in his younger sons’ bedroom, the gun still in his hand

A Futile Bailout As Darkness Falls On America
By Paul Craig Roberts

The same reckless leadership that gave us expensive wars based on false premises has now concocted an expensive bailout that does not address the problem, which will fester and become worse

All Fall Down
By Jim Kunstler

Some big questions for the week: will the Euro survive as a currency? Will the rush into the US dollar continue even as the US financial system dematerializes in a Fibonacci fever of accelerating de-leveraged infinitude? Will the remaining Big Boyz, Goldman Sachs and JP Morgan succumb to the counter-party hemorrhagic fever? Will great rows of lesser banking dominoes now start clacking onto their faces?

The Trade Balance And The Limits Of
The Paulson Rescue Plan

By Dan Lieberman

The Paulson Rescue Plan prevents banking system nationalization but not economic catastrophe

Opportunity For China In Wall Street Distress
By Antoaneta Bezlova

The Wall Street fire-sale has prompted China economic pundits to call on Beijing to avail of the opportunity to acquire stakes in United States financial institutions and further its influence on global financial power

Voting The Fate Of The Nation
By Chalmers Johnson

Will economic meltdown, race, or regional loyalty be the trump card in election 2008?

Justice For Yemini Sheik
By Stephen Lendman

This time is different for Yemini Sheik Mohammed Ali Hassan Al-Moayad and his assistant Mohammed Mohsen Yahya Zayed. On October 2, the 2nd US Circuit Court of Appeals unanimously reversed their unjustifiable convictions. More on that below

McCain v. Obama II: The Empire Strikes Back
By David Swanson

The first debate after the great foreign policy debate, which focused almmost exclusively on war, shifted to a discussion devoted in large part to foreign policy and specifically war. But it began with some other topics

The Debate That Made No Difference
By Timothy V. Gatto

Tonight’s debate between the two corporate candidates’ was predictable and superficial. If I were to judge the by the debates only, I would have a hard time differentiating between the two. Both Senator’s were very close to one another on most issues save healthcare which in all reality is just a “straw-man” issue that probably won’t be enacted in the next term of either candidate, but it makes good fodder for political discourse

The Parallel Streams Of Anger
By M.J. Akbar

Dr Manmohan Singh said, on his return from France, that incidents in Orissa had shamed India before the world. That is important, but far less important than the fact that the violence in Orissa has shamed Indians in India. I measure what Indians do not by the standards of France, but by the values of modern India, which strengthened the spirit of our freedom movement against western colonialism and were enshrined in that noble document called the Constitution of India. The Bajrang Dal has shamed India before Indians

Alienation Of Indian Muslims
By Mushirul Hasan

The extent to which the Indian society is getting polarised along religious lines is very disturbing. If this is the state of affairs almost seven decades after independence, what might happen a few decades later? This is not the time to attribute responsibility to different parties or communities. This is a moment for self-reflection and for finding out what gives rise to this mindless violence

06 October, 2008

America! Be Truly Afraid
By Rand Clifford

A truly frightening article, delineating a possible scenario about to be unravelled in America

A Consceince Encountered
By Dr Sandeep Pandey

The UP Police in a planned joint operation with the army is likely to kill two Kashmiri youth (obviously Muslim), already picked up and in their custody somewhere in Meerut , in an `encounter' with these `dreaded terrorists.' The drama would be enacted in the Lucknow cantonment area, the most plausible location for an anti-national to be encountered in. Two AK-47 guns, already bought from Nepal and brought through the Bahraich route, would be shown to have been recovered from these `terrorists.'

The Fleecing Of America
By Stephen Lendman

Now compounded by a deepening financial crisis of unknown magnitude. The potentially catastrophic fallout from it. Rescue packages for business alone, and millions of working Americans left to fend for themselves in a very uncertain environment. The result of fleecing America. Letting greedy bankers profit from it. Commit massive fraud and get away with it. Reward them for their crimes. Looting the national treasury to pay for them. Is public anger so surprising? Only that it hasn't boiled over on the streets of the nation's Capitol. Maybe in time as things keep worsening and Washington only worries about Wall Street

One Nation Under Capitalism:
It’s Time For A Crucifixion

By Jason Miller

Motivated by pain and by the realization that our system is ecocidal, genocidal, and morally reprehensible, we of the working and middle classes can finally redeem ourselves by nailing our depraved god of American capitalism to the cross and starting to forge a just, egalitarian, democratic and humane socioeconomic order. Good for us and good for the rest of the planet!

Wall Street Panic,Main Street Pain
And Policy Choices

By Ingo Schmidt

Major political reform is required to turn undo a state apparatus that is used to serve moneyed interests and build institutions of democratic self-administration. Such profound changes take time. In the meantime, labour and other social movements ought to fight against any attempts to put the burden of the crisis onto workers' shoulders

The Bailout: How Capitalism Killed Democracy
By David Sirota

We now face market forces uninhibited by democratic governance. The bailout is an aggressive attempt to trade democracy for autocracy

Palin’s Problem With Facts
By Greg Guma

Now that the Republican ticket is becoming truly desperate, the tactics will get increasingly vicious. The charge that Obama thinks so little of the country that he’s “palling around with terrorists who would target their own country,” leveled by Palin this weekend, is just the beginning. Truth? Facts? For Palin and McCain, they’ve become officially irrelevant

American Politics And The Gathering Storm
By Soraya Sepahpour-Ulrich

In spite of evidence to the contrary, Israel and its lobby have continuously misled Americans into believing that Iran and its peaceful nuclear technology are a threat to Israel. But as Louis Nizer said: “When a man points a finger at someone else, he should remember that four of his fingers are pointing at himself.” In the same vein, American policy makers and candidates should understand that they must put America first

Alasdair MacIntyre And Holistic Marxism
By Thomas Riggins

Marxists can learn something from MacIntyre. I think his views on holism are useful, as are his remarks on the coherence of our ideas and their need for justification as well as his attempt to avoid relativism

Malegaon Bomb Blast: The Smell Of Blood
Is Still In My Head

By Mubasshir Mushtaq

Each Muslim mother in Malegaon is praying lest her son becomes a "suspect." Things will never be the same in this forsaken corner of Maharashtra but this much is certain: Indian Muslims will not allow India to become another Pakistan

A Wednesday: Cinematic Politics
By Kamal Mohammad

A critique of the bollywood film "A Wednesday"

04 October, 2008

Busted American Dreams
By Jonathan Franklin

American housing meltdown, a report from Hollywood, Florida, which may be representative of the general crisis felt across America

Bail Out The Homeowners!
By Paul Craig Roberts

The bailout is focused on the wrong end of the problem. The bailout should be focused on the origin of the problem, the defaulting homeowners. The bailout should indemnify defaulting homeowners and pay off the delinquent mortgages. Stopping the problem at its origin would restore the value of the mortgage-based derivatives and put an end to the crisis

US House Backs Wall Street Bailout
By Bill Van Auken

In its second vote in five days, the US House of Representatives approved a massive bailout package for the major banks and finance houses. The legislation, passed by a vote of 263 to 171 Friday afternoon, gives US Treasury Secretary Henry Paulson virtually unrestricted powers to use at least $700 billion to buy up largely worthless paper assets from Wall Street using taxpayers’ money

We Had Alternatives
By Dennis Kucinich

Statement presented on the floor of The House of Representatives after Congressman Kucinich voted against the Wall Street bail out plan, H.R. 1424, the Emergency Economic Stabilization Act of 2008

The American People Tsunami Against
A Wall Street Bailout

By Partha Banerjee

Thousands of ordinary, working-class Americans across the country woke up and staged a massive rebellion against the bill. Henry Paulson, Nancy Pelosi, Chris Dodd, Roy Blunt or John Boehner didn’t anticipate the tsunami. Online chat rooms and street corner rallies alike were filled with people expressing their abomination and outrage at the elite’s attempt to let the Wall Street con artists off the hook

The Killing Horizon: Capitalism
At The Expense Of All Life

By Juan Santos

You decide who and what nurtures us all and who and what destroys us. You decide. Is it saner to hug a tree, a cold stone building on Wall Street, or a stock certificate? Look at it. You decide. Everything that matters to you depends on the nature of your decision

Grassroots Movements, Global Elites And
Political Economy In Times Of Panic

By Pablo Ouziel

The first thing we must all do is acknowledge that the financial panic we are facing is a lot deeper than what is presented through the media, and understand that the problem is systemic. The sooner we come to terms with this, the sooner we will be able to find real solutions. Developed countries are living way over their means and no matter how we try to prop it up, sooner or later the deck of cards is going to collapse. From my humble opinion, the sooner that happens the better, because with everyday that passes, the eventual landing gets much more painful

Life After Bush: Forecasting Peace In Palestine
By Ramzy Baroud

There are no signs that change, true change, is coming, regardless of who wins the White House and regardless of who rules Israel. The fact remains that the relationship that governs the US-Israeli love affair is much more convoluted, deep-rooted, and institutionalized to be affected by the exit of one man and the advent of another

Israel’s Army And Settlers Fall Out
By Jonathan Cook

The Israeli army officer in charge of the occupation of the West Bank, Gen Gadi Shamni, has lambasted extremist Jewish settlers, blaming rising levels of violence on the encouragement of their leadership and right-wing rabbis. It is rare for a senior commander to speak so critically of the settlers, many of whom themselves serve in senior positions in the army

Patriarchy With A Woman's Face
By Jorge Majfud

Millions of women who previously supported Hillary Clinton have gone over to the Republican side. The electoral market, like on other occasions, is nourished by the contradictions of its consumers: those women who passionately defend in the media and in the cafes their support for a woman as a strategic advantage for the feminist movement without caring that that woman represents the exact opposite, may signify for the more sophisticated a demonstration of false consciousness, of complete manipulation. Something along the lines of women's liberation through the consolidation of patriarchy, or the feminization of feminism

Malegaon, Modasa And Mehrauli Blasts:
The Hindutva Connection?

By Subhash Gatade

The latest bomb blasts in Malegaon have seen four deaths wherein a motorcycle parked near old SIMI office which was laden with explosives exploded killing four people on the spot. It was worth noting that the people living in the vicinity of the Chowk had informed the police about this unclaimed motorcycle standing there for hours together. But the police did not bother to turn up and reached the place only after the blast

Others Among Us
By Suroor Mander

We have forced a community to stand up and condemn every act allegedly done by their fundamentalists; expecting this from the educated, the literate, the clerics and the ignorant. However, we don't have any such expectation from Hindus against violence perpetuated by fundamentalists from their community

02 October, 2008

Senate Sells Us All Out
By David Swanson

The Senate has voted to spend money it does not have to give the executive branch powers it cannot safely be given -- all in order to dump OUR money on a bunch of billionaire bankers, all motivated by a bunch of fear-mongering lies and the legalized bribery of campaign contributions

Food Or Fuel
By John James

The biofuel boom is doing exactly the opposite of what was intended: it is dramatically accelerating global warming, imperilling the planet in the name of saving it

01 October, 2008

Food And Markets: A Crisis Of Faith
By Adam W. Parsons

Unlike the crisis of 1970s stagflation that signalled the end for the Keynesian social-democratic model, the food crisis of 2008 could be marked down in history for setting in motion an opposite trend

Congratulations, Corporate Crime Fighters!
Coup Averted For Three Days!

By Michael Moore

Everyone said the bill would pass. The masters of the universe were already making celebratory dinner reservations at Manhattan's finest restaurants. Personal shoppers in Dallas and Atlanta were dispatched to do the early Christmas gifting. Mad Men of Chicago and Miami were popping corks and toasting each other long before the morning latte run

The Free Market Preachers Have Long Practised
State Welfare For The Rich

By George Monbiot

Bailing out banks seems unprecedented, but the US government's form in subsidising big business is well established

World Financial Crisis Reveals
Vulnerability Of Russia’s Economy

By Vladimir Volkov

Shocks throughout the world financial system, centered in the financial meltdown in the US, led by mid-September to a sharp fall on the Russian stock markets. The country is facing its greatest banking crisis since the default of August 1998, demonstrating the enormous vulnerability of the Russian economy to fluctuations on the world markets

How Forgotten Iraq May Elect The Next President
By Ira Chernus

Let's just hope the next president is wise enough and open-minded enough to hear us when we point out: One presidency was wrecked in the jungles of Vietnam, another in the sands of Iraq. Don't let a third presidency be destroyed in the mountains of Afghanistan or Pakistan, or over Iran. That danger alone should be more than enough reason to keep the Iraq War in the forefront of our minds as we decide on, and then usher in, a new presidency

Revising Jihad
By Q. Isa Daudpota

Muslim countries, which are being torn apart by jihadists from within and across their border, need to make this latest work by Fadl available widely in translation. Let it be studied in madrassas and discussed on the media. Who knows what reformation this could bring about?

Communalism, Centrestage
By Shabnam Hashmi

Communal forces have invaded all spaces, including the minds of secular politicians

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