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Re-Imagining The Polity For A Networked Humanity

The commons is no magic talisman, nor a panacea. Nor are network platforms. But they do enable us to rediscover that sovereignty does not ultimately reside in the state or market (especially in these times), but within ourselves, together.

Exploring The Gap Between Business-As-Usual And Utter Doom

Exploring The Gap Between Business-As-Usual And Utter Doom

Predicting the future is a fool’s errand, but everybody does it. As long as we’ve had language—for tens of thousands of years, at last estimate—we’ve been able to formulate the question, “What will tomorrow bring?” The answers have ranged from idyllic to hellish, though the reality has been, more often than not, “a lot like today.” Since the Industrial Revolution,[Read More…]

Honoring Aylan Kurdi By Ending The War In Syria

Honoring Aylan Kurdi By Ending The War In Syria

“A photograph, no matter how emotionally wrenching, can only do so much,” wrote Paul Slovic and Nicole Smith Dahmen in QZ.com. The photograph referenced in their comment was that of three-year-old Aylan Kurdi, whose body was washed ashore on some Turkish beach in September 2015. It has been over a year since that tragic photograph – of an innocent child, face-down and[Read More…]

Our Insha Malik Couldn’t Become Malala Yousfzai

Our Insha Malik Couldn’t Become Malala Yousfzai

The pellets fired by the so called security forces on the 15 year old Insha has not only left her physically crippled but unveiled the masque of state brutality and its systematic saga of oppression. To keep its geographical lust kicking violence in the valley has always been used as a last resort to quell the popular sentiment even at[Read More…]

Creative Collapsing: A Way To Avoid The Climate Disaster

Creative Collapsing: A Way To Avoid The Climate Disaster

Illustration from the paper “The Sower’s Way.” by Sgouridis, Csala and Bardi  recently published in the IOP Environmental Research Letters journal. The main points of the paper are summarized in a previous post. Note how fast the production of energy must fall in order to prevent temperatures from rising above the 2°C limit. It is a true “Seneca collapse“, necessary[Read More…]

What Really Causes Falling Productivity Growth:An Energy-Based Explanation

What Really Causes Falling Productivity Growth:An Energy-Based Explanation

What really causes falling productivity growth? The answer seems to be very much energy-related. Human labor by itself does not cause productivity growth. It is human labor, leveraged by various tools, that leads to productivity growth. These tools are made using energy, and they often use energy to operate. A decrease in energy consumption by the business sector can be[Read More…]

Can A Blanket Violate The Second Law Of Thermodynamics?

Can A Blanket Violate The Second Law Of Thermodynamics?

One of the silliest arguments of climate deniers goes like this: the atmosphere with its greenhouse gases cannot warm the Earth’s surface, because it is colder than the surface. But heat always flows from warm to cold and never vice versa, as stated in the second law of thermodynamics. The freshly baked Australian Senator Malcolm Roberts has recently phrased it[Read More…]

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Uri: Army personnel stand near the dead bodies of militants who attacked Mohura army camp, in Uri on Saturday. PTI Photo(

Kashmir: “We The People” Should Stand Up

  The armed conflict in Kashmir has reached a dangerous point. The killing of 17 Indian soldiers in the Uri camp, 6 kilometres from the Line of Control (LoC) that separates the two state protagonists, India and Pakistan, could lead to a further deterioration of a volatile situation that threatens to spiral into a much larger conflagration.  Indian authorities allege[Read More…]

Edward Snowden, The CIA And Sioux Indian Converge In Man’s Life

Edward Snowden, The CIA And Sioux Indian Converge In Man’s Life

The premiere of Oliver Stone’s film Snowden Live brilliantly depicts the intellectual and emotional underpinning that motivated Edward Snowden to first enter into and then defect from the CIA with the revelatory files that have since become a fundamental game-changer in not only American but World History. The convergence of this film with the Standing Rock Sioux Indians defiance of[Read More…]

Peace Pipes, Not Oil Pipes

Peace Pipes, Not Oil Pipes

Cowboys and Indians are at it again. Americans who don’t live in the West may think that the historic clash of Native Americans and pioneering settlers is long past because the Indians were, after all, defeated and now drive cars, watch television, and shop at Walmart.  Not so.  That classic American narrative is back big time, only the Indians are[Read More…]

Photo Essay: An Afghan Outing And River Heals Us

Photo Essay: An Afghan Outing And River Heals Us

This was not a typical festive ‘first world’ outing, as its need and idea arose not from leisure, but from trauma. Recently, Hadisa was broken after an ‘endless’ night of crouching nervously in the dark of her University dormitory, while bomb blasts and gunshots were ending precious lives only a hair’s breath away. Nemat, in a safe space which softened[Read More…]

Inquiring Into The Role Of CPI(M) In The Annihilation Of Caste

Inquiring Into The Role Of CPI(M) In The Annihilation Of Caste

Vijoo Krishnan recently led a team of CPI(M) and its mass organizations to the historic Dalit Asmita Yatra (culminating in Una on 15-Aug 2016). In the light of this, and participation of the party in various anti-caste uprisings in the country, Dalit Camera poses a few questions to Vijoo about the party’s role in Annihilation of Caste and their effort to bring about a Left-Ambedkarite unity.

Kabul River And Standing Rock Sioux

Kabul River And Standing Rock Sioux

Kabul River and Standing Rock Sioux Zekerullah sometimes worries about the water crisis in his country   Government officials and business people today routinely negotiate, “We’d like to extract the oil.” Or gas, or such and such a mineral. Water? “Oh don’t worry, we’ll see to that too….” But they’re not angels, and their bottom line is profit, so, Nature[Read More…]

NATO Sends 4,000 Combat Troops To Poland And Baltic States

NATO Sends 4,000 Combat Troops To Poland And Baltic States

NATO will deploy an additional 4,000 soldiers in Poland and the Baltic states in May 2017, with some units sent to Eastern Europe in advance. This was confirmed by a NATO spokesman after the US-led military alliance held consultations in Split, Croatia at the weekend. According to a Wall Street Journal report, about 1,000 American soldiers from the 2nd Cavalry[Read More…]

US Aid Deal Gives Green Light To Israel’s Erasure Of Palestine

US Aid Deal Gives Green Light To Israel’s Erasure Of Palestine

   Nazareth: The announcement last week by the United States of the largest military aid package in its history – to Israel – was a win for both sides. Israeli prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu could boast that his lobbying had boosted aid from $3.1 billion to $3.8bn a year – a 22 per cent increase – for a decade starting[Read More…]

Kashmir: Tired Revolution

Kashmir: Tired Revolution

  The journey of young people in Kashmir from childhood to adulthood nowadays is rumbling around Prison. These young people are meeting on this journey with probation officers, instead of teacher; they are going to court dates instead of class; they are emerging from their 20s not with degrees in business and science, but with criminal records. In Kashmir peaceful[Read More…]

Political Underworld And Adventure Journalism

Political Underworld And Adventure Journalism

  The people of my generation, particularly those who were associated with students’ movement in 1970s, still have memories of fascist terrorism unleashed during the Emergency. The book under review book that people having view a different to Modi, that is Rashtriya Swayamsewak Sangh, have memories worse than those of seventies. In every area Modi’s undeclared emergency is more frightening[Read More…]

 Share or Die: A Challenge For Our Times

 Share or Die: A Challenge For Our Times

About a year ago, a weather-beaten, middle-aged man asked me for money on the platform of the Mountain View Caltrain station. I gave him three dollars. He thanked me, and asked what I did for work. I introduced myself, learned his name, Jeff, and we shook hands. I pulled out a card from my computer bag, and handed it to[Read More…]

Nuclear Theatre: The North Korean Show

Nuclear Theatre: The North Korean Show

It is a performance where few are laughing.  The DPRK has demonstrated again why it remains by far the most theatrically foolish yet prescient of powers.  Held hostage by the plump boyish leader, Kim Jung-un the nuclear program of that benighted state has been doing more than just stuttering along. It seems to be positively screaming away. Everything about the[Read More…]

An Open Letter To The People Of The United States: Election or Revolution?

An Open Letter To The People Of The United States: Election or Revolution?

As citizens of the USA with a presidential election approaching you have a wonderful opportunity to ponder whether to participate in this election or to participate in the ongoing American Revolution. Your first revolution might have overthrown the authority of the British monarchy and aristocracy but the one in progress must remove the US elite which has executed a political[Read More…]

Pakistan’s Civil War In Balochistan Goes International

Pakistan’s Civil War In Balochistan Goes International

  Indian government’s recent decision to provide shelter to the secessionist Baloch leaders has internationalized the issue of low intensity civil war in Pakistan’s largest province of Balochistan where the army of Pakistan has launched a brutal operation to control the rebellion of Baloch nationalists. On Friday, CNN-News18 quoted Indian official sources as saying that India is all set to[Read More…]

“The Dead Cannot Make A Comeback” – Is India About To Make A Catastrophic Mistake With GM Mustard?

“The Dead Cannot Make A Comeback” – Is India About To Make A Catastrophic Mistake With GM Mustard?

Global oilseed, agribusiness and biotech corporations are engaged in a long-term attack on India’s local cooking oil producers. In just 20 years, they have reduced India from self-sufficiency in cooking oil to importing half its needs. Now the government’s attempts to impose GM mustard seed threaten to wipe out a crop at the root of Indian food and farming traditions. In[Read More…]

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U.S. Public Don’t Care If Politicians Lie

U.S. Public Don’t Care If Politicians Lie

  Everybody knows that both Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump are inveterate liars; but, do Americans really care? The vast majority of us care only as partisans in politics, not as partisans for truth and against lies. And that’s why democracy has died in America. (Please click on the link here, wherever you question this, or any other given assertion’s[Read More…]

Assange, Manning And Snowden; Standing Up For The Conscience Of Truthtellers

Assange, Manning And Snowden; Standing Up For The Conscience Of Truthtellers

Last week, Oliver Stone’s biopic “Snowden” hit the theaters. The film illuminates the life of Edward Snowden between 2004 and 2013, aiming to humanize one of the most wanted men in the world. Just before its release, a public campaign was launched urging President Obama to pardon this renowned NSA whistleblower. The massive US government persecution of truthtellers over the[Read More…]

Who Is Devinder Sharma? Whose Interests Does Kisan Ekta Serve?

Who Is Devinder Sharma? Whose Interests Does Kisan Ekta Serve?

Devinder Sharma is a founder member of Kisan Ekta, – that claims to be a union of 65 farming organisations. He has no doubt that his Ekta represents ‘400 million farmers, fishermen and farm workers’, and he a member of the three person coordinating committee of the recently launched outfit. But does Devinder Sharma, a close associate of the controversial[Read More…]

Attack On The Uri Army Camp

Attack On The Uri Army Camp

              The dawn attack on 18 Sep on the army’s Uri camp by Pakistan-trained militants resulted in 17 troops killed and 30 more wounded. The fact that attackers were four in number, has attracted the attention of the media, which labels them as terrorists, while politicians term the attack as cowardly. There are some issues which need consideration. First,[Read More…]

Women protecting themselves from sun in Vietnam. Illegal in France

‘Burkini’ And French Imperialist Mind

  In Europe, oppression is never really called by its true ugly name. It is constantly concealed by lofty slogans such as culture, even tolerance. Repression, discrimination and harassment are administered in order for the ‘entire society to be free’. Or so at least the official narrative goes. In France, recent and ugly row overso-called burkinis, a swimsuit used by[Read More…]

17 Soldiers Killed In Uri Terror Attack

17 Soldiers Killed In Uri Terror Attack

Four militants stormed an Army base barely 50 metres from the Brigade Headquarters in Uri sector, 6 km from the Line of Control (LoC), killing 17 soldiers and wounding 23, nine of them critically, at 4.30 am Sunday morning. It is the highest casualty suffered by the Army in a single attack in Kashmir in the past two decades. The[Read More…]

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The WADA Hack: Transparency And The Uneven Playing Field

The WADA Hack: Transparency And The Uneven Playing Field

The disclosure of confidential material has its own sometimes fraught ethics.  When it comes to medical information, assumptions abound that confidentiality comes first.  Not, however, in international sports, a notorious field where the corrupt rub shoulders with the desperate; where perspectives of the supposedly level playing field meet unevenness and disadvantage.  In such a case, disclosures can be both political[Read More…]

Learning From Minamata: Creating High-Level Well-Being In Local Communities In Japan

Learning From Minamata: Creating High-Level Well-Being In Local Communities In Japan

The path of Japan’s economic and social development after World War II has followed the trajectory of most industrialized countries: the pursuit of high economic growth on the assumption that higher per capita income would ensure people’s life satisfaction. But, according to a survey published by the Japanese central government, life satisfaction constantly declined from 1984 to 2005. Two out[Read More…]

Apologizing To My Daughter For The Last 15 Years Of War 

Apologizing To My Daughter For The Last 15 Years Of War 

I recently sent my last kid off for her senior year of college. There are rituals to such moments, and because dad-confessions are not among them, I just carried boxes and kept quiet. But what I really wanted to say to her — rather than see you later, call this weekend, do you need money? — was: I’m sorry. Like[Read More…]

FBI’s Fake ‘Investigation’ of Hillary’s Emails

FBI’s Fake ‘Investigation’ of Hillary’s Emails

On September 17th, U.S. President Barack Obama, the boss of the U.S. Government’s Executive Branch — including of federal investigations and prosecutions (including of FBI decisons not to investigate, and not to prosecute) — said that, in this Presidential election, “My name may not be on the ballot, but our progress is on the ballot,” and that a voter’s failure[Read More…]

Security Council Meets After US Coalition Strike Syrian Forces

Security Council Meets After US Coalition Strike Syrian Forces

The Syrian crisis has now moved into a serious zone where the next developments will bring the opposite groups, which were recently involved in a ceasefire deal, to a direct confrontation in more lethal way than the prevailing stage. The reason is not very hard to comprehend as in a strike by US led coalition forces; 62 Syrian soldiers have[Read More…]

Clinton Campaign In Crisis Over Plunging Support Among Younger Voters

Clinton Campaign In Crisis Over Plunging Support Among Younger Voters

The campaign of Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton is responding to poll numbers and other indications of declining support among younger voters by deploying its most prominent surrogates to college campuses. The moves come a day after two national surveys, one conducted by Quinnipiac University and the other by CBS News and the New York Times, found that more than[Read More…]

Indian Prime Time News Saga

Indian Prime Time News Saga

On most Indian news channels at prime time, one may find comedy, drama, action, political propaganda, advertisements, war rhetoric and what not. Be it ‘Comedy Nights With Kapil’, dramas of Star Plus or Colours, dance shows like ‘Natch baliye’ etc, Bollywood gossip, funny news like presence of ghosts or treasures somewhere, noise of pseudo analysts, furious debates (where most anchors[Read More…]

Victory For Students And Access To Knowledge In DU Copyright Case: Corporate Publishers Market Ends At The Gates Of The University

Victory For Students And Access To Knowledge In DU Copyright Case: Corporate Publishers Market Ends At The Gates Of The University

By Association of Students for Equitable Access to Knowledge (ASEAK) In a rare and incredible order on 16th September 2016, the Delhi High Court dismissed the copyright infringement case filed in August 2012 by Oxford University Press, Cambridge University Press and Taylor and Francis Group against Rameshwari Photocopy Shop in Delhi School of Economics and Delhi University. Justice R.S. Endlaw[Read More…]

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Turnbull As Fantasist: Selling Australia’s Security And Refugee Agenda

Turnbull As Fantasist: Selling Australia’s Security And Refugee Agenda

Island mentalities do not travel well.  When their sellers hawk the agenda before world forums, these start looking ludicrous. Coming close to this ludicrous display is Australian prime minister, Malcolm Turnbull, who has done what other Australian prime ministers have in previous years: sell the great discovery, the great hit of life on how best to protect borders in the[Read More…]

Braving The Bullets And Facing The Pellet Plight

Braving The Bullets And Facing The Pellet Plight

26 years ago in the summer of 1989, the Kashmir Valley was in the grip of full-fledged rebel insurrection. Hordes of young, Kalashnikov-wielding men were roaming the streets and neighbourhoods of Srinagar capital and the valley’s other towns like Baramulla, Anantnag and Sopore. The sound of gunfires and explosions mingled with chants of azaadi emanating from demonstrations large and small.[Read More…]

Arresting Khurram Parvez

Arresting Khurram Parvez

  The worst fears of human rights advocates were realized on 15th September when noted human rights defender from Kashmir, Khurram Parvez, was prevented at Delhi Airport from boarding a flight to Geneva, where he was scheduled to attend the ongoing United Nations Human Rights Commission (UNHRC) session. The next day he was illegally detained in a Srinagar Police Station[Read More…]

The Curfewed Eid!

The Curfewed Eid!

(Putting the entire valley of Kashmir under curfew on the most important Muslim religious festival of Eid-ul-Adah is the first event of its kind in the entire recorded history of Kashmir!) Eid-ul-Adah is the most pious and revered festival in the Muslim world. It is in remembrance to the symbolic sacrifice which God asked Prophet Ibrahim to offer. Well, Kashmiris[Read More…]

Do We Need Eco-Friendly media or Citizen Friendly Media?

Do We Need Eco-Friendly media or Citizen Friendly Media?

You wake up in the morning pretending to be fresh in this world full of gadgets making you sleep at 4 a.m., the first thing in today’s world you do is not rushing towards the most peaceful place shedding the load of junk you ate last night, but what you do is grabbing the gadget which did not let you[Read More…]

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Transnational Republics of Commoning 2: New Forms Of Network-Based Governance

The text below is a second installment from my essay, “Transnational Republics of Commoning: Reinventing Governance through Emergent Networking,” published by Friends of the Earth UK. The third and final part of the essay will appear next. Read Part I Digital Commons  as a New Species of Production and Governance To return to our original question: How can we develop[Read More…]

Free Khurram Parvez

Free Khurram Parvez

Coordination of Democratic Rights Organization denounces the arrest of Khurram Parvez on the intervening night of 15-16 September at 12.30 AM from his house at Srinagar. He had returned from Delhi in the very morning of 15th September after being detained for nearly two hours and prevented from travelling to Geneva for the UN Human Rights Council’s meeting. Khurram Parvez[Read More…]

The Kashmir Problem

The Kashmir Problem

  Born out of cataclysm in 1948, the Kashmir problem remains alive and unwell. In the latest iteration of the long self-determination struggle, 75 protesters have been killed by Indian security forces firing pellet loaded shotguns to control the demonstrations; over 7000 have been injured including 117 who have fully or partially lost eyesight, a tragedy worsened by their young[Read More…]

Periyar: Rationalist Bahujan Socialist Revolutionary And The Crusader Against Casteism

Periyar: Rationalist Bahujan Socialist Revolutionary And The Crusader Against Casteism

Erode Venkata Ramasamy Naickar(17 September 1879 – 24 December 1973), commonly known as Periyar also referred as E. V. R. or Thanthai Periyar, was an Indian social activist, freedom fighter and politician who started the Self-Respect Movement and Dravidar Kazhagam. Biography Born in 1879 into a rich family of Balijas (traders) in Tamil Nadu’s Erode district, Periyar was a pious[Read More…]

A Pilgrimage Among The Crow Creek Sioux And Ancient Missouri River

A Pilgrimage Among The Crow Creek Sioux And Ancient Missouri River

As fate would have it, the pilgrimage’s odyssey across Turtle Island first began as a one year sojourn among the Hunkpatina people on the Crow Creek Sioux Reservation, located near the Big Bend of the Missouri River at Fort Thompson, South Dakota. The Hunkpatina at Crow Creek were the descendants of Chief Long Crow and his people who had been[Read More…]

Fifteen Years Later, Physics Journal Concludes All Three WTC Towers Collapsed On 9/11 Due To Controlled Demolition

Fifteen Years Later, Physics Journal Concludes All Three WTC Towers Collapsed On 9/11 Due To Controlled Demolition

Over the past 15 years many highly respected academics and experts have come forward to challenge the official narrative on the collapse of the WTC towers forwarded by the U.S. government. The official government position holds that the collapse of all three towers was due to intense heat inside of the buildings. But a new forensic investigation into the collapse[Read More…]

A Man Beaten Up By Cow Vigilantes Dies In Ahmedabad

A Man Beaten Up By Cow Vigilantes Dies In Ahmedabad

A 29-year-old man who was allegedly beaten up by gau rakshaks or cow vigilantes in Ahmedabad four days ago died of his injuries at a hospital in Ahmedabad on Friday. Mohammad Ayyub was allegedly attacked by a group of cow vigilantes on Tuesday while he and another man Sameer Sheikh were transporting a cow and a calf, police said. Pratik[Read More…]

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Transnational Republics Of Commoning

Transnational Republics Of Commoning

I am often asked what the commons has to contribute to solving our climate change problems.  Since most commons are rather small scale and local, there is a presumption that such commons cannot possibly deal with a problem as massive and literally global as climate change. I think this view is mistaken. The nation-state as now constituted, in its close[Read More…]

David Cameron, Libya And Disaster: The Findings Of The Foreign Affairs Select Committee

David Cameron, Libya And Disaster: The Findings Of The Foreign Affairs Select Committee

The UK Foreign Affairs Committee was a long time coming with this judgment, but when it came, it provided a firm reminder about how far the 2011 intervention against the Gaddafi regime was not merely flawed but calamitous in its consequences.  There had been no coherent strategy on the part of the Cameron government; the campaign had not been “informed[Read More…]

Leave Kashmir In Peace

Leave Kashmir In Peace

“This is day 70 of the brutal military siege in Kashmir. The number of fatalities differs from one source to the next but estimates are between 84 & 90 as of today. Up to 11,000 have been injured, nearly 500 of them by live ammunition, many with head & spinal cord injuries from bullets, pellets, & grenades, many are disfigured[Read More…]

Confrontations And Scope Of Identity Politics: Observations On Left Politics Of JNU And Kerala

Confrontations And Scope Of Identity Politics: Observations On Left Politics Of JNU And Kerala

Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) is the third best university ranked by HRD (Human Resource Development) ministry in India. Apart from its academic contributions, JNU recently got international and national attention due to the trail of incidents related to the arrest of some of its students under sedition charges. JNU has been portrayed by the left inclined writers and the left[Read More…]

10 Ways To Accelerate The Peer-To-Peer And Commons Economy

10 Ways To Accelerate The Peer-To-Peer And Commons Economy

Let’s engage in a way to produce goods and create value that is free, fair, and sustainable! What is peer production and commons economics? More importantly, how can they help bring about a thriving economy that work for people and planet? The following 10 ideas for action are the result of 10 years of research at the P2P Foundation on the[Read More…]

Both Ms. Clinton And I Got Burned Out – For Very Different Reasons

Both Ms. Clinton And I Got Burned Out – For Very Different Reasons

Yesterday I watched Ms. Clinton on television screen, stumbling towards her van, after attending a ceremony at the WTC in New York City. She had to be grabbed by both arms by her aids, and then literally pulled into the vehicle. Embarrassing? Not really. People get exhausted; they get sick and sometimes they can even hardly remain standing on their[Read More…]

Obama Hands Israel The Largest Military Aid Deal In History

Obama Hands Israel The Largest Military Aid Deal In History

The Obama administration has signed a $38 billion military aid pact with Israel in what the State Department boasts is the “single largest pledge of bilateral military assistance in US history.” The record agreement will provide Israel with $3.8 billion annually over 10 years beginning in 2019, up from $3.1 billion under the current deal. At a time when the US[Read More…]

The Rise Of The Right And Climate Catastrophe

The Rise Of The Right And Climate Catastrophe

In a year of record-setting heat on a blistered globe, with fast-warmingoceans, fast-melting ice caps, and fast-rising sea levels, ratification of the December 2015 Paris climate summit agreement — already endorsed by most nations — should be a complete no-brainer.  That it isn’t tells you a great deal about our world.  Global geopolitics and the possible rightward lurch of many countries (including a potential deal-breaking election in[Read More…]

I Will NOT Remain Silent…

I Will NOT Remain Silent…

 I read Seema Mustafa’s evocative and heart wrenching piece with sadness and a deep deep sense of foreboding. And what follows is a stream of conscience set of thought and emotions which kept coming almost endlessly. I have not had the heart to pick up the phone and wish any of our friends and family Eid Mubarak this Eid. And[Read More…]

Prakash Karat’s Critique Of BJP/RSS And The Question Of Left Unity

Prakash Karat’s Critique Of BJP/RSS And The Question Of Left Unity

One hundred and eighty million workers in India went out on strike on 2 September. It is the largest strike in human history. Workers came from all sectors – from the mines and crèches, from the rail yards and the banks. All trade unions – except the one backed by the RSS – backed the strike. Even workers in the[Read More…]

Monsanto And Bayer: Why Food And Agriculture Just Took A Turn For The Worse

Monsanto And Bayer: Why Food And Agriculture Just Took A Turn For The Worse

News broke this week that Monsanto accepted a $66 billion takeover bid from Bayer. The new company would control more than 25 per cent of the global supply of commercial seeds and pesticides. Bayer’s crop chemicals business is the world’s second largest after Syngenta, and Monsanto is the leading commercial seeds business. Monsanto held a 26 per cent market share of all seeds sold[Read More…]

Libyan Intervention Was Based On Wrong Assumptions; David Cameron Is Ultimately Responsible

Libyan Intervention Was Based On Wrong Assumptions; David Cameron Is Ultimately Responsible

House of Commons Foreign Affairs Committee in UK has directly indicted the former PM David Cameron in allowing the collapse of Libya as an organized nation state and to throw it into chaos and also to assist the Islamic State to proliferate in the region and beyond. The report shows that in big and successful democracies- how the administration is[Read More…]

The Fourth Remake Of “Invasion Of The Body Snatchers”

The Fourth Remake Of “Invasion Of The Body Snatchers”

True film aficionados who are old enough probably know that there were three cinematic versions of The Invasion of the Body Snatchers (TIOTBS). Doesn’t matter, though, whether or not you’re familiar with them. I’ll give you enough to chew on here, and then hit you with why there needs to be another one made. The first two TIOTBS films had[Read More…]

Brahmanization Of The Onam Festival

Brahmanization Of The Onam Festival

Portraying Onam as Vamana Jayanthi is just another step by Sangh Parivar forces to bring all festivals into the hindutva fold which is essential to project the idea of hindu rashtra, a homogeneous culture of Hindi-Hindu-Hindutva.

24 Countries Must Share Their  Surplus Farmland With 2 Billion Others

24 Countries Must Share Their  Surplus Farmland With 2 Billion Others

Even the most ardent capitalists/imperialists know that they and their predecessors have destroyed earth. For this reason alone the material conditions are right for those forces to self-destruct. After this happy event, – to which we are all of course joyously contributing by every means possible, – the world’s forests and coasts and other natural landscapes will be handed over[Read More…]

An Asteroid Called “Peak Oil” – The Real Cause Of The Growing Social Inequality In The US

An Asteroid Called “Peak Oil” – The Real Cause Of The Growing Social Inequality In The US

In a recent article on the Huffington Post, Stan Sorscher reports the graph above and asks the question of what could have happened in the early 1970s that changed everything. Impressive, but what caused this “something” that happened in the early 1970s? According to Sorscher, X marks the spot. In this case, “X” is our choice of national values. We[Read More…]

Right-To-Repair Activists Are Heroes

Right-To-Repair Activists Are Heroes

The only function of “intellectual property” is to snatch scarcity from the jaws of abundance — to take goods that, thanks to the advance of human knowledge, should naturally be getting cheaper, and make them artificially expensive. This is nowhere more evident than in the war corporations are fighting against their own customers’ right to repair the items they purchase.[Read More…]

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Nature Is Being Renamed ‘Natural Capital’ – But Is It Really The Planet That Will Profit?

The four-yearly World Conservation Congress of the International Union for the Conservation of Nature has just taken place in Hawai’i. The congress is the largest global meeting on nature’s conservation. This year a controversial motion was debated regarding incorporating the language and mechanisms of “natural capital” into IUCN policy. But what is “natural capital”? And why use it to refer[Read More…]

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Degrowth And The Global Ecovillage Network

One of the most controversially discussed key tracks during the 5th International Degrowth Conference 2016 in Budapest was “Degrowth and other social movements”. Can degrowth be considered a movement? Does degrowth embrace all kinds of movements struggling for a sustainable future? On one hand, the notion of “degrowth movement(s)” was rigorously criticized for fragmenting the political struggle. It was also[Read More…]

US Has Spent Nearly $5 Trillion On Wars Since 9/11

US Has Spent Nearly $5 Trillion On Wars Since 9/11

In another indication of the terrible price paid by working people in the United States and all over the globe for the crimes of US imperialism, a new reportfrom Brown University estimates that Washington has squandered nearly $5 trillion since September 11, 2001 on the wars launched under the pretext of fighting terrorism. The report coincides with the 15th anniversary[Read More…]

Monsanto And The Poisonous Cartel Of GMOs In India

Monsanto And The Poisonous Cartel Of GMOs In India

India is steeped in a synthesized controversy created by Monsanto on the first GMO crop supposedly approved for commercialization. Engaged in litigation on many fronts, Monsanto is trying to subvert India’s patent laws: Protection of Plant Variety and Farmers Right Act, Essential Commodities Act and Competition Act. It is behaving as if there is no Parliament, no democracy, no sovereign[Read More…]

Transition Towns: Initiatives Of Transformation

Transition Towns: Initiatives Of Transformation

In 2006, when Rob Hopkins moved from Ireland to the small English town of Totnes with his family and co-founded the first Transition Town Initiative in the world with some friends, he surely never imagined what he was starting. Six years on, there are more than 500 “official” Transition Town initiatives in more than 38 countries, and several thousand more[Read More…]

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The Wonder Of Sighting The Indian Grey Hornbill In Bangalore

I had gone to cover the Wild Wood Spa, a resort in Kundapur, which is spread out over a large area with hundreds of ancient trees on the property. As we were walking around the property the owner Mr Shetty pointed up to the broad trunk of a ficus tree. In a hole in the trunk which was sealed with[Read More…]

Prakash Karat Unable To Locate Fascism In Hindutva

Prakash Karat Unable To Locate Fascism In Hindutva

Comrade Prakash Karat’s academic piece (‘know your enemy’, The Indian Express, September 6, 2016)[i] analyzing the character of Hindutva/RSS/BJP brand of politics/ideology suffers from confusion which greatly keeps parliamentary LEFT incapacitated at the national level against the rising tide of the Hindutva fascism. I am sure soon Hindutva public relation machinery will be circulating certificate from comrade Karat for disseminating[Read More…]

The Native American, The Palestinian: A Spirited Fight For Justice

The Native American, The Palestinian: A Spirited Fight For Justice

Thousands of Native Americans resurrected the fighting spirit of their forefathers as they stood in unprecedented unity to contest an oil company’s desecration of their sacred land in North Dakota. Considering its burdened historical context, this has been one of the most moving events in recent memory. The standoff, involving 5,000-strong Native American protesters, including representatives of 200 tribes and environmental[Read More…]

Cutting the Cords Of Empire: The Spectacle Of US Elections

Cutting the Cords Of Empire: The Spectacle Of US Elections

“The more powerful the class, the more it claims not to exist.” -Guy Debord, The Society of the Spectacle It’s almost time for our quadrennial political distraction, masquerading as the US presidential election. As opposed to previous elections, this one feels quite different. Even with Obama/Romney in 2012, important, basic economic issues were discussed, health care reform was questioned, and[Read More…]

Indifference

Indifference

Indifference is an American-European story. As French chansonnier Serge Gainsbourg sang of his love for Brigitte Bardot: “What does the weather matter, what matters the wind? Better your absence than your indifference.” Or Gilbert Bécaud: “Indifference kills with small blows.” The indifference of one person to the other in a dwindling love affair is emblematic of the terrible impact of[Read More…]

Police Sniffing In Kitchens While Rapists Roam The Streets

Police Sniffing In Kitchens While Rapists Roam The Streets

The latest statistics put out by the National Crime Record Bureau gives the Haryana state of India a dubious distinction. It stands second in the number of complaints lodged with the police, second only to Uttar Pradesh. That the population, in general, views police as the last resort in cases of injustice, puts the statistics in perspective. Haryana, the state[Read More…]

Eid, A Day Of Mourning For Kashmir As Two More Youth Killed: Death Toll 82

Eid, A Day Of Mourning For Kashmir As Two More Youth Killed: Death Toll 82

The festival of Eid turned out to be a day of mourning for many Kashmiris as curfew was clamped across the Kashmir valley. Two youth were killed in clashes and scores injured. Police said as many as 44 stone pelting incidents were reported across the valley. Mustafa Mir, 22, son of Hameed Mir of Dachigam village of Bandipora died during[Read More…]

Water Wars Come To Bangalore (And Soon, The World)

Water Wars Come To Bangalore (And Soon, The World)

I am not sure where each of you is, in your own reading and assessment of the situation, but I am now more or less convinced that life as we ‘know’ it, both here in ever ’emerging’ India, and worldwide, is going to change very rapidly in an unprecedented direction – and very possibly we will all experience this directly in[Read More…]

Israel’s Bogus Civil War

Israel’s Bogus Civil War

 Nazareth: Is Israel on the verge of civil war, as a growing number of Israeli commentators suggest, with its Jewish population deeply riven over the future of the occupation? On one side is a new peace movement, Decision at 50, stuffed with former political and security leaders. Ehud Barak, a previous prime minister who appears to be seeking a political comeback,[Read More…]

A Space Shared Is A Space Doubled

A Space Shared Is A Space Doubled

 Streets and plazas are the spaces of the public, the spaces where people encounter each other. Such encounters can be fleeting or intense, but they always imply the possibility of lingering. Yet lingering is difficult if not impossible if our roads are designed to serve the needs of traffic practically to the exclusion of everything else. The concept of Shared[Read More…]

Lakshman Rekha: A Sensitive Film On Public Discourses On Sexual Assault

Lakshman Rekha: A Sensitive Film On Public Discourses On Sexual Assault

Lakshman Rekha, a film by Geetika Tondon looks at how conversations in the media are played out in cases of sexual assault in India. This twenty minute short premiered in July 2016 at the inaugural session of the Film Club, Centre for Women’s Studies, University of Hyderabad, in the presence of the film maker. The film was followed by an[Read More…]

For Age Is Opportunity No Less Than Youth Itself…

For Age Is Opportunity No Less Than Youth Itself…

“…As the evening twilight fades away, the sky is filled with stars invisible by day” are the immortal words of Henry Wadsworth Longfellow. Alas! this does not hold ground for many people in countries of Asia Pacific (and maybe elsewhere too). The elderly are getting pushed more into a dark night devoid of stars. The erosion of traditional livelihoods and[Read More…]

Calling For An Honest Conversation Between Left And Dalit Bahujan Groups

Calling For An Honest Conversation Between Left And Dalit Bahujan Groups

The last few months have seen unprecedented Dalit mobilisation throughout India against attacks by the Sangh fringe forces on Dalits and Muslims and the BJP leadership’s tacit and sometimes not so tacit approval at various levels. State machinery in the form of the Police were stationed on several University campuses with sedition cases against students in Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU)[Read More…]

"While there may be a tendency to be complacent about the recurring record temperatures, with each month come more climate-related consequences that cannot be ignored, and they make for big news stories," writes Astrid Caldas of the Union of Concerned Scientists. (Photo: Francesco Bonito Oliva/flickr/cc)

August Was Another Hottest Month For The Record Books

Another month, another temperature record shattered. NASA data released Monday shows not only that last month was the hottest August since record-keeping started in 1880, but that it tied with July for the warmest month in the last 136 years. According to NASA’s Goddard Institute for Space Studies, August 2016’s temperature was 0.16 degrees Celsius warmer than the previous warmest August[Read More…]

'The best part of the work we do is that it’s not what we’re fighting against but what we’re fighting for.' (Photo:  Indigenous Environmental Network/Facebook)

The Big Difference At Standing Rock Is Native Leadership All Around

This year’s massive buildup of resistance to the Dakota Access pipeline follows closely on the heels of the victory over Keystone XL pipeline, something often credited to feverish organizing by 350.org. But years before 350’s involvement, there was the Indigenous Environmental Network, which launched that movement and its “Keep It In the Ground” messaging. This time, with nearly 200 tribes[Read More…]

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Creating Sustainability? Join The Re-Generation!

In the face of multiple converging crises, mere sustainability is no longer enough. Too much damage has already been done. We need to restore ecosystem and community health, and create regenerative systems that allow us to face uncertainty creatively. After the post-war Baby Boomers came Generation X, followed by Generation Y – the millennials – and Generation Z – the[Read More…]

Can The Growing Number Of Government-Rebel Reconciliation Agreements End The Bloodshed In Syria?

Can The Growing Number Of Government-Rebel Reconciliation Agreements End The Bloodshed In Syria?

Al-Moaddamiyeh, Damascus Countryside: September 8, 2016 was a long hot tense day at the border-crossing at al-Moaddamiyeh, at town roughly ten kilometers southwest of Damascus. Approximately 135 Syrian soldiers and 35 volunteers from the Syrian Arab Red Crescent Society (SARCS) evacuated more than 300,  mainly civilians, who have spent the past more than four years trapped, two years in Daraya and[Read More…]

Living In “The Garden Of Life”

Living In “The Garden Of Life”

  Co-Written By Margrit Kennedy & Declan Kennedy Since 1985, an intentional community of about 100 adults and 40 children in the middle of Lower Saxony, Germany, has created the “Lebensgarten Steyerberg” out of a munitions factory housing project built in the late 1930s for World War II.1 The anchor of the community, which is spread out over 65 buildings, is a large community[Read More…]

Mewat Gang-Rape Victim Alleges Rapists Asked If She Ate Beef

Mewat Gang-Rape Victim Alleges Rapists Asked If She Ate Beef

Two women who were allegedly gang-raped two weeks ago in the Mewat region of Haryana one of the women told news reporters that attackers asked her if she ate beef. “They asked if we eat beef. We said we don’t, but they insisted we did. Then they said we’re hurting you before so you don’t and that if we tell[Read More…]

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The Human Rights Of The Settler

The Human Rights Of The Settler

Just a few weeks after Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu claimed that he cares about the rights and lives of Palestinians in Gaza more than the Palestinian leadership does, he posted a new video message on his Facebook wall, arguing that any future dismantlement of Jewish settlements in the West Bank would amount to “ethnic cleansing.” He went on to intimate that insofar as the U.S. and other western countries support the uprooting of Israeli settlements as part of an agreement with the Palestinians, they were, in effect, supporting the cleansing of Jews

Controlling Africa With Western “Democracy”

Controlling Africa With Western “Democracy”

The west uses “democracy”, as in elections, to control Africa. This has resulted in over half a century of murder and mayhem because all but one African country is a mixture of different ethnicity’s and nationalities with tribalism dominant in African societies. Elections mean tribal winners and tribal losers and no in between, or consensus based governance. This has been[Read More…]

Open Letter To Chief Justice Of India

Open Letter To Chief Justice Of India

                               It’s moment of victory given the way incumbent Hon’ble Chief Justice of India has reacted to many a pleas and taken up the matter of ‘judicial clerkships’ in Jammu & Kashmir and by directions from Hon’ble Supreme Court, Jammu & Kashmir High Court has eventually[Read More…]

A Flimflam Impeachment: The Overthrow Of Dilma Rousseff

A Flimflam Impeachment: The Overthrow Of Dilma Rousseff

What did Dilma Rousseff do to warrant impeachment? According to her opponents, she falsified the accounts to exaggerate the health of the economy, a practice not uncommon among governors. In her case, a fiscal court rejected the 2014 accounting report, which under normal circumstances would have prompted a revision; instead the Senate plotters seized upon it to draw up impeachment[Read More…]

A Moment Of Silence, Before I Start This Poem

A Moment Of Silence, Before I Start This Poem

Here is your silence.
Take it.
But take it all
Don’t cut in line.
Let your silence begin
at the beginning of crime But we,
Tonight we will keep right on singing
For our dead.

 Ending Ecocide And Genocide

 Ending Ecocide And Genocide

Humanity has waged war against the natural world for millennia, intensifying with the industrial revolution, culminating with 9/11 terror and resulting perma-war, and threatening now to collapse the biosphere. Centuries ago an epic wave of ecological terror swept from Northern Europe as the industrial revolution and colonialism put a price on everything, liquidating natural ecosystems for illusory consumption by some,[Read More…]

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 The Empire Paradox: More Power Is More Weakness

 The Empire Paradox: More Power Is More Weakness

In response to my recent article on US imperial wars some people objected to my characterisation of the US empire. I wrote: “In global terms the US has never been more powerful” and some were quick to point out that the US empire is very weak. To those people I want to say that we are both right, but the[Read More…]

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Money And Power In America

Money And Power In America

Sixty-six years ago this summer, on my 16th birthday, I went to work for the daily newspaper in the small East Texas town of Marshall where I grew up. It was a good place to be a cub reporter — small enough to navigate but big enough to keep me busy and learning something every day.  I soon had a[Read More…]

Fifteen Years After 9/11: Is America Any Safer?

Fifteen Years After 9/11: Is America Any Safer?

  “Is America Any Safer” is the cover story of this September’s Atlantic magazine. CNN and other media outlets are also commemorating the catastrophic terror attacks on the morning of September 11, 2001. Reflecting their collective delusions of persecution, and exaggerated self-importance, Americans in general are perplexed about certain things with regard to 9/11: a) what went wrong with their[Read More…]

Kashmir’s Nationalist Idea

Kashmir’s Nationalist Idea

If we examine Kashmir’s history, notorious events like the Kashmir Conspiracy Case of 1958-1959 were events when leaders like Sheikh Abdullah became hypocritical double agents and were interestingly bailed later on. It actually fueled a proxy war and questioned the character of our leaders. These events were actually not good examples of serving the nation one belonged to. They were[Read More…]

76% Want Four-Person Debates, Why Are Establishment Elites Preventing It?

76% Want Four-Person Debates, Why Are Establishment Elites Preventing It?

A recent USA Today poll found 76% of voters want debates with four candidates including not just the two most hated candidates in history, the Republican and Democratic nominees and their vice presidential running mates, but Jill Stein and Ajamu Baraka of the Greens, and Gary Johnson and Bill Weld of the Libertarians. Any candidate on enough ballots to achieve[Read More…]

Practicing Commons In Community Gardens: Urban Gardening As A Corrective For Homo Economicus

Practicing Commons In Community Gardens: Urban Gardening As A Corrective For Homo Economicus

“In these times of ever more blatant marketing of public space, the aspiration to plant potatoes precisely there – and without restricting entry – is nothing less than revolutionary,” writes Sabine Rohlf in her book review of Urban Gardening.1 Indeed, we can observe the return of gardens to the city everywhere and see it as an expression of a changing relationship[Read More…]

American Muslims 15 Years After 9/11/2001

American Muslims 15 Years After 9/11/2001

For Muslims now, 15 years since 9/11, ‘it seems more people are more openly hateful’ (Penn Live) Muslim Americans still struggle with hate crimes, 15 years after 9/11 (AOL) 15 years after 9/11, unwelcome spotlight returns to Islam (USA Today) Muslims are still under attack for their beliefs 15 years after 9/11 (Desert News) These headlines best reflect the dilemma[Read More…]

Wall Street’s Destruction Of Sacred Sioux Indian Burial Grounds

Wall Street’s Destruction Of Sacred Sioux Indian Burial Grounds

Major kudos go out to the Texas-based, crude oil Energy Transfer Partners and their multitude of Wall Street financiers that reads like a lineup of who’s-who from the financial world (Sunoco, Bank of America, HSBC, UBS, Goldman Sachs, Deutsche Bank, US Bank, Barclays, Wells Fargo, Bank of Nova Scotia, Citibank, Credit Suisse, Royal Bank of Canada, JP Morgan, Morgan Stanley,[Read More…]

U.S. Caves To Russia On Syria — Won’t Continue Protecting Al Qaeda

U.S. Caves To Russia On Syria — Won’t Continue Protecting Al Qaeda

  On Friday, September 9th, America’s Secretary of State John Kerry, and Russia’s Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov, came to an agreement on Syria, for the second time. (The previous agreement fell apart). Like the first ‘cease-fire’, this one concerns the ongoing occupation of many parts of Syria by foreign jihadists, who have been hired by America’s allies Saudi Arabia and[Read More…]

Chelsea Manning Begins Hunger Strike Against Prison Conditions

Chelsea Manning Begins Hunger Strike Against Prison Conditions

U.S. Army whistleblower Chelsea Manning announced she began a hunger strike in protest of her prison conditions as she serves a 35-year sentence for leaking classified documents. Advocacy group Fight for the Future shared a statement from the 28-year-old transgender woman as she demanded written assurances from the Army she will receive all of the medically prescribed recommendations for her[Read More…]

Arrest Warrant Issued For Amy Goodman In North Dakota After Covering Pipeline Protest

Arrest Warrant Issued For Amy Goodman In North Dakota After Covering Pipeline Protest

An arrest warrant has been issued in North Dakota for Democracy Now! host and executive producer Amy Goodman. Goodman was charged with criminal trespassing, a misdemeanor offense. A team from Democracy Now! was in North Dakota last week to cover the Native American-led protests against the Dakota Access pipeline. On Sept. 3, Democracy Now! filmed security guards working for the[Read More…]

V.K. Singh Says Pellet Firing A Well Thought Out Plan As Another Youth Dies Of Pellet Injuries

V.K. Singh Says Pellet Firing A Well Thought Out Plan As Another Youth Dies Of Pellet Injuries

Day 64 of Kashmir shut down. One more youth died of pellet firing. A 23-year-old was killed in forces action in Batengoo village of south Kashmir’s Anantnag district on Saturday, taking the overall death toll in the current uprising to 78. The deceased has been identified as Yawar Ahmad, son of Mushtaq Ahmad. Medical Superintendent District Hospital Anantnag Dr Majeed[Read More…]

Kaepernick Gate

Kaepernick Gate

  This article is not about Colin Kaepernick. It’s also not about other athletes who have joined him in expressing dissatisfaction with the status quo and the injustice inherent in it. No, this article is not about particular celebrities or individuals. Instead, it is about the depths to which we’ve fallen. We. Not them. We all. A young athlete-disgusted with[Read More…]

School Of Commoning

School Of Commoning

“How would we know when we are commoning?” a young woman asked me at Contact Summit 2011, a major unconference running concurrently with the Occupy Wall Street protests in New York, October 2011. (An “unconference” is a gathering based on participant-generated content.) When I announced the invitation to my session on commoning, I introduced it by quoting the motto of[Read More…]

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Guarding The Flame. Reflecting On The Herbal Medicine Traditions

The Western herbal medicine tradition represents a neglected and devalued repository of much of the knowledge developed over many thousands of years of medical experience in Europe, the Mediterranean and the Americas. Practitioners of herbal medicine throughout the world continue to make use of several hundred medicinally-active plants many of which have a long and established history. A few among[Read More…]

The United States — Proud Sponsor Of Democracy Propaganda

The United States — Proud Sponsor Of Democracy Propaganda

Consumers are familiar with the term, sponsored by. Someone put up some scratch and in turn gets the right to sell their wares. It’s a business deal. We’ve seen the word “sponsor”, in this sense, prefaced by another word, like “official”, or “proud”. Official sponsor means something like…actually it doesn’t mean anything beyond what sponsor means. It’s merely trying to[Read More…]

Ms. Clinton, Stop Russian ‘Bear Hunting’!

Ms. Clinton, Stop Russian ‘Bear Hunting’!

It is now September 2016, just two months before the Presidential elections, and both political camps have already managed to disgust a great number of the US voters, by offering almost no comprehensive political or economic program, by offering… close to nothing! While Donald Trump is lashing out at the ‘enemy within’, during his dark moments that are increasingly resembling[Read More…]

Free Homa Hoodfar

Free Homa Hoodfar

At the end of August, Iran’s Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif traveled to six Latin American countries: Cuba, Nicaragua, Ecuador, Chile, Bolivia, and Venezuela. On what was mainly a business tour, Zarif discussed megaprojects like the Grand Interoceanic canal. An Iranian foreign ministry spokesman said that “Iran has such a position that it can pick its political friends and trade[Read More…]

The Great 9/11 Cover-Up

The Great 9/11 Cover-Up

Did you happen to notice that after more than a decade of the ‘news’ media’s demanding publication of “the missing 28 pages” (which turned out actually to have been 29 pages) from the U.S. Congress’s investigation into 9/11, the document’s press-coverage, finally, on 15 July 2016, turned out to have been little-to-none? And did you notice that the little there[Read More…]

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Can Zoos Teach Us Compassion?

It happens that the offices of YES! are in a building complex that also houses Studio Hanson | Roberts, one of the leading zoo-design firms in the world. As a result, I recently found myself breaking bread with a group of folks shaping the future of U.S. zoos. The conversation quickly turned to the future of zoos, their relevance to modern[Read More…]

US Government Steps In After Judge Rules Against Standing Rock Sioux

US Government Steps In After Judge Rules Against Standing Rock Sioux

A series of “game-changing” developments impacting the Dakota Access Pipeline (DAPL) battle on Friday afternoon were testament to the power of organizing. Striking a blow to the vibrant, Indigenous-led resistance movement that has sprung up against the four-state oil pipeline, a federal judge on Friday denied the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe’s attempt to halt its construction. Shortly afterward, however, the[Read More…]

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In Photos: Northwest Canoe Tribes Arrive At Historic Gathering At Standing Rock

In Photos: Northwest Canoe Tribes Arrive At Historic Gathering At Standing Rock

At Cannonball, North Dakota, the people keep coming. The occupation to stop construction of the Dakota Access pipeline has become the largest gathering of the nation’s tribes in more than 100 years. It’s the first time all seven bands of the Sioux Nation have come together since the Battle of Little Bighorn. On Thursday, dozens of tribal families from throughout[Read More…]

Media Clampdown: Modi Regime And Broadcast Journalists

Media Clampdown: Modi Regime And Broadcast Journalists

Since the campaign to push and promote Narendra Modi as a prime ministerial candidate began, and was remorselessly funded by corporate houses from 2013 on, the current dominant Indian political regime’s relationship with an autonomous media has been the subject matter of furious debate. Heavy corporate investment in the election campaign and the same corporate share in television network holdings[Read More…]

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Now, Haryana Cops Ask “What’s In Your Biryani?”

Now, Haryana Cops Ask “What’s In Your Biryani?”

India’s beef ban politics has taken a turn for the bizarre with Haryana police have started collecting samples of Biryani sold in Mewat district, the states only Muslim dominated district. The biryani checks are taking place days ahead of Eid festival. The biryani checks have taken many by surprise asking whether the police should be focusing on other crimes in[Read More…]

African Union: The West’s Gendarme In Africa

African Union: The West’s Gendarme In Africa

The African Union is the west’s gendarme in Africa with it’s combined national armed forces increasingly primed to invade and occupy rather than keep the peace. The latest potential victim of the African Union, backed by its big brother, the UN, is South Sudan. Before that Burundi was threatened with invasion by the AU “peacekeepers”. And this is just the[Read More…]

Reclaiming The Credit Commons: Towards A Butterfly Society

Reclaiming The Credit Commons: Towards A Butterfly Society

By now, local currencies and alternative exchange systems have become familiar themes in the media, even in mainstream newspapers like the Wall Street Journal, The Guardian, and Der Spiegel, as well as on both local and network TV. These reports focus mainly on attempts to keep money circulating locally instead of “leaking out,” as a way of enhancing the vitality[Read More…]

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The Presidency: Character Matters

The Presidency: Character Matters

            From its creation, the people of the United States have had a special relationship with the person they choose to lead their republic. Given extraordinary—even dictatorial—powers by the Constitution, the President is expected to not only be a wise and effective administrator, but to possess the moral compass established by George Washington, the Nation’s first president. In his book[Read More…]

Syria: Potential Fuse For Greater Conflagration

Syria: Potential Fuse For Greater Conflagration

As the world is now well aware, Syria has been consumed by violence for years now. What people are less aware of, however, is why it has been raging for so long. According to the western narrative, the Syrian conflict — the deadliest conflict of the 21st century — started with Assad’s forces violently clamping down on peaceful oppositions and[Read More…]

Ban Ki Moon’s Apollonian Speech At BMICH Colombo

Ban Ki Moon’s Apollonian Speech At BMICH Colombo

UN Secretary General Mr Ban Ki Moon’s speech at the Bandaranayake International Memorial Conference Hall (BMICH) in Colombo to citizens of the South of Sri-Lanka showed that he has revived his Eastern wisdom. He tactfully told the audience that Sri-Lanka was responsible for part of the war crimes that was committed in the past. The crimes against the minorities reached[Read More…]

A Democracy That Discriminates And Disgraces Citizens Even In Death

A Democracy That Discriminates And Disgraces Citizens Even In Death

Unable to pay the ambulance drivers INR 1500, or around USD 22, a young mother was forced to sit out the night with her child’s dead body outside a hospital in Uttar Pradesh’s Meerut district. This happened less than two weeks after a nationwide outrage over the ordeal of a tribal man named Dana Majhi thousands of kilometers away, in[Read More…]

Work, Energy, Money And Climate Change

Work, Energy, Money And Climate Change

  I was travelling in Europe last month, and was very disappointed by what I saw and heard. There is a lack of unity between Western workers and the workers of the world. The gap between the prosperity of a few highly professionalised workers in the West who are more and more aligned with the capitalists and managers, and the[Read More…]

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Global Enclosures In The Service Of Empire

In September 2010, a group of NATO brass, security analysts and other policy elites held a conference called “Protecting the Global Commons.” Attendees were described as “senior representatives from the EU institutions and NATO, with national government officials, industry, the international and specialised media, think-tanks, academia and NGOs” – surely one of the oddest group of “commoners” ever assembled. The[Read More…]

Whether Sauds, In Effect, Own The U.S. Government

Whether Sauds, In Effect, Own The U.S. Government

A bill is expected to come up for a vote in the U.S. Senate on Friday September 9th that could enable Saudis to be prosecuted for financing the 9/11 attacks, but the Saudi royal family are pouring millions into buying key members of Congress to block the vote. On 17 March of this year, the Sauds set up in Washington a[Read More…]

Freedom For “Suppression”!

Freedom For “Suppression”!

(The constitutional provision of “Freedom of Expression” has been modified to“Suppression of freedom of expression by the State” in Kashmir!) Article 19, in part III of the Constitution, about Protection of certain rights regarding freedom of speech, states, (1) All citizens shall have the right :- (a) to freedom of speech and expression. (b) to assemble peaceably and without arms.[Read More…]

“The Horror, The Horror!”

“The Horror, The Horror!”

Apparently it is impossible to continue to exist without righteous indignation at the present. There are more than enough reasons to exercise your anger. In fact, it is becoming more and more difficult to continue to contain ones anger. Everyday debilitating news brings us close and closer towards breaking our own vows of resistance and restraint at social indifference and[Read More…]

Inner Transition : An Introduction

Inner Transition : An Introduction

I recently took up the challenge to talk about inner transition in the garden of an eco-village project in Värmland County, Sweden. A lot of sun, beautiful place,  no flip-chart or power points. Here is a short account of what I talked about. To me, getting to the heart of inner transition is about understanding our own dual nature: if[Read More…]

Can Trump Win?

Can Trump Win?

In July, the Caine Prize for African Writing was awarded to Lidudumalingani Mgombothi.  The 10,000 pounds sterling award recognizes  African writers for short stories written in English.  His story, “Memories We Lost,” is graced with beautifully expressed sentences, and one in particular is apt for the role often played by governments:  “Secrets stay buried for so long, but one day[Read More…]

Israeli Defense Minister,Avigdor Lieberman (Image: Hareetz)

Is Israel Pushing For A Palestinian Civil War?

  Division within Palestinian society has reached unprecedented levels, becoming a major hurdle on the path of any unified strategy to end Israel’s violent occupation or to rally Palestinians behind a single objective. Newly-appointed Israeli ultra-nationalist, Defense Minister Avigdor Lieberman, understands this too well. His tactic since his ascension to office last May is centered on investing more in these divisions as[Read More…]

Human Rights Violations:Solidarity Youth Movement Releases Rights Manifesto

Human Rights Violations:Solidarity Youth Movement Releases Rights Manifesto

Our dreams of Justice and Democracy is only becoming more extinct every day. By neglecting the civil right and enforcing atrocious terror laws, the state is exercising despotism over the lives of the citizens. These laws were established in 1857 to suppress the struggles of India’s First War of Independence. These were the terror laws that were cooked by the[Read More…]

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Drone Unknowns: “I No Longer Love Blue Skies”

I got involved in the whole drones process because I was representing people in Guantanamo Bay. And when President Obama came into office he says we’re going to close Guantanamo Bay and fairly quickly it dawned on me that yeah he didn’t like Guantanamo, so they were just going out and killing the people instead of locking them up. And[Read More…]

Why Work Performed By Differently Abled Persons Do Not Get Due Recognition

Why Work Performed By Differently Abled Persons Do Not Get Due Recognition

Disability is not a curse, for those who actually live with it. It’s ironical, that those who are so called “able bodied” time and again make persons with disabilities realize that they are disabled and they lack something which is very important for the survival of human beings on this earth. Based on my own experiences, I can say for[Read More…]

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Undeclared War Of Sorts In Kashmir?

On an average about 200 people have been injured per day or about eight per hour. The number of injured over a period of sixty days is frightening and calls for a comparison with other conflict situations in the last hundred years where the Indian army/ British Indian Army was engaged with an uprising within the country or a conflict with a neighbouring country.

Relentless Racism Never End

Relentless Racism Never End

The Indian e-commerce company Flipkart which was ridiculed last year for sending a sexist email to female customers has done it again, this time with an offensive advertisement that reinforces the stereotype of Gorkha/Chowkidar. The advertisements designed to promote the recently launched “Flipkart Assured” customer loyalty service had insensitively characterized Gorkhas in the role of security guard.  Though it is[Read More…]

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Intellectual Property Rights And Free Trade Agreements: A Never Ending Story

Imagine that a group of highly concentrated transnational corporations in the knowledge industries such as pharmaceuticals, high-tech, and entertainment pack so much lobbying clout that they can convince the governments of the indus­trialized world to bully developing countries to “harmonize” their copyright, patent and trademarks laws into a global intellectual property regime. That is what happened in the 1990s when[Read More…]

Will The Music Be Heard Again In Chhattisgarh?

Will The Music Be Heard Again In Chhattisgarh?

There are many of us educated urbanites who haven’t even heard about places like the Bastar region in Chhattisgarh. The reasons are obvious. The mainstream media hardly reports about the region and makes sure that reports from local journalists and stringers are censored if not silenced. Recent reports of false cases being used to arrest journalists in Chhattisgarh is a[Read More…]

Southern Birdwing female/ ​Photo credit ---​
 Haneesh KM

Southern Birdwing Will Flutter For Karnataka

The Southern Birdwing has a magnificent wing span. I have seen them in Goa and often wondered if it was a butterfly or a small bird! Karnataka plans to  announce the Southern Birdwing (Troides minos) as its state butterfly. It’s stunning beauty will leave one in no doubt as to why. Butterfly lover Haneesh KM says, ” Butterflies  symbolise freedom,[Read More…]

Fossil Fuels: At What Price?

Fossil Fuels: At What Price?

We often read comparisons between the prices of solar energy or wind energy with the prices of fossil fuels. It is encouraging to see that renewables are rapidly becoming competitive, and are often cheaper than coal or oil. In fact, if coal, oil and natural gas were given their correct prices renewables would be recognized as being incomparably cheaper than[Read More…]

Why Brazil Under President Michel Temer Risks Becoming ‘Lebanized’

Why Brazil Under President Michel Temer Risks Becoming ‘Lebanized’

Btaaboura is a tiny village in the mountains of northern Lebanon. It is connected to the main motorway by a narrow winding road. It could be just anywhere in the Christian part of this country: white stone houses, olive groves, wine grapes, bare hills. Like elsewhere, the wealth is hardly backed by hard work. It is mainly sustained by remittances[Read More…]

An Honest And Simple Test For Racism And Casteism

An Honest And Simple Test For Racism And Casteism

I thought of giving the more provocative title of—Are you a racist or casteist, here is a simple test for you—but decided to go with the more sober title that you see. Most of us do not want to be painted with a racist or a casteist paint brush and would not express such brash opinions even if we harbor[Read More…]

An Open Letter To The People Of Brazil

An Open Letter To The People Of Brazil

As I read of the latest coup in Brazil, once again removing a democratically elected leader from power, my anger surged. Not again! However, as I see and read about the ongoing massive protests, as well as calls by prominent community leaders to mobilize in defense of your country’s democracy, I feel great hope for Brazil. Having been a nonviolent[Read More…]

Mount Everest -- also called Sagarmāthā in Nepali; Chomolungma in Tibetan -- the Earth's highest mountain, with a peak at 8,848 meters (29,029 ft) above sea level.  Also visible in this airliner view from about 30,000 feet are other 8000 meter peaks such as Makalu,  Cho Oyu and  Lohtse.  Note the large number of glaciers with clear signs of melting, such as debris covered and fractured ablation zones and newly revealed bare rock below the ends of the glaciers.

The Himalayan Victims Of Climate Change

On the second anniversary of the 2014 Kashmir flood – dubbed by some as the worst in a century – I write this short piece as a victim of climate change. I was in New Delhi when the flooding began. Having spoken to my parents on the very morning of the flood, I was told that the muddied Jhelum waters[Read More…]

 Keeping Track Of U.S. Special Ops In Africa

 Keeping Track Of U.S. Special Ops In Africa

Sometimes the real news is in the details — or even in the discrepancies. Take, for instance, missions by America’s most elite troops in Africa. It was September 2014. The sky was bright and clear and ice blue as the camouflage-clad men walked to the open door and tumbled out into nothing. One moment members of the U.S. 19th Special[Read More…]

A Good Beginning

A Good Beginning

It seems that some who have the ears of U.S. elite decision-makers are at least shifting away from wishing to provoke wars with Russia and China. In recent articles, Zbigniew Brzezinski and Thomas Graham, two architects of the U.S. cold war with Russia, have acknowledged that the era of uncontested U.S. global imperialism is coming to an end. Both analysts[Read More…]

Food Sovereignty In Rebellion: Decolonization, Autonomy, Gender Equity, And The Zapatista Solution

Food Sovereignty In Rebellion: Decolonization, Autonomy, Gender Equity, And The Zapatista Solution

When viewed in its geopolitical context, the Zapatista insurgency has opened up space for a wide range of alternative ways of re-organizing societies, economies, and food systems. Consequently, what the Zapatistas prove through their resistance (i.e., efforts in autonomous education, decolonization, and gender equity) is that a recognition of Indigenous people’s right to self-determination, in conjunction with anti-capitalist collective work and movements toward food sovereignty, can indeed provide viable alternatives to the world’s neoliberal food regime as well as revolutionize the struggle for food security.

Saffron Heads With Neutral Masks: Spreading Disharmony Through Social Media

Saffron Heads With Neutral Masks: Spreading Disharmony Through Social Media

Noam Chomsky had coined the term ‘Manufacturing consent’ to refer to the role played by Media in creating system supportive propaganda function. The purpose of propaganda is to indoctrinate human minds to think in a particular manner through imposing necessary illusions. The five filters which enable this is through control of ownership of media owned by corporations, revenues of media[Read More…]

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Using “Protected Natural Areas” To Appropriate The Commons

Even as worldwide pressures mount to protect sites with high biological diversity, indigenous peoples and local communities are redoubling their struggles of resistance against a “solution” that claims to protect ecosystems, the establishment of protected natural areas (PNAs). The policy of establishing PNAs, which seeks to maintain the best conserved redoubts of the planet, is often at odds with the[Read More…]

Balochistan And The Oil And Trade Of India And China

Balochistan And The Oil And Trade Of India And China

Prime Minister Modi’s bringing up “Balochistan” during his 15th August address was criticised, especially since he omitted to mention the on-going, acute crisis in Kashmir. While the validity of criticism of omission may hold good, mentioning Balochistan could be a calculated move to reverse India’s traditional passivity against Pakistan’s aggressive India policy. India’s turning a spotlight on Balochistan has the[Read More…]

Loyalty

Loyalty

Most certainly in the struggle between guilt and innocence, and between loyalty and betrayal, I have never been peaceful. Walking along the lip of the precipice, you learn what loneliness is. Yet loyalty and duty and responsibility and love can save you from a leap into the dark.

Prejudice Against Atheists Troubling

Prejudice Against Atheists Troubling

The Democratic National Committee’s conspiring to sabotage Bernie Sanders’ campaign is disturbing on many levels, but what makes me livid is that the DNC was hoping to portray Bernie Sanders as an atheist. What’s worse than the intended smear is the belief that branding someone an atheist is a smear. So what if he were atheist? Does this make him[Read More…]

The Kashmir Upspring

The Kashmir Upspring

A month has passed and peace seems to be an unimaginable thing in the valley of Kashmir. Burning in the political inferno, only the people of Kashmir are at the suffering end while the Indian state seems to be busy in drafting the Goods and Services Tax (GST) Amendments. With hundreds of deaths, thousands of injuries, brutalities and torture, the[Read More…]

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The Anthropocene Is Here: Humanity Has Pushed Earth Into A New Epoch

The Anthropocene Epoch has begun, according to a group of experts assembled at the International Geological Congress in Cape Town, South Africa this week. After seven years of deliberation, members of an international working group votedunanimously on Monday to acknowledge that the Anthropocene—a geologic time interval so-dubbed by chemists Paul Crutzen and Eugene Stoermer in 2000—is real. The epoch is[Read More…]

#HappyToBleed Campaign Is Back

#HappyToBleed Campaign Is Back

Nikita Azad is back with #HappyToBleed campaign once again. Last year, on November 21, 2015, #HappyToBleed campaign was launched as a counter attack against the sexist statement given by Devaswom chief Prayar Gopalakrishnan who had stated that women will be allowed to enter the famous Sabarimala temple in Kerala only after a machine to “check the purity of women”. Countercurrents.org[Read More…]

Pathology Incorporated; The Facade Of American Democracy

Pathology Incorporated; The Facade Of American Democracy

With the rigged Democratic presidential nomination behind us, the US election reality show continues. The mass media is creating sensations around what has become a national embarrassment with this contest of the lesser of the two crazies. On the one hand we have Donald Trump, depicted as a quintessential narcissist and on the other, Hillary Clinton who is often portrayed[Read More…]

Making A Killing In Yemen

Making A Killing In Yemen

While the slaughter of Yemenis continues, the world remains silent in response to their screams. Why is that? Has the world lost its senses, especially to feel the sufferings of the tormented? In an alleged effort to defeat the Houthi rebels, a coalition of Arab states led by Saudi Arabia, supported by the United States and the United Kingdom have[Read More…]

Children, The Media And Political Agendas

Children, The Media And Political Agendas

  The image of 5 year-old rescued from the rubble in the aftermath of a devastating airstrike in Aleppo on 17 August 2016 has reverberated around the globe. Every major media outlet— from the New York Times and the Wall Street Journal to the BBC and Al-Jazeera — has highlighted the picture. It shows a little boy “sitting in an ambulance[Read More…]

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Disguised Mercenaries Of Kashmir

Centuries ago, public armies replaced private ones as the dominant tool of warfare. Today also the world has regressed to it’s old system and mercenaries are back. If we look at international conflicts, many countries hire contractors, some of whom are armed, to support it’s war effort in a foreign land. Sometimes however the mercenaries are also used to crush[Read More…]

US Wars Are For Empire, Not For Profit

US Wars Are For Empire, Not For Profit

Yemen is being destroyed. A US-backed “Saudi Coalition” has been bombing and shelling Yemen for 16 months. The UN puts the civilian death toll at 3700, but (aside from the question of why combatants’ lives apparently only count if they are Western soldiers) this probably vastly under-represents the death toll by both direct violence and by the indirect effects of[Read More…]

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 A New German Raw Materials Strategy: A Modern “Enclosure Of The Commons”?

Lithium and cobalt for producing automobile batteries; titanium, chrome and palladium for desalination of sea water; ruthenium and selenium for photovoltaics, rare earths1 for cellphones and laptops – European industry relies on minerals, most of which must be imported, for developing and using numerous technologies of the future. Long-term security of supply of so-called “critical” raw materials was not considered an[Read More…]

Archbishop Raphael Cheenath, Champion Of Kandhamal Victims, Remembered

Archbishop Raphael Cheenath, Champion Of Kandhamal Victims, Remembered

Archbishop Raphael Cheenath who played pivotal role in bringing justice to the Kandhamal pogrom victims was remembered in a function in Delhi. Archbishop Emeritus Raphael Cheenath of Kandhamal passed away in Mumbai on 14th August 2016 after a brave struggle against cancer. He was 81. The Archbishop played major role in the people’s struggle for justice after the August 2008[Read More…]

Banning Burkinis: The Politics Of Beachwear

Banning Burkinis: The Politics Of Beachwear

So the tendency continues; woman wears an outfit either provocative in its skimpiness or provocative in its conservativeness. Authorities beset by ideology intervene. The idea of control is never far away. Nor is the morally obsessed tape measurer and politically charged censor. Beaches as bastions of freedom? Forget it.

Kashmir Needs Freedom: Historical Perspective

Kashmir Needs Freedom: Historical Perspective

In 1846, the then British government in India, who were not the owners of Kashmir, made a deal with Gulab singh Dogra, a feudatory of the Sikh kingdom in Punjab. His official and moral duty was to support the Sikhs in their war against British. But instead of doing his duty, he was trying to cultivate a relationship with the[Read More…]

Hillary Clinton Must Be Indicted

Hillary Clinton Must Be Indicted

The Democratic candidate for the US Presidency, Hillary Clinton, is scandal-ridden. The life of the Clintons is a mere scandal starting way back with “Whitewater”.[1] To call her “crooked Hillary” seems an understatement, viewing only her four years as Secretary of State. Her judgment and her trustworthiness are nil. Never before has there been in the recent history of the[Read More…]

Heading Toward The Abyss With Hillary And Trump

Heading Toward The Abyss With Hillary And Trump

The media battle between Republican candidate Donald Trump and Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton has sidetracked the impact of an unusual congressional campaign and diluted its essential meaning — voter dissatisfaction. In the democratic primary race for Washington’s 7th congressional district, State Senator Pramila Jayapal’s victory relates an important story of this election year — the public favors a new Democratic[Read More…]

Anuragi: A Musical Journey

Anuragi: A Musical Journey

  Tell us something about you and your band; how you started your journey in music and how did you come together? Dr Rajesh Anuragi : I was born and raised in a small town of Hamirpur, district of UP. My father is a musician and a table player. Since school days I was always a bright student. I started[Read More…]

The Oxaca Commune And The Zapitastas: Hope From The Margins

The Oxaca Commune And The Zapitastas: Hope From The Margins

These notes offer a quick glance to ways, in the south of Mexico, in which people are regenerating the society from the bottom up. It is a new kind of revolution without leaders or vanguards, which goes beyond development and globalization. It is about displacing the economy from the center of social life, reclaiming a communal way of being, encouraging[Read More…]

Failures Of Militarism In Countering Mega-Terrorism

Failures Of Militarism In Countering Mega-Terrorism

  The introduction of this article is devoted to the distinctive challenges posed by this era of mega-terrorism initiated by the 9/11 attacks. The article offers a critique of the American response which is based on a ‘war’ rather than a law enforcement paradigm. An argument is then made to adapt international law to new modalities of conflict while at[Read More…]

Kandhamal Day Observed For Peace, Justice And Communal Harmony

Kandhamal Day Observed For Peace, Justice And Communal Harmony

Kandhamal Nyaya Shanti O Sadvabana Samaj , an organisation of Survivors of Kandhamal violence observed 8th Kandhamal Day at Balliguda on 27th August with participation of about 15000 people. On this occasion a peace rally marched from mini-stadium Balliguda to Sub-Collector office and gathered in PWD square to observe the Day. Viswa Hindu Parishat attempted to stop the march at some places. Yet, it did not deter people to hold the march peacefully.

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Crises, Capital And Co-Optation: Does Capital Need A Commons Fix?

Today economic crisis is a capitalist crisis of social stability, not a simple recession—that is, a crisis that requires a realignment of class/power relations and new systems of governance in order to re-establish growth and accumulation.1 The last two times in which a real change in capital’s governance occurred (in the post-World War II period with the embrace of “Keynesianism” and[Read More…]

Montreal Declaration For Nuclear Fission Free World

Montreal Declaration For Nuclear Fission Free World

By Global Network for a nuclear-free world. As citizens of this planet inspired by the Second Thematic World Social Forum for a Nuclear-Fission-Free World, conducted in Montreal from August 8 to August 12, 2016, we are collectively calling for a mobilization of civil society around the world to bring about the elimination of all nuclear weapons, to put an end[Read More…]

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Hillary Clinton’s Extreme End Game

Hillary Clinton’s Extreme End Game

The loathsome two are moving into full view, mustering weapons and taking aim at each other in a US election campaign that continues to be filled with colourful missives. But the one to lose most is Hillary Clinton, whose nasty appropriation of the high ground of propriety seems more contemptible by the day. On Thursday, Clinton pushed further into the[Read More…]

Ahwazi Protesters Demonstrate Against Recent Iranian Executions At Iran’s Embassy In Brussels

Ahwazi Protesters Demonstrate Against Recent Iranian Executions At Iran’s Embassy In Brussels

Members of the Arab Struggle Movement for the Liberation of Ahwaz (ASMLA) held a demonstration in front of the Iranian regime’s embassy in the Belgian capital, Brussels, on Friday August 26 to condemn the execution of three more sons of the Ahwazi resistance. The three young men, identified as Qais Disher Saleh, Ahmed Disher Saleh and Sajjad Hamid Saleh, were[Read More…]

Political Repression And Emergence Of Youth Uprising In Kashmir

Political Repression And Emergence Of Youth Uprising In Kashmir

The Kashmir experienced most difficult challenge in present time due to conflict. The conflict broughtcataclysmic impact on the entire Kashmir related to large scale economic loss,societal disorder , Educational Backwardness , Mass psychological Depression , forced Brutalization , oppressionetc.The conditions of everyday life are in threat.Consequently, the generation was gone astray in this social inferno. Conflict affects all segments among[Read More…]

Reversing Affirmative Action For Upper Caste Elitism: Usage Of Social Media By Anti Reservation Communities

Reversing Affirmative Action For Upper Caste Elitism: Usage Of Social Media By Anti Reservation Communities

In Social Media one regularly comes across shared postings with originations from communities such as Índia against Reservation’, Índia against Caste based reservations’, Índia against Caste and Reservation’. The logic of their argument goes like this. India does not have respect for merit. As a result, a lot of the meritorious positions are lost to non-meritorious. The meritorious are hard[Read More…]

This is the latest ABVP’s poster put up on the wall of SIS building (new) of JNU with the portrait of Dr. Ambedkar. The poster qoutes him without mentioning the reference as saying that if Dalits convert to Islam or Christianity, it will “denationalize them”. Photo: Samim Asgor Ali

Hindu Right, Ambedkar And JNU Politics

The ABVP activists are hopeful that their “achievement” of having the library renamed after Dr Ambedkar will help them woo lower-caste students, particularly Dalits. With the JNUSU elections approaching, the Hindutva organization is desperate to broaden its social base by such acts of appropriation and tokenism This is the latest ABVP’s poster put up on the wall of SIS building[Read More…]

The Devolution Model For Peace In Kashmir

The Devolution Model For Peace In Kashmir

While there may be no real evidence of a historical Moses (for the Egyptians were obsessive about recording significant events, as an exodus of 2 M people would have been), the Hollywood version with Charlton Heston demanding, “Let my people go,” tells us not much has changed in human nature. Human lives and economic damage notwithstanding, India clings on to[Read More…]

Neo-Cons, Fundies, Feddies & Con-Artists: Bush To Obama

Neo-Cons, Fundies, Feddies & Con-Artists: Bush To Obama

For as long as I have been associated with it, the University of Chicago has been a Gang of die-hard bigots and racists against Palestinians/Arabs/Muslims and other People of Color.  Indeed, it is well-known  on the Southside of Chicago that the University of Chicago has always practiced Urban Apartheid and Ethnic Cleansing against its surrounding African American Communities. Don’t be[Read More…]

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Two Ladies, Who Made The Mission Possible!

A 6-14 year old minor girl could be an‘object’used for dispute settlement between two parties. No matter how absurd it may sound, this practice, known as “Swara” (http://bit.ly/1PWTLKm), is prevalent in some parts of Pakistan and Afghanistan, mostly in tribal belts. This is a 400 year-old tradition based on principle of “blood for blood” for dispute settlement where virgin girls[Read More…]

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Will CPM Learn From Its Mistakes In Bengal?

The former Acting Chairman of JN Port, Mumbai, Jose Paul writes: `The shipping ministry has reportedly decided to establish an International Container Transshipment Port at Colachel in Tamil Nadu at an estimated cost of about 27,000 crore. There is already a container transshipment terminal at Vallarpadam in Cochin. About 105 nautical miles south of Vallarpadam, in Vizhinjam, another container transshipment[Read More…]

Indian Drought 2015-16:  Lessons To Be Learnt

Indian Drought 2015-16:  Lessons To Be Learnt

Co-Written by Ashish Singh & Raghu Pilla Categorized as one of the worst droughts in the history of India, drought 2015-16 has affected more than 330 million people in more than 2.5 lakh villages of 266 districts from 11 states in India. It has had a devastating impact on people’s lives as it affected water availability, agriculture, livelihoods, food production[Read More…]

Kashmir: Overshadowed Plebiscite

Kashmir: Overshadowed Plebiscite

It’s pitch dark outside as I write this as though life has decided this day to be last one. Army patrols on deserted lane outside my house are silhouettes laced with arms. Dogs are howling at a distance across street in repeated rhythms adding wilderness to imprisoned night. A faint light at a distance meets my eye as I peep[Read More…]

Critique Of CEDA’s  “Economics Of Climate Change” – Neoliberalism Dooms Planet

Critique Of CEDA’s  “Economics Of Climate Change” – Neoliberalism Dooms Planet

The highly influential but neoliberal Committee for Economic Development of Australia (CEDA) has published a detailed analysis entitled The Economics of Climate Change. However this report ignores a veritable Herd of Elephants in the Room apparent to science-informed climate change analysts, ignores the acute, existential  seriousness of the worsening climate emergency, and absurdly argues for effective Business As Usual (BAU)[Read More…]

The Affordable Care Act: A Litmus Test For American Capitalism?

The Affordable Care Act: A Litmus Test For American Capitalism?

There is a pressing issuein American health care that warrants at least a modicum of airtime from radio talk show pundits—a soft headed lot that continues to spin the Affordable Care Act, or Obamacare, as a textbook failure of state meddling in the marketplace. Though they do not earnestly care, the free market mouth pieces on talk radio – who[Read More…]

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Subtle But Effective: Modern Forms Of Enclosures

The history of the commons can be read as the expansion of the market sphere and of private decision-making over goods that hitherto were subject to common rules. From this point of view, the late 20th century technologies are double-edged: They have made it possible to expand the commons by offering new modes of regulation, favoring the non-market sphere and[Read More…]

Despots “Donate” To Clinton Foundation, Receive Weapons From Hillary: Leaked Docs

Despots “Donate” To Clinton Foundation, Receive Weapons From Hillary: Leaked Docs

Newly leaked documents provide further details on what Harpers magazine calls the Clinton family’s “slush fund”, the Clinton Foundation. As Secretary of State (the US government position chiefly responsible for coordinating US international arms trafficking), Hillary Clinton accepted millions of dollars in “donations” from the dictator of Bahrain, Hamad bin Isa al Khalifa, then increased US weapons sales to him[Read More…]

Turkey And The End Of An Era Of Imperial Control

Turkey And The End Of An Era Of Imperial Control

 The attempted coup and its aftermath in Turkey on July 15th have provoked heated debate on its meaning and ramifications. The will of the Turkish people to unflinchingly defend their democratic experiment, regardless of the particular regime or leader in power, has been remarkable. Nevertheless, critics are pointing to the Turkish leader Erdogan’s heavy-handed tactics to consolidate power afterwards, involving[Read More…]

What Makes A Hate Group?

What Makes A Hate Group?

“As a matter of fact, you have had a person attend your protests in Camp Douglas who has threatened to kill our Deputies.”This piece of startling news was revealed to me in a letter from Juneau County, Wisconsin, Undersheriff Craig Stuchlik dated July 25. I had written to the sheriff’s department requesting documents under the Open Records Law and for[Read More…]

Hillary Clinton Is Spreading Islamist Extremism

Hillary Clinton Is Spreading Islamist Extremism

If the West in general and the United States in particular, left the Arab and Muslim world alone and in peace, we would most likely never see all those terrorist attacks, which are rocking the world from Indonesia to France. There would be no Mujahedeen and its mutation into al-Qaida; in Afghanistan or elsewhere. There would be no traces of[Read More…]

How Veterans Are Losing The War At Home 

How Veterans Are Losing The War At Home 

A friend of mine, a Vietnam vet, told me about a veteran of the Iraq War who, when some civilian said, “Thank you for your service,” replied: “I didn’t serve, I was used.” That got me thinking about the many ways today’s veterans are used, conned, and exploited by big gamers right here at home. Near the end of his[Read More…]

September 11 Reflection And The USS Liberty

September 11 Reflection And The USS Liberty

Fifteen years ago on September 11, America and most of the World were united. Today the USA is more divided than since the Civil War. On this 9/11, this reporter will be delivering the speech at the end of this article which explains HOW and WHY I got aboard the cause of the USS LIBERTY Veterans. It also furthers the chapter THAT DAY[Read More…]

Dr. Ambedkar’s Historical Speech At Agra

Dr. Ambedkar’s Historical Speech At Agra

 (Note: This is Dr. Ambedkar’s historical speech (18th March, 1956)  in which he had put forward his experiences and the future strategy. In this speech he had addressed different sections of society. In fact it was a guideline for future Dalit movement but it is quite agonising to say that Dalits have forgotten it. It is reflected in a sharp[Read More…]

Kashmir: Struggle Of A Long Forgotten People

Kashmir: Struggle Of A Long Forgotten People

We live in times when Indian military establishment has been given a privilege. It is been tamed by the forces of nationalism, an entity that wants to entail its dogma. An irony indeed. After two lakh people attending a militant’s funeral, the historical anger, army colonies and beef ban controversy; it has once again proved to the world that Kashmiri[Read More…]

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We All Need Chutzpah

The meaning of “chutzpah: is as follows:Chutzpah (/ˈhʊtspə/ or /ˈxʊtspə/)[1][2] is the quality of audacity, for good or for bad. The Yiddish word derives from the Hebrew word ḥutspâ (חֻוצְפָּה), meaning “insolence”, “cheek” or “audacity”. The modern English usage of the word has taken on a broader meaning, having been popularized through vernacular use in film, literature, and television. The[Read More…]

Biden Meets With Erdogan, Backs Turkish Invasion Of Syria

Biden Meets With Erdogan, Backs Turkish Invasion Of Syria

Under the pretext of “strengthening Turkey’s security by clearing terrorist groups from the border and maintaining Syria’s territorial integrity,” the Turkish army launched a major escalation of the war in Syria on Wednesday with a cross-border operation codenamed Euphrates Shield. Turkish units began their assault on ISIS and Kurdish militia forces at 4 AM local time, backed by tanks and[Read More…]

Dam Building: Who’s “Backward”- Subsistence Cultures Or Modern “Development”?

Dam Building: Who’s “Backward”- Subsistence Cultures Or Modern “Development”?

Very often, the collective assertions of movements for economic, political or social justice represent just the surface of a complex agenda. If one clicks on their claims, like on a hypertext, one might unravel its layers and discover the less visible spheres of values, traditions and philosophies that animate them – in short, the identities of the people involved. It[Read More…]

Self-Sustainability Of Community Radio: Stories From India

Self-Sustainability Of Community Radio: Stories From India

The legalization of setting up a Community Radio Station came after a long and voiced revolution from various grass-root organizations, individuals and communities. Community Radio is not just something which is feeding the people’s mind with few people’s choices, interests and beliefs, its inception goes back to the logic of providing Voice to the Voiceless, Being A Tool of Development[Read More…]

Tokyo Trilateral Meet Shows China Is Troubled Of North Korean Adventurism

Tokyo Trilateral Meet Shows China Is Troubled Of North Korean Adventurism

The developments in Far East since few days are quite complex. Three major developments have taken place. First US and South Korea have been involved in the joint annual drill which North Korea has criticized saying that it is in fact an invasion drill with a clear aim to destroy the country. Second development is launch of the submarine missile[Read More…]

Unwanted Images: The Nauru Incident Reports

Unwanted Images: The Nauru Incident Reports

When the first reports came through about the unfolding Holocaust during the Second World War, audiences were incredulous.  Surely no industrialised society could quite go so far?  Killings, yes; butcheries, certainly.  But a mass-scale industrialised gassing and massacring of whole populations was simply not tenable.  The same treatment could be said in the context of the gulag system and Stalinist[Read More…]

Sajjad Lone And “Chewable” Nationhood!

Sajjad Lone And “Chewable” Nationhood!

The author of the ‘vision document’, “Achievable Nationhood” has modified it to become the “Chewable Nationhood”! Sajjad Lone, a minister in the ruling coalition, in an interview to NDTV’s Burkha Dutt said that only 5 percent people are involved in the present uprising in Kashmir. According to him 95 percent people are sitting inside their homes. He also added that[Read More…]

 The Kashmir Stalemate: Time To End The Conundrum

 The Kashmir Stalemate: Time To End The Conundrum

  Kashmir is the age old dispute between India and Pakistan, yet its history and problems are remarkably little known to other than a small group of concerned people. The unitary structure and centralizing ideological belief of the Indian system of blotted democracy gave shape to ethnic separatism in the chronically restive state of Jammu and Kashmir. Kashmir have been[Read More…]

Dalit Uprising And After: Why Hindutva Would Not Be The Same Again

Dalit Uprising And After: Why Hindutva Would Not Be The Same Again

  When I was born I was not a child I was a dream, a dream of revolt that my mother, oppressed for thousands of years , dreamt. Still it is untouched in my eyes Covered with wrinkles of thousand years, her face her eyes, two lakes overflowing with tears have watered my body….. – SahilParmar* Well known Gujarati poet[Read More…]

Racial Profiling Of African Americans In US And Caste Discrimination In India

Racial Profiling Of African Americans In US And Caste Discrimination In India

The African-American community has long suspected that they have been profiled, unjustly pulled over and killed by the police for the most ridiculous reasons. The typical response of the police and the authorities has been that the cops acted in self-defense and the broader community of whites and other privileged sections of the society supported the cops. Things began to[Read More…]

VP Singh – The Crusader Of OBCs

VP Singh – The Crusader Of OBCs

Amongst Greats like Mahatma Jyotirao Phule, Krantijyoti Savitribai Phule, BabaSaheb Ambedakar , Periyar , OBCs should not forget the contribution of another Crusader of Backward classes V.P Singh who gave reservations to Backward classes by implementing the Mandal commission report. 1990 was a crucial time when even after 43 years of Indian independence OBCs did not get their due which[Read More…]

Remembering B.P Mandal & V.P Singh

Remembering B.P Mandal & V.P Singh

Today is 25th August, the day a champion of the rights of the oppressed , Bindeshwari Prasad Mandal was born 98 years back. Today, he will be remembered for his many contributions to the cause of upliftment of the downtrodden, but particularly for his role as Chairman of the Second Backward Classes Commission, which released in 1980 what later became[Read More…]

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Punishing The Messenger: Israel’s War On NGOs Takes A Worrying Turn

Punishing The Messenger: Israel’s War On NGOs Takes A Worrying Turn

“You deserve to see your loved ones suffer and die. But, maybe, you would be hurt before them,” was part of a threatening message received by a staff member at ‘Al-Mezan’, a Gaza-based human rights group. The photo attached to the email was of the exterior of the activist’s home. The gist of the message: ‘we are coming for you.’[Read More…]

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Leftists For Trump

Leftists For Trump

I am a leftist for Trump. As an alumni of “Leftists for Bush” and living these past 10 years in the Horn of Africa, I cant help myself. I am irresistibly drawn to “Leftists for Trump”. Of course if I was living in the good old U-S-of A I would be in the streets demonstrating against The Trumpster. But then[Read More…]

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Lessons From Kandhamal

Lessons From Kandhamal

Today is the 8th anniversary of Kandhamal pogrom. When we look back on one of the worst communal violence against Christian communities in the history of modern India, what lessons can be learnt? In 2015 August, I was in Kandhamal on the 7th anniversary of the Kandhamal pogrom. When I marched with a sea of people through the streets of[Read More…]

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Scorched Visions Of Kandhamal

Scorched Visions Of Kandhamal

Today is 8th anniversary of Kandhamal pogrom, one of the worst communal violences against Christians in India. On this occasion we are publishing an interview with renowned film maker K.P Sasi who has completed a documentary on the pogrom “Voices from the Ruins: Kandhamal in Search of Justice” Voices from the Ruins: Kandhamal in Search of Justice, the latest documentary[Read More…]

Turkey Shells ISIS And Kurdish Forces In Syria

Turkey Shells ISIS And Kurdish Forces In Syria

Following last week’s threats by Washington to attack Syrian government war planes bombing US-backed Kurdish forces in the northern Syrian town of Hasakeh, Turkey has launched artillery barrages against both ISIS fighters and Kurdish militia in and near the Syrian border town of Jarablus. Turkey claims shells that fell Monday on its border towns of Karkamis and Kilis were fired[Read More…]

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Water As A Commons: Only Fundamental Change Can Save Us

Half the tropical forests in the world – the lungs of our ecosystems – are gone; by 2030, at the current rate of harvest, only 10 percent will be left standing. Ninety percent of the big fish in the sea are gone, victim to wanton predatory fishing practices. Says a prominent scientist studying their demise, “There is no blue frontier[Read More…]

The War On Cash

The War On Cash

Banks, governments, credit card companies and fintech evangelists all want us to believe a cashless future is inevitable and good. But this isn’t a frictionless utopia says Brett Scott, and it’s time to fight back Several months ago I stayed in an offbeat Amsterdam hotel that brewed its own beer but refused to accept cash for it. Instead, they forced[Read More…]

IPCC Special Report To Scrutinise ‘Feasibility’ Of 1.5C Climate Goal

IPCC Special Report To Scrutinise ‘Feasibility’ Of 1.5C Climate Goal

The head of the United Nation’s climate body has called for a thorough assessment of the feasibility of the international goal to limit warming to 1.5C. Dr Hoesung Lee, chair of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), told delegates at a meeting in Geneva, which is designed to flesh out the contents of a special report on 1.5C, that[Read More…]

Giang in Fort Indiantown Gap

Postcard From The End Of America: Fort Indiantown Gap, PA

  It’s remarkable that I’ve been friends with Giang for nearly four decades. We’ve spent but a year in the same state and, frankly, have little in common. Giang studied computer science, business administration and engineering technology. He makes more in a year than I do in ten. He drinks Bud Lite and recycles corny metaphors and analogies. A director[Read More…]

Rising Divorces In India

Rising Divorces In India

When a marriage is no longer sacrosanct, can assisting in getting a divorce be called profane?

Tributes To B.P Mandal: The Crusader Of OBCs On His 98th Birth Anniversary

Tributes To B.P Mandal: The Crusader Of OBCs On His 98th Birth Anniversary

Bindheshwari Prasad Mandal (1918–1982) was an Indian parliamentarian, social reformer of the country who served as the chairman of the Second Backward Classes Commission, popularly known as the Mandal Commission. The commission’s report mobilised a segment of the Indian population known as Other Backward Classes (OBCs) and affirmed the affirmative action practice under Indian law whereby members of underprivileged castes were[Read More…]

Nonviolent Revolt In The Twenty-First Century

Nonviolent Revolt In The Twenty-First Century

I sometimes wonder whether one of the ways in which ‘Amercian exceptionalism’ manifests is that many US scholars and others are unable to consider the contributions of those who are not from the USA. For example, I routinely read about studies of Martin Luther King Jr. and his associates (such as strategist James Lawson) in relation to nonviolence while the[Read More…]

Has Modi’s Roar Distorted The Baloch Struggle?

Has Modi’s Roar Distorted The Baloch Struggle?

Indian Prime Minister Mr Narendra Modi, a rare orator and one of the few strong individuals ever produced in post-partition Bharat has expressed his displeasure with the way the Pakistan authorities are handling the cause of Balochistan.  The alarming expressions were a part of his Independence Day speech. Subsequent to his speech, many Indian pundits have come out with their[Read More…]

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Mining As A Threat To The Commons: The Case Of South America

The latest cycle of mining expansion in South America dates from the mid-1990s. Since then, levels of investment in exploration and exploitation have generally held steady. Such investment has benefited from reforms in the laws governing mining in almost all countries, and the high demand for basic minerals for industrial use, especially in China and India, which have translated into high prices.[Read More…]

Wild Democracy: A Biodiversity Of Resistance And Renewal

Wild Democracy: A Biodiversity Of Resistance And Renewal

Introduction With characteristic insight, the great American philosopher, John Dewey, once wrote: ‘Every generation has to accomplish democracy over again for itself.’[1] His point was that, at each moment in history, citizens and nations inevitably face unique challenges and problems, so we should not assume the democratic institutions and practices inherited from the past will be adequate for the conditions of[Read More…]

Helsinki Timebank: Currency As A Commons

Helsinki Timebank: Currency As A Commons

It is fair to say that this essential principle of timebanking stands in stark contrast to the premises of the current money system and capitalist markets, which value everyone’s time and effort in highly unequal ways. Timebanking provides an alternative by helping people meet important personal and household needs in more socially satisfying, equal ways.

U.S. Invades Syria, And Warns Russia

U.S. Invades Syria, And Warns Russia

On Monday, August 22nd, the United States government — which demands the overthrow of the internationally-recognized-as-legal government of Syria — officially announced that America’s military forces in Syria will continue to occupy Syrian land, no matter what the Syrian government says, and will shoot down any Syrian planes that fly over U.S. forces there and that attack them. As reported[Read More…]

BJP, Dalits, And The ‘Cow Politics.’

BJP, Dalits, And The ‘Cow Politics.’

“In these four years, I also saw with, some disquiet, forces of divisiveness and intolerance trying to raise their ugly head. Attacks on weaker sections that militate against our national ethos are aberrations that need to be dealt with firmly. The collective wisdom of our society and our polity gives me confidence that such forces will remain marginalized, and India’s[Read More…]

Dissecting Suicide Bombing For Answers

Dissecting Suicide Bombing For Answers

That perception is prelude to reality is implicit. We may believe it in our bones but it is not always so, particularly in the case of suicide bombing. For example, our gut reactions for prevention would only exacerbate the situation. And the origins of suicide bombing it turns out belie common belief. So asserts the University of Chicago’s Robert Pape,[Read More…]

Suicide Bombing Kills 51 At Wedding In Turkey

Suicide Bombing Kills 51 At Wedding In Turkey

Fifty-one people died and 69 were injured Saturday when a horrific suicide bombing hit a Kurdish wedding in the Turkish city of Gaziantep, near the border with Syria. At least 17 of the wounded are severely injured and clinging to life. The pro-Kurdish People’s Democratic Party (HDP) has confirmed that one of its members was getting married at the wedding.[Read More…]

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Let’s Become A Part Of The Commons Once Again

Alas education in civilization justifies and encourages ruthless greed. It seems that all vertebrates go through a learning process and all mammals need or do better with an education from their parents and siblings. However, people are completely dependent on human interaction to be able to participate in any social setting. That is we must learn from other people to[Read More…]

Shifting Alliances: Turkey, Russia And The Kurds

Shifting Alliances: Turkey, Russia And The Kurds

It is an irrefutable fact that the United States sponsors the militants, but only for a limited period of time in order to achieve certain policy objectives. For instance: the United States nurtured the Afghan jihadists during the Cold War against the erstwhile Soviet Union from 1979 to 1988, but after the signing of Geneva Accords and the consequent withdrawal[Read More…]

Labouring Hours: Sweden’s Six-Hour Working Day

Labouring Hours: Sweden’s Six-Hour Working Day

Sweden has been in the news of late for attempting to take the Marxist spirit to heart, with employers seeking to maximise the value of labour from the shorter work time offered. The latest reduction will take the form of a six-hour working day, though trials were already taking place last year.

Kashmir: Passing The Parcel

Kashmir: Passing The Parcel

Kashmir has been continuously on the boil ever since Burhan Wani was killed 44 days ago. Appeals by the BJP-PDP state government and the union government to Kashmiri youth to not agitate, have been predictably ineffective. That the problem is political at its root has been pointed out by many, who have (again predictably) been dubbed by the ruling dispensation[Read More…]

The Undoing Of Kashmir

The Undoing Of Kashmir

‘Only Kashmir is ray of hope in the time when the subcontinent is in darkness’ – Gandhi (Aug, 1947) During the time of partition, when communal riots were erupted at every place, valley of Kashmir remained calm and no communal violence erupted in Kashmir among Hindus, Muslims and Sikhs. Mahatma Gandhi saw it as an example that could be torch[Read More…]

The Coming Financial Enclosure Of The Commons

The Coming Financial Enclosure Of The Commons

Financial speculation in food commodities has become one of the main drivers of food price volatility, with devastating impacts on small producers and the poor. Yet the disruptive influence of financial speculation on food markets is only a preview of future crises. International financial markets are now attempting to dominate many conventional markets as a long-term strategy to extract greater[Read More…]

Developmental Challenges In Northeast India: Perceptible Reflections On Mizoram

Developmental Challenges In Northeast India: Perceptible Reflections On Mizoram

The main aim of this paper is to study the nature of developmental process in the Northeast Indian state of Mizoram in the post-statehood period. The study is focused on the social, economic, cultural and political perspectives of development in the state. It also tries to identify the problems and prospects in the context of several developmental strategies that were[Read More…]

What Does It Mean When War Hawks Say, “Never Trump”? 

What Does It Mean When War Hawks Say, “Never Trump”? 

It’s not every day that Republicans publish an open letter announcing that their presidential candidate is unfit for office. But lately this sort of thing has been happening more and more frequently. The most recent example: we just heard from 50 representatives of the national security apparatus, men — and a few women — who served under Republican presidents from Ronald Reagan to George W. Bush.[Read More…]

Remembering Legendary Humanist Ramswroop Verma

Remembering Legendary Humanist Ramswroop Verma

Being a humanist, it is time to speak of Mahamana Ramswroop Verma, one of the tallest leaders of socialist movement in Uttar Pradesh and founder of Arjak Sangh which was constantly working to eradicate social evils, bring social change and demolish the brahmanical structure. And the ways it adopted were unique. If any one read the books written by Verma,[Read More…]

Sri Lanka: Dear Mr. President! — ( An Open Letter)

Sri Lanka: Dear Mr. President! — ( An Open Letter)

Dear Mr. President, The wave of political enthusiasm which generates hope for a nation sans, bribery & corruption, mismanagement of the state resources, and the cunning culture of bureaucracy, in general the culture of cheating the ordinary citizen, is sadly being shattering and flattening, though you are still managing to keep the high tone in the course correction. It is[Read More…]

Illegal Reactor Experiments At The Koodankulam Nuclear Power Plant, India

Illegal Reactor Experiments At The Koodankulam Nuclear Power Plant, India

What is being done at KKNPP-1 is known as ‘power up-rate experiment’ defined as “the operation beyond the power level licensed by the regulatory body” (IAEA). There are three types of power uprates: (i) “measurement uncertainty recapture” uprate, which involves an increase of less than 2% and is achieved by implementing enhanced techniques for calculating reactor power levels, (ii) “stretch” uprates where increases are between 2 and 7% and (iii) “extended” uprates with increases of up to 20%. Stretch and extended uprates involve changes to instrumentation settings and significant modifications to turbines, condensate pumps, motors, main generators and/or transformers. Since an uprated machine is made to work beyond the design limit, there is always a risk of an accident

Failed Indian Land Reforms- C J I Highlights The Issue

Failed Indian Land Reforms- C J I Highlights The Issue

Chief Justice Supreme Court T S Thakur known for highlighting the socially relevant issues has explicitly brought into focus the gaps between the constitutional sprit and the reality prevailing at the realistic social world. In Shimla he stated that ‘Constitution of India provides equal rights to all, but in a society long oppressed by foreign rule and stark social and[Read More…]

Death Of Two Workers In Anna University Was Due To Negligence

Death Of Two Workers In Anna University Was Due To Negligence

The team concluded that the tragic death of the two young workers was preventable and was caused due to the negligence of the employers – Anna University in its capacity as the principal employer and Kavimeena Rubber Products in its capacity as the direct employer.

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Genetically Engineered Promises & Farming Realities

The biggest problem with genetic engineering in agriculture is that it runs completely against the grain of sustainable agriculture. It separates the domain of science from the domain of farming community. It externalizes everything that was internal to the communities and formed the basis of sustainability: seeds, manure, pest control and more than anything, community knowledge of agriculture. Biotechnology in[Read More…]

Claims Of Exoneration: The Case Of Slobodan Milošević

Claims Of Exoneration: The Case Of Slobodan Milošević

Every age needs its cult of demonology.  It creates a social target of unified indignation and moral outrage. Finally, we can find a figure, prey upon it, and feel good that things are orderly in the world.  In the savage wars of the Balkans during the 1990s, the identification of good sides over bad, of noble warriors over ignoble ones,[Read More…]

Obama’s Legacy Of Failure In The Middle East

Obama’s Legacy Of Failure In The Middle East

In order to create a semblance of objectivity and fairness, the American policymakers and analysts are always willing to accept the blame for the mistakes of the distant past that have no bearing on the present, however, any fact that impinges on their present policy is conveniently brushed aside. In the case of the creation of Islamic State, for instance,[Read More…]

Jignesh Mevani: A Leader Is Born

Jignesh Mevani: A Leader Is Born

Very successful press conference at the Press Club of India, New Delhi by Jignesh Mevani, lawyer and Dalit activist from Gujarat. Very good attendance. Lot of questioning by journos’ almost amounting to interrogation, which Jignesh tackled very well. Jignesh Mevani was at the same time fire and brimstone lashing away at Mr. Modi and the BJP, and also Captain Cool[Read More…]

Kashmir: A Cry From Hell!

Kashmir: A Cry From Hell!

I cry! The people of Kashmir cry! We cry for the future of our children. We cry in pain and agony but our suffering and misery goes unnoticed rather people pretend to deaf and blind. Our screams annoy our own brothers and sisters and we are looked down as damned and evil mongers.

The “Gold Star” Dishonesty Of The 2016 US Presidential Election

The “Gold Star” Dishonesty Of The 2016 US Presidential Election

On August 28, 2016, the Democratic Party at its convention for nominating Hillary Clinton as its presidential candidate had Khizr Khan as a political attacker against the Republication Party nominee, Donald Trump. Mr. Trump, with his usual thin skin, retaliated by criticizing the fact that while Mr. Khan talked, his wife sat silently next to him. Mr. Khan is a[Read More…]

31 Years Of Narmada Bachao Andolan: Revolutionary Cultural Protest In Delhi

31 Years Of Narmada Bachao Andolan: Revolutionary Cultural Protest In Delhi

Jantar Mantar. 20 August, 2016: Hundreds of Narmada supporters came together for an evening filled with songs, slogans and speeches today. As Narmada Bachao Andolan marked its 31st year of resistance against illegal displacement on 16 August, a series of protests and demonstrations are being held across the nation. Today’s demonstration was kicked off with a fiery speech by Vimal[Read More…]

Western Propaganda: So Simple But So Effective!

Western Propaganda: So Simple But So Effective!

When some time ago Noam Chomsky and I met at MIT, in order to write a book “On Western Terrorism: From Hiroshima to Drone Warfare”and to produce a filmwith the same titletogether,the topic we mainly aimed at discussing was that of the countless genocides the West has committed all over the world since the end of the WWII. The second[Read More…]

The Global Land Grab: The New Enclosures

The Global Land Grab: The New Enclosures

Consider this. It is 1607. The English have been taking lands in Ireland for several centuries. First written down in the 7th century, Irish customary law is sophisticated and still administered by trained traditional magistrates (Brehons). Now rulings in the English courts on Gavelkind (1605) and Tanistry (1607) finally deny that customary law delivers property rights. Family holdings are made[Read More…]

IRmep Lawsuit Seeks to End US-Israel Nuclear Deceptions 

IRmep Lawsuit Seeks to End US-Israel Nuclear Deceptions 

In D.C. on 8 August 2016, Grant Smith the director of the Institute for Research: Middle East Policy [IRmep], filed this lawsuit  against President Obama, Secretary of State Kerry, Director of CIA John O. Brennan, Secretary of Department of Defense Ashton Carter, Secretary Department of Treasury Jacob Lew, Secretary Department of Energy Ernest Moniz, and Secretary of Department of Commerce Penny Pritzker  [Read More…]

Inside the Middle East – Making Sense of the Most Dangerous and Complicated Region on Earth

Inside the Middle East – Making Sense of the Most Dangerous and Complicated Region on Earth

Reading Inside the Middle East is quite an adventure. I learned that I probably am a fairly quixotic fanatic tilting at windmills; that I need to learn how to be a critical thinker “demanding that concepts and narratives be replaced with facts and reality;” that I “need to fine tune [my] critical thinking and analytical capacities; all that so I[Read More…]

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Let’s Build A Regenerative World

The current state of American politics must make us question whether any of our leaders in the Beltway can be described as “grown-ups”, i.e., fully mature and sane individuals. Between the endless war crimes, corporate corruption, lobbyists who bribe congressmen and write legislation, and the ineptitude of federal entities who are supposed to protect our health such as the FDA,[Read More…]

  Drop FIR Against Amnesty Intl India!

  Drop FIR Against Amnesty Intl India!

PUCL (People’s Union For Civil Liberties) condemns the actions of the Bengaluru Police in foisting a case of sedition, creating enmity and other charges against Amnesty International India and unnamed staff for holding a meeting on 13th August, 2016 in Bengaluru on human rights abuses in Kashmir in which families of victims participated. From the statement of Amnesty it is[Read More…]

ABVP Activists Try To Storm Amnesty Office In Bangalore

ABVP Activists Try To Storm Amnesty Office In Bangalore

More than 100 members of a right-wing student organization attempted to storm Amnesty International’s office in Bangalore, on Friday. The protesters from Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad (ABVP), who tried to storm the building with petrol bottles, were caned by police and detained. On Friday morning, Bengaluru police had barricaded road leading to the Amnesty International’s office anticipating protests. However, the[Read More…]

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Masculinity Goes To The Movies…

Masculinity Goes To The Movies…

Recently, I was tagged on Facebook to participate in something called the “80s Music Challenge.” I excitedly agreed but such social media shenanigans did not come without an ugly lesson. You see, when I contemplated which songs to post, I encountered many that contained horribly insensitive and misogynistic lyrics — by performers like Public Enemy, Van Halen, Beastie Boys, Ice[Read More…]

Turkey, Let Us Not Celebrate Yet!

Turkey, Let Us Not Celebrate Yet!

So many would like this to happen – to see Turkey go, to leave NATO, to break its psychological, political and economic dependency on the West. Now that Recep Tayyip Erdoğan and his allies are quarreling with the United States and the EU, there is suddenly great hope that Turkey may thoroughly re-think its position in the world, strengthen its[Read More…]

US Pushes Regime Change In South Sudan; UN Intervenes To Protect Rebel Leader

US Pushes Regime Change In South Sudan; UN Intervenes To Protect Rebel Leader

The USA and its soon to be departed lap dog at the UN, General Secretary Ban Ki Moon are pushing for regime change in South Sudan. The reason the USA wants to rid itself of President Salva Kiir, the internationally recognized leader of South Sudan and replace him with rebel leader Reik Machar is because the US wants to deny[Read More…]

Terrorism In Pakistan And South Asia

Terrorism In Pakistan And South Asia

The recent bout of terrorist attacks in Pakistan reminds us once again that it is one of the worst victims of terrorism perpetrated by religious extremist groups claiming their adherence to what they call the puritan Islam. According to Global Terrorism Index the top 5 countries affected by terrorism include Iraq, Afghanistan, Nigeria, Pakistan and Syria accounting for 78 percent[Read More…]

The Boy In The Ambulance Offers Glimpse Of ‘Profound Horrors’ In Syria

The Boy In The Ambulance Offers Glimpse Of ‘Profound Horrors’ In Syria

Laying bare the horrors of Syria’s ongoing civil war, heartbreaking footage of a young boy rescued from the rubble following an airstrike in Aleppo has gone viral. Much as last year’s photos of three-year-old Aylan Kurdi—”The Boy on the Beach“—offered a stark reminder of the human toll of the refugee crisis, the images of five-year-old Omran Daqneesh—”The Boy in the[Read More…]

The Commons: A Historical Concept Of Property Rights

The Commons: A Historical Concept Of Property Rights

The commons, a historical concept, has become an object of interest for the modern social sciences and the general public like few before it. It is well known that it became famous due to Garrett Hardin and his influential article, “The Tragedy of the Commons” (Hardin 1968). Hardin had extrapolated from the historical phenomenon of the commons to identify principles[Read More…]

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Four Important Lessons From Cuba’s Urban Food Survival Strategy

Cuba has come a long way since the collapse of the Soviet Union, when the loss of imports crucial for the island nation’s industrial agriculture system—such as chemical pesticides and fertilizers—left Cuba with a severe food crisis in the 1990s. Today, Cuba has become a regional leader in sustainable agricultural research. Within its practices and institutions lies a model for[Read More…]

Vast swathes of forest in Arariboia have been destroyed by illegal loggers and by fires which the authorities have failed to contain.
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Amazon Fires Threaten To Wipe Out Uncontacted Indigenous People

Forest fires are raging in an indigenous territory on the edge of the Brazilian Amazon, threatening to wipe out uncontacted members of the Awá tribe. Small groups of neighboring Guajajara Indians were forced to spend days attempting to contain the blaze in the absence of government agents, until an Environment Ministry-led fire-fighting operation began last week. Forest fires started by[Read More…]

History In The Making, Dalit Leaders Must Step Up To It

History In The Making, Dalit Leaders Must Step Up To It

It is not surprising that the recent protests by dalits, especially the vigorous one in Ahmedabad following the Una incident in which four dalits were mercilessly beaten for skinning dead cows have evoked global attention: this is the first time in living memory that dalits have spontaeneously come together in large numbers to protest an atrocity committed over performing a[Read More…]

Closing Manus Island’s Detention Centre: The Search For Alternative Cruelties

Closing Manus Island’s Detention Centre: The Search For Alternative Cruelties

It all goes back to April, when the Papua New Guinea Supreme Court found the Manus Island detention facility, ostensibly directed and run by the Australian government, in breach of the PNG Constitution. By the order of the court, “Both the Australian and Papua New Guinea governments shall forthwith take all steps necessary to cease and prevent the continued unconstitutional[Read More…]

Trump Could Kill The Constitution For The Sake Of White Supremacy Unless Clinton Shows It’s Still Alive For All Of Us

Trump Could Kill The Constitution For The Sake Of White Supremacy Unless Clinton Shows It’s Still Alive For All Of Us

There is a disturbingly realistic assessment by Trump’s followers that Trump won’t kill constitutional government because it is already dead. Constitutional government will not win a decisive victory and likely not a victory at all unless Hillary makes a clean break with her all-too-well-known past and offers a full restoration of constitutional government..

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A BJP Local Leader Killed By Cow Vigilantes In Karnataka

A BJP Local Leader Killed By Cow Vigilantes In Karnataka

A BJP local leader in Karnataka who was transporting cows in a vehicle died after he was attacked allegedly by right wing Hindutva group called Hindu Jagrana Vedike. Praveen Poojary, 29, was traveling with a friend Akshay Devadiga when they were stopped and thrashed by men. Poojary died of his injuries in hospital four hours after the assault. Devadiga is[Read More…]

Growing Disquiet In Washington Over Russian-Iranian Actions In Syria

Growing Disquiet In Washington Over Russian-Iranian Actions In Syria

Russian bombers used an air base in the northwest of Iran for a second day Wednesday to attack targets inside Syria described by Moscow as arms depots and command centers used to support jihadist militias fighting Syrian government forces for control of the city of Aleppo. The air strikes, carried out by Tupolev-22M3 long-range bombers and SU-34 tactical bombers, mark[Read More…]

And Then They Came For Amnesty And Seema Mustafa

And Then They Came For Amnesty And Seema Mustafa

It was a matter of time – one by one, the most outspoken and critical voices in the media, in civil society and in standing up for human rights are being picked out and attempts being made to silence them. Just confirming that Seema Mustafa – good friend, outstanding journalist and a fearless activist for the Idea of India as[Read More…]

National Fish Workers Forum Passes Resolution Against New Commercial Ports And Demands Scheduled Tribe Status For Fisher People

National Fish Workers Forum Passes Resolution Against New Commercial Ports And Demands Scheduled Tribe Status For Fisher People

The Annual Executive Committee meeting of National Fishworkers Forum (NFF) was held on August 11th and 12th at the Govt. Guest House, Pondicherry. The following are the decisions made and resolutions taken in the meeting:   It was decided to hold the annual general body meet of NFF for the year at Tuticorin on 9th and 10th of December2016 and observing[Read More…]

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The Commoning Of Patterns And The Patterns Of Commoning: A Short Sketch

   What would you have to think of if you want to build a liveable house? Maybe you would start looking at the environmental factors, an identifiable neighborhood, green areas nearby. You would look at the building site and choose to improve what’s there. You would create open space towards the south, and give it a distinct positive form. The[Read More…]

The Obama Doctrine Is Ravaging The Middle East 

The Obama Doctrine Is Ravaging The Middle East 

Everyone seems to have a theory on how to obliterate ISIS, or ‘Daesh’. However, two points are rarely raised: one, concerning the origins of the group and the second, on whether there are genuine intentions to defeat it, in the first place. We must boldly address the first to unravel the enigma behind the rise and growth of ‘Daesh’ –[Read More…]

The Hypocrisies Of Commemoration: Dispute At Long Tan

The Hypocrisies Of Commemoration: Dispute At Long Tan

One of the stranger sights in international relations is that of a defeated State seeking to commemorate its fallen in a country whose affairs it sought to disrupt.  Australia is particularly adept at this, having obtained near exclusive entitlements to commemorate the landings at Gallipoli in Turkey on an annual basis, thereby inculcating successive generations with the notion that the[Read More…]

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 Interview With Gary Corseri On US Foreign Policy

Muslim Press has conducted an interview with poet, writer, and columnist Gary Corseri to discuss the foreign policy of the United States. Here’s the full text of this interview: MP: Thank you for agreeing to give us an interview Mr. Corseri. Gary Corseri: Thank you for asking! MP: Let me begin by asking: how did you become a political activist? Gary[Read More…]

HuffPo Goes Haywire Against Russia, For Hillary

HuffPo Goes Haywire Against Russia, For Hillary

  As part of their campaign for Hillary Clinton to become President, Huffington Post bannered their home-page on the night of Tuesday August 16th, “TRUMP BRINGS KREMLIN APOLOGIST TO INTEL BRIEFING!”, and linked to their news story that’s headlined against Trump, “Donald Trump To Bring Adviser With Russia Ties To Classified Briefing: Retired Lt. Gen. Michael Flynn will join Trump at Wednesday’s top-secret session.” Those “Russia Ties”[Read More…]

The real Reasons Behind Dilma Rousseff’s Impeachment

The real Reasons Behind Dilma Rousseff’s Impeachment

  Brazil’s Senate voted on August 10, 2016 to hold an impeachment trial for the nation’s suspended president Dilma Rousseff, a process that could see her permanently removed from office. The vote in favor of trying Rousseff, who was suspended from the presidency in May, was 59 in favor, 21 against. The Senate suspended Rousseff, the South American nation’s first[Read More…]

Kashmir: Negotiators, Not Soldiers!

Kashmir: Negotiators, Not Soldiers!

Kashmir can be pacified by sincere and honest efforts for sorting out the basic political problem through dialogue and not by sending more and more soldiers to brutalize the people! According to a report in the Citizen, New Delhi had been planning to unleash a special program in Kashmir. It has been reported that the intention was to handover the[Read More…]

People waiting to get registered at Motihari District Government Hospital in East Champaran, Bihar. With so few doctors employed to work in the public sector of healthcare in India, this scene is typical.

Health Impoverishment: Has India’s Healthcare System Privatised Enough?

Ratna Devi and her nine year old daughter Seema (names changed) came to AIIMS, New Delhi with a large tumor over Seema’s knee. The tumor was not a new discovery and had been thriving on the little girl like a blood sucking leech for the last one year. An enquiry revealed that the family was from Rajasthan, around four hundred[Read More…]

The Dalits Rally

The Dalits Rally

  There comes a time when one needs to speak; I speak of the Una Independence Day Rally of Dalits, at the end of a 10-day 400-km Dalit Asmita Yatra following a massive Dalit congregation at Ahmedabad, Gujarat, on July 31. Whatever one’s political, social or religious preferences, inclinations or beliefs, anybody who has respect for the Constitution of India[Read More…]

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Technology And The Commons

“Jens had to cultivate a strong, unified mind to counteract the disparate landscapes, societies, conditions. He jumped from a monthlong spring hunt to a helicopter that would take him to Nuuk to testify in front of Parliament. On behalf of the Hunters’ Council, he was working hard to ban the use of snowmobiles and prohibit fishing boats in Inglefield Sound,[Read More…]

The Potato Park Of Peru

The Potato Park Of Peru

Drive an hour northeast from Cusco, Peru, and you will encounter some beautiful high mountain lakes, historic Inca ruins, and the richest diversity of potatoes on the planet. Approximately 2,300 of the 4,000 known potato varieties in the world are grown here, making it one of the most biodiverse regions on the planet. The 7,000 Quechua people who live on[Read More…]

Grassroots Movements, Degrowth And ‘New Economies’

Grassroots Movements, Degrowth And ‘New Economies’

There are numerous grassroots movements and initiatives worldwide with the ambition to contribute to transformative change towards more sustainable, resilient and just societies. Many of them have a specific vision on the economy and relate to alternative visions of a ‘New Economy’. The research project TRANSIT highlights four prominent strands of new economy thinking in state-of-the-art discussions: degrowth, collaborative economy, solidarity[Read More…]

Fingers On The Button: “First Use” And US Nuclear Weapons

Fingers On The Button: “First Use” And US Nuclear Weapons

Do you wait till the prospect of obliteration is upon you?  Or initiate, blithely, a nuclear holocaust upon your enemy as a matter of what is termed “first use” by the nuclear weapon high priests?  Neither prospect is particularly attractive, for each assumes the unthinkable made possible, madness made real. In one way, even articulating a policy on first use[Read More…]

Una March: Challenging The Caste Barriers

Una March: Challenging The Caste Barriers

The Dalit march from Ahmedabad to Una has emerged as an important social revolt of the Dalits in Gujarat.This mass up-surgence is challenging the very base of the caste system. It is questioning the logic of division of work based on clean and unclean tasks among upper castes and Dalits respectively. On the basis of this division of labor, traditionally[Read More…]

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Street Vendors In Bangalore Organise Protest March

Street Vendors In Bangalore Organise Protest March

Bruhat Bengaluru Beedhi Vyapari Sanghatanegala Okkuta, a federation of street vendor unions across Bangalore, organised a protest march in Bengaluru on August 3rd 2016. The call for the protest/bandh was to bring to light the series of evictions that have been happening in Bengaluru by the Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike, Resident Welfare Associations and the Police. It was also to articulate[Read More…]

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​Narmada Bachao Andolan Completes 31 Years Of Struggle

​Narmada Bachao Andolan Completes 31 Years Of Struggle

Supporters from Mumbai express solidarity with the movement which continues to fight for justice reaching to ALL – especially to the most deprived amongst the citizens of our country Mumbai | 16th August, 2016: The Narmada Bachao Andolan movement which started 31 full years ago in India, led to a discourse and push for an alternate, least destructive development model[Read More…]

The Pelletised Face Of Kashmir

The Pelletised Face Of Kashmir

Peoples Union for Democratic Rights is horrified that the Rajya Sabha which debated the situation in Jammu and Kashmir on August 10, could not muster resolve to call for an immediate halt to use of pellet guns, which is not used anywhere in either India or the world for policing. Since the killing of Burhan Muzzafar Wani on July 8,[Read More…]

CAMPA: The Return Of British Raj To Forest

CAMPA: The Return Of British Raj To Forest

It was first time in the Indian history, when the Indian State had officially accepted the historical injustice committed to the Adivasis and other forest dweller communities, and promised to right the historic wrongs by recognizing their traditional rights over the forest and forest land under the Scheduled Tribe and Other Traditional Forest Dwellers (Recognition of Forest Rights) Act 2006,[Read More…]

Amnesty International India Refutes Charges Of Sedition

Amnesty International India Refutes Charges Of Sedition

On 15 August, a First Information Report was reportedly registered against Amnesty International India with regard to an event held on 13 August, based on a complaint filed by an ABVP representative. The allegations mentioned in the complaint are without substance. They are preventing the families of victims of human rights violations in Jammu and Kashmir from having their stories heard. And preventing civil society organisations from enabling these families to exercise their constitutional right to justice

Countercurrents.org Annual Subcription Campaign, Please Support Us!

Countercurrents.org Annual Subcription Campaign, Please Support Us!

It’s over a year since I wrote a note of this sort. So many things happened in this period, some good, some very bad. Global warming is alarmingly tottering on the very dangerous mark. The past year so record breaking monthly heat records, disastrous floods, droughts and storms. 400 ppm is the new normal now. The resource wars have broken[Read More…]

Maudany, Your Freedom Is Our Freedom!

Maudany, Your Freedom Is Our Freedom!

Sixty nine years of India’s freedom is over now. And fifteen and a half years of Abdul Nasar Maudany as an under trial is over today on August 17, 2016! Perhaps it is time to analyse the implications of both these facts. `When the entire people of this country have food to eat, house to sleep, water to drink, light,[Read More…]

 Saudi-Led Coalition Kills Eleven People In A MSF Hospital In Yemen 

 Saudi-Led Coalition Kills Eleven People In A MSF Hospital In Yemen 

Saudi Arabia air strike has killed  eleven people in a hospital in Yemen. The attack was targeted on a hospital run by France based NGO Medecins Sans Frontieres , the hospital is located in Abs district of northern Yemen’s  Hajja province. Saudi Arabia at present is leading a coalition of countries to attack the Yemen based Houthis  rebels which have[Read More…]

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Subsistence: Perspective For A Society Based On Commons

Subsistence is the sum total of everything that humans need to survive: food and drink, protection from cold and heat, caring and company. If subsistence needs are met, life can continue (Mies/Bennholdt-Thomsen 1999). Many aspects of subsistence – goods and activities – have been transformed into commodities, but by far not all of them. After all, not only children, but[Read More…]

The Solar Transition

The Solar Transition

Although futurists aren’t supposed to make predictions, the notion that our energy system is switching much more quickly than expected from fossil fuels to renewables, and that solar energy will be at the front of that change, suddenly doesn’t seem so controversial. Of course, the speed of the change still matters, certainly in terms of global warming outcomes. And yet[Read More…]

July 2016 was "the warmest month of any in a data record that can be extended back to the nineteenth century," according to the U.K.-based Copernicus Climate Change Service (CCCS). Hot enough to fry an egg, they say. (Photo: Jen/cc/flickr)

The Earth Just Experienced The Hottest Month On The Books

On Monday it was confirmed that the Earth has broken an ominous climate milestone amid a wave of troubling records: July 2016 was the hottest recorded month—ever. According to new NASA data, the global mean surface temperatures last month were 0.84° Celsius (1.51° Fahrenheit) above average and was the warmest July in their data set, which dates back to 1880.[Read More…]

Freedom From AFSPA In J&K And Manipur

Freedom From AFSPA In J&K And Manipur

  As India celebrates its anniversary of independence from the British rule it, is worthwhile to ask when the people of Jammu and Kashmir and Manipur will get freedom from the Armed Forces (Special Power) Act 1958 (AFSPA) which is no less than being living under the colonial rule. The law that the British conceived in the wake of quit[Read More…]

Black And White Lives Matter

Black And White Lives Matter

Forty-six years imprisonment is the sentence for the killer whale Lolita who was captured in the Pacific Northwest off Canada and Washington State in 1970. For what crime? For being a juvenile in a sought-after clan, the charismatic black and white species Orcinus orca (killer whale), star of aquarium show biz. That whale shows have fallen into disrepute, especially after[Read More…]

Should India And Pakistan Invite Back British Rule?

Should India And Pakistan Invite Back British Rule?

  Preposterous! you say.  Take a closer look: The countries have now been independent for 69 years.  Just a few days before the recent Independence Day(s) festivities — the two countries have a difference of opinion on when and celebrate on different days — a man named Matibool returning home from a night shift as a security guard was run[Read More…]

A Still Uncertain Election

A Still Uncertain Election

Is it possible that Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump will self-destruct well before the election?  It certainly looked that way, given one major blunder after another in the days after his nomination at the July 18–21 Republican National Convention in Cleveland. Here’s another question: Or is it possible he can win? Both options are still on the table because despite[Read More…]

50 Years of Kothari Commission Report

50 Years of Kothari Commission Report

This year marks 50th anniversary of Kothari commission report on education. In its after-life of half-a-century, the report continues to occupy an important place in discussions on education in India irrespective of the distinct ideological positions that may go on to frame these discussions. While some of the recommendations get echoed by a wide range of bodies including policy and[Read More…]

The Irony Of ‘Hamilton’ Creator Lin-Manuel Miranda’s Advocacy For Puerto Rico

The Irony Of ‘Hamilton’ Creator Lin-Manuel Miranda’s Advocacy For Puerto Rico

  As the economic and humanitarian crisis has worsened in Puerto Rico in recent months, playwright and actor Lin-Manuel Miranda, has given voice in interviews and Op-Eds to the severity of the crisis among ordinary Puerto Ricans. Miranda called the island’s debt crisis a matter of “life and death,” saying, “I have a lot of family who are struggling in Puerto Rico,[Read More…]

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The Way To The Spring: Life And Death In Palestine

The Way To The Spring: Life And Death In Palestine

A small town in Palestinian West Bank, north of Jerusalem, Nabi Saleh, essentially the home-town of the Tamimi clan, has like all other Palestinian towns suffered under the occupation of Israeli military forces and settler villages. Ben Ehrenreich’s book “The Way to the Spring: Life and Death in Palestine” documents his many months in the town and in surrounding areas.[Read More…]

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Innocence

Innocence

Dostoevsky’s Myshkin has retained much of his innocence and therefore, like real innocents in real life, is considered odd, naïve and ignorant by others who are already branded by “experience” and are just muddling through life in a world in which innocence dies away while the great majority of people, ignorant of their former childhood innocence, strives to toe the line and be like others

In Historic Una Rally Dalits Pledge Never To Dispose Off Dead Cattle Or Do Sanitation Work 

In Historic Una Rally Dalits Pledge Never To Dispose Off Dead Cattle Or Do Sanitation Work 

Thousands of Dalits gathered in Una, Gujarat on Independence Day pledged never to do sanitation work and never to dispose off dead cattle ever again. Radhika Vemula, mother of late Rohith Vemula who committed suicide at Hyderabad university hostel in January this year due to harassment by university authorities, unfurled the national flag in the massive rally. It was the[Read More…]

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Why Distinguish Common Goods From Public Goods?

The devastating recession of 2008–09 and its volatile aftermath have focused everyone’s attention on the global economy. There is growing agreement that better policies, laws and institutions are needed, but will the next economy be fair and equal for all inhabitants of Earth? No one really knows. Yet one thing is certain: the political will to create a democratically restructured[Read More…]

Sri Lanka And Office Of The Missing Person

Sri Lanka And Office Of The Missing Person

Sri Lanka with one of the worst records in human rights violations has come up with a positive step. It has passed the missing person bill with some amendments in unanimous way. The bill was passed with the support of TNA and JVP. The passed bill has certain good features; it will try to search and identify about 65000 missing[Read More…]

Not In Our Name

Not In Our Name

Sitting comfortably in my hostel room in the campus, I wonder what is transpiring there in the valley, back at home. Of course I know what I get to know through mainstream media, alternate media but they usually speak of the numbers. What they don’t tell us is what goes on in the mind of a person who is living[Read More…]

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Obscured American: Rudy List The Retired Math Professor

  Though each life is rich, some are staggeringly so. Over four days in July, I had a series of conversations with Rudy List at his house in Dexter, Michigan. A 74-year-old retired math professor, Rudy introduced me to Hua Luogeng, Zitang Zhang and Terence Tao. In return, I told him about Otto Dix, Cindy Sherman, Honey Boo Boo and[Read More…]

Frecha Amar, 84, an Israeli Jew of Moroccan descent, holds a picture of her baby, who she says was abducted in 1958, at her home in the village of Kfar Chabad, near Tel-Aviv (AFP PHOTO / MENAHEM KAHANA)

The Dark Secret Of Israel’s Stolen Babies

  Nazareth: It is Israel’s darkest secret – or so argues one Israeli journalist – in a country whose short history is replete with dark episodes. Last month Tzachi Hanegbi, minister for national security, became the first government official to admit that hundreds of babies had been stolen from their mothers in the years immediately following Israel’s creation in 1948. In[Read More…]

Confusions Of A Patriot

Confusions Of A Patriot

The tender coconut that you once gave me
Was certainly more tasty,
Than a nation you have offered
To keep me alive and to shape a meaning
For your existence than mine!

A Country Of Poor People But Not For Poor People

A Country Of Poor People But Not For Poor People

We are celebrating the 70th Independence Day today and let’s have a look at the condition of the poor in our country. “We are a country of poor people but not for poor people,” the Delhi High Court bench of Justices Badar Durrez Ahmed and Ashutosh Kumar said on August 3, 2016 while hearing the PIL on rehabilitation of manual scavengers in Delhi

Caste – the Actual Cost of Empowerment? Dalit Women & NREGA- A Study of the Poverty, Social Exclusion & Shame Nexus

Caste – the Actual Cost of Empowerment? Dalit Women & NREGA- A Study of the Poverty, Social Exclusion & Shame Nexus

This book “The Actual Cost of Caste: MGNREGA On The Ground” seeks to examine the lives of rural Dalit women in private as well as public spheres. A theoretical framework of poverty, shame and social exclusion has been used to explore the objectives. The study goes further and analyses one of India’s biggest social security programs, the Mahatma Gandhi National[Read More…]

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As Our Cultural Heritage In Syria Hemorrhages, Villagers Work To Restore It

Qalamoun Mountains, Syria: Reports continue nearly daily of yet more damage to our archeological treasures Syria. A few examples include the recent ISIS destruction at Tal Ajaja, one of Syria’s most important 2nd century AD Assyrianperiod. “More than 40 percent of Tal Ajaja was destroyed or has been ravaged by IS recently”has revealed Khaled Ahmo, the Director of Antiquities in Hasakeh.[Read More…]

Why Intervention Is Worse Than Dictatorship

Why Intervention Is Worse Than Dictatorship

Let me take this opportunity to make it clear that I am in no way sympathetic towards the unrepresentative Middle Eastern dictators in general and Bashar al-Assad in particular, but in order to assign blame for the wrongdoing in Syria, we need to remind ourselves of the elementary distinction between the constant and variable factors. Bear in mind that Bashar[Read More…]

In The Shade Of Fallen Chinar

In The Shade Of Fallen Chinar

“In the shade of fallen chinar” is a short documentary that was shot in kashmir valley a few days before the current unrest began, It takes a peep into the lives of a group of young kashmiri artist’s who are also University students. It talks about the factors that inspires their art and how it takes the form of resistance[Read More…]

The Tragedy Of The Anticommons

The Tragedy Of The Anticommons

This essay introduces the tragedy of the anticommons. What’s that? Let’s start with something familiar: a commons. When too many people share a single resource, we tend to overuse it – we may overfish the oceans and pollute the air. This wasteful overuse is a tragedy of the unmanaged commons. How do we solve such a tragedy? Often, by creating[Read More…]

“It All Turns On Affection”

“It All Turns On Affection”

Land and people have suffered together, as invariably they must. Under the rule of industrial economics, the land, our country, has been pillaged for the enrichment, supposedly, of those humans who have claimed the right to own or exploit it without limit. Of the land-community much has been consumed, much has been wasted, almost nothing has flourished. But this has not been inevitable. We do not have to live as if we are alone.

The Open Source School Redefines Education in Italy

The Open Source School Redefines Education in Italy

Threading elements of the great educational experiments of Bauhaus and Roycroft Community models together with Pierre Levy’s modern definition of “collective intelligence,” La Scuola Open Source (The Open Source School) embodies the principles of the sharing movement. Its success hinges on cooperative work, co-design, shared skills, and an open source culture. The school’s 13 co-founders believe in the power of people’s[Read More…]

The Discrete Charm Of Economic Growth

The Discrete Charm Of Economic Growth

At the outset Balthazar briefly summarizes his own intellectual journey as an economist, looking back on his earlier assumption that the economy as a whole was the spontaneous result of innumerable interacting trends interacting in a complex manner, and could be ultimately traced to individual preferences. This is the common perspective of most mainstream economists, who view the economic system[Read More…]

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How To Break The Power Of Money

Our current political chaos has a simple explanation. The economic system is driving environmental collapse, economic desperation, political corruption, and financial instability. And it isn’t working for the vast majority of people. It serves mainly the interests of a financial oligarchy that in the United States dominates the establishment wings of both the Republican and Democratic parties. So voters are[Read More…]

US Military Prepares New Offensives In Syria And Iraq

US Military Prepares New Offensives In Syria And Iraq

Even as tensions are rising with Russia in Eastern Europe and China in Asia, the United States has launched a new war in Libya and is preparing a major military escalation in the Middle East, nominally directed against Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS). In an interview yesterday with USA Today, Air Force Lieutenant General Jeffrey Harrigan confirmed that[Read More…]

Donald Trump And The ISIS Factor

Donald Trump And The ISIS Factor

Ever straddling that fine line between the absurd and the puncturing revelation, Donald J. Trump’s “ISIS” remarks about the Obama administration and the Democrat presidential nominee, Hillary Clinton, were vintage.  “[Obama] was the founder of ISIS absolutely, the way he removed our troops. … I call them [Obama and Hillary Clinton] co-founders.” In a political environment where sarcasm is set[Read More…]

Narendra Modi, The Machiavellian Prince Of India

Narendra Modi, The Machiavellian Prince Of India

We have a Prime Minister who said that this government is for the Dalits, and the same Prime Minsiter says nothing when Dalits are publicly flogged by the gau rakshaks. Everybody knows on whose side he stands, but with his rhetoric he tries to convince the civilised world that he criticises the vigilantism that targets the Dalits

Irom Sharmila Gets Solidarity From Kerala

Irom Sharmila Gets Solidarity From Kerala

In solidarity with Irom Sharmila’s novel method of struggle against the draconian law of AFSPA, Solidarity Youth Movement held programs in different parts of Kerala. Programs were held in front of the Secretariat at Trivandrum and the Fort Kochi Beach at Ernakulam.

The Bourgeoisie And The Bourgeois Democratic Revolution

The Bourgeoisie And The Bourgeois Democratic Revolution

The following is an extract from chapter one of 1NDIA MORTGAGED by Tarimela Nagi Reddy ,pages 2-8, 1971. It narrates how transfer of power took place and it was not real independence

Demand For Dismissal Of Lt. Governor Kiran Bedi And Apologies For Insulting The Tribal Community

Demand For Dismissal Of Lt. Governor Kiran Bedi And Apologies For Insulting The Tribal Community

Kiran Bedi, Ex IAS officer, an active member of a political party and Puducherry Lt Governor, has insulted and condemned de-notified tribes by tweeting on 2ndAugust: ”Ex-criminal tribes are known to be very cruel. They are hardcore professionals in committing crimes. Rarely caught and/or convicted”.

 Uncle “Sham” Says “Dance”…. And The Band Plays On….

 Uncle “Sham” Says “Dance”…. And The Band Plays On….

    I recall from my early teens, the “Judgment at Nuremberg” movie, which made a big impression then about “justice” and the “rightness and virtue” of the Allied cause.  But when I watched the movie on TV, years later, it was the Richard Widmark character–one of the prosecuting colonels, I believe–who made the deepest impression because, by the end[Read More…]

How Obama AdministrationEncouraged The Rise Of Islamic State?

How Obama AdministrationEncouraged The Rise Of Islamic State?

Although, I admit that Donald Trump’s recent remarks that Obama Administration willfullycreated the Islamic State were a bit facile, but it is an irrefutable fact that Obama Administration’s policy of nurturing the Syrian militants against the Assad regime from August 2011 to August 2014 created the ideal circumstances which led to the creation of not just Islamic State but myriads[Read More…]

Insha Malik, Victim Of Pellet Attack, Suffering From Deadly Brain Infection

Insha Malik, Victim Of Pellet Attack, Suffering From Deadly Brain Infection

Insha Malik, the 14 year old victim of Indian Army’s use of indiscriminate pellet attack on protesters in Kashmir valley, may be suffering from deadly brain infection. Kashmir Observer report quoting unnamed doctors in AIIMS New Delhi where she is undergoing treatment said “some of the pellets, which pierced her body particularly face couldn’t be timely removed from the nasal[Read More…]

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Hilary Clinton – History Repeats Itself?

Hilary Clinton – History Repeats Itself?

Once upon a time, there was a man called James Buchanan. He was a Democrat, a Secretary of State and then the President of the United States. A good friend of mine, a historian, told me about him. Buchanan was the last U.S. President who previously served as Secretary of State. He was a Pennsylvania native, and he took his[Read More…]

Hillary Clinton Invoked Possible Assassination Of Obama As Reason To Stay In Race in ’08

Hillary Clinton Invoked Possible Assassination Of Obama As Reason To Stay In Race in ’08

After Donald Trump’s comment this week that could possibly have been interpreted to be leaning towards brushing with suggesting the assassination or imprisonment of Hillary Clinton, or, more likely, as Robert Parry pointed out, some kind of violent revolution, Clinton Tweeted: “A person seeking to be the President of the United States should not suggest violence in any way.” Putting[Read More…]

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Common Goods Don’t Simply Exist – They Are Created

We can turn our attention to the question of what we want to do with our common resources. That is what really matters, for common goods exist only if we produce them – and they will remain only if we take care of them.

Human Nature: An Evolutionary Paradox

Human Nature: An Evolutionary Paradox

Today, human greed and folly are destroying the global environment. As if this were not enough, there is a great threat to civilization and the biosphere from an all-destroying thermonuclear war. Both of these severe existential threats  are due to faults our inherited emotional nature. From the standpoint of evolutionary theory, this is a paradox. As a species, we are[Read More…]

The Flagging Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement: The US Election And Free Trade Politics

The Flagging Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement: The US Election And Free Trade Politics

Being savaged by Donald J. Trump on one side of the electoral aisle, and modestly beaten by the Democratic presumptive candidate, Hillary Clinton, the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement is lying somewhere between near death and miraculous survival.  Those breathing life into that unfortunate beast remain politicians who embraced the mythology of free trade while never questioning what was free. The scurrying[Read More…]

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Language Patterns, The Media, And Cultural Re-Storying

It’s fashionable these days to summon the concept of narrative for effecting change, whether it’s to evoke brand loyalty, to create demand for some product or, on a rather more substantive scale, to persuade humans to live more peaceably on the planet. I’d personally prefer to see its mysterious power deployed in pursuit of a lot more of the latter[Read More…]

US Sells Battle Tanks To Saudi Arabia As It Renews Assault On Yemen

US Sells Battle Tanks To Saudi Arabia As It Renews Assault On Yemen

In a clear signal of American imperialism’s unrelenting commitment to the Saudi monarchy and its ongoing war against Yemen, the United States’ State Department approved the sale of one hundred and fifty Abrams main battle tanks to Saudi Arabia on Tuesday. The tanks, designed for large-scale ground warfare, are part of a larger package of American weaponry, valued at $1.15[Read More…]

New Emails Shed Further Light On Hillary Clinton’s Corruption As Secretary Of State

New Emails Shed Further Light On Hillary Clinton’s Corruption As Secretary Of State

On Tuesday, the conservative legal group Judicial Watch released 296 pages of State Department records spanning Hillary Clinton’s tenure as secretary of state from 2009 to 2013. These records include 44 email exchanges that were deliberately withheld from the 55,000 pages of emails that Clinton gave the State Department for their investigation into her use of a private email server.[Read More…]

March for Clean Energy in Philadelphia. Photo by Paul and Cathy / Flickr.

Why Say No To The TPP? Corporations Already Have Too Much Power

 It took two days for 60 members of the Cowboy and Indian Alliance to plant the heirloom seeds by hand. It was the spring of 2014, and there were prayers, burning of sage and sweetgrass, and, one by one, volunteers pressed the red corn seeds into the earth of Art and Helen Tanderup’s farm in Neligh, Nebraska. There, along the[Read More…]

Obama And Clinton Co-Founders Of ISIS?

Obama And Clinton Co-Founders Of ISIS?

On 10 August 2016, Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump accused president Barak Hussein Obama and Democrat presidential candidate Hillary Clinton of co-founding the jihadist rebel organization ISIS (Islamic State) operating mainly in Syria and Iraq but with operative in many Middle Eastern countries and around the world. Trump used Obama’s full name to provoke a racist-xenophobic response from the public[Read More…]

Review: Samah Sabawi’s‘Tales Of A City By The Sea’

Review: Samah Sabawi’s‘Tales Of A City By The Sea’

How do you talk about a situation so heavily overlaid with the politics of pain that to even mention the word ‘Gaza’ creates division? Reactions that teeter between fear and resistance, ignorance and involvement, suspicion and commitment. How do we face the reality that it is civilians, especially children, women and the elderly who suffer most in protracted situations of[Read More…]

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Pakistan’s Dirty War In Balochistan

Pakistan’s Dirty War In Balochistan

Quetta hospital bomb blast, killing more than 90 people, is the latest grim reminder to the ceaseless violence in Pakistan’s strife-torn volatile province of Balochistan. The deafening blast that ripped through scores of mourners in a Quetta hospital on Monday (August 8) has killed at least 93 people, mainly lawyers, in this year’s bloodiest terror attack in Pakistan. The massive[Read More…]

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Media Silence And The Agrochemicals Industry: The Slow Poisoning Of Health And The Environment  

Media Silence And The Agrochemicals Industry: The Slow Poisoning Of Health And The Environment  

It’s an all too common tale of dirty deeds, shady deals and propaganda. Rosemary Mason’s recent open letter to journalists at The Guardian outlines how the media is failing the public by not properly reporting on the regulatory delinquency relating to GM food and the harmful chemicals being applied to crops. Much of the media is even (unwittingly) acting as[Read More…]

Irom Sharmila ends her 16-year fast by tasting honey, in Imphal on Tuesday. Photo: Ritu Raj Konwar/The Hindu

Irom Sharmila: Death Of A Fast

  Irom Sharmila’s withdrawal of her fast has come as a blow in varying degrees to many. There are also many others who welcome her decision to end her fast instead of sticking on to it at ridiculous levels. I am thinking of the many NGO leaders who invested their energy and money on Irom with the hope that their[Read More…]

Kashmir: Pushed Against The Wall

Kashmir: Pushed Against The Wall

  What we witnessed after the killing of Hizb commander Burhan Wani in Kashmir, is literally the rape of democracy by those who claim to be the largest democracy in world. Whether it is in terms of firing at unarmed protesters, use of dangerous pellets, choking political space, banning newspaper publication, cutting all means of communication and continuous curfews, India[Read More…]

An Open Letter To Rashtriya Muslim Manch Of RSS On Its Plan To Hoist Tricolour At Madrasaas

An Open Letter To Rashtriya Muslim Manch Of RSS On Its Plan To Hoist Tricolour At Madrasaas

As per press reports Rashtriya Muslim Manch is to hoist National Flag; the Tricolour at some madrasaas across the country on Independence Day. Since your organization, a creation of RSS, has taken a unilateral decision we would like to ask few related questions. Before taking up the task of hoisting our National Flag on madrasaas you must prove your credentials[Read More…]

Curfew As An Instrument Of Mass Torture In Kashmir

Curfew As An Instrument Of Mass Torture In Kashmir

For over a month practically the entire Kashmir valley has been under a state of curfew. The innocuous term curfew camouflages the extreme torture and suffering inflicted on the people; curfew actually is ‘house arrest’ of every citizen from a newborn to a person in his nineties

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Prevention Of Electronic Crime Bill (PEC) Continues Draconian Laws In Pakistan

  The state of Pakistan is all set to unleash its iron fist by promulgating laws that curb free speech. This is a proactive step taken by the State to muzzle criticism and silence dissent. Freedom of speech and expression form the bedrock upon which the pillars of democracy stand; this freedom allows the public to air grievances and to[Read More…]

Bungling The Australian Census

Bungling The Australian Census

Each country needs its exceptionalist message, its sui generis theme. We do something here no one else does, and such like. In Australia, there are many things deemed exceptional.  Compulsory voting, on pain of a fine, is one such case.  Compulsory voting in a census is another extension of that same philosophy. To not submit, and be damned by the[Read More…]

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Rethinking The Social Welfare State In Light Of The Commons

When we talk about commons in Europe, the question usually arises whether public services are also to be considered commons. In order to answer this question, we must examine our understanding of the (social welfare) state on the one hand and the concept of the “public” on the other. FROM THE SOCIAL WELFARE STATE TO THE NEOLIBERAL COMPETITION STATE1 The[Read More…]

Resistance must be more than blockades and protest. (Photo: Eric Wüstenhagen/flickr/cc)

Free People From ‘Dictatorship’ Of The 0.01%

“The only way to counter globalisation—just a plot of land in some central place, keep it covered in grass, let there be a single tree, even a wild tree.” This is how dear friend and eminent writer Mahasweta Devi, who passed away on July 28, at the age of 90, quietly laid out her imagination for freedom in our times[Read More…]

Kashmir: Siege Without End!

Kashmir: Siege Without End!

Last Sunday when I logged into the Facebook, it came up with my memory of the year 2010. It was an article titled “The Stubborn Delhi” which I had written for my column, Kashmir First, in Greater Kashmir. Somehow the software in the Facebook seemed to have very good intelligence as the article was very much relevant to the present[Read More…]

With Joking Russian TV The Best Source of Electronic News And Information Available –  Woe Is Us!  

With Joking Russian TV The Best Source of Electronic News And Information Available –  Woe Is Us!  

  In 1950, Einstein explained why our civilization continues to be “like an axe in the had of the pathological criminal,”: “Under existing conditions, private capitalists inevitably control the main sources of information (press, radio, education). Mysteriously, our best independent journalists, top intellectuals and historians, are of no help. Even on RT’s ten more serious shows there is no urging of[Read More…]

Divide And Rule: How Factionalism In Palestine Is Killing Prospect For Freedom 

Divide And Rule: How Factionalism In Palestine Is Killing Prospect For Freedom 

 As Palestinians in the Occupied Territories begin preparations for local elections which are scheduled for next October, division and factionalism are rearing their ugly head. Palestinian political platforms and social media are abuzz with self-defeating propaganda: Fatah supporters attacking Hamas’ alleged failures, and Hamas’ supporters doing the same. What is conveniently overlooked by all sides is that the performance of[Read More…]

The Horror Of Childhood Under Occupation

The Horror Of Childhood Under Occupation

Norma Hashim’s engagement with the issue of Palestinian prisoners has previously produced one book — The Prisoners’ Diaries: Palestinian Voices from the Israeli Gulag — which has been described by former hunger-striker Hana al-Shalabi as “A humane, beautiful, valuable but painful book.” Hashim’s Dreaming of Freedom is worthy of a similar description. In this collection children recount their experiences of solitary confinement, beatings, torture and humiliation[Read More…]

Ban Implementation of Compensatory Afforestation Fund Bill 2016 in its Present Form

Ban Implementation of Compensatory Afforestation Fund Bill 2016 in its Present Form

Adivasis Janajati Adhikar Manch (AJAM) in collaboration with Adivasi Adhikar Manch (AAM) and other local sangathans have observed “International Day of World Indigenous Peoples” today on 9th August 2016 in various states across India. In Odisha, the day is being observed with gatherings of more than 700 adivasis with traditional music and dance at Umerkote Block head quarters, Nabarangpur District[Read More…]

Zionist-Subverted Oberlin College Trashes Academic Free Speech And Suspends Professor Joy Karega

Zionist-Subverted Oberlin College Trashes Academic Free Speech And Suspends Professor Joy Karega

  Oberlin College, one of the first US colleges to have admitted Blacks, Women, Jews and Catholics, has given in to pressure from the genocidally racist  Zionist Lobby and suspended female African-American academic Dr Joy Karega, assistant professor of Rhetoric and Composition, who has been falsely defamed as an  anti-Semite and vilified for opposing corporate control of government, Israeli Gaza[Read More…]

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The ‘Rooted’ People

With the climate emergency now breaking upon the world, some may wonder whether human society is going to be capable of an effective response. It seems that our current toolkit is threefold. First there is the political dimension. The Green party is making substantial progress and other parties are lining up their own positions in regard to climate change. Second are the organisations, like the[Read More…]

Planetary Boundaries—Governing Emerging Risks And Opportunities

Planetary Boundaries—Governing Emerging Risks And Opportunities

The notion of planetary boundaries can be seen as a way to frame governance reform. This discussion introduces key elements of governance in a world with boundaries: deep reform of international governance, such as the United Nations system and trade treaties; emerging ecological concepts and principles in international law; the role of economics for the biosphere; and, the need to integrate different kinds of knowledge—from the local to the global.

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Feminism And The Politics Of The Commons

Reproduction precedes social production. Touch the women, touch the rock. 1 – Peter Linebaugh At least since the Zapatistas took over the zócalo in San Cristobal de las Casas on December 31, 1993, to protest legislation dissolving the ejidal lands of Mexico, the concept of “the commons” has been gaining popularity.2 There are important reasons why this apparently archaic idea has[Read More…]

Refugee Trauma On Nauru: The Leaked Incident Reports

Refugee Trauma On Nauru: The Leaked Incident Reports

“Do I have to kill myself to go to Australia?” Asylum seeker, Nauru, March 2, 2015 Human sensibility has been given another sound beating with the leak of 2,116 incident reports from Australia’s remorseless detention camp on Nauru.  The reports total some 8,000 pages covering the period of May 2013 to October 2015 and were published by the Guardian on[Read More…]

Humans Are Poisoning The Ocean—And It’s Poisoning Us Back

Humans Are Poisoning The Ocean—And It’s Poisoning Us Back

It’s no secret that we have trashed, poisoned, and warmed oceans at an unprecedented ratevia human-caused climate change and pollution. It seems that oceans may be paying us back in kind, according to a new study that found levels of bacteria responsible for life-threatening illnesses spiking in the North Atlantic region. The study published Monday in the Proceedings of the[Read More…]

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Erdogan Resets Relations With Russia

Erdogan Resets Relations With Russia

 On Tuesday, August 9, 2016, the Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan arrived in St. Petersburg to hold talks with the Russian President Vladimir Putin. This was Erdogan’s first foreign visit since the July 15 abortive coup against his elected government. St. Petersburg is Putin’s hometown. Addressing a joint press conference after the talk, Putin said: “I believe that we have all the necessary prerequisites[Read More…]

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Obstacle To Peace: The US Role In The Israeli-Palestinian Conflict

Obstacle To Peace: The US Role In The Israeli-Palestinian Conflict

It is obvious to most in the world that the U.S. and Israel are symbiotically linked to each other – each using the other for their own purposes, some of which are common, others that are not. In Obstacle to Peace Jeremy Hammond dissects current events and the relationships between the two countries demonstrating that the biggest obstacle to peace[Read More…]

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Mordechai Vanunu: Israel’s Nuclear Whistle Blower And Hostage 

Mordechai Vanunu: Israel’s Nuclear Whistle Blower And Hostage 

  A hostage is understood to be a person taken by force to secure the taker’s demands; or one that is involuntarily controlled by an outside influence.   Mordechai Vanunu Israel’s Nuclear Whistleblower claimed the title  “The Last Hostage” at his Facebook, Twitter and YouTube Channels with this iconic response to Israel’s July 4 indictment against him: On 4 July 2016, Vanunu[Read More…]

Existential Threats And Our Belief Systems

Existential Threats And Our Belief Systems

This new Homo sapiens contradictory planetary reality leaves not just the western world, but the whole world in search for answers. We need to find the reason we are heading so rapidly toward dangerous shoals. How could we, the most clever and brilliant primate ever, be bringing on our own demise? Where did we all go so wrong? Could it[Read More…]

A Nonviolent Strategy To End War

A Nonviolent Strategy To End War

There is a long history of anti-war and peace activism. Much of this activism has focused on ending a particular war. Some of this activism has been directed at ending a particular aspect of war, such as the use of a type of weapon. Some of it has aimed to prevent a type of war, such as ‘aggressive war’ or[Read More…]

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 First Thoughts For A Phenomenology Of The Commons

The commons are not concessions. They are resources that belong to the people as a matter of life necessity. Everybody has a right of an equal share of the commons and must be empowered by law to claim equal and direct access to it. Everybody has equal responsibility to the commons and shares a direct responsibility to transfer its wealth[Read More…]

Washington Escalates Covert Backing For Al Qaeda Militias In Aleppo

Washington Escalates Covert Backing For Al Qaeda Militias In Aleppo

US-backed militias fighting against the Syrian government of Bashar al Assad have broken through the Russian and Syrian government encirclement of their positions inside the war-ravaged northern Syrian city of Aleppo, according to Western media. During fierce battles over the weekend, the US-backed, Islamist-led militia coalition known as Jaysh al Fateh overran military bases in southwest Aleppo and secured an[Read More…]

The Election From Hell

The Election From Hell

As the world careens toward “an environment never experienced before,” according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, one of the two parties to the American spectacle continues to insist that climate change is a hoax. Meanwhile, the other party, the one theoretically promoting much-needed responses to climate change, wasn’t even willing to highlight the subject in prime time on any of the last three days of its convention. In other words, the deepest, most unnerving realities of our world are, in essence, missing in action in election 2016. You want to be afraid? Be afraid of that!

Why Urban Rich Kids, Not Poor Taliban Terrorise Bangladesh?

Why Urban Rich Kids, Not Poor Taliban Terrorise Bangladesh?

Locals and foreigners in Dhaka formally grieved for the victims of the Gulshan Attack one month after the incident. The local and international reaction to the July 1 terror attack at Gulshan has been far more intensive than the collective reaction to all the previous terror attacks in Bangladesh since 1999; there had never been any such mass grieving for[Read More…]

Cow Protectors: Fake And Real

Cow Protectors: Fake And Real

The Prime Minister came out with statements condemning the act of Cow vigilante groups. By stating that most of self styled cow protectors are anti-social elements, he tried to create a dichotomy that there are fake and real protectors. Fake protectors are into anti social activities, resort to violence, and ignore important issues such as cow deaths due to consumption[Read More…]

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Pages From History : The Quit India Movement A Critical Appraisal

Pages From History : The Quit India Movement A Critical Appraisal

(EXTRACT from  People’s Democratic Revolution in India – An Explanation of the Programme—By DV Rao,1971 The Third National Struggle (1930-1934) It was the period when the world capitalist system was caught in the grip of a crisis, and fascism raised its ugly head. The German, Japan and Italian imperialisms had established a fascist system to suppress revolutions in their country[Read More…]

An Open Letter To Mehbooba Mufti

An Open Letter To Mehbooba Mufti

I am very much shocked to see how you made U turn in your statements. When 2008, 2010 unrest was on peak, you came out on streets, ragged, screamed even locked the secretariat, roared with your party members that people are being brutally supressed and then killed.

An Updated Version Of The “Peak Oil” Story

An Updated Version Of The “Peak Oil” Story

The Peak Oil story got some things right. Back in 1998, Colin Campbell and Jean Laherrère wrote an article published in Scientific American called, “The End of Cheap Oil.” In it they said: Our analysis of the discovery and production of oil fields around the world suggests that within the next decade, the supply of conventional oil will be unable to keep[Read More…]

Modi Says “Shoot”! But Whom?

Modi Says “Shoot”! But Whom?

Narendra Modi’s high octane poll campaign was littered with the promise of Development, with a capital D. Big business, in India and abroad, had bought his promise too. And now, after a little more than 2 years old premiership, the developments under his watch have rattled most of them. The ‘developments’ were not the “development” they were looking for. Further,[Read More…]

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The Structural Communality Of The Commons

The commons are as varied as life itself, and yet everyone involved with them shares common convictions. If we wish to understand these convictions, we must realize what commons mean in a practical sense, what their function is and always has been. That in turn includes that we concern ourselves with people. After all, commons or common goods are precisely[Read More…]

Detained For Terror: Proposed Indefinite Detention Laws In Australia

Detained For Terror: Proposed Indefinite Detention Laws In Australia

The Turnbull government has come down rather heavily in its response to a spate of attacks in France and Germany, deciding that it is time that something be done in the face of this supposed global madness. The prime minister Malcolm Turnbull decided to press the issue in a letter to state leaders urging for the creation of a national regime to indefinitely detain terrorists even after the point of serving their sentence.

Koodankulam: Transfer Of A Failed And Unsafe Reactor Through Video Conference Between Kremlin And Delhi

Koodankulam: Transfer Of A Failed And Unsafe Reactor Through Video Conference Between Kremlin And Delhi

On 5th August 2016, the Russian News Agency TASS reported from Moscow that on 10 August 2016, “the Russian President Vladimir Putin and the Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi will take part via videoconference in the ceremony dedicated to handover of the first power unit of Kudankulam nuclear power plant (KKNPP-1) to the Indian side” and during the conference the “leaders of both nations will hail the fact of plant’s first unit”

Mohammed El Halabi, World Vision's Area Development Programme Manager in Gaza, meets with children displaced by the violence during the brief ceasefire. Photo by Mohammad Awed

Israel and The World Vision Crime Sham

 The crackpot Israeli Hasbara* Circus featuring the four clowns of the truth apocalypse, Shin Bet, the Israel government, Shurat HaDin and the mainstream media fools, has, yet again, hit the world stage with the usual lame show of fact contortions, tight rope slander  and smoke and mirrors fantasies. Taking a leaf from the Bush-Blair weapons of mass destruction hoax, Israel[Read More…]

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Obscured American: Hank The Small Business Financial Advisor

  I had spent four days in Ann Arbor, Dexter and Chelsea. This stay allowed me to experience a whiter and more Norman Rockwell Michigan. On two previous trips, I was confined to mostly black and car wrecked Detroit. Flying out from Detroit Airport, I bought two National coneys and, boy, were they sad. Hotdogs, chili, onion, mustard and buns[Read More…]

Questioning The Urban, Mainstream Perception Of Kashmir

Questioning The Urban, Mainstream Perception Of Kashmir

The Kashmir unrest refuses to show any signs of decline. Innocent Kashmiris are getting caught unawares to the incessant sprinkling of pellets toward them. The hyper patriot news channels look all but certain to mobilize people to attack the numero uno rogue State of South Asia. And in response, the equally genuflecting audience for this baying-for-the-others-blood journalism is gearing up[Read More…]

Quit India Movement And The Hindutva Gang: A Story Of Betrayal

Quit India Movement And The Hindutva Gang: A Story Of Betrayal

This August 8, 2016, we are commemorating the 74th anniversary of the Quit India Movement [QIM]. QIM also known as ‘August Kranti'(August Revolution) was a nation-wide Civil Disobedience Movement for which a call was given on August 7, 1942 by the Bombay session of the All-India Congress Committee. It began on August 8, with Gandhi making a call to Do[Read More…]

FILE - In this Tuesday, Oct. 27, 2015 file photo, relatives and comrades pray as they surround the Hezbollah flag-draped coffins of Shiite fighters who were killed in Syria, during a rally to mark the 13th day of the Shiite mourning period of Muharram, in Nabatiyeh, Lebanon. At tightly guarded facilities in south Lebanon, men as young as 17 undergo intensive training on how to use automatic rifles and heavy machine guns before being shipped off to Syria to fight alongside President Bashar Assad's forces. The training is part of a massive Hezbollah recruitment effort to make up for its human losses in Syria's war, now approaching the death toll incurred by the group during 18 years of fighting Israeli occupation.(AP Photo/Mohammed Zaatari, File)

Team Clinton Focuses On The Demise Of Hezbollah

  Tel Hara, on the Golan Plain, Syria: The likely next American President, Hilary Clinton is fielding an array of foreign policy advisers, a few being sort of table scraps from the Bush administration and others having resigned from Obama’s. They are today preparing white papers on all manner of “adjustments” to what the presumed 45th American President reportedly believes was a[Read More…]

Hiroshima – Nagasaki And U.S. Mythology

Hiroshima – Nagasaki And U.S. Mythology

The U.S. public has been kept in the dark or misled about foreign policy for much of our history. For example, as we commemorate the 71st anniversary of the dropping of atomic bombs on Hiroshima and Nagasaki, let’s re-examine the myth of necessity of those barbaric acts. The myth that just won’t die and is believed by most Americans is[Read More…]

Institutions And Trust In Commons: Dealing With Social Dilemmas

Institutions And Trust In Commons: Dealing With Social Dilemmas

From a game-theoretic point of view, commons represent both a chance and a problem. Game-theory is a mathematical tool that allows us to analyze decision-making in situations with social interdependencies such as sports, where a team has to decide either to play defensively or offensively in a match against another team, or economic situations, where companies have to decide whether[Read More…]

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Amid Zika Scare, FDA Clears Way For GMO Mosquito Trial In Florida

In a move that public health advocates are calling “irresponsible and frightening,” the U.S. Food and Drug Association on Friday cleared the experimental release of genetically modified mosquitoes in Key Haven, Florida. Pivoting off of the recent news that there is an outbreak of the mosquito-borne Zika virus that has infected over a dozen people in Miami’s Wynwood neighborhood, the[Read More…]

Narmada Water Rising In Feet And Meters

Narmada Water Rising In Feet And Meters

Narmada water is rising in feet and meters as the gates of the upstream dams are opened up, thousands of cusecs of water are reaching the most downstream of the dams, Sardar Sarovar, filling the reservoir, partly formed. At Rajghat, when Satyagrahis are sitting in batches, teams from 4 villages from 4 tehsils every day, water level is rising. Samarpit[Read More…]

 Is Globalization Responsible For ANC Decline In South Africa Local Elections

 Is Globalization Responsible For ANC Decline In South Africa Local Elections

African National Congress (ANC) the symbol of South African apartheid movement and widely recognized as the face of African people is all set to lose its control in the South African political landscape. The local municipal elections results have shown that its voting share has declined to 53.83% and the total seats obtained stand at 5,020 (last announcement). This is[Read More…]

Battered Women Syndrome: Applying This Legal Doctrine In The Indian Context

Battered Women Syndrome: Applying This Legal Doctrine In The Indian Context

Over the last decade, a shift in approach towards domestic violence has taken place and several legal reforms have been directed to assist the survivors. The Protection of Women Against Domestic Violence Act is one of such law that has been enacted in the year 2005 to provide civil remedies to the survivors besides criminalizing domestic violence. While these legal[Read More…]

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Resilience Thinking

Resilience: the capacity of a system to absorb disturbance and reorganize while undergoing change, so as to retain essentially the same function, structure, identity and feedbacks. The UK Low Carbon Transition Plan, published by the UK government in 2010, was a bold and powerful statement of intent for a low-carbon economy in the UK (HMG 2009). It stated that by[Read More…]

Farm Hack: A Commons For Agricultural Innovation

Farm Hack: A Commons For Agricultural Innovation

In 2011, a community of farmers, designers, developers, engineers, architects, roboticists and open source thinkers came together in Boston, Massachusetts, to explore a simple yet radical idea – that great improvements in agriculture could be achieved by reducing barriers to knowledge exchange. They were convinced that transforming agricultural technology into a commons would result in a more adaptive, open and[Read More…]

Clean Energy Revolution In Philadelphia: A Photo Essay

Clean Energy Revolution In Philadelphia: A Photo Essay

On Sunday, July 24, a day before the opening of the Democratic National Convention amid turmoil in Philadelphia, the U.S. climate justice movement seized the moment to convene and march in large numbers for a clean energy revolution. Despite sweltering temperatures exceeding 95 degrees (an uncomfortable irony lost on no one), as many as 10,000 people or more demanded a[Read More…]

The Olympic Gold Obsession: An Australian Condition

The Olympic Gold Obsession: An Australian Condition

Obsessions of any sort, notably of a consuming nature, are never healthy matters.  The drive to win gold, laced with a desperation often reflected in steroid consumption and psychological battering, has made the Olympic Games the least of savoury spectacles. Even worse than the physical reduction of the athlete to mechanism and medal winning machine is the complicity towards it[Read More…]

The Biggest Elephant In Our Rooms Stands 5’2” Tall, And Her Name Is Chelsea

The Biggest Elephant In Our Rooms Stands 5’2” Tall, And Her Name Is Chelsea

Presidential candidate Dr. Jill Stein visited Topeka, Kansas on July 2, and I was there. Listening to her make her case that afternoon was like a breath of fresh air this election season. Dr. Stein touched on almost all of the policy issues, both domestic and foreign, that all of us 20-odd people present in that Ramada Inn room cared[Read More…]

After witnessing a catastrophic oil spill in San Francisco Bay in 1971, John Francis got out of his car, took a vow of silence, and walked for the next 22 years. /Photo by Gabriela Urda.

My Walking Pilgrimage

I clearly remember learning to walk. I remember falling and the frustration of trying to stand on my feet unsupported, without the help of parents. Finally, there was the euphoria of one day rising by myself. Like a young bird flying, my hands flapped, and my feet lifted to make the first wobbly steps to the other side of the[Read More…]

‘Swachch Bharat Without ‘Untouchability And Caste Discrimination’

‘Swachch Bharat Without ‘Untouchability And Caste Discrimination’

Prime Minister Narendra Modi is ‘honoring’ a safai karmchari from Hyderabad Municipal Corporation for his ‘commitment’ to the duty. NDTV’s Uma Sudhir reported that the said ‘civic worker’ always come before time and has not taken leave for a single day even during emergencies. He is the leader of his team of safai karmcharis and work day and night to[Read More…]

Changing Homelands: Hindu Politics And The Partition Of India

Changing Homelands: Hindu Politics And The Partition Of India

Joya Chatterjee’s path breaking work, Bengal Divided: Hindu Communalism and Partition, 1932-1947, shows how decisive was the minority Bengali Hindu community’s role in the secondary partition of Bengal in 1947, so is Neeti Nair’s Changing Homelands: Hindu Politics and the Partition of India (Harvard University Press, Cambridge, MA 2011) another seminal study of the minority Punjabi Hindu community’s important role in the partition of the Punjab between India and Pakistan

Why the Modern Nuclear Project Will Persist: At Least Until We Focus Action On Why It Is Persisting

Why the Modern Nuclear Project Will Persist: At Least Until We Focus Action On Why It Is Persisting

In Hiroshima, Japan, seventy-one years ago exactly from the midnight hour that I’m writing this, most people were asleep except for the night owls and diligent lovers.  I’d guess that most especially the middle school students would uniformly be deep in the throes of the land of Nod, since on the morrow—August 6, a school day—they’d all be up bright[Read More…]

Hiroshima And Nuclear Power: The Truth Of The Matter

Hiroshima And Nuclear Power: The Truth Of The Matter

On my grandfather’s sixtieth birthday on July 16th, 1945, the atomic bomb was tested in USA’s Nevada desert, and the world lost its nuclear innocence. Twenty-one days later, on August 6th, the experiment was live-tested on Japanese people when USA dropped a 15-kiloton Uranium-235 fission bomb on Hiroshima. The same day, the experiment was hailed in The New York Times[Read More…]

Rio Olympics Overshadowed By Social Crisis

Rio Olympics Overshadowed By Social Crisis

 The 2016 summer Olympic games will open today, Friday August 5, in Rio de Janeiro at 8:00pm (local time), when the Olympic flame will be lit in Rio de Janeiro’s prestigious Maracanã Stadium. Some 11,500 athletes representing 28 sports and 207 nations, are expected to participate; 306 events have been scheduled. The Rio event is the 29th since the Olympics[Read More…]