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Dispel The Spectre Of War: It Is Doable

Dispel The Spectre Of War: It Is Doable

India’s 29 September cross-LOC strike was conducted professionally, as expected of the apolitical army of the Indian Republic. Pakistan’s predictable response is denial of its ever having happened. It could have been left at that, but government and the opposition (such as it is), encouraged by TRP-hungry TV channels provoking certain publicity-hungry military veterans, have been using the apolitical army’s[Read More…]

Kashmir And ‘Pivoting’ Toward A Nuclear Holocaust

Kashmir And ‘Pivoting’ Toward A Nuclear Holocaust

This past summer witnessed yet another people’s uprising in one of the longest running, and most ruthless, military occupations in modern times: the Indian occupation of Kashmir. The callous indifference to decades-old Indian atrocities against the people of Kashmir, including well-documented incidences of torture, disappearances, ‘encounter killings,’ rapes, and outright massacres, ought to put the international community to shame. This,[Read More…]

John Salibsury/ Photo by Vacy Vlazna

John Salisbury Shaking Australia For Palestine

“In a gentle way, you can shake the world.” ― Mahatma Gandhi While Australia slept, John Salisbury, a true gentleman activist from Melbourne, rose daily to the moral occasion of walking the tough 300 kilometres from the Sydney Opera House to Canberra, the seat of the Australian parliament. There, on 11 October, he presented to Maria Vamakinou MP, head of[Read More…]

Why Energy Prices Are Ultimately Headed Lower; What The IMF Missed

Why Energy Prices Are Ultimately Headed Lower; What The IMF Missed

We have been hearing a great deal about IMF concerns recently, after the release of itsOctober 2016 World Economic Outlook and its Annual Meeting October 7-9. The concerns mentioned include the following: Too much growth in debt, with China particularly mentioned as a problem World economic growth seems to have slowed on a long-term basis Central bank intervention required to produce[Read More…]

US-Backed Saudi Arabia’s War Crimes In Yemen

US-Backed Saudi Arabia’s War Crimes In Yemen

The killing of 140 people by a Saudi airstrike, on October 8, in Yemen has renewed focus on the Saudi atrocities and war crimes in Yemen. More than 6,000 people have been killed since the conflict began in March 2015 – half of them civilians and more than 1,100 of them children, according to the UN. Tellingly, while the mainstream[Read More…]

Normalising The Brutal: Trump, Clinton And Second Presidential Debate

Normalising The Brutal: Trump, Clinton And Second Presidential Debate

There is no getting away from the degradation that is taking place, on colossal scale, in US presidential politics. The sense of two dysfunctional candidates beating each other over the remains of the US republic as it suffers the last paroxysm of what might have been an interesting future are all too evident. Sunday’s second presidential debate featured the depravity,[Read More…]

The “Political Strikes”!

The “Political Strikes”!

(The widely projected “Surgical Strikes”according to many commentators have political objectives within the country rather than military objectives across the border!) Recently Captain Amrinder Singh, the Congress leader from Punjab took a TV team to the border to show that everything was normal and there was no war like situation. A video about the visit has been posted on the[Read More…]

Adivasi And Forest Rights: Grassroots Reality Of FRA Implementation In Jharkhand

Adivasi And Forest Rights: Grassroots Reality Of FRA Implementation In Jharkhand

  Indian Democracy has ample examples of progressive policies not being able to meet people’s aspirations due to systemic inadequacies, implementation shortages and loopholes being misused by economic elite to dilute the process. Scheduled Tribes and other Forest dwellers act (2006) is one such legislation. The act was passed after prolonged people’s struggles for recognition of Adivasi and Forest dwellers[Read More…]

The Despotism Of British Sterling

The Despotism Of British Sterling

While British Prime Minister, Theresa May, keeps insisting that Brexit pathway will be a smooth, relatively painless process filled without dramatic compromise to lifestyle and outlook, the traders, stockbrokers and wolves of the City have gone about their own business.  They, the suggestion goes, knew better, whereas the idiotic Brexiteer ventured to the ballot in total ignorance. Central to the[Read More…]

Ode To Turmeric

Ode To Turmeric

Share the bounty of the Earth!
Make a joyful sound!
A teaspoon’s worth
can give new birth;
let the hills resound–
there’s plenty to go around,
sharing in rebirth.

A Nonviolent Strategy to End the Climate Catastrophe

A Nonviolent Strategy to End the Climate Catastrophe

As the evidence mounts that we are fast approaching the final point-of-no-return beyond which it will be impossible to take sufficient effective action to prevent climate catastrophe – see ‘The World Passes 400 PPM Threshold. Permanently’ http://www.climatecentral.org/news/world-passes-400-ppm-threshold-permanently-20738 – the evidence of ineffective official responses climbs too. See, for example, ‘Climate Con: why a new global deal on aviation emissions is[Read More…]

The Convoluted Discourse: Was The Women’s Boat To Gaza An Existential Threat?  

The Convoluted Discourse: Was The Women’s Boat To Gaza An Existential Threat?  

  The Israeli official narrative regarding its conflict with the Palestinians is deliberately confounded because a muddled up discourse is a convenient one. It allows the narrator to pick and choose half-truths at will, in order to create a falsified version of reality. For instance, this is part of what Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said at the United Nations[Read More…]

The Cant Of The Powerful: Killing People To Save Them

The Cant Of The Powerful: Killing People To Save Them

Friday, October 7 went by quietly unnoticed by major US media. It was the 15th anniversary of the war in Afghanistan — a war with no foreseeable end in sight. The number of troops due to remain in Afghanistan has been raised 50 percent to 8400. Drones based in Pakistan continue to play their deadly role. On the anniversary date,[Read More…]

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Echoes From The Past Expressing Hope For Humanity

A 2012 World Bank report stated that without quick action to curb CO2 emissions, global warming is likely to add 4 degrees Centigrade (39.2 degrees Fahrenheit) during the 21st century which is dangerously close to the temperature that initiated the Permian-Triassic extinction event 252 million years ago when 96% of all marine species and 70% of all terrestrial vertebrates were[Read More…]

From #SaveHinduismFromHalfPants To #HindutvaToHumanism

From #SaveHinduismFromHalfPants To #HindutvaToHumanism

#SaveHinduismFromHalfPants was a campaign Countercurrents.org ran in October 2015 in association with CPI (Mohammad Rafi) . Now that the RSS changed their uniform from half pants to full Khaki trousers, let’s hope that RSS will change their half baked Hindutva ideology to a fulsome understanding of Humanity! #FromHindutvaToHumanism

Banning A Glue That Holds India And Pakistan Together Is Self Defeating

Banning A Glue That Holds India And Pakistan Together Is Self Defeating

  Recently Indian Motion Producers Association (IMPPA) took a decision to ban Pakistani artists and technicians from working in Indian films until normalcy returns. The pretext of the ban is the terrorist attack on an army camp in Uri allegedly carried by JeM, killing 20 army personnel. The attack created poignant enragement and attracted widespread condemnation, which it must. Terrorism[Read More…]

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Lack Of Journalistic Ethics, Now Blinded By Nationalism

  The context of nationalism in India has lately been supercharged- post India’s ‘Surgical Strike inside PoK’ in view of repeated Pakistan-sponsored terror attacks in India – the latest of which, in a significant way, was Uri terror attack. The so-called claims, counterclaims and ‘independent’ global media coverage have made it complex and confusing for the ordinary citizens, considering both[Read More…]

Between The Buddhists And The Yuddhists

Between The Buddhists And The Yuddhists

Time has come to unite against the Yuddhists in India and Pakistan and to generate a strong public message that the sensational mainstream media, the corrupt army officials, and the politicians with their dwindling power mechanism and shrinking images on both sides do not own the share market of our freedom, peace and harmony. Time has come to isolate the Yuddhists on both sides. If the people across the boundaries can not protect their peace, then who else can?

The System Of Rice Intensification And Its International Community Of Practice

The System Of Rice Intensification And Its International Community Of Practice

When the rainy season came early to the highlands of Madagascar in 1983, the rice seedlings in the nursery were still too young for transplanting, and French Jesuit priest Henri de Laulanié had to make a decision: either to wait another two to four weeks to transplant (which would obviously result in a lower yield due to delayed planting) or[Read More…]

The Elephant In The Room Is Capitalism. Maybe.

The Elephant In The Room Is Capitalism. Maybe.

I’d been hoping to pay another visit to the Peasant’s Republic of Wessex, but red tape has been holding me up at the border so it’ll have to wait probably for another couple of weeks. Instead, I thought I’d offer a few top-of-the-head thoughts on Felicity Lawrence’s recent article about agricultural pesticide use in The Guardian – or, more specifically,[Read More…]

Mourners on Monday carry the coffin of Abdul Qader Helal, the mayor of the Yemeni capital San’aa, who was killed in an air strike on a funeral blamed by Houthi rebels on Saudi Arabia. (Photo: Reuters)

Do Western Nations Care About Yemeni Lives or Saudi Blood Money?

How much is the life of a Yemeni worth? Not much, according to the Saudi regime that has been bombing and starving the people of Yemen for since March 2015, or to the Saudi’s western backers, particularly the US and UK, which have been supplying the Saudi regime with weapons, military training, logistical support and diplomatic cover for its dirty[Read More…]

Russia And Turkey Sign Strategic Turkish Stream Gas Pipeline Deal

Russia And Turkey Sign Strategic Turkish Stream Gas Pipeline Deal

  Turkey and Russia Monday (Oct 10) signed the Turkish Stream gas pipeline agreement. The signing of the strategic deal came after a meeting between Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan and Russian President Vladimir Putin who was in Istanbul to attend the 23rd World Energy Congress which gathered 10,000 participants, including four presidents, 250 energy ministers, academia, policy­makers and CEOs of top energy companies. This[Read More…]

Hillary Clinton, The Queen Of Flip-Floppery, On Genocide

Hillary Clinton, The Queen Of Flip-Floppery, On Genocide

                            Few people can honestly dispute that Democratic Presidential nominee Hillary Rodham Clinton (HRC) is the Queen of Flip-Floppery and that her flip-flop record is lengthy: The North American Free Trade Agreement, Trans-Pacific Partnership, Cuban embargo, Keystone oil pipeline, sanctuary cities, same-sex marriage, charter schools, and more. But[Read More…]

Trump and Hillary: The Tragedy Of The Great American Soap Opera

Trump and Hillary: The Tragedy Of The Great American Soap Opera

For many onlookers who reside outside the US, the run-up to that country’s presidential election appears to be some kind of made-for-TV soap opera. Amid evidence of rigging, it seems Bernie Sanders was always destined not to win the Democratic Party nomination. It seemed a sure-fire bet that Clinton would. Hilary Clinton, a war monger who supported the attack on Libya and the[Read More…]

Legacy Of Samar Sen, Founder-Editor, Frontier, Kolkata

Legacy Of Samar Sen, Founder-Editor, Frontier, Kolkata

It was March 1969. Andhra Pradesh State Assembly was in its budget session. T Nagi Reddy was delivering a speech in the Assembly. While announcing his resignation as member of the Assembly and the path he was choosing to carry forward the struggle for emancipation of the people he was making his observations on the condition of the country, policies[Read More…]

Corporate Plunder And Conquest Of The Governed

Corporate Plunder And Conquest Of The Governed

Tasting the bitterness of our own bleeding hearts awakens us to the sins we have committed against ourselves and lets us rediscover our own humanity. Out of this dying empire that stretched out to the four corners of the Earth, paths that once diverged have come together. At the center of this crossroad, a new world is being born. We hear the silent pulse of our heart that has been guarded by Natives -the custodians of our future

Trump’s Misogyny And The Media’s “Righteous-Indignation Dollar”

Trump’s Misogyny And The Media’s “Righteous-Indignation Dollar”

Twenty years ago, the great Bill Hicks had a classic stand-up bit in which he imagined ad executives watching his rant against advertising, and saying to each other: “Oh, I see what Bill is doing! He’s going after the anti-marketing dollar, the righteous-indignation dollar! That’s a good dollar!” Hicks was pointing out the ability of advertising to, in an utterly[Read More…]

Obscured American: B.B. The Bartender

Obscured American: B.B. The Bartender

The flame-like tree and yellow stars from Van Gogh’s Starry Night burn on B.B.’s right shoulder. Blonde, slim and 33, she bartends at Friendly Lounge twice a week. She calls everyone “darling,” as in, “Are you good, darling? You need another one?” When B.B. told me she had lived in the Tenderloin, had drifted much, was fond of Jameson and[Read More…]

The Truth About Christopher Columbus 

The Truth About Christopher Columbus 

Today, Christopher Columbus is celebrated as a mythical hero by some – complete with songs, poems, and fictional tales about his great adventure across the Atlantic to explore the majestic land that would eventually be known as the Americas. There are fifty four communities named after the explorer in the United States, including the District of Columbia. “Hail, Columbia” was the United States’ unofficial national anthem until 1931. A federal holiday, “Columbus Day,” is celebrated every second Monday in October. Despite all of this, historians have begun to tear down the Columbus myth: That he discovered America.

A Unique Ramlila

A Unique Ramlila

We need to remind ourselves that a unique Ramlila, is being staged since 1972, at Bakshi Ka Talab, about 20 km from Lucknow, where lead characters like Rama, Lakshman and Hanuman are played by Muslim youths, a clear departure in a region known for communal flare-ups. This four-day Ram Lila starts on the day of Dusshera day, and has also been adapted into a Radio play, ‘Us Gaon ki Ram Lila’, by Lucknow All India Radio, which won the Communal Harmony Award in 2000

Hazaribgh Police Firing – Jharkhand Government Waged War On Its Own People

Hazaribgh Police Firing – Jharkhand Government Waged War On Its Own People

Days after the Jharkhand police opened fire on farmers protesting land acquisition for coal mines by the National Thermal Power Corporation in Badkagaon, Hazaribagh, on 1st October 2016 resulting in several deaths, the demonstrators are still shocked at what they claim was the excessive use of force by the administration.

Women Protect Common Forest Rights in Rajasthan

Women Protect Common Forest Rights in Rajasthan

Nichlagarh, an adivasi village in the forest region of Southern Rajasthan, is caught between the bureaucratic regime of the Forestry Department (FD) of India and progressive legislation that claims to restore the traditional rights of commoners. While the state has its own ideas about how villagers should manage their forest commons and their lives, the women of this adivasi community have stepped forward as the knowledge keepers, managers of the forests and champions of democratic representation to protect the right to common.

Kite surfing on the IJsselmeer lake, in the Netherlands; a picture that I took a couple of weeks ago. These are not kites for airborne wind energy (AWE) but, for some reason, Holland is the country where the idea of energy kites seems to be most popular; in particular because of the work of the late Wubbo Ockels (1946 – 2014), pioneer of wind energy. The technology is promising, but there is a long way to go before it will become a commercial reality.

An AWEsome Energy Source: Where Do We Stand With Airborne Wind Energy?

I have been following the development of airborne wind energy (AWE) for more than 10 years and I keep following it. This summer, I visited the campus of the Technical University of Delft, in Holland, where I met the people of “Enevate”, the university spinoff dedicated to kite power, a field in which the university of Delft has been active[Read More…]

The Women’s Boat To Gaza Activists Are Free And Undeterred

The Women’s Boat To Gaza Activists Are Free And Undeterred

“If you’re listening to this, then you will know that myself and all the women who sailed on the Women’s Boat to Gaza have been arrested and are in detention in Israel.” These pre-recorded words by Nobel Peace Laureate Mairead Maguire open a 2-minutevideo, released October 5, after Maguire and 12 female companions aboard the small sailing vessel the Olivia-Zaytouna were detained by Israeli[Read More…]

Janus Faced On Banking And Finance: Hillary Clinton’ Economic World View

Janus Faced On Banking And Finance: Hillary Clinton’ Economic World View

“So we have two Hillary Clintons, which says we have a person who is a liar.” Rudy Giuliani, The Guardian, Oct 9, 2016 Again, WikiLeaks made its sniping foray into the US election with ample juicy material prior to the second presidential debate, this time revealing excerpts of paid speeches shedding light on Hillary Clinton’s view on banking, finance and[Read More…]

The 2016 Aleppo Massacre: Are Putin And Assad The Only War Criminals?

The 2016 Aleppo Massacre: Are Putin And Assad The Only War Criminals?

On Friday, October 5th, the U.S. Secretary of State – John Kerry calls for war crimes investigation of Russia’s and Assad governments for the destruction of Syrian city of Aleppo. The western corporative mass media was a very quick, like, for instance, The New York Times, immediately and clearly to accuse the Russian President Vladimir Putin and the Syrian President[Read More…]

US- Saudi Arab Relations Jerked As Saudi Air Strike Kills 140 At Funeral Hall In Yemen

US- Saudi Arab Relations Jerked As Saudi Air Strike Kills 140 At Funeral Hall In Yemen

Finally the humanitarian morality of USA has woken up after the Saudi Arabian air strike on a funeral procession gathering in Yemen took place. The Saudi-led coalition forces targeted a building hosting a Houthi funeral ceremony and killed a total of 140 people. It was worst of the anti human act with no logic and no morality. The loss of[Read More…]

Hillary Laughed ‘I Came He Died’ 

Hillary Laughed ‘I Came He Died’ 

As Sec. of State Clinton oversaw US wars for regime change that continue in Somalia, Afghanistan, Iraq, Libya, Syria and Yemen, and now threatens Russia and China. Her opponent says enough. (US regime change wars from Greece, Korea, Iran, Vietnam, Laos, Guatemala, Congo, Cambodia, Dominican Republic, Lebanon, Cuba, Panama, Ethiopia Somalia, S. Sudan, Grenada, El Salvador, Haiti, Nicaragua, Afghanistan, Iraq,[Read More…]

Seeds Of Occupation: India’s Stockholm Syndrome

Seeds Of Occupation: India’s Stockholm Syndrome

Stockholm syndrome, or capture-bonding, is a psychological phenomenon described in 1973 in which hostages express empathy and sympathy and have positive feelings toward their captors, sometimes to the point of defending and identifying with the captors. Wikipedia In political terms, most people might tend to associate the word ’occupation’ with a (foreign) military presence that controls a region or country. Any such[Read More…]

Homage To RVK Satyanarayana

Homage To RVK Satyanarayana

RVK Satyanarayana, the General Secretary of the OPDR (Organization for the Protection of Democratic Rights, Telangana and Andhra Pradesh States) and a leading functionary of the UCCRI(ML), passed away in the early hours of 8-10-2016 while battling his illness. He was suffering from chronic kidney failure and its various complications for several years. He was under dialysis for the last[Read More…]

Haiti Death Toll Soars

Haiti Death Toll Soars

At least 800 people in Haiti were killed by Hurricane Matthew, according to new figuresreleased Friday as remote regions cut off by the storm were able to resume outside contact. As humanitarian groups struggled to reach the hardest-hit areas, residents took stock of the damage left by the most powerful cyclone to hit the Caribbean nation in decades. Aid workers[Read More…]

The Resilience Of An Indigenous Ethiopian Commons

The Resilience Of An Indigenous Ethiopian Commons

Ethiopia is home to one of the oldest, most effective conservation management systems in sub-Saharan Africa, the Menz-Guassa Community Conservation Area, an 11,100-hectare region that is home to a rich endowment of grasslands, plants and rare animals such as the Ethiopian wolf, gelada and Abyssinian hare. The history of the indigenous land tenure system known as Atsme Irist 1 reveals a[Read More…]

Open Letter To  Australian MPs Re  Israeli Kidnap Of Gaza-bound Australian Woman  In International Waters

Open Letter To  Australian MPs Re  Israeli Kidnap Of Gaza-bound Australian Woman  In International Waters

  In its latest act of piracy,  Apartheid Israel has seized a Gaza-bound ship Zaytouna-Oliva in international waters and kidnapped, robbed and imprisoned 13 humane, anti-racist  women including the Australian captain, Madeleine Habib (from my hometown Hobart, Tasmania),  Northern Ireland Nobel Peace Prize winner Mairead Maguire and New Zealand Greens  MP Marama Davidson. Apartheid Israel has repeatedly kidnapped Australian women[Read More…]

Congress’s Take On The Heroin Epidemic

Congress’s Take On The Heroin Epidemic

A heroin epidemic is on fire all across America. Heroin deaths shot up from 1,779 in 2001 to 10,574 in 2014 as Afghan opium poppy fields metastasized from 7,600 hectares in 2001 (when the War in Afghanistan began) to 224,000 hectares currently. The Taliban outlawed opium in Afghanistan in 2000 and within a year it was all but gone, demonstrating[Read More…]

Saving The Planet, American Style — A Critical Review, And Some Thoughts And Ideas

Saving The Planet, American Style — A Critical Review, And Some Thoughts And Ideas

Planet Earth, our habitat, is in dire straits And our world is suffering from various crises, conflicts and problems. There is hardly any sign that something is seriously being done to solve these problems. Some Americans – not government officials, not corporate big-wigs, but civil society activists – have now come forward to save the earth and, along with it,[Read More…]

Suing Saudi Arabia For 9/11: Another American Obsession

Suing Saudi Arabia For 9/11: Another American Obsession

Americans since the founding of the United States seem to be in a perennial state of narcissist obsession. Narcissism is all about excessive self-love, extreme interest in oneself, arrogance, selfishness, and a grandiose view of one’s own talents, virtues, and righteousness. This collective disorder of self-glorification is not a new phenomenon for Americans. French historian/diplomat Alexis Tocqueville pointed out this[Read More…]

Two Parties, One Machine

Two Parties, One Machine

“Realize that the system can’t exist without belief Appreciate your true potential, un-twist your mouth and speak We’re working on building a world our children can live in Understand I can’t be free while you’re still in this prison And I can spend my days preaching and so on and so forth But it won’t change ’til we don’t wanna[Read More…]

Anarchist Communism: The Most Moral Organization Of Society?

Anarchist Communism: The Most Moral Organization Of Society?

Introduction Prince Peter A. Kropotkin (1842-1921), second only to Mikhail A. Bakunin among the Russian anarchist philosophers in terms of popularity and influence on the anarchist communist thought, authored a momentous scientific work which asserted that cooperation within a single species was a more significant factor of evolution than were the competition and struggle for existence. On the other hand,[Read More…]

Arts, Culture And Politics Of Hatred

Arts, Culture And Politics Of Hatred

The decision of Indian Motion Pictures Association (IMPA) to ban Pakistani artists and technicians from working in India is a reflection of politics preceding art. The implications could go beyond and may widen the Indo-Pakistan cultural contacts. The more widening of the divide between the two, the better it serves the communal agenda of the Hindutva brigade.

The New American Financial Model Has Failed Main Street

The New American Financial Model Has Failed Main Street

“History shows that the United States has benefited politically and economically from wars in Europe. The huge outflow of capital from Europe following the First and Second World Wars, transformed the U.S. into a superpower … Today, faced with economic decline, the US is trying to precipitate another European war to achieve the same objective.”… Sergey Glazyev, Russian politician and[Read More…]

The Day After the Fall Of Aleppo Will International Humanitarian Law Still Be Relevant?

The Day After the Fall Of Aleppo Will International Humanitarian Law Still Be Relevant?

  Aleppo University Faculty of Law, Aleppo, Syria: Contrary to most recent media reports, and frankly to this observer’s surprise, forces defending both rebel controlled East Aleppo as well as government controlled West Aleppo during the unrelenting slaughter of this savage war, do sometimes appear restrained in their attacks. This observer does occasionally sense some concern among belligerents for civilian[Read More…]

15 Years Of War On Terror: US Follies And Sufferings

15 Years Of War On Terror: US Follies And Sufferings

Today completes the fifteen years of US entry in Afghanistan. It was on 7th October 2001 when US had entered the Afghanistan when it declared that US was attacked by the terrorists and war on terror was now to be carried on. US was attacked on 11 September 2001 and this was attack on its existence. ‘At 8:46 on the[Read More…]

IMF Warns Of Record High Global Debt

IMF Warns Of Record High Global Debt

Eight years after the eruption of the global financial crisis, the conditions are being created for another meltdown of even bigger proportions, amid rising geo-political and economic tensions between the major capitalist powers. This is the implication of three reports issued by the International Monetary Fund in preparation for its annual meeting, which begins in Washington today. The World Economic[Read More…]

The real takeaway about the Paris agreement: It's not enough. (Image: Global Justice Now)

4 Reasons The Paris Agreement Won’t Solve Climate Change

Many hail the Paris agreement—set to cross the threshold this week to come into effect—as a panacea for global climate change. Yet tragically, this perspective neglects to take into account the scientific reality of our climate system, which tells a much different story. Our latest research, Young People’s Burden: Requirement of Negative CO2 Emissions, appeared Monday as a “Discussion” paper[Read More…]

The Role Of Memory And Identity In The Obştea Forest Commons Of Romania

The Role Of Memory And Identity In The Obştea Forest Commons Of Romania

In the Vrancea Mountains of Romania, the Eastern Carpathians, people in dozens of villages have used community-based institutions known as obştea to manage forest commons since the sixteenth century.1 The original sense of the word, coming from Slavonic, is “togetherness,” and it underlines the participatory essence of the institution. The traditions of obştea are so deeply rooted among Vrâncean villagers[Read More…]

Toxic Allegiances And Corporate Power: Open Letter To The Oxford Martin Commission

Toxic Allegiances And Corporate Power: Open Letter To The Oxford Martin Commission

The Oxford Martin School is based at Oxford University in the UK. In what seems to be a laudable aim, the school has set up the ‘Oxford Martin Commission for Future Generations’ (OMC), which has brought together 19 international leaders from government, business and civil society to address the growing short-term preoccupations of modern politics and business and identify ways of overcoming[Read More…]

Obscured American: Amanda Zinoman The Film Editor

Obscured American: Amanda Zinoman The Film Editor

  Yes, it is a bit odd to include Amanda in my series of obscured Americans. She is a very successful editor of films that have appeared on television and in theaters. Her credits include Paul Bowles: The Complete Outsider (1994), Carmen Miranda: Bananas is my Business (1994), The Lost Children of Rockdale County (1999), Drinking Apart (2000), The Last[Read More…]

Camouflage squares representing veteran suicides.

Unfinished Portrait

Unfinished Portrait is a project in perpetuity, tracking the footsteps of our post- 9/11, post-Iraq War world.I began work on the project in 2005. And, today, eleven years later, the content and execution of this work has evolved, much like the illegal wars of Iraq and Afghanistan have themselves evolved, you might say.

Israel Intercepts Women’s Boat To Gaza

Israel Intercepts Women’s Boat To Gaza

Israeli forces intercepted a boat carrying women solidarity activists as it was approximately 40 miles from Gaza’s shore on Wednesday. Israel said its navy escorted the vessel ashore and that the takeover was brief and “uneventful.” “The Israeli military said the navy carried out the raid ‘after exhausting all diplomatic channels,’” the Associated Press reported. “It said forces ordered the[Read More…]

The Fallacy Of Economic Growth

The Fallacy Of Economic Growth

We are being told that we need still more economic growth in order to overcome the present multi-layer crises. Actually we have been hearing this for quite some time now. Both right and left, capitalist and socialist governments, offer their theories about how we need more production and consumption, in order for our societies to progress and overcome the present[Read More…]

The Failure Of Land Privitization: On The Need For New Development Policies

The Failure Of Land Privitization: On The Need For New Development Policies

As soon as we start speaking about “globalization,” we inevitably associate it with the excessive financial markets that are disconnected from the real economy. There is less public awareness of another type of globalization that also involves the forced unification of institutions all over the world: the institution of private property and privatization strategies. The driving forces behind this development[Read More…]

The War Hysteria!

The War Hysteria!

The persons creating the War Hysteria should first get educated about the consequences of a present day war especially between the nuclear armed countries!

Struggle Of Kashmiris & Gandhi’s Call To Boycott Schools, Colleges During India’s Freedom Struggle

Struggle Of Kashmiris & Gandhi’s Call To Boycott Schools, Colleges During India’s Freedom Struggle

The political resolution of the crisis warrants discussions with all the stake holders after the Government of India first unilaterally announces a period of ‘truce’ and ‘amnesty’

Mysterious Killing Of Muslim Brotherhood Leaders In Egypt

Mysterious Killing Of Muslim Brotherhood Leaders In Egypt

Two Muslim Brotherhood leaders have been killed in suspicious circumstances by the Egyptian security forces. A ministry statement carried by the official MENA news agency said 61-year-old Dr. Mohammed Kamal, a physician by profession, was killed along with Yasser Shahata Ali Ragab in an exchange of gunfire as police tried to arrest the two late on Monday (Oct 3, 2016)[Read More…]

The Living Dead – The Untold Stories

The Living Dead – The Untold Stories

The clogged channels of my mind were set into action by an innocent status of a friend recently. -“I would’nt shoot the man who made the cage , but the bird that sings happily inside “! The complexities that lay enmeshed within these simple words taking me by surprise ! A coin has two sides …the beauty being they never[Read More…]

Decoding Violent Cow Vigilantism

Decoding Violent Cow Vigilantism

A year has passed since Mohammad Akhlaq, a Muslim ironsmith, was brutally killed in Dadri’s Bishara village by a mob of cow vigilantes in front of his family for allegedly having stored and consumed beef. Notwithstanding the widespread national and international condemnation there seems to be no let up in violence by Cow vigilantes. In the latest incident on September[Read More…]

Where Art Thou To, My Bharat

Where Art Thou To, My Bharat

Much against the propoganda let loose in the media, including social one, my research shows that – since independence, we have had approximately 1050 retaliatory surgical strikes across border/LOC, but had let them remain in anonymity of unpublicized encounters at battalion levels, except the latest one, over killed by a publicity hungry dispensation, no doubt for their own narrow short term political gains.

When Jhelum wept!

When Jhelum wept!

                      From the days of yore I continue to run through the vast chest of a paradise, nestled in the lap of tall and guarding mountains. The wheels of time keep running, albeit without bringing a healing- balm to the bleeding wounds of my countrymen. The long shores that guide my waters have been helplessly watching the cyclones of[Read More…]

The confirmation comes soon after a report from the U.K. Met Office in June warned that the planet was well on its way toward that grim milestone. (Photo: Kevin Gill/flickr/cc)

Point Of No Return: Earth Reaches 400ppm Threshold Permanently

September’s carbon dioxide output failed to drop below 400 parts per million (ppm) despite historically being the year’s low point for CO2 emissions, which means the Earth has very likely passed that symbolic climate threshold forever. The Earth has hit 400ppm before, but seasonal cycles have always reduced carbon dioxide output back below that level. Now, climate scientists say it[Read More…]

Droning Julian Assange: The Clinton Formula

Droning Julian Assange: The Clinton Formula

“We believe in what we are doing… If you are pushed you push back.” Julian Assange The mutterings have become furious, and it is clear that the Democratic contender for the White House has again shown how traditional her ploys towards power are going to be.  Julian Assange and WikiLeaks have again managed to pull the blinds off an episode[Read More…]

America’s Epidemic Of Violence

America’s Epidemic Of Violence

Multiple killings in the U.S. are becoming so common (almost daily in the week past) that they no longer attract top billing in the news.  Moreover,  incidents of road rage leading to murder are also increasing at an alarming rate.  On Friday, the Eisenhower Expressway in President Barack Obama’s adopted hometown of Chicago was closed for two hours in the[Read More…]

How Do We ‘Package’ Peace?  Can We Make It Palatable?

How Do We ‘Package’ Peace?  Can We Make It Palatable?

Peace Plays is a splendid book: a lens with which to contemplate our modern world of foibles, follies, self-and-mass destruction. It’s a book to read, and re-read, and savor. It is whimsical and sobering; grating in a positive way; uplifting and transformative

The New York Times Suddenly Embraces International Law To Condemn Russia

The New York Times Suddenly Embraces International Law To Condemn Russia

As the Syrian Arab Army dug in for a fight against the self-declared Islamic State on September 17, they were struck by an air raid that killed 62 soldiers and injured 100 more. The culprit was a foreign military that has never been attacked by, and has not declared war on, Syria. Two weeks later, that same nation’s military killed[Read More…]

WikiLeaks, 10 Years Of Pushing The Boundaries Of Free Speech

WikiLeaks, 10 Years Of Pushing The Boundaries Of Free Speech

“To me, freedom of speech is something that represents the very dignity of what a human being is… that’s what marks us off from the stones and stars.” These are words spoken by Mario Savio, the spokesperson for the Free Speech Movement in the 60’s. Decades later, the power of free speech has surged onto the global stage and began[Read More…]

Transforming Global Resources Into Commons

Transforming Global Resources Into Commons

The greatest problem of our time is that for centuries we have been steadily weaned away from treating our common resources responsibly and carefully so that they can either regenerate or be repaired or replaced after use. Until the Middle Ages local resources such as pastures, woods and fishing waters were really handled that way. But since the 16th century,[Read More…]

Science And Society

Science And Society

  I would like to announce that an updated and very much enlarged edition of mu book “Science and Society” will very soon be published by World Scientific (in November, 2016). The book can be purchased at a 20% discount at the following address by quoting the code number WSSPPS20. http://www.worldscientific.com/worldscibooks/10.1142/10227 This book has a very interesting history. In 1986,[Read More…]

Two Peoples Bound By Water : An Open Letter To Our Fellow Indians On Indus Water Treaty

Two Peoples Bound By Water : An Open Letter To Our Fellow Indians On Indus Water Treaty

Over the last week or so, there is an increasingly shrill demand coming from the hawkish ‘foreign policy advocates’ and the right wing war mongers that as a “fitting reply” to the tragic killing of 18 of our soldiers in the condemnable Uri attack on Sept.18, India should abrogate the 1960 Indus Water Treaty between the two countries, thereby ‘choking[Read More…]

Enough Of CIA’s “Enough Project” In Africa

Enough Of CIA’s “Enough Project” In Africa

Enough of the CIA’s “Enough Project” in Africa. With Hollywood superstar George Clooney as it’s talking head, EP, as it is known, was founded by senior US Intel “spook” Gayle Smith, former Senior Director of the National Security Council under President Obama and now head of the USAID/CIA. Today EP is headed by Ms. Smith’s protégé John Prendergast whose history[Read More…]

In Latin America, The Empire Strikes Back

In Latin America, The Empire Strikes Back

A decade ago left-wing governments, defying Washington and global corporations, took power in Brazil, Argentina, Paraguay, Venezuela, Uruguay, Bolivia and Ecuador. It seemed as if the tide in Latin America was turning. The interference by Washington and exploitation by international corporations might finally be defeated. Latin American governments, headed by charismatic leaders such as Hugo Chavez in Venezuela, Luiz Inácio[Read More…]

The Palestine Exception To Free Speech In The U. S.

The Palestine Exception To Free Speech In The U. S.

The Palestine human rights movement and its advocates in the U. S. are under a growing pressure because of their criticism of Israel’s oppressive and deadly policy against the People of Palestine.[1] The BDS campaign was the last straw that led to a coalition, which uses all available means to suppress freedom of speech.  Since the  BDS movement gained momentum,[Read More…]

Hillary’s Boast On Iran Sanctions Reveal Her Criminal Mentality

Hillary’s Boast On Iran Sanctions Reveal Her Criminal Mentality

  During the first presidential debate, on Monday evening, September 26, Democratic front runner Hillary Clinton boasted of her support for tough sanctions on Iran: I spent a year and a half putting together a coalition that included Russia and China to impose the toughest sanctions on Iran . . . And we did drive them to the negotiating table[Read More…]

Kamaraj:The Selfless Leader

Kamaraj:The Selfless Leader

Kamaraj was a rarity in Indian politics, and undoubtedly the tallest leader in Tamil Nadu. A school dropout and freedom fighter who went on to become the Congress president despite knowing no Hindi and no English. His genuine concern for the poor was matched only by his scrupulous honesty and integrity.

India – Pakistan Tension Continues To Mount After Terrorists Attack Indian Army Camp

India – Pakistan Tension Continues To Mount After Terrorists Attack Indian Army Camp

Tension between nuclear armed South Asian neighbours India and Pakistan continues to mount after terrorists on Sunday night attacked an army camp in Baramulla in Northern Kashmir killing constable Nitin of 40th battalion of the BSF and the injuring constable Pulwinder of the same battalion. According to news reports the terrorists are likely to have escaped taking advantage of night[Read More…]

The Atmosphere As A Global Commons

The Atmosphere As A Global Commons

We are only gradually beginning to realize that global common-pool resources are assets to humankind that should be managed as commons. Wasting them would be disastrous. We are trustees of these assets and thus, trustees for future generations. We have the duty to invest so as to increase or at least maintain these assets

No To Peace In Colombia?

No To Peace In Colombia?

In the four years that it took to negotiate this peace deal, Colombia has been moving inexorably towards October 2, the day that the people could have their say about the deal that would end the five-decade long war. The polls predicted an easy win for the “yes” side. The government’s negotiators and the guerrillas (FARC) campaigned for a strong[Read More…]

The Curse Of The Honorary Doctorate: The John Howard Case

The Curse Of The Honorary Doctorate: The John Howard Case

The honorary degree system at universities tends to be a rotten business, though Stephen Edward Epler, in his Honorary Degrees: A Survey of Their Use and Abuse (1943), regarded them as “perhaps the most important honorific in the nation.” Left to lauding the achievements of the exceptional, notably those who might not have spent much time in the direct line[Read More…]

Is There A Future For Our Species ?

Is There A Future For Our Species ?

Only with honesty, truth and justice can there be a future for our species, and I don’t see any of it-anywhere

Unreliability, Spinelessness Of The Western ‘Left’

Unreliability, Spinelessness Of The Western ‘Left’

It is tough to fight any real war. And it takes true guts, discipline and determination to win it. For years and decades, the so-called ‘left’ in the West has been moderately critical of North American (and sometimes even of European) imperialism and neo-colonialism. But whenever some individual or country rose up and began openly challenging the Empire, most of[Read More…]

Bayer’s Trojan Horse: Criminal Prosecution Required To Stop GM Food Crops Fraudulently Entering India

Bayer’s Trojan Horse: Criminal Prosecution Required To Stop GM Food Crops Fraudulently Entering India

The decision whether to allow the commercialisation of the first genetically modified (GM) food crop (mustard) in India is close. Serious conflicts of interest, sleight of hand and regulatory delinquency – not to mention outright fraud – could mean the decision coming down in favour of commercialisation. The bottom line is government collusion with transnational agribusiness, which is trying to[Read More…]

Villagers along LoC

The Looming India/Pakistan Crisis – Who To Blame?

The short answer to the above question is, both! Recent bout started with Uri, the Indian border post at the Kashmir front. 18 Indian soldiers were killed by across-the-border assailants. India blames Pakistan and Pakistan denies and says it is the work of the disaffected Kashmiri insurgents. In the ensuing row India is winning diplomatically, Pakistan is rambling madly and[Read More…]

The Dangers And Importance Of Being A ‘Facebook Revolutionary’

The Dangers And Importance Of Being A ‘Facebook Revolutionary’

I wash my face and come back, back to the battle that has been raging— that I have been raging. No, its not a physical battle, but a virtual one against and inside a world where jingoism and bigotry are served up on a platter garnished and intricately designed with nationalism. Its a plate I cannot digest, even though to[Read More…]

Surgical Strikes And After

Surgical Strikes And After

Indian Army conducts surgical strikes. The Government thumps its chest. The media debates that this is the way to respond. The media channels compete debating this issue and try to increase their TRP ratings. Discussions get carried out on how skillfully the surgical strikes were carried out and comparisons made with similar strikes by Israel and United States.The urban middle[Read More…]

Rethinking Gandhi

Rethinking Gandhi

                          October 2,  like all public holidays, is cherished as a token appreciation for the reason behind the holiday. Can we try and make a modest effort to move beyond this ennui of arrogance for understanding Gandhi, the phenomenon? What does Gandhi mean for us in the 21st[Read More…]

A Case For Third Party Mediation On Kashmir

A Case For Third Party Mediation On Kashmir

  Kashmir is in  international news once again. The killing of Burhan Wani followed by fresh  mass uprising has provided a fresh impetus to the issue locally as well as internationally. The Fidayeen attack on Indian brigade headquarters at Uri and the subsequent alleged  Indian surgical strike across LOC has stirred  the hornet’s nest once again. Though the two Countries[Read More…]

Five People Killed In Police Firing On Protesting Villagers Against Coal Power Plant In Jharkhand

Five People Killed In Police Firing On Protesting Villagers Against Coal Power Plant In Jharkhand

Early morning today Jharkhand Police opened fire on protesting villagers against the forcible land acquisition for a thermal power plant being built by NTPC in district Hazaribagh, Chirdudih area. The firing has left five people dead, 12 critically injured and nearly 50 injured. There is a curfew in the area, outsiders can’t go and many missing are yet to be[Read More…]

No Diplomatic Efforts To Diffuse Tension Between India And Pakistan

No Diplomatic Efforts To Diffuse Tension Between India And Pakistan

It was a day of quiet on the India-Pakistan front except for the sporadic gunfire exchanged between the two sides in the Akhnoor sector of the international border in Jammu and Kashmir. On the other hand, it is a worrying sign to see no diplomatic efforts being taken up by both the sides to diffuse the tension. The South Asian[Read More…]

Ideas For Change: Making Meaning Out Of Economic And Institutional Diversity

Ideas For Change: Making Meaning Out Of Economic And Institutional Diversity

The ideas and theories of Elinor Ostrom, one of the world’s leading economic scholars studying the way people in communities cooperate (or don’t), have inspired their own collective action hub. It includes students and scholars of many disciplines as well as people actively involved in managing community water use, organizing fishing industries, delivering urban services, and operating coop­eratives. This “hub”[Read More…]

Indeed, "There is No Planet B." (Photo: theverb.org/cc/flickr)

Forget Paris, Scientists Say ‘Radical Change’ Only Way To Stay Below 2 Degrees

To much fanfare, global leaders have agreed to tackle the climate crisis by ratifying theParis climate agreement, but a group of esteemed scientists is warning that current pledges to reduce emissions are far from sufficient and, in fact, put the world on track to reaching the dangerous 2°C climate threshold by 2050. “The pledges are not going to get even[Read More…]

Apartheid Israel Buries Serial War Criminal, Genocidal Racist And Nuclear Terrorist Shimon Peres

Apartheid Israel Buries Serial War Criminal, Genocidal Racist And Nuclear Terrorist Shimon Peres

Genocidally racist  Zionist, war criminal and nuclear terrorist Shimon Peres (1923-2016) has been buried in Apartheid Israel with leading pro-Zionists, war criminals and nuclear terrorists in attendance.  Known as the Butcher of Qana for green-lighting a 2001 Israeli  atrocity against the UN and civilians in Southern Lebanon, Shimon Peres was a stalwart in the ongoing racist Zionist Palestinian Genocide. Peres’[Read More…]

Elephants in Amboseli National Park, Kenya - Photo Credit, Credit Julian Blanc

We Won’t Have Any African Elephants Left Soon

If you have seen an African elephant on a visit to Kenya, the awe that one feels when you see the majestic beast is all consuming. African elephants are the world’s largest land animals.  According to the WWF site, the biggest can be up to 7.5m long, 3.3m high at the shoulder, and 6 tonnes in weight. There are two[Read More…]

Faculty Reservations In IIMs: Candidates Not Found Suitable?

Faculty Reservations In IIMs: Candidates Not Found Suitable?

The Ministry of Human Resource Development (MoHRD) of the Government of India (GoI) is in a tussle with the boards of the Indian Institutes of Management (IIM) over several proposals in the Indian Institutes of Management Bill, 2015, but the fiercest debate has been over reserving faculty positions. The government insists on a quota system, but the IIMs say the[Read More…]

 “National Education Policy(NEP) 2016”- “Neo-Macaulay + Neo-Manu dharma” 

 “National Education Policy(NEP) 2016”- “Neo-Macaulay + Neo-Manu dharma” 

Education plays a vital role in enlightening the society. However it is also one among powerful tools in the hands of State through which a particular domain of knowledge is transferred to working mass and thus serves the ruling class interest and lay the foundation for seamless exploitation. Modi govt.’s “New education policy-2016(NEP)” is another step towards this. The recent[Read More…]

Careful Now  

Careful Now  

This is the wall of stone faces
This is the plain of lost skulls
How much blood must fallow
Before we’ve had enough?

Trump, Clinton And The Dictator Question

Trump, Clinton And The Dictator Question

Righteousness is rarely endearing, and when concocted in a brew of hypocrisy, it becomes noxious. US political campaigning tends to overflow in it, a mixture of rights, noisily championed liberties and supposed exceptionalism. To that end, Donald Trump is enigmatic. He does, to a large extent fit that bill, only in so far as he assumes making money is a[Read More…]

Economics And Politics Of Heart Surgeries

Economics And Politics Of Heart Surgeries

We need people to understand that better living standards would eliminate most of the valve problems. Let us do the less publicized but humane methods in medical care instead of the media savvy hi-tech but top-heavy procedures, which would reach only the rich.

Seetu Hemla's mother, sukli

A Trail Of Blood And Pain.. Field Notes From Bastar

Sukli Hemla of Palnar village (Bijapur) remembers that as a widowed woman, she had done everything to save her son when he would fall ill during his childhood. But when on July 5th 2016, the security forces tied his hands and dragged him away, while they were together working in the rice fields, she could do nothing to save him.[Read More…]

India-Pakistan Relations Remain Tensed, Evacuation In Border Districts

India-Pakistan Relations Remain Tensed, Evacuation In Border Districts

The India-Pakistan relations remain tensed after India’s surgical strikes across the Line of Control Wednesday night. India admitted that one of its soldiers is in Pakistan’s custody. The army says that 22-year-old soldier Chandu Babulal Chauhan strayed into Pakistani territory “inadvertently” on Thursday and was captured. According to the army Chauhan, a soldier of the Rashtriya Rifles, did not take[Read More…]

The Common Heritage Of Mankind: A Bold Doctrine Kept Within Strict Boundaries

The Common Heritage Of Mankind: A Bold Doctrine Kept Within Strict Boundaries

The “common heritage of mankind” is an ethical concept and a general concept of international law. It establishes that some localities belong to all humanity and that their resources are available for everyone’s use and benefit, taking into account future generations and the needs of developing countries. It is intended to achieve aspects of the sustainable development of common spaces[Read More…]

Indian And Pakistani Citizens Speak Out Against War

Indian And Pakistani Citizens Speak Out Against War

We, the people of India and Pakistan, stand in solidarity with each other to speak out against war in any form because, in war, we are all losers regardless of who might appear to win. We hope that the elected representatives of both countries will exercise restraint, and act with wisdom, in the interests of lasting peace in our region,[Read More…]

Congress Overrides Obama Veto Of Bill Allowing 9/11 Lawsuits

Congress Overrides Obama Veto Of Bill Allowing 9/11 Lawsuits

On Wednesday, the US Congress overturned President Obama’s veto of legislation that would permit victims of the September 11, 2001 attacks and their families to sue Saudi Arabia. Declassified documents released this year confirm the involvement of Saudi intelligence agents in the funding, organization, and planning of the attacks—facts which were covered up for years by the Bush and Obama[Read More…]

Suing Saudi Arabia: Overturning Sovereign Immunity In US Courts

Suing Saudi Arabia: Overturning Sovereign Immunity In US Courts

It was momentous on one fundamental level. Here was the President of the United States, Barack Obama, holding the torch for a wretched ally the politicians on the Hill and others have had reservations over for many years.  Saudi Arabia, ever the thorn and asset of US interests, facing the grief of families who lost members on September 11, 2001. [Read More…]

Shimon Peres From The Perspective Of His Victims

Shimon Peres From The Perspective Of His Victims

The obituaries for Shimon Peres have already appeared, no doubt prepared in advance as the news of his hospitalization reached the media. The verdict on his life is very clear and was already pronounced by US President Barack Obama: Peres was a man who changed the course of human history in his relentless search for peace in the Middle East.[Read More…]

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Shimon Peres – Obituary Of A “Peace Politician”

Shimon Peres – Obituary Of A “Peace Politician”

“De mortuis nil nisi bene” is commonly translated in English with “Speak no ill of the dead”. The headlines of German obituaries on Shimon Peres outbid themselves in adulation. President Obama, however, outbid even the Germans. He praised Peres without irony as “a champion of peace. […] As Americans, we are indebted to him”, he said. He even got metaphysical:[Read More…]

What It’s Like To Be A Muslim Australian

What It’s Like To Be A Muslim Australian

A recent Essential Research poll had found 49 per cent of Australians support a ban on Muslim immigration, including 60 per cent of Liberal-National Coalition voters, 40 per cent of Labor voters and 34 per cent of Greens voters agreed with the proposition that Muslim Australians were not integrating (assimilating) into “Australian culture” and pose a threat to Australia. It is[Read More…]

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A Simple Solution For Kashmir

A Simple Solution For Kashmir

Kashmir is a complicated problem and it is not what I individually believe in but it is what anyone who has seen the ground reality of Kashmir will agree to. As I understand, caught amidst their respective egos, India and Pakistan are absolutely not ready to compromise on Kashmir. It seems to be a political compulsion for both of them[Read More…]

Gandhi And The Message Of Nonviolence

Gandhi And The Message Of Nonviolence

As most of the world ignores or hypocritically celebrates the 147th birthday of Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi on the International Day of Nonviolence on 2 October, some of us will quietly acknowledge his life by continuing to build the world that he envisioned. When asked for his message for the world, Gandhi responded with the now famous line ‘My life is[Read More…]

Surgical Strikes: Nuclear South Asia On Tenterhooks

Surgical Strikes: Nuclear South Asia On Tenterhooks

Responding to nationalist clamouring for retaliatory strike against Pakistan in response to attack on Uri army camp on September 18th, Indian Army conducted surgical strikes across the LoC on Wednesday night, the DGMO said on Thursday in a press briefing. “Significant casualties have been caused in these strikes,” DGMO Lt General Ranbir Singh said adding, “the operation has now ended.”[Read More…]

Green Governance: Ecological Survival, Human Rights And The Commons

Green Governance: Ecological Survival, Human Rights And The Commons

If the human species is going to overcome the many interconnected ecological catastrophes now confronting us, this moment in history requires that we entertain some bold modifications of our legal structures and political culture. We must find the means to introduce new ideas for effective and just environmental protection – locally, nationally, regionally, globally, and points in between

Pictures Left Incomplete: MH17 And The Joint Investigation Team

Pictures Left Incomplete: MH17 And The Joint Investigation Team

The investigation into the downing of Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 over two years ago always had the flavour of pre-emption, caked with assumptions of premature adjudication. Neither side, be it the assembled Joint Investigation Team, nor those on the Russian side, was going to budge on the issue of the material. In the world of the post-factoid, what matters is[Read More…]

As Nations Embrace Paris Agreement, World’s Existing Fossil Fuels Set To Exceed Its Goals

As Nations Embrace Paris Agreement, World’s Existing Fossil Fuels Set To Exceed Its Goals

On September 21, 31 countries, including Brazil and Mexico, ratified the Paris climate agreement at a United Nations event in New York City. They joined the U.S., China, and 27 other nations which had previously committed to the agreement,bringing the total to 60 and surpassing the first of two thresholds, requiring 55 nations to ratify it. In addition, their combined[Read More…]

Agroecology As A Tool For Liberation: Transforming Industrial Agribusiness In El Salvador

Agroecology As A Tool For Liberation: Transforming Industrial Agribusiness In El Salvador

An interview with Miguel Ramirez, National Coordinator of the Organic Agriculture Movement of El Salvador We say that every square meter of land that is worked with agro-ecology is a liberated square meter. We see it as a tool to transform farmers’ social and economic conditions. We see it as a tool of liberation from the unsustainable capitalist agricultural model[Read More…]

Kandi Mossett on a hill overlooking the Oceti Sakowin Camp. (Photo: Sarah Jaffe for BillMoyers.com)

Standing Firm At Standing Rock: Why The Struggle Is Bigger Than One Pipeline

The first sign that not everything is normal as you drive down Highway 1806 toward the Standing Rock reservation in North Dakota is a checkpoint manned by camouflage-clad National Guard troops. The inspection on Sept. 13 was perfunctory; they simply asked if we knew “what was going on down the road” and then waved us through, even though the car[Read More…]

Women’s Boat To Gaza Ready To Break Blockade

Women’s Boat To Gaza Ready To Break Blockade

“If somebody falls overboard, all you see is their head. It’s about the size of a coconut.” With those words, Captain Madeleine Habib ensured the attention of her passengers, all now digesting the image of the vastness of the sea enveloping a human body. Habib, a Tasmanian-Egyptian and an experienced captain with Greenpeace and Doctors Without Borders, was delivering the[Read More…]

Interventional Cardiology

Interventional Cardiology

World Heart Day on 29 September is the World Heart Federation’s (and the world’s!) biggest platform for raising awareness about cardiovascular disease (CVD)   When the editor asked me to write an article on Interventional Cardiology, I attempted that with great trepidation. Being a poor clinical cardiologist, that too of the untouchable variety, (I do not have my DM; in[Read More…]

The U.S. Presidential Debate: A Back And Forth Volleyball Of Lies

The U.S. Presidential Debate: A Back And Forth Volleyball Of Lies

Imagine a volleyball packed with lies being bounced back and forth across a net by one well-practiced in the art of mendacity and the other blissfully unaware of any truth. Then add a referee correcting the lies of one side but not the other, and you have a picture of the debate. The post-debate spin masters on both sides are[Read More…]

<> on September 12, 2015 in London, England. The demonstrators are calling on David Cameron to accept more refugees already in Europe. Earlier in the week he announced the UK would take 20000 Syrians from refugee camps over four years.

Socialist Jeremy Corbyn Re-elected As UK Labour Leader In Massive Defeat Of  Neoliberal Blairites

  The re-election of Jeremy Corbyn as Leader of the British Labour Party with an  overwhelming 62% support of Labour Party members is a victory for decency and sanity over the US lackey, pro-war, pro-nuclear weapons, pro-Apartheid, pro-Zionist and  neoliberal  Blairite pragmatists  led  by about 80% of the UK Labour Party MPs and who are traitors not  just to the[Read More…]

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Resurrecting Pandit Deendayal Upadhyay Who Died A Mysterious Death For Shudhi Of Indian Muslims

Resurrecting Pandit Deendayal Upadhyay Who Died A Mysterious Death For Shudhi Of Indian Muslims

PM Modi a senior seasoned swayamsevak of RSS who describes himself as ‘Hindu nationalist’ misses no opportunity to denigrate minorities of India specially Muslims. The latest was when on September 25, 2016 while addressing a national level BJP conclave at Kozhikode, Kerala he did not forget to share his belief with his captive audience about Muslims being ‘other’ or ‘different[Read More…]

Ms Ndiaye, Special Rapporteur’s Visit Sparks Hope For The Tamils

Ms Ndiaye, Special Rapporteur’s Visit Sparks Hope For The Tamils

The Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights announced that Ms Rita Izsák Ndiaye, UN Special Rapporteur on minority issueson problems faced by minorities in various countries, is to visit Sri Lanka from 10 to 20 October 2016. Her first three years term as the special Rapporteur started on 1st August 2011. She was given another three years on the[Read More…]

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Operation “Cow Down”!

Operation “Cow Down”!

Sometime back it was announced that one full division of the Army is being inducted into South Kashmir. This additional deployment was given the name of “Operation Calm Down”. Keeping in view the objective which was to prevent and control the freedom marches emanating from every village in Kashmir, the operation should have been named as the “Operation Cow Down”[Read More…]

Petition Campaign: Free Khurram Parvez Immediately!

Petition Campaign: Free Khurram Parvez Immediately!

We know Mr Khurram Parvez, through his work with the Jammu and Kashmir Coalition of Civil Society to be a diligent worker for peace and human rights, and we see his incarceration as a gross violation of basic human rights in the country

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Rethinking Kashmiri Leadership

Rethinking Kashmiri Leadership

Kashmir has seen a proliferation of conflict, yet responsible leadership is not yet understood by many of the leaders representing us. Rather, the so called ‘electoral leaders’ are trying to project Kashmir, through their manufactured representative democracy, from a ‘conflict state’ to a ‘post conflict state.’ The rationality given towards this exercise is the relevance of economic prosperity replacing the[Read More…]

PINK: No Pinkwashing Here…The Film Is Sincere And Grounded In Indian Reality

PINK: No Pinkwashing Here…The Film Is Sincere And Grounded In Indian Reality

As a researcher in Film and Gender Studies, I had great expectations of the movie PINK. I must say, the positive audience and critical reception to the film is well deserved, while it also reflects on the perfect timing of its making and release, when public discourses on issues of rape and gendered violence come down heavily on the side[Read More…]

Peer-To-Peer Economy And New Civilization Centered Around The Sustenance Of The Commons

Peer-To-Peer Economy And New Civilization Centered Around The Sustenance Of The Commons

The “peer to peer” and commons-oriented vision for a new type of civilization and economic system starts from an analysis of what is fundamentally wrong with the current economic system. Rather than put forward a utopian ideal, the P2P vision is based on generalizing the already emerging forms of peer production, peer governance, and peer property

In this era of growing polarisation, fear and prejudice, there are many ordinary citizens who stand in solidarity with refugees as they are forced from their homelands, stepping in with volunteering and rescue efforts where governments have failed. (Photo: streets.life)

Standing In Solidarity For A Humanity Without Borders

Following the first ever United Nations Summit on Refugees and Migrants last week, many civil society organisations and concerned citizens are taking stock of our government’s collective response to this unprecedented global crisis. The UN Summit was two years in the making, and gave a rare opportunity for world leaders to step up their commitments to help refugees, as well[Read More…]

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Ban Ki-Moon’s Legacy In Palestine: Failure In Words And Deeds

Ban Ki-Moon’s second term as the Secretary General of the United Nations is ending this December. He was the most ideal man for the job as far as the United States and its allies are concerned. Of course, there will always be other Ban Ki-Moons. In fact, the man himself was a modified version of his predecessor, Kofi Annan. The[Read More…]

The Debates Of Loathing: Trump And Clinton At Hofstra

The Debates Of Loathing: Trump And Clinton At Hofstra

It really doesn’t matter that these two creatures loathed and feared in varying degrees should even be conducting a debate. What, after all, is there to dispute? Both Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump inhabit worlds of the disparately dislikeable, and reaped the bounty of the US with varying degrees of ruthlessness.

Periyar And His Ideas

Periyar And His Ideas

Conversation : S V  Rajadurai, V Geetha &  Vidya Bhushan Rawat on Periyar’s ideology, self respect movement and opportunism of political parties S V Rajadurai is one of the leading intellectuals from Tamil Nadu who has written, in English and Tamil, on a range of issues to do with Marxism and literature; with Tamil politics and modern history, including Periyar[Read More…]

Dennis Ross: Propagandist

Dennis Ross: Propagandist

Dennis Ross was the director of policy planning in the State Department under President George H. W. Bush, was a leading Middle East peace envoy under President Bill Clinton, served as a special advisor to Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton, and served two years as a special assistant to President Barack Obama. As Ross has been deeply involved in[Read More…]

Must They Be Enemies? Russia, Putin And The United States

Must They Be Enemies? Russia, Putin And The United States

  Most Americans know very little about Russia, and what they do know is subverted by many decades of U.S. government anti-Soviet and anti-Russian propaganda. From 1917 to Dec. 26, 1991, when the USSR imploded, Washington depicted the Soviet Union as an immoral aggressor state seeking to destroy capitalism and freedom in the United States and rule the world. Again,[Read More…]

A Meeting

A Meeting

When Jesus and the Buddha met
in a meadow of larkspurs, on a balmy day,
the bees of the valley went mad with love,
the sky and the sun were a glaze.
“Let us sit on the grass,” said Buddha.
And they rested their traveling bones.
One in cambric, the other in saffron,
and the air was the color of amber.

Trump And 9/11

Trump And 9/11

  On 9/11/2001, Donald Trump did a live phone interview with New York’s WWOR. Digging this up 15 years later, Politico and Mother Jones pointed out how Trump bragged about the new status of his 71-story Trump Tower, “40 Wall Street actually was the second-tallest building in downtown Manhattan, and it was actually, before the World Trade Center, was the[Read More…]

Clinton-Trump Debate: A Degrading Spectacle

Clinton-Trump Debate: A Degrading Spectacle

The first debate between Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump was a political and cultural abomination. It demonstrated, in both style and substance, the thoroughgoing decay of American capitalist society over many decades. It says a great deal about the US political system that, out of 330 million people in America, the choice for president has been narrowed down to these[Read More…]

Drought In Somalia: Over 100 Children Die Everyday From Starvation

Drought In Somalia: Over 100 Children Die Everyday From Starvation

The UN just announced that due to drought and famine over 300,000 Somali children are suffering from severe malnutrition. This means that over 100 children are already dying everyday from starvation. Soon the number will reach many hundreds a day, bringing back memories of the most recent Great Horn of Africa drought in 2011-12 when the UN admitted that 250,000,[Read More…]

El Buen Vivir And The Commons

El Buen Vivir And The Commons

Buen Vivir is a proposal aimed at making visible and expressible aspects of reality that are ignored by the dominant paradigm. It is a proposal from a radical and spiritual perspective of ecology, and is logically incompatible with development and industrialization. It speaks of the possibility of living in common, for which the very concept “development” is not only insufficient but mistaken.

Bruce Charles ‘Bill’ Mollison 1928-2016, Co-Founder Of Permaculture

Bruce Charles ‘Bill’ Mollison 1928-2016, Co-Founder Of Permaculture

Bruce Charles ‘Bill’ Mollison (born 1928 in Stanley, Tasmania, Australia and died today, 24 September 2016 in Sisters Beach, Tasmania). A few people are born who are world class heroes to those who know them and unkown to the great majority, until one day their inescapable influence floats to the surface and is generally recognised for the cream it is.[Read More…]

Jeremy Corbyn celebrates his victory following the announcement

Re-electing Jeremy Corbyn: The Triumph Of Momentum

He has proven to be one of the most stubborn of creatures in a political sense. Unlike the dinosaur of political thinking he has been accused of being, British Labour’s Jeremy Corbyn continues to survive the meteorites, and more nuanced weapons, directed at him. The initial strategy from Labour MPs was to oust their leader in July on procedural grounds. [Read More…]

The Lesser-Known Pashtun Insurgency In Pakistan

The Lesser-Known Pashtun Insurgency In Pakistan

Is it not ironic that two very similar insurgencies have simultaneously been going on in Pakistan for the last several years: the Baloch insurgency in the Balochistan province and the insurgency of the Pashtun tribesmen in the tribal areas of Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa province bordering the United States-occupied Afghanistan. The Pakistani neoliberals fully sympathize with the oppressed Baloch nationalists but when it[Read More…]

Dear Humans, How Long Will You Live?

Dear Humans, How Long Will You Live?

The truth is we don’t know. We pretend that we can continue to dodge the mass terrors like the one a generation ago, where we eluded a nuclear annihilation. It is now more often that we find asking ourselves, that for how long the Earth will last, when we have poisoned the water and soils and trampled thousands of creatures[Read More…]

Pink or Blue. Don’t Be Clones Of Each Other. Create Your Own Hue!

Pink or Blue. Don’t Be Clones Of Each Other. Create Your Own Hue!

I stumbled across so many posts on social media about the new bollywood movie, PINK. Watching a few clips of the movie, compelled me to write something that has been in my sub conscious mind for a long time now. Movies can create a social impact. I recall one such instance; a friend of mine refused to pay a kickback[Read More…]

Kaepernick Forces Americans To Choose Sides

Kaepernick Forces Americans To Choose Sides

When Colin Kaepernick of the San Francisco 49ers chose to remain seated during the national anthem on August 26 prior to the start of the team’s game against the Green Bay Packers, as the rest of the stadium stood, he was not the only one engaging in a political act. But Kaepernick was likely the only one doing so consciously.[Read More…]

Salt And Trade At The Pink Lake: Community Subsistence In Senegal

Salt And Trade At The Pink Lake: Community Subsistence In Senegal

In this essay, we look at the case of the “salt collectors” of the PinkLake, also called Lake Retba or Lac Rose, in the rural area of Dakar, Senegal, and the develop­ment of communities’ sustenance

Punishing The Punished: Chelsea Manning’s Fate

Punishing The Punished: Chelsea Manning’s Fate

“Essentially she is now being tortured as punishment for an act of desperation.” Nancy Hollander, lawyer for Chelsea Manning, Sep 24, 2016 It was not sufficient for US military authorities to sentence whistleblower Chelsea Manning to the onerous, disproportionate sentence of 35 years imprisonment for conniving with WikiLeaks in releasing classified material. (People have gotten less for gruesome, remorseless murders.) [Read More…]

The Dakota Access Pipleline: A David & Goliath, Good Vs Evil Story

The Dakota Access Pipleline: A David & Goliath, Good Vs Evil Story

  As the eve of the 2016 US presidential election draws nearer, and the world inches that much closer to the edge of their seats, wondering who the winner will be to lay claim to the world’s most powerful seat for committing acts of good or evil, there is yet another David & Goliath story unfolding. It’s yet one more[Read More…]

The Next US President Can Save The Earth From Catastrophic Global Warming, But May Have Only 2017 To Do It

The Next US President Can Save The Earth From Catastrophic Global Warming, But May Have Only 2017 To Do It

Time is about to run out on holding global warming to two degrees. The next President needs to be prepared to act promptly and decisively to assure that the world changes direction.  The world’s seeming inability to make progress on climate change appears to be more a refusal to jeopardize growth of the GDP, even though economic growth (a) has arguably[Read More…]

Highlights Of A New Seminal Paper On Indian Forest Management Reform

Highlights Of A New Seminal Paper On Indian Forest Management Reform

The new paper ‘A Framework for Reforming India’s Forest Biodiversity Management Regime’ by Dr S. Faizi and Dr M. Ravichandran published in the UN journal Natural Resources Forum in its August 2016 issue provides a rare insight into India’s forest management and outlines a trajectory for reforming the forest management departing from the colonial approach and taking on board the[Read More…]

21st-Century Detroit-Style Power  And Struggle: The Detroit Literacy Case

21st-Century Detroit-Style Power  And Struggle: The Detroit Literacy Case

  “Some conflicts do not yield to compromise and can be resolved only through struggle.”  – Gene Sharp, “Power and Struggle” The strangely twisted presidential election campaign of 2016 coincides, in Detroit, with the gradually spreading realization that this utterly broken system will continue to fail at delivering broadly shared, equitable “recovery”.  The historic emergency-managed bankruptcy in 2013-14, courtesy of[Read More…]

Sinister Design Behind Parvez Khurram’s Arrest

Sinister Design Behind Parvez Khurram’s Arrest

Parvez Khurram, the noted human rights defender has finally been booked under Public safety Act (PSA) and sent to Kotbalwal  jail 300 Kms away from his native place in an alien weather, hostile environment  and intimidating conditions. Many Kashmiri detunes lodged earlier in this jail  have complained of highly communalized atmosphere prevailing there. It is the same jail where few[Read More…]

Obama Vetoes 9/11-Saudi Legislation Setting Up Potential Override

Obama Vetoes 9/11-Saudi Legislation Setting Up Potential Override

US President Barack H. Obama has vetoed on Friday a bill which was passed by both houses of the US Congress allowing the victims to sue a foreign states; which could include Saudi Arabia. Barack Obama is of the view that it will jeopardize their relations with Saudi Arabia which are based on historical affinity. During the Second World War[Read More…]

The 2016 US Presidential Election Will Not Take Place

The 2016 US Presidential Election Will Not Take Place

From the beginning, we knew that this election would never happen. An election of representatives for any office involves the belief that they will represent the electorate. In the past, this system has been imperfect and undemocratic, but developing tools of mass persuasion have taken voting societies further and further away from democracy. In 2016 USA things have reached the[Read More…]

Questioning The Patriarchal Attitudes: A Review Of The Film Pink 

Questioning The Patriarchal Attitudes: A Review Of The Film Pink 

  Instances of rape are quite common in India. According to National Crimes Record Bureau (NCRB), about 93 rapes take place in India every day. Two different perspectives emerge in relation to cause of rapes. There is a prevalent patriarchal view with a base in feudal mindset, which blames the victim.  It argues that rapes do happen due to lack[Read More…]

The Deep State’s Candidate?

The Deep State’s Candidate?

  First of, what is meant by “deep state”? According to ex-CIA Philip Giraldi, “Every country has a deep state of some kind even if it goes by another name. ‘The Establishment’ or ‘old boys’ network’ was widely recognized in twentieth century Britain. ‘Establishment’ has often also been used in the United States, describing a community of shared values and[Read More…]

 A System Of Food Production For Human Need, Not Corporate Greed

 A System Of Food Production For Human Need, Not Corporate Greed

There has been an adverse trend in the food and agriculture sector in recent times with the control of seeds and chemical inputs being consolidated through various proposed mergers. If these mergers go through, it would mean that three companies would dominate the commercial agricultural seeds and chemicals sector. Over the past couple of decades, there has already been a restriction of choice with[Read More…]

Satya Sodhak Trinity Of Mahatma Jothirao Phule

Satya Sodhak Trinity Of Mahatma Jothirao Phule

We pay our tributes to Mahatma Jothirao Phule, the founder of Satya Sodhak Samaj, on this 143rd year of its foundation, namely September 24, 1873. Mahatma Jothirao Phule, and his wife Krantijyoti Savitribai Phule, declared war on brahmanic-casteist culture and religion. This Maharashtrian couple presented the first major anti-caste ideology and led a mass activism against the ascriptive norms and[Read More…]

Paris Goals Likely To Fail If Fossil Fuel Production Is Not Controlled

Paris Goals Likely To Fail If Fossil Fuel Production Is Not Controlled

Washington based think tank and advocacy group Oil Change International in association with 14 other climate change groups have come out with a very relevant report which assesses the fossil fuel production and its likely impact on the climate change which has received global attention in the recent time in Paris climate meet where new goals for global warming were[Read More…]

Palestinian families marching and remembering their loved ones murdered 34 years ago at Shatila camp, Beirut.  Photo: Franklin Lamb

34 Years After The Sabra-Shatila Massacre

  Shatila Palestinian Refugee camp, Beirut: The intense summer heat was gone and the evening was breezy and cool that fateful Thursday evening, September 15, 1982, according to survivors of the Sabra-Shatila Massacre who, 34 years later, still remember and recount many details of the slaughter that was soon to follow. It was following the 9/14/1982 assassination of President-elect BachirGemayel, leader[Read More…]

Mendacious War Criminal Obama’s Final Speech To The UN General Assembly

Mendacious War Criminal Obama’s Final Speech To The UN General Assembly

America’s mendacious, serial invader,  war criminal, climate criminal and human rights-violating  President Barack Obama made his last speech to the UN General Assembly on 20 September 2016, a speech characterized by massive lying by omission that is far , far worse than lying by commission because the latter can at least be  refuted and subject to public debate. As revealed[Read More…]

Global greenhouse gas emissions are not likely to slow down quickly enough to avoid passing the 1.5°C target, scientists said. (Photo: Jamie McCaffrey/flickr/cc)

Earth Could Reach Critical Climate Threshold In Decade, Scientists Warn

The planet could pass the critical 1.5°C global temperature threshold in a decade—and is already two-thirds of the way to hit that warming limit, climate scientists warned on Thursday. Speaking at a University of Oxford conference this week, led by leading U.K. climate researcher Richard Betts, scientists said global greenhouse gas emissions are not likely to slow down quickly enough[Read More…]

Sunrise on the Cannonball River and the Oceti Sakowin camp, Standing Rock Sioux Reservation. Photo by Thane Maxwell.

How You Can Support Standing Rock

I am a settler on this land but have spent the past couple of years supporting indigenous battles against new oil pipelines. These are the front lines of the struggle to end the desecration of Mother Earth, the catastrophes of climate change, and the ongoing genocidal occupation of Indigenous lands that makes that all possible. Across the continent, Big Oil[Read More…]

Chasing away pipeline security trucks. Photo by Dell Hambleton.

Why Standing Rock Needs To Be A Two-Front War—Against Big Oil And Big Banks

Most Americans live far from the path of the Dakota Access pipeline—they won’t be able to visit the encampments on the Standing Rock Sioux reservation where representatives of more than 200 tribes have come together in the most dramatic show of force of this environmental moment. They won’t be able to participate in the daily nonviolent battle along the Missouri[Read More…]

LaDonna Brave Bull Allard, founder of the Sacred Stone Camp at Standing Rock. Photo by Sara Lafleur-Vetter.

A Subzero Winter Is Coming To Standing Rock—Here’s Their Plan

On a Saturday in mid-September, LaDonna Brave Bull Allard ambles through the Sacred Stone Camp, which she founded on her family’s land this spring to stop the construction of the Dakota Access pipeline. The camp started small, but as media attention—and support—grew over the summer, it swelled by the end of August beyond its physical capacity into overflow camps. The[Read More…]

As We Sow So Shall We Reap

As We Sow So Shall We Reap

The United States has been at war for 15 years — wars intensified by a Nobel Peace Laureate. The cost is now estimated by reliable sources in the trillions and worldwide casualties in the millions. Post-traumatic stress disorder has reached epidemic proportions: an average of 22 US veterans are committing suicide … each day. So inured to violence, the police[Read More…]

Building On The UN Summit To Address Large Movements Of Refugees And Migrants

Building On The UN Summit To Address Large Movements Of Refugees And Migrants

On 19 September 2016, the UN General Assembly held a one-day Summit on « Addressing Large Movements o Refugees and Migrants » – a complex of issues which have become important and emotional issues in many countries. Restrictive migration policies deny many migrants the possibility of acquiring a regular migrant status, and as a result, the migrants end up being[Read More…]

Dear PM, The Solution To Kashmir Lies In Peace And Not War

Dear PM, The Solution To Kashmir Lies In Peace And Not War

My Dear Prime Minister, I am constrained to write to you, because of the recent developments in Jammu and Kashmir, the attack on our air station in Pathankot , and now in Uri, where we have lost precious lives not to mention the many injured. The lack of response by India to the latest attack, has clearly been due in[Read More…]

Bring Peace To The Sub-Continent Through Dialogue

Bring Peace To The Sub-Continent Through Dialogue

Pakistan- India Peoples’ Forum for Peace and Democracy (PIPFPD) PIPFPD expresses its concern over the growing tensions between India and Pakistan following militants’ attack on strategically important army base in Uri, Jammu & Kashmir. The leadership of both the countries needs to urgently act towards defusing the tense scenario rather than fuelling it. We appeal to the saner voices of[Read More…]

India’s National Security: Will It Remain A Chimera?

India’s National Security: Will It Remain A Chimera?

  Following the 18 September attack on the army’s Uri camp, government is reportedly contemplating strong diplomatic-military initiatives to counter Pakistan’s growing audacity. But strangely, the Home Minister and the National Security Advisor (NSA) appear to be taking all the initiatives, ordering the NIA to investigate the attack, and leaving a rather subdued Defence Minister, while the External Affairs Minister[Read More…]

The posters released by the Italian government for Fertility Day. Photo via Facebook

Controlling Bodies: Italy’s Fertility Campaign

Demography is destiny, and the destiny of aging Europeans is long run death.  How the demographic strategists have dealt with this varies, but the tendency in various countries is either to accept refugees en masse (the now questioned Merkel solution for Germany), or encourage home breeding through various initiatives. The latter point became an issue in Italy when the population[Read More…]

The Momentum Of Peace: Reflections Of The Peace Summit

The Momentum Of Peace: Reflections Of The Peace Summit

  Light from the sun was emerging from the horizon which could awaken the city. The routine of those who stepped into the city has just started. The busy city will give you the taste of the well-planned development.  One WhatsApp message could awaken you by alarming the packed schedule of the day. It is indeed an interesting moment of[Read More…]

Community Based Forest And Livelihood Management In Nepal

Community Based Forest And Livelihood Management In Nepal

The reintroduction of a multiparty system in Nepal in 1990 after the peaceful revolution against the autocratic Monarchial Panchayat regime1 provided political space for communities to get organized and manage common pool resources, including water and forest. The state established new policies and funding mechanisms to support the evolution of new types of grassroots-based, self-governing institutions. The energies released from this[Read More…]

Corporate Takeover Of Climate Change Negotiations: Drawing Inspiration From The Tobacco Industry Precedent

Corporate Takeover Of Climate Change Negotiations: Drawing Inspiration From The Tobacco Industry Precedent

One of the major treaties to combat climate change is the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC). It is a binding multilateral agreement that entered into force in 1994 with the objective of “. . . stabilization of greenhouse gas concentrations in the atmosphere at a level that would prevent dangerous anthropogenic interference with the climate system.” Its[Read More…]

‘Gandhi Was Perfectly Sensible To Call Industrial Civilisation “A Nine Days Wonder”’

‘Gandhi Was Perfectly Sensible To Call Industrial Civilisation “A Nine Days Wonder”’

Ecological economist, Gandhian thinker and author Mark Lindley has some stark warnings for the future of hi-tech societies, and a few ‘prescriptions’ for India and for economists, who he says vastly underestimate the gravity of the looming environmental crises. Ecologise and Graama Seva Sangha recently organised a lecture series by Lindley in Bangalore.

Winter Is Coming – Standing Rock Digs In For The Long Haul

Winter Is Coming – Standing Rock Digs In For The Long Haul

There are still seasons in Standing Rock – for now. The contrast with Southern California, where I live, couldn’t be starker. The grass is green and lush, the air is fresh, the smell of rain never too far away, and the river winds through the meadows and between the hills full and with great purpose. The nights are growing cold[Read More…]

Yazidi Camp Sharya In Duhok Iraq / Kurdistan Doing Well, But Needs Improvement

Yazidi Camp Sharya In Duhok Iraq / Kurdistan Doing Well, But Needs Improvement

The Yazidi people are an ethno-religious group resulting from a mixture of Christianity, Islam, and Zoroastrianism. They are monotheistic, worshipping one God and a prophet named Sheikh Adi Ibn Musafir Al-Umawi. Their holy text includes Jesus, Mary, Adam and Eve, Moses, Mohammed, and other prophets shared in monotheism. The Yazidis have resided in Northern Iraq/Kurdistan since Mesopotamian times, along with[Read More…]

Charlotte Under Emergency After Police Shot Dead Another Black Man

Charlotte Under Emergency After Police Shot Dead Another Black Man

In  Charlotte, North Carolina emergency has been imposed due to the violence spreading in the city after the strong reaction of the local people when a black man Keith Lamont Scott was killed by the local police on the suspicion that he was armed with fire arms and was not ready to disarm even after the callings by the police.[Read More…]

USAID or US CIA?

USAID or US CIA?

The US Agency for International Development (USAID) was created by Pax Americana to provide a cover for CIA agents under the pretext of helping the 3rd World. US Imperialism has to do some good or its potential targets would not open their doors to intelligence agents posing as do gooders, so USAID was created. Today the USAID is headed by[Read More…]

Photo Essay: Beyond Afghan And Human Ethnicities

Photo Essay: Beyond Afghan And Human Ethnicities

Watch Shy Bismillah Finds Friends from 34 Afghan Provinces   From top left clockwise: Pashtun – Barath, Tajik – Malik, Uzbek – Habib, Hazara – Nemat, Afghans – All, Human Family Members – All “1948?” Habib remarked at how long it had taken for the human family to agree in writing that “all human beings ( including himself, Barath, Malik,[Read More…]

Photo by George M. Groutas

Why The Food Movement Is Unstoppable

In 1381, for the first and only time, the dreaded Tower of London was captured from the King of England. The forces that seized it did not belong to a foreign power; nor were they rebellious workers – they were peasants who went on to behead the Lord Chancellor and the Archbishop of Canterbury who were, after the king, the[Read More…]

Frybread making with Osh Johnson from Black Mesa, Navajo Nation. Photo by Desiree Kane.

At Standing Rock, A Sense Of Purpose: “This Is How We Should Be Living”

Drive from Bismarck, North Dakota, to the Standing Rock encampment, and the sign that something unusual is happening is abrupt: a checkpoint staffed by the National Guard. Continue south, past rolling grasslands with an occasional farmhouse, until there is nothing but open space. Catch a glimpse of the Missouri River meandering back and forth, and a flock of white pelicans[Read More…]

Bartering On Refugees: The Costa Rica Solution

Bartering On Refugees: The Costa Rica Solution

“We will also participate in a US-led program to re-settle Central American refugees currently in a resettlement centre in Costa Rica.” Malcolm Turnbull, Australian PM, Sep 21, 2016 It used to be claimed that you could not let the former Prime Minister, Tony Abbott, go anywhere with any degree of freedom. The mouth would open, the madness would come out.  His[Read More…]

Kashmir’s Political Vultures!

Kashmir’s Political Vultures!

  The so called“leaders” of Kashmir have always behaved like vultures waiting one upon the other to feed on the dead bodies of the innocent Kashmiris! A general observation made by most of the Kashmir watchers is that there has so far been no sincere and upright leader who could lead the people to salvation. Since 1586 the country of[Read More…]

Goodbye To The World Of The Single Superpower

Goodbye To The World Of The Single Superpower

  China and Russia conducted joint naval exercises in the South China Sea last week. Five Russian and ten Chinese ships participated in eight days of drills covering joint air defense, anti-submarine operations, landing, island-seizing, search and rescue operations, and weapons use. In the single largest naval exercise undertaken by the two, the Russian fleet comprised an Udaloy class anti-submarine[Read More…]

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The Role Of Media In The Uri Attack – A Latent Variable

A Facebook debate with a friend after I had shared a post has thrown a myriad aspects of the topic. This aroused curiosity in my mind which culminated in this write up. Itcomes at the backdrop of the terrorist attack in Uri, a town in the Baramullah district of Jammu and Kashmiron September 18, where 18 Indian soldiers lost their[Read More…]

How Black Athletes Could Create A Watershed in Activist History

How Black Athletes Could Create A Watershed in Activist History

Chip Ward has made the clear case for our needing to collectively address Climate Change issues with Native Americans in mind, and it’s undeniable that any inroads which black activists carve out respecting identity issues won’t amount to nearly enough if — simultaneously — certain environmental matters aren’t faced up to post haste. By us all, colors all across the spectrum

Delhi Workers In The Grip Of Fever And The Deplorable Condition Of Healthcare System

Delhi Workers In The Grip Of Fever And The Deplorable Condition Of Healthcare System

A report and list of demands by Mehnatkash Mahila Sangathan, Delhi Since the past one month, entire Delhi is in the grip of fever. Diseases like Dengue used to break out every monsoon, but this year, Chikungunya and Malaria have been added to the list. While no section of the city is left untouched, the worst affected are the poor[Read More…]

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In this photo provided by the Library of Congress, President Abraham Lincoln, seated and holding his spectacles and a pencil on Feb. 5, 1865. (AP Photo/Library of Congress/Alexander Gardner)

An “Incomplete American Presidency”  

Some around the world were saying that the situation had deteriorated to the point where the US was turning into a “rogue state.” Pronouncements by populist Donald Trump casting American inner cities as “war zones” seemed to reconfirm this. Many in America were leaning toward that same conclusion. Internationally the country had become politically gridlocked in a toxic Democrat-Republican civil[Read More…]

Disturbing Developments In Assam

Disturbing Developments In Assam

After the BJP came to power in Assam in May 2016, the state government has unleashed a reign of terror to execute its fascistic agendas. Within 2 months into power, the government opened fire and killed a 25 year old man Mintu Deuri, during a protest organized in Raha against the transfer of the site for a proposed AIIMS in[Read More…]

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The Washington Post And Edward Snowden

The Washington Post And Edward Snowden

The tensions between those engaged in the dangerous and compromising pursuit of whistleblowing, and those who use the fruit of such efforts has been all too coarsely revealed in the Washington Post stance on Edward Snowden.[1] Oliver Stone’s Snowden has done a good deal of stirring on its release, suggesting that the pardon powers of the Presidential office should be[Read More…]

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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…]

Asymmetric Peace, 33 x 27 inches, 2016. Old fashioned cross-stitch embroidery includes color-coordinated web links.

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…]

India Kashmir Protest

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…]

Smriti Nagpal

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…]

Kerala chief minister Pinarayi Vijayan greets Adani Ports CEO Karan Adani in Thiruvananthapuram

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…]

The Raoul Wallenberg stamp, released by Canada Post on Thursday January 17, 2013, is shown. Wallenberg is credited with saving at least 20,000 Jews in Budapest during the Second World War by giving them Swedish travel documents, or moving them to safe houses. THE CANADIAN PRESS/HO

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…]