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It’s over a year since I wrote a note of this sort. So many things happened in this period, some good, some very bad. Global warming is alarmingly tottering on the very dangerous mark. The past year so record breaking monthly heat records, disastrous floods, droughts and storms. 400 ppm is the new normal now. The resource wars have broken the Middle East and the Maghreb region. Europe has become as one of my European friends put it “Fortress Europe”. Xenophobia is rising in Europe and we saw Brexit. How long will EU stay? Only time will tell. Oil prices hit record lows. If I dare to make a prediction, the world is on the brink of another economic crisis, worse than that of 2008. We saw the rise of Tump & Hillary in USA. US citizens are in the worst predicament of the country’s history, which Evil to choose? We saw rise of terrorist attacks in Bangladesh, Pakistan, Afghanistan and the list goes on…. Communalist forces are on a rampage in India. Kashmir is going through one of the worst times in their modern history.
We also saw some positive signals from around the world, especially from India. The Dalits of India have risen up. The student community is rising as one to resist communal forces. Sadly we didn’t see any positive signals on the climate front, the most urgent threat facing humanity. But people around the world are devising alternatives from grass root level to fight the impending calamity. It’s bottom up movement when the top down action totally failed us. Where do we go from here? We have to defeat the forces of death and nurture the movements of regeneration. That’s exactly what Countercurrents.org has been doing for the past one year.
At a personal level it was also a disastrous year for me. I lost my day time job, because the powers that be did not want me to run Countercurrents. They wanted me to join the currents and flow with it. I refused and quit the job. With it went a steady income that sustained me and CC. Countercurrents doesn’t accept advertisements to make an income, you know, it is selling out journalism which the mainstream media do very well and we are facing the consequences. Neither do we get any government or NGO grants. CC’s only source of income is whatever little, you, our readers give. As you may know, we didn’t make our fund raising target last year. We made only a quarter of it. I was supplementing my small lump sum retirement money my employers gave me to run Countercurrents. It’s fast depleting. That’s worrisome. On top of that Countercurrents.org also went through a major re-design, which according to the feedbacks has gone down well with the readers. It also cost extra money.
I’ve no choice other than to come to you, my readers to sustain Countercurrents.org. I know you’ve been loyal to me and CC for the last 14 years. I know you will step in this moment of crisis too for CC.
When I sit in this lonely editor’s chair and hear the cries of desperation from the interiors of India, from Kashmir, Palestine, Iraq, Syria, Libya, South America and Africa and the drowning refugees in the Mediterranean sea, I feel like a man lost in the high seas desperately looking for the shores. The lesson I learnt in the past year is this we can achieve very little at an individual level but as a community we can reach the shores of a regenerative world where we will see “Equality, Liberty, Fraternity” prevail, where “Peace, Justice and Harmony” bloom!
Titanic Moment In History
This is a Titanic moment in history! We as species are going through the greatest challenge in the history of humanity with climate change, resource depletion, mindless resource wars, threat of a nuclear winter, ethnic and communal strifes, environmental degradation to name a few of the threats we are facing. The saddest part is that we are going to bring the whole edifice down and about to destroy all life forms on earth. This is the reality. But the question is, are WE aware about this reality? Countercurrents readers may be aware of this and working hard to challenge this existential threat. What about the wider world, those 7 Billion others who are walking towards perdition, led by the pied pipers of Mainstream Media?
The myth of endless growth, and the all pervasive culture of greed has driven us to this predicament. With fast depleting resources stalling the engine of growth, the hound dogs of capitalism has gone mad. They are forcing ever more wars upon us, starving the poor, destroying lives, occupying the land and the homes, they are curbing our freedom with the threat of a bogeyman called ‘war on terror’, snooping into our privacy, driving us literally from our homes and our work places, controlling and manipulating our lives with a pimp called Mainstream Media. Where do we go from here? We have only two ways left, 1. to go down without a trace 2. to fight and try to reverse this trend, so that our children will not say we didn’t try. We chose the second path. That’s why Countercurrents is here, and it will be here, no matter what the challenges are.
If you listen you’ll hear the voices of rebellion and resistance from the Dalits and student community of India, from the Chiapas mountain ranges of Mexico, of Zapatista resistance movement, of transition movement from Totness, UK and the stories of compassion from the streets of Kabul, Baghdad and Gaza. These stories need to be TOLD and RETOLD to inspire people to rise up as a whole to demand justice, not just for humanity and our future generation but for all species on this earth and their progenies. How do we do this?
As Noam Chomsky brilliantly puts it, “The general population doesn’t know what’s happening and it doesn’t even know that it doesn’t know”. We, the 99 percenters, don’t own NewYork Times, or CNN. Our only hope is to build and nurture independent media outlets like Countercurrents to tell these stories and do our part to help these stories reach a wider audience.
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