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World’s Richest One Percent Capture Twice As Much Income Growth As The Bottom Half

World’s Richest One Percent Capture Twice As Much Income Growth As The Bottom Half

The inaugural World Inequality Report published on Thursday by economists Thomas Piketty, Emmanuel Saez, Gabriel Zucman, Facundo Alvaredo and Lucas Chancel documents the rise in global income and wealth inequality since 1980. The report covers up to 2016, leaving out the last year, in which the stock market has soared on the expectation that the US will enact massive tax[Read More…]

Net Neutrality Killed As FCC ‘Hands Keys To Internet To Handful Of Multi-Billion Dollar Corporations’

Net Neutrality Killed As FCC ‘Hands Keys To Internet To Handful Of Multi-Billion Dollar Corporations’

The nonpartisan First Amendment advocacy group Free Press vowed to take the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to court Thursday after the Republican-controlled panel moved to gut net neutrality protections that prohibit internet service providers (ISPs) from charging for and discriminating against content, in a 3-2 vote along party lines. The FCC just voted to repeal #NetNeutrality but the fight is[Read More…]

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The Ten Plagues

 A Parable   At a time not so long ago, in a place not so far away, there lay a rich and powerful kingdom.   It was a time of frustration and turmoil.   The people were agitated as were their representatives who endlessly bickered and fought.  Finally a new President was elected by the Election College and installed in the White Castle. [Read More…]

Al-Quds; Whose Capital?

Al-Quds; Whose Capital?

On December 6th in front of a Christmas tree American president Trump gave Israeli Zionist Jews; anti-Christians, who still brag about murdering Jesus and routinely insult every Christian priest in Jerusalem, an early Christmas present when he officially recognized Al-Quds (Jerusalem) as the capital of Israel and declared his intention to move the American embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem.[Read More…]

Street of Jakarta

Capitalism Reduced Indonesian Cities To Infested Carcases

From Jakarta, Surabaya, Bandung, Samarinda and Pontianak text and photos: Andre Vltchek * Several years ago, a prominent Indonesian businessman who now resides in Canada, insisted on meeting me in a back room of one of Jakarta’s posh restaurants. An avid reader of mine, he ‘had something urgent to tell me’, after finding out that our paths were going to[Read More…]

 G7’s Financial Stability Board – Lunatic Terms To Which G20 Including India Agreed

 G7’s Financial Stability Board – Lunatic Terms To Which G20 Including India Agreed

  As part of their efforts to be more nationalist than capitalist Indian capitalists who are the undivided financiers of the BJP need to introspect. They should give up insisting on turning human and ecological material into capital. The Sangh Parivar and the BJP are in league with the capitalists in pursuit of the glory of Hindu Rashtra. The alliance[Read More…]

Donkey, Akhilesh, Ramayana And Authoritarian Heritage

Donkey, Akhilesh, Ramayana And Authoritarian Heritage

  Woke up with Anxiety Dreams, ‘acute pain in my bones’ transformed into Chilling     Mirror Images, of Frightening Triple Headed Monstrous Donkey, ‘Sickening cry with ears like errant wings’. Shoulders fused in to single stomach, Posterior legs kicking in Hatred and loyalty display. I cried out at my painful Metamorphosis Into strange animal, Spewing Saffron Poison. But my broken back[Read More…]

Nepal Election: A Victory Of The Electoral System

Nepal Election: A Victory Of The Electoral System

Nepal’s electoral victory of the left alliance is of great relief for the people of that country as we hope that the country will have a stable government which could focus on the basic issues of the people and move ahead rebuilding its society based on equality, liberty and fraternity. It is fortunate that Nepal’s constituent assembly as well as[Read More…]

River Linking Project: Disaster In The Pipeline

River Linking Project: Disaster In The Pipeline

Imagine you had an infection on your finger-tip, and your doctor decided to amputate your arm without exploring the possibility of curing the infection first. India’s National River Linking Project (NRLP) is just as ludicrous. The NRLP was conceived to primarily address the problems of water scarcity and periodic floods in different parts of the country. This ambitious project envisages[Read More…]

Fading To white

Fading To white

Hell was the gated compound
where the ones inside were holding a party
in their glass houses and ivory towers
while you stood outside
Stone Age man
holding your child’s hand
stone of words, unpelted yet
reading the name plates on the gates

Women: The Missing Piece Of The Poverty Puzzle

Women: The Missing Piece Of The Poverty Puzzle

Poor women’s suffering has long been a sure-fire way to pull on the heartstrings of rich donors, but in recent years there has been a newfound appreciation for the role that these women play in breaking the cycle of poverty and stabilising fragile societies. It has been said that women who are closest to the world’s most pressing issues are[Read More…]

Solidarity Meeting In London For GN Saibaba  and Chandrashekhar Azad

Solidarity Meeting In London For GN Saibaba  and Chandrashekhar Azad

On December 8, 2017, SOAS India Society of SOAS, University of London organised a public meeting to highlight and stand in solidarity with Professor GN Saibaba and Chandrashekhar Azad. Below is a solidarity statement released by the SOAS India Society: *** Prof. Saibaba who is a 90% disabled person and worked as an Assistant Professor at the Ram Lal Anand[Read More…]

Globalisation, Commodification, Demonetisation, Structural Adjustment, And All That

Globalisation, Commodification, Demonetisation, Structural Adjustment, And All That

Now you’re safe, globaliser, to count
your gilt-edged dividends
while the real work is done
by us, digging in the ground
mining the common metal.

A Wider World of War: Under Donald Trump, U.S. Special Forces Deployed to 149 Countries in 2017

A Wider World of War: Under Donald Trump, U.S. Special Forces Deployed to 149 Countries in 2017

“We don’t know exactly where we’re at in the world, militarily, and what we’re doing,” saidSenator Lindsey Graham, a member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, in October. That was in the wake of the combat deaths of four members of the Special Operations forces in the West African nation of Niger. Graham and other senators expressed shock about the deployment,[Read More…]

What Does Trump Mean by “Make America Great Again”?

What Does Trump Mean by “Make America Great Again”?

Donald Trump’s now ubiquitous slogan, “Make America Great Again!”, is often chanted at rallies, but rarely scrutinized in public discourse.  What era in America’s past is Mr. Trump referring to when he says “Again”? Would Mr. Trump prefer America return to the days of slavery, Jim Crow and labor exploitation in unsafe factories, mines, foundries and plantations? How about the[Read More…]

The “Me Too Movement”, Sexual Politics And Unnatural Justice

The “Me Too Movement”, Sexual Politics And Unnatural Justice

The overthrow of iniquitous power relations is a point many would celebrate. But such overthrows are themselves marked by the contradiction of their origins. Any revolution must, by its very nature, suffer inconsistency, defeats and weaknesses. In the United States, a different sort of sexual revolution is taking place.  It is not linked to liberation in the way sex was[Read More…]

Need for More Public Interest Litigation and Charging of Politicians for Hate Crimes

Need for More Public Interest Litigation and Charging of Politicians for Hate Crimes

 Why is there a gag order on Yogi Adityanath’s hate speech trial in Allahabad? What is the public interest in covering up these crimes? The hate speeches by Yogi Adityanath were the precursor to extra judicial killings by the Uttar Pradesh Government once he became Chief Minister.  Police encounter killings were not only threatened but carried out. In his speech[Read More…]

Towards A New Palestinian Beginning

Towards A New Palestinian Beginning

  Now that the American mask has completely fallen, Palestinians require an urgent rethink in their own political priorities, alliances and national liberation strategy. Business should not go on as usual after US President Donald Trump accepted Israel’s definition of Jerusalem as its capital, thus violating the overwhelming international consensus on the matter. The Fatah movement, which has controlled the[Read More…]

What Humans, Bees And Koala Bears Have In Common Is Due To Climate Change

What Humans, Bees And Koala Bears Have In Common Is Due To Climate Change

  Is climate change aiding the demise of the Koala bear? The koala is an engaging, docile, cuddly and lovable animal.  It is also, tragically, undergoing a rapid decline in numbers.  To the extent climate change and a degraded environment are responsible, we can be blamed for not heeding the warnings of scientists and others. Warnings to humanity are much[Read More…]

 HUMAN RIGHTS And Human Rights And U.S. Rights

 HUMAN RIGHTS And Human Rights And U.S. Rights

  “Chomsky has provided irrefutable analysis on the U.S. continuous violation of human rights, both within and outside its own borders.” — from a lead in to a Democracy Now! interview with Noam Chomsky from 1998 Human Rights organizations today play a major part in international affairs. Human Rights Watch, for instance, works in ninety countries, including virtually all those[Read More…]

NOTA …A Potential ‘ Tool’ To Express Dissent

NOTA …A Potential ‘ Tool’ To Express Dissent

  Candidates standing for elections canvass with their symbols and seek peoples mandate by asking to vote for a particular symbol – whether party symbol or symbols for independents. But, the Supreme Court in its judgement Peoples Union of Civil liberties vs union of India, 2013, directed the EC to provide NOTA (None Of The Above) button in all EVMs/[Read More…]

Kashmir’s Own Air Service

Kashmir’s Own Air Service

(The operation of a private helicopter service is welcome but it needs full government backing from the State and the Centre to succeed) Recently the announcement about the formation of a private limited company, Kashmir Air Services was made by some local entrepreneurs known as Dar brothers. They have been operating a reputed timber company known as Dar Timber Company.[Read More…]

Inside The World Of Indian Bureaucracy

Inside The World Of Indian Bureaucracy

 In the late nineties I was manager of a bank branch at Warora, a small town in western Maharshtra. We had to make frequent trips to the Block Development Office at Warora and the Collector’s secretariat in Chandrapur for discussions on various rural development projects being undertaken by our bank branch. We believed that instead of individual clients going and[Read More…]

NREGA Workers of Jharkhand Demand Their Rights

NREGA Workers of Jharkhand Demand Their Rights

Close to 1,000 NREGA workers and other rural labourers converged to Birsa Chowk from 12 districts of Jharkhand today and sat on dharna to protest against repeated attacks on their right to food and right to work. The event was jointly organised by Right to Food Campaign Jharkhand and NREGA Watch. The dharna was prompted by a series of recent[Read More…]

Bitcoin Frenzy: The Fever Chart Of A Deepening Crisis

Bitcoin Frenzy: The Fever Chart Of A Deepening Crisis

According to the official scenario, the world economy is enjoying its best period of growth since the global financial crisis of 2008-2009, which ushered in the worst recession since the Great Depression of the 1930s. According to a report issued by the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development last month: “The global economy is now growing at its fastest pace[Read More…]

Trump Administration’s Turnaround In Syria

Trump Administration’s Turnaround In Syria

On the campaign trail, in his speeches as well as on TV debates with other presidential contenders, Donald Trump repeatedly mentioned that he has a ‘secret plan’ for defeating the Islamic State without elaborating what the plan is? To the careful observers of the US-led war against the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria, however, the outlines of Trump’s ‘secret[Read More…]

Pseudo Science And The Need For Scientific Temper In India

Pseudo Science And The Need For Scientific Temper In India

  Vineeta Bal, a former member of the Prime Minister’s task force for science, narrated a humorous poem by the Marathi poet Sopandev Chaudhari last week to underscore the importance of scientific temper. The poem points out that Newton could think of the law of gravity when he saw the apple fall to the ground while some of us can[Read More…]

Being True Unto Your Heartfelt Beliefs!

Being True Unto Your Heartfelt Beliefs!

If you are not true to your professed position in life, then you are false to everyone, including yourself. If you take up a religious or ideological position, then there are no half-measures in terms of support for the position presumed to be undertaken. I was raised in a Christian family. While I am no paradigm of virtue, I did[Read More…]

Speakforme.in: Website To Petition MPs And Service Providers Against The Coercive Implementation Of Aadhaar

Speakforme.in: Website To Petition MPs And Service Providers Against The Coercive Implementation Of Aadhaar

Campaigners have set up an an easy to use website that allows you to automatically petitition your MP, Banks, Mobile phone companies and other service providers like MGNREGA, EPF etc against the coercive attempt to link Aaadhar number. The website https://www.speakforme.in has well written letters, with citations, reasonings and arguments. With a few clicks you can send these letters to[Read More…]

ICAN Nobel Peace Prize Acceptance Speech – Nuclear Weapons Ban Now

ICAN Nobel Peace Prize Acceptance Speech – Nuclear Weapons Ban Now

  Beatrice Fihn, Director of the International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons (ICAN), has delivered the Acceptance Speech for the Nobel Peace Prize award to ICAN. 2 months ago the UN Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons was set for ratification and will enter into force 90 days after 50 countries have ratified it. Beatrice Fihn declared: “Will it[Read More…]

German Politicians Condemn Anti-Israel Protest As “Anti-Semitism”

German Politicians Condemn Anti-Israel Protest As “Anti-Semitism”

President Trump’s unilateral decision to declare Jerusalem as Israel’s capital earned him worldwide criticism and condemnation, except for Israel. Benjamin Netanyahu’s so-called charm offensive in Brussels, where he wanted to convince the EU to follow Trump’s example, was shunt by Federica Mogherini, the EU’s foreign policy chief, saying that “this move will not come.” She stressed the support of the[Read More…]

New Horse And Words For An Emergency Room Operation Needed

New Horse And Words For An Emergency Room Operation Needed

  “The short-term, dopamine-driven feedback loops we’ve created are destroying how society works,” he said, referring to online interactions driven by “hearts, likes, thumbs-up.” “No civil discourse, no cooperation; misinformation, mistruth. And it’s not an American problem — this is not about Russians ads. This is a global problem.” — from an article centered on a former Facebook executive, Chamath Palihapitiya[Read More…]

A Man Turns

A Man Turns

He feels she called him out of love,
So turns, his life jumps up, they run
Joyously into each other’s arms
As the snow falls upon them
For the first time,alone to face
The gathering storm.

Permanent Structured Cooperation (PESCO) Is Signed By 25 EU Members

Permanent Structured Cooperation (PESCO) Is Signed By 25 EU Members

In a historic move 25 European Countries excluding Malta and Denmark have signed the Permanent Structured Cooperation (PESCO) pact, a permanent military cooperation based structure aiming for the self reliance in the military matters. The signing establishes the fact that EU is itself geared towards developing its own military capacity. Earlier the 23 EU member states had signed the Joint[Read More…]

Giving Hope To Youngsters

Giving Hope To Youngsters

The present-day education reformers believe that schools are broken and market solutions are the only remedy. Many of them embrace disruptive innovations, primarily through online learning. There is a strong belief that real breakthroughs can come only through the transformative power of technology or the invisible hand of the market. However, findings suggest that this strategy has not lived up[Read More…]

Kausalya’s Courageous Fight For Justice

Kausalya’s Courageous Fight For Justice

  The Tirupur Principal District and Sessions Judge Alamelu Natarajan yesterday announced death penalty for six accused convicted in V Shankar murder case last year in Coimbatore. This include her father and other conspirators but her mother and distant uncle has been acquitted. It was perhaps the first cases where the judge has handed out six persons the capital punishment[Read More…]

Constitutional Literacy Through The Constitution Day

Constitutional Literacy Through The Constitution Day

A unique initiative in Chhattisgarh to strengthen Secular, Socialist, Democratic, Republic of India Constitution Day also known as Samvidhan Divas, is celebrated in India on 26 November every year to commemorate the adoption of Constitution of India. The Government of India declared 26 November as Constitution Day on 19 November 2015 by a gazette notification. The Prime Minister of India Narendra Modi made the declaration on 11[Read More…]

 Trump’s Doomsday Jerusalem Speech

 Trump’s Doomsday Jerusalem Speech

In 1995, a few short years after the official end of the Cold War when hope-filled nations were focusing on peace and prosperity, the United States Congress unanimously passed the “Jerusalem Embassy Act” into law.   The law recognized “Jerusalem” as the official capital of Israel. The passage of this law was left unnoticed by most.  Few objected to a law[Read More…]

Donald Trump signs an executive order declaring Jerusalem the capital of Israel at the White House on 6 December. Chris KleponisCNP

American Leadership And Palestine: Dogmatic Challenges To Justice And Humanity

  Across the globe, voices of reason are loud and clear that on peacemaking and the issues of Jerusalem, America and Israeli both have lost the opportunities for peacemaking process and the establishment of an independent State of Palestine to balance the disequilibrium in which State of Israel currently exists. It is becoming more obvious that by challenging the voices[Read More…]

It’s Not Simply Jerusalem, It’s All Of Palestine

It’s Not Simply Jerusalem, It’s All Of Palestine

What’s going on in Jerusalem is what has always been going on in Palestine since 1948 –the forced dispossession of Palestinian Arabs of their identity, land and heritage. Because of Donald Trump’s declaration to move the US embassy to Jerusalem and the resultant global outrage regarding this decision, many people have become interested in understanding what is going on in[Read More…]

It Wasn’t The Threat That Worked, It Was Reduction Of Fear

It Wasn’t The Threat That Worked, It Was Reduction Of Fear

  Americans are instructed that North Korea is an aggressor that violates international agreements and doesn’t negotiate. Until North Korea denuclearizes, we are told, the U.S. must continue rejecting its peace proposals. After all, North Korea withdrew in 2003 from the 1968 Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons (NPT). Its subsequent nuclear and missile testing violate the 1953 Korean[Read More…]

 Because Well-Meaning Folks Are Not Making The Causal Connections

 Because Well-Meaning Folks Are Not Making The Causal Connections

  “What if violence against women is not a by-product of war, but rather a major cause of it?” — a question posed by Leith Greenslade in a 2014 article Hearing sexual assault victims recount their attacks is heartbreaking. Hearing story after story from U.S. soldiers like Kori Cioca, who was beaten and raped by her Coast Guard supervisor, or[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)

 Not Just Railing Against Railey’s: A U.S. School-Based Plan To Rally The World

  “Consumer Reports surveys rank Raley’s among the top U.S. supermarket chains, in particular for customer service, and that fact can be used as a point of departure for changing a great deal about our collective crises.” — one of the author’s home schooled youngsters. We are now heading, eyes narrowed and shut, towards an environmental catastrophe that might end the[Read More…]

The Man Behind India’s Rural Housing Spring

The Man Behind India’s Rural Housing Spring

Historians will say that an explosion of creativity occurs the moment the world starts complaining that there is nothing left to invent, or that the search for solutions to complex problems has come to an end. This explosion is fate’s way of reminding us that there is always something just over the horizon of knowledge. Social entrepreneurs are now using[Read More…]

We are Heading Down a Dangerous Path

We are Heading Down a Dangerous Path

  What Trump stands for is not “America First”, but unbridled capitalism, growing inequality, increasing racism, white supremacy, hatred of women, protectionism and constant provocation. He is purposely creating a crisis, as Trump’s administration thrives by chaos. One man’s loss is, after all, another man’s gain. The Trump Family is characterized by lawlessness, megalomania, and a general sense of superiority[Read More…]

Many major websites have been working in conjunction with activists to drive calls to Congress since the day Pai unveiled his plan to eliminate net neutrality rules just before Thanksgiving. Last week, internet users flooded the front page of Reddit with posts to shaming their representatives for selling out to the telecom industry. (Photo: Battle for the Net)

Massive ‘Break the Internet’ Revolt This Week to ‘Save Net Neutrality’

In addition to making their voices heard in the streets, net neutrality defenders have planned a massive online demonstration this week ahead of the FCC’s scheduled vote on chairman Ajit Pai’s deeply unpopular plan to kill the open internet, which critics have denounced as “naked corporatism.” Slated to begin Tuesday—and continue through to the scheduled vote by the Republican-controlled FCC on Thursday—the “Break the Internet”[Read More…]

The ‘Last Martyr’: Who Killed Kamal Al-Assar?

The ‘Last Martyr’: Who Killed Kamal Al-Assar?

When I learned of the death of Kamal al-Assar, a few years ago, I was baffled. He was only in his 40s. I remember him in his prime, a young rebel, leading the neighborhood youth, armed with rocks and slingshots, in a hopeless battle against the Israeli army. Understandably, we lost, but we won something far more valuable than a[Read More…]

How Afghan Jihad Triggered Insurgency In Kashmir?

How Afghan Jihad Triggered Insurgency In Kashmir?

In Pakistan, there are three distinct categories of militants: the Afghanistan-focused Pashtun militants; the Kashmir-focused Punjabi militants; and foreign terrorists including the Arab militants of al-Qaeda, the Uzbek insurgents of Islamic Movement of Uzbekistan (IMU) and the Uighur rebels of the East Turkistan Islamic Movement (ETIM). The foreign, transnational terrorists number only in a few hundreds and are hence inconsequential.[Read More…]

Serious Allegation of Pakistan Meddling in Our Internal Matters Must Be Probed

Serious Allegation of Pakistan Meddling in Our Internal Matters Must Be Probed

We all condemned Mani Shankar Iyer for his ‘neech’ remark which the partners in media jumped and began spreading like the rumour spreading mills but now Prime Minister continue to dig and speak like a helpless leader have made things worst to say the least. Have we ever seen a prime minister virtually crying in his attempt to polarise the[Read More…]

Do Justice To Yourself

Do Justice To Yourself

  “No place, indeed, should murder sanctuarize. Revenge should have no bounds.” — Shakespeare compounding ignorance with ignorance in Act 4, Scene 7 of Hamlet Mildred, the middle-aged mother at the center of Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri, is a one-woman Justice League out to avenge the murder of her teenage daughter. She’s got a spectacularly vulgar mouth, a fearless[Read More…]

Porf G N Saibaba

BC Federation Of Labour Raises Voice For Saibaba

  The largest labour group of British Columbia has raised voice for the physically disabled Delhi University Professor being incarcerated in the Indian jail since March this year. On the International Human Rights Day, the BC Fed issued a statement calling upon the Canadians to sign petition seeking the release of wheelchair-bound Prof. GN Saibaba who was sentenced to life[Read More…]

Each Adversity Has A Seed Of Triumph

Each Adversity Has A Seed Of Triumph

These pains you feel are messengers. Listen to them. — Rumi, Essential Rumi “When life gives you lemons, make lemonade”. Everyone knows the cliché, of course, and   brave people often rise above adversity to climb great heights. Given that life hands lemons to everyone from time to time, the bravest approach is to turn those “lemons” into   lemonade. I put[Read More…]

Open  Letter  To  The   Honourable  Chief  Justice  of   India

Open  Letter  To  The   Honourable  Chief  Justice  of   India

Your  honour May  I,  as  an  ordinary  citizen  of  India,  request  you  to  enlighten  me  as  to  whether  some  of  the  recent  judgments  of  the  Supreme  Court  over  which  you  preside,  have  emanated  from  schizophrenia,  amnesia  or  megalomania  ? To  quote  a  few  instances  –  in  a  judgment  delivered  by  you  as  Supreme  Court  judge  on  November  30,  2016,  you [Read More…]

The Great October Revolution: Punishment’s politics

The Great October Revolution: Punishment’s politics

  Politics is not absent in the philosophy and culture of punishment ruling machines practice; and there’s nothing like class-neutral politics although a group of bookmen always suffer with annoyance and pain while they enter into discourse with issues like politics and punishment practiced by the poor and the exploited, and especially in case of the Great October Revolution. Punishment[Read More…]

Indramal Bai’s suicide – An Institutional Murder

Indramal Bai’s suicide – An Institutional Murder

At about 12:30 on 20th November, Indramal Bai, succumbed to her burns, and left us. Even before we were able to get this update ready, she left this world and those who loved her behind. Pushed to the tipping point, Indramal Bai, is one among many in the Pardhi community whose life has been lost because of systemic police torture[Read More…]

Rally For Babri Episode Held In Canada

Rally For Babri Episode Held In Canada

Braving cold weather, dedicated South Asian activists gathered at the Holland Park in Surrey on Saturday to hold rally in commemoration of the 25 years of the demolition of Babri Mosque. On December 6, 1992 the Hindu extremists had razed the ancient Muslim shrine at the behest of the right wing Bhartiya Janata Party (BJP) which currently governs India. The[Read More…]

Doing politics – Shaping of the Common Enemy

Doing politics – Shaping of the Common Enemy

What can be done of politics that is dangerous and easy? The opinion polls show that Congress and BJP are neck to neck in the upcoming Gujarat assembly polls. Will the violence of Rajsamand and similar communal politics wash off the terror of demonetization, of GST, of Una Dalits flogging, of unemployment woes of Patidars and Thakors? At the time[Read More…]

Two Palestinians killed, hundreds wounded in clashes following Trump announcement on Jerusalem

Two Palestinians killed, hundreds wounded in clashes following Trump announcement on Jerusalem

Over 200 Palestinians were injured and at least two killed in clashes with Israeli soldiers in the West Bank and Gaza Strip on Friday. The protests came in the wake of US President Donald Trump’s recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital and pledge to move the US embassy there from Tel Aviv, in a move that upended decades of US[Read More…]

Donald Trump signs an executive order declaring Jerusalem the capital of Israel at the White House on 6 December. Chris KleponisCNP

What Trump Has Done: The Entire US-Middle East Political Framework Just Collapsed

Now that US President Donald Trump has fully adopted the Israeli rightwing political discourse on Palestine, the Palestinian Authority is in a very tough spot. “I have determined that it is time to officially recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel,” Trump said in Washington on Wednesday. The embattled president has done what many had asked him not to do.[Read More…]

Photo by George M. Groutas

What Does “Organic” Mean?

by Francis Thicke, with an introduction by Steven Gorelick The organic food movement suffered a major setback recently, when the US National Organic Standards Board (NOSB) voted in favor of allowing hydroponically-grown products to receive the “organic” label. This decision should not have come as a surprise to those who have watched the organic movement steadily taken over by big[Read More…]

Facing Difficult Contradictions in the Anthropocene Age

Facing Difficult Contradictions in the Anthropocene Age

“Talking with those farmers in the Tenosique train yard felt, in a way, like a scene from a sequel to the movie The Road in which a father and son walk across a post-apocalyptic North America devastated by an unknown cataclysm. In reality, though, I was just in a typical border zone of the Anthropocene, the proposed new geologic era[Read More…]

US Lackey Australia Attacks Free Speech Of Senator Dastyari, Muslims, Chinese, Journalists & Truth-Tellers

US Lackey Australia Attacks Free Speech Of Senator Dastyari, Muslims, Chinese, Journalists & Truth-Tellers

  Free speech in Australia has been long severely constrained by draconian libel laws and neoliberal corporate domination of a mendacious Mainstream media. This century Australia has passed draconian laws with custodial punishments of up to life imprisonment for saying things. Now it appears that  Australian Intelligence has leaked elements of a private conversation of a Chinese businessman with Iranian-born[Read More…]

The Fate Of The Pine Gap Pilgrims

The Fate Of The Pine Gap Pilgrims

It barely registered a murmur across the Australian press, though it caused the traditional ripples over the protester fraternity.  Christian activists, collectively known as the Pine Gap Pilgrims, had received sentences pursuant to the Defence (Special Undertakings) Act 1952 (Cth), a cold war relic used by the Australian government to conceal the nature of Canberra’s association with the joint US-Australian[Read More…]

Capitalism’s Failure Of The Flesh: The Rise Of The Robots

Capitalism’s Failure Of The Flesh: The Rise Of The Robots

  Humankind, being an inherently tool-making species, has always been in a relationship with technology. Our tools, weapons, machines, and appliances are crucial to forging the cultural criteria of human life. At present, amid the technology created phantomscape of mass media’s lurid — yet somehow sterile — imagery, one can feel as if one’s mind is in danger of being[Read More…]

 The Problem Is NOT Sexual ‘Harassment’

 The Problem Is NOT Sexual ‘Harassment’

  The U.S. press is now a uniform chorus shouting against America’s widespread ‘sexual harassment’ by men in power, but the press misrepresents fundamentally to call it ‘harassment’, which brings to mind (and which until recently was normally used for) ‘low-class’ or poor men whistling at physically attractive women who walk by and who might reasonably feel insulted — or[Read More…]

Is Dissent Necessary?

Is Dissent Necessary?

                                 By Sheikh Attar & Palvi Singh Ghokrokta Cogito ergo sum (I think, therefore I am) said Descartes stating that the very act of doubting one’s existence served as proof of one’s mind,  supporting the assertion of an underlying  thinking entity i.e. one’s self. Perfection per se is a utopian concept. From a person to an ideology to a society[Read More…]

Can We Solve Corruption?

Can We Solve Corruption?

  (International Anti-Corruption Day-9 December, 2017) Corruption is amongst the most debilitating economic illnesses that afflicts large parts of the world. It erodes the quality of life for ordinary citizens, devastates the moral fabric of society, and impedes growth. In the last four decades, despite several government programmes for the welfare of the rural poor, poverty remains endemic. Either the nets were[Read More…]

Make Rupee in India: Eco Development Banks Capitalised with Zero Coupon Perpetual Bonds hold the Key

Make Rupee in India: Eco Development Banks Capitalised with Zero Coupon Perpetual Bonds hold the Key

  Recently I criticised the cost of money inflicted on electricity consumers by the Power Finance Corporation. I mentioned that India has always been and can always be self sufficient in electricity and that forcing us to pay six Rupees per kWh to foreign rentiers is shameful. The same is true for food and money. The purpose of the constitution[Read More…]

Donald Trump signs an executive order declaring Jerusalem the capital of Israel at the White House on 6 December. Chris KleponisCNP

Oh Jerusalem: Requiem For The Two-State Solution

He may have small hands, but US President Donald Trump appears to have a big foot. And with his decision to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel, he has shoved it squarely up the part of conventional international Middle East peacemaking diplomacy that never sees the sun. So far, so good, you might think. Decades of international peacemaking efforts have, after all, failed,[Read More…]

Ojo! More Disasters Are Ready To Happen In The Middle East

Ojo! More Disasters Are Ready To Happen In The Middle East

You do not have to be an insider, a foreign policy expert, or a political pundit to realize that the Unholy Trinity, the new axis of evil – United States, Israel and Saudi Arabia – are preparing joint military actions against Iran and Hezbollah. The Spanish colloquial word, Ojo, meaning eye, expresses it all – careful – be on watch[Read More…]

Why The U.S Embassy In Israel Was Moved: Going ‘Nose To Nose With A Con Man’

Why The U.S Embassy In Israel Was Moved: Going ‘Nose To Nose With A Con Man’

  The Jerusalem story is the centerpiece of news this week.  Donald Trump and Mike Pence, an evangelical, in favor of moving the embassy and Rex Tillerson and John Mattis opposed in their discussion prior to the announcement.  That State and Defense departments both found the move detrimental to U.S. interests underlines how politics trump sound policy. Mr. Trump is[Read More…]

International Conference “In Defending Palestinian Rights” –  Jakarta Declaration

International Conference “In Defending Palestinian Rights” –  Jakarta Declaration

Jakarta 7-8th, December 2017: We the participants of the International Palestine Conference held in Jakarta, on 7, 8 December 2017, with delegates from Palestine, Lebanon, Syria, Iran, Pakistan, India, Argentina, Malalysia, Phillippines & Indonesia hereby declare: This conference resolved to continue to support the cause of the liberation of Palestine with Jerusalem (Al-Quds) as a its capital. We call upon the[Read More…]

American Muslims Reject Trump’s Move To Recognize Jerusalem As capital of Israel

American Muslims Reject Trump’s Move To Recognize Jerusalem As capital of Israel

  American Muslim civil advocacy groups Thursday (Dec 7) vehemently opposed President Donald Trump’s decision to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel and to move the U.S. embassy to Jerusalem. They were of the view that Trump’s announcement serves no one’s interest but undermines the Middle East peace process couple with inflaming anti-U.S. sentiment across the globe. On Wednesday,[Read More…]

The Undemocratic Jerusalem Embassy Move

The Undemocratic Jerusalem Embassy Move

  “The near-universal opposition to Trump’s decision by much of the military, intelligence, and foreign policy establishment is not out of concern for the fate of the Palestinians or international law. Rather, they fear that effectively recognizing exclusive Israel control over the third holiest city in Islam will provoke a backlash throughout the Islamic world. Reactionary clerics and other Islamist[Read More…]

A Well-Kept Open Secret: Washington Is Behind India’s Brutal Experiment Of Abolishing Most Cash

A Well-Kept Open Secret: Washington Is Behind India’s Brutal Experiment Of Abolishing Most Cash

In early November, without warning, the Indian government declared the two largest denomination bills invalid, abolishing over 80 percent of circulating cash by value. Amidst all the commotion and outrage this caused, nobody seems to have taken note of the decisive role that Washington played in this. That is surprising, as Washington’s role has been disguised only very superficially. US-President Barack Obama has declared the strategic[Read More…]

Outrage Over Brutal Assaults On Ahwazi Women Protesting Against Regime Land Theft

Outrage Over Brutal Assaults On Ahwazi Women Protesting Against Regime Land Theft

  Iranian regime security forces brutally assaulted defenseless Ahwazi Arab women protesting against the regime’s illegitimate confiscation of their families’ farmlands earlier this week, arresting many of the women whose only ‘crime’ was to demand justice.  The regime military personnel reportedly deliberately hit the women in the mouths and chests with batons and rifle butts. The regime forces’ horrific attacks[Read More…]

Greeting Climate-Change Victims With A Man-Made Dystopia 

Greeting Climate-Change Victims With A Man-Made Dystopia 

  When I first talked to the three Honduran men in the train yard in the southern Mexican town of Tenosique, I had no idea that they were climate-change refugees. We were 20 miles from the border with Guatemala at a rail yard where Central American refugees often congregated to try to board La Bestia (“the Beast”), the nickname given to the[Read More…]

Clarion Call for The Great USed

Clarion Call for The Great USed

USers (better known as “Americans”) have been expressing a preference in survey polls for access to a universal health care system for quite some time. Considering their frustration with so-called representatives who do not advocate in their interests and expressed desires, perhaps they should be called The Great USed. In the late Reagan years, 70 percent of the adult population[Read More…]

“Fake History; Fake News; JFK; and Setting the Record Straight with Vince Salandria and Paul Kurtz”

“Fake History; Fake News; JFK; and Setting the Record Straight with Vince Salandria and Paul Kurtz”

  In the intro to this dialogue between Paul Kurtz and Vince Salandria–poignantly intercut with JFK’s own words on his goals and hopes for salvaging the human race from the prospects of nuclear suicide-homicide–, Kurtz refers to Salandria as “razor-sharp.” Engrossed for some 20 minutes, I concluded the same…and much more. Octogenarian Salandria is one of the best people I’ve[Read More…]

Human Population Size, Density And Biodiversity Loss

Human Population Size, Density And Biodiversity Loss

It set X number of people in a region and then looked at population numbers and variety (plus numbers for each kind) for other species in that same region. How ambitious a study! How exhaustive and painstaking a plan! It had a large enough sample of randomly selected, diverse regions to cover the matter accurately — i.e., places in deserts,[Read More…]

Bapu Kuti: The Nursery Of Gandhian Revolution

Bapu Kuti: The Nursery Of Gandhian Revolution

  Eighty kilometres to the east of Nagpur in central India lies Bapu Kuti, a historic site in Sewagram, the ‘village of service’, which is nestled in the serene rustic surroundings of the Wardha district. This dwelling was the residential abode of Mahatma Gandhi from 1936 to 1948 and was the epicentre of the Indian freedom movement. During the 12[Read More…]

Social Work : How Much Is Fine And Where To Draw The Line – And What Its Different ‘Avatars’?

Social Work : How Much Is Fine And Where To Draw The Line – And What Its Different ‘Avatars’?

A thoughtful, sensitive and sensible, socially aware youngster raised this question during the course of one of our conversations. It set me thinking, for I had seen all sorts of people involved in social work – those whose families got neglected, others who were able to strike a balance, still others whose relations with friends and family tottered on the[Read More…]

A screengrab of Shambhulal Regar, the main accused in the case. The victim Afrazul (inset) was hacked and burnt alive in Rajasthan allegedly over an affair. Photo Credit/The Indian Express

Burning To Death India’s Unity And Integrity

  A man was burnt to death in Rajasthan on December 6th when we were moaning and remembering the 25th year of the assault on our constitution.  Afrazul Khan (47) was brutally hacked to death in Rajsamund, Rajasthan and his ‘story’ was shown life and now available everywhere on social media. His fault was that he was a poor Muslim[Read More…]

Abuse And Maltreatment Of Kashmiri Prioners

Abuse And Maltreatment Of Kashmiri Prioners

  The recent incident of  abuse  & inhuman treatment of Kashmiri prisoners inside Tihar Jail in Delhi, once again brings into focus the utter negligence & inertia displayed by UN to enforce its own rules governing treatment of political prisoners of around the world. In 1955,Ten years after its birth, United Nations, set  Standard minimum rules for the treatment of[Read More…]

Palestinian burn a poster of the U.S. President Donald Trump during a protest in Bethlehem, West Bank, Tuesday, Dec. 6, 2017. President Trump forged ahead Tuesday with plans to recognize Jerusalem as Israel's capital despite intense Arab, Muslim and European opposition to a move that would upend decades of U.S. policy and risk potentially violent protests. (AP Photo/Mahmoud Illean)

US Recognition Of Jerusalem As Capital Of Israel-A New Phase In Global Politics

In a major policy shift US President Donald Trump has decided to recognize the Jerusalem as capital of Israel and has directed the official to move the US embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem which in his opinion the previous Presidents had promised but did not deliver. The President said “I’ve judged this course of action to be in the[Read More…]

The Seneca Cliff Explained: A Three Dimensional Collapse Overview Model

The Seneca Cliff Explained: A Three Dimensional Collapse Overview Model

A Three Dimensional Collapse Overview Model The Limits to Growth was published in 1972 by a group of world class scientists using the best mathematical computer modelling available at the time. It projected the future collapse of global industrial civilisation in the 21st century if humanity did not curb its population, consumption and pollution. It was pilloried by many “infinite growth on a[Read More…]

Conversion

Conversion

I am the son of a ‘criminal’ who died on the tree.
I am also the son of a ‘bitch’
I am the son of a Pulaya woman
that Parayan you wanted to ditch
I am crucified
I am resurrected

Widow Dies Of Starvation After Both Food Ration And Pension Denied To Her Due To Aadhaar-Related Problems

Widow Dies Of Starvation After Both Food Ration And Pension Denied To Her Due To Aadhaar-Related Problems

Widow dies of starvation in Garhwa after both food ration and pension are denied to her due to Aadhaar-related problems A 64-year old widow, Premani Kunwar, died of hunger and exhaustion on 1 December in Danda Block of Garhwa district (Jharkhand). Contrary to some media reports, there was no money in Premani’s bank account when she died. Two months earlier,[Read More…]

36 Years Apart: Two Deaths, One In Matter, The Other In Spirit

36 Years Apart: Two Deaths, One In Matter, The Other In Spirit

6th December 1956: B.R. Ambedkar, the architect of the Constitution of India, leaves this world, albeit, physically. 6th December, 1992: B.R. Ambedkar, the architect of the Constitution of India, leaves this world, this time, in spirit. 36 years separate the two incidents, both of which can be said to be among the landmark moments in the history of India. 6th[Read More…]

 The End Of American Exceptionalism

 The End Of American Exceptionalism

The battle for the planet has now become a battle between two systems of human thought and governance; one based on the vestiges of Western Neo-Liberalism and the other based on a restating of Marxist Socialism. The implications are profound. One system offers the possibility of the continuation of the human species on this planet, the other negates that possibility.[Read More…]

 What Would Charles Darwin Say Today?

 What Would Charles Darwin Say Today?

  What would Charles Darwin say, today, if he could? About the legacy that he left behind? Has it evolved? Evolution, after all, is an ongoing ‘creative’ process. In Darwin Online, Darwin’s Origin of Species, first edition 1859 page 484 it says: “Therefore I should infer from analogy that probably all the organic beings which have ever lived on this[Read More…]

Terrorism And Islam: Correlation Is Not Causation

Terrorism And Islam: Correlation Is Not Causation

Since the time immemorial, it has been an article of faith of every Muslim that suicide is ‘Haram’ (prohibited) in Islam. There is a well-known Islamic precept that whoever commits suicide will go straight to hell. But the Takfirists (those who declare others as heretics) have invented a new interpretation of Islam in which suicide is glorified as ‘martyrdom’ and[Read More…]

What Trump Is Doing In Jerusalem And Why He Is Doing It

What Trump Is Doing In Jerusalem And Why He Is Doing It

“‘Declaration of war’: Trump’s Jerusalem decision lights Middle East powder keg” – Russia Today Trump does seem like a dangerous idiot suddenly and unexpectedly set loose on the world of international affairs, a world which normally assumes an appearance of restraint and order and careful words. With virtually everything he touches, he resembles a big, ungainly child breaking things –[Read More…]

Recognising Jerusalem: Unilateralism, International Law, And The Trump White House

Recognising Jerusalem: Unilateralism, International Law, And The Trump White House

What ramifications and when?  The recognition of Jerusalem as the natural capital for the State of Israel by US President Donald J. Trump was promised by the buffoonish steward of the empire.  Delivering on it was not necessarily expected – US presidents, keen on courting pro-Israeli groups, had been promising to do so for years. Overthrowing the shackles of convention[Read More…]

A Community’s Demand For Exclusion From SC List

A Community’s Demand For Exclusion From SC List

It was a little late when I reached the Mandi House round about where the march was supposed to be to Parliament Street yesterday, To my surprise, I did not find many of the Delhi’s usual participants but mostly from Tamilnadu. Interestingly, the slogans and the placards were in Hindi. Later, I realise that it was a group of protesters[Read More…]

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Twilight Of The Buddha: Tantra As It Had Risen Against Brahminism

History has it that, a good eighteen centuries ago, there flourished in the Indian subcontinent a Buddhist philosopher named Nagarjuna. He is credited with having introduced a vital ingredient in subsequent subcontinental mystical concept – that of ‘Shunya’ or emptiness. A rather simplified understanding would be a realization of the emptiness or void (‘a-bhava’) – one  that would stretch beyond[Read More…]

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Chennai Floods And The Limits Of Compassion

The Chennai floods, two years ago – in 2015 – was a disaster of unprecedented intensity. By this week two years ago, we witnessed a bulk of stories where people risked their own lives to save the others in trouble. The state machinery failed to provide citizens the necessary support. At this juncture with the temporary dysfunction of the State,[Read More…]

The Tyranny Of The Development Lexicon

The Tyranny Of The Development Lexicon

  When ideas fail, words come in very handy.  Johann Wolfgang von Goethe We live in an age when noisy posturing too often substitutes for reasoned debate and brash opinion trumps hard fact. The thread of the argument often disappears in a blizzard of gee-whiz statistics, acronyms, and catch phrases in interviews with eminent folks of all kinds. Yet the[Read More…]

The Political “Leeches” of Kashmir!

The Political “Leeches” of Kashmir!

(Some politicians have been virtually acting as leeches,stuck to the body of “Kashmir”, sucking every drop of its blood and attaching to it again and again even when thrown away!) “Mainstream” is a very commonly used word in Kashmir these days. It is generally applied to the politicians advocating and supporting Kashmir’s relationship with India. When one talks of streams,[Read More…]

Kashmir: Buying Arts To Bury Resistance

Kashmir: Buying Arts To Bury Resistance

The resistance in Kashmir has seen many peaks and troughs in the recent years. The persistent arts have become a tool of the powerful to let oppressed in false sense of hope. The introduction of perverted Sufism and Sufi traditions, the unusual hype by the corporate media houses to divert the attention of commoners, unavailability of promotion platforms of admirable[Read More…]

Twenty Five Years of Babari Masjid Demolition : An Attack On The Constitution Of India

Twenty Five Years of Babari Masjid Demolition : An Attack On The Constitution Of India

  On August 7th 1990 VP Singh announced his government’s decision to accept Mandal recommendations that ensured 27% quota for Other Backward Communities. The Savarna students in the north India resorted to violence including self-immolation against it.Opposition Congress party played dirty politics and Rajiv Gandhi’s naivety resulted in BJP’s taking it into their hands and countering it with the religious[Read More…]

Myanmar's State Counsellor and Foreign Minister Aung San Suu Kyi meets Pope Francis during a private audience on May 4, 2017 at the Vatican.
The Vatican and Myanmar formally agreed to establish full diplomatic relations, the Vatican announced, confirming an accord that is the latest step in the South East Asian state's rehabilitation by the international community. / AFP PHOTO / POOL AND AFP PHOTO / TONY GENTILE

‘Say The Word’: What The Rohingya Struggle Is Really About

Pope Francis lost a historical opportunity to truly set his legacy apart from previous Popes. Alas, for him, too, political expediency trumped all else. In his visit to Burma (Myanmar) on November 27, he refrained from using the word ‘Rohingya.’ But what’s in a name? In our frenzied attempts at understanding and articulating the plight of the Rohingya Muslim minority in Burma,[Read More…]

Occupiers Of Syria Crib Bush’s 2003 “Mission Accomplished” Boast

Occupiers Of Syria Crib Bush’s 2003 “Mission Accomplished” Boast

 Idlib, Syria: George W. Bush’s  “Mission Accomplished!” boast takes its name from a banner that was displayed on the aircraft carrier USS Abraham Lincoln during his May 1, 2003 televised address. It referred to his claimed victory in Iraq fourteen years ago. In a less publicized incident, US Defense Secretary Rumsfeld also declared an end to combat operations referring to “Mission Accomplished” in Afghanistan on May 1, 2003,[Read More…]

 Trump’s Leadership Style

 Trump’s Leadership Style

  Not much has been written about Donald Trump’s leadership-style, but his style of leadership is essential to understand, in order to be able to understand his values, his  Presidency, the roots of his Presidency, and where his Presidency is taking America. His style of leadership has historically been exhibited by a certain type of national leader. Trump is no[Read More…]

Violence Against Women: Why The UN Secretary-General Got It Wrong

Violence Against Women: Why The UN Secretary-General Got It Wrong

In his remarks on the recent International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women – see‘Violence Against Women is Fundamentally About Power’– United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres inadvertantly demonstrated why well-meaning efforts being undertaken globally to reduce violence against women fail to make any progress in addressing this pervasive crisis. Hence, while the UN might be ‘committed to addressing[Read More…]

Photo Courtesy- The Hindu

Amchang Eviction: Causality Of Conservation

  Capital is not equally shared; neither is nature. Our everyday life has become precarious, a life without stability. Spaces that we dwell in are increasingly questioned, mostly spaces that are home to the margins of the society. Such margins and spaces that they dwell in were for a long time considered ‘non-economic’ zones, which lacked interest of movements of[Read More…]

Technology, Lies And False Propaganda

Technology, Lies And False Propaganda

  Melvin Krazberg who was considered to be father of History of technology proposed six laws of technology in its relationship with society know as ‘Krazberg laws’. The first law is ‘technology is neither good nor bad nor it is neutral’. There is no doubt, he was right.  Yet the level and degree of good, bad and neutrality could be decided by[Read More…]

A Memory Buried Under The Debris Of Babri Masjid

A Memory Buried Under The Debris Of Babri Masjid

  On Dec 6, 1992 it was yet another normal day in a small town called Burhanpur, in the southern Madhya-Pradesh. It was often known as Deccan Darvaza, the gateway to Deccan plateau for its militarily important geo-political location during the Mughal period. In those days talking about Mughals was a matter of pride and their rich cultural heritage was[Read More…]

"Ajit Pai may be owned by Verizon, but he has to answer to Congress, and lawmakers have to answer to us, their constituents," said Evan Greer, campaign director of Fight for the Future. (Photo: Battle for the Net)

Protests Planned Across USA As Vote On FCC’s ‘Catastrophic’ Plan To Kill Net Neutrality Looms

With the FCC set to vote on chairman Ajit Pai’s plan to kill neutrality in just over a week, a diverse coalition—ranging from consumer protection organizations to progressive lawmakers to Harvard professors—is denouncing the FCC’s proposals and scheduling nationwide protests to combat the agency’s move to let massive telecom companies “cash in on the internet” at the expense of consumers. This is the free speech fight of[Read More…]

US Supreme Court Puts Trump Travel Ban Into Effect

US Supreme Court Puts Trump Travel Ban Into Effect

Co-Written by Eric London and Norisa Diaz  The United States Supreme Court handed Donald Trump a major political victory yesterday by ordering the administration’s immigration and travel ban to take effect immediately. The orders reverse lower court decisions halting implementation of the revised ban, which bars citizens of Somalia, Libya, Iran, Yemen, Syria, North Korea and many Venezuelans from traveling[Read More…]

US tourists are told what they pay to hear

Cambodia Keeps Perverting Its Own History For Cash

  I have already written a lot about Cambodia, but each time I return to this ancient and scarred country, I get so outraged by the cynicism that confronts me there, at every corner, that I have to start writing again, re-addressing the same essential issues that I have already been covering for years and decades. One question always comes[Read More…]

Defining Ambedkar: Icon or Ideal?

Defining Ambedkar: Icon or Ideal?

  Every year Ambedkar is celebrated and remembered across the globe, at least twice a year, on his birth and death anniversary by the political parties, social movements, NGOs and committed individuals at different venues. Of late, the dates are being observed in various international forums. For very first time, in the history of United Nations he was remembered last[Read More…]

Hopes And Nightmares Over Crypto Currencies

Hopes And Nightmares Over Crypto Currencies

The crystal ball gazers, astrologers and tea leave readers have been suffering a lingering fever of late.  Bitcoin recently romped through the $10,000 barrier, an event that sent speculators swooning and conservative voices into a gloomy mood of pessimism.  Bitt founder and director Gabriel Abed was rushing to declare the imminent funeral oration for cash, a newly founded digital frontier[Read More…]

Netanyahu Ditches US Jews For Alliance With Christian Evangelicals And The Alt-right

Netanyahu Ditches US Jews For Alliance With Christian Evangelicals And The Alt-right

  Nazareth: For decades most American Jews have claimed an “Israel exemption”: resolutely progressive on domestic issues, they are hawks on their cherished cause. Racism they would vigorously oppose if applied in the United States is welcomed in Israel. Reports at the weekend suggested that Donald Trump is about to recognise Jerusalem as Israel’s capital, throwing a wrench in any[Read More…]

(Photo: Mr. Fish / Truthdig)

America’s Electoral Choices: Liberal Fascism, versus Conservative Fascism

  In U.S. elections between the two political Parties for federal offices — Congress, and the Presidency — the choice that’s offered to the voters is almost invariably between two fascists; so, the meaning of “fascism” is first crucial to understand, in order to understand today’s America, and that it’s fascist: Benito Mussolini, who originated fascism and named his Party[Read More…]

Rs Six per Unit of Electricity Being Sent Abroad

Rs Six per Unit of Electricity Being Sent Abroad

  Last month the Power Finance Corporation of India (PFC) issued a so-called green bond in London. It is a 10-year green bond and raised USD 400 million, paying a 3.75 per cent semi-annual coupon and listed on London Stock Exchange’s new International Securities Market (ISM). The cost of money therefore, ignoring the semi-annual payment, is 3.75% of USD 400[Read More…]

A Religion Called Economy

A Religion Called Economy

The idea that religions are giving way to a more advanced human level of existence is part of common knowledge. Science and technology are emancipating humankind from mythical and religious discourses under the effect of the belief that only rationality should guide us. Reason has replaced the old God. Nietzsche, more than a century ago, warned that God was dead[Read More…]

The Coming Travails — Big Time Ones!

The Coming Travails — Big Time Ones!

One of my friends, who is a political conservative/constitutionalist in the USA, wrote me concerning starvation in South Sudan: Then, maybe they should be taught about birth control, and enforce it. Otherwise they are gonna f*ck us all. So no food for idiots who have been living like this for centuries. And now, we feed them so they can procreate.[Read More…]

Between Sehwag’s Fascist Tweets And My Brothers Painful Ordeal

Between Sehwag’s Fascist Tweets And My Brothers Painful Ordeal

Dear Veeru (Virendra Sehwag); yesterday as I came back from my work and was checking pictures of my younger brother, a known cricketer of south Kashmir who is currently behind the bars, I came through a news from  different news portals  that “Sehwag Hails Security Forces for Eliminating over 200 Terrorists This Year, Congratulates Them On A ‘Double Century’.” Let me[Read More…]

Why I’m Denied My Right Of Speech? – Kancha Ilaiah Shepherd

Why I’m Denied My Right Of Speech? – Kancha Ilaiah Shepherd

In spite of the fact that the Supreme Court of India in its three judge bench judgment on October 12, 2017 said that my book ‘Smajika Smugglerlu-Komatollu’ cannot be banned, the Arya Vysyas of Telangana and Andhra Pradesh are trying to attack me wherever I go to speak in meetings and seminars. The latest is their attempt at Khammam on[Read More…]

 The Art of Keeping Guantánamo Open : What the Paintings by Its Prisoners Tell Us About Our Humanity and Theirs 

 The Art of Keeping Guantánamo Open : What the Paintings by Its Prisoners Tell Us About Our Humanity and Theirs 

We spent the day at a beach in Brooklyn. Skyscrapers floated in the distance and my toddler kept handing me cigarette filters she had dug out of the sand. When we got home, I checked my email. I had been sent a picture of a very different beach: deserted, framed by distant headlands with unsullied sands and clear waters. As[Read More…]

The Disintegrating Donbass. Is There A Future For A Con-federal Ukraine?

The Disintegrating Donbass. Is There A Future For A Con-federal Ukraine?

  The flight on 23 November 2017 of Igor Plotinitsky, President of the separatist Ukrainian area of the Lugansk People’s Republic is a sign of the continuing difficulties of developing appropriate forms of constitutional government in the Ukraine. Plotinitsky was in open conflict with his “Minister of the Interior” Igor Konet whom he had fired but who refused to give[Read More…]

Renewal

Renewal

Look! There at the corner, the old man is crossing the children. All the saints and gods and goddesses of India are dancing around them. Pan is dancing. Nymphs and flowing hair maenads. Dervishes whirl around, like star-ribbons circling an astrolabe. Baal Shem Tov and the martyred, prayer-dance Hasidim. Jesus in cosmic circle dance. Sun smiles. Moon overflows with the[Read More…]

God’s Imagination

God’s Imagination

  “A nuclear weapon can be placed in a shipping container or on a small cabin cruiser, transported by sea, and set off remotely by cellular phone.” — from “Haywire” by Eric Schlosser in Harper’s Magazine/December 2017 This MUST be addressed in classrooms across the United States ASAP. The message here will go in and out of the ears of most[Read More…]

Why The Wait For The City Bus Gets Longer

Why The Wait For The City Bus Gets Longer

  Some times creative writers give insighs into problems better than experts. During the wave of the Theatre of the Absurd Achyut Vaze wrote a play in the 1970s in which the characters wait for a bus which never arrives like Godot in Beckett’s famous play Waiting for Godot. One is reminded of Vaze’s play Chal Re Bhopalya by the[Read More…]

Marital Rape Judgment, Gender Justice And RSS Position

Marital Rape Judgment, Gender Justice And RSS Position

The Supreme Court recently gave the judgment that sex with minor wife can be considered a rape but if 18 years and beyond, marital rape cannot be considered a criminal offence. As per exception 2 of section 375 of IPC sexual intercourse by a man with his own wife, the wife not being under 18 years of age, is not[Read More…]

Holding Uber Accountable: Litigating Over Data Hacks

Holding Uber Accountable: Litigating Over Data Hacks

It sent patrons and users into fits of puzzled anger.  It numbed a good many more who had placed mistaken faith in its operations.  Rapacious, predatory Uber, a ride-hailing company famed for its international ruthlessness, had behaved accordingly.  Last week, the firm revealed that it had received a massive hack in 2016, failing to notify customers and regulators that a[Read More…]

Some Recent Reasons To Distrust American-Allied ‘News’Media

Some Recent Reasons To Distrust American-Allied ‘News’Media

Only enough of the openings of these articles are included here so as to indicate the gist, about the rape of the public’s minds, by the ‘news’media. To see the articles themselves, click onto the given article’s URL, which is shown at its start of each of these articles as presented here: —— —— https://off-guardian.org/2017/11/30/pbs-frontline-putins-revenge-if-it-was-satire-it-would-be-brilliant/ Published on November 30, 2017 [Read More…]

Lebanon Facing Long ‘Independence’ Odds Given Iran’s Regional Triumphalism

Lebanon Facing Long ‘Independence’ Odds Given Iran’s Regional Triumphalism

    Tehran: In many respects the people of Lebanon are gifted if not blessed. Most of whom this observer has been honored to meet are strikingly intelligent, creative, often charming, sometimes cunning and devious, hardworking, ingenious, adaptive, and good natured—much like most people in this region including dear friends in Syria. And all want a real country, and many[Read More…]

Rice threshing near Sangrur, SE Punjab, India. (Photo:  Neil Palmer (CIAT)/flickr/cc)

The Indian Village: A Window Into Indian Society

The inertia of a jungle village is a dangerous thing. Before you know it your whole life has slipped by and you are still waiting there. ― Tahir Shah, House of the Tiger Kin The Indian village has been celebrated by every poet who has admitted to having been touched by India including Rudyard Kipling and Rabindranath Tagore. Social scientists[Read More…]

33rd Anniversary Of The Bhopal Gas Leak Disaster

33rd Anniversary Of The Bhopal Gas Leak Disaster

BHOPAL GAS PEEDITH MAHILA UDYOG SANGHATHAN (BGPMUS) 51, Rajender Nagar, Bhopal 462010 & BHOPAL GAS PEEDITH SANGHARSH SAHAYOG SAMITI (BGPSSS) C/o Delhi Science Forum, Kasra No.275, Saiyad Ul Ajaib, Saket New Delhi – 110030 The escape of about 40 tonnes of methyl isocyanate (MIC) – a highly toxic chemical – from a storage tank on the premises of the pesticide[Read More…]

Veterans Challenge Trump’s Islamophobia

Veterans Challenge Trump’s Islamophobia

The U.S. president, Donald Trump, revealed his inner nature again earlier this week when he retweeted a series of anti-Muslim propaganda videos from the deputy leader of an ultranationalist, neo-fascist hate group in the UK. Trump sank to a new low in terms of the blatant falsehoods and myths he will invoke and propagate to incite enmity against Muslims. He[Read More…]

Investigating The Banks: A Royal Commission In Australia

Investigating The Banks: A Royal Commission In Australia

On Collins Street, Melbourne lies a monument that acts as a gloriously loud remark about how banks are treated in Australia.  The ANZ Gothic Bank, studded with stain glass windows, and equipped with a chapel for bankers is a secular tribute to capitalism.  It sprung up as a result of discovering gold and remains a shrine to Australian materialism. Despite[Read More…]

 How Significant Was Federalism To The Creation Of Pakistan?

 How Significant Was Federalism To The Creation Of Pakistan?

India recently celebrated its 68th Constitution Day on November 26th. A day that commemorates the adoption of the Constitution of India on November 26th, 1949. Albeit contestations whether the Constitution, and the setting up of a Constitutional democracy, has been beneficial to the marginalized, especially the Dalits, women and queer-folk, the occasion calls for a remembrance of the Constitution, its[Read More…]

 Spinning The Ricochet: Brief Commentary On The Steinle Verdict For Teachers

 Spinning The Ricochet: Brief Commentary On The Steinle Verdict For Teachers

  “Trump campaigned significantly using Garcia Zarate as a scapegoat in 2016.” — one of the author’s home schooled teens This article is important because it underscores what’s wrong with teachers using the usual news sources that respected academics recommend for classrooms throughout the United States. The dynamics related to all that impact on the entire world when it comes to[Read More…]

Saudi King Salman presents President Donald Trump with The Collar of Abdulaziz Al Saud Medal at the Royal Court Palace, Saturday, May 20, 2017, in Riyadh. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

 Thomas Friedman’s Whitewashing Of The Dark Saudi Kingdom

  Thomas Friedman is a big name in the realm of journalism and the study of Globalization. He’s known for his anti-Republican liberal views, and for his pro-Israeli sympathies, especially among Arabs and Muslims. I sometimes agree with his strong opinions, especially his critiquing America’s counterproductive foreign policies. I liked one of his comments on the stupidity of spending billions[Read More…]

Preparing For The Future

Preparing For The Future

Recently a friend sent me the following article. It covers lots of excellent and salient points concerning where humanity and the world as a whole are heading into the future. It is “Genetic Feedback and Human Population Regulation” at https://www.researchgate.net/publication/225581823_Genetic_Feedback_and_Human_Population_Regulation and by Russell Hopfenber, apparently from Duke University. Abstract Human population growth has been identified as a primary cause of[Read More…]

The Politics Of Eviction In Assam

The Politics Of Eviction In Assam

A year back the newly elected government in Assam started an eviction drive to free government land of illegal encroachers. While it started with Kaziranga, very soon such drives were carried out all over the state. The government initiative led to a mixed response from people. While many hailed it as a required initiative to save forest land and ensure[Read More…]

Understanding Kumar Vishwas’s Anti Reservation Rhetorics

Understanding Kumar Vishwas’s Anti Reservation Rhetorics

  Aam Admi Party leader Kumar Vishwas’s video of blaming ‘reservation’ in jobs for ‘destroying’ his age old ‘sanskriti’ is in the air. Actually the full video is about 45 minutes and is available on youtube. I thought to watch it to understand fully what he wanted to say. It is clear that Aam Admi Party’s foundations are shaky as[Read More…]

Persons With ‘ Different’ Abilities  – Social Discrimination

Persons With ‘ Different’ Abilities  – Social Discrimination

  Since 1992, after the end of observing a decade for disabled persons(1983 -1992) , every year, December 3 is being celebrated as ‘ international day of disabled persons’ and many events felicitating disabled persons has become common in India as in other countries. According to disability statistics, around 10% of total world population or around 650 million suffer some[Read More…]

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The FCC’s Order Is Out, Here’s What You Need to Know: It Will End Net Neutrality And Break the Internet

By Matt Wood & Gaurav Laroia On Wednesday, Federal Communications Commission Chairman Ajit Pai released his draft order to completely eradicate Net Neutrality. You can read the full text here. The short version is that Pai’s order takes the Net Neutrality rules off the books and abandons the court-approved Title II legal framework that served as the basis for the[Read More…]

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Waiting For The American Dream

  “All good things arrive for them that wait – and don’t die in the meantime.” – Mark Twain It is damp, drizzly November once again, the grim grey in-between month, a time for dying and a time, above all, for waiting.  Waiting for the fallen dead foliage to be buried in snow, waiting for the shortest day to come[Read More…]

The Farewell Sermon Of Prophet Muhammad

The Farewell Sermon Of Prophet Muhammad

(Birth anniversary of Prophet Muhammad-2nd December 2017) As you read these lines, 1.6 billion Muslims across the world, from Morocco to Jakarta, will be paying homage to the Prophet Muhammad on his birthday. This day, 1,428 years ago, Prophet Muhammad delivered the historic Last Sermon (khutabat al-wida) on the parched terrain of Mount of Mercy (Jabal ar-Rahmah) in the Uranah[Read More…]

Führer Trump Tweets Neo-Nazi Anti-Muslim Propaganda

Führer Trump Tweets Neo-Nazi Anti-Muslim Propaganda

On Wednesday, Donald Trump used the bully pulpit of the U.S. presidency to spread neo-Nazi anti-Muslim propaganda to the world.  With three tweets, he elevated a white supremacist fascist group in England which has mobilized mosque invasions and publicly and pridefully harassed average Muslims on the street to the international stage.  But that is not all.  With a move straight[Read More…]

Genocidal U.S Thanksgiving Celebrated Even In Cambodia

Genocidal U.S Thanksgiving Celebrated Even In Cambodia

In Siem Reap: A table was set up for two, an advertisement table,a table with a photo of a giant turkey, two elegant plates, and a U.S. flag sticking out into the air. “Thanksgiving at Angkor Royal Cafe”, a flier read. And: “23rd November… Join us for a traditional Thanksgiving Feast”. This was at one of the international hotels inSiem[Read More…]

Mauritania And Much More Undimmed For The Damned

Mauritania And Much More Undimmed For The Damned

  “In Arab mythology, the al-Sada bird, or death owl, emerges from the body of a murdered man and shrieks until someone takes revenge.” — Lindsey Hilsum “I’m good at killing.” — Barack Obama The one thing most people know about the Islamic Republic of Mauritania — if they know anything at all about that mysterious country in the Maghreb[Read More…]

 Google ‘Ministry of Truth’ Intensifies Suppressing ‘Fake News’ (Such As This)

 Google ‘Ministry of Truth’ Intensifies Suppressing ‘Fake News’ (Such As This)

  On November 18th, Google’s CEO Eric Schmidt spoke about how Google will help to defeat Russia. He said that Google helps in this effort not by “censoring” Russian newsmedia, but by “de-ranking” them in Google web-searches, so that web-pages from these sites, which he calls “propaganda,” will show so far down in the rankings in any Google-search, so that[Read More…]

Mammoth Divorce Bills: The EU And The Surrender Of The Brexiters

Mammoth Divorce Bills: The EU And The Surrender Of The Brexiters

The parties had been groping (appropriate, given the daily revelations about harassment) for some common ground. There had been discussions about having further discussions, hedging, ducking and weaving.  In a dysfunctional relationship, options tend to shrink rather than expand.   And so it turned out in the latest round of Brexit negotiations between the May government and officials of the European[Read More…]

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100 Freedom Activists Call For Investigation Of Ahmed Mola’s Assassination

Ahwazi Arab political activist Ahmed Mola – Press Photo More than 100 Ahwazi Arab, regional and international freedom activists and writers have called for an inquiry into the assassination of distinguished Ahwazi leader and political right activist Ahmed Mola, who was assassinated in The Hague on November 8th.  The Iranian regime, which had threatened Mola on a number of occasions[Read More…]

The Lesson Kim Jong Un Learned From The U.S

The Lesson Kim Jong Un Learned From The U.S

  Pyongyang tested another intercontinental ballistic missile on Wednesday.  Fired nearly vertically, it reached an altitude of 4500 km (2800 miles).  That means it could travel 13,000 km (8150 miles) on a standard trajectory, according to the Union of Concerned Scientists, putting the entire continental U.S. within its range.  In September, the North Koreans conducted a sixth nuclear test.  And[Read More…]

Bad Cop And Bad Judge? You Decide

Bad Cop And Bad Judge? You Decide

Many years ago, a friend of mine was hitchhiking with a knapsack filled with his meager belongings, indeed all that he had, in the rain. He was hitching a ride to a summer resort where he was employed to work and it was around fifteen miles from where the bus depot left him off in a nearby town where he[Read More…]

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Give Some Place In Your Heart For Kidneys! Please!

Give Some Place In Your Heart For Kidneys! Please!

  Heard so much about the heart, but so less about kidneys, right? Our kidneys don’t get a lot of love, and definitely don’t get the attention or concern associated with other major organs like our heart, liver, and lungs. Kidneys are the unsung organs of public health campaigns. We know how to care for our hearts (exercise and eating well)[Read More…]

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Trump Retweets Fascist Anti-Muslim Videos From Britain

US President Donald Trump retweeted three videos Wednesday morning that were posted by Jayda Fransen, the deputy leader of Britain First, a fascist outfit that has specialized in such activities as “mosque invasions” and “Christian patrols” in urban areas with large Muslim populations. Trump’s latest tweeting is an escalation of a political strategy aimed at inciting and encouraging far-right forces.[Read More…]

Backlash Against Russian ‘Fake News’ Is Shutting Down Debate For Real

Backlash Against Russian ‘Fake News’ Is Shutting Down Debate For Real

A few days before the Halloween hearings held by the Senate Judiciary Subcommittee on Crime and Terrorism, where powerful tech companies would provide testimony about their roles disseminating “fake news” during the 2016 election, Twitter announced it would no longer accept advertising from the Russian government-sponsored broadcast channel Russia Today (RT), or the state-owned Sputnik. In a Twitter PublicPolicy blog post (10/26/17), the company said it would “off-board advertising[Read More…]

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The Palestine Liberation Organization office is seen, Saturday, Nov. 18, 2017, in Washington. The Palestinians are threatening to cut off all communication with the Trump administration if it goes through with plans to shutter the office. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

Decades Of US Diplomacy Has Failed: Why The US Wants To Shut Down PLO Office

On November 18, just days before the 50th anniversary of United Nations Resolution 242, the US State Department took its first step towards severing its ties with the Palestinian Liberation Organization (PLO). The timing of this decision could not be any more profound. The first formal contact between the US and the PLO occurred in mid-December, 1988, when US Ambassador[Read More…]

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Palestinian Genocide–imposing Apartheid Israel Complicit In Rohingya Genocide, Other Genocides & US, UK & Australian State Terrorism

Palestinian Genocide–imposing Apartheid Israel Complicit In Rohingya Genocide, Other Genocides & US, UK & Australian State Terrorism

  Apartheid Israel is intimately involved in Aung San Suu Kyi-led Myanmar’s Rohingya Genocide through supply of advanced gunboats and armaments as well as military training to genocidal Burmese forces in Rakhine state. Palestinian Genocide–imposing Apartheid Israel has similarly been involved in the Maya Indian Genocide in Guatemala, Sri Lankan Tamil Genocide, South Sudan Civil War, Syrian Genocide, Iraqi Genocide,[Read More…]

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Ahwazi Activists Cling To Hope As Iranian Regime Persecution Worsens

Ahwazi Activists Cling To Hope As Iranian Regime Persecution Worsens

  Ahwazi Arab activists incarcerated in Iran’s infamous prisons are facing all forms of torture, persecution, and oppression at the hands of prison staff in punishment for supporting freedom, according to reports smuggled out. The Iranian regime has been launching crackdowns even more brutal than usual against activists in the region and across Iran, fearing an uprising, with the people[Read More…]

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Killing The Biosphere To Fast-Track Human Extinction

Killing The Biosphere To Fast-Track Human Extinction

  Several years ago in Cameroon, a country in West Africa, a Western Black Rhinoceros was killed. It was the last of its kind on Earth. Hence, the Western Black Rhinoceros, the largest subspecies of rhinoceros which had lived for millions of years and was the second largest land mammal on Earth, no longer exists. But while you have probably[Read More…]

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Theatre, Death And The ICTY: The Suicide of Slobodan Praljak

Theatre, Death And The ICTY: The Suicide of Slobodan Praljak

Theatre, hysterics, denunciations.  No tight, orderly and sterile space could ever entirely contain those dark characters with lengthy butcher’s bills and blood soaked attributes.  Screams accompanied accusations; words to make all blush were shouted at witnesses, lawyers and judges. In the sanguinary mess of attack, counter-attack and retribution, the International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia was meant to rise,[Read More…]

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CBM’s For The Youth!

CBM’s For The Youth!

(Recalling youth from violence through confidence building measures is good but the question is why did the youth take to violence in the first place?) The Chief Minister has announced amnesty for the first time stone pelters. The cases against these would be reviewed and withdrawn. The initiative is supposed to have been taken on the advice of the new[Read More…]

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Modi’s ‘Gujarat Model’ Of Development: A Reality Check  

Modi’s ‘Gujarat Model’ Of Development: A Reality Check  

  Narendra Modi rode the wave of ‘Gujarat Model of development’ in 2014 to catapult himself to the most powerful office in India. The social media campaign, most probably waged with the help of Madison Avenue agencies, that heralded the State’s economic performance nothing short of spectacular and credited its success to the visionary leadership of Narendra Modi started years[Read More…]

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Janeu Is The Symbol Of Discrimination Hence Discard It

Janeu Is The Symbol Of Discrimination Hence Discard It

  It is the reflection of level of democracy in India that we are reducing to the level whether somebody is wearing a Janeu ( sacred thread) or not. The sacred thread which the brahmanical leadership of this country if proud of flaunting today is nothing but a mischief by the priestly class. Though it is the fundamental right of[Read More…]

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Remembering The Legacy Of Mahatma Jotirao Phule

Remembering The Legacy Of Mahatma Jotirao Phule

Mahatma Jotirao Phule was born into a lower caste Mali family in a Brahmin hegemonic society, about a decade after the British defeated the Peshwas in 1818. This may explain his lifelong resistance to caste and gender hierarchy, which was fuelled and given shape by his exposure to Western radical literature and missionary writings and his involvement in contemporary Indian[Read More…]

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Hadiya’s Plight In A Nation Of Snake-Oil Sellers

Hadiya’s Plight In A Nation Of Snake-Oil Sellers

  India’s apex court has – thankfully – put an interim break to the brouhaha over the much-publicized Hadiya conversion-and-marriage case. Whatever will be the final verdict in this case to be pronounced by the Supreme Court, there is one section, the key benefactor, that is rejoicing with a perverse pleasure from the rooftop. It is the Sangh Parivar, for[Read More…]

Release Akhil Gogoi And Chandrasekhar Ravan

Release Akhil Gogoi And Chandrasekhar Ravan

Akhil Gogoi, the leader of Krishak Mukti Sangram Samiti of Asom, and Chandrasekhar of Bhim Sena in Western Uttar Pradesh have been under detention for many months now. Akhil was arrested on 13 September under sedition charges by the BJP government of the state. On 25 September a total of 122 cases against him were clubbed together under the National[Read More…]

Police Firing In Panjabari, Assam

Police Firing In Panjabari, Assam

29 November 2017, New Delhi: Since Monday (27 November) the state government of Assam has launched an all-out offensive against indigenous communities and people’s movement Krishak Mukti Sangram Samiti. No one can deny Assam state governments openly Hindutva character as the root cause of this repression of muslims and Mising, Karbi, Rabha, Dimasa, Bodo, Koch, Kalita, Ahom and other indigenous[Read More…]

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Tensions Rise Again As North Korea Tests Missile

Tensions Rise Again As North Korea Tests Missile

North Korea test fired a long-range missile today that appears to have the range to potentially hit most parts of continental United States, including its capital Washington DC. The test took place amid high tensions on the Korean Peninsula stoked by the Trump administration’s threats to use military force to destroy North Korea’s nuclear and missile facilities. North Korea fired[Read More…]

Borneo: Island Devastated, People Oblivious

Borneo: Island Devastated, People Oblivious

By Andre Vltchek and Mira Lubis From Indonesian Borneo (Kalimantan): She was just standing there, in the middle of burning land, surrounded by stumps of trees, fire everywhere, smoke rising towards hopelessly gray sky. The expression on her face was mischievous, almost girlish. I had no idea how old she was: she could have been 28, just as she couldeasily[Read More…]

 The U.S. Aristocracy’s Smear-Russia Campaign: Big Brother at Work

 The U.S. Aristocracy’s Smear-Russia Campaign: Big Brother at Work

  Billionaires, both liberal and conservative ones, own, and their corporations advertise in and their ‘charities’ donate to, America’s mainstream (and also many ‘alternative news’) media. They do this not so as to profit directly from the national ‘news’media (a money-losing business, in itself), but so as to control the ’news’ that the voting public (right and left) are exposed[Read More…]

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Branagh, Poirot And Murder on the Orient Express

Branagh, Poirot And Murder on the Orient Express

Few could have colonised a role as comprehensively as David Suchet playing Hercule Poirot, that pedantic, fastidious figure of sleuthing fame created by Agatha Christie.  Manner, affectation, and delivery all seemed immaculate, read, and even delightful.  Invariably, this sort of thespian appropriation and adaptation creates its hordes of admirers, zealots who refuse to accept rivals, pretenders, or usurpers. Kenneth Branagh,[Read More…]

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Does The Israeli-Saudi Alliance Plans A War Against Iran?

Does The Israeli-Saudi Alliance Plans A War Against Iran?

Israel, the USA, and Saudi Arabia are doing everything to lay the foundations for war against Iran. That is why Iran and its people must be demonized and dehumanized. The Israeli governments have been doing this since the Shah of Iran was overthrown by the Iranian people. In general, all Sunni Muslim countries get along very well with Iran, except[Read More…]

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Abominations Abroad And Our Addictions: Advice for Parents and Teachers

Abominations Abroad And Our Addictions: Advice for Parents and Teachers

  “What do they talk about these days at Parent Teacher Association meetings?” — Question asked by one of the author’s home schooled youngsters. Cobalt is such a health hazard that it has a respiratory disease named after it – cobalt lung, a form of pneumonia which causes coughing and leads to permanent incapacity and even death. Even simply eating vegetables[Read More…]

Is Mainstream Media Becoming A Threa To Democracy ?

Is Mainstream Media Becoming A Threa To Democracy ?

I had long left watching the PR agents on the TV studios discussing nationalism or pushing the particular agendas of their political parties. It is over 5 years that I stopped buying newspapers or magazines. I do go through the news through my twitter handle as well as some other forwarded material but that too I am quite selective. In[Read More…]

Plight of Kashmiri Prisoners

Plight of Kashmiri Prisoners

V.R. Krishna Iyer (J) has rightly observed : “In our world prisons are still laboratories of torture, warehouses in which human commodities are sadistically kept and where spectrums of inmates range from drift-wood juveniles to heroic dissenters. It is established that conviction for a crime does not reduce the person into a non-person, so he is entitled to all the[Read More…]

Environmentalists Are Earth’s Antibodies

Environmentalists Are Earth’s Antibodies

        An antibody is a protein produced by the body’s immune system when it detects harmful substances, called antigens (bacteria, fungi, parasites, and viruses) and chemicals. Many of us conceive of nature as a boundless resource to be exploited without any consequence. But, the natural world is vulnerable and our natural resources are precious and finite. Changing climates are[Read More…]

The Vanishing Submarine: Hope And The ARA San Juan

The Vanishing Submarine: Hope And The ARA San Juan

“Once a submariner, always a submariner.” Douglas Renken, Canadian submariner, CBC, Nov 26, 2017 A certain type of grief and moroseness accompanies deaths at sea.  Not being naturally adapted to living in water, humankind has braved the aqueous environment, seeking to conquer it and tame its residents.  At sea, the great battles of mythology are waged, its stories echoed in[Read More…]

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The Betraying Arab League

The Betraying Arab League

  Once again, the Arab League woke up from its deep slumber on November 19th 2017. The League was in a deep paralyzing sleep despite the urgent need for its duties to deal and to solve the issues inflicting the Arab World such as the threat of the terrorist groups, the Zionist Israeli brute oppression of Palestinian Arabs and the[Read More…]

Rawda And Combating Terrorism

Rawda And Combating Terrorism

The barbaric attack that killed 305 worshippers including 27 children during Friday prayers ( 24 November 2017) at the Rawda mosque in North Sinai, Egypt is a tragic reminder to the entire human family that the threat of terrorism is as deadly as ever. Though no one has formally claimed responsibility, it is reported that some of the terrorists carriedDaesh[Read More…]

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PETROGRAD: Soldiers of the Keksgolm Regiment in 1917.

The Great October Revolution: Prison And Punishment

Russia’s tsar regent Boris Godunov exiled, as punishment, a 300-kilogram copper bell to the Siberian town of Tobolsk, in the east, from Uglich in 1591. The exiled bell had to cover a distance of 2,200 kilometers. The bell’s crime: to the tsar regent, the bell appeared as a symbol of political unity of the rebel residents of Uglich. The bell,[Read More…]

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The Rhetorical Trap: North Korea as “State Sponsor of Terrorism”

The Rhetorical Trap: North Korea as “State Sponsor of Terrorism”

Are such designations ever useful?  At the stroke of a pen, an entire state is designated “terrorist” or a seemingly milder sponsor of terrorism, its name finding a way onto a list of supposed unmentionables and moral inverts.  Obscure groups and more notable countries huddle together, supposedly sharing some disreputable common ground and we are none the wiser on the[Read More…]

 How Iran Came to Be Called ‘The Top State Sponsor of Terrorism’

 How Iran Came to Be Called ‘The Top State Sponsor of Terrorism’

  While I happened to be researching another subject, a central question in the investigation came to be how Iran — which supplied none of the 9/11 terrorists and no financing to them and no organizing of them, and which hasn’t been connected with nearly as many terrorist incidents globally as Saudi Arabia has — came to be officially called[Read More…]

A Look at “Kill Anything that Moves: The Real American War in Vietnam”, by Nick Turse

A Look at “Kill Anything that Moves: The Real American War in Vietnam”, by Nick Turse

“Are we supposed to kill women and children?” “Kill everything that moves.” (2) In Kill Anything that Moves: The Real American War in Vietnam (Metropolitan Books. New York. 2013), Turse writes that the US military’s official position, and the popular understanding in the US, is that leadership “has never condoned wanton killing or disregard for human life.” (2) On the rare occasions[Read More…]

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 The Third That’s Needed

 The Third That’s Needed

  “We are such stuff As dreams are made on; and our little life Is rounded with a sleep.” — from The Tempest In Shakespeare’s The Tempest, it is characteristic of Prospero that he has learned to view political life in light of the transitoriness of human achievement in general. Though his initial error was to neglect political life entirely, he[Read More…]

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Amazon Abominations Judged Amiss

Amazon Abominations Judged Amiss

  “The big kahunas of business are to be blamed, but the finger-pointers have to be held accountable too.”  — Rachel Oxman A recent Gizmodo article focuses mainly on worker horror related to the business practices of Amazon and shocking revelations respecting lack of legislation, but there’s lots more to focus on in reviewing the Amazon phenomenon, which accounts for[Read More…]

Demonetisation, One Year After: Towards A Synoptic View

Demonetisation, One Year After: Towards A Synoptic View

Prefatory Note Demonetisation is, beyond doubt, the most talked of action taken by the incumbent NarendraModi regime, as yet, which came to be in place in May 20141, just over three and a half years back replacing the UPA regime, with the Congress at the head, soundly defeating it in the national poll held a while earlier.2, 3, 4 One[Read More…]

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Barbarism Is Back With A Bang

Barbarism Is Back With A Bang

The UP CM Adityanath says criminals will be killed, that no power in the world can stop building of a temple at Ayodhya even though there is an established judicial process to try and sentence criminals and the Ram temple issue is sub-judice. Aadhar is being forced down the throats of citizens despite SC orders to the contrary. The RSS[Read More…]

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NRC Row In Assam: On Asking The Right Questions

NRC Row In Assam: On Asking The Right Questions

Assamese media has been time and again criticized for sidelining media ethics while reporting. In a latest case, they have continued with such behavior. A month back a meeting was held in Delhi to discuss some important issues related to Assam. The updating of National Register of Citizens and the persisting delay in the process was to be discussed. Some[Read More…]

Cultural Terrorists Of India: Where Do They Take Us?

Cultural Terrorists Of India: Where Do They Take Us?

India in the past few years has seen ‘self-styled’ cultural soldiers out there to defend the culture of India. They may operate in many names ‘Ram Sena’, ‘Hindu Sena’ or ‘Karni Sena’. Their stated aim is to protect ‘culture’, ‘morality’ from the negative cultural influences of the west or other religions. This they seek to undertake in the name of[Read More…]

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A Decent Shelter For India’s Homeless

A Decent Shelter For India’s Homeless

One of the most challenging problems of our times is homelessness. While we continue to record improvements in dealing with poverty, homelessness has been plagued with an unimaginative response from policy pundits.The apathetic approach of successive governments is symptomatic of the disease that ails India’s housing system. Housing is often the bedrock of other development interventions: owning land boosts health[Read More…]

India’s Constitution: When Nation Celebrated Its Adoption, RSS Mourned It

India’s Constitution: When Nation Celebrated Its Adoption, RSS Mourned It

An amazing fact about the Indian Constitution adopted by the Constituent Assembly of India (CA) on November 26, 1949 is that out of 35 constitutional polities born after World War II, India is the only country which survives with its Constitution. All other countries fell prey to totalitarianism, civil war and military take-over. It is not that Indian democracy had[Read More…]

Admiral Ramdas Requests Judicial Enquiry Into Judge Loya’s Mysterious Death

Admiral Ramdas Requests Judicial Enquiry Into Judge Loya’s Mysterious Death

Former Navy Chief Admiral L. Ramdas has requested that a “high level judicial inquiry” into “mysterious circumstances” of the death of Brijgopal Harkishan Loya, the Special CBI Judge presiding over the trial of BJP President Amit Shah and several Gujarat Police Officers in the Sohrabuddin fake encounter case. In a letter addressed to Chief Justice of India Dipak Misra, Admiral[Read More…]

Protests In Pakistan Turn Violent And Emerging Role Of Other Forces

Protests In Pakistan Turn Violent And Emerging Role Of Other Forces

In Pakistan Street protests have affected cities like Imamabad, and is spreading in other cities as well. About six persons have died and more than two hundred have been injured. PTI has reported that the police aided by paramilitary Rangers and Frontier Constabulary yesterday launched a massive operation against activists of Tehreek-i-Khatm-i-Nabuwwat, Tehreek-i-Labaik Ya Rasool Allah and Sunni Tehreek Pakistan[Read More…]

The Violent Conclusion: Manus Island And The Clearing of Lombrom Naval Base

The Violent Conclusion: Manus Island And The Clearing of Lombrom Naval Base

It was another etching in a chronicle of extended violence.  For days, resistance by refugees and asylum seekers against forced removal from the Lombrom Naval Base on Manus Island had taken very public form.  Images of defiance and distress were receiving international attention.  With no electricity, with water supplies destroyed, things were getting dire. As the weekend dawned, PNG officials[Read More…]

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Foreign Policy Blues: The Australian Foreign Policy White Paper

Foreign Policy Blues: The Australian Foreign Policy White Paper

The Australian Foreign Policy White paper was touted as a main course for consumers of policy, a document that revealed the inner workings of those creatures working for the Department of Trade and Foreign Affairs. Its temper is predictable, its prose wooden, the voice of a satrap trapped in the body of a sovereign. There were the traditional nods, the[Read More…]

 Cross Over To Where You Really Bear The Disappearing Bear On Your Back

 Cross Over To Where You Really Bear The Disappearing Bear On Your Back

  “We should be clear about what it costs to bare one’s soul and make an authentic difference.”  — one of the author’s home schooled youngsters I’ll be relocating to Lodi, California soon, the place that Credence Clearwater Revival “honored” back in the day when they made a fuss about getting stuck there… “again.” And — once again — I[Read More…]

Silicon Valley As Richard II: Setting The Stage For Teachers

Silicon Valley As Richard II: Setting The Stage For Teachers

  Not all the water in the rough rude sea Can wash the balm from an anointed king. (King Richard, Act 3 Scene 2) The ability of scientists to not only record and analyze brain activity but also influence it is growing, and those in academic circles on all levels — I humbly and respectfully submit — are obliged to[Read More…]

Berlin-Moscow, Moscow-Berlin

Berlin-Moscow, Moscow-Berlin

(Dateline: Rome, Nov. 23, 2017) We should make no mistake about who commands in the European Union. Germany commands. For example: The “special Paris-Berlin relationship” makes headlines, but for Germany that relationship is nothing special. Not so for France. Traditional France is always in search of old glories while practical-pragmatic Berlin chooses Germany’s partners and the nature of their relationship. Germany[Read More…]

Iran’s Apartheid Policies Destroy Ahwazi People And Environment

Iran’s Apartheid Policies Destroy Ahwazi People And Environment

  A new wave of dust storms has hit the cities of Ahwaz in the south and south west of the country, a phenomenon to which the Ahwazi people have become accustomed. Dust storms have become commonplace in throughout Ahwaz region. According to the IRNA news agency, hospitals and health centers in Ahwaz capital received more than 300 cases of[Read More…]

Conflicts Over Resources

Conflicts Over Resources

Small scale and massive resource fights are totally understandable while predictable. They’ve been transpiring for millennia because practically everything alive needs to steal energy, directly or indirectly, from something or someone else to continue to exist. This transfer of energy, usually, involves killing. Imagine this happening on the African plains, for instance. There a leopard trounces on a gazelle. Sometimes[Read More…]

CNN Breaks Story On Slave Trade In Libya; French Government Voices Concern For African Migrants

CNN Breaks Story On Slave Trade In Libya; French Government Voices Concern For African Migrants

The world we find ourselves in is complex and full of contradictions. It is easy to fall for rudimentary textbook propaganda based on simplistic dichotomies, such as ‘the good guys versus the bad guys’. If we are not aware of the complexities and nuances facing us, we can fall for this type of propaganda, whose sole aim is to keep[Read More…]

Relationship Between Our Nightmares And Dreams

Relationship Between Our Nightmares And Dreams

  “Was I sleeping, while the others suffered? Am I sleeping now? Tomorrow, when I wake, or think I do, what shall I say of today?”  — Samuel Beckett, Waiting for Godot Arguably, the most haunting passage in Gabriel Garcia Marquez’ classic novel One Hundred Years of Solitude, describes the army arriving to quell striking banana workers in the mythical town of[Read More…]

Supporting Truth Or Spouting Lies

Supporting Truth Or Spouting Lies

Private companies — i.e., Fox News, CBS, “New York Times,” Twitter,Facebook, etc. — can and will slant, shape and selectively share news, and other information in any perspective that their corporate management pleases. This has always been the case since the beginning of writing, talking and creating periodicals, and it’s not stopping now. noun. an employee whose allegiance to his[Read More…]

Net neutrality supporters hold signs in front of the White House. (Photo: Joseph Gruber/flickr/cc)

FCC Commissioner Begs Nation To Stop GOP Colleagues From Killing Net Neutrality

After one commissioner called the FCC’s newly-released plan to roll back net neutrality “worse than one could imagine,” a second commissioner is now calling voters to make sure the proposal by Republican Chairman Ajit Pai does not go through. In a Los Angeles Times op-ed published Thursday—entitled “I’m on the FCC. Please stop us from killing net neutrality“—Commissioner Jessica Rosenworcel points to the overwhelming public support[Read More…]

No New Mass Shootings In The Last Five Minutes?

No New Mass Shootings In The Last Five Minutes?

  The president embarked on his first foreign trip with a clear-eyed outlook that the world is not a “global community” but an arena where nations, nongovernmental actors and businesses engage and compete for advantage. We bring to this forum unmatched military, political, economic, cultural and moral strength. Rather than deny this elemental nature of international affairs, we embrace it….[Read More…]

Iran,  Russia And Turkey Agree To Hold ‘Syrian People’s  Congress’ To Bring Together All Warring Sides

Iran,  Russia And Turkey Agree To Hold ‘Syrian People’s  Congress’ To Bring Together All Warring Sides

  Russian President Vladimir Putin has said his Iranian and Turkish counterparts have supported a proposal to hold a “Syrian people’s congress” that will bring together government and opposition figures. The Russian President on Wednesday (Nov 22) hosted Hassan Rouhani and Recep Tayyip Erdogan, just as some Syrian opposition groups met in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia’s capital, before United Nations-sponsored talks in Geneva.[Read More…]

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 What The Sufi Said

In your heart of hearts, a heart-shaped mirror.  Mirror of peace between wings of fire. In that living crucible—a gleam of blue light.  Light is your soul: Angel of Life. Soul is as hard to follow as footsteps of God.  Soul is as easy to affirm as trust. Soul is felt.  She is shared.  The same as when lovers share[Read More…]

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A Less Than Modest Proposal To End The War In Yemen

”I have been assured by a very knowing American of my acquaintance in London, that a young healthy child well nursed is at a year old a most delicious, nourishing, and wholesome food, whether stewed, roasted, baked, or boiled …” —Jonathan Swift, 1729 (from “A Modest Proposal”) I am writing this on Thanksgiving eve. Tomorrow, like so many other fellow[Read More…]

Kashmir Conflict: Revisiting Nehru’s Legacy

Kashmir Conflict: Revisiting Nehru’s Legacy

  With the end of British paramountcy on 15th August 1947 India’s towering leader, Jawaharlal Nehru, famously declared India’s ‘tryst with destiny’. What followed the aspirational beginning of a new India was light years away from Nehru’s democratic socialism or secularism . Hundreds & thousands of Muslim refugees were killed, if not with the consent of Nehru, but at least[Read More…]

Financial Literacy: Key To Economic Freedom

Financial Literacy: Key To Economic Freedom

  Financial services are like clean water and electricity. They are made possible though ideal financial societies that provide safe and convenient ways of managing their everyday simple monetary affairs. This philosophy is known as financial inclusion. It includes providing affordable, safe and properly regulated financial tools to people. These tools enable them to save and to responsibly borrow—allowing them[Read More…]

From An Open Internet, Back To The Dark Ages

From An Open Internet, Back To The Dark Ages

  Nazareth: Can anyone still doubt that access to a relatively free and open internet is rapidly coming to an end in the west? In China and other autocratic regimes, leaders have simply bent the internet to their will, censoring content that threatens their rule. But in the “democratic” west, it is being done differently. The state does not have[Read More…]

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Commons In The Political Mainstream?

The Labour Party in the UK, which has a good chance of taking political power at the next election, has been involved in a process of policy development which involves taking up ideas from the commons movement and is focused around the revival of and protection of commons. In one week I have now been to three public events commemorating[Read More…]

History, Law And Ratko Mladić

History, Law And Ratko Mladić

While Zimbabwe was changing under various inexorable forces of power, the more sterile surrounds of The Hague and the International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia offered the scene for a conviction. The “Serb Warlord” or the “Butcher of Bosnia”, as he has been termed in various circles, had finally received a verdict few were doubting.  One of the doubters[Read More…]

Overseeing The Slaughter Overseas

Overseeing The Slaughter Overseas

  Gonna raise me an army, some tough sons of bitches I’ll recruit my army from the orphanages — Bob Dylan, Thunder on the Mountain The Southeast corridor of the U.S. — particularly, Georgia and Florida — have a  higher per capita representation among the military than any other region. The South, in general, boasts 40% of the total number of military[Read More…]

Padmawati, The Queen

Padmawati, The Queen

Padmawati was all dressed up for the occasion- a red saree with an equally red blouse and a small ghunghat that carefully covered the charm of her dark face. A small nose ring which curved and curled into a nathuri stuck on to her right nostril. The two artificial garnets of her nathuri glittered in the sunlight. Three blackish-grey tattoo[Read More…]

Kashmir On “Auto-Pilot”!

Kashmir On “Auto-Pilot”!

(People allege that the governance is missing in Kashmir but in reality, the State has been put on an “Auto-Pilot” like an aircraft taking a long range flight!) It is usual practice with the flight crew of a long range passenger aircraft goingon long flights usually inter-continental ones, to put the aircraft on “Auto-Pilot”. The “Auto-Pilot” controls all functions of[Read More…]

View From The Eastern Verandah…. With Latha Anantha….

View From The Eastern Verandah…. With Latha Anantha….

I compose this letter in my mind’s scribble pad sitting in the eastern verandah of the wild refuge you adopted as your home 2 decades back. Beyond the Diwi-Diwi tree, the path leads to the small pond that you always used to invite me to join for a dip as a break from  my urban home. I can hear racket-tailed[Read More…]

Bridging The Gender Gap

Bridging The Gender Gap

    Women and girls play a lesser recognised role as drivers of growth and progress and powerful agents of change. Gender remains a critically important and largely ignored lens to view development issues across the world. Gender inequality is not only a pressing moral and social issue but also a critical economic challenge. India has a larger relative economic value at[Read More…]

Internet Defenders Urge Mass Revolt To Fight FCC’s “Scorched-Earth” Attack On Net Neutrality

Internet Defenders Urge Mass Revolt To Fight FCC’s “Scorched-Earth” Attack On Net Neutrality

Open internet advocates warned that “we’re running out of time” to save the web from corporate control and called on Americans to make their representatives’ phones “ring off the hook” Tuesday after FCC chairman Ajit Pai unveiled his long-awaited plan to scrap net neutrality that critics slammed as “naked corporatism” designed to give a major gift to the telecom industry at the expense of[Read More…]

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Robert Mugabe Resigns As President Of Zimbabwe

Robert Mugabe resigned as president on Tuesday, six days after Zimbabwe’s military first moved against him. His resignation was announced in the midst of a debate in parliament on impeachment initiated by his factional rivals in the ruling Zimbabwe African National Union-Patriotic Front (ZANU-PF). Mugabe, 93, who has led the country for 37 years, refused to go after last Wednesday’s[Read More…]

Crocodiles And Freedom Fighters: Zimbabwe, Colonialism And Violence

Crocodiles And Freedom Fighters: Zimbabwe, Colonialism And Violence

The strongman lost some muscle this week.  Robert Mugabe, a leader of the liberation movement that transformed colonially pressed Rhodesia into post-colonial Zimbabwe, had issued a letter of resignation.  There had been no orgy of blood, no ordering of grievances with a vast butcher’s bill – at least for now.  Over 37 years Mugabe had become one of bad boys[Read More…]

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The Quality of Mercy

The Quality of Mercy

During the spring of 1999, as part of Voices in the Wilderness’s campaign to end indiscriminately lethal U.S./U.N. economic sanctions against Iraq, the Fellowship of Reconciliation arranged for two Nobel Peace laureates, Adolfo Perez Esquivel and Mairead Maguire, to visit the country. Before their travel, Voices activists helped organize meetings for them with a range of ordinary Iraqis affected by[Read More…]

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India Must Scale Up Efforts At Adaptation To Climate Change

India Must Scale Up Efforts At Adaptation To Climate Change

The principal aim of the Paris Agreement as laid down under its Article 2 is to hold the “increase in the global average temperature to well below 2 °C above pre-industrial levels.” Article 2 also stresses upon, inter alia,“Increasing the ability to adapt to the adverse impacts of climate change.” The Paris Agreement is, in fact, replete with Articles that[Read More…]

 Relationship Between Rape And Rape Of The Planet

 Relationship Between Rape And Rape Of The Planet

  “What’s the shock about how men are sexually harassing women in the context of our horrid societal and environmental momentum?” — question asked by one of the author’s home schooled teens Imagine a half-dozen Emergency Medical Technicians putting bandages on a person who has been assaulted by a knife-wielding psychopath. The EMTs are trying desperately to stop this person[Read More…]

Averting The Apocalypse: Lessons From Costa Rica

Averting The Apocalypse: Lessons From Costa Rica

Earlier this summer, a paper published in the journal Nature captured headlines with a rather bleak forecast. Our chances of keeping global warming below the 2C danger threshold are very, very small: only about 5%. The reason, according to the paper’s authors, is that the cuts we’re making to greenhouse gas emissions are being cancelled out by economic growth. In the coming[Read More…]

70 Years of Broken Promises: The Untold Story Of The Partition Plan

70 Years of Broken Promises: The Untold Story Of The Partition Plan

  In a recent talk before Chatham House think-tank in London, Israeli Prime Minister, Benjamin Netanyahu, approached the issue of a Palestinian state from an intellectual perspective. Before we think of establishing a Palestinian state, he mused, “it is time we reassessed whether the modern model we have of sovereignty, and unfettered sovereignty, is applicable everywhere in the world.” It[Read More…]

 Syria, ‘Experts’ And George Monbiot

 Syria, ‘Experts’ And George Monbiot

Nazareth: Investigative journalist Gareth Porter has published two exclusives whose import is far greater than may be immediately apparent. They concern Israel’s bombing in 2007 of a supposed nuclear plant secretly built, according to a self-serving US and Israeli narrative, by Syrian leader Bashar Assad. [https://consortiumnews.com/2017/11/18/israels-ploy-selling-a-syrian-nuke-strike/] Although the attack on the “nuclear reactor” occurred a decade ago, there are pressing[Read More…]

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Palestinians Hold Protest In Ramallah Against “Betrayal” By South African Government Officials

Palestinians Hold Protest In Ramallah Against “Betrayal” By South African Government Officials

On 20 November 2017, Palestinians from various civil society organizations held a protest outside the SA Embassy in the West Bank Palestinian city of Ramallah. One protestor held a placard reading “We stood firmly with your liberation struggle, too much to expect your support for ours?”, another protestor held a poster reading “South Africa can’t support our struggle for self determination? Do[Read More…]

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The Roots Of Violence And Carnage

The Roots Of Violence And Carnage

When I was a young adult, I told my Mohawk friend, Ray Fadden, that I was disturbed by the brutality that lays at the base of life and told him that I had observed that all life proceeds by wreckage of other life. How could it be otherwise in a closed energy system such as we have on Earth? Thus,[Read More…]

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Thanksgiving For JFK

  If he had lived, President John F. Kennedy would have been 100 years old this year.  At Thanksgiving dinner tomorrow, his family would be raising a glass in his honor. But as we all know, he was murdered in Dallas, Texas on this date – November 22nd – in 1963.  A true war hero twice over, he risked his[Read More…]

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State Hospitals’ Neglect Aggravate The Crisis In AIIMS

State Hospitals’ Neglect Aggravate The Crisis In AIIMS

The number of people sitting outside AIIMS, waiting to be treated, reflects the grim reality of health sector in states like Uttar Pradesh, Bihar, Haryana, etc. “I am counting the last days of my life, along with waiting to get operated; whichever comes soon will end my ordeal,” said attendance Mishra from West Champaran district of Bihar. He visited countless[Read More…]

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Google Announces Moves To Censor RT And Sputnik

Google Announces Moves To Censor RT And Sputnik

All but admitting that Google is engaged in censorship, Eric Schmidt, executive chairman of Google’s parent company Alphabet, announced that Google will create algorithms designed to “de-rank” web sites such as RT and Sputnik on its news delivery services. In a question and answer session at the Halifax International Security Forum in Canada over the weekend, Schmidt laid out Google’s[Read More…]

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Trump; Merchant of Death

  The American economy is basically a war economy. The American military industrial complex with its associated other industries and corporations; banking and finance, intelligent technologies, telecommunication, military research, spying and surveillance departments, mercenary terrorist groups and proxy wars around the whole globe, are the major contributing factors to the revenues of the American mega-corporations, that are covertly controlled and[Read More…]

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Protesting Farmers Hold Their Parliament, Pass Bills As The  Real One Looks Away

More than 3 lakh suicides in three decades and millions of other lives ruined would qualify as a national disaster forcing the government to tackle it all guns blazing in any democracy. Alas, it does not in the one that claims to be the largest of them all, the democracies. In fact it hardly gets registered even as a minor[Read More…]

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COP23: Key Outcomes Agreed at the UN Climate Talks in Bonn

COP23: Key Outcomes Agreed at the UN Climate Talks in Bonn

Climate change was again placed at the centre of global diplomacy over the past two weeks as diplomats and ministers gathered in Bonn, Germany, for the latest annual round of United Nations climate talks. COP23, the second “conference of the parties” since the Paris Agreement was struck in 2015, promised to be a somewhat technical affair as countries continued to negotiate the[Read More…]

A New Movement Of Rights And The Right In Australia

A New Movement Of Rights And The Right In Australia

Scholars have wondered what “triggers” might be in the social furniture of a culture that might propel a people to embrace a bill of rights.  Australia remains proudly, and idiosyncratically, opposed. Previous efforts to enshrine a charter of rights have failed, accused of being totalitarian usurpations, dangerous incorporations of foreign laws, and a straightjacket on political will. Rights, in actual[Read More…]

A Partisanship Of The Heart: Interior Measures Towards A Re-Visioning Of Capitalism’s Imperium Of Death

A Partisanship Of The Heart: Interior Measures Towards A Re-Visioning Of Capitalism’s Imperium Of Death

  According to a nationwide study [[https://www.cdc.gov/nchs/nvss/vsrr/drug-overdose-data.htm] conducted by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), a greater number of U.S. Americans died (approximately 65,000) from drug overdoses last year than were killed during the course of the Vietnam War. All part and parcel of capitalism’s war against life itself. The emotional and physical pain, anxiety, and depression inflicted by the[Read More…]

Hot Chocolate, Anyone?

Hot Chocolate, Anyone?

  “All those sociological ingredients, the endless articles and insightful interviews, the official reports and incessant pontificating tomes don’t warm the body, let alone the soul. Privileged people aren’t just letting souls waste away, they continue to stir up the coldest, sickest brew imaginable for the immserated, not acknowledging that all souls are the same, deserve the same.” — one[Read More…]

Rani Padmavati, Right Wing Brigade And The Distortion of History

Rani Padmavati, Right Wing Brigade And The Distortion of History

Co-Written by Peer Bilal Baba & M Altaf Kumhar About the History, there is a thing that we are never sure what exactly happened because often, the facts get mutated with the ravages of time and travel.Padmavati, the upcoming Bollywood film based on a poem about a Rajput ‘fictitious’ queen written by the16th century Sufi poet Malik Muhammad Jayasi, has[Read More…]

The Poor Woman Wants A Handup, Not A Handout

The Poor Woman Wants A Handup, Not A Handout

  The poor themselves can create a poverty-free world all we have to do is to free them from the chains that we have put around them -Nobel Laureate Muhammad Yunus When I first initiated livelihood finance projects for women, more than two decades back, I encountered stiff resistance from the local elders who couldn’t believe that their women could[Read More…]

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That Boy

That Boy

– Remember what I asked you first?
– ‘Do you have parents?’
– One of your eyes is huge and red – do you know this?
– No
– Don’t you look at mirrors?
– Looked at one long ago
Silence.

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War’s Carnage Demands Empathy

War’s Carnage Demands Empathy

Co-Written by Dave Lannen and Laura Franseen My friend Laura and I recently contemplated the mental strain that combatants, civilians and non-combatants — such as medics — face. Battlefield medicine is a remarkable success story; however, frontline soldiers and civilians are subject to increasingly deadly weapons. More survive to reach combat hospitals, but they suffer a more complex degree of[Read More…]

Nearly 200 Million Are Modern Slaves or Child Laborers

Nearly 200 Million Are Modern Slaves or Child Laborers

According to a report by the United Nation’s International Labour Organization, nearly 200 million people are victims of modern slavery or child labor around the globe. In 2016, 40.3 million men, women and children were victims of modern slavery. Nearly one in ten children, or 151.6 million people, are victims of child labor. The report defines “modern slavery” as “the various forms[Read More…]

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The Syrian War Orphans One Million Children

The Syrian War Orphans One Million Children

  As many as a million children have been orphaned by the war in Syria which is in its sixth year, Aljazeera reported Sunday (Nov 19). The UN has warned against the dangers facing children without parents such as lack of education, trafficking and being indoctrinated by armed groups. Many children are living in orphanages being run by local charities[Read More…]

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Over 15,000 Scientists Issue Dire Warning To Humanity On Catastrophic Climate Change And Biodiversity Loss

Over 15,000 Scientists Issue Dire Warning To Humanity On Catastrophic Climate Change And Biodiversity Loss

  A shocking  and dire  warning has been issued by over  15,000 scientists that we are badly running out of time to save the Planet from over-exploitation and man-made global warming. This warning is backed by data on disastrous trajectories in 9 out of 10 key areas over the last 24 years,  comes 25 years after a similar warning by[Read More…]

Fight Against Systemic, Structural Sexual Harassment And Gendered Violence

Fight Against Systemic, Structural Sexual Harassment And Gendered Violence

Women Against Sexual Violence and State Repression (WSS) stands firmly with the survivors who have faced sexual harassment at the hands of the perpetrators on and off the list and, most importantly, extends solidarity in this moment of unravelling narratives, disjointed arguments and personal struggles of individuals voicing their experiences. The last few weeks have seen lists of sexual harassers[Read More…]

Local currencies: The wasted opportunities

Local currencies: The wasted opportunities

Within alternative movements there is much interest in introducing local currencies and they have been central elements in many Transition Towns and other initiatives.  Unfortunately I think most of these have been quite misguided, failing to grasp the power a local currency can have, and not likely to make a significant contribution to goals such as town sustainability and resilience.[Read More…]

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The Veiled Threat:  Australia’s Campaign Against New Zealand Refugee Policy

The Veiled Threat:  Australia’s Campaign Against New Zealand Refugee Policy

Another twist in the farce over the stained treatment of refugees on Papua New Guinea’s Manus Island has surfaced.  New Zealand has been insisting for some time that it is more than willing to welcome some 150 to its shores. Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern, much to the irritation of Australia’s Turnbull government, has been particularly enthusiastic. Australia has remained resolutely[Read More…]

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Kancha Ilaiah & his controversial book Samajika Smugglurlu Komatollu

What Does Jai Sriram Poster Mean?

  As the debate on the Arya-Vysya attack against me was taking place at the national and international level two things have happened. One, the Chandrababu Naidu Government in alliance with BJP in Andhra Pradesh arrested me in my home on 28 October, so that I would not go to Vijayawada (Amaravathi) and attend the public meeting. This public meeting[Read More…]

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Prophesy; How Not To Find Your Voice

Prophesy; How Not To Find Your Voice

                         Frederick Nietzsche spent his fortieth-birthday reflecting on how the Middle East had provided three major exportations of prophetic doctrinal interpretations of god-speak.  He poured over the four etchings of Muhammad, Moses, Isaiah and Jesus he had in his possession, beholding a formidable gallery of conscionable males expressing passion for what they believed werethe indisputably correct paths toward salvation, revealed[Read More…]

Aabaar Naxalbari, Naxalbari again

Aabaar Naxalbari, Naxalbari again

First of three interviews from the cradle of the revolutionary uprising Aneek, an independent, radical Baanglaa monthly from Kolkata, India, in its 53rd years of publication, interviewed three leaders of the Naxalbari Uprising. The leaders with working class background were organizing armed struggle of the poor-landless peasantry in the Naxalbari region since the earliest days of the revolutionary initiative. Following[Read More…]

Trump’s New Stance On China And Obstinacy On Climate Change

Trump’s New Stance On China And Obstinacy On Climate Change

  If there was a striking theme in the Trump Asian trip, it was a clearly less muscular policy towards China. U.S. naval patrols to reinforce freedom of navigation rights in the South China Sea were always provocative and appear to have ceased.  The U.S. has also withdrawn from the Trans Pacific Partnership now been led by Japan and clearly[Read More…]

 Holocaust Survivors Quiet Allies Of A Wall St. That Once Invested In Nazi War On Russia & Jews 

 Holocaust Survivors Quiet Allies Of A Wall St. That Once Invested In Nazi War On Russia & Jews 

  That WW II was a ‘good war,’ ‘good’ triumphing over ‘evil’ a madman had brought about, has been a gargantuan deception solidified in Wall St owned media & movies ominously conditioning us to tolerate profitable genocide ad infinitum! Criminally insane Hitler was used by wealthy capitalists to invade the USSR. Even Jewish Holocaust survivors quietly support new genocides by[Read More…]

The Gift

The Gift

You are a gift.
Wrapped. Untouched.
In an islet.

Saudis And Trump: Gambling Bigly

Saudis And Trump: Gambling Bigly

“My grandfather rode a camel, my father rode a camel, I drive a Mercedes, my son drives a Land Rover, his son will drive a Land Rover, but his son will ride a camel.” –  Rashid bin Saeed Al Maktoum, first Prime Minister of United Arab Emirates Try this simple mental exercise. Imagine a hypothetical Middle Eastern monarchy in which: Virtually[Read More…]

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Capitalism Is Not the Only Choice

Since the breakup of the Soviet bloc and China’s turn toward free markets, many economists have pronounced an “end of history,” where capitalism reigns supreme as the ultimate form of economy. Perhaps “there is no alternative” to a globalized neoliberal economy, as former British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher often said. Indeed, free markets in which individuals compete to get what[Read More…]

IEA Predicts Rise of Cheap Renewables And China’s Move Away From Coal

IEA Predicts Rise of Cheap Renewables And China’s Move Away From Coal

The global energy system is in a state of flux. Renewables are experiencing rapid deployment and steep pricefalls. A growing portion of global energy is provided by electricity. There’s a slow, but apparently inexorable move away from coal in China. And there’s a surge in natural gas and oil production in the US. These are just some of the insights[Read More…]

Saving Our Planet With Reciprocal Altruism

Saving Our Planet With Reciprocal Altruism

 “The only choice left to us is to decide how much worse we are willing to let things get. We still have time to save, or restore, a large part of the gentle and benevolent environment that has made our lives possible. We can’t, however, do it easily. We can’t do it at all without at the same time making[Read More…]

The Great October Revolution: The Peasants Perish

The Great October Revolution: The Peasants Perish

  “[I]n this open step the sheep wander from Asia into Europe, and the Kirgiz shepherd drives them back again into Asia without knowing that he has crossed a geographer’s frontier.” Thus describes Geroid Tanquary Robinson a part of Russia in Rural Russia under the Old Regime, a History of the Landlord-Peasant World and a Prologue to the Peasant Revolution[Read More…]

Trump And The Nuclear Option: The Fiction of Sanity

Trump And The Nuclear Option: The Fiction of Sanity

It had not happened in decades.  On Tuesday, members of the US Congress gathered to consider the scope of presidential power in launching a nuclear strike.  The state of the mind of the current president was very much at the forefront of the discussion, even if some present preferred not to name him specifically. One senator who was fairly frank[Read More…]

The Right To Life Of Ahmed Mola And The Netherlands’ Obligations

The Right To Life Of Ahmed Mola And The Netherlands’ Obligations

Ahmed Mola Nissi  The right to life, liberty and security of person have been asserted under Article 3 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, Article 6 and 9 of the International Covenant on Civil and Political rights (ICCPR) and Article 2 of the European Convention on Human Rights. Without a doubt, the right to life is one of the[Read More…]

Response To Hate Speech

Response To Hate Speech

I am so used to hate speech and sometimes hate crimes carried out for any number of reasons that it is now in my blood. I’ve been trying to stop them since I was five years old and saw Hiroshima Maidens, civilians, in NYC for reconstructive surgery for missing body parts. The War Was Won Before Hiroshima—And the Generals Who[Read More…]

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The Brownfields Don’t Have to Get You Down in Stockton

“Stockton was named an All-America City four times in the last eighteen years. I think it has the potential to become an All-World City next year.” — one of the author’s home schooled youngsters A Brownfields site is any land in the United States that has been contaminated by hazardous waste and identified by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) as a[Read More…]

Then There’s Only One Choice By Wolfgang Borchert

Then There’s Only One Choice By Wolfgang Borchert

This month marks the 70th anniversary of the death of Wolfgang Borchert, a young German writer who was seriously wounded in World War II then imprisoned for resistance activities. Physically destroyed, he lived only two years after the war. During that time he wrote antiwar literature that is widely read in Germany but little known in the USA, where it[Read More…]

100 Years After Peace-Land-Bread And 50 Years After Naxalbari Peasants Rebellion Where Do We Stand Now

100 Years After Peace-Land-Bread And 50 Years After Naxalbari Peasants Rebellion Where Do We Stand Now

On the Sept 22, 2017, during a march of All India Kisan Sangharsh Co-ordination Committee, one of its leaders Mr Yogendra Yadav (henceforth YY) told us, “So, what we are witnessing is the beginning of something that can only be described as a peasant rebellion”[1]  Because, there were outbursts of peasants’ movement in several states of India in the last[Read More…]

Indian Ultra Right Party Honors The Assassin Of Nation’s Father, Mahatma Gandhi

Indian Ultra Right Party Honors The Assassin Of Nation’s Father, Mahatma Gandhi

  Sixty nine years after Father of the Nation Mahatma Gandhi was assassinated, a “shrine” dedicated to his killer Nathuram Godse was set up in Guwalior by the Hindu Mahasabha on Wednesday (Nov 15), Hindustan Times reported. The ultra right wing organization installed a bust of Godse inside its office premises amid Vedic chants to mark the anniversary of his[Read More…]

First World Day Of The Poor-19 November 2017

First World Day Of The Poor-19 November 2017

   Poverty won’t allow him to lift up his head; dignity won’t allow him to bow it down  — Malagasy Proverb The global battle against poverty has acquired a new dimension this year with Pope Francis declaring   19 November 2017 as the First World Day of the Poor. Hereafter it will be observed on 33rd Sunday of every year. The[Read More…]

Understanding Secessionism In The Era Of Globalization — An Eco-Socialist View

Understanding Secessionism In The Era Of Globalization — An Eco-Socialist View

In September 2014, I had occasion to write an article entitled Unity or Separation? – Did the Scots Decide Sensibly?1 In that year, the provincial government of Scotland, the Scottish National Party (SNP), and a large part of the Scottish people, who wanted to secede from the United Kingdom, held a referendum on the question. A majority voted No. The secessionists were[Read More…]

Preparing For The Future

Preparing For The Future

One of my friends of ten years wrote, “The question of our time is this: Have we now moved past a critical fork in our evolutionary road and will this lead to our extinction? Many scientists today are saying that the answer is YES.” “No” is my opinion as there will probably be small pockets of people in climate okay[Read More…]

The Biggest Threat To World Peace Is NATO

The Biggest Threat To World Peace Is NATO

  On November 8th, Britain’s Daily Mail bannered “NATO tells Europe to prepare for ‘rapid deployment’:” and sub-headed “Defence chiefs say roads, bridges and rail links must be improved in case tanks and heavy vehicles need to be quickly mobilised” (to invade Russia, but the newspaper’s slant was instead that this must be done purely defensively: “In October, NATO accused[Read More…]

Western Intelligence:  Saad Hariri Resigned To Avoid His Father’s Fate And Salvage Lebanon

Western Intelligence:  Saad Hariri Resigned To Avoid His Father’s Fate And Salvage Lebanon

  Last week’s resignation of Lebanon’s popular Prime Minister Saad Hariri has fueled a plethora of politically inspired conspiracy theories.  At the forefront are some of Iran’s several Lebanese proxies who immediately in knee-jerk fashion, accused Saudi Arabia of holding Hariri hostage while they demanded the PM’s return to Lebanon. For what purpose is still not clear. Many in Lebanon[Read More…]

Czeslaw Milosz – The Unfashionable Poet

Czeslaw Milosz – The Unfashionable Poet

During a stay at the American Academy in Berlin some years ago I was standing in the library at a window looking out over the troubled morning waters of the Wannsee when from the shelves near me a book title leapt to my eyes. It seemed like a stroke of providence for me to find in that north European setting[Read More…]

100 Years – Petrograd Soviet To Xi Jinping Thought: But, Then, What Is Socialism?

100 Years – Petrograd Soviet To Xi Jinping Thought: But, Then, What Is Socialism?

There were undeniably several confusions that the workers in general faced during the first fifty years of forward march of international communist movement since the Petrograd Soviet days. What exactly Rosa meant in her criticism towards Russian socialists? How Trotsky differed from CPSU headed by Stalin? Then what happened to all the members of the Central Committee that led the[Read More…]

Red Is The Color Of The Poor: Sumanta Banerjee Looks Into The Naxalbari Uprising In India

Red Is The Color Of The Poor: Sumanta Banerjee Looks Into The Naxalbari Uprising In India

Sumanta Banerjee (b. 1936), political and civil rights activist and social scientist, moved to the revolutionary position of the Naxalbari peasants’ upsurge in the north-eastern India while working as a journalist for The Statesman in the late sixties, and joined the movement in 1973. He had to resort to underground life while carrying on his revolutionary tasks in rural and[Read More…]

Hopes Of Person With Disabilities In India

Hopes Of Person With Disabilities In India

Northern railway in March 2015 made provision for extending e-ticket facility for PwDs by discontinuing to issue concession tickets on the production of certificate issued by CMO, and procedure made for new concession certificate is complicated as it is assigned to DRMs, hence poor disables are feeling the burnt. Handicapes are oneof the most vulnerable section of the society transcending[Read More…]

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Naturam Godse Temple: Glorification Of Hindutva Symbols

Naturam Godse Temple: Glorification Of Hindutva Symbols

Recently the Hindu Mahasabha built a temple of Godse, the killer of Gandhiji, in Gwalior. An idol of Godse was installed. This was inaugurated on 15th November commemorating 68 years since he was hanged. This was natural for the Hindutva fringe groups who glorify Hindu fanatics. Since the advent of the present Government into power, a process which has been[Read More…]

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AADHAR- Starving The Poor To Death As The Supreme Court Looks Away

AADHAR- Starving The Poor To Death As The Supreme Court Looks Away

  Shakina Ashfaq, 50, is the latest life claimed by the AADHAR, the name given to the 12-digit unique identification (UID) number by the government of India. The reports suggest that she died of hunger. The authorities, as is unsaid standard operating procedure, claim that preliminary inquiries suggest that she didn’t die of hunger, she rather died of some illness.[Read More…]

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Why Propaganda Passes As News In (Indian) Media

Why Propaganda Passes As News In (Indian) Media

  It is a common refrain in the country that news has declined in content and quality. Social media is full of debate on the issue since innovations like the paid news and scandals like Radia tape. A common thread of concern is that the media is scandalizing, preaching and serving the masses a low comedy in the  name of[Read More…]

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The Elippathayam (Rat Trap) Moment Of Indian Cinema

The Elippathayam (Rat Trap) Moment Of Indian Cinema

Elippathayam (The Rat Trap) is a 1981 Malayalam film written and directed by Adoor Gopalakrishnan. It tells the story of a man trapped within himself unable to understand the changes taking place around him. It seems Indian Cinema also is caught in rat trap. No, it would be a bit flattering for Indian Cinema to use the rat trap metaphor.[Read More…]

 Sixth Extinction ?

 Sixth Extinction ?

The question of our time is this: Have we now moved past a critical fork in our evolutionary road and will this lead to our extinction? Many scientists today are saying that the answer is YES. In recent years the inherent danger of irreversible degradation as a result of human activity has been forcing both scientists and nonscientists to focus[Read More…]

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Hate Crimes — Especially Against Muslims — Went Up In 2016: FBI

Hate Crimes — Especially Against Muslims — Went Up In 2016: FBI

  Incidents of hate crimes, particularly against African-Americans, Jews and Muslims, went up to 6,121 during 2016, seeing an increase of 4.6 percent compared to the previous year, according to data released by the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) on Monday (Nov. 13). A hate crime is defined by the FBI as a “criminal offence against a person or property[Read More…]

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Anti-BDS Laws And Pro-Israeli Parliament: Zionist Hasbara Is Winning In Italy

Anti-BDS Laws And Pro-Israeli Parliament: Zionist Hasbara Is Winning In Italy

Co-Written by Romana Rubeo and Ramzy Baroud A proposed law at the Italian Parliament is set to punish the boycott of Israel. In the past, such an initiative would have been unthinkable. Alas, Italy, a country that had historic sympathies with the Palestinian cause has shifted its politics in a dramatic way in recent years. Most surprisingly, though, the Left is[Read More…]

The Democratic Socialist Alternative—What Is It?

The Democratic Socialist Alternative—What Is It?

American Capitalism in Crisis        Americans in large numbers are becoming puzzled and agitated. Every day newspaper headlines blare out that the US is in trouble, together with our Western free market allies. The government doesn’t work as political divisiveness freezes decision-making. The extent of inequality is “obscene,” to borrow an oft-used description by Bernie Sanders. The elected president comes over[Read More…]

Armistice Day & Remembrance Day: Finding and Keeping Hold of Always Elusive Peace in the World

Armistice Day & Remembrance Day: Finding and Keeping Hold of Always Elusive Peace in the World

  THE ANGUISH OF A MOTHER OVER HER CHILDREN AND THEIR LOST DREAMS GONE FOREVER The world has just honored yet another Armistice Day – Remembrance Day – Veterans Day for all those who lost their lives in armed defense of their nation’s right to exist and remain a free people. Nation’s like the United States, Canada and Israel pay[Read More…]

Trump In Asia

Trump In Asia

It was certainly a show, but getting to the meat of it was difficult.  US President Donald J. Trump, on his return from an Asian tour lasting twelve days, had set out to “correct” mistakes made by those who had come before him. The fear, however, was that he was going to make a fresh number of his own. There[Read More…]

Emperor Of India Pay Obeisance To The Emperor Of The World

Emperor Of India Pay Obeisance To The Emperor Of The World

SHEHENSHAH-E-HIND (EMPEROR OF INDIA PM MODI) COMMITS TO FULFILL THE ‘EXPECTATIONS’ OF SHEHANSHAH-E-AALAM (EMPEROR OF THE WORLD PRESIDENT OF USA TRUMP) According to press reports PM Narendra Modi held a 45-minute discussion on November 13, 2017 with US President Donald Trump in Manila on the sidelines of the ASEAN Summit. Even before the meeting PM declared that “India-US ties are[Read More…]

Rigidities And False Glorification Of Past Take Us Nowhere

Rigidities And False Glorification Of Past Take Us Nowhere

  Rajputs are very upset over film Padmavati which they feel has wrongly depicted her story. I am not fascinated by Hindi Cinema’s treatment with history as without romance Hindi Cinema does not exists. The Bombay films have rarely given any justice to historic characters or should I say they are incapable of making period films. They can only create[Read More…]

Flood Channel, Invitation To Disaster!

Flood Channel, Invitation To Disaster!

(The present condition of the flood spill over channel is such that even a small flood can turn into a disaster!) For last three years various engineering departments have been inspecting, debating and discussing flood prevention measures to prevent any disastrous floods in future. The 2014 flood which was the most disastrous to have occurred in a century, has not[Read More…]

Kandhamal

Kandhamal

And when the dark clouds moved
In a sky that I could not reach
I took a shot
Of a sun
That has never risen.

Another Aadhaar Caused Starvation Death

Another Aadhaar Caused Starvation Death

A Woman in Bareilly in the state of Uttar Pradesh of India, died due to starvation as she was denied food ration since it was not linked to her Aadhaar card. ANI reported her husband was refused ration as ration shop owner allegedly demanded the woman be present for bio-metric fingerprint verification. She was unwell for past 5 days. The[Read More…]

Over 15,000 Scientists Just Issued a ‘Second Notice’ To Humanity. Can We Listen Now?

Over 15,000 Scientists Just Issued a ‘Second Notice’ To Humanity. Can We Listen Now?

Yikes. Over 15,000 scientists hailing from more than 180 countries just issued a dire warning to humanity: “Time is running out” to stop business as usual, as threats from rising greenhouse gases to biodiversity loss are pushing the biosphere to the brink. The new warning was published Monday in the international journal BioScience, and marks an update to the “World Scientists’ Warning to[Read More…]

Appeals Court Allows Trump’s Muslim Ban 3.0 To Take Partial Effect

Appeals Court Allows Trump’s Muslim Ban 3.0 To Take Partial Effect

  The San Francisco-based 9th Circuit Court of Appeals  Monday (Nov.13) allowed President Donald Trump’s Muslim travel ban 3.0 to go partially into effect, exempting persons with ‘bona fide relationships’ to the US. The Monday order means the ban will apply to people from Iran, Libya, Syria, Yemen, Somalia and Chad who do not have connections to the United States.[Read More…]

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Why Are Police In The USA So Terrified?

Why Are Police In The USA So Terrified?

  In a recent incident in the United States, yet another unarmed man was shot dead by police after opening his front door in response to their knock. The police were going to serve an arrest warrant on a domestic violence suspect – the man’s neighbour – but went to the wrong address. See ‘Police kill innocent man while serving[Read More…]

Politics Not Appropriate For The Objective Classroom?

Politics Not Appropriate For The Objective Classroom?

  “The problem I’ve always had with ‘objectivity’ as a concept is that it doesn’t have an agreed upon meaning.” — Dr. Anthony DiMaggio, author of “Confronting the Cult of Objectivity” What school has teachers who handle Social Studies and Humanities subjects without advocating a particular political point of view? Is that even possible? Certainly, there’s plenty of talk — always has[Read More…]

The Expensive Affirmation: Australia Says Yes To Same Sex Marriage

The Expensive Affirmation: Australia Says Yes To Same Sex Marriage

The overall figure was comfortable, though hardly dashing.  62 percent of Australians (7.82 million) decided that same sex marriage was a perfectly feasible, even desirable notion, while 38 percent (4.87 million) did not.[1] Out of 150 federal seats, 133 registered affirmative totals in returning their response to the question “Should the law be changed to allow same-sex couples to marry?”. [Read More…]

Planetary Salvation  Compromised By Activism Lite, Climate Lite, Anti-Apartheid Lite & Anti-War Lite Weakness

Planetary Salvation  Compromised By Activism Lite, Climate Lite, Anti-Apartheid Lite & Anti-War Lite Weakness

  In the neoliberal War on Humanity and War on Terra, there are the Bad Guys (the neoliberals, One Percenters, Super Rich, US Alliance military, warmongers, moronic Trumpists, fascists, neo-Nazis, religious right, and genocidal Zionists) versus the Good Guys (the anti-war, anti-nuclear, anti-Apartheid, anti-discrimination, pro-environment social humanists). However the Good Guys have been severely compromised by many activists who are[Read More…]

Global Peace, Security And Conflict Resolution: Approaches to Understand the Current Issues and Future-Making

Global Peace, Security And Conflict Resolution: Approaches to Understand the Current Issues and Future-Making

Global Peace, Security And Conflict Resolution: Approaches to Understand the Current Issues and Future-Making by Mahboob A. Khawaja. Lambert Academic Publishing, Germany, October 2017. Softcover with 433 pages. ISBN 978-3-659-58644-6 In a global worldfraught with individualistic politics and massive propaganda, increased violence is used as means to enforce change and militarism leading to global disorder.The author initiates a courageous reasoned[Read More…]

The Fordist Academic

The Fordist Academic

Two figures tower over the idea, and the realisation, of industrial America.  The first is Henry Ford, whose factory process dedicated to mass car production featured specifically focused machinery, a moving assembly line, and a linear process of interdependent tasks. The second giant in this regard is Frederick W. Taylor, whose principles of scientific management involved the division of factory[Read More…]

The Trials of Benjamin Netanyahu: Corruption in Israel is Not Just an Israeli Issue

The Trials of Benjamin Netanyahu: Corruption in Israel is Not Just an Israeli Issue

  Whether the string of scandals, now hounding Israeli Prime Minister, Benjamin Netanyahu, lead to his sacking or not, it matters little. Though nearly half of Israelis polled last July – well before the scandals took a much dirtier turn – believe that Netanyahu is corrupt, a majority of Israelis said that they would still vote for him. A recent survey conducted by Israel’s Channel[Read More…]

Domination, Power And Control

Domination, Power And Control

An increasing number of people across the world are currently signing a petition The text of the petition reads like this: Dear friends, Eight years ago as UK Prime Minister and chair of the G20, I tried to end the injustice of global tax havens. But as the “Paradise Papers” leak shows, trillions are still being siphoned off to dodge[Read More…]

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Canada’s Magnitsky Distraction From The Real World

Canada’s Magnitsky Distraction From The Real World

Canada unfortunately is not just a follower of the U.S. but a strong forward carrier of the British Imperial system as well. Strong racial biases, pro-Zionism, acceptance of colonial settler practices are and were well advanced in Canada without U.S. assistance. Within the current globalized world, Canada still pretends to be a ‘peacekeeper’, a thin disguise for the maintenance of[Read More…]

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White House chief strategist Steve Bannon listens as President Donald Trump speaks during a meeting with county sheriffs in the Roosevelt Room of the White House in Washington. After saying she'd like to play Bannon on "Saturday Night Live," Rosie O'Donnell has apparently changed her Twitter profile picture to make herself look like him. O'Donnell's offer to play Bannon came after actress Melissa McCarthy's caustic portrayal of White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer on "SNL" last
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“I’m Proud To Be A Christian Zionist”

For these words, Steve Bannon, the former chief strategist to President Donald J. Trump and currently Executive Chairman of Breitbart News Network, received standing ovations at the annual gala of the Zionist Organization of America (ZOA) at the Hyatt in New York City. ZOA, the extreme right-wing Zionist organization, has been for Trump and Bannon right from the start. Besides[Read More…]

Castle Romeo (yield 11 Mt) - an atmospheric nuclear test carried out by the U.S. on 1 March 1954 at Bikini Atoll, Marshal Islands. (Photo: The Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty Organization/cc/flickr)

 Massive Overkill : Brought To You By The Nuclear-Industrial Complex 

[This piece has been updated and adapted from William D. Hartung’s “Nuclear Politics” in Sleepwalking to Armageddon: The Threat of Nuclear Annihilation, edited by Helen Caldicott and just published by the New Press.] Until recently, few of us woke up worrying about the threat of nuclear war. Such dangers seemed like Cold War relics, associated with outmoded practices like building fallout shelters[Read More…]

Shireen Issawi during a protest in solidarity with her brother Samer, then on hunger strike, outside Ramle prison in February 2013. Oren Ziv ActiveStills

Raised To Rebel

The occupied East Jerusalem suburb of Issawiyeh has long been a flashpoint for confrontations between Israeli soldiers and its Palestinian residents. But even by Israel’s repressive standards, the crackdown to which the town has been subjected over the past three years has been extreme. In July 2014, and like in many Jerusalem areas, the people of the town – known for the[Read More…]

The Great October Revolution: The Languishing Labor

The Great October Revolution: The Languishing Labor

The tsarist Russia, the empire-system for which a section of today’s intellectuals feel love, was experiencing rapid capitalist expansion and growth till the World War I. Absence of profit wouldn’t have driven capitalists to the expansion. And, labor pushes up growth. And, having profit is impossible without toilers’ strained muscles and wet brows. And, the Great October Revolution is by[Read More…]

After  One  Hundred  Years  Of  The  Russian  Revolution,  Where  Does  The  Left  Stand ? 

After  One  Hundred  Years  Of  The  Russian  Revolution,  Where  Does  The  Left  Stand ? 

The  history  of  the  1917  Russian  Revolution  and  its  aftermath,  can  be  divided  into  four  phases  –  (i)  the  historical  circumstances   surrounding  the  1917  revolution  that  led  to  the  seizure  of  power  by  the  Bolsheviks;  (ii)    the  post-revolution  experiments  in setting  up  a  socialist  system  in  Russia  under  the  leadership  of   Lenin  in  the  1920s,  and   by  Stalin  from  the [Read More…]

Supreme Court Suggests Separate Schools For Children With Disabilities – Violation Of Equality Laws

Supreme Court Suggests Separate Schools For Children With Disabilities – Violation Of Equality Laws

  When the nation celebrated children’s day, much was discussed about the pathetic situation of education as well as malnutrition of children. But, a recent Supreme Court observation on education of disabled has raised many questions on the right of disabled children to equal education along with normal children. ( Supreme Court suggests separate schools for children with disabilities :[Read More…]

Arbitrary Detention Of Mr. Chandrashekhar Ravan Makes A Mockery Of The Rule Of Law By The UP State Government

Arbitrary Detention Of Mr. Chandrashekhar Ravan Makes A Mockery Of The Rule Of Law By The UP State Government

Mr. Chandrashekhar Ravan, the founder of the Bhim Army remains in custody despite the Allahabad High Court granting him bail in all the cases registered against him. Ravan is in custody because of the Government of Uttar Pradesh has registered a case against him under the provisions of the draconian, National Security Act, 1980. The NSA provides for ‘preventive detention’,[Read More…]

Photo Essay: Where There Are No Sewers; The Toilet Cleaners Of Lucknow

Photo Essay: Where There Are No Sewers; The Toilet Cleaners Of Lucknow

Co-Produced by C.S. Sharada Prasad & Isha Ray November 19th is World Toilet Day. Enormous progress has been made in the global effort to provide safe and affordable toilets for the world’s poorest citizens since World Toilet Day was first declared in 2001. Significant strides have been made in “reinventing” toilet designs for low-income, water-short, un-sewered urban zones; celebrities such[Read More…]

An Escalating Afghan Crisis Of ‘Profit’ Over ‘Life’

An Escalating Afghan Crisis Of ‘Profit’ Over ‘Life’

Surkh Gul with her daughter. Photo by Dr Hakim “My family’s water well has dried up,” 18-year-old Surkh Gul said. “Ours too,” echoed 13-year-old Inaam. A distressed Surkh Gul lamented, “We have to fetch water from the public well along the main road, but that water is muddy, not fit for drinking. I get bottled water for my two-year-old daughter.[Read More…]

“The Climate Emergency: Two Time Scales” – John Avery’s Latest Book Free To Download

“The Climate Emergency: Two Time Scales” – John Avery’s Latest Book Free To Download

I am working on a book with the title “THE CLIMATE EMERGENCY: Two time scales”. A pdf file of a first draft of the book can be freely downloaded from the following link: http://www.fredsakademiet.dk/library/climate.pdf I urge you to download this file and to send the link or file to friends who might be interested. Also, if you have a website,[Read More…]

How Increased Carbon Dioxide Levels Are Detrimental To Food And Nutrition

How Increased Carbon Dioxide Levels Are Detrimental To Food And Nutrition

  The UN has announced record average levels of CO2. So states the annual flagship report released October 30 by its World Meteorological Organization. The average levels measured using ships, aircraft and land stations have reached over 400 parts per million (ppm), prompting the authors and other scientists to urge strong action.  At the 23rd Conference of the Parties (COP23) of[Read More…]

How Runaway Inequality Creates Runaway Global Warming

How Runaway Inequality Creates Runaway Global Warming

  The bottom half of humans own next to nothing, but they own as much as the world’s richest 80 individuals do, because though the bottom half are poor, there are 3.79 billion of them. The average person among the richest 80 owns 45,750,000 times as much as does the average person among the lower half. In other words: in terms of[Read More…]

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Climate Change Induced Loss And Damage In India

Climate Change Induced Loss And Damage In India

Climate scientists have warned of the negative impacts of climate change for several years now. In September 2016, scientists declared that atmospheric CO2 levels had permanently crossed 400 parts per millionfor the first time in 4 million years and were unlikely to decrease in our lifetime. It is amply clear that there are limits to human ability to mitigate greenhouse[Read More…]

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Idiot Voters And Trolling The Internet: Russia, Social Media Giants And US Elections

Idiot Voters And Trolling The Internet: Russia, Social Media Giants And US Elections

The program usually pokes fun, riddles and irks a fourth estate that has long given up the chase for verity.  Media Watch, after years of weather beaten but reliable service, remains Australia’s only real source of genuine critical comment about journalistic practice and its poorer practices. Over the years, it has exposed fictions, unearthed myths and lampooned incompetence. Not, however,[Read More…]

A Cursory Look At The Government, Religion And Reason In Contemporary Times

A Cursory Look At The Government, Religion And Reason In Contemporary Times

Civilised society, in India, is failing in all counts and working hard to prove that all that is so far, even it is quite minimal, acquired as positive civilisational characters such as humanism, universalism and rationalism, in actuality, are meaningless. For todays religiously indoctrinated, being religious and ritualistic is what is being civilised; rest is all peripheral and non-essential. What[Read More…]

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The Indian Economy Is On A Nose Dive

The Indian Economy Is On A Nose Dive

The downturn in the Indian economy is not a sudden development that had come about now, nor due to any “technical reasons,” as is made out to be by the ruling BJP leaders. Unable to explain why industry sector, exports and agriculture and domestic consumption are stagnant if not going down with each passing year since BJP came to power,[Read More…]

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Betrayal Of 1857

Betrayal Of 1857

BETRAYAL OF 1857: KIN OF THOSE WHO SACRIFICED DIE IN PENURY & THOSE WHO SERVED BRITISH CONTINUE RULING INDIA Delhi as the Capital of India and touted as the heart of India, in fact, is a heartless city. There is endless list of shameful incidents to corroborate this character of the city. This list keeps on expanding at fast rate.[Read More…]

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Stop The Increasing Violence Against Dalits

Stop The Increasing Violence Against Dalits

  Prime Minister does not leave an opportunity to quote Dr Baba Saheb Ambedkar. RSS has been calling him ‘pratahsmarniya’ and Amit Shah has been going to have food at the ‘Dalit’ localities. BJP has been going wild on its Dalit outreach programme and there is nothing wrong in politics to strengthen its outreach but the question is how would[Read More…]

Another Muslim Man Killed For Transporting Cows In Rajasthan

Another Muslim Man Killed For Transporting Cows In Rajasthan

Another dastardly lynching of a Muslim man for transporting cows has taken place in Rajathan. The police on Sunday registered a case of murder on the basis of the family’s complaint. The family of a Muslim man, whose dismembered body was found on the railway tracks near Govindgarh in Alwar district of Rajasthan on Friday, has claimed that he was[Read More…]

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Yemen: End Blockade, Avert Famine

  The threat of mass famine in Yemen is as real as ever — in spite of the reopening of the port of Aden and the Wadea land crossing on the Saudi-Yemen border. This is not enough, according to the UN Office of Humanitarian Aid (OCHA). The blockade of all ports especially Hodeida should be lifted immediately. Most humanitarian aid[Read More…]

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The great “pulse” of mass exterminations that occurred during the 20th century (graph created by Rummel). According to this chart, 262 million people were exterminated during the last century, mainly by governments in a series of actions that Rummel defines as “democides”. The question is, could something similar occur in the future? It turns out that mass exterminations are like earthquakes, their occurrence cannot be predicted exactly; but we can estimate the probability of an event of a certain size to occur. And the more time passes, the more likely a new pulse of mass exterminations becomes.

Are You Ready For A New Round Of Mass Exterminations?

In this sobering exclusive analysis for INSURGE, Professor Ugo Bardi dissects historical statistics on war to unpick the patterns of violence of the past and uncover what this says about the present — and our coming future. He warns that statistical data suggests we are on the brink of heading into another round of major wars resulting, potentially, in mass deaths on a[Read More…]

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Israel Lobby Is Slowly Being Dragged Into The Light

Israel Lobby Is Slowly Being Dragged Into The Light

  Nazareth: The scandal surrounding Priti Patel, who was forced to resign as Britain’s international aid minister last week after secret meetings with Israeli officials during a “family holiday”, offers a small, opaque window on the UK’s powerful Israel lobby. Patel’s off-the-books meetings with 12 Israelis, including prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu, were organised by a British lobbyist in violation of[Read More…]

Academic Rumblings For Native American History

Academic Rumblings For Native American History

“Be proud you’re an Indian, but be careful who you tell.” — from the documentary Rumble: The Indians Who Rocked the World Led Zeppelin’s Jimmy Page really got rocked the first time he heard Link Wray’s Rumble. A lot of people did, musicians and others. In fact, you could say it was what the monolith was to those primates in the “Dawn of Man” segment[Read More…]

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WASHINGTON, DC - MARCH 10:  Protesters march during a demonstration against the Dakota Access Pipeline on March 10, 2017 in Washington, DC.  Thousands of protesters and members of Native nations marched in Washington DC to oppose the construction of the proposed 1,172 Dakota Access Pipeline that runs within a half-mile of the Standing Rock Sioux reservation in North Dakota.  (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

People Act Where US Fails On Climate

Co-Written By Margaret Flowers and Kevin Zeese The climate crisis is upon us. It seems that every report on climate conditions has one thing in common: things are worse than predicted. The World Meteorological Report from the end of October shows that Greenhouse Gases (GHGs) are rising at a rapid rate and have passed 400 parts per million. According to Dr. Kevin[Read More…]

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Trans-Pacific Follies: Australia Asleep As Canada Wakes Up

Trans-Pacific Follies: Australia Asleep As Canada Wakes Up

It was as dreary as listening to the formulaic assessments of political economy by an unreconstructed Leninist.  But Sunday morning with Steve Ciobo, Australia’s trade minister, was such an occasion. The Trans-Pacific Partnership, withering away on the branch of false optimism, has been an instrument of deserved suspicion and opprobrium from popular movements across countries suspicious about the paternalistic follies[Read More…]

Karl Marx (1818-83)

Karl Marx (1818-83)

19th Century witnessed many revolutions in the realm social movements and theories. The ordinary people, the working population, the wretched of the earth [Fanon] who entered in the arena of political theory through Rousseau in the 18th century found a profound spokesperson in the genius of Karl Marx in the 19thcentury. Marx, as a student of jurisprudence, history and philosophy, at a time when[Read More…]

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My India Today

My India Today

This lecture by Mirza Yawar Baig is take on India as it is today and the challenges that face us in the immediate future. He says “It is my address to my fellow citizens to say that it is time we accepted the role of citizenship and understand that it means to take responsibility for the welfare of our nation[Read More…]

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Gaza Strip: Healthy Adolescence – A Distant Dream

Gaza Strip: Healthy Adolescence – A Distant Dream

This paper looks into the food security and nutrition security situation in Gaza Strip, and
possible consequences on adolescents’ growth and development.

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Turkey Denies Working With Michael Flynn To Kidnap Gulen

  Prime Minister Binali Yildirim Saturday (Nov 11) denied Turkey’s involvement in an alleged plot involving former U.S security adviser Michael Flynn to kidnap U.S.-based controversial cleric Fetullah Gulen, allegedly behind last year’s coup attempt to overthrow President Recep Tayyip Erdogan. Extraditing Gulen is a major priority for President Recep Tayyip Erdogan. In an interview with CNN television host Fareed[Read More…]

Screaming Truth To The Powerless

Screaming Truth To The Powerless

  “Why aren’t they screaming?” — from Philip Larkin’s The Old Fools The Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT) is typically taken by students some time during their last two years in high school. It purports to assess how well test takers solve problems. However, the Big Problem for the students — for us all, truth be told — is that no[Read More…]

Every GI Who Invaded Vietnam, Iraq, etc. Was a Criminal By International Law & US Army’s Own Law

Every GI Who Invaded Vietnam, Iraq, etc. Was a Criminal By International Law & US Army’s Own Law

Regarding any order to invade and or kill in another country: “An order which is unlawful not only does not need to be obeyed but obeying such an order can result in criminal prosecution of the one who obeys it. Military courts have long held that military members are accountable for their actions even while following orders — if the[Read More…]

New War Drums Out Of Saudi Arabia

New War Drums Out Of Saudi Arabia

  During its zenith the Ottoman Empire extended over parts of three continents; Europe, Asia and Africa. Its rule had also spread over the Arab World in the Middle Eastern region for long four centuries. After the collapse of the Ottoman Empire the Western colonial powers (the Illuminati, the Hidden Hand, the Khazars, the Rothschilds, the Zionists or whatever you[Read More…]

War Commemoration Porn: Remembrance Day Celebrations

War Commemoration Porn: Remembrance Day Celebrations

The officials are called one by one to lay wreathes, a ceremony of mechanical efficiency.  With each laying comes the sense of wonder at how this could happen.  Political figures are the first to vote in parliaments and side with the executive when it comes to wars.  The temptations of human drives to tempt, and then succumb to death, were[Read More…]

Why the Democrats’ Victories Do NOT Spell The End of Trumpian Fascism

Why the Democrats’ Victories Do NOT Spell The End of Trumpian Fascism

Why the Democrats’ Victories Do NOT Spell The End of Trumpian Fascism… and How They Could Potentially Make The Situation With The Regime All The More Dangerous Last night I watched the MSNBC response to the election of a number of Democrats in off-year elections around the country progress from giddy to rapturous to delirious. I’m always glad to see[Read More…]

The Emergency Four Horse People’s Party

The Emergency Four Horse People’s Party

  Special note: Don’t read about the films recommended prior to seeing them. I’d recommend watching the 2012 documentary Four Horsemen — immediately — along with the 2017 Oren Moverman feature film The Dinner. I urge the reader to do that post haste, in spite of the fact that the former only received a 67% approval rating by critics on[Read More…]

Veteran’s Day Reflections

Veteran’s Day Reflections

Let’s be really clear right up front. This statement says it all:  I saw my first victims of war when I was five years old. They were innocent civilians, who had been bombed with an atomic bomb in Japan. They were missing body parts and were wrapped in gauze like mummies while in NY, USA for reconstructive surgery. People who[Read More…]

Kondasawali Massacre: NHRC Pulls Up Chhattisgarh State

Kondasawali Massacre: NHRC Pulls Up Chhattisgarh State

In 2013, the villagers of Village Kondasawali, Police Station Jagargunda, district Sukma, Bastar Divison, Chhattisgarh had lodged a complaint with the Collector regarding the fact that a few years before that, in 2007, some SPOs and Salwa Judum leaders had come to their village, burnt 95 huts in three settlements in their panchayat, killed 7 people, and threatened the villagers[Read More…]

Four Horsemen – Video Documentary

Four Horsemen – Video Documentary

We hope many of you have watched this remarkable documentary “Four Horsemen”. Although the film vouches for capitalism, it calls for bloodless revolution. Moreover, it calls for the cooperation of humanity to over ride the coming crises. It’s a remarkable film that connects all the dots of all the crises humanity faces collectively, a task that Countercurrents.org has been doing for[Read More…]

Missing Links For Peace, Civility, Social Well-Being

Missing Links For Peace, Civility, Social Well-Being

We will keep missing out if we insist on relying solely on our intellect, acquired knowledge, reason and intelligence; human potential encompasses much more. I am fascinated with the insights the evolution of science provides, particularly astronomy, cosmology, quantum physics and medicine. Medical research and technology opened the doors to the insides of our brains, considered by ourselves superior and in many[Read More…]

The Need To Celebrate Substantial National Education Day

The Need To Celebrate Substantial National Education Day

Every year on November 11, India celebrates National Education Day. The day also commemorates the birth anniversary of India’s first education minister Maulana Abul Kalam Azad. He was a literary figure and during his lifetime he emphasised on development of quality education and provision for compulsory education to all children upto 14 years of age. India has seen great educationists[Read More…]

Gujarat: A Hyped And Failed Development Model

Gujarat: A Hyped And Failed Development Model

Gujarat till now had been projected as a unique model of development, which needs to be replicated in all other places. The Prime Minister in his speeches during election campaigns in 2014 Lok Sabha elections and Assembly elections in other states had sought to state that he would turn the country and other states into Gujarat. Gujarat was emulated as[Read More…]

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The Promise Of Microhousing

The Promise Of Microhousing

  The Gaekwad family lives in a single-room-house on the outskirts of a city. The family cooks their food, eats it and sleeps in the same room. This room is also used as a play area by their three-year-old child. Lack of credit has prevented the Gaekwads from obtaining a loan to improve their living conditions. There are millions of low-income families[Read More…]

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The Real Difference Between Men Who Rape And Those Who Don’t

I am not as abusive as Harvey Weinstein, nor as narcissistic as Bill O’Reilly. I’m more respectful to women than Donald Trump, and not as sleazy as Anthony Weiner. Judged by the standards set by these public reprobates, most of the rest of us men appear almost saintly, and therein lies a danger. The public disclosure of these men’s behavior—from[Read More…]

Gaza: A Life Worth Living?

Gaza: A Life Worth Living?

Young people in Gaza are finding few prospects for a better life. Anne Paq /ActiveStills On Tuesday, 29 August, Mohannad Younis swallowed a bottle of sleeping pills and ended his life. He was only 22 and seemed to have much going for him. A budding author, he had recently completed a series of short stories and just put the finishing touches on a[Read More…]

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The Necessity of Personal Sacrifices

  “It became apparent to me that a people would never abandon their means of livelihood, good or bad, capitalistic or otherwise until other methods were developed which would promise advantages at least as good as those by which they were living.” —- Job Harriman (quoted in a Counterpunch article) I saw a notice in a local newspaper recently in[Read More…]

Migration: The Whole World Is Changing For Good

Migration: The Whole World Is Changing For Good

  Waves of anger, fear and open hostility have greeted the influx of refugees and migrants from the Middle East, Africa and Asia. Some have reached levels of paranoia and xenophobic violence that have resulted in death. Across Europe politicians hurry to build “Fortress Europe” but the flood of humanity threatens to bring down the walls. Predictions of the change[Read More…]

Following The Money: Respecting Saad Hariri’s “Resignation”

Following The Money: Respecting Saad Hariri’s “Resignation”

  “…the crown prince has broken forever the great compromise that exists in the kingdom: between the royal family and the clergy, and between the tribes.” — Robert Fisk As Robert Fisk makes clear, what’s going on between Saudi Arabia and Lebanon is far from clear. And as the leader of Lebanon’s Hezbollah underscored an hour ago on BBC, the Saudis have[Read More…]

What Is Really Going On In Saudi Arabia?

What Is Really Going On In Saudi Arabia?

  Trump Says Saudi Elites Caught In Anti-Corruption Probe Were ‘Milking’ Kingdom For Years. This is just nonsense from Trump. Corruption is and has been everywhere in Saudi Arabia. How else could it be with all the countless billions changing hands in a fairly closed society? So, it is easy for a guy like the new Crown Prince to glance[Read More…]

Sometimes You Win And Sometimes You Lose

Sometimes You Win And Sometimes You Lose

As these myriad examples show — sometimes you win and sometimes you lose. Yet nothing can serve as an excuse for giving up the struggle to provide something of value regardless of the way that life personally turns out for oneself in my opinion. This first account I heard from some USA National Public Radio (NPR) program while driving in[Read More…]

US Justice Department Forces RT America To register As “Foreign Agent”

US Justice Department Forces RT America To register As “Foreign Agent”

RT, the Russia-based oppositional TV and Internet broadcaster, announced Thursday that the US Department of Justice has forced it to register as a “foreign agent” under the Foreign Agents Registration Act (FARA). Washington has given the outlet until Monday to register as a foreign agent or its director could be arrested and its assets frozen. The move is a product[Read More…]

GST Is Killing Handmade Goods: An Invitation From Prasanna To The Prime Minister To Come And Watch His Play

GST Is Killing Handmade Goods: An Invitation From Prasanna To The Prime Minister To Come And Watch His Play

To, The Prime Minister Government of India New Delhi –110 001 Narendra Modi Ji, We would like to invite you, as also Arun Jaitley Ji, The Chairperson of GST Council, to come and watch a Kannada musical, Taayavva. We are performing this play at ADA Theatre, Bengaluru, on 21st Nov 2017, at 07:00 PM. This play is about a mother.[Read More…]

Drilling, Drilling, Everywhere…  Will the Trump Administration Take Down the Arctic Refuge? 

Drilling, Drilling, Everywhere…  Will the Trump Administration Take Down the Arctic Refuge? 

What happens in the Arctic doesn’t just stay up north.  It affects the world, as that region is the integrator of our planet’s climate systems, atmospheric and oceanic. At the moment, the northernmost places on Earth are warming at more than twice the global average, a phenomenon whose impact is already being felt planetwide.  Welcome to the world of climate breakdown — and to the world[Read More…]

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How Saudi Power Play Could Hurt Palestinians

Saudi Arabia’s crown prince Mohammad bin Salman’s brash attempt to consolidate power at home and assert primacy abroad will have ramifications far and wide. Some of these will be felt in Palestine, where a shaky reconciliation agreement holds out the best hope in a long time for some relief for two million Palestinians in Gaza after 10 years of isolation imposed by Israel and Egypt. One danger is[Read More…]

The Tragic Declaration: Colonial Legacies, Balfour And Israel

The Tragic Declaration: Colonial Legacies, Balfour And Israel

So much after the fact; so much in terms of opportunism gone to seed and destruction. But planned historical calamities tend to be rare.  There are only absurd moments, dastardly opportunities, and tragic convergences.  History is less the outcome of wise deliberation than folly dressed up as reason, occasionally tinged by a touch of malice. On November 2, 1917, the[Read More…]

A Trump Assessment One Year Later

A Trump Assessment One Year Later

It is a year since Donald J. Trump’s election as president on November 8, 2016, and a couple of months less since his inauguration.  In that time the bombast has not stopped, the achievements remain meager. The threats against North Korea continue — now on Trump’s Asian tour.  President Moon of South Korea is from the rapprochement party, bemused at[Read More…]

 We’re Doing Worse Than Dropping Bombs As A Matter Of Course

 We’re Doing Worse Than Dropping Bombs As A Matter Of Course

by Richard Martin Oxman “What’s the difference between our enabling the Saudis to blockade Yemen and making it possible for Stalin, Mao and Hitler to commit their atrocities?” — Question asked by one of the authors home schooled teenage charges The Saudi-led coalition has not allowed Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) flights into Yemen for the past few days, directly hindering[Read More…]

Is It The Beginning Of The End For The GCC?

Is It The Beginning Of The End For The GCC?

                The Gulf Cooperation Council consisting  of Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirate, Kuwait, Qatar, Oman, and Bahrain was  formally established in May 1981.The Charter stipulates  that the purpose is “to effect coordination, integration and inter-connection between Member States in all fields in order to achieve unity between them.” The 1979 Iranian Revolution led[Read More…]

‘Dawn Leaks’ And The Ouster Of Nawaz Sharif

‘Dawn Leaks’ And The Ouster Of Nawaz Sharif

In a momentous decision on 28 July, Pakistan’s Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif was disqualified from holding public office by the country’s Supreme Court on the flimsy pretext of holding an ‘Iqama’ (a work permit) for a Dubai-based company. Although it is generally assumed the revelations in the Panama Papers, that Nawaz Sharif and his family members own offshore companies, led[Read More…]

Why India Alarmed At US Funding Of NGOs Promoting Religious Freedom?

Why India Alarmed At US Funding Of NGOs Promoting Religious Freedom?

  The Indian government on Thursday said it has sought details about the US announcement to provide nearly USD 500,000 to NGOs to promote religious freedom in India. The US has announced it wants to “increase societal tolerance” and reduce “religiously-motivated violence” and discrimination in India with the nearly $500,000 grant to NGOs in the country. The state department had[Read More…]

GM Food Crops Illegally Growing In India: The Criminal Plan To Change The Genetic Core of the Nation’s Food System

GM Food Crops Illegally Growing In India: The Criminal Plan To Change The Genetic Core of the Nation’s Food System

The GM Contamination Register database is run by Genewatch and Greenpeace and contains cases of genetically modified (GM) contamination dating from 1997. The authors of a 2014 paper, published in the International Journal of Food Contamination, analysed 400 or so cases in the database by crop and country. GM rice accounted for about a third of contamination cases, despite the fact there is[Read More…]

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How Farm Widows Are Leading Societal Change

  The large swathes of cotton farms in Central India have been the epicentre of a global crisis that has gripped the rural population in crippling debts and driven thousands to suicide. But amidst the gloom, it is the women of this region who have emerged as the torchbearers of hope and progress. This new hope comes in the form[Read More…]

Starry Night

Starry Night

Under a Hindutva sky
I lay me down to die
but suicide is a moral crime,
so maybe it’s not yet my time.

India’s Tryst With Iconic Dates: Nothing Much To Rejoice About

India’s Tryst With Iconic Dates: Nothing Much To Rejoice About

When it comes to disasters, it is as if India’s tryst with ‘iconic’ dates continues unhindered. Although not warranting any commemorative celebrations, the onset of these dates year after year has not been without their share of apprehensions. Human psyche is such that it has a proclivity for registering debacles more consistently than achievements. Although our country does not fall[Read More…]

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Tens of Thousands Protest in Catalonia Against Moves Towards Authoritarian Rule in Spain

Tens of Thousands Protest in Catalonia Against Moves Towards Authoritarian Rule in Spain

Tens of thousands of people protested yesterday in Catalonia against the detention of Catalan nationalists as political prisoners by the Spanish central government after the October 1 Catalan independence referendum. The protest—called as a strike by the small, Catalan-separatist Intersindical-CSC union—pointed to wider opposition to the suspension of Catalonia’s elected government by Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy, and Rajoy’s moves[Read More…]

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New Delhi: Traffic policemen wear masks to protect themselves from heavy smog and air pollution while manning the traffic, in New Delhi on Wednesday. The smog and air pollution continue to be above the severe levels in Delhi NCR on Tuesday. PTI Photo by Kamal Kishore(PTI11_8_2017_000037B)

When People At The Top Get Into A Traffic Jam

One can understand the annoyance Maharashtra’s director general of police Satish Mathur faced last Monday when he was stuck in traffic for half an hour in the central business district CBD Belapur. Four policemen were transferred for failing not to clear the way for him. Mr Mathur would feel much less annoyed if he realized that his discomfort is nothing[Read More…]

Do Not Endanger The Life Of Chandrashekhar Ravan, Revoke NSA And Release Him NOW

Do Not Endanger The Life Of Chandrashekhar Ravan, Revoke NSA And Release Him NOW

The Asian Human Rights Commission (AHRC) expresses its deep concern over the inhuman and degrading treatment being meted out to Dalit rights activist Chandrashekhar Ravan by the government of Uttar Pradesh. Last reported, Mr. Ravan, was rushed to the Lala Lajpat Rai Memorial Medical College from Saharanpur on Nov 8, 2017 for ‘stomach infection’. Mr. Ravan, completely healthy at the[Read More…]

Will China Bring An Energy-Debt Crisis?

Will China Bring An Energy-Debt Crisis?

It is easy for those of us in the West to overlook how important China has become to the world economy, and also the limits it is reaching. The two big areas in which China seems to be reaching limits are energy production and debt. Reaching either of these limits could eventually cause a collapse. China is reaching energy production limits in a[Read More…]

‘Creeping Annexation’: Why Israel Shelved The ‘Greater Jerusalem Law’

‘Creeping Annexation’: Why Israel Shelved The ‘Greater Jerusalem Law’

  The postponing of an Israeli Knesset Bill that would have annexed major illegal Jewish settlements in the West Bank to the Jerusalem municipality is the result of behind-the-scenes US and, possibly, European pressure. But the story of the so-called ‘Greater Jerusalem law’ does not end there. Israel wants to maintain an absolute demographic Jewish majority in Jerusalem, including in[Read More…]

The First Nine Months Of Donald Trump’s Presidency

The First Nine Months Of Donald Trump’s Presidency

  For the past nine months, we have seen widespread attacks on the common good. The latest assault is the Republicans’ proposed tax reform, a huge transfer of wealth to the richest one-tenth of one percent. This legislation would also greatly increase the national debt, supposedly a major red line for Republicans. In addition, President Trump continues to: 1) slow[Read More…]

Prominent Ahwazi Activist Killed In The Hague

Prominent Ahwazi Activist Killed In The Hague

The distinguished Ahwazi Arab political activist, Ahmad Mola, was brutally murdered outside his home in the Netherlands on Wednesday. Although some reports claim that the killers were apprehended, there has been no official confirmation, with other reports suggesting that they escaped. Fifty-four-year-old Mola, who is survived by his wife and five children, fled Iran with his family in 2005 in[Read More…]

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The UN And Genocide By Starvation In Somalia

The UN And Genocide By Starvation In Somalia

According to just released information sourced from the UN’s Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) and the FSNAU between October 2015 and April 2016, a period of only six months, upwards of 400,000 Somali’s, two thirds of whom were children, died of starvation. And the famine, if anything, has gotten worse since then. Here the world is now, 18 months later[Read More…]

On President Trump’s Visit To The Philippines

On President Trump’s Visit To The Philippines

Washington, D.C.–November 6, 2017–With collusion scandals on his back, President Trump visits Manila and Clark Field, Pampanga, Philippines, historic outposts of the then rising U.S. Empire at the turn of the last century. Today, virtually a neocolony, the Philippines serves once again as a springboard for U.S. imperial interventions in the Asia-Pacific region. Various government agreements have converted the former[Read More…]

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Why American Children Need to Know Caste

This week, the California Board of Education will sign off on the final updates for textbooks used in the state’s middle schools, including how those books depict India’s caste system. Even though I live in Seattle, I plan attend the meeting in Sacramento and have been asked to say a few words. In speaking out about caste — that complex[Read More…]

Code On Wage Bill 2017- A Proposed Legislation Violating The Rights Of The Workers

Code On Wage Bill 2017- A Proposed Legislation Violating The Rights Of The Workers

People’s Union for Democratic Rights has long been drawing attention to egregious violation of rights of workers governed under various labour laws. Most important of these rights is the fundamental right to form trade union, so as to engage in collective wage negotiations and to ensure that conditions on shop floor do not become tyrannical. Ever since the economic reforms[Read More…]

Saudi Crown Prince Charges Iran With “Act Of War”

Saudi Crown Prince Charges Iran With “Act Of War”

Hot on the heels of purging his main rivals for the Saudi throne, Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman has dramatically ratcheted up tensions in the Middle East, accusing Iran of an “act of war.” This makes clear that the consolidation of power in the hands of the most hardline, anti-Iranian faction of the Saudi royal family threatens to trigger a[Read More…]

Fact Finding Team’s Report On Garib Nagar (Bandra East) Fire and Demolitions

Fact Finding Team’s Report On Garib Nagar (Bandra East) Fire and Demolitions

This is a report of the four-member fact finding team constituted by Committee for Protection of Democratic Rights (CPDR) to inquire into the demolition of homes in Garib Nagar, Bandra East between 26th October and 2nd November 2017 and the eruption of major fire in the same basti on 26th October. The Fact Finding Team members were Adv. Suresh Rajeshwar,[Read More…]

When Illness Matters: Massacre In Texas

When Illness Matters: Massacre In Texas

The massacre at the First Baptist Church of Sutherland Springs was, to put it simply, effective and spectacular.   It also had the resonances of the primeval, ignoring the sanctity of the church in favour of murder within it.  The alleged assailant managed to do less God’s work than his own, slaughtering 26 and injuring 20 others. The regularity of these[Read More…]

Inside The Battle Of Algiers: Memoir Of  A Woman Freedom Fighter: Review And Relevance To Palestine

Inside The Battle Of Algiers: Memoir Of  A Woman Freedom Fighter: Review And Relevance To Palestine

  Colonialism creates the patriotism of the colonized. Kept at the level of a beast by an oppressive system, the natives are given no rights, not even the right to live. Their condition worsens daily. And when a people has no choice but how it will die; when a people has received from its oppressors only the gift of despair,[Read More…]

The Great October Revolution: Red Smolny

The Great October Revolution: Red Smolny

  The antiquated and autocratic tsarist political system was more than enough to provide rationale for the Great October Revolution, which has been dealt widely by many political scientists and politicians. Condition of the proletariat in the country the Revolution was organized – Russia – bolstered the rationale. Political developments in the country and political fight the proletariat was waging[Read More…]

Reining in the Ubiquitous Use of U.S. Military Force

Reining in the Ubiquitous Use of U.S. Military Force

Four US soldiers died in Niger on October 4, and the president’s insensitive phone call to the widow of one has brought the subject of the military in every corner of the world back in the news. The UN has 193 members. The US has over 240,000 troops in at least 172 of them, some of which are embroiled in[Read More…]

Brutality Against Ahwazi Prisoners In Iranian Jails

Brutality Against Ahwazi Prisoners In Iranian Jails

Unimaginable brutality in Iranian regime’s prisons unveiled by an escaped Ahwazi political prisoner Ghazi Haidari is drowning in his own blood.  The prominent Ahwazi  writer, historian and activist from Arab Ahwaz region in the south and south-west of  Iran was imprisoned and brutally tortured by the regime there for the ‘crime’ of human rights advocacy. Although he managed to escape[Read More…]

Harvey Weinstein is Only the Tip of the Iceberg: What Could Be Done?

Harvey Weinstein is Only the Tip of the Iceberg: What Could Be Done?

Rats fleeing a sinking ship – the ship of white male privilege The floodgates have opened. All the disgusting, depraved details are surfacing. Now the “public” is learning what the majority of us already knew – that men of power have been sexually abusing and harassing women for generations. It was simply the norm. Most women have experienced it in[Read More…]

View of the Brooklyn Bridge looking toward Brooklyn.

“It’s Sad, So Sad …”

My great-grandfather was thrown in prison in Europe when he was aged twelve. He was put in a small mud filled room with water dripping from the mud ceiling and walls. In fact, it was a hole, some sort of chamber dug out underground with a few barred windows at street level up high beyond reach from the inmates for[Read More…]

Reviving The Spirit Of Existential Rebellion In A World Of Propaganda, Lies, And Self Deception

Reviving The Spirit Of Existential Rebellion In A World Of Propaganda, Lies, And Self Deception

In these very dark times – these end- times created by nuclear weapons – seeing the truth is dependent on the will to truth, and the will to truth only arises when people believe they are free to alter the circumstances in which they find themselves. This belief in freedom is at the core of all existential thought and is why we need to resurrect it today.

‘ Daayan ‘ – One Year

‘ Daayan ‘ – One Year

Daayan! Demonetisation!
Destroyer of lives both men and women!
Benefactor to corporates ‘ paytm’
And much publicised BHIM !

365 And 1/4 Days Of A Swayam Sevak

365 And 1/4 Days Of A Swayam Sevak

Karunakaran  is a cartoonist

Posters Appear Threatening To Kill Dr Kancha Ilaiah

Posters Appear Threatening To Kill Dr Kancha Ilaiah

Dr Kancha Ilaiah Shepherd whose book “Smajika Smugglerlu: Komatollu’’ angered the Hindutva forces posted threatening posters in front of his house. According to Dr Kancha Ilaiah these posters which appeared on 4th November night is a warning to attack or kill him. He has filed a complaint to The Station House Officer, Osmania University, Hyderabad. Here is the full text[Read More…]

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Long Live Great October Revolution! 100 Years Of Screwing Imperialism

  The world is in ruins. It is literally burning, covered by slums, by refugee camps, and its great majority is ‘controlled by markets’, as was the dream and design of individuals such as Milton Friedman, Friedrich von Hayek, Margaret Thatcher and Ronald Reagan. Führers like Kissinger and Brzezinski, sacrificed tens of millions of human lives all over our planet,[Read More…]

Three Questions Of Dr. Manmohan Singh Which PM Modi Should Answer

Three Questions Of Dr. Manmohan Singh Which PM Modi Should Answer

 Former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh has delivered a speech in Ahmadabad not as a political leader but as an economist and citizen of India where he has put some important analyses on demonetization and GST. It is a general perception among the vast section of the people who work hard on streets and mainly belong to unorganized sector and small[Read More…]

If A Guy Named Mohammad Blew Up The Texas Church?

If A Guy Named Mohammad Blew Up The Texas Church?

  ‘If a guy named Mohammad blew up that church yesterday. O my God, O my God, Washington would be on fire,” says MSNBC Moring Joe Host. Joe Scarboroug was alluding to Sunday’s shooting at First Baptist Church in Sutherland Springs, Texas that killed at least 26 people and injured 19. Just last week after New York president immediately talked[Read More…]

Imran Khan’s Collusion With Pakistan’s Military

Imran Khan’s Collusion With Pakistan’s Military

The predicament of Imran Khan’s fanboys has been somewhat like the pubescent girl who falls head over heels in love with a promiscuous playboy; and when her family and friends try to knock some sense into her by telling her that your sweetheart is cheating on you, instead of heeding to their well-meaning advice, she thinks they are jealous of[Read More…]

Kowtown Diktats

Kowtown Diktats

Count the cows & the cakes
of dung, lynch a few men
every time
you get their tally wrong.

Victoria and Abdul—The Empire Rewrites Itself Back

Victoria and Abdul—The Empire Rewrites Itself Back

Director Stephen Frears’s Victoria and Abdul, based on the book of the same name by Shrabani Basu, draws upon the diaries of Abdul Karim (1863–1909) that were published in 2010. Karim was an Indian clerk who shared an unusual bond with Queen Victoria in the last fifteen years of her life, which shook up the royal household and British upper[Read More…]

Jharkhand – A State Unaccountable Towards Its Citizens’ Right To Food

Jharkhand – A State Unaccountable Towards Its Citizens’ Right To Food

Santoshi Kumari The recent hunger deaths of Santoshi Kumari in Simdega, Vaidnath Ravidas in Dhanbad and Ruplal Marandi in Deoghar district of Jharkhand have exposed the violation of the mere right to life being caused by the mandatory requirement of linking Aadhaar with ration cards and the poor implementation of the National Food Security Act (NFSA) in the state. These[Read More…]

Kancha Ilaiah & his controversial book Samajika Smugglurlu Komatollu

BJP’s Two Dramas And Nationalism

  The Sangh Parivar elements that worked hand in glove with Arya Vysyas, who wanted to lynch me at Parkal on 23 September, after the TDP Parliament member T.G Venkatesh issued a threat on 17thSeptember came with true colours.  They caught hold of just 22 year old Dalit boy, who sported big saffron tilak on his forehead and said that[Read More…]

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