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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…]

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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…]

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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…]

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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…]

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

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…]

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…]