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30 April , 2011

All Arbs To March On Israel On May 15th
By Dr. Ashraf Ezzat

To commemorate the Palestinian exodus day 1948 ( Nakba) when well over 750000 Palestinians were forcibly expelled out of their home land by Israel, similar number of angry Arab protesters from Egypt, Jordan, Syria, Lebanon along with their Palestinian brothers from Gaza and the occupied west bank will advance toward Israel on May 15th in what they call, the third intifada

Egypt Warns Israel: Don't Interfere With
Opening Of Gaza Border Crossing

By Haaretz

Chief of Staff of the Egyptian Armed Forces General Sami Anan warned Israel against interfering with Egypt's plan to open the Rafah border crossing with Gaza on a permanent basis, saying it was not a matter of Israel's concern, Army Radio reported on Saturday. Egypt announced this week that it intended to permanently open the border crossing with Gaza within the next few days

The War Against Gaddafi's Libya:
The West's Record Of Depleted Uranium Use

By Dr. Peter Custers

Although Western officials routinely deny that they have used depleted uranium in the war on Libya, - they have not excluded its possibility either. There are ample reasons to suspect that the denials are a war tactic, as was the initial denial stating that Western powers do not target bringing down Gaddafi´s government

US Intervention In Syria
By Stephen Lendman

Despite genuine popular Middle East/North Africa uprisings, Washington's dirty hands orchestrated regime change plans in Egypt, Libya, Yemen, Jordan, and Syria as part of its "New Middle East" project

Three Question Quiz For Leftist Liberals
Regarding (1) Oil Profits; (2) Libyan Rebels;
(3) Sex, Romance, Maturity, & Integrity

By Mary Lynn Cramer

Exxon Mobil Corporation reports a $10.65 billion first-quarter profit this week (4/28/11)—that's 69% more than for the same period last year. According to Amy Goodman's media contact in Libya, many of the anti-government “rebels” are wealthy professionals who own two or three cars and several homes

Sierra Leone : 50 Long Years
By Meha Dixit

How far has this tiny West African country come almost a decade after the conflict ended in 2002 does not seem to concern a number of leading news channels nor does its 50 th anniversary of independence from the British rule. This aside, let's take a glimpse into post independence Sierra Leone

On Suicides of Dalit Students In
India's Premier Educational Institutions

By Insight Foundation

The disproportionate numbers of Dalit and Adivasi students committing suicides, especially, in premier institutions also points towards the kind of caste discrimination prevalent in these campuses

Fear Factor In Gujarat
By Farzana Versey

If it were not so tragic, the story of the Gujarat riots might have qualified for an edge-of-the-seat thriller. Witnesses are either coming out of the woodwork or turning hostile. Every accusation is termite-like eating into the riots case

J&K’s Favourite NHPC Facing 584 Litigations,
Four Criminal Liabilities

By Syed Junaid Hashmi

National Hydroelectric Project Corporation (NHPC) which has been major stake in Jammu and Kashmir’s Hydroelectricity generations has 584 litigations including four criminal liabilities, with financial implication of Rs 5.9 million pending in various courts across the country

29 April , 2011

India Joins Global Ban on Endosulfan,
Sadly with Exemptions

By Gopal Krishna

Endosulfan has finally been PUT under Annex A of the Stockholm Convention on Persistent Organic Pollutants (POPs), with exemptions for few countries like India. This means a global ban of all production and use after 5 years (possibly extended to 10 years for some exemptions)

Questions About "Hamas-Fatah Reconciliation"
By Ali Abunimah

If there is an agreement on a joint “government” how can it possibly function without Israeli approval? Will Israel allow Hamas ministers be able to operate freely in the occupied West Bank? Will PA officials be able to move freely between the West Bank and Gaza?

One Word - Bravo!
By Uri Avnery

The news about the reconciliation agreement between Fatah and Hamas is good for peace. If the final difficulties are ironed out and a full agreement is signed by the two leaders, it will be a huge step forward for the Palestinians – and for us

As A Holocaust Survivor,
AIPAC Doesn't Speak For Me

By Hedy Epstein

The vicious discrimination brought to bear against Palestinians in the occupied territories deserves no applause from members of Congress attending the AIPAC conference

Oil Bosses Rake In Record Profits
As US Economy Stalls

By Patrick Martin

Exxon-Mobil, the world’s biggest and most profitable corporation, raked in a staggering $10.7 billion in profits during the first quarter of 2011, the company reported Thursday. One year after the Gulf oil disaster, BP posted a first-quarter profit of $7.1 billion, an increase of 17 percent. Occidental Petroleum saw its profits soar 46 percent to $1.55 billion in the first quarter, while Apache Corporation netted $1.1 billion, an increase of 51 percent

The Economic And Social Losses On The Way
By Emily Spence

What sorts of problems will exist in times ahead? What can we do to deal with them? A suggestion ...

"Energy And Economic Myths"
By Nicholas Georgescu-Roegen

An article from 1975 by Nicholas Georgescu-Roegen author of the The Entropy Law and the Economic Process, which situated the view that the second law of thermodynamics, i.e., that usable "free energy" tends to disperse or become lost in the form of "bound energy", governs economic processes

America's Terminal Decline
By Stephen Lendman

What distinguished experts long knew (timetables aside), the IMF just recognized, saying China's economy will surpass America's in 2016. If so, it will signal an end to the "Age of America," and no wonder after decades of heedless profligacy

Sri Lankan Government Denounces
UN War Crimes Findings

By K. Ratnayake

UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon and his appointed panel of experts to investigate war crimes in Sri Lanka have become the object of a campaign of denunciation in Colombo, not only by the government, but also the media and main opposition parties

No Justice, No Peace: Canadian Mining
In Ecuador And Impunity

By Carlos Zorrilla & Cyril Mychalejko

Intag residents lose much more than a lawsuit against the Toronto Stock Exchange and Copper Mesa

Protect Sanjiv R. Bhatt
By Concerned Citizens

A letter to home minister P. Chidambaram on protection of Sanjiv R. Bhatt

Tracing The Smear Trail !
By Shazia Ilmi

The moot question in the recent tsunami of allegations against the Civil society members of Draft Committee of the Lokpal bill is whether it is mere ineptness, intellectual lethargy or selective amnesia that has prevented many journalists from raising certain questions? Questions about the timing, probity and motives of those who initiated this vilification against the Bhushans

A Story Of Afghan Conflict
By Rizwan Asghar

Decades from now, when the US would have withdrawn its forces from Afghanistan after a humiliating defeat, historians will puzzle over what made the most sophisticated and developed army of the world fail against a ragtag and untrained army of militants

By David Sparenberg

Can we say: I am a human being, living here, in this time, in this space, a citizen of the world; an integral and engaged member of this One Earth Global Village. I am a Hindu and a Moslem, a Christian and a Buddhist, a Pagan and a Jew

28 April , 2011

US, NATO Defend Policy Of Targeting Gaddafi
By Patrick Martin

The Obama administration and spokesmen for NATO have publicly defended the targeting of Libyan ruler Muammar Gaddafi through air strikes on his residential compound in Tripoli, the Libyan capital. NATO warplanes struck the residence on Monday and destroyed much of it, but the Libyan leader escaped the assassination attempt unhurt

Libya: Drones Of Disaster
By Frank Scott

Having sent one of it’s most lethal drone weapons to Libya in the person of Senator McCain, the U.S. more firmly established its murderous bias in a civil war it has promoted and possibly helped organize

Crowdsourcing Japan's Radiation Levels
By D. Parvaz

A group of motivated individuals have come together to create a community approach to gathering radiation data in Japan

Bearing Witness To Collapse
By Paul Chefurka

These days I’m putting all my chips on abetting that r/evolution of human consciousness, by acting as a vocal witness to the unfolding collapse

Questions We Should Be Asking
By Timothy V. Gatto

The worm is turning. It may be an oversimplification, but I believe the political momentum is in favor of the American Left. People are tired of corporate welfare

Supreme Court Lets Corporations
Ban Class Actions

By Stephen Lendman

The Court blocked "a class action lawsuit alleging AT&T Inc. (T) wireless subsidiary acted fraudulently by charging sales tax on cellphones that it advertised as free. The case was considered a test of the enforceability of arbitration agreements that bar individuals from pooling their claims together in a class action."

Professor Hassan Diab: Unjustly Victimized
By Stephen Lendman

The case of former University of Ottawa and Carleton University Professor Hassan Diab is disturbing and shocking

A Sad Certificate
By Farooque Chowdhury

This is part of a campaign to de-legitimate the Obama presidency. And, this de-legitimacy campaign is part of an effort to distract the American people from the burning issues of job, home, health care, tax, budget, debt, CEO bonus, bailout money, economic reform, and wars abroad

Why Do I, Among Others,
Feel Excluded, Mr. Hazare?

By Sharib Ali & Shazia Nigar

As the Bill gets embroiled in controversy, loosing its strength as several key people threaten to disassociate themselves, along with a number of others who already have, its time not to play identity politics, but to work towards something which will be a step towards inhibiting the conscious and unscrupulous looting of the common people of India- and this means a lot more than just bringing to task all those who have been caught in scams. And when that happens Mr.Hazare, I would like to be a part of it

27 April , 2011

US, UK Plot Libya War Escalation
By Bill Van Auken

The civilian and uniformed chiefs of the US and British militaries met in Washington Tuesday to plot a sharp escalation of the imperialist intervention in Libya. Among the top items on their agenda are plans to continue attempts to assassinate Libyan ruler Muammar Gaddafi by means of a “precision” air strike

The Hidden Horrors Of WikiLeaks’
Guantánamo Files

By Andy Worthington

These documents released by WikiLeaks deserve to be read widely, and to be acted upon decisively by Americans who care about justice and the rule of law

Lies, Damn Lies, And Misreporting
About Gitmo Detainees

By Stephen Lendman

Post-9/11, The New York Times became the lead misreporting source about Guantanamo detainees, largely characterizing them as dangerous terrorists threatening US security

Israel's Lawless Arrest Of Ahmad Qatamish
By Stephen Lendman

Qatamish's latest ordeal began before dawn on April 21 when Israeli soldiers and intelligence officers arrested him, his wife, daughter, and two other female relatives (including a 14-year old child). He alone was taken to Beitunia's Ofer detention center

Politics -- Spinning Out of Control
By Sheila Samples

When we see these selfish, immoral, corporate-owned money changers -- both Democrats and Republicans -- being hurled out of House windows and doors, it's possible that the Lord responded to the good Reverend Coughlin, and His Spirit -- at long last -- will have descended upon the Chamber

Republican And Democratic Plans For Medicare
And Medicaid Misguided: Push For
Privatization Will Accelerate Costs And Deaths

By Margaret Flowers

Underneath cuts to Medicare and Medicaid is a dangerous trend of increasing privatization of health care in the U.S

North American Perimeter Security
And The Militarization Of The Northern Border

By Dana Gabriel

With the release of a U.S. Congressional report that found only a small fraction of the border with Canada was being adequately monitored, there is now more focus being placed on the northern border. As a result of increased scrutiny, there are efforts to militarize and expand surveillance on the Canada-U.S. border

Fukushima's Abandoned Dogs
By Mary Hamer, M.D

Plight of Fukushima 's abandoned animals, including dogs -- in the aftermath of the Fukushima Nuclear accident of March 2011

The Story of Dr. Yunus And Grameen Bank
By Badruddin Umar

The government of Bangladesh did not snatch away Nobel Peace Prize from Dr. Muhammad Yunus which was bestowed on him by the imperialist powers, and in any case they have no power to do so. They simply have removed him from his post of managing director of Grameen Bank on legal grounds. This was done according to the rules of the Bangladesh Bank and the law of the land

Narayanpatna: A Report From Ground Zero
A Fact Finding Report

Preliminary report of the DSU fact finding visit to Narayanpatna, Odisha

New Awakening And Confidence
In The Battle Against Corruption

By Kavita Krishnan

Is it a threat to democracy and democratic process for people, through democratic protests, to demand a say in what kind of law a Government introduces? Many critics of the anti-corruption movement that emerged around the fast by Anna Hazare on the Lokpal Bill issue seem to believe so

Bhagwan Satya Sai: Faith Marginalizes Reason
By Ram Puniyani

The death of Satya Sai Baba, April 24th 2011, has created a big turmoil. One hopes that some semblance of reason is brought forth while dealing with the innumerable Godmen, flourishing all around like mushrooms

Indian Jamaat-e-Islami Finally Discards
Its Longstanding Pretence Of Being
A Benign Religio-Cultural Organisation

By Sahil Khan

The floating of the new political party by the Jamaat thus represents a shift in terms of the Indian Jamaat’s strategy in the face of a transformed political context. Yet this does not necessarily mean a transformation of its overall ideology. Given the Jamaat’s particular understanding of Islam, which many other Muslims do not accept, it is not surprising that the move has provoked considerable debate, including visceral opposition, in Muslim circle

MPK : The Disdainful Crusader
Against "Secular Fatwas"

By Sadanand Patwardhan

What is galling however is the heady brew of innuendoes and facts that are distilled by Kishwar and with which she expects to knock over most. She has been trenchantly critical of Medha Patkar over the years. No one is above criticism. Not even Patkar. But Kishwar it appears for some unknown reason is viscerally allergic to Patkar

26 April , 2011

Japan’s Nuclear Crisis Far From Over
By Peter Symonds

Tokyo Electric Power Company (TEPCO), estimates six to nine months will be required to bring all the reactors to what is known as cold shutdown. The damage to the cores of units 1, 2 and 3 is at this stage unknown; the normal reactor cooling systems are not operating and large amounts of highly radioactive water still have to be removed

Chernobyl Survivor Warns Of 'Bombshell' In Japan
By Channel News Asia

A survivor of the Chernobyl disaster says people exposed to radiation from Japan's crippled nuclear plant will spend the rest of their lives fearing the "bombshell" of cancer and other dire illnesses

WikiLeaks Reveals Secret Guantánamo Files,
Exposes Detention Policy As A Construct Of Lies

By Andy Worthington

In its latest release of classified US documents, WikiLeaks is shining the light of truth on a notorious icon of the Bush administration’s "War on Terror" — the prison at Guantánamo Bay

Living Economies: Learning From The Biosphere
By David Korten

How we humans can redesign our failing systems by turning back to nature—and learning to live by the rules of life

Cornerstones Of A Rooted Economy
By Robin Broad & John Cavanagh

Can the small fishers of Trinidad and Tobago become pillars of a new economy when the oil- and gas-based economy finally runs dry?

Partial Understanding On Planet Easter Island
By Guy McPherson

The recent S&P downgrade of U.S. debt is yet another example of a circus sideshow in a nation filled with clowns sleepwalking off a cliff

Bahrain: Beginning Of International Awareness
Amid More Anti-Shia Campaign

By Bahrain Freedom Movement

The situation on the ground is deteriorating as more acts of revenge against the majority Shia Muslims continued. More mosques have been demolished in the past few days, bringing the total to more than 27. The people, however, have continued their anti-regime protests

Brutal State Terror In Bahrain
By Stephen Lendman

On April 22, Physicians for Human Rights (PHR) condemned the violence in a public statement and new report titled, "DO NO HARM: A Call for Bahrain to End Systematic Attacks on Doctors and Patients," as well as against protesters demanding change

Systematic Injustice Against Sundiata Acoli
By Stephen Lendman

Today in America, heroic activists are incarcerated unjustly, including Mumia Abu-Jamal, Leonard Peltier, Ramsey Muniz, Oscar Lopez Rivera, the Cuban Five, lawyers Lynne Stewart and Paul Bergrin, and, among many others, Sundiata Acoli (born Clark Edward Squire) for 38 years

Is There Anyone To Hear This Boy’s Cry?
By Gladson Dungdung

The worst thing is Anup Oraon has not even seen his father since his birth. When he was born his father Paulus Oraon was already behind the bars. Though he cannot express his pains, sufferings and sorrows in words but his endless cry, anguish and anxiety are enough for describing everything he has been undergoing in the absence of his father

Among Ciphers, Barn Burners And Confidence Artists:A Comb-Over Treatment For Declining Empire
By Phil Rockstroh

The troubles of the U.S. are many and spreading. As a nation, our prospects at home and prestige abroad are thinning. Apropos, Donald Trump is the man of this empty hour -- just the manqué of the moment to give the problems that are besetting the nation a comb-over treatment

Citizens of 48 Nations Fought US Invading
Afghanistan(779 Men in Guantanamo)

By Jay Janson

Citizens from forty-eight nations are against what America does? No, there are citizens of every country in the world who are against the America prerogative of killing from the sky anyone Americans choose to

Is Myanmar At A Crossroads?
By Brian McAfee

What direction will Derek Mitchell, the new U.S. envoy, encourage Myanmar to take? Only time will tell, but the operations of Chevron in other countries besides Burma is possibly an ominous sign of events to come. Particularly the devastation that Chevron has caused in Ecuador does not bode well

Shadow Over Democracy In Punjab
By Rajesh Kumar Sharma

Illuminating the dark implications of some recent Punjab legislation

Endosulfan: Compensation To The Victims
Is Crucial

By S.Faizi

While it is heartening that the entire Kerala is aligned against the endosulfan scourge, it is important not to miss the need to pay adequate compensation to the victims based on the universally agreed polluter pays principle

Sachin Tendulkar's Walk: Playing Fair And Square
On The Green Fields

By Dr. Murali Sivaramakrishnan

When Tendulkar walked away he was playing fair and square on the green fields! But he was also making a statement that rules and regulations are invisibly present in the game and this sport is essentially a play that needed to be played out within a structure-- an arbitrary system-- that is always open-ended

Goldhagen’s Insincere Attempt To Explain
Eliminationist Policy

By Dr. Habib Siddiqui

Book Review: Worse Than War by Daniel Jonah Goldhagen

25 April , 2011

Guantánamo Leaks Lift Lid On World's
Most Controversial Prison

By David Leigh, James Ball, Ian Cobain & Jason Burke

More than 700 leaked secret files on the Guantánamo detainees lay bare the inner workings of America's controversial prison camp in Cuba. Innocent people interrogated for years on slimmest pretexts .Children, elderly and mentally ill among those wrongfully held.172 prisoners remain, some with no prospect of trial or release

US Senators Call For Gaddafi’s Assassination
By James Cogan

Senior leaders of the US Congress used appearances on CNN’s “State of the Union” program yesterday to brazenly call for the assassination of Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi and a major escalation of air strikes to achieve the war’s real aim—the installation of a compliant puppet regime

President Obama Makes a Fair Trial of
Bradley Manning Impossible By
Declaring Him Guilty

By Kevin Zeese

The “Bradley Manning Exception to the Bill of Rights” Devastates the Credibility of the Military Justice System

'US To Recoup Libya Oil From China’
Interview With Dr. Paul Craig Roberts

Libyan ruler Muammar Qaddafi has made two mistakes: It blocked the US Africa Command by not joining it and let China into Libya with major energy investments instead, says a former US official

Washington On The Rocks
By Alfred W. McCoy & Brett Reilly

An Empire of autocrats, aristocrats, and uniformed thugs begins to totter

The Corporate State Wins Again
By Chris Hedges

The game is over. We lost. The corporate state will continue its inexorable advance until two-thirds of the nation is locked into a desperate, permanent underclass. Most Americans will struggle to make a living while the Blankfeins and our political elites wallow in the decadence and greed of the Forbidden City and Versailles

Capitalism And Class Struggle
By James Petras

While on the surface there is a decline of revolutionary political class struggle from below, there is the potential for economic struggles to become political in so far as inflation erodes gains and political leaders fix rigid ‘guidelines’ on wage advances. Secondly, as Venezuela illustrates, political leaders can provide conditions which favor the advance from economic to political class struggle

BP Stonewalling Compensation To Gulf Residents
By Stephen Lendman

For most Gulf residents, financial, health, family and community circumstances are much worse now than a year ago because of BP's stonewalling and government dismissiveness to their plight, complicit with the company's bottom line priorities

2010 State Department Human Rights
Report On Haiti

By Stephen Lendman

State Department's report reveals disturbing civil and human rights violations, despite understating them. As a result, ordinary Haitians are at risk in a nation spurning democracy because Washington and local oligarchs won't tolerate it

Binayak Gets Bail: When Will All Our
Binayaks Get Justice?

By Dipankar Bhattacharya

While welcoming the bail granted to Dr. Binayak Sen and the remarks made by the judges, the human rights movement cannot lose sight of this larger ongoing war. In fact, the time is now absolutely ripe for a powerful countrywide people’s movement for democratic rights. The draconian laws – some of them archaic, and some are of recent origin – must go

Dear Mr Pope
By Siddharthya Swapan Roy

A disaster is unfolding in one part of the world as we speak – the broken reactors of Japan . Will all the prayer in the world vanish the killer radiation that is oozing out from it or will that be accomplished by engineers and men of science sweating it out there and who will do at least something concrete to cure the situation?

Whose Burden Is The Burqa?
By Farzana Versey

If anyone is benefiting from the Islamist idea, specifically the veil, then it is the western elite or the westernised liberals among Muslims

Extremism Breeds Extremism
By Nazia Nazar

The danger of nuclear arsenals is considered as an imminent threat to this globe; however, the real enemy the world confronts today is extremism. Unfortunately, the words ‘extremists’ and ‘extremism’ are considered as synonyms for Muslims and Islam only, which is a flawed and biased perception propagated by the western media. The fact of the matter is that extremists could be found everywhere in the world belonging to every religion and creed

Satisfying The Zionists: Obama's First Priority
By Kourosh Ziabari

Barack Obama will be facing a serious dilemma in his path toward the 2012 Presidential Elections. Satisfying the Zionist lobby, regaining the confidence of the American public and compelling the international community that he deserves to be a Nobel Peace Prize laureate are all the responsibilities which seem to be quite unachievable and far-fetched for the so-called man of change

24 April , 2011

The Law Of Mother Earth:
Behind Bolivia’s Historic Bill

By Nick Buxton

A new law expected to pass in Bolivia mandates a fundamental ecological reorientation of the nation’s economy and society

Renewable Energy: No Solution For
Consumer Society

By Ted Trainer

It would be difficult to find a more taken for granted, unquestioned assumption than that it will be possible to substitute renewable energy sources for fossil fuels, while consumer-capitalist society continues on its merry pursuit of limitless affluence and growth. There is a strong case that this assumption is seriously mistaken. Following is a summary of the discussion in my forthcoming book Renewable Energy Cannot Sustain Consumer Society

The Battle Ahead
By Lester Brown

Long after the political uprisings in the Middle East have subsided, many underlying challenges that are not now in the news will remain. Prominent among these are rapid population growth, spreading water shortages, and growing food insecurity

Endosulfan: Endgames In Geneva And New Delhi
By Prof. K.M. Seethi

India is one of the largest global producers of endosulfan. It is the supplier of 70 per cent of the world’s endosulfan needs—a market valued at $300 million (Rs. 1,340 crore). Out of the 9,000 tonnes India produces every year, half is bought by the country’s 75 million farmers, making it the world’s largest consumer of endosulfan. That explains New Delhi’s reluctance to impose a ban!

Armenian Genocide Day, Australian Anzac Day
And Australian Holocaust Denial

By Dr Gideon Polya

Armenian Genocide Day, 24 April, commemorates the death of 1.5 million Armenians who died in the Turkish-imposed Armenian Genocide that commenced on 24 April 1915, the day prior to the Anglo-French and Australian and New Zealand Army Corp (ANZAC) invasion of Turkey at Gallipoli in the Dardanelles on 25 April 1915. 25 April is marked as Anzac Day in Australia and New Zealand that commemorates the war dead of both these sister countries. Yet Australia resolutely ignores its causal connection to the Armenian Genocide and indeed to other genocidal atrocities as a participant in Anglo--American wars

Capitalism's Warplanes: CIA AndAl Qaeda Destroy
Socialist Libya's 53rd Highest Living Standard

By Jay Janson

With all the strongest capitalist nations' firepower against what now remains of an Arab socialist society, of its blasted army and its heroic loyal citizen militias, it seems impossible that Gaddafi and his Libya will survive, let alone be able turn this blitzkrieg into a second Bay of Pigs defeat for weaponized private capital

What’s The Harm In Hunting?
By Alyssa B. Johnson

It’s an expression of our most fundamental relationship with nature, but can you really be moral and be a hunter, too?

"Modern Times" Really Akin To The "Dark Ages"
By Sherwood Ross

Humans may believe we live in enlightened times but future historians, (if there are any) will look back at our era as “dirty, crowded, superstitious, dangerous, and primitive” as the Dark Ages, ecologist Carl Safina, president of Blue Ocean Institute, says

Commemorating Palestinian Political Prisoners
By Stephen Lendman

From 1967 - 2008 over 650,000 detained, or about 20% of the total Occupied Territory (OPT) population and 40% of all males. Moreover, since the beginning of the September 2000 second Intifada, 70,000 were interned. According to PCHR, 760,000 have been held since 1967. Currently, it states, about 6,500 are detained, including over 250 children and 37 women

Sleepwalking Into The Imperial Dark
By Tom Engelhardt

What it feels like when a superpower runs off the tracks

Many U.S. Officials See The Events In Bahrain
As Part Of The Chess Game With Iran :
Robert Naiman

Interview by Kourosh Ziabari

In the case of Bahrain , U.S. officials say they are concerned about alienating Saudi Arabia . Also, many U.S. officials see the events in Bahrain as part of the chess game with Iran ; a successful democracy movement there might bring to power a government that would be less hostile to Iran and less friendly to the United States . Even Egypt , under its new government, is moving to thaw relations with Iran . Many in Washington are concerned about this

Obama's Slapstick Open Mic' Routine
By Dave Fryett

Damn the luck! No sooner had he launched his re-election campaign than did our unpopular emperor get tripped up by an open microphone

The Untold Story of the Anna Hazare Phenomenon
By Devinder Sharma

The inside story of the Anna Hazare fast

Shout! Scream! Protest!
By Rohit Mishra

So next time govt tries to silence you, raise your voice. Shout. Scream. Protest. Not just in your homes. But on the road. If govt wants participatory democracy to take form in this way, give them this way. But create a space for intellectual dissent. Participate. Debate. Contribute. Coz if you don’t, you lose that right and empower govt in the battle against you

Need For Rational Alcohol Policy
Instead Of Failed Prohibitionist Approach

By Sukant Khurana & Brooks Robinson

The debate over the merits of alcohol consumption is hotly contested worldwide. There is no doubt that excessive drinking has caused pain and suffering for millions of people. On the other hand, human beings have been enjoying alcoholic beverages since prehistoric times and it is a tradition deeply rooted in many cultures, including Indian. Mild amounts of alcohol can have several health benefits while large doses can be poisonous. Can the two sides be reconciled?

New Islamist-Backed Muslim Political Party
Stirs Intra-Muslim Debate

By Yoginder Sikand

The floating of a new political party, styling itself the ‘Welfare Party of India’ (WPI), by India’s apex Islamist outfit Jamaat-e Islami Hind late last week has, predictably, set off a vigorous debate in Indian Muslim circles

Investigate War Crimes In Sri Lanka
Petition Campaign

Please sign the petition

Petition Campaign Against False Allegations

The recent false allegations by several politicians against Senior Advocate of the Supreme Court Shri Shanti Bhushan and eminent Lawyer Shri Prashant Bhushan shows the level of panic and consternation that has spread among the corrupt elements in the corporate and the political class, at the widespread public anger which has erupted against corruption

Hunger Strike Of The Prisoner
Falsely Accused In 2006 Malegaon Blasts

By Mustafa Khan

After spending more than four and a half years in prison Dr Faroqh Magdumi announced on March 17, 2011 that he would go on hunger strike. He started his hunger strike on April 5th and wrote from Arthur road prison in Mumbai making his reason for taking such crucial step

23 April , 2011

Dozens Killed In Syrian Protests
By the Bill Van Auken

Dozens of protesters were killed in Syria Friday as security forces opened fire on demonstrations called one day after President Bashar al-Assad enacted partial concessions aimed at quelling the unrest

Mounting Libyan Death Toll From
US-NATO Bombings

By Barry Grey

The death toll in Libya from US, French and British air strikes continues to mount and promises to rise sharply as the imperialist powers escalate their attacks on both military and civilian targets

Al Jazeera's War On Gaddafi
By Stephen Lendman

Based on its recent Libyan and Gulf states reporting (or lack thereof), Qatar-based Al Jazeera's credibility appears extremely compromised

Documentary Evidence Confirms
That Iraq War Was About Oil

By Ray McGovern

If you don’t tune in to Amy Goodman’s Democracy Now or read the British press, you will have missed the latest documentary evidence showing that Great Britain’s Lords and Ladies lied about how big oil companies, like BP, lusted after Iraqi oil in the months leading up to the attack on Iraq

Quarter Century Retrospective On
The Chernobyl Nuclear Accident

By Dr. Peter Custers

As a retrospective on the Chernobyl catastrophe easily brings out: one cannot trade one catastrophe against another; one can´t exchange a climate catastrophe for a nuclear catastrophe. On this anniversary we need a sacred pledge in favor of reliance on technologies that are productive, that squarely sustain all forms of life on planet earth

It Is Time For Obama To Demonstrate
True Courage And Statesmanship

By Iqbal Alimohamed

Both Mr Obama and Mr Netanyahu have before them a historic opportunity to resolve the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and to leave a legacy of genuine and lasting peace in this embattled region They should strive hard, as Kennedy said, to seize the moment before the issue goes to the UN General Assembly

Pernicious Koch Brothers Political Influence
By Stephen Lendman

With 2012 elections ahead, the Kochs plan to raise $88 million for potential Republican presidential candidates, besides millions more for House and Senate ones, as well as state and local officials

The State Of Human Rights in Bangladesh
By Dr. K. M. A. Malik

Suppression of political and media freedom, extrajudicial killings, deadly border and other issues

Beyond The Lokpal Bill
By Leo F. Saldanha

There is no effort to enquire whether the economic reforms aren't to blame for the sheer scale and grandeur of corruption in India today. Abhorring the thought of making such connections, the influential middle classes by and large believe that institutions such as the Lokpal and Lokayukta can and will tackle the malaise of graft

Idiosyncrasies Afflicting The Indian Middle Class:
A Critical Commentary

By Subit Chakrabarti

The whole hullabaloo surrounding the drafting of the Jan-Lokpal bill betrays manifestations of a strange dichotomy in the actions and thought processes of the Indian middle class, and by extension, the mainstream media (which, by and large, caters to them)

Chidambaram Is Happy
By Mahtab Alam

Binayak Sen gets bail and Mr. Palaniappan Chidambaram is also happy with the judgment. I think it is important to ask hard questions of the Home Minister because his happiness seems to be disingenuous. Isn’t it because of the policies adopted by him and his ministry, hand in glove with the BJP government of Raman Singh (in Chhattisgarh), that Binayak was sent to jail?

Rationing Water or Rationing Human Right
By S. Mohammed Irshad

The Planning Commission of India, vice chair man Montek Singh Ahulwalia declare the one of the future policy initiatives of Government of India i.e rationing of water. While government trying to implement rationing of water the UN declares water as human rights; hence, any attempt on rationing or denying access over water is the violation of human right

Shiv Sena In Konkan Struggle: A Corporate Strategy
By Prabhat Sharan

Has the people’s movement in Konkan been hijacked by the rabid right wing fascist party Shiv Sena? Going by reports appearing in the corporate media it appears that the movement which till now was moving on the lines of people’s aspirations and struggles, has now been taken over by the moribund Shiv Sena

22 April , 2011

April 22, Earth Day:
We Must Stop Climate Catastrophe

By Dr Gideon Polya

We are one species confined to one planet and we revel in the richness of nature and human cultural diversity. The peace and cooperative community we commonly experience at the level of village, town, city and nation should apply internationally throughout Spaceship Earth

What’s With The Weather?
Is Climate Change To Blame?

By Alyson Kenward

One of the thorniest questions facing climate scientists is whether human-induced climate change is leading to more heat waves, floods, and extreme weather events. Now, employing increasingly sophisticated methods of studying weather extremes, climatologists say they are closer to answering that key question

Poisoning Mother Earth:
America's Gulf And Fukushima

By Stephen Lendman

As best we know it, the shocking truth is that preventable disasters keep proliferating life destroying contamination globally. Yet news about them is suppressed, so few people everywhere are unaware how calamitously they're being harmed

Obama Sends Drones To Libya
As Britain Readies Troops

By Bill Van Auken

The Obama administration has joined Britain and France in a major escalation of the war against Libya that entails the deployment of US drones, intensified bombing and the preparation of an invasion force

Benghazi Human Traffickers Back In Business
By Thomas C. Mountain

The human trafficking mafia is back in business in Benghazi, Libya. It has been about three weeks now since a floating death trap, crammed to the gills with hundreds of Horn of Africans, part of a small flotilla of such, set off from Benghazi for the Italian island of Lampedusa

Is The World Too Big To Fail?
By Noam Chomsky

As long as the general population is passive, apathetic, diverted to consumerism or hatred of the vulnerable, then the powerful can do as they please, and those who survive will be left to contemplate the outcome

Tale Of Two Gandhians:
Anna Hazare And Irom Sharmila

By Mahtab Alam

In India, to garner support, it is not enough to be a mere Gandhian, but a Gandhian with a difference-a Gandhian, who can sit with the murders of Gandhi, praise the person who was responsible for genocide in the land of the Mahatma, back the racist and fascist mentalities and policies. ‘Unfortunately', Irom Sharmila disqualifies to be such a Gandhian and I am sure she must be proud of being ‘unfortunate'!

Crisis Of Ambedkarites And Future Challenges
By Anand Teltumbde

Ambedkar Memorial Lecture at Ambedkar Habba, Spoorthi Dham, in Bangalore on 14 April 2011

Sinning Against Zionism: Traitor To Country
By William A. Cook

Richard Goldstone’s journey from Justice to Sinner represents the spiritual act of dying in the Zionist world

Staying Human: The Heroic Legacy Of
Vittorio Arrigoni

By Ramzy Baroud

Vittorio Arrigoni, or Vik, was reportedly murdered by a fundamentalist group in Gaza, a few hours after he was kidnapped on Thursday, April 14. Vik's killers failed to see his humanity. But many of us will always remember, and we will continue trying to “stay human”

Adam Smith: A Progressive?
By Ron Forthofer

Given the recent disaster in which deregulation of part of the U.S. financial sector played a key role, it may be useful to re-examine the writings of Adam Smith, the father of modern economics and capitalism. Many people are familiar with Smith's seemingly all-knowing 'invisible hand', but several of his other important quotes are rarely mentioned

Posada: Protecting A Terrorist
By Dr. Chandra Muzaffar

On the 8th of April 2011, a Court in El Paso, Texas acquitted the notorious terrorist, Luis Posada Carriles, of 11 charges of perjury, fraud and obstruction. By freeing him of all charges, the US authorities proved yet again that they are extremely protective of Posada

United Nations Report On Sri Lanka: Time To Act
By Karthick RM

Activists in Tamil Nadu and politicians who have used the Eelam struggle for their careers should take this UN report seriously. Coming as it is from a recognized legal body, they should use the report to push for the recognition of genocide in the Tamil Nadu Assembly that shall soon be formed after the elections

The Secular Talibans In France:
Are They Any Better?

By Dr. Habib Siddiqui

Although the new law claims to be drafted as gender neutral, the marks of chauvinism, bigotry and xenophobia are all too visible. It clearly targets the few Muslim women who wear the niqab

Oil, Water, And America's Price Priorities
By Mary Shaw

As of April 11, the average price for a gallon of gasoline in the U.S. was $3.79. And I hear people complaining about it all the time. Still, they don't think twice about spending much more per gallon for bottled water

Debtlessness As A Human Right
Interview with Farooque Chowdhury by Sonja Ernst

An interview with Farooque Chowdhury, editor of "Micro Credit Myth Manufactured, Unveiling appropriation of surplus value and an icon"

A Messiah And The Melodramatic Middle class:
‘Rethinking' The Anna Hazare Movement
Against Corruption

By Avinash Pandey Samar

So what is it that makes Anna's movement such a success while condemning workers' protest to the margins of print and electronic media alike? It was lack of politics, nothing else

NAPM In Solidarity With Prashant Bhushan
And Need To Focus On The Lokpal Bill


The triumph of the Lokpal Bill campaign, which shows the effectiveness of people power is clearly unpalatable to certain sections who, rather than discussing the details of the proposed Jan Lokpal Bill, are attempting character assassination of two of India's finest public interest lawyers

Mimesis And The State Of US Democracy
By Gaither Stewart

Reflections on Democracy

16 April , 2011

Arab Spring Yet To Bloom
By Stephen Lendman

Despite months of heroic Middle East/North African uprisings in over a dozen countries from Morocco to Syria to Oman, none so far achieved change, suggesting months, perhaps years, of sustained struggles lie ahead

International Silence Over
The Middle East Felonies

By Kourosh Ziabari

As the U.S.-backed repressive regimes of the Middle East harshly crack down on their unarmed, innocent citizens, the international community has kept a low profile and indifferently watches the massacre of pro-freedom demonstrators in Libya, Bahrain and Yemen by the merciless dictators of the Persian Gulf region

Obama Demands Regime Change In Libya
By Stefan Steinberg

In an open letter issued printed simultaneously in the Washington Post, the Times of London and Le Figaro, the Obama administration, together with the heads of government in France and Great Britain, openly acknowledged that the purpose of the NATO bombing of Libya was regime change, i.e., the forcible expulsion of Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi from power

Saudi Arabia Did Not Make Up For Libyan Oil
By Stuart Staniford

Instead of Saudi production increasing to compensate for Libya, total world production decreased, and oil prices went up sharply to enforce the necessary conservation on the world's oil consumers. Rather than trying to flood the market with their oil to help supplies post Libya, the Saudis are ramping back and extracting every dollar they can get

Binayak Sen Granted Bail
By Free Binayak Sen Coalition

Free Binayak Sen Coalition Activists Welcome Supreme Court Bail Decision -Remain Vigilant for Campaign Battles that Lie Ahead

Lobbyocracy Australia Opts For
Disastrous Coal To Gas Transition

By Dr Gideon Polya

The pro-gas, neocon Gillard Labor Government of Lobbyocracy Australia has opted for a disastrous, Carbon Tax-driven coal to gas transition, ignoring the science which says that gas burning for power is worse than coal burning in relation to greenhouse gas (GHG) pollution

Don't Cut Entitlements-Cut The Military
By Timothy V. Gatto

The government wants to cut everything under the sun, but the military is sacrosanct. It's about time we brought the subject up loud enough for these cowards in Washington to hear us. Don't you think?

David Cameron Pushing For A 'Free Ride To India'
By Devinder Sharma

At a time when everyone swears in the name of free markets, none of the UN Permanent members of the Security Council are willing to allow skilled and unskilled workers from the developing countries. Whether we like it or not, the western countries are trying to create the illusion of development and economic growth in a bid to gain a stranglehold of developing country markets. But when it comes to discussing the movement of workers across countries, they simply refuse to talk

Face-Veil Ban: Mixed Muslim Reactions
By Yoginder Sikand

The French ban on the Muslim face veil that came into effect earlier this week has added new dimensions to on-going debates about secularism, democracy, religion, identity, the freedom of choice and gender justice. There is no simple answer to many of the troubling questions that the ban has provoked. Unequivocally approving or condemning the ban, to take any particular side in the fiercely polarised debate about the ban, is not an easy option

Inflation Hits Money And Lies
By Joel S. Hirschhorn

Unemployment at 20 percent, inflation at 10 percent, a multi-trillion dollar national debt, and nothing but lies from politicians. Have you had enough? Do you still believe that voting in different Republicans or Democrats will fix things?

15 April , 2011

Divisions Deepen As NATO Digs In
For A Prolonged War Against Libya

By Stefan Steinberg

Foreign ministers from all 28 NATO countries met in Berlin on Thursday in an atmosphere of growing tension and recriminations between alliance states. The main issue to be discussed at the two-day summit is the NATO led war in Libya

Depleted Uranium Used In Libya
By Thomas C. Mountain

NATO aircraft are routinely equipped with anti-armor missiles fitted with depleted uranium war heads

Iraq , 15 April: The Friday of the Free
By Dirk Adriaensens

Observations from an Iraqi Human Rights activist

International Day Of Peasant’s Struggle
By Farooque Chowdhury

The day, April 17, is not meant to get engaged into adventurous or terrorist acts as those play no role in making social advancement or achieving food security for country. Rather, exposing hollowness of neoliberal ideas and its effects on peasantry can be a way to observe the day

Now Israel Is Free To Declare Its Innocence
Before The International Court Of Justice

By William A. Cook

Thank God Judge Goldstone recanted his judgment on Israel and its IDF forces in the slaughter inflicted on Gaza during its Christmas invasion in 2008-2009; both are now innocent of wrongful intent to kill Palestinian civilians since the Israeli military courts investigated Goldstone's allegations and determined he was wrong

‘Matter Of Policy’: Gaza War And Goldstone’s
Moral Collapse

By Ramzy Baroud

Shocking is not a sufficient term to describe Justice Richard Goldstone’s decision to recant parts of the 2009 report on alleged war crimes in Gaza

No Politician With An "Anti-Zionist Mindset"
Could Ever Dream Of Living In
The White House: Naseer Aruri

By Kourosh Ziabari

The American political system has institutional and constitutional barriers against anti-Zionists winning the U.S. presidency

Emotional Resilience In Traumatic Times
By Carolyn Baker

A Few Ways Of Developing Emotional Resilience

Sril Lanka: Beyond The UN Drama
By Nilantha Ilangamuwa

No matter what the UN report contains, it should be made available to the people of Sri Lanka and the world at large

Obama Violates Law Of Pendulum Politics
By Robert Becker

Now he's done it -- the most Republican of modern Democratic presidents has violated the cosmic political order, that inescapable fluctuation wherein one disgraced party triggers the inevitable, system-saving reversal

Obamanomics: Waging War On American Workers
By Stephen Lendman

Like all his demagoguery, Obama hypocrically stressed we're broke and have to make shared sacrifices, suppressing how he's served wealth and power interests at the expense of working Americans during the greatest economic crisis since the Great Depression

Libya's Great Man-Made River
By Stephen Lendman

A key objective of imperialist attck on Libya is getting little attention - to take control of Libya's Great Man-Made River

Where Did The Towers Go? The Evidence Of
Directed Free-Energy Technology On 9/11
By Eric Larsen

Review of Dr. Judy Wood's new book on 9/11

Beggers Can’t Be Choosers
By Abdus Sattar Ghazali

US resumes Drone attacks in Pakistan as CIA turns down ISI plea to halt controversial strikes

The Ambedkar Party
By Siddharthya Swapan Roy

Celebrating Babasaheb Ambedkar's birthday

Silent Racial Attack On Own Countrymen
By Madhu Chandra

Abstract of Research Project Report: North East Migration and Challenges in National Capital Cities

Regionalism, Ethnicity, And Trifurcation:
All In The Name Of National Integrity

By Dr. Nyla Ali Khan

The question relevant to my purposes here is that is the “executive order,” not “bill” permitting the issuance of Dogra certificates to the Dogras, Hindu and Muslim, of Jammu province along the lines of Sir Owen Dixon’s proposition of the trifurcation of the State along religious and communal lines? Why is this vestige of British colonialism still given legitimacy?

14 April , 2011

Conflict Intensifies In Syria
By Jean Shaoul

The Assad regime has stepped up its clampdown on demonstrators calling for democracy and an end to corruption. It is seeking to prevent the protests, as yet relatively small, from becoming a mass movement for the removal of the ruling clique, as happened in Tunisia and Egypt

Police State Terror In Bahrain
By Stephen Lendman

Daily crackdowns continue, Bahrainis still terrorized by US-backed militarized repression

Obama's Deficit Plan Starts At The Center Right;
Where Will He End Up?

By Kevin Zeese

President Obama put forward a center-right deficit plan that does not cut the military --only moderately slows its growth, cuts essential services for working Americans who are already under financial stress, does not adequately tax the economic elite and fails to address the driving force of deficits, health care

A Twelve Year Plan From A Guy With Two Left
By David Swanson

Obama's speech on the deficit on Wednesday was a flop. He proposed to end no wars, make no serious cuts to the military, REDUCE corporate taxes, tax no estates or investments, raise no taxes on any billionaires, and give an unelected commission the power to slash Medicare

The Planet Strikes Back
By Michael T. Klare

Why we underestimate the Earth and overestimate ourselves

Interstates And States Of Grief
By Phil Rockstroh & Angela Tyler-Rockstroh

Traveling US interstate highways one suffers a confluence of so much contemporary madness and tragedy extant in the land … so much suppressed fear and aggression. Yet, through it all, the heart still yearns to see what lies over the next horizon. Although, lamentably, what is revealed, all to often, proves to be as sterile, inhospitable, ugly, and inhuman as what was beheld at the last

Why I As A Muslim Woman Don't Wear A Headscarf
By Lamya Kaddor

Does the Koran really demand that women wear headscarves? Or is it mainly older men who claim they can decide how women should dress – with no theological foundation whatsoever? For the Islam scholar Lamya Kaddor, there is no question about it: the headscarf is obsolete

Alternatives To Free-Market Capitalism
By Ron Forthofer

Americans have been exposed to so much propaganda about free-market capitalism that few ever think there is any other way of running an economy

Human Rights: Abusers And Accusers
By Farooque Chowdhury

Human rights issue, an effective, soft, but sharp tool in geopolitics, and being used publicly as a pretense for pressing, threatening, coercing countries and for intervening, now signifies the on-going changes in world balance of power. Now, the tool is not the monopoly of Empire. That monopoly is weakening. For general public, debate on the issue helps see two faces of actors in geopolitics as abusers appear accusers

Anna Hazare And Anti Corruption Upsurge
By Ram Puniyani

One hopes that while working on the Lok Pal Bill, the collective leadership of the movement will take note of these points to ensure that this movement does not meet the fate of two similar earlier one’s and that Right wing divisive forces are kept at bay

Who Can Doubt The “Strong Secular Credentials”
Of Your Movement Mr. Kejriwal?

By Avinash Pandey Samar

The article explores the secular claims made by the Anti-corruption movement led by Anna Hazare

The Revolution And Me...
By Suroor Mander

It is not like I don’t believe that corruption is an evil phenomenon or that I think that a person of my class or privilege does not need to participate in change. But I cannot bring myself to be part of a change that is superficial and compromises on the Idea of India. I cannot follow a leader who joins hands with the RSS, the same organization behind the killing of the M.K. Gandhi, a person he emulates

Anna Hazare Movement: Its' Project Brahmanism!
By Goldy M. George

I have been following all the different sets of emails and other communications since Anna Hazare began his hunger strike. Much before he paid his kudos for Modi and Nitish and his recent statement supporting MNS, it was clear to at least a few of us that it's a modern way of placing Brahmanism on a capitalistic plank

Goldstone Commission Members Affirm
Study Findings

By Stephen Lendman

Commission members resent pressure exerted to undermine their credibility and integrity. To give in "would be doing a serious injustice to the hundreds of innocent civilians killed during the Gaza conflict, the thousands injured, and the hundreds of thousands whose lives continue to be deeply affected by the conflict and the blockade."

Border And Community Vigilantism
By Stephen Lendman

All Americans were once immigrants. It's high time newcomers were embraced like early arrivals in colonial times. They were welcomed and helped, not spurned the way Latinos and other people of color are today

Nature, All Too Nature Human, All Too Human
By Shibu Shanmughom

A critique Of Manoj Das’s A Tiger At Twilight And Cyclones

13 April , 2011

Israel Steps Up Aggression Against Gaza
By Jean Shaoul

For more than a week, Israel mounted frequent aerial attacks on Gaza’s defenceless population, killing at least 25 and wounding dozens more. Most of the casualties were civilians, and many of those injured were children

Israel Steps Up Jerusalem Expulsions
By Jonathan Cook

Even Tony Blair can’t save Palestinian bookseller

US Blocks UN Torture Investigator
From Seeing Bradley Manning

By Naomi Spencer

The US government has blocked the United Nations’ special rapporteur on torture from visiting Army Private Bradley Manning, who has been held in solitary confinement at Quantico Marine base since July

Fukushima At Level 7: Now What?
By Stephen Lendman

Fukushima's disaster will scar much, perhaps all of Japan for generations, including fetuses and newborns to be genetically harmed by radiation poisoning

Fukushima And The Plutonium Mystery
By Mary Hamer

I request that the Fukushima nuclear officials publish more comprehensive information to the public regarding: #1. The source(s) of Plutonium in the positive Fukushima soil samples, #2. The isotopes of Plutonium found at Fukushima such as plutonium-239 & #3. Fukushima Radiation exposure & radioactive contamination data for the alpha emitters such as plutonium & uranium

Dear William And Kate: Cut The Crap;
This is Our Home!

By Gary Corseri

William and Kate: Get over yourselves! This culture of excess must end… or we shall all end soon “on a mote of dust suspended in a sunbeam.”

Hold Both Parties Responsible For
Bankrupting The USA

By Timothy V. Gatto

Bring the troops home for good and return to a representative republic. Enact Campaign Finance Laws that rid the political system of corporate money. Pass an amendment that revokes “corporate Personhood”. Stop believing in the Democrats and Republicans

A Soulful Guide To Society’s Collapse
By Lindsay Curren

Navigating the Coming Chaos: A Handbook for Inner Transition, by Carolyn Baker, is a a meditative approach to transition

Waiting For The Fall Of Saudi Monarchy
By Zaheer Ali

These rebellions can reach to their logical conclusion only if the USA refrains from interfering directly or indirectly in the affairs of the region and most importantly the people of Saudi Arabia who are politically leading a life of slavery rise against the tyrannical rule of the House of Saud..Unless the Saudi monarchy is overthrown the region would never become truly democratic

The Imam Of Wahhabism,
Not The Imam Of All Muslims

By Arshad Alam

The visit of the Imam of Saudi Mecca Masjid to India a couple of weeks ago created quite a flutter in the Indian English media. It was disturbing to note that leading English newspapers hailed him very nearly as the Pope of the Muslim world, betraying an acute lack of understanding of the nature and pattern of religious authority within Islam

Habits Of The Heart To Counter Bigotry
By Mohamed Imran Mohamed Taib

There are uncanny similarities between Mullah Mohammed Omar's order to the Taliban to destroy Afghanistan's Bamiyan Buddha statues in 2001, and the recent burning of the Quran by American Pastor Terry Jones that sparked a mob in Pakistan which left 12 dead. Both started as fringe actors who gained global attention through the media. Both share a narrow vision of religion. Both chose to attack symbols of other religions to make a point

12 April , 2011

Japan Raises Meltdown Severity Level
To Highest 7

By Kyodo News

Japan has now decided to raise the severity level of the accident at the crippled Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant to 7, the highest on an international scale, from the current 5, government sources said Tuesday

How Nuclear Apologists Mislead
The World Over Radiation

By Helen Caldicott

Helen Caldicott's rejoinder to George Monbiot's article "The unpalatable truth is that the anti-nuclear lobby has misled us all"

Monbiot Goes Strangelove
By Dave Ewoldt

But, like so many others today, Monbiot frames his response to life threatening crises in the terms and with the assumptions of the dominate paradigm that created these crises. It is taken as a given that human ingenuity will rescue us and we can go on with livin' large in a green economy using clean renewable energy--never mind those pesky little concepts like entropy, conservation, and finitude

African Union’s Libya Ceasefire Rejected By
Opposition And NATO Powers

By Chris Marsden

Libya’s rebels formally rejected a ceasefire proposed by the African Union on Monday, following talks in Benghazi

Planned Libyan Invasion
By Stephen Lendman

On April 6, EU foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton told the European Parliament that plans for military intervention were being considered. On April 7, the German Press Agency DPA said she wrote UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, "telling him about the EU's readiness to act."

The US-Nato War Against Libya:
Washington Responds To Geopolitical Crisis

By Jack A. Smith

Any examination of the many rebellions without taking into primary consideration the decisive role of U.S. hegemony in this strategic, resource-rich region of the world would be like attempting to understand global warming without mentioning the key role of fossil fuels

The Threat Of Internet Censorship In India
By Prabhat Sharan

Government of India is all set to implement the banning of thought, expression and critical consciousness by proposing to carry out amendments in the Information Technology Act (2000.)

The Rise Of Fascism In America
By Tristan Aaron Shaw

If Sarah Palin, or any other politician under the Tea Party banner, runs for president in 2012, brace yourself. Let us hope enough Americans muster the sanity to refuse their election. But if the momentum of the movement grows and they seize control of the country, we will see the current proto-fascism morph into an overt form of fascism

Fight Economic Oppression,
Target The Top One Percent

By Joel S. Hirschhorn

Massive economic inequality is killing America and we the people. It has already killed American democracy. The rich have captured the political system so they could manipulate the economy and benefit unfairly

America's Bankruptcy : Not Just Limited
To Its Failing Economy

By Dr. Habib Siddiqui

As I noted many times, the American politicians are failing their people. Many are openly behaving like fascists. Many others are closet fascists who would reveal their true ugly self when push comes to shove

Does America Have A Muslim Problem?
By Franklin Lamb

Even as Jones prepares to act as grand inquisitor and plans to prosecute the Prophet Mohammad (PBUH) for various imagined crimes, it reminds us that when it comes to intolerance, nothing is new under the sun in our land

The War On Planned Parenthood
Is A War On Poor Women

By Mary Shaw

The Planned Parenthood organization is under attack from the right. With ACORN out of the way, I guess they needed to invent a new bogeyman to distract us from their failure to create all those new jobs they promised us during the 2010 campaign season

Why Does Israel Have A Veto
Over The Peace Process?

By Alan Hart

As I explained on a lecture tour of South Africa (Goldstone Land) from which I have just returned, the answer is in what happened behind closed doors at the Security Council in New York in the weeks and months following the 1967 war. But complete understanding requires knowledge of the fact that it was a war of Israeli aggression and not, as Zionism’s spin doctors continue to assert, self-defense

Feeding The World: It’s Not About Quantity
By Danielle Nierenberg & Mara Schecter

The resilience of our food supply is as much about the quality and diversity of our food sources as it is about how much we produce

The Coolest Book I've Ever Read On Energy
By Kurt Cobb

It may seem a bit over the top to say that a book entitled Into the Cool is the coolest book I've ever read on energy. But energy junkies should take note of its two compelling theses

Justice Denied For The Dalit Girl
Thrown Into Fire By Upper Caste Men

By Madhu Chandra

A six year old little girl from dalit community in UP was tossed into the burning fire by the members from upper caste community in her village three years ago. Her pregnant mother who tried to rescue her was severly burnt and lost her mental balance due to the shock. But the court had closed the case as there were no witnesses to testify against the culprits

Beyond Politics: Assassination Of
Maulana Showkat Ahmad Shah

By Mushtaq Ul Haq Ahmad Sikander

We have lost another person to the ravaging conflict and as a norm all parties to the conflict would do politics over this assassination, and the real culprits as usual is apprehension would go Scot free

Are Wealthy Philanthropists Modern Janus?
By Kamalakar Duvvuru

If the wealthy really want to create a better world through philanthropic activities, first they should meet other commitments such as paying more taxes, not pressing on laws and regulations, giving better benefits, job protection and work conditions to their employees, and manufacturing goods using environmentally friendly products and processes

Kashmir : Internet Campaign Led Youth's Release
By Fahad Shah

Faizan Rafiq Hakim, a minor, released from prison after persistent campaign on the internet

Activists Condemn Anna Hazare's
Pro-Modi Remarks

By Rohit Prajapati & Trupti Shah

The Statement of Anna Hazare creates wrong impression, endorsing the authoritarian fascist Government, which is anti-farmer, anti-women, anti-working class, anti-dalits, anti-tribals, anti-minorities and against all the marginalised groups

Why The Lokpal Act Alone Will Not
Reduce Corruption In India

By Faisal Ahmed Khan

I only want to underline the fact that no institution, no constitution, no authority or force can root out corruption until and unless the people themselves decide to shun corruption and the chances of that happening are as bright as Rakhi sawant winning an Oscar. Till then we should celebrate anna’s triumph

Killing Those Who Disagree
By Nazia Nazar

Despite extremists’ attacks on several shrines of sufi saints, the influx of people to shrine in Pakistan has seen no decrease so far. The reason is simple. The faith of a shrine visitor is as strong as the conviction of a suicide bombe. If you kill others to spread your dogma, many would be ready to die to practice their faith as well. So, what do the extremists gain by spilling blood of innocent people?

11 April , 2011

Egyptian Military Kills Protesters In Cairo
By Niall Green

Egypt’s ruling military junta, the Supreme Council of the Armed Forces, launched a deadly attack on thousands of protesters encamped in Tahrir Square on Saturday morning. Security forces killed six protesters, while the Egyptian health ministry reported that 71 people had been hospitalized

State Crackdown Claims Scores Of Lives In Syria
By Jean Shaoul

The Syrian government cracked down hard on protesters who took to the streets in many parts of the country after prayers on Friday and Saturday, using tear gas, rubber bullets and live ammunition. At least 37 people have died, and this number is expected to rise, making a total of over 160 deaths in four weeks of clashes, mostly in Dera’a, Douma and Latakia

Climate Change: Speaking Truth to Power
By Bill Henderson

We are in denial and won't quantify the risks of our use of fossil fuels in a due diligence to future generations framework because of fear of the inconvenient costs to us today

Why The United States Is Destroying
Its Education System

By Chris Hedges

Teachers, their unions under attack, are becoming as replaceable as minimum-wage employees at Burger King. We spurn real teachers—those with the capacity to inspire children to think, those who help the young discover their gifts and potential—and replace them with instructors who teach to narrow, standardized tests. These instructors obey. They teach children to obey. And that is the point

The New Reality For U.S. Labor Unions
By Shamus Cooke

The recent shakeup in Wisconsin is likely a preliminary tremor that predicts a larger earthquake. And like all natural disasters, the events in Wisconsin jolted people awake to grapple with their changed circumstances. Labor unions suddenly realized that their fate was hanging in the balance

Obama Again Capitulates
By Stephen Lendman

At least $38 billion in mostly unspecified social spending cuts were made, perhaps more, a down payment before greater ones coming, involving Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid. Along with other vital programs, they're headed for incremental elimination to return America to 19th century harshness, an idea Republicans, Democrats, and Obama support

Hiding From Shame, Addicted To Optimism:
The Tyranny Of Our Collective Comfort Zones

By Phil Rockstroh

The technologies that inflicted upon the world the ongoing tragedies in both the Gulf of Mexico and Japan serve a dangerous addiction, an addiction to blind optimism, a habituation of mind that allows us to dwell within provisional comfort zones but renders vast spaces of the world into deathrealms

Radioactive Cloud, Radioactive Rainbow
By Odysseus

Ongoing revelations from the Japanese epicenter are warning us, in no uncertain terms, that we are taking our living spaceship, our source of abundance and sustenance for granted and there are consequences when trust slips into negligence and taking for granted turns into taking advantage of

Military Whistleblower Speaks Out
On Bradley Manning

By Billy Wharton

On a day when the anti-war movement in the US showed some signs of life, a military whistleblower, Lawrence Rockwood, took a stand in solidarity with Bradley Manning who is traveling a path quite similar to his own

Dantewada: Days Of Rage
By Javed Iqbal

One year after 76 security personnel were killed in the Chintalnar area, with allegations of rape being used as a weapon of war soon after by the state, the latest attack on the adivasis of Bastar during a five-day long carnage has led to break the silence on atrocities that have been committed for over six years now, across the undivided Bastar region

Ban Endosulfan
By Vandan Shiva

An open letter to Sonia Gandhi

Some Bigger Questions About Corruption
By Arpita Banerjee

There is a dualism about corruption. One who receives the inducement or bribe and the other who gives it. Most of the time we find the former more unacceptable than the latter, and the reason could be that we see the latter as a prey of the former. That latter is ‘us’, the ‘common people’, the ‘robbed victims’. While this is not entirely untrue, there is much more to this predator-prey dualism

Cracking Anti-Corruption Coalition
The Express way

By Sadanand Patwardhan

Very soon we need to address the profound issues that Ambedkar, Tyagi, and others raised some 61 years ago. It is not really the case that Hazare and activists have gone too far. It is that they have taken first steps on a really long march

Sheeba Aslam Fehmi On Islamic Feminism
By Yoginder Sikand

Sheeba Aslam Fehmi is one of India’s only Islamic feminist writers and one of the few Indian Muslim women scholars who writes on Islam (among other issues). She has written extensively on gender-just understandings of Islam, articulating equality for Muslim women using Quranic arguments

Gluttons For Partial Narratives
On Punjab’s Ailments?

By Mallika Kaur

A critical look at a popular facebook video “Glut - The Untold Story of Punjab.”

Police Brutality In Honduras
By Stephen Lendman

Since mid-March, police and soldiers unleashed violent repression throughout the country, using infiltrators to provoke demonstrators into confrontations to justify what may result in massacres. This is how police state barbarism works, crushing resistance oppressively

Icelanders Vote On Predatory Bailout: Nyet
By Stephen Lendman

Icelander choice is neoliberal bondage or freedom. Icelanders chose the latter in March 2010 and again on April 9. It's now up to their government to serve them or sell them out to UK and Dutch predators. Don't bet on it doing the right thing

A Question Of Values And Ethics
By Brian McAfee

The Muskegon Tea Party has scheduled a rally in the Muskegon area for April 15, it is important to take a look at them and their Republican cohorts to see what they are up to and what they really seem to want

08 April , 2011

Fukushima Disaster: Are We Told The Truth?
By Stephen Lendman

On April 6, Reuters reported that "the core at Japan's Fukushima nuclear reactor has melted through the reactor pressure vessel," Rep. Edward Markey told a House hearing on the disaster, saying: "I have been informed by the Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) that the core has gotten so hot that part of it has probably melted through the reactor pressure vessel." However, the NRC is denying this

Radioactivity In The Ocean:
Diluted, But Far From Harmless

By Elizabeth Grossman

With contaminated water from Japan’s crippled Fukushima nuclear complex continuing to pour into the Pacific, scientists are concerned about how that radioactivity might affect marine life. Although the ocean’s capacity to dilute radiation is huge, signs are that nuclear isotopes are already moving up the local food chain

Don't Be Fooled By The Spin: Radiation Is Bad
By Peter Karamoskos

With the 25th anniversary of Chernobyl looming, the pro-nuclear lobby is in overdrive

Support Anna Hazare!

We exhort everyone to join the struggle of millions of working class people, adivasis, dalits, women, forest workers, fisherfolks in their quest for a dignified livelihood and justice. Our movement against corruption has to go beyond the visible symbols of corruption and reach out for a wider systemic transformation in the country today. Let us all join this struggle !

War On Palestinian Memory: Israel Resolves
Its Democracy Dilemma

By Ramzy Baroud

Palestinian citizens of Israel must have been proud of the fact that their collective tenacity always proved stronger than any Israeli attempt at dislocating them from their rightful historical narrative. Now, they are being told to cease and desist from commemorating al-Nakba, the Catastrophe of 1948, which saw the brutal seizure and depopulation of most of Palestine in order to construct the Israeli ‘miracle’

Declaring An Independent Palestinian State
By Stephen Lendman

For decades, Palestinians have suffered. It's high time the world body afforded them full de jure recognition as an independent member state, their legitimate status long denied, and let Israel and America stew over it

Banned In Vermont
By Mickey Z.

An interview with advocacy journalist and author Rosemarie Jackowski

07 April , 2011

Divisions Among Imperialist Powers Deepen
Over Conduct Of Libyan Offensive

By Chris Marsden

Washington’s decision to withdraw from participation in air bombardment of Libya has exacerbated tensions between the major powers, above all between the United States and France

US Report Points To Serious Dangers
At Japanese Nuclear Plant

By Peter Symonds

A confidential assessment of the Fukushima nuclear disaster drawn up by the US Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) paints a far bleaker picture than the limited, sanitised reports being made public by the plant operator, Tokyo Electric Power Company (TEPCO) and Japanese nuclear authorities. The American document has not been publicly released but was leaked to the New York Times, which published some details on Tuesday

Energy Is Ugly
By Ellen Cantarow

Tar sands make their Mark

Ryan Turns Knife On Medicare, Medicaid
By Margaret Flowers, M.D.

Rep. Paul Ryan of Wisconsin, the Republican chairman of the U.S. House Budget Committee, unveiled two proposals this week which if enacted would constitute a mortal threat to our nation's health – particularly to the health of our seniors and our most vulnerable populations

Republican Plan To End Social Security,
Medicare And Medicaid

By Stephen Lendman

Bipartisan complicity wants Medicare and Social Security ended, citing the nation's burgeoning debt and enormous unfunded liabilities for both programs

Military Commissions Will Try 9/11 Suspects
By Stephen Lendman

After months of indecision, the Obama administration "will prosecute Khalid Shaikh Mohammed (KSM) and four other (suspects) accused of plotting the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks before a military commission and not a civilian court, as it once planned." In fact, candidate Obama pledged: "As president, I will close Guantanamo, reject the Military Commissions Act, and adhere to the Geneva Conventions...."

The Link Between War And Big Finance
By Kevin Zeese

Veterans For Peace Endorses the April 15th Rally and Protest in Union Square Park

From The Underbelly Of Swarnim Gujarat
By Anand Teltumbde

Landmark collective take over of their own land by Dalits in Gujarat. In the Vav taluka itself 35 Dalit families would be benefitted by the ownership of over 150 acres

06 April , 2011

A Solar Transition Is Possible: Report
By Peter D. Schwartzman & David W. Schwartzman

Arguably no challenge is more serious for the world’s future than bringing about a rapid decarbonation of the energy infrastructure with the possibility of preventing the onset of catastrophic climate change. With a mathematical model we demonstrate that this transition is technically plausible using modest inputs of existing fossil fuel reserves in the creation of a global solar power infrastructure even with existing solar technologies such as wind turbines

Greed Is Not A Virtue
By David Korten

If all who share a mature moral consciousness find the courage to speak the simple truth that greed is driving us to collective self-destruction and cooperation is essential to our common salvation, we can put the perversion behind us and secure the future of our children

US, NATO Allies Join Scramble For Libya’s Oil
By Bill Van Auken

The Italian recognition and ENI’s forging of ties to the Benghazi council came just a day before a Liberian-registered oil tanker, owned by a Greek shipping conglomerate, docked at the Libyan crude export terminal of Marsa el-Hariga, near Tobruk. The tanker, the Equator, is capable of carrying 1 million barrels of crude, which would sell for over $100 million on the world market

‘Gasland’: A Film Review
By Rob Hopkins

‘Gasland’ is a film on the devastation caused by hydraulic fracturing or ‘fracking’ in USA

Letter To WHO On Binayak Sen
By Various Signatories

Endorsed by 178 Health professionals/Researchers/Medical students/Health Activists and 14 Health Organisations

Rightwing Posse Solves Prison Glut –
Criminalize, Prosecute, Lockup

By Robert S. Becker

Who can barely wait for the rightwing revelation that explains away a telling national threshold -- why our “greatest nation ever” has more criminals behind bars than any other on the globe?

A Closer Look At The Coming April 15, 2011
Union Square Demonstration

By Frank Rummel

A pivotal, historic event for the United States, with wide-scope impact on the whole planet could be in the making - if a critical mass of people catch on to this new opportunity

A Long, Rough Voyage To The Bottom
By Stan Cox

For decades, the world of merchant shipping has been falling victim to two other overpowering forces: breakneck growth in the volume of trade and ruthless cost-cutting by shipping-company owners. Today, cargo ships continue to go down with grim frequency

05 April , 2011

Radioactivity In Sea Up 7.5 Million Times
By Kanako Takahara

Radioactive iodine-131 readings taken from seawater near the water intake of the Fukushima No. 1 nuclear plant's No. 2 reactor reached 7.5 million times the legal limit, Tokyo Electric Power Co. admitted Tuesday. The sample that yielded the high reading was taken Saturday, before Tepco announced Monday it would start releasing radioactive water into the sea

US And Allies Gear Up For Protracted War In Libya
By Barry Grey

As the US-NATO war entered its third week, the fig leaf of a “humanitarian” intervention to protect Libyan civilians was further exposed by the preparations of the imperialist powers for a protracted war aimed at ousting Gaddafi and installing a colonial-style vassal state

Remember Libya: One Of History's
Terror Bombing Victims

By Stephen Lendman

Like Cast Lead against Gaza, Odyssey Dawn is criminal imperial war, willfully attacking non-combatants and civilian targets, including vital infrastructure, hospitals, non-military airports and buildings, ports, power generating facilities, and other sites unrelated to military necessity

US-Backed Regime In Yemen Carries Out
New Slaughter Of Protesters

By David Walsh

The regime of President Ali Abdullah Saleh in Yemen, which continues to enjoy the support of the Obama administration and other Western powers, carried out another massacre of anti-government demonstrators Monday, in the southwestern city of Taiz

Civilians Massacred By Western-Backed Forces
In Ivory Coast

By Ann Talbot

Up to 1,000 civilians have reportedly been massacred in the town of Duékoué in the West African country of Ivory Coast. This is the biggest loss of life in the former French colony since the disputed presidential election in November 2010

Goldstone's Shameful U-turn
By Ilan Pappe

Winning Zionist love in the short-term is far less important than losing the world's respect in the long-run. Palestine should choose its friends with care: they cannot be faint-hearted nor can they claim to be Zionists as well as champions of peace, justice and human rights in Palestine

Goldstone’s Rethink
By Jonathan Cook

Israel would certainly like observers to interpret Goldstone’s latest comments as an exoneration. In reality, however, he offered far less consolation to Israel than its supporters claim

Richard Goldstone's Fall From Grace
By Stephen Lendman

Goldstone's shameless reversal exposes the true man, a Judas, not what most people believed

Another War On Gaza?
By Ali Abunimah

In recent weeks an escalation in violence between Israel and Palestinian resistance factions in the Israeli-occupied Gaza Strip has claimed the lives of more than a dozen Palestinians, the youngest of them 10-year-old Mahmoud Jalal al-Hilu. Does this escalation increase the likelihood of another large-scale assault on Gaza similar to "Operation Cast Lead" in winter 2008-2009 that killed more than 1,400 Palestinians? There are worrying signs Israel -- by its words and deeds -- could be laying the ground for an attack

Shock Troops Used To Prevent Vet-Led
Flower Laying Ceremony At War Memorial

By Kevin Zeese

Right to Peaceably Assemble to Redress Grievances Undermined by Quantico Marine Command that Violates Soldier's Oath

The Fukushima Nuclear Disaster
And Carl Sagan's Baloney Detection Kit

By Mary Hamer

The purpose of this essay is to sample some of the articles on the Fukushima Nuclear Power plant disaster in Japan and investigate them for: Irrational, fallacious and fraudulent arguments using critical thinking skills including Carl Sagan's Baloney Detection Kit

Climate Change: A Warning From The Past
By Dr Andrew Glikson

The current rate of greenhouse gas rise is unprecedented in Earth history, excepting global volcanic events and asteroid impacts. The rise of atmospheric energy levels since the 18th century by 3.2 Watt/m2, masked in part by aerosols, leads the climate to over 2 degrees C temperature rise and meters-scale sea level rise

Despicable Lies, Delusional Recovery
By Joel S. Hirschhorn

The official government unemployment figure has been carefully crafted to intentionally underestimate actual unemployment. The way the data are collected through a survey of homes intentionally ignores a number of unemployed and underemployed Americans

Afghanistan: A Country, Not A War
By David Swanson

David Swanson's first day in Afghanistan

Assam: Alienating The Natives
By Ram Puniyani

In the recently concluded assembly elections in Assam (March-April 2011), one of the issues which was whipped up by BJP was about the Bengali speaking people especially the Muslims of Assam. Most of the Bengali speaking Muslims are projected to be from Bangla Desh, and the communal parties and groups are using this myth to enhance their political capital, which is mostly based on spreading hate against minorities and bringing to fore the issues related to identity

04 April , 2011

Japan Starts Dumping Radioactive Water Into Sea

Japan started dumping 11,500 tons of low-level radioactive water at sea Monday to free up storage space at its crippled Fukushima nuclear plant for more highly contaminated water

Mounting Evidence Of CIA Ties To Libyan Rebels
By Patrick Martin

Numerous press reports over the weekend add to the evidence that the Libyan rebels fighting the regime of Muammar Gaddafi are under the direction of American intelligence agencies

Libya And Obama’s Defense Of The ‘Rebel Uprising’
By James Petras

Washington’s ‘first black Chief Executive’ will earn history’s infamy as the US President responsible for the slaughter of hundreds of black Libyans and mass expulsion of millions of sub-Saharan African workers employed under the current regime

Obama's Terror War On Libya
By Stephen Lendman

Since WW II, America's gone to war as much to wage as win them because so many profiteers benefit. The prospect of peace, in fact, terrifies government, military officials, and corporate predators, so new enemies are invented when old ones are vanquished, are no longer of interest, or conflicts end for other reasons

Where U.S. Chooses To Back ‘Armed Struggle’
By Nicola Nasser

A thinly – veiled Arab cover and the UN Security Council Resolution 1973, which was not supported by major powers like Russia, China, Germany, India and Brazil, could hardly give legitimacy to the U.S.-led military intervention in Libya; neither does distancing itself by transferring the leadership to NATO because, as former U.S. ambassador to the United Nations, John Bolton, told Fox News recently, “Obama may be the only man in the whole world who does not know that we, the United States, run NATO.”

I believe I Saw Muammar Gadaffi
On My Way To The Colosseum

By Gaither Stewart

The sting of satire can often underscore certain truths that straight prose rarely manages to touch

Are Hateful Provocateurs
Any Better Than Terrorists?

By Dr. Habib Siddiqui

Terry Jones, the provocateur responsible for triggering this latest episode of violence in Afghanistan, was well aware of the consequences of his sacrilegious action. He remains unrepentant and says that given the chance he would do it all over again

03 April , 2011

Fukushima And The Future Of Nuclear Power
By Sharon Astyk

There is a lot of debate over the EROEI of nuclear, but unless you calculate it in purely thermal terms, the returns come in on the lower side - 3-6. This is not enough excess energy to run a society on. Even EROEI is not the central obstacle, however - it is the upfront costs of nuclear, financial and energy that will be nearly impossible for an energy system in overall decline to bear

Situation At Japanese Nuclear Plant
Still “Very Serious”

By Mike Head

Three weeks after the disaster struck, serious doubts continue to surround the precise situation inside the stricken Fukushima Daiichi plant and the levels of contamination in the surrounding areas. From the outset, Tokyo Electric Power Company (TEPCO), the plant’s owner, has released conflicting, contradictory and incomplete information

Japan's Apocalypse
By Stephen Lendman

Despite a disaster multiples worse than Chernobyl, major media reports all along downplayed it. Now they largely ignore it, moving on to more important things like celebrity features and baseball's opening day, besides pretending American-led Libya bombing is well-intended

Much Ado About Nothing: Richard Goldstone's
Supposed Retraction

By Don Emmerich

Richard Goldstone's motives in writing this op-ed are completely irrelevant. What matters is the evidence. And the evidence—documented not just by the Goldstone Commission, but also by the Arab League , Breaking the Silence , Amnesty International , and Human Rights Watch —indicates that Israel committed numerous war crimes in Operation Cast Lead

Revisiting Israel's Terror War On Gaza
By Stephen Lendman

In his April 1 op-ed, Goldstone failed to explain and denounce Israeli crimes of war and against humanity. Instead, he defended the indefensible

After The Great Quake, Living With
Earth’s Uncertainty

By Verlyn Klinkenborg

The Japanese earthquake and tsunami remind us that we exist in geologic time and in a world where catastrophic events beyond our predicting may occur. These events — and the growing specter of climate change — show how precariously we exist on the surface of a volatile planet

How A Community-Based Co-op Economy
Might Work

By Dave Pollard

Most people have been brought up to believe that the competitive, grow-or-die, absentee-shareholder-owned, “free”-trade “market” economy is the only one that works, the only alternative to a socialist, government-run economy. But there are alternatives. Before we can plant these seeds we need to unlearn the nonsense we’re taught and told about economics, and learn how a healthy economy actually works

Impeach Obama Over Libya
By Prof. Francis Boyle

World-renowned International Law Professor Francis Boyle tells Jack Blood on the March 30, 2011 Deadline Live radio show that to prevent a U.S. land invasion of Libya, the American people through their representatives in Congress must immediately begin the call for the impeachment of President Obama for his unauthorized "Shock & Awe" U.S. bombing of Libya

The Media And The Attack On Libya
By Dan Lieberman

The attack on Libya is essentially an attack on one person, Colonel Muammar Gadhafi, who is the present poster boy for evil. Every Gadhafi deed is interpreted as malevolent; every word as an untruth. The characterizations might be correct, but when the media uses spurious and contradictory statements to expose his 'untruths,' its rhetoric become questionable and its reports lose credibility

Eternal Punishment: Obama Leads
Third Century Of Imperial Revenge On Haiti

By Chris Floyd

The blood and thunder of the American-led intervention in Libya has obscured one of the more revealing episodes of our times. We speak of the American rigging of the election in battered, helpless Haiti -- a brazen effort to disenfranchise the majority of the population and ensure the election of a vicious -- but acquiescent -- client to the presidency

They Came, They Saw And Now It's Time To Act
By Franklin Lamb

The Palestinian Return Centre (PRC), in partnership with the Council for European Palestinian Relations (CEPR) sponsored a delegation of British and EU MEPs to the Palestinian refugee camps in Lebanon several weeks ago and the 10 member delegation has just released their findings

Justice On Trial

Three days of cultural events Organized By Free Binayak Sen Campaign

Lawsuit Seeks To Invalidate Monsanto's GMO Patents
By Rady Ananda

A landmark lawsuit filed on March 29 in US federal court seeks to invalidate Monsanto's patents on genetically modified seeds and to prohibit the company from suing those whose crops become genetically contaminated

Another Protester Dies In Bahrain
By Bahrain Youth Society

Another protester dies after 7 days in detention in Bahrain . This is the case no 27 of “Extra judicial killing” since 14 February

Bahrain: A Legacy Of Broken Promises
By Ali Jawad

In the current context of Bahrain, the suggestion of foreign interference in the shape of an ethereal "Iran threat" does not only represent a wholesale neglect of factual evidence, but in fact proceeds to insult the sacrifices of generations of Bahrainis tracing back to the birth of the nation

Anarchism, Political Violence,
And The London "March For The Alternative"

By Dave Fryett

It seems more likely that these incidents were staged by agents of the government or people in their employ. The purpose was to cast the protests in a negative light, and to justify ever more repressive crowd-control measures should the groundswell of protest come to threaten the state and those whose interests it serves

Russell Defreitas: Terrorist or Political Prisoner?
By Stephen Lendman

Many hundreds of wrongfully convicted men and women languish unjustly in US federal and state prisons, victims of judicial unfairness. Russell Defreitas is one of the many victims

"4th April, A Fateful Day"
By Riaz Ali Toori

4th April will forever be remembered as the saddest day in the political history of Pakistan when a dictator put a democratic rose to death with the help of judiciary. On the malicious judicial assassination of Zulfikar Ali Bhutto who taught the nation the art of living with heads held high and gave the public a voice for speaking aloud for their rights who so far had remained silent, confined to their homes

01 April , 2011

US, Britain Press Two-Track Policy In Libya War
By Patrick Martin

The United States and Britain are pursuing efforts to incite an internal coup against the Libyan regime of Muammar Gaddafi, while at the same time deploying CIA agents and military special operations forces to bolster the flagging military fortunes of the anti-Gaddafi rebel forces

War Criminal Obama Killing Civilians
In Six Counties And Accuses Gadhafi of Same

By Jay Janson

If Gadhafi is killer of civilians, "it takes one to know one.' Gadhafi ? Obama? Who is killing?

No End In Sight For Japan Nuclear Crisis
By Chris Talbot

The Fukushima nuclear crisis has already run for three weeks with no end in sight. Nuclear experts warn that it may go on for years. Hironobu Unesaki, a nuclear engineering professor at Kyoto University said that the process of decommissioning Fukushima would take longer than at Three Mile Island

The Culture Of Resistance Comes
To The Good Old U.S.A.

By Frank Rummel

Now, the "Sounds of Resistance Concert" and protest against the big corporate banks will convene in New York City at Union Square Park at 11 AM on April 15, 2011, demanding that banks stop foreclosures, pay their fair share of taxes, and be broken up to moderate their abuse of power

Technological Tsunamis: How We Forget
By Ed Ayres

With the nuclear disaster in Japan , once again we are forced to pause in our rush to the future, and wonder—briefly—whether the technologies we humans have unleashed prove that Pandora's Box was not just a myth. But if past behavior is any indication, our anxieties will soon fade and the rush will resume

New Report Picks Apart George Monbiot's
Support For Nuclear Power

By Paul Mobbs

New report picks apart George Monbiot's support for nuclear power and finds significant factual and analytical errors in his claims

Organic Farming Just As Productive
As Conventional, And Better At
Building Soil, Rodale Finds

By Tom Philpott

It might be chemical-intensive agriculture that's the frivolous luxury, and organic that offers us the right technologies in a resource-constrained, ever-warmer near future

Empire’s Overtly Covert Action In Libya
By Farooque Chowdhury

Now, Empire is going to take overtly covert action in Libya. It is not new. Covert action was there for long, but not formally. It was through friends. This is for the Empire’s Libyan “democracy” enterprise

America's Permanent War Agenda:
Military Keynesianism On Steroids

By Stephen Lendman

Since WW II, America's had a permanent war agenda for unchallengeable global dominance throughout decades without enemies since Japan surrendered on August 15, 1945

For The Love Of Egypt: When Besieged
Palestinians Danced

By Ramzy Baroud

The siege on Gaza – and on the whole of Palestine - is a constant factor that unites most Palestinians. However, the genuine solidarity that the people of the Gaza Strip felt when Egyptians took to the streets on January 25 surpassed even the political urgency around the humanitarian crisis in Gaza

Gilgit Baltistan A Battleground For A Future War
By Dr Shabir Choudhry

Speech of Dr Shabir Choudhry in a Seminar held in House of Commons (the British Parliament) organised by The Democracy Forum on 31 March 2011



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