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15 February, 2004

This Parched Earth: Act or We Perish
By Juliette Jowit

Huge projects pit campaigners fearful of a catastrophic impact on the environment against the thirsty needs of an ever-growing population

The Bloody Price Of Occupation
By Tariq Ali

How far will the US go to maintain its illegitimate primacy in Iraq?

Islam And Caste Inequality Among Indian Muslims
By Yoginder Sikand

Although the Qur'an insists on the radical equality of all Muslims, caste (zat, jati, biraderi) remains a defining feature of Indian Muslim society, with significant regional variations

The Eve Of Destruction
By Karen Armstrong

All religions have had a problem with women and sex - and Christianity more than most

14 February, 2004

The Fantasy Of Democracy In An Arab State
By Robert Fisk

The West never wanted the Arab states to have democracy. Now they break into Iraq, promising democracy. But after so many deaths, where is it?

Operation Sweatshop Iraq
By Pratap Chatterjee

Halliburton is hiring temps to work in Iraq: $100 a month for locals, $300 for Indians and $8,000 for Texans

Putin And The Chechen War:Together Forever
By Alexander Golts

Endless war in the North Caucasus has proven to be Putin's all-purpose campaign strategy

13 February, 2004

Iraqi Deaths Rise But No Count On Bodies
By Fiona O'Brien

The U.S. military knows 537 of its soldiers have been killed in the war in Iraq, can cite names, how and when they died. But when it comes to dead Iraqi civilians, it will not even talk hundreds or thousands

Haiti Under Siege
By Kevin Pina

The Bush administration buys and sells political constituencies every day in pursuit of world domination. Haiti, which recently celebrated its bicentennial as the world's first black republic, is not otherworldly or immune from purchase

The Mob As Censor
By Ranjit Hoskote

The Bajrang Dal and Vishwa Hindu Parishad activists who attacked the Garden Art Gallery in Surat, on January 29, appear to have taken destructive criticism to its extreme

Sri Lanka’s Constitutional Coup Thrusts JVP
To Political Prominence

By Nanda Wickramasinghe and K. Ratnayake

The real winner in the political crisis is not the president’s own party—the Sri Lankan Freedom Party (SLFP)—but rather the Janatha Vimukthi Peramuna (JVP), a party based on populist demagogy and rabid appeals to Sinhala chauvinism

12 February, 2004

Israeli Forces Kill 13 Palestinians
In Gaza And Rafah

On Wednesday morning, 11 February 2004, 12 Palestinians were killed by Israeli occupying forces in al-Shojaeya neighborhood in Gaza city and one Palestinian was killed by Israeli forces in the Rafah refugee camp

This War Is Not Yet Over
By Jonathan Freedland

The consequences of Iraq could still break Blair and Bush, and change forever the way our world is ordered

11 February, 2004

Pakistan's Nuclear Inquiry Is A Sham
By Brahma Chellaney

Musharraf has once again demonstrated how he thrives in adversity. He has cut a deal that seeks to please all - the United States, which got the inquiry it wanted and the promise that there would be no further nuclear leaks

Love Across The Lines
By Julian Borger

It was never going to be easy for the American sergeant and the Iraqi doctor who fell in love in Baghdad - he was kicked out of the army and the country and she was threatened in the street. But now the couple, who married last August and haven't seen each other since, are to be reunited

Identity And Islam
By Tanveer Ahmed

The French ban on wearing headscarves at schools is part of the wider challenge of the multicultural state - how to integrate migrants yet foster diversity and difference

10 February, 2004

Sharon's Latest Settlement Move
By Ali Abunimah & Hussein Ibish

While Sharon talks about removing settlements in Gaza, he is continuing to build them all over the West Bank, because he has no intention of permitting a real Palestinian state to be constructed

A soldier’s View Of The Iraq War

A soldier who returned to the united states from Iraq writes about the life of soldiers in Iraq

Chronicling Communal Violence
Book Review: By Ram Puniyani

Review of Asghar Ali Engineer's Communal Riots After Independence-A Comprehensive Account

Why It Is Imperative To Defeat BJP
By Harkishan Singh Surjeet

General Secretary of the Communist Party of India, Marxist argues why BJP and its allies should be defeated in the forthcoming parliament elections

India Shines!!!!!!!!!!?
By Devinder Sharma

In the mid 1980, the sale of Banita, a minor girl from Kalahandi in Orissa, had shocked the nation. Two decades later, the nation refused to even notice the cries of a one month old baby who was sold by her mother for a mere Rs 10

Tehelka - A Public Faith Denigrated
By Dr. Abraham Mathai

A letter written to Tarun Tejpal, Editor of Tehelka condemning article against Chrstians in the inaugural issue of the paper

09 February, 2004

10,000 Civilians Were Killed In Iraq During 2003

As many as 10,000 non-combatant civilian deaths during 2003 have been reliably reported so far as a result of the US/UK-led invasion and occupation of Iraq, according to Iraq Body Count (IBC), an independent group of US and UK researchers

06 February, 2004

Asian Bird Flu Threatens To Trigger
Worldwide Epidemic

By John Roberts

The current outbreak of avian influenza—popularly known as bird flu—in a number of Asian countries has potentially catastrophic human and economic consequences

05 February, 2004

Irbil Suicide Bombings Aggravate Tensions
In Northern Iraq

By James Conachy

Two coordinated suicide bombings in the northern Iraqi city of Irbil last Sunday against gatherings of both main Kurdish parties supporting the US occupation of the country have inflicted a severe toll