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31 August, 2014

Modi's 100 Days: India Towards Doldrums?
By Ajaya Kumar Singh

Sangh Parivar aims in attempting to stifle India's vibrant plurality and diversity. Modi's one hundred days show that the very idea of India as plural and diverse nation is at axe. The alarm bell has rung. What nobody dared to do; Sangh Parivar attempts to do it by pulling the strings of the rubrics of the constitution. It does undermine all that India stands for: SOCIALIST SECULAR DEMOCRATIC REPUBLIC

The Hindutva Hypocrisy
By Bilal Shaheen

Even if India will become a Hindu Rashtra, it will be a Muslim Rashtra, Sikh Rashtra, Christian Rashtra and so on. And it will not be without tragedies, holocuasts and genocides. Millions have already perished in Hindutva's cumbersome mission to install Hindu Rashtra. Today India has its own ground zero at Ayodhya. If nothing is done to stem this rising tide of irrational nationalism, India, sooner or later, will explode into unimaginable scenes of genocide, extremism and nefarious nationalism

The Narrative Of Love Jihad
By Abdul Majid Zargar

With BJP’s ascendance to power at centre and in many other states, the confidence of minorities in the role of the state is fast crumbling, especially as regards their physical protection & prevention of communal violence. Hindu right-wing dominated State governments are lending tacit or express support to the Hindu zealots to promote the agenda of violence & hatred. Many years after anti-Muslim violence in Gujarat (2002) and Mumbai (1993) offenders still wait to be sentenced. Instead, persons convicted of murder have been let free like Maya Kodnani & babu Bajrangi in Gujrat. Similarly Sangeet som, accused of engineering Muzaffar nagar riots has been awarded Z+ security cover. To top it all a rabid communal lunatic has been made in charge of UP poll campaign. And all this does not augur well for India

Over 1,000 Protest In Ferguson, Call For Highway Shutdown Monday
By Kevin Zeese

Well over 1,000 people protested peacefully, marching through Ferguson, going to the police station and some going door-to-door in prosecutor McCulloch’s neighborhood asking him to be removed or recuse himself. There are calls for shutting down highways on Labor Day and, if Officer Wilson is not fired and arrested, for shutting down highways for two days the week after

Washington's Gamble: Wealth, Power And The Drive To Nuclear Armageddon
By Colin Todhunter

Would the US be prepared to back down? Faced with possible defeat by conventional Russian forces if the worst case scenario comes to pass, would it use the nuclear option to avoid backing down and attempt to eradicate Russia as a potential rival and risk destroying humanity in the process? Given its track record of reckless disregard for human life across the globe since 1945, what do you think?

The Guardian Australia Censors & Ignores Iraqi Holocaust
And Iraqi Genocide Now Renewed By US & Australia

By Dr Gideon Polya

After 2 decades of devastating Iraq, the US and US lackey Australia have now re-invaded Iraq with return of soldiers as security guards, selective air supply of humanitarian aid, 800 US “military advisers”, US bombing of Iraq (adumbrated to extend to Syria in addition to US-armed Israeli bombing in Syria), Australian air supply of weapons to the Kurds, and critical Australian targeting of US drone strikes in Iraq (and elsewhere) via its joint US-Australian Pine Gap spying facility in Central Australia

Killing By Silence: The International Community’s Silence
On The Israeli Aggression On Gaza Strip

By R.Sivakumar

The present episode of Israeli aggression on Gaza has killed around two thousand civilians but the more chilling fact is that the International community has let this to happen by choosing to remain quite

Participation: Of Whom, By Whom, For Whom?
By Farooque Chowdhury

Without participation, democracy is not democracy. And, participation – a process and an auger – in election is only a part of practicing democracy. It’s an important indicator of democracy, but not the only indicator

Arrest And Prosecute Yogi Adityanath
By N.D.Pancholi

Appeal To Rajnath Singh, Home Minister, to arrest and prosecute Yog Adityanath for making inflammatory statements to vitiate peace and communal harmony in the country

30 August, 2014

Western Threats Against Russia Increase Danger Of Nuclear War
By Johannes Stern

The imperialist powers are intensifying their confrontation with Russia in the run-up to today’s European Union (EU) meeting and next week’s NATO summit in Wales. The escalation, which is being driven by Washington and Berlin, is increasing the danger of a military conflict between NATO and Russia that could result in a nuclear war

The New York Times And Flight MH17
By Bill Van Auken

In an August 29 editorial calling for the US and NATO to adopt a retaliatory policy against Russia over its alleged “large and unacceptable escalation of ... aggression against Ukraine,” the New York Times asserts in passing that after rebels in eastern Ukraine “shot down a Malaysian jetliner with a Russian missile ... Russia’s involvement became more overt.”

The Truth About Immigration
By Mickey Z.

While the corporate media obscures the real terror and trains its focus on the latest battle between god’s country and ISIS (or whomever the villain of the day is), the primary conflict on the planet remains unchanged: globalization from above vs. globalization from below

Revolutionary Rats
By Gary Corseri

You’re a rat in a maze and you can’t get out.
The rats are eating the other rats.
How do you like this luscious rat food?
Gorge your full on the putrid cats!

Iraq And Syria: The US Goes In Deeper
By Jack A. Smith

After 13 years of stalemated wars against al-Qaeda and the Taliban, Washington is in no position to ignore the much more powerful IS that now controls a third of the territory in two countries — larger than Great Britain and inhabited by 6 million people. This most powerful jihadist organization is the unanticipated byproduct of America’s ill-conceived imperial misadventures in the Islamic world

Iran Sanctions: US Plays Dirty Game
By Ismail Salami

On Friday, the US government announced the imposition of a new round of sanctions on over 25 Iranian individuals and companies, including shipping firms, oil companies, airlines and six banks despite the fact that Iran and the six world powers Russia, China, France, Britain and the US and Germany are in the process of talks with the intention of resolving the West’s nuclear standoff with Iran

Release The MER On Encounter Killing Of Five People In Sonia Vihar, Delhi
Press Release

Full text of the petition submitted to the Lieutenant Governor of Delhi, demanding the public disclosure of the magisterial enquiry report (MER) investigating the encounter killing of five people by the Special Cell in Sonia Vihar (Delhi) in 2006. The MER was submitted in 2012. The most recent killing of one Fauzi by the Special Cell in the same Sonia Vihar area has re-opened the questions that were raised earlier. Scores of citizens wrote to the LG asking that the MER be made public immediately

29 August, 2014

White House Threatens Russia Over Alleged Incursion Into Eastern Ukraine
By Niles Williamson

The Obama administration and NATO officials on Thursday escalated threats against Russia over the alleged incursion of two columns of Russian tanks and troops into eastern Ukraine. Moscow has denied accusations that its troops are actively involved in the country

Continuing Media Silence On The Fate Of Flight MH17
By Stefan Steinberg

With a handful of exceptions, a shroud of silence has been drawn by the international media regarding the fate of Malaysian Airlines MH17, which crashed over Ukraine nearly six weeks ago

The Russians
By Gaither Stewart

Russia has been forced to fight off invaders and plunderers for millennia. The West has attacked her directly (Napoleon, the Nazis), or by proxy (The Turks in the 1850s Crimean War, egged on by the French and British) almost every 50 years. Russia has always prevailed—or survived—but at huge cost in lives and suffering

No American Arms For Lebanon Until Civil Rights For Palestinians
By Franklin Lamb

It is long overdue for Lebanese politicians to grant Palestinian refugees the elementary civil rights to work and to own a home. They should and are well advised do it now

The Truth About The IS
By Chandra Muzaffar

The Islamic State (IS) has been roundly condemned by everyone. It deserves to be. Nonetheless, many of those who have condemned IS do not want to know how this terrorist outfit came into being in the first instance. It is a direct consequence of the Anglo-American invasion and occupation of Iraq in 2003

Building A Local Movement: Transition Winnipeg Embraces The Steady State Economy
By James Magnus-Johnston

Winnipeg provides a great site to test a strategic partnership between the transition movement and CASSE, but that’s not because the city is a shining beacon of change! One mayoral candidate recently announced that he would cancel rapid transit and focus on filling potholes instead (full-cost accounting be damned). Rather, Winnipeg provides a great example of change precisely because the city sometimes fails to embrace the leading edge. If a grassroots partnership can work here, it can work just about anywhere

Kandhamal After 6 Years: Waiting For Justice And Peace!
By Ajay Kumar Singh

The anti-Christian violences that took lives a total of 39 persons, including 2 police personnel and 3 rioters while the Human Rights groups estimate to over 100 persons killed, including disabled and elderly persons, children, men and women. The communal frenzy engulfed more than 600 villages at least 6500 houses were looted and burnt with 54000 were made homeless; 315 churches and worship places razed and gutted in fire; 35 schools, philanthropic institutions including leprosy homes, tuberculosis sanatoriums; and a dozen of non-profit organisations were looted, damaged and burnt down. It was estimated that more than 10,000 children dropped out of schools due to displacement and security while thousands were pushed to unhygienic relief camps for nearly three years

Activist Files Complaint Against Yogi Adityanath
Press Release

Immediate Action including registration of FIR be directed against Hindu Yuva Vahini, MP Yogi Adityanath for hate speech exhorting Muslim women to be raped, Muslims to be deprived of voting rights and Mosques to be converted to pig pens and suspension of officers of Uttar Pradesh police at this rally at Sidhartnagar for not intervening and stopping this rabid hate-speech in their presence

The ‘Love Jihad’ And Hitler
By N.D Pancholi

Hitler had used the similar tactic, as being used by the Right wing in India against Muslims and Christians, to generate hatred and polarize German opinion against the Jews- the so called internal enemy, by making propaganda that Jewish youngmen had been luring the German girls and polluting the quality and purity of the Aryan blood with a view to subjugate German nation. The following passage from the ‘Mein Kamph’ by Hitler, as quoted by M.N.Roy in his book on ‘Fascism’ would be of interest

Is ‘Hindu’ Our National Identity?
By Ram Puniyani

So what Sangh Combine had been aspiring from last nine decades is being asserted with bigger authority with Modi Sarkar at center. What Bhagwat of RSS is saying and followers are speaking on the TV debates is a clear violation of the values of Indian Constitution. So where are we heading is a question which all the citizens have to become aware and stick to what we have gained through freedom movement epitomized in our Constitution. That needs to be saved and protected from the sectarian motivated agenda

28 August, 2014

NATO Steps Up Military Preparations Against Russia
By Kumaran Ira

The US and European powers are stepping up their reckless military escalation against Russia, citing the crisis in Ukraine and Russia’s annexation of Crimea as a pretext to deploy troops to new bases throughout Eastern Europe

More than 50,000 U.S.-Backed Troops Are Fighting In Ukraine's Civil War. Why?
By Eric Zuesse

According to the man whom we installed to lead Ukraine, "by now about 50 thousand soldiers and officers appear participants in the antiterrorist operation: 'Thousands are wounded. Many families were left without a breadwinner'." That quotation is from an article that was published on August 11th by the Press Service of the Ministry of Internal Affairs of the Ukrainian Government

USA Cares About Trapped People Being Attacked, People Being Beheaded
By Robert Barsocchini

The USA is legally culpable for ISIS, not only for aiding it (intentionally or not), but for committing aggression against Iraq in 2003, continued by Obama, and creating the conditions that allowed ISIS and other such groups to arise. US leaders are legally culpable for every death flowing from the original crime, the act of aggression against Iraq

It's Time For A Post-Piketty Vision Of Shared Wealth
By Adam Parsons

The latest bestseller in economics has done a great deal of service to progressives in highlighting the imperative of shared wealth. But given the social and ecological limits to economic growth, this emerging conversation on global sharing has to get a lot more radical

Phulbari Day: Celebrating Peoples Power
By Anu Muhammad

Like every year since 2006, people of Bangladesh observed August 26 this year as ‘Phulbari day'. This is a day to remember peoples resistance against open pit mining project proposed by Asia Energy, to celebrate peoples power and peoples resistance against plunder and destruction, a challenge against anti-people ‘development' paradigm to assert new direection for peoples' sustained welfare and development

America’s Corrupt Institutions
By Paul Craig Roberts

Every public institution in the United States and most private ones are corrupt. To tell this story would be a multi-book task. Lawrence Stratton and I have written one small volume of the story. Our book, The Tyranny of Good Intentions, now with two editions and multiple printings, documents the corruption of law in the United States and has been cited in rulings by Federal District and Appeal Court judges

The US And The Palestinian/Israeli Issue
By Ron Forthofer

Many Americans may think this foreign policy issue doesn't concern them. If they think about this issue at all, many say that it's not our business and we should just let them fight it out. However the US has been deeply involved in this conflict since before Israel declared its existence

The 2014 Global Multidimensional Poverty Index: What Has Gone Wrong In India ?
By Colin Todhunter

The 2014 global Multidimensional Poverty Index (MPI) by researchers at the University of Oxford covers 108 countries: 31 Low-Income Countries, 67 Middle-Income Countries and 10 High-Income Countries. These countries have a total population of 5.4 billion people , some 78% of the world's population

The ISIS Crisis And The Death Of Arif Majeed From Kalyan
By Feroze Mithiborwala

Why was the National Intelligence Agency (NIA) covering up their tracks?

What To Do About ISIS
By David Swanson

Start by recognizing where ISIS came from. The U.S. and its junior partners destroyed Iraq, left a sectarian division, poverty, desperation, and an illegitimate government in Baghdad that did not represent Sunnis or other groups. Then the U.S. armed and trained ISIS and allied groups in Syria, while continuing to prop up the Baghdad government, providing Hellfire missiles with which to attack Iraqis in Fallujah and elsewhere

Does Love Know Religious Boundaries?
By Ram Puniyani

Such campaigns against inter-religion, inter-caste marriages are not only against the spirit of national integration they also aim to control the lives of girls in the patriarchal mode. Women’s bodies are made symbols of community honor. In addition the bogey against a minority is whipped up to aid the divisive politics. It is a double bonus for sectarian politics

27 August, 2014

Skies Calm Over Gaza As Truce Takes Hold
By Ma'an News Agency

The skies over the Gaza Strip were calm Wednesday as a long-term ceasefire between Israel and the Palestinians took hold after 50 days of the deadliest violence in a decade. Millions in and around the war-torn enclave enjoyed a welcome night of peace during which there were no strikes on Gaza, nor Palestinian rockets fired at Israel, the Israeli army said. The conflict, which began on July 8 when Israel began Operation Protective Edge in a bid to stamp out cross-border rocket fire, has claimed the lives of 2,143 Palestinians and 70 on the Israeli side

Israel Lost The war In Gaza but The Struggle For Justice Goes On
By Ali Abunimah

We have to say never again. Never again must Israel be allowed to massacre Palestinians as it has in Gaza in 2006, 2008-2009, 2012 and 2014 – the years since it decided to turn Gaza into a giant open-air prison. It is crucial to understand that such violence is the price of a “Jewish state” in Palestine. The only way to stop the massacres is to escalate our work for justice. An end to Israeli apartheid and colonization and the founding of a country for all its people – where refugees, no longer excluded by racist laws, return to their land – is the only monument worth building for so many people whose lives were violently stolen

Fearing Political Islam: Why Was Gaza Betrayed
By Ramzy Baroud

Some Arab rulers continue to declare their strong support of Palestine and its cause. ‘Operation Protective Edge,’ however, has exposed beyond a doubt that such solidarity is just a mere show of words; and that, although discretely, some Arabs wish to see Israel crush any semblance of Palestinian resistance, in Gaza and anywhere else

Israel’s Extermination of Whole Families in Gaza Reflects Genocidal Impulse
By Rania Khalek

Eighty-nine families that existed seven weeks ago in Gaza have been exterminated by Israel. On Sunday 24 August an Israeli missile tore through the home of Issam Jouda in Gaza’s Tal al-Zatar neighborhood east of Jabaliya without warning, killing Issam’s wife Rawiya and their four children—Taghrid, Tasnim, Usama and Muhammad. According to the Palestinian health ministry , the Joudas were the eighty-ninth family wiped out in Gaza since the Israeli army started bombarding the besieged coastal enclave on 7 July

Gaza Ceasefire!! The Palestinian Resistance Stands Resolute
And Victorious! Israel Suffers Another Strategic Defeat!

By Feroze Mithiborwala

Even as the Palestinians & the world mourn the martyrs of the Israeli aggression, the Intifada, the global resistance to Zionism & Imperialism has only struck deeper roots across the world as millions now are part of the global struggle to liberate Palestine . . . to liberate the World . . . to liberate all of Humanity

A Voice From Gaza: Living Under The Bombs
By Judith Bello

The Afghan Peace Volunteers have a Global Day of Listening call on the 21st Day of every month. Last week, the call focused on a woman named Asma who called in from Gaza. Asma lives with her husband and three young children in central Gaza. During the call, Asma describes the mind-bending stress of living every day in an area under continual attack by bombs and missiles. Even if you have not lost most of your family or been left homeless, every day you know that could be the day, and you have no peace

Temple Mount: A Detonator For World War III
By William Hanna

Bearing in mind the unconscionable ease with which Western leaders — led by an AIPAC-controlled U.S. government — have unleashed illegal and still ongoing wars resulting in the death of millions in the Middle East, you can rest assured that Israel would have even less compunction in doing likewise. These racist humanity-hating fanatics — led by that war criminal maniac Benjamin Netanyahu — would quite happily initiate a nuclear holocaust in order to retain Israel’s grasp on its ill-gotten gains

Climate Crisis Connects Us, Climate Justice Demands Unity
By Margaret Flowers & Kevin Zeese

The truth of that banner can be made real as together we write the future history of humankind. We do not underestimate the forces aligned against the transformation that is a necessity, but nor do we underestimate the power of a mobilized people in times of crisis. This September is another step in the march to a new reality

The World Wide Web Of Living
By Janet Surman

The web of life – everything linked and interdependent. From the tiniest particle of soil to the African elephant; from plankton to whales and consumers of sea food; from the rice seeds germinating in Asian paddy fields to the plates on western tables. It's easy to recognise the links in the chain, links which if broken can disrupt the natural order and create problems throughout the web. On a purely physiological level what, to be a part of this web of life, does humankind require?

The European Union And The Twin Civil Wars In Syria/Iraq
By Dr. Peter Custers

Is this one of those rare occasions where policymakers self-critically correct a gigantic blunder? Or is it a cold turn-about guided by pure self-interest? On August the 15th, the Foreign Ministers of EU-countries gathered in Brussels and decided that each would henceforth be free to supply arms to Kurdish rebels fighting Sunni extremists of ISIS in the North of Iraq

New Liberation Forces Debate Future Of Post-Apartheid South Africa
By Federico Fuentes

Around 30 guests from across the globe and 120 shop stewards from the National Union of Metalworkers of South Africa (NUMSA) met August 7-10 in Johannesburg to discuss the prospects and challenges of building a new, left political alternative to the ruling African National Congress (ANC), the party of now deceased national hero Nelson Mandela

"Police Response In Ferguson Rooted In Systemic Violence And Militarism"
By Brian J. Trautman

The police response to public protests in Ferguson, Missouri in the wake of the deadly August 9 shooting of Michael Brown, Jr., an unarmed eighteen-year-old black man killed by a white police officer, was a prime illustration of the hyper-aggressive nature of policing in America today

Three Days in Ferguson: Observations From The Rust Belt
By Vincent Emanuele

Events in Ferguson provide a grand opportunity to build genuine solidarity with marginalized communities. It's our job as activists to seize the opportunity, and cultivate new possibilities for social transformation

Obama’s No-Win War On ISIS
By Shamus Cooke

With each new military intervention in the “war on terror” the jihadist movement grows exponentially, born amid the rubble of U.S.-destroyed Iraq, Libya, and Syria, and groomed to maturity by U.S. allies Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, Qatar and other Gulf States. Such an irrational, never-ending cycle of war cannot last forever. It is already collapsing under the weight of its own contradictions

The American Empire And Its Global Control Objectives
By G. Asgar Mitha

The American Empire is threatened with it's end by the actions of barbarian invasions of ISIS and Israel and the fundings from the Arab monarchies who're so weak they need western protection and who serve western interests in return

The Fall And Rise of Investigative Journalism
By Anya Schiffrin

From Asia to Africa to Latin America, Muckrakers Have Corrupt Officials and Corporate Cronies on the Run

Nisteling: The Art of Deep Listening
By Robert J. Burrowes

The most important form of attention that any human individual requires is nisteling. And nisteling is the most important gift we can give another individual to assist their personal journey to Self-awareness. If we nistel to a child, they will learn to nistel to themself

So, I Asked The Russian Ambassador What He Thinks of NATO
By David Swanson

"We were promised," Kislyak said, that NATO would not expand eastward at all upon the reunification of Germany. "And now look." NATO has declared that Ukraine and Georgia will join NATO, Kislyak pointed out, and NATO says this even while a majority of the people in Ukraine say they're opposed.  The ambassador used the word "disappointed" a few times. "We'll have to take measures to assure our defense," he said, "but we would have preferred to build on a situation with decreased presence and decreased readiness." Wouldn't we all

U.R. Annanthamurthy: The Death of an Institution
By Atharva Pandit

U.R.Annanthamurthy, one of India’s greatest storytellers and a public intellectual in every right, died on Friday, 22nd of August and as he bid goodbye to all of us, we lost not just a writer who had been a social critic, contemporary activist and a daring intellectual who did not hesitate to criticize even his own way of living, that is, the Brahmin sub-caste, but also someone who felt deeply for the language in which he chose to write, and the language which he felt should reach the global readership

Modi's Sinister Game Plan In Jammu And Kashmir
By Abdul Majid Zargar

So what is the game plan? Once inside the assembly with a simple majority, BJP intends to give State legislature concurrence to a President’s order of abrogating Article 370

26 August, 2014

6 Palestinians Killed In Israeli Airstrikes On Gaza
By Ma'an News Agency

Six Palestinians were killed on Tuesday in Israeli airstrikes on Gaza, witnesses said. In the latest airstrikes, two employees from a local electricity company were killed when Israel targeted their car

Jewish Survivors Of Nazi Genocide Condemn The Massacre Of Palestinians In Gaza
Press Statement

Jewish survivors and descendents of survivors of Nazi genocide unequivocally condemn the massacre of Palestinians in Gaza

In last Interview, Auschwitz Survivor Urged Palestinians "Not To Give Up TheirFight"
By Adri Nieuwhof

We mourn the loss of Hajo Meyer who fearlessly raised his voice to combat Zionism and to express his support for the struggle of the Palestinian people for freedom and equality. Hajo passed away in his sleep on 23 August just days after his ninetieth birthday

When David Became Goliath
By Lee-Alison Sibley

The carnage the IDF has inflicted on Gaza has lost the Israelis globally any good will they once had. Except for the USA, no one stands with them any longer. It is past the time, Israel, to remember who David was and to be the boy with the harp, not the monster Goliath. I am a Jew and my heart is broken – you, Israel, broke it

On Course For Holocaust II…..?
By Alan Hart

This is the most controversial article the gentile me has ever written or is ever likely to write, but I believe that what I am going to say needs to be said and should be widely debated if the rising, global tide of “anti-Israelism” (I prefer the term anti-Zionism) is not to be transformed into anti-Semitism on a scale that could lead, in a foreseeable future, to Holocaust II, my shorthand for another great turning against the Jews

Transference of Evil: Netanyahu, A Creature Without Morality or Mercy
By William A. Cook

There is need today to comprehend the mentality of those who rule in Israel. That mentality has dominated the international scene for the past 45 days and counting in Gaza. The mentality governing Israel is most visible through its Prime Minister, a man caught in the vice of a system that forces the continuation of the administration in power to accede to the demands of its radical elements if it is to stay in power, and the necessity of the PM to self-promote his value by promoting actions diametrically opposed to human rights and international law

Hate Speech From A Christian (sic) Organization
By William A. Cook

Israel's Enemies Are Our Enemies… “But I say to you, love your enemies…”
Israel's Fight Is Our Fight… “But I say...not to resist the evildoer…turn to him the other cheek.”
“Blessed are the peacemakers, for they shall be called children of God.”
The demand conveyed in the above box is plastered on top of the most non-Christian web site on the internet: CUFI, Christians United for Israel. Would that it would read: Christians United for Isolation of Israel, then it would offer a Christian message of a peaceful means to stop genocide in Palestine.

A Teacher in Kabul
By Kathy Kelly

Zekerullah yearns for knowledge as well as justice, and he's willing to sacrifice for both. I want to learn from him

Will The US Succumb To Another Bout of Usanity?
By Kieran Kelly

Usanity is like a weaponized version of aggrieved white male entitlement syndrome. #OfficerGoFuckYourself has clear symptoms of both conditions. But Usanity is broader and more profound. Usanity is that syndrome which grips an entire diverse nation, the most heavily armed on the planet, and turns it into that cop with his rolling eyes and gun pointed: “I will fucking kill you!”

India Is Where?
Photo And Text By André Vltchek

India, where are you? Are you really in the BRICS camp, fighting for a new, free world, or are you now in bed with your former colonial master and her mighty offshoot? An up-to-date unretouched snapshot of India…

India: Caste Forced To Clean Human Waste
By Human Rights Watch

The Indian government should end “manual scavenging” – the cleaning of human waste by communities considered low-caste – by ensuring that local officials enforce the laws prohibiting this discriminatory practice, Human Rights Watch said in a new report released today. The government should implement existing legislation aimed to assist manual scavenging community members find alternative, sustainable livelihoods. The 96-page report, “Cleaning Human Waste: ‘Manual Scavenging,’ Caste, and Discrimination in India,” documents the coercive nature of manual scavenging

By David Swanson

Even if environmentalism and peace activism were not a single movement, we'd have to join them and several others together in order to have the sort of Occupy 2.0 coalition we need to effect change. A big chance to do that is coming up around September 21st which is the International Day of Peace and the time when a rally and all sorts of events for the climate will be happening in New York City

War From The Shadows
By Timothy Gatto

It seems like this well-thought out plan that the people behind the curtain had devised to implement the Americanization of this planet has suddenly blown up in their faces. One does not need to be an economist or work for a think-tank to realize the fact that Washington's schemes and machinations have definitely gone awry... big time. Please try to bear with me as I go through the litany of failed policies that have come so precariously close to setting the World alight

Rights Groups React To The Murder Of Journalist James Foley
By Mary Shaw

James Foley was a much stronger journalist than I could ever hope to be. Foley went missing in Syria in 2012, and it appears that he remained stoic right through the last words he spoke on video just before his brutal beheading by an Islamic State terrorist thug

MH-17 ‘Investigation': Secret August 8th Agreement Seeps Out -
Perpetrator of the Downing in Ukraine, of the Malaysian Airliner, Will Stay Hidden

By Eric Zuesse

“The Causes of the MH17 Crash are ‘Classified'." Of course, this way of phrasing the matter is a slight oversimplification, because, actually, the findings will remain 'classified' only if, and to the extent that , the Ukrainian Government is found to have caused the airliner's downing. In other words: this 'investigation' will not be published unless the Ukrainian Government and the other three nations that are performing it agree unanimously to publish it

Political Europe Suppressed Under Washington´s Thumb Is Waking Up
By Roman Baudzus

In the aftermath of the downing of the Malaysian airliner in Ukraine, the Western media followed Washington’s lead and manipulated reports in order to make Europeans believe that Russia and Russian-supported separatists in eastern Ukraine were responsible for downing the airliner. In Germany, the press was an extension of Washington’s propaganda machine despite the lack of evidence from both Washington and Kiev to support their irresponsible claims

Killing Civilians
By John Scales Avery

Civilians must stop being passive hostages. Civil society must make its will felt. Where democracy has decayed, it must be restored. If our leaders continue to enthusiastically support the institution of war, if they continue to cling to nuclear weapons, then let us have new leaders

25 August, 2014

Gaza Death Toll Reaches 9 Following Israeli Airstrikes
By Ma'an News Agency

Seven Palestinians have been killed in Gaza since midnight by Israeli airstrikes, medical officials said, while a further two died from wounds sustained in earlier attacks. At least 2,120 Palestinians and 68 people on the Israeli side, all but four of them soldiers, have been killed since July 8

The People Of Israel Must Liberate Themselves By Liberating Palestine
By Dr. Ludwig Watzal

The archbishop of South Africa and an icon in the anti-Apartheid struggle, Desmond Tutu (1) , published an article in the Israeli daily "Haaretz" from 14 August 2014, in which he called on the Israeli people to liberate themselves by liberating the oppressed people of Palestine. Tutu asked a crowd at a demonstration to chant with him against the illegal occupation of Palestine and all the cruelties against the Palestinian people that were committed by the Zionist occupying regime in Palestine. But he also told the demonstrators that ""We are not opposed to Jews."

The Continual And Unconscionable Failure To Punish Israel For Its Evil Crimes
Against Humanity Results From Collective Cowardice And Constitutes
Criminal Cooperation And Culpable Complicity

By William Hanna

If what has just occurred in Gaza is not unconditionally condemned and punished, then it will most certainly reoccur as it has been doing for over 60 years

Corporate Capitalism Versus Human happiness
By Graham Peebles

Happiness as a permanent state implies contentment and freedom from desire, with its inherent agitation and insatiability. Whilst it is not the responsibility of governments to ‘make' people happy, it is their duty to abolish methods and reform systems that build obstacles to happiness and feed a climate of anxiety. Conversely governments should actively work to promote the building of a society based on perennial values, many of which sit at the heart of true democracy: participation, cooperation, sharing and unity. Qualities that allow happiness to naturally come into being

Coffee Break In #Ferguson: Talking 'Violence' In A Corporate Culture
By Mickey Z.

The unarmed man shot and killed by a local cop? Not violent. Militarized Ferguson police officers shooting rubber bullets and tear gas while releasing dogs on unarmed civilians? Not violent. A QuikTrip is burned down? Look out now, things have finally turned violent

Fuelling The Public's Appetite For War: Oil, Blood, Confusion And Fear
By Colin Todhunter

The alleged murder of US journalist James Foley captured on video is causing a timely outpouring of anger in Britain. Such sentiment is being ignited courtesy of senior British politicians who it seems can always be relied on to beat the war drums on cue from Washington

Blaming God For ‘All-Living-Things' Massacre In Je richo Set Hair Raising Precedent
By Jay Janson

Another slaughter of men, women and children in the land of the Bible. Probably many have heard the voice of God demanding it. The Jewish Bible is in the Christian Bible. Intelligent understanding of sacred scripture might make it more difficult for the mega genocidal thieving and enslaving amoral private speculative banking backed neocolonialist media and military to overcome Mankind's natural spirituality and humanity

New UT Chief's Military Background Is Cause For Reflection
By Robert Jensen

McRaven is best known for directing the raid that resulted in the death of Osama bin Laden in May 2011, when he was in charge of the Joint Special Operations Command, and shortly after that he was promoted to head of the U.S. Special Operations Command. He is widely admired for his long special-forces service, starting as a Navy SEAL and then advancing to those high-level positions. But just as important as McRaven's personal qualities are to his fitness to be chancellor is an evaluation of the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq of which he was a part

The Deafening Silence On Climate Change
By Avinay Umesh-Saiyogita

India is the third largest country in terms of carbon emission. India is the second largest country in terms of population. India is the the country to hold the biggest democratic elections in the world! To exclude the rest, these three factors are enough to highlight the rising importance of India globally. Still, why is there a deafening silence on climate change in India, not only by the media but also by the politicians, subsequently followed by the people as the two former agencies are responsible for prioritizing any agenda

Early Warning: Increasing Hate Crimes Alarm Religious Minorities
By John Dayal

Modi has an opportunity to restore faith in harmony and secularism in the country. But there is little of hope that filters through his current strategy of silence on most issues of concern to the country, other than in a few public speeches where rhetoric and slogans substitute for substance

Scribbling In Dark Times
By Subhash Gatade

As we mentioned in the beginning these are really dark times. But we should never forget that humanity has faced darker times than we have been witness to today. And despite occasional setbacks it has always moved ahead, surged ahead

Which Side Are You, Mr. Rajnath Singh, Union Home Minister of Democratic-Secular India?
By Shamsul Islam

While talking to The India Express (New Delhi, August 24, 1914) you described yourself as “Swayamsewak of RSS”. As a Home Minister of the country you must have taken oath to uphold the Indian Constitution which is based on the principles of democracy, secularism, federalism, socialism and justice. However, there is going to be a serious conflict of interests between above mentioned fundamental principles of the Indian polity and your membership of RSS

FDI In Defence: Missing The Reality
By Vishnu Bhagwat

The overblown hype over the increased FDI ceilings in the defence sector, touting that India would become a major arms exporter from currently being the top importer in the world, is unrealistic. The exaggerated expectations that by increasing the FDI limits from the current 26 percent to 49 percent for foreign original equipment manufacturers will ensure rapid transfer of technology and setting up of vast manufacturing facilities for India’s armed forces as well as for arms exports may turn out to be deeply disappointing

24 August, 2014

Netanyahu Says Gaza Offensive Will Continue As 8 Killed In Gaza
By Ma'an News Agency

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said Sunday that Israel's Gaza offensive would continue as long as necessary, a day after an Egyptian call for a ceasefire and new truce talks. Israeli air strikes killed eight Palestinians in the besieged coastal enclave on Sunday and injured dozens more, bringing the total death toll to 2,111. The United Nations says 70 percent of the Palestinian victims were civilians, and that among the dead have been 478 children

Ukraine Crisis: Death And Destruction Continues In Eastern Ukraine


Extensive war crimes in Donbass from July 2 to July 24, 2014. Kiev's warmongers/Zionists continue genocide of civilian population and deliberate destruction of Eastern Ukraine's infrastructure - schools, hospitals, kindergartens, power plants, train stations, factories, etc. The majority of the footage and interviews you will see in this documentary film have never been shown on TV.

Hollywood Comes Out In Support Of Genocide In Gaza
Press Statement

Full list of signatories

Solidarity Statement Condemning The Arrest of Salman And Demanding His Immediate Release
Press Statement

On August 20th night 12 pm Salman a student and social activist from Trivandrum was picked up by the police from his home in Peroorkada. The immediate accusation against him was that he had insulted the national anthem while it was being played in a theatre, where he had gone to watch a movie. Later his comments on Facebook where he questions nationalism as a philosophical and political concept were also pointed out as a reason for his arrest. It is also being reported that there was a deliberate attempt to frame him by some right-wing hindutva groups and that they are the ones who are behind his arrest

22 August, 2014

18 Executed In Gaza For 'Collaborating 'With Israel
By Ma'an News Agency

Eighteen suspected collaborators were killed by Hamas on Friday as the group announced a crackdown on Palestinians alleged to be working with Israel. Seven men were shot dead in front of a mosque by men in Hamas military uniforms after Friday prayers, witnesses said. The Hamas-affiliated al-Majd website said they were killed after legal procedures were completed against them. Suspects accused of collaboration are taken to "revolutionary military trials" presided over by security and legal experts, the site added

To Live Now
By Mazin Qumsiyeh

I have not written much lately and this email maybe personal and hard. Our days start early and end very late. Our nights are also occasionally interrupted by calls from friends in Gaza or others who need some support. In the past 48 hours, over 100 Palestinian civilians were killed by Israeli occupation forces. Many of those are in Rafah. Sometimes I feel guilty that I am affected more by those I know than those who die that I did not know

Ferguson And Gaza, A Tall Tale Of Two Wars
By Jack A. Smith

We are tirelessly dedicated to the Obama Administration’s campaign to stop the fighting between oppressors and oppressed and convince them to accept their present status instead of disturbing the peace and making frightening noises on the streets. This goes not only for our own Ferguson, Mo., but by odd coincidence, in Gaza as well. Funny, but its like both events are taking place in the West Bank

Why Washington’s War On Terror Failed : The Underrated Saudi Connection
By Patrick Cockburn

In the face of these controversial security measures, the movements against which they are aimed have not been defeated but rather have grown stronger. At the time of 9/11, al-Qa‘ida was a small, generally ineffectual organization; by 2014 al-Qa‘ida-type groups were numerous and powerful. In other words, the “war on terror,” the waging of which has shaped the political landscape for so much of the world since 2001, has demonstrably failed. Until the fall of Mosul, nobody paid much attention

Nazi Germany, Holy Grail, And Myths of Racial Superiority
By Mickey Z.

With rare exceptions, humans are not driven to commit atrocities. With rare exceptions, humans can be driven to commit atrocities. “People often are conscripted into armies, but sometimes they enlist with gusto,” explains Steven Pinker, director of the Center of Cognitive Neuroscience at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. “Jingoism,” Pinker adds, “is alarmingly easy to evoke.”

Media Professionals Face Rising Hurdles
By Fazal M. Kamal

From the most powerful administration in the universe (the United States) to one of the most myopic (in Bangladesh) via India, Iran, Saudi Arabia, Ukraine and an assortment of many across the world every government has been enacting tougher and tighter regulations so that they can blame the messenger (and of course shoot them when needed) instead of rectifying the lapses that are reported

The Insurance Laws (Amendment) Bill: Missing The Forest For The Trees
By Kavaljit Singh

It is unfortunate that the wider ramifications of this major policy change are being overlooked in the political imbroglio. Very few commentators have questioned the rationale behind increasing the foreign ownership to 49 percent. What has been the experience of allowing the entry of private and foreign players in the domestic insurance sector? Were the policy objectives proclaimed at the time of liberalization achieved? What are the potential benefits and risks? Who would benefit? Who would lose?

Police Atrocity In Kathputli Colony
By Akshita Nagpal

In Kathputli Colony, each house is abound with stories of police atrocities, the lanes stay dotted with broken doors and damaged vehicles. In one of these lanes lives Puran Bhat, a puppeteer who is a Sangeet Natak Akademi awardee. He was spared from the police onslaught as he was away for a performance, but is extremely dismayed by what was borne by Kathputli Colony, where artists from several generations of his family have stayed over the past 50 years

What Is The Way Out Of Kashmir Impasse?
By Latief Ahmad Dar

This negative approach exacerbates the Kashmir problem and adds to the dead-lock on solving the Kashmir conundrum. What importantly kept Kashmir from reaching statehood is the ‘essentialized linkages' with India and Pakistan? If linkages with India have been challenged, it is even more important to challenge them with Pakistan, to break through gates of impasse

21 August, 2014

4 Killed By Airstrikes While Burying Relatives In Gaza Cemetery
By Ma'an News Agency

Israeli forces killed four Palestinians in Gaza City on Thursday after targeting a cemetery in the Sheikh al-Radwan district. The victims were burying relatives who had been killed overnight by Israeli airstrikes. The latest airstrikes bring the total death toll since midnight to 24 Palestinians

What Would Happen If Palestine Joined The International Criminal Court?
By Dr. Michael Kearney

What would happen if Palestinian Authority leader Mahmoud Abbas signs up to join the International Criminal Court (ICC)? The question has acquired a certain urgency amid the Israeli attack on Gaza and reports that the Palestinian political parties, including Hamas, are now committed to joining it

Gaza Changed Everything: Things Cannot Stay The Same After Israeli Genocide In Gaza
By Ramzy Baroud

Time for clever words and no action are long gone, and those who remain “soft” on Israel, for whatever reason, have no place in what is becoming a global movement with uncompromising demands: end the occupation, punish its sustainers, halt ethnic cleaning and genocide, end the siege, and bring Israeli and other culprits to the international criminal court for their massive war crimes and crimes against humanity

How Liberal Zionists Enable Israel’s Genocidal Ambitions
By Rania Khalek

By conflating Israelis and Palestinians as equally culpable in the conquest of Palestine and whitewashing the original sin of Israel’s creation, liberal and progressive Zionists like Wildman, Paiss, Goldman and Duss are enabling these genocidal impulses. They might condemn the occupation and even criticize Israel’s military aggression, but their refusal to back any meaningful efforts to pressure Israel, combined with their unwavering support for a Jewish state in a land inhabited by millions of non-Jews, is an endorsement of the violence required to maintain it, which makes them no better than the right-wingers and fascists they claim to deplore

Crossing Swords In Ferguson, Gaza, Egypt..., And The World-Unifying Principle of Respect
By Gary Corseri

Dear Mother Earth, I am writing you directly because I believe only the Great Soul of our Home can understand where we are now—lost among the stars

Ferguson: No Justice In The American Police State
By Paul Craig Roberts

There are reports that American police kill 500 or more Americans every year. Few of these murdered Americans posed a threat to police. Police murder Americans for totally implausible reasons. For example, a few days before Michael Brown was gunned down in Ferguson. Five hundred is more than one killing by police per day. Yet the reports of the shootings seldom get beyond the local news. Why then has the Ferguson, Missouri, police killing of Michael Brown gone international?

War Journalist's First Arrest Happens In Ferguson Speech Crackdown
By Robert Barsocchini

Veteran international war journalist Ansgar Graw has reported in Georgia, the Gaza Strip, the Soviet Union, Afghanistan, Iraq, Vietnam, China, and Cuba, but has never once been arrested. Now, under the boot of the man who Pulitzer winning journalist James Risen calls “the greatest enemy to press freedom in a generation” – Barack “We Tortured Some Folks” Obama - Graw has been arrested for doing journalism

Riots In America Show Inner Contradictions Of US Society: Deprived People Must Forge Unity
By Dr. Vivek Kumar Srivastava

The deprived people are everywhere in the world. They may be in the form blacks, poor ones, aboriginal ones and so many of different types of but they share one common thing that is inequality which majority and powerful groups have placed upon them

Conversation With Irom Sharmila: Lessons From The Iron Lady
By Ravi Nitesh

By a decision of Imphal court 19 August 2014 Irom Sharmila was released from prison. The court released Irom Sharmila as ‘prosecution could not establish her intention to commit suicide by fasting un to death.' A case was lodged against Irom Sharmila under section 309 of IPC (Indian Penal Code) where ‘attempt to suicide' was registered because Sharmila started fast in the year 2000 with her demand to repeal AFSPA

Release Political Prisoners - Within The Ambit Of Insaniyat
By Abdul Majid Zargar

The recent announcement by Indian Home Minster, Rajnath Singh, in his own temple of democracy, the Indian Parliament that Kashmir problem will be solved within the ambit of Insaniyat is welcome. Metaphorically Insaniyat embraces truth, justice & fair-play. That earlier, Atal Behari Vajpayee, former Prime Minster of India had also made a similar promise, but not kept, is besides the point

20 August, 2014

20 Killed In Gaza As Israel Resumes Bombardment
By Ma'an News Agency

Renewed Israeli attacks on Gaza have killed 20 Palestinians since a temporary ceasefire collapsed on Tuesday. An Israeli army statement said that 117 rockets had been fired at Israel from Gaza since the truce collapsed

How Many Bombs Has Israel Dropped On Gaza?
By Ali Abunimah

A few days before he was killed trying to disarm an unexploded Israeli missile, Hazem Abu Murad, the head of Gaza’s bomb squad, estimated that Israel had dropped between eighteen to twenty thousand tons of explosives on Gaza since 7 July. If Abu Murad’s estimate is right, then the explosive power Israel has fired on Gaza by land, sea and air so far is roughly equivalent to one of the atomic bombs the United States dropped on Japan in August 1945

Another Police Killing In St. Louis, Missouri As Assault On Protestors Continues
By Niles Williamson

St. Louis, Missouri police officers shot and killed a 23-year-old man Tuesday afternoon. The killing occurred only four miles east of Ferguson, where the police murder of unarmed 18-year-old Michael Brown has sparked popular protests and an orchestrated state crackdown that has placed parts of the city under effective martial law

This Is A Teachable Moment For The Nation That Presents
An Opportunity To Transform Policing So It Serves The People

By Kevin Zeese and Margaret Flowers

The killing of Michael Brown by a Ferguson, MO police officer, who was identified Friday as Darren Wilson, and the aftermath in which nonviolent protesters and reporters were met with a violent and militarized police force have exposed something that has been building for years. Many have written about the militarization of the police and the disproportionate impact they have on people of color, but now more Americans are seeing this reality and cannot escape it

Ukraine Crisis Continues
By Paul Craig Roberts

Having served Washington’s propaganda purposes, the downed Malaysian airliner and the alleged Russian armored column that entered Ukraine and was allegedly destroyed have dropped out of the news even though both stories remain completely and totally unresolved

International Day For The Total Elimination Of Nuclear Weapons
By John Scales Avery

Just as the generals and politicians who started World War I seem not to have comprehended what a war with machine guns and long-range artillery would be like, so our leaders today seem not to have an imaginative idea of what a thermonuclear war would be like. Promising to defend their populations, they do no such thing, but instead they put us at risk of total annihilation. Today, it is up to each individual to work with courage and dedication to put an end to nuclear insanity

The Real “Dirty Wars” In The Horn Of Africa
By Thomas C. Mountain

The real dirty wars in Africa remain unknown to the worlds peoples, thanks in part to a smokescreen, how ever blissfully ignorant or well intended, about drones and high tech murders that diverted attention from the deaths of hundreds of thousands of Africans, whose “expiration by starvation” was sanctioned by the highest levels of the Obama White House

The Human Rights Issue And The Sanctions On Iran
By Akbar E. Torbat

The US nuclear negotiations with Iran that had began secretly months before it became public, led to a temporary agreement on November 24, 2013. The agreement was expected to be finalized by July 20, 2014. However, because the West's demands were beyond Iran's obligations to the Nuclear Non-proliferation Treaty, the negotiations were left in limbo. As a result, the deadline for the final agreement was pushed back to November. 24, 2014. If Iran yields to all US demands to finalize the agreement, most of its $40 billion investments in nuclear facilities will be worthless. Moreover, not all sanctions on Iran may be lifted

The U.S. Congress: A Metonym For AIPAC
By William Hanna

A comprehensive history of American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC)

Israel: The "Only Democracy In The Middle East" or Just A "Rogue State"?
By Dr. Ludwig Watzal

For the credibility of all the democracies, Israel becomes an unsustainable problem. Political consequences are overdue

Politics And The Indian Military
By Major General (Retd) S.G.Vombatkere

India and Pakistan achieved independence from the British in August 1947. The Indian military has been constitutional and steadfastly apolitical over the years. This is a source of some wonderment especially because the Pakistani military has been in formal control for more than half of Pakistan's existence. What is the secret of Indian military's apolitical character? Major General (Retd) S.G.Vombatkere has some answers

The Fear That Does Not Speak Its Name
By Firdaus Ahmed

NN Vohra, the current governor of the Indian state of Jammu and Kashmir said in a recent speech, "another phenomenon, relatively more recent, relates to the emergence of certain radical counter-groups which have been organised with the primary objective of countering the Jihadi terror networks. It needs being noted that the activities of such counter groups have the potential of spreading disharmony and divisiveness which could generate wide spread communal violence and result in irreparably damaging the secular fabric of our democracy". Which groups is he referring to?

Money Is “Mightier” Than Man
By Farooque Chowdhury

A Dhaka hospital has reached an understanding with the family of a dead man: all dues, more than a million Taka (the Bangladesh currency), will be paid to the hospital within months in return for the dead body of the man – a father, a husband

‘Muslims Have Become New Subalterns'
Interview with JNU Prof. Ajay Gudavarthy by Mishab Irikkur and Abhay Kumar 

As the fire of communal violence is fast engulfing many parts of the country and the ruling BJP, as alleged by the opposition parties, remains involved in polarising society for electoral gains, Mishab Irikkur and Abhay Kumar spent Sunday's morning with Ajay Gudavarthy conversing with him about the current volatile situation. In a free-wheeling discussion, Gudavarthy contended that the saffronization of subalterns, Dalits and Other Backward Castes (OBCs), is one of the main causes of the spurt of anti-Muslim violence

19 August, 2014

National Guard, Police Tighten Grip On Ferguson, Missouri
By Eric London & Patrick Martin

Police launched several rounds of tear gas and what appeared to be crowd-control percussion devices late Monday night to clear the streets of the St. Louis suburb of Ferguson, Missouri after a tense half-hour confrontation between several hundred protesters and a wall of law enforcement officers 60 wide and five deep

Ten Facts About Police Violence In Ferguson Sunday Night
By Bill Quigley

While the Governor of Missouri is sending in the National Guard to Ferguson, it is worth considering where the real violence is coming from

Rebellion In Ferguson: A Rising Heat In The Suburbs
By Chris Hedges

Being the object of unwarranted deadly force by police officers is part of what it means to be black and poor in America. But, as Hamm said, no matter how much blacks raise their voices against indiscriminate police violence “the killings keep coming.”

'Borderfree': Creating Freedom And Beauty In A World At War
By Kathy Kelly

The Borderfree Center is named for Prof. Noam Chomsky’s call, in a 2013 American University of Beirut commencement speech, for participation in “a worldwide struggle to preserve the global commons” so as to secure “decent human survival in a world that has no borders.” The symbol of their participation is the blue scarf they distribute to friends and supporters, symbolizing the blue expanse of sky upon which national boundary lines will never be drawn

16 August, 2014

Kiev’s Blocking of Russian Aid Convoy To East Ukraine Escalates Risk Of War
By Niles Williamson

International tensions continued to mount throughout the day yesterday, as Ukrainian officials began inspecting a convoy of humanitarian aid that Russia hopes to send to the besieged city of Luhansk, which is held by pro-Russian separatists hostile to the pro-US regime in Kiev. The convoy of 280 trucks, which left for Ukraine on Tuesday, has been stalled at the Ukrainian border just outside the city of Izvaryne, as fighting intensifies across east Ukraine

"Are There Warplanes Overhead, Dad?"
By Rami Almeghari

For more than a month now, Muhammad and hundreds of thousands of other children here have been locked in their homes, watching scenes of Palestinian men, women and children torn to pieces on their TV screens — that is if they were lucky enough to be spared witnessing such scenes with their own eyes, or like 448 other children, end up dead

Khuzaa: Attack And Aftermath


Hillary-The-Hawk Flies Again
By Ralph Nader

Last week, Hillary-The-Hawk emerged, once again, with comments to The Atlantic attacking Obama for being weak and not having an organized foreign policy. She was calling Obama weak despite his heavy hand in droning, bombing and intervening during his Presidency. While Obama is often wrong, he is hardly a pacifist commander. It’s a small wonder that since 2008, Hillary-The-Hawk has been generally described as, in the words of the New York Times journalist Mark Landler, “more hawkish than Mr. Obama.”

Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP): Pandora’s Box of Corporate Power
By Mickey Z.

Adam Weissman has been playing the role of Cassandra in the struggle to inform others about the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP). Weissman organizes against TPP and other free trade agreements with TradeJustice New York Metro, a coalition of groups from diverse social movements resisting the NAFTA neoliberal free trade model. He also works with Global Justice for Animals and the Environment, an organization addressing the threat posed by free trade agreements to animals; the environment; safe and sustainable food; and the human rights of environmentalists. Put simply, Adam has become my go-to person when it comes to TPP and related issues so I figured it was long overdue we did an interview. It went a little something like this

West's Fragile Middle East Scramble
By Bilal Shaheen

The lust for ideological hegemony rendered impossible a stable Middle East that could have preserved the precious unity of the great region. The west and its sympathizers in the region bear a heavy responsibility for Middle East instability

Listen To The Sigh From Kandhamal
By Abdul Nasar Maudany

Sitting here in Bangalore, I can hear the sigh of my Adivasi Christian and Dalit Christian brothers from Kandhamal appealing for justice for the victims and survivors. On August 25, 2014, this sigh will be heard more widely all over the country with many groups giving a call for the observation of Kandhamal Day. I appeal to all my supporters, friends and brothers listen to the sigh from Kandhamal and observe the Kandhamal Day on August 25th. Together, let us pray to build a nation without communal hatred, a nation based on justice, peace and harmony

Asia : Say It Loud And Clear
By Nilantha Ilangamuwa 

The following article appeared as the editorial of the latest issue of ‘Torture: Asian and Global Perspectives', a bi-monthly magazine published by the Asian Human Rights Commission (AHRC), based in Hong Kong and the Danish Institute Against Torture (DIGNITY) based in Denmark

15 August, 2014

Five Hospital Ships Needed To Save Gaza's Children
By Franklin Lamb

The horrors we have just witnessed, especially with respect to traumas inflicted on children, is producing, as should be the case, a major and rapidly growing international focus on salvaging young lives. Descriptions and evaluations of the consequences of Gaza wars are being published and urgently discussed. Some analysts and government officials, including Pentagon planners, are calling for a ‘Medical Marshall Plan,' to save Gaza's children. One proposed first step is the dispatching of a humanitarian support group of hospital ships that would sail to Gaza without further delay

'Military Occupation Lifted' As Ferguson Withdraws Of Militarized Police Force
By Andrea Germanos

"It feels like there's been a military occupation lifted off of the area," Patricia Bynes, Democratic Committeewoman of Ferguson Township, told Democracy Now! Friday. Such was the change in atmosphere in Ferguson, Missouri, where daily protests since the police shooting on Saturday of unarmed 18-year-old Michael Brown had been met with tear gas, rubber bullets and tanks, bringing widespread criticism to the nation's increasingly militarized police departments and evoking images of civil rights battles of the past

Israeli War Crimes In Gaza
By Jim Miles

A highly militarized Israeli society guarding Palestinians in bantustan like areas could survive for quite some time. Hope carries forward that somehow the Israelis will create their own fully dysfunctional state that will be forced to change its actions (BDS, pariah status…..) and seek a non-violent solution by accommodating all peoples within its boundaries

Energy And The Economy - Twelve Basic Principles
By Gail Tverberg

There is a standard view of energy and the economy that can briefly be summarized as follows: Economic growth can continue forever; we will learn to use less energy supplies; energy prices will rise; and the world will adapt. My view of how energy and the economy fit together is very different. It is based on the principle of reaching limits in a finite world. Let me explain the issues as I see them

Transformative Common Sense In Vermont
By Eric Zencey

Chances are that when you hear the phrase “Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy,” you don’t immediately think of dramatic change in the established political-economic order of things. But despite the dry name, the document recently released by Vermont’s Department of Commerce and Community Development portends a quiet, far-reaching revolution in governance in the Green Mountain State–and perhaps on a larger stage

By Gary Corseri

A poem

Why I Quit The Democratic Party Today
By Eric Zuesse

I left the Democratic Party today, because I cannot support the first American President who ever installed anywhere in the world a nazi regime -- it has never happened before, not even under a Republican President; and, until Obama, I had always assumed that if it ever would happen, it could come only under a Republican President, never under any Democratic one. But I was wrong -- mortifyingly wrong -- because Barack Obama did this in Ukraine

Freedom And Liberty: - Are We True To Its Creed?
By George Abraham

Dwight Eisenhower, the former President of the United Sates once said ‘only our individual faith in freedom can keep us free’. The question to ponder on this August 15, as we celebrate the Independence of India from British colonialism is whether we are losing faith in that hard fought victory of freedom with the blood, toil and sweat of our founding fathers

Lying Cannot Eliminate Poverty, Mr. President
By Samar

India’s battle against poverty has reached the phase of ‘elimination’ from ‘alleviation’ said President Pranab Mukherjee in his address to the nation. That was last evening, the eve of 68th Independence Day of the republic. It was encouraging to see him explain that the difference was not merely about ‘semantics’. “Alleviation is a process; elimination is a time-defined objective”, he elaborated. How will his government go about that remains though, a mystery even if one does not doubt the intent. Did he not confess that there is no humiliation bigger than hunger a year ago, in his acceptance speech?

The Merchants Of Hatred
By Abdul Majid Zargar

A specific reference to an article on Kounsar-Nag Yatra written by Rahul Pandita in “The Hindu” on August 8th 2014 is in order. According to him refusing permission to 40 odd Pandits for visiting Kounsar Nag is loaded with ulterior motives. What he hides from the general public is that in the first instance, permission was sought for 4000 persons to visit the place from Kashmir Side. The figures from Jammu Side was deliberately kept a guarded secret

Interfaith Living For Interfaith Harmony
By Roshan Shah

While I don’t discount the importance of ‘academic’ work on interfaith dialogue, nor the value of advocating it from the pulpits of churches, mosques, synagogues and temples, I’ve realized that no amount of preaching dialogue or theologizing about it can take the place of plain and simple cross-religious friendships

Piketty For Progressives - Part 2
By Thomas Riggins

“Introduction” to Capital in the Twenty-First Century— Part 2

14 August, 2014

Water Disaster Hits Every Single Person In Gaza
By Ali Abunimah

Right now, none of the 1.8 million Palestinians living in the occupied and besieged Gaza Strip has access to a safe and secure supply of water. The water situation was already severe before Israel’s bombardment began on 7 July. But now water experts are calling it a disaster. Ninety percent of wells, wastewater treatment plants and desalination plants cannot operate due to power cuts and lack of fuel

Head of Gaza Bomb Squad Killed As 1,000 Tons Of Israeli Munitions Remain
By Nora Barrows-Friedman

Six people were killed and six others seriously injured on Wednesday when an unexploded 500-kilogram Israeli missile blew up in Beit Lahiya, in northern Gaza, as weapons disposal experts were attempting to make it safe. Bilal Muhammad al-Sultan, Rahed Taysir Ali al-Hom, Hazem Ahmad Abu Murad and Saeed Talal Salman were killed in the explosion

Gaza Professor Haidar Eid Describes "Most Devastating Destruction Since 1948"
By Nora Barrows-Friedman

Palestinian resistance factions and civil society in Gaza demand that Israel abide by international law and lift the seven-year-long siege and blockade, enforced by Egypt, as part of the terms for a lasting ceasefire. Gaza-based professor, scholar and boycott activist Haidar Eid says that even if Israel and Egypt lift the siege and allow unrestricted reconstruction materials into Gaza via its seven crossing points, it could take up to ten years to restore Gaza to the state it was in even before the attacks began last month

“ICC Can And Should Investigate Israeli Officials For Possible War Crimes in Gaza”
By Brian J. Trautman

Israel is already attempting to recruit supporters to stave off an ICC investigation of its leaders. Last week, Benjamin Netanyahu, Israel’s prime minister, turned to allies in US Congress for a pledge of support. Regardless of the efforts of Israel or its closest ally, the United States, to prevent the ICC from seeking justice for the Palestinians and international aid workers killed and wounded in Gaza, the Court has a duty to at least open an investigation. The credibility of the ICC hangs in the balance. No individual who violates international law should escape justice. If Israeli officials are not investigated for possible war crimes in Gaza, then the tragic lessons learned from the last century about failures in international criminal justice and the consequences of inaction will have been in vain

Small Genocides
By Justin Podur

Hitler saw the expansion of the United States and the destruction of the indigenous populations of the Americas as a model. If the U.S. could do it to the indigenous, Hitler reasoned, why could Germany not do it to the people of Eastern Europe?

Violence And Western Civilization
By Ron Forthofer

Israel's slaughter of over 1900 Palestinians in Gaza, by far and away most of whom were civilians, got me thinking about Western civilization

Postcard From The End Of America : Wisconsin
By Linh Dinh

Before we start, I must admit that I didn't set foot in Wisconsin this time, but only saw it from the train as I crossed it going West, then East. This, then, is really a train Postcard, but the long distance train is a community in itself

Has Israel Turned Into An Apartheid Regime?
By Kourosh Ziabari

Apartheid is recognized as an international crime, and there's The 1973 International Convention on the Suppression and Punishment of the Crime of Apartheid which clearly sets out the conditions under which the actions and policies of a government can be identified as resembling the crime of apartheid. Israel is now committing this crime overtly, ostensibly and unequivocally, any conscious man attests to it. Is there anyone who dares to hold Israel accountable and punish it?

Some Thoughts On Resilience And Transition 
By Saral Sarkar

Movements like the Transition Town Movement (TTM) ought to pursue a greater goal, which, apart from being good in itself, is necessary to attract people and encourage them to join it. We need not set an ideal society as our goal . An ideal will perhaps always remain an ideal. But an acceptably good and peaceful world society is possible and can therefore be our goal

Science, Religion And War
By John Scales Avery

The recent murderous, and religiously motivated,.attacks by ISIS on the Yazidi community in Iraq make it appropriate to ask whether religion most frequently acts as a force for peace in the world, or whether it is more often the source of conflicts

How The Excessive Militarization of The Police Is Turning Cops Into Counterinsurgents
By Matthew Harwood

Welcome to a new era of American policing, where cops increasingly see themselves as soldiers occupying enemy territory, often with the help of Uncle Sam’s armory, and where even nonviolent crimes are met with overwhelming force and brutality

Pakistan : Anatomy of Turbulent 68th Independence Day
By Mahboob A. Khawaja

Pakistan 's Freedom Movement was carried out by the people under the visionary leadership of Mohammad Ali Jinnah- Quaid-e-Azam. The 14 August, should have been a day to rejoice and value the imperatives of the 68 th Independence Day across Pakistan . Not so, the same masses are barbed wired, dehumanized and deprived of the rightful opportunity to celebrate their freedom with human dignity, honor and peaceful activism. Panicky and buried under pillage of corruption allegations, PM Nawaz Sharif never knew the essence of national freedom to acquire the reality.

Reflections From The Margins On Independence Day
By John Dayal

Nehru may be a reviled figure now in certain political circles, but we risk the future of coming generations if we revile and reject this dream of a modern, plural India, which has its doors, and windows open for fresh wings to blow in from all directions, and which would hold its head high in the comity of nations. This vision needs to be reiterated from the ramparts of the Red Fort every Independence Day

13 August, 2014

Kiev Pledges To Block Russian Aid Convoy To Eastern Ukraine
By Christoph Dreier

The Ukrainian army and its allied fascist paramilitary units are creating a humanitarian disaster in eastern Ukraine and the government in Kiev is blocking relief supplies to the population. The United States and NATO are using the conflict over Russia’s plans to send an aid convoy to the besieged cities of Donetsk and Luhansk to mount new provocations against Moscow

In Emergency
By Kathy Kelly

A hospital known as "Emergency" provides free medical treatment in the war-torn country of Afghanistan

We're Human Fodder Caught In The Crossfire Of Armed Groups
And Armed Governments, “No to wars!”

By Dr Hakim

Gul Jumma, together with the Afghan Peace Volunteers, expressed their opposition to wars in this video. Gul Jumma holds up the sign for ‘ Ukraine ', indicating ‘No to wars in Ukraine '. She understands what it is like to be caught in the crossfire, as happened to her father when he was killed in battle

Is Modi A Control-Freak PM?
By Shehzad Poonawalla

Recently many pictures have surfaced on social media sites that show Narendra Modi, seated on an elevated pedestal, much like a spiritual master or deity, whilst groups of MPs and Ministers, some of them quite senior, not just in age but also stature, address him by standing up in their places. The most striking pictures were those of former Chief Minister of Karnataka and current railway minister Sadanand Gowda and that of current Health Minister Dr.Harshwardhan from Delhi, whose body language betrayed the sense of them being a bunch of coy school-boys, reprimanded by their strict teacher for not knowing the correct answer!

Top 9 Reasons To Stop Bombing Iraq
By David Swanson

1. It's not a rescue mission. The U.S. personnel could be evacuated without the 500-pound bombs. The persecuted minorities could be supplied, moved, or their enemy dissuaded, or all three, without the 500-pound bombs or the hundreds of "advisors" (trained and armed to kill, and never instructed in how to give advice -- Have you ever tried taking urgent advice from 430 people?)

An Open Letter to a Zionist Apologist at the BBC
By Kieran Kelly

After 10 years as a business reporter, Anthony Reuben is now the BBC News inaugural “Head of Statistics”. True to the spirit of 1984 he seems to take his role as being to remind people of such numerical truths as “2 + 2 = 5 fanatical Islamist terrorist Hamas militants”. In a report on what the statistics tell us about the recent fatalities in Gaza, he highlights the fact that a disproportionate number of young men are being killed. Another BBC report on Gaza casualties is quite shocking, but its impact is diminished by a link to Reuben's article with the words “If the Israeli attacks have been 'indiscriminate', as the UN Human Rights Council says, it is hard to work out why they have killed so many more civilian men than women”

On Gaza And Global Rage
By Haidar Eid

Governments across the world must be forced to act in accordance with the will of their people and hold Israel accountable for war crimes, and impose sanctions and an arms embargo. People of conscience globally have spoken and their voices have reached us here in Gaza. We know that their voices have been heard in the capitals of the world and that their voices signal an end to Israeli apartheid. The clock is ticking. Hence the importance of the Gaza Day of Rage!

Dhirendra Panda Calls For Protest Actions On 25th August, 2014 As Kandhamal Day
By Kandhamal Human Rights Watch

In this video clip, Dhirendra Panda appeals to the citizens to shun hate campaign against minorities especially Christians in Odisha so that a just society could be established as there is fear and insecurity engulfing the ethnic religious minority communities. He calls for protest actions on 25th August, 2014 as Kandhamal Day

Khurshid Anwar's Suicide: Some Unanswered Questions
By Shruti Chaturvedi & Utpala Shukla

An open letter to Kavita Krishnan

12 August, 2014

Global warming: : Rapid Rise In Arctic Temperatures
Linked To Changes In Extreme Weather

By Steve Connor

Scientists have linked the rapid rise in Arctic temperatures over the past two decades to weather extremes in the northern hemisphere such as heatwaves in the US and flooding in Europe. Temperatures in the Arctic have risen twice as fast as the rest of the world since 2000, and this could have triggered changes to global wind patterns, which have brought extreme weather to lower latitudes, the researchers said. A study has found that the number of extreme weather events, such as heatwaves, floods and droughts, has almost doubled over the same period and that this increase can be linked with unusual wind patterns in the upper atmosphere, influenced by warmer Arctic temperatures

Cold War Two
By William Blum

During Cold War One those of us in the American radical left were often placed in the position where we had to defend the Soviet Union because the US government was using that country as a battering ram against us. Now we sometimes have to defend Russia because it may be the last best hope of stopping TETATW (The Empire That Ate The World). Yes, during Cold War One we knew enough about Stalin, the show trials, and the gulags. But we also knew about US foreign policy

Iraq Unrest Not Shia-Sunni
By Anthony Mathew Jacob

These terrorists are neither Shias nor Sunni rebels (as the western media refers to them). They are ruthless killers trained, funded and supported by Israel, Saudi Arabia, Qatar, Jordan and their western masters

Campaign of State-Backed Political Persecution Against MK Haneen Zoabi
Press Release

MK Haneen Zoabi was called for a police investigation in Lod today over allegations from the police that she incited against, and insulted, a public official – a policeman – outside Nazareth’s district court on 6 July. The investigation has been authorised by the Israeli attorney general. The incitement investigation, one of a series being considered against MK Zoabi, follows her suspension on 29 July from the Knesset for a six-month period by the Knesset ethics committee. This suspension is the longest in the Knesset’s history and the maximum the committee can impose under Israeli law

Hashtag Genocide: Why Gaza Fought Back
By Ramzy Baroud

Gaza managed to keep Israel at bay in a battle of historic proportions. Once its children are buried, it will once again rebuild its defenses for the next battle. For Palestinians in Gaza, this is not about mere resistance strategies, but their very survival

Blown Chances In Gaza
By Sandy Tolan

Alongside the toll of death and broken lives, perhaps the saddest reality of the latest Gaza war, like the Gaza wars before it, is how easy it would have been to avoid. For the last eight years, Israel and the U.S. had repeated opportunities to opt for a diplomatic solution in Gaza. Each time, they have chosen war, with devastating consequences for the families of Gaza

An Open Letter To My Palestinian Friends
By Robert J. Burrowes

As my heart bleeds for those of you suffering in Gaza and elsewhere in Palestine, I want to add my voice to those who are encouraging you to consider revising your strategy of resistance to Israeli occupation

Protect Culture, Faith, Livelihood And Natural Resources Of
Indigenous People: Observe Kandhamal Day on August 25, 2014

By V. S Roy David

National Adivasi Alliance call upon all the concerned human beings, secular groups, human rights organisations and like minded members of the political parties to respond to the call for action by the National Solidarity Forum for expressing your public concern on the Kandhamal Day on August 25, 2014

Implement United Nations Declaration On The Rights Of Indigenous Peoples
By Indigenous Peoples Forum

Declaration of the Indigenous Peoples Forum, Odisha; on the occasion of International Day of World’s Indigenous Peoples, 9th August 2014, After the two decades of UN declaration

Selective Justice
By Abdul Majid Zargar

Maya Kodnani, convicted for killing ninety five Muslims, in 2002 Naroda Patiya & Naroda Gaam case, has been released on bail by Gujrat High Court. In so-called Secular India, The delivery of Justice has been most communal & selective against minorities particularly Muslims


11 August, 2014

448 Children Killed In Israeli Attacks On Gaza, UN Says
By Charlotte Silver

During the nearly month-long military offensive on Gaza prior to the short ceasefire, Israel killed 448 children and injured 2,502, according to United Nations’ estimates. As of 8 August, the death toll in Gaza had reached 1,922

The Psychological Trauma of Catastrophe: Gaza’s Children
By Louisa A. Lamb

The Palestinian suffering and Israeli-Hamas conflict is nothing new. This problem has been raging on, but it is important to ease the suffering of these children and provide resources to help them and help the world. There is a way to stop the cycle, with humanitarian efforts and discussion about what needs to be done. These children are innocent, and yet they are subjected to so much. It is a moral responsibility of the international community to provide assistance to alleviate the strife of these children and rebuild what is left of the home of the Palestinian people

Open Letter To President Obama: Your Legacy
By Alan Hart

This open letter was inspired by a friend of mine who suggested that you should be urged to resign rather than remain a prisoner of the majority in Congress who take their orders from the Zionist lobby and its so-called Christian evangelical allies and who by doing so are betraying America’s own best interests and could be called traitors not mere stooges. My friend made this suggestion after he had reflected upon what I had said to him – that because you allow Israel to act in defiance of international law with impunity, you are complicit by default in Israel’s war crimes

Who Is Actually Guilty of More Than 60 Years of Palestinian Genocide?
By William Hanna

Can Jews and Judaism honestly justify either their support for, or toleration of such a barbarous, war criminal state? While Israel may be able (with iniquitous support from the world’s foremost war criminal nation the U.S.) to contemptuously ignore condemnation by the rest of the world, it would not be able to ignore the the universal condemnation of the Jewish people it claims to represent

Nuclear Weapons Ban & Boycotts, Divestment & Sanctions (BDS)
To Save World From Nuclear, Poverty & Climate Threats

By Dr Gideon Polya

Our world is acutely threatened by nuclear weapons, poverty and man climate change. A comprehensive Nuclear Weapons Ban is needed to avoid an accidental full-scale nuclear catastrophe and a consequent Nuclear Winter that will wipe out most of Humanity and the Biosphere. Every person must stand up for Humanity and the Biosphere in the One Percenter War on Terra

The Marshall Islands Sue All Nuclear Nations For Violations Of The NPT's Article VI
By John Scales Avery

The Republic of the Marshall Islands is suing the nine countries with nuclear weapons at the International Court of Justice at The Hague, arguing they have violated their legal obligation to disarm

Monsanto's PR Makeover: Lubricating The Wheels of The GMO Trojan Horse
By Colin Todhunter

Monsanto believes it is having trouble getting its message across to the public. Last year, it began a makeover. It realised that it and GMOs have an image problem. According to the Holmes Report, an information service following the public relations industry, Monsanto has embarked on an international campaign by upgrading its association with Fleishman Hillard, one of the biggest public relations firms in the US

The Legions Of A Neo-Caliphate
By Sazzad Hussain

The weaving of ISIS flag by masked youth of Kashmir valley on the Eid day again reminds us the paradox of global Islamism or pan-Islamism in distant places, away from its epicentre—the rugged mountains Khyber or the sun-burnt deserts of oil-rich Middle-East

Solidarity Will Build The Power Needed To Transform Trade
So People and Planet Come Before Profits

By Kevin Zeese and Margaret Flowers

Now is the time to recommit to not compromising with the corporate-dominated governments that ignore our interests. If we do so, we can stop Fast Track, defeat corporate trade, transform it to a people and planet form of trade and begin to build the new economy essential to humankind and the planet. This article is produced by Popular Resistance in conjunction with AlterNet . It is a weekly review of the activities of the resistance movement

Recognising Different Narratives of Partition - The Way Forward
By Devika Mittal

As I think of writing about partition, I pause to think if it is still a relevant issue? Partition of India and Pakistan happened 67 years ago and was succeeded by many other major clashes so should I instead talk about the wars? Is partition an outdated issue or does it still hold any relevance? Talking of relevance, another debate that came to my mind was whether it is fine to keep talking about it? Should we not just move on?

The Mystery Of The Black Coat
By Shalu Nigam

This article is about my quest as a lawyer and a researcher to demystify the black coat anomaly as to why one would wear such dress when climate wise it is unsuitable. Is it an illusion of power or a symbol of oppression?

Endangered Freedom
By Vidya Bhushan Rawat

Deenanath Batra is a symptom of a bigger crisis that is threatening to challenge India, its age-old secular humanist values propagated by Buddha, Ambedkar, Phule, Periyar

09 August, 2014

Renewed Israeli Bombardment Kills Five In Gaza
By Ma'an News Agency

Israeli airstrikes on the Gaza Strip early Saturday left at five Palestinians dead and dozens injured, as a series of strikes overnight hit homes, mosques, and a sports club on the second day after the end of a 72-hour ceasefire. The strikes, which come on the 33rd day of a massive Israeli assault that has left more than 1,900 Palestinians dead and more than 9,837 injured, come as negotiations between Palestinian and Israeli delegations stalled, despite reports Friday that both sides were close to an agreement

Israel Broke All Taboos In Attacking Civilians, Says Gaza Doctor
By Nora Barrows-Friedman

In an interview with The Electronic Intifada on Friday, Dr. Belal Dabour, a resident physician at Gaza City’s al-Shifa hospital, said that “the situation in Gaza is tense, in anticipation for what will happen. Drones have not left the area,” he added

Book Review: "Hiroshima August 6, 1945: A Silence Broken"
By John Scales Avery

The nuclear destruction of Hiroshima was a tragedy in itself, but its larger significance is that it started a nuclear arms race which today threatens to destroy human society and much of the biosphere

How ISIS Finally Became Obama’s Enemy
By Shamus Cooke

Suddenly the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) has become a threat worthy of American missiles. For almost two years President Obama completely ignored the biggest and most brutal terror group in the Middle East, allowing it to balloon into a regional power. No matter how many heads it severed or how much territory it conquered, ISIS just couldn't draw Obama’s attention

The Bad, The Ugly And The US Media
By Fazal M. Kamal

In a country that practically rules the world, nay the entire universe really, it’s generally offensive to utilize the word Palestine in any sense that could/might convey the notion that you’re even distractedly being sympathetic to the people who once lived in a place of that name

Turkey’s Erdogan or Erdogan’s Turkey?
By Mohammad Behzad Fatmi

Turkey is going to vote tomorrow, August 10, to elect its next president in an unprecedented way. Unprecedented because it would be the first time a president is elected directly by the population rather than being chosen by the country’s parliament. The factors that are lingering around this election, however, are so dubious that it raises the question of whether this election is a sign of an advanced democracy or is it plainly majoritarianism?

Washington Threatens The World
By Paul Craig Roberts

The consequence of Washington’s reckless and irresponsible political and military interventions in Iraq, Libya, and Syria has been to unleash evil. The various sects that lived in peace under the rule of Saddam Hussein, Gaddafi, and Assad are butchering one another, and a new group, ISIS, is in the process of creating a new state out of parts of Iraq and Syria

08 August, 2014

Obama Authorises A New Air War In Iraq
By Peter Symonds

In a statement signalling resumed US military operations in Iraq, President Obama announced yesterday evening in Washington that he had authorised American air strikes against Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) militia in northern Iraq

Back in Iraq, Jack!
By David Swanson

It's back in Iraq, Jack! Yackety yack! Obama says the United States has fired missiles and dropped food in Iraq -- enough food to feed 8,000, enough missiles to kill an unknown number (presumably 7,500 or fewer keeps this a "humanitarian" effort). The White House told reporters on a phone call following the President's Thursday night speech that it is expediting weapons to Iraq, producing Hellfire missiles and ammunition around the clock, and shipping those off to a nation where Obama swears there is no military solution and only reconciliation can help. Hellfire missiles are famous for helping people reconcile

How Obama's Support of Israel Undermines U.S. Foreign Policy
By Shamus Cooke

Blasting Gaza into rubble has affected the average American in ways that U.S. politicians will learn to regret. The result will be more than simply bleeding hearts for dead Palestinian children (430 at last count). There is a deeper political effect happening, as young and old alike realize for the first time the cancerous lies coursing through the veins of the U.S. media and political system

Mike Carlton, Top Australian Columnist, Forced From Job
For Criticizing Apartheid Israeli Gaza Massacre

By Dr Gideon Polya 

This must be the last Gaza Massacre and all Humanity must stand up and say “Free Palestine” NOW

Village Building Convergence Coming To Small Town Sebastopol
By Shepherd Bliss

Village Building Convergence (VBC) activists and their supporters from Cittaslow Sebastopol, Transition, the Grange, Permaculture Skills Center, and other groups recently packed the City Council meeting of small town Sebastopol in semi-rural Sonoma County, Northern California. Testimony in support of VBC came from enthusiastic advocates from 3-years-old to 70-years-old

Postcard From The End of America : Portland
By Linh Dinh

Before my recent trip to Portland , I hadn't been there in over five years. In late 2008, I came up from California, and between Klamath Falls and Eugene, I chatted with an older man, Bob, who had worked for 31 years in a sawmill in Florence, on the Oregon Coast

Death Penalty: Is it Justice or Human Right Violation?
By Mousumi Roy

As citizen of democratic nation, one should view the death penalty not as a criminal justice sanction, but as a human rights violation. In order to aspire to live in a society, in a world where human life is cherished and the dignity of all is respected, hope and optimism should exist. Our planet can live without the death penalty and hope the day will come when “Death Penalty” as capital punishment is abolished

The Aryan Connection
By Satya Sagar

Many well-heeled Indians living overseas are ardent supporters of the quasi-fascist, Hindu chauvinist politicians ruling India right now. X-Ray's beloved Hindu right wing politicians, in turn, come from a long tradition of admiration for Hitler and everything he stood for- including the ethnic cleansing of the Jews in his times. But why should the Nazis have a ‘soft corner' for India? How did it fit into their Weltanschauung? The answer lies in the ‘Aryan Connection'

Independent India: Selling Out To Monsanto 
By Colin Todhunter

On 15 August, India will mark its 67 th anniversary of independence from Britain . It may seem strange to some that a nation would publicly celebrate its independence while at the same time it less publicly cedes it to outsiders. The gleaming façade of flags and fly-pasts will belie the fact that national security and independence do not depend on military might and patriotic speeches. Eye-catching celebrations will take place in Delhi and much of the media will mouth platitudes about the strength of the nation and its independence. The reality is, however, an ongoing, concerted attempt to undermine and destroy the very foundation and security of the country

The Modi Sarkar: Initial Symptoms
By Ram Puniyani

The need is to ensure that interests of the country’s people are kept uppermost, the way invitation to Nawaz Sharif shows, should be appreciated. The other measures show that there is an attempt to undermine the diverse nature of our polity, there is an attempt to bring in RSS agenda through education and culture, which are dangerous and need to be opposed

Raahgiri: Promoting A public Culture of Sustainability
By Madhuri Mittal

The car-free citizen initiative taken by Gurgaon with different stakeholders is the first India's initiative towards green future. The success of Raahgiri in Gurgaon encouraged Delhi to adopt it as a weekly event for celebration of life with joy and togetherness while inducing sustainability in them

Piketty For Progressives
By Thomas Riggins

"Introduction" to Capital in the Twenty-First Century

07 August, 2014

Shaky Truce Holds In The Gaza Strip
By Peter Symonds

As the 72-hour ceasefire in the Gaza Strip that began on Tuesday morning holds, talks are underway in Cairo between Israeli and Palestinian delegations, mediated by Egyptian officials, over an end to the month-long Israeli military onslaught. The truce remains fragile. The Israeli military has pulled its ground troops back to positions on the border but is poised to recommence its bombardment on the slightest pretext. The tiny, densely populated enclave of 1.8 million people remains under an Israeli-Egyptian economic blockade and menaced on all sides by Israeli forces, from land, air and sea

Edward Snowden Given Three-Year Residence Permit In Russia
By Jon Queally

NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden has received a three-year residency permit from the Russian government, a lawyer representing him in Moscow announced Thursday

Ukrainian Offensive Against Donetsk Raises Threat Of War With Russia
By Christoph Dreier

As hundreds of thousands flee to Russia to escape the bloody offensive of the Western-backed Ukrainian regime against pro-Russian forces in east Ukraine, the risk of an all-out war between Ukraine and Russia that could involve the Western powers is rapidly rising

Will Putin Realize That Russia Holds The Cards?
By Paul Craig Roberts

If Putin does not put his foot down hard and make clear to the Europeans what the stakes are, Washington will succeed in its determination to drive the world to war, and “exceptional and indispensable” Americans will die along with all the rest

Obama's War Against Russia Backfires
By Eric Zuesse

U.S. President Barack Obama's war against Russia isn't only causing Russia to cooperate more strongly with the other BRIC countries to break the U.S. dollar's reign as the global reserve currency, but it's also causing Russian President Vladimir Putin's job-approval rating in Russia to soar, and the confidence that the Russian people have in their own Government to soar likewise

On Heroes and Preachers: Gaza's New Resistance Paradigm
By Ramzy Baroud

As great as Gandhi was in the context of his country's struggle against colonialism, which remains a source of inspiration for many Palestinians, Palestine has its own heroes, resisters, women and men who are engraving a legend of their own in Gaza and the rest of Palestine

“USrael: The Democracidal Minotaur In The Cesspool of Imagination”
By Gary Corseri

Two bits of truth did leak out while I scavenged among the rubble of the MSM: one news clip showed a Palestinian girl of ten who had awakened paralyzed in a hospital after her family had been killed by Israeli bombs. When she could not feel her limbs, she thought she had died. Actually, she had died… the life she might have had, had died forever. Another bit of truth showed another Palestinian girl, also ten. She had just witnessed her grandmother and three uncles being blown apart by Israeli bombs. She held her palms to her head and kept crying, “Enough! Enough! Enough!”

Palestine And The Zionist Media
By Anthony Mathew Jacob

Welcome to the world where the Israelis are "KILLED" by Palestinians and the Palestinians merely "DIE" to Israeli "retaliation," the oppressed Palestinians are "terrorists" and the oppressor Israel is the "victim."

Israeli Troops Withdraw - Fail To Reoccupy Gaza.
The Palestinian Resistance Has Triumphed Once Again!!

By Feroze Mithiborwala

So now all Israeli soldiers have withdrawn from Gaza. The Israeli Offence Force (IOF) claims to have accomplished its mission of destroying tunnels. Though they caused far more human damage with more than 1800 dead, of whom 80% are children & women, another 10,000 grievously maimed and injured, the total destruction of Palestinian social infrastructure with more than 300 schools, 6000 homes, water & sewage pipelines, electric cables & stations - all utterly destroyed. Yes, but what have they achieved?

How Can We Destroy Love?
By Robert J. Burrowes

Love is a serious problem in our world. There is too much of it. So I want to explain how we can destroy it systematically. If we can destroy love completely, we can destroy life on Earth. But first, what is love?

India's Religious Minorities And Dalits Weep Alone
By John Dayal

India’s several religious minorities weep alone when they are in pain. So do Dalits and the Indigenous people, called Tribals or Adivasis

Sailan Massacre
By Abdul Majid Zargar

The Jammu & Kashmir Coalition of Civil Society has released the massive heart wrenching report of Sailan Massacre titled “The anatomy of massacre-The Mass Killings at Sailan, August 3-4, 1998”.Sailan is a small village in Surankot Tehsil of border District Poonch. The report lists a graphic account of the most inhuman killing of Nineteen people by the deep State. The martyred comprised 11 children ranging in age from about 4 years to 15 years, and five women including one in an advanced stage of pregnancy

Alas… Who Can Prevent Rajapaksa’s Third Term?
By Nilantha Ilangamuwa

Who will be the winner of the next presidential election? Is there any doubt in the minds of the citizens that the outcome has not already been decided? In the rotten political culture of Sri Lanka is there any room for a genuine election? Perhaps you may, like me, dream and yearn for a society which stands on the shoulders of human dignity and which is prepared to stand up and say enough is enough

05 August, 2014

Israel Withdraws Troops From Gaza As 72-Hour Truce Begins
By Ma'an News Agency

Israel on Tuesday completed the withdrawal of all troops from Gaza as a 72-hour humanitarian truce went into effect following intense global pressure to end the bloody offensive. The death toll of the Israeli military offensive on Gaza is estimated to be 1,867, while nearly 10,000 Palestinians have been injured

Israeli Army Summarily Executed Fleeing Civilians In Southern Gaza
By Charlotte Silver

Once journalists were able to enter the choked-off village, they found slain bodies and the stench of decay. Journalist Jesse Rosenfeld described one scene, among several, that appeared to be the site of a summary execution: “Blood and blackened remnants are caked on the bathroom floor. The walls have been drenched in blood and they are pocked with scores of bullet holes that look as if they were fired from an automatic weapon at waist level.” Fifty-one bodies were recovered on 1 August

Israel Attacks My University — With Bombs And Lies
By Rami Almeghari

Fewer and fewer people are swallowing Israel’s lies. Far from destroying “weapons development centers,” Israel is trying to destroy our lives. It is intent on denying us the possibility of learning and working in peace. Israel will not succeed. We will keep on educating our people, no matter how many times we are bombed

The War Between Gaza And The Zionists
By William James Martin

It is important to understand the genesis of the present round of violence between Israel and Hamas, really between Israel and the people of Gaza

An Open Letter To The Israeli Soldiers
By Dr Salim Nazzal

Desert the Israeli army and reject the orders of killing civilians. Zionists are taking you from war to war without end. It is in your hands to end these wars

WW1 Start Centenary, Ongoing Palestinian Genocide,
Latest Israeli Gaza Massacre & Western Lying

By Dr Gideon Polya

The horrendous magnitude of this latest Israeli Gaza Massacre must galvanize the world. There should be zero tolerance for the weasel words and genocidal actions of the Israeli war criminals and their pro-Zionist Mainstream politicians and presstitutes who are accessories after the fact of the Palestinian Genocide

How Many Minutes To Midnight?
By Noam Chomsky

If some extraterrestrial species were compiling a history of Homo sapiens, they might well break their calendar into two eras: BNW (before nuclear weapons) and NWE (the nuclear weapons era). The latter era, of course, opened on August 6, 1945, the first day of the countdown to what may be the inglorious end of this strange species, which attained the intelligence to discover the effective means to destroy itself, but -- so the evidence suggests -- not the moral and intellectual capacity to control its worst instincts

Evidence Is Now Conclusive: Two Ukrainian Government Fighter-Jets
Did Shoot Down That Malaysian Airliner. No ‘Buk' Missile Ground-Shot

By Eric Zuesse

We'll go considerably farther than has yet been revealed by the professional intelligence community, to provide the actual evidence that conclusively shows that (and how) the Ukrainian Government shot down the Malaysian airliner, MH-17, on July 17th

Wall Street's Unprecendented Land Grab...
By Colin Todhunter

A recent review carried out by the organization GRAIN revealed that small farms produce most of the world's food and are more productively efficient than large farms . Facilitated by an appropriate policy framework, small farmers could easily feed the global population. However, small farmers are currently squeezed onto less than a quarter of the world's farmland. The world is fast losing farms and farmers through the concentration of land into the hands of the rich and powerful. The report concluded that if nothing is done to reverse this trend, the world will lose its capacity to feed itself

04 August, 2014

Israel Has Caused '$5 Billion' Damage To Gaza Homes, Infrastructure
By Ma'an News Agency

Israel's offensive on Gaza has caused over $5 billion of damage to homes and infrastructure in the Strip, the Minister of Public Works said Monday. Minister Mufeed al-Hasayneh, a resident of Gaza, told Ma'an that the amount of money is likely to increase as the assault continues. Some 10,000 homes have been completely destroyed, and 30,000 homes partially destroyed, al-Hasayneh said

One-Fourth of Gaza’s Population Displaced By Israel’s Violence
By Rami Almeghari

Thousands of homes have been destroyed or damaged by Israeli airstrikes and shelling. The UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs states that “up to 25 percent of Gaza’s population may now be forcibly displaced, of whom 270,000 are hosted in UNRWA shelters alone.”

“Concentrate” And “exterminate”: Israel Parliament Deputy Speaker’s Gaza Genocide Plan
By Ali Abunimah

Moshe Feiglin, the deputy speaker of the Knesset, Israel’s parliament, has published a plan for the total destruction of the Palestinian people in Gaza. His detailed plan, which calls for the use of concentration camps, amounts to direct and public incitement to genocide – a punishable crime under the Genocide Convention

Why A Gaza Ceasefire Isn’t Enough
By Raji Sourani

We ask that the closure be lifted. We want the opportunity to live a life in dignity. Is this unreasonable? A ceasefire is not enough. It will not end the suffering. It will only move us from the horror of death by bombardment to the horror of death by slow strangulation. We cannot go back to being prisoners in a cage that Israel rattles when it chooses with brutal destructive offensives

Debunking Israel’s Self- Defense Argument
By John Dugard

Israel claims that it is acting in self-defense in Gaza, thereby portraying itself as the victim in the present conflict. President Barack Obama and both houses of the U.S. Congress have endorsed this justification for the use of force. But is it an accurate assessment?

Nightmare in Gaza
By Noam Chomsky

Amid all the horrors unfolding in the latest Israeli offensive in Gaza, Israel's goal is simple: quiet-for-quiet, a return to the norm. For the West Bank, the norm is that Israel continues its illegal construction of settlements and infrastructure so that it can integrate into Israel whatever might be of value, meanwhile consigning Palestinians to unviable cantons and subjecting them to repression and violence. For Gaza, the norm is a miserable existence under a cruel and destructive siege that Israel administers to permit bare survival but nothing more

Israeli Deceptions Revealed In Story Of ‘Kidnapped’ Soldier
By Jonathan Cook

A single incident at the weekend – the reported capture by Hamas on Friday of an Israeli soldier through a tunnel – illustrated in stark fashion the layers of deception Israel has successfully cast over its attack on Gaza

How Americans Can End The Israeli Occupation And Free Palestine: 3 Steps
By Robert Barsocchini

The USA and Israel are virtually the only two entities that reject the legal and democratic consensus that Israel must withdraw all presence from Palestine, which is why non-violent resistance tactics are required to force the government in the US to stop illegally aiding the Israeli dictatorship

Stories Of Extermination: Silent = Complicit
By Mickey Z.

I’ve been to a handful of NYC rallies in support of the Palestinians who endure life under U.S.-funded bombs. At each event -- whether verbally or via protest sign -- I am confronted with some form of this question: Why is the world silent on Gaza?

Achche Vichaar/Wisdom In Gujarat: RSS Ideologue Golwalker
To Supreme Court Judge A.R Dave

By Shamsul Islam

Supreme Court judge A.R. Dave while addressing a distinguished gathering which included Chief Justice of Bombay High Court, Mohit Shah at Gujarat University, Ahmedabad on August 2, 2014 said that the Bhagwad Gita and the Mahabharata should be introduced to students from Class I. He wanted to be a dictator to decree the enforcement of these two epics

03 August, 2014

Israel Attacks UN Shelter Again, 10 Dead
By Ma'an News Agency

10 Palestinians were killed on Sunday after Israeli shells hit a UN school in Rafah where thousands of people were sheltering from the ongoing Israeli offensive. At least 30 were injured in the strike, according to Ministry of Health spokesman Ashraf al-Qidra. The strikes brought Sunday morning's death toll in Gaza to 50, as Israeli forces have pounded the besieged coastal enclave relentlessly by land, sea, and air. More than 1,752 Palestinians have been killed and nearly 10,000 injured since Israel launched its assault

We Shall Live To Tell The Stories Of War Crimes In Gaza
By Hana Baalousha

No words can justify what is happening to children today in Gaza. Nothing can justify killing the innocence of our babies and children. And nothing can justify the world’s silence. As long as this bloodshed continues, the whole world will be an accomplice in these war crimes. As long as we live, we shall not forgive. And we shall live to tell the story


Video: Israeli Soldiers Destroy Gaza Mosque, Dedicate Explosion To Dead Comrades
By Ali Abunimah

This video uploaded to YouTube on 31 July is titled in Hebrew “Israeli army forces detonate a mosque with 11 tons of explosives.” The Israeli soldiers apparently from the Givati brigade dedicate the mosque destruction to their fallen comrades and cheer as a massive explosion obliterates it

The Return of George Orwell and Big Brother’s War On Israel, Ukraine and Truth
By John Pilger

Like Iraq’s embargoed infants, and Afghanistan’s “liberated” women and girls, terrorised by the CIA’s warlords, these ethnic people of Ukraine are media unpeople in the west, their suffering and the atrocities committed against them minimised, or suppressed. No sense of the scale of the regime’s assault is reported in the mainstream western media

Let's Win Back Our Humanity
By Imraan Ahmed

How have we evolved if we still struggle with a basic tenet of Human Rights, that of learning to value every human life equally. Western ideologies and values have taken us many more steps backwards than anybody dares to admit and challenge. Capitalism, win at all costs, survival of the fittest is what our future leaders get taught not humanity, compassion and care. But we have to wake up. Fight, Boycott. Write. Petition. March in solidarity. Scream. Debate. STOP and regain our humanity before it is too late

Action Against Israel Requires A Global Uprising
By Nilantha Ilangamuwa

How long is the world going to sit back and watch? How scared must we become before we stand up against the tyrant? It is time to tame the unjust and this requires a global uprising to establish the real freedom among us. In other words, while we live let us live (Dum vivimus vivamus), is most important challenge which is screaming through those who lost their lives due to the occupation in the Gaza strip

Inhuman Attack On UN School By Israel: UN Must Develop Standing Peacekeeping Force
By Dr. Vivek Kumar Srivastava

We must recognize that world is passing through a critical phase. The whole world must unite to stop the attacks and UN must also realize its role. Moreover the world leaders need to have fresh rethinking on the reform of UN. It must now have a standing Peace Keeping force of its own. The attack on UN schools must be condemned and new steps need to be taken immediately to deal with such fatal eventualities

Fine Print of The Food Wars
By Vandana Shiva

PR pieces in Forbes and the New Yorker cannot stop the awakening of millions of farmers and consumers to the very real dangers of genetically-modified organisms in our food and the shortcomings and failures of the industrial food system which is destroying the planet and our health

02 August, 2014

Israeli Forces Pound Rafah Overnight, Killing Dozens
By Ma'an News Agency

Israeli forces continued its assault on Gaza for a 26th day on Saturday, killing over 50 Palestinians as airstrikes and artillery shelling targeted houses and mosques across the Strip. At least 35 of the Palestinians killed overnight were slain in Rafah, a day after an incident in the southern city led to the collapse of an agreed-upon 72-hour ceasefire. The death toll since the beginning of the Israeli offensive has surpassed 1,650, according to the ministry of health. Over 8,700 Palestinians ave been injured

American Complicity In Israel’s War Crimes
By Alan Hart

UN Secretary General Ban Ki Moon was right when, after saying that “All the evidence points to Israeli artillery as the cause” (of the attack on the UN school in the Jabaliya refugee camp where more than 3,000 Palestinians were taking shelter from Israeli bombs and shells), he added the following. “Nothing is more shameful than attacking sleeping children.” But there is, I say, something as shameful – the complicity of America’s corrupt political system in Israel’s war crimes

A Nail in Zionism’s Coffin?
By Franklin Lamb

This region, and increasingly the global community as a whole, is planning for a post-Zionist Middle East and how best to achieve it without further suffering. The Zionist regime can stop the slaughter in Gaza; it can withdraw from Palestinian lands through agreement with international norms and UN resolutions, or, sooner or later, it will very likely cease to exist

Gaza Burning (Again)
By George Capaccio

No one gets a pass. We are all implicated in this struggle and obliged to oppose collective punishment and the transformation of Palestinian land into a killing zone where no one is safe, and everyone—whether a child playing in the street, a mother nursing an infant, an old man taking his rest—is to be considered a terrorist and therefore a target

M.J. Joseph And ‘Action Images’ of Turbulent Times
ByJoe M.S.

Comrade M.J.Joseph, a towering figure of Kerala’s rationalist and leftist movement, died on 10th July, 2014, at the age of 78. The leading daily of Kerala, Malayala Manorama, reported that he was a contemporary of Edamaruku and Pavanan, in leading the rationalist movement and leaves behind memories of a tale of humanitarian struggles

Prime Minister's Nepal Visit: After 17 Years A Step Towards Maturity
By Ravi Nitesh

The present visit of Indian prime minister to Nepal has many hope in terms of not only bilateral relations, but even in terms of productivity and growth of both nations and also with other neighbor countries as well. It is a visit of Indian prime minister to Nepal after long gap of 17 years when the then prime minister of India I K Gujral visited there

01 August, 2014

Israel Bombs Gaza Ambulance As Friday Death Toll Surpasses 60
By Ma'an News Agency

An Israeli airstrike hit an ambulance and killed a paramedic Friday afternoon as Israel stepped up its bombardment of the besieged Gaza Strip following the collapse of a ceasefire earlier in the day. Palestinian medical sources said that paramedic Atef Zamili was killed in an airstrike on his vehicle and that seven passengers were wounded. Zamili's death brings to 16 the number of health workers who have been killed in Israeli strikes since the beginning of the assault 25 days ago. This is third 13th ambulance to be targeted in an Israeli attack, according to the ministry of health

Truce Crumbles, Violence Resumes In Gaza
By Jon Queally

Hopes for a 72-hour humanitarian cease fire in the Gaza Strip were dashed on Friday only a few hours after the truce was scheduled to take effect. Renewed Israeli shelling resulted in the death of an estimated 40 Palestinians by midday and one Israeli soldier was reported captured and others killed after an IDF unit was engaged by Hamas soldiers inside Gaza

Guess Who Cheers When Cease-Fires Collapse
By David Swanson

Among those who cheer when a cease-fire ends and killing resumes are those who want more Palestinians slaughtered as a form of mass punishment for fictional offenses. Also among those cheering are certain mainstream U.S. newspaper columnists. In fact, at least one person is clearly in both of the above categories

The Rape Of Gaza
By Haidar Eid

Gaza has turned from the world's biggest concentration camp to the world's biggest graveyard

Understanding Israel’s War As Racist Is Crucial To Ending Occupation
By Sonali Kolhatkar

The nearly month-long attack by Israeli forces on Gaza has revealed that anti-Arab racism permeates many levels of Israeli society. Indeed, to acknowledge Palestinians as humans worthy of a state, a home and basic necessities such as medical care, electricity, food and water, would undermine the brutality of Operation Protective Edge

Gaza Genocide And Arab Fratricide
By Soraya Sepahpour-Ulrich

Never has the world witnessed so much impunity. The United Nations refuses to acknowledge genocide and takes no part in preventing or punishing it. The silence of those guarding our rights and our laws makes them the silent partners in this crime against humanity. As Jonathan Swift said: “ “I never wonder to see men wicked, but I often wonder to see them not ashamed.”

Anti-Semitism: The Ultimate Zionist Weapon
By William Hanna

The continued use of “anti-Semitism” as a weapon against its critics — even to the extent of the recent invention of a “New anti-Semitism” — is essential for the survival of Zionism because it serves to deflect attention from the lying, cheating, stealing, murdering, war profiteering, blatant violations of international law, and barbaric crimes against humanity

The Experts' Verdict: Every Israeli Missile Strike Is A War Crime
By Jonathan Cook

When are we going to hear HRW or the United Nation's Navi Pillay stop talking about proportionality or Israel's potential war crimes, and admit Israel is committing war crimes by definition – right now, as you read this

Bangladesh Labor: Seized Machine, Hungry Garments And Bloodied Strawberry
By Farooque Chowdhury

Hunger strike and seizure of machines by garments workers in and near Dhaka, the Bangladesh capital, during the last part of July 2014 were part of Bangladesh labor action that is moving unabated through experiences of gains and failures. In distant Greece, labor from Bangladesh witnessed a court verdict that further bloodied already bloody strawberries. The incidents once again confirmed the dominating reality: dominance of capital. The incidents, on the opposite, also showed an emerging reality: labor’s increasing action

Goals of The New Way: Unity in Diversity
By Graham Peebles

Ideological, systemic change which places sharing, sustainability and cooperation not competition and abundance at its heart; cultivates tolerance, and encourages individuality not conformity, will help to break up the ‘Atomised Society', building trust and social unity; unity rich with individual diversity

Postcard From The End of America : Tri-Cities
By Linh Dinh

With its endless strip malls, much of Kennewick is rather nondescript, but it does have a dignified historical downtown. After an excellent lunch in Andy's, a diner where older folks can cheerfully annoy the Mexican waitresses with long winded tales about their grandkids or great grandkids, I decided to walk into Parkade, and it was there that I met Jack



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