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31 July, 2010

Peak Food: Can Another Green Revolution Save Us?
By Nicholas C. Arguimbau

The Green Revolution was a one shot deal, because we cannot again double irrigate acreage or multipy use of chemical fertilizers by five; and because the Green Revolution was a program of the oil age, which is fast departing. Modest crop-yield increases may keep up with population growth for a while, but all indications are that the prices of what food there is will rapidly climb above the budgets of billions of us

World Oil Reserves At Tipping Point

World oil reserves at tipping point warns Smith School of Enterprise and the Environment

WikiLeaks Posts Mysterious ‘Insurance’ File
By Kim Zetter

In the wake of strong U.S. government statements condemning WikiLeaks’ recent publishing of 77,000 Afghan War documents, the secret-spilling site has posted a mysterious encrypted file labeled “insurance.” The huge file, posted on the Afghan War page at the WikiLeaks site, is 1.4 GB and is encrypted with AES256. The file’s size dwarfs the size of all the other files on the page combined. The file has also been posted on a torrent download site

The Heroism Of PFC Bradley Manning
By Evan Knappenberger

As far as the courageous PFC Manning goes, he is my new military intelligence hero. Thanks, Brad. And shame on you, media, for being out-reported by a twenty-two year-old kid with a laptop. But most of all, shame on you, US Army, for forcing a kid to be the one to finally expose the truth about your costly and deadly wars

Bradley Manning ‘On Suicide Watch’
By Jason Ditz

Having been held in Kuwait since his arrest on allegations of mishandling classified data, Pfc. Bradley Manning was returned to the United States today, and placed in a Marine Corps Brig in Quantico, Virginia. He is now said to be “on suicide watch.”

The Hidden Face Of Sanctions
By Dr. Alan Sabrosky

The real purpose of sanctions is not to affect the policies of the Iranian government, because nothing it does will affect the sanctions. It is to prepare the US public for an attack against Iran, almost certainly in conjunction with Israel, to destroy Israel's last remaining competitor in the region and to provide a cover for Israel's expulsion of the Palestinians from the West Bank and Gaza, into Jordan and the Sinai respectively

At Last, A Human Right To Water
By Daniel Moss

Good news for thirsty people around the globe: The UN affirms the right to safe and clean drinking water

Don't Blame Pakistan For The Failure Of The War
By Imran Khan

Political leaders in the US and UK should realize that people in the streets of New York and London are not threatened by the people in the mountains of Afghanistan and Pakistan but by the growing radicalization of their own marginalised Muslim youth

Deaths In Renewed Kashmir Violence
By Aljazeera

A teenage boy and a protester have been killed in clashes in Indian Kashmir, bringing to six the number of people shot dead by security forces in two days

Kashmir: Our Human Rights Concern
By Naveed Qazi

People have been struggling for truth and justice since late 1980's. A long lasting peace perhaps would be the biggest tribute to families who have been victimized through violence. People should build intense pressure for action to raise the cost of human rights abuse

Paul McCartney Sang Nicely At The White House.
John Lennon Wouldn't Have

By Jay Janson

Millions of Americans watched the PBS telecast of a gala performance of Paul McCartney and others stars at the White House. Aging Beatle Paul McCartney was in fine voice. If John Lennon were alive, he would have been singing at some demonstration protesting the slaughter in five Muslim nations

Book By An Innocent Victim Suggests
Torture By U.S Was Widespread

By Sherwood Ross

Although U.S. officials have attributed the torture of Muslim prisoners in their custody to a handful of maverick guards, in fact such criminal acts were widely perpetrated and systemic, likely involving large numbers of military personnel, a book by a survivor suggests

Why Muslims Should Rethink Palestine
By Ramzy Baroud

Muslims must stand, hand in hand, with people from all different backgrounds, not as exclusive owners of the Palestinian struggle, but as proud contributors to a global movement that wishes to ensure that justice is served, rights are attained and peace for all is realized

Occupied Palestine: Home Demolitions, Dispossessions And Residency Rights Revoked
By Stephen Lendman

Daily, Israeli oppression continues - demolishing homes, dispossessing occupants, and revoking residency rights, three of its many crimes under international law, Israel spurning it with impunity

Endless Cry In The Red Corridor
By Gladson Dungdung

After the arrival of the Monsoon, the city dwellers are enjoying the cool weather. The farmers are busily preparing their paddy fields. However, the atmosphere in the red corridor is more or less the same, a mood of anxiety, uncertainty, fear, pain and shock prevails in the region

Radicalization Of Indian Muslim Youth
A Dangerous Portent

By Syed Ali Mujtaba

There are two very disturbing news coming out of India, both from the Marxist bastion of the country. One from Kerala, the other from West Bengal, both points towards the fact of the growing radicalization of Muslim youth, particularly those enrolled in the academic institutions in the country

Narendra Modi And The Last Ditch Battle
Over Constitutional Democracy

By Mustafa Khan

The taluka panchayat and municipal polls in Gujarat will see Hindutva politics at its zenith. The chief minister Narendra Modi has carefully but brazenly articulated what is not just communal but also thwarting to the constitution

Is Justice K.G. Balakrishnan Holding
A Devil's Brief, Asks ALRC


Justice Balakrishnan owes an apology to the country. His statement condoning extrajudicial execution negates the premises of the constitution that he has sworn allegiance to protect and fulfil. Through the statement he has proved that his legal intellect is unfit of leading a national institution that is mandated to protect, promote and fulfil human rights

30 July, 2010

Military Transfers Manning To Quantico, VA
Military Press Release

U.S. Army officials transferred PFC Bradley Manning from the Confinement Facility in Kuwait to the Marine Corps Base Quantico Brig in Quantico, Virginia, on July 29

Pentagon Retaliates Against
WikiLeaks, Pvt. Manning

By Bill Van Auken

Secretary of Defense Robert Gates and Admiral Mike Mullen, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, used a Pentagon press conference Thursday to vilify WikiLeaks and its editor, Julian Assange, while vowing to crack down on anyone involved in making public the documents comprising the so-called Afghan War Diary posted by the organization

Damage Control: Downplaying
WikiLeaks Revelations

By Stephen Lendman

Antiwar sentiment must challenge official policy, enlisting others to resist and back efforts to revive a sick economy, lift living standards, save social benefits, and the remnants of democratic freedoms, fast eroding in America by design, the prospect too horrific to accept, making bad governance essential to change. If not now, when? If not us, who? If that's not incentive enough, what is?

Video: Endgame In Afghanistan:
'It's Taken A Year To Move 20km'

By Sean Smith, Michael Tait, Guy Grandjean and Alex Rees

As the war in Afghanistan enters its final chapter, Sean Smith's brutal, uncompromising film from the Helmand frontline shows the horrific chaos of a stalemate that is taking its toll in blood

IHH Report On The Freedom Flotilla
And The Attack On Mavi Marmara (PDF)

The exhaustive report by the IHH of the entire global effort to end the siege of Gaza, with a focus on the Mavi Marmara and the Israeli attack

Two Civilians Killed In Kashmir
By Tajamul Islam & Sofi Iqbal

Two youths have been killed and fifteen others wounded as security forces opened fire on protesters in Sopore and Kreeri in Baramulla, north districts of Kashmir

Thirsty? How About An Ice-Cold Glass Of
Sewage-Infested Water?

By Amnesty international

Almost 200,000 Palestinians living in the West Bank have no running water, making ordinary tasks, like washing and cooking, that we take for granted almost impossible. Israeli settlers enjoy refreshing dips in brimming swimming pools while only miles away, Palestinian water reservoirs stand empty

What's In A Name? In A Racist Society, Everything
By Richard Irvine

A curious case of rape by name

Dangerous Conspiracy Theories
By Peter Chamberlin

Government leaders undoubtably understood the great potential danger risked by allowing the release of the Wiki documents, but, being the practitioners of Nazi mind-science that they are, they fully understood the potential rewards to be reaped by the correct handling of the leaks and Western reporting on them. Popular emphasis upon the Pakistani angle of Wiki revelations could help create a national consensus for attacking Taliban bases in Pakistan

Mr. Obama, Why We Are Not That Impressed
By Timothy V. Gatto

If I could reply to President Obama’s speech, I’d ask him why he decided to ramp up the war in Afghanistan. What is it that does he knows that we don’t know? I’d also like to ask him why we spend money fighting wars that don’t make any sense when we are practically broke. Those would be two good questions I’m sure many of us would like to see answered

Commonwealth Games And Kalawati
By Dr. Shah Alam Khan

The so called “irresponsible remarks” by Mr. Mani Shankar Aiyar (on the Commonwealth Games) have left the government and its beloved babus fuming. The routine and the alternative media is buzz with an outright condemnation of Mr. Aiyar, calling him anti-national and an unworthy son of this great motherland. It all amuses me

POSCO, Polavaram Projects Illegally Take Over Forest Land: Ministry On The Rampage
By Campaign for Survival and Dignity

Recent actions by the Environment Ministry and the Orissa and Andhra Pradesh governments with respect to the POSCO and Polavaram projects are in total violation of the law and of democracy. They show yet again that the forest bureaucracy is among the key drivers of land grabbing across the country

29 July, 2010

The Significance Of The ‘Support
Bradley Manning’ Campaign

By Katharine Dawn

Noting how when there’s “one man in chains, none are free”, a friend comments: “Bradley represents the truth-sayer in us all – if we leave him there, we abandon our own inner calling for truth”

Legal Fund Established To Fight Imprisonment of
Accused WikiLeaks Whistleblower

By Bradley Manning Support Network

Bradley Manning Support Network is accepting online donations for the legal defense of Private First Class Bradley Manning. The Network, a grassroots initiative formed to defend and support accused whistleblower Pfc. Bradley Manning, has partnered with Courage to Resist, a nonprofit organization dedicated to supporting military objectors

Justice For Bradley Manning

Petition Campaign

The End of Capitalism?: Part 2B.
Social Limits And The Crisis

By Alex Knight

Considering the ecological limits and social limits to growth side-by-side, the only conclusion I can make is that the end of capitalism is not only a possibility, but an inevitability. Neither the planet nor the world’s population appear able to support this system much longer, and something’s got to give. It may be years or even a couple decades before we can look back and say for sure that a paradigm shift has occurred and that we are living in a different, non-capitalist era

Judge Blocks Main Provisions Of
Arizona Anti-immigrant Law

By Patrick Martin

A federal district judge issued a preliminary order Wednesday to bar enforcement of the main provisions of an anti-immigrant law passed by the Arizona state legislature in April and signed by Governor Jan Brewer. Judge Susan Bolton acted in response to a lawsuit filed by the Obama administration to prevent the law from taking effect as scheduled at midnight on the morning of July 29

Villagers Rebuild Razed Bedouin Village
By Providence Knolls & Tania Kepler

One day after Israeli authorities razed the Bedouin village of el Araqib, village residents joined with Palestinian, Israeli and international volunteers to rebuild the village

Document Reveals Military Was Concerned About
Gulf War Vets' Exposure To Depleted Uranium

By Mike Ludwig

A little-known 1993 Defense Department document written by then-Brigadier Gen. Eric Shinseki, now the secretary for the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), shows that the Pentagon was concerned about DU contamination and the agency had ordered medical testing on all personnel that were exposed to the toxic substance

Israel’s War Against Palestine -- Now What?
By Noam Chomsky

Noam Chomsky talks about the Gaza siege, two state solution and the BDS movement

The Failure Of The Western Way Of War
By Andrew J. Bacevich

Nearly 20 years ago, a querulous Madeleine Albright demanded to know: “What's the point of having this superb military you're always talking about if we can't use it?” Today, an altogether different question deserves our attention: What’s the point of constantly using our superb military if doing so doesn’t actually work? Washington’s refusal to pose that question provides a measure of the corruption and dishonesty permeating our politics

Beware Rich Political Saviors
By Joel S. Hirschhorn

Reformers, populist outsiders, tea party candidates, surprise primary winners and others expecting to oust incumbents in the coming mid-term elections for members of Congress and state governors and other officials mostly suck. Why? They are nutty, ignorant, dishonest or racist

Investigating The Freedom Flotilla Attack
By Stephen Lendman

America, Britain and other nations do self-examine, as shamelessly as the above account using coverup to suppress the truth and avoid accountability. And when abuses are too great to hide, one or more low-level soldiers are charged to absolve chain of command crimes, including high-level civilians, how Israel, America and other nations duck responsibility for lawless acts of violence, ones carefully planned in advance

American Designs In Latin America
By Timothy V. Gatto

The United States has many fences in Latin America that need mending. You can see by the attention the U.S. is paying to Costa Rica, Colombia and Panama that the government in Washington is keenly aware of this and is responding in the only way it knows how to respond…militarily. This is the only response that America knows

Peace Movement Adopts New
Comprehensive Strategy

By David Swanson

Last week 700 leading peace activists from around the United States met and strategized in Albany, N.Y. They discussed, debated, and voted for a comprehensive new plan for the coming months

Kashmir: A Month Of Melancholy
By Naveed Qazi

About nineteen natives have been killed since the past month. It included young children and youth. It also included women and men, who were the lynchpins of their family. For us, life would move on, but for their sorrowing families, the struggle has just started. Kashmiri mornings are full of causerie, but think about their mornings, will they be peaceful? It would start with a suffocating silence which wouldn't end till the night. Pain. Misery. Melancholy. Suffering ; would be ruling their minds and hearts, and it won’t cleanse away easily

Because Khairlanji Is Not
Just Another Murder Story!

By Avinash Pandey Samar

Khairlanji is a negation of the very idea of India and its democracy. It is an assault on the basic principles the country is based upon. It shows what kind of a decayed and deficient democracy we have evolved into

Conversion Termed “Illegal”: An Assault of
Indian Secularism And Democracy

By Madhu Chandra

The Constitution of India gives freedom of religion to every citizen but the Freedom of religion like Orissa is totally against the freedom of religion. It is anti-religion law which violates the preamble of Indian Constitution. It assaults secularism and democracy of the nation. It assaults the idea of India

28 July, 2010

Collecting Rainwater Now Illegal
In Many States In USA

By Mike Adams

Many Western states, including Utah, Washington and Colorado, have long outlawed individuals from collecting rainwater on their own properties. Laws have been on the books for quite some time in many Western states. Only recently, as droughts and renewed interest in water conservation methods have become more common, have individuals and business owners started butting heads with law enforcement over the practice of collecting rainwater for personal use

Wikileaks, Resistance, Genuine Heroes,
And Breaking The Goddamned Rules

By Arthur Silber

Bradley Manning is a remarkable hero, but most of us will not acknowledge the heroes who appear in our lives. The deeply admirable Mike Gogulski is not "most of us." He has set up a site for donations to Bradley Manning's legal defense fund, and for support of other kinds. Go there right now. Donate as much as you can, as often as you can

WikiLeaks Founder Julian Assange: "Transparent Government Tends to Produce Just Government"
Amy Goodman interviews Julian Assange

Democracy Now! interview with Julian Assange, video and transcript

Guardian Editor On Coverage of Afghan War Logs: European Audience "Troubled More... By The Toll
This War Is Taking On Innocent People"

Amy Goodman interviews David Leigh

Democracy Now! speak with David Leigh, the investigations editor at The Guardian, one of the three newspapers, along with the New York Times and Der Spiegel, WikiLeaks gave the Afghanistan war documents to

Bedouin Village Razed In Negev
As Israelis Cheer On

Report By Electronic Intifada

Early morning on 27 July, Israeli bulldozers, flanked by helicopters and throngs of police, demolished the entire Bedouin village of al-Araqib in the northern Negev desert. Despite their land rights cases still pending in the court system, hundreds of al-Araqib villagers were instantly made homeless a month after Israeli police posted demolition orders. Eyewitness reports say the police were accompanied by several busloads of right-wing Israeli civilians who cheered during the demolitions

Ethnic Cleansing In The Israeli Negev
By Neve Gordon

The razing of a Bedouin village by Israeli police shows how far the state will go to achieve its aim of Judaising the Negev region Israeli police razed the Bedouin village of al-Arakib, destroying around 45 homes, in just three hours

Hip Hop As Global Resistance
By Iara Lee

Hip-hop has expanded beyond our borders to give voice to the muted masses of places like Gaza, Lebanon, and Iraq -- places suffering from racial inequality and foreign occupation, and the likewise negative fallout of ill-conceived US policies

Wind Power Can Change The World --
Why Aren't We Investing In It?

By Melinda Burns

A lack of continuous federal support cripples emerging clean energy industries in the United States

Net Energy Of Ethanol Minimal: Study
By David Murphy

The EROI values for counties with biorefineries ranged from 0.64 in Stark, North Dakota, to 1.18 in Phillips, Kansas. Our analysis of 127 biorefineries indicated that of 31.6 billion liters of ethanol produced in the United States, only 1.6 billion liters were net energy (roughly 5%)

Congress Ratifies Obama Escalation Of
Afghanistan War

By Patrick Martin

Little more than 24 hours after the release of 91,000 documents detailing US military atrocities in Afghanistan, the Democratic-controlled House of Representatives gave final approval to a funding bill to pay for the escalation of the war

Wars And Congress: Now What?
By David Swanson

On Tuesday evening, the U.S. House of Representatives passed a bill already passed by the Senate that funds a $33 billion, 30,000-troop escalation in Afghanistan. The vote was 308 to 114. What could the good news possibly be?

BP’s Hayward Out, With Golden Parachute
By Tom Eley

BP announced that CEO Tony Hayward, who has become a potent symbol of corporate arrogance and greed, will step down on October 1. Hayward, who is British, will be replaced by American Robert Dudley. Dudley is overseeing the company’s disastrous response to the Gulf oil disaster, one of the worst ecological catastrophes in history

Tony We Hardly Knew Ye
By Matthew Wild

To no-one’s great surprise, BP has fired chief executive officer Tony Hayward – while reporting record losses. Pausing just long enough to negotiate a hefty financial package, said to include a $1.6 million payout in lieu of notice, a $1-million-per-year-pension and shares, he leaves a company fighting for its survival

Time For The Palestinians To Call Israel’s Bluff?
By Alan Hart

Is there now case for saying that the time has come for the Palestinians to call Israel’s bluff?

Gaza Children Shelled With Flechette Bombs
By Adie Mormech

Shells containing flechettes are illegal under international law if fired into densely-populated civilian areas

JCSER: “Hundreds of Palestinians Losing
Residency Rights In Jerusalem”

By Saed Bannoura

The Jerusalem Center for Social and Economical Rights (JCSER) issued a report detailing the latest numbers of Palestinians who lost their residency rights in occupied East Jerusalem due to Israeli restrictions and measures

The Hariri Assassination
By Rannie Amiri

Israel's fingerprints surface i the Hariri assassination

WikiLeaks Bombshell Docs Paint Afghan War
As Utter Disaster -- Will We Finally Stop
Throwing Money And Lives At This Catastrophe?

By Ray McGovern

There's clear proof the war in Afghanistan is a complete failure -- we must demand an immediate exit

WikiLeaks’ Afghan War Diary
By Amy Goodman

The threat posed by this historic leak is not a threat to the lives of American soldiers at war, but rather to a policy that puts those lives at risk. With public support already waning, this leak can only strengthen the call for the war’s end

WikiLeaks "Afghan War Diaries"
By Stephen Lendman

The first casualty also - the truth, WikiLeaks courageously exposing it to arouse a groundswell of public outrage and opposition, demanding the (Iraq and Afghan) wars end, and wasted billions diverted to homeland needs, people ones, including economic development creating jobs and futures, not handed to war profiteers and Wall Street bandits

Is Wikileaks Kind Of Experiment
Thinkable In India?

By B.F Firos

How long will it take for the Indian media to work in collaboration the way Guardian and others did for the common good of the society, untethered by those obnoxious notions of competition, petty ego, etc? Thousand years? May be

"Fracking" Poisons Your Drinking Water: Stand Up
To The Oil Giants And Help Stop The Catastrophe

By John Sellers

Gas extraction, made possible by hydraulic fracturing (or fracking for short), pumps dangerous toxins into our drinking water

What Now? Redux
By Asher Miller

Climate Bill is dead, What now?

Strike, Restrictions Continue In Kashmir
By Sheikh Imran Bashir

After a normal day, Kashmir valley once again observed a complete shutdown on Wednesday in response to the call given by the Hurriyat Conference (G) spearheading the ongoing “Quit Kashmir Movement.”

Faizan’s Mother Speaks
By Danish Nabi

Mother of one of the youths killed in recent violence in Kashmir speaks: ‘ He was not chased to death, he was beaten and drowned’

Andhra - Independent Fact-Finding Team
On The 14th July Sompeta Firing

Interim Report

The firing occurred on 14 July 2010 in which two persons died and five were injured by bullets (including a cameraman of TV-9 Telugu channel). In the events prior to the firing, about 300 people belonging to the neighbouring villages opposing the power plant and about 50-60 police personnel were injured

27 July, 2010

The End Of Capitalism
By Alex Knight

The End of Capitalism Theory argues that capitalism will not be able to overcome these limits to growth, and therefore it is only a matter of time before we are living in a non-capitalist world. A paradigm shift towards a new society is underway

Why Am I Here? Our Struggle For Meaning,
In The World And Church

By Robert Jensen

Perhaps we should remember that our word “apocalypse” is from the Greek “apokalypsis,” which means an uncovering or lifting of the veil. We might think of this as an apocalyptic moment, one in which scientific knowledge and our personal experiences allow us to lift the veil on the unsustainability of the systems in which we live

The Church, The Peak, And My Old Watch
By Ugo Bardi

An old watch, peak oil, peak everything and life of the future generations

You Can Be A BILLIONAIRE Without Even Trying!
By Richard Heinberg

This is the Introduction to an inspirational / financial-advice / environmental / diet / dating / self-help / survivalist / humor book that I started to write—and quickly decided should never be finished. Maybe I shouldn’t have taken it even this far. You be the judge

Leaked Documents Expose Imperialist War
In Afghanistan

By Alex Lantier

The documents make clear that the occupation of Afghanistan is a filthy imperialist war. Popular resistance and protest demonstrations are drowned in blood, US death squads operate at will under a media blackout, and Washington and NATO collaborate with a narrow elite of corrupt warlords and Afghan officers

With Wikileaks, They Want
To Shoot The Messenger

By Mary Shaw

Wikileaks founder Julian Assange is in hiding. The U.S. authorities apparently want to shoot the messenger (hopefully only in a figurative sense)

Why Did The Climate Bill Fail?
By David Roberts

Were I doing an autopsy on the death of the bill, here are the causal factors I'd single out, listed in order of significance

Fact Finding: BP Gulf of Mexico
Oil Volcano Mega Catastrophe

By James Leigh

This oil catastrophe on the heels of the economic crisis is rapidly and massively impacting America , and potentially the whole world at various levels

Growing Health Crisis In The Gulf
By Stephen Lendman

The combination of millions of gallons of oil and dispersants has made large areas of the Gulf toxic and dangerous, marine toxicologist Ricki Ott saying if she lived there with children she'd leave - based on her firsthand experience after the 1989 Prince William Sound, Alaska Exxon Valdez disaster and subsequent research

The Story Of Soil
By Rob Avis

Lucky for us that new paradigm exists! It is a branch of soil science that is called the Soil Foodweb. Nature wants to come back, we just have to help her out a bit. Best of all, permaculture gives us all of the design tools to make this a reality

The Jatropha Scandal Bursts
By Devinder Sharma

The jatropha scandal bursts. But who will punish the ministers, planners and the researchers who misled on the potential of this crop for bio-diesel?

Will The U.S. Annex Latin America?
By Timothy V. Gatto

The United States of America has turned this planet into a playground for the Pentagon and we have seen an influx of soldiers and materials for waging war filling the airfields of Columbia, Costa Rica, Afghanistan, Poland and scores of other nations that have allowed their nations to be forward operating areas for this American Empire

Pakistan's Importance To North Atlantic Alliance
By Gulam Mitha

If I was to take a guess about the intentions of the circus, it’d probably be that the US-NATO dignitaries keep coming and going out of Pakistan to ensure that the army and feudalists are doing their job according to the script and aid being provided and that the war on terror is going as planned. Never do dogs bite the hands that feed them. And then the dog is his master’s best friend

Mosque Controversy: Signs Of
Religious Intolerance?

By Dr. Habib Siddiqui

America has been a land of immigrants. It is its religious tolerance that allowed many Jews and others to find a safe refuge here. There is no better symbol of America’s tolerance than a Muslim center near the Ground Zero. Denying such rights to Muslims who now are perhaps the second largest religious community will be a slap to that very American model, and would only strengthen the messengers of hatred and intolerance, something that no great nation can allow

Still Waiting For Change/Godot To Get Here
By Sean Fenley

Change didn’t come January 20, 2009, and like Godot many of us are still waiting patiently for it to get here. Hardly waiting with baited breath; however, because it’s well past due for a timely arrival

BP Response Workers Report Low Morale,
Lack of Pay, Sickness

By Dahr Jamail

BP oil disaster response workers are reporting endemic problems, such as not being paid on time, low morale, rampant sickness, equipment failures and being lied to regularly

Obama's Jobs Program: One - Two - Three
More Free Trade Agreements!

By Mark Vorpahl

If President Obama’s promise that these Free Trade Agreements (FTA) will create new jobs conjures up a sense of deja vu to those hearing these words, this is entirely explainable

Legal Authority: Hold U.S Leaders Accountable
For War Crimes

By Sherwood Ross

Unless Americans hold their leaders accountable for their criminal conduct, even if it means the death penalty, future leaders will commit crimes as well, a prominent law school dean warns

Land Grab For POSCO Project Begins
Campaign for Survival and Dignity

Today the Orissa government initiated "acquisition" of land in the proposed POSCO project area of Jagatsinghpur District, Orissa. The project is in complete violation of the law and this "acquisition" is part of an illegal land grab

Indo- Pak Talks More Comedy Less Tragedy
By Syed Ali Mujtaba

The recently concluded peace talks between the foreign ministers of India and Pakistan held at Islamabad July 15, 2010 had elements of both tragedy and comedy. Tragedy because a lot of hype and hoopla was built around the talks, but when the parleys could not make any headway, a pal of gloom enveloped the peace preachers

Elimination Of Manual Scavenging Should Be Made
The National Priority

By Vidya Bhushan Rawat

India has failed to protect its own people. It has failed to implement the rule of law as far as manual scavenging is concerned. It is a national shame that the country is unable to eliminate it and that its children are still into this shameful practice. It is time it become our national priority and political parties and social movement takes the issue more seriously and not in symbolic way

Kashmir Resumes Normal Life Today
By Rahi Firdous

An uneasy calm prevails in the Kashmir Valley, yet after a day's strike, life returned to normal in Kashmir Valley today with shoppers flocking the markets and schools and businesses reopening as authorities lifted restrictions imposed on movement of people

26 July, 2010

War Revealed: WikiLeaks Releases
75,000 Secret US Military Reports

By Wiki Leaks

WikiLeaks today released over 75,000 secret US military reports covering the war in Afghanistan

Afghanistan War Logs: Secret CIA Paramilitaries' Role In Civilian Deaths
By David Leigh

Innocent Afghan men, women and children have paid the price of the Americans' rules of engagement

Pakistani Agents 'Aiding Taliban'
By Aljazeera

US officials believe that the intelligence agency of ally Pakistan, which receives billions of dollars in aid from Washington, has been secretly supporting the Taliban in Afghanistan, leaked records say

Afghanistan War Logs: Story Behind Biggest
Leak In Intelligence History

By Nick Davies

From US military computers to a cafe in Brussels, how thousands of classified papers found their way to online activists

More Revelations To Come: Julian Assange
By Jo Adetunji

Whistleblowing site Wikileaks says it has a 'backlog' of further secret material after publication of Afghanistan war logs

Docs Show Brutality Of War: Julian Assange
SPIEGEL Interview

WikiLeaks Founder Julian Assange on the 'War Logs': 'I Enjoy Crushing Bastards'

Fourteen Examples Of Systemic Racism
In The US Criminal Justice System

By Bill Quigley

The biggest crime in the U.S. criminal justice system is that it is a race-based institution where African-Americans are directly targeted and punished in a much more aggressive way than white people

Prospects And Consequences Of Attacking Iran
By Stephen Lendman

Hopefully, cooler heads will prevail, avoiding a regional or possible world war, perhaps to divert attention from the deepening economic depression

All The Strangeness Of Our American World
In One Article

By Tom Engelhardt

In other words, the special op urge to Russianize its air transport has officially been reported, and a month later, as far as I know, not a single congressional representative has made a fuss over it; no mainstream pundit has written a curious, questioning, or angry editorial questioning its appropriateness; and no reporter has, as yet, followed up

Human Rights Watch Flotilla Stance Mirrors
That Of US, Israel

By Michael Corcoran & Stephen Maher

HRW has been mostly silent on the horrific attack. When they have spoken out, they have been notably timid, essentially sharing the same positions as the US government, Israel's closest ally. According to a search of the group's website, the flotilla attack has only been addressed four times. By contrast, Amnesty International (the organization's closest peer) has tackled the issue 17 times, issuing much stronger statements of condemnation than those released by HRW

Israeli Police Outraged As Impunity Ends
By Jonathan Cook

A decision by Israel’s Supreme Court to double a 15-month jail term for a policeman who shot dead an unarmed Palestinian driver suspected of stealing a car has provoked denunciations from police commanders and government officials

BP Provides Opportunistic Moment For Senators
By James Rothenberg

It’s an excellent time to stand against a giant, multinational corporation, particularly if that corporation is BP and you are a professional politician. The timing has been heightened by the purported link between the release of convicted Lockerbie bomber Abdel Baset al-Megrahi and the finalization of an oil deal between BP and Libya

The Sinking Of The Cheonan,
Too Weird To Make Up

By Timothy V. Gatto

Two American investigators from John Hopkins University question South Korean Joint Investigation Group (JIG) report on the sinking of Cheonan, the South Korean corvette allegedly sunk by the North Korean navy

Secrecy Industry Hits Home
By Bonnie Bricker & Adil E. Shamoo

Unchecked growth in intelligence agencies raises troubling questions and even affects how we interact with neighbors

Shirley Sherrod Was Presumed Guilty
By Mary Shaw

In the United States of America, one is supposed to be presumed innocent until proven guilty. Nevertheless, Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack hastily forced Shirley Sherrod to resign from her position in the Department based on the right-wing exploitation of a video snippet taken out of context

Respected Hitlerji, Please Don’t Be So Unfair!
By Jawed Naqvi

Perhaps there is an alternative narrative lurking in the background. Everything coincides with the opening of the parliament’s monsoon session on Monday. Is the Congress government trying to use the (orchestrated?) protests by the BJP over Shah’s arrest to quietly push some legislation or to avoid discussion on more serious issues?

France And India: The Beautiful Farms Are
All But Dying

By Devinder Sharma

The cover story of the latest issue of the Time magazine "The French Farms: Beautiful but in Danger" had a blurb which says it all: Hit by a shrinking agricultural sector, falling prices and diminishing European Union aid, French farms have learned to adapt -- or die." The more I gleaned through the pages of the cover story, the more I realise how true it is for agriculture in India or for that matter in other parts of the world

Democratic India Welcomes A Military Dictator
By Nava Thakuria

The Burmese military ruler Than Shwe is visiting India. The chairman of the State Peace and Development Council has arrived in Budha Gaya, Bihar on Sunday and started his five day official visit. The military dictator is supposed to meet many high profiles in the largest democracy of the world. Than Shwe is expecting moral support and endorsement from New Delhi for the proposed general election in Burma (Myanmar)

25 July, 2010

Why The World Needs WikiLeaks
Chris Anderson Interviews Julian Assange

WikiLeaks collects and posts highly classified documents and video. Founder Julian Assange, who's reportedly being sought for questioning by US authorities, talks to TED's Chris Anderson about how the site operates, what it has accomplished -- and what drives him

Ethan McCord Recounts Aftermath Of
Iraqi Civilian Massacre | UNPC 7/24/2010

Video of testimony of one of the US soldiers in the Wikileaks video of Apache attack on Iraqi journalists

Resolution Green-Lighting Israeli Strikes On Iran Introduced By House Republicans
By Jamal Abdi

Republicans in the House of Representatives have introduced a measure that would green-light an Israeli bombing campaign against Iran. The resolution, H.Res. 1553 (in full below), provides explicit support for military strikes against Iran, stating that Congress supports Israel's use of "all means necessary" against Iran "including the use of military force"

Bill Kristol’s ‘Emergency Committee?’
Give Me A break

By Stephen M. Walt

Via Ben Smith at Politico, we learn that the usual suspects have started yet another organization whose objective is to promote a hard-right, Likudnik agenda in the Middle East. The new group apparently intends to go after anyone who thinks U.S. Middle East policy has been less than totally successful in recent years, and who is willing to think for themselves (and U.S. interests), instead of reflexively echoing the positions favored by AIPAC and other groups in the “status quo” lobby

The Oceans Are Coming
By Keith Farnish & Dmitry Orlov

This article is the first part of a three-part series, which considers the effect of global warming on ocean level rise, and examines life with constantly advancing seas from two perspectives: that of the landlubber and that of the seafarer

No To Oligarchy
By Bernie Sanders

This upper-crust of extremely wealthy families are hell-bent on destroying the democratic vision of a strong middle-class which has made the United States the envy of the world. In its place they are determined to create an oligarchy in which a small number of families control the economic and political life of our country

The Arrogance Of American Power
By Paul J. Balles

Paul J. Balles argues that the continued presence of 1,000 American military bases outside the USA nearly two decades after the collapse of the Soviet Union is a symptom of the arrogance of power that threatens local communities and ultimately the USA itself

Teachers And Democrats Head For Divorce
By Shamus Cooke

The Democrats continue on the road to corporate-inspired charter schools, using the tried and true method of “stronger teacher evaluations” to undermine “underperforming” schools and teachers — thus opening the door wide to private charter schools with their non-union workforce

Afghanistan: Condition Black
By Dave Lannen

Although the war in Afghanistan has escalated, there is no improvement in the availability of medical facilities, especially detrimental to wounded Afghan civilians

Why Afghanistan?
By Timothy V. Gatto

We are in Afghanistan in order to maintain a military presence that directly confronts both Iran and China. This is a military campaign for hegemony in Central Asia. We are also there to procure a source of oil from the Caspian Basin without having to use Russia in which to run the pipeline and thereby reduce their influence in Western Europe

Suspect In Murder Of Four Palestinians
Was Shin Bet Agent

By Jonathan Cook

The arrest by the Israeli internal security service, the Shin Bet, of an Israeli Jew accused of killing at least four Palestinians has thrown a rare light on the secret police, including claims that it tried to enlist the accused to assassinate a Palestinian spiritual leader

Obama And The Middle East
By Avni Dogru

The actions of unconditional support for Israel and bullying Iran speak louder in Muslim’s minds than Obama’s words during his historical Cairo speech. Obama’s actions have to comply with his words, because if he fails, it would be very hard to convince the Muslim world again that the Bush-era policies have changed

Gazans Denied Medical Care Under Siege
By Stephen Lendman

As a result of Israel's post-January 2006 embargo, its siege since June 2007, Cast Lead, regular incursions, and its longstanding collective punishment policy, Gaza's healthcare system is "at an all time low." Many of the Strip's sick and injured lack proper care, or enough, in violation of medical ethics and international law explicitly prohibiting these practices

West Rubber Stamps Ethiopia’s 99% Election
By Thomas C. Mountain

Ethiopia managed to finish voting one evening and declare the “winner” the next morning, with early reports showing the Meles Zenawi Mafia awarding itself and its supporters 99.6% of the seats in Parliament

Iran's Nuclear Standoff: Who Is The Loser?
By Kourosh Ziabari

The Iranian people are the only loser of power game between Iran and the West. They're competing to surmount each other in a nonstop match which is designed to show the most powerful competitor

Vijayagallu: A Rare Event In Troubled Times,
People celebrate A Rare Victory

By S.G.Vombatkere

The Chamalapura Ushnavidyut Sthavara Virodhi Horata Samithi (Forum for Opposing the Chamalapura Thermal Power Plant) has placed this commemorative stone as a symbol of people's victory against the Karnataka Government's proposed Chamalapura Thermal Power Plant Project (2007-2008) that would have completely destroyed nature's life forms, forest wealth, wildlife, environment and people's lives and livelihoods

Temporary Normalcy Returns In Kashmir
By Sheikh Imran Bashir

An uneasy calm prevails in the Kashmir Valley, Schools, banks and business establishments have reopened after days of curfew, restrictions and shutdowns, Kashmir Valley is abuzz with normal life on Sunday as the Hurriyat (G) called for the resumption of normal activities on the day. Vehicles too have come back on the roads. Despite an official holiday on Sunday, most banks, private-run schools and shops were open in Srinagar

24 July, 2010

The Death Of The Climate Bill
By David Roberts

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid has officially announced that there will be no climate bill this year.What's happened is total and complete surrender. There's no silver lining in this cloud

The Failed Presidency Of Barack Obama, Part 1
By Joe Romm

Obama’s legacy — and indeed the legacy of all 21st century presidents, starting with George W. Bush — will be determined primarily by whether we avert catastrophic climate change. If not, then Obama — and all of us — will be seen as a failure, and rightfully so

An Evil Atmosphere Is Forming Around

By Clive Hamilton

A powerful group of scientists, venture capitalists and conservative think tanks is coalescing around the idea of reproducing cooling effect by injecting sulphur dioxide into the stratosphere to counter climate change. Despite the enormity of what is being proposed - nothing less than seizing control of the climate - the public has been almost entirely excluded from the planning

Rosemary’s Baby
By Uri Avnery

Uri Avnery argues that the one state solution proposed by the Israeli Right, may result in a regime that is much worse than an apartheid state

Chomsky And Palestine: Asset Or Liability?
By Jeffrey Blankfort

In a recent interview renowned linguist Noam Chomsky called the BDS campaign ‘hypocritical’. Jeffrey Blankfort, who is the author of an earlier important critique of Chomsky’s position on Palestine, responds

The CIA: Beyond Redemption
And Should Be Terminated

By Sherwood Ross

The Central Intelligence Agency(CIA) has confirmed the worst fears of its creator President Harry Truman that it might degenerate into “an American Gestapo.” It has been just that for so long it is beyond redemption. It represents 60 years of failure and fascism utterly at odds with the spirit of a democracy and needs to be closed, permanently

Israel And Economic “Warfare”
By The Real News

Israeli parliament passes first of three readings illegalizing boycott activism or advocacy

Israel Gets Brutal With Media
By Mel Frykberg

Palestinian activists are being jailed, Israeli activists are under surveillance, and the Israeli military is increasingly targeting journalists who cover West Bank protests

Lalgarh - Massive Protest By Women Against
Rapes Committed By Security Personnel

By Partho Sarathi Ray

On 20th July, around 50,000 women under the banner of “Committee to save honour of women” tried to march into Jhargram town to protest against the recent incidents of raping of women in Sonamukhi village by the joint security forces

Hungry Will Remain Hungry
By Devinder Sharma

There is no justification for India to fare below Sub-Saharan Africa in hunger and poverty rankings. Most of the African nations are torn by strife and have unstable governments. If those African countries had stable governments like India, I am sure India would have been relegated to the bottom of the pile. I don’t know how long we Indians can remain indifferent to growing hunger and malnutrition. Let us for once nip the evil in the bud

It's A Race To Failure Between Rogue States
And Global Oil Output

By Matthew Wild

Dwindling global oil supplies are leaving the world ever more reliant on a group of unstable countries – many of which are themselves facing major domestic problems right now

What Does King Abdullah Know?
By Jeff Rubin

No matter where you look, it is becoming increasingly clear that tomorrow’s oil supply is going to come from very different places than today’s. Providing, of course, that it comes at all

Wilful Ignorance Is The Bedrock of Denialism
By Tim Murray

Poetic justice for the architects of the Sixth Extinction, a species that despite its vaunted intelligence, continues to undercut its own life support system like a cannibal feeding off his own limbs. The fossil record is full of failed models like ours. A Greek tragedy in the making

The Risks Of Fiddling
By Guy R McPherson

So far, USA has been very easy on people (especially Caucasians), one of the consequences of ready access to inexpensive oil. But that’s changing, and it’s about to change much faster. You can either get in front of the changes or you can let them roll over you. Think steamroller, and you’re a duck in a leg-hold trap

Haneen Zoabi: The Largest Threat
To Zionism Is Democracy

By Max Blumenthal

Haneen Zoabi speaks about her experience on the Mavi Marmara, the predicament of Palestinian members of the Knesset, and what she considered the fascist direction of Israeli society

Do Not Lose Hope
Elias Harb interviews Archbishop Theodosios (Atallah) Hanna

Interview with Archbishop Theodosios (Atallah) Hanna, Archbishop of Sebaste, Greek Orthodox Patriarchate Of Jerusalem

Women Prepared To Break The Siege Of Gaza
By Mona Alami

The Maryam, an all-female Lebanese aid ship, currently docked in the northern Lebanese port of Tripoli, is getting ready to set sail for Gaza in the next few days. The ship, which aims to break Israel's siege on the Palestinian territory, will carry about fifty aid workers, including some US nuns keen to deliver aid to the long-suffering women and children of Gaza

Reviewing The Apartheid Wall After Six Years :
An Insight Into The Colonial Project

By Palestinian Return Centre

The PRC report ‘Reviewing the Apartheid Wall after Six Years, An insight into the Colonial Project’ gives useful information and analysis on the importance of the 2004 ICJ judgement, and the ongoing colonial aspirations starkly reminded to us by the Israeli decision to expel four elected MPs from East Jerusalem

Israel's New Land Grab Master Plan
By Stephen Lendman

In Israel and throughout the Territories, millions of Palestinians are endangered, their lives and livelihoods threatened by Israel's longstanding plan to Judaize all "Eretz Yisrael," no matter that indigenous Arabs lived there for centuries and have legal right to their homes and property

Hillary: Vietnam Is A Great Nation With
No Silly Egotistical Impolite Sec. of State

By Jay Janson

Sec. of State Hilary insensitive and insulting remarks in her host’s face reminded the gentle Vietnamese of ancient Buddhist culture that young adolescent America, bloated into world empire, is not “on the path to becoming” civilized nation, or a kind nation, a nation capable of some repentance. Long live what there was of American solidarity with the Vietnamese!

Empowerment Strategies:
Private Reservations For Dalits

By Dr. K. Vidyasagar Reddy

The Dalits have been discriminated by those upper castes who were at the helm of affairs. It is only after a couple of decades of independence, that they were encouraged to use their constitutional rights. But then, they were denied any job opportunities in the private sector that was gaining strength over a period of time. Meanwhile, the demand for private reservation attracted the attention of policymakers in several states and the Central government

Odisha Poverty, Corporate Plunder And Resistance
By Prafulla Samantra & Asit Das

Odisha has become the beacon of hope for the struggling workers and peasants of this country in their heroic struggle against the predatory mining and industrialization of the state uprooting the toilers of the soil. Massive people’s resistance is going along the length and breadth of the state. Some prominent ones are Kalinga Nagar, Niyamgiri, anti-POSCO (Korean Steel Company), and anti-Vedanta University people's struggles

Assault On Professor Joseph,
An Ode To Indian Democracy

By Avinash Pandey

Rarely do individual tragedies reflect all that is wrong in a society. Even rare are occasions where their implications go beyond the lives of the individual, his family, or the neighborhood. But, when they do, they assume a significance that has bearings on the history of the community and the society. The recent attack upon a college professor in Kerala comes under the category

The Resentment Persists In Kashmir
By Raoof Mir

Indian Press might claim the restoration of normalcy but the anger of the people over the recent killings in Kashmir can’t be covered up. The resentment still persists. It is important for Indian state and its media to introspect and at least give a compassionate thought to the cries of pain

Humanitarian Crisis In Kashmir
By Bilal Hussain

International Aid Organization’s slow response concerns experts

Amit Shah, Narendra Modi, Sohrabuddin
And What Should The Youth Of India Know!

By Mustafa Khan

The youth must have a historical sense which tells them that once during electioneering Modi had asked a crowd what they would do to Sohrabuddin. They encored: “Kill him. Kill him.” Modi joined the chorus by saying that if he had done that he was ready to be hanged. His deputy home minister did just that: killed Sohrabuddin

Educational Problems Of Linguistic
Minorities/ Muslims In Tamilnadu

By S. M. Abdur Raheem Patel

The two language formula in Tamil Nadu has created a situation that linguistic minorities ( Telugu,/ Urdu / Kannada Malayalam etc.,) had to forego their mother tongue and culture if they wanted to learn Tamil in order to be eligible for Govt. Services. Or they had to forego this opportunity of govt. service if they wanted to retain their language. As a result teaching of minority languages has been gradually declining since 1967. Anyway at least a small fraction of linguistic minorities have been clinging to their mother tongue so far

What Must Happen In Cancun At COP17
That Can Make It A Success?

By Marianne de Nazareth

Governments must set full sail ahead to capture the powerful winds of change that humanity is wanting to release. In Cancún, governments can set those sails higher

Velvet Jihad—Muslim Women’s Quiet Resistance
To Islamic Fundamentalism

By Yoginder Sikand

This fascinating book provides a general picture of the status and conditions of women in Muslim communities around the world faced with the challenge of Islamic scripturalist assertion

23 July, 2010

Cancer Rate In Fallujah Worse Than Hiroshima
By Tom Eley

According to the authors of a new study, “Cancer, Infant Mortality and Birth Sex-Ratio in Fallujah, Iraq 2005–2009,” the people of Fallujah are experiencing higher rates of cancer, leukemia, infant mortality, and sexual mutations than those recorded among survivors in Hiroshima and Nagasaki in the years after those Japanese cities were incinerated by US atomic bomb strikes in 1945

More Suffering For The People Of Fallujah
And Why We Can't Gloss Over War Crimes

By Phil Dickens

But this needs to be pointed out, and remembered. The seige of Fallujah in 2004 was a horrendous war crime, and for the poor, wretched children being born there the horror of it is only just beginning. By glossing over who the perpetrators of this attrocity are, we are only adding insult to injury

'Genetic Damage' In Fallujah: The BBC Reports
By Winter Patriot

True to form, the BBC runs the phrase 'genetic damage' in quotes, as if it weren't real but only alleged -- and without doubt the allegations would have been made by conspiracy theorists whose twisted minds have been warped against BBC and its excellent, impartial coverage, ever since 9/11

Remembering The Madness And Mayhem Of McCarthyism—A Primer For Israel
By William A. Cook

The State of Israel has just passed a “loyalty oath” required of all prospective citizens living in Israel illegally to swear allegiance to a “Jewish democratic state.” Concurrently, “an academic backlash has erupted in Israel over proposed new laws, backed by the government of Binyamin Netanyahu, to criminalise a handful of Israeli professors who openly support a campaign against the continuing occupation of the West Bank

Nuclear Energy Causes Global Warming
By Morton S. Skorodin

We, the public, must assert and struggle for what is best for us and our Planet. If we do not switch to non-heat adding solar and solar-derived energy sources, we will burn to a crisp

Radical Peace : People Refusing War
By William T. Hathaway

An interview with William T. Hathaway author of "RADICAL PEACE: People Refusing War"

(F)unemployment– Make The Best Of It
By Frank Joseph Smecker

Because we’ve all heard the numbers– they’re high. Really high. According to the BLS’ (Bureau of Labor Statistics) data, the West (i.e. California, et al) “reported the highest regional jobless rate [this past] June”: 10.7 percent… the Northeast at 8.8 percent. As of 2 July 2010, the national unemployment rate inched down to an ostensible 9.5 percent. But word-on-the-street’s been telling different numbers

Stop The Wall: People v. Oppression
By Stephen Lendman

Another update on Israel's apartheid wall and the people's resistance

Charkha Telling Unheard Stories
By Syed Ali Mujtaba

Charkha Development Communication Network, a non-governmental organization is engaged in empowering the marginalized voices by running a feature service that’s connects issues of the rural marginalized communities with the mainstream media

22 July, 2010

China Tops U.S. In Energy Use
By Dave Cohen

An amazing thing has happened. According to the International Energy Agency (IEA), China has now surpassed the United States as the world's biggest energy consumer. The Wall Street Journal reports the story in China Tops U.S. In Energy Use

The Peak Oil Crisis: Thinking About China
By Tom Whipple

Chin has embarked on multiple programs to increase the efficiency of its energy use, increase production of renewable energy, and to buy up at top dollar as much foreign coal, oil and natural gas production as anybody is willing to sell them. This will in turn prove to be a major problem for the oil importing OECD countries that will see their sources of foreign oil disappear more quickly than anticipated

The Story Of Cosmetics
By Annie Leonard

Ever wondered what's in your shampoo, anyway? Annie Leonard explores the toxins in our bathrooms, and what to do about them

A Freedom Charter or A Second Nakba?
By Kenneth O'Keefe

Kenneth O'Keefe present the Freedom Charter for Palestine , adapted from the one presented by African National Congress in apartheid South Africa

Peace In Kashmir
By Maulana Wahiduddin Khan

Maulana Wahiduddin Khan argues that the time has now come for the Kashmiris to rise above their leaders and to view the entire Kashmir conflict afresh—not in the light of the pronouncements of their leaders, but, rather, in the light of practical realities. Doing so, they must chart the course of their lives anew. There is simply no other way for them to succeed

The Israeli Right's New 'Peace' Agenda
By Gilad Atzmon

The Israeli hawks want to counter the inevitable 'demographic disaster'. They would offer West Bank Palestinians Israeli ID cards, and offer them to “enjoy ice cream in Tel Aviv” as long as they are kept as a minority. The Israeli hawks ignore Gaza and the right of return. In practice they dismiss the Palestinian cause for they are certain that the Jewish one is superior. In short, this is not a solution or a resolution. It is just another Zionist spin that is planted in our discourse in order to disseminate confusion

Greek Mythology: The Real Story Of
The European Debt Crisis

By Walden Bello

The global media has presented Greece, tiny Greece, as the epicenter of the second stage of the global financial crisis, much as it portrayed Wall Street as ground zero of the first stage. Yet there is an interesting difference in the narratives surrounding these two episodes

Projection Of World Fossil Fuel Production
With Supply And Demand Interactions

By Steve Mohr

The fossil fuel production projections from this study suggest that many of the IPCC fossil fuel projections appear overly optimistic. Based on the assumed URR values, it is predicted that global fossil fuel production will peak before 2030. For this reason, it is imperative that appropriate action be taken as early as possible to mitigate the effects of fossil fuel decline, to avoid energy shortages in the near future

A Review Of ‘Local Money’ By Peter North
By Jeremy

The Transition Towns movement is all about resilience – preparing towns for the challenges of climate change and peak oil. What’s money got to do with it, you may well ask, but money is a valuable tool in relocalisation

Permaculture Ethics: Why Permaculture
Is Different

By Chuck Burr

The Prime Directive of permaculture is The only ethical decision is to take responsibility for our own existence. The corollary to this is It should be our responsibility to put the plants that we use where we are and leave nature alone!

Stuart Littlewood Reviews ‘This Time We Went
Too Far’ By Norman Finkelstein

By Stuart Littlewood

Quite simply, this is a cracker of a book and very timely. In explaining how Israel’s war on Gaza in 2008/9 was not the defensive action it is always painted, Norman Finkelstein recalls the 1947 UN partition of historic Palestine and remembers how, in 1957, US President Eisenhower forced Israel to withdraw from Gaza by threatening sanctions and in the 1967 war Israel re-occupied it. The book then takes us through the warm-up for the 2008/9 war and the subsequent whitewash

The Slow Death Of Palestinian Democracy
By Mustafa Barghouthi

The cancellation of municipal elections in the West Bank marks another setback for democratic institutions. That's bad for Palestinians, and it's bad for peace

The Palestinian Authority: Redundant
But Dangerous Language

By Ramzy Baroud

Each time Israel fails to keep its ‘side of the bargain’, the Palestinian Authority responds with the same redundant language. The cycle has become so utterly predictable that one wonders why the Palestinian Authority officials even bothers protesting Israeli action. They must be well aware that their cries, genuine or otherwise, will only fall on deaf ears. They know that their complaints could not possible contribute to a paradigm shift in Israel’s behavior, or the US position on it

What’s Going On In Lebanon’s Parliament
This Summer?

By Franklin Lamb

Following some initiial optimism after MP Walid Jumblatt’s June 15 introduction of draft legislation that would exempt Palestinians from the Kafkaesque work permit process, grant them the right to own a home outside their oxygen scarce ‘sardine can’ camps, and allow them to receive some worker paid earned social security benefits, progress has dramatically slowed

Chicago: "The National Capital Of
Police Repression"

By Stephen Lendman

From 2002 - 2004 alone, over 10,000 complaints were made against police, many involving brutality, including beatings and torture. Yet only 18 resulted in disciplinary action, according to University of Chicago Law Professor Craig Futterman who uncovered the data

Palin’s ‘Living Language’ Gaffe
Fells Fundamentalism

By Robert S. Becker

If Palin were aware of the world outside her head, she’d have quit on “refudiate” before committing a more serious theological blunder. Unless attention and celebrity solely define your notion of brassy cleverness or career advancement

21 July, 2010

The Other Tragedy
By Fidel Castro

Fidel Castro talks about two imminent threats to humanity, the destruction of the environment and a war on Iran

Eco-logical vs. Eco-mythical:
The Edenism Manifesto

By Zarakyah Ben Ahmadiel

We now have the opportunity to ensure that our children do not harvest the hybrid growth of our ancestors' ignorance, our oppressors' impudent iniquity and our cowardice. To this end, I propose a new standard beyond the binding clichés of environmentalism or greenness. The end to the confusion will be Edenism—the reclamation of our responsibility, the acceptance of the wholesale destruction of this world, and our willingness to build anew

Rachel Corrie's Hometown Divests From Israel
By Palestine Note

A food co-op in the hometown of Rachel Corrie, the American activist killed by an Israeli bulldozer in 2003 and namesake of a Gaza aid ship earlier this year, has launched a divestment campaign against Israeli products

Israelis Embrace One-State Solution
From Unexpected Direction

By Ali Abunimah

Proposals to grant Israeli citizenship to Palestinians in the West Bank, including the right to vote for the Knesset, have emerged from a surprising direction: right-wing stalwarts such as Knesset speaker Reuven Rivlin, and former defense minister Moshe Arens, both from Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's Likud party

One-State Debate Explodes Myth About
The Zionist Left

By Jonathan Cook

A fascinating debate is entering Israel’s political mainstream on a once-taboo subject: the establishment of a single state as a resolution of the conflict, one in which Jews and Palestinians might potentially live as equal citizens. Surprisingly, those advocating such a solution are to be found chiefly on Israel’s political right

Kashmir: Unanswered Questions
By Nilofar Suhrawardy

Questions have been raised as to why have innocent Kashmiri civilians in the Valley been denied their right to live and protest? The situation would have different if they were killed in genuine or even fake encounters. But this has not been case in the Valley, where more than a dozen innocent Kashmiris have fallen victim to state controlled guns in less than a month. True, Kashmir-issue is significant for India, but why isn’t the needed importance to lives of innocent Kashmiris, why?

Transportation In The United States:
An Open Letter To The Chief Minister Of Maharashtra

By Karthik Rao Cavale

An open to the Chief Minister Of Maharashtra , Ashok Chavan, who recently made a trip to the United States to study the transportation infrastructure there by a student who studies regional planning at Rutgers University, New Jersey with a focus on transportation planning

Sustainability: From Excess To Aesthetics
By Lyle K. Grant

The purpose of the present paper is to examine the behavioral challenges and opportunities we face in creating a sustainable culture. Sustainability is initially defined in terms of a steady-state economy. The growth economy in the developed world is described as one of overconsumption of resource-intensive reinforcers and underconsumption of resource-free and resource-light reinforcers

Lloyd's Sustainable Energy Security White Paper -
Some Hits; Some Misses

By Gail Tverberg

Lloyd's hired Chatham House to prepare a white paper on the risks of peak oil called Sustainable Energy Security: Strategic risks and opportunities for business. It seems to me that this new report gets quite a few things right, but it misleads in the direction of thinking things are better than they really are, when it comes to timing and alternatives

"The Food Bubble: How Wall Street
Starved Millions And Got Away With It"

By Devinder Sharma

Was the 2008 food crisis an outcome of the drought in Australia? Or was it because wheat production had fallen? Or was it because quite a sizable area under foodgrains had been diverted for biofuel production? The world had debated these options, but what emerged clearly was that much of it was triggered because of speculation in the futures trade. In fact, it was much worse than what was earlier anticipated

Slandering The Good Guys:
Some Basic Facts About IHH

By Iara Lee

As a survivor of the May 31st, 2010, Israeli attack on the Gaza Freedom Flotilla in the middle of international waters, it is appalling to hear the Israeli government and US senate slander the organizers of our love boat to Gaza, IHH, in their campaign to list IHH as a terrorist organization. Check out my profile of this Turkish NGO based on my experiences with them, as well as their track record in humanitarian activities around the world- then YOU decide who the terrorists are!

Interview With Ken O’Keefe:
“Israel Executed People In International Waters”

By Elias Harb

Ken O’Keefe is an American born activist who renounced his US citizenship on March 1, 2001. He has since acquired Irish, Hawaiian and Palestinian citizenship. On January 7, 2004, O’Keefe burned his US passport in protest of “American Imperialism” and called for US troops to immediately withdrawal from Iraq. He is more widely known for leading the Human Shield Action to Iraq (2003) and as a survivor of the Israeli attack on the MV Mavi Marmara (2010) in which he participated in “defending the ship” and “disarming two Israeli Commandos”

BP’s Scheme To Swindle The "Small People”
By Dahr Jamail

Gulf Coast fishermen and others with lost income claims against British Petroleum (BP) are outraged by a recent announcement that the $20 billion government-administered claim fund will subtract money they earn by working on the cleanup effort from any future damages claims against BP

BP Oil Poisons The Gulf Of Mexico's Food Chain
By Dahr Jamail

Shellfish in the Gulf of Mexico grow with drops of petroleum inside them, coyotes eat oil-soaked birds, and sharks suffocate when the oil coats their gills. Oil droplets have been found beneath the shells of tiny post-larval blue crabs drifting into Mississippi coastal marshes from offshore waters. Many kinds of fish and shore birds feed on those young crabs. And this is just one of the many examples of how the crude oil that began to spill Apr. 20 from British Petroleum's (PB) Deepwater Horizon well has already taken its toll on the Gulf's food chain

Israel Land-Grab Escalates In East Jerusalem
By Danny Richardson

Israel is planning a major land-grab in East Jerusalem worth tens of billions of dollars. Attorney General Yehuda Weinstein has informed the Supreme Court that the state plans to apply the law on abandoned properties in East Jerusalem. This will mean that Israel can “legally” take over thousands of acres and buildings that are the property of Palestinians

Palestinians In Gaza Denied PA Passports
By Rami Almeghari

Palestinians In Gaza accuse the Palestinian Authority of denying them passports for their political affiliations. But the Fatah-controlled Palestinian Authority (PA) in Ramallah says that it does not issue or restrict passports based on political affiliation

Apartheid Plain And Simple
By Khaled Amayreh

As if the preponderance of discriminatory laws already swelling the Israeli legal system were not enough, the Israeli parliament -- the Knesset -- is slated to debate a fresh instalment of anti-Arab draft laws aimed at "reasserting the Jewish nature of Israel"

Palestinian Children Under Occupation
By Stephen Lendman

Palestinian children grow up "under the Israeli occupation, surrounded by cruelty, oppression, killing, starvation and destruction." Yet, like all children, they dream of playing and living normally and safely. Instead, their father may be dead or in prison, their brother killed, their home destroyed, and their mother forced to give birth at an Israeli checkpoint, risking her and the newborn

Labor Fights Back For Living Wages
And Jobs For All

By Shamus Cooke

If the U.S. economy eventually recovers and current trends continue, U.S. workers won’t be celebrating in the streets. The corporate establishment has made it clear that a “strong recovery” depends on U.S. workers making “great sacrifices” in the areas of wages, health care, pensions, and more ominously, reductions in so-called “entitlement programs” — Social Security, Medicare, and other social services

Public Anger And Distrust Of
Business And Government

By Stephen Lendman

An April 2010 Pew Research Center (PRC) for the People & Press study and others report growing public anger, distrust, and hostility toward business and government because of a "perfect storm of conditions" - wrecked economies, fueling "epic discontent" toward responsible officials. PRC found nearly 80% of Americans don't trust government to do the right thing, the highest distrust level in half a century

Howard Zinn's The Bomb
By David Swanson

The late Howard Zinn's new book "The Bomb" is a brilliant little dissection of some of the central myths of our militarized society

Ayodhya: Abode Of Ram Or Allah
By Ram Puniyani

The spreading of lies and emotive campaigns by political parties are not in accordance with the values of Indian Constitution. The elected representatives of people are duty bound to follow the Indian Constitution, so there is a need to appeal to all concerned to come to this basic understanding to uphold the values of freedom movement as enshrined in the Indian Constitution and let the court judgment be the decisive factor of future course of action

Khairlanji Verdict Expose Our National Concern
On Violence Against Dalits

By Vidya Bhushan Rawat

Khairlanji’s incident has proved that our courts have not yet sensitized to the Dalit cause

Fear Grips Malegaon
By Mustafa Khan

With the daily revelations of RSS terrror plots a fear grips Malegaon, a city of many communal riots and bomb blasts

19 July, 2010

June, April To June, And Year-To-Date
Global Temperatures Are Warmest On Record


Last month’s combined global land and ocean surface temperature made it the warmest June on record and the warmest on record averaged for any April-June and January-June periods, according to NOAA. Worldwide average land surface temperature was the warmest on record for June and the April-June period, and the second warmest on record for the year-to-date (January-June) period, behind 2007

Calling All Future-Eaters
By Chris Hedges

We sit passive and dumb as corporations and the leaders of industrialized nations ensure that climate change will accelerate to levels that could mean the extinction of our species. Homo sapiens, as the biologist Tim Flannery points out, are the "future-eaters."

The Killing Fields Of Multi-National Corporations
By Vandana Shiva

The Bhopal gas tragedy was the worst industrial disaster in human history. Twenty-five thousand people died, 500,000 were injured, and the injustice done to the victims of Bhopal over the past 25 years will go down as the worst case of jurisprudence ever

US Allows More Tests At Spill Site Despite Seepage
By Aljazeera

The US government has authorised 24 more hours of tests in the oil spill area in the Gulf of Mexico after experts detected seepage from the surrounding seabed

Netanyahu: I Deceived US To Destroy Oslo Accords
By Jonathan Cook

Seated on a sofa in the house, Netanyahu tells the family that he deceived the US president of the time, Bill Clinton, into believing he was helping implement the Oslo accords, the US-sponsored peace process between Israel and the Palestinians, by making minor withdrawals from the West Bank while actually entrenching the occupation. He boasts that he thereby destroyed the Oslo process

The Emergence Of Localism
By Richard Moore

At this darkest time, promising new initiatives are emerging. While the environmental movement may have faltered, environmental consciousness has spread throughout the society. And in the face of government ineffectiveness, activists are turning their attention toward grassroots solutions to the crisis

Transition Towns: Local Networking
For Global Sustainability?

By Jonathan Balls

The Transition Model has advanced a pathway towards ‘local sustainability’ distinct from previous sustainability models in a clear and important way: it is a grassroots, non-governmental model and also a networking movement. Still in its infancy, and with little academic attention so far having specifically focused on it; there is a clear gap in understanding of the Transition Model’s role in relation to (local) sustainability, which this research has sought to bridge

US Voters Can Demand Palestine's Freedom
By Cynthia McKinney

US voters, through boycott, divestment and sanctions, have the ability to change their government's unconditional partnership with Israel

Human Rights Violations in Palestine
Interview With Richard Falk By C.J. Polychroniou

Interview responses by Richard Falk to questions regarding his Annual Reports as Special Rapporteur for the occupied Palestinian Territories on behalf of UN Human Rights Council

Israel Imprisoned My Father For
Nonviolently Resisting The Occupation

By Saeed Amireh

On 12 January 2010 my father Ibrahim was arrested by the Israeli army and sentenced to two years in prison for organizing and participating in nonviolent protests against the Israel's wall in the occupied West Bank. The wall cuts us off from our land and our olive groves, robbing our family of its livelihood

Israel's Separation Wall: A Health Hazard
By Stephen Lendman

In July, the UN's Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs released a Special Report titled, "The Impact of the Barrier on Health," especially patient and staff access to East Jerusalem's specialized medical facilities (unavailable in Gaza or the West Bank) because of the Wall's intrusive route and associated permit/gate system

Demands For Release Of Nuclear Whistleblower
As Israel Holds Vanunu In Solitary Confinement

By Billy Briggs

There were demands last night for the release from prison of the man known as the Israeli nuclear whistleblower after it emerged he was being held in solitary confinement in the same section of prison as some of Israel’s most notorious criminals

Dear Chhattisgarh Police, Are You Mad?
By Javed Iqbal

And a few days ago, to my surprise, the Chhattisgarh police branded me a Maoist agent. And I’m not the only one who receives this ‘honour’ from the police

Memories Of A Friend In Exile
By Mahtab Alam

It came as a shocking, rather, frightening news when I read about the arrest of my friend Abdul Shakeel Basha, a peace and human rights activist, a few days back. For a moment, it felt as though we had almost turned into a fascist state, where campaigners of peace and justice have no place. Shakeel was arrested on 17th June 2010, by the special cell of Delhi Police on the requisition of the Gujarat Police for his alleged affiliation with Maoist/ Naxal movement of India

Defusing The Kashmir crisis
By Praful Bidwai

What Kashmir needs is healing-and restoration of the citizen rights and freedoms that its people have long been denied. This demands a bold political initiative, including the scrapping of the Armed Forces (Special Powers) Act and other draconian laws, release of political prisoners, thinning out of security forces, and retraining of the long-marginalised state police. No less important is dialogue with Pakistan

Kashmir: Unending Conflict, What Is The Way Out
By Dr. Asghar Ali Engineer

To solve Kashmir problem internally what is needed is a measure of negotiated autonomy, economic development, greater recruitment of Kashmiri youth in and outside Kashmir including Central Government jobs which will give them greater sense of belonging to India, expeditious development of Railway network and ensuring non-violation of human rights and minimizing presence of armed forces except in border areas can lead to internal peace

GM Wheat Yields 48-56 % Less
In Field Experiments

By Devinder Sharma

The scientific community definitely needs to have a fresh look at GM crops in view of the disruptions that ecological and environmental factors can cause to its genetic makeup resulting in serious distortions in performance. This has grave implications for farmers, consumers and the environment. Scientists cannot be pardoned for deliberately ignoring genotype x environment interactions

Life vs. 'Expediency': Thoughts On Soylent Green
By Javier Sethness

Some Reflections on the 1973 science-fiction film Soylent Green, in the context of the present day

US- Israeli Belligerance Towards Iran
And It's Consequences

By Gulam Mitha

A protracted war with Iran, Syria and Hezbollah could result in global disaster and the consequences might be far more damaging than could be envisaged leading to an Armageddon situation involving nuclear weapons being used to end such a global war. Our civilization is being threatened by the US and Israeli belligerence. It is imperative that the UN and Security Council understand the consequences and prevent a possible global war

Numbing Narratives
By Case Wagenvoord

“Narrative” is one of those buzz words that bounces around the Progressive blogosphere. It is usually utters wishfully as in, “Progressives need to develop a coherent narrative on (fill in the blank).” Tragically, the wish for a narrative rarely produces one as Progressives continue to play fallback in the face of a strong and powerful narrative from the Right, which is why you rarely hear the Right speaking of the need for a narrative

Sri Lanka: Jus Ad Bellum ?
By Chandi Sinnathurai

The tears and pain of the poor and destitute Tamils continues in IDP camps and else where. What crime did these innocent women, men and children commit to deserve such squalid and shabby treatment? That is truly a crime against a sea of "living" humanity. That ought to be the priority of the global Tamils. The rest can play with high brow Latin words

No Easy Execution, Just An Illusion Of It
By Mary Shaw

As humankind evolves, we try to find less gruesome ways of executing our criminals. It makes us feel more civilized

Triangulation or Strangulation?
Does Obama + Clintonistas = Bush III?

By Robert S. Becker

Annoying but effective, Clinton triangulation involved pre-emptive theft of the opposition's (more conservative) attitudes and language, uncomfortably sounding like Reagan on welfare, endorsing everyone pulling themselves by their own bootstraps. Obama takes Clintonism one, scary step farther

Society Awakes And Fatwas Fail
By Zahid Khan

Today, it is essential for Muslims to understand the true meaning of the Quran and Islam for ourselves, and to wrest this right from the ‘policemen’ of religion, the mullahs and maulvis. The entire Muslim society, particularly Muslim women, needs to come forward to do this. And, although belatedly, this task has already begun

18 July, 2010

Oil May Be Leaking Elsewhere
By Dahr Jamail & Erika Blumenfeld

National Incident Commander Thad Allen said Friday that the pressure within the cap is not increasing, as was expected. This could be an indication of a sub-sea leak somewhere deeper inside the well casing, meaning the well has failed. One concern associated with this lower pressure is that it may indicate that the well has been breached, and that oil and gas are leaking out at other undetermined points

Open Letter of Appeal To The Jewish People
By Mairead Maguire

I have hope that Mordechai Vanunu will be free and I place my hope in those Jewish people who read this story and are moved to right a wrong continuing to be done to him, and they will demand that their Government give him his freedom, and allow him to leave Israel

Mourning For Israel's Seeming Dash
Toward Self-Destruction

By Rabbi Michael Lerner

I do not wish for the destruction of Israel, so on Tisha B'av this year (starting this Monday evening, July 19 at 9 p.m. and continuing till dark on Tuesday July 20th) I'll be mourning for Israel's path toward self-destruction and on Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur I'll be atoning for the way that the Israeli majority seems to be violating the Torah's commands to "love your neighbor," "love the stranger," "pursue justice, justice" and the Mishnah's addition of "love peace and chase after it."

A Parliamentary Mob
By Uri Avnery

Since the foundation of Israel, it has never stopped boasting of being the “Only Democracy in the Middle East”. This is the jewel in the crown of Israeli propaganda. The Knesset is the symbol of this democracy. It seems that the parliamentary mob, which has taken over the Knesset, is determined to destroy this image once and for all

Over A Barrel: Peak Oil per Capita
By Peter Goodchild

Most people have enough trouble dealing with the reality of peak oil. What is generally left out is the fact that it’s not really peak oil that matters, anyway, but peak oil per capita, the date of which was 1979. In that year there were 5.5 barrels of oil available for each person on Earth; by 2009 it had gone down to 4.3

Big Oil Makes War On The Earth
By Ellen Cantarow

If you live on the Gulf Coast, welcome to the real world of oil -- and just know that you’re not alone. In the Niger Delta and the Ecuadorian Amazon, among other places, your emerging hell has been the living hell of local populations for decades

Ignoring Nature’s Wake-Up Call
By Linda McQuaig

If there is a God, she's surely bewildered by the apparent determination of the human race to ignore the deafening wake-up call she's recently sent our way. As wake-up calls go, it's hard to beat the BP oil spill

BZE ZCA2020 Plan & Why Developing World
Must Go For 100% Renewable Energy by 2020

By Dr Gideon Polya

In the recently launched Beyond Zero Emissions (BZE) Australian Sustainable Energy Zero Carbon Australia Stationary Energy Plan for 2020 (ZCA2020) a big volunteer team of Australian engineers has shown how Australia can reach 100% renewable energy by 2020 . Engineers and scientists should do likewise around the World – and it is a great opportunity for the Developing World to avoid the technological mistakes of the Developed World

The Once And Future Communist
By Thomas Riggins

Frederick Engels on the subject matter and method of political economy and the coming revolution (Reflections on Chapter 1 Part 2 of Anti-Dühring)

Bent Over - Canadian Victims Of Israel's Attack
On The Mavi Marmara Speak - Sort Of

By Diane V. McLoughlin

Canadian activists Kevin Neish and Farooq Burney (director of fakhoora.org) tell their stories of what happened to them on the Mavi Marmara and after

No Help From Washington
By Nicola Nasser

In a meeting between US President Barack Obama and Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu last Tuesday, the mercy bullet was finally fired, dealing a deadly blow to fantasies of American help

Marie Mason: Victimized By Green Scare
State Terrorism

By Stephen Lendman

Marie Mason is one of many victims of green scare state terrorism in USA

Harvard Study Documents Media Bias
And Misreporting

By Stephen Lendman

Harvard's JFK School of Government published their April 2010 Harvard Student Paper titled, "Torture at Times: Waterboarding in the Media," documenting how the practice was covered by America's four largest newspapers over the past 100 years - The New York Times (established in 1851), Los Angeles Times (established 1881), Wall Street Journal established 1889), and USA Today

The Causality Buffet
By Jon Loux

The world with God is absurd. And so is the world without God

Behind The Niqab Bill:
France’s Religious Intolerance

By Dr. Habib Siddiqui

The French bill banning niqab and burqa has only shown how weak the French society is. It is rotting from within like Holland and Belgium. Rather than fixing its inner weaknesses, it is trying to pass a law that would terrorize a small minority that proudly dons burqa or niqab as their personal choice

From Muslim-Baiter To Inter-Faith Activist
By Yoginder Sikand

Lucknow-based Swami Lakshmi is not, as his last name might suggest, an orthodox Brahminical priest. He heads the ‘Hindu-Muslim Unity Front’, dedicated to promoting harmony between Muslims and Hindus. His way of promoting the cause is somewhat unique: exploring and highlighting what he regards as the striking similarities between Quranic Islam and the Vedas, or what he prefers to call Sanatan Vaidik Dharm or the ‘Eternal Vedic Law’

AFSPA And Political Violence In Kashmir
By Avinash Pandey Samar

The only road to that elusive solution is by restoring the law of the land to the province while doing away with archaic, colonial and brutal laws like AFSPA made for disturbed lands. The road to peace can only be taken if the government of India pulls its act together and brings the officers responsible for firing at and killing innocent civilians under the ambit of the law while stripping them of the immunity offered under the AFSPA

A River And Nine Bridges
By Raja Jaikrishan

A displaced Kashmiri pundits memories of his native Srinagar

16 July, 2010

Sangh Parivar's Terror Plot Exposed
By Mustafa Khan

With all the startling revelations coming out as a cascade, it will be strange if for the larger interest of the security of India Indresh Kumar and other high ranking RSS chiefs are not put behind prison bars for the sole reason that RSS never stops its execution of its closely guarded plans which can potentially change Indian polity

RSS Activists Attack Headlines Today
News Channel For Terror Expose

By Bharat Bachao Andolan

Bharat Bachao Andolan is organizing a protest sit in against attack on Headlines Today news channel for terror expose

Darkness In America:
Lynne Stewart's Resentencing

By Stephen Lendman

Human rights lawyer Lynne Stewart is resentenced to 10 years imprisonment for doing her job honorably, ethically, and admirably with distinction for 30 years

The U.S. Military Moves Into Costa Rica
By Mark Vorpahl

In early July, by a vote of 31 to 8, the Costa Rican Congress approved the U.S. bringing into their nation a force of 7,000 troops, 200 helicopters, and 46 warships in an effort to eradicate drug trafficking , justified with the same dubious "war on drugs" rationale

Choose Peace: End The Siege On Gaza
By Mairead Maguire

It is time for Israel to choose peace. It is time for world leaders and the international community to join together and call on Israel to lift the siege of Gaza completely, ending the occupation of Palestine and allowing the Palestinian people their right to self-determination

Israel Stops Listening To Its Judges
By Jonathan Cook

The Israeli government is facing legal action for contempt over its refusal to implement a Supreme Court ruling that it end a policy of awarding preferential budgets to Jewish communities, including settlements, rather than much poorer Palestinian Arab towns and villages inside Israel

British Jews Support Israeli War Crimes
By Gilad Atzmon

Nearly three quarters (72%) of British Jews agreed that Israel's action in Gaza in 2008 and 2009 was "a legitimate act of self-defence". I believe that in practice this means that 7 out of 10 British Jews support Israeli war crimes and somehow dismiss the finding of a UN Fact Finding Mission. This is pretty scary

Gaza's Electricity Crisis
By Stephen Lendman

Under siege for over three years, Gaza's humanitarian crisis continues unabated, Israel's bogus easing doing little to relieve it, including a serious electricity shortage

Give History A Chance
By Gilad Atzmon

A talk given at the "Debunking the War on Terror" Symposium on July 14th

Revolution: The Wrong Kind And The Right Kind
By Carolyn Baker

An appropriate revolution is one that is relevant to what is actually needed in the light of human and planetary evolution. It is not primarily political but rather informed by what the earth community is asking for

Counter Arguments To ‘Ban Veil’ Controversy
By Syed Ali Mujtaba

Martha Nussbaum an American philosopher with a particular interest in political philosophy and ethics and has written extensively on gender and social justice has come out with some cogent arguments that demolishes the entire five propositions advanced in campaign of the banning of the veil

Who Needs Poverty Estimates?
By Devinder Sharma

There is hardly a month when I don't get to see a new estimate of poverty. In fact, there are so many estimates floating around that I have lost count. At least, I am confused

Kherlanji Verdict –What Next?
By Ravikiran Shinde

The Nagpur High Court bench’s verdict on Kherlanji of diluting the 6 culprits’ of death sentences given by Bhandara session court and refusal to accept it as caste based killings by removing the SC/ST Atrocity (PoA) act provisions proves one thing - There is no support for Dalits in any form. They incur Social Apathy, Police Apathy, Government Apathy, Media Apathy and now the Judicial Apathy

15 July, 2010

BP Oil Spill And The peak: Delusions Of
Oil Grandeur Persist

By Brendan Barrett

The BP oil spill disaster in the Gulf of Mexico should act as a wake-up call for a world economy so completely and utterly dependent on oil. It is time to say goodbye and end our love affair with oil as a fuel for economic growth

We’re Speeding On The Road To Extinction
By Lionel Anet

The catastrophe confronting us is the severest that life has ever faced and incredibly its one of our own making. The scientific and technological advances that civilisation experienced in the past two centuries changed the world from a vibrant diverse ecosystem to a fragile one. It’s hard to find any branch of the ecosystem that is in better condition to support human life today than it was at the beginning of the industrial revolution. This is in spite of the exponential increased in knowledge and abilities

Under Threat: A Free And Open Internet
By Stephen Lendman

Federal regulators are "wading into a bitter policy dispute that could be tied up in Congress and the courts for years." At stake: a free, open, and affordable Internet, threatened by powerful phone and cable giants wanting to privatize and control it, have unregulated pricing power, and decide what's published at what speed or blocked

Beyond Violence And Non-Violence:
Resistance As A Culture

By Ramzy Baroud

Resistance is not a band of armed men hell-bent on wreaking havoc. It is not a cell of terrorists scheming ways to detonate buildings. True resistance is a culture. It is a collective retort to oppression

An Open Wound...
By Layla Anwar

Everything that is related to Iraq pains me deeply...everything I read, every Iraqi I see, everything I remember, every song I hear, every picture I come across...

Guantanamo Prisoner Denounces
Kangaroo Proceedings

By Kenneth J. Theisen

On Monday, July 12th Omar Khadr defiantly rejected the kangaroo proceedings taking place against him at Guantanamo Bay. Omar refused a U.S. offered plea bargain and fired his U.S. military defense team. He denounced the military tribunal as a sham. Omar, who is now 23 and a Canadian citizen, is an early prisoner of the U.S. war of terror

Terrorists United Against Peace:
Illusion Versus Reality

By William A. Cook

As it becomes more and more clear that Israel and its compliant US Congress care nothing for the rights of other nations as their promotion of aggressive action against Iran proclaims, a virtual mirror process that brought about the war against Iraq, the world communities must face the reality that the US cannot control Israel nor its own policies. Therefore, the UN must assert its responsibility for all its member states and resolve a conflict that has plagued the world for the past 60 years. It’s time illusion gives way to reality

Fadlallah And The Western Media's
Dangerous Complicity

By Matthew Cassel

There is a lot to say about Grand Ayatollah Mohammed Hussein Fadlallah, the Lebanese Shia Muslim cleric who passed away on 4 July 2010 at the age of 75. Unfortunately, much of what there is to say is being left unsaid for more of the same sensationalist reporting on this region and its people

What Tea Party Activists Owe Liberals
By Sherwood Ross

Tea Party activists may put up as many billboards as they like accusing President Obama of “socialism” and comparing him to Hitler but the fact is the only people Obama successfully bailed out so far are the big bankers and, as economist Dean Baker puts it in the July 19th issue of The Nation

The Case of Civil Liability for
Nuclear Damage Bill, 2010

By Yash Thomas Mannully

Submission befor the parliamentary standing committee on the Civil Liability for Nuclear Damage Bill, 2010

Kashmir Back In The News
By Ali Ahmed

The clear message is that while the insurgency is under control, the ‘root causes’ remain. An acknowledgment of this is visible in both the chief minister Omar Abdullah and the Army Chief recently accepting the need for a ‘political’ solution

Essentials Shortage Hits Kashmir
By Bilal Hussain

Defying government claims of sufficient supply of essential items to the valley, locals here say they are facing shortage of critical commodities. Traders too maintain, not to have taken fresh supplies from past few weeks

Gujarat: Making Of A Fascist State
By Ram Puniyani

Social activists are being put behind bars in Gujarat branding them maoists

14 July, 2010

Misery And Despair Plague Haitians
By Stephen Lendman

Six months after January 12 quake, life in Haiti is still hellish

Haiti, Six Months After The Earthquake
By Amy Goodman

Up to 1.8 million people are living in squalid tent cities, with inadequate sanitation, if any, no electricity and little security, or any respite from the intense heat and the worsening rains. Rape, hunger and despair are constant threats to the people stranded in the camps

A Prisoner’s Wife
By Janan Abdu

The harrowing experiences of Janan Abdu, wife of Ameer Makhoul, the now imprisoned Palestinian human rights activist

Noam Chomsky Opposes Palestinian-Led Movement To Boycott Israel
By If Americans Knew

In an interview on the Council for the National Interest internet radio program “Jerusalem Calling,” Noam Chomsky said that he opposes boycotting Israel

Half A Million Israelis Live On
Stolen West Bank Land

By Danny Richardson

The civil rights organisation B’Tselem states that more than half a million Israeli settlers are living on land situated within the West Bank. A report finds there are an estimated 300,000 people living in 121 official settlements, plus 100,000 in smaller unofficial “outposts”. The remainder in the 12 Jerusalem neighbourhoods annexed to the Jerusalem Municipality

How Is Gaza?
By Flora Nicoletta

The Gazans love ice cream, are fond of pizza, adore their children, inundate their beaches and meditate about their fate. Many foreigners have always lived and worked in Gaza and they feel very well here. So one wonders: why is it compulsory to murder Palestinians, dispossess them, imprison them, expel them, occupy them, besiege them? Why and why?

Toxic Dispersants Near Gulf Harm Humans
And Wildlife

By Dahr Jamail and Erika Blumenfeld | Photo Essay

My eyes are burning as I type this. We've just returned from spending the day down in Barataria, located about an hour drive south of New Orleans. The community of fishermen is swimming in oil. Within minutes of arriving, our eyes begin to burn and we begin to feel dizzy from airborne chemicals from the oil and dispersant

Self Defense For Radicals:
Collective Soul + Activist Heart

By Mickey Z.

Some useful tips to face up to "gloom and doom"

Is Net Energy Peaking?
By Kurt Cobb

Even if one believes, for example, that the rate of oil production will not peak for another couple of decades, the peak in oil-based energy available to society, that is net energy, will come sooner, perhaps much sooner

SSRIs Render Unfriendly Skies
By Evelyn Pringle

The SSRI antidepressant makers are desperate to find new customers, so they recently have been focusing on capturing groups for which the drugs were usually considered off limits. The latest marketing coup managed to open up sales to roughly 614,000 American pilots

J. D. Salinger - With Love And Squalor, For Esmé
By Katherine Smith, Ph.D

This essay will explore the relationship of America’s most famous recluse to The CIA, George H.W. Bush and the MK-Ultra mind control program

Counting Castes: Advantage Ruling Class
By Anand Teltumbde

Anand Teltumbde argues that counting caste can never benefit people; it benefits only the ruling classes

13 July, 2010

The Population Debate:
Population Isn’t The Problem
By Fred Pearce

The population bomb is being defused right now -- by the world's poor women. Sadly, the consumption bomb is still primed and ever more dangerous. Now that would be a proper target for environmentalists

Of Course Population Is Still A Problem
By Robert Walker

Someday we will be able to declare victory. Someday every woman will have access to family-planning services and reproductive health care. Someday world population will be in decline. Someday world population levels will pose no danger to the health of the planet. But that day has not arrived. Not yet. In the meantime, Fred Pearce's breezy dismissal of the "population problem" does an enormous disservice to the planet and every living creature that calls it home

Israel's New 'Video Game' Executions
By Jonathan Cook

The female soldiers, located far away in an operations room, are responsible for aiming and firing remote-controlled machine-guns mounted on watch-towers every few hundred metres along an electronic fence that surrounds Gaza. The system is one of the latest “remote killing” devices developed by Israel’s Rafael armaments company, the former weapons research division of the Israeli army and now a separate governmental firm

Our Plunder Of Nature Will End Up Killing Capitalism And Our Obscene Lifestyles
By Joe Bageant

To anyone who is paying attention, things look doomed. Fortunately for American capitalism, nobody is paying attention. They never have

Nature's Bottom Line
By Wayne Ellwood

Ecological collapse is all around. But faith in economic growth as the only path to prosperity shows no sign of fading. Wayne Ellwood examines the folly of endless growth on a finite planet

Police Atrocities On The Women Of Sonamukhi
Near Jhargram

By Partho Sarathi Ray

On 30th June a police/CRPF party in search of Maoists raided Sonamukhi village in West Midnapore and raped at least six women, Lalita Mahato, Umarani Mahato, Giribala Mahato, Jyotsna Mahato and Anima Mahato

Pracharak As Terrorist: On The Bhasmasur Of
Hindutva Terror

By Subhash Gatade

The story of Bhasmasur bears striking resemblance to the plight of the RSS – the biggest fountainhead of Hindutva politics in the country – today. And this relates to the arrest of many of its senior wholetimers ( called Pracharaks in its lexicon) for their role as masterminds, instigator or patrons of terrorist acts in the country and the ongoing questioning of many other senior leaders for their role in aiding and abetting such acts

Terrorism And How We Are ‘Covering’ It (Up)
By Mustafa Khan

Terror is being covered as news events and it has lent itself to some, who are judgmental in other fields, another occasion of covering up, hiding and camouflaging the real perpetrators behind the events

With A Boost From Innovation,
Small Wind Is Powering Ahead

By Alex Salkever

The WindTronics windmill represents a new wave of technology innovation sweeping through the small wind industry. This innovation combined with national, regional and local incentives, as well as significant cost reductions in installations and products, is driving fast growth for small windmill makers

Police Brutality In America
By Stephen Lendman

Across America, daily incidents occur, one of many the cold-blooded January 1, 2009 murder of Oscar Grant - unarmed, offering no resistance, thrust face-down on the ground, shot in the back, and killed, videotaped on at least four cameras for irrefutable proof. USA Today said five bystanders taped it

Medvedev Comment Sparks Latest Iran Panic
By Jason Ditz

Convoluted 'allegation' by Medvedev could be said of countless other nations

The Source of Wars
By Fidel Castro

Fidel Castro again warns of an attack on Iran

The Hypocrisy Of Preaching Nonviolence
To Palestinians

By Ira Chernus

Nicholas Kristof is in Palestine, though like all mass media journalists he calls it "the West Bank." He has just discovered that many Palestinians are resisting the Israeli occupation nonviolently, though scholars of nonviolence started writing about the Palestinian resistance over 20 years ago

MK Haneen Zoubi: I Joined The Flotilla
To Show Israel Is Not A Democracy

By Palestine Monitor

An interview with MK Haneen Zoubi the first female Palestinian to hold a seat in the Israeli parliament

The Treatment Of Palestinian Detainees During
Operation “Cast Lead” (Full Text)

The Public Committee Against Torture in Israel & Adalah:
The Legal Center for Arab Minority Rights in Israel

The Public Committee Against Torture in Israel and Adalah: The Legal Center for Arab Minority Rights in Israel, released, a special report "Exposed" which discusses violations of detainee rights during "Cast Lead"

'It’s Not A Life, It’s Mere Existence':
Surviving The Siege In Gaza

By Ahmed Aldabba

Life in Gaza, a fleeting glimpse

Life For Palestinians In Israel Is Complicated
In Every Respect"

By Adri Nieuwhof

Basma Fahoum -- an activist with the organization Who Profits from the Occupation? -- recently sat with The Electronic Intifada contributor Adri Nieuwhof and discussed what it means to be a Palestinian in Israel and her the ongoing efforts for her community to realize their rights

What's Normal Under Occupation?
By Kara Newhouse

Story of Mahmoud, who has been locked up by both Israel and the Palestinian Authority eight times over the last nine years

Has “Obamageddon” Signed
The World's Death Warrant?

By Stuart Littlewood

I went cold, very cold, when I read in Haaretz that "the US has reportedly pledged to sell Israel… nuclear technology and other supplies, despite the fact that Israel is not a signatory of the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty

The National Interest Has Gone Missing
By Lawrence Davidson

The explanation given here helps us to understand why Bashar Assad can knock at Israel’s locked door and no one in that country will bother to open it. It also helps us understand why Obama and Clinton turned their backs on the Turkish and Brazilian efforts to negotiate a deal with Iran. Both are reacting to the power and influence of domestic special interests. Compared to these interests, the "national interest" does not stand a chance

Elias Harb Interviews Greta Berlin
Co-founder Of The Free Gaza Movement

By Elias Harb

Elias Harb interviews one of the leading voices in the movement to bring freedom to the people of Gaza.

Musicians Join Boycott Team:
Cancel Your Concerts, It Works

A Video

It’s the Penguins vs. the Ostriches in this Boycott Israel summer match. A showdown between artists like Elvis Costello and the Pixies who cancelled their Israel concerts in respect of the boycott, vs. Metallica, Rihanna and Elton John who are going forward with theirs, despite growing criticism

Crackdown On E-Protestors :
Terrified, Facebook Users Leave Valley

By Danish Nabi

Next time you wish to register your protest against the ongoing political crisis in Kashmir valley on social networking sites, make sure you exercise utmost restraint; else you would find yourself behind bars. In a bid to strangulate the voices of dissent emanating from social networking site - Facebook, the state police has started crackdown on internet users of south Kashmir for posting "anti-national" remarks on Facebook

Swiss Authorities Decide Against
Extraditing Roman Polanski

By David Walsh

Swiss government officials announced Monday that 76-year-old filmmaker Roman Polanski would not be extradited to the US

A Heap Of Broken Images: Social Media
And The Architecture Of Anomie

By Phil Rockstroh

Negotiating a life of alienation and ennui in USA

FDI In Retail: Importing A Failed Model
By Devinder Sharma

The Department of Industrial Policy and Promotion (DIPP) has come out with a discussion paper in on multi-brand FDI in retail. It has spurred a debate on whether there is a need for opening up for multi-brand retail, and if yes, on what conditions. This follows an earlier study by the Indian Council for Research on International Economic Relations (ICRIER) on FDI in retail

New Pledge Of Allegiance: Rendezvous With
Colonial “Join or Die”

By Robert S. Becker

Certainly, nothing cracks inside and outside seams better than losing a chain of reckless, overseas wars that deplete our treasury, leaving the homeland doubly vulnerable (broke and dispirited). Paradoxically, as corporate franchising refashions every hamlet to look alike, entrenched powers inflame divisiveness

Magical Formula Or Wishful Thinking Towards
Healthy Science Education?

By Marianne de Nazareth

Considering that the President of Italy – Giorgio Napolitano made it clear in his speech during the opening of ESOF2010, that Europe is slipping in its premier position of Science research in the world, the session on Science Education drew a huge audience response. Louise Baker from the Robert Bosch Stiftung, Germany encouraging science interest among the youth is the biggest challenge being faced in Europe

12 July, 2010

Witch-Hunt Begins In Israeli Schools And Colleges
By Jonathan Cook

Hundreds of Israeli college professors have signed a petition accusing the education minister of endangering academic freedoms after he threatened to “punish” any lecturer or institution that supports a boycott of Israel

The NY Times Is Waiting For Gandhi:
Here They Are

By Eileen Fleming

A crtiique of Nicholas D. Kristoff's New York Times Op-ed "Waiting for Gandhi". Eileen Fleming asks, is Kristoff unware that Palestinians are engaging in nonviolence for decades. At least 19 Palestinians have been killed in the last six years alone during nonviolent demonstrations against Israel’s apartheid wall that is confiscating Palestinian cropland and imprisoning Palestinian people. Many others have been killed in other parts of the Palestinian territories while taking part in nonviolent activities. Hundreds more have been detained and imprisoned

Hell Has Come To South Louisiana
By Dahr Jamail

How Louisiana's shrimp farmers are coping with the BP oil spill

From Despair To Impassioned Inspiration
By Carolyn Baker

An Italian proverb states that a person who lives by hope will die by despair. Americans for nearly three centuries have lived by hope, and as we know, our current president centered his campaign around it. It is as if since our inception as a nation we have, by whatever means necessary, warded off despair in favor of hope, and I believe that if we as a people were to abandon the shallow sense of hope we insist on maintaining, we would be driven to the depths of our despair regarding the current state of our planet

Obama’s Health Care Bill Is Enough
To Make You Sick

By Chris Hedges

A close reading of the new health care legislation, which will conveniently take effect in 2014 after the next presidential election, is deeply depressing. The legislation not only mocks the lofty promises made by President Barack Obama, exposing most as lies, but sadly reconfirms that our nation is hostage to unchecked corporate greed and abuse

Israel's Settlement Enterprise: Longstanding,
Outrageous And Illegal

By Stephen Lendman

An analysis

Allow Them To Own A Home?
La, Abadan! ( No, never!)

By Franklin Lamb

Part VII of a series on the Case for Palestinian Civil Rights in Lebanon

Obama's Collapse
By Jeremy Salt

The recent meeting between Barack Obama, effectively apologising because his middle name is Hussein, and Benyamin Netanyahu surely marks the lowest point in the sick relationship between America and Israel. Obama has now thrown in the towel. That is what the White House meeting represented

What Christians Don’t Know About Israel
By Grace Halsell

The answer to achieving an even-handed Middle East policy might lie elsewhere — among those who support Israel but don’t really know why. This group is the vast majority of Americans. They are well-meaning, fair-minded Christians who feel bonded to Israel — and Zionism — often from atavistic feelings, in some cases dating from childhood

Is Obama Losing Moral Compass?
By Dr. Habib Siddiqui

With such a cavalier attitude towards condoning one of the worst crimes of this decade, the Obama Administration has shown that it is no different than its predecessor – the much hated administration of George W. Bush. With its appeasing words for the Israeli war criminals responsible for strangulating Palestinians in Gaza and murdering the human rights activists it has shown that it has lost moral compass

Is Israel A Normal Country?
By John Chuckman

Critique of an article with the same title in Toronto’s Globe and Mail by Ian Buruma

How A Tiny Town Sent An International
Water Giant Packing

By Tara Lohan

In the fight for water independence, Felton, California has become a symbol of what can be achieved

Some Thoughts On UCC Gas Tragedy Bhopal :
Why 3828 x 2 Years Of Separate Sentencing
Was Not Provided

By Yash Thomas Mannully & V N Haridas

It is still a mystery why the investigating agency and the court which framed criminal charges as well as the higher courts concentrated on a rounding off the number of deaths to charge as a single offence while it was possible to treat each death as separate offences

After Ruining Punjab's Agriculture;
Punjab Farmers Now Aim At Africa

By Devinder Sharma

This is disturbing news. After doing the damage in Punjab, some farmers are now being encouraged to look for greener pastures in Africa. In the quest to make a fast buck, these farmers will now be doing to Africa what they did to what was once a fertile and verdant land of Punjab

‘Cholera’ Outbreak Kills Over ‘60’ In Bastar
By Javed Iqbal

A suspected cholera outbreak has killed around an estimated 60 people in Bijapur District of South Bastar, Chhattisgarh since the beginning of the 7th of June this year when the first fatality was confirmed in Gadiguda village in Pamed Block.Yet violence continues unabated in affected-areas

Maoists Attack Contractor’s Home
By Javed Iqbal

Two killed, two injured, including 11-year old son of contractor

Honour Killings : Stop Attaching Honour!
By Abhinav Srivastava

Lets come and join hands against this barbaric practice which is becoming a shame to our country. Stand against attaching Honour to the Killings!

CIA To UNICEF; Big Aid Has A Very Dirty Secret
By Thomas C. Mountain

Former National Security Advisor in the Clinton White House and failed nominee to head the CIA, Anthony “Tony” Lake is now Executive Director of the United Nations Children Fund, UNICEF

Corporations Gone Wild (As Jefferson Warned Us)
By Mary Shaw

These days, the corporations are calling the shots. And, now that the Supreme Court has given corporations the unlimited "right" to buy and sell elected officials, I can't see it changing any time soon

11 July, 2010

India's "Hearts Of Darkness"
By Stephen Lendman

Workers in India, including children, will die young grinding gemstones for Valentine's Day

Libyan ship Sets Sail For Gaza
By Aljazeera

Organisers of a Libya-sponsored aid ship have said they will continue their attempt to break the naval blockade of the Gaza Strip, despite Israeli claims that the vessel would instead sail to Egypt

Cancer, Infant Mortality And Birth Sex-Ratio
In Fallujah, Iraq 2005–2009

By Chris Busby, Malak Hamdan & Entesar Ariabi

Full Report

Fallujah: Anatomy Of An Atrocity
By David Rothscum

Chris Busby, Malak Hamdan Entesar Ariabi have gathered scientific evidence of the genocide the people of Fallujah are suffering from at the hands of the imperialists that invaded Iraq

Insidious Climate Change Denial:
Do You Have ICCD?

By Bill Henderson

This widespread denial keeps us telling ourselves carbon addict lies like putting a price on carbon or growing a green economy or clean coal or saving the planet by being a smart shopper as climate change solutions. For convenience I'll label this form of denial Insidious Climate Change Denial or ICCD

Really Gets To Me, Our Killing So Many People
In Their Homes! Am I Sick?

By Jay Janson

US drops cluster bombs in Yemen, kills 35 Yemeni women and children! Many Americans upset? Would psychologists and mental health experts deny that millions of kind and compassionate Germans experienced a type of Post Traumatic Stress as their German armies invaded dozens of nations.Treating sensitivity to the pain of others as a serious malady would make society aware of the cure: halting the use of explosives on human beings

BDS Campaign Wants Israel To Abide By
International Law

By Neve Gordon

There is a considerable amount of misunderstanding about the BDS (Boycott Divestment and Sanctions). As John Berger explained a while back, BDS is not a principle but a strategy; it is not against Israel but against Israeli policy; when the policy changes BDS will end

Professor John J. Mearsheimer On Israel’s Nukes, Espionage And Its Impact On The U.S.
By William Hughes

On July 7, 2010, at “The Spy Museum,” in Washington, D.C., the IRmep sponsored a panel discussion. It was titled: “Israel’s Nuclear Arsenal: Espionage, Opacity and Future.” One of the panelists was Professor John J. Mearsheimer, the co-author of “The Israel Lobby and US Foreign Policy

Right Wing Thought Police
By Prof. Lawrence Davidson

The American right wing is achieving its long term goal of becoming the nation’s thought police. They are realizing this goal through the timeless practices of extremists (be they on the right or the left, religious or secular) which are intimidation, slander and harassment. In the past several months conservative outbursts have ruined the careers of journalists, most of whom were of the political center but who were indiscreet enough to say something that ran counter to the right’s version of political correctness

No Free Speech, Please, We’re British:
The Silencing Of Abdullah, The Ex-Muslim

By Pubali Ray Chaudhuri

The silencing Of Abdullah, the ex-Muslim

Chilling Tread Of Boots
By Deccan Chronicle

Chilling tales of Muslim youths picked up and tortured by Hyderabad cops in their excessively zealous and lopsided investigation after the Mecca Masjid blast of May 18, 2007

Remembering National Emergency
On 35th Anniversary

By Syed Ali Mujtaba

In the 35th anniversary of the national Emergency, the future generation needs to be told the graphic details of that landmark event and should be cautioned that such experimentation be never tried on the Indian masse ever again

Sri Lanka: Building Lives Is Part of Development
By Chandi Sinnathurai

All the talk of national reconciliation and restoration and reconstruction pales into insignificance when those individual lives affected by the war are yet to see any flicker of hope. When we hear stories like these one begins to wonder whether the Rajapaksha regime are serious about 'walking their talk.' One begins to question their motives. Their integrity is certainly on the line

‘I Loved Pakistan Until I Visited
Pakistani Occupied Kashmir’

By Dr Shabir Choudhry

Death of innocent people, especially young children has created a new situation in Kashmir; and gave Spokesman of Pakistan Foreign Office to express his resentment and show that Pakistan was still relevant in the Kashmir dispute; and still hold some cards up the sleeve

Trying To Stop Aggressive War
And Genocide Against The People
And The People Of Bosnia And Herzegovina

By Francis A. Boyle

There are numerous accounts of the aggression and genocide perpetrated by the rump Yugoslavia and its Bosnian Serb surrogates against the People and the Republic of Bosnia and Herzegovina that have been written by journalists, historians, ambassadors, political scientists, and others. This paper tries to tell the story of Bosnia from the perspective of international law. The aggression and genocide against Bosnia and the refusal of the international community to stop it will prove to be one of the pivotal events of the post World War II era. This paper will try to explain what happened, why it happened, and, most importantly, what was wrong with what happened

10 July, 2010

Pending Global Treaty Threatens Free Internet, Fundamental Rights
By Steve Watson

Over 90 academics, practitioners and public interest organizations from six continents have collectively warned that a secretive global treaty, currently being negotiated by governments of the world's largest economies would see tight controls placed on the internet and would threaten other fundamental rights and freedoms

Suffering And Struggle: Six Months
After The Haitian Earthquake

By Patrick Martin

Six months after an earthquake destroyed much of Haiti and killed more than 300,000 people, little has been done for the survivors. The promises by the United Nations and the major powers, particularly the United States, have produced only a trickle of aid

Obama: 'I Have Met Israel And It Is "Us"'
By Robert Dreyfuss

Yesterday, Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu set up another illegal Jewish settlement, this time on the White House lawn. And, it appears, President Obama has agreed to serve as its armed guard. So complete was Obama’s identification with Israel yesterday that he actually referred to Israel as "us" before correcting himself

Obama And Netanyahu Plan Conflict,
Not Resolution

By Stephen Lendman

On July 6, Bibi and Obama met privately for 79 minutes, Atlanta Journal Constitution writer Jay Bookman calling it "empty theatre, actors going through the motions of pretending to pretend, (when, in fact, there's) no willingness or political ability within Israel to withdraw from settlements (or) create a viable Palestinian state, (nor is there) stomach in Washington" to endorse an equitable agreement. "I can't recall a time when I have been more cynical about peace prospects there, and the prettily staged theatrics in Washington" only harden that view

Hunted Chasing A Dream
By Raja Jaikrishan

'I feel guilty of Azad's untimely killing. I think as Azad was keeping regular contact with me to hold peace talks with the centre, that's why he died so early,' Swami Agnivesh said. In the guilt of Swami Agnivesh is guilt of the entire civil society has been damned

Two Sit-Ins
By Uri Avnery

At this moment, two sit-ins are taking place in Jerusalem, two kilometers apart. In West Jerusalem, the Shalit family is sitting in a protest tent in front of the Prime Minister’s residence, swearing to remain there until the return of their son. In East Jerusalem, three members of the Palestinian parliament are holed up in the building of the International Red Cross. The word that connects the two is: Hamas

American Complicity Today
By Tim Gatto

Why I Started the South Carolina Upstate Coalition

Saudi Arabia's Betrayal Of The Islamic World
By Kourosh Ziabari

The king of Saudi Arabia Malek Abdullah Bin Abdulaziz told the French Defense Minister Hervé Morin in a meeting held after the Gaza Freedom Flotilla massacre that "two states in region do not deserve to exist: Israel and Iran."

Of Laws And Holy Cows
By Cynthia Stephen

In fulfilling its election promise of banning cow slaughter on religious grounds, the BJP government in Karnataka ignores the fact that it is not just minorities whose livelihood will be badly hit but also dalits and other poor sections of society who depend on the cattle industry for a living

Free Our Friends! Community Update
On G20 Detainees

By Direct Support Committees of G20 detainees

At the time of writing (July 9), four have been released with stringent bail conditions including house arrest; one was denied bail; and others are awaiting bail hearings over the next 1-2 weeks

09 July, 2010

Media Lies About Kashmir

The disinformation war is underway. Kashmir’s local media has been BANNED (not censored but BANNED!) in the world’s largest democracy, and the Delhi media is being used to spread LIES

Stop Violence Against Unarmed Civilians
In Kashmir

An Appeal

We, the undersigned, as a vigilant group of citizens submit our concerns regarding the prevailing situation in Jammu and Kashmir and urge your immediate assistance in ensuring that the Government of India and the state government takes immediate action to prevent further loss of life and property and initiate an impartial investigation into the recent killings in the region

Kashmir In Crisis: Civilians Hostage
To Security Forces

By Anhad

These are unarmed, non-violent citizens, who are being treated with such blatant and indiscriminate use of military force -- why? Is there no other way to negotiate with civil unrest? And what is the root cause of this civil unrest if not the brutalities executed by the police and para military forces? And what about cases of atrocities committed on people who are not even protesting?

The People’s War: Kashmir’s Inner Demons
By Farzana Versey

Talking in terms of when the situation normalises in Kashmir amounts to living in a fool’s paradise. That the person saying so happens to be the chief minister of the state reveals the paucity of any real incentive to find solutions. Situations do not normalise as a matter of course when people in a place have been fighting a battle within

Mohammad Hussein Fadlallah (11/16/1935—7/4/2010)
By Franklin Lamb

Today, his family and hundreds of thousands in his community buried Lebanon’s senior Shia cleric, Mohammad Hussein Fadlallah in South Beirut

The Israeli Stranglehold On CNN
By Khalid Amayreh

CNN sacked this week its senior editor for Middle Eastern affairs, Octavia Nasr after she published a twitter message saying that she respected the Shiite cleric the Grand Ayatollah Muhammed Hussein Fadlullah, who died on Sunday

Holocaust Survivor Hedy Epstein Interviewed

Mark Lieberman interviews Hedy Epstein

Two State Hypocrisy
By Daniel McGowan

It is time for all Americans to support the de facto One State of Israel/Palestine and to demand that it treat all of its inhabitants as citizens with equal rights, regardless of religion or ethnicity

Decades Of Palestinian Displacement
In East Jerusalem

By Stephen Lendman

Since 1967, Israel has pursued a systematic home demolition/expropriation/displacement policy, illegally affecting thousands of Palestinian residents on the pretext of "unlicensed construction," to achieve a "demographic balance" to consolidate Israel's control of the city, taking it then to the next level, Judaizing all Jerusalem to make it exclusively Jewish

Can The World Run On Renewables,
Nuclear Energy And Geo-Sequestration?
The Negative Case

By Ted Trainer

For many years I have been arguing that consumer-capitalist society is so grossly unsustainable that technical advance cannot solve the problems it is generating. I have especially developed the case against the dominant belief that alternative energy sources can substitute for fossil fuels. This is not an argument against transition to renewables. We must do that, and we could live well on them, but not at anything like the levels of consumption we have today

Another Detroit Is Happening...In Hamtramck!
By Billy Wharton

If a new Detroit may have already happened in Hamtramck, it will need defending. The lessons on re-development and re-invigoration are evident. Attracting immigrant groups seems like a critical factor. However moving toward policies that empower Hamtramck residents to defend their neighborhood against blight, seem equally important

Hope And The Un-Holy Nuclear Trinity
By Cathy Garger

An article by Cathy Garger why we need to maintain hope against stopping the rampant nuclear pollution/contamination of our planet. It is centered around the 65 anniversary of the Trinity Test Bomb, the first nuclear bomb ever exploded on July 16, 1945 in New Mexico, US

Emerging Markets Consider Capital Controls
To Regulate Speculative Capital Flows

By Kavaljit Singh

Just days before the G20 summit in Toronto, South Korea and Indonesia announced several policy measures to regulate potentially destabilising capital flows which could pose a threat to their economies and financial systems

US Opposes Iran-Pakistan Gas Pipeline
By Sarath Kumara

Despite opposition from the US, Pakistan signed an agreement with Iran on June 13 to go ahead with a $US7.6 billion gas pipeline between the two countries that will provide a desperately-needed supply of energy to Pakistan from 2014. The deal cuts across Washington’s efforts to isolate Iran economically through UN Security Council sanctions and its own unilateral penalties against Tehran’s nuclear programs

State, Religion, And Social Reforms
By Dr. Asghar Ali Engineer

No one will dispute the fact that social reforms are urgently needed with breath taking changes taking place all around in our society. But two questions become important in this respect: 1) what is the role of state and 2) what is the role of religion? There are people who insist that state should play an active role and usher in these reforms. Secondly there are people who think religion can hardly be helpful and instead it becomes an obstacle in social change

Dalit Woman Humiliated And Victimized
In Allahabad

By Vidya Bhushan Rawat

Her one eye is completely turned red at the moment as the upper caste goons threw slippers at her. The entire body bears the brunt of the brahmanical violence on July 3rd, 2010 at the Sheetalpur Tikari village under Tharwai police station in Allahabad. Her cloths were torn and the goons tried to pee on her mouth but the police kept her in the police station for 24 hours and try to deny anything like that happened

The Riddle Of Representation: Issues
In The Caste Census Debate

By Cynthia Stephen

For close to a century veils have been drawn over the backwardness of the Dalits and OBCs. It is time to draw the veil aside, gather the numbers and give the long-neglected OBCs their rightful voice in the affairs of the nation, says Cynthia Stephen in this historical perspective on the question of including caste in census data

08 July, 2010

Obama Endorses Netanyahu As “Man Of Peace”
By Chris Marsden

President Barack Obama on Tuesday praised Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu as a man who “wants peace” and is “willing to take risks for peace.” He did so following a White House meeting five weeks after the May 31 raid on the Mavi Marmara Gaza aid convoy, in which Israeli forces murdered eight Turkish activists and a dual Turkish-US national

Who's The Boss?
By Soraya Sepahpour-Ulrich

Katie Couric's interview on CBS News on July 7 leaves little doubt that she considers Benjamin Netanyahu, Israel 's Prime Minister as the boss and that President Obama is irrelevant. Couric, descendant of Jewish immigrants from Germany, anchor and chief managing editor of CBS news, makes it clear that it is more important for Netanyahu to "trust" Obama and his decisions than for the the American people to trust the judgment of their elected Commander-In-Chief. What are the implications of CBS's message?

Mitigating Annihilation
By Dahr Jamail & Erika Blumenfeld

Dahr Jamail & Erika Blumenfeld report from Grand Isle, Louisiana, that the he so-called cleanup efforts, including laying out booms to supposedly prevent oil from destroying more marsh and killing more wildlife, are a farce

No Free Press For BP Oil Disaster
By Dahr Jamail

Last week, the U.S. Coast Guard, working in concert with oil giant BP, instituted new restrictions across the U.S. Gulf Coast that prevent the media from coming within 20 metres of booms or response vessels on beaches or water. But the insidiousness of the restrictions runs even deeper

Coping With Collapse Emotionally
By Robert Jensen

Some of the responses that Robert Jensen received in reponse to his essay asking people to report on how they cope with the anguish of living in a world in collapse

Those Extinguishing Life Count On
Shakier And Shakier Status Quo

By Jan Lundberg

Our lives are precious, and all life is sacred. But pathological individuals, including many sitting atop modern society’s pyramid, seem to disagree. As modern society did not fundamentally address or solve the 20th century’s crises and atrocities, the 21st century may have as its hallmark the accelerated or even final extinguishing of life. Yet, extinguishing life as a personal and elitist tactic goes back millennia to the dawn of civilization

Left-Leaning Despisers Of The 9/11 Truth Movement: Do You Really Believe in Miracles?
By David Ray Griffin

An Open Letter to Terry Allen, Noam Chomsky, Alexander Cockburn, David Corn, Chris Hayes, George Monbiot, Matthew Rothschild, and Matt Taibbi

Kashmir: Answering Stones With Bullets
By Ershad Abubacker

More than fifteen civilians, mostly youngsters, have been killed in police firing in past three weeks of civil unrest in Kashmir and yet the government is under the colonial impression that people could be won over at gunpoint. But how many more civilian deaths would suffice the government to act sane has been the question echoed everywhere

Kashmir: Valley Of Death And Unemployment
By Mustafa Khan

The situation in Kashmir valley has never been as bleak as today. 1989 is much far back in history, albeit the policy of governor Jagmohan has come home to roost

The Trouble With The March For Gilad Shalit
By Yacov Ben Efrat

The march for the release of Gilad Shalit, which began from his family home in Mizpeh Hila and is destined for the Prime Minister's house in Jerusalem, is winning public support for the notion that Israel should "pay the price." And what is the price?

The Bombs That Remain
By Eva Bartlett

At precisely 12 noon on a Thursday afternoon, among the rolling sandy hills in southern Gaza, a controlled explosion destroys another round of white phosphorous shells left in Gaza following the 2008-2009 Israeli war on Gaza. The explosives experts are, detonation by detonation ridding Gaza of the remaining white phosphorous shells

Cluster Bombs And Civilian Lives:
Efficient Killing, Profits And Human Rights

By Ramzy Baroud

Cluster bombs are in the news again, thanks to a recent report from Amnesty International. The human rights agency has confirmed that 35 women and children were killed following the latest US attacks on an alleged al-Qaeda hideout in Yemen

Jimmy Carter’s Book On Palestine
By Dr. Habib Siddiqui

Book Review: Palestine Peace Not Apartheid by Jimmy Carter

Deteriorating Conditions For Israeli Arab Citizens
By Stephen Lendman

Israel's treatment of its Arab citizens resembles the Nazi treatment of Jews

U.S. Iranian Policy
By Ron Forthofer

Are U.S. and Israeli leaders really so anti-Iran that they can ' t accept the findings of their own and other experts? Or are they cynically using the mere possibility of an Iranian nuclear weapons program as an excuse for an attack in an attempt to bring about regime change in Iran? It appears that U.S. leaders and some establishment pundits have already forgotten about the enormous short- and long-term costs of the disaster they ' ve created in Iraq. The world cannot afford an even greater disaster in Iran

Three Years Parachinar
By Jabir Hussain Turi

For three years Kurram agency is completely cut off from the rest of Pakistan and fallen into political turmoil and it can safely be called the gaza strip of Pakistan

07 July, 2010

Oceans' Demise Near Irreversible
By Les Blumenthal

A sobering new report warns that oceans face a "fundamental and irreversible ecological transformation" not seen in millions of years as greenhouse gases and climate change already have affected temperature, acidity, sea and oxygen levels, the food chain and possibly major currents that could alter global weather

Peak Oil, Time, And Population
By Peter Goodchild

We begin with two basic facts. The first is that the world’s present annual consumption of oil is nearly 30 billion barrels. The second is that the world’s present population is nearly 7 billion. From there we can add some reasonable estimates of both oil decline and population decline

"Graduating" From Graduating From College:
The Ivory Tower Crumbles

By Carolyn Baker

The ivory tower is crumbling, but increasing numbers of innovative youth are constructing a new paradigm and new ways of utilizing their gifts. In the process they are redefining education and employment and revolutionizing our increasingly obsolete notions of what it means to become a "productive" citizen and an educated human being

The Sheep Look Up
By Gray Brechin

There will be no escape or refuge for the hyper wealthy in their pre-fueled private jets as the life support systems of Planet Earth go down. Sybaritic retreats like Atlantis in the Bahamas could soon submerge under dead and oily water. Each person may soon be forced to decide what to do with what time is left to him or her and to those they love

‘Stone Pelting’ An Inevitable Affair In Kashmir
By Inshah Malik

In a recent Bharat Bandh ‘protest’ staged against the hike in price initiated by the opposition political parties in India, 78 buses were burnt by the angry protesters and 24 drivers were injured in Mumbai alone but no CRPF was sent to control the ‘unruly mobs’ in Mumbai. Even in the worst of the Kashmir protests never has such large scale destruction of public property been carried out by the local people in a single day. Does labeling Kashmir a ’disturbed area’ also give extra powers to the state to even subjugate anger with military might in Kashmir?

Punjab: A Dying Civilisation?
By Umendra Dutt

It is clearly evident that Punjab is a dying civilization. Several people may find this offending, ugly and uncalled for. However, the indications that we are getting from across Punjab point to a death sentence written for the whole eco-system in this part of the country and particularly for this brave community

The Link Between BP, Geoengineering And GM
By Jim Thomas

BP won't stop at dangerous deep water drilling: the company is bent on still more dangerous projects, including genetic modification and hacking the planet's atmosphere...

Double Standard: BP And Bhopal
By Bill Quigley & Alex Tuscano

When President Barak Obama went after BP and demanded a $20 billion dollar fund be set up for victims of the Gulf oil spill, the people of India were furious. They saw a US double standard. The US demonstrated it values human life within the US more than the lives of the people of India

Dow Owns All Liability For Union Carbide-
Related Law Suits In US, But Refuses
To Do So In India

By Devinder Sharma

In the US, Dow is fighting 75,000 Union carbide-related suits and is expected to part with $ 839 million in coming years, while in India it has remained steadfast in denying any role for Bhopal clean up. This is only possible with support from the Government of India

36 Nonviolent Nuke Resisters Arrested
At Y-12 National Security Complex

By Eileen Fleming

Priests and nuns, atheists, anarchist and one clown were among the 23 arrested by the State and 13 by the Federal Government for nonviolently resisting Nuclear Weapons at Y-12 in the morning of July 5, 2010

“I’m a Racist” – Part II
By Ed Kinane

“My Name is Ed. I’m a Racist.” That’s the title of an article I recently wrote about living in the U.S., a society where no one escapes racist conditioning. Now I want to continue those reflections

If Palestinians Are Granted The Right To Work
Lebanon Wins

By Franklin Lamb

Currently the vote to grant the right to work for Palestinian refugees in Lebanon is too close to call as the most serious debate ever in Lebanon on this subject builds momentum

Millennium Goals Revisited: Noble Ideas,
And Feel-Good Moments

By Ramzy Baroud

When the United Nations Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) were first declared, they were met with a sense of promise. A decade later, despite all the official insistence that all is on track, it is increasingly clear that this approach to development was flawed from the onset

"Hope-And-Change," A Hoax
By Michael Rectenwald & Lori Price

Let's no longer refer to the Obama administration as a “failure,” or his failures as “betrayals.” To fail you have to intend to succeed, and Obama never intended to succeed at matching rhetoric and reality. The point was in fact to make rhetoric replace reality and to “hope” that the rhetoric would continue to work as such for about four years. At that point, the corporate oligarchy may continue on the current tack, or it may adopt another tactic. Our feeling is that the country is set-up for reactionary retrenchment, based on the mistaken opposition to the Obama presidency from the right

The Case For War: The Iron Mountain Report
By Stephen Lendman

The Iron Mountain Report "has already created our present. It is now shaping our future," one single-mindedly for war to the detriment of all but imperial interests and profiteers that benefit handsomely

SEIU’s Andy Stern Joins The Corporate Elite
By Shamus Cooke

The once-powerful President of the Service Employees International Union (SEIU), Andy Stern, recently retired his purple and gold union t-shirt. His new clothing is far more formal — to match the political and business activity he’s thrown himself into

America Speaks And The Corporate Agenda -
A Participants Account

By Mark Vorpahl

On Saturday, June 26th, an organization called America Speaks held town halls entitled "Our Budget, Our Economy." These town halls took place in 19 different locations across the U.S., drawing out an estimated 3,500 participants. The ostensive purpose of all this was to discuss how to fix the federal deficit

Warmonger, Cricket Fan And Former
Australian PM John Howard Rejected for ICC Post

By Dr Gideon Polya

Former Australian PM John Howard is an extreme rightwing warmonger but is also a cricket fan. Much to his chagrin, the West Indies and African and Asian members of the International Cricket Council (ICC) united to reject his UK-supported nomination by Australia and News Zealand for the Vice Presidency of the ICC and hence the Presidency is several years' time

US Economy Stuck in Misery
By Joel S. Hirschhorn

The middle class is dead. The US has produced a self-sustaining two-class society. Most Lower Class Americans are in bad or uncertain economic shape but the rich and powerful Upper Class crowd keeps making and spending money as if there has been no recession

Book Review: The Politics of Genocide
By Cyril Mychalejko

The Obama administration's predisposition toward humanitarian intervention, and the popularity the concept has taken in liberal circles, makes Edward S. Herman and David Peterson's new book The Politics of Genocide (published by Monthly Review Press) a timely and indispensable read

Book review: Sleight Of Hand On The World Stage
By Levon Chorbajian

Levon Chorbajian reviews The Invention of History: Azerbaijan, Armenia, and the Showcasing of Imagination

Obama’s New Iran Sanctions: An Act Of War
By Shamus Cooke

When the UN refused to agree to the severe sanctions that the U.S. wanted, Obama responded with typical Bush flair and went solo. The new U.S. sanctions against Iran — signed into law by Obama on July 1st — are an unmistakable act of war

Who Cares About The Iranian People?
By Kourosh Ziabari

The new sanctions against Iran have nothing to do with the government of Iran which the western leaders are entangled in a tedious and uninteresting conflict with. These sanctions, and any kind of unpremeditated actions like this, will only injure the ordinary people of Iran who should suffer from the effects of power game between the governments

Five Heady Days At The United States Social Forum
By Cathy Stripe Lester

They are hopeful about America and its real core values – not the values of politicians but those of its citizens. The reason they’re at the USSF is because they see these values being trampled, but they still have faith that we, the people, can make things better

Manmohan Singh Phenomena: India’s
Grand Strategy Of Controlling Thought Of Sikhs

By Parmjeet Singh

The containment of Sikh ethno-nationalism by India is an important example of co-option strategy. It is not a mere coincidence that both dominant Indian parties i.e. Congress and Bhartiya Janta Party (BJP) whole heartedly accepted the appointments of Sikhs on the India’s highest political offices. Is it not a strange phenomena that India silently accepted the Sikh as a Prime Minister, as a Deputy Speaker of Indian Parliament, Chief of the Staff of Indian Army and Vice chairman of powerful political body of Planning Commission of India

A Stitch In Time Saves Nine
By Amitabh Thakur

29th June 2010 must be considered an important day in the history of Indian judicial system. It is on this date that in Kandhamal district Orissa in, an important judgment was delivered that went on to sentence the powerful local politician and MLA from an important political party in matters related with communal riots

Kolkata Muslim Diary
By Yoginder Sikand

Yoginder Sikand's journey to the city of his birth

Kashmir: From Ground Zero
By Aleem I Akhtar

The latest killings in Sopore bring home the point of how Omar Abdullah is the best man New Delhi could hope for. The past two months have perhaps been the worst period of human rights violations under any dispensation, elected or selected. The status quo has moved from the customary disappearances and the occasional encounter to a consistent trajectory of cold blooded massacres; rather suicides, if you like Omar

The Question Of Identity Card
By Majid Maqbool

Experiences of two young people in Kashmir

Malegaon Experience Of Riots
And Communal Violence Bill

By Mustafa Khan

The proposed Bill should require first class honest work and follow up action on the events. The angle of conspiracy must include in every investigation of actions of individuals and organizations where there is possibility of actions and individuals affecting the two communities

Independence Day Reflections
By Soraya Sepahpour-Ulrich

This Fourth of July, fireworks will once again fuel the apathy of a nation at war with its own future - a nation on a path of self-destruct in order to serve the agenda of another. It will be a day like all other days bearing witness to the Americans being cheated of their independence and sovereignty -- fireworks, flags, and taxation without representation

Gender Justice And/In Islam:
A Report On A Workshop

By Rehana Khan

Much has been written in recent years, particularly by a new generation of Muslim women writers, about gender-justice from within an Islamic framework. This no longer remains a mere academic exercise, though. Across the world, and, now, in India, too, activist groups are seeking to spread this message through practical engagement with Muslim women at the ‘grassroots’

Greening The Desert; Eritrea’s
Manzanar Mangrove Miracle

By Thomas C. Mountain

Along the nearly barren desert shoreline of the Red Sea there can be found a miracle of green forest stretching over 6 miles (10 kilometers), the Manzanar Mangrove Project. All of this is the work of a Japanese American, Dr. Gordon Sato who took his personal fortune obtained through his medical inventions and used it to transform formerly barren sandy silt beaches into an emerald green jungle, 20 feet high, using salt water

Sri Lanka: A Complete Loss Of Moral Imagination?
By Chandi Sinnathurai

Now is the time to mend broken relationships and to build bridges between the Tamils and the Sinhalas. The grass roots will need to see the reality of peace translated in the most practical way