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Editorial: December 2014

Editorial: December 2014 ….and now “shutting down” urban centers Dr.Rasheed Hasan Khan Hardly had the public heaved a sigh of relief on the peaceful passage of 30 November, when the PTI supremo Imran Khan announced his “Plan C”. This cast a pall of anxiety over the country once again. Plan C is the time table … Continue reading

Listen to the Peasants

Listen to the peasants I.A. Rehman Published 27/11/2014 DESPITE the din created by power-hungry political gladiators, the country’s peasants have been able to attract public attention over the past several weeks. They have a right to be heard. There have been demonstrations in a number of towns, especially in Punjab, by peasants against the low … Continue reading

How a Century of Racist Policies made Ferguson into a Pocket of Despair

How a Century of Racist Policies Made Ferguson Into a Pocket of Concentrated Despair October 27, 2014 Joshua Holland Ferguson, Missouri, was a powder-keg waiting for a match long before August 9 and Michael Brown’s fateful encounter with Police Officer Darren Wilson. It is one of many predominantly black communities across the United States plagued … Continue reading

Barbed Wire and Tear Gas in Cairo….

Barbed Wire and Tear Gas in Cairo as Protesters Rise After Mubarak Acquittal By Jon Queally Global Research, December 01, 2014 Egyptians enraged by Saturday’s court decision to drop murder charges against Hosni Mubarak took to the streets of Cairo on Saturday where they were met by tanks, barbed wire fences, tear gas and army … Continue reading

Hiding the Truth about Caste

Hiding the truth about caste How Sangh Parivar ideologues distort the history of untouchability in India Ram Puniyani Caste hierarchy is a major obstacle to social justice. Adding to the plethora of theories regarding its origin, the RSS has recently brought out three books — Hindu Charmakar Jati, Hindu Khatik Jati and Hindu Valmiki Jati … Continue reading

Yasir Arafat- Why he still matters

Yasser Arafat: why he still matters Hussein Agha and Ahmad Samih Khalidi Thursday 13 November 2014 Hated and venerated in equal measure, Yasser Arafat dominated the Palestinian landscape, and with it, much of the Middle East’s political map for almost five decades. His death 10 years ago, besieged and in miserable isolation, marked the beginning … Continue reading

Why America needs War

Why America Needs War Jacques R. Pauwels Global Research, November 09, 2014 This incisive article was written on April 30, 2003, by historian and political scientist Jacques Pauwels. Wars are a terrible waste of lives and resources, and for that reason most people are in principle opposed to wars. The American President, on the other … Continue reading

The Politics of Thanksgiving

The Politics of Thanksgiving Day William Loren Katz Global Research, November 27, 2014 As family excitement builds over Thanksgiving, you would never know November was Native American History Month. President Barack Obama publicly announced the month, but many more Americans will be paying much greater attention to his annual declaration of thanksgiving with the ceremonial … Continue reading

Arundhati Roy: Goddess of Big Ideas

Arundhati Roy: goddess of big ideas Andrew Anthony Sunday 23 November 2014 Like India and Walt Whitman, Arundhati Roy contains multitudes. She is, however, far from large. Small, delicately boned, a beguiling mixture of piercing dark eyes and bright easy smile, she is a warm presence. She turns 53 tomorrow and the grey tint to … Continue reading

Bhopal: A Metaphor

Bhopal: A Metaphor Vandana Shiva 3/12/2014 ‘The 30th anniversary of Bhopal gas tragedy,’ writes Shiva, ‘should catalyse actions worldwide for justice for Bhopal and for all victims of an economy based on toxics.’ (Photo: Bhopal Medical Appeal/flickr/cc) December 3, 2014, marks the 30th anniversary of the terrible Bhopal gas tragedy, which killed more than 3,000 … Continue reading