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Editorial : June 2015

Editorial : June 2015 The Sounds of Silence Dr.Rasheed Hasan Khan Countless Rohingyas are stranded at sea, lacking food, water and sanitation, seeking refuge in countries whose navies are bent upon foiling their desperate attempts to find asylum. The only country so far, to have offered them refuge is the Philippines, a Catholic-dominated country, while … Continue reading

The Rohingya – adrift on a Sea of Sorrow

The Rohingya – Adrift on a Sea of Sorrows Published on Saturday, May 30, 2015 by Eric Margolis When is genocide not really genocide? When the victims are small, impoverished brown people no wants or cares about – Burma’s Rohingya. Their plight has finally commanded some media attention because of the suffering of Rohingya boat … Continue reading

Nearly Half of Asia is Absolutely Poor :ADB

Nearly half of Asia absolute poor: ADB Khaleeq Kiani BAKU: Putting the infrastructure financing needs of developing Asia at $8 trillion until 2020, the Asian Development Bank (ADB) on Monday announced scaling up its annual operations by 50 per cent to $20 billion for sustainable development of infrastructure to achieve inclusive growth and poverty reduction. … Continue reading

Sick Policies,Starving Farmers

Sick policies, starving farmers Agrarian policies are proving to be an albatross around the neck of ordinary farmers Amit Bhardwaj 2015-04-11 Amon Singh Kevat, 70, a small farmer in Vidisha, Madhya Pradesh, spent three long days in April waiting for his harvest to be picked up from an open plot that served as a mandi … Continue reading

Kashmir– Hell of Internal Colonialism

Kashmir– Hell of Internal Colonialism By Bernard D’Mello When it comes to Kashmir, official mendacity in India seems to cross all bounds. So even a prominent member of the Indian Establishment felt that the Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar’s recent (May 22) open advocacy of “kaante-se-kaanta-nikaalte-hein” (a-thorn-to-remove-a-thorn) counterinsurgency tactics was “terrible” and that he should withdraw … Continue reading

The Political Roots of Widening Inequality

The Political Roots of Widening Inequality Published on Friday, May 01, 2015 by The American Prospect by Robert Reich Because the concentration of political power by a corporate and financial elite has been able to influence the rules by which the economy runs, the solutions that government was once able to offer are no longer … Continue reading

The Challenge of Journalism

‘The Challenge of Journalism… Is to Survive in the Pressure Cooker of Plutocracy’ Published on Wednesday, May 27, 2015 by Common Dreams by Bill Moyers The following remarks were made by Bill Moyers at the presentation of the Helen Bernstein Book Awards for Excellence in Journalism. The ceremony took place at the New York Public … Continue reading

Peasants and Professors

Peasants and professors – Neo-liberalism and the peasantry’s distress Prabhat Patnaik When I first started teaching at the Jawaharlal Nehru University in July 1973, the starting basic salary of an associate professor was Rs 700 per month. Nowadays the starting basic salary of an associate professor in a Central university is about Rs 47,000 per … Continue reading

Class Clout in the Courtroom

Class Clout in the Courtroom The rich and the powerful rally around each other and work the system to their benefit even as thousands of others languish in jail without even a fair hearing, writes Pradyot Lal Pradyot Lal 2015-05-23 , An unparalleled bout of judicial largesse, a kind of trapeze act, brought reprieve to … Continue reading

Oil, Geo-politics and the Economic Corridor

Oil Geopolitics and the “Economic Corridor”: Pakistan Enters China’s “New Silk Road” By Pepe Escobar Global Research, April 26, 2015 Now how do you top this as a geopolitical entrance? Eight JF-17 Thunder fighter jets escorting Chinese President Xi Jinping on board an Air China Boeing as he enters Pakistani air space. And these JF-17s … Continue reading