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Good Tidings from Lahore

Good tidings from Lahore I.A. REHMAN WHILE the Punjab government is yet to answer for its policy on the religious extremists, its shadow-boxing with the National Accountability Bureau and the orange train mega scandal, it will be unfair not to recognise some of its recent initiatives. Most commendable is the first Punjab Gender Parity Report … Continue reading

A Good Reason to Read the Vedas

A good reason to read the Vedas   JAWED NAQVI     HOW can one ever justify the burning of books? And yet, books are burnt, increasingly so. These days books are also pulped because religious gurus don’t want them to reach the bookstores. Some have destroyed more books than they have read. Such people … Continue reading

Fidel Tells Obama

Fidel Tells Obama: ‘We Don’t Need the Empire to Give us Anything.’ Leader of the Cuban Revolution refutes the U.S. President’s account of their countries’ shared history by Lauren McCauley, staff writer   Former Cuban President Fidel Castro had a few things to say about U.S. President Barack Obama’s recent visit to his island nation, writing in … Continue reading

Purveyors of Global Violence

Purveyors of Global Violence, US Continues to Lead World Arms Trade Topping the list of those on the receiving end of these deals are Middle East allies, including Saudi Arabia by Lauren McCauley, staff writer The U.S. weapons industry continues to lead the world as the greatest supplier of major arms and munitions, according to … Continue reading

The Challenge Before the Latin American Left

The Challenge Before the Latin American Left by Prabhat Patnaik The Left upsurge in Latin America appears to be abating.  In October 2015 Jimmy Morales, the conservative candidate in Guatemala, defeated the Left-leaning Sandra Torres in the presidential elections.  On November 22, Mauricio Macri, the conservative presidential candidate in Argentina, defeated Daniel Scioli, his Peronist … Continue reading

Michael Moore Says His New Movie Will Change America

Michael Moore Says His New Movie Will Change America Published on Thursday, February 11, 2016 by Common Dreams “Free universal health care, free university, free day care, taxing and policing hedge fund millionaires—have already happened in nearly every other industrialized country in the world! And I have the evidence—and the film—to prove it!” by Lauren … Continue reading

No Vacation From Politics

No Vacation from Politics by Paul A. Baran   Paul A. Baran (1909–1964) was an influential Marxian political economist and professor of economics at Stanford from 1951 until his death. An early and prolific contributor to MR, he was the author of The Political Economy of Growth (1957) and, with Paul M. Sweezy, Monopoly Capital … Continue reading

Campus Rumpus

Campus rumpus KUMKUM DASGUPTA SEVERAL bright yellow barricades of the Delhi police divided the students into two neat groups. A few policemen stood around watching the proceedings; some looked bored with all that was happening around them: sloganeering, thunderous claps and songs. On one side of the barricades were supporters of the Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi … Continue reading

Indian Democracy in Crisis

Indian Democracy in Crisis: Umar Khalid, JNU Student Leader Charged Under India’s “Laws of Criminal Conspiracy” By Shubhda Chaudhary Global Research, February 25, 2016 Countercurrents 24 February 2016 Region: Asia Irrespective of the fact that student protests, ranging to thousands of participants called for a solidarity march on 18th February in large numbers, the reality … Continue reading

Dark Underbelly

Dark underbelly Zeenat Hisam ‘Democracy is a charming form of government, full of variety and disorder.’ — Plato AS the democratic process unfolds in Pakistan, one wonders what kind of a hybrid would emerge in times to come. Don’t get me wrong: no sane person would argue against the supremacy of democracy. But yesterday’s turn … Continue reading