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The Myth of Value Free Social Science

The Myth of ‘Value-Free’ Social Science Or The Value of Political Commitments to Social Science By Prof. James Petras Global Research, April 22, 2015 For many decades, mainstream social scientists, mostly conservative, have argued that political commitments and scientific research are incompatible. Against this current of opinion, others, mostly politically engaged social scientists, have argued … Continue reading

Imperialism in the Twenty – first Century

Imperialism in the Twenty-First Century by John Smith topics: Imperialism, Labor, Political Economy places: Asia, China, Global John Smith teaches international political economy at Kingston University in London. This paper has been abstracted from his book Imperialism in the Twenty-First Century, forthcoming from Monthly Review Press in 2016. Introduction The globalization of production and its … Continue reading

Why Is Cuba’s Health Care system the best model for poor Countries?

Why Is Cuba’s Health Care System the Best Model for Poor Countries? by Don Fitz Furious though it may be, the current debate over health care in the US is largely irrelevant to charting a path for poor countries of Africa, Latin America, Asia, and the Pacific Islands.  That is because the US squanders perhaps … Continue reading

Spying on Americans through Cell Phone Carriers

Spying on Americans through Cellphone Carriers NSA Saying: ‘If We Tell You, We’ll Have to Kill You’   by Tom Burghardt   What most Americans are blissfully unaware of is the fact that they carry in their pockets what have been described as near-perfect spy devices: their cellphones.     When Congress passed the FISA … Continue reading

Dengue — Control through G.M. mosquito

Enviro Groups Fear “Dangerously Misguided” Plan to Unleash Genetically Modified Mosquitoes Company insists plan is “environment-friendly,” that genetic modification is “a well-understood, safe technology” – Common Dreams staff The Florida Keys Mosquito Control District is having a town hall meeting tonight about a plan to release genetically modified mosquitoes in order to control the population … Continue reading

Water conflicts and Hydroelectricity in South Asia

Water Conflicts and Hydroelectricity in South AsiaThe Indus Water Treaty. A Review article by Nasrullah Khan Kalair Transboundary river water distribution agreements tethering   neighboring countries are overstretched, at least between Pakistan and India.   Tens of hydropower dam on western Indus Basin Rivers are transforming into a   real threat to lower riparian. Industrial … Continue reading

The Skin he lives in

Priyanka Gill is a freelance journalist and an avid art collector. She blogs atwww.estylista.com The skin he lives in Saving Face, a new documentary film has just become Pakistan’s first Oscar nomination. Priyanka Gill meets its unusual protagonist Dr Mohammed Jawad   Doctor Mohammed Jawad is surprisingly relaxed – considering he is the subject of … Continue reading

What Doctors know —

  What Doctors Know — and We Can Learn — About Dying   Physicians are more likely to sign advance directives and avoid rescue measures at the end of their lives By Shannon Brownlee | January 16, 2012 Brownlee’s latest book is Overtreated: Why Too Much Medicine is Making Us Sicker and Poorer. Last month, … Continue reading

Killer Seeds: Monsanto’s Genetically Modified Seeds

KILLER SEEDS: The Devastating Impacts of Monsanto’s Genetically Modified Seeds in India by Iqbal Ahmed Monsanto’s operation in India illustrates monopolization and manipulation of the market economy, tradition, technology, and misgovernance. The world’s largest producer of genetically engineered seeds has been selling genetically modified (GM) in India for the last decade to benefit the Indian … Continue reading

Psychologists and Torture

Published on Sunday, January 29, 2012 by Common Dreams   Dismantling the Master’s House: Psychologists and Torture   by Roy Eidelson Amid disturbing reports that psychologists were involved in the abuse and torture of prisoners at Guantanamo Bay and elsewhere, the American Psychological Association (APA) Task Force on Psychological Ethics and National Security (PENS) met … Continue reading