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Counter Currents - 2019-05-23 - Original post - cached version

USS passe rani hai, iss passe Gandhi!” (“On that side is the Queen, on this is Gandhi) (https://indianexpress.com/elections/patiala-dharamvira-gandhi-aap-electi...) Nawan Punjab Party’s candidate ex MP Dr Dharamvira Gandhi’s election campaign and the way he projected his appeal as ‘battle...

Counter Currents - 2019-05-22 - Original post - cached version

Dalits here voted, on their own, for the first time in 30-40 years Even as all seven phases of polling in India’s parliament elections were over and the results are awaited, AP’s Chandragiri Legislative Assembly constituency attracted attention. It was a curious case where EVMs, photo ID cards,...

Counter Currents - 2019-05-22 - Original post - cached version

Sanctions imposed by the U.S. on Venezuela have cost the Bolivarian country billions of dollars while human suffering in the country is increasing, which have made the sanctions crime against humanity. Media reports said: “As a result of the economic embargo imposed by the US from 2015 through...

Counter Currents - 2019-05-22 - Original post - cached version

Rim Banna, a famous Palestinian singer who translated Palestine’s most moving poetry to song passed away on March 24, 2018, at the age of 51. Rim captured the struggle for Palestinian freedom in the most dignified and melodious ways. If we could imagine angels singing, they would sound like Rim...

Counter Currents - 2019-05-22 - Original post - cached version

The events of September 11, 2001, are still unexposed. Instead, the world has narrated a story within 13 minutes that Osama bin Laden was the supposed mastermind, and after 24 hours, the “facts” were set in stone by a congressional vote. At a lot of dissenting opinions about the attacks hushed,...

Counter Currents - 2019-05-22 - Original post - cached version

Marius Reikerås is an internationally acclaimed Norwegian lawyer and human rights activist. He was awarded the NCHR/NKMR honorary diploma 2018 for outstanding bravery, compassion and humanitarian engagement. As a lawyer, Marius Reikerås has always battled against the Norwegian court system, to...

Counter Currents - 2019-05-22 - Original post - cached version

‘I sing the song Of equality : In my view gender difference is essentially a triviality. Everything that is great in the world, all the works, beneficial and good, half must be credited to woman, and to man, half only we should. (Original: ‘Nari’ ( Bengali) Translator : Mohammad Omar Farooq )...

Counter Currents - 2019-05-22 - Original post - cached version

Co-Written by Parag Jyoti Saikia and Suraj Gogoi In Assam, a certain section of people desire intellectuals who do not question human rights issues, authority or policy.   The current social and political milieu in Assam is replete with claims and counterclaims over citizenship and measurements...

Counter Currents - 2019-05-22 - Original post - cached version

  With the harsh political reality we are now faced with   there is a serious need for strong resistance from citizens. This was clear at a public hearing  on the proposed Metro rail line 6 project  in Mumbai  on May 21. Alert  citizens, architects, engineers, housewives, transport experts  ...

Counter Currents - 2019-05-22 - Original post - cached version

So, after 38 days of Election Campaigning, which started on the 11th of April, 2019, the World’s Largest Election, (and also, the most complex as well as the most expensive), finally came to an end on the 19th of May, 2019. After 7 stages of voting and the equivalent of 7000 million (7 billion)...

Counter Currents - 2019-05-21 - Original post - cached version

A recent article in Arctic News on the outlook for global warming foresees a frightening scenario lurking right around the corner. Hopefully, the article’s premise of impending runaway global warming (“RGW”)is off the mark, by a lot. More to the point, off by really a lot in order to temper the...

Counter Currents - 2019-05-21 - Original post - cached version

Children in conflict zones are one of the most affected “parties” in today’s world. They, especially children from the poor-households pay the most. A recently released report – Stop the War on Children (2019) – by the Save the Children, UK highlights many facts related to the children in...

Counter Currents - 2019-05-21 - Original post - cached version

I was in Venezuela from April 26 to May 5, 2019. It was the fifth time I have been there in a span of 14 years, so I was able to put things I saw on this trip in that context. My first visit was in 2005. I saw people begging, sleeping in doorways, street venders filling not just sidewalks,[Read...

Counter Currents - 2019-05-21 - Original post - cached version

Millions of people are without water in Libya as summer temperatures begin to climb. Water supplies to the Libyan capital and surrounding cities have been cut off after an armed group stormed a control room. Media reports said: The gunmen arrived on Sunday at the control room in Jafara run by...

Counter Currents - 2019-05-21 - Original post - cached version

  The Indian-backed Iranian port of Chabahar has emerged as a major loophole in a tightening military and economic noose and ever harsher US sanctions that President Donald J. Trump, reluctant to be sucked into yet another war, sees as the best way to either force Tehran to its knees or achieve...

Counter Currents - 2019-05-21 - Original post - cached version

With Chávez dead and Maduro democratically elected the new president of Venezuela, terrorist “opposition” started to implement fear, destruction and death in the street of its own nation. Local elites started to attack the economy by closing factories, sabotaging distribution, exchanging all its...

Counter Currents - 2019-05-21 - Original post - cached version

By re-electing their current right-wing Liberal Party government and its Prime Minister leader Scott Morrison, Australian’s have, in one fell swoop, simultaneously betrayed humanity’s higher nature that constantly seeks to heal and constantly grow beyond whatever the more limited, baser,...

Counter Currents - 2019-05-21 - Original post - cached version

On 4 April 2019, the North Atlantic Treaty Organization, better known as NATO, marked the 70th anniversary of its existence with a conference attended by the foreign ministers of member nations in Washington DC. This will be complemented by a meeting of the heads of state of member nations in...

Counter Currents - 2019-05-21 - Original post - cached version

A vicious wave of extreme anti-abortion legislation is being hammered into law across the country. Alabama’s new law bans all abortions—even in cases of rape and incest. Doctors who provide abortions could be sent to prison for life. Georgia, Mississippi, Louisiana, Missouri, Indiana, Arkansas,...

Counter Currents - 2019-05-21 - Original post - cached version

Two colonial mass killings from the twentieth century are always remembered:  The Qissa Khwani Bazaar massacre on April 23, 1930 in Peshawar (then India, now in Pakistan) was the result of peaceful demonstrations protesting the arrest of Khan Abdul Ghaffar Khan who had called for a nonviolent...

Counter Currents - 2019-05-21 - Original post - cached version

Co-Written by Parag Jyoti Saikia and Suraj Gogoi Suicides, violence, persecution – why is the media not reporting the NRC process responsibly? On June 11, 2018, four Special Rapporteurs of Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) submitted a letter to Minister of...

Counter Currents - 2019-05-21 - Original post - cached version

Celibacy is not equivalent to high moral politics. To be married or unmarried is an individual choice. But to equate it with political morality and to celebrate celibacy as a high moral principle, creates a false binary of high and low moral politics. Ever since Narendra Modi was elected as the...

Counter Currents - 2019-05-21 - Original post - cached version

Co-Written by Anubhav Chakraborty and Azam Abbas   “There is usually work out there in Surat,” recounts a old migrant employee, before boarding the Puri-Okha specific, one amongst the longest train journeys in India—transporting many thousands of migrant employees from coastal Odisha to Gujarat...

Counter Currents - 2019-05-21 - Original post - cached version

The Urdu Marxist poet HabeebJaalib once entreated with his fellow writers: Artists of this land/ Rage, rage against the dying of the light/Art ill suits the bed of Tyranny. /This doomed sorrow is our inheritance. The sentiment is certainly not new, as art has always found a way to write back to...

Counter Currents - 2019-05-20 - Original post - cached version

What You Have Heard Is True: A Memoir of Witness and Resistance by Carolyn Forché   “Friend, hope for the Guest while you are alive.” – Kabir, “To Be a Slave of Intensity” Strange how a man Can enter your life Just like that: a knock Out of nowhere And you’ve slipped away To a rendezvous with...

Counter Currents - 2019-05-20 - Original post - cached version

The study of soybeans brings home the fact that everything is internally related. We can never fully understand any one thing, even something as humble as the soybean,  without being drawn beyond it to the study of other things, and ultimately to the study of the totality in which they partake....

Counter Currents - 2019-05-20 - Original post - cached version

Every year in just ten conflict-affected countries at least 100,000 infants die who in the absence of conflict would survive, says a new report British charity Save the Children. The study applied the findings in The Lancet’s study to the ten worst conflict-affected countries, which estimates...

Counter Currents - 2019-05-20 - Original post - cached version

Australian politics since the 1990s has been marked by a dedicated loathing of the “vision thing”.  For those keen to see policies lasting beyond the life of the May fly, disappointment lies.  Federal governments, at best, have shelf lives of three short years. Governments are effectively...

Counter Currents - 2019-05-20 - Original post - cached version

President Donald Trump’s use of the most vicious aspects of economic warfare prompt another examination of the politics of starvation. After George W. Bush’s administration, Presidents Barack Obama and Donald Trump lessened Bush’s aggressive war policies and leaned to economic warfare. Sounds...

Counter Currents - 2019-05-20 - Original post - cached version

“The people of Iran should stand united in the face of this, and they will deliver a strong punch to the mouth of the American secretary of state and anyone who backs them” (Dehghanpisheh and Andrew 2018)). Almost one year back, Ismail Kowsari, the deputy commander of the Islamic Revolutionary...

Counter Currents - 2019-05-20 - Original post - cached version

NYT – 18 May 2019 To the Editor in CHIEF Venezuela’s Collapse Is the Worst Outside of War in Decades, Economists Say https://www.nytimes.com/2019/05/17/world/americas/venezuela-economy.html... Subtitle: Butchers have stopped selling meat cuts in favor of offal, fat shavings and cow hooves, the...

Counter Currents - 2019-05-20 - Original post - cached version

In Orwellian West, everything is possible nowadays. On one hand, we have the US admittedly willing to intervene militarily in Venezuela, with Guaidó’s masochist supporters misinterpreting article 187.11 of the Venezuelan Constitution to beg to be bombed and slaughtered. On the other hand,...

Counter Currents - 2019-05-20 - Original post - cached version

Unlike a regular corporation, the corporations that manufacture and sell weapons to their government are virtually 100% dependent upon their government and its military allies, for their own success; their markets are only those governments, not individuals (such as is the case for normal...

Counter Currents - 2019-05-20 - Original post - cached version

WHY AMAR SHAIKH? In today’s hubbub, the collective voice of descent of working masses appears to have melted away and ‘organizational strength’ of toiling and working masses is in retreat. Under such a chaotic situation, we are inevitably reminded of an eloquent popular voice, a poet and...

Counter Currents - 2019-05-20 - Original post - cached version

  Sadhvi Pragya Thakur, an accused in Malegaon blast in 2008 is fielded by the Bhartiya Janata Party(BJP) in Lok Sabha 2019 elections as a potential candidate against veteran Digvijay Singh, the Congress party candidate in Bhopal, Madhya Pradesh. Sadhvi Pragya Thakur is a criminal and a murderer...

Counter Currents - 2019-05-20 - Original post - cached version

Co-Written By Suraj Gogoi and Prasenjit Biswas Colonialism is a story of exploitation, subjugation and domination. It sought to establish racial supremacy and resorted to an accumulation of wealth. Be it the Dutch Vereenigde Oostindische Compagnie (VOC) or the British East India Company, in the...

Counter Currents - 2019-05-18 - Original post - cached version

The country which possess independent, impartial and efficient institutions is a politically developed country. Unfortunately this thesis is under stress and its major blow has just come when Election Commissioner Ashok Lavasa has stated that his minority views were not recorded on violations of...

Counter Currents - 2019-05-18 - Original post - cached version

  Everyone knew India’s organised sector contained a large number of shell companies. We should have worked out its impact and whether a blowing up factor was required before launching the new GDP series. Another controversy about India’s gross domestic product (GDP) data has broken out, with a...

Counter Currents - 2019-05-18 - Original post - cached version

Varanasi, the seat Narendra Modi contests, goes to polls on May 19, in the last and seventh phase, as per a ‘conveniently manipulated schedule’. Elections in India are more an act of denial of democracy than seeking a people’s mandate.  It is more like bidding for and winning a contract to loot...

Counter Currents - 2019-05-18 - Original post - cached version

A fully loaded Chinese oil tanker ploughing its way eastwards from two Iranian oil terminals raises questions of how far Beijing is willing to go in defying US sanctions amid a mounting US military build-up in the Gulf and a US-China trade war. The sailing from Iran of the Pacific Bravo takes on...

Counter Currents - 2019-05-18 - Original post - cached version

  The last decade has witnesses intensified attacks on Muslim, Christian, Sikh and ‘lower castes’ in India, according to a study released recently by the University of California, Berkeley. This first of its kind report on the status of Islamophobia in India is meant to provide a groundbreaking...

Counter Currents - 2019-05-18 - Original post - cached version

      A dangerous flashpoint has emerged in world politics at the moment. There is widespread fear that the United States and its allies might launch a military operation against Iran at any time. A US aircraft carrier and B-52 bombers are already deployed in the region. The alleged sabotage of...

Counter Currents - 2019-05-18 - Original post - cached version

Co-Written By Suraj Gogoi, Gorky Chakraborty and Parag Jyoti Saikia In response to Professor SanjibBaruah‘s article ‘Stateless in Assam‘ which discussed a new focus on detention camps for ‘stateless citizens’, SurajGogoi, Gorky Chakraborty and Parag JyotiSaikia reflect on the implications of...

Counter Currents - 2019-05-18 - Original post - cached version

“The backward classes have come to realise that after all education is the greatest material benefit for which they can fight….’ Dr. B. R. Ambedkar (EDUCATION: THE ONLY KEY TO DALIT PROGRESS By Bhalchandra Mungekar, , Vice Chancellor, University of Mumbai www.ambedkar.org ) Past few years have...

Counter Currents - 2019-05-17 - Original post - cached version

  The United States has raided the premises of the Venezuelan embassy in Washington D.C. The aggressive act violates all related international laws. Media reports said: Nicolas Maduro, the President of Venezuela, has rejected and repudiated the storming of its embassy by U.S. police officers...

Counter Currents - 2019-05-17 - Original post - cached version

The US plans to illegally give Guaidó’s Gang access to at the least part of the US$30 billion stolen from the Venezuelan people so these US-trained Venezuelan criminals could buy US weapons to help the US invade and plunder Venezuela. Brilliantly criminal! The US administration believes to be...

Counter Currents - 2019-05-17 - Original post - cached version

The Persian Gulf region has become a veritable powder keg with the United States taking a more aggressive position on Iran, while Saudi Arabia, UAE and other regional powers keep lining up behind Washington with an equally aggressive mood. The unfolding strategic scenario in the Gulf flashes...

Counter Currents - 2019-05-17 - Original post - cached version

‘King can do no wrong’ days have gone, and the RBI is not a king. Despite noticing wilful defiance of the RBI, the apex court was very kind to it in contempt cases, but if the later does not withdraw this anti-transparency policy again, it might face the ire of people and courts. The RBI should...

Counter Currents - 2019-05-17 - Original post - cached version

At the time of the establishment of the Congress Socialist Party (CSP) on May 17, 1934 in Patna, under the chairmanship of the patriarch of the Indian Socialist Movement, Acharya Narendra Deva, two goals were clear: to achieve the independence of the country and to enhance the pace of the...

Counter Currents - 2019-05-17 - Original post - cached version

“Don’t complain about the snow on your neighbour’s roof, when your own doorstep is unclean.” – Confucius Prime Minister Narendra Modi mounted at Kushinagar, Deoria in UP, a furious attack on BSP supremo and former UP Chief Minister Mayawati for “shedding crocodile tears” over the incident of...

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