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Counter Currents - 2018-06-23 - Original post - cached version

The cult of 56 inches does not symbolize courage or strength, it portrays toxic masculinity. And toxic masculinity is not normal.It must be resisted. When Simon de Beauvoir[1] wrote about becoming women’ she was referring to the notion of social construction of a person as a woman. Similarly,...

Counter Currents - 2018-06-23 - Original post - cached version

Game Over! The Tigray People’s Liberation Front which has ruled Ethiopia since 1991 has been ousted from power in Ethiopia, replaced by a new breed of leadership who have quickly moved to reassure the people that a real change is in the making. This past Wednesday, June 20, was a busy day for...

Counter Currents - 2018-06-23 - Original post - cached version

Yahya Staquf, a diminutive, soft-spoken leader of Nahdlatul Ulama, the world’s largest Muslim movement, and Indonesian president Joko Widodo’s advisor on religious affairs, has held a series of meetings in recent weeks that reflect the Muslim world’s shifting attitudes towards Israel and the...

Counter Currents - 2018-06-23 - Original post - cached version

Killing people on suspicion of possession or trading of beef continues unabated in India. In yet another case related to suspicion on cow slaughter, the Bareilly in Uttar Pradesh (U.P) police thrashed a meat trader Mohammad Salim Qureshi alias Munna so badly that he succumbed to injuries on...

Counter Currents - 2018-06-23 - Original post - cached version

We heard quite a lot about “The Iran nuclear deal” and pros and cons of Iran nuclear deal, but what we don’t hear about is that Iran is facing deep internal strife. The recent mass protests in Southwest Iran (Ahwaz region). Iranian regime’s discriminatory policies, racism, poverty and diseases...

Counter Currents - 2018-06-23 - Original post - cached version

BP recently published energy data through December 31, 2017, in its Statistical Review of World Energy 2018. The following are a few points we observe, looking at the data: [1] The world is making limited progress toward moving away from fossil fuels. The two bands that top fossil fuels that are...

Counter Currents - 2018-06-23 - Original post - cached version

 I have an associate of around fifteen years. I work with him on and off in nanotechnology areas. I have nothing except for the highest respect, admiration and caring for him because he is ethical, kindly, dedicated to serving the best interests of humanity, and he is honorable in terms of using...

Counter Currents - 2018-06-23 - Original post - cached version

In a serious escalation of repression, authorities in Chicago are arresting revolutionaries on bogus charges.  In one week, at two public festivals, 11 people with the Revolution Club have been arrested on ridiculous pretexts.  In one case, they are mainly charged with misdemeanor obstructing/...

Counter Currents - 2018-06-23 - Original post - cached version

A great Israeli-German Jew passed away. Her death represents a significant loss to the Palestinian people’s struggle for justice, human rights, and self-determination. She and her late husband Mieciu, who died in 2015, stood for the other, the better Israel after they emigrated to Germany. They...

Counter Currents - 2018-06-23 - Original post - cached version

There is something charming about a first lady making media bloopers; however, one cannot say the same for those born very rich who are often obtuse to the sufferings of others. The news reaching a crescendo this week in the US has not been the World Cup — relatively few understand the game here...

Counter Currents - 2018-06-23 - Original post - cached version

This is not the story of a man who once sold tea and later ‘sold’ dreams to a people and managed to reach top echleons of power in the biggest democracy in the world. This is not the story of this man and his rise from the margins of a organisation which is called the biggest cultural...

Counter Currents - 2018-06-22 - Original post - cached version

Court documents made public in Virginia and Texas give a glimpse of the systematic brutality being meted out to immigrant children in both public and private jails. Children are strapped down, hooded and beaten, or drugged by force, as part of the everyday procedure in what can only be called...

Counter Currents - 2018-06-22 - Original post - cached version

“The condition of alienation, of being asleep, of being unconscious, of being out of one’s mind, is the condition of the normal man.  Society highly values its normal man.  It educates children to lose themselves and to become absurd, and thus to be normal.  Normal men have killed perhaps 100,...

Counter Currents - 2018-06-22 - Original post - cached version

            The summit meeting in Singapore on 12 June of President Donald Trump of the United States and Kim Jong-un, Chairman of the State Affairs Commission of the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK) was a highly significant meeting, facilitated by a good number of diplomatic efforts...

Counter Currents - 2018-06-22 - Original post - cached version

Nagas are considered to be the people, who belong to old warrior tribe. Some of the myths also inform that these people are from Mongoloid origin.  People often believe that there is only one Naga tribe or that Naga is a single tribe. However, there are about 32 known Naga tribes, which are...

Counter Currents - 2018-06-22 - Original post - cached version

The Jacinda Ardern phenomenon, clumsily dubbed Jacindamania, shows no signs of abating.  Journalists have long given up bothering about policy analysis regarding New Zealand’s prime minister, instead focusing on pregnancy and the newly arrived infant. The duration of the prime minister’s tenure...

Counter Currents - 2018-06-22 - Original post - cached version

 The Trump administration’s actions have continued to threaten the health and wellbeing of immigrant families, border communities, and their local environment with its racist, inhumane deportation agenda. And Congressional Republicans continue to do his bidding. At the Sierra Club, we fight for...

Counter Currents - 2018-06-22 - Original post - cached version

  Joke: Four years ago, I wrote a letter to the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) pointing out that widely availably technology called “IMSI catchers” were being used to intercept cell phone signals, locate people, spy on their calls and insert malicious software in their phones.  I asked...

Counter Currents - 2018-06-22 - Original post - cached version

Both President Trump and former President Obama are commonly said in America’s ‘news’ media to be or to have been “ceding Syria to Russia” or “ceding Syria to Russia and Iran,” or similar allegations. They imply that ‘we’ own (or have some right to control) Syria. That’s not only a lie; it is a...

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During the past few weeks, we have seen a true political revolution in Italy. Matteo Salvini, leader of the Italian League, has successfully exploited his new position of Minister of the Interior to gain personal prominence. The M5s movement had won the elections, this year, but it has been...

Counter Currents - 2018-06-22 - Original post - cached version

As discontent increases with overly expensive and totally inadequate US health care, it is time to look closely at the beginnings of the modern Cuban medical system. Like the US, Cuba had unintegrated, overlapping medical institutions that failed the poor, especially black, population of the...

Counter Currents - 2018-06-22 - Original post - cached version

Those of us interested in the mammals of the sea have definitely enjoyed the pictures and videos on the internet of Belugas. The Beluga, or white whale, is one of the smallest species of whale. Their distinctive colour and prominent foreheads make them easily identifiable. Calves are born gray...

Counter Currents - 2018-06-22 - Original post - cached version

(CNS): Dr Marie Lisa Dacanay, President of the Institute for Social Entrepreneurship in Asia, defines social entrepreneurship as ‘a game changing strategy to mainstream social enterprises to help the poor/ marginalized and women at the grassroots become key partners in multi-stakeholder...

Counter Currents - 2018-06-22 - Original post - cached version

The latest horrendous episode of Kashmir saga is the dastardly assassination of Shujaat Bukhari who had risen as the epitome of the finest qualities every Kashmiri will be vying for ages to come. His killing marks a paradigm shift in the very political nature of Kashmir conflict which has...

Counter Currents - 2018-06-22 - Original post - cached version

The Indian Association of People’s lawyers (IAPL) condemns the arrest of Advocate Vanchinathan by the Chennai police in the early hours of Thursday, 21 June 2018. Following the brutal police crackdown in Tuticorin on people protesting against Sterlite Copper Smelter Plant in which 13 people were...

Counter Currents - 2018-06-21 - Original post - cached version

A Trump political initiative for peace is looming on the horizon, but no one expects that “Ultimate Deal” to be, in any sense, a “Palestinian political initiative”. It is difficult to formulate a Palestinian “political initiative”, period. Palestinians are not free political agents. A...

Counter Currents - 2018-06-21 - Original post - cached version

Over the past ten months, at least 12 persons have succumbed to hunger in Jharkhand. Instead of taking action against functionaries whose lapses have led to these deaths and measures to improve the situation of food security in the state, Jharkhand government has denied hunger as the cause of...

Counter Currents - 2018-06-21 - Original post - cached version

The Credibility of India’s top institutions has lately suffered affecting governance and democracy in the country. Its  strong indication came in the form of the impeachment motion against the chief justice of India which was rejected by the  Vice president and  was subsequently challenged in...

Counter Currents - 2018-06-21 - Original post - cached version

(Extraordinarily hot weather in Kashmir is part of the Global Climate change due to which many parts of the world have been experiencing freak weather) Kashmir has been experiencing very hot weather in the month of June. According to MET sources sometimes the temperature has been more than 8...

Counter Currents - 2018-06-21 - Original post - cached version

The Trump administration has reached a new low. After having nothing but praise for Kim Jong Un, the leader of the most despotic government on Earth, Trump has now initiated policies in our own country that are unprecedented in their cruelty. Like you, I have watched with horror and disgust the...

Counter Currents - 2018-06-21 - Original post - cached version

Introduction. Just because there are elections and an elected government, don’t think that there cannot be fascism. One needs only to look at the Nazi German example. For some years before the German President Paul von Hindenburg named Adolf Hitler Chancellor (Prime Minister) of Germany on...

Counter Currents - 2018-06-21 - Original post - cached version

Today is Juneteenth – the annual and oldest known celebration commemorating the end of slavery in the United States. President Lincoln’s Emancipation Proclamation became official on January 1, 1863, but it wasn’t until June 19, 1865 that the news arrived in Galveston, Texas. That’s right: it...

Counter Currents - 2018-06-21 - Original post - cached version

Although the New York Times says that President Donald Trump lies vastly more than did President Barack Obama, the definite liar in that comparison — based on the factual record, to be presented here — is the New York Times itself. It lies in alleging this, which isn’t to say that either...

Counter Currents - 2018-06-21 - Original post - cached version

The tradition is represented as noble, the confiding link between confessor and penitent, a bridge never to be broken, even under pain of death.  Taken that way, the confessional is brandished as the Catholic Church’s great weapon against the wiles and predations of secular power.  The State...

Counter Currents - 2018-06-21 - Original post - cached version

In a recent article titled ‘Challenges for Resolving Complex Conflicts’, I pointed out four conflict configurations that are paid little attention by conflict theorists. In this article, I would like to discuss a fifth conflict configuration that is effectively ignored by conflict theorists (and...

Counter Currents - 2018-06-21 - Original post - cached version

Small and marginal farmers, sharecroppers, landless labourers and other farm and forest workers in India are the single largest natural resource being exploited for capitalist accumulation in India. The market pays the manual work of those who produce their own food and that of others at below...

Counter Currents - 2018-06-21 - Original post - cached version

If Mrs Indira Gandhi had listened to Mr P.N. Haksar, her reputed principal secretary, India probably would not have landed in the mess in the automobile and public transport sector. Mr Haksar, a staunch socialist, strongly opposed her son Sanjay Gandhi’s arrogant and ill-conceived Maruti car...

Counter Currents - 2018-06-21 - Original post - cached version

In the name of Fundamental Research not much has been done in India in comparison with European nations. The right to education was once traditionally confined to ‘one’ community in India which is a fact that also has contributed to great extent to the degradation of Education system.  Right...

Counter Currents - 2018-06-21 - Original post - cached version

  The withdrawal of Bhartiya Janata Party’s support from its ally the People’s Democratic Party in Jammu and Kashmir has plunged the state into a quandary. The Governor’s rule and the promulgation of the Armed Forces Special Powers Act (AFSPA) have pushed the state into uncertainties. Where do...

Counter Currents - 2018-06-21 - Original post - cached version

Walking through the roads of Shopian, as I proceed towards the main market of Shopian, the great and significant Jamia Masjid grasps my eyes, amid all the hustle bustle of the main chowk where occupants mostly come putting up their stalls, it’s historic prominence and beautiful architecture...

Counter Currents - 2018-06-20 - Original post - cached version

Jammu and Kashmir (J&K) politics has once again entered a cycle of uncertainty following BJP’s decision to pull out of the coalition with the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) formed three years ago. It eventually led to the resignation of its chief minister Mehbooba Mufti whose decision to...

Counter Currents - 2018-06-20 - Original post - cached version

We strongly condemn the late night arrest (on 18th June 2018) by the Tamil Nadu police of Piyush Manush Sethia of Salem Citizens’ Forum, Mansoor Ali Khan, an actor and Valarmathi, a student activist, and possibly others, who have been engaged in opposing a range of socially and environmentally...

Counter Currents - 2018-06-20 - Original post - cached version

Lurking in the background of a Saudi-Moroccan spat over World Cup hosting rights and the Gulf crisis is a more fundamental competition for the mantle of spearheading promotion of a moderate interpretation of Islam. It’s a competition in which history and long-standing religious diplomacy gives...

Counter Currents - 2018-06-20 - Original post - cached version

A Muslim man was lynched to death following a rumour of cow slaughter in a village in Pilkhua near Hapur district of western UP. The man named Kashim died in the hospital in the course of treatment. The condition of the other person is also serious. A trivial feud, where men were reportedly...

Counter Currents - 2018-06-20 - Original post - cached version

Trump’s claims of success after his Singapore meeting with Kim Jong-un were in complete contrast to the downbeat mood amongst most of the other leaders who had been with him at the preceding G7 summit in Canada. Trump’s claims of success after his Singapore meeting with Kim Jong-un were in...

Counter Currents - 2018-06-20 - Original post - cached version

The point of anarchism is to create a better society for everyone. To realize anarchism, many agree, is to do away with power. Why? Because gravitating towards power, hierarchy, and subjugation sullies our politics and makes the aims of anarchism impossible. Of course, even an egalitarian...

Counter Currents - 2018-06-20 - Original post - cached version

  Is racism at the heart of separating children from the parents? Trump doesn’t care about anyone except himself. After all, these immigrants are less human than him, and he is adept in gathering support from those who are quick to dehumanize others. Is this the stinky disguised racism? Are we...

Counter Currents - 2018-06-20 - Original post - cached version

Europe is facing the most significant refugee crisis since World War II. All attempts at resolving the issue have failed, mostly because they have ignored the root causes of the problem. On June 11, Italy’s new Interior Minister, Matteo Salvini, blocked the Aquarius rescue ship, carrying 629...

Counter Currents - 2018-06-20 - Original post - cached version

The margin between what is a human right as an inalienable possession, and how it is seen in political terms is razor fine. In some cases, the distinctions are near impossible to make.  To understand the crime of genocide is to also understand the political machinations that limited its purview...

Counter Currents - 2018-06-20 - Original post - cached version

In the state of Georgia’s Glynn County Detention Center, four activists await trial stemming from their nonviolent action, on April 4, 2018, at the Naval Submarine Base, Kings Bay. In all, seven Catholic plowshares activists acted that day, aiming to make real the prophet Isaiah’s command to “...

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