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by Hari Om on 30 Jun 2010 0 Comment

With the resolution of the Baltal land issue on August 31, political parties started wooing their respective constituencies. Significantly, the BJP, which had played a very significant role in the land-restoration movement, did not go gaga over the land restoration to the SASB. The BJP maintained a low profile for quite sometime, notwithstanding th

by Israel Shamir on 30 Jun 2010 0 Comment

Bombs go off in Turkey, a great spree of terrorist bombings and attacks. Practically every day Turkish soldiers and civilians are being killed. The killings are done ostensibly by the Kurd terrorists of PPK, but this is a new step in Israel’s warfare against Turkish independence. Encouraged by Israel, PKK extended its operations to the Aegean

by Matthias Chang on 29 Jun 2010 0 Comment

Sovereign Rats Jumping the Washington Consensus Sinking Ship In November 2009, I forecasted that at the earliest, by the first quarter and the latest by the second quarter of 2010, the global economy would unravel. Since second quarter 2009 and more so in the first quarter of 2010, international mass media, the IMF and the World Bank, all sang

by Eric Walberg on 29 Jun 2010 0 Comment

Kill the victim and go to his funeral. Is NATO poised to move into the heart of Central Asia, even as its war in Afghanistan implodes? Kyrgyzstan joined the rank of failed states this month: its central government lacks legitimacy and depends heavily on external aid, with the US base looming large, while the people are largely destitute, haras

by Hari Om on 28 Jun 2010 0 Comment

The situation in Jammu province started deteriorating with each passing day after June 28. But the complacent authorities, instead of keeping awake at night and taking some concrete measures to diffuse the potentially volatile situation in the region, allowed it to drift and drift. They took no cognizance of the developments in Jammu, including a c

by John Kozy on 27 Jun 2010 3 Comments

The greatest threat to the Western Way of Life is the Western Way of Life itselfThe Age of Enlightenment was born sometime around the beginning of the eighteenth century. A mere three-quarters of a century later, industrialization ushered in the Age of Endarkenment, and human life has grown more and more perilous ever since. The Golden Age of capit

by Beverly Bell on 27 Jun 2010 1 Comment

“We’re for seeds that have never been touched by multinationals. In our advocacy, we say that seeds are the patrimony of humanity. No one can control them,” said Doudou Pierre, national coordinating committee member of the National Haitian Network for Food Sovereignty and Food Security (RENHASSA), in a recent interview. “We

by Frederic F. Clairmont on 26 Jun 2010 0 Comment

In  the  light of BP’s crime  against humanity  committed in the the Gulf of Mexico, it  is well  to remember the sordid historical role of BP and its earlier incarnation as the Anglo-Iranian Oil Company. This  company was the  apogee of imperialist  rapacity and we should not f

by Nick Turse on 26 Jun 2010 0 Comment

How Taxpayers are Subsidizing BP’s disaster through the Pentagon Residents of Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama, and Florida are livid with BP in the wake of the massive, never-ending oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico - and Barack Obama says they ought to be. But there’s one aspect of the BP story that most of those angry res

by Bhim Singh on 25 Jun 2010 3 Comments

I recently visited in Palestine again after six years. My last visit was in September 2004 when my great friend and world revolutionary Yasser Arafat died in France. There were several speculations and stories about the cause of his death. I had seen him in the humiliating conditions he was forced to live in by the Israeli Government, almost in det

by F William Engdahl on 25 Jun 2010 1 Comment

The Obama Administration and senior BP officials are frantically working not to stop the world’s worst oil disaster, but to hide the true extent of the actual ecological catastrophe. Senior researchers tell us that the BP drilling hit one of the oil migration channels and that the leakage could continue for years unless decisive steps ar

by B R Haran on 24 Jun 2010 8 Comments

A news item dated 19 June 2010 gave the startling information that, “Andhra Pradesh Cabinet had renamed ‘Kadapa’ District as ‘YSR District’ after the former chief minister, Dr Y.S. Rajasekhar Reddy, who died in a copter crash last year”. (http://www.deccanchronicle.com/hyderabad/kadapa-now-ysr-district-501)  

by Hari Om on 24 Jun 2010 1 Comment

Game of one-upmanship…The former finance minister and ideologue of the PDP, Tariq Hamid Karra, started the PDP’s second inning on July 8 by attacking Lt. Gen. S.K. Sinha, who a day earlier had charged the “PDP of being a pawn in the hands of fundamentalists and militants, backed by Pakistan”. Accusing him of misappropriating

by Radha Rajan on 23 Jun 2010 48 Comments

The Hindu Faustian dealReferring to Harvard’s motto ‘Veritas’, Solzhenitsyn prefaced his hard-hitting Harvard lecture in 1978 with the Hindu-like aphorism, “truth eludes us if we do not concentrate our attention totally on its pursuit”. And then he went on to take the American dream apart, piece by piece.  -&

by Sandhya Jain on 22 Jun 2010 20 Comments

Congress president Sonia Gandhi’s spin doctors should advise her that when things get tough, silence is perceived as fearful complicity. Once public outrage exploded over the niggardly sentences awarded to the Indian culprits of the Bhopal gas tragedy and it became known that Union Carbide’s American CEO Warren Anderson was given free p

by Peter Zeihan on 21 Jun 2010 0 Comment

STRATFOR often discusses how Russia is on a bit of a roll. The US distraction in the Middle East has offered Russia a golden opportunity to re-establish its spheres of influence in the region, steadily expanding the Russian zone of control into a shape that is eerily reminiscent of the old Soviet Union. Since 2005, when this process began, Russia h

by F William Engdahl on 21 Jun 2010 1 Comment

Washington, Moscow, Beijing and the Geopolitics of Central AsiaPart I: Kyrgyzstan as a Geopolitical PivotThe remote Central Asian country of Kyrgyzstan is what Britain’s Halford Mackinder might call a geopolitical ‘pivot’ - a land that, owing to its geographical characteristics, holds a pivotal position in Great Power rivalries.&n

by Rustam on 20 Jun 2010 3 Comments

On June 9, a very significant political development took place. That day, Jammu witnessed the emergence of a new forum – Forum Against Dixon Plan (FADP). It was founded by four persons who hailed from the BJP, Congress, Panun Kashmir and Jammu State Morcha (Progressive), under the convener-ship of Bali Bhagat, BJP state vice-president and for

by Grant Smith on 19 Jun 2010 0 Comment

 The 2010 Review Conference of the Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons is underway at UN Headquarters in New York [May 19]. A working paper calls for a nuclear-free Middle East. It would require member states of the NPT to “disclose in their national reports on the implementation of the resolution on the Middle East all in

by Eric Walberg on 19 Jun 2010 1 Comment

Reviews of-        Carl Boggs, The Crimes of Empire: Rogue Superpower and World Domination  -        Paul Rogers, Losing Control: Global Security in the 21st century-        Paul Atwood, War and Empire: The American Way of Life (Pluto Press

by John Feffer on 18 Jun 2010 2 Comments

The future is no longer in plastics, as the businessman in the 1967 film The Graduate insisted. Rather, the future is in China. If a multinational corporation doesn’t shoehorn China into its business plan, it courts the ridicule of its peers and the outrage of its shareholders. The language of choice for ambitious undergraduates is

by Deanna Spingola on 17 Jun 2010 0 Comment

The USS Liberty, a Flubbed-up False FlagBy 1948, under David Ben Gurion’s direction, the Israeli government developed the Israeli Terrorist Cell, Unit 131. In the mid 1950s, the US was friends with Gamal Abdel Nasser and Egypt. Ben Gurion, an avid Zionist and Israel’s first Prime Minister, envisioned an Egyptian terrorist attack ag

by Hari Om on 16 Jun 2010 0 Comment

The movement in Kashmir against the land transfer order, coupled with violent attacks on the pilgrims and tourists, was bound to provoke strong protests in Jammu province and it did. The people of Jammu had hoped that the State Government would finally see reason and not submit to the separatists’ pressures. But all their hopes dashed to the

by Ashwani Mahajan on 16 Jun 2010 0 Comment

In the past two years, US and European countries have been passing through massive economic crisis. From America's financial sector leading company Lehman Brothers, to premier car manufacturing company General Motors, countless companies have declared themselves bankrupt. Their banking system is in a shambles. The crisis supposedly started with sub

by Michel Chossudovsky on 15 Jun 2010 1 Comment

The Broader Military AgendaThe Israeli Navy Commando had prior knowledge of who was on the Turkish ship including where passengers were residing in terms of cabin layout. According to Swedish author Henning Mankell, who was on board the Marmara, “the Israeli forces attacked sleeping civilians.”  These were targeted assassinati

by Saradindu Mukherji on 14 Jun 2010 13 Comments

The implicit logic underlying Indian “secularist” discourse is that Hindus have no right to life and dignity, and they should quietly accept whatever is inflicted on them.  Why is this so? Because it is immensely profitable to do so for the main actors, and this is brazenly done to accommodate and promote the growing clout of pan-I

by Michael K Smith on 13 Jun 2010 1 Comment

Anguished Suicide Note Cites ‘Deluge of Doublethink’ In Driving Kind-Hearted Shrink to DespairMoshe Yatom, a prominent Israeli psychiatrist who successfully cured the most extreme forms of mental illness throughout a distinguished career, was found dead at his home in Tel Aviv yesterday from an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound. A s

by James Petras on 13 Jun 2010 0 Comment

Introduction: Israel Crimes on the High SeasOn June 8, 1967, two squadrons of Israeli warplanes bombed, napalmed and machine-gunned the US intelligence-gathering ship, USS Liberty, in international waters, killing 34 US sailors and wounding another 172. The assault took place on a sunny afternoon, with the US flag and identifying markers clearly vi

by C K Raju on 12 Jun 2010 21 Comments

[Today, 12 June 2010, Dr C. K. Raju, Distinguished Professor and Director (Academic), Inmantec, receives the Gold Medal for the year 2010 from the Telesio-Galilei Academy of Science, at the University of Pécs, in Pécs, a city in Hungary declared the European Capital of Culture for 2010. The award is being conferred on Prof. Raju, among ot

by B R Haran on 11 Jun 2010 3 Comments

IIFA ControversyIt was reported that IIFA had plans of hosting the IIFA-Awards event at Seoul, South Korea, even as late as March 2010, rejecting the offer by Ireland. It is not known how and why the venue was changed to Colombo, and it is a surprise that IIFA authorities have not given a thought to the deep-rooted sentiments of the Tamil people wh

by Hari Om on 11 Jun 2010 3 Comments

During all these 62 days of agitation, almost all the non-Congress, non-NC and non-PDP political formations and social groups consistently raked up the issue of discrimination with the people of Jammu province. Certain younger and radical elements even demanded trifurcation of the state into three full-fledged states of Jammu, Kashmir and Ladakh, s

by B R Haran on 10 Jun 2010 1 Comment

Sri Lankan Tamil issueAs Eelam War–IV was on in full swing in 2008, the PMK was the first to start the ‘show’ with a protest demonstration in front of the Sri Lankan Deputy High Commission on 30 September 2008. PMK’s protest was followed by a one-day hunger fast organised by the CPI. Other parties like CPM, DMDK, MDMK, VCK a

by B R Haran on 09 Jun 2010 0 Comment

Kollywood’s characterIn India, the film world, like the cricket world, is inseparable from politics. Especially when ‘Kollywood’ and ‘Tamil Politics’ are involved, the settings get nastier, the script goes vulgar, the screen play becomes violent and acting reaches the height of hypocrisy, leading to a total anti-climax

by Sandhya Jain on 08 Jun 2010 14 Comments

The apocalyptic deep-sea oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico on April 20, 2010, is destined to cast a long shadow on all life in that vast biosphere. In its immediate fallout, the catastrophe will ruin the sun-soaked coastlines of Florida, Louisiana, Texas and Mexico, impact Cuba, and totally annihilate the way of life of all the rural coastal communit

by Sandhya Jain on 08 Jun 2010 3 Comments

The year 2009 will surely be remembered for the spontaneous agitation over the Amarnath land for Hindu pilgrims. A keen witness to the uprising, Prof. Hari Om, Gulab Singh Chair, Jammu University, Jammu, has recorded the circumstances in which the people rose; the actors behind the scenes; and its political fallout. Jammu and Kashmir: Conflicting P

by Nancy Kaul on 07 Jun 2010 11 Comments

For a Nation the people, the constitution, the armed forces and sovereignty along with territorial integrity are non-negotiable; the political leadership with its policies and decisions must abide by this. Each and every elected member of the Republic takes an oath to protect the sovereignty and territorial integrity of the nation.  The folly

by Hari Om on 07 Jun 2010 2 Comments

[T]he BJP was the first to react to the opposition in Kashmir to the land transfer order. On June 18, 2008, the state unit of BJP denounced Deputy Chief Minister Muzzaffar Hussain Beig for his stand on the issue and asked the Congress in general and Chief Minister Ghulam Nabi Azad in particular to sever all kinds of ties with the PDP and stop work

by Nancy Kaul on 06 Jun 2010 5 Comments

The strength of the nation is with its people, its policies, its armed forces and most importantly, the politicians and leaders who guide the people and policies at the national and international level. A weak and soft State is created due to a deficit of policies in all dimensions: a result and reflection of a weak leadership and a corrupt po

by Jonathan Cook on 06 Jun 2010 3 Comments

Nazareth - An Arab member of the Israeli parliament who was on board the international flotilla that was attacked on Monday as it tried to take humanitarian aid to Gaza accused Israel yesterday of intending to kill peace activists as a way to deter future convoys. Haneen Zoubi said Israeli naval vessels had surrounded the flotilla’s flag

by Olga Chetverikova on 05 Jun 2010 0 Comment

The Bilderberg group will convene in Sitges, Spain, a resort community 30 km from Barcelona, on June 4-7. As usual, the information is supplied by James Tucker and Daniel Estulin who revealed that this year the issues topping the agenda of the club’s meeting will be the global recession and the approaches to provoking such economic breakdowns

by Israel Shamir on 05 Jun 2010 3 Comments

Dozens of our friends and comrades, wonderful compassionate activists, are dead and wounded in the pirate attack in the high seas on humanitarian aid boats. This is a dreadful crime that will forever be remembered and should be punished. The Israeli pirates attacked the humanitarian aid Freedom Flotilla in the international waters over 90 mile

by Hari Om on 04 Jun 2010 3 Comments

Up to 1990, the number of pilgrims, who used to visit the holy shrine, ranged between 10,000 and 15,000 annually. The nineties was the period when the Indian economy grew substantially. This gave a boost to domestic tourism, particularly the pilgrimage tourism. The phenomenal rise of pilgrims to the Shri Mata Vaishno Devi Shrine also took place aro

by Paul Craig Roberts on 03 Jun 2010 6 Comments

As I write at 5pm on Monday, May 31, all day has passed since the early morning reports of the Israeli commando attack on the unarmed ships carrying humanitarian aid to Gaza, and there has been no response from President Obama except to say that he needed to learn “all the facts about this morning’s tragic events” and that Israeli

by Dilip Hiro on 03 Jun 2010 0 Comment

Obama’s Rudderless Foreign Policy Underscores America’s Waning PowerIrrespective of their politics, flawed leaders share a common trait. They generally remain remarkably oblivious to the harm they do to the nation they lead. George W. Bush is a salient recent example, as is former British Prime Minister Tony Blair. When it comes to fore

by Michel Chossudovsky on 02 Jun 2010 4 Comments

War Criminal Prime Minister Netanyahu, who directly ordered the strike on the international flotilla to Gaza, was on an official visit to Canada at the time of the Israeli attack. The strike constitutes an act of piracy in violation of the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea. Netanyahu’s actions, which have resulted 

by Eric Walberg on 02 Jun 2010 0 Comment

The movement to “get the troops out now!” has found unlikely converts in the form of the Conservative-Liberal Democratic coalition in Britain. The election campaign suggested nothing new could be expected from any of the parties on Afghanistan, despite the fact that over 70 per cent of Britons want the troops home.  So eyebrows wer

by Daniela Perdomo on 01 Jun 2010 0 Comment

How the owner of the exploded oil rig has made $270 million off the disaster, and nine other shocking, depressing facts about the oil spill. It's been 37 days since BP's offshore oil rig, Deepwater Horizon, exploded in the Gulf of Mexico. Since then, crude oil has been hemorrhaging into ocean waters and wreaking unknown havoc on our ecosy

by Beverly Bell on 01 Jun 2010 0 Comment

In part II of an interview, Chavannes Jean-Baptiste discusses the role that agriculture can play in Haiti in addressing both the environmental and food crises. (See “The Clock is Set to Zero” for the first part.) Jean-Baptiste is the executive director of the Peasant Movement of Papay (MPP by its Creole acronym) and the spokesperson for

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