Holding people to ransom; criminalizing political space; causing psychosomatic ills; forcing people to develop apathetic attitudes toward the demands of life by immobilizing them; disabling the younger generation from finding healthy ways to channelize their energy; curbing the vitality of Srinagar by reducing it to a garrison in which movement is violently restricted by ugly coils of razor wire; appalling traffic in volatile areas which remains uncontrolled by slumberous policemen; life revolving around the diktats issued by gun-toting men; ...
July 15, 2016
By Rafe Mair
August 29, 2016
By Nyla Ali Khan
April 26, 2016
By Mauricio Savarese & Jenny Barchfield
August 27, 2016
By Rafe Mair
March 28, 2016
By Mauricio Savarese
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Everybody seems to have a theory about Brexit and I am no exception. Britain was never in Europe entirely. It is a long torturous history from the beginning of the Common Market to now but it goes back much further than that. I don’t suppose it’s too big a stretch to say that the original invasions of Great Britain from Europe were all part of an effort to bring the islands together with the mainland. Over the years the British, despite the occasional common monarchy, thoroughly mistrusted the French more than that they saw economic advantages in any union.
February 16, 2016
By Jorge Vilches & Jeremy Smith
When it comes to dealing with hostage-taking and ransom-paying, governments always say publicly “we will never negotiate” with terrorists and criminals, because it sets a bad precedent, and encourages other bad guys to do yet more hostage-taking and ransom-demanding. But this logic does not seem to apply in the field of sovereign debt and vulture funds. The advice, in this field, is always “do the deal, pay up, however unfair the situation and however usurious the amount”. The new Argentinian government, in office since October 2015 ...
May 26, 2016
By Mauricio Savarese
October 3, 2016
By Nyla Ali Khan
March 4, 2016
By William Blum
Brazil's acting president announced austerity measures Tuesday aimed at pulling Latin America's largest economy from its worst crisis in decades, warning that a failure to act will mean "extraordinary hardship" for future generations. Speaking with government leaders in a national televised meeting, interim President Michel Temer, 75, also banged his hand on the table while insisting he was up to the job. Temer said the government would get an early repayment of about $28 billion from Brazil's state-run investment bank BNDES ...
Fifteen years ago, 19 men committed suicide and took more than 3,000 people with them. The 9/11 attacks constituted crimes against humanity and should have been treated as such, with investigations and prosecutions of those who helped plan and finance the horrific crimes. If they had been armed attacks by another country, George W. Bush could have lawfully used military force in self-defense under the United Nations Charter. But they were not. Neither Afghanistan nor Iraq had attacked the United States or any other UN member country.
On 26 October 1947, Maharaja Hari Singh, monarch of the princely state of Jammu& Kashmir, signed the “Instrument of Accession” to India, officially ceding to the government of India jurisdiction over defense, foreign affairs, and communications. The accession of J & K to India was accepted by the last British Viceroy and first Governor-General of India, Lord Mountbatten, with the stipulation that once the region was stabilized, a referendum would be held in which the people of the state would either ratify or interdict the accession.
Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff on Monday appeared on the verge of losing office after a congressional vote to impeach her and with seemingly slipping support in the Senate, which would vote on whether to remove the leftist leader amid a national political and economic crisis. The 367-137 lower house vote in favor of impeachment Sunday sends the issue to the Senate. If a majority there votes to put Rousseff on trial, she’d be suspended while Vice President Michel Temer temporarily takes over.
“Self-described socialist”... How many times have we all read that term in regard to Vermont senator Bernie Sanders? But is he really a socialist? Or is he a “social democrat”, which is what he’d be called in Europe? Or is he a “democratic socialist”, which is the American party he has been a member of (DSA – Democratic Socialists of America)? And does it really matter which one he is? They’re all socialists, are they not? Why does a person raised in a capitalist society become a socialist? It could be because of a parent or parents who are committed socialists ...
Many in Brazil have insisted on a narrative of “inevitable impeachment” of President Dilma Rousseff. Even respected consultancy firms have done the same — Eurasia expects her to be booted out by May. But things are more complicated than it seems. So here are some facts that cast more doubts than certainties over the current mess. I don’t make any predictions but this: this is not going to be simple.
1 – Brazil’s Supreme Court might accelerate, stall or destroy impeachment proceedings in Congress.
Whither the Green Party of Canada after its recent convulsion? In order to answer that question I think it must be understood, perhaps conceded is the better word, that the Green Party isn’t like other parties and probably never will be. If it struggles to be what it never can be, it will go the way of Technocracy and Esperanto. I have, as you might expect, a Churchhill anecdote which explains what I am on about. Back in the 1930s, the “Wilderness Years” as they were known, a man approached Churchill and asked him what it was like to be without a power at this critical stage ...
September 20, 2016
By Marjorie Cohn
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