Day: February 24, 2019

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Setting the Record Straight on Gandhi and Race

Setting the Record Straight on Gandhi and Race Was Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi a racist? This question is being asked afresh in light of the removal of a Gandhi statue in Ghana. The petition that led to the statue being taken down quoted several statements made by Gandhi. Notably, however, they all date from his early…

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Pulwama: A Wake Up Call for Peace in the Region

Pulwama: A Wake Up Call for Peace in the Region The suicidal terrorist, Adil Ahmad Dar, rammed his explosive laden car into two trucks of a CRPF convoy on 14 February 2019. The blast led to the brutal murder of 44 jawans, a big national tragedy, most heinous and condemnable. In terms of scale and…

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An Open Letter to the People of the United States

An Open Letter to the People of the United States Originally published in Granma English   If I know anything, it is people, because like yourselves, I am a man of the people. I was born and raised in a poor neighborhood of Caracas. I was forged in the heat of popular and union struggles…

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New Wings for Socialism

New Wings for Socialism Seventeen years ago, in 1990, I began an essay with a poem of Bertolt Brecht.  It was a poem about a man in Europe in the Middle Ages who put on “things that looked like wings,” climbed to the roof of a church, and tried to fly.  He crashed, and the…

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Mapping the American War on Terror

Mapping the American War on Terror In September 2001, the Bush administration launched the “Global War on Terror.” Though “global” has long since been dropped from the name, as it turns out, they weren’t kidding.   When I first set out to map all the places in the world where the United States is still…

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War Mongering Must Give Way to Trust, Peace and Friendship

War Mongering Must Give Way to Trust, Peace and Friendship I went to participate in a candle light homage paying event at Dr. B.R. Ambedkar’s statue organised by about 200 Dalit students on Hazratganj main crossing in Lucknow on 16 February 2019 evening, two days after the dastardly terrorist act in Pulwana, Jammu and Kashmir,…

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George Fernandes: A Man of Many Contradictions

George Fernandes: A Man of Many Contradictions George Mathew Fernandes was one of the firebrand Socialist leaders of his time. He was a priest for a short period, a trade unionist, agriculturist, political activist, human rights activist, parliamentarian and journalist, all rolled into one. He led the famous railway strike involving 1.5 million workers in…