Day: March 4, 2019

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The War on Venezuela Is Built on Lies

The War on Venezuela Is Built on Lies Travelling with Hugo Chavez, I soon understood the threat of Venezuela.  At a farming co-operative in Lara state, people waited patiently and with good humour in the heat. Jugs of water and melon juice were passed around. A guitar was played; a woman, Katarina, stood and sang…

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Unorganised Sector: Falling Fortunes

Unorganised Sector: Falling Fortunes The pressure-cooker manufacturer Prestige reported soaring profits last year, as did its primary rivals in the cookware market. But the good news for these companies came with bad news for the economy. The chairperson of Prestige told The Hindu that increased profits had come hand in hand with a fall in…

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The End and the Beginning

The End and the Beginning (translated by Johanna Trzeciak)   After every war someone has to clean up. Things won’t straighten themselves up, after all.   Someone has to push the rubble to the side of the road, so the corpse-filled wagons can pass.   Someone has to get mired in scum and ashes, sofa…

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A Teenage War Resister in Israel

A Teenage War Resister in Israel Hilel Garmi’s phone is going straight to voicemail and all I’m hoping is that he’s not back in prison. I’ll soon learn that he is.   Prison 6 is a military prison. It’s situated in the Israeli coastal town of Atlit, a short walk from the Mediterranean Sea and…

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PCN Statement on Supreme Court of India FRA decision

PCN Statement on Supreme Court of India FRA decision The People’s Climate Network (PCN) is dismayed by the recent order, on 13 February, of the Supreme Court of India directing that forest dwellers whose claims for rights under the Forest Rights Act, 2006 have been rejected, be summarily evicted. The Chief Secretary of each concerned…

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World Court: US Base on Diego Garcia Illegal

World Court: US Base on Diego Garcia Illegal The US airbase on the Indian Ocean island of Diego Garcia is among the most crucial and heavily used of the many hundreds of US bases around the world. It has been used extensively in the wars waged by the United States against Iraq and Afghanistan, in…

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Gandhian Engagement with Capital

Gandhian Engagement with Capital These days, much is being written and spoken about Gandhi’s thoughts. However, I have a feeling that very little space is given to  his economic views. Recently, Chaitra Redkar, HoD, Political Science at SNDT University, Mumbai has contributed a wonderful book on this subject, Gandhian Engagement with Capital: Perspectives of J.C….

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Why Food Security Is So Essential For All

Why Food Security Is So Essential For All Late last year, two young men decided to live a month of their lives on the income of an average poor Indian. One of them, Tushar, the son of a police officer in Haryana, studied at the University of Pennsylvania and worked for three years as an…

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Wars Never Produce Answers

Wars Never Produce Answers Laxminarayan Ramdas, a retired admiral of the Indian Navy, served as the chief of naval staff between 1990 and 1993. Over a phone conversation with Surabhi Kanga, the web editor at ‘The Caravan’, Ramdas discussed India’s response to the militant attack on a Central Reserve Police Force convoy in Pulwama, in…