Day: March 11, 2019

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Washington Plots Regime Change in Caracas

Washington Plots Regime Change in Caracas The Trump administration set a 23 February deadline for Venezuelan president Nicolás Maduro to bow to US demands and cede power to self-appointed “president” Juan Guaidó. Sanctions imposed by former US president Barack Obama have been extended and deepened, costing Venezuela $38 billion over the last three years, according…

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‘United We Will Rise’

‘United We Will Rise’ This year, the world is witnessing one of the biggest youth-driven social movements of all time.   Tens of thousands of children and teenagers have already walked out of school in protest against the alarming lack of immediate action being taken against climate change.   And now, climate strikers have published…

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The Subversion of MGNREGS

The Subversion of MGNREGS The National Rural Employment Guarantee Act that brought the MGNREGS into being was a unique piece of legislation in the history of independent India. It stipulated that employment was to be made available on demand, within a fortnight of being asked for, failing which an unemployment allowance had to be paid….

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‘Defy the Thought Police’, Stand With Assange

‘Defy the Thought Police’, Stand With Assange Whenever I visit Julian Assange, we meet in a room he knows too well. There is a bare table and pictures of Ecuador on the walls. There is a bookcase where the books never change. The curtains are always drawn and there is no natural light. The air…

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Patriotism of Cowardice and Enslaved Mind

Patriotism of Cowardice and Enslaved Mind The modern industrial civilisation has witnessed two World Wars. The researchers of war have yet not been able to estimate the magnitude of casualties/deaths—both military and civilian—which occurred in these two World Wars. The estimated figure of people killed in both World Wars is between 10 to 15 crores….

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Invoking Patriotism as a Way of Shutting Down Questions

Invoking Patriotism as a Way of Shutting Down Questions Patriotism is in the air. Literally.   Air India, the national carrier, has been instructed to use ‘Jai Hind’ after every on-board announcement on every flight. Naturally, this decision has triggered a thousand and more online jokes and memes. Will crew members now say, “We will…

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International Women’s Day

International Women’s Day   March 8—International Women’s Day—is a day of international solidarity, and a day for reviewing the strength and organisation of working women. But this is not a special day for women alone. March 8 is a historic and memorable day for the working people of the whole world. In 1917, on this…

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Survival of the Richest: All Are Equal, Except Those Who Aren’t

Survival of the Richest: All Are Equal, Except Those Who Aren’t Like a gilded coating that makes the dullest things glitter, today’s thin veneer of political populism covers a grotesque underbelly of growing inequality that’s hiding in plain sight. And this phenomenon of ever more concentrated wealth and power has both Newtonian and Darwinian components…

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‘NO to War’: Appeal to Maintain Peace

‘NO to War’: Appeal to Maintain Peace Resolution Passed in the ‘Save Democracy, Save the Nation’ Conference of ‘Cititzens For Democracy’ on March 3, 2019 in New Delhi.     ‘Citizens For Democracy’, set up by Loknayak Jaiprakash Narayan in 1974, views with grave concern the  recent growing tension between India and Pakistan and the…