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by William Blum on 30 Apr 2010 1 Comment

The United States Takes the Matter of Three-Headed Babies Very SeriouslyWhen did it begin, all this “We take your [call/problem/question] very seriously”? With answering-machine hell? As you wait endlessly, the company or government agency assures you that they take seriously whatever reason you’re calling. What a kind and thought

by Israel Shamir on 30 Apr 2010 2 Comments

Elie Wiesel wrote a letter to President Obama demanding hands off Jewish hold on Jerusalem. He recycled his own letter of January 2001, so here is what I answered him then.  I The touching words of Elie Wiesel painted a beautiful portrait of the Jewish people, yearning, loving and praying for Jerusalem over the centuries and cherishi

by Jonathan Cook on 29 Apr 2010 4 Comments

Citizens classed as Jewish or Arab nationalsA group of Jews and Arabs are fighting in the Israeli courts to be recognised as “Israelis”, a nationality currently denied them, in a case that officials fear may threaten the country’s self-declared status as a Jewish state. Israel refused to recognise an Israeli nationality at th

by Peter Eyre on 29 Apr 2010 0 Comment

Ban Ki-moon did his usual whistle stop tour of Gaza and flexed his muscles by referring to the Israeli blockade of Gaza as “unacceptable suffering of human beings” "not sustainable" and "counter-productive." Ban visited the occupied territories where he called on the Israeli and Palestinian authorities to engage in direct talks, and rei

by Ajaat Jamwal on 28 Apr 2010 49 Comments

Jammu has been boiling for the past month over the demand for a local as Vice Chancellor of Central University of Jammu, after the name of Sidiq Wahid, ex-member of All Party Hurriyat Conference’s Election Commission and presently Vice Chancellor of Islamic University, Kashmir, emerged as front runner for the post.  The people of Jammu r

by Ramtanu Maitra on 28 Apr 2010 12 Comments

India’s unwillingness to rejuvenate its vast agricultural sector, by not pushing through water management programs, power, education, etc., verges on criminal neglect. But, there is a lesson in India’s story for most other nations as well. Not a single nation on Earth, during the last two decades in particular, has directed its energy a

by Sandhya Jain on 27 Apr 2010 21 Comments

Was this the face that launched a thousand ships, And burnt the topless towers of Ilium? Sweet Helen, make me immortal with a kiss…- Christopher Marlowe (1564-1593) Sunanda Pushkar’s memorable encounter with the Minister of State for External Affairs has seriously dented Shashi Tharoor’s political career even as the lady has

by Lauren Goodrich on 26 Apr 2010 3 Comments

This past week [April second week] saw another key success in Russia’s resurgence in former Soviet territory when pro-Russian forces took control of Kyrgyzstan. The Kyrgyz revolution was quick and intense. Within 24 hours, protests that had been simmering for months spun into countrywide riots as the president fled and a replacement governmen

by John Kozy on 26 Apr 2010 0 Comment

The Fracturing results from the Economic SystemConsider this paraphrased account of a famous nation’s demise:The death of the nation was both violent and natural. The fatal agents were the organic disorders of the system. The government had proven incapable of solving problems: it failed to preserve domestic order or an effective defense; it

by J Jayasundera on 25 Apr 2010 20 Comments

Sri Lanka, the tear drop island below India, is victim of a barrage of propaganda which is abusing her history, her religion, her soul, that needs addressing. Sri Lankan population comprises of 74% Sinhalese, 12% Sri Lankan Tamils, recent Indian immigrant labour 7%, and 7% Muslims. Sinhalese are mainly Buddhists and Tamils mainly Hindu.  Sri L

by Sandhya Jain on 24 Apr 2010 69 Comments

Nityananda, HDAS and GFCHOn March 3, 2010, the writer wrote to persons connected to the HDAS to seek confirmation regarding the sex scandal exposed by Sun TV, which involved Swami Nityananda, a founder member of the Global Foundation for Civilisational Harmony, a body closely intertwined with Swami Dayananda Saraswati (see previous articles).  

by Sandhya Jain on 23 Apr 2010 30 Comments

Supine summitryHindus brainwashed into believing that the Hindus of Bharat owe the Jews of the West some compensation for their ‘sufferings’ at the hands of their Christian compatriots, who believe there can be no questioning Jews on their claims to Palestine, and that dissent on any issue is out of the question, have had problems with

by Sandhya Jain on 22 Apr 2010 25 Comments

Critical issues pertaining to Hindu Dharma and its survival on Hindu bhumi in rightful strength and glory have been sizzling in private fora for some years now, and came partially to a boil when the Nityananda scandal prompted the writer to pen “Debutante Dharma-Gurus: Violating a civilisational patent” on this website on March 21, 2010

by B R Haran on 22 Apr 2010 48 Comments

Guru Darshan at Abirami TempleWe held a press conference on April 16 to brief reporters and correspondents about the event, and received good coverage the next day. On April 17 evening, Kanchi Kamakoti Peethathipathi Jagat Guru Sri Jeyendra Saraswathi Sankaracharya Swamigal and Thondaimandala Adheenam Sri Thiruvambala Desika Gnanaprakaasa Para

by B R Haran on 21 Apr 2010 20 Comments

Dharma will protect those who protect it!  An old Tamil film song goes, “Dharmam Thalai Kaakkum; Thakka Samayathil Uyir Kaakkum; Kooda Irunthu Kuzhi Pariththaalum Koduththathu Kaaththu Nirkum…” or “Dharma will protect head; Dharma will protect life at the time of threat; Dharma will protect even when acquaintances turn

by Krishen Kak on 20 Apr 2010 135 Comments

Each year, for about a month, I volunteer with an NGO that coaches candidates for UPSC’s civil services interviews (officially “personality tests”). Each candidate, for interaction with subject specialists, two mock interviews, individual counselling, and lunch daily, pays a total fee of a just Rs 501/-.  That&

by Kourosh Ziabari on 19 Apr 2010 0 Comment

In his latest statements, President Obama has expressively warned Iran against an imminent nuclear strike. The surprising remarks by the politician who snatched the Nobel Peace Prize for his conciliatory stance in recent years, violated the UN Charter and astounded public opinion. “The continued presence of all options on the t

by Lipipuspa Nayak on 18 Apr 2010 6 Comments

This happens in a text written about five hundred years ago by a rebel poet from Puri, a seacoast town in Orissa famous for the grand temple of lord Jagannath. Lakshmi Purana by Balaram Das (16th century) sanctions an independent mind to goddess Lakshmi, consort of lord Jagannath, in delineation of her story of disturbed domesticity where she aveng

by Janaka Goonetilleke on 17 Apr 2010 2 Comments

Buddhism in a nutshell can be expressed as This Moment, This Moment, This Moment. In a world that is always in flux, the only reality is only at this moment, the basis to the Buddhist philosophy of impermanence. This is also expressed as the Law of Insecurity. In a world that is changing there is no security, a concept much in agreement with Einste

by Alfred W. McCoy on 16 Apr 2010 0 Comment

The Opium Wars in AfghanistanIn ways that have escaped most observers, the Obama administration is now trapped in an endless cycle of drugs and death in Afghanistan from which there is neither an easy end nor an obvious exit. After a year of cautious debate and costly deployments, President Obama finally launched his new Afghan war strategy at 2:40

by Eric Walberg on 15 Apr 2010 4 Comments

So what’s the real story behind the coup in Kyrgyzstan? The pretense that a president of a modest country like Kyrgyzstan can playing big league politics is shed with the ouster of the tulip revolutionary president Kurmanbek Bakiyev, after last week’s riots in the capital Bishkek that left 81 dead and government buildings and Bakiyev

by Ramtanu Maitra on 15 Apr 2010 0 Comment

A multi-nation river project which has been on the books since the 1970s and will upgrade or save hundreds of thousands of lives of the poorest people in Asia, otherwise in danger of devastation by chronic floods and diseases, is finally on a path to realization.On March 22, Bangladesh’s Foreign Minister Dipu Moni told a press conference in D

by B R Haran on 14 Apr 2010 19 Comments

The very title “Dravidian Maya – A Perspective” (“Dhraavida Maayai – Oru Paarvai” in Tamil) itself indicates the contents of this book. The cover, which has “Dravidian Maya” written in Red letters with Black colour in the background and “A Perspective” in Saffron, looks like beautiful poet

by Ellen Brown on 14 Apr 2010 0 Comment

“We say in our platform that we believe that the right to coin money and issue money is a function of government. . . . Those who are opposed to this proposition tell us that the issue of paper money is a function of the bank and that the government ought to go out of the banking business. I stand with Jefferson… and tell them, as he di

by Sandhya Jain on 13 Apr 2010 18 Comments

Now that the scandal of the sex abuse of minor boys and girls and adult men and women in virtually every country with a church presence has touched the heart of the Vatican, singeing the present Pope himself for his alleged role in the protection of guilty priests, it may be appropriate to seek a review of the unique status the Roman Catholic Churc

by Hari Om on 12 Apr 2010 3 Comments

The people of Jammu province, particularly the Hindus, have once again inflicted a defeat on the ruling National Conference and the People’s Democratic Party, besides the Kashmir-based legislators, independent or otherwise. These legislators wanted to snatch away all the citizenship rights of the daughters of the state who had married outside

by Caise Hassan on 12 Apr 2010 0 Comment

A symphonic orchestration of President Obama's voice calling for the humane treatment of protesters in Iran should be blared through giant speakers in the Abdoun neighborhood of Amman, Jordan. The tune should give its residents some ironic comic relief from the ominous threat amidst them. Abdoun is the home to the US Embassy in Jordan. Embassy is t

by Ramtanu Maitra on 11 Apr 2010 1 Comment

Outside of Afghanistan, President Hamid Karzai has two formidable enemies - Pakistan and Britain. What has kept him in power and out of harm’s way during these eight-plus years of war is that the United States had always been his protector. But the outbreak of acrimonious relations between Kabul and Washington in recent months makes one wonde

by N S Malik on 10 Apr 2010 8 Comments

A terrible tragedy occurred on April 6 when we lost 75 CRPF jawans, and one district police officer, in the Dantewada forests of Chattisgarh, in a horrendous ambush, possibly the worst single episode in independent India. The personnel were inducted as part of Operation Green Hunt, and were ambushed so thoroughly that despite attempts to fight back

by Mike Adams on 10 Apr 2010 0 Comment

Today the medical mafia struck another devastating blow to the health and freedom of all Americans. With the support of an inarguably corrupt Congress that has simply abandoned the real needs of the American people, the sick-care industry has locked in a high-profit scheme of disease and monopoly-priced pharmaceuticals in a nation that can ill affo

by Thamizhchelvan on 09 Apr 2010 13 Comments

Money, mission and missionariesCanadian Evangelist Dr. Ron Watts and his American wife Dorothy Watts, missionaries of the Seventh Day Adventist Church, came to India on tourist visa in the 1970s and established an evangelical empire in Hosur on the Tamil Nadu-Karnataka border and indulged in heavy conversion activities throughout South India. As th

by Mike Whitney on 09 Apr 2010 0 Comment

Housing is on the rocks and prices are headed lower. That's not the consensus view, but it's a reasonably safe assumption. Master illusionist Ben Bernanke managed to engineer a modest 7-month uptick in sales, but the fairydust will wear off later this month when the Fed stops purchasing mortgage-backed securities and long-term interest rates begin

by Thamizhchelvan on 07 Apr 2010 27 Comments

Christianisation – A small backdrop The Church functions with the sole agenda of Christianisation of the entire world. Christian Institutions of all denominations have the expertise to Christianise non-Christian nations, investing their political clout and money power for ‘harvesting’. The invasion of American, African and Austral

by R C Camphausen on 07 Apr 2010 0 Comment

The 2009 swine flu pandemic was a conspiracy, and not in theoryThose who suspected a money and greed driven conspiracy behind the 2009 swine flu outbreak, declared a pandemic by overzealous WHO officials and their advisers from within the industry, are being proven right by recent revelations.The article Reconstruction of a Mass Hysteria - The Swin

by Ramtanu Maitra on 06 Apr 2010 1 Comment

US Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner and Federal Reserve Vice Chairman Donald Kohn will travel to India April 6-7 and are slated to meet Prime Minister Manmohan Singh in New Delhi. The ostensible reason for this visit of this the duo is to participate in economic and financial partnership discussions - in particular, infrastructure investments. A

by Hari Om on 04 Apr 2010 3 Comments

RSS’ Pratinidhi Sabha met at Kurukshetra for three days from March 26 to 28, and adopted a number of resolutions on issues facing the nation. Resolution number 2 was on Jammu & Kashmir and it dealt with almost all issues confronting the nation in the state, as also the non-Muslim minorities, including Hindus and Buddhists. On the fac

by F William Engdahl on 03 Apr 2010 1 Comment

Microsoft founder and one of the world’s wealthiest men, Bill Gates, projects an image of a benign philanthropist using his billions via his (tax exempt) Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, to tackle diseases, solve food shortages in Africa and alleviate poverty. In a recent conference in California, Gates reveals a less public agenda of his

by Finian Cunningham on 02 Apr 2010 0 Comment

The scheduled start of drilling this month [March] by China National Petroleum Company (CNPC) in Iran’s South Pars gas field could be both a harbinger and explanation of much wider geopolitical developments. First of all, the $5 billion project – signed last year after years of foot dragging by western energy giants Total and Shell unde

by Paul Craig Roberts on 02 Apr 2010 0 Comment

According to news reports, the US military is shipping “bunker-buster” bombs to the US Air Force base at Diego Garcia in the Indian Ocean. The Herald Scotland reports that experts say the bombs are being assembled for an attack on Iran’s nuclear facilities. The newspaper quotes Dan Piesch, director of the Centre for International

by Scott Stewart on 01 Apr 2010 0 Comment

One of the basic tenets of Stratfor’s analytical model is that place matters. A country’s physical and cultural geography will force the government of that country to confront certain strategic imperatives no matter what form the government takes. For example, Imperial Russia, the Soviet Union and post-Soviet Russia all have faced the s

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