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by P F Louis on 30 Apr 2012 6 Comments

(NaturalNews) The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation is financially backing and publicly endorsing mass polio virus vaccinations in India. In case you didn’t hear him yourself, Bill Gates publicly announced that vaccines could help reduce the world population by 15%. Gates also proclaimed that every newborn should be registered for vaccination

by Ajay Chrungoo on 29 Apr 2012 52 Comments

The Indian political class’ inability to handle matters of national security is becoming brazenly manifest. The Government of India’s responses to some recent overtures from Pakistan reflect a horrible mutation of the outlook towards national interests. It seems as though some virus has entered the body politic and is causing a suicidal

by Amitabh Thakur on 28 Apr 2012 4 Comments

There is an anomaly in the way the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) functions. In this country, the Department of Sports, Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports, is the nodal ministry for development and control of sports affairs. The Department generally acts through various National Sports Federations (NSFs). It says, “Sports prom

by Virendra Parekh on 27 Apr 2012 26 Comments

India is going through one of its periodic bouts of exuberance over prospects of better ties with Pakistan. Islamabad’s recent willingness to liberalise bilateral trade between the two countries has met with enthusiastic response from the Indian side. While good relations with a neighbour is a highly desirable objective, what should worry us

by The Hoot on 26 Apr 2012 3 Comments

April 2012 marks the 25 anniversary of the Bofors-India media revelations, which began on April 16, 1987 with revelations on Swedish state radio. The Hoot presents an interview with the man who decided to leak over 350-documents to former Indian journalist Chitra Subramaniam-Duella, then with The Hindu and later with The Indian Express and The Stat

by Ellen Brown on 25 Apr 2012 0 Comment

The Goldman Sachs coup that failed in America has nearly succeeded in Europe - a permanent, irrevocable, unchallengeable bailout for the banks underwritten by the taxpayers. In September 2008, Henry Paulson, former CEO of Goldman Sachs, managed to extort a $700 billion bank bailout from Congress. But to pull it off, he had to fall on his knees and

by Stephen Gowans on 25 Apr 2012 6 Comments

“Sanctions,” New York Times’ reporter Rick Gladstone writes, have subjected “ordinary Iranians” to “increased deprivations” in order to “punish Iran for enriching uranium that the West suspects is a cover for developing the ability to make nuclear weapons.” [1] In other words, Iran is suspected

by Sandhya Jain on 24 Apr 2012 31 Comments

After running the gamut of destructive vote-harvesting ideas like non-repayable loan melas and farm-loan waivers that brought little relief or advancement to intended beneficiaries, the Congress party has discovered education as the new mantra to entice the masses and defer accountability for non-performance. The promise of universal free education

by Peter Myers Newsletter on 23 Apr 2012 2 Comments

(1) The third British Empire (by Dan Hind): Historians tell us that there were two quite distinct British empires - the first an Atlantic empire built on North American colonies and Caribbean possessions and the second an Asian empire, built on control of India and coercive trade with China. These two empires were deeply criminal projects, in the s

by Vijaya Rajiva on 22 Apr 2012 96 Comments

The historical record of conquest and violence by believers in their ONE true god (monotheism) is well known (and well documented) and need not be repeated here. What is of interest to the non-believer, especially those accustomed to the democratic nature of Polytheism, is why this belief arose. Speaking about the Islamic faith, some historians opi

by Cynthia McKinney on 21 Apr 2012 6 Comments

I thought I’d shine a little light on some of the more outlandish items that expose life in the US for some. There can be no remedy if there is no knowledge. My purpose is to share the knowledge in hopes that we can have receptive attitudes when real solutions are proposed. Please scroll down and review these: At Home While Black; Outsid

by John Feffer on 20 Apr 2012 2 Comments

 Those who fervently believe that Barack Obama is a Muslim generally practice their furtive religion in obscure recesses of the Internet. Once in a while, they’ll surface in public to remind the news media that no amount of evidence can undermine their convictions. In October 2008, at a town hall meeting in Minnesota for Republican presi

by George Friedman on 20 Apr 2012 0 Comment

For centuries, the dilemma facing Iran (and before it, Persia) has been guaranteeing national survival and autonomy in the face of stronger regional powers like Ottoman Turkey and the Russian Empire. Though always weaker than these larger empires, Iran survived for three reasons: geography, resources and diplomacy. Iran's size and mountainous terra

by Ramtanu Maitra on 19 Apr 2012 7 Comments

Great Britain and its followers have begun to exert a full-court press to extend control over Central Asia, north of Afghanistan and south of Russia. Joining the fray are the United States, Israel, London-steered jihadis, Salafi (ultra-radical Sunni) financiers from Saudi Arabia and other Persian Gulf countries, and various NGOs. As the war in Afgh

by Brian A. Burchill on 18 Apr 2012 8 Comments

The UK's Guardian recently interviewed “current and former US and European officials with access to intelligence on Iran,” and concluded that the United States, its European allies, and even Israel, agree that Tehran is probably years away from having a deliverable nuclear warhead.[1] Twice in recent weeks, CBC News anchor Peter Mansbri

by Michelle Alexander on 18 Apr 2012 1 Comment

Ever since Barack Obama lifted his right hand and took his oath of office, pledging to serve the United States as its 44th president, ordinary people and their leaders around the globe have been celebrating our nation’s “triumph over race.” Obama’s election has been touted as the final nail in the coffin of Jim Crow, the boo

by K P Prabhakaran Nair on 17 Apr 2012 12 Comments

In August 2002, the Genetic Engineering Approval Committee (rechristened Genetic Engineering Appraisal Committee) was manipulated by Monsanto and its Indian subsidiary Maharashtra Hybrid Seed Company, albeit through the back door, with clandestine support from vested interests in the scientific community and open support of a vocal Rajya Sabha Memb

by J Jayasundera on 16 Apr 2012 39 Comments

Failure of the middle classes is not something peculiar to Sri Lanka, it emanates right through our world. The failure is worst in post colonial countries, Sri Lanka being a microcosm of South Asia. To understand the middle classes, one must understand their origin and progress to this day. Sri Lankan society was based on the simple philosophy of t

by Vijaya Rajiva on 15 Apr 2012 49 Comments

The Rig Vedic worship of many gods and goddesses provoked commentators from Abrahamic faiths (mainly Christians) to call the system polytheism (the worship of many gods). Modern Hindus are no longer intimidated by the polytheist label. Hindus believe that their land is Punya Bhumi (sacred earth) inhabited by the gods and goddesses of the universe,

by Dirgha Raj Prasai on 14 Apr 2012 0 Comment

Bikram Sambat (Sanskrit, Samvat) is the glory of Nepal. Bikram Sambat 2069 starts from Mekh Sankranti, 1st of Baishk, April 14. Bikram Sambat is an ancient and original Era of Nepal in Himavatkhanda. Before Prithvi Narayan Shah, Sen ruled states, Baisi Chaubisi (22 and 24 independent states of Undignified Nepal), Malla dynasty of Kathmandu, Lalitpu

by Mahdi D Nazemroaya on 14 Apr 2012 0 Comment

Humanitarian wars, especially under the guise of the “Responsibility to Protect (R2P),” are a modern form of imperialism. The standard pattern that the United States and its allies use to execute them is one where genocide and ethnic cleansing are vociferously alleged by a coalition of governments, media organizations, and non-governmen

by Virendra Parekh on 13 Apr 2012 10 Comments

India, ruled de facto by an Italian, seems to be taking to the ways of Ancient Rome: Rex is Lex (the king is the law). Nothing else can explain the government’s decision to exempt Participatory Notes (P-notes) from tax, and its directive to Coal India to sign fuel supply agreements with power producers. At the very moment time when the UPA go

by Barbara Ehrenreich on 13 Apr 2012 0 Comment

It’s been exactly 50 years since Americans, or at least the non-poor among them, “discovered” poverty, thanks to Michael Harrington’s engaging book The Other America. If this discovery now seems a little overstated, like Columbus’s “discovery” of America, it was because the poor, according to Harrington, we

by Robert D. Kaplan on 12 Apr 2012 1 Comment

While the foreign policy elite in Washington focuses on the 8,000 deaths in a conflict in Syria -- half a world away from the United States -- more than 47,000 people have died in drug-related violence since 2006 in Mexico. A deeply troubled state as well as a demographic and economic giant on the United States' southern border, Mexico will affect

by Peter Eyre on 12 Apr 2012 0 Comment

Being a Middle East Consultant I continue to monitor the diplomatic standoff between our government officials and other third parties that continue to rub salt in the wound of Syria. The first headline I read was – Cameron: Syria is writing history in blood of citizens. The report stated that the risk of “All-out Civil War” in Syr

by Atul Bhardwaj on 11 Apr 2012 19 Comments

The way things stand today, India cannot afford to postpone thinking about her civil-military relations. Much more than frivolous issues like FDI in retail, financial reforms or strategic tie-ups to be a great power, it is the civil-military conundrum that should occupy the strategic debate in the country. Any neglect of the concerns that the armed

by Sandhya Jain on 10 Apr 2012 29 Comments

It is now obvious that the controversy over the Army Chief’s date of birth had one goal - to install in position persons considered useful by politicians, bureaucrats, and officers linked to the arms lobby. The Supreme Court erred grievously when it forced Gen. VK Singh to withdraw his petition. He remains in the awkward position of havi

by Peter Myers Newsletter on 09 Apr 2012 0 Comment

This is an attack on workers everywhere. When employers know that they can get away with such abuse offshore, they are empowered to abuse local workers too. I see it in the Childers/ Bundaberg farming area with foreign backpackers. Fruit & vegetable picking and packing companies which employ a high % of backpackers make it hard for local worker

by Peter Myers Newsletter on 08 Apr 2012 0 Comment

For years, the Trots and their Anarchist fellow-travellers have lambasted those who oppose immigration as racist and “far right”. Now, however, the Unions see that the livelihoods of ordinary Australian workers are being undermined by mass immigration of workers to displace them. The Trots & Anarchists have gone strangely quiet on t

by Benjamin Schett on 08 Apr 2012 0 Comment

Anyone closely following the ongoing crisis in Syria will notice that the desire for reforms is coming from a large part of the Syrian population which has no ties to the armed insurgency supported by foreign powers. These groups, many of them Wahhabi or Salafi terrorists, constitute a serious threat to the unity of Sunni, Shia, Alawite, Christian

by Ramtanu Maitra on 07 Apr 2012 1 Comment

Talks about US final exit from Afghanistan, if, and when, that occurs, do not make Russia or the Central Asian nations feel relieved. That much is certain. Concerns about “sudden” US withdrawal from Afghanistan make Russian policymakers uncomfortable. That discomfort has been expressed very many ways in the Russian media by Russian acad

by George Friedman on 07 Apr 2012 0 Comment

The war in Afghanistan has been under way for more than 10 years. It has not been the only war fought during this time; for seven of those years another, larger war was waged in Iraq, and smaller conflicts were under way in a number of other countries as well. But the Afghanistan War is still the longest large-scale, multi-divisional war fought in

by R Kashyap on 06 Apr 2012 9 Comments

Sensationalism is currently the bedrock of Indian journalism. In keeping with the decline in every aspect of our private and public life, our media has also deteriorated. But even by the known standards of our degradation, the full page story on the front page of the Indian Express (4 April 2012), bearing the byline of the editor in chief himself,

by Sandhya Jain on 06 Apr 2012 19 Comments

Credit for the successful Sri Ram Navami Shobha Yatra in Hyderabad on 1 April 2012 must be given where it is due – to the devotees who sought to demonstrate that no city in the punya bhumi of Bharat can diminish or expel Sri Rama merely because it has a substantial Muslim population, and to Chief Minister Nallari Kiran Reddy and his administr

by Sandhya Jain on 05 Apr 2012 32 Comments

The birth anniversary of 24th Tirthankara Sri Mahavir Ji is an appropriate occasion to ponder how this tiny faith successfully tamed the natural impulses of human hedonism and emerged as a sparkling exemplar of the Indian civilisational spectrum. India’s native traditions lie embedded in a common geographical and spiritual-cultural matrix, so

by Vijaya Rajiva on 04 Apr 2012 40 Comments

Hindu ‘polytheism’ – the worship of the Divine in its diverse expressions and manifestations – is the Rig Veda’s gift to the Indian subcontinent, which is why the land is called punya bhumi (sacred earth) by Hindus. The tradition of worshipping a pantheon of gods was a worldwide phenomenon in the ancient world, and was

by Robert D Kaplan on 04 Apr 2012 0 Comment

Myanmar's ongoing liberalization and its normalization of relations with the outside world have the possibility of profoundly affecting geopolitics in Asia -- and all for the better. Geographically, Myanmar dominates the Bay of Bengal. It is where the spheres of influence of China and India overlap. Myanmar is also abundant in oil, natural gas, coa

by Ramtanu Maitra on 03 Apr 2012 10 Comments

Washington has made known this week to 12 nations that are purchasing Iranian oil, that unless they significantly reduce those imports in the coming months, they could be subject to US sanctions. What form such sanctions would take has not been announced. The 12 nations are China, India, Indonesia, Malaysia, Pakistan, Philippines, Singapore, Nigeri

by Ramtanu Maitra on 02 Apr 2012 3 Comments

After sleeping through a six-month siege of the Koodankulam Nuclear Power Plant worksite by protestors, India’s Prime Minister Manmohan Singh woke up on Feb. 24 to tell the US-based Science magazine in an interview: “The atomic energy program has got into problems because these NGOs [non-governmental organizations], mostly I think based

by Arun Shrivastava on 02 Apr 2012 4 Comments

 An American psychologist Dr. Harvey Cleckley, professor of Clinical Psychiatry at Medical College of Georgia, wrote ‘The Mask of Sanity’ published in 1941. In this book Dr. Cleckley talks of psychopathic personalities, humans that are without conscience; outwardly they don’t differ from ordinary men and women but as a recent

by Kevin Zeese on 01 Apr 2012 0 Comment

Last week I spent two days in court for a pretrial motions hearing in the court martial of Bradley Manning, the private accused of leaking documents to WikiLeaks that showed widespread unethical and illegal behavior by the Department of Defense and State Department. Manning has suffered the fate the Queen put on Alice when she was in Wonderland, &#

by Matthias Chang on 01 Apr 2012 0 Comment

Internal forces within UMNO are sharpening their knives. The knives are being sharpened before the general election. In the political tsunami of 2008, the knives were sharpened after the general election. The three main factions in UMNO as well as the lesser opportunistic cliques, are staring at the jaws of defeat and are in total disarray. The fog

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