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Formula 1 Schizophrenia By Sarandha

CounterCurrents - Sun, 27/10/2013 - 22:35
What do you call a country that acquires farm land to build a Formula 1 track for a sport that pollutes, furthering global warming; and also acquires farm land to build nuclear power plants, dams etc., claiming that ‘clean energy’ is an urgent necessity in the era of climate change? Forget climate change for a moment; what do you call a country that forcefully acquires land and livelihoods from poor farmers for opulence like Formula 1 racing? Schizophrenic

White Van Stories To Be Featured On Major Channels Across UK, US And Australia

CounterCurrents - Sun, 27/10/2013 - 22:34
Leena Manimekalai’s White Van Stories, a documentary on enforced disappearances in Sri Lanka with never-seen-before footage, is set to be featured on Channel Four, UK . The special 12-minute cut will also be syndicated across United States and through CNN and ABC broadcasting networks and in Australia via the multilingual broadcaster - SBS

Fuel Removal From Fukushima's Reactor 4 Threatens 'Apocalyptic' Scenario By Andrea Germanos

CounterCurrents - Sun, 27/10/2013 - 22:34
An operation with potentially "apocalyptic" consequences is expected to begin in a little over two weeks from now - "as early as November 8" - at Fukushima's damaged and sinking Reactor 4, when plant operator TEPCO will attempt to remove over 1300 spent fuel rods holding the radiation equivalent of 14,000 Hiroshima bombs from a spent fuel storage tank perched on the reactor's upper floor

Investors Worth $3tr Warn Oil And Gas Firms To Diversify – or Die By Nilima Choudhury

CounterCurrents - Sun, 27/10/2013 - 22:34
A coalition of 70 investors have launched the first-ever coordinated effort to spur the world’s top fossil fuel companies to assess the financial risks that climate change poses to their business. The investors, collectively worth $3 trillion, sent letters to 45 fossil fuel companies predominantly across the US and Europe last month, requesting detailed responses before their annual shareholder meetings in early 2014

Caste System In Muslim Community: Socially Visible Social Stratification By Meraj Ahmad

CounterCurrents - Sun, 27/10/2013 - 22:34
The very presence of caste in the Indian Muslim society within these above mentioned classes can’t be denied by looking at the practice of endogamy within caste, nature of social interaction and representation at religious, social and power places. Studies suggest that backward caste Muslims are highly under-represented in legislature . Empirically it can also be observed that at other institutions like executive, judiciary, and media etc. where backward caste Muslims are almost absent

Shahbagh Movement : A Beacon Of Hope For South Asia By Subhash Gatade

CounterCurrents - Sun, 27/10/2013 - 22:33
Bangladesh is going through a great churning. As of now the most pressing question before everyone is how the process of elections to the next parliament would unfold itself.. Whether every political party would participate in it or not or the country is in for a period of further instability and political violence. Awami League led ruling dispensation and the Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) led opposition alliance seem to be at loggerheads at this juncture

Fukushima: A Global Threat That Requires A Global Response By Kevin Zeese and Margaret Flowers

CounterCurrents - Thu, 24/10/2013 - 22:48
The story of Fukushima should be on the front pages of every newspaper. Instead, it is rarely mentioned. The problems at Fukushima are unprecedented in human experience and involve a high risk of radiation events larger than any that the global community has ever experienced. It is going to take the best engineering minds in the world to solve these problems and to diminish their global impact

How The Sunni-Shia Schism Is Dividing The World By Robert Fisk

CounterCurrents - Thu, 24/10/2013 - 22:48
Saudi Arabia’s petulant refusal last week to take its place among non-voting members of the Security Council, an unprecedented step by any UN member, was intended to express the dictatorial monarchy’s displeasure with Washington’s refusal to bomb Syria after the use of chemical weapons in Damascus – but it also represented Saudi fears that Barack Obama might respond to Iranian overtures for better relations with the West

The Sectarian War At Hand: Redrawing The Middle East Again By Ramzy Baroud

CounterCurrents - Thu, 24/10/2013 - 22:48
The warm waters of the Gulf look quiet from where I am sitting, but such tranquility hardly reflects the conflicts this region continues to generate. The euphoria of the so-called Arab Spring is long gone, but what remains is a region that is rich with resources and burdened with easily manipulated history that is in a state of reckless transition. No one can see what the future will look like, but the possibilities are ample, and possibly tragic

Iran’s Nuclear File: How Does The Future Look Like? By Kourosh Ziabari

CounterCurrents - Thu, 24/10/2013 - 22:47
With the recommencement of nuclear talks between Iran and the six world powers, hopes have been revived that more than a decade of conflict and dispute between the two sides can finally come to an end and the concerns over the possible diversion of Iran’s nuclear activities toward an atomic weapon will be completely allayed

‘Unacceptable’: Merkel Tells Obama Over Reported US Monitoring Of Her Phone

CounterCurrents - Thu, 24/10/2013 - 22:47
German chancellor Angela Merkel has called the US president Barack Obama over the German government's suspicions the US could have tapped her mobile phone. She demanded an explanation, and made clear to Obama that if the information proved trued it would be completely unacceptable and represent a grave breach of trust

Drone Island In The East River By David Swanson

CounterCurrents - Thu, 24/10/2013 - 22:47
When President Obama looks through a list of men, women, and children at a Tuesday terror meeting, and picks which ones to murder, and has them murdered, you can call it a war or not call it a war, but it begins to look to a lot of people like murder

Rising Waters: How Fast And How Far Will Sea Levels Rise? By Nicola Jones

CounterCurrents - Thu, 24/10/2013 - 22:46
Although the latest U.N. climate report significantly increases its projections for sea level rise this century, some scientists warn even those estimates are overly conservative. But one thing is certain: Predicting sea level rise far into the future is a very tricky

The Struggle For Meaning In A World Of Violence By Robert J. Burrowes

CounterCurrents - Thu, 24/10/2013 - 22:46
What is the measure of a human being? Is it their wealth? Their wisdom? Their spirituality? Is it something that can be measured from the outside? What if it is something else altogether?

Establishing Muslim Behavior vis-à-vis C onflicts Like Quran Burning, Criticism Of Prophet Muhammad And Islam By Mike Ghouse

CounterCurrents - Thu, 24/10/2013 - 22:46
Establishing Muslim behavior vis-à-vis conflicts like Quran burning, criticism of Prophet Muhammad and Islam, and changing how Muslims are perceived by others. The Mulberry Report on Muslims

Impact Of Workplace Stress In Education Sector By Swaleha Sindhi

CounterCurrents - Wed, 23/10/2013 - 23:01
Many young teachers who began their training with high motivation and noble ideas are exhausted or almost burn out within a few years of job. Teaching job is getting more and more stressful working in schools pose a number of situations that are unique to education and the current climate of uncertainty and criticism further undermines the professionalism and confidence of many hard working teachers

Mehr Chand Mahajan: A Symbol Of Tyranny By Abdul Majid Zargar

CounterCurrents - Wed, 23/10/2013 - 23:01
The role of Mehr Chand Mahajan, erstwhile Prime Minister of Kashmir, in the genocide of Muslims in Jammu region in 1947

From Obamacare To Single-Payer By Mickey Z.

CounterCurrents - Wed, 23/10/2013 - 23:00
An Interview With Benjamin Day of Healthcare-NOW!

The Consoling Power of Death By Milan Djurasovic

CounterCurrents - Wed, 23/10/2013 - 23:00
Unlike Tolstoy's Pahom who plummeted to the ground and died of exhaustion, whenever Dick Cheney's heart murmurs he just gets a new defibrillator as if it were a lollipop. Reassembling ones heart countless times while the rest of us are told that healthcare and education is where the budget cuts need to be made is much worse than making a smacking sound while eating a ham and cheese sandwich in front of a starved Gypsy family

New Pro-Zionist Australian Coalition Government Threatens Anti-racist Jewish Academics Who Support Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) Against Apartheid Israel

CounterCurrents - Wed, 23/10/2013 - 23:00
Speak out and take action in defence of anti-racist Jewish Australian academics and indeed in defence of all anti-racist scholars and environmental activists threatened by foreshadowed Australian anti-boycott laws. Please tell everyone you can
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