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Friday, February 12, 2016

RSN: The Enduring Solidarity of Whiteness

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FOCUS: Ta-Nehisi Coates | The Enduring Solidarity of Whiteness 
Tulsa burns in the race riots of 1921. (photo: Wikimedia) 
Ta-Nehisi Coates, The Atlantic 
Coates writes: "But what is obvious is that the systemic issues that allowed men as different as Bill Cosby and Daniel Holtzclaw to perpetuate their crimes, the systemic issues which long denied gay people, no matter how wealthy, to marry and protect their families, can not be crudely reduced to the mad plottings of plutocrats. In America, solidarity among laborers is not the only kind of solidarity." 
Black poverty is fundamentally distinct from white poverty—and so cannot be addressed without grappling with racism.

here have been a number of useful entries in the weeks since Senator Bernie Sanders declared himself against reparations. Perhaps the most clarifying comes from Cedric Johnson in a piece entitled, “An Open Letter To Ta-Nehisi Coates And The Liberals Who Love Him.” Johnson’s essay offers those of us interested in the problem of white supremacy and the question of economic class the chance to tease out how, and where, these two problems intersect. In Johnson’s rendition, racism, in and of itself, holds limited explanatory power when looking at the socio-economic problems which beset African Americans. “We continue to reach for old modes of analysis in the face of a changed world,” writes Johnson. “One where blackness is still derogated but anti-black racism is not the principal determinant of material conditions and economic mobility for many African Americans.”
Johnson goes on to classify racism among other varieties of -isms whose primary purpose is “to advance exploitation on terms that are most favorable to investor class interests.” From this perspective, the absence of specific anti-racist solutions from Bernie Sanders, as well as his rejection of reparations, make sense. By Johnson’s lights, racism is a secondary concern, and to the extent that it is a concern at all, it is weapon deployed to advance the interest of a plutocratic minority.
At various points in my life, I have subscribed to some version of Johnson’s argument. I did not always believe in reparations. In the past, I generally thought that the problem of white supremacy could be dealt through the sort of broad economic policy favored by Johnson and his candidate of choice. But eventually, I came to believe that white supremacy was a force in and of itself, a vector often intersecting with class, but also operating independent of it.
Nevertheless, my basic feelings about the kind of America in which I want to live have not changed. I think a world with equal access to safe, quality, and affordable education; with the right to health care; with strong restrictions on massive wealth accumulation; with guaranteed childcare; and with access to the full gamut of birth-control, including abortion, is a better world. But I do not believe that if this world were realized, the problem of white supremacy would dissipate, anymore than I believe that if reparations were realized, the problems of economic inequality would dissipate. In either case, the notion that one solution is the answer to the other problem is not serious policy. It is a palliative.
Unfortunately, palliatives are common these days among many of us on the left. In a recent piece, I asserted that western Europe demonstrated that democratic-socialist policy, alone, could not sufficiently address the problem of white supremacy. Johnson strongly disagreed with this:
Coates’s sweeping mischaracterization diminishes the actual impact that social-democratic and socialist governments have historically had in improving the labor conditions and daily lives of working people, in Europe, the United States, and for a time, across parts of the Third World.
There is not a single word in this response relating to race and racism in Western Europe or anything remotely closely to it. Instead, Johnson proposes to bait with race, and then switch to class. He swaps “labor conditions and daily lives of working people” in for “victims of white supremacy” and prays that the reader does not notice. Indeed, one might just as easily note that the advance of indoor plumbing, germ theory, and electricity have improved “the labor conditions and daily lives of working people,” and this would be no closer to actual engagement.
This pattern—strident rhetoric divorced from knowable fact—marks Johnson’s argument. Reparations, he tells us, do not emerge from the “felt needs of the majority of blacks,” a claim that is hard to square with the fact that a majority of blacks support reparations. Instead, he argues, the claim for reparations emerges from a cabal of “anti-racist liberals” and “black elites” seeking to make a “territorial-identitarian claim for power.” In fact, the reparations movement runs the gamut from the victims of Jon Burge, to those targeted byNorth Carolina’s eugenics campaign, to those targeted by the same campaign in Virginia, to those targeted by “Massive Resistance” in the same state, to the descendants of those devastated by the Tulsa pogrom. Are the black people of Tulsa who suffered aerial bombing at the hands of their own government“black elites” in pursuit of “territorial-identitarian claim?” Or are they something far simpler—people who were robbed and believe they deserve to be compensated?
Johnson denigrates recompense by asserting that the demands for reparations have not “yielded one tangible improvement in the lives of the majority of African Americans.” This is also true of single-payer health care, calls to break up big banks, free public universities, and any other leftist policy that has yet to come to pass. For a program to have effect, it has to actually be put in effect. Why would reparations be any different?
But ultimately, Johnson doesn’t reject reparations because he doesn’t think they would work, but because he doesn’t believe specific black injury through racism actually exists. He favors a “more Marxist class-oriented analysis” over the notion of treating “black poverty as fundamentally distinct from white poverty.” Johnson declines to actually investigate this position and furnish evidence—even though such evidence is not really hard to find.
Concentrated poverty. (photo:
Concentrated poverty. (photo:
Courtesy of Emily Badger, this is a chart of concentrated poverty in America—that is to say families which are both individually poor and live in poor neighborhoods. Whereas individual poverty deprives one of the ability to furnish basic needs, concentrated poverty extends out from the wallet out to the surrounding institutions—the schools, the street, the community center, the policing. If individual poverty in America is hunger, neighborhood poverty is a famine. As the chart demonstrates, the black poor are considerably more subject to famine than the white poor. Indeed, so broad is this particular famine that its reach extends out to environs that most would consider well-nourished.
Neighborhood poverty. (photo:
Neighborhood poverty. (photo:
As the chart above demonstrates, neighborhood poverty threatens both black poor and nonpoor families to such an extent that poor white families are less likely to live in poor neighborhoods than nonpoor black families. This is not an original finding. The sociologist Robert Sampson finds that:
….racial differences in neighborhood exposure to poverty are so strong that even high-income blacks are exposed to greater neighborhood poverty than low-income whites. For example, nonpoor blacks in Chicago live in neighborhoods that are nearly 30 percent in poverty—traditionally the definition of “concentrated poverty” areas—whereas poor whites lives in neighborhoods with 15 percent poverty, about the national average.*
In its pervasiveness, concentration, and reach across class lines, black poverty proves itself to be “fundamentally distinct” from white poverty. It would be much more convenient for everyone on the left if this were not true—that is to say if neighborhood poverty, if systemic poverty, menaced all communities equally. In such a world, one would only need to craft universalist solutions for universal problems.
Neighborhood poverty covering a younger demographic. (photo:
Neighborhood poverty covering a younger demographic. (photo:
This chart by sociologist Patrick Sharkey quantifies the degree to which neighborhood poverty afflicts black and white families. Sociologists like Sharkey typically define a neighborhood with a poverty rate greater than 20 percent as “high poverty.” The majority of black people in this country (66 percent) live in high-poverty neighborhoods. The vast majority of whites (94 percent) do not. The effects of this should concern anyone who believes in a universalist solution to a particular affliction. According to Sharkey:
Neighborhood poverty alone, accounts for a greater portion of the black-white downward mobility gap than the effects of parental education, occupation, labor force participation, and a range of other family characteristics combined.
No student of the history of American housing policy will be shocked by this. Concentrated poverty is the clear, and to some extent intentional, result of the segregationist housing policy that dominated America through much of the 20th century.
But the “fundamental differences” between black communities and white communities do not end with poverty or social mobility.
Data covering trends within incarceration. (photo:
Data covering trends within incarceration. (photo:
In the chart above, Sampson plotted the the incarceration rate in Chicago from the onset imprisonment boom to its height. As Sampson notes, the incarceration rate in the most afflicted black neighborhood is 40 times worse than the incarceration rate in the most afflicted white neighborhood. But more tellingly for our purposes, incarceration rates for white neighborhoods bunch at the lower end, while incarceration rates for black neighborhoods bunch at the higher end. There is no gradation, nor overlap between the two. It is almost as if, from the perspective of mass incarceration, black and white people—regardless of neighborhood—inhabit two “fundamentally distinct”worlds.
The pervasive and distinctive effects of racism are viewable at every level of education from high school drop-outs (see pages 13-14 of this Pew report, especially) to Ivy league graduates. I strongly suspect that if one were to investigate public-health outcomes, exposure to pollution, quality of public education or any other vector relating to socio-economic health, a similar pattern would emerge.
Such investigations are of little use to Johnson, who prefers ideas over people, and jargon divorced of meaningful investigation. The “black managerial elite” are invoked without any attempt to quantify their numbers and power. “Institutional racism” is presented as a figment, without actually defining what it is, and why, in Johnson’s mind, it is insignificant. “Black plunder” is invoked in Chicago, with no effort to examine its effects or compare it to “white plunder.” Johnson tells us that “universal social policies” and an expanded “public sector” built the black middle class. He seems unaware that the same is true of the “white middle class.” A useful question might arise from such awareness: Has the impact of “universalist social policies” been equal across racial lines? Johnson can not be bothered with such questions as he is preoccupied with —in his own words—“solidarity.”
I am not opposed to solidarity, in and of itself, but I would have its basis made clear. When an argument is divorced of this clarity, then deflection, subject-changing, abstraction, and head-fakes—as when Johnson exchanges“laborers” for the victims of white supremacy—all become inevitable.
Bombast, too. In Johnson’s rendition, black writers who trouble his particular “solidarity” are not sincerely disagreeing with his ideas, they are assuaging “white guilt” and doing the dirty work of interpreting black people for “white publics.” Johnson lobs this charge as though he is not himself interpreting for white publics, as though he were holding forth from the offices of The Amsterdam News. And then he lobs a good deal more:
...Coates’s latest attack on Sanders, and willingness to join the chorus of red-baiters, has convinced me that his particular brand of antiracism does more political harm than good, further mystifying the actual forces at play and the real battle lines that divide our world.
This not the language of debate. It is the vocabulary of compliance. ​In this way, a strong and important disagreement on the left becomes something darker. Critiquing the policies of a presidential candidate constitutes an “attack.” A call for intersectional radicalism is “red-baiting.” And the argument for reparations does “more political harm than good.”
The feeling is not mutual. I think Johnson’s ideas originate not in some diabolical plot, but in an honest and deeply held concern for the plundered peoples of the world. Whatever their origin, there is much in Johnson’s response worthy of study, and much more which all who hope for struggle across the manufactured line of race might learn from. Johnson’s distillation of the Readjuster movement, his emphasis on the value of the postal service and public-sector jobs, and his insistence on telling a broader story of housing and segregation add considerable value to the present conversation. His insistence that airing arguments to the contrary is harmful does not.
It is not even that a solidarity premised on the suppression of debate—a solidarity of ignorance—is wrong in and of itself, though it is. It is that a solidarity of ignorance blinds one to complicating factors:
Social exclusion and labor exploitation are different problems, but they are never disconnected under capitalism. And both processes work to the advantage of capital. Segmented labor markets, ethnic rivalry, racism, sexism, xenophobia, and informalization all work against solidarity. Whether we are talking about antebellum slaves, immigrant strikebreakers, or undocumented migrant workers, it is clear that exclusion is often deployed to advance exploitation on terms that are most favorable to investor class interests.
No. Social exclusion works for solidarity, as often as it works against it. Sexism is not merely, or even primarily, a means of conferring benefits to the investor class. It is also a means of forging solidarity among “men,” much as xenophobia forges solidarity among “citizens,” and homophobia makes for solidarity among “heterosexuals.” What one is is often as important as what one is not, and so strong is the negative act of defining community that one wonders if all of these definitions—man, heterosexual, white—would evaporate in absence of negative definition.
That question is beyond my purview (for now). But what is obvious is that the systemic issues that allowed men as different as Bill Cosby and Daniel Holtzclaw to perpetuate their crimes, the systemic issues which long denied gay people, no matter how wealthy, to marry and protect their families, can not be crudely reduced to the mad plottings of plutocrats. In America, solidarity among laborers is not the only kind of solidarity. In America, it isn’t even the most potent kind.
The history of the very ideas Johnson favors evidences this fact. At every step, “universalist” social programs have been hampered by the idea of becoming, and remaining, forever white. So it was with the New DealSo it is with Obamacare. So it would be with President Sanders. That is not because the white working class labors under mass hypnosis. It is because whiteness confers knowable, quantifiable privileges, regardless of class—much like “manhood” confers knowable, quantifiable privileges, regardless of race. White supremacy is neither a trick, nor a device, but one of the most powerful shared interests in American history.
And that, too, is solidarity.

RSN: Bernie's "Political Revolution" Is Severing the Connection Between Wealth and Political Power

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Robert Reich | Bernie's "Political Revolution" Is Severing the Connection Between Wealth and Political Power 
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Reich writes: "The energy that fuels Bernie's 'political revolution' is a determination to sever the connection between great wealth and political power, and thereby reclaim our economy and restore our democracy." 
Final Oregon Occupier Surrenders to Authorities, Ending the Refuge Siege 
Carissa Wolf, Sarah Kaplan and Mark Berman, The Washington Post 
Excerpt: "The armed occupation of a wildlife refuge ended Thursday morning after more than a month, as the final occupant - a distraught-sounding man who had been yelling about having suicidal thoughts - could be heard surrendering to authorities." 
Morgan Stanley to Pay $3.2 Billion Over Contributors to '08 Crisis 
Michael Virtanen, Associated Press 
Virtanen writes: "Morgan Stanley will pay $3.2 billion in a settlement over bank practices that contributed to the 2008 financial crisis, including misrepresentations about the value of mortgage-backed securities, authorities announced Thursday." 
Texas Attorney General Faces Ethics Probe Over Gay Marriage 
Jon Herskovitz, Reuters 
Herskovitz writes: "Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton is being probed for ethics violations for telling county clerks that they could deny marriage licenses to same sex-couples, another potential setback for the state's top lawyer, who is already facing felony charges." 
Federal Grand Jury Said to Begin Hearing Evidence in Eric Garner Case 
Eyder Peralta, NPR 
Peralta writes: "A federal grand jury is said to have begun hearing evidence in the case of Eric Garner, an unarmed black man who died after he was placed in a chokehold by a white police officer, NPR's Joel Rose reports, citing two sources familiar with the investigation." 
Joe Lauria | Saudis Goad Obama to Invade Syria 
Joe Lauria, Consortium News 
Lauria writes: "The Russian-backed Syrian Army's encirclement of Aleppo, the battle that could determine the outcome of the five-year-old war, has sparked a Saudi plan with allied Arab nations to hold a war maneuver next month of 150,000 men to prepare for an invasion of Syria." 
Duke Energy Gets Paltry Fine for Massive Coal-Ash Spill 
Katie Herzog, Grist 
Herzog writes: "In February 2014, nearly 40,000 tons of coal ash spilled into North Carolina's Dan River, coating the waterway with a thick, toxic sludge. The responsible party was Duke Energy, the nation's largest power company." 

Thursday, February 11, 2016

Bombshell: Iran Reveals Republicans Tried To Delay Release Of US Prisoners Until After Election

There will be far more about this issue...remember this isn't the first time Republicans have used American Hostages as PAWNS. 

Ronald Reagan did it and voters fell for it to defeat Carter. 


Bombshell: Iran Reveals Republicans Tried To Delay Release Of US Prisoners Until After Election

Shocking new revelations appear to show that the Republicans in Congress are insisting in pursuing their treasonous efforts to go around the President’s back and derail his foreign policy agenda. Last year, led by Sen. Tom Cotton (R-AR), forty-seven Republican traitors sent a letter to the Iranian government in an attempt to scare them out of the President’s historic nuclear peace accord. Republicans in Congress were then caught taking bribes from foreign governments in exchange for their efforts against the White House.
But this time, they have gone too far. The Secretary of Iran’s Supreme National Security Council (SNSC), Ali Shamkhani, alleges that Congressional Republicans attempted to parlay with the Iranian government in an attempt to postpone the recent prisoner exchange until after the election.

Shocking! Iran Reveals Congressional Republicans Tried To Keep American Prisoners Locked Up Until After Elections

Some shocking news was just revealed that makes Congressional Republicans look even worse than they already did. Occupy Democrats reports that the Secretary of Iran’s Supreme National Security Council (SNSC), Ali Shamkhani, alleges that Congressional Republicans tried to convince the Iranian government to postpone the recent prisoner exchange until after the 2016 election.
Of the incident, Shamkhani said:
“In the course of the talks for exchanging prisoners, the Republican rivals of the current US administration who claim to be humanitarians and advocates of human rights sent a message telling us not to release these people (American prisoners) and continue this process (of talks) until the eve of US presidential elections. However, we acted upon our independent resolve and moved the process forward.”
These Congressional Republicans, who fancy themselves patriots, secretly tried to keep five Americans trapped in an Iranian prison so that they could benefit from their imprisonment. The goal, presumably, was to use their prolonged captivity as a political weapon against President Obama and the current Democratic candidates. The same Republicans who have made it their mission to discover the “truth” about the deaths of four Americans in Benghazi  are also responsible for using American lives as pawns, trying to keep them imprisoned for their own gain.
This is not the first time that Republicans have tried to mess with relations between Iran and the United States. Last year, forty-seven Republicans — led by Arkansas Senator Tom Cotton — sent a letter to the Iranian government attempting to scare them out of President Obama’s nuclear peace accord. Republicans were later caught taking bribes from foreign governments in exchange for their efforts to sabotage the President.
With this new revelation, it is clear that the gall of the Republicans in Congress has absolutely no bounds. They will stop at nothing to go behind President Obama’s back and derail his foreign policy plans. This news is depressing, and even those of us who already hold Republicans in low regard are shocked to learn that they would sink so low. Let us all hope they pay for their mistakes with a Democratic win later this year.
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Thanks to Bernie Sanders America is Ceasing to Listen to The False Oracles of Mainstream Media

Thanks to Bernie Sanders America is Ceasing to Listen to The False Oracles of Mainstream Media


Last night Democratic voters in New Hampshire roundly rejected the cabal of charlatans posing as political experts in mainstream media. While many choose to remain deaf to it, the message from the people is loud and clear: the people of America have had enough of the Faustian bargain between the political, corporate and media establishments. They desire more than just a change of personnel in the oval office-they want a political revolution. There is no longer any room for doubt that the nation has awakened to the nobility of knaves that has been pulling the wool over their eyes for generations.
There is however much to be done before the victory of Bernie Sanders in the New Hampshire Democratic Primaries can become the milestone in America's history that it deserves to be. Foremost among the challenges remains the unashamed bias of the media towards the Sanders campaign. Aside from the inordinate amount of prime time cable news coverage given to Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump there has also been a recent surge in pro-Hillary and anti-Sanders articles in the nation's largest newspapers.
 Take the heavily biased New York Times endorsement of Hillary as Democratic nominee for a start. Then you have the Washington Post Editorial dismissing Bernie's agenda as being "facile" and "overpromising" with no elaboration on why it is such an absolute certainty that he cannot deliver. The widely quotedFrancis Wilkinson article in the Chicago Tribune last week described Bernie as a threat to the futures of both the Democratic Party and America. Bret Stephens writing for the Wall Street Journal this past Monday accused Bernie of "preaching hatred" and "politics of envy." Meanwhile this past Tuesday pseudo-philosopher David Brooks continued to misrepresent Bernie Sanders for the second column in a row in the New York Times. According to him Sanders was part of a "pornography of pessimism" and portraying America as being "on the verge of collapse."
This is what the Sanders campaign is up against. Most of the self-appointed elder-statesmen of journalism who are yet to be right about anything are pandering to their political loyalties. They will only amp up their cacophony of sophistry and outright mendacity as the presidential contest progresses and the need to remain steadfast and occupy social media space is greater than ever.
Ultimately, the strongest weapon in the campaign is the man himself; Sanders' message is clear and consistent. The inequality gap is untenable and unconscionable, the middle class is losing wealth and political influence, money is going to the wrong people and to the wrong purpose-and the establishment sold out to wall street and any lobby willing to pay top dollar a long time ago.
No meaningful change can come by working by the rules of this establishment and there is only one candidate who is an avowed foe of the status quo and promises not just a change of guard but a paradigm shift. New Hampshire Democrats have shown the way. It remains to be seen if the rest of the Union will cease to listen to the rusted rails of mainstream media and usher in the revolution that Bernie Sanders has promised to lead.

CounterCurrents: Netanyahu Wants Apartheid Wall Around Israel To Keep Out 'Wild Beasts', ABC’s Of The US Empire

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Netanyahu Wants  Apartheid Wall Around Israel To Keep Out 'Wild Beasts'
By Andrea Germanos

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has proposed a plan to encircle his entire country with a fence as protection against "wild beasts," referring to those in neighboring Arab states. He made the comments Tuesday while visiting an 18-mile stretch of fence already under construction on the Israel-Jordan border

Gaza Patients Battle Cancer And Israeli Siege 
By Isra Saleh el-Namey

In January, dozens of female patients staged a protest to voice their anger over the draconian restrictions, which Israel threatens to tighten, on patient movement. One of the protesters, Rawan Lubad, has lived with breast cancer for 10 years. The 61-year-old is in constant pain. She has twice applied to get a permit for referral. She was twice denied. “I am dying here. I feel that I have been sentenced to death,” she said

Zionist And Nazi Moral Disengagement 
By Vacy Vlazna

Empathy is power. Empathy’s identification and connection with the Other evokes profound understanding of the interdependence of humanity which transforms moral concern into actions, like BDS, that, individually and communally, can defeat moral disengagement and the banality of evil

Death Sentence Is Tehran's Answer To Ahwazi Calls For Freedom
By Rahim Hamid

The human rights situation has been worsening quickly in Iran. More than 2,000 people have been hung during Hassan Rouhani’s tenure as President of the regime. This is the biggest scale of executions in the past 25 years. These mass executions will be added to the black pages of the Iranian regime's history of human rights violations since the Iranian revolution in 1979. The large-scale execution of political and ideological prisoners has resulted in Iran being named one of the top countries committing executions per capita during the past few years

Trojan Horse Arguments And The GMO Issue: Indian Food And Agriculture Under Attack
By Colin Todhunter

Farmers have indeed 'bet' their farms and livelihoods on a crop – and have lost or are being taken for a ride. Where, therefore, is the logic in promoting GM varieties which produce less than existing improved varieties that are not genetically modified? Improving production should not be based on a supposed GM techno quick-fix, which the pro-GMO lobby would like us to believe in. The answer lies in adopting appropriate trade policies that favour indigenous production and local farmers and which, as Devinder Sharma notes, provides assured procurement and assured prices to farmers

'White Nights', A Path Breaking Venture In Malayalam Cinema
By P. Baburaj

Razi's film is inspired by the story WHITE NIGHTS written by Fyodor Dostoyevsky in 1848. Dostoyevsky tells the story of the companionship of the two lonely people during the white nights in St. Petersburg in Russia. The film is dedicated to the great writer but Razi's story is placed in Attappady, the remote tribal area in Palakkad District in central Kerala. WHITE NIGHTS is divided into two sections. Five nights in the forest where two strangers meet and reminisce their past and five days elsewhere in Attappady where a deprived and oppressed tribal community grapple with their present

Ukraine, Masks Of The Revolution 
By Paul Moreira

In the new cold war that opposes Russia to the USA, Ukraine is a decisive pawn. A tactical pawn to contain Putin’s ambitions. “Ukraine, masks of the revolution” by Paul Moreira sheds light on this blind corner.

Assange’s UN Victory And Redemption Of The West 
By Nozomi Hayase

It is not too late for the West to step onto the right side of history. We can all respond to this call to show the rest of the world how we can become nations that honor the enlightenment values and realize the promise the West once made to the world

Caste Is Everywhere 
By Akhileshwari Ramagoud

Caste is the blight that this country suffers from, and we should have the courage to admit it. Only then reform will be possible. Only fools live in denial

Kandhamal Survivors Extend Solidarity With Middle East Christians
By Kanakalata Nayak

We invite all the people of goodwill across the globe to join the efforts to protect and bring back the endangered fellow Christians and others who have become victims of violence. We call on the Nations and communities to respect and protect freedom of religion or belief as a fundamental human rights guaranteed by art of 18 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. We appeal United Nations, Vatican and ecumenical, interreligious bodies and civil society groups to work towards for promotion of peace, harmony and religious tolerance in every state, especially in the Middle East, especially in Syria

People’s Movements And CSOs Write To PM On AIIB
By National Alliance of People’s Movements

In a letter to the Prime Minister sent today, people’s movements and other civil society organisations demanded a transparent process while making Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB) operational. They said, “Banks with a focus on investing in infrastructure, need to ensure that the investments do not bring in displacement and deprivation to the poor and vulnerable communities.”

ABC’s Of The US Empire 
By Gary Corseri

“A” Is for “Asininity”. That’s a particular kind of stupidity. “B” Is for “Belligerence”. “C” is for “Cupidity”. Cupidity rhymes with “stupidity,” but like asininity, it’s special—a special kind of greed! “C” is also for Corporatism. “C” is also for all-embrasive Culture… and ours is sinking rapidly

American Muslim Community One Year After The Murder Of Three NC Muslim Students
By Abdus Sattar Ghazali

The Muslim American community observed Wednesday (Feb. 10) the first death anniversary of three North Carolina University Muslim students amid rising anti-Muslim bigotry and hate crimes. On February 10, 2015, Deah Barakat, Yusor Abu-Salha, and Razan Abu-Salha were brutally murdered simply because they were Muslim. A neighbor, who had expressed anti-Muslim animus in the past, fatally shot each of them in the home that newlyweds Deah and Yusor shared

Global Terrorism Destroying The Humanity: How To Change The Future?
By Mahboob A Khawaja

The informed global community wishes to see meaningful dialogue, reconciliation and opportunities for peaceful settlement of the merging conflicts in the Arab world. Have the Two World Wars resolved any problems facing the humanity? What is the cure to raging indifference and cruelty to the interests of the whole of the mankind? The 21st century new-age complex political, economic, social and strategic challenges and the encompassing opportunities warrant new thinking, new leaders and new visions for change, conflict management and participatory peaceful future-making

Politicians On A Holiday! 
By Mohammad Ashraf

The dithering in government formation has forced the Governor to take charge in terms of the constitution. The Politicians should now be kept on a holiday till the rotten system gets overhauled!