Wednesday, March 15, 2017
CounterCurrents: Meet John Avery, One of the Greatest On Earth
I had the honor to meet one of the greatest living intellectuals on earth, John Scales Avery. He is not unfamiliar to CC readers as he is a regular contributor here. I had read his seminal classic “Information Theory and Evolution”. I tapped his mind to know more about the book and the man behind the book and the result is a revealing interview. I was enlightened and enriched by the meeting with one of the greatest on this planet. I wish and hope that reading the interview would be enlightening for you too.
Meanwhile, the Trump White House has secretly authorized the Central Intelligence Agency to resume drone assassination strikes that in the latter years of the Obama administration had been largely reserved for the US military, the Wall Street Journal reported Tuesday.
Richard Oxman writes, "one does not have to be a supporter of Donald Trump to recoil in horror at the unprecedented attack that’s being waged on an ongoing basis against the new First Lady."
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Interview With John Scales Avery, One Of The Greatest Living Intellectuals On Earth
by Binu Mathew
John Avery is someone who is an academician but not restrained by the rigidity of the academic community. He is a scientist but not constrained to his area of study. He is someone who connects the dots. With his deep knowledge and vast experience he surmises human destiny scientifically. No, he is someone who is worried about the fate of all life forms on earth. More than everything else he is an intellectual who sees through the miasma that clouds our vision by ideological rigidity and mass media obfuscation
Trump Administration Secretly Resumes CIA Drone Assassination Program
by Bill Van Auken
The Trump White House has secretly authorized the Central Intelligence Agency to resume drone assassination strikes that in the latter years of the Obama administration had been largely reserved for the US military, the Wall Street Journal reported Tuesday.
Trump’s Military Nostalgia (or Victory at Sea All Over Again)
by Michael T Klare
"Victory at Sea" remains a cinematic expression of our war-making past. If you really want to understand President Trump’s strategic mindset (such as it is), get your hands on a DVD of the series and watch it. But let’s pray it doesn’t turn out to provide a blueprint for a deeply militarized trip down memory lane to the 1950s and a world of future combat operations no one should want to imagine, no less plan for.
Just The Way It Is!
by Sally Dugman
I’ve six categories greatly bothering me as I speculate about the future and they’re all interrelated — inextricably connected to each other in myriad ways like a web that can’t ever be pulled apart. Here, though, they are separately and categorically exposed in an artificial manner that abnegates the connections, the fusions and tentacles that tie all together in a tightly meshed undeniable pattern. They’re bound tightly together nonetheless.
What We Have Chosen Not To Look At To Date
by Rachel Olivia O'Connor
The latest revelations out of the University of California at Davis demonstrate what we’re up against when we take an honest look into ourselves, our lifestyles, what we’re going to have to do above and beyond protesting The Obvious High Profile Villains Out There. “Synthetic Clothes May Be Polluting San Francisco Bay” is not the most spot on title for the article. The word “May” is misleading, for there’s no question whatsoever that synthetic clothes ARE polluting San Francisco Bay. And not only that bay, but many other waterways.
Melania Trump And The Downer We’re On
by Richard Oxman
One does not have to be a supporter of Donald Trump to recoil in horror at the unprecedented attack that’s being waged on an ongoing basis against the new First Lady. The late night comedy shows are going to town at her expense in a way that we’ve never seen before. The presumptuous statements being made and the callous lack of compassion in vogue at present — making Melania into an unhappy captive of some sort — demonstrate our national decline as well as anything. Nothing remotely like it has ever taken place in the U.S.
The Murky World of Deradicalisation
by Dr Binoy Kampmark
It has attracted money and the implementation of programs, another standard diversionary tactic common in many societies. It is all touted as a good bit of social engineering, a form of anger management by other means. The basis of that problematic term “deradicalisation” entails the erroneous idea that telling a person something should not be done politically is necessarily going to be effective.
Irom Sharmila, 90 Votes, AFSPA And Democracy
by Ravi Nitesh
Democracy has its own beauty and we must appreciate it. Not electing an activist does not mean that democracy has failed, instead it reflects that political leadership may demand many more things. In the same line, a politician or a public servant may not be a renowned activist as being in activism may need many things other than the expertise in politics. We have seen defeat of many senior bureaucrats and even of retired Army Chief J J Singh in the recently held Punjab election and again it does not mean that people do not love army, instead it only means that political aspirations in a democracy like India requires many more strategies than your personal institution-ship.
Regionalism Takes A Beating In AAP’s Rout In Punjab Polls
by Jaspal Singh Sidhu
Just held 2017 Punjab assembly election has not proved a different game from what RSS brand nationalism played on the demographically polarized chessboard of other northern Indian states that went to polls simultaneously. Much expected political change could not take place even as new entrant – Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) made its assertive debut in Punjab breaking the binary of traditional parties—Akali-BJP combine versus Congress—which have been contesting against each other in past several elections and ruling alternatively.
‘March 16’ When All Kashmiris Were Sold: Retrospection
by Mohamad Ashraf Khwaja
Kashmir mysteriously became a part of the newly created state of Jammu and Kashmir through the so-called ‘Treaty of Amritsar’ on 16th March 1846, signed between the British and Dogra Raja Gulab Singh. The whole valley and its two million souls were sold in lieu of a paltry sum of 75 lakh rupees (nanakshahi). Strangely enough, the wholesale sordid transaction of Kashmiris was ratified at a place hundreds of miles away from Kashmir and without consulting a single Kashmiri native by the two parties.
The Impoverished Gift
by Rabindranath Tagore
A poem by Rabindranath Tagore