Thursday, March 9, 2017
CounterCurrents: The Refugee Crisis Is a Sign of a Planet in Trouble
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Imperialist Wars And Interventions Fuel Refugee Crisis In Africa
by Thomas Gaist
Large numbers of persons fleeing war and famine in sub-Saharan Africa are transiting through Libya in a desperate effort to reach Europe, UNICEF reported last week. An estimated 80,000 refugees, including 25,000 children, left Libyan ports in an effort to cross the Mediterranean Sea and enter southern Europe last year, with 4,000 of them dying during the crossing.
The Refugee Crisis Is a Sign of a Planet in Trouble
by David Korten
All of trends point to the tragic reality that the world community will be facing an ever-increasing stream of refugees that we must look upstream to resolve. This all relates back to another ominous statistic. As a species, humans consume at a rate of 1.6 Earths. Yet we have only one Earth. As we poison our water supplies and render our lands infertile, ever larger areas of Earth’s surface become uninhabitable. And as people compete for the remaining resources, the social fabric disintegrates, and people turn against one another in violence.
The Mental and Physical Trauma of “Dreamers” Living With Deportation Threats
by Annamarya Scaccia
After Daniela Vargas’ recent arrest, the future for DACA’s more than 750,000 recipients is more uncertain than ever. They need political support, but also safe spaces to process their anxiety.
Memory, Fire And Hope: Five Lessons From Standing Rock
by Alnoor Ladha
The ongoing struggle will not go down in the flames at Oceti Sakowin. We should take this opportunity to remember the enduring lessons of this movement, and prepare ourselves for what is to come next.
Only The Israeli Dead Matter: Israel’s Failure At Investigating Its Bloody Wars
by Dr Ramzy Baroud
An official Israeli State Comptroller issued another report on the Israeli government’s handling of the July 2014 war on Gaza; it chastised Israeli Prime Minister, Benjamin Netanyahu, and then-Defense Minister, Moshe Ya’alon – among others – for the lack of preparedness and for their mishandling of the subsequent 50-day conflict; Netanyahu reacted angrily; Ya’alon took to Facebook to defend his record; the opposition in the Israeli Knesset (parliament) went on the offensive; politicians lined up, taking sides; a media frenzy followed; the country was in an uproar.
“The Narrative Of Progress Is No Longer Sustainable.”
by C Ikehara
Has modernity been about allowing the short term to blind us to the long term?
Radhika Vemula on Bhim Auto
by Subhash Gatade
The middle of this month would witness a different type of Yatra on the streets of Telangana and Andhra Pradesh. Neither it would be led by high profile leaders – who have the aura of Z plus security with them – nor it would be undertaken in an ultramodern bus – fitted with latest facilities and which could even be used as podium for a public meeting. It would be taken out on a blue pickup truck renamed Bhim Auto and would be led by a fifty year old woman Radhika Vemula along with her son Raja demanding justice for her elder son Rohith.
The Forgotten “Flood”!
by Mohammad Ashraf
The way the authorities are destroying the flood channel with peoples’ connivance gives one the feeling that the most destructive flood of the century has been totally forgotten both by the authorities as well as the people!
Application Of Central Statistical Act To J&K State
by Abdul Majid Zargar
For political parties of Kashmir, the obnoxious amendment is also something to worry about, unless they have accorded their consent to the amendment before hand. With nearly one third of the legislative seats located in border areas, New-Delhi will get an absolute power to influence the voters in these constituencies under the garb of data collection but in reality telling them ‘whom to vote’.