If you don't mind, and if you think the content of this news letter is critical for the dignified living and survival of humanity and other species on earth, please forward it to your friends and spread the word. It's time for humanity to come together as one family! You can subscribe to our news letter here http://www.countercurrents.org/news-letter/.
The Snow Girls
by Ra Sh
A hail of bullets mowed down the white harvest.
The olive green troopers advanced. They saw.
Each fallen girl held a red flower soaked in blood.
And a handkerchief on which was embroidered,
With Love from Kashmir.
Short Choices: The French Presidential Elections
by Dr Binoy Kampmark
Much will depend on voter turnout come May, and the seasoned opportunism of Le Pen. Her latest play is to place herself above partisan considerations by stepping down from the leadership of the National Front. “So, this evening, I am no longer the president of the National Front. I am the candidate for the French presidency.”
Egyptian Kangaroo Court Sentences 20 People To Death
by Abdus Sattar Ghazali
A court of Egyptian military leader, General Abdel Fattah el-Sisi, who assumed the title of Field Marshal after overthrowing the elected President Mohamed Morsi in July 2013, Monday sentenced 20 supporters of Morsi to death.
Securing Sweetness For Sugarcane Souls: A Tribute To Paulo Freire
by Richard Oxman
Sugarcane souls must blossom, take over the garden. If they — we — do so we will be offering up a great tribute to Paulo Freire. For things rank and gross in nature possess that garden merely now, and it’s getting irretrievably toxic with each passing day.
Who Cares About Helping Homeless Women?
by Mickey Z
Very recently, I was honored by PIX11 News as a “Change Maker.” Of course, I was asked “why?” It didn’t make it into the segment but one of my answers was: “In activism, we like to imagine we’re standing up for the oppressed. Of course, we’re not above pretending we’re the oppressed. However, we just end up talking over the oppressed as we perform for each other. Now, I’ve chosen to directly ask the most oppressed group in the world — women — what they want and need and how I can help. And then I do my best to deliver.”
10 Ways That Pope Francis Can Help Fight Climate Change
by Don Fitz
Maybe not now. But that’s what he could well become. Pope Francis’ Encyclical “On Care for Our Common Home” recognizes the incredible damage being done to climate change and biodiversity. Few realize how strong his beliefs are and the unused power of persuasion he has. Here’s 10 ways that power could be used.
Endless Atrocities: The US Role In Creating The North Korean Fortress-State
by Robert J Barsocchini
Paul Atwood, a Senior Lecturer in American Studies at the University of Massachusetts Boston, provides a concise summary of the history that informs North Korea’s “relations with the United States” and “drives its determination never to submit to any American diktat”.
Trump, Public Imagination, And Islamophobia
by Dr Chandra Muzaffar
Donald Trump’s crafty manipulation of Islamophobia, we are told, was one of the factors that propelled him to the presidency of the United States of America. He was very much aware of the prevalence of negative sentiments towards Islam and Muslims within segments of the American electorate. Because Islamophobia was part of the public imagination, he had no scruples about exploiting it for political gain
Kashmir: Is It True?
by Gowhar Naz
Now, CM Mehbooba Mufti has already met PM Narendra Modi and straight away pitched for dialogue as the need of hour. I understand that the governor’s rule is not a solution. But I’m still confused and getting curious to know, what next? Sooner or later – Is she leaving?
India-Bangladesh: Trust Can Take Us A Long Way
by Protik Bardhan
Mongol Shovajatra (welfare rally) has been held in Kolkata on pohela boishakh (Bangla New Year) this year, which was pioneered in Dhaka in the early 1990s. Artists from Dhaka went there to extend their helping hands in the preparation. This is a great sign, no doubt. But cultural exchanges is not enough. The exchange should take place in all spheres of our lives, and mostly in business, which would ensure mutual trust, and then nobody in India would mind having a defence pact with India. However, in Diplomacy, it is often said that don’t put all the eggs in the same basket.
Africa’s War Lord Queen; The Bloodstained Career of Liberia’s Eleanor Sirleaf Johnson
by Thomas C Mountain
Eleanor Sirleaf Johnson is the Harvard educated, Nobel Prize winning President of Liberia with a long bloodstained history of support for warlords both past and present. She used to be the de facto foreign minister for that most bloodthirsty of warlords former Liberian “President” Charles Taylor, and she addressed the US Congress in his support. President Johnson is the queen of the warlords, for she has granted fiefdoms to many of Charles Taylor’s top Capos in todays Liberia.
Anzac As Apologia And Religion
by Dr Binoy Kampmark
Soaked to the core, Melbournians gathered around the War Memorial in thousands, gazing at the flickering, all-resistant eternal flame in an annual tribute to Australia’s fallen. Each year, the secular religion of Anzac (the Australian and New Zealand Army Corps) receives more adherents, gathers a few more followers, and nabs a few more converts among the young.
The Bridgeport Herald Wages an Important Free Speech Fight
by Andy Piascik
Rarely has an American play met with the kind of government opposition that Clifford Odets’ Waiting for Lefty faced in 1935. Mayors and police departments forbade the staging of the play in a number of cities and stopped performances mid-play in others. Audience and cast members were arrested for protesting police actions. Locally, the Bridgeport Sunday Herald rallied to the cause of the play after it was banned in New Haven and thus played an important and honorable role in defending free speech.
Prosecution of Assange Is Persecution of Free Speech
by Nozomi Hayase
US authorities are reported to have prepared charges to seek the arrest of WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange. This overreach of US government toward a publisher, whose principle is aligned with the U.S. Constitution, is another sign of a crumbling façade of democracy.
Donald Trump A Man of Evil?
by David Anderson
The Abrahamic concept of “evil” has to some extent left the Western vocabulary. The time has come for Americans to bring it back. They can do so by answering these questions: Is their country now under its control? Could Donald Trump and his followers bring down not just the country but human civilization? My essay provides answers.
Rage Against The Establishment : Naxalbari And Dalit Panthers Movement
by Sourabh Kumar
Dalit Panthers not just revolted against caste oppression, but also against the semi-colonial structure by targeting the corrupt parliamentary system, organising workers to shut down factories, and boycotting elections in Bombay. Apart from the Dalit Panthers, it was only the revolutionary Naxalites who broke the myth of an independent Indian nation.
Trump Does A Dirty Harry – And Africa Starves
by Dr Richard Hil
Despite Trump’s choreographed concern over children dying in Syria, many of his policies will cause great harm to millions of children in his own country, as well as to countless others across the globe.
Poor Women Deliver Rich Dividends
by Moin Qazi
What is needed is that we tap the innate talent of each individual and provide capital for setting up a small business When we place capital in the hands of women, especially low-income women it works wonders – unlocking her entrepreneurial impulses. We help empower not just women, but the communities in which they live. When women are reached, they gain the courage and skills to break the cycle of inter-generational poverty.
How Cow Vigilantes Are Being Projected As ‘Modern Day Freedom Fighters.’
by Subhash Gatade
As every law abiding individual is watching with trepidation how “cow terror” is spreading throughout the country – from Dadri to Latehar, from Una to Alwar and from Jammu to now the capital – with custodians of law and order turning mute spectators and “.. [h]uman slaughter in the name of the bovine” becoming “tragically the new normal in India.
The Chhattisgarh PUCL Condemns The Ruthless Ambush Carried Out by Maoists at Burkapal
The Chhattisgarh PUCL severely condemns the ruthless ambush carried out by Maoists at the Burkapal area under Police Station Chintagufa limits in district Sukma on 24th April 2017, and expresses its deep grief at the killing of 25 jawans, mostly young persons of poor families.
The Soothing Hand
by Sheshu Babu
When there are so many suffering around me
Still living with hope of a better future …may be
One day I hope to see happiness at any cost …
Even Milton regained the ‘ Paradise Lost ‘ !!
Dealing With Tragedies In Life
by Sally Dugman
Unavoidably, we all sometimes face seemingly insurmountable tragedies in our lives that can disassemble us in dreadful ways, such as a death of an only child or a deeply loved mate. So what do we do to pull ourselves back together after such overwhelming loss?