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Friday, April 28, 2017

CounterCurrents: Yemen: Effective Humanitarian Aid Depends on a Peace Accord

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Jeremy Corbyn Is Britain’s Best Hope
by Colin Todhunter 

British Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson has suggested the UK could join US military action against the Syrian government without parliamentary approval. Johnson said he and PM Theresa May agreed that in the event of another chemical attack by the Assad regime, it would be hard for the UK to refuse any request to join military action.

A World In Free Fall In A Dangerous Universe: Syria, Afghanistan, North Korea, Iran, What’s Next, An Asteroid?
by Irwin Jerome 

Playing to the growing alt-right movement of the Deep State in America and among its allies, that seemingly continues to lust for evermore blood beyond the latest preemptive military strikes in Syria and Afghanistan, Trump has wasted no time in further threatening the next step that America perhaps intends to take in an obvious escalation towards a potential nuclear confrontation with all its enemies.

Middle Eastern Surgeon Speaks About The ‘Ecology Of War’
by Andre Vltchek 

Dr. Gus Abu-Sitta is the head of the Plastic Surgery Department at the AUB Medical Center in Lebanon. He specializes in: reconstructive surgery. What it means in this part of the world is clear: they bring you people from the war zones, torn to pieces, missing faces, burned beyond recognition, and you have to try to give them their life back.

Yemen: Effective Humanitarian Aid Depends on a Peace Accord
by Rene Wadlow 

The United Nations (UN) together with the governments of Sweden and Switzerland which have often led humanitarian issues in the UN system held a high-level pledging conference in Geneva on April 25, 2017 to again draw attention to the deepening humanitarian crisis in war-torn Yemen, currently the largest food security emergency in the world. Some 60% of the population are in a food-insecure situation.

The Shame of Killing Innocent People
by Kathy Kelly 

On April 26th, 2017, in Yemen’s port city of Hodeidah, the Saudi-led coalition which has been waging war in Yemen for the past two years dropped leaflets informing Hodeidah’s residents of an impending attack.  One leaflet read: “Our forces of legitimacy are heading to liberate Hodeidah and end the suffering of our gracious Yemeni people. Join your legitimate government in favor of the free and happy Yemen.”

Climate Change And Other Dire Difficulties
by Sally Dugman 

To do nothing what-soever except minimally (such as recycling garbage) in light of coming climate change impacts for a small portion of the world — well, we know to where this feebly enacted, but basically empty non-action leads. Same-old patterns exist until forcing a change as the same-old ones are no longer workable given changing impacting variables at the point of a crisis for a particular region.

Science And Wars Against The Environment
by Mary Lynn Cramer 

At the Boston Science March this past Saturday, April 22 , I did not notice any signs proclaiming “SCIENCE FOR THE PEOPLE, NOT FOR PROFIT” or “SCIENCE FOR PEACE, NOT FOR WAR.”  Were there any?  The few scientists I have known personally believe that science is value-free, unconcerned with politics or morality. It exists as pure truth born of the scientific method.  And as the Science Guy exclaimed at the march in Washington, D.C., scientists can save the world.

Yassmin Abdel-Magied Censored On Anzac Day – Jingoists Trash Australian Free Speech
by Dr Gideon Polya 

On Australia’s Anzac Day,  Muslim, feminist  social advocate and  humanitarian  journalist  Yassmin Abdel-Magied (who works for the ABC, Australia’s equivalent of the UK BBC) posted on her Facebook page: “Lest we forget (Manus, Nauru, Syria, Palestine)”. Savaged by public outcry, Ms Abdel-Magied rapidly deleted the post and apologized. The post was correct and her silencing by rabid jingoists is a stain on Australia and an attack on free speech.

Turkey’s Kurdish Agenda
by Dr Binoy Kampmark 

Any doubts that Turkey’s involvement in the conflict against Islamic State is purely symbolic were dispelled by a latest round of air strikes against Kurdish positions in northeast Syria and Iraq’s Sinjar region, killing at least 20 fighters.    (The number from Ankara is a more inflated 70).  Iraqi government officials were flawed by the action, infuriated by its audacity; the US State Department was troubled and confused.

Palestinian, Jewish Voices Must Jointly Challenge Israel’s Past
by Dr Ramzy Baroud 

Israel has resorted to three main strategies to suppress Palestinian calls for justice and human rights, including the Right of Return for refugees. One is dedicated to rewriting history; another attempts to distract from present realities altogether and a third aims at reclaiming the Palestinian narrative as essentially an Israeli one.

Regardless Of Lifestyles We’re Too Numerous To Be Sustainable
by Lionel Anet 

Why did we allow our world population to keep growing to an unsustainable 7.4 billion, and passing on to our children the task of feeding and managing 9 billion people on a planet of degrading soils, acidifying and rising oceans with a depleting fish sock, in a hostile climate, and with next to no affordable oil. We obviously don’t know what we’re doing. 

A Revolution of Values
by Jakob Terwitte

To bring about meaningful change to the global system we first need a revolution of the spirit. Instead there seems to be a huge reluctance to engage in spiritual reflection and committing to transcendental ideals. Has moral thinking become old-fashioned and too burdensome? Are we altogether too skeptical and post-modern to find meaning in Gandhi’s dictum that Truth is the greatest religion? Fine, let there be multiple truths and yes, history shows the danger of imposing one’s truths on other people. But there is perhaps an equally great danger of shying away from seeking out what connects as beings on this earth and making this the ethical foundation for change.

Bechtel Corporation And Iran: A Story of American Corporatism-Imperialism
by Gaither Stewart  

Washington like Bechtel had had confidence in the Shah’s American-armed military forces that had made Iran an apparent powerhouse and the leading regional power. The entire West seemed as surprised and incredulous as were the businessmen I was associated with, who had counted on the US Marines to put things right. It couldn’t happen here, they all thought.

by Sheshu Babu 

When life is uncertain
Death certain
How long can 1%
Live with wealth of 99% ?

Terrorism And Militancy: Are They Quite The Same?
by S G Vombatkere 

Reverting to the Maoists’ ambush of the CRPF’s ROP, the reason for the large number of casualties could be some combination of intelligence failure, inadequate training and shortfall in leadership at the higher levels of command. Only an honest inquiry will reveal the causes, and it is neither necessary nor desirable to make the reasons public, although it would be vital to implement the lessons learned at all levels. As for dealing with Maoists, it needs to be recognized that they are militants who have to be tackled with a combination of force and political-social means which can only flow out of good and honest governance.

Who Runs India?
by Mohammad Ashraf 

A view of the various economic and political activities reveals that it is the Brahmins and Banias who practically run and control India!

Internet Service Officially Banned In Kashmir For One Month 
by Mir Suhail 

Jammu and Kashmir government has ordered suspension of internet services in the trouble-hit valley for a period of one month or till further orders. In an order, the Home Department has said that internet services in Kashmir valley shall not be transmitted for a period of one month or till further orders. The state home department invoked powers conferred on it under Indian Telegraph Act and Information Technology Act to suspend the internet services, the officials said

Every Story Has Two Sides: Kashmir Is No different
by Neha Saigal 

I recently finished reading Shahnaz Bashir’s “Scattered Souls”, which is a collection of powerful short stories depicting the price that ordinary citizens living in Kashmir are paying because of excessive militarization. The Indian Government may justify this as much needed policing against the Kashmiri insurgents, to maintain internal security. But with all due to respect to the National Security Advisor, the Home Ministry and the Indian Army: How is any country going to maintain peace and security by further angering mobs and distancing civilians?

The Contradictory Bahujan of the BSP
by Skand Priya 

Though the Shudra and Dalits identified themselves as politically allied upon the call of their leaders, Shudra would not have been ready to form a Bahujan front under the leadership of the Dalits. In 1993 with the BSP and SP alliance, slogans like Mile Mulayam Kanshiram, Hawa me Udgaye Jai shri Ram were in the political air but, this alliance was possible against a common oppressor Brahmanism and only under the leadership of both.

The Unwanted Male Calf
by Vidya Bhushan Rawat 

Just a few days back one of the cows at our Prerna Kendra delivered a male calf. My colleague called me to inform about the birth of it. Everyone there was waiting for the cow to deliver and as usual each one was expecting a female calf. My colleague was sad to inform me about the birth of male calf. Human being are very ‘matlabi’ or selfish as in the so called civilised world, they celebrate the birth of the boy but in the animal kingdom particularly of those whose milk we use without their permission, actually, we feel highly disturbed of a male calf.

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