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Is Renewable Energy A Commons?
by Cecile Blanchet
Is energy a mere commodity, or is it a common good? Why is this relevant in the first place? Here we look at why energy is part of our commons, from the sources to the product itself. In a second time, we will see that relocating energy in the commons has very important implications: it helps solve the energy efficiency dilemma (i.e., we need to reduce our energy consumption but who’s going to pay for that?) and scale-up renewables.
Twenty-Seven Hours: Donald Trump in Israel
by Dr Binoy Kampmark
It was time to do the Zionist boogie within a mere period of 27 hours, and anyone wishing to see two muggers of history enjoying each other’s company found themselves peering at Donald Trump of the United States, and Israel’s Benjamin Netanyahu, nearly arm in arm on the recent tilt in US policy. “We understand each other,” effused the Israeli leader, “and so much of the things that we wish to accomplish for both our countries.”
Resisting Imperialist Militarism On Memorial Day
by Brian Trautman
Each Memorial Day, members of Veterans For Peace (VFP), an international nonprofit that works to abolish war and promote peace, participates in a wide range of nonviolent protest actions in cities and towns nationwide. This year is no different. A major VFP action will be held in Washington, DC, through a series of events termed “Veterans On the March! Stop Endless War, Build for Peace,” May 29 and 30, 2017. VFP’s military veterans, military family members and allies will converge in DC in solidarity to end war as instrument of national policy; build a culture of peace; expose the true costs of war; and, heal the wounds of war.
Standing by Truth Together
by Richard Oxman
To lie habitually, as a way of life, in the manner that well-meaning, highly educated and deeply experienced professionals do in academia, media and government, is “to lose contact with the unconscious,” as Adrienne Rich has said. It is like taking sleeping pills, which confer sleep but blot out dreaming.
Naxalbari May 25, 1967: A tribute
by Farooque Chowdhury
Naxalbari is still alive. Half a century has passed, yet the struggle is as bright as the crimson sun. Naxalbari is alive in the politics of people. The politics of dominating classes with all its power, and after so many years, is still failing to ignore Naxalbari, now, name of a politics, and has failed to wipe out Naxalbari from the map of people’s struggle.
Enforcing Monolingualism, Endangering Multilingualism
by Dr M Ashraf Bhat
Every language is an asset; it carries the wisdom of elders, history, and memories.
The Adani Port In Kerala Runs Into Rough Weather
The Vizhinjam sea port being constructed by Adani Ports and SEZ Private Limited has run into rough weather as the Comptroller and Auditor General’s (CAG) report has found that the unfavourable conditions in the concession agreement of the project have gone against the interests of the Kerala State government. The CAG report says that the standard concession period for PPP (public-private participation) projects is 30 years. But it has been fixed as 40 years. This would help Adani collect an additional revenue of INR 292 billion.