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Thursday, June 8, 2017

CounterCurrents: New Comment Module, Happy Commenting!, Twilight Of The American Century And Chinese Ascendancy

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Terror Attack In Iran Exacerbates War Tensions In Gulf
by Keith Jones 

Nineteen people, including all six assailants, were killed as the result of a coordinated terrorist attack Wednesday morning that targeted Iran’s Parliament complex in central Tehran and the mausoleum of Ayatollah Khomeini, the Islamic Republic’s founder-leader, some 15 miles to the south. The attack, which took Iranian elite forces close to two hours to end, also wounded 43 people, some gravely.

Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan Backs Qatar In Dispute With Saudi Arabia
by Abdus Sattar Ghazali 

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has defended Qatar after Saudi Arabia and several other countries severed diplomatic ties with it for supporting Hamas and the Muslim Brotherhood. President Erdogan is the Chairman of the 57-member Organization of Islamic Cooperation. Ironically, Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Bahrain, Egypt, Libya and Maldives are members of the OIC.

Punishing Qatar
by Dr Binoy Kampmark 

Yet it was Saudi Arabia, along with Egypt, the United Arab Emirates, Bahrain, Yemen and Libya insisting that Qatar was the destabilising influence in the region. (The others were naturally innocent of that.)  All land, air and sea traffic would be halted with the state, while diplomatic missions would be removed.  Qatari citizens would also be given their marching orders, having to leave within 14 days.

Climate, Fossil Fuels, Resources And All That
by Ugo Bardi 

On 17th February 2017, during MEDEAS first General Assembly in Brno, Czech Republic, Ugo Bardi from INSTM, partner of MEDEAS Project was interviewed by Mikuláš Černík for Deník Referendum, an independent online newspaper focused on social and environmental issues. The interview discussed how science nowadays can address challenges as climate change and possible limitations of resources for the transition to a low-carbon economy. The whole interview can be found below in English, while the original version is published in the newspaper’s webpage. Ugo Bardi teaches physical chemistry at the University of Florence, in Italy. He is interested in resource depletion, system dynamics modeling, climate science and renewable energy. 

We Need Their Voices Today: Mary Wollstonecraft
by John Scales Avery 

Mary Wollstonecraft, pioneering advocate of the rights of women and all human rights, we need your voice today!

Courage For Peace, Not For War, In Afghanistan
by Kathy Kelly 

When activists like me return from visiting the Afghan Peace Volunteers in Kabul, Afghanistan, young seamstresses there often entrust each of us with about fifty sky-blue scarves. The word “Borderfree” is carefully embroidered, in English, on one end of each scarf; on the opposite side, they’ve stitched the translation in Dari, the language they speak. The scarves express their yearning to end four decades of war in Afghanistan, a land dominated by ruthless warlords.

Paris Quartet
by David Sparenberg 

Stop!  Isn’t it disturbingly past time to find a way out of this? Destruction is the status quo.  To find a way out of the pandemic without getting out of here.  Changing that is, in the Einstein way, inside to out, before we lose our one only planet home.  Family and our planet home.  Isn’t it time?  Isn’t it?

Torment In American Sports And The Star Spangled Banner: A Life Sketch Of Colin Kaepernick
by Irwin Jerome 

Perhaps it’s now time for Kaepernick to give the NFL a pass and seriously consider going to Canada and trying out for the Canadian Football League’s Montreal Alouettes and, if chosen for the team, see if he can match the awesome record of their now retired legendary quarterback Anthony Calvillo.

Twilight Of The American Century And Chinese Ascendancy
by Jon Kofas 

Even with Trump and world populism and economic nationalism on the rise, it is difficult to see many governments and multinational corporations not advocating China’s ascendancy, even if many favor self-imposed growth limits to achieve greater global equilibrium.

The Betrayal Of India: A Close Look At The 2008 Mumbai Terror Attacks
by Dr Graeme MacQueen 

Review of Elias Davidsson's book on Bombay terrorist attack "The Betrayal of India: Revisiting the 26/11 Evidence (New Delhi: Pharos, 2017)."

India’s Elites Are Hypocrites No Matter What Political Party They Are In
by Anandi Sharan 

After three years of the farce of BJP rule at the centre it is to be hoped that innocent Hindus wake up to the hypocrisy of the BJP’s appeal to us in the name of religion, which is not only illegal under the Representation of People Act 1951 but an ill-disguised hypocrisy to hide the sell out of sovereignty at a scale never yet seen in India, being perpetrated by the first ever self-proclaimed, and illegally so, Hindu Prime Minister of India, Narendra Modi, an anti-national Indian if there ever was one.

There Is An Alternative: A Story From Kerala
by Hisham Ashraf 

In a historical first, the government of a state has absolutely ‘shocked’ Indian democracy by submitting its progress report for public evaluation on completion of the first year of its tenure. 

Kashmir, A Separate Country!
by Mohammad Ashraf 

UN showing Kashmir as a separate country confirms the historical fact known right from the ancient times!

They Came For Our Children
by Rajaraman Sundaresan 

We grew up looking at the stars in the sky,
Every morning we wake up to the screeching sounds,
We happily lived in our beautiful homes that you derogatorily call jungle,
But one fine day they, came for our children.

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