President Trump is celebrating the 'liberation' of Mosul. If it is really liberated, the cost the civilians of Mosul had to pay was humongous. Veteran correspondent Patrick Cockburn ,quoting Iraqi intelligence sources, says at least 40,000 civilians were killed in the nine-month-long siege of Mosul. The sheer scale of the killing makes the siege of Mosul one of the greatest war crimes of the post-World War II era.
Veteran peace activist Kathy Kelly challenges us to do the simplest thing to do to stop the criminal wars happening around world. Stand in front of the door of the law maker or your neighbour and demand peace.
How stupid can human beings be? When world is faced with climate change and resource crisis even top scientists are advocating 'mining asteroids' and building space colonies! Let us protect and make our mother earth a livable place rather than dream of colonising other planets.
Turkey’s national school curriculum has left evolution out and added the concept of jihad as part of Islamic law in books.
K. P Sasi's cartoons series continues.
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Iraqi Sources Place Real Death Toll In US-Led Siege Of Mosul At 40,000
by Bill Van Auken
According to intelligence reports from Iraq, the US-led massacre in Mosul has claimed a staggeringly higher toll of Iraqi civilian lives then had previously been reported. More than 40,000 men, women and children were killed in the grinding nine-month-long siege of Mosul, Iraq’s second-largest city, according to a report published Thursday by the veteran Middle East correspondent for the British daily Independent Patrick Cockburn.
Precision Warfare? Don’t Make Me Laugh
by Tom Engelhardt
If you want a single word to summarize American war-making in this last decade and a half, I would suggest rubble. It’s been a painfully apt term since September 11, 2001. In addition, to catch the essence of such war in this century, two new words might be useful: rubblize and rubblization
At Every Door
by Kathy Kelly
Billions, perhaps trillions, will be spent to send weapons, weapon systems, fighter jets, ammunition, and military support to the region, fueling new arms races and raising the profits of U.S. weapon makers. But, we can choose to stand at the doors of our leaders and of our neighbors, honoring past sacrifices and the innocent lives we were unable to save, as we redouble efforts to stop war makers from constantly gaining the upper hand in our lives.
Mining The Asteroids: How Desperate Can We Become?
by Ugo Bardi
Some people who should know better seem to have lost track a little of what they are saying. So, the French astrophysicist Jean-Pierre Luminet is reported to have declared that “Asteroids are full of pure and precious metals, such as gold, platinum, cobalt, etc, in quantities ten to a hundred times larger than what we can find in terrestrial mines.” (let’s just say that we can’t pretend that astrophysicists know something of geology). The idea seems to be diffusing
Public Policy: Integration or Catalyst to Institutional Oppression?
by Jon Kofas
Grassroots efforts to raise consciousness by stripping away the many layers of deception surrounding public policy and the institutional mainstream takes a long time but there is no better starting point for humanity to achieve humane-centered progress and social justice.
Codex Alimentarius and Monsanto’s Toxic Relations
by Colin Todhunter
The Codex Alimentarius Commission is based in Rome and was created in 1963. An international organization jointly run by the Food and Agricultural Organization (FAO) and the World Health Organization (WHO), it has 27 different committees. Codex’s published goals are to develop and adopt uniform food standards for its member countries and to promote the free and unhindered international flow of food goods, thereby eliminating trade barriers to food and providing food safety.
AHRC TV: Supreme Court orders probe into Manipur killings
by Asian Human Rights Commission
This week Just Asia begins with India, where the Supreme Court passed a historic judgment last Friday, ordering the Central Bureau of Investigation to probe into the allegations of ‘fake encounters’ by uniformed personnel in the conflict ridden state of Manipur
The Politics of Textbook Jihad
by Abdus Sattar Ghazali
The final version of Turkey’s national school curriculum has left evolution out and added the concept of jihad as part of Islamic law in books.
Suicides Continue To Ravage Farmlands
by Moin Qazi
At least 217 farmers have ended their life in the month following Maharashtra Government’s farm loan waiver announcement on June 2 this year.This numbers for the month of June equal the average monthly figures in the past six months.
Political cartoon by K P Sasi
Shrinking Spaces of Dissent Voices – Raise of Economic and Political Power
by T Navin
Two recent examples show the way the economic and political elite is using its spaces to crush the voices reflected by socially conscious intellectual sections in the country. Puronjoy Gupta Thakurta in the latest episode had to receive threats as Editor of Economic and Political Weekly.