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Landmark UN Ruling: Countries Banned from Returning Refugees to Countries Threatened by Climate Crisis
Countercurrents – TRANSCEND Media Service, 27 Jan 2020

22 Jan 2020 – A landmark ruling by the UN Human Rights Committee states that, “It is unlawful to return refugees to countries where their lives may be threatened by the impacts of the climate crisis.” The non-binding ruling is a move that could set a precedent for future protection claims.

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Kashmir Is Heading to a Point of No Return
Naveed Mehmood Ahmad | Countercurrents – TRANSCEND Media Service, 16 Dec 2019

12 Dec 2019 – The crackdown on the mainstream leadership in Jammu and Kashmir and the inability of the present dispensation, to take into confidence the Abdullah’s and the Mufti’s, is deeply problematic. The political doctrine that has been operating in Kashmir since 1947 has now been challenged. A rudderless policy may lead Kashmiri politics to a point of no return, with Khalida Shah recently calling for unity amongst leaders, including the separatists.

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House of Gods or Plea for Peace
Mitali Chakravarty | Countercurrents – TRANSCEND Media Service, 2 Dec 2019

Oh house of Gods! Oh house of Gods!
Temples or Mosques
Churches or Synagogues
Displaced they stand—

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Evil Hour in Honduras: A Banana Republic Lives On
Joseph Grosso | Countercurrents – TRANSCEND Media Service, 25 Nov 2019

23 Nov 2019 – To find callous and hypocritical American statecraft one would have no shortage of choices. From the betrayals of the Kurds, to the support for the House of Saud, including in its brutal war in Yemen, to the billions of dollars pumped into dictatorship in Egypt, to the continual dispossession of the Palestinians. However, in terms of pure cynicism the answer is found closer to home in Central America.

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“They’re Killing Us like Dogs” – A Massacre in Bolivia and a Plea for Help
Medea Benjamin | Countercurrents – TRANSCEND Media Service, 25 Nov 2019

22 Nov 2019 – I am writing from Bolivia just days after witnessing the November 19 military massacre at the Senkata gas plant in the indigenous city of El Alto, and the tear-gassing of a peaceful funeral procession on November 21 to commemorate the dead. These are examples, unfortunately, of the modus operandi of the de facto government that seized control in a coup that forced Evo Morales out of power.

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Babri Masjid Verdict: My House Demolished, I Go to Court, It Awards the Land to the Demolisher. Is This Justice?
Binu Mathew | Countercurrents – TRANSCEND Media Service, 11 Nov 2019

9 Nov 2019 – Babri Masjid mosque: In a unanimous verdict, the Supreme Court held that the disputed land of Ayodhya must be handed over for the construction of Ram temple. The verdict is not end of the controversial Ayodhya – Ram Janmabhumi dispute. This opens only a new chapter in the Hindu/Muslim relations in India. One can only hope that harmony will prevail.

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Kashmir–The Curious Case of Indian Collective Conscience
Dr Mudasir Firdosi | Countercurrents – TRANSCEND Media Service, 21 Oct 2019

19 Oct 201 9 – Kashmir has been cut off from the rest of the world for more than two months now. The perpetual worry about that ‘phone call’ has traumatized so many. One fears that people are developing traumatic stress even when not physically present in the valley. Even when people do manage a phone call after begging or borrowing, the harrowing silence on the other side says it all.

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Listen to People of Jammu & Kashmir: End ‘Reign of Occupation and Terror’
National Alliance of People’s Movements | Countercurrents – TRANSCEND Media Service, 19 Aug 2019

7 Aug 2019 – National Alliance of People’s Movements (NAPM) unequivocally condemns the indefensible and totalitarian move of the BJP-led NDA Govt. to repeal Article 370 of the Constitution by way of a Presidential Order and introduce a Bill for bifurcation of the state of Jammu and Kashmir into two union territories, not only without but seemingly in violation of the consent of the people and key political actors of the state.

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Kashmir: A Coup against the Constitution and the Kashmiris
People's Union for Civil Liberties | Countercurrents – TRANSCEND Media Service, 19 Aug 2019

7 Aug 2019 – The PUCL condemns the abrogation of key portions of Article 370 of the Indian Constitution and the bifurcation of the State of Jammu and Kashmir and taking away its statehood. While the deed by itself is deceitful, the manner in which it was done is even more so.

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Neoliberalism, Neofascism & Trumpism – Racist Alliance of Mob & Capital
Dr Gideon Polya | Countercurrents – TRANSCEND Media Service, 12 Aug 2019

4 Aug 2019 – Philosopher Hannah Arendt found common causes of genocidal Western European imperialism on 5 continents and genocidal 20th century fascism as an alliance between the mob and capital, with a commonality in this union of extreme nationalism, lying, rapacity, atrocity-justifying racism and anti-humanism. Today American Trumpism is ferociously anti-intellectual, anti-humanist, nationalist and racist, with genocidal Trump threats to “totally destroy” or “obliterate”.

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US Sanctions Have Cost Venezuelan Economy $130 Billion
Countercurrents Team – TRANSCEND Media Service, 27 May 2019

22 May 2019 – Sanctions imposed by the U.S. on Venezuela have cost the Bolivarian country billions of dollars while human suffering in the country is increasing, turning the sanctions a crime against humanity.

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The Maduro Government Is Not Illegitimate
Pasqualina Curcio | Countercurrents – TRANSCEND Media Service, 4 Feb 2019

28 Jan 2019 – Why illegitimate? Have those who claim that Nicolas Maduro is a dictator, a usurper and that the 2019-2025 presidential period lacks legitimacy asked themselves this question? The strategy is clear: to repeat the lie a thousand times in order to turn it into truth. Let us dismantle the lie:

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Venezuela: What Activists Need to Know about the US-Led Coup
Kevin Zeese and Margaret Flowers | Popular Resistance - Countercurrents, 4 Feb 2019

28 Jan 2019 – First, we will correct the falsehoods so readers are all working from the same facts. Second, we will describe how this coup is being defeated. It will be another major embarrassment for the Trump administration and US foreign policy. It is important to understand Venezuela has become a geopolitical conflict as Russia and China are closely allied with Venezuela.

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John Scales Avery Interviews Binu Mathew
John Scales Avery | Countercurrents – TRANSCEND Media Service, 26 Nov 2018

John Scales Avery: Dear friend and colleague in the peace movement, dear highly respected and admired Editor Binu Mathew, can you tell us what are the influences that led you to become the Editor of Countercurrents.org, one of the world’s most important and influential alternative news websites?

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“On Company Business” – A Documentary about the CIA
Kim Scipes | Countercurrents – TRANSCEND Media Service, 15 Oct 2018

30 Sep 2018 – There is a new version of a 1980 film on the CIA called On Company Business. It is a history of the CIA told by men and one woman who have worked there and later turned against it. There is a lot of amazing real-time video included.

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Kerala Flood Is Thousands of Times the Magnitude of Thai Cave Rescue!
Binu Mathew | Countercurrents – TRANSCEND Media Service, 20 Aug 2018

18 Aug 2018 – The international community that stood as one to save the Thai kids should wake up to the disaster in Kerala. Tens of thousands of people are stranded in remote areas, in the upper floors of the houses, on trees and even on roof tops. Dead bodies are floating around in flood waters. And nobody moves. The support of UN disaster management team should be sought.

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In a Counter World – Hug a Fascist
Binu Mathew | Countercurrents – TRANSCEND Media Service, 6 Aug 2018

30 Jul 2018 – Modi by his political ideology and his governance track record is a personification of a true-blue fascist. Rahul Gandhi’s hug has a magnanimous meaning for the world. Hate mongers should be countered by love. Only people who love or hate touch each other. A loving touch or a violent slap! In a Counter World, the violent hate mongers should be physically hugged lovingly by peace mongers.

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India Must Stand by the Rohingya in Their Hour of Need
Tapan Bose | Countercurrents – TRANSCEND Media Service, 6 Aug 2018

1 Aug 2018 – On Tuesday (July 30) Mr. Rijiju, the Minister of State for Home said some of the Rohingya living in India do not have the status of “refugee” but are “illegal migrants” who would be deported once their details have been prepared. Rohingyas are the most persecuted people in the world. Let us not add to their misfortune. It is possible that a few individual Rohingya refugees might have committed some crime. But that should not be the reason to classify the entire community as “criminals”.

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70th Anniversary of Apartheid Israel: History of Violent Invasion. Chronology of Palestinian Genocide
Gideon Polya | Countercurrents – TRANSCEND Media Service, 21 May 2018

14 May 2018 marks the 70th anniversary of the Israeli Declaration of Independence by Zionist terrorist David Ben Gurion, the foundation of an invasion-, violence-, racism- , genocide- and theft-based Apartheid Israel. US Alliance backers of Apartheid Israel will mark the occasion with lying praise for this evil rogue state, but decent Humanity will tell the truth and demand “Free Palestine”, an end to Israeli Apartheid, return of all refugees and a democratic, multi-ethnic Unitary State in Palestine.

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Palestine: The Last Chapter?
Jafar M Ramini - Countercurrents – TRANSCEND Media Service, 21 May 2018

15 May 2018 – There have been many setbacks for us Palestinians in the last 100 years. First, the British unjustly and illegally imposed on us the Balfour Declaration in 1917. We stood fast and said ‘no.’ Then the same British tried to impose on us the partition of the Peel Report in 1937. We stood fast and said ‘no’. Then came the unfair UN partition plan of 1947 and we stood fast and said ‘no’. Then they allowed the creation of Israel in 1948. We stood fast and we said ‘no’. Still the Israeli Apartheid fascist regime ethnically cleansed our land and murdered our people. We took the blows, we stood fast and we said ‘no’.

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Jerusalem Can Never Be Taken Off the Table
Wasan Abu-Baker | Countercurrents – TRANSCEND Media Service, 21 May 2018

15 May 2018 – Ben Gurion in 1948 said, “We must do everything to insure the Palestinians never do return. The old will die and the young will forget”. How long will the international community remain silent about the escalating Israeli occupation of Jerusalem, Hebron and the West Bank, and policies of Judaization of Jerusalem, Hebron, and the West Bank? For how long will the confiscation of land, demolition of homes, and the enactment of laws that deprive the Palestinians of their rights and their land continue?

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Global Peace, Security and Conflict Resolution
Countercurrents - TRANSCEND Media Service, 14 May 2018

In a world fraught with violence, misuse of power, corruption and complex conflicts endangering human security and global peace, the book offers an outstanding contribution to rational thinking envisaging intellectual excellence and proactive vision for change and adaptability to the futuristic challenges in global affairs.

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Why Not Emphasize Assad Had No MOTIVE to Use Gas! He Had Defeated the Terrorists Sent by USA
Jay Janson | Countercurrents – TRANSCEND Media Service, 23 Apr 2018

Why Not Emphasize That Assad Had No MOTIVE to Use Gas When He Already Defeated the Terrorists Sent and Armed by USA and Saudi Arabia, while Assad’s Enemies Had a Reason to Stage a Gas Attack to Give USA a Pretext to Bomb yet Again?

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Russian Exodus from the West
Peter Koenig — Countercurrents, 2 Apr 2018

31 Mar 2018 – What if the current UK virulent and violent Russia slandering campaign is but a dry-run for much worse to come? – By now the mental state of western society is at the level of Hitler’s Propaganda Minister, Goebbels’, statement – “Let me control the media, and I will turn any Nation into a herd of Pigs”. Yes, that’s what the west has become, a herd of pigs.

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March 16, the Blackest Day in Kashmir History
Mohamad Ashraf Khwaja | Countercurrents – TRANSCEND Media Service, 19 Mar 2018

The 16th of March is the blackest day for all Kashmiris. On this day in 1846, an inhuman sale of Kashmir and Kashmiris was made with a person (Gulab Singh) whom Lord Hardinge called ‘the greatest rascal of Asia’ by a nation (Britain) to which Napoleon called ‘the country of shopkeepers’. Ironically, this sordid sale of the transaction was erroneously termed as ‘The treaty of Amritsar’.

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2018, America’s New Corporate Tax Cuts, and Future of the World
Irwin Jerome | Countercurrents – TRANSCEND Media Service, 25 Dec 2017

23 Dec 2017 – It doesn’t take a mystic to look into a crystal ball. As all the corks of the champagne bottles continue to pop for the prospects of what the new year holds for the ultra-rich .01% and the rest of us, what no doubt now will follow will be a rush amongst the world’s corporate/financial structure to either implement similar corporate tax cuts within their own countries or inspire a new “offshore rush” of the world’s corporate infrastructure to re-locate within the borders of the United States to stick their heads in the pig trough along with all the other greedy ones to partake in the financial feeding frenzy that will ensue.

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A Religion Called Economy
Michele Migliorino | Countercurrents – TRANSCEND Media Service, 11 Dec 2017

4 Dec 2017 – You can see how the Economy Religion destroys everything: forest, seas, living species, ourselves and our infinite cultures existing over the whole planet. By now, realism would tell us that it is time to throw the Economy GOd into the wastebasket history and try to create a society which won’t imply such a despicable waste of energy and resources.

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Iran, Russia and Turkey Agree to Hold ‘Syrian People’s Congress’ to Bring Together All Warring Sides
Abdus Sattar Ghazali — Countercurrents, 27 Nov 2017

24 Nov 2017 – Russian President Vladimir Putin has said his Iranian and Turkish counterparts have supported a proposal to hold a “Syrian people’s congress” with opposition figures. On Nov 22 he hosted Hassan Rouhani and Recep Tayyip Erdogan, just as some Syrian opposition groups met in Riyadh before UN-sponsored talks in Geneva.

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Global Peace, Security and Conflict Resolution: Approaches to Understand the Current Issues and Future-Making
Countercurrents – TRANSCEND Media Service, 20 Nov 2017

The author initiates a courageous reasoned analysis of the current global affairs to unfold how few strategic and imaginative minds are enforcing new devices, weaponry and technological sophistication focusing on dehumanized fantasies of peace and human security to control the interests and priorities of One Humanity and endangering the futuristic stability.

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Endless Atrocities: The US Role in Creating the North Korean Fortress-State
Robert J Barsocchini | Countercurrents – TRANSCEND Media Service, 1 May 2017

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”… In its full invasion of the North, the US acted under the banner of the UN. However, the UN at that time was “largely under the control of the USA”, and as Prof. Carl Boggs puts it, essentially ‘was’ the USA.

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Interview with TRANSCEND Member John Scales Avery, One of the Greatest Living Intellectuals on Earth
Binu Mathew | CounterCurrents – TRANSCEND Media Service, 20 Mar 2017

John Avery is not just an academician and scientist. He is also an active peace activist who campaigns vigorously against nuclear proliferation. Since 1990 he has been the Contact Person in Denmark for Pugwash Conferences on Science and World Affairs, which received the 1995 Nobel Peace Prize. He was the Member of the Danish Peace Commission of 1998 and Chairman of the Danish Peace Academy.

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The Very Positive Sides to Trump’s Victory: A Baker’s Dozen
Rachel Olivia O'Connor | Countercurrents – TRANSCEND Media Service, 14 Nov 2016

I’m one of the most radical souls on earth, with many decades of having my head bashed in at the barricades (in the name of leftist causes) under my belt. I belt out what’s below now because of the highly unproductive commentary coming out of alternative media outlets and from mainstream sources freaking out about Trump’s downsides. I’m fully aware of his horrid downsides.

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A Coherent System – Socialism
Janet Surman - CounterCurrents, 8 Dec 2014

If we are seeking an end to the current structure of relations which puts economic matters at the forefront of each and every issue then it follows that we are determined to pursue a system organised for the benefit of the vast majority – one where social matters trump the economic and political.

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Libya: From Africa’s Richest State under Gaddafi, to Failed State after NATO Intervention
Garikai Chengu – CounterCurrents, 20 Oct 2014

19 October, 2014 – This week marks the three-year anniversary of the Western-backed assassination of Libya’s former president, Muammar Gaddafi, and the fall of one of Africa’s greatest nations.

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Palestine: Israel’s Arms Testing Lab
Dr. Elias Akleh - CounterCurrents, 29 Sep 2014

Israel had turned Palestinian occupied territories, especially Gaza Strip, into a laboratory for refining, testing and showcasing its own weapons systems as well as other countries’ new experimental and illegal weapon systems. . Some experts consider Israel as the sixth largest weapon trader, while others consider it the fourth.

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BRICS Bank Is First Step towards New International Economic Order [NIEO]
Dr. Vivek Kumar Srivastava - CounterCurrents, 21 Jul 2014

China is now an important country in financial terms. India has huge middle class with purchasing power equal to European people. Russia has potential to control the EU affairs in its sphere of influence. Brazil is instrumental in promoting the socialist model, influencing adjoining countries. South Africa has vast natural resources with impact upon the whole continent.

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Record Levels of Solar Ultraviolet on Earth’s Surface Hit South America
Countercurrents - TRANSCEND Media Service, 14 Jul 2014

8 Jul 2014 – A team of researchers from the US and Germany has measured the highest level of ultraviolet radiation ever recorded on earth’s surface. The extraordinary UV fluxes, observed in the Bolivian Andes, are far above those normally considered to be harmful to both terrestrial and aquatic life.

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Who Is An Objective Journalist?
Ann Robertson & Bill Leumer - CounterCurrents, 8 Jul 2013

In a recent New York Times article David Carr questioned [Glenn Greenwald] whether someone could be both a journalist and an activist. This was Greenwald’s response: “It is not a matter of being an activist or a journalist; it’s a false dichotomy. It is a matter of being honest or dishonest. All activists are not journalists, but all real journalists are activists. Journalism has a value, a purpose – to serve as a check on power.”

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Latin America’s Social Movements Map Solidarity with ALBA Alliance
Federico Fuentes - CounterCurrents, 3 Jun 2013

This region also remains the only one where an alternative to neoliberal capitalism has emerged. Pushing this alternative is the Bolivarian Alliance of the Peoples of Our Americas (ALBA). Spearheaded by the radical governments of Venezuela, Bolivia, Ecuador and Cuba, it has eight member states, but seeks to relate to people’s movements, not just governments.

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Malaysia Supported UN General Assembly Resolution on Syria
Chandra Muzaffar - CounterCurrents, 3 Jun 2013

The UN resolution also revealed its bias by recognizing the Syrian National Coalition “as the effective interlocutor needed for a political transition.” That the SNC is just one of many groups in a highly fragmented opposition and commands very little support within Syria itself is conveniently glossed over. Imposing the SNC upon the Syrian people in this manner is a clumsy attempt to effect a regime change of sorts.

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How Obama and Al-Qaeda Became Syrian Bedfellows
Shamus Cooke - CounterCurrents, 3 Jun 2013

Equally odd is that Obama’s strongest military ally on the ground in Syria- the best equipped and effective fighting force against the Syrian Government — is Jabhat al-Nusra, a group that has affiliated itself with al-Qaeda, and aims to turn Syria into an extremist Islamic state that enforces a fundamentalist version of Sharia law.

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Two Deaths: Hugo Chavez and Margaret Thatcher
Alan MacLeod - Countercurrents.org, 15 Apr 2013

Hugo Chavez and Margaret Thatcher, two great statespeople of our age, representing fundamentally opposing world views, have died. Just as contrasting as their ideologies was the reaction to their deaths, from both the media and the public.

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Fukushima Two Years Later: Lessons for India
Nityanand Jayaraman - CounterCurrents, 18 Mar 2013

The Independent Commission appointed by the Japanese parliament to investigate the accident observed that while natural disasters may have triggered the nuclear events, the meltdown itself was “profoundly manmade.” The Commission concluded that “The. . .accident was the result of collusion between the government, the regulators and TEPCO, and the lack of governance by said parties.”

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US-EU Trade Deal Is the Foundation for a New Global Economic Order
Dana Gabriel - CounterCurrents, 4 Mar 2013

The U.S. and EU have agreed to launch negotiations on what would be the world’s largest free trade deal. Such an agreement would be the basis for the creation of an economic NATO and would include trade in goods, services and investment, as well as cover intellectual property rights.

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(Português) A Rara Coragem de Bradley Manning
Marjorie Cohn, CounterCurrents – Carta Maior, 4 Mar 2013

As ações de Bradley Manning fazem lembrar o que fez Daniel Ellsberg, que divulgou os “Papéis do Pentágono”, no qual se expunham as mentiras do governo dos EUA e que apressaram o fim da Guerra do Vietname.

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Sri Lanka: Crime and Punishment
Vidya Bhushan Rawat - CounterCurrents, 25 Feb 2013

For a moment, let us keep aside the issue of Sri Lanka and see the track record of the UN Human Rights Council. What has it done to the people of Afghanistan and Iraq where millions of children are now suffering in hunger, malnutrition and have caught up with different diseases due to chemical warfare launched by the United States and its allies?

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Condemning North Korea’s Latest Nuclear Test Is Meaningless
Buddhi Kota Subbarao - Countercurrents, 18 Feb 2013

North Korea said the test is aimed at coping with “ferocious” U.S. hostility that undermines the North’s peaceful, sovereign right to launch satellites. As expected, alarm bells started ringing in the United States. President Obama immediately called North Korea’s latest nuclear test a “highly provocative act” that threatens U.S. security and international peace.

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Good Terrorist, Bad Terrorist
Chandra Muzaffar, Countercurrents – TRANSCEND Media Service, 4 Feb 2013

There is terrorism that is condoned and terrorism that is condemned by Western powers and other states. If violence serves their interests, it is acceptable. If it doesn’t, the militants are targeted. In other words, there are ‘good terrorists’ and ‘bad terrorists’.

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Sinking Into Murky Water with Russia
Raminder Kaur - Countercurrents, 2 Jul 2012

Now that nuclear relationships have broadened to encompass US and French corporates in the aftermath of the Indo-US deal, Indian authorities are not just having an affair, but pimping Mother India in the pursuit of profits. Koodankulam has become a region of civil war fought on non-violent grounds led by the People’s Movement Against Nuclear Energy against a venal state that threatens with violence.

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Trust Deficit: People’s Struggle at Koodankulam
S.G. Vombatkere, CounterCurrents – TRANSCEND Media Service, 4 Jun 2012

A cursory glance at the Site Evaluation Report shows that its 12 pages are of limited legibility, with no title page, no authorship, no ownership, no publisher, no date, no index, and no names of the site selection committee. With it bearing no authorship, no publisher, no names, etc., could this “orphan” SER be an attempt to dodge responsibility for a haphazard site selection carried out by this highly scientific and technical department staffed by the best brains in India?

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Vanunu Returns to Prison and the End of Israel’s Nuclear Ambiguity
Eileen Fleming - Countercurrents, 17 May 2010

On May 11, 2010, the Israeli Supreme Court ruled that Mordechai Vanunu, will “serve a three-month jail sentence handed to him by Jerusalem District Court and not community service.”

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IRAQI HOLOCAUST
Dr Gideon Polya - Countercurrents, 20 Mar 2010

7th Anniversary of the Invasion of Iraq It is the 7th anniversary of the illegal and war criminal invasion of Iraq by US, UK and Australian forces on 20 March 2003. What has been the human cost? As of 20 March 2010 post-invasion violent deaths in Occupied Iraq total 1.4 million (according to the eminent […]

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