Op-Ed

The social construction of value, price and wages

WITHIN post-industrial post-modern bourgeois-state-capitalism, value is no longer based on labour and/or on labour theories of value such as Marx’s theory…

September 30, 2016 · 0 comments · Op-Ed

THE BUTCHER OF QANA: Shimon Peres was no peacemaker

Shimon Peres, standing for election as Israel’s prime minister, a post he inherited when his predecessor Yitzhak Rabin was assassinated, decided to increase his military credentials before polling day by assaulting Lebanon…

September 30, 2016 · 0 comments · Op-Ed
How the Indus Treaty was signed

How the Indus Treaty was signed

Below are notes from the unpublished diary of KV Padmanabhan, India’s acting high commissioner in Karachi, Pakistan, during the signing of the Indus…

September 29, 2016 · 0 comments · Op-Ed
Standing in solidarity for a humanity without borders

Standing in solidarity for a humanity without borders

Much has been made of the basic unfairness in how responsibility is shared between nations for ameliorating the refugee crisis. But the real question is the level of economic sharing that is needed to deal with its root causes…

September 29, 2016 · 0 comments · Op-Ed
Preserving our hypocrisies, not our history: the ETV example

Preserving our hypocrisies, not our history: the ETV example

IN 2000, I was commissioned by ETV to produce a series of documentaries on 1971. I had already done research and media work on the topic; so, the decision to do so was not based on my ‘patriotism’ but professional record…

September 28, 2016 · 0 comments · International, Op-Ed
Inter-ethnic goodwill must be built upon

Inter-ethnic goodwill must be built upon

SRI Lanka has entered into a period of conflict transformation. The theory of conflict transformation states that conflict changes the parties, their relationships and issues over time…

September 28, 2016 · 0 comments · Op-Ed

Punishing the punished: Chelsea Manning’s fate

IT WAS not sufficient for US military authorities to sentence whistleblower Chelsea Manning to the onerous, disproportionate sentence of 35 years imprisonment for conniving with WikiLeaks in releasing classified material…

September 28, 2016 · 0 comments · Op-Ed

REMEMBERING CHRIS: In the days of war on terror

DURING the summer in California, my wife and I sometimes go to Goleta pier for fishing. Goleta valley is on the Pacific shores of Santa Barbara county, which is one of the most attractive tourist spots in the United States…

September 27, 2016 · 0 comments · Op-Ed
How the Pentagon sank the US-Russia deal in Syria – and the ceasefire

How the Pentagon sank the US-Russia deal in Syria – and the ceasefire

ANOTHER US-Russian Syria ceasefire deal has been blown up. Whether it could have survived even with a US-Russian accord is open to doubt, given the incentives for al-Qaeda and its allies to destroy it. But the politics of the US-Russian relationship played…

September 27, 2016 · 0 comments · Op-Ed
Falsehood in war time

Falsehood in war time

‘Falsehood is a recognised and extremely useful weapon in warfare, and every country uses it quite deliberately to deceive its own people, to attract neutrals, and to mislead the enemy…

September 26, 2016 · 0 comments · Op-Ed
Turkey and the Kurdish quandary

Turkey and the Kurdish quandary

The west’s imperial division of the Mideast, including the parcelling of Kurdish territory among several countries, still contributes to the region’s unrest, leaving the Kurds now at odds with Turkey’s powerful army…

September 26, 2016 · 0 comments · Op-Ed
On war, peace, and absurdity

On war, peace, and absurdity

RECENTLY, sorting through a pile of old children’s books, I came across a volume, That Makes Me Mad!, which brought back memories. Written by Steve Kroll, a long-dead friend, it focused on the eternally frustrating everyday…

September 25, 2016 · 0 comments · Op-Ed

Police violence and the social crisis in America

IN CHARLOTTE, North Carolina, protests continued on Friday over the brutal police killing of Keith Lamont Scott, 43. Local and state officials announced a curfew earlier this week and have deployed riot police using tear gas and the National Guard against demonstrators…

September 25, 2016 · 0 comments · Op-Ed
TAHRIR SQUARE’S DEMOCRACY ACTIVISTS: The forgotten heroes

TAHRIR SQUARE’S DEMOCRACY ACTIVISTS: The forgotten heroes

Egypt’s activists were once the heroes of Tahrir Square. Then the world forgot them – and all other Arab democrats along with them. Authoritarian states and Salafists are not giving them any leeway, writes Mey Dudin…

September 24, 2016 · 0 comments · Op-Ed

Agriculture: trade wars and food wars

THE concentration and centralization of the agro-business multi-nationals advances with gigantic strides: Potash Corp and Agrium have combined into a $30 billion monopoly over the world fertilizer market…

September 24, 2016 · 0 comments · Op-Ed

ISIS against, and in, the west

ISIS’s first two years of development, 2012–14, were primarily concerned with creating a new caliphate. This period culminated in Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi’s announcement of the new entity in Mosul on 4 July 2014. ISIS propaganda greeted this as the distinguishing feature of the whole movement…

September 24, 2016 · 0 comments · Op-Ed
World social forum in Montreal: The right place for the left

World social forum in Montreal: The right place for the left

In August 2016, the World Social Forum brought global justice activists to Montreal, the first time it was ever held in the global north. But this reorientation of the movement fell far short…

September 23, 2016 · 0 comments · Op-Ed
Obama’s curious UN farewell address

Obama’s curious UN farewell address

President Obama’s UN speech looked critically at the US role in world and admitted capitalism’s shortcomings, a contrast with Obama’s previous bluster about ‘indispensable’ and ‘exceptional’ America…

September 23, 2016 · 0 comments · Op-Ed
The aim of youth

The aim of youth

‘What is more shameful than the fact that today there are no painters, musicians, scientists, sculptors among the Bengali Muslims? Our conservative society has strangled them! We have to voice our opinions against this act, otherwise…

September 22, 2016 · 0 comments · Op-Ed
The politics of Qurbani: Mixing blood, Islam and terrorism

The politics of Qurbani: Mixing blood, Islam and terrorism

ADRAINAGE system nearing collapse, incompetent public service facilities, media outlets hungry for hype and stereotyping and self-proclaimed anti-jangibadi warriors all together led to a large Qurbani controversy centred on Facebook and other media. It began with two unrelated elements…

September 21, 2016 · 0 comments · Op-Ed

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