By Isabel Infanta
Thursday, January 10, 2013
The news of a horrendous murder of a woman that occurred in New Delhi, the capital of India, overshadowed the end of 2012. The pain of a young female student, 23 years old, who was raped for more than an hour on December 16 and disemboweled with a iron bar by six men, on a bus, and who, after being thrown from the bus, which was still moving, remained in the street, next to her male companion, also naked and seriously injured, during dozens of never-ending minutes of police apathy, ended with her death in a Singapore hospital, on December 29.
By Girish Mishra - Znet
It is to be noted that those who run NGOs are, by and large, leading comfortable [lives], frequently hopping from one place to the other by air and staying in luxurious hotels. People at large are just a façade to hide their connections with [Multinational Corporations] and international organizations, controlled by Western governments. While, never raising even a small finger against the corporations and imperialists, they always try to denigrate elected governments, parliamentary systems and political parties.
By John Pilger - Znet Commentary
India’s ascent to “new world power” is both true and...“false reality”. Despite a growth rate of 6.9 per cent and prosperity for some, more Indians than ever are living in poverty than anywhere on earth, including a third of all malnourished children. Save the Children says that every year two million infants under the age of five die.
September 30, 2011 - Znet
David Barsamian is a veteran broadcaster, and founder and director of Alternative Radio, a weekly one-hour public affairs program offered free to all public radio stations in the US, Canada, Europe and beyond. For more than 25 years Alternative Radio has provided information, analyses and views that are frequently ignored in other media.
By Keith Jones - 10 May 2011
In a televised address before Pakistan’s parliament Monday, Prime Minister Yousaf Gilani denounced the illegal unilateral US military operation that resulted in the summary execution of Osama bin Laden, then warned that Pakistan reserves the right to “retaliate with full force” to any future violation of its national sovereignty...“No one...should underestimate the resolve and capability of our nation and armed forces to defend our sacred homeland.”
By Dave Zirin - September 23, 2010
In India, we are seeing how this process of rapidfire development on the quick has crossed the line that divides the development from the spectacle. Now not only are dissidents and workers endangered, the athletes themselves are imperiled as well. For the first time since World War II, the show may not go on. But this time, the war is the show and the show is the war.
By Alejandro Nadal - July 18, 2010
The Indian economy has maintained high levels of growth for several years and for many is an example worth following. It is even said that the experience of the subcontinent shows that neo-liberalism can certainly function. The reality is otherwise. The evolution of the Indian economy is a pathological process that feeds off social inequality and environmental destruction.
Information few in the West know about, but they should.
While it is encouraging that human rights abusers and war criminals are to some extent being held responsible for their violations of international law, why is it that only relatively low-ranking security officials are being kept out of Canada? Why not the leaders who create the structures that allow abuses, and then benefit from such crimes?
By Harsha Walia - Znet
This epic battle of a fattened corporate capitalism versus a dying land and its inhabitants, of blood-thirsty robotic paramilitaries versus a contradictory and living rebel force is fit for an Avatar remake. Except Sully may want to add his name to the struggle by staying home and dismantling North American mining and investment interests that are colonizing India’s (heart)land and most of the planet.
By Devinder Sharma - January 02, 2010
There is something terribly wrong with growth economics. After all, 18 years after India ushered in economic liberalisation, the promise of high growth to reduce poverty and hunger, has not worked. In fact, it has gone the other way around: the more the economic growth, the higher is the resulting poverty.
By Moushami Basu - October 13, 2009
Radiation and health experts across the world charge that toxic materials and radioactivity released by the mining and processing operations are causing widespread infertility, birth defects and cancers. A 2008 health survey by the Indian chapter of International Physicians for Prevention of Nuclear War (IPPNW), found that "primary sterility was found to be more common in the people residing near uranium mining operations area."
The topic selected for this conference is “Water for all with special reference to Interlinking of Rivers in India”...I was thinking what I can share with the delegates of the conference who have come to discuss the very important issue of water management particularly conservation, development and management of water resources, and also our concern for providing water for irrigation and good quality potable water for all citizens of the country.
The major Israeli arms manufacturer "Raphael" produced a promo tailored especially for one of its most significant arms buyers, India, at the recently held Aero India 2009 in Bangalore...This [video] is an extremely blunt, not to say bludgeoning, expression of Israel's racist, sexist orientalism. Reflecting the perceptions of Israeli defense officials, it portrays India...as a feminized, sexualized, exoticized, undeveloped [country] dependent on Israel's/Raphael's masculinized high-tech-protection.
By MITU SENGUPTA - February 20/22, 2009
So far, most of the awards collected by [Slumdog Millionaire] have been accepted in the name of “the children,” suggesting that its own cast is promoting it not as an entertaining, cinematically spectacular work of fiction, which it is, but as a powerful tool of advocacy. Nothing could be more worrying, as Slumdog, despite all hype to the contrary, delivers a disempowering narrative about the poor that renders hollow its apparent message of social justice.