The Uighur Visa Controversy

There is more than what meets the eye of the recent controversy on the issuance and withdrawal of visas to Dolkun Isa and Omar Kanat of the World Uighur Congress (WUC). Things are not what they seem. The visas were given despite or because of the antecedents of all the parties concerned.

The downfall of Punjab

In 1965 Punjab’s per capita income was Rs.562 and was 1.7 times that of Bihar’s Rs.332. Punjab now has a per capita income of Rs. 92,000 and Bihar Rs.31.000, or about 3:1. But other changes have also set in. Once India’s most prosperous state, it now lags behind Haryana, Maharashtra, Gujarat, Kerala and Telangana as is about par with the neighboring hill state of Himachal Pradesh.

The London Greens’ right wing lurch

To be clear – it is, of course, up to the Greens in London whether to recommend a second vote for Labour of not. Equally, it is up to the rest of us to decide that this party formation has little to do with developing the radical left or the class struggle.

Hillary Clinton: Obama’s Dick Cheney?

It may be hard for the white supremacist capitalist ruling class that controls the military industrial complex to find and hire another loyal and obedient servant like Barrack Obama, who acts more like their kitchen bus boy than a president, but, aside from having to tell her to go easy on wars and hold off on her order for new wars, Hillary will be embraced as another supposedly invaluable agent of US imperialism, who will further push the world towards destruction and mass annihilation.

तपिशे-शौक़ और ख़ुलूस का क़िस्सा

उसकी आवारगी में लय है, उसकी घुमक्कड़ी में धुन है, बाहर-भीतर उठती तरंगों की ताल है. अनुराधा रक़्स में है. इस रक़्स में उम्मीदों की रवानी है. उसके रूमान से गुज़रना अपनी हदों से परे झाँकना है. इस लिहाज़ से अनुराधा की किताब को पढ़ना मेरे लिए मेरी अपनी बंदिशों से दो-चार होने का अहसास भी है.

JFK, China and India

Reidel writes with immense knowledge and access to hitherto top secret documents, but with eloquent brevity. He tells all and says all without using up many lines of wordage. He has an eye that can focus with hawk like precision on the relevant detail and keep looking at the big picture also.

The Best Reporting on Bernie Sanders Over the Years

Bernie Sanders became the first socialist mayor of Burlington, Vermont, and ran successfully as an Independent for the House of Representatives and then the Senate. Now, the Democratic challenger to Hillary Clinton has young voters “feeling the Bern.”

The global pulse of young feminists organising

Young, emerging groups come with the knowledge that gender-based discrimination isn’t the only or even the most important form of oppression, and thus, there is an ambition to be inclusive of diverse groups… Continue reading

Economy: Time to get Real?

Our system of government, with so much power of patronage concentrated in one person, ensures that mostly fawning and obsequious people who constantly whip up a lather of simulated adulation surround the Prime Minister. PM’s consequently confuse the power of patronage with the power that ensures compliance. It is small wonder when our supreme leaders start thinking of themselves as King Canute’s who can order the waves about.

A brief history of Iranian cinema, from Haji Agha to Agha Farhad

To best understand the roots of Iranian cinema, one must perhaps travel back to the early 20th century, when the Qajar monarch Mozaffareddin Shah was shown cinematographic footage during a visit to France.

Obama breaks the ice: Viva Fidelismo!

This was so till last week, when US President Barack Obama decided to junk a over half century old shibboleth and break the ice with Cuba. Cuba will now change. But history will record that the USA changed first.