Countercurrents News Letter 10 August

"The World As It Is, And The World As It Could Be" By John Scales Avery and more...

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Spiking Grain Prices Raise Specter Of Global Food Crisis
By Naomi Spencer

Global food prices rose 6.2 percent in July, the United Nations’ Food and Agriculture Organization reported Thursday. The FAO said it released its Food Price Index ahead of its regular publication schedule as a warning against the impact of such price rises

A Critical Mass For Real Food
By Anim Steel

The old logic of the slave plantation is still the logic of our industrial food system, 500 years in the making. There’s a new way of thinking taking off

US, European Powers Press For Intervention As Syrian Army Retakes Aleppo
By Alex Lantier

Politicians and the media in the United States and Europe stepped up demands for direct military intervention in Syria yesterday, as the Syrian army fought to expel US-backed forces from the city of Aleppo

"The World As It Is, And The World As It Could Be"
By John Scales Avery

A look at the world as it is and a world as it could be

Not Even A Spoonful Of Sugar Could Help
By Guy McPherson

Climate chaos is only a small part of the big story, though it is among the phenomena poised to cause our extinction within a single human generation. In addition to triggering climate chaos, we’ve initiated the Sixth Great Extinction, and we revel in its acceleration as one more sign of progress

Soldiers Who Refuse To Kill
By David Swanson

One of the most inspiring events thus far at the Veterans For Peace National Convention underway in Miami was a presentation on Thursday by several veterans who have refused to participate in war. Typically, they have done this at the risk of significant time in prison, or worse. In most cases these resisters avoided doing any time. Even when they did go behind bars, they did so with a feeling of liberation

Resolving The Budget And Debt Crises
By Ron Forthofer

There is a looming double whammy threatening the economy beginning in 2013. These two threats are: 1) the expiration of the Bush tax cuts; and 2) implementation of $1.2 trillion in automatic spending cuts over a ten-year period, an outcome of the 2011 debt ceiling debacle. These threats raise the specter of driving the U.S. back into recession or depression. Many people might question the phrase 'back into recession' since they feel we are still in the Great Recession

Fear None, Frighten None
By Mallika Kaur

The continued ignorance of the history and belief system of the over half a million Sikh Americans remains deathly dangerous, as was demonstrated in Oak Creek, Wisconsin on Sunday morning. The attack and six murders, in the post-9/11 context, are traumatizing for those directly involved, and for all peoples targeted since 9/11

A Paradigm Shift In Development Planning And Land Reforms
Is Need Of The Hour Not Further Acquisition And Cash Compensation
By Medha Patkar, Roma, Dr. Sunilam, Rupesh Kumar

Amidst all the controversies and conflicts related to Lokpal and Jan Lokpal politics, a very major enactment (in Bill form) is to be tabled before the Cabinet this week for approval and there after tabled in the Monsoon session of the parliament

India: Greeting Every New Born Daughter With Fruit Trees
By Saadia Azim

For years now girls in the village of Dharhara in Bihar have been welcomed into the world in the most novel way: By the local community planting at least 10 fruit trees - traditionally mango - in celebration

Abdul Nazer Maudany Is Not The Only One
By K.P Sasi

Perhaps, the Kerala opinion makers are waiting for his death so that he can be projected as a hero, the way he came back after nine and a half years innocent existence in Coimbatore jail. But one thing is certain. The inteligentsia, activists, political parties and media with vested interests are responsible for this gravest fabricated case. Perhaps we can all sing a line from John Lenon's `imagine': I am not the only one. If John Lenon dealt with dreams in this song, we will have to deal with guilt in our song. And strangely, Maudany is also saying: `I am not the only one'

Sri Lanka : Truth And Myth
By Nilantha Ilangamuwa

Yet another prisoner died whilst in custody at Vavuniya prison in Sri Lanka this week. Sadly the death happened in the same day when a meeting organised by the Secretary Defence and Minister of External Affairs was underway at the national capital

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