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Countercurrents News Letter 09 August

Orwellian Ramifications Begin To Unfold In Syria By Dr. Ismail Salami and more...

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Orwellian Ramifications Begin To Unfold In Syria
By Dr. Ismail Salami

http://www.countercurrents.org/salami090812.htm

There is a horrible speculation that the insurgents in Syria may have seized hold of chemical weapons. Apart from the catastrophically unthinkable havoc the rebels can wreak in Syria and in the region with the WMDs, the rhetorical question which remains is how these weapons of mass destruction have fallen into the hands of the insurgents who are chiefly composed of Wahhabi al-Qaeda mercenaries of different nationalities


Neocons vs. The ‘Arab Spring’: Back On The Warpath
By Ramzy Baroud

http://www.countercurrents.org/baroud090812.htm

The neoconservatives are back with a vengeance. While popular uprisings in Tunisia, Egypt, Yemen and other Arab countries had briefly rendered them irrelevant in the region, Western intervention in Libya signaled a new opportunity. Now Syria promises to usher a full return of neoconservatives into the Middle East fray


Egypt Launches Sinai Crackdown In Collusion With Israel
By Jean Shaoul

http://www.countercurrents.org/shaoul090812.htm

Egypt’s Muslim Brotherhood government has launched a crackdown after an armed raid at the Rafah checkpoint near the border with Gaza and Israel killed 16 Egyptian soldiers and wounded eight more. The action testifies to how closely the Brotherhood now works with Israel and the United States


Where Will The US Strike Next In Africa?
By Glen Ford

http://www.countercurrents.org/ford090812.htm

Under the direction of the United States, the UN Security Council recently extended sanctions for another year against the northeast African nation of Eritrea. The country of 6 million people, nestled against the Red Sea, is on America’s hit list


Washington Puts Its Money On Proxy War
By Nick Turse

http://www.countercurrents.org/turse090812.htm

Right now, the U.S. is once again training, advising, and conducting joint exercises all over the world with proxy war on its mind and the concept of “unintended consequences” nowhere in sight in Washington. Whether today’s proxies end up working for or against Washington’s interests or even become tomorrow’s enemies remains to be seen


Tony, It's Just Chalk
By Federica Lorca

http://www.countercurrents.org/lorca090812.htm

Unless Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa stops it, Occupy Los Angeles is going to get beat down by Chief Charlie Beck's demons on Thursday evening for writing with chalk on the sidewalks, all at taxpayer expense, all because Occupy Los Angeles spurned the Democrats who run the city


Conscious Peace: World Peace Depends Upon Our Collective Consciousness
By William T. Hathaway

http://www.countercurrents.org/hathaway090812.htm

"Conscious Peace" is a chapter from RADICAL PEACE: People Refusing War, which presents the experiences of war resisters, deserters, and peace activists in the USA, Europe, Iraq, and Afghanistan. Recently published by Trine Day, it's a journey along diverse paths of nonviolence, the true stories of people working for peace in unconventional ways


Worldwide Movement To End Violence Gathers Momentum
By Robert J. Burrowes

http://www.countercurrents.org/burrowes090812.htm

On 11 November 2011, a new movement to end human violence was launched around the world. Simultaneous launches took place in Australia, Malaysia, the Philippines and the USA. This worldwide movement, which invites individuals and organisations to sign a pledge to work to end human violence in all of its manifestations, has already attracted individual signatories in 40 countries and organisational endorsements in 15 countries


Mutant Modernities, Socialist Futures (PDF)
By Ravi Sinha

http://www.countercurrents.org/Mutant_Modernities__Socialist_Futures.pdf

Past socialisms cannot be presented as models for future socialisms. The conditions which shaped the twentieth century socialisms have long expired. The vision that inspired the designs of those socialisms needs reworking in the light of the lessons of the past century. It is in this context that the insights gained from revisiting the issues of modernity and freedom will prove immensely important for envisioning socialist futures


Earthly Plunders In Space?
By Arun G. Mukhopadhyay

http://www.countercurrents.org/mukhopadhyay090812.htm

In the neoliberal unipolar world, there is a very important additional incentive for more and better comsats to sustain the treadmills of production and consumption. Thus the renewal of “limits to growth” argument is often coupled with a vision for overcoming those limits by going into outer space


India-Pakistan: Visa For Trust And Friendship
By Devika Mittal

http://www.countercurrents.org/mittal090812.htm

Can you imagine the situation where we can meet a stranger who looks very different from us, speaks a different language and has different beliefs and values easily but can’t meet our own brother? Or when we are allowed to travel thousands of kilometers without much hassle but to travel mere 50 kms, we have to give a thousand reasons, documents of all kinds and wait endlessly but without any assurance of success? Such is the relationship between India and Pakistan.


Of Hotel Jantar Mantar And Irom Sharmila’s Prison Cell!
By Samar

http://www.countercurrents.org/samar090812.htm

Arvind Kejriwal's 'private' room is a first in the history of politics of resistance in India


Anna: Beyond The Encounter As An Absolute
By Tripta Chandola

http://www.countercurrents.org/chandola090812.htm

It was constantly reiterated by the speakers on the last day that the 'political alternative' will involve giving a platform to candidate 'right' for the country so that the Anna supporters can elect them. The democratic electoral system precisely functions on this premise: multiple parties, multiple candidate, voter's choice. How then is Team Anna's 'political alternative' really an alternative, except perhaps in their over-determination that their choice is the right choice. What is the locus standi of this 'alternative' envisioned by Team Anna within the broader politics of the country, except perhaps to take turns to run it?


Education Is The Talk Of The Day In Manipur – India’s Forgotten State
By Madhu Chandra

http://www.countercurrents.org/chandra090812.htm

Though education is the talk of the day, it remains a challenge for the state of Manipur until the government run schools are rectified and develop higher educational infrastructure to meet the needs of the students


Mitt Romney's Gaffes Abroad Show That His Numbers Just Don't Add Up
By Mamoon Alabbasi

http://www.countercurrents.org/alabbasi090812.htm

US presidential candidate Mitt Romney ended a three-country world tour of Britain, Israel and Poland without appearing to have learned much from his overseas trip. Even in his attempts to water-down the impact of some of his gaffes, following an influx of negative press, he seems to have stuck to the flawed logic behind them, especially when it comes to the economy


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