Countercurrents News Letter 24 July

Occupy The Dam: Brazil's Indigenous Uprising By John Perkins and more...

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In Solidarity
Binu Mathew, Editor,
Educate! Organize! Agitate!

A Threatened Global Catastrophe
By John Scales Avery

Possibly as early as this autumn, Israel may start a large-scale war in the Middle East and elsewhere by bombing Iran. The consequences are unforeseeable, but there are several ways in which the conflict could escalate into a nuclear war, particularly if the US supports the Israeli attack, and if Pakistan, Russia and China become involved

Global Markets Fall As Fears Grow Over Spanish Debt Crisis
By Nick Beams

Global equity markets experienced a significant sell-off yesterday amid fears that the Spanish crisis is rapidly worsening and Greece may soon be forced out of the euro zone, setting off a new round of financial turmoil

Occupy The Dam: Brazil's Indigenous Uprising
By John Perkins

In the Amazonian backcountry, tribes are challenging construction of the world's third-largest dam—by dismantling it. Here's what they can teach us about standing up to power

American West In Flames
By William deBuys

Not a “Perfect Storm” But the New Norm in the American West

Climate Change And The Next U.S. Revolution
By Shamus Cooke

The U.S. heat wave is slowly shaking the foundations of American politics. It may take years for the deep rumble to evolve into an above ground, institution-shattering earthquake, but U.S. society has changed for good

If Yes To The Terror Of Extinction
By David Sparenberg

There is something wrong here, a defining shadow, and it is in and from us, us, and our species majority is nervous, anxiously more than nervous, but unwilling to make the radical move to spiritual awakening, to vigilance and world shift revolution

The Higgs Boson And The Steady State Economy
By Brent Blackwelder

It’s worth asking what we have to show for finding the so-called God particle? Will this momentous discovery help solve any crucial economic, social, environmental, or political problems besetting societies today and even threatening the livability of the planet? Will we possess the “key to the universe” and still wreck the planet we depend on?

"American Lives Are Not More Important Than Other People's Lives"
By Larry Everest

July 26: Speak Out For the World....and Against Ugly America No. 1 Chauvinism

US Climb To Record Poverty Height
By Farooque Chowdhury

Record poverty and unprecedented rich cohabit in the US, the largest, but decaying empire in today’s world. “The ranks of America’s poor are on track to climb to levels unseen in nearly half a century, said an AP report

Australia: The “Humanitarian” Nation
By Ghali Hassan

Every day Australian media outlets, led by the five major TV channels and the Murdoch press, propagate images of Australian soldiers as heroes treating injured Afghan children and doing construction work in Iraq. The notion that Australia is a “humanitarian” nation could not be farther from the truth. Behind this façade of false propaganda is a true U.S. imperialist mercenary force that is complicit in mass murder of innocent civilians and in the criminal destruction of defenceless nations

Globalization: Of The Dominant, By The Dominant, And For The Dominant
By Farha Iman

Globalization or ‘Globalism’ is beneficial for the dominant and destructive for the submissive. It always streams from developed countries towards underdeveloped and developing countries in three ways: a) in the form of products and services b) as cultural dependency and domination c) and as deceptive thoughts to mould the thinking of the world population

Karnataka Government‘s Unconstitutional Action
By Vidya Bhushan Rawat

Karnataka government order asking the temples of the state to perform rituals so that rains come to save the farmers and cattles of the state is a blatant violation of constitution. Can a state government of a secular country invest huge amount of money on performing puja to bring rain? How will this influence the minds of our children?

What Price Protest?
By Preeti Chauhan & Paramjeet Singh

Dalit activist tied to train tracks loses legs

Punishment For Leading Struggle Against Land Grab:
Dalit Youth Tied To Railway Tracks, Legs Amputated In Dadri, UP
By Aslam Khan

On July 15, Tika Ram was among the youths from Ramgarh village in Dadri who attended the Convention on Bathani Tola in Delhi, and spoke of their struggle against the grab of land allocated to dalits by the gram pradhan Kuldeep Bhati. On July 20, Tika Ram was found on the railway tracks, his body mutilated and both legs severed. Doctors at the AIIMS Trauma Centre have had to further amputate his legs to save his life, which is still in danger. Meanwhile, four other youth leaders of the struggle against land grab have been jailed – on fabricated charges of shooting a girl

Molesters In Media: Editors Who Can Tell A Prostitute From A Woman With Everyone Else Sleeping
By Samar

The infamous Guwhati molestation cases some disturbing questions about media ethics

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