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Nepal Turns Red 100 Years After the Russian Revolution (and Other Snippets from our times)

Submitted by admin on Sun, 12/10/2017 - 14:33
Nepal Turns Red 100 Years After the Russian Revolution

 

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The Communist alliance will - most likely - win the elections in Nepal. Trends show that the alliance will come near a two-thirds majority of the parliament. The Communist alliance has promised that it would complete a five year term, something unaccomplished since electoral democracy was established in 1990. It is believed that Khadga Prashad Oli will be the next Prime Minister. He has pledged to tackle the basic needs of the Nepali people as well as to build the infrastructure of one of the world's poorest countries (the infrastructural project will include an extension of

Syrian Wars and Colonial Bores

Submitted by admin on Thu, 09/21/2017 - 19:49
Barjani asked for the referendum

 

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On September 25, 2017, the Iraqi Kurdish population will go to the polls for a referendum towards their independence from Iraq. The picture above - taken by Shama -  is of a pro-independence rally headlined by Masoud Barjani, the President of Iraqi Kurdistan. Some say that Barjani asked for the referendum to consolidate his own power rather than to consider the full meaning of this vote not only for the Iraqi Kurds, but for the Kurds in Iran, Syria and Turkey. Nonetheless, the referendum is on the table.

Last week, I talked to my contacts in the Turkish military, one of whom

Strikes, Wars, Floods

Submitted by admin on Sat, 09/16/2017 - 13:43
Sikar

 

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The picture above is from Sikar, Rajasthan (India). The farmers of the state, organized by the All-India Kisan Sabha, have fought a tough battle against the BJP-ruled government. They wanted the government to implement a set of recommendations from a government commission on the agrarian crisis. The demands, as I note in this blog post here, are basic - humane and uncontroversial if we lived in a different kind of system.

But, of course, we don't live in a different kind of system. We live where we live, in these times of peculiarly harsh intensity. Facts are brutal these day

West Asia and Comrade Charlie Chaplin

Submitted by admin on Thu, 07/27/2017 - 02:09

 

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Bad news comes from the eastern Saudi city of Qatif, where the National Guard has been running rampage through the city in the name of counter-terrorism. The police has been going after young dissenters, but also migrant workers who are mainly from South Asia. I have seen pictures of Indian and Bangladesh men lying naked on the sidewalk, being held in place by heavily armed Saudi guardsmen. There is also a photograph of a South Asian man lying dead in a side-street. I am trying to get as much information as possible from contacts in the region, but little has come out beyond

War and Books

Submitted by admin on Sat, 07/15/2017 - 17:09

 

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Mosul has been liberated. That is the headline. But what will this liberation mean. The picture above, taken by an AFP photographer, shows the extent of the devastation of the city. 'Our city is in ruins', says Ayman who lives in the western part of Mosul.

There is little press coverage of the brutal aerial bombardment of the city by the US-led Coalition. Amnesty International accused the United States of war crimes, which it has denied. But the evidence is quite shocking. AirWars has released an important report on the scale of the attacks, and t