Teesta Setalvad

Beef Ban, Capitalist Crisis and the Rise of the Right

Submitted by admin on Sun, 06/04/2017 - 02:19
Cartoon by Srirasa

 

Dear Friends,

The Indian government - in pursuance of its attack on the diversity of Indian culture - has decided to push for a ban on beef eating. This has come after a vicious series of murders of cow herders and traders - from vulnerable communities - that have gone largely unpunished. The climate of intolerance is now established by this government order.

But the ban on beef has not gone unchallenged. Across the opposition landscape has come a strong criticism of this policy. In the lead have been left-wing students who have come onto the streets to cook and eat beef in a festive atmos

Bush, Trump

Submitted by admin on Thu, 03/09/2017 - 18:05

 

Bush 43

 

Dear Friends,

The misery of the Trump years suggests to sections of the population in the United States that a nostalgic look back at George W. Bush's tenure is perhaps appropriate. Bush has a new book out - paintings of veterans of his wars. He has been doing the talk show circuit, talking about his special friendship with Michelle Obama and his views on press freedom.

There is something surreal here. This is the man whose government pushed through the illegal war against Iraq. Last Sunday, Bush was asked about the war on Iraq on NBC's Today - 'I think it was the right decision', he

Trumpism

Submitted by admin on Thu, 03/02/2017 - 01:35

 

 

Dear Friends,

Trump gave his first speech to the joint houses of the Congress. It was a strange display. He defended his various executive orders with the statement that the United States should not become a 'sanctuary for extremists'. The only thing that came to my mind is this: it is already a sanctuary for extremists, with Steve Bannon and Trump himself leading the way.

In the current issue of Frontline, my Diary from Trumpland continues. This diary entry starts with an admission by a senior diplomat (still in office) who said that he'd prefer to watch re

Trump, Tima Kurdi

Submitted by admin on Fri, 02/17/2017 - 01:24

Abduct Me

 

Dear Friends,

News from Trumpland is out of date before it is written. Reporters struggle to keep up with events, which slip off and are impossible to digest. One minute it is Betsy DeVos and some idiocy at the Department of Education, but before you can focus on that - it is off to the races with former National Security Advisor Michael Flynn and his phone calls with the Russian ambassador.

And then there are the Trump press conferences. Thursday's brava performance by Trump will take a great deal to surpass. His attack on CNN's Jim Acosta was something to behold. Trump's tirade ends wi

Trumpland and Syria

Submitted by admin on Thu, 01/26/2017 - 22:21

New York State's rust belt by Daniel Barter and Daniel Marbaix

 

Dear Friends,

Remarkable events during the first few days of Donald Trump's administration, with his use of presidential power stretched to its constitutional limit. Incredible range of executive orders, many of them based on promises he made on the campaign trail. If nothing else, Trump has kept his promises. Or perhaps it is better to say that he has kept his promises in a theatrical way with little sign that any of these policies will provide the kind of relief that his voters sought.

For instance, on the question of the US withdrawal from the Trans-Pacific Partnership. At Alternet, I

#Iranaphobia and Trumpland

Submitted by admin on Thu, 01/19/2017 - 05:12

 Shirin Neshat 2013, Rahim (Our House Is on Fire)

 

Dear Friends,

Listening to the confirmation hearings of the team assembled by Donald Trump has been eye-opening. There is a Secretary of Education who believes that guns should be in classrooms in case the school is attacked by grizzly bears. There is a head of the Environmental Protection Agency who 'hasn't looked at the scientific research on the dangers of lead exposure to children'. And then there are the nominees who just want to bomb Iran. The leaders in that pack are Trump's national security team (Mattis, Flynn), but not far behind is his pick as US Ambassador the UN, my fellow P