In recent years, around the world, vigorous and noisy anti plastic campaign by the so called environmentalists and activists to stop using plastics for short term and long term need have been gaining strength, backed by the media campaign. The campaign against plastics has now virtually descended..

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Top 10 Reasons Not to Love NATO Thursday, January 17th, 2019

The New York Times loves NATO, but should you? Judging by comments in social media and the real world, millions of people in the United States have gone from having little or no opinion on NATO, or from opposing NATO as the world’s biggest military force responsible for disastrous wars in places..

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Nepal’s Sisyphean Struggle for Justice Thursday, January 3rd, 2019

On November 14, 2002, Krishna Ghising, a young father of two, boarded a bus from his village in eastern Nepal to Kathmandu, where he planned to apply for a visa to work in Korea. But as his bus was crossing a bridge in the village of Halhale, Dolakha district, a bomb planted by Maoist rebels –..

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The Hand that Won’t Sign the Paper: Adani’s Stalling Project Monday, December 31st, 2018

It should be a sign for this Indian giant, a company that has done much to illustrate the ethical and moral bankruptcy in Australia’s political classes. Despite support stretching from Canberra to rural Queensland, lifted by the fantasy of job creation, Adani is yet to dig the earth of what would..

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Russiagate Smashes Human Survival Attempts Wednesday, December 26th, 2018

"There's millions of commies in the freedom fight, "Yelling for Lenin and civil rights "How do I know? I read it in the *Daily News*" —Tom Paxton Humanity faces climate and nuclear threats to its existence, spearheaded by the U.S. government. Survival proposals, or what your television calls..

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Nepal Finally Looks Beyond India and China Saturday, December 22nd, 2018

Nepal for a long time has heavily invested its time and energy to deal with India and China, the regional giants and Nepal’s only two bordering countries. But now Kathmandu has started to reach out to its old allies, which are being newly considered as key development partners. Mainly after the..

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And So This Is Christmas Thursday, December 20th, 2018

Christmas Day. Very late on this day and into the morning of the 26th in 1776, George Washington led a surprise night crossing of the Delaware River and bloody pre-dawn attack on unarmed hung-over-from-Christmas troops still in their underwear — a founding act of violence for the new nation to..

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The Self-Psychoanalysis of the American Liberal Monday, December 17th, 2018

Bryant Welch’s new edition of his book, State of Confusion: Political Manipulation and the Assault on the American Mind, purports to diagnose the mental illness that produces support for and tolerance of Donald Trump in particular, and the Republican Party in general. To some extent it does so,..

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William Blum: Anti-Imperial Advocate Wednesday, December 12th, 2018

In the incessant self-praise of the US imperial project, kept safe in a state of permanently enforced amnesia, occasional writings prod and puncture. Mark Twain expressed an ashamed horror at the treatment of the Philippines; Ulysses Grant, despite being a victorious general of the Union forces in..

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The Ancient Mythical Rites of Pearl Harbor Day Friday, December 7th, 2018

Last week I spoke at a high school. As I often do, I told them I’d perform a magic trick. I only know one, but I know it will almost always work with no skill required. I scribbled on a piece of paper and folded it up. I asked someone to name a war that was justified. They of course said “World..

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Bleak See on the Black Sea Thursday, December 6th, 2018

Following the latest events in and around the Black Sea, two old questions are reappearing. Both are inviting us for a repeated elaboration: If a Monroe doctrine (about the hemispheric security exclusivity) is recognised at one corner of the globe, do we have a moral right or legal ground to..

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Earth Over the Brink Wednesday, December 5th, 2018

Glacier National Park is drip drip dripping into a puddle. People and companies and governments are cutting down trees to burn them to save the planet from global warming, mixing the sacrificial trees with oh-so-clean coal, and in Detroit with tires, and in North Carolina with chicken..

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Are Genes Pseudo-Science Driven by Racist Patriarchal Plutocrats? Tuesday, December 4th, 2018

A new film called A Dangerous Idea argues that the concept of the gene will be looked back on (if humanity lives long enough) in the way that we look back on claims of “royal blood” and skull size as justifications for power and social status. The film makes the case that eugenics and (its more..

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Yemen, Poisoned Water, and a Green New Deal Monday, December 3rd, 2018

While U.N. figures suggest that it would take 1% of U.S. military spending to provide the world with clean drinking water, the United States could end the worst cholera epidemic in recorded history (in Yemen) for far less than that and far less than what it is spending to create the epidemic..

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Eyeing the White House: The Democratic Field Tuesday, January 22nd, 2019

Not so much hunting season as declaratory season in US politics. The US presidential candidates from the Democratic side are making promises spiced with forced..