What type of fascism is driving the far right today?

Santiago Zabala If anyone needed further proof that fascism is still alive and well in Italy, the footage of Carola Rackete, the 31-year-old captain of the migrant-rescue ship Sea-Watch 3, getting arrested in Lampedusa for trying to save 42 asylum seekers, provides a graphic illustration. The late Italian fascist leader, Benito Mussolini, would have been […]

Trump’s racism and American exceptionalism

Patrick Gathara The uproar over US President Donald Trump’s latest outrageous remarks attacking four members of the US Congress – Rashida Tlaib, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Ayanna Pressley, and Ilhan Omar, all women of colour – for constantly criticising America and telling them to “go back” to the countries “from which they came” highlights the trouble with […]

General Ershad: The deposed dictator who became kingmaker

  General Hussain Muhammad Ershad, the military dictator of Bangladesh for most of the 1980s, died on July 14 in Dhaka. He was 89 years old. Ershad’s peaceful death due to old age marked an unexpectedly mundane end to one of the most controversial but also consequential political careers in Bangladesh, especially given that some […]

Kashmir scenario all set to change

Kashmir scenario all set to change

Defence Minister Rajnath Singh has made it clear the Government led by the Prime Minister Narendra Modi will resolve Kashmir with or without holding talks. His statement has made it clear that the people who don’t fall in the line will have to face the music. It seems that the Government of India has made […]

Alarming figures

Alarming figures

Jammu and Kashmir is witnessing an increase in crimes against women folk is an indication that all is not well within our society. According to the data released by Crime Branch J&K recorded 3623 cases of crimes against the women in 2018 and the maximum cases were reported in Srinagar and Jammu districts. Kashmiri society […]

Pakistan’s violations of international covenants in Kulbhushan Jadhav case have come crashing down

Tilak Devasher If ever proof were needed that India and Pakistan lived in parallel universes, the reaction to the International Court of Justice (ICJ) judgment in the Kulbhushan Jadhav case provides it. The vital difference, however, is that while India’s universe is rooted in reality, Pakistan’s is quite delusional. The key issue that the case […]

A battle over culture? India, China & heritage of Kailash Mansarovar

Abhijit Bhattacharyya A recent news item — that China had lodged a strong protest after the “Indian part of the Kailash Mansarovar landscape” was being considered by Unesco for inclusion in a “tentative list” of possible World Heritage Sites, at the behest of the Indian ministry of culture — appeared both interesting and intriguing. Having […]

PDP at verge of extinction

PDP at verge of extinction

Peoples Democratic Party led by the former Chief Minister, Mehbooba Mufti, has got yet another jolt as its senior leader from south Kashmir Khalil Bandh has tendered resignation from the party. According to the media reports Bandh is likely to join National Conference. The Grand Old Party of Kashmir made a comeback in the recently […]

Space race notwithstanding, moonwalk a feat of mankind

  Mahir Ali I can’t pay no doctor’s bill/ (But Whitey’s on the moon)/ Ten years from now I’ll be payin’ still/ (while Whitey’s on the moon),” declared the American performance poet Gil Scott-Heron. In the run-up to this week’s 50th anniversary of the first human steps on the heavenly body nearest to our earthly […]

Trump, Saudis & Iran: Is toppling in the offing?

Sunanda K Datta Ray The British warships in or steaming towards the Persian Gulf offer further evidence of Great Britain’s total subservience to the United States. When US President Donald Trump reneged on the “Iran nuclear deal” — the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action signed in July 2015 — and tried to pressure the other […]

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