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Saturday, August 29, 2015

CC News Letter 29 August - Kandhamal: A Shame To Secular Polity Of India

CC News Letter 29 August - Kandhamal: A Shame To Secular Polity Of India

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Kandhamal: A Shame To Secular Polity Of India
By Binu Mathew

http://www.countercurrents.org/mathew290815.htm

Kandhamal is described as the Kashmir of Odisha. It is one of the most beautiful places in India I ever visited. With rolling hills and forests interspersed with lush green paddy fields, flowing rivulets and ponds and a cool breeze blowing Kandhamal is a beholders delight. I may call it a paradise on earth! Beneath all this beauty there is turbulence, fear and a paralysing anxiety that grip the people living in this so called 'paradise'. For the Christian minorities who belong mostly to Adivasi and Dalit communities Kandhamal is a living hell


Casualties Of "Fortress Europe": Refugees Dead On Land And Sea
By Marianne Arens and Patrick Martin

http://www.countercurrents.org/martin290815.htm

The death toll among desperate refugees fleeing war zones in the Middle East and Africa continues to mount, with horrifying scenes that go beyond anything seen in Europe since World War II. The vast majority of these refugees are seeking to escape violence unleashed on their homes and families by the imperialist powers, above all the United States, with its accomplices including France, Britain, Germany, Italy, Spain and the Netherlands


An Operator's Guide To Trump's Racism
By Mateo Pimentel

http://www.countercurrents.org/pimentel290815.htm

This brief "operator's guide" highlights a few parallels between Trump, the 2016 United States presidential hopeful, and other outspoken racist figures of America's past. Hopefully, this short and largely incomplete survey will elucidate some of the historical underpinnings of Trump's current bigoted agenda. Readers will note that, as with many race-related social ills today, Trump's racist and xenophobic agenda clearly bears much in common with the all too often bigoted American past


North Dakota Approves Drones With Rubber Bullets, Tasers,
Pepper Spray, Tear Gas, Sound Cannons For Domestic Use
By Robert Barsocchini

http://www.countercurrents.org/barsocchini290815.htm

North Dakota has become the first state to approve government use of drones equipped with "less than lethal weapons", including "rubber bullets, pepper spray, tear gas, sound cannons, and Tasers"


Lebanon – What If It Fell?
By Andre Vltchek

http://www.countercurrents.org/vltchek290815.htm

Beirut is burning; it is hurt, angry and uncertain about its own future. A Revolution? A rebellion? Who are those men, stripped from their waist up, muscular, throwing stones at the security forces in the center of Beirut? Are they genuine revolutionaries? Are they there in order to reclaim so badly discredited "Arab Spring"? Or did they come here in a show of force, because the West is paying them? If the Lebanese state collapses, ISIL could move in, and occupy at least a substantial part of Lebanon. That would suit the West's interests, and those of Turkey, as well as the Gulf States


The Sexual Politics of Meat: 25 Years Later
By Mickey Z. Interviews Carol J. Adams

http://www.countercurrents.org/adams290815.htm

In her 1990 classic, The Sexual Politics of Meat, Carol J. Adams introduced the concept of "the absent referent," e.g. behind every meal of meat is an absence: the death of the animal whose place the meat takes


Tackling The IS Tentacles In India
By Sazzad Hussain

http://www.countercurrents.org/hussain290815.htm

The publicity of the IS through the social media is the reason behind the reported incidents of Indian Muslim youths joining that dreaded terror group operating in Syria and Iraq. The Indians are now following their European, Australian and American counterparts to join the outfit, mostly because of it glorification and romanticization in the social media. Thus it is important that the Indian state should initiate some measures to reverse this dangerous trend. Promoting the pluralistic character of the nation and Sufism in a great way could be one step in tackling this prevailing trend


Renaming Aurangzeb Road
By Shamsul Islam

http://www.countercurrents.org/islam290815.htm

If we want to rename roads named after bigots of Indian history why not rename roads named after Shankaracharya and the Scindias and many others?


Hacking Resistance! Ambedkar-Periyar Study Circle Facebook, Gmail, Smail Hacked
By Ambedkar-Periyar Study Circle-IITM

http://www.countercurrents.org/iitm290815.htm

On 24.08.2015 afternoon (2.50 pm) APSC Facebook, Gmail and Smail (student mail inside the IITM campus provided by administration of IITM) accounts were hacked. The same day (24th August 2015) by night we recovered the password for Gmail and Facebook account. From the last account activity, we found that the IP address of the computer used to steal the password is from within the IITM campus. Again by 25th morning (11.21 am) both the Gmail and Facebook accounts were hacked, we are unable to recover Gmail, Smail and Facebook. The alternate email id and verification phone number that we provided to recover passwords also been changed

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