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Friday, October 23, 2015

Development For Whom?

CC News Letter 22 Oct - 2030 Agenda: Development For Whom?
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 2030 Agenda: Development For Whom?
By Shobha Shukla

The world is agog with excitement at the recent adoption by the 70th UN General Assembly, of the new framework of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, composed of 17 goals and 169 targets to wipe out poverty, fight inequality and tackle climate change over the next 15 years. A closer look at the agenda tells a different story

Chaos In Jerusalem Is A Warning Of Things To Come
By Jonathan Cook

The current unrest may recede, but more waves of protest of ever greater intensity are surely not far behind. Jafar Farah, a Palestinian leader in Israel, has warned of it heading slowly from a national conflict into a civil war, one defined by the kind of debased one-state solution Israel is imposing. The chaotic violence of the past weeks looks like a warning from the future – a future Israel is hurtling towards

Obama Has Washed His Hands of Palestine And Is Walking Away From It
By Alan Hart

It's true that quite early in his presidency Obama called for a halt to illegal Israeli settlement activity but Prime Minister Netanyahu effectively told him to go to hell. The evidence that supports my headline for this article was in one of Obama's responses to the current upsurge of violence and killing in Israel/Palestine. To his repeated assertion that two states was "the only solution" he added that it (a peaceful resolution of the conflict) "is up to the parties."

An Intellectual Intifada In The Offing
By Ramzy Baroud

As Palestinians are once more rebelling against the Israeli occupation, we ought to also confront past misconceptions and mistakes. We live in an age where a generation of well-educated and articulate Palestinians are extensively present in hundreds of top universities, media companies, including in theater, film and every other educational and cultural facet around the Middle East and the world. Palestine, itself, is rife with numerous journalists and eloquent women and men, who can do the Palestinian account much justice

Why Is Benjamin Netanyahu Trying To Whitewash Hitler?
By Ali Abunimah

Benjamin Netanyahu has publicly asserted that Adolf Hitler had no intention of exterminating Europe's Jews until a Palestinian persuaded him to do it. The Israeli prime minister's attempt to whitewash Hitler and lay the blame for the Holocaust at the door of Palestinians signals a major escalation of his incitement against and demonization of the people living under his country's military and settler-colonial rule. It also involves a good deal of Holocaust denial

US Announces New Sale of Warships, Munitions To Saudis
By Robert Barsocchini

As Saudi Arabia, backed and coordinated by the United States, continues a war of aggression against Yemen, the US has decided to sell Saudi dictator Salman bin Abdulaziz four more warships as well as munitions and other equipment valued at $11.25 billion

U.S. Wants More "Usable" Nuclear Weapons In Europe
By David Swanson

The United States keeps nuclear weapons in Germany, the Netherlands, Belgium, Italy and Turkey, in violation of the Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT), which bans the transfer of nuclear weapons from a nuclear weapon state to a non-nuclear weapon state. Now, the U.S. wants to upgrade its nukes in Europe, to make them "precision" and "guided," and therefore more likely to be used, even as tensions build between the United States and Russia

Slave Catchers in Pasadena: The Brutal Beating of Donovan Gardner
By Li Onesto

On Thursday, October 15, the brutal beating of 25-year-old Donovan Gardner by San Bernardino sheriffs in Pasadena, California, was caught on video from a TV news helicopter. The video shows two officers brutally beating Donovan on the ground—punching him repeatedly and kneeing him, even though, as you can see in the video, Gardner is lying face down on his stomach

Animal Rights versus The Human Rights!
By Mohammad Ashraf

Recently, there have been a number of incidents involving deprivation of the life of some citizens in the most horrific way of lynching and burning by mobs on the pretext of these people having killed an animal or eaten the flesh of that animal. In view of the fact that the individuals and the mobs which indulged in these acts had the covert and overt support of the State, all these acts come under the Article 21 thereby confirming the failure of the State to protect the life and liberty of its citizens. It automatically becomes a violation of the international law as India is a signatory to the "Universal Declaration of Human Rights"

Beef Agenda: Another Tool To Persecute Muslims And Christians
By Shamsul Islam

As a RSS senior cadre Haryana Chief Minister, ML Khattar who said "Muslims can live in India but they would have to give up eating beef" must be familiar with the name of Swami Vivekananda. This is what Swami said about eating of beef by 'Hindus' in ancient India. "You will be astonished if I tell you that, according to old ceremonials, he is not a good Hindu who does not eat beef. On certain occasions he must sacrifice a bull and eat it."

The Growing Fangs of RSS
By Aayush Anand

RSS has grown and so has its influence but its ideologies have remained archaic. Alas, it did not grow to become a utilitarian tree but a fatal wound which is turning into cancer. Its time the bluff is called and people realize the unwarranted hold RSS has in governance decision and the dark path the country will be led onto if not heeded urgently. India needs tolerance to prosper, not a 'Hindutva' identity that is sure to split up the society

Pepsi Ad: Sucking Up The Last Drop Of Political Consciousness Out Of Youth
By Nikita Azad

Through this advertisement, Pepsi has revealed the character of all giant international corporations, i.e. to commodify every human asset. It has exposed the big corporate-governments nexus which liquidated all trade barriers during liberalization in 1990-91. Although we were so much impressed by Pepsi at that time but now we know the actual meaning of 'Yeh hai right choice, baby!', being that of sucking up the last drop of political consciousness out of youth

India: A Civilisational Regression
By Ghulam Mohammad Khan

Indian civilization has now regressed to the nadir in the process of civilisational regression. The harsh 'disciplinary mechanism' , a Foucauldian phrase, internalized by the right-wing political administration is like rearing a bomb, which will explode one day and decimate the very diversity for which India is known for centuries now

Yakub Shaikh Murder: Cover Up Suspected
Fact Finding Report

The Fact Finding Team demands the following:- A fresh and impartial investigation into the murder of Yakub Shaikh and the immediate arrest of all the accomplices to the crime, including the managers of Toyota Shinrai Company; A judicial probe into the conspiracy behind the killing of Yakub Shaikh, the true sequence of events leading to the murder as well as motive behind shielding of the actual culprits; Compensation to the family of Yakub Shaikh as per the provisions of Workmen's Compensation Act, 1923

Politicians Are Mirror Images Of Ourselves: That's Why We Elect Them
By Pratap Antony

Overcome our indifference and our small minded insularity, learned helplessness and Amor fati, and participate; think positively, and go ahead and do things that we can do within our own expertise or experience to improve, increase awareness and educate. We can, by this, be true to ourselves and share this projection of our true image
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