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Thank You, Peter Matthiessen, for Taking Me Along

I trekked with the writer, who died last week, only in a Walter Mitty dream, but his service as a guide was valuable.

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India’s Top Court Stays Execution of Two Delhi Gang Rapists

India’s Supreme Court on Saturday stayed the death sentence of two of the four men convicted of the fatal gang rape of a student in New Delhi, an attack that horrified the country and sparked weeks of protests.

Posted on Mar 17, 2014 READ MORE



India’s Dam Building Bonanza

India is in the middle of a massive hydroelectric dam building program, necessary, its leaders say, to fuel the energy needs of its fast growing economy.

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India’s Diesel Fumes Fuel Glacier Melt

Air pollution is a lethal problem in Kolkata and other parts of India—and it is helping to melt the not-so-eternal snows of the Himalayas, scientists say.

Posted on Mar 8, 2014 READ MORE


And the Olympic Medal for the Most Homophobic Country in the World Goes To…

“The Daily Show’s” Jon Stewart brings to our attention a lesser known competition happening concurrently with the Sochi Winter Olympics: the Homophobic Olympics. Can you guess who’s winning?

Posted on Jan 22, 2014 READ MORE



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You’ve Heard of BRIC, but What About MINT?

A new acronym has arisen in the world of economics for up-and-coming countries: MINT. Can you guess what each letter stands for?

Posted on Jan 7, 2014 READ MORE



America Still Has Sodomy Laws Too

India reinstated a “gay sex” ban, but before you throw stones, remember we have plenty of similar laws in the U.S. today; designers have put forth their best revisionist ideas to address the umbrella’s many deficiencies; meanwhile, Israel is increasingly isolated due to boycotts and sanctions. These discoveries and more after the jump.

Posted on Dec 16, 2013 READ MORE



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Is Variety of Contamination the Spice of Life?

An analysis of spice imports to the U.S. found that about 12 percent of them are contaminated with “insect parts, whole insects, rodent hairs and other things,” The New York Times reports.

Posted on Oct 31, 2013 READ MORE



Cooperative Institute for Research in the Atmosphere

India Must Rename Cyclone Phailin and Call Attention to Global Warming

Phailin means sapphire in Thai. What nonsense. Some people desire the precious stone, but few—if any—I think, desire Phailin. India should rename this meaningless obfuscation and call attention to global warming immediately.

Posted on Oct 12, 2013 READ MORE



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60 Million Underage Girls Have Been Forced to Marry

Girls all over the world are being deprived of their childhoods by being forced into early marriages. New research by human rights group Breakthrough shows as many as 25,000 girls are wed in India, many times by fathers who think they’re protecting their children from harm.

Posted on Oct 10, 2013 READ MORE



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The Internet’s Losing Its Freedom, in America and Beyond

Some countries are adopting ever more stringent Internet laws and increasing surveillance. Given the Edward Snowden leaks, you may not be surprised to see the United States is high on the list of nations that have decreased online freedom this year, but what about the others?

Posted on Oct 9, 2013 READ MORE


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Every Hour a Woman Dies in India Over a Dowry

Even though giving or receiving a dowry is illegal in India, as is murder of course, 8,233 women were killed there last year due to arguments over this age-old custom, according to the country’s National Crime Records Bureau.

Posted on Sep 4, 2013 READ MORE



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Cellphones Used to Find Rapists in India

When a magazine intern went to take photographs of the derelict Shakti Mills compound in Mumbai on Aug. 22, five men gang raped her and recorded the atrocity with videos and photos on their phones. After forcing her to clean up after their crime, they threatened to publish the media they’d collected if she accused them.

Posted on Aug 27, 2013 READ MORE



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Pink Sari Revolution

This is the story of India’s Pink Gang, a grass-roots movement that confronts Indian officialdom over the rights of the poor and the marginalized, especially women.

Posted on Aug 16, 2013 READ MORE



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Dolphins Are ‘People’ Too

In countries such as Hungary, Costa Rica and Chile, dolphins have been recognized as nonhuman persons. India’s government recently followed suit and is now starting to close down dolphin parks and has prohibited catching and importing the marine mammals for entertainment purposes.

Posted on Jul 30, 2013 READ MORE



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Hundreds Expected Dead in Iran Quake

A 7.8 magnitude earthquake—described as the strongest to hit Iran in more than 50 years—struck the country near the border with Pakistan, killing hundreds of people, officials fear.

Posted on Apr 16, 2013 READ MORE



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Climate Change: One More Problem for Pakistan

Drone attacks, deadly bombings, tensions with neighboring India, power and food shortages and political instability ahead of May elections all threaten Pakistan, and soon climate change will too.

Posted on Mar 26, 2013 READ MORE



Next Stop, Pedophilia

According to Rush Limbaugh, since the left has normalized gay marriage, now it will do the same with pedophilia; the U.K. government has found a way to take British citizenship away from certain people who were then mysteriously killed by drones; meanwhile, a computer programmer in India may make teachers redundant as he shows how children can and should teach themselves. These discoveries and more after the jump.

Posted on Mar 5, 2013 READ MORE



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Indian Protesters: ‘Up With the Workers, Down With the Government’

As many as 100 million Indians angry about high prices, low pay and poor working conditions walked off their jobs Wednesday as a two-day strike organized by 11 major trade unions closed banks, disrupted major transportation and reportedly saw two deaths, Al-Jazeera reports.

Posted on Feb 21, 2013 READ MORE



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A New Front in the War on Terror

In an attempt to promote international understanding, the Jaipur Literature Festival fights against “the terrorism of the mind,” said the event’s producer, Sanjoy Roy.

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U.S. Tightens Sanctions on Iran

The West escalated the economic war against Tehran on Wednesday, imposing a new set of restrictions intended to deter the country’s nuclear ambitions by forcing it into what amounts to a form of barter trade for oil, The New York Times reports.

Posted on Feb 7, 2013 READ MORE



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A Rape a Minute, a Thousand Corpses a Year

We have an abundance of rape and violence against women in this country and on this Earth, though it’s almost never treated as a civil rights or human rights issue, or a crisis, or even a pattern.

Posted on Jan 24, 2013 READ MORE



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Victim Is to Blame, Lawyer for India Gang Rape Suspects Says

In a truly detestable and heinous example of victim-blaming and outright misogyny, Manohar Lal Sharma, the lawyer for three of the six men charged with raping and killing 23-year-old medical student Jyoti Singh Pandey, had the audacity to say—on the record—that he’s never “seen a single incident” of a “respected lady” getting raped.

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India Gang Rape Victim Identified

“We want the world to know her real name,” the devastated dad told The Sunday People newspaper. “My daughter didn’t do anything wrong; she died while protecting herself.”

Posted on Jan 7, 2013 READ MORE


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A Long, Hard, Forgiving Look at Chuck Hagel

Chuck Hagel has apologized for the anti-gay comments he made in 1998 but liberals continue to disapprove of him for secretary of defense; with so much emphasis on the infamous fiscal cliff, someone should pay attention to the looming “climate cliff”; meanwhile, India’s Supreme Court will rule on a case that may mean the end of affordable generic drugs all over the world. These discoveries and more after the jump.

Posted on Jan 7, 2013 READ MORE



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India Prefers to Mourn on New Year’s

Many Indians chose solemn reflection over celebration on New Year’s Eve in a tribute to the 23-year-old woman whose gang rape and beating led to her death in a Singapore hospital a few days ago.

Posted on Jan 1, 2013 READ MORE


Rape, Pedophilia and Guns

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1,200 New Coal Power Plants Planned Worldwide

Despite warnings from scientists and environmental groups that global warming will be unstoppable if carbon emissions do not peak within a few years, 59 countries, led by China and India, are planning to expand their coal-powered energy sources.

Posted on Nov 20, 2012 READ MORE


Noam Chomsky: ‘Who Owns the World?’

President Obama and Republican presidential hopeful Mitt Romney may ignore the issues of global warming and nuclear proliferation, but Noam Chomsky addresses those and other topics in a talk he gave last month at the University of Massachusetts in Amherst.

Posted on Oct 27, 2012 READ MORE


All God’s Children Got Nukes

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Fishing War Heats Up Between Sri Lanka and India

A war over dwindling fishing resources is being fought at the bottom of the Indian subcontinent as poor and desperate Indian fishermen cross into Sri Lankan waters and run into that nation’s unsympathetic navy.

Posted on Sep 5, 2012 READ MORE



Fox News Points Out Paul Ryan’s Lies ... and Pigs Fly?

Fox News used the words “deceiving” and “dazzling” to describe Paul Ryan’s speech at the GOP convention; British support of possible American military intervention in Syria could signal another blunder as terrible as the Iraq War; meanwhile, Israeli ex-soldiers finally admit to heinous treatment of Palestinian children. These discoveries and more after the jump.

Posted on Aug 31, 2012 READ MORE



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Power Cut to 600 Million Indians

For the two-thirds of India’s people who can afford to power their homes, a second blackout in a week spread hardship and anxiety to half the country when electricity grids in the 13 states in the north and northeastern regions collapsed.

Posted on Jul 31, 2012 READ MORE



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Oprah’s ‘Ignorance’ Irks India

“[M]yopic, unaware, ignorant and gauche” is how one critic described Oprah Winfrey’s India travelogue. Viewers on the subcontinent this weekend got their first look at the program, which was taped in January and aired in the U.S. in April.

Posted on Jul 24, 2012 READ MORE



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A History of the World, BRIC by BRIC

Here’s the multi-trillion dollar question: Does the emergence of Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa as economic powers signal that we have truly entered a new multipolar world?

Posted on Apr 26, 2012 READ MORE



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‘Asbestos Tsunami’ Is Ahead for Asia

Health experts say the coming decades will see an epidemic of asbestos-related diseases in Asian countries where the material is still used in construction. China and India, with their rapidly developing economies and huge populations, are expected to be the hardest hit.

Posted on Apr 11, 2012 READ MORE



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Dirty Air Set to Become Biggest Environmental Killer

A new report predicts urban air pollution will become the No. 1 cause of premature death in the coming decades, beating out poor sanitation and dirty drinking water to take more than 3.5 million lives per year.

Posted on Mar 15, 2012 READ MORE



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Public-Sector Banks: From Black Sheep to Global Leaders

Conventional wisdom holds that government bureaucrats are bad businesspeople. But around the world, the many countries with strong public banking sectors generally have strong, stable economies.

Posted on Mar 8, 2012 READ MORE



Shining India

The raw pathos of the characters in “Behind the Beautiful Forevers: Life, Death, and Hope in a Mumbai Undercity” is of the kind usually found in great fiction, except in Katherine Boo’s book, they’re real people.

Posted on Feb 24, 2012 READ MORE



Sony Pictures

‘Dragon Tattoo’ Shows Too Much Skin for India

India may be the world’s biggest democracy, but it has a little something to learn about free expression. Film censors have banned the Hollywood version of “The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo” because of three sexual and/or violent scenes.

Posted on Jan 30, 2012 READ MORE



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‘Totally’ Resistant TB Emerges in India

Four tuberculosis patients in India were found to be untreatable with the best available drugs. Experts who say the country’s program for dealing with the disease does not adequately address resistant strains are calling for an overhaul of its treatment methods, including rigorous adherence to medication regimens.

Posted on Jan 18, 2012 READ MORE



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Sperm Bank Bans Redheads

Cryos, an international network of sperm banks based in Denmark, is refusing donations from gingers, because, says director Ole Schou, there simply isn’t demand outside of Ireland, where red hair sells “like hot cakes.” The company is most interested in sperm from Indian donors and those with brown hair and eyes. (more)

Posted on Sep 18, 2011 READ MORE



AP / Gurinder Osan

Indian Activist Poised to End Hunger Strike

Activist Anna Hazare has agreed to end his nearly two-week-long hunger strike on Sunday morning after India’s finance minister announced that the general sentiment in parliament is to support the strict anti-corruption policies Hazare is demanding. (more)

Posted on Aug 27, 2011 READ MORE



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Truthdigger of the Week: Anna Hazare

Social activist and anti-corruption proponent Anna Hazare, whose arrest sparked huge protests across India this week, is our Truthdigger of the Week.

Posted on Aug 19, 2011 READ MORE



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Mumbai ‘Dabbawallas’ Plan First-Ever Strike

Mumbai’s famous dabbawallas, who pick up and deliver more than 200,000 hot, homemade lunches to office workers in the Indian commercial capital each day, have announced they will strike for the first time in 120 years to support the efforts of anti-corruption activist Anna Hazare.

Posted on Aug 18, 2011 READ MORE



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Gendercide and the Missing Girls of India

A study of the 2011 Indian census suggests that rising wealth and literacy rates are encouraging newly middle- and upper-class parents to abort their unborn daughters, as sons can be relied upon to inherit property and carry on the family name. (more)

Posted on May 29, 2011 READ MORE


The World’s Last Handwritten Newspaper?

Showing rare devotion to the craft of journalism, lifelong staffers at The Musalman in Chennai, India, have been publishing a daily newspaper penned in Urdu calligraphy since 1927. The kicker? No one has ever quit the paper ... (more)

Posted on May 25, 2011 READ MORE


Pakistan and America: The Bad Marriage

A lot of crazy things are about to happen between Pakistan and the United States because we still need them as we try to figure out how to get out of Afghanistan.

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