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India in Disarray Over Global Warming Strategy

Researchers in India say its action on climate change is suffering because, unlike China, it has not developed the institutions needed to co-ordinate policy.

Posted on Sep 18, 2015 READ MORE

The Case for Universal Basic Income

Support for a universal basic income is growing. In Europe, for example, the Dutch city of Utrecht is about to introduce an experiment that aims “to challenge the notion that people who receive public money need to be patrolled and punished.” Here, the political, philosophical and economic arguments are made clear.

Posted on Aug 26, 2015 READ MORE

Extreme Weather Puts Africa’s Food Security at Risk

A British government scientific panel says increasingly frequent heat waves, droughts and other extreme weather threaten more—and more severe—global food crises.

Posted on Aug 16, 2015 READ MORE

VIDEO: How Rape Survivors Are Fighting Sexual Violence in India

Harrowing personal accounts of rape victims in this video highlight the work of an advocacy group demanding better policing and public awareness of sexual violence in India.

Posted on Jul 25, 2015 READ MORE

Deaths Mount in Pakistan as Heatwave Is Linked to Climate Change

More than 1,200 people have died as a result of an intense heatwave in southern Pakistan, and experts are warning of more hot weather to come.

Posted on Jul 6, 2015 READ MORE

Alaska’s Glaciers Melt Faster as Climate Change Speeds Up

A changing climate, rather than natural causes, is the main reason for Alaska’s glacier loss, which is set to speed up, U.S. scientists say.

Posted on Jul 1, 2015 READ MORE

India Blames Heat-Wave Deaths on Climate Change

Fierce temperatures in India doubled the heat-related deaths normally recorded in May—and the government insists natural causes are not to blame.

Posted on Jun 19, 2015 READ MORE

The Magic Kingdom

Posted on Jun 16, 2015 READ MORE

British M.D.: Privatization Compromises the Quality of Health Care

A year spent working as a doctor in India taught Hannah Fox “how a publicly funded healthcare system creates an optimal environment for ethical decision-making,” especially in end-of-life care.

Posted on Apr 9, 2015 READ MORE

The Great Game in Afghanistan: a 21st Century Update

As the chances for peace talks between the government of Afghan President Ashraf Ghani and the unbeaten Taliban brighten, the Obama administration finds itself gradually but unmistakably reduced to the status of bystander.

Posted on Apr 1, 2015 READ MORE

Journalism as Subversion

The journalist P. Sainath has worked for more than 20 years to amplify the voices and lives of the rural poor of India as corporate-controlled media have attempted to erase them from history. (Pictured, an Indian farmer in his damaged field.)

Posted on Mar 22, 2015 READ MORE

This Powerful ‘Rap Against Rape’ by Two Indian Women Has Gone Viral

Two young Indian women, performing under the moniker BomBaebs, have made a captivating—and now widely played—video attacking sexual violence and misogyny in their country.

Posted on Mar 17, 2015 READ MORE

What Happened to Narendra Modi’s Childhood Bride?

The Indian prime minister concealed his somewhat mysterious marriage throughout most of his political career; Pope Francis is now suffering rightwing backlash for some of his more progressive views; meanwhile, two children have been banned for life from discussing fracking. These discoveries and more after the jump.

Posted on Jan 29, 2015 READ MORE

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Dozens of Top U.S. Officials Swarm Saudi Arabia to Hail the New King

President Obama cut short his trip to India, where he lectured the locals on women’s rights, to personally express his warm wishes to the new monarch of Saudi Arabia, a country where women are not allowed to drive and where women and men are beheaded for crimes including sorcery.

Posted on Jan 27, 2015 READ MORE

Obama, Modi and India’s Solar Future

During his recent visit to India, Barack Obama pressed unsuccessfully for India to set specific carbon limits.

Posted on Jan 27, 2015 READ MORE

Here Are 5 Countries Where Solar Power Is Making a Revolution

Ironically, developing countries of the global south who don’t have enough electricity can leapfrog conventional power and go straight to solar and wind.

Posted on Dec 20, 2014 READ MORE

Problems Pakistani Politics Has to Resolve After Grisly Peshawar School Attack

Pakistan politics has been mired in stagnation for some time now.

Posted on Dec 17, 2014 READ MORE

Desperate Pakistani Taliban Attack Army School in Peshawar and Take Large Casualties

On Tuesday, six members of the Movement of Pakistani Taliban (Tehrik-i Taliban Pakistan or TTP) invaded a school for children run by the Pakistani army in Peshawar.

Posted on Dec 16, 2014 READ MORE

What Will the Widespread Use of Drones Mean for Journalism?

Having so many drones flying around may have “serious implications” for journalists and researchers; India named its first “yoga czar”; meanwhile, a Fox News interview shows the holes in Dick Cheney’s defense of CIA torture. These discoveries and more after the jump.

Posted on Dec 16, 2014 READ MORE

The Best of November’s Green Energy Good News Stories

Germany, France, South Africa and even India have good news regarding environmental policy to share this November.

Posted on Nov 22, 2014 READ MORE

India Set to Defy Warnings on Coal’s Climate Impact

While even China, the world’s leading coal producer, begins to recognise the fuel’s serious polluting effects, India has announced it aims to double production to meet soaring energy demands.

Posted on Nov 7, 2014 READ MORE

Thomas Frank: What’s the Matter With Democrats?

This week on Truthdig Radio in association with KPFK: The “What’s the Matter With Kansas?” author says Democrats blow off right-wing populism and “walk right into the buzz saw every time.” Also: what to expect when you’re expecting a Republican Senate, and Silicon Valley’s take on indentured servitude.

Posted on Nov 6, 2014 READ MORE

Thomas Frank: What’s the Matter With the Democrats?

This week on Truthdig Radio in association with KPFK: The “What’s the Matter With Kansas?” author says Democrats blow off right-wing populism and “walk right into the buzz saw every time.” Also: what to expect when you’re expecting a Republican Senate, and Silicon Valley’s take on indentured servitude.

Posted on Nov 6, 2014 READ MORE

Feminism: The Men Arrive! (Hooray! Uh-Oh!)

The prime minister of India, retired NFL punter Chris Kluwe, and superstar comedian Aziz Ansari (pictured) all spoke up for feminism this year, part of an unprecedented wave of men actively engaging with what’s usually called “women’s issues.” The arrival of the guys signifies a sea change, part of an extraordinary year for feminism.

Posted on Nov 3, 2014 READ MORE

Leading Indian Journalist P. Sanaith Says India Follows the U.S. Model at Its Peril

A decorated Indian journalist is warning his country about accepting some American ways, from the economy to elections to the media.

Posted on Oct 31, 2014 READ MORE

Good News About Solar Energy From Disparate Parts of the World

Morocco, Mexico and India, among others, have some good news to spread regarding solar energy.

Posted on Oct 21, 2014 READ MORE

Malala Yousafzai and Children’s Advocate Win Nobel Peace Prize

Pakistani teenage activist Malala Yousafzai and Indian children’s rights activist Kailash Satyarthi said they’ll use the award to try to bring their opposed countries together. And they’ll start by inviting their respective prime ministers to the award ceremony.

Posted on Oct 10, 2014 READ MORE

Dreams of America: Work in Progress

Can the American imaginary be depicted?

Posted on Sep 4, 2014 READ MORE

Committed Carbon Emissions Are Rising Fast

The world’s governments agree that carbon dioxide emissions need to stop rising, but the power plants they build are committing the planet to big emission increases ahead.

Posted on Aug 30, 2014 READ MORE

Where to Watch Sir Richard Attenborough’s Five Best Movies Right Now

One of film’s most beloved actors and directors died Sunday after 90 years of life and a career that somehow made giants of the 20th century (including Mahatma Gandhi, as played by Ben Kingsley, above) seem even grander.

Posted on Aug 25, 2014 READ MORE

B.K.S. Iyengar, Yoga Innovator, Dead After Long, Influential Life

The man credited with bringing yoga to the West died of heart failure Wednesday in the southern Indian city of Pune. He was 95.

Posted on Aug 22, 2014 READ MORE

Why It Is Crucial to Examine India’s Rape Epidemic Through the Lens of Caste

India, the world’s largest democracy, has a PR problem.

Posted on Jun 19, 2014 READ MORE

Nuclear Weapons Remain Embedded in Defense Strategies

The five nuclear-legal countries—China, France, Russia, Britain and the U.S.—are deploying new nuclear weapon delivery systems or have indicated the existence of programs that would, an authoritative study says.

Posted on Jun 16, 2014 READ MORE

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On D-Day: Remembering the Muslim Troops Who Fought the Axis

One of the frustrations for a world historian is the unyieldingly parochial vision of the North Atlantic common among journalists and even many historians, and consequently among the public.

Posted on Jun 7, 2014 READ MORE

The Common Roots of Misogynist Culture in Pakistan and the U.S.

In the wake of sexual assaults in the Global South, American conservatives and liberals alike naively ask the question of what is it about the “cultures” of countries such as Pakistan, India and Afghanistan that generates such misogyny.

Posted on Jun 5, 2014 READ MORE

#YesAllWomen Isn’t Just an American Thing

Although the shooting near UC Santa Barbara sparked the #YesAllWomen trend mostly among an American audience, the call is resonating with women all over the world.

Posted on Jun 4, 2014 READ MORE

Pakistani Woman Stoned to Death by Family, Malaysian Teen Said to Be Raped by 38 Men & Other Horrors

Tragically, 25-year-old Farzana Parveen’s slaying is one of many cases in which women have been brutalized recently in South Asia, the U.S. and beyond.

Posted on May 31, 2014 READ MORE

From Elections to Mass Movements: How Wealthy Elites Are Hijacking Democracy All Over the World

In country after country, the hallmarks of democracy are being dangerously subverted and co-opted by powerful elites.

Posted on May 29, 2014 READ MORE


Posted on May 22, 2014 READ MORE

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A Few Reasons India’s New BJP (‘Tea Party’) Government May Not Be So Great for Business

The victory of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) in India’s elections is being hailed in some Western media as a hopeful sign for U.S.-Indian trade and for Indian business.

Posted on May 17, 2014 READ MORE

Obama Courts India’s Modi After Election Sweep

President Barack Obama on Friday told India’s future prime minister, Narendra Modi, that he hopes they can work closely and invited the once-shunned Hindu nationalist leader to visit Washington.

Posted on May 16, 2014 READ MORE

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.

Posted on Apr 10, 2014 READ MORE

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.

Posted on Mar 16, 2014 READ MORE

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

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