By Patrick Martin
The Obama administration has stepped up its military involvement in the civil war that has spread from Syria to Iraq, further fueling the slaughter and heightening the level of destruction and human suffering throughout the region.
By Paul Craig Roberts *
The Cold War made a lot of money for the military/security complex for four decades dating from Churchill’s March 5, 1946 speech in Fulton, Missouri declaring a Soviet “Iron Curtain” until Reagan and Gorbachev ended the Cold War in the late 1980s. During the Cold War Americans heard endlessly about “the Captive Nations.” The Captive Nations were the Baltics and the Soviet bloc, usually summarized as “Eastern Europe.”
By Pepe Escobar * Part I
Take Me to Cold War 2.0
Despite recent serious financial struggles, the BRICS countries have been consciously working to become a counterforce to the original and -- having tossed Russia out in March -- once again Group of 7, or G7. They are eager to create a new global architecture to replace the one first imposed in the wake of World War II, and they see themselves as a potential challenge to the exceptionalist and unipolar world that Washington imagines for our future (with itself as the global robocop and NATO as its robo-police force). Historian and imperialist cheerleader Ian Morris, in his book War! What is it Good For?, defines the U.S. as the ultimate “globocop” and “the last best hope of Earth.” If that globocop “wearies of its role,” he writes, “there is no plan B.”
By Shobha Shukla *
An estimated 65% of the world’s population lives in countries where obesity leads to more deaths than underweight. In 2012, over 40 million children under the age of five were considered overweight or obese, 30 million of who were living in developing countries. Around 3.4 million adults die each year as a result of being overweight or obese. In addition, 44% of the diabetes burden, 23% of the ischaemic heart disease burden and between 7% and 41% of certain cancer burdens are attributable to overweight and obesity.
By Fazal M. Kamal *
A combination of lethal weapons and psychological aberrations, obviously, makes an incredibly volatile concoction. Thanks to the powerful and resource-rich gun lobby in the United States access to arms is all too easy---even for people with serious mental issues, as is evident, from daily reports in the media. But of course those on the payroll of gun manufacturers and their patrons the murder and mayhem the guns generate across the nation is of no consequence.
By Saleemul Huq *
President Obama’s recent declaration on limiting emissions of carbon dioxide by a third from coal fired power plants in the US is a major step in the right direction and marks the tipping point in US engagement in tackling the global problem of climate change.
By Peter G. Hall
Vice-President and Chief Economist Export Development Canada
Even before the last economic cycle ended, the bell was tolling. High energy prices were driving globalization onto the rocks, according to a highly-publicized Canadian book. The onset of crisis compounded the doomsaying. Me-first nationalism swept across the planet, threatening to undo the vast global integration that was the last cycle’s hallmark. Is globalization dead?
The recent police brutality resulting in 11 deaths and blatant vandalism by a notorious goon on the occasion of a demonstration by the followers of rabble-rouser Tahirul Qadri is a stark reminder that our political class is still vindictive and uncouth.
By Dr Ishtiaq Ahmed *
At long last the Pakistani military has decided to take strong action against terrorists in the tribal areas of FATA. It was correct of the Nawaz government to try to resolve the conflict with the Taliban and their associates peacefully through negotiations but, after the attack on Karachi airport, little doubt remained that the terrorists were hell-bent on imposing their reign of terror on the whole of Pakistan. In this regard, let me say that military action against the Lal Masjid terrorists was equally justified.
By Tushar Ranjan Mohanty
Research Associate, Institute for Conflict Management
At least six Security Force (SF) personnel were killed and another three were injured in an Improvised Explosive Device (IED) blast in the Shati Kandao area of Pandyali tehsil (revenue unit) in the Mohmand Agency of the Federally Administered Tribal Areas (FATA) on May 24, 2014. The IED, planted on the roadside, exploded when an SF vehicle was passing by.
Pajhwok Afghan News (PAN) has collected unofficial results from 170 polling sites across the country and tallied the votes polled there during Saturday’s runoff presidential election.
Sri Lankan Parliament extends term of PSC for another six months: Sri Lankan Parliament on June 19 gave approval to extend the period granted to the Parliamentary Select Committee (PSC) responsible for recommending and reporting on political and constitutional measures to empower the people of Sri Lanka to live as one nation till December 21, 2014. The Chairman of the PSC and the Leader of the House, Nimal Siripala de Silva told Parliament that the term of the PSC, which was earlier set to conclude on 22 June, will be extended by another six months. The PSC is expected to comprise 19 governing party members and 12 opposition members. Daily News, June 21, 2014.