Lawyer Turns 20 Barren Acres into Lush Farm, Runs School for 140 Kids of Farmers!

In 2014, Noida-based lawyer and animal lover Aparna Rajagopal decided to adopt a rescue horse along with her husband. After working with several NGOs for animal welfare, the young couple wanted to provide a haven for the four-legged creature. Their urban home was too small to house it, so after consulting a few friends, they … Continue reading “Lawyer Turns 20 Barren Acres into Lush Farm, Runs School for 140 Kids of Farmers!”

US Signs Lithuania Defense-Cooperation Pact, Violates the Brezhnev Doctrine

Only the Russians aren’t quite so tone-deaf as to actually bring it up Venezuela invites in several dozen Russian military technicians and trainers, the US invokes the Monroe Doctrine saying this violates “the Western Hemisphere’s shared goals of democracy, security, and the rule of law”: The United States will not tolerate hostile foreign military powers … Continue reading “US Signs Lithuania Defense-Cooperation Pact, Violates the Brezhnev Doctrine”

UK Teenager Accused of Stab Murder in London Was on Bail for Possessing Knife

Joel Amade, 18, has started giving evidence at the Old Bailey in central London, where he is on trial for Jason’s murder. Amade admitted he was on bail for possession of a knife at the time of the killing and had been ordered to live at a care home in Ilford, east London, far from his home in Harrow on the other side of the capital. The jury has been told … Continue reading “UK Teenager Accused of Stab Murder in London Was on Bail for Possessing Knife”

Netherlands to ban shock collars for dogs, limit breeding of ‘designer cats’

The Netherlands will ban the use of shock collars on dogs from July next year, Minister Carola Schouten of Agriculture, Nature and Food Quality announced. She is also tackling abuses in the breeding of so-called “designer cats”, RTL Nieuws and the Telegraaf report.  The shock collar ban applies to individual dog owners as well as … Continue reading “Netherlands to ban shock collars for dogs, limit breeding of ‘designer cats’”

Are Academics Academic?

The dictionary defines academic as “educational, scholastic,” as well as “not of practical relevance; of only theoretical interest.” After spending a week at an academic conference with eminent university scholars of international relations, I find it appropriate to question the relationship between the two definitions. Were the scholars and their scholastic writings “not of practical … Continue reading “Are Academics Academic?”

Pentagon’s $1 Billion for Wall: A Door-Opener to Crucial Fixes for Infrastructure, Environment?

Now that President Donald Trump’s sleight-of-hand has just moved $1 billion and soon possibly $5.1 billion more from the Pentagon’s $674 billion  FY2019 allocation to furnish labor and materials to build his border wall, he’s opened precedent to actions he’s probably never imagined. But domestic activists surely can—and will—if fast enough. So could those in Congress once they stop … Continue reading “Pentagon’s $1 Billion for Wall: A Door-Opener to Crucial Fixes for Infrastructure, Environment?”

Why You Shouldn’t Listen to Trump and the Super Rich When It Comes to Beauty

We see and judge women based on the perspective of super rich white men who also tend to own the beauty competitions and the cosmetic companies. If Donald Trump met me, he would probably say I was ugly. He wouldn’t see the degrees, published books and articles, or the gentle being that I am, and … Continue reading “Why You Shouldn’t Listen to Trump and the Super Rich When It Comes to Beauty”

Notes on the Dissolution of the ISO

During 2013 and 2014, a rift opened up in the International Socialist Organization (ISO) over the results of a rape investigation that some members found to be little more than a cover-up. The Socialist Workers Party in England, which had played a major role in the formation of the ISO, was also convulsed over a … Continue reading “Notes on the Dissolution of the ISO”

Sitting Pretty on a Sinking Ship: Neoliberal Feminism

Orientation For a number of years now I’ve been confounded by watching many of the straight upper-middle class women in the United States appearing to slide backwards in time into much more traditional roles. Why do so many women still do the heavy lifting of childcare, grocery shopping, housekeeping and cooking? Why do so many … Continue reading “Sitting Pretty on a Sinking Ship: Neoliberal Feminism”

Head Kissing: An Issue for Our Times

It strikes me as an unusual action, kissing the back of someone’s head. Sounds like a ritualistic early-Christian thing, like the baptismal kiss of the Apostolic Tradition, or the papal foot-washing and foot-kissing (such as Pope Francis does), more than sexual aggression. I just wonder—idly, as I do—about the appeal of the act to the … Continue reading “Head Kissing: An Issue for Our Times”

1% Politics and the Scandals of a New Gilded Age

Despair about the state of our politics pervades the political spectrum, from left to right. One source of it, the narrative of fairness offered in basic civics textbooks — we all have an equal opportunity to succeed if we work hard and play by the rules; citizens can truly shape our politics — no longer … Continue reading “1% Politics and the Scandals of a New Gilded Age”

2019 Indian General Election: Manifesto Demand for Indefinite Moratorium on GMOs

A new ‘Political Manifesto’ has demanded an indefinite moratorium on the environmental release of GMOs in India pending independent and rigorous biosafety risk assessment and regulation. The documents states: “GMO contamination of our seeds, our foundation seed stock, will change the structure of our food at the molecular level. Any harm or toxicity that there … Continue reading “2019 Indian General Election: Manifesto Demand for Indefinite Moratorium on GMOs”

Has the US Lost Its Military Supremacy Over Russia?

When I first heard of Andrei Martyanov, I was skeptical about his intentions. Born in Baku, Azerbaijan, USSR, 1963, he became a naval officer and expert on Russian military and naval issues. He took part in conflicts in the Caucasus. In mid-1990s, he moved to the US for reasons unstated in print. He currently works … Continue reading “Has the US Lost Its Military Supremacy Over Russia?”

The End of the Politician (in a Fashion)

The Slovak and Ukrainian Elections The structures of politics have become so rigid, so distant, and ultimately so irrelevant to those who vote for them that a trend through countries can now be confirmed.  Brittleness has set it.  The part and election strategists have few answers, they, who saw the voter as yet another subject, … Continue reading “The End of the Politician (in a Fashion)”

25-YO IAF Man Transforms Bihar Home Into School, Provides Education To 400 Kids!

Prakash Pandey grew up studying in a dilapidated government school in the Chorauwan village, located in Bihar’s Chapra district. The classrooms did not have benches, electricity would come and go, and classes would be cancelled in a random manner during school hours. This was in 2009. Ten years later, nothing has changed except that more … Continue reading “25-YO IAF Man Transforms Bihar Home Into School, Provides Education To 400 Kids!”

Dutch lawyers drop terrorism cases from fear of being banned from U.S.

Two Dutch lawyers decided to stop representing terrorism suspects. They withdrew from their current case and will also not represent suspected terrorists in the future. The reason for this is that several Dutch and Belgian lawyers were recently denied access to the United States. These were all lawyers who defended terrorism suspects, and the two … Continue reading “Dutch lawyers drop terrorism cases from fear of being banned from U.S.”

Award-Winning Punjab Doctor Fought Female Foeticide for 24 Years, Fostered 415 Girls!

Dr Harshindar Kaur was on her way to a remote village on the border of Punjab and Haryana. The villagers in this area were deprived of even basic medical facilities and Dr Kaur, a child specialist, along with her medical specialist husband, Dr Gurpal Singh, volunteered to serve in a camp. The village was just … Continue reading “Award-Winning Punjab Doctor Fought Female Foeticide for 24 Years, Fostered 415 Girls!”

Legal Protection Minister survives tough debate on Anne Faber’s murderer

Minister Sander Dakker for Legal Protection acknowledged in a parliamentary debate on Wednesday that he bears political responsibility for mistakes made in the treatment of Michael P., the man who raped and murdered 25-year-old Anne Faber from Utrecht in 2017. At the same time he asked parliament to trust him to also solve the problems. … Continue reading “Legal Protection Minister survives tough debate on Anne Faber’s murderer”

Underage suspect grabs cop’s gun during arrest

A minor suspect was arrested on suspicion of shoplifting in Almelo on Wednesday afternoon. During the arrest, he managed to grab one of the police officers’ firearm. The police quickly managed to take the gun back from the boy, NU.nl reports. The boy had been worked to the ground by supermarket staff. He then tried … Continue reading “Underage suspect grabs cop’s gun during arrest”

Love, Betrayal & a Caged Tiger: The Intriguing Legend Behind Bakarkhani Bread

Have you ever had a taste of crispy, spiced and thick layered flatbread called the Bakharkhani made in parts of Kolkata? This particular variant of Bakarkhani bread, which some believe originated in present-day Bangladesh, has an incredible legend behind it. According to Bangladeshi writer Nazir Hossain, who wrote Kingbodontir Dhaka, this particular delicacy was first … Continue reading “Love, Betrayal & a Caged Tiger: The Intriguing Legend Behind Bakarkhani Bread”

Thanks to This Pune Actor, 540 Underprivileged Women Are Now Bouncers & Bodyguards!

Managing the finances of the house is solely Aditi’s (name changed) responsibility. Her husband has taken to alcohol irreversibly, and so, the small shanty in the Pune slum has to be managed solely by the young wife. There were times when she was beaten up mercilessly by the man. But today, those instances lie only … Continue reading “Thanks to This Pune Actor, 540 Underprivileged Women Are Now Bouncers & Bodyguards!”

Islamic State Leader Surprised Barr Memo Didn’t Mention Trump Joining ISIS

Saying that he “thought it would have been kind of a big deal,” ISIS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi said he was a bit surprised to find US President Donald Trump’s pledge of allegiance to the Islamic State did not come up in Attorney General William Barr’s summary of the Mueller report. “I am no expert … Continue reading “Islamic State Leader Surprised Barr Memo Didn’t Mention Trump Joining ISIS”

The Making of a Monster

“But these weren’t the kind of monsters that had tentacles and rotting skin, the kind a seven-year-old might be able to wrap his mind around – they were monsters with human faces, in crisp uniforms, marching in lockstep, so banal you don’t recognize them for what they are until it’s too late.” – Ransom Riggs, Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children The U.S. … Continue reading “The Making of a Monster”

Ex Nigerian international, Osaze Odemwingie retires from football

London, April 4, 2019 (AltAfrica)-Former Nigeria, West Brom and Stoke striker Osaze Odemwingie has announced his retirement from football at UEFA’s Equal Game conference at Wembley on Wednesday. The 37-year-old was capped for Nigeria more than 60 times, scoring at the 2014 World Cup, and scored 36 goals in 129 Premier League appearances between 2010 … Continue reading “Ex Nigerian international, Osaze Odemwingie retires from football”

Nigerian Army, Harvard Kennedy School To Collaborate On Capacity Development

Adetokunbo Fakeye The Nigerian Army is to collaborate with Harvard Kennedy School in order to enhance the capacity development of its officers. The Chief of Army Staff (COAS), Lieutenant General Tukur Yusufu Buratai, made this pledge when he received a delegation from HKS at the Army Headquarters, Abuja. The COAS on behalf of Soldiers and … Continue reading “Nigerian Army, Harvard Kennedy School To Collaborate On Capacity Development”

West Africa region to see mixed growth into 2020-AFDB

London, April 4, 2019 (AltAfrica)-Overall economic growth in West Africa is projected to be at 3.6 percent in 2019 and 2020, boosted by the recovery of commodity prices and improved production and service sectors in the region, although challenges and uneven performance would remain, the African Development Bank’s regional economic indicator report revealed. The Bank … Continue reading “West Africa region to see mixed growth into 2020-AFDB”

Nigeria: Senate Will Pass Police Reform, Trust Fund Bills -Saraki Assures IGP

Adetokunbo Fakeye London, April 4, 2019 (AltAfrica)-President of the Nigerian Senate, Dr. Abubakar Bukola Saraki, on Wednesday assured the Inspector General of Police, Mohammed Adamu of the readiness of the 8th National Assembly to pass the Police Reform Bill and the Police Trust Fund Bill before the end of its tenure. Saraki, according to a … Continue reading “Nigeria: Senate Will Pass Police Reform, Trust Fund Bills -Saraki Assures IGP”

UNIFEMGA, Muslims In Diaspora organise free treatment for over 1000 patients in Nigeria

By RAZAQ BAMIDELE London, April 4, 2019 (AltAfrica)-A total of over 1000 patients are expected to benefit from the free medical treatment in the maiden medical mission of the National Council of Nigeria Muslim Organisations USA (NCNMO) The programme is in collaboration with Obafemi Awolowo University Muslim Graduates Association (UNIFEMGA) in Ile-Ife and its environs … Continue reading “UNIFEMGA, Muslims In Diaspora organise free treatment for over 1000 patients in Nigeria”

Venezuela Starts Planned Power Outages to Stabilise System – Vice President

“As part of the process to restore and stabilise our power system, which was targeted by criminal fascists, we inform that starting from 6:00 PM [22:00 GMT, Tuesday] and until 8:30 PM we are starting regulation of the power system load in some parts of the country. We are winning”, Rodriguez, a former vice president of the country, wrote on his Twitter page. READ MORE: … Continue reading “Venezuela Starts Planned Power Outages to Stabilise System – Vice President”

Nigeria to construct largest rural solar mini grid in Ogun

London, April 4, 2019 (AltAfrica)-Nigeria is to construct its largest rural mini grid aimed at electrifying more than 634 households, seven schools, three hospitals, eight religious organisations, and more than 90 businesses in Ode Omi Community. The announcement comes after Solar Nigeria for the People Limited (Solar Nigeria FTP), the Nigerian subsidiary of Solar Philippines … Continue reading “Nigeria to construct largest rural solar mini grid in Ogun”

‘Obscene’ Bipartisan Applause for NATO in Congress

NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg addresses a joint session of the U.S. Congress fanning the fire of a ‘Russian threat.’ Peter Kuznick says it is an ‘obscene bipartisan spectacle applauding war’; Pietro Shakarian discusses the self-serving NATO expansion and the hyperbolic Russia threat narrative The post ‘Obscene’ Bipartisan Applause for NATO in Congress appeared first … Continue reading “‘Obscene’ Bipartisan Applause for NATO in Congress”

Facebook’s Ad Algorithm Is a Race and Gender Stereotyping Machine, New Study Suggests

How exactly Facebook decides who sees what is one of the great pieces of forbidden knowledge in the information age, hidden away behind nondisclosure agreements, trade secrecy law, and a general culture of opacity. New research from experts at Northeastern University, the University of Southern California, and the public-interest advocacy group Upturn doesn’t reveal how … Continue reading “Facebook’s Ad Algorithm Is a Race and Gender Stereotyping Machine, New Study Suggests”