India’s Right-Wing Government Is So Hungry for Profit It Will Risk a Famine for the Country

by Justin Podur, 7 months ago

This post is originally published on Citizen Truth by Justin Podur Greed and ideology set the table for a catastrophe. India’s right-wing government has been deploying all the modern tools of repression against a historic farmers’ protest. Much is at stake. For the people of India, their agricultural system is about to get far more precarious. For its farmers, ruin, and bankruptcy for millions, is all but […] Read more at India’s Right-Wing Government Is So Hungry for Profit It Will Risk a Famine for the Country

Biden Continues the U.S. Conflict With China Through the Quad

by Vijay Prashad, 7 months ago

This post is originally published on Citizen Truth by Vijay Prashad On March 12, the heads of government of four countries, Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison, Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga, and the United States President Joe Biden, met for a virtual meeting of the Quadrilateral Security Dialogue, better known as the Quad. Modi’s opening remarks illustrate the emptiness of the public agenda; he called […] Read more at Biden Continues the U.S. Conflict With China Through the Quad

Are Debt Whiners Fools or Just Liars?

by Dean Baker, 7 months ago

This post is originally published on Citizen Truth by Dean Baker The national debt is a meaningless number. (Common Dreams) I keep asking this question because whining over the government debt looks to be a huge growth sector in the next year or two, or perhaps until Republicans retake the White House. I regularly ridicule debt whining, because, unlike its cousin, deficit whining, it has no […] Read more at Are Debt Whiners Fools or Just Liars?

Erdoğan Starts a Political Earthquake in Turkey

by Vijay Prashad and E. Ahmet Tonak, 7 months ago

This post is originally published on Citizen Truth by Vijay Prashad and E. Ahmet Tonak Significant developments are underway in Turkey. Most ominously, the government of President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan of the Justice and Development Party (AKP) has moved toward the banning of one of the country’s main opposition parties, the Peoples’ Democratic Party (HDP). Erdoğan says that the HDP is not a legitimate political party, but merely the offshoot […] Read more at Erdoğan Starts a Political Earthquake in Turkey

U.S. Joins "Rules-Based World" on Afghanistan

by Medea Benjamin and Nicolas J. S. Davies, 7 months ago

This post is originally published on Citizen Truth by Medea Benjamin and Nicolas J. S. Davies It is a sign of hope that Biden and Blinken are turning to legitimate, multilateral diplomacy in the case of Afghanistan, even if only because, after 20 years of war, they finally see diplomacy as a last resort. On March 18, the world was treated to the spectacle of U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken sternly lecturing senior Chinese […] Read more at U.S. Joins “Rules-Based World” on Afghanistan

The President Has Not Ended the War on Yemen; Congress Must Do So

by David Swanson, 7 months ago

This post is originally published on Citizen Truth by David Swanson (David Swanson) The U.S. House of Representatives (in February and again in April, 2019) and the Senate (in December 2018 and March 2019) have each voted twice with strong bipartisan majorities to end the war on Yemen (vetoed by then-President Trump in April 2019). The Democratic Party Platform of 2020 commits to ending the war […] Read more at The President Has Not Ended the War on Yemen; Congress Must Do So

Despite U.S. Dirty Tricks, Bolivia Is Finding a Way to Stay Independent

by Vijay Prashad, 7 months ago

This post is originally published on Citizen Truth by Vijay Prashad Sentiments in Bolivia for and against the coup d’etat of November 2019 are predictably along class lines. Those from more affluent sections felt that the socialist policies of the government of President Evo Morales (which was in power from 2006 to 2019) were eating into their authority. But these sections could not oust Morales at […] Read more at Despite U.S. Dirty Tricks, Bolivia Is Finding a Way to Stay Independent

Live Animal Markets Should Be Closed to Prevent the Next Pandemic

by Reynard Loki, 7 months ago

This post is originally published on Citizen Truth by Reynard Loki Wet markets are perfect breeding grounds for pathogens that can jump from animals to humans. The exact origin of the coronavirus called SARS-CoV-2, which started the COVID-19 pandemic, is still unclear. Early reports suggested that the virus jumped from an animal to a human at Wuhan’s Huanan Seafood Wholesale Market, a “wet market” that sells […] Read more at Live Animal Markets Should Be Closed to Prevent the Next Pandemic

Interview: Citizen Truth Speaks With "United States of War" Author David Vine

by CT Staff, 7 months ago

This post is originally published on Citizen Truth by CT Staff   Citizen Truth’s Zach Beauchemin speaks with author of “The United States of War” and professor of political anthropology at American University David Vine about America’s imperialistic foreign policy. Transcript coming soon. Read more at Interview: Citizen Truth Speaks With “United States of War” Author David Vine

Why Ukraine’s Borders Are Back at the Center of Geopolitics

by Vijay Prashad, 7 months ago

This post is originally published on Citizen Truth by Vijay Prashad On March 11, Ukraine’s Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba wrote on Twitter that his government has “approved the Strategy for Deoccupation & Reintegration of Crimea.” What he referred to is a new strategy driven by Ukraine’s President Volodymyr Zelensky to retake Crimea—including the Black Sea port of Sevastopol. Ukraine’s National Security and Defense Council passed Decree no. 117/2021 […] Read more at Why Ukraine’s Borders Are Back at the Center of Geopolitics

Why the U.S. Shouldn’t Play Games With Cyberwarfare as Its Power Declines

by Prabir Purkayastha, 7 months ago

This post is originally published on Citizen Truth by Prabir Purkayastha Cybersecurity threats are emerging as one of the most serious challenges of the 21st century. The U.S. and its NATO allies have turned down every attempt within the UN framework for banning cyberweapons. Two major cyberhacks—of SolarWinds and Microsoft Exchange Server—have affected a whole range of computer systems worldwide. Both are supply chain hacks, meaning that they appeared […] Read more at Why the U.S. Shouldn’t Play Games With Cyberwarfare as Its Power Declines

How Humanity Can Realistically Prevent War From Ever Happening Again

by April Short, 7 months ago

This post is originally published on Citizen Truth by April Short An interview with anthropologist Douglas P. Fry on how societies that operate within peace systems avoid war and create positive intergroup relationships—and what this might mean for humanity’s future. We live in a time in which we face many global challenges, including the climate disaster, dwindling biodiversity (due to international industrial practices), polluted oceans, nuclear […] Read more at How Humanity Can Realistically Prevent War From Ever Happening Again

Interview: Citizen Truth Speaks With Veteran and Anti-War Activist Danny Sjursen

by CT Staff, 7 months ago

This post is originally published on Citizen Truth by CT Staff Major Danny Sjursen served as an officer in the US Army. He was deployed to both Iraq and Afghanistan. He is the director of Eisenhower Media Network. He is a senior fellow at the Center for International Policy and a contributing editor at AntiWar.com. He is also the author of Ghost Riders of Baghdad and […] Read more at Interview: Citizen Truth Speaks With Veteran and Anti-War Activist Danny Sjursen

The Dirty Campaign Underlying Ecuador’s “Free and Fair” Election

by Medea Benjamin and Leonardo Flores, 7 months ago

This post is originally published on Citizen Truth by Medea Benjamin and Leonardo Flores Ecuador’s April 11 election that led to a 5-point victory by conservative banker Guillermo Lasso over progressive candidate Andrés Arauz was not what it appeared to be. On the surface, it was a surprisingly clean and professional election, as our CODEPINK official observer delegation witnessed. But a fraud-free process for casting and counting ballots does […] Read more at The Dirty Campaign Underlying Ecuador’s “Free and Fair” Election

The Hawks Who Want War With Iran Are Working Overtime

by Medea Benjamin and Ariel Gold, 7 months ago

This post is originally published on Citizen Truth by Medea Benjamin and Ariel Gold Originally published in Jacobin Magazine Just as talks between the United States and Iran were taking place last week in Vienna, a cyberattack was carried out on Iran’s Natanz nuclear facility. Reports are that the Mossad, Israel’s intelligence agency, was behind the attack that blacked out the facility just one day after Tehran launched new advanced […] Read more at The Hawks Who Want War With Iran Are Working Overtime

Denis Halliday: A Voice of Reason in an Insane World

by Nicolas J. S. Davies, 7 months ago

This post is originally published on Citizen Truth by Nicolas J. S. Davies Denis Halliday is an exceptional figure in the world of diplomacy. In 1998, after a 34-year career with the United Nations—including as an Assistant Secretary-General and the UN Humanitarian Coordinator in Iraq—he resigned when the UN Security Council refused to lift sanctions against Iraq. Halliday saw at first hand the devastating impact of this policy that […] Read more at Denis Halliday: A Voice of Reason in an Insane World

Why Xinjiang Is Emerging as the Epicenter of the U.S. Cold War on China

by Vijay Prashad and Jie Xiong, 7 months ago

This post is originally published on Citizen Truth by Vijay Prashad and Jie Xiong On March 22, 2021, U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken authorized sanctions against Wang Junzheng, the secretary of the Chinese Communist Party Committee of the Xinjiang Production and Construction Corps (XPCC), and Chen Mingguo, director of the Xinjiang Public Security Bureau (XPSB). These sanctions, Blinken said, have been put in place against Wang Junzheng and Chen Mingguo […] Read more at Why Xinjiang Is Emerging as the Epicenter of the U.S. Cold War on China

Interview: Executive Director of Veterans For Peace Garett Reppenhagen

by CT Staff, 7 months ago

This post is originally published on Citizen Truth by CT Staff Garett Reppenhagen is the son of a Vietnam Veteran and grandson of two World War II Veterans. He served in the U.S. Army as a Cavalry/Scout Sniper in the 1st Infantry Division. Garett completed a deployment in Kosovo on a 9-month peace-keeping mission and a combat tour in Baquaba, Iraq. Garett gained an Honorable Discharge […] Read more at Interview: Executive Director of Veterans For Peace Garett Reppenhagen

Biden's Appeasement of Hawks and Neocons Is Crippling His Diplomacy

by Medea Benjamin and Nicolas J. S. Davies, 7 months ago

This post is originally published on Citizen Truth by Medea Benjamin and Nicolas J. S. Davies For a president who promised a new era of American diplomacy, this has been a dreadful start. President Biden took office promising a new era of American international leadership and diplomacy. But with a few exceptions, he has so far allowed self-serving foreign allies, hawkish U.S. interest groups and his own imperial delusions to undermine […] Read more at Biden’s Appeasement of Hawks and Neocons Is Crippling His Diplomacy

Increasing Desperation as the U.S. Capitalist System Declines

by Richard Wolff, 7 months ago

This post is originally published on Citizen Truth by Richard Wolff Like all previous economic systems in recorded history, capitalism is on track to repeat the same three-step trip: birth, evolution, and death. The timing and other specifics of each system’s trip differ. Births and evolutions are commonly experienced as positive, celebrated for their progress and promise. The declines and deaths, however, are often denied and […] Read more at Increasing Desperation as the U.S. Capitalist System Declines

Fish farming plagued by pests and parasites

by Claudia Caruana, 7 months ago

Misuse of antibiotics in aquaculture must be curbed for sector to fulfil its promise, say researchers.

In Africa, music is life — and health

7 months ago

How art and music could be a game-changer in fighting diseases in Africa.

R&D gap stymies access to children’s medicines – report

by Laura Owings, 7 months ago

Global drugs companies are failing to prioritise child medicine, leaving the poorest behind, a report finds.

Global research partnerships ‘obliterated’ by UK aid cuts

by Ruth Douglas, 7 months ago

Hundreds of research projects are left in turmoil following sweeping cuts to the UK’s overseas aid budget.

Hospital superbug traced to remote island beach

by Ranjit Devraj, 7 months ago

C. auris, a drug-resistant fungus that infests hospitals, may have emerged from the wild, says study.

COVID-19, lies and statistics: corruption and the pandemic

by Syriacus Buguzi, Joel Adriano, Aleida Rueda, Fiona Broom, 7 months ago

What can be done to prevent governments and heads of state from going rogue during disease outbreaks?

Family planning lags as myths persist

7 months ago

Demand is increasing for modern contraceptives as myths about how birth control affects men’s virility persist.

COVID-19 ‘led to rise in stillbirths, maternal deaths’

by Claudia Mazzeo, 7 months ago

Equitable access to safe maternity care must be a priority of the pandemic response, urge researchers.

Tree planting feature tops SciDev.Net journalism awards

7 months ago

Tree planting, toxic food preservatives and learning robots – SciDev.Net announces award winners.

Chile and Uruguay, from model to emergency

by Daniela Hirschfeld, Lorena Guzmán Hormazábal, 7 months ago

COVID-19 surges in Chile and Uruguay show risks of relaxing control measures, even with vaccination in full swing.


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