DK in the house: you heard about impeachment, right?

By: on 11 Jun 2008

the story that you thought would have blazed headlines wasn't even on the web editions of the NYT or the WaPo. no eruptions in the blogosphere, no thunderous tagging on digg and reddit....

so what exactly do 35 articles of impeachment against George Bush sound like? if you're talking mainstream news coverage, it sounds like silence. if you're talking CSPAN, it sounds like Dennis Kucinich in the House on June 9:


call your congressional reps and check out parts 2-5 of after the jump....

Tidbit: Oman To Deport About 3,500 Surplus Indian Workers

By: on 10 Jun 2008

More news on the "South Asians building the Gulf" front.   According to PTI:

The Ministry of Manpower published a list of 3,497 Indians in a newspaper asking them to cooperate with authorities to facilitate their repatriation, failing which they will have to pay a fine and face legal action as well.

In November last year, following a request from the Indian embassy, the Oman government had agreed to allow illegally residing Indians to leave the country without paying any fines but subject to normal checking of their antecedents.

"Two lists, one with 5,541 names of persons wh

Open Thread: Are South Asian Closets Different?

By: on 6 Jun 2008

You'll have to forgive me if I'm a bit defensive or cloistered in myself in this post, because it's hard putting yourself out. It's a pretty uncomfortable position (like the back of a volkswagon).

About a year ago, I wrote about my participation in Upper Caste Supremacy (i.e. casteism). I want to continue this line of discussion (regardless of whether anyone else is interested) because I was encouraged to do so by a good friend whose judgement I trust on emotional matters. She suggested tying this analysis of neurosis to sexuality.

To be honest, I don't really understand it, which is why I made this an open thread. I can put forward some simple possible hypothetical relationships. body = dirty = shame. sexuality = bodily desire x desire for other bodies = double shame. And there's always Freud and Foucault and blah blah blah, but it's...a bit theoretical. A basic question I'm struggling with is whether or not something as personal as sexuality and specifically neuroses associated can be really be taxonomized with any degree of certitude, let alone "from below".

(haha, very funny, you think you're so clever--we all thought that when we read that phrase).

It's On

By: on 4 Jun 2008

At long last, the Democratic primaries for U.S. President are basically over, and Obama will probably be the nominee. Here are some reasons for radicals in the United States and outside to consider supporting the Democratic candidate:

1. Symbolic Reasons

The United States has never had an openly Black person or a Woman as a
Presidency or even Vice Presidency. In fact, it has had only one non-(White Anglo Saxon Protestant male who presents himself as straight)...and the big difference with him is that he was Catholic. Progress for 1960, but it's well past time to move on. There are myriad problems with looking to the Presidency as a salve for racial or gender or really any other woes, but it's at minimum a symbolic touchstone for people, and particularly young people, to look for some hope.

2. For Moderation

There is probably no way that someone can reach the level of power of the American presidency without myriad qualities, including charisma, a willingness to serve corporations, and a propensity for tolerating, if not actively enthusing for militarism and its accompanying violence. Without all those things, they would simply be unacceptable to an American populace and financial elite that has made and secured its well being on the backs of the oppressed for a long, long, long time.

With all that said, if the food crisis can spark positive revolutions or major policy changes in various countries, inadequate handling of it can induce both more political oppression and material suffering. If long-term systemic problems remain in the global and many national economies in ways that hurt the most vulnerable, who is going to do a better job of handling them in a way that damages less people? That both Obama and McCain serve the interests of capital is, as noted above, a given, but it is also important to remember that fairly minor differences in American politics reflect a vast divergence of policies.

Tidbit: American Immigration Policy in Perspective

By: on 3 Jun 2008

Although, as you all know by now, I'm no fan of the New York Times, I was pleasantly surprised by this editorial on American immigration policy published today.

Apparently Inconspicuousness is the New Enemy

By: on 2 Jun 2008

While virtually hopping through the BBC South Asian page, this little Khargosh came across the following articles that left me... well... twitching my nose in puzzlement. 

Article #1 claims that Nato (which, in this article, is used interchangeably with the word "West") is "concerned" about Afghanistan.  Reading between the lines, though, it appears that Nato is actually "concerned" about Pakistan - not the country, so much as its policy:


The US and other Western countries have also expressed concern about the deals with militants near the Afghan border.

The west is worried that if such agreements lead to the wholesale withdrawal of the Pakistani military from the tribal areas, militants will have even more freedom to slip across the border into Afghanistan.

Not to be upstaged by Nato, our own Chertoff makes clear in Article #2 that the US is not afraid to "push back" al-Qaeda in South Asia the way they've pushed back al-Qaeda in Iraq.  However, they seem less concerned with military maneuvers than with infiltration of the civilian kind.

A Club You Don't Want To Be A Part Of

By: on 31 May 2008

Why have India and Pakistan not worked out a deal amongst themselves to sign on to the cluster bomb treaty? They, China, the U.S., and Israel are the only five countries in the U.N. to not sign on.

Terms and Concepts

By: on 31 May 2008

If we had a category/tag for "petty annoyances", this post would be in there.

Press Release: Arguments Continue in Delhi High Court

By: on 25 May 2008

Queer Media Collective

Arguments on the Naz Foundation (India) Trust petition stating that Section 377 IPC discriminates against homosexuality, continued in the Delhi High Court today.

Counsel for the petitioner Anand Grover quoted from the British Wolfendon Committee Report published in 1953, which says that law should not interfere in matters of public morality. He pointed to a particular quote from the report which has been referenced in many several court judgements with regard to public morality, 'There must remain a realm of private morality and immorality which is, in brief and crude terms, not the law's business'.

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By: on 20 May 2008


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