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Woohoo!!!!  Now THIS is something worthwhil.e.  Voters in India now have an option besides "Male" and "Female."

Will wait for 'advanced' countries to catch on :)

 No comment on content, quality, or bias, just FYI

By: on 11 Nov 2009

The 3rd I film festival in San Francisco manages to be so Indo-centric that it merits comment.  This is some 2001 shit right here: by my count, even including films set in the diaspora, there is only one film on a non Indian or Indian diasporic topic (a film on Chittagong).   Given the extensive list of corporate sponsors, one would think they could afford to spend the money to find a film on some aspect of Pakistan or the Maldives ;)

By: on 9 Nov 2009

Tehelka offers an in depth look with multiple perspectives on the state violence in Lalgarh, West Bengal, and its implications.  Among the most disturbing aspects of what they write about is how the release of anyone remotely accused of Maoism, whether or not there is any truth to the notion, is increasingly politically verboten.  Coming on the heels of the much belated release of Binayak Sen and the announcement of a very large escalation of the Indian government's attempts to eliminate 'Maoism', it seems to me that the silent war on the poor and disempowered has shifte

"Ethically informed reporting tuned toward gaining an understanding of the context of the conflict, the book argues, might have helped in avoiding unnecessary wars. The charge then is that this lack of context might have fuelled the lead up to the Iraq war when it could have helped prevent it."

More on peace journalism and reporting on conflict in links.

By: on 18 Oct 2009

It was unwarranted to give Obama the Nobel Peace Prize while his Administration considers various options on how to continue to escalate the war in Afghanistan and Pakistan and more generally American idiocy and violence.  However, living in Europe (sort of), I can't really blame people outside the United States for expressing the naive expression of hope in brand Obama that most non-crazy Americans already have through their election.  I have seen too many people who simply don't know what is actually happening or don't care enough about the nuances of America's role in the 'fore

By: on 9 Oct 2009

The Indian government is escalating its use of military, paramilitary, and informal forces against Maoists - which is tantamount to a civil war in my opinion.  There are 100,000 or more forces that are now going to be engaged.  For those who are unaware, there are large parts of the territory of India in places like Chattisgarh and many mining areas.  Al Jazeera's Inside Story brought together three academic/analytical experts to offer a very interesting and informative discussion and debate among several experts from a variety of standpoints on questions of vio

An Asian American progressive political organisation has a contest in which you can win 2 free $100 tickets to their fundraiser and $150 by providing a blogpost on "How can we fix our healthcare system so that everyone can get access to quality, affordable healthcare? Please share your thoughts and personal stories on why we need healthcare reform now (500 words or less)."

Here's my entry:

In my Google News, I caught today that a Bangladeshi Internet publication is reporting that there are 50,000 cases of swine flu that have developed in the last few weeks.   There is just one major problem with this story.  As far as I can tell, we don't actually know if Bangladesh has been hit by 50,000 cases of swine flu in recent weeks based on the reporting:

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