INTERNATIONAL

Elections in Turkey: Mandate against authoritarian, majoritarian dictatorship

In the recently held elections in Turkey, President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan lost majority in the Turkish parliament for the first time in 13 years since 2002. In an election which saw a massive 86% turnout, Erdogan’s Justice and Development Party (AKP)

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A report on CPI (ML)’s Solidarity Visit to Quake-Hit Nepal

Comrade Prabhat Kumar and Com. Dhirendra Jha, on behalf of the CPI(ML) Politburo, made a solidarity visit to Nepal, that is struggling to recover from the quake of Himalayan proportions. During the visit, they attended a volunteer training convention

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And Now, Moscow Warms Up For Democracy

In a matter of months since spring this year, the movement for democracy, transparency, probity in public life and other country-specific issues has crossed continents and acquired a global sweep. As the international year of street protests draws to a

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US, Israel Invoke Terror To Ratchet Up War Threats Against Iran

Both Washington and Israel have seized upon a string of abortive bomb plots in India, Georgia and Thailand to escalate war threats against Iran. In India, an unknown individual on a motorcycle attached a bomb to a car in which

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Voters’ Anti-Austerity Mood in France and Germany

Recent election outcomes in national and state elections in France and Germany indicate that the resentment against austerity measures has made itself felt politically. In France the victorious François Hollande of the Socialist Party made promises that appealed to

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‘It’s a war between people and capitalism’

Since the elections on 6 May failed to produce a government, Greece has been in the spotlight all over Europe. While the mainstream media and political establishment focus with considerable alarm on the effects of Greece potentially defaulting on its debts,

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Greece After Second Round Polls: Harder Struggles Ahead

Following the inconclusive ballot of 6 May, the 18 June elections confronted the people of Greece with three basic platforms to chose from: to remain in the Eurozone and the EU and renegotiate the bail-out conditionalities, as espoused by New Democracy (ND)

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Death From The Skies: Drone Warfare And The Obama Administration

While accepting the Nobel Peace Prize for 2009, the US President Barack Obama tried to set himself up as a moral man with the authority to speak about a ‘just war’. Addressing the assembled gathering at Stockholm and the world at

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Massacre of Mineworkers in South Africa

In a shocking massacre, reminiscent of the worst horrors of the apartheid era, 34 striking South African mineworkers employed in the British mining company Lonmin, were gunned down by police at Marikana, SA, on 16 August. The striking miners had gathered on

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London 2012 Olympics Opening Ceremony: Rebranding British History

How does an ex-imperial superpower now in deep decline represent itself to the world? How does one celebrate ‘Britishness’ without either projecting an openly offensive jingoism or satirizing the very notion? And how does one acknowledge Britain’s multicultural present

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Tribute : Gore Vidal: Rebel in the US Establishment

(US writer and intellectual Gore Vidal passed away on July 31 this year, aged 86. As a tribute to him, we carry excerpts from the article ‘The decline and fall of the American Empire’ by Alan Woods, published on 16 July 2002.) Gore Vidal

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Factory fire in Pakistan: Subcontinent of Apathy

(We reproduce here an article by Indo-Pak journalist Sonya Fatah, which appeared in the Times of India, September 17) Bangladesh, India and Pakistan may well be separate nations with independent flags, anthems and identities but the kind of human tragedy they

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