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WikiLeaks: Unmasking Imperialism

For an empire that cloaks its aggressions and coercions in the benign garb of 'liberation' and 'democracy', those who lay bare the truth are dangerous. WikiLeaks, with its devastating exposure of the real face of imperialism, has earned the ire

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Rapists Protected

[In the past couple of months, several recent cases – at Purnea, Banda, Mansa - emerged where powerful and well-connected rapists were protected by the police and authorities, with the women who were struggling for justice being jailed, slandered or pushed

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Justice and Democracy on Trial

[The Raipur Sessions Court verdict condemning Dr. Binayak Sen to life imprisonment under a range of draconian laws including ‘sedition,’ has been met with an outpouring of protest all over the country. Binayak Sen come to represent all those thousands

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Neoliberalism, ‘Women’s Empowerment’ and Agricultural Labour*

Many of the critical discussions taking place regarding neoliberalism in academic, activist and policy circles focus on the contrast between neoliberal policies and other ways of organizing capitalism – in particular, the models of Keynesianism, and state led developmentalism - which

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Reflections on a crime against women at JNU

To a campus that prides itself on being progressive and gender-sensitive, where women and men have actively struggled for gender equality, the production and circulation of a sex clip involving two students came as a rude shock. In the wake

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Violence Against Women: Grim Picture

On 8 March last year, the UPA-II had passed the Women’s Reservation Bill in the Rajya Sabha with much fanfare. As the International Women’s Day Centenary culminating on 8 March 2011 nears, it is apparent that the Bill has been shelved.

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Diary of an Egyptian Rebel

[Selections from the diary of the tumultuous days of revolution, published by Egyptian novelist Ahdaf Soueif in The Guardian, 4 February 2011] As people look down from balconies they wave at them: "Come down from the heights / come and get your rights."

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Egypt protests continue in the factories

Egypt's striking workers won't entrust the transition to democracy to the generals who were the backbone of the dictatorship [Excerpt from the article by Hossam el-Hamalawy, The Guardian, 14 February 2011] Since Hosni Mubarak fled from Cairo, and even before then, some

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Only Pressure from Below can Bring Egypt Democracy

The decapitation of the regime was just the start. The revolution will have to go further if it's going to deliver what people want [Excerpt from article by Seumas Milne, The Guardian, Thursday 17 February 2011] Anyone who imagined that the Egyptian

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Arab Uprising: When Decades Happen in Weeks

There are decades when nothing happens, and there are weeks when decades happen. Lenin said this nearly a hundred years ago during the turbulent days of Russian revolution. The last few weeks have once again vindicated this Leninist insight when

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Rulers Are Pushing the Country Deeper into Crisis, Communists Must Lead the People out of this Crisis

(Comrade Dipankar’s address at the AILC Convention held in Kozhikode, Kerala on 22 January) Comrades, When we had assembled in Delhi to launch this All India Left Coordination, it was four days before the Independence Day of 2010. Today when we

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Combating Corruption in Corporate-Dominated India

Corruption has once again emerged as arguably the foremost concern of the Indian people. Not a week passes without some scam being unearthed in some corner of the country. These scams could be related to any department of any government,

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