Category: Opinion

Deportation of Afghan asylum seekers from Australia

By Farhad Arian Summary This paper aims to critically evaluate a newly signed agreement between the Australian government and the government of Afghanistan on returning those Afghan asylum seekers who do not pass the refugee test in Australia. The paper particularly analyzes the failure of both the Australian and the […]

Market will not resolve the environmental crisis: Leonardo Boff

Daniela Pastrana interviews LEONARDO BOFF, Brazilian writer and theologian* – Tierramérica MEXICO CITY, Dec 28 (IPS) – “The market is not going to resolve the environmental crisis,” says theologian and environmentalist Leonardo Boff, professor at Brazil’s State University of Rio de Janeiro. The solution, he says, lies in ethics and […]

Rich nations’ farm subsidies help big landlords,companies

By Julio Godoy PARIS, Aug 6, 2010 (IPS) – Subsidies for agriculture in the industrialised countries of the world grew again in 2009, benefiting the largest companies and land owners, such as Prince Albert of Monaco and Queen Elizabeth of Britain. The latest increase came despite repeated and consistent evidence […]

Obama victory: Will he seize the moment?

By Praful Bidwai New Delhi: The election of Barack Hussein Obama as the President of the United States has electrified the world community and ignited hope. It is a matter of epochal significance that a Black man will live as the master of the White House, which was built by […]

Hindutva’s Violent History in Orissa

BY ANGANA CHATTERJI Anthropologist HINDUTVA’S PRODUCTION of culture and nation is often marked by savagery. On 23 August 2008, Lakshmanananda Saraswati, Orissa’s Hindu nationalist icon, was murdered with four disciples in Jalespeta in Kandhamal district. State authorities alleged the attackers to be Maoists (and a group has subsequently claimed the […]