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Tuesday, August 9, 2011

Atomic Cover-Up: The Hidden Story Behind the U.S. Bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki





...He later summarized his experience with military censors who ordered his story killed, saying, "They won." Our guest is Greg Mitchell, co-author of "Hiroshima in America: A Half Century of Denial," with Robert Jay Lifton. His latest book is "Atomic Cover-Up: Two U.S. Soldiers, Hiroshima & Nagasaki and The Greatest Movie Never Made." [includes rush transcript]....






Atomic Cover-Up: The Hidden Story Behind the U.S. Bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki

Posted by Venu K.M

Thursday, August 4, 2011

'corruption and corporate loot'

Posted by Venu K.M
Hundreds of thousands of students and youth from all over the country, arrayed under progressive youth and students organizations and the All India Left Co-ordination (AILC) gather at Jantar Mandar, New Delhi on August 9th ,to form a 100 hour barricade. A country wide campaign by youth  and students under the banner of Students And Youth Against Corruption has been done, fulfilling a mission to address lakhs of Indians in every walk of life.
AILC is a broader platform of left and progressive forces  formed a year ago to  strengthen unity of people in this country in struggles against corporate land grab, state repression, price rise, suppression of democratic freedoms and workers' rights ,mega corruption,and so on. . CPI(ML) Liberation, Lal Nisan (Maharashtra) , CPM Punjab, Left Co-ordination Committee (Idathupaksha Ekopana Samiti ,Kerala) are the constituents of AILC. The AILC  look forward to a wider unity of left and progressive forces premised on democratic struggles and revolutionary resistance.

All India Students Association (AISA) and Revolutionary Youth Association (RYA) spearheaded the several months long campaign.  Success of this campaign is vouched not just by the huge interest shown by people all over,but also by the fact that a face book forum "Students-Youth Against Corruption" which has been floated to communicate and build goodwill and support to this movement reached its membership to over 13000 in just a few weeks.

Appeal From Students and Youth Against Corruption 

AN APPEAL: Let the deaf UPA wake up to deafening slogans against 'corruption and corporate loot' on 9th August

Dear Friends,
With about 20 days remaining for 9th August, its time to pull our efforts and energy to a new high. There must have been several occasions when each one of us would have complained about the state our country is in! Each one of us who is a member of this group (by choice or added by a friend) would have at least once expressed our anger on the skyrocketing number of corruption cases getting exposed every other day. In past one year alone we saw thousands of crores of rupees being siphoned off in name of Commonwealth Games in a country where crores go to bed at night with an empty stomach. We saw how the dirty nexus between the corporate houses-mining mafia-politicians operated to loot the country's natural resources and leave the 'aam aadmi' forever destined to remain 'aam'. We witnessed the shocking revelations regarding- Allotment of 2G spectrum, mining loot in Karnataka and Andhra, relaxations after relaxations to Ambanis and Tatas, American and corporate influence in appointment of ministers, even as the masses continued to buckle under the pressure of insane levels of inflation, unemployment and poverty!! But all this while our display of anger and hurt was confined to the comfortable zones of our homes, classrooms or canteens!! We have seen how the present day government has brutally oppressed the dissenting voices in Odisha, Chhattisgarh, North East... (the list is long) and so far most of us have only silently disapproved the same. However, today we have a historic responsibility to stand up and get ourselves heard! The student-youth of this country have a played a historic role in the freedom struggle, in the dark days of emergency and today another undeclared emergency stands before us. All of us who are members of this page despite our varying backgrounds have had the privilege of education, access to technology and also access to different forum of self-expression. We are aware that if the student and youth across the country unite and speak up, the ruling establishment has no choice but to take notice... It is time we leave no choice to the ruling establishment and have them listen to us. 

Friends, we appeal to all of you to join the Student-Youth barricade at Jantar Mantar on 9th August and ensure that this deaf government wakes up on 9th August shaken by the cries of 'Anti corruption and anti-corporate loot' slogans!! Hope to see you all at Jantar Mantar on 9th August.

Inquilab Zindabad!



http://www.scribd.com/doc/61612943/Combat-Corruption-2011-SMALL-File-1

"Why are ..corporations, whose CEOs are among the billionaires of the world, getting subsidies when the Government claims it lacks money to ensure free education, health care and food..? Why are these same.. people enjoying the licence to bleed the country?"
Not just about the mind boggling statistical data, but also of how it is organically linked to global capitalism and how best people could unite in resisting corruption

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14 Points of Fascism



Posted by Venu K.M

Wednesday, August 3, 2011

A Saga of Elite Monkeys and Common Monkeys

Posted by Venu K.M

A Saga of Elite Monkeys and Common Monkeys

(Paraphrase of  Himanshu Kumar ‘s  Original Story in Hindi “Bandar Nama”;
I must say that it will  not make a perfect translation; it may not match the rich narrative content of the original, either)
Elite monkeys lived atop a big tree, never coming down. They kept all the fruit for themselves and never allowed the common monkeys living down to visit the high branches weighing down abundant of fruits. The elites though engaged commons for watering the roots below, the latter were kept in perpetual hunger. A few of them were indeed given some fruit and were assured of honourable names like police, forces etc, in lieu of keeping their colleagues from visiting  the top.
Once, an elite monkey named Gandhi came down from the top and suggested that all the common monkeys would non co-operate in watering the tree hereafter, and the elites should be compelled to do the bit of task themselves and also to share the fruit. He suggested that the elite monkeys should consider themselves as trustees of all fruit. The elite monkeys not only didn't care for these words but one of them also killed him. Another elite monkey named Nehru suggested to let some fruit trickle down, if it be uncomfortable to treat all monkeys as equal. Yet, no fruit trickled down. The commons then began to organize and they started working on digging around the roots to uproot the tree. They also started killing the some of the common monkeys in the force that had been employed by the elite monkeys to keep guard. They wanted to grow a new tree on which all the monkeys would be treated equally. But the elite monkeys at the top declared war against the common monkeys, accusing the latter to be naxalite monkeys without love for the tree. In the meanwhile, some monkeys made their ngos and tried to make it known to the elite monkeys that they should share at least few fruits with the commons and that would pacify the agitating common monkeys. Few common monkeys on ground who had been co-opted by the elite monkeys to stand guard and to carry out the trickle package, had already become snobs .The small and big task s delegated to them by the elite monkeys had intoxicated them. They ate even those fruits making part of the package they were supposed to deliver to the hungry commons .Some of the elite monkeys who called themselves 'media', began to spread one sided stories against the whole thing, trying to serve the elite monkeys. Following these developments, utter confusion and chaos prevailed in the whole tree; As things took such a turn, someone from the elite monkeys suggested that corruption is the reason for all these, and said that the fruits should be delivered between the elite monkeys without corruption. For ensuring this, he suggested to put in place a lokpal system. The common monkeys down, started making noises and protests, saying that these talks of anti corruption are just about delivering the goods to the elite monkeys, and that the common monkeys are completely left out. They maintained that the new talks of anti corruption revolution are about a revolution of the elite monkeys!
The elite monkeys on the other hand, can't even imagine how at all such a system of exclusive rights to all fruit to elite monkeys living atop came to exist.
Alas, stories   about trees of other forests in far away lands, started pouring in. They have it that in a big  tree named Egypt and in few other trees  of distant forests , the monkeys living  on  grounds  and  lower branches  are already in near command of their trees!


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