What makes me mad? People like Saskatchewan’s infamous shock-talk-jock John Gormley, who thinks the world needs fewer “activists”.
Here’s the resulting story from a recently released PLUSD cable from the Kissinger Files fit together with a Cablegate cable.
Then US Ambassador David Mulford urged the Indian government to “drop its claims against Dow” in a cable sent on September 18, 2007.
In reply, then Planning Commission Deputy Chairman Montek Singh Ahluwalia assured Mulford that the federal government does not hold Dow responsible for the cleanup but is unable to withdraw its claims against the company because of “active and vocal”
India continues to pave the way for providing cheaper generic drugs for its citizens compared to other nations which have a heavy patent system. Previously India has produced drugs for 97% less than ‘normal’ costs as well as committing to the development of generic drugs. Looking out for their citizen’s wellbeing has got them in trouble with a Swiss pharmaceutical company though.
The company took the government to court and after seven years of legal battles the court sided with the government’s goal of providing affordable health care.
Healthcare activists have called on the government to make medicines cheaper in
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Indian officials are warning residents in their part of Kashmir to dig bomb shelters and gather a two week supply of food and water in preparation for a possible nuclear exchange.
The notice, published Monday by the Kashmir police in the Greater Kashmir newspaper, advised people to build toilet-equipped basements large enough to house the entire family for two weeks. If there is no basement, residents should construct bunkers in their front yards, the notice advised.
The shelters should be stocked with candles, battery-operated lights and radios and nonperishable food and water that is regularly replaced to ensure it is
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(originally written Mar 4, 2012. Part of Great Upload of 2013.)
Readers (regular and irregular both) may know that about six years ago, I was quoted in MacLean’s saying Canadian housing was in a bubble. So after six long years of looking very wrong, I was delighted to see the right-wing rag run a cover story proclaiming that Canadian housing is in a bubble! So I’ll dedicate this email to all the stopped clocks out there — twice a day, your time will come!
Like anyone else challenged by a cognitive dissonance between ego
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Two gruesome cases of gang rape in India have received international media attention. Symptomatic of longer standing problems, they have shed a light on the poor state of women’s rights in India – both the mistreatment women face in public places – glaring and groping by men are very common on buses and in public places – and the dismal lack of recourse for these women.
In one tragic case police pressured the woman to drop changes against those who gang-raped her, asking her to marry one of the rapists. In response to this appalling suggestion, she committed suicide.
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India has served notice that its navy is ready to sail into the South China Sea to protect the country’s oil interests there.
Indian Navy Chief Admiral D.K Joshi said that, while India was not a territorial claimant in the South China Sea, it was prepared to act, if necessary, to protect its maritime and economic interests in the region.
“When the requirement is there, for example, in situations where our country’s interests are involved, for example ONGC … we will be required to go there and we are prepared for that,” Joshi told a news conference.
“Now, are we
. . . → Read More: The Disaffected Lib: Arms Race Update – Indian Navy to South China Sea
For a while, India and China even claimed to have finally settled their dangerous border dispute. If they ever had a deal, it seems that deal is in doubt.The land in question is the northernmost Indian state of Arunachal Pradesh and the Him… . . . → Read More: The Disaffected Lib: Are Things Heating Up in the Himalayas?
Well I see that Stephen Harper's Great Samosa Tour of India is finally over, and that it was a complete and utter disaster.As well as the most outrageous use of the taxpayer's dough abroad since Bev Oda bought herself a $16 glass of orange juic… . . . → Read More: Montreal Simon: Stephen Harper’s Disastrous Tour of India
I must admit that when I first saw this picture of Stephen Harper and his wife strolling in the deserted grounds of the Taj Mahal, my heart almost skipped a beat.Because I'm such a romantic eh?Until I found out that thousands of tourists and others… . . . → Read More: Montreal Simon: Stephen Harper’s Scary Samosa Tour
Steve Harper has brought his own convoy of armoured cars to India. TorStar reports the RCMP “at least two” of the prime minister’s vehicles, including an armoured limo, to ferry him about during his visit.
Neither the PMO nor the RCMP will comment on why the security India provides wasn’t adequate for Steve. Maybe the Prince of Dankness figured if American Presidents can ferry along their own wheels, so should he.
Ah, it’s only money.
Harper and wife Laureen started their day in Agra where they toured the Taj Mahal and came away awestruck at the sight of
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“Don’t Let On You Want to Bomb His Country”
To Mittsy Romney, Russia is America’s biggest geo-political foe. To Harpo, it’s China that most endangers Canada.
China, really? The same China we’re selling our Tar Sands to, and in partnership with whom we’re building our Northern Gateway pipeline to transport diluted bitumen across British Columbia to Kitimat where it will be loaded into Chinese state-owned and operated supertankers, that China? The same China that will be refining our bitumen into crude oil products that could be fueling its new, blue water navy, and its equally new stealth
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China’s CNOOC Ltd.’s $15.1 billion bid for Calgary basedNexen Inc. reflects a growing interest among state-owned Asian energy companies in Alberta’s oil sands. In addition to China, three state-run Indian companiesare eyeing oil sands assets held by ConocoPhilips, jointly offering $5 billion this past July for six of its properties.
While many are skeptical of Asia’s foray into the oil sands, there is plenty to be gained by strengthening economic ties with China and India.
Although much has already been written about foreign direct investment spurring growth in the oil sands, collaboration with China and India can
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With the unwitting collaboration of an idiot “film-maker” in Los Angeles, irresponsible imams in the Middle East and Islamic extremists leading to the besieging of American embassies, the United States does not appear to be winning the hearts and minds of Islam these days. Not that it was doing much of that before.
Americans may be consoled however by their popularity in the Hindu world. The
Names have always facinated me. What do they really mean? Or subtly suggest? If anything. Consider these 12 names carrying the hopes of hundreds of thousands of people around the world at the 2012 London Olympics: Kelsey Titmarsh, Canada, Gymnastics Karen Cockburn, Canada, Trampoline Hope Solo, USA, Soccer Sarah Hammer, USA, Cycling Destinee Hooker, USA, Volleyball Hulk, Brazil, Soccer Storm Uru, New Zealand, Rowing Liam Tancock, Great Britain, Swimming German Sanchez Sanchez, Mexico, Diving Amit Kumar Amit Kumar, India, Wrestling Dong Dong, People’s Republic of China, Trampoline Jack Buttland, Great Britain, Soccer Did I miss any?
One of the best interviewers on television, Bill Moyers, speaks to one of the global sustainability movement’s “superstars”, physicist and food activist Vandana Shiva. The discussion is wide-ranging but centers around genetically modified seeds/foods and the fight against corporate agro-giant Monsanto: These seeds — considered “intellectual property” by the big companies who own the patents [...]
India has nothing but friends these days, that is if you leave out Pakistan. Russia’s her friend, has been for generations. China wants to be India’s BFF. And America is also courting India’s affections.
US Def-SEc Panetta was in New Delhi, laden with roses and chocolates, to proclaim India the “linchpin” in America’s new strategy for Asia.
Panetta swept away America’s historic distrust of India during the Cold War when America chose to shop weaponry to Pakistan, saying, “Our two nations I believe have finally and irreversibly started a new chapter of our history“.
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There was an “anti-colonial Victoria Day” book launch in Montreal on May 21, where Maia Ramnath presented her new book Decolonizing Anarchism, published by AK Press and the Institute for Anarchist Studies (and available from leftwingbooks.net). What made this launch special, and different from most such events, was that the Ramnath spoke on a panel with Ponni, a radical activist from India, who used her intervention to level a detailed and outstanding critique of the book, from an anti-authoritarian and anticolonial perspective.Given the strength of this critique, i asked Ponni if i could upload the transcript here
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Last week the award-winning documentary filmmaker and activist Anand Patwardhan, along with Ratna Pathak Shah, Sudhakar Suradkar and Prakash Reddy launched a defence fund for Kabir Kala Manch, a cultural performance group that had been spreading awareness in India on many issues including women’s rights, caste oppression and development inequality.
The group is featured in Patwardhan’s newest opus, Jai Bhim Comrade, a three-hour documentary that explores the politics of caste and champions the resistance of the Dalits (or “untouchables”) with an incredible depth and ferocity only found in the dedicated and skilful work of Patwardhan’s caliber. Watching members of KKM
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Korea may not yet be able to successfully launch a long-range missile but India can. India has test fired a nuclear-weapon capable, Agni-V missile capable of reaching Beijing or Shanghai and plenty of cities in Europe also.
India’s DefMin singled out China in his announcement. He noted that China has had long-range missiles for decades and the Agni-V just gives India a similar capability.
So, how did China respond? See if you can make any sense at all out of this take from the Times of India:
“The Chinese foreign ministry suggested Thursday that India’s Agni-V
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Gandhi and Bose were brothers in the hunger for justice, and both had followers who were willing to die for freedom rather than live as slaves. But one group was so blinded by passion for its cause, that it was willing to join hands with regimes whose very names have become bywords for evil in almost every spoken language on the planet.
India has announced that they will be using a specialized law to produce generic anti-cancer drugs. This will lower the price of these drugs by 97% and increase the efficiency of health care delivery in the country. It’ll also make the poor better able to survive certain cancers because treatment will be more affordable.
In the first-ever case of compulsory licencing approval, the Indian Patent Office on Monday cleared the application of Hyderabad’s Natco Pharma to sell generic drug Nexavar, used for renal and liver cancer, at Rs 8,880 (around $175) for a 120-capsule pack for a month’s therapy. Bayer
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Lately we have been inundated with news reports about billionaires like Bill Gates and Warren Buffet opining on inequity and the need for higher taxes on the rich,with the latest such pronouncement coming from the founder of the World Economic forum Klaus Schwab. Sadly too many progressives have fallen for this dodge.While they talk out of the side of their mouths Gates and Buffet have allied themselves with Monsanto in a bid to bring slavery back to Africa. They do this by foisting GMO’s on farmers in the guise of famine relief, but as Indian farmers can tell you
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Peter Kent is proving himself quite the buffoon, representing Canada as he is overseas at the climate conference in Durban. He’s insulting folks left and right and pissing off those at home who are wincing at his clumsy exporting of Conservative crude. You can now chalk up India as the newest member at he pissed-at-Canada brigade.
No pun intended!
A threatened colony of magicians in India will be digitally preserved at least by a group that put together a proposal and posted it on Kickstarter.
The colony of street artists, magicians and jugglers came together in the 1950s as the life of the traditional traveling performers in India became difficult to manage.
Now, the land in Delhi has been sold to developers and has an appointment with the bulldozers. So the film is
The producers raised the $40,000 needed with about four days to spare.
Suspended because of the terrorist attacks on Mumbai in 2008, peace talks between India and Pakistan are back on. Foreign ministers of the two countries have held a formal meeting in New Delhi that brought effusive comments from both parties.The Indian… . . . → Read More: Bill Longstaff: Stability in South Asia?