Wednesday, November 22, 2017
Posted by nickglais on 11/22/2017 11:45:00 AM
Bill Gates with Prime Minister Narendra Modi in New Delhi on December 4, 2015. (AFP)
Bill Gates is the richest man in the whole world. And India has unexpectedly sought the US billionaire's help to fight the Maoist rebellion, officially called Left Wing Extremism, which in the words of a former prime minister poses the biggest threat to India’s internal security.
When Gates called on Rajnath Singh, Home Minister in Narendra Modi's government, Singh urged the global philanthropist to build 1,000 model villages in the LWE-affected region – also known as India’s Red Corridor – to wean away the local poor from the path of violence, which has killed nearly 8000 in the last 12 years. But the irony is inescapable.
The Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh, or RSS, the Hindutva fountainhead which has mentored BJP leaders like Modi and Singh, wants the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation (BMGF) – which gives millions of dollars for improving health and urban sanitation - to be banned in India for “anti-national” activities.
After Modi became the prime minister in May 2014, the Indian government has been systematically targeting Western charities and donors and tightened the screws on foreign-funded non-government organizations (NGOs). Many Foreign Contribution Regulation Act (FCRA) licenses have been cancelled forcing NGOs to shut down their operations.
The Swadeshi Jagran Manch, a frontal organization of the RSS, has published an entire White Paper on the “evil” effects of BMGF on the country’s health sector. The BJP government obliged by revoking the FCRA license of Public Health Foundation of India (PHFI), which is almost wholly funded by BMGF.
And now Singh, one of Modi’s three most powerful cabinet ministers, has personally requested Gates to foot the bill for the latest sanitation and cleanliness technology in 1,000 villages of Bihar, Orissa and Jharkhand, three states battling LWE on a war footing.
Home Minister Rajnath Singh chaired a meeting with Bill Gates where he sought the Microsoft czar's largesse to stop the poor from joining Maoist outfits. (Supplied)
“The government’s double standard is shocking. On the one hand, it is paranoid about Western aid agencies fanning social unrest and engaging in religious conversions. And yet it’s seeking Gates financial help to improve living conditions of the dispossessed in remote areas who fall prey to Maoist propaganda and pick up the gun”, a bewildered NGO official said on condition of anonymity.
Officials present during Singh’s meeting with Gates, who was accompanied by BMGF team members, told The Hindu newspapers that the crackdown on BMGF-funded PHFI did not figure in the talks held in North Block, the headquarters of the home ministry, which is accused of harassing foreign charities and NGOs in India.
Besides BMGF, Greenpeace, Amnesty International, Human Rights Watch (HRW) and even Bloomberg Philanthropies are in the government’s gun-sights. According to Meenakshi Ganguly, HRW’s South Asia director, “India is actively encouraging foreign investment in key industries but is trying to deny funding for efforts to assist the most vulnerable and marginalized.
The government should engage with those seeking rights reform and empower these groups, instead of treating criticism as a threat to be quashed.”
Posted by nickglais on 11/22/2017 01:53:00 AM
Tuesday, November 21, 2017
Posted by nickglais on 11/21/2017 03:40:00 PM
Michio Kaku on mind; his definition, classification and ranking of consciousness; his take on the Penrose-Hameroff Orch OR model; Newton, Einstein, determinism and free will;
See also - https://democracyandclasstruggle.blogspot.co.uk/2017/11/artificial-intelligence-and-its-use-and.html
Posted by nickglais on 11/21/2017 02:22:00 AM
The U.S. and south Korean puppet forces staged war exercises simulating a preemptive attack on the DPRK after hurling huge naval forces including Aegis destroyers of the puppet navy as well as the three nuclear carrier strike groups like Ronald Reagan, Theodore Roosevelt and Nimitz. They called the saber-rattling "maximum military pressure" and "most strong message".
The exercises are an adventurous act of the senseless war fanatics and a deliberate military provocation further increasing the danger of a war on the Korean peninsula.
Moreover, the U.S. started combined naval exercises with the Japan Maritime "Self-Defense Force" before the joint naval drills with the puppet forces.
It is the first time the U.S. deployed the three nuclear carrier strike groups in the waters off the Korean peninsula and staged the DPRK-targeted joint military exercises with Japan's MSDF and the puppet navy.
The U.S. act of amassing war hardware in the waters off the Korean peninsula and hurling its vassal forces including south Korea into the largest-ever joint naval exercises proves that the U.S. bellicose attempt to bring down the DPRK by force has gone beyond the danger line.
The U.S. has got hell-bent on staging war exercises against the DPRK, threatening it with nuclear carriers. But this is just an extension of the confrontation outbursts made by Trump in south Korea and a hysteria of thoughtless losers who are at a loss what to do, being taken aback by the single-minded unity of the people in the DPRK and its tremendous military power.
The U.S. and the puppet warmongers should not run amuck, clearly understanding that they will only face tragic end beyond prediction and imagination from the military confrontation with the DPRK.
Posted by nickglais on 11/21/2017 02:00:00 AM