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Greece : Challenge is also an opportunity

Europe is facing political earthquakes. European Union, a project of big capital of Europe, is facing existential crisis. The existing framework of EU is being threatened by conflicting claims of different economies of Europe which are facing downturn and even frank recession. Economies of the some of the European countries have shrunk. Unemployment is on high level. World financial economic crisis which exploded in 2008 continues to shake the European countries though different European countries are being affected to different levels and in different ways.

Victory of Pedemos in recent local body elections in Spain, fifth largest economy of European Union, in major metropolitan centres has shaken the ruling establishment of that country. Pedemos supported candidates have won in Barcelona and capital Madrid. Powerful showing of Pedemos came five months after victory of Syriza in Greece. Syriza is embroiled in bitter struggle with German controlled European Central Bank (ECB) and US controlled IMF who are demanding further implementation of austerity measures. Greek people’s opposition to these measures had propelled Syriza to power but powers of Europe are refusing to recognize this mandate of Syriza. Towards the end of May 2015 local body elections were held in Italy where again anti-austerity parties gained in elections.Read More

Houthis and their allies take over major part of Yemen – Old Actors React to Changes in the Middle-East as Turmoil Deepens
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Houthis and their allies take over major part of Yemen – Old Actors React to Changes in the Middle-East as Turmoil Deepens

Developments in the Middle-East continue to convulse the Arab world. The old order in the region is trying to assert itself against the winds of change brought about by the international and regional developments. This reassertion is leading to a spate of wars in different countries. The old order is waging wars against those forces and factors which they think are upsetting or may upset their domination in the region.
For long western imperialist powers dominated oil resources of the region and to that end its economic and political life. Since the commercial refining of oil, western imperialist powers had established their military bases and controlled the region with their armed might. Gradually they carved this region among their vassal states guaranteeing security of the regimes brought into power with military might. They patronized Jewish dream of homeland in Palestine. They utilized all conflicts and developments in the world and the region to establish the regimes loyal to them and hostile to the people of the region. It was their necessity as they wished to rob and did rob the people of the region of their natural resources. With defeat of Ottoman Turkey, the overlord of the region, in teh First World War they carved out different states and took steps towards establishing Zewish state on the lands seized from Arabs.… Read More

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Appeal

An earthquake on April 25 devastated our neighbouring country Nepal causing extensive damage to the lives, houses, livelihood and property there. After shocks for the next two days have kept the people outdoors in heavy downpour. Loss of lives and damage to property has also taken place in the neighbouring states of India, UP, Bihar and West Bengal.

In Nepal the devastation has been enormous. Over five thousand bodies have been recovered and according to Nepal PM the toll is expected to reach ten thousand. Nearly one third of the population of this landlocked country has been affected (According to UN nearly eight million). Large areas affected by the destruction have not been reached even now. Wants of food, drinking water and clothes has overtaken the people who have lost their near and dear ones and all their belongings. Spectre of diseases is looming large over such a large populace.

Central Committee of CPI(ML)-New Democracy appeals to the people of India to extend all possible help and assistance to the people of Nepal in their hour of grief and need. CPI(ML)-New Democracy calls upon all party units to take initiative in mobilizing help for the earthquake affected people and calls upon all democratic organizations to mobilize help and support from the people in different forms.… Read More

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Lift the Ban on Documentary ‘India’s Daughter’

The short-sighted, reactive ban on the documentary ‘India’s Daughter’ by the RSS-BJP Govt. at the Centre must be harshly condemned. It is trying to project its indefensible act in the name of “nationalism” vis a-vis Congress as permission for filming the documentary was given in UPA’s tenure. It is its defensive response to the fact that the opinions expressed by the convict not only exactly match that of his lawyer, but are also the outdated anti-women views to which RSS itself subscribes. And these views are evoking outrage not admiration. Many of the RSS-BJP’s leaders have advocated the view that women should abide by ‘Lakshman Rekhas’ and a godman went on to say that the victim of the 16th December gangrape should have pleaded with the rapists as ‘brothers’; i,e, the essential position that women who get raped have only themselves to blame. This is insulting to women and a blatant lie.
That this thinking is prevalent widely in semi-feudal India is no secret and its root lies in the decadent social structure which allows patriarchy to flourish. It is also the thinking of the powerful in India- whether landlords, khaps, goons and mafia in rural India or many godmen, judges, editors, politicians of various ruling class parties and so on.… Read More

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Railway Budget 2015-’16 pitches for Foreign Technology, Private Funding

Railway Budget for 2015-1016 presented by Union Minister for Railways, Suresh Prabhu, is short of any idea of how to address the woes faced by Indian Railways. He highlighted minor details while obfuscating the major aspects of the problems faced by the railways. He has prescribed a panacea of mobilization of funds through PPP mode, joint ventures, multilateral financial institutions and even pension funds. The Railway Minister even sought to dig into MPLAD funds and state budgets. With low budgetary support for plan expenditure all the plans announced by him sound hollow and only an act of playing to the gallery. Imitating Modi’s vacuous style by coining 4 goals, 5 drivers and 11 thrust areas, the Minister was woefully short of details of how to achieve them. In an attempt to mislead he compared his figures of plan expenditure with last year, which was a year of plan holiday.
Railway Budget reflects deep economic crisis plaguing Indian economy in meagre allocations despite crying need for improvement in passenger service by Indian railways. While lopsided emphasis has been placed on some select routes, the plight of passengers has been increasing on major passenger routes. Lack of adequate coaches force overcrowding to the physical extreme.… Read More

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Rape in Uber Cab in Delhi – The MNC and the Comprador vs. Women’s Security

On the evening of 5th December2014, a young lady executive of an MNC in Gurgaon attended a party with her friends in a nearby area and was dropped by a friend to South Delhi around 10pm. From here she took an Uber cab for Inderlok. Taking advantage of the fact that the girl slept off in the cab, the driver switched off his phone and thereby the GPS or tracking device on it activated the baby lock system so that the girl could not open the car doors to escape and raped her. He silenced her by threatening her with a rod and himself citing the fate of the 2012 victim of 16th December. He then threatened her against telling the police and dropped her home. However she photographed the registration plate of the cab with her mobile and reached the police the same night (1.30am). The outcry in Delhi forced the Central Govt’s Home Minister to act fast to deflect attention from the role of the police. He made a statement in Parliament assuring justice, banning Uber in Delhi until it gets a license to operate and calling on all states to impose such a ban.

Subsequently, a wealth of information surfaced revealing much about the various aspects involved.… Read More

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Sarada Scam in West Bengal – Behind a Shadow economy

By Amit Chakraborty (New Democracy News)
The Sarada scam in West Bengal has created a sensation. The Sarada group, a consortium of over 200 companies that claimed to run a wide variety of schemes, has bankrupted lakhs of small investors robbing them of their life savings. The multi-level marketing scheme of the group — a Ponzi scheme — has taken its toll.
The scam highlights the failure of the Trinamool Congress led government and its regulatory agencies to rein in the mushrooming of multi level marketing companies in the name of chit fund companies in West Bengal. It also brings under the scanner the Trinamool Congress’ close relationship with the group.
The group collected an estimated amount of INR 200–300 billion (USD 4–6 billion) from over 1.7 million depositors before collapsing in April 2013. The Government of West Bengal, where the Sarada Group and the majority of investors were based, constituted an Enquiry Commission to investigate the scam. They set up a fund of INR 5 billion ($92M) to ensure that low-income investors are not bankrupted. The Central Government through the Income Tax Department and Enforcement Directorate also launched a multi-agency probe to investigate the Sarada scam, as well as other similar Ponzi schemes.… Read More

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Appeal for help to Cyclone Affected People of AP and Odisha

Cyclone Hudhud which had a land fall at Vishakhatnam on October 12, has caused deaths and vast destruction in the North Andhra coastal districts of Visdhkhapatnam and Vijainagram besides causing damage in Shrikakulam district and several districts of South Odisha. In worst hit Vishakhapatnam, several bastis have been wiped out and tens of thousands of people rendered without shelter and support. Communications in the affected areas have been disrupted. People’s sufferings knows no bounds while Govt.’s assistance has been slow and small.
Natural calamities find Indian rulers totally unprepared to tackle the havoc unleashed on people’s lives. Despite warnings adequate precautionary measures are not taken and advance preparations are not made for even expected effects of these calamities. Besides policies of rulers being responsible for the destructive effects of natural calamities, their niggardly approach to the difficulties of the people show their utter anti-people character. They remain busy with aerial surveys and sound bites while on the ground people continue to suffer from entirely anticipated effects of such calamities.
CPI(ML)-New Democracy expresses its deep concern at the slow pace and inadequacy of relief work. Central Govt. has yet not declared it as a national calamity. Adequate steps are not being taken to restore communication and provide basic needs to the people.… Read More

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Social and economic cost of “Green Revolution” – by S.S. Mahil

Punjab is the province which became the first state in India to experience the “Green Revolution” which actually was an imperialist model of agriculture. It is very interesting to know why this model of agriculture was named as a “Green Revolution”. Actually imperialism was very much terrified by the Chinese red revolution, as it occurred in a backward and agrarian country, which was yet to pass to the stage of capitalism. This was an alarm bell for imperialism because peasantry, which was a propertied class and hence considered to be a conservative class, played a revolutionary role in the Chinese revolution. Not only that, it was the main force of revolution. In the whole set of backward countries, which were colonies, neo colonies and semi colonies, peasantry was the major section of the population and was potentially a revolutionary force. Imperialism was afraid because if red revolution spread to the peasantry of all backward countries then the existence of imperialism would be endangered. In this context, the green revolution was the imperialist response to the red revolution of China. As Vandana Shiva writes “Green Revolution was prescribed as techno-political strategy that would create abundance in agriculture societies and will reduce the threat of communist insurgency and agrarian conflicts.… Read More