With millions demanding the ouster of President Mubarak in Egypt, the US has to ensure that the two pillars of U. S. foreign policy remains intact. If they fall, then the U. S. will lose the Middle East in the same way as it has substantially lost South America. These defeats and retreats portend the collapse of U. S. hegemony.
‘They say cut back; we say fight back’: this was the slogan echoing all over United Kingdom for the last three months, where the right-wing Conservative-Liberal Democrat coalition government hiked the home tuition fees for undergraduate students from £3000 to around £9000. This rise was the result of funding cuts imposed over different sectors, including education, in compensation for the 'recession disasters' happened to the country's economy.
After months of petty mindedness, crass oneupmanship and the impossibility of forming a national consensus government, a Communist Party of Nepal (United Marxist-Leninist) leader has been elected to the role of prime ministership in Nepal in a two round process. UML chairman Jhalanath Khanal was supported by the Maoists in his bid to become the premier, marking an end to a tortuous process of electing a new prime minister after UML leader Madhav Kumar Nepal resigned as part of a three point formula worked out to extend the deadline for writing the Constitution by the Constituent Assembly. In many ways, a UML leader has been re-elected to power, but with a difference.
Yesterday, hundreds of students and left activists marched on the street of Delhi, protesting in front of the Egyptian Embassy demanding the ouster of President Hosni Mubarak in solidarity with the people of Egypt. A Report and some photographs of the demonstration.
A sweeping wave of pro-democratization protests has engulfed various nations of the North African and Arab world. After the Tunisians were successful in their ouster of long time president Ben Ali and his associates, a score other nations have seen protests asking for the removal of long standing heads of state. Egypt is where the biggest theatre of protest is in progress. Pragoti shall get analytical content on these movements in the coming days. But for now, this blog post brings out content from relevant news sources to get a feel of the protests and actions underway. UPDATE: The Students' Federation of India has called for a protest demonstration in front of the Egyptian embassy on the 1st of February. Details inside post (below). UPDATE II - Prominent Marxist Vijay Prashad is interviewed by the website, Radical Notes. The link is provided below.
The political developments in Tunisia, an Arab country, has resulted in the overthrowing of the 23 year dictatorship of Ben Ali. It is the first mass uprising successful in toppling a dictatorship in the Arab world. Prof. Aijaz Ahmad in this video talks about the causes of the uprising and its impact on other Arab Countries.
There are several changes witnessed in the last couple of years particularly in the post financial crisis phase that has had severely affected the power dynamics of the world. The developed capitalist countries led primarily by the USA have gone down.
As large parts of the world economy remain engulfed in the most serious downturn witnessed since the 1930s, trade and currency rivalries have intensified and even threaten to take the shape of geo-political conflicts. Vineet Kohli, of the Tata Institute of Social Sciences, examines the debate over currency wars.
The irony of convening a climate change conference at a lavish resort built on reclaimed mangroves - one whose beach front had to be rejuvenated with sand dredged from the ocean for $70 million, was not completely lost on the delegates at the COP16 United Nations Climate Change Conference.
While ample of light are thrown on the growing closeness between India and EU which are now the strategic partners, there are some real issues with are either ignored or purposely not been debated.