Nirbhaya, Swathi, Karuna, Smriti Irani, animal and environment abuse – it is a man’s world

From the ever increasing numbers of violent crimes against women and growing intolerance towards animals and horrific animal abuse, we are forced to conclude that pervasive national insensitivity and non-response to both visible and invisible violence against animals and nature (ecology/environment) leads inevitably to increasing violence against women, the elderly and eventually children. Nirbhaya in 2012, Swathi and now Karuna in 2016, read together with Ministry of Environment, Forests and Climate Change (MoEF&CC) sanctioning mass killing of wild boars in Uttarakhand, monkeys in Shimla and nilgai in Bihar and recently clearing the inter-linking of the Ken-Betwa river project which will submerge 100 sq.kms of the Panna Tiger Reserve in Madhya Pradesh besides contemplating amending the PCA Act 1960 to permit Jallikattu and other sport using bulls - there is visible degeneration in the national character as we seem to be losing our individual and collective sense of compassion and caring compounded by cowardice in the face of violence against women when Swathi and Karuna were killed in full public view with no one stepping forward to stop and physically bring down the killers. As a nation we have also lost our sense of responsibility to protect, nurture and conserve nature or ‘prakriti’ as these become hurdles to ‘development’ which has become synonymous with violence against animals, rivers and river-beds, our extensive coastal line, water bodies, trees, forests and mountains.

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Oliver Stone’s American History: ‘We’re Not under Threat. We Are the Threat’

Source: http://www.globalresearch.ca

As he launches his new TV series offering a critical view of US overseas exploits, the film director tells MEE he didn’t always see it that way

American controversies are Oliver Stone’s forte.

The Hollywood movie director has turned his cameras on the assassination of John F Kennedy, the Vietnam War and the 9/11 attacks.

But, when researching his television series, The Untold History of the United States, it was American exploits in the Middle East that left him with the most lasting impression, he told Middle East Eye on Wednesday.

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Pesticides Trigger Death of the Bees. Corporate Corruption in Pesticide Research

Source: http://www.globalresearch.ca

Scientists Who Do Not Link Pesticides to Bee Deaths Are Often Funded by the Agrochemical Industry

‘Syngenta and Bayer have a substantial amount of influence in the debate,’ said one neurobiology researcher in response to a Greenpeace analysis of corporate corruption in pesticide research.

Pesticide manufacturers have spent millions influencing researchers who are investigating the role of neonicotinoids, a nicotine-like chemical found in many major pesticides, in bee die-offs, according to a recent analysis by Greenpeace.

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Monsanto and Bayer: Why Food And Agriculture Just Took A Turn For The Worse

Source: http://www.globalresearch.ca

News broke this week that Monsanto accepted a $66 billion takeover bid from Bayer. The new company would control more than 25 per cent of the global supply of commercial seeds and pesticides. Bayer’s crop chemicals business is the world’s second largest after Syngenta, and Monsanto is the leading commercial seeds business.

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Jammu, Ladakh demand separation from Kashmir

Author: Sandhya Jain
Publication: ABPLive.in
Date: September 9, 2016
Source: http://www.abplive.in/blog/jammu-ladakh-demand-separation-from-kashmir

The unsurprising failure of the all-party delegation to Jammu & Kashmir on September 4-5 has had two immediate repercussions – a hardening of the Centre’s attitude towards the separatists who have long fattened on the Indian exchequer, and an enraged Jammu province escalating its demand for separate Statehood.

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Is it time to divide J&K into three?

By Sanjeev Nayyar. September 10, 2016
Source: http://www.rediff.com/news/column/is-it-time-to-divide-jk-into-three-/20160910.htm

Since 1950 successive governments have tried various options but failed to reduce alienation amongst the people, for different reasons, of Kashmir, Jammu and Ladakh. It is best to accept this reality and let each region charter its own path, within the framework of the Indian Constitution, says Sanjeev Nayyar.

The Kashmir Valley has hogged newspaper headlines for nearly two months now for all the wrong reasons.

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