Archive : February 2024

Aaron Bushnell’s Divine Violence

Aaron Bushnell’s self-immolation was ultimately a religious act, one that radically delineates good and evil and calls us to resist.   By CHRIS HEDGES FEB 29, 2024   Aaron Bushnell, when he placed his cell phone on the ground to set up a livestream and lit himself on fire in front of the Israeli Embassy in Washington D.C., […]

Why Would Anyone Kill Themselves to Stop a War?

In the past three months, two people in the United States have taken or risked taking their own lives in an attempt to change U.S. policies on Palestine and call for a cease-fire.   By ANN WRIGHT Feb 26, 2024 Common Dreams   Six years ago in 2018, after returning from a Veterans For Peace trip […]

About two anti-Muslim hate speech events per day in 2023; 75 percent of those in BJP ruled states : Report 

A report by India Hate Lab which has documented 668 anti-Muslim hate speech events in 2013 is a reflection of how during the recent years, anti-Muslim hate speech has been normalised and become part of India’s socio-political sphere, and how it is being employed during the elections to polarise voters.   Groundxero | 26 February, 2024 […]

Refrain from any sort of complicity with Israel : Indians for Palestine Group

Demanding an immediate ceasefire in Israel’s genocidal war in Gaza, the Indians for Palestine (a group of concerned citizens) has called on the Narendra Modi government to publicly endorse the latest ruling of the International Court of Justice on Gaza and refrain from “any sort of complicity with Israel”.   Groundxero | 25 February, 2024   […]

One Key Reason Behind Israel’s War on Gaza? Gas

Israel’s plans and ambitions in the Eastern Mediterranean will not be complete unless it confiscates Gaza’s gas field. Israel’s desire to seize Gaza’s gas can partially explain Netanyahu’s intransigence when it comes to cease-fire initiatives, as this project hinges on Israel maintaining security control over the territory and expelling the Palestinian population.   By WALID […]

‘Black Day’ Observed Widely Across India to Protest Murder of the Young Farmer Shubhkaran Singh 

Reports of effigy burning, torch light procession and demonstration by farmers to protest murder of the young farmer Shubhkaran Singh received from all the states of India. Workers, student, women and youth widely participated in the protest action reflecting anger among people against state repression of farmers. SKM has called for observing 26 February 2024 as […]

One Farmer Dies of ‘Bullet Injury’, Several Hurt in Tear Gas Shelling, ‘Delhi Chalo’ March on Hold

Shubhkaran Singh, a 21-year-old farmer was killed and several other injured as Haryana police launched a brutal assault on farmers attempting to resume their march towards Delhi.     Groundxero | 21st February, 2024   A 21-year-old farmer was killed of suspected ‘Bullet Injury’ and many others injured in tear gas shelling and firing of rubber bullets by […]

সন্দেশখালিতে সাংবাদিক গ্রেফতার: আরও এক স্বৈরাচারের নমুনা 

সন্তু পানের গ্রেফতার এক স্বৈরাচারী প্রবণতা। এই বেআইনি গ্রেফতারের প্রতিবাদ না করলে, সংসদ থেকে বিশ্ববিদ্যালয়ে, পথসভা থেকে সেমিনার-কনভেনশনে, সংবাদমাধ্যম থেকে সমাজমাধ্যমে যেভাবে বিরুদ্ধস্বরকে নিয়ন্ত্রণ করা, দমন করা, ঘৃণা ও বিদ্বেষ ছড়িয়ে স্তব্ধ করার এক লাগামহীন প্রক্রিয়া নরেন্দ্র মোদীর রাজত্বে এক স্বাভাবিক ঘটনা হয়ে দাঁড়িয়েছে— তার প্রতিবাদ করার নৈতিক জোর আমরা হারিয়ে ফেলব। লিখলেন দেবাশিস আইচ।   […]

Politics of Emotion of the Nirbhaya and Kathua Rape and Murder cases: the middle-class hypocrisy and the contours of reception

In India’s recent history, the months of December and January would be marked forever with black ink. On December 16, 2012, a 22-year-old physiotherapy intern, dubbed “Nirbhaya” by the Indian media was gang-raped inside a bus she boarded in the national capital, Delhi, along with a male friend. In January 2018, an eight year old from Kathua […]

লোকসভা নির্বাচনের আগে এনআরসি-আধার নিয়ে বিভ্রান্তি সৃষ্টি করছ আসাম সরকার: ফোরাম ফর সোশ্যাল হারমনি

Groundxero|20 February, 2024   সম্প্রতি বিধানসভায় আসাম সরকারের পক্ষে মন্ত্রী পীযূষ হাজারিকা এক প্রশ্নের উত্তরে বলেন যে, ২৭ লক্ষ লোকের আধার ইস‍্যু করতে হলে সুপ্রিম কোর্টের অনুমতি লাগবে।  মুখ‍্যমন্ত্রীর মুখেও আবার একই রকমের বিভ্রান্তিকর কথা শোনা গেল। গত ৫ বছর ধরে আধার আটকে রেখে এখন নির্বাচনের প্রাক্কালে সরকার বল সুপ্রিম কোর্টে ঠেলে দিয়ে হাত ধুয়ে […]

With $280 Billion in Profits, Oil Giants Are ‘Main Winners of the War in Ukraine’

“They have amassed untold wealth off the back of death, destruction, and spiraling energy prices,” a Global Witness investigator said of a new analysis.   By Olivia Rosane Feb 19, 2024   As Russia’s invasion of Ukraine approaches its second anniversary, one group has clearly benefited: the five biggest U.S. and European oil and gas companies. […]

SKM calls Delhi’s proposal on MSP an ‘Eyewash’, an attempt to break the farmers’ movement

SKM has out-rightly rejected the proposal on MSP by the Union Ministers as a complete “eye-wash” and alleged that the Union government is trying to create divisions within the larger farmers’ movement and has made the proposal to sabotage their unity.    Groundxero|19 February, 2024   Samyukta Kisan Morcha (SKM), a platform of over 500 farmer […]

কেন্দ্রের খসড়া প্রস্তাব ‘আই ওয়াশ’, কৃষক আন্দোলনে ভাঙন ধরানোর চেষ্টা: সাংবাদিক সম্মেলনে জানাল এসকেএম

১৯ তারিখের অনলাইন সাংবাদিক সম্মেলনে এসকেএম-এর তরফ থেকে স্পষ্ট জানিয়ে দেওয়া হয় তাঁরা ফসলের ন্যূনতম সহায়ক মূল্য বিষয়ক কেন্দ্রের খসড়া প্রস্তাবকে একটি সম্পূর্ণ ‘আই ওয়াশ’ বলে মনে করছেন এবং এই প্রস্তাবের সম্পূর্ণভাবে বিরোধীতা করা হচ্ছে।   Groundxero|19 February, 2024   ১৯ জানুয়ারি সংযুক্ত কিসান মোর্চা জরুরি ভিত্তিতে একটি অনলাইন সর্বভারতীয় সাংবাদিক সম্মেলনের আয়োজন করে।  এর কারণ […]

Julian Assange’s Final Appeal

Julian Assange will make his final appeal this week to the British courts to avoid extradition. If he is extradited it is the death of investigations into the inner workings of power by the press.   By CHRIS HEDGES FEB 18, 2024   LONDON — If Julian Assange is denied permission to appeal his extradition to […]

200+ Unions Launch Network to Push for Gaza Cease-Fire

“The support for a cease-fire is overwhelming,” said one union leader. “We can’t stand by in the face of this suffering. We cannot bomb our way to peace.”   By BRETT WILKINS Feb 16, 2024 Common Dreams   Seven national and over 200 local labor unions in the United States on Friday announced the establishment of a coalition […]

3 Days and Nights of Mass Protest in Punjab against MPs, MLAs and Ministers and leaders of BJP

After the massive spontaneous response and huge participation of farmers and workers in the Grameen Bharat Bandh and Industrial /Sectoral Strike on 16 February, SKM has now decided to immediately intensify the agitation with multiple calls for massive actions in coordination with workers and all other sections of the people.   Groundxero|18 February, 2024   […]

Water Transport Workers’ Union refuse to load or unload weapons meant for Israeli

In solidarity with a call by Palestinian trade unions, the Water Transport Workers Federation of India representing 3,500 workers at 11 major ports have refused to load or unload weapons meant for use by the Israeli military in Palestine.    Groundxero| 18th February, 2024   The Water Transport Workers Federation of India representing 3,500 workers […]

Update on the Struggle against Vedanta’s Bauxite Mining at Sijimali

#SijimaliMatters Update # 7. An update on the status of the struggle by the local communities against Vedanta’s bauxite mining project at Sijimali, Odisha.    Groundxero | 16th February, 2024   Vedanta Limited’s proposed bauxite mining project at Sijimali in Odisha’s Rayagada district is being intensely opposed by local Adivasi and Dalit villagers who have voiced […]

বহরমপুরে পুলিশি আক্রমণের জেরে খেতমজুরের মৃত্যুর নিন্দায় কিষান মোর্চা

পুলিশি আক্রমণে খেতমজুর আনারুল ইসলামের (৫৩) মৃত্যুর তীব্র নিন্দা করল সংযুক্ত কিষান মোর্চা (এসকেএম), কেন্দ্রীয় শ্রমিক সংগঠনগুলির যৌথ মঞ্চ এবং ক্ষেত্রীয় ফেডারেশন ও অ্যাসোসিয়েশন।    Groundxero| 16th February, 2024   মঙ্গলবার বহরমপুরে আইন অমান্য আন্দোলনে খেতমজুর আনারুল ইসলামের (৫৩) মৃত্যুর তীব্র নিন্দা করল সংযুক্ত কিষান মোর্চা (এসকেএম), কেন্দ্রীয় শ্রমিক সংগঠনগুলির যৌথ মঞ্চ এবং ক্ষেত্রীয় ফেডারেশন ও […]

21 Point Charter of Demands: Gramin Bharat Bandh and Industrial/Sectoral Strike

The 21 Point Charter of Demands released by SKM and JPCTUs in context of the all India Grameen Bandh and Industrial / Sectoral Strike on 16th February 2024.   Groundxero| 15th February, 2024   Samyukta Kisan Morcha (SKM) and Joint Platform of Central Trade Unions and Independent Sectoral Federations/Associations has called Grameen Bandh and Industrial […]

Haldwani violence result of a steady rise in communal tensions in Uttarakhand: Fact-finding Report

A citizen fact-finding team, comprising members of the Association for Protection of Civil Rights (APCR), Karawan-e-Mohabbat, and civil rights activist Zahid Qadri, visited Haldwani on February 14, 2024, to investigate the recent violence that erupted in the region. The fact-finding team’s interim report titled Bulldozing Peace: State Violence and Apathy in Muslim Settlements of Haldwani asserted that the […]

End Corporate Loot and Save Agriculture: Grameen Bharat Bandh and Industrial Strike on 16 February

The Samyukt Kisan Morcha (SKM) and Central Trade Unions (CTUs) have appealed to the workers, farmers, agricultural workers, women, youth, students and all other sections of the people to join the massive peoples’ action and support the strike action on 16 February to save the Basic Principles of Democracy, Federalism, Secularism and Socialism enshrined in the […]

Israel merciless bombing of Rafah faces worldwide protests

With the numbers of the murdered in Gaza surpassing 28,000 people, Israel is mercilessly bombing Palestinian in Rafah. As Palestinians prepare for a catastrophic ground invasion of Rafah, the U.S. Senate votes to send an additional $14 billion to Israel. Amnesty International warns Palestinians in southern Gaza are “facing the real and imminent risk of […]

A Deeper Look at Hamas and What Terrorism Means in Israel-Palestine

When one side in hostilities lacks an army, that side often finds its only recourse is to use what the other side calls “terrorism.”   By ROBERT M. SCHAIBLE, SALLY BOWDEN-SCHAIBLE Feb 13, 2024 Common Dreams   On October 7, Hamas launched a terrorist attack on southern Israel, killing some 1,100 people, a majority of whom […]

SKM writes to PM, condemns State repression unleashed on ‘Dilli Chalo’ protest

The Samyukta Kisan Morcha (SKM), which led the historic farmers’ struggle in 2020-21, has strongly condemned the State repression on farmers, and sent a letter to the Prime Minister demanding withdrawal  of forces, ensure the rights of farmers to organise Delhi Chalo protest and resolve the demands of the farmers and workers struggle through discussions. […]

Don’t Treat Protesters as Enemies of the Country: SKM

Groundxero | 12th February, 2024   The Samyukta Kisan Morcha (SKM), which led the historic farmers’ struggle in 2020-21 against the three pro-corporate farm laws enacted by the Union government has expressed its strong discontent and anger against the dictatorial manner in which the Modi government is handling the democratic mode of protests of the farmers […]

কেন অশান্ত হয়ে উঠল সন্দেশখালি?

কেন অশান্ত হয়ে উঠল সন্দেশখালি? এই প্রশ্নের উত্তর পেতে গেলে আপনাকে যেতে হবে সন্দেশখালি ব্লকের দাড়ির জঙ্গল মৌজায়, যেতে হবে দাড়ির জঙ্গল মৌজার ৭ নম্বর পেত্নি ঘোলায়। যেতে হবে দীর্ঘদিনের অত্যাচারের শিকার সন্দেশখালির আমজনতার কাছে। বিঘার পর বিঘা জমি কার্যত দখল করে মাছ চাষের অভিযোগ রয়েছে ‘পলাতক’ তৃণমূল নেতা শেখ শাহজাহান এবং তার দুই ছায়াসঙ্গী, […]

Modi Government Desperate To Not Allow Farmers Into Delhi

Groundxero | 12th February, 2024   The narrative for the upcoming general elections was already set. Backed by the corporate money and riding on the wave of Hindu religious nationalism unleashed, orchestrated and amplified through every government institutions and mouthpiece-medias, in the wake of the Ram Mandir inauguration in Ayodhya on the ruins of demolished Babri Maszid, […]

“Workers’ Resistance Day” observed by MASA against the anti-worker policies of governments

Groundxero | 9th February, 2024   Mazdoor Adhikar Sangharsh Abhiyan (MASA), a coordination platform of 17 workers organisations/unions in India, observed “Mazdoor Pratirodh Divas/Workers’ Resistance Day” on 8th February, 2024, all over the country against the anti-worker policies and to press for the just demands of the working masses in the country.   Protest demonstrations, rallies […]

Let Them Eat Dirt

The final stage of Israel’s genocide in Gaza, an orchestrated mass starvation, has begun. The international community does not intend to stop it.   CHRIS HEDGES FEB 9, 2024   There was never any possibility that the Israeli government would agree to a pause in the fighting proposed by Secretary of State Antony Blinken, much less a […]

Explainer: what is the two-state solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict?

By Andrew Thomas, Deakin University   In recent weeks, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has repeated his rejections of a two-state solution to the Israeli-Palestinian crisis, saying: I will not compromise on full Israeli security control over all the territory west of Jordan – and this is contrary to a Palestinian state.   While Netanyahu […]

Israeli Groups Demand Gaza Cease-Fire as Netanyahu Rejects Hamas Deal

A former hostage warned the Israeli prime minister that if he continues to pursue “the destruction of Hamas, there won’t be any hostages to release.”   JESSICA CORBETT Feb 7, 2024   Rights groups in Israel on Wednesday demanded a cease-fire in their country’s four-month war on the Gaza Strip as Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin […]

Demand for Inclusion of Disability Issues in Political Parties Election Manifesto

Groundxero | 8th February, 2024   In view of the forthcoming elections to the 18th Lok Sabha, the National Platform for the Rights of the Disabled (NPRD) has send a letter to all recognized political parties containing a set of issues specific to persons with disabilities that they think should form part of their manifesto for the […]

ভাগ্যিস, মাইকেল একালে জন্মাননি

পুণেতে রামকেন্দ্রিক একটি নাটক অভিনয় চলাকালীন “ধর্মীয় ভাবাবেগে আঘাত” লাগার অজুহাতে নাটকের অভিনয় বন্ধ করে দেওয়া হয় এবং অধ্যাপক-সহ কুশীলবদের মারধরের পর গ্রেফতার করা হয়। রামের বিতর্কিত দিকটি বাদ রাখলেও, একটু ভেবে দেখবার বিষয় আছে, এটিই কি প্রকৃত রামরাজ্য? লিখলেন রাজর্ষি।   গত ২২ জানুয়ারি ভারতবর্ষের ইতিহাসে একটি অন্যতম বিশেষ দিন। দিনটি কী ছিল সেটি […]

Hunger Death of a Worker at Madhu Tea Estate

Dhani Oraon, a 58 years old permanent worker (PF No. WB/889/2514) from Madhu Tea Garden, died of starvation on 2nd February 2024, reflecting once more on the apathy of the state government and the garden management to the terrible state of tea garden workers.   Groundxero | 7th February, 2024   Dhani Ora (58), a permanent […]

Uttrakhand Women’s groups reject UCC Bill criminalising constitutional behaviour and introducing moral policing

The Uttarakhand women’s groups and representatives reject the UCC Bill passed by the State Assembly in toto, saying that the Bill criminalises constitutional behaviour, and introduces moral policing.   Groundxero | 7th February, 2024   The Uttarakhand State Legislative Assembly on Wednesday passed the Uniform Civil Code, Uttarakhand, 2024 Bill, becoming the first State in the […]

Mamata announces payment of pending wages of 21 lakh NREGA in West Bengal

Groundxero | 3rd February, 2024   West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Saturday announced that her government would clear the pending wages of 21 lakh NREGA workers of West Bengal from the state fund. She said that unpaid wages will be transferred to the bank accounts of the MGNREGA workers in the State by […]

Over 250 citizens condemn “vindictive witch hunt” of Dr. Harsh Mander by Indian State agencies

Groundxero | 3rd February, 2024   In a press statement, released on 2nd February, 2024, over 250 activists, academicians, lawyers, and concerned citizens expressed solidarity with rights activist and former IAS officer Harsh Mander and condemned the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI)’s raids at his home and his office as being part of a “vindictive witch hunt”.   The […]

Immediately disburse wages pending for two years to NREGA workers in West Bengal

100 Lawyers and Law Professionals from across India endorse demand to immediate disbursal of wages pending for two years to NREGA workers in West Bengal, with full compensation & resumption of work.   Groundxero | 3rd February, 2024   The Union Government has stopped funding for NREGA in West Bengal since 9th March, 2022, based on […]

The Silence of the Damned

Our leading humanitarian and civic institutions, including major medical institutions, refuse to denounce Israel’s genocide in Gaza. This exposes their hypocrisy and complicity.   CHRIS HEDGES JAN 31, 2024     There is no effective health care system left in Gaza. Infants are dying. Children are having their limbs amputated without anesthesia. Thousands of cancer patients and those in need […]