Archive : May 2024


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সাদত হাসান মান্টোর ১১২তম জন্মদিন চলে গেল এই মাসে। গত দু’বছর হল মান্টোর ‘খোল দো’ গল্প নিয়ে একক পারফর্মেন্স করে চলেছে কত্থক, সমসাময়িক নাচ ও থিয়েটার শিল্পী শ্রুতি ঘোষ। শ্রুতির সঙ্গে নাচ নিয়ে একাধিক কাজ করার সুবাদে ওর ‘খোল দো’-র সাথে সামান্য হলেও আমি জড়িয়ে থেকেছি। সেই ‘খোল দো’র শৈল্পিক, অর্থনৈতিক পথ চলা নিয়ে মান্টোর […]


নো ভোট টু নোটা?

নোটায় ভোট বেশি পড়লে নতুন করে ভোট নেওয়ার জন্য আইন করার দাবিও তোলা দরকার। যেমন দরকার একটা নির্দিষ্ট সময়ের মধ্যে নির্বাচিত প্রার্থী তার নির্বাচনী প্রতিশ্রুতি না রাখলে তাকে ফিরিয়ে আনার অধিকারের (রাইট টু রিকল) জন্য আন্দোলন করা। সেই রাস্তায় না গিয়ে ‘নোটায় কোনও ভোট নয়’ বলে আওয়াজ তুললে লাভ কার? লিখলেন নীলাঞ্জন দত্ত।   এবারের […]


Israel’s Response to ICJ Order to Halt Rafah Assault? More Bombing

“What needs to be ordered is a permanent cease-fire and an end to the siege and occupation,” said a Palestinian forced to flee Gaza.   By Jessica Corbett May 24, 2024   Civilians and journalists in the southern Gaza Strip reported Friday that Israel responded to an order by the International Court of Justice to halt military operations in Rafah by […]


ICJ Orders Israel to ‘Immediately Halt Its Military Offensive’ in Rafah

“Israel must immediately halt its military offensive or any other action in the Rafah governorate which may inflict on the Palestinian group in Gaza conditions of life that could bring about its physical destruction in whole or in part,” said Judge Nawaf Salam, president of the ICJ.   By Julia Conley May 24, 2024   […]




The Slow-Motion Execution of Julian Assange Continues

The ruling by the High Court in London permitting Julian Assange to appeal his extradition order leaves him languishing in precarious health in a high-security prison. That is the point.   By CHRIS HEDGES May 21, 2024     The decision by the High Court in London to grant Julian Assange the right to appeal […]


ICC seeks arrest warrants for Israeli PM Netanyahu for war crimes in Gaza; charges Hamas chief for October 7 attack

Karim Khan, chief prosecutor for the International Criminal Court, accuses Israel’s Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Defense Minister Yoav Gallant of numerous crimes including “starvation as a method of war” and “deliberately targeting civilians.”   Groundxero | May 20, 2024   The chief prosecutor of the International Criminal Court (ICC) on May 20 announced that he […]


2023 worst year of Internet shutdowns, India in number one offender position

A new report on global internet shutdowns puts India into number one offender position with a whopping 116 total internet shutdowns in the country during 2023.   By Sumendra Tamang    2023 was the worst year of Internet shutdowns ever recorded— highlighting an alarming and dangerous trend for human rights. A new report, Shrinking Democracy, […]



Solidarity Marches Held Across Globe to Demand Cease-Fire in Gaza

Organizers held rallies in the U.S., Europe, and Asia to mark Nakba Day and condemn Israel’s bombing and starvation of Palestinian civilians.   By Julia Conley 19 May, 2024   As one United Nations official on Saturday said that “brand new words” are needed to adequately describe the devastation Israel has wrought across Gaza in its U.S.-backed military assault, tens of […]




Over 9,600 children imprisoned in adult jails in 6 years

“Only tiny proportion of reality”: Over 9,600 children imprisoned in adult jails in 6 years reveals a RTI study.   Groundxero | May 17, 2024   A recent right-to-information-based report, titled Incarceration of Children in Prisons in India, has found at least 9,681 children were wrongly incarcerated in adult prisons in between 1st January, 2016, to 31st […]


As Palestine resistance defends Jabalia, people world-wide protest Israeli genocide 

The National Resistance Front of Palestine continues to combat, resist and inflict casualties on Israeli forces in Rafah and Jabalia.   By Harsh Thakor    The genocidal carnage of the State of Israel, patronised by the imperialists, mainly U.S. imperialism, continues. On 12th May, 57 Palestine people were killed and another 82 injured in Israeli […]


Biden Moves Forward With ‘Immoral’ $1 Billion Arms Shipment to Israel

The new shipment was announced “right after the State Department admits Israel has ‘likely’ used U.S.-supplied weapons in violation of humanitarian law,” said one journalist.   By JULIA CONLEY 15 May, 2024   Less than a week after U.S. President Joe Biden said he was pausing a shipment of thousands of bombs to Israel, citing concerns […]


India Palestine Solidarity Forum Condemns the Escalation of the Genocidal War on Gaza

Statement by India Palestine Solidarity Forum and Indian citizens in solidarity with Palestine, condemning the escalation of the genocidal war on Gaza by Israel with their invasion of Rafah and military takeover of border crossings hindering access to humanitarian aid to Palestinians, and the brutal clampdown on Palestinian protestors.   INDIA PALESTINE SOLIDARITY FORUM (IPSF) […]


Manual Scavenging: 8 workers killed in the last 10 days in UP; one death in Delhi

One of the sanitation workers, Deepu, who survived the tragedy at Mughalsarai, said that if the private hospital had wanted, at least Vinod’s life could have been saved but due to the presence of feces on his body, the doctor shooed him away from a distance.   Groundxero | May 15, 2024   The death of sanitation […]




Condemn the Fake Encounter Killing of 12 Adivasi Villagers in Gangalloor, Chhattisgarh

Local villagers and activists alleged that the 12 persons killed by security forces in Chhattisgarh were villagers from the nearby Pedia village who were out to gather tendu leaves.   Groundxero | May 13, 2024   On 11th May 2024, twelve Adivasi people in Chhattisgarh’s Bijapur district, were killed in an encounter by the paramilitary forces of […]


Israel’s Willing Executioners

Hundreds of thousands of people are being forced to flee, once again, after more than half of Gaza’s population took sanctuary in the border town of Rafah. This is part of Israel’s sadistic playbook.   By Chris Hedges May 13, 2024   Run, the Israelis demand, run for your lives. Run from Rafah the way […]


Its Right vs Left in Begusarai, Bihar

‘Groundxero’ visited Begusarai going to poll today – a report by Anish Kumar     Left parties in Bihar, consisting of CPI, CPI(M) and CPI(ML-Liberation) didn’t win any parliamentary seats from the state since the last two decades. The last communist MP from Bihar was Subodh Rai of CPI(M) during 1999-2004. CPI has not been able […]



‘ARGENTINA STOPPED’: Unions Hold Second General Strike Over Milei Austerity

“It is a day of resistance and demand,” said trade groups that organized the action “in defense of democracy, labor rights, and the living wage.”   By JESSICA CORBETT May 10, 2024   Argentina’s primary trade union federation on Thursday held another nationwide general strike, the second called since President Javier Milei, a far-right economist, took office in December […]


Universities as part of the Empire

As part of the Empire, the Universities establish a strong control over the production and consumption of “knowledge” that is sanitized from the need for human liberation. And yet, in this choke hold, history presents junctures that have the potential of changing the consciousness of the masses, and we are living through one such juncture. […]


America—Democracy or Plutocracy?

What happened to the middle class in the United States? The rich ate it.   By FRANCES MOORE LAPPÉ May 09, 2024   Almost 90 percent of us think of ourselves as being “middle class,” but we’re way off. In 1970, 62 percent of Americans did qualify; but by 2021, our shrinking middle class was down to 42 percent. By […]


The Nation’s Conscience

The courageous stance of students across the country in defiance of genocide is accompanied by a near total blackout of their voices. Their words are the ones we most need to hear.   By Chris Hedges May 8, 2024   NEW YORK CITY: I am sitting on a fire escape across the street from Columbia University […]



Hundreds of Jewish Students Affirm Support for Campus Protests to Stop Gaza Genocide

The Jewish students’ open letter—which circulated as U.S. President Joe Biden again linked campus encampments to antisemitism—urges institutions of higher learning to “take immediate action” to stop Israel’s Gaza genocide.   Groundxero | May 8, 2024   Against the backdrop of U.S. President Joe Biden’s Capitol Hill speech marking Holocaust Remembrance Day  condemning antisemitism, hundreds of Jewish students […]


The Historic nation-wide railway strike of May 1974

The 50th anniversary of the historic railway workers strike in 1974 should remind the working class of the need to resurrect the spirit of that struggle as the right-wing political establishment under the neo-liberal economic world order pushes for implementation of anti-labour reforms in India.   By Harsh Thakor  May 8, 2024   One of […]


‘End of ideology’ Phenomenon in Bihar Elections

Ideological priority has become irrelevant, the only consideration being to secure a party-ticket to contest and attempt to capture political power for the majority of politicians, who have entered the electoral fray on behalf of different mainstream political parties in Bihar.   By Anish Ankur May 7, 2024   End of ideologies thesis firsts emerged […]


Israel order Al Jazeera to shut down, raids its offices in Jerusalem

To silence Al Jazeera from reporting on its atrocities in Gaza, Benjamin Netanyahu Government issues an order to close down the network in Israel    Groundxero | May 5, 2024   Israel’s Cabinet on May 5 banned Al Jazeera, the Qatar-based satellite news network—the sole international media outlet providing 24/7 live coverage from Gaza—from operating in […]


Israel’s settler-colonial plan of colonizing Gaza being resisted worldwide

At a time when the massacres and crimes committed by the Zionist-imperialist alliance continue and escalate, Palestinian people, especially people in the Gaza Strip, write a new page of heroism and miracles each day.   By Harsh Thakor May 4, 2024   The State of Israel, patronised by imperialists, mainly U.S. imperialism, continues its genocidal […]


প্রজ্জ্বল রেভানার মতো পরিচিত ‘সিরিয়াল’ যৌন নির্যাতনকারীর হয়ে ভোট চাওয়ার জন্য প্রধানমন্ত্রীর ক্ষমাপ্রার্থনার দাবি জানাল নাগরিক সমাজ 

ভারতের জাতীয় মহিলা কমিশনের কাছে পাঠানো খোলা চিঠিতে স্বাক্ষর করলেন প্রায় ৭০০ জনেরও বেশি নাগরিক। এই চিঠিতে দাবি জানানো হয়েছে, যে ভয়ঙ্কর যৌন নিপীড়নের ঘটনায় প্রজ্জ্বল রেভান্না, এইচ ডি রেভান্না ও অন্যান্যদের নাম জড়িয়েছে, তাতে অভিযুক্তদের বিরুদ্ধে কড়া পদক্ষেপ নেওয়ার জন্য। এই চিঠিতেই দাবি জানানো হয়েছে প্রজ্জ্বল রেভান্না-র মতো একজন ‘সিরিয়াল’ যৌন নির্যাতকের পক্ষে ভোট […]



World Press Freedom Day Marked by Mourning of Journalists Killed in Gaza

“To claim these deaths are accidental is not only incredulous, it is insulting to the memory of professionals who lived their lives in service of truth and accuracy,” said one expert.   By Jessica Corbett May 03, 2024   As the international community marked World Press Freedom Day on Friday, journalists and advocates across the […]


The corporate takeover of India’s media

Press freedom in India has been badly hit by the gobbling up of media platforms by a few large companies. Large and powerful corporate houses have exercised diverse strategies to acquire several well-established media companies. What has arguably worked to favour them is their closeness to Narendra Modi’s government.   By R Srinivasan Published on May 3, […]


Concerned citizens demand PM to apologize for seeking votes for a known serial sexual abuser like Mr. Prajwal Revanna

Over 700 concerned citizens have written an open letter to the National Commission of Women (NCW) to ensure strong action against Prajwal Revanna, HD Revanna and others involved in the horrific sexual violence case. The letter demanded Prime Minister Narendra Modi to apologize for seeking votes for a known serial sexual abuser like Mr. Prajwal Revanna. […]