India’s Embattled Democracy

  Lawmakers from India’s main opposition Congress party and the Janata Dal (Secular) protested against Karnataka governor Valubhai Vala and Prime Minister Narendra Modi, in Bangalore, India, this month.   NEW DELHI — A fair and independent electoral process, an independent judiciary, a Parliament with a noisy opposition, a relatively free press and an army…

The false dichotomy between ‘Islamist’ and ‘secular’

Recent elections in Tunisia and Lebanon have underscored the different realities affecting political ‘Islamist’ victories While the 2011 Arab Spring tremors in Tunisia and Lebanon are subsiding, two elections have given a sense of the current state of political forces in the region, in very different contexts. Both the municipal vote in Tunisia and the…

The Gaza protests show that non-violent resistance will triumph

Israel has been exposed as an oppressive, ruthless state that violates international law by using lethal, high-velocity bullets against peaceful protesters Non-violent popular resistance is not new to the Palestinian people. It was practised in the famous six-month civil disobedience strike of 1936 and reached an impressive level during the First Intifada, forcing the Israeli…

Cobrapost Sting: Big Media Houses Say Yes to Hindutva, Black Money, Paid News

  Exposé reveals some of the biggest names in the Indian media agreeing to business proposal by undercover reporter seeking promotion of Hindutva agenda and influencing of electoral outcome for a price. New Delhi: Nearly two months after Cobrapost first reported how some media houses were prepared to strike business deals to promote the Hindutva agenda and help polarise…

Iran: Netanyahu’s ‘lies’ aimed at influencing Trump

  Tehran’s dismissal comes as US calls Netanyahu speech ‘compelling’ even as EU official says no proof Iran violated deal. Iran’s top officials have bristled at the Israeli prime minister’s allegations that Tehran secretly pursued a nuclear weapons programme, dismissing them as “lies” aimed at influencing US President Donald Trump ahead of a crucial deadline for the…