Venezuela: Popular Militia Advances


Members of the Venezuelan National Bolivarian Militia
Members of the Venezuelan National Bolivarian Militia

In the face of economic sabotage, subversion, an abortive military coup and threats of open military intervention from U.S. imperialism and its puppet gangster regime in Colombia, the Bolivarian government of Venezuela has taken steps to strengthen its armed forces and to reinforce ties among the soldiers, workers and peasants of the country.

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Venezuela: PSUV Holds Congress as Pressure Mounts for Maduro to Receive Campesino March

by Paul Dobson


PSUV President Nicolas Maduro and First Party Vice-President Diosdado Cabello greet the delegates at the IV Congress of the United Socialist Party (PSUV). (AVN)
PSUV President Nicolas Maduro and First Party Vice-President Diosdado Cabello greet the delegates at the IV Congress of the United Socialist Party (PSUV). (AVN)

Merida, July 30, 2018 ( – The fourth national congress of Venezuela’s largest political party, the United Socialist Party (PSUV), wound up Monday following three days of intense activities. The congress was inaugurated Saturday on the 64th birthday of the party’s founder, Hugo Chavez.

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Ortega: Nicaraguan Economy Returning to Normality After Unrest

teleSUR | August 01, 2018


Nicaragua’s President Daniel Ortega speaks to supporters during celebrations to mark the 39th anniversary of the “Repliegue”, July 7th 2018 | Photo: Reuters FILE
“The blow was hard and the losses huge, recovery will take time, but with the spirit of Nicaraguans we are confident that we will advance swiftly,” Ortega said.

Nicaraguan President Daniel Ortega says the country’s economy is “being reactivated” after the period of armed opposition back violence, which plagued the country since April.

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Iraq’s oil union defends protesters

by David Bacon

People’s World | August 01, 2018

Iraq’s oil union defends protesters

Oil workers on a drilling rig in the Rumaila field | David Bacon

As uncertainty continues over the results of Iraq’s May 12 election, the deterioration in social services that brought about the victory of the Sairoon coalition has impelled thousands of people to take to the streets to protest the increasingly difficult conditions of their lives.Read More »

India: Rejuvenating Public Education in Kerala

by Prabha Varma

People’s Democracy | July 29, 2018

KERALA model of development has been acclaimed the world over for achieving human development indices that places it at par with several developed countries. A few years back Kerala was mentioned by the UN as the only state in India which lies at the very high in Human Development Index (HDI).

A UNDP working paper titled ‘Human Development in India: Costs of Inequality’, estimated losses in human development due to inequality in different dimensions across Indian states. The loss was highest with respect to education (43 percent), followed by health (34 percent) and income (16 percent). While the average loss in human development due to inequality stood at 32 percent for the whole of India, it was the lowest in Kerala, at only 17 percent, thanks to the Kerala Model.   Read More »

Indian Cinema Is On The Precipice Of a Great Transformation


The Wire | August 01, 2018

A new era of Bollywood has arrived. The release of Lust Stories and Sacred Games on Netflix marks a watershed moment for Indian cinema – the introduction of content that does not have to shy away from “controversial” issues such as sexuality, religion and politics. In a recent roundtable with Rajeev Masand, Anurag Kashyap described Bombay Talkies as a celebration of a century of cinema gone past, and Lust Stories as the announcement of a century to come.Read More »

To Find a Story Under Every Old, Big Tree – Even in Delhi

by Neha Sinha

To Find a Story Under Every Old, Big Tree – Even in Delhi

A myna nests atop a chimney. Credit: Neha Sinha

New Delhi: Thorny shrubs, peripheral trees.

That’s the light cost of the redevelopment of Sarojini Nagar, best known for a thriving export-surplus market and government flats in various states of disrepair. According to form 1 and form 1A, required under the Environment Impact Assessment notification, 2006, and submitted by the National Buildings Construction Corporation (NBCC) for redevelopment – breaking down buildings to build new flats and malls would sacrifice very little, just a few “thorny shrubs”, some trees on the “periphery” of the project site and “no ecologically important flora or fauna species”.Read More »