Richard Grassl lives in Washington State. He first went to Cuba in 1997 to attend a U.S./Cuba Labor Conference in Havana and has returned periodically, most recently in August 2018. Richard’s wife is Cuban. His visits there with her family have allowed him to see Cuba in ways quite different from those of most North American visitors. Tom Whitney of the Let Cuba Live Committee of Maine and a regular People’s World correspondent, takes advantage of Richard’s unusual vantage point and his analysis to ask him a few questions.Read More »
by Subodh Varma
Peoples Democracy | Vol. XLII No. 52 | December 30, 2018
AMONG the series of schemes launched (or repackaged) by the Modi led NDA government, one of the most toxic is the Pradhan Mantri Fasal Bima Yojana (PMFBY). Its purpose is to provide crop insurance to farmers, that is, if the crop fails due to some non-preventable reason like weather calamity etc, then the farmers will be compensated for this loss. The principle is sound – the government should take care of such losses which are very common in India since cultivation is largely dependent on monsoon rains.Read More »
The Wire | January 04, 2018
BJP workers pelt stones in Palakkad while protesting the entry of women into Sabarimala. Credit: PTI
New Delhi: The Kerala police have arrested at least 745 people and taking another 628 into preventive custody after a hartal against the entry of women into the Sabarimala temple saw normal life disrupted on Thursday. Several dozens were injured, while one person died. The media was also reportedly attacked by right-wing activists at several places.
The hartal was called by the Sabarimala Karma Samithi, a grouping of various Hindu organisations. The Bharatiya Janata Party supported the hartal, while the Congress-led opposition coalition observed a black day.Read More »