Jam Saqi: A Celebration of Life


Countercurrents.org | March 16, 2018

His kidneys gave him away when he was 73 years young. Perhaps we needed a couple of decades more of his conscious life; another side, equally loving but a tad more compassionate, thinks perhaps he would have been better off leaving us 40 years ago thus avoiding all the tortures, solitary confinements, indignities, suicide of his beloved spouse who had heard from some sources that he had succumbed to torture by a praetorian guard of an unnatural country. Jam Saqi, who left us Monday the 5th of March 2018, may well be considered as a man who truly experienced the “real Pakistan”. A country, many have opined thus far, similar to its “twin” Israel, containing in its very genes the seeds of a flourishing garden of evil.Read More »


A mentor to many: Noted rights activist Jam Saqi passes away

by Z Ali

The Express Tribune | March 05, 2018



HYDERABAD: There are a few people in Pakistan’s history whose names are synonymous with resistance against the martial law regimes of General Ayub Khan and General Ziaul Haq. One of those towering political figures, Muhammad Jam, popularly known as comrade Jam Saqi, breathed his last in Hyderabad on Monday. He was 73 years old.

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Frances Perkins: The woman who helped end the Great Depression

by Chauncey K. Robinson

People’s World | March 08, 2018

Frances Perkins: The woman who helped end the Great Depression

The U.S.’ first woman cabinet member, Secretary of Labor Frances Perkins. | AP

International Women’s Day 2018 comes in the midst of a tumultuous time. The current White House administration under Donald Trump continues to attack the rights of workers, women, people of color, immigrants, and other marginalized communities. Discussions about lasting systemic change—about socialism—have been put center stage once again as working people struggle to hold onto the rights they have won in the past and embark on fights for new ones.Read More »

Hugo Chavez Commemorated Across South America, Caribbean on 5th Anniversary of His Passing

by Earl Bousquet

teleSUR | March 06, 2018

Hugo Chavez commemoration ceremony takes place at the Miraflores Presidential Palace ahead of the ALBA leaders summit in Caracas, Venezuela.

Hugo Chavez commemoration ceremony takes place at the Miraflores Presidential Palace ahead of the ALBA leaders summit in Caracas, Venezuela. | Photo: teleSUR
While the Venezuelan government and people held a series of events in the country honoring the late leader, events were taking place across the region.

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“Struggle And Create: My Days With Com. Shankar Guha Niyogi” – Chapter 9: Who Led The Movement Astray?


Countercurrents.org | February 26, 2018

One of the most prominent people in the contemporary labour movement of India, Shankar Guha Niyogi, lost his life for the cause three decades ago. From the time he began his work in Chhattisgarh in the nineteen sixties until his martyrdom in 1991, he led innumerable class struggles. He was the prime mover of a new stream in the labour movement – this stream did not confine itself to eight hours of a worker’s daily life, it did not limit itself to demands for better wages or bonuses or responses to chargesheets; rather, all aspects of the 24-hour day of a worker’s life (health-education-housing-culture-sports-prohibition of alcohol-liberation of women-the historical responsibility of workers towards other exploited classes of society) were part of the agenda of the union, the goal was nothing short of the transformation of society.Read More »

“Struggle And Create: My Days With Com. Shankar Guha Niyogi” – Chapter 8: Struggle And Creation


Countercurrents.org | February 21, 2018

Before 28th September 1991, very few people outside Chhattisgarh or Madhya Pradesh knew the name of Shankar GuhaNiyogi.  On this day, along with Niyogi’s name, people also learned the phrase, “sangharsh aur nirman”, i.e. “struggle and creation”.Read More »

Subhas Mukhopadhyay – Rebel Poet

by Dipanjan Rai Chaudhuri

Frontier | February 26, 2018

Of all the rebels who stoked my many rebellions, I loved him the most. They were mostly friends of my father from his Communist party days, who had taken upon themselves the onerous task of modernising the world outlook of a lonely child, albeit in the failed ways of the past. They saw my parents forcing me into a slave camp of learning by rote, and tried to save such remnants of creativity as they imagined me to possess. Subhas Mukhopadhyay had just returned from his first visit to the Soviet land, and I remember him euphoric, talking nineteen to the dozen. He saw a lonely child developing into a boy, and promised him a copy of “Amar Bangla”. But copies were hard to get, and it was almost thirty years before the collection of travel diaries created as a corresponding writer of Swadhinata and sent to a gangling boy, reached the man, finally. What the poet had in his pocket, that day, was a copy of “Desh Bidesher Rupkatha”, which, apart from magic story-telling, introduced his small friend to prose cadences. Afternoons in vacation time saw the poet spending time reading the usual adolescent outpourings, heavy with Jibananda and Samar Sen. Much later, the poet was asked, “Why vacations? and why afternoons? Read More »

“Struggle And Create: My Days With Com. Shankar Guha Niyogi” – Chapter 7: Bhilai Workers Movement


Countercurrents.org | February 15, 2018

Asim Das, Indradeb Choudhury, Kishori Choudhury, Kumar Verma, K. N. Pradip Kutty, Keshav Prasad Gupta, Joga Jadav, Dhirpal Sinha, Puranik Pal, Prem Narayan, Madhukar Choudhury, Manoharan Verma, Ramkripal Misra, Ramajna Chauhan, Lashman Verma, Hiru Ram


“The butchers that murdered you will be judged in the tribunal of today. We will not let the killers be the arbiters of justice in your murder. We will fight, we will struggle, we will win, our court will give the assassins a sentence – a death sentence.”—From the Shaheed Memorial of Dalli-RajharaRead More »

Another look at Martin Luther King Jr.

by Norman (Otis) Richmond

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