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Mahatma Gandhi and the Pro-Israeli Lobby in the US

The recent forced resignation of Gandhi's grandson, Arun Gandhi from the M K Gandhi Institute for Nonviolence in New York brings to mind the Zionist lobby's bitter criticism of Mahatma Gandhi from a Jewish fundamentalist perspective in the 1980s.

Militarism and Money Morality

The US army in Iraq is staffed entirely by volunteers. Those who join the army come from the lower middle classes and do so for the salary and because they have few other opportunities for work.

Politics as Show Business

Television, since the 1960s, has helped deliver the immediacy of an event to its viewers. In recent years, its pervasive influence has helped reduce politics to a series of visual images that can be adroitly ?fixed? to influence and persuade the voter. The US provides the best illustration of this phenomenon.

Realpolitik in the Balkans

Nato in the Balkans – Voices of Opposition by Ramsey Clark, Sean Gervasi and Others; International Action Center, New York, 1998.

Asia's Women Leaders and Dynastic Charisma

While dynastic charisma is a factor in the rise of many women leaders, in the case of Sonia Gandhi it is being cleverly articulated in her favour in India's current political vacuum.

The Concept of Global Tribes

Tribes: How Race, Religion and Identity Determine Success in the New Global Economy by Joel Kotkin; Random House, New York, 1993. IN terms of the modern political-economic rhetoric of globalism frequently and indiscriminately used in writings on politics, economics, culture, ideology and history the book under review is interesting. It deals with the history and operation of some immigrant groups in the US and other countries, and makes sweeping generalisations about their activities leading to "the road to cosmopolis", a phrase used in the epilogue part of the book.

Crimes of Israel

remained bereft of traffic which dared not risk the swollen rivers and roaring cataracts of rain. Coastal maritime activities were equally disoriented, the western coast ceased functioning in the months of the south-west monsoons, while its eastern counterpart was affected by the north-east rains. Thus during periods when the Konkan coast remained inactive the Coromandel coast was operational and vice versa.

Labouring Class Stratification-US Style

US Style Robi Chakravorti IN early part of March, there was a spectacular 18-day general strike in two General Motors (GM) brake-making factories in the US. The repercussions of the strike led to the closing down of about three-fourth of GM plants in the country idling about 83,000 GM workers. The issue causing the conflict between the largest automobile plant in the country and United Automobile Workers Union (U A W), the largest and historically activist labour union, was 'outsourcing' a new term that has crept into the current rhetoric dealing with economic and social issues.

Labouring Class Stratification-US Style

US Style Robi Chakravorti IN early part of March, there was a spectacular 18-day general strike in two General Motors (GM) brake-making factories in the US. The repercussions of the strike led to the closing down of about three-fourth of GM plants in the country idling about 83,000 GM workers. The issue causing the conflict between the largest automobile plant in the country and United Automobile Workers Union (U A W), the largest and historically activist labour union, was 'outsourcing' a new term that has crept into the current rhetoric dealing with economic and social issues.

Free Press and Realpolitik

major impact on reviving the moribund South Korean economy, recovering from its own bitter war against communism a decade earlier." Such macro-economic benefits are lost on the war veterans, who are determined to seek compensation from the South Korean and US governments and the US producers of Agent Orange.

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