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US Lying about Halabja: Justifying the Invasion of Iraq

The central reason for the justification of the war on Iraq by the US administration was not so much the presence of weapons of mass destruction as the 1988 poison gas attack on Kurd civilians in Halabja by the Saddam Hussein regime. However, close scrutiny reveals that the accusations made by the US that the incident was a predetermined military experiment on the Kurds are false and fabricated, deliberately made to meet US policy objectives.

Undocumented Workers in the US

For the first time in 70 years, May Day in 2006 was marked in the US by two million people demanding legalisation for some 12 million undocumented immigrants. Sweeping the nation like a storm, the Latino protest mobilisation caught both the right and left off guard. The political struggle underlines the persistent economic gap between the US and its neighbours to the south, underlying racial stereotypes, fragmented ethnic consciousness, a divide between employers and right wing chauvinists, and the discontinuity between immigrant workers and the trade union establishment. Nevertheless, the May Day demonstrations could signal a new political awakening and rekindle the US labour movement.

Geopolitics of Communicable Diseases-Plague in Surat, 1994

Highlighting the occurrence of plague in a stereotypically poor country like India has the effect of setting the industrially-developed countries above the seemingly ' chaotic' and substandard' conditions of the developing countries.

Economic Roots of Conflict in New World Order

World Order Sharat G Lin The global economic crisis has toppled governments and shattered nations in the east, given rise to a popular backlash for change in the west, and provided a new geopolitical context for international conflict in the 1990s and into the 21st century. The war in the Persian-Arabian Gulf was a case in point, for it was less the result of a failure of international diplomacy than a deliberate strategy of the US government to exacerbate a crisis as a pretext for intervention. At stake were not merely the price of oil, human rights, or military victory Of far more fundamental importance were, and still are, the sustained recycling of petrodollars into the western industrialised states, support for faltering US economic and financial dominance, and reassert ion of US military and political hegemony in the wake of the collapse of the Soviet Union as a countervailing superpower This retrogression to colonial-style armed force signals a new era in which the only regaining superpower will seek to enforce by any means necessary its economic centrality and political pre-eminence in the face of underlying economic weakness.

The 1990s Decade of Global Economic and Political Crisis

and Political Crisis Sharat G Lin The centrally-planned states of the east, while professing socialism, harbour fundamental social contradictions between the working class and the bureaucratic ruling elites. The bursting of the bubble in eastern Europe and momentarily in China confirms the political and economic crisis of statism. However, the advanced capitalist countries of the West too bear not only fundamental social contradictions, but also unprecedented imbalances which threaten to burst the bubble of relative prosperity. The global debt crisis, burgeoning government deficits, escalating bank failures, increasing volatility in securities markets, and widening disparities in the distribution of wealth threaten world economic stability and are likely to precipitate a great depression in the 1990s, Avoidance of a depression necessitates fundamental economic changes in the west in general, and the US in particular, which their ruling elites are unlikely to either recognise or accept. The consequences of the dual crises in the east and west will be political upheaval and profound economic changes in both camps.

Delhi Textile Strike-Implications of Linking Wages to Productivity

Implications of Linking Wages to Productivity Sharat G Lin Following the precedents in Bombay and Coimbatore, the Delhi textile strike has once again raised the issue of linking wages to productivity. In practice the major impact of such provisions is not to increase production through incentives to workers, but rather to enable management to rationalise reductions in workforce in order to reduce the man-machine ratio. Unlike in Tamil Nadu where labour productivity in the cotton textile industry is rising, in Delhi it is decisively declining. This means that if present trends continue and wages are linked to productivity, real wages may be expected to decline in Delhi. This is only a part of the broader dilemmas faced by a dying industry.

Theory of a Dual Mode of Production in Post-Colonial India

in Post-Colonial India Sharat G Lin The debate over the mode of production in India has suffered from a tendency to focus indivt- duatty on agriculture, industry, or imperialism

Theory of a Dual Mode of Production in Post-Colonial India

in Post-Colonial India Sharat G Lin The debate over the mode of production in India has suffered from a tendency to focus individually on agriculture, industry, or imperialism
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