War, Economic Catastrophe and Environmental Degradation. Under the Guise of Progress and Development By Colin Todhunter

27 April 2014 — Global Research

Indian finance minister P.Chidambaram once claimed that his government’s policies were pro growth and pro equity (1). He talked of alleviating poverty in India ‘in our lifetime’ by implementing the type of development policies currently being pursued. The minister envisages 85 percent of India’s population eventually living in well-planned cities with proper access to water, health, electricity, education, etc. Based on today’s population size, which is set to continue to rise, that would mean at least 600 million moving to cities. He stated that urbanisation constitutes ‘natural progress’.
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ColdType, May 2014, Issue 85 Now on line

28 April 2014 — Coldtype

Inside This 84-page issue

COLDTYPE is packed with more great journalism this month with articles by Andrew S. Fischer on the Death of the Middle Class; while Neal Clark tells us why he’s so confused; Conn Hanninen on the forthcoming break-up of Europe; Forbes Howie looks at the Mating Rituals of Giant Pandas; Michael I. Niman predicts a new Cold War; Andy Piascik applauds America’s new heroes; Felicity Arbuthnotexamines the West’s strange idea of freedom; while John Pilger writes about the extension of apartheid in South Africa. In addition we’ve got a 10-pages of photographs by Martin Jenkinson from the British Miners’ Strike and a new 16-page Books section with features by Chris Hedges, Tony Sutton, David Swanson and Danny Schechter

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Media Lens: ‘Hard Clay’ – Remaking Afghanistan In ‘Our’ Image By David Edwards

28 April 2014 — Media Lens

Last month, we reviewed the mind-boggling contrast between corporate media coverage of the January 2005 election in Iraq and the March 2014 referendum in Crimea.

Whereas all media accepted the basic legitimacy of an Iraq election conducted under extremely violent US-UK military occupation, they all rejected the legitimacy of a Crimea referendum conducted ‘at [Russian] gunpoint’.

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Reflections on Ukraine and Regime Change By Michael Parenti

27 April 2014 — Voltaire Network

The current tug of war between Washington and Moscow has made us lose sight of the circumstances surrounding the regime change in Kiev and the consequences thereof. Beyond the invectives slung from each side of the US/Russian divide, the fact remains that the new Ukrainian government came into power as the result of a coup orchestrated by the United States. Even if today a part of the Ukrainian population appears to be satisfied, it will inevitably get caught in the trap and eventually open its eyes.

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