When Role of Vaccines as Public Health Clashes with Their Role As Source of Super Profits

9 November , 2020 — Counter Currents

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Vaccines have performed an important role in improving public health and saving human lives. All the scientists, labs, manufacturers and medical personnel who contributed to this deserve our deepest thanks and gratitude.

However in recent years a different role of vaccines started emerging– vaccines as a source of huge profits. Things became more worrying when this role of vaccines started clashing with the role of vaccines as public health and even appeared to be superseding it.

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Red, red Kerala hails Pinarayi’s leadership

16 December 2020 — Indian Punchline

M.K. Bhadrakumar

Jubilant communist party supporters savour massive election victory in Kerala’s local body elections, December 16, 2020

Malayalis attribute high importance to democratic elections in general, but the elections to the local bodies and the state assembly are of exceptional importance. Like in any part of the world where the roots of democracy and representative rule run deep and devolution of power percolates down to the grass roots, it is the local bodies in Kerala that affect people’s day-to-day life most directly. Having said that, of course, given the high literacy level in the state, Malayalis also make their point on the state of the nation whenever election time comes.

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Getting India out of the hole with China is still possible

12 December 2020 — Indian Punchline

M.K. Bhadrakumar

Long haul in Ladakh on India-China border

Two Indian correspondents based in Beijing drew out the Chinese foreign ministry spokesperson Hua Chunying at a press briefing Thursday on the recent ‘frank’ remarks by External Affairs Minister S. Jaishankar about India’s problematic relationship with China in an interview with the Australian think tank Lowy Institute. A purpose was served.

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India: Largest Strike in World History : Over 200 Million Workers and Farmers Protest against Poverty and Unemployment Triggered by Covid Lockdown

6 December, 2020 — Global Research

Barely Covered by the Mainstream Media

By Global Research News

Left Voice 4 December 2020

The general strike occurred in the context of the devastation brought about by the coronavirus pandemic in India.  Added to this are the millions of people who have lost income and who now face increased poverty and hunger, in a country where even before the pandemic 50 percent of all children suffered malnourishment.

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India’s farewell to ASEAN as it boards RCEP train

14  November 2020 — Indian Punchline

M.K. Bhadrakumar

A container ship at Shenzhen Port, China (File photo)

Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s remarks at the 17th ASEAN-India Summit on November 12 makes sad reading. It comes in the specific context of the signing of the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership [RCEP] on Sunday — the mega free trade agreement centred on the ASEAN plus China, Japan and South Korea.

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From Cotton to Brinjal: Fraudulent GMO Project in India Sustained by Deception

29 August 2020 — Counter Currents

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Insecticidal Bt (Bacillus thuringiensis) cotton is the first and only GM (genetically modified) crop that has been approved in India. It has been cultivated in the country for more than 20 years. In a formal statement to the Supreme Court of India, the Indian government has asserted that hybrid Bt cotton is an outstanding success. It therefore argues that Bt cotton is a template for the introduction of GM food crops.

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US lobbyists set the Indian narrative on China border

8 July 2020 — Indian Punchline

Special Representatives of India and China on border dispute A.K.Doval (L) and Wang Yi (R) reached a ‘positive consensus’ over de-escalation and disengagement in Eastern Ladakh, July 5, 2020

M.K. Bhadrakumar

The civilian-military relationship is a complex matrix. In ‘wartime’, this is more so when civilian leaders who never held a killer’s weapon in their palms are called upon to take decisions on the passage of arms. Of  course, there are strong-willed leaders who force their will. Bismarck was one such leader — Stalin another — who lacked real military service.

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US-China trade deal unravels. What next?

28 June 2020 — Indian Punchline

M.K. Bhadrakumar

US-China standoff hots up as White House compares Chinese President Xi Jinping with Soviet leader Joseph Stalin

The world community can heave a sigh of relief that there isn’t going to be a new cold war between the United States and China. A Cold War needs two blocs: while Washington is unable to cobble together a bloc, Beijing is disinterested in one, lacking a bloc mentality. But isolating China in the international community is easier said than done, as the US-led globalisation is replaced by a China-led globalisation.

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PEPE ESCOBAR: The India-China, Himalayan Puzzle

25 June 220 — Consortium News

The Indo-China border is a strategic chessboard and it’s gotten way more complex.

Valley near Kangan, Kashmir. (Kashmir Pictures, Flickr)

By Pepe Escobar
Special to Consortium News

It was straight from an Orientalist romantic thriller set in the Himalayas: soldiers fighting each other with stones and iron bars in the dead of night on a mountain ridge over 4,000 meters high, some plunging to their deaths into a nearly frozen river and dying of hypothermia.

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Is Kashmir a US Trap to Confront Russia and China?

20 June 2020 — Global Research

The Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO), founded in 2001 by the Shanghai Five (China, Russia, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan) and to which Uzbekistan, India and Pakistan were later added would be the ALBA and Iran countries hard core of resistance to world hegemony of the United States and Great Britain. Consequently, the avowed objective of the United States would be to dynamite this organization, having Balochistan, Kashmir and Xinjiang as scenarios for its destabilizing operations.

1962 India-China war redeux?

18 June 2020 — Indian Punchline

M.K. Bhadrakumar

Indian & Chinese patrols

Indian & Chinese patrols challenge each other, typically, in Ladakh. File photo

The Indian analysts have been comparing the military build-up in the India-China border in eastern Ladakh to the Doklam standoff in 2017. This was only to be expected since the leitmotif was once again a road construction in disputed border regions.

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