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Letter from America

Letter from America
The happenings in Charlottesville expose America’s “unshakable grounding in a virulent and diseased whiteness” and white America’s incapacity to confront the naked truth.
We should in the first place celebrate the extraordinary improbability and incredible beauty of Barack Hussein Obama's victory in the presidential elections of the United States. It required the...
The elephant in the room in the campaign for the US presidential elections remains the "race" factor which no one wishes to acknowledge. Barack Obama, as an Afro-American, has to perform according to...
With two months to go for the presidential elections in the United States, the race to the presidency appears to be a very close one, akin to the last two elections in 2000 and 2004. The puzzle is...
With many of the Latin American countries electing left wing governments in the past decade, the United States is losing its influence in what has hitherto been its "backyard". These countries are...
The relations of the United States with the people of Pakistan could not have been worse. The US military actions on Taliban and Al-Qaida bases within Pakistan have inflamed public opinion and led to...
Recent events in Latin America are indicative of the prevailing political instability. The laptops seized during a raid by the Colombian government on the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia in...
It is 10 years since India and Pakistan went openly nuclear. The dangers of a nuclear south Asia are becoming more and more apparent, yet the governments of the two countries continue to build their...
After five years of US military operations in Iraq the mission still remains unaccomplished. The war, besides the horrendous cost, has exposed the limits of American power, its army has started to...
Barack Obama's presidential campaign has caught the imagination of large sections of the United States citizenry. Yet, the irony is that if Obama does become president, the ascendancy of a black man...
The emergence of powerful indigenous movements throughout Latin America has led to the indigenous peoples asserting their presence in national politics without being intimidated by violence or fear...
From being someone the us had no time for, Benazir Bhutto turned during the course of 2007 into a crucial player in Pakistan for American policy. Yet, like everything else of us foreign policy, this...
Venezuela's constitutional referendum is scheduled for early December. Opposition parties remain divided over what strategy to adopt in an uphill battle. While some of the criticism views the...
Letter from America The United States and India There is a consensus among the US policy elites on where India stands in relation to the US and what India should mean to the US in the future. Does...
With the ascent of moderate to left leaders across Latin America, women are in the public spotlight. Although they are assuming greater levels of leadership, the question is whether these new...
Inequalities in the US continue to widen, because of government policies that favour the rich.
The process of reforming the constitution to better reflect the interests of all groups and people, through an elected constituent assembly, has followed different trajectories in Bolivia and...
The US House of Congress voted to end the Iraq war, a vote that was vetoed by president George Bush. However, the interest of the Democratic Party, which has a slim majority in Congress, is not to...
Cho Seung-Hui's cold-blooded shooting down of several of his fellow students and professors speaks to certain issues that have come to constitute in certain respects the quality of American life...
As the US seeks to establish its fighting capability in space, it continues to increase its military bases around the world. And given its desire to contain Iran's nuclear ambitions, keep an eye on...
The proposal by Venezuelan president Hugo Chávez to unite all the parties supporting him into a single united front has started a debate in the country about the relevance of political parties and...
The renaissance of documentary filmmaking in the US is a hopeful sign that politics may yet have something of a future in a country dominated by dreary and mind-numbing discussions of the presence or...
President George Bush's decision to increase US troop strength in Iraq has found few supporters and will only make things worse.
Asia poses a number of major challenges to US foreign policy, but neither the White House nor the Congress is capable of addressing these challenges.
Latin America has seen divergences in electoral strategies between neoliberal conservative candidates employing market-based approaches and left-leaning candidates who seek to put real social issues...
Two different studies on mortality in Iraq after the 2003 US invasion - by Iraq Body Count and Johns Hopkins School of Public Health - provide vastly different assessments.
What history will emerge from the Bush wars is still uncertain. But it grows clearer with each passing day that the Bush administration must now grapple with the reality of defeat.
There is growing opposition, more ironically, from Republican law-makers, to the George Bush administration's contravention of the Geneva conventions in its "war on terror"
The revolutionary euphoria of the 1960s may have waned in Cuba, yet many Cubans continue to believe that the revolution and what it achieved was important and that the values and institutions it...
American public discourse simply cannot accept to what extent drug use, illicit and legal, is now embedded in everyday sociality.
A new wave of anti-capitalist non-electoral alternatives is spreading all over Latin America. The Other Campaign of the Zapatistas of Mexico, the Brazilian Landless Labourers Movement as well as the...
Intellectuals are largely the world?s conscience-keepers, but the precipitous decline of the university into both self-censorship and a false patriotism is a worrying sign of the creeping influence...
It is finally alright for the desis to come out of their puja rooms and take their place on the American Bandstand. Indian-Americans are no longer the stealth immigration group, but the public...
On April 29, Cuba, Venezuela and Bolivia signed a People Trade Agreement, which is seen as a step towards the alternative trade agreement proposed by Venezuelan president Hugo Chávez - the Bolivarian...
The Washington Post reported in early April that the Bush administration was "studying options for military strikes against Iran". But there is little reason to be surprised by all this. An attack on...
Participants of a recent poll conducted on the issue of illegal immigrants in America wanted "tougher enforcement" of the law to keep them out. But the unprecedented gathering and marches of...
The urban renewal that is now sweeping across America is based on state actions fixing the cost of factors of production below market value, thereby generating super-profits for the private sector.
There is the increasing belief that transnational exchanges between grassroot social movements will come to play a crucial role in generating social change in the Americas. However, social movements...
On this third anniversary of the invasion and occupation of Iraq, it is pertinent to reiterate that the act was not a shocking departure from the norm of US foreign policy. The US has a long history...
The occasion to mark the 100th anniversary of Filipino arrival in the US also offers an opportunity to re-examine imperialism as defined in the American context. The US' aggressive colonisation of...
US efforts to check "proliferation" are hypocritical as well as ineffective. Since the US (and other nuclear powers) are not engaged in disarmament, the hopefuls are not convinced about why they...
The recent Pew Survey polled a wide cross-section of Americans for their views on, among other issues, the state of the US today, the performance of the Bush administration and the role of their...
The occupation of Iraq and the political geography of US military bases are not different manifestations of a common project. The latter is a vital component of the long-term strategy of US...
The class-race divide in the US exposed so clearly by Hurricane Katrina was also buttressed by the annual report released recently by the US Census Bureau. The continuing rise of poverty levels for...
Hurricane Katrina caused widespread damage in New Orleans, a city immortalised for the music it gave birth to, but the tragedy that has since ensued, is much greater. Not only has the administration...
The recent Indo-US agreements on military and nuclear policy need to be seen in the light of more than 50 years of US efforts to have India become a part of American political, strategic and economic...
The display of the exhibits and its surrounding text in a new Native American museum in Washington marks the last stand of the politically conscious among the curators and the museum makes its point...
Instances over the last few months, wherein perpetrators of racial crimes have been brought to justice decades after the crime was committed, constitute attempts to 'showcase' the enduring American...
Newspapers describe the US army as facing one of the greatest recruiting challenges in its history, despite the enormous incentives now being offered to join the military. A study commissioned by the...
Recently released US state department documents of 1971 present a detailed micro view of the events of a year which saw the creation of Bangladesh with the partition of Pakistan, India's emergence as...
Nothing more epitomises the American ideal of 'corporate bigness' than the retail giant Wal-Mart. Yet its critics reveal their political naivete when they limit their criticism to instances of Wal-...
The 60th anniversary commemorating the end of the second world war in Europe was recently observed, yet there has been little introspection of the dangers the war unleashed; the threats that still...
Across Latin America, countries and governments are asserting in many ways their autonomy from the US. This is part of a larger process of ferment in the region. Driven by massive increases in...
One element of the present dominant conservative consensus in America is aimed at rescuing the university from the nay-sayers, radicals, communists and relativists who are alleged to have taken over...
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