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Hugo Chavez The first time I met Hugo Chavez was at the United Nations in New York in January 2003. He asked me my name, as if we were chatting between friends just getting to know each other. When I told him “Eva”, he responded “Eva, really?”(1) “Yes, Eva”, I said. “My brother is named Adan”, he said, adding, “My mother wanted me to be a girl so that she could call me Eva, and look, I appeared!” He smiled and laughed with that laugh of his, so pure and sincere it’s contagious to all those near. He appeared. Chavez,

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This piece is adapted from “Uprisings,” a chapter in Power Systems: Conversations on Global Democratic Uprisings and the New Challenges to U.S. Empire, Noam Chomsky’s new interview book with David Barsamian (with thanks to the publisher, Metropolitan Books).  The questions are Barsamian’s, the answers Chomsky’s. David Barsamian (L) and Noam Chomsky at MIT in January 2012. Q: Does the United States still have the same level of control over the energy resources of the Middle East as it once had? A: The major energy-producing countries are still firmly under the control of the Western-backed dictatorships. So, actually, the progress made

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Kashmiri boys ride their bicycle past a graffiti during a curfew in Srinagar, India, Monday, Aug. 9, 2010. Authorities re-imposed a curfew in most parts of Indian Kashmir Monday as separatists called for fresh protests against Indian rule in the disputed region this week. (AP Photo/Altaf Qadri) The extent of suffering of Kashmiri children and youth under the occupation is shocking and unreported. We need to shed light on the shattering consequences of the occupation upon them; psychologically, emotionally, physically, and economically. It is important to note here that this occupation is itself unethical, unjustifiable, and inhumane; it denies Kashmir

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Prisoners inside the Guantanamo Bay. It became the unfortunate home for the refugees from Cuba and Haiti caught in the International waters during 1970s and continued the monomania through the half of 1990s when the last Haitian refugee was released in 1995 after being declared unlawful by Sterling Johnson Jr., a United States District Court Judge. The Guantanamo Bay Naval Base in Cuba turned into a flagrant rough-house of boisterous abuse and victimization after its initiation in 2002 as the detainment facility for the suspects caught during the United States’ so-called “War on Terror’. During the past 11 years of its existence as a notorious prison facility for counter terrorism

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It has been more than twenty years of the gateway to our road of the massacres. It was this day, twenty three years ago, when the youngsters couldn’t stand anymore at the crossroads. When people couldn’t bear the humiliation anymore and they came out without any fear. When the shackles of forcible enslavement were twisted and cracked. When the rivers knew they would be flowing with blood. When the graveyards knew they would run out of soil. It was this day that started it all. Jagmohan, the notorious Indian official was appointed as the Governor of Jammu Kashmir on January

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The history of ideas usually credits the discourse that it analyses with coherence. If it happens to notice an irregularity in the use of words, several incompatible propositions, a set of meanings that do not adjust to one another, concepts that cannot be systematized together, then it regards it as its duty to find, at a deeper level, a principle of cohesion that organizes the discourse and restores to it its hidden unity. This law of coherence is a heuristic rule, a procedural obligation, almost a moral constraint of research: not to multiply contradictions uselessly; not to be taken in

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Protests in Delhi, on December 22, against the gangrape of 23-year-old girl. Photograph: The Kashmir Walla The streets of the capital fume with fury and desperation. Thousands of people gather at India Gate, Rashtrapati Bhavan, Jantar Mantar and other nook and corners of the country to express their disgust and condemnation to the incident. I struggled to find an adjective to be added before the word ‘incident’ in the last statement.  Was it ‘shocking’? –No. Every day we as Indians are used to ignoring incidents of women being stripped, paraded naked, murdered after rape while we flip through the morning

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“What do you want? Azaadi?” “Yes! He needs Azaadi.” the old man sitting on my side berth shouted. “Give all of them what they want, let them be responsible for all that happens next,” the big fat man mumbled. “They will understand only when they will be fucked up like POK kashmiris,” the man who was quiet till now shouted and thus announcing his entrance in the discussion. I looked at the faces of the Kashmiri students for their response. They were completely silent and in a sort of shock. I could see the worry of being beaten up looming

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