India’s farmers have been protesting since the autumn, with a growing intensity that culminated in a violent breaching of barriers in the Red Fort in Delhi during India’s Republic Day celebrations on January 26. Although reforms introduced by the Modi government in September are ostensibly about empowering farmers, there is deep concern that they will largely boost private agribusiness to the detriment of the livelihoods of small farmers. The bills propose new market channels that are largely unregulated, potentially leaving farmers at the mercy of powerful private sector players.
Democracy observers say there are glaring similarities between the attempted coup in the US and the successful coup in Myanmar.
The United States has landed in Afghanistan like a rocket in a garden. It refuses to rust, it poisons the Earth, and even U.S. voters can’t budge it. Normal life can’t continue with us there. Meanwhile, an inevitably arriving Taliban-led government—one already in control of most of the country—is growing more fanatic and deadly.
A peek into India’s protest art during the COVID-19 pandemic.
If reducing harm to society is the goal, a cost-benefit analysis shows cannabis prohibition has failed.
The pandemic has compelled Indian sex workers to come forward and seek their rightful status as legal workers in India.