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“No slave set. All free”: The Novad Collective and Apocalyptic Freedom

On Oct. 3, 2011, about one hundred Occupy zombies marched across from the New York Stock Exchange, a direct action that not only satirized the emptiness in the heart of American capitalism but announced what was soon demonstrated to be widespread utter estrangement from the neoliberal agenda. Of course, the feeling was mutual. The violent expulsion of the encampments in New York and around the country reframed the conflict between the left and the neoliberal hegemony in military terms. The next four or five months saw a continued escalation of repressive force, with the massing of police at demonstrations, use of helicopters, rubber bullets, snatch and grab arrests, and the infiltration of local groups. The counterinsurgency was clearly effective; mass demonstrations now are rare, and resistance in general is episodic … Read entire article »

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The concept of African Oil and Curse Resources

Africa still remains one of the continents with huge oil reserves and potentials and yet the continent continue to remain a curse in the eyes of many as such oil, gas and other natural resources do not actually benefit them. Most countries with oil reserves in Africa and whose GDP is highly dependent on oil, gas and natural resources turn to face challenges like the Dutch disease, oil and gas volatility, political instability as well as economic instability who all sum up to make oil production in such countries a curse. The Dutch Disease is considered by economist as a situation where there is an increase in the exploitation of natural resources with increase revenue in that sector and a decline in the manufacturing sector in a country. The effect of this is always the fact that there turn to … Read entire article »

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International awareness campaign “UMAYLAM: Middle Way Approach” launched by Tibetan leader

Most concerted effort to date’ to secure basic freedom through genuine autonomy for the Tibetan people His Holiness the Dalai Lama blesses the Middle Way Approach Campaign DHARAMSALA, INDIA, JUNE 5, 2014: THE Central Tibetan Administration’s leader, or Sikyong, today unveiled the administration’s most concerted effort to date to bring about basic freedom for Tibetan people. Four years after talks reached a stalemate in 2010 and following the self-immolation of 130 Tibetans since 2009, Dr. Lobsang Sangay said the Middle Way Approach Campaign would help people across the globe understand exactly what the Tibetan people were calling for – genuine autonomy. ~ “The Middle Way Approach information materials – including an interactive website, short documentary video, Social Media campaign, timeline of the Tibetan struggle and FAQs – many of them available in 7 languages … Read entire article »

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Dhasa Tibetan Women’s Basketball Tournament Summer: 2014 Concluded Successfully

  Dharamsala: Dhasa Tibetan Women’s Basketball Tournament that started on 25th May 2014, as initiated by Ms. Tenzin Tseyang, who is the head of Women’s Empowerment Desk, concluded on 2nd June 2014. Regional Tibetan Women’s Association team won the Dhasa Tibetan Women’s Basketball Tournament 2014 championship. The eight teams that took part in the tournament are Drogmo, Tibetan Career Centre, Ex-TCV, Gu Chu Sum, Tibetan Women’s Football, Regional Tibetan Women’s Association; Dhasa, Norbu Linga and Department of Home. The Grand Finale was played on 2nd June 2014 between Regional Tibetan Women’s Association and Tibetan Women’s Football team. Mr. Penpa Tsering la, the speaker of Tibetan Parliament in Exile graced this event as the chief guest. Ms. Gyari Dolma la, the Kalon of the Department of Home and representatives of Young Women’s … Read entire article »

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The Song of Krishna

My life has become a tangled web of misery: A convoluted and complex entity, skewing to uncertainty. In the spiritual realm I am trapped inside the abyss; Millions of light years away from eternal bliss;   Doomed to a recurrent existence, with no end in sight; And my only option is to persevere, with fright. I call on the great Lord Krishna for enlightenment; He waves his magic, immersing me in refinement,   Guiding me through this Herculean task at hand, While all the time whispering, hand in hand. He chants softly, his Pearls of Wisdom, Proclaiming the Divine Kingdom.   I am speechless, in a deep psychedelic trance, As he unravels the whole universe at a glance. Clouds of confusion slowly dissipate, And through this limpidity I accept my fate.   He chronicles the right way to act in the battleground of life, While exercising detachment from all sorts of strife. He sprinkles his scintillating wisdom, devouring me, Taking immediate effect and decontaminating me.   As I hear a robin crooning, perched on a tree, An apparition of Krishna appears, summoning me. As I look up to the clouds, grief­stricken, Krishna appears with his angelic twinkle, and I am smitten.     Krisha’s lullaby lingers in the air, Waiting for more hopefuls to snare; Only the enlightened few will discern its scent, And confess it to be truly heaven sent. I pay homage to my savior, my mentor and my celebrity; And shall endeavor to keep him in the vicinity for eternity. ______________________________________________________________________________________________________________________ Shahrokh Sharifrazy is a writer, a mathematician and a poet  – not all at the same time though. He originally hails from Iran. … Read entire article »

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