Amit Sengupta, October 21,2013
In India, as well as in many developing countries, there is wide acceptance that the present health care system needs serious reforms. There is, however, very limited consensus on the shape and extent of reforms that are necessary. Universal Health Coverage (UHC) has become a buzzword in health and development sectors, and is being proposed as the solution. The catch lies in the fact that there is no real consensus on what UHC really means. Proponents of UHC schooled in neoliberal economics propose that UHC is all about securing finances for health services, and in allowing a form of insurance based delivery of services. UHC models being proposed and in many cases, being implemented, often appear to be premised on an understanding that if finances can be obtained the delivery of services will take care of itself. Further, in many situations it is proposed that given the existing preponderance of the private medical sector in many countries (like in India), it is logical to allow a major role for the private sector.
Newsclick Production, October 4,2013
Prabir Purkayastha speaks on the Surveillance State at a panel discussion on “Idea of India: A People's Agenda” organised by the Centre for Policy Analysis in New Delhi. He delineates how the US policies under Obama have transformed from 'Yes, We Can' to 'Yes, We Scan.'
Prabir Purkayastha, October 3,2013
Soon after the military strikes on Syria was forestalled, negotiations between the US and Iran have started. Has the US really changed course in West Asia or is it only a temporary tactical shift with goals of regime change in both Syria and Iran still remaining constant?
Prabir Purkayastha, August 31, 2013
The hypocrisy of the US and its allies is today matched with the complicity of the global mainstream media. Without producing any shred of evidence, the US and its allies are telling the world that they have conclusive evidence that it is the Assad regime that has conducted the chemical attack in Ghouta, a suburb of Damascus, killing an estimated 356 people. The US and France are still claiming that under “a right to protect”, they can now bomb Syria – kill more Syrians in order to protect them. This was Kerry's plea when he spoke to the press -- trust us, we know, so let us bomb Syria.
Prabir Purkayastha, June 14, 2013
Edward Snowden's disclosures to The Guardian and the The Washington Post of surveillance by the US National Security Agency (NSA) have created a public storm. Simply put, it is now clear that all those dismissed as conspiracy theorists have been right all along – every bit of digital communications is today under NSA's scanner. NSA violates the privacy of its own citizens, the sovereignty of other countries and the privacy of all foreigners – dubbed as “aliens” in the US law.
Prabir Purkayastha, June 1, 2013
The Syrian rebel coalition –- the rag tag band that the US and the so-called “Friends of Syria” have put together –- calling it the Syrian National Coalition –- have been unable to agree to anything in its latest fiasco of a meeting in Istanbul.
Nafeez Mosaddeq Ahmed, May 31, 2013
The brutal murder of an off-duty British soldier in broad daylight in the southeast London district of Woolwich raises new questions about the British government's national security strategy, at home and abroad.
Prabir Purkayastha, March 13, 2013
The combination of Uhuru Keyatta and William Ruto have won the elections in Kenya comfortably without the predicted bloodshed that took place last time.
Courtesy: The Real News, August 27, 2012
Leonce Ndikumana: Tunisia to audit foreign debt and reject loans embezzled by former dictator
Prabir Purkayastha, Newsclick, June 1, 2012