Courtesy:thenaturalhistorian.com, October 21,2013
A new hominid skull find is making news today. The headlines are predictable over-dramatic but the skull nonetheless is quite impressive in its state of preservation. I don’t have time for a detailed report of this find but I have read the paper (Lordkipanize et al. 2013 see references) and several other papers about this particular archaeological site, published in the last 10 years, and this skull has some interesting history that I thought I would share. Hopefully it provides some context for the news that most of you have either heard or will hear soon. This post follows from a series of posts in which we have been looking at the geological context of hominid fossils including: The Frequently Overlooked Geological Context of Hominid Fossils, Geological Context II: Neanderthals and the Italian Supervolcano, and Context is Key for Interpreting Large Fossil Find in Spain.
The latest skull to appear from the rocks at Dmanisi.
Photograph courtesy Georgian National Museum
Immanuel Wallerstein, October 16,2013
In the Bible there is a famous story of Samson, who is a hero. There are many interpretations of the meaning of the tale in which Samson, an Israelite, and someone of God-granted strength, pulls down the temple of the (also very strong) enemy Philistines, dying himself in the process. I take it to mean that an act which seems irrational (Samson dies in the process) is both heroic and quite sensible in that it becomes the way (possibly the only way) in which the strong enemy is defeated and his "people" saved.
Prabir Purkayastha, NewsClick, 11th October, 2013
The internet governance is back in the news with Snowden's NSA revelations and the US government's blatant violations of its “stewardship” of the internet. Bruce Schneier, one of the leading cyber security experts and a key contributor to many of its standards says, “I have resisted saying this up to now, and I am saddened to say it, but the US has proved to be an unethical steward of the internet. The UK is no better.” The Brazilian president has recently stated that internet governance needs to change. This only adds to the 2011 IBSA (India, Brazil, South Africa) proposal – to have a multilateral body under the UN govern the internet instead of the internet being governed by the US. As it exists, the internet is run by institutions that are all US entities and operate under a contract with the US government.
D.Raghunandan, October 4,2013
The season for the volume by volume publication of the much-awaited Fifth Assessment Report (AR5) of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) opened last week with the releases on 27 September 2013 of the Summary for Policy Makers (SPM) of the Working Group I (WG1) Report, and the release on 30 September of the unedited version of the Report itself.
Courtesy: therealnews.com, September 3, 2013
Professor Prashad is Edward Said Chair at the American University of Beirut, Lebanon. Among the many books he's authored are The Poorer Nations: A Possible History of the Global South and Arab Spring, Libyan Winter. He writes regularly for The Hindu, Frontline, CounterPunch. Vijay Prashad was recently keynote speaker at the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development Public Symposium.
Katie Miranda,Courtesy:mondoweiss.net, September 3, 2013
Ten days ago, the world watched in horror as men, women and children were massacred in Syria in the worst chemical weapons attack of 21st century.
Nazih Richani, Courtesy: nacla.org, August 21, 2013
Beginning today, Monday August 19, Colombia will be witnessing a national agrarian strike of the likes the country has not witnessed since the mobilizations of the mid 1980s and the mid 1990s. For three reasons, the strike marks a watershed in the country’s recent history. First, it comes as a culmination of a series of smaller strikes over the last ten months, involving thousands of peasants, workers, miners, and small farmers. Second, it involves most sectors of the agrarian economy and most of the rural population. Finally, the strike comes at a crucial juncture of the stalled peace talks.
Prabir Purkayastha, August 8, 2013
EVERY year, August 6 and August 9 are remembered for the horrific nuclear attacks on Hiroshima and Nagasaki. The stick like figures drawn from memory by little children depicting the horrors they saw as they marched through their devastated cities still haunt us. In a matter of moments, 2,40,000 were killed and wounded, most of the wounded dying painfully from radiation sickness, cancers and other diseases soon after.
Newsclick Production, May 22, 2013
Newsclick discusses with Satyajit Rath from the National Institute of Immunology the issue of Gene Patenting, in the background of Angelina Jolie’s mastectomy. The patenting of BRCA1 and BRCA2 genes by Myriad Genetics is a classic case of a discovery permitted to be patented. Rath says allowing a company to own genetic information, is under no circumstances healthy. The Myriad Genetics patents restrict public interests unreasonably. The patents effectively mean privatising the results of public funded research.
As Newsclick turns four, we look back at the various videos we have done on several topics. We bring you snippets from a selection of our videos on "International Affairs". From Syria, to Libya to Palestine to the Red Shirt Rebellion in Thailand to Chavez's death, we have tried to get experts, from India and abroad, to give us an insight on all the major developments across the world.