Places Archives: Asia

Is Casteism Dead in Nepal?

Caste-based discrimination and violence has been prevalent in Nepalese society for a long time. Although both have been made illegal, Salonika explains why incidents occur, highlighting the harmful system that maintains the violence.  Is Casteism dead in Nepal? By Salonika May 23, 2020 marks the nine-year anniversary of the day when the parliament passed a … Continue reading Is Casteism Dead in Nepal?

Vishakhapatnam Gas Leak: Who Do We Hold Accountable?

In this piece, Salonika explains how this culture prioritizes economic gains over human and natural welfare. She describes how series of toxic accidents in India (of which the Vishakhapatnam gas leak is one example) lays testimony to this fact. In such a culture, is it possible to hold the responsible actors accountable for their actions? … Continue reading Vishakhapatnam Gas Leak: Who Do We Hold Accountable?

Are Indigenous People Backwards?

Are indigenous people backwards? Do they really need to be ‘rescued’ from their primitive way of life and introduced to this wonder of human civilization? Or is this a racist simplification? In this piece Chris challenges the notion that civilization is the ultimate way of life — a notion that has been used to justify … Continue reading Are Indigenous People Backwards?

The Impact of ‘Civilization’ on Endemic Communities.

In this piece, Suresh discusses the impact of civilization on endemic communities and their right to live in isolation. Suresh tells us how these indigenous people have had their land, rights and identities stripped by encroaching industrial civilization. The Impact of Civilization on Endemic Communities By Suresh Balraj In a world characterised by information, there … Continue reading The Impact of ‘Civilization’ on Endemic Communities.

Survival of the Fittest in the Time of Pandemic

Does “survival of the fittest” truly define evolution? Or does mutual cooperation? This piece, originally published by Safehouse Infoshop, explores survival and mutual aid in a time of pandemic. By Taks Barbin / Safehouse Infoshop People often equate Charles Darwin’s notion of “survival of the fittest” with competition. People think that the natural way of … Continue reading Survival of the Fittest in the Time of Pandemic

Lockdown Leviathan, Liberate Nature: A Report from Bangalore

How is the coronavirus crisis affecting Bangalore? In this piece, Suprabha Seshan considers the fragrances of lockdown, the clearing of beautiful skies in the heart of one of India’s biggest cities, and the brief halt to the concrete machinations of industrial living. Locking Down Leviathan By Suprabha Seshan / Counter Currents The streets of Jayanagar, … Continue reading Lockdown Leviathan, Liberate Nature: A Report from Bangalore

How Can We Hold Corporations Accountable?

Corporations are driven by a necessity to privatize profits and externalize costs. In this article, Suresh Balraj highlights how the concept of limited liability further reduces the accountability of corporations to the consequences of their actions, and asks “how can we hold corporations accountable?” The Myth of Limited Liability By Suresh Balraj Prof. Nicholas Murray, … Continue reading How Can We Hold Corporations Accountable?

Coal Plant Accident Kills Six in India

What is electric power worth? The coal power industry is responsible for an incredible amount of suffering and death via air, soil, water pollution and land destruction. This is not to mention the gathering climate crisis apocalypse. This piece, by DGR South Asia organizer Salonika, discusses the cost of coal. Reliance Power Accident in India … Continue reading Coal Plant Accident Kills Six in India

Colonization and Resistance in the Philippine Archipelago

The Philippine archipelago was a Spanish colony for nearly 500 years, and a US colony for 50. Today, it is an economic colony. This episode of The Green Flame focuses on the history of the Archipelago (decolonized name for the Philippines). Our interview is with Neneth, a longtime revolutionary and organizer based on the northern … Continue reading Colonization and Resistance in the Philippine Archipelago

Police Brutally Dismantle Indigenous Anti-Mining Roadblock In Philippines (Eyewitness Video)

The indigenous community of Didipio on the island of Luzon in the northern Philippines has been resisting foreign gold mining for decades. The gold mine, owned by Oceana Gold Philippines, Inc. (OGPI), has destroyed massive areas of jungle, poisoned the land and water, and displaced  hundreds of villagers. Two resistance figures were shot and killed … Continue reading Police Brutally Dismantle Indigenous Anti-Mining Roadblock In Philippines (Eyewitness Video)