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US-China Agreement on Climate Change: Far Below What We Require - Part 3

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Newsclick Production, November 20, 2014

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Newsclick discusses with D.Raghunandan of All India Peoples Science Network on India's response to Climate Change negotiations. Raghunandan believes that India is out of tune with what is happening: it is neither willing to accept what others are proposing nor willing to put forward its own proposals. India had the option of proposing an equity based carbon budget principle such that the 2 degree Centigrade line is not breached. Instead, it is pushing itself into a corner by rejecting what others are proposing and offering nothing in return.

US-China Agreement on Climate Change: Far Below What We Require - Part 1

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Newsclick Production, November 18, 2014

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Newsclick interviewed D. Raghunandan of All India People's Science Network on the recent US-China deal on carbon emissions. USA has agreed to reduce its emission by 26-28% by 2030 and 80% by 2050 with 2005 as the base year. China has agreed to 2030 as the peaking year and increasing the share of non fossil fuel consumption to 30% by 2030. Raghunandan believes that while it may appear to break the log-jam of the climate change negotiations, it is well below what a science based approach requires. The combined emissions of the US and China is more than 40% of the total global emissions. The US proposal in its ambition is far below than the IPCC Proposed 40% reduction in emission by 2020 and European Union’s commitment to reduce it by 30% till 2030 using 1990 as a base and not 2005 as the US has committed to. This agreement by the US and China will not help limit the global rise in temperature below 2 degree Centigrade, which is the red-line for climate change.

India's Mars Mission Enter its Final Phase

Prabir Purkayastha, September 18, 2014

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India's Mars Orbiter mission – the Mangalyaan – is now moving into its last and most critical phase. The Mars Orbiter is going to be transferred on 24th September from its current heliocentric or sun-centric orbit and into a Mars-centric one. This is no mean feat, as this phase has defeated many an earlier mission. If it succeeds, India's ISRO will be the 4th space agency to manage such a feat; the others are US's NASA, the Russian and the EU space agencies.

Amidst Calls For Military Boycott Of Israel, India Finalises Procurement Of Barak-1 Missiles

Rahul Bedi, Courtesy: thecitizen.in, August 9, 2014

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NEW DELHI:Even as Israel faces international condemnation for its inhuman and Nazi-like attacks on beleaguered Gaza, India’s BJP government is finalising the procurement of Barak-1 anti-ship missiles from Tel Aviv for the Indian Navy (IN).

Just Net Coalition Statement to the BRICS Summit in Fortaleza, Brazil

Just Net Coalition, July 16, 2014

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One of the first few leaders to speak out against US spying was Dilma Rousseff, who had called it a “breach of international law”. It is not surprising, therefore, that the 6th BRICS summit has strongly condemned "acts of mass electronic surveillance and data collection of individuals all over the world, as well as violation of the sovereignty of States and of human rights, in particular the right to privacy." At the eve of the summit, Just Net Coalition, a global network of activists fighting for an open and equitable internet, issued a statement to the BRICS nations with regard to the issue of internet governance. The full statement is being published below:

Zohra Sehgal, The Legendary Actor Dies at 102

Newsclick, July 12, 2014

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Newsclick pays tributes to the legendary actor and dancer Zohra Sehgal, who died in Delhi on July 10, 2014 after a cardiac arrest. She was 102. She was born on April 27, 1912.

SACW Announces the Release of a Report on the Hindu Nationalist Circuit in the United States

Courtesy: sacw.net, July 8, 2014

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Published by sacw.net, this report compiles publicly available tax records, newspaper articles, and other materials on non-profit groups in the United States affiliated with the Sangh Parivar (family of Hindu nationalist groups) from 2001-2014, documenting a segment of the projects and priorities of U.S.-based Hindu nationalism. This report discusses the strategies and activities of Hindu nationalist groups in the United States in four areas of mobilization.

Violence in Haryana, Maharashtra Sets the Backdrop for Assembly Elections this Year

Seema Mustafa, June 10, 2014

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Communal violence seems to be setting the tone for elections, with Haryana and Maharashtra following Uttar Pradesh in creating the backdrop for the next major electoral fight for the Assemblies in these two states currently ruled by Congress governments.

NETmundial or the Internet Governance World Cup?

Prabir Purkayastha, May 2, 2014

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NETmundial – a global conference on Internet governance – was held last week in Sao Paulo (April 23-24) and ended with a non-binding outcome statement that was weak on surveillance and with some gains for big business. Big business managed to smuggle in some measures to help them on intellectual property and managed to bury net neutrality, a major issue for Internet users, into a future action section. The Russian and Cuban delegations disassociated themselves from the outcome, while the Indian delegation stated its inability to endorse the outcome, as they did not have such a mandate. While the outcome document was clearly a compromise on many counts, the worrying part was the attempt by the US and its allies of trying to set up a new model of decision making on international issues – called the “multistakeholder model” – that centre stages big business. Though this did not succeed, with the outcome document having enough ambiguity on this count, an opening has been created for a further assault on the nation states and the UN system.

Amandla tribute to Mandela

Courtesy: Brian Ashley, December 7,2013

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Nelson Mandela

"Some are born great,

some achieve greatness,

and some have greatness thrust upon them".

William Shakespeare

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