Sunday, August 31, 2014

चित्रलेखाज्यू! डाक्टरी डिग्री बेच्ने व्यवसाय शुरु गरेकोमा बधाइ

तीनै दल सर्वसम्मतिका साथ डाक्टरको डिग्री बाँड्ने काम काउन्सिल र आइओएमबाट खोसेर आफ्नो कार्यालयमा तान्न खोजेका हुन् भने खुलेआम त्यस्तो घोषणाका साथ आउन्, एक अंकको आइक्यू भएकी एउटा मन्त्रीलाई गुपचुप चिठी लेख्न लगाएर सारा नेपालीहरुको भावी स्वास्थ्यलाई खतरामा पार्ने उनीहरुलाई कुनै अधिकार छैन । 

अहिले एसएलसी पास गर्न जति सजिलो छ, डेढ दशकअघि त्यति सजिलो थिएन । त्योभन्दा अर्को एक दशकअघि त एसएलसी पास गर्नु भनेको आफैंमा ज्यादै ठूलो उपलब्धि हुन्थ्यो । कायम शिक्षा प्रणालीमा बहुसंख्यक विद्यार्थीहरु फेल हुँदा हुँदा आजित भएको सरकारले उत्तीर्ण संख्या बढाउन गुणस्तरमा सुधार गर्न नसकेपछि उत्तर पुस्तिका जाँच गर्दा र ग्रेस मार्क थप्दा उदारता अपनाउन थाल्यो । तैपनि बहुसंख्यक विद्यार्थीहरु अहिले पनि फेल नै हुन्छन् ।

त्यही अलि चुनौतीपूर्ण एसएलसी भएको अघिल्लो दशकको कुरा हो, गाउँका स्कुलबाट मुस्किलले एक्जाम्टेड भनिने परीक्षा दिएर वर्षौंमा एसएलसी पास भई शहरमा क्याम्पस पढ्न आएका कति विद्यार्थीहरु क्याम्पसमा फेल हुँदा हुँदा आजित भएर वैकल्पिक बाटो खोज्थेः भारतको विहारबाट नक्कली शैक्षिक प्रमाणपत्र बनाएर ल्याउँदै बेच्दै गर्ने गिरोहको संगत गरेर । मुस्किलले भए पनि दश हजार जति जोडजाड गर्यो भने एउटा तयारी मार्कशिट र सर्टिफिकेट आउँथ्यो उताबाट अनि उनीहरु अर्को तहमा भर्ना हुन्थे वा जागिरका लागि आवेदन भर्थे ।

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नेपालमा चिकित्सा शिक्षामा व्याप्त अराजकताबीच देशका ठूला दलहरु मिलेर आइए, आइएड वा आइकमका नक्कली प्रमाणपत्र जस्तै डाक्टरको डिग्रीका पनि प्रमाणपत्र बेच्ने व्यवसाय खोल्न तयार भएका देखिन्छन् । र उनीहरुको त्यो प्रयासमा अदालतले पनि पूरा साथ दिएको देखिन्छ ।

उहिले विहारमा भौतिक अस्तित्वविनै कागजमा विश्वविद्यालयको हैसियत बनाएर प्रमाणपत्र छाप्दै बेच्दै गर्नेहरुले नेपालको शिक्षा प्रणालीलाई कति असर पारे र तिनीहरु अहिले के अवस्थामा छन्, त्यो त थाहा छैन, तर पछिल्लो किसिमको उद्योगले चाहिं नेपालको चिकित्सा शिक्षा क्षेत्रलाई धराशायी बनाएर नेपालको चिकित्सा पेशालाई विश्वकै बदनाम बनाउने स्पष्ट छ । र साथै नेपालीहरुको सिंगो भावी पुस्तालाई पनि चोरीसरहको डिग्री लिएर आएका चिकित्सकहरुको जिम्मामा छाड्ने अवस्था छ ।

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गत माघ र फागुन महिनामा काठमाडौंस्थित त्रि वि शिक्षण अस्पतालमा डा गोविन्द केसीको अनशन र नेपाल चिकित्सक संघको ऐक्यबद्धता तथा सक्रियतामा भएको आन्दोलनको केन्द्रीय मुद्दा थियोः चिकित्सा शिक्षाको क्षेत्रको भद्रगोल र मनपरी अन्त गरेर नेपालमा स्तरीय चिकित्सा शिक्षाको सुनिश्चितता गर्ने । आन्दोलन साम्य हुने बेला नेपाल सरकार, डा के सी र नेचिसंबीच भएको सम्झौताअनुसार नेपालमा चिकित्सा विश्वविद्यालय स्थापना गर्ने तथा नेपालका लागि नयाँ चिकित्सा शिक्षा राष्ट्रिय नीति बनाउने भनेर दुइवटा समिति बनाइएको थियो । ती दुवै समितिले अहिले आआफ्ना प्रतिवेदनहरु बुझाइसकेका छन् ।

दुवै समितिको अन्तिम लक्ष्य भनेको नेपालको चिकित्सा शिक्षामा एकरुपता र गुणस्तर ल्याउने थियो । देशमा चिकित्सा नीति र विश्वविद्यालय नै आउने भनेपछि ती आएपछि मात्र देशका सबै भौगोलिक क्षेत्रलाई न्याय हुने गरी र गुणस्तरमा सम्झौता नहुने गरी मात्र नयाँ मेडिकल कलेजहरुलाई सम्बन्धन दिने भन्ने पनि त्यतिखेरको सहमति थियो ।

डा के सीको अनशन तोडाउनका लागि अहिलेको अवस्थामा नेपालमा नयाँ मेडिकल कलेजको सम्बन्धन बन्द नै भयो भनेर प्रधानमन्त्रीदेखि मन्त्रीहरुले पटकपटक सार्वजनिक रुपमा अभिव्यक्ति दिए । मेडिकल कलेज खोलिहाले पनि सकभर सस्तो र सहज चिकित्सा शिक्षा र स्वास्थ्य सेवाका लागि सरकारी लगानीमा खोल्ने भन्ने समेत त्यतिखेर कुरा भयो ।

अर्को शब्दमा, डा के सीको आन्दोलनको मूल मुद्दा थियो, चिकित्साको डिग्री विहारको विनाअस्तित्वको विश्वविद्यालयले दिएको खोटो डिग्रीजस्तो नहोस् । त्यो डिग्री स्तरीय पनि होस् र त्यो डिग्री लिनेहरुले दिने स्वास्थ्य सेवा आम मानिसको पहँचमा पनि होस् भन्ने आन्दोलनको मर्म थियो ।

अनशन तोडिएको दिनदेखि प्रधानमन्त्रीदेखि त्रि वि पदाधिकारीसम्म सबैको नियत बदलियो र अहिले उनीहरु सबै मिलेर डा के सीको अनशनका उपलब्धिलाई निस्क्रिय पार्न संगठित रुपमा लागेका छन् ।

तर अनशनभरको मिडिया कभरेजले नेपालमा अहिले भएकै मेडिकल कलेजहरुले ज्ञान र सीपयुक्त चिकित्सक  बनाउनभन्दा चिकित्सकको डिग्री महँगोमा बेच्न प्रतिस्पर्धा गरिरहेका छन् भन्ने खुल्यो । विधिको शासन कायम गर्ने भनिएका अख्तियारलगायतका निकायहरुका लागि त्यो एउटा अपमानजनक झापड थियो ।

कसैको आमरण अनशन नभएकै कारण यो क्षेत्रमा हात हाल्न रोकिएको जस्तो गर्दै लगत्तै अख्तियारले नेपालमा कायम मेडिकल कलेजहरुको अनुगमनका लागि नेपाल मेडिकल काउन्सिलसित मिलेर देश दौडाहा गर्यो ।

आफ्नो लाज छोप्न अख्तियारले गरेको त्यस्तो दौडाहाले के देखायो भने वास्तवमा नेपालका निजी मेडिकल कलेजहरुले विशेषज्ञ चिकित्सकहरुको डिग्री खुलेआम बेच्ने बाहेक केही गरेका छैनन् । पहिलोपल्ट डा के सी र आन्दोलनरत चिकित्सकहरुले वर्षौंदेखि भन्दै आएको कुरा अख्तियार र मेडिकल काउन्सिलले भने र त्यो डिग्री बेच्ने काम बन्द गरिनुपर्छ भने ।

फलस्वरुप विभिन्न निजी मेडिकल कलेजमा स्नातकोत्तर तहका शतप्रतिशतसम्म गरेर कुल सीटमध्ये सत्तरी प्रतिशतभन्दा बढी सीटहरु खारेज भए । मेडिकल काउन्सिलले त्यो यथार्थ देखेर पहिल्यै निर्णायक कदम उठाएको भए त्यस्तो स्थिति नै आउने  थिएन । तर ढिलै भए पनि काउन्सिलले आफ्नो पेशागत धर्म थाम्न लागेको भनेर काउन्सिलको त्यो कदमको सबैले सराहना गरे ।

त्यसैबीच एकम् लज्जा परित्यज्य सर्वत्र विजयी भवेत् भनेझैं लाज त्यागेर सर्वोच्च पुगेका एउटा न्यायधीशकहाँ त्यो मुद्दा पुगेपछि उनले अघिल्लो साल डिग्री बेच्न मिल्ने अहिले किन नमिल्ने भन्ने तर्क गर्दै त्यो खरीद बिक्री प्रक्रिया यथावत् राख्ने आदेश दिए ।

र अहिले धमाधम ती विशेषज्ञ डाक्टरका डिग्रीहरु बिक्री भइरहेका छन्, पचासौं लाखमा । कूल कारोबारचाहिं पचासौं करोडमा पुग्छ र त्यसको कति हिस्सा न्यायधीशकोमा पुग्छ वा पुग्दैन, त्यो अनुमान मात्र गर्न सकिन्छ ।

Imran Khan's momentous gamble: Why Pakistan is wrong to emulate Egypt and not Turkey

Nauman Sadiq

PTI chief Imran Khan and the PAT chief Tahirul Qadri are arguably at the driving seats of Pakistan now; where they'll lead this beleaguered South Asian country is, though, anybody's guess. And the scene of the powerful army being dragged into a confrontation between political powers does not seem pretty from Kathmandu.  

So what is IK, so widely admired and more if not equally loathed, up to, after all? What is the source of his 'unscrupulous pragmatism' that has so badly threatened a democratically elected government? In this insightful piece written before the current 'revolution' started, Sadiq gives a crucial background as to how IK landed the country as well as himself in a difficult situation. 



Imran Khan: A pragmatist par excellence

Rather than the Turkish establishment where Erdogan has clipped the wings of Kemalist generals, it appears that the Pakistani establishment is taking its cue from the Egyptian establishment. Egyptian army has massacred hundreds of Muslim Brotherhood supporters, handed down heavy sentences to hundreds more and imprisoned the entire leadership and thousands of MB supporters, yet the international community did nothing except making some symbolic gestures. This precedent has emboldened the establishment in Pakistan to act with impunity.

Before psycho-analyzing Imran Khan’s colorful personality and determining that where does PTI stands in the Pakistani political spectrum: whether it’s a center-left (liberal) or a center-right (conservative) party, let us first draw a distinction between politics and culture: a democratic system of governance falls in the category of politics while liberalism as a value-system falls in the category of culture.

When we say that Islam and democracy are incompatible, we make a category mistake as big as the Islamists’ misperception that democracy is un-Islamic. They too mix up democracy with liberalism. Here let me concede that there is some friction between liberalism as a culture and Islam as a religion. But democracy isn’t about religion or culture. It is simply a multi-party representative political system that confers legitimacy upon a government which comes to power through an election process which is a contest between more than one political parties, to ensure that it is voluntary. Thus, democracy and politics is about matters of governance and economics while culture is about the socio-moral values and the kind of social matrix that we, as individuals and families, want around us. There is some overlapping between politics and culture but as an heuristic principle this distinction holds true.

When I discuss the political pragmatism of PTI, the reader will further appreciate the fact that realpolitik is mostly about power and rarely about cultural matters. Let us admit at the outset that Imran Khan is an educated, well-informed, articulate and charismatic leader. Being an Oxford graduate he is better informed than our local politicians. And he is a liberal at heart. Most readers won’t agree due to his strong anti-imperialism and the West-bashing demagoguery but I’ll try to explain. Like I said earlier that there is a difference between politics and culture; anti-imperialism is a political stance and liberalism is a cultural temperament. There is a theory called Reflective equilibrium. It states that our minds try to create a harmony between our different sets of beliefs and actions. If there is a divergence between our beliefs and actions, it leads to cognitive dissonance. To avoid this dissonance we try to attune our beliefs and ideology to bring them in conformity with our actions and vice versa.

Now if Imran Khan is a conservative-Islamist, his mind must be a psychological singularity. A playboy-cricketer turned politician who spent most of his youth in the West chasing famous celebrities all over the world, how could he be an Islamist or a conservative? How would his mind create a reflective equilibrium between his beliefs and his adulterous actions? It is just not possible for him to be an Islamist or a conservative. The only ideology that suits his temperament and past actions is the freewheeling liberalism. A clarification here is needed. When I say that he is not an Islamist, I mean that he is not a political Islamist and I am not questioning his personal faith as a Muslim. He seems like a secular Muslim.

Saturday, August 30, 2014

Naya Pakistan: How I lost my faith in this nation



Pakistan is going through one of its frequent crises in recent history. The protests in Islamabad led by the PTI chief Imran Khan and the cleric Qadri have apparently taken ominous turn today with protesters surrounding the parliament and pushing forward.

For those looking for a closer coverage of the whole fiasco, I recommend the Pakistani media which are doing their job in a more or less wholesome way. Meanwhile, here I carry the initial part of a poignant and provocative column of a TV journalist from Islamabad from The Express Tribune. 


Behold Naya Pakistan


So the cat is out of the bag. Naya Pakistan is before us. And boy is it ugly? Uglier than a mad man’s dream. Our revolutionaries have brought us on our knees. But why complain? Fatalist as I have become, I am convinced that this is our luck. But let us just not go there. Perhaps, people are unaware of the full extent of the disaster being averted. And yet today is not the day to regale you with the details. Nor the year. Perhaps in 2015 you will know the extent of the full circus.
For now, let us not go there. Imran Khan is celebrating. He’ll probably get married soon. Seeds of change he has sown today will bear ugly painful thorns soon. Painful for him, mind you, not just us. But where does he go from here? A return to the good profitable cricket commentating days? But what of his politics? And that in essence is the question.
We have seen some unsavoury scenes. A parliamentarian threatening to storm parliament. A man considered a national hero not just by cricket lovers but patriots, asking us to stop paying taxes, boycott the state-owned banks. A self-proclaimed prime ministerial candidate threatening to attack and take over the prime ministerial mansion. Will you vote for this man? Don’t answer just now. Give it a few months. Then we’ll see.

Read the whole article in The Express Tribune here

Saturday, August 23, 2014

चिकित्सा शिक्षाः अदालतले बलात्कारीलाई काखी च्यापेपछि....

हाम्रो अदालतको आदेश कस्तो देखिन्छ भने एउटा बलात्कारीले अघिल्लो पटक बलात्कार गर्दा कानुनको फन्दामा परेन भने अब कुन आधारमा पार्ने र कारवाही गर्ने भन्ने किसिमको तर्क लिएको देखिन्छ । फलस्वरुप अघिल्लो पटक उसलाई पक्रन भनेर गएर घुस लिएर नपक्री फर्केको प्रहरी टोलीलाई दण्डित गर्ने हैन कि यसपालि गएर इमान्दारीपूर्वक पक्रेर ल्याउने प्रहरी टोलीलाई आइन्दा यस्तो नगर्नु भनेर चेतावनी दिएको देखिन्छ ।

कल्पना गर्नुस्, तपाइँको कुनै रोगका लागि अपरेशन गर्नुपर्ने भयो । तपाइँको ज्यान तपाइँलाई बेहोश बनाउने र अपरेशन गर्ने चिकित्सकहरुको हातमा छ । उनीहरु आफ्नो काममा पारंगत छन् भन्ने विश्वास छ भने तपाइँ ढुक्क हुन सक्नुहुन्छ । मानिस कहिल्यै पनि चिकित्सकले गल्ती गरेर आफूलाई हानि पुर्याउला र अनि क्षति पुर्तिको माग गरौंला भनेर  अस्पताल पुग्दैन । चिकित्सक र स्वास्थ्यकर्मीदेखि लिएर सबैको एउटै प्रयास हुन्छ, बिरामीलाई निको पार्ने ।

त्यसैले कुनै पनि मानिसको उपचारका लागि खटिने व्यक्ति ज्ञानको हिसाबले योग्य र सीपका हिसाबले पारंगत छ भन्ने प्रमाणित भएपछि मात्र उसलाई चिकित्सकको डिग्री दिएर अभ्यासका लागि पठाउने गरिन्छ । त्यस्तो ज्ञान र सीप प्रमाणीकरण गरेर मात्र चिकित्सक बन्ने वातावरण मिलाउनका लागि अन्य देशमा जस्तै नेपालमा पनि दुई विश्वविद्यालय र नेपाल मेडिकल काउन्सिल छन् ।

केही महिना अघि मात्र काउन्सिल र अख्तियार दुरुपयोग अनुसन्धान आयोगको संयुक्त अनुगमनपछि नेपालका विभिन्न निजी मेडिकल कलेजमा विभिन्न विधामा विशेषज्ञता अर्थात् स्नातकोत्तरका लागि कायम सिट अत्यधिक भएको र न्यूनतम गुणस्तर कायम गर्नका लागि भनेर कुनै कलेजहरुमा शत प्रतिशतसम्म गरेर करीब सत्तरी प्रतिशत जति त्यस्ता सिटहरु कटौती भएका थिए ।

लगत्तै केही निजी मेडिकल कलेजहरु अदालत गए र अदालतले मूद्दा किनारा नलागुन्जेल नयाँ निर्णय लागू नगर्नु भन्ने पाराको आदेश दियो । त्यसैमा टेकेर निजी मेडिकल कलेजहरुले पुरानै सिटमा भर्ना गर्न खोजेका भन्ने समाचारहरु अहिले आइरहेका छन् ।

उसो भए हुनु पर्ने के थियो त? सञ्चार माध्यमहरुमा आएका समाचारहरु अनुसार लगातार निजी मेडिकल कलेजहरुको पक्षमा निर्णय सुनाउने न्यायधीशको दलिल यो छ रे कि ठूलो मात्रामा लगानी गरेका लगानीकर्ताहरुको पुँजी डुब्ने गरी त्यस्ता कलेजहरुको सीट घटाउन मिल्दैन ।

व्यवहारिक तहमा हेर्दा त्यो तर्क पनि आफैंमा गलत छैन । तर त्यसरी चिकित्सा शिक्षाको क्षेत्रमा लगानीको सुरक्षा मात्र हेरेर गुणस्तर पक्ष नहेर्ने हो भने भोलि विना सिकाइ चिकित्सक भएर आउने मानिसहरुबाट जनस्वास्थ्यमा पर्न जाने प्रभावलाई हामी सबैले स्वीकार गरेर त्यस खालको मुल्य तिर्न तयार भएर जानुपर्ने हुन्छ । यदि त्यसो हैन र हामीलाई योग्य चिकित्सक नै चाहिने हुन् भने लगानीकर्ताहरुले तत्काल क्षति व्यहोरेर भए पनि गुणस्तरको सुनिश्चितता गरिनुपर्छ ।

अघिल्लो वर्षसम्म पचासौं सिटमा पिजी कोर्स चलाएको कलेजले अहिले कुन आधारमा एक सिट पनि नपाउने भन्ने अदालतको तर्क एकदम जायज छ । त्यसको चित्त बुझ्दो जवाफ न त विश्वविद्यालयहरुसित छ, न त काउन्सिलसँग नै ।

तर त्यस्तो प्रश्न उठाएपछि विधिको शासन भएको समाजमा के हुन्थ्यो भने अदालतले अघिल्लो सेसनसम्म किन विना पूर्वाधार ती कोर्स चलाइयो भनेर खोजविन गर्न थाल्थ्यो । अहिले ती कोर्सका लागि अयोग्य ठहर्याइएका कलेजहरुमा अघिल्लो सालसम्म विना यथोचित पूर्वाधार र विना जनशक्ति त्यस्तो अनुमति दिइएको भए कसले कुन प्रलोभन वा अभिप्रायले त्यस्तो अनुमति दियो, उसको खोजी गरेर उसलाई यथोचित कारवाही हुनुपथ्र्यो । चौतर्फी दण्डहीनताले मानिसहरु वाक्क भएका बेला अदालतको त्यस्तो प्रयासले मानिसहरुलाई राज्यका निकायहरुप्रति अरु बढी विश्वास गर्ने बनाइदिन्थ्यो ।

तर हाम्रो अदालतको आदेश कस्तो देखिन्छ भने एउटा बलात्कारीले अघिल्लो पटक बलात्कार गर्दा कानुनको फन्दामा परेन भने अब कुन आधारमा पार्ने र कारवाही गर्ने भन्ने किसिमको तर्क लिएको देखिन्छ । फलस्वरुप अघिल्लो पटक उसलाई पक्रन भनेर गएर घुस लिएर नपक्री फर्केको प्रहरी टोलीलाई दण्डित गर्ने हैन कि यसपालि गएर इमान्दारीपूर्वक पक्रेर ल्याउने प्रहरी टोलीलाई आइन्दा यस्तो नगर्नु भनेर चेतावनी दिएको देखिन्छ ।

Thursday, August 21, 2014

Undercover in White America: Why Black Rage is Conscious, Justified, and Long Overdue



Ferguson Protests (Source: Wikimedia Commons)
On a crisp, Fall evening in 1992, while I was a freshman at a SUNY (State University of New York) school, the campus erupted after a white, male student assaulted a black, female student. Being an associate of the African American Student Union Body Association (AASUBA) at the time, I attended an emergency meeting that was called in order to discuss the incident and consider potential responses. The meeting ensued, but there was little discussion. Instead, the room was a hotbed of rage. As one of only two white students among over fifty members and associates, some of the fury was directed at me, literally. I understood why; because I felt the rage myself.

As an 18-year-old overflowing with testosterone-ridden angst, I wanted to find the perpetrator and exact justice on him and anyone else who stood by him. I didn't care to hear an explanation. I had already spent years "undercover in white America," where I had been privy to the ignorant hatefulness and pervasive racism that filled casual interactions in living rooms and at dinner tables. It was ugly. It was nauseating. I had seen enough in my life - as well as during my few months on campus - to convince me this assault had to be racially motivated. I didn't need questions asked and answered. Deep down, I already knew. And the fact that this man had targeted a woman only made it that more infuriating.

Had an outsider witnessed what took place in that small conference room, as the few suggestions for a calm and calculated response were quickly drowned out by thundering and profanity-laced calls for violence, they would have likely disregarded or minimized it as "senseless" and "visceral" rage. As I stood there, consumed by the moment, feeling the blood boiling in my veins as my entire body was shaking, my own reaction seemed visceral. I could have nearly fooled myself. But I didn't; and it wasn't. Rather, it was the consummation of a series of life events that had left bubbles of emotional fury within me, all of which had been waiting to boil over. As I stood there with my fists clenched, memories flooded my brain.

I immediately recalled the time when my best friend and I were randomly targeted and bullied by a pack of strangers as we walked to the store. The pushing and shoving we experienced were bad enough; however, those physical acts were dwarfed by a slew of racial epithets that were thrown at my friend (who happened to be Black), each one making my gut wrench as I observed the callous and almost entertaining nature in which they were delivered as my friend's eyes swelled with tears. We were 9 years old. The bullies were much older. We were far outnumbered and much too scared to even consider retaliating. Instead, we both cried as the pack walked away in a celebratory zeal. I would come to realize much later on that this interaction probably was not as random as I had once thought.

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Nasrallah's July War Anniversary Speech: How I started admiring this visionary who changed the course of history

"In 2006, George Bush and the Neo-Conservatives wanted to reach the legislative elections having in their hands three heads dripping blood: the head of the resistance in Lebanon, the head of the resistance in Palestine, and the head of the regime in Syria."

"At that time the Americans were at the peak of their strength. In fact, not a power in history and in the world reached the peak the Americans reached following 2001 and 2002. The peak of the US military, security, political, information, and media power and the peak of US intimidation and ferocity was in that decade. "

"The US administration follows definite tracks or puts specific schemes and projects. When a track is toppled, it resorts to another, a third, a forth, and a fifth until an absolute end is put to the entire US-Israeli project in the region."

"The Americans and Israelis are now moving in a new track, not that of toppling regimes and establishing alternative regimes but that of demolishing and ruining states, armies, peoples, and entities; this is the track of demolishing, disintegrating, crushing, and ruining everything."

"New maps were drawn for the region following World War I and World War II. But now, on what do they want to draw a new map for the region? They want to draw it on the disjoined limbs not only of individuals but also of states, peoples, societies, and ruins. So it is not that pillars and walls would remain and we would have only to repair them and rebuild the ceiling. "

"They want us all in the region to reach a catastrophe, so that, to end this catastrophe we would accept any dictations and offer them whatever they want in return, even our eyes. It would be a social, security, political, economic, intellectual, mental, and emotional catastrophe. Even worse, the main enemy would be the savior and the rescuer after all. "

-Hasan Nasrallah

Well, the Palestinian resistance, led by Hamas, is still fighting with the mighty army of Israel instead of being crushed into elimination as desired by Israel and its patrons. How? You can question but there is no satisfactory answer because you have not seen Hamas from inside.

Same with Hezbollah in Lebanon and a number of resistance forces across the world. So there is no wonder that the leaders of such movements should be astute and farsighted with skewed organizational skills and rock-like determination. 

I too had that cursory impression of Hasan Nasrallah, Hezbollah leader, before reading this captivating speech but had no idea he was such a fine strategist and visionary. This is doubtlessly the best ever speech I have come across over the past decade. 

He starts with the past, eloquently summarizing the July 2006 war which Israel forced on Hezbollah in Lebanon aiming to eliminate it but had to compromise after Hezbollah was able to achieve a stalemate humiliating for Israel. 

Do you think that was like any other act of Israeli aggression in the region? No, Nasrallah clarifies: that was the game-changer for the entire region at a moment when the US' most powerful ally in the region missed the golden opportunity of keeping the momentum of US' rise and dominance in the region by complementing the 'triumph' in Iraq with a crushing defeat for the resistance in Lebanon that would have opened way for dismantling the regime in Syria first and then Iran. 

All along he connects the dots from geopolitical developments ranging from Hilary Clinton's speech to Obama's actions and proceeds to explain the implications of rise of ISIL in Syria and Iraq.

Neither exaggerate nor underestimate; neither be complacent and passive nor be alarmed and agitated; think calmly, discuss, analyze and plan decisively and with determination and execute with all the selflessness and courage- this is his prescription for his fellow Lebanonese and other freedom fighters. 

Unlike the 'Shia fanatic' and 'sectarian' image imposed upon Nasrallah by the MSM especially after his fighters helped the Syrian regime explicitly over past few years, Nasrallah seems and wants to project his image as just the opposite. In fact, he does not need much words for that: he points to the simple fact that the largest burden of ISIL's wrath today is being brunt by the Sunni Muslims in absolute terms. Indeed the IS today poses threat not only to a sect, community or country but for the whole of West Asia and beyond.

The other point I was most impressed about his speech is his non-totalitarian approach to all issues of relevance. Rather than imposing his own vision, version or strategy, let alone his doctrine, he calls upon every Lebanonese to come forward with their own so that the best way forward can be distilled. At the same time he does not fail to make clear his own preferred way of action. 

After reading this, I have concluded that there is still hope for the region that is called Middle East and there is still the scope of viewing the whole ISIL fiasco for what it is: a Syrian-Iraqi version of the Taliban, nurtured actively or passively by the West fixated at ousting Assad in Syria and not the case of extremists breeding in the deserts as depicted in the MSM. Logically, to effectively tackle the problem, a new approach is required in which ISIL and its brethren in Syria and Iraq are viewed as the vile, Wahhabi-sponsored terror-forces and not the partly justifiable result of sectarianism or whatsoever in the region. 

As Narallah rightly mocks in part of the speech, the speed with which the US-led West moved to protect the Kurdish authorities in Iraq can be contrasted with the sense of detachment (and probably retaliation for Maliki-government that had foiled the US' attempt to stay in Iraq permanently) with which they were watching the slaughter of the Iraqis for weeks: Sunnis, Shias, Muslims and Kurdish alike.

The message: The West is in love with its own strategic interest but not with anyone human, not of any religion, sect or nationality. Even after all that the ISIL has done, they can tomorrow unleash a terrorist force that beheads everyone with a belief different from theirs, including the Christians, if that force helps them oust the current regimes in Syria and Iran. They may well resort to another round of altruistic bombing if that force turns towards their patrons but thousands of lives will be perished by that time with a gruesome trail of butchery available in internet. 

And Nasrallah rightly asks the world: at a time when the entire west has embargoed Iran, a legitimate nation state and won't even buy its oil, who is buying the oil from ISIL multiplying their wealth by a thousand-fold? Well, such questions will never be asked in the MSM because the answer is not favorable: the very people who won't buy oil from Iran. 

Since the whole speech takes over 2 hours for an ordinary reader, here I carry this excerpt focusing on the July war. But those who are patient enough and have time can read the complete speech in The Vineyard of the Saker here



How the July 2006 War changed the course of history


Part of speech by Hasan Nasrallah, Secretary General of Hezbollah resistance group, Lebanon



Brothers and sisters! Much was said about July War. Speeches were delivered as well as lectures and lessons. Books were written and studies were put. Investigations were made and morals were drawn by friends and foes in the world and in the region as well as by us. Still this war, the events of this war, and the repercussions of this war on all levels and domains are the issue for research, investigation and discussion simply because it was not a small war or a trivial incident. 

Rather it was a true war with political moral, economic, and historic dimensions and targets that transcend Lebanon and Palestine to cover the entire region and even to influence the international equation. It is enough to recall what the former US Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice said then on July Aggression to the effect that it was the labor pain for the birth of a New Middle East. So the war had regional targets and dimensions as well as international targets and dimensions. Not much of this given was revealed prior to the war. 

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

के हो इबोला? मेरो अन्तर्वार्ता


This is the visual record of my audio interview given to Banepa-based Prime FM today morning. This relates to the nature and spread of Ebola virus infection. In this interview I discuss about the implications of the spread of Ebola virus infection beyond Africa. Even though the earlier part of the interview is missing, one can get some meaningful info.

खास गरी अंग्रेजी बुझ्न कठिनाइ हुनेहरुका लागि इबोला भाइरसले गराउने संक्रमण, त्यसका लक्षण, त्यसको ऐतिहासिक पृष्ठभुमि र त्यसबाट बच्ने उपायहरुबारे मैले एउटा एफ एमका लागि दिएको टेलिफोन अन्तर्वार्ताको अंश हो यो । इबोला मात्र नभएर डेंगु र बर्ड फ्लूजस्ता अन्य घातक भाइरल रोगहरु र नेपालमा तिनको खतराबारे पनि यसमा चर्चा हुन्छ । मोबाइलबाट खिचिएको भिडियोको शुरुवाती अंशमा दृश्य अस्पष्ट भए पनि भिडियोको धेरै जसो भाग स्पष्ट र उपयोगी छ । बीच बीचमा सुनसान हुनुको कारणचाहिं अर्कोतर्फबाट सोधिएका प्रश्नहरु रेकर्ड नहुनु हो ।

Monday, August 18, 2014

German people: Victims and not the accomplices on the US-Corporate kleptocracy

Anonymous


'Missouri tries another Idea: Call in the Guard' reads today's NYT headline about the ongoing protest in one American city after a teenager was blatantly shot dead in the middle of the street on August 9. 'Ferguson protesters, police in tense standoff' is the headline in CNN website and Washington Post keeps it this way: 'Holder to travel to Ferguson as US role expands'. 

In other words, the mainstream media is far more concerned about restoring peace and tranquility than ensuring justice for the victim's family and community and the content as well as the presentation on the issue is trimmed accordingly. 

Oceans apart in Europe, the MSM are depicting a vicious and intensifying tussle between Europe and Russia resulting from 'Putin's blatant violation of Ukraine's sovereignty'. With the real and biting sanctions from the EU and countermeasures from Russia, they appear to be really headed for a much more grave collision. 

But how does all that relate to the ordinary people in Europe, say in Germany? Can we gauge the mood of the German people--ordinary people working hard to feed and clothe themselves--from what is presented in the MSM? Can we judge a population by the deed of a leader like Angela Merkel? Where does the purportedly anti-Russian feeling in Europe fit in today's reality in the lives of ordinary people?

In this poignant and insightful mail to The Saker, this anonymous citizen of this world writes what the great reporters and editors at MSM cannot write even if they know it: that Germany is still formally under the yoke of American empire that inherited this 'asset' after the victory in WW II. The sense of frustration and suffocation that he/she explains here speaks a lot about the dominant mood in the country. 


"There is a complete disconnect between the world created for themselves by the leading German politicians and the real world where the Germans have to struggle day after day"

Many people see that when the wall came down and the two Germanies were reunited, the Soviets/Russians were fair. Just think about how much time has passed, when have the United States and the British made an attempt at the same fairness? I'm afraid the US would rather see Germany in ruins yet again, rather than leaving and giving the Germans freedom. I understand the resentment that many have for Germans, but am also shocked by how much hatred there is. Is it not the same principle in most places, that Governments do not act in accord with and represent the will of the people? And to what degree can we count on the will of the people when they are not given accurate information and facts, but are fed half truths at best and outright manipulation most of the time? 
Ironically I see a lot of Americans accusing us of cowardice for not taking a more aggressive stance against Russia. The same with the Polish. Merkel's behavior in this crisis makes no sense to me at all. At times she is bullying Russia, like the perfect US poodle, but then there are reports of her reaching out to Putin. Either she is completely soul less without a personal sense of direction, or she is more devious than she appears. No idea what her true aims are. They certainly don't seem to be what they should be. Part of her vow when sworn into office is to avert harm from the German people. She is steadily doing the opposite. She and her cronies along with her.

Seeing the hatred and outright ill will some have towards Germans really brought me down. It makes me wonder how we are ever going to manage to have some kind of stability in Europe and the world...

Here are some of the dynamics in Germany, as I see them. Most likely many will disagree and want to debate them, I don't claim they are how it is, just how I see it. I don't claim to know and understand it all. But it's something I would like people to think about, before they write off the German people as a whole.

Where do I start? Something that should be obvious is that Germany is not a free and sovereign country. From the start, when the Federal Republic was conceived, the Allies had a great influence on shaping the new Germany. Especially the Americans. It is somewhat subtle if you are used to how things are, but once you start observing it becomes clear that the American political circles have great influence on ours. Anyone interested can take a look at how many of our Politicians in the various established parties are members in transatlantic clubs. So guess where their allegiance lies? They are not even ashamed of it, it's normal to them. 


For decades we've had what you can call US whores. Not long ago I complained about that on a page of young transatlanticists and was quickly accused of being anti-American, they weren't interested in any of my arguments. Being anti-American is hardly possible since I am an American citizen. There is a divide between the common people, many of whom don't have anything against Americans but are not too keen on having them involved in German affairs, and many of our leaders who try to make us all believe that we need the United States as partner, come what may. 

The West's double game: Nurturing Petro-Islamic Terror for vested interests




Nauman Sadiq

The US first nurtured the Taliban. The Taliban devastated Afghanistan over a decade. Again came the US to 'fight' Taliban and completed the devastation. That was not enough: they moved to Iraq and devastated it. Then came Libya, Yemen, Syria and so on. Landscapes were flattened; blood flowed in the streets. Even the US proxies like Saudi Arabia became bold enough to send tanks to cull the unarmed protesters at neighborhood. One with a clear vision and working ears can see and hear all this.

Or does everybody? Do our dear mainstream media outlets let the information (that matters) to flow freely? Absolutely not. The era of apparent over-information has been so abjectly the hostage of distorted information--when it concerns to these issues of prime importance--that one feels like admiring the then USSR for its poorly executed media censorship. In a sense, we are blind and deaf with working eyes and ears.

In this mess, here I received this submission of an extremely well-articulated article from Sadiq from Pakistan. Besides stating the obvious from past, he relates how the latest series of tragedy from Iraq to Libya and Syria to Yemen is the continuation of the double game of The West. You may say the things will remain the same whether we decry these evil deeds or not; but in a world replete with absurdly distorted mass communication, there are people who have managed to keep their sanity intact and looking for real and informative materials. Here goes one. 

Western complicity in nurturing Islamic Extremism



The mainspring of Islamic extremism and militancy is not the democratic political Islam, because why would people turn to violence when they can exercise their choice to vote their rulers in and also to vote them out? The mainspring of Islamic militancy is the despotic political Islam of the Gulf variety. The Western powers are fully cognizant of the reality that the mainstream Muslim sentiment is firmly against the US intervention in the Middle Eastern affairs, especially after the end of Cold War and the dissolution of the Soviet Union, when the US after defeating a staunch rival turned its guns against the Muslim world in order to further exploit their energy resources. 

In its July 2013 report [1] the European Parliament identified the Wahabi-Salafi roots of global terrorism, but the report conveniently absolved the Western powers of their culpability and chose to overlook the Western complicity in nurturing Islamic extremism and violent Jihadism all over the Islamic world during the Cold War against the erstwhile Soviet Union; and even today, in the Libyan Jihad against the Qaddafi regime in 2011; and the Syrian Jihad against the Alawi (Shia) Assad regime. This is the principal thesis of this write-up which I will discuss in detail in the following paragraphs.

In my previous write-up: The role of Saudi Arabia, as de facto Caliphs of Islam, in sponsoring Islamic extremism and violent Jihadism [2] I stated that an exponential growth in the phenomena of petro-Islamic extremism can directly be attributed to the generous funding of the Islamic charities and madrassahs all over the Islamic world by the Gulf countries after the 1973 oil embargo when the price of oil quadrupled and the Arab Sheikhs’ contribution to the spiritual ‘well-being’ of the Muslims increased proportionally.

Peaceful or not, Islam is only a religion just like any other religion whether it’s Christianity, Buddhism or Hinduism. Instead of taking an ‘essentialist’ approach, which lays emphasis on ‘essences,’ we need to look at the evolution of social phenomena in its historical context. For instance: to assert that human beings are evil by ‘nature’ is an essentialist approach; it overlooks the role played by ‘nurture’ in grooming humans. Human beings are only ‘intelligent’ by nature, but they are neither good nor evil by nature; whatever they are, good or evil, is the outcome of their nurture or upbringing. Similarly, to pronounce that Islam is a retrogressive or violent religion is an ‘essentialist’ approach; it overlooks how Islam and the Quranic verses are interpreted by its followers depending on the subject's cultural context. The Western expat Muslim would interpret a Quranic verse in a liberal fashion; and urban-Pakistani Muslim would interpret the same verse differently; and a rural-tribal Muslim would find meaning in it which could be extreme. It is all about culture rather than religion or scriptures per se.

Moreover, I said that Islam is only a religion ‘just like any other religion.’ But certain reductive neo-liberals blame the religion, as an institution and ideology, for all that is wrong with the world. I have not read much history, I am only a humble student of international politics; that’s why I don’t know what the Crusades and the Spanish Inquisition were all about? Although, I have a gut feeling that those were also political conflicts which are presented to us in a religious guise. However, I am certain that all the conflicts of the 20th and 21st centuries were either nationalist (tribal) conflicts; or they had economics and power as their goals. Examples: First and Second World Wars; Korea and Vietnam wars; Afghanistan and Iraq wars; and Libya and Syria wars.

When the neo-liberals commit the fallacy of blaming religion for all our woes, I am not sure which ancient global order they conjure up in their minds, the Holy Roman Empire perhaps? Religion may have been a paramount factor in the ancient times, if at all, but the contemporary politics is all about economics and power: the Western corporations rule the world, and politics and diplomacy is all about protecting the trade and energy interests of the Corporate Empire.

Friday, August 15, 2014

भूमण्डलीकरण

विनोदविक्रम केसी


कविताले पेट भरिंदैन, आङ पनि ढाकिंदैन । तर पनि त्यसो भनेर कविहरुले कविता लेख्न छाड्दैनन् । साहित्यका विभिन्न विधाहरुमध्ये कविता पनि एउटा शक्तिशाली विधा मानिंदै आएको छ । 

उसो त कविता र कविको खिस्सी उडाउने चलन पनि त्यति नौलो छैन र हाम्रो समयका कथित बेस्टसेलरहरुमध्ये कविताका पुस्तकले विरलै ठाउँ पाउँछन् । हुन पनि मानिसले कति कविता पढ्छन् भन्ने कुरा समाजमा मानवीय संवेदना कत्तिको छ भन्नेमा भर पर्छ । त्यसै गरी कत्तिको राम्रा कविता लेखिन्छन् भन्ने कुरा चाहिं कति साधनाशील र प्रतिभाशाली कविहरु छन् भन्ने कुरामा भर पर्छ । 

इमान्दार भएर भन्नुपर्दा म आफैं त्यति धेरै कविता पढ्ने मानिस हैन तर आफैंले कहिलेकाहीं लेख्ने गरेका झूर कविताको सापेक्ष राखेर हेर्दा कतिपय कविका कविताहरुले ज्यादै प्रभावित बनाउँछन् । भुपि शेरचन र श्रवण मुकारुङका शक्तिशाली कवितापछि मलाई त्यही स्तरमा विनोद विक्रम के सीका कविताले छोएका छन् । त्यसैले कविको मौखिक अनुमति लिएर यो एउटा शक्तिशाली कविता यहाँ प्रस्तुत गरेको छु । 




साँझ साँझतिर
रामप्रसादको पुरानो घरमा
आइपुग्यो भूमण्डलीकरण
त्यो भन्छन् नि अङ्ग्रेजीमा ‘ग्लोबलाइजेशन ’
हे, आइपुग्यो ‘ग्लोबलाइजेशन ’

गोरो,
अग्लो,
नीलो आँखा भएका,
सुन्दर
त्यो भन्छन् नि अंग्रेजीमा ‘ह्याण्डसम ’
हो, ‘ह्याण्डसम’ भूमण्डलीकरण

राम्रसादले यथासक्य गर्यो अतिथि सत्कार
खानपिनपछि
भूमण्डलीकरणले आफ्नो झोला खोल्यो
र, बाँड्न थाल्यो
पहिलो विश्व
त्यो भन्छन् नि अंग्रजीमा ‘फस्र्ट वल्र्ड’
 हो, ‘फस्र्ट वल्र्ड’का चिल्ला कोसेलीहरु

रामप्रसादको कान्छो छोरोलाई
एक डिब्बा चकलेट दियो
उः दंग पर्यो

जेठो छोरोलाई
एक दर्जन कण्डम दियो
उसले अप्ठ्यारो मान्यो

रामप्रसादकी छोरीलाई
ब्रा, मेकअप किट र जेतेमेते दियो
ऊ लाजले रातो भई
रामप्रसादकी आमालाई
छातीमा ‘सेक्सी लेडी’ लेखिएको 
रातो स्वेटर दियो
बूढी मक्ख परिन्

रामप्रसादकी श्रीमतीलाई 
घुँडामा फाटेको जिन्स प्यान्ट दियो
उसले अलिक चित्त दुखाई

रामप्रसादको पालोमा 
झोला रित्तियो
उदार भूमण्डलीकरणले 
आफूले पिइरहेको क्यानवियर थमाइदियो उसका हातमा

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

इबोलासित किन डराउने?



करीब एक दशकअगाडि हामीले स्नातक तह पढ्दा डेंगु रोगको अध्याय पढ्न पटक्कै मन लाग्दैनथ्यो । कारणः अफ्रिकाको कुनै अनकण्टार देशमा हुने र भारतीय उपमहाद्वीपमै नभएको रोगबारे किन चिन्ता लिने जस्तो लाग्थ्यो ।

हुन पनि त्यतिखेरसम्म सिंगो एसियामा कतै डेंगु थिएन । तर अहिले आएर नेपालको सापेक्षतः चिसो र लामखुट्टे कम लाग्ने काठमाडौंमा समेत डेंगु देखिइसकेको छ, भित्री मधेश र तराइको त कुरै छाडौं ।

ठ्याक्कै डेंगु भाइरसको पदचाप पछ्याउँदै तर ज्यादै रफ्तारमा अहिले अफ्रिकाबाट इबोला भाइरस संसारभर फैलिने क्रममा छ । स्वास्थ्यकर्मीहरुमार्फत् उत्तर अमेरिकी महादेशमा पुगिसकेको यो भाइरस एसियामा र नेपालमा कति दिन वा सातापछि आउने हो भन्ने मात्र अहिलेको प्रश्न हो ।

विश्व स्वास्थ्य संगठनको पछिल्लो अपडेटअनुसार गिनी, लाइबेरिया, नाइजेरिया र सिएरा लियोन गरी चार देशमा अगस्ट ७ देखि ९तारिखसम्म अर्थात् गत बिहीबारदेखि शनिबारसम्म तीन दिनमा ६९ नयाँ इबोलाग्रस्त बिरामी फेला परेकोमा उक्त रोगबाट ५२ जनाको मृत्यू भएको छ । अमेरिकी महादेशमा पुगेको केही दिनमै म्याड्रिडमा एक मिशनरी प्रिस्टको मृत्यूसँगै युरोपसम्म पनि पुगेको छ ।

निश्चित उपचार नभएको उस्तै प्रकृतिको डेंगुभन्दा यो भाइरस किन फरक छ भने, यसको मृत्यूदर अचाक्ली बढी अर्थात् ५० देखि ९० प्रतिशतसम्म छ ।

नेपालमा विशेष खतरा किन?

हामी नेपालीहरुको चरित्र के छ भने, कुनै नयाँ खतरासँग हामी तबसम्म मात्र डराइरहन्छौं, जबसम्म त्यो खतराबारे सञ्चार माध्यमले रातदिन तर्साइरहन्छन् । खतरा र जोखिम बढ्दै गइरहे पनि सञ्चार माध्यमहरु अन्य विषयमा व्यस्त हुनासाथ मानिसहरु ढुक्कसित पूर्ववत् अवस्थामा फर्किहाल्छन् ।

पहिले सार्सको हल्ला चल्यो तर त्यो चीन, ताइवान, हंगकंगतिर केन्द्रित भयो र भाइरसका आफ्नै विशेषताका कारण संसारभर फैलिएन । अनि स्वाइन फ्लू र बर्ड फ्लूको हल्ला चल्यो । स्वाइन फ्लूको मृत्युदर सापेक्षतः कम भएको तथा बर्ड फ्लू भाइरस पनि संयोगवश पंक्षीबाट मानिसमा फैलिने अवस्थासम्म पुगे पनि हालसम्म मानिसबाट मानिसमा सर्ने चरणमा नपुगिसकेका कारण ती रोगबारे वैज्ञानिकहरुले गरेका डरलाग्दा भविष्यवाणी सत्य भइसकेका छैनन् । केही हप्ता पहिले विषादीले गराउने क्यान्सरबारे समाचारहरु आए र मानिस हरिया तरकारीहरुसँग तर्से तर एकाध दिनमा सञ्चार माध्यमको ध्यान अन्यत्र लागेसँगै पूर्ववत् विषादीयुक्त तरकारीहरुको खरीदबिक्रीमा कुनै फरक रहने छैन ।

यस्तो किन पनि भएको छ भने, छिमेकी मर्दासम्म पनि घरको सदस्य कोही मरेको छैन भने क्षणिक लाभ हुने कुनै अवसर छाडेर आम मानिसको स्वास्थ्यप्रतिको जोखिम कम गर्न हामी तयार छैनौं ।  बर्ड फ्लूलाई हेरौंः पहिलोपल्ट रोगको समाचार आउँदा सरकार र व्यवसायीले रोग नियन्त्रणका लागि देखाएको तदारुकता र आम मानिसले देखाएको सरोकार अहिले शुन्यमा झरेको छ । व्यवसायीहरुमध्ये धेरैले बर्ड फ्लू लागेको पुष्टि हुन दिएर र सञ्चार माध्यममा समाचार पुग्न दिएर ठूलो क्षति खप्नुभन्दा धमाधम मरेका कुखुरा गाड्दै संक्रमित भए पनि ज्यूँदा कुखुरा बजारमा पठाउँदै एउटा भयावह महामारीलाई निम्त्याउँदैछन् । एक त कुरा नबुझ्ने, अर्को बुझे पनि जो कोहीलाई नपत्याउने आम मानिसहरु पनि कुनै सावधानी विना कुखुराको मासु खान अभ्यस्त भइसकेका छन् । फलस्वरुप समस्या कति गहिरो छ भन्नेसमेत सम्बन्धित निकायलाई थाहा छैन र जुन दिन बर्ड फ्लूको भाइरस मानिसबाट मानिसमा सर्ने चरणमा पुग्छ, त्यतिखेर हजारौंको संख्यामा चिहानमा पुग्नुको विकल्प छैन ।

किन भयावह छन् खास भाइरसहरु?

जसरी म्यामेलियन भन्दैमा सबै स्तनधारी प्राणीहरु उस्तै हुँदैनन्, भाइरस भन्दैमा पनि सबै भाइरस एक खालका हुँदैनन् । सामान्य रुघाखोकी गराउनेदेखि दादुरा गराउने भाइरसहरुसम्मको के विशेषता हुन्छ भने हाम्रो शरीरले एकचोटिको संक्रमणपछि रोग प्रतिरोधी क्षमता विकास गर्छः रुघाखोकीमा झैं खास समयका लागि वा दादुरामा झैं जीवनभरका लागि । फलस्वरुप फेरि संक्रमण भए पनि त्यो शरीरमा फैलन र रोगका रुपमा विकास हुन पाउँदैन ।

यस्ता भाइरसविरुद्ध शरीरको प्राकृतिक प्रतिरोधको नक्कल गरेर भ्याक्सिनहरु बनाउन सम्भव हुन्छ । खाली भ्याक्सिनकै भरमा विफरजस्तो डर लाग्दो रोग अहिले संसारबाटै उन्मूलन भैसक्यो भने पोलियो पनि उन्मुलन हुने दिशामा छ ।

तर त्यस्ता भाइरसभन्दा विशुद्ध फरक अरु भाइरसहरु छन् जो छेपाराले रङ फेरे झैं आफ्नो परिचय जनाउने आणुवंशिक रुप फेर्छन् । बीस वर्ष लगाएर एउटा भ्याक्सिन बनायो भने बीस दिनमा भाइरसले अर्कै रुप ग्रहण गर्छ र भ्याक्सिनले काम गर्दैन । ब्याक्टेरियाहरुलाई एनिटबायोटिकले र भाइरसलाई भ्याक्सिनले नियन्त्रणमा राख्दै आएका वैज्ञानिकहरुका लागि यस्ता भाइरस ज्यादै ठूलो चुनौती बनेर खडा भएका छन् । भाइरस आविष्कार भएको तीन दशक कटिसक्दा पनि एचआइभी एड्सको प्रभावकारी भ्याक्सिन बन्न नसक्नुका कारणहरुमध्ये प्रमुख उक्त भाइरसको यही विशेषता हो ।

तर एचआइभी भन्दा पनि द्रुत गतिमा बदलिइरहन सक्ने बर्ड फ्लू गराउने इन्फ्लुएन्जा भाइरसले बदलिंदै जाँदा कुन क्षणमा मानिसबाट मानिसमा सर्ने क्षमता ग्रहण गर्छ, त्यो सम्भाव्यताको कुरा मात्र हो र अहिलेको गतिमा भाइरसलाई फैलिन दिइरहने हो भने निकट भविष्यमा नेपाल र भारतजस्ता शुन्य नियमन र न्यून चेतना भएका मानिस बस्ने भुभागहरुमा त्यस्तो प्रलय हुने सम्भावना टड्कारो छ ।

अब आयो डेंगु र इबोला भाइरसका कुरा । यी भाइरसचाहिं आफैं बदलिइरहनेभन्दा पनि यीविरुद्ध हाम्रो संक्रमण प्रतिरोधी क्षमता काम नलाग्नुले प्रमुख भुमिका खेलेको हुन्छ । खास गरी डेंगुमा अरु सामान्य भाइरसभन्दा उल्टो पहिले संक्रमण भएपछि पुनः संक्रमण हुँदा तीव्र रक्तस्राव हुने डेंगु हेमोरेजिक फिभर कसरी हुन्छ भन्ने सम्म वैज्ञानिकहरुले यकिन गर्न बाँकी नै छ ।

Friday, August 8, 2014

The Saker: How Europe shot at its own feet and will bleed for long, long

Putin approaching his personal Waterloo: this has been the fascinating notion making rounds of the mainstream media across the world amid multiplying troubles for him particularly following the tragic crash of the Malaysian plane in eastern Ukraine.

Indeed the latest of the increasingly crippling sanctions against Russia imposed by the US and the European Union seemed to make Putin pay for his follies in Ukraine with his own flesh.

If only a hand could clap. Putin was yet to throw his cards. After taking his time, he has thrown them in the form of sweeping embargo targeting the 'aggressors'. There is no noise made in the mainstream media about his moves but that does not make them any less effective or catastrophic for the parties concerned. Moreover, cover up is one of the most important way of communication in the modern media: the more one-sided and biased the presentation, the more effective the message.

In this prompt analysis, The Saker highlights the damage that can be done particularly to the economies of European countries.

You wanna be Uncle Sam's bitch? Pay the price!

The Saker 

Dear friends,

I just took a short break from my life in "meatspace" to comment upon the great news of the day:  Russia is introducing a full 12 months embargo on the import of beef, pork, fruits and vegetables, poultry, fish, cheese, milk and dairy products from the European Union, the United States, Australia, Canada and the Kingdom of Norway.  Russia is also introducing an airspace ban against European and US airlines that fly over our airspace to Eastern Asia, namely, the Asia-Pacific Region and is considering changing the so-called Russian airspace entry and exit points for European scheduled and charter flights. Furthermore, Russia is ready to revise the rules of using the trans-Siberian routes, and will also discontinue talks with the US air authorities on the use of the trans-Siberian routes.  Finally, starting this winter, we may revoke the additional rights issued by the Russian air authorities beyond the previous agreements.  This is such an interesting and major development that it requires a much more subtle analysis than just the crude calculation of how much this might cost the EU or US.  I will attempt no such calculation, but instead I would point out the following elements:

First, this is a typically Russian response.  There is a basic rule which every Russian kid learns in school, in street fights, in the military or elsewhere: never promise and never threaten - just act.  Unlike western politicians who spent months threatening sanctions, the all the Russians did was to say, rather vaguely, that they reserve the right to reply.  And then, BANG!, this wide and far-reaching embargo which, unlike the western sanctions, will have a major impact on the West, but even much more so on Russia (more about that in an instant).  This "no words & only action" tactic is designed to maximize deterrence of hostile acts: since the Russians do not clearly spell out what they could do in retaliation, God only knows what they could do next! :-)  On top of that, to maximize insecurity, the Russians only said that these were the measures agreed upon, but not when they would be introduced, partially or fully, and against whom.  They also strongly implied that other measure were under consideration in the pipeline.

Second, the sanctions are wonderfully targeted.  The Europeans have acted like spineless and brainless prostitutes in this entire business, they were opposed to sanctions from day 1, but they did not have the courage to tell that to Uncle Sam, so each time they ended up caving in.  Russia's message to the EU is simple: you wanna be Uncle Sam's bitch?  Pay the price!  This embargo will especially hurt southern Europe (Spain, France, Italy, Greece) whose agricultural production will greatly suffer from it   These countries also happen to be the weakest in the EU.  By hitting them, Russia is maximizing the inevitable friction inside the EU over sanctions against Russia.

Third, not only will EU carriers suffer from much higher costs and flight times on the very important Europe to Asia route, but the Asian carriers will not, giving the latter a double competitive advantage.  How is that for a way to reward one side while hurting the other?  The EU got one Russian airline in trouble over its flights to Crimea (Dobrolet) and for that the entire EU airlines community could end being at a huge disadvantage vis-à-vis its Asian counterparts.

Tuesday, August 5, 2014

Thinking the unthinkable again: Why Is Washington Risking War With Russia? -The Nation editors

As Israel ruthlessly executes its murderous mission in Gaza, America is busy penalizing Russia, a rather curious coincidence. As a 'reputed' Ukrainian journalist calls for extermination of 1.5 millions of people in Donbass, the mainstream media is busy depicting Kiev as the naive and innocent victim of the evil designs of a monster named Putin.

After an insightful article by The Saker with similar theme, here  I share another article from The Nation, a publication rather away from the mainstream media. Here the authors say the things that are obvious to a skeptical eye yet are completely blacked out by the mainstream media. The central theme of the article is that far from being a megalomaniac and even a belligerent bully, Putin has been forced to react the way he has been doing.

Why Is Washington Risking War With Russia?

Indeed, Kiev cannot wage this war on its own citizens—a UN spokesperson says nearly 5,000 civilians have been killed or wounded, which may constitute war crimes—without the Obama administration’s political, economic and military support. Having also created hundreds of thousands of fleeing refugees, Ukraine is bankrupt, its industrial infrastructure damaged, and it is in political disarray, using ultranationalist militias and conscripting men up to 60 years of age.
All of this is unfolding in the context of Washington’s misleading narrative, amplified by the mainstream media, that the Ukrainian crisis has been caused entirely by Russian President Vladimir Putin’s “aggression.” In reality, his role has been mostly reactive.

Read more in The Nation 

Monday, August 4, 2014

किन टुंगोमा पुग्दैन वीर अस्पतालको आन्दोलन?


वीर अस्पताल र न्याम्सको आन्दोलन अदालतमा पुगेपछि आन्दोलनरत आवासीय चिकित्सकहरुलाई ग्लानि र पश्चात्ताप एकसाथ हुने अवस्था आएको छ । 

ग्लानि यसर्थ कि अस्पताल र संस्थाको यस्तो दुर्गति हुँदा पनि सम्बन्धित निकायहरु नौ नौ दिनसम्म चुप लागेर बसेका छन् । अनि पश्चात्ताप यसर्थ कि त्यो दुर्गतिका बीच यतिका वर्ष बितेर यति बिरामी र यति आवासीय चिकित्सकहरु पीडित हुँदा पनि यस अघि यत्तिको सशक्त आन्दोलन वा अभियानको शुरुआत भएन । 

तत्काल त्यो अवस्था कसरी आयो भने, वीर अस्पतालमा हडताल गरिएका भन्दै -जबकि अस्पतालका जागिरे चिकित्सकहरुले अहिले यथावत् सेवा प्रदान गरिरहेका छन् र त्यो अभिव्यक्ति आफैंमा गलत थियो_ त्यो बन्द गरेर सेवा सुचारु गरिपाऊँ भन्ने व्यवहारको रिट सर्वोच्चमा परेकोमा आवासीय चिकित्सकहरुका विरोधी वकिलले आफ्नो बयान यसरी शुरु गर्नुपर्योः यो आन्दोलनका मागहरु पूरै जायज र न्यायोचित छन् । 

अर्थात्, वीर अस्पतालको यथास्थिति बचाउ गर्न मिल्ने खालको छैन र यसले विपन्न नेपालीहरुलाई न्यूनतम सेवा दिने हो भने पनि यसको सञ्चालन र व्यवस्थापनमा आमूल परिवर्तन आउनुपर्छ भन्नेमा अब न्यायालयदेखि आन्दोलनको विरुद्ध वकालत गर्ने कानुन व्यवसायीहरुमा समेत दुविधा छैन । 

तर लोक लाज र उत्तरदायित्वबोध दुवैबाट विच्छेदित भएर राजनीतिमा प्रवेश गरेका राजनीतिज्ञ, तिनले भर्ती गरेका र यथास्थितिमा बीरबाट बिरामी तस्करी गरेर धनी भइरहेका कर्मचारीहरु यो कुरा मान्न तयार छैनन् । राजनीतिज्ञ बिरामी भयो भने सरकारले ससम्मान विदेशका महँगा अस्पतालमा पठाउने व्यवस्था गरिहाल्छ भने वीरमा हाजिर मात्र गरेर ओभरटाइम र नाइटभत्ता समेत पचाउने कर्मचारीहरुले वर्षौंको बिरामी तस्करीबाट एउटा नर्सिङ होम खोल्ने पैसा जुटाइसकेका छन् । तिनका लागि प्राण बचाउने अन्तिम आश्रय सम्झेर बीरमा आउने बिरामीहरु दुहुना गाइजस्तै हुन् । 

Sunday, August 3, 2014

Rwanda-type genocide in Ukraine? Ukrainian journalist calls for extermination of 1.5 million people

" ...the most important thing that must be done - no matter how cruel it may sound - is that there is a certain category of people that must be exterminated."


Journalists are supposed to keep their sanity in most insane of the circumstances.

 When they start doing the job of an unconscionable puppet of  despot or a thug, all hell breaks loose, so to say.

Prime example of this is Egypt where an entire generation of sycophants including the ‘journalists’ and ‘intellectuals’ have been gratifying themselves with the grotesque deeds of the new Mubarak in the form of omnipotent Sisi.

But as things evolve, the situation in Ukraine seems to take increasingly dangerous turns.

Is it, after all, a giant bully neighbor called Russia interfering and intimidating a tiny and innocent Ukraine as depicted in the mainstream media across the world?

Reality says otherwise, as represented in these statements of Bogdan Boutkevich, a ‘reputed’ Ukrainian journalist.

Here is the translated version of his statements:

Bogdan Boutkevitch: Ok, you ask me "How can this be happening?" Well, it happens because Donbass, in general, is not simply a region in a very depressed condition, it has got a whole number of problems, the biggest of which is that it is severely overpopulated with people nobody has any use for. Trust me I know perfectly well what I am saying.

If we take, for example, just the Donetsk oblast, there are approximately 4 million inhabitants, at least 1.5 million of which are superfluous. That's what I mean: we don't need to [try to] "understand" Donbass, we need to understand Ukrainian national interests.

Donbass must be exploited as a resource, which it is. I don't claim to have a quick solution recipe, but the most important thing that must be done - no matter how cruel it may sound - is that there is a certain category of people that must be exterminated.
Translated from Ukrainian by Valentina Lisitsa; Source: Vineyard of the Saker

Unless it is an absolutely chaotic situation as in the Rwanda of 1994, only a lunatic or a suicide bomber would make such blatant remarks. But these people, who reside in posh dwellings and have one eye at home and another at the US dreamland are far more dangerous than actual suicide bombers. Most a suicide bomber can do is detonate himself/herself to kill a group of people at a location. The war at behest of these people often annihilates entire communities and population. That is what happened in Rwanda. And Ukraine seems ready to peek that abyss soon enough if people like Boutkevich prevail, an unfortunate but likeliest of the potential scenarios.


(Note: Preamble to these statements in The Saker’s blog (Video footage is also available in the blog):


 Hromadske TV (Which broadcast this interview) is now officially the Ukrainian version of Rwandan RTLM. Just like RTLM called for the extermination of the Tutsi, calling them Inyenzi, or cockroaches, so now Hromadske TV is legitimizing the genocide of the population of Novorossiya. From Inyenzi to Colorados, we have come full circle. Hromadske TV, this mouthpiece of Ukrainian genocide, is financed directly by US and Dutch embassies. The blood of the population of Novorossiya is on all our hands - we have allowed this to happen. Please circulate this as widely as you can and stand witness to this Holocaust.)

Thursday, July 31, 2014

The Saker: Thinking the unthinkable- Is US finally waging war on Russia?

Is Obama willing to fight Putin down to the very last Ukrainian?


Unthinkable things happening: it is uncommon, even rare but it is still possible. As a political and military analyst, The Saker had been arguing for long that a full scale confrontation between Russia and US/West at whatever pretext was a non-option. Not quite suddenly, but he appears to have changed his mind of late. 

So, does the world face a potentially annihilating confrontation between two determined powers? What have the latest developments to do with the change in attitudes, if any, of the two powers about the potential confrontation? If indeed these developments including the MH17 crash in Ukraine have such momentous effects on the geopolitics, which aspects of these are we missing? 

 You won't get any insightful article in these issues on any mainstream media outlet: the sanitization and distortion on behalf of the corporate houses and the 'establishment' (the US and Western European rulers) simply does not tolerate that. Here, Saker analyzes the available facts and tries to elaborate why he has changed his mind on the subject. 

 [For those new to his articles: here Novorussia means the Parts of Eastern Ukraine where people prefer autonomy or even annexation to Russia over Kiev's rule and have waged a rebellion centered around Donetsk city; Banderstan pejoratively means parts of Ukraine ruled by Kiev 'Junta';]

 
 Thinking the unthinkable

 The Saker


Introduction

I have been putting off writing about this topic for a very long while.  In fact, I wrote several articles trying to explain the self-evident truism that the US/NATO/EU does not have a military option in the Ukrainian war.  


First, in an article entitled Remembering the Important Lessons of the Cold War I tried to explain that the reason the Cold War did not turn into a hot, shooting, war is that both sides understood that they simply could never win and that any escalation in strikes and counter-strikes could very rapidly lead to a intercontinental nuclear war, something which neither side was willing to risk.   

In a piece entitled Making Sense of Obama's Billion Dollar Hammer I tried to show that all the money the US will by pouring into "European security" is just a grandiose bribe for some European elites and that it had no real effect on the ground.  

A few days later I posted an article entitled Why the US-Russian Nuclear Balance is as Solid as Ever in which I tried to dispel the myth prevalent in the West about the putative state of disrepair of the Russian military in general, and of the Russian nuclear forces in particular.  

Lastly, in a piece entitled Short Reminder about US and Russian Nuclear Weapons I tried to show that in reality it was the US nuclear forces who were in a state of disrepair.  

And over and over again, in many comments, I tried to lay out the reasons for which I simply did not believe that the US/NATO/EU would dare to attack Russia.  In summary, I will say this: the US is not nearly as powerful as the US propaganda claims.  Without going into long debates about what "victory" and "defeat" mean, I will just say that in my personal opinion the last time the US military fought well was in Korea, and even there it had to accept a draw.  After that, it was all downhill.  

This is not the fault of the US solider, by the way, but by the fact that big money and politics got so heavily involved in the US military that they corrupted everything.  This is most evident in the USAF which still has superb pilots, but who are given a terrible choice: either fly on good but old aircraft or fly on new but terrible ones (I believe that given the choice, most would chose the former).  As for the European NATO allies, they are such a joke that they hardly deserve mention.  They even look bad on a parade.

As for a military option in the Ukraine, it appears unthinkable to me not only because, frankly, I don't see a single military in the West capable of taking on the Russian military in full-scale battle, but also because geography powerfully argues against such a crazy idea (the very same geography which would make it impossible for Russia to try to invade western or even central Europe).

And yet, something in all this very logical reasoning felt wrong to me.  A few days ago it finally hit me.  What bothered me was

The American Duck

Among the many beautiful and witty expressions and neologisms Americans use, I always loved this one: If it looks like a duck, swims like a duck, and quacks like a duck, then it probably is a duck.  This so-called "Duck test" is funny, but it is also a powerful logical method which ended up chewing at me day after day after day.  Here I was, all sure and certain that the US/NATO/EU would never consider such a ludicrous notion as the one of an military attack on Russia or on Russian forces.  But kept hearing the voice of the American Duck telling me: look at what they are doing, what does that look like to you?  Suspend your conclusions and just tell me what are you observing?  Tell me, if they had decided to escalate to the point of a military confrontation with Russia, would they be doing things differently?  And a few days ago, I threw in the towel (at the duck, of course) and had to accept that while I did not know what they were thinking or what their intentions really were, it sure looked to me like the western plutocrats had decided to escalate the crisis has high as possible.

In truth, I have to admit that when I studied the theory of deterrence in the 1980 my teachers always insisted that this theory of deterrence was predicated on what they called a "rational player".  To put it simply - how do you deter a lunatic?  Or a desperate man with nothing to lose?  Or a person hell-bent on mutual destruction?  The truth is, you cannot.  Deterrence assumes a rational actor making a logical decision about unacceptable costs.  As far as I know, nobody has ever developed a theory of deterrence applicable to a madman.  When I initially wrote my pieces explaining why I believed that a US/NATO/EU attack was impossible a lot readers posted comments saying that while maybe the top US military command was still mainly composed of rational men, the US imperial elites had clearly gone crazy a long time ago and that they were so stuck in their arrogance, their imperial hubris, there delusion of invincibility and their knee-jerk and systematic use of violence that they could no more be considered as rational.  At the time I replied that, yeah, sure, maybe, but what is the point of analyzing something crazy.  How do you try to make sense of the suicidally insane?

And yet, this is what I propose to do today.  I will try as best I can to try to place myself in the mind of these lunatics and see what they could try doing, and what the consequences of that would be.  I will go through several possible plans that these crazies might have starting from the most limited one and then going up the insanity slope.

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