90th Anniversary of the CPC – Photos from El Pais

The Busts Keep Getting Bigger: Why? by Paul Krugman and Robin Wells | The New York Review of Books

The Busts Keep Getting Bigger: Why? by Paul Krugman and Robin Wells | The New York Review of Books.

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Age of Greed: The Triumph of Finance and the Decline of America, 1970 to the Present by Jeff Madrick
Knopf, 464 pp., $30.00

“The Age of Greed is a fascinating and deeply disturbing tale of hypocrisy, corruption, and insatiable greed. But more than that, it’s a much-needed reminder of just how we got into the mess we’re in—a reminder that is greatly needed when we are still being told that greed is good.”

T.S. Eliot’s The Waste Land – An App for the iPad

The Position of the Greek Communist Party

How the Greek Communist Party Plans to Solve the Crisis

Interview with Isabella Margen of the Greek Communist Party, May 13, 2011

Air India Pilots Allege Safety Risks

“Beginning of the Great Revival” – an epic film about the founding of the Communist Party of China,0,2466369.story

Indian equivalents | The Economist

Which countries match the GDP and population of India’s states and territories?

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Indian Company Under Scrutiny Over U.S. Visas –

Infosys Technologies, the giant Indian outsourcing company with thousands of employees in the United States, is facing an expanding federal investigation prompted by claims from an American whistle-blower that it misused short-term visitors’ visas to bring in low-cost workers from India.

Preet Bharara and the Raj Rajaratnam case.

The New Yorker: A Dirty Business – New York City’s top prosecutor takes on Wall Street Crime

TrustLaw – a website on womens’ rights.

India ranks among the five most dangerous countries for women.

via Saraswathi Menon

The people’s gurus aiming to bring India back from the brink, The Guardian

A televangelist who uses private jets and a teetotaller who wants TV banned are leading the growing backlash against corruption

‘Why the Pentagon Papers Matter Now’ by Daniel Ellsberg

‘Don’t make my mistake. Don’t do what I did. Don’t wait until a new war has started…Don’t wait until thousands more have died, before you go to the press and to Congress to tell the truth with documents that reveal lies or crimes or internal projections of costs and dangers.

‘Don’t wait 40 years for it to be declassified, or seven years as I did for you or someone else to leak it.’

The National Academies Press Makes All PDF Books Free to Download

All PDF versions of books published by the National Academies Press will be downloadable free of charge. The National Academies Press (NAP) is the publisher for the National Academy of Sciences, National Academy of Engineering, Institute of Medicine, and National Research Council of the United States.

Living in East Jerusalem

Four Palestinians and two Israelis used cameras provided by the Guardian and B’Tselem human rights organisation to record video diaries about their lives and experiences in East Jerusalem

via Uday Krishnakumar

Tokyo Power Faces Insolvency Risk in Wake of Accident –

Tokyo Power Faces Insolvency Risk in Wake of Accident –

“To appease public anger over the disaster, the government has vowed to hold Tokyo Electric fully liable for the compensation claims that are likely to roll in from farmers, fishermen and others whose livelihoods have been disrupted in the crisis.

A government plan drawn up last month places no limit on the company’s liabilities, even though Japanese law would allow for such a cap following natural disasters. But the plan, which must still be approved by a divided Parliament, also calls for a fund that would use taxpayer money to help Tokyo Electric compensate victims and continue to provide Tokyo with power, while avoiding insolvency. Under the plan, the company will eventually pay back the fund in full.

The problem, analysts say, is that it is virtually impossible to know how large those claims could eventually be — and whether the government would have the means and commitment to cover them.”

Of interest to those who have followed the nuclear liability issue in India. If this is true for Japan, what will happen in a similar situation in India?