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Cricket: India’s road rage masks their inadequacy, Sharda Ugra, ESPN Cricinfo

How are India’s younger cricketers reacting to the decline and collapse of the erstwhile No. 1 Test team? A sensible view from the ringside:

http://www.espncricinfo.com/magazine/content/story/551153.html

“I have never known a country showing as much solidarity as Cuba”

Eduardo Galeano speaks of the Cuban revolution:

http://www.granma.cu/ingles/culture-i/19enero-I%20have.html

And of Cuba’s Casa de las Américas:

April 26, 1959, “in Cuba, saw the founding of the Casa, which has most helped us to discover America and the many Americas which America contains.”

http://www.granma.cu/ingles/culture-i/19enero-Words%20of.html

The Hindu : Opinion / Lead : Salman Rushdie & India’s new theocracy

The Hindu : Opinion / Lead : Salman Rushdie & India’s new theocracy.

“Salman Rushdie’s censoring-out from the ongoing literary festival in Jaipur will be remembered as a milestone that marked the slow motion disintegration of India’s secular state.”

Rising Share of Americans See Conflict Between Rich and Poor, Pew survey findings

‘The Occupy Wall Street movement no longer occupies Wall Street, but the issue of class conflict has captured a growing share of the national consciousness.’ A new Pew Research Center survey finds that 66% of the adult public believes there are “very strong” or “strong” conflicts between the rich and the poor—an increase of 19 percentage points since 2009.

Rising Share of Americans See Conflict Between Rich and Poor, by Rich Morin, Pew Social & Demographic Trends, Pew Research Center

http://www.pewsocialtrends.org/2012/01/11/rising-share-of-americans-see-conflict-between-rich-and-poor/?src=prc-headline

Survey Finds Rising Perception of Class Tension, by Sabrina Tavernise, NYT

http://www.nytimes.com/2012/01/12/us/more-conflict-seen-between-rich-and-poor-survey-finds.html?_r=1

Study: Americans believe conflict between rich, poor is growing, Washington Post

http://www.washingtonpost.com/local/study-americans-believe-conflict-between-rich-poor-is-growing/2012/01/11/gIQAZHibrP_story.html

pdf iconRich-poor conflict, rising perceptions in US.pdf

The Hindu : Arts / Dance : Dancer who brought Bharatanatyam to Mao’s China dies

The Hindu : Arts / Dance : Dancer who brought Bharatanatyam to Mao’s China dies.

Zhang Jun, a Chinese dancer who brought Bharatanatyam and Kathak to Mao’s China in the 1950s and inspired thousands to follow her passion for classical Indian culture over a celebrated, five decade-long teaching career, passed away following a long battle with cancer. She was 79…

“She was a bridge between two people, and she thought it was her life’s mission to bring the two countries closer through her teaching,” Han Xiao Xia, her only son, told The Hindu in an interview.

Her funeral was held in Beijing on January 8. Zhang had asked to be cremated with an anklet wrapped around her leg.

The Hindu/Amartya Sen : The glory and the blemishes of the Indian news media

The Hindu : Opinion / Op-Ed : The glory and the blemishes of the Indian news media.

“Our free media, including our largely unfettered press, are a hugely important asset for democratic India. And yet the celebration of the Indian news media can go only so far — and no further. There are at least two barriers to quality that need to be overcome. The first is some real laxity in professionalism in achieving accuracy. The second is the bias, often implicit, in the choice of what news to cover and what to ignore, and the way this bias relates particularly to class divisions in India.”

Noam Chomsky on U.S.-Afghanistan Strategic Partnership Agreement as ‘part of a global program of world militar ization’

Chomsky: ‘Right now, the United States is militarily engaged in one form or another in almost a hundred countries, including bases, special forces operations, support for domestic military and security forces. This is a global program of world militarization, essentially tracing back to headquarters in Washington, and Afghanistan is a part of it. It will be up to Afghans to see if, first of all, if they want this; secondly, if they can act in ways which will exclude it. That’s pretty much what’s happening in Iraq.’

http://www.readersupportednews.org/off-site-opinion-section/72-72/9264-a-global-program-of-world-militarization