‘Mike Tyson: All I once knew was how to hurt people. I’ve surrendered now’ | The Guardian

An affecting session with the last great undisputed heavyweight champion of the world:


Trinamul Party Workers and Local Leaders among the Accused in the CBI Charge-Sheets on Nandigram

Two charge-sheets have been filed by the CBI in the Haldia Court on the events of March 18, 2007 in Nandigram.

Ganashakti reports: “Six and a half years into the investigation of the Nandigram police firing in 2007, the CBI has found the involvement of Trinamul workers and leaders. No evidence has been found on the slanderous allegation by mainstream media and intellectuals that CPI (M) ‘harmads’ or goons had infiltrated the police posse and fired at innocents. Nor have they found any evidence of the ‘trawler’ filled [with] dead bodies, which, according to the current Chief Minister, Mamata Banerjee, [was] ‘smuggled’ out of Nandigram. The CBI has also failed to find any remains of slaughtered children.”

Full report at


Open Letter to the Chief Minister of Delhi on the Role of Delhi Law Minister

The All-India Democratic Women’s Association (AIDWA) and other women’s organisations write jointly to the Chief Minister of Delhi on the “horrific” acts of intimidation and racial profiling of Ugandan and Nigerian women “by a group led by Delhi Law Minister Shri Somnath Bharti.”

“We agree that it is essential to put in place measures to discipline and hold Delhi police accountable for their lapses and short comings – the latest instances including the Danish woman’s rape and the dowry murder of Neha Yadav…We also know how hard it is to ensure that Police act in accordance with law and Constitutional values rather than public or political sentiment, especially in matters involving women and vulnerable social groups. In this incident, the Malviya Nagar SHO became a rare exception who acted to protect the African women, whose safety was criminally compromised.”

Full statement in the file attachment

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Economists: there is no such thing as the ‘economic approach’, John Kay in Financial Times

‘Economists: there is no such thing as the ‘economic approach’, Financial Times, 15 January 2014

“The model” — based on “the combined assumptions of maximising behaviour, market equilibrium and stable preferences” — “remains in vogue, not because its answers are right but because they are unequivocal, and supporters attach more importance to universality than to relevance”.

(via Jomo Sundaram)

‘Myopia, Distortions and Blind Spots in the Vision Document if AAP’, S.P. Shula in EPW, February 16, 2013

A thoughtful and interesting early Left critique of the Aam Aadmi Party’s Vision document:

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‘Afghanistan’s Worsening, and Baffling, Hunger Crisis’,

The New York Times might find the deeply disturbing increase in severe malnutrition among Afghan children “baffling”. What is missing in this story is a clear acknowledgement that the U.S.-led war, which has taken a calamitous toll of civilian lives and welfare, is the leading factor behind this worsening.

Why India’s brick kiln workers ‘live like slaves’, BBC News

“The scale of forced and child labour in the brick kilns of India is of epidemic proportions. Simply put cheap bricks means cheap office buildings on the back of blood bricks and slave labour.”

De Blasio Draws All Liberal Eyes to New York City –

Newly installed New York Mayor Bill de Blasio has fired the liberal imagination. This New York Times story notes that he takes office “at a time when liberalism is rising again in the nation’s city halls, galvanized by widespread worries over spiralling costs of living and a shrinking middle class. His administration could be a redemptive moment for a national left whose policies were often blamed for the crumbling of urban centers in the 1960s and 1970s, yet has now started to reassert itself in smaller jurisdictions with bold new approaches on issues like income equality and poverty.”