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The Triple Talaq Controversy

Politics has often meddled in religious affairs only to make things worse. During an era where people love their automobiles and pet dogs more than their spouses, any religious values, not only Islamic, would go for a toss. Politics plays a major role in the crushing defeat of religious values for its own gains. If the creation of religion is considered as a major success of politics, then its ability to keep it divisive for aeons would be the hallmark of its success. Anyhow, for once, politics has stepped into the religious realm with a purpose of serving a better cause: The Triple Talaq debate in Islam. Divorce in Islamic Sharia is one of the most debated topics among its scholars and is also one of the least attractive topics that anyone in a harmonious wedlock would love to talk about....

Assange And His Senseless Ethics

Wikileaks is well known for its commitment to uphold truth as it strongly believes that people have the right to know the verity that are hidden by authoritarian states and their crafty politicians. The crusader against these authoritarian regimes, Assange, treated almost synonymous with the website itself, is a man of iron will who strongly opposes the secrecy of governments that claim to be the forerunners of democracy with complete transparency in policy and other political decisions. He wants truth to be told in its naked form with no gate keeping, not even if it is outrageous or politically suicidal. Through every logic, exposing secretive information is to give justice to people and build an authentic, legitimate democracy where the government machine runs only for the welfare of the...

Trump and the trade deals

According to his plan, to appear popular among an angry crowd with his populist ideologies, Trump had always argued against trade deals and claimed throughout his campaign that the middle class Americans are robbed by neo-liberal trade policies. He has termed NAFTA as the worst trade deal ever that takes American jobs away from their land and offers opportunities to sons of the foreign soil. He blames companies for shifting their manufacturing capabilities to foreign countries and sell the products back in the US. Despite the deal was initiated by George H.W. Bush, he accused the Clintons for the passage of the bill on January 1, 1994. His stand against trade deals either explains his ignorance about economics or makes him an hypocrite that does the talking while following none of what he ...

Hillary’s Pneumonia & Trump’s Other Conspiracy Theories

A recent research suggests that when you have a lot of information about the world you live in and about its politics, but do not trust the politicians and the system they are in, you tend to end up endorsing conspiracy theories. That sounds perfect for the conservatives especially during the last 8 years after Obama became the first African-American president of the United States. Once he set his foot on the Oval Office, the conservative minds distrusting Obama administration started gathering too much information, and eventually became the breeding ground of many conspiracy theories. Now the latest among them is Hillary’s pneumonia and the reason the Republicans would love to cite is President Obama. Yes, if it is logical then it is not Republican. During an era in which technology is ta...

The Alt Right And The Donald Trump

In the past week, there has been a lot of buzz around the term ‘alt-right’, which has been existing in the lexicon since November 2008 when Paul Gottfried spoke the word, but as a fringe group ever since there was the idea of white supremacy. Many leading web portals including Wikipedia, and the Associated Press, do not attribute any given set of characteristics or ideologies to the alt-right group. But it is not so tough for a common man to perceive what it stands for, when the usage of the word on internet became so prevalent after Donald Trump and his campaign that all of a sudden started showing mercy towards African Americans. Alt-right is not what Donald Trump stands for. Alt-right is something worse than what Donald Trump stands for. Which also doesn’t mean that Donald Trump is not ...

The Billionaires Who Back Donald Trump

Although Donald Trump boasted his ability to self-fund his campaign, which was also one of the key selling points of his campaign, he never really did and was dependent on outsiders to fuel his campaign. His bombastic, heroic rhetoric were only half truths including his self-funding tale, as a good portion of the money got funneled back to his companies for their assistance in the campaign. Now, as the Republican presidential nominee, he is after some fat moneyed donors and super PACs to challenge the Democratic nominee, likely Hillary Clinton. The most prominent conservative donors, the Koch brothers do not seem to have an intention to fund Trump’s campaign in his race to the White House. The Republican turned independent Michael R. Bloomberg has also decided to endorse Hillary over Trump...

How Bad is the Prison Lobby in the US?

The prison lobby of the United States involves in paying hefty funds to the politicians but still escapes from being one among the most scrutinized issues unlike gun, healthcare and oil. The for-profit prison owners cleverly contrive a ploy with the lawmakers and have been successful in keeping the prisons occupied so that the cash flow doesn’t stop. The business is ludicrous as long as there are prisoners, convictions, and crimes in the society and accordingly the population in private prisons has doubled between 2000 and 2010, says a report by the Justice Policy Institute. Against the norms of restoring peace and harmony in the society, this business model requires criminals to line up in queues at their prison gates, even if there are no crimes happening. This is not impossible as long ...

Who Controlled The Few Hours of The Turkish Coup?

Even though it remained ambiguous throughout the few hours on Friday night about the lever of control operating the coup d’ètat that tried to overthrow the democratically elected Turkish government, president Recep Tayyib Erdoğan was quick to blame his once ally Imam Fethullah Gülen who lives in self-imposed exile in Pennsylvania, US. Anyhow, it still remains unclear the mastermind behind the orchestration of this Turkish coup. Despite Turkey being a member of NATO, Erdoğan, a leader driven by conservative Islamic beliefs has brazenly turned against the West and its ideals of liberal secularism- may be only to play to the sentiments of the public to stay in power. Fethullah Gülen, who is opposed to Erdoğan’s ideals and beliefs preaches and promotes a liberal version of Sunni Islam facilita...

How Good Are Free Trade Agreements?

Trans Pacific Partnership has widely been seen as a flawed trade agreement citing various reasons including that it fails to raise the minimum wage and create new jobs but outsource them, puts the environment under threat by undermining the accords reached at the Paris conference and many other. The US presidential candidates have clearly reflected this thought by taking a stand against the deal, which is endorsed by the Obama administration that has turned things around since the Great Recession of 2008 that put in jeopardy, the entire world economy. The deal includes 12 countries in the Pacific Rim that contributes to 40% of the world’s GDP and one third of the global trade with 800 million people. It can be said that what is controversial is the concept of free trade long before anyone ...

Religious Intolerance And Its Political Will

Intolerance- The Buzz Word Religious Intolerance has become a buzzword in the Indian political scenario following the attacks on the minority Indians. The Indian intelligentsia has protested against these untoward incidents and the attitude of the ruling central government by handing back their awards bestowed by the state recognizing their achievements. They argue that intolerance is among the religious majority of the country towards the behaviour and attitude of the minority people, and the ruling government is very much tolerant towards the violent behaviour of the people attacking the minorities. [Body1AdHere] What are they really protesting against? Is it the government or the intolerant attitude of a few communal forces? As the elite stardom of the country, they have the moral respo...

Campaign Contributions, & Democratic US Elections

The ideals of democracy are completely forgone in modern day elections, in which it is only the quantum of dollars that is spent on marketing and advertising campaigns that win elections for leaders, and not their personal ideologies and principles on how to run a country successfully. There were times in certain part of the world during which illiterate, penniless politicians have won elections without even running a campaign. Time has changed, and so are the ways people perceive their leaders. As Al-Gore terms it as ‘The Assault on Reason’, modern day inventions like television, mobile phones, and the internet are successful in making people perceive a virtual reality that doesn’t exist at all. As destined to bring progress to the society, these technologies are proving themselves anti-d...

Inequality: The Top 1% Rich Own More Than 50% of the Global Wealth

Often we forget that the world is created equal due to the disparity in the assets owned by people across the various strata of the society. There are super rich, rich, moderately rich, poor and the very poor. The following figures may sound atrocious.  By the new reports of Credit Suisse, the top 1% of rich people that is the super rich or the ultra-high-net-worth-individuals own more than 50% of the world’s wealth. And the bottom 50% of the people owns only one percent of the total global wealth. Earlier, Oxfam, an international community working against global poverty warned that in 2016 the top 1% would earn more wealth than the remaining 99%. But, it has already happened a year well before. That explains the seriousness of growing economic inequality. Back in 2007, the top 1% owned 40...

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