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Looking at Immigration – Part 2

Looking at Immigration – Part 2

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Written By: Senex Paris, France Illustration: Avijit Ghosh A brief analysis When we look at the current status of immigration (migration and refugees), we are looking at a fairly complex picture. All of them have one thing in common, that is the movement of people from one territorial entity to another on a permanent or a semi-permanent basis. Such movements of people in significant numbers occur for various reasons. Most common and historic reason is economic. For millenniums humans had been nomadic hunter gatherers and moving in search for food and water was a way of life. Agriculture changed that and a revolution took place around the world some 10 to 12 thousand years ago and gradually the majority of them settled down. This in turn gave value, both economic and sentimental...
Looking at Immigration – Part 1

Looking at Immigration – Part 1

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Written By: Senex Paris, France Illustration: Multidimension Source Part One - History and problems Immigration is such a late 20th century word and concept. Quite a meaningless one in the world before WWII but has gained much currency since. The most important reason for that was the end of colonization. Before colonization human migration was an eternal phenomenon since the dawn of time. Classical anthropology tells us that man in his current form evolved in Northeastern Africa some 200 to 350 thousand years ago and some 70 to 80 thousand odd years ago started migrating out of his continent of origin and spread across the planet in every possible direction. Some of these journeys took tens of thousands of years and hundreds of generations, covering distances that today take a...
How the protest against the rise in fuel price has turned into class struggle in France

How the protest against the rise in fuel price has turned into class struggle in France

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From director's desk Written By: Jayanta Chakrabarty Illustration By: Sagar Mondal “He who speaks without modesty will find it difficult to make his words good.” – Confucius Amid the wave of structural reforms undertaken by the current French government run by the LREM Party (The Republic on move) which won the legislative election on 18 June 2017, founded by Emmanuel Macron, after his presidential win, the sociopolitical and economic crisis deepened further. Winning almost two-third majority in the parliament, wiping out all traditional political parties, while the electoral abstention was historically high at 56,83 %, the LREM became the first Start-Up party in the world to take over the State power democratically. The majority of its representatives came from non political ba
A Critique of Modern Democracy- Part 3

A Critique of Modern Democracy- Part 3

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Rise of the Nation State Written By: Senex Paris, France Photo credit – Jayanta Chakrabarty On the eve of the 20th century the world was led by the Europeans. They were the only real powers in the world with the exception of the USA and Japan. The rest of the world was either colonized by the Europeans or were too weak to matter; and like the Ottomans, and other remnants of past powers, were dragged into the Wars by one side or the other. Nationalism was the leading political ideology of the day; each country vying with others for power, and in the process becoming rivals and even bitter enemies. Unlike the previous couple of centuries, this meant dragging the entire world into war since the colonies were mere extensions of whichever European power had colonized them. Entire British
House of Saud: no more Trump Card

House of Saud: no more Trump Card

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  From Director’s Desk Written by : Jayanta Chakrabarty Multidimension Illustration – Sagar Mondal On 25th October, Saudi public prosecutor declared, “Assassination of journalist Jamal Khashoggi in Istanbul consulate was ‘premeditated’. On the other hand, Saudi Investment summit secured deals worth $56bn, irrespective of absence of a great number of politicians and big corporate houses from the USA and Western European countries who pulled out in suspicion of Kingdom’s direct link to the assassination. Both of the events went under the close supervision of the Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, known as MBS to the elites in the western hemisphere, especially in the USA where he was hailed as JFK of the Middle East last spring, and his three week long official visit
Heroes and A Tale of Migration – Part 3

Heroes and A Tale of Migration – Part 3

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From Director’s Desk Written By : Jayanta Chakrabarty Multidimension [Illustration : Avijit Ghosh] On the other side of Sea, in Europe, another scenario had already unravelled. The overall suicide rate in Greece rose by 35% between 2011 to 2012. The suicide mortality rate for men increased from 5.75 (2003–2010) to 7.43 per 100 000 population during this period, i,e, 2 in a day. Experts attributed the rise to the country's economic crisis.The dream of the Euro as a strong currency was dented. The Greek economy was one of the Eurozone's fastest growing from 2000 to 2007, averaging 4.2% annually, as foreign capital flooded in. This capital inflow coincided with a higher budget deficit. Trade deficit and budget deficit rose from below 5% of GDP in 1999 to peak around 1
A Critique of Modern Democracy- Part 2

A Critique of Modern Democracy- Part 2

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Written By : Senex Paris, France Photo credit – Jayanta Chakrabarty In the last issue we talked about the binary aspect of the universe, where, when two forces having opposite effects, meet, create a kind of equilibrium when they are equal; and if not equal create a dynamic situation. This is almost a mirror reflection of the ways in which the laws of physics work in the physical universe. In human society too, we see such a binary combination at work, resulting in what we may describe as hierarchical pyramids. In such a simple pyramid the people in society can be said to be distributed in a manner where the masses of people are spread out on the broad base of the pyramid while the few most powerful are squeezed in at the narrow top On the top of the pyramid are very few p
Heroes and A Tale of Migration- Part 2

Heroes and A Tale of Migration- Part 2

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From Director's Desk Written By : Jayanta Chakrabarty Multidimension [Illustration : Arghya Manna] On 17th December 2010, at 11:30 am, Mohamed Bouazizi, a 26 years old street vendor, set himself on fire in front of the governor’s office in Sidi Bouzid, a small town in Tunisia, to protest against the confiscation of his cart and the harassment and humiliation inflicted on him by a corrupt municipal officer and her aides. Outraged by the events that led to Bouazizi’s self-immolation, protests began in Sidi Bouzid within hours. The protest gained momentum in next two weeks, spreading all over the country with the slogan “Work, bread and national dignity”, this in a country which had about 95% youth literacy rate and more than 30% employment rate among this particular section of the
A Critique of Modern Democracy – Part 1

A Critique of Modern Democracy – Part 1

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  Written By : Senex Paris, France Photo credit - Alain Kugel Each one of us is born at a particular point on the timeline of human history, and in a particular place with its unique culture both human and ecological. These factors, which are in constant flux, define us to a large extent. Not only how we live, but also how we think. Our very mindset and our world view is primarily a product of these two elements. They create the filter through which we view the world. A decade ago I had read a short piece written by Ian McEwan, one of England’s best known novelists, describing how he had very recently found out that he had an older brother who had been given away in 1942 by his unwed mother for adoption. The brother, David Sharp, had been born an “illegitimate child” and wo

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