India’s standoff with the WTO
is making me very happy. I think it’s the right decision in the long run.
Here’s a super-simplified version of the whole thing (off of my understanding):
2. They hope to do this by lowering trade tariffs and agricultural subsidies, in order to facilitate trade between developed countries and developing countries
3. In countries like India, whose economy is supported in a large measure through agriculture, impoverished farmers are given some kind of subsidy- things like tax breaks, electricity subsidies and most importantly - an MSP - A Minimum Support Price. This ensures that farmers have a market to sell their goods at a minimum price
4. The WTO wants governments of various developing countries to lift these subsidies in order to facilitate free trade more quickly
5. This is despite the fact that developed nations continue to support their farmers through huge subsidies. The US for instance, subsidizes her cotton farmers to the tune of $4.6 billion, every year.
6. Yet, the US objects to subsidies being offered in India, saying it will “disrupt free trade” and affect food grain prices in the long run
7. India objects to this strongly, and in no uncertain terms. India also calls for a revision of the terms of subsidies and insists that her farmers are practically fighting the US treasury. India demands that she should be allowed to support subsidies for her agriculturalists
8. Despite having previously agreed to let subsidies remain in December 2013, the WTO had done no additional work to provide clauses in the bill, for India to negotiate terms with
9. India, in essence, is calling out the hypocrisy of developed nations through her strong stance in blocking the WTO agreement, and trying to make sure various subsidies in India are not derailed
10. Many developing nations are now gathering in support of India, to re-work provisions of the WTO deal for their people. With the exception of South Africa, almost all countries in the list of developing nations are now on board
11. The developed countries are (understandably) upset about this, but so far, India has shown no signs of backing down (which is also quite understandable)
India’s concerns in this matter are reasonable, considering that we may be implementing the Food Security act, and has historically provided some kind of minimum safety net for our farmers.
I hope this issue gets resolved in time, but it’s only fair that developing countries assert themselves for the welfare of her most destitute.
I see no reason for India to tow the US line on this. I hope India won’t lose out on the peace deal, but by and large, this goes into my Right Things To Do By A People category.
Finally, a government with signs of a backbone.
Eid Mubarak everyone :)
Some 40% of the youngsters in Goa watch ‘rape porn’ regularly, Mysore-based organization Rescue said, based on a sample survey it conducted covering 200 undergraduate male students in Goa across 10 colleges.
Rescue CEO Abishek Clifford said they have asked state administrators to install software that blocks pornographic sites before distributing the laptops and tablets that the Goa government provides to students.
Clifford said that according to their survey 76% of the surveyed students said that watching pornography involving rape led to the desire to rape in them. He said that another 47% of these students ended up watching child porn.
"All of the students were already watching porn, 50% of them were now watching violent porn. Watching pornography is a progressive addiction. When it no longer satisfies you, you turn to violent porn or child porn," he said.
He recommended a software K9 that he said allows porn sites to be blocked completely.
"One high school in Goa reported to have caught their female students with a pen drive that contained violent porn, which the school head was shocked to see in the possession of children," Clifford said. Rescue’s survey claims that students end up watching 28 videos of rape each week.
Drawing a link between watching rape porn and rape reported in real life, Clifford said, “The incidents of rape are increasing due to saturation of violent internet porn. Everyone is shocked at the level of violence in rape, now we know why. Violent porn advertises rape and half of the porn sites have it.”
The students surveyed were between the ages of 18 to 22, he said.
A Pakistani mob killed a member of a religious sect and two of her granddaughters after another member was accused of posting blasphemous material on Facebook, police said on Monday, in the latest instance of growing violence against minorities.
The dead, including a seven-year-old girl and her baby sister, were Ahmadis, who consider themselves Muslim but believe in a prophet after Mohammed. A 1984 Pakistani law declared them non-Muslims and many Pakistanis consider them heretics.
Police said the violence late on Sunday in the town of Gujranwala, 140 miles south-east of Islamabad, started with an altercation between young men, one of whom was an Ahmadi accused of posting “objectionable material”.
"Later, a crowd of 150 people came to the police station demanding the registration of a blasphemy case against the accused," said one police officer who declined to be identified.
"As police were negotiating with the crowd, another mob attacked and started burning the houses of Ahmadis."
The youth accused of making the Facebook post had not been injured, he said.
Resident Munawar Ahmed, 60, said he drove terrified neighbours to safety as the mob attacked.
"The attackers were looting and plundering, taking away fans and whatever valuables they could get hold of and dragging furniture into the road and setting fire to it … Some were continuously firing into the air," he said.
"A lot of policemen arrived but they stayed on the sidelines and didn’t intervene," he said.
The police officer said they had tried to stop the mob.
Salim ud Din, an Ahmadi spokesman, said it was the worst attack on the community since 86 Ahmadis were killed four years ago during simultaneous attacks on their places of worship.
Under Pakistani law, Ahmadis are banned from using Muslim greetings, saying Muslim prayers or referring to their place of worship as a mosque.
Accusations of blasphemy are rocketing in Pakistan, from one in 2011 to at least 68 last year, according to the Human Rights Commission of Pakistan. About 100 people have been accused of blasphemy this year.
Human rights workers say the accusations are increasingly used to settle personal vendettas or to grab the property of the accused.