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  • A century and a half ago, prompted in part by the needs of the British colonial economy, Assam saw large-scale migrations from Bihar, Orissa and Bengal. The anxiety over immigration built up after Independence, and heightened in the years after the Bangladesh War, becoming intense enough in the early 1980s to draw in a large section of Assamese society into agitations and protests led by a students’ movement. The unrest let up a little in 1985, when the Centre and the student leaders signed the Assam Accord, which aimed to stem the tide of immigrants from Bangladesh by setting up foreigners’ tribunals that would hold trials of people suspected of sneaking in without papers, and to deport them, if found guilty. This would apply to immigrants who entered the state from March 24, 1971 onwards. The same year the Assam Accord was signed, the students’ movement, which consolidated itself into a political party, the Assam Gana Parishad, swept the polls, and formed the government. It was Assam’s Aam Aadmi Party moment.

  • Over the last few years college campuses have witnessed the steady erosion of a distinction that is utterly central not just to their mission but, I'm tempted to say, to the general maintenance of social order at some fundamental level. I mean the distinction between on the one hand what a person thinks about an action (feeling that it was offensive, for example, or deeming it unwelcome), and on the other a reasonable assessment of the act itself (that it was genuinely offensive, say, or a truly wrong thing to do).
  • In acknowledging the importance of this distinction do I thereby align myself with Christakis? It's not nearly that simple. To register that someone is saying something right does not mean you are entirely on their side, any more than understanding well why the students felt as angry and unhappy as they did means you agree with everything they said. Indeed, the idea that we must choose sides here is very much the problem. The task facing colleges today is how to combine these two ideals - college as an equally inviting and safe place for all its students, committed to the free and sometimes critical exchange of ideas - without sacrificing either substantially.

  • the dogmatic assertion that no limit could be assigned to the duration of Roman sway. Nec terminus unquam Romanae ditionis erit.
  • What should be the profession of faith of a sound but reasonable Imperialist?
  • He will entertain not only a moral dislike, but also a political mistrust of that excessive earth-hunger, which views with jealous eyes the extension of other and neighbouring European nations. He will have no fear of competition.

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  • if we are not able to contrive some method of governing India well, which will not of necessity become the means of governing Great Britain ill, a ground is laid for their eternal separation; but none for sacrificing the people of that country to our constitution.
  • I am certain that every means, effectual to preserve India from oppression, is a guard to preserve the British constitution from its worst corruption.
  • Magna charta is a charter to restrain power, and to destroy monopoly. The East India charter is a charter to establish monopoly, and to create power. Political power and commercial monopoly are not the rights of men; and the rights to them derived from charters, it is fallacious and sophistical to call "the chartered rights of men."

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  • The imperialist gentlemen completely forget that the annexationist activities they pursue imply the growth of economic world connections, the expansion of capital and commodity export, the increase of raw materials' import, and so forth. Thus, from a certain point of view, the policy of imperialism contains a contradiction: the imperialist bourgeoisie must, on the one hand, develop world relations to a maximum (remember the dumping policy of the cartels), on the other hand, it erects a tariff wall between itself and the world; on the one hand it exports capital, on the other it cries over foreign supremacy; in a word, on the one hand it internationalises economic life, on the other hand it strives with all its might to bottle it up within "national boundaries."
  • We must remember that the regulative principle of capitalist activity is the accumulation of profits. War is one of the "business operations" of the modern bourgeois; once it is over, he is as eager as of yore to establish old connections (not to speak of contraband operations during the war itself). Capitalist interest imperatively dictates these steps. The international division of labour, the difference in natural and social conditions, are an economic prius which cannot be destroyed, even by the World War. This being so, there exist definite value relations and, as their consequence, conditions for the realisation of a maximum of profit in international transactions. Not economic self-sufficiency, but an intensification of international relations, accompanied by a simultaneous "national" consolidation and ripening of new conflicts on the basis of world competition-such is the road of future evolution.
  • Outside of the workers, however, the most afflicted elements are the middle strata of the bourgeoisie: they go bankrupt first of all. Large-scale cartel industry, on the contrary, does not feel unhappy at all. It is easy to gather abundant statistical material to illustrate the rise in the profits of a whole series of the largest enterprises, particularly such enterprises as are close to army deliveries, i.e., in the first place enterprises in the sphere of heavy industries (so-called "military profits")

  • Every rupee of profit made by an Englishman is lost for ever to  India. With us are no retributory superstitions, by which a foundation of charity  compensates, through ages, to the poor, for the rapine and injustice of a day. With us no  pride erects stately monuments which repair the mischiefs which pride had produced, and  which adorn a country out of its own spoils. England has erected no churches, no  hospitals, no palaces, no schools; England has built no bridges, made no high roads, cut  no navigations, dug out no reservoirs. Every other conqueror of every other description  has left some monument, either of state or beneficence, behind him. Were we to be driven  out of India this day, nothing would remain, to tell that It had been possessed, during  the inglorious period of our dominion, by any thing better than the ourang-ourang or the  tiger.
  • In India all the vices  operate by which sudden fortune is acquired; in England are often displayed by the same  persons, the virtues which dispense hereditary wealth.
  • Here the manufacturer and husbandman will bless  the just and punctual hand that in India has torn the cloth from the loom, or wrested the  scanty portion of rice and salt from the peasant of Bengal, or wrung from him the very  opium in which he forgot his oppressions and his oppressor. They marry into your families;  they enter into your senate; they ease your estates by loans; they raise their value by  demand; they cherish and protect your relations which lie heavy on your patronage; and  there is scarcely a house in the kingdom that does not feel some concern and interest,  that makes all reform of our eastern government appear officious and disgusting; and, on  the whole, a most discouraging attempt.

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  • Their religious belief may be traced in the strongly-marked British superstition. The language differs but little; there is the same boldness in challenging danger, and, when it is near, the same timidity in shrinking from it. The Britons, however, exhibit more spirit, as being a people whom a long peace has not yet enervated. Indeed we have understood that even the Gauls were once renowned in war; but, after a while, sloth following on ease crept over them, and they lost their courage along with their freedom. This too has happened to the long-conquered tribes of Britain; the rest are still what the Gauls once were.
  • Our greatest advantage in coping with tribes so powerful is that they do not act in concert. Seldom is it that two or three states meet together to ward off a common danger. Thus, while they fight singly, all are conquered.

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  • Bassett Birthing Center is staffed by experienced obstetrical nurses, certified nurse-midwives, pediatric nurse practitioners, physician assistants, pediatricians and Ob/Gyn hospitalists. Whether delivered by a nurse-midwife or hospitalist, our philosophy of care is the same. Women create their own birth plans; minimal intervention, extensive labor support and open communication are our standard.

  • The period of 1885-1919 saw a drastic divide between Hindus and Muslims through various reform movements, governmental reforms, and the increasing role of women in Indian society
  • The revolt of 1857 sparked one of the most successful socio-religious reform movements known as the Arya samaj.

  • Over a century ago, Du Bois founded a field of sociology that demands that we hold up for examination hard truths about racism and that forces one to separate myth from reality. He uncovered the ways in which the “white” West dominated people of color globally.  His scholarship set out to prove all races were equal and that race was “socially constructed.” Gleaning how racial oppression operated, Du Bois set out to do nothing less that produce an academic and public sociology that sought to further social justice. As he observed: “I do not laugh. I am quite straight-faced as I ask soberly: ‘But what on earth is whiteness that one should so desire it?’ Then always, somehow, some way, silently but clearly, I am given to understand that whiteness is the ownership of the earth forever and ever, Amen!”

  • “You have to understand, that no one puts their children in a boat unless the water is safer than the land.”


    – Warsan Shire, Somali-British poet

  • more than 59 million people are forcibly displaced across the globe; 20 million are refugees.
  • Military conflict in Colombia, Pakistan, Ukraine and different parts of Africa have forced millions more to leave their homes, as have the systematic human rights abuses of various dictatorships from Eritrea to Myanmar.

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  • range-Osceola Chief Judge Frederick Lauten announced Wednesday that he will quash more than 21,000 arrest orders for people who failed to appear at collections court, ending the long-standing practice of jailing the defendants when they are located.

  • Given the central objective of preserving U.S. global hegemony, its “preeminence in the global system,” the CFR study group concludes that the “principal task that confronts U.S. grand strategy today…is adapting to the fundamental challenge posed by China’s continuing rise.”24 Calling Washington’s current policy “integration”—trying to bring Beijing into the liberal international world order—a failure, the study group proposes to replace “integration” with what they call “balancing.”25
    • the current U.S. edge in military power should be strengthened by “substantially” increasing Washington’s military budget while maintaining the existing dominance of the United States over China in nuclear arms, drones, and undersea warfare. The United States should also reform the military’s force design to blunt China’s military advances and accelerate U.S. ballistic missile defense posture and network in the Pacific Ocean.30 Washington should also employ more aggressive military tactics, including taking the following steps:

      • “reiterate its insistence on freedom of navigation and overflight, including in exclusive economic zones, for military as well as civilian ships and planes, and challenge Beijing appropriately if those norms are violated.”
      • “intensify a consistent U.S. naval and air presence in the South and East China Seas.”
      • “increase the frequency and duration of naval exercises with South China Sea littoral states.”31
  • Third, Washington should end its “passivity” and institute a get-tough approach with regard to China’s “incessant cyber-attacks.” Recommended measures include a tariff on Chinese goods, as well as better cyber defenses and imposing a policy of “equivalence” through an increase in U.S. cyber offense capabilities and actions.32

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  • Human activity is pushing marine life to the brink of collapse, warned a leading international conservation group
  • overfishing, destruction of marine habitats, and climate change has led to the loss of almost half the world's marine mammals, birds, reptiles, and fish within a single generation.
  • World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF)

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  • We have the demand for race and equity teams that I think connects so importantly with the Black Lives Matter movement, that’s demanding not—we don’t just want not to be shot down in the streets by unaccountable police. When we say Black Lives Matter, we also mean that we want a rich and fulfilling life and access to education. And I think that that demand connects with so many of the demands of the Black Lives Matter movement, also the fight for a living wage. That’s what our union is doing. And we hope to raise the bar of wages in Seattle for all workers. I think that this fight is also a fight for women’s rights, because we have a majority female profession. And I think that it’s important that we get equal pay for this majority female profession. And so, I think that our movement is really connecting with some of the most important social movements, and we’re just going to gain strength as the strike goes on.
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