Prabir Purkayastha
When market fundamentalism overcomes common sense: Myth of electricity markets

The so-called electricity markets were created to help private capital, not people. It is time we wound up these bogus markets and returned public services to people, to be run cooperatively for their benefit

Game of nuclear chicken in Zaporozhye

The IAEA’s priority is supposedly nuclear safety, but its priority in Ukraine appears to be to fulfil the selfish political demands of Ukraine and its NATO allies

Racism in Science Mendel’s genetic revolution and the legacy of scientific racism

Scientific advances are not always linear: they zig-zag in unexpected ways. This is particularly true of genetics, which has a dark history of being coopted into eugenics and race science

Webb telescope opens new window in the sky

It’s an exciting time for astrophysicists as the Webb telescope delivers astounding details from the farthest reaches of the cosmos. Will it also help find dark matter and answer other questions?

Will Monkeypox Outbreak Replay AIDS and Covid-19 Script?

The West cannot keep infectious diseases out any more than claim victory over them. Microbes evolve and strike back unless sporadic outbreaks are tackled wherever they occur

Death trumps life at Geneva WTO Ministerial

Big Pharma profits have trumped lives and health again. Some, such as India, China, Russia, South Africa, can produce vaccines for all, but there hang threats of sanctions by rich countries

India hate apps against minorities Weaponizing hate apps: Sulli Deals and Bulli Bai

Hindu supremacists caught using tech tools and social media to target minority women prove again that each supremacism may be uniquely exclusivist but it is always anti-women and communal

Elizabeth Holmes, CEO Theranos, Holmes verdict: In the US, it is fine to lie to consumers, but not investors

Hyper-capitalism has systematically weakened regulations to help capital at the cost of consumers. The verdict on Elizabeth Holmes and Theranos simply illustrates the growing post-90s disregard for consumers

What India needs to learn from spiraling gas, electricity prices in Europe

Markets do not solve the problem of energy pricing. What is required is planning and long-term investments in infrastructure

India’s data privacy bill: Commercializing our data and weakening our privacy

India’s government wants to club the commercial use of people’s data with the protection of personal data, and create structures that allow the commercialization of our personal data collected by the government

Not Omicron but greed of capital threatens the world

The deliberate policy of big pharma and rich countries to leave large populations in poorer countries unvaccinated could plunge the world into another downturn

How Facebook algorithms promote hate and toxic content

Whistleblower Frances Haugen has revealed hard evidence—internal Facebook documents—that show it knew its algorithms promote dangerous content but did nothing about it so that it could maximize its advertising revenue.