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19 Dec, 2020 14:23

Strikes in India and remembering Robert Fisk (E363)

The biggest strike in the history of the world is taking place at the moment in India. However, little is known about it here in the West. Some 250 million workers, the vast majority not unionized, came out on one day for a demonstration. Alongside this, there is an ongoing farmers’ revolt too. They marched on to New Delhi, made barricades using their tractors, and clashed with the police and army. So, why hasn’t it been covered by the media in the West? We asked Vijay Prashad, Director of Tricontinental: Institute for Social Research, who joined Sputnik from his base in New York.

The grand old man of English journalism, Robert Fisk, has recently passed away. Lionized in his lifetime, he wrote in the British mainstream media from 1979 until his death in October 2020. No sooner had he been buried, however, than his reputation was dug up and desecrated by a whole raft of people who began to criticize him by committing the worst sin of all in journalism: fabrication. Joe Lauria is Editor-in-Chief at Consortium and he joined Sputnik from Sydney, Australia, to help us remember Robert Fisk.

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