The Killing of History (Guest Post by John Pilger)

Submitted by Vijay Prashad on Fri, 09/22/2017 - 15:08
Vietnamese liberation fighters

 

John Pilger is an Australian journalist, author of a number of important articles and maker of some crucial documentaries (including about Cambodia, Indonesia and the indigenous peoples of Australia). I have long been a fan of John Pilger's work - it is well-researched, honest and powerful without being sensational. There is a dignity to his prose that I very much admire. In a lecture he gave at Columbia University, Pilger spoke of 'censorship by omission'. In that lecture, Pilger pointed to the terrible omissions of Western culpability in the wars of South-East Asia and Central America,

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Syrian Wars and Colonial Bores

Submitted by admin on Thu, 09/21/2017 - 19:49
Barjani asked for the referendum

 

Dear Friends,

On September 25, 2017, the Iraqi Kurdish population will go to the polls for a referendum towards their independence from Iraq. The picture above - taken by Shama -  is of a pro-independence rally headlined by Masoud Barjani, the President of Iraqi Kurdistan. Some say that Barjani asked for the referendum to consolidate his own power rather than to consider the full meaning of this vote not only for the Iraqi Kurds, but for the Kurds in Iran, Syria and Turkey. Nonetheless, the referendum is on the table.

Last week, I talked to my contacts in the Turkish military, one of whom

Strikes, Wars, Floods

Submitted by admin on Sat, 09/16/2017 - 13:43
Sikar

 

Dear Friends,

The picture above is from Sikar, Rajasthan (India). The farmers of the state, organized by the All-India Kisan Sabha, have fought a tough battle against the BJP-ruled government. They wanted the government to implement a set of recommendations from a government commission on the agrarian crisis. The demands, as I note in this blog post here, are basic - humane and uncontroversial if we lived in a different kind of system.

But, of course, we don't live in a different kind of system. We live where we live, in these times of peculiarly harsh intensity. Facts are brutal these day

Red Salute to the Farmers of Rajasthan

Submitted by Vijay Prashad on Mon, 09/11/2017 - 20:12
Farmers of Rajasthan.

 

A terrible gloom has settled over India.

Another person to stand up firmly against the venomous Hindutva - Gauri Lankesh - taken from our side of the ledger. These are vicious times, the count of those dead from Comrade Pansare (killed by 'unidentified assailants') to Pehlu Khan (killed by the cow fascists) to the lynching of Baban Musahar and Murahu Musahar in Bihar's Rohtas district (killed by anti-dalit mob violence).

What are these times, these times of great violence and pain?

Will these also be the times when people rise up and disobey fascism, overthrow the fascists?

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America's North Korea War & Morocco's Rebellions

Submitted by admin on Sat, 09/09/2017 - 06:16
North Korea's War

 

Dear Friends,

The temperature is high again. 

The drum-beat of war from the White House goes in two directions - towards Iran and towards North Korea. These are, if you remember, the two other pillars of George W. Bush's 'axis of evil'. Iraq has already been a victim of regime change. Trump seems keen to follow through on Bush's quixotic promise - to effect regime change in Iran and in North Korea.

But the North Koreans moved their chess pieces in a hurry, testing a thermonuclear or hydrogen bomb. This, essentially, makes a US bombing run on North Korea very difficult. It also makes mist

Fascism in the United States

Submitted by admin on Wed, 09/06/2017 - 10:15
 The neo-Nazi and white supremacist rally in Charlottesville, Virginia
Photo @AndyBCampbell

 

Dear Friends,

The picture above is remarkable. It comes from the neo-Nazi and white supremacist rally in Charlottesville, Virginia that took place earlier this month. The combination of the Nazi flag and the Confederate flag is a standard feature of the Right's iconography - the linkage between a desire for White domination with a rehabilitation of the 'lost cause' of the Confederacy. This period of great economic instability has produced some truly morbid symptoms, to use Gramsci's words from a comparable era. This is not a uniquely American phenomenon, certainly, sinc

Afghanistan and the Media

Submitted by admin on Sat, 08/26/2017 - 05:37
The tribal chiefs of Paktia province

 

Dear Friends,

No end to the American war in Afghanistan. In fact, US President Donald Trump wants to extend the war - to send in more troops and to bomb the country into further reaches of oblivion.

When did this war begin? The contemporary phase was in October 2001, when US President George W. Bush refused to negotiate with the Taliban for the transfer of Osama Bin Laden and instead launched a massive attack across the country. The longer war began - perhaps - on 3 July 1979, when US President Jimmy Carter signed a directive to provide covert aid (money and arms) to the reactionary mujahid

Untouchable Freedom

Submitted by Vijay Prashad on Mon, 08/21/2017 - 00:17
Strike

 

A few nights ago, Ravish Kumar on NDTV (Khabar) did a few stories on the inhumanity in India that drives a million people - all Dalits - to manually deal with sewage and human refuse. It is a brutal part of the Indian landscape. When we lived in Chennai a decade ago, I remember the 'manual scavengers' who worked the drains near the Cancer Institute.

 

Manual Scavening

 

It was already illegal for the city to have hired human beings to go into the sewer (the legal basis in the 1993 Employment of Manual Scavengers and Construction of Dry Latrines [Prohibition] Act and the 2013 Prohibition of Employment as M