America

Submitted by Vijay Prashad on Fri, 04/21/2017 - 22:11

 

 

<America> I heard from friends that the United States might have attacked North Korea during the parade on Kim il-Sung's birthday celebration. So I watched the entire parade on North Korean television. Nothing major happened. Somehow I felt that watching the parade was a vigil against war. Perhaps it was.....

I sat down and wrote my AlterNet column on my sense of the way the 'rogue state' is being seen. You can read the essay here, http://www.alternet.org/…/america-worlds-biggest-terrorist-…

It begins,

A few years ago, I asked a retired Iraqi Air Force off

Linda Sarsour at Trinity

Submitted by Vijay Prashad on Thu, 04/20/2017 - 23:26

 

Nevertheless, She Persisted: Resistance in the Trump Era

 

<Save the Date> The one and only Linda Sarsour will be at Trinity College on April 25. We've reserved one of the largest rooms on campus, and yet we fear that there might not be enough space to accommodate the people who would like to come see her speak.

So, be ready: https://www.facebook.com/events/1802160600047038/

Nevertheless, She Persisted: Resistance in the Trump Era

Linda Sarsour--Women's March on Washington Organizer

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Hosted by Women's March CT - We March On

Thu Apr 27th 7:00pm - 9:00pm

Trinity College Mather Hall, 300 Summit St, Hartford, CT 06106, USA

 

 

Turkey and the United States of America

Submitted by admin on Thu, 04/20/2017 - 21:57

 

Halka Yol Gösteren Özgürlük

 

Dear Friends,

The picture above is from the 2013 Gezi Park protests in Turkey. I have used it because hours after the referendum in Turkey, people who voted No (Hayir) had already begun to compare the mood of resistance to the days of Gezi. I like the picture because it echoes the great Delacroix painting of 'Liberty Leading the People'.

Some people - right after the referendum victory for President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan - began to say that Turkey's democracy has now expired. RIP Turkey was the signal phrase. It is an erroneous sentiment. Half of the Turkish people - despite immense v

The Fall of Bill

Submitted by Vijay Prashad on Thu, 04/20/2017 - 20:18

 

'The Factor' Confronts Professor Over Bin Laden Comments

 

<The Fall of Bill> I had spent the evening with Lisa HajjarLaleh KhaliliSayres RudyPaul Amar andJillian Schwedler. We were chatting about this and that - mainly exciting topics like counter-insurgency, torture and love. I went home. I saw the news. Osama Bin Laden had been killed. The next morning, Bakari Kitwana asked me to do a podcast with him on the killing and its implications for international law. I then went on NPR and talked about how this operation was a dangerous precedent for other countries - such as India - which might undertake its own adventure. I also said it wou

Turkish Version of Cacerolazo

Submitted by Vijay Prashad on Thu, 04/20/2017 - 00:15

 

 

<Turkey> In The Hindu, thanks to Mini Kapoor, my short report on the Turkish referendum. My friends in Turkey were initially very upset with the result - dazed even. But then there was a recognition that this is hardly over. The new hashtag to represent that view is #HayirDahaBitmedi. Comparisons between the protests that broke out after the first results were announced and Gezi Park's struggle came immediately from those who were banging pots and pans. This was the Turkish version of the Latin American cacerolazo.

How silly are the articles with RIP Turkey as th

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Gamboa at Trinity

Submitted by Vijay Prashad on Mon, 04/17/2017 - 20:46

The Art of Narration and Travel Writing (a Latin American Writer in India)

 

<Colombia> This week, at Trinity College, we are hosting one of my favorite contemporary writers, the Colombian novelist and travel writer Santiago Gamboa. If you live in the area, and are free on Wednesday, I hope you'll swing by and listen to his lecture. It will reflect on his time in India. In his novel - Night Prayers - Santiago meditates on the tree outside the Mexican embassy, where Octavio Paz lived and worked and of which he had written movingly. Sitting in his balcony in the Embassy, Paz had written of Delhi,

You were covered with poems
your whole body was writing
remember
recov

Palestinian Prisoners' Day

Submitted by Vijay Prashad on Mon, 04/17/2017 - 18:52

Rehearsing Freedom: The Story of a Theatre in Palestine

 

<Palestine> Today is Palestinian Prisoners' Day. Across Israel's gulag, Palestinian prisoners have begun a hunger strike. Every political party - from the Palestinian People's Party (the former Communist Party) to Hamas - are behind the strike. The strike is known as Freedom and Dignity, touchstones of the human imagination.

The Prisoners' demands are:

1. Install a public telephone for Palestinian detainees in all prisons and sections in order to communicate with their families.

2. Visits:

• Resume the second monthly visits for Palestinian prisoners that were halted by the Internation

Comrade Dasarath Deb

Submitted by Vijay Prashad on Sun, 04/16/2017 - 17:36

Dasarath Deb

 

<Left Books> Editing the annals of the story of the Left's emergence in Tripura, through the Janasiksha Samiti and other mass activities, as written by one of its leaders - Dasarath Deb later of the CPIM and of course Chief Minister of Tripura. This is Communist history at its best - a deep love for the people, a searching eye for the lineaments of oppression, an honest assessment of the successes and failures of the struggle. The two short books, which we at LeftWord Books will produce as one volume, have been ably translated by Saqib Khan and will be introduced by Professor Mahadev Chak