Kashmir Youth Tied to Army Jeep As Human Shield

Submitted by Vijay Prashad on Sun, 04/16/2017 - 15:48

Kashmir Youth Tied to Army Jeep as a Human Shield

 

<Kashmir> Another - and another - and another outrage in Kashmir, this time so blatant, such a violation of the Geneva Conventions, such a violation of basic morals.

This was in Budgam, just outside Srinagar. A army convoy carrying poll workers was hit by stones. The Major in charge ordered a man - Farooq Ahmad Dar (age 26) - to be tied to the front of the jeep as a human shield. They then drove down the road. He was accused of being 'stone pelter'. Farooq Ahmad Dar denies this, saying he is a embroider of shawls.

This comes after the army action during the polls that has resulted in the de

Communists Against Caste

Submitted by Vijay Prashad on Sun, 04/16/2017 - 14:25

 Dr Babasaheb Ambedkar delivering a speech to a rally at Yeola, Nashik, on 13 October 1935

 

<Ambedkar Jayanti> From LeftWord Books comes a short note on Dr. B. R. Ambedkar - as well as brief comments on our forthcoming book by him, India and Communism, with an introduction by Anand Teltumbde, as well as on the new website, Communists Against Caste (whose Facebook page is at Communists Against Caste): http://mayday.leftword.com/blog/dr-ambedkar-and-communism/.

The point of Dr. Ambedkar’s movement – as he said in 1927 during the Mahad Satyagraha – was to fight to ensure that our society ‘treats human beings like human beings’. It should be a basic standard, but - sadly and outrag

Pride

Submitted by Vijay Prashad on Wed, 04/12/2017 - 22:12

President Gamal Abdel Nasser to nationalize the Suez Canal

 

<Pride> This evening my daughter gave me her sense of Nasser and Nasserism - with the Suez at the core. It was Suez that showed why Nasser was held in the hearts of so many around the Third World. The journey went from 1952 to 1967.

Then, as an afterthought, she mentioned that Sayyid Qutb seemed to be the mirror image of Leo Strauss (the echo here was with the Adam Curtis documentary).

We are in April, the month of Bandung. This is a good time of the year to recall Nasser.

 

 

Syria

Submitted by admin on Wed, 04/12/2017 - 13:37

Mohamad Khayata and Ghina Sibaii from a 2013 exhibit in Beirut called Bits & Pieces.

 

Dear Friends,

Today, US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson is in Moscow to talk to the Russians about - among other matters - Syria. It is said that Tillerson will indicate to the Russians that they must pressure the Syrian government of Bashar al-Assad. There is mystery here:

  • About what will Tillerson pressure the Russians - that Assad must no longer target civilians and use chemical weapons? that Assad must go? that the Russians must isolate Iran in the Syrian sector?
  • About what weapons Tillerson carries with him to force Russia to do this - that the US would then lift its sanctions? t

Sister Saffiyah Khan Faces Off Against Ian Crossland

Submitted by Vijay Prashad on Tue, 04/11/2017 - 13:17

 

 

<Smile> Sister Saffiyah Khan faces off against Ian Crossland, a fascist from the English Defense League. She smiles at his intolerance with the grace of someone who knows that she is standing on the right side of History. When the EDL seemed to gather around Saira Zafar who wears a hijab, Saffiyah stepped in.

Later Crossland wrote, 'she’s lucky she’s got any teeth left'. This is the character of the fascist.

Khan's parents are Pakistani and Bosnian. She had previously been chanting, 'Nazi scum off the streets'. Later she said, 'How is it that I’m smiling?

Refugees, Immigrants & Climate Crisis

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A Panel Discussion and Mini-Conference

Climate change is fueling the growing refugee crisis around the world, as individuals and entire communities are focused to flee their homes dues to its effects. Come explore humanitarian implications as well as questions of responsibility and justice at the international, national and local level with well known experts and activists, and afterwards participate in workshops to understand how you can make an impact.

 

Saturday, April 15th 2017, 11:00 AM to 3:00 PM

 

A Gloriously Outspoken Evening with VIJAY PRASHAD

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KPFA Radio 94.1FM & Middle East Childrens Alliance present

A Gloriously Outspoken Evening with 
VIJAY PRASHAD
Hosted by DENNIS J. BERNSTEIN

Dennis J Bernstein is a widely published journalist and host of the award-winning investigative news report, Flashpoints, syndicated on Pacifica radio. Bernstein was honored with the 2015 Pillar Award from the National Whistle Blowers Conference for his life work as a journalist whistleblower. Bernstein is also author of a collection of poems: Special Ed: Voices from a Hidden Classroom.
 

Bomb Syria?

Submitted by admin on Thu, 04/06/2017 - 07:52

 

 

Dear Friends,

My apologizes for coming to you twice in a week.

Yesterday, in the UN Security Council, US Ambassador Nikki Haley made a presentation about the terrible gas attack in Syria which killed almost sixty people. She insinuated that the culprit is the government in Damascus and she suggested - tepidly - that the US might consider some kind of military action against the government.

This came alongside her own statement that the author of this terrible strike is not yet precisely known.

At Alternet, I have an essay which goes over the question of how t

The Dogs of War

Submitted by admin on Tue, 04/04/2017 - 17:17
50th anniversary of Dr. Martin Luther King's monumental speech delivered at New York's Riverside Church: Vietnam, A Time to Break the Silence
Photo John C. Goodwin

 

Dear Friends,

Today - 4 April - is the 50th anniversary of Dr. Martin Luther King's monumental speech delivered at New York's Riverside Church: Vietnam, A Time to Break the Silence.

When I first encountered this speech years ago I was struck by Dr. King's compassionate anger and his great honesty. This was a speech that channeled Frantz Fanon's The Wretched of the Earth (1961), and of course the Third World upsurge which Dr. King mentions in the speech. He was influenced by his journey to Ghana in 1957 and to India in 1959 and by many of the internationalists who surro