Last week, as many as 180 million Indian workers went out on strike. It was - by all indications - the largest strike in recorded history. Unsurprisingly, media reports of the strike have been anemic. There is a grudging recognition that this happened, but only to suggest either inconvenience or futility. There was little attempt to understand the essence of this strike and what this means for Indian politics.
In Alternet this week, my column addresses this strike. The last paragraph reads,
- What the strike says is that India’s worker
Today, as dawn breaks, over a hundred million - perhaps as many as 150 million - Indian workers will be on strike. What is this strike about? It is for workplace democracy and against the neo-liberal policy slate which is eviscerating their ability to live. This is a joint trade union strike, part of a wave that began in 2008. The message to the Indian bosses is loud and clear: workers are not subordinate, prone to the policies of the Washington Consensus.
In Alternet, I have a speculative essay - indebted to Fanon - which starts with the quest
I was on Democracy Now! to talk about my new book (see below). This interview is available in many parts:
(1) Turkey's Offensive Against ISIS & Press Crackdown is Really Just War on Kurds, part 1.
(2) Turkey's Offensive Against ISIS & Press Crackdown is Really Just War on Kurds, Part 2.
(3) Regime Change in Libya Mirrors Iraq: Both Efforts Led to Failed States & Destabilized Region
(4) Yemen & Palestine: Vijay Prashad on the Two "Ruthless" Bombing Campaigns
(5) Hillary Clinton Shows Dangerous Tendency to Go to War No Matter the Consequences
(6) India's Crackdown in Kashm
Turkish armed forces have moved towards Jarabulus, ostensibly to take the Syrian town from the Islamic State. But - at the same time - the assault seems calculated to prevent the Syrian Kurdish forces from creating a statelet in northern Syria, what the Kurds calls Rojava. These Syrian Kurds in alliance with Arab and other fighters had - as the Syrian Democratic Forces - seized Manbij. This opened up the possibility to push for a contiguous Syrian Kurdish region.
No wonder that the Syrian Kurdish leader Saleh Moslem responded to the Turkish assault harshly, "Turkey is in
A special offering: a report on a walk through Bombay's journalism history with P. Sainath. During our LeftWord Books Bombay tour, our team (Sudhanva Deshpande, Suvendu Mallick and I) encouraged Sainath - one of India's finest reporters - to give us a tour of his Blitz Days. He agreed.
We began at Kitab Khana, one of Bombay's fine bookstores and ended at the office of the People's Archive of Rural India. It was a magical trip.
I've heard these Blitz stories for years, but never thought to write them down. So this time, with the benefit of having gone to the old Blitz buil
Saudi Arabia, which has been pumping oil at record high levels, has now indicated that it would boost its oil production ahead of crucial talks next month to freeze oil levels. The game played by Saudi Arabia has hurt oil exporting states such as Venezuela and Russia. Next month, OPEC and non-OPEC states will meet to renew talks about a freeze in production, which would of course raise oil prices. The dangerous game played by Saudi Arabia has put the kingdom itself at peril.
But of course this is news best left to the business pages - if that. More important to tackle the
In Afghanistan the Taliban makes major gains, while in Yemen the talks with the Saudis have broken down. Roads to peace are blocked.
In Alternet this week I have an essay on the great futility of aerial bombardment. The last paragraph runs,
- The monstrous anger of the guns continues. Space for a peace process desiccates. The Saudi-Yemen discussions fell apart on Sunday, while the Syrian peace process lifts few hopes. There is no real conversation towards peace
This week, the United States government began to bomb targets in the Libyan city of Sirte. Commentary on this bombardment has not taken in hand the brittleness of Libyan politics and its overwhelming complexity. My report this week for Alternet tries to provide some of the background to the grave difficulties inside Libya, most of it provoked by the 2011 NATO war on the country. Furthermore, it looks to me that these strikes will create more instability not only in Libya but also in Tunisia. The final paragraph of my report reads,
- Will the airstrikes actually