Turkish Version of Cacerolazo

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


<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


Gamboa at Trinity

Submitted by Vijay Prashad on Tue, 04/18/2017 - 00:46
The Art of Narration and Travel Writing


<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

Palestinian Prisoners' Day

Submitted by Vijay Prashad on Mon, 04/17/2017 - 22:52
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 International

Comrade Dasarath Deb

Submitted by Vijay Prashad on Sun, 04/16/2017 - 21:36
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

Kashmir Youth Tied to Army Jeep As Human Shield

Submitted by Vijay Prashad on Sun, 04/16/2017 - 19:48
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

Communists Against Caste

Submitted by Vijay Prashad on Sun, 04/16/2017 - 18:25
Dr Babasaheb Ambedkar delivering a speech to a rally at Yeola, Nashik, on 13 October 1935
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


Submitted by Vijay Prashad on Thu, 04/13/2017 - 02:12
Egyptian Prime Minister Nasser cheered in Cairo after announcing the Suez Canal Company, August 1, 1956
Egyptian Prime Minister Nasser cheered in Cairo after announcing the Suez Canal Company, August 1, 1956


<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.




Submitted by admin on Wed, 04/12/2017 - 17:37
Mohamad Khayata and Ghina Sibaii from a 2013 exhibit in Beirut called Bits and 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?

Sister Saffiyah Khan faces off against Ian Crossland

Submitted by admin on Tue, 04/11/2017 - 17:17


<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? Som



VIJAY PRASHAD (Closing Plenary 4:00 - 5:00 PM, 22nd)

APRIL 21 - 22 @ MIT

Friday, April 21, 2017 

6:00 - 7:00 PM Registration, Coffee, Table Setup

Saturday, April 22, 2017

9:00 - 10:00 AM Registration, Coffee, Table Setup

4:00 - 5:00 PM Closing Plenary - Prashad


Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Edgerton Lecture Hall, Room 34-101
50 Vassar Street, Cambridge, MA


This year's theme focuses on the growing resistance