Violence, Syria, Money

Submitted by admin on Thu, 03/30/2017 - 16:57

 

Dear Friends,

At Jadaliyya, which is such a fine website, I have an essay on how we understand violence in our times. It is an essay that - in many ways - brings together some of my concerns over the years, of how to write about acts of violence, how media writes about acts of atrocity, how there is a great difference in the treatment of violence done by the 'West' and by the 'East' and so on. This is an essay I neither planned to write nor enjoyed writing. There is something painful in following the lead of two of my gurus in these matters - the Martiniquan

Contested Citizenship Conference

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Conference Overview

 For scholars in ethnic studies, gender and sexuality studies, and American studies, “citizenship” is far from a neutral signifier: it marks a deeply vexed and historically contingent site of struggle.  Despite the rise of human rights in the postwar period, citizenship within a nation state is still the de facto basis of legal personhood in the contemporary world system: all too often, legal citizenship marks a boundary between the subject of rights and the object of state violence.  At the same time, citizenship is more than a legal category.  As Lauren Berlant has

Pursuing Justice, Building Peace: Growing the Resistance

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Massachusetts Peace Action 2017 Annual Meeting

In his first few weeks in in office Donald Trump has appointed a reactionary cabinet stocked with generals and billionaires; pushed for more pipelines; and attacked immigrants and refugees.  

Keynote Address by Vijay Prashad:
Trump’s Foreign Policy and the American Empire in Decline

 

Beyond Vietnam: 50th Anniversary

 

April 2017 is the 50th anniversary of Dr. Martin Luther King’s speech Beyond Vietnam, a powerful and historic articulation of the message of the modern peace and justice movement.  We will read key excerpts from the speech at

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Libya & Indian America

Submitted by admin on Thu, 03/23/2017 - 06:53

 

Dear Friends,

An attack near the Parliament of the United Kingdom during which a terrorist killed four people comes at the same time as US jets bomb a school in the village of al-Mansoura, near Raqqa, killing thirty-three civilians. None of these are more important than the other. Both are horrendous. They should give us pause.

Our days are hallucinations, with violence always at the edge of consciousness.

The first story I share with you this week is from Libya - a country torn into shreds by NATO's 2011 war. Tripoli has been gasping for air over the past

Israel's Apartheid, Syria's Wars

Submitted by admin on Wed, 03/15/2017 - 23:59
Occupied West Bank - Najeh Hashlamoun
Occupied West Bank - Najeh Hashlamoun

 

Dear Friends,

Yesterday - on March 15 - in Beirut, the UN's Economic and Social Commission for Western Asia (ESCWA) released a landmark report entitled Israeli Practices towards the Palestinian People and the Question of Apartheid. What is most stunning about this report is that it very carefully lays out the case that Israel's policy towards the Palestinian people - whether inside Israel, in the Occupied Territory or in exile - is a form of apartheid. This is a sharp report that needs to be closely studied.

In today's The Hindu, I have a report -

Notes from the Global Underground: From Bandung and the Tricontinental to BDS and BLM Event

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Notes from the Global Underground: From Bandung and the Tricontinental to BDS and BLM Event

Start Date and Time: Wednesday, March 15, 2017, 12:00PM
End Date and Time: Wednesday, March 15, 2017, 2:00PM
Speaker(s): Prof. Vijay Prashad (George And Martha Keller Chair In South Asian History And International Studies At Trinity College)
Dina Fergani (Ph.D. cand., NMC) will conduct a public conversation with Vijay Prashad on his work on Afro-Asian Solidarity in the 1950s and 60s, particularly its literary production, in light of the current struggles against settler colonialism and institutional

Palestine’s Right to Education: The Politics of the Academic Boycott

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Due to inclement weather conditions, event postposed till Monday, March 27th 2017 7:00-10:00pm
Palestine's Right to Education: The Politics of the Academic Boycott
Featuring: Vijay Prashad
Location: Room 2017, Sidney Smith Hall, University of Toronto, 100 St. George St.
Hosted by Students Against Israeli Apartheid UofT St.George and Arts and Science Students' Union

The call for an academic boycott of complicit Israeli academic institutions is a call for universities, academic associations, and student governments and unions to refuse to be complicit in and normalize Israel’s war crimes,

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Bush, Trump

Submitted by admin on Thu, 03/09/2017 - 23:05
George W. Bush

 

Dear Friends,

The misery of the Trump years suggests to sections of the population in the United States that a nostalgic look back at George W. Bush's tenure is perhaps appropriate. Bush has a new book out - paintings of veterans of his wars. He has been doing the talk show circuit, talking about his special friendship with Michelle Obama and his views on press freedom.

There is something surreal here. This is the man whose government pushed through the illegal war against Iraq. Last Sunday, Bush was asked about the war on Iraq on NBC's Today - 'I think it was the right decision', he said.

Trumpism

Submitted by admin on Thu, 03/02/2017 - 06:35

 

Dear Friends,

Trump gave his first speech to the joint houses of the Congress. It was a strange display. He defended his various executive orders with the statement that the United States should not become a 'sanctuary for extremists'. The only thing that came to my mind is this: it is already a sanctuary for extremists, with Steve Bannon and Trump himself leading the way.

In the current issue of Frontline, my Diary from Trumpland continues. This diary entry starts with an admission by a senior diplomat (still in office) who said that he'd prefer to watch re

In the Ruins of the Present: Neoliberalism has failed..

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'In the Ruins of the Present: Neoliberalism has failed, cruel populism has us by the throat.'

Vijay Prashad Lecture, Friday March 3rd at 3:30pm (free and open to the public)

CIE (The Center for International Education), University of Wisconsin–Milwaukee

UWM Library, 4 th Floor Conference Center, 2311 East Hartford Avenue, Milwaukee, WI