Sainath!

Submitted by admin on Mon, 08/22/2016 - 05:53

 

Vijay Prashad with P. Sainath

 

Dear Friends,

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

Medea Benjamin & book reviews

Submitted by admin on Thu, 08/18/2016 - 09:22

 

Medea Benjamin

 

Dear Friends,

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

Aerial Bombardment

Submitted by admin on Fri, 08/12/2016 - 10:51

 

 Blick vom Rathausturm
Dresden, 1945, view from the city hall (Rathaus) over the destroyed city
Photo Deutsche Fotothek (CC BY-SA 3.0 de)

 

Dear Friends,

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

Libya and America

Submitted by admin on Wed, 08/03/2016 - 15:50

 

'STOP PRETENDING EVERYTHING IS OKAY' at DNC2016
Photo Twitter

 

Dear Friends,

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