Farmers on the March & Palestine

Submitted by admin on Thu, 11/03/2016 - 05:17
Farmers on the March

 

Dear Friends,

As you read this, across India, hundreds of thousand of kisans (farmers) are on the march - walking from the ends of the country to converge on 24 November in Delhi. They have many grievances, but one purpose: to get their voices heard towards a shift in policy. At our LeftWord Books blog, I have a short post that tries to lay out the farmers' agenda. You can read it here. In time, we at LeftWord Books, hope to publish a Kisan Reader - with essays on the struggles of Indian farmers from the 1940s to the present. Keep an eye out for it. The picture above is from the start of t

Syria, Libya and the US Presidential Election

Submitted by admin on Fri, 10/28/2016 - 04:52
US Presidential Election
Photo Lesley Clark

 

Dear Friends,

The US presidential season is almost over - it is like the end of a mini-series, a television show that has run out of steam. November 8 is the final episode. What comes next is anyone's guess? Wikileaks' surprises from John Podesta's emails about Hillary Clinton come at a furious pace, but so too do erratic things from Donald Trump. It is a mess. My most recent Frontline report is out this week, and it is on the death knell of this campaign. The report ends, like all such bluster, with a whimper, saying that Hillary Clinton 'is a reliable candidate. There i

Cultural Revolution in Asia and Beyond

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OCTOBER 28, 2016 FRIDAY

3:30 pm - 5:00 pm 

Rubenstein Library, Holsti-Anderson Family Assembly Room (Room 153), Duke University

Plenary Session: The Cultural Revolution in South Asia and Beyond

Moderator: Prasenjit Duara, Duke University

 

VIJAY PRASHAD

Communism and the Lost Time of the Gun

Fifty years ago, in Havana Cuba, the guerrilla leaders of the wars of national independence gathered to inaugurate the Tricontinental. It was at that conference that the PAIGC1s Amilcar Cabral argued that armed struggle was the only way to confront imperialism. From Vietnam at one end to Cuba at an

Yemen and Libya

Submitted by admin on Thu, 10/20/2016 - 00:39
Aimen Ajhani/El Bohly (Photo OMCT)
Aimen Ajhani/El Bohly (Photo OMCT)

 

Dear Friends,

The focus of attention in West Asia is on the Iraqi (and allied) assault on Mosul (Iraq) as well as the Syrian (and allied) assault on East Aleppo. Here are focused the eyes of the world, as it were. An 11 hour ceasefire is in effect in Aleppo, to allow aid and relief to get through the frontlines. The assault on Mosul is ongoing. It appears that ISIS has either formed a citadel in sections of the interior of Mosul or has done what it did in other major fights - disappeared into rural areas to regroup again elsewhere.

Less attention is on Yem

Refugees, Portugal's Left & Death of the Nation

Submitted by admin on Fri, 10/14/2016 - 09:47
Chika Aniakor, The Elders, 1967
Chika Aniakor, The Elders, 1967

 

Dear Friends,

On October 13, the UN General Assembly - by acclamation - elected the former Portuguese Prime Minister and former head of the UN Refugees Agency Antonio Guterres as the next Secretary General. Guterres has a difficult job ahead of him. The refugee crisis, which he knows a great deal about, shows no sign of abating. The core issues that drive this crisis - war and poverty - are not really on the agenda. Keep in mind that the five permanent members of the UN Security Council - the United States, Russia, China, France and the United Kingdom - are t

The "War on Terror," 15 Years Later

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Public Lecture – Vijay Prashad

October 11, 2016
7:00 pm

Balch Auditorium 
Scripps College

The Global War on Terror from the Standpoint of its Victims

Seen from a village in Waziristan, in the upper reaches of Pakistan, the Global War on Terror (GWOT) appears quite differently than it does in the anti-septic briefing rooms at CIA headquarters in Langley, Virginia. It is to understand the GWOT from that vantage that I decided to report – as widely as possible – from the villages that are in the gun-sights of the drone operators. This talk will travel through the landscape of the GWOT, assessi

Colombia, Afghanistan

Submitted by admin on Thu, 10/06/2016 - 02:25
Street art in Bogota
Street art in Bogota

 

Dear Friends,

The referendum in Colombia on the peace deal failed by a very narrow margin. My report - derivative of the mood in the country - appeared yesterday in The Hindu. The takeaway is in the last paragraph,

  • Gloom prevails across the country. If the vote had gone the other way, Colombia might have shown the world that even intractable civil wars can come to an end. It would have been a message to Syria and to the Congo, a message of the power of negotiation towards a new civic compact. But this did not come to pass. Even as President Santos and the FARC leadersh

Western Bombs, Eastern Societies: The Destruction of Nations and Responsibility to Protect (R2P)

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The Penn State School of International Affairs

Lewis Katz Building
University Park, PA 16802
Telephone: (814) 863-0788 

 

After the fiasco of the Iraq War of 2003, the West pushed for a new mandate through the UN called the Responsibility to Protect (R2P) in 2005. This new mandate revived ideas of humanitarian intervention that had been called into question from the detritus of Iraq. No lessons were learned. After R2P came Libya, a society now in ruins, and then came Syria, a country whose civil war had been fanned along even as no good outcome seemed on the horizon. This talk by Vijay Pras

Colombian Peace, American Elections

Submitted by admin on Thu, 09/29/2016 - 05:22
FARC (Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia)

 

Dear Friends,

Good news out of Cartagena, Colombia, where the FARC and the State signed a peace deal ending a 52 year civil war. But matters are still on the edge. This Sunday, on 2 October, the people of Colombia will go to the polls to vote on a referendum towards peace. A lot rests on this vote. It will be a dangerous situation if the vote goes against peace, although the mood suggests that peace is inevitable.

My report in Alternet is on the peace deal, between the signature and the referendum. The last paragraph is here:

  • October 2nd is Gandhi’s birthday. It is a fitting day for the r