<Assassination> Russia's ambassador to Turkey - Andrei Karlov - was killed today in Ankara by a gunman ((Mevlüt Mert Altıntaş) at a photo exhibition at Cagdas Sanat Merkezi modern arts center - steps away from US embassy. The gunman's statement was about Aleppo. He quoted a section from a Hadith (reported in Sahih al-Bukhari), 'We are those who have pledged allegiance to Prophet Mohammed, to carry out jihad for as long as we live'. He was a police officer. Speculations run rife from various Turkish officials - that he was a member of the Turkish affiliate of al-Nusra, that he was a Gulenist,
<Assassination, no. 2> The tripartite meeting between Russia, Turkey and Iran is ongoing in Moscow. The basic sentiment is that they are agreed to find a resolution to the Syrian crisis. This is significant because it brings the Turkish government out of its regime change position on Syria. The meeting comes a day after the Russian ambassador Karlov was assassinated in Turkey. Turkish Foreign Minister, Mevlut Cavu?o?lu, says that the street on which the ambassador was killed will be named after him. This is a sign of good faith. Turkey and Russia will jointly
Been in Algeria as news comes from Aleppo. Can't verify the flood of contradictory stories coming from that great city. I decided, therefore, to provide a small snapshot of opinions from the Algerian experience.
Here is my report, www.alternet.org/world/what-algerias-black-war-can-teach-us-about-syrian-crisis.
The picture above, from Syria, says: when this war ends, I'll finish my poem.
When Genghis Khan rode across Eurasia, he announced - 'All cities must be razed'. The Mongols preferred the open land. They hated cities. So did the ancient Vedic people - Indra's other name was Purandara, the destroyer of cities.
This week the battles over Aleppo (Syria) and Sirte (Libya) are substantially over. But in taking these cities, they have also been razed. So too was Kobane (Syria) and so will be Mosul (Iraq).
My column this week at Alternet is on Libya, where not only has Sirte been taken from ISIS, but ISIS has slipped the net and spread across the vast Libyan
What to Expect from US Foreign Policy - December 9, 2016 - NYC
Donald Trump’s shocking election victory presents itself not only as a national catastrophe for the American people, but as a threat to the entire globe. On December 9, RLS–NYC will host a panel discussion on future President Trump’s impact in the global arena. Focusing on different regions, we will look at what to expect in terms of strategic alliances, shifting partnerships, conflict resolution, multilateralism, environmental policies, and more. >>read more
With Medea Benjamin, Vijay Prashad, Jillian Schwedler, and Ingar
Book Launch and discussion with Vijay Prashad on the geopolitics of the Middle East in the broader context of revolutionary history, featuring Aaron Jakes and Ahmad Shokr.
Vijay Prashad is George and Martha Kellner Chair in South Asian History and Professor of International Studies, Trinity College.
Aaron Jakes is assistant professor of historical studies at the New School, where he is also a faculty fellow at the Robert L. Heilbroner Center for Capitalism Studies.
Ahmad Shokr is a Junior Research Fellow at the Crown Center for Middle East Studies at Brandeis University and Assistant
The death of Fidel Castro was not unexpected. He died at 90, even as he had faced hundreds of assassination attempts by the CIA and its associates. In The Hindu, I wrote an appreciation of Fidel's role as the voice of the Third World. It drew from my memories of hearing him speak at the 1983 Non-Aligned Movement meeting in New Delhi and the 2001 World Conference Against Racism. 'Castro, for the Third World', I wrote, 'was not merely another leader. He was the mirror of its aspirations. That mirror is now shattered'. You can read the short essay here. A longer discussion of
In 1927, Fritz Lang and Thea von Harbou made the silent classic Metropolis. The film is set in 2026, where wealthy industrialists - such as Joh Fredersen - reign over workers who live beneath the ground (picture above is a still from the film). It ends with an anarchic workers' uprising.
In the current issue of Frontline, there are many reports on Trumpland. Perhaps the most important is an essay by Aijaz Ahmad that anchors the issue. My own report, coming after, merely catalogues the 598 day election and its aftermath. You can find it here.
Series: Middle East Initiative Speaker Series
Open to the Public - Weil Town Hall, Belfer Building, BL-1
December 6, 2016
A discussion with Karim Makdisi, Associate Professor of International Politics and Director of the Program in Public Policy and International Affairs at the American University of Beirut (AUB) and Research Director of the UN in the Arab World program at the Issam Fares Institute for Public Policy and International Affairs and Vijay Prashad, Professor of International Studies at Trinity College and Senior Non-Resident Fellow at the Issam Fares
MEET THE AUTHORS
and Vijay Prashad
Friday, 2 December 2016
1:00 - 2:00 PM
United Nations Bookshop,
GA Building, Visitors' Concourse
Karim Makdisi is Associate Professor of International Politics at the American University of Beirut and Research Director of the UN in the Arab World program at the Issam Fares Institute for Public Policy and International Affairs.
Vijay Prashad is George and Martha Kellner Chair in South Asian History and Professor of International Studies at Trinity College as well as Senior Fellow at the Issam Fares Institute for Public Policy and