Trumpland

Submitted by admin on Wed, 11/16/2016 - 16:48
Second Amendment
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Dear Friends,

Quite a bit to share with you this week. Sorry about that.

The world has not yet come to terms with the phenomenon of Trump. President Obama is on a world tour, perhaps to reassure US allies that Trump is not the wild card that he projected in the campaign. This was Obama's message in his press conference before he departed for Greece, where - on the streets of Athens - he was met with people angry about austerity and the Washington Consensus.

Meanwhile, CNN leaked sections of Trump's transition document - the main section being on trade. It

Where Do We Go From Here? A Post-Election Analysis

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Panelists will discuss: (1) What impact the circus-like election cycle has had on politics and progressive struggles and (2) what prospects do activists have under the new administration for addressing issues (like climate change, racism, imperialism and militarism), and what might be points of leverage? And (3) what are sources of hope going forward?

There will be several panelists, including Professor Vijay Prashad, Professor Stellan Vinthagen, “In These Times” contributor Marc Daalder (and more!) who will speak and then open up a discussion among each other and to the audience.

Date: Nove

Der Kommissar's in town....

Submitted by admin on Fri, 11/11/2016 - 16:28
Der Kommissar's in town....
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Dear Friends,

The newspaper above is from South Korea. It is the largest circulation daily. The headline is dramatic - Angry Whites Overturn America.

Wall Street Journal poll taken just before the election suggested that two-thirds of Americans are embarrassed about the election. The result has certainly created a great deal of despair on one side and a sense of revanchism on the other. The social fabric is fragile.

A few hours after the election was decided, I wrote a short assessment for Alternet, which evoked Gramsci's idea of the Time of the Monsters. The take-away, I

My (final) note on the US election

Submitted by Vijay Prashad on Tue, 11/08/2016 - 08:17
US election

 

<Golden Days> In simpler times, when two communists (one being Jarvis Tyner) in the United States ran for the presidency, when the class lines were firmly drawn and when the politics of liberalism and revanchism stood quite clearly - and unitedly - in the camp of the enemy.

Now things are messier. The US elections trigger 'projectile vomiting', as Barbara Ehrenreich writes in her wonderful Guardian essay: https://www.theguardian.com/…/us-election-projectile-vomiti….

This is the 598th day of this election campaign. I have covered it as diligently as possible for Frontline - as Vijayasankar

My note on the anniversary of the Russian Revolution

Submitted by Vijay Prashad on Mon, 11/07/2016 - 21:53
Nov 7 1917, Russian Government Overthrown in Bolshevik Revolution
Nov 7 1917, Russian Government Overthrown in Bolshevik Revolution

 

<99 years> Almost a hundred years ago, the Tsarist Russian regime collapsed in the face of mass demonstrations. War and privations broke the iron cage of the Tsarist regime and opened the door first to a bourgeois government, and then to the Soviets. The second revolution of 1917 took place on November 7 (October in the Julian or Old Style calendar). The demonstrations began on International Women's Day on March 8 and culminated with the seizure of power by the Soviets on November 7. The actuality of revolution, as Lukacs put

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

Syria, Libya and the US Presidential Election

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

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

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