Guest Post - Ghassan Koumiya on the demonstrations in Morocco

Submitted by Vijay Prashad on Mon, 10/09/2017 - 08:03
Protest in Casablanca

 

[Glad to welcome Ghassan Koumiya, a young scholar, to my blog. For some background about what Ghassan writes, you can see my diary of travels earlier this year through Morocco - including in the Rif - published in The Hindu]

 

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On October 8, thousands of people flooded the streets of Casablanca to protest against the Moroccan regime’s fierce crackdown on peaceful protests in the Rif region (in the north of Morocco).

 

Protest in Casablanca (October 8)
Protest in Casablanca (October 8)

 

Call for the protest came from leftist youth, the Left Democratic Federation (FGD) and the Annahj Dimocrati (Democratic Way). The pr

50 Años Como El Che

Submitted by admin on Mon, 10/09/2017 - 05:23
50 Años Como El Che

 

Dear Friends,

I am coming to you early this week because today is an important day - the 50th anniversary of the murder of Ernesto 'Che' Guevara in the little town of La Higuera, Bolivia. Near where Che was killed sits a statue, erected in 1997, which is said to be the shrine of Santo Ernesto, as the local townspeople call him (see below). The town has become a shrine not only to Che, but to the industry around Che - the cult of the martyr, the commodities to be sold. It would disgust Che. But then he would have to realize that for many people he stood for something. This celebration is no

Guest Post by John Pilger - The Rising of Britain's 'New Politics'

Submitted by Vijay Prashad on Fri, 10/06/2017 - 23:10

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[John Pilger, veteran journalist, returns to the blog with a searing essay on the British Labour Party's equivocation on Britain's role as an adjutant to US imperialism. John gets to the heart of the problems within British p

Socialist Writing, Kurdish Futures

Submitted by admin on Thu, 10/05/2017 - 15:51
Socialist Writing Workshops

 

Dear Friends,

Thanks to Sudhanva Deshpande, I've been doing a series of socialist writing workshops across India - from Delhi, at Studio Safdar (see above), to Bengaluru to Mumbai to Chennai to Kolkata. Next year, we hope to take our LeftWord Books caravan on the road across Kerala and perhaps to Hyderabad.

After last summer's set of workshops, Mark Nowak of the Worker Writers School in New York interviewed me about the 'essentials of socialist writing', which was published in Jacobin magazine. After this summer's workshops, Mark wondered if we should continue our discussion. There was a g

Guest Post by Dmytriy Kovalevich - Lluís Companys - The Last President of Catalonia

Submitted by Vijay Prashad on Mon, 10/02/2017 - 18:54
Companys in Barcelona

 

 

Lluís Companys - The Last President of Catalonia

Dmytriy Kovalevich

 

Lluís Companys (1882-1940) was a lawyer and leader of the Republican Left of Catalonia (ERC). Exiled after the war, he was captured and handed over by the Gestapo to the Spanish dictatorship of Francisco Franco, who had him executed by firing squad in 1940. Companys is the only incumbent democratically elected president in European history to have been executed.

Companys was a long-standing adherent of the Catalan cause. He was proclaimed the mayor of Barcelona in the 1931 local elections. Companys ordered the auth

Kurdish Referendum, American Dreamers, Israeli Arms

Submitted by admin on Sat, 09/30/2017 - 05:01

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Dear Friends,

A century of aspirations has finally resulted in a vote - inside Iraqi Kurdistan - for an independent Kurdish nation. Jubilation across the region, from Syria to Iran, amongst the Kurdish population is app

Guest Post - Roberto Savio, Founder of Inter-Press Services, Reflects on the German Elections of 2017

Submitted by Vijay Prashad on Fri, 09/29/2017 - 14:22

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[Roberto Savio is the founder of Inter-Press Services, a key news source created in 1964 with his fellow Argentinian journalist Pablo Piacentini. The point of IPS was to 'give voice to the voiceless', which it has done for th

Vijay Prashad No Brasil

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III Semana de Relações Internacionais UFABC-UNIFESP

3-5 de outubro de 2017, Campus São Bernardo do Campo da UFABC

 

GT 1 – Política Externa Brasileira

- Luana de Barros Dratovsky, "TRANSFERÊNCIA DE POLÍTICAS PÚBLICAS DE SEGURANÇA ALIMENTAR: O CASO DA COOPERAÇÃO BRASILEIRA NO TIMOR-LESTE". UNIFESP.

- Natalia Ferrari Ribeiro, "OBJETIVOS PARA O DESENVOLVIMENTO GLOBAL: MEIOS DE IMPLEMENTAÇÃO NO BRASIL PARA A TERRITORIALIZAÇÃO DOS ODS". Universidade Anhembi Morumbi.

- Mauricio José Caires Doro, "AS RELAÇÕES BRASIL-CHINA NO SÉCULO XXI". UNIFESP.

- Rodrigo Gallo, "INTERNACIONALIZAÇÃO DAS POLÍT

Solidarity With Teesta Setalvad

Submitted by Vijay Prashad on Mon, 09/25/2017 - 21:53
Teesta detained

[On Monday morning, Teesta Setalvad was detained in Varanasi. She was en route to a youth training camp organised by the Samajwadi Jan Parishad. She was to deliver a speech on Communalism and Education. Teesta went on FaceBook live to talk about what was happening. She was released at 7pm - told to leave the city immediately. She agreed to leave for Jaunpur]

 

 

Statement

 

Please read Teesta's memoir, published earlier this year.

Teesta's book

 

 

Guest Post by John Pilger - The Killing of History

Submitted by Vijay Prashad on Fri, 09/22/2017 - 03:08
Vietnamese liberation fighters

 

John Pilger is an Australian journalist, author of a number of important articles and maker of some crucial documentaries (including about Cambodia, Indonesia and the indigenous peoples of Australia). I have long been a fan of John Pilger's work - it is well-researched, honest and powerful without being sensational. There is a dignity to his prose that I very much admire. In a lecture he gave at Columbia University, Pilger spoke of 'censorship by omission'. In that lecture, Pilger pointed to the terrible omissions of Western culpability in the wars of South-East Asia and Central America,

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