The Cover of Edward Said's Orientalism (1978)

Submitted by Vijay Prashad on Thu, 11/30/2017 - 10:22
Gerome's The Snake Charmer
Gerome's The Snake Charmer


A week ago, I was at the Clark Museum in Williamstown, Massachusetts. It is an odd museum, the collection of the heirs of the Singer Sewing Machine fortune. There is no overarching character to the collection - impressionists here and there, modernists here and there, tea pots and silver platters in another room. It is a collection of wealth - where what was bought was purchased because there was money on the table, not necessarily ideas to guide the curation.

Turning into the main room, one is struck by a very moving painting by John Singer Sargent (1856–1925)

Comrade Fidel on Imperialism

Submitted by Vijay Prashad on Sun, 11/26/2017 - 11:28
Communist March in Delhi with Cuba
Indian communists march to US embassy in Delhi, 1961.


A year ago, Fidel Castro departed the world after a career of building socialism and being a sentinel against capitalism.


Fidel Nehru Krishna Menon
Fidel with Nehru and Krishna Menon in New York at the United Nations, 1960.


On April 17, 1961, the United States government tried to overthrow the socialist government in Cuba. The CIA-backed force landed on the Bay of Pigs but were defeated by the will of the Cuban people. This was the first of many attempts to overthrow the Cuban government - and to assassinate Castro (600 attempts!).

In Delhi, as news came in

Exploiting Anti-Semitism


'Come listen to the discussion on Exploiting Anti-Semitism and how the charge of anti-semitism silences criticism of Israeli Policy. The discussion will feature speakers: Vijay Prashad, Professor of International Studies at Trinity College, Joseph Levine, Professor of Philosophy at UMass Amherst, and Sut Jhally, Professor of Communication at UMass Amherst. '

Sponsored by Students for Justice in Palestine, Jewish Voice for Peace, Media Education Foundation, and the Departments of Communication, Philosophy, History, African-American Studies and Women, Gender, Sexuality Studies. 



Déjà vu - return to Libya and Puerto Rico

Submitted by Vijay Prashad on Thu, 11/23/2017 - 02:59
Lampedusa, Italy


Dear Friends,

There was a time when you could not look at a newspaper or watch television news without mention of the refugee crisis - the lines of desperate people coming across into Turkey, Lebanon and Jordan from Syria or the legions of people going across the Mediterranean Sea towards Europe. War and poverty were the drivers of these people, whether they fled Afghanistan across Iran through Turkey towards Europe or they left Cameroon through Nigeria into Niger and then upwards to Libya. Each individual, each family carried with them a tragedy, a million tragedies on the road towards

Cow Fascists Strike Again

Submitted by Vijay Prashad on Sat, 11/18/2017 - 15:32


[On November 10, the cow fascists - the Gaurakshaks - struck again. They killed a poor dairy farmer in Alwar. The All-India Kisan Sabha, the communist farmers organisation, sent a delegation to meet his family and other concerned parties in Alwar. Two Newsclick videos go with this report - one from Alwar itself, which you can watch here, and another on a protest against the lynching, which you can watch here. Highly recommend this excellent analysis of the operation of the cow fascists by Archana Prasad, which you can read here - while you are at it, please have a look at Archana's

Saudi Arabia's Tantrum

Submitted by admin on Thu, 11/16/2017 - 22:35
The Fist, Jeddah


Dear Friends,

The picture above is from Jeddah, Saudi Arabia. The city is full of remarkable sculptures. This one is by the French sculptor César Baldaccini and it is called The Fist. Where it sits in Jeddah is known as the Fist Roundabout.

The Crown Prince of Saudi Arabia - Mohammed Bin Salman (MBS) - has put his fist down on his country, arresting his fellow princes and other businessmen, throwing a tantrum to collect revenues not only for a faltering Saudi economy but for his grand plans to build a new city on the northern edge of Saudi Arabia. Meanwhile, Saudi Arabia faces defeat in

Zimbabwe Civil Society Organisations Joint Statement on Military Take Over

Submitted by Vijay Prashad on Thu, 11/16/2017 - 11:47
Weya art - Elephant Invasion by Pam Rinomhota
Weya Art - Elephant Invasion by Pam Rinomhota


Zimbabwe Civil Society Organisations Joint Statement on Military Take Over

15 November 2017

We the undersigned civil society organisations guided by the Constitution express our concern over the political developments in Zimbabwe, today Wednesday 15 November 2017. We call for the peaceful and constitutional resolution of the situation and the immediate return of Constitutional order and democracy in Zimbabwe. As civil society we reiterate our position that the political transition in Zimbabwe must be guided by the Constitution and should adhere

Reinventing Revolution Conference


On the occasion of the 100th anniversary of the Bolshevik Revolution, the Reinventing Revolution Conference will focus on radical traditions that were inspired by, extended, or challenged the legacies of the Bolsheviks in engagement with the struggles for decolonization. The conference will include two panels—“Decolonizing Revolution: Circuits of Knowledge, Struggle and Solidarity” and “What’s Left of the Left? Alternative Futures”—, an art talk "The Art of Decolonization", and a roundtable discussion, “Radical Imaginaries, Radical Feminisms: The Third World Revisited.” Discussants such as Pam


Submitted by Vijay Prashad on Wed, 11/15/2017 - 09:58

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Khadafi's residence has been consistently targeted by a NATO air campaign in Libya 2011


<R2P> A month ago, I visited Penn State, thanks to Sophia McClennen. The topic on the table was the Responsibility to Protect (R2P) doctrine, which was the fig leaf for the West's attempt to

The October Revolution

Submitted by admin on Wed, 11/08/2017 - 19:36
100th anniversary of the Russian Revolution


Dear Friends,

A hundred years ago, yesterday, the people of the Tsarist empire overthrew a vacillating government to protect and extend their first revolution of February 1917. These men and women - such as those above - founded the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics (USSR). This new state - a state of the workers and peasants - produced a new kind of possibility, that a socialist state could be created and that a socialist society might be possible.

I was in England last week to join in the commemoration of the events of 1917 held by the Marx Memorial Library and the Trades Union Congress