The Day They Killed Nguyễn Văn Trỗi - Guest Post by Dmytriy Kovalevich

Submitted by Vijay Prashad on Sun, 10/15/2017 - 09:59
Nguyễn Văn Trỗi


On October 15, 1964, Nguyễn Văn Trỗi was executed by a ring squad.

Nguyễn Văn Trỗi (1940-1964) was a militant in the Việt Minh or the National Liberation Front (NLF). In 1963, the United States escalated its criminal war against the people of Vietnam. The policy of 'strategic hamlets' and 'carpet bombing' destroyed the Vietnamese countryside, but did not break the spirit of the people. Trỗi attempted to blow up a bridge and assassinate the United States Secretary of Defense Robert McNamara and the US Ambassador Henry Cabot Lodge Jr. He was captured in the attempt.

Trỗi was sentenced to de

Contradictions: Fascism, Hurricanes, Wars

Submitted by admin on Fri, 10/13/2017 - 00:11
Demonstration in Delhi by Sudhanva


Dear Friends,

This week, in Kerala and in other parts of India, the Left went out on the streets to fend off a challenge from the fascistic forces - led by the RSS. The Hindu Right's government in Delhi attempted to create mischief in Left-led Kerala, but it was held back by the mobilization of the people. The Left, in this state of 34 million people, built a wall against hatred and intolerance. The picture above, which I love for a million and a half reasons, is taken by Sudhanva (the Managing Editor of LeftWord Books) and is from the demonstration in Delhi.

At Alternet, I have a short re

Divest from the War Machine Summit


CODEPINK invites you to learn with us as we kick off a Divest from the War Machine campaign. Join us and a broad coalition of partner organizations for a day of examining the current state of the war machine (surprise- it’s thriving!) and learning the skills and knowledge necessary to use divestment as a tool to shine a critical light on the weapons producers that supply and profit from deadly hyper-militarism both at home and abroad. 


Speaker Vijay Prashad: 

Taking on the War Machine

4:00pm - 4:30pm, October 21, 2017

(October 21, 2017 at 9am - October 22, 2017)



University o


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]



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