Assassination

Submitted by Vijay Prashad on Mon, 12/19/2016 - 19:40

 

<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,

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Algerian lessons for the Syrian War

Submitted by admin on Thu, 12/15/2016 - 06:30

 

Aleppo December 2016

 

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.

Warmly,
Vijay.

 

Libya and Fidel

Submitted by admin on Thu, 12/08/2016 - 00:16

 

Libya Is Spiraling into Bloodshed and Disaster

 

Dear Friends,

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 Kobané (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 l

Castro & Syria

Submitted by admin on Wed, 11/30/2016 - 22:58

 

Fidel at LeftWord Books

 

Dear Friends,

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 t

Trumpland (and Aerial Bombardment)

Submitted by admin on Wed, 11/23/2016 - 18:44

 

Fritz Lang - Metropolis (1927)
Fritz Lang - Metropolis (1927)

 

Dear Friends,

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. Th

United Nations Bookshop: Meet the Authors of 'Land of Blue Helmets'

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MEET THE AUTHORS
Karim Makdisi
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.

Trumpland

Submitted by admin on Wed, 11/16/2016 - 11:48

 

Second Amendment
Photo Conservativedailynews.com

 

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