Anti-Caste

Submitted by Vijay Prashad on Mon, 04/24/2017 - 00:19
Anti-caste, two books

 

<Anti-Caste> Two books from LeftWord Books, both essential.

First, a closely developed study of the 1957 Mudukulathur riots in Tamil Nadu by Professor K. A. Manikumar. Of this book, A.r. Venkatachalapathy says, 'The Mudukulathur Riots stand as a metaphor for caste relations in contemporary Tamil Nadu, by throwing into sharp relief the contradictions between dominant castes and Dalits. Through a dramatic reconstruction of the riots, Manikumar illuminates the dynamics of caste and politics. A must read for anyone interested in the social and political present of Tamil Nadu.' For more on this

America

Submitted by Vijay Prashad on Sat, 04/22/2017 - 02:11

 

<America> I heard from friends that the United States might have attacked North Korea during the parade on Kim il-Sung's birthday celebration. So I watched the entire parade on North Korean television. Nothing major happened. Somehow I felt that watching the parade was a vigil against war. Perhaps it was.....

I sat down and wrote my AlterNet column on my sense of the way the 'rogue state' is being seen. You can read the essay here, http://www.alternet.org/…/america-worlds-biggest-terrorist-…

It begins,

A few years ago, I asked a retired Iraqi Air Force office

Linda Sarsour at Trinity

Submitted by Vijay Prashad on Fri, 04/21/2017 - 03:26
Linda Sarsour at Trinity

 

<Save the Date> The one and only Linda Sarsour will be at Trinity College on April 25. We've reserved one of the
largest rooms on campus, and yet we fear that there might not be enough space to accommodate the people who would like to come see her speak.
So, be ready: https://www.facebook.com/events/1802160600047038/

Nevertheless, She Persisted: Resistance in the Trump Era

Linda Sarsour--Women's March on Washington Organizer

Public

Hosted by Women's March CT - We March On

Thu Apr 27th 7:00pm - 9:00pm

Trinity College Mather Hall, 300 Summit St, Hartford, CT 06106, USA

 

 

 

Turkey and the United States of America

Submitted by admin on Fri, 04/21/2017 - 01:57
Halka Yol Gosteren Ozgurluk

 

Dear Friends,

The picture above is from the 2013 Gezi Park protests in Turkey. I have used it because hours after the referendum in Turkey, people who voted No (Hayir) had already begun to compare the mood of resistance to the days of Gezi. I like the picture because it echoes the great Delacroix painting of 'Liberty Leading the People'.

Some people - right after the referendum victory for President Recep Tayyip Erdo?an - began to say that Turkey's democracy has now expired. RIP Turkey was the signal phrase. It is an erroneous sentiment. Half of the Turkish people - despite immense voter

Turkish Version of Cacerolazo

Submitted by Vijay Prashad on Thu, 04/20/2017 - 04:15

 

<Turkey> In The Hindu, thanks to Mini Kapoor, my short report on the Turkish referendum. My friends in Turkey were initially very upset with the result - dazed even. But then there was a recognition that this is hardly over. The new hashtag to represent that view is #HayirDahaBitmedi. Comparisons between the protests that broke out after the first results were announced and Gezi Park's struggle came immediately from those who were banging pots and pans. This was the Turkish version of the Latin American cacerolazo.

How silly are the articles with RIP Turkey as

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Gamboa at Trinity

Submitted by Vijay Prashad on Tue, 04/18/2017 - 00:46
The Art of Narration and Travel Writing

 

<Colombia> This week, at Trinity College, we are hosting one of my favorite contemporary writers, the Colombian novelist and travel writer Santiago Gamboa. If you live in the area, and are free on Wednesday, I hope you'll swing by and listen to his lecture. It will reflect on his time in India. In his novel - Night Prayers - Santiago meditates on the tree outside the Mexican embassy, where Octavio Paz lived and worked and of which he had written movingly. Sitting in his balcony in the Embassy, Paz had written of Delhi,

You were covered with poems
your whole body was writing
remember
recover

Palestinian Prisoners' Day

Submitted by Vijay Prashad on Mon, 04/17/2017 - 22:52
Rehearsing Freedom: The Story of a Theatre in Palestine

 

<Palestine> Today is Palestinian Prisoners' Day. Across Israel's gulag, Palestinian prisoners have begun a hunger strike. Every political party - from the Palestinian People's Party (the former Communist Party) to Hamas - are behind the strike. The strike is known as Freedom and Dignity, touchstones of the human imagination.

The Prisoners' demands are:

1. Install a public telephone for Palestinian detainees in all prisons and sections in order to communicate with their families.

2. Visits:

  • Resume the second monthly visits for Palestinian prisoners that were halted by the International C

Comrade Dasarath Deb

Submitted by Vijay Prashad on Sun, 04/16/2017 - 21:36
Dasarath Deb

 

<Left Books> Editing the annals of the story of the Left's emergence in Tripura, through the Janasiksha Samiti and other mass activities, as written by one of its leaders - Dasarath Deb later of the CPIM and of course Chief Minister of Tripura. This is Communist history at its best - a deep love for the people, a searching eye for the lineaments of oppression, an honest assessment of the successes and failures of the struggle. The two short books, which we at LeftWord Books will produce as one volume, have been ably translated by Saqib Khan and will be introduced by Professor Mahadev Chakra

Kashmir Youth Tied to Army Jeep As Human Shield

Submitted by Vijay Prashad on Sun, 04/16/2017 - 19:48
Kashmir Youth Tied to Army Jeep as a Human Shield

 

<Kashmir> Another - and another - and another outrage in Kashmir, this time so blatant, such a violation of the Geneva Conventions, such a violation of basic morals.

This was in Budgam, just outside Srinagar. A army convoy carrying poll workers was hit by stones. The Major in charge ordered a man - Farooq Ahmad Dar (age 26) - to be tied to the front of the jeep as a human shield. They then drove down the road. He was accused of being 'stone pelter'. Farooq Ahmad Dar denies this, saying he is a embroider of shawls.

This comes after the army action during the polls that has resulted in the