Saudi Arabia's Tantrum

Submitted by admin on Thu, 11/16/2017 - 22:35
César Baldaccini and it is called The Fist

 

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 Sy

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 adh

Reinventing Revolution Conference

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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?

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

Africa + LeftWord's Blog

Submitted by admin on Wed, 11/01/2017 - 16:15
US government pledging $60 million to a southern Saharan military force

 

Dear Friends,

Following up on the story from the Sahel belt in Africa, where the 'War on Terror' appears to be ready to be ramped up with the US government pledging $60 million to a southern Saharan military force that has its specific aim to attack extremism. As far as my own reporting goes, the story is more complex. It is not clear, as a former US intelligence officer who had done his turn in the Sahel told me, that ISIS killed the four US soldiers. It is as likely that they were killed by smugglers. Nonetheless, rather than tackle the many real challenges that face the Sahel, the US an

England

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<England> Will be doing a series of events in England this week:

(1) London (November 2): Helping release Bhabanistan Bhabanistan's book - Hindu Fundamentalism and the Spirit of Capitalism in India - at Marx Memorial Library at 5pm on November 2.

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War on Africa and Devastation in Puerto Rico

Submitted by admin on Thu, 10/26/2017 - 17:51

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Dear Friends,

Just over a week ago, news broke that four US soldiers were killed in Niger. The attack against them took place near the border with Mali. There are conflicting reports from US authorities about the attacks, some certain that the attackers were from ISIS, oth

The International Division of Humanity

Submitted by admin on Thu, 10/19/2017 - 03:11

 

Wang Du - Medecine Interne
Photo Wang Du, 'Médecine interne' 2016

 

Dear Friends,

On Sunday, the forces of Chavismo won 17 out of 22 governorships in Venezuela. The signal this sends is important - it showed that the social forces behind the agenda of Chavismo - of Venezuelan socialism - have not been extinguished by the Right's concerted campaign and by the United States (with Trump putting his foot into the race - interfering directly in the elections of Venezuela, something that has the US political system aflutter with allegations of Russian interference). These social forces have also not been exhausted by the

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 firing 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