Castro & Syria

Submitted by admin on Thu, 12/01/2016 - 03:58
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

Trumpland (and Aerial Bombardment)

Submitted by admin on Wed, 11/23/2016 - 23:34
Fritz Lang's 1927 'Metropolis'
Fritz Lang's 1927 'Metropolis'

 

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.

Book Talk: Land of Blue Helmets: The United Nations and the Arab World

Description

Seminar
Series: Middle East Initiative Speaker Series
Open to the Public - Weil Town Hall, Belfer Building, BL-1
December 6, 2016
4:00-5:30 p.m.

A discussion with Karim Makdisi, Associate Professor of International Politics and Director of the Program in Public Policy and International Affairs at the American University of Beirut (AUB) and Research Director of the UN in the Arab World program at the Issam Fares Institute for Public Policy and International Affairs and Vijay Prashad, Professor of International Studies at Trinity College and Senior Non-Resident Fellow at the Issam Fares

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

Description

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.

Vijay Prashad is George and Martha Kellner Chair in South Asian History and Professor of International Studies at Trinity College as well as Senior Fellow at the Issam Fares Institute for Public Policy and

Trumpland

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

Where Do We Go From Here? A Post-Election Analysis

Description

Panelists will discuss: (1) What impact the circus-like election cycle has had on politics and progressive struggles and (2) what prospects do activists have under the new administration for addressing issues (like climate change, racism, imperialism and militarism), and what might be points of leverage? And (3) what are sources of hope going forward?

There will be several panelists, including Professor Vijay Prashad, Professor Stellan Vinthagen, “In These Times” contributor Marc Daalder (and more!) who will speak and then open up a discussion among each other and to the audience.

Date: Nove

Der Kommissar's in town....

Submitted by admin on Fri, 11/11/2016 - 16:28
Der Kommissar's in town....
Photo Twitter

 

Dear Friends,

The newspaper above is from South Korea. It is the largest circulation daily. The headline is dramatic - Angry Whites Overturn America.

Wall Street Journal poll taken just before the election suggested that two-thirds of Americans are embarrassed about the election. The result has certainly created a great deal of despair on one side and a sense of revanchism on the other. The social fabric is fragile.

A few hours after the election was decided, I wrote a short assessment for Alternet, which evoked Gramsci's idea of the Time of the Monsters. The take-away, I

My (final) note on the US election

Submitted by Vijay Prashad on Tue, 11/08/2016 - 08:17
US election

 

<Golden Days> In simpler times, when two communists (one being Jarvis Tyner) in the United States ran for the presidency, when the class lines were firmly drawn and when the politics of liberalism and revanchism stood quite clearly - and unitedly - in the camp of the enemy.

Now things are messier. The US elections trigger 'projectile vomiting', as Barbara Ehrenreich writes in her wonderful Guardian essay: https://www.theguardian.com/…/us-election-projectile-vomiti….

This is the 598th day of this election campaign. I have covered it as diligently as possible for Frontline - as Vijayasankar

My note on the anniversary of the Russian Revolution

Submitted by Vijay Prashad on Mon, 11/07/2016 - 21:53
Nov 7 1917, Russian Government Overthrown in Bolshevik Revolution
Nov 7 1917, Russian Government Overthrown in Bolshevik Revolution

 

<99 years> Almost a hundred years ago, the Tsarist Russian regime collapsed in the face of mass demonstrations. War and privations broke the iron cage of the Tsarist regime and opened the door first to a bourgeois government, and then to the Soviets. The second revolution of 1917 took place on November 7 (October in the Julian or Old Style calendar). The demonstrations began on International Women's Day on March 8 and culminated with the seizure of power by the Soviets on November 7. The actuality of revolution, as Lukacs put

Farmers on the March & Palestine

Submitted by admin on Thu, 11/03/2016 - 05:17
Farmers on the March

 

Dear Friends,

As you read this, across India, hundreds of thousand of kisans (farmers) are on the march - walking from the ends of the country to converge on 24 November in Delhi. They have many grievances, but one purpose: to get their voices heard towards a shift in policy. At our LeftWord Books blog, I have a short post that tries to lay out the farmers' agenda. You can read it here. In time, we at LeftWord Books, hope to publish a Kisan Reader - with essays on the struggles of Indian farmers from the 1940s to the present. Keep an eye out for it. The picture above is from the start of