Syria

Submitted by admin on Wed, 04/12/2017 - 13:37

Mohamad Khayata and Ghina Sibaii from a 2013 exhibit in Beirut called Bits & Pieces.

 

Dear Friends,

Today, US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson is in Moscow to talk to the Russians about - among other matters - Syria. It is said that Tillerson will indicate to the Russians that they must pressure the Syrian government of Bashar al-Assad. There is mystery here:

  • About what will Tillerson pressure the Russians - that Assad must no longer target civilians and use chemical weapons? that Assad must go? that the Russians must isolate Iran in the Syrian sector?
  • About what weapons Tillerson carries with him to force Russia to do this - that the US would then lift its sanctions? t

Sister Saffiyah Khan Faces Off Against Ian Crossland

Submitted by Vijay Prashad on Tue, 04/11/2017 - 13:17

 

 

<Smile> Sister Saffiyah Khan faces off against Ian Crossland, a fascist from the English Defense League. She smiles at his intolerance with the grace of someone who knows that she is standing on the right side of History. When the EDL seemed to gather around Saira Zafar who wears a hijab, Saffiyah stepped in.

Later Crossland wrote, 'she’s lucky she’s got any teeth left'. This is the character of the fascist.

Khan's parents are Pakistani and Bosnian. She had previously been chanting, 'Nazi scum off the streets'. Later she said, 'How is it that I’m smiling?

Refugees, Immigrants & Climate Crisis

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A Panel Discussion and Mini-Conference

Climate change is fueling the growing refugee crisis around the world, as individuals and entire communities are focused to flee their homes dues to its effects. Come explore humanitarian implications as well as questions of responsibility and justice at the international, national and local level with well known experts and activists, and afterwards participate in workshops to understand how you can make an impact.

 

Saturday, April 15th 2017, 11:00 AM to 3:00 PM

 

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A Gloriously Outspoken Evening with VIJAY PRASHAD

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KPFA Radio 94.1FM & Middle East Childrens Alliance present

A Gloriously Outspoken Evening with 
VIJAY PRASHAD
Hosted by DENNIS J. BERNSTEIN

Dennis J Bernstein is a widely published journalist and host of the award-winning investigative news report, Flashpoints, syndicated on Pacifica radio. Bernstein was honored with the 2015 Pillar Award from the National Whistle Blowers Conference for his life work as a journalist whistleblower. Bernstein is also author of a collection of poems: Special Ed: Voices from a Hidden Classroom.
 

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Bomb Syria?

Submitted by admin on Thu, 04/06/2017 - 07:52

 

 

Dear Friends,

My apologizes for coming to you twice in a week.

Yesterday, in the UN Security Council, US Ambassador Nikki Haley made a presentation about the terrible gas attack in Syria which killed almost sixty people. She insinuated that the culprit is the government in Damascus and she suggested - tepidly - that the US might consider some kind of military action against the government.

This came alongside her own statement that the author of this terrible strike is not yet precisely known.

At Alternet, I have an essay which goes over the question of how

The Dogs of War

Submitted by admin on Tue, 04/04/2017 - 17:17
50th anniversary of Dr. Martin Luther King's monumental speech delivered at New York's Riverside Church: Vietnam, A Time to Break the Silence
Photo John C. Goodwin

 

Dear Friends,

Today - 4 April - is the 50th anniversary of Dr. Martin Luther King's monumental speech delivered at New York's Riverside Church: Vietnam, A Time to Break the Silence.

When I first encountered this speech years ago I was struck by Dr. King's compassionate anger and his great honesty. This was a speech that channeled Frantz Fanon's The Wretched of the Earth (1961), and of course the Third World upsurge which Dr. King mentions in the speech. He was influenced by his journey to Ghana in 1957 and to India in 1959 and by many of the internationalists who surro

Panel: Media, Policy, and the Middle East

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All are welcome.

 

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Monday, April 3, 2017 - 3:00pm to 4:30pm

 

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ILC HUB, 3rd Floor

This panel on "Media, U.S. Foreign Policy, and the Middle East" will tackle questions of how the recent presidential election impacts politics and policies in the Middle East. The panel features: Professors Sut Jhally (UMass), Vijay Prasad (Trinity College), Matt Sienkiewicz (Boston College), and Ph.D. candidate Katty Alhayek (UMass). A light reception will follow.

Violence, Syria, Money

Submitted by admin on Thu, 03/30/2017 - 12:57

 

 

Dear Friends,

At Jadaliyya, which is such a fine website, I have an essay on how we understand violence in our times. It is an essay that - in many ways - brings together some of my concerns over the years, of how to write about acts of violence, how media writes about acts of atrocity, how there is a great difference in the treatment of violence done by the 'West' and by the 'East' and so on. This is an essay I neither planned to write nor enjoyed writing. There is something painful in following the lead of two of my gurus in these matters - the Martiniquan