Libya

Submitted by Vijay Prashad on Fri, 12/23/2016 - 09:48

 

Pro Gaddafi, Green Movement

 

<Libya> Today, an Afriqiyah Airlines flight from Libya's southwest town of Sebha bound for Tripoli was hijacked to Malta. The hijackers are still holding the plane and crew, but have released the passengers. The hijacker claims to be a pro-Qaddafi militant. Sebha, in Libya's southwest, is the crossroads of the Sahara in that part of Fezzan. It is where one can see Toyota trucks carrying smuggled goods, including guns, across northern Africa as well as people who are being smuggled from western Africa to Europe. Qaddafi's ally - Khuwaildi Al-Hamidi - told me in Cairo a few years ago (bef

Moscow and Trump

Submitted by admin on Wed, 12/21/2016 - 23:31

 

The Shukhov radio tower
Photo Richard Pare

 

Dear Friends,

A series of complex events - the assassination of a Russian ambassador in Ankara, a truck driven through a Christmas market in Berlin, a 7 year old suicide bomber in Damascus. Incomprehensible violence here and there. Almost seems to be a prelude to something which we cannot yet grasp.

At Alternet I have a report on the Moscow meeting of Iran, Russia and Turkey. The report goes over the pivot by Turkey (which I have written about before), why no Syrians were at the table (and nor any Americans) and what this will mean for a Syria broken by this long war. I

Assassination, no. 2

Submitted by Vijay Prashad on Tue, 12/20/2016 - 12:45

 

 

<Assassination, no. 2> The tripartite meeting between Russia, Turkey and Iran is ongoing in Moscow. The basic sentiment is that they are agreed to find a resolution to the Syrian crisis. This is significant because it brings the Turkish government out of its regime change position on Syria. The meeting comes a day after the Russian ambassador Karlov was assassinated in Turkey. Turkish Foreign Minister, Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu, says that the street on which the ambassador was killed will be named after him. This is a sign of good faith. Turkey and Russia will jointly

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 Liby

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

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