Libya & Indian America

Submitted by admin on Thu, 03/23/2017 - 02:53

 

 

Dear Friends,

An attack near the Parliament of the United Kingdom during which a terrorist killed four people comes at the same time as US jets bomb a school in the village of al-Mansoura, near Raqqa, killing thirty-three civilians. None of these are more important than the other. Both are horrendous. They should give us pause.

Our days are hallucinations, with violence always at the edge of consciousness.

The first story I share with you this week is from Libya - a country torn into shreds by NATO's 2011 war. Tripoli has been gasping for air over the pas

Israel's Apartheid, Syria's Wars

Submitted by admin on Wed, 03/15/2017 - 19:59

Occupied West Bank - Najeh Hashlamoun

 

Dear Friends,

Yesterday - on March 15 - in Beirut, the UN's Economic and Social Commission for Western Asia (ESCWA) released a landmark report entitled Israeli Practices towards the Palestinian People and the Question of Apartheid. What is most stunning about this report is that it very carefully lays out the case that Israel's policy towards the Palestinian people - whether inside Israel, in the Occupied Territory or in exile - is a form of apartheid. This is a sharp report that needs to be closely studied.

In today's The Hindu, I have a report - entitled 'Crimes of Apartheid' - based o

Palestine’s Right to Education: The Politics of the Academic Boycott

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Due to inclement weather conditions, event postposed till Monday, March 27th 2017 7:00-10:00pm
Palestine's Right to Education: The Politics of the Academic Boycott
Featuring: Vijay Prashad
Location: Room 2017, Sidney Smith Hall, University of Toronto, 100 St. George St.
Hosted by Students Against Israeli Apartheid UofT St.George and Arts and Science Students' Union

Bush, Trump

Submitted by admin on Thu, 03/09/2017 - 18:05

 

Bush 43

 

Dear Friends,

The misery of the Trump years suggests to sections of the population in the United States that a nostalgic look back at George W. Bush's tenure is perhaps appropriate. Bush has a new book out - paintings of veterans of his wars. He has been doing the talk show circuit, talking about his special friendship with Michelle Obama and his views on press freedom.

There is something surreal here. This is the man whose government pushed through the illegal war against Iraq. Last Sunday, Bush was asked about the war on Iraq on NBC's Today - 'I think it was the right decision', he

Trumpism

Submitted by admin on Thu, 03/02/2017 - 01:35

 

 

Dear Friends,

Trump gave his first speech to the joint houses of the Congress. It was a strange display. He defended his various executive orders with the statement that the United States should not become a 'sanctuary for extremists'. The only thing that came to my mind is this: it is already a sanctuary for extremists, with Steve Bannon and Trump himself leading the way.

In the current issue of Frontline, my Diary from Trumpland continues. This diary entry starts with an admission by a senior diplomat (still in office) who said that he'd prefer to watch re

In the Ruins of the Present: Neoliberalism has failed..

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'In the Ruins of the Present: Neoliberalism has failed, cruel populism has us by the throat.'

Vijay Prashad Lecture, Friday March 3rd at 3:30pm (free and open to the public)

CIE (The Center for International Education), University of Wisconsin–Milwaukee

UWM Library, 4 th Floor Conference Center, 2311 East Hartford Avenue, Milwaukee, WI

Foreign Policy of Cruel Populism

Submitted by admin on Wed, 02/22/2017 - 22:33

 

Khatyn Memorial, Belarus
Khaytyn Memorial, Belarus by John Oldale (CC BY-SA 3.0)

 

Dear Friends,

Mocking Donald Trump comes easily. He provides sufficient fodder each and every day. Trump is vulnerable to such mockery. He dislikes being mocked more than anything else. A voracious consumer of the media, Trump studies how he is covered with great care. His advisor - Steve Bannon - calls the media the 'official opposition'. It is what they have trained their gunsights against.

These are dangerous men. The 'humanitarian interventionists' and the 'neoconservatives' gathered around Hillary Clinton, eager to use American

Trump, Tima Kurdi

Submitted by admin on Fri, 02/17/2017 - 01:24

Abduct Me

 

Dear Friends,

News from Trumpland is out of date before it is written. Reporters struggle to keep up with events, which slip off and are impossible to digest. One minute it is Betsy DeVos and some idiocy at the Department of Education, but before you can focus on that - it is off to the races with former National Security Advisor Michael Flynn and his phone calls with the Russian ambassador.

And then there are the Trump press conferences. Thursday's brava performance by Trump will take a great deal to surpass. His attack on CNN's Jim Acosta was something to behold. Trump's tirade ends wi

#Muslim Ban, #KefayaWar

Submitted by admin on Thu, 02/09/2017 - 04:33

 

Nael Zaino and Leen Arafat
Photo Anais Surkin

 

Dear Friends,

Madness deepens in the world around us; an age of anger - as Pankaj Mishra puts it - has enveloped us. There is just cause for this anger - deep inequalities that seem hopelessly permanent. But there is also great sadness occasioned by permanent wars. It would be too parochial to see this as merely about Trump or even about Brexit. This dialectic of anger and sadness whips around the entire planet.

But there are also brave people - over half a million who went out on the streets in Romania and millions of people who took to the airports and streets of the