Marx, Journalism and his Handwriting

Submitted by Vijay Prashad on Mon, 05/08/2017 - 01:49
Marx, Journalism and his Handwriting

 

Marx - impoverished - relied on handouts from his family and from his best friend Engels. But even that rankled him. In 1862, when the New York Tribune decided to concentrate on the US Civil War and not on European news, Marx - the journalist - found his income dry up. He wrote to Engels on 20 August 1862,

Say what you will, dear boy. It is really embarrassing to have to bother you as I do with my miseries! If only I knew how to start some sort of business! All theory, dear friend, is grey, and only business green. Unfortunately, I have come to realise this too late.

It is common in the

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"In the Ruins of the Present: Trump, Joblessness and Anger"

The Center for the Study of Race, Politics, and Culture's Annual Public Lecture features distinguished public intellectuals whose work promotes engaged thought and scholarship around the topics of race and ethnicity within the public sphere. This year, we are pleased to present Vijay Prashad (PhD'94) in conversation with Adom Getachew (Neubauer Family Assistant Professor, Department of Political Science and the College) with support from the International House Global Voices Program, the Center for Asian Health Equity, the PanAsia So

May Day at May Day

Submitted by Vijay Prashad on Sat, 05/06/2017 - 03:03
May Day Bookstore

 

Go take a visit to the LeftWord Books blog, where you can find videos and pictures about the fifth anniversary of our May Day gatherings at this Shadipur haven.

There is also a lovely short arts segment on NDTV about this May Day fiesta, which you should, should watch.

Lenin's statement about May Day stays with us: 'The mass participation of the workers in the strike, the huge mass meetings in the streets, the unfurling of Red flags, the presentation of demands indicated in leaflets and the revolutionary character of these demands - Eight-Hour Day and Political Liberty'.

Although, in our

Standing Up for Activist Linda Sarsour, Resistance Hero

Submitted by Vijay Prashad on Sat, 04/29/2017 - 13:22
Linda Sarsour

 

<Linda Sarsour> What Linda means to us and the hateful attacks on her. That's the question of my report in AlterNet, thanks to Jan Frel. It responds to the nasty essay by Dov Hikind in the New York Daily News. You can read my report here: http://www.alternet.org/world/linda-sarsour-resistance-hero.

Thanks to MaxAkiva Eldar and Elisabeth Bumiller for their stories on Hikind, and to Linda for spending time talking to me and letting me shadow her. Thanks to Monte Belmonte and Bill Newman for having us on WHMP, to Lisa Armstrong for Linda's the visit to Smith College and Laura Briggs for her

Why May Day?

Submitted by admin on Fri, 04/28/2017 - 13:22

 

Why May Day? Vijay Prashad talks of the history of May Day

 


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May Day is what Lenin called 'The Holiday of the Workers'. It harkens back to the 19th century when workers fought for an 8 hour day for a full day's wage. The slogan of the workers was "8 hours for work, 8 hours of sleep and 8 hours for what you will." Across the United States, on Sunday 1st May 1886, workers demonstrated for the 8 hour day. Chicago and Milwaukee were the epicenters. All went well as the struggle continued till May 4th, then, a confrontation with the police left four dead in Chicago's Haymarket

Antonio Gramsci Anniversary

Submitted by Vijay Prashad on Thu, 04/27/2017 - 23:59
Antonio Gramsci mugshot

 

<Red Salute> Today is Antonio Gramsci's death anniversary (1891-1937). This brave Communist was murdered by the barbarous Italian Fascists. Gramsci's writings and example continue to guide us. He was clear-sighted in his views of what wretchedness is inherited from the past, and what hope is also in our inventory.

I am reading his comrade Togliatti's writings towards an introduction for a new International Publishers edition of his Lectures on Fascism. The entire world of Communism in Italy of that period is one of great bravery and sacrifice. The PCI was a proletarian and peasant party, w

Palestine, Trump

Submitted by admin on Thu, 04/27/2017 - 04:39
Marwan Barghouti
Photo SP July 16, 2011 (CC BY-NC-ND 2.0)

 

Dear Friends,

Ten days have passed since roughly 1500 Palestinian political prisoners went on hunger strike. There has been little coverage of the condition of the prisoners and almost none of the strike itself. This Freedom and Dignity Hunger Strike is the largest one yet, and it has received the support of the entirely of the Palestinian polity and of society.

At Alternet today, I have a report on the strike which relies on the dogged work of Addameer Prisoner Support and Human Rights Association based in Palestine and of Madalena Mughrabi of Amnes

The Fall of Bill

Submitted by Vijay Prashad on Thu, 04/27/2017 - 00:18
The Fall of Bill

 

'The Factor' Confronts Professor Over Bin Laden Comments

 

<The Fall of Bill> I had spent the evening with Lisa HajjarLaleh KhaliliSayres RudyPaul Amar andJillian Schwedler. We were chatting about this and that - mainly exciting topics like counter-insurgency, torture and love. I went home. I saw the news. Osama Bin Laden had been killed. The next morning, Bakari Kitwana asked me to do a podcast with him on the killing and its implications for international law. I then went on NPR and talked about how this operation was a dangerous precedent for other countries - such as India - which might undertake its own adventure. I also said it wou