Linda Sarsour at Trinity

Submitted by Vijay Prashad on Fri, 04/21/2017 - 03:26
Linda Sarsour at Trinity

 

<Save the Date> The one and only Linda Sarsour will be at Trinity College on April 25. We've reserved one of the
largest rooms on campus, and yet we fear that there might not be enough space to accommodate the people who would like to come see her speak.
So, be ready: https://www.facebook.com/events/1802160600047038/

Nevertheless, She Persisted: Resistance in the Trump Era

Linda Sarsour--Women's March on Washington Organizer

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Hosted by Women's March CT - We March On

Thu Apr 27th 7:00pm - 9:00pm

Trinity College Mather Hall, 300 Summit St, Hartford, CT 06106, USA

 

 

 

Turkey and the United States of America

Submitted by admin on Fri, 04/21/2017 - 01:57
Halka Yol Gosteren Ozgurluk

 

Dear Friends,

The picture above is from the 2013 Gezi Park protests in Turkey. I have used it because hours after the referendum in Turkey, people who voted No (Hayir) had already begun to compare the mood of resistance to the days of Gezi. I like the picture because it echoes the great Delacroix painting of 'Liberty Leading the People'.

Some people - right after the referendum victory for President Recep Tayyip Erdo?an - began to say that Turkey's democracy has now expired. RIP Turkey was the signal phrase. It is an erroneous sentiment. Half of the Turkish people - despite immense voter

Turkish Version of Cacerolazo

Submitted by Vijay Prashad on Thu, 04/20/2017 - 04:15

 

<Turkey> In The Hindu, thanks to Mini Kapoor, my short report on the Turkish referendum. My friends in Turkey were initially very upset with the result - dazed even. But then there was a recognition that this is hardly over. The new hashtag to represent that view is #HayirDahaBitmedi. Comparisons between the protests that broke out after the first results were announced and Gezi Park's struggle came immediately from those who were banging pots and pans. This was the Turkish version of the Latin American cacerolazo.

How silly are the articles with RIP Turkey as

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Gamboa at Trinity

Submitted by Vijay Prashad on Tue, 04/18/2017 - 00:46
The Art of Narration and Travel Writing

 

<Colombia> This week, at Trinity College, we are hosting one of my favorite contemporary writers, the Colombian novelist and travel writer Santiago Gamboa. If you live in the area, and are free on Wednesday, I hope you'll swing by and listen to his lecture. It will reflect on his time in India. In his novel - Night Prayers - Santiago meditates on the tree outside the Mexican embassy, where Octavio Paz lived and worked and of which he had written movingly. Sitting in his balcony in the Embassy, Paz had written of Delhi,

You were covered with poems
your whole body was writing
remember
recover

Palestinian Prisoners' Day

Submitted by Vijay Prashad on Mon, 04/17/2017 - 22:52
Rehearsing Freedom: The Story of a Theatre in Palestine

 

<Palestine> Today is Palestinian Prisoners' Day. Across Israel's gulag, Palestinian prisoners have begun a hunger strike. Every political party - from the Palestinian People's Party (the former Communist Party) to Hamas - are behind the strike. The strike is known as Freedom and Dignity, touchstones of the human imagination.

The Prisoners' demands are:

1. Install a public telephone for Palestinian detainees in all prisons and sections in order to communicate with their families.

2. Visits:

  • Resume the second monthly visits for Palestinian prisoners that were halted by the International C

Comrade Dasarath Deb

Submitted by Vijay Prashad on Sun, 04/16/2017 - 21:36
Dasarath Deb

 

<Left Books> Editing the annals of the story of the Left's emergence in Tripura, through the Janasiksha Samiti and other mass activities, as written by one of its leaders - Dasarath Deb later of the CPIM and of course Chief Minister of Tripura. This is Communist history at its best - a deep love for the people, a searching eye for the lineaments of oppression, an honest assessment of the successes and failures of the struggle. The two short books, which we at LeftWord Books will produce as one volume, have been ably translated by Saqib Khan and will be introduced by Professor Mahadev Chakra

Kashmir Youth Tied to Army Jeep As Human Shield

Submitted by Vijay Prashad on Sun, 04/16/2017 - 19:48
Kashmir Youth Tied to Army Jeep as a Human Shield

 

<Kashmir> Another - and another - and another outrage in Kashmir, this time so blatant, such a violation of the Geneva Conventions, such a violation of basic morals.

This was in Budgam, just outside Srinagar. A army convoy carrying poll workers was hit by stones. The Major in charge ordered a man - Farooq Ahmad Dar (age 26) - to be tied to the front of the jeep as a human shield. They then drove down the road. He was accused of being 'stone pelter'. Farooq Ahmad Dar denies this, saying he is a embroider of shawls.

This comes after the army action during the polls that has resulted in the

Communists Against Caste

Submitted by Vijay Prashad on Sun, 04/16/2017 - 18:25
Dr Babasaheb Ambedkar delivering a speech to a rally at Yeola, Nashik, on 13 October 1935
Dr Babasaheb Ambedkar delivering a speech to a rally at Yeola, Nashik, on 13 October 1935

 

<Ambedkar Jayanti> From LeftWord Books comes a short note on Dr. B. R. Ambedkar - as well as brief comments on our forthcoming book by him, India and Communism, with an introduction by Anand Teltumbde, as well as on the new website, Communists Against Caste (whose Facebook page is at Communists Against Caste): http://mayday.leftword.com/blog/dr-ambedkar-and-communism/.

The point of Dr. Ambedkar’s movement -- as he said in 1927 during the Mahad Satyagraha -- was to fight to ensure that our society ‘trea

Pride

Submitted by Vijay Prashad on Thu, 04/13/2017 - 02:12
Egyptian Prime Minister Nasser cheered in Cairo after announcing the Suez Canal Company, August 1, 1956
Egyptian Prime Minister Nasser cheered in Cairo after announcing the Suez Canal Company, August 1, 1956

 

<Pride> This evening my daughter gave me her sense of Nasser and Nasserism - with the Suez at the core. It was Suez that showed why Nasser was held in the hearts of so many around the Third World. The journey went from 1952 to 1967.

Then, as an afterthought, she mentioned that Sayyid Qutb seemed to be the mirror image of Leo Strauss (the echo here was with the Adam Curtis documentary).

We are in April, the month of Bandung. This is a good time of the year to recall Nasser.

 

 

BSUP² - SOCIALIST MOVEMENTS TODAY

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VIJAY PRASHAD (Closing Plenary 4:00 - 5:00 PM, 22nd)
・ BARBARA MADELONI ・ THE FOUNDATION MOVEMENT ・ EUGENE PURYEAR ・ MAT CALLAHAN & YVONNE MOORE ・ FRED MAGDOFF ・ SHERRI MITCHELL 

2017 ANNUAL CONFERENCE
APRIL 21 - 22 @ MIT

Friday, April 21, 2017 

6:00 - 7:00 PM Registration, Coffee, Table Setup


Saturday, April 22, 2017

9:00 - 10:00 AM Registration, Coffee, Table Setup

4:00 - 5:00 PM Closing Plenary - Prashad

 

Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Edgerton Lecture Hall, Room 34-101
50 Vassar Street, Cambridge, MA
 

CONNECT AND LEARN

This year's theme focuses on the growing resistance

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