As you read this, across India, hundreds of thousand of kisans (farmers) are on the march - walking from the ends of the country to converge on 24 November in Delhi. They have many grievances, but one purpose: to get their voices heard towards a shift in policy. At our LeftWord Books blog, I have a short post that tries to lay out the farmers' agenda. You can read it here. In time, we at LeftWord Books, hope to publish a Kisan Reader - with essays on the struggles of Indian farmers from the 1940s to the present. Keep an eye out for it. The picture above is from the start of the Jatha in Tamil Nadu. Please follow the course of the Jatha as much as you can. Stand with the farmers as they fight for their vision of India.
The main essay this week is on Palestine. I read the report by the new UN Special Rapporteur on Palestine - Michael Lynk. It is a powerful report, honest and deeply disturbing. Fortunately I was able to interview Lynk about his report, which forms the basis for my essay that was published today at Alternet.
The essay opens with Hillary Clinton's comment about the 2006 Palestinian elections - where she hoped that the US would have fixed the outcome. It ends with the administrative detention of Salah Khawaja of the Popular Struggle Committee of Ni’lin and Committee Against the Wall and Settlements (the picture above is of him from a protest in Ramallah). My essay ends, 'When Clinton said that she did not like the outcome of the 2006 election and that the US should have done "something," she said, essentially, that the US should have defined the outcome by covert means. Now, overtly, Israel is crushing the non-violent peaceful demonstrators. It is putting the pressure on Palestine, suffocating it into desperation. The world meanwhile remains silent'.
You can read the rest here.
The next time I write to you, the United States will have elected a new president. Perplexing times.