No, Mr. Trump. Jerusalem is Not Israel's Capital. Prince Turki al-Faisal of Saudi Arabia writes to US President Donald Trump

Submitted by Vijay Prashad on Sun, 12/10/2017 - 16:05
Jerusalem, December 2017

 

 

[Prince Turki al-Faisal of Saudi Arabia is not a liberal nor a radical. He is as conservative as you get - having served between 1977 and 2001 as the director general of Saudi Arabia's intelligence agency (al-Mukhabarat al-a'amah). He has also been Saudi Arabia's ambassador to the United Kingdom and the United States. This is a letter that he has written to US President Donald Trump regarding Trump's pledge to move the US embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem. It is worth considering that this establishment figure in Saudi Arabia has put his marker down on the table. Let there be no illusio

Nepal Turns Red 100 Years After the Russian Revolution (and Other Snippets from our times)

Submitted by admin on Sun, 12/10/2017 - 14:33
Nepal Turns Red 100 Years After the Russian Revolution

 

Dear Friends,

The Communist alliance will - most likely - win the elections in Nepal. Trends show that the alliance will come near a two-thirds majority of the parliament. The Communist alliance has promised that it would complete a five year term, something unaccomplished since electoral democracy was established in 1990. It is believed that Khadga Prashad Oli will be the next Prime Minister. He has pledged to tackle the basic needs of the Nepali people as well as to build the infrastructure of one of the world's poorest countries (the infrastructural project will include an extension of

Planet of Refugees

Submitted by admin on Fri, 12/01/2017 - 01:12
Giles Duley UNHCR 1

 

Dear Friends,

Earlier this week, Filippo Grandi - the chief of UNHCR (the UN Refugees Agency) and my friend - went before the UN Security Council to talk about the continued refugee crisis that plagues our planet. Currently - at a minimum - 66 million people have been forcibly displaced, 23 million people officially counted as refugees. On the table remains the Mediterranean Sea and the Sahara Desert, passages to Europe that are being converted into walls and prisons. This Sea and this Desert are the main pathways for the mass migration from eastern and western Africa towards Europe. No pol

The Cover of Edward Said's Orientalism (1978)

Submitted by Vijay Prashad on Thu, 11/30/2017 - 10:22
Gerome's The Snake Charmer
Gerome's The Snake Charmer

 

A week ago, I was at the Clark Museum in Williamstown, Massachusetts. It is an odd museum, the collection of the heirs of the Singer Sewing Machine fortune. There is no overarching character to the collection - impressionists here and there, modernists here and there, tea pots and silver platters in another room. It is a collection of wealth - where what was bought was purchased because there was money on the table, not necessarily ideas to guide the curation.

Turning into the main room, one is struck by a very moving painting by John Singer Sargent (1856–1925) fr

Comrade Fidel on Imperialism

Submitted by Vijay Prashad on Sun, 11/26/2017 - 11:28
Communist March in Delhi with Cuba
Indian communists march to US embassy in Delhi, 1961.

 

A year ago, Fidel Castro departed the world after a career of building socialism and being a sentinel against capitalism.

 

Fidel Nehru Krishna Menon
Fidel with Nehru and Krishna Menon in New York at the United Nations, 1960.

 

On April 17, 1961, the United States government tried to overthrow the socialist government in Cuba. The CIA-backed force landed on the Bay of Pigs but were defeated by the will of the Cuban people. This was the first of many attempts to overthrow the Cuban government - and to assassinate Castro (600 attempts!).

In Delhi, as news came in

Exploiting Anti-Semitism

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'Come listen to the discussion on Exploiting Anti-Semitism and how the charge of anti-semitism silences criticism of Israeli Policy. The discussion will feature speakers: Vijay Prashad, Professor of International Studies at Trinity College, Joseph Levine, Professor of Philosophy at UMass Amherst, and Sut Jhally, Professor of Communication at UMass Amherst. '

Sponsored by Students for Justice in Palestine, Jewish Voice for Peace, Media Education Foundation, and the Departments of Communication, Philosophy, History, African-American Studies and Women, Gender, Sexuality Studies. 

 

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Déjà vu - return to Libya and Puerto Rico

Submitted by Vijay Prashad on Thu, 11/23/2017 - 02:59
Lampedusa, Italy

 

Dear Friends,

There was a time when you could not look at a newspaper or watch television news without mention of the refugee crisis - the lines of desperate people coming across into Turkey, Lebanon and Jordan from Syria or the legions of people going across the Mediterranean Sea towards Europe. War and poverty were the drivers of these people, whether they fled Afghanistan across Iran through Turkey towards Europe or they left Cameroon through Nigeria into Niger and then upwards to Libya. Each individual, each family carried with them a tragedy, a million tragedies on the road towards so

Cow Fascists Strike Again

Submitted by Vijay Prashad on Sat, 11/18/2017 - 15:32
Vijoo

 

[On November 10, the cow fascists - the Gaurakshaks - struck again. They killed a poor dairy farmer in Alwar. The All-India Kisan Sabha, the communist farmers organisation, sent a delegation to meet his family and other concerned parties in Alwar. Two Newsclick videos go with this report - one from Alwar itself, which you can watch here, and another on a protest against the lynching, which you can watch here. Highly recommend this excellent analysis of the operation of the cow fascists by Archana Prasad, which you can read here - while you are at it, please have a look at Archana's excelle

Saudi Arabia's Tantrum

Submitted by admin on Thu, 11/16/2017 - 22:35
The Fist, Jeddah

 

Dear Friends,

The picture above is from Jeddah, Saudi Arabia. The city is full of remarkable sculptures. This one is by the French sculptor César Baldaccini and it is called The Fist. Where it sits in Jeddah is known as the Fist Roundabout.

The Crown Prince of Saudi Arabia - Mohammed Bin Salman (MBS) - has put his fist down on his country, arresting his fellow princes and other businessmen, throwing a tantrum to collect revenues not only for a faltering Saudi economy but for his grand plans to build a new city on the northern edge of Saudi Arabia. Meanwhile, Saudi Arabia faces defeat in S

Zimbabwe Civil Society Organisations Joint Statement on Military Take Over

Submitted by Vijay Prashad on Thu, 11/16/2017 - 11:47
Weya art - Elephant Invasion by Pam Rinomhota
Weya Art - Elephant Invasion by Pam Rinomhota

 

Zimbabwe Civil Society Organisations Joint Statement on Military Take Over

15 November 2017

We the undersigned civil society organisations guided by the Constitution express our concern over the political developments in Zimbabwe, today Wednesday 15 November 2017. We call for the peaceful and constitutional resolution of the situation and the immediate return of Constitutional order and democracy in Zimbabwe. As civil society we reiterate our position that the political transition in Zimbabwe must be guided by the Constitution and should adhere