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

Reinventing Revolution Conference

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On the occasion of the 100th anniversary of the Bolshevik Revolution, the Reinventing Revolution Conference will focus on radical traditions that were inspired by, extended, or challenged the legacies of the Bolsheviks in engagement with the struggles for decolonization. The conference will include two panels—“Decolonizing Revolution: Circuits of Knowledge, Struggle and Solidarity” and “What’s Left of the Left? Alternative Futures”—, an art talk "The Art of Decolonization", and a roundtable discussion, “Radical Imaginaries, Radical Feminisms: The Third World Revisited.” Discussants such as Pam

R2P

Submitted by Vijay Prashad on Wed, 11/15/2017 - 09:58

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Khadafi's residence has been consistently targeted by a NATO air campaign in Libya 2011

 

<R2P> A month ago, I visited Penn State, thanks to Sophia McClennen. The topic on the table was the Responsibility to Protect (R2P) doctrine, which was the fig leaf for the West's attempt to

The October Revolution

Submitted by admin on Wed, 11/08/2017 - 19:36
100th anniversary of the Russian Revolution

 

Dear Friends,

A hundred years ago, yesterday, the people of the Tsarist empire overthrew a vacillating government to protect and extend their first revolution of February 1917. These men and women - such as those above - founded the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics (USSR). This new state - a state of the workers and peasants - produced a new kind of possibility, that a socialist state could be created and that a socialist society might be possible.

I was in England last week to join in the commemoration of the events of 1917 held by the Marx Memorial Library and the Trades Union Congress

Africa + LeftWord's Blog

Submitted by admin on Wed, 11/01/2017 - 16:15
US government pledging $60 million to a southern Saharan military force

 

Dear Friends,

Following up on the story from the Sahel belt in Africa, where the 'War on Terror' appears to be ready to be ramped up with the US government pledging $60 million to a southern Saharan military force that has its specific aim to attack extremism. As far as my own reporting goes, the story is more complex. It is not clear, as a former US intelligence officer who had done his turn in the Sahel told me, that ISIS killed the four US soldiers. It is as likely that they were killed by smugglers. Nonetheless, rather than tackle the many real challenges that face the Sahel, the US an

England

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<England> Will be doing a series of events in England this week:

(1) London (November 2): Helping release Bhabanistan Bhabanistan's book - Hindu Fundamentalism and the Spirit of Capitalism in India - at Marx Memorial Library at 5pm on November 2.

(2) London (November 2): Speaking at Marx Memorial Library at 7pm on November 2 on 'The Russian Revolution, Imperialism and the Current Crisis', (https://www.marx-memorial-library.org/index.php…).

(3) Cambridge (November 3): Speaking at Cambridge University's King's College on February 3 from 5pm to 7pm at the Audit Room on 'The October Revolution

War on Africa and Devastation in Puerto Rico

Submitted by admin on Thu, 10/26/2017 - 05:51

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Dear Friends,

Just over a week ago, news broke that four US soldiers were killed in Niger. The attack against them took place near the border with Mali. There are conflicting reports from US authorities about the attacks,

The Russian Revolution in Latin America and the Global South

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Join us October 25 for this Facebook event commemorating the Russian Revolution and its impact on Latin America and the Global South, live onteleSUR English.

2017 marks 100 years since arguably one of the most important events in modern history: the Russian Revolution. 

Aside from being the first time in history that workers together with peasants and soldiers, lead by Lenin and the Bolsheviks, took power and revolutionized the entirety of Russian society, the revolution had major global implications; from threatening the European ruling class with the spread of revolt across the continent

The International Division of Humanity

Submitted by admin on Thu, 10/19/2017 - 03:11

 

Wang Du - Medecine Interne
Photo Wang Du, 'Medecine interne' 2016

 

Dear Friends,

On Sunday, the forces of Chavismo won 17 out of 22 governorships in Venezuela. The signal this sends is important - it showed that the social forces behind the agenda of Chavismo - of Venezuelan socialism - have not been extinguished by the Right's concerted campaign and by the United States (with Trump putting his foot into the race - interfering directly in the elections of Venezuela, something that has the US political system aflutter with allegations of Russian interference). These social forces have also not been exhausted by the