<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 Max, Akiva 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 fo
Why May Day? Vijay Prashad talks of the history of May Day.
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
<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 par
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 Am
<driven by her heart> Asked in 2011 about her work as an activist, Linda Sarsour said, 'There are many times when throughout all the difficulties, obstacles, and current events, I question my life choices. I do that only because I am human, but my heart always steps in and reassures my fatigued mind that I have made the right choices.'
This week, Linda will be giving three talks along the Connecticut River. The week begins at Smith College on Wednesday evening, when she will speak, thanks to Lisa Armstrong, at 7pm at Weinstein Auditorium on 'Intersectionality in the Streets: Resistance in
'Vijay Prashad is a charismatic speaker and writer who helps his audience find their political and ethical coordinates in a rapidly changing world. His accessible, jargon-free prose and clearly articulated ideas shed light on the workings of economic policy, race, and imperialism that shapes the lives of many people. He makes the obscure, fathomable and emphasizes the urgency of people’s engagement with ideas, institutions, and politics to bring about progressive transformation in the world.
<Anti-Caste> Two books from LeftWord Books, both essential.
First, a closely developed study of the 1957 Mudukulathur riots in Tamil Nadu by Professor K. A. Manikumar. Of this book, A.r. Venkatachalapathy says, 'The Mudukulathur Riots stand as a metaphor for caste relations in contemporary Tamil Nadu, by throwing into sharp relief the contradictions between dominant castes and Dalits. Through a dramatic reconstruction of the riots, Manikumar illuminates the dynamics of caste and politics. A must read for anyone interested in the social and political present of Tamil Nadu.' For more on
<Comrade Lenin> On his birthday today, during this centennial of the October Revolution, we - at LeftWord Books - can't wait to offer a volume of his 1917 writings edited by Prakash Karat. For now, happy birthday comrade!
<America> I heard from friends that the United States might have attacked North Korea during the parade on Kim il-Sung's birthday celebration. So I watched the entire parade on North Korean television. Nothing major happened. Somehow I felt that watching the parade was a vigil against war. Perhaps it was.....
I sat down and wrote my AlterNet column on my sense of the way the 'rogue state' is being seen. You can read the essay here, http://www.alternet.org/…/america-worlds-biggest-terrorist-…
A few years ago, I asked a retired Iraqi Air Force off