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Socialist Writing, Kurdish Futures
socialist writing workshops
admin Thu, 10/05/2017 - 03:51

 

Dear Friends,

Thanks to Sudhanva Deshpande, I've been doing a series of socialist writing workshops across India - from Delhi, at Studio Safdar (see above), to Bengaluru to Mumbai to Chennai to Kolkata. Next year, we hope to take our LeftWord Books caravan on the road across Kerala and perhaps to Hyderabad.

After last summer's set of workshops, Mark Nowak of the Worker Writers School in New York interviewed me about the 'essentials of socialist writing', which was published in Jacobin magazine. After this summer's workshops, Mark wondered if we should continue our discussion. There was a g

Kurdish Referendum, American Dreamers, Israeli Arms

Submitted by admin on Sat, 09/30/2017 - 05:01

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Dear Friends,

A century of aspirations has finally resulted in a vote - inside Iraqi Kurdistan - for an independent Kurdish nation. Jubilation across the region, from Syria to Iran, amongst the Kurdish population is apparent. Despite the grave limitations of this vote, the

Solidarity With Teesta Setalvad

Submitted by Vijay Prashad on Mon, 09/25/2017 - 21:53
Teesta detained.

 

[On Monday morning, Teesta Setalvad was detained in Varanasi. She was en route to a youth training camp organised by the Samajwadi Jan Parishad. She was to deliver a speech on Communalism and Education. Teesta went on FaceBook live to talk about what was happening. She was released at 7pm - told to leave the city immediately. She agreed to leave for Jaunpur]

 

 

Statement

 

Please read Teesta's memoir, published earlier this year.

Teesta's book

Refugees, Documenta
a mural at the Hamar Weyne Police Station in Mogadishu
admin Fri, 08/18/2017 - 21:02

 

Dear Friends,

Certainly those in the United States are seized by the confrontation provoked by the Nazis and other assorted toxicities in Charlottesville, Virginia. I recall walking past what is now Emancipation Park when last in that town a few months ago. It always seems awkward to be faced directly with the commemoration of the dark side of history.

Today I drove by the Victoria Memorial in Calcutta. At the heart of the grounds is a bronze statue of Victoria wearing the Star of India robes. This was produced in 1901. That year, the radical British writer William Digby looked back at the

Yemen, Iran, Books

Submitted by admin on Thu, 08/03/2017 - 08:30

 

Dear Friends,

On Wednesday morning - at around 1am - I got the news that Save the Children had just released a brief report suggesting a horrific finding: that a million children in Yemen are at the threshold of cholera, which is a death sentence for them. I made some calls right then, waking some friends up who work diligently in the world of relief. The UN had suggested that two million children are in the zone of cholera that is growing in Yemen. This is an unmitigated war-made disaster.

The UN and the human

The Revolution of Ordinary People: Russia, 1917.

Submitted by Vijay Prashad on Sun, 07/30/2017 - 14:11
Moscow, February 1917

 

Lenin did not make the Revolution in 1917. Nor did Stalin. Nor Trotsky. They each provided crucial leadership, with Lenin’s role being essential from April 1917 onwards. But they were part of a tidal wave that had first risen in 1905, crested and then rose again during the Great War. This tidal wave was lifted by ordinary people – factory workers, landless peasants, housewives, soldiers, students and those who barely found the means to survive. It is they who made the Revolution happen in February – with the overthrow of the Tsar and Tsarism – and then again in October – with the push again

War and Books

Submitted by admin on Sat, 07/15/2017 - 13:09

 

Dear Friends,

Mosul has been liberated. That is the headline. But what will this liberation mean. The picture above, taken by an AFP photographer, shows the extent of the devastation of the city. 'Our city is in ruins', says Ayman who lives in the western part of Mosul.

There is little press coverage of the brutal aerial bombardment of the city by the US-led Coalition. Amnesty International accused the United States of war crimes, which it has denied. But the evidence is quite shocking. AirWars has released an important report on the scale of the attacks, and t

Kerala and Afghanistan
Kerala
admin Sat, 05/27/2017 - 19:53

 

Dear Friends,

Two days ago, the Left Democratic Front (LDF) government in Kerala completed its first term in office. One of the highlights of its accomplishments has been the policy towards migrants workers. While there is a global attack on immigrants, in Kerala the Left has decided to push for more rights for mights - including health insurance. This is only one of many initiatives taken by the LDF to tackle the pressing needs of the people. By the way, the population of Kerala is about equal to that of Canada. Developments of a humane policy in such a large state should give pause to th

Bangalore Dates: LeftWord Tour of 2017

Submitted by Vijay Prashad on Mon, 05/22/2017 - 14:01
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LeftWord is going to be in Bangalore with a series of talks. Share widely. Let your friends know. Come meet us!

Sunday 28 May

10 am Mount Carmel College
~ Non-Fiction Writing Workshop with Vijay Prashad. [Registrations closed.]

7 pm Atta Galata 
134, KHB Colony, 5th Block, Koramangala
~ In the Ruins of the Present: Capitalism and the Detritus of Trump a talk by Vijay Prashad

Monday 29 May

3.30 pm Institute for Social and Economic Change Chandra Layout, Nagarbhavi
~ Theatre and Freedom: Cultural Resistance in Palestine
an illustrated talk by Sudhanva Deshpande
~ From Palestine to Afghanist

Trump, Turkey, Nakba

Submitted by admin on Wed, 05/17/2017 - 08:46
 Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan arrived to protests outside the Turkish embassy in DC.

 

Dear Friends,

Today, in Washington, DC, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan arrived to protests outside the Turkish embassy. This is to be expected. There is a great deal to voice outrage about - the purges that are ongoing and the suppression of the Turkish southeast. The size of the protest was modest - two dozen people. Erdoğan's supporters - and perhaps Turkish security guards - attacked these protestors. A Facebook video showed them bloodied.

In today's Alternet, I have a report to coincide with Erdoğan's arrival in Washington. The report covers the Turkish purges and the war in Tu