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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

Submitted by admin on Sat, 05/27/2017 - 19:53
Kerala

 

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
LeftWrd Tour 2017 Logo

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

 

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

LeftWord Tour of 2017

Submitted by Vijay Prashad on Fri, 05/12/2017 - 20:25
Mum drinks tea as I sign a book

 

Each year, Sudhanva Deshpande, Suvendu Mallick and I go on our LeftWord Tour. Last year we went to Mumbai, where we visited IIT, TIIS and St. Xavier's College. We also organised a walk through Girangaon, led by the veteran trade unionist Datta Iswalkar.

One of the evenings, we held a panel discussion to release our volume - Communist Histories, vol. 1 - with contributions from Comrade Ashok Dhawale and Comrade L. B. Dhangar. It was a remarkable experience to have Comrade Dhangar give his first-hand account of the Warli Uprising of 1945-47 and its aftermath. In Archana Prasad's essay for th

May Day at May Day

Submitted by Vijay Prashad on Fri, 05/05/2017 - 23:03
Our volunteers at May Day Bookstore & Cafe.

Go take a visit to the LeftWord Books blog, where you can find videos and pictures about the fifth anniversary of our May Day gatherings at this Shadipur haven.

There is also a lovely short arts segment on NDTV about this May Day fiesta, which you should, should watch.

Lenin's statement about May Day stays with us: 'The mass participation of the workers in the strike, the huge mass meetings in the streets, the unfurling of Red flags, the presentation of demands indicated in leaflets and the revolutionary character of these demands - Eight-Hour Day and Political Liberty'.

Although, in our ti

Anti-Caste

Submitted by Vijay Prashad on Sun, 04/23/2017 - 20:19

 

Ant-caste, two books

 

<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