Linda Sarsour at Smith College and UMASS

Submitted by Vijay Prashad on Tue, 04/25/2017 - 20:17

 

<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

In the Ruins of the Present: Neoliberalism and Cruel Populism Suffocate the Future

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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

America

Submitted by Vijay Prashad on Fri, 04/21/2017 - 22:11

 

 

<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-…

It begins,

A few years ago, I asked a retired Iraqi Air Force off

Linda Sarsour at Trinity

Submitted by Vijay Prashad on Thu, 04/20/2017 - 23:26

 

Nevertheless, She Persisted: Resistance in the Trump Era

 

<Save the Date> The one and only Linda Sarsour will be at Trinity College on April 25. We've reserved one of the largest rooms on campus, and yet we fear that there might not be enough space to accommodate the people who would like to come see her speak.

So, be ready: https://www.facebook.com/events/1802160600047038/

Nevertheless, She Persisted: Resistance in the Trump Era

Linda Sarsour--Women's March on Washington Organizer

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Hosted by Women's March CT - We March On

Thu Apr 27th 7:00pm - 9:00pm

Trinity College Mather Hall, 300 Summit St, Hartford, CT 06106, USA

 

 

Turkey and the United States of America

Submitted by admin on Thu, 04/20/2017 - 21:57

 

Halka Yol Gösteren Özgürlük

 

Dear Friends,

The picture above is from the 2013 Gezi Park protests in Turkey. I have used it because hours after the referendum in Turkey, people who voted No (Hayir) had already begun to compare the mood of resistance to the days of Gezi. I like the picture because it echoes the great Delacroix painting of 'Liberty Leading the People'.

Some people - right after the referendum victory for President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan - began to say that Turkey's democracy has now expired. RIP Turkey was the signal phrase. It is an erroneous sentiment. Half of the Turkish people - despite immense v

The Fall of Bill

Submitted by Vijay Prashad on Thu, 04/20/2017 - 20:18

 

'The Factor' Confronts Professor Over Bin Laden Comments

 

<The Fall of Bill> I had spent the evening with Lisa HajjarLaleh KhaliliSayres RudyPaul Amar andJillian Schwedler. We were chatting about this and that - mainly exciting topics like counter-insurgency, torture and love. I went home. I saw the news. Osama Bin Laden had been killed. The next morning, Bakari Kitwana asked me to do a podcast with him on the killing and its implications for international law. I then went on NPR and talked about how this operation was a dangerous precedent for other countries - such as India - which might undertake its own adventure. I also said it wou

Turkish Version of Cacerolazo

Submitted by Vijay Prashad on Thu, 04/20/2017 - 00:15

 

 

<Turkey> In The Hindu, thanks to Mini Kapoor, my short report on the Turkish referendum. My friends in Turkey were initially very upset with the result - dazed even. But then there was a recognition that this is hardly over. The new hashtag to represent that view is #HayirDahaBitmedi. Comparisons between the protests that broke out after the first results were announced and Gezi Park's struggle came immediately from those who were banging pots and pans. This was the Turkish version of the Latin American cacerolazo.

How silly are the articles with RIP Turkey as th

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