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50 Años Como El Che

Submitted by admin on Mon, 10/09/2017 - 05:27
50 Años Como El Che

 

Dear Friends,

I am coming to you early this week because today is an important day - the 50th anniversary of the murder of Ernesto 'Che' Guevara in the little town of La Higuera, Bolivia. Near where Che was killed sits a statue, erected in 1997, which is said to be the shrine of Santo Ernesto, as the local townspeople call him (see below). The town has become a shrine not only to Che, but to the industry around Che - the cult of the martyr, the commodities to be sold. It would disgust Che. But then he would have to realize that for many people he stood for something. This celebration is no

Socialist Writing, Kurdish Futures

Submitted by admin on Thu, 10/05/2017 - 03:51
socialist writing workshops

 

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 admin 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

Syrian Wars and Colonial Bores

Submitted by admin on Thu, 09/21/2017 - 19:49
Barjani asked for the referendum

 

Dear Friends,

On September 25, 2017, the Iraqi Kurdish population will go to the polls for a referendum towards their independence from Iraq. The picture above - taken by Shama -  is of a pro-independence rally headlined by Masoud Barjani, the President of Iraqi Kurdistan. Some say that Barjani asked for the referendum to consolidate his own power rather than to consider the full meaning of this vote not only for the Iraqi Kurds, but for the Kurds in Iran, Syria and Turkey. Nonetheless, the referendum is on the table.

Last week, I talked to my contacts in the Turkish military, one of whom

Turkey & Syria

Submitted by admin on Wed, 08/24/2016 - 15:08

 

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Dear Friends,

Turkish armed forces have moved towards Jarabulus, ostensibly to take the Syrian town from the Islamic State. But - at the same time - the assault seems calculated to prevent the Syrian Kurdish forces from creating a statelet in northern Syria, what the Kurds calls Rojava. These Syrian Kurds in alliance with Arab and other fighters had - as the Syrian Democratic Forces - seized Manbij. This opened up the possibility to push for a contiguous Syrian Kurdish region.

No wonder that the Syrian Kurdish leader Saleh Moslem responded to the Turkish assault harshly, "Turkey is in