War in Syria

Israel's Apartheid, Syria's Wars

Submitted by admin on Wed, 03/15/2017 - 19:59

Occupied West Bank - Najeh Hashlamoun

 

Dear Friends,

Yesterday - on March 15 - in Beirut, the UN's Economic and Social Commission for Western Asia (ESCWA) released a landmark report entitled Israeli Practices towards the Palestinian People and the Question of Apartheid. What is most stunning about this report is that it very carefully lays out the case that Israel's policy towards the Palestinian people - whether inside Israel, in the Occupied Territory or in exile - is a form of apartheid. This is a sharp report that needs to be closely studied.

In today's The Hindu, I have a report - entitled 'Crimes of Apartheid' - based o

Trump, Tima Kurdi

Submitted by admin on Fri, 02/17/2017 - 01:24

Abduct Me

 

Dear Friends,

News from Trumpland is out of date before it is written. Reporters struggle to keep up with events, which slip off and are impossible to digest. One minute it is Betsy DeVos and some idiocy at the Department of Education, but before you can focus on that - it is off to the races with former National Security Advisor Michael Flynn and his phone calls with the Russian ambassador.

And then there are the Trump press conferences. Thursday's brava performance by Trump will take a great deal to surpass. His attack on CNN's Jim Acosta was something to behold. Trump's tirade ends wi

Syria, Trumpland

Submitted by admin on Thu, 02/02/2017 - 00:54

 Deir Ezzor

 

Dear Friends,

In this week's report at Alternet, I try to make some sense of the rapid developments in the war in Syria. There is the creation of a new al-Qaeda front, where there are indications that the armed extremists who wish to prolong the war have gathered. There is also more bad news from the city of Deir Ezzor (pictured above): under siege for two years by ISIS, the water has been cut off almost entirely and food drops from the Syrian government and the UN's World Food Program have been sporadic. The situation is dire here. But given the nature of news and propaganda, there is b

Trumpland and Syria

Submitted by admin on Thu, 01/26/2017 - 22:21

New York State's rust belt by Daniel Barter and Daniel Marbaix

 

Dear Friends,

Remarkable events during the first few days of Donald Trump's administration, with his use of presidential power stretched to its constitutional limit. Incredible range of executive orders, many of them based on promises he made on the campaign trail. If nothing else, Trump has kept his promises. Or perhaps it is better to say that he has kept his promises in a theatrical way with little sign that any of these policies will provide the kind of relief that his voters sought.

For instance, on the question of the US withdrawal from the Trans-Pacific Partnership. At Alternet, I

Bangladesh, Syria, Om Puri

Submitted by admin on Fri, 01/13/2017 - 03:49

Coal Power Plant Will Destroy The Sundarbans

 

Dear Friends,


Yesterday there was a strange press conference with US President Elect Trump labeling some news organisations as 'fake news'. It is interesting to see political leaders pick and choose which news organisations they would like to tolerate and which they would not. There is a great similarity in mood here between Trump, India's Narendra Modi and Turkey Recep Tayyip Erdogan. Add in place a host of other leaders who have made it their mission to silence journalism either through direct state intimidation or through allowance of their goon squads to pulverise free speech. Eithe

Assassination, no. 2

Submitted by Vijay Prashad on Tue, 12/20/2016 - 12:45

Assassination, no. 2

 

<Assassination, no. 2> The tripartite meeting between Russia, Turkey and Iran is ongoing in Moscow. The basic sentiment is that they are agreed to find a resolution to the Syrian crisis. This is significant because it brings the Turkish government out of its regime change position on Syria. The meeting comes a day after the Russian ambassador Karlov was assassinated in Turkey. Turkish Foreign Minister, Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu, says that the street on which the ambassador was killed will be named after him. This is a sign of good faith. Turkey and Russia will jointly investigate the killing.

A f

Algerian lessons for the Syrian War

Submitted by admin on Thu, 12/15/2016 - 06:30

Aleppo December 2016

 

Been in Algeria as news comes from Aleppo. Can't verify the flood of contradictory stories coming from that great city. I decided, therefore, to provide a small snapshot of opinions from the Algerian experience.

Here is my report, www.alternet.org/world/what-algerias-black-war-can-teach-us-about-syrian-crisis.

The picture above, from Syria, says: when this war ends, I'll finish my poem.

Warmly,
Vijay.

 

Libya and Fidel admin Thu, 12/08/2016 - 00:16

Libya Is Spiraling into Bloodshed and Disaster

 

Dear Friends,

When Genghis Khan rode across Eurasia, he announced - 'All cities must be razed'. The Mongols preferred the open land. They hated cities. So did the ancient Vedic people - Indra's other name was Purandara, the destroyer of cities.

This week the battles over Aleppo (Syria) and Sirte (Libya) are substantially over. But in taking these cities, they have also been razed. So too was Kobané (Syria) and so will be Mosul (Iraq).

My column this week at Alternet is on Libya, where not only has Sirte been taken from ISIS, but ISIS has slipped the net and spread across the vast Libyan

Castro & Syria

Submitted by admin on Wed, 11/30/2016 - 22:58

Fidel at LeftWord Books

 

Dear Friends,

The death of Fidel Castro was not unexpected. He died at 90, even as he had faced hundreds of assassination attempts by the CIA and its associates. In The Hindu, I wrote an appreciation of Fidel's role as the voice of the Third World. It drew from my memories of hearing him speak at the 1983 Non-Aligned Movement meeting in New Delhi and the 2001 World Conference Against Racism. 'Castro, for the Third World', I wrote, 'was not merely another leader. He was the mirror of its aspirations. That mirror is now shattered'. You can read the short essay here. A longer discussion of

R2P Vijay Prashad Tue, 11/15/2016 - 04:58

The Responsibility to Protect - R2P

<R2P> A month ago, I visited Penn State, thanks to Sophia McClennen. The topic on the table was the Responsibility to Protect (R2P) doctrine, which was the fig leaf for the West's attempt to give ideological cover for its wars after the Iraq debacle. The talk goes over the terrain of R2P, but falls heavily on Libya and Syria. You can listen to the talk here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1MiYazFZYpI.

Before the talk, I spoke to two very smart undergraduate students, who had read my book - The Death of the Nation and the Future of the Arab Revolution - and asked me pointed questions. The i