War in Syria

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

Submitted by admin on 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 Liby

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

R2P

Submitted by Vijay Prashad on Tue, 11/15/2016 - 04:58

 

 

<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 - a

Syria, Libya and the US Presidential Election

Submitted by admin on Fri, 10/28/2016 - 00:52

 

Trump-Clinton
Photo Lesley Clark

 

Dear Friends,

The US presidential season is almost over - it is like the end of a mini-series, a television show that has run out of steam. November 8 is the final episode. What comes next is anyone's guess? Wikileaks' surprises from John Podesta's emails about Hillary Clinton come at a furious pace, but so too do erratic things from Donald Trump. It is a mess. My most recent Frontline report is out this week, and it is on the death knell of this campaign. The report ends, like all such bluster, with a whimper, saying that Hillary Clinton 'is a reliable candidate. Ther

Syria, NAM and Israel

Submitted by admin on Wed, 09/14/2016 - 21:23

 

Tammam Azzam -- Bleeding Syria
Tammam Azzam -- Bleeding Syria

 

Dear Friends,

Forgive me for coming to you with so much to read. But so be it. Too many things happening in the world; too much to cover.

Syria.

The ceasefire in Syria is now slated to be extended for another forty-eight hours. Each time it is extended that is a relief for the people who are trapped by this war. No such ceasefire is in place for Yemen, which was bombed on Eid by Saudi war planes. Nonetheless, for Syria this is a brief respite. Aid is not able to get to besieged places as it should - according to the UN.

Just before the ceasefire deal was annou

Turkey & Syria

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

 

Zehra Dogan 01

 

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