Palestine

The Red Flag Flies from Atop the World

Submitted by admin on Wed, 12/13/2017 - 21:17
The Red Flag Flies from Nepal

 

Dear Friends,

In India, the all-important legislative election is being held for Gujarat. Results will appear sometime after December 18. Expectations are high that the BJP will be defeated, that this will put a dent on the ambitions of Narendra Modi and his coterie - including the diabolical Amit Shah.

I am editing a wonderful book for LeftWord Books called Strongmen, with essays by Eve Ensler on Donald Trump, Danish Husain on Narendra Modi, Burhan Sönmez on Recep Tayyip Erdoğan and Ninotchka Rosca on Rodrigo Duterte. This is going to be such a powerful book, brave writers putting their h

No, Mr. Trump. Jerusalem is Not Israel's Capital. Prince Turki al-Faisal of Saudi Arabia writes to US President Donald Trump
Jerusalem, December 2017
Vijay Prashad Sun, 12/10/2017 - 16:05

 

 

[Prince Turki al-Faisal of Saudi Arabia is not a liberal nor a radical. He is as conservative as you get - having served between 1977 and 2001 as the director general of Saudi Arabia's intelligence agency (al-Mukhabarat al-a'amah). He has also been Saudi Arabia's ambassador to the United Kingdom and the United States. This is a letter that he has written to US President Donald Trump regarding Trump's pledge to move the US embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem. It is worth considering that this establishment figure in Saudi Arabia has put his marker down on the table. Let there be no illusio

Yemen, Iran, Books

Submitted by admin on Thu, 08/03/2017 - 12:30

 

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

Unemployment, Social Contract, Modi in Israel

Submitted by admin on Fri, 07/07/2017 - 23:48
Antonio Berni

 

Dear Friends,

Traveling from one side of the Mediterranean Sea back to the other - from Spain to Morocco and back - provides a vivid appreciation of the way the histories of these countries are intertwined. Not merely during the time of the Nasrid sultans of Andalusia, but also during the Spanish occupation of Morocco and during the military coup led by Franco in 1936 that began in Spanish occupied Morocco and came northward to inaugurate the Spanish Civil War. Even so now, when unemployment racks both sides of the sea - from Barcelona to Fez. That is the heart of the story which I am shar

When Israeli Fighter Jets Almost Killed Jawaharlal Nehru
Nehru at the American University of Beirut 1960
Vijay Prashad Sun, 05/14/2017 - 15:30

 

May 15th is Nakba Day, the Day of Catastrophe for the Palestinians. In 1948, that was the date when the Israeli State began to emerge and three quarters of a million Palestinians were ejected from their land. The term Nakba was coined by the Syrian historian Constantine Zurayk, who was the Acting President of the American University of Beirut (Lebanon) in 1952.

Part of the expelled Palestinian nation had fled to Gaza, where - from the first - they lived in refugee camps under the care of the fledgling United Nations. War between Israel and Egypt across Gaza drew a UN response in 1956, when

The Final Administration, Palestinian Hunger Strike, Frida in a Sari

Submitted by admin on Thu, 05/11/2017 - 06:25
My intifada profile

 

Dear Friends,

I wrote a little blog post on the delightful picture - from 1947 - of the Mexican artist Frida Kahlo with Nayantara Sahgal and Rita Dar, the daughters of Vijayalakshmi Pandit, thanks to Nayantara, which you can read here.

Nayantara has an important essay in Githa Hariharan's LeftWord Books collection From India to Palestine: Essays in Solidarity (2015). I had that book nearby when I was putting together my report on the hunger strike in Palestine, now entering its 24th day. It is a strike that has received almost no serious coverage, little concern for the strikers and even

Standing Up for Activist Linda Sarsour, Resistance Hero

Submitted by Vijay Prashad on Sat, 04/29/2017 - 13:22
Linda Sarsour

 

<Linda Sarsour> What Linda means to us and the hateful attacks on her. That's the question of my report in AlterNet, thanks to Jan Frel. It responds to the nasty essay by Dov Hikind in the New York Daily News. You can read my report here: http://www.alternet.org/world/linda-sarsour-resistance-hero.

Thanks to MaxAkiva Eldar and Elisabeth Bumiller for their stories on Hikind, and to Linda for spending time talking to me and letting me shadow her. Thanks to Monte Belmonte and Bill Newman for having us on WHMP, to Lisa Armstrong for Linda's the visit to Smith College and Laura Briggs for her

Palestine, Trump

Submitted by admin on Thu, 04/27/2017 - 04:39
Marwan Barghouti
Photo SP July 16, 2011 (CC BY-NC-ND 2.0)

 

Dear Friends,

Ten days have passed since roughly 1500 Palestinian political prisoners went on hunger strike. There has been little coverage of the condition of the prisoners and almost none of the strike itself. This Freedom and Dignity Hunger Strike is the largest one yet, and it has received the support of the entirely of the Palestinian polity and of society.

At Alternet today, I have a report on the strike which relies on the dogged work of Addameer Prisoner Support and Human Rights Association based in Palestine and of Madalena Mughrabi of Amnes

Palestinian Prisoners' Day

Submitted by Vijay Prashad on Mon, 04/17/2017 - 22:52
Rehearsing Freedom: The Story of a Theatre in Palestine

 

<Palestine> Today is Palestinian Prisoners' Day. Across Israel's gulag, Palestinian prisoners have begun a hunger strike. Every political party - from the Palestinian People's Party (the former Communist Party) to Hamas - are behind the strike. The strike is known as Freedom and Dignity, touchstones of the human imagination.

The Prisoners' demands are:

1. Install a public telephone for Palestinian detainees in all prisons and sections in order to communicate with their families.

2. Visits:

  • Resume the second monthly visits for Palestinian prisoners that were halted by the International C

Violence, Syria, Money

Submitted by admin on Thu, 03/30/2017 - 16:57

 

Dear Friends,

At Jadaliyya, which is such a fine website, I have an essay on how we understand violence in our times. It is an essay that - in many ways - brings together some of my concerns over the years, of how to write about acts of violence, how media writes about acts of atrocity, how there is a great difference in the treatment of violence done by the 'West' and by the 'East' and so on. This is an essay I neither planned to write nor enjoyed writing. There is something painful in following the lead of two of my gurus in these matters - the Martiniquan po