Teesta Setalvad

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

Solidarity With Teesta Setalvad

Submitted by Vijay Prashad on Mon, 09/25/2017 - 21:53
Teesta detained

[On Monday morning, Teesta Setalvad was detained in Varanasi. She was en route to a youth training camp organised by the Samajwadi Jan Parishad. She was to deliver a speech on Communalism and Education. Teesta went on FaceBook live to talk about what was happening. She was released at 7pm - told to leave the city immediately. She agreed to leave for Jaunpur]

 

 

Statement

 

Please read Teesta's memoir, published earlier this year.

Teesta's book

 

 

Beef Ban, Capitalist Crisis and the Rise of the Right

Submitted by admin on Sun, 06/04/2017 - 06:19
Beef ban

 

Dear Friends,

The Indian government - in pursuance of its attack on the diversity of Indian culture - has decided to push for a ban on beef eating. This has come after a vicious series of murders of cow herders and traders - from vulnerable communities - that have gone largely unpunished. The climate of intolerance is now established by this government order.

But the ban on beef has not gone unchallenged. Across the opposition landscape has come a strong criticism of this policy. In the lead have been left-wing students who have come onto the streets to cook and eat beef in a festive

Bush, Trump

Submitted by admin on Thu, 03/09/2017 - 23:05
George W. Bush

 

Dear Friends,

The misery of the Trump years suggests to sections of the population in the United States that a nostalgic look back at George W. Bush's tenure is perhaps appropriate. Bush has a new book out - paintings of veterans of his wars. He has been doing the talk show circuit, talking about his special friendship with Michelle Obama and his views on press freedom.

There is something surreal here. This is the man whose government pushed through the illegal war against Iraq. Last Sunday, Bush was asked about the war on Iraq on NBC's Today - 'I think it was the right decision', he said.

Trumpism

Submitted by admin on Thu, 03/02/2017 - 06:35

 

Dear Friends,

Trump gave his first speech to the joint houses of the Congress. It was a strange display. He defended his various executive orders with the statement that the United States should not become a 'sanctuary for extremists'. The only thing that came to my mind is this: it is already a sanctuary for extremists, with Steve Bannon and Trump himself leading the way.

In the current issue of Frontline, my Diary from Trumpland continues. This diary entry starts with an admission by a senior diplomat (still in office) who said that he'd prefer to watch re

#Iranaphobia and Trumpland

Submitted by admin on Thu, 01/19/2017 - 10:12
Rahim (Our House Is on Fire), Shirin Neshat 2013

 

Dear Friends,

Listening to the confirmation hearings of the team assembled by Donald Trump has been eye-opening. There is a Secretary of Education who believes that guns should be in classrooms in case the school is attacked by grizzly bears. There is a head of the Environmental Protection Agency who 'hasn't looked at the scientific research on the dangers of lead exposure to children'. And then there are the nominees who just want to bomb Iran. The leaders in that pack are Trump's national security team (Mattis, Flynn), but not far behind is his pick as US Ambassador the UN, my fellow