Rohingya

The Unforgettable Poor

Submitted by admin on Sat, 02/10/2018 - 13:37
Prashad with Abahali baseMjondolo (People of the Shacks) movement in Durban

 

 

Dear Friends,


In 1969, the Honduran poet Roberto Sosa published a book called Los Pobres. The title poem is haunting. It opens,

The poor are many
and so—
impossible to forget.

The poor are also impossible to forget because they lead their struggles for emancipation from the injustice of our social order.

Last week, I spent a little time with Abahali baseMjondolo (People of the Shacks) movement based in Durban (South Africa). They gave me a full sense of their philosophy of 'living politics'. It allowed me to better understand their movement, which I had read about thanks to the work of

Shithole World
'Rohingya refugees who arrived from Myanmar to Shah Porir Dwip the previous night, on a boat headed to Bhanga in Teknaf, Cox's Bazar'  Shahidul Alam
admin Mon, 01/15/2018 - 22:42

 

Dear Friends,

Shithole? That is what US President Donald Trump is said to have called certain countries of the three continents of Africa, Asia and Latin America. This is familiar language. Former US Secretary of State Henry Kissinger once called Bangladesh a 'basket case'.

It is well worth remembering that in 1757 Major General Robert Clive of the East India Company described Dhaka as 'as extensive, populous and rich as the city of London'. Before the Select Committee on East India (1840) Sir Charles Trevelyan said, 'The population of the town of Dacca has fallen from 150,000 to 30,000