Afghanistan

Afghanistan and the Media

Submitted by admin on Sat, 08/26/2017 - 05:37
The tribal chiefs of Paktia province

 

Dear Friends,

No end to the American war in Afghanistan. In fact, US President Donald Trump wants to extend the war - to send in more troops and to bomb the country into further reaches of oblivion.

When did this war begin? The contemporary phase was in October 2001, when US President George W. Bush refused to negotiate with the Taliban for the transfer of Osama Bin Laden and instead launched a massive attack across the country. The longer war began - perhaps - on 3 July 1979, when US President Jimmy Carter signed a directive to provide covert aid (money and arms) to the reactionary mujahid

Kerala and Afghanistan

Submitted by admin on Sat, 05/27/2017 - 19:53
Kerala

 

Dear Friends,

Two days ago, the Left Democratic Front (LDF) government in Kerala completed its first term in office. One of the highlights of its accomplishments has been the policy towards migrants workers. While there is a global attack on immigrants, in Kerala the Left has decided to push for more rights for mights - including health insurance. This is only one of many initiatives taken by the LDF to tackle the pressing needs of the people. By the way, the population of Kerala is about equal to that of Canada. Developments of a humane policy in such a large state should give pause to th

Turkey and the United States of America

Submitted by admin on Thu, 04/20/2017 - 21:57

 

Halka Yol Gösteren Özgürlük

 

Dear Friends,

The picture above is from the 2013 Gezi Park protests in Turkey. I have used it because hours after the referendum in Turkey, people who voted No (Hayir) had already begun to compare the mood of resistance to the days of Gezi. I like the picture because it echoes the great Delacroix painting of 'Liberty Leading the People'.

Some people - right after the referendum victory for President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan - began to say that Turkey's democracy has now expired. RIP Turkey was the signal phrase. It is an erroneous sentiment. Half of the Turkish people - despite immense v

Colombia, Afghanistan

Submitted by admin on Wed, 10/05/2016 - 22:25

 

Street art in Bogota
Street art in Bogota

 

Dear Friends,

The referendum in Colombia on the peace deal failed by a very narrow margin. My report - derivative of the mood in the country - appeared yesterday in The Hindu. The takeaway is in the last paragraph,

  • Gloom prevails across the country. If the vote had gone the other way, Colombia might have shown the world that even intractable civil wars can come to an end. It would have been a message to Syria and to the Congo, a message of the power of negotiation towards a new civic compact. But this did not come to pass. Even as President Santos and the FARC leader