Presidency of Donald Trump

Trump, Turkey, Nakba

Submitted by admin on Wed, 05/17/2017 - 08:46
 Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan arrived to protests outside the Turkish embassy in DC.

 

Dear Friends,

Today, in Washington, DC, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan arrived to protests outside the Turkish embassy. This is to be expected. There is a great deal to voice outrage about - the purges that are ongoing and the suppression of the Turkish southeast. The size of the protest was modest - two dozen people. Erdoğan's supporters - and perhaps Turkish security guards - attacked these protestors. A Facebook video showed them bloodied.

In today's Alternet, I have a report to coincide with Erdoğan's arrival in Washington. The report covers the Turkish purges and the war in Tu

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

Submitted by admin on Thu, 05/11/2017 - 12:25
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

Palestine, Trump

Submitted by admin on Thu, 04/27/2017 - 00:39

 

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 Am

Bomb Syria?

Submitted by admin on Thu, 04/06/2017 - 07:52

 

 

Dear Friends,

My apologizes for coming to you twice in a week.

Yesterday, in the UN Security Council, US Ambassador Nikki Haley made a presentation about the terrible gas attack in Syria which killed almost sixty people. She insinuated that the culprit is the government in Damascus and she suggested - tepidly - that the US might consider some kind of military action against the government.

This came alongside her own statement that the author of this terrible strike is not yet precisely known.

At Alternet, I have an essay which goes over the question of how

The Dogs of War

Submitted by admin on Tue, 04/04/2017 - 17:17
50th anniversary of Dr. Martin Luther King's monumental speech delivered at New York's Riverside Church: Vietnam, A Time to Break the Silence
Photo John C. Goodwin

 

Dear Friends,

Today - 4 April - is the 50th anniversary of Dr. Martin Luther King's monumental speech delivered at New York's Riverside Church: Vietnam, A Time to Break the Silence.

When I first encountered this speech years ago I was struck by Dr. King's compassionate anger and his great honesty. This was a speech that channeled Frantz Fanon's The Wretched of the Earth (1961), and of course the Third World upsurge which Dr. King mentions in the speech. He was influenced by his journey to Ghana in 1957 and to India in 1959 and by many of the internationalists who surro

Pursuing Justice, Building Peace: Growing the Resistance

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Massachusetts Peace Action 2017 Annual Meeting

In his first few weeks in in office Donald Trump has appointed a reactionary cabinet stocked with generals and billionaires; pushed for more pipelines; and attacked immigrants and refugees.  

Keynote Address by Vijay Prashad:
Trump’s Foreign Policy and the American Empire in Decline

 

Beyond Vietnam: 50th Anniversary

 

Bush, Trump

Submitted by admin on Thu, 03/09/2017 - 18:05

 

Bush 43

 

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

Trumpism

Submitted by admin on Thu, 03/02/2017 - 01:35

 

 

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

Foreign Policy of Cruel Populism

Submitted by admin on Wed, 02/22/2017 - 22:33

 

Khatyn Memorial, Belarus
Khaytyn Memorial, Belarus by John Oldale (CC BY-SA 3.0)

 

Dear Friends,

Mocking Donald Trump comes easily. He provides sufficient fodder each and every day. Trump is vulnerable to such mockery. He dislikes being mocked more than anything else. A voracious consumer of the media, Trump studies how he is covered with great care. His advisor - Steve Bannon - calls the media the 'official opposition'. It is what they have trained their gunsights against.

These are dangerous men. The 'humanitarian interventionists' and the 'neoconservatives' gathered around Hillary Clinton, eager to use American

Trump, Tima Kurdi

Submitted by admin on Fri, 02/17/2017 - 01:24

Abduct Me

 

Dear Friends,

News from Trumpland is out of date before it is written. Reporters struggle to keep up with events, which slip off and are impossible to digest. One minute it is Betsy DeVos and some idiocy at the Department of Education, but before you can focus on that - it is off to the races with former National Security Advisor Michael Flynn and his phone calls with the Russian ambassador.

And then there are the Trump press conferences. Thursday's brava performance by Trump will take a great deal to surpass. His attack on CNN's Jim Acosta was something to behold. Trump's tirade ends wi