Presidency of Donald Trump

Contradictions: Fascism, Hurricanes, Wars

Submitted by admin on Thu, 10/12/2017 - 23:44
Demonstration in Delhi by Sudhanva

 

Dear Friends,

This week, in Kerala and in other parts of India, the Left went out on the streets to fend off a challenge from the fascistic forces - led by the RSS. The Hindu Right's government in Delhi attempted to create mischief in Left-led Kerala, but it was held back by the mobilization of the people. The Left, in this state of 34 million people, built a wall against hatred and intolerance. The picture above, which I love for a million and a half reasons, is taken by Sudhanva (the Managing Editor of LeftWord Books) and is from the demonstration in Delhi.

At Alternet, I have a short re

50 Años Como El Che

Submitted by admin on Mon, 10/09/2017 - 05:27
50 Años Como El Che

 

Dear Friends,

I am coming to you early this week because today is an important day - the 50th anniversary of the murder of Ernesto 'Che' Guevara in the little town of La Higuera, Bolivia. Near where Che was killed sits a statue, erected in 1997, which is said to be the shrine of Santo Ernesto, as the local townspeople call him (see below). The town has become a shrine not only to Che, but to the industry around Che - the cult of the martyr, the commodities to be sold. It would disgust Che. But then he would have to realize that for many people he stood for something. This celebration is no

Strikes, Wars, Floods

Submitted by admin on Sat, 09/16/2017 - 13:43
Sikar

 

Dear Friends,

The picture above is from Sikar, Rajasthan (India). The farmers of the state, organized by the All-India Kisan Sabha, have fought a tough battle against the BJP-ruled government. They wanted the government to implement a set of recommendations from a government commission on the agrarian crisis. The demands, as I note in this blog post here, are basic - humane and uncontroversial if we lived in a different kind of system.

But, of course, we don't live in a different kind of system. We live where we live, in these times of peculiarly harsh intensity. Facts are brutal these day

Unemployment, Social Contract, Modi in Israel

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

Refugees, Titans

Submitted by admin on Fri, 06/30/2017 - 15:47
Yasmine Hadni

 

Dear Friends,

The United Nations' refugee agency - UNHCR - has offered a stark number: that the world's refugees now number close to 66 million. That makes refugees the 21st largest country in the world. A study shows that by 2020, it is likely that the refugee population will be at 2 billion. This is not an alarmist figure. It is one that should be taken very seriously.

My report at Alternet this week is on the ongoing refugee crisis, with stories from the Sahara, but also on the failed project of dealing with refugees through the lens of 'security' and not 'humanity'. It quotes from the

The Final Administration

Submitted by admin on Fri, 06/23/2017 - 17:37
Sagrada Familia

 

Dear Friends,

The image above is from Gaudi's spectacular Sagrada Familia in Barcelona. Jesus says to Judas, 'you have also betrayed me'. But he turns a bit too far and looks at us - those who enter the church - rather than Judas. This is a sculpture of complicity as much as betrayal. It reminds us of the dangers of silence when dangerous noises threaten our world.

This week, at Alternet, I have an essay on the Trump administration as The Final Administration. The worry here is the great disregard by this government to two of the gravest threats to the planet's longevity - climate catastr

Qatar, Saudi, Trump

Submitted by admin on Thu, 06/08/2017 - 07:44
Demonstration in Istanbul in solidarity with Qatar

 

Dear Friends,

In Turkey last night there was a demonstration in Istanbul in solidarity with Qatar. The Turkish parliament voted to hasten deployment of thousands of its troops to the emirate. Meanwhile, Iraqi forces have moved to the Saudi border. Iran has pledged to supply Qatar with food and water, while Qatar Airlines flights have diverted their routes through Iranian and Turkish air-space.

The Saudi-Emirati drive against Qatar is not new and nor should it come as a surprise. Nor should the Turkish push to protect its ally - both patrons of the Muslim Brotherhood.

At Alternet, I have a

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