On the Ruins of the Present: Imperialism Today

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<Dhaka> Tomorrow, January 11, I'll be giving a lecture - On the Ruins of the Present: Imperialism Today - in Dhaka, Bangladesh. Thanks to Shahidul Alam, the crack photographer, for asking me to give the Golam Kasem Lecture 2018 (Golam Kasem, known as Daddy, was a pioneer photographer of Bangladesh - on whom, see Shahidul's essay: http://www.shahidulnews.com/when-the-mind-says-yes.). The photo is by Golam Kasem.
 

 

Programme:

6:00 pm Welcome Address 
Shahidul Alam, Managing Director, Drik

6:10 pm 7th Golam Kasem Daddy Lecture 
Vijay Prashad
‘The Ruins of the Present: Imperialism Today’

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Welcome to 2018

Submitted by admin on Wed, 01/03/2018 - 22:14
Massive Protests Erupt in Iran

 

Dear Friends,

Welcome to 2018. It promises to be a year of protest and unrest.

It begins in Iran. These are little understood protests. It says a great deal about the impoverishment of the use of a class analysis in the corporate media that it would like, therefore, to link these protests to the Green Movement of 2009. Those are utterly different - different classes and different horizons. Indeed, the standard bearer of their reformism is now in power in the government and the more radical elements of the Green Movement have been long made marginal.

In Alternet today, I have a brief report

2017: the year of refugees

Submitted by admin on Thu, 12/28/2017 - 22:48
Brazilian photographer Sebastião Salgado in the Korem Refugee Camp in Korem, Tigray, Ethiopia

 

Dear Friends,

The picture above could have been taken yesterday. Instead it was taken in 1984 by the great Brazilian photographer Sebastião Salgado in the Korem Refugee Camp in Korem, Tigray, Ethiopia. It is a picture that has long haunted me. It seems the quintessential image of refugees in the Sahel region of Africa.

2017, like 2016 before it, seems to me to have been the Year of the Refugee. The UN Refugee Agency now says that the total registered displaced people amount to over 65 million. There are others who are not registered and outside the UN system. The number of those registered

Left Wing: Lula and the MST inaugurate a football field in honour of Sócrates Brasileiro

Submitted by Vijay Prashad on Sun, 12/24/2017 - 08:19
Lula and the MST at the ENFF
Lula and the MST at the ENFF

 

On Saturday, the Movimento dos Trabalhadores Sem Terra (MST) or the Landless Workers' Movement of Brazil inaugurated a new football field at its Florestan Fernandes National School (ENFF) in Guararema, 80 km from São Paulo. There is no better way to inaugurate a football field than to hold a football match. That is what the MST did. One of the players was former Brazilian President Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva, who governed the country between 2003 and 2010. The field was named after the Brazilian football player and doctor Sócrates.

 

The field at the ENFF is named after Sócrates
The field at the ENFF is

History's Good and Bad Side - from Jerusalem to Theog

Submitted by admin on Thu, 12/21/2017 - 22:51
kerala

 

Dear Friends,

The girl in the picture is Amal. Ten days or so ago, I signed a letter with a hundred other artists and writers to Donald Trump against his decision to move the US embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem. The letter carried this picture. Amal saw this picture. She wrote us letter, which I posted on my blog. I recommend it. Amal, like 'Ahd Tamimi (age 17 from Nabi Saleh in Palestine's West Bank) and Fawzi Al-Junaidi (age 14 from Hebron) are the new frontline fighters for justice for the Palestinian people. There will be no end to this resistance. As the UN put it in 1960, the

Palestinian Girl in the Picture Writes to the Artists and Writers Who Wrote to Trump: her spirit is irresistible

Submitted by Vijay Prashad on Sun, 12/17/2017 - 19:17
Amal

 

 

A week ago or so, I signed a letter in response to Donald Trump's abominable statement on Jerusalem. It was a note that was published in The Guardian and it was signed by about a hundred artists and writers. The text is short,

The Guardian reports (10th December) President Macron’s comment that recent US moves on the status of Jerusalem are a threat to peace. They are much more than that.

In recognising Jerusalem as Israel’s capital, Donald Trump seeks to achieve through a declaration what Israel has been trying to do for fifty years through force of arms: to erase Palestinians, as a

Eviction of Residents of Hugo Chávez Camp in Pará, Brazil

Submitted by Vijay Prashad on Fri, 12/15/2017 - 07:17
Residents watch their camp being burned

 

On Thursday the 14th of December, in the rain and cold, the Brazilian armed forces - the Special Missions Command (CME) - arrived at the Hugo Chávez Camp in Pará, Brazil. This camp was set up by the Movement of Landless Workers (MST). Ten days before Christmas, the CME troops forcibly evicted the 300 residents of the camp.

 

Brazilian troops evict 300 families from the Hugo Chávez Camp
Brazilian troops evict 300 families from the Hugo Chávez Camp

 

Brazilian troops evict 300 families from the Hugo Chavez Camp

 

The families have no-where to go. Their children are unable to finish the school year - their school, within the camp, has been destroyed.

Solidarity with the Landless Workers' Movement (MST) in Brazil and the Occupants of the Hugo Chavez Camp

Submitted by Vijay Prashad on Thu, 12/14/2017 - 08:45
Entrance to the Hugo Chavez camp

 

 

A day ago, this message of urgency arrived from the Landless Workers' Movement (MST) in Brazil:

Dear comrades

An aggressive attack is being waged against MST landless peasants in the northern state of Pará, Brazil. 

Large-scale landowners along with local judicial authorities, mainstream media and the Brazilian military police are targeting MST camps throughout the country.

2.000 peasant families living in 20 camps located in the northern State of Pará are under the risk of being violently evicted until the end of the year

On Monday (11) gunman attacked the Hugo Chavez camp. Seven heav

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

Artists' Letter on Trump and Jerusalem

Submitted by Vijay Prashad on Tue, 12/12/2017 - 08:40
Palestinians hold a poster of Donald Trump during a protest outside the Damascus Gate

 

 

[I signed a letter that condemns Trump's statement on Jerusalem. This was signed by over a hundred artists from across the world]

 

The Guardian reports (10th December) President Macron’s comment that recent US moves on the status of Jerusalem are a threat to peace. They are much more than that.

In recognising Jerusalem as Israel’s capital, Donald Trump seeks to achieve through a declaration what Israel has been trying to do for fifty years through force of arms: to erase Palestinians, as a political and cultural presence, from the life of their own city.

The Palestinian people of