A blog post on the victory of Hugo Chavez in the recently held presidential elections in Venezuela. Photo courtesy, venezuelanalysis.com
Pragoti Editorial Team member Dhananjay Rai pays tributes to the great Marxist historian Eric Hobsbawm, who passed away recently.
The mineworkers employed at the Lonmin platinum mine in Rustenburg (South Africa) has returned to work on September 20. Their strike committee and the Lonmin management have signed an agreement of basic wage increases by 22 percent. This remarkable outcome has followed the strike for 36 days; and the tragic bloodbath which took the toll of 35 lives of mineworkers and six police personnel.
Ertugrul Ahmet Tonak (Professor of Economics, Istanbul Bilgi University) interviews Vijay Prashad (Professor of International Studies, Trinity College) about the Turkish edition of his book, Arab Spring, Libyan Winter (LeftWord, 2012): Arap Bahari, Libya Kisi (Yordam Kitap, 2012). The interview first appeared in Turkish in Birgün, a leftist daily newspaper.
Stanly Johny reviews Arab Spring, Libyan Winter for Pragoti.
What India should realistically do is to deepen its engagement with Iran, irrespective of the pressure coming from Western capitals. In that context, the Tehran summit is an opportunity for India to make its Iran line even stronger. Stanly Johny writes as the NAM summit in Tehran commences.
The successful culmination of a new Constitution in a republican Nepal was an imperative for the alternative to it would have been anarchy. But that Constitution without a meaningful agreement on state restructuring was fruitless.
An important component of all land reform programmes in history has been the award of legal land titles and in certain situation recognizing common use rights over land by communities. Over time, land titling programmes of various kinds has been propagated, including those like market-assisted land reforms, a model which has been gaining hegemony under the leadership of World Bank and with the rise in the dominance of neo-liberalism in policy circles across the globe.
"A conflict between students and the government over a tuition increase has exploded into social revolt. Montreal, Quebec’s metropolis, is covered in red squares, the symbol of the striking students, which can be seen pinned lapels, draped over balconies, or glued to windows and public signs. The students have helped break the perception that there is no alternative to neoliberalism and broke the establishment’s stranglehold on public discourse" says Lazar Konforti.
A quick reaction to the results of the Greece parliament elections where the Left won an unprecedented amount of support from an electorate tired with measures of austerity enacted by the traditional dominant right wing and centrist parties.