Omar S. Dahi and Vijay Prashad have published a statement in support of Palestinian-Syrian intellectual and activist Salameh Kaileh. The statement is reproduced here. Original link for the published statement is found here.
The sudden removal of Bo Xilai from the post of secretary of the Communist Party of China in the Chongqing metropolis and his suspension from the CPC politburo and central committee points not just to a power struggle in the upper echelons of the party but also a rejection of the “Chongqing model” by the leadership. By itself, the Chongqing model was a redistributive, reformative programme that intended to address the failings of neo-liberalism, but its repression has united leftist opinion in favour of Bo Xilai. The article has been republished from the Economic and Political Weekly with the author's consent.
Is Bo Xilai's downfall from his post in Chongqing a blow to the "New Left" in China? Or is it merely a translucent shuffle of chairs in the Chinese communist party set up based on political intrigue, as the Western media has tried to portray the event? Srinivasan Ramani examines.
This early morning, I came across a news item that mentioned that Wikileaks had now a new smoking gun on its site - the entire tranche of close to 5 million emails exchanged between Stratfor employees internally and externally. Stratfor, is a "private intelligence" company which publishes intelligence information for public consumption ostensibly. But that it seems ..is only a public facade. This agency is more than that; it also uses the tactics adopted by traditional spooks to wheedle out information from paid (or otherwise) informants - in government and out of it - across the globe and have also acted as a some kind of a shady operator in the interests of the US covert agencies as well.
An appeal from women's organistions in support of the of the Indian couple in Norway whose two children have been forcibly taken away from them by the Norwegian Child Protection Services (CPS) in Stavanger.
Introduction: Iran is presently in centre of international controversy with Israel leading a strong campaign against it. As per the logic of Tel Aviv, nuclear programme of Iran pose an existential threat and it is ready to take all measures to ensure its survival. Similarly, Washington and the European Union are also up in arms and giving several reasons to justify sanctions against Iran.
Former diplomat and ambassador to various countries, M.K.Bhadrakumar speaks on the "Arab Spring" and what it has entailed, the geopolitics of the region and much much more in his keynote address at a seminar titled "THE ARAB SPRING: THE REGION AND INDIA" at Jamia Millia Islamia. Pragoti publishes the text of the speech below.
Pragoti republishes two articles on the "New Left" in Latin America. The first is an article published in The Marxist, written by Prof. Steve Ellner, Universidad de Oriente, Puerto La Cruz, Venezuela that describes the experiences of the socialist parties in Venezuela, Bolivia and Ecuador - their achievements, the challenges they face in building what they call, "21st century socialism" etc. The second is an article by Prof.
The response of the Left and progressives on the crisis in Syria has been somewhat obfuscating. On the one hand, the Syrian regime has taked an anti-imperialist stance over the years, opposed Israel's strong-arm tactics and has been more of a welfare State than many others. On the other, the Syrian people's uprising appears to be strong and voicing strong disenchantment with the regime. ABDUL RAHMAN argues out both sides of this complex situation.
Cuba's present government led by the Communist Party has embarked upon a series of economic, bureaucratic and political reforms in order to re-energise a faltering economy. Questions arise if these amount to making fundamental changes to its socialist system and from the looks of it, the answer is a mixture of yes and no.