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.
In this article, the second of two articles on the 'Occupy Wall Street' protest in New York, by VIJAY PRASHAD explains why the protests are significant and the need to challenge the class-power equations of finance capital. Both articles were published in Counterpunch, a bi-weekly political newsletter. (Image Courtesy: The Atlantic)
Below is Article Two: The Philosophy Behind 'Occupy Wall Street'
The 'Occupy Wall Street' protest in New York are intensifying, and have now spread to states across the United States. A spontaneous protest against corporate greed, financial 'fat cats' being constantly fed sops and withdrawal of the State from the social sector, these protests are significant. However, mainstream media coverage of the protest has been muted and limited to reports of arrests, and worse, portraying the protestors as rebels without a cause.
PRAGOTI features two articles by VIJAY PRASHAD on the protests, a commentary on why these protests are important and media biases in reporting on the event, These articles were published in Counterpunch, a bi-weekly political newsletter. Below is Article One: De-colonise Wall Street
With millions demanding the ouster of President Mubarak in Egypt, the US has to ensure that the two pillars of U. S. foreign policy remains intact. If they fall, then the U. S. will lose the Middle East in the same way as it has substantially lost South America. These defeats and retreats portend the collapse of U. S. hegemony.
Eminent Marxist Vijay Prashad addresses a plenary session of the American Studies Association Presidential Panel and discusses the relevance of Marxism in "these times". Article courtesy, Counterpunch Magazine.
Vijay Prashad provides a succinct exposition of the role of "Guerilla warfare" in Latin America today, in the context of the success of the Bolivarian project in the continent. Article courtesy Counterpunch and Students' Struggle.
Vijay Prashad comments on the reactions to the Fort Hood massacre in the US, where more than a dozen people were shot dead by a US military man.
Here the past and future
Are conquered, and reconciled.
– T. S. Eliot, Four Quartets.
Iran’s social contradictions have once more erupted into conflict. It does not help for us to wave the flag of intervention, or even to throw our support between one or the other camp in this current situation. The best solidarity from afar is to be analytical, not emotional about what is occurring. Things are easier in the case of the Honduras, where the Generals are not only trained by the U. S. at Fort Benning but where it seems plain that the U. S. State Department might bank on this coup to send a message against Bolivarianism across Central and South America. Here we have a clear role, to demand an end to interference in Central America and an end to the School of the Americas. Writes Viijay Prashad.
As part of the ongoing series on the post election scenario , Pragoti reproduces an article written by Prof Vijay Prashad originally published in Counterpunch. Vijay Prashad is the George and Martha Kellner Chair of South Asian History and Director of International Studies at Trinity College, Hartford, CT His new book is The Darker Nations: A People's History of the Third World, New York: The New Press, 2007. He can be reached at:email@example.com