The anti-people character of the neoliberal regime and the bankruptcy of its free market ideology are getting thoroughly exposed with the deepening economic crisis and the irrational, vested-interest-driven actions of the bourgeois governments. With the weakening hegemony of neoliberal ideas, debates over alternatives to globalised capitalism are emerging, along with a revival of interest in Marxism and socialist ideas across the world. Attempts are also underway to better understand and analyze the contemporary world from a Marxist standpoint.
Stanly Johny reviews Vijay Prashad's book, "Arab Spring, Libyan Winter".
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 2011 the Nobel Prize in Economics has been given to two macroeconomists Thomas Sargent and Christopher Sims. At the juncture of deep economic crisis worldwide; particularly in North America and Europe what is the contemporary relevance of Sargent and Sims’ ‘seminal work’ in 1970s? Does the Nobel Committee try to prove any point regarding the burning issues centering global economic crisis? To get an answer we have to analyze the Nobel in Economics from its historical perspective.
In the backdrop of the economic crisis which continues unabated in the US and Europe, interest in the work of Karl Marx is witnessing a revival. The three volumes of Capital is Marx’s masterpiece, which contains his political economy critique of capitalism. In order to make sense of what is happening to capitalism today, it is worthwhile to revisit and engage with the issues raised by Capital.
On a television channel on counting day, the panellists discussing the assembly election results were asked to offer advice to the Left, which had lost both the large states it ruled, one of them quite massively, on how it should reform itself for a future resurrection. The overwhelming opinion among them was that it should forget Lenin, and, as the anchor explicated, become ‘social democratic’. The Left I suppose should be obliged to the panellists for being so concerned about its future; the question is: should it follow their advice and become ‘social democratic’?
Acres of news space has been devoted to the finding and the ultimate killing of wanted fugitive and global terrorist, Osama Bin Laden in Abbottabad in Pakistan. Everywhere the same question is being asked - how did the Pakistan security apparatus manage to keep the most wanted terrorist in safe haven in an area close to its capital hoodwinking seekers from the United States for nearly a decade. But the more important question seems to be seldom asked - what on earth was the Pakistan security establishment's calculus in providing safe haven at all to the likes of Osama Bin Laden?
A blog on the dynamics and motives of imperialism in the Libyan war of 2011 by pragoti editorial member, Maidul islam.
In the wake of the latest wikileaks' cables release in The Hindu, Manmohan Singh has no more moral right to continue as the country's prime minister and so do the rest of the pack of thieves masquerading as cabinet ministers and political leaders in the Congress and the UPA.
Pragoti publishes the report of the recent Arab solidarity meeting organised by SFI-DYFI in Mumbai.