Sonal Shah's Membership Has Expired, writes Vijay Prashad in a follow up to his article on Shah and her past associations with the Hindu Right earlier. Sonal Shah, for those not in the know, serves on the advisory board for president-elect Barack Obama's presidential transition team.The earlier article can be found here.
The mainstream media is all hype about the appointment of Sonal Shah in Barack Obama's transition team. Vijay Prashad raises the questions around her link to the role of the 'Vedic Taliban' i.e. The Sangh Parivar.
''From Euro-Land came another suggestion, that the powers convene a New Bretton Woods. A spat broke out between Paris and London, as Sarkozy and Brown debated who had first called for such a conference.''
Vijay Prashad writes in Counterpunch on the call by apostles of wealth today for a New Bretton-Woods Conference.
The United States Africa Command (USAFRICOM or AFRICOM) is a Unified Combatant Command of the United States Department of Defense that is responsible for U.S. military operations in and military relations with 53 African nations - an area of responsibility covering all of Africa except Egypt. This organisation is now operational in these countries. Two articles, one by Frida Berrigan (courtesy ZNET) and the other by Vijay Prashad (courtesy: Counterpunch) point out to how this organisation only serves American strategic interests (read imperial interests) in this region; amounting to destabilise it further. Ed: The articles are analytical pieces and are a tad dated; but are still relevant as Africom became operational recently
Che embodied energy, and it is this that was seized upon by young people who made him an icon, and it is what sustains his special attachment in the hearts of the young. Youth sees in this forever youthful revolutionary the spark that sustains them in unsettled times.
Che was indeed an extraordinary symbol of the panache and determination, of the intellect and dexterity of the Cuban Revolution: but his extraordinariness was not at the expense of his own basic humanity. If he is portrayed without his warts and without his capacity for self-criticism then he is raised to too high a standard for the rest of us mortals.
Vijay Prashad reviews Spain Rodriguez' graphic biography, Che (Verso, 2008).
Vijay Prashad addresses a western audience and explains the work of the Left Front in India over the past years vis-a-vis carving a space in the mainstream polity, addressing and articulating peoples' issues, the Nuclear Deal issue and the changed political situation since 2004. Article courtesy: Counterpunch magazine.
Concluding part of the four part series on Lenin's writings in 1917.
Part 3 of a four part series on Lenin's writings in 1917.
Second part of a four part series on Lenin's writings in 1917.
First of a four part series on Lenin's writings