India and Afghanistan are now strategic partners and it is a welcome move but there are critical issues for consideration, before declaring it a diplomatic victory. This strategic partnership was envisaged in past but never brought on table contemplating the strong opposition of Pakistan. The signing of strategic partnership divulges that present Kabul establishment is completely frustrated with Pakistan.
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
A Report on the Occupy Wall Street movement.
Finally the American public has woken up to the global call for revolution. Right now, there are more than 9000 Americans gathered at the Wall Street with one common agenda “Occupy Wall Street”. Inspired by the massive public protests in Cairo's Tahrir Square and Madrid's Puerta del Sol Square, thousands have slept outside Wall Street for the past two nights starting from 17th September. One of the protestors says “This system of permanent growth is neither sustainable nor reasonable. This system is about to collapse on its own way. We are here to make it happen a little bit faster.”
Karl Marx did not know what we know: he did not know that he was Karl Marx. Had this knowledge been available to him, it would have consoled him during the many moments when he wondered whether his life's work would matter to anyone, whether the sacrifices he and his family endured in the process of constructing the edifice of his thought would ultimately be justified by his role in history. Below we present a review of the book titled 'Love and Capital: Karl and Jenny Marx and the Birth of a revolution ' by Troy Jollimore.
The Nepali polity united in the republican cause against the monarchy. They have to unite again for a Constitutional cause against anarchy. This is an edited transcript of a public talk I gave at the South Asian University, New Delhi recently.
A few observations on the recent violent social unrest in the UK.
The National Committee to Protect Oil, Gas, Mineral Resources, Power and Ports, under the leadership of Communist Party of Bangladesh, are fighting a heroic struggle against government’s signing of a production sharing contract with American oil company, Conocophillips. The National Committee enforced a successful half day hartal on Sunday, which held the entire country standstill. The Government came down heavily on the protestors.
Kourosh Ziabari interviews Vijay Prashad about the "Arab Spring" that is underway in West Asia and North Africa.
Blog post on the latest developments in Nepal where yet another extension to the Constituent Assembly has been agreed upon. The post also comments on the Indian role in Nepali political matters during the CA period.