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?
With the ouster of the Mubarak regime in Egypt, it is necessary to explore the longstanding internal as well as external processes that led to it in one of the most 'stable' states in West Asian and North African region. Ahmad Shokr, doctoral candidate at New York University, provides a context to the 'Egyptian uprising' for Pragoti. This essay is also forthcoming in Economic and Political Weekly. Please note that the article was written before the fall of Mubarak.
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.
Blogpost and Real News Video on the plight of the Cuban Five and US hypocrisy in protecting terrorists implicated in violence against Cubans.
If the nuclear weapon state (NWS)-parties to the Nuclear Non Proliferation Treaty are at all serious about implementing Article – VI, at the 2010 NPT Review Conference they would have given binding unqualified negative security assurance to Non-NWS, consent to a no-first-use pledge between the NWS, agree to de-alert all deployed nuclear weapons, and take necessary steps to begin preparations for holding a nuclear weapons convention. Without these binding commitments, every other step would merely amount to an exercise in futility.
Commandante Fidel Castro continues his reflections on Barack Obama, the United States, its new healthcare system and other assorted issues. Article, courtesy Granma International.
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.
"Looking back at state repression of Black people and their movements in the USA"
An article by Siddharthya Roy.
Only two members of the Congressional Black Caucus mustered the courage to oppose a House Resolution in support of Israel's savage assault on Gaza, last week. An additional seven CBC members sought cover by voting "present." The remaining 30 Black lawmakers (the delegates from Washington, DC and the Virgin Islands cannot vote on the House floor) gave their assent to a statement that could have been written by the Israeli government - and probably was,writes Glen Ford.
The Blagojevich scandal is a reality check, a reminder of how widespread corruption has become in the United States,writes Vijay Prashad.