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.
SFI-JNU unit responds to the SFI CEC Note uploaded below:
The SFI-JNU Unit considers the Note to be nothing more than a compendium of false allegations and half-truths being spread to create confusion regarding the recent events in JNU.
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Democracy provides an incessant opportunity for its evaluation. Electoral contestation of Dimple Yadav in the by-election of Kannauj Lok Sabha (2012), a seat vacated by the Chief Minister of Uttar Pradesh, can be a context of reassessment. This cannot be construed as ‘mere’ news. It has, like previous ones, serious multiple implications on democracy.
The academic community in West Bengal is under severe attack under the Mamata regime. Earlier, college principals were beaten up by TMC activists within college premises. A professor was arrested for circulating cartoons. Another young scientist was arrested and put in jail by the TMC government for protesting against eviction of slum dwellers at Nonadanga in Kolkata. He is still languishing in jail for participating in a peaceful, democratic procession. We reproduce here the text of the letter by eminent scientists to the PM, protesting against the arrest of Dr. Partho Sarothi Roy, a young molecular biologist.
Like most people in the country, we are deeply shocked to learn of the brutal murder of Pradip Tah, a former state legislator, and Kamal Gayen, another leader of CPI (M), in the Bardhaman District of West Bengal, carried out by a group of Trinamool Congress supporters. The murder took place when the two victims were leading a procession in support of the general strike by the nation's working class on 28 February.
Jiten Nandi of Garbeta, Purnima Gharui of Raina, Ajit Lohar of Saltora, Ramprabesh Ray and Mundakala Ray of Durgapur, Dahiruddin of Raigunj, Mohammed Khodarakha of Suri, Amal Samaddar of Durgapur, Mahbul Sheikh and Masahrul Sheikh of Beldanga.
Pragoti publishes the report of the recent Arab solidarity meeting organised by SFI-DYFI in Mumbai.
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.