India: Karl Marx In Bihar At 200

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Countercurrents.org | June 29, 2018

Quotes from Karl Marx’s works reverberated in the unprecedented 5-day long conference organized by the Asian Development and Research Institute (ADRI), participated by the delegates from 18 countries across the 5 oceans, held in Patna, the capital of Bihar that has witnessed many revolutionary and counter revolutionary movements and uprisings. Gist and the central message of the conference in one sentence can be expressed in the form the well-known Marxist maxim;Marxism is a dynamic science to comprehend the world and revolutionary ideology of class struggle to change it. Beginning with the keynote address by ‘Lord’ Meghnad Desai, chairman, the academic Advisory committee of the Conference and ending with the valedictory address by Samuel Hollander Professor, Emeritus, Toronto University, the conference vividly discoursed various aspects of Marx; Marxism and its applications, via 38 lectures by eminent academicians and scholars and 17 scholarly papers, spread over 5 days (16-20 June, 2018). Holding a 5 day long conference to commemorate Karl Marx’s 200th anniversary was a historic, event, given the hostile neo-liberal milieu, in which the neo-liberal bards are composing the songs of end of history and the end of Marxism. Organizers do deserve the congratulation; complement and appreciation for conducting it with incisive precision.    Marxism is an idea of human emancipation and shall remain relevant till then – till the end of class conflict with the establishment dictatorship of proletariat as the instrument of creating conducive conditions for the withering away of the State.Read More »

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Remembering Vaskar Nandy

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Frontier | Vol. 50, No.51, June 24 – 30, 2018

A meeting to commemorate the memory of Vaskar Nandy, the deceased CPI(M-L) leader (1939-2018) who breathed his last on 4 May after a long struggle with the fatal cancer disease, was held on 11 June at Moulali Yuva Kendra, Kolkata. The meeting was presided over by Subhas Deb, and the proceedings were conducted by Sailen Bhattacharya. Both of them were political colleagues of Vaskar Nandy. The meeting was fairly well attended, and besides representatives of various organisations, quite a number of political activists, intellectuals, cultural workers etc came to pay tribute to Vaskar Nandy. Those who spoke included Arup Vaishya, Ashim Chatterjee, Aloke Mukherjee, Kartik Pal, Pradip Singh Thakur, Sushanta Jha, Samudra Datta, Sailen Misra and several other persons, including a young student organiser. Wreaths were placed on Vaskar Nandy’s photograph by many persons, including the editor of Frontier. His last piece of writing, along with an obituary, was circulated in limited number in the form of a pamphlet by the monthly Purbasha Ekhan. The audience was enchanted with songs by Pritthi Ranjan Dasgupta and Lalan, a cultural group.Read More »

India: Watch | In ‘Kodaikanal Still Won’t’, Artists Call Out Unilever’s ‘Environmental Racism’

The music video features Sofia Ashraf, T.M. Krishna and Amrit Rao.

The Wire | June 29, 2018

Watch | In 'Kodaikanal Still Won't', Artists Call Out Unilever's 'Environmental Racism'

New Delhi: The team that produced the video ‘Kodaikanal Won’t‘, featuring Chennai-based rapper Sofia Ashraf, has come together to produce another video, ‘Kodaikanal Still Won’t’. Through the video, activists are hoping the garner support and signatures for their campaign against Hindustan Unilever’s “environmental racism”.Read More »

Football World Cup: Sexism in British Punditry Is More Visible Than Ever

by Kath Woodward

The Wire | June 30, 2018

Football World Cup: Sexism in British Punditry Is More Visible Than Ever

Eniola Aluko )second from left) is a key player in the England national team. Credit: Wikimedia Commons CC BY 2.0

For the first time in UK football punditry, both the BBC and ITV have hired women to offer analyses and commentate at the men’s World Cup. It is also the World Cup that has given a clear glimpse into the reality of everyday sexism. Already, male pundits have been accused of patronising, being condescending and using sexist language on air. Meanwhile, a male ex-footballer has complained about women being employed for commentating because of the “pitch” of their voices.Read More »

Argentina Workers on Third General Strike Against Macri’s Austerity

teleSUR | June 25, 2018

Buenos Aires

Buenos Aires’ downtown was still Monday morning. Many have joined the general strike against Macri’s policies. | Photo: EFE
Argentine workers’ unions and social movements protest President Macri’s economic policies and reject his government’s agreement with IMF. 

Argentina’s most important workers’ unions paralyzed the country Monday in the third general strike to protest President Mauricio Macri’s economic policies and to reject an agreement with the International Monetary Fund (IMF).

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Nicaragua: Breaking Out of ‘Soft Coup’ Psychosis

by Tortilla Con Sal

teleSUR | June 25, 2018

Riot police officers travel past a burning car during clashes with the anti-government protesters in Managua, Nicaragua May 28, 2018.

Riot police officers travel past a burning car during clashes with the anti-government protesters in Managua, Nicaragua May 28, 2018. | Photo: Reuters
“Nothing ever happened. Even while it was happening it wasn’t happening. It didn’t matter. …..It’s a brilliant, even witty, highly successful act of hypnosis.”

In his 2005 Nobel address, British playwright Harold Pinter wrote of U.S. foreign policy that the U.S. rarely invades its target countries, preferring to infect the country with “a malignant growth and watch the gangrene bloom.” Then, when its local allies succeed in taking power, the US president of the day goes on camera to declare “Democracy has prevailed.”

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