Archive | January, 2011

  • Cusha

    In Montserrat where not even the Cusha free I saw a man and I watched him cry He had to sell his donkey just to buy an eye. You tell me why Tell me why? Edgar Nkosi A.M.D.G 1/18/11 Edgar Nkosi White is a writer and playwright.  He lives between New York, London, and his […]

  • Feltman in Tunisia

    “We heard that [US Assistant Secretary of State] Jeffrey Feltman visited Tunisia.  This is a bad omen.  The Tunisian people should be on guard: when Feltman wants to discuss processes and elections with the interim Tunisian government,* it definitely means an American conspiracy in the making.  Wherever this sorcerer Feltman appears, strife and ruin follow […]

  • #Jan25: The Egyptian People Scores a Goal against Mubarak

    Carlos Latuff is a Brazilian cartoonist.   | Print

  • Egypt Answers Tunisia!

    25 January 2011 They do not belong to a political party, they do not follow a particular ideology, they make an appointment on Facebook, an appointment we all laughed about, telling them you cannot have a revolution like you have a blind date, but today in tens of thousands they came. . . .  They […]

  • The Strongest Protests in Egypt since 1977: Interview with Hossam el-Hamalawy

    Listen to the interview with Hossam el-Hamalawy: Hossam el-Hamalawy: Egypt yesterday witnessed its strongest protests in probably four decades, since 1977: tens of thousands have taken to the streets in virtually all the cities of our country, chanting against Mubarak, chanting against the U.S., which is backing Mubarak, calling for internal reforms and for democracy. […]

  • House Prices Fall Sharply in November, Led by Bottom Tier of Market

    The Case-Shiller 20-City index showed a sharp decline in prices again in November, dropping by a full percentage point.  Nineteen of the twenty cities showed a decline in prices.  San Diego was the only city where prices rose, albeit by only 0.1 percent.  The 20-city index has fallen at an annual rate of 11.9 percent […]

  • Tunisians Vow to Overthrow Government

      “O, Tunisian people, rise up against the remnants of the dictatorship!” Fatima Thawadi, Primary School Teacher: We will not negotiate with this government, and we will never give up.  The Tunisian people will have the last word.  This crystal building in the middle of the capital, the RCD should fear to stay in this […]

  • Tunisia: The Founding Statement of the 14th of January Front

    Affirming our engagement in the revolution of our people which fought for its right to freedom and national dignity and made great sacrifices, including dozens of martyrs and thousands of wounded and prisoners, and in order to complete the victory against interior and external enemies and to oppose any attempts to crush the fruits of […]

  • What Kind of Media Does Tunisia’s Interim Government Allow?

    Only the kind that puts a new democratic mask on the old dictatorship. . . . Carlos Latuff is a Brazilian cartoonist.  Cf. “Tunisia’s interim government abruptly shut down the country’s oldest and most popular private television network [Hannibal TV] on Sunday evening, in an apparent violation of its pledges to respect freedom of expression […]

  • Frenzy in Food Markets

    So now we are back in another phase of sharply rising global food prices, which is wreaking further devastation on populations in developing countries that have already been ravaged for several years of rising prices and falling employment chances.  The food price index of the FAO in December 2010 surpassed its previous peak of June […]

  • Egypt: The Day of Wrath

      Tahrir Square Amr Waked: “Change Is Coming” Shubra Matariyyah In Front of the Parliament In Front of the Dar Al Hekma Hospital Qasr El Aini Street Alexandria Smashing the NDP Headquarters, Mansoura The videos above were released by Al-Masry Al-Youm on 25 January 2011 under a Creative Commons license.  Cf. “After violent clashes with […]

  • Lebanon: Has Hezbollah Outmaneuvered Saad Hariri?

      Miqati to Be PM by Andrew Bossone Miqati and Hizbullah Out-play the Analysts by Nicholas Noe I must say I was also taken by surprise at the pace of events and the relative success THUS FAR of the opposition. Ever since the government fell, an almost UNIFORM consensus among the analysts was that there […]

  • Why Are We Still in Afghanistan?

      Why Are We in Afghanistan?  Written and directed by Michael Zweig.  Illustrated by Mike Konopacki.  Edited by Trish Dalton.  Produced by Trish Dalton, Michael Zweig, and the Center for Study of Working Class Life. As we approach the 10-year anniversary of the US invasion of Afghanistan, polls show that 63% of Americans now oppose […]

  • John Ross and Los de Abajo

    Most of the tributes to John Ross have stressed the colorful side of the New York-born journalist, activist, and poet, who died in Michoacán, Mexico, on January 17. “Colorful” is an understatement.  Tall, gaunt, with his black beret and white goatee, a Palestinian keffiyeh around his neck, John was an unmistakable figure at demonstrations.  His […]

  • Crisis, Chains, Change: The American Exception to Marxism

    A Plenary Address at the American Studies Association Presidential Panel, San Antonio, Texas, 18 November 2010 For Ruthie Gilmore. I am an imposter here: not a real American Studies scholar.  I went to graduate school in the late 1980s to study History and Anthropology.  My interest was in the contemporary history of India.  When I […]

  • International Declaration of Support for the Tunisian Revolution

      Below is a declaration of support for the Tunisian revolution written by exiled Tunisian activist Sadri Khiari.  The idea is to recollect signatures for this declaration, so if you are interested in signing, please write an EMPTY e-mail to: <>.  Please WRITE in the “subject” field your NAME, OCUPATION AND COUNTRY as you wish […]

  • After “Iran Engagement”: Bipartisan Voices Urge Obama to Embrace MEK

    Predictably, the Istanbul talks have ended without positive results.  And, it seems clear that the discussion came to a dead end over two issues: the Islamic Republic wanted explicit recognition of its right to enrich uranium which the United States (at least) was not prepared to do; and the United States proposed a plan for […]

  • Egypt: Jan25

    Carlos Latuff is a Brazilian cartoonist.  Cf. We Are All Khaled Said; “#Jan25 Is Official Menace to the Regime” (Egyptian Chronicles, 23 January 2011). | Print

  • Tunisia: Interview with Dyab Abou Jahjah

      Listen to the interview with Dyab Abou Jahjah: 4th World War: To what extent do you think this popular revolution can achieve not just democratic rights but also something else: social change? Dyab Abou Jahjah: After the dictator left the country, many people of what was the legalized opposition, the parties that were legal […]

  • Egypt: 25 January 2011

      This cartoon was first published by Dostor (Egypt); it is reproduced here for non-profit educational purposes.  Cf. We Are All Khaled Said; “#Jan25 Is Official Menace to the Regime” (Egyptian Chronicles, 23 January 2011). | Print