by Ernesto “Che” Guevara Now is the time of the furnaces, and only light should be seen. — Jose Marti Twenty-one years have already elapsed since the end of the last world conflagration; numerous publications, in every possible language, celebrate … Continue reading Ernesto “Che” Guevara: message to the Tricontinental
Preamble: The exchange below is between Sam Harris and Noam Chomsky. For some background please see the links provided here: Link 1 and Link 2. For more please see: Link 3 and Harris’s “Final thoughts on Chomsky.” Noam gave his … Continue reading An exchange between Sam Harris and Noam Chomsky: censored by Sam Harris
by Zoltan Zigedy Imperialism, expressed as a nation’s securing economic dominance of, influence over, or advantage from other nations, remains much as Lenin characterized it in his 1916 pamphlet, Imperialism. Its uninterrupted persistence, from the time well before the pamphlet’s … Continue reading The ‘new’ Imperialism
by Zoltan Zigedy Amnesty International has a bee under its bonnet. A human rights advocate, educator, and labor attorney, Dan Kovalik, mustered the audacity to challenge the world’s most prominent and highly regarded rights-based advocacy group. Claiming over three million members since its birth in 1961, AI is the poster child for modern “non-governmental organizations” or NGOs: The hundreds of thousands of hazy entities that play an ever-growing, influential role in international affairs. Despite AI’s sterling reputation among middle class liberals in the English-speaking world, Kovalik was troubled by AI’s stance on the war in Libya and its role in … Continue reading Taking notes 7: Human Rights or Imperial Partnership?
by Magid Shihade Despite a long history of revolutions in the Arab world in the last 100 years from Palestine, Algeria, Egypt to elsewhere in the region, it is correct to argue that not many scholars, commentators, and experts have expected the recent Arab revolution to take place. This is both true of Western and Arab/Muslim experts, commentators, and scholars alike. It is true that there were many studies and commentaries in the last two decades concerning the possible explosions of youth, with their overrepresentation demographically. But these were more warnings or fear of possible “chaos” and “extremism,” warnings about … Continue reading Understanding the Arab revolution