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Jeffrey: If you find a spare hour, watch this talk by Vijay Prashad
Posted by Marcello (Guest) - Sunday, January 14 2018, 2:41:00 (UTC)
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The Global War on Terror from the Standpoint of its Victims

Seen from a village in Waziristan, in the upper reaches of Pakistan, the Global War on Terror (GWOT) appears quite differently than it does in the anti-septic briefing rooms at CIA headquarters in Langley, Virginia. It is to understand the GWOT from that vantage that I decided to report - as widely as possible - from the villages that are in the gun-sights of the drone operators. This talk will travel through the landscape of the GWOT, assessing its various impact on countries as diverse as Afghanistan, Iraq, Syria and Libya.

Vijay Prashad, George and Martha Kellner Chair of South Asian history and professor of international studies at Trinity College, is the author of over twenty books. His most recent books are The Death of the Nation and the Future of the Arab Revolution (2016) and two edited volumes - The Land of Blue Helmets: The UN in the Arab World (co-edited with Karim Makdisi) and Communist Histories, vol. 1. His previous books include the two volume series - The Darker Nations: A People's History of the Third World and The Poorer Nations: A Possible History of the Global South. He writes every week for Alternet and has written every fortnight for twenty-seven years for the Indian newsmagazine Frontline. He is the Chief Editor of LeftWord Books (New Delhi). He is a graduate from Pomona College (1989).

-- Vijay Prashad is someone whose articles I read whenever I find a new one; whose lectures I watch, whenever a kind-minded person uploads one on YouTube, and so on. What fascinated me about this talk was
the part about the Afghan coup of '73, by the Afghan king's cousin; and later, the 1978 Saur Revolution, which was the work of two communist factions: Parcham ("Flag" or "Banner" in Dari, which is similar to Persian) and Khalq ("Masses"), who together formed the Peoples' Democratic Party of Afghanistan (PDPA) which established the Peoples' Democratic Republic of Afghanistan, or Socialist Republic of Afghanistan. One of their first decrees was to dismantle Sharia, outlaw usury, build schools for girls (with the foresight of promoting women in all aspects of Afghan life). According to Prashad, 50% of Afghan women were civil servants, I don't recall exactly... but there were somewhere around 40% female Afghan doctors, men and women had equal rights in divorce hearings... And then, the land reform. Anyway, Vijay Prashad is certainly someone you should keep an eye and ear out for... considering that these days "leftist" professors are quitting their teaching gigs due to relentless Nazi death threats aimed at them, and their entire families, like Professor George Ciccariello-Maher, who recently resigned from his teaching position at Drexel University, due to what he claims was a sarcastic tweet about "white genocide".


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