Wednesday, February 18, 2009

22 February 2009

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Interview with Pervez Amirali Hoodbhoy, Professor of Nuclear Physics, Quaid-i-Azam University, Islamabad, Pakistan. Dr. Pervez Hoodbhoy has been a faculty member at the Quaid-e-Azam University since 1973. In 1984 he received the Abdus Salam Prize for mathematics and is the author of 65 scientific research papers. He is chairman of Mashal, a non-profit organization which publishes books in Urdu on women’s rights, education, environmental issues, philosophy, and modern thought. Dr. Hoodbhoy has written and spoken extensively on topics ranging from science in Islam to education issues in Pakistan and nuclear disarmament. He produced a 13-part documentary series in Urdu for Pakistan Television on critical issues in education, and two series aimed at popularizing science. He is author of ’Islam and Science: Religious Orthodoxy and the Battle for Rationality’, now in 5 languages.
In 2003, Dr. Hoodbhoy was awarded UNESCO’s Kalinga Prize for popularizing science in Pakistan with TV serials and his film ’The Bell Tolls for Planet Earth’ won honorable mention at the Paris Film Festival.

The Fight over the Meaning of Islam is an essay by Sadiq Jalal Al-Azm. Born in Damascus in 1934, Al-Azm studied philosophy in Beirut and has taught as a professor in New York, Beirut, Amman and Damascus. One of his best-known works is Critique of Religious Thought.

Thursday, February 12, 2009

15 February 2009

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An interview with Richard Seymour about his book "The Liberal Defence of Murder" (Verso, May 2008). "Following the collapse of the Soviet Union, a number of prominent thinkers on the Left found themselves increasingly aligned with their ideological opposites. Over the last decade, many of these thinkers have become close to Washington; forceful supporters of the War on Terror, they help frame arguments for policymakers and provide the moral and intellectual justification for Western military intervention across the globe. From Kanan Makiya, one of the chief architects of the US invasion and occupation of Iraq, to Bernard Henri-Levy’s advocacy of “humanitarian” intervention, The Liberal Defence of Murder traces the journey of these figures from left to right and explores their critical role in the creation of the new American empire. With wide-ranging testimony from many key figures on the left, this is a crucial account of the emergence of the “pro-war left,” and its shaping of our post-9/11 world."

Wednesday, February 04, 2009

08 February 2009

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In his recent book “Pakistan’s Other Story” (The Struggle Publication) Lal Khan has surveyed the events of 1968-69 in the wider perspective of what was happening in the world at that juncture of time. “He cites developments in Egypt, Indonesia, France (May 1968), the Italian “hot autumn”, Ireland, Mexico, Czechoslovakia, the USA and the Vietnam war and then revisits Partition, analyses the Communist Party and the degeneration of the left leadership and the early failure of democracy in Pakistan, the crossing over of the fence to the American side, the emergence of the new industrialists, institutionalization of corruption leading up to the 1965 war. This whole commentary reads like new history as it looks at developments from a window on the backside of the traditional façade.” (The Dawn, 15 January 2009)From a book launch, Conway Hall, London.

According to Media Workers Against War, there are eight reasons why the BBC is wrong on Gaza.

Kurdish female activist sentenced to death in Iran. During the past two years the Iranian regime has sentenced 13 Kurdish activists to death.

Read: The Politics of Bollocks

Sunday, February 01, 2009

01 February 2009

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An interview with Lenni Brenner. Lenni Brenner was born into an Orthodox Jewish family. His involvement with the Black civil rights movement began on his first day in the organized left, when he met James Farmer of the Congress of Racial Equality, later the organizer of the "freedom rides" of the early 60s. He was active in the mid 50s with Bayard Rustin, later the organizer of Martin Luther King's 1963 "I had a dream" March on Washington.
He was an anti-war activist from the 1st days of the Vietnam war, speaking frequently at rallies in the Bay Area.
Mr. Brenner is the author of 4 books, Zionism in the Age of the Dictators, The Iron Wall: Zionist Revisionism from Jabotinsky to Shamir, Jews in America Today, and The Lesser Evil: The Democratic Party. His books have been favorably reviewed in 10 languages by prominent publications, including the London Times, The London Review of Books, Moscow's Izvestia and the Jerusalem Post.
He has written over 100 articles for many publications, including the Amsterdam News, the Anderson Valley Advertizer, the Atlanta Constitution, CounterPunch, the Jewish Guardian, the Nation, the Washington Report on Middle East Affairs, and others.
Brenner has an amusing response to the Zionist smear which is used against all Jewish critics of Zionism. At the "Jews against Zionism" forum in London on 18 June 2003, he said:
"Those who call me a self-hating Jew should talk to my girlfriends. They all tell me that I am in love with myself."
The interview was conducted on 26 January 2009. Brenner talked about Barak Obama, the American foreign policy and the Middle East.