KPFA 94.1 FM and MECA presents:
Sunday, April 30, 2017 7:30 PM,
First Presbyterian Church, 2407 Dana, Berkeley, CA
Advance tickets: $12: brownpapertickets.com :: T: 800-838-300
or Marcus Books, Books Inc/Berkeley, Pegasus (3 sites), Moe’s, Walden Pond Bookstore, Diesel a Bookstore, Mrs. Dalloway’s
Wheel Chair Access
The Death of the Nation and the Future of the Arab Revolution by Vijay Prashad is the best critical primer to the Middle East conflicts today, from Syria and Saudi Arabia to the chaos in Turkey. Mixing thrilling anecdotes from street-level reporting that give readers a sense of what is at stake with a bird’s-eye view of the geopolitics of the region and the globe, Prashad guides us through the dramatic changes in players, politics, and economics in the Middle East over the last five years. “The Arab Spring was defeated neither in the byways of Tahrir Square nor in the souk of Aleppo,” he explains. “It was defeated roundly in the palaces of Riyadh and Ankara as well as in Washington, DC and Paris.”
Vijay Prashad is an Indian historian, journalist, commentator and a Marxist intellectual. He is the George and Martha Kellner Chair in South Asian History and Professor of International Studies at Trinity College. In 2013–2014, he was the Edward Said Chair at the American University of Beirut. Prashad is the author of seventeen books. In 2012 alone, he published five books, including Arab Spring, Libyan Winter (AK Press) and Uncle Swami: South Asians in America Today (The New Press). In 2013, Verso published his The Poorer Nations: A Possible History of the Global South. He is author of No Free Left: The Futures of Indian Communism (LeftWord Books, 2015) and the editor of Letters to Palestine (Verso Books, 2015), a book that includes the writings of Teju Cole, Sinan Antoon, Noura Erakat, and Junot Diaz. Prashad is also a journalist. He writes regularly for Frontline, The Hindu, Alternet and BirGun, and is a contributing editor for Himal Southasian. He usually writes on Middle Eastern politics, development economics, North-South relations and current He is also an advisory board member of the US Campaign for the Academic and Cultural Boycott of Israel, part of the global BDS movement.
Among his books:
(2016) The Death of the Nation and the Future of the Arab Revolution
(2015) No Free Left: The Futures of Indian Communism
(2015) Letters to Palestine
(2013) Poorer Nations: A Possible History of the Global South (Verso). Foreword by Boutros-Boutros Ghali.
(2012) Uncle Swami: South Asians in America Today
(2012) Arab Spring, Libyan Winter
(2007) The Darker Nations: A People’s History of the Third World
(2003), Namaste Sharon: Hindutva and Sharonism under US Hegemony
(2002), War against the Planet: The Fifth Afghan War, Imperialism and Other Assorted Fundamentalism
(2002), Untouchable Freedom: A Social History of a Dalit Community
(2000), The Karma of Brown Folk
Born in India, Prashad studied in the United States and has become a prominent scholar and journalist, taking on what he describes as a Marxist point of view when examining world affairs. As such, Prashad acquired a reputation as a harsh critic of American foreign policy, of Israel and its actions toward the Palestinians, and of Hindu nationalism.
Dennis J Bernstein is a widely published journalist and host of the award-winning investigative news report, Flashpoints, syndicated on Pacifica radio. Bernstein was honored with the 2015 Pillar Award from the National Whistle Blowers Conference for his life work as a journalist whistleblower. Bernstein is also author of a collection of poems: Special Ed: Voices from a Hidden Classroom.