Beyond Black and White: Reflections on Racism and the Idea of Race

Black Lives Matter Protest, NYC, Nov 2014, Wikimedia Image

Black Lives Matter Protest, NYC, Nov 2014, Wikimedia Image

By Prashanta Tripura for AlalODulal.org

Baltimore is the latest flashpoint involving massive protests and outbreaks of violence in response to police brutality against Black youths in the US.  Not too long ago, similar turns of events unfolded in other American cities as well, e.g. in Ferguson, Missouri.  Continue reading

A few dos and don’ts in the movement against sexual assault

Copyright: Awrup Sanyal

Copyright: Awrup Sanyal

By Nadine Shaanta Murshid 

UNPRECEDENTED levels of outrage and activism surround the Pahela Baishakh sexual assault; we have finally reached critical mass: people are out on the streets and those who are not, are on social media fighting many a battle with individuals who still resort to victim blaming and slut shaming. These are oft-used tactics to further subjugate women and take agency away from people who fight for the rights of women subject to sexual assault and rape. That the synchronised bomb-attack style sexual assault on multiple women have enraged so many people comes as a surprise in a nation where topics of sex and sexual assault have remained taboo, despite extremely high rates of sexual violence against women. This is a welcome change. So while we are at it, here are a few things we should add on to the list:

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All Hail The King!

Protests in Dhaka against execution of Bangladeshis in Saudi Arabia. ©Demotix/Firoz Ahmed http://www.demotix.com/news/874615/magic-movement-protests-bangledeshis-slaughtered-saudi-arabia#media-874442

Protests in Dhaka against execution of Bangladeshis in Saudi Arabia. ©Demotix/Firoz Ahmed
http://www.demotix.com/news/874615/magic-movement-protests-bangledeshis-slaughtered-saudi-arabia#media-874442

All Hail The King! Bangladesh government orders flags at half-mast to mourn the departed Saudi king, honoring a man who presided over decades of abuse of migrant South Asian workers, including beheading of 8 Bangladeshis in 2011. Continue reading

A Period of (Unprecedented) Consequences

A Period of (Unprecedented) Consequences

by Risalat Khan for AlalODulal.org

Social Movements © Awrup Sanyal
Social Movements © Awrup Sanyal
But the world is changing. The seemingly disconnected events and trends are mere manifestations of something deeper – a neocolonial corporatocracy that controls virtually all major world affairs. It profits from the arms supplied to war and the culture of war, claims all of Mother Nature’s resources as property for its own greed, and condemns billions to poverty and starvation as casualties of progress. This social order – a dark evolution of the colonial era evils – is inculcated and protected by a system of unfettered neoliberal capitalism. But despite its meteoric rise to dominion, it is now desperately hiding the tears at its seams.
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