¿Tregua? Manténgase en guardia

first_imgLa noticia de que el gobierno de Obama finalmente ha aceptado una tregua parcial sobre Siria con Rusia no trajo un alivio verdadero a quienes están preocupadas/os por el pueblo sirio o sobre el peligro de una guerra más amplia. El enfrentamiento entre las potencias nucleares fue quizás sólo pospuesta, y aún puede empeorar. El movimiento contra la guerra y el antiimperialista en Estados Unidos debe permanecer en estado de alerta.El ejército turco ha estado bombardeando zonas kurdas a través de la frontera y amenaza con una invasión. Los neoconservadores estadounidenses se quejan de que Bashar al-Assad sigue siendo presidente de Siria. Se ha informado que el régimen de Arabia Saudita busca armas nucleares. La paz no ha llegado todavía.En la cobertura actual de la guerra contra Siria por los medios corporativos, hay un intento continuo por culpar al gobierno de Damasco por todo lo que le sucede al pueblo sirio. Stephen Kinzer, ex corresponsal del New York Times, que actualmente es un alto miembro del Instituto Watson de Estudios Internacionales de la Universidad de Brown, calificó esta cobertura como “uno de los episodios más vergonzosos de la historia de la prensa estadounidense”. (Boston Globe, 18 de febrero)Dado que la cobertura de los medios corporativos de Siria distorsiona constantemente lo que está ocurriendo allí, una revisión de la historia reciente es necesaria. En 2011, después de un corto período de protestas sin armas, comenzó un conflicto entre el régimen por un lado y grupos armados reaccionarios del tipo Al-Qaeda por el otro. Estos grupos estaban armados y financiados por Arabia Saudita, así como Turquía y otras potencias de la OTAN, y todos estaban alentados por los imperialistas, incluyendo Washington.El resultado ha sido casi cinco años de una guerra reaccionaria internacional contra el gobierno legítimo y soberano de Siria. Combatientes sectarios y reaccionarios proveyeron las tropas sobre el terreno contra el gobierno de Damasco. La guerra ha matado a más de 250.000 sirios, alrededor de dos tercios de ellos soldados sirios y civiles a favor del gobierno, y ha llevado a millones de sirias/os al exilio, incluyendo hacia Europa, pero sobre todo en la misma región.El imperialismo estadounidense y sus aliados, incluido el régimen turco y las monarquías del Golfo, son los responsables de este horror. Fue sólo a mediados de 2014, cuando el grupo Estado Islámico (EI) declaró un “califato” y comenzó a amenazar los intereses imperialistas en Siria e Irak, que Washington comenzó a alterar su apoyo incondicional a la oposición siria.Pero incluso cuando EUA alegó estar atacando el EI, los del establecimiento estadounidense que nunca quisieron renunciar al objetivo de “cambio de régimen” en Siria, se resistieron. A pesar de la campaña de propaganda contra el EI, poco se hizo para degradar la posición sobre Siria de estos reaccionarios.No fue hasta el pasado otoño, cuando Rusia intervino por invitación de Siria, que la ofensiva rusa-iraní-Hizbolá-siria comenzó a erosionar la posición militar de los grupos como el EI y Al Qaeda. Los neoconservadores y todos los estrategas imperialistas se sienten frustrados por su incapacidad para controlar los acontecimientos, no importa cuánto destruyan, como muestra su experiencia en Irak, Libia, Yemen y ahora Siria. Están ahora aún más frustrados ya que el apoyo de Rusia, Irán y Hizbolá por su aliado sirio ha mejorado las posibilidades de una victoria sobre los reaccionarios.En ese artículo del Boston Globe, Kinzer argumenta que sólo apoyando a las fuerzas del gobierno sirio se puede derrotar al grupo Estado Islámico.A pesar de la argumentación racional de Kinzer, no hay razón para esperar que los que están en el poder en EUA sigan su consejo. No sería la primera vez en la historia que los militaristas sobreestimen su propia capacidad para controlar los acontecimientos mediante el uso de la fuerza. No olvidemos que cada potencia imperialista europea antes de la Primera Guerra Mundial creía que podía derrotar rápidamente a sus enemigos.El 23 de enero, mientras el secretario de Estado John Kerry promovía las conversaciones de paz sobre Siria, el vicepresidente Joe Biden estaba en Ankara prometiendo apoyo al régimen turco, que había pedido a EUA ser más agresivo contra Rusia en Siria. Ya sea este enfoque de dos caras una táctica de negociación o un signo de diferencias en la administración, deja plasmado el peligro de una guerra más amplia.Las/os que están dentro de EUA que quieren luchar contra la guerra, sólo pueden tomar un respiro corto y tener el peligro de una guerra mayor en la mira. Deben estar preparadas/os para lo que suceda a continuación, listas/os para hacerle frente a cualquier escalada de EUA, la OTAN, Turquía o Arabia Saudita en su guerra contra Siria y sus aliados.FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thislast_img read more

Martin Kilson, College’s first tenured African American professor, dies at 88

first_imgMartin Kilson, a scholar of class, power, and the challenges facing African Americans, died April 24 of congestive heart failure at age 88.Kilson, who in 1969 became the first African American to be named a full professor at Harvard College, taught at the College for nearly four decades, retiring in 1999 as the Frank G. Thompson Professor of Government Emeritus. He died in hospice care in Lincoln, Mass.Early in his academic career, Kilson spent 18 months conducting research in Sierra Leone as that West African nation transitioned from British colonial rule to independence. The work resulted in the 1966 book “Political Change in a West African State: A Study of the Modernization Process in Sierra Leone,” and provided a foundation for Kilson’s work examining the interplay of power, political leadership, and race, both in Africa and in the African American community.Influenced by the scholarship of W.E.B. Du Bois, Kilson studied the rights and interests of the black American underclass. The 1976 essay collection he co-edited, “The African Diaspora: Interpretive Essays,” was the first published work to use the term “African diaspora.” Kilson was influential in the development of African American studies as both a discipline and a department at Harvard. His 2014 book, “The Transformation of the African American Intelligentsia, 1880–2012,” received the 2015 American Book Award.Throughout his career, Kilson kept up a vigorous and forceful public commentary about the state of African American affairs. He is the author of several books and hundreds of articles, both in academic journals and in the popular press. In 2010, he delivered Harvard’s W.E.B. Du Bois Lectures.Kilson was born on Feb. 14, 1931, in East Rutherford, N.J., to a family with a history of service in the ministry. Two of his pre–Civil War great-grandfathers were among the founders of the first African Methodist Episcopal church among free blacks in Maryland.His family moved to Ambler, Pa., and Kilson attended Ambler High School, graduating in 1948. He attended Lincoln University in Pennsylvania, graduating as valedictorian in 1953 with a bachelor’s of science degree in political science.Kilson studied at Harvard on a John Hay Whitney Fellowship, earning his Ph.D. in 1959 before leaving for his work in Sierra Leone. On his return, he became a research associate at Harvard’s Center for International Affairs. He was appointed a lecturer in the Department of Government in 1962. He became faculty adviser for the newly formed Harvard-Radcliffe Afro-American Students Association, and in 1969 became a professor of government at Harvard College, the first African American to receive tenure there.In 1975, Kilson received a Guggenheim Fellowship and, in 1988, was named the Frank G. Thompson Professor of Government, a title he held until his retirement in 1999. Related Faculty diversity continues to grow Percentages of women and minorities who are tenured and tenure-track reach record highs center_img Bridget Terry Long, HGSE’s recently appointed dean and the first African American in the position, seeks to inspire On having — and being — a role modellast_img read more

Mike Yardley: Children have the right to know their parents

first_imgStuff co.nz 6 June 2017Family First Comment: Excellent commentary from Mike Yardley“Logie believes that when solo-mothers don’t name the father, “I think we should trust there are good reasons.” …. Labour’s Social Development spokeswoman Carmel Sepuloni thinks this disclosure rule is “discriminatory against sole parents”, while dressing it up in the cynical cloak of identity politics. “97.7 per cent of people sanctioned are women, and 52.8 per cent Maori.” You can usually count on Labour and the Greens to dote on any United Nations Convention. Isn’t it interesting that they chose to ignore the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child, which unequivocally states that children have the right to know his or her parents.”Yardley was obviously reading our Media Release OPINION: If you’re a sole parent and you’re claiming a benefit, should you have to reveal the identity of the other biological parent?Work and Income bungled badly by docking the benefit of the young rape victim who refused to disclose the identity of her son’s father. Finally, Work and Income has apologised for getting it wrong.The parental disclosure requirement has been government policy for more than 20 years, requiring sole parents to reveal the name of the other biological parent, with a few choice exemptions. Specifically, if the child was conceived as a result of sexual assault or incest.Work and Income’s widely telegraphed botch-up has been lustily milked by the Green Party, as they double-down on their desire to abort the parental disclosure requirement for beneficiaries. Green MP Jan Logie is gunning to abolish the financial sanctions, which can knock up to $28 a week off a sole parent’s benefit.Logie believes that when solo-mothers don’t name the father, “I think we should trust there are good reasons.”Administrating the welfare state in such a gullible and munificent manner is what you’d expect from the Greens. But despite upholding this disclosure requirement throughout their nine years in power, it’s particularly galling that Labour now seem fit to tack left and parrot the Green Party’s position.READ MORE: http://www.stuff.co.nz/the-press/opinion/93354597/mike-yardley-children-have-the-right-to-know-their-parentsKeep up with family issues in NZ. Receive our weekly emails direct to your Inbox.last_img read more

Inter Milan make first contact with Arsenal captain

first_img With less than 18 months to run on his existing deal, Aubameyang has so far refused to consider attempts by the Gunners to discuss new terms. The striker hasn’t ruled out extending his contract with Arsenal, but wants to wait until the summer to consider his options.Advertisement Meanwhile, Tuttosport says Inter have made first contact with Aubameyang’s entourage in the past week. Read Also:Sanchez must take pay cut of his £400,000 weekly wages to stay at Inter Milan The Nerazzurri are becoming resigned to losing Lautaro Martinez this summer and have placed Aubameyang top of their shortlist of replacements. FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Loading… Arsenal captain Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang is on the radar of Inter Milan. Promoted ContentBirds Enjoy Living In A Gallery Space Created For Them7 Theories About The Death Of Our Universe7 Universities In The World With The Highest Market Value7 Worst Things To Do To Your PhoneCouples Who Celebrated Their Union In A Unique, Unforgettable Way9 Facts You Should Know Before Getting A Tattoo7 Ways To Understand Your Girlfriend Better5 Of The World’s Most Unique Theme Parks8 Addictive And Fun Coffee FactsThe Very Last Bitcoin Will Be Mined Around 2140. Read MoreAmazing Ceilings From All Around The WorldCan Playing Too Many Video Games Hurt Your Body?last_img read more