Ahmadinejad is the Leader the World needs Now!

By Saswat Pattanayak Obama administration has two vital interests in Iran: continuation of war and imperialistic expansion. And neither of these remotely relate to establishment of a democratic society or any other fanciful distractions that most Americans are being spoon fed to believe in through their reactionary media propaganda. In fact, a democratic society already exists in Iran. It is more vibrant and expressive than many other nations, including that of the United States. Iran’s democracy is so vibrant and strong that it has been able to produce a visionary leader such as Dr Mahmoud Ahmadinejad – a leader who…

Iran: The US Myths Perpetuate

By Saswat Pattanayak The recent news that the American government reports regarding Iran’s nuclear activities were motivated and based on systematic lies is no news. Back in September 2006, the UN had condemned the US reports as false, erroneous and misleading. Vilmos Cserveny, a director of International Atomic Energy Agency had written a letter addressed to Chairman, US House of Representatives, in clear terms saying that the US report “Recognizing Iran as a Strategic Threat: An Intelligence Challenge for the United States” (dated 23rd Aug 2006) contained “erroneous, misleading and unsubstantiated information”. The UN’s responses to US report as blatantly…

Ahmadinejad, Bollinger, Holocaust: the Great American Hypocrisy

By Saswat Pattanayak Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad’s visit to Columbia University was arguably the most important step taken by a world leader to initiate the global peace that is so much needed in the clearly terrorized world we live in. Ahmadinejad is a leader of significant importance—chief of a major country and representative of a major world religion– who was humble enough to accept a university invitation, and tolerant enough to appear in front of the most hostile audience that any academic institute in the world could feel ashamed of. And despite the odds, he was clearly on a mission:…

A Review of “The Darker Nations”

[Originally published in Radical Notes, 18 March 2007] Vijay Prashad, The Darker Nations: A People’s History of the Third World, The New Press, New York, 2007. Hardcover, 384 pp. Amazon/NP The Darker Nations is a critical historiography of the Third World. Vijay Prashad’s deeply instructive as well as occasionally mordant looks at events and processes that made up the history of oppressed peoples in the 20th century comprise this brilliant work. It is a book profound for being peremptory, and absolutely necessary for being so relevant today that it is imperative for activists and researchers alike. For one, the various…

Lebanon Must Kill, Even As She Bleeds

As Lebanon bleeds, it kills. It kills our conscience every single day, as we carry on with our mundane plans to further petty bourgeois career paths as usual. Lebanon kills our ability to reason with truth, as we carry on with our CNN and BBC and New York Times. Lebanon kills our faith in human good, as we rationalize that it is human nature to sustain warfare. Lebanon kills our trusts in our own potential to rise up, look into our comfortable shining mirrors on the walls, and discover how unabashedly wretched we must look if we smile to ourselves…