Friday, February 5, 2010

Yesterday, today, tomorrow

Sometimes you don't have to be a card-carrying communist to qualify as a comrade in the struggle. My appreciation of Howard Zinn is up at Workers World.

Today is the 80th anniversary of the founding of the Communist Party of Vietnam. Earlier this week, CPV General Secretary Nong Duc Manh "affirmed the road to socialism in Vietnam."

Over a hundred years ago, there was another Asian war being carried out by U.S. imperialism, a war that today very few people in this country know about. This was the invasion and breathtakingly murderous occupation of the Philippines. Thank you to comrade Berna of Bayan USA for this link to a Black History tribute to David Fagen, "the most celebrated of a handful of African American soldiers who defected to the Filipino revolutionary army."

Every day in Palestine, the Israeli occupiers brutalize the people. Check out Behind the Lines for a heads-up on the book Breaking the Silence, in which Israeli soldiers tell the truth about the atrocities they've committed.

Mornings in Jenin. That's the title of the newly issued edition of the wonderful novel by Susan Abulhawa previously known as The Scar of David, which I read and blogged about a year ago. Get it! Read it! Long live Palestine!

Soon I'll be back to enthuse about some great new books that I just got into my hot little hands. Hint: check out what I'm reading now down at the bottom right.