[Marxism] LH Updated

M. Junaid Alam mjunaidalam at msalam.net
Thu Dec 16 23:24:35 MST 2004

Left Hook


Latest Release: Friday, December 17, 2004

CAN Fights Zionist Smear Campaign At Columbia Univ.

Suzie Schwartz

Since the (Campus Anti-war Network) CAN National Conference in November,
the Columbia University Antiwar Coalition has been extremely active
since the release of "Columbia Unbecoming," a film that targets
professors in the Middle Eastern and Asian Languages and Cultures
(MEALAC) program, saying they "intimidate" students. A Boston-based
Zionist group, the David Project, funded the documentary as an attempt
to dislodge the credibility of professors who teach an anti-Zionist,
anti-imperialist perspective. The film is not an honest portrayal of
sentiment on campus-it features six well-known right-wing Zionist
students and alumni who hold a very specific political agenda in making
such a film.

- (Read full) <http://www.lefthook.org/Ground/Schwartz121704.html>

Canada in Haiti

Yves Engler

"Haiti is not for sale," "Liberate Haiti's political prisoners" and
"Latortue assassin - Paul Martin complicit" were just a few of the
chants this weekend in Montreal (in French of course). Friday and
Saturday the Canadian government held a conference with an elite few of
Haiti's two-million person Diaspora to discuss the future of that country.

Canadian officials interested in legitimating the February 29th
overthrow of elected president Jean-Bertrand Aristide and improving
western companies' short-term economic prospects on the Caribbean
island, selected participants accordingly. The Haitian Lawyers
Leadership Network labeled the gathering the "Chalabis of Haiti."

- (Read full) <http://www.lefthook.org/Politics/Engler121704.html>

Frame It! Creating Progressive Frameworks

Igor Volsky

Speaking with Tim Russert on NBC's Meet the Press, incoming Democratic
Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid conceded that with just 45 seats in
the Senate (including independent James Jeffords of Vermont) his party
will "have to work toward the middle."

But if progressives learned anything from the 2004 Election, it's that
to move towards the middle would "alienate their base and… activate the
other side's models in the swing voters, thus helping the other side."

In the quote above, cognitive scientist and linguist George Lakoff was
referring to the two separate world models that distinguish
conservatives from progressives.

- (Read full) <http://www.lefthook.org/History/Volsky121704.html>

We Will Reclaim Our Armed Forces!

Speech by Stan Goff

I want to thank the organizers for this very important defibrillation of
the anti-war and anti-empire work that was put on hold by the recent
elections. I want to thank my fellow speakers and presenters, and I want
to thank everyone who is here for your tireless and stubborn refusal to
confuse setbacks with defeats.

I tend to think of resistance politics these days as if they were a
Charles Dickens novel. There is always a happy ending in the last
chapter, but every chapter leading up to that ending… is sad.

- (Read full) <http://www.lefthook.org/Politics/Goff121704.html>

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