International News


Terror Attacks We Don’t Hear Much About

 

Ed. note: MHI deplores and condemns terror attacks everywhere. In the U.S., we don’t hear much news about those that are outside Western Europe. So we are re-printing reports from Afghanistan and Iran below.

 
From Women for Afghan Women

Mourning Victims of Terror, Everywhere

 

Stop Terror

Last Friday, after the May 31st terror attack in Kabul, Women for Afghan Women’s Executive Director, Manizha Naderi, reached out to staff in Afghanistan and in the United States, saying:

We are all devastated and horrified by this merciless attack and this senseless loss of life. The fact that no one from WAW’s headquarters and centers in Kabul was killed or hurt is almost a miracle; but, all those innocent lives lost and the hundreds of wounded remain outside the realm of human comprehension. The fact that it is Ramadan makes it even more sickening. These people are out to destroy Afghanistan and all the progress we have made as women, as a people, and as a country. But, they will not win. We must remain strong for our clients and we, as a people, must not cower to these criminals.

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Commentary from Sweden: The Left Spreads the Right’s Hatred

 
by Martin Klepke

Originally published in Expressen (May 10, 2017, at 2:18 pm) as “Vänstern sprider högerns hat.” Translated by Erik Olofsson.

Martin Klepke

Martin Klepke

 

An unpleasant consensus has emerged between right-wing populism and totalitarian tendencies within the far left. A populist left is even about to take over the extreme right’s ideas about Jewish falsification of history, writes Martin Klepke.

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France Has Dodged a Bullet in its Head

 

France Has Dodged a Bullet in its Head: Macron’s Victory Offers a Much Needed Reprieve Against Narrow Nationalism

 
by Harsh Kapoor
 

[MHI note: We are pleased to republish this article, which first appeared in South Asia Citizens Web on May 20 and was updated there on May 31. Harsh Kapoor is a Left-leaning activist who spent several decades in France and runs the South Asia Citizens Web.]

 
commentary addressed to progressives and democrats in India

 
On April 23, the first round of the French elections eliminated the established parties, leaving two final contenders for the final round of May 7; Emmanuel Macron, a former economy minister and cosmopolitan political novice representing his newly created movement called ‘en marche’ [on the move] and Marine Le Pen leader of the forty year old Front National (FN) [an anti-immigrant and anti-European party of the far Right]. Two opposing conceptions of France were in the race. Macron won in a landslide with 66% of the vote, yet many voted for him simply to keep Le Pen out of power.

Macron’s victory over Le Pen is certainly good news for France and a post-Brexit Europe, but it is naïve to see this electoral defeat of FN as the beginning of the end for hateful identity politics in France. Let us say a storm has passed for now, but the dark clouds loom large. Read More