Sri Lanka: The End of the Ceasefire
According to Reuters, a dispute over water supplies in the Sri Lankan town of Trincomalee has led to the first major ground fighting since 2002 between the LTTE, or Tamil Tigers, and the Sri Lankan national government. The war between the two forces has already killed tens of thousands and deeply hurt millions more over the years. We'll speak to SUPPIRAMANIAM NANTHIKESAN, one of the co-editors of lines magazine, about the resurgent conflict and its context.
SUPPIRAMANIAM NANTHIKESAN is one of the co-editors of lines magazine, an online quarterly magazine that engages with the political spaces of Sri Lanka. While Sri Lanka is the principle reference for lines, it also engages with related issues such as peace, multiculturalism, economic justice, feminisms, citizenship, sexual pluralism, diasporic nationalism, and such, encountered in different territorial entities, from the occupied territories of Palestine to the State of Gujarat in India. After completing primary, secondary and undergraduate studies in Sri Lanka, Suppiramaniam moved to the US and has lived here for
the past 23 years.
No More Nukes: Remembering Hiroshima and Nagasaki
A discussion of anti-nuclear activism and nuclear
history. On August 6, 1945, the United States dropped a nuclear weapon on Hiroshima, Japan. Three days later, on August 9, 1945, the United States dropped a nuclear weapon on Nagasaki, Japan. This week, across the country, the AUGUST 6 CAMPAIGN will hold rallies, vigils, teach-ins, and protests to mark the 61st anniversary of the U.S. atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki. We will talk to DAVID MEIERAN, a national organizer for the August 6 Campaign, about the Campaign's actions and its demands for an end to nuclear weapons and wars. We will ask about tactics and strategies, as well talk about why the Campaign chose to single out the Bechtel Corporation for its attention.
DAVID MEIERAN is an antiwar activist based in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. He is a steering committee member of United For Peace and Justice, and a member of the Pittsburgh Organizing Group.
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Warming Up: The US-Indian Nuclear Deal
We talk to Vijay Prashad about the likelihood of passage and the geopolitics of the US-India Nuclear Deal. Despite the U.S.'s apparent consternation over Iran's development of nuclear technology, last month, the House of Representatives voted 359-to-68 in favor of a US-India Nuclear Deal. Under the deal, the U.S. would exempt India, which has not signed the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty from US laws that bar trade with countries that have refused to sign the nonproliferation treaty. The Senate is now considering approval. Is the Senate likely to approve the deal? What does this pending deal signify about India's policies towards its Asian neighbors? How is the Indian public reacting?
VIJAY PRASHAD is associate professor of International Studies at Trinity College in Hartford, Connecticut. He is the author of several
books, including The Karma of Brown Folk (University of Minnesota), and the forthcoming Darker Nations: A People's History of the Third
World (New Press). You can find recent articles of his at CounterPunch, Frontline, and
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