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Thursday, August 16, 2012

‘Americans should boycott the election’

Iran's Press TV, 8//15/12:





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Political analyst and writer Linh Dinh argues that both the Republican and Democratic candidates are on the same page on major issues affecting the American people and that leaves the electorate with no real choice but to boycott the presidential elections.

“These two parties are only different in very minor issues such as abortion rights, gay rights, etc, but for anything substantial like the foreign policy, the economic policy and the disrespect for the constitution they are no different whatsoever,” Dinh said in an interview Wednesday.

The first term of the Obama administration has been, in effect, a continuation of George W. Bush’s presidency, he pointed out. “They are catering to financial interests, the big banks, the foreign wars… and not prosecuting financial criminals.”

He said that under the circumstances, to call for a boycott of the election does not suggest apathy. “This is not a passive response to the serious crisis in front of the American people… this is a sign of disgust.”

Dinh suggested that on the Election Day, Americans should gather in major cities staging massive protests not to vote and send the message instead that “this election does not represent us.”

In his recent article published on counterpunch.org, Dinh tells Americans that “your vote is only an endorsement of an illegitimate system that persistently and viciously works against all of your interests.”

“This political machinery cannot serve you, since its funders, its masters, are the banks and corporations that demand the cheapest possible labor, and profits by any means necessary, with no regards for human rights, their host communities or the environment. With your negligible salary, unemployment checks, welfare or food stamps, you simply don’t count,” he wrote.

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Born in Vietnam in 1963, I came to the US in 1975, and have also lived in Italy and England. I'm the author of two books of stories, Fake House (2000) and Blood and Soap (2004), five of poems, All Around What Empties Out (2003), American Tatts (2005), Borderless Bodies (2006), Jam Alerts (2007) and Some Kind of Cheese Orgy (2009), and a novel, Love Like Hate (2010). I've been anthologized in Best American Poetry 2000, 2004, 2007, Great American Prose Poems from Poe to the Present, Postmodern American Poetry: a Norton Anthology (vol. 2) and Hopeless: Barack Obama and the Politics of Illusion, among other places. I'm also editor of Night, Again: Contemporary Fiction from Vietnam (1996) and The Deluge: New Vietnamese Poetry (2013), and translator of Night, Fish and Charlie Parker, the poetry of Phan Nhien Hao (2006). Blood and Soap was chosen by Village Voice as one of the best books of 2004. My writing has been translated into Italian, Spanish, French, Dutch, German, Portuguese, Japanese, Korean, Arabic, Icelandic and Finnish, and I've been invited to read in London, Cambridge, Brighton, Paris, Berlin, Reykjavik, Toronto and all over the US. I've also published widely in Vietnamese.