Month: November 2019

POETIC RESISTANCES

Poetic Resistances Aurélien Barrau, translated by Cory Stockwell   We have never been happy. The world has never been gentle, harmonious, and peaceful. Ideas of an idyllic past are pure fantasies. Nostalgia for the Garden of Eden is a naïve and almost dangerous ploy. The cold and insidious violence of our own time, however, is striking. Violence to refugees, violence to those living in precarious situations, violence to women, violence to minorities, violence to protestors, violence to hope, violence to every sign of difference . . . And, of course: violence to life, to nature, to the future. Disasters...

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NO DANCING IN THE STREETS: Spain’s Left Finds a Fragile Solidarity in the Shadow of Resurgent Francoism

NO DANCING IN THE STREETS: Spain’s Left Finds a Fragile Solidarity in the Shadow of Resurgent Francoism John McClure November 14, 2019 The last episode of Spain’s exhausting national election saga, which I recounted in a previous posting, began last April and ended in September with the appalling failure of the Socialists (PSOE) and the new left Podemos to form a government. The two parties had done well enough in April’s national elections to form a ruling coalition, but after months of negotiations they could not reach an agreement on power sharing. So new elections were called for November,...

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Traveling Underpants: On May Hawas’ “Politicizing World Literature”

Traveling Underpants:  On May Hawas’ Politicising World Literature     Aya Labanieh   In the wake of the Arab Spring, a plethora of political satire programs sprung up across the Middle East, their sole mission being to lampoon existing regimes and their media pundits and disseminate what they felt was the real story unfolding on the ground. The story of Bassem Youssef, who left his career as a heart surgeon to start the political satire program Al-Barnameg on the eve of the 2011 Egyptian Revolution, has become familiar to many, especially with Youssef’s guest appearances on Jon Stewart’s The...

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