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...Read More
Month: November 2019
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,...Read More
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...Read More
After ten years, capitalist realist ones or not, we know for certain only that capitalism persists, and that there are many of us out there still trying to understand and, if ever possible, overcome it.Read More
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