Latest News: Archive for the ‘Uncategorized’ Category

“The devastating afterlives of colonial rule” — Shimrit Lee’s DECOLONIZE MUSEUMS excerpted in The Evergreen Review

Sunday, June 19th, 2022

“That museums are today seen by many as ‘neutral’ is a testament to the extent that the histories of museum spaces have been buried by their modern operators. To examine those histories is to know that museums are really crime scenes–to use a metaphor proposed by Wandile Kasibe of IZIKO Museums of South Africa—spaces that house the memories of atrocities committed during the colonial period, including theft, murder, and genocide… Today, it is impossible to find a Western museum that doesn’t hold some amount of cultural material from Africa, Asia, Oceania, or Native America—an enduring sign of the devastating afterlives of colonial rule. Wall texts often tell neutral, authoritative narratives of the objects displayed, but that passivity fails to reckon with the extractive nature of colonialism by which most of the Global South was robbed of culture, resources, and people in plain sight.”

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“Labor is and will remain the wave of change” — THE WORK OF LIVING author Maximillian Alvarez interviewed on The Zero Hour

Sunday, June 19th, 2022

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“It may have been forgotten in the collective memory, but the effects of the polio epidemic continue to be felt by survivors” — Patrick Cockburn’s THE BROKEN BOY featured in The Irish Examiner

Sunday, June 19th, 2022

“In his 2006 memoir The Broken Boy, which has recently been reissued with a chapter on Covid, journalist Patrick Cockburn recounts his experience of contracting polio at the age of six, while living in Youghal, Co Cork. His brother Andrew, who was three years older, also contracted the disease. Cockburn describes himself as ‘uniquely unlucky’ — his parents Claud and Patricia, returned from England to their house in east Cork, despite the fact that Cork city was in the midst of a polio epidemic. At least 50,000 people got the virus during the outbreak — one of the last great outbreaks of polio in western Europe, ahead of the first doses of the Salk vaccine that arrived in Cork in 1957.”

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“What Makes Narrative Change So Hard?” — THE ART OF ACTIVISM featured in Stanford Social Innovation Review

Sunday, June 19th, 2022

“That protest, as described in the new book The Art of Activism by Steve Duncombe and Steve Lambert … was just one effort in a decades-long campaign by activists around the world to bring down the price of essential medicines and ensure they are accessible and affordable to everyone.”

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“A rich mix of blues, swing, bop and ballads that’s also a testament to [Tiyo] Salah-El’s own efforts to reform the prison system” — PEN PAL author featured in Daily Hampshire Gazette

Sunday, June 19th, 2022

‘“I was really struck by Tiyo’s music and by what I learned about him as a person,’ Salles said. As part of his preparation for recording the music, he read the 2020 book ‘Pen-Pal: Prison Letters from a Free Spirit on Slow Death Row,’ which features many samples of the correspondence Salah-El had with different people during his 40-plus years serving a life sentence, including Ahrens and the late historian Howard Zinn. ‘He was someone who remained positive and engaged in life, engaged in music and committed to changing the prison system,’ Salles said. ‘He didn’t let prison destroy him. As much as I admired his music, it was the social justice aspect of this project that was really important to me.’”

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“Called to action by his legacy” — PEN PAL author Tiyo Salah-El featured in The Shoestring

Sunday, June 19th, 2022

“In prison, Salah-El was able to find ways to live a rich life even in the face of a system built to repress him. He taught saxophone lessons, tutored hundreds of people in order to help them obtain GEDs and thus be eligible for parole, wrote extensively about prison abolition, completed and published an autobiography, was a correspondent for Gay Community News in Boston (even though he was not gay himself), and earned both a bachelor’s degree and a Master’s degree. Above all, says Ahrens, ‘he was able to keep his personality to a large degree: very open, very loving, very engaged, very positive despite being in prison for 50 years.’ This, along with all of his accomplishments (that are impressive in their own right), was his ‘revenge to the system,’ according to Ahrens, who remarks that ‘they tried to grind him down and they couldn’t.’”

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“Tiyo’s Songs of Life” — Bombyx Center for Arts and Equity to host musical tribute to PEN PAL author Tiyo Salah-El

Sunday, June 19th, 2022

“‘Tiyo’s Songs of Life’ is a project seventeen years in the making. It began in 2005 when prison abolitionist Lois Ahrens sent fifty blank sheets of music paper to Tiyo Attallah Salah-El, a musician, composer, published writer, teacher, prison abolitionist, and good friend to people throughout the country and beyond. By then Tiyo, who had been sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole, had been incarcerated in Pennsylvania for close to 50 years. Within months, Tiyo sent the pages back to Lois, filled with his songs… ‘Tiyo’s Songs of Life’ is a musical celebration of Tiyo Attallah Salah-El, and a tribute to friendship and persistence. Tiyo would be proud and very happy knowing his music lives on. To quote Tiyo, ‘Long live love and good music!’”

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“It’s a simple demand: give the stolen land back” — EXTINCTION author Ashley Dawson writes for Resilience

Wednesday, June 8th, 2022

“The idea that mainstream conservation—which should be seen clearly as a form of colonialism—will reverse the sixth extinction is an illusion, one carefully cultivated by the corporations and governments that happily bankroll the big conservation NGOs. In the face of mounting environmental and social calamities, the only coherent stance must be to join indigenous and local communities around the world in demanding the return of stolen land, respect for their sovereignty, and a radical transformation of the CO2lonialism that characterizes the unsustainable behavior and policies of the wealthy.”

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“He Fought For Truth and the Freedom to Publish — Now We Must Fight to Save Him” — JULIAN ASSANGE IN HIS OWN WORDS editor Karen Sharpe writes for CounterPunch

Wednesday, June 8th, 2022

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“The West’s ‘Triumphalism’ in Ukraine Could Prolong Conflict Indefinitely” — WAR IN THE AGE OF TRUMP author Patrick Cockburn speaks with Democracy Now!

Wednesday, June 8th, 2022

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“A rip-roaring historical romp… You get two books in one from this well-told tale” — Patrick Cockburn’s THE BROKEN BOY reviewed by Morning Star

Wednesday, June 8th, 2022

“His account of polio conveys powerfully the sense of panic and fear among parents, and the traumas suffered by children in isolation hospitals under the care of often insensitive and even cruel nursing staff.”

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“Learning from Southern frontline struggles” — POWER CONCEDES NOTHING book event hosted by Convergence Magazine

Wednesday, June 8th, 2022

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“Unions Rising: Amazon v Labor” — THE WORK OF LIVING author Maximillian Alvarez speaks with The Marianne Williamson Podcast

Wednesday, June 1st, 2022

“One of the things that I so appreciate about [Maximillian Alvarez] is that [he is] a big picture person… [He] talks very specifically about the plight of working people in the United States, particularly their betrayal by the economic and political structures of our day, giving a historical context that always makes things much easier to understand and is very empowering.”

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“Stop putting police officers above the law: End qualified immunity in New York State” — ABOVE THE LAW author Ben Cohen writes for the Daily News

Wednesday, June 1st, 2022

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“The former mayor of the largest city in America should have better things to do — THE PRINCE author Ross Barkan writes for New York Magazine

Wednesday, June 1st, 2022

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“A rickety but potentially stable balance of power is unravelling in Northern Ireland thanks to the crass manoeuvres of the British government” — THE BROKEN BOY author Patrick Cockburn writes for the i

Wednesday, June 1st, 2022

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TALES OF TWO PLANETS editor John Freeman named a finalist in The Los Angeles Press Club’s 64th Southern California Journalism Awards

Wednesday, June 1st, 2022

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“The work of creating a more just society” — POWER CONCEDES NOTHING excerpted by Political Research Associates

Wednesday, May 25th, 2022

“The stakes in 2022 and 2024 remain extraordinarily high…  Whether the rich lessons of 2020 are absorbed and put to use by an expanded and more united progressive current in US politics will, in no small measure, shape the future of democracy.”

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“New York’s post–Andrew Cuomo governor, Kathy Hochul, has been taking a page from her disgraced predecessor” — THE PRINCE author Ross Barkan writes for Jacobin

Wednesday, May 25th, 2022

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“What are the chances of a return to violence in Northern Ireland?” — THE BROKEN BOY author Patrick Cockburn writes for the i

Wednesday, May 25th, 2022

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“Liberty and the Left” — HEAVEN IN DISORDER author Slavoj Žižek speaks at the Institute of Art and Ideas’ festival HowTheLightGetsIn

Wednesday, May 25th, 2022

“Twitter, Elon Musk, and tackling bad free speech critiques” — HATE INC. author Matt Taibbi speaks with So to Speak: The Free Speech Podcast

Wednesday, May 25th, 2022

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“Known for his acerbic prose and a writing style reminiscent of Hunter S. Thompson’s” — HATE INC. author Matt Taibbi featured in Yahoo! News

Wednesday, May 25th, 2022

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“This complex, moving poem… captures both the determined resistance and the fatalism of women trying to get some control over their lives” — Alissa Quart’s THOUGHTS AND PRAYERS excerpted in Literary Hub

Wednesday, May 25th, 2022

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“The deeply American purpose that Tucker Carlson serves is to convince citizens of the world’s biggest, most imposing imperial power that they themselves are always the underdog” — THE WORK OF LIVING author Maximillian Alvarez interviewed on Bad Faith

Tuesday, May 24th, 2022

“That poison runs deep in the veins of America” — THE WORK OF LIVING author Maximillian Alvarez interviewed on Rising

Tuesday, May 24th, 2022

“Centrist elites have stalled political change and made room for the reactionary right” — THE DEAD CENTER author Luke Savage interviewed on Theory of Change

Tuesday, May 24th, 2022

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“The world is dealing with multiple, simultaneous crises” — HEAVEN IN DISORDER author Slavoj Žižek writes for Project Syndicate

Tuesday, May 24th, 2022

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“Northern Ireland Had New Problems Even Before Boris Johnson Went Bull-in-a-China-Shop” — THE BROKEN BOY author Patrick Cockburn featured in Esquire

Tuesday, May 24th, 2022

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“Irish border issues are political trip wires” — THE BROKEN BOY author Patrick Cockburn writes for the i

Tuesday, May 24th, 2022

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