The Other 9/11 — Forty Years Already!

Last night we went with old friend Jean Cormier (author of several books & videos on the Che, among many other writings) to Ivry (one of the last communist held suburbs of Paris) to catch a play in remembrance of 11 September 1973, the day the democratically elected government of Chili was overthrown by a CIA initiated coup, in which President Salvador Allende died & General Pinochet came to … Read more The Other 9/11 — Forty Years Already!

Avnery on Debate

Here’s Uri Avnery’s take on the 2nd debate & beyond:   The Man with the Uzi THERE WAS this young Israeli who was captured by cannibals. They put him in the cooking pot and were about to light the fire, when he expressed one last wish: “Please box my ears!” When the cannibal chief obliged, the Israeli jumped up, leveled his Uzi and mowed down his captors. “If you … Read more Avnery on Debate

White Terrorists and Others

Top Ten Differences Between White Terrorists and Others By Juan Cole, Informed Comment 10 August 12 White terrorists are called “gunmen.” What does that even mean? A person with a gun? Wouldn’t that be, like, everyone in the US? Other terrorists are called, like, “terrorists.” White terrorists are “troubled loners.” Other terrorists are always suspected of being part of a global plot, even when they are obviously troubled loners. Doing … Read more White Terrorists and Others

Avnery on Syria

As usual, Avnery’s takes are fascinating & excellent food for the intelletto. This week the topic is Syria: Uri Avnery August 11, 2012  Bloody Spring) ON A flight to London in 1961, I had a unique experience. On the way, the plane made a stop in Athens and a group of Arabs joined us. That by itself was an experience. In those days, Israelis hardly ever met people from … Read more Avnery on Syria

The Creeping Fascism of American Politics

I have been a regular reader of Juan Cole’s excellent political analysis & commentary (Check out his Informed Comment site). Here the opening paragraphs of his latest piece: 20 May 12  The Creeping Fascism of American Politics wo congressmen are attempting to insert a provision in the National Defense Authorization act that would allow the Department of Defense to subject the US domestic public to propaganda. The bipartisan amendment was introduced … Read more The Creeping Fascism of American Politics

On Nanni Balestrini

Old friend & much admired Italian poet, novelist, avant-gardista in lit & politics, Nanni Balestrini, has just had a lovely homage/essay on Pierce Penniless. Here the opening paras: On a wall in a city in Italy is scrawled a graffito: ‘Leggete Nanni Balestrini’ – ‘Read Nanni Balestrini’. It brings you up short: an imprecation to read an avant-garde novelist is not something you often see written in spray-paint. Graffiti is … Read more On Nanni Balestrini

Colombian Poet Angye Gaona on Trial

This just in by email from Séamas Cain: The poet Angye Gaona has been charged formally by the Colombian government prosecutors.  She is accused of “Rebellion” and “drug trafficking.”  The prosecutors have indicated that this frame-up trial will begin on 23 January 2012 at the special criminal court in Cartagena de Indias. Angye Gaona is completely innocent of these charges!  But she is considered a nuisance by the ultra-conservative government because her writings, interviews, and … Read more Colombian Poet Angye Gaona on Trial

Khaled Mattawa on the overthrow of Qaddafi

The L.A. Times on 10/15 printed on its “Opinion” page a poem by Libyan-American poet Khaled Mattawa on the overthrow of Muammar Qaddafi. Below, the opening lines; you can read the whole work here. After 42 years By Khaled Mattawa  Five years old when the dictator took over in a coup — curfew shut our city down Bloodless coup, they said — The many who thought this could be good. The … Read more Khaled Mattawa on the overthrow of Qaddafi

Tunisia, Elections, & Women’s Rights

Today Tunisians vote to elect an assembly charged with drafting a new constitution that may help bring the hopes of the Jasmine Revolution of last February to fruition by creating the basis for a truly democratic state.  The fear is, of course, that the better organized & financed religious groupings — locals such as Rachid al-Ghannouchi & his “Renaissance Party” & their supposedly “lite” version of Islam, or the foreign-financed Salafis, … Read more Tunisia, Elections, & Women’s Rights