I never wonder to see men wicked, but I often wonder to see them not ashamed.

-Jonathan Swift

Jarman award winner Jasmina Cibic: ‘Europe is collapsing in front of our eyes’

Emine Saner
November 23, 2021

There is a seam of dark humour whenever the Slovenian artist Jasmina Cibic is preparing to show her work in certain European countries. “They’re firing so many museum directors,” she says, with a brittle smile, “so we had this joke, that my show was going to be the last one for that director’s career.”

Cibic points to what has been happening in Hungary and Poland, where rightwing governments have attacked the arts, sacking museum and theatre directors, silencing writers and putting pressure on galleries. Even in Britain, which may be far less authoritarian but is prone to populist nationalism, Cibic has met obstacles. After Brexit, she says, “I lost [some exhibitions] in English museums, and I was told that they will reprogramme to suit local and national interests.” She smiles. “With the nature of my work, it couldn’t be more bizarre.”

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Prejudices are the chains forged by ignorance to keep men apart.

-Marguerite Gardiner

Son los medios, ¡estúpido!

November 28, 2021

De un tiempo a esta parte se ha extendido la idea de que la crispación y la polarización política que vive nuestro país es culpa de “los políticos”. Parece imposible negar que los políticos ponen en práctica estilos polarizadores, en lugar de optar por estilos centrados, serenos y constructivos….

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Power is no blessing in itself, except when it is used to protect the innocent.

-Jonathan Swift

Sleepwalking into a Nuclear Nightmare

By Caitlin Johnstone, © Consortiumnews
November 29, 2021

Every day there’s more propaganda banging the drums of war between nuclear-armed nations a little louder. Western media are churning out reports about Russia preparing to invade Ukraine any minute now and China preparing to invade Taiwan any minute now, saying the response to each is obviously to move a lot of high-powered weaponry to both of those locations. None of them are questioning whether these allegations are true or whether those responses are wise.

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If I can stop one heart from breaking, I shall not live in vain.

-Emily Dickinson

Carol Anderson on White Supremacy vs. Democracy

November 26, 2021

This week on CounterSpin: What do we want? Multiracial democracy. When do we want it? Now. What stands in the way? White supremacy that has disregarded, derailed and violently defied that democracy at multiple turns.

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