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I never wonder to see men wicked, but I often wonder to see them not ashamed.
Jarman award winner Jasmina Cibic: ‘Europe is collapsing in front of our eyes’
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.”... full article
Prejudices are the chains forged by ignorance to keep men apart.
Son los medios, ¡estúpido!
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….... full article
Power is no blessing in itself, except when it is used to protect the innocent.
Sleepwalking into a Nuclear Nightmare
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.... full article
If I can stop one heart from breaking, I shall not live in vain.
Carol Anderson on White Supremacy vs. Democracy
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.... full article