In her poem, Mumbai, Mamta Agarwal recalls the exhilaration, mystery, nostalgic preconceptions and anticipations of geographical change—the effect such a shift can have on the self. "Everyday I realize, life is a gift... despite pain and sorrow, there is so much beauty around to help one surface up from bottomless trenches of darkness." Counting among her influences the works of Neruda, Yeats, Tagore, Eminescu and Angelou, she has a distinct voice and vision of her own, one that revels in making sense of the mysteries of place and time.
Naila Claudia Schulte is still trying to figure out why caring about those beyond one's family and friends should label someone "political." A gifted poet, she counts among her influences the great Sufi sage, M.R. Bawa Muhaiyaddeen. In her poems and songs, Schulte surfs through conflicts, emotions, ironies, hints of the metaphysical and, finally, those universal perspectives that arise in the process of making great poetry.
As Karen Dolan and Jodi L. Carr have written in an Institute for Policy Studies report: “We are a nation that has turned its welfare system into a criminal system." David Kraus, in his latest article about the Greek situation, writes: "as the Euro deflates into oblivion... the dollar as a currency will also deflate... None of this was inevitable nor did it happen by accident." Will Americans be able to learn anything from the Greeks? Slavoj Žižek, Alexis Tsipras and Oliver Stone at the Subversive Festival 2013 in Zagreb. Photo Copyright 2013 by Robert Crc in the Public Domain.
By David Kraus
As a poet, Nimal Dunuhinga has that rare gift of being able to endlessly cycle through his memories and experiences, though they may seem as untamable as a loose strand of celluloid wheeling and whipping around at the end of a reel. Vividly conjuring images, feelings, sensations and associations with longing and desire, he has the ability to draw his readers into a deeper experience of their own lives.
In the era of the NDAA and NSA surveillance, as well as a severely compromised corporate mainstream media, how much difference is there really between life in a theocracy like Iran and what we still think of as a "free" Western secular nation like the US, especially as the Constitution loses more and more of its relevance with every passing day? This is only one of the questions raised by Faranak Rezaee's television images which challenge the idea of our perceived freedoms which can now even be considered highly suspect.
Seven years before last month's 70th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz, Nicoleta Gabor photographed the concentration camp that had been liberated by the Red Army at the end of World War II. In light of the persecution taking place around the globe of peoples in Kashmir, Tibet, Albania, Myanmar, West Papua and Palestine (where both Muslims and Christians are persecuted) one can only wonder if anything at all has been learned.
From 2014... t has been forty years since Peter Davis's Hearts and Minds and it still continues to bear witness to Western imperial adventurism. By James Williamson Photograph by SP5 Edgar Price, in the public domain
"From within its covers, laced between the pages, he pulled about ten 4 x 5inch portraits of Indian faces executed in oil pastels, overlaid with color patches in distinct forms. The colors were ones that Gaugin had used—orange beside purple beside apple green, varieties of yellow, cerulean blue and black. Great colors. The portraits were all somber, but the color forms atop the formal structure created both tension and mystery," wrote Marilyn Pink, the L.A. gallery owner, and friend of the artist, as she recalls her initial impression of a young Aaron Freeland, and her personal introduction to his talent.
Sibel Edmonds—the woman who would become known as the "most gagged whistleblower in US history"—was hired by the FBI to translate intercepted conversations between Turkish diplomats and high-ranking U.S. State Department officials. In the heady days of high-security alert that followed 9/11, she was the perfect fit for her job; however, when she acted according to her sense of duty and reported her findings, she was told to keep quiet and was driven from her position. What followed was an unravelling that led all the way to the Bush Administration and the Justice Department. Richard McManus reveals what the mainstream media has ignored.
"I am still paying back a loan that I took out to pay for my husband’s chemotherapy treatment... My children are always helping me, but they are not themselves financially secure. I am still ready to chop wood and work and my children and I will
work and as long as I am healthy, I will not be hungry. I do not need any work or anything that they give me or to have police protection such as it is, from these who are attacking me. But, it is truly hard to be alone, lonely, Don Quixote."
In the tradition of the great Italian neorealist films of the forties and the films of Satyajit Ray, Richie Mehta has created one of the most moving and accurate portrayals of India in decades. A review of 'Siddharth' by James Williamson (From 2014...) Photograph courtesy of Zeitgeist Films
From 2014... Anton Corbijn's screen adaptation of John le Carre's novel is a sophisticated thriller, one that is more character-driven than action-filled. Yet it is absolutely gripping and has much to contribute to the dialogue about the surveillance state, the "war on terror" and civil liberties. By James Williamson
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