Happy New Year (2): New Magazines

January 1, 2014 at 10:31 pm (Uncategorized) ()

Well, the holidays are always useful to catch up with reading.

A few new things arrived at the mailbox recently:

1.  Communicating Vessels #25

CV is reflections of technology, surrealism, art, poems and very cool graphics. Less explicitly political than in previous issues, but a joy to read. No email or web site, but you can order it  Little Black Cat

2. Communism – The journal of the Internationalist Communist Group

Not usually a fan of their stuff, but the new issue is mostly leaflets from around the world. Interesting for the geographical breadth.

3. Datacide

Based in German, Datacide is a mix of ultra-left politics and bands you’ve never heard of; what more could you want?

 

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Happy New Year (1): Pussy Riot

January 1, 2014 at 5:01 pm (Uncategorized) (, )

So on December 23, Vladimir Putin decided to release the members of Pussy Riot jailed for hooliganism. (Now some of you will tell me, that Putin didn’t release them, the courts did, but we know different don’t we?)

The question is why? And why now?

  • Was it the international campaign to free them that sparked his decision? (My guess is that part of the reason the case reached such celebrated status was that commentators welcomed the opportunity to say “pussy riot.” – call me a cynic)
  • Was it because Putin just didn’t really like that performance artist nailing his scrotum to the ground in Red Square?  (Don’t watch the video, you’ll regret it)
  • Was it maybe a cynical ploy to build a positive image for this year’s Winter Olympics (My personal choice, but it ain’t gonna work)

In any event it promises to be an interesting 2014. Rarely, when unpleasant regimes relax do the people held say, “Thanks, that’s enough. We don’t need any more rights and freedoms.”

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