Teresa Mañe Miravent – Mother of Federica Montseny The following is a translation from Spanish. The Spanish original is available at the Biografias anarquistas section of the website of the CNT Puerto Real. Any errors of translation are entirely my responsibility.
Born on November 29 1865 in Cubelles (Garraf, Catalonia) – until recently believed to be in Vilanova i la Geltrú- the educator, activist and anarchist propagandist Teresa Mañe Miravent, better known under her pseudonym Soledad Gustavo. Her wealthy family ran the Garden Hotel in Vilanova i la Geltrú, known as the “Three Girls Hotel” as the three daughters (Read more…)
The Dark Side of Christian History
The Dark Side of Christian History by Helen Ellerbe: Morningstar and Lark, Orlando Florida, 1999 ISBN 0-9644873-4-9 This is the sort of book that I had to force myself through. It was not so much the purported subject matter but rather the author’s not-so-well-hidden agenda. This is not an overview of the crimes of the Roman Catholic Church and the Protestant churches except insofar as these can be slotted into Ellerbe’s real purpose. This purpose is to argue against Christianity and for pop-religious New-Age “spirituality” with a thin veneer of corrupted feminism. The (Read more…)
We’ve just seen “The Central Park Five,” the Ken Burns film about five young men of colour who were wrongfully arrested, indicted, and convicted of rape and attempted murder, and who served seven, and in one case, thirteen years, in prison for a crime they didn’t commit.
There was virtually no evidence linking the five teenagers to the crime, and enormous amounts of evidence showing they could not possibly have committed it. They were convicted on the strength of illegally obtained, coerced, false confessions.
In one sense, this story is one of the oldest in the United States. As former (Read more…)
This week we finished Ken Burns’ excellent documentary “Prohibition,” and I recommend it highly to everyone who enjoys history. Most of us know at least something about Prohibition, especially how it failed, but I’d bet that much of this film will be eye-opening.
And, if you aren’t a regular viewer of Ken Burns’ documentaries, this three-parter could serve as a wonderful introduction to his signature style. It’s on US Netflix, on PBS, and probably at your local library.
I did know that the early movement against alcohol was deeply rooted in the early US women’s movement. Women’s anti-alcohol (Read more…)
RUSSIA IN REVOLT: THE FIRST CRACK IN TSARIST POWER ‘Russia in Revolt: The First Crack in Tsarist Power’ by David Floyd. Macdonald Library of the 20th Century, Macdonald and Co., London 1969 Good old history light ! The Macdonald Library of the 20th Century is a series of brief books about outstanding events, personalities and trends in that century. The series ranges through the alphabet from ‘The Anarchists’ to ‘Woodrow Wilson’. All are heavy on pictures and light on text, each one readable in one day. Despite their brevity they can be very useful introductions.
This volume (Read more…)
A song from my childhood was on the satellite radio this evening. Transfusion, by Nervous Norvus. I looked him up on YouTube. He passed away a good many decades ago from alcohol abuse and skipped a chance at appearing on the Ed Sullivan Show to perform Transfusion. He really was nervous, I guess.
And of course there’s Ape Call:
Justin Doolittle, writing in Salon, takes down the military lovefest currently enveloping professional sports in North America: “Stop thanking the troops for me: No, they don’t “protect our freedoms!”“
Doolittle makes the point – extremely important and almost always overlooked – that we do not owe our present “freedom” (whatever that word is taken to mean) to “the troops”. (This is a point I recently quoted from Noah Richler‘s book What We Talk About When We Talk About War.) Doolittle writes: Freedom has become one of those politically charged terms that means whatever people (Read more…)
Remembrance Day is a conflicted day for me, I have had the absolute luxury of never having to fight in an armed conflict and for that I am grateful.
Conversely, the application of military power is always the sign of the failure of the human spirit when we must resort to destroying nations and people for what is purported to be what is “right”. We must remember all of those who gave their lives and have had their lives taken from them. John Pilgers quote speaks to the merciless nature of war.
During World War One, 10% of (Read more…)
For Canadians who fear and distrust the steadily growing militarism suffusing the culture of our country, two recent books are indispensable: What We Talk About When We Talk About War, by Noah Richler, and Warrior Nation: Rebranding Canada in an Age of Anxiety by Ian McKay and Jamie Swift.
Richler’s book focuses on the re-writing and re-framing the distant past. And as the title (with its homage to Raymond Carver) suggests, Richler focuses on language. He analyzes how Canada’s image of itself, in relation to war-making and the military, has been radically altered, bit by incremental bit.
The book (Read more…)
SYRIA – A SHORT HISTORY By Phillip K. Hitti, Colier Books, New York 1961 This book is an abridgement of the author’s previous work ‘History of Syria Including Lebanon and Palestine’ (1951). Before the present ‘Arab Spring’ and the subsequent civil war in Syria this country wasn’t of great interest to the average person. This had not, however, always been the case. In the past Syria and its Lebanese gateway had at time been very much in the centre of events. The author opens with a brief synopsis of Syria’s history, and continues with an (Read more…) . . . → Read More: Molly’sBlog: Syria- A Short History
[The over-emphasis on Canadian military history] distorts and downplays the significant roles that Canadian politicians, diplomats, jurists and a variety of other civilians (such as artists) have had in shaping not just the domestic Canadian polity but abstract, universal ideas about statehood that have served as examples internationally – in Scottish constitutional development, for instance, and of course in the development of the UN’s Universal Declaration of Human Rights, drafted in 1948.
The nature of this contribution is significant specifically because the truth of Canadian history is that our military’s stake has not been inordinate. Resolution through discussion and compromise, (Read more…)
Some years ago, I analyzed the “Discover Canada”, the most recent guide for immigrants studying for the Canadian citizenship exam. I compared the booklet to the previous citizenship guide, “A Look At Canada”, and found within its pages the Harper Government’s vision of Canada.
Later, we learned that the citizenship exam itself uses a significantly higher reading level than past exams, and functions as a barrier for many newcomers who wish to become citizens: “jason kenney gets his wish: the anglicising of canadian citizenship“.
More recently, columnist Heather Mallick analyzed the new Canadian passport. Unsurprisingly, she found the (Read more…)
I was mulling over the growth of the whole ‘artisan bread’ movement as I made another batch of dough last week to cold ferment in the fridge. As I lay in bed reading one night, I started to wonder what sort of bread Chaucer would have eaten. Or Shakespeare. That led to: how was bread made […]
NORMAN BETHUNE AND BLOOD TRANSFUSION: A GREAT CANADIAN LIE
If you visit pretty well any Canadian government site, or one receiving its funding from the government, you will come across the claim that the Canadian Communist surgeon Norman Bethune founded the first mobile blood transfusion unit in the world during his brief stay in Spain during the Spanish Civil War. This claim was set forth by Bethune himself, and it has been repeated by such institutions as Library and Archives Canada, Parks Canada, The Canadian Encyclopedia and the National Film Board. The reality is quite different, and to their (Read more…)
Last night we watched “Dirty Wars,” investigative journalist Jeremy Scahill’s documentary film exposing the United States’ covert, lethal, extra-governmental operations around the globe. It’s an important film. Depending on your level of knowledge of the US, it may be eye-opening, or it may be shocking.
If you have not yet seen this film, I urge you to. It’s available on US Netflix and from many public library catalogs. (The website has a link to agitate for cinema screenings in your area.)
Please note I have called this film “important” and I have urged you all to see (Read more…)
Poor Lao Tzu. He gets saddled with the most atrocious of the New Age codswallop. As if it wasn’t enough to be for founder of one of the most obscure philosophies (not a religion, since it has no deity), he gets to be the poster boy for all sorts of twaddle from people who clearly […]
One of the great delights of learning is to be able to read or hear something new, something unknown, something that challenges the mind or your previously formed ideas and opinions. Something that fascinates and delights you. That “ah ha!” moment. Last week I stumbled across a website called History of England and I felt […]
It’s dark in the cup, but in the glass pot for brewing, it’s a deep copper. It smells of earth and age, a hint of horses and leather. A rich, slightly sweet and crisp taste. Black, no milk. With milk, it changes to a hot-chocolate light brown, and the flavour mellows. I prefer the slightly […]
Mornin’ gentle readers. It’s movie Tuesday here on DWR, so lean forward find your favourite box of tissues and watch The War You Don’t See by John Pilger. If you are not up for violence and death, then watch anyways because if you rely on the MSM for your view of our ‘benevolent’ foreign policy you are tacitly what this documentary is against.
Filed under: Education, History, Media Tagged: DWR Movie Tuesday, John Pilger, The War You Don’t See
by Nathan Masters on September 22, 2011 3:00 PM
Fifty-eight years ago today, the Four Level interchange first opened to traffic. This iconic concrete ribbon that binds the 101 and 110 freeways is an almost inescapable feature of many Southern Californians’ commute. Admired by some and feared by others, the Four Level was—like many other highway innovations in Los Angeles—the first of its kind and destined to be copied elsewhere.
The Four Level interchange as seen from above in 1959. Courtesy of the California Historical Society Collection, USC Libraries.
The Four Level, also known as the Stack, gets its (Read more…)
During World War One, 10% of all casualties were civilians.
During World War Two, the number of civilian deaths rose to 50%.
During the Vietnam War, 70% of all casualties were civilians.
In the war in Iraq, civilians account for up to 90% of all deaths.
— The War You Don’t See by John Pilger.
Filed under: Education, History Tagged: Civilian Casualities, DWR Quote of the Day, The War You Don’t See, War
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