Mother Tareka & the Rebel Funktion
With blasting Afro-beat horn lines, a funky rhythm section, clever samples and lyrics that cut to the point of the major issues in our world, Elephants by Mother Tareka & the Rebel Funktion is music for movement and action. Mother Tareka (a.k.a. Tarek Funk) . . . → Read More: Canadian Dimension: Mother Tareka addresses the elephants in the room
A Propaganda System: How Government, Corporations, Media and Academia Sell War and Exploitation
Propaganda is only as good as the processes through which it is concealed. Traditional examples of propaganda — the cult of personality, the political commissar, and the threat of the work camp (or worse) — were . . . → Read More: Canadian Dimension: The Propaganda System in Canada
Avu DuVernay’s latest documentary 13th comes at an important junction in American history. The 2016 presidential elections confirmed that divisions of race and class continue to be central and defining features of contemporary US society. After all, Donald Trump ran on a platform of open bigotry, courting a reactionary . . . → Read More: Canadian Dimension: Ava DuVernay’s ‘13th’ a must-see exposé of mass incarceration in the US
A book review of Torkil Lauesen 380 pages Nemo Publishing, Copenhagen 2016
by Stein Lillevolden (social worker)
First posted at: https://radikalportal.no/2016/05/27/det-ulike-bytte/
Also published in the Danish newsletter Demos
In the late 1970s, I studied political science at Oslo University, by all evidence pretty half-heartedly. With half a heart — mostly because it was a . . . → Read More: Kersplebedeb | Kersplebedeb: Stein Lillevolden Reviews Det Globale Perspektiv
Rebel Youth: 1960s Labour Unrest, Young Workers, and New Leftists in English Canada
University of British Columbia Press, 2014
Many readers of this magazine will remember April 1971. Some attended the New Democratic Party convention where, after four ballots, David Lewis defeated his Waffle opponent, James Laxer.
The Waffle, struggling to . . . → Read More: Canadian Dimension: Rebel Youth offers depth but lacks dimension
Milton Acorn: The People’s Poet
Kent Martin & Errol Sharpe
Roseway Publishing, 2015
Though I had heard of Milton Acorn for many years before his death in 1986, I never knew his poetry very well. Acorn was the political enfant terrible of the Canadian poetry scene, infamously passed over for a Governor-General’s Award . . . → Read More: Canadian Dimension: The “People’s Poet” in three dimensions
Still from The Pass System The Pass System Alex Williams 2015 Starting in the 1880s, the federal government implemented an illegal pass system to restrict Indigenous peoples in Western Canada to … . . . → Read More: Canadian Dimension: Conflict, Coercion, and Settler Colonialism in Western Canada
Released by PM Press in collaboration with Kersplebedeb in 2014, Turning Money into Rebellion: The Unlikely Story of Denmark’s Revolutionary Bank Robbers recalls the exploits of the so-called Blekingegade Gang, a group of Marxist revolutionaries who, during the 1970s and ‘80s, robbed cash-in-transit trucks, warehouses, and post offices around Copenhagen in order to provide national liberation movements in the Third World with much-needed material support. Now one of the group’s former members, Torkil Lauesen, has written a book titled Det globale perspektiv, “The Global Perspective”, released by the Danish press Nemo in May 2016.
When the Blekingegade Group members ………..READ MORE
. . . → Read More: Kersplebedeb | Kersplebedeb: Torkil Lauesen’s “The Global Perspective” (reviewed by Gabriel Kuhn)
War Against the People: Israel, the Palestinians and Global Pacification Jeff Halper Pluto Press, 2015 Jeff Halper is an unusual hybrid presence on both the scholarly and political scene. He describes himself as an … . . . → Read More: Canadian Dimension: Pacifying Palestinians and Pacifying the World
After the Sands: Energy and Ecological Security for Canadians Gordon Laxer Douglas & McIntyre, 2015 When Ralph Nader called Gordon Laxer’s book After the Sands “a myth-destroying blockbuster” it couldn’t… . . . → Read More: Canadian Dimension: A blueprint for Canada’s energy policy
Social Structures of Direct Democracy: On The Political Economy of Equality John Asimakopoulos Haymarket, 2016 The role of superdelegates in some Democratic Party caucuses is current news that has people talking abo… . . . → Read More: Canadian Dimension: Is representational democracy possible?
The Revenant Alejandro González Iñárritu 2015 “You all have stolen everything from us. Everything!” – Elk Dog Alejandro González Iñárritu’s The Revenant offers an aesthetically exquisite and beautifu… . . . → Read More: Canadian Dimension: The Bloody History of Accumulation by Dispossession
It’s massive: 130 artists, over 50 national pavilions and more than 40 collateral events across the city. It’s also largely irrelevant to the fate of Venice in a world of irresistible climate change. Venice is in peril, its future grim; sea levels are rising, flood barriers are inadequate, giant cruise ships and billionaire super yachts […] . . . → Read More: Art Threat: Venice Biennale: Artists Fiddled While Venice Drowned
RIDM always has way more films that look fantastic than any one person with other commitments can reasonably see in the space of ten days, which is a great problem to have. These are a few suggestions of things we’ve seen and loved.
The Chinese Mayor
The Chinese Mayor (2015, Hao Zhou) is a . . . → Read More: Art Threat: Our RIDM suggestions: urban development, rural Jesus, protest music, and more
The wave of police killings of young blacks in the U.S. over the past several years and the recent resistance in Ferguson and Baltimore have made police violence a front-page issue. A broad debate about police violence is crucial, and one recently published book adds a dimension to that debate that, while essential, might . . . → Read More: Kersplebedeb | Kersplebedeb: Police Wife: A Review by André Moncourt
Debriefing Elsipogtog: The Anatomy of a Struggle
Fernwood Books, 2015
When is a journalist not a journalist? According to CBC New Brunswick’s Information Morning host Terry Seguin, and media guests Dan Leger and Philip Lee, it is when the journalist becomes an activist. Calling freelance journalist Miles Howe a mere blogger, . . . → Read More: Canadian Dimension: Debriefing Elsipogtog: the Anatomy of a Struggle
Highway of Tears
Sean Carleton is a member of the CD collective and writes The Popular Front column on pop culture.
Highway of Tears is an excellent new documentary by filmmaker Matt Smiley that sheds light on the problem of missing and murdered Indigenous women in Canada with a special . . . → Read More: Canadian Dimension: Justice Delayed is Justice Denied
Slick, and tight-fitting, they do indeed feel like a second skin. But that ‘minimalist’ thing gives them a tight timeline for staying comfortable.
A lot gets said about jerseys. They’re part totem, part equipment. So there’s more lore, superstition and custom around them than most other bits of bike kit. I will explain a bit about what I think about jerseys which should explain what I’m reviewing and what I’m not, then I’ll get straight to the part . . . → Read More: cmkl: Jerseys – for when you need to keep your shirt on
Wherein I review all the warm weather, fingerless gloves I’ve ever used and wrecked. Including some I hope I don’t wreck for a long, long time.
Cuba, the Media, and the Challenge of Impartiality
Monthly Review Press, 2015
Salim Lamrani is a French journalist and academic. His 2013 volume on Cuba and the West, The Economic War on Cuba (reviewed in CD 49:2, March/April 2015), performed a concise and careful demolition of pro-embargo myths, owing largely to . . . → Read More: Canadian Dimension: Media discourse and the Cuban question
Human on the Inside: Unlocking the Truth About Canada’s Prisons
University of Regina Press, 2014
Writing prescriptively about incarceration is to wrestle with abstractions. Contained in each statistic – suicides, recidivism, inmates per cell – is a thousand voices, separate cockpits of despair or detachment or energy or boredom. Authors who . . . → Read More: Canadian Dimension: The dehumanizing power of institutions
Noam Chomsky & Ilan Pappé
In 2010, Haymarket Books published a collection of interviews and essays from Noam Chomsky and Ilan Pappé that attempted to make sense of the Gaza War of 2008-2009, otherwise known as Operation Cast Lead. The conflict, which lasted three weeks, ended in a unilateral . . . → Read More: Canadian Dimension: On Palestine: A brief but essential update
Wherein I compare the comfort and usefulness of the various bib shorts I’ve used