After a record-breaking
year-and-a-half of negotiations
to form a Belgian government following the June 2010 general elections [previously
], a six-party coalition has finally reached an agreement
. While this is noteworthy enough, the character who has finally achieved the seemingly impossible
and is set to become Belgium's first Francophone Prime Minister since 1974 is possibly even more interesting: meet Elio di Rupo
. [more inside]
Scottish trade unionist, journalist and broadcaster Jimmy Reid
has died aged 78. Often described as the best MP Scotland never had
, Reid was the instigator of the 1971 Upper Clyde Shipbuilders
, where rather than striking, workers demonstrated the viability of the shipyards by working to fill the orders on the books, drawing national and international support (including a fat cheque
from John Lennon). The year after, he was elected as rector of the University of Glasgow, where he delivered a speech
(behind a paywall, sadly) that the New York Times (which saw fit to print it in full) called one of the finest since the Gettysburg Address [more inside]
Land and Freedom
, in its entirety. It's a film about a young English Communist who goes to fight the fascists
amidst the Spanish Revolution
as a member of the POUM
militia. He sees both the reality of a people's revolution and the consequences of Stalinism. It's directed by Ken Loach
, who also directed Bread and Roses
and The Wind that Shakes the Barley
will help a lot if you don't speak Spanish.
What Republicans believe
- a poll of 2000 self-identified republicans by DailyKos/Research2000. With a little elucidation
of some of the polling numbers by Nate of FiveThirtyEight. And also picked up by O'Reilly
- Containing the three major works of Gerald Massey
and his minor work commonly titled: The Lectures
. Published here in their entirety, fully revised and amended, with additional material by the editor.
Recollecting a culture : photography and the evolution of a socialist aesthetic in East Germany. "in contrast to Western histories built upon a foundation of works by modernist and early-modernist masters, the history of East German photography was built from a body of images by amateurs and artists, largely unknown outside Eastern Europe and the former Soviet Union, whose photographs depicted the world from the class perspective of the worker."
From a 1999 exhibition held at Boston University. 100 images, 10 essays. Sadly, a bad interface and small reproductions. Out of control : photography from East Germany
. A 1993 project documenting "the uses of photography in Eastern Germany after the collapse of the German Democratic Republic (GDR)"
also, with small pictures.
"I have had two accidents in my life - the streetcar crash and Diego Rivera."
's birth, the largest ever exhibition
of her work is taking place. Frida has been the subject of or inspiration for
movies (most recently, this lovely
, although not without some controversy
books (this biography
is quite good), a postage
, and a brand of tequila
). People have been interested in her socialist politics
. There is an online
. She was also featured
in Smithsonian Magazine
. If anything, Frida was always outspoken
Tweedledum and Tweedledee:
Two great essays from very opposite sides of the barricades, but embodying the same healthy bloody-mindedness: reverent Roger Scruton
, English, conservative and monarchist ,on the Right, and irreverent Glen Newey
, Scottish, socialist and republican, on the Left. The differences are plain to see. But it's the similarities, I think, that point to the enduring strength of the British political spirit.
The Russian Avant-Garde Book
is an online version of the MoMA exhibit, featuring 112 books originally published in Russia during the intensely creative period between 1910 and 1934, before Stalin outlawed any style but social realism. The site is separated into three chronological themes and includes examples of futurist works, constructivist graphic design, children's books, propaganda, photography and photomontage, revolutionary imagery, architecture and industry, war themes, folk art and judaica...