October 1917: The spark for great art


Morning Star | 03 January, 2017

“IN THE land of the Soviets every kitchen maid must be able to rule the state,” said Lenin and the arts were an intrinsic part of the Bolshevik revolution’s attempt to achieve this momentous step forward.

But it was no mean task. For a population — 80 per cent of whom were illiterate — serfdom, abolished in 1862-4, was still within living memory. Read More »

Calcutta Notebook

by B J

Frontier | Vol. 49, No.25, Dec 25 – 31, 2016

Finance Minister Arun Jaitley has said that demonetisation will lead to an increase in tax collection because of higher tax compliance. That is correct. But higher tax compliance means that people will have to pay more taxes. The shopkeeper was selling cloth till now at Rs 30 per meter because he was buying the cloth in cash from the powerloom owner who was not paying taxes. Now, he will buy the same cloth at Rs 35 per meter because the powerloom owner will have to pay tax. This will lead to a reduction in the purchasing power of the consumer and a corresponding decline in his standard of living. Read More »

Where Now for Chavismo?

by Rachael Boothroyd Rojas

Alborada magazine | Issue 3 – Winter 2016/17

On 28 July 2016, Hugo Chávez Frías would have been 62. Despite his death from cancer in March 2013, his figure and the mass-movement he inspired, Chavismo, looms large over the country, dominating the political scene and everyday conversations. From the Caracas barrio where I live, the unusually named ‘El Manicomio’ (Madhouse), the night-time fireworks celebrating Chávez’s birth can be heard from the Mountain Barracks where he is laid to rest, piercing the Tuesday night hum of the community and the conversations of my neighbour’s local store, which still boasts a small shrine in his honour.

Anybody who has read news articles about Venezuela in the past year can be under no illusions about the current situation that the country faces: economic meltdown, spiralling inflation, scarcities of basic goods, and an opposition hell-bent on unseating the president by any means possible before the end of the year. For those who have looked towards Venezuela as a beacon for a more just society, it’s a particularly painful sight. Triumphant headlines pervade virtually all mainstream press: socialism has failed (yet again!) and Chavismo hovers on the brink of extinction.Read More »

Dakota Access Opponents Stage Dramatic Protest Against U.S. Bank

by Jon Queally, staff writer

Common Dreams | 02 January, 2017

A pair of #NoDAPL protesters dropped a banner from the rafters inside the US Bank Stadium in Minneaopolis during the Minnesota Vikings vs. Chicago Bears football game on Sunday.  (Photo: Twitpic/Adam Greenberg/@pragactivist)

Continuing a strategy to target the project’s financial backers, a small team of Dakota Access Pipeline opponents on Sunday pulled off a dramatic banner-drop from the rafters of the U.S. Bank Stadium in Minneapolis as the Minnesota Vikings played the Chicago Bears.

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The Cuban people will triumph (+ Photos)

| 02 January, 2017

The words of Comandante en Jefe Fidel Castro, spoken last April at the 7th Party Congress, were reaffirmed during the Military Review and March of the Combatant People, today January 2, commemorating the 60th anniversary of the heroic uprising in Santiago de Cuba and the Granma expedition’s landing – Revolutionary Armed Forces Day – in honor of Fidel and Cuba’s youth