by Steve Sweeney
IRANIAN communists hailed the beginning of a new chapter in workers struggle today, as unions sent messages of international solidarity to striking lorry drivers.
Goods and haulage transportation has ground to a halt in Iran, with a dispute over terms and conditions and the rising prices of tyres and spare parts rolling into a second week.Read More »
by Charley Allan
WE ALL know our prisons are in a state of emergency — with horrifying stories of hospitalised officers, soaring suicide rates and synthetic-drug-fuelled riots reported almost every week.
Attacks on staff and prisoners have skyrocketed since the coalition government sacked 7,000 prison officers under the direction of serial wrecker Chris Grayling, while the Tories’ recent desperate recruitment drive has proved to be too little, too late.Read More »
Lemmings commit harikari too with boom-bust cycles (Image by Eric Allie)
So are the banksters all right after all?
Nope. All there is to show after 400 years is a kind of Pax Hamstera, or better, Pax Lemmus. The horrors of the 19th-20th centuries, now going off the horror chart in the 21st century. We run faster and faster, inventing and marketing ever new gadgets, and the standard of living, we now realize, is plummeting, not so much in dollar terms (that, yes) but in terms of all the ‘external economies’ that come along with those gadgets, and the lifestyle of homo hamsterus.Read More »
Before he went to prison, Mark Loughney used watercolors and acrylics to create bright, playful portraits of his favorite musicians. His early work features Trey Anastasio and Grace Potter and Snoop Dogg, all smiling and content, deep into their guitars and joints. But then Loughney committed a crime that even now, years later, he can barely explain.Read More »
by Ilina Sen
[Kasturi Basu, Mitali Biswas (dir) and Scripted by Kasturi Basu, Mitali Biswas and Dwaipayan Banerjee]
This is a film about the life of the Communist poet Saroj Dutta, and the turbulent days of the Naxal movement in Bengal in the sixties and seventies, where the poet and his context become inseparable from each other.Read More »