Art and Communism: Soviet Posters Against Racism and War

The visionary propaganda of the USSR’s skilled artists upheld social equality in contrast to racial hatred, colonialism and imperialism.

The Bolshevik Revolution of 1917 ushered in the world’s first socialist state. Encompassing one-sixth of the world, the Soviet Union sought in its early days to bring about a global revolution against capitalism and imperialism, and openly declared its opposition to colonialism, racism and exploitation.

In order to advance toward the goal of world revolution, agitational propaganda, or agitprop was deployed as a means of conveying Marxist theory to the workers and oppressed of the world. Entire departments and agencies produced posters, cinema, poetry, music and literature for this purpose, and life in the socialist state was permeated with the striking motifs of agitprop artwork.

teleSUR takes a look at the iconic political posters of visionary Soviet artist and propagandist, Viktor B. Koretsky.

No to Fascism!
No to Fascism!

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Poets who dedicated verses to Che (+Photos)


Granma | July 25, 2017

Poets who dedicated verses to Che

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Contemplating Guernica in all its greatness


Granma | June 29, 2017

The structure of the painting is similar to that of a triptych, whose central panel is occupied by the dying horse and the woman carrying the lamp. On the right, the house on fire with the woman screaming, and, on the left, the bull and the woman with her dead baby. Photo:

Guernica is the most famous painting of the 20th century. Pablo Picasso (Málaga, 1881 – Mougins, France, 1973) first unveiled the monumental piece to the public 80 years ago and to celebrate this anniversary, the Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía in Madrid has organized the exhibition Pity and Terror: Picasso’s Path to Guernica.Read More »

The ‘Truth’ Of The Matter

by | June 10, 2017

The events at Standing Rock have been transformative, and these victories are not ones that Energy Transfer Partners or even President-elect Trump can take away. (Photo: Oceti Sakowin/flickr/cc)

Lies in heart!
Lies in brain!
Lies everywhere
Truth rarely seen!

News reports are lies!
Political statements…lies!
Growth statistics are lies
Future predictions lies!

Where mobs Lynch people
Talks of welfare state are lies!
Communal forces omnipresence
Proves talks of harmony lies!

‘Aadhar ‘ for everyone
Surveillance on everyone
Speak of fundamental rights
No! All damn lies!

Chemical weapons in Syria
US elections connection with Russia
Reducing carbon emissions
Little truth! Lot lies!

The standing Rock struggle
The Chhattisgarh adivasis protest
The Aussies anti- coal mine movement
Are not at all lies!

Lies propagated as truths
Half – truths and ‘ post truths’
Cannot, for long, hide reality
From vast humanity


Aadhar …. Unique identification number (aadhar gets new security features … Hindustan times, June 9 )

Syria denies using chemical weapons in Idlib — Al Jazeera ( April 6 2017)

US elections connection with Russia ..Julian assange speaks about US elections and Russian involvement ( you tube 15 – 12 – 2016)

Standing Rock … Protests DAPL

 Sheshu Babu is a writer from anywhere and everywhere and who wants to foster the world

Into the Streets May First

by Alfred Hayes

New Masses, May 1934

Into the streets May First!
Into the roaring Square!
Shake the midtown towers!
Shatter the downtown air!
Come with a storm of banners,
Come with an earthquake tread,
Bells, hurl out of your belfries,
Red flag, leap out your red!
Out of the shops and factories,
Up with the sickle and hammer,
Comrades, these are our tools,
A song and a banner!
Roll song, from the sea of our hearts,
Banner, leap and be free;
Song and banner together,
Down with the bourgeoisie!
Sweep the big city, march forward,
The day is a barricade;
We hurl the bright bomb of the sun,
The moon like a hand grenade.
Pour forth like a second flood!
Thunder the alps of the air!
Subways are roaring our millions –
Comrades, into the square!



Isabelle Huppert: Theater defies space and time


Granma | 05 April, 2017

On receiving the Golden Globe for Best Actress in a Drama, for her performance in the film Elle, Isabelle Huppert noted: “There are people from all over the world here in this room from China to the Arabic world, from America to Europe. Do not expect cinema to build walls and borders.” Photo:

“TO be or not to be, that is the question.” This is probably the most famous phrase in theater history, pronounced by Hamlet, Prince of Denmark, in a soliloquy in the first scene of the third act of William Shakespeare’s homonymous tragedy.

It is natural to recall it now, on the occasion of the celebrations for World Theater Day, established in 1961 on a UNESCO proposal, as a tribute to the inauguration in Paris on March 27, 1948, of the International Theater Institute (ITI), which brings together representatives from all countries of the world.Read More »

Designs On Dissent


Morning Star | 31 January, 2017

A SMALL silk buttonhole, a pamphlet on how to avoid arrest and a petition for women to sit their medical degree exams.

These are just some of the objects on display at the Radical Voices exhibition at Senate House Library in the University of London charting how protest has been expressed over the past two centuries.

Including petitions, photographs, posters, songs, poetry, book collections, political cartoons, badges and ephemera, it is a rich analysis of the voices that have spoken out and have often forced change.

There’s a James Gillray cartoon dating 1807 — the oldest item on show — along with much more recent items such as a 2003 Stop the War poster and literature printed by Occupy Design in 2012 as part of the occupation at St Paul’s cathedral.Read More »

Havana Ballet Festival: The magnificent legacy of Alicia Alonso


Granma | 31 October, 2016


First ballerina Anette Delgado as the country girl in the first act of Giselle, one of the National Ballet of Cuba’s iconic pieces. Photo: Nancy Reyes

Two dates have marked Havana’s International Ballet Festival for more than 50 years: its inauguration every two years, October 28, and the obligatory Giselle Gala, November 2.

Both dates celebrate landmarks in the history of Cuban ballet. The first, October 28, harks back to 1948, when the country’s first professional company took the stage at the Auditorium Theater. Founded by Alicia, Fernando, and Alberto Alonso, the company included 30 dancers, of which only 11 were Cuban.

It would be the spark that, within a few decades, would become the National Ballet of Cuba (BNC), one of the world’s best, establishing the Cuban school of ballet with its base at the Alicia Alonso Academy created in 1950, to urgently train Cuban dancers.Read More »