Look, I don’t like the bloody thing either. That, though, is why I’ve never put myself forward for a job where I’m expected, on occasion, to sing it. I’m a republican too: you won’t catch me volunteering to sing Her Majesty’s praises. I don’t really go in for the pomp and ceremony that gaudily rivets … Continue reading What Did You Expect?
Originally posted on The Gerasites:
By Citizen Sane (@citizen_sane) It seems fashionable once more to ask “what was your Kronstadt?” I’ve probably had three epochal political awakenings in my life, three incidents in particular that have made me re-evaluate my world view. Number 1: Moscow, February 1992. On a college trip to Russia, the collapse… Continue reading Some thoughts on Corbyn and the Labour Party
Never forget how this started: the spontaneous outbreak of peaceful protest. A people brutalised by decades of dictatorship and harsh repressions, in solidarity with the revolutionaries of the Arab Spring, saw a slim chance for freedom, and took it. They – the people – filled ancient cities with chanting, and song. This, the dictatorship could … Continue reading Brief History of a Lie
Originally posted on Ottawa Citizen:
“The worst part of it is the feeling that we don’t have any allies,” Montreal’s Faisal Alazem, the tireless 32-year-old campaigner for the Syrian-Canadian Council, told me the other day. “That is what people in the Syrian community are feeling.” There are feelings of deep gratitude for having been welcomed… Continue reading Glavin: This is what it’s come to: Letting Syria die, watching Syrians drown
In 2005 the great left-wing intellectual Fred Halliday published a typically rich and fascinating essay about what he termed “The Three Dustbin Theory of History”, which, he argued, “rests on the claim that, despite the receding of the Cold War, we remain, in key respects, prisoners of its legacy and will.” The last of Halliday’s … Continue reading From The Third Dustbin