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Book Review — Kamchatka: a child’s-eye view of Argentina’s “Dirty War”

August 2012

“Fear had taken root in my own house, in my drawer, carefully folded, smelling of fresh laundry, nestling among the socks.” With these simple words, author Marcelo Figueras re-creates the opening days of a military coup d’état and its effect on a family of four. Set against the terrifying backdrop of Argentina’s “Dirty War” —… Read more »

Movie reviews: The Visitor, The Intouchables, Amreeka

October 2012

The Visitor (2007, directed by Thomas McCarthy) is a sensitive story of two young, undocumented immigrants in post 9/11 New York. It does a fine job of exposing the human cost of U.S. immigration policies. The movie unfolds as Walter, a burned out college professor finds himself unexpectedly sharing his New York apartment with Tarek… Read more »

Imagine … revolution! Lennon’s political legacy

April 2013

Volumes have been written about the life and music of John Lennon. The least appreciated aspect is that his desire to make the world a better place was deeply political, and in turbulent times much like today. As Marx might have put it, through his music Lennon carried out a battle “now hidden, now open”… Read more »

Freedom Socialist review — Summoning Ghosts — The art of painter Hung Liu

October 2013

With drips and washes, color, photography and shaped canvases, shelves and artifacts, the art of Hung Liu in her spring exhibit, Summoning Ghosts, at the Oakland Museum of California, feeds the eyes. What a joy it was to be present with the China-born artist’s energy reflected in the retrospective, which will be traveling nationally. This… Read more »

Freedom Socialist Book Review: We Need New Names, by NoViolet Bulawayo

February 2014

We Need New Names, by NoViolet Bulawayo, is much more than a coming of age story. It’s a tale of savage colonialism, of local tyrants and unremitting droughts and rains, of the shattering pain of having to leave because all things are falling apart. It’s the story of one girl’s unique trajectory that shares common… Read more »

Freedom Socialist book review — Imagine Living In a Socialist USA, by Paul Street

April 2014

It is progress that a book entitled Imagine Living In a Socialist USA has been published by Harper, a major mainstream publisher. The brief first section, “What’s Wrong With Capitalism?” by Paul Street outlines the ruthlessness of the capitalist system, its incompatibility with democracy, and why our survival depends on pushing it off the stage… Read more »