A major retrospective of the work of the 20th Century painter Max
Beckmann (1884-1950) is currently running at the Tate Modern in London.
Given the exhibition’s major concern with war and violent conflict, the
timing could hardly be more apt as we approach a likely bloody
imperialist war in the Middle East.
In the excellent television programme, Palestine – Still the issue,
which unfortunately was broadcast so late that many people will have
missed the chance to see it, John Pilger provided a follow-up
documentary to one he did 25 years ago on the issue.
THE FILM Rabbit Proof Fence is based on the true story of three girls’
trek across 1,500 miles of Australian outback in 1931. However, the film
is not just the story of an incredible feat of human endurance across
Genoa and the worsening world economic situation necessitate that the
Committee for a Workers’ International (CWI) fully takes stock of the
present general economic, social and political situation in order to
prepare our members and wider layers of activists to intervene in the
stormy events which loom.
There are few books of political theory that have received such
widespread publicity as Empire, by Michael Hardt and Antonio Negri
(Hardt & Negri). It has been described as ‘neo-Marxist’ or even as the
‘new Communist Manifesto’.
The speech by Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva (Lula), the popular Left
Brazilian president, was undoubtedly the most anticipated event in the
World Social Forum. The crowd was even bigger than the 140,000 that
participated in the opening march of the WSF, the day before.
Throughout Europe the clashes around the Gothenburg EU summit have been
utilised to unleash a propaganda barrage against the growing
anti-capitalist movement in general and socialists in particular.
Completely wild and undefined accusations of being "anarchists",
"hooligans" etc. are being hurled...
The Dancer Upstairs is set in an unnamed Latin America country in the
recent past and concerns the attempts of a policeman, Agustin Rejas
(played by Javier Bardem), to capture the elusive guerrilla leader who
calls himself Ezequiel.