Category: Culture/Media

  • Review: I Am Not Your Negro

    Now and then, and despite its capitalist and racial biases, our culture throws up something that can speak quite eloquently and uniquely about the times we’re living through. In this case, I’m referring to an amazing documentary film that has been released recently, “I Am Not Your Negro,” directed by Raoul Peck, an acclaimed Haitian director with major films to his credit. This latest work is well worth seeing and has been well received here. Keep reading »

  • To exist, Is to Resist

    Against the Blacklisting of Activists and Writers

    The cancellation of a lecture by journalist Rania Khalek, who was invited to speak on the University of North Carolina (UNC) – Chapel Hill campus by Students for Justice in Palestine (SJP) on February 27, 2017, raises important issues of tactics and strategy within movements for social change. The whole statement, posted on Facebook the … Keep reading »

  • Corbyn’s Manifesto on Digital Democracy

    Technological advancements have transformed our daily lives, and politics is changing too. The issues may not change that much – people want decent housing and decent jobs, they want access to education and opportunity, they want thriving public services and a society which works for the millions not just the millionaires. But the terrain on … Keep reading »

  • The U.S. Empire’s Culture Industry, at Large

    “U.S. Empire’s Decline”: Spectre or Social Fact? For readers immersed in the annals of Empire, it is well known that the United States is no ordinary country in the world system. The United States is a unique Empire whose national security strategy since 1945 has relied upon a mix of diplomacy and brute military force to … Keep reading »

  • This Is Not an Obituary: Listening to Ornette Coleman

    Ornette Coleman died in June of a cardiac arrest on the same day as an infamous bad guy actor, Christopher Lee and legendary professional wrestler Dusty Rhodes. One can’t help but chuckle at the Colemanesque improvisation of the Grim Reaper. Coleman was perhaps the jazz musician with the most theoretical depth, even if his own … Keep reading »

  • The ‘Longue durée’ of the Québec Spring

    As has been the case for several years, great mobilizations take place around the globe. We notice them when they are covered by mainstream media; although the coverage only occurs when these mobilizations reach their apex. Generally speaking, we fairly quickly jump to some other concerns, as if the Tahir square protests, the Madrid Indignados, … Keep reading »

  • Ten Seldom Posed Progressive Demands for the Propertyless

    And now for something completely different… The global economic crisis is into its sixth year. Every few months a new report details the continued growth in inequality between the haves and have-nots. There seems to be no stopping the voracious 1% as they rampage across the globe dispossessing and accumulating wealth and power. But we, … Keep reading »

  • The 2012 Toronto Palestine Film Festival: A Preview

    The 2012 Toronto Palestine Film Festival (TPFF) is finally set to hit theatres this weekend. Launched in 2008 to commemorate the 60th anniversary of al nakba, TPFF aims to showcase the vibrant cultural heritage, resilience, and collective identity of the Palestinian people through film, art, and other events. In five short years, against all the … Keep reading »

  • Competitive Creativity? Arts and Culture in Toronto’s Mayoral Debates

    On September 29th at the Toronto mayoral debate on arts and culture at the Art Gallery of Ontario (AGO), variations of business-friendly urban policies were presented to Toronto’s arts community. Surrounded by Frank Gehry’s architectural design in one of Toronto’s ‘world class’ culture institutions, a diverse crowd – artists and culture workers, directors of major … Keep reading »

  • The Canadian Media Oligopoly Against Media Democracy

    To observe that the North American media is dominated by corporate oligopolies serving commercial interests and squeezing out critical voices is to state the obvious. Media concentration in Canada is among the highest around the world. The same corporations that own telecommunications now own TV and radio broadcasting, and they have also bought up many … Keep reading »

  • Artist Takes Up BDS Campaign – Pulls Out of TIFF in Protest

    John Greyson withdraws his film Covered from the Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF) to protest the festival’s promotion of Israeli government’s strategy for cultural export. The film Covered is about the cancellation of the Sarajevo Queer Film Festival. For the duration of the Festival, Covered can be seen at: GREYZONE 95 SHAW ST TORONTO … Keep reading »

  • The ROM Dead Sea Scrolls Exhibit

    Re/Mapping Identity, Culture, & Colonial Discourse “He who controls the present, controls the past. He who controls the past, controls the future.” — George Orwell Even before the highly anticipated six-month, $3-million collaboration between the Royal Ontario Museum (ROM) and the Israeli Antiquities Authority (IAA) showcasing the Dead Sea Scrolls was officially launched in late June, … Keep reading »