Just over ten day back I reposted the text of my talks to the Prague 2000 counter summit and the detailed account I wrote of the riots of S26 and what the events moved for the emerging movement. As with the other sequences of articles I've been
Dead Russians? While it may sound like a punk band it is, in fact, an article in the Weekly Worker on how great Lenin and Trotsky were. Needless to say, I felt I had to reply -- a wee bit late, as I was very ill. The article covers a lot of ground, so I had to miss out a few critiques but I covered the usual ground. The letter is, as usual, at the end of this blog -- after some discussion of a few other dead Russians and, again, some economics links.
Last December I took part in a discussion of the politics of social centres in Seomra Spraoi in Dublin, I've now put the audio of that meeting online. I talked about the places I visited while touring
On Saturday after taking part in a distribution of the latest issue of Workers Solidarity in the Liberties I headed to the GPO for a rally demanding the release of Shell to Sea campaigner Maura Harrington whose imprisonment I have previously blogged. Around 50 people had gathered at the GPO in Dublin to demand the release of Shell to Sea campaigner Maura Harrington. After a short period at the GPO we went up to Mountjoy prison where Maura has been held since Wednesday evening.
Last evening after the news of the 30 day sentence imposed on 55 year old Shell to Sea protester Maura Harrington filtered through supporters converged on the gates of Mountjoy prison. By the time the van carrying Maura came into view over 30 supporters were waiting at the prison gates, matched by a similar number of Gardai.
My last blog had a wonderful embedded video of Jon Stewart destroying CNBC and its finincal reporting. He also had a go on CNBC on Letterman However, in terms of absolute laughout loud madness, this week's prize goes to Stephen Colbert: Colbert outguns Beck: Welcome to the 'Doom Bunker'.
In the region of 1,000 people attended the Dublin 2009 Anarchist bookfair at Liberty Hall on Saturday. From the time doors opened at 10.30 to 6pm a constant stream of people came into the venue to browse the books, listen to the speakers or to take part in workshops and discussions.
I wasn't planning to blog today, but I was watching The Daily Show last night and Jon Stewart was particularly good (but where is the UK equivalent?). He quite simply lets rip at Wall Street and the CNBC coverage. I'm sure the guy who cancelled now wished he turned up... Really, do not annoy Jon Stewart, particularly during an economic crisis and massive government bailout...
Well, when I posed my previous blog (on my letter to Freedom on Keynes), I did think that I would be blogging against quite quickly. However, this was not to be. I was expected a reply to my latest letter to the Weekly Worker on anarchism, but there was no reply in the next two issues. They did publish my letter along from another anarchist one (and, yet again, I must praise their letters policy as being excellent) but no reply. I'm not that surprised, I should note.
The alternative bookfair at Ghent was very good. It was well organised, good selection of stalls, nice atmosphere, and a good venue (it was in an old factory, I think, so high ceilings so it did not get too hot -- always a problem at the London anarchist bookfair). And the food was very good. I would recommend going to the next one! So a big "well done!" to everyone involved!
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