By David Walsh - WSWS
Sadly, American actor James Gandolfini died June 19 while on holiday in Rome. Best known for his role on the HBO television series The Sopranos (1999-2007), Gandolfini was only 51 years old. A very fine performer, who often played gruff or thuggish characters, by all accounts, off-screen he was a shy and unpretentious man.
By Hiram Lee - 25 May 2013
Musician Ray Manzarek, a founding member of renowned rock band The Doors, died May 20 in Rosenheim, Germany, where he had traveled for treatment of bile duct cancer. Manzarek’s inspired and versatile keyboard playing was central to The Doors’ music and in later years the always-spirited musician would serve as a kind of keeper of the band’s legacy.
"A Terror Without an Atom of Humanity:" Singer Morrissey's Scathing Letter to the Public About Margaret Thatcher
By Morrissey - April 9, 2013
...[S]he destroyed the British manufacturing industry, she hated the miners, she hated the arts, she hated the Irish Freedom Fighters and allowed them to die, she hated the English poor and did nothing at all to help them...She gave the order to blow up The Belgrano even though it was outside of the Malvinas Exclusion Zone...When the young Argentinean boys aboard The Belgrano had suffered a most appalling and unjust death, Thatcher gave the thumbs-up sign for the British press.
By Garth Mullins - April 9, 2013
I'd like to pause and remember the "Iron Lady," who crushed British coal miners, attacked the unions, mortally wounded the social wage, bolstered apartheid, invaded the Falkland Islands, inaugurated a Brave New World of corporate globalization, created the poll tax and declared a class war that has spanned most of my life.
Splitting The Sky Died March 13, 2013: Indigenous Sovereigntist, Prison Justice Activist, Human Rights and Ecojustice Warrior
March 22, 2013 - Vancouver Media Co-op
In the highest of honour I will remember Splitting the Sky who died suddenly March 13 2013 in Adam's Lake, BC...Splitting the Sky, also know as John Boncore, his colonial name, aged 61, was one of the most fierce, uncompromising, warriors I have ever met. He was fighting the pipeline in northern BC at the time of his death, but has been involved in sovereignty issues and many human rights and ecojustice campaigns all over the world.
He's gone. His two-year cancer struggle ended. It claimed him. He's sorely missed. He was one of Latin America's most notable leaders. His charisma was special. It was real. His spirit lives.
Over a year ago, he knew he had inoperable esophageal cancer. It spread to his tongue, lymph nodes and lungs. It was just a matter of time. On October 22, it took him. His journey to the spirit world began.
By JEFFREY ST. CLAIR - Counterpunch Weekend Edition
Our friend and comrade Alexander Cockburn died last night in Germany, after a fierce two-year long battle against cancer. Alex kept his illness a tightly guarded secret. Only a handful of us knew how terribly sick he truly was. He didn’t want the disease to define him. He didn’t want his friends and readers to shower him with sympathy. He didn’t want to blog his own death as Christopher Hitchens had done.
Shamir reflected the worst of what Joel Kovel calls "imperialist expansion and militarism (with) signs of the fascist malignancy."
By David Brown - WSWS
Shortly before dawn last Sunday morning, Rodney King, aged 47, was found dead at the bottom of his pool...King died a little more than 20 years after he was savagely beaten by the Los Angeles Police Department. That incident transformed him into an international symbol of police brutality. His life took on this significance through no particular desire on his part and over the years he never seemed comfortable with it.
On June 4, long-time market expert, analyst, Progressive Radio News Hour regular, International Forecaster owner and editor, and valued friend succumbed to pancreatic cancer. He endured a protracted struggle to recover from what took him. He'll be sorely missed.
By Dave Zirin - May 6, 2012
In the ’60s they said, “Don’t trust anyone over 30.” When it comes to remembering Adam “MCA” Yauch, who died on May 4, I don’t trust anyone under 30. Adam Yauch and the Beastie Boys stood for more than just hip hop and their personal “sounds of science”...The Beasties were global ambassadors from a lost New York City since smothered under the weight of police violence and gentrification. It was a city that churned out hip hop and basketball legends with arrogant ease.
By James Brewer - 23 April 2012
Levon Helm, the multi-instrumental drummer and singer of the musical group, The Band, died at age 71 on April 19 at the Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center in New York City after a long bout with throat cancer. Helm helped give The Band its characteristic sound with his poignant singing voice. Helm had a passionate, lifelong love of music and developed an equally passionate hatred of the music industry establishment.
"Compassionate, Caring, Outgoing, Welcoming:" Vigil Held Following Murder of Halifax LGBT Activist Raymond Taavel
By Steve Caines - April 17, 2012
At least 300 people gathered on Gottingen Street in Halifax today at 7pm to mourn the passing of Raymond Taavel, local community activist. Taavel was killed this morning at approx. 3a.m., outside Menz and Mollyz Bar, defending a friend during a physical attack...Taavel was a prominent and respected Haligonian activist for [Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgendered] rights. He was a long time editor of Wayves newspaper, and was co-chair of Halifax Pride events.
On February 20, activist/scholar/author/humanitarian, and dear friend, Garda Ghista succumbed to breast cancer. On February 22, her son Firdaus reported the sad news. Garda lived what she believed. Her life's mission was helping others by establishing life-sustaining initiatives. She gave all selflessly.