By Robert Fowler - 8 July 2011
American actor Peter Falk died June 23 in Beverly Hills, aged 83, after a period of failing health. Falk was best known to the wider public for his role as the apparently bumbling but wily television detective, Lieutenant Columbo, for which role he received four Emmys...However, when assessing Falk’s most intriguing acting credentials one should look no farther than his collaborations with independent filmmaker John Cassavetes. Specifically...Husbands (1970) and A Woman Under the Influence (1974).
By Nora Barrows-Friedman - June 29, 2011
After weeks of sustained protest and outcry from punk rock supporters, Palestinian solidarity activists, and boycott campaigners, punk rock icon Jello Biafra has agreed to cancel his upcoming show in Tel Aviv...Biafra’s decision to cancel...is the right one, but he still seems under the impression that the boycott is a fringe movement that he has the right to ignore.
By COLIN KALMBACHER - June 24-26, 2011
...[W]hen I heard that Jello Biafra was bucking the [boycott, divestment and sanctions call against Israel]...and had even considered playing a show in Tel Aviv, I was quite simply heartbroken. I wanted to break a violin...Midnight Apache helicopter raids against the civilian populations of the West Bank? I first heard about it on one of Biafra's spoken-word albums...But now the source seems like a quivering and faulty projector.
By John Pietaro - June 2011
Singer/guitarist Hazel Dickens's sound was probably about as high and lonesome as one can get. The soundtrack of Harlan County USA introduced her to many outside the country home she remained a part of. Dickens didn't just sing the anthems of labor, she lived them. Her place on many a picket line, staring down gunfire and goon squads, embedded her to the cause.
June 5, 2011 - CBC News
Michael Moore, the high-profile American activist and filmmaker, has offered a job to the Senate page who was fired Friday for her stunning protest against Prime Minister Stephen Harper..."I think that Canada and Canadians probably need to put aside the full respect thing and bring out their inner hockey stick and get to work on preventing their government from turning into a version of ours..."
28 May 2011 - Al Jazeera
US poet and songwriter Gil Scott-Heron, credited with helping to inspire the development of rap, has died at the age of 62...Scott-Heron - best known for his spoken word piece 'The Revolution Will Not Be Televised', which critiqued mass media - used poetry as his vehicle for activism committed to the human rights of people around the world.
By Julianne Hing - AlterNet
How much of Oprah’s appeal comes from the fact that she embodies women’s worst insecurities about themselves even as she exhorts women to get over it already? Does that make her human, or does it make her cynically depraved?
By Dave Zirin - May 16, 2011
The reason Atlanta was such a brutally awkward setting for a Sunday Civil Rights setting, was because Friday saw the Governor of Georgia...sign HR 87, a law that shreds the Civil Rights of the state’s Latino population. Modeled after Arizona’s horrific and unconstitutional SB 1070, HR 87 authorizes state and local police the federal powers to demand immigration papers from people they suspect to be undocumented.
April 28, 2011 - Halifax Media Co-op
As the British Royal Wedding draws close, many observers believe that the UK taxpayers rather than the royal family will actually pay for the lavish USD 48 million ceremony in London...Britons already pay some GBP 40 million a year to maintain the British royal family.
By Enzo Di Matteo - April 26, 2011
As election controversies go, the one about to be spooled out here might just end up winning the Conservatives more votes among its anti-gay base, but it’s telling about the lengths the party of Stephen Harper will go to troll for votes among the more fringe elements in this country...[C]itizenship and immigration minister Jason Kenney has...been hard at work cultivating votes among the supporters of one comedian dragged before the BC Human Rights Tribunal for his anti-gay comments.
By Nima Shirazi - Dissident Voice
By ignoring the call to boycott and by performing in Israel this summer, Dylan is solidifying his reputation as one who – when it counted most – didn’t stand for morality and humanity. Dylan once asked, “how many years can some people exist, before they’re allowed to be free?” It seems that Dylan’s own answer to the Palestinians would be, “A while longer and don’t ask me to help.” He has become his own rhetorical character: the man who turns his head, pretending he just doesn’t see.
US Actress and Comedian Janeane Garafolo does stand-up on Stephen.
Activist, writer, and actress Linda Carmichael explains that she "first wrote the play Soul On Fire about seven years ago, and has had several staged readings performed since, including one Off Broadway. I had been corresponding with Herman and he knew I was an actress and suggested I write a play.
By David Sirota - March 25, 2011
The late 1970s and early 1980s marked the birth of an entire industry organized around idealized nostalgia, and particularly mid-century, pre-1965 schmaltz...Like all sales pitches, fifties hawking employed subjectivity, oversimplification, and stereotypes.
By DAVID MACARAY - Counterpunch Weekend Edition
When you know very little about a subject, it’s not hard for someone professing to be an “expert” to snow you with misleading or downright false information...That’s what 60 Minutes has been doing for over forty years...broadcasting slick, misleading, quasi-informative entertainment pieces disguised as “hard news.”