Friday, 27 February 2015
The anonymous but eminent British artist known as Banksy has again taken aim at Israel's policies regarding the Palestinians, and the daily injustices that they face. Sneaking into the Gaza strip and filming the devastation in the wake of last summers IDF Operation Protective Edge. The two minute video is entitled "Make this the year you discover a new destination". Showing us what the mainstream media do not want us to know or see. Depicting for us the lives of the ordinary Palestinian . The destruction that he witnesses was the result of the 50 day conflict which saw 539 Palestinian children dead, and close to 3,000 injured. In total more than 2,000 Palestinians were killed according to United Nations figures.l
Utilising the language of a low budget tourist video, with the footage of the Palestinians quarantined within. A brilliant charged combination of art and politics in a place now devoid of beauty.
And we should remember that today and tomorrow, children like the ones portrayed in the video, will continue to play amid the rubble and destroyed building, and that resistance is existence, that existence is resistance.
Posted by teifidancer at 12:48
Wednesday, 25 February 2015
Last week I talked about Margaret Thatcher's legacy, now I turn on her heir. With his slicked back hair, Mr Cameron always seems to be willing to pose for a photo. Always with his friends keen to castigate poor people on benefits, with their 'culture of entitlement ' jibe, a man who stands next to the likes of Malcolm Rifkind and his ilk, people who seem to think they are entitled to more as they try to defend themselves after recent 'cash for access scandal.
David Cameron sure keeps delivering, giving us pain, pain and pain, he does not seem to want to give us any hope.
So David Cameron, is this your vision, to scapegoat the poorest and the most vulnerable in our land. Your Big Society initiative, is largely seen as a failure, those at the bottom are clearly bearing the brunt of austerity. People living daily in fuel and food poverty, the escalating costs of lifes' basics, please don't get me started on our beloved N.H.S. Remember the state provision that we paid for, you have demolished purely for ideological reasons. You and your party clearly believe that society should be founded on inequality - that the poor deserve poverty, whilst the wealthy deserve incentives. I am sorry to dissapoint you, but the people are growing tired, and will not tolerate your hands of unfairness anymore.
We have noticed that you are nothing but a slave-owning descendent who has never worked a single day of your life. With your inherited wealth and all the vestiges of privilege that has been bestowed on you, it is clear that you do not have much understanding of the real world.
Oh and delivering speeches that threaten to throw teenagers out onto the freezing streets, it does however reveal something heartless, a person devoid of compassion. Your ideas reek of arrogance, toxic, the whiff of inequality stalks your foul breath, as you keep cosying up to your friends and crony's the super rich.
As your friends dodge and fail to answer questions on their tax avoiding millionaire friends, your party has decided to stigmatise benefit claimants who are deemed overweight with the threat of punitive sanctions. Picking on the vulnerable again, is your way of life, your creed.
So out of touch you are verging on the ridiculous, cheap and nasty is your cloth. We have not got time to go, but I sincerely hope you are soon kicked out of No 10, as well as your rabble of right wing wreckers. Yes I hope we do without you, as support for anti-austerity policies grow, it is time to create an economy that works for everone, based on fairness, not just for the privileged few and those nesting at the top. So Mr Cameron I believe your time is up, it is time that you and the rest of your nasty party are kicked out of power.
( oh and remember)
Posted by teifidancer at 13:38
Sunday, 22 February 2015
( for sapientia, she who knows)
Some haunting blues
sounds of the desert,
the holler of liberation
breezy kora leaping,
reggae bass, middle eastern oud drifting
ragas and dub mutation,
tabla and djembe's rhythms mixing
percussive beats soaring,
releasing chords of souls simplicity.
I love the wind, when it blows on through
breathe in rhymes, messages of freedom,
a familiar dance, moving through spaces
coming down easy, on a sunday afternoon,
the revolution is right here
the groove is in my heart,
got that high time feeling
it don't hurt at all,
respites of musical pleasure,
here on the edges of time.
Posted by teifidancer at 14:51
Saturday, 21 February 2015
Miriam Makebas song for Malcolm X on the 50th anniversary of his death. The prescient words of brother Malcolm X, still today slice today through our lives, slicing through the rhetoric of politicians and pundits alike as if he still walked among us. His opinions, his work, his deeds, still matter, strike a chord, as we still work towards goals of social justice and continue to remember his transformative power. we continue to make a stand against racism wherever it may raise its ugly head.
Everybody seems to be preaching revolution
Though no one ever seems to show appreciation
To that man over there who bought about a new generation
To that man over there who bought about a new black nation
Do you remember Malcolm
Do you remember him, Malcolm
Yeah brother Malcolm
Don't you know he was a great man
He tried to keep the prople away from oppression
From day to day M lived for liberation
Until that man with a man took away his devotion
He and his wife and kids without protection
Do uou remember Malcolm
Do you, remember him, Malcolm
Yeah brother Malcolm
Don't you know he was a great man
It seems life and death seem to go together
For me in my heart. Malcolm will live forever
Especially when I think about the blackness he reflected
I said especially when I think about the one he represented
Do you remember Malcolm
Do you remember him, Malcolm
Oh yeah brother Malcolm
Don't you know he was a great man
Posted by teifidancer at 12:31
Thursday, 19 February 2015
There are plans afoot to build a memorial to Margaret Thatcher, but lets not forget their is already a memorial to her, they are called food banks.
Personally I feel neither should ever exist, nor should they be pitted against each other as either/ or option.
Thatchers legacy is as one of the most divisive political figures that this country has ever known, who is still universally hated by the majority of the citizens who lived under her brutally destructive policies.
To spend a single penny in her memory, whilst her dark shadow lingers among foodbanks, the growing number of homeless and continuing N.H.S cuts would be an absolute disgrace.
Thatcher is dead but Thatcherism lives on. No public money should be spent on idolising this ugly spirit, it should be noted that her poisonous policies helped shape the policies of all our current mainstream policies.
I have searched deep, but have been unable to find anything good about her to remember. This was a woman ( can I even call her that) that unleashed so much damage to our country, lets not forget that because of her our manufacturing industries were destroyed which led to mass unemployment. She also precipitated the social housing crisis that is still felt today. Her whole manta was the destruction of peoples way of life. We are still struggling because of her, and the legacy that she left is a very bitter pill to swallow.
She also supported Pinochet, Saddam, Suharto, Botha and the House of Saud, that speaks volumes about the kind of demon she was.
There was something heartless about her, her complete lack of compassion and blatant disregard for peoples feelings. It always seemed that she hated us all, this is what defined her twisted ideology. Miners, steelworkers, trade unionists, local councils, benefit recipients, single mothers, gay people, the Irish, the Scots, the Welsh, the entire North of England - all were in her sights.
Yes I hated all she stood for and years after her death these feelings do not rescind. Yep I still hate Thatcher and everything she spawned, and always will
We need to bury Thatcherism and her memory now more than ever , please consider signing the following petition.
Two earlier posts you might be interested in
ON APRIL 8th WE PARTY ON
KEEP ON TREADING HER MEMORY DEEP DOWN IN THE EARTH
Posted by teifidancer at 11:04
Monday, 16 February 2015
Sad to hear the news earlier that I heard of the passing of John Davies, one of Wales's most eminent historians. His book " History of Wales" I consider to be an essential read, a story of two milliennia , a masterful account that traces the political, social and cultural history of my land and country,that he weaved with much articulateness, and humor. Alongside being a historian he contributed largely to the fortunes of the Welsh language. He is remembered as one of the founders of the Welsh language society/Cymdeithas Y Iaith. He was also regular broadcaster here in Wales on television and the radio. It was from him and the late Gwyn Alf Williams that I rediscovered my peoples history, not the English history that was forced down our throats when we were at school. A huge loss to the nation of Wales. R.I.P
Here is a poem that I have just written in his and Gwyn's memory.
As pages turned, they helped us remember,
what had lay forlorn, almost forgotten,
allowed us to search for the past again,
to capture memories, tales of yesterday,
the hiraeth of longing of byegone time.
In our nations soil, buried deep,
ancient shadows, greeting today and tomorrow,
reflecting what has been, what will continue to grow,
as our nation drowns in the tears of history
we hold on now, waiting for the continuance of our journey,
forever unfolding, what began so long ago.
Posted by teifidancer at 20:19
Good news 700 British Artists have signed a pledge to boycott Israel, as long as it " continues to deny basic Palestinian rights," This is the latest major success for the Global Boycott Divestment and Sanctions of Israel Movement.
It is a response to the call from Palestinians artists and cultural boycott of Israel. The artists include Roger Waters, Brian Eno, Ken Loach, Mike Leigh and many others.
The call reads, according to the Group Artists for Palestine |UK which organised the pledge as follows :_
"Along with more than 600 other fellow artists, we are announcing today, we will not engage in business as usual cultural relations with Israel. We will accept neither professional invitations to Israel, nor funding, from any institutions, linked to its government. Since the Summer war in Gaza, Palestinians have enjoyed no respite from Israels unrelenting attack on their land, their livelihood, their right to political existence. "2014" says the Israeli human rights organisation B'Tselem was " one of the cruellest and deadliest in the history of the occupation." The Palestinian catastrophe goes on.
The initiative comes from Artists for Palestine. A full list of other cultural figures who signed can be found here :-
The cultural boycott against Israel it seems to be on the rise and will do as long as Israel continues to deny basic human rights to the Palestinian people combined with discriminatory laws like those of Apartheid South Africa. It is good to know that modern artists have not thrown their moral compasses away, and choose not to engage with Israel, until the time that the Palestinian people are free once more. Personally I reject all forms of bigotry and discrimination, including anti-Semitism, but proudly support a moral and inclusive movement that is struggling against the oppressive policies of a country, that defines in religious exclusive terms, that seeks to deny the Palestinian their most basic human rights simply because they do not share the same religion.
Posted by teifidancer at 13:27
Sunday, 15 February 2015
" To slow a beast, you break its limbs. To slow a nation, you break its people. You rob them of volition. You demonstrate your absolute command over their destiny. You make it clear that ultimately it falls to you to decide, who lives, who dies, who prospers, who doesn't. To exhibit your capability, you show of all that you can do, and how easily you can do it. How easily you could press a button and annihilate the earth. How you can snatch a river away from one gift to another. How you can green a desert, or fell a forest and plant one somewhere else. you use caprice to fracture a people's faith in ancient things - earth, forest, water, air?
Reprinted from; Cost of Living, 1999
Posted by teifidancer at 15:32
Friday, 13 February 2015
Sad to hear that Steve Strange, lead singer from 1980's New Romantic band Visage has passed away , as a result of a heart attack in Egypt. His life was not a masquerade, he could never be capable of conforming to the logic of order, consensus reality was very far from the pavements he walked.
In the post punk years remember his presence, the electronic pulses, danceable with shades of Bowie and Roxy, krautrock and disco, a shapeshifter of the 80's, blitzing through it's shadows. He himself emerged from the working class mining community of Caerphilly, liberated by punk, he saw the Sex Pistols on his home turf in 1976, he escaped to London, abandoning all hope of a conventional career. In his day, with echoes of social deprivation on a par with today, his only real options, if he had stayed at home, was life on the dole, the factory, building site. or the pit. He sought refuge in the bright lights of London town, where he would go and look for some kind of irreverent freedom.Treated appallingly by the music industry that championed him. Chewed up and spat out. He decamped back to South Wales,where he kept planning for his return to centre stage, a life lived full,with fantasy and wild abandon and the whiff of hedonism never a far distance behind.
It's all a matter of taste, but being outrageous was his reality.
Steve Strange .R.I.P
Posted by teifidancer at 16:46
Wednesday, 11 February 2015
This Valentines Day help expose the global trade in Israel's blood diamonds - Israel's No 1 export commodity and major source of funding for the illegal occupation of Palestine. Diamond exports from Israel generate revenue that are used to fund the Israeli military, please help raise awareness about this jewellery industry scam that facilitates and sustains this belligerent apartheid regime.
It is worth noting that evidence given to the Russell Tribune on Palestine in 2010 indicated that the Israeli Diamond industry generated over $1billion a year in funding the Israeli military/security complex.
Blood diamonds from Israel are often mixed with diamonds from other countries making it impossible for consumers or jewellers to identify them. The latest revelations concerning the operations of the bank H.S.B.C reveal that a number of Israeli Diamond dealers held accounts containing billions that were out of reach of tax authorities in the UK and Israel, dealers of a currency of broken bones and shattered lives in Gaza.
Despite claims of honesty, openness, transparency and accountability, this industry continues to con the public by claiming diamonds are conflict free and ethically sourced while facilitating and profiting from the trade in blood diamonds from Israel that bankrolls a criminal regime guilty of gross human rights violations on a daily basis. Remember too that diamond exports that generate revenue
Please do not insult your loved ones by buying a blood diamond from Israel, your hard earned money may go towards funding the next IDF massacre in Palestine.
Remember a glittering diamond that pays for oppression is not necessarily a girl or a boys' best friend.
Posted by teifidancer at 13:18
Sunday, 8 February 2015
We will be calling for his release, and his safe return to his family.
I hope to read the following poem
Far from home, torn from family and friends,
no place to run, no place to hide,
imprisoned in a man made hell,
in a cage of suffering, and isolation,
held without trial or charge,
Shaker's voice reaches us from afar,
from his prison cell, his shadow dances,
against the branches of iniquity,
we light candles to shine against the darkness that contain,
in the name of peace and justice,
our messages keep calling for his freedom.
As days trickle over captive thought,
it is time to restore some life and dignity,
as the world continues to recognise his plight,
we remember Shaker now,
his hungry thirst for liberty,
between the sky and land,
fleeing into the future.
Every story hinges on a dream of change,
against oppression and persecution,
with unflinching determination.
We wait for the walls of Guantanamo,
and its gates to crumble forever,
for voices within to wander freely once more.
Posted by teifidancer at 15:31
Wednesday, 4 February 2015
Thousands will die from living in cold homes. Millions have to make the desperate choice between heating and eating. It is a national scandal. It is time to take action to help end this cold home crisis.
1 person every 7 minutes freezes to death of related illnesses as a result of being cold.
Here is a song for our disgusting government. It is time to wake them up. In 2000 political parties promised to end this scandal. 15 years later it is cleared they failed. They must be forced to commit the money to end this home crisis once and for all.
Posted by teifidancer at 12:16
Tuesday, 3 February 2015
The Times newspaper reports today that Prince Charles " doesn't like being used to market weapons and now sidesteps such activities where possible. " He has a funny way of showing it, at the end of the day he is nothing but a hypocrite.He is about to go on another little jaunt to the Middle East made at the request of the government. After he recently visiting Saudi Arabia, the arms company BAE systems announced it had finished their latest multi-billion pounds weapon deal.
Yes it's business as usual for members of the Royal family often seen dancing for autocratic rulers, to be seen at sumptious dinner parties, where the Queen entertains despots, torturers, dictators and murdering tyrants across the globe.
Daily they release their nauseating displays of wealth, power and privilege, they are not powerless and are certainly not harmless. The royal family also profits from uranium and other components of the war machine through Royal Ordnance sales and exports.Instead of prancing around the international stage acting like arms dealers, toadying up to Friends of oppressors, perhaps they should start promoting human rights. At the moment I do not understand at all, why we offer them any respect at all. It is time to start making peace profitable too.
Inheritance - Heathcotte Williams, montage -Alex Cox
Posted by teifidancer at 14:03
Sunday, 1 February 2015
Happy birthday James Mercer Langston Hughes, pioneering African-American social activist, novelist, playwright and Harlem Renaissance poet. He confronted racial stereotypes, and protested social conditions, he supported the Scottsboro boys, stood proudly with the anti fascists in the Spanish Civil War, and strongly opposed the McCarthy witchhunts, and was to become known as a peoples poet. He was also one of the earliest innovators, of the then new literary art form called jazz poetry, the following poem of his was written 1951.
What happens to a dream deferred?
Does it dry up
like a raisin in the sun?
Or fester like a sore-
And then run
Does it stink like rotten meat?
Or crust and sugar over-
like a sugary sweet?
Maybe it just sags
like a heavy load.
Or does it explode?
here's an animated google doodle celebrating his birthday and his poem ' I dream a word.'
Posted by teifidancer at 15:10