Eduardo Galeano: enemy of lies, indifference and forgetfulness

Utopia lies at the horizon. When I draw nearer by two steps, it retreats two steps. If I proceed ten steps forward, it swiftly slips ten steps ahead. No matter how far I go, I can never reach it. What, then, is the purpose of utopia? It is to cause us to advance. ― Eduardo Galeano In a single day the deaths are … Continue reading Eduardo Galeano: enemy of lies, indifference and forgetfulness

Citizenfour documents the monitoring and curbing of dissent

I’ve come to this late, but I must salute one of the finest documentaries I’ve seen in recent years.  Filmed in real time, Citizenfour documents the tense negotiations leading up to whistle-blower Edward Snowden’s revelations about the massive state surveillance of British and American citizens.  The film appeared last autumn, and I have just caught up with a recording of … Continue reading Citizenfour documents the monitoring and curbing of dissent

Atrocities inflicted on suffragettes in Walton jail

 WSPU poster depicting the force feeding of Suffragettes in prison Watching Suffragettes Forever! The Story of Women and Power on BBC 2 last night I was reminded that I recently re-discovered in the back of a cupboard an unpublished piece of original research I had done in in 1975 into one of the more barbarous episodes in the … Continue reading Atrocities inflicted on suffragettes in Walton jail