Revolution in 
the Red States

Charlie LeDuff’s new book Sh*tshow reveals how it was the failure of globalisation – not Russian meddling – that propelled Donald Trump to the US presidency. — SH*tshow!
The Country’s Collapsing 
and the Ratings Are Great! Charlie LeDuff Published by Penguin Press
www.penguin.com $27 — If you’re one of those sophisticated urbanites who still believe Donald Trump was elected to the US presidency by sheeplike flocks of Red State “deplorables” brainwashed by an army of Russian trolls spreading lies on social media and hacking Saint Hillary’s email, you’d better take a peak through the pages of Charlie LeDuff’s new book, Sh*tshow!: The … Continue reading

Blurring facts, distorting reality

  Tony Sutton reads a new book by Greg Shupak that exposes the fake news at the heart 
of mainstream media coverage of the Israel-Palestine conflict The Wrong story
Palestine, Israel, & The Media Greg Shupak Published by OR Books
www.orbooks.com $17 We’ve been swamped by dire warnings about fake news and its threat to democracy over the past couple of years, the phenomenon being variously attributed to 
alternative web sites, Twitter feeds, and Facebook postings made by dastardly agents employed by Vladimir Putin. The mainstream media, half-destroyed by years of its own internet and business ineptitude, is delighted to build and … Continue reading

We Need To Reimagine Our Own Future, Not Buy Obama’s American Dream

Thoughts on Barak Obama’s Mandela lecture, delivered in South Africa 18 July 2018 at the start of celebrations marking the centenary of the birth of the great South African freedom fighter What a privilege to be at the 16th Mandela Lecture given by former USA President Barrack Obama. Obama confirmed himself as a great orator as he wove a story perfectly aligned with Mandela’s life and politics. He gave us a grand overview of world history from when Mandela was born in rural Eastern Cape, touching on the end of colonialism, the fall of the Berlin Wall and the release … Continue reading

South Africa: Workers and poor the biggest losers in Zuma’s reign of state capture

South Africa’s president Jacob Zuma at the SACP 2012 national congress. Photo: Mark Waller   The left allies of the governing ANC at first backed the ex-president but ended up apologizing for having done so It’s been a surreal time in South Africa, where events went into overdrive in February after a period of political torpor heading for seemingly permanent logjam. The recall mid-month of president Zuma by his party, the African National Congress, followed by his resignation as head of state and the speedy inauguration of Cyril Ramaphosa as the country’s head of state ended a long run of … Continue reading

The Weinstein and Westminster Scandals Should Make us Reflect on the Connection Between Power and Sexual Violence

1). What started in October with the rapid fall of a once untouchable movie mogul has grown in the intervening weeks into a full blown crisis for institutions across Britain and the US. The British Prime minister has had to hastily convene cross party meetings and cobble together a semblance of an HR system at Westminster after a series of accusations against MPs and ministers from both sides of the house. Her defence secretary has had to resign after revelations of inappropriate advances toward journalists and lewd comments to one of his own female MPs. Her first secretary of state … Continue reading

South Africa: A sort of justice for Ahmed Timol – freedom fighter murdered by secret police in 1971

It’s taken 46 years for some sort of justice to prevail in the case of Ahmed Timol, the anti-apartheid activist killed in police custody when South Africa was under racist white rule. Timol was the twenty-second person to be killed in police custody following the introduction in 1967 of the Terrorism Act. This allowed for indefinite detention without trial. Timol was a member of the South African Communist Party (SACP), which was banned by the apartheid regime. In October 1971, he was arrested for being in possession of the communist party newsletter Inkululeko-Freedom and other material. A few days later he was … Continue reading