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A happy 2019 to all of us

Dear readers and commentators,

Thank you sincerely for coming here, reading and discussing about the events of our world.

I wish for a happy and healthy new year for you and for everyone else.

Congratulations to all people throughout the world who are persisting in laying claim to what belongs to them by right. I wish everyone great success in their work in a momentous year to come.

Due to being held captive by the Canadian winter, I apologize for my belated but ever-fresh greetings.

new year

 

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Happy Halloween!

Happy Halloween

“A spectre is haunting Europe—the spectre of communism. All the powers of old Europe have entered into a holy alliance to exorcise this spectre.”

Happy Halloween!

Dmytriy Kovalevich

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Anna Burns may have won the Booker, but monopoly publishers are the real victors

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A Very British Farce

Mark J. Doran wrote this very British farce.

SERGEI: I’m not dead!
MORTICIAN: What?
CUSTOMER: Nothing – here’s your ninepence.
SERGEI: I’m not dead!
MORTICIAN: Here – he says he’s not dead!
CUSTOMER: Yes, he is. The ‘Times’ said so. March 12th. Front page. Trust me: he’s dead.
SERGEI: I’m not!
MORTICIAN: He isn’t.
CUSTOMER: Well, he will be soon. It was a Novichok nerve agent. There’s no treatment, and no recovery is possible.
SERGEI: It was just the prawns, that’s all! I’m getting better!
CUSTOMER: No, you are not. It was ‘military grade’, 8 times stronger than VX. You were dead in seconds.
MORTICIAN: Oh, I can’t take him like that – it’s against regulations.
SERGEI: How’s my daughter? And what about my pets?
CUSTOMER: Oh, don’t be such a baby.
MORTICIAN: I can’t take him …
SERGEI: I feel fine! I want to go back to Russia!
CUSTOMER: Oh, do us a favor …
MORTICIAN: I can’t.
CUSTOMER: Well, can you hang around a couple of minutes? He won’t be long. We’ve someone coming over …
MORTICIAN: I think I’ll write a letter to the Times.
CUSTOMER: No you bloody won’t. Look at the trouble the last one caused.

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From where the palms grow

Photo | Raúl Abreu

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We Only Want the Earth

James Connolly, 1907
Some men, faint-hearted, ever seek
Our programme to retouch,
And will insist, whene’er they speak
That we demand too much.
‘Tis passing strange, yet I declare
Such statements give me mirth,
For our demands most modest are,
We only want the earth.
“Be moderate,” the trimmers cry,
Who dread the tyrants’ thunder.
“You ask too much and people fly
From you aghast in wonder.”
‘Tis passing strange, for I declare
Such statements give me mirth,
For our demands most moderate are,
We only want the earth.Our masters all a godly crew,
Whose hearts throb for the poor,
Their sympathies assure us, too,
If our demands were fewer.
Most generous souls! But please observe,
What they enjoy from birth
Is all we ever had the nerve
To ask, that is, the earth.

The “labour fakir” full of guile,
Base doctrine ever preaches,
And whilst he bleeds the rank and file
Tame moderation teaches.
Yet, in despite, we’ll see the day
When, with sword in its girth,
Labour shall march in war array
To realize its own, the earth.

For labour long, with sighs and tears,
To its oppressors knelt.
But never yet, to aught save fears,
Did the heart of tyrant melt.
We need not kneel, our cause no dearth
Of loyal soldiers’ needs
And our victorious rallying cry
Shall be we want the earth!

 

Reproduced from TML Weekly, April 23, 2016 – No. 17

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We Only Want the Earth – Cornelius Cardew

 

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China home to 60 per cent of world’s high-speed rail

Pictured is a high-speed train connecting Datong, Shanxi Province to Xi’an,Shaanxi Province during a trial run at Yongji North Station | people.cn

By Zhang Mengxu (People’s Daily)

Despite the continuous queries of foreign media on China’s high-speed railway cooperation with neighbouring countries, the nation’s improved technology has earned China-made equipment more global recognition. Data shows that China is now home to more than 60 per cent of the world’s high-speed railways (HSR). Continue reading

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