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This Day. Year of Maxim Gorky

(April 8, 2018) – Recently, Russia solemnly celebrated the 75th anniversary of the Victory in the Battle of Stalingrad. The year of the anniversary of this victory is declared the year of Solzhenitsyn. In a country where the Great Victory is celebrated, there should be no honour to a person, to the one who spat on this victory without shame. But now in power is the oligarchy, for which there is nothing sacred, except for its own profits and power. Therefore, another important anniversary fell under an unofficial ban, was in the information blockade. Continue reading

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US Black History: FBI spied on 51 authors under Hoover

Claude McKay (1889–1948), a key figure in the Harlem Renaissance, a prominent literary movement of the 1920s. He was born and raised in Jamaica.

Claude McKay (1889–1948), a key figure in the Harlem Renaissance, a prominent literary movement of the 1920s. He was born and raised in Jamaica.

Guardian – Newly declassified documents from the FBI reveal how the US federal agency under J Edgar Hoover monitored the activities of dozens of prominent African American writers for decades, devoting thousands of pages to detailing their activities and critiquing their work. Continue reading

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From Halifax to Ferguson: Hands up don’t shoot!

By EL JONES*, August 19, 2014

How many more youth?

Hands up don’t shoot

The media hides the truth

Hands up don’t shoot!

What is at the root?

Hands up don’t shoot!

Black people still strange fruit

Hands up don’t shoot! Continue reading

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Alexander I, according to Vladimir Putin and Maxim Gorky

Police. Roman Catholic Priest. Tsar. Pope. Rabbi. Bourgeois, 1919 (Click to enlarge)

Police. Roman Catholic Priest. Tsar. Pope. Rabbi. Bourgeois, 1919 (Click to enlarge)

Unveiling monument to Alexander I in Moscow on November 11, 2014 | Presidential Press & Information Office

Unveiling monument to Alexander I in Moscow on November 20, 2014 | Presidential Press & Information Office

News item from the website of the President of Russia:

“Vladimir Putin took part in unveiling of a monument to Emperor Alexander I in Alexander Garden by the Kremlin wall.

“Accompanying the President at the ceremony were Patriarch Kirill of Moscow and All Russia, Moscow Mayor Sergei Sobyanin, Culture Minister Vladimir Medinsky, representatives of the Russian Orthodox Church and public figures.”

We are posting below the text of Vladimir Putin’s address and Maxim Gorky’s “Letter to a Monarchist.” Continue reading

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Remembrance Day: Anti-war essays, poems, short stories and literary excerpts

Rick Rozoff, manager of the daily blog Stop NATO, has compiled an extensive collection of Anti-war essays, poems, short stories and literary excerpts.

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Anti-war poetry in Canadian newspapers at the beginning of WWI

By RUSS CHAMERLAYNE*

The war fever has reached an acute stage. It has now attacked the poets.
“Pertinent and Impertinent,” Calgary Daily Herald, August 4th, 1914

world war 1 beastReactions to the opening of World War I in Canadian newspapers, and the forms they took, were deeply emotional and mixed. While many have described the patriotic response to war in Canada, the early days of war were met with greater ambivalence than is usually assumed. The Calgary Daily Herald and the Manitoba (now Winnipeg) Free Press were two of Canada’s major papers that published poetry to evoke the anti-war feelings of Canadians.  Continue reading

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Sighting. Palestine, a land, a people, a right to be

As curious lenses compete to capture our tears

Our pain-filled smiles radiate, redefining the meaning of beauty. Continue reading

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Culture and life

By TONY SEED*

ONE of the positive developments in Shunpiking Magazine has been the development of a vibrant cultural section. We aim to expand this in the year 2000. But what should our policy, our approach, be to culture and the arts?

Our fall socials in 1998 and 1999, held together with Two Planks and a Passion Theatre Company of Canning, had as their theme “Culture, Theatre and Life.” This is what brings Two Planks and Shunpiking together. People like the work of Two Planks because it is professional, fresh and deals with life. Life includes everything which is living and that which is inanimate; it cannot do without one or the other; both constitute the essential side of life. Continue reading

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