Save the Arts in the UK – sign the petition and watch the video!

20 September, 2010

If you are interested in the arts in the UK then you might be interested in signing this petition to the Government to try and prevent radical cuts to current levels of arts funding, which will decimate what has been one of the UK’s chief success stories over the past 20 years. The Prime Minister has pledged to take seriously any issue backed by a petition with 100,000 signatures. The DCMS met about the future of arts funding on Tuesday 14th September and will be making tough decisions in the next week weeks. So time is short. The petition is part of a national campaign that is organised by a consortium of London galleries, arts organisations, and artists.

The effect of the funding cuts

Over a hundred leading artists including David Hockney, Anthony Caro, Damien Hirst, Howard Hodgkin, Anish Kapoor, Richard Hamilton, Antony Gormley and Tracey Emin have joined the campaign to fight against the proposed 25% cuts in government funding of the arts. The campaign was launched on Friday 10 September 2010, with the release of a new video animation by artist David Shrigley highlighting the effect of the funding cuts. Each week the work of a different artist, created in response to the campaign, will be released. Jeremy Deller and Mark Wallinger will follow David Shrigley.


17 September, 2010 — MEDIA LENS: Correcting for the distorted vision of the corporate media

Andrew Marr must have seemed the natural choice to BBC executives looking for an interviewer to grill Tony Blair on his new autobiography, A Journey (The Andrew Marr Show, BBC 1, September 1, 2010; See here for a rough transcript:

After all, Blair has become the most reviled British politician of modern times largely thanks to violent policies that Marr openly celebrated.

On April 9, 2003, as Baghdad superficially fell to the illegal US-UK invasion, Marr lauded Blair’s great triumph on the main BBC evening news:

“Frankly, the main mood [in Downing Street] is of unbridled relief. I’ve been watching ministers wander around with smiles like split watermelons.”

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Information Clearing House Newsletter 19 September, 2010: The “Obscenity” of Comparing Americans to “Killers and Terrorists”

19 September, 2010 — Information Clearing House

Israeli Company Hired by State Government
to Spy on Pennsylvanians and Other Americans
By Dave Lindorff
The Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, along with a number of local police departments in the state, have been employing a private Israeli security company with strong links to Mossad and the Israeli Defense Force.

The “Obscenity” of Comparing Americans to “Killers and Terrorists”
By Glenn Greenwald
The nature of tribalism is that one always thinks their side is better and the other side worse, and that comparisons between the two sides (or even equal application of standards to each) is deeply unfair and offensive (”moral relativism”).

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VTJP Palestine/Israel Newslinks 19 September, 2010: Official: Israel to cut off East Jerusalem villages

19 September, 2010 — VTJP


International Middle East Media Center

Syrian Aid Ship Arrives In Al Arish Port
IMEMC – 19 Sep 2010 – Monday September 20, 2010 – 00:54, Lieutenant Hisham Al Janayni, assistant-director of Al Arish Port, stated that a Syrian aid ship heading to Gaza had arrived at Al Arish Port in Egypt on Sunday evening, and that the ship will be towed to the dock in order to be emptied under the supervision of the Red Crescent before the supplies are sent to Gaza by land.

Artery Of Life 5 Arrives In Paris
IMEMC – 19 Sep 2010 – Sunday September 19, 2010 – 23:17, The “Artery of Life 5” solidarity convoy heading to the Gaza Strip to deliver humanitarian supplies, arrived in Paris on Sunday, and was welcomed by hundreds of French peace activists and Palestinians living in France.

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