Mr. Blue and Maria: A Musical Dream

15 December, 2021 — Edward Curtin

Sixty years ago in the late fall and early winter, a seventeen-year-old blue-eyed Bronx boy went by himself to see an afternoon showing of West Side Story on Fordham Road in the north Bronx. He took the bus to the theater but walked the few miles home in a romantic daze, in love with Maria and yearning for a girl like that for himself. The movie had mesmerized him, and though he knew about gang fights and the enmity between different ethnic groups, especially white prejudice against Puerto Ricans and blacks, he had never been involved in such violence. Continue reading

Ecosocialist Bookshelf, December 2021

16 December, 2021 — — Origin: Climate & Capitalism

Six new books and six important essays for reds and greens

Ecosocialist Bookshelf is a monthly column, hosted by Ian Angus. Books described here may be reviewed at length in future. Inclusion of a book does not imply endorsement, or that C&C agrees with everything (or even anything!) these books say.
Continue reading

Ukraine – Russia Makes Serious Demands, Warns Of ‘Confrontation’

14 December 2021 — Moon of Alabama

Following unfounded U.S. claims of an imminent Russian invasion of the Ukraine U.S. President Joe Biden and Russia’s President Vladimir Putin have held a virtual summit. Little has been released about its real content but the Russian follow up shows that the issues they talked about were deadly serious.

Continue reading

Statewatch News 17 December 2021 (20/21): EU attack on asylum rights; Greek hotspots and human rights; Mass surveillance strikes back?

17 December 2021 — Statewatch News

(Also available as a PDF)

Welcome to our last issue of the year, covering the last three weeks and featuring:

  • EU asylum and borders proposals: the only attack taking place is the attack on peoples’ rights
  • Greece: The new hotspots and the prevention of “primary flows”: a human rights disaster
  • EU: Data retention strikes back? Options for mass telecoms surveillance under discussion again

Plus all our other news, links and documentation.

We will be back with you in January – until then, from everyone at Statewatch, we wish you a safe and restful break.

Continue reading