Malak Mattar: Last Scene Before Flying with the Dove to Paradise

Thursday, 19 May 2022 — The Tricontinental

This image, from the latest Tricontinental Newsletter is so beautiful as well as so sad that it deserves a page all to itself, lest we forget.

Malak Mattar (Palestine), Last Scene Before Flying with the Dove to Paradise, 2019.

This is an extract from an essay by Nada Elia on Mattar:

Malak Mattar’s paintings hang on the walls in the homes of her many fans around the world, from India to England to the U.S.  With vivid colors and haunting stares, they express, beautifully, as only the greatest art can do, the utter misery of life and death in the besieged Gaza Strip. They were smuggled out of Gaza through the tunnels, featured in exhibitions in Spain and India, with a solo exhibition in Bristol, England, then sold to a few lucky fans, while the artist herself remains trapped in the besieged strip.  Mattar is a child prodigy who started painting at the age of 14, in the aftermath of “Operation Cast Lead,” Israel’s 2014 assault on the besieged strip. With government-provided low-quality watercolors and paper, she discovered the euphoric liberating effect of self-expression and soon graduated from aquarelle to acrylic on canvas. Last year, she left the Gaza Strip for the first time in her life, when her art was shown in Jerusalem.  

Art Is a Dream in Which We Imagine Our Future: The Twentieth Newsletter (2022)

Thursday, 19 May 2022 — The Tricontinental

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Dear friends,

Greetings from the desk of Tricontinental: Institute for Social Research.

On 11 May 2022, an Israeli sniper fired at the head of the veteran Palestinian journalist Shireen Abu Aqleh as she reported on an Israeli military raid on a refugee settlement in Jenin (part of the Occupied Palestine Territories). The snipers continued to fire at the journalists who were with her, preventing them from aiding her. When she finally arrived at Ibn Sina Hospital, she was pronounced dead.

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On Bush’s Freudian Confession

Thursday, 19 May 2022 — Caitlin Johnson

Listen to a reading of this article:

Oh my God. It happened. I can’t believe it really happened.

During a speech in Dallas at Southern Methodist University’s George W Bush Presidential Center on Wednesday, the man himself, George W Bush, did the best thing ever. I am pretty sure it is the single best thing that has ever happened. I do not believe I am exaggerating when I say that.

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Ukraine News Links 18-19 May 2022

Thursday, 19 May 2022 — The New Dark Age

There may be some duplication due to cross-posting and may be updated throughout the day, so please check back. If it gets updated, I usually insert the time on the line above. A lot of cross-posting usually indicates that the article is popular and some links may not work, depending on your location but I’ve kept them anyway, so at least the reader has some idea of the scale of censorship now operating in the ‘democratic’ West.

Nazism, the West, Ukraine

US Multi-Domain Operations – War by Additional Means

Americans and the “Blood Moon” Rising

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