My Top Films of the Year (2017) I am Not Your Negro—James Baldwin intended a book called, “Remember This House,” based on the lives and assassinations of three of his close friends: Medgar Evers, Malcolm X and Martin Luther King, Jr. Filmmaker Raoul Peck imagines the book Baldwin never finished. The Florida Project—A
In the spring/summer of 2016, I responded to Facebook postings about the Bernie Sanders campaign in the US with the following statement (it then elicited further debate and some additional musings I add below) True statements , Hegel pointed out, are frequently trivial. It is correct, but trivial to point out that 1+1=2. This simple
Interview with journalist run paper EFSYN in Greece, December 2015 (Questions in italics) The “Greek paradox” consists in the fact that a left government (SYRIZA) is forced by its foreign creditors to implement a barbarous package of austerity measures. What does it mean for today’s democracy? The recent Greek experience reminds us that the rule
Interview with the Turkish Left newspaper, “Ozgur Gundem” (June 2015) David McNally 1-) You describe the economic crisis which started in 2007 as the fourth biggest economic crisis in the history of capitalism. For a broader picture, could you explain the main characters of this crisis? What can we expect in the near future? This
It was always going to be messy—and it has gotten so remarkably quickly. The decision by the Syriza leadership to form a coalition government with the anti-immigrant ANEL party has rightly shaken progressives who hoped that the Greek elections would rapidly transform politics to the left. Instead, we have been harshly reminded that the logic
Toward the end of his review of the moving film, 5 Broken Cameras, came words that stayed with me. Celebrating this documentary of one Palestinian village’s resistance to colonization, Ali Mustafa quotes its cameraman and co-director, Emad Burnat: “Forgotten wounds cannot be healed. So I film to heal.” So it was with Ali himself. To
The following article is part of a four-person symposium hosted by New Socialist webzine. You can find the full forum here: http://www.newsocialist.org/692-up-against-the-neoliberal-parties-what-should-the-left-do-four-views Anyone looking for easy answers to the challenges of radical politics today is sure to be disappointed. The terrain on which the left operates at the moment is messy, complicated and full of contradictions.
It is a truism to say that democracy began with the Greeks – less so to say that it originated in popular rebellion against debt and debt-bondage. Yet, with the Greek people ensnared once more in the vice-grip of rich debt-holders, it may be useful to recall that fact. For the only hope today of