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13.06.2020

Charles Dickens and the push for literacy in Victorian Britain

Charles Dickens and the push for literacy in Victorian Britain

Such is the aura still surrounding Charles Dickens that it is no surprise readers want to mark the 150th anniversary of his death in June 1870, even in the middle of a desperate global public health crisis. While this impulse to show one’s admiration of – and gratitude to – deceased… »

09.06.2020

The mural will not be whitewashed: How dissident poet Joseph Brodsky continues to inspire free-thinking Russians

The mural will not be whitewashed: How dissident poet Joseph Brodsky continues to inspire free-thinking Russians

The 80th anniversary of the birth of Russian poet and Nobel laureate Joseph Brodsky was marked this year in Russia by an incident on May 25 highlighting the special place writers still hold in Russian political culture. Iosif Brodsky (known as Joseph Brodsky in the English-speaking world) holds iconic… »

07.06.2020

Darshell McAlpine & Her Autobiographical Book Leaving With My Marbles

Darshell McAlpine & Her Autobiographical Book Leaving With My Marbles

By RW Anton & Jhon Sánchez Sandwiched in between Hurricane Harvey and the Coronavirus pandemic, one woman continues to pull victory from the jaws of defeat. She is the boss of Boss Lady Press and my sister, Darshell McAlpine. My mentor, Jhon Sánchez, and I read her book, Leaving With… »

03.06.2020

Hongkongers strive to remember Tiananmen crackdown despite ban on candlelight vigil

Hongkongers strive to remember Tiananmen crackdown despite ban on candlelight vigil

Commemorating June 4 is a “battle against amnesia” in Hong Kong Hong Kong has held candlelight vigils to commemorate the 1989 Tiananmen Square Massacre for over 30 years, but this tradition — like so many cherished by HongKongers — is facing extinction as Beijing tightens the… »

03.06.2020

Shiraz: A Romance of India

Shiraz: A Romance of India

SHIRAZ: A ROMANCE OF INDIA A film directed by Franz Osten A British, German and Indian co-production With actors Himansu Rai, Enakshi Rama Rau, Charu Roy, Seeta Devi A 1928 Indian silent film with music and English intertitles Meticulously restored by the BFI National Archive… »

30.05.2020

My Corona Hug

My Corona Hug

By Henry Cruz New Yorkers like me have a complicated relationship with hugs. I first noticed it a few years back after this dude in Times Square holding a FREE HUGS sign gave me an insincere and awkward half-hug. Without missing a beat, Mr. Free Hugs said, “Hey, gimme a… »

29.05.2020

The War Industry Threatens Humanity

The War Industry Threatens Humanity

I’m adding Christian Sorensen’s new book, Understanding the War Industry, to the list of books I think will convince you to help abolish war and militaries. See the list below. Wars are driven by many factors. They do not include protection, defense, benevolence, or public service. They do include inertia, political… »

28.05.2020

Quarentimes

Quarentimes

By Deven DeMarco “What is a week-end” is the quip Maggie Smith’s character queries in the show Downton Abbey. And Governor Cuomo upon greeting the press corps last week said Happy Friday- does that mean anything if there is no weekend anymore? Time has folded back on itself like an… »

23.05.2020

We Need Web Developers to Support Our Peace and Nonviolence Journalism

We Need Web Developers to Support Our Peace and Nonviolence Journalism

Pressenza is a collaborative press agency, where each person devotes their time and knowledge to a common project that goes beyond us: the humanization of journalism. Provide information that goes in the direction of solidarity, awareness, action, and non-violence. Since 2008, the date on which we started this path, we… »

21.05.2020

Fighting and writing for Moldova’s place in the pantheon of world literature

Fighting and writing for Moldova’s place in the pantheon of world literature

An interview with Moldovan novelist Iulian Ciocan Moldova lies on cultural, linguistic, and geopolitical faultlines. Until 1991 this eastern European country of around three million was part of the Soviet Union, where Russian was considered the language of prestige. Upon declaring independence, Moldova quickly reestablished strong cultural ties with Romania,… »

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