Notes From the Margins…

Julian Schnabel says the unsayable

  • May 31, 2011
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I’ve just watched Julian Schnabel’s ambitious epic about the Israeli-Palestinian conflict  Miral.  It’s not a great movie, and certainly doesn’t bear comparison with Schnabel’s brilliant cinematic rendition of  The Diving Bell and the Butterfly, but I felt that the dismissive and damning reviews that it received were unfair.  It’s true that some of...

An Antidote to Bigotry

  • May 29, 2011
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Question: What do these photographs have in common?

 

Answer:   All of them are pictures of Muslims, and they can be found on the wonderful website Pictures of Muslims Wearing Things – a brilliantly imaginative antidote to the obsession with Muslim dress codes that has become a staple of contemporary Islamophobia.  It was...

Guest post: Regueb, A town in revolt

  • May 27, 2011
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The civil war in Libya has tended to overshadow events in Tunisia, the country where the ‘Arab Spring’ began in January.   Amanda Sebestyen has just visited the Tunisian town of Regueb as a guest  of the World Social Forum.   This is what she found:

 

High on a hill a message in Arabic...

Science Fiction in the Present

  • May 24, 2011
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On Thursday I’m one of the participants in a workshop organized by the School of Architecture, Planning and Landscape at Newcastle University on the subject of Science Fiction in the Present: Military Technology and Contemporary Culture. I’ll be speaking about dystopian military futures – a subject I wrote about last year in an article for...

Jesus and the whales

  • May 22, 2011
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It’s the day after the beginning of the end of the world and outside my window everything seems calm in the neighbourhood.  There was no earthquake at six o’ clock yesterday and God’s elect do not seem to have floated upwards from their clothes and cars and wherever else they were, leaving the rest...

Los indignados

  • May 21, 2011
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Astonishing events are unfolding in Spain, where anti-austerity protests have been taking place across the country  on the eve of regional and local elections. 20,000 people have turned the Puerta del Sol in Madrid into a mini Tahrir Square.   Last week there were protests in more than fifty cities, in what appears...

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