Pity the nation

2 Aug

Pity the nation that has to silence its writers for speaking their minds… Pity the nation that needs to jail those who ask for justice while communal killers, mass murderers, corporate scamsters, looters, rapists and those who prey on the … Read More »

The man who planted trees

28 Jul

Jean Giono’s The Man Who Planted Trees tells of a shepherd’s single-handed effort to re-forest a desolate valley in the Alpine foothills of Provence in the early 20th century. If you haven’t read it, and lingered over illustrator Michael McCurdy’s … Read More »

Profit and the Arms Economy

15 May

This post also features in OffGuardian Three years ago, Global Research showed that interests backing Trident also finance Russia’s nuclear programme. This news, relayed a few months later by the Canary, should have caused a storm in anti-war circles. In … Read More »

Letter to Julian Assange

13 May

Dear Julian Thank you for your courage. It shames me as a socialist that so many whose leftist views should have had them backing you, in gratitude for the truths you brought us and to demand an end to the … Read More »

An apology to my readers

13 Apr

My bad. For fifteen years I’ve been inflicting my views on folk who’ve done me no harm; done nothing whatsoever to deserve such torments. I began innocuously enough with emailed film reviews but it was still sneaky of me to … Read More »