Patti Smith, Massive Attack, Viggo Mortensen among 70+ artists demanding free speech on Palestine

Artists for Palestine UK

Artists for Palestine UK is publishing (below) a longer version of the open letter published in tomorrow’s print edition of the Guardian, with the full list of signatories.

The statement responds to news that the award-winning band Young Fathers were invited, disinvited and re-invited to the Ruhrtriennale arts festival in Germany, following demands that they renounce their support for the global movement for boycott, divestment and sanctions (BDS) in support of Palestinian rights. The band refused, and re-affirmed their support for human rights principles. Now, 79 artists, writers and producers from all fields of the arts in the UK, the US, Germany and beyond, plus public figures including Desmond Tutu, Naomi Klein, Noam Chomsky and Angela Davis, speak out about what they say is an “alarming form of censorship, “blacklisting” and repression”.

No Palestine Exception to Freedom of Speech [1]

We, the undersigned artists, writers and public figures, are disturbed…

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Fallen Summer Dreams…

SPARK campaign supports Together For Yes

Spark Ireland Campaign

SPARK campaign after discussions has decided to take a position in the upcoming Referendum. We will support a vote YES to repeal the eight amendment by removing article 40.3.3 from the constitution. As a group that represents mostly women, and as single mothers are sometimes at the heart of the debate we felt we could not be silent.

SPARK is a campaign group of single parents who came together in 2011 to oppose cuts to one parent families. Since 2011 we have been campaigning for better outcomes for one parent families, and offer support to many lone parents. We are a voluntary group of campaigners and as a group we are diverse in political, religious and non-political or religious views.

Prior to the Referendum as a campaign group we never identified as pro-life or pro-choice, and still do not. Although an internal poll in 2012 suggested most members sided with…

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George Hook And The Entitlement To An Opinion

Cunning Hired Knaves

Everyone may be ‘entitled to their opinion’, whatever that means, but not everyone is entitled to a national radio slot where they can spout misogynist garbage.
Rosa Luxemburg is often quoted as saying that ‘Freedom is always and exclusively freedom for the one who thinks differently.’ Her preceding sentence was ‘Freedom only for the supporters of the government, only for the members of one party – however numerous they may be – is no freedom at all.’

George Hook is a cheerleader for Ireland’s ruling party Fine Gael in a very literal sense: he does warm-up speeches for them at their conventions. He is one broadcaster on a radio station owned by a billionaire media magnate who got his big break after greasing the palm of the Fine Gael Minister for Communications. On the whole, the radio station itself, as with the rest of the billionaire’s media interests, is anti-worker…

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Neolithic Coding on the Hill of Tara

The Receipt of Magic