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Heroic volunteers of freedom

Heroic volunteers of freedom

2017 marks the 80th Anniversary of the sinking of the ocean liner ‘Ciudad de Barcelona’ (City of Barcelona).The ship was carrying ‘International Brigadistas’ – socialist volunteers who fought alongside Spanish revolutionaries in the 1936-9 civil war against General Francisco Franco’s ...

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Surrealism’s place in the fight against capitalism

Surrealism’s place in the fight against capitalism

by Peter Harris “Surrealist art retains great popularity – in profitable, blockbuster exhibitions, and its prominence in modern art museums. Its immense influence on art, film, writing and many other media continues unabated today. It may be mentioned from time ...

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Let’s keep music revolutionary

Let’s keep music revolutionary

Is musical innovation stagnating under neoliberal capitalism? Koerian Verbesselt investigates. Español In capitalist society, many critics tend to deify artists; treat them as godlike, as if they had access to some special and hidden source of inspiration, spurring their artistic ...

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OAKLAND’S GHOST SHIP FIRE: WHO’S REALLY TO BLAME?

OAKLAND’S GHOST SHIP FIRE: WHO’S REALLY TO BLAME?

This article was published by socialistalternative.org in the USA Nathalie, 23, a native Oaklander who would sometimes pay the $10 cover to see music at Ghost Ship was out of town when texts started flooding in Friday night asking, “Are you okay?” ...

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Socialism in space

Socialism in space

8th September 2016 marked the fiftieth anniversary of ‘Star Trek’. Many see the enduring classic of science fiction as a vision of post-capitalist society. George Martin Fell Brown examines Star Trek and socialism. Español The original series of Star Trek, created ...

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Idols on strike

Idols on strike

Aspiring artists in Sweden competing on the pop talent show ‘Idol’ are due to strike from 25 November 2016. Leo Nobel reports on their struggle. FremantleMedia, Idol’s production company, has refused to sign a collective agreement for competitors in the show’s ...

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Frida Kahlo: between art and revolution

Frida Kahlo: between art and revolution

Valeriya Parkhomenko italiano Strong, intelligent, passionate and creative. There are many adjectives that are used today to describe the figure of Frida Kahlo, the Mexican artist who gained immortality through her art. She was an extraordinary woman in terms of ...

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End ‘pay to play’!

End ‘pay to play’!

Many performers – musicians in particular – spend most of their early career footing the bill for their work, and getting little or nothing in return. Musician Laura Comrats speaks out against this exploitative system. So you wanna be a ...

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