Has it ever occurred to you, even if only for a second or two, that there is an alternative to … Continue reading
Christmas is coming. RUN!
This may have been published before but Roland and his cohorts don’t do ‘record-keeping’ very well. Ask Roland about records … Continue reading
Growing-up is difficult. Most of us don’t set out to destroy the planet as a result
The “national interest”. What do people mean?
Do you care about what happens in other countries?
Spreading the word(s)
Updated 1 December 2014
OCCUPY WALL STREET have been busy over the last few days. Over the weekend 29-30 November they implored sympathisers to stop shopping. It was not a call to fast but a strike against commercialism and the destructive belief that ‘growth … growth …’ will solve everything. It is a theme that Storyboard4 has already taken up.
On 1 December OWS highlighted their ‘Activist Bail Fund’ following the protests in Ferguson, Missouri.
Russia ‘clamps-down’ on media ownership
In a further bizarre move Reuters are reporting that Russians are handing in ‘Western-branded’ T-shirts in favour of pro-Kremlin wear. Politics and fashion? Who would have ‘thunk’ it.
Sri Lankan revolutionary dies
BALA TAMPOE, a revolutionary socialist Sri Lankan militant/trade union leader, has died. He may well have made ‘mistakes’; and who is going to hold up their hands and claim that they’ve never made a ‘political mistake’? Storyboard4 is certainly not; read this (although why it’s still called Ceylon Times we’re not sure).
Good piece on the Index on Censorship site discussing the ‘cultural/academic boycott’ of Israel.
Do ‘Islamic State’ (formerly ISIS) even hate themselves? You could be forgiven for thinking that they may well do. Following the capture of further northern Iraq cities they boasted that they had ‘conquered’ “more important areas which were controlled by the pesh merga and the secular militias.” (NYT World, 3 August 2014) Do these people ever share a joke or is that forbidden?
There can be little doubt that the ‘West’, principally the US and UK, bear an enormous responsibility for the mess that on other occasions is known as Iraq. Yet it is also difficult to ignore the fact ISIS represent a religious current that is not only uncomfortable with the 21st century but quite possibly uncomfortable with the 13th century — far too progressive. All those bloody European peasants milling around and demanding various rights. Is it any little wonder that they get a kick out of chopping people’s heads off.
Sexual harassment in Egypt
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High-profile case: yes. Low-profile conclusion ..?
“The jury in the seven-month trial of two ex-Rupert Murdoch editors (…) is expected to retire to consider its verdict this week.” Well, that’s what Reuters say and why should I question their judgement; they did after all get me to a Paris hospital and arrange for my right leg to be ‘sowed’ back together. No, the surgeon didn’t have a fag hanging from his lips. Of course, I don’t remember; I was out for the count.
In any event: you can expect more from Storyboard4 on the conclusion of this saga of journalistic debasement; that is to say when we are allowed to without ending up in court. You really don’t want to end up in a libel case with a former owner of a publishing company which has, in its carefully reared stable, a daily newspaper. Yes, said person was put in gaol by US courts for the same, or at least very similar, allegations/charges but legal jurisdictions don’t travel that well. It’s ‘air-sickness’ so I’m told. Nothing to do with the judges having played ‘rugger’ with Lord …
Storyboard4 has some axes that are in need of grinding. If … If … We’ll see won’t we?
RW for S4
REPORTERS WITHOUT BORDERS’ Lucie Morillon has written about how the Thai army cannot be allowed to “continue to trample freedom of information underfoot”. Two journalists, Thanapol Eawsakul and Pravit Rojanaphruk were detained on 23 and 24 May. They are still being held. Rojanaphruk, a journalist with the daily The Nation is well-known for his critical views on Thailand’s ‘lèse majesté’ law which forbids criticism of the country’s royalty.
Eawsakul, editor of political news magazine Fah Diew Gan, was arrested for taking part in a peaceful demonstration against the military coup. A number of television and community radio stations have not been allowed back on air since the coup unless they undertake not to disturb the “peace and public order” and must apply for new authorisation before being allowed to resume.