Capitalism And The Importance of Lying

December 27, 2010

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The experience of Wikileaks has shown what has long since been known, but rarely discussed. Capitalism depends upon systematic lying. Over recent weeks we have had a succession of politicians and State bureaucrats from all the Capitalist states appear on TV, and tell us how terrible it is that their duplicity has been exposed. Of […]

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Confidential occupations document – april 2009

December 27, 2010

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confidential occupations document – april 2009 The following leaked document had disappeared from the public domain due to the website which it was previously hosted on going down. It is a briefing for heads of university administrations on dealing with student occupations. It may assist activists in gaining some idea of the perspective of senior […]

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An Iranian Director’s Impassioned Defense

December 23, 2010

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An Iranian Director’s Impassioned Defense thelede.blogs.nytimes.com Jafar Panahi, an internationally celebrated Iranian filmmaker who supported opposition protesters after last year’s disputed presidential election, delivered an impassioned defense of his work at his trial in Tehran last week. http://www.facebook.com

BFI cuts

December 23, 2010

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Details of BFI plans for library and archive, including job cuts from bfiwatch by pamcook BFI management draft proposals: Restructure of Collections & Information Rationale There are five key drivers in our proposal for the future structure of the Archive: The cut to grant-in-aid, whilst managing the transition from the SHUK project and reducing the […]

Posted in: Cultural Politics, Film

Celan in Willesden

December 18, 2010

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Celan in London NW2 by Hans Kundnani Published October 23, 2010 Although Paul Celan is my favourite poet, I was somehow unaware of his poem, “Mapesbury Road”, which refers to a street that is about five minutes from where I live in north-west London and was written in 1968 immediately after the death of Martin Luther […]

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The Spending Review and British Film Culture

December 16, 2010

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Film, as the first industrial art, has always been a complex mix of business and culture, and its status within public policy has reflected this. Successive governments have employed different strategies to stimulate commercial production on the one hand, and to subsidise cultural film activity that would not be possible if left to the market […]

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USA: Is the College Debt Bubble Ready to Explode?

December 11, 2010

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Over the last decade, private lenders, abetted by college financial aid offices, eagerly handed young people hundreds of thousands of dollars to earn bachelor’s degrees. As a result of easy credit, declining grants and soaring tuitions, more than two-thirds of students graduated with debt in 2008 — up from 45 percent in 1993. The average debt […]

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