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Kurt Weill’s Venus says we’re more than just consumers

12 March 2005
One Touch of Venus tells the story of the Roman goddess of love coming to life again in 20th century New York. It is not altogether surprising that a new British production of this forgotten 1940s musical is enjoying the sort of success that it originally achieved on Broadway.

Malcolm X: ‘Show me a capitalist and I’ll show you a bloodsucker’

25 February 2005
Malcolm X was gunned down on 21 February 1965 as he addressed a political rally in Harlem, New York. The entire US establishment heaved a sigh of relief. The New York Times’ editorial the day after Malcolm’s murder said:

Storm over secret US plan to attack Iran

22 January 2005
AS AMERICA’S rich and powerful party in Washington, celebrating George W Bush’s presidential inauguration, the White House is preparing to extend its war to Iran. Award-winning journalist Seymour Hersh revealed in the New Yorker this week that US special forces have been operating in Iran since at least last summer, identifying possible targets. Rather than deny the report, the Pentagon tried to rubbish Hersh’s reporting.

The shaky foundations of NHS plan

30 October 2004
THE real face of New Labour’s "modernisation" of the NHS was revealed last week as a firm of hard-nosed New York based business troubleshooters was brought in to sort out the growing financial crisis at the first failing foundation trust.

Who says?

23 October 2004
"Congress was right to give the president the authority to use force to hold Saddam Hussein accountable... We must do everything in our power to complete the mission and get the job done." John Kerry, Democratic presidential candidate speaking on foreign policy at New York University earlier this month

They send workers to kill

23 October 2004
THERE IS a scene in the film Gangs of New York where one of America’s elite worries about the riots against the draft during the American Civil War of the 1860s.

News in Brief

23 October 2004
Prison guards reveal torture US GUARDS subjected detainees at the Guantanamo Bay prison camp to torture, ex-workers at the camp have admitted. In interviews for the New York Times military guards, intelligence agents and others revealed the horrific treatment dished out to detainees.

Punk funk from the left

02 October 2004
Radio 4, from New York, came to prominence with their second album Gotham in 2002.

‘Surely the British want to see Bush go too?’

04 September 2004
FOR MANY natives of the city the opportunity to stroll the car-free streets of New York was a delight.

Vietnam veterans join march against Bush

04 September 2004
VETERANS AND serving members of the US armed forces joined this week’s protests at the Republican convention in New York.

Who should we back for president?

28 August 2004
Protest will erupt in New York this week on a scale not seen since the great demonstrations on the eve of the invasion of Iraq in March 2003.

Who's going to be the lesser evil in 1968?

07 August 2004
IN 1968, when the presidential sweepstakes come up again, liberals all over the country are likely to face the California Syndrome. At the risk of sounding like a Californian, I'm referring to the political pattern that was acted out in the recent Brown-Reagan contest in that state-whose denizens have this in common with New Yorkers, that they tend to think that whatever is happening in their state is What's Happening. Sometimes it is.

The suffering of the boy who came from Blairsville

28 February 2004
I CAN'T get out of my mind the photo that appeared on the front page of the New York Times on 30 December. It showed a young man sitting facing a class of sixth graders in Blairsville, Pennsylvania.

Hawks at each other's throats

20 September 2003
"IRAQ: THE New War". That headline in the prestigious New York Review of Books captures the scale of the fighting that continues in Iraq. The word occupation does not adequately describe what is happening. There is a new phase in this war that we were assured was won when Western television stations took carefully choreographed shots of the fall of statues to Saddam Hussein five months ago. It is like the colonial wars conducted in the 1950s by the British army in Kenya, Malaysia, Aden and Cyprus, and by France in Algeria.


20 September 2003
OVER 100 people packed a meeting to discuss how the media stokes up "fake" fears of so called Islamic terrorism. The meeting was held on the second anniversary of the 11 September attacks on New York at the headquarters of the NUJ journalists' union.

Why we say get the troops out

20 September 2003
THERE IS an escalating war in Iraq. The lying politicians who launched the invasion six months ago won't admit it. But it's the only honest conclusion from the terrible death toll. The director of the Baghdad central mortuary told the New York Times how the number of killings has rocketed under the last five months of occupation. There were 462 in May, 626 in June, 751 in July and 872 in August. Most of them, about 70 percent, were shot dead. That is in just one city.

The power of profit switches lights off in the US

23 August 2003
MILLIONS OF people across the US last week glimpsed a small part of what their government and military have inflicted on people in Baghdad. From New York to Detroit and Cleveland, and across the border to Toronto and Ottawa in Canada, the lights went out and the power died.

Human guinea pigs are fighting back

28 June 2003
FAMILIES FROM Nigeria are trying to take drugs giant Pfizer to court for using their children in botched drug trials seven years ago. Last week the 20 families were fighting to have their claim for compensation heard in a New York court.

The horizon is expanding

01 March 2003
WHEN AN establishment paper like the New York Times reacts to the anti-war protests on 15 February by commenting that "there may still be two superpowers on the planet: the United States and world public opinion", you know things are beginning to move.

House divided against itself

25 January 2003
THIS NEW edition of Our House in the Last World, the first novel by Cuban-American writer Oscar Hijuelos, tells the story of the Santinio family, who leave Cuba to emigrate to New York in the 1940s. The novel begins with the story of Mercedes and Alejo, young lovers who will become the mother and father of two children, Hector and Horacio.

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