The Doomers vs Humanity

Global warming is the Doomers’ excuse to voice their hatred of people. By Phil Hall The debate about global warming parallels the debate about nuclear catastrophe. We are as close as we ever were to catastrophe, to the danger of bio-warfare, chemical warfare and nuclear warfare. To this we have now added cyber-warfare. Despite this […]

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Tabla Tarangam!

Yogesh Patel A recent report exposes short comings of many publishers in the UK. Albeit, to call the behaviour racist would be unacceptable. I have met many and they are anything but. However, a burrito of ignorance and arrogance spiced up with exclusion of talented BAME writers and poets is at the stall. Readers buy […]

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We need a Great Constitutional Assembly for Great Britain

A Freedom Charter for Great Britain? If we held a constitutional assembly, all the progressive forces in British society could finally agree on a common vision for the future and, having thrashed out this vision, unite around it. This is the conclusion Penny Grieve, Liam Moore and I reached in our discussion. Liam Moore has […]

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Editorial: June 2020

Welcome to the monthly editorial and welcome to Ars Notoria. Strangely enough, the editorial for June 2020 will be published before the editorial for May 2020, but that is the arsy-varsy, topsy-turvy world of online publishing these days. We are up and running at a minimal cost and it has been barely seven weeks since […]

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Where’s your vision Sir Keir?

By Paul Halas The blame game continues. Meanwhile… While the general public and the media obsess about Coronavirus – both those who are terrified of it and the others who think the whole issue’s blown out of proportion – and while the planet is steadily passing various tipping points of climate change, the Labour Party […]

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Taking Power in Guyana

PPP/C must seize the day by James Tweedie Guyanese caretaker president David Granger still refuses to admit defeat in elections almost four months ago. But the winning People’s Progressive Party/Civic seems reluctant to force a transition of power, despite the support of the Guyana Elections Commission (GECOM). Last week the GECOM chair, former justice Claudette […]

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Climate change: it’s later than we think

Socialists and capitalists together have ruined the planet. by Pete Field Even though climate scientists tell us we have not much time, their forecasts – despite their academic tentativeness – might actually be  too optimistic. We already know for sure that man-made climate change is upon us and having an enormous effect on weather, climate […]

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Animation with a social conscience

Halas & Batchelor Cartoon Films 1940 – 1995 By Vivien Halas This year marks the 80th year since my parents, John Halas and Joy Batchelor founded Halas & Batchelor Cartoons, in its day a household name responsible for over 2000 animated films.  Their best-known film Animal Farm (1954) was the first animated feature to be […]

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The Danger of Working Class Fascism

Everyday working class, fascism is real by Phil Hall One of the dirty secrets of history is that fascists can also be working class. Marxists, communists and socialists claim that all fascism comes from the middle and lower middle classes, that fascism is a last ditch response to the failure of capitalism, an attempt to […]

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Poet of Honour: Steven O’Brien

Pearl Fishers by Steven O’Brien Such ember-gold in your eyes,As no other girlAnd deep church-glass green,Purple, soft as smoke. Some daybreak soonWhen our blackbird is a high minstrelAbove the rippling treesSlip your hand in mine,No other girl but you And laugh with flashes of river jadeIn your gaze.Then vanish with no one but me- Like […]

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Binary

by Yogesh Patel Saddens me we are binaryto my skin.Grandpa used to tell me a lie.Prof Macaulay would throwthe answer papers in the air.The ones landing on the table would pass!There is no random indiscrimination in most discriminations. Never for the skin.They locked me up in Harmondsworth prisonbecause I was a coloured British Citizen!It was […]

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HOW DONALD DUCK SAVED MY LIFE…probably

COMICS – THE SEDUCTION OF THE INNOCENT By Paul Halas To this day there’s still an intellectual snobbery about comics in the UK, which is a shame as no other medium can communicate so well with so much economy. On mainland Europe, in the USA, in countries throughout Asia, comics are widely read by a […]

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Is socialism a partial solution to discrimination?

Is the solution to racism, misogyny and prejudice a nicer capitalism or do we need a more profound transformation of society? What do we do when a right winger like Priti Patel claims that she is fighting prejudice? Do we acknowledge this and support her as a woman who has suffered deeply from two types […]

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Guyana: Waiting for Granger to Go

Democracy delayed is democracy denied by James Tweedie Today is the 40th anniversary of the murder of Guyanese revolutionary writer Walter Rodney, a crime his family still believe was ordered by then prime minister Forbes Burnham. Three months – and a ballot recount – after the March 2nd general election, Burnham’s People’s National Congress (PNC) […]

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The Mystery of Apolitical Bob Dylan

Decades of dead-souled, dead music in zombie filled arenas headlined by people like Dylan. By Phil Hall Prospero in his cell busy indwelling, might have time to ponder the mystery of the myth that is Bob Dylan. He is concealed behind a dark blue velvet curtain embroidered in gold; Dylan with a megaphone standing on […]

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