Suspending Jeremy Corbyn is a Declaration of Civil War

Keir Starmer has now alienated the best and the most idealistic people in the Labour Party By Phil Hall My daughter has a heart of gold and though she is young she has already worked as the manager of a women’s refuge and in a legal advice centre. She’s about to train as a housing […]

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How is the ANC Government measuring up?

A 2020 Vision for South Africa A car arrived at Tony Hall’s funeral in 2008 with Aggie Msimang. It was sent by the ANC with a message of condolence from Jacob Zuma, ANC President, Kgalema Motlanthe ANC Secretary General, Sankie Mahanyele, Deputy Secretary General, Mendi Msimang, Treasurer General. Aggie Msimang came to the three sons saying: […]

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Red and Blue October in the USA

We are alive in amazing times, and 2020 is a significant year, as significant as 1968 was in US history. Mineappolis protests – By Fibonacci Blue https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=90686854 By Isaac Flanders Tasked with writing on the current situation in the US, it is tempting to merely itemize that country’s myriad underpinning flaws and state that any […]

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Dear Phil, Sorry for not writing…Trump got in the way

Will Biden get in? By Stephanie Urdang Dear Phil, I haven’t forgotten about your request to write something for Ars Notoria.  Your faith in me and my ability to produce something worthwhile is gratifying.  But at the moment Trump and his lies and his sheer evil are messing with my head.  If it was just […]

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The Right are dominating public discourse – so why are they still so angry?

By Emil Blake It’s rare for politicians not to smile. Even the most insincere daren’t show anything but the warmth, comfort and confidence of a smile; the most sour-faced of politicos fake it until they make it. It’s government 101, it says ‘hey, I really do mean this.’ Weather-beaten by the political tempests and low […]

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French working class noir

The birth of a genre, French noir 1930 – 1960 When thinking of “film noir” the names that spring immediately to mind are Alfred Hitchcock, John Huston, Orson Welles, Raoul Walsh, Sam Fuller… Humphrey Bogart, Edward G Robinson, Barbara Stanwyck, Lauren Bacall, James Cagney, Robert Mitchum… But across the Atlantic the genre was also gaining […]

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What can you do about your future?

We need to be better people By Pete Field Would you torture your own children? Would you destroy their future? Would you sell out your family and friends for cash? If you could, would you wipe out the world?We love those films where the forces of good destroy the evil psychopath’s plan for world domination. […]

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Sorry, it was an accident

How we kill and never think about it By Pete Field In the mid-sixties driving in the countryside meant squashed insects on the windscreen, sometimes hundreds of them. You had to get the wipers going, smear them off with water. Now our insect numbers are down because populations have declined sharply due to heavy use […]

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Would you like a Bushbaby?

By Phil Hall Someone from the countryside was selling a young bush-baby in a corner of Dar-es-Salaam market. Mom was smitten. She bought it. Let’s see this creature sweet enough to melt Mom’s resolve. Look, boys. she said, coming in through the door. She was with with Josiah and his bodyguard. Mom showed us. In her palm […]

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UK Appeals Court Annuls Guaidó’s Seizure of Venezuelan Gold

By Francisco Dominguez The Central Bank of Venezuela (BCV) was right in appealing to the High Court’s ludicrous decision last July to grant US-sponsored Juan Guaidó, in his ‘capacity’ as self-proclaimed “interim president” of Venezuela, the right to retrieve 31 tons of gold (about £800 million) entrusted in custody to the Bank of England (BoE) […]

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‘Other’ Covid-19 pandemic success stories

Anyone paying attention? By Dale T. McKinley Since the onset of the Covid-19 pandemic, much of world’s public as well as media attention have been focused on those countries hardest hit. From the early and widespread outbreaks in China, Italy, Spain and the United Kingdom to the more recent and greater numbers of infections and […]

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Tony Hall’s Interview with Yves Montand

Yves Montand in Nairobi in 1966 By Tony Hall On the face of it it may seem strange for a film star to speak so much on politics. But for Yves Montand and his wife, Simone Signoret, one of the really distinguished couples in the world of serious entertainment, taking a stand on burning political […]

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a genie’s ease

When poets are publishers, other poets forget to notice them as poets. Thus, Todd Swift has remained a hidden diamond. So, to highlight his work, it delights us at Ars Notoria to bring his poem to you this month. It plays at many levels concealing the harshness directed elsewhere from the poem’s apparent impression!

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Jeremy Corbyn and The Psychological Agony of the Left

We feel desolate at the squandering of such an enormous opportunity By Phil Hall After the failure of the revolution in 1905 in Russia many of the revolutionaries despaired. Some of them committed suicide, while others slunk off to Great Britain which gave them refuge. This was a moment of Thermidor, when counter-revolution was victorious; […]

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U.S. Wildfires—a national emergency in the midst of a pandemic

‘we have meandered through grief, loss, and trauma at the complete loss of our home‘ – Libby Patterson By Karen Phillips When I began writing this article on the wildfires raging in the United States, horrific events were happening simultaneously in several states. As my research progressed, instead of having less to write about I […]

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