Doha the capital city of Qatar

Why is the British media-state apparatus attacking Qatar?

Britain is punishing Qatar for interfering in UK domestic policy, for supporting Palestine and for getting closer to BRICS by Philip Hall Al Jazeera is Qatari and for many people it is a better, more honest news channel than the BBC. Remember the expose of the security state managed antisemitism crisis organised against Corbyn? This […]

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Depression # 32 by Dan Pearce

Dan Pearce has done editorial work for many magazines and newspapers including New Society, Honey, 19, Oz, The Observer, The Times and Sunday Times, Mayfair and Penthouse. Dan has created book and record covers, political cartoons, comic strips and caricatures and he has written two graphic novels: ‘Critical Mess’ (against the nuclear industry) and ‘Oscar: The Second Coming’. His […]

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A rat race is for rats. We are not rats.

Jimmy Reid’s 1972 speech on alienation . ALIENATION is the precise and correctly applied word for describing the major social problem in Britain today. People feel alienated by society. In some intellectual circles, it is treated almost as a new phenomenon. It has, however, been with us for years. What I believe to be true […]

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Hamba kahle, Harry. 

HAROLD VOIGT, SOUTH AFRICAN PAINTER 1st May 1939 – 9th October 2022 by Leigh Voigt How does one give an unbiased, honest appraisal of one’s own husband and have the gall to call it an obituary? Does one resort to clichés? Borrow words from the pens of others? No, one hones in on an aspect […]

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Photographs through an art filter

Experiments with photo art applications, in particular the PRISMA application. by Philip Hall Passing photos through ready-made filters hasn’t really taught me much about how paintings and drawings are made, but doing this for a decade has taught me how important it is to have an artist’s eye and how the artist’s eye – even […]

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King Charles III’s Sacred Task: dissolve the institution of Monarchy

Bring the powerful to heel, don’t glorify monarchs and privilege by Philip Hall The idea that Charles III is divinely appointed to rule over us is ridiculously far-fetched. Yet, ultimately, it is the metaphysical idea of the divine right of kings that gives King Charles III his political legitimacy. According to this theory, ordinary British […]

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Obituary: Bryan Greetham, teacher, writer and thinker

By Pat Rowe Bryan Greetham (1946-2022) the writer and thinker, died on Sunday 26th June in Estepona, Spain. Above all, Bryan wanted to help students of all ages be the best thinkers possible. Bryan was born in Faversham, Kent. He failed the 11 plus exam and went to a secondary modern school. But this didn’t […]

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The Thousand year Reich of Bezos and his Friends threatens us all

WE MUST STOP THEM by Phil Hall Gato, the new Google Artificial Intelligence system (tremble in your social media, free speech boots) is a perfect illustration of the point that the hyper-rich are beginning to use AI as their intermediary and control system. At the same time, the owners and purveyors of Artificial Intelligence try […]

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Editorial: Putin the Great or Putin the Terrible?

Stop the War! ‘Do you know what I do to people who get in the way of me?’ asked the thuggish manager of a Gazoprom plant sitting across the table from me. ‘No, what do you do to them?’ ‘I destroy them.’ He said. And he stared at me, unsmiling. We must understand one thing […]

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RABINDRANATH TAGORE AS THE INTIMATE ‘OTHER’

SUDEEP SEN 1. RABINDRANATH TAGOREhaiku triptych ERASURE lines of poems scratched out, erased to ink in — new shapes — art revealed SELF-PORTRAIT gouache shade’s matt-blur — an outline of the psyche — subtle peek into soul’s eye SONG rabindra sangeet’s nasal baritone — honey- tinged, monotonic — Sudeep Sen My emotional and aural response […]

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ALFREDO PÉREZ ALENCART

WPP [World Poetry/Prose Portfolio] New Series | No. 1 ALFREDO PÉREZ ALENCART, born in Puerto Maldonado, Perú in 1962 is a Peruvian-Spanish poet and teacher at the University of Salamanca. He has published 15 books, among them, Mother Forest (2002), Hear me, my Brethren (2009), Cartography of the Revelations (2011), Paradise Mud (2019), The Sun […]

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An Easter-Passover-Eid reflection: Why is everything the way it is?

Not-God is simply not enough. By Philip Hall The alternative to God is not Not-God. Rather it is something INSTEAD of God. But then what in heaven’s name would that be? Applying Ockham’s razor must not produce an absurdity. You cannot dispense with the notion of God without producing an absurdity (Try not to stumble […]

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Material Monism: Just One Thing…

Mathematics, Substance, Consciousness by Martin Clewett There are hundreds of theoretical physicists thinking about how to properly construct a mathematical description of the universe consistent with all the measurements we have so far made of it. Properly means the mathematical description must produce new predictions that can be checked.  There are two accepted mathematical descriptions. […]

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Musengwa: Bareknuckle Boxing in Venda

“tell us brother, what colour was Jesus?” by Andy Hall In the Remote Venda area of Northern South Africa local champions from the village of Gabo meet their counterparts from the neighbouring village of Chifudzi on the other side of a river, to partake in an annual bareknuckle boxing tournament known as the “Musengwa“. It […]

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How does it feel?

Remarrying body and mind Our post-enlightenment belief system is built on pure materialism. It must tear before consciousness can be put to work to heal. by Philip Hall What is the experience of dying? Well, the Tibetan Book of the Dead (Bardo Thodol) describes it. You can imagine monks told monks, as they were dying, […]

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The Consciousness Economy

We need socialism if we don’t want to turn into capitalism’s cyborgs The distinction between humans and intelligent machines is consciousness, so in future we must all seek jobs which require consciousness by Phil Hall Machines will soon be able to do a lot of the physical work and some of the intellectual work of […]

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A short history of the Pilgrim’s Way

The Origins of the Old Road from Winchester to Canterbury by Derek Bright Over a century ago the writer Hillaire Belloc penned the term the ‘Old Road’ for an ancient trackway that ran between Winchester and Canterbury.    Belloc’s work, entitled the ‘Old Road’ has been described by a number of commentators as the first authoritative […]

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Doorways to Mali

The carved wooden doors and doorways of a Dogon village are great works of the imagination. By Leigh Voigt Mali is in the middle of the bulge of Africa. In the middle of Mali, is Timbuktu; inaccessible, intriguing, fabled. The very word conjures up images of men in blue robes on camels in the desert. […]

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