Source: Arturo Desimone
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In Small Axe Salon, platform for Caribbean literature and ideas.
Recently gone ”live” in online publication, my article The Divided Dutch-Antillean Writer and the Unifying Force of Translation, and English translations I made of three of Curaçaoan poet Frank Martinus Arion’s verses from Papiamentu and from Dutch. Other manifestoes in the anthology are from Haitian and Puerto Rican writers on translation and creole languages, in the anthology published online and in print by the Caribbean-studies platform Small Axe.
Link to article in the Europe Now Journal. My political-philosophical article asks whether artistic freedoms and Enlightenment values can co-exist with the conventional anti-immigration politics that have been implemented and cemented by the Centre-right and Centre-left, progressive established political elites of Europe. I use the Netherlands as an example, comparing the censorship against dadaist guerilla poetess Joke Kaviaar, and the threatened deportations of a Dutch-Iraqi poet (Rodan Al-Ghalidi) and of Indonesian concert pianist Harimada Kusuma, to more classic and conventionally accepted Cold-War examples of censorship.
Article in the subversive daily magazine CounterPunch, referring to my continuous struggle of “Artistic Revolt against the Progressive Vanguards” in visual and literary art spheres. These are pages ripped from a longer radical arts statement I wrote, with a water-color by Dutch-Moroccan artist Nour-Eddine Jarram, “My Flexible Friend” donated as preface.
Link to my page on the art website Patty Morgan
translation of the Open Letter to the Military Junta, by Rodolfo Walsh with a preface. In openDemocracy (linked below)
This document used to be distributed as a pamphlet in Argentina in the first decade of this century. Today it can be useful to readers to reflect on the new despotisms. Español
Articles “Those who Dwell Among the Rocks” and “Party of Oblivion in Argentina” in CounterPunch Magazine
My piece on the first 100 days of the Cambiemos right-wing government in Argentina–the attack on labour, capitulation in court to Paul Singer’s hedge funds, the mysterious death of Massar Ba, political persecution of opponents such as Milagros Sala–is in the new issue of CounterPunch , Volume 23 -2, which can be purchased in the Counterpunch store, linked to here http://store.counterpunch.org/current-issue/
An earlier piece on the transformations in Argentina was published in Democracia Abierta, in English and in Spanish, ‘The War On Memory Begins in Argentina’ can be accessed at this link https://www.opendemocracy.net/democraciaabierta/arturo-desimone/war-on-memory-begins-in-argentina
‘Those who dwell amongst the rocks” is my article giving an extremely-brief history of the recent Tunisian revolution, and analysis about how the fate of Tunisia has enduring political relevance to its region of North Africa and the Middle East. I travelled within Tunisia during its phase of transitional regimes and just after the first elections.
** In the article I mention clashes the province of Regueb where young rebels hid inside a mosque, attempting to find shelter from a team of military police dispatched by Benali’s regime and were burned as the police opened fire. I relied on the testimonies of eye-witnesses, inhabitants of the Regueb village (near Sidi Bouzid). After the publication of my article I was approached by a Tunisian journalist from Sky News Arabia who alerted me to the possibility that sympathizers of the Islamists who were involved in a clash with Benali’s ”S.w.a.t.-teams” inside Regueb mosque in 2003-2004, in hindsight pretended this clash and the ruins they showed were part of 2010 in order to weave an urban myth that became part of the revolution. Then and there my guides seemed certain of an incineration that had gone unreported during the revolts of 2010, and I saw no reason to disregard such eyewitness accounts in my chronicle.