Posts tagged with “politics”

Posted 8 months ago

Italiani all'estero: una lettera aperta a proposito della petizione per il voto online alle primarie del PD

Cari follower e amici italiani,

scusatemi l’uso esplicito del tumblr ma ho bisogno del vostro aiuto. Come alcuni di voi sanno sono coinvolta attivamente nella campagna per Pippo Civati Segretario del PD. Premetto che NON SONO QUI A SCASSARVI LE BALLE SU CIVATI MA SU UN DIRITTO CIVILE DEGLI ITALIANI ALL’ESTERO - UN FATTO DI DEMOCRAZIA PURA E SEMPLICE, CHE NON HA NULLA A CHE VEDERE CON L’OPINIONE POLITICA.

Come tanti Italiani all’estero l’anno scorso ho votato online alle primarie del PD. Quest’anno il PD dice che non ci sono i soldi per fare la votazione online. Se abiti all’estero sono fatti tuoi, e se vuoi esprimere una preferenza politica (come è tuo diritto) devi andare di persona al seggio più vicino. Il seggio più vicino a casa mia è a 10 minuti di bici. Culo. Però se io fossi a Oxford, Leeds, Nottingham, Glasgow, Belfast, il seggio più vicino sarebbe lo stesso a Londra, e cioè a 1 ora di treno da Oxford, oppure 4 da Nottingham,  6 da Leeds, poi 9 da Glasgow, e poi 2 ore di AEREO + treno da Belfast. La logica è che sono tutte città del Regno Unito, e quindi vai a votare nel seggio per il Regno Unito. Ora, come si capisce, tutto ciò è un’assurdità: immaginate abitare a Milano e dover andare a Palermo per votare, tanto è in Italia. Pensate un attimo agli italiani che sapete in India, Australia, USA, Argentina… 

I dettagli ve li spiega questo post di Emanuele Dolce citato sul blog di Civati. A quanto pare non ci sono 50,000€ per permettere a milioni di cittadini di esercitare un diritto. (Notare che la cifra è sparata un po’ così, e che il PD ha una piattaforma online esistente con la quale pre-registrarsi alle primarie. L’infrastruttura c’è già, va solo messa a disposizione, quindi il costo presunto di questa cosa è un mistero. Se il post è vago è perché vaga è stata la spiegazione: una decisione dall’alto con la solita trasparenza all’Italiana che non aiuta NESSUNO. A questo punto, senza fare del complottismo, viene da chiedersi se qualcuno si senta minacciato delle opinioni e dai diritti degli italiani all’estero, chissà.)

Ma c’è di peggio. La mossa di eliminare il voto online per l’estero alle primarie del PD potrebbe essere strumentalizzata da chi ci vuole levare e/o quantomeno modificare il diritto di voto politico dall’estero (sta già succedendo, c’è un incontro a Londra per discuterne lunedì 2 dicembre nel contesto del piano per l’eliminazione dei deputati esteri dal parlamento), dando un chiaro segnale che
a) noi cittadini Italiani all’estero siamo insignificanti per l’Italia

b) dovremmo fregarcene di quello che succede nel nostro paese 

La mia bellissima esperienza ‘politica’ di questa campagna mi sta invece coinvolgendo sempre più, e se non ho ancora rinunciato alla mia cittadinanza italiana dopo anni di prese per il culo un motivo ci sarà. (A proposito di questo, un mio articolo ‘di parte’ per chi fosse interessato.)

Vi prego, firmate questa petizione http://www.change.org/petitions/voto-online-alle-primarie-dell-8-dicembre e fatela circolare via mail e social media. Ne va dei diritti di tutti, indipendentemente dai partiti e dall’indirizzo di residenza.

Grazie mille a tutti.

Irene
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Posted 1 year ago

"During the 80s, there were numerous sparky cultural critiques of Margaret Thatcher from the likes of Stephen Frears, Ken Loach and Derek Jarman in film, and from other artists working in other areas, especially in the most successful British cultural form, music. But in the longer term, her effect has been disastrous. Thatcher, like the Queen, is basically vulgar, and has little cultural sophistication or understanding. But unlike the Queen, she actively hated culture, as she recognised that it was a form of dissent. In her policies, she promoted what became known as celebrity culture; this was her celebration of what she thought was an entrepreneurial worldview, which, when mixed with greed, became the narcissism of the present day.

Thatcher had no understanding of what a central place the arts have in British life. Or how good Britain is at producing books, films, theatre and music. She was also a social atomist: she didn’t understand altruism, solidarity and identification with others as a basic part of human nature. Her failure to understand this helped give rise to mass forms of saccharine sentimentality such as that which surrounded the demise of Princess Diana. Solidarity was replaced by sentimentality in British life.”

Hanif Kureishi on Margaret Thatcher via The Guardian

Forgive me for not wasting a single tear on the day of her departure.

Posted 1 year ago
Posted 1 year ago

La Duce Vita - an interactive documentary by Cyril Berard & Samuel Picas

Check out this interactive documentary about Predappio, a village in Emilia Romagna infamous for being Mussolini’s hometown and his final resting place.

The town has become a site of pilgrimage for people who revel in the cult of Il Duce - dressing up in uniforms, organising parades and commemorative religious services, visiting his grave - and its entire economy rests on organised propaganda tourism and Fascist merchandise.

In the documentary you can hear the left-wing mayor and the local residents talk about the contradictions and incoherences that the town crystallises: a fascinating microcosm of contemporary Italy and the tensions that beset its preposterous ideologies and historical nostalgia. Equally informative, revealing, and disturbing, a terrific piece of work. 

You can stream the documentary in a linear way form the website linked above, and click your way through a series of hyperlinked pathways that expand on the themes and issues raised in the main narrative. Available with French and English subtitles.

[POST EDITED 22/11/2012 to include English subs link.]

Posted 1 year ago
Historians may wonder, and perhaps journalists should wonder right now, why [Obama’s] deep support among women, younger voters, Ohio workers he has helped, gay voters, black people and Latin Americans, even Bob Dylan, was not the defining story of the 2012 election all along. Perhaps it’s because older white men edit the news.
Posted 1 year ago

hyperallergic:

Piecing America Together

While a minority of American are in a post-election meltdown over the browning of America, I feel compelled to admit that the part of America that is in a constant state of flux, always shifting, moving, changing, and accepting of the fact that the only things that unite Americans are a few ideas, is what I love about this place. To be American is to be dynamic, maybe even volatile, but never staid. Looking back, to borrow a Biblical allegory, is to turn into salt. I don’t think it’s an accident that the winning Presidential candidate’s slogan this year was “Forward” — that’s the direction we expect from America, even if we’re chronically disappointed. Sara Rahbar’s Flag series captures some of the energy I love about America.

Posted 1 year ago

Remember remember
[by Edmond Lim via etsy]

Posted 1 year ago

doublebills:

The Battle of Algiers (Gillo Pontecorvo, 1966) // La Haine (Mathieu Kassovitz, 1995)

I have written about my great experience teaching The Battle of Algiers before; on Monday I’ll be teaching La Haine to various school groups from areas that were heavily involved in the London riots last summer. I hope the film (which is jam-packed full of references to The Battle of Algiers, as well as Mean StreetsTaxi Driver, Do the Right Thing) enlightens them and sparks them off in the same way.

These two are simply the best films about urban violence and racial repression ever made. Not just because of the stories and points of view they adopt, but also on account of their all-pervasive political vision. Both works make use of aesthetics to illustrate a political point: all visual choices in these films (for example: the use of black and white; vérité-style camerawork; stylised and absurdist images; the sparse employment of music and voiceover) emancipate the spectator, force the viewer to ask questions, show the power of disorder and fighting without glorifying their terrors. They are strong, unflinching, devastating works.  

[Double Bills is an awesome tumblr funded by Quatsch, where we think of films that would make perfect companion pieces. Check it out.]

Posted 2 years ago
Posted 2 years ago

byronic:

Tessera del partigiano Italo Calvino (“Santiago”)

Reblogging myself because today is the Italian Day of Liberation, the national holiday that celebrates the end of WWII after the Allied troops defeated the Nazi-fascist occupiers. Most importantly, we remember the feats of our Resistance fighters (Partigiani), the first modern Italians, the ones who saved our collective asses.

Here is Italo Calvino’s ID as a volunteer Resistance soldier. His chosen Partisan code name was Santiago because he was born in Cuba.

W la Resistenza.