Archive for the ‘Video’ category

Audio: Jodi Dean – The limits of the web in an age of communicative capitalism

July 2, 2013

In association with the Left Forum, Jodi Dean gave a talk on what she terms “communicative capitalism” and the Communist horizon in Connolly Books on Friday 28th June 2013..

Download the MP3 here (audio courtesy of Bit Thomp and hosted by Archive.org)

NOTE: A video of the talk is available here, but the MP3 has the full discussion afterwards as well)

CommHorizon

What has been the political impact of networked communications technologies? In the era of the occupy movement, the Arab Spring, Wikileaks and now the protests in Brazil and Turkey, many have celebrated the internet and social media’s central role in creating resistance movements. Jodi Dean, author of ‘The Communist Horizon’ and ‘Democracy and Other Neoliberal Fantasies’, argues that the web has formed part of a profoundly depoliticizing shift in capitalism, which has enabled the marriage of neoliberalism to the democratic values of participation and the reduction of politics to the registration of opinions and the transmission of feelings.

She insists that any reestablishment of a vital and purposeful left politics will require shedding the mantle of victimization, confronting the marriage of neoliberalism and democracy and mobilizing different terms to represent political strategies and goals. The left’s ability to develop and defend a collective vision of equality has been undermined by the ascendance of what she calls “communicative capitalism”. Although we have the means to express ideas and ask questions like never before, Dean asks why, in an age celebrated for its communications, there is no response.

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Audio: Discussion with ISM founders Huwaida Arraf and Adam Shapiro

February 24, 2012

Adam Shapiro and Huwaida Arraf, two of the founders of the International Solidarity Movement (ISM)

The Ireland Palestine Solidarity Campaign has posted the audio I recorded of last night’s discussion with with Huwaida Arraf and Adam Shapiro, two of the founders of the International Solidarity Movement (ISM) which promotes non-violent resistance to Israeli Apartheid. It was a wide ranging discussion that encompassed everything from Palestinian refugees to the ‘Arab Spring’.

The discussion followed the very successful première screening of the new film ‘Roadmap to Apartheid’ by film-makers Ana Nogueira & Eron Davidson, and was part of Israeli Apartheid Week 2012 in Ireland.

Copied from the IPSC website:

On Thursday 23rd February, as part of Israeli Apartheid Week 2012, the Ireland-Palestine Solidarity Campaign (IPSC) was proud to present the Irish Premiere of the brand new film ‘Roadmap to Apartheid’ by film-makers Ana Nogueira & Eron Davidson.

The 90 minute documentary film, takes a look at the current situation in Palestine through the lens of South African Apartheid; comparing the two regimes in a manner not flattering for the Israeli state. It is narrated by US Civil Rights icon Alice Walker, and features interviews with many Palestinian, Israeli, South African and international activists, journalists and academics. The film was well received by the audience of over 60 people, even receiving an ovation at the end. The film is due to be released in the coming months and will be making appearances (and hopefully winning deserved awards) at various international film festivals. You can view the film trailer below, and if you missed it don’t worry, the IPSC will be organising future screenings of this brilliant film around the country.

Following the film, there was a discussion with Huwaida Arraf and Adam Shapiro (audio recording below), two of the founders of the International Solidarity Movement (ISM) which promotes non-violent resistance to Israeli Apartheid. It was a wide ranging discussion that encompassed everything from Palestinian refugees to the ‘Arab Spring’.

Click here to download an audio recording of the Q&A with Adam Shapiro and Huwaida Arraf (mp3). Disclaimer: Views expressed in the discussion do not necessarily reflect the view of the IPSC.

A section of the audience

Special thanks: The IPSC would like to thank the directors of Roadmap to Apartheid Ana and Eron for allowing us to screen their film as part of Israeli Apartheid Week 2012, and Huwaida and Adam for stepping in at the last minute when Iyad Burnat’s tour had to be cancelled.

(Unpublished) Letter to the Indo re: Minister Shatter’s disgraceful comments about Ireland, Israel and the Nazi Holocaust

February 3, 2012

I sent this letter to the Irish Independent on 25th January 2012. Needless to say, it wasn’t published…

Dear Editor,

Minister for Justice, Alan Shatter, at an Israeli Embassy hosted propaganda film festival in Dublin (Nov 2011)

The Minister for Justice was right to remind us of the Irish State’s appalling attitude toward Jewish people during Hitler’s reign (State ‘did nothing for Jews in WWII’, 24/01/12). Indeed, Ireland is not the only country with such a disgraceful record. However, Minister Shatter’s assertion that this terrible history “delimits Ireland’s moral authority and credibility” amongst Israelis is disingenuous and cowardly. One suspects the Israeli state’s refusal to listen to reason has less to do with Irish historical wrongs and everything to do with the fact that it has been allowed to ignore international law with impunity. Furthermore, his comments would smack less of Israeli hasbara [propaganda] had he himself not refused some 97% of all asylum applications to this same Irish state since taking office.

Yours etc

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Also, here’s a video from the Never Before Campaign, gearing up for the 8th Annual Israeli Apartheid Week later this month. The IPSC and others will be organising events around the island, check the IPSC website for details as they are posted.

A rambling interview with yours truly

January 25, 2012

At a leafletting action outside Ana Moura’s performance at Dublin’s National Concert Hall (Ana is planning on playing in Tel Aviv, ignoring the Palestinian call for a cultural boycott of Israel), a camera was stuck in my face and this normally camera shy guy rambled on about Palestine, Israel, BDS, the EU and the Irish Labour Party for a good twenty minutes. The results can viewed below (starts at the 4.30 minute mark)…

(This is post #50, and its only taken me about four years…)

Video: Gideon Levy – Launch of ‘The Punishment of Gaza’ (March 2011)

August 17, 2011

The Ireland Palestine Solidarity Campaign has posted the video I shot of Gideon Levy’s book launch in Dublin this March. Copied from the IPSC website:

Video: Gideon Levy in Dublin (March 2011)

World renowned award-winning dissident Israeli journalist Gideon Levy spoke in Dublin’s Trinity College on Wednesday March 9th as part of Israeli Apartheid Week 2011 in an event organised by the Ireland Palestine Solidarity Campaign. Levy, an acclaimed critic of Israel’s brutal policies towards the Palestinian people via his column in the Israeli daily newspaper Haaretz, was launching his book The Punishment of Gaza.


(Recorded by Kevin Squires – CitizenPartridge Blog
Edited by Greg Manahan – iDirect Productions)

Levy – who has written for Haaretz since 1982 – for has been the subject of much criticism in mainstream Israeli society for his views, including having one senior Israeli official call for the secret police to monitor him. Conversely, his writings has been much praised by those who support Palestinian human rights; he has been called “brave”, “heroic”, “passionate”, “eloquent”, a “rare voice of courage” and a “searing critic of Israeli brutality”.

The Punishment of Gaza (Verso 2010), his second book, covers the period from 2005 – the year of the Israeli “withdrawal” – through to 2009 and the aftermath of the attack on Gaza that left over 1,400 people dead. Levy shows how the ground was prepared for this assault and documents its continuing effects. The book tracks the development of Israel policy, which has abandoned the pretence of diplomacy in favour of raw military power, the ultimate aim of which is to deny Palestinians any chance of forming their own independent state.

Punished by Israel and the Quartet of international powers for the democratic election of Hamas, Gaza has been transformed into the world’s largest open-air prison. From Gazan families struggling to cope with the random violence of Israel’s blockade and its “targeted” assassinations, to the machinations of legal experts and the continued connivance of the international community, every aspect of this ongoing tragedy is eloquently recorded and forensically analyzed. Levy’s powerful journalism shows how the brutality at the heart of Israel’s occupation of Palestine has found its most complete expression to date in the collective punishment of Gaza’s residents.

This event was organised by the Ireland-Palestine Solidarity Campaign (IPSC) in conjunction with the TCD MPhil in Race, Ethnicity & Conflict. It was one of a series of events that took place around Ireland during international Israeli Apartheid Week 2011 (6 – 12 March). For more information on the other events which took place in Ireland please see: http://www.ipsc.ie/archives/iaw2011/