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William Wall

Losing faith in hope: Obama four years on

Monday, September 10th, 2012

“In considering who should manage the last days of the decline of an empire, we are paralysed by the thought: If not Barack Obama then Mitt Romney”. William Wall reviews Hopeless: Barack Obama and the Politics of Illusion by AK Press

Changing The Public Discourse – The Greek and French Elections

Friday, May 11th, 2012

William Wall argues that election results in France and Greece puts the left/right discourse  firmly back on the map, after thirty years of right-wing hegemony. What is happening is the radicalisation of public discourse, a possibility that terrifies those who benefit most from the status quo. The Eighth of May was the Fête de la Victoire in France. […]

Che Guevara & Ireland’s Quisling Capitalism

Monday, April 2nd, 2012

The controversy over Galway City Council’s proposal to erect a statue to Che Guevara to commemorate his family links to the city (his mother Anna Elizabeth was a Lynch and born in the city), is indicative of a wider discourse in Irish society. There is already a controversial – and popular – Che Guevara Festival in […]

This shameful sacrifice of Greece to the gods of the market

Monday, February 13th, 2012

The behaviour of the EU states towards Greece is inexplicable in the terms in which the EU defines itself. It is, first and foremost, a failure of solidarity. The ‘austerity package’, as the newspapers like to call it, seeks to impose on Greece terms that no people can accept. Even now the schools are running […]

Adam Smith in Beijing by Giovanni Arrighi

Wednesday, November 30th, 2011

The late Giovanni Arrighi, a Professor of Sociology at Johns Hopkins University, compares western capitalism and the ‘industrious revolution’ of China – providing a useful insight into the history of world’s most populated country in the process.

Gomorrah by Roberto Saviano

Wednesday, November 30th, 2011

Roberto Saviano’s non-fiction novel on the Camorra has earned him a death sentence and armed escort in Italy.

The Istanbul Declaration of The European Writers’ Parliament 2010

Wednesday, January 19th, 2011

Many of us travelling to the European Writers’ Parliament, convened in Istanbul for that city’s Capital of Culture year, were puzzled. Taking its lineage from previous gatherings of writers (during the Spanish Civil War, WWII, the occasion of the fatwa against Salman Rushdie, etc), it seemed to us that this parliament lacked a focus. We […]

José Saramago – an appreciation

Tuesday, August 31st, 2010

One of the many startling things about José Saramago was that he was an overtly political writer in a literary world in which being political does not pay. Remarkably, at the age of 85 he began a highly controversial blog and these occasional pieces, collected in The Notebook (Verso, 2010) – squibs, memoranda, appreciations of […]

Writers and politics: Can we make something happen?

Thursday, March 11th, 2010

Irish writers are more insiders than outsiders now. We have the Arts Council to give us bursaries, albeit much reduced since the Depression began; we have Aosdána to support us in our old age; we have Ireland Literature Exchange to help our work into translation, there are grants for travel, there’s Writers in the Schools, […]

The Ryan Report into Child-Abuse: If I were a good man and a priest I would leave the church now.

Friday, May 1st, 2009

The Ryan Report into the abuse of children in Irish schools run by Roman Catholic religious organisations is a sobering document. Its contents are so shocking that it takes a certain act of will to believe in its findings. Reports of sexual violence of every conceivable kind co-exist with descriptions of systematic or casual brutality […]