Poetry and music in the theatre


Apollo and the Muses; by Raphael

Tonight, there were poetry and music in a very crowded theatre.

Many people had to stand, some of those outside the entrance.

At first, a capella singers SSSSST.

They were five women, singing in Dutch and English, with flute in one song.

Second were the poems of Jur Oskamp: his own, plus one by Friedrich Hölderlin, both the German original and in Dutch translation.

Then, a choir of twenty five singers, the Hartkoor, with songs in French, German, English, and Italian.

Then, my two poems on a train, and on a window.

After a pause, prose by Ernst Kamphuis.

And songs by Greet Meesters.

Her last song was a Dutch translation of Candy by Iggy Pop and Kate Pierson.

Britain: Brazilian De Menezes killed by police


Jean Charles de MenezesFrom London daily News Line:

Tuesday, 21 February 2006

‘WE CAN’T GET JUSTICE!’ – Jean de Menezes’ cousin

‘The whole thing is a mess,’ Alex Pereira, the cousin of Jean Charles de Menezes told News Line yesterday.

He was responding to reports that the Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC) has failed to identify Special Branch officers who allegedly doctored evidence.

Pereira added: ‘I no longer believe we are going to get justice over Jean’s death.

‘I believe the police made everything up and the IPCC has a false basis for their investigation, so how can they show the truth?’

The Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) is expected to ask the IPCC – which conducted a five month investigation into the police shooting of the innocent young Brazilian – to do more work on the suspected doctoring of Special Branch surveillance records.

Leaks from the IPCC report, which the family have not been allowed to see, quote investigators as saying they have unearthed evidence of a ‘blatant and clumsy attempt’ to change a police log entry.

This had noted that de Menezes was positively identified as the terrorist suspect, Hussein Osman.

The phrase ‘It was Osman’ was allegedly changed to ‘And it was not Osman’.

Alex Pereira added: ‘what the police wrote after Jean Charles’ death is wrong.

The story is a fake showing that the Special Branch falsified evidence.’

Brazilian music and society: here.

UK: pro peace concert in London


Peace not war posterFrom London daily The Morning Star:

A buzzing energy

(Saturday 18 February 2006)

LIVE: Peace Not War
The Jamm, London SE9

HUGH TYNAN witnesses a diverse show of talent from Britain’s rising and established musical stars in support of the anti-war movement.

Inside and out, the Jamm in Brixton was bedecked with hot-off-the-press posters for the Stop the War Coalition‘s demonstration, which will take place in London on March 18.

It is clear sign of StWC building on its musical success with Brian Eno and company at the Astoria last year, that they have come closer to the prodigious energy and organisational skills of Peace not War, the artists’ collective so imbued by Guevarist revolutionary love of the people that they give up their time to educate and entertain them.

The two-roomed Jamm venue, which was known in a previous life as Bar Lorca, is a stalwart of the south London progressive scene, both in terms of conscious music and as an occasional venue for political events.

USA: what happens to the war wounded?


Bush Iraq war cartoon

By James Cogan:

An American tragedy—the plight of the US war wounded

7 February 2006

One of the terrible legacies of the criminal wars in Afghanistan and Iraq is the number of maimed, sick or traumatised former US soldiers—many of them barely in their twenties—who will require medical assistance for the rest of their lives.

For political reasons, the scope of the tragedy is barely being reported despite the impact it is having on a significant layer of young men and women, their families and communities.

Due to improvements in surgical techniques, medicine, body armour and transportation, only nine percent of American casualties in Iraq die from their wounds, compared with 17 percent in Vietnam and 23 percent during World War II.

Rumsfeld and US war wounded, cartoon

The official US death toll since November 2001 stood at 2,513 as of February 7—261 deaths in Afghanistan and 2,252 deaths in Iraq.

The official wounded number stood at 17,096—676 in Afghanistan and 16,420 in Iraq.

The lower death rate compared with previous wars means that soldiers are surviving after suffering horrifying injuries.

As many as six percent of all wounded in Iraq who could not return to duty have required amputations, compared with three percent in earlier conflicts.