Dickens, no lover of aristocrats and a staunch defender of the oppressed, paraphrased the French Revolution'a motto as Liberty,
Equality, Fraternity...or Death. The Terror which accompanied the revolution wrote with a finger dipped in
blood, and was what the ruling classes of all
Europe were to expect if the social question was not resolved. In 1830 the barricades were raised in Paris, there were uprisings in Germany, Poland and Belgium. They were suppressed, but the sufferings of the peoples continued and revolt simmered below the surface. In 1848 revolutions swept Italy,
Vienna, Budapest, Berlin and, again, Paris. In England in 1815 and 1832 riots of
hungry workers broke out and Habeas Corpus was
suspended for the first time in history...
SouthernCrossReview endorses Barack Obama for President of the United States of America - as do 80% of the rest of the world's adult population. So wake up and shape up, Americans!
SouthernCrossReview apoya a Barack Obama para presidente de Los Estados Unidos de America - al igual que el 80% del resto del mundo. Así que despierten Estadounidenses y pongense las pilas.
The Threefold Commonwealth by Frank Thomas Smith
While researching for a
recent article about the relationship between Germany and Greece in
the Euro-zone mess, I came across a reference in Wikipedia to the
book “Captain Corelli's Mandolin”, and remembered having seen the
movie based on it with Nicholas Cage and Penelope Cruz a number of years back, and
having enjoyed it. On impulse I ordered the book from Amazon. Why not
– despite having being written by a Brit with a French name I'd
never heard of.
Captain Corelli's Mandolin by Louis de Bernières - Review: F.T.S
They Call Me Jackie Robinson in Brazil by Frank Thomas Smith
Sometimes I woke up and didn't know where I was and what language I should say good morning to the maid in. I'd eat breakfast, usually alone, sometimes with my mother if she didn't get to bed late the night before, and head for school in a bulletproof, chauffeur-driven limousine with my two bodyguards. In case you didn't know, the United States is a big, unloved country that likes to throw its weight around so American companies can buy the world and the so-called Third World is full of assholes who think they can change everything by kidnapping the American ambassador's son...
Me llaman Jackie Robinson en Brasil
A veces me despertaba y no sabía dónde estaba ni en qué
idioma le debía dar los buenos días a la empleada doméstica.
Tomaba el desayuno, generalmente solo, a veces con mi madre cuando no se
había ido a dormir tarde la noche anterior, y me iba al colegio
en una limusina blindada, con chofer, acompañado por mis
dos guardaespaldas. Por si no lo saben, los Estados Unidos son un país
enorme y poco querido al que le gusta hacer valer su peso para que las
compañías norteamericanas puedan comprar el mundo, mientras
que el así llamado tercer mundo está lleno de idiotas que
piensan que pueden cambiar todo secuestrando al hijo del embajador...
Axolotl by Julio Cortázar
There was a time when I thought a great deal about the axolotls. I went to
see them in the aquarium at the Jardin des Plantes and stayed for hours watching them, observing their immobility, their faint
movements. Now I am an axolotl.I got to them by chance one spring morning when Paris was spreading its peacock
tail after a wintry Lent. I was heading down tbe boulevard Port-Royal, then I took Saint-Marcel and L'Hôpital and saw green
among all that grey and remembered the lions. I was friend of the lions and panthers, but had never gone into the dark, humid
building that was the aquarium. I left my bike against tbe gratings and went to look at the tulips. The lions were sad and
ugly and my panther was asleep. I decided on the aquarium, looked obliquely at banal fish until, unexpectedly, I hit it off
with the axolotls.
Axolotl (Español) por Julio Cortázar.
theme of the book is the year 2012. This point in time is the end date of the
Maya Long Count Calendar. This calendar is coming to an end at the winter
solstice of the year 2012, specifically on December 21, 2012. Many books have
been written about this date. Some authors are prophesying a variety of
catastrophes. Others are saying that we are going to wake up on December 22,
2012 and find ourselves in a kind of paradise, with all the terrible things
occurring here on the Earth finished (“over and done with”). These are two
extremes, and obviously it is not so simple...
2012 and World Pentecost by Robert Powell
Lessons for the First Class of the School for Spiritual Science at
the Goetheanum - Lesson Seven by Rudolf Steiner
Quite a large number of new members of this School are
present, and I am therefore obliged to again say a few words about its
principles. First of all, this School represents the impulse of the anthroposophical
movement which was renewed here during the Christmas Conference at the
Goetheanum. Previously there were several esoteric circles. All these esoteric
circles must be gradually absorbed into this School, because with the Christmas
Conference a new spirit was introduced into the anthroposophical movement...
Karmic Relations, Volume II, Lecture 6 by Rudolf Steiner
We have considered a series of karmic relationships in the
historical development of mankind, and have observed how one or
other relationship flows over from one earthly life into another.
We will now pass on to the consideration of karmic relationships
from a fresh point of view, and you will find that it is one
which leads still more directly into life. For the study of karma
has real value only when it flows into the moral character of our
life, into the whole mood and tenor of our life and soul; so that
in taking our place in the world as human beings we can
experience through the study of karma an invigoration as well as
a deepening of our life...
History of the Anthroposophical Movement - 2. The Unveiling of Spiritual Truths by Rudolf Steiner
When we discuss the
history and position of anthroposophy in relation to the
Anthroposophical Society, any such reflections have to take into
account two questions. First, why was it necessary to link the
anthroposophical movement to the theosophical movement in the way
they were related? And second, why is it that malicious opponents
still equate the Anthroposophical Society with the Theosophical
Society? The answers to these questions will only become clear
from a historical perspective. Yesterday I said that when we talk
about the Anthroposophical Society, the first thing of relevance
is that of the people who feel the need to pursue their path
through an anthroposophical movement. I have tried to describe
the sense in which the souls who come into contact with
anthroposophy in order to satisfy their spiritual yearning are
homeless souls in a certain respect. There were more of them
about than is normally suspected, because there were many people
who in one way or another tried by various means to develop their
more profound human qualities.
The Panther and other poems by Rainer Maria Rilke
vision, from the constantly passing bars,
has grown so weary that
it cannot hold anything else.
It seems to him there are a
and behind the bars, no world.
he paces in cramped circles, over and over,
the movement of his
powerful soft strides
is like a ritual dance around a center
which a mighty will stands paralyzed.
Mahatma Malala by Eric G Muller
details of the day did you discuss
as you stepped on the bus
surrounded by the chirp & giggle of other girls?
must you have thought when a masked man
roared up on a motorbike, drew the green drape aside
stuck his head into the back of the dusty van?
Letters to the Editor
really relate to this poem, having grown up in Brooklyn and then having been an
expatriate for many, many years. In Paris for about a year and then elsewhere,
where one certainly did fry. The uncashed pension check reminds me of a memoir
in the New Yorker a few weeks ago by a short story writer who kept waiting in a
foreign land for the check to arrive so she could cash it and buy some juice of
the grape and more important something to eat
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