Jan 4, 2017 - John Berger on poverty, desire, storytelling, and the future's gift to the present. 1. The wind got up in the night and took our plans away.
https://www.opendemocracy.net/author/john-bergerJan 4, 2017 - John Berger on poverty, desire, storytelling, and the future's gift to the present. 1. The wind got up in the night and took our plans away.
Articles by John Berger
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We are now spectators of the latest - and perhaps penultimate - chapter of the 60 year old conflict between Israel and the Palestinian people. About the complexities of this tragic conflict billions of words have been pronounced, defending one side or the other.
Today, in face of the Israeli attacks on Gaza, the essential calculation, which was always covertly there, behind this conflict, has been blatantly revealed. The death of one Israeli victim justifies the killing of a hundred Palestinians. One Israeli life is worth a hundred Palestinian lives.
This is what the Israeli State and the world media more or less - with marginal questioning - mindlessly repeat. And this claim, which has accompanied and justified the longest Occupation of foreign territories in 20th C. European history, is viscerally racist. That the Jewish people should accept this, that the world should concur, that the Palestinians should submit to it - is one of history's ironic jokes. There's no laughter anywhere. We can, however, refute it, more and more vocally.
Let's do so.
A pitiless market is met by an anomic politics. John Berger dissects the official language of crisis in France.
John Berger and his family went to organise painting and drawing workshops for children in Ramallah in November 2005. Here are his reflections.
“The worst cruelties of life are its killing injustices.” John Berger on poverty, desire, storytelling, and the future’s gift to the present.
The wind got up in
the night and took our plans away.
Susan Sontag, born in 1933, died in New York on 28 December 2004.
The importance of the United States election on 2 November is so great that all considerations except one – defeating Bush - need to be set aside, John Berger tells openDemocracy editor Anthony Barnett.
A sloppy, cynical piece of propaganda? No, says John Berger: Michael Moore’s documentary film “Fahrenheit 9/11” is a historical landmark inspired by hope – and its maker is a true artist deeply committed to his country.
Iraq, the Republic of Fear under Saddam, is now ruled by a Coalition of Fear. The distinguished writer John Berger said on the eve of war that lies prepare the way for missiles. Now he sees revealed in the desperate chaos of Baghdad the blindness of a force whose pitiless weaponry and limitless ambition offer no insight into the truths of its conquest.
“If we don’t succeed, we run the risk of failure.” George W. Bush
Baghdad has fallen. The city has been taken by the troops who were bringing it freedom.