Sunday 8 December 2013

Links 07/12/13


Nelson Mandela died last Thursday. Here's a transcript of a statement he gave during his trial in 1964, outlining the reasons for his struggle and the process of deciding which measures to take. 
I came to the conclusion that as violence in this country was inevitable, it would be unrealistic to continue preaching peace and non-violence. This conclusion was not easily arrived at. It was only when all else had failed, when all channels of peaceful protest had been barred to us, that the decision was made to embark on violent forms of political struggle. I can only say that I felt morally obliged to do what I did.
Four forms of violence were possible. There is sabotage, there is guerrilla warfare, there is terrorism, and there is open revolution. We chose to adopt the first. Sabotage did not involve loss of life, and it offered the best hope for future race relations. 
The U.N. Security Council has authorized a peacekeeping mission in the Central African Republic

David Simon and E.L. Doctorow talk about privacy, free speech and national security. 

Buzzword last week: domestic drones. The Atlantic talks to a "Drone Scholar" about it. 

Pop Culture: 

Maria Bello wrote an incredible, beautiful and very personal article for the New York Times. 

The Hollywood Reporter unites a couple of amazing actors and actresses (Olivia Wilde, Adèle Excharpoulos, Kathryn Hahn, Greta Gerwig, David Oyelowo, Barkhad Abdi) for its Breakthrough Performances panel.

Not that Kelly Reichardt's directing style needs defending, but PopMatters does so anyway. 

Janet Weiss randomly mentions that Wild Flag are no more but also significantly contributes to rumours about Sleater-Kinney returning from their hiatus. 

Some best-of-lists to start of the influx of best-of-lists: XLR8R, All Songs Considered and gorilla vs. bear. (or alternatively, a "choose your own misery" soundtrack made from Mountain Goats songs by The Toast)

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