Alan was a brave man and a major contributor to our understanding of the Zionist project and Israeli politics. During his extensive career Hart served as Middle East Chief Correspondent for ITN and BBC Panorama presenter specialising in the Middle East. His trilogy Zionism- The Real Enemy Of the Jews was amongst the deepest studies of the Israeli/Palestinian conflicts. I sometime disagreed with Alan but always learned something from this kind and knowledgeable man. RIP
We looked at the controlled opposition and the means and strategies used to shatter what is left of our elementary freedoms. We spoke about the 9/11 truth movement, we discussed how the Palestinian solidarity movement has become a form of thought police. We tried to understand how it happened, that suddenly we find ourselves, the so-called 'free people of the west', subject to some tyrannical conditions that are not that different from the USSR in the 1970s.
Introduction GA: In the following book review Jay Knott suggests that Being in Time scores a very high mark on many fronts, however, the text fails to attack Muslims and Islam. In the last two decades I have been accused of many things but this is the first time I am criticised for 'not being an Islamophobe.' I have met Knott before and I think that regardless of the peculiar premise of this text, it deserves attention.
Labour Against the Whitchhunt has expelled a third of its associates. And I ask myself whether Jackie Walker, the ex Momentum activist also adhere to these tyrannical, anti democratic, unethical procedures?
I never sign petitions or urge people to do so, but this is one is too important. We used to live in a free society. We used to love ourselves being free. We must reinstate elementary liberties now before it is too late. I do not know who initiated this petition but I am convinced that hate should be fought with ethics rather than laws. Similarly "Ideas must be fought with other ideas, not with force."
Israel banning JVP is a positive development. For the first time in its history, Israel has transcended its racist makeup and proved that it hates everyone: equally and globally.
Talinka is back in London this month. You want to check us out!
Tali Atzmon – Voice
Yaron Stavi – Double Bass
Jenny Bliss Bennett – Viola De Gamba, Violin, flute and voice
Gilad Atzmon – Bass Clarinet, Accordion and Soprano Sax
Finally on youtube: A close look into the making of The Ghosts Within, a 2010 co-production by Robert Wyatt, Gilad Atzmon and Ros Stephen. The film brings to light the unique relationship between the three artists and explores some of the underlying substances that brought this project to life.
Fri-Sat 27-28 october, Pizza Express Jazz Club, Dean Street, Soho, London
Let's make Jazz great again: A celebration of the music of the two greatest saxophonists. John Coltrane (early set) and Charlie Parker (late set)
Sonny Rollins' guitarist returns to a short summer tour with Gilad Atzmon (saxes) Saul Rubin (guitar) Yaron Stavi (bass) Enzo Zirilli (drums).
Mon 31st July Saul Rubin 4tet @ The Bedford Arms, Bedford
Wed 2nd August Saul Rubin 4tet @ Vortex Jazz Club, London
Thu 3rd August, Saul Rubin 4tet @ Crypt, London
Fri 4th August Saul Rubin 4tet @ Verdict, Brighton
Sun 6th August Saul Rubin 4tet @ Albion Beatnik Bo
WEDNESDAY JULY 19th DOORS 8pm ENTRY FREE
The Crypt, St. Giles Church, Camberwell Church Street, London SE5
GILAD ATZMON SPEAKS - A philosophical outlook on the current British political confusion.