Month: January 2013

2013: Global Spring?

Another year past, and the die has been cast  Future will be better, so predicts the soothsayer Changes visible at last, with progresses steadfast Status quo flayed forever, ruling elites now shudder   What can be worse, than the last year so coarse Drabbled in colonial blood, Diamond Jubilee fraud Millionaire monarchs, offering austerity measures Middleton’s pregnancy nod, nurse upsets the god   Africa continues to exist, exploited, needy, subsists Capitalist handouts ravage, suppress evolving rage Gaza attacked by imperialists, Israeli apartheid wins First world too has problems, Kim Kardashian craze   Yet Sandy storms still, Sandy Hook gun cultures kill Frisk and search racist, disempowered cannot resist Islamophobic Youtube reel, West’s warmongering shill Obama’s growing kill-list, the American draconic fist   Hindus wake up to rapes, Indian conscience reshapes Dalits brutalized, Maoists killed, Modi wins reelection bid Where the mind full of fears, and head regretfully hangs Protesters off the lid, protected again by nationalist shield   Shall we see more of the same, or more shall make us ashamed For the historical alarms …

Radical Roots of Gangnam Style: Psy, Kim Jong-Un and Challenges for the Fascist Standards of Sexy

By Saswat Pattanayak Psy has surpassed every artist in history by attaining one billion views, but that alone is not instructive. The measure of greatness in Park Jae-sang remains in his consciousness-raising about capitalistic contradictions and imperialistic warmongering in undiluted terms. In a Eurocentric world dominated by the disturbingly unifying English language, where American narratives grip past and the present times, it is easy to wonder why a Korean wields such an influence. The answer is as easy: why not. After all, Korea is like no other. It indeed is the center of the universe – the site for contestation of ideologies. The country that sparked the Cold War and divided not itself, but the world into two. Who can better define its historical role than the most savage of chroniclers, Winston Churchill: “The importance of this bloody place lies in the fact that it has led to the re-arming of America.” Korean resistance against the imperialists led to Truman’s NSC 68 – the most significant document outlining American ambitions to control the world. In …