Karl Rove’s prophecy

Karl Rove’s prophecy

Karel Van Wolferen November 17th, 2020 In a famous exchange between a high official at the court of George W. Bush and journalist Ron Susskind, the official – later acknowledged to have been Karl Rove – takes the journalist to task for working in “the reality-based community.” He defined that as believing “that solutions emerge […]

Modern art was a CIA ’weapon’

Modern art was a CIA ’weapon’

By Frances Stonor Saunders November 2, 2020 For decades in art circles it was either a rumour or a joke, but now it is confirmed as a fact. The Central Intelligence Agency used American modern art – including the works of such artists as Jackson Pollock, Robert Motherwell, Willem de Kooning and Mark Rothko – as […]

Nothing ever happened: A review of “Seeking Truth In A Country of Lies” by Edward Curtin

Nothing ever happened: A review of “Seeking Truth In A Country of Lies” by Edward Curtin

John Steppling October 7, 2020 Some books demand slower reading than others. Ed Curtin’s new book is such a case. But then this assemblage of essays, many published elsewhere, is a corrective to the growing intoxication with technology, with the surveillance and the policing it is being used for, and to what Jonathan Crary wrote […]

Turning toward our blind spot: Seeing the shadow as a source for transformation

Turning toward our blind spot: Seeing the shadow as a source for transformation

Fig. 1: From the Collapse of the Berlin Wall in 1989 to the Collapse of Our Inner Walls in 2020. Image by Kelvy Bird By Otto Scharmer October 3, 2020 We are living in a moment of tectonic shift in society. Something changed when we all watched the same images — 8 minutes and 46 […]

The End of Reality?

The End of Reality?

Edward Curtin September 25, 2020 In 1888,  the year before he went insane, Friedrich Nietzsche wrote the following in Twilight of the Idols: We have got rid of the real world: what world is left? The apparent world perhaps? … But no!  Along with the real world we’ve done away with the apparent world as well. So, if […]

Why Xi won’t repeat Ming Dynasty mistakes

Why Xi won’t repeat Ming Dynasty mistakes

China has learned from its own rich history and is applying those lessons to re-emerge as a major 21st century power May 20, 2020 Pepe Escobar With hybrid warfare 2.0 against China reaching fever pitch, the New Silk Roads, or Belt and Road Initiative, will continue to be demonized 24/7 as the proverbial evil communist […]

What if all migration was free? A video-based art and science project

What if all migration was free? A video-based art and science project

Jan Oberg April 30, 2020 Last year, the Danish artist Gudrun Steen-Andersen created a multimedia installation under the theme: “Perpetuum Mobile – What Would Happen If Migration Was Free Worldwide?” Naturally, it is a thought experiment – not the least in these times of multi-crisis where nationalism, xenophobia, populism and the building of walls seem […]

🧸 Hey, we’re looking for you to pre-order a new children-adult peace education book

🧸 Hey, we’re looking for you to pre-order a new children-adult peace education book

… and for artists to contribute to it … Ina CuricTFF Associate April 3, 2020 Have you often seen conflicts – big or small – escalate out of control? What do you do when it happens? Do you know how to intervene and de-escalate it again? Do you want more peace in your everyday life? […]

Could everyday micro malfunctions be signs of a coming macro breakdown?

Could everyday micro malfunctions be signs of a coming macro breakdown?

Bits of the sociological imagination at work By Jan Oberg March 5, 2020 Researchers are citizens too – some with a sociological imagination Like everybody else, social scientists are citizens. We live a private life and a professional life and there is a tradition-based rule of thumb that the two should be kept apart in […]

Ben Okri, a great novelist, hits out

Ben Okri, a great novelist, hits out

By Jonathan Power August 27, 2019 “In the beginning there was a river. The river became a road and the road branched out to the whole world. And because the road was once a river it was always hungry.” This must be one of the best opening lines ever penned by a novelist. It’s the […]