Debtocracy was released in April and went viral soon after - the producers claim over half a million people saw it in just the first five days of its release. Directed by Aris Chatzistefanou and Katerina Kitidi and featuring contributions from, amongst others, Costas Lapavitsas, David Harvey and Alan Badiou it 'seeks the causes of the debt crisis and proposes solutions hidden by the government and dominant media.' It outraged many members of the Greek government and media chiefs, who immediately went on the attack against the directors.
The Dublin City Arts Building was an art and cultural space open throughout the 1990s. The building was sold in 2002 to a conglomerate of property developers and has been empty since then. Following the property crisis the developers got into difficulty and the loans associated with the building were transferred to NAMA. A new campaign, Campaign for the Old City Arts Building (COCAB), which hopes to take back the building for educational and cultural activities, launches tomorrow, 11 June.
The brittle edifice that has so far kept the Irish populace quiescent in the face of destruction will crack; once it does, it will crumble to dust, writes Hugh Green.
I am guessing, since I have not been paying attention, that there has been scant coverage devoted to the massive protests taking place in Greece at present, and in so far as such coverage exists, it is only in indirect terms, or rather, in terms that identify with power: of problems and challenges faced by the government in going up against the Greek population.
The Dublin Smite and Lockdown of 2011 didn't go unnoticed by that city's citizens, but was notable for how casually it was imposed; and for the hole in mainstream comment where criticisms of the basic infringement of civil liberties it constituted should have been. In Ireland's new Emergency, writes Dublin Dilettante, the time is never right for questions, let alone protest.