[Marxism] Swans Release: December 29, 2008 - January 1, 2009

Louis Proyect lnp3 at panix.com
Sun Dec 28 17:11:24 MST 2008

Swans Commentary
December 29, 2008 - January 1, 2009

Note from the Editors:  Thank you Israel for reminding us of our civilizing
mission. Please keep killing and destroying your neighbors -- keeping them
strangled behind Apartheid walls. What a wonderful New Year message you send
to our children and to the world. Indeed, thank you Israel for your
destructive generosity. Surely, it will sell well in the pages of The New
York Times. Keep at it. Civilization depends upon your oh-so-enlightened

Which suggests to us that humor and irreverence are a much-needed trade, one
that we try to afford once in a while, especially every year when we come up
with our Infamous PredictionsTM. Art Shay adds his own prophecy with his usual
mordant and witty prose; and Marie Rennard's statistical predictions, whose
numerology doesn't bode well for world leaders in 2009, complete our
traditional yearly production.

While much has been said about Bernard Madoff and his alleged Ponzi scheme,
you'll be intrigued by what was left unsaid, which Gilles d'Aymery covers in
a short and acute article. Action-oriented readers will want to read Jan
Baughman's piece on the environmental efforts of the reputable Union of
Concerned Scientists, and speaking of the environment, Martin Murie's
friendly wolf has a few sensible suggestions for us top predators.

Next we have a series of cultural pieces, beginning with Charles Marowitz and
Art Shay remembering playwright Harold Pinter, and Peter Byrne reviewing the
lively history of the theatre in his native Chicago. We then move to the
Indian subcontinent via the travelogue of Raju Peddada who's just back from a
cathartic journey to the country of his birth where he visited with friends
and family. True connoisseurs of the bard will savor the interview Marowitz
conducted with Prince Hamlet and appreciate the Prince's "historical"
answers. And in a world whose prospects are rather iffy, the multilingual and
colorful poetry of Guido Monte and Vittorio Cozzo will bring a light of
beauty, "l'evidenza delle cose invisibili." We conclude this issue with a
series of eclectic letters and our very best wishes for the New Year to all.

As always, please form your OWN opinion, and let your friends (and foes) know
about Swans. It's your voice that makes ours grow.

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2009 Predictions - Swans

Prophecy - Art Shay

Statistically Reckoned Predictions For 2009 - Marie Rennard

Bernie Madoff And The Establishment - Gilles d'Aymery

No Laurels To Rest On - Jan Baughman

Top Predators - Martin Murie

Harold Pinter: 1930 - 2008 - Charles Marowitz

Waiting For Pinter's Funeral - Art Shay

On Stage Chicago - Book Review by Peter Byrne

Indelible India! - Raju Peddada

Exclusive Interview With Prince Hamlet - Charles Marowitz

Ausländer - Poem by Guido Monte & Vittorio Cozzo

Letters to the Editor

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