Behold America – America First & The American Dream Explored

Behold America by Sarah Churchwell It was on Monday, 30th May, 1927, that patriotic New Yorkers took to the streets to celebrate Memorial Day. Also on the streets that day were members of the organisation of American Fascists, an Italian-American alliance that supported Mussolini. They marched through Manhattan with sporadic fights breaking out against those […]

Billie Holiday – Strange Fruit (Song Of Protest)

This song is a commentary upon the lynching of two black men, J. Thomas Shipp and Abraham S Smith, in the town of Marion, Indiana on 7th August, 1930. Both had been accused of robbing and murdering a white factory worker, and raping his girlfriend. They were being held in the local jailhouse. A mob […]

The Two-Bear Mambo – Off-Beat Novel By Joe R. Lansdale

The Two-Bear Mambo by Joe R. Lansdale Hap and Leonard are back in this raucous ride through the back roads of East Texas. This time the two anti-heroes are asked to investigate the disappearance of Florida Grange, an ex of Hap’s who visited the notoriously racist area of Grovetown. The beautiful Florida is black, and […]

Go Set A Watchman – Harper Lee’s To Kill A Mockingbird Sequel

Go Set A Watchman by Harper Lee Scout Finch is all grown up. The central figure from Harper Lee’s award-winning novel, To Kill A Mockingbird, is now twenty-six and going by her given name of Jean Louise Finch. In Lee’s long awaited sequel, we get to experience a different side to Jean Louise’s family life […]

Far-right Extremism In The USA

There has much discussion of late concerning the emergence of the far right in the USA as a force to be reckoned with. Sadly, it would appear that this political position has always been to the fore in US politics, but under various guises that made it less noticeable. The US military and agencies such […]

White Doves At Morning – Novel By James Lee Burke

White Doves At Morning by James Lee Burke Burke’s back, and what a return he makes! James Lee is at his very best in this scintillating chronicle of Louisiana before, during and after the US Civil War. It’s a story of family, friendship, love, loyalty, war and the horrors of a conflicted society rife with […]

Empire Files – Abby Martin

In this episode, Abby Martin speaks with Dr. Gerald Horne who is the Chair of History and African American Studies at the University of Houston. They discuss the history of racism in the USA and the impact of Trump’s pronouncements today. – If you care, give it a share –

Cadillac Jukebox

Cadillac Jukebox   by James Lee Burke This is number 9 in the Detective Dave Robicheaux series and was first published way back in 1996 (some of you may not have been born then). It’s one more in Rebel Voice‘s ongoing Burke binge. In this installment, Robicheaux finds himself in a mess as Louisiana’s racist past […]

Jolie Blon’s Bounce

Jolie Blon’s Bounce   by James Lee Burke This novel, set in Louisiana, is yet another gem in the Dave Robicheaux series. In this story, we find Dave on the trail of the rapist/murderers of a young woman in New Iberia. The main suspect is defended by a sex-mad lawyer from a major plantation family […]

March Of The Bigots On Its Way

The video clip attached gives an insight into the issue of Orange Order marches in the Occupied Six Counties (OSC) of Ireland, and the conflict that follows them. It centres around a demand by a quasi-political, quasi-religious, anachronistic Protestant fraternity to march through a Catholic area where local residents did not want them. The Orange […]

The future’s not Orange

Recurring events within the Irish Occupied Six Counties (OSC) have, for me, served to prompt comparisons between the actions of authority figures within the education sector of said OSC, and those to be found in a similar position elsewhere in the world. One such example, which leaps immediately to mind, is that of the conduct […]