“Freedom is the right to tell people what they do not want to hear”  —George Orwell


It is already 20 years since the breakup of the Soviet Union.  We were the generation who was filled with hope in 1989, who expected great transformation of the world after the demise of the totalitarian state.  We expected so much.


You may know that a Russian Court has sentenced Russian poets Maria Alyokhina, Yekaterina Santsevich and Nadezhda Tolokonnikova to two more months in prison. Amnesty International has declared them prisoners of conscience.


Here we are in the 21st century and there is a new revolt in the former Soviet Space. Both Giorgi Maisuradze and Russian Punk Rock group Pussy Riot come from the former Soviet Empire.  They do not miss Lenin nor Stalin.


There has been a big discussion about what is more effective during class struggle,  Gandhian nonviolent strategy or going back to Leninist or Stalinist methods of violent uprising.  The Indian movement of landless people Ekta Parishad has been around for the last 12 years.


Once again, we can see that almost the entire world is trembling with the expectation of change.  It looks like the world is refusing to suffocate itself with the single philosophy and single ideology that is already there for the last 20 years.


I must say that I absolutely love Meryl Streep and I was so happy to see her win the Golden Globe award for Iron Lady.  Once the film came out I went to see it with my film critic sister.  Once again, I must say I loved the performance by Streep.  After Anna Magnani and Giulietta Masina I think she is one of the most outstanding female actresses of the world.


In 2006, I watched the French-German-American film Lord of War with Nicolas Cage and directed by Andrew Niccol.  I was struck by the film—since this picture very much reflected a post-Cold-War syndrome—market taking over any ideology and cynical sale of death across the borders.


The first stage of the OWS movement was a great success. The protesters were able to bring a new item to the agenda and this is marvelous. Creativity is undeniably the main component of this campaign.  UC Davis students brilliantly out-created the police and university administration.


It has been quite some time after Georges Sorel has proposed the idea of General Strike.More than a hundred years has passed since then, but looking at the contemporary anti-capitalist movement, this concept comes to mind more often. This syndicalist statement has become more relevant in postindustrial and postmodern times.


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Irakli Zurab Kakabadze
Born in 1969, Irakli Kakabadze is a Georgian writer, performance artist, peace and human rights activist. His first prize was awarded in 1990 by the TSISTAKRI MAGAZINE for the best creation of 1990 - Allegro or Chronicle of one Year. In 2009, he was awarded the Oxfam/Novib PEN Freedom of Expression Prize. Kakabadze's articles and stories have been published in Georgian, Russian, and English newspapers and magazines. In 2007 he received the Lilian Hellman/Hammett grant from Human Rights Watch. From 2008 to 2012, Kakabadze was based in Ithaca, NY, where he developed a new method of integrating performing arts and social sciences, called "Rethinking Tragedy" or "Transformative Performance." Kakabadze has also pioneered a multi-lingual and multi-narrative performing style, called Polyphonic Discourse. Irakli Kakabadze's work as an artist-activist is subject of an American verite documentary At the Top of My Voice filmed by Indian American Director Sudhir Venkatesh and Larry Kammerman. In May 2008 Kakabadze shared a stage at PEN World Voices Festival in New York with György Dragomán, Hasan Elahi, Asli Erdogan, Péter Esterházy, Chenjerai Hove, Jenny Marketou, Ivy Meeropol, Francine Prose, and Ingo Schulze, at the Writers and Artists Against the Surveillance State. In November 2008 at the Miami Book Fair Kakabadze shared a stage with Sarah Mkhonza, Russell Banks and Derek Walcott to perform another piece of Polyphonic Blues. Kakabadze has performed his polyphonic style of poetry at the Frankfurt Book Fair (2009) and “Free the Word” in London (2010) (23). At the 2010 “PEN World Voices” Festival in New York Kakabadze performed Polyphonic Discourse at the Cabaret Show that featured the author with Natalie Merchant, Ben Okri and Ariel Dorfman. He has performed at many literary and peace festivals including in Berlin (2014), Palma De Mallorca (2016), Valencia (2016), ext. His book 'Umberto vs Ernesto' or 'Marginal Delirium' was published and has introduced polyphonic discourse in December 2013. In 2017 publishing house 'Intelekti' has published another book of his essays "Love Doctrine" that is highly influenced by the works of Mahatma Gandhi.