Bala Fria: The End?

Dear visitor,

Thank you for your visit.

I no longer have a twitter account. I am retiring from blogging and will just leave this blog up as a memento in cyber space. I have been leaning towards deleting this blog but I put some hard work into this at times and there are some useful links and stuff so balafria will remain for now.

Wishing you all the best

Yours sincerely

Tio

Gil Scott-Heron is back‏

Gil Scott-Heron, without doubt one of the most important voices in 20th
century music is back. It is his first new material in 13 years and sees
him sounding as vital and forward thinking as ever. Check out the new
single “Me and the Devil”, taken from the forthcoming album “I’m New Here”
(Out February 8th (UK) / February 9th (USA)).

Available via digital download, ‘Me And The Devil’ is also accompanied by a
stunning video by Coodie & Chike with Michael Sterling Eaton, the team
behind numerous Kanye West and Mos Def videos. See the video at

http://bit.ly/meandthedevil


You can pre-order the album from:

UK — http://tinyurl.com/GilScottHeronUK

USA — http://tinyurl.com/GilScottHeronUSA

For information, and to keep up to date with the latest Gil Scott-Heron
news please visit:

http://www.gilscottheron.net
http://www.myspace.com/gilscottheron

On a Socialist Camping Trip

G. A. Cohen
Why Not Socialism?
Princeton, 2009
92 Pages
£10.95
ISBN 978-0691143613

As a teenager, Jerry Cohen was a counsellor in the Montreal Jewish socialist summer camp Kinderland, where, in the words of one of his young charges, “the sons and daughters of 1950s leftists spent July and August waging class struggle against mosquitoes and boredom”. These summer expeditions left a lasting impression: decades later, Cohen fondly recalled campfire songs from Kinderland at his inauguration as Chichele Professor in All Souls college chapel; and a camping trip serves as the prime illustration of the virtues of socialism in his latest and last work, a lively discussion of political morality.

While Jerry Cohen made a career out of intellectualising his personal journey from pro-Soviet schoolboy to doyen of Oxford political theory, it is in Why Not Socialism?—more than any other text—that we see as a whole his considered stance on justice. For this life-long socialist, socialism’s infeasibility does not entail its irrelevance, for its most basic merit lies in its encapsulation of an ethic of care for other human life. In a period when we are re-evaluating our economic priorities, this is a timely call for personal integrity—and a reminder that in necessarily compromising with self-interest, we must not lose sight of our ideals. Continue reading

No fare deal for London or Venezuela

Remember this?

Boris Scraps Venezuela Oil Deal

Canceling London-Venezuela Deal: Mindless Vandalism

Not many Londoners can be happy as they grope through the frozen murkiness of the commute to their first days back at work after the winter break. Adding to their misery is London’s mayor, Boris Johnson, who has made their journey much more expensive with huge fare rises.

Critics of Johnson’s transport policies have highlighted how these massive increases – 20 percent for single bus fares alone – would not have been so high if Johnson hadn’t trashed other sources of funding for London’s transport. Continue reading