In Defense of Artistic Freedom
Questions of political principle in the defense of culture
By Barry Grey, August 3, 2012
The millage vote takes place in the context of an unrelenting assault on art and culture in Detroit and nationally.
By Naomi Spencer, April 14, 2012
After a year-and-a-half struggle by musicians, Louisville Orchestra management announced Thursday that it would begin hiring replacement musicians this month.
After first bowing to Zionist McCarthyism:
By Fred Mazelis, May 12, 2011
The City University of New York board initially voted to deny Kushner a degree after one trustee objected to his alleged hostility to Israel and Zionism.
By Richard Phillips, December 23, 2010
Iranian authorities have framed up acclaimed filmmaker Jafar Panahi who now faces six years’ jail and is banned from making films, writing scripts, giving interviews or travelling abroad for the next 20 years.
By Niall Green, December 3, 2010
In an act of prostration before Catholic extremists and the Republican Party, the Smithsonian National Portrait Gallery in Washington, D.C., removed an art work from one of its exhibitions Tuesday.
By James Brewer, November 17, 2010
Musicians conducted a strong picket of a performance by the Vienna Boys Choir which DSO management held at Orchestra Hall in Detroit.
Interview with striking Detroit Symphony violist Hart Hollman
By Shannon Jones, October 19, 2010
Hart Hollman, a violist with the Detroit Symphony Orchestra for 38 years, spoke to WSWS reporters Saturday about the ongoing strike by musicians, and its cultural and social implications.
By Kranti Kumara, April 26, 2010
Police in the east Indian state of Chhattisgarh are “exploring” laying charges under the state’s draconian anti-terrorism law against Arundhati Roy.
Held in Swiss jail for two months
By David Walsh, November 28, 2009
The Swiss justice ministry announced Thursday that it would not appeal a court ruling handed down the day before permitting filmmaker Roman Polanski’s release on bail, opening the way for the director to be freed within the next several days.
The issues around the spotlight on Tel Aviv
By David Walsh, November 21, 2009
At the recent Toronto film festival, a number of film and video artists protested the event’s spotlight on Tel Aviv, accusing the festival of colluding with Israel’s “re-branding” effort. David Walsh spoke to some of the protest organizers.
By David Walsh, November 18, 2009
Filmmaker Roman Polanski remains in a Zurich jail cell, while his lawyers fight the efforts by US authorities to extradite him. The director has a half-century-long artistic career that needs to be assessed.
By David Walsh, October 8, 2009
The effort to vilify film director Roman Polanski and have him extradited to the United States has become the rallying point for a broader campaign against “Hollywood liberals,” intellectuals, artists, and non-conformists of all sorts.