Features in issue 2448

Art or propaganda?

by Bill Rolston

Northern Ireland is dotted with murals, created by both loyalist and republican communities. Bill Rolston explains how and why they originate, and argues that, while we don't have to accept their political message, they should be treasured nonetheless.

Sign of the times

by Andrew Rigby

Andrew Rigby tells the story of the "peace symbol"

Our stories

by Roberta Bacic

With an emphasis on resistance, culture and identity, and with help from a group of Chilean and Argentinian survivors, War Resisters' staff member Roberta Bacic delivers insights into the struggle against impunity.

Homage to Murcia

by Roberta Bacic, Jes Cutillas

Spanish activist collective, Murcia Canción de Autor, produce "homage" CDs to well-known political artists and engage in public performances. Roberta Bacic talked with Jesús Cutillas.

A celebration of love: an interview with Anand Patwardhan

by Anand Patwardhan, Chandra Siddan

In June 2002 the Indian Censor Board demanded unprecedented cuts to a homegrown documentary film. They included deleting all scenes and audio which depict "leaders" and a sequence in which a Dalitneo-Buddhist argues that it is a travesty that nuclear tests were carried out on Buddha's birthday. Chandra Siddan interviewed radical filmmaker Anand Patwardhan.

Open medium, global outreach

by Daniel Sewe

The Independent Media Centre network, also known as "Indymedia", is a global network of open, democratic and uncensored spaces on the web, where anyone can share their opinions and experiences. They are run entirely by volunteers, and the network now comprises almost 90 Independent Media Centres (IMCs) all over the world. Daniel Sewe takes a closer look.

"Art is not a mirror to reflect reality, but a hammer with which to shape it"

by Gareth Evans

In this introduction to the issue's thematic section, Gareth Evans takes stock of the ideas and practice of current cultural resistance and suggests that, while much of it may emanate from the street (or equivalent), it can also help to build networks for long-term change.

Desperately seeking Marcos

by Gustavo Esteva

For some, Zapatista "leader" Marcos already has the same iconic status as Che. But in a few years time will commercial companies also be selling Marcos T-shirts, using and reducing him to yet another commodity: making the transition from cultured revolutionary to object in mainstream popular culture? And is he, and indeed Zapatismo, inspiring a culture of resistance, or cultural resistance? We asked Gustavo Esteva what he thinks.

Culture is the opposite of war

by Mary Begley

Irish activist Mary Begley offers some thoughts on her "tough and rewarding" life and work as a street musician.