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“Wadjda” Illustrates Oppression of Women

Our friend Jim Lane has profiled the film Wadjda over at People’s World. The inspiring and heartbreaking story of a young girl growing up in Saudi Arabia goes into limited release around the country this weekend, but Jim already has his thoughts on the film.

Everybody in the movie, and everything that happens, tells Wadjda to give up. Everything says that women’s oppression can’t be can’t be overcome whether in the extreme Saudi Arabian form or in the everyday discrimination we see at home.

Read the rest of Jim’s review at People’s World. Wadjda opens in Milwaukee on October 18 at the Downer Theatre.  Get your tickets here.


What Really Happened To Detroit?

This week, Communist Party USA Chairman Sam Webb penned an exploratory piece for People’s World about the situation in Detroit.  “Detroit: Through the lens of class and race” aims to combat some of the extreme lines of thinking prevailing in the media concerning Detroit’s terrible situation, and Webb offers some clear answers on why this occurred – and how it will continue to happen in other cities in the United States.  An important piece for anyone looking for answers in this distressing time, Webb outlines exactly how Detroit was put in this predicament and how the citizens have suffered greatly.  Webb pulls no punches in his analysis, leveling blame at the feet of auto executives, real estate brokers, and elected officials.

Blaming the crisis on its victims is designed to divert the eyes of the American people from the actual causes of the crisis and its agents. The former are located in the structures and dynamics of racialized capitalism, while the latter are the individuals and institutions who drive the crisis and also enrich themselves mightily from this system of class and racial exploitation and domination of the immense many by the minuscule few.

But he doesn’t just levy blame in his article – he offers a clear solution to help in the resurrection of this once-great city.

The near- and long-term struggles of the people of Detroit have to be connected to the energies of like-minded people in nearby suburbs and around the country who also aspire to radically restructure the politics, economics, culture, and racial relations of their city, region, state, and country.

Webb’s piece can be found here.  It is an essential read.


Who Are You? Take The Worker’s Political Quiz Today!

You’ve seen them before – political profile quizzes. Are you a Republican or Democrat? Are you Left or Right? We’ve taken them, and honestly, they are a bit underwhelming if not wholly confusing. Thanks for the chart guys, but what other likeminded figures agree with my beliefs? Why isn’t there an easy quiz that takes little time and cuts right to the chase?

Well, we went ahead and made that for you: The Worker’s Political Quiz. Our ten question quiz is fast and you get instant results. Find out where you fall on the political spectrum either through our instant reporting or our more in-depth email results.

Are you a Progressive?  Perhaps you’re on the other end of the scale as a Reactionary, but who are contemporary and historical figures that fall in that same class?  Find out today by quickly taking the Worker’s Political Quiz.

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Looking Back on “Ace In The Hole”

Our local friend Joseph Zimmermann is back with another entry in his “Movies You Might Have Missed” series – this time profiling the 1951 Kirk Douglas vehicle Ace In The Hole.  Directed by the incomparable Billy Wilder, Ace In The Hole is concerned with a big city news writer who has knocked down to a small paper in New Mexico.  There, he callously sensationalizes a dire event for his personal gain.  Shot as a typically-grim film noir, Wilder’s film was noticeably cynical about the business of news – an unpopular opinion to have at time when newspapers were generally the gateway to filmgoers.

Upon it’s release the picture was not a success. The gloomy portrayal of the cynical manipulation of events for private gain, indeed with a man’s life at stake, was too dark a commentary on the shabby business of corrupt enterprise under capitalism. It’s message resonates just as strongly today however, for as long as the spirit of private profit and competition motivate man rather than mutual cooperation then we will continue to witness sad commentaries such as these, not only in the movies, but in our society.

Read Zimmermann’s entire article over at People’s World.


Review: “The Band’s Visit”

From time to time, CPWisconsin likes to highlight culturally significant works that relate to both our cause and history.  Over at People’s World, writer Joseph Zimmermann reviews and analyzes The Band’s Visit, a 2007 Israeli film concerning the exploits of an Egyptian orchestral band stranded in a remote Israeli town.

The Band’s Visit is a gentle film from a part of the world so often associated with conflict and discord. The film is also an observant and honest portrayal of small town life, as well as the challenges our comfort level faces when confronted with both unfamiliar surroundings and unfamiliar people. In an amusing scene, one of the band members sits slurping soup in a tiny cafe. As he dines he notices that hanging near his head is a framed photograph of an Israeli tank at war. When no one is looking he hangs his hat on the wall to obscure it.

Read the full review at People’s World by clicking here.


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