p*ssy Riot was sentenced today to two years in prison. That's the tip of the iceberg. Some thoughts on their conviction on an idiot metalhead and a pic from my visit with Steve Lendman, one of OEN's most popular writers.
Pussy_Riot Sentenced to Two Years-- the tip of the iceberg
That's a horrific bit of news, that artists can't express without risking imprisonment. Here in the US protesters get arrested for protesting against ecological perpetrators or for videotaping police. Here's a page that's being updated regularly. Pussy_Riot Convicted, Sentenced-- With Updates
The arts have always been one arena where expression of ideas was permitted. Russia's shameful attack against musicians will be felt throughout the world-- hopefully with repercussions that lead to Russia reversing the decision, which CAN be appealed.
At Opednews, we'd like to see more articles about p*ssy Riot but also about other ways the arts are being used for activism and how those efforts are repressed. We'd like to turn this sad news into something positive-- by showcasing more musicians and artists standing up, using their talents and visibility to make a difference, just as Madonna spoke out from her stage position, speaking for p*ssy Riot. Of course, there are also idiot artists, like the heavy metal rocker reported on here: Megadeth singer's stunning claim: 'Obama staged the Colorado movie massacre', By Veronica Roberts
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I had a chance to get together with Steve Lendman on Wednesday, in Chicago. This is one dedicated man on a mission, writing two, sometimes three articles a day.
Steve has won acclaim as a Project Censored writer and even received an award from a Mexican Journalism organization. Here's a pic of the two of us.
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