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Antigone’s monstrous protest

“Antigone”, an ancient Greek drama, tells the story of a dictatorial ruler, Creon, and a woman, Antigone, who challenges his injunction that her deceased brother, Polyneices, cannot be buried.   Sean Sheehan   Antigone and Polyneices are the children of Oedipus and, because she tries to bury her brother, her […]

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Lenin, Gaza and Ukraine

When Rosa Luxemburg dismissed the idea of Polish independence and laughed at the idea of an independent Ireland, Lenin replied in “The rights of nations to self-determination” (1914) and referenced Marx’s support for Irish republicanism.   Sean Sheehan   Lenin’s championing of anti-imperialism grew stronger and “Imperialism and the national […]