New Comedy about a Young Karl Marx Hits London

  • The play will debut in October.

    The play will debut in October. | Photo: Twitter / @_bridgetheatre

Published 20 April 2017 (17 hours 17 minutes ago)

“Young Marx” will focus on the Communist Manifesto author’s early years in London.

A new comedy about a young Karl Marx, the communist philosopher, is set to debut soon in London, as a new theater attempts to reach its goal of making “bold, popular” entertainment.

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Ironically taking place in the London Theater Company, a new commercial venture, the blurb for the play describes Marx as “broke, restless and horny … a frothing combination of intellectual brilliance invective, satiric wit and child-like emotional illiteracy.”

“Young Marx” will focus on the Communist Manifesto author’s early years in London and will feature Oliver Chris as Friedrich Engels, his collaborator on the iconic text.

“London is a brilliant city for making and seeing theatre, evidenced by the 25 percent increase in audiences over the last 15 years,” Nick Starr, the co-creator of the London Theater Company told The Guardian. “We think there’s room for a new independent on the scene, driven by both a mission and a bottom line.”

The new commercial venture is also the brainchild of Nicholas Hytner. Both previously ran the National Theater in London together.

We open in Oct w/ Young Marx, a comedy by Richard Bean & Clive Coleman dir. by Nicholas Hytner, Rory Kinnear stars http://bit.ly/2olMwPb 

Another cultural foray into young Marx’s life debuted in March. Haitian director Raoul Peck’s newest film, “The Young Karl Marx,” highlights the birth of the communist movement; the collaboration between Marx and Engels; and the few years leading up to the 1848 revolutions in Europe.

Peck told the ScreenDaily of having worked on the Baldwin and Marx films at the same time, “I learned about Marx around the age of 18. Baldwin came to me a little bit younger but these two men became important monuments for me and made me the person I am. They frame who I am, my way of thinking and the way I analyze society.”

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The film on Marx took 10 years to produce, according to Peck, because he wanted to build the screenplay from the correspondence between Marx, Engels and Marx’ wife Jenny von Westphalen. The film was co-written by Pascal Bonitzer.

“It was the approach that we wanted because you really discovered their characters through that correspondence. But it takes time to construct and you can’t take short cuts,” he added.

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California ‘Weed Nuns’ Heal Women With Cannabis

  • One of the members of the Sisters of Valley.

    One of the members of the Sisters of Valley. | Photo: Reuters

Published 20 April 2017
“No one from the Catholic clergy has told me to stop. After a few minutes of conversing, they all throw their arms around me,” said Sister Kate, the group’s founder.

Meet the Sisters of the Valley: a woman-led health activism group in California that provides patients with marijuana products to help them with pain.

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Dubbed the “weed nuns,” they describe themselves as activists who “insert prayer and healing into every bottle and jar.” The nuns, who call marijuana their Holy Trinity, use strains of marijuana with low levels of tetrahydrocannabinol, THC, to treat their patients.

Customer reviews on their website reveal how women are benefitting from their services.

California “weed nun” Christine Meeusen, 57, who goes by the name Sister Kate (L), and India Delgado, who goes by the name Sister Eevee, trim hemp in the kitchen at Sisters of the Valley near Merced, California. | Photo: Reuters

“I wholeheartedly recommend this Cannabis Salve for chronic back pain. It gives me rapid relief after many years of suffering,” wrote one unnamed customer.

“I’m legally blind, disabled from a botched brain surgery, and I get debilitating grand mal seizures and late-stage endometriosis,” wrote Shanie Cognevich‎ on their Facebook page.

The Sisters of the Valley told Reuters that U.S. President Donald Trump’s administration has strengthened their resolve to help women with their products, given his opposition to preserving women’s health programs.

California “weed nun” Desiree Calderon, who goes by the name Sister Freya, holds soap made from hemp at Sisters of the Valley near Merced, California. | Photo: Reuters

California legalized recreational use of marijuana in November 2016, allowing the group to operate without penalization. Over two dozen U.S. states have also legalized some form of marijuana for medical or recreational use, despite the drug’s illegality at the federal level.

The sisters harvest their cannabis plants in the town of Merced in the Central Valley. The 7-member group turn hemp into cannabis-based balms and ointments. In 2016, they made sales worth $750,000, the most since they started selling products in January 2015.

Despite using nun personas, they don’t belong to any order of the Catholic Church.

California “weed nun” Christine Meeusen, (R), and India Delgado, who goes by the name Sister Eevee, smoke a joint at Sisters of the Valley near Merced, California. | Photo: Reuters
“We’re against religion, so we’re not a religion,” Sister Kate, one of the organization’s founders, told Reuters.

“We consider ourselves Beguine revivalists, and we reach back to pre-Christian practices.”

Sisters of the Valley were founded in 2014.

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DAPL Executive and Other Wall Street Fat Cats Funded Trump’s Inauguration

  • U.S. President Donald Trump takes the oath of office with his wife Melania and son Barron at his side, during his inauguration at the U.S. Capitol, Jan. 20, 2017.

    U.S. President Donald Trump takes the oath of office with his wife Melania and son Barron at his side, during his inauguration at the U.S. Capitol, Jan. 20, 2017. | Photo: Reuters

Published 20 April 2017 (17 hours 14 minutes ago)
Many large corporations on Trump’s donor list are set to benefit from his political and economic power.

Among a record-breaking amount of corporate donations disclosed by the Trump administration on Tuesday, the head of the company behind the controversial Dakota Access pipeline was seen to have contributed US$250,000 to the president’s inauguration.

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As part of federal legal obligations, the Inauguration Committee handed over its records to the Federal Election Commission revealing a record US$106 million-plus for the Jan. 20 inauguration, which was met by protests in the nation’s capital. As part of the more than 500-page document listing donors, a few in particular stand out.

Kelcy Warren, chairman and CEO of Energy Transfer Partners, the company behind the Dakota Access pipeline, forked out US$250,000 for the inauguration. Following the inauguration, as part of a number of executive orders, Trump swiftly resurrected the both the Dakota Access and Keystone XL pipelines.

Warren has a net worth of US$3.8 billion, according to Forbes, and on a number of occasions before the election had contributed to Republican party and the Trump campaign. After Trump secured the Republican nomination for president, Warren gave US$66,800 to the Republican National Committee.

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Trump’s signature overturned a decision by the outgoing Obama administration to put the 1,172-mile project on hold after ongoing protests from environmentalists and Native American tribes concerned about the impact it would have on the local environment and nearby sacred lands. The resurrection of the pipelines can be seen as Trump’s heavy backing of dirty, fossil fuel industries that fuel climate change.

Other mining and energy corporations such as Murray Energy and Chevron are set to benefit from Trump’s rolling back of environmental regulations such as the Clean Power Plan to reduce carbon emissions. Combined, the three companies contributed more than US$1 million for the inauguration.

Right-wing casino tycoon Sheldon Adelson was the biggest contributor to the inauguration with US$5 million. Twenty-six organizations gave the Inauguration Committee more than US$1 million, including Bank of America, Boeing, Dow Chemical and AT&T and owners from a number of NFL teams.

JP Morgan Chase, American Financial Group and health insurance companies MetLife and Anthem also contributed hundreds of thousands of dollars.

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