One of the ironies of 21st century historical discourse is that despite significantly increased access to information, historical narratives are shaped by economic and political interest and ideology more than ever before. Widely distributed accounts about iconic political figures such as Dr. Martin Luther King stun those of us who are knowledgeable about the times in which these figures lived.

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After receiving a foul during 2011 playoffs, LA Lakers star Kobe Bryant hit the bench hot and furious. He threw down a towel and yelled at the referee "Hey Bennie, you are a f***ing f****t".1

Hundreds of thousands of the Venezuelan masses poured onto the streets of Caracas and other cities, towns and villages of the country to mourn and pay tribute after the death of an icon who had championed the cause of the oppressed and the proletariat unforeseen in recent history. But the grief at Chavez’s demise was not restricted to Venezuela and Latin America. The shock of his death was palpable among the conscious workers and masses across the planet. The masses in the demonstration in Venezuela were chanting: “We are all Chavez” and “Chavez lives”.

It was raining tonight in Bolívar Square in the old part of Caracas. Like it did, back in October last year, during the closing rally for Hugo Chavez's presidential re-election campaign. They had painted the streets red as they marched down the city, braving the rain, pooh-poohing those who were plotting a ballot box counter-revolution. Of course today, El Commandante Hugo Rafael Chávez Frías, one of the greatest socialist and anti-imperialist of our times, is no more.

ശുക്രി ബലൈഡിന്റെ (Chokri Belaid) കവിതകളില്‍ ഒരുപക്ഷെ ഏറ്റവും ശ്രദ്ധിക്കപെട്ടത് 1984-ല്‍ സ്വവസതിയില്‍ വെച്ചു വധിക്കപ്പെട്ട ലബണീസ് സാഹിത്ത്യകാരനായ ഹുസൈന്‍ മുറുവയുടെ ഓ‌ര്‍മയ്ക്കായി എഴുതിയ വരികളായിരിക്കാം[1]. കഴിഞ്ഞയാഴ്ച (2013 ഫെബ്രുവരി 6) ടുണീഷ്യയിലെ തന്റെ വീടിനു മുന്നില്‍ വെച്ച് പട്ടാപകല്‍ കൊലചെയ്യപ്പെട്ട ബലൈഡിനെ പക്ഷെ അനശ്വരനാക്കുന്നത് അദ്ദേഹത്തിന്റെ കവിതകളായിരിക്കില്ല; മറിച്ച് തന്റെ മരണം ടുണീഷ്യയുടെ ചരിത്രത്തില്‍ വരുത്താനിരിക്കുന്ന വഴിത്തിരിവായിരിക്കും.

On that 14th of June in 1949, the audience present at the Tchaikovsky Hall had thoroughly enjoyed the concert. The powerful baritone voice of the American singer resonated inside the hall. The predominantly Russian audience, traditionally enamoured with the bass voice found the performance extremely pleasing. However, the concert was fast coming to an end and the audience was getting restless. It was then that the singer spoke from the stage, in near perfect Russian. He spoke about his warm friendship with Soviet Jews like Solomon Mikhoels and Yitzhak Feffer.

Last month, after the costliest and arguably, the nastiest campaign in history, Barack Obama secured four more years in the most high-profile job in the world. Voters picked Obama over millionaire Romney despite a stubbornly high unemployment rate and a weak economic recovery in the aftermath of the Lehman collapse in 2008.

“the day will come when all the modern nations will adore a sort of American god, a god who will have been a man that lived on earth and about whom much will have been written in the popular press; and images of this god will be set up in the churches, not as the imagination of each painter may fancy him, not floating on a Veronica kerchief, but established, fixed once and for all by photography. Yes, I foresee a photographed god, wearing spectacles.

ഇടതുപക്ഷ പുരോഗമന പ്രസ്ഥാനത്തിന് സുപ്രധാനമായ സംഭാവനകള്‍ നല്‍കിയ രണ്ടു അതികായന്മാരെയാണ് ഈ ആഴ്ച നമുക്ക് നഷ്ടപ്പെട്ടത്. മാര്‍ക്സിസ്റ്റ്‌ ചരിത്രകാരനായ എറിക് ഹോബ്സ്ബോമും പരിസ്ഥിതി പ്രവര്‍ത്തകനും ജീവശാസ്ത്രജ്ഞനുമായ ബാരി കോമണറും 1.