Yesterday, the New York Times ran an editorial highly supportive of Edward Snowden’s efforts to expose the NSA’s insidious operations, and suggests the US ought to consider offering him some kind of clemency deal. Snowden remains more or less trapped in Russia, where the government allows him limited freedom (which is to say, they haven’t locked him up or shipped him out for inevitable arrest).
Yes, those Russians are just all about free expression, especially when it comes to artists and musicians expressing critical opinions of their own operations.
The first public screening in Russia of a documentary about the activist group Pussy Riot was canceled by the government at the last minute on Saturday, organizers said….
But on Saturday, the directors of the Gogol Center, a state-financed theater, received a call from the authorities threatening their jobs if they screened the documentary, said Maxim Pozdorovkin, who directed the film with Mike Lerner. A letter from the Department of Culture in Moscow formally banning the screening followed.
The letter, which was posted online by one of the center’s directors, accused the artists and filmmakers involved of being provocateurs, and said their brand of culture had no place in a government building. — NYTimes
Just so everyone remains focused on the real world here. Same shit, different year. Governments are all about power, and will do whatever they can get away with to preserve it. An unrelenting river of sanctimonious hypocrisy at the highest levels takes no effort at all, in fact, it’s a requirement.
My favorite quotes from the letter: The role of art “is to save the world, make it better, not to inflame the public with scandalous stories that have no cultural merit….Let’s hold tight to those principles and keep everybody safe.”
Words to live by. Thomas Jefferson would be so proud.