Monthly Archives: October 2011

In The News

Whilst I am thinking about posts and things here are some items that caught my attention: Peter Preston blames Twitter. Andrew Rawnsley goes to St. Paul’s and comes out almost converted. Polly Toynbee is critical of the disparity in wealth … Continue reading

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New Statesman, Examples Of Racism

Rob Marchant’s article at the New Statesman certainly stirred up the bigots. The comments box there is stuffed full of very questionable reasoning and praise for the racist, Gilad Atzmon. Elsewhere I found one of Rob’s old posts at Labour … Continue reading

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Not A Single Post

I had intended to separate out a few different posts on various subjects, but now is as good as any time to put them all together. Left Foot Forward covers how the ill named, English Democrats, are happy to take … Continue reading

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Margaret Thatcher Rakes It In.

We live in difficult times. Often it is hard to make ends meet, so I don’t begrudge someone making a few quid on the side, normally. But the sight of ex-Prime Ministers, who are already on a tidy pension, getting … Continue reading

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Books

This is a superb post at Brain Pickings, Books: A Living History by Maria Popova.

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B53, Good Riddance

The dismantling of the world’s biggest bomb in the US is good news: “AMARILLO, Texas (AP) — The last of the nation’s most powerful nuclear bombs — a weapon hundreds of times stronger than the bomb dropped on Hiroshima — … Continue reading

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Peculiarly Western

I enjoy reading Terry Glavin’s writing on Afghanistan and his comments in this article by Eva Sajoo are compelling, if too close to the bone for many: “We also meet Malalai Ishaqzai, an MP from Kandahar whose views differ sharply … Continue reading

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Workers in Iran

Workers across the world face austerity, poor wages and worse conditions, and workers in Iran have it very hard, BBC News has more: “Iran’s labour union has been pressing for several years for the country’s labour law to be re-written. … Continue reading

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The Guardian’s Soft Racism and Deborah Orr

The Guardian newspaper is considered to be one of the quality periodicals in Britain, yet if you ever wanted to find the tell-tale smell of anti-Jewish racism then look no further. Comment is Free, the Guardian’s on-line presence, is stuffed … Continue reading

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Reflecting On Gaddafi, His Toupee and Last Days

There’s a great deal of coverage of Gaddafi’s death, but not so much on how Libyans view him, Ted Anthony considers those issues: “Whatever ultimately happens with Gadhafi’s body, the impact of its visibility will endure. Christopher Hitchens, writing in … Continue reading

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The Euro Crisis

There is a lot of heat and talk about the Euro Crisis, but this piece from the NY Times illustrates just how connected world capitalism is:

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Colonel Gaddafi, A Hidden Billionaire

When most of us think of billionaires our minds turn to the likes of Warren Buffett, Bill Gates or those running Facebook. But they are poor by comparison. Compared that is, to Colonel Gaddafi, who according to the LA Times … Continue reading

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Rush Limbaugh And Africa.

Rush Limbaugh is, apparently, very popular in parts of North America. Now I fully appreciate that he has had his problems, with substance abuse, but his recent comments relating to Africa seemed to take the biscuit, Blake Hounshell illuminates the … Continue reading

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That Plot

The more I read about the supposed plot in the US to kill the Saudi ambassador the less clear it becomes, a piece by Gareth Porter: “On May 24, when Arbabsiar first met with the DEA informant he thought was … Continue reading

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57 Racists And John Tyndall.

If any reminder was needed on what type of people inhabit the fringes in the BNP then Hope not hate has it: “Fifty seven hard line racists gathered in Preston last weekend to commemorate the life of John Tyndall, the … Continue reading

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Talking Of That Plot

There is a lot in the press and blogosphere about the plot to kill the Saudi ambassador in the US. Much of it doesn’t make sense, but this is a thoughtful piece on the issue: “Given the Quds Force’s modus … Continue reading

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Antifascists Need Your Help.

I am indebted to Liverpool Antifascists for this piece: “The six antifascists imprisoned in the first trial were originally held in Wormwood Scrubs prison in London, but five have now been moved to other jails in southern and central England. … Continue reading

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The Syrian Revolution

We hear far too little about the rampant killings that have gone on in Syria for months and months, so this BBC documentary is rather timely: It is also available via iplayer, Syria: Inside the Secret Revolution

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Don’t Forget The English Defence League

Others have shown how the EDL is stuffed full of ex-British National Party members or odd ball neo-Nazis, but we shouldn’t forget how their members like violence. EDLers like fantasizing about attacking ethnic minorities as their entries on Facebook show. … Continue reading

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Channel 4 on the British National Party

I had forgotten that Channel 4 had produced a fine documentary on the BNP in 2002. It is still relevant, Young, Nazi and Proud, isn’t available on their site at the moment, but can be found across the web, including … Continue reading

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