Monthly Archives: May 2012

The Shabiha In Syria

Fifteen months on, some 13,000+ killed, 100,000s injured and about half a million people displaced in Syria and finally, the role of the Shabiha is being questioned in the Western media. Ghosts of Syria: diehard militias who kill in the … Continue reading

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David Hirsh On The Merchant Of Venice And Habima

Over at Engage, David Hirsh has scrutinized, picked apart and provided informed cultural analysis on Shakespeare’s Merchant Of Venice within the context of Habima, and some decidedly non-Shakespearean bigots “When I see a production of the Merchant of Venice, it … Continue reading

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Ben White Indulges His Hatred Of Jews

Ben White is an anti-Israeli obsessive, who once said he could understand antisemitism. Since then he and his apologists have indulged in a touch of backtracking, but every now and again his mask slips as with White’s recent tweet which … Continue reading

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The Habima Theatre Of Israel, For Want Of Rational Discussion

At the moment I am not much of a theatre goer but I thought this guest post at False Dichotomies asked relevant questions of those who support BDS: “I tried to talk to the group making their brave stand next … Continue reading

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Panorama: Neofascism In The Ukraine.

This evening’s BBC Panorama programme investigated neofascism and football in the Ukraine and it was horrific to watch. The blurb states: “With just days to go before the kick-off of the Euro 2012 championships, Panorama reveals shocking new evidence of … Continue reading

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Dennis Skinner And David Cameron

The comparison between David Cameron and Dennis Skinner is stark, as an unlikely source reminds us about the Tories: “Two thirds of the Cabinet — 18 out of 29 ministers — were millionaires, the new Cabinet “rich list” found. Wealth-X, … Continue reading

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Tony Blair at Leveson Inquiry

The Guardian’s coverage of the Leveson Inquiry is good and they have allocated a slot for Tony Blair’s contribution. Update 1: Surprisingly. the Leveson Inquiry doesn’t seem to have an official channel on YouTube, but there are others. The Leveson … Continue reading

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Syrian Government: Was The Martians What Did It

No, they didn’t say that, but they could have. If you took the trouble to listen to the early reports of the massacre in Houla, Syria then you could be forgiven for wondering how the Syrian government would respond. Instead … Continue reading

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Gerard Donovan, Israel And Ireland

The novelist, Gerard Donovan, has been targeted by anti-Israeli activists as Ha’aretz reported recently: “Irish writer Gerard Donovan has attacked the pro-Palestinian boycott movement for trying to “bully” him to abstain from visiting Israel and take part in the International Writers … Continue reading

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A View Of Anti-Zionists, The CST’s Take

The CST does the admirable job of providing security, assistance and help to the Jewish community in Britain. But not only that, its annual reports detail the rise (and occasional dip) in antisemitism. Further, the CST blog describes in detail … Continue reading

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Questionable Exam Questions, Syria And The EU

There is some debate as to whether or not it was appropriate for an exam paper to ask: “Explain briefly why some people are prejudiced against Jews.” My gut feeling was how inappropriate such a question might be for children, … Continue reading

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Nativism, Racism And Riots In Tel Aviv

Demagogical politicians and nativism are nothing new. Across the world from the Balkans to the resurgence of nativism in North America, it is a common political current. However, we are now seeing the consequences of nativism in Israel, race riots. … Continue reading

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The Anti-gay Pastor, Partisans And Brands

I suppose we shouldn’t be surprised when another religious leader comes out with hate speech against Gays, but it is really part of an old 17th century mentality. I wonder if Pastor Charles L. Worley dreams of burning witches too? The  Long Island Press … Continue reading

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The Colour Of Her Skin

NPR has a piece on the Colour Bar: “”My Dear Mr. Thompson, I desire at this time to explain why I want to enter the college and why I believe my application should be granted. If denied admission, I must … Continue reading

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British Royals Suck Up to Bahrain’s Despot

  Never one to let human rights get the way of business and old pals Her Majesty’s Government, in the form of  Lilibet, has invited the King of Bahrain to lunch: “The King of Bahrain, whose regime has been accused of brutally … Continue reading

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Ratko Mladic

Ratko Mladic’s trial at the Hague is a welcomed event. The West’s inaction and complacency in 1995 led to the Srebrenica Massacre and more, carried out by Mladic’s forces. Since then justice has alluded its victims, but hopefully the ICTY … Continue reading

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LoonWatch, How Not To Combat anti-Muslim bigotry

I have been asked for my view of LoonWatch and feel it might help to air these issues. I think the issue of anti-Muslim bigotry is a real problems in Western societies. In Britain and Ireland, it is often a … Continue reading

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Greece, Holocaust Denial & Nikolaos Mihaloliakos

The leader of the Greek neo-Nazis has come out as a Holocaust denier. Yahoo News reports on Nikolaos Mihaloliakos’s malevolent views: “ATHENS (Reuters) – Greece’s government and Jewish community on Monday condemned the leader of a far-right party for saying … Continue reading

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Gay Marriage, Politics And the Congo

I suppose one of the rules of politics is never to admit anything, but I confess I had never thought of Gay marriage as such a political issue. Granted, in parts of puritanical America (or backward bits of the Home … Continue reading

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EDL In The News

The English Defence League are a pile of thick neofascist thugs, that should be plain enough to anyone with the intelligence to read a newspaper: “MEMBERS of a race hate ‘mob’ have admitted taking part in a violent showdown with … Continue reading

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