Monthly Archives: October 2012

The Rich, The Poor And The Oppressed

Inequalities of wealth exist not only in the West. Granted, the tame news media will often highlight the income of politicians and how they benefit from public life, as was seen in the British expenses scandal, but there is more … Continue reading

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Last Presidential Debate 2012

I didn’t watch the whole debate, but Obama looked tired in this BBC clip. There are some videos at the Beeb which give a greater flavour of the debate. I thought the Presidential debate: Obama’s ‘horse and bayonet’ jibe was … Continue reading

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An Occasional Murdoch, NHS and Misogyny Roundup

Rupert Murdoch ate a mountain of humble pie at the Levinson inquiry and looked distinctly uncomfortable with his newfound humility. That’s a thing of the past. Murdoch reveals his true feelings on Twitter: “Told UK’s Cameron receiving scumbag celebrities pushing … Continue reading

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The BBC And The NHS

I think Martin Shovel doesn’t get the recognition that his wit and drawing skills deserve. In this case he details with the BBC’s attitude to the NHS: Those readers unfamiliar with the issues would do well to read Oliver Huitson’s … Continue reading

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Sandra K Eckersley Deals With Rape Apologism

Sandra K Eckersley, in outlining the facts behind the Julian Assange case, has a marvellous way of dealing with rape apologism: “Your facts relating to this case are plain wrong. Julian Assange is facing four serious allegations. One of rape, … Continue reading

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The US, Food Banks And Real People

Gary Younge’s description of real Americans discussing their once well-off circumstances and the need for food banks is a reminder of how precarious existence can be: “Mark’s fortunes began to change in the summer of 2009 when was a human … Continue reading

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US Presidential Debate: Obama vs Romney

This clip from BBC news is good at summing up the second US Presidential debate between Barack Obama and Mitt Romney of 2012. I must say, I find the thought of Romney as US President to be frightening, he’s in … Continue reading

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Women’s Rights And The New Statesman

Over at the New Statesman, Mehdi Hasan has exasperated many women by his new post, Being pro-life doesn’t make me any less of a lefty. I am not really that interested in his points, rather the marvellous response from feminists … Continue reading

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Julian Assange And Wikileaks Go After The Money

The old adage, follow the money, is so often right. Wikileaks has seriously changed its policy towards freedom of information, now you have to pay for it. Information and data, which were given freely to Wikileaks, is only available behind … Continue reading

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Get well Malala Yousafzai!

HOPE not hate’s Get Well book for Malala Yousafzai is a superb idea. Read Nick Lowles’ comments. Leave your name and message here, Get well soon Malala Yousafzai.

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Women And George Galloway

This piece in the Guardian reveals that all is not well in Bradford concerning George Galloway: “”I want an appointment to see George Galloway,” announced the blonde, smartly dressed woman. “I want to talk to him about his comments on … Continue reading

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Beginners Guide To Britain’s Far Right

Keeping up with the cranks, thugs and racists that comprise the Far Right is a full-time job. These flaky individuals often work together for a few months or years then split off after a drunken argument, or simply because they … Continue reading

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Julian Assange, Losing Friends

To some Julian Assange can do no wrong, but he’s increasingly losing friends. Only recently Assange stiffed some rather wealthy supporters for his bail money and now even Anonymous don’t want to know him: “A statement posted on the Anonymous … Continue reading

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A Damp Round Up Of World News

Lighter blogging than expected, so it’s a good time for a roundup. Tom points to David Cameron’s greed, Cameron is the first PM to pocket private rent while living at number 10. Bob from Brockley argues that the slaughter in … Continue reading

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The Nasty Party In 2012

I suppose, like many who take a passing interest in politics, that I have watched a fair few party political conferences, but what we see on television is only part of it. Decca Aitkenhead ably reveals the Nasty Party: “It’s … Continue reading

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Greta Berlin, Free Gaza And Racism

I have been away and missed the outburst of anti-Jewish racism from the Free Gaza movement via Greta Berlin. Jeffrey Goldberg explains it: “This last theory of his was largely forgotten until last week, when Greta Berlin, a co-founder of … Continue reading

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Booze In The Middle East?

You can study a region for the years, think that you know something about it and then be very surprised. I hadn’t realised that there was an Oktoberfest in the West Bank, but DW Akademie has more: “Lederhosen and dirndls … Continue reading

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Julian Assange Stiffs His Supporters

Julian Assange’s escape into the Ecuadorian embassy has had financial ramifications for some of his supporters, they will have to cough up the money they put up a sureties: “Backers who stood as sureties for WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange before … Continue reading

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Keeping An Eye On Neofascists And Anti-Muslim Sentiment

Slow blogging for me, but in the interim please do peruse HOPE not hate’s latest, Same old faces at anti-Islam demo. Not surprisingly, it was a day out for a sad mix of extremists and neo-Nazis, but let us not … Continue reading

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