Monthly Archives: November 2012

Worthwhile Remembering: The Antisemitic Discourse in Britain

This is the CST’s summary of the Antisemitic Discourse in Britain in 2011 and essential reading for antiracists: “Explicit antisemitism against Jews is rare in British public life and within mainstream political and media discourse. Nevertheless, antisemitic themes alleging Jewish … Continue reading

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Support Mona Eltahawy

I follow Mona Eltahawy on Twitter and she comes across as a smart, committed and principled woman. She is on trial for, justifiably in my opinion, defacing a bigoted poster. I have covered this before, these posters were instigated by … Continue reading

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Light Relief: Talking Cats, Speaking Robert Jay QC And Leveson

Ever felt you have a fair grasp of English and a passable vocabulary? Watch this video clip of Robert Jay QC at the Guardian and think again. Esther Addley provides a good summary of the Leveson inquiry. The above is … Continue reading

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UKIP And Europe’s Far Right

There is an interesting article in the Rotherham Advertiser and it confirms what many of us had thought, UKIP’s sympathy for the Far Right: “UKIP, the party at the centre of the Rotherham fostering storm, has been linked to far … Continue reading

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Support The Palestinian Quest For Statehood

The quest for Palestinian statehood has been a long and unglamorous one. Over the years various leaders have been undecided on the best tactics to take. The infamous Yasser Arafat was forever putting off the question of full statehood, trying … Continue reading

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UKIP And The Bigots

The political fringe grouping, the UK Independence Party (UKIP), is rejoicing at the recent controversy in Rotherham for all of its free publicity and the lack of critical comment. I thought it helpful to remind readers of the unsavoury characters … Continue reading

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Cheerleaders Abroad, Gaza And Israel

I was composing, in my head, some reflections on Gaza’s past eight or so days, but Jonathan Freedland seems to have beat me to it. I think the cheerleaders abroad sentiment, is something we should dwell on. How is it … Continue reading

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Gaza And Israel After The Conflict

A lot has already been written about the recent conflict and more will follow, but to me these images at The Week express what needs to be said:

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Racism And The UCU

Having followed events in the AUT and UCU for years I find this disheartening in the 21st century: “Mr Julius said the EUMC definition of antisemitism that the union rejected last year had been used successfully by other organisations. The … Continue reading

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Operation Pillar of Defense Rolling Thread

I imagine that Operation Pillar of Defense will go on for a while so I am having a rolling thread with anything I read, hear or think relevant. Firstly, John Cook at Gawker puts his foot in it with Israel … Continue reading

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Hamas And Likud Meant For Each Other

As Palestinians hide in their homes and Israelis stay in their bomb shelters we could almost be forgiven for thinking that these sorry and terrible events were unforeseeable. Nothing could be further from the truth. Hamas since taking power in … Continue reading

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Council Borrowing Blamed On The Women Workers

I am a little bit preoccupied at the moment to blog in any meaningful sense, but this poor piece of journalism in the Guardian struck me as deserving of comment. It concerns Birmingham City Council and the possibility that they … Continue reading

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Bradley Manning Plea Bargaining

This news got shuffled aside with the US Presidential election, but Bradley Manning has been been held under poor conditions and suffered terrible strain, so it is understandable that he is considering plea bargaining: “Bradley Manning, the US soldier who … Continue reading

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“Fit For Work” After Double Heart Bypass?

I wonder how the Tories will justify this: “A HEART patient last night claimed he was told he was fit for work by a healthcare firm working on behalf of the Government – just a day after he endured a … Continue reading

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Post US 2012 Presidential Election Thoughts

A random pile of US election insights, links and wit. Fox News didn’t have a good night, Watch Fox News Chew Its Own Leg Off in a Fury of Recrimination. Huff Post and idiotic GOPers, US Election: The Funniest Angry … Continue reading

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Clive Dunn And Corporal Jones on YouTube

Clive Dunn has died.

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Donald Trump And The Egalitarianism Of Twitter

There is one marvellous aspect to Twitter, its egalitarianism. Class, skin colour, gender, sexual orientation and wealth are all irrelevant. It doesn’t matter if you’re a billionaire, a millionaire or just someone with access to the Internet, you are all … Continue reading

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10th November 2012: Malala Day

Irna Qureshi is superb in explaining the need for a Malala Day: “In his role as UN special envoy for global education, Gordon Brown has declared this coming Saturday 10 November 10th a ‘global day of action’ in support of … Continue reading

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US Presidential Election 2012 Part Round Up

This is a partial round up of the US Presidential Election 2012, it is highly subjective as it is still going on and the final votes are not in yet. If Romney wins as a picture! The BBC’s America votes: … Continue reading

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That Letter to President Obama

Elections are often dirty affairs and politics rarely brings out the best in us, but this letter is delightful: “Dear Barack Obama, It’s Sophia Bailey Klugh. Your friend who invited you to dinner. You don’t remember okay that’s fine. But … Continue reading

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