Tag Archives: Human Rights

Stop The War: Parroting The Arguments Of A Thuggish Putin

The premier antiwar movement in Britain, the Stop the War Coalition, are in a bit of a bind. They owe their existence to campaigning against the invasion of Iraq. They actively campaign on the Middle East and Afghanistan. Yet for … Continue reading

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Refugees From Assad’s Campaign of Murder

The level of ambivalence found in the West towards the mass death of Syrian civilians is truly grotesque. In March 2014 it will be the three year anniversary of the conflict, which started with peaceful protests and continues with the … Continue reading

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World Socialist Web Site: Doing PR for Assad

Cherry picking is not just confined to fruit. It is incredibly popular amongst politicos. Such an approach can be seen from the World Socialist Web Site’s defence of the Assad government on the Houla massacre. A copy is left below … Continue reading

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On Syria

Syria and the West are intimate friends. For years Western leaders courted Bashar Assad, arguing he was a moderate and a vehicle of change. Vogue even produced a propaganda edition on the Assad family. Elsewhere, Russia and China continued to support … Continue reading

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IDS: Iain Duncan Smith And His Wikipedia Entry

Whilst having a laugh at Iain Duncan Smith’s wiki entry (notice his profession), please sign the change.org petition to make him live on £53 per week.

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BBC, Lies And The Tory View Of The World

When next you hear a Tory, or one of his University chums at the BBC, explain that the “welfare changes” are really to help the poor and disabled, then do remind them of these relatively unreported examples: “…[Henry Sherlock] had … Continue reading

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Rosa Park, Listening To It

BBC World Service has a marvellous programme on Rosa Parks: “The programme also features a never before broadcast interview with Rosa Parks in which she tells biographer James Haskins what it was really like during the years of segregation in … Continue reading

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Orwell, Atos and The Tories

Like many, I have read most of Orwell’s work, discussed and debated what he was trying to get at and even questioned some of his later decisions. Not unsurprisingly there is a lot to get to grips with. He was … Continue reading

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Chagossians, An innumerate Iain Duncan Smith And More

I had hoped to start 2013 on a better footing, with longer, more thoughtful post but time and life are not so generous. I think the plight of the Chagossians deserves a wider audience: “For the uninitiated, in the 1960s, … Continue reading

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Laurie Penny, Chagos Islanders And Mormon women

Jake Wallis Simons is better than the average Tory, certainly the Daily Telegraph could do with better writers and a wider intellectual pool of ideas. Nevertheless I was somewhat shocked and pleased to read his In defence of Laurie Penny: … Continue reading

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Boycotting Israel, Banning Women And The Crazed Right Wing

There is an up-and-coming election in Israel, and my bet is that many Western “anti-Zionists” would pick Benjamin Netanyahu, if they had a vote. They must positively love Israel’s politically clumsy and callous Prime Minister. Ever opportunistic those actively behind … Continue reading

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Peter Tatchell, Routledge And Western “Anti-Imperialists”

Peter Tatchell has, justifiably, extracted an apology from Routledge, the publishers: “The UK publisher Routledge has issued a public apology to Peter Tatchell for 20 “misrepresentations and distortions” and “inaccurate allegations” made by the former Human Rights Watch programme director, … 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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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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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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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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The GOP Convention And More Racism Round Up.

[Trigger warning, Assange related material.] When the GOP Convention comes around there is almost the feeling that America has stepped back in time, not by the technology employed or the showmanship, but the underlying ideas. Issues that many might think … Continue reading

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Why Occupation Is Wrong

“Corruption is authority plus monopoly minus transparency.” Anon Corruption and abuse of power are fairly commonplace in the world. Some examples we hear of, whilst others are conveniently brushed under the carpet. From the Vatican to Burma and brown paper … Continue reading

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BBC Understatement, Racism and Rounding Up

I was about to put out a number of individual posts, but it is probably more worthwhile to include them in a round up: Surprise, surprise, neofascist killer, Breivik took drugs before going on his murder spree. I wonder if … Continue reading

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