Sudan, Syria, London and Election Bits.

So much happening across the world and so little (infinite) blogging space to put it into.

The Sudanese government seems to be itching for a war in the region and it is the people that really suffer, the Indy reports from Yida:

“On the outskirts of Yida where this month’s 5,000 new arrivals are camping there are hundreds of severely malnourished children. Medical staff at the camp reported twice the normal monthly total of malnutrition cases in the first three weeks of April suggesting a sharply increasing hunger crisis across the border in Khartoum-controlled Southern Kordofan. Refugee leaders at Yida have refused to be relocated further south to the capital of Unity State, Bentiu, complaining the land allocated to them is a “malarial swamp” with no trees. The UN said talks are “ongoing” with the hope of persuading some refugees to relocate to camps further inside South Sudan.

The divorce of the two Sudans last year, which followed a long civil war, left several divisions of what was the southern guerrilla army, the SPLA, inside the interim borders of the new Sudan. The government in Khartoum has accused the south of conspiring with these civil war allies in areas like the Nuba Mountains and launched a brutal offensive against them, which has been marked by the bombing of civilian areas.”

The world looks on as the Syrian government continues to kill people, the BBC on events around Aleppo:

“Live ammunition was reportedly used to disperse an anti-government protest outside dormitories adjacent to Aleppo University’s campus late on Wednesday.

As many as 200 students are thought to have been arrested during the raid.

Aleppo has so far not experienced the violence and large-scale protests seen in other cities during the uprising.

But there have been almost daily demonstrations by its students.”

Apparently, there are elections on for the London Mayor and London assembly, HOPE Not Hate has some sensible advice.

James Bloodworth at Huff Post reminds us of what British fascism could look like. Personally, I feel he’s understates it, but it is worth a read.

I am glad that President Obama has done the right thing.


Elsewhere, real neo-fascists from the EDL attacks socialists in Lewisham.

Hussein Ibish, an insightful commenter on the Middle East, looks at censorship.

CNNS reports how conflict continues in Egypt.

Kevin Maguire’s Jeremy, hunted. His days in government are numbered.

Jack of Kent, Why Jeremy Hunt should resign.

In the Guardian, a fierce critic, albeit through gritted teeth, admits the strikingly obvious, Israelis don’t want war.

In the same paper, a historian’s view on the republishing of Mein Kampf.

Rupert Murdoch and lawyers.

Hayley Barlow, who met Murdoch a handful of times, recalls:

” On one memorable occasion, he stormed into our editorial conference after we won a raft of industry awards, fawning all over News of the World executives: “Bloody great paper, bloody great journalists, keep it going… it’s just bloody great.”

On another occasion Rebekah Brooks took him on a tour of our newsroom and introduced him to the “Scoop Machine” after a summer of memorable exclusives. “Keep up the good work!” he grinned.

Yet, in his evidence yesterday, Mr Murdoch sought to deflect the growing crisis in his media empire by laying the blame for all his problems in the News of the World’s coffin.”

In Norway, a prominent academic, Johan Galtung, comes out of the antisemitic closet and exercises his hatred. Thankfully, according to the JPost, other Norwegians expressed their annoyance at his bigotry.

A Norwegian paper explains more, via Google translate:

“In the latest issue of the journal Humanist, enter the famous peace professor Johan Galtung (81) an article under the headline “If clear lines and ambivalence.”

Here he discusses, among other things, the Jewish role in media, the Freemasons and conspiracy theories. In the text, he also refers to several controversial sources.

Humanist Association, which publishes the Humanist, says the text is so extreme that they have found it necessary to come up with an editorial explaining why the press text.

He legitimize anti-Semitic texts and spreading anti-Semitic statements. It can hardly be more extreme than this. It Galtung doing is dangerous and extremely irresponsible, says editor of Humanist, Didrik Søderlind to VG Nett. “

There is an incredibly weak editorial from the Norwegian Humanist magazine, in Norwegian.

Point of no return has an intriguing historical snippet about the Arab League’s plans for Jews in Arab countries.

Norman Geras on George Monbiot’s fool’s thesis.

The New Yorker considers Wal-Mart.

Adam Holland reminds us of Veterans Today’s Gordon Duff and his latest obsession, Blaming the Trayvon Martin case on Jews.

Finally, previously Searchlight looked at how the Greek Extreme Right were exploiting the world financial crisis, now Anthee Carassava at the Washington Post examines Chryssi Avgi:

Brandishing a warped swastika as its emblem, Chryssi Avghi makes no secret of its muse: Adolph Hilter and his policies. It too, for example, promises to set up forced labour camps to push thousands of undocumented migrants out of the captal’s congested centre, and it also wants to seal the country’s frontiers with land mines to stop flows of illegal migration.

Still, with elections nearing, its rhetoric has softened and its tactics have been tamed, presenting an almost fuzzy side to its fascist profile.

In recent months and in the height of Greece’s debt crisis, party members fanned out across the country, distributing clothes and care packages to the needy. They continue to do so every Tuesday and Wednesday. “

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