“Nearly all men can stand adversity, but if you want to test a man’s character, give him power.” Abraham Lincoln

Mid-Week Around Up.

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I am a bit knackered at the moment, and even less coherent than normal but following Jim and Bob’s example I am going to do a quick round up of various blogs that I read, some you’ll like and some not.

Over at a very public sociologist, Phil looks at conspiracy theories and 7/7.

Pastor porn at Bartholomew’s notes and a lot more.

Bob, himself is good, in particular this bit:

“In contrast, MRZine seems to play towards what I call the ZLeft. The ZLeft takes an outwardly libertarian anti-establishment form, but lacks any political analysis apart from hatred of America and the West, and is therefore easily seduced by any authoritarian thugs who “defy” America.”

I was hoping for some lucid academic insights into the situation in Iran at Crooked Timber, but can’t find any, still at least they don’t neglect popular culture with the clip of Michael Jackson.

Dave looks at the YouGov survey on BNP voters, not nice reading. He wonders about the ‘male beauty crisis’ and rightly has a dig at politicians pontificating.

Jim on tennis and plenty of Green thingies.

There are no messiahs considers Alan Woods and An Introduction to Trotsky’s Writings on Art, whilst thinking about democratic centralism. I am almost weeping with despair.

The Revolutionary Flowerpot Society has a piece on a demonstrator, previously kept in a secret prison in Iran.

Yaba Yaba describes the sit-in at Cairo airport of blogger and journalist, Wael Abbas.

Gerry Burke at the Irish Left Review looks at Obama and the socializing of the Health Care system in the US.

John Gray loves it when the SWP and the Socialist Party slag each other off. Whereas Seismic shows us Billy Graham’s darker side.

The Contentious Centrist in a more serious mode looks at the Mumbai killers, then reminds us of Pogroms and Death Camps.

Finally, the CST has details of a report into the BNP’s performance in the recent local and European elections, and later on argues that “people who want to criticise or campaign against Israel should exercise care that their activities do not invoke or allude to traditional antisemitic imagery or language.”

You’d think they were stating the bleeding obvious, but when you look at Cif or the Guardian it becomes clear that many just sleep walk into nihilistic anti-Jewish racism without a moment’s thought.

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01/07/2009 at 03:08

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  1. Mod, have you seen Wight’s latest:

    Amnesty International have just released its report into their findings of Israel’s 22-day assault on Gaza back in January. Among its recommendations, it calls for an investigation into possible war crimes and crimes against humanity committed by both Israel and Hamas. It also calls for an arms embargo to be placed on Israel and Hamas, along with recommendations to the Israeli government vis-a-vis its rules of engagement.

    In its attempt to accord both parties equal status in this conflict, and in its recommendations, Amnesty International have disgraced themselves. Recommending that a people who’ve been systematically starved, terrorised, immiserated and reduced to the status of untermenschen by an industrially advanced state utilising the most advanced weaponry available, a state which has violated more UN resolutions than every other UN member state combined during its existence, recommending that such a people should give up the means to defend themselves is an insult to the very concept of justice.

    The Palestinian people have the legal and moral right to resist the illegal occupation of their land, not to mention the continuing policy by the state of Israel of starving them into submission.

    The Jews of the Warsaw Ghetto had the same right, and indeed history rightly accords their struggle against Nazi barbarism heroic.

    Those Palestinian men and women who resisted the Israel war machine back in January with nothing more than pitifully small arms and brave hearts are also heroes.

    More than that, their cause is the cause of humanity in our time.

    I think this qualifies as what Deborah Lipstadt calls “softcore Holocaust denial”.


    03/07/2009 at 17:37

  2. yeah Bob, what a disgusting post.

    I am just waiting for him to make the full on transformation to the far right, it is only a matter of time.

    Makes you wonder why other’s can’t see the issue at SU blog.


    03/07/2009 at 17:50

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