The Guardian’s Oxbridge Elite, Press TV And The Kirk.
Firstly, thanks to Engage for pointing me towards Ben Gidley’s piece at Dissent, The Politics of Defining Racism: The Case of Anti-Semitism in the University and College Union. Clearly, Dr. Gidley is very knowledgeable on this topic and a pleasure to read, here’s a snippet:
“Racism is mercurial. It mutates over time. Pseudoscientific racial theories are now spouted only by marginal cranks. Notions that different races are different species have come and gone; eugenics has come and gone; words like “Aryan” and “Semitic” are starting to sound quaint. The period since the 1980s has seen the rise of cultural racism, or racism that focuses on cultural differences rather than biological ones.”
In class related matters, the Guardian asked its staff, who’d been educated at Oxbridge and had it helped them in their career. Hmm, not a hard question to answer. Next, they’ll be saying old Etonians dominate the British establishment.
The New York Times on Ratko Mladić, chocolates and genocide. I expect that Ed Herman and Diana Johnstone will be up in arms shortly. Balkan Witness has a good page on Herman and other’s denial. NPR is worth a read.
Time has an informative piece on the psychology of dictators, and I suspect that its findings apply more broadly than many would care to admit.
I liked the AP’s world’s Most Wanted list:
“Osama bin Laden was killed. Gen. Ratko Mladic was captured. That’s two of the world’s most-wanted off the list. So who’s left?
-Omar al-Bashir: The president of Sudan. Wanted for crimes allegedly committed in Darfur.
-Ali Kushayb: A commander of the Sudanese government-backed janjaweed militia. Wanted for war crimes.
-Joseph Kony: The leader of the brutal rebel group the Lord’s Resistance Army, which is known for vicious attacks against civilians in Uganda.
-Jean Bosco Ntaganda: Congolese warlord wanted for war crimes including an ethnic massacre in 2002 and forcing children to fight.
-Ayman al-Zawahri: Al-Qaida deputy indicted for his alleged role in the 1988 bombings of the U.S. embassies in Tanzania and Kenya.
-Anwar al-Awlaki: The U.S.-born cleric is one of al-Qaida’s most prominent English-language radicals.
-Adam Yahiye Gadahn: Indicted in California for treason and support to al-Qaida.
-Fahd Mohammed Ahmed al-Quso: US indictment for his alleged role in the 2000 bombings of the USS Cole in Yemen. Thought to be in Yemen.
-Jamel Ahmed Mohammed Ali-Badawi: Wanted in connection with the 2000 bombing of the USS Cole in Yemen. Escaped Yemeni custody in 2006.”
Trump is still a birther, according to the Huff Post.
Mick Hartley reminds us that the Taliban’s “anti-imperialism” involves killing teachers. Teachers who dare to teach girls. Killing Teachers, remember that.
The Banking Commissioner admits that Banker’s bonuses came out of the Taxpayer’s pocket. Yeah, that’s right. poorer people paid for richer people to stuff millions into their trousers. A modern version of the Ragged Trousered Philanthropists?
Bloomberg reports that the area round Fukushima Dai-Ichi nuclear plant might be turned into a nuclear dumping ground, how dangerous and pathetic.
Press TV has been caught, again, pushing the vile Protocols of the Elders of Zion. The author of the piece at PressTV.ir is Mark Dankof, a friend of the one time KKK ex-Grand Wizard, David Duke. The two are pictured here. Astute readers will remember that Press TV has a long tradition of publishing material from neo-Nazis and their friends, Lady Renouf and Nick Kollerstrom.
Q: How many historians does it take to change a light bulb? This is the answer.
Another day, another almost boycott. The Church of Scotland wanted to boycott Israelis, but at the last minute retreated for fear of the consequences, the Israelis might react. Good to see those fearless members of the Kirk in action:
“Wee, sleekit, cow’rin, tim’rous beastie,
O, what a panic’s in thy breastie!
Thou need na start awa sae hasty
Wi bickering brattle! “
Update 1: To those neo-fascists and Jew haters currently stuck in my moderation queue, you aren’t going anywhere, I don’t provide a platform for your filth as any reading of my comments policy would indicate, now go away.