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Another Weekend Of Assortments.

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The world is a busy place and events move on at a pace, so here are a few assortments I nearly missed:

Colonel Qaddafi sends a thank you note to some members of the US Congress.

Andy on the Australian Defence League.

Tel Aviv’s Gay Pride is very colourful, according to the Guardian.

Blogger arrested for filming a Council meeting.

And for the Polyglots amongst you, the EUMC Working Definition of Antisemitism in many, many languages, including, but not limited to Mongolian and Estonian.

Jen Campbell’s blog is enjoyable. Book lovers will like her series, weird things customers say in bookshops.

The Atlantic Wire has picked apart many of Palin’s emails and it is as you might expect, stunning!

Top 10 trends on Twitter, not sure about this.

Washington Post finds that Palin had a third email account, which is amazing. It shows a hitherto hidden aspect to Palin, dexterity with a PC, who would have thought it?

Are the Iranian Revolutionary Guards helping to kill Syrians?

In Japan, an anti-nuclear protest.

White Replies.

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Unlike many “anti-Zionists” who appear very touchy concerning criticism of their views, I won’t delete a comment unless it is from a neo-Nazi, white power freak or one of their mates, so I was more than happy to allow Ben White’s comment through moderation.

Ben White posted a link in a comment box below as a rejoiner to Jonathan Hoffman’s criticism of White’s new book.

I haven’t read White’s book, but am sure that when it deservedly finds its way into the bin-ends of a cheap bookshop that I will pay it the attention it merits.

Books demonising Israel are two a penny, attacking Israelis is a pet hobby of many ex-public school boys and the British intelligentsia. It is a very contemptible practice but as many historians have argued the middle classes are more susceptible to Judenhass.

Sadly, the 21st century is turning out to be so similar to the 20th.

Update: White argues ” He [Hoffman] had been banned by the charity from attending due to his past disruptive behaviour.” which seems a bit surprising as TotallyJewish.com relates “He told the Jewish News that he was contacted again this week and informed he would not be allowed to attend as an observer of the discussion, which War on Want claims is open to the public.”

I would have thought that the Charity Commission might want to know that War on Want organises a public meeting then selectively bans members of the public that it does not like.

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13/07/2009 at 19:39

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Never Noticed It Before.

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I like LabourStart, it has good coverage of international events, but it also has a bookshop, think Amazon but for trade unionists.

Well worth a visit.

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06/07/2009 at 23:44

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Shades of Spycatcher?

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I remember reading Wright’s Spycatcher about 25 years back, having purchased it in Paris. The British Government, under Thatcher had banned publication on British soil, but it didn’t stop people obtaining a copy. It wasn’t a bad read, not too controversial, as far as I can remember.

Now does history repeat itself, second time around as farce?

HMG has just stopped the publication of Andy Hayman’s book, he’s a retired assistant commissioner of the Met Police and knows a fair bit about 7/7 and counter-terrorism.

It seems a bit of a cackhanded attempt to limit whatever critical information the book contains, thus ensuring that it will get a wider audience and the secret eventually leaked on the Internet, outside of HMG’s jurisdiction.

Silly really, when will governments learn?

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03/07/2009 at 02:56

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