• Galloway

    Checking in on Galloway

    Ever since he stopped compulsively running for political office (and sometimes actually winning), we haven’t paid much attention to the horror show that is George Galloway. But one of his latest tweets is noteworthy for its downright Trumpian undercurrents. Please note: unless I have evidence to the contrary I will henceforth regard every journalist in this country as an agent of the British state. A spy. A liar, deceiver and subverter of democracy in Britain. #Zinoviev #ForgersGazette #Codswallop #JukeBox #IntegrityInitiative — George Galloway (@georgegalloway) December 10, 2018 And his attack on “liberal media viciousness” reminds me of a bumper sticker I sometimes see, distributed by the rightwing Media Research Center.…

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    The Info Wars Subversion Project

    It would appear that a British attempt to counter the affects of Putin’s propaganda machine has been uncovered and is now under attack. Who by? British shills for Russia of course! The Guardian lays out the issue (truncated for brevity): The Foreign Office minister, Alan Duncan, has ordered an investigation into reports the government provided funding to a Scottish-based company meant to counter online Russian propaganda, which also spread unfavourable views about Jeremy Corbyn. Duncan has previously responded to a parliamentary written question on the subject. His answer showed that in the 2017-18 financial year the Foreign Office funded the Institute for Statecraft’s Integrity Initiative with £296,500. This financial year, the sum was due rise to…

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    Leave will probably have to win a second referendum. But even winning again will not secure Brexit if we make the same two mistakes again. By Professor Alan Johnson

    The England manager Alf Ramsey famously told the team before extra time in the 1966 World Cup Final, ‘You have won it once, now go out and win it again’. This is the week when it will became clear that the 52 per cent will have to win it again.  This article is not about what a democratic outrage the ‘second referendum’ is, how it will likely poison our politics, open the door to the far-right, and destroy what little trust is left in what the Italian political theorist Norberto Bobbio (along with anybody with political common sense) calls the rules of the game. Instead, I ask why winning one referendum…

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    The Nazis are Gone but Human Frailty Remains

    I used to spend a lot of time killing Nazis. In my head. I attacked them on the streets of Berlin, stabbed them in Occupied Paris, gunned them down with my Sten Gun on D-Day. I looked out the window at school and saw their planes blacken the English skies and myself pumping bullets into those planes while sitting in my Spitfire. I killed most Nazis during French and Classical Civilisation I think. For a long time it was a great regret of mine that they were long gone by the time I was old enough to join the army. In my teenage years I wished I’d been born in…

  • Russia,  Saudi Arabia

    Glad to see each other

    There’s nothing like a common interest in murdering dissidents outside one’s own borders to bring folks together. Putin and MBS greet each other with huge smiles and handshake in Buenos Aires pic.twitter.com/2jlHUfONO1 — Kevin Liptak (@Kevinliptakcnn) November 30, 2018

  • Far Right,  Israel

    Rivlin rejects Israel-supporting neo-fascists

    Israeli President Reuven Rivlin, who possesses a moral compass that his fellow Likudnik Benjamin Netanyahu frequently lacks, once again has distinguished himself as a man of the Decent Right. Responding to a CNN survey which raised serious concerns about European adults’ knowledge of the Holocaust and anti-Semitic notions, Rivlin told the network: “We must… work with the whole world to fight against xenophobia and discrimination, of which anti-Semitism is a variant.” In the interview which was to be broadcast Thursday, the president said “There are neo-fascist movements today that have considerable and very dangerous influence, and sometimes they also express their strong support for the State of Israel. “You cannot…

  • antisemitism

    Mark Lewis fined for ‘offensive’ tweets

    The Law Society Gazette reports: Mark Lewis acted with a lack of integrity and failed to uphold the confidence the public places in the profession when he ‘wished death’ to his abusers on social media, the Solicitors Disciplinary Tribunal found today. The high-profile media lawyer, who represented phone-hacking victims  against the News of the World, was fined £2,500 and ordered to pay £10,000 costs. Although wishing death on someone – to take just one instance where Lewis was deemed to have offended – might seem inexcusable, the context is crucial. Lewis was being targeted by neo-Nazis, and one tweet he sent is clearly a response to the vilest antisemitism: ‘Happy…

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    Jewish Voice for Labour Take Seat on Party’s Disciplinary Panel

    Stephen Marks of Jewish Voice for Labour has won his seat on Labour’s disciplinary panel. He will now be deciding on matters affecting Jews in the Labour Party. The comment thread at Labour List is a sight to behold! The results are here: This from Guido: The hard-left Momentum / CPLD slate won all the six available seats on Labour Party’s top disciplinary body. Controversial Stephen Marks, of Jewish Voice for Labour (JVL), has been vocal in attacking the Jewish Labour Movement (JLM), claiming that antisemitism complaints are part of a campaign against Corbyn. He was among those elected. Moderate independent candidate Steve Lapsley, who is outspoken on antisemitism issues within…

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    Jeremy Corbyn’s Brother Spreads Neo-Nazi Conspiracies

    This is a special by Lee Kern   For the past three years Jeremy Corbyn, leader of the British Labour Party, has been embroiled in an antisemitism scandal. As a defence against these charges – Jeremy has frequently invoked the actions and values of his family as evidence of his stance on antisemitism – particularly his mother’s alleged participation at the Battle of Cable Street – a stand off between fascists and British Jews who were assisted by Irish residents and trade unionists. With this in mind we are invited by Jeremy to look at the actions of other family members – including his brother Piers Corbyn – a strong…

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    Antisemitism Motion at Cardiff University Falls – Fortunately

    Respect to all the students who voted against a particularly ugly motion proposed at Cardiff University SU AGM. The Jewish Chronicle wrote: The Union of Jewish Students and the Cardiff Jsoc have condemned a motion by the students’ union calling for a boycott of Israeli institutions while claiming to “protect… Jewish Students”. The UJS and Jsoc said the motion, which will be debated at Cardiff University Students’ Union’s Annual General Meeting on Thursday, was “appalling” and deployed “a skin-deep mention of combatting antisemitism in an attempt to ‘kosher’ BDS”. In a joint statement, the Jewish groups said it paid “merely lip service to antisemitism”, noting only four out of its 24 bullet points related…