• 9/11 Remembered,  antisemitism,  Labour Party

    Chris Williamson’s unconvincing apology

    It didn’t come as a huge surprise to see Chris Williamson leap to the defence of Gilad Atzmon recently – Atzmon had been blocked from appearing with the Blockheads by Islington Council.  Now the Labour MP has issued an apology and deleted the tweet in which he expressed enthusiasm for a petition defending Atzmon.  He explained: “Earlier today I tweeted a petition about an Islington Council ban against the Blockheads performing with their chosen line up. The council has blocked jazz musician Gilad Atzmon from playing with the group. “Since then I’ve learned that Atzmon, a former Israeli soldier, is not confined to the jazz world. I am told that…

  • 9/11 Remembered

    Fourteen years later: remembering the heroes of Flight 93

    A new visitors center opened this week near the memorial to the passengers and crew of United Airlines Flight 93, who fought back against the terrorists on September 11, 2001, and brought down the plane near Shanksville, Pennsylvania, before Osama bin Laden’s men could crash it into the US Capitol building or the White House in Washington, DC. Those events were also recalled in the excellent 2006 movie “United 93” and in the moving speeches five years ago at the site by former First Lady Laura Bush and First Lady Michelle Obama. (Those who regard Mrs. Obama as some sort of secretly America-hating racist especially need to watch this.) I’d…

  • "Ikhwanophobia",  'Islamic State',  9/11 Remembered

    ISLAMISM AS A PRODUCT

    This is a X Post from the Quilliam Blog by Amir Pars The original article can be viewed here Read a few good books on sales techniques and you will realise that almost all of them rely on the same few principles and patterns; Make the prospect acknowledge dismay with the current status quo, relate that status quo to an either imaginary or actual grievance, and then present your product as the absolute solution to these grievances. Start painting a picture of how, when the client is using your product, they will experience tranquillity, pleasure and jubilation. Once this process of positive reinforcement has begun, make sure you keep tapping…

  • 9/11 Remembered

    A reformed conspiracy theorist speaks

    The Daily Telegraph carries a  fascinating interview by Will Storr with former 9/11 conspiracy theorist Charlie Veitch, a self declared believer and propagator of views that the destruction of the World Trade Center in New York was “a controlled  demolition” by the government in cahoots with Mossad. Veitch now states that when he was uploading his conspiracy videos to YouTube he was “the new Stalin. The poster boy for a mad movement.” But in reality, and back on planet earth, as the article mentions, “He’s currently an unemployed father-of-one who lives in a semi, in Salford, Greater Manchester, with his fiancée, Stacey.” During his time with conspiracies he became an…

  • 9/11 Remembered,  Stateside

    Remembering 9/11: Muslims for Life

    This American organization was set up in order to honour the victims of 9/11 by donating blood in their memory.  This month they have been holding blood drives at mosques and other community centres around the country.  Muslims for Life was set up by Ahmadi Muslims but has partners within the more mainstream Muslim community such as MPAC and the American Islamic Congress. Here is one supporter’s account of his reasons for supporting this initiative: Islam teaches to be loyal to one’s homeland. Patriotism is vital. On Sept. 11, 2011, I will shed my blood and donate to save up to three lives. Join me, and we can save lives.…

  • 9/11 Remembered,  Trade Unions

    Helmets to Hardhats

    On a more hopeful note, here’s a video tribute to military veterans helping to rebuild the World Trade Center in New York. It’s thanks to Helmets to Hardhats, an AFL-CIO building trades program to employ vets in union construction jobs.

  • 9/11 Remembered

    Post 9/11 outrage

    It is disgusting and depressing that the man who helped us find Osama Bin Laden has been abandoned and left to rot in a Pakistani jail while we still treat Pakistan as an ally and send aid to the country. We must make it right. If we had any decency we would rescue him and damn the diplomatic consequences.

  • 9/11 Remembered

    Response to the 9/11 statement by ISB

    This is a guest post There has been some surprise about the signatories to ISB’s “9/11 Statement”; not least among some of the signatories themselves. Firstly, we’re sure that everyone would agree that the statement itself and its sentiments are not the problem. The problem has occurred because: (1) The signatories include groups and individuals who do not live up to the values and ideals in the statement, or those who have subsequently, and quite openly, contradicted it. (2) The perceived affiliation of the signatories to one another. On the first point, we didn’t predict that any group of this sort would be a signatory to The Statement. Apart from…

  • 9/11 Remembered,  The Left

    9/11 and the Left

    Responding to my recent post asking people if the events of 9/11 changed them, a number of commenters said that the horrors of that day– and the blame-America-first reaction of some self-styled leftists– caused them to stop identifying with the Left. But I’m not sure what this means. I absolutely understand if 9/11 caused some people to abandon their simple-minded “anti-Western imperialist” outlook. I had largely abandoned it myself (I supported the 1991 Gulf war), but 9/11 helped me complete the process. Cipriano wrote in the comments: I used to be a bog-standard party-line leftie, and can only remember two occasions on which events changed the whole way I thought.…

  • 9/11 Remembered

    Wight and Seymour on 9/11

    I first heard this piece– a retired New York firefighter’s remembrance of his two sons, a policeman and a fireman killed on 9/11– on National Public Radio. But hearing it again with the animation added a touching sweetness to the heartbreak. Then consider the 9/11 posts at Socialist Unity and Lenin’s Tomb. Though both are horribly wrong-headed, there is a difference worth noting. At SU, John Wight at least acknowledges the original attack as an atrocity. And he writes with what I hope is genuine feeling: None of us will ever be allowed to forget the gruesome images of people jumping to their deaths, compelled to by the heat and…