• Guardian,  Utter Scumbags

    The Guardian and Maajid Nawaz

    On 20 July, David Cameron delivered a speech in Birmingham on British Islamism, understood to have been written with substantial input from Maajid Nawaz and the counter-extremism organisation, Quilliam. This raised hackles at the Guardian, some of whose editorial staff appear to be laboring under the misapprehension that Islamist organisations like Hizb ut-Tahrir are basically harmless and misunderstood manifestations of understandable Muslim protest and grievance occasioned by Zionism, Islamophobia, neo-con neo-imperialism, neo-liberalism and all the rest of it. Following the speech, the Guardian’s G2 features commissioning editor Nosheen Iqbal offered this less-than-favourable opinion of Maajid Nawaz: Why would Iqbal take the precaution of protecting her tweet from searchability by asterisking…

  • Guardian,  Stoppers

    Stoppers protest anti-Hamas ad in The Guardian

    Stop the War’s latest source of outrage of course isn’t the murder of hundreds of Iraqi Yazidis and the threatened extermination of thousands more. Rather it’s an advertisement scheduled to appear Monday in The Guardian (The Times refused it) featuring Nobel Peace Prize winner and Holocaust survivor Elie Wiesel condemning Hamas for practicing and encouraging child sacrifice in Gaza. That this in effect is what Hamas does is not open to serious dispute, as you can see from these videos: The Stoppers (and Socialist Unity’s John Wight) are asking people to sign the following letter to The Guardian: We write to condemn the Guardian’s decision to print a wildly inaccurate…

  • Gaza,  Guardian,  Israel/Palestine

    Jonathan Freedland’s Utilitarian Problem

    Writing in The Guardian, Jonathan Freedland has argued that not only is the Israeli government’s action in Gaza wrong, it is “utterly self-defeating”: More Israelis have died in the operation to tackle the Hamas threat than have died from the Hamas threat, at least over the past five years. Put another way, to address the risk that hypothetical Israeli soldiers might be kidnapped, 33 actual Israeli soldiers have died. I first should point out an inconsistency in his article. Freedland earlier states that the Israeli concern is not that specifically soldiers will be kidnapped but that civilians might be. The tunnels are “designed to allow Hamas militants to emerge above…

  • antisemitism,  Freedom of Expression,  Guardian

    Bunkering Down with Julian Assange

    Andrew O’Hagan tells a fascinating story of what it was like to ghost write Julian Assange’s autobiography. He did this under contract with Canongate Books, a hip publisher based in Edinburgh. O’Hagan has got hold of a character who could be one of fiction’s great monsters with a toddler’s grasp of other people’s motives and rights. Assange holed up talking without interruption for 3 hours at a time is strongly reminiscent of Hitler in his table talk and his lashings out at everyone as he sits in one of his bunkers (Ellingham Hall, the Ecuadorian Embassy) has been portrayed in Downfall. He has real enemies and he has imaginary ones…

  • Grauniad,  Guardian,  Hypocrites

    Guardian staffer sounds off on Alan Rusbridger’s management in a piano memoir thread

    Criticising the boss is never easy. But when your boss is the po-faced editor of the Guardian, and the subject is his half-million salary and vanity scribblings as against compulsory redundancies and pay-cuts, you apparently can’t file a grievance in the comment section of one of his essays. On this thread, Alan Rusbridger’s efforts in learning the piano are chronicled. This is a post which was deleted, multiple times as others reposted it. Eventually, they closed the thread. “Afternoon Alan – I’m a member of Guardian staff, posting anonymously. As you know, it’s a tough time for your journalists at the moment – especially for those of us way down…

  • Guardian,  Israel/Palestine

    Outrage at the Guardian

    Reading some of the comments on the Guardian yesterday was a bit like entering a parallel universe.  Outraged readers were threatening to cancel their subscriptions and complaining about the moral bankruptcy of the paper’s new hire.  Whereas usually such complaints are likely to be voiced by those who feel the paper is biased against Israel, yesterday the target was Joshua Treviño, and his 2011 tweet: “Dear IDF: If you end up shooting any Americans on the new Gaza flotilla – well, most Americans are cool with that. Including me.” The angry comments were prompted by this article, in which Treviño attempts to explain away his tweet, arguing that it could…

  • Banking,  Grauniad,  Guardian,  Iran

    In which John Mann is wrong and The Guardian is right

    John Mann on Standard Chartered, as reported by Reuters: Several of the bank’s top shareholders and a leading opposition lawmaker have questioned whether U.S. authorities are seeking to undermine London as a global financial centre. […] “I think it’s a concerted effort that’s been organised at the top of the U.S. government. I think this is Washington trying to win a commercial battle to have trading from London shifted to New York,” said John Mann, a member of parliament’s finance committee who also called for a parliamentary inquiry. Mann, from the centre-left Labour party, has become a public scourge of London bankers’ greed and immorality during the financial crisis. But…

  • Guardian,  North Korea,  Toolbox

    Another Wretched Piece on CiF

    After Charlie Skelton’s brainfart on Syria, some nincompoop at Comment is Free has geared-up the intellectual diving technology and plumbed new depths of moral deficiency (Tm. Lamia) by commissioning another nutter. This time it is new arrival Paul Watson, who is described as an author and journalist (his oeuvre appears to be limited to a book about his turning a really really really crap Micronesian football team into a really really crap Micronesian football team). This experience has thus given Watson a penetrating insight into… the politics of the Korean peninsula. It started well, but went downhill rapidly after the inclusion of a question mark in the opening sentence: “South…

  • Guardian,  Syria,  Toolbox,  Utter Clowns

    After His Twitter Snit at Troofer Tit’s Pile of Shit, Guardian’s Brian Whitaker Asks – More Out of Hope Than Expectation – that His Newspaper Publish a Piece From a Non-Journalist Decrying the Infantile and Nihilistic Leftism Currently Devouring the Soul of Popular Discourse Through Its Blinkered Pursuit of Blanket Thinking

    Hat-tip: DaveM and inspired by Flaming Fairy Or we could talk about grammar. Alan A adds: What is strange about this tweet is that The Guardian has published Robin Yassin Kassab on a number of occasions. Why is he saying that there’d be some difficulty in getting this piece into The Guardian? He is, after all, the former Middle East Editor, and is now an editor at Comment is Free.