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Archive for 'The Left'

A Nest of Lies

The story of When Corbyn Met Sarkocy, a Czech spy, during the Cold War has been seized on with glee by the usual press, plus the anti-Corbynites.  My own thoughts are:- 1) Corbyn was a back-bench MP and unlikely to know anything except the price of a cup of tea in the House of Commons [...]

Venezuelan political prisoners urge vote in Sunday election

A few days before regime-sponsored gubernatorial elections on Sunday, 18 Venezuelan political prisoners being held at the notorious El Helicoide prison– a former futuristic shopping mall– released an open letter to the people of Venezuela.
The prisoners did not call for a boycott. Instead they urged people to do what they themselves cannot– vote.
We’re taking the [...]

DSA endorses BDS

The Democratic Socialists of America has seen a surge in membership and attention following the failed campaign of Bernie Sanders. It is, without a doubt, the largest socialist organization in American politics (sorry Social Democrats USA). Last week, they held their largest conference to date in Chicago, debating and passing their current manifesto.
During my radical [...]

Confronting the Memory of Che

Not everyone in Che Guevara’s hometown of Rosario, Argentina have a soft spot for the communist revolutionary.
Under the motto “a murderer doesn’t deserve state tributes”, Mr López’s foundation has produced videos to educate Argentines, and rosarinos in particular. One shows a clip of Guevara promising to “continue the firing squads for as long as necessary” in [...]

Dealing with Speech at UC Berkeley

Berkeley has been the front line of recent “free speech” battles raging across universities around the country, but it appears the university administration is finally getting serious about its approach to dealing with controversial speakers on campus. Ben Shaprio, conservative columnist and pundit, was invited by the College Republicans to speak but was told by [...]

Corbyn Moves For No Man

From The Guardian:
Theresa May accused at PMQs of running scared from TV debates

Review and interview with Dave Rich

Guest post by by Karl Pfeifer
Dave Rich, author of “The Left’s Jewish Problem: Jeremy Corbyn, Israel and Anti-Semitism,” is the deputy director of communications at the Community Security Trust, a group that monitors anti-Semitic incidents and provides protection services.
I can only recommend his book, which reveals how people on the British Left have tried to [...]

Venezuela: A Corbynvista warning

This is a cross-post by Paul Canning

“Negative campaigning works against other candidates but not against Corbyn,” one Smith aide said. “For a lot of people he embodies something about themselves. It’s a statement of intent about your personal identity, a personality marker to like Corbyn. So attack that and people take it personally.”
Jim Waterson signalling [...]

“Stop calling groups of voters stupid”

To paraphrase the movie publicists, if you follow only one Twitter account in 2017, make it this one.
Chris Arnade is a former Wall Street bond trader who observed first-hand how the financial industry has screwed ordinary people. He now travels the US chronicling the stories of struggling people in left-behind communities.
1. Let's hope 17 is [...]

“The Briefing Room” on Left antisemitism

David Aaronovitch hosted “The Briefing Room” on BBC Radio 4 with a discussion of antisemitism on the Left.
David Hirsh is excellent, Owen Jones is better than I expected and anti-Zionist Kerry-Anne Mendoza, editor of The Canary, is awful. Her effort to compare the alleged “forced sterilization” of Ethiopian Jewish immigrants to Israel with Nazi genocide [...]