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Archive for 'The Left'

Student Politics: a round up

Some news and updates on three recent stories concerning student politics.
First, that post from a few days ago about the NUS’s refusal to endorse a motion condemning ISIS. Richard Seymour insists that this story has been misrepresented. He opens his piece:
Look.  If pressed, and if it will help anyone sleep better at night, I will [...]

The NUS’s shameful response to ISIS and Kobane

As Daniel Cooper over at Shiraz Socialist reports, the NUS NEC has voted down a motion calling for solidarity with the Kurds who are battling ISIS.
The motion was opposed by Malia Bouattia, the NUS Black Students’ Officer, for astonishing and bewildering reasons. Bouattia argued that the motion was “Islamophobic” and “pro USA intervention” – (see [...]

The Gerasites

A new Twitter account dedicated to the anti-totalitarian and liberal democratic Left worldview of the late, much-missed Norm Geras.

Socialist Disunity

Following on from Howie’s post, here are some further thoughts on the thread below Andy Newman’s Trojan Horse piece.  In the post itself Andy correctly points out the confusions involved in discussing a word such as ‘extremism’, used to mean so many different things, but offers a problematic conclusion.
Conservative religious beliefs and practices are not [...]

Prepare for Integrism! Radical Jew Hatred & the Decolonial Shakedown

This is a cross-post from Jacobinism
Western critics of regressive values within minority communities tend to elicit one of two accusations.
The first is one of misrepresentation. That is to say, the critic in question has – either through ignorance or malice – traduced benign cultures as backward and barbaric. Hostility to views perceived to be, say, [...]

BDS Bullies at NUI Galway

The shouty chap in the clip is Joseph Loughnane, of NUI Galway.
He is running for a position within the Irish Students Union. Loughnane’s campaign literature is tame. He passes himself off as a good student unionist. He isn’t.
He has in the past compared Israel to Nazi Germany. On the indymedia website he writes, “Concerning Israel, just [...]

Labour, liberty, progress and a cuckoo in the nest

This is a guest post by Howie
With the continuing attacks taking place on the hard won reforms of the NHS, working people’s rights and the welfare state, the Labour Party remains the sole vehicle through which the forward march of the coalition can be halted. As the recent attacks on the father of the Labour [...]

Israel Bartal on Shlomo Sand

(This is a crosspost from Fathom.)

Shlomo Sand, The Invention of the Land of Israel, From Holy Land to Homeland, translated by Geremy Forman
Verso, London & New York 2012, 295 pp.

Shlomo Sand’s political treatise, The Invention of the Land of Israel, is another link in his larger project of deconstructing the ‘historical super mythos of the [...]

Andy Newman and Socialist Unity: the politics of a scratch card

This is a cross-post from Howie’s Corner
The recent selection of Andy Newman as the Prospective Parliamentary Candidate for Chippenham Labour Party at first caused some mirth as Andrew Coates lampooned the announcement over at Tendance Coatsey; however that was only the beginning. In a short piece here and at Harry’s Place the serious side of his selection was examined [...]

Growing divisions in the Socialist Party?

This is a cross-post from Howie’s Corner
A few weeks back I pondered on the question of whether there would be a split in the Socialist Party, which following the collapse of its rival, the Socialist Workers Party, is the “largest” far-left political party on the far-left. Of course this position could change in November if [...]