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    Fathom 22 | How the BDS movement is poisoning academic discourse: a case study of Henry Maitles and Critical and Radical Social Work

      The academic Left, influenced by the Boycott, Divestment and Sections (BDS) movement, is abandoning core academic standards when it comes to the Israeli-Palestine conflict. In September 2018, the respected journal Critical and Radical Social Work(Policy Press, University of Bristol) published a remarkably simplistic and arguably non-scholarly paper by an academic from Scotland about the controversy concerning left-wing anti-Semitism within the British Labour Party (Maitles 2018).* The paper, whilst of minimal importance in itself, can be seen as symbolising the extent to which sections of the academic Left, influenced by the Boycott, Divestment and Sections (BDS) movement, have abandoned even the pretence of applying core academic standards to debates regarding the…

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    Quick Take a Pop at Israel – Everyone Else is

    Perhaps, like me, you think of the UN and NGO attacks on Israel as coming from the same source. I saw Amnesty’s video first but it occurs to me that it’s a very good thing that UN Watch is out there pointing out some major hypocrisy. Attacking Trip Advisor strikes me as ridiculous. On March 18th, the UN Human Rights Council will launch an unprecedented assault on Israel, with 7 reports accusing the Jewish state of war crimes. There’ll be 0 on China, Turkey, Cuba & other of the world’s worst regimes. Join me on March 18 in Geneva to say: Enough is enough. pic.twitter.com/O5f6a36VCK — Hillel Neuer (@HillelNeuer) February…

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    Venezuela Air Force General Defects from Maduro

    Note that the attempt to bring back some sanity to Venezuela is proceeding apace. This is from ABC: Venezuelan opposition leader Juan Guaido reiterated a call for the military to defect from the country’s socialist government on Saturday, as President Nicolas Maduro appeared to intensify a deepening political standoff by proposing to hold early National Assembly elections that could potentially oust his challenger. Speaking from behind a podium decorated with Venezuela‘s presidential seal, Guaido vowed to thousands of roaring supporters that he would keep his opposition movement in the streets until Maduro stopped “usurping” the country’s presidency and agreed to organizing new presidential elections overseen by international observers. The 35-year-old president of…

  • Labour

    This Week in Labour News (2/1/2019)

    As always, feel free to include OT links in the comments. While Everyone Was Focused on the Shutdown, the White House Rolled Back Worker Safety Rules “President Donald Trump may have run his 2016 campaign as a champion of the working class, but his administration seems to be chipping away at worker protections. During the president’s 35-day partial shutdown of the federal government, the White House quietly dissolved a 2016 regulation requiring certain employers to electronically submit reports of workplace injuries to the Department of Labor.”

  • Ethics,  Health Care,  The Left

    The Abortion Retry That Can’t Be Ignored

    If the Covington saga demonstrated anything, it is that the “Pro-Life/Pro-Choice” issue remains one the key shibboleths on the Left-Right divide, especially in the United States. People towards the centre usually appreciate there are compelling arguments on both sides and thus tend to – reluctantly and uncomfortably – on balance, lean one way or the other while the fundamentalists dig in. There are, of course, two types of fundamentalist: the one who has firm religious or ethical views in favour of one side or the other, and the other who simply hates the other side because this is – as I said – a “shibboleth” issue and a host of…

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    Anti-Zionism is Antisemitism

    Earlier this week the world commemorated Holocaust Memorial Day. Twitter was awash with tweets marking this day. Some of these tweets were thoughtful and moving while others were thoughtless and offensive. The idea that anti-Zionism is not an expression of antisemitism is quite frankly ludicrous, and it indicates a complete lack of understanding of history and of antisemitism. It is entirely different from fair criticism of Israeli government policy, but rather it ultimately seeks the destruction of the Jewish state. Zionism When political Zionism was born, in 1897, it was the belief in establishing a Jewish state in the historic Jewish homeland known as Israel. Zionism never specified how much…

  • Afghanistan

    Trump prepares to betray Afghan women and girls

    In the Trump administration’s haste to get US troops out of Afghanistan, is it going to leave millions of Afghans– especially women and girls– vulnerable to the tender mercies of the Taliban? It’s not looking promising. Former US ambassador Ryan Crocker writes: After the U.S. invasion in October 2001 ousted the Taliban for harboring the al-Qaeda planners of the 9/11 terrorist attack, the human toll from the Taliban rule is why the United States’ initial assistance efforts focused on people rather than things. I remember taking our first congressional visitor, Joe Biden (D-Del.), who was then chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, to visit a girls school that we…

  • The Left

    Identity Politics and the ongoing self-destruction of the Left

    This is a cross-post by MoreMediaNonsense  The continuing story of the disintegration of the Women’s March movement in the US is important in how it demonstrates the intellectual bankruptcy of todays Left. Take this now infamous statement from Tamika Mallory, one of the original organisers : “Since that conversation, we’ve all learned a lot about how while white Jews, as white people, uphold white supremacy, ALL Jews are targeted by it,” Ms. Mallory said in a statement to The New York Times. The meaning of this seems to be that Jews can only be on the progressive side if they don’t have white skin. Now what hue of whiteness for a Jewish person are…

  • Islam,  Social Media

    Rage of the Loo-natics

    It is hard to say if a lot of crazy people – almost 5000 so far – have fallen victim of another crazy person, or to an expert troll, on social media, or whether we are seeing an antisemitic and anti-Israel campaign by stealth. More on this latter point later. What’s the latest in social media lunacy you ask? Are people not exhausted by manufactured rage after a week dominated by #CovingtonGate? It seems not. A video featuring the voice of a man – but showing his face – appeared to go viral on social media in which he warns that the supermarket chain Marks & Spencer has produced a…

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    Yvonne Ridley the University College Union and the Politicisation of Holocaust Memorial Day

    Most people who had heard of her might think Yvonne Ridley would make an unlikely choice to speak on Holocaust Memorial Day. Not so the University College Union in Newcastle, they actually invited her to speak at their Holocaust Memorial Day Event: And speak she did, alongside local Labour MP Liz Twist: Journalist and author @yvonneridley speaking to a packed audience at @nclcollUCU #HMD2019 event pic.twitter.com/vHXFhyuXIO — Newcastle Unites (@NewcastleUnites) January 25, 2019 The reason one might think Ridley is a strange choice is because of some of her past comments on the Holocaust:       One might also want to read this note written on Facebook:   For…