Archive for the ‘Uncategorized’ Category

Black Power Mixtape

Posted: March 29, 2013 in Uncategorized
Tags:

Black Power Mixtape is a fawning documentary released in 2011 made up of archive footage from 1967-75. The one clip that really struck me was rather young children at the Black Panther headquarters in California singing ‘Pick up the guns and put the pigs on the run’. It is available on Youtube.

It also features Angela Davis saying that ‘the government and the CIA were involved in the distribution of drugs’, a conspiracy theory commonly held amongst black people in America that black drug addiction was purposefully engineered by the government.

Advertisements

Free Speech in America

Posted: March 21, 2013 in Uncategorized

A totally inoffensive piece in a Philadelphia magazine managed to elicit this response from Philadelphia Mayor Michael Nutter:

While I fully recognize that constitutional protections afforded the press are intended to protect the media from censorship by the government, the First Amendment, like other constitutional rights, is not an unfettered right, and notwithstanding the First Amendment, a publisher has a duty to the public to exercise its role in a responsible way. I ask the Commission to evaluate whether the “speech” employed in this essay is not the reckless equivalent of “shouting ‘fire!’ in a crowded theater,” its prejudiced, fact-challenged generalizations an incitement to extreme reaction.

The BBC on Muslims and Jews

Posted: March 1, 2013 in Uncategorized

I couldn’t help noticing how the BBC News website instantly points out the religion of those involved in sexual abuse in their story about Rabbi Chaim Halpern:

“Four men have been arrested by police investigating sexual abuse allegations among the Orthodox Jewish community in north London.”

Yet the BBC commit constant elision in this regard when it comes to a certain other monotheism. This was certainly the case in their reporting of the various paedophile gangs. At most they were referred to as ‘Asian’.

Does the fact that so many BBC journalists go on to work for Al Jazeera not also tell us something about their proclivities?

Even Andrew Flanagan, CEO of the NSPCC has felt the need to say:

“Sex offenders come from all backgrounds but if there is a problem with one community in a particular area we must be bold enough to address it and not just turn a blind eye. The grooming and organised rape of vulnerable young girls is obviously a serious and disturbing crime which cannot be tolerated under any circumstances.”

Its obvious to which ‘community’ a blind eye is being turned.

2507_3227
Colonial Governor Manchester councillor Afzal Khan writing at Hope Not Hate:

“I believe in free speech. But I believe also that when someone says ‘I have a right to free speech!’, we then have a right to ask them ‘What are you going to use it for?’ Are you going to use it to call for… social justice? …Are you going to use it to celebrate the diversity of our great city and the contribution of all of our communities?”

No?
Then no free speech for you!

New Nationalist Party

Posted: March 1, 2013 in Uncategorized

civil liberty BDP

Current Chairman of the British Democratic Party Kevin Scott is also the founder and director of a group called Civil Liberty. Unusual for a British Nationalist is his support for former IRA member Gerry McCough. This is what Civil Liberty had to say:

“the continuing imprisonment by the British state of Irish nationalist Gerry McGeough is a disgrace! Was it something that he said (rather than what he actually did!) that keeps him behind bars?”

In fact he is in jail for the attempted murder of a UDR soldier as the BBC has reported here.

British Democratic Party

Posted: February 19, 2013 in Uncategorized

british democratic party
british democratic party 2
Already starting to seem like a party of cranks. This rant actually continued in the same monotonous vein but this is all I could be bothered to screen grab. It has since been removed from their Facebook page.

SWP Rape

Posted: February 10, 2013 in Uncategorized

I’ll assume readers are familiar with the accusation of rape against the former Central Committee member and national secretary and present full timer for the Socialist Workers Party, Martin Smith, and the party’s subsequent kangaroo court. Here is the latest…

Nick Cohen reported:

Anna Chen saw the misogyny up close. She stopped working as a comic and poet in the early 2000s to devote every waking hour slaving for the Socialist Alliance, Stop the War and other SWP front organisations. “Because the revolution comes first, human beings are just disposable,” she told me. “I was struck by how sexless and ugly the leading men in the SWP were. But they always had women. If you slept with one of them, they promoted you. It was as basic as that.”

Anna adds on her own blog:

I looked from pig to man and then man to pig and then back again and wondered who’d look better in a bacon sandwich. Then I looked a bit harder and realised that the senior women had been part of what I once rudely called the “fuck-circuit”: two power couples at the top; a complicated nexus of, ahem, “relationships” over the years; Lindsey calling me into a room at SWP HQ (said to be swept for bugs) to grill me on my new boyfriend. They are OK if you come already attached to a partner but woe betide you if you change partners and the lucky fella’s not from the SWP pool. As the sympathetic partner of a senior member told me regarding my treatment, “It’s because you’re not available.”

So far only one person from the Central Committee, Mark Bergfeld, has resigned. Bergfields letter of resignation reads:

FOR SWP MEMBERS ONLY. DO NOT DISTRIBUTE OUTSIDE THE PARTY. DO NOT PUBLISH ONLINE.

The new CC is set on a course that will do immense damage to the party and its work. If it pursues this direction further the inevitable result will be an irreparable breakdown in relations within the party and with wider forces on the left. This has already created huge damage among our student groups. It now threatens to spread much further.

Lets hope so. Perhaps the best known current member of the party, Richard Seymour, is in open revolt. Seymour writes a popular blog and his books get reviewed by mainstream newspapers and he is therefor perhaps too valuable for the SWP to purge. While I do hope the party disintegrates I’m sure something equally repellent will take its place.

Alex Callinicos, a Professor of European Studies at King’s College London and a Central Committee member has apparently called for lynch mobs to deal with the situation:

If party members refuse to accept the legitimacy of the decisions taken at the special conference, “lynch mobs” (his words) will be formed.

This is certainly not the first case of this sort on the far-left. Gerry Healy is the most infamous example, but there are others. As one left blogger recounts:

In 1988 one Mark Curtis was arrested in Des Moines, Iowa, on a charge of sexually assaulting a 15-year-old girl, and subsequently convicted and sentenced to 25 years in prison. Curtis was a member of the US Socialist Workers Party, no relation to the British organisation of the same name.

How did the US Socialist Workers Party react?

by claiming a huge state conspiracy to frame up Curtis on account of his political beliefs. This was not very likely from a glance at the facts of the case… In fact the evidence against Curtis, who was literally caught with his trousers down, was overwhelming. Still, it did allow the Barnesites to launch a large-scale defence campaign, publishing a book about Curtis’ martyrdom, getting various union figures and leftist celebrities to sign Free Mark Curtis petitions, and not least, raising money for the cause. It seems, incidentally, that the Barnesite leadership themselves didn’t have much faith in Curtis’ story, as his party membership was quietly terminated at some point after his release from prison.

The German sister group to the SWP also had a very experience (as recounted here):

In mid-2001 Linksruck entered a deep crisis that resulted in a split in the organisation. An accusation was raised within the organisation that the [Central Committee] CC had covered up a case of sexual assault involving a member of the organisation’s inner circle and even protected the accused. Following this, multiple cases of sexual harassment and assault by another member of the CC came to light. The CC had been aware of these allegations for some time but had not reacted to them. This accorded to their logic that leadership was the critical element in building the organisation, and thus must be protected at nearly all costs. After this we learned of another CC member’s embezzlement of party funds to pay for calls to phone sex hot-lines. The outrage amongst the membership was, as you can imagine, immense.