Friday, October 28, 2005

Real socialists versus Respect

The latest issue of The Socialist

"The Socialist Party has championed the idea of a new party for more than ten years. In this time we have had the experience of the Socialist Labour Party, set up by Arthur Scargill, heroic leader of the miners in their battle against Thatcher. However, he unfortunately insisted on exclusive conditions for membership and activity in this party. Consequently, it has been sidelined.

That unfortunate experience was repeated in the Socialist Alliance - which Militant Labour (now the Socialist Party) originally helped to set up - when the Socialist Workers' Party (SWP) entered it. Instead of opening up, they actually narrowed the structures of the Alliance, so only those who marched to the drumbeat politically and organisationally of the SWP could remain.

They have, unfortunately, repeated this experience with 'Respect' in alliance with George Galloway. The basis of this party is too narrow, appealing in the main to one section of the population, some Muslims, many of whom have deserted Labour because of the Iraq War and have cast around for an alternative.

At the height of the antiwar movement the Socialist Party discussed with George Galloway and expressed our preparedness to launch with him and other left organisations a broad, left party, so long as it was open, democratic and specifically socialist. Such a party could, at the height of the antiwar movement, have attracted broad swathes of left forces.

In discussions with us George Galloway indicated that he was thinking of the Albert Hall - which holds 6,000 people - for its launch. Nothing came of this project but after his expulsion from the Labour Party, together mainly with the SWP he launched Respect.

Contrary to the impression he has given in some of his public speeches, the Socialist Party did not turn its back immediately on this initiative but waited, as some other leftward-moving workers also did, to see what this formation's political character was and, crucially, what kind of structures would be set up.

Our suggestion, shared by others, for the setting up of a loose federal structure that would allow discussion, debate and action was rejected by Respect. In particular, at the national conference of Respect a proposal to allow 'platforms', as is the case in the Scottish Socialist Party, was also refused when it was suggested by some lefts who looked towards Respect initially.

These are amongst the reasons why Respect is unlikely to make a significant breakthrough amongst broader layers of the working class. "



Previous: Comrade Trotsky's Galloway quiz, Jew hatred in Britain, George Galloway and Oona King, Anti-abortionist go home, What's wrong with the left?
Trackback: Bloggers4Labour (plus interesting debate in the comments)

George Galloway has the most amazing ability to see the best in everyone - even homicidal dictators like Saddam

Anthony Andrews in the Guardian today:
"In his autobiography, I'm Not the Only One, George Galloway closes with a rousing quote from Nikolai Ostrovsky: 'All my life and all my strength I have given/To the finest cause in the world;/ The liberation of humankind.' Galloway introduces Ostrovsky simply as a 'Russian writer'. In fact, he was Ukrainian, but more importantly he was a Soviet propagandist, author of the socialist realist classic How the Steel Was Tempered, and a devoted Stalinist."

Tuesday, October 25, 2005

Blair's Thatcherism

It's half-term this week, at least in the borough of Lewisham. (For non-British readers, half-term is when all the schools have a week off.) This means my 171 bus* to work takes half the time it does when school is on to take me there. No bus load of teenagers crossing the whole of the borough to get to school; no SUVs full of parents taking their little 'uns to their schools.

This got me to thinking about Tory Blair's "choice agenda" and his announcement yesterday that every secondary school will be a specialist school in two years - as well as independent, sponsored and free of the chains of democratic accountability. I thought, I don't want my son to have the "choice" between a Catholic school a mile away, a Muslim school two miles away, a science academy four miles away and a music school five miles away; I want my local school to be a decent one. I certainly don't want a "choice" in hospitals; I want my local hospital to be decent.

I am not someone who believes that only the state should be providing services - indeed I welcome the voluntary sector doing more of the things councils often do badly, and I have nothing against the private sector - but surely everything we've seen on the railways and tubes and utilities shows us that the free market in public services doesn't empower "consumers", it gives the haves more and the have nots even less. Grrrrr.



*Blogging the 171 bus: Walky Talky: Random 3, Poetry, Rants, Woman & Power: a walk thru london - part 8 []

Friday, October 21, 2005

Sex and property in Lebanon

Top search refering someone to this site this week AOL Search results for "properties for sale in Labanon", category sex/weblog

(offending text: "Meanwhile the sale of Convoys to a joint venture between two Hong Kong companies, ... South Asia: Gateway Pundit: Pakistani Mixed-Sex Race Protest ...")

It's good to see my site flanked by Miss Lebanon 2002 and Interracial cuckold at Swinger's Vacation...

Whales and leftists

Jogo writes:

This is not exactly the burning issue du jour, but I have been thinking about it:

Mother Jones, champion of an enormous catalogue of "rights," shows its insensitivity to the Makah people's right to hunt the whale.

Here -- from their own mouths -- you can see the inability of most of the Left to conceive of spiritual realities. There is a reason why the cultural/poltical war is taking place along this peculiar faultline. It is not the doing of Karl Rove. Karl Rove did not invent this divide. If anybody "invented" it, Marx is more the culprit than Rove.

Read carefully and see the CONDESCENSION shown by the communist to the Indian. As they put ironic quotes around "terrorism," the communists put implicit ironic quotes around the Makah's "spiritual realities." They even put implicit quote marks around the Makahs' "culture." Yeah, read carefully. You'll see.

It is true, as the article points out, that some Makah are also opposed to the hunt and see it as spiritually void. This is a deep argument, on Makah terms. An important, majestic argument. If the communists understood the terms I could support their taking part in the argument. But they don't understand.

Pathetically, the Left is trying to co-opt spiritual themes, but the religious people see through it. One of my closest leftist friends, who long ago abandoned every shred of the faith he was raised in, and is now hostile to it, and is as close to an absolute dialectical materialist as it's possible to be,
says "I consider myself a person of faith." Well, see, that's exactly what I mean. There is a **meaning** to the term "person of faith." It doesn't just mean what you WANT it to mean (cf Alice in Wonderland).

Bob’s view:

I think that the article is enormously condescending. This was one simple passage that irritated me:
It's estimated that the Makah have lived in Neah Bay for at least 4,000 years, but Alberta Thompson, a Makah elder, says simply that the Makah have been there "forever." Thompson is 74, and these days she feels her age.
IT IS ESTIMATED, passive voice, not by anyone in particular, must be true. Alberta must therefore be wrong - quaint, primitive, foolish. Then, the facetious segue from"forever" to feeling her age.


Is this indicative of leftism? No, the issue deals with two conflicting values WITHIN the broad leftist worldview: environmentalism (or, rather, white liberal environmentalism) and multiculturalism (or, perhaps, cultural relativism or a cultural politics of recognition). The Mother Jones writer, Richard Blow, clearly comes down in favour of the environmentalist side, whereas other leftists wouldn't.

I don't like this sort of white liberal environmentalism, partly because it puts some abstract idea of the planet's needs (an idea which can be generated from either rationalist scientific thinking or from irrationalist mystical thinking) above the needs of humans - so rides roughshod over concerns like justice or cultural recognition. This criticism of environmentalism is, however, a fundamentally leftist criticism, based on older leftist and humanist values of social justice and cultural respect.

Nor do I like relativist forms of multiculturalism, which say that any cultural practice is OK (if it is practised by someone other than white westerners). I don't even agree with the idea that we can talk about 'cultures' as distinct entities to be respected (there are clearly different views among the Makahs, rather than 'a' Makah culture. Again, though, my criticism of this sort of multiculturalism stems from leftist, humanist values.



Sarf London blog round up

Continuing with this occassional series, this week we have:

The wonderful Kirsty MacColl and so f**king Croydon! from slightly lost in the world

A new lewisham news blog

A Charlton-supporting Catford man displaced to Chicago

A filthy Brockley tramp


Tag: sarf london

Thursday, October 20, 2005

Ba Jin - fighter for freedom

LE REVUE GAUCHE has put together an enormous amount of information on Ba Jin, the Chinese anarchist writer who recently died, living on into his second century. (Depending on your browser, you might have to scroll way down the page to get to the content.)
Ba Jin said he wrote ``to expose enemies. They include all the old traditional concepts, the irrational systems that obstruct progress, all the forces that destroy human nature.''

``Since I'm not good at speaking, I have to turn to writing to express my feelings, my love and hatred, and to let out the fire within me,'' he said.

Ba Jin was branded a counterrevolutionary and purged during the 1966-76 ``Cultural Revolution,'' during which many writers and artists were persecuted and art was completely subordinated to politics. He was labeled a class enemy, banned from writing and forced to clean drains.

He did not reappear until 1977.

Later, at a time when writers were just beginning to take chances again and feel some security about their status, he complained, ''Why is it that our writing cannot be at the forefront of world literature? Where else have authors in the world throughout history gone through something so terrifying and ridiculous, so bizarre and agonizing?'' he asked.

Ba Jin proposed that the government create a museum to the Cultural Revolution so that later generations could learn from its horrors and avoid a repetition. The suggestion was ignored.



Previous fighters for freedom: Majer Bogdanski, Hannah Arendt, Alina Pienkowska and Jacek Kuron, Antonio Téllez Solà
Previous China: Jung Chan's Mao, Deptford's new overlord (or, The new Chinese imperialism)
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Chomsky/Serra

From Jogo:

Chomsky, like Pinter, is a bad man. It is appalling and shocking that he looms so high -- Christ-like -- in the elites' Pantheon. Commieprofs worship him. As for the young, there is hardly a college student, or indie-musician or fan, or film actor, who doesn't revere Chomsky. One of the things I hate most about Chomsky is his implacable coldness, his seeming lack of humanity, his single-minded pursuit of his intellectual goals, having apparently no other interests in life. A pathetic man ... yet dangerous.

Another very wicked, malicious, horrible man with terrible values who is revered on the Left -- again, Christ-like is not too strong a word -- is Tony Serra, the defense lawyer. Do you know about him? In my opinion, he is such a bad man that I would rather make my own defense of myself in court than have him as my lawyer. I would die of shame if Tony Serra turned out to be my lawyer (say, if I were incompetent, and Leftist friends engaged him on my behalf).

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Antisemitism? You must be joking!

Check this over at ENGAGE: David Hirsh on the likes of Clare Short, Sue Blackwell and Deborah Fink

Committee to Protect Bloggers

Not sure if I've posted on this before, but here's a recommendation, for anyone who cares about the war between freedom and totalitarianism: Committee to Protect Bloggers. (Current front lines: Iran, Tunisia, India.)

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Jews and Muslims in London

From Metal Jew: Information on a seminar series in London around Muslims and Jews starting tonight.

The kind of foolish thing I shouldn't be doing because I'm too busy

[Inspired by Wilson]


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But more seriously, read this post at A Cloud In Trousers, which defines what blogging should be: My Life with Lev Yashin

Wednesday, October 19, 2005

Swimming in Ladywell, Fishing in Catford

Supporters of the Ladywell Pool Campaign should check out Flickr: Lewisham, currently featuring some nice photos of the pool at dawn by Polstar.

Lovers of fish should also check it out, for the beautiful Catford parrot fish by ljcybergal.


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Tuesday, October 18, 2005

From the blogs

What I've read today:

Spinoff on Britain's war-mongering role

Petty Larsony: Michael Barone's Patriotic Elite - On un-American intellectuals

Oliver Kamm on Pinter and Chomsky

Small Town Scribbles: Harold Pinter and his new Reality of the Solid

Comrade Trotsky's Galloway quiz [via DSTP4W]

Bloggers4Labour on changing one's mind (fessing up to being a former anti-American)

Last Superpower's Bill Kerr signs the Unite Against Terror Statement

Feeling good about Iraq

Another guest blog from Jogo

1. Why don't these pictures make Leftists feel good? I want to be around people who permit themselves to feel good when they see these pix. To feel hopeful.

2. Is it remotely possible that many years from now, maybe even after we are dead, Paul Wolfowitz will be seen as a great world figure?
Update: Bob says: check out Iraq the Model for live reports on whether or not to feel good.

Last Jogoblog: A great soul, a far-out hairdo, the death of gay culture, a wacky judge, and some Jew-haters
Last Wolfie post: That Bleeding Heart Wolfowitz
Last Iraq posts: George Galloway and Oona King, Loveable Tory?, Sensible anti-war left

"Against the 'Academic Intifada'"

David Hirsh of Engage has an excellent article, "Against the 'Academic Intifada'", in the new Dissent. It tells the story of the campaign against a UK academic boycott of Israel, and of the emergence of the Engage website.

Final paragraphs:
The AUT Special Council voted against the boycott and for the authentic values of the left, academic freedom and for democratic norms. At the same time, it was almost unanimous in its conviction that Palestinians suffer unjustly under Israeli occupation. The boycotters argued that theirs was the only way to support Palestinians. British academics decided instead to make positive links with Israeli and Palestinian universities, engage in joint research, joint teaching, and exchanges of students and ideas.

The weekend before the Special Council, there was a very small demonstration in London for Palestinian freedom. Why is there no mass movement for this cause—in support, also, of the Israeli peace movement? The chief reason for this is that the existing Palestine Solidarity Campaign smells of anti-Semitism. Most people do not want to be involved with such a movement. In this way, the politics of Palestine solidarity does tremendous harm to Palestinians. Its unremitting hatred of Israel, its calls for divisive boycotts, its libeling of Jews as racists, and the crassness and one-sidedness of the stories it tells—none of this serves its ostensible cause.

The boycotters learned nothing from their defeat. They reacted with a new barrage of anti-Semitic rhetoric, insisting that they were defeated by a well-funded global Zionist lobby that pressured the AUT.

Anti-Semitism is on the rise in Europe and the United Kingdom. Some of the post-Holocaust taboos are withering; some are being bypassed with rhetoric referring to Zionists rather than Jews. Implacable hostility to Israel functions as a centerpiece to some “anti-imperialist” worldviews, not only on the left but also in right-wing isolationism. This problem is exacerbated by confused thinking about the distinction between jihadi-fascist movements, which incorporate hostility to Jews at the heart of their ideology, and Islam in general. Many people find it difficult to oppose the politics of those movements that claim to be the authentic voice of Islam. A wish to oppose anti-Islamic racism sometimes slips into an implicit or overt alliance with Islam’s self-appointed but in fact unrepresentative spokespeople. Today, at last, there are people organizing to resist this fake leftism, educating themselves to recognize talk of Jewish lobbies and Zionist power as a sign of a cancer within our movement.

Thursday, October 13, 2005

Stalinist playwrights

I was suprised, but pleased, to see Oliver Kamm, of all people, standing up for Stalinist fellow traveller Harold Pinter. However, it was at the cost of slagging off Brecht as an "appalling man". My view: both great playwrights, both not bad people, both got dodgy politics. Strongly recommended: Hannah Arendt's essay "Bertolt Brecht" in her wonderful book, Men in Dark Times.

To give a flavour, Arendt quotes an insightful point Brecht made about Hitler. She continues:
This is considerably more than most intellectuals understood in 1941, and it is precisely this extraordinary intelligence, breaking like lightening through the rumble of Marxist platitudes, that has made it so difficult for good men to forgive Brecht his sins, or to reconcile themselves to the fact that he could sin and write good poetry."

Wednesday, October 12, 2005

theory hotline

Following my inadvertent post about neo-Kantian revisionism, Modernity Blog recommends this wonderful theory generator. (I got "old school mimeticist-punkism").

A great soul, a far-out hairdo, the death of gay culture, a wacky judge, and some Jew-haters

Today, a guest blog from from brockley.blogspot regular correspondent Jogo.

A great soul

The great soul Paul Pena died.

When I read that the magnificent soul Paul Pena had died I went looking around for Tuva music. And I found these singers:
SAINKHO NAMCHYLAK
HUUN-HUUR-TU
YAT-KHA

Look them up on amazon.com and listen to some clips. You will be AMAZED. You will be transported to other worlds. [Sainkho Namchylak is listed at Amazon under a variety of names, including Sainkho Namchilak and just Namchylak. -B]


Fair Out Hairdo
Hairdo's don't get much better than this. For more views, from different angles, search for |joe allbaugh| in google images. (Mr. Allbaugh is a director of FEMA, in case you're wondering what his purpose in society is.) [This is my favourite. -B]



agree/disagree
The compulsion to |agree/disagree| is so silly ... uh, don't you agree? I think good minds are pleasures in and of themselves. Here is Andrew Sullivan using Phillip Larkin to make a possibly interesting point.
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"THE END OF JAZZ: I have an essay in the next New Republic, soothingly titled "The End of Gay Culture." And like most writers, ideas that I have read elsewhere but have now integrated themselves into my way of thinking are sometimes hard to pin down. That's why I asked if any reader knew the precise origin of my half-baked notion that the British poet, Philip Larkin, had once complained that the civil rights movement was ruining Jazz. My readers are among the smartest on the web so I knew someone could find the precise reference. I rummaged through the brilliant collection, "All What Jazz," to no avail. Anyway, a reader came through and here's the money quote from an essay in that collection called "The End of Jazz":
"The American Negro is trying to take a step forward that can be compared only with the ending of slavery in the nineteenth century. And despite the dogs, the hosepipes and the burnings, advances have already been made towards giving the Negro his civil rights under the constitution that would have been inconceivable when Louis Armstrong was a young man. These advances will doubtless continue. They will end only when the Negro is as well housed, educated and medically cared-for as the white man.
There are two possible consequences in this for jazz. One is that if in the course of desegregation the enclosed, strongly-characterized pattern of Negro life is broken up, its traditional cultures such as jazz will be diluted. The Negro did not have the blues because he was naturally melancholy. He had them because he was cheated and bullied and starved. End this, and the blues may end too.
Secondly, the contemporary Negro jazz musician is caught up by two impulses: the desire to disclaim the old entertainment, down-home, give-the-folks-a-great-big-smile side of his profession that seems today to have humiliating associations with slavery's Congo Square; and the desire for the status of musical literacy, for sophistication, for the techniques and instrumentation of straight music. I should say that Mingus's remark ["jazz means discrimination"] was prompted by the first of these, and much of his music by the second. The Negro is in a paradoxical position: he is looking for the jazz that isn't jazz. Either he will find it, or -- and I say this in all seriousness -- jazz will become an extinct form of music as the ballad is an extinct form of literature, because the society that produced it is gone."
I think something similar is now happening to gay culture as we have known it these past thirty years or so. I'll link to the essay when it's posted, if TNR allows me to."

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What would Philip Larkin (not an expert on everything, needless to say) make of Flavor Flav and Public Enemy, I wonder? True, Larkin saw into something with clarity, but there were (and will continue to be) other outcomes than the ones he envisioned. As for the point Sullivan is making, I eagerly await hearing what he has to say.

Honorable, decent, strong people
Ha ha, fooled you. This is actually about dishonorable and weak people -- the Norwegians (formerly a great people) who are now such contemptible masochists and piss-queens that they deserve to be slaves of the Caliphate they seem eager to welcome. Mark my words, some day the Norwegians will be cleaning toilets for Arabs. Or maybe just hanging out in them and smoking cigarettes, luridly and provocatively posturing. [LINK]




Harriet Miers
Florking hilarious.




Peace ... now?
I am one of those Americans who sees Cindy Sheehan as wicked and moronic. And I see her fan club that way, too. To me they are, most of them, classic Useful Idiots. I pretty much agree with how William Shawcross, in this column, views things.
So it's not just passivity, or even indifference, that causes me to stay well away from the "peace" movement. I stay away because I think the "peace" movement is wicked, albeit largely out of willful ignorance. And I go a bit further than that -- I think the "peace" movement, insofar as it's deeply entwined with the anti-Israel ("hate-Israel" isn't too strong a term) axis is actually evil.
Yup, that's what I think. It's ironic that lefties don't believe in Hell, because that is where a lot 'em are going ... when the tally is reckoned.
"It seems unlikely that many of the so-called peace marchers who trooped through Washington and London two weekends back listened on Thursday -- at least not with an open mind or sympathy -- to George Bush's cogent explanation of why coalition troops are fighting and dying in Iraq." [MORE]


Tuesday, October 11, 2005

Yiddishkayt 2


Another in my irregular round-ups of Yiddish and Yinglish stuff in the blogsphere: The Peter Schmuck file at grow-a-brain does some of it for me (Homeland security in Yiddish, Will Eisner, American Jewish music, etc).

This is the best new blog I've seen for a while: אין מױל אַרײַן (the Chocolate lady's blogspot). At the risk of adding to my recent porn explosion, we have a Yiddish post about food porn watch - all the foodie blogs you could fit in your kitchen. But this is my favourite recent posts: The Chocolate Lady’s Shabes Ki Seytse Survival Guide (a post-Katrina "a tribute to the courageous peoples and rich cultures of our ravaged gulf coast").

Finally, an addition to the Axis of Bob that I've only recently noticed, a lovely Portuguese blog, Rua da Judiaria.

The illustration, here, by the way, is George der Naygeriker, Curious George in Yiddish, translated by Sholem Berger (a blogger, incidentally).


New Cross and Rotherhithe

From Goldsmiths blogger, John Hutnyk, a nice post on Prangsta in New Cross.

From one of the most beautiful blogs on the web, a good place for a cup of tea and a think, a post on H's Cafe, Neptune Street. (If you like this, check out sibling blog eggbaconchipsandbeans.)


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Re-Engage



It's taken me a while to do this, but Engage has a new website. The old blog has mutated into a Forum space, currently featuring David Adler on Cindy Sheehan, articles on boycotting Israel, Phyllis Chesler on the new brownshirts, and some Labour Party conference coverage. There is also a Journal space, where longer articles will be published in on-line journal format (a la Democratiya).

South Asia Earthquake

The best media coverage on the web: Alertnet*.

The Wikipedia page on the quake is also very good.

Some Pakistani and Indian (and diasporic) blogs worth checking out: Chapati Mystery (organising some on-line relief efforts), Reality Cafe, Avari/Nameh, Pickled Politics.


[*Just amended my spelling mistake with alertnet, hope I didn't accidentally send anyone to the hideous alternet.]

Friday, October 07, 2005

Jew hatred in Britain

Via Arieh: TotallyJewish.com reports that a wide-ranging investigation into contemporary anti-semitism in Britain is to be launched. 'John Mann MP, the newly elected chairman of the Parliamentary Committee against Anti-Semitism, told delegates that the group’s inquiry would see MPs and peers scrutinising the government's actions in relation to the growing scourge.'

Mark Elf isn't happy.

It would perhaps be over-egging the cake, as they stay, to suggest that a starting point for examining the "scourge" would be around George Galloway, subject of another recent article on the site.

'Galloway declared that, “Israel and dirty tricks have a long history,” denouncing it as a “little settler state on the Mediterranean” whose purpose was to “act as an advanced guard in the Arab world.”'

UPDATE 11 Oct: Read Nick Cohen's Essay on Anti-Semitism

Thursday, October 06, 2005

Uzbekistan porn

From today's referrals list: a yahoo search for Uzbekistan porn. What on earth were they looking for?

(If you're interested, they got here because of passover porn and Uzbekistan double standards. See also Monbiot, Ken Clarke, Harry and Uzbekistan.)

While I'm here, a couple of Uzbekistan links: Craig Murray and the Disillusioned kid.

(No porn links though. Sorry.)

UPDATE: And my referrals this week include:
1. a google blog search for frum porn -david (the -david to get rid of references to David Frum, not generally known for his roles in the adult film industry
2. an MSN search for julia jones naked from back cloud (because I mention left-wing pin-up Julia Bonk, George Bush getting naked, and Jones Lang LaSalle Inc, but, alas, not in the same post). This searcher presumably meant "Black Cloud" not "Back Cloud"...

UPDATE 2: But also an MSN search for kantian response to women's rights. (Yes, I was suprised to find the phrase "Smash neo-Kantian revisionism" on this blog too.)

Tuesday, October 04, 2005

Monday, October 03, 2005

President Musharraf, Insensitive Jerk

a couple of weeks back, the Saviour of Pakistan claimed never to have gotten naked with George Bush: "Let me assure you that President Bush never talks about when are you taking your uniform off," Musharraf said before offering an energetic defense of his democratic credentials.

In the same interview, he responded to the Mukhtar Mai case - a Pakistani woman gang-raped by fellow villagers and then effectively gagged from talking about it abroad by the Musharraf regime. Gen. Pervez Musharraf said "You must understand the environment in Pakistan. This has become a moneymaking concern. A lot of people say if you want to go abroad and get a visa for Canada or citizenship and be a millionaire, get yourself raped."

Then, in Raven's telling of the story:
After much outrage in the press (both local and foreign), protests by women’s groups and activists, public criticism by the Canadian Prime Minister, a rape victim, and Pakistan’s leading human rights campaigner, the Saviour of Pakistan has denied saying that some rape victims use their ordeal to get visas to Canada and become millionaires.

Said President Musharraf: "I am not stupid to make such remarks."[1,2]

However, the Post is sticking by the story, providing this audio file of the interview, showing he actually spoke for several seconds along the same lines. (There's also the 9-minute version here.)

The Whitehouse response? "I’m not here to play judge about whether or not he was quoted accurately.” [WP via Reality Cafe].

Raven's response?
Google bomb President Musharraf. Here’s what you need to do. Create a hyperlink to President Musharraf’s web page — http://www.presidentofpakistan.gov.pk — and put insensitive jerk in the text.

Like so: insensitive jerk


UPDATE: Editorial in the Post: Gen. Musharraf 's Lies



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Incidentally, the General is "anti-war" in the sense that he is against America being in Iraq. Draw your own implications.

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While I'm here, I'll contribute to a couple more google bomb projects: Tom DeLay is an unabashed partisan zealot [ref], some anti-war peace protestors are violent, Silvio Berlusconi is a buffone, and Tony Blair is a sincere liar.

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Previous: Pakistan and Israel: Apartheid states?, Opposing patriarchal murder is "orientalist", Sectarianism and fundamentalism in Gujarat and Pakistan

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