Wednesday, January 30, 2008

Gilad Atzmon and secular Judaism (Jogo guest post)

Jogo writes:

There is probably not a single person of pro-Palestinian persuasion in the world -- certainly not any relatively young, hip, culturally informed person-- who does not know the name Gilad Atzmon.

Gilad Atzmon must be one of the finest and most interesting jazz musicians alive. As a performer he is completely thrilling. I could watch and listen to him for hours. He is very, very great. But I think that, intellectually and morally, he is insane.

It would be possible to work actively for the "liberation of Palestine," yet come far short of the madness and extremism of Atzmon's positions. Unless your idea of the liberation of Palestine was the same as Hamas'.

"But he is a musician; an artist." No. Atzmon is every bit as much political activist as musician. You cannot see him only as a musician because he himself does not; he has at least two identities that are both of equal importance to him. By his own self-definition he is not "a musician." He is a musician and a political activist.

It is specious to call him "a Jew," because in a way he isn't one. He is an Israeli-born person. And that fact is used to give him authority, and to refute accusations that he is a Jew-hater. The idea being: How could he be a Jew-hater?, he was born in Israel and served in the IDF.

He was raised, so says all the biographical material, as a "secular Jew." Which is to say, NOT as a Jew.

He was raised as an Israeli, with a nationalist identity and a National Story, like any other person from any other nation. He disagrees with the National Story, which in this case is connected to a tribal story that he believes is a fake and malignant story. And in any case, the Israeli National Story, he believes, is an impediment to human progress, an affront to human dignity and a thorn in the side of the world. So he has no choice but to reject his national identity (except insofar as it is useful to his self-presentation and his cause; a piece of armor, as it were). As for cultural or spiritual identity, he never had either.

An idea that I shall never give up -- because it has taken me a long time and a lot of serious thinking to come up with -- is: "Secular Judaism" is meaningless. It has meaning only in the abstract. In terms of an individual person, it has meaning only in its short life of a one- or two-generation journey from authentic Judaism, during which certain basic qualities of Judaism may still be vital and vibrant in the soul, intellect, moral intelligence and emotions of a person. And that is its lifespan.

Anyone who disagrees with me on this point can try to transmit his "secular Judaism" to the third generation from its authentic root. And then he will see the rubber meeting the road, and he can come back to me and we'll resume the discussion.

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Back to Atzmon: Oliver Kamm nails him pretty good. The Contentious Centrist does as well, a bit more literarily, as is her wont and style. And Bob From Brockley, an attentive Atzmon observer, has no illusions.

Bob from Brockley editorialises:

Is secular Judaism possible for more than a generation or two? I believe it is, but only if there is a community to sustain and transmit it. Such a community was emerging in Yiddishland in the first half of the last century, with a web of institutions (YIVO, the Bund, the Yiddish theatre and film industries...), and with a rich secular culture. Perhaps this infrastructure and culture was dependent on a certain exclusion from majority cultural life in Central and Eastern Europe (where there was formal equality, such as Germany, there was no such infrastructure; non-religous Jews assimilated after a generation or two). And, of course, that infrastructure was destroyed in the Shoah.

So, the question is, are there enough secular people with enough motivation to devote enough of their lives to the specifically Jewish to sustain secular Jewish culture? Probably not.

Wednesday miscellany: Jews etc


Cap tips: Jogo, Arieh

Amis and the Muslims

I'm sure I should have interesting and important things to say about Martin Amis. But, as I don't, read what Richard has to say instead.

Tuesday, January 29, 2008

Security walls

I have been fascinated by the media coverage of the breach in the security barrier that seperates Hamastan/Gaza from Egypt*, and the way it contrasts with media coverage of the variously named separation barrier, security fence or apartheid wall that criss-crosses Israel's Green Line with the West Bank.

I don't know who built the barrier, or its history. Looking at the BBC coverage, for example, or the Al-Jazeera coverage, we see a quite solid structure, that takes quite hefty bull-dozers to destroy. And we see the Egyptian authorities using water cannon to respond to stone-throwing Palestinians, and we see them reinforcing the wall with deadly barbed wire. Look at the poweful pictures at ViewImages and you see quite a formidable barrier.

It got me thinking about other barriers and walls which striate the neo-liberal globe we inhabit today, which are also regularly ignored by most liberals and anti-imperialists.

In particular, it made me think of a powerful article I read in the Independent a while ago**, about the poor villagers separated from their farm lands - and, even in some cases, forced to move out of their homes - by a fence built by India on its eastern border.

AlertNet has now published an excellent article on some of the other barriers that don't hit the news, "Seven Security Barriers You Might Want to Know About". Highly recommended.

Meanwhile, wikipedia lists 23 countries around the world with seperation barriers.

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It is also worth noting that Israel is not the only country associated with "demographic aggression". China, for example, has settlers in Tibet, fully backed by the Chinese state.

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Footnotes:

*Incidentally, such breaches in the security barrier which seperates Gaza from Egypt are not new - here is a report on the same thing happening this time two years ago, with a response from the Egyptian authorities which no doubt would be condemned as brutal if it had come from Israel.

**Google skills obviously not at optimum; can't find article.

Patricia Troncoso: Urgent call for solidarity!

A worthy cause:
Urgent call for solidarity!

Patricia's situation has become very grave following over 100 days of hunger strike against her illegal detention

Hear her story at YouTube.

This is an urgent international call by Human Rights International Project, Grupo de Ex Presos-Politicos de Chile and Mapuche International, scroll down for further information.

Join the demonstration outside the Chilean Embassy this Wednesday (30 Jan) 12-2pm, 12 Devonshire St, London, W1G 7DS. Nearest Tube: Regents Park/Oxford Circus

Here is a message from piquiteros on Friday (25 Jan)

What you should know
• Patricia Troncoso has been on hunger strike for 110 days
• The Chilean government is milatrising the Araucania Region and has moved in hundreds of anti-terrorist troops, January 2008
• The Chilean government is using the anti-terrorist laws it created as a tool of repression, silencing people like Patricia Troncoso
• Individuals, both of Mapuche and non-Mapuche decent, are being repressed by force for expressing the views mentioned below

What we are demanding
• Respect for Mapuche political prisoners detained for expressing their right to ancestral lands
• Freedom of expression, by the Chilean government, for demands to recuperate ancestral lands
• Respect for ethnic minorities and an end to their discrimination, as stated in International Treaties which the Chilean government is signing up to

Further Action

In addition to coming to the demonstration on Wednesday you can phone the Chilean Embassy and ask about Patricia Troncoso’s health, this could help drive them into action. Chilean Embassy: 44 (0)207 580 6392 / embachile@embachile.co.uk.
Equipo Memoriaviva Proyecto Internacional de Derechos Humanos - Londres (Human Rights International Project - London) www.memoriaviva.com - www.ecomemoria.com

More information: Wikipedia page on Mapuche, Patricia Troncoso's hunger strike, Mapuche Nation website, LA Times article, Radio Netherlands article, UNPO article, WW4 reports.

Tuesday, January 22, 2008

International Volunteers in the POUM Militias

From Arieh:
International Volunteers in the POUM Militias

Written by Andy Durgan, historical consultant for the Ken Loach film Land and Freedom, the article also contains a list of international volunteers in the POUM militia.

Source: FUNDACIÓN ANDREU NIN

Up to 700 foreigners fought with the 10.000 or so militia organised by the Partido Obrero de Unificación Marxista (POUM) between July 1936 and June 1937. They were from at least 28 different countries; French, Italian and, above all German fighters being the most numerous.

From a military point of view, these volunteers played a far less significant role in the Civil War than those of the International Brigades, not only because they were far fewer in number, but also they spent most of their time away from where the most important fighting took place. However, the POUM’s foreign volunteers have attracted attention both because of George Orwell’s well-known description of life on the Aragon front, where most of them were stationed, Homage to Catatonia and more recently due to Ken Loach’s award-winning film Land and Freedom. While the military contribution of these volunteers was inevitably limited by the POUM’s own isolation, their experience as witnesses to the unfolding political drama in the Republican zone and, in some cases, as direct victims of that drama gives more significance to their role.

The POUM had been formed in September 1935, out of the unification of the ... READ IT ALL HERE.

Life on the extremes

Two posts on Ron Paul and his links with fascists and crypto-fascists like Lyndon LaRouche:
NB: Duncan probably to be added to the blogroll. Found via Anti-German Translation.

London and the War on Terror

Eurozine - Phobocity - Les Back London and the War on Terror
A great piece by Goldsmiths sociologist Les Back. Includes mp3 clips of sirens on the Old Kent Road!

Sample, on 7/7:
Perhaps an awareness of the fragility and preciousness of life itself is the lasting resource left in the wake of these terrible events. Any Londoner could have been unlucky, the blast didn't discriminate and no one is immune. Faced with the chaos on the underground that July morning, Shahara Islam decided to give up on trying to get to work. She caught the number 30 bus en route to the shops in London's West End. On the bus was nineteen-year-old Hasib Hussein, the youngest of the four suicide bombers. Hasib, born in Leeds and of Pakistani parentage, had tried to join the Northern line at Kings Cross but it was closed. At 9.47am, he detonated his bomb, ripping the roof off the bus and killing Shahara Islam and 12 other people. She grew up in Whitechapel, east London, and was the oldest of three children. Her father Shamsul moved to the capital in the 1960s and is a supervisor with Transport for London. Her Bangladeshi family suffered a longer wait for confirmation than the other victim's loved ones. Some believe this was because the police suspected her of being the bomber. Forensic analysis soon ruled her out. She was just a young Muslim woman who chose to do the most ordinary thing for an East End girl: presented with an opportunity to skive off work, she went shopping. "She was an Eastender, a Londoner, and British, but above all a true Muslim and proud to be so," wrote her family in a statement issued after the bombings. The suicide bombers killed themselves and also people like themselves, striking not against some far off enemy but at their own cultural and historical mirror image. The ordinariness of multiculture needs to be apprehended alongside the bombers' apparent disregard for the traces they carried in themselves.

Friday, January 18, 2008

The delusion triumphalism of Stop The War

Ian Bone again*, this time on the SWP's braying about the onward march of their front, the Stop the War "Coalition". Here is his version of the list of speakers at the March 15 national demo currently being "built for":
The Grand Mufti of Sofia, Tony Benn, Hillary Benn, Emily Benn, Uncle Benn, Big Benn, Benn Dover, John Rees-Mogg, Token Blackman, Lee Jasper (expenses only), Tommy Sheridan (live video link to Barlinnie), A comedian, Joey Barton (shurely shum mishtake: Ed), Muslim Brotherhood Of Man (courtesy of Butlins Minehead), Walter Wolfgang-of-four, The Ayotollah Galloway, Stop the ‘Wor Kev’, someone on strike………etc etc


*Link fixed, Jan 22

More miscellaneous links (all political)

The neocon conspiracy:
  • Alan Johnson and Stephen Pollard on neo-conservatism and "neo-conservatism" (via Noga). There was a very good article by Danny Finkelstein on a similar topic in the JC some time not long ago, but I can't find it on line.
Stoning women in Iran:
French reverence for Lenin:
Obama and Reagan:
Anarchism and the abandonment of common sense:
Fisking the fools:
  • The Fat Man picks up Norm's word "smugism" and runs with it, as it were, all over that liberal twat John Gray
  • Hocemo Li Na Kafu? on why it is time to start Neil Clarke-bashing (by which I mean literally, physically)
A clash of fundamentalisms?
Beauty in ruins
  • All of the posts at Greater Surbiton are of excellent quality, so I am ashamed I haven't linked to very many. Here is one to wet your appetite, on the destruction of Serbia's oldest theatre. [P.S. Second Hand Conjecture has done a really nice introduction to Greater Surbiton.]

Yasmin Levy

There's an article in today's Guardian about Ladino singer Yasmin Levy, which my sister told me about as it irritated her intensely.

The article didn't irritate me, although it has a truly appalling sub-heading given to it by some idiot sub-editor (as far as I can tell, being idiotic is the main part of lots of newspaper editors' jobs). I also found the references to Levy's "impossible beauty" and "pillow lips" a little distasteful.

Interestingly, the journo who wrote it refers to our friend Natasha Atlas as an "Egyptian star".

Comments on the article please.

Tuesday, January 15, 2008

Obama's Farrakhan Test

Following this post on Barack Obama, Donnie McClurkin and Jeremiah Wright, read this post by Richard Cohen at Jeff's blog, on Obama's "Farrakhan test". It links to this interesting piece on the topic by Jonathan Raban. (More here: Obama responds.) AND MORE: Lots at Contentious Centrist.

Kind of related: Roland is for John McCain, for good reasons (though I'll take more convincing!).
Added: And Voltaire's Priest is not for Hillary.

A tribute to Dan Penn and Spooner Oldham

Have I posted about Dan Penn and Spooner Oldham before? Surely among the very best ever song-writers, and yet relatively little known. Here are a few of their songs, with links to blog posts featuring those songs (and usually either mp3 downloads or YouTube footage). (This post inspired by the Ella Moon song at Sir Shambling I reached via Andrew.)
Sometimes they've recorded their own songs too:
They've also played the music of other people:
And been backing musicians for others:
And produced the music of others:
And inspired still more:
And that's just for starters.

P.S. What's your favourite Penn and Oldham version?
P.P.S. How did I forget "Do Right Man, Do Right Woman", a Penn-Moman song, recorded by Aretha, Gram Parsons, William Bell and others.

P.P.P.S. Jogo sent me this list of YouTube videos of "Dark End of the Street" (comments are his):
There were a few more, but so completely out of their depths that I did not include them.


Bob's beats genre keywords: country music, soul music.
Bob's beats artist keywords: Penn and Oldham, Bettye Lavette, Dolly Parton.

The smell of socialism

The revolution will be bottled

South London blogging

I've not really done any South London blogging for ages (although I did post some eatery reviews at Brockley Central!*), so here are four blogs I have only just come across (mostly courtesy of Andrew):
On a related theme, but not a new blog to me: Brockley Central on the demise of Lewisham's pubs.

*My Brockley Central eatery reviews in comments at: Ecosium, Brockley Barge, Cafe Blanca.

Barenboim's citizenship (Jogo guest post)

A guest post by Jogo

Daniel Barenboim was born in Argentina, where Jews are a small minority and there is an anti-Semitic climate. So he moves to Israel.

Why? So he can be a serious Jew and study the Torah and lead a kosher life? No. Rather because a] he is safe in Israel; b] Israel is a sophisticated and prosperous society in which he can bring his art to a much higher development than he could in Argentina, and become an international star. So there are two items of enormous self interest.

In Israel he aligns himself with the most extreme pro-Palestinian positions, which necessarily entail a certain degree (a lot, a little) of anti-Israel position. The only excuse he can have is IF he sincerely believes that his efforts are in the interest of a long-enduring, peaceful and safe Israel. Perhaps he has reasons to believe this.

But ... do his friends on the Pal side also wish for a long-enduring Israel, let alone a peaceful and safe one? Many, perhaps most, do not.

My problem is that I see Barenboim and Marwan Barghouti as having differing views on the meaning of Barenboim's honorary citizenship and passport from the Republic of Palestine.

Barenboim says the gift "moves" him, and makes him "very, very happy" because it "symbolizes the everlasting bond between the Palestinian and Israeli people."

Bargouti says that the honor paid Barenboim is appropriate because Barenboim "under the most difficult circumstances has shown solidarity with the Palestinian people."

Those angles of view of the thing are not mutually exclusive, but they're not the same, either. If Barenboim and Bargouti could figure out one interpretation that they both could feel good about and sign their names to, I'd feel better. But as it is, each has spun the story in a somewhat different direction, and given it somewhat different emphases.

Wednesday, January 09, 2008

Ike turner, the backbeat and the devil (in memorium, and against secular fundamentalism)

There are three reasons I want to link to snuh: ike turner, the backbeat and the devil, which I didn't read back in December when Ike Turner passed away (when I posted this).

First, simply because it is a great piece of blogging, taking us from Ike's death, through an excavation of the history of rock 'n' roll, via the Blind Boys of Alabama to the Twilight Zone, Tom Waits and HBO's The Wire, written with great research skills and great erudition.

Second, as a follow up to the post the other day which included Marx's "sigh in a soulless world" quote about religion. The point I want to make, which is illustrated beautifully by the mp3s of Roy Brown, Wynonie Harris and Blind Boys of Alabama songs, that religion may be a sigh in a soulless world, but it is so much more than that too. Although I inhabit the same corner of the blogosphere as some very militant secularists, I strongly believe that the world would be a much, much poorer place without the contribution faith makes.

Finally, reading the post put me in mind of the Megan, a woman who blogged at the wonderful music blog Moistworks, who died tragically young in 2007. I never knew her, but I felt I did a little through her blog posts, which were also perfectly crafted and immensely erudite. She would have turned 37 on Boxing Day, and her colleague Alex plays us Gillian Welch's "I Dream a Highway" in her memory.

Finally, while we're with Moistworks, listen to the Duke Ellington recording "In the Beginning God", posted here, and try and take seriously the inane phrase "clash of fundamentalisms".




Bob's beats genre keywords: soul, gospel, blues, black music.

Not Bob From Brockley

1. Belles of Bromley (via Jogo)

2. Grandad Bob (via Pardon My Freedom)


Previous: Bob the Climber and Robin from Locksley.

An attempt to boycott Jewish philanthropists; sane anti-Zionists object

Engage on "the would-be cultural police" in the anti-Zionist camp who want to boycott all Jewish initiatives, and the more sensible stance of the Israeli Arabs' representative body.

This fits into the attack from the British "pro-Palestinian" lobby on Peace Oil, because it isn't Arab enough, or the attack by the same people on OneVoice. Rejectionist forms of anti-Zionism - like that of Ittijah and the Islamic Movement in Palestine and of their friends globally and in the UK, like the International Solidarity Movement, the Palestine Solidarity Campaign (and, at least in the case of Peace Oil, Jews for Justice for Palestinians) clearly do not want a peaceful and just solution; they want a war to the death.

However, they do not represent the majority of Palestinian and Israeli Arabs.

As Guardian letter writer Mark Futerman put it, regarding the attack on Peace Oil, this stance is
the demented zero-sum mentality of the anti-Israel lobby. Their idiot logic would appear to be that anything which benefits Israeli citizens in any way is by definition bad for the Palestinians, even when it is actually benefiting Israelis (Jews, Arabs and Druze) and Palestinians (through Peace Oil's new blended cooking oil).

Peace Oil is an extremely worthy initiative that seeks to benefit all groups financially (through employment and training), while also funding peace and reconciliation work throughout the region. The primary argument made against Peace Oil is that it is "stealing" shelf space from Palestinian produced oils (the most commonly mentioned of which is Zaytoun). This is moronic. None of these oils had any shelf space in the first place to be stolen. They were at best available through church groups or via the internet. They were essentially failures as products, poorly distributed and marketed. What Peace Oil has done is hugely raise the profile of the olive oils of Israel and Palestine, including the olive oil produced by the Zaytoun initiative.


More: The Wall of “normalization” that inhibits Palestinian independence by Ray Hanania (highly recommended, also here) on OneVoice; the JC on Peace Oil.

Some non-traditional Israeli music

I've posted before some music from the Israeli reggae scene, from Julija at Aurgasm. Here's a little more: Karolina & Funset and Kutiman. The former is pleasant, cheery and dare I say it cosmopolitan (if a little lightweight) reggae pop (with a slightly clicheed rasta/Zionist theme on "Lion"), ideal for an icey cold South London day. Kutiman features the same vocalist on the pretty good reggae/Afrofunk "Music Is Ruling My World". "No Reason For You" features a different vocalist, Elran Dekel, and is contemporary-sounding stoner Afrofunk.

Meanwhile, los amigos de durutti: Check the Violin features supercool Israeli-born hip hop violinist/viola-player Miri Ben-Ari, playing on a DJ Logic track.

ADDED: Daniels Counter: Hero Remix, Israeli Anti Male Chauvinism Song re-mix in "Techno" looks at DJ Moran Kariv's techno remix of Si Himan's "Gibor", Hebrew feminist anthem and hit of 1987.


Bob's beats genre keywords: reggae, techno, funk.

Jewish paranoia? Elite bigotry? Journo stupidity?

History is Made at Night and Baggage Reclaim report some idiotic comments by a Guardianista :
"it does look like the kind of place which could happily accommodate a troop of Morris dancers, and that can never be positive. It's an ancient Jewish paranoia of mine. For some reason, whenever I see Morris dancers I assume a pogrom can't be far behind."

Jay Rayner there.
Be sure and read jurawatchmaker's acerbic comments at the Baggage Reclaim post.

Monday, January 07, 2008

Anti-German Translation

Following the recent "Sex sells: Pimp my Pali-tuch" post, I've found this blog: Anti-German Translation.

Critique (Marxist versus Moonbats 2)

I just signed up to an online sample copy of Critique, a UK-based magazine of the independent Marxist left. The below is an extract from their editorial (it's just over a year old), which I post here not to fully endorse, but as another piece of weaponry in the struggle against the rococco left.
Critique Notes - Critique: Journal of Socialist Theory:
"there can also be no question that anti-Semitism is rising, particularly in areas where it has been endemic in the past half-century: Eastern Europe and the Middle East. Bebel's dictum that anti-Semitism is the socialism of fools is partly correct in that the role of anti-Semitism is different from that of racism; it provides an alternative populist ideology to the appeal of socialism. Bebel, however, failed to understand its importance by speaking of fools. Anti-Semitism in modern times has served the purpose of diverting anger - in particular that of the peasantry, the small businessmen, the shopkeepers and various middle layers in the population but also of the lumpen proletariat - away from the ruling class. With the very high levels of unemployment and the despair of the masses in general in parts of the world with a history of anti-Semitism, the idea that the world can be put to rights by eliminating the Jews appears real. It may be that the appeal of the anti-Semitism of the President of Iran and of various Middle East governments cannot be countered without a socialist movement to give hope of real change.

One's enemy's enemy is not our friend and such religious fundamentalist nationalists are necessarily anti-Marxist, anti-working class and anti-socialist. The executions of 15,000 Iranian leftists under the Khomeini shows quite clearly whom they see as their enemy. Critique will have a special article on this 'holocaust of the left' in Iran in the next issue. The left has had many martyrs over the years, most particularly from the time of the Paris Commune, but it is in the Stalinist and post-Stalinist period that they have gone unrecognised. The Stalinist massacre of hundreds of Greek Trotskyists, the pogrom of the Viet-Nam Trotskyists, not to speak of what happened in the USSR and Eastern Europe, is the background to the modern murder of the imprisoned Iranian left. That is why the support by sections of the left for Hizbullah and the Iranian regime is particularly heinous.

In any case, Marxists are critical of religion of whatever kind, precisely because it is both irrational and necessarily supportive of an exploitative class even if it is critical of another. The concessions made to Islam in this respect by certain groups demonstrate that such groups are moving sharply to the right. Acceptance of misogyny, homophobia and irrationalism is simply unforgivable. Nor does the fact that many peasants and some workers support Islam or fundamentalist Islam make it any better. After all, ruling class parties would never have accepted democracy if they did not have mass support. If religion is the 'heart of a heartless world, the sigh of the oppressed', as Marx famously put it, that does not make it a worthy ally in the struggle for socialism unless its exponents actually support socialism itself.

The fact that the left appears to be marginalised is no reason to compromise one's principles, though this seems to be the disease of the day. The left has to make it clear that it opposes anti-Semitism, homophobia, misogyny, etc. and not stand by while others on the same platform make odious remarks. Indeed, if political groups do not openly counter such remarks one has to conclude that they are no longer of the left."

Marxists versus Moonbats 1: Do Zionists Run America?

Contested Terrain

Via a comment on an earlier post, I have discovered Contested Terrain, which I recommend highly. It has resources on the anti-capitalist/anti-globalization and anti-Zionist movements, on the "Israel lobby" thesis, and on other topics which this blog has focused on.

Friday, January 04, 2008

Sex sells: Pimp my Pali-tuch

Read karlmarxstrasse on the PLO scarves (Pali-tucher) that are highly fashionable in contemporary Germany, and the politics of this fashion. A witty and incisive blog post, and lots of links to click (especially if you read German, which I don't) such as this one (or, if your security settings are too high for that to work, click here, and then click on each image).

Also, a little more here.

(This relates to earlier Anti-German-related posts, and especially the comments thread here.)

Thursday, January 03, 2008

Back on line: Things I'm reading, watching or listening to today

Maybe the Kabbalah Centre isn't so weird after all - JewishJournal.com
On Madonna's favourite Jews (via Jogo)

Israel's 'non-Jewish Jews' struggle with identity - JTA
On the ex-Soviet Jews of Israel (via Bintel Blog, which has an extract for those that don't want to register)

My Grandfather's Son by Clarence Thomas, reviewed by The New Republic Online
An excellent review, highly recommended, especially to my Arendtian friends, as the argument draws heavily on Richard Sennett's in The Fall of Public Man. Sennett, who was Arendt's assistant at one point (see The Conscience of the Eye), draws on her The Human Condition. (via Jogo)

Cover Lay Down: The Twelve Jews of Christmas, Folk Covers of Holiday Classics by Jewish Songwriters
If I'd done a Christmas music blog post, I'd have had to include this!

MySpaceTV Videos: Hardcore Jewish Chicks by oren kaplan I
Satirical hip hop. (via Jogo)

Alan Dershowitz: Motto of Anti-Israel Academics: "Free Speech For Me, But Not for Thee!" - The Huffington Post (via Jogo)

YouTube - In Extremo "Sefardim"
Awesome German heavy metal cover of "Avraam Avinou" (via Metal Jew)

M. Zuhdi Jasser of the American Islamic Forum for Democracy, interviewed in National Review. (Via Jogo, who comments: "why do I read about Mr. Jasser in the most prominent conservative magazine of the United States, rather than in one of the progressive venues?")

Pardon My Freedom: Is It Because I Am Black?
What blogging was invented for.


Bob's beats genre keywords: soul, hip hop, black music, urban music.