- Ahmad Shamlou, the Great Poet of Liberty (1925-2005), at La Guillotine.
- Dave O: A Holocaust denier and Muslim convert writes
- Leszek Kolakowski: a round up of obituaries of this great man, at Poumista, to add to TNC's and Martin's third one here.
- Loads more at Poumista: Blog notes (some great links, including to me); Anti-fascism: liberal and militant (I've got a vested interest there too, because I more or less wrote it); Stalin's nemesis; Marie Syrkin and the young Noam Chomsky; Brian Pearce on John Cornford (relevant to this).
- Liam suprises me by siding with the Eaglefish against the Ditchkins in a post relevant to this one.
- I have added some comments to the Left Luggage post on class and culture. I also re-read their response to Andy Newman's half-insightful half-obtuse analysis of the anti-war movement (on which see also Mod). Left Luggage correctly note that essentially the Stop the War movement was a middle class movement with no relevance to most people's lives. And the Patrick Fitzgerald punk song popped into my head:
- Kind of related: the rise of the poorgeoisie (h/t Jogo)
- Havana Nagila: Yiddish-Latino fusion from Roberto Rodriguez.
- Hasidic bhangra?
The Black Hebrews of the Negev.
- Two posts by Dan at The Third Estate on Poland, Lithuania and historical memory. They're not long, but they're deep and I haven't digested them yet: How much should we remember?, Lithuania- new myths and old.
- The CST antisemitic discourse report and the EISCA Nazi card report: Dave Rich at ZWord and at the CST, and Winston Pickett of EISCA.
- Diedonne thinks the Joos killed Michael Jackson.
- David Aaronovitch on conspiracy theories and boycotts.
- Talking of boycotts, I've been following the interesting debate between Anti-German Translation and Slack Andy the anarchist on the boycotters Naomi Klein and Ken Loach. Start here, and carry on.
- On the myths about housing that fuel the rise of the BNP.
- Adam Holland digs the dirt on the Ron Paul cabal, the so-called the Campaign for Liberty.
- Barry Marcus calls the Tories on their involvement with the far-right European Conservative and Reformist Group and its dodgy Polish chair Michal Kaminski. Via JC/Guardian. More from Raincoat Optimist: 1,2,3.
- Adam Holland describes the goings on even further to the right in the European parliament.
- The Chavez family dynasty, via Stark.
- So Gaza was disproportionate? Geoffrey Alderman with a different slant on the Israel/Sri Lanka comparison.
- Marcus Dysch on India's security barrier.
- Richard continues his lovely My Lewisham series with Manor Park.
This song has been in my head all week. Gil Scott-Heron and Brian Jackson's great song "We almost lost Detroit", from a 1990 London live show.