The BNP, the EDL, Jew-hatred and Muslim-hatred
What's in a name? An awful lot... Nick Griffin blames the EDL on "Zionists" (plus a little more from the CST). Muslim matchmakers, advertise with the EDL! The BNP and anti-capitalism. Why the UAF is not the right way to fight the BNP.
Foreigner-hatred versus the new cosmopolitanism
Calais: Thousands are sailing (highly recommended). Bad science? The UK Border Agency's racist biology. From Scotland to Calais: immigration is not the problem. The tabloids and right-wing extremism. Gulags for foreigners: Italy and Libya. The truth about Calais: 1, 2.
Ruling class watch
More on Baroness Scotland: One woman's success is another's exploitation.
Leonard Cohen: That's how the light gets in. From the archive: Albert Camus on Israel/Palestine; Einstein's complexity.
Zero tolerance for antisemitism on the left (kudos to Andy for writing this, rather depressing comment thread). More commentary on the TUC boycott: Martin Bright, Roger Lyons.
Libyan land grab in Mali (Note: one important feature in this story is the deal involving Chinese hybrid rice. This exemplifies the role of China in the new forms of privatized colonialism that enslave Africa and the rest of the global South.) The wrong kind of vibrancy? - on the massacre in Guinea.
Martin Bright offers a new recipe for the 'decent left'? (I completely agree with his comments here. Aside: Bright is now the political editor of the JC.) Martin Meenagh unpicks the left's anti-Catholicism.Michael Berube follows up his cultural studies piece here. Andrew Coates gives his roll-call of leftist heroism (as the antidote to Neil Clark's retro-Stalinoid version).
Sarf London (and Kent)
Banging sticks together in the Autumn - the Blackheath Morris dancers in Chislehurst. The BNP in Swanley: useless. Deptford Tory: useless. Babylon at the Albany.
It is quite a disgusting spectacle to see the liberal cultural elite, including many who really ought to know better, flocking to defend Roman Polanski. Some dissenting voices: Rosie Bell, Joan Smith, Kieran Healy, Andrew Brown.
Some more blog round-ups: Poumista, Anti-German Translation.
First, some cool Israeli grimy global crunky hip hop in English, Arabic, Hebrew and heaven knows what else, with Soulico featuring Ghostface Killah, the great Rye Rye, and MC Zulu.
Second, this took me by suprise. Half way through glitchcore number "Sha! Shtil!" by Gucci Vump (aka Brødinski), you can actually hear the Yiddish folk song "Sha Shtil" by Pinchas Jassinowsky, whose lyrics are the title of this post. Anyone know who Gucci Vump is sampling? The Deutsch Sisters? Listen to some old-style versions here (I'd recommend the Theodore Bikel version or the slightly too far out Yale Strom version). Or listen to the L-Vis 1990 dubblestep/house remix here or here. L-Vis has also remixed South East London UK Funky Crazy Couzins (listen here), which leads us to...
To finish, having mentioned Babylon, here is some footage from it, of New Cross's Jah Shaka from 1980, UK dub's golden age. Awesome. (You can also watch the trailer here, or read an interview with director Franco Rosso here. Extracts are used to great effect in this Deptford.TV video about the Moonshot that I've already featured.)