This week I have mostly been reading about...
Alternative histories: Jews versus Stalinists in the Spanish Civil War. The shipwrecked: anti-fascist refugees during WWII. The unknown occupations of the Middle East. Fascinating but overly vituperative comment thread at Terry's post about Marek Edelman. What happens when we talk about the Holocaust. The mask of the Marranos. The search for Srebrenica's dead.
Authoritarianism: Europe's response to Berlusconi has been cowardly. The brutality of the Honduras coup.
UK Politics: Reasons to miss Ken: Boris Johnson's cronyism. The Tory chav tax?
Jew-hatred etc: Alison Weir of CounterPunch continues to promote blood libel. Glenn Beck's softcore Holocaust denialism. Friends of Israel: lavish and over-influential? Chavista antisemitism and the socialism of fools.
Another world is possible: The new contours of imperialism. Code Pink in Iran. Trafigura, Marx and technology.
Sarf London:Blackheath Foot'n'Death Men. Searchlight stigmatise south London.
Zionism/anti-Zionism: The first "anti-Zionist" anti-war movement.
No subtitle would do: A fleshy weekend: Tom Paine, sloe gin and birds. Golf: one topic I agree with Hugo Chavez about!
Bob's beats: Yiddish partisan march with breakbeats (more here). Ethiopian music. Latin music. Finally, if you need chearing up in these dark times, listen to Cornelius Cardew's jolly "Smash The Social Contract", from his Maoist phase (via the wonderful Idiot's Guide to Dreaming).
Bonus: comment trail: on George Galloway at Third Estate (keep scrolling), on Tiananmen Square at Stalinist Unity, on environmental orthodoxy at Third Estate.