There are a few news items I've been following in South Asia, which I'm not sure if I've blogged about or not. One is the extraordinary strike wave in Tamil Nadu, including the casualised workers of the Neyveli Lignite Corporation and the workers at Foxconn, who probably make your mobile phone. Then there is the shameful repression by Hindutva fascists of superb novel, Such A Long Journey, by the great Indian novelist Rohinton Mistry. Two other items are covered in exclusives for the new website The Gabber. Veteran Indian leftist Jarius Banaji has a long and informative piece on Maoism in India. The first part gives a historical account of the Naxalite movement, while the second part carefully sets out some of the critiques of it. From slightly further back, Rohini Hensman has an article on one of the latest twists in the degeneration of the genocidal Sri Lankan state, the passing of the eighteenth amendment to the constitution, effectively making it a dictatorship.
On the other hand, I've been completely failing to keep up with East End politics lately. Jessica Asato reports from the Tower Hamlets frontline, rather depressingly. Francis is even more depressing. Kellie has more links, and Ted Jeory has plenty more.
More on the EDL: Phil Dickens: The EDL threaten Christmas mayhem over recycled tabloid myths, and on the EDL and Loyalism. "Malatesta" on the EDL in Holland.
RCPWatch: Phil on Brendan O'Neil and austerity.
Balkans: I've finally got around to reading Marko on the Chetniks and the Jews - highly recommended.
Anti-fascist history: Mickey Fenn on anti-fascist history - originally via Kevin Blowe.
Jogo recommends: Julie Burchill on Lauren Booth. // Stephen L. Carter on Anita Hill and Clarence Thomas from 1991. // “Radical Shriek: Lefty academics convene in Berkeley to try to make sense of the Tea Party movement”, by David Weigel. // Sarah Boxer on Lyn Ward’s awesome early graphic novels. // Nile Gadriner on Paul Krugman and last gasp of America’s liberal elites. // Sue Fishkoff on the kosher food police. // Richard Cohen on Jean-Luc Godard's Oscar.
Finally, as ever, lots more great links from Roland..