Post of the week
Owen Jones: The left needs to watch its language.
One, two, many Tahrir Squares
So, Tahrir Square has been cleared by the military junta, which has banned strikes. Instead of the constitutional assembly demanded by the revolution, the junta have tasked a technocratic committee (with one Muslim Brotherhood representative) to write something in the next ten days. Is the revolution dead? The working class continue to be defiant, with wave after wave of now illegal strikes, while the middle classes seem to have gone home. While viral protests in Iran and elsewhere have been heartening, I am not optimistic about Egypt.
There was a really depressing photo in this week's Morning Star (no, not my usual reading I know!), depressing for a number of reasons. I don't think it's in the on-line edition, although the letter it illustrated is. The caption said "Joy: Celebrations in Gaza City after Mubarak fell". Rarely have I seen such a joyless photo. It showed a densely packed static crowd of men and teenage boys, bundled up against the cold, looking forwardly grim-faced. (One boy was turned away and smiling at his friend.) Next to them, seperated by a thin strip of space, was a slightly more densely packed crowd of women, all wearing neat white hijabs. I found it depressing to look at, and depressing to think the Morning Star thought it represented joy.
Now for some links. Raven: The women of Tahrir Square. // We're all neocons now! Melanie Phillips quite rightly points out that the left have embraced in the case of Tunisia and Egypt the "regime change" they so bitterly scorned in Iraq. Max Boot makes a similar point. // Yet another state of emergency in Italy: Nando Sigona on using the Tunisian refugees to deflect attention away from Berluscon's political emergency. // The Guardian misreports Hamas' rejection of democracy. // Martin Thomas: The Muslim Brotherhood are a real threat. // Mary Kaldor on the revolutions of civil society 1989/2011.// Richard Littlejohn: The revolution will not be televised on the BBC/Jan Palach and Mohamed Bouazizi. // New Appeal to Reason: Two myths about Egypt. // Partial readings: Emancipation.// Jonathan Tobin: The ugly side of Egyptian political culture. // Jackson Diehl: The upside of the revolution. // Natan Sharansky: Putting our trust in freedom.// David Pollack: What Egyptians think.// Ian Johnson: Washington’s Secret History with the Muslim Brotherhood. // Manar Ammar: Women, Democracy and Change in Egypt
Antisemitism, Ziocentricity, anti-Zionism, denialism and other irrationalities
My latest post at Contested Terrain on antisemitic incicendents in Britain, and on "ziocentrism". // ChomskyWatch: Modernity on the MIT gnome's relationship with Holocaust revisionist Lou Rollins. // 9/11 Truth is denialism. // Who has killed more Americans, al-Qaeda or the 9/11 Truth movement? // Keith Kahn-Harris: When antisemitism goes hand in hand with philosemitism.
Multiculturalism and its much-vaunted demise
Everybody hates a tourist: Old state multiculturalism in new bottles. // Sunder Katwala: Sorry, but it can't have been multiculturalism that failed in France.// Bruce Bawer: On the Guardian's reportage of the Bradford faith school incident. // Malise Ruthven: Why are the Mohammed cartoons still inciting violence?
Transpontine: Immigration raids in South London. // Depford visions: A New Cross fire memory (sorry - I should have included that here.) // Carnival Against Cuts: In Lewisham this Saturday. // 853: Why is Boris taking money from Tehran to advertise George Galloway?
David Shulman: Israel & Palestine: Breaking the Silence. // Nada Abdelsamad: The lost Jews of Beirut. // Elder of Ziyon: What the Palestine Papers reveal about land ownership in the occupied territories. // Eric Lee: Countdown to general strike in Israel? // TULIP: Workers pact for peace and justice in Is-Pal. // Louise Gold and Rosie Huzzard on The Promise and The Ultra-Zionists.