Modernity takes up the thread on antisemitism in the Green Party. Jonathan Freedland: Antisemitism: the hatred that refuses to go away. David Baddiel: How antisemitism entered the zeitgeist. The last sentence of the latter is especially relevant.
Libya and the refugee crisis by Heine de Haas (who has the same blog template as me, so don't get confused and forget to come back afterwards). Michael Totten interviews Rick Francona on the Arab revolutions and the geopolitics of the Middle East.
High theory in low places
Andrew Coates with a radical critique of Slavoj Zizek, and History is Made at Night on Foucault in Tunisia.
LSE's shame, but also Blair's and Sarkozy's, Castro's and Chavez's, and lots more besides
More from Peter Ryley. Mod on Fred Halliday. The Mead list of Gaddafi toads, including Berlusconi, Chavez, Farrakhan and Castro and, most enjoyably, "delusional American college professors" (h/t Mod).
Louis Proyect has two posts on the stupid pro-Gaddafi line of some of the "anti-imperialist" left. This one is on Diana Johnstone, and this one is on Jean Bricmont. I radically disagree with his support for Milosovic, but agree with most of his condemnations of Johnstone and Bricmont. We've encountered Johnstone before, as a genocide denialist (see Andrew Murphy here). Bricmont was co-author with Alan Sokal of the wonderful Fashionable Nonsense, but has since become more notorious for his own fashionable nonsense about, for example, the need for the de-Zionification of the American mind, often published by the "vile" CounterPunch.
Two more de facto defenders of Gaddafi are right-wing Cold Warriors turned darlings of the "anti-imperialist" left Flynt and Hillary Mann Leverett, given space at HuffPo to make their silly non-arguments about Iran and Libya and meddling. We've met the Leveretts before: see here, here and here.
Proyect's comrade Richard Estes (again not someone I endorse in general) also has two good posts on Chavez and the Arab revolution: 1, 2.
The uprising spreads to Hamastan
Yet another fantastic post by Terry Glavin. And as an aside, here's a story from Gaza on the clampdown on male salon workers.
The uprising stalled in Egypt
Andrew Coates has a good, if depressing post on International Women's Day in Cairo.
International Women's Day elsewhere
In Iran 1979 (more in the video via Entdinglichung below). In Iran 2011. In Afghanistan. In Palestine. And across the Middle East.
Carnival of socialism
It's taken me a while to get through Louise's recent instalment. Here are some extracts:
there are some on the Left (if you can call them that…) who believe Gaddafi is some kind of left anti-imperialist…well he ain't! And here’s a map of Libya’s oil infrastructure…. This eyewitness account from Tripoli is very poignant.Here's a couple of related things on Left Foot Forward: James Lee on ESOL cuts underming Cameron's integration message and Darren Johnson on how Boris should tackle high pay.
But also….what about what is happening in Egypt since Mubarak resigned? Zeinobia introduces us to the military junta of Egypt while Lansbury’s Lido makes a very good point. On the positive side….The fight by workers for independent trade unions. Solidarity!! [...]
While the struggle intensifies globally over here it’s crunch time with councils and their budgets. There has been many discussions about strategy… 10 reasons, can councils resist the cuts, what should councillors do, why we should resist not implement Tory cuts, though at the end of the day people should be working together.
Anti-fascism in the 21st century
Phil on Searchlight, extremism and the squeezed middle.
Sound and moving image