Especially highly recommended:
Peter Ryley’s “A matter of life and death”, written under the Greek stars after the
The wave of liberation that swept has swept the
The appalling “professional ex-Jew-turned-Judeophobe” and saxophonist Gilad Atzmon continues to get more and more malignant. I’ve already mentioned his suggestion that Anders Behring Breivik might be “a Sabbath Goy”, killing Norwegian leftists in vengeance for boycotting
In an even more alarming example, the radical US magazine Counterpunch has published an article co-written by a notorious antisemite and Holocaust denier who prefers to be called 'Israel Shamir', which imputed the rape allegations to a CIA plant, and called for the protection of Assange from "castrating feminists". Shamir claims to represent Wikileaks in Russia, though he was outed by Searchlight magazine as an ex-pat Swedish neo-Nazi named Joran Jermas some years ago. Not everyone knows who Shamir is, but if Wikileaks doesn't have the sense to check him out, I would expect that Counterpunch should. Still, if they can tolerate a clown like Gilad Atzmon, opening the magazine up to a closeted neo-Nazi to spew misogyny may not be a big step. And if so, that reflects a wider degeneration of Alexander Cockburn's political judgment, which has also manifested itself in some quite kooky output about global warming.
I keep failing to add Rob Marchant’s Centre Left to my blogroll. Although a few notches to my right, Rob’s blog covers many of the issues I touch on here, and I recommend it. I also plan to add Joan Smith to my commentariat section: she blogs at Political Blonde.
I am a big fan of Danny Baker, not quite a national institution in the way he should be, but certainly a
Modernity on the racism of Respect’s Carole Swords. Nick Cohen on the left’s Islamist fetish. Marko Hoare on Douglas Murray and the Henry Jackson Society. Bob Sutton on women asylum seekers versus the UK Border Agency and the English Defence League. Peter Ryley on simon Jenkins on the “iron law” of liberal intervention. Michael Weiss and Hussein Ibish on the creepiness of Alistair Crooke and Conflicts Forum.
I checked in on Spiked to see if they’d have anything interesting to say on the riots. Some was worth reading, if completely predictable cut and paste of the Spiked take on everything else. And, as usual, Nathalie Rothschild’s reports from Israel and
Read Jim Denham on why Louis Armstrong is still the greatest. And we conclude with Johnny Cash’s “Folsom Prison Blues”, in honour of bassist Grant Marshall, who died this month, whose distinctive style defines the sound we think of as Cash’s: