Thursday, August 23, 2012

Assange-free link list

Book lists
Following this post, here are book lists from Sarah, Norm and Noga. All great lists. Possibly more comments to follow.

South Africa: frontline in the class struggle
The Marikana mine massacre - the televised spectacle of mainly black riot policemen shooting down of over 34 striking mine workers - followed by the bullying by the mine owners by the British-based owners of the mine, Lonmin, who in turn are fully suported by the governing ANC, its main component the South African Communist Party and the mainstream union, the National Union of Mineworkers (NUM) and the SACP-dominated trade union coalition COSATU. A close partner of Lonmin is Shanduka, the company of millionaire ANC politician Cyril Ramaphosa, close associate of Nelson Mandela and former president of the NUM; the Shanduka Group, through its subsidiary, Shanduka Resources, holds a 50.03% share holding in Incwala Resources, which in turn holds an 18% interest in Lonmin’s two principal operating subsidiaries, Western Platinum Limited and Eastern Platinum Limited, and a 26% stake in the Akanani platinum project. The wildcat strike is partly a strike against his union, the NUM, as well as against the Lonmin bosses.

The massacre is politically important for showing that racial justice does not lead to social justice; black plutocrats are no more kind than whiet plutocrats. South Africa's government is corrupt, thuggish and pro-business; inequality has grown since apartheid ended and the ANC cares nothing for the likes of the rock drillers except as vote-fodder. The massacre should serve as a wake-up call to the global labour movement about priorities - but alas probably won't.

Read Brendan O'Neill on the ANC’s Sharpeville;The Marikana Mine Worker's Massacre – a Massive Escalation in the War on the Poor by Ayanda Kota of Abahlali baseMjondolo (h/t SS); Umshini Wam by Chris McMichael; Blood on our hands, hands over ears by Jay Naidoo; and Semseni Na? by Chris Rodrigues. Contrast the disgusting half-truths, scape-goating of independent trade unionists and peddling of the ANC/NUM line by the Stalinists of the Morning Star - here, here. And the shameful response of COSATU's anti-Zionist thug Bongani Masuku.
 

Putin v Pussy Riot
Read Nick Cohen on the evil collusion between tyranny and theocracy in Russia and Hugo Rifkind via Mick Hartley on protests against Putin and the duplicity of WikiLeaks. (Sorry, Assange inserted himself there; meant to keep him out of this post.)


Jews, youth and socialism
I disagree with some of the things Peter Risdon says in this extremely thought-provoking post.

Secularism, theocracy, intolerance and double standards
Two very thoughtful posts by BenSix: Girl Accused on Pakistan's drift to theocracy and the West's relative indifference, and You Are Not Damien Karras…, on witchcraft allegations and those who ask the West to be indifferent. (My summaries don't do just to the content there.) And a thoughtful post by Pink Prosecco on the dilemmas of secularism. And here's a debate on the circumcision ban we were talking about earlier in the summer. (I might get back to that at some point.)

Also
Alan Mendoza's putsch at the Henry Jackson SocietyEldridge Cleaver in 1968 on Jewish lessons for black nationalists. Sarah AB on the endlessly depressing topic of anti-Roma bigotry in Hungary. James Bloodworth on why railways are too important to run on greed. No future for French Jews? Who are America's heroes?

Image credits: AFP via Global Post; Reuters via The Atlantic via MH.




7 comments:

modernity's ghost said...

Bob,

Apologises for posting these links, but I thought you'd like to know this.

Just noticed that SU blog allowed a neo-Nazi to post in a link to a sick YouTube channel, ie.


#6 …look into the future and see the light that shines there.”

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UK8Z3i3aTq4

Posted by Alfie North 29 August, 2012 at 11:44 am Quote selected text Reply “


on this thread http://www.socialistunity.com/rachel-corrie-israel-finds-israel-not-guilty/#comments

It leads to "THE EVIL OF THE ZIONISTS" Youtube channel, its introduction is:

"EVIL ZIONISTS, PROISRAEL, THE REST OF THE SCUM, YOU CAN NOT SILENT US FROM SPEAKING THE TRUTH. NO MUTER WHAT YOU DO FREEDOM FIGHTER WILL COME BACK AGAIN AND AGAIN AND AGAIN TILL YOU DIE HAHA .. truth really hurts huh!

Under cover of the ideal of Liberty we have given the Jews liberty to attack Liberty, said Henry Ford in his book, The International Jew.

Standing up to Italian crime gangs is not anti-Italian; standing up to American crime gangs is not anti-American.So don't be fooled into thinking that standing up to Zionist crime gangs is anti-Semitic!

When you are ready to stop being a victim of crime networks, join with us by helping to educate people. And prepare to fight this criminal network: Prepare for the Battle."

PS: I imagine SU blog will eventually delete the comment, now I have pointed it out.

But it shows that SU blog readers either 1) don't read 2) can't spot neo-fascist material when its under their "anti-Zionist" noses.

The Contentious Centrist said...

I posted a comment on the website modernity linked to. This is a real Mos Eisley type of place. Unbelievable, reckless, boundless hatred. I'd characterize it as nothing less than jihadist in frenzy and intent. Scary.

Sarah AB said...

@Contentious Centrist - I saw that. I am banned from SU, but tried to leave a comment on your blog, after seeing the exchange. I'd actually give the benefit of the doubt over the offensive link - I certainly never look at anything other than the clip itself if I follow a link to You Tube.

modernity's ghost said...

Sarah,

You mean all SU readers either can't click on links or don't read each other's contributions?

100s, if not 1000s, of people must have read that threat and the penny didn't drop?

Carelessness or stupidity?

Obviously both are plausible, but I'll bet if you left a link to some pro-Israel YouTube page it would be gone before you could say "Stalin"

It clear that the Extreme Right drop into such forums post a few links and see who bites.

The question is, why aren't they found out?

The Contentious Centrist said...

Looks like I've been banned from the site.

I got the impression that they are a bunch of juvenile, sentimental would-be Stalinists who wouldn't know a fascist if he came and hit them on their heads. All that foul mouthing and insults and total impatience with any different views. I can't believe there are actually people like that. Like the man and the giraffe in the joke.

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