I didn't manage to catch all of my backlog in my last link round-up, so this one also has some stuff stretching back into last month.
I'm getting a bit exhausted with this. The bottom line is there is too much antisemitism circulating in the Party. Despite what Jim rightly describes as Corbyn's best statement so far on antisemitism, the Labour leadership and, even more so, too many rank and file Corbynistas, don't seem to get it. Len McCluskey's intervention was pretty poor, and the show of denialism from the likes of Chris Williamson is embarrassing. Here are some of the best reads I've seen on the topic: Brendan McGeever and David Feldman in the Indy (originally in Ha'aretz), Keith Kahn-Harris in the Guardian, Peter Ryley on his blog and Ralph Leonard on his blog. For a good insight into how antisemitism circulates in the Labour social media sphere, read this important study by Daniel Allington. And here Anti-Nazis United looks at the Labour activists who claim they've never seen antisemitism in the party.
From Windrush to the Hostile Environment
Labour's failure to get to grips with the racism in its ranks should not blind us to the fact that the Tories remain the truest Nasty Party (if you need a reminder, check out the odious - now suspended - candidate George Stoakley), whose vicious anti-migrant attacks have helped mainstream xenophobia and destroyed lives. It has been heartening to see a shift in the national discourse in the wake of the Windrush scandal, and this needs to lead to a full-on critique of the Hostile Environment policies that continue to target migrants, including Europeans, and non-migrant people of colour. On the Runnymede blog, Lester Holloway and Sundeep Lidher explore the legacy of Windrush. This brilliant essay by Kenan Malik on elite racism and the white working class as alibi is a really thought-provoking look at the legacy of Powell. Rita Chadha on the MRN blog is sharp on the coming backlash to this shift in the discourse.
Corbyn and Corbynism has been responsible to some extent for a shift in the Overton window that might enable a different conversation about migration, an escape from the old Blair/Brown mantras of "British jobs for British workers" and "tough on immigration, tough on the causes of immigration". But he has also shown a worrying willingness to throw migrant workers under the bus in the name of (national) socialism, and a failure to robustly defend freedom of movement, which I think should be one of the key causes of our time. Here's a post by Peter R that talks about this.
As the links here showed, the Douma and Salisbury chemical attacks have been the focus of a serious disinformation campaign. Among the journalists documenting this are former Guardian Middle East editor Brian Whitaker ("How “Ian56” keeps the false flags flying on Twitter"), Snopes' Bethania Palma ("Critics Slam Viral Stories Claiming Douma Chemical Attack Victims Died from ‘Dust’"), EAWorldview's Scott Lucas ("Russia’s (Dis)information Warfare and Assad’s Chemical Attacks"), Muhammad Idrees Ahmad ("Truth Is the First Step to Accountability in Syria"), The Intercept's Robert Mackey ("Russia Sows Doubts Over Chemical Attack in Syria, Aided by Pro-Trump Cable Channel") and HuffPo's Chris York ("How An Obscure British Blogger Became Russia's Key Witness Against The White Helmets"). Also read: A quick profile of hardcore racist Ian56789.