The Middle East
Libya and the complexities of liberal intervention: Bill Weinberg on questionable reports of Polisario fighters in Gaddafi's camp.Mick Hume on the PR war over Libya. James Turley on the rebels. SR Gardner on how the left got it wrong.
Talking of tyrants: The Hitch on Mugabe.
Looking back on the revolution in Egypt: Joshua Muravchik. Meanwhile, the counterrevolution continues: Global Voices on the jailing of Maikel Nabil.
And on the wider revolutions in the Middle East, an interesting symposium at JRB, featuring Shlomo Avineri, Michael Walzer and others.
Iz/Pal: Following the slaying of Juliano Mer-Khamis comes the killing of an Italian ISM activist, Vittorio Arrigoni, by Islamists in Gaza. Reading: Nathalie Rothschild on the Goldstone semi-U-turn. Good to see False Dichotomies back from intermission, with two interesting Iz/Pal posts: one on Arab Israeli national service, and one on Omar Barghouti, the high priest of the BDS movement. From TULIP, Eric Lee on what Palestinian trade unionists told UNISON's delegation. And a huge amount of material to chew on in this great news round-up from Green Engage.
Islam and intolerance
On Monday, France introduced its ridiculous and authoritarian burka ban. Jim wrote: "France introduces its new bill to emancipate women by arresting two women. Rest assured they are now fully liberated in the cells." In Spiked, Brendan O'Neill is smart and sensible on the burka ban, with a smarter response from David Osler. Also see Carl.
Moving from uncovering flesh to burning books: Ms Flesh on the Qu'ran-burners.
Closer to home
The likes of us: I intend to get around to watching Michael Collins on council housing on the old iPlayer. See comment thread (including me) at Paul's place. Here's a review by Steve Hilditch (via Jim).
Sectariana: The SPGB on Chris Bambery's departure from the SWP.
UK politricks: The BNP are not looking like they will do too well in the forthcoming elections - Hope Not Hate have good coverage (via Jim). I have still not completely decided how to vote in the AV referendum. Gordon says Yes To AV is middle class fantasy politics.
British Islam: Check out the very good and rapidly improving newish blog of the Muslim Institute.
The immigration debate: I haven't yet digested David Cameron's latest immigration speech. The left in general are accusing him of "playing the immigration card", which is true in one sense, but my first impression of the speech is that it is considerably more sophisticated and sensible than previous attempts to do so, and actually cuts through some of the myths perpetuated by the anti-migration lobby. It may even be a step towards a de-toxified debate. For some responses from the pro-migration lobby, see Don Flynn and Owen Jones, and slightly more nuanced positions from Dan Hodges and Zrinka Bralo. For an intervention from a different angle, see Sarah Spencer on integration. I also liked this pithy comment from Evan Harris: "Oi Cameron! if "Real communities..bound by common experiences.. " [then] why let schools segregate by relig/race?"