Neither Precise Nor Proportionate Trump’s attack on Syria was unserious but intended to relieve emotional pressure—and in many ways, worse than doing nothing at all. By Eliot A. Cohen (in the Atlantic) Photo: Omar Sanadiki / Reuters Cohen's a neo-con, but he's seen through Trump's posturing re Syria and expresses his contempt in superb prose: "Unserious ... a … Continue reading “A kind of martial onanism” – a neo-con debunks Trump’s Syria posturing
Illustration: Steve Bell (Guardian) It's exactly twenty years since Powell's infamous 'Rivers of Blood' speech. The racism that Powell stirred up then, became less publicly acceptable over the decades that followed, but never fully went away: it was clearly reflected in the EU referendum campaign and the Brexit vote. It was present in the "hostile environment" … Continue reading Listen Powell, you gutter-rat!
Above: film There Was No Hope, produced by the POLIN Museum of the History of Polish Jews; below extract from The Ghetto Fights by Marek Edelman (the last surviving leader of the uprising, who died in 2009). The 1943 act of Jewish resistance arose within the Warsaw Ghetto in German-occupied Poland opposing the Nazi's final effort to transport the remaining … Continue reading Warsaw Ghetto uprising: “Those who were killed in action had done their duty to the end, to the last drop of blood that soaked into the pavements of the Warsaw ghetto”
From Bill Weinberg's Countervortex: Just over a year after Trump's air-strikes on an Assad regime airbase in response to the Khan Sheikhoun chemical attack, we've witnessed a repeat of this episode—although this time the air-strikes were on wider targets, and carried out in conjunction with British and French forces. In response to last week's chemical attack on Douma … Continue reading Syria: gas attacks, air-strikes and hypocrisy — again
Thousands of long-term UK residents face the threat of deportation and being denied access to healthcare due to UK paperwork issues and anomalies affecting some immigrants who arrived from former British colonies, largely from the Caribbean. This is because of the increasing requirement to show paperwork proving a right to be in the UK before people … Continue reading David Lammy’s impassioned speech on May’s “hostile environment” for migrants
This important piece from Leila's blog deserves the widest possible circulation (h/t: Comrade Coatesy): The ‘anti-imperialism’ of idiots April 14, 2018 by Leila Al Shami Once more the western ‘anti-war’ movement has awoken to mobilise around Syria. This is the third time since 2011. The first was when Obama contemplated striking the Syrian regime’s military capability … Continue reading More on the “anti-imperialism of idiots”
By Andrew Coates (at Tendance Coatesy) April 15: The ‘anti-imperialism’ of idiots This morning I was struck, listening to Europe 1 to hear people in Syria, including Kurds, saying that they welcomed bombs on Assad’s military resources, though they doubted that the present air strikes would have any real effect. Amongst other thoughts were the need … Continue reading The anti-imperialism of idiots