We need a new campaign against racism and fascism – but not a new ANL

  Above: a concert organised by the Anti-Nazi League and Rock Against Racism at Victoria Park, 1978. Photograph: David Corio/Redferns Mark Osborn writes: Following some comments by John McDonnell, there seems to be a bit of a push presently taking place, aimed at reviving the Anti-Nazi League (ANL). In my opinion the foundation of ANL Mk III should be opposed … Continue reading We need a new campaign against racism and fascism – but not a new ANL

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Aretha: the 1971 Fillmore West concert

Jon Eric Kellso (via Facebook) writes: Whoa! I didn’t know there was video of this famously amazing concert. Thank you, Lord! Aretha, Billy Preston - Organ, Jerry Jemmott- bass, King Curtis, Bernard Purdie, Cornel Dupree, the Memphis Horns...and Ray Charles sitting in for the encore?! C’mon! The Guardian obit by Richard Williams begins as follows: … Continue reading Aretha: the 1971 Fillmore West concert

Brexit, racism and the far right: what some anti-fascists don’t seem to understand

Andrew Coates (at Tendance Coatesy) reports: Above: the hard-line Brexit right. “The fight against racism is indivisible – which is why the left has always made it central to its politics.”  - Lindsey German  of the Left pro-Brexit group Counterfire, August the 13th. Brexiteer Arron Banks wants to mobilise Leave supporters to join the Tory … Continue reading Brexit, racism and the far right: what some anti-fascists don’t seem to understand

‘Trojan Horse’ Brum schools scandal: the truth finally emerges

Razwan Faraz should have quit while he was ahead: he is one of five school leaders accused of misconduct who had the cases against them dropped last year, after the NCTL (National College for Teaching and Leadership) disciplinary panel concluded it had no option but to end the hearings due to an "abuse of justice". Supporters of … Continue reading ‘Trojan Horse’ Brum schools scandal: the truth finally emerges

Matgamna on Corbyn and antisemitism: JC really does not “get it”

Above: why Jews have grounds to be concerned about Corbyn and the tradition he comes from By Sean Matgamna There is something dreamlike in the turmoil in and around the Labour Party about antiemitism. Episodes occur — Pete Wilsman on the seventy rabbis are pulled out of the memory hole; the meeting Jeremy Corbyn hosted back in 2010... … Continue reading Matgamna on Corbyn and antisemitism: JC really does not “get it”

Parris on Johnson: “Somebody has to call a halt to the gathering pretence that if only you’re sufficiently comical in politics you can laugh everything off”

Cartoon: Martin Rowson, the Guardian From behind Murdoch's paywall: now seems as good a time as any to remind readers of former Tory MP Matthew Parris's evisceration of Boris Johnson in his (Parris's) Times column of 26 March 2016. It doesn't touch upon Johnson's casual racism, but remains a wonderful denunciation of a charlatan who, at the time, was … Continue reading Parris on Johnson: “Somebody has to call a halt to the gathering pretence that if only you’re sufficiently comical in politics you can laugh everything off”

Germany’s new left-populist movement

By Dale Street Sahra Wagenknecht (pictured above), co-chair of the parliamentary fraction of the German left-wing Die Linke party, has announced the launch-date and name for a new extra-parliamentary “broad movement”. It will be launched on 4 September, and it will be called #StandUp. On one level #StandUp — targeted at members of Die Linke, … Continue reading Germany’s new left-populist movement