Weekly roundup of news and blogs


by Sunny
21st May, 2006 at 9:26 pm    

Due to popular demand* the weekly round up news and blogs is back, with a splutter.

1) Resident photographer Kesara went to the pro-Palestinian rally in London yesterday organised by someone called the British Muslim initiative (no idea who). Pics are here. Schmoo has some too. A note: I hate it when kids get dragged into political rallies about situations that are much more complex than they think. But then, their parents are probably just as thick.

2) On Friday Amir Taheri, writing for the Canadian National Post, claimed the Iranian President was going to start colour-coding non-Muslims. It turned out to be false. Both Lenin and Curious Hamster report on this, while Daily Kos puts together Taheri’s neo-con links.

3) Here’s another funny story. Rod Liddle on knife-crime regarding Kiyan Prince’s murder: “The killer of Kiyan Prince might be a Somalian kid. One should not, of course, blame an entire community for the alleged crime of one of its members, but there is a positive correlation between Somalians and incidences of crime in our southern inner cities.” Is there a positive correlation between Liddle growing older and becoming more intellectually demented? It’s happening already.

4) For something more relaxing: Gawker on inane Instapundit links; Zak on the Munshi and the Queen; Peter on a hilarious roundup of what political commentators are saying about the world cup.

5) Tim has the weekly Britblog roundup too. If you have more links, post them below or email me for next week.

*Rakhee twisted my arm, basically.


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  1. Jay Singh — on 21st May, 2006 at 10:05 pm  

    My favourite Rod Lidlle pile of shit was when he went to France after the riots and talked in his GCSE French to a woman in a suburban train station and on the basis of that proclaimed that France was on the verge of an Islamic takeover.

  2. Jay Singh — on 21st May, 2006 at 10:58 pm  

    Excuse me Kesara, but why couldn’t you have taken photos of this protest instead?

    http://uk.news.yahoo.com/21052006/80-132/animal-rights-protesters-naked-bearskins.html

  3. Bikhair — on 21st May, 2006 at 11:09 pm  

    Sunny,

    I agree these kids need to be home. It is nice to know that some of my youngest sisters are so adorable.

  4. Aurangzeb — on 21st May, 2006 at 11:12 pm  

    Children also suffer in conflicts. They should not be shielded form reality and there is nothing wrong with Palestinian kids taking part in a protest.

  5. Bikhair — on 21st May, 2006 at 11:13 pm  

    JAy Singh,

    If the Muslims do plan to take over France or even Europe, they better well stop living on the margins of society. They cant do it with guns, people in Europe are generally unarmed, they can only have so many kids, Muslims will not be allowed on the continent as immigrants. Their only option is to get into the political, security, and financial systems in order to take over.

  6. Jay Singh — on 21st May, 2006 at 11:15 pm  

    I think you and Rod Liddle would get on well Bikhair.

  7. Don — on 21st May, 2006 at 11:55 pm  

    Liddle is such a wanker. The BBC did a programme a while back, largely focussed on faith schools and religious sectarianism and got Liddle to front it. He was scruffy, arrogant, agressive at the wrong times, and did a generally sloppy job. Wasted opportunity.

  8. windsof — on 22nd May, 2006 at 12:06 am  

    Liddle made a good point, in a ‘muliticultural’ country surely you expect people who come from and share in a violent and lawless culture to be perhaps overrepresented in crime statistics?

  9. Sunny — on 22nd May, 2006 at 12:12 am  

    What point did he make exactly? Ah yes. This black boy got stabbed. The killer might have been Somalian. Because they also murder people you know. This is all the fault of multi-culturalism! This country is going to hell… aaarggh!!

    Or to put it another way, Liddle’s brain is going into meltdown with all that booze because he sure as hell can’t find a useful reason to blame Somalians. So he just makes it up. Journalism as its best.

  10. Amir — on 22nd May, 2006 at 1:04 am  

    Sunny,
    This is all the fault of multi-culturalism!

    At last, you’re talking sense! Well, err, I dunno,… it’s been a long time coming – but welcome to the fold anyway. :-)

  11. Zak — on 22nd May, 2006 at 1:12 am  

    thanks for the link about amin taheri I was wondering why the guy seemed so over the top in his articles about iran..I agree about your comment about kids and politics

  12. StrangelyPsychedelique / Kesara — on 22nd May, 2006 at 1:15 am  

    ARRRRRGHHhhhhhh Jay I missed that! I can’t believe it :(
    Oh this sucks, I’ve missed two protests now. Whilst I was photographing Malaysian models thousands of women ran in aid of breast cancer research…

    Oh well, one can only make time for so many good causes.

    Mmmmmmmmmmmmmm naked bears….

    …eating monkeys

  13. Sunny — on 22nd May, 2006 at 1:25 am  

    Kesara – mate put a space between the “/” of your names, otherwise it messes up my sidebar. Sorry. And how shameful you were not there to photograph naked PETA members. Damn you.

    Amir – I hope you realise that your fellow multi-culti haters have as much logic as Liddle above. ;)

  14. Bikhair — on 22nd May, 2006 at 1:50 am  

    Amir,

    Why doesnt he like multiculturalism? I dont see much of multiculturalism except in the most superficial ways.

  15. Amir — on 22nd May, 2006 at 2:07 am  

    Zak,
    Sunny misrepresents Amir Taheri. I am in no position at present to comment about the non-story and how it got out into the media so quickly without sufficient verification, but it must be borne in mind that:

    1) The legal privileges accorded to Jews, Christians, Zoroastrians, Sunnis, and Ahwazi Arabs living in Iran is sufficiently less than the Shia population. It’s semi-apartheid. Death-squads are regularly deployed to ‘sort-out’ mischievous trouble-makers and whippersnappers.

    2) The racist law that Amir Taheri cites is not a ‘law’ as such, but an auxiliary motion introduced into parliament some time ago (although it is not yet a tangible reality). I do not want to comment on this any further until I’ve read a full explanation from Taheri himself.

    And by the way, this mini-smear campaign against the ‘Benador Associates’ is cringeworthy. If you’re going to mutter darkly about the Neo-Con cabal, then at least use some substantive arguments instead of the old ad homonym. [Incidentally: what’s this strange obsession with Rod Liddle’s drinking-habits? Judging by Mr. Liddle’s voluminous output, his regular TV appearances, and invitations to Radio 5,.. the odd tipple or two isn’t doing his career any harm, now is it?] Interestingly, the Lenin’s Tomb brigade are arriving at all these Moonbatty conclusions that Amir Taheri is sounding the drumbeat for war in Iran…

    It’s just a shame they didn’t read this essay.
    Or this review.

    Amir.

  16. Amir — on 22nd May, 2006 at 2:20 am  

    Bikhair,
    Sunny is pro-multicultural
    I’m anti-multicultural

    The differences between us aren’t actually that extreme – it’s just that we derive similar(ish) principles from different sources (he’s a liberal, I’m a conservative/Republican), and, well, I don’t look at anything in life through rose-tinted glasses. Every day, I see multiculturalism (mixed with gut-wrenching poverty and bad education) tearing people apart, sowing the seeds of paranoia, and fuelling alienation in young people. It’s a viscous cycle.

    [Sunny, you haven’t replied to my rejoinder on the previous thread… ‘chicken’ now, are we? :-) ]

  17. mirax — on 22nd May, 2006 at 8:19 am  

    >> The legal privileges accorded to Jews, Christians, Zoroastrians, Sunnis, and Ahwazi Arabs living in Iran is sufficiently less than the Shia population. It’s semi-apartheid.

    You left out the Bahais – Iran’s largest religious minority. Iran is more ‘apartheid’ than the country more frequently tagged as such, Israel.

  18. SajiniW — on 22nd May, 2006 at 9:53 am  

    Whilst Liddle’s logic is flawed, he does getting me thinking on two *very* important issues.

    Whenever the Met publishes crime figures in proportion to the numbers present from a particular minority, a few minorities have a habit of shouting ‘racist’ at them whilst not doing anything to reform their own lot.

    If the minorities don’t trust the police, it’s up to them to reform themselves. Easier said than done, but we’ll have another set of Paris riots if we don’t pay attention to the deprivation/lack of opportunity or integration faced by certain groups.

    Another issue worth considering is that of ‘finger-pointing’. If we’re continually sweeping wrongdoing by minorities under the rug, then we won’t be able to resolve it.

    At the same time, minorities should not be so ready to resent whilst falling over each other to criticise those they feel are inferior to them. We must not fall prey to the vulture of ‘divide and conquer’.

  19. Vikrant — on 22nd May, 2006 at 10:22 am  

    (he’s a liberal, I’m a conservative/Republican)

    Ahh… a fella conservative btoher in this pinko wilderness.

  20. sonia — on 22nd May, 2006 at 10:32 am  

    Children also suffer in conflicts – spot on. they suffer the most.

  21. Tasneem — on 22nd May, 2006 at 10:39 am  

    “Colou-coding” is going pretty trendy these days. And who was coding “attention”, “alert”, “danger” and “fear” with red-green-orange-pink?

  22. Jay Singh — on 22nd May, 2006 at 10:43 am  
  23. sonia — on 22nd May, 2006 at 10:46 am  

    “Every day, I see multiculturalism (mixed with gut-wrenching poverty and bad education) tearing people apart, sowing the seeds of paranoia, and fuelling alienation in young people. It’s a viscous cycle.”

    How funny. Anti-’multiculturalism’ – so what do you suggest? colour coding everyone and then ‘removing’ them to places where you don’t have to ‘deal’ with multiple cultures? ( Oh right – let me think – hasn’t that been tried before..it sounds so familiar!!)

  24. sonia — on 22nd May, 2006 at 10:47 am  

    i find it amusing how people like to slag off a bunch of islamic types and they say they’re ‘conservative’ – i mean you all ought to get together – you know you have plenty in common!

  25. sonia — on 22nd May, 2006 at 10:49 am  

    “If the minorities don’t trust the police, it’s up to them to reform themselves.”

    ???

  26. sonia — on 22nd May, 2006 at 10:53 am  

    a very strange comment sajini – you make it sound like the leader can press a button and boom – community reformed! shades of a police state? ( i imagine you’re referring to ‘self-policing’..)

  27. Jay Singh — on 22nd May, 2006 at 11:03 am  

    I think she was talking more about a state of mind and the encouraging of critical self analysis rather than knee jerk cries of defensiveness when certain issues need to be addressed.

  28. SajiniW — on 22nd May, 2006 at 11:46 am  

    Jay’s got what I meant. I realise it is difficult for a leader to expect instantaneous results but self-criticism and reform has got to come from within if communities are hostile to outside intervention.

  29. SajiniW — on 22nd May, 2006 at 11:49 am  

    Sonia, I was referring to Liddle’s comments on Somalians. It’s not the first time someone has (rightly/wrongly) accused them of trouble-making.

    See Piara Khabra’s comments here – http://www.ealingtimes.co.uk/archive/display.var.622452.0.0.html

  30. sonia — on 22nd May, 2006 at 12:10 pm  

    i was referring to your terminology of ‘within’ and ‘outside’ there’s still the dynamics of the ‘within’ to consider – obviously.

  31. Rakhee — on 22nd May, 2006 at 12:57 pm  

    => Children should not be shielded form reality and there is nothing wrong with Palestinian kids taking part in a protest.

    Since when? This world has gone barking mad if we think children should even be having to think about some of the issues us adults have to deal with.

    Why should kids be protesting? Why shouldn’t kids be shielded from reality? That’s what being a kid is all about. Time as a child should be happy and stress free. Now with restrictions, regulations, curriculums, pressure etc kids are suffering so much.

    Kids should be having fun. Period.

  32. Rakhee — on 22nd May, 2006 at 1:02 pm  

    ps. Thank you Sunny for the weekly round up!

  33. Sid — on 22nd May, 2006 at 1:07 pm  

    Kids should be having fun. Period.

    I quite agree

  34. Roger — on 22nd May, 2006 at 1:09 pm  

    ” It’s a viscous cycle”
    Like treacle in a washing machine?

    Given Somali culture and the history of Somalia, especially over the last couple of decades, it wouldn’t be surprising if Somalis in Britain, especially those who’ve only recently got out of the country or come from old-fashioned families, were violent with less apparent provocation than people from other backgrounds.

  35. Refresh — on 23rd May, 2006 at 2:02 am  

    Sunny there is nothing too complex about the Palestinian situation. Can’t understand why you should think so.

    People have lost their home and land. And its appropriate to protest – to the last if necessary.

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