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    Round up of stories

    by Rumbold on 16th August, 2009 at 2:06 PM    

    Richard Bartholomew on the English Defence League’s/Casuals United’s desperate attempts not to appear racist, by sucking up to other groups that don’t like Muslims.

    Afghanistan brings in more repressive laws for Shia women in order to suck up to voters (Hat-Tip: Amrit). Jess McCabe reports on what we can do to help.

    Unity on the authoritarian state of Singapore.

    Julie Bindel defends supermarkets.

    And finally, the fallout from the imposition of direct British rule on the Turks and Caicos islands continues. Ironically enough the imposition of direct rule by a Labour minister is a result of widespread corruption in the islands’ governance. Pot/kettle anyone?

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    1. marvin — on 16th August, 2009 at 4:43 PM  

      Why on earth would you link to the English version of Al-Jazeera for the story?! It’s on every British news outlet, and there’s a number of articles on the subject at the daddy of them all, at the BBC!.

    2. Amrit — on 16th August, 2009 at 6:26 PM  

      Julie Bindel’s article made me laugh, but it was a little too simplistic and emotive.

      I would say, read TMAP and Philip D’s comments before you get too smug.

    3. Rumbold — on 16th August, 2009 at 6:27 PM  

      I watch Al Jazeera (English) a lot. It is a cut above the others in terms of quality, even I don’t agree with some of its stances. For example, one day I turned on BBC news. Its lead story, which runs for ome time, was Michael Jackson’s funeral. Al Jazeera’s was on the unrest in China, to be followed by allegations of collusion in Liberia, the ICC/Sudan fiasco and something on Sri Lanka. All in the time it takes the BBC to report on the burying of a celebrity.

    4. marvin — on 16th August, 2009 at 6:40 PM  

      I hear you there, re. getting decent world new… Sorry I know this OT, perhaps you could do a post on it Rumbold - should Miliband be sacked for saying terrorism can be justified?

      It’s one thing sounding arrogant about MP’s provisions, or being mean over our NHS service, but saying innocent people should be deliberately be killed in some circumstances amounts to potentially putting our lives in danger.

    5. Rumbold — on 16th August, 2009 at 6:47 PM  


      Miliband should have simply denounced terrorism, if all that terrorism is is the tergeting of innocent civilians in an attempt to induce terror. But we also need to work out what we mean by terrorism.

    6. marvin — on 16th August, 2009 at 7:00 PM  

      Do we?


      terrorism: (the calculated use of violence (or the threat of violence) against civilians in order to attain goals that are political or religious or ideological in nature; this is done through intimidation or coercion or instilling fear)

      Right, so threatening and/or attacking civilians to attain political goals. Is justified. By banana brain Miliband.

    7. billericaydicky — on 16th August, 2009 at 7:44 PM  

      For the Turks and Caics read any African country. In 1957 when Ghana became the first “independent”African state it wasleft with a massive balance of payments surplus. In 1966 the military took over because it was skint. Kwame Nkruma and crooks stole all of the money. Sound familiar?

    8. Rumbold — on 16th August, 2009 at 9:30 PM  


      Well, I agree with that definition, but then we get into the nitty girtty. Is it terrorism for instance if a state kills a terrorist leader by sending a missile at his house, even though they know there are civilians present? What if there are only civilians present to use as human shields?

      I think Miliband was wrong by the way.

    9. wedding chair covers — on 18th August, 2009 at 7:42 PM  

      Miliband is way off base.

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