Archive for July, 2006

Lenny Bruce: Puncturing Hypocricy

Thursday, July 27th, 2006

On BBC Radio2, listen again to the one hour documentary Lenny Bruce Is Dead. Simon Amstell finds out why Lenny’s fight for freedom of speech cost him his life.
Lenny Bruce took on the sacred cows of his day (organised religion, government, race) and his fight against the authorities who tried (and succeeded) to silence him […]

Precision Techniques

Wednesday, July 26th, 2006

In countering accusations of indiscrimate bombing of civilian sites in southern Lebanon, Israelis have always taken pains to maintain that bombings have been “clinical”, making much use of precision bombing technologies.
OK fine. But given that, the bombing of 4 UN officials puts paid to such claims since the Israeli prime minister’s office has had to […]

Galloway: Genocide Apologist

Monday, July 24th, 2006

On Friday (8.30pm), George Galloway MP appeared on a live phone-in discussion on BanglaTV (Sky Channel 781), which had been convened to discuss the “removal” of Delwar Hossein Sayeedi from Britain the previous week. Now whether Sayeedi was kicked out of the UK with the help of ‘Home Office intervention’ or he skedaddled out […]

Helping Lebanon

Monday, July 24th, 2006

There is a massive humanitarian crisis happening in Lebanon with the displaced estimated at 500,000. [LATimes]
As Israeli warplanes continues to bomb civilian targets, thousands of families evacuate the cities to safer territories. But even civilians who are making their perilious escape are not safe from Israeli strikes.
SandMonkey praises his “Brother Arabs” helping Lebanon but admonishes […]

From Secular to IslamoTrotsky

Monday, July 17th, 2006

Any study of the growth of Islamic politicisation in the Bangladeshi community in the East End of London since September 11 to the parlous state we find ourselves in now should reference Delwar Hossein’s unsentimental analysis. Its spot on.
An older generation of British Bangladeshis saw Islam as one aspect of a plural, many-layered identity; […]

Beyond Any Realm of Acceptability

Sunday, July 16th, 2006

I’m concious of how the Lebanon war has rendered me speechless. I’ve nothing to say, resigned in glum silence to endure sitting  through this intractable and entrenched nationalist/ethnic tragedy play itself out.
Naturally the first word on the Lebanese POV goes to a Lebanese blogger at Lebanese Political Journal:
To Everyone Who Thinks Israel’s Campaign is Just […]

Hizbut Tahrir in Bangladesh

Sunday, July 16th, 2006

If you’re Hizbut and you know it, clap your hands.
Remember when Hizbut Tahrir changed its name-tag to Stop Islamophobia last October? They did so in order to continue their activities on the grounds of University of London (UCL), SOAS and Luton University, where previously they’d been banned.
It looks like they are doing the same […]

Sayeedi Update

Sunday, July 16th, 2006

On Saturday 15 July, Delwar Hossein Sayeedi was, with the help of the Home Office, flown back to Bangladesh.
On the previous day an informed discussion on the issues touched on and about Martin Bright’s documentary Who Represents British Muslims was kicking off on Pickled Politics before it was aired on Channel 4 on Friday night.
One […]

The Foreign Office and the ‘Mainstream’ Islamist

Thursday, July 13th, 2006

The NewStatesman journalist Martin Bright will be on Channel 4’s 30 Minutes on Friday night (7.30pm). Be sure to watch it.
The programme will be about the government’s cozy relationship with Muslim organisations such as the MCB. A relationship which ultimately aids the protection and rehabilitation of Islamic extremists. The MCB, referred to as an “umbrella […]

If hooks could kill

Wednesday, July 12th, 2006

When Scritti Politti last played live in front of an audience, an astonishing twenty six years ago, Green Gartside (pictured) experienced such a terrifying attack of stage fright, he had a heart attack at the age of 23.
Since then, Green’s career has been beset with personal troubles of one sort or another which has stop-started […]

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