Archive for September, 2006

This is how we do it

Thursday, September 28th, 2006

The constant curtailment of freedom of speech and expression by reactionaries is doing all Muslims a serious disservice. The fear of offending is almost becoming offensive in itself. There is a growing intolerance of the sensitivities of the communities and its peoples. Put simply, it can’t go on. This doesn’t mean the individuals deserve attack […]

What she said

Tuesday, September 26th, 2006

“That’s a lie” said Cherie Blair.
“No, she didn’t say that”, said Downing Street, “she said, ‘I need to get by’”.
Yeah right. Perhaps what she meant to say was one of these:

“Big pizza pie!”
“Well, spit in my eye”
“The Treaty of Versaille!”
“I’ve been bitten by a tsetse fly”
“I got it in Dubai”
“Tony’s on spanish fly”
“The King and […]

Torture? What Torture?

Monday, September 25th, 2006

Mash has written a long, edgy and brilliant post on the Bush administration’s record on kidnap, torture, kangaroo courts, trumped up charges and, amongst other things, secret prisons whilst at the same time expecting the strict imposition of the Geneva Conventions from other governments.
The Bush Administration has always committed or justified detention without charge and […]

Muslim is the new Black

Sunday, September 24th, 2006

On Thursday the Home Secretary John Reid visits Leytonstone (in east London) to deliver a speech at a Muslim outreach program. He gets heckled by an “angry and maladroit” Muslim man who then gets bustled out. For the rest of the day all I see on the major news networks (BBC, ITN, SKY etc) is […]

Taking it easy

Saturday, September 23rd, 2006

Sid would like to apologise for going AWOL on Serious Golmal.
The self-imposed break in blogging over the last few weeks have been due to real life events involving illness (my wife’s, she’s better thanks), ennui (my own), reading, shopping, eating, cooking and watching films on DVD.
Abnormal transmission will resume shortly.
And now for the religious messages:
Rosh […]

18 Doughty Street

Saturday, September 23rd, 2006

The 18 Doughty Street project launches an internet based TV channel on the 10th October which hopes to bring, according to the blog, alternative news and current affairs from a group of private individuals and bloggers. This is a Conservative initiative and Conservative bloggers such as Iain Dale is bigging it up:
This channel is all […]

Pop Sites

Sunday, September 10th, 2006

Two websites by pop musicians that I’ve enjoyed wasting valuable time on:
The Guillemots’ didn’t win the Mercury prize this year but at least their site sports a menu system that puts nav back into navigation.
Get enlightened on the minimalist beauty of the artist known as Akira Rabelais. The man has released a new album Spellewauerynsherde […]

The O Of Go

Sunday, September 10th, 2006

Some of the anti-Blair imagery produced by the Stop the War Coalition can churn your stomach. The whole idea of stock images laced together with a bit of American Stadium Rock is presumably intended to both inspire and appall the viewer.
Truly appalling are the images from the Lebanon war from last month, which are not […]

Worst Case Scenario

Monday, September 4th, 2006

This is blogger Anupam Chander on drawing wrong lessons from the failure to rebuild Iraq:
The failure of Iraqi reconstruction likely has more to do with our own actions rather than their social pathologies. We became the local autocrats, with proconsul Bremer the incompetent leader, his diktats enforced with ruthless force, and with lower level administrators […]

Get Shirty

Monday, September 4th, 2006

Raed Jarrar, California-based Iraqi who updates the Raed in the Middle blog, was forced to cover a t-shirt he was wearing on August 17, before boarding a JetBlue Airways flight from JFK to California. The t-shirt had the legend WE WILL NOT BE SILENT in Arabic and English. This is Raed’s description of the events […]

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