Archive for January, 2007

Premiere: Deshantori (The Migrant)

Wednesday, January 31st, 2007

Drishtipat are screening the London Premiere of Deshantori (The Migrant) by Sujan Mahmud and Mridul Chowdhury at Oxford House on the 3rd of February 2007. The premiere will be followed by a Q&A with a panel (chaired by Drishtipat founder Asif Saleh) including the filmmaker Mridul Chowdhury, Piya Muqit and Misbah.
More details on the film […]

They want to take over the World, don’t you know

Wednesday, January 24th, 2007

Like clockwork, following the Holocaust Denial Conference in Iran comes the Global Jihad Warning Conference in Israel.
What’s it all about? Iran and Palestine mostly, with lots of academic research thrown in on the Muslim masterplan to “deliver Islam” to the world through “global jihad”. Heading the list of academics will be the world expert on […]

Julie the Obscurantist

Sunday, January 21st, 2007

Julie Burchill’s short piece on the Jade/Shilpa saga was published in Friday’s Evening Standard. You can find the article online, but I’m going to cut and paste it here.

…why you chav-haters should leave her alone
The predictable chav-baiting, prole-hating scumbags have emerged from their holes in Hampstead to abuse Jade. But I fail to see how […]

She Stoops to Conquer

Sunday, January 14th, 2007

Shilpa Shetty on Celebrity Big Brother:
It’s taken the CBB show to demonstrate to me that there is a world of difference between beautiful, intelligent, glamorous, generous, genuine stars and no-talent, mean-minded News of the World scrubbers and chav-estate symbols of mediocrity.
But you knew that.

Bangladesh: The Price of Power Games

Sunday, January 14th, 2007

Prior to the emergency declared last week, many doubts have been raised about the idea of democratic viability in Bangladesh. Knowing the deterioration of the political situation in Bangladesh since 1993, these doubts are valid:
There is the extreme and insurmountable polarisation between the ruling centre-right Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) and the opposition, centre-left Awami League […]

Lies, Damned Lies and Rhetorical Tricks

Saturday, January 13th, 2007

In an interesting article, Adrian Hamilton tells us of Blair’s skillful use of “four rhetorical tricks”:

The problems faced by the Government are new and more terrible than anything that has gone on before. But then you have to use anything you can to justify ‘extraordinary rendition’ [Abduction & Torture ], don’t you.
Defining a choices in […]

When In Doubt, Surge

Saturday, January 13th, 2007

The beauty of being a pro-war supporter is never feeling the need to admit failure in regard to the invasion of Iraq. And the prototype for their credulity is George Bush himself. The New Way Forward that he revealed to a war-weary public involves 21,500 extra troops and a $1 billion aid package for Iraq.
Under […]

State of Emergency

Thursday, January 11th, 2007

A state of emergency in Bangladesh, officially declared by interim President Iajuddin Ahmed in his resignation speech yesterday, ends months of political brinksmanship and a near-collapse of democracy the country has faced off since October 2006. What began as a dispute over the validity of the interim government, involved taking the entire country hostage in […]

Happy Sane New Year

Monday, January 1st, 2007

If you’re tired of impotent chest-beating and mawkish sabre-rattling, tired of the confidence trickery of NeoConservatism and the morality swindlers of New Labour and the pro-war Left, tired of anti-Muslim racism masquerading as anti-Islamist liberalism, tired of not willing to tell the difference between fighting terrorism and the invasion and occupation of Iraq then its […]

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