Sunday, 23 November 2014

It's not just ISIS but the Taliban, Boko Harem and others that need to be stopped

The fight against ISIS seems to have slipped from the news headlines for the moment but as the Kurds remain about the only people on the front line actually fighting these religious Nazi's, there are others around the world claiming to follow the "religion of peace" who commit the most heinous of acts.

Today the BBC reports:

A suicide bomber has killed at least 45 people at a volleyball tournament in eastern Afghanistan, officials say.

A spokesman for the governor of Paktika province told the BBC that the attacker had detonated the bomb amid a crowd of people gathering for a game.

About 60 people were also wounded in the bombing in Yahyakhail district.

Also just coming to light is the murder of fishermen in Nigeria:

Islamist militants from Nigeria's Boko Haram have reportedly killed 48 people in an attack on fish sellers near the border with Chad.

A fish traders' group said some victims had their throats slit whilst others were tied up and drowned in Lake Chad.

The attack took place on Thursday, but the news took several days to come to light because Boko Haram has destroyed mobile phone masts in the area.

It was the second major attack in two days by Boko Haram.

In Thursday's attack, the traders were on their way to Chad to buy fish when militants blocked their path near the village of Doron Baga, some 180km (112 miles) north of Maiduguri in Borno state.

Abubakar Gamandi, the head of the fish sellers' association, said the militants had used no guns.

"The attackers killed their victims silently without the use of the gun to avoid attracting attention from the multi-national troops," he told AFP news agency.

A silent murder in a country where school girls are kidnapped and enslaved by Islamists.

If that wasn't enough, there's Kenya. The Independent reports:

Terror organisation al-Shabaab have claimed an attack that killed 28 people on a bus in Northern Kenya.

Around 100 gunmen, who are believed to have travelled over the border in Mandera county from Somalia, took the bus off the road before separating the passengers.

It is believed they asked travellers to recite passages from the Koran, shooting dead those who were unable to prove they were practising Muslims.

I have to ask myself what kind of "God" would ask for such death in his name.

Not a "religion of peace" from where I'm sitting.

The world must wake up to the not so silent threat from these religious fanatics.


No, just standing for common human decency and the right to life.

Islamism is a threat whether the "anti-imperialist" so-called left like it or not.

Wake up. Support the Kurds, defeat ISIS. 

But don't forget the other threats, they are very real.

Saturday, 22 November 2014

Censorship: A double warning from history

Freedom of speech is under constant attack at the moment from every quarter at the moment. The latest incidents include the banning of the Socialist Workers Party by Goldsmiths Students union, whilst the SWP themselves are using their so called Unite Against Fascism front organisation to try and ban Tommy Robinson, the former EDL leader (now "reformed") from taking part in a debate organised by the Oxford Union.

This month has seen feminists prevent a debate on abortion in Oxford and the University of West London banned a meeting to discuss the reach of extremist preachers following a report published by the secularist Sharia Watch group.

The common thread in these particular instances is that it is student and academic bodies that are promoting censorship.

Our seats of learning have become seats of censorship.

Unless you are a extremist Islamic preacher insisting on gender separation in meetings and promoting hate against gays, Jews and all other non-Muslims or indeed removing the rights of women.

Where are the protesters over this?


Only Islam(ism) is beyond censorship. That would be "Islamophobic" innit.

It's not so long ago the National Union of Students were refusing to back the Kurds for that very reason.

There is something seriously wrong with student politics today.

Remember the Nazi's:

And don't forget bloody communism either:

No difference in practise.

Defend free speech. Without out our freedoms are in danger!

Friday, 21 November 2014

Musical Interlude - Scandal

It's Friday night & time to relax or party, you make your own choice. Either way I thought I'd kick of the weekend with a track from my favourite band at the moment Scandal!

You Tube didn't translate the page for their new single so I do not have a clue what it is called (any readers speak Japanese?) but it's a bit of fun I couldn't resist posting!


Thursday, 20 November 2014

Marxist musings on prizes and pakora?

I was surprised to receive an e-mail from Mark Serwotka that didn't whinge about something I'd written or published yesterday. In fact he was offering me and thousands of other PCS members the opportunity to enter a draw to win £1,200.

The catch? 

Entrants to this draw would have to fill in a direct debit form to pay subscriptions to the union by December 31st 2014.

It's a real sign of the desperation that the PCS leadership are facing in trying to persuade members to sign up to the union when "check off" ends in most departments, which now seems more than inevitable.

There was even a circular recently claiming that some reps were reporting the new direct debit scheme was a problem for BME members.

How exactly? 

I asked a few BME members in my own PCS Branch they were baffled or just laughed saying that was simply ridiculous.

Methinks they, like many others are just prevaricating.

A union collapsing on itself.

At the same time PCS is trying to use the recent leaked management document on reducing the influence of PCS in the HMRC to try and rally its declining membership.

They haven't got long. The new Revenue & Customs Union (RCTU) launches soon. With just over 1 in 10 PCS members signing up for DD, they have some competition.

And clearly they are worried about the RCTU no matter how the comrades of the activist caste dismiss it.

The latest issue of the bring newspaper of the Socialist Party rants about "scab unions", a reference to the RCTU.

Just because this is being founded by ex-PCS members who have had enough of the antics of the far left doesn't make them scabs.

Such formulations are typical far-left fare when they don't get their way.

Members in the HMRC (and elsewhere) should make their own minds up.

There are plenty of us who have had enough of PCS and rather than offer prizes or slag off political opponents Serwotka and his far-left cronies should look at themselves. It is their own actions that have driven members away, first in SOCA, now in the HMRC. Who will be next?

Meanwhile the Socialist Workers Party who form a small part of the ruling "Left Unity" group in PCS are themselves struggling.

The SWP PCS "fraction" as they call themseves have written a rather boring, deluded  "perspectives" report in the third and final edition of the pre-conference SWP Bulletin.

They have recruited one new member "through patient work" and muse that getting new SWP in other areas would increase the party's influence.

No kidding sherlock.

Oh and they also tell us they cooked pakora on the picket line in Birmingham.

The revolution is obviously here......

Or not.

For those of you interested in sectariana here is the link to the third SWP Pre conference Bulletin:

SWP Bulletin 3

Wednesday, 19 November 2014

The Marxist murderers of the PFLP

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"They were murdered" - Front page of Israel Hayom

As if there weren't enough murderous group vying for position in the ever violent melting pot in the Middle East, another almost forgotten group has joined the fray.

The Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine (PFLP), a Marxist terrorist group often feted by the far-left, particularly the Stalinists in this country.

The responsibility for the attack on a Jerusalem Synagogue and the murder of four rabbis and a policeman has been "claimed" by the comrades of the PFLP, though only sort of as they jockey for position amongst the other terror groups trying to gain hegemony over the Palestinians.

In a statement issued in the name of the group they try to claim that:

“The PFLP also wants to send its message to a billion and a half Muslim brothers and sisters that our fight is not with Jews and is not based on religion; it is about justice, liberation and return to the homeland, and this is your struggle,”...

The PFLP is not a religious organization and our resistance is not based on religious convictions. 

Right. They expect us to believe that an attack on a Jewish place of worship, killing Rabbi's is not an attack on Jews?

Of course not. That would be the work of anti-Semites wouldn't it.

No matter what Marxist verbiage they try to cover their tracks with, that's exactly what happened here.

Khalil Maqdesi, member of the Central Committee of the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine has clearly stated that:

Resistance includes many methods of struggle, including, centrally, armed resistance and armed struggle. Revolutionary violence is necessary in order to confront and overthrow the colonization of our land and the confiscation of our rights..

I suppose sitting down and trying to reach a peaceful solution is not an option then?

Nah, not the Islamist Marxist way.

Marxism as religion. Discuss.

Tuesday, 18 November 2014

Students protest shuts down debate on abortion

The activities of student politicians have come to my attention again. This time over abortion. Now before I begin I want to make it quite clear to readers that I fully support the position of a "woman's right to choose" when it comes to abortion. Their bodies their choice. Ok!

However I was disturbed by the following report from today's issue of the Independent where Niamh McIntyre wrote:

I helped shut down an abortion debate between two men because my uterus isn't up for their discussion

The idea that in a free society absolutely everything should be open to debate has a detrimental effect on marginalised groups

This was a student activist justifying the closure of a debate between Brendan O'Neil and Tim Stanley called "This house believes that Britain's abortion culture hurts us all". This debate was organised by Oxford Students for Life. 

Not an organisation I would choose to support in any shape or form, but surely debating the issue which cuts across political and cultural divides is a necessary one to have in a democratic society?

Not according to Niamh its not:

The idea that in a free society absolutely everything should be open to debate has a detrimental effect on marginalised groups. Debating abortion as if its a topic to be mulled over and hypothesised on ignores the fact that this is not an abstract, academic issue. It may seem harmless for men like Stanley and O'Neil to debate how and if abortion hurts them; it’s clearly harder for people to see that their words and views might hurt women.

McIntyre goes on to justify her actions by referring to the demonstrations outside abortion clinics by pro-life groups, something I also do not approve of but preventing their right to do so opens a whole door to censorship and suppression that threatens to undermine free speech, the foundation upon which democracy is built.

In order for democracy to work, rights have to be afforded to all sorts of groups and individuals with ideas that we might not like ourselves. Some others equally may not approve of mine or anyone Else's but that is their right. It is not their right to stop anyone from stating their beliefs.

Only the advocating of hatred and attacks on individuals or groups should be proscribed in law.

The debate on abortion should not only have gone ahead, those who wished to disagree should have peacefully lobbied the meeting with literature and calmly argued their point of view.

Debate is not rocket science.

More to the point the reaction against the cancelling of the event has probably done far more damage to the cause of abortion rights than the meeting itself could ever have done.

Perhaps Ms McIntyre should reflect on this.

The meeting was cancelled due the threat of intimidation. So much for the "safe spaces" policy that seems to be the rage in student unions these days.

Seems to me "safe spaces" is only a way to shut people up anyway.

Defend free speech!

Monday, 17 November 2014

Left Unity Annual Conference: Listening to paint dry

Back in March the New Statesman carried an article in which the author one Salman Shaheen, a "speaker" for the then fairly new Left Unity Party gets somewhat exited and proclaims:

Labour must watch its left flank in months to come – new party Left Unity is on the move:

Left Unity is the hottest thing on the left right now. In a few short months, it has attracted more than 1,800 members. With a new member joining every 10 minutes over the weekend, the party is going from strength to strength.

That was then.

Since then Left Unity seems to have err..stalled somewhat, though new factions (they call them platforms) have appeared inside their organisation. And a varied lot they are indeed. One is heartily called the Libertarian Socialist Platform and proclaims:

The Libertarian Socialist Tendency believes that a new society cannot be based upon authoritarian institutions such as the state. Those campaigning against the ruling class need to develop their own organisations based upon workers’ self-management, co-operatives, federalism and grass-roots democracy.

Sort of Anarchists then. Oh well.

Meanwhile at the other end of Left Unity's political spectrum is one John Lubbock who believe it or not put up a motion to support ISIS as they are struggling against imperialism. (see Shiraz Socialist here).

The following video purports to show the debate but in fact shows the vote over the anti-imperialist motions on their agenda. The pro-ISIS motion got four votes. Four more than it should have.

What this video does show is that Labour has nothing to worry about from this useless bunch. 

The words "organise" "piss-up" and "brewery" come to mind but these tossers would probably say we're oppressing them in their "safe spaces".

Which reminds me I tuned in to their debate on "safe spaces", it had turned into a wee bit of a shouting session.

Back to the drawing board comrades.

Nil points.