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BBC bias exposed again in treatment of Israel’s mass murder during war crime raid

Published by Anonymous (not verified) on Sun, 09/06/2024 - 10:56pm in

Not-so-subtle difference in treatment of Israeli captives vs Palestinian victims of Israel’s slaughter during raid involving new war crime

The BBC’s gross bias in its treatment of Israel’s genocide in Gaza was exposed again in its headlines of Israel’s slaughter of well over two hundred Palestinians – as usual, mostly women and children – in its assault on the Nuseirat refugee camp.

The raid freed four captives – who emerged looking well fed and cared for, in stark contrast to the starved and beaten mass hostages held by Israel – but killed at least two hundred and ten Palestinians, with dead children and body parts spread across the area. It also killed several other Israeli captives. But the BBC’s headline blared, in large text, the news of the four freed while relegating the hundreds of victims to a small subtext, as Greg Herriett’s tweet pointed out:

This behaviour mirrored the appalling speeches by US president Joe Biden and his Secretary of State Antony Blinken, both of whom praised the raid but did not mention the murdered Palestinians.

Israel’s raid used fake ‘aid trucks’ to disguise troops’ entry into the area, which – as UN Special Rapporteur for the Occupied Palestinian Territories Francesca Albanese has pointed out – is a war crime. ‘Perfidy’, banned under the Geneva Conventions, involves passing off soldiers or military equipment as protected peaceful personnel or objects, or as members of the ‘enemy’ they are fighting, is outlawed. The assault was also given practical support by US forces, along with alleged American ‘boots on the ground’.

Yet another Israeli war crime – and yet another of the many ignored by the UK ‘mainstream’ media while they minimise the lives, deaths and suffering of the oppressed Palestinian people.

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Climate Policy and Social Death: How Euro-American Green New Deals Reinforce the Disposability of African Life in the “Post”-Colonial

Published by Anonymous (not verified) on Mon, 27/05/2024 - 9:48pm in

“[…] The Congo is the heart of Africa, any wound inflicted is a wound to the whole of Africa.” – Kwame Nkrumah addressing the African Union (1974) On the 8th of November 2023, an unprecedented scene unfolded on Twitter (now X), as a horrifying video of a young Congolese man located in Kinshasa, who had [...]

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Claudia Webbe MP confirms standing for re-election: ‘people need independent voice for real change’

Published by Anonymous (not verified) on Fri, 24/05/2024 - 8:31pm in

Webbe has shown she will stand for actual change that neither Tories nor Starmer’s Labour are offering

Leicester East MP Claudia Webbe has today confirmed that she will stand for re-election as an independent left candidate.

Elected in 2019, she became the first female to take the seat and the firs Leicester-born MP – and the first Black female MP – ever to represent a constituency anywhere in the whole county region of Leicestershire. Webbe was born and raised in the city and remained there to the end of her university education. Her father worked, with his identical twin brother, as an engineer’s hand at the former Wadkin Factory on Green Lane Road, while her mother – in a city famous for its garment production – was a dress maker who ‘made clothes to last’, who worked for companies like the old Fenwick and Corah & Sons.

Claudia Webbe, left.

Webbe has distinguished herself in Parliament by her fearless campaigning on local and international issues, from dangerous sweat-shop garment factories in Leicester and abroad, domestic abuse and politically-driven cuts to services, to the genocide in Gaza and the oppression of Indian farmers. She was also the only MP to speak out against the government’s dangerous plan, unopposed by Labour, to replace medical doctors with ‘physician associates’ – part of the so-called privatisation drive pushed by both main parties that she has also been vocal in opposing – helping to draw attention to the cost-cutting plan and make it the national issue it has become. She has refused to back down on these and other issues despite a torrent of racist abuse from supporters of other parties and of the oppressors.

Ms Webbe said:

It has been an honour and privilege to serve the people of Leicester East as their MP, representing all communities with passion and integrity, and I will ask them to re-elect me so that I can continue to serve their interests.

My independence means I’ll listen to local people and put them first. I’ll place people and planet over profit and vote for humanity and never against. I will work for justice for Leicester East.

I have shown that I will not stand-by silent while division and damage is done to Leicester East and the needs of the people ignored or injustice is perpetrated elsewhere in our name. After so many years of cuts and cruelty in this country, and wars overseas, the needs of ordinary people in Leicester East have never been greater to have me as their MP, who will genuinely stand up for them and what they care about, and not serve narrow party agendas or corporate donors.

My track record as MP for Leicester East shows that I understand their concerns and that I will work for the issues they care about, from low pay and exploitation in the garment industry and the closure of local services, to protecting access to NHS doctors, to speaking out for justice in Palestine, calling for a lasting, permanent ceasefire in Gaza.

With the support of the people of Leicester East I will continue to campaign tirelessly for real change, real justice and a reversal of the inequality that has enriched a few while the many struggle”.

For more information, visit claudiawebbe.org. Skwawkbox understands that a campaign website will shortly be online and that Ms Webbe will welcome offers of campaign support. Her fundraising page is here.

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Clarke: 100 MP strategy to hold Starmer’s feet to fire

Published by Anonymous (not verified) on Fri, 24/05/2024 - 7:03am in

Left strategist targets key MP wins to resist Starmer when he takes us into war or when he privatises our NHS’

Left-wing strategist Eoin Clarke, who has been at the heart of left resistance and the victories of the Corbyn period before sabotage and smears brought down the then-Labour leader, is targeting a hundred wins in the coming general election for grassroots candidates with the integrity and vision absent from what passes for the Labour party under Keir Starmer.

Clarke has laid out the target, which he has been working on for two years in a project named ‘Wag the dog’, along with a breakdown by nation of what could be achieved ‘to hold Starmer’s feet to the fire’ and resist the Establishment automaton when he tries to take the UK to war or to privatise our National Health Service:

Working with Clarke, the Ordinary Left grassroots activist group will shortly be announcing the socialist candidates, whether independent or associated with an existing party, that it will be recommending to the movement for campaign support. With the widespread disgust with Starmer over Gaza and his breaking of every promise he made to con his way into the Labour leadership, and the recent local election results showing independents and Greens surging compared to Labour and the Tories, and suggesting a potential hung Parliament, achieving the target does not look beyond the realms of possibility.

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The Patriarchs: How Men Came to Rule – review

Published by Anonymous (not verified) on Thu, 23/05/2024 - 11:35pm in

In The Patriarchs: How Men Came to Rule, Angela Saini explores the origins of patriarchy, debunking biological determinism and highlighting the role of nation building, social norms, and violence in embedding gender inequality into societies. Saini’s well-argued, comprehensive history of patriarchal power structures is essential reading for sociologists, historians and gender studies researchers as well as more general readers, writes Nicoleta Ciubotariu.

The Patriarchs: How Men Came to Rule. Angela Saini. Fourth Estate. 2024 (Paperback); 2023 (Hardback).

the patriarchs by angela saini book coverIn The Patriarchs: How Men Came to Rule, Angela Saini delves into a question that resonates deeply with readers interested in gender studies, history, and social structures – how did patriarchy come to be? Understanding its origins is crucial for those who seek to challenge and dismantle it. Saini argues that the balance of power towards men has destabilised and that in order to maintain it, men find ways to reassert and reconstruct it as societies develop. This book provides a comprehensive exploration of history, spanning millennia and many societies (a timeline and a map can be found on pages x-xiii) to uncover the roots of patriarchal systems (or multiple patriarchies, as it is highlighted in the book) and their enduring influence in our present times.

Understanding [patriarchy’s] origins is crucial for those who seek to challenge and dismantle it.

Saini is an award-winning journalist and writer with a penchant for digging through history to understand how systems of oppression came to be. She brings her extensive history research to bear in The Patriarchs. Her previous works, including Superior: The Return of Race Science and Inferior: How Science Got Women Wrong, demonstrate her expertise in dissecting the origins of societal biases and prejudices.

The Patriarchs sheds light on misconceptions and challenges previous theories, such as Steven Goldberg’s argument that patriarchy is inevitable because it is rooted in biology. Saini adeptly challenges the idea that women’s oppression started to appear in the agricultural societies of the past due to natural differences between men and women, which relegated one group to submission and one to domination. She uses the discoveries at the Neolithic and Chalcolithic southern Anatolia, Catalhoyuk to show that while the agricultural revolution began in 10,000 BCE, the communities in Catalhoyuk were still very much gender-blind in 7400 BCE.

Looking at Mesopotamia in 2100 BCE, Saini shows as the state developed over hundreds of years, women’s lives and rights became more and more constricted by gender codes and laws.

Instead, she argues, it was the emergence of states and empires that demanded their citizens to defend and fight for their precarious inception and growth. Looking at Mesopotamia in 2100 BCE, Saini shows as the state developed over hundreds of years, women’s lives and rights became more and more constricted by gender codes and laws. While initially being able to own property and work, in time, wives and daughters had to be designed as legal men to bypass laws and be able to inherit. Nation- and empire-building also required the production of citizens, which led states to want to control births and, thus, women. As Saini states, “…we can see [women’s oppression] in the historical record around the same time the earliest states and empires began to grow, as they tried to expand their populations and maintain armies to defend themselves. The elites […] needed young women to have as many children as possible, and for the young men they raised to be willing warriors” (7). Therefore, gender inequality has at its roots narratives of power and attempts to gain control over other people rather than stemming from inescapable biology.

Gender inequality has at its roots narratives of power and attempts to gain control over other people rather than stemming from inescapable biology.

Yet, this does not explain how gender inequality and patriarchal systems persisted through the centuries. Saini argues that it happened slowly, “through constant considered effort, sometimes using violence or the threat of it, but more often by layer upon layer of social norms, laws, and edicts” (131). It took sustained labour to convince people of women’s inferiority, and gender norms had to be introduced and policed through honour, shame and loyalty. Chapter Five, aptly named “Restriction”, illustrates some of the ways in which women’s participation, choices and actions were restricted and controlled through time and how these narratives propagated.

One striking example of this is the exploration of gender expectations of sexual purity and chastity imposed on girls from Ancient Greece onwards, whose families pressured them to marry very young (around 13 or 14 years old). They would often be married off to men ten or fifteen years older. This fed the stereotypes still present in modern times that men are rational and logical. Women were seen as emotional and foolish instead of acknowledging a huge age and life experience gap. These beliefs continue to affect women’s participation in society and their choices; their persistence is highlighted by recent statistics around leadership roles, pay gaps, and their participation in STEM and sport.

[Girls] would often be married off to men ten or fifteen years older. This fed the stereotypes still present in modern times that men are rational and logical.

In the next chapter, “Alienation”, the author unpicks some of the darkest issues that have resulted from and been consolidated through patriarchies. Domestic abuse (perpetrated not only by the partner but also by others in the family) and rape, forced marriage, bride kidnapping, captive taking, prostitution, sexual bondage/slavery, unpaid and unrecognised domestic labour and female genital mutilation are among the themes analysed in this chapter. Saini shows that violence against women is both a cause and a consequence of patriarchy, of the imbalance of power between genders.

Saini argues these happen because of the patrilineal and patrilocality aspects of patriarchy, which require young women to give up their family home and move in with their in-laws upon marriage. This often leaves the woman destitute, vulnerable, and dependent on the goodwill of others who are in control of her fate. Saini discusses that in some traditions, the father gifts the groom a whip to illustrate the change of ownership. Further, the expression “rule of thumb” comes from the acceptable width of the instrument men could use to beat their wives.

[In] matrilineal, matrilocal societies, where men move in with the women’s families, where often women are more supported and have access to more resources, which can be seen in physical attributes, eg, they are taller.

To further prove the point, she contrasts this to matrilineal, matrilocal societies, where men move in with the women’s families, where often women are more supported and have access to more resources, which can be seen in physical attributes, eg, they are taller. These arguments are supported by UN statistics which emphasise that heterosexual relationships wherein men believe they hold a dominant position over women and practice behaviours intended to control women’s bodies, autonomy and contact with others are strongly correlated with a higher risk of intimate partner violence.

Another interesting idea explored in this chapter is the complicity of women in maintaining patriarchy. The illustrations that bring this point to life range from the mistress of the house choosing the least-desirable food (eating the fat of the pate or the burnt toast), to mothers-in-law orchestrating the murder of their daughters-in-law to maintain the family’s honour, to Boko-Haram kidnapped girls who decided to stay as kidnappers’ wives as they had power over other slaves, which they would otherwise lose. This highlights the intersectionality of age (women becoming more powerful with age) and status (bearing sons, becoming mothers-in-law) to show the different power dynamics women are involved in and sometimes seek.

Saini connects this to an earlier discussion relating to the reductive idea that goddess-worshipping societies were peaceful and conquered by a violent, war-thirsty minority. She artfully weaves together threads of arguments that help to dispel myths such as the notion that women cannot be power-hungry or that they accepted submission because of nature. Women, like other people, are not a homogenous group but individuals with their own objectives, ambitions and beliefs that make them different from one another.

Saini takes the reader on a journey through history to uncover […] multiple patriarchies that have had to be constructed, reconstructed and reinforced through laws, but more importantly, through traditions, myths and stereotypes

Throughout the course of the book, Saini takes the reader on a journey through history to uncover the origins of patriarchy. Rather than going straight to the destination, this journey uncovers multiple patriarchies that have had to be constructed, reconstructed and reinforced through laws, but more importantly, through traditions, myths and stereotypes. Women’s submission is neither natural nor genetically prone. Instead, oppression is consolidated through gender norms, isolation and violence. This book is an excellent read for feminists, sociologists, historians, and students of, or readers interested in, politics, social sciences, gender studies, history, and social structures.

Note: This review gives the views of the author, and not the position of the LSE Review of Books blog, or of the London School of Economics and Political Science.

US Congress passes Act to defund Defense, State Depts and NSC unless Israel gets all arms

US political insanity regarding Israel in a nutshell as politicians move to cripple their own government unless it enables foreign regime’s genocide

The US Congress has passed a bill that will de-fund the Defense Department, State Department and National Security Council if Joe Biden does not immediately agree to send Israel any and all weapons it wants, with no strings attached.

Biden had delayed some shipments of the largest and most indiscriminate bombs, in a token effort to show that he is not enabling Israel’s genocide, after polling showed many usual Democrat voters will not back him in November’s presidential election because of his support for Israel despite its slaughter of tens and tens of thousands of Palestinian civilians, mostly women and children and its deliberate creation of famine in Gaza. But it seems even that token show of resistance is intolerable to Zionist groups.

More than a dozen Democrats colluded with Republicans to pass the new Act titled “To provide for the expeditious delivery of defense articles and defense services for Israel and other matters” by 224-187 votes. The text of the Act reveals the genocidal insanity of a majority of US politicians, most of whom will have received significant funding from pro-Israel groups, or else been threatened that the same groups will fund their opponents at the next election. It mandates the defunding of the three key government departments if Biden does not submit and send Israel :

The world has not gone insane in the fact that so many western politicians – including in the UK – are prepared not just to turn a blind eye to genocide, but to actively enable it. It has long been insane, but the madness has been exposed by apartheid Israel’s nakedly genocidal ambitions.

Biden is said to be prepared to veto the legislation if the Senate does not block it.

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An Autopsy of the 21st Century American University: Racial Death, Violence, and Necropolitics in Higher Education

Published by Anonymous (not verified) on Sat, 18/05/2024 - 7:52pm in

INTRODUCTION: THE UNIVERSITY AS MEMENTO MORI “If the child is the fulcrum for the reproduction of relations of inequality, school is the lever.” — Ann Pellegrini (2008), “What Do Children Learn at School?” “The following day his outline appeared in white chalk on the asphalt. Did the hand of the person who skirted the coastline of [...]

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Severing History: The Danger of Weaponized Disremembering in Fascist Attacks on Education

Published by Anonymous (not verified) on Wed, 15/05/2024 - 7:50am in

Political memory relies, in many ways, on the collective remembrance and significance of historical events. To understand the current political climate and its impending dangers, there is an inherent requirement to understand the past, and the realities of history that have led us to the immediate moment. As fascist politics and rhetoric are on the [...]

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Mandela’s grandson calls Lammy ‘apologist for genocide’

Shadow Foreign Secretary blasted after claiming anti-apartheid hero would have condemned student pro-Gaza campus protests, as Mandela’s grandson calls for students worldwide to join protests

Zwelivelile Mandela, Nelson Mandela’s grandson, has reacted with outrage to comments by David Lammy, Keir Starmer’s Shadow Foreign Secretary, suggesting that Nelson Mandela would have opposed the campus protest movement of students opposing Israel’s genocide in Gaza.

Lammy, like his boss, has consistently provided political cover for apartheid Israel’s racist mass murder of tens of thousands of Palestinian civilians, overwhelmingly women and children.

Zwelivelile responded to Lammy’s comments by describing Lammy as an “apologist for genocide” and calling on students worldwide to join the protests:

We call on students all over the world to emulate the student protest encampments on USA University Campuses.

[Friday, 10th May 2024] marks 30 years since the inauguration of President Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela on the 10th May 1994. I dedicate the memory of this day to the students protesting on USA University campuses calling for an immediate ceasefire of the genocide of Gaza and supporting the struggle of the Palestinian people for freedom.

We recall Madiba’s historic words on this day when he said: “We dedicate this day to all the heroes and heroines in this country and the rest of the world who sacrificed in many ways and surrendered their lives so that we could be free.”

Contrary to what David Lammy, the Labour MP in the UK would like us to believe, Madiba acknowledged the heroes in the Civil Rights Movement in the USA and campuses all over the world who regularly protested for our freedom.

He himself was of that generation of South African youth who called for the armed struggle in the face of increasing state brutality in dealing with peaceful protest against Apartheid.

The youth on USA campuses are emulating and following in the brave footsteps of the youth of 1968 who came out openly protesting against the war in Vietnam.

On countless occasions acknowledged the role of the student protests of 1976 Soweto Uprising for playing a seminal role in our march to freedom.

From his prison cell he echoed the call to the students of the 1980s to make South Africa ungovernable.

David Lammy mustn’t be an apologist for Apartheid Israel and for the ongoing genocide in Gaza. He must echo President Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela’s commitment to the Palestinian struggle which he affirmed during his visit to Gaza in 1995 when he said: ” Our freedom is incomplete without the freedom of the Palestinian people.”

We call on David Lammy to stop being an apologist for genocide and instead encourage all students on UK and European university campuses to emulate their fellow students in the USA in their call for a ceasefire in Gaza and support the struggle of the Palestinian people for freedom.

Youth are the conscience of our world and their voices are the moral compass that guide us to a better future. Rather than brutalize them and criminalize their protest actions, we must encourage them to continue to stand for justice, human rights and dignity for all humanity. You are our heroes, we salute you.

Zwelivelile is right. Lammy could not be more wrong. Free Palestine.

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Palestine Action occupy Elbit’s Leicester weapons factory

Published by Anonymous (not verified) on Wed, 08/05/2024 - 11:46pm in

Image: Palestine Action Twitter

Activists from Palestine Action (PA) have again targeted Israeli weapons-maker Elbit’s Leicester drone factory, UAV Tactical Systems. One contingent used an articulated lorry to smash through a fence and act as a platform for two protesters. At the same time, another group scaled the building and currently occupy the roof of the drone production facility. Red paint has been sprayed across the building to symbolise the company’s involvement in spilling Palestinian blood. Those on the roof are said to have used tools to break through it. 

UAV Tactical Systems is majority-owned by Israel’s largest weapons manufacturer, Elbit Systems — who manufacture 85% of Israel’s military drone fleet amongst other lethal arms and military software. Export licenses reveal that drone technologies are regularly exported from the factory to the apartheid state’s occupying military force. 

According to Corporate Watch, the firm markets its products by describing them as ‘battle tested’. 

According to War on Want, UAV Tactical Systems’ flagship Watchkeeper drone has been used by the British military in Iraq, Afghanistan, and the English Channel – but is modelled on the notorious Hermes 450 drone, that has been used in attacks on Gaza and Lebanon. 

Elbit’s drones are regularly used by the Israeli military during the ongoing genocide in Gaza. According to human rights watchdog EuroMed Monitor, since October 7th the Israeli military has killed more than 40,000 Palestinians, mostly women and children, and injured more than double that number as well as destroying hospitals, schools and over 70,000 residential buildings. After forcing more than one million Palestinians to flee to Rafah in Gaza, the Israeli military has rejected a US/Qatar/Egypt-broked ceasefire deal it had previously agreed and is now invading the only supposed ‘safe zone’ left in the besieged strip. 

The UK government has refused to impose any limitations on arms deals, even after three Britons and others were murdered by Israel in its triple bombing of a World Central Kitchen aid convoy.

Ahead of the action, one of the Palestine Action activists said: 

This country is a signatory to the Genocide convention. These laws are not to be discounted just because it’s politically expedient. They were set up for a reason and I cannot accept that the country I was born in and have lived in all my life is deciding to flout those laws.

Another added:

If the government aren’t going to act, it is my personal, moral and legal right to take direct action.

Locals in Leicester have also been conducting a daily campaign against the weapons factory’s activities.

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