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Lenosphere Round Up 7.31-8.07

Thursday, August 7, 2008

Paul P. (U.S.) blogs:

“South Korean investigators, matching once-secret documents to eyewitness accounts, are concluding that the U.S. military indiscriminately killed large groups of refugees and other civilians early in the Korean War.”

Lenin (U.K.) blogs on the death of Solzhenitsyn (who wrote The Gulag Archipelago):

You can be sure that the late Alexander Solzhenitsyn is going to be celebrated in the most nauseating fashion in the mainstream press. Somewhat less importantly, the remaining supporters of the late USSR are going to waste some sorely needed energy laying a boot or two into the corpse of this “slanderer”. There is plenty to criticise. Solzhenitsyn was notable for his reactionary pro-Tsarist politics, and for his concessions to antisemitism. And, as just as many of his criticisms of the Stalinist terror were, they were both exaggerated and conjoined to a paranoid view about the supposed menace posed by the USSR.

MarxistFromLebanon (Lebanon) blogs at Renegade Eye:

Achievement of the Palestinian cause requires that all factions maintain a semblance of orderliness and keep their eyes on the price of independent statehood. In this both Fatah and Hamas have been miserable failures. Both have put partisan interests ahead of national ones and therefore have failed to maintain anything like a united Palestinian front. Even the mediation attempts of Egypt, Yemen and Saudi Arabia have not been enough to curb the political infighting and internecine bloodshed that have served to further threaten the Palestinians’ very right to existence.

Hossam (Egypt) blogs:

Heightened security in North Sinai led to the delay of a proposed conference of Bedouin tribes in which they planned to make demands from the Egyptian government.
Earlier on Friday, hundreds of Bedouins had driven through towns between Rafah and Sheikh Zowayed to announce the conference, which was scheduled to take place on Saturday.
Although it did take place, many of the representatives were unable to attend due to the closure of all the roads leading to Irsal, Shabana south of Rafah where the meeting was held.

John Mullen (France) gives us a link to an article on the archives of Worker’s Fight and their views on homophobia:

Lutte Ouvrière Hebdo – Résultats de la recherche

Ici on trouvera le seul article dans les archives de “Lutte ouvrière” qui parle de l’homophobie…

Khaled El-Sawy (Egypt) blogs:

بقالي كثير قوي ما طلعتش على النت.. ورطت نفسي في اول السنة وحطيت خطة طموحة قوي.. خلصت فيلم كباريه، ما قعدتش، 3 أيام وكنت داخل فيلم أدرينالين، خلصته ما قعدتش برضه -الحمد لله طبعا- وقمت داخل ميكانو بعد 3 أيام برضه.. خلصته كنت فيصت تماما.. قمت شادد الفيشة وطالع مع أهلي

AkaiRed (Japan) blogs on the recent G-8 protests and has pics:

There’s a meeting in Tokyo tomorrow to report back on the anti-G8 demonstrations from last month and to look at where to from here for the movement. There will be speakers from ATTAC Japan, as well as solidarity activists and socialists who helped organise for the mobilisations. Details are here.

Snowball (U.K.) blogs:

I disagree with Lenin’s description of Batman as in some way a kind of ‘fascist’ film. Yeah, its about a ‘billionaire playboy with a penchant for sadistic violence’ but if glorifying violence and hard ‘super-heroes’ make a film ‘fascist’ then half all all Hollywood action films must be in someway ‘fascist’. But then, how to explain their popularity? If Batman was in some way ‘fascist’, surely people would not come out of the cinema and tell their friends ‘yeah, its alright – go and see it’ in the numbers that people must have been doing to make it the massive box office success it has been. Politically and morally, the underlying message of the film may be more than dubious – but if we are going to have Batman films made, I for one would rather have Christian Bale keeping Batman quite a dark character in the manner of the early Tim Burton films rather than Hollywood serving up shit involving any of the following: Val Kilmir*, Chris’ O Donnell, George Clooney** or Jim Carrey. Artistically, both BatmanBegins and The Dark Knight work reasonably well as films, in my opinion. And for Marxists, artistic merit should count for something.

Gaber (U.K.) shows us some of his latest artwork (link not working, check the Aug. 4th post titled مباركفون – عيش احلى ما في اللحظه).

CF (France) blogs on the latest pronoucements by the Congress of South African Trade Unions:

Zwelinzima Vavi, secrétaire-général de Cosatu

‘Fear the wrath of the poor!’

C’est sous ce titre magnifique que le Mail & Guardian (Afrique du Sud) explique les raisons de la grève annoncée pour aujourd’hui, 6 août 2008, pour protester contre l’augmentation du coût de la vie. C’est aussi l’avertissement que veulent donner les dirigeants du principal syndicat du pays, Cosatu – celui même qui a joué un rôle déterminant dans l’affaiblissement du régime raciste -, à la nouvelle direction du parti au pouvoir, l’African National Congress.

Lenin (U.K.) blogs:

France played an active role in the 1994 Rwanda genocide, a report unveiled Tuesday by the Rwandan government said, naming French political and military officials it says should be prosecuted.

Name (Greece) blogs on the lack of money for health care:

Η ψυχική υγεία δεν μπορεί να είναι το φτωχό παιδί των υπηρεσιών υγείας. Εχουμε αρκετές σχιζοφρένειες και σοβαρές καταθλίψεις, που προσπαθούμε να ελέγξουμε με κατ οίκον νοσηλεία και με φαρμακευτική αγωγή, ώστε να τους κρατήσουμε κοντά στους δικούς τους».
Ο σιχαμένος κορδελάκιας θα είναι δίπλα μόνο στις δύο γιατρίνες, γιατί αυτό του είναι βολικό και τσάμπα, αλλά τα νοσοκομεία δουλεύουν με απλήρωτους γιατρούς και χωρίς προσωπικό εδώ και χρόνια και οι υποσχέσεις επαναλαμβάνονται αυτούσιες κάθε χρόνο (θα τις υλοποιήσει ο επόμενος…)

Lebanese Socialist (Lebanon) blogs:

The Jamestown Foundation provides an important update on the fury of Salafis in Lebanon. The Salafis received a double blow over the past two years; the crushing of Fatah al-Islam by the Lebanese army; and the expultion of Salafi fighters from west Beirut by Hizbollah during the “May events”.

Below is an edited version of a report posted by one of its experts, Abdul Hameed Bakier

Dave (U.K.) blogs:

An invasion of Zimbabwe wouldn’t help anyone, I get tired of explaining. It was his role in the struggle for independence that won Mugabe the people’s trust in the first place, and it was through selling out to become the local enforcer of the IMF that he lost it in the mid 90s.

There’s a standard response to this kind of objection: do you want another Rwanda? Surely those savages wouldn’t have been able to kill each other in such numbers if the civilised folk of the “International Community” had rolled in with tanks and bombs.

Well, a report’s just come out from the Rwandan government, accusing France of directly aiding and taking part in the 1994 genocide.

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