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BookMarx for 2009-01-31

Saturday, January 31, 2009
  • The book, "The Trouble With Islam Today" is totaly un-academic garbage. I'm pretty sure she doesn't even know Arabic.

    "What could a Muslim have written that would delight supporters of bombing and torturing Muslims? What sweet words could have moved Daniel Pipes – who specializes in hyping anti-Islamic hysteria on Fox News and elsewhere – to welcome into his generous bosom the ideas of a “practicing Muslim?” What might motivate Alan Dershowitz, better known for backing the torture of Muslims than for reading their books, to plug Manji’s effort?

    The answer lies in the content. The Trouble With Islam Today is an unhinged polemic that derides Muslims and demeans their faith. Examining a few of the book’s points should reveal what has caught the fancy of neoconservatives and liberals alike."

  • There must be a democratic one state solution.
  • "Those on the left who welcomed the election of Barack Obama – the Morning Star’s Communist Party of Britain, George Galloway, Stop the War Coalition – because they hope he will chart a fundamentally different, peaceful, more even-handed course in the Middle East, will be sadly disappointed. US imperialism is in relative decline, world capitalism faces the deepest economic crisis since the 1930s and with the Keynesian emergency rescue programmes national antagonisms are bound to become more acute. Structural causes of war."
  • While Palestinians are forced to "adhere" to a cease fire Israel continues to ethnically clense them.

    "The defense establishment, led by Defense Minister Ehud Barak, steadfastly refused to publicize the figures, arguing, for one thing, that publication could endanger state security or harm Israel's foreign relations."

  • The man who wanted to give the pigs more power by using faulty evidence is now the chief justice of the U.S. Supreme court; yet another example of how the bourgois use the law at their discretion.

    "This month, Chief Justice Roberts, writing for the majority in Herring v. United States, a 5-to-4 decision, took a big step toward the goal he had discussed a quarter-century before. Taking aim at one of the towering legacies of the Warren Court, its landmark 1961 decision applying the exclusionary rule to the states, the chief justice’s majority opinion established for the first time that unlawful police conduct should not require the suppression of evidence if all that was involved was isolated carelessness. That was a significant step in itself. More important yet, it suggested that the exclusionary rule itself might be at risk."

  • "Slingshot Hip-hop, a documentary about Palestinian hip-hop artists struggling and surviving amdist the Israeli occupation is having a one-night benefit screening this Saturday (January 31) at the University of Washington."
  • Oddly enough, the achievement of Sacagawea is not so much that she did what she did–but that she did it while existing at the same place so many of us are at today–disabled, gendered, criminalized, abused, raped, in pain, absent of family and far away from a land that we’ve been forcibly removed from."
  • "Will Youmans, rap artist and representative of the Palestine Center in Washington joins RT with rhymes on the Gaza war."
  • "An online organ is not only a collective propagandist and a collective agitator, it is also a collective organiser.

    In this last respect it may be likened to the scaffolding round a building under construction, which marks the contours of the structure and facilitates communication between the builders, enabling them to distribute the work and to view the common results achieved by their organised labour. The scaffolding is not required at all for the dwelling; it is made of cheaper material, is put up only temporarily, and is scrapped for firewood as soon as the shell of the structure is completed."

  • When are the unions gonna learn!?

    "I am astonished to hear that there is a 'British jobs for British workers' protest planned by trade unionists for next week. Thus, this horrible slogan is not only the single most prominent one on the picket lines, it is actually becoming an official line of trade unionists who have in the past been an ally of anti-racists. Moreover, the arguments of some of the shop stewards supporting the strike are disgusting."

  • "Over the last fifteen years, Cuba has developed one of the most successful examples of urban agriculture in the world. Havana, the capital of Cuba, with a population of over two million people, has played a prominent, if not dominant role, in the evolution and revolution of this type of agriculture. The phrase “urban agriculture in Cuba” has a somewhat different meaning, simultaneously more and less restrictive than might appear at a first glance. It is more inclusive, as it allows for large expanses, urban fringes, and suburban lands. For example, the entire cultivated area of the Province of the City of Havana belongs to urban agriculture."
  • "In the afternoon of Wednesday, January 29 (Venezuelan time), two workers were killed by police in the state of Anzoategui, Venezuela. The workers killed are Pedro Suarez from the Mitsubishi factory and José Marcano from nearby auto parts factory Macusa. They were killed when regional police of Anzoategui was attempting to evict hundreds of workers who had been occupying the Mitsubitshi (MMC) factory."
  • "Shane Arthur walks you through creating a local installation of WordPress, which you can use for testing or development. In this tutorial, Shane uses the Windows-based WampServer."
    (tags: web2.0 blog)
  • Selected posts from this week on the Lenosphere.
  • "When the bosses divide our class along the lines of race and nation, we are weaker. Instead of capitulating to the anti-immigrant sentiment fanned by the gutter press, unions must demand legislation that prevents employers from taking on workers at below the basic rates of its workforce. Unfortunately, as this appears to be beyond the political imagination of many a trade union leader, it falls to the small and scattered forces of the left to make this case at the refinery gates."
  • "EU Humanitarian Aid Commissioner Louis Michel on Thursday called for a ceasfire between Sri Lankan forces and Tamil rebels to allow trapped civilians to flee the combat zone. "This is an escalating humanitarian catastrophe. We are extremely worried about the terrible situation facing people trapped in the fighting," in the combat zone in the northeast of the island, Michel said in a statement. "Everything must be done to prevent the suffering of the population and stop further bloodshed and I therefore urge that a window of cessation of hostilities be agreed by the parties to allow civilians to leave the combat zone," he urged."



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