Saturday, 9 June 2012

The German Ideology

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 "Syrian rebels tried to get me killed," says Channel 4 correspondent*

 Very stupid if true. On CNN last night they were talking of people fleeing the fighting between the army and rebels (as if they were equal threats), it only takes one incident like this to endorse a picture of a struggle between two equally [il]legitimate forces, just as it would only take one actual sectarian massacre by opposition supporters (say in response to the one in Qubair) for the government and the Russians to say that's all there is to the anti-Assad forces. They do that already, but they'll start to sound believable.

 Here's Marx on how the ideas of the ruling class are in every epoch the ruling ideas.

Friday, 8 June 2012

Patrice Lumumba

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Dead, living, free, or in prison on the orders of the colonialists, it is not I who counts. It is the Congo, it is our people for whom independence has been transformed into a cage where we are regarded from the outside… History will one day have its say, but it will not be the history that Brussels, Paris, Washington, or the United Nations will teach, but that which they will teach in the countries emancipated from colonialism and its puppets... a history of glory and dignity.”
— Patrice Lumumba, October 1960
For those who might think the UN might help the people of Syria, a reminder of some of the facts of its first intervention. And brilliant though Lumumba was, it was he who made the mistake of thinking the UN would come to help. When Kofi Annan says that the Syrian opposition should stop fighting, it is so the intrigues of the Great Powers can rule the day.

Wednesday, 6 June 2012

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‘The notion that democracy and

Just heard Tariq Ali tell Russia Today that it is just the US that doesn't want an orderly transition in Syria, which I think is to noticeably misread the situation there (where the regime isn't going to give up without a fight), but he understands an enormous amount and knows more.
[Also RT had a report on the 150-fold increase in fines for unauthorised protests in Russia, which are still nowhere near the level said to exist in France and the UK,]

Monday, 4 June 2012

Scuffle between Syrian air hostesses delays Saudi flight to Dubai

"A scuffle between Syrian air hostesses supporting their country's government and those against it resulted in the delay of a Saudi Arabian Airlines flight to Dubai, a Saudi newspaper reported Monday."

Flight attendants at the front line of revolutionary struggle.

Sunday, 3 June 2012

RT had a report on Salafist supporters of Syrian revolution in Lebanon from which the opposite conclusions can be drawn from those that RT do.
Living less in a fantasy world, here's Lord of the Rings on Facebook.