"Islamophobia and the Politics of Empire": Deepa Kumar on How Racism Fueled U.S. Wars Post-9/11

According to the Costs of War Project, the wars launched by the United States following 9/11 have killed an estimated 929,000 people in Afghanistan, Pakistan, Iraq, Syria, Yemen and elsewhere. The true death toll may never be known, but the vast majority of the victims have been Muslim. “Racism is baked into the security logic of the national security state in the U.S., as well as in terms of how it operates abroad,” says Islamophobia scholar Deepa Kumar, a professor of media studies at Rutgers University. “The war on terror was sold to the American public using Orientalist and racist ideas that these societies are backward.” Kumar is…

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Kick racism out of football and politics

Support us and go ad-freeVideo transcript Football is a time when many of us come together. A working class sport which was home to much of our radical politics. Our football team today, young and diverse. Unfortunately, one thing that is still very much prevalent… racism. What you can see here, is some sort of Racism Bingo, you get X amount of points based on what you do to a black person.  You get 5 points to spit on… 10 points to punch…. There’s stealing clothes, driving into people, breaking into people’s houses and 500 points to Lynch… Read on...Support us and go ad-free Here’s a couple of…

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Leadbeater says politics must change after ‘abuse and intimidation’ in campaign

Support us and go ad-freeNew Batley and Spen MP Kim Leadbeater has called for a change in the way politics is conducted after suffering intimidation and abuse during a “gruelling” by-election campaign. Ms Leadbeater – whose sister, Jo Cox, was murdered in the constituency in 2016 – said it had been a “gruelling few weeks”. Ms Leadbeater told the PA news agency: “The majority of the campaign was absolutely fine but I think last weekend we saw some really inappropriate behaviour. “I suffered abuse and intimidation myself, members of my campaign team were abused in the street and had things thrown at them, someone’s been arrested. “I just…

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Priti Patel calls taking the knee ‘gesture politics’

Priti Patel has said she does not support England’s footballers taking the knee in protest against racial injustice, labelling the act “gesture politics”. The home secretary did not condemn football fans who had booed players for taking the knee, calling it a “choice for them” after Gareth Southgate’s side faced jeers from a minority of fans at their first match of Euro 2020. Her comments come after a Number 10 spokesperson said the prime minister wants the public to “cheer them on, not boo” at the tournament, and explicitly supported those who decide to take part in the protest. Home Secretary Priti Patel (Aaron Chown/PA) “Gesture Politics” But…

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The politics of climate change

Image description This cartoon is titled “The politics of climate change”. It depicts a pie chart, the vast majority of which is coloured grey and labelled “sound bites”. A much smaller section of the pie chart is coloured blue and labelled “empty promises. An even section smaller is coloured red and labelled “commitments”. The next smallest section is coloured yellow and labelled  “targets”. The final tiny sliver of the pie chart is coloured green and labelled “actions” By Ralph Underhill Source link

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Marc Lamont Hill & Mitchell Plitnick on ICC Probe & the “Palestine Exception” in Progressive Politics

Israel and the United States blasted the International Criminal Court’s decision to open a probe into Israeli war crimes in the Palestinian territories, as well as crimes committed by Palestinian militant groups. U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken tweeted that the Biden administration “firmly opposes” an investigation. Mitchell Plitnick and Marc Lamont Hill, co-authors of “Except for Palestine,” say it’s an illustration of the “Palestine exception” that makes even supposedly progressive people unwilling to criticize Israel’s human rights abuses and its ongoing occupation of Palestinian territories. “We are attempting to show that the American left — those who identify as progressive, radical, liberal, what have you — have…

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UK media coverage of Scottish politics when a distraction from Westminster is needed

We need your help ... The coronavirus pandemic is changing our world, fast. And we will do all we can to keep bringing you news and analysis throughout. But we are worried about maintaining enough income to pay our staff and minimal overheads. Now, more than ever, we need a vibrant, independent media that holds the government to account and calls it out when it puts vested economic interests above human lives. We need a media that shows solidarity with the people most affected by the crisis – and one that can help to build a world based on collaboration and compassion. We have been fighting against an…

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We Must Reject Austerity Politics: Economist Darrick Hamilton on Why $900B Stimulus Is Not Enough

This is a rush transcript. Copy may not be in its final form.AMY GOODMAN: Congress voted Monday night to pass a $900 billion coronavirus relief package, the first new aid since April. The measure is part of a $2.3 trillion package that includes $1.4 trillion to fund the government. The combined legislation is among the largest relief packages in U.S. history. President Trump has until December 28th to sign it. The coronavirus relief part of the bill includes $300-per-week federal unemployment assistance for 11 weeks; a round of $600 stimulus checks for people who earn up to $75,000, with another $600 per child; more money for schools and…

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If you ‘love’ politics, there’s something wrong with you. Let me explain what.

Politics watching has hit the sort of highs you only see when things are going very, very badly. While engagement is a good thing, there is one group that’s suffering – namely the weirdoes and pundits who treat politics like some drab combination of Game of Thrones and the snooker.For them, the constant reminder that parliamentary drama has real life consequences harshes their buzz. It doesn’t harsh it as much as it harshes the lives of those who experience said consequences, but still, it has made their Twitter interactions some 27% more disagreeable.The question is who are these people and what’s wrong with them? DivertissementUndoubtedly you’ve come across…

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Conservatives Strong Favourites to Secure Majority as Brown Calls Election

Number of political bets expected to quadruple todayTHE CONSERVATIVES are odds-on favourites at 8-13 with Betfair punters to win a majority at the upcoming General Election after Gordon Brown asked the Queen to dissolve Parliament today.Betfair LogoA Hung Parliament is now 2-1, whilst Labour look a long-shot for a majority, for which they are currently a 15-1 chance.The race narrowed in the wake of Alistair Darling’s budget to a point where Labour were 3-1 to win the most seats, but if the betting is anything to go by David Cameron’s party has regained the initiative and are now 1-5 to be the biggest party in the Commons.Betfair are…

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