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April 24, 2014 3 Comments
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Just ahead of the elections:

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”I thought there would be some complaints, then it would be forgotten.”

April 24, 2014 1 Comment
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Really, Professor..? An online version of an article about the trip published in the major Palestinian newspaper Al-Quds was taken down by the publishers, reportedly because of the invective in the comments section. One reader said that taking Palestinian students to Auschwitz was not freedom of expression, but treason. Well, never mind. If you can’t win over the uneducated public, at least you can rely on the support of your…

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Frankly, My Dear, I Don’t Give A ….

April 22, 2014 4 Comments
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Priyamvada Gopal worries about Hindu extremism. What? No, not here. In India: It is rarely scrutinised in the west, partly because Hinduism is stereotyped as gentle and non-violent in the image of Gandhi – who, ironically, was assassinated by an RSS activist – and benefits from the disproportionate attention given to Islamist violence, which enables other pernicious extremisms to slip under the radar. Well, yes. We don’t worry too much…

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Of chalk and cheese

April 21, 2014 7 Comments
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People often look to make comparisons to make a point and often choose the most ludicrous examples, the classic amongst which is comparing the Palestinian treatment by Israel to the holocaust or apartheid, when a quick examination proves that they are no such thing which is not to minimise the issues, but simply make the point that exaggeration does nothing for your cause except make you look silly to an…

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Gary Blasi Is Shocked, Shocked, To Find Hypocrisy Is Going On…

April 20, 2014 6 Comments
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…over the proposal to criminalise sleeping in cars in some US areas: One finds the “vehicularly housed” in virtually every neighborhood, including my own. But the animus that drives anti-homeless laws seems to be greatest in the wealthiest cities, like Palo Alto, which has probably spawned more per-capita fortunes than any city on Earth, and in the more recently gentrified areas like Los Angeles’ Venice. Goodness me! How odd. You’d…

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Easter Day

April 20, 2014 11 Comments
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There are three interesting articles on Christianity at the Spectator, obviously occasioned by Easter. If we can pass over the pagan aspects of the fertility rite to the Christian/Passover, today is clearly the one upon which the entire faith rests. Historians don’t seriously question the historicity of Jesus of Nazareth but they do fall out over the arising. For the people of the time, the arising is certainly the clincher…

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Never Satisfied…

April 18, 2014 12 Comments
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I guess that’s why we call people like Frances O’Grady ‘progressives’ – it certainly isn’t their results! Employers told us it would cost two million jobs; rightwing politicians saw it as interference in the market; and even some trade unions thought the state should keep out of wage regulation. Not so long ago, the minimum wage was a minority cause. Fifteen years on from its introduction, politicians now compete for…

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Oppression depends on the ambition of the wannabe

April 17, 2014 5 Comments
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There’s a vid below by Bill Whittle which you may or may not wish to watch – it’s U.S. specific, it’s tea partyish and yet it also touches on a universal truth: The elite in any society cannot oppress without an army of small people who are wannabee big people and who imagine themselves special. Two immediate examples spring to mind, one stemming from the other. First is that old…

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To Be Sure, ‘tis A Rare Old Ding-Dong…

April 16, 2014 6 Comments
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Popcorn and a pint of Guinness please! The Equality Authority and travellers group Pavee Point have both called for the article to be withdrawn. However journalist Brenda Power this afternoon defended the article on RTE’s Liveline, condemning the Equality Authority for attempting to ‘shut down debate’. This’ll be good! Martin Collins of Pavee Point defended the group’s criticism of the column. “The article is full of generalisations, assumptions and stereotypes.…

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The proposed TTIP: Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership

April 15, 2014 1 Comment
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The proposed TTIP was French newsweekly Marianne‘s cover story this week. Strange that it’s a big topic in France and less so here. The TTIP entry on Wikipedia covers both sides of the treaty but paints a rosy picture overall. The French are concerned that it will wipe out farmers’ co-operatives and small agricultural ventures. They add that GMO crops and more relaxed pesticide use could also be on the…

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