Pete's blog

2012 May Day demonstration in Nottm - AFED throw a tantrum

Submitted by Pete on Sun, 05/06/2012 - 00:01

Well first the good stuff.
A reasonably large May Day about 300 attending. This was followed by a hastily arranged indoor meeting, because of expected rain, with speakers from most unions involved in strike campaigns, and one or two trade union worthies as well as from campaigns such as Notts Uncut.
Many speeches were indeed excellent.

Speech in opposition to UCU's junking of EUMC antisemitism definition Pete Mon, 05/30/2011 - 18:05

Below is the text of the speech made against the UCUs explicit rejection of the EUMC definitions of antisemitism at its congress on May 30 2011. The motion to reject this definition of anti-semitism, explicitly motivated to support Muslim Brotherhood and Hamas ideologue, Azzam Tamimi, was unfortunately passed overwhelmingly. At the time of writing it was not known what the alleged use of the EUMC definition referred to.

Was it wrong to wrong to video Sheridan? Pete Fri, 10/27/2006 - 10:48

I have to admit this when I'm bored and have nothing better to do, I go into UK Left Network, a Yahoo list usually filled with unbridled sectariana. My excuse is that it can be useful to search through that list to find out what some people say about the AWL.

Video - Palestinian Prime Minister Haniya on Oct 6th Pete Fri, 10/20/2006 - 09:18

MEMRI may have a suspect agenda with its founders and I don't imagine they should be expected to give a balanced account of politics in the Arab world.

An exchange with the local Palestine Solidarity Campaign Pete Thu, 10/12/2006 - 19:41

An attempt by AWL and Committee for 2 states to explore possibilities for joint work between the PSC and the Comm for 2 States are rebuffed. Why? Well read on.

This is the letter of reply by myself to the local PSC answering their reasons for not wishing to explore joint work. The PSC's letter is attached. PSC's comments are italicised.

Hello again Steve

I am not sure whether you wanted the debate I proposed to Pauline. As you don’t mention it I suspect that the answer is ‘no’. So I will respond to this email fully.

Tamimi's new book on Palestinian liberation Pete Tue, 10/10/2006 - 23:44

Apparently Azzam Tamimi is about to release a book on the Palestine liberation movement and he had a launch meeting on September 21st in Glasgow I think. I don’t know who was in the audience. A video of his talk is viewable at: http://video.google.co.uk/videoplay?docid=6997561560673766578 (corrected as a result of change of URL)
Below is an edited transcript of parts of it. Can't wait for the book
Tamimi speaks

Paris anti-war demo - August 12 Pete Mon, 08/14/2006 - 15:48

Took a few days break in Paris, amongst other things, to go on the demo in Paris on August 12 against the Israeli attack on Lebanon. Images and short video of LCR and LO contingent below.

I give a superficial impression below(as my French is not good so conversations were very limited) but it seems as though the demo which was about 5-10,000 was in three blocs.

Protesting against Israel's Lebanon war in Nottingham Pete Mon, 08/07/2006 - 19:39

Over the last 2 Saturdays Nottingham AWL supporters in the Campaign for 2 States along with activists from the local Jewish Socialist Groups (and Jewish Peace Campaign) and people from the Nottingham University Peace Movement, have been protesting in Nottingham City Centre.
Our placard and petition slogans have been

Tamimi's poisonous pro-Hamas rant at StW Pete Sat, 07/22/2006 - 13:06

People may have heard about Tamimi's rant about Israel at the Stop the War rally in London last week. Now you can see it, just in case anyone is any doubt that the StWC can do nothing but harm the creation of a real mass, progressive campaign against the present Israeli onslaught on the Palestinians and Lebanese people.

Tamim and his MAB are pure poison

How far do they go? Pete Thu, 07/13/2006 - 15:27

A few weeks ago one of my comrades reacted with amused disbelief when she heard that the SWP's Marxism had set aside a prayer room for devout Muslim attendees.
I read today that this was not true.
There were in fact 2 prayer rooms, one for men and one for women.

Will Engage oppose the lack of democracy in the UCU 'settlement'

Submitted by Pete on Sun, 06/11/2006 - 17:21

Last Thursday, June 8th, I emailed the text below to leading Engage and AUT activists, Jon Pike and Dave Hirsh as well as Engage 'Director', Jane Ashworth, regarding the settlement of the UCU dispute. As yet I await any confirmation that they will be fighting this appalling settlement.

--------------------------------------------- Email reads:
You will be aware of the ‘settlement’ of the now UCU dispute.

Hopefully you will know

An argument with a local anarchist comrade - part 2

Submitted by Pete on Sun, 03/26/2006 - 10:44

I left off from yesterday's response to Dan without responding to his comments about 9/11 and the cartoons issue. Dan admits to not knowing much about our politics and whilst there is much on our website, maybe the actual articles explaining our position are not convenient to locate. Rather than try and link to what other comrades have written. I will run through the arguments again, at least on 9/11.

On the cartoons I don't think I could improve on the article on our website here.

An argument with a local anarchist comrade

Submitted by Pete on Sat, 03/25/2006 - 14:06

Dan R an anarchist comrade from Nottingham on his Naked Lunch blog has made a lengthy contribution on the Left and Iraq which I promised to respond to but my response got a bit long to put as a comment to his blog. But both Dan and I agree that we would welcome other's contribution either here or there.

Paul Whetton, rank and file striking Notts Miners leader dies

Submitted by Pete on Sat, 03/04/2006 - 14:34

Yesterday morning one of the finest socialist activists I have ever known, former Notts militant miners' leader Paul Whetton, died.

Paul was the leading figure amongst the striking miners in the Notts coalfield during the historic miners strike of 1984/5. I had the privilege - and it was a privilege - to know Paul from that time onwards. Socialist Organiser, the predecessor of the AWL, had the privilege to work with him.

Greg Palast on Galloway's credibility in the US anti-war movement

Submitted by Pete on Fri, 10/28/2005 - 23:17

Greg Palast has recently sent this response to our Open Letter to Tony Benn.

Dear Pete,

Just a few thoughts of my own and a bit of a correction. I don't know if, as my brilliant Iraq research chief says, your group's article "encapsulates" all my thoughts. I don't know all the facts, but it does seem you've done a heck of a lot of hard and valuable work deconstructing fake "causes" like support for a war criminal such as Tariq Aziz.

Islamophobia-watch-watch

Submitted by Pete on Tue, 09/13/2005 - 17:49

In Ontario yesterday institutionalisation of Islamic arbitration courts was rejected. A decision hailed as a victory by Iranian activists, and other refugees, who have suffered from such bodies 'settling' family disputes in their original countries.

Our very own apologists for reaction Islamophobia-watch meanwhile denounce those refugee and other women activists in Canada whose protests helped prevent this state endorsement of Sharia.

GobForPay vs 'Popinjay'

Submitted by Pete on Sun, 09/11/2005 - 11:38

New York on Wednesday will see a debate between Galloway, the darling of the idiot left in Britain, and Christopher Hitchens, Iraq occupation supporter and Bush apologist.
Galloway is off in the States promoting his book and being courted by many on the left who should know better. Still, Galloway is a recent discovery for them and his bombastic performance in the Senate did the Bush administration no good.
Our US comrades haven't had the benefit of seeing Galloway much, so no doubt it will be a learning experience.