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Anti-semitism and anti-Muslim racism in Europe: WL 3/49

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Analysing the realities and definitions of anti-Semitism and anti-Muslim racism today. How do we build a united struggle against them?

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Anti-semitism and anti-Muslim racism in Europe, WL 3/49

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Yves Coleman of Ni parties, ni frontières (France)
Analysing the realities and definitions of anti-Semitism and anti-Muslim racism today; How do we build a united struggle against them.

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Daesh captures Ramadi

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Simon Nelson

Daesh (ISIS) has caputred the Iraqi city of Ramadi.

This represents a reverse of Daesh’s perceived fortunes, after air strikes seriously injured their leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi. With Iraqi forces again fleeing a majority Sunni area, Iranian backed Shia militia are moving towards Ramadi with the Iraqi Government’s backing.

Ramadi is the capital of Anbar province and is just 70 miles from Baghdad. It was a key battleground during the “Sunni Awakening” and the US troop surge which helped to partially defeat al-Qaeda in Iraq.

Daesh (ISIS) has caputred the Iraqi city of Ramadi.

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Listen to the secular!

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Martin Thomas

Pretty much all the left press other than Solidarity has denounced the election court decision against Lutfur Rahman, mayor of Tower Hamlets in East London, and most of the left has backed Rabina Khan, Rahman's ally, for the new mayoral election on 11 June.

Does the left press reckon that Rahman didn't do what the court disqualified him for doing? Or that he did do it, but it was all right? It's hard to tell. I don't know if the writers in the left press even read the judgement.

Pretty much all the left press has denounced the election court decision against Lutfur Rahman, mayor of Tower Hamlets in East London, and most of the left has backed his ally Rabina Khan in the new mayoral election.

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The continuing attack on Charlie Hebdo

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Patrick Murphy

On Sunday 26 April I saw a Facebook posting which carried the pithy comment “anyone still Charlie”? The posting shared a story from “OurAfricaBlog” about an allegedly outrageous cartoon which, the blog claimed, appeared in the French satirical magazine whose leading staff members were brutally murdered by religious fascists earlier this year.

The determination of much of the British left to smear Charlie Hebdo, months after the murderous attack on their office can seem incomprehensible at times. The persistence and desperation has all the appearance of an especially odd obsession. We should resist that conclusion though. It is nothing of the sort.

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Restore secular politics in Tower Hamlets

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Jean Lane

I don't like the idea that a privileged, conservative judge ousts Tower Hamlets mayor Lutfur Rahman for alleged electoral malpractice, rather than a tribunal of the people he is supposed to serve.

I also don't know whether all the accusations against Rahman upheld by the judge are true or not. I am not going to take the judge's word for it. I am also not going to take the word of former councillors for George Galloway's Respect group that he is not.

The residents of Tower Hamlets, of which I am one, have plenty of reasons to want Rahman and his communalist politics out.

Residents of Tower Hamlets should be able to decide what they do or think without religious leaders guiding them.

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Challenging fundamentalism: Workers' Liberty in further conversation with Marieme Helie-Lucas

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Marieme Helie-Lucas

In March 2015, Algerian sociologist and revolutionary socialist-feminist Marieme Helie Lucas spoke to Solidarity, the newspaper of Workers' Liberty, about the Muslim far-right, and the struggle for secularism, women's rights, and socialism (click here). Here, we continue the conversation.

A continuing discussion on religious fundamentalism, feminism, secularism, and socialism.

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Anti-semitism and anti-Muslim racism in Europe

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Yves Coleman

Around 1.1 millions Jews live in the European Union and 19 million Muslims. It’s obviously very difficult to compare the situation of an ethnic/cultural/religious minority living in Europe for centuries with the situation of religious and/or national minorities whose importance has massively grown after the Second World War, and in some cases only during the last 40 years.

Nevertheless, many militants (inspired by left academic researchers) compare anti-Semitism in the 30s to the situation of Muslims in Europe today.

Around 1.1 millions Jews live in the European Union and 19 million Muslims. It’s obviously very difficult to compare the situation of an ethnic/cultural/religious minority living in Europe for centuries with the situation of religious and/or national minorities whose importance has massively grown after the Second World War, and in some cases only during the last 40 years.

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“Morbid symptoms” in Tunisia

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Edward Maltby

The Italian socialist Antonio Gramsci once described the disarray in Europe after World War One in this way, “the old is dying and the new cannot be born; in this interregnum a great variety of morbid symptoms appear”.

The Islamist attack on the Bardo museum in Tunis is a “morbid symptom” of the political deadlock in Tunisia in the years after the fall of Ben Ali. In a political climate increasingly dominated by rightwing political Islam, where the workers’ movement is fighting battles in the streets but without being able to offer a strong political alternative, the Islamist far right, bolstered by its strongholds in Libya (where the killers trained), will continue to be a powerful pull over many young people.

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Bangladesh left slams Islamist murder

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Badrul Alam

Badrul Alam from the Communist Party of Bangladesh (Marxist-Leninist) spoke to Solidarity about the murder on the streets of Dhaka of the US writer of Bangladeshi background, Avijit Roy.


It is clear that Roy was killed by fundamentalists because there were similar cases in 2004, when a professor from Dhaka University, Humayun Azad, was murdered.

Extremist groups admitted killing Azad, because they held him to be an atheist.

Badrul Alam from the Communist Party of Bangladesh (Marxist-Leninist) on the murder on the streets of Dhaka of the US writer of Bangladeshi background Avijit Roy.

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