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Chechnya: stop anti-gay state killings

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Mike Zubrowski

Over 100 men suspected of being gay have been rounded up and detained by the Chechen authorities, with many tortured and some killed.

Chechnya has an authoritarian and extremely repressive state presiding over a deeply homophobic society, but this development is shocking even in this context. Some of the suspected gay men were killed in violent raids, whilst others have been kept in secret “concentration-camp style” prisons, where many have been subjected to electric shocks and violent abuse, with some beaten to death.

The conservatism and homophobia in Chechnyan society is linked both to nationalism and to traditional and political Islam.

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Homophobia and Wallasey CLP

This is a summary of the AWL's view on what is going on.

Homophobia should be driven out of the labour movement. Serious charges of homophobia should be investigated, and disciplinary action taken if they are substantiated.

However, in Wallasey no precise charge has been lodged.

A summary of the AWL's view on the controversy around Wallasey CLP.

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US radical feminists team up with fundamentalist bigots

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Claudia Raven

The US radical feminist group Women’s Liberation Front (WOLF) have teamed up with the Family Policy Alliance, a section of Focus on the Family, to fight against a federal protection for transgender people in the education system.

Trans-exclusionary radical feminists prioritise the exclusion of trans women over the breakdown of gender norms.

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Russian Parliament sanctions domestic violence

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Ann Field

10,000 women in Russia die of domestic violence every year. 40% of all serious violent crime in Russia and over 25% of murders take place in the home. Around 36,000 women are victims of domestic violence every day, and so too are 26,000 children.

These are the official statistics. The real statistics will be far higher. Many women do not report incidents of domestic violence, either for fear of repercussions from their husband or partner, or because complaints are often ignored by the police.

New law decriminalises "modest" violence on the grounds of protecting the "traditional family".

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Alt-right threat opposed at Berkeley

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Simon Nelson

Milo Yiannopoulos is an editor at Breitbart, a news site of the so-called alt-right. He is a self-described “super villain”, a viciously right-wing internet troll who publicly attacks women, black people, Muslims, immigrants. Unsurprisingly he is a great supporter of Donald Trump. So bad is he, he is permanently banned from Twitter.

The alt-right have gone into online overdrive, attacking their opponents for being unable to handle opposing views, calling “liberals” illiberal etc. But in the age of social media, this is not so much a free speech restriction as a question of access to certain platforms.

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LGBT rights: Corbyn’s critics are wrong

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Elizabeth Butterworth

At a recent LGBT History Month event, Jeremy Corbyn said that “Our defence of you is a defence of all of humanity and the right of people to practise the life they want to practise, rather than be criminalised, brutalised and murdered, simply because they chose to be gay, they chose to be lesbian, they were LGBT in any form.”

Critics have said that saying people “choose” to be gay or lesbian plays into the hands of the peddlers of “conversion therapies”. Surely, though, this only works if conversion therapy, and therefore straightness, is seen as something desirable and preferable to being LGB+.

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Stop Trump: On the streets against the “Muslim ban”

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Organise, on the streets and in the labour movement! Argue for socialist, democratic, internationalist ideas which offer a real answer both to Trump’s rancid, right-wing, regression, and to the discredited status quo. That is how we can block Trump.

Against a determined push by Trump, the liberal bourgeoisie will not safeguard the mild cosmopolitanism on which it prides itself. It falls to the labour movement to defend even the limited bourgeois ameliorations.

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A trip to Israel and Palestine

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Omar Raii, NUS Executive, personal capacity

Last year I visited two countries — Israel and Palestine — about which I had discussed so much and yet seen so little. On a four-day trip organised by the Union of Jewish Students we visited different parts of Israel, including the Golan Heights, and made a short sojourn to Palestine, mainly Ramallah.

Israel has a lot of seemingly incongruous things coexisting: Arabs, Muslims and Christians, religious and secular Jews, LGBT people, hard-right nationalists and liberal vegans.

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Why police failed to catch “Grindr serial killer”

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Stephen Nelson

The conviction of Stephen Port for the murder of four young men has raised a number of questions over the Metropolitan Police’s investigation into the deaths. The police failed to link the deaths of the men, two of whom were found in the same place in a Barking Graveyard a few weeks apart. The police also failed to properly investigate the earlier case of student Daniel Walgate, who was found dead outside Port’s flat.

The growing culture of chem-sex, an undoubtedly high risk activity, cannot be used as a cover to dismiss the complaints of victims of sexual violence or to treat victims as culpable for the crimes that are committed against them.

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Fidel Castro — no hero of ours

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Pablo Velasco

Fidel Castro, one of the last remaining leaders of a Stalinist state, died last week at the age of 90. Among sections of the left there is near-hysterical outpouring of eulogy, while bourgeois commentators blithely dismiss him as a communist despot. A third camp socialist assessment of Castro’s politics is needed.

Under Fidel Castro a Stalinist state organised low cost food and welfare but also imposed a repressive regime where LGBT people and dissidents were persecuted.

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