Sunday, August 13, 2017

Charlottesville, Mary Beard, North Korea & more -- The Left Chapter Sunday Reading List August 6 - 13

This week's list of articles, news items and opinion pieces that I see as must reads if you are looking for a roundup that should be of interest to The Left Chapter readers.

This list covers the week of  August 6 - 13. It is generally in order of the date of the article's release.

1) Whatever Became of the CCF’s Dream?

J.F. Conway, Socialist Bullet

A dramatic shift in electoral politics is currently disrupting leading capitalist democracies, challenging the ideological hegemony and legitimacy of the global neoliberalism of late capitalism.

Read the full article.

2) ‘Detroit’ Is The Most Irresponsible and Dangerous Movie Of The Year

Jeanne Theoharis, Say Burgin and Mary Phillips, Huffington Post

The film is egregious, both in what it includes and what it omits.

Read the full article.

3) New Conservative Petition Vows to Defund University Research, Empowering Anti-Abortion Groups

Press Progress

So much for the new and improved "mild-mannered," "middle-of-the-road" Conservatives.

The Conservative Party of Canada is currently promoting an online petition vowing they'll strip funding from universities and shut down critical research projects in the name of "free speech" – something anti-abortion figures say would amount to an "enormous victory for pro-life activists across the country."

Read the full article.


Rebecca Futo Kennedy, Classics at the Insterections

At this point, anyone who reads about things classical on the internet knows of the dust up over the BBC video on Roman Britain and its inclusion of a Roman soldier of African origin. If you need a quick refresher, you can check out a short article at Indy 100 (from the Independent) and another at The Atlantic. Then you can appraise yourself of the subsequent internet abuse heaped on historian Mary Beard when she involved herself in the discussion. This brawl over diversity in the classical world is one of a series that have occurred in recent months and echoes those surrounding Sarah Bond's article on painted marble in antiquity and the white supremacist motives for removing the paint and Donna Zuckerberg's call for a consciously more inclusive approach to Classics--the comments in both articles are amazing demonstrations of ignorance and virulence on one side and exasperation and resignation on the other.

Read the full article.

5) Mary Beard is right, Roman Britain was multi-ethnic – so why does this upset people so much?

John-Mark Philo, The Conversation

The Roman poet Catullus, now known for the erotic verse he wrote for Lesbia and Juventius, wasn’t particularly bothered about a man’s skin pigmentation (in this particular instance, that of Julius Caesar). So why are we?

Read the full article.

6) Refugees face kidnap, torture, rape and slavery in Libyan ‘living hell', Oxfam report says

Chloe Farand, The Independent

Refugees and migrants face kidnap, rape, torture, slave labour and sexual violence in Libya before attempting to cross the Mediterranean to reach Italy, an Oxfam report has found. 

Read the full article.

7) Outraged lawyer gives Chrystia Freeland three weeks to stop Saudi arms deal

 Clothilde Goujard, National Observer

Daniel Turp says he's ready to go all the way to the nation's top court to stop the sale of Canadian-made armoured vehicles to Saudi Arabia.

Read the full article.

8) If you're wondering why Saudi Arabia and Israel have united against Al-Jazeera, here's the answer

Robert Fisk, The Independent

There are still honourable Israelis who demand a state for the Palestinians; there are well-educated Saudis who object to the crazed Wahabism upon which their kingdom is founded; there are millions of Americans, from sea to shining sea, who do not believe that Iran is their enemy nor Saudi Arabia their friend. But the problem today in both East and West is that our governments are not our friends.

Read the full article.

9) Breitbart Editor Somehow Triggered by Vogue’s Statue of Liberty Cover

Matt Wilstein, The Daily Beast

In the alternate universe that includes one of the White House's favorite news sources, Breitbart News, The Statue of Liberty is now an “attack” on the alt-right.

Read the full article.

10) The hypocrisy of opposing a minimum wage hike

Michael Coren, The Toronto Star

One key rallying cry is that the wage hike will kill profits and lead to job losses, but where is the indignation when bonuses are added to already astronomical executive salaries — we never hear that this will lead to inflation or the need to reduce the number of bosses.

Read the full article.

11) What Happens When An Anti-Muslim Internet Personality Begins To Face Consequences

Graeme Gorden, Canadaland

A hate-speech charge, at least one lawsuit, banned accounts, and political ambitions: the angry life of Mississauga YouTuber Kevin J. Johnston.

Read the full article.

12) Judge's comments referencing MMIW were 'victim blaming,' advocates say

Charles Hamilton · CBC News

A Saskatoon judge is being criticized for saying a woman who was arrested for being intoxicated was a "prime candidate to become a missing Aboriginal woman."

Read the full article.

13) Cop faces police hearing for use of ‘excessive force,’ as caught on bystander’s video

Scott Wheeler, The Toronto Star

Ontario’s independent police review director has mandated Toronto police chief Mark Saunders hold a disciplinary hearing after a video appeared to show Sgt. Eduardo Miranda’s repeatedly Taser and stomp on a man during a Jan. 24 arrest.

Read the full article.

14) Eagles' Jenkins will continue protesting police brutality

 Arun Srinivasan, The Score

Philadelphia Eagles safety Malcolm Jenkins will continue protesting against police brutality and racial inequality during the 2017 season.

Read the full article.

15) Venezuela: Trump Threat of US Military Intervention "Madness" of US Imperialism

Jon Queally, Common Dreams

In response to comments from President Donald Trump that he wouldn't "rule out" a "military option" against Venezuela—currently embroiled in domestic political conflict as neoliberal forces challenge the socialist-led government of President Nicholas Maduro—the nation's top officials characterized Trump's remarks as "madness" coming from the "imperial" and "extremist elite that rules the United States."

Read the full article.

16) Tell me if you still think prostitution is empowering after hearing what the buying punters have to say

Julie Bindel, The Independent

When I began campaigning against domestic violence 35 years ago the perpetrators were invisible. The victims were pretty much all we heard about, and the perpetrator was the invisible man. This was the same with rape, and with child sexual abuse. Female survivors of these atrocities were often wheeled out to talk about “their recovery” or how they had helped other women get through their ordeal, whilst the elephant in the room was visible only to some.

This is why I decided that one of my chapters in my forthcoming book on the global sex trade would be about the sex buyer – this enigma, the puff of smoke, the pixellated face, the man who is rarely named.

Read the full article.

17) Horror in Charlottesville: One Dead After Driver Plows into Anti-Racist Demo

Jon Queally, Common Dreams

Racist neo-Nazis run out of town as city of Charlottesville rises up against hate-inspired rally.

Read the full article.

18) Police Stood By As Mayhem Mounted in Charlottesville

 A.C. Thompson and Robert Faturechi, and Karim Hajj - ProPublica

State police and National Guardsmen watched passively for hours as self-proclaimed Nazis engaged in street battles with counter-protesters. ProPublica reporter A.C. Thompson was on the scene and reports that the authorities turned the streets of the city over to groups of militiamen armed with assault rifles.

Read the full article.

19) The Rebel Had An Awful Lot Of Sympathy For The White Supremacists In Charlottesville

Johnathan Goldsbie, Canadaland 

Just after 1:00 this afternoon, Rebel Media personality Faith Goldy captured one of the clearest videos of the car that mowed into anti-racist protesters at the apparent culmination of the “Unite the Right” convergence of white supremacists in Charlottesville, Virginia. The driver, who is in custody but has not yet been identified, killed one person and injured nearly 20 others.

Read the full article.

20) The ‘many sides’ of injustice in Charlottesville riot

Shree Paradkar, The Toronto Star

This is it, then.

We can officially drop the pretence of equality after violent protests by white supremacists, “heritage” groups, neo-Nazis, KKK members and armed white terrorists slammed that charade this weekend.

Read the full article.

21) Στενή Αυτοάμυνα, Twitter 

The people you rightly revile in Charlottesville are the people Obama used in Ukraine and the ones used in Venezuela. Don't turn your heads.

Read the full thread.

22) Donald Trump to blame for white supremacist violence, says Charlottesville mayor

Rachel Roberts, The Independent

Donald Trump has been blamed for the violent clashes between white supremacists and anti-fascist groups in Charlottesville by the mayor of the Virginia town.

Read the full article.

There are also two articles on North Korea that, while months old now, are definitely worth sharing again in light of recent events.

Both are from Andrew Dobbs on Medium

23)  A Lot of What You Know About North Korea Is Racist Nonsense

Less than three months into Pres. Donald Trump’s reign we can already say that there is a non-trivial chance that the United States will soon be engaged in a nuclear war.

Read the full article.

24) North Korea’s Government Is Terrible — And That’s Beside the Point

America doesn’t choose its enemies for their moral qualities

Read the full article.

See also: Dunkirk, Venezuela, Israel, Baltimore & more -- The Left Chapter Sunday Reading List July 30 - August 6

See also: Toronto Police, Star Trek, Omar Khadr & more -- The Left Chapter Weekly Reading List July 23 - 30

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