Author Archives: kevovenden

Islamophobia – more than hate crime, state ideology

  Islamophobia – anti-Muslim racism – is being described on much of the broadcast media as a form of “extremism” or of “hate crime”. But there is something distinct about Islamophobia. Not distinct in that it is in some way … Continue reading

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Why Juncker and May need each other

“Praise god it’s not Russia this time!” The Russian embassy in London neatly trolled Theresa May as she stood on the steps of Downing Street this week accusing Jean-Claude Juncker and the EU of interference in the British general election. … Continue reading

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France: an historic moment for the left

Radical left (including far left) – 7.7 million Social Democracy – 2.3 million Liberal centre – 8.7 million Right (including independent right-wing Gaullist) – 9.2 million Fascist right – 7.7 million The decline of the principal parties of the left and … Continue reading

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‘How can you rape a whore?’

Those were the words of Jack Maury, the head of the CIA station in Athens, upon being asked whether the military coup in Greece that began with tanks on the street 50 years ago represented “the rape of democracy”. The … Continue reading

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Melenchon and the left alternative to the liberal front

(This is a column for the Morning Star newspaper in Britain written on Sunday 9 April) The French presidential election moved further into uncharted territory this week following a televised debate between all 11 candidates. A snap audience survey following … Continue reading

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The Trump gang, Huntington and ‘ideological-race war’

Donald Trump apparently doesn’t read books. The far right gang around him do. The book that springs to mind looking at their outpourings in the last week is Samuel Huntington’s Clash of Civilisations and the Remaking of World Order. It … Continue reading

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First he has come for the Muslims – how many mosques must burn?

  Trump is attacking on a broad front. There are many reasons to fight him and to stop him coming to Britain for a propaganda boost. But we should be clear – firmly in the crosshairs are the Muslims. He … Continue reading

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