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Canadian Dimension: Who Killed Boris Nemtsov?

Posted March 3, 2015 by Anonymous

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Practically no one in the West doubts the murder of once-rising reform politician Boris Nemtsov was the work of Vladimir Putin, and/or his allies in government. If Putin didn’t give the direct order, the pundits say, the Russian leader created the “atmosphere of hatred” directed at the Russian opposition, of which Nemtsov was a half-forgotten yet still active leader. This obviates the need for evidence, while giving the accusers ample room to back off if and when facts to the contrary are uncovered – evidence which can then be easily discounted, because, after all, everyone knows (Read more…)

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Do Tsipras and Syriza want to resist Austerity?

Posted February 25, 2015 by Ian Welsh

By Mark From Ireland (Elevated from the comments) (In response to my article on whether Syriza got owned, Mark writes): Did Syriza get owned? Yes and No. Syriza is a coalition between a variety of factions ranging from PASOK lookalikes to people with genuinely socialist principles. I’ll be interested to see how Alekos Flambouraris for […]

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Did Syriza get owned?

Posted February 24, 2015 by Ian Welsh

The details of the Syriza request to the Troika are here, for those who want to read the actual list. The public statement is here. The best analysis I’ve read of the deal, as compared to Syriza promises, is by Stathis Kouvelakis, in the Jacobin Magazine. Kouvelakis makes the case, convincingly to me, that Syriza […]

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Syriza and Greece Seem to Have Been Owned

Posted February 21, 2015 by Ian Welsh

So, the Greeks have an understanding for an extension of the loan agreement.  On Monday they have to present the “reforms” they will be undertaking in exchange for it. I don’t know what those reforms will be, but I know that the agreement still gives the Troika (now called “institutions”) veto power over Greek policy.  […]

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Resurgent Jew-hatred

Posted February 2, 2015 by JR

Charles Krauthammer:

Anti-Semitism has returned to Europe. With a vengeance.

It has become routine. If the kosher-grocery massacre in Paris hadn’t happened in conjunction with Charlie Hebdo, how much worldwide notice would it have received? As little as did the murder of a rabbi and three children at a Jewish school in Toulouse. As little as did the terror attack that killed four at the Jewish Museum in Brussels.

…  In Berlin, Gaza brought out a mob chanting, “Jew, Jew, cowardly pig, come out and fight alone!” Berlin, mind you.

European anti-Semitism is not a Jewish problem, however. It’s a European problem, a stain, a disease of which Europe is congenitally unable to rid itself.

In the comments it’s clear that it’s not just a European problem.  Canadian Jew-haters came out in force, as usual.  (In America its no doubt the same, plus, the hug-a-Muslim, kick-a-Jew mentality extends to the very top.)

By contrast, the comments behind the e-paper pay-wall harbour no such sentiments. Here are two:

Stephen Boyling:
I say this without reservation – Israel’s dilemma is the West’s dilemma.  No ifs ands or buts.  There’s only one “cure” for anti-Semitism and that would be death.  By any means necessary.  I’m not talking about those confused and crazy nobodies, the “rebels without a cause” that pick the non-thinking obvious – Israel specifically, and Jews generally.  I include union leaders and university professors in that group.  And skinheads.

The enemy is Islam.  The example to be set is Islam.  It’s state enablers and financial backers.  Gone.  By any means necessary.  And then maybe I can get on a plane without taking my shoes off.  Or my belt.  Or leaving my trusty pocket knife in a desk drawer.  By any means necessary.  Until that job is done.  Unfortunately, not any time soon.

Alastair Gordon:
It is appropriate to see the term “Jew-hatred” replacing the anodyne “anti-Semitism”. How many “progressives” have told me that they cannot be anti-Semitic because, after all, Arabs are Semites too?

Time to call out the Muslim world and their useful idiots – the United Church, Sid Ryan, CUPE, Noam Chomsky, student unions, academics, liberal media, and many on the left for what they really are - Jew-Haters.

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