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Die britische Linke, Geschlechterfragen und der Islamismus

Posted by entdinglichung - 4. November 2010

Ein lesenswerter Artikel, gefunden auf der Webseite der AWL, in diesem Zusammenhang sei auch noch auf eine neue (leider noch nicht online) Broschüre der Whitechapel Anarchist Group (WAG) und einen Artikel im aktuellen Weekly Worker verwiesen:

The left fails Muslim women

Dale Street

Muslim women fighting for women’s rights have been largely abandoned by the left, by human rights organisations, and by anti-racist campaigners.

That sums up the basic argument put forward by Gita Sahgal at a meeting held in Glasgow on 28 October as part of Black History Month 2010.

Sahgal left her post of Head of Gender Unit at Amnesty International earlier this year after Amnesty had ignored her complaints about the organisation’s collaboration with Islamists (specifically, Moazamm Begg and his “Cageprisoners” organisation).

Sahgal began her talk with excerpts from a documentary which she had helped make about war crimes committed by the Islamic-fundamentalist Jamaat-e-Islami in Bangladesh during its war of independence in the early 1970s. Members of the organisation massacred hundreds of thousands and committed mass rape.

Bangladesh achieved its independence. As a result of the growing influence of Islamism, it falls well short of being a fully secular state. But there is now an ongoing popular campaign to secularise Bangladesh, spearheaded by women and youth.

It was therefore wrong, concluded Sahgal, to see secularism as something imposed on other countries by the West.

From Bangladesh in the early 1970s Sahgal moved on to Britain in the late 1980s, dealing with the attempts to ban Salman Rushdie’s Satanic Verses, and the campaigning work undertaken by women in the Muslim community, such as Women Against Fundamentalism, in opposition to the increasing influence of Islamism.

Jamaat-e-Islami provided the link.

British Islamists who called for an extension of the blasphemy laws and for Satanic Verses to be banned included Bangladeshi Jamaat-e-Islami members who had migrated to Britain. The Islamist campaign against Satanic Verses also gave rise to the later emergence of the Muslim Council of Britain (MCB), in which Jamaat-e-Islami supporters continue to occupy leading positions.

Excerpts from documentaries which Sahgal had made at the time showed women from the Muslim community staging counter-demonstrations against the Islamist anti-Rushdie demonstrations, and also organising demonstrations in protest at domestic violence.

Their slogan was “Here to Doubt, Here to Fight”. This was an adaptation of the anti-racist slogan of the 1970s, “Here to Stay, Here to Fight”. It meant that women in the Muslim community were not prepared to surrender their right to question the social “orthodoxies” which the increasingly vociferous Islamists were wanting to impose on them.

But the excerpts from her documentaries also showed the start of a different political response to the reactionary Islamist mobilisation around Satanic Verses: a readiness by politicians to accept the Islamist leaders as genuine representatives of their communities, and a willingness to accommodate to their demands.

Both Labour and Tory MPs, for example, put their names to a Bill which sought to extend the blasphemy laws to cover Islam as well as Christianity. (By contrast, the late socialist Labour MP Eric Heffer was shown calling for the abolition of all blasphemy laws.)

This failure to confront Islamism and this accommodation to its political demands was described by Sahgal as “one of the most remarkable and saddest aspects of politics since the Rushdie Affair, or since 9/11 in 2001.”

Organisations like the MCB had been boosted and funded as government partners, supposedly providing a conduit into the Muslim community. As Sahgal pointed out, this was a continuation of an old colonial policy: to allow some self-appointed leaders to rule over their followers as they wished, provided that they kept them from rebelling against the colonial power itself.

In Afghanistan and Iraq the West had espoused the cause of women’s rights. But it had not hesitated to abandon the same cause by appeasing and forming alliances with Islamists. There could therefore be no reliance on Western governments to promote women’s rights.

On the left, organisations such as the Stop the War Coalition had boosted the Muslim Association of Britain (the British “section” of the fundamentalist Muslim Brotherhood) while the political party “Respect” was effectively an alliance between sections of the left and Jamaat-e-Islami supporters.

The MCB was not even prepared to recognise Ahmaddiya Muslims as Muslims, still less represent them (or, Sahgal might have added, defend them against the murderous attacks of Jamaat-e-Islami in Pakistan).

The Islamic Human Rights Commission, another Islamist organisation popular with the left, was concerned only with what it defined as the breaches of human rights of Muslims committed by Western governments (and Turkey) but did not lift a finger to defend the human rights of those oppressed by Islamist regimes such as Iran.

And yet, in the name of “anti-racism”, the bulk of the left and the bulk of the anti-racist movement had shrunk back from confronting the threat posed by the rise of Islamism as a political movement.

Nor was there any reason to suppose that the situation was going to improve in the immediate future as more funding was being made available for “faith-based” groups to fill the gap left by cutbacks in local-authority social services.

This would provide an opportunity for Islamist organisations not only to secure more funding from the government but also — as the holders of the purse-strings for local social expenditure — to exercise a greater degree of influence and control in Muslim communities.

Some of what Sahgal said was open to criticism. But it was refreshing to hear a spirited denunciation of Islamism and the threat it poses to women’s rights in particular.

It would have been better to have heard such a denunciation in a socialist meeting or in a trade union meeting rather than in the Glasgow Centre for Contemporary Arts.

But the venue for Sahgal’s talk underlined the point she was making: the bulk of the left, having accommodated to political Islam at the expense of women’s rights, would not be prepared to hold such a meeting.

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„Mikroskopische Tschernenkoistisch-Wałęsaistische Maden“

Posted by entdinglichung - 4. November 2010

Offenbar haben Generelle und die „P“FJ nun auch eine Schwesterorganisation in Britannien, die RNCPGB(ML), die die Freundschaft DDR-KDVR abfeiert und die (leider reale) CPGB-ML von Harpal Brar (die an nordkoreanische Satelliten glaubt) mit beissender Kritik überzieht:

„The RNCPGBML has come under fire recently from unlikely sources, ranging from the ultra-revisionist CPB to the now fully Trotskyite embracing ‘CPGB-ML’ for its shoulder to shoulder solidarity with the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea. It seems there are some, labelling themselves ‘communist’, who seem embarrassed by the appointment of the Brilliant Comrade Kim Jong-un to the National Defence Commission of the DPRK.

Whatever the criticisms these microscopic Chernenkite-Wałęsaist maggots have of the government of the DPRK, forever on their ‘blogs’ and ‘websites’, we ask these so called ‘communists’ to respect democracy. The Korean people have spoken and we must respect that right.“

Hoffentlich alles nur Satire, … hat tip to A Very Public Sociologist

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Neues aus den Archiven der radikalen (und nicht so radikalen) Linken

Posted by entdinglichung - 4. November 2010

ältere Archiv-Updates und Hinweise zu weiteren linken Archivalien unter „Sozialistika“ und im Download-Archiv … auf CEDEMA ein Interview mit Hugo Blanco, Syndikalismus.tk berichtet von der geplanten Umbenennung der nach dem Anarchosyndikalisten Ervin Szabó benannten Zentralbibliothek in Budapest seitens der rechten Regierung, das IISG in Amsterdam feiert seinen 75. Geburtstag mit einer virtuellen Ausstellung und mehr Lesehinweise bei Poumista:

Rassembler, diffuser les archives des révolutionnaires (RaDAR):

* Opposition communiste: Contre le courant, 22. März 1929
* IVe internationale: IVe Internationale, Juli/August 1949
* Parti communiste internationaliste (PCI): La Vérité des travailleurs, Juli 1961

La Bataille Socialiste:

* Le dossier Miasnikov des archives de la Préfecture de Police de Paris (1942)
* Marcel Boivin et le mouvement ouvrier rouennais
* Yvon Bourdet: Karl Marx et l’autogestion (1971)

Marxists Internet Archive (MIA):

* William Morris: Art, Wealth, and Riches (1883)
* William Morris: Mr Morris‘ Utopia and the Way Thither (1883)
* William Morris: A Talk with Mr. William Morris on Socialism (1885)
* Andreu Nin: Las lecciones de la Insurrecion de Octubre (1934)
* Andreu Nin: La cuestion de las nacionalidades y el movimiento obrero revolucionario (1934)
* Andreu Nin: O Caráter da Revolução Espanhola (1937)
* Andreu Nin: Den nationella frågan och den revolutionära arbetarrörelsen (1934)
* La Vérité: In the face of our propaganda for fraternization: The Gestapo Pursues our Militants (1943)
* Henri Lefebvre: Marx sociologi (1966)
* Sojourner Truth Organization (STO): Outline History of Sojourner Truth Organization (1972)
* Jean Jaurès: July 14 (1901)
* Ted Grant: Britain—perspectives and prospects (1973)
* Spartacist League U.S.: Campus Spartacist (1965-1971)
* H.M. Hyndman: Pacifism and German Aggression (1911)
* Theo Rothstein: The ‚German Menace‘ (1911)
* Fjärde Internationalen nr 3-1973
* People’s Tribune: Fascism at Attica (1971)
* October League (Marxist-Leninist) (OL): Women’s Liberation: A Communist View (1975)
* Communist League: Negro National Colonial Question (1972)
* Attica Brigade (197?)
* Revolutionary Student Brigade (~ 1974)
* The Struggle Within: A Critique of the Role of the Revolutionary Union within the USCPFA (1975)
* Karl Marx: Carta a Ludwig Kugelmann (em Hannover), 23 de Fevereiro de 1865
* Leo Trotzki: Kominterns ”tredje period” av misstag (1930)
* Världssocialism nr 12 – Den nationella frågan (1975)
* Chris Harman: Qu’est-ce que le marxisme ? (1979)

La Presse Anarchiste:

* La Revue anarchiste, n°13, 20 Januar 1923


* Sam Mbah/I. E. Igariwey: African anarchism. The History of a Movement (1997)
* Wolfgang Fritz Haug: On the Dialectics of Anti-Capitalism (2007)
* Free Flowing: Dissatisfaction at Firestone (1974)
* Free Flowing: Rubberworkers Strike (1976)

The Cedar Lounge Revolution:

* Provisional Sinn Féin (PSF): Republican News, Juli 1974

Centro de Documentación de los Movimientos Armados (CeDeMA):

* Frente Sandinista de Liberación Nacional (FSLN): Comunicado del Comando Revolucionario del Pueblo „Luis Combativo Ojeda“ (1978)
* Frente Sandinista de Liberación Nacional (FSLN): Tendencia GPP: Informe militar de actividades post-insurreccionales (1978)
* Partido Comunista do Brasil (PCdoB): Análise sobre a Guerrilha do Araguaia (1976)
* Comisión Néstor Paz Zamora (CNPZ): En torno al secuestro del industrial Jorge Lonsdale (1990)

Europe Solidaire Sans Frontières (ESSF):

* Louis Althusser: Idéologie et appareils idéologiques d’État. (Notes pour une recherche) (1970)
* Maristella Svampa: Argentine : le retour à la normale (2006)

Workers‘ Liberty:

* Fate of the Russian Revolution: Study Guide (?, pdf-Datei)

The Irish Election Literature Blog:

* Irish Republican Socialist Party (IRSP): Hunger Strike Bulletin, Nr. 2, 1980
* Official Sinn Fein (OSF): Renee Prendergast – Galway By-Election (1975)
* Socialist Workers Party (SWP): Leaflet from Dave Lordan – LE Ballybrack (2004)
* Democratic Left (DL): ‘One of The Best ‘ Eamon Gilmore – Dun Laoghaire GE (1992)

Espace contre ciment:

* Emma Goldman: Maria Spiridonowa (1922)
* Pjotr Kropotkin: Der Nihilismus (1899)


* Socialist Party-Social Democratic Federation (SP-SDF): Socialist Call, Sommer 1961 (u.a. mit dem Artikel Communism and Co-existence von Erich Fromm)
* Socialist Party-Social Democratic Federation (SP-SDF): Socialist Call, Frühjahr 1962
* Karl Marx: Capital; a critique of political economy; the process of capitalist production. [Translated from the German ed. by Samuel Moore and Edward Aveling] Edited by Frederick Engels (1919)
* Leo Tolstoi: Di shlaferay fun unzer tsay : un andere gelibene sotsyale shrifen (1912)
* Grigori Sinoview: The communist party and industrial unionism (1920)
* Max Bedacht: The menace of opportunism; a contribution to the bolshevization of the Workers (Communist) Party (1926)


* Wildcat (BRD): Mit dem Drei­rad durch den So­zi­al­staat (1985, Auszug)


* Emma Goldman: Das Tragische an der Emanzipation der Frau (1911)

Red Mole Rising:

* International Marxist Group (IMG): Red Mole, 5. Oktober 1971

Projekt Gutenberg:

* Peter Hille: Ich bin, also ist Schönheit. Lyrik – Prosa – Aphorismen – Essays (?)
* Peter Hille: Die Hassenburg (1905)


* Combat Communiste: 1950-1955 : Recul et reprise des luttes (1976)
* Combat Communiste: 1961-1963 : Les mineurs en lutte (1976)
* Combat Communiste: Luttes de classes en France (1964-1967) (1977)

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