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Dr Paul Stott
East Midlands
Academic researching British Jihadism. A libertarian and family man.
Interests: Terrorism, Islamism, Jihadism, Conspiracy Theory, the political fringe, Boxing, Manchester United, Cricket, Lancashire CCC
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As Greece holds its referendum today, some indications as to the arrogance and scale of the European Union project. Syriza were democratically elected in January, yet this reality is one leaders of the European Union appear capable of overlooking. Despite this mandate, Martin Schulz, President of the European Parliament, wishes to see Alexis Tsipras' government replaced, not by the will of the Greek people, but by Brussels. To quote from Ambrose Evans-Pritchard and Colin Freeman in today's Sunday Telegraph: "Mr Schulz earlier called for the elected Syriza government to be replaced by 'technocrat' rule until stability is restored. The alarmist... Continue reading
Saturday 20 June saw major protests against austerity in London and several other British cities. The 9/11 'Truth' movement has long sought to attach itself to parts of the left, the anti-war movement, Muslim community representative groups - basically anywhere... Continue reading
Posted 6 days ago at 9/11 CultWatch
No doubt detailed claims of responsibility will soon emerge for the massacre of tourists in Sousse, Tunisia. Such attacks are far from unique, with examples of this tactic in north Africa going back to the 1990s, most notoriously at Luxor in Egypt in 1997. Estimates of the importance of tourism to Tunisia are that it contributes as much as 15% of the nation's GDP. That presents a motivation to terrorist groups, but answers for their actions are also likely to be found within their political and religious belief systems. Past articulations indicate the tourist can be particularly 'provocative' to Islamists.... Continue reading
I have recently been sent a marvellous article by Michael Collins, that was in the i newspaper on 19 March 2015, and can be found on the Independent website. Collins is the author of The Likes of Us: A Biography of the White Working Class, a superb 2004 polemic which also serves as family history and memoir of a lost Southwark. Here he is writing just ahead of Trevor Phillips Channel 4 documentary Things We Won't Say About Race That Are True. Phillips now serves a function as quite a useful lightening conductor - by and large if someone is... Continue reading
Back in March Jamie Bartlett of Demos wrote a challenging article arguing that the best antidote to terrorist recruitment was encouraging people to think for themselves, and to think critically. There is much to be said for this approach, not least because it has the potential to undermine at source those joining and supporting groups such as Islamic State, and also the conspiratorial mind-set which ensures such groups flourish. I have five comments on Bartlett's article: 1. It is impossible to stop the spread of ideas, but political elites in the UK and certainly academia have broadly succeeded in restricting... Continue reading
Iceland seems to have emerged from economic collapse following its banking crisis in 2008. Its Prime Minister, Sigmundur Gunnlaugsson offers what should be words of advice for Syrizia: "What proved instrumental in getting us out of the crisis and to where we are today is to do with having our own currency and having control over our own monetary and economic policy and natural resources. Greece's options are obviously more limited, being a member of the euro." Quoted in the Sunday Telegraph (Business) 14 June 2015. Iceland has now dropped its application to join the European Union. Gunnlaugsson could also... Continue reading
John King is best known as the author of the Football Factory, England Away and other classic novels of working class life. This week he has penned a substantial contribution to the anti-EU cause, arguing that those on the left, and those of liberal disposition should vote No, when the referendum comes. I thought King's article so good, I link to it here. Other political currents will need to ask themselves some hard questions as we approach the referendum. For all its bluster, what is the SNP's concept of 'independence in Europe' actually worth? If the Greens believe in de-centralisation... Continue reading
A couple of points to follow up on the article I wrote last month concerning the pressure the Football Association and the police were placing on football supporters ahead of the Republic of Ireland versus England friendly. Firstly Larry O'Hara did consequently place online his 1997 article on the 1995 Dublin 'riot', which originally appeared in the Anarchist magazine Animal. Read it on the Notes from the Borderland website here. Secondly I did think it good manners to ask Piara Powar if he wanted to reply, as my article was critical of his stance towards England fans in his role... Continue reading
But does that work with conspiracists? When I was interviewed about this by George Galloway, he started off wanting my top ten refutations, before accepting that playing 'whack a mole' with conspiracy theorists is a bit of a waste of time. Disprove or undermine claim 1, then all effort has to be put into doing the same with claim 2. And so on. And so on, for ever?
Toggle Commented Jun 12, 2015 on Welcome To The 9/11 Cultwatch Blog at 9/11 CultWatch
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This is academic Deepa Kumar, discussing those she calls the 'new McCarthyites' responsible for islamophobia, in a presentation at the 'Understanding Conflict' conference at Bath University. Her characterisation of ex-Muslims is one of the foulest things I have seen for a long time. It is clear what she is doing here. Giving an academic gloss to the view that anyone who is an ex-Muslim is therefore an Uncle Tom. Just as under fascism, someone's ethnicity or faith is fixed for ever, so it is for today's 'progressive' academics and their supporters in sections of the far-left. In my experience, ex-Muslims... Continue reading
Reasons why Cultural Studies, and indeed Stuart Hall, are somewhat over rated, No.367. This is from outside LG02 at the eponymous Professor Stuart Hall Building at Goldsmiths University in London. Continue reading
Whilst the war party (which in practice covers MPs in all three traditional big Westminster groupings) is quiet-ish in the UK, in the US debate is becoming more polarised. If it is Hillary Clinton following Obama as President, or any Republican bar Rand Paul, US troops will be heading to the Middle East in significant numbers. The quote below from Republican dissident Patrick Buchanan, perhaps best encapsulates the nonsense John McCain and others would inflict now if they could: Interviewed by CBS News, Gen. David Petraeus said the United States is “probably losing” the war to ISIS, and we need... Continue reading
Whilst not entirely related to the content of this blog, tomorrow's event organised by the Centre for Inquiry UK, the British Humanist Association, and the Anomalistic Psychology Research Unit deserves a mention. Searching for Satan: Miscarriages of Memory, Fractured Families... Continue reading
Posted Jun 5, 2015 at 9/11 CultWatch
This blog has touched before on the various conspiracy theories about Barack Obama. That he is a Muslim, that he was born in Kenya, that he is a British citizen rather than American - and that is just three of... Continue reading
Posted May 18, 2015 at 9/11 CultWatch
England play the Republic of Ireland in Dublin on 7th June in a friendly international. For reasons that have never been fully explained, the last time England played in Ireland the match was abandoned with some disorder occurring in the English end. It is has certainly never been clear to me why the Irish police were unable to restore order, or what was so terrifying about England's away support that the game could not be completed. As the researcher Larry O'Hara wrote at the time, claims that the neo-Nazi group Combat 18 had incited a riot were fanciful - no... Continue reading
I wrote the little piece below in March in a debate about working class voters turning to the Front National in France, in a debate on the Guardian's Comment is Free pages. It now seems appropriate to post it here, given the pitiful votes for far left candidates in the 2015 election, the defeat of Labour, and the strong votes for the SNP in Scotland, and for UKIP in England and Wales. I was one of those who voted for UKIP in England. The rise of the Front National, and other populist parties of the right, needs to be placed... Continue reading
It is early days, but it looks as if the reports from Garland, Texas, may actually be good news rather than another Charlie Hebdo As today’s Muhammad Art Exhibit event at the Curtis Culwell Center was coming to an end, two males drove up to the front...Posted by City of Garland, Texas Government on Sunday, May 3, 2015 Continue reading
The United States Congress, as a result of Senate Joint Resolution 65, marked Afghanistan Day, with a proclamation of support by President Ronald Reagan. If this seems strange now, it is worth remembering that this was in the days when the Americans still felt giving money and arms to people running round shouting 'Allah Akhbar' and trying to establish an Islamic state was a good idea. Eighteen years later, America learned the hard way that it is important to judge movements, not by their immediate use for you, but by their end goal. Continue reading
The current issue of The Spectator is devoted to the subject of political correctness. Part of this is an article by Damian Thompson, who conspiracy watchers will be familiar with for his 2008 book 'Counterknowledge'. Thompson gives a decent enough... Continue reading
Posted Feb 12, 2015 at 9/11 CultWatch
Hello Mason, I thought the name Finkelstein would bring you rushing to comment. Happy New Year to you.
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Just before the Christmas break I finally got round to putting my 2008 Anarchist Studies network conference paper onto my page. "Half Truth Movement: How the 9/11 Cult Falsifies History" is some six years plus now in terms of... Continue reading
Posted Jan 3, 2015 at 9/11 CultWatch
The Sydney cafe siege of Man Haron Monis has provoked some interesting responses, not least as he appears to have been a high profile, and rather unpleasant figure, in Australia for some years. My twitter timeline is often clogged up with people complaining about the government of Tony Abbott and perceived Australian racism, yet what is most noticeable in the Monis case is the tolerance with which Australia appears to have treated him. 2015 marks the hundredth anniversary of what can perhaps be seen as the first Islamist terror attack in Australia - the Battle of Broken Hill in 1915.... Continue reading
This is just a short post to wish all vistitors to the 9/11 Cultwatch blog a Happy Christmas, be you friend or foe. Compliments of the season. Continue reading
Posted Dec 25, 2014 at 9/11 CultWatch
This is just a short post to wish a Happy Christmas to friend and foe. Compliments of the season. Continue reading