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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
Recent Activity
The Algerian feminist Karima Bennoune has written of the importance of talking about 'it'. That when we talk about Islamic fundamentalism, that is what we need to talk about. So often debate and discussion rapidly moves away - backwards to the invasion of Iraq, or sideways into talk of 'Islamophobia,' Donald Trump or the government's Prevent strategy. A core response by some to the Paris attacks by Islamic State was not to talk about 'it,' but to complain that victims of the group's attacks in Lebanon the day before did not receive the same publicity as those in France. What... Continue reading
Following the armed attacks by Islamic State in Paris, a twitter feed, En Memoire, has been set up dedicated to the victims. It contains a picture and a brief pen portrait of all those who did not survive. You can view it in English here. One of the problems with the Internet is its immediate and ephemeral nature. It is to be hoped that this twitter account can be archived permanently. Continue reading
Speaking to people on the left in recent weeks, there is certainly some appetite among Corbynistas to de-select right wing Labour MPs, who it is feared will never by loyal to Jeremy Corbyn as leader. For Corbyn to develop and implement a clear programme, then put it to the electorate in 2020, such people have to go. But who will they be replaced by? An interesting example of who is waiting in the wings comes from Birmingham, where there are reports the former Respect party leader Salma Yaqoob is being lined up for a Labour seat. The incumbent at Birmingham... Continue reading
This evening Reinvestigate 9/11, the 'truth' organisation headed by Ian Henshall, has circulated supporters with a press release concerning Michael Meacher, the late MP for Oldham West and Royton. This mostly focuses on parts of Meacher's back catalogue most in... Continue reading
Posted Oct 24, 2015 at 9/11 CultWatch
Owen Jones has a piece on the Guardian's Comment is Free about the 'joint enterprise' prosecution of Dr Lisa McKenzie. She was charged after someone else, at a Class War housing protest she had helped organise, put a sticker on a window. I think Jones' opposition to this is well-intentioned, but he does not get at some of the nuances I believe lie behind these types of police action. Part of the motivation behind prosecutions like this is to tie up important activists. To put them on the defensive, and to then divert other protesters away from what they are... Continue reading
Tucked away in the March 2002 memo from Colin Powell to George W Bush, discussing Tony Blair, was a small line which speaks volumes for New Labour. Colin Powell writes "We do not expect Blair to dwell on the steel decision". The Mail on Sunday explains this brief comment: "Loyal Blair would spare Bush's blushes by not making a public fuss about a US decision on import tariffs which had devastated Britain's steel industry." So much for our industrial base, and so much for the steel workers who had voted Labour. Looking through Alastair Campbell's diary for the period April... Continue reading
The Sunday Times has today run a major article on John McDonell and his engagement with leading activists in the 9/11 'truth' movement. Sounds familiar? It certainly is familiar to readers of this blog. As far back as September 16th,... Continue reading
Posted Oct 18, 2015 at 9/11 CultWatch
Hi Rosanna - I lost touch with a lot of people when I had to move out of London in 2012. I have sent a message to an old friend of Anthony's who will hopefully be better placed than me to help you share your memories. Regards, Paul
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Dee - Thank you for that. Now I have found it I have added a link in the body of the article to the Evening Standard interview with Chris Blackhurst. I can only add if Quilliam have sought ought a firm with such strong military connections, they make a rod for their own backs with those so willing to slag them off at every opportunity.
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This evening's Evening Standard has a bizarre one page feature on Sven Hughes, a former military psy-ops expert, who now runs a marketing and PR firm called Verbalisation. Verbilisation has had some degree of profile due to its work with the anti-extremism think tank Quilliam. Here we hit the first problem. Given the degree of paranoia about and hatred for Qulliam from many Muslim representative groups, any PR company worth its salt would tell Quilliam to steer clear of Verbalisation, a company which Chris Blackwell's Standard piece claims is 'staffed largely by 'ex-military personnel'. The second problem with Verbalisation is... Continue reading
Bilal Abdul Kareem is an American Salafi Muslim who has developed a niche for himself as a journalist and film maker conducting interviews in the Middle East. British viewers may have first come across his work when the footage he obtained of a British jihadi in the Katiba al Muhajireen group in Syria, Ibrahim al Mazwagi, was broadcast by Channel 4 news. Depending on which source you read, al Mazwagi was either the first or second Brit to be killed in the Syrian civil war. As well as running his own website, Kareem's work appears on like minded sites, such... Continue reading
The air of liberal desperation over Great British Bake Off winner Nadiya Hussain is reminiscent of the fuss when a fan was spotted in a hijab at the Bradford City v Aston Villa league cup semi final in 2013. The normally composed journalist Jim White declared that this sight was the 'key to the future of the game'. As with that case, and the better known international furore over Malala Yousafzai, Nadiya Hussain's spell is cast solely by the hijab, and liberal dreams of a progressive, integrated Islam. Without it, she serves no purpose in terms of political utility. If... Continue reading
For those who use social media sites, the former NSA contractor turned whistle blower Edward Snowden appears to have opened a twitter account. Within four hours of his first tweet earlier today, he had 488,000 followers, but was following just one account himself - the US National Security Agency. When I did a twitter search under the single word 'Snowden' the first account which came up, was not that of Edward Snowden, but the account of the NSA. Big brother works in mysterious ways..... Continue reading
Having been left all dressed up with nowhere to go last week when the Corby Cube's showing of Death of a Gentleman was cancelled, I am delighted to report that the excellent Errol Flynn playhouse in Northampton stepped in to offer me a complimentary ticket for their showing. This review comes courtesy of their generosity. Death of a Gentleman opens, deliberately, in as cliched a manner as possible, with the sound of bird song and the sight of cricket on the village green. The opening words stress, correctly, that cricket is about values, and those being interviewed throughout the film... Continue reading
Of of all the Russian writers in the last fifty years, few can have been as well read in Britain as Alexander Solzhenitsyn. His critiques of the Soviet system, which brought the Nobel Prize in 1970, must surely mean hardly anyone in Britain's political elite will not have read him. And yet for all those copies of The Gulag Archipelago and One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich, few seem to have grasped how Solzhenistyn viewed post-Soviet Russia. Perhaps the primary source for this is his 1990 'Rebuilding Russia'. Whilst there is much to say about that book, I... Continue reading
Ben - I am not sure the bad debts are always shipped out - the 2008 crisis saw those bad debts being taken on board by the taxpayer in the US and UK. The rules of capitalism were seen not to apply to institutions such as the Royal Bank of Scotland or General Motors - the shock of that will reverberate for a long time yet. The problem with seeing capitalism as the sole (or perhaps even predominant) cause of instability in marginal economies is that it risks playing down indigenous factors. I do not believe any economic system could address the frightening demographic shifts in the Middle East, Africa pr parts of Asia - its no coincidence the countries that have perhaps coped better with such shifts, India and China, have major economies. And both have tried to control their population growth. As well as population increases in excess of resources, we have the conflict between authoritarian nationalism and Islamism. In some countries I would argue Islamism has frequently been a cause of, not a response to instability. Was or is there a neo-Con plan? As we saw with the invasion of Iraq, there were broad brush strokes, but little more detailed than hoping it would all work out for the best if you overthrew Saddam. I also think there is a danger in talking *now* in terms like 'imperial' of the relationship between western powers and marginal economies. Companies may still be exploitative, but in terms of states, contrary evidence emerges. Britain makes nothing from its relationship with some former colonies. On the contrary we subsidise Pakistan (the worst example) to the tune of millions each year, mostly to fund its education system and parts of its security system. This merely allows a country where some struggle to eat, to be a nuclear power, and its ruling elites to avoid paying tax. When Britain's poor are subsiding Pakistan's rich, that is not imperialism.
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Ben - I think I am now going to see the Death of a A Gentleman next week, so may still get to have my say. Simon Heffer's article shows one of the classic paradoxes for conservatives - that the dynamism of the market ends up undermining or destroying established practices, and the values those practices sustain. In this case, test cricket. How often have we seen this played out in football in recent decades? There is also a particular background within world cricket which has allowed Australia/England/India to act in this way - the fading of the game in the West Indies, and the inability of Pakistan to host many matches due to its problems with terrorism. Two of the historically leading nations in the game have been incommunicado.
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I had set aside some time today to write a review and comment on the cricket film, Death of a Gentleman, which I was due to see yesterday at the Corby Cube. Events intervened - shortly before I was due to leave home, the Corby Cube phoned to tell me they had not received the film (!) had been unable to download a copy in time, and they were very sorry but I could have my money back. It was all very professionally done, but did rather leave an empty void. For the uninitiated, Death of a Gentleman tells the... Continue reading
Dr Paul Stott of 9/11 Cultwatch takes a look at some of the associates of John McDonnell and Jeremy Corbyn. Recent weeks have seen a lot of critical coverage of the associations of both Jeremy Corbyn and more recently John... Continue reading
Posted Sep 16, 2015 at 9/11 CultWatch
I have spent a lot of time this summer reading some of the burgeoning literature of feminist critiques of Islamism - writers such as Meredith Tax, Melinda Cooper and Karima Bennoune. My paper to the 2015 Critical Terrorism Studies conference "Feminism or Islamism: Critical Terrorism Studies Develops a Blind Spot" largely covered their interventions. You might not think much humour emerges in such circles, but it does. Consider Bennoune's 'Your Fatwa Does Not Apply Here' and its report of a 2009 protest in Sudan against the flogging of journalist Lubna Hussein for the crime of wearing trousers in public: "One... Continue reading
One of the cultural highlights of the Labour election campaign has been the emergence of the Corbyn Jokes twitter feed - sample joke "I'm not saying my mother in law talks too much, but last week I read the first... Continue reading
Posted Sep 5, 2015 at 9/11 CultWatch
Hi Darren - I have long thought the left is dead. It has had no real answer to the question of what it is for, if it is not for the workers controlling the means of production (and it has not seriously been about that for decades). The obsession with identity politics and Muslims is simply a sign of this weakness. But Corbyn, to my astonishment, is performing some surgery on the parrot. He has something to say on economics, Europe and involving big numbers of people. It might not fly - I think we need a smaller state not a bigger one - but at least we now have a debate. I guess Richard Seymour prefers holding his own dead parrot.....
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John - I feel the world has gone mad about 20 times a day. Part of the problem is the left's physical distance from the working and indeed lower middle class, especially from the millions of people in those categories who live outside of London. In the bubble Richard Seymour resides and works in, he is as likely to meet, and to get on with, a Briton who ended up in Guantanamo Bay than a Briton who served in the Falklands, Iraq or Afghanistan. The odd thing is that Seymour will know all the academic buzz words and analysis such as 'demonising' and 'othering', and at the drop of a hat could write a piece for the Guardian if Richard Littlejohn or Katie Hopkins was slagging off Muslim extremists. He can't see that he does something very similar himself every day - when talking about squaddies, or UKIP voters or in this case Simon Weston. We have lived to see how the revolutionary left looks when it has no interest in or adherence to the working class. It ain't pretty....
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Back in the late 1980s, I traveled to the old Ayresome Park ground to see Manchester United lose 1-0 at Middlesbrough. The game was awful and the experience miserable - as soon as you left the coach the police forced the visiting fans into the ground, and it actually seemed colder inside than outside. About the only thing I remember of the game was noticing the Falklands War veteran Simon Weston on the terraces with the United fans. I looked over once, and then decided someone who has had severe facial burns probably does not want people staring at him... Continue reading