I haven't really read many of the 9/11 posts and articles that poured forth yesterday. What else is there left to say eleven years on? But here are a couple: Norm with eleven persistent myths; Kenan Malik's New York songs; Carl Packman on bin Ladenism.
The news from Karachi of a mounting death toll in the garment factory fire - 246 as I write, as well as 25 in a similar factory in Lahore - is horrific. The windows were barred shut, so the workers had no way of escaping. I have been trying unsuccessfully to identify what the factory produced, and who for. Much of Pakistan's garment manufacturing output is destined for Western the Western wholesale and retail market.
Kenan Malik: "INTELLECTUAL CHARLATANS & ACADEMIC WITCH-HUNTERS" (and a follow-up here). Ron Radosh: "The Anti-Semitism that Defines Today’s Western Left". Sad Red Earth: "Impenetrable: Butler's Hollow Rhetoric". Tod Gitlin: "The Trouble With Judith Butler—and Her Critics". Petra MB: "Defending Judith Butler in the Ivory Tower". Richard Landes and Benjamin Weinthal: "The Post-Self-Destructivism of Judith Butler". Bella Center "9/11 and How We Grieve".
Penis politics 1: Assange, Galloway, Yaqoob, Anti-imperialism and Respect
A fantastic post by Mhairi McAlipine on Socialist Unity ("the cesspit of the left") and its support for rape. I haven't yet read her follow-up, criticising Harry's Place and its ilk, which she defines (wrongly in my view) as "the imperialist left": "You can't fight misogyny with imperialism". Also very good are Paul Stott on the obsequious nature of the last century left's support for Salma Yaqoob and HarpyMarx on the corrosive forms of "anti-imperialism" which licence the misogyny of the Assange/Galloway campists. Not so current, but also on the Assange issue, Willard Foxton demolishes Glenn Greenwald here (as if he needs demolishing): "an embarrassment to the Guardian". And an earlier one I missed: Ellie Cumbo on Brendan O'Neill's Gallowayism about rape. If you are interested in these issues, the best source is the Soupy One, along with Am I Objective. The latter also brings us the fact-checking site WikiWatch. Meanwhile, Support Pussy Riot by all means. But support the Kazakh oil workers too.
Penis politics 2: Circumcision
Kristen Loveland & Yascha Mounk debate the circumcision ban, and Kristen adds a little more. Toby Lichtig: "Time to cut it out".
Antisemitism and conspiracy theories
Chip Berlet interviews David Hirsh on this, and Joel Braunauld blogs about the same topic.
Also (including some older stuff I'm not sure if I ever linked to)
Peter Risdon asks "Are We the Bad Guys?" Gilbert Achcar illuminates the Syria crisis. Rob Marchant says Comment is Free is eating the Guardian. Carl Packman nominates Stella Creasey as the most influential left-wing thinker of the past year.