11 comments on “The Lobby and Legitimacy: Let’s Get Some Things Straight

  1. Thanks Seamus,

    I’ve, to my regret, never been to Cork, but it is way up on my list. Perhaps my next trip to Ireland.

    I first read it on Haaretz, but can’t find that report with a quick search. Here is a Turkish (English language) article on IDF-Turkish military cooperation and sales and how the crisis has affected them (or not as the case may be): Turkey’s military programs with Israel remain in place
    http://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/n.php?n=military-programs-with-israel-remain-in-place-2010-06-03

    And from a Reuters report from yesterday this quote “Turkey’s defense minister said last week a $180 million deal for Israeli-made Heron drones will not be affected by the tensions.”

    http://www.reuters.com/article/idUSTRE6562KK20100607

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  2. Rustbelt- Greeting from Rebel Cork! I’m not challenging you, but I would like to know where your assertion on Turkey and the drones comes from. If only to use it myself!

    Great blog, by the way.

    Seamus

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  3. Kurdish organisation are involved, e.g. there was a revolutionary bloc at last Saturdays Demo involving Kurdish, Turkish, Palestinian and German revolutionary leftists, their leaflet pointed e.g. at the involvement of right-wing groups and called for genuine internationalism … a problem may be the strong influence of pan-arabism among many palestinian and arabic organisations in Germany … they were able to send open right-wingers away at that demo of around 1.000-1.500 people … some days before, it was different: http://file1.carookee.com/forum/freies-politikforum/file/3954393/26.jpg … 15 years ago, it would have been impossible to have this mixture of flags at a demonstration in Germany due to the much stronger presence of the Kurdish question among leftists in Germany

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      • the MHP is the main fascist party in Turkey, better known as “Grey Wolves”, the BBP is a breakaway group of them which tries to combine Turkish fascism with islamic aspects and Saadet Partisi/Millî Görüş are the strongest Turkish religious fundamentalist organisations (emerged like today’s ruling party AKP out of the Fazilet/Refah in 2001)

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      • Ughhhhh. I hope that the left and the solidarity movement attempts to draw a sharp line between themselves and those that, in different circumstances, would leave them bound and dead on the side of a road. Do Kurdish organizations in Germany make any attempt to work with Palestinian and vice-versa?

        I remember a demonstration against the NATO bombing of Serbia in Detroit where we, a handful of socialist and anti-imperialists were vastly outnumbered by folks wearing full-on museum worthy Chetnik regalia. Of course we were correct to protest NATO’s war, but….

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  4. The Jewish Autonomous Oblast still exists, believe it or not. No Russian government has ever got round to abolishing it.

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