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China & US: Cold War, Trade Wars and containment- A disaster awaiting us all
G F Kenann cold warrior

Generally, as readers of our blog will have become familiar, I would prefer to write with a full academic panoply of references and sources. Sometimes liberties need to be taken and forbearance pleaded. Some matters may require a more urgent statement while the fully researched and referenced version can await later publication in our Journal. I believe this issue, the US-China conflict, has enough urgency to justify ‘emergency use authorisation’, to coin a phrase. THE MIRROR LANGUAGE OF US…

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AN & Press Gazette on Meghan: ‘Bang to rights’
tabloid headlines on Meghan

Ian Murray, former editor of The Press Gazette made a speedy exit  following his intemperate remarks about the impossibility of racism in the British Press generally and tabloids specifically. https://images.app.goo.gl/vADqHiToi5oD66aM8 Rushing to the media’s defence Associated Press is reported by the Press Gazette (Note 1) as stating: ‘In a letter sent to CBS on Friday, Associated Newspapers’ group editorial legal director, Elizabeth Hartley, said: “As a responsible broadcaster with integrity we believe… that you will deprecate, as we do,…

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UNDERSTANDING SKIP GATES – Part 1: Impostor syndrome

As a prelude to some serious review of the work of Skip Gates it is reasonable to evaluate the sources of dissonance. Generally speaking I would disregard attempts at apparent pop psychology but in this case one is seeking a basis for understanding rather criticism and a basis for linking apparently unrelated aspects fo a persons work and personality. To this extent the allegation of impostor syndrome should not be seen as a derogatory slur but a suggestion for…

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Arise Tv – channelling foreign propaganda
adefemi akinsanya - journalist Arise TV

One of the techniques of psychological warfare and international propaganda is a standard operation of feeding false stories to the media. It is a widely used technique of Governments to affect public opinion. It was widely used by apartheid South Africa and her supporters to influence opinion against Africans. Outrageous news stories would be carefully fed to the media as ‘breaking news’ . African news media in general and Nigerian news media in particular are regularly played upon and…

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SKIP GATES: False flag – racism in coloured skins

Many speakers are getting caught out by Black speakers rehearsing deep racists comments. Prof Stuart Smith (Note 1) was caught out by Skip Gates  making points about  skin colours that  were quite racist. It must be quite difficult to accuse your influential host of being a racist. There is quite a difficult point here. Skip Gates like Appiah is obsessed with skin color and even stated that he is very dark for coloured person!!! For both Gates and Appiah…

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Kemi Badenoch – … and a little stupid, too!
kemi badenoch

Reviewing statements by Kemi Badenoch led me to go deeper into her  worldview.   A strange world it is. She is clearly a follower of Trump. I discovered she has created a world of alternative facts starting with her CV. The Spectator reports: ‘Badenoch grew up in Nigeria and, aged 16, won a part-scholarship to Stanford University to study medicine, but the fees were still prohibitive.’ Note 1 This would appear to be an outright lie. Firstly, one wonders…

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Kemi Badenoch: racism with a Black face?
Kemi Badenoch

One of the dreary developments of recent decades has been the development of and nurturing of Black faces to mouth statements that conservative whites are  too frightened to say anymore. Like Anthony Appiah defending claims that African women like gorillas as lovers, or that young black Americans prefer to spend their days in endless drug induced sex orgies (Malcolm Gladwell). These Black faces say the otherwise  unsayable. They are like the Conversos in Spain who made very lucrative careers…

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Roy Strong: Small minded, unhistorical and unscholarly
Sir Roy Strong

Roy Strong caused some sensation when he was quoted as saying: ‘”I couldn’t believe it when some woman on the radio said Nelson’s Column ought to be demolished because he believed in slavery. Well, listen, dear, that was about 1800. Once you start rewriting history on that scale, there won’t be a statue or a historic house standing. It’s ridiculous. The past is the past. You can’t rewrite history.”(Strong & Freeman, 2017) I am reminded of the quotation from…

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Peter Lavelle: race and class and confusions

There is a great deal of confusion over class and race. This year of BLM has also led to renewed focus on the theoretical question of ‘race’ and the rising inequalities also led to revival of interest in Marxism. This resurgence of interest in Marxism has also led to a revival of interest in the relation between class and race. At some point a heavily researched article will emerge in the Journal on this topic but the matter is…

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Leigh Jenco: A reconciliation
Prof Leigh Jenco - LSE

We have a possible reconciliation. Leigh Jenko has now distanced herself from  the apparent separation of Chinese and Western philosophy in terms of ‘rational’ and non-rational’. She wrote to me on 23 November: ‘Regarding reason/rationality, I am not keen on using such terms,………., so I think we are in agreement here. ‘ Bravo.

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