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Counterpunch Attacks Pussy Riot and Links Up with Euro Far-Right.

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Alliance of ‘Anti-Imperialists’ and Euro Far-Right?

Is CounterPunch now the US vehicle for the European ‘anti-imperialist’ and extreme right alliance  represented by Entre la plume et l’enclume? *

The Spanish Prisoner (a highly recommended site) signals Israel Shamir’s most recent offering.

He cites (from the latest Counterpunch) The Secret History of Pussy Riot, (Hitting the Commercial Jackpot) by Shamir.

During the trial, the defence and the accused did their worst to antagonize the judge by threatening her with the wrath of the United States (sic!) and by defiantly voicing anti-Christian hate speeches. The judge had no choice but to find the accused guilty of hate crime (hooliganism with religious hate as the motive). The prosecution did not charge the accused with a more serious hate crime “with intent to cause religious strife”, though it could probably be made to stick. (It would call for a stiffer sentence; swastika-drawers charged with intent to cause strife receive five years of jail).

He comments,

Two years’ sentence is quite in line with prevailing European practice. For much milder anti-Jewish hate talk, European countries customarily sentence offenders to two-to-five years of prison for the first offence. The Russians applied hate crime laws to offenders against Christian faith, and this is probably a Russian novelty. The Russians proved that they care for Christ as much as the French care for Auschwitz, and this shocked the Europeans who apparently thought ‘hate laws’ may be applied only to protect Jews and gays. The Western governments call for more freedom for the anti-Christian Russians, while denying it for holocaust revisionists in their midst.

Shamir should know about this:  he regularly writes for the Revisionist and Holocaust denial site Entre la plume et l’enclume.

He has written on Holocaust denial,

The legal enforcers of the Holocaust want us to bow down to the idol of Jewish superiority, or else! They won’t  jail Deborah Lipstadt for denial of the Holocaust of Dresden, or Guenter Lewy who penned a lengthy piece entitled Were American Indians the Victims of Genocide? denying the genocide of native Americans. The Jews produced and published these denials for the same reason they published the Satanic Pictures – in order to emphasise the difference between a goy and a Jew. They want you to remember: you may profane Islam and Christianity, but not Judaism. You may discount the suffering of anybody but  the Jews.

We have dealt with his efforts to cast doubt on Dreyfus’s innocence and the announcement that Counterpunch intended to publish this.

Apparently Counterpunch is ‘left-wing’.

It continues to reproduce Shamir’s material.

It will be interesting to see how New Left Review mentions (or does not mention) Alexander Cockburn’s career in Counterpunch and his ties with Shamir in their next issue.

* For information on this site and its Holocaust denial see here.

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Written by Andrew Coates

August 31, 2012 at 11:14 am

11 Responses

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  1. Amusing: not a single argument against my arguments, only quotes. It does not work anymore, don’t you know?

    Israel shamir

    September 1, 2012 at 8:53 am

  2. There is an a long counter-argument on Dreyfus on this Blog. This is a subject I know a lot about btw.
    https://tendancecoatesy.wordpress.com/2012/08/04/piers-paul-read-the-dreyfus-affair-and-its-tribes-and-israel-sahmir/

    This is also a relevant item to the discussion: http://www.npa2009.org/content/autour-de-%C2%AB%E2%80%89la-galaxie-dieudonn%C3%A9%E2%80%89%C2%BB

    Andrew Coates

    September 1, 2012 at 10:04 am

  3. It is no surprise that Israel Shamir, a medieval anti-Semite and holocaust denier (that is an argument not a quote!) is also a supporter of the Putin mafiocracy. Yes some of the support for Pussy Riot is hypocritical. However the 3 young women themselves were guilty of nothing except bring attention to their message in rather a dramatic way inside the reactionary Orthodox Church.

    If I remember rightly Peter Tatchell disrupted Church services some years ago to protest at the anti-gay position of the clerics in that church. No one thought of prosecuting him for hate crimes. Maybe PR and some of their stuff is tasteless, who knows. But if artists are locked up for that crime then Andy Warhol for one would have behind bars for much of his life and D H Lawrence too.

    There is no equivalence between denying the holocaust, any holocaust, and making an open public demonstration by Pussy Riot. Yet there’s been a great deal of hypocrisy. The US media and US Amnesty which said nothing about Bush’s bombing of Al Jazeera offices in Afghanistan or about the continued support the US gives to the junta in Colombia as its death squads murder trade unionists for one. I’m opposed to imprisonment or punishment for holocaust denial or for flat earthers for that matter.

    If Gunter Lewy, a writer I have respected, is now questioning the extermination of the Amerindians then that is completely disgusting but how does that legitimate denial of the Nazi holocaust of Jews? All it points is to the hypocrisy of those who sanctify the the Nazi’s holocaust and refuse to compare it with other horrors such as the extermination of 10 million Africans in the Belgian Congo.

    That Counterpunch should print an article from Shamir means that it is neither on the left nor anti-imperialist. Shamir is a supporter of Russian capitalism and someone who has supplied information on Wikileaks dissidents to the Belorussian government. You will know Andrew that I penned a furious e-mail to Weekly Worker when it published a sympathetic obituary of Alex Cockburn.

    Tony Greenstein

    September 1, 2012 at 12:44 pm

  4. I saw the Weekly Worker contribution, which I agreed with and we’ve talked about this. I also agree with your point about prosecuting people, which is why political interventions against this, or simply Blog ones, are so important.

    To add to your points, Al Jazeera is an important source of information as well.

    The best that ever could have been said about Counterpunch is that it was opinion.

    It has now published quite a few bits by Shamir, and as you’ve said elsewhere (re their publication of Atzmon) they simply bin any criticism.

    The second link I give above in the Comments (which is to a piece on the Nouveau Parti Anticapitaliste site lasy year (I think there’s more material since) suggests that there is an attempt to build a bloc around religious identities (both Christian and Islamic), anti-semitism (mascarading as ‘anti-Zionism’), and ‘anti-imperialism’, which appears to mean more or less overt support for any anti-‘Western’ country, including Putin’s Russia.

    Dieudonné, the French mixed race ‘comedian’ plays a central role in this in France itself, though one could imagine Atzmon (also as you’ve said, published by Counterpoint) in a similar position in say the UK if conditions were favourable.

    Shamir now seems to be acting as the conscious agent of this bloc which has more success in the USA and has, on the evidence, extended to Counterpoint. It would be intresting to know who in Counterpoint favours this alliance, because it is hardly difficult to find out who Shamir or indeed Atzmon are.

    These are marginal political movements, but unfortunately because of the late Cockburn’s membership of the New Left Review editorial board, our part of the left is affected.

    Andrew Coates

    September 1, 2012 at 4:16 pm

  5. I’ve only come across Counterpunch via Israel Shamir and the fact that he publishes there colours my whole attitude to the place. Alexander Cockburn dismissed any criticism against Shamir with an amused shrug. It’s utterly depressing that Shamir is a persona grata on a left-wing site.

    Rosie

    September 3, 2012 at 1:18 pm

  6. Oh thank you, Rosie! Your admission “I’ve only come across Counterpunch via Israel Shamir” is valuable. So Counterpunch is not your kettle of tea, full stop. You better go back to Vanity Fair, or what do you read usually?

    Israel shamir

    September 3, 2012 at 1:26 pm

  7. I wonder at your grasp of English – “kettle of tea”? An elision of “kettle of fish” and “cup of tea”?

    Rosie

    September 3, 2012 at 2:15 pm

  8. But ‘his’ French seems pretty good, judging by the enormous number of articles by him in that language.

    They are not my ma tasse de thé and I would have simply ignored them, but when ‘left’ publications publicise them, and (for me) above all an attack on Dreyfus, je suis sortie de mes gonds.

    But then Shamir would say,

    Juif-insolent, tais-toi!

    Voici venir le Tsar !”

    Andrew Coates

    September 3, 2012 at 5:01 pm

  9. Has Israel Shamir set up a web alert on his name? That’s really quite tragic.

    I’m kinda jealous though Andrew. I only managed to piss of Alexander Baron enough to get him commenting on my blog. You get a higher quality of far right fuckhead I see.

    (On Pussy Riot, I’d say the correct response is to show solidarity, but try and use it as a launchpad to wider prisoner support issues. Up here, we’re trying to use the interest shown in the case to get an Anarchist Black Cross branch up and running).

    @ Tony

    Yet there’s been a great deal of hypocrisy

    Oh, yeah, absolutely. Anybody who claims that we don’t criminalise political dissent should be pointed in the direction of the two Anarchist Federation members who were detained by anti-terrorist police at Heathrow. They were made to waive both their right to silence and the right to a lawyer because “I’ve seen anarchists on the news, they are violent, throw Molotov cocktails and disrupt people’s lives not write articles”.

    The US media and US Amnesty

    I could be wrong on this, but my understanding is that Amnesty branches don’t make statements on events in their own country as general policy?

    Waterloo Sunset

    September 3, 2012 at 6:30 pm

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