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Islamic Human Rights Commission, Charlie Hebdo, Richard Seymour and the Indigènes de la République

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Indigènes de la République Against Free Speech at the La Fête de l’Huma.

This will be held shortly:

What now for Europe? The instrumentalisation of the Paris attacks

Saturday, 24 January at 4pm to 7pm.

Speakers:

Houria Bouteldja a French-Algerian political activist and blogger. She is also the spokesperson of the Party of the Indigenous of the Republic (PIR) – (Indigènes de la République.)

Kevin Cobham – Cambridge educated criminal defence lawyer and people-centred human rights advocate.

Ramon Grosfoguel – professor in the Department of Ethnic Studies at the University of California at Berkeley and a research associate of the Maison des Science de l’Homme in Paris

M’Baïreh Lisette – Activist for almost 50 years and an expert in crisis management. He is a spokesperson of the Party of the Indigenous of the Republic (PIR) and also the former Secretary General of the Association of French Overseas Elected Representatives. (1)

Arzu Merali – co-founder of IHRC and Head of Research

Richard Seymour – author and broadcaster.  He writes for The Guardian, and appears on Telesur.  His most recent book is Against Austerity (2014), and he is completing a PhD at the London School of Economics.

There are therefore 2 speakers from the Party of the Indigenous of the Republic (PIR) – (Indigènes de la République.)

From the statement of the Indigènes de la République on the massacres at Charlie Hebdo and the killings at the Jewish supermarket.

“… like most Muslim organizations, we have condemned in the strongest terms the deadly shootout against Charlie Hebdo, in the same way that we mourn the five new victims of this blind folly.”

….

But….

Like delighted maneuvering vultures, our accusers jumped at the chance to pin the “moral responsibility” of the attacks on the struggle against islamophobia, because Charlie Hebdo’s drifts towards islamophobia were criticized in a social and political context of unequal treatment of Muslims, a context favourable to all sorts of violence. Some among these accusers are certified islamophobes. In this way they may try to clear their own responsibility, but more importantly they aim to mobilise state repression against our respective and common struggles, or in other words they aim to silence them, in the name of a selective “freedom of expression”, one which is strictly subordinate to their privileges. We witnessed this selectivity during the summer of 2014, with the repression of pro-palestinian marches, and before that with the banning of Dieudonné’s shows, and at this very moment with the trial of Saïd Bouamama and Saïdou Zep concerning their book and their song both entitled “Nique la France” [Fuck France].

So we should not be surprised that by taking advantage of the circumstances, the new found motto of “freedom of speech” is being used to impose a single way of thinking, to the benefit of the social order that it supports, by radicalizing the arsenal of symbolic violence and repression against its opponents.

In response to those who have criticised the Indigènes.

” it is they who, by their excesses and their encouragement to Islamophobia, have fueled this unhealthy climate for many years, while, conversely, we kept warning against fatal outcomes of this sort. In pointing a finger in our direction, they hope to keep people looking away from their responsibility or their passive complicity. In other words, they are hitting early, so they will not have to account for the heavy consequences of a policy in which they are deeply involved.”

In other words the imperialist French republic is responsible for the slaughter.

And Charlie had it coming…..

We further note (from here),

Houria Bouteldja (see above), porte parole du mouvement « le mode de vie homosexuel n’existe pas dans les quartiers populaires “

The homosexual way of life does not exist in working class and deprived areas. – says one of the speakers at Saturday’s event.

They certainly seem to have a problem with gays, as this, part of the continuing campaign against feminist and lesbian writer Caroline Fourest indicates,

La journaliste et essayiste Caroline Fourest a été prise à partie samedi à la Fête de l’Humanité par une trentaine de militants qui l’ont contrainte à annuler une intervention sur le thème «Comment faire face au FN» Libération 2012.

That is Fourest was shouted down and prevented from speaking – amid a confrontation during which Communists and leftists yelled, “Le Fascisme ne passera pas” at the Indigènes thugs and their allies.

Charlie Hebdo.

Now they announce that the millions strong demonstration in support of Charlie was against them, “cette mobilisation se faisait contre nous.”

This is what they say about the murderers,

A Kouachi et Coulibaly, ce qui a été transmis c’est l’expérience de l’humiliation, la privation des biens matériels, de la culture et de la langue, c’est aussi les non-dits, les viols, les tortures et l’esclavage ; héritage psychique de l’histoire de nos ancêtres

Koucahi and Coulibably, they have had the experience of humiliation, of materiel deprivation, of cultural and linguistic deprivation, there are rapes, tortures and slavery, unsaid, in their background: the psychological inheritance of our ancestors.

Charlie vu par les Arabes et les Noirs des quartiers

So the killings were all about the assertion of the ‘Other’ faced with the Colonial French State (Frantz Fanon). No doubt their violence was a cry to assert their dignity….

The Indigènes de la République may only be a small group of university educated enthusiasts for Fanon. Grosfoguel also uses Franz Fanon’s theory of the zones of being and non-being (???) to explain Islamophobia as a form of ‘racism‘ – tracing it back to the Reconquista in Spain.

No doubt medieval Islamic empires were not colonial…..

They may only be the political wing of post-colonial studies…..

But we observe that this event is a bit more serious.

Where does this ‘Human rights’ group come from politically?

The commission organises the annual Al-Quds Day demonstration in London, initiated by Ayatollah Khomeini.”

These are the people Richard Seymour, responsible for much of Left Unity’s ‘anti-racist’ policy,  is now associating with.

 Update:

Ex-Head of M15 agrees with the Indigènes, the Islamic Human Rights Commission and Seymour.

Charlie Hebdo: Publishing cartoon of prophet Mohammed was an act of provocation, says ex head of MI6.

The publishing of the Charlie Hebdo cartoons of  the Muslim prophet Mohammed was an act of provocation, showing a lack of respect of other peoples’ religion in the West and the backlash which came should have been expected, the recently departed head of MI6 has stated.

In his first public appearance since standing down from the post of ‘C’ Sir John Sawers declared his support for Pope Francis who had spoken out against “provocateurs” on religious matters and warned that they can expect violence in return.

Independent.

(1) Involved in an ‘alternative’ anti-colonial genocide day. Zionism, to this group, is (citing Edward Said), a ” fléau raciste, colonial et déshumanisant.”

Written by Andrew Coates

January 21, 2015 at 12:21 pm

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  1. This is symptomatic of the utter degeneracy of petty borgeois identity politics. No wonder the antisemtic scumbag Seymour is a speaker at this loathsome event

    Jim Denham

    January 21, 2015 at 3:16 pm

  2. Don;t be too hard to on the indigènes de la république: they stand for “spitirual development” as well.

    And this, ” la reconnaissance par l’Etat de ces différentes langues, cultures et spiritualités comme autant de besoins sociaux et comme des composantes à part entière de la communauté politique et culturelle et des institutions qui la constituent.”

    The recognition by the state of different languages, cultures and spiritualities, as needs as important as social ones and as a full part of the political and cultural community in the institutions that make them up.”

    Unkind people might suggest that this means accepting religious authority as the basis of the “natives”” (the real translation of indigènes incidentally, not Indigenous) politics.

    http://indigenes-republique.fr/le-p-i-r/nos-principes/

    Andrew Coates

    January 21, 2015 at 5:45 pm

  3. Kenan Malik has made a good point against this kind of ‘post-colonial’ Fanonite politics,

    “The fury that drove the planes into Twin Towers was nurtured as much by the nihilism and fatalism that now grips much of Western society as by the struggle in Palestine or anywhere else in the third world. There was nothing remotely anti-imperialist or progressive about the attack; nor is there about the visceral anti-Americanism that today animates Islamic fundamentalists and Western radicals alike.

    There is much to deplore about American society and American foreign policy. But little of it is embodied in the anti-Americanism either of Islamic fundamentalism or of contemporary Western radicalism. Rather, they are both the products of the failure of anti-imperialism, and of a disaffection with the modern world. The irony of such estrangement from modernism is that it is as rooted in the ‘Western tradition’ as modernism itself — but only in its more reactionary and backward-looking strands.

    ‘Today, we are present at the stasis of Europe’, Frantz Fanon wrote. Europe ‘has shaken off all guidance and all reason, and she is running headlong into the abyss; we would do well to avoid it with all speed.’ Forty years ago, Fanon was issuing a clarion call against imperialism. Today he could be equally well warning us about the consequences of what passes for anti-imperialism.

    https://www.marxists.org/subject/africa/malik/not-equal.htm

    Andrew Coates

    January 21, 2015 at 5:57 pm

  4. Unfortunately the likes of Richard Seymour, even though they are on the far left, are far closer to the heart of mainstream Labour than either of you, Andrew and Jim. They are respectable fare for the Guardian class who are the left’s establishment. Sadly, the mainstream left has proven itself very bad at dissociating itself from the sort of antisemites homophobes and sexists whom Seymour and the far left so adore and pretty obviously sympathise with. This is the single main reason I ceased voting for Labour a few years back. I am not going to support a movement which is so often keen to include and ally with the kind of person who is open in attacking gay people, women and Jews. Way to often Labour members and representatives have made excuses for such people. You’ve actually got this far worse on the left than the Tories have.

    And I say that as someone with utmost respect for you both as genuine socialists. But you and your kind are absolutely nowhere on the mainstream left and its media currently. So that’s why I won’t Labour until the left stops its alliances with the reactionary theocratic scum who are currently its poster boys and objects of sympathy. They make UKIP look like muesli-knitting liberals.

    Lamia

    January 22, 2015 at 11:25 pm

  5. Gwiz, please can you tell me the name of the journalist (male) who was also in attendance here

    thanks

    omalone1

    February 5, 2015 at 6:53 pm


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