Neil Clark, Sputnik, Threatens Tendance Coatesy.
Neil Clark: Top Sputnik Intellectual.
Dear Andrew Coates,
Re your attack on me on your blog:
1. Kindly remove the photograph of me which you don’t have permission to use.
2. If you’re going to attack me by selectively quoting from pieces I have written in the past- well that’s one thing.
But what I won’t allow to stand is your attempt to smear me on the basis that my work, without my knowledge and without my permission has appeared on some French far right sites (if that’s indeed what they are- I have never heard of them).
If you can’t see how dishonest it is to attack someone for their work being stolen and put on sites without their permission- then I think you’ve got big problems.
At the moment I’m consulting with lawyers over representing me on a conditional fee arrangement in a legal action against Oiver Kamm (Sic) , who has waged a 10 year smear campaign aganst me which has involved regular posting of defamatory comments-(most seriously that I am a ‘Srebrenica denier’ ) an action which would also bring in the assistance Kamm has received in his campaign from ‘Andrew Philip Cross’, who, like Kamm cyberstalks me and who I saw (surprise surprise) soon joined in the attacks on me on your blog post, wth his links all at the ready (classic stalking behaviour).
I really wouldn’t want to broaden any action I might take to include you– but at the same time I am not prepared to let your insinuation that I wrote directly for French far-right websites stand.
I therefore request that you amend your blog post to add the following :
Neil Clark has contacted me to say that his work appeared on the French sites (you can add their names) without his knowledge and permission – and I apologise for giving readers the impression that he had written directly for these sites.
Please can you acknowledge safe receipt of this email.
Thank you in advance,
We are working on the assumption that this semi-literate communication is not a joke (“aganst” “Oiver Kamm” “wth”)
His demand is that I write this:
“Neil Clark has contacted me to say that his work appeared on the French sites (you can add their names) without his knowledge and permission – and I apologise for giving readers the impression that he had written directly for these sites.”
He has yet to even acknowledge that they are far-right.
Any apology has to come from a different source.
Let us see what I actually said,
His writings also appear on the 9/11 ‘Truther’ site ‘Voltaire Net.” (Réseau Voltaire) – here. Voltaire Net was set up by Thierry Meyssan who is best known for 9/11: The Big Lie (L’Effroyable imposture).
If Neil Clarke is unaware of the French sites (the 9/11 ‘Truther’ site, Réseau Voltaire), using his articles, a big ‘if’ since it took me a few minutes to find them, then it is his responsibility to make sure that this is widely known.
And if not, there’s always Google.
They published his material: ’If you’re in NATO you can get away with murder’: Neil Clark to RT’ Réseau Voltaire. 12th June 2013.
If he does not known what Réseau Voltaire is, and who Thierry Meyssan is, then perhaps he should start writing about something less intellectually challenging than politics, like posting comments on Facebook pictures of his pets.
Égalité et réconciliation may be a little more difficult – knowing about the most celebrated French far-right conspiracy theorist Alain Soral is nevertheless made easy even for dunderheads by his Wikipedia entry in English (though it’s not very comprehensive and needs an update).
This is what I wrote, in a comment.
As for this shower – which I referred to not on the Blog post but, to repeat, in the comments, here is how they present his oeuvre.
He has yet to make clear his condemnation of either, or seem to grasp why these people find it useful to reproduce his opinions.
In these conditions pointing out that his work appears on these sites, is simply stating the truth.
I did not, therefore, say he “wrote” for the sites.
Rather than attacking Tendance Coatesy – of greater concern apparently than anything else – what is going to do about their appearance on the French language and English language version of Réseau Voltaire/Voltaire Net, and Soral’s vehicle?
By contrast we are happy to remove his precious photo – though we have no idea that images available through Google are in some fashion copyright (presumably there are special pictures on the net that require a stamp from the Glavnoye Razvedyvatel’noye Upravleniye to use).
On this demand alone I have shamelessly caved in and replaced it with one of our own.