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I'm delighted to have been asked back to guest edit another week in the life of the Daily Shvitz; I'm writing from Scotland, but will try to keep the focus as broad as possible. No doubt Jewcy readers can keep … Read More

By / September 17, 2007

I'm delighted to have been asked back to guest edit another week in the life of the Daily Shvitz; I'm writing from Scotland, but will try to keep the focus as broad as possible. No doubt Jewcy readers can keep me on the right path if I start to wobble. (Apparently I'm not meant to wish you a 'happy and fun Yom Kippur', for example? Stick with me, anyway, I'm learning as I go.)

To start off, then, here's a curious little story which starts in the north-west of England, but quickly moves across the globe. Duncan Money is a journalist and anti-fascist campaigner in Cumbria. A couple of weeks back, he received a rather curious email from an organisation called the 1990 Trust – who are “the first national Black organisation set up to protect and pioneer the interest of Britain’s Black Communities”, and are close to Lee Jasper, who is London Mayor Ken Livingstone's senior policy advisor on Equalities. 

Here’s a flavour;

Should Western Governments engage with Islamist movements? Press TV is pleased to invite you to join the audience for a new current affairs debate show called Forum. The programme is part of a weekly series of televised debates on various contemporary political issues concerning the Middle East. The 48 minutes show taking place on 8th September 2007 will feature 4 specialist panelists, who will be asked the question: Should Western Governments engage with Islamist movements? This will be followed by a number of questions on related issues. As well as being invited to come to our West London studio to listen to the recorded televised debate Press TV is offering audience members the opportunity to put their own question related to the theme of Islamist movements. If you are interested in attending the event and would like to put a question to the panelists on air please send an email to bouteldja@presstv.co.uk. […] Press TV is a new international news television network specialising in covering events across the Middle East. This Tehran-based station has bureaus throughout the world and aims to provide an in-depth analysis of the region than provided by most mainstream news channels.

Why’s this an odd email? Because Press TV is rather more than just a “Tehran-based” TV station. It’s the English-language channel of Iranian State TV; funded and controlled by the regime. You can take a look at the website here, if you really want (at time of writing, the viewers’ poll asking “Was September 11 event an inside job?” is running at 77-23 in favour). A few hundred hits from Jewcy will probably make their servers explode.

These are the people that the 1990 Trust is choosing to distribute propaganda for; a reactionary theocratic regime that executes homosexuals and stones adulterers. Odd bedfellows, to say the least, for a supposedly progressive anti-racism organisation. Such are the alliances some parts of the Left feel it appropriate to make.

(With a tip of the hat to Harry's Place)

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