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    Mick Hume had the chutzpah to write a piece fairly recently for Spiked as an anniversary came around about the ITN thing, predictably trying to play his violin about Britain's (undeniably unfit for purpose and shockingly unfair in general) libel laws and trying to minimise federal Yugoslav/Serb leadership culpability for the vast majority of deliberate Balkans agonies, peddling the old sleight the SWP used to do so loudly, the civil war tag and all that, a rank piece of equivalency that must be loudly opposed for the foul horse-shit it is at all times.

    thence a back-of-cigarette-packet laundry list of excoriating overbearing western crusaders obsessed w intervention and all that jazz, easy topics on which to drum up support, i grant you, though wrt Bosnia LM got things totally wrong.

    and i don't suppose they will ever admit that.

    which is deeply disappointing, to say the least.

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    ahem.

    for my next post, i shall tell you all what i really think.

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    Also amused by Craner's love for Standpoint.
    I don't particularly love it, but I think there are some things it does, mag-wise, that are correct, even outstanding, certainly superior to Prospect (I am not talking about ideology or even specific content in this case). New Statesman and The Spectator are both the pits; Standpoint and Prospect have a lot of potential they never fulfill, though Standpoint usually gets closer (at least it's not dull) (the i-D to Prospect's Face).

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    Quote Originally Posted by craner View Post
    (the i-D to Prospect's Face).
    i do like that analogy.

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    I'll need to check out Standpoint, I've never read it before.

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    Quote Originally Posted by grizzleb View Post
    I'll need to check out Standpoint, I've never read it before.
    It's great. Number one mag for EDL apologia

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    Ah right, I think I've seen it and avoided it based on it's billing as a right-wing Prospect. I will need to swatch it out, but I hate Christopher Hitchens and it sounds like something that he would laud.

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    Quote Originally Posted by grizzleb View Post
    Ah right, I think I've seen it and avoided it based on it's billing as a right-wing Prospect. I will need to swatch it out, but I hate Christopher Hitchens and it sounds like something that he would laud.
    Doesn't his right-wing son write for it? Amis' wrote the EDL piece, feel sure Alexander Hitchens (who from the little I've seen has most of his dad's drawbacks with none of the talent) calls it home too.

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    Quote Originally Posted by craner View Post
    I don't particularly love it, but I think there are some things it does, mag-wise, that are correct, even outstanding, certainly superior to Prospect (I am not talking about ideology or even specific content in this case). New Statesman and The Spectator are both the pits; Standpoint and Prospect have a lot of potential they never fulfill, though Standpoint usually gets closer (at least it's not dull) (the i-D to Prospect's Face).
    Prospect can be extremely MOR and tasteful alot of the time, but every issue there is usually one or two excellent articles and sometimes the whole thing is great (twice a year maybe). This month's was hilarious, and I recall an article last year some time about chess in Armenia that was absolutely great - just what I look for in journalism.

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    'Zoo' has really gone downhill in the last few months.

    Mind you, it's still got great tits.

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    I buy Sound on Sound when I have spare cash. And Vanity Fair if I go on holiday. And Future Music sometimes for the sample CDs.

    And I found a copy of Heat on the tube the other week and was fucking overjoyed. They should give that out for free instead of the Standard.

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    new little white lies looks really good. thankfully not yet another issue devoted entirely to one big new film thats out (and thankfully not one thats crap like tetro). lots of stuff about cinema past and present. and some fantastic shots of dilapidated cinemas which brought a minor tear to my eye. though im still wary of it as its from the same company as some ad agency.

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    Who Are They? is a great piece by Jenny Turner on LM and the Institute of Ideas from the London Review of Books -

    http://www.lrb.co.uk/v32/n13/jenny-turner/who-are-they

    Thanks!

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    a fair-minded and admirably in-depth overview.

    cheers stevied!

    the IoI type crowd are so willing to peddle their wares in any circumstances (cut-price Zizeks, i suppose, which i have to marvel at and laud) they are a diverse bunch (w a few sort of vaguely libertarian and/or speak-truth-to-power kernels seamed through as a central core, perhaps), running a gamut. and Kenan Malik is really rather good, for instance.

    re Bosnia (something i am allowed to waffle about if i do say so myself ), from O'Neill's usual load of occasional minimising nonsense (this Guardian column for eg) to Hume banging his drum every so often (i mention a fairly recent spiked piece ^), there's a slight whiff w some of this loose network still (if i can use that term to describe a few or so vocal members who are often on bylines and seem fairly close professionally), and it seems some key figures can't quite let go, though i appreciate a general overview of them all will focus on all their thoughts and activities, not just the Bosnia controversy that Deichmann started. my main beef is it's obviously fine to sketch out general anti-intervention thoughts (and sensibly so in light of Iraq and complexities in Darfur that increase the closer you look at Sudan, etc), but every case also always has unique specificities and whatever your views on the Nato bombardment of Serbia wrt Kosovo/a, you do not and should not talk garbage about the actual facts of the Bosnian war years earlier, even if you say this is all of a piece w softening up global opinion for a run at the Serbs in the late 90s (which as a short proposition that i'll run w here, for the sake of simplicity, obv ignores many things re Milosevic).

    and yet they continue to do so.

    why?

    no need.

    Ed Vulliamy writing about LM-associated people applauding the camps is indeed a gross overstep (about the only stumble he makes in his famously excellent Poison in the well of history article, tbf), except for sure in the case of Laza Kekic, who is notoriously on record as looking forward to the destruction of Muslims, Albanians and Croatians.

    the sad thing about Furedi's WHITE NIGGERS cover re the Serbs back in '92 is that, really, it turned out the actual niggers were the Bosnian Muslims. (notwithstanding the charge may have had some credence wrt some global media outlets, though not re any serious ones, i imagine *, and certainly not that the "international community" was whipped up into some Cruise missile-addled fervour w the 'something must be done' crowd leading the way for a Bosnia-H intervention that, er, never happened.)

    * would be happy to be corrected on this, natch; i was 12 in '92 and mainly paying attention to the Danish football team at the time.

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