Housmans Radical Books London, Newsletter of Events, August 2009

I cannot recommend Housmans events too highly, it’s unique in London’s impoverished (from the left) cultural life. Yeah, I know, those of you not living in London are denied the pleasure, but visit their online store, the bookshop has been going since 1945, quite an achievement. The Ed.



1. Housmans online bookshop launched! Over 500,000 titles available…

‘London’s Burning’: a celebration of radical London

2. ‘Falling through the Centuries’ – Liverpool Street to Fleet Street, a walk with Tony Giles
Saturday 8th August – 2.30pm

3. ‘The London Free School: Notting Hill 1966 – Counter Culture, Community Action and Carnival Roots’ slideshow and talk by Tom Vague
Wednesday 12th August – 7pm till 8.30pm

4. ‘Local Housing Campaigns in Context’ with Sarah Glynn
Saturday 15th August – 5pm till 6.30pm

5. ‘Violent London: 2000 Years of Riots, Rebels and Revolts’ with Clive Bloom
Saturday 22nd August – 5pm till 6.30pm

6. Merlin Coverley & Friends – ‘Books that London Forgot’
Wednesday 26th August – 7pm to 8.30pm

7. ‘A Historical Walk Through The Radical Jewish East End’ with David Rosenberg
Saturday 29th August – 11am

8. ‘London Stories: Personal Lives, Public Histories’ with Hilda Kean
Saturday 29th August – 5pm till 6.30pm


9. ‘London: City of Disappearances’ by Iain Sinclair

10. ‘London Hanged’ by Peter Linebaugh

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Honduras Coup: the US Connection By Nil Nikandrov

25 July, 2009 — Global ResearchStrategic Culture Foundation (Russia)

Discussions in George Bush’s team revolved around the timing of the coup. One option under consideration was to synchronize it with Georgia’s aggression against South Ossetia in order to demonstrate US assertiveness over all azimuths, but the idea was found too extreme even by the staunchest hawks given the upcoming elections in the US.

-The oil crisis that erupted in Honduras finally convinced Zelaya to change course. US companies, which monopolized the business of importing oil to the country, manipulated prices and created an artificial shortage in the fuel supply. Protests and strikes which left Honduras on the verge of a full-blown crisis made Zelaya temporarily expropriate oil storages owned by US companies.

-As the next step, he forged closer ties with ALBA leaders and signed several deals with Venezuela to buy oil at discount prices, broaden trade between the two countries, and jointly modernize transit infrastructures. One of Zelaya’s priority projects was to construct with the assistance of the ALBA countries a modern airport on the site occupied by the US Soto Cano Air Base….The threat of losing another strategic airbase in Latin America made Washington hurry up with the coup.

-Throughout 2008 Negroponte was building in Central America an intelligence and diplomacy network charged with the mission of regaining the positions lost by the US as well as of neutralizing left regimes and ALBA integration initiative.

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Britain’s propaganda offensive on behalf of Afghan war By Chris Marsden

28 July, 2009 — Global Research


The speech by Foreign Secretary David Miliband at the NATO headquarters in Brussels makes clear that Britain intends to deepen its collaboration with the United States in Afghanistan.

There is growing public concern that Afghanistan is fast becoming a worse and more intractable debacle than Iraq, fueling opposition to the war and demands for an exit strategy. Despite Miliband’s statement that he accepted the public ‘wanted to know whether and how we can succeed’ in Afghanistan, he demonstrated the government’s willingness to defy anti-war sentiment and press ahead with the neo-colonial war.

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Global Research: Public Health and Global Militarization Selected Articles

28 July, 2009 – Global Research

Ramzy Baroud, Jim Naureckas, Webster Tarpley & Ellen Brown on The Global Research News Hour
Program details, 27-31 July. Host: Stephen Lendman
– 2009-07-31

Award Winning Movie: “SUPERPOWER”:
Order Now from Global Research
– by Barbara-Anne Steegmuller – 2009-07-31

The Globalization of Poverty and the New World Order
Book by Michel Chossudovsky
– 2009-07-29

Origins of the American Empire: Revolution, World Wars and World Order
Global Power and Global Government: Part 2
– by Andrew Gavin Marshall – 2009-07-28

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Iran's Quiet Revolution: Mohammad Javad Jahangir's The Invisible Crowd By Mohammad Salemy

28 July, 2009 — MRZine – Monthly Review

According to Ervand Abrahamian, a scholar of Iran’s contemporary history, George Rudé’s observation that “perhaps no historical phenomenon has been so thoroughly neglected by historians as the crowd” is particularly true about the Middle East.1

While European journalists have invariably portrayed oriental crowds as “xenophobic mobs” hurling insults and bricks at Western embassies, local conservatives have frequently denounced them as “social scum” in the pay of the foreign hand, and radicals have often stereotyped them as “the people” in action.  For all, the crowd has been an abstraction, whether worthy of abuse, fear, praise, or even of humour, but not a subject of study.2

Abrahamian’s classic text on the subject called “The Crowd in Iranian Politics 1905-1953” describes the role of the crowd in politics and conceptualizes, for the first time, the social and class makeup of the Iranian crowd in the country’s transformation from a pre-industrial to a semi-industrial national economy and, by doing so, invents a language with which to study the Iranian political crowd and its history.3

Written in 1968, Abrahamian’s text unfortunately does not bear witness to the crucial role that the crowd played in the political developments that culminated in the Islamic revolution of 1978, a task Abrahamian finely accomplishes later in his magnum opus Iran between Two Revolutions.4 Abrahamian is Iran’s first structuralist historian who rejects the prominence of events and personalities as clues to history and is rather interested in the social makeup of Iran and its various movements for political power, an energy that, according to him, finds its proper medium of expression in the crowds and demonstrations.

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