'Intelligent discontent is the mainspring of civilization.' -- Eugene V. Debs

Saturday, December 18, 2010

Introducing myself and Jody McIntyre 

Hello all. Richard and Joe have been kind enough to allow me to post the occasional post here. I go by the nom-de-web, Rojo. Regular visitors to comments may recognize me from there. I'll be a relatively infrequent visitor here as long as their forbearance holds out. Within the next couple days, I will be posting with a take on (what else?) Wikileaks. Not on the particular circumstance of Assange, which Richard has been so ably covering, but on the question Richard broached in earlier posts: how anarchist is Wikileaks?

More importantly for now, I'd like to (via Angry Arab) direct your attention to this interview, over at Electronic Intifada, with Jody McIntyre, the young man suffering from cerebral palsy who came to my and many other people's attention after being dragged from a wheelchair by the police during the protests against the educational cuts in Britain and then conducting himself with politically-astute aplomb during a subsequent hostile BBC interview about the matter, pointing out that his treatment, in his view, was due to the police wishing to provoke violence. Among the many valuable points he made in that interview, he briefly suggested that the way the BBC wanted to blame the victim in his case reminded him of how the BBC wanted to blame the victim in the case of the Palestinians. Unsurprisingly, there's more on this point during the EI interview, as the Beeb interviewer was clearly not interested in exploring the issue.

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