Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Cameron attempts to reinvent British Imperialism's new role in the Middle East

Having walked around Tahrir Square and greeted the Egyptian Generals, introducing them to several arms exporting salesmen, Cameron then goes on to lecture the Middle East on the benefits of liberal democracy and market forces. No doubt the UK balance of payments deficit will be somewhat reduced if despots continue shooting their own people with British military weapons.

 Obviously Cameron had in mind that classical and outdated economic theory of the Law of Comparative Advantages when he stated in one interview, " The idea that we should expect small and democratic countries like Kuwait to be able to manufacture all their means of defence seems to me completely at odds with reality." Oh goody goody they must buy ours instead?

During a forum debate in a Qatar university, he attempts to defend a, "super tolerant approach, welcoming immigrants and saying that we need to build the house together", arguing political Islam is the problem. No it is attacks by the extremist EDL, BNP and other racists and fascists that cause the problem. It is the daily scaremongering in the tabloid press feeding Islamaphobia. It is the endorsement of illegal wars in Iraq and Afghanistan that is the root of the problem. When a Prime Minister attacks multi-cultutalism on the same day as the EDL marched in Luton then he either knows what he is doing or should sack some of his advisers. You can not have it both ways.

In the meantime, Britain continues to promote arms exports, bolsters despots and defends Israel. These neo-con policies results in the slashing of 50,000 NHS jobs today, along with other austerity cutting measures. Someone needs to remind him that it was the lack of an economic, social and political future that resulted in the youth of the region rising up in the first place. Many of them have also rejected the pro-Capitalist solutions now being offered by the Cameron tour group. The reports of increasing strike action and the growth of confidence by the independant trade unions across the Middle East would not go down well with  the Tories would it?

Thurs 24 Feb
Demonstration at the Universities UK spring meeting
2pm Woburn House, Tavistock Square, London WC1H 9HQ
University Vice Chancellors, whose organisation Universities UK will be holding its members’ meeting this Thursday, are preparing to hike up tuition fees and make attacks on the jobs, pay and pensions of university workers, who are now being balloted for strike action.
Many of them are also complicit in the brutal repression of protestors in the Middle East: for example, the London School of Economics (LSE) Centre for Global Governance accepted a £1.5million donation from Saif al-Islam Gaddafi, now the public face of the murderous dictatorship in Libya, and many universities work closely with arms manufacturers whose weapons have been sold across the region.
We stand in solidarity with the people of countries like Tunisia, Egypt and Libya as they demand bread, freedom and dignity. Part of this is fighting for a free and publicly funded education system, without fees, cuts or dodgy deals with dictators and arms dealers. This is why we will be marching on the Vice Chancellors’ Universities UK conference on Thursday, and why we support strike action by education workers against the VCs’ attacks.
For more information go to
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  • leaflet: After LSE accepts blood money, we need universities of solidarity 
  • poster/flyer for Thursday’s demonstration in London
  • leaflet to UCU members: students will support strike action

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