Archive | April, 2015

No Charlie Hebdo Did Not Publish That Mediterranean Drowning Cartoon

26 Apr

Good old Charlie Hebdo….NOT.

Homo economicus' Weblog

The cartoon of drowning immigrants (above) is by Ali Dilem, published by Liberte in Algeria. He has recently joined the staff of Charlie Hebdo – but they have not published this particular cartoon. That has not stopped many people on Twitter sharing the image as if they did.

[Edit: to explain: “regroupement familial” is the title of the French immigration policy for non-EU residents in France being joined by other family members from abroad. This requires 18 month initial stay (12 if Algerian) before they can come, income status etc. You can read about the policy in a English google translation here. The cartoon above is saying that the policy is contributing to deaths in the mediterranean by families desperate to be reunited.]

Charlie Hebdo did however have this front cover (below):

“A Titanic each week” is the headline – about 1,500 died following the collision with an…

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The Landlord

24 Apr

Yeah, i can’t stand landlords either. If the Establishment are the slave masters, the landlords, and other middle class wannabes, are the Uncle Toms. A couple of those types were just on bbc 5Live, extolling the importance of voting. Voting is important for the politicians, and their masters, but for the workers, it matters not. They will try to shaft us one way, or another.

Belfast Marxist

From the absentee landlords of ‘An Gorta Mor’ to the modern day ‘entrepreneurs’, landlords have forever been the bane of Irish society.

The word ‘Landlord’ where I come from is a dirty word – in the circle’s I frequent, it’s up there with ‘tout’ and ‘drug-dealer’. Opinions vary of course on which is the dirtier.

And what is a landlord? Well a landlord is someone that, in the pursuit of profit, views a home (yours or mine) as a commodity – it is no longer a ‘home’ to them but instead has now become a ‘house’ – and there’s a crucial difference in the definition. But as a commodity, they view it as something which is to be bought and sold or rented as part of the free market.

One only needs to take a quick dander around Belfast, or any housing estate in Ireland or beyond, to see the…

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