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There is no Future for Jews in England

By Anastasia , published on Feb 5, 2013

Here’s a game for you. I’m going to give you two passages from longer texts and I want you to guess where they came from. Sorry, there are no prizes for the right answer. Anyway, this is the first;

For while the Zionists try to make the rest of the world believe that the national consciousness of the Jew finds its satisfaction in the creation of a Palestinian state, the Jews again slyly dupe the dumb Goyim. It doesn't even enter their heads to build up a Jewish state in Palestine for the purpose of living there; all they want is a central organization for their international world... (more)

Tags: israel, london, palestine, anti-semitism, sunday times, holocaust memorial day

A Journey into the Abyss

By Anastasia , published on Feb 4, 2013

In Beyond Good and Evil Nietzsche writes that when you gaze long into the abyss, the abyss looks into you. The Pawnbroker, a novel by Edward Lewis Wallant, is about a man who has stared long into the abyss, though through no choice of his own. The abyss has made a home in his heart, the difference being this is a conscious choice on his part.

Erich Maria Remarque’s All Quiet on the Western Front begins with a memorable observation;

This book is to be neither an accusation nor a confession, and least of all an adventure, for death is not an adventure to those who stand face to... (more)

Tags: new york, novels, the holocaust, american literature

With Malice Towards None

By Anastasia , published on Feb 1, 2013

At the end of 1862, in the wake the Union victory at the Battle of Antietam, Abraham Lincoln took a bloody and ugly Civil War to a far higher level – he issued the Emancipation Proclamation. In bold and ringing words it was declared;

That on the first day of January, in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and sixty-three, all persons held as slaves within any State or designated part of a State, the people whereof shall then be in rebellion against the United States, shall be then, thenceforward, and forever free...

I first heard this recited at the end of one episode... (more)

Tags: movies, slavery, american presidents, american civil war, american history, abraham lincoln, steven spielberg

Honest Orwell

By Anastasia , published on Jan 29, 2013

A day or two before the conclusion of the 1939 Nazi-Soviet Pact, a devil’s bargain that presaged the onset of the Second World War, the writer George Orwell had a dream. I imagine lots of other people had the same dream at the same time, one clearly born of acute anxiety. Of his particular dream Orwell later wrote:What I knew in my dream that night was that the long drilling in patriotism which the middle classes go through had done its work, and that once England was in a serious jam it would be impossible for me to sabotage. It was his intention, if he could, to fight; he no longer wished... (more)

Tags: socialism, george orwell, communism, english writers, english literature, second world war

Nuclear Words and Face Jobs

By Anastasia , published on Jan 28, 2013

So, North Korea has announced plans for further rocket launches and a nuclear test as ‘New phase of the anti-US struggle.’ The official communiqué could not make it any clearer;

We do not hide the fact that a variety of satellites and long-range rockets will be launched by the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea one after another, and a nuclear test of a higher level which will be carried out by it in the upcoming all-out action will target against the US, the sworn enemy of the Korean people. Settling accounts with the US needs to be done with force, not with words. The world will... (more)

Tags: china, communism, north korea, nuclear weapons, missile tests, kim jong-un

Bottle on the Ocean of Time

By Anastasia , published on Jan 24, 2013

We all of us live in the age of instant communication, the age of email, the age of texting, the age of Twitter. Now just imagine a different age, just imagine a message that took seventy-six years to get through!

Have you ever put a message in a bottle and cast it out to sea? I did, once, though I can’t remember now what I wrote. I hope it wasn’t anything too embarrassing, just in case it turns up decades later, when I have reached the grand old lady stage of life.

Herbert Earnest Hillbrick’s message turned up, sadly many years after his death. Last November his bottle with a... (more)

Tags: australia, communication, new zealand, shipping, mail

Shooting a Hare

By Anastasia , published on Jan 22, 2013

I wrote the following piece for the Daily Telegraph readers’ website in September 2009. It refers to an incident that took place in the early summer of the previous year, just before my twenty-second birthday. The title is inspired by George Orwell’s essay Shooting an Elephant. I’m publishing it here in the wake of a discussion on animal welfare on another multi-author site. It’s about hunting, and it’s about killing, so if these subjects repel you please do not read any further. I apologise in advance if you find this upsetting but I make no apology for what I am, a sportswoman and a hunter.... (more)

Tags: shooting, hunting, blood sports, scottish highlands

A New Ancien Régime

By Anastasia , published on Jan 20, 2013

Last August, in China’s Hunan province, a woman by the name of Tang Hui was sent to a labour camp, sentenced to eighteen months‘re-education’ for “seriously disturbing the social order and exerting a negative impact on society.” Why, you may wonder, what was her crime? Simply that she had repeatedly petitioned officials, saying that the sentences passed against the men who had kidnapped, raped and forced her eleven-year-old daughter into prostitution should have been more severe.

Times have changed, even in China. In times past Tang Hui would simply have vanished into night and fog.... (more)

Tags: china, human rights, law, injustice, labour camps

So far from God; so close to the United States

By Anastasia , published on Jan 17, 2013

Are you American? Then you must be concerned about war. Oh, not some distant conflict, not Afghanistan. No, the war you must be concerned about – surely you must? – is the war on your southern border. Yes, it’s the war in Mexico, that unacknowledged Vietnam.

The war on terror (what a disaster that has been) is bad enough; the war on drugs has been even worse. It’s the sheer savagery of the Mexican conflict that disgusts me, the mutilations and the murderous sadism. Do you know how many people have died in the drugs war? The official estimate to date is 50,000 but those who know... (more)

Tags: mexico, drugs, crime, the united states

The Myth of Mary Seacole

By Anastasia , published on Jan 15, 2013

Ten years ago the BBC conducted a poll on the 100 greatest Britons. Those who notice this sort of thing noticed that no black people made it on to the list, so a black list was produced. Sorry; how else am I to describe it?!

The whole thing is really quite ridiculous, risibly so at points. I have no problem at all with black people looking for positive role models, but who really needs this kind of silly condescension? There was also a kind of desperation, it seems to me, in the search for the century. Philipa of Hainault, queen consort of Edward III, a fourteenth century monarch,... (more)

Tags: nursing, mary seacole, crimean war, british history

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