The Massacre of Druze Villagers in Qalb Lawza, Idlib Province – Syria Comment

NUSRATS NEAR IDLIB (I have heard them described by some ignorant western sources as ‘moderates’) describe murder of Druze as….

 “unjustified error that occurred without the leadership’s knowledge, and the village and its people continue to live securely and calmly under our protection and in areas of our control,” while declaring that those involved in the mishap will come before a Shari’a court to ascertain what happened and decide on the appropriate rulings. Further, Jabhat al-Nusra claims it has only directed its arms against those who have infringed on the “blood and honour of the Muslims from the gangs of the criminal Nusayri [Alawite] army, the heretic khawarij [Islamic State] and the gangs of the corrupt ones,” while portraying itself as transparent: “the doors of Jabhat al-Nusra are open to all.” 

Twilight of the Professors

Though this exposes the US situation we are no different in Oz. The attacks on academia are the same and grounded in neo-lib politics. Equally, bureaucracy takes the same course. Even the human rights commission and its commissioner suffers from political interference and power play.
A book is to be published soon by Simon Springer…..

The Discourse of Neoliberalism: An Anatomy of a Powerful Idea
Some quotes from Springer on the books approach;

Chapter 3 – Anxious Geopolitics
This chapter seeks to demonstrate how the rise of neoliberalism can be understood as a particular form of anxiety that first began as a response to the atrocities of Nazi Germany, Fascist Italy and the Soviet Union, and a belief that government intervention had jeopardized personal freedoms and was thus responsible for the carnage. Right from its birth neoliberalism could be read as a discursive enterprise. By taking such a critical geopolitical reading of neoliberalism as a starting point we are better equipped to challenge the assumed inevitability and all-encompassing ‘bulldozer effect’ that pervades in popular media accounts of free market capitalism and its colloquial understanding as ‘globalization’. I then turn my attention to the continuing role of the state and address how discourse functions to secure consent for neoliberalism’s particular political rationality. I hope to remind readers that although the role of the state has become subtler under neoliberalism through a reconfiguration of the citizen-subject via processes of governmentality, this does not mean that it has entirely exited the political scene. To the contrary, I argue that the transformed role of the state under neoliberalization is susceptible to expressions of authoritarianism and  violence, which brings the state back into plain view as it comes into conflict with those individuals who have been marginalized by neoliberalism’s belligerent regulatory reforms and discriminatory policy initiatives.

Chapter 5 – Of Violence and Victims

This chapter brings neoliberalism into direct conversation with the violence it unleashes and the ways in which it attempts to disassociate itself from the places where the violence of neoliberalism becomes manifest. Through imaginative geographies that erase the interconnectedness of the places where violence occurs, the notion that violence is ‘irrational’ marks particular cultures as ‘other’. Neoliberalism exploits such imaginative geographies in constructing itself as the sole providence of nonviolence and the lone bearer of reason. Proceeding as a ‘civilizing’ project, neoliberalism positions the market as salvationary to putatively ‘irrational’ and ‘violent’ peoples. This theology of neoliberalism produces a discourse that binds violence in place and blames the victims for the disastrous effects that neoliberalization visits upon them. But while violence sits in places in terms of the way in which we perceive its manifestation as a localized and embodied experience, this  very idea is challenged when place is reconsidered as a relational assemblage. What this re-theorization does is open up the supposed fixity, separation, and immutability of place to instead recognize it as always co-constituted by, mediated through, and integrated within the  wider experiences of space. Such a radical rethinking of place fundamentally transforms the  way we understand violence. No longer confined to its material expression as an isolated and localized event, violence can more appropriately be understood as an unfolding process, derived from the broader geographical phenomena and temporal patterns of a social-economic world that has most evidently been shaped by a proliferation of neoliberal ideas.”

Shame its such an academic piece, now we need to translate it so everyone understands how they are being shafted!