Dieudonné’s calculated anti-Semitism

Free speech is too valuable a weapon to be thrown away. Eddie Ford calls for unequivocal opposition to state bans on racists and fascists

Last December in an “entertaining” 3:3 draw between West Bromwich Albion and West Ham United something new was brought to the game of football and our national culture - unfortunately. Whilst celebrating the scoring of his first ever goal for West Brom, the French player, Nicolas Anelka, performed the quenelle - a hand gesture that involves pointing one arm diagonally downwards, palm in front, while touching the shoulder with the opposite hand. Quenelle is actually a French dish consisting of elongated fish or meat balls, which are said to look like a suppository.1 Thus, according to Wikipedia, the phrase mettre une quenelle (“to give someone the quenelle”) is a gesture simulating the sexual practice of fisting - the “arm outstretched refers to the length of the arm going up one’s bottom”.2 In other words, ‘Up yours!’

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Letters

Flipping a coin ; Stalinist? ; No humour ; Creature comfort ; Bleak beliefs ; Maximum wage; Credit points ; Failures ; Do the maths ; Don’t scoff ; Satanic

ISNetwork: Bondage and bigotry

The International Socialist Network has split - over a work of art. Paul Demarty is bemused

Palestine: Collectivising the mice

The Arab working class is the agency that can win a Palestinian state, argues Tony Greenstein

HOPI: Grappling with the new situation

How to meet the challenge presented by the US-Iran deal? Peter Manson reports on Hopi’s day school

Changed and unchanged

What do the negotiations with Iran tell us about US policy? This is an edited version of a talk given by Mike Macnair to the January 25 Hands Off the People of Iran day school

Legacy of the Arab spring

Three years after the start of the mass revolts Yassamine Mather assesses the situation in Tunisia and Egypt

UAF demands state ban

The leader of a Hungarian far-right party was allowed to visit London - despite protests. Daniel Harvey reports

Thursday donors

Robbie Rix knows we can scrape over the line

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