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I am a Socialist Radical, with mainly though not exclusively Marxist views.  My views have altered somewhat by the philosophy of Rousseau, but they have remained largely Marxian.  I hold the belief that society should be organised "from each according to his abilities, to each according to his needs" (in the words of Lenin).  Furthermore I strongly hold the belief that Socialism is for the world, that is I uphold firmly, Internationalism.
 
Visitors to this website are also welcome to visit my page at google plus: My user name is HasanAbdulla/HM6.  I am also on Facebook, my nickname there is "Abdul"
About my Writing

I write mainly on general current affairs issues, on the biographies of famous people such as novelists who appeal to my tastes, and on politics and I look forward to expanding my portfolio to include literary reviews as well as essays on the environment.  I take a Socialist viewpoint, and endeavour to avoid foul language.  I come from a Marxist background.  I tend to avoid religious issues though these cannot always be avoided. I am committed to the Trades Union Movement as an individual Socialist campaigner.
About Me
Interests and Activities

The following list provides a summary of my interests and activities:

Before the age of 17 I read the Prince by Niccolo Machiavelli.

By 1970, I read the biography of Chairman Mao of China.

In the 1980's I read the Communist Manifesto by Karl Marx while I  was a student.

Then in the 1990's I read the one book that changed the course of my thinking about politics, and that was the 'Social Contract' by Jean Jacques Rousseau.

I am currently studying Political Science.

Activities:

I took an active part in a demonstration against the publication of the book 'The Satanic Verses' by Salman Rushdie.

In the late 1980's I took an active part in a demonstration against the closure of what was then known as 'The Centre for the Unemployed' in Reading, UK.

I attended a meeting of the Militant Tendency in the 1980's.

I attended a meeting hosted by visitors from Eritrea during the start of the troubles in that region.

My recent activity was to join a small march organised by members of the CND (Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament) in early 2009.

I am recently volunteered for a non profit organisation involved with the Nuclear Disarmament Campaigns.

I currently run my own Marxist campaign, and promote the activities of the T.U.C in Britain.



The photograph above shows the author of this website.

Socialist Radical

 

An Introduction by Hasan Abdul

 

 

 

Socialist Radical takes its inspiration and the core of the ideology from both the Labour movement of the 1930’s and after, as well as the Republicans in Spain (i.e., The Second Republic). 

 

The motive for such a movement’s existence arises from a view of present-day Britain suffering from a severe lack of justice and at the same time ever increasing inequality and crime.

 

At the heart of the Socialist Radical ideology is widespread education, made available to all, and encouraged for all.  

 

This campaign is also committed to the control and censorship of the Internet and stringent border security.

 

As regards health, I am convinced that health is for all the citizens as well as those foreign expatriates who contribute to the welfare and economy of the UK.

 

This campaign demands that the concerns of women’s groups committed against pornography and child abuse should be met.

 

The campaign shares the belief by Trades Unionists especially the late Bob Crow, about a fairer wage and better working conditions for those workers in industries such as transport, mining, and shop floor workers to name a few.

 

The Socialist Radical campaign is committed to an end to race and religious discrimination.

 

As regards the electoral system, the voting system should be ‘one man, one vote’.   Otherwise it is futile to inform other nations as to the fairness of their voting system.

 

 

Hasan Abdulla                                             Socialist Radical

 

 

 

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Flashback: Kingston, Jamaica

Hasan Abdul

 

 

While my eldest brother struggled hard and somewhat unsuccessfully to obtain employment related to his accounts studies, most of my family including myself travelled to Kingston, Jamaica due to a teaching contract my parents had secured through the Embassy in London.

     

We arrived at Kingston en-route to Highgate in the late summer of 1970, and stayed at a hotel for a few days before finally going to the much smaller place, Highgate. On landing at Kingston Airport I was struck by the sudden heat of a tropical island.  In contrast to Kenya and Northern Nigeria, Jamaica proved both hot and humid.


     Only a short time after settling into our place of residence in Highgate, we visited Kingston and continued to visit the Jamaican capital frequently.  During one of the first few visits, my father bought trouser belts for me and my younger brother.  The shopkeeper had warned him that such belts were popular among gangsters.  Fortunately for us there were no serious misunderstandings, and very few school students challenged us about those trouser belts.


     On other occasions during our visits to Kingston, we stopped by at some of the Shopping Plazas.  I was painfully astonished at the rapidity with which the suns heat penetrated straight through the car windows even when the windows were shut.  The heat was stifling, and I often re-opened the car window to let air in. On every occasion, especially when I entered the shops, I noted the marked abundance of American commodities. 


     The visits to Kingston did not all go very pleasantly.  During one of our visits we were driven by my dad through a run-down area due to a traffic problem.  At one spot, I tried hard to look away as did my younger brother, at the scene of a traffic incident. However one short glimpse was sufficient to leave a stain on my memory for many years to come. The visits also had their brighter sides.  I saw at least two Jamaican TV celebrities from the car we were in and each of them waved back at us.


     However like all developing countries undergoing change, the social and economic conditions were characterised by class differences, with a wide gulf between the elite and the labouring classes.  I still remember the leafy tree lined suburbs where the elite lived in affluent bungalows while the poor in the central parts of Kingston made do with shared accommodation or flats.  At this time in the early 1970’s Hugh Shearer’s Labour Party rapidly lost ground to Michael Manley’s Popular Party.  Euphoria turned to complacency and eventually to a breakdown in law and order.


     One of the great beneficial changes I experienced was that the visits to Kingston led to a love for the simple beats of Reggae music.  Jimmy Cliff remains my Reggae favourite to this day.

    

 Like many young people who spent their formative youth in Jamaica, I did not like leaving the island for good.  In fact I was very depressed about it.  For their part some Jamaicans felt even worse about me leaving.  I clearly remember the sorrowful and downcast expression of a mixed race gentleman during my last visit to Kingston.  Within the next few days we said a last goodbye to Jamaica.

 

© “Flashback: Kingston, Jamaica” by Hasan Abdulla, 2014.