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Monthly Archives: January, 2012

Syrian Uprising

As the 9-month long popular uprising escalates in Syria, it looks increasingly likely that ordinary Syrians, who have taken to the streets unrelentingly at the cost of their own lives, will not be the ones to determine the outcome of the battle. Rather, it is international geopolitical interests that hold the cards in this game.

Leeds Antifascist Film Festival Feb 4-5th

NO PASARAN! : Leeds Antifascist Film Festival Saturday 4th & Sunday 5th February SPACE Project 37-38 Mabgate Green Leeds City Centre MAP Since its emergence as a distinct ideology at the beginning of the Twentieth Century, fascism has brought more misery to the world than any other political doctrine. Yet, even today, even after the [...]

Occupy Oakland police repression

What really happened at Occupy Oakland on Saturday January 28 A firsthand account For the internet, here’s a first-hand account of Occupy Oakland on 1/28/2012, because the news never tells the full story. I’ll tell you about the street battle, the 300+ arrests, the vandalism, the flag burning, all in the context of my experience [...]

Total policing: Rave on

A new technology is being developed that will allow police the opportunity to disperse crowds with an electronic sound system fitted to riot shields. A US company is in the process of testing the new patented device that emits a low-frequency sound which resonates with the respiratory tract, making it hard to breathe.

Grassroots community action round-up

Schools, health and nuclear waste dumping – communities fight back! Parents in Sheffield have joined together and formed a protest group to campaign against their local secondary school becoming an academy. The group KES PLEAS (King Ecgbert School Parents for Local Education Authority Status) is angry at the school Governors going behind parents’ backs in [...]

Whither anarchism? – the current state of UK anarchism

“Revolution must be cultivated by means of systematic propaganda, step-by-step measures, careful planning, and rationally formulated programs that are flexible enough to meet changing social needs: in short, it must be cultivated by a responsible, dedicated, and accountable movement that is serious and organized along libertarian lines”. Murray Bookchin

Notes from the US

Occupy The Occupy movement continues to gain momentum; though its focus and – perhaps – its lack of the kinds of analysis which anarchists favour are similar in the United States to those shortcomings in the UK. Evictions and violence by the state against the Occupiers also continue. Indeed, by the end of November more [...]

Cracking the whip – case against the ‘Atos Two’

Two Nottingham residents, a wheelchair user and a retired paediatric nurse, dubbed the ‘Atos Two’, have been charged with aggravated trespass following a protest at the local offices of Atos ‘Healthcare’. They will stand trial at Nottingham Magistrates Court on February 27th and 28th.

Dire Lessons From the Eurozone

Tracing the politics of the crisis I remember my Political Economy lectures at university when the European Union was held up as a successful model of a political and economic ‘superstate’ which other continents in the world could follow. I remember shuddering at the very idea of such mega-scale integration and central control, only one [...]

The Return of Rank and Filism

Can the electricians’ dispute reinvigorate grassroots militancy Just before Christmas over 50 mechanical and electrical workers occupied the headquarters of BBC Scotland in Glasgow. It was part of an ongoing campaign of co-ordinated protests by electricians and other skilled workers, over the decision by the big eight construction companies to withdraw from the 40 year [...]