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#France: thousands demonstrate against extension of police state

France. On Saturday November 21st thousands demonstrated in Paris and other cities over plans to bring in a new security law on “global security”.

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#Trump on his way out but big struggles ahead

“In the final analysis, Trump may want a personal dictatorship. But the other guy [Biden], he’s an agent for the state and he’s an oppressor in his own right. He’s helped to get the prison system to the point where it is. His running mate, Kamala Harris,—well she is just as much of an establishment Democrat as he is. She’s just as much in favor of using the police and the government against the poor. We need to be able to educate masses of people about these things while we’re creating an alternative, so they will not be fooled. We need a new society and a new world, not more capitalism.”

Lorenzo Kom’boa Ervin, black American anarchist and ex- Black Panther, from interview with William C. Anderson: Ungovernable: An Interview with Lorenzo Kom’boa Ervin
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Fédération anarchiste (FA), #France: Murder of a teacher by an islamic fundamentalist

France. Statement by the External Relations of the Fédération anarchiste (FA) on the murder of a teacher by an islamic fundamentalist.

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#UK: The Overseas Operations Bill and Labour: yet another reason to leave #Labour

UK. On September 23rd the Overseas Operations Bill was passed through Parliament with a massive majority at its second reading. The Bill’s main proposals are to put a strict time limit on prosecution of war crimes committed by the British armed forces.

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#UK (& beyond…): The real enemy

UK. London. Regents Park in London contains probably the richest street in the city. Many of the mansions here are said to be ‘worth’ £165 million. Many of these large properties are empty, while just a mile away people are left to sleep in doorways.

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#UK: Fascist shennanigans in #Dover

UK. A far-right and fascist anti-refugee action is taking place on 5th September in Dover, Kent. Information is contained within a recent YouTube video by ‘The Little Veteran’ who is organising this along with others on the far-right (we’re not going to link to this nonsense but if you’re desperate to have a look, it’s not hard to find).

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Billy the Kid, #Podemos and the Corruption of Power

Spanish state. The state torturer Antonio González Pacheco, better known by his nickname Billy el Niño (Billy the Kid) died of coronavirus on May 7th in Madrid, at the age of 73. Like his old master Franco, he died in bed without being brought to trial for his crimes. In the 1970s he was a torturer under the Franco regime and then continued in this career during the “democratic transition”. He joined the police in the 1960s and became an inspector in 1971 and was in charge of a special brigade which investigated and arrested opponents of the Franco regime. He got his nickname from the habit of twirling his pistol in front of prisoners, and was involved in tortures like beating them whilst they were tied to a radiator or hanging from a bar, or on the soles of the feet, or forcing their heads under water. He is alleged to have been involved in the torture of hundreds.

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#UK: Exam results debacle

UK. There cannot be that many people that don’t believe that the Conservative government has not made a mess of handling the assessment of A-Levels, BTECs and GCSEs, even traditionally Tory-friendly papers are mocking the Education Secretary Gavin Williamson. And it is hard not to conclude that the actions of the government have been inept. What happened in Scotland should have provided advance warning to the problem coming in England, Wales and Northern Ireland but the government carried on regardless, only to then follow Scotland’s example of announcing a U-turn and accepting teacher assessed grades as well as those predicted by the algorithm. This about-face has resulted in its own problems with some Universities/Programmes becoming oversubscribed (with resultant health and safety concerns) and others undersubscribed (and in greater financial difficulty and threat of bankruptcy).

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