UK. The present crisis which has seen panic buying, particularly of petrol but also of the usual ‘panic’ commodities such as toilet roll and pasta, shows how vulnerable capitalism actually is. It exposes how the system is dependent upon a logistics workforce that potentially holds a great deal of power, should it choose to use it. And, in part, this crisis is a product of workers’ rejection of an increasingly stressful and badly paid occupation.Continue reading Panic buying in the UK: The chicken’s come home to roost (but will the Turkeys get a reprieve at Christmas?)
At the beginning of August 2021, the IPCC (The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change – the United Nations body for assessing the science related to climate change) reported on the latest evidence and announced a “code red for humanity” (https://www.ipcc.ch/report/sixth-assessment-report-working-group-i/ ). This made headlines for 24 hours, then vanished.Continue reading Climate Destruction is Systemic – the Response Cannot Be “Individually Blame Ourselves”
Afghanistan. In April 1975 the United States withdrew its forces from Vietnam in a humiliating defeat and after years of barbaric war, where they used saturation bombing, including in neighbouring Cambodia, and chemical agents like napalm and Agent Orange. As many as 2 million civilians died, as well as 1.1 million North Vietnamese soldiers and Viet Cong fighters, between 200,000 and 250,000 South Vietnamese soldiers, over 58,000 American troops, as well as several thousand soldiers from among American allies.Continue reading The fall of Kabul
A statement from the Anarchist Federation in Greece on the ongoing wildfires and the disastrous management of the Greek State.Continue reading Self-Organisation or Chaos – The Wildfires in Greece
After fifty years the truth is beginning to emerge about the massacre of eleven people in West Belfast by the Parachute Regiment of the British Army.Continue reading Ballymurphy: State Massacre [Northern Ireland]
Glasgow. Scotland. Early this morning (Thursday 13 May), as Muslims in the Southside community of Pollokshields celebrated Eid al-Fitr, Home Office officials arrived in Kenmure Street to enforce Priti Patel’s “hostile environment” and detain two refugees. Neighbours got the word out, and very quickly the community, tenants’ groups, and anti-eviction groups gathered to prevent the UK Border Force Immigration Enforcement van from leaving the street.Continue reading Glasgow: this is what we can achieve!
UK. The wall to wall coverage of the death of Prince Philip highlighted the role that the royal family plays in the maintenance of the system.Continue reading UK: The Monarchy, the State and the BBC
UK. The David Cameron/Greensill Capital cronyism scandal is just the tip of the iceberg of a network of ruling class sleaze and corruption. Former Prime Minister David Cameron used his connections to powerful government ministers to personally profit in his post-political business career. Lex Greensill, the owner of Greensill Capital who Cameron has been working for, was an unoffical government adviser to the Cameron government.Continue reading UK: Corruption, cronyism and sleaze – oh my!
UK. This week has seen applications of whitewash by Johnson and his pals that would make Dulux envious. We had the report from the Commission on Race and Ethnic Disparity that said that everything was hunky dory in Britain, that institutional racism does not exist, that racism in the UK is really the result of imagination. These findings were hardly surprising. Boris Johnson appointed Tony Sewell to head up the commission, and he has long been a denier of institutional racism. Sewell, who is head of a charity, has described the Black Lives Matter movement that swept through Britain last year as a sideshow and a “lower middle class revolt”. For him, racism doesn’t exist in the workplace or in education or on the streets. Institutional racism, for him, is imaginary, whilst racism at an individual level is not what it was.Continue reading UK: Johnson regime applies coat after coat of whitewash
UK. If one was to base their understanding of how the police in Britain operate on how the mass media report it, then the police are a fine bunch of people, currently under siege from the forces of anarchy, and mindless hooligan elements, who are bent on needless violence. And last weekend’s demo in Bristol against the policing bill, according to the BBC, ITN, Sky News and every single national newspaper, told exactly that story. According to them, parroting the cops’ narrative, officers suffered broken bones and punctured lungs. However, a few days later, it became apparent that this was a made up story. In fact, the local hospital treated multiple victims of police violence and… ahem… zero injured police officers.Continue reading His Master’s Voice – police violence and the media [UK]