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American anti-union propaganda for Walmart protests

An organisation which is apparently “dedicated to exposing Big Labor’s abuse of the worker center organizational model” has released this video in anticipation of protests against Walmart.

Is this really what North America is like? Who the hell would actually watch this and take it seriously?

A history of radical green spaces in East London

An emerging radical history of open spaces in Hackney is being put together by Hackney History.

The ever-wonderful 'The radical history of Hackney' has published notes towards a history of the East London borough's parks and green spaces originally put together the Radical History Network's meeting on a similar subject.

Boat Race protestor to be deported

Trenton Oldfield

So called 'boat race' protestor Trenton Oldfield has recieved notice that he is to be deported and is now appealing.

Photo by Richard Nicholson from Domus Magazine.

Launch of massive archive of English folk music and custom

Of interest to anyone with an interest in social history the English Folk Dance and Song Society have launched their online archive.

Quite a long time in the making the slightly dubiously named 'Full English' (cheesy name for real ale?) archive is now online.

Whiskers of discontent - Turkish stray dogs in the recent uprising

A stray dog in Turkey wears a sign of protest

Just a few of the photos flying around of the streets dogs in Turkey and their recent reaction to events there.

Spending anytime in Istanbul you can't help but notice the amount of street dogs which inhabit any public space.

Istanbul Taksim Gezi Park is not about trees

 Istanbul Taksim Gezi Park #occupygezi

Istanbul's central area of Taksim is currently the scene of a fledging 'occupy movement' as people react to this morning's 5am teargassing of protestors opposed to unchecked gentrification in the historic city.

[i]These are some cursory notes on whats been unfolding in Istanbul's central square Taksim and the small green area within in - Gezi Park, as of Friday 31 May there is still little English language coverage, the best place to look is #occupygezi or in Turkish [url=https://twitter.com/search?q=%23direngezipark%C4%B1&src=tren]#direngezi


A jug commemorating the Peterloo Massacre

Since I visited the Marx Memorial Library in Clerkenwell I have been harbouring an interest in porcelain, pots, ceramics and such folk, craft, popular art objects which commemorate radical moments in history.

So I thought I would have a little look at what else I can find online.

First place I found was a listings website in Manchester which brought my attention to the People's History Museum (itself very interesting and perhaps more in another post).

Urban renewal in Barcelona

Resisting "urban renewal" in Barcelona in the context of larger economic struggle


The Marx Memorial Library

A short visit to the Library.

This afternoon I paid a visit to the Marx Memorial Library on Clerkenwell Green. I'd always wondered what was behind the red door, its a library. Full of interesting bits and pieces apparently they get a majority of their visits to see a room which Lenin worked in for a bit at the start of the 20th century.

Design As Politics

Design As Politics

New online publication of opinion pieces originally published in UK Building Design magazine from Dutch Design As Politics.

I thought this new collection of texts may be interesting to some, all originally published in BD as opinion pieces and now brought togther online. Design as Politics defines itself as...

HMV worker takes over official Twitter during sackings

HMV official Twitter turned against itself.

The Guardian is reporting how a worker at HMV's HR department (allegedly Poppy Rose) briefly hijacked ([url=https://twitter.com/poppy_powers/status/297032073976373249]a term she contests on her Twitter page as she was meant to be in charge of HMW Twitter at the tim

The Past, Present and Future of Radical Pamphleteering, 6/2/13, London

In the age of the internet, does the printed pamphlet have any kind of future? With self-publishing so easy online, could the pamphlet soon be obsolete? With a short talk on some of the history of the pamphlet, and an open discussion on where it's going...

Past Tense with the Radical History Network of Haringey, London (RaHN)

The Past, Present and Future of Radical Pamphleteering
Wed 6th February 2013, 7.30pm

Wood Green Social Club. 3 Stuart Crescent, (off the High Road) Wood Green, London N22 5NJ

Today in architecture: Knock down towers, build streets

Unite d'habitation, Firminy, France

So long for Le Corbusier's famous streets in the sky!

Lead image: Corb's Unité d’Habitation, Firminy, France from Archiseek

Arch-Tory think-tank Policy Exchange today issued a policy document apparently describing how: