UK

Christopher Alder: death in custody

In light of the recent ‘lawful killing’ verdict in the Mark Duggan case, and the increased interest around the conduct of police, deaths in custody, and corruption, I am re-visiting the case of Christopher Alder who died in 1998, face down on a police station floor in Hull. Christopher’s death was initially ruled to be an ‘unlawful killing’, but the decision was over-turned by a judge in 2000. Fourteen years of lies, cover-ups, and heartbreak for his family, have followed.

I met Janet Alder, Christopher’s sister, several times through a shared activist circle in 2002/3. Whilst she will not remember me, I certainly remember her. Janet was(is) an inspirational figure, who had dedicated her time to fighting for justice for her brother, and for others who had died in police custody.

Who’s manipulating anyway?

An analysis of David Leppard and Kevin Dowling’s latest attempt to smear anarchists in the Sunday Times

Over the weekend The Sunday Times ran a prominent page 10 story titled Anarchists fan flames of Duggan rage. In it, self-described journalists Leppard and Dowling claim that London Met police officers are "on alert."

Curzon workers win union recognition

Curzon cinema

Curzon cinema workers have won union recognition after a high profile campaign as an agreement was reached between union officials and Curzon management.

Under the agreement Curzon management will recognise the Broadcasting, Entertainment, Cinematograph and Theatre Union (BECTU) as representing all 150 employees at its cinemas.

Lies, slaughter, capital: The 2011 NATO intervention in Libya, part two

As discussed in part 1, the intervention was not undertaken for humanitarian reasons, but then why? Here I will try and explain the purpose of the intervention, how the Great Powers felt there was much to be gained, and only human lives to lose.

In the 1980s, the Reagan administration wanted to reassert itself as a powerful player in the Middle East. Feeling threatened by the 1979 Iranian Revolution, as well as the Soviet invasion of Afghanistan; the United States felt a need to flex its muscles in the Middle East thereby retaining dominant power status.

Malatesta Club photo gallery

Malatesta Club members

Photographs of members of the anarchist Malatesta Club in the 1950s from collection of Sam Fanaroff. The image above shows Leah Feldman, the "Makhnovist Granny" on left, front row and Rita Milton right, front row.

The Malatesta Club

Malatesta Club members, John Bishop (back right)

A short account of the celebrated anarchist Malatesta Club of 1950s London.

One of the signs of a revival of the post-World War Two anarchist movement was the setting up of a regular speaking pitch at Hyde Park Corner in 1950. The number of speakers was added to over the next decade as people were introduced to the movement. Among these were Philip Sansom, Rita Milton and Frank Hirschfield.

The politics of genocide - Edward Herman and David Peterson

Herman and Peterson review the Western media's response to several different bloodbaths and criticize how the characterization, language, and ultimately policy responses are shaped by the narratives drafted in support of U.S. client states and agents. We do not necessarily agree with all of it but reproduce it for reference.

Remembering the real World War 1 London meetings

The London Remembering the Real World War 1 group has now had two meetings, and has begun planning our response to the official commemorations of World War 1, which look like celebrating the war as a just cause, a triumph of British nationalism, and ignoring as much as possible the huge resistance to the war, and the origins of the war in routine capitalist competition.

Below is a summary of some of the decisions and ideas so far.

One suggestion for principles which we all liked was
• We honour all the dead.
• The war arose from normal capitalist social relations.
• Working class resistance stopped the war.

(These may need to be expanded on –but responses to this from folk not at the meeting would be useful).

Advice for workers suffering from repetitive strain injury (RSI)

Employment-related advice for workers who begin to suffer from a repetitive strain condition, from a union representative who has RSI.

Introduction

Psychopolice order

What will the announcement that community psychiatric nurses are to be posted in criminal justice settings do to psychiatric services and patients?

Today it was announced that mental health nurses are to be posted in police stations and courts in 10 areas across England in a long campaigned for ‘liason and diversion’ strategy. The nurse’s role in these situations will be to respond to calls alongside officers wherever there is a suspicion that someone engaged in criminal activity has a mental health problem.