crime

The Young Lords and early Chicago Puerto Rican gangs

An interview with Chicago Puerto Rican historian Mervin Mendez conducted by Erika Rodriguez for the Chicago Gang History Project. In it Mendez explains the context for the development of Puerto Rican gangs in Chicago.

Drug use, the labour market and class conflict - John Helmer and Thomas Vietorisz

Afghan soldiers attempt to eradicate opium production

A social history and analysis of drug use and its relationship with class struggle.

Support is urged for CeCe McDonald, victim of a hate crime who defended herself

An important case demands our support. Crishaun “CeCe” McDonald, a young Black transgender woman faces two counts of second degree murder for defending her friends and herself from physical attacks by a group shouting ugly racist and homophobic insults.

Stop Snitching - Curtis Price

An article from The Baltimore Indypendent Reader in 2007, which while it has a lot of local focus, has wider points on the fragmentation and breakdown in inner-city communities stemming from the drug trade.

Waiting for the barbarians - Jaime Semprun

In this essay written after the LA Riots of 1992, Jaime Semprun expresses a pessimistic view of the new "barbarians", the uncivilized youth who according to him have been economically marginalized by capitalism but also socially integrated by the spectacle of power and violence, and compares their social dislocation and nihilism with Hannah Arendt's characterization of the preconditions for the mass psychology of totalitarianism ("isolation and the absence of normal social relations").

The fatal pressure of competition - Robert Kurz

2002 analysis of the phenomenon of school shootings, which the author claims reflect the totalitarian mass psychology of capitalism in crisis, whose perpetrators are described as "robots of capitalist competition gone haywire" in a "culture of self-destruction and self-forgetting".

Gamekeepers turned poachers; villagers cop the robbers

Villagers burn cop van

A late night burglary in a Bangladeshi village sparks off a day of rioting as the law'n'order situation is turned upside down...

British web Nazis jailed

The massed ranks of the Aryan Strike Force (ASF) and the British Freedom Force (BFF) have suffered a body blow as ‘Wigan’ Mike Heaton and Trevor ‘Fist’ Hannington have been sent down for racist comments posted on the internet.

War all the time: the differences between the internal and external aggressor in Venezuela

Chávez the militarist

As President Hugo Chávez beats the war drum with Colombia over the presence of US military bases near the Venezuelan border, violent crime and scarcity in the República Bolivariana continue to soar to almost bewildering levels.

Popular justice: community policing in Guerrero, Mexico

A year old article about an indigenous initiative in the Costa Chica, Guerrero, Mexico in which police(wo)men are elected by assembly and security duties are shared around the entire villages, with each individual only policing for a handful of days a year.