military and law enforcement

Russian anti-war activists kidnapped and seriously injured

Organisers of a demonstration against the war in Ukraine in Petrozavodsk, Russia were kidnapped and seriously injured by unknown people in masks according to the Food Not Bombs group in the city.

On 9th of March, along with the traditional Food Not Bombs action, demonstration "Against the war in Ukraine" supposed to happen in Petrozavodsk, for a peaceful solution of tense situation there and prevention of bloodshed continuation.

Civil "defence" and direct action: make the most of your council meetings - Solidarity

Pamphlet published by the Reading group of Solidarity in 1962, mostly written by Andy Anderson, about his refusal to pay the portion of his rates to the Civil Defence fund and subsequent prosecution by the local authority.

"Gulf War Syndrome"

Brief summary of what is known as "gulf war syndrome", an illness contracted by an estimated 175,000 veterans of the First Gulf War.

On November 17th, 2008, the United States Department of Veterans Affairs presented a study to a Congressional Panel confirming that "Gulf War Syndrome" is a legitimate illness that has been contracted by soldiers who took pyridostigmine bromide pills in order to counter the effects of nerve gas during the First Gulf War in Iraq.

Dan Hodges, mob mentality and the white working class

Dan Hodges has written an article for the Telegraph, using the horrific murder of Bijan Ebrahimi as an excuse to attack “the dark side of working class Britain.” This is an attempt to address the points he has side-stepped for the benefit of his polemic.

Ebrahimi died when a mob surrounded his house in Brislington one night in July. He was beaten unconscious, dragged from his house and burned alive in his front garden. Two men, Lee James and Stephen Norley, were sentenced very recently for the crime, though it is almost certain that a wider section of the local community was involved.

"Democracy in action" and other children's stories

A short post on the reactions to the Commons vote on Syria and the illusions of parliamentary democracy.

The UK government lost a vote in the House of Commons on intervention in Syria. The margin was incredibly narrow and the debate heated but nonetheless it is a definite spanner in the works for the UK's involvement in any military intervention.

Georgia inmates beaten with hammers during 2010 prisoners' strike - new video released

Image created to commemorate the 2010 Georgia prisoners' strike

New video evidence has been publicly released showing Georgia prison guards beating inmates with a "hammer-like object" in the aftermath of the 2010 prisoner's strike against forced labour. The strike was one of the largest in US history and was met with violent repression.

Trigger warning: footage and descriptions of violence, images of injuries

The video, taken on 31st December 2010, shows Kelvin Stevenson and Miguel Jackson being restrained by guards while while other guards beat them with what appears to be a hammer. Eye witnesses report that Stevenson was handcuffed at the time.

Is Indonesia Heading Towards Fascism?

Is Indonesia Heading Fascism?

Analysis on the emergence of a new law in Indonesia related to the crisis and the social situation

IS INDONESIA HEADING TOWARD FASCISM?
Some Observations on The Crisis and New Terror Laws

Against prison studies without capitalism: "The strange career of The New Jim Crow" - Joseph D. Osel

In this analysis Osel provides a devastating and radical analysis of The New Jim Crow discourse. He asks social justice advocates to take a stand against prison studies that do not include an analysis of capitalism and reflects on the significance of the "counterrevolutionary protest" in social justice work, describing how social justice advocates "sustain societal problems even while challenging them." His essay challenges anti-prison activists and others to observe and analyze "their own complicity with and legitimization of the structures that they seek to dismantle."

“The demand for our facilities and services could be adversely affected by the relaxation of enforcement efforts, leniency in conviction or parole standards and sentencing practices or through the decriminalization of certain activities that are currently proscribed by our criminal laws.

War is a Racket - Smedley Butler

The transcript of a speech given in 1933 by former Major General Smedley Butler. Butler served in the US military for 34 years, and at the time of his death he was the most decorated soldier is US history...... WAR is a racket. It always has been It is possibly the oldest, easily the most profitable, surely the most vicious. It is the only one international in scope. It is the only one in which the profits are reckoned in dollars and the losses in lives. A racket is best described, I believe, as something that is not what it seems to the majority of the people.

Only a small "inside" group knows what it is about. It is conducted for the benefit of the very few, at the expense of the very many. Out of war a few people make huge fortunes.

Pakistani truckers on strike, blockading NATO supplies

Transport workers at a rally in Karachi, 9th Jan 2013

Truckers delivering NATO supplies to isolated coalition ground troops in Afghanistan have gone on strike, in protest against lower pay, poor security, and corrupt customs officials who demand bribes from the truckers. The unions are calling for other transport workers throughout the region to join the strike action.

Jehanzeb Khan, president of Khyber Trailers Drivers and Workers Union, announced the strike on 8th of January. The strike comes after the deaths and kidnapping of many truckers and crew members bringing supplies to Afghanistan, whose families have yet to be compensated for their loss.