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The making of a politicized prisoner

The third installment in Recomposition's 'How I was radicalized' series comes from Okwute Ekwensu. His powerful account describes the experience of leading a criminal life that led to incarceration, followed by his radicalization in prison.

Persecution and threats against student activist escalate

Bahar Mustafa - Golsmiths Student's Union Welfare & Diversity Officer

A London student union officer has received death threats in a month-long campaign of harassment, after she organised a meeting for minority students.

South Africa: class struggle, 'xenophobia' and the local elite

This article offers a brief case study of how grassroots self organisation enables communities to resist xenophobic violence in South Africa.

Speaking of anarchism, racism and black liberation - Lorenzo Kom'boa Ervin

Originally titled “Anarchism and Racism,” this editorial was written in the early 1990s around the creation of a new publication focused on Black autonomist politics.

Border controls continue to kill

Some thoughts on the recent tragedy off the coast of Libya and how it ties into political rhetoric on immigration and the received wisdom of border controls as a social necessity.

If you wouldn’t do it to Jews, don’t do it to Muslims - Levi Tazir

Stamford Hill, East London.

Spare a thought for the racists. They’re having a really hard time lately. They keep trying to oppress Muslims in a liberal, rational way but accidentally end up looking like Nazis.

Stop kidding yourself: the police were created to control working class and poor people - Sam Mitrani

Slave patrol badge, 1858.

A short historical account of the US police force explaining their origins in slave patrols in the South and a force to discipline the working class in the North, with the background of a spate of police killings of unarmed black men in 2014.

"The American blindspot": Reconstruction according to Eric Foner and W.E.B. Du Bois - Noel Ignatiev

Noel Ignatiev's review of two books about Reconstruction, which was the period in American history where the victorious Northern federal government attempted to transform the state and society in the South.

Ready, Welling and able: reflections on the events at Welling, 16.10.93 - Colin B West

Police arrest a demonstrator, Welling 1993

An account of, and thoughts on, the demonstration against the far right British National Party headquarters in Welling, London in 1993 by one of its participants, writing under a pseudonym.

No justice no peace: an eyewitness account of the LA riots

Scene from the LA riots

An anonymous eyewitness account of the riots which swept Los Angeles in the wake of the acquittal of the police who murdered Rodney King.