By Priyamvada Gopal - June, 29 2008
As Zimbabwe spirals into further political chaos, [Robert] Mugabe and his party's addiction to power will further indulge an equally self-serving Western appetite for spectacles of Third World despotism. If Mugabe finds it convenient to invoke the demon of colonial oppression...he also enables British politicians to spout pieties condemning violence while their own nation is currently implicated in two dubious and bloody wars...The British government turns accusatory fingers in Zimbabwe's direction while Mugabe shouts back anti-colonial slogans...The only innocents, however, are ordinary Zimbabweans.
By SchNEWS, Britain's Direct Action Newsletter
"The planned [Stop the War]/[Socialist Workers Party] demo against [US President George W. Bush's] last UK visit...was more exiting than [your] standard march [and] chant affair...Despite the best efforts of the 'Stop the War' coalition to serve up a generic McMarch against the "World's No.1 Terrorist", an [up-for-it] crowd of some 2,000 people defied the wishes of the police and STW stewards and tried their damnedest to deliver their message in person..."
Desire to Preserve Wealth Drives Criminal Justice System: Crime is Falling, but Obsession with Locking People Up Keeps Growing
by George Monbiot - The Guardian
The people who help to generate the public demand for long prison terms (newspaper [owners] and editors) and the people who mete it out (judges and magistrates) are drawn overwhelmingly from the property-owning classes...Money breeds paranoia, and paranoia keeps people in prison.
[The British Broadcasting Corporation] consistently is pro-Israel and supportive of western and corporate interests.
SchNEWS, Britain's Direct Action Newsletter - Friday, June 6, 2008
With red flags flying, three soundsystems, a cardboard tank and the inevitable samba band around 500 people were met by a surprisingly small number of police on the Level in Brighton. At around 1pm having confirmed the factory was open the march moved off towards EDO MBM, around a mile and a half away, chanting “Smash, Smash EDO”..."We came here to fight the arms trade – we’re not gonna be pushed into a playpen."
By Robert Stevens - World Socialist Web Site
On June 2, some 150 demonstrators protested in the Market Square in Nottingham, England to oppose the imminent deportation of Amdani Juma. Another demonstration was held the previous Saturday in the town...Juma is scheduled to be deported to Burundi on June 4...Amdani fears that his life will be in danger. He is currently being detained at the Lindholme detention centre near Doncaster in South Yorkshire.
by Johann Hari - Thursday, 8 May 2008
In the US and Britain, there is a campaign to smear anybody who tries to describe the plight of the Palestinian people. It is an attempt to intimidate and silence – and to a large degree, it works. There is nobody these self-appointed spokes[people] for Israel will not attack as anti-Jewish: liberal Jews, rabbis, even Holocaust survivors.
Britain's University and College Union Passes Resolution on Boycotting Israel (Article & UCU Statement)
30 May 2008---The Palestinian Campaign for the Academic and Cultural Boycott of Israel (PACBI) salutes the British University and College Union (UCU) for its principled support for the cause of justice and peace in Palestine and for adopting, at its annual congress on 28 May 2008, significant steps in the direction of applying effective pressure on Israel and holding it accountable for its colonial and apartheid policies which violate international law and fundamental human rights.
Polly Curtis and Martin Hodgson - The Guardian
A masters student researching terrorist tactics who was arrested and detained for six days after his university informed police about al-Qaida-related material he downloaded has spoken of the "psychological torture" he endured in custody...Despite his Nottingham University supervisors insisting the materials were directly relevant to his research, Rizwaan Sabir...was held for nearly a week under the Terrorism Act, accused of downloading the materials for illegal use. The student had obtained a copy of the al-Qaida training manual from a US government website...
By John Pilger - May, 10 2008
When I first came to live in Britain, much of ordinary life was premised on a sense of community...A good place to look is a local post office...Some 2,500 post offices are expected to be shut in Britain by the end of 2009. This includes rural and remote areas, where the post office is quite literally the heart of a community...The whole wilful destruction is a new Labour classic and shows why, in a nutshell, even the ever faithful have turned on them.
By TARIQ ALI - Counterpunch
Awestruck by Margaret Thatcher, [Tony] Blair and [Gordon] Brown aped her achievements within their own party, squeezing old social-democratic ideas out of themselves, drop by drop. They were all market fundamentalists now. Deregulation and privatisation became a mantra and over the last ten years the social divide in the country between rich and poor increased more than even under Thatcher. Redistribution of wealth was no longer on Labour’s agenda.
by Daniel Davies - The Guardian
Two years ago, a brand new manifesto for the left was launched...[d]rafted by a loose group of bloggers and journalists...it was called The Euston Manifesto, and it aimed to bring a new rigour to a tired political scene, a scene in which all too many left-liberals had allowed their anti-Americanism and anti-war fervour to drive them into alliance with far-right Islamists.
People confuse what [the British Broadcasting Corporation] reports with news.
As they travelled through the City of London on private business...two peace campaigners...were stopped and their vehicle searched under section 44 of the Terrorism Act 2000 by City of London police. They were both threatened with arrest if they refused to answer police questions...Unbeknown to them the vehicle in which they were travelling had triggered an alert as it passed an automatic vehicle number plate recognition camera – part of the cops' 'Ring of steel' around the City of London.
SchNEWS #619 - February 18, 2008
Just when they thought that you weren’t looking, [Britain's] "Neo Labour" is [to] have another bash at any piddling law getting in the way of their crackdown on, er, "terrorists". This time the Counter Terrorism Bill proposes to introduce a range of new powers to share...data, imprison people without charge for longer periods of time and generally broaden the meaning of the word "terrorism" and the police’s power to do whatever they want about it.