By LINN WASHINGTON Jr. - Counterpunch
One year after riots rocked 66 areas across England for five days in some of the worst disturbances in that nation’s history, the issue that initially ignited those disturbances – police abuse – remains an unresolved problem...Those August 2011 riots...erupted on August 6th after police attacked a group peacefully protesting outside a London police station against police fatally shooting unarmed Mark Duggan...“The past 12-months have been terrible. We still have no answers about why my son died...”
By Garth Mullins - July 31, 2012
Once again, radio waves are jammed full of Olympics hype...But the 2012 Games come with theme music from the canon of punk rock...As a back-in-the day punk and critic of the 2010 Vancouver Olympics, I was nauseated to hear the opening chords of the Clash's classic punk anthem 'London Calling' accompany these breathless London updates
By Dave Zirin - July 30, 2012
It’s understandable why the ceremonies upset supporters of neo-liberalism and the growing movement of Britain’s white nationalists. It’s even more understandable why many left-of-center people in the United States took to twitter in praise of what was on display. After all, any acknowledgment in mass culture that there is such a thing as a working class or a history of protest would be radical in this country.
By David Renton - Znet
Sports begin in the most basic of human responses – the pleasure of running, jumping, testing your own reflexes and those of the people around you. But the sports business is escaping from these moorings. All over the sporting world, we see the same phenomena: declining access to public land or to other free facilities to enable people to participate in sports directly, declining opportunities even to watch sports live...rising ticket prices...and a tendency for sport not merely to mirror the worst excesses of private capital but to be used to give allure to some of the most controversial of businesses.
By Dave Zirin - July 27, 2012
Mitt Romney is getting roasted across the British press and political establishment for arriving on the shores of the United Kingdom armed with a critique of London’s capacity to host the 2012 Olympic Games...Now newspapers and politicians from across the political spectrum are making Mitt Romney look less presidential and more like a well-coiffed punching bag. The last time an American has been beaten so badly by Brits, Bob Fitzsimmons was knocking the stuffing out of Jack Dempsey.
By Paul Stuart - 27 July 2012
The Royal Dock complex, adjacent to London’s financial district at Canary Wharf, is hosting up to one hundred super yachts, including twenty of the world’s most opulent, as the Olympic Games begin...Its transformation into a Monaco-style marina playground for the super rich is a telling rebuttal to all the official rhetoric about the “peoples’ games.”
By Media Lens - July 23rd, 2012
When is an act of terrorism not terrorism? When the victims are officially sanctioned state enemies. This was clear from the political and media response to the assassinations of senior ministers of the Syrian ‘regime’...[F]rom a propaganda viewpoint that accords with Western state ideology...[v]iolence perpetrated by enemy actors is “terrorism”; what ‘we’ or ‘our’ allies do is “counter-terrorism” or “peace-keeping”.
By Paul Stuart - WSWS
Territorial Support Group police officer Simon Harwood has been found not guilty of the manslaughter of Ian Tomlinson, despite a May 3, 2011 inquest verdict that the 47-year-old father of nine was unlawfully killed...Tomlinson was killed during Operation Glencoe, a major police operation against G20 protests on April 1, 2009. This is the final act in a cover-up by the police and the Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC) that was initiated in the immediate aftermath of Tomlinson’s death.
By John Pilger - July 23, 2012
On 11 July, a so-called Olympics evening...celebrated its "star guest" Tony Blair and his 2005 "gift" of the Games and "provided the perfect opportunity for Blair's return to frontline politics"...The organiser of this contrivance was Alistair Campbell, chief spinner of the bloodbath Blair and he gifted to the Iraqi people. And just as the victims of Dow Chemical are of no interest to the Olympic elite, so the epic criminality of Labour's star guest was unmentionable.
America's "war on terror" never ends. Neither does Britain's. After London was named host for this year's summer games, terrorist fears were stoked.
The Olympics are more about profiteering, exploitation, and cynicism than sport. Militarized London reflects something more.
Like America, UK democracy long ago passed the point of no return. Arguably it never existed.
By Wail Qasim - June 25, 2012
When what is meant to be the greatest show on earth is on your doorstep, it becomes terrifyingly clear that it presents more of a threat than an occasion to be enjoyed. Activists look to the U.S. and note the recent use of the Long Range Acoustic Device (LRAD)...knowing that this weapon will be deployed on the Thames River during the Olympics...[A]ctivists understand that, if such measures are quietly tolerated, it will be less likely that they will disappear once the games are over.
By Julie Hyland - 25 June 2012
Last week the government announced plans to change the way child poverty figures are calculated [saying]...child poverty was “not about income alone”...[The government] added that this had to be part of people taking control of their own lives. “It’s about taking responsibility for yourself and your family, playing a productive part in your community, creating an environment where success through hard work is celebrated.”
By Robert Stevens - WSWS
The tens of millions of pounds spent on the Royal Jubilee is in stark contrast to the demands of the ruling elite that working people — the target of the most severe austerity measures since the 1930s — must make “sacrifices” for the good of the nation. It is estimated that the cost of the celebrations...will be around £1.2 billion.