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Impossible Biographies

Impossible Biographies

By Ross Domoney: Many years before the first clouds of the crisis would hover over the Greek skies, amidst Greek society’s most glorious of moments and its most mundane of days, the lives and labour of migrants would be faced with their meticulous devaluation. For them, the crisis has by now come of age. Yet despite and against shallow journalistic interpretations, there is nothing humanitarian about it. This is because for them the crisis was from the … Read entire article »

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Landscapes of Emergency

Landscapes of Emergency

Landscapes of Emergency is a brief glance over the undeclared state of emergency that casts its shadow over the functions and the phenomena of public space in Athens today, at this time of crisis. Relying upon the readings of two lawyers, it attempts a passage through the dark landscapes that the new dogma of public security leaves in its wake. And it chooses to view the crisis as a way of managing urban everydayness, as a way of … Read entire article »

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Elon James White: Dear OWS – Welcome to Our World

Elon James White: Dear OWS – Welcome to Our World

By Elon James White Police brutality experienced by the movement is nothing new in the black community. During the Occupy Wall Street crackdown a few weeks ago — when efforts to shut down the Occupy movement hit cities all across the country — there was a cry of outrage. We read about and witnessed attacks by police on peaceful Occupiers that seemed very foreign to some. The police’s blatant disregard for the well-being of the Occupiers shocked and appalled. … Read entire article »

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Panayiotis Sotiris: Linda Katehi and the neoliberal reform of Greek Higher Education

Panayiotis Sotiris: Linda Katehi and the neoliberal reform of Greek Higher Education

By Panayiotis Sotiris Linda Katehi has come under the spotlight because of her role as Chancellor of UC Davis, her support of an openly corporate Higher Education and her stance regarding brutal police tactics against peaceful demonstrators at UC Davis. However, there is also another aspect of Linda Katehi’s politics that must be brought forward, namely her role in implementing neoliberal reforms in Greek Higher Education. In September 2010 the Greek government announced the formation of an … Read entire article »

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Dominic Rushe: Occupy protesters clash with police in Denver and Portland

Dominic Rushe: Occupy protesters clash with police in Denver and Portland

By Dominic Rushe   Violent clashes between Occupy protesters and police broke out in Denver, Colorado, and Portland, Oregon, over the weekend. Police arrested 20 people and fired pepper spray and pepper balls as they moved to tear down tents set up by Occupy Denver demonstrators on Saturday. Amid angry scenes, two protesters were held on felony charges after police said an officer was knocked off his motorcycle and other officers were kicked. In Portland, about 30 demonstrators were arrested after they … Read entire article »

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Jérôme E. Roos: Oakland crackdown backfires – the genie is out of the bottle

Jérôme E. Roos: Oakland crackdown backfires – the genie is out of the bottle

By Jérôme E. Roos: You can crack down on a human skull, but not on a revolutionary spirit. The genie is out of the bottle — and there is no way to put it back in. Revolutionary citizens of the world. Last night, we started a Facebook page in disgust with the police brutality against peaceful protesters in Oakland and in support of Scott Olsen, the US Marine Veteran for Peace who suffered a fractured skull and brain swelling after being … Read entire article »

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Andrew Gumbel: Oakland police and mayor face fresh protest over wounding of veteran

Andrew Gumbel: Oakland police and mayor face fresh protest over wounding of veteran

By Andrew Gumbel Occupy movement returns to streets demanding answers after teargas canister hit Iraq serviceman Scott Olsen in the head. Protesters have returned to downtown Oakland, California, to demand the resignation of the city’s mayor and an investigation to explain how an Iraq war veteran, Scott Olsen, was hit in the head by a teargas canister at close range, leaving him critically injured. About 2,000 people – half as many as Tuesday night – massed in front … Read entire article »

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Max Blumenthal: The arms firm behind the suppression of #OccupyOakland and Palestine’s popular struggle

Max Blumenthal: The arms firm behind the suppression of #OccupyOakland and Palestine’s popular struggle

By Max Blumenthal With the rise of the Occupy Wall Street, a new generation of mostly middle class Americans is learning for the first time about the militarization of their local police forces. And they are learning the hard way, through confrontations with phalanxes of riot cops armed with the latest in “non-lethal” crowd control weaponry. Yesterday’s protests in Oakland, California were the site of perhaps the harshest police violence leveled against the Occupy movement so … Read entire article »

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#OWS Stands In Solidarity With 100 Arrested At Occupy Boston

#OWS Stands In Solidarity With 100 Arrested At Occupy Boston

By OWS (Oct 11) — Occupy Wall Street would like to express our support and solidarity with both the people of Boston and the 100+ arrested at Occupy Boston last night. We commend them for their bravery in standing their ground at great personal cost to assert the right of the people to peaceful assembly in public spaces. http://occupyboston.com/2011/10/11/boston-police-brutally-assault-occupy-boston/ We condemn the Boston Police Department for their brutality in ordering their officers to descend upon the Occupy Boston … Read entire article »

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Jasiri X: I Am Troy Davis (T.R.O.Y.)

Jasiri X: I Am Troy Davis (T.R.O.Y.)

Jasiri X uses Pete Rock’s classic beat, “They Reminisce Over You” to shed light on the case of Troy Davis. The state of Georgia plans to execute Troy Davis on September 21, 2011. There is still serious doubt as to Troy Davis’ guilt, and by putting him to death Georgia runs the risk of killing an innocent man. Please call on the board to save Troy Davis’ life. The fact is, no physical evidence connected Davis to … Read entire article »

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Nina Power: There Is A Context To London’s Riots That Can’t Be Ignored

Nina Power: There Is A Context To London’s Riots That Can’t Be Ignored

By Nina Power Those condemning the events in north London and elsewhere would do well to take a step back and consider the bigger picture. Since the coalition came to power just over a year ago, the country has seen multiple student protests, occupations of dozens of universities, several strikes, a half-a-million-strong trade union march and now unrest on the streets of the capital (preceded by clashes with Bristol police in Stokes Croft earlier in the year). Each of … Read entire article »

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Alasdair Thompson: Anarchists Are Under Attack Because Their Ideas Are Gaining Ground

Alasdair Thompson: Anarchists Are Under Attack Because Their Ideas Are Gaining Ground

By Alasdair Thompson The London Metropolitan Police have withdrawn an appeal to the public to report anyone with anarchist sympathies, admitting it was “badly worded”. But the climb-down is telling in itself: they did not seek to “stigmatise those with genuine political beliefs”, but to “gather information on criminal acts”. The conflation of anarchism and criminality is a key tactic in the state offensive against anarchists, driven by the fear that anarchist ideas are gaining ground within a new politics that … Read entire article »

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Mumia Abu-Jamal: Pelican Bay Hunger Strikes – “Dying for Sunlight”

Mumia Abu-Jamal: Pelican Bay Hunger Strikes – “Dying for Sunlight”

By Mumia Abu-Jamal Source: @MumiaAbuJamal Listen: [Note: You may need to increase your volume] Length: 1:56 … Read entire article »

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Nina Power: Sir Paul Stephenson’s Strange Definition Of “Restraint”

Nina Power: Sir Paul Stephenson’s Strange Definition Of “Restraint”

By Nina Power: Source: Guardian As the reputation of the Metropolitan police crumbles, questions will be asked about its role in stifling student protests. In Sir Paul Stephenson’s resignation as Metropolitan police commissioner on Sunday night, one of the things he claimed he was most proud of the Met for was “the professional and restrained approach to unexpected levels of violence in recent student demonstrations”. There are, however, many people who’d disagree with Stephenson’s assessment, not least the scores of people … Read entire article »

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Jody McIntyre: Crocodile Tears From The Alligator’s Eyes

Jody McIntyre: Crocodile Tears From The Alligator’s Eyes

By Jody McIntyre: Source: The Independent   First Paul Stephenson, head of the Metropolitan Police, resigns.  A day later, assistant Commissioner John Yates, takes over.  The fall-out from the hacking scandal is kicking into effect, and the police are heavily implicated.  However, is the choice of priorities when it comes to police accountability somewhat misguided?  When people die in police custody, a barrage of misinformation, excuses and made-up stories often suffice, but when the telephones of celebrities and politicians … Read entire article »

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Pelican Bay Hunger Strikers Reject Proposal: The Strike Continues!

Pelican Bay Hunger Strikers Reject Proposal: The Strike Continues!

This afternoon leaders of the Pelican Bay hunger strike unanimously rejected a proposal from the CDCR to end the strike. In response to the prisoners’ five, straightforward demands, the CDCR distributed a vaguely worded document stating that it would “effect a comprehensive assessment of its existing policy and  procedure” about the secure housing units (SHUs). The document gave no indication if any changes would be made at all. While the CDCR has claimed that there is … Read entire article »

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Jody McIntyre: “Who Police’s The Police?” Report

Jody McIntyre: “Who Police’s The Police?” Report

Jody McIntyre: At a full Lambeth Town Hall on Friday evening, the sixth meeting of the Equality Movement was held. Entitled ‘Who Polices the Police?’, the meeting aimed to share some of the stories of police brutality, in the heart of Brixton, and to strengthen community ties, as well as to encourage young people to speak out, without fear, about how they are treated by the police. The vital question was, and remains, how can we … Read entire article »

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