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Fascist NF in Newcastle

13-08-2011 16:44

Fascists in Newcastle.
Fascist boneheads spotted up to nee good as usual in the Toon.

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Our report of Evening Post attack

13-08-2011 15:55

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Stopping looting by the banksters plus eyewitnesses to Bristol Easter riots

13-08-2011 14:19

Strategy Of Tension on the Streets?

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Countdown to DSEi

13-08-2011 12:55


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Round up of articles and analysis on the Riot

13-08-2011 12:55

After the most severe rioting seen in England since 1981 [see: Like a Summer with a Thousand Julys ] the activist community is debating the riots and their likely consequences on protest, as an out of touch government lashes out with new laws and draconian measures to show they are in some sort of control. Here we round up some of the many articles and analysis of the events so far, no doubt this will be added to and amended over the next few weeks.

So far: 1600 people have been arrested, over 500 charged| With 5 people dead.





London: IMC Feature [ 1 | 2 | 3 | 4 ]
[ Pics | 2 days later | Storyful | Community pulls together | ]
Enfield: [ Sony Factory pic |
Brixton: [ Brixton Road Pics | Fire Sale in Brixton | Videos 1 | 2 | ]
[ Pic | ]
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[ text |  ]
[ text | Pic | Pic ]
Bethnal Green:
[ Report |
Clapahm Junction: [ The aftermath | ]
Ealing: [ 1 | 2 ]

Timeline: [ Map of London Riots ]
A collective analysis
[ Indy IM | London Tumbles ]
Green and Black Cross: Legal Advice

Across UK:
IMC feature
IMC Feature [ St Pauls - police state | ]
Nottingham: IMC Feature
IMC Feature
Salford: An eyewitness perspective on the riots in Salford and Manchester

Commentary and advice:
Eyewitness account from Edmonton 'riot'
by Really Fit
London riots: focus on Holloway
by gdm
Anarchist response to the riots
by London Anarchists
The UK Riots and Capitalism's Decay
by Infantile Disorder
EDL Switch To Anti-Black Racism
by StopTheEDL
Police tonight will be different - be warned
by Lars
Articles on capitalism's present crisis
by delpo
A riot of as a sign of desperation
by John
Nothing ‘mindless’ about rioters
by Dan Hind
On the Insurrection
by urbano
London Riots: Life in the Rolling War Zone
by KID
A costly mistake... but we are people too
by gdm
A few words... by Birmingham Riots 2011
Criminality and Rewards by max von sudo

Alternative Media:
Fitwatch 1 | 2 | 3 | 4 |
Libcom: Anarchists respond to the London riots by Solidarity Federation
Counterfire: Darcus Howe’s timely insurrection by Joe Glenton and Jo Gough.
Ian Bone blog: the 'riot experts' are amongst us by ian bone
T.H.A.G.: Tottenham Today. London Tomorrow. by Tower Hamlets Anarchist Group
Why here and now?
by Tariq Ali
Birmingham Riots 2011: A few words.
Democracy Now!: Anger over Inequality, Racism Boils Over into 'Insurrection' by Amy Goodman
The third estate:
Tottenham burning - first hand report... by Reuben Bard-Rosenberg
Nathaniel Tapley: An Open Letter to David Cameron’s Parents by concerned parent

Main Stream Media:
Aljazeera: Running through riotous London by Pennie Quinton
Guardian: Big Brother isn't watching you by Russel Brand
Guardian: The UK riots: the psychology of looting by Zoe Williams
Independent: In defence of anarchy by Boff Whalley
GoPetition: A call for more understanding and less moralising by pretty please
CommentIsFree: These riots reflect a society run on greed by Seumas Milne
Montreal Gazette: London rioters resent media image hooded teen thug by Mohamed Abbas
Grassroots: Video Interview about riot background by benuk1234
Reuters: London rioters point to poverty and prejudice
Guardian: Who are the rioters? Young men from poor areas ...
Independent: Caring costs – but so do riots by Camila Batmanghelidjh
Guardian: No evidence Mark Duggan opened fire at police... by IPCC
Gadget Helpline: Official BlackBerry blog site hacked
Youtube: Another classic BBC moment with Darcus Howe
The Telegraph: London riots: the underclass lashes out by retweetmyass
Guardian: Looting 'fuelled by social exclusion' by trumpet5
Google: Map of London riots: verified areas by google (you are tracked on their system)
Youtube: Amazing time-lapse photography rioting Tottenham by tweety pie
Huffington Post: Q&A w/ Jody McIntyre who witnessed Brixton riots by Dina Rickman
MediaGuardian: BlackBerry Messenger played a key role in riot by BBM
BlottR: Ire in Tottenham as riots continue by Theyoungjournalist

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English Defence League announce massive march through east London

13-08-2011 09:21

The English Defence League have recently announced that they are planning a massive march through east London along Whitechapel Road past the east London mosque to Mile End on Saturday the 3rd of September. They are expecting at least ten thousand supporters from across the country to take part.

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Greater Depression approaching.

13-08-2011 08:52

"Thousands of people stormed the streets and brought the nations to a standstill in a general revolt against the affluent ruling class."

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Ex-White House counter-terror chief charges CIA shielded 9/11 hijackers

13-08-2011 07:36

The former chief White House counterterrorism adviser in both the Clinton and George W. Bush administrations charges in a recently released interview that the CIA deliberately concealed the presence in the United States of two Saudi members of Al Qaeda who subsequently participated in the September 11, 2001 terror attacks.

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Media demand mass arrests, reprisals against UK rioters

13-08-2011 07:33

Magistrates’ courts in London and other cities in England are handing down the harshest possible sentences to those accused of involvement in the riots that swept across London and other cities in England earlier this week.

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Anarchist Critique of the Insurrection

13-08-2011 01:30

An anarchist reaction, critique and analysis for the post-insurrection era. Relates to impact on policing in Britain and the subsequent complications for the anarchist and radical community.

Found on today.

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Britain’s riots: Thuggery, looting, lawlessness… by the ruling class

12-08-2011 23:19

Daily Star, 10 August 2011
Speaking in the House of Parliament Thursday, Prime Minister Cameron's “explanation” for the outbreak of street disturbances across England demonstrates a total ignorance and poverty of understanding on his part of the nature of the breakdown in his society. He blames it on “criminality pure and simple” and “pockets of sickness” and “lack of individual morality and responsibility”.

This view is largely echoed in the British political establishment of all parties and the media.

The looting, thievery and lawlessness that Cameron so condemns is but the reflection at the street level of British society of what is taking place on a much greater scale at the upper echelons of government and the economy.

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Social Media and the Riots: how our government has got it tragically wrong

12-08-2011 22:56

Fire services protected by police on Coylton Way, Edmonton, 07/08/11
Social media has been blamed for a variety of illls during the recent riots, but I it's just a convenient scapegoat for a government who have lost their way.

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Anti Cuts Demo at a Nottingham Job Centre

12-08-2011 21:55


Friday 12th August 2011, 

At 2pm assorted trade unionists, claimants, UK Uncut activists and anarchists gathered outside the Parliament Street Job Centre in Nottingham.



The Anti Cuts Demo had been called by Notts Uncut to coincide with a visit of Baroness (Tina) Stowell, conservative peer of Beeston, to the city job centre. They wanted to express their opposition in the face of massive cuts to welfare and particular victimisation of disabled and ill claimants.

However, standing about for 2 hours, she didn't turn up!! Then to 'managage the situation' .... about 7 PC were in attendance, a police PSU, assorted other uniformed officers and cars passed by .... oh and and a Nottinghgamshire Police Chief Inspector. The job centre manager in his best suit waiting to greet and the usual G4S security staff hovering about the door.

After the first hour and growing impatient, a rang the local Conservative Office who knew nothing, other than the visit was planned. I was invited to ring Conservative Central Office about it ... but I couldn't really be bothered!

Anyway, with this amount of staff diverted from their duties to 'facilitate' this tory knob's visit, I imagine a Conservative Party official would like to apoligise for not telling anyone about her absence / change of plans.

But hold on, this is what responsible folks would do ..... innit?

Another report of the event: No welfare cuts! And no Tory Baronesses either!


Back to the object ....

In thier leaflet "Welfare: an alternative vision," the Public and Commercial Services Union PSC conclude:

Just as the welfare state emerged as a consequence of strong trade union and women’s movements, so the attacks on the welfare state occurred in a period of defeat for these movements from the 1980s onwards.

It is no coincidence that inequality and poverty have increased since the 1980s as trade union rights and the welfare state came under attack.

The unemployed today, just over 2.5 million in early 2011, are paying the price for that decade of ‘rolling back the state’. Until the late 1970s, the welfare state played a key role in making Britain a more equal society. Since then that process has gone into reverse and inequality has risen under the governments of Thatcher, Major, Blair and Brown.

British society has changed in many ways since the Beveridge report and the foundation of the welfare state in the 1940s; there have been major transformations in social attitudes, household composition, and in the jobs people do and the hours they work. 

But some things are timeless: unemployment, retirement, disability and illness remain major causes of poverty, and affect everyone.

We must rebuild a welfare state to give people the rights they need to live life with dignity in the 21st century.

What we need

A welfare state that ensures everyone has a decent standard of living free from poverty

A government that commits to full employment

A welfare system based on need not moral judgements

A government that acknowledges and respects the work of dedicated DWP staff

To end low pay that leaves people dependent on means-tested benefits.


PCS Welfare reform


Welfare: an alternative vision [PDF]


Notts Save or Services




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Shop A Banker

12-08-2011 19:59

'shop a looter'
A poster in response to the 'Shop A Looter' campaign

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Waging a Savage War on Libyan People

12-08-2011 19:58

More bombs drop on Tripoli and across Libya tonight. Theses bombs dropped by the British government whose own youth are setting that country on fire in protest at their abandonment.

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An Explosive New 9/11 Charge

12-08-2011 19:55

In a new documentary, ex-national security aide Richard Clarke suggests the CIA tried to recruit 9/11 hijackers—then covered it up. Philip Shenon on George Tenet’s denial.

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Riots - statement of support

12-08-2011 18:01

Statement on riots issued tonight by The Porkbolter, long-standing anarchist newsletter in Worthing, Sussex.

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Urges for Swift Action to Locate Abducted Journalist in Pakistan

12-08-2011 17:25

It is shocking for me that government of Pakistan is silent on the issues of abduction and disappearances by the state intelligence agencies and no one has yet made responsible for these acts which have been happening since 2002. And during the civilian government this menace has increased many fold and it looks as if the government is simply a silent spectator before their powerful law enforcement agencies.

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No welfare cuts! And no Tory Baronesses either!

12-08-2011 16:55

After it was leaked to anti-cuts campaigners that Tory Baroness Stowell of Beeston would be visiting Parliament Street JobCentre today, a picket was held from 2-4pm. Claimants, anarchists, PCS members and UK Uncut activists made sure that Baroness Stowell, a representative of a welfare slashing government, was not welcome in town. Despite a police presence, including a Chief Inspector, the Baroness decided to call off her visit.

Other claimants coming to sign on were very supportive of the picket and a few stopped to chat for some time about their disgust with the government's cuts agenda. "It's no suprise people are rioting" said one young lad. There were a fair few hoots of support from passing motorists as well. JobCentre security looked a bit nervous and a police van was parked down the road. Even the manager spent a bit of time on the door today.

According to Tory Minister Eric Pickles, 40,000 families will be made homeless by the government's cap on housing benefit. Meanwhile, the reassessment of millions of people's incapacity benefit has caused untold suffering for them and has even resulted in suicides. The march towards workfare, where job seekers will lose their benefits unless they take on compulsory full-time work, continues unchecked. There seem to be no limits to how hard the government is willing to squeeze those on benefits, probably because the right wing press are foaming at the mouth to punish us harder. It's no surprise that the latest reactionary e-petition calls for those caught in the riots to have benefits denied to them for life, even though the majority of them have work or are in education.

So a no show for Baroness Stowell but apparently Nick Clegg was in town today to inspect the damage at Canning Circus police station (as a convicted arsonist himself, I'm sure he's an expert!) I'm sure our group would have had a word or two for him if he'd bothered to pop by.

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Uk riots - music / song reflecting on riots

12-08-2011 15:23

Music + words released about the riots - and forward thinking, and a better place.