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Revealed: The gang of racists and fascist thugs that are attending the “South East Alliance” march in Cricklewood

London Antifascists

After an exhaustive 30 minute intel exercise on who was actually attending the South East Alliance march in Cricklewood on June 14th, we were shocked (not) at the soon to be assembled motley crew. What we can tell from the 130+ attendees on their Facebook event is that the overwhelming majority do not even come from London but all across the UK. A large proportion are loyalists and Rangers “fans”, a few out and out Neo-Nazi’s, toy town racists and queen and country “patriots”. We base our intel on the actually existing comments, friend connection and photographs that adorn their (Facebook) walls. The impression is of a mob of men, with aspirational tendencies for violence, racist and xenophobic behaviour – who haven’t really integrated with the multi-racial society that most of exist in. So, who are these “not racist” patriots coming to bother the good people of Cricklewood on Saturday…

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The Threat of Scottish Independence

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“Whether intentionally or not, the British corporate media have elevated Scottish independence to ‘enemy’ status. By doing this, they demean and distort the hopes of genuine grassroots campaigns that are now active in our communities. Evidently, this does not matter; what matters is defending the British state at all costs.”  Cygnus investigates UK corporate media and its relationship with the British state.

In the corporate media today, Scottish independence is increasingly presented as not merely a bad idea, but sinister and threatening. This danger runs inwards and outwards: it can be a threat to the individual citizen living in Scotland, or it can be a threat to entire states – depending on who is speaking and who their audience is. It’s a malleable nightmare. It has been given a structure: Alex Salmond as the mendacious, autocratic and self-serving leader, and the SNP as his brainwashed and loyal army. The need…

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A big welcome to Anum Qaiser from Scots Asians for Yes

Scots Asians For YES to an Independent Scotland

Anum Qaisar’s realisation that independence is the only way for Scotland comes at a very significant time as it is now only 100 Days to the big day on the 18th September.20140525_142949[1]

A very intelligent young woman, she contributed regular columns in Awaz newspaper promoting the advantages of staying together through Muslim Friends of Labour of which she is the General Secretary, or at least she was until yesterday, as many of you will have come to know through the Sunday Herald, when Anum wisely decided to walk over to the Yes camp leaving behind Labour’s the lack of vision over the subject of independence; a frustration she could no longer tolerate.

I know Anum’s father well who is a successful businessman and a close friend of Anas Sarwar’s father. A law graduate who worked as an interim for Anas’s constituency office, Anum, I am very sure, was well…

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Internal Foreign Territory

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“Is there not a sense in which, through a YES vote, we will all become immigrants to the new Scotland that we will be tasked with creating?” writes Mark Crawford, precariously-employed call centre worker and campaigner with Radical Independence Dundee in his review of YES:The Radical Case for Scottish Independence by Ramand and Foley.

There are imbecile thoughts, imbecile discourses, that are made up entirely of truths; but these truths are base, they are those of a base, heavy and leaden soul. The state of mind dominated by reactive forces, by right, expresses stupidity and, more profoundly, that which it is a symptom of: a base way of thinking. – Gilles Deleuze, Nietzsche and Philosophy

Ramand speaks. Pete Ramand (standing) and James Foley at the Dundee launch of their book on 3rd May

At the outset of this review, I must emphasise that what I write here is written in a personal…

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An open letter to all men

Another angry woman

Content note: this post discusses violence against women and misogyny

Dear men,

I’m addressing every single one of you. If you think this isn’t for you, it probably is. If you’re itching to complain that I’m making generalisations, this is definitely for you. Sit down, shut up, and maybe try not to prove me right.

It’s been in the news that Elliot Rodger murdered six people because women weren’t giving him the time of day. I’ve seen you struggling to make sense of this, putting what he did down to mental illness, or neurodiversity, or being mixed race, or even being a repressed gay man. You’ve been twisting the truth to make it seem like he’s not like you, that he’s a deviant.

You’re wrong. Elliot Rodger murdered six people because of a feeling that all men are taught to feel. Elliot Rodger murdered six people because he felt entitled…

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The Killing of Blair Peach

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LRB

‘As a campaign meeting, it must have been one of the biggest yet, a hundred National Front supporters, three and a half thousand police and thousands of Asian demonstrators.’ This was the way News at Ten began its report of the clashes in Southall on 23 April 1979, midway through the general election campaign that would end with the victory of Margaret Thatcher. The report contained footage of police officers arresting middle-aged men in turbans, women sitting down in the road and demonstrators with their heads swaddled in bandages. The final images showed around twenty NF supporters, all men, giving Nazi salutes as they went into Southall Town Hall.

Southall was one of the most racially diverse areas in London: in five wards surveyed in 1976, 46 per cent of the population had been born in the New Commonwealth. The National Front’s candidate, John Fairhurst, had stood in nearby Hayes…

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Remember When Venezuela and Bolivia Kicked the U.S. DEA Out of Their Countries, Accusing It of Espionage? Looks Like They Were Right…

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By Stephan Lefebvre | CEPR Americas Blog | May 22, 2014

In their latest article on U.S. government spying for The Intercept, Ryan Devereaux, Glenn Greenwald and Laura Poitras review and publish leaked documents that show that the U.S. government may have used the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) to aid the National Security Agency (NSA) to spy on U.S. citizens and non-citizens in foreign countries. The NSA is shown to have assisted the DEA with efforts to capture narcotraffickers, but the leaked documents also refer to “a vibrant two-way information sharing relationship” between the two intelligence agencies, implying that the DEA shares its information with the NSA to aid with non-drug-related spying. This may explain how the NSA has gathered not just metadata but also the full-take audio from “virtually every cell phone conversation on the island nation of the Bahamas.”

The authors write,

The DEA has long been…

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