Originally Posted by OccupyWallSt
Across Spain today, the 99% are rising together in a national General Strike in opposition to the government’s pro-business labor reforms and funding cuts to education and other services. In a country where over half of young people are already unemployed, these austerity measures – created solely to appease un-elected European Union bureaucracies and used to protect the interests of powerful international banks and wealthy investors – would demolish decades of hard-won labor rights by making it easier for companies to lay off employees and unilaterally cut wages.
But, like their counterparts in Greece, the Spanish 99% are not responsible for the financial crisis. And they refuse to see their rights stolen to line the pockets of the very banks and institutions who did cause the economic system to collapse – the people who run it: the 1%. Today, the people of Spain are fighting back: across the country, workers left factories and picketed markets, protesters blocked roads, TV stations were forced off-air, flights were cancelled, and train stations closed. The Spanish state has sent in riot police to attack protesters. Only minutes after midnight and the start of the strike, dozens of people had already been arrested. Read the rest of this entry »
Author: William Wall (Ice Moon Blog)
One of the many things that we hear repeated ad nauseam in the context of the present rioting in London is that the rioters are ‘feral’, ‘yobs’, ‘thugs’ or more generously ‘disaffected youth’. All the talk from Cameron and his cohorts is of crime and punishment and ‘the full force of the law’ – as if these young people did not encounter the full force of the law on a daily basis. We are told variously that there is no political context, no political motive, no political enemy – it is ‘criminality pure and simple’. This is because violence against the police (and therefore the state) is not considered in itself to be political. It is because the envy of, the desire for and the acquisition of luxury goods such as plasma TVs and jewellery is not considered political. The political class and the commentariat cannot conceive of themselves as enemies of the people who live in areas like Tottenham where Tory cuts are closing youth centres, which suffer massive unemployment even while the City is booming, and which are the objects of legislation designed to disadvantage them even further. Read the rest of this entry »
Author: Sarah Keenan (Half in Place) http://www.criticallegalthinking.com
If you’re tempted to listen to BBC5 this morning for some coverage of the London riots, don’t. I made that mistake and was barraged by racist callers spouting off false facts and being moderated by a patronising school ma’am announcer who consistently referred to those involved in the riots as ‘the hooligans’.
When I was reading the Guardian’s initial reports on the tottenham riots late friday night, what struck me was that they referred to Mark Duggan, the man who police shot dead the night before, simply as ‘a father of four’. Had Mark been on the other side of a lethal gun shot there is no doubt the media would have been reporting that a black man had shot someone dead on the high street, but in this case I had to independently research to confirm my strong suspicion that he wasn’t white. Read the rest of this entry »
Author: Elena Loizidou*
In Nicholas Ray’s 1955 Rebel without a cause1 we follow the protagonist Jim Stark (James Dean) into delinquency. In this film, Nicholas Ray and the scriptwriter, Stewart Stern, set out to portray the life of the contemporary American teenager. The story is organized around Jim, recently arrived with his parents in a Los Angeles suburb in the hope that their son will conform and lose his rebellious streak and take ‘a right step in the right direction’. Read the rest of this entry »