They Are Coming For The Internet – New Porn and Copyright Laws Could Criminalise Millions

the void

facepalmIf you ever needed confirmation that the UK is not run by a shadowy cabal of sinister plotters but a bunch of chinless fucking idiots then the upcoming Digital Economy Bill is a good place to start.

As well as massively increasing personal information sharing amongst government departments, the proposed new laws will seek to ensure that all pornographic content available on the internet in the UK carries an age verification system.   The bill will also introduce new copyright legislation which could mean that simply sharing or retweeting an internet meme, such as the one that accompanies this post, could mean prosecution with a maximum penalty of ten years imprisonment.  Really.

According to the government age-verification is necessary to protect children from the danger of online porn.  And wouldn’t it be nice if it were that easy.  The reality is that this bill will do nothing to stop teenagers…

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Aberfan: politicising tragedy

Against the wall

Content notes: This discusses the Aberfan Disaster, including potentially upsetting details. It also discusses various issues around mental health in detail, including grief and trauma and mentions suicide, depression and anxiety.


Approaching the 50th anniversary, the most common feeling within the community is a desire to move on. ‘We like to see October go out’, let’s get October out of the way, let’s carry on with our lives. This is what the community has done for the last 50 years. With incredible strength, people have lived in a way that resembles life in any other part of the Valleys. People pass reminders of the Disaster on their way out of the village to work; an aging population goes about its business; post-industrial decay affects us like it does any working class community. This is what people have always done: in the weeks that followed the Disaster, pubs remained open, milk deliveries were on time…

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A quiet victory: Notts cops cop out of Rojava case

Cautiously pessimistic

It’s not the kind of story that makes for big, attention-grabbing headlines, but Nottingham saw an important victory against state repression this week, as the bail conditions against Aiden Aslin were finally dropped. Aiden has spent the last 8 months under restrictive bail conditions as the cops and CPS tried to decide whether volunteering to join the Kurdish YPG in their fight against ISIS was worthy of a terrorism charge or not.

Aiden and supporters at an earlier bail date

Criminalisation of the Kurdish movement is a bad thing, not just for those who are most involved in supporting it, but also for anyone who just wants to be able to have a serious critical discussion of the subject, because it’s impossible to have a free and honest conversation about a subject where expressing an overly enthusiastic opinion could get you banged up as being a terrorist sympathiser. It’s still bullshit that Shilan Ozcelik was jailed…

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The Hell of Residential ‘Care’.What it feels like, and the shocking physical toll.



So what does it feel like, to be Thomas Rawnsley, or, any one, of the hundreds of thousands on state enforced polypharmacy?

This is their ‘community living’, their independence, their future, their life, until death.

Their ‘care’, costing the public purse on average £4,000 per week.

Without, the huge pharma bill.

As described by Thomas’ mother Pauline, in her, now removed, Facebook page, written, before Thomas died at 20, after just 2 years, in his MCA state enforced hell .

Imagine YOU are trapped in a unit or a home which is locked, you have no choice over when or what you eat, when or if you go out, what you wear, when you go to bed, when you watch TV, what you do minute to minute is dictated by people you have not chosen to ‘look after you’.

Your family are only allowed to visit occasionally.

Staff are present when…

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The Acorn – 28

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Number 28

In this issue:

  1. What fracking democracy?
  2. James Lovelock – enemy of Gaia
  3. Criminalising anti-capitalism
  4. Resisting the neoliberal coup in Brazil
  5. London Anarchist Bookfair 2016
  6. Acorninfo

1. What fracking democracy?


“This is not democracy, it is dictatorship”. So said one member of the Lancashire farming community after the UK government this month overruled Lancashire County Council’s decision and gave Cuadrilla the green light to start fracking in the north-west of England.

Others were of the same opinion. Pam Foster, a Residents Action on Fylde Fracking  campaigner, said:  “This is a total denial of democracy. Our parish council, our borough council, our county council all threw out this application. We have pursued every democratic channel we can do.”

Pat Davies, chair of Preston New Road Action Group, said: “This is a sad day as it is clear to all that this government neither listens nor can it…

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Support women in Rojava: Resist Fascism, Build Co-operation

Kurdistan Solidarity Network

Radical Routes, a UK based network of co-operatives working for social change, are looking to raise £15k for a women’s worker co-operative bakery in Kobane, a city rended apart by the long civil war in Syria, but now being run under democratic principles as an autonomous region.

Click here for more information and to donate.


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A Short History of Freedom Press

Freedom are raising money for extensive building work, you can help, via paypal. Earn your place in anarchist history!

The Big Freedom Rebuild

This article, written by Wildcat author and longtime Freedom Press stalwart Donald Rooum in 2008, charts some of the early social history of anarchism and anarchist publishing, before looking at some of the upheavals which happened to Freedom in the 20th century. A personal view, it first appeared in Information for Social Change Number 27. Donald will be talking about his new compilation of Wildcat Greatest hits at Freedom on October 18th

Freedom and Freedom Press publications have concentrated on anarchist propaganda, and refrained from publishing anything about quarrels and splits in the anarchist movement. This essay, not being a work of propaganda, is largely about the quarrels and splits. I will not give the personal names of people who are, or may be, still alive. This is not a piece of original research, but an amalgam of memories dating from the 1940s, and scissors-and-paste work using the following…

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