Communications Blockade. 27th – 28th Sept.

Surrey and Hampshire Anarchist Federation

On Wednesday 27th of September and Thursday 28th of September there will be all day communications blockades of PJ Brown Construction. They are one of the companies involved in the fracking operations at Leith Hill.

We appeal to international anti-fracking activists to spread the word about this communications blockade.

We encourage people to express their disapproval of PJ Brown’s involvement in the fracking operations at Leith Hill so that the company will change their mind.

On Wednesday 27th and Thursday 28th of September, phone, email and fax the company to voice your concerns.

Main Office: +44 (0) 1293 544856

Fax: +44 (0) 1293 571164

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Stirrer No.2 back from the printer

The South Essex Stirrer - Archive

The second print edition of the Stirrer has come back from the printer – distribution will be starting soon. As we can only afford a limited print run, we’ve made this paper available as a downloadable PDF:

As ever, any help with distribution will be appreciated. As the content of the paper is fairly generic and unlikely to date unless there are some seismic political and social shifts coming that we haven’t picked up on, distribution will be spread out over the couple of months or so. We will be keeping back a bundle for distribution at the London Anarchist Bookfair which is taking place on Saturday October 28th.

As per usual, if any of you want to take a bundle of papers to hand out to friends, neighbours, family or colleagues, get in touch and we’ll sort out a way of getting them to you. Also if you…

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Professor Chomsky doesn’t know what he’s talking about, which never seems to stop him having an opinion:

Trying to find a way forward

‘Blood on our hand’. State trumps autonomy and Care feeds mental .



Sir James Munby proclaimed in a highly publicised judgment ‘we would have blood on our hands’, if the NHS could not find a low secure inpatient bed for a 16 rather than an 18 year old.

A number of suitable beds were found the next day.

No concern was voiced for the Local Authority’s treatment of 16 year old X, after her removal from her mother and siblings at 14 , nor, that her desire to be reunited with the only people she knew and loved was the reason for her beyond desperate despair.

Only last year Local Authorities attempted to statutorily exempt themselves from liability for those, like X, they are paid to protect.

X’s Guardian had stated of X’s years in care:

“The facts of this case are calamitous. Indeed, a review of the initial evidence of the local authority from April 2015…

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Bristol Radical History Festival on Sunday 17th September at the MSHED (day after the anarchist bookfair)

Bristol Radical History and the Remembering the Real World War One groups are teaming up to bring you the Bristol Radical History Festival on Sunday 17th September (10.30am – 4.30pm) at M Shed.

Bristol Radical History Festival brings together historians, history groups, publishers and the public for a day of talks, walks, puppet shows and readings, films, bookstalls and displays uncovering radical histories in Bristol, the South West and beyond.

From mutinous Bristolian soldiers to rebellious anarchist women, from Bristol’s underground networks of war resistors to its rioters of 1831 we promise a ‘history-from-below’ approach, with speakers and performers eager to share authentic glimpses of a hitherto undocumented past.

Two important anniversaries are also being celebrated at the Radical History Festival. It is 800 years since the Charter of the Forest was signed granting rights, privileges and protections for the commoner, something which has been central to recent and past struggles to protect the nearby Forest of Dean. It is also 50 years since the ground-breaking History Workshop project was founded, aimed at breaking down barriers between universities and local historians and researching working class ‘history from below’.

A series of history talks are taking place in Studio 1 and 2 on Level 1 from 10.30am – 4.30pm.

Puppet shows, films and readings are taking place in the Gallery on Level 1 from 10.30am – 4.30pm.

History walks will be starting and ending at M Shed at 11.00am and 4.30pm.

Twenty five bookstalls and displays are situated on Levels 1 and 2.

Radical History Festival Programme

Note: events will be added to this list and there may be changes of times.

Turkey’s Kurdish antique town Hasankeyf to be destroyed with Ilisu Dam

Kurdistan Solidarity Network


Turkeys-Kurdish-antique-town-Hasankeyf-to-be-destroyed-with-Ilisu-Dam-May-2016-photo-anfBATMAN, Turkey’s Kurdish region,— The Council of Batman City in Turkish Kurdistan held an important symposium this past weekend. The symposium was on Batman’s Hasankeyf district that sheds light on humanity’s past with its history. Former Minister of Culture and Tourism Ertuğrul Günay, academics, lawyers, parliamentarians, NGO representatives and other notables from the town participated in the symposium.

The two sections of the symposium were titled “Hasankeyf and the Dicle Valley” and “Hasankeyf and UNESCO.” The main goal of the event was to save the Kurdish town from the government’s ideologically motivated destruction through the construction of Ilısu Dam. With its history and geography, Hasankeyf is a significant town in the region.

The town where stones smell like history

Hasankeyf is one of the unique towns where history is preserved, and has been home to civilizations such as Hurrians, Mitannis, Assyrians, Urartians, Medes, Persians, Romans, Byzantines, Umayyads, Abbasids…

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