Tuesday, November 5th, 2013

As the Lords has a gander at the finer details of the Lobbying Bill – which could scarily curb freedom of expression for anyone with a vested interest in a) changing the world or b) being pissed of with whatever current government is in power, I’ve been asked to make a few films on this […]

Thursday, September 5th, 2013

what is the gagging law?

got an emergency phone call from robin at 38 degrees. “you know about this gagging law thing?” yeah, i do. the lobbying bill – the thing that will silence the unions and stop third party organisations (or anybody) from criticising the government a year before an election. massive threat to democracy and free speech. “not […]

Sunday, July 1st, 2012

local heroes: the olympic unwanted

The motto of the Games is “inspire a generation”. However, not everyone is enthused. Londoners from the poorest parts of the city facing major upheavals from losing their homes, livelihoods and public spaces to the mercy of a few weeks of medal-chasing over the summer. They believe that the Olympics gave local councils and big […]

Tuesday, August 2nd, 2011

“any information relating to anarchists should be reported to your local police”

London’s Metropolitan Police has called for large businesses and the public to report suspicious anarchist activities immediately. A weekly communiqué (see below) issued by the City of Westminster’s Counter Terrorist Focus Desk said: “Anarchism is a political philosophy which considers the state undesirable, unnecessary, and harmful, and instead promotes a stateless society, or anarchy. Any […]

Friday, May 13th, 2011

how ai weiwei politicised the art establishment

Chinese artist Ai Weiwei was detained on 03 April 2011 by the authorities at Beijing Capital Airport preparing to board a scheduled flight to Hong Kong. He has yet to be charged and the state has not yet confirmed his whereabouts. A major survey show of his work has opened at London’s Lisson Gallery joining […]

Thursday, May 12th, 2011

juliano mer-khamis tribute at amnesty uk

On 20 April 2011, a tribute event was held in London in memory of director, actor and filmmaker Juliano Mer Khamis. Juliano was assassinated on 4 April 2011 in Jenin, in the occupied West Bank, where he established the Freedom Theatre in 2006. The son of a Arna Mer, a Jewish woman, and Saliba Khamis, […]

Monday, March 28th, 2011

Protesters can’t disown the ‘violent minority’

The day after any major demonstration always brings out the hungover “mostly peaceful, shame about the violent minority” mantra from the meeja-darling bloc. Whenever there’s an alternative popular movement that grips the national imagination, left-ish commentators and journalists fight whitened tooth and manicured nail for public alliance to this season’s worthy cause of resistance. Yet, […]

Tuesday, March 1st, 2011

Understanding Politics Through Eurovision

Today we have been busy working out the lyrics to Belarus’ entry into the Eurovision Song Contest. Seems a reasonable break from looking Indian cotton farmer suicide statistics. Twenty-year-old Anastasiya Vinnikova sings the praises of her homeland with a Stalinist disco swagger. The audience nods with sycophantic gusto. “You’re my passion, do it old-fashioned / […]

Friday, February 25th, 2011

Are You Being Served, Mr Assange?

with thanks to @piombo

Sunday, January 9th, 2011

netroots [notroots]

A spot of ‘reporting’ for the visionon.tv boys at the netroots conference yesterday. Here we’re speaking with Donnacha Delong, an NUJ activist. Although the premise for netroots was admirable [how to get from clicktivism to activism], I didn’t find the sessions or the crowd representative or challenging. There was an overwhelming acceptance of existing power […]