April 2016

28
Apr
2016
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Democratic autonomy in North Kurdistan: An interview with the Democratic Society Congress

Photo caption: Workers at a honey cooperative near Wan (Van in Turkish). The Co-op was set up with the help of the Democratic Society Congress economic commission.

By Eliza Egret and Tom Anderson


25
Apr
2016
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Bail conditions used as a tool to limit political dissent: An interview with Pete Simpson

This is an interview with Pete Simpson, an anarchist activist who was prosecuted and remanded in prison for violent disorder and assault of police officers after an occupation of HSBC bank, as part of the 2015 Mayday commemoration in Cardiff. Pete and fellow activist Josh Howe were found not guilty by a jury in Cardiff in January 2016.  

After Pete and Josh's arrest in May 2015 they were remanded for several days in Cardiff prison. The judge only agreed to release them on the condition that they move away from their homes in Cardiff, sign regularly at a police station, keep to a strict curfew and wear a tag. These conditions can only be described as political, aimed at restricting Pete and his co-defendant's ability to be involved in political activism. Throughout the trial the police and prosecution tried to use the anarchist character of the protest against the defendants.


18
Apr
2016
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Democratic confederalism in Kurdistan

Lead photo caption: A commune meeting in Amude in Rojava's Cizîrê canton, November 2015

By Tom Anderson and Eliza Egret


01
Apr
2016
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Nine times more spent pursuing claimants than employers not paying minimum wage

From today — 1 April 2016 — workers in the UK aged over 25 earning the minimum rate of £6.70 per hour will get a 50p increase. The government boasts that this proves it is on the side of workers: “Britain deserves a pay rise,” the chancellor George Osborne has claimed. “And this one-nation government is making sure it gets one, helping more people have the security of a higher wage to provide for themselves and their families.”

No doubt many will be paid more but let’s not get ahead of ourselves.