We’e got two outstanding photo essays for you this month. The first features Syd Shelton’s images from the days of Rock Against Racism, the music industry’s fight against fascism; while the second is a wonderful set of photos by Ian Betley, showing inventive protests at this month’s British Tory Party conference. In addition, we’ve got a great selection of features on subjects as diverse as the Pope, the Black Panthers, suffragettes, Henry Kissinger, right wing media, Russia’s attack on ISIS, a mother’s fear of the future, cop killings, an excerpt from Mike Palecek’s new novel, and a poem from Philip Kraske.
Artist Ayanda Mabulu talks about the controversy surrounding his painting after it was removed and then reinstated at the Jo’burg Art Fair.
It is an arresting artwork. The artist, Ayanda Mabulu, is sick and tired. In fact at this juncture, he describes his work as having transcended the artistic sphere and entered the realm of the spiritual. In addition to being sick and tired, Mabulu is agitated and angry. He is not concerned with niceties anymore.
TPP Treaty: Intellectual Property Rights Chapter – 5 October 2015
On the 9 October, 2015 WikiLeaks released the final negotiated text for the TPP (Trans-Pacific Partnership) Intellectual Property Rights Chapter. The TPP encompasses 12 nations representing more than 40 per cent of global GDP. Despite a final agreement, the text is still being withheld from the public, notably until after the Canadian election on October 19.
It’s official: unless £2bn is urgently given to struggling hospitals, A&E waiting times will go up, cancer treatment will be delayed, and it’ll be impossible for hospitals to provide beds for people in need this winter. 
NHS experts say they’ve exhausted their options for saving money in hospitals, and now Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt’s cuts are putting patients’ lives in danger.  Continue reading this...
The urgent NATO meeting in Brussels was another good example of «double standards» practiced by the leadership of the organization. Instead of studying the ways to interact with Russia in the air campaign against terrorists in Syria, NATO made a decision to take a tougher stance against Moscow claiming it to be almost fully responsible for instability in the region…
Media Reports ISIS Nuclear Plot That Never Actually Involved ISIS
The AP published this week (10/5/15) a thrilling account of how the FBI, in concert with Moldovan authorities, “disrupted” a smuggling ring that was supposedly trying to sell “nuclear material” to ISIS and other terror organizations over a five-year span. The primary developments in the story are almost a year old, but the resurfaced tale made news across the English-speaking world:
Meet the Secretive Committees that Run the Global Economy By: Andrew Gavin Marshall
There exists an overlapping and highly integrated network of institutions, committees and secret meetings of ad-hoc groups that collectively run the global economy. This network consists of finance ministries, central banks, international organizations and the various conferences and confabs that bring them together. This network is responsible for facilitating global financial diplomacy and managing the architecture of global financial governance. In short: it is the most powerful and informal political structure in the world.
President Obama and former Attorney General Eric Holder are given false credit for the pending release of 6,000 drug offenders, when in fact “the administration has fought tooth-and-nail to limit and slow the inmate release process.” Meanwhile, the new chief at the Justice Department, Loretta Lynch, has made it clear she “will resist pressuring police to give the FBI detailed reports on killer cops.” These three give Black lawyers a bad name.