UK: Policing in the Brexit State – Back to the 1980s

26 March 2021 — Institute of Race Relations

IRR LogoThe race and class implications of the Police, Crime Sentencing and Courts Bill are massive and go beyond the right to protest, says Liz Fekete in the lead piece this week on IRR News. Back in the 1980s, Liz Fekete was a researcher on the IRR’s seminal report Policing Against Black People and she draws on her long involvement supporting campaigns for police accountability not only to dissect the Bill, but to bring historical context. She draws parallels between Margaret Thatcher’s use of the police to enforce industrial relations policies in the 1980s and the present government’s apparent need to keep a lid on disaffection and revolt in austerity-impoverished, multicultural inner-city neighbourhoods. But historical parallels reveal differences too, particularly in terms of police accountability. The imposition, under the Bill, of a new public duty on statutory agencies to support a multi-agency approach to preventing and tackling serious violence, further blurs the borders of policing as such agencies will inevitably become more integrated into policing.
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BREAKING: Activists occupy (ex) London police station

26 March 2021 — NetPol

Activists have occupied a former police station in South London, close to where Sarah Everard was last seen, to demand the withdrawal of Police, Crime and Sentencing Bill. The group have already been served eviction papers, and are calling for people to support them. You can find them on Instagram

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The group have issued a public statement on their action:

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US, Lobbyists and Arm Dealers Scramble to Reposition Amid Impending Saudi Defeat in Yemen

25 March 2021 — Mint Press News

WASHINGTON — In his last months in office, former President Donald Trump gave American defense contractors like Lockheed Martin and Reaper drone manufacturer General Atomics Aeronautical Systems billions in projected earnings through a controversial $23 billion arms deal with the United Arab Emirates (UAE), a deal now “under review” by the Biden administration.

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Ecosocialist Bookshelf March 2021, Part Two

25 March, 2021 — Origin: Climate & Capitalism

Marx on stealing wood, Human development in the Anthropocene, Solar energy, Nature dialogs, and two on food

Climate & Capitalism can’t review every book we receive, but this monthly column briefly describes some that seem relevant to our mission. Any of these books may be reviewed at length in future.

by Ian Angus

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