Tearing down statues isn’t vandalism. It’s at the heart of the democratic tradition

10 June 2020 — Jonathan Cook

It is easy to forget how explicitly racist British society was within living memory. I’m not talking about unconscious prejudice, or social media tropes. I’m talking about openly celebrating racism in the public space, about major companies making racism integral to their brand, a selling-point.

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Modern slave ships overfish the oceans

7 November 2018 — Climate & Capitalism

Hundreds of fishermen, mostly from Myanmar and Thailand, were rescued from a remote Indonesian island in 2015 after they were found to be working in slavery-like conditions for Thai fishing company Pusaka Benjina Resources.

‘Seafood caught illegally or under conditions of modern slavery is laundered by mixing it with legally caught fish before it enters the supply chain.’

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Britain is More of a Fake State than Anything Else By Grete Mautner

11 October 2018 — NEO


Blatant lies have been a feature of the British political system for a long while. Whitehall’s tried and tested ways of manipulating the general public are used to distract attention from crucial topics. But what’s even more curious is that inside the Whitehall bunkers where they come up with their own definitions for such manipulations, there is even a term for this kind of propaganda. They call it a ‘term of art’.

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Media Erase NATO Role in Bringing Slave Markets to Libya By Ben Norton

28 November 2017 — FAIR

Twenty-first century slave markets. Human beings sold for a few hundred dollars. Massive protests throughout the world.

The American and British media have awakened to the grim reality in Libya, where African refugees are being sold in open-air slave markets. Yet a crucial detail in this scandal has been downplayed or even ignored in many corporate media reports: the role of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization in bringing slavery to the North African nation.

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Lessons of Previous Septembers (and Octobers, and Februarys etc etc), Part 1 By S.Artesian

29 October 2017 — Anti-Capital

1. On September 18, 1850, the 31st Congress of the United States passed “An Act to amend, and supplementary to, the Act entitled ‘An Act respecting Fugitives from Justice, and Persons escaping from the Service of their Masters,’ approved February twelfth, one thousand seven hundred and ninety-three.”  This 1850 supplement was known as the Fugitive Slave Act and was part of the “Compromise of 1850” which admitted California to the Union as a free state; fashioned the territories of Utah and New Mexico out of a portion of the land seized from Mexico in the 1846-1848 war; effectively annulled the Maine-Missouri Compromise of 1820 by allowing these new territories to determine for themselves whether slavery would be permitted; and outlawed the slave trade within the limits of the District of Columbia.

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Video: 13TH

8 October 2016 — Youtube

The title of Ava DuVernay’s extraordinary and galvanizing documentary 13TH refers to the 13th Amendment to the Constitution, which reads “Neither slavery nor involuntary servitude, except as a punishment for crime whereof the party shall have been duly convicted, shall exist within the United States.” The progression from that second qualifying clause to the horrors of mass criminalization and the sprawling American prison industry is laid out by DuVernay with bracing lucidity. With a potent mixture of archival footage and testimony from a dazzling array of activists, politicians, historians, and formerly incarcerated women and men, DuVernay creates a work of grand historical synthesis. On Netflix October 7.

How African Slavery Civilized Britain By Garikai Chengu

22 March 2016 — Global Research

How African Slavery Civilized Britain By Garikai Chengu

Friday marks the anniversary of the Parliamentary abolition of the slave trade in the British Empire. Over the course of three centuries, Britain became the largest slaving nation in the world and the slave trade grew to become Britain’s largest and most profitable industry. Britain generated an estimated equivalent of four trillion pounds on the unpaid labour of slaves.

Britain owes its very existence as a first world nation to the African slave trade. Great Britain’s economic way of life was formed by slavery: about it revolved, and on it depended, most of Britain’s other industries. Continue reading

Workfare: Britain’s modern-day slavery By Tony Gosling

20 December 2013 — RT

But this is not the debt slavery, hastened by the 2008 bailout that comes from our 30 million landless people’s uphill struggle to earn a “living wage.”The latest menace to society was splashed across the London press this week: the scourge is “Modern Slavery,” and a new parliamentary bill has been drafted to put an end to it.

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Denied work, Britain’s poor have become ‘untermensch’ By Tony Gosling

8 November 2013 — RT

Millions of hardworking families can no longer afford a social life, shoes for their children, to go swimming or to the cinema. Not satisfied with their seventh home, brace of sports cars and servants, the rich are paying Tory politicians, press and the City to grind the faces of Britain’s poor into the dirt.

On Egypt’s Class-Struggle: Rabias Of The World Unite By Ramzy Baroud

21 August 2013 — Ramzy Baroud

“Lord! You know well that my keen desire is to carry out Your commandments and to serve Thee with all my heart, O light of my eyes. If I were free I would pass the whole day and night in prayers. But what should I do when you have made me a slave of a human being?”

These were the words of the female Muslim mystic and poet, Rabia Al-Adawiya. Her journey from slavery to freedom served as a generational testament of the resolve of the individual who was armed with faith and nothing else.

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End rural slavery in South Africa!

14 January 2013 — La Via Campesina

Solidarity statement on the farm workers mobilization in South Africa

During the month of November last year, the world watched farm workers strikes, particularly those working in vineyards  in the Western Cape Province, in South Africa. They were protesting against exploitation and poor working and living conditions on farms, demanding an increase in minimum wages.

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Movie Review: Django Unchained: Great Vengeance and Furious Anger By Jordy Cummings

6 January 2013 — Basicsnews.ca

[WARNING: Contains spoilers]

“The <strong class=’StrictlyAutoTagBold’>history of the crime story is a social <strong class=’StrictlyAutoTagBold’>history; for it appears intertwined with the <strong class=’StrictlyAutoTagBold’>history of bourgeois society itself….the <strong class=’StrictlyAutoTagBold’>history of bourgeois society is also that of property and the negation of property, in other words, crime….because bourgeois society is a criminal society” – Ernest Mandel, A Delightful Murder: The Social History of the Detective Story

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