I sometimes fear that
people think that fascism arrives in fancy dress
worn by grotesques and monsters
as played out in endless re-runs of the Nazis.
Fascism arrives as your friend.
It will restore your honour,
make you feel proud,
It doesn't walk in saying,
"Our programme means militias, mass imprisonments, transportations, war and persecution."
a poem by Michael Rosen
Poland criminalises hunt sabotage
The Polish parliament had voted through a new law effectively criminalising hunt sabotage. The law still needs to be approved by Poland’s president, who will likely not veto it.
According to the new bill, people found … https://cockaygne.wordpress.com/2020/01/22/poland-criminalises-hunt-sabotage/
Situationniste Blog January 22, 2020 at 06:53AM
These are Situationist Times! 
from Situationniste Blog
Court upholds ‘enshrined freedom’ of Gypsy, Roma and Traveller right to roam
In a rare moment of legal good fortune, the Court of Appeal today ruled that Gypsies, Roma and Travellers have an “enshrined freedom” to move from one place to another, and tha… https://cockaygne.wordpress.com/2020/01/21/court-upholds-enshrined-freedom-of-gypsy-roma-and-traveller-right-to-roam/
New Spanish government sets out plan to restore ‘democratic memory’
The IBMT has welcomed the commitment of the Spanish government to renew efforts to recover the country’s ‘democratic memory’ of the Spanish Civil War and subsequent Franco dictatorship.… https://cockaygne.wordpress.com/2020/01/20/new-spanish-government-sets-out-plan-to-restore-democratic-memory/
Decisions about technology should not be delegated to technocrats, corporations and tech monopolies.
At @DiEM_25@twitter.com we have developed an alternative that puts citizens before profit.
And right now we are inviting you to read it and vote for it.
General Intellect Unit: 048 - Cooperative Self-Management, with Loomio http://generalintellectunit.net/e/048-cooperative-self-management-with-loomio/
Our radical proposal to democratise technology
Each and every aspect of our daily lives, work and relationships are somehow influenced or mediated by technology. And its interrelation with other systems, and the power it exercises on processes and secto… https://cockaygne.wordpress.com/2020/01/20/our-radical-proposal-to-democratise-technology/
George Monbiot January 20, 2020 at 05:00AM
Those Who Trespass Against Us
from George Monbiot
DiEM25 against the great air pollution divide in Europe
In recent days, cities across the Balkans have been smothered in deadly smog. Residents have been unable to leave their homes and the government has issued official warnings.
Sweden: A clear counter-example for pensions
While the general rate of redistribution of wealth in Sweden is relatively high, this country has had a real push on the question of pension reform using a point system, as Henri Sterdyniak, from French Obser… https://cockaygne.wordpress.com/2020/01/16/sweden-a-clear-counter-example-for-pensions/
Met police threaten to arrest entire UVW strike picket (again!)
For the second day in a row, officers from the Met threatened to arrest all those participating in a United Voices of the World (UVW) strike picket outside St. George’s University Hospital … https://cockaygne.wordpress.com/2020/01/14/met-police-threaten-to-arrest-entire-uvw-strike-picket-again/
The European Union must stop mimicking Trump on Iran
In the spirit of what the EU calls “de-escalation’’ German government spokeswoman Ulrike Demmer recently asserted an official belief that Iranian general Qassem Soleimani masterminded the 2019 Yemeni … https://cockaygne.wordpress.com/2020/01/13/the-european-union-must-stop-mimicking-trump-on-iran/
Notes from the US
Freedom’s long-running US correspondent Louis Further does his monthly roundup of some of the lesser-known stories that have emerged over the last few weeks.
Despite the holiday season, Donald Trump has not been idle (althoug… https://cockaygne.wordpress.com/2020/01/13/notes-from-the-us/
Disturbing alliances: The Christian right’s long march
It has been more than two decades since Allan Carlson, a former member of the National Commission on Children during the Reagan administration, first met Russian scholars Anatoly Antonov and Victor … https://cockaygne.wordpress.com/2020/01/11/disturbing-alliances-the-christian-rights-long-march/
Jarama commemoration bookings close on 31 January
The annual Battle of Jarama commemoration will be taking place on 21-22 February in and around Madrid. The deadline for booking your place in the contingent is 31 January 2020.
from The International B… https://cockaygne.wordpress.com/2020/01/11/jarama-commemoration-bookings-close-on-31-january/
George Monbiot January 10, 2020 at 06:48AM
Saving Our Bacon
from George Monbiot
Breaking: HS2 attempt to evict Uxbridge protest camp
Stop HS2 campaigners in Uxbridge had a rude awakening this morning, when High Court Enforcement Officers (HCEOs), supported by local police, began the process of evicting them from their camp on Harvi… https://cockaygne.wordpress.com/2020/01/07/breaking-hs2-attempt-to-evict-uxbridge-protest-camp/
Assessing the far right in Johnson’s Britian
A few months ago, well
before any election was on the horizon, we wrote an article for
Freedom laying out some post election scenarios and anticipating what
that would mean for the far right and it’s ability … https://cockaygne.wordpress.com/2020/01/07/assessing-the-far-right-in-johnsons-britian/
Scotland XR occupies Shell gas rig, temporarily shutting down offshore project
Extinction Rebellion (XR) activists have occupied a massive gas rig leased to Shell and currently parked in Princess Alexandra Wharf , Dundee Habour, which had been destined … https://cockaygne.wordpress.com/2020/01/06/scotland-xr-occupies-shell-gas-rig-temporarily-shutting-down-offshore-project/
Anti-Tory raves are back: Spontaneous Liverpool party
Just days into 2020 and Liverpudlians were out with defiance and dancing at an all-dayer in the city centre.
The party outside Primark on Church Street last week has infuriated internet Tories with … https://cockaygne.wordpress.com/2020/01/06/anti-tory-raves-are-back-spontaneous-liverpool-party/
a mastodon instance run by LibreOps