UK Analysis Newswire Archive
(written after the NATO summit in Strasbourg, France, April 2009)
09-08-2009 11:26When banks started to go belly-up the government moved fast to shore up the gaps. But for charities and public bodies who lost millions in the Icesave crash, the future is still uncertain.
08-08-2009 12:39Salford Star's Stephen Kingston on local media decline for Mule...
07-08-2009 06:30According to the Washington Times, the Whitehouse have now 'declared' the War on Terror to be over.
06-08-2009 10:17Shawn Hatting reflects on the rebellions sweeping South Africa. Abahlali baseMjondolo, a mass movement entirely independent of political party or NGO control, emerged out of the last series of local revolts in 2004. What will come out of this series of local rebellions?
06-08-2009 09:06Parliament has been under attack lately (not literally, unfortunately) for its lack of ‘transparency’. It took a plucky mole to steal the documents, and public spiritedly flog them for £300,000 to the Telegraph to find out how much of our money was being spent on crystal grapefruit bowls and £200 pens (stand up Gorton MP Gerald Kaufman).
05-08-2009 22:51Public confidence in the police took a knock after the death of Ian Tomlinson at the G20 protests in April. As videos of police violence spread like wildfire on YouTube, their actions were roundly condemned by politicians and the media. Things have died down for the moment. With the MPs’ expenses scandal and Westminster going into meltdown police chiefs must have been quietly relieved when the public’s attention shifted elsewhere. Investigations into police misconduct continue at the Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC). But what exactly does the IPCC do? Is it effective? And who does it serve?
05-08-2009 22:02In years gone by, there’s been more interest amongst the British public in the Eurovision Song Contest than the European Parliamentary Elections. The election of Nick Griffin and Andrew Brons, leaders of the British National Party (BNP), has changed all that. How are these racist loons representing us? And how worried should we be?
04-08-2009 17:03The clock is ticking on this coup regime. And on television this morning, one could see the fear in the eyes of the macho generals that try so hard to show a fearless face. Their days are numbered, not because the other countries of the hemisphere and the world reject the coup, but so much more importantly, because the Honduran people are organizing to put a stop to it all by themselves.
The coup generals don't have an end game.
The civil resistance does, and is unanimous in it: The toppling of the coup regime, the reinstatement of the elected government, and a Constitutional Convention to remake their nation in a more authentically democratic form."
04-08-2009 09:27"It turns out that AFP’s make-believe “journalist,” Francisco Jara knew full well that his statements about military-style “training exercises” by what he called “Zelaya’s ‘popular army’” were false and he chose to lie about it anyway. The proof of his deceit comes from AFP’s own photographs, like the one above. The exercises – see for yourself – were more akin to a Sunday Easter egg hunt or picnic than the conspiratorial scenario conjured by Jara in his felony against journalism."
03-08-2009 11:56Australian mainstream media seem to be covering up the deaths of 65 Australians from Swine Flu.
03-08-2009 11:31Journalist Bibi van der Zee reports in the New Statesman on the recent Peace News Summer Camp in Oxfordshire.
What is the point of protest?
To create change. I would have thought that was obvious; it is the only rational response to the question. So why has so little change happened as a result of protest in the Western world in the last 30 years?
02-08-2009 00:01"Obama will have to decide to label what has happened a coup d´etat, recall Ambassador Llorens and cut US assistance to Honduras or continue backing down before the hard wing of the imperial system."