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Monday, 03 May 2010 11:41
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These two articles were orignally published by the Scottish Sunday Herald as part of their Argument of the week feature, the first, arguing against Parliamentary politics, was written by a member of Edinburgh Anarchist Federation.

YES: Terri Marquez

 

Let’s make two things clear. Refusal to vote is not equivalent to political apathy, and the same goes for parliamentary elections and democratic participation. Earlier this week, the Institute for Fiscal Studies reported that all three main parties are intending massive public spending cuts and all three are refusing to say where the axe will fall. If we aren’t told what we’re voting for, then our choice is less informed than that between Pepsi or Coca-Cola.

Read more: Is it ever OK not to vote?

Monday, 25 January 2010 10:44
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David Kelly Dr. David Kelly, a biological weapons expert, hit the headlines in 2003 after it was revealed he had spoken to BBC journalist Andrew Gilligan regarding the supposed evidence of Weapons of Mass Destruction put forward by the British government in the run-up to the Iraq War. Calling into question the government's assertion of a '45 minute' deployment time in addition to whether Iraq actually had any significant weapons capability at all.

Mere days after appearing in front of a parliamentary committee, Dr. Kelly was found dead in woods near his Oxfordshire home. Dr. Kelly apparently took his own life and is said to have cut his wrist with a knife which, according to some sources, was found to have no fingerprints on it. Several medical experts have since stated that it is unlikely that a fatal wound could be caused by severing the small ulnar artery located deep in the wrist. Toxicology reports showed the Kelly had taken a number of painkillers but the physician who analysed the results stated that these did not amount to a lethal dose. [1] [2]

Read more: Oh My God! They Killed Kelly! David Kelly Official Secrets Act Cover-Up

Friday, 13 November 2009 22:51
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The Anarchist Federation condemns the group Unite Against Fascism (UAF) who, on Saturday 31st October at a mobilisation against the English Defence League (EDL) in Leeds city centre, openly handed one of our members over to the police. Several UAF stewards, including the head of UAF Leeds, physically prevented our member from rejoining the cordon, and then called the police over to arrest him. We will not tolerate collaboration with the state to halt  the activity of genuine anti-fascists and ask other progressive organisations to do the same. UAF's policy of negotiating with the state for its public protests is well known, as is its alliance with religious leaders, trade union bureaucrats and politicians. UAF, apart from being nothing more than a front group for the Socialist Workers Party, has never been an effective means to combat the rise of fascism in Britain nor does it offer anything to working class communities.

D. Yates, National Secretary (Anarchist Federation, UK)

Monday, 26 October 2009 09:49
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In a case that clearly exposes the vicious cruelty and insanity of borders and nationalism, a trainee radiologist has been jailed for 19 months for the "crime" of not being from England. Felista Peters, a 28-year-old resident of Bristol, was close to graduating when she was arrested after it was found that she had false documents and was actually from Kenya. If she'd been born in this country, she could now be working as a radiologist and helping to save lives, but because she committed the crime of being born elsewhere, she's been imprisoned, so her skills are of no use to anyone. She will be deported on completion of her jail term. Even viewed from the narrowly selfish perspective of the "national interest", whatever that is, it's impossible to see how our society benefits more from locking this woman up and then flying her out of the country than it does from allowing her to practice medicine; from any vaguely humanist viewpoint, the punishment for this victimless offence is even more inexplicable.

Read more: Guilty of being foreign

Wednesday, 21 October 2009 19:51
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There's been a bit of a fuss in the media of late about the BNP's use of military imagery. A letter's been published signed by various prominent military figures warning of "extremists" trying to "hijack the good name of Britain's military for their own advantage". If you're wondering who these "extremists" are, that's understandable, since "extremist" is basically a meaningless political swearword that can be (and often is) thrown at anyone who feels strongly about anything, from Mussolini to Martin Luther King and from to the Pankhursts to Pol Pot. But then the letter goes on to explain that these people "are essentially racist", which clears things up a bit, since no-one likes racism (although beware if you're an anti-racist who feels extremely strongly about it, because that might make you one of those nasty extremists). So that's alright then, isn't it?

But if you take a moment to stop and think about it, it's not hard to see the colossal irony here: this is the Armed Forces we're talking about. Their entire purpose is to kill large numbers of foreigners. This isn't overblown rhetoric or anything, it's a simple fact that if, at various times over the last century, soldiers refused to kill Germans, Italians, Koreans, Egyptians, Kenyans, Yemenis, Argentinians, Iraqis and Afghans (among others), they were court-marshalled. For military leaders to complain about people who don't like foreigners trying to steal their image is like Arsenal complaining about their proud traditions being hijacked by extremists who really like kicking footballs around in a field. They're basically saying "we didn't slaughter thousands and thousands of poorly-armed brown conscripts so you lot could go around being horrible to people from other races."

Read more: Extremists hijacking our traditions?

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