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The Beagle Has Landed

Over 4,000 dogs are killed every year in laboratories in the U.K, often after long and painful toxicology experiments. 2,000 of those dogs are bred at Marshall Bio Resources, a compound containing industrial units in Cambridgeshire. At 16 weeks old this company ships beagles that have never seen the…

It starts in schools- how young people are consistently failed as victims of discrimination and sexual assault, and how it carries into adulthood.

CW: descriptions of discrimination and sexual assault Featured in this article are quotes from a survey I conducted among peers about types of discrimination they faced in school. All names have been changed for the sake of privacy. “This is a widespread, endemic issue. It’s not about one enviro…

The tensions in Johnson’s government provide opportunities

As the political year ends, it’s worthwhile to reflect on the utter incompetence of Boris Johnson. I’m undecided over whether an incompetent government is worse than one that functions well. It’s probably best to judge them on what they do. The issue with Johnson is that his incompetence has c…

No mercy from the courts: Lengthy prison sentences for Bristol Kill the Bill protestors

The protest against the Police Crime Sentencing and Courts Bill on the 21st March in Bristol has resulted in one of the most vicious campaigns of repression against demonstrators in our long experience. This week, the first people who pleaded guilty were sentenced by Judge James Patrick at Bristol C…

Till all are free: call for International Week of Solidarity With Anarchist Prisoners 2021

There is a fundamental lie in the capitalist society. A promise that never comes true. The promise of freedom – you just have to work hard. Every time we stumble upon the crisis of capitalism we are reminded about that. More than one year of Covid-19 lies behind us. Some say, that Covid-19 is a he…

Russia: antifascist prisoner Viktor Filinkov moved to basement cell for “sitting on his bed”

The anarchists targeted by Pegasus On 9 May 2016, the “Day of Flowers” that commemorated the late Azerbaijani President Heydar Aliyev’s birthday, two anarchists celebrated the festivities and paid their respects to the dead dictator by decorating one of his statues.

Drivers and couriers vow to escalate after protest at Uber HQ over unfair sacking of 200 key workers

Following the unfair dismissal of over 200 drivers and couriers by app-based operators this year, the Independent Workers’ Union of Great Britain (IWGB) brought together workers from its United Private Hire Drivers and the Couriers and Logistics Branches to protest on Monday outside Uber HQ at Ald…

The Menshevik’s Pants: Es lebe die Freiheit!

CW: Contains a non-graphic instance of sexual assault Dear Prisoner, “I fell in love – completely and with passionate sincerity – with the idea of revolution.” Evgeniia Iaroslavskaia Markon She sells the arts of the working class to the rich but I know she doesn’t believe in it. A newspape…

The anarchists targeted by Pegasus

On 9 May 2016, the “Day of Flowers” that commemorated the late Azerbaijani President Heydar Aliyev’s birthday, two anarchists celebrated the festivities and paid their respects to the dead dictator by decorating one of his statues. “Happy Day of Slaves,” they wrote on the pedestal, “Fuck…

The Serious Annoyance continue to trespass despite judgement

BREAKING NEWS: Freedom Newspaper received the following communique from squatters occupying the former Camberwell police station in South London. The group, known as the Serious Annoyance, lost the legal battle to remain in possession of the property on Tuesday 20th July but remain in occupation in…

Cuba: the end of the social enchantment of “The Revolution”: a voice from Cuban anarchist

The repressive social spell that maintained the international left museum pacified has been broken. Under the “Cuban Revolution” the “Cuban State” has emerged publicly in all its crudeness and grandiloquence. The same Cuban State that, to face US imperialism, has created omnipresent politica…

A consideration of Freedom Day, and personal responsibility

There’s an old cliche that you never know who your true friends are until something goes wrong, and that’s certainly been true enough over the course of the pandemic. On the one hand, 2020 saw the best of humanity on display, for example when Freedom’s callout for emergency mutual aid in the a…

International call on the political crisis in Afghanistan

Below, Freedom reproduces the international call-out by our comrades from Iran and Afghanistan discussing the current Taliban takeover of Afghanistan. This is an international call about Afghanistan’s current internal political crisis. As we are aware, after consecutive meetings and negotiations b…

Belarus: Antifascist detained to serve 18 months of forced labour for a street performance

Belarussian activist, antifascist and the singer of street punk band Mister X– Igor Bancer has been sent to a work camp following a court verdict sentencing him to 18 months of forced labour. Igor is no stranger to state oppression and has been arrested multiple times in the past. This time, Bance…

Review: Guide to Every City

Writer: Efe Levent Artist: Alaa Alhassoun  Guide to Every City Mangal Media ISBN: 6057034821 Guide to Every City is a thorough picture of the perennial Every City from the perspective of a fictional Every Travel Writer.On paper the concept works, I’m sat here reading this in Hackney with the sol…

Ukrainian special services assist Lukashenka’s regime to repress Belarusian anarchists

The Security Service of Ukraine (SBU) and the Ministry of Internal Affairs responded to the request from the Belarusian security officials sent through Interpol and are attempting to deport two Belarusian anarchists: Alexei Bolenkov (known as Max Belorus) and Artur Kondratovich, to their home countr…

No Pride in Genocide: solidarity action with indigenous struggles in so-called Canada

Earlier this week, a group of activists organised a protest in front of the Canadian embassy in London to show their solidarity with indigenous struggles. Below, Freedom publishes the statement from the group. “Stolen land! Unmarked graves! KKKanada has got to pay!” “Church and state! Blood on…

Squatters Take Camberwell Cop Shop (2.0) [Full Statement]

The Serious Annoyance has returned to occupy the empty Camberwell Police Station, Camberwell Church St SE5, as we continue in our fight to #killthebill and highlight the destructive role of the police.  This week, the draconian PCSC Bill passed its third reading in the commons as the state continue…

Solarpunk, Climate Change and the New Thinkable

Amitav Gosh’s thesis in “The Great Derangement: Climate Change and the Unthinkable” could be summarized with the opening lines of chapter three: “climate change casts a much smaller shadow within the landscape of literary fiction than it does even in the public arena.” Indeed, he spends a…

In Praise of Cash

Stupidly I forgot my wallet and only realised when I went to pay for my coffee. I flashed a bundle of notes (three, count them, three, fivers) like some sort of king but the barista shook his head, “sorry, card only”. I told him I’d left it at home and tried again but he just gave the coffee t…

Sterilisation: A Feminist Fight

The first time I tried to get sterilised, I was 21. After numerous contraceptives took their toll on my mental and physical health, and knowing I don’t want children, it was the only option left for me. This is the case for thousands of people with wombs across the country, with tubal ligation pro…

Review: Anarchism in North East England 1882 – 1992

Anarchism in North East England 1882 – 1992 by Tyneside Anarchist Archive This impressive and comprehensive contribution caps a canny few years of the careful development of the Tyneside Anarchist Archive. This phenomenon started life as bundles of leaflets and zines from the 1980s boxed in the fo…

Johnson’s ‘levelling up’ agenda could end the era of neoliberalism in the UK but mark the start of something equally harmful

Back in 2010, when the Conservative and Liberal Democrat coalition government began, austerity was the order of the day. The deficit had to be brought down, we were continually told. Public spending was slashed, public sector jobs were cut, wages frozen. We were all in it together, according to then…

Cynical Uber cut pay as they give with one hand and take with the other, says IWGB

Earlier this week, Uber announced to drivers that their longest-serving drivers would see the service charge that they take from their pay increase from 20% to 25%. This comes at a time when drivers are still desperately trying to recover from being hit hard by the pandemic. Last year drivers saw wa…

“The Revolution Will Not Be Televised”: A commentary on youth viewing a revolution through social media.

17-year old Ell May reflects on the role played by social media in radicalising a generation of young people. “There will be no pictures of pigs shooting down brothers on the instant replay There will be no pictures of pigs shooting down brothers on the instant replay” Gil Scott-Heron’s 1971 s…


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