Civil Liberties

Brit Democracy

Kate Smurthwaite ‏tweeted us to say: “During my show at #OccupyDemocracy the police surged in and arrested a man for sleeping on a piece of plastic.” Welcome to the bizarre world of British policing …

The Gallowgate Blues

This eyewitness report of heavy-handed policing of a peaceful protest on Saturday by journalist Angela Haggerty (see also “Police were “commendable” at banned demonstration by UAF with no arrests – an hour before policing chaotic Green Brigade march”) raises significant issues… Read More ›

British Values

By Nicholas Mercer In 2006, Corporal Donald Payne was the first British soldier to be convicted of a war crime in this country under the International Criminal Court Act 2001. His crime was the inhuman and degrading treatment of prisoners… Read More ›

You are All Suspects Now

By John Pilger You are all potential terrorists. It matters not that you live in Britain, the United States, Australia or the Middle East. Citizenship is effectively abolished.  Turn on your computer and the US Department of Homeland Security’s National… Read More ›

British Justice

On 5 April 2012, Barbar Ahmad became the first prisoner in a British jail to be interviewed on television from behind bars in this BBC broadcast. He has been held for eight years in a UK jail without charge or… Read More ›

Wean’s World

By Kate Higgins Today is World Day for the Prevention of Abuse and Violence against Children. Tomorrow is the United Nation’s Universal Children’s Day. Yet, this weekend there are children in Scotland too afraid to go to sleep for fear… Read More ›

Love Life (Sept)

Freedom, in Scotland and elsewhere, isn’t something that is given by governments or other authorities. It’s something that’s practiced. And not just in social movements or halls of power. It’s part of everyday life. It’s in our bodies, in our… Read More ›

The Ethical Governor

This from John Butler a Glasgow based digital animator. John is fascinated by ‘the long war’ between humans and finance, which he sees today as people battle with processes such as Government cuts. His latest piece explores drone ethics. More on John’s work… Read More ›

Educating Tom

Poor old Tom Harris has this week been branding anyone questioning the death of David Kelly a conspiracist and a nutter, the assumption being that the British State just doesn’t do that sort of thing, and to suggest so is… Read More ›

Drone Wars

By Des O’Sullivan: UK Police are in talks with BAE to supply Unmanned Aerial Vehicles for surveillance purposes and hope to have them operational in time for the 2012 London Olympics. Their perceived success in Afghanistan and other regional conflicts… Read More ›

Cop 15 Report

While the Scottish media rail on Salmond for having the temerity to try and have Scotland represented at Copenhagen, what slavish timorous mouth-pieces, a series of direct eye-witness reports fillt the vacuum of the mainstream media. Today, this from Justin… Read More ›