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Damaging Property Justifiable to Save Palestinian Lives, Court Finds

24 May 2024 @ 4:26 pm

a man flies a palestinian flag beside leicester crown courtOn Friday, Leicester crown court acquitted two Palestine Action activists accused of criminal damage to an Israeli weapons factory in 2021. The jury was persuaded by the defence’s argument that Joe Irving and Ferhat Ulusu’s actions were admissible on the basis of preventing harm to civilians and property in Palestine. The 2021 action saw four […]

Farewell, Rwanda

24 May 2024 @ 12:39 pm

Stop all the clocks! Cancel the annual leave! After a day of fevered speculation on Wednesday (was it time for a Cabinet reshuffle? Could Rishi Sunak be premiering a new bob?), the prime minister stood in the rain outside No. 10 and announced a summer general election with all the vim of a man who’s […]

UK Party Leaders Kick Off Election Campaigns

23 May 2024 @ 6:35 pm

Leaders of UK political parties have launched their campaigns ahead of the July 4th general election. Plus: A pro-Palestine protestor has been charged after using a placard depicting Rishi Sunak as a coconut; and the debate on whether or not the UK should open up a family visa scheme for Palestinians. With Dalia Gebrial and […]

Avanti West Coast Accidentally Asked Way Too Many People to Help Undermine a Strike

23 May 2024 @ 3:24 pm

Avanti managing director Andy Mellors is grilled by the Greater Manchester Combined Authority's Bee Network Committee. Screengrab: GMCAAvanti West Coast has been accused of “undermining strike action” by asking management and HQ staff to “volunteer” to cover the duties of striking catering staff at the train operator, who are protesting against short notice changes to shift patterns. In an email seen by Novara Media titled “catering strike contingency: get onboard to support […]

John Woodcock Has No Idea What the ‘Far Left’ Is and Frankly nor Do We

23 May 2024 @ 9:58 am

Lord Walney arrives at the ADS Group annual dinner in January. Mark Kerrison / Alamy Stock PhotoJohn Woodcock, the government’s nominally independent advisor on political violence and disruption, AKA Lord Walney, released his long-awaited review on Tuesday. Ironically titled “Protecting our democracy from coercion”, the report comes to 100,000 words, and makes 41 recommendations for cracking down on protests. Among a bewildering array of measures, Woodcock suggests proscription-light for activist groups […]

The Dolls Hold All the Receipts

23 May 2024 @ 9:54 am

Hijras in BangaloreThe difference between sex and gender is fundamental to how we talk about trans people. But what if it obscures the richness of life outside of gender norms? There is so much more to gender non-conforming people than this academic, middle-class, distinction – so says Jules Gill-Peterson, author of A Short History of Trans Misogyny. A […]

Rishi Sunak Announces July General Election

22 May 2024 @ 6:47 pm

In the pouring rain and 20 points behind in the polls, Rishi Sunak has announced that the UK general election will take place on 4 July. Plus: Ireland, Spain and Norway have announced their intention to recognise Palestine as a state. With Michael Walker and Moya Lothian-McLean

Against All Odds, Brent Council Is Investing in Its Artists

22 May 2024 @ 11:05 am

A group of artists sit around a tableIn cities famous for their cultural scenes, across the United Kingdom but especially in London, artists are being pushed out by rising home and studio rents. This often happens all while their presence and work is used by property developers and estate agents to sell the same areas they’re being pushed out of. During his […]

Biden Trashes ICC After Netanyahu Arrest Warrant Request

21 May 2024 @ 6:31 pm

US President Joe Biden has rejected the ICC’s arrest warrant request for Benjamin Netanyahu. We speak to Francis A Boyle, professor of international law at the University of Illinois College of Law. Plus: we speak to Andrew Feinstein – the man taking on Keir Starmer in his own constituency. With Michael Walker and @NoJusticeMTG

ICC Seeks Arrest Warrants for Netanyahu & Hamas Leaders

20 May 2024 @ 6:12 pm

The ICC has announced that it seeks the arrests of Israeli and Hamas leaders. Plus: the Infected Blood inquiry publishes its damning report; and the Iranian president has been killed in a helicopter crash. With Steven Methven and Mike Bankole.