The dates for the Anarchist Summer School in Sydney have been confirmed as being February 18–20.
David Rovics–whom I had the pleasure of seeing play when he toured Australia last year–has written a new ‘Song for Bradley Manning’.
In Toronto, Canada, Jewish mentalists belonging to the Jewish Defence League (of Canada) have organised a rally in support of English prat Stephen Yaxley-Lennon’s E, E, EDL. Yaxley-Lennon’s last overseas trip in October 2010 ended badly when a Dutchman stole his flag and his tiny group of supporters had to run away from unhappy locals in Amsterdam. Other attempts to conduct public rallies in Australia, Scotland and Wales have had similarly derisory results, suggesting the EDL has, not unexpectedly, greatest appeal to Little Englanders. As if to confirm the League’s political proximity to earlier fascist street-fighters, Yaxley-Lennon has also promised that in future members of the League will be joining the police in cracking open the heads of students protesting against fee increases… (See also : Dr.Dawg.)
Back in Australia, the ‘Western Australian National Anarchist(s)’ has/have been exposed as some student called Nicholas Cole. Speaking of ‘Wingnuts’, Michael Orion Powell of LGF has written of Nicholas’ Yanqui comrades that Even In The Bay Area, Nationalism Takes Root (October 26, 2010). Chief White nationalist BANANA Andrew Yeoman is known as Andrew White according to court documents; two individuals currently face misdemeanour charges for allegedly assaulting Andrew (one with a battery?!?) on May Day in SF in 2010. Otherwise, following the jailing of FBI informant Hal Turner in December, 2010 for threatening three federal judges, last week fellow nutzi William A. White has also been found guilty of being a very naughty boy:
A neo-Nazi whose online rants struck fear in Roanoke and across the country was convicted of using his website to solicit violence Wednesday, just two weeks before his scheduled release from prison.
William A. White was found guilty of encouraging harm to the foreman of a Chicago jury that convicted a fellow white supremacist in 2004. The verdict came on the third day of a trial in U.S. District Court in Chicago.
White, 33, the leader of a Roanoke-based white supremacy group, has been serving a 2½-year sentence following his convictions last year in Roanoke of threatening a bank employee in Missouri, a university administrator in Delaware and a group of apartment tenants in Virginia Beach.
Instead of a scheduled Jan. 18 release date, White now faces up to 10 more years in prison…
~ Neo-Nazi William A. White convicted in Chicago for Web posts, Laurence Hammack, The Roanoke Times, January 6, 2011.
J.R. Boyd has a blog. It’s called ladypoverty. He also blogs @ femenins, ‘Feminist men in solidarity with women’. Which is a whole other story. Anarcho-Feminist lasted two months before calling it quits, apparently prompted by another blogger: Broadsnark. But The (NSFW tumblr) Anarcho-Feminist keeps going. Dunno if anarch(y/ism) gonna feature @ the upcoming Feminist Futures conference, but among those abandoned by the anonymous Anarcho-Feminist are Nikolaj Dedok, Aleksandr Frantskevich, Maxim Vetkin and Igor Olinevich, four activists from Belarus, currently imprisoned and awaiting trial for various alleged crimes stemming from their activism. Curiously, the call for solidarity with the four was issued by the International of Anarchist Federations IAF-IFA (which includes Anarchist Federation UK) in Sofia at the end of October, 2010. The Bulgarian Federation has previously denounced imprisoned Australian anti-fascist Jock Palfreeman–currently appealing a 20-year prison sentence for murder and attempted murder–and requested the Bulgarian courts to impose the harshest sentence possible. An increase in Jock’s sentence remains a possibility open to the appeal court: such an outcome would presumably meet with the approval of the BAF.
The BAF’s denunciation has not stopped ‘Antifa England’ from publishing a recent letter by Jock, in which he notes that Andrey Monov’s father is “good friends” with the former Minister of the Interior, Mihail Mikov, Minister at the time of Palfreeman’s arrest (December 2007) and first trial. Mikov’s party, the Bulgarian Socialist Party, lost office in the 2009 elections. The BSP is a member of the Socialist International, to which the Australian Labor Party also belongs.
“According to the EU, Bulgaria is the state with the least transparent police force. In a nation that still struggles with its Communist past, people place little trust in their police… Bulgaria is a society in transition, and not everyone sees the need to create structures that are more accountable to the public. But with the EU putting pressure on Bulgaria and a new interior minister who looks like he means business, the police may at last start to become part of the democratic state.” ~ Bulgarian minister seeks to reform unaccountable police, Deutsche Welle, February 5, 2010.
See also : Aussie to Spend Third New Year’s Eve behind Bars in Bulgaria, Novinite.com, December 31, 2010.