Book Review – A World Without Police – Geo Maher (2021) – Verso Books

Geo Maher’s new book, A World Without Police, makes a very straightforward set of claims that, although specific to the US, have universal relevance. Firstly, Maher claims that the police do more harm than they ever purport to ‘prevent’ and that they serve a political, rather than a societal function – namely the enforcement of […]

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The Unaccountability of Scottish ‘Justice’: What the Imprisonment of Craig Murray says about Scotland

Tomorrow, Tuesday the 30th November 2021, Craig Murray will be released from HMP Edinburgh, having served four months of an eight-month prison sentence imposed earlier this year. The remaining four months will be served in the community under licence. Mr Murray, journalist and former British diplomat, was imprisoned after being found guilty of contempt of […]

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The Problem with PREVENT

Thought-Crime as Pre-Crime and the Expansion of the Police State Recent tragic events in Plymouth involving the shooting of five individuals, as well as the gunman himself Jake Davidson, has raised some important questions about the definition of ‘terrorism’. Women’s groups have long argued that extreme misogyny is a form of terrorism against women. Jake […]

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How the Post Office Scandal Exposed a Broken Criminal Justice System

By stepping back from the immediacy of the role of the Post Office in the criminalisation of hundreds of its Subpostmasters, it becomes apparent that the real problem is the ease with which the entire justice system and its institutions simply defaulted to scandalous levels of injustice, astounding levels of incompetence and widespread corruption. This […]

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Evictions 3 – seeking sanctuary and the inhospitable (British) State

Introduction In the true spirit of a radical Glasgow tradition, the organisation Living Rent are currently involved in a campaign of direct action to stop the 300 planned evictions of asylum seekers, by Serco Group PLC. This important campaign has attracted widespread support from a range of activists across the city.  Community-minded legal organisations such […]

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Police, Security and the State

The Bella Caledonia article can be accessed here. Newroz’, the Kurdish New Year will be celebrated in Portobello High Street this Sunday, on the 24th March. Earlier in the week Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, the Turkish President, in response to the Christchurch Mosque attacks, created controversy by warning anyone planning to carry out such an action would […]

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