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MUSIC REVIEW: “OUT AMONG THE STARS”, JOHNNY CASH

The thought of yet another set of tunes released by the Johnny Cash gravy train wasn’t something I thought I’d give any heed to.  I couldn’t help thinking “What would the man in black say about his horse suffering yet another unmerciful flogging by the money men?”, but after listening to Out Among The Stars, […]

THE UK PRISON “BOOK BAN”

Well, one of the big prison stories in recent months has been the Incentives and Earned Privileges (IEP) “book ban”, that has so outraged the British middle classes and the country’s intelligentsia that it has brought them out on the streets to protest… to read poems outside Pentonville nick. We’ve had the likes of Mark […]

THE HORRORS OF THE KORYDALLOS PRISON COMPLEX

The Korydallos prison complex in Piraeus is Greece’s main “Type B” maximum-security prison. It is massive, with a designated capacity of 8,500 across its numerous wings, which hold both male and female prisoners – many of whom the Greek State consider to be the worst of the worst. It is also grossly overcrowded and currently […]

Books behind bars

Rob Ray talks to Lee Humphries, founder of prisoner support charity Haven Distribution, which specialises in educational literature The newest addition to the denizens of Freedom Press made a noisy entrance late last month by thumping down a huge mountain of literature destined for inmates up and down the country. The small but active collective […]

ANARCHISM AND CHRISTIANITY: AN INTERVIEW WITH KEITH HEBDEN

From humble beginnings the Christian faith, and its collective expression the Church, spread rapidly through the Roman World. After experiencing several periods of persecution it was co-opted by the Emperor Constantine in the 4th century CE as the official state religion of the Roman Empire. Since then the Church has had a chequered history globally, often […]

WHAT DOES MOVING ONLINE MEAN FOR FREEDOM?

Rich Cross – long-time Freedom reader and writer and author of the anarchist punk blog The Hippies Now Wear Black – reflects on the end of an era for Freedom… First produced in 1886, the monthly British anarchist newspaper Freedom has ceased print publication with the second edition of 2014, after the Freedom bookshop collective […]

Tom Gilliam: “Dissent and reprisal”

Tom Gilliam is a survivor of the Vietnam War.  He was a Navy medic, a conscientious objector medic, assigned to a Marine Corps combat unit during the war.  Throughout his time in Vietnam, Tom was surrounded by the noise, the disorientation, and the butchery of raw combat.  He still has shrapnel in his body from […]

NEWS FROM THE US

Louis Further brings us his latest update from across the pond… Crime ===== In the United States making money out of criminals is nearly as huge a business as crime itself is. In mid-February a new scandal of crimes committed by Corrections Corporation of America (CCA), one of the biggest private prison companies in the […]

CIVIL RELIGION

 Tim Forster on the use of “God” to create false concepts of community cohesion   Over the last few years we’ve had a Royal Wedding, the Queen’s Jubilee and this year we’re remembering 100 years since the start of WWI. All these occasions are expressions of, and vehicles for, something that sociologists call ‘civil religion’. […]

SKIPPING FOR JOY

  Following a recent much-publicised case which saw three men arrested for taking unwanted food from outside a branch of Iceland, Gyorgy Furiosa takes a look at the fine art of skip-diving You scale the wall under cover of darkness, past the barbed wire and weird razor defences that seem inordinately vicious to protect what […]