Sunday, 28 July 2013


PC Blakelock: black people are waiting for justice too

Tottenham police officers were involved in the deaths of Cynthia Jarrett, Joy Gardner, Roger Sylvester and Mark Duggan. But no one has yet been convicted

By Stafford Scott


Tottenham's black community has been living under the cloud of PC Keith Blakelock's death for 28 years. For the vast majority of this time there has been one investigation or another into his killing, and this week Nicky Jacobs was charged with his murder. But regardless of how this case turns out, it will not heal the long-running sore that afflicts the relationship between the police and the local community.

On 5 October 1985 Cynthia Jarrett died during a police raid on her home on Tottenham's Broadwater Farm estate. Officers had stopped her son over a suspicious tax disc earlier that day. Eventually he was charged with theft of the vehicle and assault on police officers, but these charges were later dismissed in court. There was such anger about Cynthia's death, given the regular harassment local black people faced from the police, that the following day a riot broke out, during which Blakelock was stabbed to death.

In the original police investigation into the riots 369 people were arrested. More than 200 were held on matters relating directly to Blakelock's murder – the overwhelming majority without access to families or legal advice. I was one of them, and successfully sued the police for wrongful arrest and false imprisonment.

Six people were charged with Blakelock's murder: three juveniles and three adults – Engin Raghip, Mark Braithwaite and Winston Silcott. The Broadwater Farm Defence Campaign, of which I was a founding member, saw these as show trials and time proved us right. The juveniles were acquitted; the adults, though found guilty at the time, had their verdicts overturned in 1991 after four years in jail. An electrostatic Esda test proved conclusively that the police had fabricated evidence.

During the original trial the judge, Lord Justice Hodgson, dismissed the charges against two of the juveniles and directed the jury to find the third not guilty, describing his alleged confession as "fantastical, strange, make believe and a ritualistic account of the happenings". One of the crown's key witnesses was also found to have lied under oath and admitted, under cross-examination, that the police had provided him with accommodation, given him money and paid his bills.

At the appeal of the Tottenham Three, Roy Amlot QC, prosecuting, stated: "Unequivocally, we would not have gone against Braithwaite, against Raghip, or against any other defendants having learned of the apparent dishonesty of the officer in charge of the case."

As a result of the men's acquittal, the officer who led the investigation was charged with perjury and perverting the course of justice, and another officer with conspiracy to pervert the course of justice. But in 1994 they were acquitted at the Old Bailey in an extraordinary case where Silcott, victim of the fabrication established in the appeal court, was not even called by the crown to give evidence on his own behalf.

The killing of Cynthia Jarrett, the jailing of the Tottenham Three, the demonisation of Silcott by police and media, the miscarriage of justice, and the failed prosecution of the officers have damaged police and community relations beyond repair. Each time the Met reopens the Blakelock investigation, the wounds are reopened. While the police and Blakelock's family speak about the need to see justice for the officer, we are left wondering what justice looks like: we have not seen anything resembling it.

For many of us it has become impossible not to contrast our treatment, experience and expectations with those most white people seem to take for granted. Yes, Blakelock's murder was awful and tragic, but so was the death of Cynthia Jarrett. Had she lived she would have celebrated her 76th birthday this week, yet there are no headlines recalling how she died, no media clamour for her killers to be brought to justice.

And since her death we have also witnessed the further killings of Joy Gardner in 1993, Roger Sylvester in 1999 and, most recently, Mark Duggan in 2011. In all these cases the police were involved, yet we are still to see any officers being convicted.

It is almost two years since Duggan was shot, yet we seem no closer to knowing why and how this happened: the officers involved have refused to be interviewed by the IPCC.

The police had their opportunity to find Blakelock's killers during their first investigation, but their corrupt methods and ineptitude meant that they blew it. While the force may be hoping the country has forgotten, the black community of Tottenham certainly has not. It fuels our community's mistrust of the police and judiciary, and has been passed down a generation. It is one of the reasons that Tottenham burned again in 2011. Ultimately a community that cannot expect justice will always be prone to outbreaks of outrage.

Friday, 19 July 2013


Obama's Trickster Speech on Trayvon

I considered Obama's rise as an indication of the growing rise of the Black and Brown struggle within the usa and also the rise of the Black and Brown nations, ie., the rise of the GlobalSouth in the world, and that Obama's acceptance into the highest power political position by the white power structure was a way by which the latter is trying to deal with these issues.

What is clear since, that I was wrong that there would be much positive from this development, and that was clearly confirmed by Obama leading the bombing of Africa (Libya) in the summer of 2011, overseeing the mass lynching of dark skinned people there, and the continuing military expansion of the usa across Africa as a measure to block Africa's growing independence in alliance with the other regions of the GlobalSouth especially the BRICS. Also, Obama is the lead representative of the renewed war on Asia in the "pivot to Asia" strategy to bring especially China, Russia and India to its knees and neturalise them as potential and actual obstacles to imperialism in Asia.

These comments by Obama on the killing of Trayvon Martin, and the not guilty verdict on his killer is frankly trickster talk, to quote Malcolm X.

The last thing the usa white power structure wants is another LA Riot, a massive uprising of the Black, Brown and poor following the filmed beating of Rodney King and the acquittal of the pigs that beat him.   Tensions are high amongst Black people and their allies, there has been no major uprising of our peoples in the usa since 1992 in the LA Riots. There is little doubt that there will be another uprising in the usa with all the economic crisis and the political fall out this is creating. Indeed, Obama makes clear in the speech below on Trayvon warning against any violent reaction by people in response to the acquittal of Trayvon's killer.

Obama states that "things are getting better" for Black people in the usa. Is this true? All indicators point to that on the economic and state oppressive levels, this is not true.

So Obama seems to be yet again allowing himself to be used by the whitehouse to placate and put our peoples to sleep. That being said, there are some truths in what he is saying. However, small truths are wrapped in a crafty strategy to put people to sleep and at the same time warn people with consequences if they get too militant. This type of tricks might fool the weak, but not the vigilant.

Sukant Chandan, Sons of Malcolm


Speaking for the first time since the neighbourhood watch volunteer was acquitted of murdering Trayvon Martin, Mr Obama spoke in highly personal terms as he reflected on his remark last year that if he had a son, he would look like Trayvon.

Drawing an even more direct connection to the fate of the 17-year-old, he said: “Another way of saying that is, Trayvon Martin could’ve been me, 35 years ago.”

Mr Obama, in his most personal and powerful words on race since becoming president, made an unscheduled appearance in the White House briefing room where he talked for 20 minutes without a teleprompter.

He described his own experiences of racial profiling, which Trayvon’s family said that Mr Zimmerman did the night he shot him dead after he told police that the teen was acting suspiciously.

“There are very few African-American men who haven’t had the experience of being followed in a department store ... that includes me,” Mr Obama said.

"There are very few African-American men who haven’t had the experience of walking across the street and hearing the locks click on the doors of cars. That happened to me, at least before I was a senator.

"There are very few African-Americans who haven’t had the experience of getting on an elevator and a woman clutching her purse nervously and holding her breath until she had a chance to get off. That happens often."

He also backed the calls by Eric Holder, his Attorney General, for a review of controversial “stand your ground” self-defence laws to head off violent confrontations.

“If Trayvon Martin was of age and he was armed, could he have ‘stood his ground’ on that sidewalk?” Mr Obama said.

He added: “If a white male teen was involved in the same kind of scenario, from top to bottom, both the outcome and the aftermath might have been different.”

He called for “some soul-searching” but he also expressed concerns about America embarking on a “national conversation on race”, as some have called for at protests since the verdict.

He also said he does not want the nation to “lose sight” of the progress that has been made on race relations.

“It doesn’t mean we’re in a post-racial society or that racism has been eliminated,” he said, but the situation was improving.

Mr Holder’s justice department is investigating whether to press federal hate crime charges against Mr Zimmerman, but legal experts say it is extremely unlikely that they will be able to find the evidence for such prosecution.

Mr Obama urged country to respect the Zimmerman verdict, but also said that white Americans need to understand the problems of racism.

With a typical rhetorical flourish, he adapted a quote from Abraham Lincoln. People should appeal to “the better angels” of human natures, he said, rather than using incidents like Travyvon’s death and Mr Zimmerman’s acquittal to “heighten divisions”.



The journalists for pan-Arab broadcaster, Al-Jazeera, were booed out of a news conference on Monday morning being held by Egypt's military on the killing of 54 people, mainly of ousted president Mohammed Morsi supporters.

During the news conference in Cairo, one of the journalists stood up and demanded Al-Jazeera reporters to be banished from the event, AP reports.

The call was supported by the crowd and the employees of the Doha-based channel were eventually forced to leave the conference room, accompanied by chants of “Out! Out!”

Al-Jazeera was founded by Qatar’s ruling family, which were strong supporters of deposed Egyptian President, Mohammed Morsi and the Muslim Brotherhood, who were toppled by the country’s military on Wednesday.

The station broadcast graphic images of those killed and wounded in the violence at Republican Guard’s headquarters on July 8.

Al-Jazeera’s stance already saw its Cairo office stormed on two occasions, during less than a week that military has been in power.

Three members of the broadcaster’s staff were arrested during the raids, which were widely criticized by human right organizations.

All the detained were later released, including journalist Abdul-Fattah Fayed, who was set free on Monday after spending two days in custody.

The Public Prosecution ruled to release Fayed on a bail of 1,000 Egyptian pounds (£1,000). He was investigated over charges of spoiling the public mood, endangering the safety of society and provocation.

Al-Jazeera staff quit in protest at “biased” Egypt coverage – report

Meanwhile, the “biased coverage” of events in Egypt is allegedly causing serious discontent among the company’s staff as Gulf News reports that 22 employees of Al-Jazeera Mubasher Misr news channel resigned on Monday.

“The management in Doha provokes sedition among the Egyptian people and has an agenda against Egypt and other Arab countries,” anchor Karem Mahmoud explained.

He said that the management used to instruct each staff member to favor the Muslim Brotherhood, adding “there are instructions to us to telecast certain news”.

Another of those who quit, correspondent Wessam Fadel, told Gulf News that when the protesters celebrated Morsi’s ousting in Cairo, Al-Jazeera aired old footage showing an empty Tahrir Square, claiming it was current.

“Unfortunately, I was working in a place which I thought had credibility, but its credibility is based on a despicable political position,” he said.  

The network’s correspondent in Luxor, Haggag Salama, announced his resignation in phone-in interview with local Dream 2 channel on Sunday, saying Al-Jazeera is “airing lies and misleading viewers”.

Gulf News also reports four Egyptian members of the editorial staff at Al-Jazeera’s headquarters in Doha, have resigned in protest against what they called a “biased editorial policy” pertaining to the events in Egypt. 


As imperialism goes into deeper crisis on all levels, and at the same time as the GlobalSouth (BRICS etc) rise and slowly put into the ground imperialism historically, imperialism seeks to either dominate totally or destroy totally. This is the same for the MENA region, with its total destruction starting with destroying the biggest most formidable Arab army since 1990 - Iraq.

Egypt is the most populous country in the region, and has the biggest army that has strategic control of a large economy too. This, despite relations with imperialism, is a major problem for imperialism. The concept to understand in regards to this is SCORCHED EARTH POLICY, or as Dan Glazebrook and I analyse - *not* divide and conquer, but divide and ruin. It is scorched earth policy because basically if imperialism cannot totally dominate and control, they will in no way allow the GlobalSouth formations (BRICS etc) to take over relations with these countries, so its better to totally scorch and neutralise Iraq, Libya, Somalia, Syria, DRC etc than allow the new GlobalSouth led world to emerge.

Hence, the Arab Sting is a Scorched Earth strategic policy for imperilaism, it was designed and rolled out to bring to ruin ANY *actual* potential for former states who despite strategic compromises with imperialism (Tunisia and Egypt) or resistance Globalsouth states (Libya and Syria) were going to pose a leading role in developing relations with the GlobalSouth.

Whereas brother Roshan Muhammed Salih calls for a national unity between the forces at loggerheads in Egypt, he perhaps does not figure in his analysis that ALL the political forces at play in Egypt are playing the roles assigned and encouraged to them by imperialism itself, ie., as Gaddafi said way back in July 2011, they have no viable plan to defend and protect the nation. What we are witnessing in the MENA region (except for Algeria, Baathist Syria and Lebanese Hizbullah, and Sudan to a lesser extent) is the total collapse of viable projects to self defence, unity, ie., no program for stability and people-centred development, but playing the foolish role in self destruction to which only zionism and imperialism benefits. What is needed is a new generation Revolutionary leadership that takes up where Gaddafi, Arafat, Boumidienne, Nasser, Wadi haddad and others left off. There is NO sign to that for the time being, rather the opposite is developing.

In conclusion, despite the problematics and contradictions of the situation, the only viable force in Egypt that can maintain Egypt as a viable existence based on being able to organise the country in a relatively peaceful manner is SCAF, ie the Army. imperialism knows this, and is playing all sides to smash Egypt as a unitary entity. The Muslim Sell-out-hood and allied nuttery groups (salafis etc), AND the liberal opposition are playing the role nicely in imperialism's interests. People should clearly recognise how much of a cancerous and profoundly evil force the Muslim sell-out-hood and other groups using and abusing Islam and incubated by imperialism they are. See the Tunisian and Turkish ambassadors were rightly called by SCAF for interference on behalf of imperialism in Egyptian affairs in recent days.

I wish the people of Egypt all the best in developing a new Revolutionary force in alliance with the Army which is still seen and respected by most Egyptians as the best institution for their own interests and that of the GlobalSouth; that the Army STILL has a tradition of fighting imperialism and zionism and this is not totally exhausted; that the Army is still the biggest maintainer to the Egyptian economy. This situation is terrible, and it is far from ideal to call for the support for SCAF, but that is the last barrier left for imperialism before the total destruction of Egypt in this historical phase.

Gamal Abdel Nasser must be reborn in another form for the challenges of these times. Who knows, perhaps like the Free Officers revolution of Nasser before, and Gaddafi we might see another such force from SCAF emerge. One thing is sure: imperialism will destroy all in Egypt and EVERYWHERE before allowing the GlobalSouth to develop.

I am not online for another week, and I leave you with Gaddafi's far sighted comments in July 2011 on Egypt, Gaddafi, as with so many things, was way way ahead of most of our leadership across the world. Its indicative of the rank backwardness of so many that his pioneering leadership and accomplishments were thrown in such a disgusting manner into history. The legacy lives on, although the great fear is that the Arab world will see its own total destruction/self destruction before it will ever stand on one foot again.

- Sukant Chandan, Sons of Malcolm


California Prisoners on Hungerstrike

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So for those of you who have not heard, over 30,000 people held in California prisoners went on hunger strike on July 8th, demanding an end to torturous conditions of solitary confinement and the kafkaesque gang validation process that has seen people thrown in solitary for years for having a tattoo, being in possession of certain political books (i.e. anything by George Jackson!), or being snitched on by an unnamed informant (often just someone else in solitary, looking to trade some information in order to get out).

The California prisoners were joined by smaller numbers in Oregon in Washington states, with their own demands.

For the duration of this strike, this is pretty much what we here at Kersplebedeb will be focusing on, in terms of web posts and work. The u.s. prison system represents the cutting edge of repression around the world, and opposing it as they are doing makes the California prisoners struggle one of great strategic as well as moral importance.

There have been dozens of small solidarity actions, ranging from flyering to vigils to noise demos, in the one-and-a-half weeks since the strike began. More such actions will be needed before this is over. So if you can do something, please do it!

Currently, the California Department of Corrections and "Rehabilitation" (CDCr) is trying to break the strike through brutal retaliation, moving supposed strike leaders into AdSeg (a kind of super-solitary, with conditions even worst than in a regular supermax), issuing disciplinary write ups (which can be used later on to deny parole), threatening participants with solitary, confiscating legal papers, canceling visits, and barring a lawyer for the prisoners. It is important to protest these abuses, or they will only get worse... more information on how to do this can be found below.

If you are receiving this, you are on the Kersplebedeb mailing list. Depending on what happens, this may be the only newsletter you receive from me with information about the strike, or it may not be. Not decided yet.

But for those of you who are interested, i have set up a separate Hungerstrike Newsletter, devoted solely to documenting and supporting this struggle. You can subscribe to Hungerstrike News by clicking on this link.

You can also see background documents and links to current news articles regarding the site on Kersplebedeb's new 2013 Prisoner Strikes page.

Now is the time to take a stand and be counted.