Chinese state persecutes Marxists

Some quite ironic news from China. In the past few months, the Chinese state has persecuted and effectively criminalized at least two Marxist reading groups at universities in the cities of Nanjing and Guangzhou. In November 2017, police raided a Marxist reading group at the Guangdong University of Technology and arrested its six members. Of

Iran: two female political prisoners on hunger strike

Iranian activists call for solidarity with two female political prisoners, Atena Daemi and Golrokh Iraee, who are in dire situation due to 13 days of hunger strike. They call on international human rights and women’s rights advocates to take urgent action to save the lives of the two political prisoners. The two young women are

Russia: arrests and torture of anarchists and antifascists

Two people in St Petersburg and five in Penza (a city in western Russia) are under arrest, while many others have been connected to their cases as witnesses. The arrestees are charged with article 205.4 of the Russian Criminal Code: participation in a terrorist organisation. On January 24, 23-year-old antifascist Viktor Filinkov had disappeared at Pulkovo

Florida prisoner ‘literally tortured’ after detailing prisoner abuse

Kevin “Rashid” Johnson, an inmate incarnated in Florida State Prison in Raiford and a member of  Prison Chapter of the New Afrikan Black Panther Party (NABPP), is facing charges of “inciting a riot or demonstration” after he penned a letter detailing mistreatment of prisoners by the Florida Department of Corrections. Rashid’s letter, entitled “Florida Prisoners Are

Naples: Anarchists under pressure as anti-mafia tactics employed in crackdown

Bearing down on insurrectionist groups, the Italian State is using its organised crime units to cast a wide net and pressure anarchists nationwide. In this article by Naples activists, they look at the failed attempt at a “precautionary arrest” of 20 alleged members of the Informal Anarchist Federation and the chilling effects of an investigation which has

Report on Prison Suicides in Texas

On 19th November 2017, prisoner Benjamin Laure was found hanging in his cell in Texas prison. Here, in a text sent to Freedom News, Keith “Malik” Washington: chief spokeperson for the End Prison Slavery in Texas Movement and fellow inmate, examines the events of the day, and the causes of prisoner suicides in the USA.

Review: Syria’s Disappeared by Sara Afshar

The Syrian government led by president Bashar al-Assad is responsible for systematic and widespread torture targeting its opponents, activists and civilians. Syria’s Disappeared is a documentary by Sara Afshar investigating how tens of thousands of men, women and children have been disappeared by the Assad regime into a network of clandestine detention centers. Here, in