Category Archives: Politics

Reasons to hate the Olympics, 4: Beijing 2008

Throughout the last decade people have been being evicted from housing in Beijing to make way for construction projects with little compensation, often accompanied by threats of violence. The Olympics was no exception to this, with UNESCO estimating that 580,000 … Continue reading

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Reasons to hate the Olympics 2: weapons

A so-called Rapier missile launcher on Blackheath, London. A photo of the “Starstreak” missiles installed on residential flats in Bow, from Brian Whelan’s website. It seems to have perversely become part of the Olympics branding to insist that the Games … Continue reading

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My Revolutions

Hari Kunzru’s My Revolutions has as its narrator an ex-militant radical leftist who was once involved in the Angry Brigade bombing campaign (which targeted banks, embassies and the houses of Tory MPs). It is set, however, in 1998, a generously … Continue reading

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Eye hunters

“After the 29M demonstration in Barcelona it seems that amongst the riot police (Mossos) there is at least one officer gunning for eyes.”

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