Welcome to Scribd. Sign in or start your free trial to enjoy unlimited e-books, audiobooks & documents.Find out more
Download
Standard view
Full view
of .
Look up keyword
Like this
1Activity
0 of .
Results for:
No results containing your search query
P. 1
OT15

OT15

Ratings:
(0)
|Views: 28|Likes:
Published by Steven Maclean
OT15
OT15

More info:

Published by: Steven Maclean on Jun 29, 2012
Copyright:Attribution Non-commercial

Availability:

Read on Scribd mobile: iPhone, iPad and Android.
download as PDF, TXT or read online from Scribd
See more
See less

07/02/2012

pdf

text

original

 
JULY2012#15
theoccupiedtimes.com
|
@OccupiedTimes
 
2
In Ancient Greece, power wascentred around numerous city-states (poleis) acting as distinctpolitical bodies. These poleis wereperpetually at war with one another,but also traded together, mademilitary alliances and integratedculturally, with resources atthe centre of both conict andcooperation.It was in this context thatthe Olympics emerged, as mucha political tool as a sportingcompetition, where poleis wouldpush their agendas and vie for superiority. While a truce was inplace between all participatingpoleis for the duration, politicalconict continued.The sport may be less overtlyentwined with the politics thanit was in ancient Greece, butLondon 2012 remains a facade for a turbulent political landscape.States in the midst of economic andmilitary conict - including Greece,Germany, Syria, Somalia, Libya,Iran and the US - will compete onLondon’s new corporate-sponsoredplaying elds, as if austerity,brutal despotism and economicimperialism are themselves worthyof celebration.Today’s Olympics are no less apolitical tool. Instead of city-statesasserting their dominance, theGames oer an “opportunity” for state-supported corporations toleverage even more wealth frompublic into private hands and toprivatise and militarise our city. Thisis a process described by Professor David Harvey as “accumulationby dispossession”. While themajority are priced out of attendingevents, there are endless lucrativerevenue streams for sponsors andcontractors, eager to help in thegentrication of some of London’spoorest areas.We don’t have to look very far back to see the legacy of previousOlympics. The 2008 Beijing Gamesle a disused tourist trap, and 2004saw the accumulation of massivedebts and a herd of white elephantsin Athens. It’s likely too early tosay what will happen to Beijing’spark, but Athens provides a glimpseinto the relationship between theInternational Olympic Committee,state “restructuring” processesand areas facing notable austeritymeasures. Like most in recentmemory, the Games in Athens ranfar beyond an initial budget of €4.5billion, with little hope of reusingthe spaces. What stands now at the Athens Olympic Park may better bereferred to as the site of the 2004Neoliberal Olympics, where theInternational Olympics Committee,large corporations and security rmstook the gold in all events.While the story in London willbe only as vivid in retrospect, the2012 Games are already shaping upto be the perfect case study of latecapitalist urban reconstruction. Anaccelerated process of a well-wornformula that transfers public spaceinto private prot. The process andactors involved in this heist areglobal and urban in nature - and theghtback must be equally borderlessand urbanised.The Olympic park at Stratfordnally allows city authorities toforce through sweeping changesin its most problematic boroughs.Under the guise of “restructuring”and “development”, families areuprooted and displaced halfwayacross the country, and only 675out of 1,379 homes in the East Village complex are promised associal housing. This comes whenthe government is cutting housingbenet and neglecting to invest insocial housing; in Newham alone,around 70,000 people are on awaiting list for properties.The darker aspects of theprelude to the Games are mostapparent in the massive securityoperation. In what is the largestmobilisation of the military in theUK since the second World War,the city has been transformed bysurface-to-air missiles in residentialareas, police special forces “trainedto kill”, “Good Behaviour Zones”and naval landing cra shored upon the Thames. The many securitycontracts issued bring the immediatecost of the security operation tono less than £550m, accordingto a conservative estimate. Thisextensive operation has broughtLondon closer to Alfonso Cuarón’sdystopian vision in Children of Menand is suggestive of a legacy feedinginto the perpetual state of the ‘War on Terror’ so desired by policymakers looking to cash in on themarkets that this dynamic enables.Instead to fullling claims thatthe Games will improve the Britisheconomy, they present instead apublic short-changed in favour of the cataclysmically successfulhomeland securities industry. So-called ‘security solutions’ rms suchas G4S have landed multi-million-pound contracts for the Games thatwill see the deployment of tens ofthousands of personnel, includingmilitary units. Behind the facade andthe fanfare, it’s nothing but businessas usual - and with worldwidegrowth rates in homeland security ofbetween 5% and 12% annually, thetrue competition in the Games is therace to this market.In Athens, the 2004 stadiaresemble modern, unusedParthenons, whilst the cradle ofdemocracy is under a neoliberalcoup. The $300m surveillancesystem built for the Games remainsin operation, having been usedrecently to control protesters risingup against the tide of austeritymeasures imposed by today’s rulers.With the Governor of the Bank of England recently expressingrenewed pessimism about the stateof the global economy, concernsabout the militarisation of Londonseem ever more prescient.Towards the end of June, DavidCameron was accused by an Olympicvolunteer of “crippling the poor inLondon”. Cameron responded: “Thisis not about politics. This is aboutBritain. It is about volunteering. Itis about our country. It is about asuccessful Olympics.”While Cameron desires anOlympic ‘truce’ reminiscent ofthe games in Ancient Greece, thewar of corporate interest againstthe people of Britain rages on. Wemust not let him pretend theseOlympics are any less politicalthan they were when they beganthousands of years ago.
CONTENTSPAGES/
01
COVER
02
EDITORIAL
03
NEWS
04
ENVIRONMENT
06
INTERNATIONAL
08
MONEYTALK$
09
BANKING&ECONOMICS
10
THEGREATDEBATE
11
BANKING&ECONOMICS
12
OLYMPICS
18
OCCUPY
20
PREOCCUPYING
21
ACTIVISM&PROTEST
22
SATIRE
23
FUNSTUFF
24
PLACARD
CREDITSEDITORIAL/
HannahBornoRagnhildFrengDaleMartinEiermannEmmaFordhamFlaminiaGiambalvoMarkKauriStevenMacleanOliviaMenaReverendNemuMichaelRichmondMikeSabbaghNataliaSanchez-BellJudithSchossboeckTessCarotaJackDeanSaraCameronDavidFerreira
PHOTOGRAPHY/
AndreaBakacsWasiDanihuBenCavannaFoongWaiBrianLeliChristinE.Lozano
COVER DESIGN/ 
DEFACTO
ILLUSTRATION/
AlexCharnley
DESIGN/
TzortzisRallisLazarosKakoulidis
PRINT RUN/
2000
Copies
WITH SPECIAL THANKS TO/
AldgatePress,E
1
7
RQ 
CONTACT US/
occupiedtimes@gmail.comAllinformationinthispaperisfreefornon-profitdistribution
      ©
SinceOctoberoflastyear,TheOccupiedTimeshassoughttooerahigh-qualityalternativetothecorporatemedia.Ourpublicationfeaturesarticlesbyactivists,citizens,thinkersandacademicexpertsfromtheUKandaroundtheworld.TheOThasnowpublished30,000papersfullofcriticalanalysis,opinion,featuresandnews,withoutprintingasingleadvert.Thepaperistotallynon-protandissustainedsolelybythevoluntaryeortsandenthusiasmofitswritersandeditors.Weneedyourhelptocontinuewithourmonthlypublication.Adonationof£5fundstheprintingof15copies,andeverypennygoesintoourcurrentprint-runof2,000.Ifyouwouldliketohelpkeepusprintingthenewsandviewsthatwefeelneedtobeheard,pleasemakeadonationbypaypaltooccupiedtimes@gmail.comorvisitourwebsiteat:www.theoccupiedtimes.co.uk.YoucanalsocontributewritingandphotographytotheOTbyvisitingusonline.
Donate toKeep Us GoinG
Edoa
 
3
occUpY
 
FestivaLs
In early June Occupy activists joined festival enthusiastsand campaign groups in Somerset to collaborate in thecreation of a ‘Tin Village’ at the Sunrise festival site. Over the summer Solstice weekend, Tin Village existed as atemporary, self-sucient, co-operative community withinthe festival – a community based on a radical egalitarianand environmental ethos. As veterans of temporaryencampments and strongly in favour of putting peopleand planet before prot, the Occupy crew were welcomeinhabitants of the Village, where they encouraged andfacilitated discussions about creative alternatives to thefailing, corrupt, unjust systems we currently live by.Occupy London has also been oered a space atLatitude Festival, 12-15 July. Tent City University willbe sited in the Faraway Forest, providing a venue for workshops, speakers, music and performance. Aninformation tent, similar to the one that ran daily for four months at the St Paul’s Occupy camp, will provide a spacefor outreach and informal discussion.On the rst weekend in August, Occupy will be at TheGreen Gathering near Chepstow on the Welsh borders,‘joining the dots’ between the economic and environmentalcrises. Through performance and poetry, activists will explorethe pathologically anti-social behaviour of multinationalcorporations, while demonstrating creative methods of gettingour voices heard. Occupiers will also be facilitating festivalassemblies, sharing skills and hosting campre debates.
Formoreinformationaboutthesefestivalsvisit:www.greengathering2012.co.uk,www.latitudefestival.co.ukandwww.sunrisecelebration.com
emmafordham
creatinG
 
aLternatives:a
 
series
 
oF
 
GeneraL
 
assembLies
TherstinaseriesofGeneralAssembliesundertheumbrellatitle‘CreatingAlternatives’tookplaceatopthestepsofSt.Paul’sonSaturdayJune16.Initiatedtoencouragelocalcommunitygroupswhoareworkingtochallengevariousaspectsofourbrokensystem,theCreatingAlternativesGAsseektodeepenOccupyLondon’slinkwithexistingcommunityorganisations.About60peoplecametogethertobegintheprocessofdiscussingwhetherandhowlocalcommunitiescanworkcollaborativelywiththeOccupymovementinthefuture.TheGAconsistedofanintroductiontotheexistingworkandapproachofOccupy,descriptionsofthenascentCommunityBillofRightsandtheLocalismAct,andatalkon‘thecommons’.TherewerealsopowerfulcontributionsfromaHaringeycommunitygroupandtheSaveLeytonMarshescampaign.Thebreak-outgroupsdiscussedideasforfutureassembliesandthefeedbacksessionwasfullofenthusiasmtocontinuetheprocessandencouragemoregroupstoattendtheassemblies.Itisimpossibletosayhowthissharedplatformwilldevelop,butthegeneralattitudeofthosepresentwasthattheCreatingAlternativesdiscussionserieswasapositivestepforallpartiesinvolvedandworthcontinuing.
Liz Beech
LeYton
 
marsh
 
protester
 
issUeD
 
with
 
two
 
Year
 
asbo
Aprotesterinvolvedinthe‘SaveLeytonMarsh’campaignhasbeenissuedwithanAnti-SocialBehaviourOrder(ASBO)byWestminsterMagistrates’Court.Thetwo-yearorderhandedtoSimonMooreonJune18thwasgranted“topreventconductleadingtothedisruptionoftheOlympicGamesevents2012”.MrMoore’soencesarelistedaspublicdisorder,aggravatedtrespass,organisingdemonstrationsandhighwayobstruction.Amongstotherprohibitions,theASBOpreventshimfromgoingwithin100metresofOlympicGames’spectators,athletes,organisersandvenues.Speakingoutsidethecourt,MooresaidthatthisASBOcriminalisespeacefulprotest.HestatedthathehasnointentionofdisruptingtheGames,butthathewillcontinuetoprotestaboutotherlegitimateconcerns,includingthedevelopmentofMetropolitanOpenLandatLeytonMarsh,wherethe“exceptionalcircumstances”oftheOlympicGameshavebeenusedtocircumventplanningregulations.Fellowactivistshavestartedanonlinepetitionentitled‘WeareallSimonMoore’,toshowthattheydonotacceptonepersonbeingsingledout.They,likeMoore,willcontinuetopeacefullyprotestandtospeakoutaboutwhatisright“inthefaceofrepression”.Like-mindedindividualsareinvitedtosignthepetitionandshowtheirsupport.
ragnhiLdfreng daLe
 A new branch of Occupy emerged this summer, outside aluxury hotel conference centre not far from Washington DC.Occupy London was there…
Theblacklimosglidepasttheplacards,thengerspointing,thefuriousbullhorns,pastthelinesofsecurity,andintothecalmandleafyinterioroftheWesteldMarriottinChantilly,Virginia.AlimoslowsatthegatesandHenryKissingerisspottedinside,theprotestorsstartbooingandcriesof“warcriminal”risefromthecrowd.Anothercarapproaches,ankedbysecurity,andQueenBeatrixoftheNetherlandsbowsherheadtoavoidthecameras.PeterBrabeck-Lemanthe,CEOofNestlésmirksandBillGateshideshisfacewithhisslenderngers.CEOaerCEO,ChairmanaerChairman.FromtheCEOofAirbustotheChairmanoftheWashingtonPosttotheLordChancellor,KennethClarke.Allherefortheannualthree-dayBilderbergconferenceatthebeginningofJune.Around130powerfulparticipants,cherry-pickedfromthehighestlevelsofbanking,diplomacy,governmentandcommercehaveclearedtheirschedulestoattend.MinistersofFinancefromFinland,Ireland,Poland.AllthetoppeoplefromRoyalDutchShell,andtheChiefExecutiveofBP.ThesummitishostedinEuropefortwotothreeyearsandthengoestoNorthAmerica–usuallyinanelectionyear.RumourhasitthattheUK’sbeentippedtohosttheconferencein2013.Mostofthe800-strongcrowdoutsidewereAmericans,butprotestershadowninfromGermanyandtheUK.TherewereoccupiersfromOccupyPortland,OccupyDenverandOccupyLondon–peoplewore‘OccupyBilderberg’T-shirtsthatproclaimed:“Morelikethe0.01%”.Manyofthesignsrailedagainstthedistastefulunionofbusinessandpoliticsthatwasgoingonbehindthesecuritycordon.Themoodinthecrowdwascheerfulandgood-humoured,exceptwhenalimoarrivedandthecatcallsbegan.TheUSprotesterswereincensedthattheirelectedrepresentativeswerepresent,whichmeanttheywereviolatingtheLoganActwhichforbidsUSgovernmentocialstomeetforeignrepresentativestodiscusspolicywithouttheexpresspermissionofcongress.TheUKhadtwoelectedrepresentativesatthisyear’sconference–ourLordChancellorandJusticeSecretaryKennethClarkeandNickBoulesMP,ofthehawkishHenryJacksonSociety.KenClarkewassnappedsneakingoutoftheconferenceaermostoftheprotestershadgonehome.ClarkeisalongtimememberoftheBilderbergSteeringCommittee,alongsidePeterSutherland(ChairmanofGoldmanSachsInternational),MarcusAgius(ChairmanofBarclays)andDanielVasella(theChairmanofpharmaceuticalgiantNovartis).Thesteeringcommitteemeetsinabsolutesecretseveraltimesayear.Whatlong-termgoalsdoesClarkeholdincommonwiththesebankersandCEOs?Itistimetosubjectthesekindofextracurricularrolestocloserscrutiny.AstatementofsupportforOccupyBilderberghadbeenpreparedbymembersoftheEconomicsWorkingGroupandendorsedbytheOccupyLondonGA.Thestatementcondemned“theprofounddenialofaparticipatory,directdemocracy”thatBilderbergrepresents.Andwarnedagainst“theever-increasinginuenceofunaccountableinternationalbankersoveroureconomicanddemocraticsystem”.ItwasreadoutonthegrassslopesoutsidetheWesteldsMarriottthroughaloudhailer,andlivestreamedbackaroundtheworld.Asmallblowfortransparencywasstruck.Whenenoughoftheseblowsland,thesecurityfenceswillfall.Untilthen,intheclosingwordsofthestatementofsupport:“staystrong!”
occUpY
 
biLDerberG:the
 
FiGht
 
For
 
transparencY
HANNAHBORNO
FOONGWAI

You're Reading a Free Preview

Download
scribd
/*********** DO NOT ALTER ANYTHING BELOW THIS LINE ! ************/ var s_code=s.t();if(s_code)document.write(s_code)//-->