‘Everyone has the right to seek and to enjoy in other countries asylum from persecution.’
Article 14.1 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights
It seems fair enough to deduce from this formulation that the denial of this right to freedom from persecution would constitute a human rights violation. The Universal Declaration of Human Rights formulates some essentials of Western democratic self-understanding. It is not surprising that a country like Saudi Arabia refused to sign it in 1948, stating that the Declaration contravenes Sharia Law. Certainly the right wing populist mass movements led by Marine Le Pen, Donald Trump, HC Strache or Frauke Petry are not defenders of Sharia Law, but in many ways these movements are the other side of the same coin of the ultra-reactionary movements in the Middle East.
These movements in the West go beyond lobbying their own governments to suspend human rights to keep out those who are trying to flee the carnage caused, in many cases, by Islamic fundamentalists. In the US, Trump has been vocal in advocating even worse torture than is already being used by the current administration as well as the killing of whole families. In Germany, politicians from the Alternative für Deutschland (AfD) have stated that ‘if necessary’ refugees, including children, should be prevented from entering the country with lethal force. Despite this, Trump is currently the frontrunner of the Republican candidates in the US presidential race, and the AfD enjoys ratings and election success in Germany outdoing any party to the right of the Christian Democrats since the beginning of the Federal Republic.
We’re witnessing a dramatic brutalisation – at least in the rhetoric – of Western politics. [Read more →]
The brand new Almanac for Noise & Politics 2016 (release date May 28, 2016) is made up of a total of five sections that go into depth on some topics previously examined in datacide. Some of the texts have been previously published, some are new and exclusive or translations.
The first section compiles material about and by Nomex, noise artist and film maker, including a discography of his label Adverse.
The second section consists of two critiques of the Left from a communist point of view, one targeting the knee-jerk anti-Imperialism still prevalent in many sections of the Left, the other is an excerpt from a critique of anarchism by Luther Blissett.
The third section is concerned with our ongoing investigations and denouncements of far Right infiltration in popular culture. We see this as an integral part of antifascist activity. Featured here is the article From Subculture to Hegemony – Transversal Strategies of the New Right in Neofolk and Martial Industrial by Christoph Fringeli from datacide eleven.
Part 4 consists of an appraisal of the Vision label which CF ran out of Basel, Switzerland in 1986-1992. The main text is an edited English translation of a contribution to the book Heute und danach by Lurker Grand and André P. Tschan, which appeared in 2012. As it is 30 years ago now that the first Vision appeared it makes sense to document this pre-history of Praxis, which was founded in 1992 after Vision was disbanded.
To illustrate this further and make a connection to the present we reprint Die Menschenhauttrommel (the human skin drum) by Alex Buess from the Vision zine Flash Team Report (Vision 18) from 1988.
The final part of this almanac is a catalogue of our exclusive titles, back issues of datacide and available books.
Vernissage for Datacide 15 with ZELLER live instore & More!
Datacide Fifteen is out and was presented last weekend at the London Radical Bookfair. We return to Berlin for an early evening of experimental sounds and radical insights.
Instore live set by
NoiseBegriff – Occasional Assaults #2
Strictly from 7-10 pm
datacide fifteen is in stock now and available from the Online shop HERE.
We will be present with a stall at the Radical Bookfair in London May 7
There will be a launch at Praxis Records & Books in Berlin May 12 with Zeller playing live.
Endless War; Infiltration and Agent Provocateurs; Surveillance, Control and Repression (Nemeton)
Neo-Nazis, the National Socialist Underground and the State (CF)
Why Do Refugees Want To Go To England? (Jeff 23)
Clive Acid: Towards a New African Fascism
Multiculturalism, Immunisation and Rhythm: Interview with Alexej Ulbricht conducted by Jonathan Nassim and Mikala Rasmussen, with introduction and additional questions by David Cecil
Howard Slater: Last Survivors or First Mutants: Notes on Surplus Population
The Fool: A Deadly Mediterranean: Technical Trials of Modern Warfare
Howard Slater: Sincere Genesis: On Félix Guattari and Groups
Adrian Mengay and Maike Pricelius: Interview with Osha Neumann
The Reverend: Marketisation of Mass Education in England: A Brief History
Matthew Hyland: A Cry Against Help & 13 Protheses on Carelessness of the Self
Neil Transpontine: ‘These Days are not to be Missed’: 1990s Rave and Club Culture in Fiction
Christoph Fringeli: Peter Sedgwick: Psycho Politics – Laing, Foucault, Goffman, Szasz and the Future of Mass Psychiatry
Christoph Fringeli: Marcel Bois: Kommunisten gegen Hitler und Stalin. Die linke Opposition der KPD in der Weimarer Republik – Eine Gesamtdarstellung
Dan Hekate: Pigeon
Guoda Diržyte: Fluxus and DIY Concerts
Record Reviews by Nemeton, Zombieflesheater, CF, Prole Sector and Controlled Weirdness
Datacide Activities Since the Last Issue
DJ Charts + illustration by Guinea Pigs
Simon Lejeune/Olivier Noel: Obekna
Datacide will be at this years’ Radical Bookfair with a stall – and the brand new issue – datacide fifteen
Radical booksellers, publishers, artists and activists of all stripes are setting up in the Great Hall at Goldsmiths University to host the 4th London Radical Bookfair.
With over 130 exhibitors and 20 guest speakers, this will be a unique gathering of progressive readers, thinkers and doers, in a celebration of radical publishing and politics.
The free event is organised by the Alliance of Radical Booksellers (ARB), which formed in 2011 to raise awareness of the radical book trade. The fair provides an annual opportunity to bring Britain’s radical booksellers together to meet in person with publishers and the reading public.
And it’s also an opportunity for us to host award ceremonies for the ARB’s two annual book prizes — the Bread and Roses Award for Radical Publishing and the Little Rebels Children’s Book Award. Shortlisted authors from the two awards will give talks and participate in panel discussions throughout the day.
As in previous years, we’ll be showcasing the depth and breadth of radical publishing. While there are currently other book fairs dedicated to progressive titles, they tend to focus on tightly defined political traditions. The aim of the London Radical Bookfair is to be a broad church that brings together these traditions and make them accessible to a wider audience.