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News Datacide 15, pt.1: Endless War

Endless War
In April 2015, three mercenaries (Paul Slough, Evan Liberty and Dustin Heard) of the American private military contractor previously known as Blackwater Security Consulting (now Academi) were sentenced each to 30 years and one mercenary (Nicholas Slatten) to life in prison for the Nisour Square massacre of September 16, 2007 in Baghdad. The jury in this federal criminal case found that the Blackwater contractors opened fire indiscriminately into the busy square, killing 17 Iraqi civilians and wounding 20 others, and were not provoked or in danger as the defendants had claimed. The investigation into the massacre and the subsequent trial were riddled with problems, while the fifth Blackwater mercenary (Jeremy Ridgeway) co-operated with the government and testified against others, and was sentenced to twelve months in prison. This is one of the few court cases in which American mercenaries were found criminally liable for manslaughter of civilians during the second Iraq war, despite widespread abuses, torture and murder.

The Pentagon continues in late December 2015 to stonewall a federal judge’s ruling to release to the public 2,100 photographs of detainee abuse and torture committed by US soldiers and contractors. On February 4, 2016, the Pentagon released only 198 photos which mostly show close-ups of bruises or small wounds on detainees’ bodies. The withheld photographs document torture at Abu Ghraib prison and 23 other locations including ‘black sites’, and are said to be even more sadistic than those made public in 2003. The Pentagon has ‘re-certified’ the rest of the photographs as ‘secret’ to prevent their release, and the government has filed a motion to have the judge’s order vacated. The Obama administration continues the Bush administration’s policies to keep evidence of abuse and torture ‘secret’ despite claiming to be ‘the most transparent administration ever’.

In December 2014, the US Senate Select Committee on Intelligence released a highly redacted executive summary (525 pages) of its full 6,700-page report on CIA abuse, torture and rendition programs. No one has been held legally or criminally liable for the abuse and torture detailed in the summary and the report, which included waterboarding; sleep depravation for long periods; forcing prisoners to stand on their broken legs/feet and/or in ‘stress positions’; non-stop interrogation for weeks; rape (including so-called forced ‘rectal feeding/hydration’); sexual abuse; death by hypothermia; the use of music/noise, light and darkness as torture; dragging on the floor naked, chained prisoners; stuffing naked prisoners into tiny boxes or coffins for days; threats of sexual abuse against relatives of the prisoners; conducting mock executions; ‘ice baths’, etc. [Read more →]

Datacide 15 Editorial

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‘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 →]

Almanac for Noise & Politics in Stock now!

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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.

NOISEBEGRIFF#2: ZELLER INSTORE AND DATACIDE 15 VERNISSAGE AT PRAXIS STORE BERLIN 12-05-2016

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
Zeller https://soundcloud.com/zeller-1

DJs

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Christoph Fringeli
Zombieflesheater

NoiseBegriff – Occasional Assaults #2

Strictly from 7-10 pm
Free entry!

Datacide Fifteen in stock now – officially out May 7!

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.

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News:
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)

Features:
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

Book reviews:
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

Fiction:
Dan Hekate: Pigeon

Music:
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

Comix:
Simon Lejeune/Olivier Noel: Obekna
Sansculotte: Overdosed

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