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Police Injuries from Illegal Arrest leading to 13 month Section 3 detainment at St Cadoc’s Hospital

I was illegally arrested by armed police officers in my hometown of Caldicot on 19.12.19. I will be elaborating on the events of this day on https://endofterror.org at a later date once I have full resolution of all the paperwork relating to that day. After 6 hours in transit on a journey that should only take 20 minutes, I eventually was dumped by Gwent Police into St. Cadoc’s Hospital, Caerleon, where Dr Anvita Swarnkar sectionned me under Section 3 (this was to last for a full 13 months). Unfortunately I am only too used to receiving injuries from police brutality. This is despite having never been violent towards them nor ever having a criminal record. Usually it has been difficult getting evidence of this torture (like for example when they shot me in the heart at my home). This time, even though it took a good while, I managed to sneak some photos of the injuries meted out by the police during my hospital stay. The injuries were quite a bit more severe immediately after they were caused yet as I reiterate I couldn’t get instant footage. The injuries were mainly severe bruising on my upper arm and cuts to my wrist from handcuffs and whatever the police tried to plant on me after arrest when they had me in handcuffs. The injuries took about 3 months to fully bleed out. It was very difficult getting medical attention inside the hospital. After begging the NHS nurses none of them knew first aid and could do bandages. Blood was literally pissing out of my arm going all over the place before eventually a senior nurse (‘Spanish Sarah’) put on a dressing. I had asked to be transferred to a proper hospital but this request was denied.   Below are the images that I have: When the armed police put handcuffs on me, they tightened them about 3 times. They were quite wide handcuffs. What they did was turn me around before they put me into the back of the van. Then they put a heavy blanket over the top of the handcuffs. My arms were locked behind my back. They then snuck in underneath the blanket a sharp object which immediately started to cut into my wrists and locked into the tightening part of the handcuffs. I wasn’t sure if it was a razor blade or a knife? I couldn’t get…

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Review: How to Change the World – Tales of Marx and Marxism – by Eric Hobsbawm

This is the second Hobsbawm book that I have tackled and I find him to be a detailed, erudite, intelligent author and his obvious left-leaning politics readily assist him in compiling this study of Karl Marx and his work. The first part of the book looks directly at Marx’s work, specifically his writings with Engels. I’ve read the Communist Manifesto and faced a Marxist indoctrination in the social sciences whilst reading Geography at UCL in London. I like the revolutionary aspects of Marxism and do consider most of my day to day living to be quite Marxist in its constant desire to uproot society from the bottom up with a distant Utopian goal that is a fairer and more balanced society constantly in mind.The second half of the book looks at the history of Marxism and its context in varied global ages. The Russian Revolution and Soviet Union are obviously important although for a lot of the book we look at Marxism in European socialist and communist parties. There are two chapters on Gramsci, the Italian who I must try and investigate further. Sometimes reading the book can get a bit tiring and it is very thorough in its detail. I’m going to tackle more Hobsbawm and would recommend this to anyone who wants an entry level understanding of Marxism.

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Nurse Profile: Arezou from Iran

Well, what can I say? Let me introduce you to the Persian Princess that is Arezou…. I first met her whilst serving a 13 month Section 3 detention in 2019-2021. She was working at Adferiad Ward (Acute), St Cadoc’s Hospital, Caerleon. Arezou is dark and mysterious and quite pretty to go with it. She was very friendly to me from the outset and I had learnt a bit of Arabic and Farsi (Persian) in the past so we had a connection there plus I have some Iranian friends in the music business. I’ve read several books on Iran and although it is a state that oftne doesn’t align with traditional Western democratic views, I feel drawn to the hidden wonders of the Orient and it was pleasant being able to meet a native from that land and discover a bit of culture and tales from there. Arezou is an NA or nursing assistant so technically isn’t qualified. These nurses are at the brunt of the system, right on the front line. They don’t hit the same pay rewards as their qualified cousins and they often have to deal with the toughest problems within the Mental Health sector. They have the advantage of being around the patients more and can actually chat and get to know them properly. Arezou is not stupid, far from it. She is a qualified psychologist with a good degree yet she chooses to work as an NA. Her reasons were complex but I think at her tender young age she may have found her calling. I was trying to constantly push her to go for a position as a psychologist as I thought she was very good, calm and collected to talk to and I felt that I opened up a fair bit to her. As soon as I got some leave from the ward (escorted) it was Arezou who took me on my first date (I always say this when a female member of staff takes me out lol) – We headed down to the local posh restaurant, The Priory, where I like to take a coffee. It was a nice Spring day and we could sit outside. As soon as we got out of the hospital Arezou was flat out on her mobile phone, ignoring me, but that is the way of the younger generation these days. She was catching up with her buddies…

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Review: Prison Writing of Latin America by Joey Whitfield

Joey is a teacher of mine at MLANG in Cardiff University. This is his first book. It explores prison writing in Latin America and looks at abolitionism of the penal system and draws on some really rather delicate themes that expose the dark brutality of prisons in a developing continent where sometimes human rights can be totally thrown out of the window. There is a schism in the penal code between political prisoners and criminals and Joey looks at how these two groups affect each other’s progress through the system. Often it is the poorest and racially discriminated against that suffer the worst fates in the prison system. Poor, indigenous women victims of Reagan’s War on Drugs when Latin American governments need to satisfy captivity quotas in order to get their dollar funding are the ones which are locked away as they are easy targets for a corrupt police force. The first chapter looks at political writing within the prison system. I was totally blown away by the imprisoned Costa Rican author José León Sánchez. This man was a true victim of the system and was wrongly given a life imprisonment term on the barren prison island colony of San Lucas, condemned to carrying a ball and chain around with him whilst manacled all day. In the face of adversity, Sánchez became literate and his work ‘La isla de los hombres solos’ catapulted him into national and international fame, his original work confounding all the critics. Chapter 2 of Whitfield is very dark and difficult to read. It explores homosexual love in the prison system, from rape through to desperate displays of machisimo. The men turn to each other in a way of confronting the system. This chapter looks mainly at imprisoned Cubans. Chapter 3 is brutal in the way it describes the prison massacres of Senderoso Luminosa captives who fight wars with the Peruvian authorities from behind the door, all in defence of their leftist communist ideologies. Some of the worst prison massacres in history occurred in Peru during the 1980s at the peak of the Senedero resistance guerrilla war with the state. Chapter 4 is about the War on Drugs where the Reagan administration turns its Southern hemisphere politics away from leftist insurgents and criminalises the narcotics industry, creating a new criminal class. Comando Vermelho (Red Command) is Brasil are a drug-trafficking criminal gang that originate in prisons…

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Achats en Ligne

Pendant les confinements successifs, on a pu remarquer une augmentation des achats en ligne. Peut-on déclarer que c’est une bonne, ou une mauvaise chose ? Il ne fait aucun doute que, alors que notre société entre dans le XXIe siècle, l’évolution des technologies l’accompagne. Les achats en ligne sont déjà une tendance croissante depuis quelques années. Comment la pandémie de Covid-19 a-t-elle affecté cette tendance? Dans cet essai, la question suivante sera posée: Pendant les confinements successifs, on a pu remarquer une augmentation des achats en ligne. Peut-on déclarer que c’est une bonne, ou une mauvaise chose? Et tant que les opinions sur le sujet resteront divisées, il semble peu probable qu’on puisse trouver une solution. La croissance de l’industrie en ligne n’est pas toujours la meilleure chose pour nous en tant que société. L’augmentation des ventes en ligne entraîne automatiquement la disparition de nos rues principales du centre-ville. Le cœur même de nos villes est déchiré par un transfert d’argent liquide au pouvoir d’achat sur Internet. Le déclin des magasins traditionnels peut être prouvé au Royaume-Uni par l’effondrement de la superpuissance du commerce de détail Debenhams. Ces grands bâtiments de grands magasins, un point de repère dans la plupart des centres-villes du pays, sont maintenant désolés et vides. Si vous soutenez les entreprises locales et les magasins, ce qui est une bonne chose à faire pour l’environnement, alors peut-être que la croissance des achats en ligne n’est pas une bonne chose. La montée en puissance des achats en ligne a également échoué dans sa capacité à livrer. Les supermarchés ont échappé à la plupart des restrictions de vente au détail apportées par Covid-19, mais avez-vous essayé de réserver une livraison en ligne dans un supermarché? La capacité est bien supérieure et il faut souvent attendre 3 à 4 semaines pour finaliser votre achat. Il est sûrement préférable de pouvoir toucher et essayer tous les achats que bien sûr Internet ne vous permet pas de faire correctement. Parfois, Internet peut être un endroit difficile pour faire des achats, car la criminalité en ligne telle que la fraude peut affecter votre expérience. Les actions d’Amazon ont clôturé à un niveau record Amazon est un géant de la vente au détail en ligne et, à titre d’exemple de l’augmentation des achats en ligne, nous pouvons examiner leur cours de bourse en augmentation constante sur le marché boursier. Avec les achats en ligne, le…

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Review: Even Silence has an End – My six years of Captivity in the Colombian Jungle – by Ingrid Betancourt

Ingrid Betancourt was one of the most high profile political prisoners in the world during her captivity in the Colombian Jungle at the hands of the FARC-EP, Colombia’s left wing communist guerrillas. A brutal civil war has raged for the best part of 60 years in this Southern hemisphere country. The rural FARC occupy the West of the country and fight against a government that is propped up by US military aid and this Cold War-esque struggle has raged for decades. Most of the information we gather in the international press regarding the conflict tends to be heavily biased and actually obtaining real information about the FARC and their ideologies is very difficult and suppressed. This book, is a rarity, in that it offers an insight into the Guerrilla aspect of the struggle. It does this perhaps inadvertently and perhaps against the intentions of the author who perhaps expects the reader to be overly sympathetic to what was indeed for her a terrible ordeal and a life changing one.Betancourt was born into a political family and was a member of Colombia’s elite. She is a dual national and it is her French nationality that really projected her plight to the international world. The French government were very active in campaigning for her release.The manner in which Betancourt was captured by the FARC, I feel, needs to be questioned more thoroughly. To me it seems as though due to the scanty provision of security by the government as she conducted politics in or on the fringes of the FARC held sone, I think that perhaps the forces that be within the government might have deliberately pawned her as a political captive. It just didn’t add up how easily she was initially kidnapped and the government were certainly somewhat responsible.She was taken off to the jungle and for the next 6 years spent her life on the move darting between various military camps, evading capture from the authorities and evading death from the ongoing violent conflict between the insurgent guerrillas and government armed forces. One of the highlights of the book to me was the way in which we learn about the ways of the FARC. From day-to-day activities to the political organisation of the armed units. to relationships with their leaders and the discourse between authorities and the way in which the captives had access to international and national media via…

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