Aftermath of August

Eddie Ford looks at the response to the UK riots, both from the establishment and the left

Stunned by the ferocity and magnitude of the recent riots, its world temporarily turned upside down, the dazed establishment has responded with a show of force - time to reclaim the streets. So far just over 2,000 have been arrested and over 1,300 people have appeared in court on various charges relating to the riots. In total, using the latest official statistics, the police have recorded more than 3,000 offences, including 1,101 of burglary in non-residential buildings, 95 cases of handling stolen goods and 48 reports of serious wounding.[1]

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Letters

Sparks' fight; Cut-price; Sex exclusion; Jarra lad; Where was he? ; Spoilt brats; No better; Lemons; Silly; Splitters!; Correction

Best in years

Mark Fischer welcomes an excellent Sumer Offensive

Fall of desperate regime

Anti-imperialism does not equal pro-Gaddafi, argues James Turley

Aiming at wrong target

Maciej Zurowski investigates reactionary musical counterculture and looks at the anti-fascist response

Israel rocked by protests

Moshe Machov

Facing a hot autumn

Prime minister Silvio Berlusconi remains in office, writes Toby Abse, but his Bonapartist regime has come to an end

Debate, controversy and comradeship

Danny Hammill reports on this year's CPGB summer school

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