No Quarter: an Anarchist Zine about Pirates

Tuesday, September 30, 2008

Dead Somali Pirates and a Mystery

Somewhat sketchy reports about Somali pirates hijacking an Iranian vessel for ransom and then falling sick and some dying. A Sept 28th report claims "Somali pirates suffered skin burns, lost hair and fell gravely ill 'within days' of boarding the MV Iran Deyanat. Some of them died". There is some question as to what the cargo is. "The vessel’s declared cargo consists of 'minerals' and 'industrial products'. But officials involved in negotiations over the ship are convinced that it was sailing for Eritrea to deliver small arms and chemical weapons to Somalia’s Islamist rebels". has picked up on the story publishing a story with the cautious title Mysterious Cargo Aboard Iranian Ship Seized by Pirates Raises WMD Concerns. Perhaps the Somali pirates should now be considered allies in the Global War on Terror.

Sunday, September 28, 2008

Off With Their Heads !!!

Bristol Radical History Week 2008
Off With Their Heads: Assassins, Plots & Regicide
Saturday 25th October – Tuesday 4th November 2008

With both Canada and the United States in the midst of a deluge of electoral politicking it is nice that our friends at the Bristol Radical History Group offer us an alternative to the banal bleating of liars of different stripes. We can examine with them how people in the past dealt with presidents, ministers and kings. And like all their events, it looks very good!

Tuesday, September 16, 2008

The Works of James Naylor

One of the most fascinating figures of the English Revolution was James Naylor. He is perhaps best remembered for his ride into Bristol in 1656 emulating Jesus' ride into Jerusalem. Some of Naylor's companions sang Holy Holy Holy as he rode. He was arrested, convicted of blasphemy, and nearly executed. Parliament showed mercy, and instead flogged him, branded his forehead with the letter B for blasphemy, and stuck a red hot poker through his tongue. Plus two years hard labor.
Naylor was also quite a writer and his works are getting the deluxe treatment from Quaker Heritage Press. So far three volumes have been published, with a fourth and final volume in preparation. In addition they have been so kind to put the full text of the volumes on the internet! QHP have also published the works of Naylor's contemporary Isaac Penington, as well as a lot of other interesting material, all or most of which is available online too. Thank you Quaker Heritage Press.

Tuesday, September 02, 2008

A Few Things

One- Bristol Radical History Group has posted mp3s of the talks from Down With Fences. So far I've only listened to Peter Linebaugh's talk about his most recent book Magna Carta Manifesto: Liberty and Commons for All (which I've just finished reading, it's good), and George Caffentzis talking about an older book, Clipped Coins: John Locke's Philosophy of Money (which I haven't read, but maybe I will now). The rest of the talks seem equally good. They've also published three pamphlets: Cry Freedom, Cry Seven Stars: Thomas Clarkson In Bristol, 1787 by Mark Steeds, We Come For Our Own And We Shall Have It - Smuggling In Poole And Dorset by Kevin Davis, and A Brief History Of Corporations - Where Did They Come From? By Dan Bennett & Andy Singer. I haven't seen any of them yet, but they seem awesome.

Two- Our friends at Breviary stuff have taken the time amidst posts about anti-enclosure riots, Elizabethan Rogues and Vagabonds and awesome books (seriously, please check out the current books list) to post about No Quarter #3.

Three- I've just seen Anja Kirchner's new film Trail of the Spider. So Awesome! "Trail of the Spider is a 55 minute Western that collides the suppressed multi-racial history of the American frontier with the conflicts breaking up East London today." Couldn't have said it better myself.