The June edition of The Occupied Times is out this week, with a new format and the same dose of critical commentary and analysis our readers have come to expect.
The OT is switching to a magazine front-cover with illustrative artwork by returning artist Alex Charnley that depicts the havoc huge corporations are wreaking across the world. The theme is continued inside, with articles by Occupy London’s Corporations Working Group that focus on the unethical practices of multinational mining giants Xstrata and Glencore. The spread also provides the one piece of promotional material the OT has ever been keen to run: a poster promoting the Carnival of Dirt criminal corporatocracy protest scheduled to take place in London on June 15th.
This month’s news focuses on issues of concern to both Occupy and London communities, including the outcome of a complaint to the Press Complaints Commission regarding the media’s thermal imaging surveillance of occupiers last winter, a preview of next month’s ‘Pilgrimage for Justice’, fresh details on the eviction of the camp at St Paul’s, and an update on legal action against campers at Finsbury Square.
International features cover various forms of resistance around the world, from Venezuela’s Hip-hop rebels to the stirrings of revolutionary activity in Canada and a first-hand account from Blockupy Frankfurt.
The OT house spreads host pieces on tax and military spending, the danger of the post-Breivik far-right in Europe, and a dispatch from Occupy Wall Street by OT editor Michael Richmond.
This month’s Preoccupying is a bumper interview with Dan Hind, social theorist and author of Return of the Public. The interview covers topics that include the prospects and pitfalls of peoples’ assemblies and the rise of mental health problems in today’s society.
As a prelude to the summer’s most scandalous sporting event, we look towards the Olympics with an article that argues for civil disobedience against the Games, an interview with Richard Solly of Greenwash Gold, and the story of an occupier who gave up their ticket in favour of alternative plans to protest the event.
The issue closes with the return of the OT ‘anti’-horoscope, a corporate greed crossword and the second installment in our Tales from the Grind series recounting those moments of hilarity and absurdity from the world of our readers’ working lives.
Copies of OT14 will be distributed at events and within communities throughout June, as well as from the shelves of independent businesses across the capital. OT Stockists include: Housemans, Black Gull Books, Ray’s Jazz Cafe, Banner Repeater, 56a, The Cockpit and the London Review Bookshop