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Notting Hill Carnival: Sound Systems BBC 2014 Documentary | YouTube


Sound systems arrived in Britain with the first wave of Jamaican immigration in the 50s and 60s, providing a link to “home” as well as the backdrop and the soundtrack to the social life of black Britain.

But as second and third generation black Britons grew up in the 70s and 80s, sound system culture was remixed as not just reggae, but soul, disco and hip hop found their way on to the sound system turntables and the bass knob was jacked up to 11.

For many, sound systems are a way of life, a heritage and a culture and in this film sound boys old and young, male and female, celebrate the extraordinary story of the sound systems – an analogue force still going strong in a digital age of downloads and live streaming.


Vorratsdatenspeicherung: Briten bauen Überwachung per Notstandsgesetz aus | ZEIT ONLINE

Neue Geheimdienstbefugnisse und Vorratsdaten in einem Aufwasch: Die britische Regierung peitscht ein Gesetz durchs Parlament, das Bürgerrechtler für gefährlich halten. VON PATRICK BEUTH


Vorratsdatenspeicherung: Briten bauen Überwachung per Notstandsgesetz aus

GCHQ-Posten im englischen Bude | © Kieran Doherty/Reuters


Per Notstandsgesetz […] soll zum einen die vor drei Monaten vom Europäischen Gerichtshof für unzulässig erklärte Richtlinie zur Vorratsdatenspeicherung durch eine eigene, nationale gesetzliche Grundlage ersetzt werden. Zum anderen soll das gleiche Gesetz die Überwachungskompetenzen der britischen Geheimdienste präzisieren.


Files on UK role in CIA rendition accidentally destroyed, says minister | World news | theguardian.com

Rights groups say FCO claim records of flights in and out of Diego Garcia missing due to water damage ’smacks of cover-up‘


US bomber takes off from a base on Diego Garcia

A US bomber takes off from Diego Garcia in 2001. An upcoming Senate report identifies the UK territory as a location where the CIA established a secret prison as part of its rendition programme, say reports. Photograph: Usaf/AFP


The claim comes amid media reports in the US that a Senate report due to be published later this year identifies Diego Garcia as a location where the CIA established a secret prison as part of its extraordinary rendition programme. According to one report, classified CIA documents state that the prison was established with the „full cooperation“ of the UK government.


Banksy confirms he is creator of Spy Booth wall art near GCHQ | Art and design | theguardian.com

Guerrilla graffiti artist admits to painting three 1950s-style spooks near listening centre in Cheltenham


Possible Banksy Artwork Around A Telephone Box

Banksy has confirmed that he painted three spies near GCHQ in Cheltenham. Photograph: Matt Cardy/Getty Images


The guerrilla graffiti artist Banksy has confirmed that he is the creator of an artwork showing trenchcoat-wearing, sunglass-sporting spies close to the surveillance agency GCHQ.


Dubbed Spy Booth, the image of three spooks equipped with listening devices and surrounding a phone box appeared in April on the corner of two residential streets in Cheltenham, Gloucestershire.


The English Method: UK taught modern torture to Brazil’s dictators | Boing Boing


Brazil’s 21-year military dictatorship was a torturing, brutal regime — among their victims was the current president, Dilma Rousseff. At first, the generals tortured by flogging and shocks, but British officials taught them to torture without leaving marks, helping the regime to rehabilitate its international human rights image. The techniques the UK taught to Brazil’s torturers were developed for Malay rebels and perfected on Northern Irish Republicans, and these techniques came to be known as „The English Method.“


Other governments — Germany, France, Panama, and, of course, the USA — also trained Brazil’s torturers, but the UK methods were the best.