By Kevin Blowe
At a press conference this afternoon, which I was fortunate enough to attend, survivors of a Bosnian concentration camp called for the renaming of the ArcelorMittal Orbit – the Olympic Park's twisted Meccano structure, sometimes known as The Tower of Piffle – as a 'memorial in exile' to Bosniaks and Croats from Prijedor who suffered and died at the camp at the Omarska mining complex.
Submitted by Steve Dowding on Mon, 02/07/2012 - 23:12.
By Steve Rushton
Olympic sponsor ArcelorMittal appears able to silence a mainstream paper from publishing researched critique.
On Friday 22nd June, the Bread and Circuses collective organised an event that focused on the massive spectacles that distract from austerity, the commodification of art and issues of corporate power. These connections linked together in a temporarily squatted empty property, owned by Anish Kapoor who designed the ArcelorMittal Orbit. This tower was mainly funded as a corporate advertising centre piece for the Olympics, by the world’s largest steel corporation: ArcelorMittal. During the event the Guardian requested a piece; however its legal department pulled it due to the threat of litigation.
Submitted by Mike Wells on Mon, 02/07/2012 - 16:47.
Going Ballistic: “I don’t want to live in a building with armed police at my door and missiles on the roof”
By Brian Whelan
Until two months ago I was happy to have the Olympic stadium next door to my apartment in Bow Quarter, East London – I thought there would be traffic issues but never worried the games would intrude on my life.
Submitted by Steve Dowding on Thu, 28/06/2012 - 22:53.
by Kevin Blowe
This is a piece I wrote for Peace News - an edited version appears in its next issue.
With weeks to go before the start of this summer's London Olympics, a sense of foreboding has descended on many of the people who, like me, live and work in Newham in east London, one of the poorest and most ethnically diverse parts of the capital. This anxiety, shared even by those who are enthusiastic about the spectacle of the Games, has been raised by the stories over the last six months about snipers in helicopters, missile launchers on tower blocks and RAF fighters in the skies during the Olympics and repeated predictions that it may be almost impossible to leave the borough during peak periods. People speak of feeling trapped by the arrival of an event that seems more like an invading army of occupation than a welcome visitor.
Submitted by Steve Dowding on Wed, 27/06/2012 - 23:09.
The Olympics project is large and complex. In this revised version of our previous paper of the same name, we draw your attention to significant impacts, the paucity of procedures for impact evaluation, and the processes surrounding the bidding for, and promotion of, the Olympic event.
Submitted by Martin Slavin on Wed, 27/06/2012 - 00:00.
Submitted by Steve Dowding on Mon, 25/06/2012 - 09:58.
Submitted by Julian Cheyne on Sat, 23/06/2012 - 22:43.
GamesMonitor has been sent a copy of a letter to a relative of a user of day centres for dementia sufferers. From a manager of dementia support at Waltham Forest, it reads:
Closure of day clubs during Olympics period
Submitted by Steve Dowding on Tue, 19/06/2012 - 08:40.