May 17 • 14M

Palestine's prisoners movement

Listen now: Banned by UK government censorship, my analysis of Palestinian hunger strikers on By Any Means Necessary, Radio Sputnik (14 mins)

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Asa Winstanley
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I am a regular guest on By Any Means Necessary, an excellent leftist radio programme that broadcasts in Washington DC and across the world via the internet. The co-hosts are Sean Blackmon and Jacquie Luqman; Eugene Puryear is an alumnus.

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But recently, the UK government has used the fog of war in Ukraine to impose draconian bans on almost anything and everything Russian. By Any Means Necessary is hosted by Radio Sputnik, a Russian state broadcaster.

  • On 28 February, the British government blocked Russian government websites at the ISP level.

  • On 4 March, Facebook and Instagram owner Meta announced they would be blocking the accounts of Sputnik and Russian TV network RT from users in the UK. This came after a UK government request.

  • On 31 March, Britain announced further sanctions targeting RT and Sputnik.

Somewhere along the line, British ISPs started blocking access to Sputnik’s website altogether. This meant it would no longer be much use to most of my British audience to embed Sputnik’s media player like I used to do.

So I am going to start re-uploading the episodes of By Any Means Necessary which I take part in and posting them to Substack. I’m starting with this clip, from January, about the Palestinian prisoners movement and the victorious hunger strike of Hisham Abu Hawwash.

If you have access to a VPN service, you can also listen to the whole two hour episode over at Sputnik’s website. If you don’t have a VPN, this direct link seems to work (for now).

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