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Latest American I/Op: An army of media military 'analysts' recruited by Pentagon

20-04-2008 23:12

An investigation by the New York Times has revealed "a Pentagon information apparatus" which uses military 'analysts' in a campaign to generate favourable news coverage of the Bush administration's wars on terrorism and Iraq. The front page feature by David Barstow comes after the paper successfully sued the Defense Department, under the Freedom of Information Act, to gain access to 8,000 pages of e-mail messages, transcripts and records describing years of private briefings, trips to Iraq and Guantánamo and an extensive Pentagon talking points operation.

"Internal Pentagon documents repeatedly refer to the military analysts as 'message force multipliers' or 'surrogates' who could be counted on to deliver administration 'themes and messages' to millions of Americans 'in the form of their own opinions'."

The full 11-page report | Video: How the Pentagon spread its message | Excerpts from selected documents

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US "war on terrorism" trophy prisoner: Dr. Sami Al-Arian's ordeal continues

20-04-2008 22:11

Since his acquittal in December 2005, Professor Sami Al-Arian has remained in prison. Following the trial, the government indicated its intention to retry him on the remaining charges, which is unprecedented given the jury's overwhelming rejection of the case.

Dr. Al-Arian is greatly weakened after 46 days without food, his situation is grave, prison authorities are hostile and dismissive, and the Department of Justice may be trying to kill him.

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Participate in World Week for Lab Animals

20-04-2008 20:59

19th-26th April

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Space Invaded, and Evicted? - Squat manchester a summary

20-04-2008 20:06


A Summary of the events in Manchester around Squat Manchester 12 April. Including the film night, the banner drops, the new squatted social centre, the family fun day, the No Borders March, the occupation of Jacksons Wharf the busted 'free' party and more!!

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British government tries to censor information on nuclear bomb.

20-04-2008 20:04

The British government has attempted to censor information showing how Britain got the nuclear bomb. Wikileaks posted a copy of the 1947 “Penny report.” The British government responded to this by emailing Wikileaks and claiming that “some censorship at least is in the public good.”

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Minutes of Manchester NO2ID Meeting, April 2008

20-04-2008 18:47

Manchester NO2ID Logo
A summary of what we've been up to recently, what our ongoing plans are, and our actions for future.

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Police presence in Bristol starts to fall in days after controlled explosion

20-04-2008 18:46

The police presence in Bristol has started to fall. This comes in the days after a controlled explosion and the arrest of a man under the terrorism act in the Westbury on Trym area of the city.

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RTFO - This is not the way to go

20-04-2008 17:27

Biofuels - Every Litre Heats
Campaigners protest at introduction of mandatoty biofuels at the UKs biggest retailer - Tescos

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Founder of Saving Iceland Accused by Icelandic Police

20-04-2008 17:08

On Monday 21st April 2008 Saving Iceland Founder, Olafur Pall Sigurdson,
will appear before the District Court of East Iceland charged with
property damage. The charge relates to an incident at Snæfell Mountain
protest camp in the end of July 2006, when a police 4x4 was deliberately
driven into Sigurdsson at a potentially fatal speed.

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Freespace Brum - Temporary Autonomous Zone 11-13th April

20-04-2008 11:47

Keep Digbeth Noisy
A report written collaboratively by the FreeSpaceBrum collective, supporters and participants of the last weekend's social centre in Digbeth.

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Protest. In memory of Ama Sumani.

20-04-2008 11:46

Yesterday, on Saturday 19th April 2008, there was a protest in memory of Ama Sumani in Cardiff, Wales. Ama Sumani was taken by force from hospital in Wales in January 2008 and removed to Ghana. In Ghana she was unable to continue her treatment and died two months later. Friends of Ama Sumani do not want her death to be forgotten and intend to continue the struggle against the removal of people to countries where effective medical treatment for their conditions is unavailable.

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Take Action: Abolition of 10p Tax Rate

20-04-2008 11:03

Brendan Barber, head of the TUC, has strongly criticised the abolition of the 10p tax rate. Barber has voiced concerns that the government has been paying far too much attention to the "siren voices of those campaigning to the super rich and the corporate elite."

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The March to War: Syria Preparing for US-Israeli Attacks

20-04-2008 10:49

It is now 2008 and the spectre of war has remerged in the Middle East. Syrian President Basher Al-Assad revealed that his country is uneasy and prepared for the worst once again. Despite Tehran’s position that the U.S. would not dare launch a war against Iran, the Iranian military is on standby. The Lebanese military and Hezbollah have also been placed on alert.

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Carnival against despair

20-04-2008 10:47

Love Music Hate Racism Carnival
Sunday 27 April
Victoria Park E3
Free entry

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Request - Photos from the weekend of Autonomous Actions

20-04-2008 10:29

The next issue of the Mule is out soon and we are looking for photos from the 11th and 12th of April.

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Don’t Drink from the Mainstream.

20-04-2008 10:06

Camcorders for everyone
Here’s the note pinned on the studio door of Undercurrents
To do list for 2008

1) Make 10 new video series on topics ranging from Woodland skills to Technology reviews and from Political news to investigative documentaries.

2) Develop a desktop video player application based upon the open source software.

3) Launch an Internet Protocol Television Station which builds an open mass medium of online television.

Ps: Do it all on a minuscule budget

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Terrorist conspiracy in Worthing

20-04-2008 08:40

TERRORISM, subterfuge and conspiracy are the subject of a talk being given in Worthing on Thursday night (April 24).

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Meet-up details

19-04-2008 23:21

In the spirit of freespace

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Video from Ffoss-yfran coal mine action

19-04-2008 22:26

Video this is very serious
Video from the locked on vehicles, of surveillance by state and by Miller-Argent, with a statement by exec director Steven Tillman.