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US increases federal Minimum Wage - "aspiring to more burger"

27-07-2008 13:33

I've just read on wikinews how the US Federal minimum wage was increased last week from $5.85 to $6.55 an hour. If by chance you are one of those who haven't enjoyed a weakening dollar to spend your salary on fun weekend shopping sprees in New York City and thus learnt elementary currency trading, we're talking about an increase from £2.94 an hour to every 60 minutes.

This of course raises many questions. Not least of which might be : how much can you buy for $6.55 or £3.14 or would it be worth you spending a Sunday afternoon comparing wage levels between your locality and some other state in Europe?

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Sustainable Transport: Climate Camp Style

27-07-2008 13:01

The bicycle caravan heading down to Kingsnorth from Scotland arrived in Newcastle Upon Tyne yesterday.

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North Wales Rally against the Badger 'Cull'

27-07-2008 11:03

Badger and placards
A good crowd gathered in Colwyn Bay on Saturday 26th July to protest against the proposal by the Welsh Assembly government to kill badgers.

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Smash School Privatisation: Wembley Sports Ground Re-Occupied, AGAIN!

27-07-2008 10:52

Following the recent residents and local teachers' resistance to the privatised Wembley Ark Academy school plans, this morning an independent group of "concerned citizens" re-occupied the Wembley Park Sports Ground.

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New American ELF Prisoner: Brian Lefey

27-07-2008 10:16

Urgent ELP! Bulletin (26th of July 2008)

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OZ Catholic Workers Acquitted ofl Charges Arising from Exorcism of Raytheon Briz

27-07-2008 06:42

An hour after a Wynnum magistrate found Lisa Bridle and I not guilty of
"disobeying a police direction", police rang my home to let me know that Raytheon did not wish to proceed with willful damages charges resulting form another (our third) exorcism at their Brisbane offices.

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an attempt to assassinate bolivian president Evo Morales?

27-07-2008 01:13

LA PAZ - Bolivian President Evo Morales has voiced suspicions about the crash of a helicopter he used last week that killed five people, saying the incident was “probably not accidental”.Morales flew aboard the Super Puma on Sunday in southern Bolivia and was scheduled to use it again on Monday to travel from La Paz to the northern city of Cobija, said Defense Minister Walker San Miguel.

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26.07.08 Climate Camp press conference

26-07-2008 21:55

UK, Greater London. Climate camp press conference, Harlington Baptist church.
Images from the climate camp press conference, Saturday 26th July 2008.
The climate camp will move this weekend from its location at Heathrow Airport to a new location - Kingsnorth power station in Medway, Kent. This conference aimed to examine the ongoing situation at Heathrow and bring different groups such as Camp for Climate Action, local campaign groups HACAN and NoTRAG), and Greenpeace to discuss a broad strategy against expansion.

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Ex-Mossad chief says strike on Iran could 'affect us for 100 years'

26-07-2008 21:09

Note that most of the definitives tossed about by these Extremists are unsourced at best.

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Neocons Lash Out at White House for Diplomatic Overtures to Iran

26-07-2008 21:07

Lashing out is about all these disgraced War Criminals have left.

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Are You Ready to Face the Facts About Israel?

26-07-2008 21:06

The Origin of the Palestine-Israel Conflict
Published by Jews for Justice in the Middle East

As the periodic bloodshed continues in the Middle East, the search for an equitable solution must come to grips with the root cause of the conflict. The conventional wisdom is that, even if both sides are at fault, the Palestinians are irrational "terrorists" who have no point of view worth listening to. Our position, however, is that the Palestinians have a real grievance: their homeland for over a thousand years was taken, without their consent and mostly by force, during creation of the state of Israel. And all subsequent crimes—on both sides—inevitably follow from this original injustice.

This paper outlines the history of Palestine to show how this process occurred and what a moral solution to the region's problems should consist of. If you care about the people of the Middle East, Jewish and Arab, you owe it to yourself to read this account of the other side of the historical record.

The standard Zionist position is that they showed up in Palestine in the late 19th century to reclaim their ancestral homeland. Jews bought land and started building up the Jewish community there. They were met with increasingly violent opposition from the Palestinian Arabs, presumably stemming from the Arabs' inherent anti-Semitism. The Zionists were then forced to defend themselves and, in one form or another, this same situation continues up to today.

The problem with this explanation is that it is simply not true, as the documentary evidence in this booklet will show. What really happened was that the Zionist movement, from the beginning, looked forward to a practically complete dispossession of the indigenous Arab population so that Israel could be a wholly Jewish state, or as much as was possible. Land bought by the Jewish National Fund was held in the name of the Jewish people and could never be sold or even leased back to Arabs (a situation which continues to the present).

The Arab community, as it became increasingly aware of the Zionists' intentions, strenuously opposed further Jewish immigration and land buying because it posed a real and imminent danger to the very existence of Arab society in Palestine. Because of this opposition, the entire Zionist project never could have been realized without the military backing of the British. The vast majority of the population of Palestine, by the way, had been Arabic since the seventh century A.D. (Over 1200 years)

In short, Zionism was based on a faulty, colonialist world view that the rights of the indigenous inhabitants didn't matter. The Arabs' opposition to Zionism wasn't based on anti-Semitism but rather on a totally reasonable fear of the dispossession of their people.

One further point: being Jewish ourselves, the position we present here is critical of Zionism but is in no way anti-Semitic. We do not believe that the Jews acted worse than any other group might have acted in their situation. The Zionists (who were a distinct minority of the Jewish people until after WWII) had an understandable desire to establish a place where Jews could be masters of their own fate, given the bleak history of Jewish oppression. Especially as the danger to European Jewry crystalized in the late 1930's and after, the actions of the Zionists were propelled by real desperation.

But so were the actions of the Arabs. The mythic "land without people for a people without land" was already home to 700,000 Palestinians in 1919. This is the root of the problem, as we shall see.

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Free the Cuban Five!

26-07-2008 18:47

Free the Cuban Five
International Pressure Grows, Demanding U.S. Release of the "Cuban Five" Anti-Terrorists
(tune in to Sunday for live interview with committee representative)

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Nottingham 6th Gay Pride : Pictures 2

26-07-2008 16:25

A few thousand folks turned out for the 6th Nottingham Gay Pride Bash in the Arbo.

Saturday 26th July 2008, from 12.00-6.00pm
Arboretum Park, Nottingham

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Nottingham 6th Gay Pride : Pictures 1

26-07-2008 16:15

A few thousand folks turned out for the 6th Nottingham Gay Pride Bash in the Arbo.

Saturday 26th July 2008, from 12.00-6.00pm
Arboretum Park, Nottingham

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Direct Action; UK, Mexico, Finland & Sweden

26-07-2008 16:09

24th-26th July


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Smash School Privatisation: Next Step In The Anti-Academy Campaign

26-07-2008 15:19

Following last week’s actions against the privatisation of UK education in Wembley, North West London, a new call out by campaigners to re-squat the land and put another obstacle in the way of Blair’s profitable education program, centring the campaign against school privatisation right under the nose of the new Wembley Stadium.

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Community Assemblies – a revolutionary devolution?

26-07-2008 14:43

In the dulcet tones of a charging bull, Paul Scriven, leader of Sheffield Council and chief commandant of the local Liberal Democrats, ushered in a new era at Sheffield Council. The big idea is to change Area Panels, the twelve erratic local government love children that are dotted around Sheffield, into seven Community Assemblies.

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600 million of pounds burned last night at the Hackney Planning Committe

26-07-2008 14:16

How 600 million of pounds were burned last night
in the Hackney Planning committee of London.

Hackney Council effort to sell off most of its land bank asset to
speculative driven private property deals suffered a blow last night
at its very own home - the Hackney Town Hall.

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Raga P and Trial delay of Malaysian Activists.

26-07-2008 11:27

image from Raja Petra's Site
This is a heads up on some of the repressions in Malaysia , from
colleagues and friends caught up in the new rules, regulations
and problems- which really have been building up since Anwar's
first trial.
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