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Towards a typology of discrimination?

08-02-2009 14:26

When we talk about discrimination, we tend to blend in racism, heightism, sexism, ageism, ableism, lookism and as many other ‘isms’ as one can think of. These terms describe how people differentiate unfavourably between a self-defined “normal” and a self-defined “abnormal”. Reading over a blog I’d never seen before, I was moved to ask, are all these forms of discrimination the same or are they different? What features do they share in common?

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If the pro-war left is dead, what’s next?

08-02-2009 14:20

Neoconservatism thinking, according to E.D. Kain (via Sullivan), goes like this: The Islamic world is nothing like the Western world. We have few, if any, of the same values and virtually no historical commonality save our shared, centuries-old conflict with one another. The Islamic world, by and large, has none of the laws or customs necessary to develop an organic democratic society the way Western nations have. Therefore, the only way to achieve peace with the Islamic world is for them to adopt our notions of plurality, democracy, and humanism. They won’t do this on their own because of their lack of shared values, and so it follows that we must intervene on their behalf to impose these values, and fashion democracies for them in our image.

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Dirty Socks: Who Will Get My Vote?

08-02-2009 14:15

'I have some good news and some bad news,' the sergeant in the joke tells his men. 'The good news is that you are going to change your dirty socks. The bad news is that you are going to exchange them among yourselves.'

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Water in Bolivia: Defeating the Multinationals Is Just the Start of the Problem

08-02-2009 14:07

Set in a landscape of dry brown hills and arroyos flooded with dust, Cochabamba, Bolivia's third-largest city, is not rich in water. Seen from the air in early September, at the tail end of the southern winter, the land is brown and barren from the ridgetops to the river valleys. A warm wind blows dust in billowing clouds. Thousands of feet below the soaring, icy peaks of the altiplano to the west, and thousands of feet above the lush coca fields of the Chapare to the east and the Amazon to the north, Cochabamba enjoys the mildest climate in the country, but suffers from what geographers call "water stress," compounded here, as everywhere, by climate change.

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Take action for Binyam Mohammed

08-02-2009 12:32

The very least we can do is email Milliband the Spineless

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London Basque Solidarity Campaign-Public Event

08-02-2009 11:55

PUBLIC EVENT organised by London Basque Solidarity Campaign
Thursday 12th February 2009 (7:00pm) Oxford House
Projection of the documentary The Spanish Inquisition
Speaker Saleh Mamon (Human Rights activist)

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Foreign Office colludes with US to cover-up torture of Binyam Mohamed

08-02-2009 11:37

A High Court ruling by two British judges regarding the torture of a Guantánamo detainee has unleashed a major political crisis.

The judges have stated that they have been pressured by the United States into concealing evidence that should be made available in any country governed by the rule of law. This took the form of threats to withdraw security cooperation, instigated under the Bush administration and continued under Barak Obama's presidency.

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Racism in Italy. The hunt has begun (from El Pais)

08-02-2009 10:21

Increased incidents of racism and xenophobia, some of them characterized by unprecedented violence

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Whistable Gaza protest

08-02-2009 10:08

Whitstable town turns out against war on Gaza

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The future of Azerbaijan- an eternal presidency, no foreign broadcasts, no freed

08-02-2009 04:09

In an interview with, the president of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe, Lluis Maria de Puig expressed his regret over the broadcast ban of foreign radio stations as well as concern over recent constitutional amendments. These changes seriously undermine the possibility for a democratic state in Azerbaijan especially because Azerbaijan took the responsibility to abide by the principles of democracy, respect for law and human rights when joining the Council of Europe.

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Pacifism or Animals: Which Do You Love More?

08-02-2009 04:06

Steve Best and I penned an essay that focuses specifically on the struggle for animal rights, but also presents a broad and harsh critique of dogmatic pacifism and a strong argument that the growing ecocrisis necessitates that we employ holistic, pluralistic, contextualist tactics (including the use of militant direct action) in the battle for total liberation for humans, non-human animals, and the Earth.

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Madagascar: More than 25 killed in march to presidential palace

08-02-2009 03:59

At least 25 people were shot dead today in Madagascar's capital Antananarivo during a march to the presidential palace called by the city's mayor Andry Rajoelina after he declared himself the leader of a new transitional government at a political rally. In the past weeks, a power struggle between the mayor and the president Marc Ravalomanana has led to both violence and looting.

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Interview with Franklin Lamb: Self Defense or War Crime? (Part II)

08-02-2009 03:48

Part II: Findings of Fact, Conclusions of Law: What Remedy?

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Israel's Subtle Propaganda Strategy

08-02-2009 03:41

Propaganda is most effective when subtly planted and the reader remains unaware that a commentary is actually indoctrination. Sometimes the writer is not cognizant that what he has published has been moved by its propaganda effect – sources for the material are actually misleading and publication is facilitated when the commentary fits a particular agenda.

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The Path of the Revolutionary Student Movement

08-02-2009 03:19

In the university town of Mérida, Venezuela, student political organizations have had a significant presence at marches both for and against a proposed constitutional amendment that will eliminate the two-term limit on elected offices if it is approved in a national vote this February 15th. The predominant discourse has been quite polarized between opponents and supporters of President Hugo Chávez, who plans to run for a third term in office and carry on the construction of “21st Century Socialism” if the amendment passes. However, nuanced voices have emerged from the campaign hype. Seeking to highlight the deeper analysis provided by these non-conformist voices, interviewed student leader and social activist Carmen Pulido about the state of radical student activism and the amendment. Pulido regularly organizes student-labor solidarity activities and other political events along with a loose network of anti-capitalist university students. These students have been staunch supporters of many of the initiatives undertaken by Chávez’s ten year administration. Nonetheless, the students persistently retain their autonomy in order to push the “Bolivarian Revolution” led by Chávez toward what they see as a more just and revolutionary path.

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How the 'press' treats homeless people!!

08-02-2009 02:54

The Lancashire Evening Press has outdone itself again with the lack of balanced reporting regarding a homeless person speaking the truth against a tory sc******bag

Im appealing for people to get in contact withe paper and register their disgust!!
or even offer advise as to get shit done!!!

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9/2 Fax action for antifascist prisoner, Christian

07-02-2009 21:39

Christian is an antifascist prisoner from Berlin who was condemned to 57 months of
incarceration as a result of taking part in antifascist actions (attacking nazi demos).

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Carmel-Agrexco UK report. Sat 7 Feb 2009

07-02-2009 19:18

The empty flagpole
Over 50 demonstrators and rather more police blockaded the main UK depot of Israeli company Carmel Agrexco today, Sat 7 Feb, to demand a boycott of Israeli goods and in particular the flowers and fruit which they bring from Palestine, from Israeli settlements and from Israel.
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