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£1.85m overseas aid spent on Pope visit

03-02-2011 07:51

20% of taxpayer funding for ex-nazi's visit came from fund protected from cuts and intended for the most needy in the world, such as those in countries torn apart by ratzinger's anti-condom good news.

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Solidarity with Egypt, **** vodafone

03-02-2011 07:22

Vodafone has shown its true colours, supporting the regime of mubarak and aiding the repression and attacks on the egyption people protesting in the streets.
Demonstration against this involvement and in solidarity with those out on the streets of egypt, 2pm this friday outside vodafone in the centre! (central one by BHS/Barclays).

As people took to the streets fighting against their president Mubarak and his government, they found themselves cut off from sms and internet access. One company largely responsible for this, and critised by amnesty international for thier role is Vodafone.

If this wasn't a clear enough display of their bias, there have been reports of Vodafone sending out mass texts in support of Mubarak around Egypt. There have been texts cir...culated discrediting the protests and telling people to "confront the criminals".
On the same day, hundreds of people were injured and at least four killed during attacks by pro-Mubarak forces on those demonstrating against his tyranny.
Whilst this was initially reproted as a 'counter protest' it is coming to light that many (though not all) involved were plains clothes police officers, hired thugs or people bussed in by the state.

If you feel as outraged by Vodafone's disgusting behaviour as we do, join us outside Vodafone to tell them what we think of it, and to stand in solidarity with all Egyptian protesters.

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Global Warming, at last, some perspective - The New Scientist

03-02-2011 01:08

some quotes on a piece by Fred Pearce titled 'climate sceptics and scientists attempt peace deal' @ The New Scientist. in Lisbon, Portugal, last week, I joined a group of 28 climate scientists, bloggers and professional contrarians who spent three days discussing how to encourage reconciliation in the increasing fractious debate about the science of climate change.

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From Bristol to Greece, and back

03-02-2011 00:22


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Film of Bristol Egyptian Rally

02-02-2011 23:22

Video news report from the Bristol Rally outside the Hippodrome on the 2nd February 2011. A good turnout for a Rally called at such short notice. Around 50 people braved the cold to come out in support of the Egyptian Uprising now occuring, Watch the film to find out more.

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Despair in Egypt

02-02-2011 21:36

The worst-case scenario for the Egyptian freedom movement has set in. Whiles the peaceful demonstrations are squelched in blood, Europe and the United States don't want to go beyond declarations...

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Egyptian Church Support Regime

02-02-2011 21:31

Of interest: a letter from the head of the Chruch of Egypt (Bishop Mouneer) to UK Bishops seemingly in support of the Egyptian regime... to quote:

"We appreciate your prayers for:
· The end of demonstrations, especially in view of the changes that President Mubarak announced. This will bring Egypt back to normal and the curfew will be ended."

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The batle of Tarhir square ... fotos

02-02-2011 20:39

As expected Mubarak and his regime have been preparing a scheme to attack our great protesters.
There is a civil war currently in Al Tahrir protesters thanks to the NDP thugs and there are currently dead and injured among the peaceful protesters , We understand the plan now , the police forces were resting during all those days. The NDP businessmen tycoons reportedly like Hassan Ratab and Mohamed Kamal paid money to thugs and to their employees and workers in order to launch these huge The Egyptian ministers Siyad Mashal and Sameh Fahmi have ordered the workers and employees of the state owned companies and factories to go in to pro-Mubarak protests. fotos here >>

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Date set for UKCMRI Lab Parliamentary Hearing

02-02-2011 19:22

A date has been set for a first hearing for the Parliamentary Inquiry into the controversial UKCMRI bioresearch lab proposed for central London, for MPs to hear evidence on Wednesday 9th February. Some of the written evidence has now been published. More information below.....

A date has now been set for MPs to hear evidence for the Science and Technology Parliamentary Inquiry into the  UKCMRI bioresearch lab plan, starting at 9.15am on Wednesday, February 9th, 2011. Three members of St Pancras and Somers Town Planning Action will speak, from 10.15am. It is in Portcullis House, Thatcher Room and is open for public and press to attend. Link here to more information. 22 written evidence submissions are available to read here on the Parliament website.  Link here to interactive map of Parliament shows Portcullis House.  

A new article in The London Evening Standard has reported on the potential danger. 

BACKGROUND: The government has offered £220 million of public money towards this proposal to build an enormous laboratory complex alongside St Pancras International Station, planned to handle "Biosafety Level 3" extremely dangerous pathogens in 79,000 square metres of building, eight storeys above ground and four storeys below ground, on land behind the British Library, at a time of brutal cuts. It has been approved at a Camden Council Committee meeting and Boris Johnson has recently approved the plans. Link here to more information on  Indymedia London website.  

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Support the Egyptian uprising - London demonstrations

02-02-2011 18:52

1) Friday - 3 pm Egyptian Embassy, South street, London
2) Saturday -2 pm, assemble at US embassy, Grosvenor Sq, London, march to Egyptian embassy

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Freeskilling next week - Compassionate Campaignin

02-02-2011 18:22

Better Food Company, Sevier Street, St Werburghs, Bristol

Claire Milne is giving next week's freeskill, about Compassionate Campaigning

'Sustainable solutions are often hindered by the current system, ranging from the Council selling off green spaces to planning policy preventing us from living on the land and stopping supermarkets. Learn how to increase your power to create positive alternatives through compassionate and conscious campaigning'

Claire was a main force behind the 'No Tesco' campaign, and is inspiring to listen to. Hope you can come along.

And the rest of this month's program:

15 February Emotional Help for Activists using EFT
Learn the basics of Emotional Freedom Technique ‘EFT’, a very quick and effective way to heal trauma, develop greater confidence and overcome fears and doubts. A session intended to help those involved in political activism as well as personal issues. Liberate yourself and your world! With Karen Bell

22 February Meditation for People with No Time to Meditate
Convinced of the benefits of meditation, but never seem to get around to it? Learn how to fit mini-meditations into the daily scrum that is modern life. No experience, equipment or physical contortions needed! With Lynne Knight

We've almost finalised the March/April program and are starting to think about possible skillshares in May/June. Please get in touch if you have a skill you'd like to share, something you'd like to learn about or comments about freeskilling as it is now. We'd also welcome anyone who'd like to help with organising or hosting future freeskilling evenings. You can contact the Freeskilling team at

Hope to hear from you!

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Berlin: Liebig 14 under attack

02-02-2011 16:06

over 20 years of resistance under threat

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Palestine Today 02 02 2011

02-02-2011 15:48

Welcome to Palestine Today, a service of the International Middle East Media Center,, for Wednesday, February 02 2011

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Mexican Government successfully sheds the US Dollar from its economy

02-02-2011 15:27

As more countries around the world lose confidence in the USA Dollar, Mexico has taken successful steps of ridding its general economy of the USA Dollar

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The Task Facing The Egyptian Working Class

02-02-2011 15:14

Up to two million Egyptians attended yesterday's monster demonstration
There is no doubt that people facing tumbling living standards around the world have been inspired by the demonstrators' sudden loss of fear. Images such as the young girl leading chants atop her father's shoulders, and the former cop beating his old uniform with a shoe, will certainly last long in my memory.

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Video of Occupation of Hetherington Research Club.

02-02-2011 14:55

Video of Occupation of Hetherington Research Club.

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Sheree Wilson Denied Bail for 'Involvement' in Hunger Strike

02-02-2011 12:31

Yesterday, one of the 5 people moved to prison during the Yarl's Wood hunger strike, Sheree Wilson, was refused bail at an immigration court in Hatton Cross. The Judge said that her part in the hunger strike was a reason for denying her bail.