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The World War on Democracy

19-01-2012 21:11

B-1B Lancer Bombers on a runway at Diego Garcia, November, 2001, bombing Iraq
Lisette Talate died the other day. I remember a wiry, fiercely intelligent woman who masked her grief with a determination that was a presence. She was the embodiment of people's resistance to the war on democracy. I first glimpsed her in a 1950s Colonial Office film about the Chagos islanders, a tiny creole nation located midway between Africa and Asia in the Indian Ocean.

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New Blog - East Midland Anti-fascists

19-01-2012 18:56

A new independent blog has been set up to monitor the far right in the East Midlands.

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Nottingham City Council Budget Consultations‏

19-01-2012 18:55

Attend cuts budget consultation meetings with councillors

Nottingham City Council's draft Budget for 2012/13 has only just been published.  For a summary see  Public consultation meetings are being held as listed below.  It is important that as many people as possible go to these meetings to pressurise councillors not to implement this cuts budget.  Get yourself there and urge your contacts to attend.

Saturday 21 Jan 12, Sherwood District Centre, Outside Co-op., 684 Mansfield Rd., NG5 2GE, 10am -12noon 883 8469 

Tuesday 24 Jan 12, Clifton Cornerstone Southchurch Drive, Clifton, NG11 8EW, 6:30pm 915 3079 

Wednesday 25 Jan 12, Indian Community, Centre (ICCA), Hucknall Road, Carrington, NG5 1QZ, 6pm 883 8469 

Wednesday 25 Jan 12, Bentinck School Bentinck Road, Radford, NG7 4AA, 4pm 883 8469 

Wednesday 25 Jan 12, Greenway Centre Trent Lane, Sneinton, NG2 4DF, 6.30pm 915 3079 

Monday 30 Jan 12, Top Valley Community Centre, Top Valley Way, NG6 9DD, 6pm 915 9127 

Tuesday 31 Jan 12, Loxley House LB41, (BSL interpreters will be present), Station Street, N2 3NG, 5pm 876 4955 

Wednesday 1 Feb 12, Thomas Hewly's Baptist Church, Church St, Lenton, NG7 1SJ, 2pm -3.30pm, 883 8469 

Wednesday 1 Feb 12, Southwark Primary School, Park Lane, Basford, NG6 ODT, 6pm 915 9127 

Friday 3 Feb 12, Bulwell Market Place Bulwell, NG6 8HD 9.30am 915 9127 

Monday 6 Feb 12, Meadows Library Wilford Grove, NG2 2DR, 6-8pm 915 3079 

Wednesday 8 Feb 12, Chase Neighbourhood Centre, Robin Hood Chase, St Ann's, NG3 4EZ,4.30pm 915 3079 

Wednesday 8 Feb 12, Sheila Roper Community Centre, Baslow Drive, Lenton Abbey, NG9 2SU, 7pm 883 8469 

Thursday 9 Feb 12, Bilborough Market Bracebridge Drive, NG8 4PN, 9.30 -11.30am, 915 9127 

Thursday 9 Feb 12, Kingswood Church Lambourne Drive, Wollaton, NG8 1GR, 7pm 883 8469 

Thursday 16 Feb 12, Nottingham Salvation Army, 397 Aspley Lane, NG8 5RR, 6pm 915 9127

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Don't Attack Iran protest at Foreign Office

19-01-2012 18:55

A two-hour demo was held at lunchtime today (19 January), outside the Foreign and Commonwealth Office in Westminster, to oppose any foreign military intervention in Iran, or Syria. Slogans were chanted calling for peaceful measures rather than military intervention, and in support of those who non-violently resist oppressive regimes. Groups involved in the protest included Peace Strike and 'Solidarity with the Iranian People's Struggle' (SWIP).

This is how the action was advertised by Peace Strike:

Peace Strike


Foreign and Commonwealth Office

King Charles Street
Westminster, SW1A 2AH, United Kingdom
12 - 2pm,
Thursday 19th January 2012
Bring Banners, whistles enthusiasm and energy!
This is the start of the BIG PEACE OFFENSIVE to prevent a war with Iran.


From this date, we will be organising protests to highlight the great concerns held internationally, that a war on Iran will affect everyone. We will not be party to the intended destruction of any nation. We are peaceful people and have a duty to promote peace for everyone, everywhere. Bombing countries is not a solution to anything, it will only escalate retaliation. We will not standby and see a repeat of what happened in Iraq and Afghanistan. Too many people have died and been seriously injured due to lies and deceit.

We call on world leaders to revalue the situation and listen to the people they represent, and...

Contact 07907 233 861

mail [at]


A leaflet distributed by 'Solidarity with the Iranian People's Struggle' read:

"Protest against military action against Iran

In solidarity with the Iranian people

We believe:

- Nuclear issues should be resolved through discussion by an International committee, not war;

- Conflict between the Iranian freedom believers and the Islamic Regime of Iran should be dealt with the Iranian people and no foreign countries should interfere with the wills and decisions of the Iranian people;

- Military action has no consequences other than the killing of innocent people and strengthens fundamentalism which will result in civil war;

- The experience of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan has shown that war has no consequences other than the killing of innocent people and the brain washing of young soldiers from invading countries;

- War will strengthen the Islamic Regime of Iran by causing it to repress the Iranian people's struggle, especially working class and socialist movement in the name of defending the country;

- War will support the arms trade, create poverty and create miserable living conditions for ordinary people of both sides.

We seek support and help from all freedom believers and honourable people of the world to protest against military action against Iran.

No war!

Down with the Islamic Regime of Iran!

Long live the Iranian People's struggle!

Solidarity with the Iranian people's struggle (SWIP)

London 19.01.2012"

All images are Copyright (c) 2012 D. Viesnik / Peace Strike. They may be reproduced free of charge for non-commercial purposes, if credited. For larger, high resolution versions, please e-mail vd2012-imc [at] yahoo .co .uk

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Peaceful Anti-cuts Demonstration in Liverpool Attacked by Merseyside Police

19-01-2012 16:57

I arrived at the demonstration just after 4pm. Exchange Street West, to side of town hall, was already closed off by police, presumably to “facilitate” the demo. Councillors had already entered the building and there was around 100 people outside, more milling around than anything. The atmosphere was subdued compared to recent protests in the same location. The council meeting began a little later and the demonstration moved along the side street to be closer to the council chamber windows and to make itself heard to those inside. After some time elapsed with protestors shouting slogans and demanding answers from those within the council chamber, but basically milling around in the barricaded area on the side street, an attempt was made by the police to kettle the demonstration using officers on foot and mounted officers, and the situation immediately became tense.

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Newcastle City Council Draft Budget

19-01-2012 16:55

Consultation on proposed cuts....

Have your say!

Newcastle City Council‘s draft budget for 2012 has now been published for consultation. We want to hear views on the proposals, in particular from those who feel they might be directly affected by them. It's really important that we fully understand the impact that budget cuts could have on individuals and communities across the city.

What is the name of your group or organisation?

Where are you based? Address & postcode please:

What does your group do?

Who benefits? Areas you work in and people you work with ......

Data Protection statement

Your personal information will be held and used in accordance with the Data Protection Act 1998. The council will not disclose such information to any unauthorised person or body but where appropriate will use such information in carrying out its various functions and services. The council may also use this data in connection with the prevention or detection of fraud or other crime.


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Vigil for the abolition of meat

19-01-2012 16:55

Friday 27th January 2012
4pm- 7.30pm
In the City Centre, near the hippodrome
Dress up warm! Bring candles, or just yourself.

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Palestine Today 01 19 2012

19-01-2012 15:12

Welcome to Palestine Today, a service of the International Middle East Media Center, for Thursday January 19th, 2012.

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Picket Bristol Museum

19-01-2012 14:55

Saturday 21st January 2012

Picket the Veolia Wildlife Photographer of the Year Exhibition

12.00 – 3.00pm, outside Bristol Museums, Queen’s Road, Bristol, BS8 1RL

Supporters are asked to wear Palestine tee-shirts, Palestine flag colours, or Keffiyeh scarves.

For more information about Veolia and why it is a key target of the BDS Boycott Divestment and Sanctions Campaign see

The Exhibition in Bristol runs until Mar 11 2012. Helpers and leafleters very welcome.


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Search for audience members from re-enactment to attend unique film screening

19-01-2012 09:38

My research is trying to find out what art works like Jeremy Deller's 'The Battle of Orgreave' - mean to the people who were directly affected by the events portrayed and I would very much like to reach them to invite them to the free screening on 28 Jan in Leeds.

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Romanians battle neoliberal fascism

19-01-2012 07:41

THE ROMANIAN uprising against neoliberal fascism continues, with more protests planned for Thursday.

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Occupy Justice tribunals broadcast live tomorrow

19-01-2012 00:55


OCCUPY Justice will broadcast live the first of three much-anticipated tribunals tomorrow (Thursday) with the first laying out the case for the prosecution of Tony Blair and associates for crimes against the Iraqi people, namely genocide.


The citizens' inquiry, at the former Old Street Magistrates, in Hackney, will question the legality of the war in Iraq that left hundreds of thousands dead and seek to establish whether there is enough evidence to prosecute those responsible.


* The tribunal can be watched live from here

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Merseyside Police violently attack peaceful anti cuts protesters 18.01.12

19-01-2012 00:33

There is a protester under that pile, photographer: Michael Kirkham
About 30 anti cuts demonstrators from various activist or community groups in Liverpool gathered outside the town hall to protest against the public spending cuts being implemented by the council on behalf of the ConDem government.

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Trials of one per cent to begin at Occupy Justice

19-01-2012 00:00

10-4pm tomorrow (Thursday) at the Court of Public Opinion, Occupy Justice, 350 Old Street Magistrates Court:

Inquiry into war crimes committed by Tony Blair and the British government in Iraq.

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Selective Outrage – Iran And Libya

18-01-2012 21:09

News that a fourth scientist in two years, Mostafa Ahmadi Roshan, had been assassinated in Iran by an unknown agency generated minimal outrage in the press.

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Unilever Strikes

18-01-2012 20:55

Staff at Unilever IT headquarters at Ewloe, Deeside, N. E. Wales joined workers in action across the UK to strike against the company from 7am today 18/01/2012

Pickets from Unite, GMB and Usdaw formed at Unite House on St David's Park.

The dispute is over plans to axe the company's final salary pension scheme, which unions claim will slash the retirement income of thousands of staff by up to 40%.

All images © Stillshooter 2012


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BBC finally admits western imperialist forces toppled the Libyan Arab Jamahiriya

18-01-2012 19:11

British special forces were deployed on the ground in order to help the UK's allies - the Libyan revolutionaries often called the National Transitional Council or NTC. Those with a knowledge of the programme insist "they did a tremendous job" and contributed to the final collapse of the Gaddafi regime.
This exposes the apalling collusion of various British left groups and individuals including the SWP, Stop the War, George Galloway and Yvonne Ridley with the forces of western imperialism.

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Latest on Occupy lsx: Court allows 7 days grace to give time for appeal

18-01-2012 16:29

Occupy lsx tweet 4:19pm

"...Lindblom allows for 7 days stay of execution. No enforcement before Friday 27th 16:00..."

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OccupyLSX camp facing eviction within hours get down to St Paul's now!

18-01-2012 14:57

The OccupyLSX camp is facing eviction within a few hours, please get down to St Paul's Cathedral as soon as possible to help us to stop the eviction. The High Court has just this minute ruled that the camp must be cleared today after the City of London corporation brought a case against OccupyLSX to the High Court.

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1-2 Feb. Call-out: Solidarity with Assange & WikiLeaks at Supreme Court, London

18-01-2012 13:04

Solidarity needed outside the Supreme Court, Parliament Square, London for Julian Assange's two day hearing 1-2 Feb.