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Today, Friday, October 12th, marks the beginning of “From Trut

12-10-2012 08:53

International Campaign:
“Worldwide Echo in Support of the Zapatistas”

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Sacked Remploy Workers Demonstrate For Their Jobs

11-10-2012 22:15

Disabled Remploy workers who are being made redundant as the government closes factories demonstrated outside the Tory party conference yesterday, calling on the government to stop the closure and privatisation of the Remploy Factory sites and to enter into meaningful discussion on the structure and future of Remploy and the whole of supported employment programme in Britain with a view to introducing a new vision based on public procurement work.

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Intruders at the Investment Banking Awards

11-10-2012 20:55

The Investment Banking Awards are the Oscars of the financial world. Dished out for so-called 'innovation', some of the world's richest bankers gather together to congratulate each other on devising ever more creative ways to make obscene sums of money. See the film of the awards.

One of 2012's most profitable scams was the bankers' 'innovative' approach to a key interest rate called LIBOR. Virtually every bank at the event was involved in illegally colluding to rig LIBOR, ensuring that they would always be the winners in the multi-million pound bets they were making on the markets.

When we noticed that this money-spinner had been overlooked in the ceremony, we decided to show up and make sure the LIBOR-riggers got the recognition they deserve.

Twitter: @IntrudersAction
Facebook: /WeAreTheIntruders

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Sustainable accreditation considered for shark finning

11-10-2012 19:02

Fishermen catch sharks for their fins. Photo by
In what has already been branded a highly controversial move, Western Australia's Fisheries Minister Norman Moore has announced he is seeking 'sustainable' certification for shark fins which regional fishermen wish to export to Asia. The high demand for the prized fins in countries like China, Hong Kong, Taiwan and Korea is pushing shark species towards the brink of extinction as ever increasing numbers of sharks are primarly killed for their fins. Since a recent visit to China by an official Australian trade delegation, the Fisheries Minister and his department have commissioned the Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) to analyse the possibilities of giving the Western Australia's shark finning practices a 'green' stamp of approval.

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Speech by Robert H. King at Anglia Ruskin University in Cambridge

11-10-2012 18:17

Robert King and Professor Michael Thorne, Vice Chancellor of Anglia Ruskin Univ.
On Tuesday Oct. 9, Robert King of the Angola 3 received an honorary Doctor of Laws degree from Anglia Ruskin University in Cambridge, England, for his achievements as a civil rights campaigner. The full text of the speech made by King at the ceremony, which moved the audience of over 2,000 to a standing ovation, is below.

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Bold Defiance! The Spitalfields Silk Weavers: London's 17th Century Luddites?

11-10-2012 16:25

Past Tense's contribution to the current 200th anniversary
commemoration of the Luddite movement. It relates the Luddites to a lesser
known group of London workers, the silk weavers of Spitalfields, who faced similar pressures, some decades earlier, responding with their own interesting forms of collective bargaining...

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Malala Yousafzai a Fighter For Socialism

11-10-2012 13:42

Malala Yousufzai speaking at the Marxist school in SWAT
The suffering of the people of Pakistan is largely unknown in the West. A veil of silence has been carefully drawn over the number of people killed every day by American drones and Taliban murders. But recently a small corner of the curtain was raised as the result of a particularly appalling event

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Bristol squatters attempt 'proportionality' defence

11-10-2012 11:25

We were in court today for possession of our posh Clifton squat. We attempted to buy more time arguing possession forthwith would be disproportionate under Article 8 of the Human Rights Act 1998.

We didn't succeed and possession was awarded forthwith but it wasn't entirely hopeless and could be something other squatters might try.

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Alternative Currencies

11-10-2012 11:15

This article discusses the introduction of another currency system called TEM, in Volos, Greece. Considering the financial instability of the euro, I feel that we should explain this possibility to everyone and, more importantly, it should be of interest to your readers.

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Remember, Remember: Shift Magazine

11-10-2012 10:21

Shift’s semi-regular ‘Remember, Remem­ber’ feature was conceived as a chance for reappraisals of past political events, proj­ects and social movements. In our last is­sue we want to use this space to take a look back at our own project, evaluate our own successes and failures and ex­plain some of the reasoning behind our decision to end the project for now.

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Reminder: TOMORROW: Day of action for Jimmy Mubenga, victim of G4S

11-10-2012 10:03

11:00 until 13:00
Crown Prosecution Service, Rose Court, 2 Southwark Bridge, London SE1 9HS

The demo outside the CPS will be followed by one outside the London offices of G4S, from 2-4 at 105 Victoria Street, London SW1E 6QT.

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Gremlin Alley Social Centre Update - Cardiff

11-10-2012 08:55

We the gremlins (currently squatters of Gremlin Alley) will be re-opening our social centre to the community later this week. After a thorough clean up, re-organising our space and lots of hard work, we are pleased to announce that we will be going back to ‘business as usual’. There will additionally be a video communique to be released tomorrow regarding the on going resistance to keep the space.

We also now have a social centre phone – 07967 249310 – for anyone to directly communicate with us. To be included in our phone tree for eviction alert, upcoming events and gremlin news, please text us with ‘Add me up’.

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Protests end National Gallery's arms trade links

11-10-2012 07:18

Arms dealers schmooze with National Gallery
The National Gallery's long-standing sponsorship arrangement with weapons manufacturer Finmeccanica has ended, following a campaign by Campaign Against Arms Trade to 'Disarm the Gallery.' The arrangement has been terminated one year early and just weeks before the next protest event was planned.

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Convoy of Struggle and Solidarity for the struggle of the workers of "Vio.Me."

10-10-2012 16:36

The workers of “Viomichaniki Metalleutiki” in Thessaloniki, Greece, are struggling to take the factory from capital's grasp and into their own hands.
A great convoy of struggle and solidarity is organised from 12/10 to 15/10 all over Greece.

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The Black Fish UK speaking tour

10-10-2012 11:01

The Black Fish speaking tour - London
The Black Fish marine conservation organisation are holding an speaking/information tour of the UK. The co-founder Wietse van der Werf will be travelling the UK giving talks on industrial overfishing and the creative ways The Black Fish is turning the tide, as well as other Black Fish campaigns against marine animal captivity and much more.

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Join The TUC's "A Future That Works' Demonstration

10-10-2012 10:55

Bristol & District Anti-Cuts Alliance plans to ensure that as many people as possible from Bristol get to the TUC's 'A Future That Works' demonstration in London

Bristol & District Anti-Cuts Alliance plans to ensure that as many people as possible from Bristol get to the TUC's 'A Future That Works' demonstration in London on Saturday October 20th. Many unions have arranged coaches from Bristol and surrounding areas. Details can be found on the BADACA website here.

In most cases these are free to members and their families. Some extend this to friends. Some others are not free but subsidised. There is also a link to information about all coaches from the South West. Book a seat now. If you have queries on the information provided please email

A student film setting out the case for supporting the demonstrations can be seen here.

Facebook for 20th October here.

Information on TUC website here.

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Boston anti-immigration protest back on

10-10-2012 08:55

Dean Everitt and his badly-named Boston Protest March fb group are planning to hold a static demonstration against immigration in a month’s time. The demonstration will take place on 18th November outside the Herbert Ingram Memorial. Although Everitt says “THIS IS NOT A RACE ISSUE AND RACISIM WONT BE TOLLERATED” it’s hard to imagine the virulently anti-East European sentiment of those who support the group, including activists from a number of far right groups, will pay much attention.

The demo has been postponed since July whilst the group awaited the publication of a report by Boston Borough Council into the local impact of immigration. The report, which is now released, has been deemed unsatisfactory by Everitt and co.

Everitt originally cancelled a march which was intended to take place in 2011 because he claimed he was worried about it being hijacked by the far right. He has obviously changed his mind because he has invited a number of prominent fascists and far right organisers to his new demo, including Bill Baker, leader of the New Patriot Alliance, Simon Bennett from the British Freedom leadership and a number of BNP and EDL activists.

The news hasn’t gone down well with the readers of the Boston Standard though. “Thought Mr Everitt had been out the news for a while (which was actually quite nice!)” says Gooner 5271. “YAWN!!!!!!!!!!!! Has this not died already? When will Everitt learn that his mob will solve and change nothing!” says YBForever. “When will this idiot realise that not everybody in this town has got the narrow minded views as him!!!! seriously grow up!!!” says Another fed up local. “It will achieve nothing. This is a Westminster issue not a local one… This will simply increase tensions and cause trouble on the day” says Skelsang. There wasn’t a single positive comment on the article. Not exactly resounding local support.

If Everitt really wants to drag in a bunch of racist morons from out of town to totally discredit his already sinking ship of a protest movement, he should go ahead. But maybe he hasn’t thought this one through.

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Brighton Squatting Action, Oct 13th Update

10-10-2012 07:50

The mass squatting action on October 13th is fast approaching, so it’s time for an update…

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Henry: Bristol's first victim of Ken Clarke's squatting criminalisation

09-10-2012 23:01

Audio production resource archive for Dialect Radio in Bristol, UK. Public service provided by the Bristol Radio Co-op.

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Tory Conference Demo

09-10-2012 21:24

Days before the anti-austerity protest was due to begin West Midlands TUC announced it would change the start time to an earlier time and change the assembly point from the High Street to Victoria Square. To counter this act of self sabotage Birmingham NUT and Birmingham Against the Cuts stock to the original plan and formed an education feeder march.