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Update on Smash EDO Action - EDO Workers forced to break window to get to work

03-10-2007 23:51

At 5am Wednesday morning a barricade was built across Home Farm Road, EDO's security fence was breached, superglue was inserted into the keyholes of the factory doors and two activists locked on to the front doors of the factory...

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Campaigners Breach Security at Brighton arms Factory as Iraq Casualties reach 1m

03-10-2007 23:42

Wednesday 3rd October 2007

Smash EDO Press Release

Campaigners Breach Security at Brighton arms Factory as Iraq Casualties Reach One Million
reach One Million

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FITwatch - Faslane Oct 1st

03-10-2007 23:12

MoD OSU cameraman
FIT and police photography units were out at Faslane on October the 1st during the Big Blockade.

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We Will Defy Government Ban on Anti-War March

03-10-2007 16:52

Stop the War President Tony Benn has delivered a letter to the
Home Secretary Jacqui Smith to make clear why our Troops Out
demonstration at Parliament on Monday 8 October will take place,
despite the ban by the government and police. It is essential
that the voice of the antiwar majority in this country is present
at Parliament when Gordon Brown makes his long awaited statement
on Iraq.

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Bush's Global 'Dirty War'

03-10-2007 15:33

George W. Bush has transformed elite units of the U.S. military – including Special Forces and highly trained sniper teams – into “death squads” with a license to kill unarmed targets on the suspicion that they are a threat to American military operations in Iraq and Afghanistan, according to evidence from recent court cases.

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UK-US Iraqi Holocaust And Iraqi Genocide - 3.9 Million Deaths

03-10-2007 14:58

Undoubtedly what is happening in Iraq is a continuing 2-decade HOLOCAUST (i.e. involves a huge number of deaths).

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Medialens - Iraq Body Count: “A Very Misleading Exercise”

03-10-2007 14:55

The mainstream media are continuing to use figures provided by the website Iraq Body Count (IBC) to sell the public a number for total post-invasion deaths of Iraqis that is perhaps 5-10% of the true death toll.

As we recently reported, only a handful of media outlets covered a new ORB poll revealing that 1.2 million Iraqis had been murdered since the 2003 invasion. BBC Online provided a rare example:

“A UK-based polling agency, Opinion Research Business (ORB), said it had extrapolated the figure by asking a random sample of 1,461 Iraqi adults how many people living in their household had died as a result of the violence rather than from natural causes.

“The results lend weight to a 2006 survey of Iraqi households published by the Lancet, which suggested that about 655,000 Iraqi deaths were 'a consequence of the war'.

“However, these estimates are both far higher than the running total of reported civilian deaths maintained by the campaign group Iraq Body Count which puts the figure at between 71,000 and 78,000.” (BBC Online, ’US contractors in Iraq shootout,’ September 17, 2007;

BBC’s Newsnight programme used IBC’s figures in the same way:

“More than a million Iraqis have been killed since the invasion in 2003, according to the British polling company ORB. The study’s likely to fuel controversy over the true, human cost of the war. It’s significantly up on the previous highest estimate of 650,000 deaths published by the Lancet last October... The independent Iraqi [sic] Body Count group puts the current total at closer to 75,000.” (Newsnight, BBC2, September 14, 2007)

These reports again raise serious issues about what IBC’s figures actually mean, how they are being used and misused to cast doubt on higher numbers, and about what IBC is doing to promote or reduce the confusion. (See our 2006 Media Alerts archive for previous analysis, beginning with:

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Protest Total Oil this Friday in London

03-10-2007 10:54

CALL TO ACTION: 'Die-in' and demo at London TOTAL Oil HQ over Burma links
8:30 - 10:30 am
33 Cavendish Square, London, WC1

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Afghanistan: A heroic resistance that puts us to shame

02-10-2007 21:20

Forget the Neo-Con, the Neo-Dem, the Neo-Lib and the Neo-Nuts. The role the demonization and dehumanization of the (many, many, many...) Empire’s enemies has played in supporting imperialism and colonialism can be more easily seen in those Western liberal and progressive writers, journalists, intellectuals and anti-war movement’s planners who always resort to human rights, women rights, gay rights’ violations of the Empire’s enemy of the month as the reason why we, the enlightened people, can’t surely sympathies, let alone support the "other" peoples who try to defend themselves and resist against wars of aggression and occupations, which is to say, colonialism and imperialism.

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Brown's Britain: 'Mother of Hypocrocies'

02-10-2007 21:02

So Britain lectures Burma on the right of people to protest, the U.N., sends an envoy there and the U.S. - whilst behaving in Iraq and Afghanistan as Burma's Junta, shooting, beating, torturing, imprisoning without trial - go in to broken record mode about the right to peacefully demonstrate and 'freedom and democrocy'. Meanwhile, the British government, under the new Prime Minister, Gordon Brown (who as Chancellor of the Exchequer write the cheques for the Iraq and Afghanistan bloodbaths) has instructed the police to ban a peaceful march and Lobby of Parliament - on 8th October, the day that Parliament re-convenes after the summer break - demanding that British troops leave Iraq and Afghanistan.

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US Politicians, Not Ahmadinejad, Have Blood on Their Hands

02-10-2007 19:09

How American politicians can call Iran a dangerous country and claim that it poses a threat to the U.S. is a mystery. On second thought, it is not a mystery. It just tells you that the politicians think you and I are so stupid that we will fall for the exact same parade of lies and exaggerations that was used to justify the war against Iraq.

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Thatcher gave Pergau Dam arms company “unjustifiable” £300m contract

02-10-2007 17:33

In 1988 the Thatcher government illegally paid the Malaysian government £234 million from the overseas aid budget to secure an order for two British arms companies. Anti-fraud campaigner and former MCCS employee Rob McCartney reveals how they simultaneously lied to cover up important evidence about fraud allegations being made against one of the companies, and awarded it a £300 million contract without any apparent justification.

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FASLANE 365 "Brief Tale"

02-10-2007 15:32

north gate early morning
Few picture and a little tale.......

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Schnews on Burma: a response

02-10-2007 14:35

The only thing to say about the title is we’re glad it won’t be easy to find if you’re googling for information on Burma. The actual details of the uprising are clearly unimportant to the authors or it might get more than half a scanty paragraph before USuk is invoked and the true purpose of the article is revealed.

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The Cuban Five: Imprisoned for opposing Terrorism

02-10-2007 13:38

The National Lawyers Guild and several legal and human rights organizations have called on the U.N. Human Rights Committee and the U.N. Special Rapporteur on Torture to launch a formal investigation of the United States government’s continuing violation of human rights of five political prisoners known as the Cuban Five.

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Media and War

02-10-2007 13:10

The news media in times of crisis and war reproduce and do not question the consciousness and attitudes of the elites. Wars are seen as exceptional situations by the media in which patriotism outweighs the journalistic self-image of critically distanced reporting.

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Help peacenick Ehren Watada

02-10-2007 11:28

The Army is threatening to go ahead with a new court of martial of 1st Lt. Ehren Watada on Oct.
9th. This is in gross violation of law and the Constitution, because his lawyers have appealed
against a second trial on the basis of double jeopardy.

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Iraq Will Have to Wait: Get Ready for the War against Iran

02-10-2007 08:35

The long-awaited “progress report” of Gen. David Petraeus and Ambassador Ryan Crocker on the status of the occupation of Iraq has been made, providing Americans, via the compliant media, with the spectacle of loyal Bush yes men offering faith-based analysis in lieu of fact-based assessment. In the days and weeks that have since passed, two things have become clear: Neither Congress nor the American people (including the antiwar movement) have a plan or the gumption to confront President Bush in anything more than cosmetic fashion over the war in Iraq, and while those charged with oversight mill about looking to score cheap political points and/or save face, the administration continues its march toward conflict with Iran unimpeded.

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The Military Drills of September 11th: Why a New Investigation is Needed

01-10-2007 23:54

We bring to the attention of our readers this carefully researched analysis.

"Given the warnings of incipient terrorist attacks that had been repeatedly received by the Administration and the FBI, why would anyone coordinate two major annual air training exercises at this time, and divert key resources to the North Pole on an outdated mission? Who was in a position to do this?"