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Smash EDO Fundraiser tonight

23-05-2008 14:02

smashEDO fundraiser @ the Cowley Club Friday 23rd May 8pm till 2am

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London hosts Dalai Lama- China handshake

23-05-2008 11:48

Smiling Avaaz members pass the Dalai Lama's handshake toward the Chinese Embassy
Yesterday London hosted an incredible event in the form of a 'human chain handshake' from the hand of the Dalai Lama himself, via 2,000 people in a human chain, all the way to the Chinese embassy in Mayfair.
It was an attempt to create some sort of dialogue between the two parties, and went off smoothly.

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The NATO Lunacy

23-05-2008 01:53

It's interesting how often I hear about NATO (mainly US) warplanes bombing areas known to contain children - targeting civilians - and yet, when it happens, our media doesn't say a word.

Don't they claim that this is the fundamental difference between "us" and "them"?

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Where Are Those Iranian Weapons in Iraq?

22-05-2008 20:03

"Bergner's refusal to address that question reflects a fundamental problem with the US claims about Iranian weapons in Iraq: if there are indeed any Iranian rockets and mortars, and RPGs in the Mahdi Army's arsenal of stand-off weapons, they represent an insignificant part of it.

Reports by the US command in Iraq over the past 15 months cited only a handful of Iranian weapons out of hundreds counted in caches found in Shiite areas. Nearly 700 mortars and rockets were reported by specific caliber size, along with a handful of RPGs, in nearly two dozen caches. Of that total, only four rockets were reported as being of Iranian origin, and another 15 were listed as possibly being Iranian."

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Full Text: Iran's "Package for Constructive Negotiations"

22-05-2008 13:44

On 13 May 2008, Iran presented its proposal for talks with the 5+1 group, entitled, "Package for Constructive Negotiations", to the United Nations.

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Sussex Students Union supports Smash EDO activists denied legal aid

22-05-2008 07:45

University of Sussex Student Union has backed the five Sussex students that have been denied legal aid by Brighton magistrates court. The five, part of a group of seven on trial, were denied legal aid on the basis that as students they are "intelligent enough to represent themselves".

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Israel Calls for US Blockade of Iran

22-05-2008 02:21

As predicted: Unfortunately, anything ElBaradei says will be discarded or belittled by the US and Israel.

They may even try the same slimy tactics they used on his predecessor Hans Blix, where they attempted to smear him to discredit what he had to say professionally about Iraq not having WMDS.

Hans Blix was absolutely telling the truth; ElBaradei is doing the same with Iran.

But for the US and Israel, it is a very iinconvenient truth.

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Mobilise for Bush visit!

21-05-2008 21:52

GEORGE W Bush, the well known war criminal, is heading our way next month - let's give him a warm welcome!

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Burying Lenin, Putin, Yeltsin, Stalin etc. - a Q&A

21-05-2008 21:01

Watchers of and Lurkers on Russian newswires will have been chortled to learn that newly appointed Prime Minister of Russia, V. Putin has ordered the building of a mausoleum on the scale of Arlington in Virginia USA for fallen military heroes and future (or past heads of state).

on the 28th of August, 2005 Georgi Poltavchenko delegate to the central federal district of Russia suggested burying Lenin. That meant putting him in a box, sticking it under ground, and hopefully forgetting about all the mausoleum stuff. Yeltsin had suggested the same thing in July 1999.

As you'd expect the Polotacvhenko suggestion (thought to be supported by Mr Putin) provoked a lot of public debate amongst Russians, former Soviet citizens and naturally the fans, non-fans, and "I never was a fan" types of leninism / centralised state socialism / sovietic tyranny - the world over.

I thought to offer readership a quick “Q&A” on the new Putin Mausoleum scheduled for completion in 2012 in which he and 29 other Russian heads of state will enjoy a burial next to 30,000 other normal citizens in Moscow where the average grave costs 150,000.
For the purpose of clarity I present these “Q&A” in order of difficulty; for those who don’t know who Lenin is to those who don’t know what Arlington is.

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"HFE" gm, eugenics, cloning chimera bill

21-05-2008 18:23

pain of a dog soldier
pluripotent stem cell research is there & placentas can be used to grow more stem cells for cures combined with natural cures why is there a need for opening the door to growing half human half dog embyros?
What do they want besides spair body parts?. This bill has not gone fully through parliament so write to your MP,regional minister & MEP,+ Brown & Lord Darzi"health minister"+ Lord Drayson "gm corporate boss science minister.
Do we need a clone or a tortured vivisected chimera army?or spair bodies grown for rich people done by experimenting on how it "helps" sick children?

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Did corruption kill the Nimrod 14?

21-05-2008 15:17

Former arms industry whistle-blower Rob McCartney believes the deaths of 14 service personnel in the 2006 Nimrod disaster could be due to fraud and corruption. He has written to the coroner conducting their inquest about this. The former head of BAe said the company regularly overcharged for changes to increase their profits. Such changes fatally delayed the replacement of the Nimrod MR2 by safer aircraft.

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Palestine Today 052108

21-05-2008 15:12

Welcome to Palestine Today, a service of the International Middle East Media Centre,, for Wednesday, May 21st, 2008.

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Public Meeting in London about the Carnival against the Arms Trade

21-05-2008 14:33

Public Meeting about the Carnival against the Arms Trade

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Kick Raytheon out of Wales / Solidarity with the Raytheon 9!

21-05-2008 14:33

DEMONSTRATE - 5.30 - 6.30, Tuesday 27th May, Transport House (T&G Building), 1 Cathedral Road, Cardiff (this is where the office of the First Minister
of Wales, Rhodri Morgan is based).

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ElBaradei: Iran Not After the Bomb

21-05-2008 02:54

Unfortunately, anything ElBaradei says will be discarded or belittled by the US and Israel.

They may even try the same slimy tactics they used on his predecessor Hans Blix, where they attempted to smear him to discredit what he had to say professionally about Iraq not having WMDS.

Hans Blix was absolutely telling the truth; ElBaradei is doing the same with Iran.

But for the US and Israel, it is a very iinconvenient truth.

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Iraqi Squatters hold rally against occupying powers

21-05-2008 00:56

......In the southern governorate of Muthanna, local authorities have recently issued an order to remove all illegal collective settlements within two weeks, regardless of whether the squatting families are internally displaced or host community. In the Al Tanak neighbourhood, this decision will affect dozens of impoverished families who are living in mud houses on public land. According to the report, eviction orders are sometimes opposed by displaced families who feel they simply have no other place to go. In Basra's Jenaina neighbourhood, IOM monitors report that families who were squatting in a former military intelligence building successfully staged a rally to protest against their eviction order........

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Why All of Our Efforts Won't Stop an Attack on Iran

20-05-2008 21:05

Now there's no feasible political recourse to stop an attack on Iran. And little time to mobilize mass demonstrations against it. It will come as a thief in the night, presented to the American people as a fait accompli. As the Bush-Cheney cowboys ride off into the sunset, smirkin' and grinnin' and slapping each other's backs, the people will start to pay.

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Burma Cyclone Global Day of Actiion London Report

20-05-2008 20:05

French Embassy
Over 100 campaigners, mostly Burmese took part in a protest at the French and US Embassies and the British Foreign Office in London, for the May 17th Global Day of Action for Burma Cyclone Victims. More than 30 events took place worldwide, including in UK, USA, France, Spain, Hong Kong, Thailand, Chile, Australia, Canada, Belgium and Czech Republic. The official death toll has exceeded 140,000 with aid agencies saying 2.5 million people are at further risk.

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International Conscientious Objectors' Day, May 15, London

20-05-2008 15:06

Norman Kember and Bob Russell
Last Thursday, May 15, was International Conscientious Objectors' Day. A short ceremony commemorating Conscientious objectors around the world was held at Tavistock Square in London at noon.
Pictures (C) Peter Marshall, 2008. All rights reserved.