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Miscarriage of Justice: Who was behind the October 2002 Bali bombings?

14-11-2008 13:36

The 2002 Bali bomb attacks contributed to swaying Australian public opinion in favor of the 2003 US invasion of Iraq, while also weakening the anti-war protest movement. In the wake of the 2002 Bali attack, the Australian government "officially" joined the US-led "war on terrorism." It not only used the Bali bombings as a pretext to fully integrate the US-UK military axis, it also used the attacks as a pretext to implement drastic police measures including "ethnic profiling" directed against its own citizens.

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Film from Nahr al-Bared Camp (Lebanon): "Transitions"

13-11-2008 21:20

Nahr al-Bared Camp
More than a year after their homes were destroyed during the battle between the Lebanese army and the militant islamist group Fatah al-Islam, the majority of the refugees from Nahr al-Bared in North Lebanon find themselves in a difficult situation. Not able to return to their homes, stuck in pre-fabricated housing units and often unemployed, many of them feel frustrated and hopeless, only sometimes seeing a glimmer of hope.

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Space Hijackers at the Spirit Of Christmas Fair

13-11-2008 20:28

Agents Arco Iris & Spritely Monkey
Since Clarion events bought the Dsei arms fair, that delightful cornucopia of torture equipment and corporate cash flow, The Space Hijackers have been keen to help their marketing team inform the existing customer base of the new shopping opportunites this expansion will yield.

This time we took our mobile arms fair marketing team to their Spirit Of Christmas Fair

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Uncommon Common Sense

13-11-2008 18:00

This is the first part of a 4 part series detailing 8 questionable unquestionables- social paradigms that pass without question in mainstream discourse, but which are so utterly false that it only requires an inch of extra perspective to notice this. This is what I would call “uncommon common sense”.

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Bath Bomb #16 out now

13-11-2008 01:19

Breathing a sigh of collective release and rubbing a tear of patriotic fervour from their eyes, the Bath wish-they-were massive squeeze out another nugget of journalistic integrity...

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Cambridge Holds Corporations to Account

12-11-2008 23:42

Make A Living Not a Killing
E.ON, BAE, Rolls Royce, Shell and BP meet fierce resistance to their presence at Cambridge University Careers Fair.

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Somali Shebab fighters seize port town ΜΑRΚΑ, entry point for food

12-11-2008 22:23

Somalia's Shebab group has taken over the southern port of Marka, an important entry point for food aid. The heavily armed fighters rolled into Marka, located 100km south of the capital Mogadishu, after pro-government forces fled. The Shebab is the armed wing of the Islamic Courts' Union

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Barack Obama- War Criminal in Waiting

12-11-2008 16:35

One astute observation made by a friend surrounding the US elections is that not voting for/being excited about Obama would be like not celebrating/being excited about Christmas. The analogy was actually more profound than intended, since not only are both events extravaganzas that bring people together, happen rarely, and make people feel good, they are also events whose founding principles have zero fundamental substance.

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Demos continue at Heckler & Koch weapons HQ in Nottingham

12-11-2008 16:30

At 4pm on Monday 10th November, people gathered at the gates to the UK headquarters of Heckler & Koch, based within the Easter Park Industrial Estate on Lenton Lane, Nottingham.

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Reports from the Brighton Group -Al Mazra’a and the continued threat of Talmon B

12-11-2008 11:00

This is part of a series of blogs from a delegation of eight people from Brighton who have just arrived back from the Tubas region of occupied Palestine. The delegation is part of the project by the Brighton-Tubas Friendship and Solidarity Group. The group's aims are to highlight Israeli war crimes against Palestinians in the region, raise awareness about life under occupation and create practical solidarity links between grassroots organisations in Brighton and the Tubas region.

This is an excerpt from Therezia's blog

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Lakenheath 8 go to trial over 2 years later..

11-11-2008 16:44

SOCPA at USAF Lakenheath.
On 3rd November 2008 the Lakenheath 8 had their final pre-trial review. The trial will take place from December 1st - 4th at Ipswich Crown Court, two years and two months after their taking action to prevent more innocent victims in the continuing bombing of Iraq and Afghanistan undertaken by US planes from USAF Lakenheath in Suffolk. . (Crown court applies to the venue, not this trial, which will be heard by a District Judge).
On the 2nd October 2006, 8 people cut the fence ran into the US military base and locked themselves to the gate of the Special Munitions Store at RAF Lakenheath in order to stop the use of those weapons and in order to secure evidence of War Crimes.

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CACI Torturers in Scots Census Rehearsal

11-11-2008 16:05

The Scottish census of 2011 has been awarded to CACI. CACI interrogators, Mr. Steven Stephanowicz and Mr. John Israel, were key to the torture and abuse in Abu Ghraib, and were condemned by each report into Abu Ghraib, including the Fay report and the US militarys own investigation, the Taguba Report.
The first hurdle for the census is imminent and is ripe for dissent.

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Anti-arms Campaigners remember War Victims outside EDO/ITT for Remembrance Day

11-11-2008 12:43

On the 11th of November a group of Sussex students and local activists gathered outside the gates of Brighton’s local bomb factory, laden with flowers and wreaths. 25-30 demonstrators placed the flowers outside the open gates at 11am and held a 2 minute silence to remember all those who have died because of war.

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Notts CND 50th anniversary event

11-11-2008 10:30

The Square Centre in Nottingham was packed last Saturday night as members and supporters came together to celebrate 50 years of the Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament.

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Obama Mania

11-11-2008 02:27

In the 1970s, the Rockefellers (America's most powerful family) chose Jimmy Carter for president after the turbulent Nixon years. Gerald Ford went along as window dressing. The same process repeated in 2008 to decompress after eight toxic Bush years. A needed respite for the country, the world, and humanity. A new party and face to appear different from the old one. Who better chosen than the first black president (a stroke of genius some believe) to deflect attention from the past and focus it all on him and the task he faces.

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Sucessful Eviction Resistance & Bristol's Nuclear Trains

11-11-2008 01:08

Dialect Radio is a Bristol (UK) internet broadcasting Co-operative run by volunteers. Our main activity is our weekly current affairs and arts magazine programme Dialect, which is recorded at our Queen's Square studios and posted for download every weekend. Want to volunteer? Volunteering Bristol, Royal Oak House, Royal Oak Avenue, Bristol. BS1 4GB Tel: 0117 989 7733. Listen on air: 93.2 FM (BCFM), Tuesdays 9:00 PM.

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Gazans plunged into darkness - Low profile – large scale, Ethnic cleansing

10-11-2008 21:57

Thousands of Gazans have been left without electricity following Israel's suspension of fuel shipments to the Hamas-controlled territory's only power plant.The power station was shut down on Monday evening after Israel refused to restart deliveries, despite warnings that fuel supplies were almost exhausted. Al Jazeera's Sherine Tadros, reporting from Gaza City

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Lest we forget: Arms fair owners Clarion get a taste of the Spirit of Christmas

09-11-2008 23:53

Supporters and members of London Campaign Against the Arms Trade (CAAT) were at the Spirit of Christmas Fair at Olympia on Remembrance Sunday (November 9, 2008) to alert visitors to the fact that the organisers, Clarion Events have recently taken ownership of five international arms fairs, including the world’s biggest, euphemistically titled ‘Defence Systems and Equipment International’ (DSEi), held biennially in London’s Docklands. [1, 2, 3, 4, 5]

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Fresh fighting in eastern DR Congo - Civilians 'executed'

09-11-2008 21:40

(In memory of Patrice Lumumba)
Fresh fighting has broken out between government troops and rebels in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo, a United Nations spokesman has said. The clashes on Sunday broke out close to Goma, the capital of North Kivu province, Lieutenant-Colonel Jean-Paul Dietrich, spokesman for the UN mission in Congo (Monuc), said. "There have been heavy weapons clashes since 5am ...