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US Rep. Jan Schakowsky’s Three-Day Fact-Finding Mission in Honduras

14-11-2009 17:28

Citing a “serious deterioration of human rights since the coup,” Schakowsky reflected on the executive decree PCM-M-016-2009 (declaring a state of siege) published on Sep. 27 which was set in place to supposedly defend national security and public order but that “seems to be defined as anything that is said against the coup.”

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York public demand freedom for hero Joe Glenton

14-11-2009 16:44

Stall, placards and supporters
After his arrest this week for taking part in anti-war protests against military orders, York showed its support to Lance Corporal Joe Glenton, a son of the city, by queueing to sign a petition during a massively successful stall.

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25ft Gun Demo A Success

14-11-2009 11:10

On Friday the 13th November 2009 in Nottingham, Anti-Militarists and other activists marched to the gun makers Heckler and Koch in Lenton, Nottingham.

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Photos from Smash NATO Edinburgh

13-11-2009 17:36

Photos from today's smash NATO in Edinburgh.

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Human Waste

13-11-2009 15:54

60% of Jerusalem's rubbish ends up here
Beyond the demolitions in its suburbs and the frequent, violent clashes around Al-Aqsa, Jerusalem hides a quieter shame. Southeast of the holy city live the Jahalin Bedouins, a community that has been repeatedly displaced, now enduring subhuman poverty beside Jerusalem’s largest garbage dump. An embarrassment to Palestinians and Israelis, the Bedouins' unique way of life is under grave threat.

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Clinton appoints former embassy hostage as point person on Iran

13-11-2009 10:38

John Limbert, Clinton's newly appointed point person on Iran
When the Iranian Revolution exploded on the world scene three decades ago, John Limbert was a greenhorn diplomat assigned to the U.S. Embassy in Tehran. After that station was taken over by revolutionary students, he spent 14 months as a political hostage in the building that came to be known as the “Nest of Spies.”

Today Limbert is the newly appointed Deputy Assistant Secretary for Iran in the State Department's Bureau of Near Eastern Affairs. That makes him Secretary of State Hillary Clinton's point person on Iran, just as pressure is building in Congress to impose more sanctions on the Islamic Republic.

While Limbert's preferred methods may differ from those of his predecessor Dennis Ross, it would be naive to think that his political goals are any less ambitious: undermining Iran's growing ability to oppose U.S. policy in the Middle East by restricting its access to alternative energy sources while promoting a change to a government friendlier to Western corporate interests.

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What do you think of the MoD?

12-11-2009 17:01

The MoD wants to know what if we think the that MoD is a force for good in the world?

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Four Aldermaston blockaders acquitted!

12-11-2009 16:23

News just through from Reading Magistrates' Court that four people who took part in the Aldermaston Big Blockade on 27 October 2008 have been found not guilty of obstructing the highway by virtue of the prosecution failing to prove that they were in fact on a highway.

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Friday Arms Dump Demo - Route Map

12-11-2009 15:36

On Friday 13th Nov, Nottingham Arms Dump is to symbolically “dump” a 25 foot model gun at the doors of Heckler and Koch (large dealer of small arms) as a gesture to say “no to the arms trade, no to Heckler and Koch” and also to highlight other anti-arms trade campaigns such as Shut Down Heckler and Koch and SMASH EDO/ITT.

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The Road to a New Movement Begins: Black is Back Coalition

12-11-2009 07:47

“Somebody had to stand up and say the emperor had no clothes, and it was our responsibility as African Americans more than any other people in the world,” said Omali Yeshitela, chair of the Uhuru Movement and top organizer of the Black is Back Coalition for Social Justice, Peace and Reparations. The emperor is, of course, President Barack Obama.

Brooklyn Councilman Charles Barron, a former Black Panther, declared: “We don’t want a president to transfer the war from Iraq to Afghanistan. We’ve come to Washington to say to President Obama, end the war in Iraq, end the war in Afghanistan, end the war in Pakistan.”

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Smash NATO Convergence Centre open!

12-11-2009 01:13

After months of mobilising and planning today the NATO Welcoming Committee set up the Smash NATO Convergence Space in Edinburgh. The space will act as a base for activists resisting the NATO Parliamentary Assembly meeting in the city from Friday.

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Lance Corporal Joe Glenton faces prison for not going to war - good on him

12-11-2009 00:17

War Resisters' International learned today that Lance Corporal Joe Glenton, who already faces charges of desertion for refusing to return to Afghanistan, has been arrested and charged with five counts of "disobeying a lawful order" public speaking resisting the war and in London on 24 October 2009, and for expressing his opposition to the war in Afghanistan to the media.

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Fort Hood: A media orgy of rumors, speculation and falsehoods

11-11-2009 20:49

One false and contradictory claim after the next was disseminated last night by the establishment media with regard to the core facts of the Fort Hood shootings.

Perhaps most irresponsible of all is the unverified claim that Hasan had written on the Internet in defense of suicide attacks by Muslims, even though the origins of those writings are entirely unverified. Similarly, certain news organizations -- like NPR -- used anonymous sources to disseminate inflammatory claims about Hasan's prior troubles allegedly grounded in activism on behalf of Islam.

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Four Aldermaston Big Blockaders to be judged tomorrow

11-11-2009 16:36

Defendants with counsel & supporters at Reading Magistrates' Court - D. Viesnik
Four peace activists (two from London, one from Scotland and one from Switzerland) who were among 33 people arrested during the Big Blockade of the Aldermaston Atomic Weapons Establishment in Berkshire last October will be judged on Thursday 12 November at 2pm at Reading Magistrates' Court, Berkshire. The trial took place on 21-22 October, 2009. A fifth defendant, Barbara Dowling, from Glasgow, changed her plea to guilty and received an 18-month conditional discharge and was ordered to pay £85 in costs.

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NATO SS? Czech troops wear Nazi insignia in Afghanistan

11-11-2009 13:26

The NATO mission in Afghanistan has been shaken by the news that two Czech officers were found wearing Nazi insignia. The symbols of SS battalions on their helmets has resulted in the two men being suspended. Their commanding officer has also been suspended amid reports that he'd ordered a cover-up. The two soldiers recently returned from Afghanistan and received state awards.

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15 - 17 January 2010: Peace News Winter Gathering

11-11-2009 11:54

Join people from across the spectrum of the British peace movement for a weekend of exploration, celebration and empowerment - learning from other movements, struggling with challenging issues, and creating greater cohesion and solidarity in a segmented peace movement.

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Jan 18th: Remember Gaza -Smash EDO

10-11-2009 20:52


Assemble 1pm (meeting point TBA), Wear black
For regular updates and location see

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Scottish Activist Legal Project launched for weekend of protests

10-11-2009 00:51

The Scottish Activist Legal Project formed in October 2009. It draws on the experience people have of providing legal support for direct action at Faslane, the G8 2005 and many other situations.

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White Poppy Wreath Laid On Luton War Memorial

09-11-2009 21:50

We succeeded in laying a white wreath on the Luton War Memorial on Sunday 8th November.

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Morale crisis in US army

08-11-2009 11:40

AN AMERICAN military source has confirmed that morale in the US/UK military machine has plunged to crisis levels.