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Palestine Today 121009

10-12-2009 21:01

Welcome to Palestine Today, a service of the International Middle East Media Centre,, for Thursday, December 10th, 2009.

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Normalising the Crime of the Century

10-12-2009 17:11

Iraq's current and planned potential ballistic missiles
The purpose of the Chilcot inquiry is to normalise an epic crime by providing enough of a theatre of guilt to satisfy the media so that the only issue that matters, that of prosecution, is never raised. When he appears in January, Blair will play this part to odious perfection, dutifully absorbing the hisses and boos. All “inquiries” into state crimes are neutered in this way.

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Activist Cindy Sheehan

10-12-2009 08:56


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Manchester Transport Police Armed with Tasers

09-12-2009 13:44

British Transport Police (BTP) will be armed with electric stun guns as part of a three-month trial scheme patrolling the railways of Manchester, London and Cardiff. Until recently, they have called in armed officers from other forces when dealing with incidents that require them.

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Urgent Communique From Athens Anarchists

09-12-2009 12:22

armed greek police officer
Since police in Greece shot and killed a 15 year old libertarian named alexis grigoropoulos last december the 6th, anarchists and other activists have waged a total war of revenge and plotting to overthrow capitalist and junta rule around their neighborhoods, with bomb, gun and riot attacks on police at every available opportunity.

Below is a translation of a message urgently posted on Indymedia to highlight the after effects of that continued resistance, based on the memorial march on the 6/12/09 that police attacked and tried to stop.

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Green Councillor to Present Petition Calling for Brighton Council to Discuss EDO

09-12-2009 10:10

Press Release

For immediate release: 9/12/2009

Photo opportunity: Infostall outside the council meeting at 4pm, Thursday 10th. For more information contact Andrew Beckett or Chloe Marsh: 07754135290.

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U.S., NATO War In Afghanistan: Fifty or more countries in a single war theater

08-12-2009 18:48

B-52 jets carpet-bombing Afghanistan
Over the past ten years citizens of the United States and other Western nations, and unfortunately most of the world, have become accustomed to Washington and its military allies in Europe and those appointed as armed outposts on the periphery of the "Euro-Atlantic community" engaging in armed aggression around the world.

The bombing and the ground combat operations in Afghanistan continue since October 2001 and both will be intensified to record levels in short order. The combined U.S. and NATO forces in the country would represent a staggering number, in excess of 150,000 soldiers.

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Palestine Today 120809

08-12-2009 18:09

Welcome to Palestine Today, a service of the International Middle East Media Centre,, for Tuesday, December 8th, 2009.

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Netanyahu and the Settlements (by Latuff)

07-12-2009 19:26

Netanyahu and the Settlements
Copyleft artwork by Brazilian cartoonist Latuff, on behalf of brave Palestinian people and their struggle against US backed IsraHell's state terror.

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Meet the commanded-in-chief

07-12-2009 17:59

"In Congress, a senate maneuver that only a few years ago was so rare that the response to it was nicknamed "the nuclear option" - needing a 60-vote majority to pass anything of significance - has, almost without comment, become a commonplace for the passage of just about anything. This means Congress is eternally in a state of gridlock. And that's just for starters when it comes to ways in which the US government, so ready to surge its military and its civilian employees into Afghanistan in the name of good governance, is in need of repair, if not nation-building itself."

and if this was not bad enough:

"Think of this as Obama's anti-MacArthur moment. In April 1951, in the midst of the Korean War, president Harry Truman relieved Douglas MacArthur of command of the American forces. He did so because the general, a far grander public figure than either McChrystal or Central Command (CENTCOM) commander General Petraeus (and with dreams of his own about a possible presidential run), had publicly disagreed with, and interfered with, Truman's plans to "limit" the war after the Chinese intervened.

Obama, too, has faced what Robert Dreyfuss in Rolling Stone calls a "generals' revolt" - amid fears that his Republican opposition would line up behind the insubordinate field commanders and make hay in the 2010 and 2012 election campaigns. Obama, too, has faced a general, Petraeus, who has played a far subtler game than MacArthur ever did. After more than two months of what right-wing critics termed "dithering" and supporters called "thorough deliberations", Obama dealt with the problem quite differently to Truman. He essentially agreed to subordinate himself to the publicly stated wishes of his field commanders. (Not that his Republican critics will give him much credit for doing so, of course.) This is called "politics" in our country and, for a Democratic president in our era, Tuesday night's end result was remarkably predictable.

When Obama bowed to the Japanese emperor on his recent Asian tour, there was a media uproar in this country. Even though the speech last Tuesday night should be thought of as bowing to the American military, there is likely to be little complaint on that score. Similarly, despite the significance of symbolism in Washington, there has been surprisingly little discussion about the president's decision to address the American people not from the Oval Office but from the US Military Academy at West Point."

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Sami's Story

07-12-2009 13:57

Peace activism is growing inside Israel. The stalwarts of BT’Selem and Parents Circle have been joined by a new generation that seeks to engage with Palestinians, on a social level as well as political. Groups like Sulha preach tolerance through integration, encouraging Palestinians to take part in their events inside Israel and securing permits for them.

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Peace Laureate Obama expands Afghan War

06-12-2009 19:57

Within weeks of being awarded the 2009 Nobel Peace Prize, war maker, warmonger and war criminal Obama has announced a huge escalation of the Afghan War to West Point US Military Academy trainee US storm troopers in a speech littered with outrageous lying by commission and lying by omission.

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report from anarchists in nottingham who fought fash today....

05-12-2009 21:26

Today the EDL demo'd and anarchists were out to find them and clash with them...
Having avoided being kettled throughout the day, a small group of dedicated anti-fascists roamed looking for the enemy....breaking away from the castle kettle, near the robin hood statue, they headed for the square to meet up with others who were routed by cops.....

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05-12-2009 21:26

Approximately 150-160 people have been detained as a means of terrorisation whilst also preventing and deterring others from participating in demonstrations marking the anniversary of the murder of a 15 year old youth in Athens. As a result the Polytechnic University of Athens has been Occupied and actions called.

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To defend the right of social protest!

05-12-2009 19:00

* From Venezuela, a group of social organizations and human rights, students and academic groups as well as different individuals, launch this call for a campaign to defend the right to protest, which today is being systematically violated by the government of Hugo Chávez. This document was originally published in Spanish in El Libertario newspaper, # 57 (

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Af-Pak War Racket: The Obama Illusion Comes Crashing Down

05-12-2009 16:13

As Obama announced plans for escalating the war effort, it has become clear that the Obama Illusion has taken yet another horrifying turn.

Barack Obama, the anti-war candidate, has proven to be a perfect decoy for the military industrial complex.

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The UN of the arms dealers: The most disreputable and yet profitable business

05-12-2009 14:39

The five veto powers and permanent members of the Security Council have corrupted the the work of the UN. Applying double-standards, and disregard for law - they have made the organization primarily serve their best interests rather than serve its mandate.

I refer to the five most dangerous Member States that together manufacture and sell some 85% of military arms, including nuclear weapons, and so called weapons of mass destruction. This is the UN of the arms dealers - the most disreputable and yet profitable business on earth.

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NoDalMolin in Oslo for the Peace Nobel Prize to Obama

05-12-2009 14:08

A large delegation of “Vicentini” will fly to Oslo on Monday, Dec 7th 2009. The goal is to protest against Pres. Barack Obama, who will be receiving the Peace Nobel Prize for his war policy, materialized in Vicenza with the construction of a new and devastating military base.

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Notts Map of Militarism

05-12-2009 13:42

A snapshot of the map. For the full, interactive version, follow the link below.
Notts Anti-Militarism has produced an interactive "Map of Militarism" showing all the arms companies and military establishments in and around Nottinghamshire.