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The US-NATO Conquest of Africa: Militarization of the African Continent

21-03-2010 22:29

USAFRICOM area of responsibility
In 1884 the major European powers gathered at the Berlin Conference to divide up those parts of Africa that had escaped colonization and to create a consortium to dominate and exploit an entire continent and its peoples.

The anti-colonial struggles after the Second World War put an end to that enforced order, but 126 years later there are ominous indications that the former colonial masters are nostalgic for their past power.

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Faslane rock painting duo fined

20-03-2010 14:30

The rock after re-decoration (Photo: Trident Ploughshares)
Trident Ploughshares (TP) members Sylvia Boyes, a peace campaigner from Keighley, Yorkshire and Mary Millington, a retired Welsh language tutor from Glasgow, faced trial on Thursday (18 March) for painting a rock outside HMNB Clyde (Faslane) naval base in Scotland, the home of Britain’s nuclear-armed Trident submarines.

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H&K blockaders in court

20-03-2010 13:16

The six activists who blockaded the Nottingham-based arms company Heckler & Koch appeared at Nottingham Magistrate’s Court on March 17th and 18th on charges of aggravated trespass.

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Iraqi holocaust, Iraqi genocide and 7th anniversary of invasion of Iraq

20-03-2010 10:40

The following succinct letter is being sent to media world wide on the occasion of the 7th anniversary of the US alliance invasion of Iraq

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4.30am police raid that shook a father’s faith in land of free

19-03-2010 17:42

Badi Tebani
THEY came for his son in the dead of night. Masked men dressed in black, pushing, shoving, barking orders.

Badi Tebani was sleeping in his bed with his wife at about 4.30am when his door was smashed in and 20 men piled into his home in Finsbury Park.

Speaking to the Tribune yesterday (Thursday), he said: “I heard lots of voices – and the voice of my son. Cries for help. Shouting. I thought it was burglars come to steal from my house. But it was the police.”

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Israeli army chief visits Turkey to hold talks on Iran’s nuclear program

19-03-2010 14:24

Gabi Ashkenazi and Ilker Basbug had a meeting in Ankara on March 15th, 2010
Already during the Clinton Administration of 1993-2001, a triangular military alliance between the US, Israel and Turkey had unfolded. This ‘triple alliance’ is coupled with a strong bilateral military relationship between Tel Aviv and Ankara.

Amply documented, Israel and Turkey are partners in the planned US aerial attacks on Iran, which have been in an advanced state of readiness since mid-2005.

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Iran’s natural gas riches: US knife to the heart of world future energy

18-03-2010 23:35

A major realignment in the world’s energy economy – one where there will be a continuing diminished role for the US – Washington’s blustering rhetoric about democracy and peace and war on terror or alleged Iranian nuclear weapons can be seen as a desperate attempt to conceal its fear that it stands to be a big loser.

Encircling Iran with wars and threatening gas supplies to possibly the world’s top future gas customer – China – is the real deal. US actions are more accurately seen as putting a knife to the energy arteries of a world economy that it will no longer be able to dominate.

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Néjàd vu, all over again: The media, 'pretext', context & 9/11

17-03-2010 16:02

authors of the report written in 2000 by the Project of the New American Century
The mainstream media's favorite scapegoat, Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, resurfaced on Saturday amidst reports that he called the attacks of September 11, 2001 "a big lie."

According to the immediate and rabid response of virtually every Western news network around, this was simply the latest insane claim of the same raving madman who has previously threatened to wipe a foreign state off the map and denied the Holocaust.

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Waihopai Ploughshares activists acquitted by New Zealand jury

17-03-2010 15:49


Adrian Leason, Father Peter Murnane and Sam Land - the three men who were charged with intentional damage and unlawful entry at Waihopai spy base - have today expressed their thanks to the jury, the judge, and the prosecution and defence lawyers.

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NATO'S Fire Sale - One Dead Afghan Child, $2,000

17-03-2010 13:15

On January 11, 2010, we sent out a media alert titled, ‘Were Afghan children executed by US-led forces? And why aren't the media interested?’

The alert concerned credible reports that American-led troops had dragged Afghan children from their beds and shot them during a night raid in Kunar province in eastern Afghanistan on December 27 last year. Ten people were killed, including eight schoolboys from one family. We noted that the alleged atrocity had been almost wholly ignored by the corporate media, including the BBC.

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Micmacs: A film about direct action against the arms trade

16-03-2010 23:11

The latest film by Jean-Pierre Jeunet, director of Amélie, is a wacky caper about a group of oddball characters who decide to take direct action against the arms trade. In it, the products of one Nottingham-based arms company – Heckler & Koch – make a brief appearance.

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50 face imminent deportation to Iraq

16-03-2010 22:24

More than fifty men from northern Iraq have been given deportation tickets telling them they will be removed to Erbil in the Kurdistan Regional Government controlled area in northern Iraq. The 50 are currently being held in immigration prisons in Heathrow, Gatwick and Doncaster. They told the detainees that they will be removed at 6pm tomorrow morning (17 March). The tickets state that they will be:

‘removed no sooner than 7 days and no later than 22 days from the date of this notice’.

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Flashback:How the forgotten city of Halabja became the launchpad for war on Iraq

16-03-2010 18:24

Tony Blair, George Bush and Jose Maria Aznar at the Azores Summit, 16 March 2003
When the Bush administration went to war with Iraq in March 2003, the centerpiece of its justification for war was weapons of mass destruction.

But its precise timing was driven, in large part, by the March 16 anniversary of the poison gas attack on the Iraqi Kurdish town of Halabja. On the fifth and twentieth anniversaries of these two tragic events, a study of the connection between them reveals a deliberate pattern of twisting and fabricating intelligence to meet policy objectives.

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Case of Tristan Anderson may be reopened, adding to Israeli PR 'nightmare'

16-03-2010 12:44

Rachel Corrie - killed March 16, 2003 in Rafah, Gaza

Add this development to what Mel Frykberg at Inter Press Service calls Israel’s growing “public relations nightmare”: renewed attention to the near-fatal shooting of American activist Tristan Anderson. Just as the media spotlight is glaring down on Israel because of a civil trial in the killing of American peace activist Rachel Corrie comes a decision by Israel’s Justice Ministry to reinvestigate the shooting of Anderson.

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US-NATO "strategic concept": Global warfare

15-03-2010 19:17

NATO Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen
On March 12, North Atlantic Treaty Organization Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen arrived in Warsaw to participate in the NATO’s New Strategic Concept – Global, Transatlantic and Regional Challenges and Tasks Ahead conference.

His address reiterated the now standard demand that NATO combine Article 5 so-called collective defense for its members – in Poland’s case that can only be a reference to Russia – with expeditionary deployments outside NATO’s self-defined area of responsibility as exemplified by recent wars and other armed missions in the Balkans, Afghanistan, the Gulf of Aden and the Horn of Africa, the Mediterranean Sea and the Darfur region of Sudan.

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Soldiers back from Afghanistan march in Newark

15-03-2010 15:55

what should we do, support or protest?

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Lebanon: Checkpoints and more (Film)

15-03-2010 13:52

Film still from "Nahr al-Bared: Checkpoints and more"
Nahr al-Bared refugee camp has still not recovered from the devastating war in 2007 during which it was destroyed.

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VIDEO: Indigenous activist 'Splitting the Sky' versus war criminal Bush

15-03-2010 12:19

former US congresswoman Cynthia McKinney
The Splitting the Sky story highlights the media cover up of the lies and crimes of 9/11. But that is only the beginning. STS's story starts with the big cover up of the reality that the New World Order of America began in 1492 with a massive genocide that continues to this day.

The founding of America on the theft of natural resources from Indigenous peoples around the world extends these days to the creation of new forms of appropriation, domination, murder and enslavement.

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Smash EDO Iraq commemoration

15-03-2010 12:01

On the 19th March 2003 the first of thousands of people were killed as the U.S and U.K's 'coalition of the willing' launched its skock-and-awe campaign against the people of Iraq.

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Cut Trident not jobs demo in Edinburgh Saturday March 13th 2010

14-03-2010 19:49

A report with 20 photos of the anti-Trident demonstration in Edinburgh which was organised by Scotland for Peace.