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Support the Decommissioners Public Meeting

25-05-2010 12:09

Public Meeting

Saturday 5th June

5.30-8pm, Community Base, Queen's Road, Brighton

Support the Decommissioners Public Meeting

On 17th January 2009, as Israeli bombs rained down on Gaza, six people
broke into the EDO factory in Brighton and decommissioned the
production line damaging their capability to make weapons to be used
against Gazan civilians.

At this public meeting, just two days before the start of the
decommissioners trial, where they will argue that their actions were
justified, we will discuss EDO's complicity in war crimes worldwide.

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Brian Haw arrested

25-05-2010 09:12

Brian Haw arrested

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Iran, Israel and the "threat to peace" (by Latuff)

24-05-2010 20:34

Peaceful Israel and its 200 nukes...
Iran is real threat to peace, not Israeli arsenal estimated at 200 nukes...

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Boost to the nuclear weapons industry under Obama: The new nuclear legislation

23-05-2010 20:50

Ground Zero, Hiroshima, August 1945
Clearly, the sole use of disarmament rhetoric by the US is now to disarm foreign and domestic opposition to US policies, especially "non-proliferation-themed" geopolitical ambitions. Other than dismantlement of the thousands of warheads put into the dismantlement queue by that pacifistic president George W. Bush, there is no disarmament going on in the US. Quite the reverse is true. The situation is far, far more difficult than it was even 3 or 4 years ago.

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Nottingham anti-arms-trade activist convicted

23-05-2010 12:14

The 18th Feb blockade of Heckler & Koch
On May 20th at Nottingham Magistrates’ Court, anti-arms-trade activist Kirk Jackson was found guilty of aggravated trespass for his part in a protest that shut down an arms company for a day. Jackson was given a twelve month conditional discharge and ordered to pay £350 court costs.

The charge arose from a February 18th protest at the Nottingham warehouse of international arms company Heckler & Koch. Before dawn, four activists locked themselves to the gates, preventing employees from entering, while Mr Jackson and another activist climbed onto the roof and displayed banners accusing the company of “arming repressive regimes”.

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Corporate Watch: Working for Shamir Salads in Barkan industrial zone

22-05-2010 20:55

More from Corporate Watch's research in Palestine.
Visit the web-site for photos.

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CW: Orange -Making the Future Bright for Israel’s Illegal Settlements

22-05-2010 20:51

Latest from Corporate Watch -Orange's complicity in the occupation of Palestine.
For photos visit the webs-site.

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A New Oil Rush Endangers the Gulf of Mexico and the Planet

22-05-2010 02:46

"In the process, however, most of our easily accessible onshore oil and gas reservoirs have been depleted, leaving only less accessible reserves in offshore areas, Alaska, and the melting Arctic. To ensure a continued supply of hydrocarbons -- and the continued prosperity of the giant energy companies -- successive administrations have promoted the exploitation of these extreme energy options with a striking disregard for the resulting dangers. By their very nature, such efforts involve an ever increasing risk of human and environmental catastrophe -- something that has been far too little acknowledged."

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Democracy Village pics (Days 19-20)

21-05-2010 20:59

Images from the Democracy Village, Parliament Square, Westminster, London taken on Wednesday 19th and Thursday 20th May, 2010.

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Noam Chomsky's contradictions on Palestine

21-05-2010 18:25

Noam Chomsky
What has happened to Chomsky that he is offering his cachet, endorsement and support to what he himself has described as a colonial collaborationist regime?

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Calling All Rebels Another Hunger Strike In Ireland

21-05-2010 02:57

Today, a selfless, dedicated and uncompromising Irish Republican political prisoner, Liam Hannaway, lies unbowed in a cold and unforgiving British gaol cell, as he enters his 35th day on Hunger Strike whilst being incarcerated at Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland’s pleasure at Maghaberry Gaol, located in occupied Irish territory that is known as the State of Northern Ireland. During the recent history of Ireland’s quest for ‘Unity’, this ultimate act of Irish Republican defiance against Britain’s colonial Prison regime in the North has already been presided over by this current British monarch and by a Conservative government in Westminster! – The 1981 Hunger Strike- Lest We Forget!

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"War without borders": Obama's "Long War"

20-05-2010 20:39

The Obama administration's objective is to give a humanitarian image to the "long war" and "global war on terror," labels, which were presented to public opinion in the immediate wake of the 2001 9/11 attacks.

In March of last year, the Defense Department's office of security review stated that that "this administration prefers to avoid using the term 'Long War' or 'Global War on Terror'. Please use 'Overseas Contingency Operation.' "

The surge in troop deployment is part of a long war scenario, which is by no means limited to the Middle East and Central Asia. While the US and NATO are directly threatening Russia, China and Iran, the Obama doctrine tacitly denies the very existence of a war. What is increasingly presented to public opinion is a Worldwide counter-terrorism crusade against Al Qaeda.

A change of words and labels does not modify the nature of America's global military design. What were dealing with is an intractable war, which in a very real sense threatens the future of humanity.

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US sabotages ‘unique opportunity’ for peaceful resolution with Iran

20-05-2010 10:17

Less than 24 hours after the nuclear fuel swap plan – which was hailed as a positive development by diverse opinion, including UN chief Ban Ki-moon, China’s foreign minister Yang Jiechi and even French president Nicolas Sarkozy – the Obama administration moved swiftly to sabotage the deal.

This US stonewalling of any avenue for dialogue with Iran has disturbing echoes of Washington’s deliberate sabotaging of diplomatic overtures for a peaceful resolution prior to its invasions of Afghanistan and Iraq. It also exposes Obama’s vow of a new beginning in US foreign policy to be cynical lie, trotted out in front of his nation and the world with hand on heart.

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ISM Palestine: Join the Global Intifada this summer!

20-05-2010 09:36

The International Solidarity Movement need people to come to Palestine this summer!
Or join the Global Intifada from where you are.
Please circulate widely.

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The "War on Terrorism" for oil: Folly of the imperial oil adventure

20-05-2010 09:35

The Obama administration and members of Congress, such as Senator Dianne Feinstein, are, in typical post-9/11 fashion, complaining about “intelligence failures” and vowing yet more aggressive domestic security. The “certain” ties to Pakistan, Waziristan, Iran, etc. will be used as fodder towards the next military attack.

The signs are unavoidable and clear: the Anglo-American empire has run out of time, and oil, and humanity itself has paid the steepest cost. From war and chaos, catastrophic financial meltdowns, or the mega-disaster in the Gulf of Mexico that could ultimately render all else moot, events are well beyond the empire’s ability to control or hide any of it.

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Iran uranium deal and other missed opportunities

19-05-2010 22:53

Amorim, Mottaki and Davutoglu sign the nuclear swap agreement, 17 May 2010
In looking back on the history of the current standoff between the US and Iran over Iran's nuclear program, it is instructive to note all the opportunities that the US missed in resolving the standoff peacefully while also addressing any real concerns about weapons proliferation.

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Bring Shaker Aamer home now! Demo in Parliament Square, Tue 25 May

19-05-2010 12:25

Shaker Aamer has been imprisoned without charge or trial in Guantánamo Bay for over eight years. He is a legal permanent resident of the UK, married to a British national, with four British children (the youngest of whom he has never met) living in Battersea, south London.

Next Tuesday (25 May), on the day of the state opening of Parliament, a demonstration and rally in Parliament Square has been organised by the Save Shaker Aamer Campaign:

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Corporate Watch: Opportunities for apartheid tourism in Kibbutz Afik

19-05-2010 11:39

The latest from Corporate Watch's research blog "Profiting from the occupation".

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ISM Palestine: Urgent call for equipment

19-05-2010 11:06

The International Solidarity Movement in the West Bank and Gaza are in desperate need of some new equipment. If you can, please consider a donation to the ISM.

To donate, go to