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Smash EDO reminder: noise demo in memory of Mark Rivers TODAY

07-12-2011 11:26

There will be a special noise demo in memory of Mark Rivers, who died last month, outside EDO/ITT, Today 4-6.

Be there if you can. He would have been.

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High Court rules that Assange can seek Appeal to Supreme Court

05-12-2011 13:25

Julian Assange was back at the Royal Courts of Justice in London today seeking permission - from the High Court judges who dismissed his appeal against extradition in November - to take his case to the Supreme Court. They haven't actually allowed this, but they're allowing him to ask the Supreme Court directly for leave to appeal, on one of the two points raised.

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Egypt: The November Uprising

04-12-2011 10:34

The Egyptian revolution will not be settled in 18 days or months. It’ll take “years” for the dust to settle, may be four or five, I don’t know. There will be waves, ebbs and flows, battles to be won and others lost.

This November uprising is only one chapter in the Egyptian revolution, but not the final one.

We have come a long way. We can all recall the mood in February when you could have been lynched in a protest by the people if you had chanted against the army. Now there is wide disillusionment with SCAF, and the majority of the public can clearly see today they are nothing but Mubarak’s army generals who are in effect leading the counterrevolution.

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Flyer for 8 Dec Solidarity action, Liverpool: Census refuser in court

02-12-2011 21:56

Here's a flyer to print out and share.

Sarah Ledsom is at Liverpool Magistrates Court on Thursday 8 December for refusing to complete the census on the grounds of Lockheed Martin's contract to process census data. Sarah's objections relate particularly to the use of Lockheed Martin weapons by Israel on the people of Palestine. Solidarity demo from 9.30am on the 8th.

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Is the West hunting for a pretext for a war on Iran?

02-12-2011 19:35

The Guardian, 30 November 2011
A string of attacks on Iran, from assassinations of key nuclear and military personnel to attempts to alienate it internationally, ring the bell. Could it be that the US, UK, the EU and Israel are working hard to gather winds of war against Iran, knowing full well that their credibility is at an all-time low following years of flagrant lying to justify attacks on Iraq, Afghanistan, Pakistan and more recently Libya? Attacking Iran won’t be easy to pull off.

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"Surrounded by Olive Trees and Settlers": Report of EAPPI talk in Wrexham

02-12-2011 14:43

What Wrexham might look like divided by an Apartheid wall
Yesterday I went along to a talk by Ann Farr of the Ecumenical Accompaniment Programme in Palestine and Israel organised by Wrexham CYTÛN (Churches Together in Wales). Ann has visited Palestine and Israel several times previously through her work with the Catholic peace organisation Pax Christi. In December 2010, she returned to Palestine for three months to work as an Ecumenical Accompanier (EA). EAs provide protective presence to vulnerable communities, monitor and report human rights abuses and support Palestinians and Israelis working together for peace.

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Britain's sabre rattling against Iran. The threat to global security is Israel

01-12-2011 21:37

The Jewish Chronicle, 4 November 2011
Britain’s sabre-rattling over the past month, threatening the lives and livelihoods of hundreds of thousands of innocent Iranians citizens, has had consequences – consequences that any government with any real intelligence should have foreseen.

It is worth noting that Iran has not launched an attack or invasion of another country for over 200 years, has stated no intention to do so, and does not have any nuclear warheads. The hypocrisy is so blatant, and so extensive, that it is little wonder that Iranian citizens, like those elsewhere in the Middle East and throughout the world, are taking matters into their own hands.

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Australian solidarity with Assange as he returns to UK High Court Dec 5th

01-12-2011 21:07

Picture from the rally on 25 November
Adele Goldie reports on Brisbane solidarity action for Julian Assange in the run-up to his hearing in the High Court in London on 5 December.

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The Times calls for Press TV closure

01-12-2011 20:07

An editorial in the Times, headed by scandal-struck Rupert Murdoch, has called on the UK government to shut down Press TV's London office simply because the alternative news network is funded by Iran.

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Smash EDO: Special noise demo in honour of Mark Rivers

30-11-2011 17:29

As we have previously reported long term Smash EDO campaigner Mark Rivers tragically died in a fire at his flat in Brighton in the early morning on Sunday, 6th of November at the age of 51.

There will be a special noise demo in his honour next Wednesday (7th), 4-6 outside EDO/ITT. Spread the info and help us make it big!

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Syria: The orwellian "Responsibility to Protect" used to justify all out war

30-11-2011 15:06

The concept of “Responsibility to Protect” (R2P) essentially posits that a country’s independence is not a right and can be taken away by the international community when the need arises. The international community under the R2P paradigm has the responsibility to intervene in any independent country in order to protect that country’s citizens.

The Syrian Arab Republic now faces the “Responsibility to Protect” (R2P) as a threat. R2P is being prepped to be wielded as a weapon by Washington and NATO. It is a neo-imperialist device under the cover of sheep’s skin that appropriates the language of humanitarianism. The plan is to oust President Bashar Al-Assad from power and install a new client government in Damascus.

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Smash EDO: This week's noise demo cancelled -support the N30 strikers

29-11-2011 11:27

This week's Wednesday noise demo will be cancelled. We hope that everyone will be out on the streets in support of the November 30th strikers instead.

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London Occupy Activist - Tahrir Inspired Everyone - Video

27-11-2011 23:29

How one outspoken occupy activist got the police to fabricate an assaulting a police officer charge.

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Michael Lyons released from military detention

27-11-2011 17:36

Michael Lyons
Earlier this month, Michael Lyons, the navy medic who was sentenced to detention in Colchester Military Corrective Training Centre for refusing to take up arms and protesting the war in Afghanistan, was released.

Michael Lyons was inspired to take action after studying some of the material Bradley Manning is accused of disclosing via WikiLeaks, especially about the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.

Bradley Manning's pre-trial hearing starts on 16 December in the US.

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Media lies used to provide a pretext for another "humanitarian war"

27-11-2011 13:16

The Independent, 19 August 2011
According to numerous reports from the Western media, human rights organisations, as well as the UN, countless peaceful civilians have been killed by the Syrian forces since the beginning of the unrest in the country in mid March. But where do the numbers come from? Many media reports on the alleged deadly repression by the Syrian government fail to mention the sources of their information, which are very often referred to solely as "human rights groups" or "activists":

The reliance of the mainstream media on information emanating from anonymous groups provides a biased understanding of the Syrian protests, which in turn supports the broader objective of destabilizing the Syrian regime. When information from unknown sources pertaining to the death toll is published either by a mainstream media or a recognized human rights group, it is invariably picked up and considered as "factual evidence" by other news sources or think tanks, without further verification. Moreover, in the process the information is subject to further distortion.

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"The clash of civilizations": Divide, conquer and rule the "New Middle East"

26-11-2011 09:39

The New Middle East (before and after)
In the past, the colonial powers of Western Europe would indoctrinate their people. Their objective was to acquire popular support for colonial conquest. This took the form of spreading Christianity and promoting Christian values with the support of armed merchants and colonial armies.

At the same time, racist ideologies were put forth. The people whose lands were colonized were portrayed as "sub-human," inferior, or soulless. Finally, the "White Man's burden" of taking on a mission of civilizing the so-called "uncivilized peoples of the world" was used. This cohesive ideological framework was used to portray colonialism as a "just cause." The latter in turn was used to provide legitimacy to the waging of "just wars" as a means to conquering and "civilizing" foreign lands.

Today, the imperialist designs of the United States, Britain, France, and Germany have not changed. What has changed is the pretext and justification for waging their neo-colonial wars of conquest. During the colonial period, the narratives and justifications for waging war were accepted by public opinion in the colonizing countries, such as Britain and France. Today's "just wars" and "just causes" are now being conducted under the banners of women's rights, human rights, humanitarianism, and democracy.

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New book ‘The Shadow World: Inside the Global Arms Trade‘ with Andrew Feinstein

26-11-2011 01:39

BCfm’s weekly politics show
At five: discussing the big stories in Bristol, Britain and around the world
After six: straight talking and investigative reports with Martin Summers and Marina Morris

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Colombia, Stop Murdering the Homeless in the Name of Social Cleansing!

25-11-2011 16:35

Death squads and social cleansing have been a large part of Colombia’s past. Unfortunately, they are still a part of Colombia’s present: the government is using police groups and parts of the military to exterminate people that are considered to be socially unwanted, such as the homeless.

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‘They Found Nothing. Nothing.’

24-11-2011 21:11

deja vu

Earlier this month, the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) released its much-trailed report ‘presenting new evidence’, said the BBC, ‘suggesting that Iran is secretly working to obtain a nuclear weapon.’

Relying on ‘evidence provided by more than 10 member states as well as its own information’, the IAEA said Iran had carried out activities ‘relevant to the development of a nuclear explosive device’.

Having looked deeply into the claims, veteran journalist Seymour Hersh commented this week in an interview with Democracy Now!:

‘But you mentioned Iraq. It’s just this — almost the same sort of — I don’t know if you want to call it a "psychosis," but it’s some sort of a fantasy land being built up here, as it was with Iraq, the same sort of — no lessons learned, obviously.’