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British Army Psychological Warfare techniques sold to the highest bidder

15-01-2012 01:33

BCfm’s weekly politics show
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We Remember: Tom Hurndall

13-01-2012 20:19

(27 November 1981 – 13 January 2004)
Tom was 21 years old when he was shot. A photography student, he had left the UK to volunteer as a ‘human shield’ in Iraq. Here he heard about the ISM, one of whose volunteers, Rachel Corrie, had just been killed by a bulldozer whilst protesting house demolitions in Rafah. He headed there himself, arriving on the 6th April.

On the day of his shooting, Tom was with other ISM activists walking through Rafah when Israeli sniper fire started. Almost everyone ran for safety, but Tom noticed that three children, aged between four and seven, had remained motionless, paralysed with fear. Tom went back for them. He got the little boy to safety, and then went back for the two girls. He was wearing a fluorescent vest, and was clearly unarmed. An Israeli sniper shot him in the head.

There was a two hour delay at the border of the Gaza Strip before an ambulance was able to take him to a hospital in Be’er Sheva. In a coma, he was transferred to a hospital in the UK, where he died the following year.

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We demand the truth about British involvement in torture

13-01-2012 17:30

'Abdel Hakim Belhaj was offered up as a gift to Gaddafi

The announcement by the CPS and Scotland Yard regarding the decision not to pursue certain individuals from British intelligence in relation to allegations of complicity in torture may, on the face of it, seem to have brought the matter to a close. That, however, is not quite it.

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Largest ever Gitmo protest demands Gitmo be closed

13-01-2012 13:17

On the 10th anniversary of the opening of Guantanimo Bay, the largest protest ever held in the US against this hellhole demanded that it be closed. Cold rain could not deter this protest, as unlike Guantanimo Bay nobody had to worry about being waterboarded. It is being estimated that 800 people may have been in the march to the Supreme Court

Video: The march to the Supreme Court and the speakers there -

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37 anti-Guantanamo activists arrested outside White House

13-01-2012 12:22

WASHINGTON - Thirty-seven members of Witness Against Torture, a grassroots organization calling for the closure of the US detention facility in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, were arrested in front of the White House around three o'clock this afternoon. Dressed in the iconic Guantanamo orange jumpsuits and black hoods and accompanied by a cage representing indefinite detention, the activists were warned to clear the sidewalk by National Park Police or risk arrest. After occupying the sidewalk for more than three hours, they were arrested one by one.

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Eire: Guantanamo Protest at US Embassy In Ballsbridge on 10th Anniversary

13-01-2012 12:15

Colm and Justin
One Guantanamo suit, a letter to Ambassador Dan Rooney, a few acknowledgements, and in far away Guantanamo a hunger strike protesting a monstrous outrage against justice

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Phase three of the 'war on terror'

13-01-2012 01:38

Phase three in the "war on terror" now looks closer than ever. An attack on Iran.

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Census Refuser Trials Liverpool 17 & 18 Jan. Solidarity and support needed

12-01-2012 23:55

Sarah and Barry Ledsom

Sarah, Derek and Andy (possibly with others) are in Liverpool Magistrates Court on Tuesday and Wednesday 17 and 18 January for their trials. All are being prosecuted for refusing to complete the 2011 census and all have cited weapons manufacturer Lockheed Martin's involvement in the census data processing among their reasons for refusal. Their initial hearings were on 8 December [see report and photos plus background].

Join us inside and outside the court to offer solidarity and support to all the defendants. Vigil and demo outside the court from 9.30am both days. Continue the vigil or watch the proceedings in court from 10am.

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Audio from Guantanamo Remembered: 10 Years meeting

11-01-2012 21:52


This audio was recorded at the 10th Anniversary remembrance, in honour of those still incarcerated at Guantanamo. The meeting was jointly organised by Cage Prisoners, Reprieve and the Islamic Human Rights Commission.

The meeting in London's Conway Hall began with a recording of a song and a live chant from the Koran, both by former detainees. The meeting and speakers were introduced by Victoria Britain.

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Guantánamo Prisoners Stage Peaceful Protest and Hunger Strike to mark 10 years

10-01-2012 14:34

Today, prisoners at Guantánamo will embark on a peaceful protest, involving sit-ins and hunger strikes, to protest about their continued detention, and the continued existence of the prison at Guantánamo Bay, Cuba, three years after President Obama came to office promising to close it within a year, and to show their appreciation of the protests being mounted on their behalf by US citizens, who are gathering in Washington D.C. on Wednesday to stage a rally and march to urge the President to fulfill his broken promise.

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Arms Fair Protestor Faces Trial

10-01-2012 08:33

DSEi protestor to go on trial next week - solidarity vigil outside court before trial

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Shut Guantánamo - End Ten Years of Shame" - Report

09-01-2012 13:38

On Saturday 7 January, the weekend before the tenth anniversary of the opening of the illegal prison camp at Guantánamo Bay, over 200 people from London and other parts of the UK converged outside the National Gallery in Trafalgar Square to mark this unfortunate day in history and to stand in solidarity with the 171 prisoners who remain there. Organised by the London Guantánamo Campaign (LGC), the Save Shaker Aamer Campaign (SSAC), the Stop the War Coalition (StWC) and the Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament (CND)

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Smash EDO: Remember Gaza at first noise demo of 2012

09-01-2012 12:59

Wednesday 11th January is the first noise demo of 2012 against arms manufacturers EDO MBM/ITT 4 to 6pm, Home Farm Road - lets make some noise.

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Brutality of Turkey's war crime machine

08-01-2012 20:25

Turkey's war crime machine
Kurdish woman , speaks up against brutality of Turkey's war crime machine.
in Turkey's parliament's general assembly.

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Solidarity with Census Refusers in Birmingham. Report from 5 Jan

06-01-2012 16:10

Lockheed Martin products kill children
It was census refuser morning in Room 19 of Birmingham Magistrates Court yesterday, 5 January. At least four defendants who pleaded not guilty had their cases adjourned to Friday 2 March. One case was thrown out after the prosecution failed to demonstrate that the defendant had a liability to complete the form. Some defendants were found guilty in their absence and fines were imposed. Supporters sat in on the hearings and held a demonstration (solidarity with defendants and against Lockheed Martin and all wars) outside the court entrance.

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Shut Guantánamo – End 10 Years of Shame - London Rally, Sat 7 Jan

06-01-2012 12:25

Shut Guantánamo – End 10 Years of Shame - Public Rally, Saturday 7 January, 2-4pm, Trafalgar Square (North Side, outside National Gallery)

This Saturday (7 January) the weekend before the tenth anniversary of the opening of the illegal US military prison camp at Guantánamo Bay, on 11 January 2002, a public rally is to be held at Trafalgar Square (North Terrace, outside the National Gallery), organised by the London Guantánamo Campaign (LGC), Save Shaker Aamer Campaign (SSAC), Stop the War Coalition (StWC) and Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament (CND) [1].

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Solidarity with Manning & Assange: A year in pictures and links [Part 3]

04-01-2012 11:35

Court solidarity with Assange and remake of Dylan's Subterranean Homesick Blues

Part 3: A selection of photos and links missed from parts 1 and 2.

Part 1 is here
Part 2 is here

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Sudan's genocidal general is no 'observer' in Syria

02-01-2012 16:55

Just what is happening in Syria? While the brave syrian people are sacrficing their lives the Arab League sends its expert straight from the genocide and ethnic cleansing in Darfur and now in South Kordofan to advise president Assad.

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Smash EDO Remember Gaza Noise Demo

02-01-2012 11:19