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Maya Evans Afghanistan Speaking Tour Begins this Saturday (4 February)

02-02-2012 17:34

Activist Maya Evans, who spent Xmas in Kabul on a peace delegation with Voices for Creative Nonviolence and the Afghan Youth Peace Volunteers, begins her UK speaking tour this Saturday (4 February) with a talk at Housmans bookshop in London: 7pm, 5 Caledonian Rd, N1 9DX (tube: King's Cross).

Other events are already booked for Glasgow, Helensburgh, Edinburgh, Stirling, Darlington, Stroud and Faringdon.

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John Voysey's census case: photos and report from Wrexham Magistrates Court

02-02-2012 12:49

Support John Voysey

25 supporters gathered at Wrexham Magistrates Court on Wednesday 1 February in solidarity with John Voysey, 82, of Herefordshire who is charged with failing to complete the 2011 Census. John, who registered as a conscientious objector in 1947 while still a schoolboy and later became a Quaker, has refused to complete the 2011 Census on moral grounds because of Lockheed Martin's £150 million contract for processing the census data. The case has now been adjourned until Friday 2 March midday for a pre-hearing and will be heard by a District Judge in recognition of the important legal points raised by the defendant, who is representing himself in court.

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Join solidarity vigil for census refusers, 8 Feb, Bristol

31-01-2012 23:55

Two veteran peace campaigners will be appearing at Bristol Magistrates Court, Marlborough St, Bristol BS1 3NU on Wed 8 February on charges of failing to complete the 2011 Census. Both have a conscientious objection to the contract to process census data being awarded to arms manufacturers Lockheed Martin.

There will be a solidarity vigil outside the court from 9am. Please support if you can.

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30 Days of Action at Faslane

31-01-2012 15:53

Faslane Peace Camp are announcing 30 days of non-violent direct action against the Faslane Naval Base to mark the 30th birthday of the Peace Camp.

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Smash EDO: Update and dates coming up

30-01-2012 13:13

Here is a list of Smash EDO related stuff coming up.

Get in touch with your ideas for the Summer of Resistance.

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Keter Plastics targeted for complicity in occupation and apartheid

28-01-2012 16:10

This morning a group of BDS activists visited B&Q on the Lewes Road in Brighton to speak to them about their sale of Keter Plastic products.

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Surprise legal development could undermine census trials throughout the UK

26-01-2012 19:55

The trial of a Glasgow woman accused of failing to fill in her census form properly was adjourned today at the request of the Procurator Fiscal. Barbara Dowling appeared at Glasgow Sheriff Court expecting to defend herself against charges that she had committed a criminal offence by failing to fill her census form in properly in protest at the involvement in the census of defence and intelligence contractor CACI. CACI is implicated in human rights abuses at Abu Ghraib prison in Iraq and has so far ducked responsibility by claiming legal immunity as a US government contractor. The Procurator Fiscal asked for the trial to be adjourned pending the outcome of a case before the UK Supreme Court which could make evidence collected by Register Office staff inadmissible.

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ACPO and The Met in the dock

24-01-2012 16:56

John Catt, who says "Put an end to the 'Big Brother' police state."
On Thursday 9th February 2012 at 10.00am, in the Royal Courts of Justice, the Strand, London WC2A 2LL, there will be a Judicial Review of the Association of Chief Police Officers (ACPO), a private limited company, and the Metropolitan Police Commissioner, for the running of a controversial £9 million publicly funded secret 'domestic extremist' intelligence database about political activists.

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1 Feb: Vigil at Wrexham Mag. Court with 82 year old Census Refuser John Voysey

23-01-2012 19:58

previous anti-war census refuser vigil outside wrexham magistrates court
John Voysey from Herefordshire will appear at Wrexham Magistrates Court on Wednesday 1 February charged under the Census Act 1920 with failing to complete the 2011 Census. John has been a conscientious objector since 1947 and is still standing up for his principles today, aged 82, to the point that he will refuse to pay any fine imposed rather than 'become an accessory' to the actions of the arms industry. Join John for an anti-war vigil outside the court from 11am.

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Censorship: Britain bans Press TV

21-01-2012 20:56

For the first time, British government censors have banned a 24-hour news channel from British viewers. As of the afternoon, UK-time, 20th January 2012, viewers of Press TV, an avowedly anti-imperialist TV channel headquartered in Tehran, saw the words “Channel Unavailable” when tapping their clicker. And so the war on Iran by Britain, Israel and the U.S. continues using propaganda, proxy militants and asymmetric warfare.

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30 Days of Actions at Faslane

21-01-2012 18:37

Sat 9th June 2012 will see the beginning of a 30 day campaign of direct actions against the Faslane Naval Base to commemorate 30 years of nuclear resistance at Faslane Peace Camp

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R v Lindis Percy: Judge calls CPS behaviour "wholly, wholly unacceptable"

21-01-2012 18:31

On 18 January 2012, the trial of R v Lindis Percy briefly got underway at Harrogate Magistrates' Court before being adjourned yet again following failure by the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) to comply with various court Directions. Lindis has been charged under s 89(2) Police Act 1996 with allegedly obstructing three Ministry of Defence Police Agency (MDPA) officers on 16 August 2011. The alleged offence took place during the weekly Tuesday evening demonstration at the American (NSA) Menwith Hill base near Harrogate, North Yorkshire. Since then there have been no fewer than five previous court appearances for a summary only case – cases which stay and are heard in a Magistrates’ court. The hearing on 18 January was the sixth.

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Media cover-up: Police attack on the Parliament Square Peace Campaign

19-01-2012 23:43

London Evening Standard, 17 January 2012
Around 8pm on Monday 16th January , Metropolitan Police arrived en masse in Parliament Square, and ....unleashed upon our campaign, hour upon hour, of horror, in Parliament Square.

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The World War on Democracy

19-01-2012 21:11

B-1B Lancer Bombers on a runway at Diego Garcia, November, 2001, bombing Iraq
Lisette Talate died the other day. I remember a wiry, fiercely intelligent woman who masked her grief with a determination that was a presence. She was the embodiment of people's resistance to the war on democracy. I first glimpsed her in a 1950s Colonial Office film about the Chagos islanders, a tiny creole nation located midway between Africa and Asia in the Indian Ocean.

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Trials of one per cent to begin at Occupy Justice

19-01-2012 00:00

10-4pm tomorrow (Thursday) at the Court of Public Opinion, Occupy Justice, 350 Old Street Magistrates Court:

Inquiry into war crimes committed by Tony Blair and the British government in Iraq.

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1-2 Feb. Call-out: Solidarity with Assange & WikiLeaks at Supreme Court, London

18-01-2012 13:04

Solidarity needed outside the Supreme Court, Parliament Square, London for Julian Assange's two day hearing 1-2 Feb.

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Brighton book launch for Target Israeli Apartheid: A BDS handbook

18-01-2012 11:47

Time for action: Target Israeli Apartheid

Talk and discussion to launch the new Corporate Watch book Targeting Israeli Apartheid: A Boycott Divestment and Sanctions Handbook

7.30pm Thurs 19th January, Friends Meeting House, Brighton

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Liverpool Census Refuser cases: two adjournments, one 'guilty' verdict

17-01-2012 20:23

Some photos and a short report from today's census refuser court hearing and solidarity vigil in Liverpool.

Two cases adjourned pending the outcome of judicial review in the High Court. One defendant found guilty.

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Important Update: Census Refuser Trials Tue/Wed this week in Liverpool

16-01-2012 17:43


Support still needed at court on Tuesday morning but two cases adjourned pending outcome of judicial review.

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Why is President Obama sending 12,000 U.S. troops to Libya?

15-01-2012 21:27

It is with great disappointment that I receive the news from foreign media publications and Libyan sources that our President now has 12,000 U.S. troops stationed in Malta and they are about to make their descent into Libya.