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Ground the Drones Week of Action 2013

05-05-2013 21:51

This year's annual Week of Action against drone warfare, called by the UK Drone Campaign Network ( will be taking place 5 - 12 October 2013. Please put these dates in your diary now, and help spread the word.

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Closing Guantanamo—Why it’s Symbolically, Spiritually and Materially Important.

05-05-2013 20:41

President Barack Obama has made a clear and convincing case for closing Guantanamo! Mostly the same reasons finally articulate were just as true when he initially took office. Closing the stigma of war, crime and national shame has always been a high agenda item for many Americans. It is now the watermark battle ground that could begin to show who or what really runs this country. But think of the mindless excuses from war hawks (including complicity by the mainstream media) to try to stop any transparency about Guantanamo prisoners. But there is simply no way President Obama can close this base on his own without major and active U.S. citizen and world support. How can Congress possibly stand in the way of the reasons President Obama announced for closing the Bush Legacy? Where is the Free Speech movement, where are the campus protests at Madison and Kent State Ohio?

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Sharing information about Bradley Manning at Chester May Day Fair

04-05-2013 21:14


I went along to the May Day fair in Chester today where local campaign groups such as CND, Palestine Solidarity, Cuba Solidarity, Shrewsbury 24 Pickets, various benefits campaigns and others had a presence, along with the unions and a few political parties. Having put up a Free Bradley Manning banner, I handed out 100+ flyers about 1 June International Day of Solidarity Action and made a point of speaking to at least one person on every stall to ask them to circulate information about Bradley Manning via their networks.

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1 June: US Embassy Demo for Bradley Manning. Download flyers.

02-05-2013 16:24


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First ever Bilderberg Fringe Festival to take place in Hertfordshire

02-05-2013 00:06

A group of concerned citizens are launching the first ever Bilderberg Fringe Festival
Comprising talks, workshops, comedy and music on Saturday 8th and Sunday 9th June 2013

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Wrexham: Exhibition of Children's Art from Gaza

30-04-2013 19:55

Loss of Innocence

This is an exhibition of more than fifty pieces of children's artwork “some funny, some tragic, many beautiful” collected by Rod Cox during a visit to Gaza with the Aid Convoy early in 2009 in the wake of Operation Cast Lead, a sustained attack by Israel which, according to Red Crescent spokesperson Dr. Khalil Abu Foul, "did not just have 1500 killed, or 5000 wounded. It has traumatised the entire population, all 1.5 million." The exhibition is going to be in Wrexham for the next few weeks, starting with the Cathedral until 17 May.

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Visit Faslane Peace Camp

30-04-2013 09:54

Visit Faslane Peace Camp
A brand new 10 minute film from Camcorder Guerrillas.

A call to support the longest running peace camp in the world.

Available now on vimeo

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TalkTonight by Peace News Editors

30-04-2013 07:59

Peace News Talk Tonight!!!

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Questions over the future of the peace camp - skillshare gathering on 3-5th May

25-04-2013 14:13

Faslane peace camp is at risk of closing from lack of residents and support for the four of us who live here. We sent out an open letter inviting people to come to the camp and support us and would like to announce a skillshare gathering from 3-5th of may including direct action workshops and site skills.

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Sussex Police to deploy armoured vechicles in March For England operation

21-04-2013 00:12

Armoured cars spotted in Brighton in advance of March For England.

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Wrexham Waves Goodbye to Thatcher

17-04-2013 19:08

Around 60 people gathered at the Arc Statue in the centre of Wrexham at 5pm today to mark Maggie Thatcher's demise with a vigil for 'the workers and unwaged who are still living with Thatcher's legacy.' There was a silent vigil and then speeches.

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BAE's on the run! Help us to track them down and stage a protest!

17-04-2013 09:48

We will be staging a protest against BAE's Annual Meeting taking place in Farnborough on the 8th May and would like people to join us either by meeting us there at 10am or in London at 8:15am where there will be a coach waiting.

Please come along and show your support against this event and the company behind it, responsible for the immoral selling of arms worldwide!

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„Solidarity Clause”: EU secret service to be reinforced?

16-04-2013 07:07

The „solidarity clause“ regulates the use of police, secret service and military means in case of a crisis within the EU

The EU Commission and the EU High Representative for Foreign and Security Policy issued a proposal for the structuring of the so-called „solidarity clause” [1]. The document refers to article 222 of the Treaty on the Functioning of the European Union (TFEU) [2].

The EU institutions respectively the member states of the EU are to be bound to assist each other in case of a damaging event. This includes the use of police, secret service and military means. The „solidarity clause” determines that engagement in the territory of another state shall only be allowed at the „request of its political authorities”.

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Global Day of Action on Military Spending. Solidarity in Wrexham

15-04-2013 16:49

Half a dozen members and supporters of Wrexham Peace & Justice Forum were out on the streets this morning as part of the Global Day of Action on Military Spending in solidarity with friends past and present who have the perseverance to continue to protest the wars in the face of widespread apathy. There have been actions today at Faslane (47 arrests), in Brighton, London and all over the place.

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Stop making a killing from war: #demilitarize now

15-04-2013 15:17

The international peace network, War Resisters' International (WRI) supports the Day of Action on Military Spending taking place worldwide on 15 April.

WRI strives against all causes of war, as affirmed in its foundation declaration: “War is a crime against humanity”. The military-industrial complex is as strong as ever - war profiteers continue to make a killing from war. They do this with support from governments who see military strength as the most useful tool for imposing their influence. The stronger your military power, the more influence you have. This means that governments spend millions to arm themselves. The latests figures from the 2013 Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (SIPRI) annual report show a slight decrease in military spending of 0.5 percent, but in 2012 worldwide, we still spent $1.75 trillion on weapons to kill each other. It's hard to imagine what this money could do if spent more productively. A graphic produced by WRI member AA-MOC will give you some ideas.

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Lesvos GR: entry to Uni conference of paramilitary coastguard to 'control ID'

12-04-2013 20:43

University of the Aegean, Lesvos 10 April
Entry of paramilitary coastguards and cops to the international conference ''World Research Day: Political Freedoms, Human Rights and Europe' in the grounds of the University of the Aegean to 'gather details of the organizers' and to 'control ID of visitors'.
Nothing to do with Statewatch, though... surely! It happens regularly.

These fascistic actions were criticized by the central committee of the academics...

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Video - ActionAWE shuts gate at Aldermaston 10.4.13

11-04-2013 16:32

Video of ActionAWE shutting Tadley gate at Aldermaston AWE 10.4.13

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ActionAWE closes Aldermaston AWE Tadley gate

10-04-2013 21:20

ActionAWE - Tadley gate, Aldermaston
ActionAWE (Atomic Weapons Eradication) team closed Tadley gate at Aldermaston Atomic Weapons Establishment (AWE) on Wednesday 10th April afternoon as part of the year-long campaign against the site to stop Trident replacement.

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04-04-2013 11:11

US-Foltergefängnis-Irak ...... Camp Nama: Neue Details des von den Vereinigten Staaten von Amerika betriebenen Foltergefängnisses im Irak ......... The Guardian hat einen Bericht veröffentlicht, der auf neuen Interviews mit britischen Soldaten beruht, die Folter und Misshandlung irakischer Gefangener in dem von den Vereinigten Staaten von Amerika betriebenen Gefängnis Camp Nama nach dem Einmarsch im Jahr 2003 beobachtet haben.

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Sat 6 April - Modern Warfare Exposed. VfP meeting at Friends House, Euston

02-04-2013 21:43

ALL WELCOME! An afternoon of talks and short films exposing the true nature of modern warfare with an emphasis on Drones and Special Forces. Organised by Veterans for Peace, Speakers include Julian Assange, Editor of Wikileaks, Ian Cobain, Guardian Journalist, Chris Cole, Editor of Drone Wars UK, Michael Lyons, former Royal Navy Medic and Afghan war resister, Adnan Sarwar, former Royal Engineer, Iraq War veteran and writer, Ben Griffin, former SAS soldier and Iraq war veteran/resister.