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Why the Innocent Are Punished More Harshly Than the Guilty

07-02-2009 17:15

A man who died in prison while serving time for a rape he didn't commit was cleared Friday by a judge who called the state's first posthumous DNA exoneration "the saddest case" he'd ever seen. . . .

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Mass student campaign for solidarity with Palestine wins victories at Dundee Uni

07-02-2009 16:49

The March
Three weeks ago Dundee University did not have a Stop the War society. Now this newly formed society, which takes support from a number of different organisations active at the university, has had some major success in having demands met. The movement has snow-balled and after several meetings, a march and significant and constant pressure being put upon the Union (including forcing an EGM) DU Stop the War continues to push for action against the perceived apartheid at the hands of Israel. This article explains the actions of the last week and particularly the EGM which had the largest attendance in years.

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Two Workers Killed During Factory Occupation in Venezuela

07-02-2009 16:32

Workers accuse the police of shooting two fellow workers yesterday who were participating in the occupation of a Mitsubishi plant in Barcelona, Anzoategui state.

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Obama’s Trilateral Commission Connections,

07-02-2009 14:03

The pre-election attention is reminiscent of Brzezinski’s tutoring of Jimmy Carter prior to Carter’s landslide election in 1976. For anyone who doubts the Commission’s continuing influence on Obama, consider that he has already appointed no less than eleven members of the Commission to top-level and key positions in his Administration.

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New World Order - Told u so!

07-02-2009 13:59

TIME Mag does an article called, “New World Order.” It Calls for Global Central Bank to be Constructed to “Save” the Global Economy, Backed by G-20. Didn’t We All Call This Out When We Were Telling You They Were Crashing The Economy On Purpose to Bring About the NWO?
February 7th, 2009 by Jonathan

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Prisoners' rights under attack

07-02-2009 12:32

POA supports attacks on prisoners’ rights

Prisoners have few legal tools with which to defend themselves but have at times been able to bring successful court actions against the prison system’s worst excesses. Labour’s Justice Minister Jack Straw and the Prison Officers Association want to stop them doing this.

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Public Action Against Judicial Corruption & Institutional Failures in the UK

07-02-2009 08:36

Demonstration Against Judicial Corruption, Unlawful Imprisonments, Convention Rights Abuses and Institutional Failures in the UK; Every Saturday outside HMP Wormwood Scubs, Du Cane Road, London W12 0AE.

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Petrol bombs at PASOK HQ in Athens! 2 month anniversary of the murder of Alexi!

07-02-2009 00:42

At 11pm UK time, (2? explosions) ,(40?) anti-authoritarians threw (50?) petrol bombs at the HQ of the main 'socialist' party in Greece, PASOK. Perhaps they deliberately sought BBQ pork because apparently 6-8 piggies got caught in the crossfire. It was short and sweet, and one minute later the police retaliated with one lone tear gas grenade (according to reports on

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No Grand Reception for the Israeli Ambassador

06-02-2009 23:46

On Monday 9th February the London Borough of Kensington and Chelsea are holding a lavish reception for diplomats at Kensington Town Hall - their special guest for the night will be the Israeli Ambassador.

Palestine Solidarity Campaign, along with Stop the War Coalition and British Muslim Initiative are asking all London and South East supporters to come to the town hall and show your disgust at the invitation.

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The Betrayal of British Torture Victim Binyam Mohamed

06-02-2009 18:28

There was a time, as two senior judges in the British High court reported yesterday (PDF), when "The suppression of reports of wrongdoing by officials (in circumstances which cannot in any way affect national security) would be inimical to the rule of law and the proper functioning of a democracy." As the judges -- Lord Justice Thomas and Mr. Justice Lloyd Jones -- noted, correctly, "Championing the rule of law, not suppressing it, is the cornerstone of a democracy."

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Support IMC UK!

06-02-2009 18:24

You have probably already heard this, but just in case here it is again:
"The Independent Media Center UK is a grassroots network of individuals, groups, and independent and alternative media activists committed to using media production and distribution as a tool for promoting social, economic justice. Unlike the corporate media, Indymedia UK is not owned by anyone, or funded by big commercial conglomorates and advertisers."

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Photographers snap into action over new law

06-02-2009 15:29

Comedian Mark Thomas is to join with NUJ members in an event to highlight the threat of a new UK law that could be used against press photographers taking pictures of the police.

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Jail for photographing police?

06-02-2009 12:58

The relationship between photographers and police could worsen next month when new laws are introduced that allow for the arrest - and imprisonment - of anyone who takes pictures of officers 'likely to be useful to a person committing or preparing an act of terrorism'.

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Student Activism on Brum Uni Campus – The Criminalisation of Lawful Protest

06-02-2009 00:41

Banner by day
The occupation of Arts room LR4 in Birmingham University, conducted on 20th January 2009, which was in solidarity with Gaza and the people of Palestine ended after 12 hours because of the University’s heavy handed approach. The Arts building was shut down early, preventing many people wanting to get back into the occupation from doing so. Then after hours of negotiation the university security used force to compromise the door into the lecture room. Students blockaded the door as negotiations continued to maintain a hold on the room, but eventually due to the threats of removal by force from the police students voted to leave the room. They left with chants of “free free Palestine” and a written document issuing them a meeting with the Vice Chancellor of the University to discuss their demands.

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Environmentalist Sentenced to 21 years as a "Terrorist"

05-02-2009 21:38

Marie Mason - Sentenced to 21 Years
Environmentalist Sentenced to 21 Years as a “Terrorist”; Violent Racists Receive Half That
By Will Potter

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Change the Lobby

05-02-2009 21:12

One cannot emphasize enough the stranglehold Israel's lobbying infrastructure has on US foreign policy. The events of recent weeks undoubtedly attest to this. 'The special relationship' that has been historically fostered between the US and Israel in fact, is often a relationship of leverage, manipulation and intimidation, and often leads to the US supporting actions or resolutions that stand at complete odds with the interests of the American people.

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The Other Side of Gaza

05-02-2009 21:06

The Israelis invaded Gaza the day I went on leave. My Blackberry started buzzing with messages, and did not let up for 22 days. One of my contacts in Gaza City SMSed me on the first night of bombing: ``WE R NOT ALONE. ALLAH + US. 3 YEARS SIEGE. WE STILL STRONG.''

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Off Balance Among the Hungry in Haiti

05-02-2009 20:26

This morning one of my favorite blogs made me stop and think. I like “No Impact Man” for a lot of reasons, and it’s the only blog that I get delivered to my email. The author is a father in New York City, and he is taking part in a great experiment to prove that anyone anywhere can reduce his or her impact on the environment. Today he suggested that “it might be fun if we all--the entire community on this blog--weighed in and told each other something they've seen or an experience they've had or someone they love that makes them feel like they don't want to change a thing.”

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Prisoners of consciousness

05-02-2009 13:54

Azerbaijan has the highest number of arrested journalists (statement by Miklos Haraszti, special representative for media freedoms of OSCE's- He added that journalists in Azerbaijan are arrested every time they write about corruption or criticize authorities. Reporters Without Borders (the Paris - based media rights watchdog) included the Azerbaijani leader on its list of "Media Predators".

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Bob Geldof's Production Company Threatens Cyber Libel Action

05-02-2009 13:06

Here's a blogger who's come under threat for criticising (UK) Kent County Council's internet-based Kent TV service. The station, paid for by tax payers in the county,  is provided by Bob Geldof's production company Ten Alps. Private Eye reports (1229, p. 11):