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The CIA Beyond Redemption and Should be Terminated

20-02-2009 18:05

The Central Intelligence Agency(CIA) has confirmed the worst fears of its creator President Harry Truman that it might degenerate into “an American Gestapo.” It has been just that for so long it is beyond redemption. It represents 60 years of failure and fascism utterly at odds with the spirit of a democracy and needs to be closed, permanently.

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Lampedusa burns

20-02-2009 14:43

Detention centre's central building destroyed by fire during riots. The police prevents the immigrants from leaving the burning centre. Many suffer from smoke inhalation. 60 migrants may be injuried.

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Capitalist Crisis: Introductory Reader - PDF here

20-02-2009 13:16

'GOOD TIMES! BAD TIMES!! An Introduction to the Capitalist Crisis and what it means for us'

FEATURES: Background to the Current Crisis and Recession / Reports on Crisis: England / What Recession Means for Us / Financialisation Primer / Analysis from Silvia Federici & George Caffentzis, Mario Tronti and Alain Badiou

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Philippines: Urban poor strongly represented in new socialist party

20-02-2009 12:21

Bulacan, Philippines, February 1, 2009 – “We are the bat people, the people who live under bridges in Manila”, explained urban poor organiser Ka Lisa as she took a small group of international observers around a section of an urban poor relocation settlement in Bulacan, about 60 kilometres north of Manila.

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Souhalia Family to be deported 2pm Friday - Call for Solidarity

20-02-2009 01:15

Assia Souhalia her husband Athmane nationals of Algeria and their UK born daughter Nouha, residents of Brighton were 'Snatched' from their home last week and are currently detained in Yarl's Wood IRC


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Free Gaza Mural Cleansed by West Midlands Police

20-02-2009 00:16

The Free Gaza Mural before it was cleansed by West Midlands Police
One of many 'Free Gaza' murals painted by Brummie artist Mohammed Ali (aka AerosolArabic) and his crew has been scrubbed off a resident's wall in Alum Rock by Birmingham City Council. It transpires that this was at the behest of West Midlands Police who had been leaning on the home owners for some time claiming their home could be petrol-bombed if it stayed up!

So if the cops have got their way with this mural, does this mean the other Free Gaza murals around Birmingham are at risk too?

For pictures of the Free Gaza mural in Small Heath Birmingham see:

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Home Demolitions in the Negev

19-02-2009 17:42

Children suffer from home demolition in Bir Hadaj
The Government of Israel demolished five homes in the recognized village of Bir Hadaj: for political reasons. The government demolished another home of 10 children in the unrecognized village of Wadi Mshash, on a harsh, sandstorm day.

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Activists & Muslims to be branded "extremists" for supporting armed struggles

19-02-2009 11:12

A leaked draft counter-terrorism strategy known as "contest 2" which was intended to be unveiled next month proposes to reclassify people with radical points of view as 'extremists'. Featured among these proposals is the thought crime of holding the opinion that armed resistance anywhere in the world is legitimate. This would include the armed resistance by Palestinians and the Zapatistas.

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Camden Oh! Bar closed following "homophobic Saturday's" and drugs found.

19-02-2009 03:48

Camden's Oh! Bar was closed follwowing complaints made by people including those from the gay community. Gay men and women [black and white] were offended by the reggae night which wouuld regularly play songs such as Batty Rider and Boom Bye Bye. The Camden Gazette and the police [via Gazette] have siad that the venue also closed becuase of drugs and violence.

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Drones parked in our own backyard, to Bomb our own People

18-02-2009 22:05

In a shocking discovery reports have emerged from simply Google Earth images evidence of three drones parked on an airfield in some remote destination within Baluchistan, the images were captured by orbiting satellites and archived within Google Earth data warehouse to suddenly be discovered recently. Though there is no denying that during the Musharraf regime bases were rented out to the American army costing them a massive deficit to the tune of $10 Billion. But what probably irks the nation is that the Pakistani government have categorically denied that the Pakistani bases are being used to launch drones-

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Someone Else’s England

18-02-2009 20:12

You don’t have to be a nationalist, or English, to accept the case for an English parliament.
One of the most striking features of the massive response to my article last week on Hazel Blears and the Labour Party was the number of Labour activists who wrote in to agree(1). If, as I suspect, their fury and dejection is representative, Labour will be eliminated at the next election. Just three years ago, almost all the pundits agreed that the Tories were finished as an electoral force. Suddenly, Labour looks like the force that might never recover. Has any party in modern politics done more to squander the goodwill that swept it into power?

But I noticed something else as well: something that wasn’t there. Every other issue I mentioned was picked over and debated. One was not. It concerns the most glaring democratic deficit over which this government has presided, yet almost everyone is too polite to mention it.

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Biocair & Barclays Demos in Cambridge

18-02-2009 18:14

Tuesday, 17th February

Today activists headed to HLS supplier Biocair, The Business Centre, Church End, Cambridge, Cambridgeshire, CB1 3LB. Armed with two megaphones campaigners let employees and neighbouring companies know all about Huntingdon Life Sciences who test things such as sweeteners, GMOs and weed killers on animals.

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the Confidential Intelligence Unit is Ten Years Old

18-02-2009 16:12

The Confidential Intelligence Unit was formally set up by ACPO in 1999, as part of the National Public Order Intelligence Unit, it existed informally as part of Special Branch long before that, as detailed below.

Note for admins: yes this comes from mainstream newspaper, but it's not all available online.

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Latest Policewatch videos

18-02-2009 11:42

On 16th February 2009 the Counter-Terrorism Act 2008 comes into operation, which threatens to make it illegal to take a photo of a police officer, or to elicit information about them. So bang goes alerting people to cops spying on peaceful protestors, and bang, clunk go journalists investigating police corruption or malpractice. How? Fitwatch is launching a competition which will give a copy of the award-winning to the winner of each of three different categories: 1. Scary for the most shocking bit of police abuse recorded. Dixon of Dock Green it ain't! 2. Funny for the most piss-yourself classic copper moment. 3. Effective Did you make the police help you with your inquiries? - for the pictures which proved a case against the police or had most success in defending civil liberties (please tell us what it did).

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Why Judges should NEVER be allowed control of the Bill of Rights

18-02-2009 10:50

Draft Notice of Constitutional Matter: Why Judges should NEVER be allowed control of the Bill of Rights
You will note an International Criminal Court no. OTP-CR-415_09
The court documents are itemised so are easy to read, and self-explanatory

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Our friends in the South

18-02-2009 00:37

As we face increasingly international and interconnected crises around food, finance and climate, we need to know more about our global allies in the South. James O’Nions looks beyond the familiar but limited NGOs that stand for North-South relations in the mainstream media

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film of mark thomas at yesterday's journalist demo outside new scotland yard

18-02-2009 00:07

political comedy activist mark thomas joined more than a hundred journalists outside new scotland yard yesterday as new laws are introduced which may allow for the arrest and imprisonment of anyone taking pictures of police.