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09-03-2006 15:32

Reminder - a night of great music, cheap booze and solidarity!

Friday 10th March, 6pm onwards, The Common Place, 23-25 Wharf Street, Leeds

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Investigation into racist abuse at Whitemoor Prison

09-03-2006 15:21

Evidence has been mounting for some time that prison officers operating regimes in the segregation/punishment units of the maximum security dispersal jails such as Frankland, Full Sutton and Whitemoor, are systematically brutalizing prisoners.

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Tower Hamlets Council is set to be sunk down the Xrail hole

09-03-2006 14:20

The campaign in the Brick Lane London E1 area against the hybrid 'Crossrail Bill' [UK House of Commons] is getting heightened this week. Campaigners are setting out conditions for individual councillors to show their full commitment to oppose the Crossrail hole attacks. The constitutional implications of this are significant. This includes the possibility of individual councillors being taken to court on their undertaking. Of they refuse to give such clear undertaking then the claim that local democracy works will be exposed as seriously false. Ordinary people will have to defe3nd the community against the Crossrail; attacks. And against similar environemntal, economic and social attacks moiyunted under covers of democracy.

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Haiti: the resilience of workers, peasants and urban poor

09-03-2006 11:57

The announcement late last week that blank ballots cast in Haiti's presidential election were to be discounted, effectively acknowledging René Préval's victory without recourse to a run-off, sparked massive celebrations in the poorest districts of this devastated country.

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FBI informant identified in the 'Auburn 3' case contacted Anti-G8 2005 medics

09-03-2006 05:03

An FBI informant identified in the set-up of the Auburn 3 attempted to make contact with the Anti-G8 medics in Scotland 2005. More information needed to determine the extent of her infiltration of the movement...

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The Legislative and Regulatory Reform Bill

09-03-2006 01:06

The Legislative and Regulatory Reform Bill is currently being passed quietly through parliament, with hardly any mention in the national media.

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09-03-2006 00:29

Watching The Watchers Watch YOU
It is up to ordinary people to raise the level of debate about the undemocratic surveillance practices of the many faceless and unaccountable agents who make daily intrusions on individual privacy, and about the apologists and propagandists for the War nn Terror who applaud every new attack on human rights and freedoms as "prudent" or "necessary". If there is no discussion of reverse surveillance in the national media, create it on the streets on a citizen to citizen basis. If nobody is talking about the outrageous assaults on privacy and human rights embodied in the new antiterrorist acts forced through US, UK and Australian legislatures, start talking about it to your neighbours and friends.

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Sussex students occupy library

08-03-2006 23:32

Since 9:30 this evening, approximately 100 students have occupied the University of Sussex library to protest falling standards. Below is the occupiers 'learn-in' manifesto and a few words by one of the participants. Please circulate this as widely as possible.

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Sussex Uni occupied!

08-03-2006 22:33

Sussex University Library is under occupation by students

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Jean Charles de Menezes, innocent victim - BBC Panorama 9PM Wed 8 March 2006

08-03-2006 21:16

Watch the programme to see about the British police and UK government cover up in the Jean Menezes case.

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Little London update: will an independent stand in May's council elections?

08-03-2006 18:39

For the past five years, the residents of Little London estate in Leeds have been treated appallingly by Leeds City Council. Local councillors ate failing their electors by all supporting the attempted PFI-gentrification scheme for the area. Time for a change?

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Cog in the Machine (tagging & tracking workers - which, and by who?)

08-03-2006 17:26

Tracking and tagging - a wearable computer
Tagging or tracking of workers using GPS (global positioning), RFID (radio-frequency identification, worn or implanted) or other wireless technology is becoming more widespread, but what kinds of workers are being targeted for this sort of dehumanisation, and what companies are involved? Here are a few examples.

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Gay Mexican Executive Clears Legal Hurdle, vs Coca-Cola Femsa

08-03-2006 15:49

The first and second phase of the civil suit brought by fired executive Roberto Mendoza vs Coca-Cola FEMSA, a subsidiary of The Coca-Cola Company, has resulted in a ruling for Mendoza, who accuses the company of discrimination due to his sexual orientation.

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NAIL campaign make further 'banner drops' in Sneinton - piccys 2

08-03-2006 14:56

concerned local residence did a further banner drop in a couple of street in Sneinton. The last being done in November last year, also being considered a great success.
Neighbours and local residence came out in support, to show that people in Nottingham prefer clean air and recycling to waste turned into pollution.

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NAIL campaign make further 'banner drops' in Sneinton - piccys 1

08-03-2006 14:48

concerned local residence did a further banner drop in a couple of street in Sneinton. The last being done in November last year, also being considered a great success.
Neighbours and local residence came out in support, to show that people in Nottingham prefer clean air and recycling to waste turned into pollution.

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Democracy Now! London visit

08-03-2006 11:37

Just a reminder: Democracy Now! the daily _independent_ current affairs show is in London this week.
Listen on 104.4 at 1530 (3:30pm) in London
OR download from from 1600 (4pm) daily

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Watergate reporter Carl Bernstein is invoked over Crossrail hole media

08-03-2006 11:11

Watergate investigative reporter CARL BERNSTEIN was shown in a BBC News 24 'Hardtack' interview with Stephen Sackur this morning [8 March 2006].Bernstein decried the media in the USA where local communities were fed up of being denied the coverage of their lives and of issues that mattered to their local communities. Bernstein could have been equally talking about the East End of London where the campaign against Crossrail whole attacks is being systematically excluded coverage by the so-called independent local press. One of those 'titles' is reviewed here by Khoodeelaaronline

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Briefing on the Legislative and Regulatory Reform Bill - Get Clued Up Now!!

08-03-2006 08:15

Boring bill title, but a massive change to the so-called democracy in this country. The Bill would allow the government to introduce, amend, or replace any legislation it likes, on the say so of a single government minister. Things like creating new offences punishable by up to 2yrs imprisonment, abolising local government, introducing house arrest, and giving the police greater powers of arrest and interrogation. It could also be used to set up new courts, and in effect re-write the rules on immigration, nationality, divorce, inheritance and the appointment of judges – all without any parliamentary scrutiny...

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Happy International Women's Day

07-03-2006 23:04

Working Women Organization
On 8th March 2006, WWO is going to arrange a demonstration in Lahore to pay tribute to women of world as well as to state our protest, against oppression against women. WWO has initiated celebrations of International Women Day by producing a poster and stickers. As well as, articles about “women struggle and problems faced by women workers in Pakistan” has been written by WWO’s executive council members, that will be send to all local and national newspapers. WWO will also participate in different forums; organize by electronic and print media on international women day.

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" Oona King had let down East End constitients" - women at Bow West

07-03-2006 22:12

Two women at the Bow West campaign meeting against Crossrail attacks on the East End spoke about the way that Oona King had let the community down.