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Gaza : A New Middle East Indeed

17-01-2009 10:24

The 'New Middle East' once more renewed a long abandoned idea in the minds of many Arabs, especially Palestinians, that resistance was not futile after all. New terminology also sprung. Words that were not uttered, at least not in any realistic context, in decades, began encroaching into Arab vocabulary: ‘victory’, ‘resistance’, ‘Arab nation’ with ‘one fate’, ‘one future’, and so on.

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Riots in Riga, Latvia 13/01/09 against the Crisis

16-01-2009 22:27

A peaceful demonstration in Doma square, Riga, Latvia with 10000 participants against Latvian government's mishandling of economic crisis and poor economic situation transformed into agression and all-out riot shortly after demonstration's official end.

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Plans for new Pirbright Animal Lab

16-01-2009 21:09

There are plans for a new animal testing lab in Pirbright in Surrey. The blighted lab was the centre of the Foot and Mouth pandemic leaked into the water supply that saw thousands of animals killed by the army. This place should be shut down, not expanded. The £121 million lab is behind schedule and over budget. They are asking that the government bail them out. This can be stopped.

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Dissident Island Radio tonight - Mobilising '09

16-01-2009 14:02

In anticipation of the year ahead tonight's show focuses on some of the fun activities we can all look forward to in the UK and beyond.

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16-01-2009 13:31

A group of socialist activists in Lambeth have produced a manifesto which they hope will politicise UNISON members and provide the platform on which to build a "fighting, member-led branch" based on clear socialist politics. The manifesto was the basis for candidates to contest elections at the Lambeth UNISON AGM on a "Lambeth Activists" platform.

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Anarchists force tory politician to resign!

16-01-2009 13:19

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First blood in the pension scandal!

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Remembering Revolutionary Anarchist Harold H. Thompson, 1942-2008

16-01-2009 12:56

The following was forwarded to us by Jerome White-Bey, who asked us to publicise this joint tribute to Harold H. Thompson and appeal for Jerome's legal fund.

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No to Taxpayer guarantees of BAE Systems/ BA debt

16-01-2009 12:02

According to Robert Peston many of Europes largest companies are approaching the time when they have to renew their loans. But banks and pension funds are reluctant to lend and so it would appear that the Government is preparing to offer guarantees on the debt to 350 of the UKs largest companies including BA and BAE Systems.

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Around the Campaigns Friday 16th January 2009

16-01-2009 11:54

UKBA Children's policy, 'Not worth the paper its' written on'

Raphael 5 still in the Lions mouth, now 43 days in detention
Spoke to Raphael and Oluseye his Mum this morning, Raphael was very subdued according to mum after spending close to seven hours at Bedford General Hospital. Mum said that she was called at about 3:00pm yesterday and told that Raphael had his finger closed in the door, he had to go to the hospital for stitches. Mum said it was not made clear to her how the accident actually happened.

Oluseye told me that a report was written about her having lots of people coming to her room and one of the male officers said to her; "I am watching you Oluseye", she then asked me if she was doing anything wrong or breaking the law by having friends and their children in her room, she feels that this is intimidation. She also said for those of us who are locked up in Yarl's Wood, "we are sitting in the lion's mouth and anytime the lion can close its' jaws".  Nellie de jongh

Please send urgent faxes/emails immediately to Rt. Hon Jacqui Smith, MP, Secretary of State for the Home Office, requesting that Raphael and his mother are released. Please use the updated 'model letter' RaphaelShaubaJS.doc attached or write your own version. If you do so, please remember to include HO ref: S/38066/3
Fax: 020 8760 3132 / + 44 20 8760 3132 if you are faxing from outside UK)
"CIT - Treat Official"

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Climate Activists smash windows at The Department for Transport

16-01-2009 07:49

Climate Suffragettes smashed glass front doors at The Department for
Transport early this morning in protest against the government's
decision to expand Heathrow.

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Big Underspend on Payments to help Poor Tenants

16-01-2009 01:55

Nottingham City Council has consistently underspent its allocation for Discretionary Housing Payments, despite rent arrears evictions going through the roof.

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LSE-Palestine Solidarity Initiative Supports University Occupation

15-01-2009 23:54

The LSE-Palestine Solidarity Initiative supports the dozens of students who have undertaken an occupation of the Old Theatre at LSE in protest at the School's refusal to support the right to education for Palestinians.

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Bringing anarchy to their chaos

15-01-2009 23:49

Front of flyer - and diy poster
Bristol Bookfair – news & meetings

Bristol’s anarchist bookfair collective kicks off 2009 with a new intro to anarchism flyer, a website transformed into a blog, a discussion meeting on class, and the first organising meeting for a bookfair event in 2009. There will be a fundraising gig in March.

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Israel's San Francisco Consulate Closed for War Crimes by Protestors

15-01-2009 23:04

A group of nine anti-Zionist activists – Palestinian, Jewish, immigrant rights and prison abolitionists chained themselves to the Israeli Consulate today to protest Israeli apartheid and its current attacks on Gaza.

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LSE students occupy university

15-01-2009 22:42

Over forty pro Palestine students have occupied a lecture theatre at the London School of Economics to demand that the university releases a statement condemning the attack on Gaza and divests from arms companies that supply the Israeli military.

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Brighton vs Bias Broadcasting Corporation

15-01-2009 16:31

Bias Broadcasting Corporation
Throughout the Israel’s War of Terror on Gaza, the BBC has remained a faithful and loyal lapdog of the British Foreign Office. It has never ceased to echo the argument of the pathetic and widely reviled David Miliband that it was Hamas that started the war.

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Let St Neots Community College know what you think of their Facial Scanning

15-01-2009 14:07

British College introduces Big Brother facial scanning system, let them know what you think!

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Play Parade - 'Rally for the Right to Play'

15-01-2009 13:42

A series of family events over the February half term, 2009.
Culminating in a Play Parade -Thursday 19th feb, meet 12pm, Independant Street Park parading to Radford Primary School.
These events are aimed at increasing community involvement in advocating children’s play in Nottingham through promoting the need for greater access to appropriate, freely chosen and self directed play opportunities.

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E-on Nottingham 'Fossil Fools' protest: prosecution offers no evidence

15-01-2009 13:04

Today, Wednesday 14 January 2009, in Nottingham Magistrates Court, the Crown Prosecution Service offered no evidence in the trial of George Walker and Katy Fowler. Magistrates thus dismissed the charges.

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Please can you act now to support our friend Hermine Mofor

15-01-2009 11:51

Hermine Mofor
On Tuesday morning (13/01/09) Hermine was detained at the Reporting Centre at Dallas Court in Salford. She was taken to Dungavel IRC and is now on route to Yarl's Wood IRC. The Home Office has set removal directions for this Saturday, 17th January, on British Airways Flight BA302 06:15hrs from Heathrow to Paris, then on to Yaoundé, Cameroon.