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Israeli forces take over 'Spirit of Humanity' ship on it's way to Gaza

30-06-2009 14:12

The latest update from:
(Look in the left hand column, which has live updates).

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Around the Campaigns Tuesday 30th June 2009

30-06-2009 10:28

Claude Ndeh & Family
You have the Power to Stop Deportations

You will need Courage, Persistence and Faith

An Anti-Deportation Campaign involves organizing resistance to restrictive immigration legislation, and simply means making the government change their minds regarding an individual case.

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Free Gaza Boat “Spirit of Humanity” departs Cyprus

30-06-2009 04:26

The Spirit of Humanity and The Dignity in Cyprus
The Free Gaza boat the “Spirit of Humanity” departed Cyprus at 7:30am
on Monday, 29 July. Twenty-one human rights and solidarity workers
representing eleven different countries were aboard. The passengers
include Nobel laureate Mairead Maguire and former U.S. congresswoman
Cynthia McKinney. The ship also carries three tons of medical aid,
children’s toys, and rehabilitation and reconstruction kits for twenty
family homes.

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Calais No Border Camp 2009 Report & Pics

29-06-2009 23:56

Camp's main gate placcard
Here there are a few pics of the Camp, followed by a personal account of it.

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Calais No Border Camp 2009 Transnational Demo Report & Pics

29-06-2009 19:43

The campers encountre the police block just 5 minutes after leaving the camp

On Saturday 27th June, over 2000 people took part in the Transnational demonstration in the French port city of Calais, called by the Calais No Border Camp 2009. A group of around 500 people left the camp at around 9.30am to march together to the meeting point at the Calais Lighthouse. This group quickly encountered a police line blocking the road, and which effectively became a check point as riot police demanded the demonstrators to be searched as a condition for the march to move forward.

Some people decided to allow the cops to search them, so the march could pass trough the police line and arrive on time to meeting point where local groups and unions were waiting for the campers to arrive. Others refused to do so when it became clear that cops were confiscating scarfs and coats from people's bags. After half and hour or so of a standoff, finally police opened the line when it became obvious that searching everyone would be a logistical nightmare, specially taking into account that there was only one female police cop searching women through.

The march then proceeded to move through a surreal game of cat and mouse with the cops. At every intersection where the demo was trying to move into town towards the Lighthouse, lines of riot police were quickly formed preventing it from moving on. This forced the march to improvise a route in order to not get trapped. This meant that what should have been a half an hour stroll to the Lighthouse, became an almost 3 hours long journey through council estates, back roads, parks, industrial estates and so on.

The campers stood together for the whole time, so they managed to eventually get to the Lighthouse where around 1500 people had been gathering waiting for them to arrive. Then the planned march towards the ferry port finally started, but once again, lines of riot police kept blocking the demonstration at every junction towards the port. That forced the demonstration to take an alternative long route, which ended when it encountered a massive police block at the main road leading to the port. At this point it became clear that it would be impossible to overcome the hundreds of riot police lines with tear gas, water cannons and mobile fences, so the marchers decided to go back to the starting point at the Lighthouse, where a series of speeches by migrants took place explaining the conditions in which they are forced to 'live' in and around Calais.

Here there are some pics of the demo:

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Military Coup in Honduras (by Latuff)

29-06-2009 14:58

Military Coup in Honduras
An attempted coup has broken out in Honduras in the lead-up to a referendum scheduled for June 28. The referendum is on whether a further vote should be held to decide to re-write the Central American nation's constitution. Read more here:

To be published in the bulletin "Divulgando" of the Associacao dos Servidores do PRODERJ, ASCPDERJ, in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

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all-out for support: Mainshill Solidarity Camp eviction granted!

29-06-2009 13:14

Come resist Scottish Coal and Lord Home, and defend communities and the climate!

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Protests against Detention Centres

29-06-2009 09:21

Notes from a workshop at the Calais Noborder Camp about Resistamce against Detention Centresin which activists talked about the situation in different countries.

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After Calais Noborder Camp - What's Next?

29-06-2009 08:55

Here you can find information on upcomig protests related to the of migration; against borders - for the freedom of movement.

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More mayhem - garment workers' rioting continues in Bangladesh

28-06-2009 23:09

The unrest continues in the garment industry - another worker killed as rioting spreads across the whole garment factory area in Ashulia.

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Drax 29 trial starts Monday 10am - Leeds

28-06-2009 18:31

Last June 29 people stopped a train taking coal into Drax power station to draw attention to Climate Change and the contribution of carbon emissions from coal powered fire stations and in particular Drax.

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Protests continue in Iran – Free All Political Prisoners!

28-06-2009 17:56

Protests are not fizzling out
Quick report and videos from the continuing protests in Iran along with an appeal to support political prisoners. Please repost.

Videos can be found here:-

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Pirate Party Makes Bid for German Parliament !!

28-06-2009 15:43

Pirate Party Makes Bid for German Parliament
Germany's recently enacted legislation against online child pornography has sparked a new movement, Germany's Pirate Party

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met police officers in court for cannabis fit-up

28-06-2009 13:32

three metropolitan police officers are in court for perverting the course of justice after a digital voice recording was played to the court raising suspicion of their statements. the three officers including a sergeant are due to appear at southwark crown court in a five day trial from august 17th 2009.

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Fury; garment worker shot dead in Bangladesh

28-06-2009 10:08

The persistent outbreaks of workers' anger continue in the Bangladeshi garment industry. A strike escalates...

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July Delegation to Venezuela: Human Rights, Food Sovereignty & Social Change

27-06-2009 14:39

July Delegation to Venezuela: Human Rights, Food Sovereignty & Social Change

The Alberto Lovera Bolivarian Circle of NY invites you to join us in July for a 10-day trip to Venezuela examining advances in food sovereignty and other initiatives for social change.

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Workers' Fightback: Update 8

26-06-2009 21:29

Co-ordinating solidarity and exchanging information on independent, rank and file working class resistance to the profit system. The revolution will be social networked...

We support... rank and file workers' struggles against the chaotic profit system!

We believe... workers know how to run our workplaces far better than business people, the government, or trade union leaders!

We aim for... workers' control over our own jobs and our own lives!

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Demo against Notts Police & £700,000 bill for arresting 114 enviro activists

26-06-2009 01:10

on Wednesday June 24th at 9.30am at Nottinghamshire County Hall, Trent Bridge, Nottingham. A Demonstration against the Notts Police Authority meeting had been organised. The object, to demand that the Notts Police are Accountable for their recent actions.

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Public meeting: After the Iranian 'Elections' - Solidarity with Iranian workers

25-06-2009 22:05

Public meeting and discussion
7.30pm, Wednesday 1st July
at the International Community Centre,
Mansfield Road, Nottingham.
With Sam Azad an Iranian socialist based in Nottingham

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Beginning of the End in Iran

25-06-2009 20:17

Ayatollah Khamenei’s June 19 speech reminded many Iranians of some of the utterances of the shah in the last months of his rule: former president and current chairman of the ‘assembly of experts’ Ali Akbar Rafsanjani cannot be corrupt – he has been the supreme leader’s friend for over 50 years! Everyone in Iran had accepted the results of the elections: it was all the fault of foreign powers and foreign media that some people are now doubting them! Conspiracies are all around us and, just as in colonial times, the British are behind it.