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Climate change deniers and Fascist Nick Griffin, Baroness Ashton represents EU a

29-11-2009 08:25

Climate change deniers and Fascist Nick Griffin, Baroness Ashton represents EU at Copenhagen

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13 Ways to Promote Alliance Politics and Total Liberation

29-11-2009 04:02

Since the recent debut of the "Manifesto for Radical Abolition" ( and our Total Liberation Facebook group (, people from all over the world
have expressed gratitude for our critiques and project, while eagerly
requesting suggestions for promoting total liberation. What follows are
thirteen practical strategies.

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Thousands protest WTO in Geneva - Property Damage and Tear Gas

28-11-2009 21:17

Up to 4-5000 people today marched in Geneva protesting ahead of the WTO meeting in an International Demonstration (see as part of a week of action and debate around the WTO Ministerial which runs from 30th November to 2nd December(see

The mobilisation is seen very much in relation to the COP15 UN climate conference taking place in Copenhagen 7th - 18th December (see

This afternoon clashes broke out as parts of the crowd attacked property smashing windows of banks and shops and setting a number of cars on fire. Police used tear gas, concussion greandes and water cannon. Further protests are scheduled with the WTO meeting starting on Monday 30th November, ten years exactly since the famous Seattle WTO protests.

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Another shoplifting copper caught with their trousers down

28-11-2009 19:25

Chief Inspector Kim Molloy of Notts police was arrested by her colleagues after a suspected shoplifting incident at a Tescos Extra. A "rising star" of the force, she is alleged to have been trying to get an unofficial 'discount' on her make-up.

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Third Bomb Hits Chilean Bank

28-11-2009 17:28

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Berlin squat evicted

28-11-2009 17:23

Taken from mainstream press, full article on

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Report of STUC anti-racism march in Glasgow Saturday 28th November 2009

28-11-2009 15:52

Here is a short account of the anti-racism march and rally held in Glasgow on Saturday 28th November 2009. 3 photos are included - please note that these photos are from the BBC Scotland website and the STUC website.

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U.S. Still Plans Assault on Latin America. Will We Stop this Madness?

28-11-2009 15:29

"In an explicit attempt to hide Washington’s military objectives in South America, a U.S. Air Force document submitted to Congress in May 2009 that provoked deep concerns in the region has been modified and re-published on November 16, 2009. The official U.S. Air Force document, revealed and denounced by this author on November 4th, explained the justification for a $46 million request to improve the military installations in one of the seven bases Washington will occupy under the military accord signed on October 30th between Colombia and the United States. The modified document has eliminated all mention of war and military operations in the region, as well as offensive language directed at Colombia’s neighbors, Venezuela and Ecuador."

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Political prisoner educational and fundraising calendar project

28-11-2009 12:00

Cover artwork by Thea Gahr
The Certain Days calendar project is a joint fundraising and educational project between outside prisoner solidarity campaigners in Montreal and Toronto, and three political prisoners being held in maximum-security prisons in New York State and California: David Gilbert, Robert Seth Hayes and Herman Bell, who between them have spent 100 years in prison. More about them here

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Venezuela: anti-police impunity activist assassinated

27-11-2009 21:11

In just the latest attack on social movements in the country. unidentified gunmen shoot dead a 24-year-old cameraman involved with the Comité de Víctimas en Contra de la Impunidad (CVCI) in Barquisimeto, Lara, Venezuela. Below is the translation of an official communiqué from Caracas-based anarchist newspaper El Libertario.

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Direct Action; Germany, Chile, USA, Sweden, Italy & Russia

27-11-2009 19:51

19th-25th November


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Hurried Steps

27-11-2009 15:04

Based on eight Amnesty International cases, Hurried Steps, written by Dacia Maraini, directed by Nicolette Kay and performed by New Shoes Theatre, is a deeply moving play of violence on women. It had its UK premier at the Mill Studio in Guildford on 26 November 2009 to coincide with tenth anniversary of International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women two days previous.

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Climate hearing in doncaster today at 4.45pm

27-11-2009 11:39

Ed Miliband will be at the Doncaster Climate Change Hearing today at the Bentley Pavillion, this is a chance to have your say!

We Love the Earth Centre campaigners will be there on mass to send a clear message to the Council and the press that the Earth Centre must be returned to the public!

A public meeting has been arranged to discuss the future of the site.

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Philippines: Abduction and killings of journalists, politicians and civilians

27-11-2009 00:11

Maguindanao Massacre
A group of about 45 people (latest news figure is now 57) were ambushed and abducted by about 100 armed men, according to reports. The military recovered the bodies of 13 women and eight men—some of them mutilated.

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Merseyside BNP show themselves up as liars and hypocrites

26-11-2009 02:22

Recently, I recounted how Peter and Andrew Tierney of Merseyside BNP attempted to intimidate a group of antifascists who had just been delivering leaflets in Halewood. As in all other situations, the BNP have been quick to twist the story and claim victimhood. However, this time their spin only serves to expose them as liars and hypocrites as well as fascist thugs.

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the peoples meeting to reclaim the earth centre

25-11-2009 23:49

Public meeting regarding the future of the earth centre and the peoples campaign to reclaim the land and our rights to make decisions on community issues
Tuesday, 15th December 7pm at the Denaby Miners Welfare Club - see you there!

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Prison for direct action campaigner who refused to back down

25-11-2009 20:38

Osian Jones, a full-time organiser with the radical pressure group Cymdeithas yr Iaith (Welsh Language Society), was today (25 Nov 09) imprisoned for 28 days having steadfastly refused to pay over £1000 of fines he picked up campaigning.

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Danish Police Warn Cop15 Protestors Not To Publish Legal Advice

25-11-2009 09:46

Believe it or not that's the latest message being conveyed by the Danish media this morning.

The Copenhagen Post reports that Mogens Lauridsen, deputy chief superintendent of Copenhagen Police, has made a statement on advice for protestors published on the Internet.

The advice for protestors includes an explanation of laws which the police may use against them as well as their legal rights under Danish law. Such legal guides are often published ahead of protests to inform demonstrators of the risks they may face and advice about how police may act towards them - during protests and if they are arrested. They are of particular relevance where protestors are coming from other countries where laws and police procedures differ.

The Danish police force, like all police forces, does not have an unblemished record when it comes to the treatment of protestors.

Recently a letter signed by members of several British NGOs including Friends of the Earth, Jubilee Debt Campaign and Christian Aid was sent to the Danish embassy (and published in the Guardian) highlighting concerns over the curtailing of legitimate protest around the Copenhagen climate summit after new repressive public order legislation was proposed. The legislation proposed includes an extension of pre-emptive detention from 6hours to 12 hours.

National differences in public order laws also led a mainstream NGO coalition to ask for clarification over whether its members wearing panda costumes would be arrested on the streets of Copenhagen, since in Denmark the wearing of masks (or even the assumed intention to wear a mask) can be an arrestable offence.

The people from around the world planning to protest at the Cop15 climate summit deserve to know how the police may treat them, and no civilised society should object to such information being published.

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Magic Roundabout possession order served - Vestas Solidarity Camp to be evicted

24-11-2009 22:27

Welcome to the Magic Roundabout
So, earlier today a Crown Court Judge in Newport, Isle of Wight granted a possession order in favour of the local landowner, and against the Vestas ex-workers and supporters who have been camping there for 4 months. Despite support from a raft of protest-expert lawyers and the Advisory Service for Squatters, the Judge refused to listen to arguments regarding right to protest, "vexaxious"-ness (I don't even know what that means, apologies).

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Thessaloniki, GR antiauthoritarian space attacked w explosives ahead of December

24-11-2009 11:57

Regarding the ignition of an explosive device at the free social space “Buena Ventura” (Thessaloniki) this morning