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A thousand rages, one heart: long live the autonomous Zapatista communities!

07-08-2010 19:52

A new campaign has been launched to support the inspirational autonomus Zapatista communities of Chiapas in their resistane to attacks from government forces and paramilitary groups. Another world is possible!

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South Africa, Serving our Life Sentence in the Shacks

07-08-2010 18:14

Abahlali baseMjondolo on the authoritarian (white middle class) left, the world cup and more.

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PHILIPPINES: New Economics for a New Administration

07-08-2010 11:57

The dominant feature of the Arroyo administration was pervasive corruption, but its most destructive legacy in the long term will probably be its policy failures. The ascent to power of a new president, backed by a new Congress, provides the opportunity for a fundamental shift in policy in order to end poverty and re-launch the Philippines on the road to development.

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Sakine at imminent risk of execution - what activists can do

06-08-2010 21:37

Sakine is still very much at risk of execution. She represents the face of the Iranian people struggling under the present oppresive Islamic Regime of Iran. Thousands are suffering terrible torture in prisons and hundreds being executed without proper trial. This campaign is here to highlight the cruelty of stoning and to focus the world's mind on the terrible suffering suffered by thousands of Iranians day to day.

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Workers' Fightback: Greek Trucks and US Starbucks

06-08-2010 19:29

The combined weight of the Greek army, riot police force, media and trade union leadership was mobilised last week, to stop a strike by truckers. The action took place as 'centre-left' Prime Minister Giorgos Papandreou continues to implement European Union and International Monetary Fund diktats. With Greece being seen as a testing-ground for repressing the entire working class of Europe, this episode comes as a stark warning to the rest of us.

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"Resisters to the coming cuts are 'Terrorists' says Rotherham Council CEO"

06-08-2010 12:58

Anyone who might think the coming cuts are a tad unfair and is considering opposing the cuts is a TERRORIST according to Martin Kimber CEO of Rotherham Council.

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Break the Bank - Camp for Climate Action 2010

06-08-2010 08:27

You Mission Should You Chose to Accept
Camp for Climate Action 2010
Break the Bank!

Four days of training and direct action: 21st--24th August

This year we're targeting the Royal Bank of Scotland, one of the world's largest investor in oil, gas and coal.

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Big Society, or just B.S.?

05-08-2010 15:45

After years of struggle to create social enterprise and jobs in one of the UK's most deprived urban communities, the residents of the Marsh Farm Estate in Luton this week became amongst the first to test the rhetoric behind the Government's flagship “Big Society” policy.

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English Defence League [EDL] pre Bradford meet & party Sat 7th August in Seaham

05-08-2010 14:38

The English Defence League are an Islamophobic and racist organisation whose leadership and foot soldiers have links to the BNP, Combat 18, Blood and Honour, White Pride, English Shieldwall, English Nationalist Alliance and UKIP. The EDL have rioted in Stoke, Luton, Bolton, Dudley etc. They have been photographed and filmed giving Nazi salutes and with swastika flags. They are planning yet another riot in Bradford on the 28th August described by them as "the big one" [partly because the UAF have stirred it up as the "big one"]. This Saturday 7th August the EDL or "North East Infidels" are meeting at the Red Star Seaham for a pre Bradford meeting & an EDL party.

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Dissident Island Radio - 3 years old tomorrow!

05-08-2010 13:51

have one on us
Ian Tomlinson speeches // Sean Rigg two year anneversary // Louise Michel // Polyamory // Belgrade 6 exclusive // Ronin

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Smash Edo: 18/01/10 remember gaza demo arrestee needs help

04-08-2010 23:44

please help to sue the police for their aggressive and fascistic response to a bystander at the remember gaza action in brighton january 18th just gone...

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Finish what Guy Fawkes started!

04-08-2010 23:30

OK guys, remember the 5th of November? Of course you do! Well, lets do it all over again, and this time lets get it right! There will be a storming of Parliament on the 5th November starting at 12 noon... well, maybe more than just storming if we get it right!

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Stop the EDL! Ask EDL coach company Johnsons not to transport the EDL Nazis

04-08-2010 17:02

The English Defence League are an Islamophobic organisation with links to the BNP, Blood and Honour, Combat 18, White Pride, British Peoples Party, White Nationalist Party, English Nationalist Association, English Shield Wall, National Front and other racists. They have rioted in Stoke, Dudley, Luton, Bolton etc, have put pig's heads on Mosques & have pulled off Muslim women's clothing in attacks.

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The Anarchist

03-08-2010 19:05

Here is a short poem I've written, dedicated to anarchists everywhere - past, present and future.

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"War Crimes" website launched

03-08-2010 12:41

The main purpose of this article is to announce the release of the initial version of a new website and to explain its purpose, structure and function.

For politicians and political activists, lawyers, military personnel and members of the general public this website provides information; we can be informed. More importantly, the site provides a foundation for future versions which will provide open facilities to collect, organise and make other information available and to enable, coordinate and facilitate activities intended to achieve prosecution of War Criminals.

With suggestions, guidance and the active engagement of politicians and political activists, lawyers, military personnel and members of the general public those facilities may be significantly richer and more effective towards attaining their goal.

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Unwelcome Guests #510 - The Race Towards Global Consciousness

02-08-2010 20:33

Hitting Rock Bottom & Realising The Reunion

This week's show includes three speakers' exciting vision of a single, global, interconnected human family. We start with Jeremy Rifkin's uplifting conclusion of last week's Empathic Civilization talk, before an interview with Charles Eisenstein and concluding with a similarly uplifting call to change the human narrative by David Korten.

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The massacre of 30,000 Iranian in 1988

02-08-2010 20:14

On Saturday 31st July a big demo outside Iranian Embassy was organised by Anglo - Iranian Communities in London, calling on international authorities, various governments, jurists and human rights advocates to convince the UN Security Council to form a tribunal to put on trial the criminals responsible for the massacre of 30,000 people in 1988.

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Channel 4 to present a confident Hindu gay voice

02-08-2010 14:13

It is a good balance to be able to hear a gay Hindu voice on National Television, with a supportive message from a mother about son's openly gay identity.

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Political spinning of WikiLeak release:Antiwar whistleblowing or war propaganda?

02-08-2010 11:54

Since the release of classified US military papers by WikiLeaks, the material has been aggressively spun by various political factions. Meanwhile, virtually no attention has been devoted to investigating the source of this “leak,” or questioning the agenda behind it.

Unlike a previous WikiLeaks exposing the murder of Iraqi civilians in a US airstrike, nobody has been apprehended, arrested or pressured by the Pentagon, the CIA or any US agency.

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Continuing Conflicts that Create Refugees, July 2010

02-08-2010 07:37

Iraq civilian death toll almost doubles in July
Alert Net 01/08/10

UNHCR concerned about deportations to Mogadishu as fighting continues
UNHCR 30/07/10

Thousands flee Congo clashes, security worsens
IRIN 30/07/10

Nine die in Kashmir protest clashes
BBC News 02/08/10]

Two actual or potential conflict situations around the world deteriorated and one improved in July 2010, according to the new issue of the International Crisis Group’s monthly bulletin CrisisWatch

Deteriorated Situations: Rwanda, Somalia

Download the full report: cw84.pdf

Somalia, militant Islamist group al-Shabaab demonstrated for the first time its capability to spread conflict and bloodshed more widely across the region by launching suicide bomb attacks on Kampala, Uganda that killed at least 85 people. The bombings came after explicit warnings by al-Shabaab that they would take revenge on Uganda and Burundi for their troop contribution to the African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM), which supports the transitional government against the Islamist group. Despite threats by al-Shabaab leader Sheikh Abu-Zubeyr of further strikes on Kampala and in Burundi, the two countries maintained their resolve to take on the insurgency and committed to send more troops to AMISOM. In Somalia itself scores of civilians were killed as renewed fighting broke out between al-Shabaab and government forces to the north of Mogadishu.

Rwanda, July saw growing political violence, shrinking of democratic space ahead of 9 August presidential election. Democratic Green Party VP and ex- RPF -turned-critic Andre Kagwa Rwisereka found dead 14 July; Rwisereka’s business partner arrested same day for murder; Green Party, rights groups calling for independent inquiry. Editor of independent newspaper Umurabyo and 2 journalists arrested 13 July for article likening President Kagame to Hitler. Tanzanian ICTR defence lawyer Mwaikusa killed 13 July in Dar-Es-Salaam. Electoral campaign for 9 Aug presidential polls started 20 July; only 4 parties admitted: ruling RPF, PL, SDP and PPC. FDU and Democratic Green Party candidates remained barred. Close to 2,000 Rwandan Hutu refugees forcefully repatriated out of Uganda 14 July with Rwandan police participation