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US inequality and New Zealand, a human rights perspective

05-12-2010 06:56

New Zealand has been given another chance to free itself from discriminatory collectivism while the US seems to be still battling with it. NZ was saved by the emerging truth of human rights omissions and one of life's miracles, the major Christchurch earthquake (no one killed).

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New intl. Anarchist website :

05-12-2010 05:16

This site is about anarchism, for and by anarchists worldwide. Hopefully it will be a resource and a community place where people can get together and organize, or just make friends with like minded people.

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Topshop day of action against tax dodger Sir Philip Green

05-12-2010 01:39

Demonstrators glue their hands to the window Topshop Brighton - Cathy Jones
Across the country on one of the busiest shopping days in the run up to Christmas Topshop stores across the country were closed in protest against tax dodger Sir Philip Green.

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Students To Attempt Vote Of No Confidence In Aaron Porter?

04-12-2010 13:10

It looks as though momentum is steadily growing for a vote of no confidence in disgraced NUS President Aaron Porter, so I thought I'd help try and drum up support for this by publicising the idea.

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Another company to BOYCOTT: Paypal

04-12-2010 10:14

This adds to Amazon who also cut ties earlier this week.


The online payments processor, PayPal, says it has cut access for donations to the whistle-blowing website Wikileaks.

PayPal said its payment service cannot be used for activities "that encourage, promote, facilitate or instruct others to engage in illegal activity".

Wikileaks' latest releases - of US diplomatic cables - has caused considerable embarrassment to the US and its allies, correspondents say.

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Escalation Day for the Cambridge Students' Occupation.

03-12-2010 21:41

Silent Protest, including two activists locked on to Step Ladders.
It's been a very busy day for activists here in Cambridge, as the student collective who have now been occupying a room in Cambridge University's Old Schools building decided to escalate things and take their fight against the proposed exorbitant rise in University Tuition Fees to the next level, in response to the wall of silence from University management.

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Cardiff Critical Mass

03-12-2010 18:13

Meet at the steps of the National Museum in Cardiff on Saturday at 11am

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French Government Shows Its True Colours: Censorship [WikiLeaks]

03-12-2010 16:33

WikiLeaks: France adds to US pressure to ban website

• Minister warns of consequences for companies helping keep WikiLeaks online
• US diplomatic cables released by WikiLeaks are hosted by French firm

To download the "insurance" encrypted file: (in case Julian Assange is arrested).

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6 Dec Trial for anarchist Giannis Dimitrakis in Greece

03-12-2010 12:40

The anarchist Giannis Dimitrakis was arrested heavily wounded after a robbery at a branch of the National Bank in the center of Athens, on January 16th, 2006. He defended the choice to expropriate a bank, without statements of remorse and with clarity about his motives and intentions. He gave meaning to his act as a moment in his critique and action against the system of wage slavery and exploitation, against the antisocial role of the banks and as a part of the polymorphic social struggle.

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Squeezing us until we squeak

03-12-2010 11:40

As the economic crisis deepens, we are being constantly bombarded by a message from almost everyone with power - that we’ve been ‘living beyond our means’ and therefore must face massive cuts. The question is usually framed simply as what should be cut, rather than if there should be cuts.

Assault on the public sector

The government has immediately trained its sights on two groups of people - public sector workers, who provide supposedly wasteful services such as education and health, and anyone on benefits. The government have unleashed £11bn in benefit cuts, slashing tax credits and housing benefits while freezing child benefit. Meanwhile they will continue the previous government’s punitive workfare schemes, aimed at forcing the unemployed to work for benefit levels. In this assault they evoke wild tabloid tales of ‘benefit scroungers’ supposedly bleeding us dry - though recent figures show that only 1% of all benefit payments are fraudulent.

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Goldsmiths Art Staff/Student declaration. Very good.

03-12-2010 11:35

Goldsmiths Art Dept. Staff and Students Against the Government's Attack on Education - declaration.

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National Day of Protest Against Welfare & Housing Benefit Cuts

02-12-2010 17:43

Take action now to defend the Welfare State on the 15th of December 2010. We will not pay for their crisis.

The National Day of Protest Against Welfare & Housing Benefit Cuts aims to begin by focusing on the Housing Benefit cuts so why not organise a sit in, protest or demonstration in your local Civic Centre or Town Hall.

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Greek police clash with students at British solidarity demo

02-12-2010 15:39

ATHENS (Reuters) - Greek police fired teargas on Thursday in clashes with protesting university students and at least three demonstrators were injured, Reuters witnesses said.

Over 1,000 students tried to break through a police cordon to march to the British embassy in Athens, in solidarity with British students who oppose plans to increase tuition fees, and against austerity and education reforms in Greece.

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the student revolts - reflections on leeds university occupation.

02-12-2010 13:43

the current occupation at leeds university has recently 'voted to ban autonomous actions'. questions on the SWP and the left controlling free spaces.

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Lewisham: Town hall riot?

02-12-2010 12:48

Inside the Town Hall
Monday 29 November was a turning point for the anti-cuts movement on two counts: Firstly, local students - who have recently been an inspiration to us all fighting the cuts - joined a local anti-cuts demo which was not about tuition fees, EMA or education cuts.

Secondly, the militant nature of the demo meant that it was the first time the riot police were called to defend a town hall meeting that was about to vote to implement Tory cuts. It was our own Millbank Tower moment, and it almost worked.

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Grolsch tax avoidance

01-12-2010 23:43

schtop corporate tax avoidance
Everyone has heard of the Vodafone £6 billion unpaid tax bill, a tax bill which if paid would mean the £7 billion welfare cuts would not have been necessary. Another tax avoider is SABMiller, owner of Grolsch (the beer in the fancy bottles).

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Anti-Cuts to the next level: Block The Economy

01-12-2010 23:16

Full Steam Ahead
The student movement has been moving fast in the last few weeks and sends impetus to the other anti-cuts struggles at the point of delivery - councils, hospitals, tube workers, fire workers, all workers face the axe and the working poor and claimants. The speed of the lessons being learned have been amazing. Now, one more step!

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D Day - March on Parliament - 9th December

01-12-2010 20:28

This is IT people! The day has come!

The date for the parliamentary vote on fee increases has been announced!


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Hundreds take to the streets of Cambridge on Tuesday (Part 2)

01-12-2010 17:24

More education, fewer Lib Dems - a sentiment shared by many, no doubt.
More pictures from yesterday's demonstration.

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Hundreds take to the streets of Cambridge on Tuesday (Part 1)

01-12-2010 17:03

The occupation continues... now in day six.
I have a story to tell.

It is a tale of two opposing, elemental forces, one of a ruling elite who thinks they know what is best for their subjects, and then there is a select few of their 'subjects', who have other ideas about what is best for them.

What I saw yesterday in Cambridge was the overwhelmingly creative, but also angry response to the decisions that the ruling elite are currently making.