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Newcastle Students Occupy City Council Building!

07-12-2010 18:24

This afternoon, university and college students occupied the main council chamber of Newcastle Civic Centre. This was in protest of the people who have been let down by the government.

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A ghost haunts Europe

07-12-2010 17:28

Οn the 24th November, many student demonstrations took place in Britain, in which participated over 50,000 people. The march was called in response to the new educational measures announced by the British government.

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US Dominance of Finance a Threat to Democracy and Free Speech

07-12-2010 15:54

We need alternatives to the US owned financial systems.

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Protesting in London this week? Here's a useful map

07-12-2010 14:08

G20 map
A helpful map showing various sites of interest in the City of London.

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Revealed: Assange ‘rape’ accuser linked to notorious CIA operative (WikiLeaks)

07-12-2010 12:09

One accuser, Anna Ardin, may have "ties to the US-financed anti-Castro and anti-communist groups," according to Israel Shamir and Paul Bennett, writing for CounterPunch.

While in Cuba, Ardin worked with the Las damas de blanco (the Ladies in White), a feminist anti-Castro group.

Professor Michael Seltzer pointed out that the group is led by Carlos Alberto Montaner who is reportedly connected to the CIA.

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Many more mirrors

07-12-2010 10:17

"Saudi Arabia is a very conservative Arab nation, structured by the imperial powers themselves. That “kingdom’s” animosity to a much more nationalist formation like Iran is predictabe and comes as little surprise. Countries like Syria and movements such as Hezbollah and Hamas certainly do not wish for Tehran to be attacked with “shock and awe.” (That an ancient city like Bagdadd suffered such was a genuine “crime against humanity” and that should never be forgotten). Israel and the U.S. have simply not allowed “popular” arab governments to exist. Conservative Arab regimes care no more for their people than GW Bush cared for the poor children of New Orleans."

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Puerto Rican students block central offices in fee protest

07-12-2010 03:00

Dozens of students sought to disrupt work Tuesday at the University of Puerto Rico’s main administrative offices in Río Piedras in a protest over looming $800 quotas.

The students blocked off the main gate to the UPR offices at the Botanical Gardens, pledging to only allow the finance and financial aid offices to continue working.

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Violent police attack on students in Turkey

07-12-2010 02:55

Police violently attacked to the students in Turkey who wanted to protest the summit of Prime Minister and University Rectors. One pregnant student (age 19) lost her baby because police continuously kicked her from the belly even though she yelled that she was pregnant. Around 150 students who were coming outside of Istanbul were stopped at the entrance of the city and attacked, beaten and detented by the cops. Many were severely injured. It is claimed even in the right-wing bourgeois media that police used agent orange sprays against the students which was also used by USA army in Vietnam that can cause cancer.

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Greek police vandalise memorial to Alexis, riots and repression today

06-12-2010 22:28

6th December, marks two years from the date of the assassination of 15-year old Alexis Grigoropoulos by special police forces in the Exarcheia district of Athens. Throughout Greece there have been demonstrations. The police have been particularly savage and tonight comes news that they have vandalised the memorial shrine to Alexis Grigoropoulos on Messologiou Street.

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Cambridge student occupation comes to an end.

06-12-2010 21:55

Combination Room - as if nothing had happened...
As you will have seen elsewhere it's been another packed day for activism in Cambridge, with today seeing the occupation of Old Schools Combination Room.

However, what a rather dry (albeit accurate) press release can't do quite as well is convey an idea of what it was like to be there witnessing history being made.

Hopefully my photos will go some way towards doing this.

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9 activists sentenced in ongoing climate trial

06-12-2010 19:22

On Monday the 6th December the first trial will begin at Trafford Magistrates Court. In this trial the 11 activists who used tripods to blockade the World Freight Terminal preventing air freighted goods from being taken in and out will be tried on charges of obstruction of the highway. Mark and Amanda, who were on top of the tripods, are pleading not-guilty and local Hasty Lane resident Peter Johnson and local Lib Dem Councillor Martin Eakins will both give expert witness during the trial. The trial is expected to last 2 or 3 days.

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Did plain-clothes security break the law at Topshop protest?

06-12-2010 11:06

Plainclothes Security, but who were they working for?
Plainclothes security were involved in clearing the UKUncut protesters from Topshop on Saturday. But who did they work for, and why weren't they showing identification?

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1000 Cancuns: Solutions from the Grassroots!

06-12-2010 09:11

Brixton Justice, Climate Justice, Global Justice!
A celebration of Brixtons Radical Roots
12th December : 1pm-4pm: Windrush Square, Brixton
An afternoon and evening of activities including an informative locally-focused exhibition, Bash the Bankers piñata, speakers and films.

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Homeless at Christmas

05-12-2010 23:22

St Martin-in-the-Fields
It cannot be good to be homeless at any time of the year but what can be worse than being homeless at Christmas, being forced to live on the streets in subzero temperatures?

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We are at WAR. Political arrests and state terrorism

05-12-2010 21:13

fight back
One day before the memorial of the assassination of Alexandros Grigoropoulos on December 6th, the Greek democratic dictatorship decided to activate in a tragicomic way its repression mechanisms in order to prevent the upcoming uprising of the society. All the regime’s servants are on the alert trying to manipulate the public opinion and terrorize the parts of the society that resist.

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Public Meeting at Cambridge Student Occupation attended by hundreds.

05-12-2010 20:51

The occupied Combination Room becomes a public meeting space.
Hundreds of people from all sections of society attended a public meeting at the Combination Room this afternoon (Sunday December 5th, 2010), the Cambridge University room currently occupied by University students.

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Wikileaks hounded?

05-12-2010 18:17

"This is the first time we have seen an attempt at the international community level to censor a website dedicated to the principle of transparency. We are shocked to find countries such as France and the United States suddenly bringing their policies on freedom of expression into line with those of China. We point out that in France and the United States, it is up to the courts, not politicians, to decide whether or not a website should be closed.
Meanwhile, two Republican senators, John Ensign and Scott Brown, and an independent Joe Lieberman, have introduced a bill that would make it illegal to publish the names of U.S. military and intelligence agency informants. This could facilitate future prosecutions against WikiLeaks and its founder. But a criminal investigation is already under way and many U.S. politicians are calling vociferously for Assange’s arrest."

What are they so affraid of? Good reason to support Wiki!

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student action against the cuts newcastle

05-12-2010 16:26

saturday the 4th december student activsts took part in anti cuts protest across shops in newcastle shops include

. VODAPHONE ( 6 billion in tax owed )
. BOOTS ( 86 million in tax owed)
. TOP SHOP (owned by phillip green who owes 285 million in tax)