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Reluctant Heinz Strikers Accept De Facto Wage Cut

19-01-2011 12:33

Workers at the Heinz factory in Kitt Green, Wigan have voted to accept a revised pay and conditions offer, bringing to an end a dispute that had lasted months, and prevented the production of millions of cans.

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Attack in Bristol for Conspiracy of Cells of Fire

18-01-2011 12:53

In the early morning of 17 January, two telecommunications utilities vehicles, of British Telecom, were set on fire in Bristol.

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Defend Dale Farm! Help resist Ethnic Cleansing

18-01-2011 10:46

7pm Wednesday 19th January
at Unite House, 128 Theobald’s Road, London WC1 8TN

Dale Farm is the last major surviving Traveller site in Essex, following a series of brutal evictions elsewhere over the years. There are around 1000 residents altogether. Those now facing eviction (yet again) since they took over a scrap yard next door to a long established legal site. The local Council is determined to drive all the Travellers out of the area. This is what they did recently when they evicted Hovefield, hounding families relentlessly until they were gone. They have promised to clear Dale Farm before the next Council elections.

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Three undercover political Police unmasked as infiltrators into UK Anarchist, Anti-Fascist and Climate Justice movements.

18-01-2011 00:14

PC Mark Kennedy (AKA "Mark Stone"), "Lyn Watson" and "Mark Jacobs"
We have reposted with updates and corrections, this has many changes from previous post!

please flag up any mistakes and we will up date in 24 hours or so. We still need more factual information about their activities. The purpose of this post/thread is to create as clear a picture of the infiltrators as possible for activists worldwide.

If you wish to post about the bourgeois press then please post here.

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US Knew Tunisian Gov. Rotten Corrupt

17-01-2011 22:58

Bin Alis demolition ?
New Wikileaks: US Knew Tunisian Gov. Rotten Corrupt, Supported Ben Ali Anyway ... The Norwegian newspaper Aftenposten released a series of US diplomatic cables from 2006 on massive and pervasive corruption and nepotism in Tunisia and its effect on economic development and social problems. The cables show that the United States government was fully aware of the dangerous and debilitating level of corruption in Tunisia, and its anti-democratic implications. But they raise the question of whether Washington was wise to make Zine el-Abidine Ben Ali, despite his clear foibles, the pillar of its North Africa policy because of his role, as a secular strongman, in repressing Muslim movements (as William MacLean of Reuters argues).

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Trees to be felled on Midsummer Common despite locals' opposition.

17-01-2011 20:51

Some of the many artful protests by locals.
A rather strange thing is happening on Midsummer Common in Cambridge.

Trees are being felled, despite minimal public consultation and local residents' very visible opposition, and yet we are supposed to believe this is Cambridge City Council acting democractically.

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Rising Tide 7 - Australia

17-01-2011 20:06

Background - Seven Australian Rising Tide activists are being pursued by Port Waratah Coal Services, which is made up of Rio Tinto and Xstrata, for US$525,000 in "victim's compensation" as a result of a non-violent blockade of the world's largest coal port on September 26 last year. For full details visit -

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Silent Protest in Cambridge by Academics.

17-01-2011 16:05

Today (Monday 17/01/2011) about 300 people gathered together on Kings Parade in Cambridge, front of the university Senate House for a silent vigil with Cambridge Academics as a protest against the government's higher education policies.

Many of them were university academics, who symbolically turned up in their black robes to represent the wider body of higher education tutors, whom are affected by the government's cuts to higher education funding.

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PARIS FRANCE infiltration information

17-01-2011 13:14

This was published as comment on 15th jan

We republish here and will follow with a reply

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Past Is Present: Settler Colonialism In Palestine

17-01-2011 09:57

For over a century, Zionism has subjected Palestine and Palestinians to a structural and violent form of destruction, dispossession, land appropriation, and erasure in the pursuit of a new colonial Israeli society. Too often, this Palestine ‘Question’ has been framed as unique; a national, religious, and/or liberation struggle with little semblance to colonial conflicts elsewhere.

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Wood Group PLC to build power plant in Israel

17-01-2011 09:22

Aberdeen’s favorite son who, not being content with destroying the city goes into business with Israel.
Updates on Donald Trumps vision for a "Real life Trumpton" and how he will force local fire brigade personnel to change their names to "Pugh! Pugh! Barney McGrew! Cuthbert! Dibble! and Grubb!" And other songs of doom from way up North...

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Preston Against Cuts: 100 rally on Flagmarket

16-01-2011 23:41

100 people rallied against the Condem coalition cuts on Preston Flagmarket yesterday. 'This could be the start of something big'

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Callout for Operation Dual Power/March 26 Direct Action planning

16-01-2011 22:43

Liberate flyer
The TUC are calling a huge "March for the Alternative" for March 26th. But what is their alternative? If you want to be heard rather than hearded that day, then join thousand of people in reclaiming national and local government buildings, media, banks, courts, police stations, and libraries, and turning them into People's Assemblies. An interactive direct action target map will be widely circulated before and on the day. Be part of the planning process. Join us on January 23rd in London.

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Against Civilization

16-01-2011 19:42

In his new film, former Democracy Now! videographer Franklin Lopez explains his anarchist call to end civilization by any means. Kick it over, deep-Green Derrick Jensen style. Then Alex mulls Net fear mongering of a military response - to riots by the new poor, in America or the UK.

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Kennedy and Nick Stern

16-01-2011 18:11

Who is Nick Stern? He holds the copyright of a picture taken when Kennedy was undercover and also the recent pictures where he looks a bit more like a copper.

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Contact details for the NPOIU

16-01-2011 17:06

Am putting this up as there is a lot of interest in the NPOIU.
This information is from 2002.

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Tunisia: 23 years of autocratic rule

16-01-2011 14:28

routed Bin Ali and ABBAS
GAZA - Fatah, PLO backtrack on statement praising popular revolution in Tunisia ..... The Fatah-controlled Palestinian liberation organization (PLO) attempted to disavow earlier remarks in which it welcomed the overthrow of the Tunisian president after it issued a statement in this regard. Senior Fatah and PLO official Ahmed Abdelrahman said the PLO's executive committee did not issue any statement about the situation in Tunisia and did not hold any meeting during the last two days.

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Mark Kennedy is planning to sue the state

16-01-2011 11:19

Sources close to exposed undercover police officer PC Mark Stone have revealed that he is currently laying the ground work to bring a case against his former employers for neglecting their duty of care towards his mental and physical wellbeing.

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Mark Stone gives his first interview to the Mail on Sunday

15-01-2011 23:05

Mark Stone aka Mark Kennedy today
Mark Stone aka Mark Kennedy gives his first interview to the Mail on Sunday.

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The Case to Close Temple Cowley Pools is Crumbling...

15-01-2011 22:03

We are getting more and more information, mostly forcing it out of the council via Freedom of Information requests, that refutes all the arguments they have used to push forward with their scheme to close TCP.