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Benefit Claimants in Solidarity With The PCS: J30 Strike

26-06-2011 14:06

Benefit claimants, disabled people and supporters will be joining the PCS picket line at HMRC, Euston Tower from 8.30am*.

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#lulzsec 50 Days of Lulz

26-06-2011 13:39

We are Lulz Security, and this is our final release, as today marks something meaningful to us.

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Britain’s First Cyber-Strike – How the June 30th strike may play out online #j30

26-06-2011 13:32


June 30th marks a very considerable mobilisation of industrial action in Britain, in the shape of a large public sector strike. The Trades Unions are making their first tentative steps towards politically motivated action for a generation, with a massive withdrawal of workers labour in response to government plans for pensions reform; whilst the pensions dispute is the legal justification for industrial action (under Britain’s strict, Thatcherite anti-strike legislation), in reality the issue is the tip of the iceberg. The consensus behind the strikes is that of a political fight against the cuts in general. The range of action we will see on June 30th will stretch far beyond those “directly” affected by pensions plans, with a cross-section of those worst hit by the cuts expected to engage with the day of action– the disabled, those who face massive reductions to vital welfare benefits, students, schools pupils and parents and other public-service users.

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Living among us: Canadian Activists Speak Out On Police Infiltration

26-06-2011 08:48

On June 26, 2010, while the G20 summit was under way amid mass protests on the streets of downtown Toronto, a startling revelation was made that would reverberate through activist communities for months to come. Two undercover police officers had joined protest groups and been living among activists as part of a large-scale investigation that began more than a year earlier, in April 2009.

Following the arrest of four activists that same morning under charges of conspiracy, the Toronto Star reported that “Undercover officers infiltrated criminal extremist groups in Guelph, Kitchener, Waterloo and Toronto and forged relationships with several people whose ideological beliefs and backgrounds pose a direct threat to large-scale public events, including the G20,” according to allegations by Crown attorneys.

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Hillary Clinton: attack on Gaza flotilla

25-06-2011 12:12

Obama and Clinton
Hillary Clinton gives green light for Israeli attack on Gaza flotilla ... In comments yesterday, US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton seemed to lay the ground – indeed almost provide a green light – for an Israeli military attack on the upcoming Gaza Freedom Flotilla, which will include the US Boat to Gaza. Among the passengers aboard the American boat will be 87-year old Kindertransport survivor Hedy Epstein, and author and poet Alice Walker. In all it is expected that about 10 ships, carrying 1000 people from over 20 countries will take part.

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The Revolution Reaches Europe: Tens of Thousands Protest in Greece and Spain

25-06-2011 09:49

The revolutionary movement that began in Tunisia at the end of last year has now sparked mass movements in Europe; principally, to date, in Greece and Spain. On the surface, these movements have little in common. In Tunisia and Egypt, the people came out in vast numbers to overthrow the hated dictators who, for decades, had strangled their economies and presided over police states, whereas in Greece and Spain, the protestors are not seeking the overthrow of dictators, and are not rebelling against a police state (although both countries can draw on their relatively recent experience of dictatorship).

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UG#554 - Homo Miserabilis (From Primitive Affluence to Developed Poverty)

25-06-2011 08:57

The show this week looks at 'human needs' - a concept so deep as to go largely unquestioned by ideologues of economics and economic 'development'. We start with a reading from an anthropology professor which challenges ideas of 'primitive' people's poverty, before some of an essay by Illich on "Needs". In our second hour, some easier listening - a radio adaptation of a film on consumerism, Shop Til You Drop.

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UG#556 - Redefining Poverty (Needs and The Spirit Level)

25-06-2011 08:54

This week we challenge modern ideas about wealth and poverty. Our main piece is by two English professors, Richard Wilkinson and Kate Pickett on their 2009 book, The Spirit Level: Why More Equal Societies Almost Always Do Better. But first, we conclude the Ivan Illich reading from episode 554.

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Attack on G4S

24-06-2011 21:54

Confused as to which editorial guideline/s required this action report to be hidden by moderators... or was it simply a case of cowardly political censorship?

Great attack from comrades in Nottingham and well communicated.

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Anarchism in Russia - video

24-06-2011 11:36

Anarchism in Russia

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The Need For A "Second Revolution" In Egypt

23-06-2011 17:41

ElBaradei - criticising the government is now a "red line"
On 27th May, Egyptians numbering in the hundreds of thousands demonstrated in Cairo and other cities. They demanded a "second revolution" to complete the democratic aspirations of the first, which removed long-time dictator Hosni Mubarak in February. Since his departure, the army junta has consolidated its rule, bringing in a repressive new constitution, and banning strikes and protests in March. In doing so, the army top brass has revealed itself to be enemies of the common Egyptian, and enemies of - not "guardians of" - the revolution.

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Public Rally in Support of Victims of Torture, Trafalgar Square, 26 June, 2-4pm

23-06-2011 12:53

In spite of laws to protect human rights, torture remains prevalent throughout the world. Men, women, children and entire communities are subject to unspeakable atrocities and the effects that live with them long after the violence ends. We invite you to come and stand up against these atrocities, and join us in solidarity with the victims.

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Launch of Jailhouse Lawyers by Mumia Abu-Jamal

23-06-2011 09:33

Jailhouse Lawyers book cover
From death row in Pennsylvania: a new book in the UK, Jailhouse Lawyers by Mumia Abu-Jamal, will be launched in London, Manchester and Liverpool Jun 30th-July 2nd. Award-winning journalist Mumia Abu-Jamal introduces us to fellow prisoners who litigate against their jailers, risking punishment or even death, to win justice for themselves and other prisoners.

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What NATO Is Doing In Libya

22-06-2011 20:43

Libyen - Kriegsterror der NATO
"Just a day after admitting killing 9 civilians in an airstrike, NATO has been accused by the Libyan authorities of causing at least another 15 deaths.
"NATO confirmed they had carried out another bombing, but has not responded to the allegations of civilian casualties.
"An RT crew in Tripoli has shot some shocking footage of bodies mutilated in NATO bombings."
M O R E: ... ...

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Somer Housing proposing to sell off our homes to the private sector

22-06-2011 14:34


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More Than A Dispute About Pensions

22-06-2011 02:20

"The scale of the cuts is so big, on such a broad front,that it's actually easier to think of bringing down the government than pursuing individual campaigns." - UNISON delegate

On Tuesday 21st June, Manchester Coalition Against The Cuts brought together 80 people at a public meeting to discuss organising for the strike on 30th June.

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Bangladeshi State-agents target Human Rights Defenders for abduction and torture

21-06-2011 20:56

I came to know that a nine-member joint delegation led by you and Mr. Birk Niebel, Economic Cooperation and Development Minister of Germany, called on the Prime Minister of Bangladesh on Tuesday, 21 June, at her office.

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Save Garsington Buses Campaign

21-06-2011 17:37

Thousands of villagers outside Oxford are set lose all their evening buses from 6 June.

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Blockade of Heathrow detention centre to stop Iraq deportation flight

21-06-2011 16:30

Anti-deportation campaigners are blockading Colnbrook and Harmondsworth detention centres in a last-minute attempt to stop the forcible deportation of Iraqi refugees to Baghdad on a specially chartered flight scheduled to leave London this evening.

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Greek strikes rebellions marches et al

21-06-2011 16:11

Greek power workers go on strike in protest at the privatisation of the State owned power company