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UG#607 - Flight From Meaning 2 (Money = Competition = Psychosis)

12-01-2013 12:17

Although in the 'Flight From Meaning' series, a rather traditional show concludes my second year of making Unwelcome Guests. First, a regular speaker, Alfie Kohn, speaking on why he believes that any competition is too much. We conclude with the end of chapter 9 of David Graeber's Debt, The First 5000 Years, on the introduction of coinage in India, Greece and China.

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RSPCA staff ignored many calls in August/Sept 2012 to stop attacks on animals

12-01-2013 12:08

The news that David Cameron's pals have reported the RSPCA to the charity commission can be out in context by pointing out that far from being all keen to protect animals RSPCA staff can ben routinely negligent. As has been found out in East London recently

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UG#609 - Flight From Meaning 4 (Crazy Like Us,Instructed Organism,Peace Pilgrim)

12-01-2013 12:07

Three contrasting pieces for you which all hint at the inadequacy of limiting self as the skin-encapsulated ego. Firstly, Ethan Watters on socially defined aspects of madness, including how Glaxo Smith Kline aggressively globalized Western ideas of depression in Japan. Next, I summarize Steve Talbott's essay on problems of the 'man as machine' metaphor. Finally, an hour on Peace Pilgrim, whose 'retirement project' was to walk across USA for over 25 years without using money or asking for food or shelter.

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Storming The Heavens !

11-01-2013 19:55

Alternatives to Capitalism Meeting: 31st January 2013

Storming the Heavens (open forum for anti capitalists)
is series of meetings for reds and greens to discuss and explore
alternatives to the current economic system.

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Stop G8 meeting in Brighton, Monday

11-01-2013 10:53

Sussex Stop G8 will be meeting at the Cowley Club in Brighton on Monday Jan 14, 7pm.

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The EZLN Announces Next Steps

10-01-2013 17:25

Communiqué from the Indigenous Revolutionary Clandestine Committee – General Command of the Zapatista National Liberation Army
December 30 2012.

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The Zapatista's Silent Message

10-01-2013 17:19

It is a huge demonstration of force–the largest in the entire history of the Zapatista movement–just days before the 19th anniversary of their first public appearance and 30 years since their founding.

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Digging The Dirt!

10-01-2013 11:33

Sitting on yer botty action..whilst others on the front-line are getting nicked!

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Brazil: the perfect freedom of expression?

09-01-2013 18:47

but I will defend to the death your right to do so!"
"I don't agree with only one of the words you say, but I will defend to the death your right to do so!"(Voltaire),

It is controversial the relationship between freedom of expression and the degree of development of societies.
Many seek to justify the repressive character of the current regimes as a price that must be paid for achieving progress.
Throughout history, however, people fought and died for the right to speak, to question, to publish.

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History: Greek riots 1991 - photos and videos

09-01-2013 14:37

Anarchists vs. police

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Can of Worms Opened: The EDL Conspiracy Theories Start Here

08-01-2013 05:04

The judge sentencing in the Tommy Robinson false passport case today opened a wriggling, purified can of worms. Stephen Yaxley Lennon of Luton was, as expected, sentenced to a jail term as almost everybody had expected (albeit a short and unsatisfactory one). That is no surprise, as passport fraud involving the United States, meant the UK felt compelled to act. What was not not expected, was the judge's strange but honest remarks about Tommy's actual identity.

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Plea of imprisoned youth sentenced to death by Islamic regime

07-01-2013 23:34

stop hanging Loqman

Is this world so cruel, to watch both my cousin and I be hanged in public from a crane on the street? and say nothing? Or not to do anything?

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No Borders anarchist Joke Kaviaar comes out fighting against incitement trial

07-01-2013 00:10

"Well excuse me for living!" Dutch anarchist and No Borders activist Joke Kaviaar goes on trial in Haarlem tomorrow for "incitement" for her writings over seven years slamming the racist border system in the Netherlands and across Fortress Europe. Anonymous put her site back online, and on the eve of her trial she's released this song on youtube: This is her story.

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11 Years of Guantánamo: Where is the world?

06-01-2013 20:36

On Friday 11th January, the London Guantánamo Campaign invites you to join us in this part of the world to mark the 11th anniversary of the opening of the Guantánamo Bay prison camp. Falling just days before Barack Obama is inaugurated for his second presidential term, he has made it harder to close Guantánamo Bay by signing into law the National Defense Authorization Act 2013, imposing restrictions on the transfer of prisoners for another year. This year: take action and make a difference. With less than a week to go, there is still much you can do:

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Stop G8. Let's get moving: London meetings this month.

06-01-2013 12:19

londoners against capitalism
The Stop G8 network has come together to resist the 2013 G8 summit. We are planning a week of action in London this June 10-18. We want to make this a major event that will help revitalise resistance to capitalism in the UK and beyond. For this we need lots more people and groups to get involved. Please come along to our meetings in London this month (details below) and join us.

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ug#603 - Ancient Languages of The Future 2 (Piraha, Non-Violent Communication)

04-01-2013 21:28

A sequel to last week's show on human communication. We hear the rest of the talk by Professor Daniel Everett on 'Language, Culture and Being Human', with some Q&A. We hear more on NVC from Marshall Rosenberg.

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UG#604 - Occupy The Past (Gandhian Non-Violence and Direct Action Movements)

04-01-2013 21:26

Another show made with the ongoing Occupy movement in mind. Our main feature is author and researcher James Douglass on his book Gandhi and the Unspeakable, and we hear thoughts from Chris Hedges and Barbara Epstien also from earlier this year.

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New Year's Day solidarity action at London Detention Centre

04-01-2013 20:47

After new year's eve prison demo's outside three of London's prisons, it was agreed by a few people that it would be good to show solidarity in the same way to refugees and migrants held in a 'detention centre' prison by Heathrow airport on New Year's Day.

Migrants can be held for many years for the "crime" of crossing a border, and for most of those there for the long-term, are there with no end to their detention in sight.

January 1st has also become the date that many are given as a date of birth when no records exist. January the 1st is therefore many migrant's official 'birthday', and a solidarity action was organised on this day with people from different networks meeting in the afternoon and heading to Harmondsworth Detention centre to make noise and express solidarity with those inside.

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New Year’s Eve Brixton [anti-prison demo] London 31 December 2012

04-01-2013 20:09

Brixton, London, 31 December 2012…almost midnight
The Gregorian calendar is moving towards the next chapter in the existence of those who mark time in the boredom of ritual …Suddenly they appear out of nowhere, a few people out of step, dressed in black. Unfurling banners, a strange light in their eyes, they unhurriedly conquer the urban high street and proceed towards Brixton prison.