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Tunbridge Wells picket against Barclays

30-11-2009 22:59

Activists in Tunbridge Wells Puckett Barclays in support of SnashEDO day of action

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Cardiff Free Film Showing - RETHINK AFGHANISTAN

29-11-2009 21:35

Cardiff Stop the War Coalition hosts the Wales premiere of the acclaimed new film by award-winning Robert Greenwald (Director of Wal Mart: The High Cost of Low Price, Outfoxed & Iraq For Sale)

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Tamil Heroes Day of Remembrance, Excel, London -pictures.

28-11-2009 13:23

Remembering the Dead.
In the traditional month of remembrance, around fifty thousand British Tamils gather in London to remember those killed, wounded, displaced and now held in concentration camps on the Island of Sri Lanka.

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London 'Die-In' calls for Troops out of Afghanistan

26-11-2009 12:44

Demonstrators, mainly students, stopped traffic in Parliament Square, London yesterday, Wednesday 25 November 2009, when they staged a 'die-in' on the road in front of the Houses of Parliament. They called for an end to the war in Afghanistan and for British troops to be brought home now.

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Order Out of Chaos: CIA, Blackwater Responsible for Bombings in Pakistan

26-11-2009 08:51

bombing of Islamabad's Marriott Hotel in September 2008
CIA bombing campaigns and assassinations, conducted by the mercenary group Blackwater (Now Xe Services), are part of an effort to keep the “barbarians from coming together” and create a situation requiring a continuation and expansion of the contrived global war on terrorism.

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New documentary provides rare insight into West Papua independence struggle

23-11-2009 23:22

Forgotten Bird of Paradise image
A new undercover documentary film shows rarely-seen footage of separatist rebels in Indonesian-ruled Papua province, who have been fighting a low-level insurgency for more than 40 years.

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Army Parade on 5th. December

23-11-2009 11:20

Demonstrate Against the War in Afghanistan

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Philippines 'could become another Afghanistan for USA'

22-11-2009 08:44

PHILIPPINE revolutionaries are warning that their country could become another Afghanistan for the USA.

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Report of Edinburgh protest against NATO on Saturday 14th November 2009

21-11-2009 01:51

Here is detailed report of the demonstration against NATO in Edinburgh last weekend. 20 photos of the day are included.

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A Comparative Review of Flat Earth News and Newspeak

20-11-2009 12:33

Jonathan Cook has been covering the Israeli-Palestinian conflict from Nazareth, Israel, as a freelance reporter for the past eight years. Before that he was a staff journalist at the Guardian and Observer newspapers. His latest books on the conflict are ‘Israel and the Clash of Civilisations’ (Pluto, 2008) and ‘Disappearing Palestine’ (Zed, 2008). His website is

In the two-part Guest Media Alert that follows, Cook attempts the truly Herculean task of dissecting and comparing the key arguments in Nick Davies’s book ‘Flat Earth News’ and our own recently published ‘Newspeak in the 21st Century.’ The results are enthralling but demanding - even hardened media analysts will require a plentiful supply of tea and biscuits throughout.

Please do not underestimate the unique nature of the analysis Cook is offering. While Davies’s book was discussed, reviewed, and applauded, far and wide in both print and broadcast media, our own book (published in September) has so far limped to just two, largely dismissive, reviews in mainstream outlets, in the Guardian and Times Higher Education (THE), totalling exactly 1,000 words. Our previous book, Guardians of Power (2006), has never been mentioned, let alone reviewed, in any mainstream national UK newspaper.

The truth is that dissident media analyses are consistently ignored in this way - it is not just us. And so Cook’s comparison of Davies’s mainstream view of the media with an analysis based on Edward Herman and Noam Chomsky’s “propaganda model of media control” is a vanishingly rare event. As ever, Cook’s experience as a professional journalist adds a fascinating additional dimension to his analysis.

Cook produced this mega-review - nearly 10,000 words of it - completely free of charge. It is an extraordinary act of generosity from a fine and thoughtful journalist. We would like to express our sincere thanks to him. If you would like to thank him or otherwise comment, you can write to him here:

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Dying for Crooks: US Troops in Afghanistan

20-11-2009 12:28

Karzais corruption ticket
Transparency International reported yesterday that Afghanistan is the most corrupt nation in the world – except for Somalia. ... Heckua achievement, if the only nation on earth that is more shady is one that is full of pirates… Karzai is making Marion Barry look like Mother Teresa. ... The Washington Post reported today that one of Afghanistan’s top ministers took a $30 million bribe to give a special deal to a Chinese mining company. The New York Times reported: “Everything seems to be for sale: public offices, access to government services, even a person’s freedom.” .... So what do Army recruiters say these days? Why in Hades would any American agree to risk his neck to prop up this band of thieves?

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10 months inside without trial

19-11-2009 22:31

resisting war crimes is not a crime
10 months ago, on 18 January 2009, Elijah Smith A former British Soldier was arrested in Brighton. He had spent the previous night decommissioning the EDO/MBM/ITT factory in Brighton, in an attempt to stop it providing parts for weapons being used by the Israeli army to bomb civilians in Gaza. Nobody was injured or harassed during their action, which was one of property damage. He and his co-defendants did not resist arrest.

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Identifying Threat: New biometrics markets and terror culture

19-11-2009 01:16

The culture of fear and distrust that has grown up around this century’s terror culture and its associated wars has created vast new markets for anything that can be branded with the words security or defence. In April 2010, London’s Kensington Olympia will play host to a Counter Terror Expo, put on by DSEi’s infamous events’ organiser, Clarion, and sponsored by French arms company, Thales. Officially supported by a plethora of military, police and private security associations, the expo will showcase over 250 security, surveillance and specialist logistics companies; state agencies including NATO and the MoD; and anyone else claiming to provide protection against terrorism for both the armed forces and civilian populations. Joining the fray are a number of corporations involved in creating identity verification technologies. The biometrics and database management companies whose invasive products, based on the recognition of physiological characteristics, are finding voice as futuristic 'solutions' in, what is deemed, an 'increasingly dangerous world'.

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Camden Bio Hazard Lab plans will pose threat to Camden Irish community

19-11-2009 01:01

There are plans to build a deadly pathogen lab in Camden. The lab could be a level 3 facility which means that it could contain anthrax and bird flu. This in turn means that the community could face scrutiny under teoor legislationa nd that the community on the Somers Town estate, many of whom are Irish could face intimidation and surveillance under terror legislation in relation to The Troubles.

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Nuclear Waste trains and the Camden Bio Hazard Lab. The ultimate dirty accident.

19-11-2009 00:48

There are plans to build a high level virus containment facility in Camden. MI5 have voiced fears over safety around the lab [Evening Standard] and scientists from the NIMR have voiced security fears. Residents have also voiced fears as to the proximity of nuclear waste carriage trains which travel from Stratford to Sellafield and vice versa. The nuclear trains sit at Kings Cross. Imagine an explosion...

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Six protesters arrested trying to enter NATO conference in Edinburgh

17-11-2009 19:25

Published Date: 17 November 2009

SIX people were arrested trying to gain access to the final day of the NATO Parliamentary Assembly.
The intruders were spotted walking through the front door of the Edinburgh International Conference Centre at around 8.30am this morning.

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Drones: A slam-dunk weapons system or our ticket to hell?

16-11-2009 19:36

"This, then, is the future that you can see just as well as I can. When the Obama administration decides to up the ante on drone use in Pakistan and Afghanistan, as it's soon likely to do, it will be ensuring not the end of al-Qaeda or the Taliban, but the long life of robot war within the US's ever-more militarized society. And by the time this set of robotic dreams fails to pan out, it won't matter. Yet another mini-sector of the military-industrial complex will be etched into the American grain.

Whatever the short-term gains from introducing drone warfare in these past years, we are now locked into the 24/7 assassination trade - with the US's own set of non-suicide bombers on the job into eternity. This may pass for sanity in Washington, but it's surely helping to pave the road to hell.

Haven't any of these folks ever seen a sci-fi film? Are none of them Terminator fans? Are they sure they want to open the way to unlimited robot war, keeping in mind that, if this is the latest game in town, it won't remain mainly an American one for long. And just wait until the first Iranian drone takes out the first Balochi guerrilla supported by American funds somewhere in Pakistan. Then let's see just what we think about the right of any nation to summarily execute its enemies - and anyone else in the vicinity - by drone. "

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More Terror Raids in Manchester

16-11-2009 12:24

At around 4 o’clock this morning the police arrested five men under the Terrorism Act 2000. Four of them were detained in Greater Manchester by the North West Counter Terrorism Unit, while the other was arrested near Heathrow Airport. According to police there is “no direct threat against Greater Manchester”.

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York public demand freedom for hero Joe Glenton

14-11-2009 16:44

Stall, placards and supporters
After his arrest this week for taking part in anti-war protests against military orders, York showed its support to Lance Corporal Joe Glenton, a son of the city, by queueing to sign a petition during a massively successful stall.

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Lance Corporal Joe Glenton faces prison for not going to war - good on him

12-11-2009 00:17

War Resisters' International learned today that Lance Corporal Joe Glenton, who already faces charges of desertion for refusing to return to Afghanistan, has been arrested and charged with five counts of "disobeying a lawful order" public speaking resisting the war and in London on 24 October 2009, and for expressing his opposition to the war in Afghanistan to the media.