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Who is really progressive in Northern Ireland?

22-05-2008 18:55

On a recent trip to Belfast/Northern Ireland I wanted to find out who is really to be accepted as being a progressive force up there. The Left has generally supported those pro-catholics, who are working for a united Ireland as a part of a national liberation struggle from London rule. I decided to interview representatives of progressive parties on either side on the issues that socialists should really care about -- social issues -- to see how different they really are in their day-to-day politics in these current times of peace.

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Situs & Queers: "The Social Plague" (1972-1974)

22-05-2008 18:24

First English translation of piece showing the influence of the Situationist International on the homosexual rights movement in France in the 1970s.

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Local journalists strike in York

22-05-2008 18:02

Local newspaper journalists go on 5 day strike in York over below-inflation pay rises.

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Council workers to vote on action

22-05-2008 17:58

UNISON members in local government in England, Wales and Northern Ireland will vote on strike action to begin in July, while teachers discuss co-ordinated action.

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Bite Back #13 - Out Now!

22-05-2008 15:43

News from the frontlines of the animal liberation movement
Bite Back is a 36 page magazine, full of direct action reports, prisoner news, stories and photos.

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Iceland Defies Moratorium On Commercial Whaling - Whale Hunt Started

22-05-2008 15:38

Minke meat served in an Icelandic restaurant. Photo by

Without warning the Icelandic government authorized Icelandic whalers to begin their killing on May 20th in direct defiance of the global moratorium on commercial whaling. Iceland has rejoined the trinity of whale killing nations along with Japan and Norway. The three rogue whale killing nations have thumbed their noses at the international community to continue a criminal barbaric practice that has been outlawed under international law.

Also on the newswire: Norway Starts Whale Hunting Season

Previous features: Armed Canadian Coast Guard Storms Conservation Vessel | Nottingham Activist Returns From Whale Saving Mission In Antartica | Injured Among Sea Shepherd Crew As Japanese Military Open Fire | Activists Held Hostage By Japanese Whalers In Southern Ocean

More articles: Ocean Defence topic page

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Liverpool Feminist Educationals

22-05-2008 15:21

Mon 2nd June, 8pm - first in a series of Feminist Educationals, short talk followed by discussion.

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Palestine Today 052208

22-05-2008 14:51

Welcome to Palestine Today, a service of the International Middle East Media Centre,, for Thursday, May 22nd, 2008.

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Demo tomorrow @ Italian Consulate in defence of Roma and migrants

22-05-2008 14:15

Between the 14th and 15thof May, Roma camps in the Napoli area had to be evacuated and one camp was burned to the ground by mobs with links with the Camorra (Napoli's equivalent of Mafia). Police did not even try to stop the violence but helped the Roma evacuate. Mobs were threatening to lynch them.
In the same week police made nearly 400 arrests of suspected 'illegal' immigrants in raids across the country.

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The Rule of (Their) Law: Repression of Political Protest Beyond SOCPA

22-05-2008 13:46

This is a summary of other legislations being now used to repress free assembly and political protest in the UK, apart from the one contained under the Serious Organised Crime and Police Act 2005 (Sections 128-138 and 145-149)

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Full Text: Iran's "Package for Constructive Negotiations"

22-05-2008 13:44

On 13 May 2008, Iran presented its proposal for talks with the 5+1 group, entitled, "Package for Constructive Negotiations", to the United Nations.

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ALF Foie gras actions (2007 - 2008)

22-05-2008 13:15

There are places that will not listen to reason, continue to support an industry illegal in the UK, and cause massive suffering to geese and ducks, and for a 'delicacy'.

It is clear that there are places that have no limits to what they will place on the menu.
They will not listen to protesters and campaigners, now they are having to deal with the Animal Liberation Front, as they are realising to their increasing cost.

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Coal Cleaners at E.ON - The Film.

22-05-2008 11:15

The Coal Cleaners are a service recently contracted by E.ON to clean their coal. Using a mix of false capatalist solutions and good old fashioned elbow grease the cleaners went to work on May 1st, as part of the . The cleaners are available for hire; look for them on

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FBI agents created “war crimes file” documenting US torture

22-05-2008 11:13

FBI agents who witnessed the torture of detainees at the US prison camp in Guantánamo Bay, Cuba created what they called a “war crimes” file documenting what they had seen, according to a report released Tuesday by the Justice Department’s Office of the Inspector General (OIG).

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Tactical voting in Crewe & Nantwich today

22-05-2008 09:43

The BNP may not be standing, but nationally the greens are definetley part of the cure for fascism. This is not a an advocation of party politics or the current heirarchical political system or even the green party, voting can be part of changing things, on its on yes if it did "they" would try to ban it & BNP would unless we do something. Robert Smith is standing for greens in crewe today.

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Mass death of bees in Germany: Pesticide approvals suspended

22-05-2008 07:50

The cause of mass bee deaths has been established: pesticide products from chemical companies Bayer and Syngenta. They have been removed from sale in Germany. We should now pressure Bayer and regulators to remove them from sale elsewhere...

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Sussex Students Union supports Smash EDO activists denied legal aid

22-05-2008 07:45

University of Sussex Student Union has backed the five Sussex students that have been denied legal aid by Brighton magistrates court. The five, part of a group of seven on trial, were denied legal aid on the basis that as students they are "intelligent enough to represent themselves".

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HFE safe science or GM, eugenics, cloning& chimera bill?

22-05-2008 07:00

pluripotent stem cell research is there & placentas can be used to grow more stem cells for cures combined with natural cures why is there a need for opening the door to growing half human half dog embyros?
What do they want besides spair body parts?. This bill has not gone fully through parliament so write to your MP,regional minister & MEP,+ Brown & Lord Darzi"health minister"+ Lord Drayson "gm corporate boss science minister.
Do we need a clone or a tortured vivisected chimera army?or spair bodies grown for rich people done by politically correct experimenting,sorry"helping" sick children?

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Israel Calls for US Blockade of Iran

22-05-2008 02:21

As predicted: Unfortunately, anything ElBaradei says will be discarded or belittled by the US and Israel.

They may even try the same slimy tactics they used on his predecessor Hans Blix, where they attempted to smear him to discredit what he had to say professionally about Iraq not having WMDS.

Hans Blix was absolutely telling the truth; ElBaradei is doing the same with Iran.

But for the US and Israel, it is a very iinconvenient truth.

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Chief Palestinian Negotiator to Israel: Acknowledge Right of Return

22-05-2008 02:20

"The guideline of our policy has always been the idea that a permanent situation of no peace and a latent war is the best situation for us, and that it must be maintained at all costs. ... we are becoming stronger year by year in a situation of impending conflict where it is possible that actual fighting may break out from time to time. SUch wars will usually be short and the results guaranteed in advance, since the gap between us and the Arabs is increasing. In this way we shall move on from occupation to further occupation. ... this criminally mischievous policy has led us into the crisis we are living through today"
(Yeshayahu Leibowitz, 30 November 1973)

"We have not been seeking peace for twenty-five years -- all declarations to that effect have been no more than coloured statements or deliberate lies. There is of course no assurance that we could have made peace with the Arabs if we had wanted to. However, it has to be heavily emphasized that we have not only made no attempts to seek peace, but have deliberately and with premeditation, sabotaged every possibility of doing so."
(Yeshayahu Leibowitz, 30 November 1973)
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