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The BBC’S Jeremy Paxman on Iraq - “We were hoodwinked”

06-11-2009 20:15

In an interview last week, Jeremy Paxman - leading interviewer on BBC 2’s flagship Newsnight programme - claimed that he had been “hoodwinked” by US government propaganda prior to the invasion of Iraq in 2003. Paxman commented:

"As far as I personally was concerned, there came a point with the presentation of the so-called evidence, with the moment when Colin Powell sat down at the UN General Assembly and unveiled what he said was cast-iron evidence of things like mobile, biological weapon facilities and the like...

"When I saw all of that, I thought, well, 'We know that Colin Powell is an intelligent, thoughtful man, and a sceptical man. If he believes all this to be the case, then, you know, he's seen the evidence; I haven't.’

"Now that evidence turned out to be absolutely meaningless, but we only discover that after the event. So, you know, I’m perfectly open to the accusation that we were hoodwinked. Yes, clearly we were."
(Paxman, ‘Is World Journalism in Crisis?‘, Coventry University online interview, October 28, 2009. The entire interview is available here: )

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National Resistance Against the Coup d’Etat Announces Boycott of November 29 Hon

06-11-2009 18:42

"As of midnight last night, the National Resistance Front against the Coup d’Etat will begin its process of delegitimizing the electoral process. In a statement issued by President Zelaya, from the Brazilian Embassy in Tegucigalpa where he has taken refuge the past 46 days and nights, he said that the coup regime was plotting “a giant political-electoral fraud” through “constant violations of human rights, the cancellation of public liberties, the shutdown and confiscation of media like Channel 36 and Radio Globo, and the situation of having the President who was elected by the people surrounded by military soldiers in the diplomatic seat and the overall political persecution.” Zelaya added:

“We announce our total non-recognition of this electoral process and its results. Due to the above mentioned violations, elections under a dictatorship are a fraud to the people.”
The de facto government on the other hand, went about interpreting the Tegucigalpa/San Jose Accord as it pleased, supposedly naming its reconciliatory government while maintaining coup “president” Roberto Micheletti in power. The US will now have to answer to the international community – including the Organization of American States (OAS) – as the only government that says it might recognize the Nov 29 elections in Honduras."

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Letter from the Abejas to supporters abroad

06-11-2009 18:04

All Souls altar in front of Mexican Embassy
In this letter the 'Abejas' send their greetings and gratitude from Chiapas, Mexico for the solidarity events happening around the world this year on All Souls Day. They also share news about search operatives in the communities and report that military/police checkpoints are back in the highlands. Also disturbing is the on-going release of paramilitaries convicted for the 1997 massacre. The abridged English version of the Abejas' letter appears first, followed by the full text in English and Spanish.

For report on the Day of the Dead altar honouring the Acteal Martyrs see

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Day of the Dead Altar Honours Acteal Martyrs

06-11-2009 17:34

La Catrina
On Monday 2 November, friends of the Chiapas-based group 'Las Abejas' constructed a Day of the Dead altar in front of the Mexican embassy in London. The altar commemorated the 45 Acteal Martyrs killed by paramlitaries 22 December 1997 and stood witness to the continuing injustice commited by the State.

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Dogs 4 Us Demo Cancelled

06-11-2009 17:27

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This Week in Palestine -Week 45 2009

06-11-2009 17:19


Welcome to This Week in Palestine, a service of the International Middle East Media Center,, for October 31st to November 6th, 2009

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Next month in Bruxelles: Stop another 5 year program of death and detention!

06-11-2009 16:55

30th of November and 1st of December 2009 in Brussels - Transnational Protests in front of the EU - Justice and Home Affairs - Meeting

29.Oct.09 - Refugee Protection and Migrants Rights instead of a brutal EU-Border-regime! No to the repressive Stockholm program! After Tampere and The Hague, the Stockholm program will constitute the next 5-year-framework for Justice and Home Affairs (JHA) within the EU and its memberstates. The new program claims to build up the 'area of freedom, justice and security'. But in fact it will continue to implement an even tighter regime of surveillance and control and will promote a securitisation of social life, undermining all civil rights and privacy despite contrary claims.

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Dissident Island Radio - Live show tonight

06-11-2009 16:17

Housman's 50th birthday // Anarchists Against the Wall // Didcott action report // Anarchist Bookfair digest // Invert Your Gender // Freddy the Frog

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Stand up and be Counted

06-11-2009 14:25

Lance Corporal Joe Glenton is facing a court martial for desertion. Earlier this year he refused to return to Afghanistan where he had served in the Royal Logistics Corps, on the grounds that the army was “bringing death and devastation” to the country. MULE spoke to Clare Glenton about her husband’s motivation and future plans.

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Responsible Travel pulls out of carbon offsetting!

06-11-2009 14:10

On BBC Radio 4 You and Yours today, Responsible Travel said they had pulled out of carbon offsetting because it does not work!

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Supporting Postal Strikes

06-11-2009 14:04

Demonstrations outside agencies that were hiring scab workers to break the postal workers strikes.

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Military machine imploding

06-11-2009 14:00

WESTERN imperialism in central Asia looks closer to imploding today after two extremely serious incidents over the last few days.

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#COP15 Climate Treaty set to Fail: Time for Action

06-11-2009 11:51

Barcelona sessions suspended after African walk out
The grim (but not unexpected) admission that the COP15 UN Climate summit next month will not secure a new treaty on climate change has finally been made (see links below).

Those watching the developments over the last month will not be surprised. Each day seemed to bring another statement pushing the hope of a deal back further and further.

Over the last week at the Barcelona pre-COP15 talks, there have been crisis meetings to discuss fall-back positions. The African bloc walked out with the support of the G77 group of 130 countries, with further support from other countries and NGOs whilst campaigners demonstrated in the streets and blocked entrances (see

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Carmel Agrexco blockaded again

06-11-2009 10:05

On Friday, 6th November, pro-Palestinian activists carried out a blockade at Carmel Agrexco’s depot in Hayes, Middlesex. The activists D-locked themselves to cages constructed with temporary fencing and positioned themselves to block the two access roads to the depot.

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Mass lobby on 'no recourse' rule

06-11-2009 09:56

Cambridge activists in the houses of parliament
Members of Cambridge City Amnesty International descended on Parliament on Wednesday 4th November to lobby their MPs for increased protection for all women facing violence in the UK.

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How Can We Make Copenhagen Work? - Discussion 12th November

06-11-2009 09:33

Meeting flyer
Join us and be part of a panel discussion with leading figures from the organisations behind the forthcoming demonstrations in London on 5th December

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Letter from Artur Konowalik-Prisoner in Poland

05-11-2009 23:31

"As long as there is a division between prisoners and the “normal people”, I will rebel against it"

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Alleged ELF Anarchist Arrested in Mexico

05-11-2009 23:24

Picture from Liberación Total
ELP has learnt of an arrest in Mexico where a 16 year old is accused of ELF activity. Below is a report about his arrest. If anyone knows the 16 year old and have contact details for him please contact ELP.

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New Animal Liberation Prisoner (Europe)

05-11-2009 23:18

Unfortunately, it has been reported last week that a woman was caught during a mink liberation in south Holland, near the German border. It is also alleged that 5000 mink had been released from the fur farm and some damage caused. She has been remanded, only the address is known at the moment.
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