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20-05-2010 22:43

Ryanair has been banned from charging extra money on credit/debit cards in Germany.

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Soldiers solidarity

20-05-2010 21:33

Anti-war protesters scale the roof of St Margaret's Church, near the Houses of Parliament, to make their point about British troop presence in Afghanistan.

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"War without borders": Obama's "Long War"

20-05-2010 20:39

The Obama administration's objective is to give a humanitarian image to the "long war" and "global war on terror," labels, which were presented to public opinion in the immediate wake of the 2001 9/11 attacks.

In March of last year, the Defense Department's office of security review stated that that "this administration prefers to avoid using the term 'Long War' or 'Global War on Terror'. Please use 'Overseas Contingency Operation.' "

The surge in troop deployment is part of a long war scenario, which is by no means limited to the Middle East and Central Asia. While the US and NATO are directly threatening Russia, China and Iran, the Obama doctrine tacitly denies the very existence of a war. What is increasingly presented to public opinion is a Worldwide counter-terrorism crusade against Al Qaeda.

A change of words and labels does not modify the nature of America's global military design. What were dealing with is an intractable war, which in a very real sense threatens the future of humanity.

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Action Snaps: Ffos-y-Fran Coal Train Blockade

20-05-2010 20:39

We were in court again today with supporters from Bristol and Merthyr. The date for a plea hearing was set for 8th July, again in Merthyr.

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Noisy Demo Hits Willmott Dixon in Colehill

20-05-2010 20:04

We today held a demo at Willmott Dixon's office at Coleshill, nr Birmingham, who are dealing with the main construction contract for the new animal testing facility at the University of Leicester.

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More Leicester Lab Demos.

20-05-2010 20:01

Activists today spontaneously visited the University of Leicester to oppose their new animal testing laboratory.

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The Coming Greenhouse World

20-05-2010 19:31

We are drilling, mining, and burning our way to a horrible climate shift. Can Gaia save us? Dr. Melanie Lenart, U of Arizona on her book "Life in the Hothouse." Plus clips from "What Awaits Us In the Greenhouse World" by Prof George Kennedy, & review of book "The Cretaceous World"

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Thailand's Class War

20-05-2010 19:15

Some of this info has been taken from wikipedia.

State violence has been met by violence from the Red Shirts, who targetted the stock exchange, shopping malls, banks and media outlets in Bangkok seen as sympathetic to the government. The Bangkok Post and Channel 3 television were both evacuated. Outside Channel-3, cars parked outside the building were set on fire and protesters then entered the Channel 3 building and set it on fire. In total, 30 buildings were gutted with fire, as a curfew was laid down and extended to 21 provinces across the north and north east of the country overnight. The curfew has been extended by 3 days.

Will this mean the rural working class will finally get listened to? Probably not just right now but this just the start. Former PM Thaksin Shinawatra is right to say that the government clampdown will see the start of a guerrilla war. Investors/companies are already moving out of Bangkok. The Red Shirts may have lost the battle, but the may just win the war in view of the potential that exists in view of their sheer numbers, despite a heavy state clampdown. Time for the rich elite to cede some of their power, otherwise even more significant chunks of the middle class will turn against them as well and join in their complete annihilation.

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Call Out against EDL Fascists May 22

20-05-2010 19:15

Call out for all ANTIFASCISTS against the EDL, this saturday, in Parliment Square.

The Neo Nazis are planning to march through the centre of London, for their "London Patriotic March" this saturday 22 may!

The EDL (English Defense League) and "Casuals United" as well as members of the BNP are planning on marching to Whitehall to hand in a letter, they are planning on marching through Parliment Square.

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Wrexham outside picnic

20-05-2010 18:42


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democracy village direct action again

20-05-2010 18:22

two activists from the parliament square 'democracy village' climbed westminster abbey this afternoon

another day, another banner drop!


at around 4pm this afternoon, two democracy village activists accessed the roof of westminster abbey for another 'trrops out' banner drop.

this is another in a series of actions launched from the camp, and campaigning against the continued unwinnable and indefensible "war" in afghanistan.


pic courtesy of 'peaceful warrior' from the camp

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Canadian anarchists torch bank

20-05-2010 17:47

ANARCHISTS claimed responsibility yesterday for a firebomb attack on a Royal Bank of Canada branch in the nation's capital and warned of more chaos at G8 and G20 summits in Toronto next month, reports AFP.

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Palestine Today 05 20 2010

20-05-2010 15:18

Welcome to Palestine Today, a service of the International Middle East Media Center, for Thursday, May 20, 2010.

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Videos of Paris No Borders action published

20-05-2010 14:13

No Borders and Calais Migrant Solidarity activists gathered in Paris for a day of action for Freedom of Movement around the Gare du Nord.

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Giant Elephant attacks Manchester Council meeting

20-05-2010 14:02

Audio Outside Manchester Town Hall
…...well sort of. New councillors were reminded yesterday that Manchester Airport is still the 'elephant in the room' when it comes to the local Climate Change Action Plan – since the Council have refused to include the flight emissions from the Airport in their carbon reduction targets. The 9ft inflatable elephant highlighted that the Council's much-lauded plans are totally undermined by the omission of the Airport– especially considering that Manchester City Council own 55% of Manchester Airports Group.

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Indymedia turns 10! We celebrate

20-05-2010 12:54

Much has happened since the gas clouds in Seattle cleared, but we're still up and running. Our mission brief is clear as ever, and it includes having a grand party to celebrate 10 years of reporting resistance!

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Stop Islamophobia: Defend the Muslim Community

20-05-2010 10:22

Stop The War Coalition are organising a major one-day conference 'Stop Islamophobia: Defend the Muslim Community' in London on Saturday June 5th. People will be going from Bristol.

If you are interested in going email as soon as possible or phone 07766 432413.

Alternatively tickets (£5) can be purchased at or call 020 7801 2768.

Stop Islamophobia: Defend the Muslim Community
One Day Conflerence Saturday 5 June 10am to 5pm
Camden Centre London WC1H 9JE

Speakers include:
Daud Abdullah Muslim Council of Britain  • Mohammed Ali Islam Channel  • Anas Al-Tikriti British Muslim Initiative  • Moazzam Begg former Guantanamo Bay prisoner  • Lindsey German convenor Stop the War Coalition  • Muhammad Habibur-Rahman vice-president Islamic Forum of Europe  • Kate Hudson CND  • Imran Khan solicitor  • Dr Robert Lambert former head of Scotland Yard’s Muslim Contact Unit  • Seumas Milne journalist  • Peter Oborne journalist  • Salma Yaqoob Respect Party

Muslims are under attack in this country as never before. Government policies and the media have created an atmosphere in which all Muslims are portrayed as reactionary and anti-western.

Young Muslims in particular are subject to surveillance in colleges, schools and mosques in the name of combating "extremism". Those who exercise their right to demonstrate peacefully have been subject to arrest and heavy sentencing.

Meanwhile, the racist "defence leagues" have been focussing their attacks on Muslim communities, with provocative marches in towns and cities inciting racial hatred and bigotry.
From its founding in 2001, Stop the War has been committed to combating racism. We recognise that Islamophobia is a direct consequence of the "war on terror". We believe it is vital that the anti-war movement acts in conjunction with other campaigns and organisations to stem its tide.

The Stop Islamophobia: Defend the Muslim Community conference on Saturday 5 June, organised by Stop the War and the British Muslim Initiative, will bring together a wide range of opinion united in concern over the escalating demonisation of Muslims in our society.
Organised by Stop the War Coalition and British Muslim Initiative

Supported by CND, Cordoba Foundation, Federation of Student Islamic Societies, Islam Channel, Islamic Forum of Europe, Islamophobia Watch, London Muslim Centre, Muslim Welfare House, National Union of Journalists, North London Central Mosque, Palestine Solidarity Campaign, Unite

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US sabotages ‘unique opportunity’ for peaceful resolution with Iran

20-05-2010 10:17

Less than 24 hours after the nuclear fuel swap plan – which was hailed as a positive development by diverse opinion, including UN chief Ban Ki-moon, China’s foreign minister Yang Jiechi and even French president Nicolas Sarkozy – the Obama administration moved swiftly to sabotage the deal.

This US stonewalling of any avenue for dialogue with Iran has disturbing echoes of Washington’s deliberate sabotaging of diplomatic overtures for a peaceful resolution prior to its invasions of Afghanistan and Iraq. It also exposes Obama’s vow of a new beginning in US foreign policy to be cynical lie, trotted out in front of his nation and the world with hand on heart.

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ISM Palestine: Join the Global Intifada this summer!

20-05-2010 09:36

The International Solidarity Movement need people to come to Palestine this summer!
Or join the Global Intifada from where you are.
Please circulate widely.

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The "War on Terrorism" for oil: Folly of the imperial oil adventure

20-05-2010 09:35

The Obama administration and members of Congress, such as Senator Dianne Feinstein, are, in typical post-9/11 fashion, complaining about “intelligence failures” and vowing yet more aggressive domestic security. The “certain” ties to Pakistan, Waziristan, Iran, etc. will be used as fodder towards the next military attack.

The signs are unavoidable and clear: the Anglo-American empire has run out of time, and oil, and humanity itself has paid the steepest cost. From war and chaos, catastrophic financial meltdowns, or the mega-disaster in the Gulf of Mexico that could ultimately render all else moot, events are well beyond the empire’s ability to control or hide any of it.
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