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Bristol to Benghazi - Part 2

03-06-2011 22:55


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UK Screenings of 'The Pipe'

03-06-2011 19:57

Film about Rossport to be screened in UK over next few days.

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Sat: Boycott-protest 2nd Cricket Test between Sri Lanka and England at Lords

03-06-2011 19:25

BOYCOTT PROTEST against the Sri Lankan government outside 2nd Cricket Test between Sri Lanka & England AT LORDS Cricket Ground Saturday 4th June - 10am!

Demonstrators are to meet outside the Cricket Ground at St John's Wood, London NW8 8QN at 10.00 am on the 4th June. The nearest tube station is a few minutes away at St. Johns Wood (Jubilee Line). BRING YOUR PLACARDS AND BANNERS!

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International week of action against the banks

03-06-2011 18:56

llamada semana d'accion contra la banca

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Facebook hides Yorks Naked Bike Ride page

03-06-2011 17:55

Facebook doesn't like naked cyclists and has hidden the World Naked Bike Ride due to happen in York on the 4th of June.  Facebook have a habit of removing political content and the Naked (or clothes-optional) bike ride is no exception.

On Saturday 4th June 2011, the SIXTH World Naked Bike Ride will take place in YORK. Start time is 5pm, gathering from 4 onwards just south of Millennium Bridge.  They have had the event page deleted on Facebook. 

It is sad when nudity is unacceptable in society yet newspapers can have page 3 girls, magazines can talk about dieting and fat celebrities with disgust and music videos have become soft-core erotica.  Our society has issue with the human body and seeing 'normal' people with no clothes has become unacceptable.  Body image being solely connected with erotica and advertising is a expected and has been used since the 1920.

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BarnCamp: Tech activism gathering next weekend.

03-06-2011 16:23

Brought to you by HacktionLab, BarnCamp 2011 will be three days of workshops on topics ranging from renewable energy to foraging for food to citizen journalism to using free software for activism, up to four nights of camping, open space sessions, evening entertainment, great food on a beautiful farm co-op high in the Wye Valley.

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This Week in Palestine week 22 2011

03-06-2011 16:17

This Week in Palestine week 22 2011

Welcome to this Week in Palestine, a service of the International Middle East Media Center,, for May 22 through June 3rd , 2011

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The Tasks Facing the Spanish 'Angry Ones'

03-06-2011 15:39

Night falls on the Madrid occupation
Nearly three weeks after thousands of mostly youthful protesters first occupied Madrid's Puerta del Sol square, the M-15 Movement of 'indignados' is starting to show signs that it is running out of steam. Unless it draws in wider layers of the working class, this is precisely what will happen.

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Mindanao, Philippines: Community wants GPH-NDF to leave them in peace

03-06-2011 14:55

LANTAD, Balingasag, Misamis Oriental (MindaNews/25 May) – The people in what used to be a “liberated” zone of the communist New People’s Army (NPA) has approved today the “Lantad Manifesto” asking both the Government of the Philippines (GPH) and the umbrella organization of the armed communists, the National Democratic Front (NDF), to respect their right to self-determination and peace.

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Review of 'Twelve' by Sanford Theatre Collective

03-06-2011 13:55

Review of the performance of "Twelve", as adapted from "Twelve Angry Men" by Reginald Rose, and performed by Sanford Collective, which was announced here:

Hearing that 51% of the British population seems to be in favour of reintroducing the death penalty, and in the current environment of political unrest, the theatre group Sanford Collective decides it is time for a classic court room drama. Based in Sanford Housing Cooperative, in Sanford Walk, New Cross, this is a self-funded, all-volunteers theatre group where the director and the producer are also part of the cast.

The original play is based in 1950s United States of America. This current adaptation is placed in The Royal Court of Justice, London, in the near future. The death penalty has been re-introduced, via the traditional British method of hanging on the gallows.

Twelve court jurors of diverse backgrounds have been called to try the case of a 16 year old boy, accused of murdering his father.

A self-conscious, small petty man as the foreman; a quiet, meek woman as juror number 2; a forceful, intolerant bully and estranged father as juror number 3; a practised speaker and arch rationalist as juror number 4; an estate-raised nurse as juror number 5; a "not used to doing the supposing" house-painter as juror number 6; an anti-foreigner hooligan with a thick Spanish accent as juror number 7; a natural leader as juror number 8; a frail old woman as juror number 9; a racist, angry and bitter woman as juror number 10; a watch-maker with an even thicker Spanish accent as juror number 11; and an advertising agent as juror number 12. All must weigh up the evidence and witness statements to ultimately decide, not upon the guilt or innocence of the young man on trial, but upon their own abilities to condemn.

Although it looks like a clear cut case and there is only one ("great, there is always one") juror who disagrees with the rest, deliberations slowly cast doubt over the case, much to the dismay of the hooligan, in a hurry for a football game, the racist bigot who fears how "they are multiplying" and the father of a big lad who "hit me in the face".

The atmosphere in the jury room is oppressively hot ("Wonderful, the fan doesn't work"; "Excuse me, don't you sweat?"). Although the première was going to be in the open air, and the rain preventing this might have been seen as a set-back, actually the alternative stage, the newly installed cabin, provided the perfect claustrophobic enclosure that Rose wanted to convey originally, as surely the stage in the Fox & Firkin will provide for the last two final performances.

The play has various hilarious moments ("He don't even speak good English!") and more numerous tense situations ("Now sit down and don't open your filthy mouth again"), building up to the brilliantly delivered, climatic final monologue.

Next performances will be:

Fri 3rd June 7.30pm Fox & Firkin 316 Lewisham High Street, London, SE13 6JZ
Fri 10th June 7.30pm Fox & Firkin 316 Lewisham High Street, London, SE13 6JZ


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Chronicle of Protest Screening in Birmingham

03-06-2011 10:53

Friday 03 June | 7.30pm | Birmingham Library Theatre

The screening will be introduced by director Michael Chanan and followed by discussion.

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More arrests at Strathclyde Uni protest

03-06-2011 09:55


Protesters gather outside Stewart Street police station

GDC statement on arrests of student at Strathclyde University protests

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Government spokesman Yiorgos Petalotis was attacked

02-06-2011 21:36

Protests in greece

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Private Intelligence Networks Controlling our Schools

02-06-2011 20:27

Private Intelligence Networks Controlling our Schools: Below are three examples of direct influence or control which private intelligence has in our schools.

1) EIM Group
2) Hakluyt
3) Aecom

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'The Floodgates of Anarchy' and the fan of a government that boils people to death

02-06-2011 19:36

Anarchist Stuart Christie and his peculiar literary bedfellow, the neo-conservative Steve Schwartz.

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Banks smashed in Bristol

02-06-2011 14:13

Action against banks claimed in Solidarity with Stokes Croft rebels.

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GM Potato Decontamination in Belgium

02-06-2011 12:19

On Sunday 30th May, 2011 over 250 people gathered and successfully decontaminated a GM potato field in Wetteren, Belgium. Despite heavy-handed policing, demonstrators from all over Europe joined with locals and representatives of the farming community. As well as decontaminating the GM tatties, there was even a debating area and fresh veg stalls!

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Demo in support of Syrian protestors - Old Steine War Memorial in Brighton

02-06-2011 09:45

Old Steine War Memorial between 4-6pm on Friday June 3

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Saleem Shahzad: your birth is mistake

02-06-2011 09:32

American journalists Chuck Palahniuk said “Your birth is a mistake you'll spend your whole life trying to correct.” It just came to my mind when I was going trough the news of a Pakistani investigative journalist Syed Saleem Shahzad.

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Forget shorter showers -- Why personal change does not equal political change!

01-06-2011 21:07

Would any sane person think dumpster diving would have stopped Hitler, or that composting would have ended slavery or brought about the eight-hour workday, or that chopping wood and carrying water would have gotten people out of Tsarist prisons, or that dancing naked around a fire would have helped put in place the Voting Rights Act of 1957 or the Civil Rights Act of 1964? Then why now, with all the world at stake, do so many people retreat into these entirely personal “solutions”?
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