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Since this morning George Square Lecture Theatre on the Edinburgh University campus is under occupation by students in opposition to the fee increase for English, Irish and Welsh students to £9,000 per annum.
Demands have been released by the occupiers and are as followed:
''We demand immediately from Edinburgh University:
16-09-2011 18:46What is the real sense in all this business, how can we avoid becoming senselessly intellectual?
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Every two years DSEi the worlds largest arms fair rolls into town, and every time the media seem to cover it less and less. It's as if the fact that the nastiest people on the planet gathering together under one roof to sell weapons and torture equipment to corrupt regimes is not news worthy. Bahrain was recently exposed as using UK supplied weapons against pro-democracy campaigners, how did our government react to this news? They invited them to DSEi again to buy some more...
Well if that wasn't disgusting enough to tempt the press, what would be?
and so, Life Neutral Solutions was born... www.lifeneutralsolutions.com
Why did we do this?
Every two years the DSEi "defence and security exhibition" (the world's largest arms fair) arrives in the East End of London. With thousands of weapons companies plying their wares to delegates from dozens of reprehensible regimes, some of the nastiest people on the planet are gathered under one roof. Previously companies have been found to be advertising illegal weapons such as cluster bombs, or even torture equipment at the fair, yet our government still host and sponsor the event.
We as a group find this disgusting. As a nation we preach about peace keeping and tolerance, yet regularly sell weapons to countries with abysmal human rights records. Even after it hit the news that UK sold weapons were being used against pro-democracy demonstrators in the Arab Spring uprisings, we still invited the dictators to come and buy more at this year's fair.
Our group started attempting to shame the arms dealers back in 2003, by selling them prosthetic limbs (arms) on the DLR as they travelled to the fair. Alas we realised their moral compass is well and truly broken, and they are beyond shame. Next we tried selling them sex toys, we figured that perhaps all the phallic shaped weapons were trying to compensate for a lack of firepower elsewhere, this tactic didn't stop the fair either.
A few years ago we realised that despite huge public outcry against the fair, the media were not covering it. The ExCeL Centre itself was advertising that it was "closed for refurbishment" on their website whilst hosting THE WORLD'S LARGEST ARMS FAIR. Yet the press were barely picking up on the story. We bought a tank and called a press conference, surely an armed anarchist group attempting to drive into the fair would be news worthy? We did make the papers, but all the stories had headlines like "anti-war protesters fool police" as opposed to "the nastiest bastards in the world are in East London selling weapons to corrupt regimes".
This year, due to once again an utter lack of interest from the media in a weapons fair in the area of London that was most destroyed during the war by weapons, we decided to try and outrage people.
And so Life Neutral Solutions was born, the company based on the carbon neutral model, but offering to replace dead bodies with new babies. Turning a profit and making nice shiny new western babies to make up for collateral damage in our overseas adventures. Surely this is a joke, people cried out, it can't be real. The real joke we thought was that it took something this disgusting, this far into a moral vacuum before ears were pricked up.
Some people say the arms industry is essential for the economy, but we're sure people once said that about the slave trade and many other things that we've thankfully stopped doing in the name of progress. Perhaps one day we'll look back on these times, where our government flies Ministers around the world to sanction weapons deals, as another dark age that we've moved on from.
16-09-2011 12:10Nick Clegg lied about opposing tuition fees, Nick Clegg is collaborating with back-door privatisation of the NHS, and now Nick Clegg is spearheading the biggest covert attack on British democracy since Margaret Thatcher tried to introduce a medieval Poll Tax...
The launch of, Life Neutral Solutions a new company at DSEi 2011, raised some controversy.
Advertised on a billboard near the Excel Centre which hosted the Defence & Security Equipment International, billed as the world's largest Arms Fair, the company wrote on its website:
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16-09-2011 00:13Squatters Housing action Group
Day of Action report Thurs 15th Sept 2011
The day went well with a multiple action magickal mystery tour of Kennington and westminster.
Medical treatment and legal aid is required for the victims of torture(at least three of them are of Kurdish origin; therefore, may very well be prima facie refugees) who are being detained after the raid of the Greek police in Egoumenitsa, Greece on 22 August 2011.
15-09-2011 13:15The delegates at the DSEi arms fair are having their get together this evening
On Tuesday, nine Brighton UK Uncut activists faced their first day in the courts. Eight of them had superglued themselves to a Topshop window last December to protest against tax dodging by Sir Philip Green, the billionaire retail magnate who owns the store along with several other major UK fashion chains within the Arcadia Group. The ninth was arrested before the action took place.
15-09-2011 09:35CARDBOARD CITY FLASH MOB AGAINST HOMELESSNESS
Thursday 15th September, Department of Communities and Local Government
5pm Eland House, Bressenden
Place, London, SW1E 5DU.