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Edinburgh University Occupied

16-09-2011 19:56

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:

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Spidery Spirals of Paranoia

16-09-2011 18:46

What is the real sense in all this business, how can we avoid becoming senselessly intellectual?

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The scum behind redwatch exposed

16-09-2011 16:45

Gary Tumulty from Manchester poses as "Rebecca Johnson" on facebook in order to retrieve details of 'left leaning' activists, trade unionists and anti-racists. He then posts the info on the neo nazi website Redwatch. Tumulty's partner is Kay Pollitt who lives at the same address as Tumulty at 92 Gerald road, Salford, Manchester M6 6DF. Pic of Pollitt here

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DSEi 2011 - Life Neutral Solutions

16-09-2011 13:55

You’ve heard of the importance of being carbon neutral? Well, being Life Neutral is the same - but with people. For every* life lost as a result of the use of products from our member organisations, we make sure that a new life flourishes.

Join today and your next child could be a Life Neutral™ child. Read more...

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...


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.

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Peace Day Event in Wrexham, Wed 21 September. Free for All.

16-09-2011 12:58

A free event for International Day of Peace on Wednesday 21 September. There'll be live music all day, peace readings from faith and secular perspectives, a peace picnic, a free give and take stall, performance poetry, interactive art and bridge-building craft. Wrexham Library is hosting an exhibition 'Nonviolence Works' all week and there'll be an after-show party Wednesday night at the Horse & Jockey pub. Organised by local band Heal the Last Stand, Wrexham Peace & Justice Forum, Wrexham Diocese Faith, Peace & Justice Network and many friends.

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Nick Clegg now attacking democracy itself!

16-09-2011 12:10

Nick 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...

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Offsetting Human Lives - towards an 'ethical' Arms Trade?

16-09-2011 10:31

Audio Subvertised billboard near DSEi

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:

You’ve heard of the importance of being carbon neutral? Well, being Life Neutral is the same - but with people. For every* life lost as a result of the use of products from our member organisations, we make sure that a new life flourishes. Join today and your next child could be a Life Neutral™ child.

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Iain Duncan Smith’s speech to Royal Society of Edinburgh 'hailed' by Black Triangle

16-09-2011 04:19

UK Uncut and Disability Rights Protesters disrupt Iain Duncan Smith's visit to Edinburgh

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Epic Action Day by Squatters,Ken Clarks,Lib Dems nearly squatted,Dale Farm

16-09-2011 00:13

Squatters 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.

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Activism against Tar Sands, for a stable climate

15-09-2011 23:20

Interview w. Tzeporah Berman, of Forest Ethics, now co-director of the Climate & Energy Campaign for Greenpeace. Plus clip from launch of her new book "This Crazy Time". From Earthbeat radio reporter Daphne Wysham, Naomi Klein outside the White House - at Keystone XL Pipeline protest. Klein exposes conspiracy to export Tar Sands oil to Europe, using cloak of American patriotism. Indigenous Environment Network Director Tom Goldtooth & Tar Sands victims in Canada & U.S

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NATO-Rebels` Attack on Tripoli

15-09-2011 22:20

NATO-Rebels Attack - Tripoli
How the NATO-Rebels` Attack on Tripoli really looked like: On-the-ground footage of rebels opening fire on a compound in Abu Salim district in Tripoli, Libya, which the mainstream media refuses to broadcast, instead choosing to portray Libyan rebels and NATO as the purveyors of "freedom" who are "liberating" the people of Libya. ........

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Refugees tortured in Greece

15-09-2011 19:56

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. 


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Protest against Evictions

15-09-2011 18:50

Protest outside Eland House
Protestors challenged the government for taking on new eviction powers, instead of building new homes.

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Ken Clarke targeted in squatting protest

15-09-2011 17:51

Today Ken Clarkes home was targeted by squatters in protest against government plans to criminalise squatting. Squatters and supporters of squatting from across London stood on the porch of Clarkes terraced house unfurling a banner which read "housing is a human right" and served a mock six month eviction notice on him.

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Palestine Today 09 15 2011

15-09-2011 16:29

Welcome to Palestine Today, a service of the International Middle East Media Center,, for Thursday September 15, 2011

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Killing the bad guys

15-09-2011 14:18

War must become a taboo

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Disrupt the arms dealers dinner tonight

15-09-2011 13:15

The delegates at the DSEi arms fair are having their get together this evening

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Brighton uncut activists in dock along with right to protest.

15-09-2011 10:27


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.

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Cardboard City Flash Mob Against Homelessness Thursday 15th September, 5pm

15-09-2011 09:35

Thursday 15th September, Department of Communities and Local Government
5pm Eland House, Bressenden
Place, London, SW1E 5DU.
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