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Salvation Army Colludes With Cargill, World's Biggest Slaughterhouse Operator

10-11-2011 20:15

Christian food banks distributing toxic food

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Glasgow Anarchist Fair Sat Dec 10th 11am-11pm

10-11-2011 19:57

Saturday 10th December 2011
11am – 11pm
Kinning Park Complex
43 Cornwall Street
G41 1BA
Next to Kinning Park Underground Station

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Undercover Cop Faces at N9

10-11-2011 18:34

This footage proves secret police ARE dressing in black-bloc gear and hoodies etc to attack and arrest protestors. Print-put spotter sheets with their faces on and if you see them at future demos keep shouting out to everyone who they are, follow them like a hawk, and film their every move.

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Arthur Hewlett Peace Award 2011

10-11-2011 15:56

Wrexham Peace & Justice Forum, which has been actively working for peace and justice in and around Wrexham (and beyond) since 2003 has been chosen to receive the third annual Arthur Hewlett Peace Award. The award is made by the Movement for the Abolition of War and funded by a legacy left by the late Arthur Hewlett, founder member of the Quaker Peace Studies Trust.

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SWP Internal Bulletin - How the party thinks about recruitment...

10-11-2011 15:35

Leaked from an internal members-only SWP 92 page post-conference bulletin published in January.

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Papademos: the first of the Banktators

10-11-2011 15:34

The imposition of unelected technocrats in Italy and Greece is just the sharp edge of a general slide away from democratic values in Europe. That fact that this is coinciding with an economic crisis highlights the incompatibility of neo-liberal capitalism and democracy itself. In this contradiction lies both the cause and solution to the crisis.

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N9 new police tactics: Undercover cops active and aggressive

10-11-2011 15:30

We saw a change in police tactics for the Nov 9 student demo in central London. Apart from the tightly regulated route of the march (each sidestreet was blocked by a small army of well defended barriers) police had introduced a new and potentially dangerous element into the policing of the demonstration – the extensive and transparent use of undercover police.

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Bristol Indymedia Benefit gig! Smokey Bastard, Surfin Turnips + more! [1]

10-11-2011 14:55

Come and join us for some flat out, knees up, rockin action - all for a wicked cause - Bristol Indymedia Collective need funds to support server costs for their independent media site!
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Sat 12th Nov, £4/donations, 8pm-2am late licence, The Red Lion, Whitehall Rd, St George

Come and join us for some flat out, knees up, rockin action - all for a wicked cause - Bristol Indymedia Collective need funds to support server costs for their independent media site!

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Callout for a Solidarity Action – International Day to Defend the Egyptian Revol

10-11-2011 12:51

Saturday 12/11/11, 3pm St Paul’s
Occupy London is calling for ‘A tour of shame’ on the 12th of November, starting at St Pauls at 3pm, as it is the International Day to defend the Egyptian Revolution. We will be touring central London, visiting 3 of the 6 Arms Dealers who accompanied Cameron to Cairo in February, in order to strike an arms deal with the Egyptian Army.

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Norwegian police formally investigating EDL financier for terrorism links

10-11-2011 11:15

English Defence League financier Alan Lake is now being formally investigated by the Norwegian police, who are expanding their ongoing investigation of the terrorist Anders Breivik. A number of disturbing facts about Lake’s own attitudes and involvement with the EDL have also come to light.

This article is published in conjunction with Pickled Politics ( and EDL News (

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NYC's Rev Billy of the Church of Stop Shopping Rocks Occupy London SX

10-11-2011 10:35

Rev Billy said he "loves to preach" and preach he did at Occupy London
Check this youtube (7 mins) out from Tuesday night......
Rev Billy Rock Occupy London SX

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Prevent nuclear waste at its origin: uranium mining

10-11-2011 05:46

Prevent nuclear waste at its origin: uranium mining
Invitation to an international uranium conference 4 Feb 12

On 11 March 2011 Fukushima became the new symbol of the uncontrollability of nuclear installations. In Germany powerful protests have achieved the closure of several nuclear power stations, in some countries nuclear programmes are being cut back, but in several others nuclear energy production is still being expanded. And in Niger, Congo, Namibia, Canada, Australia, Kazakhstan and elsewhere uranium continues to be mined unscrupulously and almost unnoticed.
It starts with uranium!

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Plane Justice - Banned In America

10-11-2011 04:08

Why don't you hear about the extra cancer deaths, & global warming impacts from airports? Because UK activists are prevented from speaking in the U.S. Hear British aviation activist John Stewart (campaigner of the year) & Dan Glass from Plus Debi Wagner from Seattle. She fought off SeaTac (2nd largest global warming polluter in Washington State), tells about horrible health impacts, & the battle to halt airport expansion (Chicago, NYC, and more).

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a few pics and words on november 9 student protest

10-11-2011 02:55

police set up an uber-kettle for the students in london today, about 4 miles long and one street wide, allowing them to walk from one end of it to the other.

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as i arrived a bit late, and was trying to scope out the later route before finally finding a vantage point to get some pics of the march, i'll leave it to others who were more involved to make more detailed reports, but above are a few pics and below some observations.

as the marchers flowed under the bridge i'd occupied, i saw lines of riot police and horses at the front of the march, another dozen police horses alongside the samba band, and a lot of riot police walking alongside the small balc bloc contingent. other riot cops with shields ran past, lining up in front of glass-fronted buildings that hadn't been boarded up, although a lot of the route had been defended beforehand.

my impression of the day is that police basically kettled the march for its entire route, with absolute cordons at every road junction and side exit. my own attempts to get on to the route well ahead of the march in the st paul's area came up against the met's new slogan "total policing", as i was told at numerous cordons that if i wanted to join the march i'd have to do so at the back. i spoke to others who reported that they weren't allowed onto the march route as they "weren't carrying banners".

meanwhile, from those on the march i heard reports that there was no exit along the entire route, even for those wishing to leave.

the only significant breakaway seemed to have been at trafalgar square, but the short occupation and a couple of dozen tents were quickly removed with a number of arrests.

once at moorgate, the police appeared to split the marchers into groups, allowing some to continue north up moorgate, while around a thousand were cordoned separately for a while at the south end by london wall.

there too, the anti-camping clampdown was in force, with a small placard-bonfire quickly extinguished and removed by police.

many of the students themselves seemed to disappear quickly into the night, with a few visitng the finsbury square occupation, which although not receiving the press attention of st paul's is still going strong after a couple of weeks.

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Cheese for nought! at the Occupation

10-11-2011 00:55


Wednesday 9th November 2011

The Nottingham Radical History Group (People's Histreh) held a talk and discussion session on Nottingham’s 1766 Great Cheese Riot.

Meeting at 6.30pm in the Market Square at the Occupy Nottingham Camp after their General Assembly meeting. We were given a talk about some of the civil disturbances that had happened in the 18th century, here in Nottingham. [Hear the soundfile .... at the bottom of this posting]



From the research:

‘[In October 1766] Goose Fair was the occasion of a ‘great cheese riot’ [...]. Stalls were attacked and ransacked, and cheeses distributed to the crowd. Being barrel-shaped they could easily be rolled, and soon they were being propelled down Wheeler Gate and Peck Lane. The mayor, trying desperately to intervene, stood in the middle of Peck Lane, only to be knocked over by an accelerating cheese.’

This tale of the Great Cheese Riot has been (re-)told in many accounts of Nottingham’s history and caught my attention primarily as it conjures up entertaining images of current local politicians involved in such a classic slapstick scene. 

Furthermore, members of the People’s Histreh group  have on various occasions carried around a loaf of bread on a stick, thereby reviving what by the turn of the nineteenth century had become a well-established signal to start a Food Riot. Obviously we could not keep up this habit without examining Nottingham’s most famous Food Riot, although it quickly became apparent that no loaves on sticks were reported to have been carried aloft during any of the riots examined in this pamphlet. 

When research began into the wider story behind the tale, there was no specific interest in the subject other than the intention to find further information. After the initial examination of a number of issues of The Leicester and Nottingham Journal (hereafter  Journal) from 1766, two theses were sketched: firstly, it appeared that the riot in Nottingham was just one event in a series of Food Riots in September and October 1766, and secondly that these events were not only less jolly but also more complex than the standard references to the Great Cheese Riot imply, which usually depict the riot as an anti-social version of the popular sport of Cheese-Rolling


Cheese Riots Pamphlet


A4 poster advertising the event (pdf)


People's Histreh : Nottingham & Notts Radical History Group


Contact email: peopleshistreh [at]


previous reports:

2010 Nottingham Histreh Walk 'To the Castle!' Reform Riots


2010 Nottingham Histreh Walk 'To the Castle!' Slideshow


2010 Nottingham Nttm Histreh Walk 'To the Castle!' Collected Audio




Photographer - Media: One Eye on the Road. Nottingham.  UK



Member of the National Union of Journalists [NUJ]


"It is not enough to curse the darkness.

                                   It is also necessary to light a lamp!!"




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anti-shell protest at awards tonite, report, pics

10-11-2011 00:55

tomorrow marks the sixteenth anniversary of the killing of ken saro-wiwa and eight other activists in nigeria. today, shell, complicit in their execution, was polishing its image by sponsoring an awards event for young entrepeneurs at the centrepoint building in central london. rising tide organised a reminder of shell's bloody history outside the event, involving grim reapers, sombre drums, and hundreds of leaflets.

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after meeting and dressing just round the corner, a dozen or so activists arrived outside the centrepoint building, creating quite a stir with a morbid beat from two huge surdo drums, several ghostly shell logo skull-faced grim reapers, and an excellent banner using the shell and livewire logos and the slogans "shell livewire - supporting bright young business, shell deathrope - hanging outspoken young nigerians".

centrepoint security at first overstepped the mark, pushing people and trying to snatch the banner, but they retreated indoors and closed off the entrance when they realised they were being filmed, allowing the protest to continue right outside.

hundreds of leaflets were handed out to interested passers-by, and police, who arrived after around 40 minutes, waited for instruction up the command chain before deciding to leave the protest alone.

after about 90 minutes, with leaflets running out, and the young entrepeneurs apparently led out of the building via an underground car park, it was off to the pub for a well-deserved drink for the activists.

it was on the 10th november in 1995 that the nigerian government hanged ken saro-wiwa and eight other young activists who were campaigners against the devastation caused by shell and other oil exploiters in their homelands. shell was later shown to have been complicit in the murders. to this day, shell still attacks communities (like rossport in northern ireland, as well as continuing abuses in the niger delta) and destroys the planet through oil extraction, and to offset their destructive image they put tiny amounts of their profits into high profile sponsorship events like 'livewire', a youth business enterprise.

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Brainwashed for final ethnic cleansing

10-11-2011 00:20

Zionism has remained constant in its determination to take for keeping the maximum amount of Arab land (and water) with the minimum number of Arabs on it. Arguably from 1897 and definitely from 1967, Zionism’s strategy has been to break the will of the Palestinians to remain steadfast and continue their struggle for an acceptable amount of justice and force them to accept crumbs from Zionism’s table.

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Police use fear of kettling to dilute student demo

09-11-2011 22:55

Police used the fear of being kettled to good effect today as hundreds left march at end rally after brief moments of containment.

Earlier, police repeatedly held up the march frustrating demonstrators with many leaving or taking alternative routes.

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Barry Horne - 10 Years On...

09-11-2011 20:36

A brief insight into the Animal Rights activist who sadly passed away 10 years ago. (I was supposed to post this up on the anniversary but had trouble :( )
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