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Palestine Today 02 16 2012

16-02-2012 17:43

Welcome to Palestine Today, a service of the International Middle East Media Center,, for Thursday February 16th, 2012

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Unlawful detention, false imprisonment & assault of London anti-fur protesters

16-02-2012 17:28

After arriving for an anti-fur protest yesterday, activists from London Animal Rights were confronted by the MET at their finest. The activists were subjected to unlawful detention, false imprisonment and assault, simply for turning up for a legal, peaceful demonstration against the cruel fur trade.

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Tesco’s Secret Workfare Slaves

16-02-2012 17:05

Furious shoppers are threatening to boycott Tesco after their use of forced labour schemes came to light yesterday.

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Harmondsworth detainees free on bail -court 8/3/12

16-02-2012 16:55

The Harmondswoth detainees have all been freed on bail. The court has been postponed in two weeks time. March 8th.

The Harmondswoth detainees have all been freed on bail. The court has been postponed in two weeks time. Trial will take place on March 8th.

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Hinkley Point Barnstormers - Occupiers aim to stop EDF land trash

16-02-2012 15:10

Credit: D. Viesnik / Stop New Nuclear
"shannonsmy23" writes:

"This film gives an account of the first few days of the occupation of Langborough Farm on the site of one of the proposed 'new wave' of Nuclear Reactors, at Hinkley point in Somerset. The activists took occupancy in the early hours of Sunday the 12th of February and are settling in to their new home and community."

Check out this great vid of the opening days of the occupation:

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guardian journo claims 'reclaim love'

16-02-2012 14:55

in a piece in monday's guardian about the commercialisation of valentine's day, jeannette winterson had a plagiarisation-fest. without crediting sources, or even linking to or publicising this weekend's event, she alluded to the 'occupy your heart' logo, and lifted the whole concept of a nine-year long succession of 'reclaim love' events which are going ever-more global. if you want to be involved in this year's event, come along to piccadilly on saturday (18th) at 2pm and change the world a little and take part in history. ms winterson is invited too if she promises to stop stealing.

covering the 'reclaim love' events each year, i've noticed one major thing - each year it gets bigger and bigger. both in terms of the numbers of people attending the london party, and also in terms of more and more parallel events taking place around the country and around the world.

so, with mild weather forecast, and a world in desperate need of more love, hundreds of people will be congregating around eros from 2pm on saturday and taking part in a celebration, a party, and a meditation. early birds will get hold of the fabulous free t-shirts given away each year. the samba band will play a few tunes. there'll be arts for kids, food for all, entertainment all afternoon with special and surprise guests, and at exactly 3.30pm, in sync with thousands across europe, and in a global time-wave of love with perhaps tens of thousands of people around the world, an eerie calm will descend on the commercial and tourist heart of london, and hundreds of people will clear a space around the fountain, holding hands together in a large circle, to begin chanting 'may all the beings in all the worlds be happy and at peace' over and over for several minutes.

i'm actually a bit of a cynic when it comes to this stuff, but i have to admit the power and spectacle of this event is quite remarkable, and it's always followed by just the best street party on into the evening.

the whole concept has obviously captured the imagination of jeanette winterson too. just a shame she didn't use her perfectly adequate imagination and instead lifted the whole thing without credit for her own means. but such is the spirit of 'reclaim love' that if she puts in an appearance on saturday i'm sure she'll still be welcomed.

the organiser, "venus", proposes the theory that if enough people do this worldwide at the same time (i think her figure is two million), then they can effect a shift in global consciousness. she's aiming to reach that figure by 2014, when valentine's day falls on a saturday.

there's certainly some scientific backing for the idea that the more you focus on something the more likely it is to manifest, and with the issues facing the world right now, there doesn't seem any harm in trying, especially in such a fun and celebratory way, so come and see for yourself on saturday in piccadilly circus.

reports from previous years: and

reclaim love website:

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repression outside court-Harmondsword detainees

16-02-2012 14:55

At 10am this morning supporters gathered outside Uxbridge court, where the 12 detainees, still not free, where to have their first hearing. Currently in court, the protesters where met by high numbers of police and one of them was arrested for refusing to extingish a cigarette. The repression is harsh. More news asa we get them.

At 10am this morning supporters gathered outside Uxbridge court, where the 12 detainees, still not free, where to have their first hearing. Currently in court, the protesters where met by high numbers of police and one of them was arrested for refusing to extingish a cigarette. The repression is harsh. More news asa we get them.

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UN 'Travesty': Resolutions Of Mass Destruction - Part 2

16-02-2012 12:28

Part one can be found here, part two follows.

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Calais: demonstrators storm public housing office

16-02-2012 11:26

Yesterday at 3pm over thirty people demonstrated at a social housing organisation, the Office Public de l’Habitat de Calais (OPH), to demand that they do not go through with the planned imminent eviction which will make many people in Calais, both with and without papers, homeless in the middle of winter.

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Call out - Protest at French embassy Friday

16-02-2012 10:30

We are calling for a protest this Friday after prayers for a protest outside the French embassy in London

French Embassy
58 Knightsbridge
London SW1X 7JT

This protest is to call attention to the ruling in France where Israeli physician, Dr. David Yehuda was acquitted of libel against Mohammed al-Dura's father
The court overturned the libel conviction of Dr. David Yehuda, who was sued by the father of Mohammed al-Dura, the boy who became a powerful symbol of the second intifada.

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Ethical human rights, development, globalization needed to replace Neoliberalism

16-02-2012 09:43

It is argued that top-down, bureaucratic neoliberalism threatens to seriously slow the rebuilding of Christchurch, New Zealand's second largest city, after devastating earthquakes. An ethical approach to human rights, development and globalization should replace neoliberalism

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Toussaint Louverture

16-02-2012 09:26

Constat de propagation de fausses nouvelles ...

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16-02-2012 04:52

Maybe we need a big burst of methane to get real climate action. Recent Russian expeditions to the Eastern Siberian coast find plumes of methane into the atmosphere. Is it worse than our own oil and coal pollution? I ask three top climate scientists: oceanographer Carlos Duarte, ice expert Peter Wadhams, and carbon-meister David Archer.

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Harmondsworth blockaders held by police for second night

16-02-2012 02:55

Eleven No Borders activists arrested on Tuesday during a detention centre blockade are being held by police for a second night. They are due to appear at Uxbridge magistrates court at 10am this morning, charged with causing 'serious disruption to the life of the community' under Section 14 of the Public Order Act.

* Supporters have called for a solidarity demonstration at the court.

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Earth First! Winter Moot 2012 - 24-26th February 2012

16-02-2012 02:51

A weekend of discussion and networking for those taking direct action against ecological destruction.

Please note date & location change (due to date clash & venue problems):

24-26th February 2012, near Glasgow

Nearest train station: Lanark.

See for further information about location, programme and contact details

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Global 24 hours of action for Tasmania's forests

16-02-2012 01:09

Yesterday people from around the world took peaceful action in support of Miranda Gibson in the Observertree and the ongoing struggle for Tasmania's forests.

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Sparks blockade Park Lane outside Grosvenor House

15-02-2012 20:55

The Electricians this evening have blockaded the meeting of annual 'Electrical Contractors Association' ball' at the Grosvenor House Hotel on Park Lane. Traffic on one side of Park Lane is blocked as 150 workers and their supporters protest against 35% wage cuts and blacklisting. Speeches are being given for those in the area to hear the reasons for the demo. The original ball was supposed to have been cancelled when they heard about the demo but the Sparks turned up anyway to make their point, it seems this was a good move as Ken Livingston was just seen going in and he is one of the invited speakers. Police say if the sparks don't clear the road backup units will be called, unfortunately they can't find the 'organiser' to tell this to, 30 or so police are there now trying to clear the road.

Update from Mattsson on twitter: Execs forced to retreat by #sparks as try to enter hotel they ran after them with chants of scum. Protestors deciding whether to stay and fight or go to the pub - decision - 15 minutes of fighting then go to the pub...

More info: The ECA is the trade association representing the BESNA parties (Balfour Beatty Engineering Services, NG Bailey Building Services,Crown House Technologies, Gratte Brothers, Spie Matthew Hall, Shepherd Engineering Services (SES), T Clarke PLC). Because of this call to protest, the ECA Ball has been cancelled! So the message has reached the bosses. But to make sure it still gets to the bosses load and clear, we will still be assembling outside the Grosvenor House Hotel when the ball was scheduled. See here for more info on why the demo was called and what they are fighting against. 

Union News info here.



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Take back your campus.

15-02-2012 17:26

Today we staged a sit-in at the University of Birmingham for the following reasons:

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University of Birmingham Corporate Conference Centre occupied- over 100 students

15-02-2012 17:14

Simon Furse has today received an announcement that his disciplinary hearing that took place this morning has been temporarily cancelled. It was cancelled mid-hearing due to procedural irregularities caused by student protest throughout the day, which at one point stormed the room where the hearing was taking place.
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