UK Newswire Archive
15-01-2013 09:21Bereavement may not feature in political action but what about the losses that are caused by repression?
Don't the bereaved matter politically?
14-01-2013 23:03ANTI-ROAD CAMPAIGNERS TO MAKE STAND AFTER 400-YEAR-OLD OAK FELLED
Police say eviction of remaining camps imminent as activists build peaceful defences
Tuesday 15 January: Opponents of the Bexhill-Hastings Link Road (BHLR) are preparing to defend trees and occupy tunnels at their main camp in Crowhurst Tuesday, given strong and credible rumours that an attempt to evict the camp is imminent. Please come out tomorrow if you possibly can to resist probable evictions!
I never met Aaron Swartz, didn’t know him. But that my Facebook timeline is full of the most brilliant activists I know grieving his premature death shows how brilliant he was, how much he gave.
13-01-2013 20:18What's going to happen to the SWP? Maybe now it's time for good Socialists to do something worthwhile.
Despite not managing to attract as many people as the even more lunatic National Front did in September, the BNP are hailing their halal demo in Skegness as a success. Their photo depicts just under 30 fascists outside a warehouse in the middle of nowhere.
Unfortunately, the local paper, the Skegness Standard, is helping them along by giving their efforts a headline article. Perhaps this is because a few days ago they decided to publish a letter from an equally unreliable source, the owner of the slaughterhouse, who claimed the BNP’s publicity was helping him find trade. This is probably some hack’s idea of “balance” although of course no anti-fascists or genuine animal rights activists have been quoted.
According to the branch organiser Robert Ashton, the meet-up was intended “to send a coherent message to the community regarding the party’s campaign against ritually slaughtered animals”, something he seems unable to do:
The photograph will document our visit and show we were here at the abattoir in Skegness, it shows we are together of this issue
…whatever that means. Maybe that they don’t agree on much else?
However pathetic their demo, it is a major success for the BNP that they were able to semi-publicly organise a demonstration and leafleting session unopposed. In the absence of a non-racist animal rights campaign, the BNP are being able to lead the campaign against the slaughterhouse. In the absence of an organised local anti-fascist movement, they are able to take their poisonous message to the streets freely.
The branch say the party will be back for another demo in Feb or March to “gain strength for its party locally”. Let’s hope that next time they do not have such an easy ride.
Two Corporate Watch researchers are currently in Palestine and we will be publishing our findings as we go, initially this will be in the form of research blogs and photo blogs. We will be publishing more in-depth analysis in the coming months.
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Solidarity banner with Villa Amalias and Skaramaga squats(Athens) at the Meadows in Edinburgh.
12-01-2013 19:19Following the two protests held earlier in the week over the sacking of David Muritu https://www.indymedia.org.uk/en/regions/birmingham/2013/01/505316.html, a union activist and Maths Lecturer at Halesowen College, three more lecturers have been fired. All members of the Maths department, all active union members.
Bradley Manning was back at Fort Meade, Maryland, US for another pretrial hearing this week and military Judge Denise Lind issued her ruling on the unlawful pretrial punishment motion. This part of the case was dealt with at a long hearing in November and December, during which Bradley Manning gave evidence in person. He spoke about the punitive conditions he was held under at Quantico marine brig in Virginia from July 2010 until April 2011. Many other witnesses testified, including numerous brig staff. The defence motion called for all charges to be dismissed or, failing that, for 10:1 sentencing credit for the time Brad was mistreated.
For more information, see this Indymedia feature on the torture hearing
Brad's court martial continues on 16 and 17 January with another hearing, this time a continuation of the defence motion calling for charges to be dismissed on the grounds of lack of speedy trial. By the time the case reaches trial, put back again to at least 3 June, Bradley Manning will have been held for over three years.
Join the solidarity vigil in London on Wednesday 16 January at 2pm at the US Embassy.
Sometimes, when Leithers talk about the docks, they get all misty eyed and nostalgic for a not-so-far off halcyon time when everyone worked in real jobs on the docks, loading and trading and making and building stuff and travelling all over the world...