This month a controversial experimental genetically modified potato crop is due to be planted in the UK by the German chemical giant BASF (offshoot of the infamous AG Farben). DEFRA initially gave approval in December for BASF to undertake trials at two sites, one in Cambridgeshire (at the National Institute of Agriculture and Botany) and the other initially in Derbyshire - until the farmer pulled out.
The trials are the first GM crops to enter British soil in nearly 3 years, after public opposition forced a u-turn in government and corporate plans for patented crops. Although presented as an R&D trial into the effectiveness of an anti blight gene, they are widely considered to be trial of public opinion.
On 14th April in Cambridge a protest walk took place [photos 1, 2]. This was followed on the 21st by a rally in Hull. This event ended with the proposed trial being effectively sabotaged even before it had began when over a hundred people entered the site and planted several varieties of seed potatoes in the field making it impossible for a scientifically valid trial to take place there.Read more | 1 addition | 6 comments >>
Technopolis will be at Buckingham Road off Headingley Lane, Leeds LS6 1BP (map)
Three days of learning, discussion and games to explore new technologies of control and our resistance to them.
Welcome to the Machine!
The machine is all around us, omnipresent and omniscient. It's the camera on the street corner, the chip in your debit card and the number allotted to your child at birth. The machine is without and within. It's in the way we have been trained and domesticated since birth to fit into a mechanical world dictated by capital and the tick, tick, tick of its clock.
Those who want to increase control and domination over our lives have invented increasingly pervasive technologies. From biotech to nanotech, through RFID, gait analysis and new 'non lethal' weapons to aid crowd control: they are all further attempts to quantify and standardise our lives.
We see these 'new technologies of control' as part of a wider project of a new wave of enclosure by capital.
We are calling this gathering in order to discuss and analyse the implications of these new technologies of control, alongside potential responses of resistance that do not merely fall into playing out stock responses, and fulfilling the role of 'loyal opposition'.
[click on "read more" for the gathering's topics and how to find out its location]Read more | 3 comments >>
April 2006 No Borders Days of Action
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French CPE uprising 2006
G8 Russia 2006
Lebanon War 2006
March 18 Anti War Protest
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Transnational Day of Action Against Migration Controls
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Blurred faces in photos, SOS: Stop blurring now!
13-05-2009 00:53 | 25 comments
Police obtain new surveillance cameras
12-05-2009 11:22 | 9 comments
European Emergency!: on May 6th some of the Europarlamentaries intend to finish
03-05-2009 17:16 | 1 comment
17-04-2009 16:26 | 14 comments
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10-02-2009 22:01 | 6 comments
Blackpool CCTV review
05-08-2008 15:11 | 1 comment
1 may Day of Climate Action
22-04-2008 20:52 | 1 addition | 13 comments
The Explosive Identity theft That TNT would like to hide
22-11-2007 13:16 | 10 comments
Turning debate into action
08-11-2007 12:01 | 1 comment
27-03-2007 00:26 | 1 comment
Biometrics in Yorkshire Schools
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01-09-2006 16:39 | 1 addition | 6 comments
drax may be bad for your health
Is your bin bugged?
26-08-2006 21:41 | 1 addition | 19 comments
GM - Back on the agenda?
23-08-2006 18:32 | 3 comments
Mind the Gap... world energy crisis approaches, dire consequences for planet
31-07-2006 11:47 | 11 comments
Menwith Hill - 4th July - Independence From America - 2
05-07-2006 00:46 | 1 addition
Menwith Hill - 4th July - Independence From America - 1
05-07-2006 00:23 | 1 addition | 3 comments
Indymedia needs YOU
17-03-2006 15:50 | 2 additions | 6 comments
Police network tracks vehicles
22-11-2005 06:54 | 1 addition | 7 comments
A talk on resistance in the Italian Alps
10-11-2005 16:38 | 1 comment
If You Can’t Find A Canvas Use A 4x4
21-09-2005 22:31 | 1 addition | 20 comments
Annual 'Keep Space For Peace' Demonstration
GMP use taser again
03-09-2005 10:11 | 2 comments
use the old nursery
Technopolis - gathering in Leeds 9 - 12th June
09-05-2005 12:23 | 2 comments
Innovative ways to stitch you up - Coming to a health Centre Near you!
03-02-2005 10:27 | 8 comments
Maelstrom infosquat - 7 Weeks On
07-12-2004 12:28 | 1 comment
CCTV mapping meeting monday maelstrom
28-11-2004 11:13 | 3 comments
UK's first nanotech action
16-11-2004 02:21 | 3 comments
FURTHER INFO ON NANOTECH ACTION IN LEEDS
15-11-2004 14:27 | 11 comments
Nanotech conference disrupted, Leeds
12-11-2004 14:19 | 3 comments
Maelstrom: anti-repression squat - Events - Leeds
17-10-2004 15:55 | 1 comment
Prisons Without Bars - Anti-Repression Squat
02-10-2004 18:01 | 3 comments
Spot Light on Menwith Hill
Loss of pagers by 02 puts lives at Risk
Rally in Leeds agianst decline of manufacturing - Sept 18th
frre media workshops by pavillion media in leeds
More photos from Nottingham G8 protest
11-06-2004 10:45 | 2 comments
Leeds: CCTV surveillance
16-10-2003 03:07 | 1 comment
CropScience v GeneWatch - York's "great GM Debate"
17-07-2003 22:29 | 1 comment
Undercurrents release 'Globalisation and the Media' documentary on CDROM
22-06-2003 16:22 | 1 comment
PR GIANT WITH DODGY REPUTATION TO LINK WITH LEEDS METROPOLITAN UNIVERSITY
29-03-2001 11:25 | 4 comments