UK Analysis Newswire Archive
22-10-2009 20:31Upon the first global recession influenced by the peaking of oil extraction and record high prices, the question for "peak oilers" arises: does peak oil and energy decline mean great profits for modernizing industry, or is peak oil the beginning of huge changes in lifestyle toward sustainability after societal collapse?
Regular readers of Indymedia will be well aware of the concerted disinformation campaigns that this site has been subjected to and which the site admins struggle to keep on top of. One of the issues which has been targeted with disinformation is climate change and with a few days to go before the 24th October 2009 International Day of Climate Action the following article on the matter of climate change disinformation from the scientists at realclimate.org is worth a read.
21-10-2009 14:05"The fourth big lie is saved up to the end, and follows on that grand tradition of the great human rights abusers accusing others to deflect attention from themselves. Chavez is said to be “cultivating” regimes that are characterised by “rigged elections, media censorship, the criminalisation of dissent and leaders for life”. Not a touch of irony, as the death squads in Colombia murder trade unionists and civil leaders unchecked, as the Obama Administration pussyfoots around the coup regime in Honduras (which deposed a Chavez ally), as election fraud and bloody war rages in Afghanistan and as the US launches missile attacks on Pakistan.
It can be tedious to document such lies. They are so common and, no sooner is one lot done than the next day’s lies appear – if not in The Economist then in the Washington Post, The Australian or The Times. These monopolies count on the vulnerable, who do not have alternate sources of information, who do not read history and are able to be swayed by crude and often racist agitation.
In the bigger picture, this is a delegitimising process, organised by the private media monopolies which, in their hatred for the sort of popular democracy led by Chavez (as also in the past by Allende), are preparing the ground for coups, wars of intervention and conquest. It has been done before and – while these monopolies remain unchecked – it will be done again."
21-10-2009 12:25Poplar and Canning Town MP held a news conference for Bangladeshi media only. So says a Wharf report published from the Canary Wharf part of east London
21-10-2009 02:10There are been a number of recent developments around the issue of freedom of speech that should be noted.
21-10-2009 00:21Michael Moore, instead of disseminating hoaxes about Venezuela, please, please produce true documentals about the mortal coming agony of mankind, of world fascism.
20-10-2009 21:46The suppression of political literature and material considered ‘subversive’ is a long-established habit on the part of prison administrations who view the spread and dissemination of radical ideas amongst prisoners as a real threat to the authority of prison staff and the system they enforce.
20-10-2009 17:25This article is a response to the No Pretence intervention at the Anarchist Movement conference earlier this year. It was first published in Shift Magazine ( http://shiftmag.co.uk/?p=319).
We have made it available online to inform the upcoming discussions at the Anarchist bookfair on the topic.
20-10-2009 11:48Arun Kundnani from the Institute of Race Relations (IRR) has this excellent comment http://www.guardian.co.uk/commentisfree/2009/oct/18/surveillance-prevent-muslim-extremism on the fiasco that has emerged relating to the government's Preventing Violent Extremism (PVE) funding programme due to the Guardian's recent spate of reporting on the issue http://www.guardian.co.uk/uk/2009/oct/16/anti-terrorism-strategy-spies-innocents . Kundnani is the author of an IRR report based largely on interviews with officials involved in implementation of Prevent funding and policies.
20-10-2009 09:52It’s been over a week since the Tory conference left town. For several days, inside the almost militarised city centre, shadow ministers and carefully briefed mouths gushed ‘honesty’. Manchester didn’t seem to pay that much attention.
18-10-2009 17:28"The government-owned Federal Electricity Commission will be in charge of providing electricity to central Mexico. However, according to the SME’s Secretary General Martin Esparza, “An electrician isn’t made overnight. They calculated wrong and they could spark a social conflict on a grand scale if the blackouts continue.” The first such conflict appeared on Wednesday in Ocoyocoac county in the State of Mexico, where residents blocked the Mexico-Toluca freeway for three hours to protest a blackout.
What was clear yesterday afternoon is that Calderon’s decree provoked feelings of unity between the SME, the working class, and civil society in general. Those hundreds of thousands in the Zocalo plaza indicate that people are fed up with Calderon’s structural adjustments. Mexican society took to the streets, where struggles are won, and were doña Lucia, the eighty-something-year-old wife of a SME retiree, told Narco News, “We’re looking for the ‘president of employment,’ but we just can’t find him.”
1. FECAL is one of President Felipe Calderon’s nicknames, formed by combining the first two letters of his first name and the first three letters of his last name. And yes, “Fecal” means the same thing in Spanish that it does in English.
2. France’s Napoleon III declared Maximiliano de Habsburgo “emperor of Mexico” in 1864. Mexicans executed him in 1867."
17-10-2009 09:20If McChrystal gains the additional 60,000 American troops he's requested and NATO provides several thousand more, combined Western military forces in Afghanistan could number some 180,000. With control of former Soviet airbases in the nation in addition to air fields in Central Asia, Iraq, the South Caucasus, Turkey and the Black Sea nations of Bulgaria and Romania, Washington and its allies could be poised for military operations against Iran far more ambitious than any discussed or rumored before.
The expansion of the South Asian war into Pakistan also allows the West to employ that nation for future attacks against Iran.
16-10-2009 23:36Barack Obama, winner of the 2009 Nobel Peace Prize, is planning another war to add to his impressive record. In Afghanistan, his agents routinely extinguish wedding parties, farmers and construction workers with weapons such as the innovative Hellfire missile, which sucks the air out of your lungs. According to the UN, 338,000 Afghan infants are dying under the Obama-led alliance, which permits only $29 per head annually to be spent on medical care.
16-10-2009 14:35Today, it was published on the website of the Sofia News Agency, . Sinse 1990, in Bulgaria there is trend of increased pet keeping and roam, while good practice of animal birth control (ABC) remain unaccepted. In 2006 Sofia accepted catch-neuter-releace method to control local dog population size. Plovdiv is considered as the second most populous city.
16-10-2009 09:46In the end, negotiating the U.S. exit strategy with al-Baath and the Iraqi resistance, the real enemy, could prove the only viable way out of Iraq for the United States.
While bellicose new calls for the Obama administration and NATO to exponentially deepen the “war on terrorism” are being repeated endlessly, McChrystal and his own horrific crimes have received scant notice in the corporate propaganda media.