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PHILIPPINES: The Rough and Rugged Road toward Change

05-07-2011 04:51

Akbayan Party’s Statement on the First Year of the Aquino Government

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Anarchism: the A word

04-07-2011 12:30

Mindless, violent thugs, hell-bent on sowing chaos.’ That’s the kind of press anarchists often get. Uri Gordon provides a more sympathetic take on a growing yet still little understood political movement.

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14 Propaganda Techniques Fox "News" Uses to Brainwash Americans

03-07-2011 20:42

There is nothing more sacred to the maintenance of democracy than a free press. Access to comprehensive, accurate and quality information is essential to the manifestation of Socratic citizenship - the society characterized by a civically engaged, well-informed and socially invested populace. Thus, to the degree that access to quality information is willfully or unintentionally obstructed, democracy itself is degraded.

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The demolition of social housing?

30-06-2011 22:45

A look at far reaching changes in social housing policy being introduced by the UK government.

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UG#555 - Homo Systematicus (Machines of Loving Grace & The World of Conspiracio)

30-06-2011 11:41

The week's show features two important thinkers on the idea of the world as system. First, a radio adaptation of episode 2 of the new documentary by Adam Curtis, All Watched Over By Machines Of Loving Grace about the social role and flimsy scientific basis of the idea of an 'ecosystem', followed by a short comment by Curtis on the film's main message. Next, Ivan Illich on the institutionalization of society and the loss of people's personal power in the 1980's when people started to see the world as a system.

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Rape, Mercenaries, And Bloodbaths On The Scale Of Yemen?

29-06-2011 22:35

The Media Blank Amnesty's Failure To Find Evidence In Libya

In the Independent on June 24, Patrick Cockburn reported a vital development countering official propaganda on Libya:

'Human rights organisations have cast doubt on claims of mass rape and other abuses perpetrated by forces loyal to Colonel Muammar Gaddafi, which have been widely used to justify Nato's war in Libya.

'Nato leaders, opposition groups and the media have produced a stream of stories since the start of the insurrection on 15 February, claiming the Gaddafi regime has ordered mass rapes, used foreign mercenaries and employed helicopters against civilian protesters.'

Amnesty and Human Rights Watch (HRW) have checked the claims and found flat zero evidence.

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Disorder and Anarchism today

28-06-2011 01:48

Though anarchism is now topical take a moment to see what it may be. Anarchism may be disorder, in fact it should be so that we are released from endless suffering and destruction.

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Britain’s First Cyber-Strike – How the June 30th strike may play out online #j30

26-06-2011 13:32


June 30th marks a very considerable mobilisation of industrial action in Britain, in the shape of a large public sector strike. The Trades Unions are making their first tentative steps towards politically motivated action for a generation, with a massive withdrawal of workers labour in response to government plans for pensions reform; whilst the pensions dispute is the legal justification for industrial action (under Britain’s strict, Thatcherite anti-strike legislation), in reality the issue is the tip of the iceberg. The consensus behind the strikes is that of a political fight against the cuts in general. The range of action we will see on June 30th will stretch far beyond those “directly” affected by pensions plans, with a cross-section of those worst hit by the cuts expected to engage with the day of action– the disabled, those who face massive reductions to vital welfare benefits, students, schools pupils and parents and other public-service users.

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Living among us: Canadian Activists Speak Out On Police Infiltration

26-06-2011 08:48

On June 26, 2010, while the G20 summit was under way amid mass protests on the streets of downtown Toronto, a startling revelation was made that would reverberate through activist communities for months to come. Two undercover police officers had joined protest groups and been living among activists as part of a large-scale investigation that began more than a year earlier, in April 2009.

Following the arrest of four activists that same morning under charges of conspiracy, the Toronto Star reported that “Undercover officers infiltrated criminal extremist groups in Guelph, Kitchener, Waterloo and Toronto and forged relationships with several people whose ideological beliefs and backgrounds pose a direct threat to large-scale public events, including the G20,” according to allegations by Crown attorneys.

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Bristol builder Simon Lewis savaged by police dogs at Easter riots

25-06-2011 11:55

Friday Drivetime: BCfm’s weekly politics show presented by Tony Gosling
At five: discussing the big stories in Bristol, Britain and around the world
After six: straight talking and investigative reports with Martin Summers and Marina Morris
For all the shows back to Easter 2009 visit the Friday Drivetime archive page

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The Revolution Reaches Europe: Tens of Thousands Protest in Greece and Spain

25-06-2011 09:49

The revolutionary movement that began in Tunisia at the end of last year has now sparked mass movements in Europe; principally, to date, in Greece and Spain. On the surface, these movements have little in common. In Tunisia and Egypt, the people came out in vast numbers to overthrow the hated dictators who, for decades, had strangled their economies and presided over police states, whereas in Greece and Spain, the protestors are not seeking the overthrow of dictators, and are not rebelling against a police state (although both countries can draw on their relatively recent experience of dictatorship).

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UG#554 - Homo Miserabilis (From Primitive Affluence to Developed Poverty)

25-06-2011 08:57

The show this week looks at 'human needs' - a concept so deep as to go largely unquestioned by ideologues of economics and economic 'development'. We start with a reading from an anthropology professor which challenges ideas of 'primitive' people's poverty, before some of an essay by Illich on "Needs". In our second hour, some easier listening - a radio adaptation of a film on consumerism, Shop Til You Drop.

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UG#556 - Redefining Poverty (Needs and The Spirit Level)

25-06-2011 08:54

This week we challenge modern ideas about wealth and poverty. Our main piece is by two English professors, Richard Wilkinson and Kate Pickett on their 2009 book, The Spirit Level: Why More Equal Societies Almost Always Do Better. But first, we conclude the Ivan Illich reading from episode 554.

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Attack on G4S

24-06-2011 21:54

Confused as to which editorial guideline/s required this action report to be hidden by moderators... or was it simply a case of cowardly political censorship?

Great attack from comrades in Nottingham and well communicated.

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Three Little Words: WikiLeaks, Libya, Oil

24-06-2011 19:31

'Libya has some of the biggest and most proven oil reserves — 43.6 billion barrels — outside Saudi Arabia, and some of the best drilling prospects.'

So reported the Washington Post on June 11, in a rare mainstream article which, as we will see, revealed how WikiLeaks exposed the real motives behind the war on Libya.

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Stop BBC Global Warming denial

21-06-2011 15:35

BBC staff are required to refer material on some subjects to higher management before it is broadcast. This system should be extended to stop any further broadcasts of material which either explicitly or implicitly contradicts the science on Global Warming.

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Facebook and Google strut with top bankers and royalty - Bilderberg 2011 debrief

19-06-2011 18:39

Friday Drivetime - BCfm’s weekly politics show - At five: discussing the big stories in Bristol, Britain and around the world - After six: straight talking and investigative reports with Martin Summers and Marina Morris

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Call out for workshops for EF! Summer Gathering 2011

17-06-2011 15:16

This year's Earth First Summer Gathering takes place in East Anglia this year, starting on the 10th of August and running for five days. With six workshops tents we have space for over 100 discussions, presentations and workshops. The spaces are filling up fast, but there is still time to book a spot. So if you've got an idea you wish to highlight, whether it's related to ecological defence or social resistance here is your chance. The gathering is attended by hundreds of individuals interested and participating in struggles around the UK and Europe.

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Lettre de Mme Maigret à Jean-Paul Sartre

16-06-2011 10:11

My English’s not improved yet. We have experienced" notre Gauche Proletarienne" and Maoism and we suffer know Chinese impact You are demanding yet facts, because world is to far from death. Dear, here is my experience for that Known as “Spanish [r]evolution.

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Sunderland Working Class Bookfair June 18th

15-06-2011 23:32

The latest Working Class Bookfair will take place in Sunderland on Saturday the 18th of june, 11-5pm, followed by early evening music from the Summer Tumblers.
Books, barbecues, beer, soft drinks and good company should make for a good day out.
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