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UK Anti-militarism Newswire Archive

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British peace activist to be jailed on Monday?

30-01-2010 17:39

At the Blair at the Iraq inquiry demo, 29 Jan 2010 - pic by C. Wood
On Monday (1st February) I am due to appear at Highbury Corner Magistrates' Court in London for refusing to pay a fine of £50 and £465 in costs resulting from a peaceful symbolic sit-down protest in July 2007 outside the Atomic Weapons Establishment at Aldermaston, Berkshire - Britain's nuclear warhead manufacturing and research facility - during the Footprints for Peace International Walk towards a Nuclear-Free Future from Dublin to London.

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Space Hijackers G20 charges dropped

29-01-2010 23:16

Spot the Cop
All charges have been dropped against the Space Hijackers for our G20 RIOT SQUAD action.

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Flashback: Impeccable politicians who order the mass killing of ordinary people

29-01-2010 18:11

Blair, Bush and Aznar at the Azores Summit, March 2003
On 29 January 2003, 50 days prior to the launch of the invasion of Iraq, John Pilger wrote the article below.

Exactly seven years later, UK's former Prime Minister Tony Blair, during his testimony before the "Iraq Inquiry", made the following statement:

"The decision I took - and frankly would take again - was if there was any possibility that he could develop weapons of mass destruction (WMD) we should stop him,"

(source: "I have no regrets says defiant Blair", Independent, 29 January 2010

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Clinton Rejects Russia’s Call for New Europe Security Treaties:Typical propagand

29-01-2010 17:07

"Clinton said that a “cornerstone” of European security is the “sovereignty and territorial integrity of all states.” She repeated U.S. calls on Russia to honor the terms of a cease-fire agreement that ended the August 2008 Russia-Georgia war and the administration’s refusal to recognize Russia’s claims of independence for the breakaway Georgian regions of Abkhazia and South Ossetia." Neither Cliton or the current author bother to recall for us that it was Russia that was the victum of a surprise attack from Georgia, a US "partner." I wonder why?

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EDO Decommissioner Elijah Smith has moved prison

28-01-2010 19:20

EDO Decommissioner Elijah Smith has recently been moved from HMP Lewes to HMP Sheppey Cluster (Elmley). He has now spent over one year on remand. Please take a moment to write to him.

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Bilin Protest Leader Kidnapped

28-01-2010 14:01

In the early hours of Thursday morning, Mohammed Khatib of the Popular Struggle Co-ordination Committee was arrested in his Bi’lin home. In the latest in a series of similar arrests, Israeli soldiers stormed the house and took Khatib on charges of incitement. ‘Incitement materials’ were reportedly taken from his home. Solidarity activists were forcibly prevented from approaching the scene.

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Let's have a referendum on punishing Blair

27-01-2010 16:38

Blair will give evidence to the Chilcot Inquiry into the Iraq war on January 29. The law allows local referenda to be held on any subject. There should be a referendum to demand that Blair is punished for his crimes.

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Haití Can Awaken from the Dark Night of the Boar

26-01-2010 17:18

Haití Can Awaken from the Dark Night of the Boar

by Amanda Huerta

"In 1986, Duvalier Jr. was toppled by a popular uprising, that watched the continuance of the dictatorship for two more years until in 1988 Leslie Manigat was elected to the presidency of the Republic, a noble government that was toppled by General Henri Namphy who was replaced that same September by General Prosper Avril. Avril, in power until 1990, had to contend with new revolts. His resignation opened the path to elections under international control and an apparent normalization of political life.

Jean-Bertrand Aristide, a Catholic priest who had advocated for the poor, obtained a brilliant victory in December of 1990. Coups d’etat, forced exile and return to power were all part of the first Aristide term, who was succeeded by René Preval. Aristide returned to power democratically, and in 2004 a coup d’etat organized and covered by the US obligated him to resign.

In this brief summary of the history of Haiti I omitted “small details” like the economic embargos, assassinations, persecutions, etcetera. Since 2004 the Haitian people have lived, anew, under old and new military occupations at the hands of the US, a country that to this day remains in military control with the collaboration (by omission or commission) of the UN and allied countries.

This same North American occupation force is that which today controls the airport, impeding and/or delaying the arrival of aid for Haiti, as has been denounced by the government of France and an infinity of journalists and reporters in Port au Prince."

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Porton Down military lab blew up 18 pigs

26-01-2010 05:28

Frankenstein would be Bonapartes
had eighteen pigs blown apart

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Arrest Blair - Reward offered.

26-01-2010 02:57

This site offers a reward to people attempting a peaceful citizen’s arrest of the former British prime minister, Tony Blair, for crimes against peace.

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Blair at Iraq Inquiry - Protest!

25-01-2010 14:58

Tony Blair will appear at the Iraq inquiry on Friday 29 January. on the same day anti-war British soldier lance corporal Joe Glenton will begin a preliminary hearing for a court martial. Glenton faces a decade in prison, Blair faces no prison sentence.

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Border Police Assault Bethlehem Labourers

25-01-2010 12:13

Rani has been unable to walk since the assault.
Israeli Border Police assaulted ten Palestinian labourers in the early hours of Sunday morning. The men were seized on the Palestinian side of the Al-Zaiem crossing, attempting to reach the construction site they work at in East Jerusalem.

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Insider views on Haiti from Flashpoints

23-01-2010 17:34

Flashpoints coverage on the unfolding crisis in Haiti, as hundreds of thousands of people are dead following the massive earthquake; Flashpoints speak to Walter Riley, Bay Area-based civil rights attorney, just back from Port-au-Prince, also, Bill Quigley, legal director for the Center for Constitutional Rights in New York talks about the large US military presence in Haiti and the undermining of relief efforts that puts more lives in danger; an interview with a medical doctor in Port-au-Prince, who has set up a makeshift hospital to treat thousands of patients; Yvon Kerizan of the Haiti Emergency Relief Fund gives his eyewitness account of the suffering; and Flashpoints’ Kevin Pina heads back to Haiti.

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Haiti 2010: An Unwelcome Katrina Redux

21-01-2010 22:38

Cynthia McKinney
The United States, having stolen so much from Haiti, now dictates what and when foreign aid will reach the Haitian people. Haitians know that their independence is their greatest treasure. “Haitians know, too, that the United States has installed its political proxies and even its own soldiers onto Haitian soil when the U.S. felt it was necessary.”

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Where is "Stop The War"?

21-01-2010 21:02

Well, to begin with, they didn't "Stop the War" and there is a lot to be said for the case that in the 6-going-on-7 years since their role has been to "play mother" to the continuing dissent, dissipating the anger until it reduces to a background noise like a chained-up dog outside a kennel at the foot of the garden.

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Shooting The Messenger

21-01-2010 12:28

Sheikh Jarrah protest
2009 began with a determined effort from Israel to destroy their enemies in Gaza, claiming the lives of 500 children in the process. It must have been an irritation to the military that they could not so easily wipe out the journalists, activists and relief workers who made their atrocities public. As a new year dawns, it is these voices of conscience who are becoming an endangered species.

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Obama, the first year (by Latuff)

21-01-2010 02:33

Obama's first year
Copyleft artwork by Brazilian cartoonist Latuff.

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There is no need for US military in Haiti

20-01-2010 23:44

"There is no need for US military in Haiti?: Why have they arrived w/o obviously needed supplies? Just bullets. What is their purpose?"

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ACOUSTIC INSURGENCY launch night & benefit gig.

20-01-2010 23:04


Attila the Stockbroker
Captain Hotknives
Steve White and the Protest Family
Vic Lambrusco

There are more acts to be announced and there will be a raffle and free veggie meals for the first 50 people through the door. Alabama 3 and Bamboo Clothing have donated prizes to the draw. This months benefit is for a 7 year old Afghan girl who was badly injured in a bombing incident last year. More details about her here:

More up to the minute details can be viewed at the myspace page.

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A Quick Response to BBC’s Article, “Venezuela’s economy in further slide”

20-01-2010 18:35

"Further, the BBC, like most mainstream press today, targets Venezuela (as well as a short list of other countries like China), constantly highlighting what it perceives to be problems here in a way that it does not do for other countries. The media finds one or two mistakes or problems with the Venezuelan government, and uses it to discredit the Bolivarian revolution, and therefore, the possibility that other ways are possible. On the other hand, the 55% of Mumbai’s population living in slums, and the one billion people in the world living in slums and going without sufficient food, and so on, couldn’t possibly indicate that capitalism is the system that is failing."
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