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Greece: Democracy is born in the squares

12-06-2011 11:53

There may be no better proof of the rupture that is brought about by the “movement of the squares” other than its open, participatory, directly democratic way of organising and functioning. Within a single week it has given birth to a political culture of a different type, one that literally overcomes all known models of organising and struggle to date.

Even if the issue of its procedures is incomplete, it comes up again and again and comprises the most important legacy already left to the political and social life of the country. This does not mean there are no issues with disorganisation, inefficiency, delays. Taking into account however the explosive rhythm of its development, the lack of previous experience on the side of those who created it, along with the need to compile, step by step, heterogeneous and different opinions of all participants through open procedures, all this is to be expected. Even if time-consuming, its procedures are flexible and are altered by the day; they are self-criticised, adjusted according to mistakes, comments and suggestions deriving from them being tested in practice.

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Professor Steve Best blocked in Poland

11-06-2011 11:42

Steve Best ban upheld - Talk tomorrow at Conway Hall going ahead via internet.

This would have been a rare opportunity in this country to attend a talk by Professor Steven Best, who as well as being associate professor of philosophy at the University of Texas, is also one of the foremost thinkers and philosophers in the international animal rights and environmentalist movement.

This would have been Dr Best's first visit to the UK since he was was banned by the previous Labour government in 2005, after he spoke out in defence of activists who break the law as part of campaigning, even though he himself has no criminal record or involvement with illegal groups or activity. The ban only covered the UK, and he has continued to speak in many other countries in the years since then, including countries such as Russia and South Africa, without any interference or repercussion. Indeed, prior to coming to the UK, Dr Best will be visiting several other European countries, including Germany, Poland and Luxembourg, where he will be speaking to university departments, student groups, and community audiences on a number of topics.

Over the years Dr Best has published 10 books, over 150 articles and reviews, spoken in over a dozen countries, interviewed with media throughout the world and appeared in numerous documentaries. In recent years he has become well known for his advocacy of "total liberation" in which he seeks to draw parallels between the various human, animal and earth liberation struggles.

Dr Best first came to prominence in the 1990's with a series of award winning books on postmodern theory, written with the renowned philosopher Douglas Kellner, which have been translated into many languages and sold tens of thousands of copies, and which are now standard text books on graduate courses in many countries.

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British government: We wasted millions chasing wrong terrorist threats

11-06-2011 10:12

The Times, 7 June 2011
British government's outrageous new "counter-terrorism" measures are receiving a public relations backlash because of their extreme, fascist overtones.

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John Pilger writes on 'the extraordinary banning of my film on war and media'

11-06-2011 09:34

Dear Noam

I am writing to you and a number of other friends mostly in the US to alert you to the extraordinary banning of my film on war and media, 'The War You Don't See', and the abrupt cancellation of a major event at the Lannan Foundation in Santa Fe in which David Barsamian and I were to discuss free speech, US foreign policy and censorship in the media.

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Spain in Revolution VIDEOS...10.96.11

10-06-2011 08:44

video, photos, texts on revolution in south europe

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Demo against Santander, Brighton - in Solidarity with the Arab Uprisings

10-06-2011 07:27

Meet outside Santander opposite Churchill Square today FRIDAY JUNE 10

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The Notorious H.A.G.

09-06-2011 22:55

Sources have informed us that two anarchists, believed to be members of an autonomous proto-working group allegedly connected to the Hackney Anarchist Group(HAG) were kidnapped by state employed thugs for the ‘illegal' flyposting of a poster for the open launch meeting of the Hackney Anarchist Group*, to take place this Saturday.

Sources have informed us that two anarchists, believed to be members of an autonomous proto-working group allegedly connected to the Hackney Anarchist Group(HAG) were kidnapped by state employed thugs for the ‘illegal' flyposting of a poster for the open launch meeting of the Hackney Anarchist Group*, to take place this Saturday(

The two rebellious propagandists allegedly used a paste made from flour and water, also known as Marxist glue (, to affix the poster onto a corporate billboard in the early hours of this morning. Although this action by the mischievous, and possibly anti-democratic, working group was against the guidelines of HAG, as stated on the bottom right of the poster below, it is important we stand in solidarity with all victims of both state oppression and the corporate control of so-called public spaces. The perpetrators of this minor but valiant act of class-warfare have since been released by their captors and are said to have spent the afternoon celebrating their (relative) freedom by drinking green tea on a sunny patch of grass.

Autonomous Temporary Informal Communications Council in support of a potential Hackney Anarchist Group (ATIC-PHAG)

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Sri Lankan Garment Workers Defy Unions And Killer Cops Over Pensions

09-06-2011 14:16

Katunayake is under military lockdown, but workers are still defiant
Garment workers in the Sri Lankan 'Free Trade Zone' of Katunayake have defied the government and their own union bosses over the implementation of a new private pension scheme, forcing the ruling United People's Freedom Alliance back to the drawing board. However, Katunayake is under virtual military occupation following the rebellion, which saw police murder protesting worker Roshen Chanaka Ratnasekera.

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Think before you use Skype or any other audio application - who's listening in?

09-06-2011 13:50

Spying on Skype
There is an interesting article in the WSJ about how documents found in Egypt prove the security services were listening to activists conversations which were conducted via Skype, now owned by Microsoft, extracts follow.

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Ugandan lesbian awaiting deportation from the UK

09-06-2011 10:45

"... We, the undersigned, are calling upon the UK Border Agency and the British Government to give Betty Tibikawa leave to remain in the UK, with refugee status, and to stop deporting people persecuted for their sexual orientation... "

Full article Raided In Massive Police Operation, Admins Arrested

08-06-2011 21:12

Europe just witnessed one of the largest piracy-related busts in history with the raid of the popular movie streaming portal More than a dozen people connected to the site were arrested after police officers in Germany, Spain, France and the Netherlands raided several residential addresses and data centers. hosted no illicit content itself, but indexed material stored on file-hosters and other streaming services.

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Spain_Revolution_VIDEOS, TXT, AUDIO

08-06-2011 13:28

Spanish Protests "freedom unites us, unity frees us" Ib

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Finland: Solidarity actions for Satama, migrants and anarchist prisoners

08-06-2011 11:49

Communiqué claiming numerous incendiary attacks and planted bomb in solidarity to Social Centre Satama and Roma migrants in Helsinki, Finland and anarchist prisoners worldwide.

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3 New Mark Kennedy Articles: The State Suppressed Key Evidence

08-06-2011 09:44

The Guardian has today published 3 articles about Mark Kennedy:

Police knew about plans for Ratcliffe-on-Soar break-in before most activists

Police spying: secret tapes that put CPS on the spot

Mark Kennedy case: CPS accused of suppressing key evidence

They have even, *finally*, acknowledged that this story was first broken on Indymedia, in October 2010!

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Calais latest and urgent callout for support

07-06-2011 01:38

Africa House being demolished over the heads of its occupants
Activists in Calais are seriously thin on the ground at the moment; if you can come even for a few days to give those who have been there for months a break, then please don't hesitate!

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Stopped by police for talking

07-06-2011 01:32

Today the police hit a new personal low for petty behaviour. Unfortunately I am all too use to dealing with the polic-y enforcers, it has become a somewhat regular pastime. In this incident though new depths were plumbed, I was stopped as you can see on the slip above for ‘Talking to numerous people’. It makes me wonder what sort of country we now live in where one can be stopped for talking to old friends. Let me clarify the point here, none of them had criminal pasts, none of them were engaged in criminal activity, quite the opposite they were ordinary Muslims attending a peaceful rally. There were two groups democratically voicing their discontent at American drone policy, a policy that murders innocents on a daily basis.

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More South Korean repressions

06-06-2011 11:47

Police disperse striking Yoosung workers

Week-long strike disrupts production of major automakers

Thousands of riot police raided a regional auto parts manufacturing plant, Tuesday, to put an end to a week-long “illegal” strike that disrupted the production of Hyundai Motor and other major automakers.

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The Obama surveillance state

05-06-2011 13:10

Big Brother got even bigger under the first “Brotha” president, Barack Obama. Government also became even more secretive. “The Obama Justice Department says that only the executive branch has the power to determine what information courts ought to have” – a novel doctrine that wreaks havoc with the rights of people accused of crimes, especially whistleblowers. The death of Osama bin Laden, says Obama’s Attorney General, makes the Patriot Act even more vital to national security. “Perhaps we were better off when bin Laden was still alive.”

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Libya: no signs of 'rebel' successes !

04-06-2011 22:01

BREAKING NEWS: Western Libya Portrait is not What is being Painted by Mainstream Media ...... Western media reports continue to indicate that Libyan rebels trying to oust Libyan leader Muammar Qaddafi from power, backed by daily NATO air strikes, are gaining ground in western Libya. During a six-hour drive from the Tunisian border to Tripoli, the Libyan capital, this reporter saw no signs of Libyan rebel successes in western Libya. In fact, I witnessed a spontaneous pro-Qaddafi demonstration on the main Tunisia-Tripoli highway in a town about one and a half hours west of Tripoli. The green flag of the Libyan Arab Jamahiryah not only adorn flag poles in towns from Tripoli to the Tunisian border, but a number of private residences are flying the green flag from their rooftops, on flag poles, and even from outside of top floor windows in medium size and small towns alike along the main highway. ... Visit for more information from Wayne Madsen on Libya and other important issues .......
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