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IWW Valentine's Day Blood Service protest - Sat 14th Feb

11-02-2009 14:36

Solidarity forever
On Saturday 14th February the IWW is taking a mobile protest to hospitals around the city, to inform the public and healthworkers about the looming closure of the Birmingham blood processing lab in March.

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Thursday 19th Feb - Rally for the right to play

11-02-2009 10:56

Next week's half term will see a plethora of activities for children, based in the Radford area - 2 days of creative workshops along the theme of reuse and recycle - followed by a Play parade, celebrating the re-development of Independent Street park and making noise about children’s right to play out safely. Information on volunteering opportunities in play will also be available.

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Around the Campaigns Wednesday 11th February 2009

11-02-2009 10:11

Leila, Soorena and Danoush put through the mangle
So it goes, when we last posted information the family had been taken to the airport on Thursday 6th February put on a plane taken off the plane and returned to Yarl's Wood.

On Monday night 9th February they were deported to Iran, on Tuesday 10th February they were brought back to the UK, released from immigration detention and are back in Halifax. No one at this stage is quite clear on what happened and why it happened the way it did. Once we have a factual summary of events, we will update everyone. Leila, Soorena and Danoush have had their world turned upside down and are deeply traumatized by the events. Seems pretty certain that we will be putting the family in touch with Bhatt Murphy solicitors, see next article.
Leila, Soorena and Danoush belong to Halifax

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Over Five Million Dead in Congo?

11-02-2009 07:54

...the story of war and plunder in Congo is not unreported. It is a story that has been censored, manipulated and covered up even when it is ostensibly being told.

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New left party formed in the Philippines

11-02-2009 02:57

More than 1000 people, including 920 elected delegates, attended the inaugural congress of Power of the Masses Party (PLM) on January 30.

The delegates represented mass organisations of workers, urban poor, peasants, students, street vendors, jeepney and tricycle drivers, women and senior citizens — a mass base estimated at 300,000 according to PLM leaders.

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Wirral Council Votes To Slash Services: What Now?

11-02-2009 00:15

When Wirral Council finally voted to go ahead with the Cabinet's proposed slashing of local services on 9th February, it caused anguish to the hundreds of people who have been campaigning for the last few months. Council employees are now set to lose their jobs at the worst possible time, as a global recession bites. Service users have lost access to libraries, leisure centres, and cultural venues. This terrible attack on ordinary people has shown the limitations of protests, letter-writing campaigns, and pinning hopes on politicians. The need for a new strategy has been highlighted.

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Millions of job losses threaten to trigger social unrest in China

10-02-2009 23:05

The Chinese government is facing a massive unemployment crisis, far worse than in the late 1990s, when lay-offs of more than 30 million workers from state enterprises led to a wave of militant protests. This time, the growing army of unemployed mainly consists of internal migrant workers from the countryside, who have been hit hard by plunging export orders in the urban manufacturing centres and the collapse of the construction boom.

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2008 Year - End Report on Animal Liberation Activities in North America

10-02-2009 19:35

Click on the link to read the entire 2008 year-end report (PDF File) compiled by the North American Animal Liberation Press Office: This report contains 2008 actions (including diagrams) as well as a discussion of future directions, and a prisoners and snitches section. If you'd like a hard copy edition of this report please e-mail

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Circus ads come down, Telmex phones & slaughterhouse torched

10-02-2009 15:29

8th-10th February


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Policewoman accused

10-02-2009 11:11

Policewoman Melda Wilks aids murderer son

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Obama’s economic “stimulus” paves way for multi-trillion-dollar bank handout

10-02-2009 10:10

In his weekly radio address Saturday, President Barack Obama endorsed the compromise stimulus plan worked out by a small group of Republican senators, right-wing Democratic Senator Ben Nelson and “independent Democrat” Joseph Lieberman, a fervent supporter of the war in Iraq who backed Republican presidential candidate John McCain against Obama in the November elections.

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Free Philip Rizk! - Call To Protest - Egyptian Embassy London

10-02-2009 03:12

5 Hours before being abducted by Egyptian Secret Police
On February 6, 2009, Philip Rizk, a German-Egyptian activist and a graduate student at the American University in Cairo, was arrested north of Cairo while participating in a protest against the Rafah border closure into Gaza. Rizk, who blogs about relief work in Gaza at, has been working to get medical and relief supplies into the Gaza Strip.

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Strikes in oil refineries and power stations

10-02-2009 01:01

The walk-outs and demonstrations by workers in oil refineries and power stations over the question of unemployment show the depth of anger in the working class faced with the tidal wave of redundancies brought about by the economic crisis. This wave of lay-offs and short-time working is not confined to Britain but is engulfing the globe. From the USA to China, from western Europe to Russia, no workers' job is safe; and even when they have work, wages are being cut and working conditions worsened.

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parliament square hunger striker - day 30

10-02-2009 00:40

maria gallestegui has been advised by doctors to finish her hunger strike before doing permament harm to her body organs. she will start eating again after demonstrating outside the cabinet meeting at number ten this morning (tuesday) after 30 days without food

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Convention on Modern Liberty in Manchester, 28th February

09-02-2009 23:28

Convention on Modern Liberty
Manchester will host a nationwide public on civil liberties at the end of February. The Convention on Modern Liberty in Manchester will be held at Manchester University Students' Union on Saturday 28th February from 9:45. The event is open to the public and free of charge.

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Gaza Solidarity Night - 26th Feb

09-02-2009 22:29

An evening of films from Reel News, the London activist video collective. Plus discussion, food and DJs. Any money raised will go to local groups involved in Palestinian Solidarity. Spotted Dog pub, corner of Warwick St and Alcester St, Digbeth, 7.30pm.

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Demos continue [February] at Heckler & Koch weapons HQ in Nottingham

09-02-2009 18:59

In spite of the cold, raining and windy conditions, at 12.30pm on Monday 9th February, people had gathered at the gates to the UK headquarters of Heckler & Koch, based within the Easter Park Industrial Estate on Lenton Lane, Nottingham. [Unit 3 in fact].

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ETA bombs BAA HQ in Madrid

09-02-2009 13:02

A car bomb exploded in Madrid at 9am today near the offices of Ferrovial, owners of BAA. No one was injured. The Basque separatist organisation ETA has claimed responsibility.

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Planned Removal of Raphael and Oluseye Thursday 12th December

09-02-2009 12:53

Oluseye Shauba and her son Raphael nationals of Nigeria and residents of Bury are currently detained in Yarl's Wood IRC and due to be forcibly removed from the UK on Thursday 12th February on British Airways flight BA0075 from terminal 5 Heathrow airport at 10:30hrs to Lagos.

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Top secret police force to spy on political Campaign groups

09-02-2009 11:22

Allo, allo, allo. What's going on here then? I'm Inspector Clouseau, of the Confidential Intelligence Unit, and I'm here to investigate rumours that you may be part of Plane Stupid, the anti-aviation direct action group with a penchant for bad puns. Have I found anything out? I can't tell you: all our intelligence is confidential.
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