UK Social Struggles Newswire Archive
08-12-2009 14:18Tell Alistair Darling you support a tax on bank bonuses: http://www.38degrees.org.uk/bank-bonus-tax
08-12-2009 14:17Figures on self-harm in immigration detention between July and September 2009 inclusive under the following headings:
08-12-2009 07:44Celebrate Human Rights Day In Sheffield
Thursday 10th December
12.30 Barkers Pool. Rally with speakers and street theatre. Bring your banners.
16.30.-18.00 Candle lit vigil outside Sheffield Railway Station
08-12-2009 07:21Belgian Paratroopers to crush rising Congo rebellion?
08-12-2009 00:53...take direct action..
07-12-2009 17:59"In Congress, a senate maneuver that only a few years ago was so rare that the response to it was nicknamed "the nuclear option" - needing a 60-vote majority to pass anything of significance - has, almost without comment, become a commonplace for the passage of just about anything. This means Congress is eternally in a state of gridlock. And that's just for starters when it comes to ways in which the US government, so ready to surge its military and its civilian employees into Afghanistan in the name of good governance, is in need of repair, if not nation-building itself."
and if this was not bad enough:
"Think of this as Obama's anti-MacArthur moment. In April 1951, in the midst of the Korean War, president Harry Truman relieved Douglas MacArthur of command of the American forces. He did so because the general, a far grander public figure than either McChrystal or Central Command (CENTCOM) commander General Petraeus (and with dreams of his own about a possible presidential run), had publicly disagreed with, and interfered with, Truman's plans to "limit" the war after the Chinese intervened.
Obama, too, has faced what Robert Dreyfuss in Rolling Stone calls a "generals' revolt" - amid fears that his Republican opposition would line up behind the insubordinate field commanders and make hay in the 2010 and 2012 election campaigns. Obama, too, has faced a general, Petraeus, who has played a far subtler game than MacArthur ever did. After more than two months of what right-wing critics termed "dithering" and supporters called "thorough deliberations", Obama dealt with the problem quite differently to Truman. He essentially agreed to subordinate himself to the publicly stated wishes of his field commanders. (Not that his Republican critics will give him much credit for doing so, of course.) This is called "politics" in our country and, for a Democratic president in our era, Tuesday night's end result was remarkably predictable.
When Obama bowed to the Japanese emperor on his recent Asian tour, there was a media uproar in this country. Even though the speech last Tuesday night should be thought of as bowing to the American military, there is likely to be little complaint on that score. Similarly, despite the significance of symbolism in Washington, there has been surprisingly little discussion about the president's decision to address the American people not from the Oval Office but from the US Military Academy at West Point."
07-12-2009 12:57Yesterday, the extreme nationalist Hungarian party Jobbik made in roads in
attempting to influence the Hungarian community in London.
07-12-2009 11:52This is part 2 of a 2 part pilot study of BNP voting levels, covering the totality of the UK electoral political field. 310 wards were used where results are available, from 16.10.08 to 27.8.09, all from the ALDC website.
07-12-2009 00:34Video of the EDL engaging in violence and vandalism outside Nottingham Castle.
06-12-2009 19:04President Obama has conceded that Guantánamo Bay will NOT close by 22 January 2010, breaking yet another promise and leaving over 200 prisoners in perpetual limbo. Prison conditions have not improved and in the past eight years, there has been only one conviction on a lesser charge. Join as we call for the closure of Guantánamo Bay now...no to arbitrary detention, no to torture, freedom and justice for all...take a long lunch break and come and join us.
06-12-2009 04:33There is a way out of this system which destroys our life, a system whose only function is to reproduce and to manage the corruption that is originally created by it. The way out can be found to each one separately and to everyone together. As long as we can still listen to the message coming out from the insurrection of December 2008.
05-12-2009 21:26Approximately 150-160 people have been detained as a means of terrorisation whilst also preventing and deterring others from participating in demonstrations marking the anniversary of the murder of a 15 year old youth in Athens. As a result the Polytechnic University of Athens has been Occupied and actions called.
05-12-2009 18:35Press Release from Camp for Climate Action UK
05-12-2009 17:22Copenhagen – COP15 – World Climate Summit
On December 12th 2009 a mass demonstration against the COP15 Climate Summit will take place in Copenhagen. A mixture of very different people, groups and organizations are going to participate.
Unfortunately, the official route of the demonstration will directly lead out of the city centre...