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Statewatch Statement on Seizure of Indymedia's Servers in London

09-10-2004 12:56

UK-USA: Was the seizure of Indymedia's servers in London unlawful or did the UK government collude?

Tony Bunyan, Statewatch editor, comments:

"Rackspace may be a US company but Rackspace in London is subject to UK law not US law. If they took down and handed over Indymedia's servers simply on the basis of a US subpoena communicated to them this would not be lawful in the UK.

However it seems more likely that the US subpoena was the subject of a request for mutual legal assistance from the US Attorney General to the UK Home Secretary under the MLA Treaty. It would for the Metropolitan Police, probably accompanied by the FBI, to enforce the request and take possession of the servers.

This begs the questions: Why did the Home Office agree? What grounds did the USA give for the seizure of the servers? Were these grounds of a "political" nature? Has the Home Office requested that the servers be returned? What does this action say about freedom of expression and freedom of the press?

A trail that started in Switzerland and Italy has now ended fairly and squarely in the lap of the UK Home Secretary to justify."

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demo banned - what next?

09-10-2004 12:45

Low pay Canary Wharf demo is banned... what next?

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Saddest case - Charlotte Wyatt

09-10-2004 03:13

A quick look decision, in relation to Charlotte Wyatt, a very sick child in the UK, that may have some major legal problems. It may also be an indicator, of larger scale problems, with the UK justice system.

Mandatory state suicide? Wait just a goddamn cotton pickin minute...

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When A Beautiful Soul Comes To Visit

09-10-2004 02:38

Tali Fahima , an Israeli woman under administrative detention, joins Palestinian women and girls held in prisons as political prisoners. The way in which Israel keeps them is cruel, without conscience and in violation of many human rights.

The Prison authority is answerable only to the Prime Minister, who has, himself, been accused of war crimes.
Please ask for a full investigation into the human rights violations.

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Haiti - union struggles in the free trade zones - speaker tour

08-10-2004 17:20

Yannick Etienne is a union organiser with Batay Ouvriye, working in the garment factories in Haiti's free trade zones.
She is in the UK for 10 days around the ESF. Come and hear about her comrades' struggles - taking on the might of the sweatshop bosses, TNCs like Levis, the state and the World Bank.

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Beyond State and Paid Labor

08-10-2004 12:28

"Basic security is the positive answer to the crisis of the capitalist work society. The far-reaching uncoupling of labor and income contradicts essential premises of the capitalist exploitation logic and therefore contains a dynamic that points beyond the system. Its realization is more a question of the social and political hierarchies of power than of material possibilities.."

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Cuban women speak in Oxford

08-10-2004 12:22

Alicia Gonzalez Gutierrez and Ivette Vega Hernandez are introduced by Caro Raine
Alicia Gonzalez Gaitierrez, Prof of Languages and International Relations and Ivette Vega Hernandez, Psychologist and involved in producing Muchachas and Mujeres, two women’s tabloids, came and spoke at the Oxford Town Hall. They are both involved in the Federation of Cuban Women.

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slowly?-) NHS staff achieve pay deal..

08-10-2004 03:47

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i think 'agenda for change' [within th NHS] was outlined in an earlier conference, this year. does any one have notes?

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Deck Stacked Against the Docks

08-10-2004 03:26

East coast longshoremen in the United States battle against the triangle of power on the piers-corrupt labor leaders, La Cosa Nostra (Italian mafia) and shipping bosses.

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Chiapas The Resistance - Caracol 1 La Realidad

07-10-2004 15:19

On the occasion of its 20th anniversary the Mexican daily paper La Jornada has published a special supplement entitled Chiapas : The Resistance. Written by Gloria Munoz Ramirez, this collection of articles takes us on a journey through the different Caracoles (zapatista centres) in each of the five zones of the Zapatista resistance. The ongoing projects are evaluated and the political context analysed. We learn of the dreams which have become reality, and the dreams which are still to be realised.
Taken from Indymedia Chiapas - - September 2004, and translated by Edinburgh-Chiapas Solidarity Group -

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Chiapas The Resistance - Caracol 2 Oventic

07-10-2004 15:15

A report by Gloria Munoz Ramirez in the Mexican daily newspaper La Jornada on the situation of the zapatista movement in the Highlands of Chiapas. Taken from Indymedia Chiapas September 2004 and translated by Edinburgh-Chiapas Solidarity Group.

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Chiapas The Resistance - Caracol 3 La Garrucha

07-10-2004 15:11

A report by Gloria Munoz Ramirez in the Mexican daily newspaper La Jornada on the situation of the zapatista movement in the Tzeltal Lacandona jungle zone of Chiapas. Taken from Indymedia Chiapas September 2004 and translated by Edinburgh-Chiapas Solidarity Group.

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Chiapas The Resistance - Caracol 4 Morelia

07-10-2004 15:06

Chiapas: The Resistance continues with a report from the Mexican daily La Jornada on the zapatista movement in the Morelia zone.
(translated by Edinburgh/Chiapas Solidarity Group from Indymedia Chiapas, September 2004)

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Chiapas The Resistance - Caracol 5 Roberto Barrios

07-10-2004 14:53

“Chiapas: The Resistance” continues with a report from the Mexican daily La Jornada on the zapatista movement in the northern zone of Chiapas.
(translated by Edinburgh/Chiapas Solidarity Group from Indymedia Chiapas, September 2004)

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Heritage Lottery Funded Tree Destruction Kings Lynn The Walks

07-10-2004 10:14

Update on struggle to save 'heritage' trees and wildlife habitats at historic King's Lynn park - The Walks.

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Building Bridges Radio - Why Do We Need a Million Workers March?

06-10-2004 22:58

Building Bridges Radio pressents this 26.5 minute radio program. TO LISTEN CLICK ON WEB ADDRESS LINK BELOW

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The Corporation.

06-10-2004 21:35

A few surprising facts about the modern corporation.

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Western Sahara - still illegally occupied after almost 30 years

06-10-2004 19:34

Refugee Studies Centre, University of Oxford

Invites you to a seminar entitled

'The Saharawi refugee camps: death and stagnation in no man's land' by Fatima Mahfud.

1-2pm on Thursday 14 October 2004

Blackhall Seminar Room, Queen Elizabeth House
21 St Giles, Oxford

All Welcome

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Palestine: Judging the Intifada

06-10-2004 17:30

By any standard, in a war between a colonial occupier and an indigenous people, the
Palestinians are in a comparable state to those who have trodden this path before them.
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