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UK Social Struggles Newswire Archive

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Boris Johnson needs to stop uttering rubbish for Big Biz agenda

14-05-2013 16:09

The Plug for Boris Johnson via BIg Biz agenda hype Xrail 2 has got to be seen in
the context of the severe economic hardship that so many people across London and the South East are experiencing.

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UG#638 - Modern Human Self-Enslavement (Addiction To The Consumer Treadmill)

14-05-2013 15:37

This episode two speakers give us a new angle on why so many people seem addicted to living lives that leave them unfulfilled. Firstly, doctor and addiction specialist Gabor Maté gives a personal reflection on the question "Who We Are When We Are Not Addicted?". After a musical break we hear a radio adaptation of Consumed - The Human Experience, which looks at how marketing is finely tuned to hijacking human evolutionary drives.

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Support Abdul Ghafar Rajabali

13-05-2013 23:15

Release Abdul Ghafar Rajabali and halt his deportation.
Please click on the website and sign the petition.

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UG#637 - The Preliminaries Of A Vision (Of A World We Might Want)

13-05-2013 16:21

This week an invitation to reflect on capitalism in crisis not as an economic but a political phenomenon. We hear two 'bigger picture' talks on the interrelationships between Economics and Politics, one with a European focus, one which concentrates on USA. First Tariq Ali gives us "The Rotten Heart of Europe" summarising the machinations of the political elite in Europe. Next it is Gar Alperovitz, author of "America Beyond Capitalism", on the growth of US movements to decentralize wealth and ownership.

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Aber to Athens Night of Solidarity

12-05-2013 16:51

Solidarity gig in West Wales, All welcome!

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David Graeber talks in London, Tuesday 21 May.

12-05-2013 15:15

David Graeber
'Culture as creative refusal' a talk and discussion led by David Graeber (author of Debt: the first 5000 years).

Tuesday, May 21 6.15–9.00 pm.
Venue: The St Martinʼs Community Centre
43 Carol St, London NW1 0HT (2 minutes from Camden tube)

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Is a most deprived Tower Hamlets COUNCIL, right to carry out Tory attacks?

11-05-2013 15:54

Tower Hamlets is notorious deprived, crisis-ridden, wrong-headed local Borough Council. Right now, its head of legal is involved in a most secretive employment tribunal tussle being very strangely held only yards from the main Council Town Hall. The Central Govt has repeatedly condemned the Council Administration for wasting public money on running a propaganda organ called East End Life, aka 'Tower Hamlets Town Hall's very own pravda'.

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Press release - Anti-Capitalists publish map of targets in the West End

10-05-2013 08:27


Anti-Capitalists are targeting the rich in the West End of London in the
run-up to the G8 Summit next month.

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Call for an Anti-Militarist Action against the G8 on June 12th

09-05-2013 22:44

This is a call to all anti-militarists to join us in the West End of London during the week of action against the G8. - for more info see

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#J11: Map of the capitalist West End

09-05-2013 20:56

stopg8 map of the West End
Presenting the action map for the June 11 Carnival Against Capitalism. Some 90 locations connected to blatant murder, oppression and exploitation. And that's just the tip of the iceberg ...

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LAON's April Review of English Opencast Sites

09-05-2013 14:40

This review updates information on planning developments affecting new English Opencast sites. In addition, it has information on the sites that would be affected if UK Mine Holdings / UK Coal Operations were, as recent press stories indicate, to go into administration. In addition it has news on the the land slip at Hatfield Colliery, latest developments over the Helsley Wood Tip and opencast mining on the Canobie Coalfield.

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UG#635 - Apocalypse Postponed (Perspectives On A Progressive Future)

07-05-2013 14:46

Last episode we reflected on whether people's penchant for doomsday predictions and tales of the living dead was connected to their common experience of life under capitalism. This time, given the absence of an apocalyptic Mayan doomsday event, we ask whether a conscious effort to reject such catastrophism is in order, and what a progressive future might look like.

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Residents rally at 6 PM at Trahorn Close E1 focuses on Tower Hamlets Council

07-05-2013 13:34

Tower Hamlets Council's transfer of Council housing stock was done under dubious
promises. One promise Tower Hamlets Council made was that tenants, residents would enjoy the same rights when their homes were taken over by the "social landlords" as they had enjoyed under Council control.
This evening, Tuesday 07 May 2013, residents at the Trahorn Close, near Vallance Road, are rallying to question Tower Hamlets Council's pledge.
They have already petitioned the Borough’s “executive Mayor” Lutfur Rahman demanding action over the “social landlord” outfit’s behaviour.

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UG#634 - The Coming Apocalypse etc. (Catastrophism, Zombies, The "Fiscal Cliff")

07-05-2013 03:13

On our last show before December 21st, 2012, we examine the spectre of 'catastrophe'. Does the popularity of undead imagery reveal anything about modern society? We begin by revisiting David Graeber's insights on Tiv mythology at the time of the African slave trade, then examine the underpinning of the modern university and schooling systems as a way to decode the barrage of modern day warnings of the 'Fiscal Cliff'.

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Blast from the Past: “Give Up Activism”

05-05-2013 12:04

Cross Posted from
An article from Do or Die Issue 9. In the paper edition, this article appears on page(s) 160-166.

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UG#633 - Putting The 'Mental' Back in Environmental (Food Waste & FMNR In Niger)

05-05-2013 02:11

Is planet earth facing a food crisis? Are there too many people here? Can humanity afford to tackle desertification in the Sahel? Filmmaker Mike Freedman, food activist Tristram Stuart, author Ronald Wright and finally permaculturist and aid worker Tony Rinaudo all contribute their voices to this week's challenge to simplistic and reductionist thinking on such matters.

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The Robot Revolution

03-05-2013 11:05

John Kay inventor of the Fly Shuttle, by Ford Madox Brown.
Just as we are seeing climate chaos change to climate catastrophe, we may also see job chaos change to job catastrophe. We are entering an era of technological change which has the potential to create havoc in an already seriously undermined world of employment. It has become a well-worn cliché to declare that the robots are coming but it is necessary to consider seriously how the creeping technologisation of production and services is going to affect many areas of employment considered today to be relatively safe from the machines.

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Oil: to level or to cancel!

02-05-2013 21:36

Right price for brazilian oil!
Twitter @LeilaoNao

There are now 30 billion barrels of oil, estimated at brutal 6 trillion R$ (three trillion US$), the equivalent to 3 or 4 Brazilian Union budgets that are under the risk of being delivered by derisory percentage of this amount, following the infamous "tradition" of the NPA.

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New Anti- Fascist film trailer - 'No Pasaran'.

02-05-2013 15:24

A upcoming animation film is nearly complete and is titled 'No Pasaran'. It's a film about the rise of modern fascism in Magdeburg, Germany.

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Thatcher memorial unveiled in Birmingham for International Workers Day

02-05-2013 10:07

A touching tribute to the late prime minister has been unveiled in Birmingham to coincide with International Workers Day. It can be found on Lombard Street, Digbeth, Bimingham.
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