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Occupy London: The New Putney Debates 1647-2014

Occupy London is holding a series of events inspired by the Levellers and Diggers’ demands for social justice, civil rights and equal access to the land. The programme of events is scheduled between Wed 15th October and Sunday 9th November 2014, and the venue for some events will be St. Mary’s Church in Putney where the debates started on 28 October 1647. Throughout the New Putney Debates there will be an e ...

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Ukraine – Truce or Trojan Horse: Retreat, Re-Armament and Relaunch

  Human Wrongs Watch By Prof. James Petras*, September 2014 – TRANSCEND Media Service –  The NATO proxy war in the Ukraine started with the violent US-EU-sponsored overthrow of the elected government via a mob putsch in February 2014. This was well financed at $5 billion, according to President Obama’s Assistant Secretary of State Victoria Nuland. The result was a junta, composed of neo-liberal puppets ...

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#Nonviolenceday at the Park of Study and Reflection La Belle Idée

Friends from different countries of Europe met at the Park of Study and Reflection La Belle Idée, near Paris, last week end. We wanted to express our support for the Campaign Oct 2nd, Nonviolence Day, to celebrate together another world that is being born. Yes! A nonviolent world is possible! On Oct 2nd let us all send selfies, or inspiring photos or messages to social media mentioning both #nonviolenceday ...

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2014 Awards honour courageous and effective work for human rights, freedom of the press, civil liberties and combatting climate change

PRESS RELEASE, Stockholm 24 September 2014 The 2014 Right Livelihood Honorary Award goes to EDWARD SNOWDEN (USA) “for his courage and skill in revealing the unprecedented extent of state surveillance violating basic democratic processes and constitutional rights”. and to ALAN RUSBRIDGER (UK) “for building a global media organisation dedicated to responsible journalism in the public interest, undaunted by th ...

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BP or not BP oil spill at the British Museum

By BP or nor BP On Sunday [22/9/14], seventy of us recreated BP’s Deepwater Horizon spill inside the British Museum: Gross Negligence from rikki on Vimeo. This is the eighth time we’ve performed inside the Museum to challenge their sponsorship partnership with the world’s biggest corporate criminal, BP. We’ve raised the profile of the issue and have definitely got their attention. But if we’re going to kick ...

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Scotland – is that what you really want?

Like they say, be careful what you wish for as you might get it. Assuming the main purport of this move towards independence is not because Scotland sees itself as an oil-rich territory that need not share this benediction with anyone else on a fraternity basis, but only on a strictly business basis, then it’s good to ‘go independent’. Then, the good people of Scotland will have to work hard to make real al ...

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Grassroots campaigning turns Scottish independence vote into a cliffhanger

Every day, a stream of volunteers approaches the unofficial Yes Scotland office in Edinburgh. None of these people are political activists; they are members of the public who’ve stopped at the office to do their part for Yes Scotland, the campaign dedicated to making Scotland an independent country. As a middle-aged trio leave with boxes of pamphlets, a young couple walk in with their two children, offering ...

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Do you have the courage to ban nuclear weapons?

From the 6-7 December 2014, ICAN will host a Civil Society Forum in Vienna on the humanitarian impact of nuclear weapons. Despite the compelling call of the humanitarian initiative, nuclear weapons states continue to cling to their inhumane weapons. Governments will convene for the Third conference on the humanitarian consequences of nuclear weapons on 8-9 December, shortly after the Civil Society Forum. Th ...

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UN votes for rules to stop vulture funds

Jubilee Debt Campaig The United Nations General Assembly has passed a resolution to create new legal rules to stop financial speculators like vulture funds from undermining debt restructurings. The motion, passed by 124 votes to 11, has decided that the UN will create “a multilateral legal framework for the sovereign debt restructuring processes”. At present, there are no rules regarding how to restructure ...

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Brand new NHS Reinstatement Bill from Allyson Pollock gives hope to campaigners

OurNHS 1 September 2014 Leading NHS [National Health Service, UK] campaigners have come together to produce an NHS Reinstatement Bill which contains all the vital ingredients to stop and reverse NHS privatisation. And they want your views. Leading public health experts have launched a consultation on a new Bill that aims to reverse the failings of the Health and Social Care Act 2012 and fully restore the Na ...

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