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UK councils may outlaw peaceful demonstrations

Campaign groups warn that peaceful protests could be outlawed across Britain because of a legislation, which grants councils new powers to criminalize behavior deemed capable of causing a “nuisance or annoyance.” Campaigners argue that the Anti-Social Behavior, Crime and Policing Bill could also be used to forbid youngsters from skateboarding, ban teenagers from using local parks and prevent demonstrators f ...

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Why Politics Fails

Nothing will change until we confront the real sources of power. By George Monbiot, published in the Guardian 12th November 2013 It’s the reason for the collapse of democratic choice. It’s the source of our growing disillusionment with politics. It’s the great unmentionable. Corporate power. The media will scarcely whisper its name. It is howlingly absent from parliamentary debates. Until we name it and con ...

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UK Border Agency insists that Sri Lankans pay to get maimed so they can claim asylum

By Frank Arnold(1). Burnt with metal rods and cigarette butts? Maybe so, says the Border Agency, but you paid someone to do this to you. A surgeon with expertise in torture scars argues that 'self-torture by proxy' is a dangerous fiction. The photo with this article is the back of a Tamil man, photographed in London soon after he arrived here and just before he claimed asylum this year. I examined him recen ...

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‘Pakistani court rules CIA drone strikes are illegal’. How will the new Government respond?

In her May 9th, 2013 article by Alice K Ross for The Bureau of Investigative Journalism  explains: 'In the first major Pakistani court ruling on the legality of the CIA’s drone campaign in the country, a Peshawar High Court judge said this morning that strikes are ‘criminal offences’. Chief Justice Dost Muhammad Khan ordered Pakistan’s government to ‘use force if need be’ to end drone attacks in the country ...

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David Cameron promotes nuclear proliferation

On a visit to Scotland, the home of UK nuclear weapons, the British Prime Minister, David Cameron said, "We cannot be sure on issues of nuclear proliferation, and to me having that nuclear deterrent is quite simply the best insurance policy that you can have, that you will never be subject to nuclear blackmail."  Pressenza publishes the response by the UK Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament. David Cameron's co ...

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Peace campaigners letter to Hague & Cameron: do not send arms to Syria

Stop the War Coalition opposes lifting of arms embargo on Syria - Letter to PM and Foreign Secretary Jeremy Corbyn MP will be joined by peace campaigners and activists in handing a letter in to the Foreign Office at 10.15am on Wednesday morning. The letter calls on David Cameron, William Hague and the British government to refrain from exacerbating the conflict in Syria by supplying even more arms to the re ...

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We need to talk about… the Falklands

(Here, Tony Robinson writies in a personal capacity about the recent Falkland islands referendum and issues of ownership) The issue of the Falkland Islands comes up frequently among my many Argentinean friends and as fierce patriots they proclaim their sovereignty of the islands and denounce in the strongest terms the British “occupation”.  They uphold not only the history they learn in schools but also the ...

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UK undermining arms embargo on Syria

British Foreign Secretary, William Hague has pressed the EU to amend the arms embargo on Syria so that military equipment could be supplied to opposition forces. On 18 February the EU agreed to maintain the embargo, but on 6 March Hague confirmed EU agreement for UK training of opposition forces and the supply to them of"non-lethal" military equipment such as armoured vehicles. Press release by CAAT Campaig ...

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UK to snub discussions on humanitarian consequences of nuclear weapons

Campaigners say this shows why a ban treaty must go ahead without them  The UK has said today that it will not be participating in next week’s international conference on the humanitarian consequences of nuclear weapon use. The meeting will look at the immediate and long-term impacts of nuclear weapon detonations, as well as international capacities to respond to such incidents. The UK’s decision to line up ...

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Youth support for Scots independence doubled

London’s attempts to put up obstacles over Scotland’s independence bid have been aborted after a poll recorded a boost in support for the country’s independence. According to the poll’s results, the number of young Scots supporting the country’s independence has doubled to 58 per cent from 27 per cent in October. The poll also gave Scottish Deputy Minister Nicola Sturgeon a higher approval rating than Alist ...

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