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17.10.2011

Iraqi Civil Society Solidarity Initiative

Success of the 3rd Conference of the Iraqi Civil Society Solidarity Initiative and 1st International Marathon in Iraq Both events, organized by ICSSI members, took place successfully in Erbil on 7-9 October 2011 and gave tremendous visibility to the Iraqi civil society, its struggle for a laical state, peace and human rights. »

16.10.2011

Thousands March in New York as part of 15O Global Day of Action

Organizers estimate that 15,000 people converged in Times Square on Saturday afternoon, the culmination of a day of marches and protests that covered much of lower Manhattan. Actions from New York to Madrid, Rome, London, Jakarta, Tokyo and Sydney were part of a global day of action called for by the Indignados movement in Spain and later joined by Occupy Wall Street. »

16.10.2011

OCCUPY the London Stock Exchange gets St Paul’s Cathedral’s Chancellor’s blessing

Press Release 16/10/11: Canon Chancellor Giles Fraser defends people's right to protest and addresses the crowd before morning service at St Paul’s cathedral. The Canon calls on the police to leave the occupation at St Paul’s. OccupyLSX reports that 250 people camped overnight, despite initial police use of force, maintaining a calm and engaging occupation. »

16.10.2011

Germany 15O

In Germany about 40000 people went on the streets: very mixed, old, young, mostly middle class, educated. In Berlin it was about 10000, in Frankfurt in the bank metropolis 8000 with the goal to occupy, in Cologne 1500, Duesseldorf 1500, Munich 1000, Hamburg thousands and so on. The organisators in each city were joyfully surprised because they expected a few hundred only. »

15.10.2011

Occupy London Stock Exchange sets up camp in the City: Press Release 15.10.11

Between 4000 - 5000 people gather in London’s Square Mile to voice their anger at the social and economic inequality in the UK and beyond, OccupyLSX holds first people's assembly this afternoon to decide future plans for its occupation, People's assemblies spring up near St Paul's despite police refusing to allow protesters onto Paternoster Square [the LSX location] »

15.10.2011

‘Occupy’ Movements Becoming Global

By Farooque Chowdhury* Across oceans and covering continents people around the world are struggling. There are protest marches, demonstrations, occupations. It's now global, a globalization of struggle for democracy, for a decent life. It is One Earth One Humanity One Loved, as a placard in the Occupy Wall Street Movement announces. »

15.10.2011

15M Movement: “Youth Manifesto”

FRIENDS: “Our call for change unites us. We want a new society that gives people priority over economic and political interests. We want to demonstrate that society has not gone to sleep, and that we will keep fighting for what we deserve by peaceful means. We want all this, and we want it now.” (Sol, May 2011). »

14.10.2011

Celebrations in Palestine as Hamas and Israel confirm prisoner swap deal

Thousands of Palestinians hit the streets of Gaza and West Bank 11 October to celebrate the prisoner swap deal between Israel and Hamas. This will exchange 1,027 Palestinians for the captured Israeli soldier, Gilad Shalit. Hamas leader in Damascus Khaled Messhal, in a congratulatory speech, considered the swap deal as a proud national achievement for all Palestinians. »

13.10.2011

Is Health a Right or a Business? New legislation to privatise the UK NHS continues its march undeterred

The House of Lords appeared to create some hope that the Bill aimed at dropping the British National Health Service on the laps of private providers so that they can make profits with the health of the population could be defeated. But the vote was lost and the Bill continues its process towards final approval and implementation. »

12.10.2011

Occupy Wall Street Spreads Exponentially Across U.S. October 15 an International Day of Action

Occupy Wall Street, now in its fourth week in Liberty Plaza is inspiring others across the U.S.A. and the world. As of this writing, there are occupations in more than 1550 cities worldwide, with more than one hundred in the U.S. alone, despite the fact that the movement is much more recent in the U.S. than in Europe. »

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