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Chicago 10 & Frost Nixon films; S.H.A.C. Evicted

Irony greetings on this day that John Howard gets his Freedom Medal or is that Feardom Metal from nearly ex-Prez Bush ? Did anyone see the Chicago 10 doco on SBS la

"All the World's Watching" yes saw the Chicago 10 animated drama doco, it was marvellous seeing the actual defendants and film footage from 1968. The title is drawn from a quote by Rubin, who said, "Anyone who calls us the Chicago Seven is a racist. Because you're discrediting Bobby Seale. You can call us the Chicago Eight, but really we're the Chicago Ten, because our two lawyers went down with us." Recognised some street scenes from Haskell Wexler's actual footage used also in his film Medium Cool which is a classic about role media as much as street protests.

Out-takes from Medium Cool are used in the Brett Morgen film. There is a doco about the making of Medium Cool which I am yet to see but sounds interesting:

9 Women Occupy Raytheon Offices in Derry - Arms Supplier to Israeli War Crimes in Gaza

Photos & Report - 9 Women Occupy Raytheon Offices in Derry - Arms Supplier to Israeli War Crimes in Gaza

Derry plant of Arms manufacturer and Israel sponsor occupied for 3d time since 2003 Nine Women from Derry Make a Stand Against Raytheon Weapons and its Tools of Occupation

'We call for a criminal investigation into the activities of the Raytheon company in Ireland, Britain and elsewhere with a view to the prosecution of Raytheon executives for complicity in war crimes.'

Statement issued by the nine women as they entered the Raytheon premises:

From the Derry Anti War Coalition: From Nine Women Who Have Chained Themselves Inside The Raytheon Building At Springtown Today (January 12Th)

At 2.30pm We have taken this action in an effort to prevent or delay war crimes being committed by the Israeli Defence Forces in Gaza with the use of Raytheon weapons and to try to force a criminal investigation into the activities of the Raytheon company in Derry and elsewhere which, we believe, amount to complicity in war crimes.

This Land Is Their Land - Going To Extremes Notes from a Divided Nation: Barbara Ehrenreich

Review Going To Extremes Notes from a Divided Nation (aka This Land Is Their Land Reports from a Divided Nation.)

Barbara Ehrenreich. Granta, 2008. ISBN 978 1 84708 065 3

In Blood Rites, Barbara Ehrenreich delved into the origins of our species’ attraction to war & violence. In Dancing in the Streets she explored the opposite impulse, one that has been so effectively suppressed that we lack even a term for it: the desire for collective joy, historically expressed in ecstatic revels of feasting, costuming, and dancing.

Nickle & Dimed recorded from direct experience how millions of Americans (75% of wage slaves) work for poverty-level wages. She was inspired in part by the rhetoric surrounding welfare reform, which promised that any job equals a better life. But how can anyone survive, let alone prosper, on $6 to $7 an hour?

International press exposes 7-Eleven and 20 hour rule (UNITE)

International press exposes 7-Eleven and 20 hour rule

As UNITE continues its campaign against 7-Eleven's exploitation we came across this story published in the Straits Times (Singapore).

Foreign students exploited By Roger Maynard, Australia Correspondent, Straits Times Singapore

International students in Australia are often given misleading information by overseas recruitment companies and frequently exploited in the workplace, a new report has claimed. The report, which looked into the way the international student community is treated in Australia, has raised concerns about the lack of affordable accommodation and underpayment by employers, among other things.

The study, by The Overseas Student Experience Taskforce, focused on the state of Victoria and was instigated in September in the wake of media and word-of-mouth criticism about local conditions. International education is Victoria’s biggest service export, and as many as 133,000 foreign post-secondary, vocational and higher education students contributed an estimated A$3.9 billion (S$3.8 billion) to the state’s economy last year.

War on a "D.I.M.E." + Raytheon war profiteers exposed & more Gas

War on a DIME ? One such munition may be Dime, or dense inert metal explosives, a weapon recently developed by the US army to create a powerful and lethal blast over a small area. The munition is supposed to still be in the development stage and is not yet regulated. There are fears, however, that Israel may have received a green light from the US military to treat Gaza as a testing ground.

Police Agree to Investigate Raytheon's Role in War Crimes - Tuesday January 13, 2009 George Row. Nine Women obstruct doors inside Raytheon Plant Derry by chaining themselves together and to the doors. They were protesting against the use of Raytheon's weapons by Israel in the commission of war crimes in Gaza. They also called upon the local police to investigate Raytheon's participation in such crimes.


more "step on the Gas" background

Astakos Port soli with Gaza/ Journos HQ occupied/ Hussein Zahidul's death in Athens

Greece Gaza Solidarity at Astakos Port

Mainstream media reports have revealed that the U.S. Navy is attempting to ship 325 20-foot containers of ammunition (over 3000 tons) from the private Greek port of Astakos to Israel, in an emergency shipment of arms to aid the occupation in its ongoing war crimes against the Palestinian people in Gaza. Information as for when this shipment will be attempted is conflicting; possible dates are the 15th, 25th and 31st of January. On 10th Jan 2009, a call out was made to “the Greek movement, the Greek people and all international progressive forces to halt the planned shipment of U.S. arms to Israel from the Greek port of Astakos” see:

Student Housing Action Cooperative clears up some criticisms.

Clarifications Hello all! Just a quick post.

SHAC are not adverse to criticism or suggestion – in fact we think it is a really important part of SHAC and the process we’re engaging in. New ideas and different perspectives help the campaign grow and prosper. However because we at SHAC love clarifications (though not as much as we love affordable housing) we just want to make a few in response to some of the feedback we’ve been getting. It’s not a question of right or wrong – we just want to make sure our actions and message are as clearly represented as possible.


That our call for students to come and support us whilst we’re facing eviction is a threat of violent protest.

Friends of the Earth Melbourne news on water & climate change

Historic Decision to Protect Red Gums on Murray River

Ten years after Friends of the Earth and the Yorta Yorta indigenous people first conceived of a jointly managed Barmah-Millewa National Park, the Victorian government have joined us in our vision. On December 30 Victorian Premier John Brumby made history by committing to protect 95,000ha of Murray River Red Gum forests, and create the state’s first jointly managed National Parks. As ‘the kidneys of the river,’ wetland-forests like Barmah are critical to the health of the Murray River. Protecting these complex ecosystems will bolster the Murray’s natural resilience in the face of climate change and reduced water flows. Doing so in partnership with the Traditional Owners will set our community on a more just and respectful footing so that we may together, take better care for this country. Many challenges remain before we have a healthy Murray-Darling basin – not least, the protection of the great red gum forests across the border in NSW.

La Lucha Continua: a talking mural in San Francisco

La Lucha Continua: a talking mural in San Francisco (Using this site: You can interact with the photo of the mural above to learn more about each of the individuals portrayed and to hear an audio clip by or about them. Simply move your mouse over the desired individual and click. Or click on the name below when on line)

About: The mural | Susan Greene, the artist The portraits: Mumia Abu-Jamal, Aristide, Judi Bari, Soha Bechara, Maurice Bishop, Madame Binh, Marilyn Buck, Sitting Bull, Cesar Chavez, Rachel Corrie, Bernadette Devlin, Franz Fanon, Ghandi, Emma Goldman, Che Guevara, Handala, Joe Hill, Dolores Huerta, Frida Kahlo, Leila Khaled, Martin Luther King Jr., Lolita Lebron, Audre Lorde, Patrice Lumumba, Rosa Luxemburg, Farabundo Martí, José Martí, Rigoberta Menchu, Leonard Peltier, Archbishop Oscar Romero, Edward Said, Augusto César Sandino, Assata Shakur, Harriet Tubman, Pancho Villa, Malcolm X, Sofia Yamaika, Emiliano Zapata

Gaza was a gas ? Qui bono - who benfits/profits

Gaza was a Gas ? qui bono ? - who benefits/profits?

From May 23, 2007

BG Group at centre of $4bn deal to supply Gaza gas to Israel The British energy firm is set to agree terms of a $4bn, 15-year deal over gas discovered off the Gaza coast BG Group is poised to agree the terms of an historic $4 billion (£2 billion) deal to supply Palestinian gas to Israel from a discovery off the Gaza coastline, The Times has learnt.

Representatives from the British energy company are scheduled next week to meet a team of negotiators chosen by the Israeli Cabinet to thrash out a 15-year contract. Despite the violence in Gaza, the Israeli Foreign Ministry has insisted that it wants to conclude a deal “as soon as possible”. It would enable BG Group, the former owner of British Gas, to begin to develop an offshore field that is the Palestine Authority’s only natural resource. The move would mark an unprecedented milestone in Middle East relations.

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