Wave of Solidarity Actions continues with Hambach Forest : 4 Defendersnow jailed

Actions Across Europe in Solidarity with Hambach Forest Defenders

from Hambach ForestThis Weekend’s Outpouring of Solidarity for Hambi from Across Europe and the World.

Rising levels of repression and police actions in Hambach Forest, continual lignite mining, temporary hold on logging for this year only by RWE, and rising level of propaganda and police threats to use this “no logging year” to plan to evict over 20 tree-houses and over 11 barrios blocking the largest toxic lignite mine in Western Europe, all of this and of course the record number of nine, now four (one is too many regardless of who they are) of Hambach Forest defenders in prison, all of this has led to: Continue reading Wave of Solidarity Actions continues with Hambach Forest : 4 Defendersnow jailed

Class War smash Qatari Royals and promote Protest Rights

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There’s something delicious about seeing very rich and powerful people take on a fight and then realise they’ve bitten off more than they can chew. They’re not used to it and sometimes seemingly small victories are the best we can hope for.

Last week Class War founder, Ian Bone, promoted globally on facebook the idea of redressing the balance on housing in London by occupying the Shard. There are multi million quid apartments in the building laying empty year and after year, meanwhile homelessness is on the rise and the vast majority of Grenfell survivors have still not been re-housed.

Before I go further I should say I’m part of Class War. My PhD research from the inside of the group has unearthed many examples of both the authorities and the media imagining that Class War just has to press a button somewhere and the unruly mob of thousands rises from the streets to literally devastate the avenues where the wealthy live. Class War are organising protests all the time and the size of a protest doesn’t really have an exact science behind it; some things take off and most things don’t. The vast majority of Class War events pass without any media interest. This means that when they do take off and large numbers attend a demo and boisterous things occur the police and others can look terribly inadequate so there has become a standard theme to policing Class War events: they send at least a van of cops along, hours in advance just in case, presumably with others on standby if they feel it necessary.

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Tabarnia: A not-so-funny Joke on Catalan Democracy

At first sight the Imaginary Kingdom of Tabarnia may be funny and subversive, (of course there’s less support for Independence on the industrial Catalan coast due to ”immigration” from other parts). But at second glance it’s another maneuver by the far right to sabotage the relatively progressive independence movement.

Tabarnia

The December 21 election in Catalonia produced some striking results and accentuated the deepening polarisation in the region. In the middle of what the pro-independence camp called a “Spanish occupation”, with the region’s autonomy practically repealed, the Catalan President Carles Puigdemont forced into self-exile in Belgium and some Catalan legislators sent to prison, those who support Catalonia’s independence from Spain still managed to maintain a slim majority in the regional parliament after the snap election.

The leaders of the ”winning”  Ciutadans’party have been exposed as prominent fascists who received huge financial support from the far right central government

#Frankfurt Airport Extension blocked By Tree Dwellers

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Plans to expand Frankfurt’s Airport’s  third terminal and clear 6ha of mixed forest for the motorway connection have been put on hold by a over a month  long now forest tree-sit occupation. 

\Treburer Wald between  Zeppelinheim and Möhrfelden-Walldorf on the edge of Frankfurt is now a home to group of activists living in 3 platform and  a treehouse connected by walkways with multiple banners bringing attention to the climate, pollution and noise impact of the airport. Continue reading #Frankfurt Airport Extension blocked By Tree Dwellers

Boycott Turkey: 449 Twitter and Facebook users Arrested for opposing Afrin Slaughter

Demonstrators shout anti-government slogans as one of them carry a placard with a picture of Turkey’s Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan during a protest against internet censorship in Istanbul May 15, 2011. Thousands of people marched in central Istanbul to protest against the government’s plan to filter the internet. REUTERS/Murad Sezer (TURKEY – Tags: CIVIL UNREST POLITICS) TEMPLATE OUT – RTR2MG6M
Turkish anti riot police officers block People’ Democracy Party’s (HDP) headquarter as HDP members call a protest against Turkey’s “Olive Branch” operation in Syria on January 21, 2018 in Diyarbakir. Turkey on January 20 launched operation “Olive Branch”
 (ANTIWAR.COM) — As Turkey’s invasion of northern Syria continues, so too does their policy of arresting anyone seen as even sort of opposed to the attack. The Turkish Interior Ministry now says 449 people have been detained for criticizing the war on social media, and 124 more detained for taking part in actual protests.

What Next? US Bans All Russian Nukes? Pentagon Flirts With Armageddon

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By Finian Cunningham

February 07, 2018 “Information Clearing House” –  Provocatively and recklessly, the American Pentagon has recently accused Russia of threatening European allies with nuclear weapons. On the basis of this deplorable accusation, the US is embarking on a $1 trillion upgrade of its nuclear arsenal.

The American nuclear revamp not only puts it in potential violation of disarmament agreements; the move is also destabilizing nuclear forces and increases the risk of catastrophic global war.

If ever Washington’s reckless power politics were in doubt, this is surely the touchstone issue.

As with so many other allegations leveled by Washington against Russia – from election hacking to Olympic sports doping – the claim that Moscow is engaging in nuclear threats is far from evidenced. Indeed, one could say, it’s in the realm of fantasy.

But the insane claim is then used to justify Washington’s own reprehensible behavior.

In the Pentagon’s Nuclear Posture Review (NPR) published last week, US Defense Secretary James Mattis states in the…

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Turkish regime uses ISIS fighters in war on Syria

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This video says about itself:

Erdogan & son profiting off of ISIS oil smuggling – security policy analyst

2 December 2015

A damning report has emerged claiming that the President of Turkey, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, and his son have their hands in the Islamic State’s oil trading business that has been funding the terrorist group. RT’s Lindsay France speaks with security policy analyst Michael Maloof about the report and its ramifications

From daily The Independent in Britain, 7 February 2018:

Turkey accused of recruiting ex-Isis fighters in their thousands to attack Kurds in Syria

Exclusive: Former Isis fighter tells The Independent that Turkey is using the name of the now defunct, Western-backed Free Syrian Army to conceal its use of jihadi mercenaries

Patrick Cockburn

Turkey is recruiting and retraining Isis fighters to lead its invasion of the Kurdish enclave of Afrin in northern Syria, according to an ex-Isis…

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