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The second Sheffield Indy Radio Show, Deportations, The EDL and Divide and Rule, features a discussion about the recent EDL confrontation at a Sheffield Indymedia meeting [MPEG video], the campaigns to oppose the deportations of two women from Sheffield, Odette Sefuko and Lem Lem Hussein Abdu, a listing of upcoming events from Alt-Sheff, news about the BP gulf oil spill via Democracy Now.
Read on to listen to the show and more details about what is in the show, Intro, Deportations, the BP Oil Spill, the EDL and some Chat. If you missed it the first Sheffield Indy Radio Show came out on 17th June 2010.
Booked for the 22nd May in our lovely city is Sheffield's first ever Anarchist bookfair. If you're anarcho-curious come and meet some local Anarchists. The Greens have conferences, the Left have meetings, the Conservatives have tea parties. So what do anarchists have? Bookfairs?!
These events have run for years in cities from San Francisco to Zagreb. They're a great starting point into the ideas, activism, ethics, creativity and history of the contemporary anarchist movement, with publishers comix, zines, film, art, food and fun stuff. It's at Corporation, appropriately painted black for the event, no doubt with a buzzing after-party nearby.
61 years ago on 6th August 1945 the first nuclear bomb, "Little Boy", a uranium bomb, was dropped on a civilian target, the city of Hiroshima in Japan, 3 days later on 9th August "Fat Man", a plutonium bomb, was dropped on the city of Nagasaki. These Americian acts of genocide, which killed as many as 210,000 people, were unnecessary and were designed "to kick-start the Cold War rather than end the Second World War".
CND (Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament) in the UK have shown that 59% opposes the replacement of Trident, Britian's submarine-launched nuclear ICBM (intercontinental ballistic missiles) system. On Friday 5th August protestors handed in 53,000 signatures on a petition to 10 Downing Street calling on the government not to replace Trident or develop any new nuclear weapons system. On Tuesday 2nd August two peace activists were arrested after painting "Trident is Terrorism" outside Faslane naval base. In October Faslane 365 begins — a year-long continuous peaceful blockade at Britain’s Trident nuclear weapons submarine base.
Protests against nuclear weapons are expected to take place around the world, 80 protests have been organised across the USA: To mark the 61st anniversary of the U.S. atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, rallies, vigils, teach-ins, and nonviolent protests will be held in more than 60 cities in 24 states across the country to demand an end to nuclear weapons and wars. Antiwar, nuclear abolition and indigenous rights groups are focusing on facilities run by the Bechtel Corporation, one of the world's leading nuclear weapons contractors, war profiteers, and violators of indigenous rights. Activities will take place under the banner: From Hiroshima to Yucca Mountain to the Middle East: No Nukes! No Wars! End War Profiteering! Support Indigenous Rights!
Protests are also expected in Perth and across Europe.
Links: CND | Global Network Against Weapons and Nuclear Power in Space | Nuking Iran is not off the table | Calculating the risk of war in Iran | The Hiroshima Myth | Wikipedia: Atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki
The Israeli war of agression against Lebanon has now been going on for almost four weeks and there have been two protests against it in Sheffield, the first one was held on 22nd July and it involved a spontaneous march around the city cente in a downpour and the second was held on 2nd August, it involved a five-minute sit down protest in Pinstone Street and a speech from Jews against Zionism. On 5th August many people from Sheffield attended the London demo against Israeli attacks.
Israel has been targetting civilians, journalists, the UN and ambulances using cluster bombs, depleted uranium munitions, bunker busters flown in via Scotland and a catalogue of other illegal weapons, the USA is the main source of Israeli weapons. According to UNICEF: "Thirty per cent of those who have died are children and 45 per cent of those who are displaced are children".
The capture of two Israeli soliders, which has been used by Israel to justify the attack on Hizballah, has been shown to be a pretext: "Israel's assaults on the Occupied Territories and Lebanon were planned well in advance with the full knowledge and approval of the US." The Israeli government was given the green light to attack Lebanon by the United States and the other states attending the G8 in Russia. The US-Israeli goal for Lebanon appears to be, as a minimum, regime change or worse, total annihilation, as with the wars in Iraq and Afganistain the role of oil appears to be key. Wider Middle East war was predicted at the end of June and the unfolding events appears to be part of an imperialist carve up of the Middle East.
One response, from a branch of the CNT in France has been to say: "Just as we firmly denounce this military escalation, calling for an immediate cease-fire, and an end to the bombings, and withdrawal of Israeli troops from Lebanon and the Occupied Palestinian Territories, we believe, as internationalist workers, that one of our urgent tasks is to support the development of a third camp - the camp of the workers - in the Middle East, at one and the same time against imperialist domination and against Islamist oppression."
A Month of Film Screenings on:
Every Sunday in July at SIF (Sheffield Independent Film), films start at 6:30pm and 8pm
The attacks on New York and Washington on 11th September 2001 have been described as a "New Pearl Harbor" and they have been used to justify the war against Afghanistan and Iraq, the erosion of civil liberties in the US and the UK and the permanent "War on Terror".
Since 9/11 conspiracy theories have flourished, however one of the least credible conspiracy theory is the official narrative this selection of films explores some of the 9/11 smoking guns and the possible motivation of those responsible.
Read on for a complete listing of the films...
People Power! Suddenly, it seems, it's all the rage. 'Let the People Decide!' declares a press release from the Office of the Deputy Prime Minister (ODPM), which lauds the democratic credentials of the recent Planning and Compulsory Purchase Act.
And here's the ODPM again: “Community involvement in planning should not be a reactive, tick-box, process - it should enable the local community to say what sort of place they want to live in at a stage when this can make a difference.” (1)
Not only that, but the Home Office seems bent on turning us all into 'Active Citizens' who will “define the problems they face, and tackle them in partnership with public bodies.” This vision is, we're told, “at the heart of the Home Office's vision of life in our 21st century communities.” (2)
At the heart of it, huh?
Enter the Burngreave and Fir Vale 'Masterplan': a radical plan to renew Burngreave's housing.
Join the televised rally at 6pm on the 14th Feb at The National Centre For Popular Music, when Hallam will be re-opening the centre as a students union. The NCPM was built from lottery funding it is considered by some that its true ownership is that of the people.
The National Centre for Popular Music (NCPM) was built over five years ago as a visitor attraction centre for Sheffield using over £18 million of public money. The original project failed for various reasons and for a number of years this iconic building has been abandoned largely empty and unused at the heart of Sheffield's Cultural Industries Quarter — an area in which Sheffield's creative and digital industries are concentrated.
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March 18 Anti War Protest
Refugee Week 2006
Transnational Day of Action Against Migration Controls
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John Pilger: War by Media and the Triumph of Propaganda #LoganCIJ14
Why the Guardian axed Nafeez Ahmed's blog
04-12-2014 22:13 | 4 comments
Yorkshire Ripper farce - new fake TV documentary
Cory Doctorow: Information Doesn't Want to Be Free
Can you feel the Class War all around you?
21-08-2014 18:24 | 4 comments
Audio: Sheffield Anarchist Bookfair Workshops 2014
UG#682 - The Commercially Controlled Media (Shadows Of Liberty)
UG#679 - The New Pearl Harbor 3 (The Exploding Towers)
UG#677 - The New Pearl Harbor 1 (Air Defence, Hijackers & Aircraft)
UG#658 - Countering Intelligence 1
UG#656 - Secret Wars Of The CIA (A Classic Speech by John Stockwell)
UG#651 - Deep Green Resistance (Earth At Risk Conference)
02-07-2013 22:48 | 1 comment
UG#650 - Fighting Nature To The Last Drop
UG#649 - Why Money Will End (And How To Prepare)
21-06-2013 07:30 | 2 comments
Audio: Sheffield - Building our Response to the Climate Challenge
UG#642 - Living a 3-Dimensional Life (Living Moneyless, Walden #1)
UG#637 - The Preliminaries Of A Vision (Of A World We Might Want)
UG#636 - Bilking The Afflicted (Addiction, Drugs & Capitalism)
UG#635 - Apocalypse Postponed (Perspectives On A Progressive Future)
UG#634 - The Coming Apocalypse etc. (Catastrophism, Zombies, The "Fiscal Cliff")
07-05-2013 03:13 | 1 comment
UG#632 - The War On Kids (The Youth Of Today's Toxic Legacy)
The film industry is the way?
UG#606 - Flight From Meaning 1 (The Superior Human, Debt in The Axial Age)
12-01-2013 12:21 | 1 comment
UG#607 - Flight From Meaning 2 (Money = Competition = Psychosis)
UG#601 - The Psychopathology of Money (Nick Leeson, The Economics of Happiness)
27-12-2012 00:28 | 3 comments
UG#595 - An Antidote To Forgetfulness (The Great New Zealand Fire Sale)
07-12-2012 23:40 | 1 comment
UG#596 - Lifting The Lid on The NSA (Secret Rooms, Infiltration, Menwith Hill)
07-12-2012 23:38 | 1 comment
UG#593 - Let Your Life Be A Friction (To Stop The Machine)
Crash! Financial Crisis event on 24th Novemeber
'Sworn Enemies'? A Response To George Monbiot from Media Lens
07-11-2012 11:04 | 1 comment
Noam Chomsky: Why America and Israel Are the Greatest Threats to Peace
10-09-2012 10:28 | 2 comments
Peer 2 Peer Production as the Alternative to Capitalism: A New Communist Horizon
02-08-2012 09:15 | 4 comments
Report of the Public Meeting held in Liverpool on June 23rd 2012
11-07-2012 20:54 | 1 comment
UG#592 - The Technology of Reunion (The Coming War on General Computation)
26-06-2012 05:12 | 2 comments
The Houla Massacre
31-05-2012 15:36 | 4 comments
An Economy for the 99%
19-05-2012 15:16 | 2 comments
Damascus terror bombing: Made in the USA
A Rebellious World or a New Dark Age?
Where We Stand : Formation of a new anarchist communist project in the UK
01-05-2012 11:14 | 8 comments
UG#586 - The Iron Triangle (The Carlyle Group and Ethos)
UG#587 - Engineering The Stench of Urban Decay
Crisis of Civilization Podcast: Episode 1 – Syria, Libya, Iran
The August 'Riots': film, talk, and discussion in Leeds
Democracy or Plutocracy?
UN 'Travesty': Resolutions Of Mass Destruction - Part 2
UN 'Travesty': Resolutions Of Mass Destruction
14-02-2012 15:54 | 1 addition
Crashing Through Capital: An Introduction to Economics
Armed Groups Inside Syria: Prelude to a US-NATO Intervention?
05-02-2012 15:47 | 1 addition
The World War on Democracy
Selective Outrage – Iran And Libya
#Occupy and the Church
09-01-2012 14:13 | 9 comments
The Crisis of Civilization January Screenings
06-01-2012 23:30 | 2 additions
Occupy Planet Earth: Resisting the Militarisation of State Power
Media lies used to provide a pretext for another "humanitarian war"
27-11-2011 13:16 | 4 comments
The 1%'s New Battle: Selling War on Iran
22-11-2011 19:38 | 1 comment
UG#576 - Is 5000 Years Enough? (Debt, Morality & Fiat Currency)
Occupy Movement: where next?
18-11-2011 11:48 | 5 comments
Sole military Super-Bloc: NATO Issues Daily Reprieves To The World