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Bankers Anonymous: Help banks kick gambling addiction

 
by Dan Iles, World Development Movement
 
 Banks like Goldman Sachs are seriously addicted to gambling. But unlike the bloke in Ladbrokes betting on the football scores, the horses, or the arrival date of the royal baby, investment banks are gambling on hunger.
And while the Ladbrokes gambler is often the loser at his[...]

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Fracking and Arctic drilling. Is it worth it?

by Imad Gibbs
As I learn more about fracking my views become more and more strongly inclined against it. Obviously anyone with half an environmentally-conscious mind will soon realize, after learning more about it, that it is a hideous and sinister way of extracting energy for our modern lives.
Fracking stands for Hydraulic Fracturing, essentially[...]

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The Battle of Battersea

Tom Moriarty, Occupier, contemplates the closure and now monetisation of the children’s adventure playground in Battersea Park
 
Well I really shouldn’t have to say too much about this but I would ask you to please contemplate the implications, for example, the turning of a children’s playground into a profit centre, the segregation of children[...]

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Cyberwarfare for the Facebook generation

Without access to the internet, we would be reliant on the few infotainment conglomerates for news and analysis. Blogging and alternative news media have given us access to an avalanche of information within which we can find nuggets of truth. However, established interests and governments have not stood aside from the world wide web but[...]

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Homes Not Jails

The Squash Campaign – a housing justice group – say that the goverment’s anti-squatting law:
- pushes more people onto the streets,
- criminalises the recycling of unused buildings
- encourages landlords to keep empty buildings, pushing the price of rents up for everyone else
- increases the cost to the taxpayer of keeping empty[...]

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Battersea Adventure Playground Demolition – Response from Wandsworth Against Cuts

For the record, the vandalism in demolishing a much loved much needed adventure playground is by far the biggest crime. Let’s not lose sight of this. That was done by Wandsworth council, and in particular Councillor Kathy Tracey. This is a lady who oversees Children’s services, and yet is intent on closing youth centres, One[...]

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ATOS Disability Toll

 
by Clive Menzies
 
At Friday’s General Assembly, Occupy was asked to support action to protest the disability assessment process administered by Atos which has led to more than 10,000 deaths. I suspect you, like everyone at the meeting, are shocked by these numbers which appear to be valid. Michael Meacher, in a House[...]

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A 21 Hour Work Week?

There is nothing natural about what’s considered ‘normal’ today. Overwork, unemployment, over-consumption, high carbon emissions, low well-being, entrenched inequalities, and the lack of time to live a meaningful and caring life. The challenge is to break the power of the old industrial clock and to free up time to live sustainable lives. Shorter hours of[...]

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An account of Agora 99

From the 1st to the 4th of November 2012 grassroots movements connected to 15M and Occupy met in Madrid in Agora99.
The event had been proposed during the Blockupy action held in Frankfurt in May 2012 with the following aims:

Create a space to discuss common issues, in particular around three axises: Debt, Democracy and[...]

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