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CO-OPERATIVE BANK VULTURES: SOMALI PIRATES “RESCUE” OIL TANKER

Somali Pirates “Rescue” Oil Tanker
by Sean Boyle
Describing the Co-op Bank “recapitalisation” plan as a “rescue” is like saying Somali pirates have “rescued” an oil tanker from the Persian Gulf.
In many ways the UK’s Co-op Bank is neither fish nor fowl: not mutual yet owned by the mutually owned Co-op Group; the Co-op[...]

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BALCOMBE COMMUNITY PROTECTION CAMP VIGIL EVICTED. 19/11/2013

A moody end to the Vigil at Balcombe Community Protection Camp Tuesday 19th November. The vigil was given less than 40 minutes, before their equipment was seized by Bailiffs.
One thing to be noted, is that to never underestimate the power of the photographer. without them these thugs would have rolled over us even quicker[...]

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CO-OP BANK: MUTUAL OR BUST

Since the appalling news of a Co-op Bank takeover by US hedge “vulture” funds (Aurelius Capital and Silver Point Capital) a growing body of Co-op members and bank customers are rallying to restore co-operative control and underpin the bank’s commitment to ethical investment.
Background
The future of the Co-op Bank has been in doubt since[...]

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SWISS TO VOTE ON GUARANTEED $2800 MONTHLY INCOME FOR ALL ADULTS.

Swiss to Vote on Guaranteed $2800 Monthly Income for All Adults
http://gawker.com/swiss-to-vote-on-guaranteed-28-000-monthly-income-for-1441514881
http://news.msn.com/world/swiss-to-vote-on-dollar2800-monthly-income-for-all-adults?stay=1
From Diana – Some potentially useful links:
European initiative: http://basicincome2013.eu/
UK group: http://basicincome.org.uk/
Clues to why UBI is supported by very different groups, for very different reasons (including some neoliberals!):
http://basicincome.org.uk/article/2013/10/neoliberalism/
I still reckon the risks of it being turned on its[...]

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HOMELESS HOUSES IN CHELSEA.

This is the question being asked by a few people. Kensington and Chelsea contains some of the most expensive real estate in London, yet there are a number of empty residential properties, some empty for years.
In this case, it has become more profitable to keep a property empty instead of having them occupied. Statistics[...]

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Occupy Tour of Mayfair: Shadow banking and where the financial meltdown started

This Saturday join the Occupy Tour of Mayfair, where the hedge fund managers
You will know it as the most expensive spot on the Monopoly board. But did you know that this upmarket area of west London has the highest concentration of hedge funds and private equity firms in Europe?
This tour takes you into[...]

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Collecting Tax is about Political Will!

Politicians of all parties, from all countries, will tell you that there needs to beinternational agreement to deal with tax avoidance, tax evasion and tax havens. Yet there are more tax havens under UK jurisdiction than any other national jurisdiction, and we could start by putting our own house in order! 
However, this doesn’t need[...]

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Neo-Liberalism or Fascism ‘Light’?

“Fascism should more appropriately be called Corporatism, because it is a merger
of State and corporate power.” Benito Mussolini
 
The UK economy today has some startling similarities with both Nazi Germany and apartheid South Africa. The overriding image of fascism is the Nazi jackboot trampling over the brave democratic countries of Europe, and fascism itself[...]

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Germany is destroying the Euro!!

It is depressingly ironic that this year is the 60th anniversary of the 1953 London Debts Agreement conference, and Alexis Tsipras, leader of the Greek Syriza Party, is suggesting a similar conference is needed again. In 1953 West German debt was written down by some 60%, and they were given 30 years to pay; today[...]

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