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Talking About Drugs at Democracy 2015 Event

By Andria E-Mordaunt, involved with Occupy since Oct 15 2011,  largely – though not exclusively – as part of the Welfare Working Group (WWG). MSc in Social Policy & Planning from LSE. Former – recovering – drug user. Mother of the wonderful Millie.
On March 13 I went to a gathering at St Mary Abbot’s[…]

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Austerity – Back to the Workhouse?

By Mike Gold
Most media and economic commentators either support debt reduction and the resultant austerity, or demand a bit less austerity and a bit more Keynesian state intervention. There is no Plan B, scream the critics of George Osborne and Seamus Milne1 goes further and calls Osborne an economic disaster.
The truth is far[…]

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Horizontal London

 
Riot – A form of civil disorder characterised by disorganised groups lashing out in a sudden and intense rash of violence against authority, property or people.
It is the 1st of March. The months ahead will see the next wave of neo-liberal assaults on civil society. For huge numbers of people life will become[…]

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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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Where will economic growth come from?

The global economic system demands exponential growth to survive rather like a bicycle which falls over if forward momentum ceases. It is underpinned by the interest based money system which demands expanding debt to provide sufficient money to pay the interest on pre-existing debt.
Growth in the US, UK and other countries has, for the[…]

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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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