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Tuesday, 17 April

00:43

WikiLeaks Secret Cable: Overthrow The Syrian Regime, But Play Nice With Russia Philosophers Stone

by Tyler Durden

Hours after the overnight US-led missile strikes on Syria, WikiLeaks republished a crucially important diplomatic cable through its official media accounts confirming that Saudi Arabias long term strategy in Syria has been to pursue regime change by all means available. According to the leaked internal Saudi government document, this is the kingdoms proposed end-goal even should the United States at any point show lack of desire due to the threat of Russian response and possibility of a great power confrontation.

With American lawmakers and media pundits already urging President Trump to escalate and sustain attacks against Syria, it must be remembered that close US allies like Israel and Saudi Arabia have long coordinated to create the conditions that might tip the US administration toward full military action resulting in regime change in Damascus. And more recently, fresh off his weeks-long tour of the US, Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman has both slammed previous proposals of US troop withdrawal in Syria and declared eagerness to work with allies on any military response in Syria if needed.

It is also essential to recall that the al-Qaeda linked group which originated the claims of a government orchestrated chemical attack on civilians in the Damascus suburb of Douma, called Jaish al Islam (JAI), is and has always been state sponsored by the Saudi regimeThe Guardian, among others, ...

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Monday, 16 April

21:56

NYP: Appeal re Serious Sexual Assault in Whitby North Yorks Enquirer

NYP: Appeal re Serious Sexual Assault in Whitby

Detectives are appealing for witnesses and information about a serious sexual assault on a woman in Whitby.

The victim, a local woman aged in her 20s, reported that she had been attacked by an unknown man at some time between 3.05am and 6.20am on Sunday 15 April 2018.

She had been on a night out in town and the incident occurred as she was walking from Windsor Terrace onto Esk Terrace.

The suspect is described as a man wearing a dark blue hooded top.

Detectives have conducted enquiries throughout Sunday and have spoken to nearby residents as part of the ongoing investigation.

They are appealing for people to come forward who may have seen the victim and the suspect between 4am and 6:30am on Sunday 15 April 2018 in the Windsor Terrace, Esk Terrace and adjacent streets in Whitby.

If you can help, please contact North Yorkshire Police on 101, select option 2 and ask for the Scarborough Serious Crime Team. Or email the Officer on the Case, DC Jon Kenworthy, at jon.kenworthy@northyorkshire.pnn.police.uk

Alternatively, call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

The post NYP: Appeal re Serious Sexual Assault in Whitby appeared first on North Yorks Enquirer.

21:50

Labour releases expert opinion saying Syrian air strikes unlawful Philosophers Stone


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21:48

Theresa May has sidelined and undermined the OPCW AAV


On April 14th 2018 Theresa May cynically bypassed parliament and ignored public opinion in order to join forces with the most unpopular and unstable US President in history and launch air strikes in Syria. And she did this in the full knowledge that she was jumping the gun by attacking before the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) inspectors could get to Douma and carry out their work.

In doing this she tore up the longstanding convention that British leaders seek democratic approval for military action (unless the UK is under immediate threat) and totally abandoned the principle that it's important for our political leaders to present the evidence to justify our nation's actions.

If the alleged chemical weapons attack in Douma was carried out by Assad's forces, then what would have been the harm in allowing the OPCW inspectors to do their work to prove it before the airstrikes were launched?

Surely carefully targeted airstrikes carried out on the basis of a democratic vote, and justified by independent OPCW evidence would have carried vastly more moral authority than rushed airstrikes against inexplicable targets?

When I say inexplicable targets, I'm talking about the destruction of the Barzah Scientific Research Centre near Damascus. Just three weeks before the site was destroyed by airstrikes, the OPCW announced that there was no chemical or biological weapons production at the site. Yet the Tory propaganda machine is trying to pass off this attack as the "targeting of a chemical weapons site".
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21:37

About 13,000 attended a march through Berlins inner city... Thorsten Strasas. Blog.



About 13,000 attended a march through Berlins inner city to protest against rising rents and gentrification. they urged the polititians to act and stated that housing shouldnt be a ware intended to make the highest possible profits. 04/14/2018.
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20:37

SBC: A Morally Repugnant Intervention North Yorks Enquirer

SBC: A Morally Repugnant Intervention

  • an In My View article by NIGEL WARD, commenting on a most unusual and particularly offensive breach of the Data Protection Act 1998.

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Perhaps relatively few readers of the North Yorks Enquirer will be aware of an erroneous article published by Yorkshire Coast Radio at 11:30am on Friday 13th April 2018 announcing the demise of a highly-regarded local businessman.

The reason I surmise that only relatively few readers will be aware of the falsity of the report is that the article was swiftly withdrawn and subsequently replaced, at 12:11 pm (updated at 12:28pm) by a revised announcement, confirming that the earlier report was in error and apologising for that fact.

An unimpeachable source at Scarborough Borough Council has since asserted that the originator of the false report was none other than SBC Leader Councillor Derek BASTIMAN [Con.], via the Councils Press Office.

The press release was also sent to the Scarborough News, which declined to run the story, having apparently taken the view that it was both insensitive and inappropriate to run the story before it had been established (a) that it was true (which it was not), and (b) that the businessmans family connections had already been informed of his passing (which, obviously, they had not).

Regrettably, Mr Gary LEDDEN passed, late on Friday evening, YCR has now announced. The North Yorks Enquirer extends its sincere condolences to the family.

Setting aside the unprecedented involvement of the Council in such a private matter (I cannot recall the Council ever issuing a statement on the passing of a member of the public), there is also the very serious consideration of what, in my view, constitutes a flagrant and extreme breach of the Data Protection Act 1998 for, surely, releasing the personal details and existential status of a member of the public without explicit consent is strictly prohibited.

Place yourself, if you can, in the unenviable position of a family member listening to YCR perhaps in the car, or issuing forth from one of the many shops were YCR provides the background music learning such grave news for the first time on the public air-waves. Unthinkable.

To compound this dreadful faux pas, multiple sources have contacted the Enquire...

19:23

Lavrov: Intel services of a state that promotes Russophobia behind staged Douma chemical attack Philosophers Stone

Moscow has irrefutable data that the incident in Douma, Syria was staged by the intelligence services of a foreign state pushing a Russophobic campaign, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov stated.

We have irrefutable evidence that it was another staging, and the special services of a state which is in the forefront of the Russophobic campaign had a hand in the staging, Lavrov said at a news conference with his Dutch counterpart Stef Blok on Friday.

During their meeting in Moscow, both diplomats touched upon Syria, which has recently been threatened with new military strikes in the wake of an alleged chemical attack. Some Western leaders, including from the US and France, claim that the Syrian government is behind the alleged incident. It comes despite a team from the Organization for Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW), tasked with establishing the truth, only just arriving in the country.

Russias top diplomat warned against following the Libyan and Iraqi scenarios amid the intensifying bellicose rhetoric.

God forbid something adventurous will be undertaken in Syria similar to the Libyan or Iraqi experience I hope nobody dares to, Lavrov told reporters.

Otherwise, a new wave of refugees will surge into Europe and in other directions, the foreign minister warned. However, this scenario does not bother those who are protected by an ocean and can rip apart the region for the sake of geopolitical interests, he said.

The situation regarding Syria has escalated over the past week, following Saturdays reports on the alleged chemical attack in the town of Douma. Pro-militant sources, and the controversial White Helmets group in particular, claimed that the Syrian government used chlorine-filled munitions to strike the area, killing and injuring dozens of civilians. Moscow and Damascus have repeatedly dismissed the allegations. After inspecting the site of the alleged incident, Russian military specialists said there were no signs of chemical weapon use.

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18:46

The Fading Holocaust Writings - Gilad Atzmon

 A new survey by Claims Conference finds a significant lack of Holocaust knowledge in the United States.

A new survey by Claims Conference finds a significant lack of Holocaust knowledge in the United States.

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by Gilad Atzmon

Holocaust Is Fading From Memory the New York Times reported last week. Apparently a survey commissioned by the Conference on Jewish Material Claims Against Germany found that many adults lack basic knowledge of what happened and this lack of knowledge is more pronounced among millennials, whom the survey defined as people ages 18 to 34.

The Jewish Material Claims Against Germany reported that Thirty-one percent of Americans, and 41 percent of millennials, believe that two million or fewer Jews were killed in the Holocaust

This leaves me wondering how it is that the number Jews who died in the holocaust keeps dropping in peoples minds. The numbers of dead Russians stays solid at around 20 million. The number of the Brits who died in the Blitz also stays at around 40,000. The number of Palestinians ethnically cleansed by the newly born Jewish State just three years after the liberation of Auschwitz remains solid at about three quarters of a million. Only the number of Jews who died in the big war keeps fluctuating. Id like to suggest to our friends at Jewish Material Claims Against Germany that statistics may not provide the answer. They may want to ask themselves why is it that despite intense holocaust indoctrination in the newly formed religions tenet, namely the primacy of Jewish suffering, the message is somehow ignored and often rejected. The anomalies go further. The Russians, the Vietnamese and the Palestinians do not constantly measure  Americans  acknowledgment  of their suffering. They do not poll Americans approval rate of their holocausts on a weekly basis so the next question is why Jewish institutions feel the need to do so.   

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18:00

Exclusive: Another NYP Crime Recording Scandal North Yorks Enquirer

Exclusive: Another NYP Crime Recording Scandal

by TIM HICKS

Background: The HMICFRS PEEL Assessment

HM Inspectorate of Constabulary, Fire and Rescue Services has issued its PEEL Assessment for Effectiveness on North Yorkshire Police (NYP) for 2017.

What is a PEEL Assessment?

To quote the HMICFRS website:

PEEL is an annual assessment of police forces in England and Wales. Forces are assessed on their effectiveness, efficiency and legitimacy. They are judged as outstanding, good, requires improvement or inadequate on these categories (or pillars) based on inspection findings, analysis and Her Majestys Inspectors (HMIs) professional judgment across the year. 

The pillars each comprise three or four questions that focus on core areas of the work of the police. Judgments are also applied to these questions. 

At the end of the PEEL year (in March), HMIs bring together all the judgments made throughout the year together with other findings and information to produce a rounded annual assessment of each force. 

HMICFRS inspection staff visit all 43 forces in England and Wales to gather information for the PEEL assessments. As part of each inspection they speak to police officers and staff, hold focus groups and interviews with other interested parties, carry out document reviews and collect data. 

The inspections take place throughout the year. The findings are analysed and moderated, and then published pillar by pillar. The individual police forces PEEL assessments are updated on the website as new information becomes available, and detailed reports for each police force are published.

This is clearly an important annual event for each force, assessing its performance across all of its activity and comparing it to the performance of other forces.

Please see below the three individual HMICFRS 2017 PEEL Reports for North Yorkshire, for the three PEEL pillars, which make up the overall PEEL Annual Assessment:

  1. HMICFRS Efficiency Report 2017 North Yorkshire November 2017
  2. HMICFRS Legitimacy Report 2017 North Yorkshire December 2017
  3. HMICFRS Effectiveness Report 2017 North Yorkshire March 2018

With the publication of the final effectiveness report in March, HMICFRS was able to issue the overall...

16:00

The anti-imperialism of idiots Freedom News

This text was written by Leila Al Shami: a British Syrian whose been  involved in human rights and social justice struggles in Syria and elsewhere in the Middle East since 2000. She was a founding member of Tahrir-ICN: a network connecting anti-authoritarian struggles across the Middle East, North Africa and Europe. She is a co-author

14:24

A Curious Incident Part X The Vineyard of the Saker

by Sushi for The Saker Blog Introduction On April 14 the Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov revealed an OPCW laboratory had detected the presence of the Chemical Warfare Agent (CWA)

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[ZAD] Report of what has been happening here this sunday 15 April Contra Info

Solidarity from Milan, front of a Squat, with Italians, Portugueses, Greeks, Cypriots, Romanians, Czechs, Serbians, Scottish, French.

REPORT OF WHAT HAS BEEN HAPPENING HERE THIS SUNDAY 15 APRIL. or THE MAGIC OF THE ZAD!

Despite the state of siege imposed by the government, a crowd of 15,000 to 20,000 people has succeeded, whatever the cost, in reaching different points of the ZAD this Sunday. This afternoon new groups are arriving all the time. Since this morning, the state has done everything possible to break this huge surge of solidarity: there are road blocks and checkpoints everywhere; police checkpoint policeman at the exit lanes of the motorways, asking drivers not to to try to go to the solidarity gathering. This is the first time that the state has tried to prevent a big demonstration of this kind on the ZAD, and to wind up the tension. But here the collective spirit has not allowed itself to be intimidated by any such thing: the ZADs supporters know the country paths, and the fields, and they have been moving in groups in order to get round the police blockades. The movement that succed in forcing the abandonment of the airport project is here again today, in all its strength and diversity, to defend the ZAD.

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On MeRA25, on DiEM25s transnational European Parliament electoral campaign, on our allies in France & around Europe interviewed by Fabien Perrier for regards.fr (English with French subtitles) Yanis Varoufakis

Le leader de DiEM 25, Yanis Varoufakis, ancien ministre grec des finances qui a rompu avec le parti dAlexis Tsipras, est linvit de La Midinale. Loccasion de parler de la situation de la Grce, de ses relations avec la gauche franaise et des lections europennes de lanne prochaine.

Sur son nouveau parti MeRA25 
 Le but de MeRA25, cest de convaincre des citoyens paralyss et dcourags quune alternative existe. 
 Lalternative peut la fois tre modre, raliste et radicale. 
 Cest trs intressant doccuper les places et de dbattre, de voter et de discuter de tout de manire compltement dmocratique et ouverte, mais ce nest pas assez parce que le problme cest quau bout dun moment, les gens partent. 
 On a besoin dorganisations, de structures qui semparent de ces forums pour laborer des propositions politiques qui puissent contaminer les imaginations de ceux qui ne sont pas sur ces places. 

 Sur les lections europennes 
 Notre stratgie est base sur la dsobissance constructive. 
 Nous allons prendre la  Bastille  du Parlement, quil soit en Grce, en France, Bruxelles ou Strasbourg parce quil ny a pas dautres moyens pour changer la vie des gens. 
 Les gens ont t abandonns, ils sont paralyss, beaucoup ne votent pas. 
 Aucun des gouvernements europens na t rellement lu par une majorit convaincue et enthousiaste. 

 Sur la situation politique en Grce 
 Ceux qui sont alls voter navaient pas dautres alternatives que de voter pour lenfer ou le moins pire. 
 Nous vivons une grande dpression : la spirale de la dflation de la dette est sans fin. 
 Jai bien peur que Syriza nexiste plus aujourdhui. 
 Syriza sest rendue obsolte en tant que force progressiste. 

 Sur la politique europenne 
 Nous avons besoin dun plan dinvestissements massifs en faveur de la transition nergtique de 5 milliards deuros par an pendant 5 an. Et a, on peut le faire traits constants.  
 On naime pas cette Union europenne mais sa destruction ne fera qualimenter le discours de Le Pen. 
 Jaurais aim que la gauche europenne fasse son travail mais a na pas t le cas. 

 Sur la  gauche  europenne 
 Les nationalistes ont une histoire cohrente avec leurs solutions : le Brexit, le Grexit, le Frexit, lItalexit mais aussi construire de hauts murs autour du pays, virer les trangers (). Les seuls ne pas avoir dhistoire cohrente cest la gauche...

07:52

At home with the Financial Times by Bruce Clark, 11 APR 2018 Yanis Varoufakis

Yanis Varoufakis is full of teasing paradoxes. As a radical economics guru, he expounds on the state of the world with a mixture of burning grievance and brimming, almost imperious, self-confidence. Aged 57, his personal baggage includes a keen sense of the wrongs of recent Greek history, which overshadowed his parents lives, and the glories of the ancient Greek heritage. But his real obsession is with the future.

I am besotted with technology, he declares, sitting in a relatively modest Athens apartment where there are no sepia photographs, antique tables or anything else that speaks obviously of the past. He loves being able to Skype his 13-year-old daughter, who lives with her mother in Sydney, every morning, and he co-ordinates a pan-European political movement, DiEM25, with tele-conferences every few days.

As the moment demands, the things he says in eloquent, faintly accented English can be conciliatory or harsh. During his six stormy months as Greek finance minister, which ended with a bang in summer 2015, he was notorious for caustic soundbites. Whether or not they liked his policies, people enjoyed his description of Greeces fiscal waterboarding by its creditors, and his comparison of the eurozone to Hotel California, where its easier to check in than to leave.

There are those, in both Athens and Brussels, who say that he bears a share of responsibility for the costly crisis in which Greeks faced sudden curbs on their cash movements, a disrupted tourist season and a near-crash out of the euro. Today, he is adamant that a fight between Greece and its creditors was inevitable. Without claiming infallibility, he insists: I stand by the basic strategy I tried to follow, and in fact I was too lenient with the troika [of creditors].

Varoufakis has at times been branded a high-living radical. During his time as finance minister, he lived in a desirable part of Athens near the Acropolis, courtesy of his parents-in-law. These days the base for his work is a fourth-floor apartment in a part of downtown Athens that is neither smart nor poor. The thunderous traffic and shabby stadium of Alexandras Avenue, marking the northern edge of the city centre, are only a few minutes away, but somehow his street is a quiet haven.

That is fortunate, because this rented expanse of parquet floor is only just big enough for the characters, human and otherwise, whose lives intertwine in it. Although she appears only briefly, the first impression on visiting the flat is of the fire that still crackles between Varoufakis and his wife Danae Stratou, an installation artist, photographer and art professor. Most of the objects in view are startling, experimental creations by Stratou or her pupils or friend...

07:26

Leserbrief zur Lawrow-Theorie:Das mit dem BZ ist ein ... Fefes Blog

Leserbrief zur Lawrow-Theorie:

Das mit dem BZ ist ein claim den man innerhalb von Minuten als haltlos wegsortieren kann. Kurz ein paar Fakten, vielleicht magst Du die publizieren, dann kann sich jeder selbst ein Urteil bilden.

BZ ist in der Tat ein militrischer Kampfstoff, wurde in den 50ern im Edgewood Arsenal des US Militrs entwickelt und dort auch in den Vorluferprogrammen zu MK Ultra an Rekruten und Strafgefangenen getestet. Das klingt fies, war fies, hat aber den Vorteil das wir darber heute eine ganze Menge wissen. "Moment, MK Ultra sagt der gebildete Leser jetzt, da haben die doch nicht Nervengifte getestet sondern LSD und so'n Zeug" und zwar vollkommen zu Recht.

BZ ist kein Nervengift, sondern ein Psychokampfstoff. Sinn und Zweck war nicht das Ableben der Zielpersonen, sondern die kurzfristige Aussergefechtsetzung. Das kann BZ auch recht gut, zumal das Dosisfenster breit ist, eine lethale berdosis tritt erst ab der ca 40fachen berdosierung ein (geschtzt bzw aus Tierversuchen extrapoliert, was auf dasselbe rauskommt). Die postulierte Todesart wre wohl Versagen der Thermoregulation (hyperthermia), man war auch in Edgewood nie abartig genug das herauszufinden.

Und wenn man sich jetzt ein paar Dokumente ber BZ anguckt merkt man das da was nicht stimmen kann. In der Tat ist die bentigte Dosierung sehr gering, Schwellendosis die man gerade so merkt betrgt 0,5g pro Kilogramm. Aber der "peak", also die strkste Phase der Intoxikation nach Aufnahme tritt bereits nach 8h ein. Es wirkt lange fr einen Psychokampfstoff, aber trotzdem ist man selbst bei einer satten Dosis nach 48-72h nach der Aufnahme wieder auf dem Weg in die Normalitt, und nach 5-7 Tagen wieder ganz der Alte. Die Wirkungen gehen im normalen Dosisbereich eher in den psychischen Bereich (optische und akustische Halluzinationen, Verwirrung, "mad as a hatter") und erst im hheren Dosisspektrum wirkt die Substanz deliris. Physiologisch spielt das Zeug primr am kardiovaskulren Regelkreis (Blutdruck, Puls) und spter wie gesagt an der Thermoregulation.

Die Skripals wren also entweder wegen absoluter berdosierung sptestens am Folgetag nach der Aufnahme verstorben oder nach etwa einer Woche oder 10 Tagen wieder fit gewesen. Die beiden (und der britische Cop) wurden am 4. Mrz aufgefunden und zwei der Opfer befinden sich jetzt immer noch in Behandlung. Das passt nicht zusammen.

Ich bin weder NATO-Fanboy noch RT/Sputnik-Jnger, fr mich ist der Angriff auf Syrien durch USA/UK/FR eine Farce, zumindest von Seiten der USA und des UK vielmehr ein Ablenkungsversuch von heimischen Skandalen und eine gefhrliche Eskalation des Konflikts.

Aber das was die Russen da verbreiten ist einfach ganz billiges FUD, und das widerliche ist das die sich nicht mal ETWAS Mhe gegeben haben. Lawrow htte behaupten knnen das die Skripals sich an Kaugummi verschluckt haben und wegen Hirnsauerstoffmangel behandelt werden mussten und das in den Proben der OPCW nur Spermien von...

07:24

Our new European party can unite Britains feuding Remainers and Leavers by Yanis Varoufakis, Benoit Hamon (Generation-s), Luigi de Magistris (mayor of Naples), Rasmus Nordqvist (Alternativet); Rui Tavares, former MEP from Portugal (Livre); & Agnieszka Dziemianowicz-Bk (Razem), op-ed in The Guardian Yanis Varoufakis

The European Union and the UK are on a cliff edge. Left to its Brussels-based establishment, the EU continues to turn against most of its people who, as a consequence, turn against Brussels. Meanwhile, facing an immensely damaging Brexit, the people of Britain are becoming despondent. This is the moment for British and continental progressives to forge a close alliance.

Next years European parliament elections will not, sadly, be contested in Britain. And they are not capable of toppling the current EU regime, since the European parliament has no such authority. Nevertheless, this vote involving the electorates of 27 member states offers us a splendid opportunity to have the debate that we have been denied so far across Europe. Britains people indeed, its MPs never got a chance to debate the relationship they want the UK to have with the EU post-Brexit. Similarly, the peoples of mainland Europe have never had an opportunity to debate the clear and urgent changes that the EU needs to implement if it is to become a force for good.

We think that we have a duty to spearhead these debates in both Britain and on the continent, using the European parliament elections as our focal point. We also think that this is an opportunity to heal the rift between progressive remainers and leavers in Britain, as well as between continental progressives who have given up on the EU and those who disagree that the EUs disintegration is the right agenda to take to Europeans.

To this end, we have decided not only to contest European elections in May 2019 on the strength of a single manifesto, mapping out a clear path to a democratic, ecological, egalitarian and ambitious Europe, but also to campaign in Britain. Naturally, we intend to do so in association...

06:33

France: CALL OUT for solidarity actions from the ZAD of Notre Dame des Landes Contra Info

received on 11.04.18

A CALL FOR INTERGALACTIC SOLIDARITY ACTIONS EVERYWHERE TO END THE DESTRUCTION OF THE ZAD OF NOTRE DAME DES LANDES

We are writing with the smell of tear gas rising from our fingers. The springtime symphony of birdsong is punctuated by the explosive echo of concussion grenades. Our eyes are watering, less from the gas than the sadness; because our friends homes, barns and organic farms are being destroyed. Bulldozers, supported by 2500 riot police, armored vehicles, helicopters and drones, are rampaging through these forests, pastures and wetlands to crush the future we are building here on the to the zad (The zone defendre).

We are calling on you to take solidarity actions everywhere, it could be holding demos at your local french embassy or consulate, or taking actions against any suitable symbol (corporate or otherwise) of France ! And if you are not too far away, bring your disobedient bodies to join us on the zone. If the French government evicts the zad, it will be like evicting hope.

For fifty years, this unique chequerboard landscape was the site of a relentless struggle against yet another climate wrecking infrastructure a new airport for the nearby city of Nantes. Farmers and villagers, activists and naturalists, squatters and trade unionists wove an unbreakable ecology of struggle together and three months ago on the 17th of January, the French government announced that the airport project would be abandoned. But this incredible victory, won through a diversity of creative tactics from petitions to direct action, legal challenges to sabotage, had a dark shadow. In the same breath that declared the abandonment, came the announcement that the people occupying these 4000 acres of liberated territory, the 300 of us living and farming in 80 different collectives, would be evicted because we dared not just to be against the airport, but its WORLD as well.

Since that victorious day, the battle has transformed itself and is now no longer about a destructive infrastructure project, but about sharing the territory we inhabit. We stoped this place from being covered in concrete and so it is up to us to take care of its future. The movement therefore maintains that we should have the right to manage the land as a commons (see its declaration The Six Points for the Zad because there will never be an Airport). Today this is the struggle of the zad (zone to defend) of Notre Dame Des Landes.

The zad was launched in 2009 after a letter (distributed during the first french climate camp here) written by locals inviting people to occupy the zone and squat the abandoned farmhouses. Now the zone has become one of Europes largest laboratory of commoning. With its bakeries, pirate radio station, tractor repair workshop, brewery, anarchitectural cabins, banqueting hall, medicinal herb gardens, a rap studio, dai...

05:51

#berlin #txl #tegel #airport #streetphotography #dailylife... Thorsten Strasas. Blog.



#berlin #txl #tegel #airport #streetphotography #dailylife #blackandwhite #photography #photo #streetsofberlin #berlineransichten #berlinstagram #picoftheday #latergram #schwarzweiss

04:52

Lord Adonis is on the BBC again Is the BBC biased?


The BBC has been prominently covering the anti-Brexit 'People's vote' campaign today. 


This morning's Andrew Marr Show featured an interview with Locutus of Borg, leader of one anti-Brexit campaign. (The group's slogan is 'Brexit is futile').

And 'Campaigners demand 'people's' Brexit vote' has been the second story on the BBC News website for most of the day. 

And this afternoon the BBC News Channel, reporting from the London anti-Brexit rally, interviewed Lord Adonis. 

Lord Adonis told the BBC an egregious lie, saying that Theresa May promised 350m for the NHS post-Brexit:
There isn't going to be the 350m that she promised for the NHS every week.
Now, you and I know that Mrs. May never said any such thing and wasn't even on the Leave side of the referendum, but the BBC interviewer (Vicky Young) allowed His Lordship to get away with this absolute whopper. 

The obvious response from all sensible people here is to complain directly to Ofcom about the BBC promoting this anti-Brexit campaign on all their channels, giving Lord Adonis yet another platform and, worse, allowing Lord Adonis to lie live on air with no comeback whatsoever - a BBC shambles.

#AntiBrexitBroadcastingCorporation.

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Link WE ARE HERE

pim fisher geeft een lezing over de juridische strijdt voor wij zijn hier, 1 september 2017

pim fischer geeft een lezing over de juridische strijdt voor wij zijn hier, 1 september 2017

Around 2 times a year, Pim Fischer gives a lecture to bring everyone up to date on his work for the refugees on the street in the battle for unconditional, humane shelter. On April 17 he is giving another lecture as a follow-up of the one on September 1, 2017.

Last September 5 at the celebration of 5 years We Are Here, I spoke and summarized Pims speech. It was not published because it contains some of the strategy he would be using in his coming cases. Now, with Pims approval, my very simplistic look at 2 branches of the Dutch legal system that the refugees are coming into contact with as an aid to the coming lecture.

 

Kathy Arnold

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Oil Vey Writings - Gilad Atzmon

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The US led bombing raid on Syria on April 13th came at an odd time. The civil war in Syria has basically been won by Assad, and in response to the calming of tensions, President Trump said on April 4 that he intended to withdraw US troops from Syria.  Three days later, Assad allegedly used chemical weapons on Syrian civilians and from there talk of war began to be openly encouraged by Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu. Almost immediately, some skepticism arose as to why Assad would use chemical weapons after the war was essentially won. US Secretary of Defense General Mattis was reduced to saying he believed there had been a  chemical attack. In any case the rationale for bombing Syria on April 13 was weakened by the fact that the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons was due to arrive in Syria to examine the claim of chemical weapons use on April 14, the day after the US led bombing. Bombing in advance of the arrival of inspectors seems a bit like an attempt to cut off verification.

Another strange part of the narrative was how suddenly unified our ordinarily discordant US elected leaders were on the necessity of  bombing Syria. Certainly, the timing might have been useful for Trump, stealing headlines just as Comeys tell all book came out, but then Trumps presidency has, since its inception, run at a 3 scandal a day pace. Rather than covering up scandals, Trump seems instead to revel in the publicity. The Democrats, even the leaders of the so-called resistance, offered no resistance to the bombing plan other than to grumble about the potential future need for congressional approval. When both sides of our political spectrum converge on what seems to be an awful idea located in the middle east  it is hard not to suspect that Israel is somehow involved. 

But why would Israel prefer a civil war next door, fought by Assad against shifting Islamic factions, some no doubt more hostile to Israel than Assad? I think I can point to a possible reason. During the 67 war, Israel...

00:59

Maos legacy defended, and famous swim decoded, for clueless academics The Vineyard of the Saker

by Ramin Mazaheri for The Saker blog Part 4 will take a very different tack. There is a great and hilarious story about Mao during the Cultural Revolution, which is

00:26

Athens: Protesters burn US flag outside embassy as they march in against Syria strikes Keep Talking Greece

Thousands of Greek marched through downtown Athens and to the building of US embassy to protest US-led strikes in Syria on Saturday. The protest was organized by Communist Party KKE. The protesters chanted slogan anti-U.S. slogans but also against the NATO and the EU. Right in front of the embassy building they set an American

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Ask yourselves: Are we the bad guys? The Vineyard of the Saker

by R.Lesnoix for The Saker blog One can fault the British for many things but not for their sense of humour. Some time ago I saw a sketch by the

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23:07

Alas, this is far from over! The Vineyard of the Saker

Lets begin by a short summary of events. About a month ago Nikki Haley announces to the UNSC that the USA is ready to violate the rules of this very

23:00

Tension between Greece and Turkey not an issue for NATO, says GenSec Stoltenberg Keep Talking Greece

Tensions between Greece and Turkey are not an issue for NATO, the General Secretary of the North Atlantic Alliance, Jens Stoltenberg in an interview with Turkish news agency Anadolu. Saying that both countries are two highly valued NATO allies Stoltenberg hailed the telephone conversation between Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras and Turkish counterpart, Binali Yildirim, after

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22:35

Freedom for Syria and Assad and Putin are... Thorsten Strasas. Blog.



Freedom for Syria and Assad and Putin are criminals.
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22:29

Visit program of Prince Charles & the Duchess to Athens and Crete Keep Talking Greece

The final touches are being added to the program for the first official visit of Prince Charles and  Duchess of Cornwall Camilla to Athens and Heraklio, Crete, scheduled to take place on May 9th and 10th 2018. The first day of the visit is very busy and involves several joint but also separate activities. Prince

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22:14

UK ministers supporting Saudi in Yemen may be liable for war crimes Philosophers Stone

Britain bears a very heavy responsibility for the murder, mayhem and carnage being wrought by Saudi Arabia in Yemen

The escalating war in Yemen has subverted the international order. Since the end of World War Two, there has been a pattern of client regimes engaging in proxy wars on behalf of major powers. Today it is the other way around.

In Yemen, Britain and the United States are dancing to the Saudi tune.

Crucially, Saudi Arabia and its allies did not attack Yemen on behalf of the West. It is Britain and the US who are facilitating Saudi Arabias war.

We provide Saudi Arabia with arms and military advice, give moral support and, through the UN Security Council, essential diplomatic protection.

Britain has, in short, become Saudi Arabias proxy on the international stage as it pummels Yemen from the air in an attempt to restore Abd Rabbuh Mansour Hadi   the internationally recognised Yemeni president who fled to Riyadh, begging for protection, after he was chased out of his country by rebels from the north Yemen Houthi movement.

This is the very troubling diplomatic background to the funeral bombing in the Yemeni capital of Sanaa on Saturday. Even though four days have passed, details are still emerging. Nobody is yet certain how many died.

Official figures state 140 were killed, along with countless injured, many of whom need urgent medical treatment which is unavailable in Sanaa hospitals. However, thanks to the Saudi air blockade, they cannot get out of the country to obtain the life-saving treatment they need.

Wretched response

Britain bears a very heavy responsibility for this murder, mayhem and carnage. Yet the response from Middle East Minister Tobias Ellwood has been wretched.

He says that he had raised concerns with Saudi Arabia. I have studied the ministers morally abject statement. The unfortunate Ellwood cannot even bring himself to condemn the attack, and has not demanded an independent investigation...

21:11

The war in the Aegean has began, we already have our first dead, says General Stab Keep Talking Greece

We do not expect any war in the Aegean. It has already begun and we already have our first dead, a high-ranking official at Greeces General staff said following the crash of  Mirage 2000 and the death of  Greek Air force pilot Lt Giorgos Baltadoros off the island of Skyros on Thursday. According to Sunday

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20:02

"Do you support the missile attack on Syria?""I'm just ... Fefes Blog

"Do you support the missile attack on Syria?"

"I'm just thankful that Syria didn't bomb us for poisoning the children of Flint or gassing natives at Standing Rock."
Flint ist die Stadt mit dem Trinkwasserproblem und Standing Rock waren die Pipeline-Proteste der rtlichen Indianerstmme.

Hey, ihr mgt Geschichten ber Giftgas? Russland ... Fefes Blog

Hey, ihr mgt Geschichten ber Giftgas? Russland kann auch Geschichten ber Giftgas!

Das verwendete Gift stamme nicht aus Russland, sondern aus den Arsenalen westlicher Armeen. []

Moskau habe ein Dokument eines Schweizer Labors erhalten, das die Proben des Nervengifts in dem Fall untersuchte, sagte Auenminister Sergej Lawrow in Moskau.

Das Labor im schweizerischen Spiez habe in den Blutproben Spuren des chemischen Kampfstoffes BZ gefunden, so Lawrow. Dessen nicht-tdliche Wirkung setze innerhalb von 60 Minuten ein und halte bis zu vier Tage an. Weder in Russland noch in der Sowjetunion seien Giftstoffe entwickelt worden, die der Formel entsprechen. "Diese Substanz findet sich im Arsenal der US-Armee, Grobritanniens und anderer NATO-Lnder", behauptete Lawrow.

Dem gegenber steht die rechts am Rand bei der Tagesschau verlinkte Meldung der NZZ dazu.

Wo kommen eigentlich Viren her? Die fallen aus dem ... Fefes Blog

Wo kommen eigentlich Viren her? Die fallen aus dem Himmel!

Scientists have surmised there is a stream of viruses circling the planet, above the planets weather systems but below the level of airline travel. Very little is known about this realm, and thats why the number of deposited viruses stunned the team in Spain. Each day, they calculated, some 800 million viruses cascade onto every square meter of the planet.

Most of the globe-trotting viruses are swept into the air by sea spray, and lesser numbers arrive in dust storms.

19:56

F.U.K.U.S. Strikes Syria. Who Won? Rigged Game

That the three antagonists in this drama France, the UK and the U.S. did not even wait for preliminary results from the investigation into the use of chemical weapons must be seen as an admission of guilt. They know that the chemical attack did not take place.

Cross-posted from Moon of Alabama.

On Friday night France, the UK and the U.S. launched an illegal attack on Syria and bombed several military and civilian sites within the country. They justify their attack as revenge or punishment for an alleged chemical attack that had taken place a week earlier.

The chemical incident on April 7 in Douma was designed to reverse Trumps publicly announced decision to order the U.S. military out of Syria. The Saudi financed Salafi rebels in Douma collected bodies, probably from another incident, and stacked them up in one apartment to stage a scene and to create fake videos of a chemcial attack which they falsely attributed to the Syrian government.

Trump pretended to fall for the videos and tweeted threats against Syria and Russia. Russia threatened to respond with strong force should any U.S. attack hurt its soldiers or interests in Syria.

The UK and France, who, like the U.S., were only recently visited by the Saudi clown prince and showered with fresh Saudi billions, jumped onto the case. France now admits that its intelligence of the Douma incident is solely based on the obviously staged youtube videos and claims made by western financed propaganda operations who cooperate with the Jihadis.

On Friday the Russian Defense Ministry accused Britain of having organized the chemical incident:

Today, there are other evidences at the disposal of the Russian military department, which testify to the direct participation of Great Britain in organizing this provocation in the Eastern Ghouta.The Russian party knows for certain that from April 3 to 6, representatives of the so-called White Helmets were influenced by London for the speedy implementation of the provocation prepared in advance.

The White Helmets received information that Jaysh al-Islam militants were to conduct a series of powerful artillery shelling of Damascus on April 3 to 6....

18:35

N.Z. - Fluoridation letter UK Against Fluoridation

In response to the letters from Darrell Grace (March 8) and Chris Price (March 23) on fluoridation:

1) Chris has not referenced his letter properly so I assume he is referring to the 2016 Harvard University publication when he states "fluoridated water is safe". It says: "Health concerns expressed by opponents have largely been dismissed until recently." https://www.hsph.harvard.edu/magazine/magazine_article/fluoridated-drinking-water/

Chris also states: "No quality research states anything of the kind in reference to my claim that 'water fluoridation at .7 ppm causes a range of problems including that it is a neurotoxin."

As stated in my letter of February 23, fluoride accumulates in our bodies as we only excrete 50-60 per cent as adults, and 20 per cent as children. We are also exposed from many sources, including the one dumped in water hydrofluorosilicic acid - classification: Schedule 7 (dangerous poison) Hazchem Class 6 (acutely toxic ) & 8 (corrosive).

The classification of fluoride as a neurotoxin is in a paper in the March 2014 edition of The Lancet Neurology, entitled "Neurobehavioural Effects Of Developmental Toxicity".

2) Darrell states dental fluorosis is "sometimes a mild discolouration of the enamel". This sign of systemic toxicity is prevalent in 41 per cent of NZ children according to the Ministry of Health. [Abridged]

LUCY McDOUGALL, Whanganui

18:07

Athens: Woman fakes assault and rape attempt to avoid marriage Keep Talking Greece

A young woman in Athens faked an assault and rape attempt to avoid marriage, Greek police has found. The 34-year-old claimed to police a perpetrator had pushed her to the ground, then pulled and knife and injured her and would attempt sexually assault her by pulling down her panties. She had successfully defended herself and

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18:00

Wake Up, Bob! North Yorks Enquirer

Scarborough & Whitby MP Robert Farmer Bob GOODWILL has sort of appealed to his constituents to share with him their opinions on the contentious issue of electric-shock dog collars. It is noteworthy that Mr GOODWILL does not appeal to all of his constituents CodHead, for one!

Mr GOODWILL is reported to have stated:

Im still sort of open to constituents views as to whether we should ban these shock collars.

One lady actually put the collar on herself before she put it on the dog so she would know the level of shock that she was applying.

And certainly we have electric fencing for livestock and that sort of thing.

So the jurys out on this particular one.

But it is interesting that people who have used these collars, have actually told me that its actually helped them train their dog and in some cases, have actually saved their dogs life.

Actually, it is seldom that one catches a Member of Parliament (even a Tory) using the word actually three times in one sentence, but Bob has actually done so. Bravo!

Returning to the electric-shock dog collars, CodHead has divined an alternative application . . .

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17:00

Ten Top Radical Grassroots Football Clubs Freedom News

Most football clubs start as grassroots clubs. Man City and Celtic were founded by churches. Man Utd and Arsenal were works team. Across the UK, and the World, almost all football clubs are grassroots clubs, run for the love of football, scraping money together, knowing they and or their players will never hit the big

14:27

Philadelphia, USA: Attack on Construction Vehicle in Solidarity with the ZAD and Camp White Pine Contra Info

A bulldozer is only wanted after it has been destroyed

received on 14.04.18

Dear international anarchist thugs, illegalists, casseurs, and defenders of wildness,

we are reporting live from Philadelphia. An attack has just been made, throwing a wrench in the cogs of the machinery of progress well more literally some wires were cut and windows smashed on one of their bullshit bulldozers.

We have word that this attack was done in solidarity with the ZAD and Camp White Pine (hi!) both of which are facing their own local bullshit bulldozers. The attackers have also sent rebel greetings to area anarchists whove been keeping it live (and especially those who share the specifics of their attacks to allow others to reproduce them).

Fuck work
Fuck progress

Signing off for now,
Team Illegal

Contra Info note: Sunoco workers cut down trees used by Camp White Pine in their ongoing resistance to construction of the Mariner East 2 pipeline (Pennsylvania, USA).

11:08

Washington strikes Syria again: was that it? The Vineyard of the Saker

By Aram Mirzaei for The Saker Blog Last night, Washington together with its British and French vassals launched an attack on Syria after days of threats and speculation. Initial reports

05:15

Bombing Syria Is the BBC biased?

On Saturdays theres Dateline London on the BBC News Channel and Any Questions and the News Quiz on the radio. 

Its awkward to make time for TV on Saturday mornings, and as for Any Questions, I rarely listen on Fridays and I dont know how many times Ive forgotten to tune in on Saturday till Any Answers is well underway. I do like using the term tune in. (So retro.)

Dateline was very bad-tempered today, what with Theresa Mays reckless foray into Syria without waiting for Jeremy Corbyn to hold a few conversations and reflect, while Assad  has time to ferry his appalling chemicals out of harms way. 

So much contradictory information surrounds the matter that I dont feel equipped to opine. So I wont. All I will say is that Datelines most frequently invited guest Bari (Arry Batwan) was more animated, even, than usual; making chopping movements with his arms and flapping his hands in that excitable way of his, eyes popping with rage. He claims that the Russians effectively disabled 70 of the USs 100 strikes, but a US spokesperson later categorically denied that any had been disabled. 


The issue is often carelessly described as bombing Syria, distorting the stated aim (allegedly to reduce Assads ability to manufacture chemical weapons, and to send  the message, up with this we will not put) and the conversation is almost as if we / Theresa May had personally bombed the al-Assad family plus all the men, women and children remaining in Syria. I do hope this isnt what happened.

Alexander Nekrassov was angry, but his anger was not entirely in accord with Bari Atwans. There is no proof that Russia was involved on the Skripal poisoning - if it was a poisoning, he said.  Novichok doesnt even exist.  A very Russian take on the matter.

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04:18

These Freedom Fighters Fly Planes Into Our Buildings A List Of All The Times Trump Warned Against Attacking Syria Philosophers Stone

By silveristhenew

President Donald Trump ran on a platform of America First non-interventionism, promising to bring US troops home from the Middle East and to back away from other lower-profile military entanglements.

Instead, the president has presided over an unprecedented increase in military spending, authorized a small troop surge in Afghanistan and now launched his second round of airstrikes much to the delight of the mainstream media establishment Trump claims to despise.

As we pointed out earlier, even John McCain, who has seized every opportunity to spite Trump and his allies, praised the president for taking action against the Assad regime.

Trumps transformation from noninterventionist to neocon hawk is a relatively recent development. In a testament to his transformation, the Daily Caller gathered all of Trumps tweets warning against a military intervention in Syria.

 

 

 

 

03:28

U.S., U.K., France Conduct Massive Missile Strike On Syria: Details The Vineyard of the Saker

https://southfront.org/u-s-u-k-france-conduct-massive-missile-strike-on-syria-details/ On April 14, the US, the UK and France launched a joint massive strike on Syria justifying their actions with the alleged use of chemical weapons in Douma on

02:30

Trump bombing Syria for Israel wants World War III Philosophers Stone

With the advent of Donald Trump marching American soldiers into an equally disastrous event in Syria, perhaps the time has come to relieve Bush as the worst president in the history of America and to recognize Donald Trumps accession to the Zionist/Neocon/Israeli throne.

by Jonas E. Alexis

A number of historians has rightly crowned George W. Bush as the worst president in the United States because he led America into the most disastrous event in the history of covert and diabolical operations: the war in Iraq. Jean Edward Smith, a biographer and the John Marshall Professor of Political Science at Marshall University, has written:

Whether George W. Bush was the worst president in American history will be long debated, but his decision to invade Iraq is easily the worst foreign policy decision ever made by an American president.[1]

Other military historians and scholars such as Andrew J. Bacevich have said similar things.[2]

With the advent of Donald Trump marching American soldiers into an equally disastrous event in Syria, perhaps the time has come to relieve Bush as the worst president in the history of America and to recognize Donald Trumps accession to the Zionist/Neocon/Israeli throne.

Why? Well, Trump knows more about the debacles in Iraq, Afghanistan, Libya, and Syria more than any living U.S. official. How? Throughout his campaign he launched a flamboyant attack on Bush and the Neocons saying that they have virtually destroyed Amer...

02:13

Lavrov: Swiss lab says BZ toxin used in Salisbury, not produced in Russia, was in US & UK service Philosophers Stone

Lavrov: Swiss lab says BZ toxin used in Salisbury, not produced in Russia, was in US & UK service

01:29

VIDEO: Rabbi The Biggest Enemies of the Jews are the Jews Philosophers Stone

It is refreshing to hear the truth coming from a Rabbi. Well, the partial truth, as someone needs to educate him on the lies of the Holocaust. The lies of WW2 are critical to uncover, and one of the best ways to wake-up asleep Goyim so tell your family and friends about the Bolsheviks, about the Holodomor, about the Red Cross figures regarding the Holocaust, etc., etc., etc.

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00:43

Chief of the Main Operational Directorate of the Russian General Staff Colonel General Sergei Rudskoy holds briefing for mass media The Vineyard of the Saker

14.04.2018 (12:00) http://eng.mil.ru/en/news_page/country/more.htm?id=12171300@egNews   The US alongside its allies conducted a missile strike by its air and naval carriers targeting military and civil facilities of the Syrian Arab Republic on

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Friday, 13 April

04:20

WIJ ZIJN HIER persconferentie WE ARE HERE

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Beste aanwezigen,

Bedankt voor jullie komst. Mijn naam is Khalid, ik ben de woordvoerder van We Are Here aan de Rudolf Dieselstraat. Ik zal de conferentie in het Engels vervolgen zodat het ook te begrijpen is voor mensen in het buitenland.

We have invited you here today to tell you our story. The past few weeks there has been a lot of negative media attention about our presence in this neighborhood. So we want to explain to you the circumstances that led us up to this point and why we are here.

Rita Verdonk and Fred Teeven decided that there should be an example made of certain refugees. This was done to discourage other refugees of coming. We are the product of this policy. But people are not products. Nor are we experimental ground to test your political theories on. We are human beings who deserve a life. Just like everybody else in this country and in the world.

We are not uitgeprocedeerd. In fact, we are in the so-called asylum gap. This gap was created by the politics of this country. When somebody comes to the Netherlands. This country has to honor the asylum request of that refugee. But in practice, the IND does not do that. They do not honor the asylum requests.

Sometimes we cannot get status because the IND attempt not to believe our reasons for fleeing our countries. And sometimes the IND does not take enough time to study ones procedures. But then also they cannot send us back. And we cannot ask for asylum in another country because of the Dublin convention which was corrupted by the European immigration system. Adding to this, anybody who has been here for 17 years or less has missed out on the general pardon of 2006. This general pardon was a failure because of its selective nature. So we are stuck here.

The Mayor and the city council of Amsterdam decided that refugees in the asylum gap do not get 24-hour shelter. They also do not want more refugees to come. So we had to find solution for ourselves.

In the past 5 years we have done all the work ourselves without any help from the government. We are activists who fight for our story to be heard. We are theater-makers who show our story on the stage. We are photographers who tell our story with pictures. We are DJs, chef-cooks, carpenters, teachers. We are story-tellers. And now we tell you our story. We have all these talents and we left our homes to look for safety. We can use our qualities to help make this country better.

Now we attempt to explain the inhuman conditions that the Dutch government forced on us for the past 17 years, and we want to change the public opi...

01:05

WOMEN OF WE ARE HERE FIGHTING FOR THEIR RIGHTS WE ARE HERE

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Yesterday 11th april the women of the Rollstraat had to leave their building. They had a powerfull demonstration in front of the City Hall.
Tonight the city council (starting 7PM) will debate the actual situation of We Are Here. So they will be there again demanding for 24/7 housing.
Please do all come at 6PM to join them in their struggle for a safe place to stay!

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These are their demands:

A living space for each of us for 24/7 with no conditions,

where:
we can have individual privacy 
everybody has a room with a key for herself
we can cook our own food
we can live as a community and make our rules and regulations

So that we have complete control over our living space:
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Thursday, 12 April

06:44

vrouwen van Wij Zijn Hier demonstreren tegen ontruiming WE ARE HERE

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Een groep vrouwen van WIJ ZIJN HIER gaat woensdag 11 april vanaf 12.00 uur demonstreren bij het Stadhuis van Amsterdam. Ze hebben anderhalf jaar in een gekraakt pand in de Burgemeester Rollstraat gewoond, maar moeten daar a.s. woensdag uit. Omdat ze niet weten waar ze de nacht moeten doorbrengen, gaan ze maar meteen door naar het stadhuis. Ze eisen 24 uursopvang. De BBB (bed, bad en brood) zoals Amsterdam die nu biedt is geen optie omdat het alleen nachtopvang is. De vrouwen staan dan elke dag om 9:00 uur weer op straat. Het maakt vrouwen afhankelijk en kwetsbaar voor misbruik. Ze krijgen geen geld van de gemeente Amsterdam, zelfs niet voor persoonlijke verzorging.

Op straat zijn ze niet veilig. Ze hebben een dak boven het hoofd nodig. Een dak dat andere steden wel bieden in de vorm van BBB mt juridisch/maatschappelijke begeleiding, leefgeld en zelfstandigheid waar gezamenlijk aan een toekomstplan wordt gewerkt.

De vrouwen komen uit landen als Eritrea, Ethiopi en Somali. Ze zijn ongedocumenteerd; documenten hebben ze nooit gehad, zijn afgepakt of tijdens de vlucht verloren gegaan.  Niet alleen voor de veiligheid is 24 uursopvang noodzakelijk. Als je als vluchteling ongedocumenteerd bent, moet je op de een of andere manier zien aan te tonen wie je bent. Dat kan onmogelijk vanaf de straat. Tijdens het verblijf in de Rollstraat konden de vrouwen een start maken met het vinden van bewijzen. Dertien(!) van hen kregen intussen een verblijfsvergunning!

In de Rollstraat zijn de vrouwen begonnen met het volgen van Nederlandse lessen. Op straat is ook dat moeilijk vol te houden.

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Monday, 09 April

05:26

openbare brief van een bewoner van de dieselstraat WE ARE HERE

Stacey Krom vertelde op vrijdag voor de camera van AT5 dat ze naar papa en mama ging, omdat ze zich niet echt veilig meer voelde tussen de krakers en vluchtelingen. Om problemen te voorkomen. Er hing iets in de lucht. Maar zaterdag was ze de hele dag op de open dag en kijkt ze er heel anders tegenaan. (Ze staat hier achter Fortune in de gele jas).

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Beste,
Naar aanleiding van de gebeurtenissen in de Rudolf Dieselstraat, n het buurtfeest van vanmiddag, schrijf ik deze openbare brief.

Als bewoner van de Rudolf Dieselstraat wil ik u graag het volgende laten weten. Mijn gevoel van veiligheid is geenszins aangetast sinds de komst van de krakers van We Are Here. Integendeel! Het voelt fijn om weer mensen in de straten te zien lopen nadat er in de winter zoveel huizen leeg zijn komen te staan. Mijn gevoel van veiligheid is hierdoor gegroeid, er zijn mensen die voor elkaar uitkijken en voor elkaar zorgen, en die zomaar een praatje met je doen op straat.

Waar ik wel van schrok is hoe de media met deze situatie omgaat. Ik geloof dat er een kant van het verhaal is dat onvoldoende belicht wordt, en daarom schrijf ik deze brief. Er zijn fouten gemaakt tijdens het kraken, en daar heb ik van gehoord. Echter zijn dit dingen waarvan ik hoor dat de krakers zelf ook erg geschrokken zijn. Daarnaast zijn er ook een aantal spookverhalen waarbij de bron ver te zoeken is.

Filmploegen lopen door de straten, bewust op zoek naar mensen die overlast ervaren. Als ze je vragen om iets voor camera te zeggen sturen ze aan op angst. Als je je te mild uitdrukt zoeken ze verder, of wordt je uit het filmpje geknipt. Het is jammer dat er over het algemeen zo eenzijdig gerapporteerd wordt!

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Sunday, 08 April

06:40

Buurt- en Tuinfeest in de Dieselstraat Zaterdag 7 april van 12 tot 22 u. WE ARE HERE

Beste buurtgenoten,

Wij nodigen jullie van harte uit om samen een buurt- en tuinfeest te houden op zaterdag 7 april. Met koffie en tuinieren, en een praatje om elkaar beter te leren kennen en samen te werken aan een leefbare buurt voor iedereen.

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Wij Zijn Hier is een collectief van mensen die gevlucht zijn uit oorlogsgebieden zoals Soedan en Somali. De IND wil dat we daarheen terugkeren, maar in ons thuisland is niemand zijn leven zeker. We kunnen daarom niet terug. Maar in Nederland mogen we ook niet leven. We staan op straat, zonder recht op werk of onderwijs. Dat geeft veel stress, we weten vaak niet eens waar we naar het toilet kunnen. Ons gevoel van vrijheid en menselijke
waardigheid wordt ons ontnomen. Daarom betrekken we leegstaande panden die om te overleven en een oplossing te eisen..

Het is een drukte van belang geworden sinds wij vanuit de Christus Koningkerk aan de James Wattstraat naar de Dieselstraat verhuizen. Want binnenkort moeten we die kerk verlaten en staan we weer op straat, zoals we in de afgelopen jaren al 33 keer hebben meegemaakt. We hopen heel erg dat we eindelijk een kans krijgen om een beetje normaal leven te kunnen leiden. En dat willen we heel graag samen met alle bewoners doen om hier een fijne, veilige en mooie buurt te houden en te maken. Natuurlijk zoeken we ook goed overleg met Ymere, Camelot en B&W. Met de steun van onze vele supporters hebben we geleerd om zover mogelijk ons zelf te redden.

Het feest begint om 12 uur: met eten en drinken, tuinen schoonmaken en beplanten, muziek maken, schilderen, potje straatvoetbal, enz.

Om 5 uur is de officile opening van het nieuw activiteitencentrum op nummer 6, door een bekende Amsterdammer.

Tuesday, 03 April

05:19

Welkom in We Are Here Village! WE ARE HERE

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Vluchtelingencollectief We Are Here heeft de afgelopen Paasdagen 11 woningen en
een winkelpand gekraakt in de Rudolf Dieselstraat. Deze zijn prima geschikt te
maken om vrouwen en kinderen onder te brengen. De mannen van Wij Zijn Hier
heten vrouwen die op straat staan of binnenkort ontruimd worden hartelijk welkom in We Are Here Village. Want je hebt een heel dorp nodig om kinderen groot te brengen.

 

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Ymere, de eigenaar van de Rudolf Dieselstraat heeft deze woningen jaren
verwaarloosd in afwachting van sloop en nieuwbouw, die telkens uitgesteld wordt.
En wil Ymere de wonimngen nu zelfs in handen geven van anti-kraakburo Camelot,
die 350 Euro huur vraagt, per bewoner. Dat is niet meer nodig. Samen met huidige
(tijdelijke) bewoners kunnen we de 124 woningen beheren. We gaan we er weer een
mooi dorp van maken. Zaterdag 7 april is het al de eerste buurt-en-tuindag.

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