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Tides of relief: Nikos Romanos wins victory in hunger strike

First published by ROAR Collective on December 11, 2014

After a month on hunger strike and weeks of solidarity protests, the anarchist prisoner Nikos Romanos is finally granted his demands by the government.

Tides of relief emanated from Greece on Wednesday, when the anarchist prisoner Nikos Romanos ended his month-long hunger strike that sparked solidarity actions across the globe. His demands were essentially met, with the parliament decreeing that student prisoners will be allowed educational leave on certain conditions, including electronic security tagging.


UK 'complicit' in arms sales to Israel ahead of Gaza war

The UK government is reviewing its arms sales to Israel, after it discovered that components made in Britain may have been used in the recent military bombardment of the Gaza Strip.


The Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS), the branch of the UK government responsible for granting arms exports licences, is conducting an internal review after it discovered 12 instances in which weapons containing components produced in the UK “may” have been used in the Gaza war.


The department told MEE on Thursday that it assesses every licence it grants against “published international criteria,” taking into account the end user, in this case the Israeli army, as well as the specifications of the item itself.


Barclays boycotted over Israel arms trade shares

  A Palestinian youth holds part of a missle launched by an Israeli drone which killed a family in the Zeitoun neighborhood of Gaza City, 14 July. (Basel Yazouri / ActiveStills)

First published on Electronic Intifada on 21 November 2014

The British bank Barclays has come under fire for its holdings in Elbit Systems, Israel’s largest military company and the main supplier of drones used to attack and kill Palestinian civilians in Gaza. The bank is the named owner of $2.9 million worth of shares in Elbit.

More than 1.7 million people have signed a petition calling on Barclays to divest from “projects that finance illegal settlements and the oppressive occupation of the Palestinian people” and campaigners have occupied and protested at bank branches across the UK.


Besieging Health Services in Gaza: A Profitable Business

Corporate Watch’s  full briefing Besieging Health Services in Gaza: A Profitable Business can be downloaded for free here or order a paper copy

Even before the latest Israeli attack on the Gaza Strip, which has killed over 2000 Palestinians to date,  Gaza’s health services were folding under the pressure of the illegal siege imposed by Israel and Egypt.


The next Serco scandal: overcharging the NHS


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Outsourcing giant Serco is embroiled in another misuse of public funds scandal after a company it set up overcharged NHS hospitals millions of pounds, as revealed by Corporate Watch and the Independent today.

Internal documents leaked to Corporate Watch suggest Britain’s biggest pathology provider, established by Serco in partnership with Guy’s and St Thomas’ hospitals in London, overcharged the hospitals millions of pounds for tests and services.

The venture - first called GSTS and now trading under the name Viapath - has been dogged by allegations of cost-cutting and clinical failings since it started. Internal documents show increasing concern amongst senior consultants who claimed that staff cuts and a lack of investment since privatisation left some laboratories close to disaster.  


PSNI organised meeting with Sri Lanka military adviser after Tamil massacre

PSNI at Ardoyne Riots 2011 Credit: Sineakee

FOI request confirms talks but lawyers say no minutes exist of meeting as campaigners blast 'being kept in the dark'

Police in Northern Ireland organised a meeting between British officials and a Sri Lankan military adviser a month after the massacre of tens of thousands of Tamil civilians in Sri Lanka, it has emerged – but no minutes were taken about what was discussed.

The Northern Ireland Policing Board, which scrutinises the running of the Police Service of Northern Ireland, has confirmed that it arranged the talks between the Foreign Office and the Sri Lankan defence forces representative with a view to the PSNI becoming "critical friends" of the country's security forces.


TTIP - where to look


Tomorrow, 12 July, sees a national day of action against the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP, pronounced T-TIP), a proposed trade deal between the US and the EU that critics call "the biggest corporate power grab in a decade".


For more information about the day of action see the NoTTIP campaign:




and for more details about TTIP and who is lobbying for it, see Corporate Europe Observatory:




and there's a nice video about it from 38degrees here:





Exposed: far-right veteran seeking London multicultural vote

A political party with links to the BNP and National Front is running in the European elections on a multicultural slate with Tamil, Sikh and Kurdish candidates, Channel 4 News can reveal.

Former National Front deputy chairman Graham Williamson, who sits on the executive of the BNP-supported "trade union" Solidarity is running for election in London on a multicultural election list for the National Liberal Party (NLP).

We can reveal that Williamson founded the National Liberal Party with Nick Griffin's European parliament staff manager and former National Front leading figure Patrick Harrington.


Woman stands naked on airport runway, takes overdose

Britain deports mentally ill asylum seekers in leg restraints and paper suits. A new report by the prisons inspector sheds light on an ugly business.


Community policing or counter-terrorism: What was Britain doing in Sri Lanka?

Why were the British delivering a 'community policing' program during and after Sri Lanka's 2009 civil war? And why are 'national security and counter-terrorism' the reasons for refusing disclosure about it?


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