(bbc.co.uk) Tens of thousands of people joined rallies around the UK as a public sector strike over pensions disrupted schools, hospitals and other services.
About two-thirds of state schools shut, and thousands of hospital operations were postponed, as unions estimated up to two million people went on strike.
The TUC called it “the biggest strike in a generation”. The prime minister described it as “a damp squib”.
Unions oppose plans to make members pay more and work longer to earn pensions.
Read more: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-15953806
A general introduction to the motivation behind the Occupy movement.
This film is by no means an extensive documentary of their agenda but more of a general overview for anyone who doesn’t understand ‘what it’s all about’.
I hope this can help to re-address the, largely distorted view, that the mainstream media presents of the Occupy movement.
Filmed at College Green, Bristol, UK.
by Liam Tate
1936. David an unemployed young man, leaves Liverpool to join the fight against Fascism in the early days of the Spanish Civil War. He joins an international section of the Republican Militia on the Aragon front where he experiences the trials and anguish of the war.
Wounded, he convalesces in Barcelona and is caught in the conflict on the Republican side between the Communist Party and his revolutionary comrades in the militia.
The resolution of this conflict and David’s return to the front may seem tragic but his belief in the possibility of revolutionary change is unshaken. His story is revealed only after his death, sixty years later, in letters discovered by his granddaughter.
(thinq.co.uk) Right-wing Muslim-baiting nut-jobs the English Defence League have come in for a bit of a poking with a sharp stick wielded by hackers with a conscience.
#TeamPrinc3ss is credited with a part in the hack, though to be honest we don’t really know what that means. Twitterer froobze , has something to do with it, describing him/herself as ‘Social engineer of Team Princess and media representative’, as we twits from his ‘secret bunker’ somewhere.
The hack may have something to do with Anonymous, orTeamprinc3ss is a splinter group, or a separate gang with similar aims or something else entirely.
What we do know is that the website http://englishdefenceleague.org/ is currently offline in what is claimed as a take-down by someone or other.
We’re guessing this is a UK-based initiative – who else has heard of the EDL? The group seems to have emerged from Luton and is proud to claim a selection of different races amongst their number. The outfit claims not to be racist – it just wants to get rid of the Muslims.
(guardian.co.uk) Guardian data project reveals link between economic hardship and those taking part in last week’s riots.
Based on unprecedented access to information from magistrates courts across England, the Guardian’s data project gives a new insight into the riots, shedding light on those accused of involvement, from their age and gender to the length of sentences being handed down.
The data also highlights geographical differences during last week’s unrest. In London, the evidence suggests rioters often looted shops and businesses in or near the areas where they lived. In cities such as Manchester and Birmingham, in contrast, the data appears to indicate that suspects travelled from their homes on the outskirts of the cities, or in some cases satellite towns, to riot and loot in the city centres.
One of the most striking features to emerge is the proportion of those who have appeared in court so far who come from deprived neighbourhoods.
A Liverpool University urban planning lecturer, Alex Singleton, analysed the Guardian’s preliminary data by overlaying the addresses of defendants with the poverty indicators mapped by England’s Indices of Multiple Deprivation, which breaks the country into small geographical areas.
He found that the majority of people who have appeared in court live in poor neighbourhoods, with 41% of suspects living in one of the top 10% of most deprived places in the country. The data also shows that 66% of neighbourhoods where the accused live got poorer between 2007 and 2010.
(guardian.co.uk) North Sea suffers worst oil spill for 10 years : Footage from Marine Scotland, the government body that manages Scottish waters, of the worst oil spill in the North Sea for a decade.
Shell says there have been two leaks at the Gannet Alpha platform, just over 100 miles east of Aberdeen. The first was discovered on 10 August, and has already spilled about 1,300 barrels of oil into the sea – more than the amount spilled across the whole of 2009. It claims that the first leak is ‘pretty much dead’ and the second is minor