What does UEA have against protesters?

By Elliot Folan Earlier this month, the University of East Anglia dropped a disciplinary case against two students for taking part in an anti-tax avoidance protest. I was one of those students, and although the case was dropped it was a perfect example of the creeping criminalisation of protest that’s taking place on university campuses [...]

Here’s why David Cameron should do community service

By Stuart Roger Phew! Thank God that’s over. 100 hours of community service for disrupting a speech David Cameron was giving in Scotland, as an act of protest against his epicly unjust, epicly unnecessary programme of public spending cuts. As I’ve doing it, I have been reflecting on the political value of what I did, [...]

No silver lining: The ugly truth about Canadian mining in Oaxaca, Mexico and beyond

Jen Wilton and Liam Barrington-Bushreport from San José del Progreso, Oaxaca, Mexico In a small, dry town in the south-west of Oaxaca, Mexico there is a deadly political battle being waged over local resources. By all accounts the town has been split in two—those in favour of and those who oppose the nearby Cuzcatlán silver [...]

Starbucks Vice President awarded “Prize Mug” following £33m tax ‘dodge’

Starbucks VP Marketing Ian Cranna was yesterday awarded a golden mug ahead of a speech in Birmingham. The “Prize Mug” was awarded for the company’s ‘mugging’ of the UK taxpayer. Starbucks UK was recently revealed to have dodged many millions of pounds of UK tax in the year 2011/12. It has failed to pay any [...]

8 months of police harrasment, finally behind me.

Last week, Sean Farmelo was found not guilty of violent disorder at a student protest in February. Here is his shocking account of what happened: a story of fabricated evidence, police lies and a university trying to silence rather than protect its students. Since the 15th of February, unknown to many of my friends I’ve [...]

Paralympic ceremony performers join disabled activists and UK Uncut to target Atos HQ in London

Today Disabled People Against Cuts (DPAC) and UK Uncut will pile pressure on the controversial Paralympics sponsor Atos. Over 700 hundred protesters from across the UK are expected to descend on Atos’ headquarters in London to confront the company about their controversial Work Capability Assessments (WCA) which are destroying the lives of sick and disabled [...]

Letting Agent Fails to Disrupt Tenant Protest

In a farcical move, letting agent DJ Alexander hired contractors to carry out unsafe work outside their offices at noon on Friday 20th July in an attempt to prevent a protest by Edinburgh Private Tenants’ Action Group (EPTAG). More than 20 tenants – some of them in TV cop costumes inspired by the Beastie Boys’ [...]

Celebrating 44 Years of Legal Abortion

Today it is exactly 44 years since the 1967 Abortion Act came into effect. Since 27th April 1968, women in Scotland, England and Wales have had the right to decide whether to continue a pregnancy, or whether to safely and legally end it. Abortion is not a new invention; there are records of its use [...]

Why I’m going to the Big Six Bash

Guest post by Ellie Smith On the 3rd May at the UK Energy Summit, just for a change, a load of extremely powerful energy companies that own the vast majority of the UK’s energy will speak with politicians and policy formers about the future of our country’s energy – how much we need, and where [...]

Universities are becoming part of an oppressive infrastructure

A worrying trend is taking hold; what started as a trickle is becoming a torrent. A disproportionate attack on student protestors is unsettling not just the student movement, but a wider community accustomed to deeply enshrined political freedoms. This attack has emerged in response to a highly organised, highly politicized movement that is operating well [...]

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