Thursday, January 29, 2009

Media Workers against War

Even before the controversy of the DEC emergency aid broadcast, there was widespread criticism of the reporting of Israel's onslaught on Gaza. Media Workers Against the War is hosting another of its very impressive public meetings, titled
GAZA - FAILED BY THE MEDIA, in London on Monday 2 February.

The speakers include Gerald Kaufman MP, whose blistering attack on Israel's barbarity in the House of Commons was widely reported (see video here: http://tinyurl.com/bz32ao)

Other speakers include Seumas Milne from The Guardian and Richard Horton, editor of The Lancet.

GAZA - FAILED BY THE MEDIA
PUBLIC MEETING MONDAY 2 FEBRUARY
7.00PM ALL WELCOME
Speakers:
Seumas Milne, The Guardian
Sir Gerald Kaufman MP
Richard Horton, The Lancet
Jeremy Dear, General Secretary, NUJ
Lauren Booth, Press TV
A Palestinian Journalist (tbc)
Jane Shallice, Stop The War Coalition
OLD CINEMA LECTURE THEATRE
WESTMINSTER UNIVERSITY
309 REGENT STREET LONDON W1B 2UW
Nearest tube: Oxford CircusS
Map: http://tinyurl.com/dj6ywh

MORE DETAILS: Email info@mwaw.net, Tel 07801 789 297
Hosted by Media Workers Against the War: http://www.mwaw.net/

See also The Media Workers Against the War article:
EIGHT REASONS WHY THE BBC IS WRONG ON GAZA
http://www.mwaw.net/2009/01/26/gaza-appeal/

Wednesday, January 28, 2009

GM free Wales under threat?

A man stands accused of "infecting" Wales with GM, acting irresponsibly and possibly of breaking the law.

I still think it is dangerous to mix the genes of a tomatoe with the genes of a fish

BBC super glue protesters found not guilty.



I just heard that the people who super glued themselves to the Cardiff BBC security gates have been found 'Not Guilty' due to a 'lack of evidence.'They protested against the BBC's biased coverage of Gaza invasion.

It is odd as evidence wise they had a BBC camera crew, an undercurrents camera crew, Sky News camera, 4 Police statements and BBC security. Methinks they didn't want to risk any more bad publicity.

Inside the Gaza Tunnels


A report from Zouheir Alnajjar, a Collective Journalism contributor who lives in Gaza, takes us through the secret tunnels that connect Gaza and Egypt - a common route for smuggling under the border.

The tunnels beneath the Egyptian border have become a common way for Palestinians to attain items that they cannot due to the Israeli restrictions on imports into the Gaza Strip. Some of these items, like medicine or cigarettes, are relatively innocuous, but weapons and rocket parts are also smuggled through the tunnels, making them a target for Israel's IDF forces.

Watch it here
http://current.com/items/89668401/gaza_tunnels.htm

No TV since 1978 but still they demand a licence



The television licence enforcers were nothing if not persistent. For five years they pursued 69-year-old Hannah Patricia Humphris with a succession of intimidating missives demanding she buy a licence.
The pursuit culminated with a letter this month threatening her with prosecution and a possible £1,000 fine.
But the TV licensing police had overlooked one crucial fact: Miss Humphris hasn't owned a television since 1978.
She got rid of her TV set that year because it wasn't working properly and, she said, there were no interesting programmes.
Mrs Humphris, from Neath, South Wales, had informed the authorities she did not have a TV when the letters started to mount up.
But they wrote back to say she would be interviewed under caution and could be prosecuted if she was caught watching or recording television programmes.
Miss Humphris described the letter of January 2, which was headed 'Official Warning' as 'intimidating' and 'threatening'...read more

DEC Gaza video- watch the video which has been refused by the BBC



This is the DEC appeal which BBC has refused to show.
Donate to DEC here

Tuesday, January 27, 2009

3 arrested over Israel protest in Tescos

A group of people took produce labeled as WEST BANK as country of origin from a TESCO store in Swanseas City Centre. The two filled their trollies with dates, fresh herbs, fruit and salads. The trollies, full of produce were up-turned at the supermarket entrance and covered in fake blood to represent the lives lost in Gaza. Reported by undercurrents for http://www.visionon.tv

BBC office occupied by Gaza supporters


The BBC offices in Manchester have just been occupied by Gaza solidarity activists, presumably in response to their decision to block DEC appeal adverts. The police had just arrived, but I don't have any more details as yet...
More on this story as it breaks

Photo is of BBC London protest yesterday

3 arrested over Israel protest in Tescos



Join the boycott
http://www.bigcampaign.org/

Israeli goods seized in Tesco’s and covered in blood





Undercurrents filmed a dramatic protest in Tesco supermarket at 3 pm today.
A group of people took produce labeled as ‘WEST BANK’ as country of origin from a TESCO store in Swansea’s City Centre.

The two concerned citizens are from the group ‘Justice for Palestine’, while outside protesters handed out leaflets explaining the action.

The two filled their trollies with dates, fresh herbs, fruit and salads. The trollies, full of produce were up-turned at the supermarket entrance and covered in fake blood to represent the lives lost in Gaza.

Greg Wilkinson, who has on two previous occasions liberated dates from Tesco’s and sold them on to raise funds for medical aid for Gaza made the following statement:

‘These products have been grown on land stolen from the people of Palestine. Since the Israeli invasion in 1967, over 450,000 Israelis have been settled on Palestinian land in the West Bank. They have up-rooted thousands of olive trees, demolished thousands of homes and appropriated scare water resources to produce these goods.

Grandmother of four, D. Murphy said:
'We believe that Tesco’s are accessories to crimes under international law – under Geneva Conventions and UN resolutions signed in our name.

By removing these unlawful goods from the shelves we are enforcing the law, not breaking it. We are asking the people of Wales to support the national boycott of Israeli goods.’

3 people were arrested with 4 Police cars attending the scene. An undercurrents video report of the protest will be available on http://www.visionon.tv later today

Monday, January 26, 2009

The Piano



Touching video using the theme tune from the french movie 'Amelie'

Tony Benn takes over BBC broadcast and does an appeal for Gaza

Inspiring use of TV by Tony Benn

Give back your BBC licence says campaign for Gaza


EMERGENCY BBC PROTEST
MONDAY 26 JANUARY, 5.00PM
BBC BROADCASTING HOUSE,
PORTLAND PLACE, LONDON W1A 1AA
COLLECTIVE RETURN OF BBC TV LICENSES

Stop the War is organising a mass return of TV licenses to the
BBC for those incensed by the continuing refusal of the BBC to
broadcast and emergency appeal for Gaza.

The fact that other channels including Channel 4, ITV and
Channel 5 are showing the appeal tonight shows how isolated
and extreme the BBC is on this issue.

For those living in London there will be a collective return
of BBC TV licenses on Monday 26 January, at 5.30pm, at BBC
Broadcasting House, Portland Place, W1A 1AA. If you live in
London and want to register your disgust at the BBC
management's behaviour, do join us, if you can.

We are asking local Stop the War groups outside London, which
have a BBC office in their area, to organise similar license
return events, notifying the local media beforehand.

A number of our supporters have informed us that they have
written to the BBC saying they have cancelled their direct
debit for their TV license. If you are planning to do the
same, please inform Stop the War at office@stopwar.org.uk.

The BBC said that by yesterday they had received over 11,000
complaints. That figure is bound to be far higher by now,
given how there is now virtually unanimous agreement across
the full spectrum of opinion in Britain that the BBC must
reverse its disgraceful decision. Reports say that the vast
majority of BBC staff are outraged by the blocking of the Gaza
appeal. We need to do all we can to increase the pressure on
the BBC management.

If you have not complained to the BBC yet, do so here:
PHONE: 03700 100 222
TEXT: 03700 100 212
ONLINE:
http://www.bbc.co.uk/complaints/complaints_stage1.shtml

You can donate to the appeal that the BBC is denying a
broadcast here:
https://www.donate.bt.com/bt_form_gaza.html

****************************************
SUCCESS FOR OCCUPATION OF BBC SCOTLAND

Over 100 protestors from the Stop the war and Palestinian
groups occupied the BBC's Scotland headquarters in Glasgow.
The occupation was a complete success in increasing pressure
on the BBC and getting widespread media coverage. The BBC
management conceded to the protesters' demands for a meeting
with representatives from the BBC national executive. There
were no arrests. For a full report, go to:
http://www.stopwar.org.uk/

Sunday, January 25, 2009

French Pranksters


These are the funniest french pranksters i have seen
http://nimportequi.com/videos.php
http://nimportequi.com/video_popupNEW.php?id_video=87 Football funnies

Protest at BBC HQ over Gaza video appeal

Peter Marshall, reports the demonstration at the BBC building in central London on Saturday 24 Jan, 2009. the broadcasters decision not to broadcast the emergency appeal for Gaza led to mass protest and petitions.
i find it worrying that BBC won't show the appeal video because they are scared of the Israeli Zionist backlash.
Read more and see more photos

The BBC have received a growing number of complaints following their decision to refuse to broadcast the humanitarian appeal for Gaza.

To add your voice you can call them on:

03700 100 222 option 3

http://www.bbc.co.uk/complaints/complaints_stage1.shtml

The Monty Python Channel on YouTube

Bored with dodgy uploads from fans -now we have an official Monty Python channel launching on YouTube containing high quality uploads of all the most pirated clips. John Cleese, Terry Gilliam, Michael Palin, and Eric Idle even star in this video announcing the channel, although they feign not being happy with the idea of everything being given away for free.

Friday, January 23, 2009

Stop the Road- new book out

"Adrian Arbib's stunning photography captures better than anything else the spirit of the road protests of the 1990s."
Paul Kingsnorth, author of 'Real England'

"This is our history. It is appalling and inspiring at the same time. These pictures of brave people should not be forgotten."
John Vidal, Environment editor, the Guardian

"One look at the book will cure nature deficit disorder."
Heathcote Williams

"It was great to see all of these pictures and brought a tear to my eye to see Kit again and a smile to see that crazy raft we built to combat the bailey bridge. It also reminded me just how barbaric it all was and how wonderful and amazing too, that we were SO empowered and SO strong, the miracles that happened daily, the stress of living in a war zone."
Rob the Didge (Solsbury hill protestor)


New book out now- 15 years after the massive road protests to save Solsbury Hill

The Lonely Island - Jizz In My Pants

Funny as anything

AUSTRALIA SONG

A great piss take of the movie

BBC refuses to support Gaza aid appeal

The BBC and other broadcasters have refused to broadcast a national humanitarian appeal for Gaza, leaving aid agencies with a potential shortfall of millions of pounds in donations.

The Disasters Emergency Committee (DEC), an umbrella organisation for 13 aid charities, launched its appealtoday saying the devastation in Gaza was "so huge that British aid agencies were compelled to act".

But the BBC made a rare breach of an agreement dating back to 1963 when it announced it would not give free airtime to the appeal. Other broadcasters then followed suit. Previously, broadcasters have agreed on the video and script to be used with the DEC, with each station choosing a presenter to front the appeal, shown after primetime news bulletins....read more

The BBC reported the issue in a statement. The BBC said: "The BBC decision was made because of question marks about the delivery of aid in a volatile situation and also to avoid any risk of compromising public confidence in the BBC's impartiality in the context of an ongoing news story. here

I suspect the BBC are scared of the backlash from Zionists.
A call for action to reverse the BBC decision has been called..read here

Police Seize UK Indymedia data Server


On 22 January 2009 an Indymedia server was seized by the Police in Manchester. The warrant was issued by a Judge to Kent Police. This was probably related to postings about a recent animal rights protest (SHAC) trial.

Kent Police had e-mailed imc-uk-contact in the morning requesting that personal information about the judge in the Stop Huntingdon Animal Cruelty (SHAC) trial be removed from the site. However this information had already been quickly removed in line with IMC UK policy. The e-mail also requested information relating to the poster be retained. Indymedia as an open posting news service does not log such information about its sources.

The warrant, as yet not seen by Indymedia, was we believe, specifically for this one server colocated in Manchester which is a mirror of the site. So it can only be concluded that the judge didn’t check the legality and validity of the request to remove it, and that the police wanted to attack the infrastructure within the UK.

Other sites that have been affected as a result of this seizure include London Indymedia, the global Indymedia documentation project server, la Soja Mata – an anti-GM soya campaign focusing on South American development, Transition Sheffield and a Canadian campaign against the 2010 olympics.
http://www.indymedia.org.uk/en/2009/01/419838.html

Thursday, January 22, 2009

State (T)error season - Call for entries

milano film festival
The fourteenth edition of Milano Film Festival will take place from 11th to
20th september 2009. The call for entries for the out-of-competition season
State (T)error is now open.

State (T)error was first organized in 2005 as an out-of-competition section
at Milano Film Festival. It reflected the will to tell and show authentic
stories, to present documentaries depicting a complex pattern of injustices
and crimes committed by "democratic" governments and by the system of
powers; it reported how governments cloak with concepts like freedom,
safety, and peace a precise strategy of terror and violence, of speculation
and war, resulting in wealth for few and misery for entire countries.
<http://www.milanofilmfestival.it/eng/2009/colpe.php>

Deadline: April 15th 2009

AN INTRODUCTION TO FACTUAL FILMMAKING WITH RON MCCULLAGH & INSIGHT NEWS TV

Saturday 7th & Sunday 8th March
The London Film School, Central London
Fee: £350

Suitable for new filmmakers, this intensive 2-day workshop with Insight
News TV introduces the tools and techniques essential to making broadcast
quality News features.

Over the course of the weekend participants will learn how to make factual
films using the most basic equipment: a digital camera, a microphone and a
light. By the end of the workshop participants will be armed with the
knowledge, confidence and practical experience required to single-handedly
shoot a well-crafted twelve minute News feature. In addition participants
will have gained an insight into the some of the realities of international
journalism.

The workshop will be lead by Emmy and Rory Peck award-winner Ron
McCullagh. During the final session of day two Ron will be joined by Emmy
and Bafta award winning journalist Sorious Samura.
For more details visit www.lfs.org.uk or email workshops@lfs.org.uk.

Wednesday, January 21, 2009

Party for the first black man in the White house



This was a party I attended in Swansea to celebrate Obama becoming president. One woman made a cake so we all ate a bit of Obama.I got his nose.

The guy seems too cool to be real with the perfect life (broken home but came good, smoked pot and drank booze but saw the light,grassroots protester but joined the establishment, black but white, family man, god with a small g- could even be muslim or christian, buddhist or pagan). He seems to be straight out of a Hollywood script aimed at appealing to all markets.Calling in the wind, sun and the soil in his speech was very pagan or native American I thought. Lets hope for the best!

The Yes Men Fix The World 2009 - trailer

THE YES MEN FIX THE WORLD


January 20, 2009
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

"THE YES MEN FIX THE WORLD" OPENS AT SUNDANCE TO CAPACITY CROWDS,
STANDING OVATIONS
"As entertaining as it is effective" - Sundance Festival

"The Yes Men Fix the World" has premiered at Sundance before extremely
enthusiastic audiences. The film was directed by the Yes Men, in
collaboration with Bowling for Columbine and Fahrenheit 911 editor Kurt
Engfehr, and follows the political prankster group through a number of
hilarious impersonations of some of the world's biggest corporations.

The film begins with the Yes Men's famous 2004 impersonation of a Dow
Chemical spokesperson on BBC World News, in which they took
responsibility for the largest industrial accident in history before 300
million people. It ends with the much-reported distribution of a hundred
thousand copies of a fake New York Times - a 'good news' edition
announcing, among other things, the end of the Iraq War.

Along the way, the film shows the Yes Men posing as Exxon and
Halliburton and presenting shocking and ridiculous solutions to climate
change to audiences of oil industry people and others - as well as
appearing alongside the governor of Louisiana and the mayor of New
Orleans, and showing how government could do things right.

Besides covering the Yes Men's daring hoaxes, the film investigates and
attacks the worship of the free market that has led so many corporations
and government agencies to put profits above people. It ends with a
rousing call to action, to give Obama the pressure he'll need to do what
we've elected him for.

The Sundance Festival says "The Yes Men Fix the World is as entertaining
as it is effective." The film is represented by Cinetic Media, who are
already in discussions for distribution in North America and Europe
following Sunday's premiere and today's packed industry screening. It
will have an extensive outreach campaign to make it useful to activist
organizations.

"The Yes Men Fix the World" will open the Berlin Film Festival's
documentary section February 6.

* Movie description, stills, and credits:
http://www.theyesmen.org/theyesmenfixtheworld
* Trailers and excerpts:
http://www.theyesmen.org/theyesmenfixtheworld#video
* Sundance blurb and list of screenings Jan. 21-23:
http://festival.sundance.org/2009/film_events/films/yes_men_fix_the_world

Tuesday, January 20, 2009

Spain wants your films

The Observatory Archives are intentional in nature and organized around specific themes, bringing together material that supports a critique of contemporary culture through different approaches such as video art, independent documentary and mass media archeology.

Although the archives include many different kinds of works, they all share a commitment to free expression, and reflect upon our individual and collective fears and pleasures. Together, they create a multifaceted vision, thousands of small eyes probing and exploring our world and proclaiming other possible worlds. A discourse that values heterogeneity, plurality, contradiction and subjectivity; an antidote to the cloning and repetition of corporate mass media. In the 15 years of OVNI's existence, the Observatory Archives have grown to include more than 2000 projects.

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The call for works is open to all themes within the areas of independent documentary, video art and media archaeology. The Observatory Archives thematic areas include these

Who is David and who is Goliath in this photo?


Is this a tough question for you?
As a former Israeli government press adviser put it, in a wonderful bit of unintentional irony, "When you have a Palestinian kid facing an Israeli tank, how do you explain that the tank is actually David and the kid is Goliath?"

Film festival

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This is your chance to feel like a real A–List star and be treated to having your short film screened at BAFTA in front of an audience from across the industry, including a specially selected panel of judges including BAFTA winners Clive Parsons and Tony McHale.

Be treated like a VIP for the evening — walk the red carpet, pose for the paps, enjoy a champagne reception and watch the reaction of the crowd as your film is shown on the big screen!
Deadline 4th February 2009 and seeing the winners on the red carpet at BAFTA on the 25th March 2009 at 7pm sharp!
http://film.performance-insurance.tv/

Sunday, January 18, 2009

Plane Crash- technology in action



This photo, of the US Airways jet that crashed into the Hudson River Thursday, brought so much traffic to TwitPic that the site, which allows users of several mobile phones to post pictures to Twitter, saw its servers get overloaded. Credit: Janis Krums)

One of the very first pictures to be posted from the Hudson River was obtained by a Twitterer from Florida, Janis Krums. Mr Krums, who was on a ferry, took a picture on his phone and immediately posted it on Twitpic.
Twitpic is a site which is helping in the transformation of Twitter from a pared-down messaging tool into a multimedia service.

Friday, January 16, 2009

Welsh invest in war, smokers and eco destruction

Welsh assembly have been caught out by South Wales anarchists who found that they invest in dodgy companies.

Read more here

They found that the Rhondda Cynon Taf pension fund holds the £13 million in weapons
manufacturers and the £17 million in tobacco. The Welsh assembly members' pension
fund is mainly held in companies which destroy the environment. Read more

Protests at Israeli embassy




Protest that took place on the north entrance (Kensington Palace Gardens) to the Israeli embassy that strongly suggests the crowd was heavily charged and the protest aggressively policed.
Photos by Angelos- e-mail: angelosrallis@hotmail.com

Thursday, January 15, 2009

From Mexico's resistance to the Gaza people


We don't know about you, but we Zapatistas from the EZLN, we know how important it is, in the middle of destruction and death, to hear some words of encouragement.
I don't know how to explain it, but it turns out that yes, words from afar might not stop a bomb, but it's as if a crack were opened in the black room of death and a tiny ray of light slips in.

As for everything else, what will happen will happen. The Israeli government will declare that it dealt a severe blow to terrorism, it will hide the magnitude of the massacre from its people, the large weapons manufacturers will have obtained economic support to face the crisis, and "the global public opinion," that malleable entity that is always in fashion, will turn away.

But that's not all. The Palestinian people will also resist and survive and continue struggling and will continue to have sympathy from below for their cause.

And perhaps a boy or girl from Gaza will survive, too. Perhaps they'll grow, and with them, their nerve, indignation, and rage. Perhaps they'll become soldiers or militiamen for one of the groups that struggle in Palestine. Perhaps they'll find themselves in combat with Israel. Perhaps they'll do it firing a gun. Perhaps sacrificing themselves with a belt of dynamite around their waists.

And then, from up there above, they will write about the Palestinians' violent nature and they'll make declarations condemning that violence and they'll get back to discussing if it's zionism or anti-semitism.

And no one will ask who planted that which is being harvested.

For the men, women, children, and elderly of the Zapatista National Liberation Army,

Subcomandante Insurgente Marcos
Mexico, January 4, 2009.

Labour MP protests against airport in Parliment

Good to see a politician making a dramatic protest!

A Labour MP has been suspended from the House of Commons for five days after angry exchanges over the decision to approve a new Heathrow runway.

John McDonnell was sanctioned after he picked up the mace, the ornamental club which represents the royal authority of Parliament, in a breach of protocol.

The Hayes and Harlington MP said the decision not to hold a vote on the runway was a "national disgrace".

Anyone manhandling the mace is considered in contempt of Parliament.
During a statement by Transport Secretary Geoff Hoon on Heathrow Mr McDonnell left his seat, grabbed the mace - which dates from the reign of Charles II - and put it down on an empty bench on the Labour side of the House.Watch the video on BBC
http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/uk_politics/7830937.stm

Cops arrest an ABC Producer

Police don't like the media in the US it seems..taking notes from UK cops probaly

Standard Operating Procedure Trailer

Heathrow picnic and protest

Heathrow picnic and protest
Watch the great video of Rebecca Frayn takes her three children to an Edwardian picnic at Heathrow airport, to politely protest against the possibility of a third runway.

Wednesday, January 14, 2009

Activists disrupt Israel's PR operation

Activists disrupted the offices of the British Israel Communications and Research Centre (BICOM) in central London this morning. The lobby group's media centre, which is playing a key role in Israel's public relations operation during the assault on Gaza (http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/200[...]bludowicz ), was shut down as protesters occupied the building. Photographs of civilian casualties from Gaza were pasted on to the computer screens of public relations executives, phone lines cut off to halt the organisations media rebuttal unit and leaflets thrown out of window on to the main road and handed out to staff pressing them to confront the truth about the human cost of Israeli aggression.

Saturday, January 10, 2009

Anti-Israeli graffiti attack to be probed

An article in today's Evening Post about a protest which Undercurrents filmed 2 nights ago. Sure to create a debate.

Friday, January 09, 2009, 17:58

SCORES of billboards across Swansea have been vandalised with anti-Israeli graffiti.
A leading Jewish group in the city has expressed sadness at the act.
Police say they plan to study footage of the act on YouTube to identify a masked assailant who compares Israel to Nazi Germany.
But the film maker who shot footage of the protest taking place insists he cannot help cops with their inquiries.
Paul O'Connor, who captured the footage for independent city film firm Undercurrents, said: "I have no idea who the person who put the graffiti over the billboards was, and anyway, I never reveal my sources."
Most of the graffiti has been sprayed over Swansea's new SA1 Development.

In Undercurrents's short, Graffiti in Wales for Gaza, an unidentified woman is seen donning a red jump suit, which has a Palestinian flag attached to the back.
On the film she says: "What I've done is put Israel equals Swastika sign with a lot of question marks — I wanted to be provocative.

"I believe the Palestinians are the victims of victims." A second, and more visible slogan reads — Stop Israel, Save Gaza.
Swansea-based Norma Glass, who is on the board of deputies for British Jews, said she was not offended by the graffiti.

However, she said: "I find it terribly saddening.
"I hope the Jewish people in the area will not respond in a similar way."

Mrs Glass added people were entitled to free speech, but felt widespread criticism of Israeli air strikes in Palestine was unfair.

"I feel truly sorry for the lives being lost in Palestine," she added. "Hamas are a terrorist organisation living among the general population.

"Israel keeps a lot of its facilities in underground creches and hospitals, which is why there has been low casualties on our side."
But film maker Mr O'Connor, who previously shot footage in Palestine for the BBC, said he was amazed at the courage of the protester for taking direction.

"The aim of the film was to provoke thought in people. It asks the question 'is Israel becoming a fascist state?" he said.

"I was quite amazed at the person who wrote the graffiti's actions as they risked arrest for doing this — possibly jail.

"I think that in an age of a consumer society where people are passive and told to keep shopping, it is refreshing to see someone who cares so much about a cause."

Police confirmed the billboards were going to be replaced.
A spokesman said: "An agreement has been made with the owners of the billboards to have them removed and replaced.
"Obviously we are going to review the footage on YouTube."
Police added they would be keeping a close eye on local synagogues over the coming days to make sure they were not vandalised.
A spokesman added: "We are keeping an eye on the situation and remain in close contact with the Jewish community in Swansea."
Link to the Evening post and comments

Friday, January 09, 2009

Stop the Gaza Massacre Demo - London

In London and other cities around the world there is a protest against the Israeli bombardment and invasion of Gaza on Saturday 10th January. http://visionon.tv http://stopwar.org.uk/

Adventure Film Festival

Have you got a film that you think would be perfect for the 2009 Adventure Film Festival?? Send it over to the below address

AFF 09 - Black Diamond
15 Bedford St
Covent Garden
WC2E 9HE

What is Twitter?

What is twitter? views from the resent Twinterval in London UK

Funding for business

Funding for small business

coalfields-regen.org.uk

Reporting the middle East



Most of you are watching media outlets doing their utmost to try and give two sides to a story, trying to constantly watch their language and be aware of linguistic sensitivities, and doing all this whilst being exhausted and working 15 hours days, and, inevitably making the odd, hopefully minor, mistake.

How a Sky news reporter gets it in the neck from all sides

UK e-mail law 'attack on rights'

Rules forcing internet companies to keep details of every e-mail sent in the UK are a waste of money and an attack on civil liberties, say critics.

From March all internet service providers (ISPs) will by law have to keep information about every e-mail sent or received in the UK for a year. more

Protest at Airports on Jan 12


CLIMATE RUSH HEATHROW and Manchester
On Monday 12th January 2009 at 7pm the Climate Rush will hit Heathrow Terminal 1 (Domestic Departures) for a peaceful picnic.

We will arrive in Edwardian dress (under a big coat!) with hampers of food to have our 'Dinner at Domestic Departures'. They said

The protest will take place on the day that the MPs return from their winter holiday.
When the string quartet plays its first note they will reveal their dress and share food.
Read more

Thursday, January 08, 2009

Painting their message for Israel

Provocative graffiti about Israel's invasion into Palestine





Tonight our crew has been filming a student group taking paint to the billboards of Swansea in protest of Israels invasion of Gaza, Palestine. Slogans such as Israel + swastika symbol with a question mark are sure to make people notice.
Watch video here

Wednesday, January 07, 2009

South to North Wales- a new train?

Living in Wales is a pain if you want to travel by train to the North of the country..Wales that is not Scotland. To get from South to North Wales you have to go into a foreign country (England)before you have to re-enter to get to the North.

But what if there is an in expensive alternative which exists and can go through the middle of Wales? read more

When you hear the term “domestic extremist”, whom do you picture?

How about someone like Dr Peter Harbour? He’s a retired physicist and university lecturer, who worked on the nuclear fusion reactor run by European governments at Culham in Oxfordshire. He’s 70 next year. He has never been tried or convicted of an offence, except the odd speeding ticket. He has never failed a security check. Not the sort of person you had in mind? Then you don’t work for the police.

The 4th World War

Watch the 4th World War

Advert or not?

So i thought this video was an advert but perhaps it ain't? Fantastically done and very clever

Mid Term- What is it?



Ever wondered what the hell a mid term election is about? Surely if it is only half way through the voted time in office they can't be voted out??

This video explains it all with humour

Culture Jammers, creatives, and media warriors


As the bombs continue to rain down on Gaza, frustration with the Western media¹s coverage of the war is mounting. Referring to the same event, for example, the International Herald Tribune carried the straightforward headline '

Israeli Mortars Kill 40 Palestinian Refugees,
while CNN ran the headline
Israel: Hamas Mortars Prompted Attack Near UN School.

A public relations war is taking place alongside the bloody conflict and, for the
moment, the Palestinians are losing it­ badly.

Don't sit on the sidelines. Our 80,000-strong network can throw its weight behind Gaza in this propaganda war. Here are two things you can do right now:

1. Forward the following article and video link to as many people as
possible. Make sure your friends and family hear from you on this issue.

Who Is Winning the PR War?
www.adbusters.org/

Video of Israeli strikes hit UN schools - 06 Jan 09

Tuesday, January 06, 2009

Journalists scared to write about Israels war?


Last week I reported a protest against the BBC over Israels invasion of Palestine.
Matt Withers (photo above), the Political Correspondent for Media Wales and a Wales on Sunday columnist made a worrying comment on his blog

He wrote
Protest too much
By Matt Withers on Dec 30, 08 04:35 PM
As I write this, a small but hardy band of pro-Palestine protestors are superglued to the foyer of BBC Wales' HQ in Llandaff, Cardiff. They're protesting, specifically, about three facets of the BBC's coverage of the current offensive in Gaza:
(i) The fact that the BBC refers to Hamas as a terrorist organisation, rather than the democratically-elected government;
(ii) That the Corporation does not prefix every mention of "settlements" with the word "illegal"; and
(iii) That they use the Israelis' favoured term of "Israeli Defence Force" rather than "Israeli Army".
I've been doing this long enough to know it's safest not to comment on Middle Eastern affairs. But I will be watching carefully to see if this protest achieves anything.'

Now his last line of 'it's safest not to comment on Middle Eastern affairs' seems to sum up what the Israeli propaganda machine has done- made it difficult for journos to even have an opinion. Mention Israels killing of children and any journo can expect a deluge of hate emails from Israeli supporters.

Hedgehogs in love


“Hedgehogs in love, Warwick simplifies to make a point, can’t get close to each other without hurting each other, so they back away. In a similar fashion, we humans can’t get close to the natural world without harming it: “The dilemma we face is in trying to get close enough to the wild without corrupting it out of existence.”"

A new book out about the creatures

Saturday, January 03, 2009

Interview with Axxo- the most prolific Pirate on the net

He has become a celeb amongst DVD pirates as the person who puts any blockbuster on the net before it even hits the cinemas.To Hollywood executives, he's public enemy number one. To film fans around the world, he's a modern-day Robin Hood. As the internet's most prolific pirate makes his 1,000th illegal film download available

Interview: aXXo, The Most Popular DVD Ripper on BitTorrent
In real life, aXXo is probably just an average person, but on the Internet he’s a celebrity, with over a million people downloading his DVDrips every month. The search term “aXXo” is among the top searches on every torrent site, and even anti-piracy organizations use his name to trap people into downloading fake torrents. We had the chance to ask him a few questions, and find out a little more about him.

For those of you who never heard of aXXo, he is responsible for hundreds of DVDrips that find their way to millions of PCs around the world. Most of the rips are 700MB, made to fit on a single CD. Some have criticized his preference for single CD rips because of the inferior video quality, but most pirates agree that he does a great job.
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Stealing from Tesco's to help Palestine

Stealing from Tesco's as a form of protest? I got this email this morning which made me smile.

CLEARANCE SALE IN AID OF GAZA VICTIMS!

STOLEN FRUIT FROM STOLEN LAND…

A small quantity of fresh ‘West Bank’ dates has been confiscated in a New Year raid on
Tesco stores. These dates will now be sold at £1 each in aid of Islamic Relief and Oxfam Gaza crisis appeals.

We believe these king-size Medjool dates are the produce of illegal settlements in the Jordan valley. They are marketed by Tesco under the brand-name King Solomon, with ‘West Bank’as the place of origin. (If Tesco can satisfy us that these dates are NOT the product of illegal settlements, they will be refunded.)

This direct action underlines the failure of our government among others to enforce formal commitments to democracy, human rights and international law.
As Israel prepared its latest assault on Gaza, the European Union reinforced an agreement of Association giving Israel favoured access to European markets, despite human rights conditions in that agreement.

On December 28th a coalition of Palestinian trades unions, voluntary organisations and human rights groups called for more boycott action against Israeli goods.

‘Without sustained, effective pressure…Israel will continue with its gradual, rolling acts of genocide…burying any prospects for a just peace under the blood and rubble of Gaza, Nablus and Jerusalem.’

Greg Wilkinson 3.1.2009

Thursday, January 01, 2009

TSG Cop Jailed for crashing stolen riot van


A cop from the most brutal gang within the Met Police had a bizzare court case.

He stole a cop van while drunk and crashed it.

The front offside wheel collided with the road's central reservation, Ms Scheer said, and came off the van.

Jackson drove for a further kilometre before stopping the van. He twice attempted to restart the engine.He then turned off the interior lights and fell asleep in the back of the van – meaning police officers called to the scene could not spot him.

CCTV footage at the police station proved Jackson had taken the vehicle.
But he was not found for a further five hours – after the van had been towed to a nearby garage.Jackson was breathalysed and found to have a reading of 49 mg of alcohol in his bloodstream.

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