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Bucharest nightclub fire: PM and government resign after protests

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Romanian president to name new PM to form government after Victor Ponta resigns following protests by 20,000 people

The embattled Romanian prime minister has announced the resignation of his government following large protests over a nightclub fire that killed more than 30 people.

“I’m handing in my mandate. I’m resigning – and implicitly my government too,” Victor Ponta said, adding that he would stay on until a new government was in place. “I am obliged to take note of the legitimate grievances which exist in society. I hope handing in my and my government’s mandate will satisfy the demands of protesters.”

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Students march for free education: where do you stand? #GrantsNotDebt

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Two students present the case for and against Wednesday’s protest

Thousands of students will march through London on Wednesday to call for free education and voice their anger over the scrapping of maintenance grants for students on low incomes.

The demonstration was organised by the National Campaign Against Fees and Cuts, originally to protest the axing of maintenance grants, but it has since broadened to include several other causes. The group says students are being “attacked from all sides” by the government because of cuts, high tuition fees, and visa restrictions for international students.

Related: Grants not debt: are you taking part in the student protest in London?

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Related: Students condemn the scrapping of maintenance grants

Related: We were told free higher education was a dream. Today we march to make it reality | Anabel Bennett

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Met police clamps down on feared unrest on Million Mask March

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Thousands of extra officers and tough public order restrictions to be deployed amid fears of repeat of violence on Bonfire night protest

Scotland Yard is to deploy thousands of extra police officers and impose tough public order restrictions over fears that a Bonfire night protest in London against austerity and increased state surveillance will turn violent.

The Million Mask March planned for Thursday night is part of a global protest movement organised by the internet activist group Anonymous.

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We were told free higher education was a dream. Today we march to make it reality | Anabel Bennett

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The generation who had EMA cuts and tuition fees imposed on us are now voters – and in Jeremy Corbyn, we finally have a politician on our side

Today, I will be joining fellow students marching through London on a national demonstration for free education. It will be the first protest I’ve ever attended. Not out of lack of interest, but rather because I, like many young people, didn’t believe that the ideas we will be expressing today – a more equal society, and an education system driven by public need rather than markets and managers – could ever find a voice in Westminster. For someone who grew up in the New Labour era, free higher education seems like a radical policy. We were led to believe it had no place in mainstream politics.

I remember the 2010 general election, which was defined by the Liberal Democrats’ broken promise, and the subsequent tripling of university of tuition fees. This was just the first hit that students and young people had to take under the coalition. It happened while we were under the voting age, and now we are burdened with the consequences. Attacks such as this – and the fact that we, the people affected, had no recourse to any form of democratic process other than direct action – instilled a sense of despondency and disillusionment in us. For years, it seemed as if these changes were happening and there was nothing we could do about it. The easiest thing to do was to just accept it.

By the time I finish my four-year course, I will owe over £60,000

Related: Grants not debt: are you taking part in the student protest in London?

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Celebrating the hidden history of disabled people’s fight for civil rights | Frances Ryan

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Exhibition in Manchester marks 20 years of the Disability Discrimination Act and pays tribute to the activists who helped bring it about

“If you compare it to other groups, like the suffragettes or trade unionists, how disabled people gained their civil rights has really been a hidden history,” says Chris Burgess, curator of exhibitions and collections at the People’s History Museum in Manchester.

But that’s all about to change. The disability charity Scope has collaborated with the museum to collect and preserve archives that chart the fight by disabled people for their rights as citizens. Anything from iconic images of activism, posters, banners, campaign badges and T-shirts to personal memoirs are being showcased, alongside original artwork, stories and poems by disabled artists.

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Billy Bragg: 'I got this crazy idea I was a poet'

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From bedroom tussles to political struggles, Billy Bragg has chronicled our charged times. In this exclusive extract from his new book A Lover Sings, the singer reveals how he cracked songwriting – and why Rod Stewart was his salvation

I learned to play guitar when I was 16, but I’d been stringing words together since I was 12. A poem I wrote for homework caught the eye of my English teacher, and when I was chosen to read it out on local radio, I got this crazy idea that I was a poet. Soon I was thinking up tunes to go with my words, although the fact that I couldn’t play an instrument meant that I had to keep the melodies in my head.

Over the summer of 1974, my schooldays kind of petered out. Not expecting much joy from my exam results and unenthused about looking for a job, I was hoping something else might come along. Through the wall of our back room, I heard the kid next door playing his electric guitar. It was the sound of salvation. Wiggy was two years younger than me and obsessed with the Faces. Soon he was teaching me how to play my way through the Rod Stewart songbook he’d bought on mail order.

While I've never shied away from the label protest singer, I think my personal songs are as powerful as my polemics

Singing songs won't change the world … The people with the ability to bring about real change are in the audience

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30.000 Romanians in anti-government protest after fire at #Colectiv nightclub kills 32

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About 30,000 protesters marched through the Romanian capital, demanding that the government and local authorities resign in the wake of a nightclub fire in which 32 people died. Some 130 people remain hospitalized, of whom about 90 people are still in critical or serious condition after fire engulfed the Colectiv nightclub in Bucharest on Friday Read More

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Man Bombs Walmart Because It Stopped Selling Confederate Flags

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Mississippi – Police have arrested a man for throwing an IED (Improvised explosive device) into a Walmart store on Sunday because he was enraged that the store stopped selling Confederate flag’s and related paraphernalia. Marshall W. Leonard, 61, of Tupelo, will be charged with placing an explosive device. Under Mississippi Code 97-37-25 he could get Read More

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Officers Who Shot and Killed Kajieme Powell Will Not Face Charges

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The St. Louis Circut Attorney’s office announced today that the officers involved in the killing of Kajieme Powell will not face any criminal charges. Authorities said Kajieme Powell stole donuts and energy drinks from a store on August 19th, which prompted the owner to call police, according to KSDK. When two officers arrived shortly before 1 p.m., they said they Read More

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Italy: Sardinia Island protesters target NATO Trident Juncture exercise

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#Italy: Clashes in #Teulada during protest against NATO drills. #tridentjuncture2015 pic.twitter.com/Rs46MWlr70 via @nicola_pinna — ѕyndιcalιѕт (@syndicalisms) November 3, 2015 Italy – Sardinia Island protesters disrupt the largest military exercise of the NATO Alliance in more than a decade. The exercise named Trident Juncture 2015 has forces from 16 NATO Allies participating in the exercises together. Read More

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London: Scumoween squat party turns into a riot

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Last night (31 October) there was rioting in Lambeth, central South London, after cops tried to block hundreds of ravers from getting into the Scumoween halloween free party. Riot cops attacked the party-goers with dogs and baton charges, and the people fought back with whatever weapons came to hand. According to the police, this included fireworks, gas canisters, and a “suspected petrol bomb”. One thing Londoners will still fight for is the “right to party”.

Scumoween famously kicked off back in 2010 when the Met tried to shut down that year’s rave in Holborn. Clashes at free parties in central London are pretty regular these days, as the state tries to maintain our city centre as a sterile corporate zone, all profit no fun.

Last night, partying and mayhem went on into the early hours in the streets of North Lambeth, until the feds shut down the party around 6 am. Burning barricades were set, property destroyed. The Met claimed that 4 cops were injured. Several people were arrested. Below are just a few pics from the night.

NB: There are many videos going round on the internet. We are not reposting these because many contain uncovered faces of people. MASK UP, FRIENDS!

PS: If anyone is worried about fed attention after last night, remember these basic messages from Green & Black Cross legal team. Say NO COMMENT to police questions. Call a recommended solicitor, don’t use the police station duty solicitor. You can also call Green & Black Cross for further info on 07946 541 511.

Grants not debt: are you taking part in the student protest in London?

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A march highlighting the fight for free education is set to attract thousands of young people. Are you one of them?

Thousands of young people are set to take to the streets of London on Wednesday to protest against cuts to free education. Will you be taking part?

Following a short rally outside what was the University of London Union, which will feature a speech from Shadow Chancellor John McDonnell, the march will take in Parliament Square, Milibank - occupied by student protesters five years ago - and end in front of the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills, the department responsible for universities.

Last night Jeremy Corbyn endorsed our national demo after we bumped into him on a bus. @JMorganTHE @jgro_the pic.twitter.com/IT20B6sZaF

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Fracktivists with Divestment Message Perform Sky-High Rappel in Bank of America Stadium

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Daring banner drop protests Bank of America’s investment in fracked gas export terminal By Anne Meador As many as 74,000 football fans at a Charlotte Panthers game witnessed two people rappel from the upper deck in the pouring rain. They suspended themselves in front of the press box and unfurled a banner from the railing Read More

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Milwaukee County Sheriff David Clarke Claims BLM and ISIS are “Joining Forces”

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Some bizarre statements made by Milwaukee County Sheriff, David Clarke, suggesting Black Lives Matter will “join forces with ISIS” have sparked nationwide outrage. Clarke smears Black Lives Matter activists on a regular basis. In a recent interview with Fox & Friends, Clarke described BLM as black slime, miscreants, and sub-human creeps. He went on to Read More

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Albania: Students threw eggs at PM, police responded with violence

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Albanian university students have thrown eggs on Monday in Tirana at a car carrying Prime Minister Edi Rama to protest against the educational reforms that, as they say, favor private universities over those run by the state. Rama was visiting Faculty of Social Sciences of the University of Tirana, where he was supposed to meet small businessmen and Read More

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Calls for an academic boycott of Israel continue to divide opinion | Letters

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Harry Potter enthusiasts are familiar with the character of the dark wizard Lord Voldemort, whose racist attitude is not limited to physical persecution of those who are not “pure-blooded” magical people (Harry Potter and the boycott of Israel, theguardian.com, 29 October), but also manifest in the academic sphere. Teachers are persecuted or fired from teaching positions at Hogwarts, the school’s books are censored and its curriculum is rigorously modified to toe the line of the dominating ideology.

The boycott call is not directed at Jews, but at state institutions complicit in the illegal occupation of Palestine

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Quentin Tarantino speaks at anti-police brutality protest in New York – video

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Oscar-winning film director Quentin Tarantino addresses a crowd decrying police brutality in Washington Square, New York on October 24. Tarantino says he is ‘on the side of the murdered’ at the demonstration organised by the group Rise Up October. His protest has caused anger among the police force who are encouraging people to boycott his films

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Shaker Aamer and the future of Guantanamo

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by Jeremy Varon

“Fast for Shaker” supporters outside parliament. (Twitter)

The texts and tweets started flying early in the morning of October 30 with the news: Shaker Aamer, as reported by the BBC, was on a jet plane from Guantanamo to London and to life as a free man. Detained since 2002, Aamer was the last U.K. resident held at the notorious prison. Charismatic, hyper-articulate and defiant, he was a leader among the detainees. Former prisoners speak near-reverentially about Aamer’s ability to bring a miserable cell block to life and his tenacious defense against the petty cruelties of camp administration. Aamer paid heavily for his protest, suffering hideous abuse according to ex-prisoner and lawyer accounts. The wounds have been both physical ailments and post-traumatic stress. An ambulance met him at the tarmac.

Aamer also became a cause célebre — indeed the great global icon both of unjust detention at Guantanamo and resistance to that injustice. His attorneys insist that allegations of his Taliban affiliation and links to al-Qaida were fantasy, for which his jailers offered no proof. For years, supporters held his picture at protests, told his story and demanded his release. Perhaps the best guess as to why he was held so long — despite being cleared for transfer in 2007 and 2009, the negligible security concerns of release to England, and clamors for his freedom from top officials in the U.K., including Prime Minister David Cameron — was a de facto punishment for his defiance in the prison.

Even after being told by U.S officials of plans for his imminent transfer, Aamer chose to launch a new hunger strike. (By U.S. law, Congress must be notified 30 days prior to any release.) His fear, to his last days at Guantanamo, was that he would not make out it alive. His hunger was his vigilance.

Nothing in years has galvanized the global community of anti-Guantanamo campaigners like the word of Aamer’s pending release. Attorneys and activists in England did the heavy lifting to amplify Aamer’s vigilance. “Fast for Shaker,” conceived by Aamer’s lead attorney Clive Stafford Smith at Reprieve, rallied more than 420 solidarity fasts since October 15. Fasters included members of Aamer’s family and legal team, former detainees, MPs from across the U.K.’s political spectrum, an ex-guard at Guantanamo, and celebrities like Pink Floyd’s Roger Waters and actors David Morrissey and Ed Asner. Dozens of U.S. activists, including three who had engaged in months-long hunger strikes in 2012, joined the fast.

The British media admirably covered the campaign. The solidarity efforts succeeding in making Aamer’s arrival in London a leading news item, captured with minute-by-minute drama. The mainstream U.S. media, by contrast, covered the latest of the Aamer saga only sparsely, filing reports on his intended transfer and his eventual release. With an irksome “even-handedness,” much of the U.S. coverage contrasted the government’s claims with Aamer’s denials, suggesting that his innocence may remain in question. Demagogues on the right will doubtless repeat the allegations to argue that closing Guantanamo puts Americans at risk. As it is, Aamer’s release was delayed several days past the notification period, possibly to accommodate the visit of a delegation of U.S. lawmakers to Guantanamo led by Sen. Kelly Ayotte. Spouting Cheney-esque calumnies, Ayotte has spearheaded efforts in the Senate to thwart Obama’s official policy of closing Guantanamo.

For one bright day at least, none of the “worst of the worst” dreck used to tar all detainees or the suspicion that can cloud even discerning minds seemed to matter. Shaker Aamer was free, reunited with his family. The statement issued by his U.K. lawyers was unequivocal and defiant: “Shaker Aamer is an extraordinary man who determined for 14 years that he would return to Britain in the face of the determination of the most powerful of states that he would never do so. He achieved this by unimaginable, heroic, sustained courage … [N]o words can describe torture, isolation, despair, even less for the length and intensity that he has endured.”

Aamer himself was extraordinarily gracious in thanking those who stood with him. His brief statement in part read: “I feel obliged to every individual who fought for justice not just for me but to bring an end to Guantanamo. Without knowing of their fight I might have given up more than once; I am overwhelmed by what people have done by their actions, their thoughts and their prayers.”

For years it has been clear — no matter President Obama’s repeated promise — that there would be no cathartic day when the prison’s walls would magically fall, freeing the innocent and bringing those under just suspicion into a fair trial process. Instead, closing the prison has meant the grinding work to free prisoners one-by-one or in small batches when the political winds and the caprice of transfer diplomacy break right. These releases barely tip the grand scales of justice. They only incrementally advance a policy that will most likely fail to shutter the prison by the end of Obama’s presidency. But by another, cosmic measure, they mean everything, bringing to mind the adage — common to the Quran and Talmud, and suggested by other faiths — that to save a single life is to save all of humankind.

Aamer’s release may signal the crossing of a threshold for the Obama administration’s efforts to close the prison. His very notoriety meant that his release would draw new scrutiny to the besieged policy. It was a risk, but the administration took it. Other, quieter signs suggest durable momentum. On October 23, President Obama announced that he would veto this year’s National Defense Authorization Act, in part because it “impedes our efforts to close Guantanamo” by imposing undue burdens on the transfer of detainees. (The status of this veto threat, however, remains unclear.) And with little fanfare, the United States repatriated to Mauritania Ahmed Ould Abdel Aziz, who had spent 13 years at Guantanamo, on October 29 — just a day before Aamer’s release. Even without a worldwide movement behind him, he too is now free.

Attorneys, human rights lobbyists, and grassroots campaigners will continue to push for the final resolution of the Guantanamo disaster. That outcome means pushing past congressional obstacles, executive branch inertia, partisan fear-mongering, public opposition, and the official sanction of indefinite detention for some prisoners. In the meantime, we await the next transfer from the prison, when humankind can be saved all over again.

Anonymous OpKKK The Hoods Come Off Begins with Senators and Mayors

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Anonymous vs the Klu Klux Klan – Round 2 Ku Klux Klan, We never stopped watching you. Anonymous – The global resistance collective known only as Anonymous have once again targeted members of the Klu Klux Klan. With an impending bulk data release on Nov. 5th, which has been said to contain the identification of Read More

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Bangladesh publishers burn books in protest at killing of secularists

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Hundreds protest in Dhaka against perceived government inaction, following hacking to death of publisher at weekend

Demonstrations have continued over fatal attacks on secular writers and publishers in Bangladesh suspected to have been carried out by hardline Islamists, with books burned and businesses closed in protest.

Hundreds of people, including writers, publishers and bookshop owners, took to the streets of the capital, Dhaka, on Monday to protest against what they said was government inaction over a string of attacks, including the murder on Saturday of a publisher of secular books.

Related: Atheist blogger Avijit Roy 'was not just a person … he was a movement'

Related: Margaret Atwood and Salman Rushdie join protest at 'impunity' of Bangladesh bloggers' killers

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