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Students demonstrate support for the plight of refugees

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From organising collections to campaigning on social media, students are leading the way with their response to the refugee crisis

As millions across Europe put pressure on governments to respond to the current refugee crisis, students around the UK are campaigning on campuses.

From taking collections, to marching through towns and cities, a surge of community activism is putting pressure on politicians, both locally and nationally, to welcome refugees – and it is students leading the charge.

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Bendigo anti-mosque protest forces mayor to leave meeting under police guard

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Police called to the Victorian city’s town hall after heated protest brings monthly meeting to an abrupt end

Bendigo is bracing for further protests after the city’s mayor was escorted under police guard from a council meeting amid a heated protest against a planned mosque.

Related: Fights break out as rival protests clash over Bendigo mosque

Related: Battle over Bendigo: fear and bruised feelings in city that said yes to a mosque

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Illegal torture equipment – right on your doorstep! The adverts shaming Britain’s arms trade

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Brightly coloured posters and cheery animations highlight a huge international arms fair in London. But these campaigns are not all that they seem at first glance

“Horrific killer drones! Ankle-shattering leg irons! Cluster bombs! And electric stun batons that cause excruciating pain but leave no trace!” The cheery voice and cartoon imagery leave no doubt that this advert for the world’s biggest arms fair is a sharp spoof, produced for Amnesty International to highlight the British government’s willingness to flog weapons to repressive regimes via the Defence and Security Equipment International’s jamboree at the ExCeL Centre in London’s Docklands.

Related: DSEI weapons fair: authoritarian regimes descend on London

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Facebook doesn’t understand that there’s no one-click shortcut to empathy | Roman Krznaric

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Mark Zuckerberg’s latest innovation, an ‘empathy’ button, represents the worst kind of digital slacktivism and is no substitute for genuine action

Mark Zuckerberg has just announced Facebook’s latest innovation: the introduction of an “empathy” button as an alternative to the thumbs-up “Like” icon that accompanies every post. The plan, he says, is to create “a quick way to emote” so people can register their response to anything from personal tragedies such as a death in the family to political tragedies such as the refugee crisis.

Related: Forget 'Dislike' – here are 12 new buttons Facebook really needs

There’s evidence that the more Facebook interactions people have, the more narcissistic they’re likely to be

Related: Social media’s a trap, but I can’t bear to get out | Rhiannon Lucy Cosslett

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Femen protesters target 'women in Islam' conference in France – video

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Two topless Femen activists with slogans on their bodies disrupt the speech of two imams during a Muslim conference focused on women in Islam, held in Pontoise, north-west Paris, on Saturday. The two women are dragged from the stage and kicked at one point by security guards. Both activists are in custody according to Femen

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Femen's topless condescension towards Muslim women only helps sexism | Susan Carland

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Islam doesn’t require women to love misogyny as a religious duty – not that Femen would know. Muslim women are capable of standing up for ourselves

In an old parable, some people gather in a dark room in which there’s an elephant. They’re asked to describe it. One, who can touch only the elephant’s trunk, argues the elephant is like a tree branch. The one who can only feel its tail claims the elephant is like a rope. The people begin to argue amongst themselves about what is correct, and the parable reveals its wisdom when someone lights a candle and all see the elephant – and their incomplete perception – for what it really was.

Related: A gloriously crude topless 'jihad' from a Femen activist | Jonathan Jones

Related: If Femen was set up by a man, where does that leave its topless protests? | Bim Adewunmi

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Exile, arrest and torture: why Brazil's pop artists risked everything

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Forget Warhol’s electric chairs: Brazilian pop artists in the 60s showed the most extreme violence – and they fought the dictatorship’s tightening grip when the stakes could not have been higher

The banner is stark – a silkscreen of a corpse, and beneath it just four words. Seja marginal, seja herói, it reads in Portuguese: “Be an outlaw, be a hero.” Hélio Oiticica’s 1967 work of a bank robber who committed suicide before the police could apprehend him became, in the first years of Brazil’s dictatorship, a national symbol. You would see it evereyywhere, from art galleries to spontaneous street demonstrations, and at concerts by dissident Tropicália stars, where it fluttered over the stage. In Brazil in the 1960s, being an outlaw was not a delinquency but a mark of bravery.

This week Tate Modern opens The World Goes Pop, the second of two major exhibitions this year to look at pop art from a global perspective. (The first, International Pop, recently closed at the Walker Art Center in Minneapolis and tours to the Dallas Museum of Art in October.) The Tate show demolishes the misconception that pop was an entirely American affair – it started in Britain, after all, and arose in Germany, Japan, Hungary, Argentina. Pop was an ethos more than a movement, and it morphed as it migrated across borders and oceans. But nowhere was it more engaged than in Brazil, where artists opposed both American hegemony and their own country’s military regime.

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Activists occupy British Museum over BP sponsorship

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Protesters say the petroleum company is trying to ‘artwash its image’ by sponsoring cultural establishments such as Tate Modern and the British Museum

Activists occupied part of the British Museum on Sunday as part of a day of demonstrations against sponsorship of Britain’s cultural institutions by BP.

Hollywood actor Ezra Miler joined members of 15 different groups in the London museum’s Great Court to sing songs and make statements calling for the current deal with the oil firm not to be renewed.

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Jeremy Corbyn’s supporters want to bring protest on to the street, says Gove

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Justice secretary says new Labour leader represents threat to national security by giving up Trident and leaving Nato

Jeremy Corbyn’s supporters want to bring protest on to the street, Michael Gove has said, as the Conservatives stepped up their warnings that he represents a threat to national security.

Related: Labour's new deputy leader Tom Watson says he opposes Corbyn over scrapping Trident - Politics live

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‘Refugees welcome here’: UK marchers take to streets with message of support

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Senior UN official warns that, if the war in Syria continues, a million more of its people may be displaced by the end of the year

Tens of thousands of people have marched in support of refugees across the UK as the European Union prepared for its latest bruising battle over how to handle the crisis caused by the flood of Syrians fleeing their civil war.

In London, thousands of people – young and old, British, Syrian and other nationalities – snaked down Pall Mall and Whitehall on Saturday, many carrying placards and chanting “Say it loud and say it clear: refugees are welcome here”, and pausing outside Downing Street to boo, with some shouting: “David Cameron, shame on you.” There were dozens of similar rallies around the country, in Belfast, Glasgow, Cardiff, Brighton, Manchester, York, Edinburgh and other cities and towns. Tens of thousands also gathered in Denmark in support of the refugees.

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Assisted dying bill opponents celebrate after MPs vote against right to die – video

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Campaigners against the assisted dying bill celebrate outside parliament after MPs reject the bill 330 votes to 118. People gathered at Westminster cheer and chant ‘can you hear my heart beat’ after hearing that the bill had failed. This was the first vote on the right to die in 20 years

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Assisted dying bill met with protests outside parliament – video

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Protests objecting to the assisted dying bill take place outside Westminster on Friday, as MPs debate the issue in the House of Commons. MPs debating whether terminally ill adults should be allowed to end their lives under medical supervision is discussed. An unprecedented 85 MPs want to speak in the debate, which is likely to go on for hours before a vote is called

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Readers Recommend: songs about obstacles | Peter Kimpton

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Rivers to roadblocks, brick walls to tall orders, whether literal, metaphorical, psychological or cultural, raise up songs about barriers for this week’s playlist

Your musical mission this week? To get across to the other side. What’s standing in your way? Bars? The sound barrier? Neither, but to make it you must traverse the special RR obstacle course of topical songs and sounds. And we’re off …

Standing at the first obstacle is a huge object. It is actually a very big and hairy man. His name is Steve Earle, and he highlights the first obstacle - self-belief, focus, energy: “I don’t really think in terms of obstacles. My biggest obstacle is always myself.”

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Huge pirate tuna fishing operation in Pacific, says Greenpeace – video

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Greenpeace says it has uncovered a large illegal tuna fishing operation in the waters of Papua New Guinea after apprehending a Taiwanese ship with 75kg of shark fins. Irregularities in the ships log book raised activists’ suspicions and they later found that the Shuen De Ching No.888 had no fishing licence for the area

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Can the hashtag transform Africa?

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Come to our Africa Utopia debate, to discuss whether online campaigns such as #BringBackOurGirls create real change or are just ‘slacktivism’

“Social justice groups everywhere are using new technologies to fundamentally change society,” says Africa blogger Minna Salami.

Related: The spirit of Africa’s people will transform the continent | Ben Okri

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Kenyan protesters roll out after officials pour small fortune into wheelbarrows

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Demonstrations outside local government offices to highlight corruption after equipment for slaughterhouses procured at more than 30 times market price

Protesters in Kenya marched on local government offices after officials bought 10 wheelbarrows at a total cost equating to around £6,500.

County officials in western Kenya’s Bungoma district reportedly splashed out over a million shillings (US$10,000/€9,000) on the wheelbarrows, more than 30 times the market price and roughly enough to buy a small secondhand car.

Related: Kenya's rampant corruption is eating away at the very fabric of democracy | John Githongo

"Fraud of the highest order" reported in $1000 wheelbarrows bought by Kenya's Bungoma county http://t.co/gy7BoscHrv pic.twitter.com/sqeYVg87sa

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Are you organising an event supporting refugees?

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Help us map community action in response to the refugee crisis in Europe by sharing details of events, and find out what’s being organised near you

Supplies are being donated across Europe to help support people who have arrived on the continent this summer as refugees. Grassroots organisations are advertising collections and drop-offs, as well as demonstrations and vigils, to show support for thousands of refugees travelling through and staying in temporary camps in Greece, France, Germany, Hungary and Austria.

One of these groups, Calais Action, which began delivering donations to refugees in Calais in August, has been charting these community efforts in the UK and Europe. To raise awareness of the ways in which the public can help, people can submit details of organised collections and trips to donate using this form. Calais Action has produced a crowdsourced map of activities so far with all major giving groups contributing, according to the organisation.

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Anti-CSG protests: first came Frackman the film, now the frack kids

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Campaigning against CSG exploration is an all-ages affair for the ‘mini Walter Whites’ dressing up as the accidental activist from the Australian documentary

Related: Frackman's accidental activist: 'There's blood in the water and I'm the shark'

Australian schoolchildren are voicing their opposition to coal seam gas by dressing up in costumes inspired by “accidental activist” Dayne Pratzky from the powerful anti-CSG documentary Frackman.

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