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U.K.: Boomtime in Poundland: Has Austerity Worked?

Europe

With the UK economy finally reaching its pre-crisis peak, many are claiming austerity has been vindicated. We explain why this is nonsense -- the critics of austerity have been proven right while austerity has failed in its own terms.

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IWW Greece Commemorates One-Year Anniversary of Anti-Fascist Activist's Murder by Neo-Nazis

Sept. 18, 2014 will mark one year since the murder of Pavlos Fyssas by thugs of the Golden Dawn. Under no circumstances should we forget this sacrifice, first because it is political assassination and secondly, because the cowardly assassination was primarily an effort of the political underworld to hit critical humanism and social consciousness.

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Spain prepares for an autumn of discontent by buying €1m of riot gear

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The Spanish government is readying itself for an autumn of discontent, spending nearly €1m on riot gear for police units as disparate protest groups prepare a string of demonstrations.

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Death of Pierre Ryckmans, aka Simon Leys

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It is sad duty to report that on Monday, 4 August 2014, Pierre Ryckmans died in Sydney, Australia, where he was being treated for cancer. He was 78 years old.

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Ecotopia Biketour 2014: Sovereignty VS. Exploitation

EuropeEcotopia Biketour is an eco-mobile and do-it-yourself community that has been practicing aspects of activism, alternative ways of organizing and sustainable living throughout different areas of Europe for over 20 years. The Biketour is for anyone interested in DIY, environmentalism, activism, veganism, community life and learning experientially from cultures, from challenges, and from each other. Ultimately, it is whatever you make of it! You are the Biketour!
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‘Bristol Bomber’ police arrest man over arson attacks on four mobile phone and radio transmission masts

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Police have arrested a man in connection with arson attacks on four mobile phone and local radio transmission masts last week – the latest in a wave of attacks apparently perpetrated by a group or individual dubbed the ‘Bristol Unabomber’.

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The Fire Next Time?

Europe

It is no accident that Boris Johnson, the Mayor of London, is attempting to get a measure through the Greater London Authority about the use of water cannon by the Metropolitan Police. This wily politician, who masquerades as a lovable buffoon, is as sharp as many other members of his class, and has their alert class consciousness. He knows the social pressures are mounting continuously with more and more austerity measures piling up, on what seems like a daily basis.

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Lost in the Bosnian Floods

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On May 13th, a cyclone dubbed Tamara hit southeastern Europe and, over only a few days, doused it with three months’ worth of rainfall. Relentless torrents swelled rivers and tributaries, breaching banks and bursting levees. The brunt of the surge swept through Bosnia, Serbia, and eastern Croatia, toppling bridges, swallowing up towns, and savaging miles of countryside. The governments of Bosnia and Serbia declared states of emergency and deployed rescue teams to evacuate survivors in the worst hit areas—where floodwaters were lapping at roof eaves.

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Arrests, detentions and interrogations – World Hockey Championship 2014 in Minsk

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Several hours left before the official start of the World Hockey Championship 2014 in Belarus. Event that was planned in 2009 during another political thaw between the West and Lukashenko was constantly criticized by human rights and political organizations for support of Lukashenko’s political regime. Many groups called national hockey teams to boycott the championship, however International Federation of Ice Hockey decided once again that sport is standing apart from politics and retained the right for hosting championship in Minsk.

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Intro the Italian Section of the Situationist International

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Miguel Amorós (born 1949) is a Spanish historian, theorist and militant anarchist; he has been influenced by, among other revolutionaries, the Situationist International. In the 1970s, he was a member of a number of anarcho-situationist groups, including Los Incontrolados, which wrote and published the book Wildcat Spain Encounters Democracy 1976-1978. In 1980, he participated in the project that published the writings of anarchists being held in an infamous prison in Segovia; the ex-situationist Guy Debord was a key player in this project and the two men exchanged letters in 1981.

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