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From Tunis to Cairo - Revolution in the air

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Yesterday, we were all Tunisian; today, we are all Egyptian, and tomorrow, we will all be free!

((i)) - 29.01.11: Hundreds of thousands of demonstrators gathered in Cairo, Alexandria, Suez and in many Egyptian towns and cities in one of the biggest protests seen so far in the country and with intense confrontations with state security forces. Major protests started on January 25 and hundreds were wounded during street battles with the police with five confirmed deaths. [ CONTINUE ]

((i)) - 16.01.11: Tunisian President Zine El-Abedine Ben Ali has been overthrown by a people's power uprising that has built momentum over the last 4 weeks, culminating in a large rally and protest on January 14 that was attacked by riot police. Ben Ali attempted major concessions, but they were too little and too late. After 23 years in power, Ben Ali and family fled the country to Saudi Arabia, joining former Ugandan dictator Idi Amin who was also given refuge in this middle eastern state. [ CONTINUE ]

Links: Socialist Aotearoa - Stand in solidarity with the Egyptian people | Why Egypt’s popular rebellion is the greatest historical event in a decade, and how Barack Obama missed the boat

More cruelty exposed in pig farm investigation

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New Zealand Open Rescue recently investigated a North Island intensive piggery where we documented disgusting conditions inside farrowing and fattening buildings. Sadly these conditions are nothing out of the ordinary - in fact they are the norm. The problem is not with isolated farms but with systems that treat animals as units of production - animal machines.

Piglets in the fattening rooms were filthy and covered in flies. They were confined to pens in decrepit rooms inside a building that looked like it should be condemned.

The sows confined to farrowing crates were clearly suffering. They all looked like they'd lost the will to live and were merely existing. They too were covered in flies and many had contact wounds on their backs from where they constantly rubbed against the crate bars confining them. Again they were imprisoned in a series of rooms that could only be described as miserable. Years worth of cobwebs and filth hung from the ceilings.

'Red Ruffians': online archive of Aotearoa's anarchist and syndicalist past

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‘Red Ruffians’ is an online archive of writings, pictures and other goodies on Aotearoa’s anarchist and syndicalist past. Such a tradition did (and does) exist, but records of it are fragmented across different websites, books or archives — making them hard to find and accessible to only those in the know. The role of this site is to compile these fragments into one easily accessible location.

Reclaim The Seas - Piracy Trial in Germany

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"The fishermen, when they lose their fish, they think" - A., Somali in Germany

Since 22nd November 2010, a group of ten Somali men have been on trial in the Hamburg Youth Court. They are facing charges of kidnapping and seizing a ship, charges that carry a maximum of 15 years imprisonment. What they are alleged to have done is board a German ship, the 'Taipan', as it sailed 500 miles off the coast of Somalia last April. The group were captured by a Dutch marine commando and taken to Netherlands and from there they were extradited to Germany to stand trial in Hamburg. Hamburg being the city where the ship's owner's multi-national company is registered.

20 lawyers are representing the ten accused and so far 14 trial dates have been set, meaning that the proceedings are set to last until the end of January 2011. The reason the case is being heard in the youth court is that three of the defendants are not yet adults in German law. The youngest is only 13 years old and cannot be tried under German law.

The Struggle Continues - ((i))ndymedia review of 2010

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What a year 2010 has been. It all happened so quickly: another year of attacks on the poor, the environment, on dissidents, unions, beneficiaries, all in the midst of a global financial crisis the scale of which has not seen since the Great Depression. But it has also been a year of increasing momentum of resistance. Consequently, it's been a busy year in Aotearoa.

So sit back and have a look at our compilation of what you all have published in the Indymedia newswire in 2010.

Previous years: [ 2008 | 2007 | 2006 | 2005 ]

Union fireworks at SkyCity on New Year’s Day

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SkyCity Casino in Auckland will be the scene of union organised action on January 1 starting immediately after the traditional fireworks display.

Unite and the Service and Food Workers Union are organizing a series of joint stop-work meetings starting at 12.30am on New Year’s day. The meetings will be voting on a resolution from the union negotiating team rejecting the company’s offer in the Collective Agreement negotiations and empowering the unions to organise continuing industrial action until a suitable offer is received.

“This stop work meeting will the world’s first industrial action in 2011”, said Unite National Director and lead union negotiator Mike Treen. "We are holding the meetings on New Year’s day because by then the Collective Agreement will have expired and yet the company refused to allow the unions to consult their members on the company offer before that date."

NZSAS=Murder

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The news tonight is full of stories about the Christmas eve raid by the NZSAS at the headquarters of Afghan Tiger Group in Kabul in which two Afghan guards were killed, two wounded and dozens of Afghan civilians were terrified. It fills me with rage, and I ask what will it take for us to re-organise and re-engage in anti-war action?

The NZ media are busy saying that the raid was ‘botched’ and ‘ill-advised’ but that the NZSAS and International Security and Assistance Force (ISAF) followed all their protocols.

The reality is that the details of this raid are highly contested by witnesses who were on the ground, including members of the Kabul police. These witnesses are saying that the security guards did not fire first on the soldiers; rather, the soldiers fired first, and murdered two men in cold blood by shooting them in the head.

Waitara Hikoi: Video and Photos

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Attached are some more photos and a short video of the Hikoi by the Waitara community on 14th December 2010, when 150 people marched to the New Plymouth District Council in protest over the sewage situation in Waitara.

More written information about the protest can be found here.

Terror Raids Defendants Being Railroaded

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UPDATE: After being contacted by NZ Crown Law Office, the ((i))ndymedia editorial collective has decided to edit this article slightly and hide some comments, as was done by Scoop a few days ago. This does not mean that we agree with the Crown that ((i))ndymedia was in breach of publishing the October 15th Solidarity media release.

The 18 defendants in the so-called "Terror Raids" trial are being railroaded. "We are being railroaded by the crown and judiciary and there is no way that we can get a fair trial. This is an egregious miscarriage of justice," says Valerie Morse, defendant in the case.

"The Crown has dragged out the case at every opportunity in order to wear down the defendants and force them into long and expensive legal battles in the hope that the public will forget about the case and ultimately to force the defendants to plead guilty to end this nightmare," said Ms Morse,

Links: October 15th Solidarity | The day the raids came (Book)

Lively Protest for Beneficiary Rights at Waitakere WINZ

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Last Friday, December 3rd,  60 people from the  Waitemata branch of the Unite Union,  Auckland Action Against Poverty and their supporters, held a lively demonstration for beneficiaries' rights outside Waitakere WINZ. Friday 3rd December is International Disability Day.

At this time, disabled people's rights are very much under threat. WINZ has been steadily taking people with  long term illnesses and disabilities off the invalids benefit onto other work tested  benefits ,where they lose $50 per week. Sometimes work testing has been as ridiculous as asking a person who cannot use their hands to put a pen in their mouth, or asking a blind person to get a drivers licence.

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