Bournemouth and Poole College and “try before you buy” workfare slaves.

“Trades unions and community groups have called on the Bournemouth and Poole College to withdraw its support for the government’s discredited Work Programme which seeks to coerce the unemployed into unpaid work, after it emerged the college was encouraging employers on their website to “Try before you buy” – describing the unemployed as expendable commodities.”

From Bournemouth and Poole Anti Cuts Coalition (BPACC):

College criticised for backing Workfare programme

It seems that The Bournemouth and Poole College Students’ Union are supporting this, either unwilling or unable to condemn such practise from the College; when the chance to comment was offered to BPC SU via Facebook, they chose to delete the post (Click to enlarge):

Surely they don’t represent the views of real students – who could just as easily starve to death with their feet up! Dorset has 3,635 residents claiming jobseeker’s allowance and just 2,111 listed vacancies, according to latest figures. – Get in touch if you want to do something about it.

B.P.A.C.C. plan to “target the college with a wave of protests if it refuses to distance itself from the Work Programme.”

Having stuffed it up Holland & Barrett our flying pickets are getting restless… We’re in!

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Küresel iklim krizi

Ekosistemler yıkılıyor, Dünya dört bir yanda alarm veriyor. Out for Beyond ekibi olarak, sistematik olarak unutturulan küresel iklim değişimi tartışmalarını gündemde tutmayı görevlerimizden biri sayıyoruz. İklim kriziyle ilgili gelişmeleri ve güncel bilimsel çalışmaları okuyucularımızla paylaşmak üzere derliyoruz.

İklim krizini görmezden gelmek imkansızlaşıyor. ya da Güneş balçıkla sıvanmaz (Küresel iklim krizi – güncel gelişmeler 8) (5 Kasım 2013)

Küresel iklim değişimi ve IPCC raporu: “Eşi Benzeri Görülmemiş” bir sorun. (12 Ekim 2013)

Küresel İklim Krizini Takip Et. (Küresel iklim krizi – güncel gelişmeler 7) (23 Ağustos 2013)

Küresel iklim krizi – güncel gelişmeler 6 (30 Temmuz 2013)

Küresel iklim krizi – güncel gelişmeler 5 (15 Mart 2013)

İklim Değişiminin Muhtemelen Bilmediğiniz Beş Tuhaf (ve Korkunç) SonucuAlyssa Figueroa (8 Eylül 2012)

İklim Krizinde Neler Oluyor? (Küresel iklim krizi – güncel gelişmeler 4) (26 Ağustos 2012)

– Küresel iklim krizi – güncel gelişmeler 3 (29 Nisan 2012)

– Küresel iklim krizi – güncel gelişmeler 2 (10 Nisan 2012)

Küresel iklim krizi – güncel gelişmeler 1 (12 Kasım 2011)

Karar Alma Süreçlerine Katılımcılık ve Oydaşma

Beraber çalışan, birbirini ikna etmeyi ve kolektif olarak uygulanacak kararlar almayı hedefleyen, yani bir takım oluşturan gruplar için, katılımcılık ve oydaşma sağlamanın yöntemlerini tartışıyoruz.

Giriş Metni (19 Ağustos 2013)

Kolaylaştırıcı (9 Şubat 2013)

Verimli toplantılar (3 Mart 2013)

Yapılandırılmış tartışma (6 Haziran 2013)

Şiddetsiz iletişim (6 Ağustos 2013)

Komünizm ve ateizm

Ateistlerle komünistlerin birbirlerine karşı tutumu ne olmalı? Bugün, bu iki görüşün ve hareketin birbirlerine katabileceği neler var? Dinlere karşı nasıl tutum alınmalı?

Dinlerin Kökeni Sorusu (23 Ağustos 2012)

Neden Ateistler Komünistleri Ciddiye Almalıdır? Giriş. (24 Şubat 2012)

Neden Komünistler Ateistleri Ciddiye Almalıdır? Giriş. (24 Ağustos 2011)



“Nasıl ateist oldunuz, ya da ateist olduğunuzu nasıl fark ettiniz?” öykü yarışması (Eylül-Ekim 2011)

Mini bir kafirlik öyküsü – Gülşah Ökmen

Emel nasıl ateist olmuş? – Emel Türker

Nasıl ateist oldum? – Venceremos

Nasıl ateist oldum? – Fatma

Ateist, pabucu yarım, çık dışarıya yarışalım! (13 Eylül 2011) (Yarışma metni)

Article Series




Syria issue

Turkey’s 9/11: Reyhanlı (May 14, 2013)

The Imperialist Intervention in Syria to Launch Officially: Turkey Authorizes Military Action in Syria (October 4, 2012)

– Very close to Syria… – Ragıp Duran (August 1, 2012)

– Samandağ reflections: Zero neighbors, zero ministers, lots of problems – Ragıp Duran (July 29, 2012)

Turkey: From Iraq to Syria – Bülent Kale (July 25, 2012)



Communism vs. Atheism

What should be the attitudes of atheists and the communists towards each other? What could these two positions and movements contribute to each other today? What stance should be taken against religions?

The Origins of Religion (November 2, 2012)

An introduction to why atheists should take communists seriously. (March 17, 2012)

An introduction to why communists should take atheists seriously. (August 21, 2011)


Street Guides for Protesters


– What’s in the Menu for your Uprising – Çağrı Mert Bakırcı

Chemical weapons, and effects of tear gas (September 12th, 2013)

Scent-based weapons, Pepper gas, Tear gas (September 9th, 2013)

Water cannons and other armed vehicles (September 3rd, 2013)

Baton, pressurized water (August 28th, 2013)

– A “Street” Guide for Protesters (May 16th, 2012)

– How to Confront Police Violence (May 11th, 2012)





Health Care Reforms in Turkey

This is a series of translations of news items and articles on the transformations in the health care system in Turkey.

Before AKP, After AKP: The Health Services (March 9, 2012)

Istanbul Right-to-Health Assembly founded against AKP’s attacks on health services (March 23, 2012)

– The Proceedings in the Health Sector and the Emerging Risks – Ayşe Buğra, Volkan Yılmaz

part 1 (March 30, 2012)

part 2 (April 3, 2012)

The Final Declaration of the Grand Right-to-Health Assembly of Turkey (April 7, 2012)



A Guide to Understand the OdaTV Trial

The soL news portal published a series of articles concerning the background and the ongoings of the infamous OdaTV case. Signed Yiğit Günay, the articles investigate the trial’s judicial peculiarities as well as its political context and historical implications.

What are the journalists accused of? What is the evidence? (January 9, 2012)

Were the digital documents sent through virus activities? (January 14, 2012)

Barış Terkoğlu, and Journalism in Court (January 24, 2012)

Being a lawyer in an adjudicated trial (January 27, 2012)

Syria issue. Samandağ reflections: Zero neighbors, zero ministers, lots of problems – Ragıp Duran


This article is translated from the Turkish original “Samandağ izlenimleri: Sıfır komşu, sıfır bakan, çok sorun” by Ragıp Duran, published in Birdirbir.orgon 18 July 2012. We mean this translation to be a continuation of an article series about Syria, the first of which can be found here.


We went to Samandağ1for the “Evvel Temmuz” festival. While locals explain, you understand that, beyond minor harms, the Erdoğan-Davutoğlu Syria policy has destroyed the social fabric. The Peace Demonstration that couldn’t be done, the Syrian camps, the incredible classiness of Samandağ people…

  • I personally went to talk with the Chief of Police. I am responsible for the Organization Committee. We’ll make a demonstration against war. As İHD (The Human Rights Association) and other organizations, we make our preparations. We are against an intervention to Syria. We want good neighbor relations. You know what the Chief of Police told me?

  • What did he say?

  • We cannot ensure your security under these circumstances.

  • What do you mean, the Turkish police is not able to ensure your security within Turkish borders against whom?

  • At first he didn’t say anything, tried every cunning way, but then spilled the beans. The Free Syrian Army would oppose such a demonstration!

The İHD responsible told me these before our panel in Samandağ. However unbelievable it is, as a result of Davutoğlu-Erdoğan diplomacy, the Samandağ society cannot organize a demonstration for peace because of a militia located in camps in their homeland. Because that state does not allow them to.

This is not the whole story.

  • At nights, under cover of bringing the wounded, they bring armed men back and forth by the ambulances.

There is a huge traffic(ing) in all the bordering region, especially in the camping areas. Foreign press also wrote about this.

The camps are problematic in several aspects: First off, they are located along the borders, within the range of artillery from Assad. You cannot control the runaways. But if you aim at infiltration through the borders, of course you should put them near the border.

Another local who is interested in the issue reports:


  • A migration seminar was held here, so we were able to visit the camps. Also, we have family on the Syria side. There are people going and coming back, they also tell a lot. We follow Syrian newspapers and watch Syrian television. The majority of the people in these camps are the elderly, women and children. But of course these families have their men too. We spotted five different groups in the camp population.

  • The criminals in Syria. Like thieves, rapists, some people who have a criminal record but not sentences yet. They expect to join the opposition and when the Assad regime falls to return to homeland as heroes.

  • Militants of all kinds of radical Islamist groups, especially Taliban, Al-Kaida and the Muslim Brothers. Even their high- and middle-ranking officials. They come and go, they are trying to administer their insider militants from here.

  • There is a group called “The Soldiers of Damascus”, this is totally a hired army. They are also known as Davutoğlu’s men. It’s a small group, but the most money and support goes to this group.

  • We encountered, another small group, the real democratic dissidents. They were many in the beginning; but in the camps they were treated very badly by the Turkish authorities and these fundamentalist groups, the ones who could afford fled to Europe, and the rest fled to Ankara or Istanbul.

  • The fifth group is a bit floating. We first thought they don’t belong to any of the parties, they seemed to accord with whoever is more powerful in the camp. Then we learned that there is some internal feud. The ones who were exposed are liquidized, and the rest ran away. These were Assad’s agents…


As a matter of fact, Samandağ has an incredibly peaceful, calm, easy-going and cheerful identity. It has a strong and deep left-wing culture. It is also very rich in terms of religious, ethnic and language diversity; and these different sections have really positive interrelations. It is like a modern mosaic museum. It has everything, everything gets along well with everything else, all different, all equal. Moreover, they have amazing kebab and marvelous boğma-rakısı. However, Erdoğan distorted this atmosphere:

  • We are not Assad-supporters or anything.

  • Nusayri2 is now used as an insult. I mean, we are very uncomfortable.

  • Who is fighting for what, anyway?

  • The people in Ankara do not know anything about Syria. And they want to become regional power, this and that…

  • Even Americans are more cautious than Erdoğan…

  • Not a single proper journalist came here… They came for that aircraft occasion, and those just took some records on the coast and left immediately…


If you listen to local people’s evaluations, you easily understand why the eminent Turkish media does not emphasize Samandağ, Antioch, and the Syria issue. Almost every single detail experienced here moment-to-moment refutes Erdoğan’s words. In any case; most probably there exist decent journalists and authors who can write the state of mind and the problems of the local society; but we have a problem of finding place to publish them.

With all these in my mind, we started the panel “What to do against this media?” with Nazım Alpman in Akdeniz Cafe along the Samandağ coast. It is 5 pm. The temperature is somewhere around 30-35 degrees Celsius. All the chairs in the outdoors cafeteria are occupied. The elders, the youth, women, children; really crowded. It was such a beautiful panel. Especially in the question-answer part we had very nice discussions, and the way the questions were posed were so elegant and deep that we were fascinated… For instance, we made a comparison between Orwellian and Huxley-like societies. In this cute town Samandağ of our sad and lonely country.



1 Samandağ is a town and district in Hatay Province in Turkey. It is geographically to the south of Antioc, near the Turkey-Syria border.
2 A Syrian Shiite sect.
Ege M. Diren

Corrupt Brighton arms company activities challenged in court

CASE NAME: R-v-Nero and Pidwell

VENUE: Brighton Magistrates Court Edward Street, Brighton TIME: 10:am DATE: 31 July 2012 – 2 August 2012

On 31 July 2012, two anti-war activists will face charges of Aggravated Trespass in Brighton Magistrates Court. In their defence they will present evidence of the unlawful business activities of Brighton arms company EDO MBM Technology Ltd, a subsidiary of US arms maker ITT Exelis Inc. a $1.7billion multinational arms, security, and intelligence technology company. Jessica Nero and Gavin Pidwell were arrested on 26 April 2011 after blocking the firm’s factory gates in protest at its ongoing manufacture of weapons system umbilical connectors being supplied for use on the new Israeli F-35 aircraft, as well as US F-16, and A-10 fighter jets, all of which carry illegal cluster bombs as part of their arsenals. Section 2 (2) of The Cluster Munitions (Prohibitions) Act 2010 makes it an offence for any British person or resident to assist the use of cluster bombs. The Managing Director of EDO MBM, Paul Hills will be a prosecution witness on the first day of the trial and is expected to be cross-examined on the lawfulness of his business by the defendants legal team. Smash EDO spokesperson Andrew Becket commented: ‘There is clear documentary evidence in this case that EDO MBM have engaged in unlawful activities- including assistance in the use of US cluster bombs and the supply of military equipment for Israeli war planes contrary to UK domestic law.’ The case is set to last to last 3 days. The defendants are represented by Teresa Blades of Kellys Solicitors, Brighton. Continue reading “Corrupt Brighton arms company activities challenged in court”

26th July 2012


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