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European court's judgment on "kettling"

Human rights tribunal backs British police use of controversial crowd-control tactic.
Policedogs keep people inside the kettle at a G-20 protest in London in 2009. (CARL DE SOUZA/AFP/Getty Images)

Since the new era of anti-globalization/anti-capitalism protests hit Britain a decade ago, the police have used a method of crowd control called a "kettle."  Basically protesters can go into an area, but then they cannot get out until the police deem the steam to have risen and dissipated through the spout. Or the police can allow a few out at a time.


Anonymous hackers target Bahrain, US munitions manufacturer

In support of the Arab Spring revolutions, Anonymous strikes again.
Egyptian protesters point to the 'Made in USA' tag on a tear gas canister during clashes with riot police at Cairo's landmark Tahrir Square on November 20, 2011. Egyptian protesters streamed into the square after a night of deadly clashes that signalled the start of a violent countdown to the first polls since Hosni Mubarak's ouster. (Khaled Desouki/AFP/Getty Images)

The infamous hacker collective Anonymous has affixed its digital crosshairs on Jamestown, Pennsylvania based chemical munitions manufacturer Combined Tactical Systems on the anniversary of Bahrain’s protest movement that began one year ago.

The twitter account @YourAnonNews, which has become the mouthpiece for alerting those outside of the IRCs (internet relay chat, simply an independent online chatroom) to Anon's various operations, announced that the company's website was being attacked. After the initial announcement, the account tweeted a series of statements calling attention to Bahrain's "forgotten" protest movement in conjunction with a destributed denial of service attack on Bahrain's official website

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The group also released a statement on, where they traditionally post what are essentially press releases for the general public. In this statement the collective dicussed the motivation behind the attack on Combined Tactical Systems and their continued support for Arab protesters. 

“From the streets of Oakland to Tahrir Square, to Palestine, Greece, Bahrain and Syria, your sinister instruments of torture and brutality have been used by the vile swine enforcers of the rich ruling classes to repress our revolutionary movements,” read the statement. 


London: bye-bye Occupy

High court rules Occupy movement tents at St. Paul's Cathedral must be removed
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outside The High Court on January 18, 2012 in London, England. The City of London Corporation have won their legal bid to have the Occupy London movement removed from the pavements outside St Paul's Cathedral. (Peter Macdiarmid/AFP/Getty Images)

The Occupy tents went up in October and their presence was immediately controversial. The City of London Corporation, the local government authority for the City (London's financial district where St. Paul's is located) sought to have the camp removed.

Delays in judgment were granted after the Church of England reversed itself and said it would not join in the Corporation's suit. But today, the inevitable judgment ordering the Occupy eviction was made.


Smoke bomb shuts down White House amid Occupy DC protest

President Barack Obama and his wife Michelle were not in the White House when the smoke bomb was thrown, but returned from a restaurant to find the compound shut down and an investigation underway.

A former British diplomat's call to arms

In a new book, Carne Ross, who resigned a promising career over the Iraq War, writes of a future where people look to themselves not governments for solutions
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The energy and the desire for change manifested itself in 2011in the Occupy Wall Street movement. Carne Ross, a former British diplomat, has just published a book with serious suggestions for the next steps forward. (Spencer Platt/AFP/Getty Images)

Early last year, as the Arab Spring was tasting its first successes and before the "indignados" of Madrid ignited what has become the Occupy movement in America and Europe, a former high flying British diplomat was putting the finishing touches on his first book.

Carne Ross's "The Leaderless Revolution" is a manifesto for a movement that ignited as the book was in production. It has just been published in the U.S. and good timing is clearly one of the book's strong points.


Occupy camp in San Francisco shut down (VIDEO)

At least 70 protesters were arrested by around 100 San Francisco police and sheriffs, who surrounded Justin Herman Plaza at around 1 a.m. San Francisco's Occupy was the last major camp in the Bay Area.
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