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Trimp

Approval has been given for a 6 metre baby Trump blimp to fly over London when Trump makes his first visit there as US president on Thursday.

The approval came after thousands signed a petition and a crowdfunding campaign raised more than 16 000 pounds.

There are strict rules around the flight and organizers still have to meet with police and civil aviations authorities to finalise plans to ensure the stunt goes ahead.

The anti fascist group who have organised the balloon say it will hold up a huge mirror of truth to the world and describe Trump as a dangerous excuse for a president

There’s also a huge stop Trump march scheduled for Thursday in Central London.


Baby Bully Tactics

In an interesting example of the way trade and money affect world health issues the US has bullied countries at the World Health Assembly into supporting their changes to a resolution on breastfeeding.

America wants to protect the profits of companies that make infant formulas so they sought to remove terms which worked against this aim.

Discounting decades of research and actually just common sense that breast milk is best for infants.

According to diplomats and government officials when the US didn’t get their changes through they resorted to threats.

Ecuador was the first of a list of South American countries which folded after being threatened with punishing trade measures and the withdrawal crucial military aid.

Poor African countries also withdrew from sponsoring the resolution fearing retaliation.

During the deliberations, some American delegates even suggested the United States might cut its contribution to the World Health Organisation, several negotiators said

Eventually Russia stepped in to introduced the measure and the US did not threaten them but after two days of meetings some language in the resolution  was changed.


Driving for a Change

Saudi Arabian singer and rapper Leesa A‘s latest music video, which celebrates the lifting of the long-standing ban on women driving in her homeland, has gone viral.

The track, which features Leesa A driving a car, rapping on the busy road and even offering lifts, has already racked up several thousand shares on Instagram and more than one million views on YouTube since it dropped last week.


Terrorist Plastic Bag Ban

Al-Shabaab, the al-Qaeda backed militant terrorist group in Somalia has released a statement through their media outlet Radio Andalus banning the usage of plastic bags in their territories.

Simultaneously, an independent website that is supportive of the group printed that al-Shabaab has also banned the logging of native trees.

The ban has been implemented since the use of plastic “pose a serious threat to the well-being of humans and animals alike.”

This environmentally conscious move follows other more traditionally terroristic bans on western music, cinemas, smartphone and fibre optic devices, satellite devices and humanitarian organisations. Some of these are arguably good things to ban.

In the past Al Qaeda affiliated groups have also criticised American environmental policies and introduced tree planting initiatives.

These moves are thought to be stunts to win over the hearts and minds of the population. This is like a lot of green washing that goes on globally.

Al-Shabaab tend to finance their own operations largely through the illegal sale of ivory.


Free Market

The team behind Melbourne not-for-profit restaurant Lentil As Anything has opened a ‘free’ grocery store, The Inconvenience Store.

Food that would otherwise go to waste is donated.

Customers can stock their bags with food, ranging from fruit and vegetables to bread and some packaged items, and then leave a donation in a wooden box on the way out.


Indonesian Anarchist Prisoners Update

As we heard in an interview with an Indonesian anarchista few weeks ago, 69 people were arrested during the Mayday demonstration held in Yogyakarta .

This is an update on their situation from Palang Hitam ABC Indonesia.

The anarchist prisoners in Yogyakarta have still not faced court proceedings.

According to the information received, the anarchist prisoners should have been transferred to Cebongan [chair bong un]  Prison in Sleman on June 29th.

However, the planned transfer was cancelled and the period of detention at Polda Yogyakarta has been extended until July 30th, on the grounds of further investigation.

Palang Hitman ABC thinks the extended investigation process is due to this case being politicised.

It is evident the Mayday action was an act of opposition against the government.

One of the prisoners was taken to hospital with minor illnesses but is now recovering and is even trying to cheer up other prisoners.

The others are in good health despite the pressure they are under from police and the state.

“Unfortunately the dream we carry in our hearts is too great to avoid the risk of finding ourselves up against the monstrous wall of authority raised in defense of the state and capital” -Nicola Gai Palang Hitam ABC.

Palang Hitam Anarchist Black Cross are selling t-shirts for fundraising “Prisons Are For Burning“.

The proceeds of this sale will be used in legal and medical work of the Black Cross, especially helping anarchist prisoners in Yogyakarta who were arrested during Mayday action when raising the rejection issue of new Yogyakarta International Airport (NYIA) and anti-Sultan Ground / Pakualaman Ground and feudalism-monarchy society.

Price £ 10/exclude shipping —- Size: S, M, L, XL 

email: civilrebellion@riseup.net

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