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Dated: 03 Jul 2005

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Now on to Gleneagles

There were so many demonstrators that some never even set off. Around 300,000 marched and others were still left in The Meadows when everything had finished.

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Refugees are here to stay, here to fight

"For Pity's Sake, Let Them Stay!" So ran one newspaper headline last month, in response to the hunger strike by scores of Zimbabwean asylum seekers in British detention centres.

Not beaten enough for asylum

Among the groups of refugees on Saturday’s march was Daniel, a refugee from Kinshasa in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC).

Nuclear weapons are a part of the poverty system

Tony Blair's public position is that no decision has been made on replacing Trident submarines with a new generation of nuclear weapons.




Masters of war and poverty

Last week the US House of Representatives voted through another $45 billion for the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq. That brings the figure spent on US military operations to over $300 billion, a huge sum of money even for the world’s largest military and economic power.

Arundhati Roy speaks from the World Tribunal on Iraq

This is the culminating session of the World Tribunal on Iraq. It is of particular significance that it is being held here in Turkey, where the US used Turkish air bases to launch numerous bombing missions to degrade Iraq’s defences before the March 2003 invasion and has sought and continues to seek political support from the Turkish government, which it regards as an ally.

Charles Abugre: My image of Africa

As the G8 summit draws nearer, dramatic and distressing images of Africa are appearing everywhere. These show emaciated and drooping bodies of women and children, dilapidated villages and shanty towns, and barefooted jalabiya-wearing nomads roaming forlornly across the dusty fields of Africa.

‘We must apply pressure and force the G8 to act’

By train, plane, bus and car protesters came to Edinburgh. Nadia Fisher travelled by coach from Southampton — a journey of ten hours.

Poverty and war inextricably linked, say marchers

Many protesters made a clear connection between global poverty and the war in Iraq — despite the frantic efforts of MPH’s leadership to separate the two issues.

Anger at IMF and World Bank

Many African activists were on the Edinburgh protest. Ken is a student at Imperial College in London, but he grew up in Nigeria where he was involved in struggles against the military dictatorship.

School students join the demo

The Make Poverty History campaign has struck a chord with young people, who turned out in large numbers for Saturday’s demonstration in Edinburgh.

Craigmillar welcomes G8 protesters

Craigmillar is the fourth poorest estate in Britain. The council decided to put the G8 campsite there, which provides camping for 15,000 people.

An opportunity to engage people

Running into Leeds train station at 6.30am it became clear that this was going to be big. Reams of white cotton and a few hundred faces I didn’t recognise told me that.

Protesters from around the world

One of the most significant factors in the march was its internationalism. African Drop the Debt campaigners protested alongside British Asians from Islamic Relief.

A coalition against the new global order

A huge white human chain snaked through the streets of Edinburgh for Saturday’s demonstration.

Military wing of neo-liberalism

The Make Poverty History protest in Edinburgh on Saturday was the biggest demonstration in Scottish history — by a long way.

Voices from the Stop the War stage

"We are not here to beg or plead or persuade but to show you, the small rich minority, that you do not represent the people of this planet. If you think you can save your reputations or your careers on the back of Make Poverty History then you are wrong. We are here to lay siege to you in Gleneagles."John Rees


Charlie Gillett on a missed opportunity to showcase Africa’s artists at Live8

I admire Bob Geldof but the fact that he has chosen to run this event with virtually no African artists is bewildering. Each artist has only got 15 minutes, so it’s not like anyone is going to be on stage for very long.

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Depth of FieldOpen Eye Gallery, LiverpoolUntil 30 JulyPhone 0151 709 9460

African music offers a social message against dictatorship and oppression

It came as an insult when the Live8 organisers forgot to put any African artists in their line-up in London. Many of these artists regularly fill concert venues in Britain, France and have a huge following across the African continent.

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