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Police Shut Down Iron Rail Infoshop in New Orleans

  • Posted on: 14 March 2011
  • By: rick

On Wednesday the Iron Rail Infoshop was shut down by police under the pretext of permit violations and an inability to produce a business license. The Iron Rail has existed in this location for the past 8 years. The shut down included the entire building known as "The Ark" which also houses the Plan B Community Bike Project and Hasbin Wilby's recycled art supplies, as well as numerous artist's studios which sometimes are used as dwellings. the Iron Rail hosts the Crescent City Anti-Authoritarians meetings and is the hub of anarchist organizing and other alternative projects in the city.


Revealed: how energy firms spy on environmental activists

  • Posted on: 21 February 2011
  • By: rick

Leaked documents show how three large British companies have been paying private security firm to monitor activists

Rob Evans and Paul Lewis
guardian.co.uk, Monday 14 February 2011

Protesters at Ratcliffe-on Soar power station, operated by E.ON, which says it has hired security firms to gather information on climate activists. Photograph: Tom Pilston
Three large energy companies have been carrying out covert intelligence-gathering operations on environmental activists, the Guardian can reveal.

The energy giant E.ON, Britain's second-biggest coal producer Scottish Resources Group and Scottish Power, one of the UK's largest electricity-generators, have been paying for the services of a private security firm that has been secretly monitoring activists.