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1) Thousands sign no Tony Blair comeback letter

A letter initiated by John Pilger, Tony Benn and others calling on University College London (UCL) to cancel an invitation for Tony Blair to speak at the launch of the university's Institute for Security & Resilience Studies - has been signed by thousands of academics, students and members of the public who are angry at what is seen as an endorsement of Blair's crimes in Iraq. Add your name here: http://bit.ly/R0rD7p

Stop the War has called a protest at UCL on the 13 November to make it clear to the university management that war criminals are not welcome in our universities. Over 300 people have joined the Facebook event to say they will be there. See Facebook event here: http://on.fb.me/VTrmTx

Protest Tuesday 13 November 11am
War criminals out of our universities
Main Entrance, University College London
Gower Street London WC1E 6BT
For full details see: http://bit.ly/R0rD7p

Contact UCL Provost to complain at the invitation to Tony Blair
Email: provost@ucl.ac.uk
Tel: 020 7679 7234

Information? If you are are student or academic at UCL and have more information about the meeting at which Tony Blair will make his speech, please telephone the Stop the War National Office: 020 7561 9311 or office@stopwar.org.uk.

See also: How Tony Blair and friends help arms dealers get into bed with Britain's universities: http://bit.ly/VTsM0f


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2) Syria: Lindsey German replies to Guardian's Jonathan Freedland

Lindsey German has replied to an article by the Guardian's Jonathan Freedland in which he accused Stop the War of being silent and hypocritical on the issue of Syria. As Lindsey says, Freedland "misrepresents nearly everything to do with our policy" on Syria. And she concludes: "Perhaps he should direct his criticism at those carrying out drone attacks in Pakistan, or bombing children in Afghanistan. It is a bizarre sense of priorities that leads him to attack peace campaigners rather than warmongers." Read Lindsey's full reply, which was published in the Guardian, here: http://bit.ly/T4cKRk

The Guardian also published a letter by Sami Ramadani and Sabah Jawad supporting Lindsey's article, which you can read here: http://bit.ly/PyM4Ka

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3) Obama's 'mandate' for four more years of illegal wars?

From Afghanistan to Iran, from Syria to Yemen, from Pakistan to Somalia - does Barack Obama's re-election mean he gets a "mandate" for four more years of illegal wars and an expanding secret drone program? Read more here: http://bit.ly/VSwGqc

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4) Media and War Conference with John Pilger - tickets going fast

Tickets for the Media and War Conference on Saturday 17 November are going fast and we recommend booking now to avoid disappointment. Entrance is free for students, £5 otherwise. Speakers include John Pilger, Peter Oborne and Seumas Milne, and topics include Media coverage of the 'war on terror', Islamophobia, Terrorism and War, and Humanitarian interventions. Full details of the conference are here: http://bit.ly/OVxrBN

Media and War: Challenging the Consensus
Saturday 17 November, 12-5pm
Ian Gulland Lecture Theatre
Goldsmiths, University of London
New Cross, London SE14 6NW
Full details: http://bit.ly/OVxrBN

£5 admission. Free for students with ID
To book: email mediaconf@stopwar.org.uk or phone 020 7561 9311

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5) Anniversary appeal - prize draw at the end of November

Stop the War relies on our members and supporters to fund all of our anti-war activities and maintain our small office. One of the best ways to sustain our work is by becoming a Friend of Stop the War, which gives you membership of Stop the War plus additional benefits. For example, if you become a Friend before the end of November you will be entered into a prize draw to win a framed poster of the historic Not in Our Name concert which took place in London's City Hall on 23 February 2003. It is signed by the participants, including Harold Pinter, Adrian Mitchell, Harriet Walter, Michael Rosen and John Hegley. It is now a valuable collectors' piece.

If you would like to make a donation to Stop the War Coalition, or becoming a member or Friend, go to: http://stopwar.org.uk/donate

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