Andrew Butler
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Andrew Butler added an article on Apr 21 2015
I sometimes wonder if satire has reached a nadir in Britain because British society has itself become a parody of itself. The Chipping Norton Set: the prime minister, a tabloid editor and a Roger Mellie-ish TV icon all conveniently living in the same little town and taking...
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Andrew Butler added an article on Apr 21 2015
MINISINK, N.Y.—The affable, soft-spoken dairy farmer stood outside his 70-stall milking barn on his 230-acre family farm. When his father started farming there in 1950 were about 800 dairy farms in New York state’s Orange County. Only 39 survive. Small, traditional farms...
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Andrew Butler added an article on Apr 20 2015
The Sun columnist's violent words about the refugee crisis in the Mediterranean are indefensible. They should be condemned as hate speech.  Refugees in Lampedusa, Italy. Image: 
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Andrew Butler added a video on Apr 19 2015
Stop Telling Women to Smile is an art series by Tatyana Fazlalizadeh. The work attempts to address gender based street harassment by placing drawn portraits of women, composed with captions that speak directly to offenders, outside in public spaces.  Tatyana Falalizadeh is...
Andrew Butler added a video on Apr 19 2015
George Monbiot argues that the more time children spend in the classroom, the worse they do at school because our narrow education system only rewards a particular skill set. He says that when you take failing pupils to the countryside, they often thrive – yet funding for...
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Andrew Butler rated Overcoming the Shock Doctrine 5 stars on Apr 19 2015
Andrew Butler added a video on Apr 17 2015
Drax is the largest coal-fired power station and single biggest carbon emitter in the UK, and is now also the biggest biomass power station in the world. In return for trashing forests and digging up communities, Drax is receiving massive subsidies when it should have been...
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Andrew Butler added a video on Apr 17 2015
Evicted and Abandoned is a global investigation that reveals how the World Bank Group, the powerful development lender committed to ending poverty, has regularly failed to follow its own rules for protecting vulnerable populations. The International Consortium of...
Andrew Butler added an article on Apr 15 2015
Lately, we’ve been talking about the techniques of manipulation used by the government and mass media, regarding the privatization of public education, and all public benefits. In these first months of legislature, the better part of this manipulation has been aimed at...
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Andrew Butler added an article on Apr 14 2015
California's ignoring the elephant in the room when it comes to water usage — or rather, the cow. Last week Gov. Jerry Brown issued an executive order in response to the state's years-long drought, and now, all urban water users will have to reduce their usage by 25 percent...
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Andrew Butler added an event on Apr 14 2015
Celebrate a decade of subversion with the finest independent anarchist films from subMedia.tv, at the launch of the bristol chapter of films for action. Expect plenty of thrills, spills, laughs, very colourful language and a special message from The Stimulator. The event...
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Andrew Butler added a video on Apr 14 2015
Wham! Bash! Pow! The superheroes battling to save legal aid. An animated superhero adventure film pitting three audacious lawyers against the justice minister, Chris Grayling. This satirical take on the government cuts to legal aid features the voices of Joanna Lumley, Simon...
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Andrew Butler rated The Bliss of Ignorance (2015) 5 stars on Apr 13 2015
Andrew Butler added an article on Apr 13 2015
What do you think when someone says “I’m not a feminist?” They might not mean what you think. If you identify as a feminist, check out some of the reasons people don’t. And if you don’t call yourself a feminist, see if you find some of your reasons here. The stories in this...
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Andrew Butler added an article on Apr 13 2015
As mainstream politics moves to the centre, what has happened to the beating heart of the left? Zoe Williams takes a road trip in search of 21st-century socialists.  Rosie Rogers, political adviser for Greenpeace. Photograph: Suki Dhanda for the Guardian Rosie Rogers, 28...
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Andrew Butler added a video on Apr 12 2015
"We Love Being Lakota" is the first in a series of videos and texts from our documentary project "The Native and the Refugee", connecting the struggles taking place on Indian reservations in the United States with those in Palestinian refugee camps in the Middle East. In...
Andrew Butler added a video on Apr 12 2015
We've all heard of EuroVision. But there's another song that’s being sung across Europe - the peoples' chants of protest against Europe's austerity measures. Today we'll hear some of the leading and loudest voices in this competition, such as Greece, Spain and Ireland, who...
Andrew Butler added an article on Apr 9 2015
The media would have you believe that it’s simply an accident that 85 people now own more than half the world’s wealth. It’s time to blow their cover. This essay is excerpted from Matt Kennard’s new book, The Racket: A Rogue Reporter vs. the Masters of the Universe, just...
Andrew Butler added a video on Apr 8 2015
You may have heard all about the Israeli illegal settlements or even seen many images of them. But do you really know anything about how settlements effect Palestinian lives. Well in 60 seconds you will. Friends of Al-aqsa a British non-profit NGO campaigning to defend the...
Andrew Butler added a video on Apr 7 2015
Utah Phillips presents the story of America in conflict between labor and wealth and reveals a vision of hope built on solidarity of the working class. Utah crisscrossed the country on freight trains in search of teachers that would help him understand the world and his...
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Andrew Butler added a video on Apr 7 2015
Artist James Leadbitter has created his idea of the ideal asylum - a optimistic vision of what he calls a "safe place to go mad". The project, called Madlove, A Designer Asylum, started with a series of workshops that aimed to gather ideas from people with personal and...
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Andrew Butler added a video on Apr 6 2015
While most people slept, a trio of artists and some helpers installed a bust of NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden in Brooklyn on Monday morning. The group, which allowed ANIMAL to exclusively document the installation on the condition that we hide their identities, hauled the...
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Andrew Butler added a video on Apr 5 2015
Stunning footage from filmmakers Dave and Jennene Riggs filmed using a remote controlled quadcopter off Esperance, along south Western Australia's beautiful coastline. Huge pods of bottlenose dolphins cruise the shoreline and surf the crystal clear turquoise waves. "Such...
Andrew Butler added an article on Apr 4 2015
The dogmatic criticism of popular struggles for autonomy in Chiapas and Rojava reveals a colonial mentality that should be stamped out of our movement. Photo: comrades from the Revolutionary Anarchist Action (DAF) in Turkey express their solidarity with the Kurdish...
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Andrew Butler added an article on Apr 3 2015
Among activists one often finds an aversion to even thinking about money. Associating it with the opponent — who has lots of it — they try to do without money themselves. Often, for as long as they can, they try to organize and resist without it, until burning out, quitting...
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Andrew Butler added an article on Apr 3 2015
In a better world, there’d be no reason to write this. In that world, plastic bags would be outlawed, rednecks would voluntarily stop driving those obnoxious Ford F-350s and the yogis in yuppie neighborhoods would stop believing that a hybrid SUV could save the planet. But...
Andrew Butler added a video on Apr 2 2015
Franchesca Ramsey, aka Chescaleigh, teams up with Kat Blaque to create a truly lovely animated film that breaks down privilege. Chescalaigh says "I really wanted something short and easy to digest that would appeal to lots of different people and make this seemingly tough...
Andrew Butler added a video on Apr 1 2015
Nestle is one of the world's largest and most profitable corporations... but at what cost? Here the Chairman (formally CEO) Peter Brabeck clearly states the beliefs which drive his business and underlie global capitalism. He calls the idea that water should be a human right...
Andrew Butler added a video on Mar 31 2015
Speech by comedian, campaigner and author of "What The **** is Normal" Francesca Martinez. Part of an event inspired by Naomi Klein's book "This Changes Everything".
Andrew Butler added an article on Mar 30 2015
The EU is negotiating two far-reaching trade agreements: one with the USA (TTIP = Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership) and one with Canada (CETA = Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement). The official line is that this will create jobs and increase economic...
Andrew Butler rated The Dublin Pitfall (2015) 5 stars on Mar 29 2015
Andrew Butler added an event on Mar 29 2015
Frack Free Bristol presents a Frack Free Festival in solidarity with the Mi'Kmaq Indigenous Canadian people resisting Fracking on their lands. Before the live music begins at 4:30, from 2:00pm there will be a family friendly day of free activities (all donations welcome)...
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Andrew Butler added a video on Mar 28 2015
Cassetteboy is back with another Conservative rap, this time with a special guest appearances from George Osborne and UKIP's Nigel Farage. This is a promo for The Emperor's New Clothes, a new feature documentary from Russell Brand and Michael Winterbottom.
Andrew Butler added a video on Mar 28 2015
British comedian and activist Russell Brand joins forces with acclaimed director Michael Winterbottom on a polemical documentary about the financial crisis and gross inequality we currently face. Starting with the genesis of today’s economic policies, with the arrival of...
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Andrew Butler added an article on Mar 27 2015
“There is no patent. Could you patent the sun?” The words are those of Jonas Salk, developer of the polio vaccine, speaking to Edward R. Murrow in 1955, as quoted recently in an essay by Paul Buchheit on Common Dreams. What was he thinking? Six decades later, the words...
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Andrew Butler added a video on Mar 27 2015
As the United States begins bombing the Iraqi city of Tikrit and again delays a withdrawal from Afghanistan, a new report has found that the Iraq War has killed about one million people. The Nobel Prize-winning International Physicians for the Prevention of Nuclear War and...