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Eyewitness to Egypt's Revolution

Eyewitness to Egypt's Revolution

Daniel Mackisack is a young New Zealander who for the past three years has been living in Cairo and participating in the events of the Egyptian Revolution.

This Thursday at 7.30pm he will lead a discussion on Egypt's struggle for freedom at Socialist Aotearoa's fortnightly branch meeting. All welcome

When: 7.30pm, Thursday 8 August
Where: Unite Union, 6a Western Springs Road, Kingsland, Auckland
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At some stage you have to fight

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Fight them on the beaches
What we need is a popular movement that is willing to take the fight directly to the companies involved in oil drilling in Aotearoa and straight to the National Party. They should not feel safe, and they should not be happy.

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We all have something to hide
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X-Factor highlights youth unemployment
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We Steal Secrets - A timely call to arms
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Omar - A tale of resistance
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