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Should I defect to the Pirate Party?

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Strike Bike

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Well workers occupied factories are spreading...here as promised is the strike bike factory report from the former East Germany.




Strike Bike
Report by Mag Wompel
Published here: 23/09/07

Dear Friends,

We hope you are going well. Here in Germany we have a new and interesting campaign. It’s a bicycle factory in eastern Germany. You can find more information in the press release below. You can find also it on our International-Germany-Site ‘Struggles and Strikes in Germany’. Please distribute it:
http://www.labournet.de/internationales/germany/struggles.html

For further informations about the campaign of the FAU-’Strike Bike’-Solidaritygroup:
Spokesperson: Folkert Mohrhof
mobile 0179-4863252 and...
respectively monday till friday from 10 am till 3 pm:
+49 40 - 20 90 68 96

In Solidarity, Mag and Ralf


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Staff of occupied bicycle factory in the Thuringian Nordhausen take up production in self-management again. Now they proudl…

Corporate democracy is no democracy

Mumia has just backed Cynthia McKinney for the Green Party nomination which helps put the lie to suggestions that she is less radical than Nader!

This by the way is Mumia's take on US democracy...the democracy of billionaires.



The Corporate Elections
[col. writ. 1/22/08] (c) '08 Mumia Abu-Jamal


Do you ever wonder why certain candidates get mega-coverage and others get none?

That's because the corporate media concentrate more on a candidate's finances, than their positions. And they concentrate on the money race precisely because that money, for the most part, lands in the hands of the media industry.

Because media companies profit so handsomely from such donations, they can hardly be considered fair, detached and objective arbiters of either debates or other campaign coverage.

The money race begets the horse race; the horse race influences the media, and the media influences millions of voters; which starts the cycle anew.

I need not go into the phenomenon of 'pack j…

Ecological perspective on Hajj

This is from my friends at LINE...very open to other pieces on green religion/spirituality so feel free to flag them and send them in.



Peace -

Here is advanced notice of our next monthly forum, the 2nd Sunday of the month, as usual. The talk within the forum will focus on Hajj, including an ecological perspective of the pilgrimage.

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The London Islamic Network for the Environment (LINE) Monthly Forums:

HAJJ: JOURNEY OF A PILGRIM

Date: Sunday 10th February 2008
Time: 2.15 pm to 4.45pm
Venue: 4th Floor, Muslim World League, 46 Goodge Street, London, W1T 4LU (entrance on the corner of Charlotte Street); Nearest Tubes: Goodge Street (Northern Line), Euston Square (Hammersmith & City, Circle, & Metropolitan Lines) & Warren Street (Victoria Line)

Speaker: Hassan Khabbazeh

Drawing on recent personal experience, this short talk will outline the various rites and rituals, as well as the stages and locations of the Hajj. The two themes running through the talk will be the spiritual sig…

US health care on the way: NHS to be closed by Brown

Dr Derek Wall has condemned the takeover the United Health Europe of three doctors surgeries in London

'Gordon Brown's obssession with free market economics will unless halted led to the end of the NHS. Your local surgery is under
threat from US based 'health' corporations or even perhaps Asda! PFI has been an expensive disaster and while the plan is to cut costs, the long term
consequences as shown by the US experience is rising bills and a falling service. Gordon Brown governs for corporations and is acceleration the erosion
of the public service ethos. From Nick Clegg's call for imaginative reforms to the Thatcherite traditions that still under pin Cameron's conservativism, there is a
three party consensus emerging that threatens the survival of one of Britain's greatest institutions; the NHS.



The Green Party is the only major political party which pledges to keep the NHS in the hands of the public and way from the reach of short term profit mongers'


GR…

Strike Bike; more soon folks!

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Capitalism or beyond?

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Joseph Healy
wrote: http://www.independent.co.uk/environment/climate-change/big-business-says-addressing-climate-change-rates-very-low-on-agenda-774648.html So much for the Jonathan Porritt line that it will be sustainablecapitalism, led by big business, which will save the planet in the end. Expecting capitalism to save the planet is like asking a pig to fly. First sign of a profit cut and it's back to basics!

Incidentally found some interesting essays on green economics, I disagree with the 'neither left nor right' assumptions but good food for thought and since when do I only flag up essays I agree with ...critical thought is needed in this critical point in history!

Abolishing Private Ownership.

Before I get jumped on by the Libertarians for being a socialist or communist,writes Robert Feinman, I need to explain I don't mean eliminating the concept of private property. I mean eliminating the concept of ownership and replacing it with "usage rights".
No one…

Footprint fun?

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Well can't drive, stopped flying, vegetarian, generally refuse plastic bags, etc...i do my bit but green lifestyle is less important than the politics or to put it another way you need to change the structures to make lifestyle change, easy and worthwhile

So if there is no public transport, using the car less is probably impossible

I have written lots on green lifestyle....I know it is a popular topic so with the help of Ezgi here are some green lifestyle bloggers

I like 'low impact man'

He notes 'Let's be clear where I stand. In my life, I believe I can be most effective by a combination of individual action and political action.' and has a nice link to red worm composting.


Other green lifestyle blogs include the following, any thoughts of who you rate best or new lifestyle blogs...welcome might put together a blog rule of these



http://www.bravenewleaf.com/

http://mamagoesgreen.blogspot.com/

http://www.mindfulmomma.typepad.com/

http://blog.jollygreengirl.com/

http://har…

Tawfiq Chahboune on Indonesia Holocaust Killer

Holocaust Day and deniers still deny as citizens are hacked to death today in Kenya, Tawfiq over at SU examines a killer.

There is something fitting but faintly uncomfortable in that the former dictator of Indonesia, General Suharto, died today. For today is International Holocaust Memorial Day, and it would be distasteful to celebrate any death, even that of Suharto’s, one of history’s supreme monsters. Remembering his crimes, however, is very necessary.

Famously, the liberal Clinton administration warmly praised the genocidal dictator as “our kind of guy”. (Incidentally, note how our governments and press refer to friendly dictators as “President”, while unfriendly ones are called “dictator”.) Having helped to overthrow the democratically elected Sukarno government, the U.S. and U.K. aided Suharto’s forces, which used jihadis as proxies, as they massacred approximately 1 million communists, socialists and peasants. The Left was annihilated, as was democracy for a generation. This is k…

Stop the bloody whaling

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Martin and his daughter Sophie are a whole tribe of eco warriors all on their own. I salute them, they give me hope.

Here is the story:
LONDON (AFP) — A British teenager was arrested Thursday after tying herself to a staircase at the Japanese embassy in London in a protest over whaling, she said.

Fourteen-year-old Sophie Wyness and her father Martin attached themselves to a stone staircase inside the embassy lobby with cable ties saying it was wrong to "brutally murder" whales.

"It's a very important subject at the moment," she said.

"They're such amazing creatures and they deserve rights and love and a bit of respect... I have total respect for the Japanese people but not what they're doing out there with the whales," she added.

A police spokesman confirmed that two people had been arrested on suspicion of trespassing and were detained at a London police station.

Japan kills more than 1,000 whales a year using a loophole in a global 1986 moratorium …

Electoral Commission rule on RESPECT name

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The description that candidates can use on election ballot is strictly controlled in the UK after candidates pissed off the Liberal Democrats by standing as 'Literal Democrats' and 'New Labour' damaging official Bliar Party. The electoral commission appear to have given the RESPECT name to Respect renewed...I am sure this will run and run, causing much confusion.

Satellite 'the size of a bus' could crash to Earth

I saw two shooting stars last night
I wished on them, but they were only satellites
Its wrong to wish on space hardware


A US military satellite the size of a small bus is set to hit the Earth sometime in February or March we are told today. These people are maniacs, the world's hyper power has invaded space, yes I am sure satellites have all sorts of essential uses but like sex they should be safe. This one obviously was not fitted with protection.

And it is for military use.

The US is keen to establish missile defence systems in Britain at Menwith Hill in Yorkshire is planned as a key node in this system. Eventually we could see nuclear weapons in space or killer satellites. Short term policy objectives of a state drunk on its own power could lead to the colonisation of space and our immediate global atmosphere.

So hopefully it will burn up, the US military may try to shoot it down...so not only will we have to duck a piece of molten melt the size of a routemaster, we may have to look …

Over on my other blog: Mumia speaks

Capital, as 'managed' pension funds aren't new in the north American context either. In some states, pension funds, managed by union-paid firms are the single largest pools of liquidity. The problem is that the powers of attorney that are signed over to these gigantic (one local teachers fund in Washington, for example, holds >50 billion) entities cuts them off legally from direct control. Some progress *has* been made in getting the charter documents changed to reflect more *progressive* investments (but they are piffling compared to the general line of march of the Wall St. boys who run them). Essentially, union members have little access to and almost no control over the disposition of their money. Mumia is absolutely right to highlight this scandal. Thank you for posting it.

The above is a thoughtful comment on an entry I posted on another blog....at last we can get Mumia's ideas out on the blog-o-sphere....I think incidentally I should be blogging more on the ec…

Oxford protests and tree spiking

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http://www.saveradleylakes.org.uk/ is the campaign to stop beautiful lakes south of Oxford being filled with fly ash by Npower...boycott their supposedly green energy scheme juice....nothing 'green' about filling up lakes and destroying habitats...green has to mean green not an excuse for doing damage and counting the cash. The Council have said the scheme of destruction can go on but the campaign needs cash to go to a judicial review.


Also from Oxford the tree sitting in Bonn Square continues.

The white S campaign are going for tree spiking, controversial stuff, not advocated by the other campaigns involved or of course the Green Party. Tree spiking was carried out by Earth First! in the US but abandoned because it caused injury to workers...the S campaign is arguing that trees which are clearly labelled are protected and the contractors warned off. Very controversial stuff even Schnews are coy about it.


Schnews take up the story of the Bonn Square protest...a good time to …

Peter Tatchell 56th birthday

I have known Peter since the late 1980s, at the time, when even though he was a Labour Party member he came and supported the Association of Socialist Greens. He is one of the most impressive figures in the Green Party and we are so lucky to have him. He works 100% supporting human rights and green politics, I really feel we ought to be giving him more support as candidate in Oxford East.

OUTRAGE and all his direct action for gay rights has been one of the good things about political campaigning in Britain.

And who would believe he is just 56 he looks much younger.

Yes he works far too hard and I can thing the occassional issue you might place a rizla paper between his position and me but Peter is a star...keep on keeping.

HAPPY BIRTHDAY!

Capitalist Party of India (Murders)

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I noticed this blog critical of the Communist Party of West Bengal (M), I have no idea about the politics or personalities of the people behind the blog but I am keen that we criticise enclosure and people being made poor by it.

CPM stands for many things. It is said to mean: Communist Party of India (Marxist). The blog is intended to expose the fraud and hypocrisy of CPM which is a truly capitalist formation led by people who apply dumdum dawai (meaning: cadre engaging in violence and rape).

There is a good summary here from International Socialist Review of the essential politics of the situation..ISR is from International Socialists who left the Socialist Workers Party international network...they are different from the US Socialist Workers Party but publish Socialist Worker and as part of their work have been active supporters of the US Green Party...confusing while this might be have a look at their take on Nandigram.



A left that defends peasants is a good thing!

NEWS & REPORTS
R…

Protest with me about Gaza!

I will be attending on saturday see you there and spread the word!


Thousands of Palestinians flock into Egypt after border fence blasted

Demonstration and Candlelight Vigil: End the Siege on Gaza
Saturday, 26 January 2008, 16:00—18:00
Opposite 10 Downing Street , London (tube Westminster )

Friends of Lebanon is a proud supporter of the End the Gaza Siege Campaign. Collective punishment is being inflicted upon the Palestinians for voting for a government against the wishes of Israel , the US and the EU. The Fatah-Hamas conflict is an internal political issue for the Palestinians. The solution to this conflict should not be violently imposed by foreign states. Call on the British government to end its collusion with these policies, which have resulted in the imprisonment of 1.5 million Gazans whose lives are being deliberately and ruthlessly destroyed by denied access to food, electricity, clean water supplies and medical treatment.

The International Campaign to End the Siege on G…
Campaign Against Climate Change Trade Union Conference
Saturday 9th February 2008
University of London Union, Malet Street, London WC1E 7HY
Speakers include: Mark Serwotka, Michael Meacher, Matt Wrack, Frances O'Grady, Caroline Lucas, Tony Kearns, John McDonnell
www.campaigncc.org

Climate Change is the most serious threat facing humanity. As the earth's temperature rises, millions of people face the devastating consequences of increasingly unpredictable and worsening weather.

Trade Unions have always been at the forefront of the fight for social change, and this conference will discuss exactly what change is needed to limit Global Warming and how Trade Unionists can play their part in this struggle.

Leading figures from the Trade Union and environmental movements will speak at a series of workshops and plenary sessions, to discuss Carbon Trading, Greening the Workplace, Alternative energy, Building Sustainable Cities and Transport, and the role of Global Treaties beyond Kyoto.

Delega…

DEREK WALL SPEAKS IN LEEDS

Green Party Principal Speaker Dr. Derek Wall has praised the work of psychologist Oliver James, and will be discussing similar themes in his speech in Leeds at 4-5pm on Thursday 24th January at the Roger Stevens Lecture Theatre 1, Leeds University, LS1, hosted by the University Green Society


Outlining his lecture, Dr Wall said: "Green politics is the politics of survival dealing with the threats of climate change and environmental degradation. Green politics is politics for life, it covers all policy areas stressing ecology, social justice, grassroots democracy and peace"

Commenting on James' explosive new book, Dr. Wall commented: "I have just finished reading Oliver James's book 'The Selfish Capitalist'. It is a devastatingly clear account of why our obsession with economic growth is leading to a huge increase in human misery.

"Capitalism is based on increased consumption, increased work and increased inequality. James argues that the work of Mrs Th…

Crap!

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I get quite a bit of useful mail through, this was from Sylvia...seems like a good idea.

Some environmental action is more ritual than real, lines are painted, reports are published but real strategies to reduce climate chnage are lacking. Although things have improved a bit, are cyclists and pedestrians really helped and considered.

Why not set up your own version of 'Crap cycling and walking in Waltham Forest' and embarrass your local authority into action.

Or better still join the Green Party and get some green councillors elected?

The Waltham Forest blog is also flagging up the threat of incinerators...which are currently marching across the country pretending to be 'energy from waste' schemes.

Crap!
Subject: [hq2600] From Cynthia McKinney: "Something for Which to Vote"
MLK, Jr. Day 2008
From: HQ
Date: Mon, January 21, 2008 9:18 am
To: updates@lists.allthingscynthiamckinney.com

"We cannot be satisfied so long as the Negro in Mississippi cannot vote and the Negro in New York believes he has nothing for which to vote."
Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. August 28, 1963

Dear Friend,

Are you:
* Incredulous at the fact that two Presidential elections were stolen and no one was held accountable?
* Disappointed that, as a result, our country is at war, involved in torture, war crimes, crimes against humanity, and crimes against the peace?
* Concerned, especially in light of New Hampshire, that your vote might not be counted in November and that the will of the voters will be thwarted yet again with election fraud or outright theft?
* Disquieted that the use of electronic voting machines, coupled with laws that restrict public access to election data "owned"…

My new blog team

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Well I have been invited to join the blog team at Socialist Unity, once edited I believe by one James Jepps...funny to be welcomed after observing the spat between different left bloggers which nows seems to have blown over.

So thought I would start with 'When the Left goes wrong'...don't worry I haven't changed into Nick Cohen...but as you know if the Dalai Lama needs criticism I am not afraid to challenge him, this time it is a look at Michael Albert, Tariq Ali and Chomsky who I think are wrong on an important issue...I am glad that Chavez, Caroline Lucas and Mumia Abu-Jamal have not joined them!

For me the politics is always about resisting enclosure, restoring the commons and defending the grassroots...the left and environmentalists often forget this.

Nice to have the invite....I am getting quite a range of publications that take my stuff from Guardian comment is free to Morning Star to Green Party of course!

'Are Biofuels Sustainable?'

'Are Biofuels Sustainable?' Greens respond to EAC report
21st Jan 2008


Today's report is one more nail in the coffin of the mass biofuels industry

Green Party Principal Speakers Dr. Derek Wall and Dr. Caroline Lucas today responded to the report 'Are Biofuels Sustainable', released by the cross-party Environment Audit Committee (EAC). The Committee launched the inquiry on 25 July 2007, examining the role biofuels might play in reducing greenhouse gas emissions as well as the wider economic, social and environmental impacts of agrifuels. (1)


More here

Mumia on Kenya

* The Madhouse Called 'Home' (Kenya) ** {col. writ. 1/12/08} (c) 08' Mumia Abu-Jamal ** * * *

The continuing carnage in Kenya (E. Africa) evokes feelings of confusion mixed with shame. Confusion because if the cause of such infernal conflict is tribalism, the word has little meaning for U.S. Blacks, for the grandchildren of slaves were detribalized, or perhaps more accurately, compressed into a single national tribe of Blackness. Shame, because Blacks still feel a kinship for (an idealized) Africa, and thus, their calamities seem like ours, and, since the relatively recent end of colonialism, many African countries have had more than their share of calamities.

Kenyan human rights activist and writer, Koigi wa Wamwere, in his 2003 book, Negative Ethnicity (Seven Stories Press/Open Media) records a harrowing event in 1998 Kenya, when a man named John Mwangi detailed what happened to him in the Makuru district of Kenya: I am down, and around me a big fire rages. Our village i…

Biofuel crops 'will harm the planet'

Well everyone from Deepak at Biofuel watch, to Cllr Andrew Boswell to that pensioner in the track suit in Havana have got stuck in...I know I have annoyed at least one sailor and several police people on this...but the tide is turning...palm oil from rainforests could be out...at least EU and UK may I repeat may be changing their minds

Biofuel crops 'will harm the planet'


By Charles Clover, Environment Editor

Last Updated: 2:01pm GMT 20/01/2008



Plans to promote “green” petrol and diesel made from plant crops will do the planet more harm than good and should be scrapped, a committee of MPs has demanded.

Ministers and the EU were accused of being “reckless” in subsidising fuels made from plants in the absence of international agreements to prevent rising the accelerated destruction of the tropical forests.

The Environmental Audit select committee warned that growing conventional crops, such as wheat and sugar beet, in Britain to make fuel would cause a rise in the price of food and ma…

Irish Green Party vote not enough to support Lisbon EU treaty

Irish Green Party are in government supporting this, I believe, but members are free to campaign on either side...a strong Europe is one thing, a neo-liberal one quite another.

The EU Green Parties are generally quite strongly pro a stronger EU even if taken with a dose of market mechanism...nice to see that the vote has not locked Irish Green Party members into Lisbon support.



http://www.belfasttelegraph.co.uk/breaking-news/ireland/article3353915.ece



http://www.rte.ie/news/2008/0119/9news_av.html?2327632,null,230





The Irish Green Party (Comhaontas Glas) has not voted to support the Lisbon Treaty by the required two thirds majority. This leaves members free to campaign for a Yes or a No vote in the forthcoming referendum in the Irish Republic.



Joseph Healy

International Coordinator

Green the NHS

Obesity, lack of awareness of the world around us, not to mention the debt crises and its impact on mental and physical health, are all driven by capitalism and affluenza. Changing to a sustainable and green future requires fundemental changes in every aspect of our lives.

Stuart
Green the Health Service

More here from Stuart

Capitalism = ill health

We desperately need - and before long, I predict we will get - a passionate, charismatic, probably female leader who advocates the Unselfish Capitalism of our neighbours. The pitch is simple. Not only would reduced consumerism and greater equality make us more ecologically sustainable, it would halve the prevalence of mental illness within a generation.

I think it is a bit more difficult than this to get the social change we need...but more here from the above!

And I am going along to the seminar!

The Selfish Capitalist book is interesting and draws strongly on Erich Fromm who wrote 'To Have of to Be' and David Harvey the socialist geographer's account of neo-liberalism. Very useful campaigning tool for ecosocialists from Oliver James.

Mumia on the Presidential race plus a blog war

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It's virtually forgotten now that Rev. Jesse Jackson got over 7
million votes, won 13 primaries and caucuses, and controlled almost a
third (29%) of the party delegates in his second run in 1988.


My USA correspondent writes about the Presidential campaign so far....it is interesting piece on the success of black candidates in previous elections.

Well we all know political party people can get a bit tetchy but it takes the blosphere to have a real row....three socialist blogs that I like seem to be punching each other...Dave Osler has described Andy Newman of Socialist Unity as 'seemingly reinventing himself as some sort of Stalinist'...and somehow Lenin's Tomb has been drawn in.

I find all three of these blogs good sources of information and comment and they have all kindly linked here....and I have linked to them.

Lenin has suggested:
I just want to point out that in terms of readership, neither Socialist Knitting Network nor Dave's Spare Part is even in the…

A valuable lesson from the Values Party

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I have been brushing up on my Green Party history and was interested to find this:

Values was one of the first Green Parties in New Zealand in the 1970s...it nearly fell apart after very radical party decentralization proposed by Guy Salmon.

The story is taken up below

Not only did Salmon cease forthwith to participate in the Values Party, he then quickly
switched his political allegiance. The non-executive ‘National Secretariat’ set up in line with his re-organisation proposal consisted of one woman, Cathy Wilson. In the second newsletter which she sent out after the conference, she noted that ‘...Guy Salmon, prominent at the 1973 national conference and the originator of the plan to do away with a national leader, has been elected to the executive of the youth-oriented National Party "ginger group", Pol-Link...’(Linkletter No. 2, 1973, 5).

Within two years of this about-face Salmon had obtained a position as the first full-time paid employee of the Native Forest Action Counci…

Obama loves Ronald Reagan

Astonished to find that Obama is reaching out to 'Reagan Democrats' and praising the late radioactive cowboy.

I remember Reagan for killing funding death squads in America and toying with first strike nuclear war, he made bonfire of environmental protection to.

Appparently Obama love his opposition to big government...now I don't centralised all powerful states but this not about self-mamaged socialism it is about giving the poor starving billionaires a bit of the cake.

I don't want to present myself as some sort of singular figure. I think part of what's different are the times. I do think that for example the 1980 was different. I think Ronald Reagan changed the trajectory of America in a way that Richard Nixon did not and in a way that Bill Clinton did not. He put us on a fundamentally different path because the country was ready for it. I think they felt like with all the excesses of the 1960s and 1970s and government had grown and grown but there wasn't …

Jean Lambert speaks up for Pakistan human rights

NEWS RELEASE


From the Office of Jean Lambert London's Green Member of the European Parliament

London MEP expresses concerns over Pakistan in European Parliament

London Green MEP, Jean Lambert, addressed the European Parliament yesterday afternoon (16/01/08) during a debate on the political state of Pakistanfollowing the assassination of Benazir Bhutto earlier this month. Speakingahead of President Musharraf's visit to Brussels next week, Ms Lambert expressed her concern over the judicial system and security of the country,which has a stock of nuclear arms.

Jean Lambert expressed her sympathy for the family of Benazir Bhutto and allthose who have lost loved ones in recent violent attacks. The European Commission also paid its respects to Ms Bhutto, describing her death as a "national tragedy" and "a loss to the world". It called for the elections totake place without further delay and signalled that it would be deploying aformal observation mission …