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Chris Williams reports on Cancun Climate Inaction Conference

Internationally, inter-imperial rivalry over diminishing resources in the context of a global economic recession has sharpened, as countries fight to maintain or extend the power of their own national set of corporations in hostile competition with all the others.

The Copenhagen conference could more aptly be described as a confrontation rather than a conference, as countries faced off across the diplomatic table. In the end, any possibility of an agreement was torpedoed by an unholy alliance of five heavy fossil-fuel users and carbon emitters led by the U.S. and including China, India, Brazil and South Africa.

This time around, in Cancún, the big governments reason that there's no need to turn up because a deal on climate is so unlikely due to the depressed global economic situation and an incipient trade war. Showing up to a failing conference would just be bad PR. Forced austerity, not clean energy, is what's on the table.



Hi there...

The SLADE SCHOOL OF ART has just been occupied by students, which means two buildings in the stunning UCL campus are now under occupation. They are planning 3 days of alternative education, art, activism and disobedience this weekend, from Friday night 3rd to Sunday 5th December. The Laboratory of Insurrectionary Imagination will be supporting this and we are calling on all art activists friends to take part in this act of creative rebellion against the cuts in the UK... Its going to be a great space for planning, discussing, plotting the next steps of what looks like a rising movement in this country, but one that needs our collective radical imaginations .... pass on and proliferate xx

you could either:

1) Propose a workshop/event/ talk/ performance/action/installation/ that you could contribute to the weekend ( a short description of it, what you need space and time wise etc )
2) Write a statement of support to the occupation - esp from international artists etc .. …

Mario Vargas Llosa 'unleashes a torrent of slander' against indigenous people!

This is an open letter criticising Mario Vargas Llosa, the Peruvian novelist who recently won the Noble Prize, from Hugo Blanco the indigeneous and ecosocialist leader, who recently toured Britain and several other European countries.

Llosa, once a leftist, who wrote a novel based on the stories about a Trotskyist leader, (like Hugo Blanco in the 1960s), has recently attacked the indigenous people in Peru and ran as a centre-right presidential candidate.

I have enjoyed Llosa's novel's in the past but he defends those who attack the indigenous and labels indigenous as backward.

November 2010

Dear Señor Mario Vargas Llosa:

The Nobel Prize awarded to you represents a neo-liberal blow to indigenous people, yet it is not the greates blow they have faced.

There are daily blows within a global system governed by large multinational companies against these populations, namely the depletion of natural resources in their areas of life, which means death for them.

The attack is manifold, it …

Capitalism is a doomsday machine!

Cameron admits student protest could lead to government U-turn

Coalition of Resistance conference report back

The government has been accused of taking a "wrecking ball" to the country by its cuts in public spending.
Len McCluskey, newly elected leader of the Unite union accused the government of going "far beyond" what was needed to rebalance the economy.
He told a conference in London organised by the Coalition of Resistance: "The anger that is unfurling across our country is not mindless.
"It is the legitimate expression of a people who feel that this government is taking a wrecking ball to our nation, going far beyond what is needed rebalance our books.
"They are using a global financial crisis to terrify the citizens of this country into meek acceptance of a raid on our schools, hospitals, services, jobs - the very fundamentals of our communities built up over 60 years of our tax and toil."


The Coalition of Resistance conference today was amazing. 1,300 delegates paid their £5. The British left set aside their usual bickering and agreed to launch …

Green councillors celebrate direct action by students

Making a stand through direct action and occupation is not easy and we respect and support those students and campaigners who have done so in Oxford.

Over the past 13 years students have been been let down by Labour on education and tuition fees. Now, at the hands of the Con Dem Government, they face further, deep cuts and a sharp rise to tuition fees.

We, the Green Party in Oxfordshire and nationally, oppose the cuts to higher education and to public services. We firmly and strongly believe that the education system should be publicly funded and tuition fees scrapped.

The way out of recession is not with cuts, deregulation and privatisation but with investment, job creation and the more efficient use of natural resources.

We are proud to stand alongside those Oxford students and pupils who marched peacefully two weeks ago on the NUS/UCU demo in London, and who this week marched for their rights, and then undertook the occupation in Oxford.

Good luck in your endeavours and in solidarity fo…

Britain can learn from Venezuelan activist touring country

A grassroots Venezuelan activist inspired by liberation theology will begin a speaking tour of Britain this weekend. Joel Linares will draw links between Venezuelan and British experiences of politics and society.

Linares is a Protestant from a barrio in the West of Caracas. He is involved in a number of initiatives to promote community development and participation across Venezuela.

Beginning in London on Saturday (27 November), Linares will also speak in Cardiff, Nottingham, Sheffield and Norwich, finishing his tour on 3 December.

“He’s coming to the UK so that people can hear an honest and first-hand account about grassroots attempts to create a fairer economy and society in Venezuela,” said Pablo Navarr, a filmmaker who is involved in organising the tour.

Derek Wall, author of The Rise of the Green Left: Inside the Worldwide Ecosocialist Movement, told Ekklesia that he believes people in Britain “can learn” from Linares.

“In Latin America, social mov…

Fight the cuts conference tomorrow! Full Programme here

Coalition of Resistance Conference
Saturday November 27
Camden Centre
Bidborough St, London WC1H 9AU
•Unemployed/Student Rate £3
•Standard Rate £5
•Representative £10

10:00 – 10:30, REGISTRATION

10:30 – 11:45, OPENING PLENARY – Camden Centre main hall

Clare Solomon NUS, Andrew Murray, Jean Lambert MEP, Bob Crow RMT, Christian Mahieux (Solidaires unions, France), Heather Wakefield UNISON, Rachel Newton (People’s Charter), John McDonnell MP, Lindsey German CoR, Ken Loach, Mark Serwotka PCS, Paul Mackney.

12:00 – 13:15, WORKSHOPS

1. YOUTH, STUDENTS AND EDUCATION – Camden Centre main hall
Speakers from school and student protests, Alex Kenny NUT, Jean-Baptiste Tondu (NPA France)

2. ANALYSING THE CRISIS – Camden Centre canteen
James Meadway, Stathis Kouvelakis, Derek Wall, Hilary Wainwright

Range of speakers from anti-cuts and other organisations from around the country


Simon Hughes office occupied by angry students.

Massive cuts in benefits, 100% cuts for arts and humanities university funding, troops teaching in school, transparency rules for bank bonuses in the bin, hugh rise in rail fares.......Britain has the most viciously right wing government since the 1930s.

This is only because a small bunch of free market fundamentalists the Yellow Book group took over the Liberal Democrats mounting an internal coup in their Party and then after lying to the voters, most notabably over tuition fees, putting the Conservatives in power.

I am elated that Liberal Democrat MPs offices are being occupied.

I am party political, yes but when greens support disaster capitalism, as in Ireland, I am never afraid to challenge them.

The Irish economic disaster is coming to Britain, students are in the front line of resistance.

Great to see them occupying Hughes office, great to see Young Greens in the video, great to see University of London Union President Clare Solomon showing such militant and visionary leadership.


Caroline Lucas says build the resistance!

1,000 people registered, a campaign which can be won, if we use imaginative direct action see you on saturday at the Conference of Resistance!

I am going to be bringing Joel Linares with me, liberation theology inspired activist from Caracas.

MPs back student protest!

John McDonnell is a real hombre! a real good human being!


McDonnell, John
That this House notes that students around the country are organising peaceful protests and occupations against the Coalition Government's plans for increases in tuition fees, cuts to the education maintenance allowance and cuts in funding to universities and colleges; considers that these protests are in line with the long history of protests in this country provoked by the failure of governments to implement the wishes and interests of the people and to abide by their promises to the people; and therefore expresses its support for all those taking part in these peaceful protests and occupations.

John Gormley 'finishing line in sight'

I am not a fan of John Gormley from biofuels to Irish economic policy he has consistently got it wrong. Its a wicked world and its difficult to get things right, and of course if you never participate the argument is you can stay pure but are made filthy by your failure to intervene. Nonetheless the situation was clear and it was clear that the coalition would have been a disaster. And it has been a disaster.

John should apologise, history in the form of the General Election will buy his party, I hope others can advance green politics in Ireland. Any way this is from John Gormley.

By now you very probably know about the statement I made this morning about our remaining time in Government. We will monitor the reaction of other parties and politicians, but we have set a clear marker regarding the national interest and I hope that the other parties in particular will take an equally responsible position. I hope that they will allow the country to complete negotiations with the IMF, adop…

Caroline Lucas and John McDonnell fight to save People's History

The government has announced that funding will be cut to eight “non-national” museums. The North West will be particularly badly hit, with funding chopped from the People’s History Museum, the Museum of Science & Industry, and the National Football Museum.We are particularly concerned that at a time when the government is already introducing a swathe of attacks on education, museums are also in the firing line. Museums traditionally have been a place where the poorest people in society could educate and inform themselves. This is particularly true of the People’s History Museum, which has a unique collection emphasising the role that ordinary people have played in the struggle for their rights.We are constantly told that there is NO money. Yet there seems to be huge amounts available for bankers’ bonuses, nuclear weapons, and in uncollected corporation tax. Why is it that institutions used by ordinary people are the first for the chop?
We the undersigned call on the government to r…

Irish Green Party are to blame

They didn't have to go into the coalition.

But they did, 'power' corrupts.

I hope all Green Party office holders are stripped of their well paid posts.

A lesson for the Liberal Democrats here, get elected on progressive policies, betray your voters and turn a blind eye to economic chaos and face extinction.

The Irish Greens are calling for a General Election, they will no doubt lose all or all but one of their seats....however even now they are not actually resigning from the government.

They have done huge damage to green politics globally.


Greens, I would controversially argue need to be, Green.


The Campaign Against Tube Privatisation calls on Boris Johnson to halt plans for the loss of nearly 2,000 jobs on the London Underground. The campaign, which has represented tube passengers for over 10 years since the underground was part- privatised in one of the most disastrous decisions ever made on London's transport network, is shocked that passenger safety is once more to be put at risk. The vandals at City Hall and London Transport HQ have failed to learn the lessons of history: public transport in London has suffered decades of neglect with the loss of thousands of jobs. One glaring new example is the plan to double the length of time between safety- critical inspections from 14 to 28 days (already partially implemented), leaving the safety of passengers severely compromised. Also, in recent months, we have witnessed a succession of near- misses, shutdowns and fires, not to mention increasing delays and the continued closure of many lines at weekends. The RMT/ TSSA strikes h…

Jerry Hicks thank you to all 52,000 of you!

Len McCluskey wins Unite General Secretary with 100,000 votes

101,000 for McCluskey, to 52,000 for Jerry, Les Bayliss (boo hiss!) 46,000, Gail Cartmail 39,000
just had this text from Jerry McCluskey 1st: Hicks 2nd: Bayliss: 3rd Cartmell 4th. The network built during our campaign will be vital in fight against the cuts. Keep on keeping on Jerry Hicks
The really impressive candidate was Jerry Hicks but the union hack has the money and the establishment support.

The lesson is that greens and socialists need to put much more energy into supporting left candidates.
Still there are worse people than Len McCluskey.
Hope to do a lot more work with Jerry though in the future but the lesson is if you are left and imaginative and going to reject the fat cat salary, they other guy or girl will win.
Got got got to organise, a Hicks win would have really changed things in Britain for the better.

Climate change an excuse to pay bankers a bonus?

While we assert that capitalism is the cause of global warming and the destruction of forests, rainforests and Mother Earth, they seek to expand capitalism to the commoditization of nature with the word “green economy”Indigenous brothers of the world:I am deeply concerned because some pretend to use leaders and indigenous groups to promote the commoditization of nature and in particular of forest through the establishment of the REDD mechanism (Reduction Emissions from Deforestation and Degradation) and its versions REDD+ and REED++.Every day an extension of forests and rainforest equivalent to 36,000 football fields disappears in the world. Each year 13 million hectares of forest and rain forest are lost. At this rate, the forests will disappear by the end of the century.The forests and rainforest are the largest source of biodiversity. If deforestation continues, thousands of species, animals and plants will be lost forever. More than three quarters of accessible fresh water zones c…

Talk by Venezuelan Grassroots Community Activist Joel Linares (Wednesday 1st December/Sheffield)

Time: 01 December · 19:00 - 20:30Location: Hicks Building - Lecture Theatre 2 (University of Sheffield), Hounsfield Road, Sheffield,Event organised by Sheffield Venezuela Solidarity CampaignMore info Following last year's excellent documentary, Inside the Revolution: A Journey into the Heart of Venezuela, we are now very fortunate to be hosting one of the Venezuelans featured in the film as part of his upcoming speaker tour.Joel Linares is a Venezuelan Christian community activist from a barrio in the west of Caracas. He is a graduate of the Venezuelan government's 'Mision Cultura' programme and is involved in a number of initiatives to promote community participation and development in Caracas and across Venezuela. He is currently doing work for Venezuela's Social Development Bank (BANDES). (See him speak here: talk will also be preceded by excerpts from the film itself (see a trailer here:…


How Does Fitwatch Annoy the Police So Much? #fitwatch -
On Monday night we received notification that our site had been suspended due to “attempting to pervert the course of justice” due to our posting offering advice to the Millbank students. Whilst the email requesting the site be closed on the basis it was being used for “criminal activity” came from DI Paul Hoare, from the Police Central e-crime Unit, the authorisation to close was given much closer to home, by acting Detective Inspector Will Hodgeson. Hodgeson, who was involved in the first Fitwatch case, and has sat through many of our trials and appeals, evidently finally had enough and decided to shut us down.

However, through totally underestimating the power of social media, this pathetic attempt has failed miserably. Within minutes of networking what had happened, people were re-publishing the post anywhere and everywhere. There are now over 100 sites carrying the original post – we haven’t managed to count them all. We have…

The Cow Shit Climate Revolution

Rare good news story.

Big Oil will be putting big money into stopping this.

Technology ain't enough but this is a good example of prosperity linked to ecology.