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Derek Wall looks at the outcomes of the United Nations Climate Change Conference in Cancún
The reality of climate change becomes more evident every day with devastating floods in countries as far apart as Pakistan and Australia, forest fires in Russia, and another severe drought affecting the Amazon. Yet the process whereby the world’s nations come together to tackle climate change seems to be stalling. In Cancún, Mexico, the latest international climate conference occurred during December. Whereas the previous meeting, in Copenhagen in December 2009, was widely regarded as a disaster, reactions to Cancún have been mixed.

One country, Bolivia, rejected the agreement reached at the Cancún conference claiming that the programme was so weak it guaranteed that millions of people, especially those in Latin American and African countries, would die. The Bolivians also believe that unless radical action is taken, low-lying islands, such as the Maldives, will be submerged totally.

The Bolivia…

Keny Arkana - Terre mère n'est pas à vendre

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Mother Earth isn't for sale!

Keny Arkana shows that ecosocialism can do revolutionary hip hop!

Boyd Barrett elected as MP for Dun Laoghaire! Yes!

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Boyd Barrett has taken the last seat at Dun Laoghaire.

Nail biting stuff but good to see him win and enjoy the video above.

I hope that he speaks up for green ideas now the greens in Ireland have been wiped out.

The Network of Free Ulema - Libya

Just had this

This is an urgent appeal from religious scholars (faqihs and Sufi sheikhs), intellectuals, and clan elders from Tripoli, Bani Walid, Zintan, Jadu, Msalata, Misrata, Zawiah, and other towns and villages of the western area of our beloved Libya to all of humanity, to all men and women of good will, The Libyan regime has been firing live ammunition at peaceful demonstrators who have been simply asking for their divinely endowed and internationally recognised human rights.


We appeal to every Muslim, within the regime or assisting it in anyway, to recognize that the killing of innocent human beings is forbidden by our Creator and by His beloved Prophet of Compassion (peace be upon him), and that whoever commits such crimes-against-humanity, or assists in committing them in any way, shall subject himself to condemnation to God’s wrath and eternal damnation. Human life is sanctified by God Himself, and is protected by Divine Shariah and International Law. Do NOT kill your brother…

Full recount in Dun Laoghaire is scheduled for 10.30am tomorrow

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update: looks like bad losers labour are calling for a recount!


Socialist Workers Party member Richard Boyd-Barret is very close in Dun Laoighaire!
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Official result as Joe Higgins wins.

Joe Higgins stated recently

“Far from being a bail-out, your IMF/EU intervention in Ireland is a mechanism to make vassals of Irish taxpayers to the European banks,” “You are destroying our services and the living standards of our people."

Good to see him elected, figures here



DUBLIN WEST

turnout 82.3%
quota: 8,495

Lab Joan Burton 9,627
FG Leo Varadkar 8,359
SOC Joe Higgins 8,084
FF Brian Lenihan, Jnr 6,421
FG 3,190
Lab 2,686
SF 2,597
FF 623
Green 605
Ind 280

Urgent Action, Sandra Viviana environmental researcher disappeared

UA request - Sandra Viviana environmental researcher disappeared

Sandra Viviana environmental researcher was 'disappeared' en route to give a lecture
at National University, Palmira, near Cali, Colombia.

Please see urgent action from Friends of the Earth below

CENSAT 'Agua Viva', Friends of the Earth Colombia

International solidarity needed: Pressure the Colombian authorities to find Sandra Viviana Civil society organisations in Colombia have reported the disappearance of Sandra Viviana Cuellar Gallego, in Cali on February 17. Friends of the Earth International and Censat Agua Viva / Friends of the Earth Colombia need your help to pressure the Colombian authorities to step up the search for her.

Sandra Viviana Cuellar GallegoSandra is a 26 year-old environmental engineer who works on water, basin protection and wetland issues. Her work involves advocating for the equal participation of local communities in the environmental decisions that affect them. She used to wo…

Socialist Joe Higgins wins in Dublin West as John Gormley loses in Dublin South East

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Glad to see this!

Joe Higgins is on 8,304 and needs 8,495.

As its an STV election he is guaranteed to win on transfers.

He is the veteran Socialist Party activist, presently an MEP.

John Gormley is on 6.7% but the Green Party leader will lose in Dublin South East

Fine Gael are going to win and will be just as bad as Fianna Fail but the left are doing well.

Ireland is ruled by the IMF and the ECB, if you don't take to the streets you get smashed by the bankers and tragically this is
what has happened in Ireland.

The role of the Irish Green Party has been appalling but all the main parties have been pro banker.

Ireland needs to learn from Egypt and so do we in Britain.

Also an excellent lesson in how not to do green politics!

My friends Owen and Jen storm council cuts meeting

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I had breakfast with Jen and Owen on thursday morning , who took part in this protest at the York council meeting making the cuts, with Jen asking me should me chain ourselves to the balcony or something similar.

To which I said of course but 'find a third person'.

Debt is an excuse to create a low wage corporate Britain.....but protest could get results, we have have already defeated the sale of the forests through protest.

Look at what happens when there is compromise instead of protest, in Ireland the economy and society have been devastated.

Derek Wall 'Join me tomorrow for save the NHS demo'

Join us on our protest against the Equity and Excellence bill that
threatens to decimate our beloved NHS.
Date: SATURDAY 26TH FEBRUARY 2011
Time: NOON
Start: North Carriage Drive entrance to Hyde Park
End: 10 Downing Street
Speakers include:
Dr Ron Singer – Medical Practitioner Union Rep for Unite a role which he
represents with Keep the NHS Public and the British Medical Association
Derek Wall – Former Principal Speaker of the Green Party
Andrew Burgin – Secretary Coalition of Resistance
Bob Archer – NUT
Barry Cross – Keep Our NHS Public
Upkar Rai – British Sikh Council
Wilson Chowdhry – British Pakistani Christian Association

After Friday prayer the citizens of Tripoli march on Gadaffi (Video just in)

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The video is from an independent source but Al Jazeera's reporting remains sold gold.

Violence flared up even before the Friday sermons were over, according to a source in Tripoli.

"People are rushing out of mosques even before Friday prayers are finished because the state-written sermons were not acceptable, and made them even more angry," the source said.

Libyan state television aired one such sermon on Friday, in an apparent warning to protesters.

"As the Prophet said, if you dislike your ruler or his behaviour, you should not raise your sword against him, but be patient, for those who disobey the rulers will die as infidels," the speaker told his congregation in Tripoli.

FROM AL JAZEERA

....however a rare item of good Guardian information discussing the influence or lack of influence of Al Qaida HERE

Caroline Lucas conference speech condemns 'killer' Cameron the arms dealer

The courage of the protesters in Tarhir Square, facing the stones, clubs and bullets of the pro-Mubharak thugs.
And the extraordinary courage of so many ordinary people in Libya, armed only in their belief in democracy and human rights.
Contrast that to the actions of our own Prime Minister, David Cameron.
I have to confess that when I first saw him on TV in Tahrir Square earlier this week, I genuinely thought for a moment that he was really there to express solidarity with the pro-democracy movement in Egypt. And I thought great, good on him.
And then the horrifying reality: he was there, in the Middle East, at a time of such violence and chaos, with a delegation of arms traders, to sell more arms.
More guns, more tanks, more armoured vehicles, stun grenades, tear gas, riot-control equipment.
I know that ethical foreign policy has gone out of fashion, but frankly the blatant opportunism of this visit is morally obscene.
But perhaps we shouldn’t be surprised.

FULL CONFERENCE SPEECH HERE

Clare Solomon's election manifesto 'WE ARE GOING TO ROCK'

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'WE ARE GOING TO ROCK ULU'


‎*ALL* University of London students can vote, ie, you do NOT need a ULU card.

The University of London Union needs a President who sticks to their manifesto pledges and defends education for all, unlike the Cleggs and Camerons of this world.

I promised a campaigning ULU: you got it, with ULU at the heart of the student protests over cuts and fees.


Voting details: ONLINE ONLY 9-16th March. Check your college inbox (and check spam) for your username and password. If you can't find it email elect2011@ulu.lon.ac.uk.

See all the manifestos at http://www.ulu.co.uk/elections/content/index.php?page=98225

I’m proud of the role ULU played in helping pull together the biggest student movement for a generation. ULU helped support occupations and demonstrations across the city, becoming a powerful voice for students in London and beyond. That’s a voice we will need over the coming year as education faces exceptionally tough times.

A more relevant, visible ULU …

Green Party admit that have taken Ireland back 2,000 years and encourage people to vote Sinn Fein

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Well at least they have a sense of humour....

And they no longer support biofuels....

Can I think of one other positive thing to say about the eco gombeen men and women?

No!

My message to Green Party conference 'you can't pay the debt with recycled bottles'

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"When an environmental issue is probed to its origins, it reveals an inescapable truth - that the root cause of the crisis is not found in how men (sic) interact with nature, but in how they interact with each other - that to solve the environmental crisis we must solve the problem of poverty, racial injustice and war - that the debt to nature, which is the measure of the environmental crisis, cannot be paid person by person, in recycled bottles or ecologically sound habits, but in the ancient coin of social justice."

The cuts are not in any sense about our real debt to the planet or living better.

If we were really "all in it together" cuts in the armed forces and rising taxes on the rich would be as significant as burdens on the poor.

Yet this is not the case.

VAT, which takes a larger proportion from those on lower incomes, has gone up, while the tax on corporations has been cut.
What we have is a crisis caused by the gambling habits of wealthy finance capitalists an…

Possibly the worst Green Party in the World!

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The Irish Green Party has provided a textbook example of how not to do green politics. Who would have thought a Green Party would cut bus services and support motorway-building through a heritage site? Who would have believed that a Green government elected partly because of its opposition to the Iraq war would allow US war planes to refuel in Ireland at Shannon?

The Irish Greens have had councillors, MEPs and members of the Irish parliament elected because of the country's system of proportional representation.

Ireland has two centre-right political parties, Fianna Fail and Fine Gael, which have often been linked to allegations of corruption involving property deals.

The Greens made their name as critics of Fianna Fail. In February 2007, Green leader Trevor Sargent told the Irish Times: "I do not see myself leading the party into coalition with Fianna Fail due to its culture of bad planning, corruption and bad standards."

However, after the May 2007 general election, Sargen…

Romayne Phoenix 'As public services are cut and redundancy notices hit the doormat the people of Britain will find a voice'

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Romayne will make an excellent Green Party London Assembly Member hope she, Noel Lynch, Farid Bakht and Andy Hewett get a massive vote and show Greens are committed to fighting the cuts.

A rebellion is developing across Britain in the face of huge spending cuts by the Conservative Party-Liberal Democrat coalition government.

The scale of the cuts is huge. The government is seeking to privatise huge swathes of the economy and hundreds of thousands of public sector jobs are under threat.

They have also cut corporation tax, but sharply increased the goods and services VAT tax from 17.5% to 20%, which hits those on lower incomes hardest.

By changing the inflation measure used to determine benefits and pensions, the government is plunging more people into poverty.

There are real fears that the cuts will swing the British economy back into recession. Secretary of state for justice Ken Clarke has noted the “calamitous state of the economy”.

The cuts have been justified by reference to Britain’s ri…

'You must be joking I'm not Green, I smoke, drive a car and drink beer'

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My friend Jessica Goldfinch is standing in a Green Party internal election, I loved the line above, any way have a look at her blog.


Fast forward - Adrian Ramsay and I met via our work on the 'Wright Stuff', then recorded in Norwich. Norwich Greens look away now - they've heard this story a million times, but I never tire of it!). He was too young to stand as a candidate and asked me if I would. Paraphrase and thoughts to myself: 'You must be joking I'm not Green, I smoke, drive a car and drink beer...'. I said I would only do it if I read the manifesto first. He gave me an abridged version, but being thorough and a bit of 'geek', I found and read the whole MfSS.

I realised that I was not 'stupid' or 'naive' or 'silly' for having dreams. Dreams of a future, especially for my little girl. Yet here was a group of people who had the same dreams and the expertise with which to effect that change. Greens weren't organic yak's mi…

Campaigners remain defiant after Manchester airport protest sentencing

For many of the defendants, this was their first introduction to the judicial system. One of the defendants, speaking after court stated that 'having just experienced the highly flawed and outdated justice system for the first time, there has never been a more urgent need for people to utillise civil disobedience as a tactic for campaigning.'

Campaigners from the 'Manchester Airport on Trial' group were sentenced today after a 2 day trial at Trafford Magistrates' court. The judge recognised the "sincerity" and "laudable motives" of the protesters, and handed down lenient sentences of 2 year conditional discharges and £310 court costs. One defendant received 80 hours of community service. The 6 campaigners stood trial for an action last May 2010 where they formed a human circle around the wheel of a Monarch Airline jet. All 6 pleaded not guilty to the charge of aggravated trespass, stating that they acted out of necessity to prevent the higher cri…

600 FOR REVOLUTION! MAYBE MORE!

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Last Friday night I went to one of the most exciting political events I have ever been to. It was a Friday night, yet at least 600 people are crammed in, cheering the news of the revolutions in Egypt, Libya, Yeman wildly. I would say 95% are under the age of twenty, this is Britain’s revolutionary youth fresh from fighting the EMA cut and looking to new battles.

MORE HERE

Is the Green Party middle class?

The Green Party and Working Class Representation

A Workshop with:

Karen Bell - Environmental justice activist

Jose Sagarnaga - Latin American Workers’ Association

· Why do many see the Green Party as a middle class party?

· Does this prevent the party from growing?

· How does the party represent and include working class people?

This workshop is an opportunity to get together to think about and discuss these questions.

Discussion will include how the Green Party can better prioritise and represent the interests of the working class, how the working class can find a voice in the party, and how we can encourage working class people to join and vote for the Green Party. All Green Party members welcome.

Friday 25th February , 2011

3.15pm – 4.45pm

Upstairs at the Rummer Tavern, 14 Duke Street, Cardiff CF10 1AY

Supported by Green Left

Never forget Guru Nanak said 'Women are superior to men'

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Article from Jagdeesh, graphic from LGBT Sikhs

WOMEN : From Guru Nanak to present day Panjaabi-Sikh community -
a sombre reflection for International Womens Day, 5th March 2011


In the fifteenth century, Guru Nanak (1469-1539), not only delcared but actively championed the principle that women are not equal but in fact superior to men, for a whole range of reasons - physical, emotional, biological, etc. This represents the first known example in history of a male spearheading the rights of women. "Sikhs, a most egalitarian society." Karl Marx, 'India's First War of Independence', 1880.

Today, 500 years on, we are witnessing gruesome live examples, from family to family, household to household, of physical and mental abuse of females. This is in Panjaab itself, and equally in our 'community' in the UK.

Our grandiose multi-million pound gurdwara buildings, and our religious rhetoric, and our vain beards and turbans, all conceal this hidden oppression of womankind…

CIA says I have hosted 'prominent anti-systemic actor'

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Very proud to have hosted a 'prominent anti-systemic actor' at my
home here in Winkfield.



Hugo Blanco: Blanco is an unaffiliated radical
leader that led the effort to block roads in Anta Province
outside Cusco city, according to local contacts. Blanco is a
prominent anti-systemic actor who was jailed for leading an
indigenous insurgency in Cusco in the 1960s. He now
publishes a newspaper called "La Lucha Indigena" (The
Indigenous Battle).

From US Embassy Cable from Lima

JOIN SOLIDARITY FOR THE ARAB PEOPLES PROTEST!

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SOLIDARITY WITH THE ARAB PEOPLES

As millions in the Arab world take to the streets against
repressive, western backed regimes, it is very important that
people here show their support for the protestors. Libyan,
Bahraini, Egyptian and Yemeni organisations have called a United
We Stand: Solidarity with the Arab Peoples demonstration in
London this Friday 25 February.

DEMONSTRATE SOLIDARITY FOR THE ARAB PEOPLES
FRIDAY 25 FEBRUARY. ASSEMBLE 3.30 PM
BAHRAINI EMBASSY 30 BELGRAVE SQUARE, SW1X 8QB
MARCH TO DOWNING STREET VIA LIBYAN EMBASSY
Supported by Libya Watch for Human Rights, British Libyan
Solidarity Campaign, Yemeni Human Rights Watch, Egypt Liberation
Initiative, Bahraini Freedom Movement, Stop the War Coalition,
Palestine Solidarity Campaign, British Muslim Initiative.

Manchester airport protest verdict!

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“Non violent direct action is essential to fight climate change, most politicians take an ostrich position, denying there is a problem or using ineffective methods like carbon trading to tackle it. In the same way that any sober analyst understood that the crazy practices of ‘investment’ bankers would lead to a financial crisis, any sober analyst understands that climate chaos is on its way. Those who direct action to combat this threat are heros, I would like to give my whole hearted support to the Manchester Airport seventeen”
Derek Wall


So proud of everyone involved with the Manchester Airport on Trial Campaign the defendants and the support team - inspiring doesn't even come close to describing them(even the judge was impressed). The verdict happened two days earlier than planned as the trial was going so well I think the Judge/Police and Prosecution were panicking. Two years conditional discharge across the board and £310 pounds costs each. Thanks to everyone who wrote statem…

I heart squatters!

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Superb article by Laurie Penny, a billion right wing trolls are commenting on it, kick'em out companeros.

Excellent, please reblog and spread the word, I used to be a bit of a weekend squatter (lol!).


Squatting is such an ugly word. It implies that young, skint and precariously housed people who set up homes in the vacant properties of the landed elite are somehow crouching there to defecate, rather than building communities in dead investment space abandoned by the rich.

The education activists who were evicted last weekend from Guy Ritchie's £6m Fitzrovia mansion have been portrayed by the tabloids as a "gang" of criminal yobs. They are nothing of the kind: not least because they have done nothing illegal by creating a Free School, designed to "cultivate equality through collaboration" in an empty mansion belonging to a millionaire film director who already owns several more.

Squatting empty buildings is not a criminal offence. It is, in fact, an ancient righ…

David Cameron Gun Slut

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Excellent post by Chicken Yoghurt, British politicians Labour and Tory are just pimps for arms dealers.

Cameron's weapons tour of the Middle East is particularly sick given the timing.

Is chicken yoghurt really vegan? Perhaps I thinking too much.

So, following Cameron’s logic, it’s cool to flog things that kill people to countries as long as they’re on an ‘open and participatory’ trajectory. If people get killed or maimed on the journey? Let’s not think about that. That British weapons seem to be being used to prevent states becoming ‘open and participatory’ rather than being used to usher in democracy and universal values has passed the Prime Minister by.

Still, that being his argument, presumably we can look forward to the glorious day when these regimes are fully ‘open and participatory’ and are no longer firing British bullets and tear gas at peaceful protesters. Where and at who will the final British bullet be fired? Will there be a prize, a certificate maybe, for that person i…

Egging Tory MPs saves the forests!

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Con Dem plans to privatise England's 258,000 hectare forest estate, run by the Forestry Commission, have been defeated for the time being. There have been big and rowdy demonstrations, Mark Harper the Tory MP for the Forest of Dean was egged by constituents, a flurry of newspaper articles opposed the sell off and back bench Tory and Lib Dem MPs have become restive, indeed the Daily Telegraph has suggested that 50 percent of Tory MPs opposed forest privatisation. A petition which gained over 500,000 signatures shows that cyber activism, while derided, can achieve results.

The coalition governments’ attempt and ultimate failure to privitise forests in Britain is an excellent, illustration of what the Hungarian radical Karl Polanyi described as the 'double movement'. Polanyi in his epic book 'The Great Transformation' published in 1944, a strident attack on liberal economics, noted,

'To allow the market mechanism to be sole director of the fate of human beings an…

Venezuelan government rejects totally false claim by William Hague that Gaddafi is on way to Venezuela

Venezuelan government rejects totally false claim by William Hague that Gaddafi is on way to Venezuela

Venezuela's Information Minister and its Deputy Foreign Minister moved swiftly earlier today to reject the false claims made by Britain’s Foreign Minister William Hague that Colonel Gaddafi was heading to Venezuela.

The Venezuelan Embassy in London also strongly rejected claims from Hague that he had “seen some information suggesting he [Gaddafi] is on his way there [Venezuela] at the moment”.

Venezuelan Information and Communication Minister, Andres Izarra, said to the Associated Press that “it’s false” that Gaddafi is flying to Venezuela.

The Venezuelan Embassy in London has said that Deputy Foreign Minister Temir Porras had denied that Gaddafi was travelling to Venezuela. The Embassy added that “those British media outlets which have published the statement made by William Hague, should equally make clear the mistaken aspect of that statement.”

The Associated Press has also rep…

Climate trial hears Manchester airport protesters 'prevented death and serious injury'.

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Just got this, I salute you companeros!



The trial of six climate protesters who breached airside security at Manchester Airport began today at Trafford Magistrates Court. The defendants will argue that they acted to prevent death and serious injury by stopping emissions from the airport, a plea which echoes the defence of Greenpeace campaigners acquitted of closing down Kingsnorth Power Station. During the trial, which is expected to last three to four days, the defence will call expert witnesses including Professor Kevin Anderson from the Tyndall Centre who is speaking today in court, and experts on health and the effects of climate change. [1]

The trial begins ten years after Manchester Airport opened their second runway in February 2001, following some of the largest environmental protests of the 1990's. The six defendants will plead not guilty to the charge of aggravated trespass after they formed a human circle around the wheel of a Monarch Airline jet last May 2010.

In November…

Victory! Aaron Porter to stand down

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Hapless New Labour politician Aaron Porter has just announced that he will not run again for NUS President.

More like Batista than Che, says Vince my 17 year old son, bitter as he is at Porter's attacks on militant students
Victory is sweet!

Even in defeat Porter is still full of it:

So this new regime brings with it a new landscape, and I believe NUS now needs reinvigorating into the next phase of this campaign. After considerable soul searching, I believe there needs to be a new President to lead the student movement into that next phase. As a result, I’ve resolved not to seek re-election at National Conference this year.

HIS FULL STATEMENT IS HERE


Mobbed by hostile students at recent events in Manchester and Glasgow he had to get police protection.

His close associates have been briefing against him and leaked emails showing that he has not opposed key government attacks on students have been revealled.

No doubt some new Labour stooge will be found but this is a boost to the campaign o…

Boy George comes unstuck when quizzed on debt!

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Miliband's Labour Party rocked by corruption allegations

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Its another embarrassment for Miliband, if true it shows that his party still has a serious corruption problem and it looks true to me.

Just a vehicle for profit and in this case open cast coal. Killing our planet and pocketing at the same time.

Councillors who take gifts, cops who spy and fuck the people they spy on, the UK is closer to countries like Libya and Bahrain than you might think.

If you protest at open cast coal you are almost certainly being watched by private security employed by coal interests, do they employ the Labour Party as well?


Another case of political corruption has been exposed today with the revelations that Labour councillor for Ballochmyle, Jimmy Kelly accepted a number of “gifts” from Scottish Coal prior to chairing the committee which recommended the controversial mine at Dalfad for approval.

The former miner and councillor of over 20 years accepted an all expenses paid trip to Spain from Scottish Coal in 2008 which included flights, hotel and tickets to th…

Video of people cheering end of Gadaffi

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This is footage just in from Clare Solomon in Tunisia, people celebrating Gadaffi fleeing.

Not sure he has gone, fingers crossed.

If he goes to Venezuela a) the people will kick him out b) Rory Carroll and the CIA will use it to attack Venezuela.

If he goes to Brazil Carroll et al will say nothing!

Any watch this space, I have got my ear to the ground, will let you know when I know more.

Army joins people, end in sight for oil dictator in Libya

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Just got this confirmation:

9:40 pm Mohamed, a doctor from Al Jalaa hospital in Benghazi, confirmed to Al Jazeera that members of the military had sided with the protesters.

We are still receiving serious injuries, I can confirm 13 deaths in our hospital. However, the good news is that people are cheering and celebrating outside after receiving news that the army is siding with the people ... but there is still a brigade that is against the demonstrators. For the past three days demonstrators have been shot at by this brigade, called Al-Sibyl brigade.


Armed to the teeth by countries like the US and UK, Libya is an oil dictatorship loved by the west.

Its all about oil but the people are fighting back.

Looks like the army are now joining the people, in at least some part of Libya

The army came out, ok, it was with tanks and they're telling us, seven people, protesters, that they're with them, and they're here to protect them and everything else. But we hear other things; in some …

New evidence that Aaron Porter is on way out as manifesto leaked

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Aaron Porter the hapless Blairite President of the NUS has had his re-election manifesto draft leaked.

Clearly even in Mubarak (I mean Porter's) inner circle dissent is growing.

NUS is dominated by career Labour Party politicians of the worst kind and has consistently failed to fight attacks on students.

Sadly some kind of New Labour bureaucrat is still likely to win, this is because students who would obviously kick Porter out don't get the chance to vote for him.

Its decided by delegates and the delagations are usually sewn up by Labour Clubs, I am hoping there will be real resistance to this but the worst kind of Labour (think Phil Woolas and Jack Straw who are both former NUS Presidents) not the Benns, Mcdonnells and Corbyns, tend to dominate.

Oh and while I am a Green Party member, all power to real Labour Party student activists, one day you may throw off the Blairites and when that day comes I will celebrate your resistance.

My good friend Mark Bergfeld is going for NUS Presi…

Scenes from the British Revolution on Tottenham Court Road

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PROTESTERS set up an impromptu library and comedy gig at Barclays branches around Britain over tax avoidance claims.
UK Uncut supporters hit banks in London and other cities to “open them up” and said one per cent corporation tax was “not acceptable”.
In Piccadilly Circus they waved banners saying “books not bonuses!” Barclays, which paid £113million corporation tax on profits of £11.6billion in 2009, said: “We comply with taxation laws.”


Read more:

Solidarity protest today with Libya

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My good comrade Richard Searle notes 'Solidarity protest in Manchester. Sunday 20th Feb 12 noon. outside BBC building, Oxford Rd. organised by members of Manchester’s Libyan commmunity.'

Police use violence to break up kissing session

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Alan Garcia, rot in hell!

The British government will ignore your abuses just like they ignore all their other puppets, human rights abuse is fine until it makes it on to prime time television!

Be great if Chris Bryant MP raised his voice, he was useless of course when Garcia was having indigenous people shot at Bagua, when Chris was a Foreign Office Minister tasked with Latin America.

Go on Chris, its not to late to stand up for people in Peru having their rights abused!

Caroline Lucas sets out the case for citizens and councillors to resist cuts

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I am working to oppose the cuts. After receiving many constituency letters on proposed changes to the civil service compensation scheme, I raised concerns in parliament. I have tabled an Early Day Motion questioning Defra proposals to sell off parts of the Public Forest Estate, threatening 865 Forestry Commission jobs.

The cuts are not inevitable: they are an ideological choice. This administration is doing what Tories have always done: privatising public goods and services. There is another way: fair and progressive taxation.

The UK is one of the most unequal societies in Europe. The poorest 10% pay more tax as a percentage of their income than the richest 10%. The financial crisis is an opportunity to rebalance the tax system and reconfigure the economy.

A more progressive system might involve applying the 50% tax rate to incomes above £100,000, abolishing the upper limit for national insurance contributions, raising capital gains tax to the recipient's highest income tax rate, and…

Green politics is failing, we need a rethink!

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The world would be warmer than during any part of the period in which modern humans evolved, and the rate of climate changewould be faster than any previously experienced by humans. The world’s sixth mass extinction would be in full swing. In the oceans, acidification would have rendered many calcium-shelled organisms such as coral and many at the base of the ocean food chain artefacts of history. Ocean ecosystems and food chains would collapse.

Catastrophe just isn't on the political agenda....our economic system is killing everything, Greens need to sharpen up, get strategic....things are not good on our world.


MORE HERE

Soak the streets in blood! Saudis will invade Bahrain with British guns!

'Bahrain is a stalwart friend of the West. It’s the headquarters of America’s 5th Fleet. It’s a liberal and tolerant quasi-democracy.

David Mellor, the former Tory Minister says it like it is for the Con Dem government.

The bullets used to shoot the democracy protesters are British.

The British Arms trade is profitable, the dictators support the USA, so its Ok!

At least the arms exports licences have been revoked for Bahrain but what about super repressers Saudi Arabia, armed to the teeth by Britain as they kill women for adultary and imprison members of the LGBT community.

The law on bribery was over turned to help arms exports to Saudi and I predict that if democracy comes to Bahrain, the Saudi's will invade and the US and UK will support them.

'Fist in the sky til we are all equal' LOGIC - 'FOR MY PEOPLE' (OFFICIAL MUSIC VIDEO)

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Youth fighting for justice, equality, 'Power concdes nothing'

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Mumia Abu-Jamal EGYPT: A Good Beginning

EGYPT: A Good Beginning

[col. writ. 2/12/11] (c) '11 Mumia Abu-Jamal

The events in Egypt of the past few weeks have raised more questions than answers, and while things seem in a state of flux, some things are clear, among them:

1) Revolutions don't just change rulers - they change systems.

2) Revolutions designed to gain democracy cannot lead to military rule, for the two are inherently opposed to each other.

3)The Egyptian struggle is at its beginning - not its end.

The forced resignation of Hosni Mubarak from the reins of power was accomplished by a convergence of forces: the demonstrations in Cairo, Alexandria and throughout the country (including numerous strikes); pressure from business interests who lost billions from empty tourism buses; and from anxious elements in the military, who saw the potential for greater and greater chaos, and perhaps their loss of power.

Mubarak didn't go easily or willingly, and his choice of Omar Suleiman as his No. 2 would've be…

Cardiff University ban Jody McIntyre

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I am off to University of London Union for the Equality movement event tonight, which other political meeting gets a 1,000 people planning to go.

The Equality movement is cutting edge, Jody McIntyre and Lowkey's movement for resistance.

Revolutionary hip hop is shaking even our nation.....Jody has been banned from speaking with Chomsky at Cardiff University.

Free speech, democracy....hope I live to see them in the UK but I am going to be an old old man!


Apparently, the problems do not end there. When inviting Professor Chomsky to speak at the university, organisers were informed by the Student Union Manager that the MI5, the MI6 and the police would be contacted to monitor Chomsky’s lecture and its guests. They were also told that if the event was open to the public, security would have to monitor the identities of every single attendee.

Organising events has not always been such a hassle at Cardiff University. When Ron Prosor, Israeli ambassador to the UK, and former commander of the …

'No place for Malthus in the Green Party'

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After seeing some of the offensive materials on the Optimum Population Trust stall at Blackpool Conference I just don't see how their bitter philosophy has any place in a party which stands for social and ecological justice. This email list is for discussion of Trade Union issues and workers rights. Trade Unions are organizations which should represent the collective interests of workers. Right now, the working class and the poorest and most vulnerable in this country face the fight of their lives to defend their jobs, livelihoods and the welfare state against ideological onslaught from the capitalist class. Capitalism by its very nature creates social inequality. It exists through the exploitation of a majority who work and produce value, the surplus of which is accumulated by a minority. In times of crisis, the ruling minority pull in the drawbridge to protect their self interests, to protect their accumulated wealth, ergo to protect their power. This is the situation we face…

Imagine the EDL coming into a Gurdwara!

The entire EDL mob presents itself as a hooligan mob. Imagine them coming into a gurdwara! They are a very unpleasant lot, who have all the appearances of racists with their intimidating mob chanting, typical of the NF, BNP, etc.

Gurmeet 'Singh' is not a representative of the Sikh community, any Sikh group. Nor does he qualify as a 'Sikh'.

The EDL are as much dangerous a group as are all other sectarian, hate groups - Islamic, Hindu, Jewish, English, German, Russian, American, etc. Yes, they exist in all these population groups, blind to their own wrongs, and projecting an arrogant and hateful self-righteousness.

How many of these EDL minds know, for example, about the Sikh contribution to the defence of Britain?

Sikhi spirit is against EDL as much as it is against Al-Majharoun, the KKK, Russian racists, etc. Sikhs are not supposed to get into bed with one devil, to fight another devil. Sikhs, because of their enduring commitment to a historic, ethical, visible appearan…

Fianna Fail and Irish Green Party reverse poll losses to gain new support

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Yes, this man is voting Fianna Fail, looks like they and the Irish Greens could be on a winner!

Video shows police attack on the village of Cajas Canchaque

2nd December from Michael Watts on Vimeo.

Video of December 2009 attack by the Police on the village of Cajas Canchaque, located in the North of Peru, where two farmers were shot dead.

Peru is a country loved by the British government. I am very very bitter about former foreign office minister Chris Bryant MP's failure to criticise them.

You know how it works, human rights abuse, allows resources to be stolen.

Of course countries like Venezuela where the police don't shot indigenous people are condemned, if they did kill indigenous like Colombia or Peru they would be praised by Blair, Obama, Cameron and all the rest!

Please watch the video and spread the word.

Spotted this on Alborada, as always essential

Q’eqchi’ Leaders Massacred in Guatemala

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I am sick with rage when I read stuff by the Guardian Latin America correspondent, its all too rare stuff below gets reported, the Guardian human rights abusers are of course Hugo Chavez and Raul Castro.

The paradox is the countries without death squads are challenged over human rights but it is no real paradox, the Western governments and media love countries that abuse indigenous people because this allows resources to be stolen.

The Guardian is so poor when it comes to Latin America, with the exception of John Vidal, it is important that we do our own reporting....by spreading the word about events like the massacre below we can help save lives....please spread the word.



Alert: Q’eqchi’ Leaders Massacred in Guatemala
February 16, 2011
Guatemalasolidarityproject.org

Thousands of q’eqchi’ peasants near Livingston, Guatemala had been anticipating February 14, 2011 as a possible day of joy and celebration. Instead it became a day of unbearable grief after the bodies of three missing leader…

Incompetent spy emails climate camp by mistake.

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Yes if you do good and work for a future for the next generations, you will be spied on, harrassed and perhaps even assaulted.

The good news is that the quality of spying is falling.

Some of the cops have been outed.

The private sector are also proving to be rubbish.....can you imagine paying people like this to spy, I mean your corporation would never dig open cast coal or kill seals or be able to sell radioactive toys to parents of young children.

Shocking when you think about it.

And you could get the info just by looking at the Camp for Climate Action website. Any way looks like some energy companies have wasted their cash.

Serious point the bad guys and girls have a lot of cash to spend making the world a worse place!

The company, Vericola Ltd, CEO Rebecca Louise Todd, has been infiltrating activist groups including the Camp for Climate Action and London Rising Tide since at least 2007. Email addresses linked to the company have been used to sign up to email lists, and Vericola has bee…

Authors love books! Less keen on Nick Clegg

I have signed this in today's Guardian but there are real authors like Phillip Pullman!

Speaking to the Oxford Mail last week, culture minister Ed Vaizey said: "People have to come with ideas. They have to look at different options." People the length and breadth of the UK have come up with ideas. They have discussed options. Between five and ten thousand people have rallied round their libraries (Culture minister will not intervene, 11 February). Hundreds of thousands have signed petitions. Well-known figures such as Lesley Garrett, Phill Jupitus, Tony Christie, Brian Blessed and Billy Bragg have added their voices to the call for a change of heart. At a hundred read-ins, communities, user groups and librarians have demonstrated in creative, fun ways just how much their libraries mean to them.

This is a grassroots movement. We hoped for a dozen events, but local people took up the call and made it something refreshing, urgent, local and liberating. They have put out a pos…

Would be Green Party Mayor debates WHAT NEXT FOR THE ARAB REVOLUTIONS?

Debate
THURSDAY 17 FEBRUARY, 7pm
Egypt in revolt: WHAT NEXT FOR THE ARAB REVOLUTIONS?

SOAS, Brunei Gallery (off Russell Square)

Speakers:

Adam Hanieh, SOAS lecturer, Palestinian-Australian who has lived in Ramallah.
John Rees, Counterfire, just returned from Egypt will give a first hand report.
Roland Rance, Socialist Resistance, anti-Zionist socialist Jew
Farid Bakht, Green Left
and Tunisian democracy activist


The Egyptian dictator Hosni Mubarak has been toppled from power just weeks after Tunisia's Ben Ali was given the boot. These extraordinary events in the Middle East will have huge repercussions for the region and the whole world.

The Egyptian revolution is already impacting in Palestine. In a clear consequence of Friday's removal of Mubarak Abbas, the Palestine Authority has announced there will be September PA elections. Only a week ago Palestinian mobilisations in solidarity with the Egyptian masses were being violently repressed by the PA on the west bank. Demonstrations ha…

If you love Nick Clegg let him know on Valentines Day!

Green Party candidate for South West Devon, Vaughan Brean stated (it is said): “I have a son that is at University at the moment and living at home, he attends about 3 half days per week (if that)it costs a lot of money to run a university that inefficiently and somebody has to pay the bill for a 4 year course that could be covered in 2 (or maybe less), currently that is largely the taxpayer, much of higher education is a gravy train for the Universities and lecturers.”

I have just heard that Vaughan has resigned from the party because of our stance opposing the governments cuts programme, stating:

With some regret, I am leaving the Green Party. I support the parties core environmental views, but can not concuur with the widely shared view in the party that all cut to spending should be resisted no matter how wasteful. The general populus of this country enjoy a standard of living way beyond that to which we are entitled, and the Greens seem to be committed to encouraging people to expe…