Showing posts from September, 2009

Green Left in Salma Yaqoob call to Green Party

Very glad to see this....Salma worked hard for the Green Party in the Euro Elections.

Statement from GL re Birmingham
The following statement was agreed unanimously last night by the Steering Group of Green Left. There will be a decision on whether to stand a candidate by Green Party members in Hall Green constituency within the next week.

“Green Left calls upon our fellow Green Party members in Birmingham not to stand a candidate in the constituency of Birmingham Hall Green in the coming general election in order to give a strong, progressive and environmentally aware candidate the chance of taking the seat. We believe that Salma Yaqoob of Respect is the candidate most likely to do this and her victory would be a victory for all those opposing the policies of privatisation, war, greed, racism and environmental destruction.

We believe that this is an opportunity for the progressive movement in Birmingham to unite behind one candidate and not to make the mistakes of the European election, …

'Mi pregunta a este señor De Soto sería ¿por qué él cree que estamos mal asesorados?.'

'Hernando de Soto argues that individual ownership of land becomes capital when land is certified by international agreements guaranteeing investments. He recommends to the indigenous that get individual stocks outside of the collective ownership of their communities. Only thus, he argues, could they benefit from the wealth that is in their land. But not a word from de Soto about the 1.228 forestry concessions 7,'802 660 hectares and 81 lots of oil in 56 `131.862 hectares, and handed over to multinational and national companies, and / or individuals, representing 10.0% and 72 % of Peruvian Amazon territory, respectively. (See the map of distribution of Amazonian territory, prepared by the Instituto del Bien Común, Lima 2009).

What's for left for indigenous communities? Ideally, these companies become partners to exploit these resources, but de Soto said that the collective title is worthless and does not know of companies willing to partner with native communities.…

The Coup in Honduras: Repression, Resistance and the Struggle for Democracy

Public Talk: The Coup in Honduras: Repression, Resistance and the Struggle for Democracy (Monday October 12th/London)

Alborada presents a public talk:

The Coup in Honduras: Repression, Resistance and the Struggle for Democracy.

On 21 September the democratically elected President of Honduras, Manuel Zelaya, returned to the country following his forced expulsion by a military coup in June.

The Honduras dictatorship responded by barricading President Zelaya in the Brazilian Embassy, cutting off water, electricity and telephone lines to the building and unleashing a wave of repression against peaceful protestors who had gathered to welcome back their elected President.

Come and hear about the latest developments in Honduras, what the role of the US government has been and what this means for US/Latin America relations under Obama, and what we in Britain can do to help Honduras’ pro-democracy movement.


- Calvin Tucker: Editor of who has recently returned from…

Golpists attack Honduran Embassy: More news here that the BBC ignore!

The leaders of the Coup d’état have managed to block all Internet service.

The detention of OAS officials comes after several days of Michelet aggression against the Brazilian embassy. Michelet ordered the Embassy attacked when it was reported that President Zelaya was staying there.

It has been confirmed that coup leaders have dropped chemical gas on the Embassy and are using LRAD’s (Long Range Acoustic Devices) against President Zelaya, his wife and other supporters at the Brazilian embassy.

This is another violation of international law and conventions and can be interpreted as a blatant act of war.

LRAD’s are manufactured in the U.S. and can cause permanent hearing damage. A photographer captured the use of LRAD’s, which emit an acoustic beam so offensive and painful that it can cause serious damage to hearing. The sound is similar to a car alarm but dramatically more intense. At full capacity, the LRAD emits a 150 decibel sound wave, journalists report.

This weapon has frequently bee…

The indigenous defeated the government to save the forests!

My political associates in Peru are non party but nonetheless interesting interview here form GLW with Peruvian nationalists who are the left party in the country.

I am stunned by the political sophistication and the victories won by the indigenous in Peru...lessons for all of us who are serious about climate change and green politics....on to GLW.

Peru: ‘A political defeat for the government’

Kiraz Janicke
24 September 2009

In April, Amazonian indigenous peoples in Peru began an uprising to demand the repeal of more than a dozen neoliberal decrees by President Alan Garcia. The decrees opened up vast swathes of indigenous peoples’ lands to exploitation by transnational oil, mining and logging companies.

On June 5, the government unleashed a brutal crackdown on protesters in the Amazonian town of Bagua. At least 60 indigenous people were massacred.

A nation-wide backlash forced the government to repeal three of the most controversial decrees.

Tito Prado, head of the international commission…


Late last night (UK time) the coup regime replaced the figleaf of constitutional legitimacy with a Pinochet-style moustache. At about 10pm (3pm Honduran time) the coup leaders unveiled a decree suspending the constitution and civil rights, and vowing to arrest their opponents.

All public gatherings and demonstrations are now officially banned, except those “authorized by police or military authorities.”

Freedom of movement is now officially banned:

“Freedom of transit, which will be restricted according to the parameters established by press releases broadcast on all radio and TV stations by the President of the Republic, which will be in effect in all national territory and during curfews.”

All insitutions of government and state have been put under the direct command of the military:

“All Secretaries of State, decentralized institutions, municipalities and other state organisms must place themselves at the orders of the National Police and Armed Forces without any equivocation”

The last r…

Coup closes down radio station!

Just had some information from inside the Brazillian embassy in Honduras...

The coup leaders in Honduras are cracking down, please note the following and take action, thanks to Calvin for this,


The building of Radio Globo in Tegucigalpa is currently surrounded by army and police at the start of their broadcast at 5:00AM today September 28th.

This happens in the context of a new decree from the coup regime that further attacks constitutional rights. That decree explicitly threatens independent radio and TV stations with closure if they fail to heed the order to stop challenging the regime.

Radio Globo is reporting their front door is being smashed in and the broadcasters David Romero and Ronnie Martinez are appealing to the listeners for help.

Please make urgent representations for the Foreign Office to demand the respect the life and physical safety of the radio staff and the respect of press freedom.

I’ve just received t…


'Um, cancel your plans for tonight people, because "sources" indicate that whathisname, the President of Venezuela, will be on Larry fucking King's variety hour tonight. 9 p.m. Eastern. CNN. Can this possibly be true?' Bo Rev just says it like it is, please no more pets in blenders though, its not nice. More here.

On a different note 'An essential guide to green politics reviewed here'.

'Yes, I have received many threats. Even today I continue to receive direct threats from the mining company.' remember gold comes with blood more from Guatemala here.

The LGBT community in Serbia also face violence, Joseph Healy of Green Left reports on the attacks on Belgrade Pride here.

Is the truth enough?....the third estate suspects not when it comes to the BNP and to climate change, look here.

'Left' web counterpunch has been condemned for anti-semitism....publishing a story that revives the blood libel...Socialist Unity argues that we should not tolerat…

Blue hands rather than a green soul?

Caroline Lucas argues that the Lib Dems are far from green in the Independent

the Lib Dems appear to want to emulate the Green Party. And over the years their official policy has clearly followed that of the Greens in a number of respects. But the Lib Dems' practical track record is something else altogether. Historically, this is a party that has been characterised by what you might call "consistent inconsistency" – saying one thing and doing another, and following different policies in different places regardless of their supposed principles.

Related articles
The bluffer's guide to the Lib Dem conference
Take roadbuilding as an example. Back in the early Nineties, the Lib Dems called for a moratorium on new roads, and today Norman Baker is saying that a Lib Dem government would halt spending on roadbuilding. The rhetoric may have been consistently green but the practice, with equal consistency, hasn't been. From the Newbury bypass and the Batheaston bypass, right u…

Post 2000: Ecosocialist candidate for Greek General Election

well for my 2,000 post on this blog....a message from friends in Greece.



For the first time in Greece,
an Ecosocialist candidate takes part in the general elections. Our party,
“Ecosocialists Greece”
is one of the eleven component member parties of SYRIZA coalition.

We proposed three candidates. Two of them (Tasos Pantazidis and
Konstantina Georga, both members of EIN and participants of the 2007 Paris meeting) were
selected. Konstantina resigned, so Tasos is our representative in SYRIZA lists.

Who is Tasos Pantazidis:

Tasos was
born in Athens
in 1970.
Member of
left and ecology parties since he was a student.
Former member
of Socialist Workers Party (SEK) – brother party of the British SWP.
member of DEA.
Founding member
and representative of “Ecological Interference”.
secretary of “Ecologists Greece”.
Founder of
the “Association of Ecosocialists Greece”
(later named “Ecosocialists Greece”)…

Green Left government embarrass greens.

The only country in Europe with a Green Left government is expanding whaling.

I am tempted to offer them the John Gormley prize for Green failure in government.

Get elected, go into coalition with corrupt property developers, support motorway expansion and chide other Greens for not following the path of pragmatism.

Well I am guessing the Green Left coalition in Iceland is doing some good stuff but the whaling does not inspire hope.

I promise to love you again if you stop wrecking the environment for short term political gain.....I guess gormless Gormley will be flying off to another climate conference soon and in the Irish General Election the Greens will be flying out of the Dail.

More here on the whaling.

Hitman claims he was offered $25 million to kill Chavez

More here.

Fidel Castro used to claim that he was being set up for assassination by the US government.

Toba still seek the promised land

And they will make the journey...because the first peoples are strong.

Love to see the British government supporting the Toba....its not going to happen 'love corporations, hate peope and the environment' could be the New Labour slogan with individuals like Chris Bryant MP at the foreign office....'free trade, dead planet' might be another slogan....while I have been really pleased to see Tory MP Nick Hurd doing his bit and asking questions about the destruction of the Amazon, I fear under a conservative government it will get worse still.

The British policy in Latin America is find a country with death squads and do a free trade deal....Colombia has had so many trade unionists killed and at Bagua the Peruvian government murdered the people of the Amazon....great lets engage and give them a bit of investment.

Ditto the European Union currently construction bilateral trade deals with Peru and Colombia.

Honduras next?

just had this from intercontinental cry

Tierra Prometida (P…

No Borders London call for action in solidarity with migrants in Calais!

Join us in a demonstration at 5.30pm, on Tuesday 29th September 09, outside the
French Embassy, 58 Kinghtsbridge, London SW1X 7JT.

On the morning of Tuesday 22nd September, French police bulldozed the area
known as the 'jungle' in Calais where migrants were living, destroying their
homes and possessions and detaining around 300 people, including 132 children.
Other migrants left before they could be detained, and have been driven to
sleep rough on the streets of Calais, Paris and elsewhere.

UK Home Secretary expressed his 'delight' at this devestating move by the
French authorities, as it aims to stop migrants reaching the UK. Immigration
Minister Phil Woolas falsely claimed that 'genuine' refugees would claim asylum
at the first country they came to, regardless of whether they had familiy in
other countries - and ignoring the fact that many migrants had not had the
chance to claim asylum. European countries which migrants commonly travel
through to reach France and the…


Jean Lambert, the Green MEP for London, has this week called on the US
President to advance efforts to close tax havens at the G20 talks taking
place in Pittsburgh.

In an open letter to Mr Obama [1] drafted by French Green MEP Eva Joly, Jean
Lambert and other signatories have stressed that Europe suffers from the
same loopholes in its tax system that he has committed to tackling in the
US, which allow companies and individuals to avoid paying their fair share.

The letter calls for all territories currently known to be tax havens to be
required to adopt a system of automatic information exchange, so that state
tax collectors can pursue those not making the appropriate contribution. It
also demands that international corporations implement "country-by-country
reporting", including providing the amount of their assets, global income,
the number of people they employ, the profits they make and the taxes they
pay for each country in which they operate. This is a measure currently
supported b…

Labour conference is old news say Greens in Brighton

Greens' billboard campaign sets scene - and tone? - for Labour's Brighton conference.

Whatever happens to Brown government, "Labour is old news in Brighton," says Green Party leader's new ad campaign

Firing the first salvo in her bid to take the Brighton Pavilion constituency from Labour at the general election, Green Party leader Caroline Lucas MEP has launched a powerful billboard campaign to run throughout Labour's Brighton conference. The artwork for the campaign is likely to reflect the tone of the Labour conference - showing a tired-looking Gordon Brown fashioned from old newspaper stories of repeated Labour disasters.

The posters, devised by the Green Party's retained ad agency glue London, observe that twice as many people in Brighton (31%) voted Green in the recent European elections as voted Labour (15%), with the Conservatives on 22% also far behind the Gree…

Chris Bryant on the buses off the case when it comes to the Amazon

The plan to open vast swatch of the Amazon jungle has drawn fierce criticism from environmental and human rights groups, which say energy operations threaten to damage the environment and risk exposing remote tribes to new and deadly diseases.

More here

But not as far as I can tell from the British Government, the Minister dealing with Peru, Chris Bryant MP seems to have no opinion on this.

Although he has been writing about the buses in Mexico city.

Chris Bryant MP does he know anything about Peru?

'Peru: Rain Forests
Mr. Hurd: To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent discussions his Department has had with the government of Peru on the protection of rainforest in that country. [284214]

Chris Bryant: We have frequent discussions with the Peruvian Government as part of our close and friendly bilateral relationship. This includes with Peru’s Environment Minister on his commitment made at Poznan in December 2008 to reduce Peru’s deforestation to zero by 2019. We have offered our support to the Peruvian Government as they seek to strengthen Peru’s legal framework for protecting the Amazon.'

June 6th Hansard.

The day before June 5th at Bagua as many as a hundred indigenous people killed by the Peruvian government during a rainforest protest.

Perhaps you will join me in suggesting that if New Labour care about the forests they should start by sacking Chris Bryant!

Perhaps he could be shifted to the Burma watch, where he will say 'we are havi…

Mapuche assault by Apache Oil: please support their struggle

Just got this, please spread the word....incidental this is one bit of Latin America where the green left is weak so if you want to get in touch or have any ecosocialist or green contacts please get in touch, from Chile to Honduras I get a lot of news from a lot of amigos in political struggle por tierra, por selva, por vida...Argentina, well we shall see.

The Mapuche community of Lonko Purran may now be facing eviction after a peaceful confrontation last week with the US-based company Apache Oil.

Apache tried to enter their oil concession, a part of Lonko Purran’s territory in the Neuquen district of Argentina, on September 14. However, upon their arrival they encountered a roadblock setup by the Mapuche. Apache had no choice but to walk away.

A member of the community recently explained (ES) that the company arrived with former Supreme Court Judge Eduardo Badano, who claimed to have bought into the land at a public auction. Before walking away, Badano warned the attending Mapuche that …

Police smash Vestas blockade.

The blockade in Southampton trying to prevent Vestas shipping out our blades was smashed this morning by police.

Boris is putting up tube fairs.....if it works to reduce climate change the powers that be will stop it.

The train accelerates towards the cliff and the cops blundgeon any one calling for a change in direct!


By Gustavo Palencia

TEGUCIGALPA (Reuters) - Ousted President Manuel Zelaya returned to Honduras on Monday almost three months after he was toppled in a coup, and took refuge in the Brazilian embassy in the capital to avoid arrest.

Reuters photographer Edgar Garrido saw Zelaya with aides and his wife in the embassy, and the leftist president gave media interviews from inside the building.

Zelaya’s ouster on June 28 in a dispute over presidential term limits plunged Honduras into its worst political crisis in decades, and was criticized by U.S. President Barack Obama, the European Union and Latin American governments.

His return raises the stakes for the conservative de facto government, which was installed after the coup and which has defied international pressure to let Zelaya return.

De facto ruler Roberto Micheletti wants Zelaya, an ally of Venezuela’s socialist President Hugo Chavez, arrested.

“I am here in Tegucigalpa. I am here for the restoration of democracy, to call for dialogue.” Z…

Mobilisation for planet earth meeting on saturday!

'The indigenous peoples have had enough, they will not put up with false promises, lies and trickery any more. They are out on the streets fighting: to ‘liberate Mother Earth' from the destructive alliance between multinational corporations and the Colombian rich; and for a dignified future for their children and their communities. They are a moral force rising from below to reclaim what is justly theirs, life itself.'

Their biggest enemy is of course the British government! Arms deals, 'free trade', its all about taking indigenous land for profit and the British government have been doing it for change in policy yet.

It's rapidly killing the ecosystem the world needs to sustain life but this doesn't bother them....a bit of carbon trading will keep our minds off those who saw through the branch we sit upon.

'85 indigenous people have been assassinated so far this year alone' in Colombia, does Gordon Brown care, no of course not!

The UK …

The Lib Dems are no radicals
Nick Clegg's latest lurch to the right, calling for "bold and savage" cuts in government spending (Britain needs 'savage' cuts, says Clegg, 19 September) is clear evidence that he is never going to "go radical", much as Polly Toynbee might wish otherwise (A Lib Dem moment? Could be. But only if they go radical, 19 September).

As long-held Lib Dem promises on scrapping tuition fees and maintaining universal child benefit go up in smoke, it's no wonder that David Cameron can proclaim in the Observer that there's "barely a cigarette paper" between the Lib Dems and the Conservatives.

The unedifying spectacle of all three main parties vying to "out-cut" one another, comparing the size and sharpness of their respective butcher's knives, scandalously deflects attention from the real issue. Britain's debt as a propor…

Afghanistan stop the war demo 24th October

Just had this from Stop the War

Opposition to the war in Afghanistan is growing, even among
those who have till now supported it as the 'good war'.

Leading Democrats in the United States are trying to stop
Obama sending more troops, with his Afghanistan commander
General McChrystal rumoured to be asking for an increase of

The rigged election in Afghanistan puts the lie to any idea
that NATO forces are bringing progress to the country. The
fast rising rate of US and British soldiers dying has forced
politicians and military commanders alike to admit that they
are not "winning" the war.

Opinion polls in Britain and the US show that people no longer
believe the war serves any purpose. Even the tabloid media is
having to reflect the growing discontent.

Stop the War's intensified campaign to bring the troops home
is getting a tremendous response across the county. 600 people
packed an anti war rally in Liverpool this week. Everywhere we
have leafleted in towns and …

Sunday blog round up

'There's a view that the market is the reason we're in this mess," he acknowledges, "and that giant multinational corporations have chewed up the earth, and left us with this legacy. And that's true. No question about it, the market has been an engine for huge destruction. But that's not a reason to reject the market' More here from hey its killings us but lets keep on with it.

Fish...more bad news on haddock and 'Deep sea fishing is strip mining the sea for luxury fish' here

'While they talk about cutting services and tightening belts, we’ll be arguing for low-carbon investments that will create jobs, keep tax revenue coming in, and fund frontline services' Caroline Lucas interview here.

Rules for Radicals, Bob Morris has been blogging about Saul Alinsky who was Mr Strategy here.

The US right are in bits and the godfather of the neo-cons Irving Kristol has gone to the big bunker in the sky (?) more here.

Organized Rage argues that the war …

Don't call Afghanistan a democracy

Exporting Democracy
[col. writ. 9/9/09] (c) '09 Mumia Abu-Jamal

Since 2001, U.S. presidents have tried to sell their foreign adventures and invasions as exercises in exporting democracy -- as if democracy was a crate of corn, or a barrel of oil.

Few modern presidents spoke of this more often or with more intensity than former president George W. Bush. Few were more disbelieved than he.

It was the height of irony for him to declare, as he often did, that democracies were peaceful, as he spoke atop a rotting hill of bomb-blasted bodies and bones.

Many apologists for the Afghan war have used the export of democracy argument to justify its invasion and occupation.

The installment of Hamid Karzai was supposed to be the crystallization of this democratizing impulse, as was the recent 'election.'

Perhaps the urbane Karzai learned his lesson only too well, if the explosion of ballot-box stuffing, corrupt voting, and other violations are any indication.


The future of football is free

Peer-to-Peer, cooperative, FOSS....commons based football clubs are the future argues Andy Hewitt the Green Party Executive campaigns officer and member of Green Left

Swansea have, over the past 25 years or so nearly gone under a few times, largely due to wild excesses of spending, and financial mismanagement by various speculators who have taken control of the club for their own ends.

In 2001 the community marched in their thousands through the city calling to save the club which was being run into the ground by such a speculator, eventually the campaign was won with a group of local business people and more importantly fans taking control of the club and bringing it back into the community. They have vowed to run the club within its means as they recognise the importance of the club to so many people in the city.

A Supporters Trust was established, which now has a 20% stake in the club.

The fall from grace was almost complete 2 years later when the club fought off relegation from the Le…

Join Green Left

Green left is open to all members of the Green Party of England and Wales.

Please send cheques for £5 for membership up to 1/10/2010 to GL Treasurer c/o P.Murry, 18a Oxgate Gardens, London NW2 6EB

I would of course urge those reading from outside of England and Wales to set up their own Green Lefts.

If your not really a Green Party person...well in the UK Socialist Resistance do an excellent job of promoting ecosocialism and there are more anarchic social movements such as the climate camp which fight for ecology and oppose capitalism.

In Australia Green Left Weekly are excellent.

There are of course big indigenous networks in some parts of the world, the best in my opinion being in the Peruvian Amazon. working hard for ecosocialist goals of justice, ecology and direct democratic participation.

If you are an ecosocialist, its essential to get active and organised.....navel gazing is not an get out there and link up with others and work for change.

And of course good luck if you …

Brazil: pressure mounts on Lula as green issues define the political agenda

Most effective green political project in the world, well its obviously my political associates in the Peruvian Amazon, however in Brazil Marina Silva's bid to become President is already having an impact.

European Greens....I think we need to play catch up.

More here

Support the postal workers!

Just got mailed this.

TUC general secretary Brendan Barber pledged the "full and strong support"
of the whole seven-million strong UK trade union movement for our postal
members in dispute with Royal Mail.

Taking time out of his busy schedule to address the CWU's lunchtime fringe
meeting, Mr Barber condemned the public attacks being made on our union by
Royal Mail and others and described as "lies" any suggestion that we are
trying to block change.

"I know this union is committed to genuine modernisation," he insisted and
explained how the 2007 Pay and Modernisation Agreement - which he played a
significant personal role in helping to shape - had established the
principle of change by consent.

"But this dialogue is not now taking place," the TUC leader continued,
adding: "There's investment from government not spent and machinery not
being deployed."

After promising, once again, to help and support our members, Mr Barber
concluded: "Your …

Salma Yaqoob condemns postal ballot fraud

'Respect Party leader and Sparkbrook councillor Salma Yaqoob raised the possibility with police of fraud during the run-up to polling day after discovering that some Respect supporters hadn’t received their postal voting forms. She suspected ballot papers might have been stolen.
Coun Yaqoob said: “I am very concerned that so many postal votes were rejected by the returning officer. An investigation must be held. If it turns out that fraud was involved, anyone responsible should face prosecution.
“But the truth is that the whole postal vote system is wide open to abuse. For so long as it remains, someone, somewhere, will find a way to bend the rules.
“I won cross-party support last year for an approach to the government asking them to scrap postal voting in Birmingham. The Government really needs to act on this call now to prevent our electoral system being undermined.”

Good for her, it remains a system that can be manipulated.

More here on this story and the Respect victory in yesterda…

Biofuels kill our planet: Protest now!

'Agrofuels Don't Roc(k):

On 12th October, 6.30 pm, there will be a demonstration outside the Department for Energy and Climate Change, 3 Whitehall Place, London.
is being jointly organised by Campaign against Climate Change,Biofuelwatch and Food not Fuel (London).

The demonstration will be against 'green energy' subsidies for biofuels.At the moment, up to twice as much subsidy, paid a Renewable Obligation Certificates or ROCs, is available for producing 1 MW of energy from burning for example palm oil or rapeseed oil than for 1 MW of onshore wind energy.

Without such massive subsidies, biofuel use for heat and power would not be commercially viable. In Italy and Germany, there are already large numbers of biofuel power plants and virtually all of them run on palm oil, by far the cheapest feedstock, there, too, because of subsidies. In the UK, one proposed biofuel power station could require as much as 10,000 hectares of oil palm plantations or even more for other f…

Rich hunters attack indigenous!

'Since mid August, the eviction of pastoralists has taken a new form where one to two people are taken every day and locked up. You can only get released by the police or told no case to answer if you give money to them, most people are giving money to police not because they have done anything wrong but because they fear for their safety.'

The Maasai in Tanzania are being removed from a National Park.

They have had to graze in the park because hotter weather is drying their pastures...a product of climate change.

They are being expelled from the park so that rich people can hunt game.

Repeat after me 'This is the way world ends, this is the way the world ends, this is the way world ends'

Those who respect the planet are being removed from the land, the 'Gordos' bloated and rich are sucking our planet dry and can pay handsomely to bribe the cops and police public opinion.

Know any 'Gordos'. they are generally in charge and pay some one an awful lot of money t…

TUC have voted to Boycott Israel

Britain’s unions commit to a mass boycott movement of Israeli goods

In a landmark decision, Britain’s trade unions have voted overwhelmingly to commit to build a mass boycott movement, disinvestment and sanctions on Israel for a negotiated settlement based on justice for Palestinians.

The motion was passed at the 2009 TUC Annual Congress in Liverpool today (17 September), by unions representing 6.5 million workers across the UK.

Hugh Lanning, chair of the Palestine Solidarity Campaign, said: ‘This motion is the culmination of a wave of motions passed at union conferences this year, following outrage at Israel’s brutal war on Gaza, and reflects the massive growth in support for Palestinian rights. We will be working with the TUC to develop a mass campaign to boycott Israeli goods, especially agricultural products that have been produced in illegal Israeli settlements in the Palestinian West Bank.’

The motion additionally called for the TUC General Council to put pressure on the British gov…

21st September ' ::: Inside the Revolution: A Journey into the Heart of Venezuela'

::: Inside the Revolution: A Journey into the Heart of Venezuela

(Director Pablo Navarrete, 65mins, Alborada Films, 2009)
> Monday September 21st

Film starts 7pm, £4 entry

February 2009 marked 10 years since Hugo Chavez took office, following a landslide election victory, and launched his revolution to bring radical change to Venezuela. While wildly popular with many in the country, Chavez's policies and his strongly-worded criticisms of the U.S. government have also made him powerful enemies, both at home and abroad, especially in the media. Filmed in Caracas in November 2008, on the eve of the 10th anniversary of Chavez's controversial presidency, this feature-length documentary takes a journey into the heart of Venezuela's revolution to listen to the voices of the people driving the process forward.
"This is a rare film about Venezuela, a country in extraordinary transition. Watch this film because it is honest and fair and respectful of those who want to…

Mark Anthony France 'Sacked for saving us cash'

Where can we make spending cuts?

Well Mark Anthony France, a clerical worker from Bromsgrove, has saved the taxpayer thousands.

But for doing so has been sacked. What a society we live in.

He ran a campaign to call for the resignation of high spending Bromsgrove MP Julie Kirkbride.

She stood down and this has saved quite a tidy sum.

He has been sacked from his job. The evidence is in the form of blog comments he made.

Pretty obvious that someone, I wonder who? spent a lot of time tracking him down.

Those who do good in Britain are persecuted and the 'cuts' issue is becoming a circus whereby the rich taxpayers can call for cuts in civil servants pay or benefits for those on low incomes....while they rake it in.

Mark Anthony France is a real you could write to your MP to defend him but the MPs hate him for the obvious reason he supported a campaign to cull their greed.

Mark is my kind of hero, I wish him luck in his appeal.

He is not a greedy MP but a low paid worker trying …

Postal Strike 'Vote Yes'

The Royal Mail is being ripped apart for privatisation, New Labour are killing our postal service and Cameron will be even worse.

This is a strike call we should all support!


In the next week or so we must put all our efforts into securing a YES vote
in the national industrial action ballot.

A further letter and a DVD has been sent to all members' home addresses.
These communications need to be supported with face to face dialogue in the

We need to be clear and consistent on the reasons why we are asking our
members to vote YES - but we must also spell out the very serious
consequences of what a No vote will mean.

Please focus on the following key messages:


. Only a YES vote will maintain the pressure on Royal Mail and secure a
national agreement with a shared vision of modernisation in the interests of
the workforce and our customers - not just the company.

. Only a YES vote will secure a new Job Security A…