Showing posts from May, 2010

Turkish Green Party statement on massacre

Israel's last crime against humanity targeted humanitarian aid activists!

Pazartesi, 31 Mayýs 2010
Istanbul, 31 May 2010 - We, as Turkish Greens, strongly condemn the deadly raid against the activists on their way to Gaza with humanitarian aid. Although not confirmed yet, there are widespread concern over the increasing number of deaths, which stood at 10 at the moment. Israeli army detained the boats and since nobody can reach the group with any means, we are concerned over the activists' lives.

Although the IHH foundation (the organizing foundation) repeatedly iterated that the humanitarian aid would have been sent by the channel of Kızılay (Turkish Red Crescent), Israeli government chose not to react, and continued its blockage against Palestinian people.

This is a crime against humanity and Israeli government breached the international law by attacking civilian boats on the international sea.

The official declerations of Israeli government is far from reflecting the truth.


Thousands demonstrate against Gaza massacre in London

Just been sent this by Theresa of Green Left, the video is from counterfire and is a speech by Lowkey, Britain's premier political rapper

Just back from London demo, Shahrar (who read out Caroline's statement and gave a well-received speech) and hero of the day Mark D, who ensured at very short notice lots of Green Party placards were very visible. Andy H and I carried the GL banner. I'm sure there were others so sorry if I missed you!

I'm not one for inflating attendance figures, but ignore the press, there were at least 3 - 4,000 people. We blocked off Whitehall, and then marched down to the Israeli Embassy. Emotions were running high, but it was a peaceful and vocal demo with a broad section of people in attendance.

There are plans to demonstrate every evening outside the embassy at 5.30 if you're in central London.


Green candidate Mockus will fight for every vote in round two of Colombian election

This is my approximation from facebook with google translate, you don't just need Spanish you need the context, some of which I don't have.....'Minga yes, no piñata.' well I know what this is hinting at and I know Pinata is the birthday thing you burst and Minga is mobilisation, but it is still a bit WTF....original here

Today we reached a goal that a few months ago seemed impossible to reach, to get to the second round: more than 3 million citizens have joined what has become a genuine green wave of hope. We know that together we can transform society. We know that violence, inequality and corruption are not a destination, but are problems we can overcome.

This represents a new citizenship that begins to assess the political, wishes to participate and does so with vision, effectiveness and decency. With the help of new technology, building a remarkable politics where participation is voluntary, disinterested and working in kind and gentle ways to correct each other. W…

Salma Yaqoob says'Join with me to protest at Israel’s terrorist attack'

Councillor Salma’s statement

Monday, 31 May 2010
Join with me to protest at Israel’s terrorist attack
This murderous attack by the Israeli government on an aid convoy sailing in international waters is an act of state sponsored terrorism. It is also an attack on the entire international community. Over 700 people from 40 countries, 28 of whom are British, are taking part in the convoy.

Israel acts with such shameless contempt of world opinion because it feels it is above international sanction. And for far too long it has been. This situation must change. The British government must express its outrage at the attack on its citizens and the aid convey in the strongest terms. The British Ambassador should be withdrawn from Israel and the Israeli Ambassador asked to leave Britain. Support should be given to the Palestinian call for an emergency meeting of the United Nations Security Council. Effective International sanctions must now applied. The world must unite to send the strongest messag…

Caroline Lucas MP condemns Israeli attack on peace activists

If you are a Liberal Democrat contrast this with the silence of your leader, I could be wrong but I haven't heard anything from the current Labour leader Harriet Harman, time to join the Green Party if you care about peace and justice. Join here

The Green Party Leader, Caroline Lucas MP, has called on the Government to condemn the actions of the Israeli troops in firing on a ship carrying volunteers and medical supplies to Gaza, and to back an urgent inquiry into the incident.

In a strongly worded message to Foreign Secretary William Hague, she has demanded that he urgently contact the Israeli authorities to demand an end to the attacks, and that he ensure that Israel is held fully to acount for an illegal and unprovoked attack.

Speaking this morning, she said:

"I completely condemn this deadly attack on the humanitarian aid convoy. I am deeply shocked by the brutality of the assault, which has left a still unkown number of people dead and wounded. My thoughts are with the victim…

Gaza tells Israel 'collective punishment is a crime against humanity'


We Gaza based Palestinian Civil Society Organizations and International activists call on the international community and civil society to pressure their governments and Israel to cease the abductions and killings in Israel’s attacks against the Gaza Freedom Flotilla sailing for Gaza, and begin a global response to hold Israel accountable for the murder of foreign civilians at sea and illegal piracy of civilian vessels carrying humanitarian aid for Gaza.

We salute the courage of all those who have organized this aid intervention and demand a safe passage through to Gaza for the 750 people of conscience from 40 different countries including 35 international politicians intent on breaking the Israeli-Egyptian blockade. We offer our sincerest condolences to family and friends who have lost loved ones in the attack.

By sailing directly to Gaza, outside of Israeli waters, with cargo banned illegally by Israel, such as t…

Complain to BBC for justifying Gaza killings

Helen Boaden Director of BBC News;
Peter Horrocks Head of BBC TV News;

Dear Peter,

I was disgusted that the BBC ran an interview with an Israeli representative justifying the killing of peace protestors this morning.

It was shocking that no one from the Gaza peace convoy or representing them was allowed to speak.

Is the BBC propaganda outfit for Israel?

Derek Wall

Protest 2pm Downing Street against killing of peace activists

In Manchester there is a protest at 5pm today at the BBC on Oxford Road called by Manchester Palestine Solidarity Campaign (PSC)
Please tell everyone and get as many people there as you can
[bbc website entry is below – no challenge at all as to why Israel should be allowed to commit piracy on the high seas – on BBC Radio 4 they again let the Israeli spokesperson Regev off the hook]
There is a protest today at 2pm at Downing Street
Deaths as Israeli forces storm Gaza aid ship
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Israelis kill twenty peace activists

The Israelis have stormed a peace convoy ship and killed twenty people.

They have already been on the BBC lying enthusiastically about their actions.

I wonder whether Mossad will be outside Palestine Solidarity Campaign meetings, shooting those who campaign for Gaza.

Any opposition, even non violent, is terrorism for these people.

Will the British government make any statement, no! Nick Clegg is part of the most pro-Israel government for decades.

Tragically looks like Mockus loses in Colombia

David Laws to resign as MP

Yep he is thinking of throwing the towel in as MP for Yeovil....I guess he could be the first MP to be kicked out if new rules come in to make MPs stand down over expenses issues, so now he is thinking of resigning not just as a minister but a member.

Lets see what happens but he could be leaving politics, according to his resignation statement.

Nice if we valued nurses, teachers, farmers rather than former city bankers as politicians like Laws.

At least he isn't taking his £19,0000 severance pay for 18 days work.....nice if you can get it.

Scandal ridden past Liberal Democrat MPs for his constituency Yeovil include Paddy 'Pantsdown' Ashdown, at least he was anti-nuclear, as a reward he was later made ruler of Bosnia.

The classic West Country Liberal scandal which had everything including the killing of a lovers pet is chronicled in Rinkagate, 'a scandal so mind-bogglingly complex (and lurid) that it somehow just had to happen in the staid, square Britain of the seventi…

Climate change denier tea party politician sues scientists over temperature data

Against Nature

Huysmans book 'Against Nature' is worth a read.

Well more 'Against the Grain', Oscar Wilde with bad attitude, Beckett's Mr Knott in Watt and Vincent Price in Dr Phibes(see video above) all come to mind.

A classic in which nothing happens. It has nothing to recommend it on the political plane, a tale of a decadent stewing in his own rich juices.

Having said that where else would you find a sex scene with a ventriloquist

Our (anti-) hero is at home pretending he is out of France and enjoying London.

His hunger was nearly satisfied. He nibbled a bit of blue Stilton, a sweet cheese with an underlying touch of bitter, pecked at a rhubarb tart, and then, to vary the monotony, quenched his thirst with porter, that British black beer which tastes of liquorice juice from which the sugar had been extracted.

He drew a deep breath; for years he had not guzzled and swilled so much. The change of habits, the choice of unexpected and satisfying viands had roused the stomach from its l…

urgent protect Gaza flotilla under threat

Carole SwordsMay 30, 2010 at 12:29pm
Subject: cut and paste and send it will only take 30 seconds
Please copy and paste this letter into an e mail.

...Then, copy and paste the various e mail addresses below the letter, and send it off.

Dear Respected Office,

I write this letter to you with a real sense of danger which is prevailing on our British citizens who are in danger of kidnap, and imprisonment by the Israel Navel forces.

No doubt you are well aware of the 4 year long illegal siege imposed on Gaza and it's inhabitants by Israel, but you have chosen to stay quite, and let Gaza become a natural death camp, which is being suffocated of all living supplies.

Yet you chose to invade countries as big as Iraq, and feel proud by claiming to have liberated the people from a cruel dictator. The list goes on and on, and I can give you other examples. However, I feel now is not the time, because right now, time is in sho…

Ecosocialist congress in Switzerland

The Swiss ecosocialist party had their first national congress yesterday have a look at their facebook for more details, I am sure action on Islamaphobe is part of the package.

Subject: Chers-ères amis-es de La Gauche, camarades,
C'est avec un immense bonheur que je vous annonce officiellement la naissance de "La Gauche - Alternative Linke - La Sinistra".;

Je vous souhaite à toutes et à tous un excellent week-end, et au plaisir de vous rencontrer prochainement dans une manifestation organisée par La Gauche.

Salutations militantes et solidaires

Frédéric Charpié - Secrétaire du collectif national

David Laws partner worked for lobbyist

His partner James Lundie is a director with Edleman.

Socialist Worker can reveal that this was among the seven receptions Edleman had at the House of Commons in a year and a half from 2004.

On 7 September 2004 Laws hosted a dinner for 14 people in a plush Parliament dining room. The rather limited register of rooms bookings show that the dinner was to host representatives from Edelman.

Edelman’s clients include Microsoft, Kraft, Starbucks, Walmart, Shell and EON. The firms specialises in industrial relations PR.

Great article in Socialist Worker showing the real reason for David Laws resignation here

The secret war

Socialist Resistance Meeting 'The secret war in Pakistan: Farooq Tariq LPP and Lindsey German StWC'

The LPP has opposed the Musharaf military dictatorship, as well as American imperialism and religious
fanaticism. Many of the LPP supporters were jailed under the Musharaf regime for demanding
democratic rights or in the struggle for workers’ and peasants’ rights.
The LLP has worked to maintain its political space and refused to be driven underground. Since
its inception the Labour Party Pakistan has put special emphasis on helping to develop independent
social, labour and peasant organizations.
LPP supporters have worked to develop networks with other left groups and social movements.
These have included the Labour Education Foundation, Anti-War Committee Pakistan and the Anti-
Privatization Alliance.

Farooq Tariq is a national spokesperson for the LPP
Lindsey German is the joint convenor for the Stop the War Coalition

Farooq Tariq Labour Party Pakistan
Lindsey Germa…

David Laws resigns, Chris Huhne to replace him at Treasury

David Laws, chief secretary to the Treasury, has resigned.

This was over paying his partner over room rental.

A bit sad, as a gay man he wanted to be private, which is fair enough.

However inappropriate expenses is particularly inappropriate for a government axe man.

I suspect he will be replaced by another (neo) liberal, keen to cut the public sector and feed all which is market based and corporate.

I think we are in for a good five years of a government that while appearing a little to the centre will move the UK in an even more capital friendly direction, shrinking the public sector, crushing trade unions and opposing things like open source/free software.

The weak will suffer, the rich will gain....although the Capital Gains Tax reform does appear to be a socialist exception from a government of the right.

Chris Huhne will take up David Laws post, apparently.

Six essential habits for effective climate deniers

* 1. Allege that there's a conspiracy. Claim that scientific consensus has arisen through collusion rather than the accumulation of evidence.
* 2. Use fake experts to support your story. "Denial always starts with a cadre of pseudo-experts with some credentials that create a facade of credibility," says Seth Kalichman of the University of Connecticut.
* 3. Cherry-pick the evidence: trumpet whatever appears to support your case and ignore or rubbish the rest. Carry on trotting out supportive evidence even after it has been discredited.
* 4. Create impossible standards for your opponents. Claim that the existing evidence is not good enough and demand more. If your opponent comes up with evidence you have demanded, move the goalposts.
* 5. Use logical fallacies. Hitler opposed smoking, so anti-smoking measures are Nazi. Deliberately misrepresent the scientific consensus and then knock down your straw man.
* 6. Manufacture doubt. Falsely portray scientists as so divided that basi…

GPTU reiterates support for BA strikers

GPTU reiterates support for BA strikers

GPTU still supports British Airways cabin staffing their dispute.The threat by management to worsen their pay, their conditions and cut back on jobs is something which organised workers are right to resist. This is especially so in a climate where employers are mounting attacks on workers, if BA management get their way many other workers, in other industries could be the next to suffer.

As Greens we are critical of the aviation industry and we do believe its polluting activities need to be cut back, but we are committed to a JUST transition to a low carbon economy, not one where workers are made to suffer for problems which are not of their making. BA managements and all other employers should be negotiating with Unions and governments to ensure that the changes necessary to prevent disastrous damage caused by climate change can take place without workers being exploited.

"I hate all white people. You are thieves and liars".

Saw this note about Sitting Bull on the BBC website today:

In 1883, Sitting Bull was invited as guest of honour to address a celebration of the completion of the Northern Pacific Railway. Speaking in Sioux through a translator, his speech began: "I hate all white people. You are thieves and liars". The interpreter, taken by surprise, hastily improvised a string of flowery complements in English, with the result that the speech greeted with rapturous applause, much to Sitting Bull's amusement.'

New Film 'Cuba: Defending Socialism, Resisting Imperialism'

'Cuba: Defending Socialism, Resisting Imperialism' is a new film about socialist activists from London who travel to Cuba during the 50th anniversary of the 1959 revolution.

Its a celebration of Cuba's achievements but a thoughtful one, with interviews with a variety of Cubans including a Jehovah Witness working on an organic farm as his religion does not allow him to be in the military, a political activist, an economist and a speech therapist who has been working to help people in Venezuela.

Its a great little film with a lot of food for thought and a good corrective to all the anti-Cuban stuff in the media, the interviews are fascinating and say a lot about the difficulties the country continues to face.....very interesting in terms of Cuban ideas of grassroots democracy and the problems of running an economy with a blockade.

If you can try and make the showing at Bolivar Hall.....the participants contrast the inspiration of Cuba with the less than inspiring realities of L…

Cuban scientist wins 'Green Nobel'

Pablo at Alborada sent me this.

News: Cuban Researcher Receives the 'Green Nobel'
Fri, 05/28/2010 - 11:13 — Anonymous Cuban Researcher Receives the 'Green Nobel'

Friday 28th May 2010, by Cuba 50

The representative of the UN's Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) in Havana, Ana Maria Navarro, congratulated Cuban researcher Humberto Rios Labrada who last week became the first Cuban to receive the Goldman Environmental Prize, sometimes called the Green Nobel and the largest prize in the world given to grass-roots environmentalists.

Humberto Rios Labrada is an expert on biodiversity research with the Cuban National Institute of Agricultural Sciences and he has been working with nearly 50,000 Cuban farmers. His campaign involves choosing the crops and seed varieties best for their lands and educating farmers on how to grow strong healthy crops with less dependence on farm chemicals.

He has also been lecturing across Cuba on how to mix seed combinations to improve yields …

Urgent Alert: Albert Pizango arrested and under threat!

Albert Pizango, the leader of Aidesep, the indigenous network in the Peruvian Amazon, spent a year in exile after a government militia massacred local people protesting at Amazon destruction.

This week he returned to Peru after a year in Nicaragua and was arrested yesterday.

He is accused of formenting violence. When the violence occurred in Bagua, it involved the Peruvian authorities first shooting and killing over a hundred protesters. And Pizango was hundreds of miles away in Lima.

Aidesep have done a wonderful job preventing the Amazon from being taken by oil and gas companies. Because they protect the environment, they face imprisonment and death.

Please protest.....letter to Peruvian President Alan Garcia here. (the link is in spanish but you can write in English and use google translate if you need to!)

For background please look here

And please spread the word, if you care about your planet the most effective thing you can do is to support Aidesep.

First Green MP delivers maiden speech in parliament

"Politics needs to renew itself, and allow new ideas and visions to emerge"

The threat from climate change featured strongly in the first speech to the
House of Commons by Britain's first Green MP this afternoon.

But the new MP for Brighton Pavilion also drew attention to the UK's need
for greater gender equality, for an elected House of Lords, for an
improvement to Britain's record on civil liberties, and for the introduction
of a genuinely proportional electoral system. "Politics needs to renew
itself, and allow new ideas and visions to emerge," she told the House.

Finally turning her attention to climate change, Caroline Lucas said:

"I have worked on the causes and consequences of climate change for most of
my working life, first with Oxfam - for the effects of climate change are
already affecting millions of people in poorer countries around the world -
and then for ten years in the European Parliament.

"But if we are to overcome this threat, then it …

Greens call for U-turn on Academies scheme

“Power in education should go to schools, teachers and parents – not sponsors”

The Green Party today publicly condemned proposals to offer all schools an option of Academy status.

Rachel Fryer, the Greens’ education spokesperson, said “There is clear evidence that Academies do not improve performance and in some cases make it worse.

“The Green Party has always spoken in favour of greater freedom for the school to decide how it is run and the school curriculum. However this does not and must not mean putting the running of the school into the hands of a private sponsor who may know nothing or very little about education, and taking the power away from parents and teachers who have little representation on the governing body at an Academy.

“Academies can see principals paid in excess of £120,000 whilst there is a high turnover of valued and committed staff lower down the pay scale as they are invited to reapply for their jobs on different pay scales.

“Time and again Greens and others have a…

What do I want for my birthday?l

Well half way to ninety today and have dozens of happy birthday greetings on my facebook.....and of course as a cyclist I am happy with each new birthday particularly!

Slightly dodgy birthday because I got back home to find, not a surprise party and extra cake but an electricity blackout, apparently a vast swathe of Warfield, Ascot and Winkfield has been in the dark because of a problem with a sub-station at Chavey Down.

in 1993 I spent my birthday in the cells of the Bristol cops because of a bit direct action at Golden Hill in a Tescos/greenfield I am not complaining about a bit of non electricity compared to being imprisoned.

Anyway otherwise, great birthday, nice presents and lots of greetings from all over the world.....but if you want to give me a present link to Intercontinental Cry and take action

Material goods are so last century and indigenous struggle to protect tierra mad…

John Africa on Water & Pollution

John Africa on Water & Pollution
[col. writ. 5/20/10] (c) '10 Mumia Abu-Jamal

It was after the first major MOVE confrontation in Philadelphia, August 8th, 1978, when MOVE Founder, John Africa dictated The Judge's Letter, 15 pages of pointed outrage, not just of MOVE's treatment by the government, but of corporate and state pollution of the natural world.

His words came back to me in the aftermath of one of the most destructive oil spills in history: the tens of thousands of barrels of oil boiling from below the Gulf, the direct result of corporate greed and government collusion; deregulation in everything but name.

In the very beginning of his letter, John Africa wrote:
The courts are the tools of industrial plague, granting big
business privilege to poison our earth...[T]aking our water, familiar
and clean, and turning it into a potion that's poison...[.p1]

These words brought to mind the recent …

Nick Griffin throws in towel

I guess he may change his mind, 2013 is a long time away in British politics, but good news. Despite the General Election Griffin has proved to be the most effective leader the far right in Britain has had.

A strategic thinker it will be good to see him replaced, he raised the game for the far right compared to the hapless John Tyndall.

Or may be its a bluff to take the pressure off after the BNP lost so many council seats....wonder who will be fighting for the fuehrer post.

Crisis in West Papua alert

Urgent Action for Pucak Jaya Humanitarian Crisis’s
Sunday, May 23, 2010 5:40 PM
From: "" Add sender to ContactsTo:
Dear Friend of West Papua.

It is with great sadness that I write to let you know about a humanitarian
crisis that is developing in Puncak Jaya region of the West Papua highlands.
Indonesian military have been launching sweeping operations for the past week
in the Tingginambut district. Homes in three villages have been burnt, two
people killed, one lady raped, and all livestock killed by Indonesian military.

The Indonesian military are trying to find Papua freedom fighters led by
Goliath Tabuni and have set a deadline of 28th June for them to surrender. But
there will never be any surrender by the Papuan people in our struggle. We all
want freedom.

The people of West Papua need your help to put pressure on the Indonesia
Government before something terrible happen on 28th June.

We need United Nations to send peacekeeping …


Gustavo Fernández Colón
Professor at the University of Carabobo, Venezuela

(Paper presented to the Forum "ecosocialism XXI century", in Caracas, Venezuela, in June 2009)

The most serious aspect of the crisis facing the global capitalist system is not the bankruptcy of financial corporations, or the global economic downturn, or the discrediting of its institutions of political control. The greatest threat to the continuity of the capitalist mode of production is the environmental crisis caused by the irrational destruction of nature, to the point of jeopardizing the ability of self-regeneration of the ecosystems on which our survival depends.
For many analysts, however, a new long cycle of economic growth would be to take off thanks to the efforts of countries like China and India, now converted into more desirable markets to transnational capita…

Antanas Mockus will defeat death squads!

Declaration of the Global Green Coordination regarding the presidential election campaign of the Colombian Green Party and its candidate Antanas Mockus
20th May 2010

The Global Green Coordination representing more than 80 green parties from around the world, greets the surging campaign for the upcoming presidential elections being conducted by the Colombian Green Party and its candidate Antanas Mockus. The spectacular support they are receiving opens a completely new and promising perspective for this country, delivering hope to overcome the dominating violence, corruption and social injustice. We call on the Colombian electorate to vote for Antanas Mockus and the proposals of the Colombian Green Party.

Antanas Mockus as President would mean putting an end to the eight years of the Uribe government, marked by failure to respect the constitution, stressing often a militaristic approach to resolve conflicts, contributing to intensify regional tensions, tolerating a high level of corr…

Kayapo resistance continues!

It's been exactly one month to the day since a group of Kayapo set up a ferry blockade across the Xingu River in an ongoing protest against the controversial Belo Monte hydro dam. The Kayapo were dispatched to the site on April 22, the same day the Brazilian government granted out rights to build the ... Continue Reading:

Founding congress of New Ecosocialist Party

Founding Congress / 29 May in Lausanne of the new ecosocialist Party, the Left in Switzerland.

for more details have a look at their facebook

Building a climate and just transition movement in Europ

From many different organisations and networks in Europe, we invite you to a meeting in Bonn on 5 and 6 June to discuss climate justice and the building of a just transition movement in Europe.

We start from the example resistance in Copenhagen and the spirit of climate justice. We will discuss:

How to carry the spirit of Cochabamba forward;

Building a climate and just transition movement in Europe, including actions in Octber and December;

The alternative Europe we want;

Mobilising for Cancun.

We will meet at Sitzungssaal, LVR-LandesMuseum Bonn, Colmantstr. 14-16, 53115 Bonn from 9 to 12.30 on Saturday to discuss global issues, and then go on the climate demonstration. On Sunday we will meet from 10 to 5 to discuss more European issues.

This is an open meeting, and you do not have to book ahead. But if you are coming, it will help if you reply to Alexis Passadakis on Please tell us your name and organisation, and any translation you will need. The main language will be E…

Mumia 'Globalization is here - and it ain't pretty'

[col. writ. 5/16/10] (c) '10 Mumia Abu-Jamal

There is, at the heart of American society, a profound disquiet about the overwhelming powers of government, one which waxes and wanes according to the felt needs of the time.

That's partly because, while we say the government was formed to support freedom, we know that this wasn't true. We know that the government was an instrument of despotic and tyrannical power - especially when it comes to Black people.

This government began in slavery, not in freedom - unless one argues it was begun to protect freedom of some to enslave others.

Thomas Jefferson, in his Notes On the State of Virginia, describing slavery, called it a system of "unremitting despotism."

That he was, at once, an alleged freedom fighter and, an owner of several hundred slaves gives us some sense of the contradiction at the core of the United States.

Government then, and now, supports the efforts of the wealthy, …

Colombian Green Party flash mob today

Alas can't make this but yes a green tide is sweeping Latin America!

FLASH>MOB!!! Los VERDES nos tomamos el South Bank

Where: Parque entre City Hall y Tower Bridge

When: Today from 3:00 pm to 6:00 pm (Sat. 22nd) The GP are leading in the Columbian Presidential election. Think of it - thefirst Green Government!!! They have asked us to come out and support them. Apparently there are 400Columbian GP people in London. Please get down to City Hall tomorrow afternoon and bring some placards. .

Jerry Hicks ‘Unite behind John McDonnell’

‘Unite behind John McDonnell’

Jerry Hicks a candidate in the election for the General Secretary of Unite, Britain's biggest union, today urged Labour MPs to nominate John McDonnell MP to be the new Leader of the Labour Party.

Jerry Hicks said "I welcome John McDonnell's commitment to a leadership debate based on the policies. I applaud John McDonnell's long-standing support for workers' rights, the trade unions and repealing the anti-trade union laws; a peaceful foreign policy, bringing our troops home, publicly owned services, progressive taxation, an emergency council housing programme, a living wage and civil liberties.

I also welcome his determination that working people must not be made to pay for a crisis that is not of their making. He is the perfect alternative to the David and Ed the ‘Moribund’ brothers and the other candidates from Continuity New Labour. He also offers a genuine alternative to the Cameron-Clegg Government ."

Jerry Hicks believes that Jo…

Unite General Secretary ballot could put left in charge

Please find an attachment giving the details of the timetable for the election of Unite General Secretary. As you will see the nomination months for Branches and workplaces are July and August, with the balloting of our 1.7 million members throughout October.

Our campaign continues at a pace, not least in the miles that we are travelling (with my bum taking up the shape of a National Express coach seat!).

We have over 20 support groups set up across the country, with hundreds more people doing loads of stuff, where they are and how they know best. Let me know if you want to be put in touch with peolpe near you, by emailing me on

Also the latest leaflet/s (A5 and A4) are now at the printers as of today and will be sent out next week.

Finally, take a look at this most recent youtube clip of Ken Loach giving his support to our campaign, nice one.

Hold on to your hats and fasten your seat belts, and above all........... ke…

Caroline Lucas to speak at Compass event

Caroline ran and won on a programme of greater democracy, equality and of course sustainability. Let's find out, now she is in Parliament, how she proposes to push this common agenda.

'This is why we've invited Caroline to speak: to help us forge new progressive alliances, develop fresh thinking, to listen to, learn from and be challenged by those with different perspectives and help us to forge a truly new politics.

Other high-profile speakers at the event who'll also join us to debate the ideas, campaigns and coalitions needed to build a new progressive consensus for the 21st century include: Jon Cruddas MP; Chuka Umunna MP; Baroness Helena Kennedy QC; Polly Toynbee, The Guardian; John Harris, The Guardian; Prof Ruth Lister CBE; Will Straw, Left Foot Forward; John Hilary, War On Want; Seumas Milne, The Guardian; Mehdi Hasan, New Statesman; Fiona Millar; Kat Banyard, UK Feminista; Louise Christian; Hilary Wainwright, Red Pepper; Noel Hatch, Compass Youth; Sam Tarry, You…

Mumia Abu-Jamal asks is this 'The Fall of the House of Labour'

The Fall of the House of Labour
[col. writ. 5/12/10] (c) '10 Mumia Abu-Jamal

When Gordon Brown surrendered the post of Prime Minister to his Conservative opponent, David Cameron, he signaled the collapse of the Labour Party from its heady days of the '90's, at the end of the Thatcher era.

In 1997, when Tony Blair took power, he gave an extraordinary speech to the Labour Party Conference, which looks all the more remarkable in hindsight. Blair announced to the assembled throngs:

Since this is a day for honesty, I'll tell you my heroes aren't just
Ernie Bevin, Bye Bevan and Attlee. They are also Keynes,
Beveridge, Lloyd George. Divisions among radicals almost
one hundred years ago resulted in a 20th century dominated by
Conservatives. I want the 21st century to be the century of the
radicals [Labour & Trade Union Review, No 197 (May '09)…

Caroline Lucas MP to speak at Brighton solidarity meeting


Tuesday, 25 May 2010 at 19:30 - 21:30
in the Auditorium,Brighthelm Centre
North Road (corner of Queens Rd),5 mins from Brighton station

SUSSEX UCU (currently striking for jobs)
BRIGHTON RMT (currently balloting for jobs)
NUT (currently boycotting the SATS tests)
BRIGHTON AND HOVE UNISON (meeting organisers)

plus Brighton Benefits Campaign, & Greek activist

With the Tories now in office and promising attacks on jobs and services not seen since the 1930s,Brighton and Hove unison is hosting this public meeting. Its aim is to bring together all those prepared to support trade unionists at the frontline of resisting the coming Tory onslaught.

* We need to prepare now to give whatever support we can to each other as our working conditions,pay,jobs,and services are attacked over the next year.
* We need to strengthen networks of support so that no group of workers is left to resist the cuts alone.
* We can also ask local po…

Thirty years since Shining Path went to war against the people of Peru

May 17th 1980 Shining Path, a Maoist group that split from the Communist Party of Peru undertook the first action in their 'Peoples' War', burning ballot papers in an obscure village.

Until their leader, a philosophy professor specialising in Kant, was captured in the 1990s, they took part in a bloody war which claimed the lives of 10,000s of people and displaced 100,000s.

They killed not just those they sought to over throw but targeted all on the left and in the social movements who did not support them, typically they would dynamite opponents in front of their families.

They were the most brutal of the Maoists along with the Khmer Rouge in Cambodia.

If they had won, who knows how many they would have murdered.

Successive Peruvian governments responded with brutal repression....ordinary Peruvian citizens suffered terror from both sides.

Now Shining Path are made up of a few hundred guerillas and are heavily involved in the cocaine trade. A spent and diminishing force.

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Tate Modern was forced to close down parts of its No Soul For Sale tenth anniversary exhibition on Saturday (15 May) whilst it struggled to remove dozens of dead fish and oil-soaked birds hanging from huge black balloons let loose in the Turbine Hall.

Art activists from LIBERATE TATE, a growing network dedicated to ensuring the museum drop its sponsorship deal with BP (British Petroleum), infiltrated Tate Modern's Turbine Hall and released dozens of helium-filled black balloons with dead animals attached. Crowds of tourists and art lovers gathered to watch the balloons rise up in the air until they filled the ceiling of the Turbine Hall.

Josephine Buoys, who took part in the art action, said: “We took this action whilst Tate sponsor BP is creating the largest oil painting in the world. Across the Gulf of Mexico ecosystems and livelihoods are being devastated by t…