Showing posts from June, 2011

Green MSP Alison Johnstone says free the commons!

It’s also time to take another look at Scotland’s Common Good assets, most of which are the legacies of the old Burghs. They do not belong to local authorities - they belong to local people - and I’ll be pressing the Scottish Government to bring in a full register of these assets and clear and simple legislation to protect them for their original purpose. The same process could define how new assets could be brought into Common Good. A poor version of the same work is underway at Westminster through the Tory Government’s localism agenda. Scotland can, of course, do better.

There are other creative uses of land which are either vulnerable, being squeezed, or being neglected at a policy level.

This month has seen the launch of the Thousand Huts campaign, which aims to promote the kind of hutting people may remember from the Carbeth case, and I’ve been working with Reforesting Scotland and others to build support for them in Parliament. Huts may seem wacky, but in the immediate post-war pe…

Remember when the nurses and teachers crashed the economy?

Remember when teachers, policemen, prison officers, ambulance staff, nurses, doctors and firemen crashed the stock market, wiped out banks, took billions in bonuses and paid no tax? No, me neither. Please copy and paste to your status/blog etc for 24 hours to show your support against the Government's latest attack on pensions and public sector workers.

Green Party Trade Union support for tomorrow's strikes!

GPTU calls on all its members and all Green Party members to suppot the strikers of UCU, ATL,NUT and PCS in the pensions strike tomorrow. We have posted a message from Sally Hunt of UCU on the GPTU blog which explains that, contrary to media myth, public sector pensions are hardly generous. These pensions are in any case a slight compensation for the low salaries of the public sector where many workers do their work out of a sense of public service. Why should these workers pay with their pensions for a crisis of international finance?
As our French comrades are saying: “30 JUIN 2011 : SOLIDARITÉ AVEC LE ROYAUME UNI, CECI N'EST PAS UNE DETTE, C'EST DU RACKET !
Démocratie réelle maintenant ! Commission Actions des Indignés de la Bastille

Green Party Trade Union support for tomorrow's strikes!

GPTU calls on all its members and all Green Party members to suppot the strikers of UCU, ATL,NUT and PCS in the pensions strike tomorrow. We have posted a message from Sally Hunt of UCU on the GPTU blog which explains that, contrary to media myth, public sector pensions are hardly generous. These pensions are in any case a slight compensation for the low salaries of the public sector where many workers do their work out of a sense of public service. Why should these workers pay with their pensions for a crisis of international finance?
As our French comrades are saying: “30 JUIN 2011 : SOLIDARITÉ AVEC LE ROYAUME UNI, CECI N'EST PAS UNE DETTE, C'EST DU RACKET !
Démocratie réelle maintenant ! Commission Actions des Indignés de la Bastille

J30, we are many, they are few!

Strike action over the Teachers’ Pension Scheme tomorrow

As you will know tomorrow on Thursday 30 June UCU members in FE and post-92 universities will be taking strike action alongside PCS, NUT, and ATL and there are picket lines, demonstrations and rallies taking place across the country.

Members in post-92 universities, FE colleges and adult education are asked to support their pickets and observe the strike.

Members in pre-92 universities are not taking strike action tomorrow but are asked to show their support by visiting picket lines or support the rallies if possible.

March and rally in London

Tomorrow will also see a major march and rally in London, beginning at Lincoln’s Inn Fields and ending at Westminster Central Hall. This looks like being a big event and a major focal point for anger against the government’s plans to cut pensions.

The details are as follows:

March assembles Lincoln's Inn Fields: 11:00am

March begins: 11:40am
Rally: 1:15pm at Westminster Central Hall

Councillor Alan Weeks joins Green Party.

There is a small but interesting green and left tradition in the Liberal Democrats, think of all the sterling work the Young Liberals did to fight apartheid in the 1970's.

Indeed some of the people in the Green Party I work with like Victor Anderson come from this traditiona and of course, hate to say this but one of my real political heros is a lib, Eric Lubbock! (cos of his work for indigenous in Peru!)

With the orange book groups success in turning the Liberal Democrats to the right and the coalition, the minority of radical Lib Dems are leaving.

Great to see Alan Weeks, Hampshire County Councillor for Totton North, become our first councillor in Hampshire.

"When I was campaigning local voters made it clear to me that they were angry about the way they have been let down by the national Lib Dem party. What they were saying was right. I have been a Lib Dem (and Liberal before that) for about 25 years and it is not me that has changed. It is the values of the national Liberal De…



7.30-9.30 p.m.




Global warming, climate change, populations starving and indigenous peoples under attack.

The environment and the future of our planet is facing a crisis. Our economic system is in a state of collapse. Capitalism has failed internationally, with cuts in public services, austerity measures and unemployment affecting all of our living standards across the globe.

On June 30, joint industrial action by public sector workers represents a fight back against the Con Dem coalition. We are told that there is no alternative to their budget plans and we must simply accept it.

From Spain, Greece and the Middle East, people are saying there is an alternative which does not involve protecting bankers, dictators and corrupt politicians. The old solutions are being rejected in favour of international solutions based on people not profit a…

Trees for Human Rights/ Víctor Jara Festival


Machynlleth, Wales

13 - 14 August 2011

As part of the Víctor Jara Festival Ecomemoria invites you to participate in the planting of 2 trees in memory of the victims of the Chilean military junta.


OVERVIEW (This information is in the attachment.)

The decades of the ‘70s and ‘80s were witness to the implementation of an estate of terror across the Latin-American continent, leaving in its wake a trail of terror and torture. In Chile the State sponsored regime of repression left hundreds of thousands of victims, over 3,000 murdered and 1,119 desaparecidos (“disappeared”). Moreover, there was a policy of systematic exploitation of the native forests and the indiscriminate pollution of the environment. An integral part of this socio-economic policy was the implementation of a strategy of “cover-up”, aimed at hiding all evidence of human rights violations and the destructive effects of their environmental policie…

Tragic deaths of Alf Filer and Frank Gallagher

I am just back from a lovely weekend in the North East spending time with Green Party friends and sad to find news in my in-box of the death of two people who I respected so much.

One was Frank Gallagher from Donegal who did so much to oppose the Irish Green Party's descent into madness.

Also Alf Filer, I have only met Alf more than once or twice but he had asked me to speak in Worthing on tuesday, I can't believe that he has gone.

Alf Filer RIP
We are immensely shocked to have heard that Alf Filer was killed in a horrible road accident on the A27 in Brighton on Thursday night.
Alf only moved down from London to Worthing in November, but even before he did so had got in touch with The Porkbolter to find out how best to get involved in the local campaigning scene.
He threw himself with gusto into anti-cuts and anti-fascist campaigning and will be known …

I am going to G..........

Gateshead, lol!

for the mini green festival.

see some of you tomorrow

Bill Quay Farm
Hainingwood Terrace
Created by:
South Tyneside and Sunderland Transition Town
More info
South of Tyne Transition Town and Bill Quay Farm will be holding Gateshead's first community green fest on the 25th June 2011, from 11 o'clock to 4 o'clock. It is going to be family and learning focused with some folky bands, lots of stalls, educational activities (including stalls where you can have a go at making things and an interactive exercise on how we can save money and the environment by using less oil), and some talks in a tent. The Farm is close to Pelaw metro station and is also a pleasant cycle ride from Newcastle. There will be an information stall where you can get advice on the different activities on offer and volunteers providing information around the site.

Groups and organisations getting involved will include:

North East Transition Town Coordinator's network
Newcastle …

Adrian Ramsay says 'No Nukes!'

Greens say Britain should avoid dangerous nuclear distraction

"Nuclear power creates a toxic legacy of waste and is bad value for money.
Investing the same amount in energy efficiency and renewable energy would
make much more difference more quickly in reducing carbon emissions, making
our energy supply more secure and creating skilled, lasting jobs."

Green Party deputy leader Adrian Ramsay responded to the government's
announcement that up to eight new reactor sites have been designated for
development. Chris Huhne signalled that Britain will be "open for business",
and hopes to attract foreign nuclear investment, despite recent events at
Fukushima and elsewhere.

Mr Ramsay said:

"While the Conservatives and LibDems often talk about being 'the greenest
government ever', the coalition partners show their real priorities with
their policies. Reducing carbon emissions must be a top priority, but this
fixation on nuclear will divert investment away from the real sol…

That Petrol Emotion Big Decision

That Petrol Emotion!

Marxist pop I love, Scritti Polliti, Gang of Four, etc.

Alberto Pizango believes that President-elect finds Peru in a deplorable condition.

The Amazon leader Alberto Pizango, exiled for time to Nicaragua by the previous Garcia government (who murdered the indigenous at Bagua in the government campaign to open the Amazon), has argued that the incoming President Humala finds Peru in a desperate state. Indigenous are in poverty and have had their land stolen for inappropriate projects. An economy that respects the indigenous and Planet Earth is necessary for shared prosperity.

I salute Alberto Pizango, this is my rough translation of his statement, original in Spanish here

AIDESEP, June 20, 2011.

AIDESEP President Alberto Pizango Chota, on his visit to the city of Cañete, said that the outoging APRA government, had left the country in deplorable conditions: broken socially, without respect for indigenous peoples, with more than 80 Peruvian indigenous killed during social conflicts and a host of allegations of corruption, proving that despite their assurances the country had been mismanaged.

The indigenous leader said that th…

Do Monkeys Wonder?


I wonder....

Couldn't resist the photo, though.

Green Party argues MPs must act on cruelty

Greens call on MPs to listen to constituents' views on wild animal ban

The Green Party has called on MPs to listen to the voices of their
constituents this Thursday, when they have an opportunity to vote on a ban
on the use of wild animals in circuses and make the coalition act on this
issue. Nearly 3 out of 4 British citizens favour a ban.

As MPs prepare to vote, ministers have tabled a counter-motion, which means
MPs may only be able to vote for or against the Government motion, and not
with the backbench call for a ban.

Caroline Allen, Green Party Spokesperson on Animals said:

"These majestic animals do not belong on the road, living in inadequate
enclosures, suffering from inappropriate, sometimes cruel, training
techniques and performing routines that demean them and their audience."

The government claimed that a ban would risk a legal challenge, but Greens
argue that this is little more than an excuse, with no evidence forthcoming
to back up the position. During a parliamentary…

US government apologies to indigenous with $3.4bn award

Good news but comes after the systematic theft of resources by corporations and US government

A US federal judge has approved a $3.4bn settlement over mismanaged Native American royalties, in a case that represents the largest settlement ever approved against the US government.

Elouise Cobell of Browning, Montana, claimed in the 15-year-old suit that for more than a century, US officials systematically stole or squandered billions in royalties intended for Native Americans in exchange for oil, gas, grazing and other leases.

Thomas Hogan, the US district judge, approved the settlement on Monday after a daylong hearing, saying the legitimacy of Cobell's claims could not be questioned.

"The government mismanaged these resources on a staggering scale," Hogan said.

The settlement does not make up for the losses native American tribes suffered for more than a century, Hogan added, but "at least it provides some certainty" to hundreds of thousands of individuals who will n…

African Union says Libyan bombing must stop

On 15 June 2011, the United Nations Security Council and the African Union met to discuss the war in Libya. Uganda’s Permanent Representative to the United Nations, Dr Ruhakana Rugunda, gave the African Union’s stand on NATO’s bombing of Libya:

Mr President,

1. Thank you for organising this interactive dialogue. It is good that the United Nations Security Council has met the African Union (AU) Mediation Committee - High Level ad hoc Committee on Libya - so that we can exchange views on the situation in Libya in a candid manner. This should have happened much earlier because Libya is a founding member of the AU. An attack on Libya or any other member of the African Union without express agreement by the AU is a dangerous provocation that should be avoided given the relaxed international situation in the last 20 years since the release of Nelson Mandela from jail and his eventual freedom in apartheid South Africa.

2. The United Nations is on safer ground if it confines itself to maintainin…

Green Party must confront war culture.

love water melon harris blog, great blog from Australia, must must must re-post more of his stuff.

If you are in the know Leichhardt is a word to conjure with!

More deaths in Afghanistan - the Greens must confront Australia's war culture
The Greens attempt to challenge Australia’s Afghan war policy in parliament last year has by and large sunk without trace. In spite of recent polls showing overwhelming public opposition, Australia’s Afghan commitment rolls on, with the recent deaths of more Australian soldiers. And the war continues to claim the lives of Afghan civilians.

For the major “war” parties, and the military, political and media elites who support Australia’s war culture, it has been “as you were” since the parliamentary debate. For the Greens the debate reached an inevitable dead-end, based as it was around the limited argument that only parliament should approve foreign troop deployments. With the major parties supporting the Afghan commitment such a vote would make no dif…

Peru After the Elections: A Panel Discussion

Peru After the Elections: A Panel Discussion

Wednesday 22nd June 2011
4pm - 6pm

Committee Room 4a
Palace of Westminster

Following a tightly-run contest, left-of-centre candidate Ollanta Humala narrowly defeated Keiko Fujimori on 5th June 2011 to become Peru’s next president. But what will the new administration look like and what will be the major political, economic and social challenges it is likely to face over the next five years?

To analyse the implications of Humala’s victory for Anglo-Peruvian relations and for human rights and development in the country, the Peru Support Group, Christian Aid and CAFOD will be hosting a panel discussion in the UK parliament on 22nd June. Confirmed speakers are:

LORD AVEBURY (Chair) - President of the Peru Support Group

PAULO DRINOT - Senior Lecturer, Latin America (Institute for the Study of the Americas)

ÁLVARO GARCÍA - Campaigner, South America Team (Amnesty International)

FIONA CLOUDER - South America Head (Foreign and Commonwealth Office)


Daisy Zapata Fasabi salutes the Aymara struggle for Mother Earth!

Aymara protesters have mobilised to stop a silver mine on the shores of Lake Titicaca in Southern Peru, three days ago, their leader Walter Aduviri was threatened with arrest by Alan Garcia's government after a TV interview.

For a time Aduviri was trapped in the TV building but is now free, Garcia's police murdered hundreds of indigenous Amazonians at Bagua.

The vice president of the federation of Amazon indigenous people Daysi Zapata Fasabi, pledge solidarity, in the Aymara struggle to preserve Mother Earth.

Garcia is on the way out and indigenous people backed Ollanta Humala the newly elected president...the worlds media, markets and financial institutions are urging him to attack the indigenous and attack the environment of Peru. The Peru indigenous in the Amazon, the Andes and amongst the Aymara of the south are militant, strategic and superbly well organised.

So if you love you plant learn from them and spread the word!

Here is my very rough translation.

Vice President of AIDE…

Brian Haw - Rest in the peace you fought for every day

So sad that Brian Haw has died.

He worked for peace and was a thorn in the side of the killer clowns in the House of Commons.

Met him once or twice, a towering presence and a proud embarrassment to the killers, arms dealers, back bench MPs who did so much evil.

He was persecuted everyday....him memorial will be more of us making a noise for peace.

Saturday 18th June 2011

Dear friends and supporters,

It is with deepest regret that I inform you that our father, Brian, passed away this morning.

As you know he was battling lung cancer, and was having treatment in Germany.

He left us in his sleep and in no pain, after a long, hard fight.

With your help we have been able to share months more than we should have had with him, and for that we are eternally grateful.

We would like to have this time to be together as a family, to share in the love he gave us, and respectfully ask that you allow us this time undisturbed.

We will make further arrangements known to you all in due course.

Once again than…

'"Activism is my rent for living on the planet."

Alice Walker once said "Activism is my rent for living on the planet."

I owe Alice a big thank you, when I was writing my anthology 'Green History', published in 1993, she let me use her piece 'Nobody was supposed to survive' about the MOVE organisation, radical ecologist murdered in Philadephia.

You can find it fairly easily on the net and its always worth reading:

'Nobody was supposed to survive.' - Ramona Africa (New York Times, 7 January 1986)

Police Drop Bomb on Radicals' Home in Philadelphia - New York Times 14may85
After the Inferno. Tears and Bewilderment - New York Times 15may85
Nobody was Supposed to Survive - Alice Walker from Living by the Word 1988
Philadelphia, city officials ordered to Pay $1.5 Million to MOVE Survivor - CNN 24jun96
6 Bodies in Ashes of Radicals' Home; Assault Defended - New York Times 15may85

I was in Paris in mid-May of 1985 when I heard the news about MOVE. My traveling companion read aloud the item in the newspaper …

Palestinians call for flotilla support

More than 40 Palestinian civil society organisations released a statement on June 12 calling for international support for the Freedom Flotilla 2, which aims to break the siege of Gaza.

The first freedom flotilla bringing humanitarian aid to Gaza was violently attacked in May, 2010. Israeli commandoes killed nine Turkish volunteers aboard the Mavi Marmara, the flotilla’s lead ship.

Israeli troops boarded the ship at night and used live ammunition against unarmed activists. The attack occurred in international waters in violation of international law.

An even larger flotilla bringing aid, involving about 1500 activists from more than 50 countries, is set to sail to Gaza in late June. Israel has threatened to use snipers against the flotilla.


"They care more about trees than people"

Interesting article from Naomi about the population debate from last year, Amartya Sen's work on population and the 100 million missing womenis also essential.

Charles Coven wrote recently in the Sunday Times of the green dividend to the child benefit cut. Put simply, less benefits will result in fewer children and therefore less consumption and while this is not the aim of the cuts it is unintentionally "greening" the benefits system. While there has been much written about the disproportionate impact on women of benefits cuts, particularly child benefit, the 'population control' debate is remarkably devoid of women. You know, the ones that are having the babies.

The green movement is often, wrongfully, accused of misanthropy. "They care more about trees than people", screech the professional oppositionists. But the obsession with population control by a minority of greens opens them up to very legitimate accusations of authoritarianism, 'classism&#…

New victory for Amazon indigenous as Peru recognises their languages

Aidesep are amigos of amigos, the federation of indigenous Amazon people in Peru, they mobilise for their communities and Mother Earth especially seeking to conserve the Amazon.

I have quickly translated this news of the new law in Peru to defend indigenous languages. Spread the word, salute Aidesep!

AIDESEP, June 15, 2011.

The Peruvian Congress has approved the Law for the preservation and use of indigneous languages, a measure proposed by Congresswoman Maria Sumire, who noted that this decision is part of the United Nations Declaration in the sense that indigneous peoples have the right the full enjoyment of all fundamental freedoms recognized by the UN Charter and the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.

To refute the comments of the Executive, Congresswoman Sumire said it was required that public administration had to communicate in more than 80 native languages ​​exist as in Article 2, of opinion, there is a declaration of interest national use, preservation, development, recover…

Green leader challenges homophobe visit to parliament

Green Party leader in Scotland, Patrick Harvie does an impressive job, just spotted this story.

Brigham Young is a hardcore anti-LGBT university, what with Brian Souter's support for the SNP it makes one wonder whether an independent Scotland would be friendly to LGBT people.

BY university states quite boldly:

"Homosexual behavior or advocacy of homosexual behavior are inappropriate and violate the Honor Code. Homosexual behavior includes not only sexual relations between members of the same sex, but all forms of physical intimacy that give expression to homosexual feelings. Advocacy includes seeking to influence others to engage in homosexual behavior or promoting homosexual relations as being morally acceptable."


Anyway on to Patrick's statement

Green party leader Patrick Harvie has condemned the Scottish Parliament for letting the leader of a homophobic academic institution to address MSPs.

Cecil Samuelson, president of US-based Brigham Young University - whic…

Mass blockade of Hinkley nuclear power station announced

With Italy being the latest European country to reject nuclear power, a coalition of anti-nuclear groups in Britain has announced plans to hold a mass non-violent blockade of Hinkley Point nuclear power station on 3rd October. The plant, near Bridgwater in Somerset, is expected to be the site of the first new nuclear power station, if current plans go ahead.

Hundreds of campaigners are expected to take part in Gandhi-style civil disobedience, risking arrest by blockading the access road to the site in protest over the threat posed by nuclear power. Other campaigners will support those blockading whilst not risking arrest. The blockade is the first action of ‘Stop New Nuclear’ - an alliance of local and nation groups opposed to nuclear new build which has been founded by the Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament, Stop Nuclear Power Network UK, Kick Nuclear, South West Against Nuclear, Shutdown Sizewell, Sizewell Blockaders, Trident Ploughshares and Stop Hinkley. Groups in different areas of …

Green politics and socialism

Chris Burton joined the Green Party because of its environmental policies but has increasingly been impressed by its socialist principles.

Here he kicks off a debate.

To my mind Caroline Lucas has got this right already, no ecology without social justice.

Socialism must be 'eco', democratic and effecient (think commons/open source/Ostrom).

Indeed Caroline has written about Elinor Ostrom here.
Capitalism cannot deliver prosperity or environmental quality, hey but you know my views...on to Chris.

I am hesitant to use the word "socialist" when describing the Green Party, largely because the term is not understood and has very negative connotations. But maybe I am wrong. Maybe the "socialist" label is a bullet we should bite?

It would certainly get us a good deal of publicity, and force the media to understand our belief that the environment cannot be saved under our current financial-capitalist system. There is a lot of truth in the saying that "there's no s…

Sign the petition for arrested students

Defend the right to protest – Drop the charges – Full independent investigation into SOAS arrests now!

On late Monday afternoon, a hundred students and staff from SOAS and the University of London assembled to protest against Universities Minister David Willetts’ visit to the college.

In order to avoid a repetition of what happened to A.C. Grayling’s lecture at Foyles bookstore, or Richard Dawkins at the Institute of Education SOAS management had not listed the event on its website. In addition, SOAS management flouted the fact that both the Students’ Union and UCU at SOAS have voted motions of no confidence in David Willetts. Instead they invited the police onto college grounds to guard the door to the Brunel Gallery.

Asserting their democratic right to protest, students and staff entered the building and occupied the foyer of the lecture hall in which Willetts was speaking. Once the occupation had ended the police arrested a student, and went over to arre…

Eider duck or how sustainability can still be cruel.

My surprise was slightly modified when I knew that this tranquil and solemn personage was only a hunter of the eider duck, the down of which is, after all, the greatest source of the Icelanders' wealth.

In the early days of summer, the female of the eider, a pretty sort of duck, builds its nest amid the rocks of the fjords—the name given to all narrow gulfs in Scandinavian countries—with which every part of the island is indented. No sooner has the eider duck made her nest than she lines the inside of it with the softest down from her breast. Then comes the hunter or trader, taking away the nest, the poor bereaved female begins her task over again, and this continues as long as any eider down is to be found.

When she can find no more the male bird sets to work to see what he can do. As, however, his down is not so soft, and has therefore no commercial value, the hunter does not take the trouble to rob him of his nest lining. The nest is accordingly finished, the eggs are laid, the l…

Caroline Lucas looks to decriminalising drugs

An urgent new evidence-based approach is needed to tackle the UK’s drug crisis and make our communities safer, Caroline Lucas MP will say today.

The Green party leader will make a speech to NHS healthcare professionals in Brighton this evening. She will echo the findings of the Global Commission on Drug Policy, which earlier this month called for a major review of drugs policy.

The Brighton MP will say:

There is growing agreement across the scientific and political communities, in the police and the legal professions, that we need to move away from prohibition of use towards an evidence-based, public health approach to drug addiction.

One of my top priorities as a local MP is to tackle Brighton and Hove’s very sad reputation as the drugs death capital of the UK. In order to do that, we need to recognise the reality that the so-called ‘war on drugs’ has failed – and start dealing with drugs differently.

Lucas is an active member of Parliament’s All Party Group for Drug Policy Reform.


Italian voters say good bye to Berlusconi

Just got this from an Italian facebook friend.

WE WON!!!! The referendum in Italy repealed the laws for the return of nuclear power, for privatization of water and immunity for prime minister. The age of Berlusconi is coming to an end. In a green way ;)...

looks like Italy is heading in the Green direction.

Love to see Blair in prison with Berlusconi, Tony used to borrow the old crooks holiday home.....which helps tell us why New Labour is a toxic brand.

Indigenous leaders threatened with death

Indigenous leaders, community members, rural workers and members of social
movements are receiving death threats because of their opposition to the Belo
Monte Dam Complex on the Xingu River in Pará, Brazil.

The threats, which have been going on for some time now, are adding to an
extremely tense situation which has only worsened [...]

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EUROZONE IN CRISIS - Solidarity with the Resistance

just had this from Joseph Healy, gracias Joseph.

EUROZONE IN CRISIS - Solidarity with the Resistance
Wednesday 15 June 6:30pm
University of London Union, Malet Street, London WC1
Esther Romero, Democracia Real Ya – London
Sofia Hilari, Greek anticapitalist activist
Kate Hudson CND
Alex Kenny, NUT

The EU, the IMF, and the European Central Bank have created a Europe of bailouts for the rich and cutbacks for the rest. But resistance is rising. Hundreds of thousands have joined demonstrations, strikes, and mass occupations of public squares. Thousands have occupied Madrid’s Puerta del Sol in conscious imitation of the Arab Spring revolutions. The example has been followed in scores of Greeks have copied them in occupying Athens’ Syntagma Square. There is a pan-European movement of resistance forming. The Coalition of Resistance has called this meeting on Wednesday 16 June in support of the Spanish, Greek, and other European protestors. Join us in solidarity and resistance.

#SpanishRevolution, and the Commons Here and Now

Its commons or catastrophe, I believe.

Going to take part in this splendid event, hope some of my readers do too....spread the word

24 June · 13:00 - 17:00
SOAS - School of Oriental and African Studies London, Woburn Suite Large Room (B102)
Thornhaugh Street, Russell Square
London, United Kingdom

“In the beginning, nobody, not the traditional media, nor the big parties thought that it was a significant event. On May 15, a demonstration was called for in the main Spanish cities under the slogan “Real democracy now!” By Sunday evening, the main Spanish squares were full of people shouting and calling for more democratic participation and more transparency in political decisions. Since then, they have occupied Puerta del Sol, the central square in Madrid and a democratic virus has begun to sweep through the rest of the country.”

What can we learn from them? How can lessons from the Spanish Revolution contribute to the transition to a
post capitalist , commons-based society?

“The Commons …

Climate change' an excuse to pay bankers a bonus and steal forests?'?

The global solutions to climate change are pants, they use market mechanisms to commodify nature, and to line the pockets of bankers....even the survival of the planet is an excuse for the fattest people on the planet to put on more weight. Stupidity and greed are the statues that worshipped by the policy makers, we need real action on climate change and we need it now.

REDDS as Bolivian indigenous argue will take their forests and do nothing for climate.

After one week of UN climate change negotiations in Bonn it is still unclear whether countries will adopt a second commitment period of the Kyoto Protocol – the only legally binding treaty which obliges developed countries to reduce their emissions of green house gases.

“These reduction targets must be binding for all Annex 1 countries. They must be ambitious to guarantee a level of reduction in line with what is demanded by science. Current emissions targets will lead to an increase of four degrees centigrade in temperature by the en…

Indigenous welcome Humala victory but remain firm in their protest

video is a little out of date but if you don't hable Espanol, it will give an idea....sin embargo its best to get the news from the indigenous rather than mainstream media...

Just translated this, the indigenous welcome Humala's victory but remain firm. The social movements in Peru are strong and strong in defence of their rights and the rights of Mother Earth, I salute them, spread the word, save the planet.

This is from Aidesep, who have of course are Amazon based but give solidarity, lets give solidarity too....the world's media and markets will be urging Humala to oppose the indigenous and extract the resources.

In the absence APRA government dialogue, the Quechua and Aymara indigenous people of Puno continue to block the road between Puno and Desaguadero.

As their demand to cancel all mining concessions in the region is intact so the indefinite strike will continue until the government shows a willingness to talk which is based not on whim but on a real desire to protect…

Take action against Brian Souter knighthood

We the undersigned are deeply offended that Brian Souter has been awarded a Knighthood in the Queen's Birthday Honours 2011.

Mr. Souter ran a campaign of fear and misinformation which was deeply hurtful to the LGBT community in Scotland.

The Keep The Clause Campaign increased hatred towards an already victimised group and saw a corresponding increase in violence against LGBT people.

We believe that it is wrong for such a person to be given such a high honour by Her Majesty The Queen and call on HM Government to withdraw this award.

Petition here

Great article from the ever excellent Bright Green here

Oil is thicker than blood?

Lot of hot air about climate change but when the indigenous defend the Amazon and stop it being wrecked by gas and oil companies, how many environmentalist defend them from the death squads?

Too busy worrying about climate change to defend the indigenous defending our collective future?

Two years ago over a hundred indigenous people were massacred at Bagua. Defeating the hard right candidate in last week's election of Peru President the indigenous won a victory but oil remains thicker than water.

Just had this from Hugo Blanco

Two years since “Baguazo”: much needed accountability

A Otra Mirada

June 8, 2011 – Last Sunday, the day of the run off election, also marked the second anniversary of the bloody events that occurred in the city of Bagua on June 5, 2009. This date should not be overlooked now that a new government, which has promised to respect the rights of the indigenous peoples within the framework of Convention 169 of the International Labor Organization, is about to take offic…



Another World is Probable: Opening of the People's Bookshop in Durham

Just had this from Benm gracias Ben!

As many of you will know, since leaving the TUC at the end of February, I have been hatching a plan to open a second hand bookshop in Durham.

The first stage came with the discovery of a beautiful little space tucked away in Saddlers Yard. Now, after a lot of hard work, the rest of the pieces of the jigsaw have finally been shoved into place and on Saturday the 18th June, the People's Bookshop will open to the public.

The People's Bookshop will be an independent, radical bookshop in the heart of Durham City. We will deal mainly in second hand books and will offer a range of alternative books, specialising in radical and labour movement politics, history, local interest, poetry, sport and a smattering of children's books. The aim is to create a more radical, community-orientated bookshop than that which is currently on offer. We believe that bookshops should reflect their communities and radical bookshops are an important part of the crea…

Tahrir is in Yorkshire

Library Square until at least Sunday

Inspired by similar camps around Europe and in Trafalgar Square, the camp is turning the newly revamped Library Square into a place to debate the failures of our current political system, and cuts are high on the agenda. A statement explaining the camp (and an early draft) are on the website:

Regular news updates are on:, there's a Facebook page called "Democracy Camp York"

Speaker's Corner @ Democracy Camp York
5pm, Friday 10th June
The camp is hosting an open microphone (well, megaphone) session to encourage debate about the current political reality and the alternatives.

Vote Tory, kill a cyclist?

Injury and death to cyclists seems to be the policy!

Jones AM, Green Party candidate for London Mayor 2012, has responded after
Conservative Assembly Members walked out on her motion calling for the
retention of the 20mph speed limit on Blackfriars Bridge.

The temporary
limit was put in place due to road works, but Jenny's motion would have
sent a strong message to Mayor Boris Johnson that the bridge had to be made
safer for cyclists and pedestrians. It was supported by the London Cycling

Jenny Jones said:

"It is striking that, keen as our mayor is
on cycling, his party would react in such a childish way to this motion.
The Tories have shown a complete disregard for the safety of London's
cyclists and pedestrians. The delay in discussing this motion could be
fatal if it leaves Blackfriars Bridge unsafe."