22 Sep 2014

Kurdish Demonstration stop the genocide from #ISIS and #Turkey Wednesday 24th 1pm Parliament Square , London

Kurdish Demonstration Wednesday 24th 1pm Parliament Square

From Kurdish Unity Facebook <https://www.facebook.com/KU.ORG?hc_location=timeline>

To all, we will be gathering on - Wednesday 24th September at 1pm - for a Gigantic Protest in Parliament Square.

 According to new information, the situation in Rojava, Kobani, is even more serious than previously thought. It is the difference between Kurds holding onto their freedom currently in Syria to Kurds losing control completely and facing a genocide on a scale possibly not seen in the History of the Kurds. This will inevitably impact the Kurds in all parts of Kurdistan.

 We are calling upon Kurds from all parts of Kurdistan. Bakur, Başur, Rojhilat and Rojava to gather in Unity to protest against ISIS terrorists and to call for the UK government to send both humanitarian and arms to Kurds in Rojava.

 Please bring as many people as you can. Our turnout must be in thousands.

 It is very important that Kurds UNITE and stand TOGETHER on Wednesday 24th September.

 This is the TIME and day to UNITE and stand SHOULDER to SHOULDER with KURDS from all parts of KURDISTAN.

 This coming week on 24th of September at 1pm in Parliament Square.

 Organised by Ciwanen Azad UK <https://www.facebook.com/CiwanenAzadUK>  and Britain Kurdish People's Assembly

Thank you for Lucha Indigena appeal

[Agricultural societies commonly have a custom of shared labor for a common goal.  Among the peoples of the Andes, this is known as minga.  Opposite the editorial in the present issue of Lucha Indígena is a letter from Manuel Rozental and Raúl Zibechi, announcing the initiation of a financial campaign in support of the magazine.  The goal in the present period is to assure a regular supplement of US$1600 per month, mostly through "solidarity subscriptions" from comrades in sympathy with our purposes.  There follows a consideration of possible ways of organizing the minga for the long term.  This latter question is still under discussion.  The editorial is a comment on this very welcome development.  Translator's note] 
The comrades working at Lucha Indígena are deeply grateful for the militant efforts of our sisters and brothers in other parts of the world.  We are united by the struggle of the oppressed to turn back the attack of the transnational corporations that rule the world.  This is an attack on humanity and our environment.  We are in resistance against the economic and political system imposed by the transnationals through their many servants.  These servants include the great majority of the world's governments with their armies, police forces, judiciaries, news media, etc. 
We network with our sisters and brothers by means of the internet, through skype sessions and at international meetings such as the recent one in defense of water and life in El Tambo, Cajamarca. 
They value the effort that we began in 2006 and have continued through 97 monthly issues in which we deal with national and international concerns.  Furthermore, they understand that our main shortcomings have economic causes.  For this reason, they have initiated a minga (or minka) -- a collective action for collective benefit -- for us in the form of a funding campaign in support of our work. 
We have urgently needed an office in Lima, and with the first fruits of this campaign we now have it.  Although it is not yet fully functional, given how little we can afford for rent, it is a decided step forward.  We are now in the process of setting it up and expect to be ready to sell our magazine and pamphlets there by 7 September.  Naturally, the office will be available to those who wish to meet and exchange views on how the oppressed can struggle in defense of water and life, how we can defend ourselves against the thousand attacks undertaken by the ruling class to crush the oppressed.  The objective of these attacks, undertaken with both legal and illegal means, is the accumulation of ever greater wealth in the rulers' hands. 
The office is situated in the old section of Lima at Miguel Alijovin 347 near the Palace of Justice. 
With the help that is on the way, we are hopeful of opening offices in yet other parts of the country. 
In addition to the magazine, we have published many pamphlets on various questions in the struggle.  Naturally, with this financial aid we will be able to expand what we are doing.  As it now stands, it pains us that we must pass over in silence reporting on many of the assaults and the resistance to them for lack of space.  We hope in future to increase the number of pages of Lucha Indígena without raising the price. 
When this is a reality, we will be able to open regular columns devoted to the different forms of struggle, written by comrades with close personal knowledge.  With gratitude and great respect, we look forward to incorporating them into our modest staff. 
We call on all our readers to join in building and extending this fine minga for Lucha Indígena. 

21 Sep 2014

Green Party determined to stop extracting ever more coal, oil and gas

Caroline Lucas MP and other Greens supporting a Frack Free Zone
Caroline Lucas MP and other Greens supporting a Frack Free Zone
The Green Party of England and Wales are active in the campaign against fossil fuels. Here, Derek Wall - their International Coordinator - explains the role the Green Party has taken in the fight against fracking.
The message at the heart of Green Party of England and Wales work on climate change is to stop extracting ever more coal, oil and gas. It is vital to expand renewables but to prevent runaway climate change we need to contract carbon based fuel. This is why our party views fracking as so dangers. Fracking has a range of ill effects and associated problems but, above all, it is a source of CO2 emissions. The current British government is embarking on a fracking frenzy, tax cuts are being given to frackers and there are plans to make it possible to frack in national parks. While an English person's home may in theory be their castle, frackers will be allowed to frack under other peoples property without permission.
The Green Party of England and Wales has been campaigning strongly against fracking. Our Member of the European Parliament for the South East England region, Keith Taylor, has been a long term opponent of fracking. He has used the European Parliament to challenge the practice. In Sussex the local community of Balcombe were faced by exploratory drilling which they feared would lead to fracking and used non violent direct action to protect their beautiful countryside. Many Green Party members took part in the Balcombe anti fracking camp. Our Member of the national Parliament Caroline Lucas took part in a protest, sitting in the road and was arrested. She was found not guilty and drilling at Balcombe was stopped after the company involved withdrew.
Fracking is one element of a large problem of extreme energy with governments unconcerned about climate change finding new and dangerous sources of fossil fuel to exploit. In Britain, while other political parties including the Liberal Democrats, Conservatives, UKIP and Labour support fracking, we in the Green Party oppose it. Our opposition is full spectrum: we fight to win elections to legislate against it, we support non violent protest and we spread the word about fracking.