15 Mar 2015

Free Shilan Ozcelik and send her a letter or card while she is in prison!

Shilan Ozcelik, a young London Kurdish woman jailed on terrorist charges for wanting to fight ISIS with the YPG/YPJ in Rojava. She is currently in Remand in HMP Holloway, London and back in court on 1st April 2015. Bring banners and placards and noise and rage!
DELIST THE PKK! Article here: http://kurdishquestion.com/index.php/kurdistan/flash-news-uk-jails-young-kurd-who-wanted-to-fight-isis.html.
You can also send cards and letters to Shilan via her solicitors: Av.Ali Has, Morgan Has Solicitors, Bank Chambers, 1st and 2nd Floor, 133 Stoke Newington High St., London N16 0PH.

J.M.Coetzee's novel 'Youth'

Among the magazines he comes across in Dillons is The African Communist. He has heard about The African Communist but not actually seen it hitherto, since it is banned in South Africa. Of the contributors, some, to his surprise, turn out to be contemporaries of his from Cape Town - fellow students of the kind who slept all day and went to parties in the evenings, got drunk, sponged on their parents, failed examinations, took five years over their three-year degrees. Yet here they are writing authoritative-sounding articles about the economics of migratory labour or uprisings in rural Transkei. Where, amid all the dancing and drinking and debauchery, did they find the time to learn about such things?

I enjoyed reading the South African writer J.M.Coetzee's novel Youth, about a disillusioning South African student who moves to London to become a poet but instead because a computer programmer in Bracknell.

I thought the passage above was especially amusing!

14 Mar 2015

Green Party opposes TTIP

I am Green Party General Election candidate in Windsor.  I have been getting lots of questions about the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Platform.  A proposed agreement between the US and EU, promising more investment, it would, however, give corporations the right to sue governments for workers and enviromental protection.
It is a hugely sinister and worrying treaty and of course in tabloid Britain must of the mass media ignore and politicians from Labour, Conservative, Libdem and UKIP parties love it.
We have to fight it. As international coordinator for the Green Party of England and Wales, I served on the European Green Party TTIP policy group and was successful in getting the EGP to oppose TTIP.
Here is my answer to many emails I have had on the issue.
Dear John,
I oppose TTIP, it would threaten the NHS, other public services and standards of environmental and work place protection.  Promising free trade and increased investment, it would take the democracy out of democracy because corporations could sue our government if their profits were threatened by regulation.  It would, for example, make it difficult to tackle climate change because coal companies could sue a government that reduced demand for fossil fuels.
It is very worrying indeed that Labour, Libdems and Conservatives support TTIP.
You can read about our approach here https://www.greenparty.org.uk/news/2014/07/11/green-party-ttip-trade-deal-is-a-corporate-power-grab,-that-must-be-stopped/
Thank you for campaigning on this.
Best wishes,
Derek Wall, Green Party candidate for Windsor.