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Free software pact

Caroline Lucas and myself are the only MEP candidates to sign in the UK!

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Bull fighting, no gracias

Choose life
Sunday 24 May 2009
Derek Wall
Morning Star.

I am very much on the election trail at the moment as a European election candidate.

I have been out and about on the party bus in Berkshire where I live, appeared at a couple of hustings, most notable for the fact that UKIP has not wanted to debate the fact that its former MEP Ashley Mote was imprisoned for fraud and joined a fascist group in the European Parliament with Mussolini's granddaughter.

I have also been answering an awful lot of emails. In fact, I have had well over a 100 emails as part of a League Against Cruel Sports campaign to end EU support for bullfighting.

I am well aware that readers of the Morning Star are not too impressed by party political pleadings. I had assumed this would not be a party political matter.

I naively thought that all candidates of all parties in the election would oppose cruelty to animals. After all, it's ethically wrong and hardly a vote winner.

In fact, Conservative MEP Daniel Hannan see…

Green Left economics meeting at Housemans tonight

Green Left, the anti-capitalist current in the Green Party, has just published a new pamphlet, which is to be launched at Housemans Bookshop in London at on Wednesday 27 May. Entitled Countering the Crisis, the pamphlet gives an ecosocialist response to the global recession and the threat of climate change.

The pamphlet has two main sections; the first provides an analysis of the current crisis and shows how it is the inherent instability of the financial system that is the prime mover of the credit crunch rather than just the sleight of hand of a relatively tiny number of spivs and hucksters. It points to the phenomena of the financialisation of capitalism - the shift in gravity from production to finance – and suggests that this has been the key factor in the development of asset bubbles and the growth of the increasingly more arcane and risky financial schemes which have triggered the collapse of markets throughout the world.

The second part sets out some proposals for dealing with…


SATURDAY 20TH JUNE, 11 am - 6 pm at Ruskin College, Walton Street, Oxford

Supporters of the event include Oxford & District TUC & local IWW

Books, talks, badges, workshops, posters, postcards, DVDs, CDs, music, culture, short films, magazines, lectures, warm atmosphere, fellowship, meet new people, education, entertainment, magazine, newspapers etc. To book a stall/more info. email us!

Includes 100th Anniversary of 1909 RUSKIN COLLEGE STRIKE meeting, the first radical student uprising in English history that saw students breakaway to form radical & anti-capitalist educational networks such as the PLEBS LEAGUE and CENTRAL LABOUR COLLEGES + Talks/workshops on anti-fascism & anti-racism, situationism/dada/surrealism, anti-capitalism, people’s history, trade unions, war, peace & empire, radical bookselling, bash the rich marches, psychogeography, feminism & women’s equality, social ecology, popular & radical education, poetry/cultu…

Talking to a faith community in Ascot

Well been a bit busy to blog..

yesterday I talked to members of the Church of England in Ascot about the financial and environmental crisis....not part of my party political work.

Very good level of understanding from the audience who took part.

I suspect that members of the faith community are often ahead of political parties when it comes to ecology, social justice, etc.

There is also a possibility that they may be able to do some solidarity work with indigenous people in West Papua.

Interesting the West Papuans are mainly Anglicans..

I am not a believer and yes of course religions can be regressive and intolerant...however a lot of very good work is being done by the faith communities, and of course liberation theology is at the root of a lot of good work being done by Latin American leaders.

very nice to have the invite, I am more often talking to liberal Muslim groups and while I am not a Catholic, several of my family are, so nice to engage with a different audience and one that impres…

Green Party London Euro Campaign Bus Tour


Green Party London Euro Campaign Bus Tour

Jean Lambert, London's Green Party MEP for the last 10 years,
will be touring the capital this Friday and Saturday on the Green Party's Euro campaign bus.

The bus is naturally run on used chip oil, supplied by UpTown Oil, based in Southwark.

Friday 29th May

10am, Sipson Village (Heathrow), with John Stewart (HACAN ClearSkies)

1245pm, London Metropolitan University, Holloway Road

3pm, Westminster, Millbank

530pm, East Side, Waterloo Bridge, Critical Mass cycle event

Saturday 30th May

10am, Uptown Oil, refueling of the bus (King James St, Southwark, SE1)

11am, Brixton, leafletting of Brixton Market

1230pm, Lewisham (New Cross Gate)

events on Sat afternoon: Whitechapel,
a bike escort through Hackney, and in Haringey

John Stewart, from the HACAN ClearSkies campaign group against Heathrow expansion, will be at the launch event in Sipson on Friday morning.

Mark Thomas, comedian and activist, will be available on Friday afternoon (location to be conf…

Official IDAHO Report - 2009

Forwarded by Peter Tatchell on behalf of IDAHO

Official IDAHO Report - 2009

17 May 2009 - International Day against HOMOPHOBIA & TRANSPHOBIA


The fifth International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia, an initiative launched on May 17th 2005 by activist Louis-Georges Tin, saw an amazing outburst of activities around the world. The International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia (IDAHO) Committee reports on its global site

"Actions were reported in more then 50 countries", said Joel Bedos, coordinator of the IDAHO Committee, the NGO promoting the Day worldwide. "This shows just how strong the global movement is."

ILGA, the International Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans and Intersex
Association, a world-wide network of national and local groups with more than 700 member organisations from every continent and representing 110 countries, has been involved in the International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia with the IDAHO C…

Urgent appeal from Climate Camp legal team

Hello all from the Legal Team.

We've been busy since the G20 camp, and we've got 4 bits of important
information for you: Panorama, Kettling, Money and The Legal Process. The
outline is below and you can find full details on the new Camp Legal Team
pages on the Camp website (blue button on the left navigation bar)

Is searching for Kingsnorth climate camp attendees featuring in legal
team's film on seizures to get their written consent so can show bits of
the film. So, PLEASE look at to view
the images. We have not found contact details for 3, 5, 6, 9, 10,13, 19,
20, 22, 23, 24,25, 29, 30 (need email)37, 41, 43 (need email).
We'll need to know WHICH picture number they are, contact phone and/or
email. Email legal[at]climate

We need legally aided litigants (savings less than £300, on income related
benefits or less than approx £630 pmth after property costs and travel to
work costs, and no property) for important le…

Seamus Milne on the political crisis

Purge the professionals and let party democracy breathe

This meltdown creates opportunities as well as dangers. But more than technocratic fixes, we need real political choice

Seumas Milne, Wednesday 20 May 2009 21.30

What started as a political scandal has tipped over into a full-blown ­crisis of Britain's entire political system. There's no doubt that the Commons Speaker's resignation was long overdue. But if MPs imagine that by scapegoating Michael Martin for their own scams they will appease popular ­revulsion, they are dreaming. The drip-drip revelations of help-yourself entitlement have only entrenched a gulf between the political elite and the public that's been widening for two decades: the product of narrowing political choice, professionalisation of politics, shameless government ­deceit about war and peace, and devastating financial collapse.

Now both Britain's governing and business classes are discredited. And what the Daily Telegraph, orch…

Caroline Lucas MEP on expenses

In the Green Party we are interested in using trains to improve public transports, most politicians in contrast are more concerned with the kind of trains that transport gravy...this is from Caroline Lucas's office on her expenses and approach to reform of EU MEP expenses.

In contrast to Caroline, one South East MEP Ashley Mote from UKIP was sent to prison for benefit fraud...any way green should be the automatic alternative to greed on June 4th.

Incidentally if elected I will publish my expenses, I live in a mobile home by the way I will continue to live in it if elected and no it does not have a moat. I have plenty of friends in Brussels, I am sure one of them would rent me a spare room.

There is detailed information available via Caroline's website at

The Green MEPs were amongst the first to make this information publicly available, and last year took the decision to have their annual accounts fully audited. The auditor’s …

Hustings in Oxford nextweek

Well another husting next week.

The British political establishment is crumbling with the expenses scandal and happily the Green vote is rising.

Unhappily the right wing vote is also rising for UKIP and the BNP.

Also the economic catastrophe and the environmental crisis are in danger of being ignored.

Any way if you are free next tuesday come along to the Oxford husting and insult me in person or ask me something tricky.

Hustings for the European Elections 1.00 to 2.00 pm Tuesday 26th May at St Michael at the North Gate, Oxford.

Only Cure for a Dying Earth May Be a Stewardship Revolution

If we mean commons, this is a non violent revolution I could support!

Only Cure for a Dying Earth May Be a Stewardship Revolution

May 17, 2009
By Dr. Glen Barry, Ecological Internet
Earth Meanders come from Earth's Newsdesk,

If Gaia, the Earth System, is alive, then it stands to reason she can die. And the fact Gaia has not yet succumbed in past mass extinctions is no indication, and certainly no guarantee, that when hit simultaneously, in a geological flash of time -- with climate change, deforestation, toxics, soil loss, scarce freshwater, dead oceans and more; caused primarily by over-population and inequitable consumption -- that Gaia will not pass from being.

The degree to which humanity has changed Gaia's balance ecologically is clearly known by global change and ecological science, yet it is not well appreciated by most of the masses and ruling elite. Until it is, humanity and our si…

Greens soar on MP expenses scandal

In a YouGov poll to be released tomorrow (Monday 18 May), 34% of respondents said they would either definitely be voting Green or would consider voting Green. This is the highest percentage ever to indicate potential support for the Greens.

Interestingly, the largest group who would consider switching were LibDem voters. It's far more common for the Greens to attract former Labour voters, who were the second largest group considering switching. Also interesting was the fact that around one-fifth of those considering switching were Conservative voters - the group normally the least likely to switch to Green.

**Potential Green surge?**

With the expenses row in full flow, and UKIP considered unlikely to benefit from voters' anger at other parties' sleaze thanks to its own frequently-criticised record, the Greens are not ruling out a potential surge like that in 1989, when 2.2 million Britons voted Green in the European elections.

But even a much smaller swing from the big thr…

Free Heroin for the power hungry says Mumia


A Party of One
[col. writ. 4/30/09] (c) '09 Mumia Abu-Jamal

That great observer of American democracy, Alexis de Tocqueville noted that U.S. political parties were like nations at war with one another.

While that's certainly true when it comes to the average rank-and-file party members, who work, sweat, bite and fight against their political opponents for ascendancy, the same cannot be said of those at the highest levels.

That is but one lesson to emerge from the abrupt party-shift of U.S. Senator Arlen Specter, who, up until til quite recently was the senior Republican senator from Pennsylvania, and among the institution's longest-serving.

Facing an increasingly difficult primary election in the fall, he ditched the party on which he has run and won (as a senator) for almost 30 years, and cast his lot with th…

Debate with me in Oxfordshire

As you can see this is a press release from the European movement, come and here me debate if you live near Culham!

08/05/2009 19:00 - 21:30
ES Culham: Schuman Hall
PRESS RELEASE from the European Movement Oxfordshire Branch

The Oxfordshire Branch of the European Movement is organising an "Any Questions on Europe" panel of European Parliament candidates this Friday 8th May at the European School in Culham. Sparks are expected to fly as candidates from the political parties compete for support in this Open Public meeting, answering questions from the audience which they have no notice of.

This event will follow the format of a similar event in Oxford a couple of months ago, chaired by the branch president, Lord Hurd of Westwell, which was considered to have been entertaining and a good example of knockabout political debate. Students, parents and staff of the European School are expected to attend and participate in the event on Friday.

On this occasion the chairman will be Oxfo…

May Day -- for the Many!

May Day -- for the Many!
[speech writ. 4/30/09] (c) '09 Mumia Abu-Jamal

Ona Move! LLJA!

As May Day is celebrated by some, others focus on the minor notes played by immigrants, and the song they sing is one of anger, hatred and division.

But that's because they're being played by the corporate media, and the corporate-driven state, and the siren's song of nationalism.

May Day should be a day of workers celebration; but what's there to celebrate today? Joblessness? Foreclosures? Homelessness?

May Day would be a day of celebration if workers organized across national borders. Imagine if the UAW (United Auto Workers) joined not only with auto workers in Canada, but in Mexico as well. Wouldn't it be more powerful today, than it is?

But the crippling of unions can be traced to the NAFTA (North American Free Trade Agreement) pact, pushed and sold under Bill Clinton, a base betrayal of millions who voted for him from labor, to serve corporate greed.


My good friend Ian Angus will be speaking in Britain on 12 September

(Part One)

By Ian Angus

[Ian Angus was a featured guest at the World at a Crossroads: Fighting for Socialism in the 21st Century conference , in Sydney Australia, April 10-12, 2009. The event, which drew 440 participants from more than 15 countries, was organized by Democratic Socialist Perspective, Resistance and Green Left Weekly. The following is Ian's talk to the plenary session on "Confronting the climate change crisis: an ecosocialist perspective." He has lightly edited the text for publication.]

The world is getting hotter, and the main cause is greenhouse gas emissions produced by human activity. Enormous damage has already been done, and we will have to live with the consequences of past emissions for decades, perhaps even centuries. Unless we rapidly and drastically cut emissions, the existing damage will turn to catastrophe.

Anyone who denies that i…