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THEY SHALL NOT PASS!!! Hagamos que NO Pase!!!

THEY SHALL NOT PASS!!! Hagamos que NO Pase!!!

Picket Against Mining Fever in Colombia

1pm Friday 3 June, outside Colombian Embassy, London
3 Hans Crescent, London SW1X 0LN
Nearest Tube: Knightsbridge


Saturday, 4 June 10am – 5pm
Draught Orders, 180 North Gower Street, London NW1 2NB

Guest Speaker: Alexander Martínez Rivillas
Lecturer in the Department of Agrarian Development in the Agronomy Faculty of the University of Tolima, and author of a risk study on the La Colosa project.


REPORT: La Colosa: the quest for El Dorado in Cajamarca, Colombia



Keep out of Colombia's Seven Coloured Sea!

Oil Companies: Keep out of Colombia's Seven Coloured Sea!

Dear friends,

Please support local communities on an archipelago in Colombia's Seven Coloured Sea who who are trying to stop oil exploration and exploitation in a highly biodiverse UNESCO Biosphere Reserve.

The Spanish oil company REPSOL and Colombia's state owned oil company Ecopetrol intend to jointly explore and exploit oil reserves inside one of the world's best-conserved and most extensive coral reef ecosystems, home to at least 57 species of coral, 400 species of fish and 150 species of birds and one of the last remaining nesting sites for sea turtles. Biodiversity and the livelihoods of indigenous communities on the islands will be at serious risk if oil drilling goes ahead.

Please go to

and send a letter to the companies, the Colombian government and UNESCO to avoid this atrocity. Many thanks in advance.

Best regards,

Guadalupe Rodríguez
Rainforest Rescue

'There is a war going on in Chile'

There is a war going on in Chile, a war that has been raging for over 500 years. It seems like such a normal part of life now that the world doesn’t even notice it anymore. Like many other conflicts, it concerns territory and resources. Those waging it are depicting themselves as the ‘General Custers’ of this story, bravely facing the threat of being scalped, carving out a niche for the more civilised and deserving. Those standing in the way of ‘progress’ are deemed savages, terrorists even. But is it terrorism to resist this second pacification of Araucania?

One of the darlings of the official narrative is Michelle Bachelet, head executive of UN women and ex-president of Chile. Bachelet has been hailed in the mainstream media as a new superhero for women’s rights around the world; painted as someone with great compassion who has suffered for her convictions, a paragon of integrity. Ms Bachelet does have a secret identity, but any analogy with superheroes must end there.

During her adm…

31 years of 'la resistencia pacífica del pueblo amazónico'

Today is day of celebration.

Probably the most important day in the year for those of us concerned with fighting climate change.

While environmental campaigns are under threat right across the world, while emissions and temperatures rise, there is at least one clear sign of hope.

Lets not forget that the climate change global conferences have failed, carbon trading has made bankers fat without reducing pollution and REDDS are turning forests into cash cows for corrupt politicians and corporate interests.

However in the Peruvian Amazon, the indigenous people have fought the destruction of the Amazon, using non violent direct action, legal challenges, political campaigning and social media.

Tragically their highly successful work has been ignored by most environmentalists, its we who need their advice not the other way around if we are turn round the climate and wider crisis.

Aidesep the inter-ethnic association of the Peruvian Amazon was born today 31 years ago, if you read Spanish take a lo…

“The Climate Crisis: Why is nothing Happening?"

Organised by Operation Noah

Date: Monday June 6th 2011
Times: 4pm (supporters meeting) & 6pm (special seminar)
Venue: Friends meeting house, 173 Euston Road, London NW1 2BJ

“The Climate Crisis: Why is nothing Happening?"
A Social, Political and Moral Perspective on Obstacles to Action”

Seminar led by Lynn McDonald
University Professor Emerita at the University of Guelph , & former member of the Canadian Parliament
A Director of the Climate Action Network of Canada; Co-founder of JustEarth: A Coalition for Environmental Justice addressing obstacles to action on climate change, lobbying MP’s, & publishing regular political leaders with an action-oriented message:
An Anglican, Lynn works with a small group within the Canadian church to urge Church leaders to take on the issue of climate change. This led to a strong resolution being adopted at its last general synod

See you there & bring a friend !

For furt…

COPINH reaffirms its conviction to fight

COPINH reaffirms its conviction to fight, alongside the nation, against impunity, and to do everything possible to ensure that there will be punishment for the authors and actors of the criminal coup, in addition to continuing with the historic struggle that we have been undertaking in our communities defending our natural resources, our sovereignty, our self-determination and the creation of a new society, refounded from below, capable of achieving decolonization, emancipation, and a dignified life.

The Honduran people suffered a coup, now the displaced President Mel Zelaya is back after an agreement brokered without US interference.

Indigenous people and workers suffered from death squads and abuse, that Mel is back is good but only part of the process.

This statement is translated by the fabulous Adrienne Pine here and reproduced via Rock against the Blockade and comes from the indigenous organisation 'Consejo Cívico de Organizaciones Populares e Indígenas de Honduras' here.


Green MP smashes watch on exit from a polluted parliament

My favourite green politician and if the truth be told the one I am closest to politically and personally of course is Nandor.ándor_Tánczos

Its later than you think says Nandor.

If you don't know the video, enjoy. Reminded by this as its the great man's birthday today, 29th May.

Nandor kindly wrote this for a book of mine, Jah Rastafari!, he is a man with a strong hold on the economics of sensible sustainability as you can see from this snippet:

We humans think that we can own the planet, as if fleas could own a dog. Our concepts of property ownership are vastly different from traditional practises of recognising use rights over various resources. A right to grow or gather food or other resources in a particular place is about meeting needs. Property ownership is about the ability to live on one side of the world and speculate on resources on the other, possibly without ever seeing it, without regard to need or consequence.

The ability to "own&qu…

What the Frac!

OK fracking isn't shale gas totally but could not resist, another bad days work from the coalition and a good response from the ever impressive Caroline Lucas MP.

Responding to a report published by the Energy and Climate Change Committee yesterday on the development of shale gas in the UK (1), Green MP Caroline Lucas said:

"Given the serious concerns outlined in this report, it is astonishing that the Energy and Climate Change Committee fails to reach the logical conclusion of recommending a moratorium on shale gas. Dismissing concerns, for example, on the grounds that UK regulations are stronger than in the States, while taking a ‘wait and see' approach here is highly irresponsible.

"The report itself admits that the benefits of shale gas are limited, stating that although it believes climate emissions from gas to be lower than from coal, they are still far higher than from many low-carbon technologies and can therefore contribute little towards our long term emission…

Dissolving Oil Tankers

Lets move beyond an extractive economy! Ostrom! Commons! Usufrucht! If these are just weird words take a look here for some detail of ecological economics.

This is quite a nice tactic, take a look at the Dog Wood Project good stuff from BC.

Makes me think of Bertold Brecht who said '“Art is not a mirror held up to reality, but a hammer with which to shape it.'

Posters made with environmentally friendly, water-soluble ink were placed above wild postings around Vancouver. When it rained, the ink bled onto posters below, showing how oil spills affect everyone.


See some of you in Gateshead on 25th June, be great to be back in the North East, last time I was up was helping the Green Party candidate in the Sedgefield by-election a few years back.

South of Tyne Transition Town’s are organising the South of Tyne Transition Green Fest at Bill Quay Farm,
Hainingwood Terrace, Gateshead on Saturday 25th June (11am – 4pm).

Although the event is being organised by Transition Town South of Tyne, Bill Quay Farm are going to support
us by providing a tent and seating for the talks and entertainment (to be supervised and provided with
electricity by Bill Quay Farm staff), reserving the car park for stalls, offering us the classroom for educational
activities and catering for our needs in their cafe (by providing vegan, vegetarian and organic meat options
and an extra outdoor drinks and snacks stall for children). They have asked that the event be kept gentle,
family friendly and alcohol free.

Activities for children will include making boxes to attract various for…

Fairford Air Tattoo Sponsored bike ride

Saturday July 16 2011
Start Time: 09:00 AM

Just had this For more details email me on wallddd@hotmail and I can get you more info, not my event but certain supportive!

Thank you to everyone who has either offered support for the Sponsored Bike ride or has committed to coming. The numbers are really building up now and the whole initiative is starting to build a momentum of its own.

I will try and send around a weekly bulletin to update you all on where the preparations have gotten to, what sort of things that we need to to do next, what help is needed, and to allow on line discussion.

Please send this this bulletin around your networks and if you receive this second hand, and want to be on the mailing list, then please contact me at the above email address.

Our objective in this is big - we want to totally deligitimise the right of corporations and armed forces to pollute and destroy our planet by going for their bases of power and making the excess consumption that they create and that sup…

Moscow police break up Gay Pride protest

Just had this from Peter, who does a heroic job and was badly injured at a previous Moscow Pride event....we need to fight Russian state hatred of the LGBT community.

At least 18 arrested at Kremlin and City Hall

Moscow - 28 May 2011

"At least 18 gay rights protesters were arrested today, 28 May, as they tried to stage a banned Gay Pride parade," reports British human rights campaigner Peter Tatchell, who was part of the protest group in Moscow.

"Eight people were seized by the Kremlin: international gay rights supporters Andy Thayer, Dan Choi and Louis-Georges Tin; plus Moscow Gay Pride committee member, Anna Komarova and other Russian gay activists (names unknown).

"A further three Russian lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) campaigners were arrested outside City Hall.

"These arrests took place between 1pm and 2pm Moscow time.

"I went to City Hall but was separated from our protest group. Neo-Nazis identified me for attack. Being alone and without p…

Culture, Conflict and Ecology: The Commons in History.

I have started writing my latest book, my ninth, which will look at commons in history.

This will be an academic title rather than introductory or polemical like my last few books.

Feedback and thoughts welcome....I do think commons provides the key to a sustainable and prosperous future.

Let me know what you think, there is economics beyond the market and the state!

Culture, Confilct and Ecology: The Commons in History.

1. Commons Ecology
- What is the Commons?
- The tragedy of the commons
- Commons as a solution
- Social sharing as an ecological path
- Succesful commons in India, Eastern US, Peru and England
- Ecologically failed commons.

2. Culture in common
- Commons as an economic solution
- Culture as a means of conservation
- Culture versus economics
- Contested cultures
- Misreading the cultural commons

3. Commons in conflict
- The destruction of the commons through history
- The radical case for the comm…

Attica State

What a waste of human power
What a waste of human lives
Shoot the prisoners in the towers
Forty-three poor widowed wives

Attica State, Attica State,
we're all mates with Attica State

Media blames it on the prisoners
But the prisoners did not kill
"Rockefeller pulled the trigger"
That is what the people feel

Attica State, Attica State,
we're all mates with Attica State

Free the prisoners, jail the judges
Free all prisoners everywhere
All they want is truth and justice
All they need is love and care

Attica State, Attica State,
we're all mates with Attica State

They all live in suffocation
Let's not watch them die in sorrow
Now's the time for revolution
Give them all a chance to grow

Attica State, Attica State,
we're all mates with Attica State

Come together join the movement
Take a stand for human rights
Fear and hatred clouds our judgement
Free us all from endless night

Attica State, Attica State,
we're all mates with Attica State

Attica State, Attica State,
we all live in Attic…

the best way of uncovering lies without falling into paranoia

I think the best way of uncovering lies without falling into paranoia is to have some other way of looking at the big picture. As well as looking at the official lies, you have to see the truth on the ground.

I thought of this while reading Greg Muttitt's excellent new book Fuel on the Fire, published this month. Greg has been drilling into the allied policy on Iraq's oil for years and he hit a reservoir of lies.

His book pumps them to the surface, after long Freedom of Information battles.

In 2003 Blair said it was "absurd" to believe oil was involved in the decision to attack Iraq. Greg unearths and explains document after document showing the British government thought about Iraqi oil all the time. Making plans for war meant making plans of oil.

BP denied meeting the government before the Iraq war, but Greg shows that in November 2003 its man was telling British civil servants "Iraq is the big oil prospect. BP are desperate to get in there."

Blair said o…


to the hundreds of you who have wished me happy birthday on facebook today, saludos!

Keep on struggling to the victory, neither Washington or Moscow but Caracas, Bagua and Havana, companeros!

Green Party rises dramatically in poll

OK one poll doesn't make a summer but encouraging to see Green Party up.

Caroline Lucas is having a very positive impact.

The Green Party needs to consolidate and good to see improvement in things like the website and resources for local parties.

Conservative 33
Labour 41
Liberal Democrats (Lib Dem) 11
Scottish/Welsh Nationalist 5
Green Party 5
UK Independence Party 2
British National Party 1
Other 1

Full details here

hat tip to Peter Cranie


This is from tomorrow's Morning Star....I am not really a fan of Amazon but it does seem to be one place you can buy La Commune click here.

It's time to be inspired again by Peter Watkins' film La Commune

This month marks the crushing of the Paris Commune 140 years ago when, in 1871, the workers took control of the French capital and governed democratically for all.

In doing so they demonstrated that it's not just a minority of human beings who have creative power and can run society in the interest of all.

It was a positive moment historically because of their victory but on the negative side it was brutally crushed and the Commune provides many lessons, not least in the revolt against neoliberalism globally today.

In this country the commune is almost forgotten. There's no better way to jog the memory than watching La Commune by Peter Watkins - director of the War Game which the BBC banned for years because it showed the consequences of a nuclear attack on Britain - w…

Lowkey and Logic at Bolivar Hall, 16th June

16 June · 17:30 - 21:00


Location Bolivar Hall 54 Grafton Way, London W1T 5DL


Created by: Pablo Alborada, Carlos Martinez


More info Latin America Rising, Culture and Empire

::: 5.30-6.45pm: Documentary screening of ‘Inside the Revolution: A Journey into the Heart of Venezuela’, introduced by film's director Pablo Navarrete

6.45-7pm: Break

::: 7-9pm: Latin America Rising, Culture and Empire (Panel Discussion and Cultural Performance)

7-8.30pm: Panel discussion with Q&A session. Latin America Rising, Culture and Empire (chaired by rapper Lowkey)

Panelists: Oscar Guardiola-Rivera (writer), Rebel Diaz (rappers), Francisco Dominguez (academic), Lizzie Cocker (journalist)

8.30-9pm: Cultural performance: rapping/beatboxing from Rebel Diaz, Lowkey, Logic +…

Greens Rule Out Fusion

Just had this from my friends in NYC! Go US Greens!
Greens Rule Out Fusion, Will Run Their Own Candidates

Select Peace Sign as Ballot Symbol

New York's Green Party state committee adopted rules over the weekend that affirmed the party will run its own candidates on its own Green Party line. Meeting in a Rensselaer church on Saturday, May 21, the Greens ruled out running fusion candidates who appear on the ballot lines of more than one party.

The practice of fusion or cross-endorsement is common among the other five ballot qualified parties - Democratic, Republican, Conservative, Working Families, Independence. The three minor parties usually nominate major party candidates to run on their ballot lines.

The Green Party also voted to make the peace sign their official ballot symbol to highlight their status as the only peace party on the ballot. The Greens have actively organized against the ongoing wars in Iraq, Afghanistan, Pakistan and Libya and call for a 50 to 75% cut in the militar…

Every tank of fuel leads to murder

Biofuel petrol runs red....

Food versus Fuel. Threatened Communities in Colombia.

Hosted by Pablo Del Monte for LAPE & Peter Deane from Food Not Fuel.

Taking questions will be:

Jane Calliste, Colombia Solidarity Campaign

Josie Cohen, ActionAid

Deepak Rughani, Biofuelwatch

José Sagaz, Bolivia Solidarity Campaign

Wednesday, 25 May, 5-7pm.

Room S13, Institute of Education, 20 Bedford Way, WC1H 0AL. Nearest tube: Russell Square, Euston Square.

Blood soaked president gets a warm welcome in London!

Uribe paraco, el pueblo está berraco - picket against the presence of Alvaro Uribe at the Latin American Business Forum in London, May 21, 2011, organised by Colombia Solidarity Campaign, Latin American Workers Association - LAWAS UK - Hands Off Venezuela! - and many others

US right attack environmental historian

The historian William Cronon has been in the news recently in the US because of assaults on his civil liberties and academic freedom by the Wisconsin Republican Party.

This story is likely to be of interest to Green Left Weekly readers because of the collision between university research and powerful corporate interests.

However, Cronon's work as an environmental historian since the 1970s means that he deserves to be read by all those who take an interest in environmental issues and ecosocialist politics.

In books such as Changes in the Land, Nature's Metropolis and articles such as “The Trouble with Wilderness” he has challenged the common sense of the environmental movement.


Fuel on the Fire

Just had this, looking forward to going tomorrow night...

Hi Folks,

Just a quick reminder about the exciting launch of Greg Muttit's gripping new book 'Fuel on the Fire' on Monday evening.

7-9pm SOAS Khalili Theatre

Greg Muttit will be in conversation with Madeleine Bunting, Associate Editor of the Guardian. The event will be interactive, with plenty of opportunities for discussions and a Q+A with the author.

As news reports reveal that the UK government's latest military adventure in an oil rich country, Libya, will cost the UK taxpayer at least £1 billion - we'll be talking about the drivers of these wars and the impact of subsequent occupations. Most importantly we'll be discussing how social movements in Iraq have been resisting the corporate takeover of their country and what we can do to support them.

'Revolution' in Spain is a warning to the Left

The left in Latin America for all its weaknesses and contradictions has provided an alternative to neo-liberalism, in Europe the left have generally bailed out the bankers with the cash gained from closing down old peoples homes.

The Irish experience has been, for example, devastating and has led to huge suffering and incidentally the virtual collapse of the Green Party.

In Spain protest is rocking the country with people rejecting the traditional left.....This is via Martin and worth reading.

On 15th May 2011, around 150,000 people took to the streets in 60 Spanish towns and cities to demand “Real Democracy Now”, marching under the slogan “We are not commodities in the hands of bankers and politicians”. The protest was organised through web-based social networks without the involvement of any major unions or political parties. At the end of the march some people decided to stay the night at the Plaza del Sol in Madrid. They were forcefully evacuated by the police in the early hours of t…

Seven bullets for Tapan Dutta

Just had this from my dear friend from West Bengal, Debal Deb.

This is green politics on most of the planet, defend a wetland and get bullet in the head.

Vital ecosystems, for example, a wetland that stops disasterous flooding, are converted into cash.

People are displaced.

Commercial interest work with corrupt officials and those who stand for what is right are killed and tortured.

The media takes little notice.

It is shameful that Green and environmental organisation so rarely draw attention to this process.

India here in this example but right across the world from Russia to El Salvador, Paraguay to Papua.

Human freedom = Species Survival = ecology = one struggle and one fight!


Dear Friends,

You may be aware that the former Howrah District Youth Trinamul Congress President, Tapan Dutta was fighting to save the wetland near Bali - Jagacha in Howrah District. A portion of the 750 Acre wetland was being filled up i…

Derek Wall on the flaws in coalition climate policy

A battle has been won for climate change and it seems petty or fundamentalist to criticise it. However, criticism of climate policy remains necessary.
While it is welcome that Chris Huhne has beaten his colleague Vince Cable and produced a policy for cutting emissions, it is debatable whether emissions will actually fall, and fall in a way that serves human beings and the environment rather than narrow corporate interests.

The recent announcement on climate change promises a reduction by 2050 of 80 per cent of CO2 compared with 1990 and promises binding legislation to achieve this. Given the hegemony of climate change denial on the right and a huge fight by the Tresury to water down climate action this seems encouraging. It also involves practical policies not just vague aspirations. 40 per cent of energy in the UK will come, it is proposed, from wind, waves and solar by 2030. Heat pumps will be fitted to 2.6 million homes by 2025 and there will be an electric car revolution.
All …

Five cheers for Liz Campbell!

We seem to be gaining councillors every day at present, there is a revolt against neo-liberalism and left leaning political activists are joining the Green Party.

We have a clear commitment to social justice and against cuts, we need to build on this and keep moving forward!

Well done to Liz Campbell who is now the first Green Party district councillor in Milton Keynes.

She said today:

“The Green Party is not just about the environment. I have always strongly supported social justice and believe that we should save services, not cut them,” she said.

“Unlike the traditional parties, who all share a privatisation and cuts agenda, the Green Party is willing to stand up for ordinary local people, and I’m happy to stand with them.”


LSE wrong to host killer

One might have thought that the London School of Economics at least would have learned the wisdom of caution after getting its fingers burnt for other dubious guests. And yet the LSE and the London Business School are both hosting the visit of Colombia's notorious rightwing former president Álvaro Uribe Vélez on Monday.

Uribe was George Bush's favourite Latin American leader, seen as the model of a "war on terror" style stabilisation in the region, and he arrives in London days after the debate in Colombia's Congress over a proposed victim's law. Uribe's former defence minister Juan Manuel Santos is now president and he promised reparations for all victims of political violence, significantly including victims of state forces, as well as leftwing guerrillas and the rightwing paramilitary groups generally seen as state proxies. In his heated interventions, Uribe has objected to defining the confrontations as an "internal armed conflict", insisting…

David Cameron soaked in blood welcomes dictator to Downing Street

Blood soaked dictators are so welcome in Downing Street if they use British kit to maim and kill their people!

We should thank Peter Tatchell for letting us know about this and for all the other excellent work he does around human rights.

Bahrain's dictator Prince feted by David Cameron

Downing Street's welcome insults the victims of Bahraini repression

London - 19 May 2011

"It is a shocking misjudgement to fete the Crown Prince of Bahrain at a time when his regime is arresting, jailing, torturing and killing peaceful democracy protesters. This welcome is a slap in the face to the victims of repression. Britain should be siding with Bahrain's democrats, not with the dictatorship," said human rights campaigner Peter Tatchell, who has been working with and supporting the Bahraini democracy movement.

He was commenting on the meeting at Downing between David Cameron and the Bahraini Crown Prince, scheduled for 6pm today.

"Britain should not be conducting business as …

Greening the Green Party?

Taking part in Dave Bangs rally for forest access at Houghton Woods in Sussex and walking in the woods with him and other well informed naturalists, last saturday, it struck me that I ought to do more ecology. My knowledge of pollards and orchids is sadly limited!

I have, however, despite having taught economics for pretty much all my working life, a background in environmental science (sort of).

My first degree was in Environmental Archaeology at the Institute of Archaeology, which is now part of University College London.

So I studied soils and pollen and snails and human inter actions with the rest of nature. Very useful and interesting but a while ago.

Being for the 'environment' means little unless you have appropriate policies and ecology shows that sometimes counter intuitive ideas work.

For example, slash and burn agriculture (with limits) may be good for forest biodiversity.

Ecology needs to be re-integrated into green politics, when the Green Party started we were the E…

The border agency insists!


Just ask Noah


Climate Change: Neck Deep in the Big Muddy
by Glenn Scherer
The Mississippi River has risen to levels never seen in U.S. history – lapping levee tops and threatening cities and hamlets from Memphis to the Gulf. Floodwaters cover an area bigger than Connecticut, the result of a record 90 inches of precipitation in the Midwest.

Some would point an accusatory finger at human-caused global warming. But as any climatologist will tell you, no single weather event is attributable to global warming.

Meanwhile, Texas is in flames. It has endured the 7 driest months on record, with drought parching 98 percent of the Lone Star state. No one has ever seen the like of it, with 2.2 million acres already scorched black by wildfires.

Of course, as any Obama administration official will gladly testify, no one weather event can be traced back to climate change.

Out West, record snowpack, a staggering 200 percent above normal, has brought severe flood risks to Ut…

LSE hosts human rights abuser



Pickets / Plantones :
4pm-7pm Saturday 21 May
27 Sussex Place, Regent's Park, NW1
Nearest tube: Baker Street
5pm-8pm Monday 23 May
LSE Campus, Houghton Street, WC2
Nearest tubes: Covent Garden, Holborn, Temple

Convened by / convocados por Colombia Solidarity Campaign y Polo Democartico UK con el respaldo de ASLOPOEDA, Bolivia Solidarity Campaign, Hands Off Venezuela, Latin American Workers Association, Movimientos Ecuador en el Reino Unido, Quinto Suyo Nacionalista UK, Rock Around the Blockade, Voces Todas y mas organismos.
Version Espanol

With the smugness of a petty tyrant, Uribe self-congratulates his eight years in government, claiming his success was based on three pillars – ‘security’, ‘social cohesion’ and ‘investor trust’. Let us see …


Jenny Jones opposes Met resources for Madeleine McCann

My thoughts too, well done Jenny.

Met Police Commissioner Sir Paul Stephenson announced last week that his officers would undertake an evaluation of Madeleine McCann case, following a request by home secretary Theresa May. Madeleine McCann vanished during a family holiday on the Algarve in 2007.

Jenny Jones, Green member of the Metropolitan Police Authority, and Green candidate for Mayor of London, said:

"As a mother and a grandmother, I feel for Kate and Gerry McCann, and of course, they are desperate to help locate Maddy. However, as a member of the MPA, I have to look at how resources are responsibly used.

"There are many serious crimes in London, and it is the job of the Met Police to investigate crimes on a fair and impartial basis. Tying up vast amounts of police time and resources on one case does not instill confidence that each crime will be investigated on its own merits.

"For example, the forensic service unit has been closed, and many will wonder exactly what th…

Going Where the Grass is Greener - Why I'm Leaving Labour

Josiah Mortimer

It's been an tough decision to make, but I have decided to join the Green Party. For the past year I've been in the Labour party, and met some fantastic people - principled people, including many on the left. MPs such as Jeremy Corbyn and John McDonnell have consistently acted upon their socialist beliefs, and been dedicated to fighting for social justice and egalitarianism. The election of Ed Miliband provided some hope for people like me, that is, Young Socialists (sadly just 'Young Labour' now) by offering a split from New Labour. But I have decided to change party for a lot of reasons, which I'll try and explain.

Firstly, the old cliche, which I've just realised to be true. Though there are some socialists in the Labour party, it is fundamentally, and unfortunately, not a left-wing party. That is not to say this won't change in the future (social democratic parties have been wiped out in Europe after the &#…

My meeting with Rene Ramirez

Very impressed with Rene Ramirez, Minister of Planning and Development for Ecuador, spooky talking to an economics minister who speaks Ostrom, indigienity, Marx, very serious guy, real sign of an alternative to capitalist productivist economics winning battle in Ecuador....absolutely the real deal!

We have to fight and win the battle here and everywhere against the work, consume, throwaway extractivist economy.

Too much green is pale green!

Too much socialism is just capitalism!

Too much politics is trivia!

We have a sucidal economic and social system, very encouraging to meet some one else with an idea of an alternative.

Do go and listen to Rene Ramirez, speaking on wednesday, 6.30pm LSE!

We have got to fight and win on this, nothing else matters when you think about it.

Lib Dem councilllor defects to Greens

Cllr Howard Allen joins Green Party****Green Party now has 4 seats on Solihull Council*
Shirley West Councillor, Howard Allen, has switched to the Green Party [1]having been a Liberal Democrat or Independent Liberal Democrat Councillor since 2003. Councillor Allen joins three other Green Party Councillors in Solihull to form a “gang of four”. Councillor Allen’s decision follows a string of defections and changes in allegiance by Councillors in Shirley West in the past year. Shirley West ward is now represented by one Green Party Councillor, one Labour Councillor and one Conservative. All three seats were in the hands of the LiberalDemocrats in May 2010.

The Green Party group on Solihull Council plans to work to hold the new Conservative Council to account, especially over regeneration andpreservation of green space across the Borough, key reasons for Councillor Allen’s decision to join the Green Party.

Sanctions now against King Al Khalifa's tyranny

just had this from Peter, thanks Peter!

Halt crimes against humanity, protect civilians

UN, EU, US & UK must withdraw support from Bahraini regime

London - 16 May 2011

Speaking at a pro-democracy rally outside the Bahraini Embassy in London on 14 May 2011, organised by Justice for Bahrain, Peter Tatchell, Director of the human rights organisation, the Peter Tatchell Foundation, said:

"We are here in solidarity with the people of Bahrain who are struggling for democratic reforms, human rights and social justice. The state of emergency must be lifted immediately, all political prisoners freed and Saudi Arabian and UAE troops withdrawn. The people of Bahrain should be free to determine their own future by the exercise of their democratic rights, without external interference.

"The international community has failed in its duty to protect the civilian population from arrest, detention without trial, torture and murder by the regime of King Hamad ibn Isa Al Khalifa.

"If the …

Maldives 'trashing' an island - Asia - Al Jazeera English


Following a number of meetings of the local community at the camp it has
been decided to continue the occupation of the site, at least until it
becomes clear what the situation is regarding the owner's (East Sussex
County Council) plans for the site. All the indications are that they
wish to demolish the existing school buildings and sell the beautiful
grounds to developers to be concreted over. This is far from popular
with local residents and a local group call STAND (St Anne's Diggers)
has been formed to protect the space and use it as a community garden.

People are strongly encouraged to come down, get involved and perhaps
stay for a while in order to defend the site and help this new community
space flourish. Do get in touch if you can help in any way. E-mail or call the site phone 07743 218521.