Showing posts from April, 2012

Peru: narco card against Cajamarca ecological struggle?

Submitted by WW4 Report on Fri, 04/27/2012 - 22:53. The Lima tabloid Perú21 April 25 airs claims that northern Peru's Cajamarca region—site of the civil struggle against the US-owned Conga gold mine project—is a "new center of cocaine production." Without giving his credentials, the newspaper cites "expert in themes of narcotrafficking" Jaime Antezana to the effect that Cajamarca's province of Celendín has emerged as a key coca leaf production zone, replete with labs for processing the leaf into paste. The neighboring province of Hualgayoc, and especially its capital Bambamarca, is identified as the trans-shipment point over the Andes towards the Pacific, and local center of money-laundering. The paper says this intelligence has been "confirmed" by National Police Anti-Drug Directorate (DIRANDRO) and the official coca eradication agency, the Special Project for Control and Reduction of Coca Cultivation (CORAH).
The Unitary Struggle Command of Caja…

Will Duckworth Green Party election video

Will Duckworth is the Green Party candidate in Dudley's Netherton, Woodside and St Andrews ward at the local election on Thursday May 3rd.

For more information about Will and Dudley Green Party's work visit

Published and promoted by Will Duckworth on behalf of Dudley Green Party, both at 122 Cinder Bank, Dudley, DY2 9BP

Life Without Money: Building Fair and Sustainable Economies

Been a bit quiet here, more twitter and fb and I have been finishing a first draft of my new book.  However back now.

Do come along to this event I am involved with on 30th May, 7.30pm.  All about non market socialism.

Life Without Money: Building Fair and Sustainable Economiesis a newly published Pluto Press book. JoinDerek Wall(Green Party councillor, former Principal Speaker for the Green Party and author of Babylon and Beyond, The Rise of the Green Left) in conversation with visiting editor ofLife Without Money, Associate Professor Anitra Nelson (RMIT University, Australia) and contributor Adam Buick (regularly published in theSocialist Standard) atBolivar Hall, 54 Grafton Way, London W1T 5DL. Come and participate in a stimulating discussion on why we, as a society, need to go money-free and how we might do it.

Angye Gaona under threat in Colombia for defending indigenous
The Colombian poet Angye Gaona is currently on trial in Cartagena de Indias, facing trumped-up charges of  ‘drug trafficking’ and ‘rebellion’. A letter by Laurens Vancrevel, circulated to draw attention to her case, explains: “Angye is completely innocent of these charges. She has passionately defended in several press articles and interviews the case of Colombian Indians (many of whom are being killed by paramilitary gangs on order of land developers; Angye has called this ‘genocide’) and that of working class people and their unions (who are constantly being repressed by industrialists, supported by the government). Angye has also called the present Colombian government ‘a terrorist government’.  She is now being considered a nuisance by the ultra-conservative government, because Angye’s voice has a considerable influence on young Colombians. But ‘rebellion’ or ‘drug trafficking’, no.
Her trial may have a very dramatic outcome …

Ken Livingstone Black History Month video

Boris abolished Black History month....he is likely to win the election, every day the Evening Standard attack Ken.

The bankers are backing Boris but if you are part of the 0.1% you can buy victory.

So register, vote and do your bit to oust the bankers friend Boris, going to be tough he has the cash and the support of the hyper rich and super powerful.

International Roma Day marks resistance.

It's International Roma Day.  With a demonstration and march in London today to protest attacks on travelling peoples.

A march past many of the embassies of states which systematically oppress Roma and Traveller’s, ending at the Department for Communities and Local Government. Sunday 8 April 2012, 12pmAssemble at Hyde Park Corner, London Roma people along with other minorities remain sadly under attack, their is certainly huge racism against Romas in the UK and often violent repression in parts of Eastern Europe.

Hitler's regime murdered Romas on a huge scale. 200,000 were killed during the holocaust.

It's ironic that with the Liberal Democrats in government more legislation is being put forward with the far from liberal aim of making the Roma way of life almost impossible.

Roma traditions need to be celebrated, there are fascinating stories to be learnt.  We used to live in a world …

Occupy the atmosphere: Alternative Conference for the Rio Summit

Alternative Conference for the Rio SummitPLEASE CONTACT IF YOU WOULD LIKE TO DO A SELF-ORGANISED WORKSHOP Saturday 16th June to Sunday 17th
(the weekend preceding the summit Wednesday 29th to Friday 22nd)  Organised by the Campaign against Climate Change with the School for Oriental and African Studies (SOAS) Department for Development Studies.

Taking place at the central London Universities - SOAS, the Institute of Education (IOE) and University College London (UCL). Opening plenary in IOE, Thornhaugh Street off Russell Square, Russell Square Tube. Map here. Rio to Rio: 20 wasted years? Between 1992 and 2012:
The global surface temperature has risen by 0.38C.
The Arctic sea ice has decreased by 2.94 million square kilometres
The CO2 in the atmosphere has risen by 35.19 PPM.
30 661 900 hectares of Brazilian forest have been lost.
More than 431,215.08 million tonnes of CO2 have been emitted.
The amount of CO2 emitted per year has risen from 21,421.45 to 30,398.42 million to…

Interview with Adam Ramsay on direct action, green politics and anti-capitalism

Emily and I went to help Adam Ramsay in Carfax ward, Oxford yesterday.  In the photo above Georgina Bavetta who is the Green Party candidate for NUS Bloc of 15 (her election address can be found here.)  Adam is well known for being a left Green and direct action activists with UK uncuts, just the kind of candidate we need to work to get elected.

The Lib Dems took the Carfax seat from the Green Party in 2010 when the world was full of Cleggmania, we are working to take it back.  Adam is an excellent candidate. Please get involved lots of volunteers are needed for canvassing and leafletting, the campaign is the centre of Oxford so easy to get involved. For more information

Here s my interview with Adam.

How did you get involved in green politics?
I joined the party (well, the Scottish Green Party) in 2001 when I was 15 - I had always been interested in politics, and had been given Greg Palast and Joseph Sti…

'We have a King who rides on a donkey'/ Saint Oscar

The biblical film that made the biggest impact on me, when I was at film school, was Pasolini’s The Gospel According to St Matthew...Up to that point, I had an idea to do a film on Jesus, in cinema-vérité style, in the Lower East Side of New Yorkwith everyone wearing suits, a modern-day interpretation of the story we know. So I was moved and crushed at the same time by the Pasolini film because in a sense it was what I wanted to do. Jesus was played by a Spanish law student, and it was shot in the south of Italy...Pasolini’s use of faces was marvelous. It reminds me of Renaissance art even though it’s in black and white, and I love the music – the Missa Luba and Bach. Just compare his Christ with Jeffrey Hunter. He doesn’t act walking, he is walking; it’s not self-conscious and yet it’s very determined...I like [Pasolini]’s Christ as a kind of conspirator. It was a revolutionary Jesus. In fact, at the time, people referred to him as a Marxist Christ. The strength of Matthew’s language…