Showing posts from November, 2008

Cuba and eco materials

The ever excellent Green Left Weekly has an article about eco development in Cuba, we in Britain have so much to learn but are the policy makers listening. No, Nicholas Stern wishes to see not far sighted ecologists but blinkered bankers in charge of climate policy.

Cuba: Evo-materialis, hurricanes and solidarity

Trent Hawkins
29 November 2008

Dr Fernando Martirena from the Centre of Investigation in Structures and Materials (CIDEM) research institute at the University of Santa Clara, Cuba, recently visited Australia to speak to a number of meetings organised by the Australian Green Development Forum.

In 2007, Martirena’s team won the World Habitat Award from the Building and Social Housing Foundation (BSHF), an independent research organisation that promotes sustainable development and innovation in housing.

Green Left Weekly caught up with Dr Martirena to find out how the CIDEM is helping to build houses in Cuba using sustainable building materials.

Martirena explained that the US econo…

An appeal from Leila Shahid


Action alert!

Dear Friends,

Please find here under an appeal from Leila Shahid, General delegate of Palestine toward the EU, Belgium and Luxembourg!

We must react urgently toward our European parliamentarians in order to block the ratification of the text which must be voted on Thursday 4th December!!

During the last ECCP lobby days, all European interlocutors says that the upgrading will never be ratified in 2008 – they will wait for the Czech Republic presidency, beginning of 2009… Thinks seems changed, in order to support Tsipi Livni (in stead of Netanyahu) Europe wants to sign the upgrading before the end of the year… (As they did for Ehud Barak in the past!!!).

As we are in a “pre-electoral” period, civil society must be heard… so please react urgently and massively toward you parliamentarians….

and forward to your members and contacts…

Best regards,



In its meeting on November 5 in Brussels, the Committee on Foreign Affairs and Security of the European Parl…

Big pharm and IMF to privatise the NHS?

Could the pharmaceutical companies be short selling the NHS so they can bankrupt it and then buy it up cheap?

Pharmaceutical companies make huge profits because of monopoly power. They patent new drugs meaning they cannot be copied. Demand is high for drugs which are said to prolong life...who would not pay £1,000s for say an anti-cancer drug that would extend life for a few months more.

Pharmaceutical drugs bills are rising for the NHS and pharmaceutical companies are adept at running PR campaigns to weaken NICE (the organisation that decides whether the NHS can buy new expensive drugs). Who has not seen the news on TV with dying cancer victims lobbying for the NHS to fund a drug for them? A depressing sight. No one ever makes the point that someone is profiting on a huge scale from misery, do BBC reporters ask hard questions about company profits?

The pharmaceutical companies are motivated by profit pure and simple. They argue that the profit motive is good, giving rise to new products…

Crunch, crunch, breakfast cereal from Miltion Friedman

We have reached another bifurcation point in history. While all eyes are on the credit crunch, less is being talked about the "eco-crunch" whose real-world losses – of habitats, water systems, species, soils – can't be bailed out. Even less is being written about the energy and food price crunch. Anyone proposing a strategy that fails to take account of these combined crunches is about to fall to earth with a bump.

hi friends and interested fellows

hope you are all well in this time of crunches

This is a quickly thrown together 600 words about the trinity of crunches (credit/eco/energy) that the guardian comment is free asked me to do.

and whilst your at it .. if you want to brush up on your contemporary climate science and get very depressed/outraged etc.. I just went to see this report being launched .. its terrifying..... !


Nice to hear from John Jordan you can click…


I know one of your 'intelligence' officers was present at that meeting. It was the guy with the beard, who ordered Stella in the pub after the meeting.

More notes from the underground here

Hugo Blanco blog

Oscar has put a blog together for his dad!

Great to see the most important Peruvian Marxist and a leading light of ecosocialism on the web! Via a location near Weston-Super-Mare.

So take a look here and make sure you tell 20 friends Hugo Blanco blogspot.

Its in Spanish and English.

The indigenous revolution for ecology


Green Party Trade Union Group Fundraising Quiz

The Green Party Trade Union Group has had an active year - working with
trade unions, spreading the news of the work on workers rights being carried
out by our MEPs, Assembly Members and councillors, organising a Climate
Change Trade Union conference, taking part in campaigns, etc, etc. But we
need some financial assistance as we are not funded by the national party or
anyone else, and need to raise some funds for some of this important work
over the coming year.

That's where you come in. Whether you are a trade unionist, a party member
or a supporter of the trade union movement. We are having a fund raising

When? - Friday 12th December @ 7.30pm

Where? - Lucas Arms, 254 Grays Inn Road near Kings Cross station

What? - Unusual quiz involving all sorts of strange and interesting items
with quizmaster Noel Lynch

Who? - Open to all, relatives, friends, partners, ex-partners, internet
acquaintances etc. Form a team and enter the fray.

Come along and enjoy yourself with other Greens and trade unio…

Venezuela Election round up.

Statement by VIC on the results of the regional and municipal elections in Venezuela

The final results of the Venezuelan regional and municipal elections have not yet been officially announced. However, it is clear that the United Socialist Party of President Hugo Chávez and its allies won 17 out of the 22 states and a clear majority of the total votes cast in the elections as a whole. When 95% of the vote had been announced they had increased their vote by 1.1 million over the referendum which President Chávez lost last year.

The Opposition won control of five states and the Mayoralty of Caracas. They boycotted the elections in most regions in the last regional and municipal elections in 2004 and so they were expected to increase their representation in these elections.

All sides accepted the election results as fair and democratic. This shows that most of the coverage in the British media prior to the elections regarding threats of tanks on the streets and so on was sheer fantasy.


Edward Carpenter: gay, green victorian ecosocialist hero

Had this from Peter Tatchell....thanks Peter.

I have discussed Edward Carpenter in my 1994 book Green History.

Edward Carpenter - A life of liberty and love

By Sheila Rowbotham,

Published by Verso Books

London and New York, November 2008

This is one of the best political biographies for many years. As well as being a book about a little-known icon of past history; it is bursting with ideas that are still relevant to the future of humanity - for LGBT and straight people.

Author Shelia Rowbotham, the much-loved socialist feminist historian, has written an incredibly moving, inspiring account of the personal and political life of the prophetic gay English author, poet, philosopher and humanitarian, Edward Carpenter, 1844-1929.

Arguably the true pioneer of the LGBT rights movement in England, he lived openly and defiantly with his life-long partner George Merrill.

In the nineteenth century, he wrote some the earliest essays and pamphlets advocating homosexual law reform and spoke…

Makeba, the Great (1932-2008)

Makeba, the Great (1932-2008)
[col. writ. 11/18/08] (c) '08 Mumia Abu-Jamal

Unless you are of a certain generation, the name Miriam Makeba will mean little of nothing to you.

But for generations this glorious, talented African woman stirred souls and fed hearts with a steady diet of lovely and lively songs which shared the rhythms and voices of South Africa with millions.

She was born March 4, 1932 under apartheid, the daughter of a Xhosa father and a Swazi mother, who was said to have been a sangoma (or mystic).

She showed musical promise at an early age and began public performances as a teenager. From that time until the end of her life, she was a majestic musical artist, and equally an activist for African freedom worldwide.

During her life she was the wife of South African trumpeter, Hugh Masekela, and later Black revolutionary, Kwame Ture (formerly known as Stokely Carmichael). Her marriage to Toure resulted in the loss of scores of concerts and contracts, b…

A Celebration of Palestine

Just had this from Mike Cushman...thanks Mike

A Celebration of Palestine

29th & 30th November

11am – 6pm

Free Entry

SOAS, Thornhaugh Street, Russell Square

London, WC1H 0XG

Text Box: A wonderful array of Palestinian products & experiences: Palestinian Olive Oil – Nablusi Soap – Olive Wood – Embroidery - Hebron Ceramics – Clothing - Almond, Dates, Za’atar – Jewellery – Music and Books – Olives – Calendars and Cards – Artwork – Cremisan Wine & Brandy – Tours to Palestine – Exhibitions: Nabil Anani Prints & Palestinian landscape photography Relax and enjoy a delicious Palestinian lunch Dabke dance and story telling Talks and workshops

A two day fair trade fair and celebration of Palestinian culture


The Occupation and Israeli civil society

Gideon Levy (Ha’aretz)
Karma Nabulsi (Oxford University) [replacing Samia al-Botmeh]
Prof Ilan Pappe (Exeter University)

Saturday 29 November, 2pm
Khalili Lecture Theatre, School of Oriental & African S…

Guardian grovel after green terrorist story


New Guardian slurs against Chavez


you can tell the Guardian's high standards by the fact they run propaganda demonising environmentalists as ecoterrorists sourced some suggested straight from the military!

The great thing is if you can get a 'left' or 'liberal' paper to run propaganda those on the left are more likely to be fooled.

In Colombia to the North of Venezuela, death squads clear indigenous people from the land to make way for biofuel...this is what the media and conventional politicians are happy with. No media frenzy against Uribe. Journalists who punish Chavez and praise Uribe, drip not with ink but blood.

Any way I am sure the Guardian are suffering with the recession, so let them know what you think about their recent material!

Chavez's work which is over whelmingly progressive is demonised, I for one quite strongly disagree with his nuclear power decision, but the media goes into over d…

Your local BNP members

A very good statement from Jean Lambert on the ex Green Party members on the infamous list.

I also think the photo above should clear up any confusion on this matter....racists and homophobes don't tend to find the Green Party in tune with their prejudices, rare that they join, rare that they stay and after due procedure they would be expelled any way.

Plenty of Tories, UKIP and I am told Labour and Lib Dems on the infamous list, I am told, nearly forget to mention ex-Tories, UKIP, Labour, Lib Dem...

Responding to the news that two former Green Party members have been reported as being linked to the BNP, Jean Lambert, Green MEP for London, who is a well-known advocate for equal rights and an outspoken voice against racism, said:

"Let there be no doubt that the Green Party stands firmly against both racism and anti-Semitism. The Green Party has long fought for equality for all, supported the rights of migrant workers and spoken out against fascism and racism. People with those v…

Gordon Brown could green the banks

This from Kevin, thanks Kevin, a little better today but still ill, so some nice copy to copy is great...

A green economy could be ours
The government should use its shareholder position in the newly recapitalised banks to push for proactive change from within

Kevin Smith, Friday November 21 2008 07.00 GMT

In early November, representatives from 20 different organisations from around the world gathered in Spain as part of the BankTrack network to lay out a response to the banking crisis. The resulting El Escorial statement on banking and the financial crisis made a number of common sense recommendations as to the practical steps that need to be taken to provide a more stable, equitable and democratic banking system in the wake of the recent economic upheaval. In contrast, the UK government is planning to essentially let the banks get on with it, but using public money this time.

More than a month after it was…
Well I am off like I suspect a lot of you with a nasty flu cold, which I am finding, a little difficult to shake not in the mood for blogging..did find this nice site from Appalachian Greens which I have open sourced the graphic from.

Also hoping to get to blog on Rabbis for Human Rights...these people do the work of God, all strands of Juadism taking part in imaginative non violent direct action in defence of Palestinians, the feel good story of the year...spread the word, especially if it takes me a day or two to blog properly

Jacqui Smith provides visa for "kill gays" singer

Visa for "kill gays" singer

Home Secretary grants visa and work permit

Inciter of murder allowed into the UK

Black MPs "silent and spineless"

London - 20 November 2008

"The Home Secretary has granted a visa and work permit to a Jamaican singer who incites the murder of gay people," reports human rights campaigner Peter Tatchell of OutRage!.

"Although inciting murder is a serious criminal offence, Jacqui Smith is giving Bounty Killer (Rodney Price) permission to perform at a concert in east London this Sunday," added Mr Tatchell.

"Bounty Killer was banned from Guyana earlier this year, but the British government says he is welcome to sing in the UK.

"A white racist singer who advocated the killing of black people would be refused entry to Britain. Why the double standards?

"This singer encourages and glorifies gang violence. At a time when so many young people have been murdered in gang-related gun and knife crime, it is reckless and obscen…

'Ecofascist' BNP member's islamphobia

Harry's place has been working to find Greens on the BNP list, I wonder why this could be....three are listed apparently and Lib Dems, Conservatives, Labour Party and UKIP.

I think publishing details of bnp members addresses is unethical and it is no debate is not something I am going to do. However I am going to look at one ex-member of the Greens who joined the BNP in the 1990s, all the material is from available and legal sources..

One ex-Green who joined the BNP was Robert Baehr...his particular angle seems to be Islamaphobia...I remember him from Whatley Quarry so a bit sad about his political trajectory...we were there protesting not as bit part actors in Doctor Who.

Indymedia noted years ago:

Newbury bypass protest veteran and founder of the Tinkers Bubble eco village Robert Baehr is a BNP activist!

Robert Baehr hit national heasdlines during the Newbury bypass protest when he broke a court injunction and was sent to Pentonville Prison for campaigning against the …


UK politicians call for the release of prisoners and an end to Israeli

Three human rights activists travelling with a group of Palestinian
fishermen remain in custody in Israel today after they were taken illegally
from fishing boats by the Israeli Navy on Tuesday.

Andrew Muncie from Scotland, Italian Vittorio Arrigoni, and American Darlene
Wallach, all working with International Solidarity Movement (ISM), were
surrounded by the Israeli Navy and arrested alongside 15 Palestinian
fishermen seven miles off the coast of Deir al Balah, Gaza Strip.

Since their arrival on the first voyage of Free Gaza in August, the ISM
volunteers have been accompanying Palestinian fishermen who are regularly
attacked by Israeli Navy vessels from as little as 3km from shore. They have
filmed Israeli forces using live ammunition, shells and water cannons
against unarmed fishermen (1).

Green Party MEP Dr Caroline Lucas said: “Despite worldwide condemnation,
Israel persists in flouting international human rights l…

When the Dragons Return Home

[col. writ. 11/12/08] (c) '08 Mumia Abu-Jamal

Ever since the fall of the Soviet Union, we have seen the naked rule of the dollar, unrestrained, wreak havoc around the world.

The reasons aren't as much ideological, as they are practical. It is the pursuit of profit (to quote Malcolm X) "by any means necessary."

In economic terms, we've seen the rise of the theories espoused by the late Milton Friedman, who advocated a "pure" form of capitalism, one unrestrained by regulation, and unbridled by the narrow interest of nationalisms.

Friedmanites roamed around the globe in the 1990's, supporting dictatorships throughout Latin America because they were good for business profits. They supported dictatorships in Asia for the same reason.

For profits trumped all other considerations.

The method they utilized was "structural adjustment", or the programs pushed by the International Monetary Fund (IMF) and World Bank that demanded…

British National Party membership list made public

On previous episodes of membership list leaks...take a look at Notes from the Borderland

Review of Borderland here which is worth a look if you want to get beyond mainstream media spin and fascist responses when it comes to stolen list...this is a story that has hit the news several times before.

The entire British National Party membership list has been published on line, no I am not giving you the link, although I had a glance at the document...

Lots of discussion on the web, and members of the far right party running for cover.

Indymedia seem to been first in on the act...

I am not sure what this is about, an internal feud, incompetence, state infiltration, disgruntled cleaning lads, pissed off tea girls.

I know that the secret state is keen to build up these kind of lists.

False or doctored lists might occur...why not make up some names to cause chaos?

There have been cases of false lists, used to wind up tension between left and right.

Who knows?

I would certainly not trust any such list…

Stop new laws vs consenting sex!


Stop new laws vs consenting sex!

As the governments announces new prostitution offences, we ask: who benefits from criminalising sex workers & clients?

The English Collective of Prostitutes co-ordinates the Safety First Coalition


On Wednesday 19 November, under the guise of protecting women from trafficking, the government will announce new laws against prostitution. While they claim to target men who have sex with a woman controlled for gain, what will be their effect on women? Bitter experience tells us that any law against consenting sex forces prostitution further underground and makes women more vulnerable to violence. Women Against Rape agrees: “We know from women we have helped over the years that criminalisation is the main obstacle to sex workers reporting rape and getting justice.”

In our submission to the government, we said:

“Prostitution is not an offence at present and we see no reason why sex between cons…

it’s like begging the wolf not to eat up little red riding hood.

More from Fidel, cool!

The illustration is from this very nice knitting and dress site, please click on and start a project....I am hoping to have the time myself.

Reflections by comrade Fidel


Bush seemed happy to have Lula sitting to his right during dinner on Friday. On the other hand, Hu Jintao, whom he respects for the enormous market in his country, the capacity to produce consumer goods at low cost and the volume of his reserves in US dollars and bonds was sitting to his left.
Medvedev, whom he offends with the threat of locating strategic radars and missiles not far from Moscow, was assigned a seat rather distant from the White House host.
The King of Saudi Arabia, a country that in a near future will produce 15 million tons of light oil at highly competitive prices was also sitting at his left, at Hu’s side.
Meanwhile, Gordon Brown, the Prime Minister of the United Kingdom and his most faithful allied in Europe, could not be seen close to him in the pictur…