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Green Party Principal Speaker campaigns against destruction of Bristol-Bath Cycle route

Green Party Principal Speaker campaigns against destruction of Bristol-Bath Cycle route.

'I am appalled that the oldest cycle route in Britain is under threat. This is a slap in the face for all of those of us working for climate change action and frankly it will lead to more deaths on the road. When I lived in the West Country in the 1980s and 1990s I must have used the route 100s of times, it makes for fast, safe cycling. We should not be destroying such an essential piece of cycling infrastructure. Cyclists should be able to cycle away from cars and lorries, this scheme will kill. It is utter madness that we should be fighting to conserve environmentally sound projects and infrastructure.

Bristol Green Party councillor Charlie Bolton is putting a motion to preserve the cycle path, he has my support and that of the whole Green Party'



This is from Charlie

Hi Derek

you may or may not be aware that the West of England partnership has come forward with a proposal to put …

Beyond Spitzer -- The Abyss of Business

Well I am a lot lot better but still another two months I am told by Dr Jacobs at Heatherwood Hospital until my fracture heals, so I am doing less than usual...so here is a guest comment from Philadelphia, unlucky in health, I am very lucky to have a guest column from the finest columnist on the planet...ahead of the Guardian and the Economist and the rest of the world's media I think!


Not often we praise students of Friedman and disgraced US politicians but here goes!

[col. writ. 3/25/08] (c) '08 Mumia Abu-Jamal


It has been several days since the national fever has broken over the
alleged sex scandal of the meteoric politician, Eliot Spitzer, and like a
predator seeking fresh prey, the media has prowled on, seeking a new feeding
ground.

But, even as the embers cool 'on the barby', we seem to have been
drowsing, for we have missed the most important things about this scandal.

There is a reason why today's media is little more than a recurrent
sex-fest…

With great respect for our ancestors and our Mother Earth

Breakfast at Heathrow

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Britain fails on trains, bikes, buses, walking...

its worse than you think one of the oldest bit of cycle path in Britain is under threat, yes the local authority want to close the Bristol-Bath Cycle way and replace it with a bus lane.

Does the British government care about the environment...no they would rather sell nuclear power stations to developing countries...for a 'few dollars more' is the motto.

Nice to have this press release, send me good stuff like this and I will blog, health and time permitting


PRESS RELEASE
Britain's failure to build transport infrastructure for a sustainable future.
A Study Tour for transport professionals, politicians, campaigners and journalists
interested in sustainable transport.
There have been many words spoken about reducing CO2 emissions to tackle climate change, increasing the amount of exercise taken by the population to fight obesity and about our streets being made into places where people matter instead of motor vehicles. However, Britain still does not invest sufficiently in truly s…

Biofuels: A threat not an opportunity

Green Party Principal Speaker Dr Derek Wall said: 'Biofuels are a threat rather than an opportunity. Soya beans and palm oil production for fuel is the fastest growing source of rainforest destruction. Monoculture crops displace people, push rare species into extinction and accelerate climate change. The European Union's legislation for compulsory biofuel is nail vigorously hammered into life support systems of Planet Earth. Critics as diverse as the neo-liberal Economist magasine to former Cuban president Fidel Castro have pointed out that biofuels are pushing up food prices and making the poorest go hungry. Please email your MP to suspend the Biofuels target'

> Subject: Please email your MP to suspend Biofuels targets
> Date: Mon, 24 Mar 2008 15:46:42 +0000
>
> Dear friends,
>
> There is emerging concern that more and more grain and vegetable oil which
> should be used for food is being turned into biofuels for transport. This
> means cereals - corn,…

Mehdi must stay demo

Iran's homophobic persecution condemned

Call to reform the asylum system to protect LGBT refugees

London – 25 March 2008

Over 120 protesters braved hail and rain to demand that gay Iranian
asylum seeker, Mehdi Kazemi, be granted refuge in the UK.

They also urged asylum for the Iranian lesbian refugee, Pegah
Emambakhsh, and an estimated 12 other gay Iranians who are at risk of
deportation back to Tehran.

There were calls for a "fundamental reform" of the way the Home Office
treats LGBTI asylum applicants.

The demonstration took place opposite the Prime Minister's residence,
Downing Street, on Saturday 22 March.

See photos of the protest:
http://www.flickr.com/photos/outrage/sets/72157604215757814/
(credit: OutRage! – free use, no charge)

"The British government had ordered Mr Kazemi to be deported back to
Iran," said protest speaker Peter Tatchell, spokesperson for the LGBTI
human rights group OutRage!.

"Following worldwide protests, the Home Secretary, Jacqui Smith MP,

Shit is sacred

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We could use sewage as way of generating biogas, turning human waste into a cost free energy source that would massively reduce climate change.

Then again Gordon Brown is rather keener on pushing nuclear power, trident missiles and more war.



Nice article here on shit, I would have British Cabinet ministers not prisoners working on this project if I had my way.



Nature's Answers to the Sanitation Challenge

At a prison on the East coast of Africa, in-mates are pioneering a sanitation project that is working with nature to neutralize human wastes. The initiative, involving the development of a wetland to purify sewage, is expected to cost a fraction of the price of high-tech treatments, while also triggering scores of environmental, economic and social benefits.

Apart from wastewater management, the project is to use the wetland-filtered water for irrigation and fish farming, giving prisoners a new source of protein or alternative livelihoods. Part of the so-called 'black wastewater…

Food miles increasing, planet being killed more quickly

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Etihad Airlines increased its 3 times per week service from Sydney to Abu Dhabi to a daily service, with cargo flown out from Sydney 80% perishable produce including frozen meat, fruit and vegetables From http://www.rosebridger.net/


The truth is simple. Food is being flown, driven and shipped further and further every single day. The globe is being organised as one corporate supermarket and local is being annihilated for profit. There is a huge investment in physical infrastructure, the building of new airports, runways, depots and refrigeration units.

Uniform and all round the year...carrots, potatoes, cod, asparagus. Asparagus from Mexico is to be found in British supermarkets if you pop in this week.

Madness in terms of climate change and you guessed there is a huge propaganda effort spearheaded by the British government to defend it.

You will not hear Ministers discuss the growth of transport infrastructure or the absurdity of flying fishing into British airports!

Its all about sof…

GREEN PRINCIPAL SPEAKER DEMANDS KIM HOWELLS APOLOGISE OR RESIGN

Green Party Principal Speaker Dr. Derek Wall today slammed Kim Howells
after the Foreign Office minister told a newspaper that the British
Union backed campaign group 'Justice for Columbia' supports the
Columbian paramilitary resistance movement FARC (The Revolutionary
Armed Forces of Colombia), branding his remarks "irresponsible" and
"dangerous". The remarks are seen as endangering the lives of human
rights workers and trade unionists working within Columbia, as they
could become victims of retaliatory violence.

Mr. Howells faces fresh criticism after his latest remarks, so soon
after he featured in a series of photographs laughing with General
Montoya, the Commander of Colombian National Army who was last year
named in a US House of Representatives report as having allegedly
"collaborated extensively with militias that the Department of State
considers terrorists organisations", and in another seen posing with
members of a Colombi…

Nigel Tart writes on combatting homophobia

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Nigel Tart admits freely that being 'Mr Tart' is not always a good thing as a teacher, I had a pint or two with him on the saturday of Green Party conference in Reading, he is an active member of Brighton Green Party and the GReen Party LGBT network and definately one of the party members with a sense of humour.

As a parent and a teacher I am used to having to challenge a bit of casual negative use of 'gay' so I was pleased to see his letter in the Guardian today flagging up the work of schools out. Some interesting comments on how employers can be part of the problem and the solution.

right must stop blogging bad for my back but I am getting more cheerful...another trip to Heatherwood Hospital next week...famous for the filming of the carry on films, if I was really sick well hey...



Your story on homophobia in schools makes sadly familiar reading. The government think they've ticked the gay box by publishing guidance on homophobic bullying. The guidance itself is ex…

Exxon lose, Venezuelan people win

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Samuel Moncada is excellent period. Nice to see him have a good day in court supporting his country and his President.

I say keep the 'oil in the soil' getting it back off of Exxon is a step in the right direct, a difficult thing moving an economy from oil export dependency but this will help not hinder.

Samuel gave an excellent speech on green politics to Green Party conference just a few weeks ago and as soon as I am fully recovered I aim to meet him and ask what I can do to support Venezuela against US interference (well probably only a little but I will do my best)


US oil giant loses Venezuela case
Moncada said the ruling to suspend the freezing of Venezuelan assets was a defeat for ExxonMobil [AFP]
A London judge has suspended a court order that froze $12bn of Venezuelan assets awarded to US oil giant ExxonMobil in a dispute over oil interests.

Judge Paul Walker said ExxonMobil had "no good arguable case" that Petroleos de Venezuela (PDVSA), Venezuela's state o…

Chavez needs a vegan revolution

Venezuela would be an easy country to be super vegan, advocados as big as small melons..

But they just unfortunately do go for it, a vegan/vegetarian Bolivarian revolution would be great for food supply...well what we do have is support for family farms.

Incidentally with the money being in oil, farming is less popular than in other parts of the world.

For a long time Venezuela has imported too much food, I think this will be difficult to change.

here is a report on how they are trying

Venezuela Responds to World Food Crisis

Programs provide land, aid to working farmers

By John Riddell and Suzanne Weiss

Suzanne and John are members of the Venezuela We Are With You Coalition. The following are major portions of a presentation they made to members of the National Farmers Union in Grey County, Ontario, March 10, 2007.

The people of Venezuela are today campaigning to rebuild a devastated family farm economy. They have more problems than solutions, but still are making significant progress.

Venezuel…

Legal Update on Mumia

Dear Friends:

This is an update on the case of my client, Mumia Abu-Jamal, who has been
on Pennsylvania's death row for over a quarter of a century.

U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit, Philadelphia: We continue to
await the decision of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit. I
am in contact with the court, and will alert everyone immediately upon the
issuance of a ruling. Oral argument was on May 17, 2007, thus people ask
why the court is taking so long. This is a highly complex case involving
issues of great constitutional significance and a voluminous amount of
material. In three decades of successfully defending people in numerous
murder cases involving the death penalty, I have not seen one more
complicated.

It is impossible to know how the federal court will rule, but the briefing
and arguments could not have gone better even though there have been
problems due to mistakes by prior counsel. If the federal court follows
the mandate of the U.S. Constitution, the decision sho…

An under paid proletariat

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'the rise of sessional teachers, who constitute a flexible, underpaid university proletariat'


I think UK wise university are increasingly market orientated and they certainly float on casual labour with fewer and fewer tenured posts. This is a global trend, this is a piece from the Canadian Socialist Voice on resisting the University.

Like the re-use recycling of Students for a Democratic Society name


One of the most promising developments among Canadian social movements this year is the emergence of Students for a Democratic Society (SDS) at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver. SDS's bold and imaginative actions have won it wide support in the student body. In the following article, SDS member Jasmine Rezaee outlines the group's program for transforming the university.

Resisting the University:
Students for a Democratic Society at the University of British Columbia
By Jasmine R. Rezaee

To effectively resist the commercialization of public space and the corpor…

Frankenstein forests!

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Had this from Glen, I am not big on population but otherwise I agree...also we need to get Green Party people thinking more about ecology...this is a good start.

Burning Forests to Feed Cars The Ecological Madness of Biofuels, Take Two

How cellulosic ethanol will fail, exacerbate the global forest and climate crises, and why it must be rejected along with other quick fixes in favor of an environmental sufficiency agenda Earth Meanders by Dr. Glen Barry

http://earthmeanders.blogspot.com/ March 15, 2008


If you thought burning food for fuel -- agrofuels -- has been an unmitigated disaster, just wait until we start chopping up our last natural forest habitats for cellulosic ethanol biofuel. Much heralded second generation biofuels, to be based largely upon woody biomass, will be a resounding ecological disaster, and must be stopped now. It is a myth that enough unused forest and agricultural waste, and a surplus of land to grow various grasses and wood, exists to base an industrial energy …

Wiki candidate interviewed by wiki news

Wikinews interviews U.S. Green Party presidential candidate Cynthia McKinney
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March 7, 2008


Wikinews held an exclusive interview with Cynthia McKinney, one of the candidates for the Green Party nomination for the 2008 U.S. presidential election.

McKinney is a former Democratic Congresswoman from Georgia. She was first elected to the House of Representatives in 1992 and held her seat for ten years until being defeated by Denise Majette in 2002. She was the first ever African American woman from her state to be elected to Congress.

We asked her why she made the recent switch to the Green Party. She replied, "Due to the importance of environmental issues, Green issues are the issues of today. The Ten Key Values of the Green Party stress us getting along with each other in harmony with the planet that gives us life."

When asked about how she would handle Iraq she replied, "I would instruct the Joint Chie…