Showing posts from July, 2009


I have been off on a low impact holiday i.e. train not flying, I don't drive anyway.. for the last few days,

Went with my three children, Larry, Vincent and Peter.

Back to find about 500 emails and all sorts of things I need to sort out.

Unfortunately cos of climate change we need to stop flying, which is a bit of sacrifice, I haven't flown any where since Jan 2006, I think its important for green campaigners to stop flying more important that someone does go across the world to visit their grandmother or to take kids on holiday than for greens to fly around the world telling people not to fly....

What was great, was despite the wash out in most parts of the country, this week it, it only rained once while we were in Eastbourne.

This was on wednesday night...we went to see Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince (verdict from my kids was it looked good but the plot was a bit rubbish).

The Curzon cinema, by the way, is totally great, the very friendly manager told us it was the bigge…

Cops ban Big Green Gathering so punters will go to Vestas on Isle of Wight

Why not go to the Isle of Wight instead?

For those of you not already heard, This weekend's Big Green Gathering
is cancelled due to 'Police intervention"

See excerpt from "SchNEWS" below:

The Big Green Gathering, a fi xture in the alternative calendar, was
due to return after two years this week. 15–20,000 people were
expected to turn up on Wednesday (29th) to the site near Cheddar,
Somerset, for Europe’s largest green event - a fi ve-day festival
promoting sustainability and renewable energy, with everything from
allotments to alternative media. Hundreds of staff and volunteers are
already on site, and its cancellation comes just days before gates
were due to open. Organisers, most of whom work for nothing, are
gutted. One told SchNEWS “We are so disappointed not to be having
this year’s gathering – it means so much to so many people”.A
last-minute injunction by Mendip Dis-trict Council, supported by Avon
and Somer-set Police, put the ki-bosh on the entire event - c…

Death of former Sellafield worker will make it easier to make Britain more radioactive


Dear Mr Barry Gardiner MP (Labour, Brent North)

I wanted to share with you immediately news I have just learnt regarding the passing of my friend Duncan Ball from Northumberland. Duncan was a former long-term Sellafield employee and whistleblower on British Nuclear Fuels Ltd (BNFL) and the nuclear industry's general disregard for human life, health and the environment. He walked with me and my friends from around the world hundreds of miles from Cumbria to London during the 2007 Footprints for Peace Dublin to London International Walk for a Nuclear-Free Future. Duncan was in his forties and died of a form of myeloma, a type of cancer said to be unusual for someone of his age, strongly suspected to be due to radiation exposure during his 17-year career at the Sellafield nuclear reprocessing plant in Cumbria.. I suspect that BNFL, Gordon Brown and his brother Andrew (media chief at EDF Energy, owners of British energy), unelected minister Peter Mandelson, Ed Miliband et al wil…

Green Left conference fringe on Afghanistan

just had this from Joseph, didn't know Farid was candidate for Bethnal Green and Bow, he does some excellent work and blogs here

True costs of the Afghan War – really staggering.

It has now been confirmed that our fringe on the War in Afghanistan will be on the Thursday evening of conference – the debate on the motion will be the following day. Stop the War Coalition will have a stall at conference and will be attending our fringe. We are fortunate to have Jeremy Corbyn MP as one of our speakers at the fringe – a Labour MP who has consistently spoken out against the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. Our other speaker will be our own Farid Bakht, who gave a short presentation on this issue to the AGM and is the Parliamentary Candidate for Bethnal Green & Bow.

Socialist Green Coalition

Very pleased to have been sent this, there is a huge election deposit and registration problems, that meant the coalition could not stand in the presidential election....I think it is fair to say the main inspiration for the coalition has been the anti-privatisation struggles in Soweto....a number of green and socialist groups have come together...I will try and run more news about ecosocialism in South Africa when I can. It is excellent that ecology and socialism are brought so clearly together, sadly the ANC has tended to go in a pro IMF, WTO, corporate direction, often leaving out the wishes of majority of South Africans. Incidentally there is a strong green movement in South African and in a number of Africa countries Green Parties have elected members of parliament. The great African ecosocialist was Thomas Sankara, sadly killed when he was leader of Burkina Faso.

Our struggle for justice and equality is global. The international crisis of capitalism has seen massive bail-outs…

The failure of the Left in this country

Deep in my research into the Zapatistas....I noticed this from John Nicholson, do think we in the UK need to look to Latin America, the left have obviously done somthing right there and of course ecosocialism is strongest in Latin America, are there lessons that can be drawn?

The DPS in Australia and LINKS do this explicitly...any way on to John's thoughts.

Excellent that Caroline Lucas is supporting the convention of the left...

Time for The Left

The left in this country has never been so weak.

Sounds like an academic essay title. 2 pages of A4. Discuss.

And its a symptom of this weakness that the first response, to whatever blog
or left publication which chooses to publish this, will be to focus on some
chance remark I am about to make (whether for or against the SWP, for
example, or whether because of some crime against the movement that I am
personally accused of quarter of a century ago - that probably isnt true but
equally no-one can remember). Rather than to engage with the point…

Popular resistance in Peru blog

'Mass popular resistance to the exploitative US free-trade agreement is developing in Peru. As multinational capital scrambles to control the oil- and gas-rich Amazon, indigenous communities are rising up to defend the environment and their way of life. Their struggles are linking up with broader struggles of workers, students, campesinos and the urban poor. Peru en movimiento aims to bring news and analysis of these struggles to English speakers.'

New blog here...

urgent vestas action, cops and employers putting pressure on


you sent in an email in support of the Vestas occupation. Nearly two thousand of you nation-wide felt strongly enough that closing our only wind turbine factory and cutting 600 jobs on the Isle of Wight was a disgrace, lobbied Ed Miliband, or sent in solidarity 'Save Vestas' photos.

Currently, Vestas management, together with the police, are restricting the occupiers' food supply, bringing them a limited amount of food while refusing to allow onto the site supporters with enough food to keep the occupation going.

On the second day of the occupation, a mass walk-in got food to the occupied area of the factory. On saturday the 25th, at 2pm, we intend to stage a second mass walk in with food, this time with every activist and supporter who can make it to the island.

The primary aim is to ensure the occupiers have enough food to hold out for as long as they need to, and aren't at the mercy of the management for their next meal.

The secondary is to show the government th…

Norwich North result

Chloe Smith (Conservative) 13,591 (39.54%, +6.29%)
Chris Ostrowski (Labour) 6,243 (18.16%, -26.70%)
April Pond (Lib Dem) 4,803 (13.97%, -2.22%)
Glenn Tingle (UKIP) 4,068 (11.83%, +9.45%)
Rupert Read (Green) 3,350 (9.74%, +7.08%)
Craig Murray (Put An Honest Man into Parliament) 953 (2.77%)
Robert West (BNP) 941 (2.74%)
Bill Holden (Independent) 166 (0.48%, -0.17%)
Howling Laud (The Official Monster Raving Loony Party) 144 (0.42%)
Anne Fryatt (None of The Above Party) 59 (0.17%)
Thomas Burridge (Libertarian) 36 (0.10%)
Peter Baggs (Ind) 23 (0.07%)

No discredit to Norwich....I don't think the party nationally has got to grips with the massive resources other parties put into by-elections.

As principal speaker I put quite a bit of work into parliamentary by-elections and we are improving our vote, they are very tough though.

A great shame because we were first in Norwich in the Euro elections....but nearly 10% is I think our best ever result and the BNP did poorly

Jerry and Jo report back from Vestas.

We have just come back from the Isle of Wight and the magnificent occupation of the Vestas workers of their plant that makes wind turbine engines and is threatened with closure next week and the loss of 600 jobs.
We took donations and messages of support from Rolls Royce UNITE Test Areas and the CWU South West Engineering branch and were made very welcome by the workers there.
The workplace is non union and has suffered years of management bullying and intimidation.
The RMT is doing a fantastic job in providing financial and human resources (people who have years of experience of workplace organisation and struggle) to help the Vestas workers with practical help and advice, e.g. setting up a stewards group with responsibilities eg finance, communication, publicity .. all the things we know are crucial in a dispute. Very impressive.
After the NHS and the Council, this is the largest employer on the i…

Greens win by-election in shock defeat for Tories

GRN 1,456 - 38.5% (+17.6%) GRN GAIN FROM CON

CON 1,104 - 29.2% (-0.9%)

LAB 816 - 21.5% (-6.8%)

LD 280 - 7.4% (-7.32%)

UKIP 129 - 3.4% N/A (others 6% last time)

*Hove election win opens way to Westminster victory*
24 July 2009

Greens in Brighton and Hove are jubilant at winning the strategically
important Goldsmid by-election in Hove, taking the seat from the Tories.

The result sees the election of the first Green councillor, Alex
Phillips, from Hove to Brighton and Hove City Council
and deprives the Tories of their majority on the council.

Caroline Lucas, national Green Party leader, said, "This is a
spectacular win.

"It signals an unstoppable surge to elect the first Green MP at
Westminster, whenever Gordon decides to go to the country.

"With this result, we're on the threshold of taking Green politics to the
heart of Westminster."

Alex Phillips said, "Thank you to all the voters who put their faith in
me. It's a ringing endorsement of Green policies and the work of G…

List of indigenous people missing after the massacre at Bagua

I am just reading 'Los Companeors' or 'Comrades

'Los Companeros' is about the war in Guatamala in the 1960s, ten of thousands of indigenous people 'disappeared'

Well its 2009 and indigenous people are still disappearing in Latin America, in fact in many parts of the world they are being killed.

Just had this. Let people know, Alan Garcia's government will kill, if killing gets oil companies contracts.

The people who protect the world's rainforest are killed....we must stop the killing

Here are the names of us missing and we believe killed after the massacre at Bagua.....the fear is that the media will collude with the powerful and refuse to investiage these disappearances....the indigenous in the Amazonas region of Peru have asked that the names are spread through the web

Eber Quispe Vásquez,Lorenzo Castillo Abad,Arcadio Peña López,Jovino
Urbi Carrillo, Benito Soro Orrega, Saúl Wachapa, Cenepo Auarpa,
Tiberio Nansh, Elmer, Kuja, Luis Manuel Usha, Rubén Wa…

Andy Hewitt on Vestas demo and action to take

Links to reports and pictures of the demo at Indymedia:

Channel 4 news report on the occupation!

100s of activists gathered at DECC last night to voice their anger at the closure of the Vestas wind turbine factory on the Isle Of Wight, to demand a transition to a green energy economy and to show solidarity and support for the workers occupying the plant.

Environmental campaigners, trade unionists and political activists assembled united in supporting a campign which has captured the imagination of many and potentially represents a hugely significant milestone in forming a movement to work towards a green and socially just economy.

Darren Johnson gave an excellent speech at the start of the demo outside DECC last night. I chipped in a bit later with and read out a message of support from Hugo Blanco, who is a leadi…

Nada for Gaza: The McKinney Israel Trip

[col. writ. 7/15/09] (c) '09 Mumia Abu-Jamal

Cynthia McKinney, the outspoken former congresswoman and Green Party presidential candidate, recently got out of jail.

Yeah. That's right. Jail.

It's possible that you had no idea she was in jail.

That's because she was in detention for almost a week in Israel.

Her offense? She accompanied a group from the Free Gaza Movement bringing medical supplies, olive trees, cement and children's toys to the beleaguered and occupied Palestinians in Gaza.

McKinney and 21 other people were blocked from landing on the Gazan coastline, and seized by the Israeli Navy, in what she called "an outrageous violation of international law."

McKinney was part of an international humanitarian mission to support an oppressed population -- not with weapons-- but with toys and medicines -- and was thrown into jail!

In a recent call, when I was told about this, I was quite surprised, for I hadn't heard or read a …

General Strike begins today against the coup

The General Strike has begun today in Honduras. The indigenous and trade unionists want to over throw the coup and they want democratic change, a constituent assembly to rewrite the consitution and give more power to people rather than an elite.

Very good article from Socialist Voice.....there has been a media black out on a lot of this, its important spread the word.

Honduras: The Hour of the Grassroots
By Felipe Stuart Cournoyer. Three weeks after the June 28 military coup that expelled Honduran President Mel Zelaya and claimed to overthrow his government, the country remains shaken by a profound and dynamic popular upsurge demanding Zelaya’s return and the restoration of democracy.

The collapse on July 18 of the much-touted “negotiation dialogue” between Zelaya’s government delegation and representatives of the military coup was all but inevitable.

The talks foundered on the one issue that neither side could agree to discuss or give ground on — who is the constitutional president of Ho…

Vestas demo in Warrington?

The UK headquarters of Vestas are actually located in a business park in Warrington.
Here they have 80 office based staff working at the site along with a further 120 field personnel who regularly report in. If they succeed in their destructive plan and close the factory site on the IoW - then it is from Warrington that they will maintain their UK operation which will revolve around sales and service. A good location for a northern solidarity protest…

Vestas Celtic and Vestas Offshore
UK Sales and service unit.

302 Bridgewater Place
Birchwood Park
United Kingdom

comment from Barry Kade on socialist unity

Vestas demo

Just back from the Vestas demo in London.

I got there quite late but was met with the happy sight of a crowd of a couple of hundred people heckling Simon Hughes MP. He just told that crowd, apparently, that the Lib Dems would not nationalise the Vestas plant.Well thanks but hey no thanks…..people weren’t keen on thatI get the impression, I was late having spoken at the demonstration against the coup in Honduras, at the US Embassy, that the Campaign Against Climate Change Trade Union Group, Socialist Party, SWP, Climate Camp and others had all mobilised strongly.

Plenty of ecosocialists from Socialist Resistance and Green Left. Andy Hewett from Green Left read out a solidarity statement from Hugo Blanco the Peruvian revolutionary who led an uprising of campesinos in the 1960s and now edits Lucha Indigena…the indigenous of Peru were very keen to convey their solidarity as they have known repression from defending their environment.

I know there have been solidarity messages from West Ben…

Bob Crow is on his way to the Vesta occupation today

Hope he takes a whole truck load of sandwiches, good man!

TRANSPORT UNION RMT today pledged full support to the workers occupying the Vestas wind turbine factory on the Isle of Wight and confirmed that RMT general secretary Bob Crow will be making a solidarity visit to the occupation at 6pm tomorrow evening (Thursday 23rd July).

The Vestas factory is the only unit in England manufacturing wind turbines. The Dutch company which owns it are trying to close the factory down with the loss of 625 jobs blaming the British government’s lack of commitment to renewable energy. The company is reported to have made profits of $56 million in the first quarter of this year alone – a rise of 70% on last year.

The factory has been under workers occupation since Tuesday. Communication lines into the factory have been cut and deliveries of food and water have been blockaded by private security guards. This morning, those involved in the occupation have been threatened with summary dismissal.

Bob Crow, RMT…

Cops try to break Vestas occupation

'Just to keep people updated at 5.30 am (approx) this morning a climate
camp comrade was illegally detained by the police under Breach of the
peace for attempting to deliver food to workers in occupation. The
situation is make or break. Without food the occupation is in jeopardy.
The police are illegally starving out the workers. Please notify as many
contacts you may have with the media asap.'

Just had this, please get down to the Isle of Wight and support the occupation.

Usual story those fighting climate change get attacked.

Sellout politicians pretend to fight climate change and get big fat salaries.

Carbon trading makes the bankers rich but does nothing to reduce emissions.

Those doing the real work like the indigenous at Bagua or the Vestas employees are attacked,


This coincides with the Vestas demo, so I am going to be peddling fast tomorrow!

No more Pinochets in Latin America - Defend democracy and human rights in Honduras!
End all US economic, political and military support to the dictatorship in Honduras!

Wednesday July 22, 5.30-7.00pm

US Embassy, 24 Grosvenor Square, London, W1A 1A.

"In the name of democracy let's act, and thus we ask that the US government carries out economic sanctions against the [Micheletti] regime and suspend all monies to it so that it is isolated."
Patricia Rodas, Foreign Minister of the Honduras government led by exiled President Manuel Zelaya

Speakers to include:
Jeremy Corbyn MP
Adam Price MP
Keith Sonnet, Deputy General Secretary, UNISON
Bellavia Ribeiro-Addy, Black Students' Officer, National Union of Students
Derek Wall, Green Party
Francisco Dominguez, VSC
Unite the Union speaker
Called by: VSC

For more information contact

Riot cops strike out against Vestas workers

Just had this, worrying but sadly not surprising...if you can get down to the Isle of Wight, please do so immediately!

Workers staging a sit-in at the soon-to-close Vestas wind turbine plant on the Isle of Wight are being starved out by police.

The police, many inside the factory and dressed in riot gear, have denied food to the workers who took over the factory offices last night, to protest the closure of their factory. The police, operating with highly questionable legal authority, have surrounded the offices, preventing supporters from joining the sit-in, and preventing food from being brought to the protestors.

Around 20 workers at the Vestas Plant in Newport, on the Isle of Wight, occupied the top floor of offices in their factory to protest against its closure which will result in over 500 job losses.

Acting without an injunction, on private property, the police have repeatedly tried to break into the office where the protesting workers have barricaded themselves, and have threaten…



- Caroline Lucas MEP calls for immediate government intervention to save 600 jobs – and the future of British renewable energy

The Isle of Wight’s Green Euro-MP has sent a message of support to workers taking part in the occupation of the Vestas wind turbine manufacturing plant currently threatened with closure – and called on the Government to step in with financial aid to keep it open.

She said: “I give my full support to the campaign to stop the closure of the Vestas wind turbine manufacturing plant. The decision to close the facility represents a spectacular failure by Government ministers to adequately promote green industries - and protect the future of manufacturing in this country.

“This isn’t just a huge blow for the 600 skilled British workers who are set to lose their jobs – it destroys any hope the UK may have had for establishing itself in the eyes of the world as being at the forefront of technological effo…

Jerry Hicks statement in support of Vestas

Vestas Occupation, all power to their elbow.

On Monday 20th July workers began occupying part of the Vestas wind turbine plant at Newport on the Isle of Wight in protest against threatened closure at the end of the month. 600 jobs would be lost.

Vestas is the world's biggest wind energy group and recently reported a quarterly sales rise of 59%, up to €1.1bn (£0.95bn). They’re coining it in. They obviously think they can play around with jobs all over the world and don’t have to be held to account for ruining workers’ livelihoods.

The workers want Gordon Brown to step in as if it was a troubled bank and save the jobs and the production of wind turbine blades. He gave the bankers trillions.

Jerry Hicks said " Politicians generate enough hot air to power a thousand wind farms. Now it’s time to put words into action. The government say they care about climate change and talk about creating 40,000 ‘green jobs’. The first step should be protecting these 600 by taking the factory into p…

First hand report on the massacre at Bagua in DC today!

Apologies to readers from Wokingham, etc....for those on the east side get along to this important meeting and raise the demand for freedom and good health for Santiago Manuin.

A first hand report on the Peru massacre of Bagua and the ongoing Indigenous movements in Peru, Bolivia and Ecuador
North American Indigenous leaders will give a first hand report on the Peru massacre of Bagua and the Indigenous movements in Peru, Bolivia and Ecuador in their struggle against U.S. trade policies.
Please join us for this informative public event with Indigenous leaders and activists reporting on the current Indigenous movements in Peru, and with comments on the ongoing Indigenous movements in Ecuador and Bolivia, and their struggle against the United States trade policies. A first hand report from leaders who visited Peru recently will be shared.

Tuesday July 21, 2009
6:00 PM to 8:00 PM

Amazon Watch
1350 Connecticut Avenue, NW Suite 1100
Washington, DC 20036
Tel: 202-785-3962
Dupont Circle Metro station -…

GPTU solidarity statement

Workers at the Vestas wind turbine blade plant on the Isle of Wight have occupied their factory in Newport in an attempt to prevent its closure, which was scheduled for the end of this month. The Green Party Trade Union Group sends its full support to them.

Job losses in a recession are tragic and counterproductive, serving only to worsen it by throwing people out of work.

This particular closure would be doubly damaging because it would remove one of the few capacities Britain has to build the new, environmentally friendly technologies urgently needed to construct the infrastructure that could help to counteract the effects of climate change.

Importing turbine blades is a false solution because their transport would increase the environmental cost of wind turbines. Furthermore the skills and knowledge of the Vestas workers could be dispersed and lost just when we need them most.

If the government allows this closure, its commitment to dealing with climate change will seem a total sham.…

Report back from Vestas meeting tonight in Portsmouth

I have tonight returned from a meeting in Portsmouth at which I learnt
of your courageous action in attempting to prevent the removal of vital
machinery from your plant by occupying the Vesta factory.

Further to the message of support you have already received from our
Leader, Caroline Lucas, On behalf of the Green Party, I offer our full
support for your action. The closure of this facility is not an option,
and a way must be found to keep it open. Your direct action is
proportional and appropriate to the circumstances.

We call upon all workers on the Island and in Portsmouth and Southampton
transport industries not to co-operate with any moves to relocate
equipment and materials from the Vesta factory.

Please let us know what further action we may take to support you.

Tim Dawes
Co-chair The Green Party Regional Council of England and Wales
Convenor of SE Hampshire Green Party
Prospective Parliamentary Candidate, Portsmouth South

Well climate camp, AWL, SWP. Green Party and the Fourth International…

Derek's statement of solidarity with Vestas workers

Climate change is the biggest environmental threat to human life and nature. The solution is simple, stop using fossil fuels, generate energy from clean renewables.

At present climate change policy is based on carbon trading, its made money for bankers but it hasn't reduce C02 emissions at all. Its a complete con!

It is shameful that Ed Miliband and Gordon Brown have done nothing to defend Vestas.

Trade union action is one of the most important ways of protecting the environment, in the 1970s Jack Mundey's Building Workers Union conserved much of Australia by using the green bans.

In the 1980s the NUS (now part of the RMT) stopped nuclear waste dumping at sea.

I am appealing to all Green Party members and everyone in fact who cares about the future and wants to take serious action to support your fight.

I salute you, occupy, resist, are giving hope to people right across Britain,

right better get back to mailing everyone I know about your fight for jobs and the enviro…

Wind turbine workers occupy factory on Isle of Wight

Just had this from comrade Empson! Spread the word.

Save Vestas - Defend Jobs, Save the Planet - Support the Occupation

Workers at the Vestas Wind Turbine factory on the Isle of Wight have JUST NOW occupied their factory. They are fighting for 600 jobs and the future of the planet. They need help now.


There is a large picket of support starting outside the factory. This will be crucial in giving people confidence inside. We want hundreds of people by morning.
If you are not working, come now, by car, bus or train.
If you are on the South Coast and working, come for the night and go to work exhausted and proud.

If you can’t come, call up friends and offer to pay the fare or petrol money for someone else to come down. Or part of the fare.
Don’t just call the environmental and union activists you know. Call your friends and ask them who they know. Call your brother’s friends or your children’s friends. Text everyone. Get your friends calling and texting.

Save Vestas events this week

passing this on, hope all you supporting Vestas support Santiago Manuin as well, public meeting for Peru solidarity planned for 27th August, I will keep you all posted

There are three events happening this week as part of the campaign to save the Vestas wind turbine plant on the Isle of Wight. One is in London, two are on the Isle of Wight. Come to one (or all!) of them to support the campaign to save jobs and the climate.

1) Demonstration to save Vestas Wind Turbine factory called by The Campaign Against Climate Change

Wednesday 22nd July , 6.00 pm

Outside the Department of Energy and Climate Change, No 3 Whitehall Place
(off Whitehall, Charing Cross tube)

Just when we need a huge expansion in renewable energy they are closing down
the only wind turbine factory in the UK. The government has spent billions
bailing out the banks, and £2.3 billion in loan guarantees to support the UK
car industry – they can and should step in to save the infrastructure we are
really going to need to save us fro…

Fight Vedanta's assault on the Niyamgiri hills

Please sign the Petition against Vedanta's clearance to mine in
the Niyamgiri hills of Orissa.
The petition link is:-


Send the Petition link and this Leaflet to others. 27 July is the
Global Day of Action against Vedanta.

Are you participating in the demonstrations against Vedanta and
Sterlite in Mumbai and Kolkata on 27th July? Let me know how you're
getting along in organising these?

Just had this from Debal....spread the word.

Good background briefing from Survival International here.

Survival International lodged two urgent appeals today to stop a controversial bauxite mine in India. Survival has called on both the UN and India’s National Human Rights Committee to stop Vedanta Resources’ mine in the Niyamgiri Hills, Orissa.

The mine will destroy the sacred mountain of the Dongria Kondh tribe, and threatens the abundant forests in which they live. But the tribe have never been consulted about the project, jointly run by the Orissa state …

Counterinsurgency and Human Rights Violations in Colombia:

The next Colombia Solidarity Campaign branch meeting will be on:

Tuesday 21 July at 7pm at The Apple Tree pub, 45 Mount Pleasant, WC1 (Russell Square, Farringdon, Kings X or Angel tube).

Counterinsurgency and Human Rights Violations in Colombia:

The presentation will introduce the main points of my ongoing research on the relationship between human rights violations by state agents and counterinsurgency strategies during the 1990s and the 2000s. These strategies not only include military operations in combat, but also the targeting of presumed informants or sympathizers of the insurgents; as well as other well known counterinsurgency practices like the creation of ‘death squads’ or paramilitary groups. The analysis of these strategies would clarify the link between them and the violations of Human Rights and International Humanitarian Law by state agents in Colombia.

Which have been the main strategies used by the state? Have these strategies changed after the declaration of the ‘war on t…

4 days to go in Brighton council by-election!

It's the Greens vs the Tories & we need your help in these crucial final few days

We've been campaigning hard in Goldsmid ward over the last couple of months, and it looks like we may well win here. We even have the backing of an ex-Labour councillor in the ward!

If the Greens won, it would not only make us the joint official opposition - giving us the same number of councillors as Labour, but it could also change the power of the finely-balanced city council, removing the overall control from the Tories.

It would obviously also be a massive boost to Caroline Lucas' Westminster Campaign!

Making History

This would be our first seat in Hove, and the first time we've changed a Tory seat to a Green seat in Brighton and Hove.

What can you do?

Due to the political climate at the moment, turnout will be very low, and there are still lots of people who are undecided.

If you can help with canvassing in Brighton, or tele-canvassing wherever you are, over the next 3 days, or if you&#…