Showing posts from January, 2010

Salma Yaqoob and her friends in the Green Party

“This weekend I met with members of the Green Left – a grouping within the Green Party.

They were having one of their regular meetings in Birmingham and they had offered to help with some campaigning beforehand. I was grateful for their support - we need all the help we can get!

On a very cold but fresh Saturday morning we all set off distributing leaflets and door knocking in the Springfield ward. The issue we are campaigning around at the moment is the threat to plans to re-open Sparkhill swimming baths, the local community pool.

After a couple of hours of traipsing the streets we reconvened for discussion, chat and some food at Birmingham’s Metropolitan Community Church, which is around the corner from the charming Friends of the Earth Warehouse Café.

Inevitably our discussion focused on how national politics could be levered in a progressive direction.

Someone asked whether a new national left-green coalition could be set up. My answer was that we don’t have to belong to one party to w…

Edge of Darkness without Mel Gibson

This weekend Mel Gibson’s acting career was relaunched with Edge of Darkness and if there is one good thing I can say about this, it’s that it may direct a new generation of viewers back to director Martin Campbell’s original BBC mini-series. A real product of its time, the 1985 Edge of Darkness dramatised the claustrophobic oppression and fear and mistrust that many of us remember feeling towards the Establishment during that long Thatcher winter.

Mel Gibson has an uncanny knack of finding things, otherwise obscure, which I really care about and mangling them. His Jesus is an actor in a sadistic play and his indigenous are rescued by the Catholic Church and the Spanish (who killed millions of indigenous people).

I suspect he has done it again.

In 1985 the BBC produced a classic, a tight piece of film noir, with all the flavours of conspiracy and repression which marked British politics at the time.

On all sorts of levels from pure entertainment to intellectual provocation it had the nat…

Inside the Revolution in Australia

Dear all,

I’ll be showing my documentary on contemporary Venezuelan politics ‘Inside the Revolution’ in Sydney, Melbourne, and a few other cities in Australia from mid-February – more info here:

If you know anyone in these cities that might be interested in attending please let them know.

Many thanks,


'Shake the tree'

Petra Kelly, we still miss her!

Watching 'Gonzo' about the life of Hunter S. Thompson, utterly mad gun toting drug user, but also a rather good writer, while writing about Petra Kelly, the inspiring German Green, both died violently.

Its getting me down!

This is from Petra Kelly, in pessimistic mode, politics even when it is supposed to be good can go bad, but you have to ride with it and try and do things differently in my opinion.

The video for my Italian readers/listeners is a slightly mad tribute punning on her name, Petra = stone, philosopher's stone, geddit!

On Morality and Human Dignity (excerpts)

by Petra Kelly, German Green Party

[Excerpts from the late Petra Kelly’s speech “Morality and Human Dignity,” which is included in the collection Nonviolence Speaks to Power.]

Sometimes I almost despaired of this attitude, particularly within my own party. What is left of the honesty and credibility of a party that set out to do things completely differently? How quickly the established behavior in Bonn w…

Gumbo Toxico!

Shrimp farming is devastating both in South East Asia (see vid) and in the US (see article below)

Shrimp's Dirty Secrets: Why America's Favorite Seafood Is a Health and Environmental Nightmare
The environmental impact of shrimp can be horrific. But most Americans don't know where their shrimp comes from or what's in it.

Americans love their shrimp. It's the most popular seafood in the country, but unfortunately much of the shrimp we eat are a cocktail of chemicals, harvested at the expense of one of the world's productive ecosystems. Worse, guidelines for finding some kind of "sustainable shrimp" are so far nonexistent.

In his book, Bottomfeeder: How to Eat Ethically in a World of Vanishing Seafood, Taras Grescoe paints a repulsive picture of how shrimp are farmed in one region of India. The shrimp pond preparation begins with urea, superphosphate, and diesel, then progresses to the use of piscicides (fish-killing chemicals like chlorine and rotenone), p…

Elinor Ostrom on creativity and ecology

The first woman to win the Nobel Prize for economics— Elinor Ostrom—credits USAID with launching her interest in development research.

Ostrom’s work challenges popular convention that common, or user-owned, resources, such as grazing land, forests, fisheries, and irrigation systems, are poorly managed by communities. In the late 1980s, a USAID grant brought Ostrom to Nepal to begin work studying development assistance and farmer managed irrigation. Her more recent USAID-funded research at Virginia Tech focused on how alternative forest management policies and governance in developing countries affect the livelihoods of local forest users while protecting forests. This research builds upon the work for which she received the Nobel Prize.

A political science professor at Indiana University in Bloomington, Ostrom shares the $1.4 million prize with Oliver Williamson of the University of California, Berkeley.

Ostrom, 76, said her respect for people drives her work in development.

“I’ve seen in…

People are not pollution

Despite the good intentions of its green advocates, support for immigration controls strengthens the most regressive forces in our societies and weakens our ability to stop climate change.
It gives conservative governments and reactionary politicians an easy-out, allowing them to pose as friends of the environment by restricting immigration, while doing nothing to reduce real emissions.
It hands a weapon to climate change deniers, allowing them to portray the climate movement as hostile to the legitimate aspirations of the poorest and most oppressed people in the world.
People are not pollution. Inserting immigration into the climate change debate divides the environmental movement along race, class and gender lines, at a time when the broadest possible unity is essential. It is a dangerous diversion from the real issues, one the movement cannot afford and should not support.

More here

Horror on the cheap 'Carnival of Souls' (1962)

Hah! Worked out how to embed youtube really easy, use copy the embed and paste in directly, hah.

So now I am a film blogger at another green world as well as a cheerleader for Marxist-Elinor Ostrom thought and action.

Well saw Carnival of Souls last weekend, magic!

This Island Rod takes up the story:

Herk Harvey’s solitary but celebrated midnight matinee masterpiece is an indelibly creepy no-budget work that could possibly be called the film that Ed Wood might have made. But it honestly works a magic reminiscent of Carl Dreyer and anticipatory of the stylisation of Stanely Kubrick (in The Shining), David Lynch (especially in Lost Highway) and the directors of a thousand music videos, in large part for exploiting the simplest and ropiest of effects, from pancake make-up for its ghouls to sped-up filming of prancing ghouls, for genuinely unnerving and surreal effect.

More here

Former Black Panther runs for the Greens

Deacon Alexander, Former Black Panthers Member, Announces His Candidacy for Governor of California
ORANGE COUNTY, CA, Jan. 4 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ - California Green Party member, Deacon Alexander, bypasses the traditional press corps and announces his decision to run for Governor of California at a meeting of the Green Party members in Orange County.

In support of Deacon Alexander and attending the meeting were Director Bruno Pischiutta and Producer Daria Trifu who are currently in Los Angeles where their Academy Awards(R) qualified feature film, PUNCTURED HOPE, is screening at the Laemmle Monica 4-Plex.

Deacon Alexander, who has attended one of the screenings together with his campaign manager Sandy Stiassni, has declared that he will "not rest until the Black Magic shrines are closed and slavery is forever abolished". It is hi…

Caroline and Salma, "the threat of a good example"

It's ironic that Nancy Platts (M Star January 26) questions Caroline Lucas's voting record as a future MP before Caroline has even been elected.

All three traditional parties, marked by their commitment to neoliberal policies and competition to make cuts, are terrified that MPs with a radical agenda could be elected.

Nancy Platts, as a Labour candidate for Brighton Pavilion, advocates policies such as rail nationalisation that have been rejected by her own party but are solid Green Party policies in our manifesto.

In the 1980s Nicaragua, after the Sandinista revolution, was said to have provided "the threat of a good example" and was crushed by the US because of this.

Politicians like Caroline Lucas and Salma Yaqoob, if elected, would put the grey policies of the traditional parties to shame which is why, as the general election comes nearer, the pressure will be piled on.

The pro-market consensus cannot be challenged by the threat of their good example.

A recent ICM poll …

Blair parent of 100,000s of dead keeps lying.

Blair helped kill 100,000s of innocent people.

Now he is rewarded with hedge fund posts, million dollar speaking tours....the works.

As some one once said Murder is the sport of the elected.

If you are not involved in politics, you have to be. The Blairs get richly rewarded for doing the work which benefits arms corporations, we have to resist.

We need to build green politics and keep it radical.....good intentions are never enough, the political system selects the worst people and shapes them to do greater wrongs.

Sickening to hear him boasting about his role in the war, just a few years before the US and UK were arming Saddam Hussein.

Iran is a repressive regime that needs challenging but it is interesting that Blair said nothing about Israel when he was calling for an attack on Iran.

Cameron and Brown would kill again I am sure. Without the massive and vocal protests it might have been even worse.

Depressing but a call to non violent arms.

Another Vestas: Renewable energy company in Sussex to close

Edwards who produce amongst other things solar energy parts are threatened with closure....local UNITE activists are mobilising in Brighton on 9th Feb.

Will tell you more when I know...I am down to Brighton tomorrow so will report back.

Tragic that renewable energy manufacturers are being shut down one by one in a kind of anti-new green deal...fewer jobs, less renewable energy, economy more dependent on bankers who steal our cash.

We must build a more effective green movement and green trade union movement to fight back.

thanks to DJ for telling me about this.

'All power to the barrios!'

Another country trying to put Elinor Ostrom's vision of an economy and society based on grass roots collective property and decision making is Venezuela...just got this from Pablo...

The community revolution

While international debate focuses on President Chávez, institutions of popular democracy are taking root in Venezuela’s barrios. Pablo Navarrete introduces the importance of community councils, while Steve Ellner assesses their prospects for deepening the ‘Bolivarian revolution’

February 2009 marked ten years since Hugo Chávez took office in Venezuela, following a landslide election victory that swept the country’s traditional parties out of power. Since assuming the presidency, Chávez has presided over a controversial process of radical change, commonly referred to as the ‘Bolivarian revolution’ – after Simón Bolívar, who liberated Venezuela and much of South America from Spanish colonialism.

While hugely popular with many in Venezuela, Chávez’s policies and his outspoken critic…

Meet you new big mac Green MP

Gareth Hughes MP....a man after my own heart


Tim D sent me this...thanks mate

On 15 Feb 2003, I was one of the c. 2 million people in London (and of the 8 - 30 million people world wide, in around 800 cities) demonstrating against the invasion of Iraq by state-uniformed murderers from the UK and USA. Though the massive anti-war protests no doubt constrained the Westminster and Washington warmongers' room for manoeuvre, nevertheless our Iraqi sisters and brothers suffered dreadfully under the military onslaught and foreign occupation by Brits and Yanks. There's no good reason to think the Iraq Inquiry will be any less of a whitewash than its predecessors, but tomorrow they get to question War-Criminal-in-Chief Tony Bliar. I'll be both compiling a pix-&-vidz report for Indymedia AND demonstrating my contempt for the architect of so much death, destruction and misery, and I'd encourage you join in the anti-war action if you can.

• On Fri 29 Jan, Tony Blair will try to expla…

Last day to sign the Freedom Pass petition.

Most policies aimed at tackling change don't work and involve increasing taxes, a policy that does work and gives something back is the Freedom Pass which allows pensioners to travel free by bus....what a great idea for helping pensioners and helping to reduce car use.

Its an open secret that it will be abolished soon with a cry of spending cuts.

The petition to protect the Freedom Pass currently has over 18,000 signatures but closes tomorrow...please sign if you haven't done so and spread the word.

We the undersigned petition the Prime Minister to intervene to secure the Freedom Pass by protecting the previously agreed level of concessionary travel funding for London, for 2010-11, from the proposals currently being consulted on by the Department for Transport that would cut £29 million of agreed funding for the boroughs, following the DfT’s re-opening of a 3-year funding deal in its third year

To sign go here

Obama's America work to execute Mumia Abu-Jamal

Supreme Court opens door to Mumia’s execution


In a dangerous decision and a break with its own precedent, the U.S. Supreme Court, on Jan. 19, opened the door wide to Pennsylvania prosecutors’ efforts to execute the innocent political prisoner, murder frame-up victim, award-winning journalist, and world-renowned “Voice of the Voiceless,” Mumia Abu-Jamal.

Six months earlier, on April 6, the Supreme Court all but shut the door on Mumia’s 28-year fight for justice and freedom when it refused to grant a hearing (writ of certiorari) despite its own decision in the 1986 case of Batson v. Kentucky that the systematic and racist exclusion of Blacks from juries voids all guilty verdicts and mandates a new trial.

In Mumia’s 1982 trial, presided over by the infamous “hanging judge,” Albert Sabo, Philadelphia prosecutor Joseph McGill, in explicit violation of Batson, used 10 of his 15 peremptory challenges to exclude Blacks from the jury panel. But as with virtually all Mumia court…

Obama's America are work to execute Mumia Abu-Jamal

Supreme Court opens door to Mumia’s execution


In a dangerous decision and a break with its own precedent, the U.S. Supreme Court, on Jan. 19, opened the door wide to Pennsylvania prosecutors’ efforts to execute the innocent political prisoner, murder frame-up victim, award-winning journalist, and world-renowned “Voice of the Voiceless,” Mumia Abu-Jamal.

Six months earlier, on April 6, the Supreme Court all but shut the door on Mumia’s 28-year fight for justice and freedom when it refused to grant a hearing (writ of certiorari) despite its own decision in the 1986 case of Batson v. Kentucky that the systematic and racist exclusion of Blacks from juries voids all guilty verdicts and mandates a new trial.

In Mumia’s 1982 trial, presided over by the infamous “hanging judge,” Albert Sabo, Philadelphia prosecutor Joseph McGill, in explicit violation of Batson, used 10 of his 15 peremptory challenges to exclude Blacks from the jury panel. But as with virtually all Mumia court…

Mining equals murder

By Edgardo Ayala

SAN SALVADOR, Jan 27 , 2010 (IPS) - Environmental activists in El Salvador allege that managers of a gold mine owned by a Canadian corporation are implicated in the murders of three anti-mining activists.

The killings took place between June and December 2009 in the central department (province) of Cabañas, where the Pacific Rim El Salvador company, a subsidiary of the Vancouver-based Pacific Rim Mining Corp, has been exploring for gold and silver since 2002.

In 2008 authorities in El Salvador refused to issue the company a mining permit for the El Dorado mine, 65 km northeast of the capital, after an intense anti-mining campaign by civil society organisations, local authorities and residents, and Catholic Church leaders.

Through a U.S. subsidiary, Pacific Rim is suing the Salvadoran state for 700 million dollars in compensation for lost investment, under provisions in the Central America Free Trade Agreement (CAFTA) with the …

Mumia 'Haiti On Our Minds'

Haiti On Our Minds
[col. writ. 1/16/10] (c) '10 Mumia Abu-Jamal

The recent natural disaster in Haiti, has once again, thrown Haiti into the eyes of the world, and once again, brought out both the best and worst of us.

The sheer scale of human suffering has evoked massive compassion, as governments far and wide mobilize to assist those who are unable to assist themselves.

Haiti, once the colonial-era "Pearl of the Antilles" (Caribbean), then the "Mother of Revolutions", has suffered for nearly two centuries for daring to fight for, and win, its freedom from European colonialism, slavery and plunder.

Haiti, we are informed by the corporate media, is the poorest nation in the West. We are never told however, how it got that way. How many of us know that the U.S. brutally occupied Haiti, and stayed there for over 20 years? Or that Haiti, which had the temerity to defeat not one, not two, but three colonial armies (the French, the British, and the Spanis…


just got this from Martin

Negotiations between the police and Stop the War broke down
today when it became clear that the government is trying to
hide our legitimate peaceful protest from Tony Blair when he
gives evidence to the Chilcot Inquiry on Friday.

After days in which we were told by the police that they would
try to facilitate our protest, Stop the War has been told we
will not be allowed to protest on the grass outside the QEII
Conference Centre.

This is a denial of our democratic rights and Stop the War
will now call for the widest possible mobilisation, not just
to express the majority view in this country that Tony Blair
should be held to account for war crimes, but in defence of
the right to protest.

Why should the public be denied the right to peaceful protest,
particularly when the latest evidence given to the Chilcot
Committee shows beyond doubt that Tony Blair knew he was
taking Britain into an illegal war, and that he doctored legal
advice to deceiv…

Avatar against Imperialism

Great article by Noah Tucker...Joel Kovel goes to me last night 'have you seen Avatar, it's great'....the real Avatar is in Peru where Hugo Blanco and Aidesep battle for our planet!

By Noah Tucker

“How does it feel to betray your own race?” These are the infamous last words of the mercenary colonel Miles Quartrich, snarled at the hero Jake Sully in the final minutes of David Cameron’s Avatar; set a century and a half into the future and 25 trillion miles from our planet. But Sully and the tiny minority of humans who change sides to fight alongside the Na’vi people in the 3D sci-fi epic were far from being the only ones who became traitors.

In the here and now of Earth in 2010, in the darkness of thousands of movie theatres, though purely passively and for the brief period of two and a half hours, more than one hundred and fifty million people (so far) have enthusiastically betrayed their ‘own race’, cheering on in their hearts- and often out loud- the defensive war of the im…

Caroline Lucas first Green Party MP UK in the Independent

is Caroline's response to some searching question in The Independent.

I think she can do it.

Saturday I am off on the East Berkshire Green Party canvassing trip to Brighton, if you are in the Green Party over here please organise your own trip to Brighton or if you are not a member do join.

Green Left are helping Salma and will be down to help Caroline soon as well.


Just got this from Fidel, gracias amigo

Reflections by Comrade Fidel


In my Reflection of January 14, two days after the catastrophe in Haiti, which destroyed that neighboring sister nation, I wrote: “In the area of healthcare and others the Haitian people has received the cooperation of Cuba, even though this is a small and blockaded country. Approximately 400 doctors and healthcare workers are helping the Haitian people free of charge. Our doctors are working every day at 227 of the 237 communes of that country. On the other hand, no less than 400 young Haitians have been graduated as medical doctors in our country. They will now work alongside the reinforcement that traveled there yesterday to save lives in that critical situation. Thus, up to one thousand doctors and healthcare personnel can be mobilized without any special effort; and most are already there willing to cooperate with any other State that wishes to save Haitian lives and rehabilitate th…

Brighton Workers Speak Out * Striking against job cuts 9th Feb

Tuesday, February 9, 2010
7:30pm - 9:30pm
Hanover Room,Brighthelm Centre
North Road (corner of Queens Rd),5 mins from Brighton station
Brighton, United Kingdom

Politicians, economic "experts" and the media are continually announcing the end of the recession.
With top bankers receiving record bonuses again, it may be over for a few. But for the rest of us the threat of unemployment and public service cuts is still growing.

Brighton and Hove Unison and Brighton and Hove District Trades Council have recently held large meetings to give a voice to trade unionists and others resisting the effects of a recession we played no part in creating.
Council City clean staff spoke of their success against the pay cutting council, alongside postal workers and Lloyds bank call centre staff.

Our next meeting will include:

* local RMT member, who's union is seriously considering balloting for strike action to stop Network Rail axeing 1500 track maintenance jobs
* S…

New Grange under motorway threat

The preferred route for the N2 Slane Bypass, County Meath, Ireland, announced in January 2010 by the National Roads Authority, runs 500 metres from the edge of the Bend of the Boyne UNESCO World Heritage Site. According to the World Heritage Committee: "The three main prehistoric sites of the Brú na Bóinne Complex, Newgrange, Knowth and Dowth, are situated on the north bank of the River Boyne 50 km north of Dublin. This is Europe's largest and most important concentration of prehistoric megalithic art.

Long ago I used to be an archaeologist, well its my first degree from the Institute of Archaeology which is now part of UCL.

My passion was the neolithic and Bronze Age, an age of megaliths, big stone monuments older in many cases thant the pyramids.

Stonehenge and Avebury in my home county of Wiltshire are beautiful examples.

In the summer of 1990 I hitched around Ireland, taking in Dublin, the Aran Island and Galway...I also visited the Boyne Valley and went to the amazing New Gr…

Joel Kovel at London Green Party meeting this monday

This is a reminder to all comrades in and near London of our meeting with
Joel Kovel at 7pm on Monday in the Lucas Arms, Grays Inn Road. This will be
the last meeting that Joel will be speaking at in Britain during his visit,
and the only one for the Green Party. If you weren't able to get to the very
successful seminar we held jointly with Socialist Resistance last Saturday
(well, actually, even if you did get to it) I urge you not to miss this
last opportunity to hear Joel speak.


Well I guess the person who inspires me most who I actually know and work with is the indigenous leader Hugo Blanco in Peru, although I have never met them and Nick is sadly no longer with us, those Australian ecosocialists Nick Origlass and Alan Roberts are an inspiration in putting it altogether green politics/socialism/focused action like getting elected and using direct action to get things done.

And of course if we have a sustainable and just future, it will be largely because of Professor Elinor Ostro…

Jessica Goldfinch to fight Norwich North

Jessica Goldfinch will make an excellent candidate for Norwich North, I think she was one of the my first councillors for the Green Party in the city.

I think she is excellent and I am also a little biased but she always encouraged and gave me support when I was party speaker.

Good to see more strong women candidate's like her and Natalie Bennett local party is growing quite rapidly but looks like we will have white male PPCs like me....diversity good.

Rupert Read has bowed out....not sure why, although he seems to be doing lots of blogging and campaigning.

Looks like we are heading in the direct of 300 candidates.

The manifesto is being put together by my good friend Andy Dobson, author of Green Political looking forward to that....planning some of my own Gene…

Gay manifesto

Launch of National LGBTGreens General Election Manifesto
Peter Tatchell and Caroline Lucas MEP to address manifesto launch

For Immediate Release

LGBT Greens General Election Manifesto Launch
Friday 26th February
The Brighton Tavern
100 Gloucester Road,
Brighton, East Sussex BN1 4AP
all are very welcome!

LGBT Greens are gearing up for the General Election. Greens will announce their campaigning policies throughout the period of the General Election and leading human rights activist, Peter Tatchell and Green Party leader, Caroline Lucas MEP, will address some of the key areas of the manifesto.

Peter Tatchell commented on the launch:
“The Green Party will go into the General Election as the only party campaigning for marriage and partnership equality. We are calling for civil marriages and civil partnerships to be open to both same-sex and opposite sex couples, without discrimination. We reaffirm our opposition to the blanket, lifetime ban on gay and bisexual men donating blood. Ou…

Festival organiser persecuted by the authorities

On Friday 11th December 2009. Andy Norman, Host and organiser of Thimbleberry Music Festival in County Durham, Uk was in court facing the charge of "permit the use of cannabis on his premises" relating to alleged use by the festival-goers of cannabis at the last September festival.No one was, I believe, arrested at the festival. In effect he is to be prosecuted for the alleged offences of other people. If he is prosecuted this would set a precedent that could have serious repercussions for all...

Do join the Andy Norman drop the charges facebook group here

heard about this from Alan Conchar



I'm emailing you to ask if you've heard of the Andy Norman Defence Campaign for which my band has just released a benefit track.

Full details here

Any help or support you can give to publicising this campaign would be much appreciated.

Alan Conchar

(Dokter Conker of Sicknote)

Dept. rules against native rights, says Eagle Rock isn’t sacred

The Michigan Department of Environmental Quality, has shamelessly and underhandedly given its final approval for Kennecott’s proposed Eagle Mine project, a nickel and copper sulfide mine on the Yellow Dog Plains.

In issuing the approval, the MDEQ overstepped the Keweenaw Bay Indian Community’s treaty rights, and dismissed a 2009 ruling by Administrative Law Judge Richard Patterson, who found that Eagle Rock is a place of spiritual importance to Keweenaw Bay Community and should be protected.

Judge Patterson, in his ruling, stated that both Kennecott and the MDEQ “did not properly address the impact on the sacred rock outcrop known as Eagle Rock” and suggested that they move the mine’s entry point somewhere “away from the rock”.

The MDEQ unilaterally decided that the judge’s ruling was unnecessary “…because it pertained to Eagle Rock as a place of worship. They believe that a place of worship must be a building and therefore negates comments that were not in favor of the mining company,” …

Salma Yaqoob to address Green Left meeting

Salma Yaqoob will be addressing the forthcoming Green Left meeting in Birmingham, Green Left and local Green Party members in Birmingham will be doing some election leafletting for Salma on the same day 30th Jan.

I am in fact going to be helping Caroline Lucas on 30th Jan but I hope to get to Birmingham again soon to support both the Green Party and Salma's General Election campaigning in the city.

Salma and Caroline are both inspiring women political leaders and good friends of Green Left.

I am working very hard to get both of them elected as MPs, please join me. In a bleak political landscape they give real hope, but hope will only become real with solid action on the ground, leafletting, canvassing, donating.

There is a lot of whinging, splitting and apathy on what passes for much of the British left, solid action is necessary.

Left-wing Green wins vote by Liberal Democrat Voice readers

cool, its all that Elinor Ostrom they have been drinking?

Peter Tatchell is Liberal Voice of the Year

Left-wing Green wins vote by Liberal Democrat Voice readers

London - 19 January 2010

Peter Tatchell has won Liberal Democrat Voice's third annual Liberal Voice of the Year award for his "tireless and fearless international human rights campaigning."

The runner-up was author and journalist Ben Goldacre. Other contenders were Joanna Lumley, Rory Stewart, Terry Pratchett, Henry Porter, Guy Herbert and Alan Rushbridger.

The two previous years' Liberal Voice winners were Shami Chakrabati (2007) and the campaigners on behalf of Jean Charles de Menezes ( and the Stockwell Shooting Inquest Jury (2008).

See the Liberal Democrat Voice report about the online readers poll result here:

Responding to winning the vote, Peter Tatchell said:

"I am honoured, but quite surp…

UCU Left candidates support Palestinian rights

I am putting out my normal call to support UCU left candidates, Sue Blackwell is particularly impressive and I believe is a member of an ecosocialist political party.

Dear supporter

UCU is just about to hold its annual elections for its NEC. For the past couple of years there has been a slim majority on the NEC of people sympathetic to the call for an Academic Boycot of Israel we would like to see this majority strengthened.

We are asking all HE members to support Sue Blackwell who is a core member of BRICUP and a long term effective advocate for the call for an Academic Boycott.

We have found most support for BRICUP's positions from amongst the UCU Left members of the NEC and while UCU left does not have a formal position on the boycott call, webelieve that a vote for the UCU left candidates will strengthen UCU's position on action to support Palestinian Rights.

Please encourage other members of your branch to vote for these candidates too.

UCU Left are calling for support for the …