Sunday, September 30, 2007
Saturday, September 29, 2007
Think back and be wary... have you a post military junta PLAN??? what next... is this the best way forward???
most brutal very bad leaders in burma..
most brutal very bad leaders in iraq...
iraq .. nothing to do with oil?
burma.... nothing to do with oil?
get rid of very bad wicked leader ... = peace and democracy in iraq now??? = DEATH for hundreds of thousands
Burma..The protests spread as hundreds of thousands of ordinary people and public figures joined in, finding the hope they'd lost only hundreds of thousands and now 20,000
London...The protests spread as hundreds of thousands of ordinary people and public figures joined in, finding the hope they lost? 'Million' march against Iraq war http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/uk/2765041.stm
There were also antiwar gatherings in Glasgow and Belfast - all part of a world-wide weekend of protest with hundreds of rallies and marches in up to 60 countries. They came as UK Prime Minister Tony Blair, in a speech warning of "bloody consequences" if Iraq was not confronted,
Public figures Former US presidential candidate the Rev Jesse Jackson - writer Tariq Ali, - ex-minister Mo Mowlam, Ken Livingstone, Vanessa Redgrave, human rights campaigner Bianca Jagger and Tony Benn. Harold Pinter made a rare public speech, saying America was "a country run by a bunch of criminal lunatics with Tony Blair as a hired Christian thug". Hollywood actor Tim Robbins, also attending, told BBC News the crowds were "what democracy looks like".
Berlin wall moment in London - GB?
Berlin wall moment in Burma?
Political parties in Wales all support the murder Academy .............http://www.nomurderacademyatstathans.com/ run by arms dealers..'Mc Mercenaries' MC = METRIX CONSORTIUM
Are monks and nuns somehow different to anyone else... are religious folk peaceful......ok to bless bombs??
Americans are the worlds most religious people and that doesn't make them peaceful home or away....
christianity isn't peaceful ?? and the bible says so or
Friday, September 28, 2007
Designer Katharine Hamnett is to terminate a deal to supply organic and fair trade clothing to Tesco. The deal, which was one of a number of high-profile initiatives designed to boost Tesco's green credentials, has collapsed after only a year."I was initially really excited about the tie-up because I thought we could increase demand for ethical products," says Ms Hamnett in an interview published in Drapers, the fashion industry's trade magazine, today. "But I've come to the conclusion that [Tesco] simply wants to appear ethical, rather than make a full commitment to the range."A spokesman for Tesco said, “She really helped us understand how to transfer our existing knowledge of organics and fair trade into clothing but she is wrong to question our commitment. It's been an exciting year during which we have introduced many new organic and fair trade lines…”--
Soil Association organic textiles webpage: http://www.soilassociation.org/textiles
Indymedia UK - UK
At 3.45 pm, a Serco prison van (BW04 VZH) was stopped as it attempted to enter the jail. The driver was informed that protesters considered the jail to be ...
expensive projects means that is neglects completely the idea of tidal
lagoons in the estury and Swansea bay, which could generate the same amount
of electricity taking up a fraction of the area, not blocking off the estury
itself and having minimal impact on wildlife. There was a presentation on
this at Swansea conference which made any idea look silly in comparison.
GOVERNMENT UNVEILS SEVERN BARRAGE FEASIBILITY PROJECT
The Government has decided to carry out a full-scale feasibility study into a possible power-producing barrage across the Severn Estuary...
Charles Clover: The alternative to a barrage is four new nuclear power stations. Anyone can see that is the less environmentally damaging option.
Telegraph 28th Sept 2007
Letter: bewildering that Friends of the Earth are in opposition to this scheme on the grounds of damage to wildlife in the estuary. This could be a serious mistake. In my opinion (and that of the Government's chief scientist) global warming is the chief threat to mankind. And melting icecaps will not just end our way of life but destroy the environment of the birdlife in the estuary anyway.
Independent 28th Sept 2007
Thursday, September 27, 2007
And Plaid....surely not going down the PPP road..that has proved disastrous elsewhere. Nothing to do with St Athan of course...... is it.....tiding up after they welcome one of the biggest PPP ever..... noooooo................. whoops we mustn't have any loose ends that might scupper the might military academy.
FIN(3)-03-07 : Draft Agenda
Thursday, 20 September 2007
FIN(3)-02-07 : Agenda
FIN(3)-02-07 : Paper 1 : The budgeting process agreement between the Scottish Executive and the Finance Committee (pdf, 52 kb)
FIN(3)-02-07 : Paper 2 : NHS Redress Measure
FIN(3)-02-07 : Paper 3 : Private Finance: Frequently Asked Questions (pdf, 44kb)
FIN(3)-02-07 : Paper 4 : Inquiry into Public Private Partnerships - Terms of Reference
FIN(3)-02-07 : Transcript
FIN(3)-02-07 : Transcript (PDF, 180kb)
Monday, September 24, 2007
23 Sep 2007 The United States Air Force has set up a highly confidential strategic planning group tasked with "fighting the next war" as tensions rise with Iran. Project Checkmate, a successor to the group that planned the 1991 Gulf War’s air campaign, was quietly reestablished at the Pentagon in June. It reports directly to General Michael Moseley, the US Air Force chief, and consists of 20-30 top air force officers and defence and cyberspace experts with ready access to the White House, the CIA and other intelligence agencies.
Sunday, September 23, 2007
pro militarism, these are the seats for you ... but if you not already somebodys darling then you have no hope. Suggestions for contenders?
Seat: Blaenau Gwent Held by: Ind Majority: 2,488
2nd place: Lab
AWS: No - open selection
Closing date for applications: 12 October
Shortlisting: 14 November
Hustings: 5 December
Procedures Secretary: Lyndon Moore Ty Garth 8 Chapel Road Nantyglo Ebbw Vale GwentNP23 4NB
Seat: ArfonNew seat
AWS: No - open selection
Closing date for applications: 3 October
Shortlisting: 15 October
Hustings: 3 November
Procedures Secretary: Tecwyn Thomas 7 Constantine Terrace Caernarfon Gwynedd LL55 2HLTel: 01286 673473Email: email@example.com
Hear the powerful stories of the Iraqi oil workers and trade unions resisting the military and economic occupation of their homeland . . .
Come and hear the powerful stories of the Iraqi oil workers and trade unions resisting the military and economic occupation of their homeland . . .
Tuesday 2 October at 7 pm WALLACE LECTURE THEATRE
Main Building Cardiff University Park Place (opp. Student Union Building)
Speakers- EWA JASIEWICZ UK rep for the Basra Oil Workers Union & founder member of NAFTANA, an organisation that builds solidarity with Iraqi workers.
+ Speaker from the Stop the War Coalition
About the Ewa Jasiewicz: In 2004, Ewa Jasiewicz visited Iraq to build links between the anti-war movement and Iraqi trade unions resisting both occupation and the corporate take-over of their counrty. She became the UK rep for the Basra Oil Workers Union, a militant trade union resisting both the sell-off of Iraqi oil to foreign corporations and the armies of occupation and helped organise Iraq's first anti-privatisation conference. Ewa has lived in Baghdad and Basra, supporting human rights groups, womens organisations, families, workers, trade unionists and Palestinian refugees. Her articles have appeared in Red Pepper, Electronic Iraq, Z-Net, Counterpunch, Infoshop, Occupation Watch and The Socialist Review in the US. This will be an important meeting to join the international campaign against the hydrocarbon law that aims to give control of Iraq's oil for the next 30 years to foreign multinationals.
About HANDS OFF IRAQI OIL
Hands Off Iraqi Oil is a UK coalition opposing any foreign exploitation of Iraq's oil reserves that rips off the Iraqi people. Members include Corporate Watch, Iraq Occupation Focus, Jubilee Iraq, Naftana, PLATFORM, Voices UK, and War on Want. For more info. about this event contact Adam Johannes on 07940108146
Saturday, September 22, 2007
Wednesday, September 19, 2007
Love a bit of gossip.
There were at least 10,000 people gathered at 11am at Sydney’s Town Hall. Despite an intensive campaign aimed at keeping people away, and provocative policing on the day, up to 15,000 people come out on September 8, asserting their right to protest against US President George Bush and Australian Prime Minister John Howard. Hundreds of highschool students chanting “Troops out now!” joined with hundreds of trade unionists chanting “The workers united will never be defeated!” ensuredthat the crowd swelled onto George Street, sending the riot police scampering to take up new positions in front of their mobile prison buses.
Monday, September 17, 2007
The report, How Green Are Our Parties? The Green Standard Report, bases its assessment on criteria developed earlier this year by the coalition, which consists of the Campaign to Protect Rural England, Friends of the Earth, the Green Alliance, Greenpeace, the National Trust, the RSPB, The Wildlife Trusts, the Woodland Trust and WWF-UK.
It finds that none of the parties has yet implemented policies and action “on the scale required to meet the range and urgency of the environmental threats we face”.
It rates the Liberal Democrats most highly, but describes the gap between Conservative aspirations and policy commitments as “stark”. Green Alliance director Stephen Hale said the charities were disappointed by the findings. “The environmental ambitions of the parties are very welcome, but the environmental beauty contest between them has, to date, been characterised by too much spin.”
A spokeswoman for the Charity Commission said there was nothing in charity law to prevent charities from trying to influence the policies of political parties in the interests of their beneficiaries. “As long as the trustees of these charities are confident that this activity furthers the objects, then this is perfectly legitimate activity for them to engage in,” she said
By Paul Jump, Third Sector Online, 17 September 2007
US security firm Blackwater banned from Iraq 17 Sep 2007
US security contractor [terrorists] Blackwater has been banned from operating in Iraq, after eight civilians were killed in Baghdad yesterday. Blackwater offers personal security to US officials working in Iraq, and is one of the better known firms involved in what critics call the privatisation of the war in Iraq.
Iraq shootout firm loses licence 17 Sep 2007 Iraq has cancelled the licence of the private security firm, Blackwater USA, after it was involved in a gunfight [war crime] in which at least eight civilians died. The Iraqi interior ministry said the contractor, based in North Carolina, was now banned from operating in Iraq. See: Security contractors open fire in Baghdad, at least 9 killed 17 Sep 2007.
Friday, September 14, 2007
No need to comment as the few elderly members and emloyees of new labour struggle. They are well out of touch.
Labour’s lousy report
WELSH Labour’s performance during and immediately after the National Assembly election has been torn apart in an expert study.
Turning to events after the election, Jones and Scully write, “Labour’s election campaign was poor, but its performance during the post- election interregnum often bordered on the inept.
“In defence of Rhodri Morgan, however, it may be suggested that much of Welsh Labour’s problem is cultural, even psychological. Labour has long been the hegemonic party in Welsh politics, its dominance in terms of votes being underpinned and reinforced by innately disproportional electoral systems. And large and influential sections of the Welsh Labour party remain resolutely ‘in denial’ about the implications of devolution and its semi-proportional electoral system.”
The report adds, “ The many Welsh Labour parliamentarians who remain utterly unreconciled either to coalition with Plaid or devolution retain a significant capacity for mischief making.”
care if she was? freedom of information
Thursday, September 13, 2007
Brown meets Thatcher:
Brown is a real sleeze.
Interview with Tony Benn which isn't so bad - kind of an antidote to the doting Maggie pic with Brown.
Sunday, September 9, 2007
Fremantle is the Aylesbury-based "non-profit" outfit that was handed care of Barnet's elderly by the borough's Tory council. Some "charity" this is, sacking staff if they won't take pay cuts, taking away sick pay and holidays, getting rid of their union rep, and wielding legal threats to stop protest.
The GOOD NEWS is that by the time the legal threat took effect over 8,000 people around the world had already sent messages to Fremantle demanding fair treatment for its workers.
Saturday, September 8, 2007
Cwrdd ar Lwybr y Taf yn Blackwier a cherdded i'r rali yn Cooper's Field (dibynnu ar drwydded)/Meet on the Taff Trail at Blackwier at 2:30pm to walk to the rally in Cooper's Field (subject to licence).
3:30pm Rali a chyngerdd/Rally starts Ffoniwch 029 2084 4646 am fwy o fanylion yn cynnwys man cyfarfod/Please call 029 2084 4646 for more details.
Appearances from Maggot (formerly of Goldie Looking Chain), Beth Elfyn, Radio One's Evening Session DJ, actress Greta Scacchi. Music from: Terra Naomi, folk singer Gwyneth Glyn Speakers: Cut the Carbon marchers, I Count (Stop Climate Chaos), Islamic Relief. Register online now - please let us know you're coming. Order rally posters
Suggested motion for New Labour CLPs. "We, the undersigned Constituency Labour Party Officers, are alarmed at the proposals in the document 'Extending Party Democracy', that would remove the right of CLP's to send motions to our annual conference. Rank and file Labour Party members must have the right and ability to influence and direct policy within their own party if the party is to have any claim to democratic legitimacy. We have mandated our delegates to oppose any proposals which would threaten this right, and call on all delegates to do the same."
Alarmed at last? Bit late now!
As I pointed out below..
only 30% are delegates or Labour Party Visitors - LP visitors can't go in the main conference hall perhaps because they don't pay enough.
10% elected representatives
and 40% exhibitor /Commercial/Corporate the Labour Party boasts so you can feel at home without worrying about pesky real LP members.
Thursday, September 6, 2007
PLANS have been unveiled which could lead to a sell-off of a slice of Cardiff Bus, netting tens of millions of pounds. more We want better services not worse!
what next .. this is a big mistake - perhaps the councillors who are on the board could have resisted this? Cllr Neale?
Over 100 peace activists from around the UK have pledged to take part in nonviolent civil disobedience outside this year's Labour Party Conference in Bournemouth see ...a sit-down protest in the road leading to the Conference Centre. Brown For further information visit: http://www.u-turnforpeace.org/
I note that new labour state that Deliveries due to security ... all vehicles, including courier deliveries, will need to assemble at the Remote Vehicle Search Site (RVSS) at Kings Park Coach Park (just off Kings Park Drive). We recommend you allow 6 hours to pass through RVSS before your event commences!!! Even protesters don't disrupt air travel or anything for quite that badly.
Did you know that only 30% are delegates or Labour Party Visitors - LP visitors can't go in the main conference hall perhapsbecause they don't pay enough.
10% elected representatives
and 40% exhibitor /Commercial/Corporate
the Labour Party boasts so you can feel at home without worrying about pesky real LP members. No need to wonder any more why the hall is so full of 'happy' members ..because it isn't. Does anyone need to wonder why people are cynical about the political parties? Politicians want to involve the public ..it might be useful to have a conference where members, while there still are any, get to attend.
If you really want into the New labour Conference you can have a stand for minimum of £3,500 up to £13,500 and you get 10 conference passes for that, a relaxation zone and complimentary refreshments and wow - best stand awards. Love the competitiveness! Plus you could have a banner above for only £850 or £1000 for a big one.
Or you could sponsor conference events:• Annual Conference Dinner This unique and exclusive event offers a relaxed environment for guests including supporters and business people, who enjoy an entertaining evening with a special appearance by a guest speaker. ..who could that be? So egalatarian!
If they make money from dodgy firms at theis event its fine, no need to declare it! wouldn't influence policy a bit not even if it was property developers for example - The hire of conference exhibition space represents a commercial service at a fair market value and is therefore not required to be disclosed under the PPERA. - The Political Parties Elections and Referendums Act - Liberals on PPERA
The International Reception is one of the main events at conference runs the blurb. It is traditionally attended by all international visitors and past speakers and guests have included the Prime Minister, Foreign Secretary, Secretary of State for International Development and Party Chair. This event is very informal and offers sponsors an ideal opportunity for networking and meeting new people. Prominent onsite branding including:• stair risers• banner sites• outdoor advertising sites. All prices vary. ...also offer exciting sponsorship packages throughout the year. ..Gala Dinner, regarded asthe party’s flagship fundraising event, is held in a prestigious central London location.. uck,uck, uck...
Wednesday, September 5, 2007
With each tree being 50 years old the felling would mean the destruction in one year of 400 years of tree growth.
Please sign our petition and send the link to anyone you may think would beinterested in supporting a worthy cause
Facebook group (you need to have a Facebook account to access this)http://www.facebook.com/group.php?gid=5136685997
Background - Friday August 24IC Wales features the article 'Trees are healthy, so please don’t fell them'.
find out more at IC Wales
Tuesday, September 4, 2007
Take Action! Email Gordon Brown:Send an email to Gordon Brown to demand that he take action to stop corporate tax dodging.
Sunday, September 2, 2007
Pentagon 'three-day blitz' plan for Iran 02 Sep 2007 The Pentagon has drawn up plans for massive airstrikes against 1,200 targets in Iran, designed to annihilate the Iranians’ military capability in three days, according to a national security expert. Alexis Debat, director of terrorism and national security at the Nixon Center, said last week that US military planners were not preparing for "pinprick strikes" against Iran’s nuclear facilities. "They’re about taking out the entire Iranian military," he said.
Will President Bush bomb Iran?
Poll: 71% of Israelis want U.S. to strike Iran if talks fail 18 May 2007 Fully 71 percent of Israelis believe that the United States should launch a military attack on Iran if diplomatic efforts fail to halt Tehran's nuclear program, according to a new poll.
All links and summaries to articles below are available here:
Saturday, September 1, 2007
THE leading opposition group on Cardiff council today demanded immediate changes to the “ill-thought-out” St Mary Street traffic ban.
Cardiff council’s Labour leader, John Sheppard, said the ban was “badly-timed, ill-thought-out and has been the subject of inadequate consultation”.
He demanded an urgent review and called for the bottom end of St Mary Street to be re-opened to reduce traffic through Grangetown and provide a better link between the city centre and the Bay.
He said: “Cardiff shopping centre is already under tremendous pressure from the major disruption caused by the new St David’s 2 development. The number of shoppers using Cardiff is significantly down and retailers are feeling the squeeze.
WALES will have its first Tory female MP if Suzy Davies makes history and seizes Brecon and Radnorshire from the Liberal Democrats at the next general election. The newly-selected candidate has already turned her guns on the Lib-Dems for their role in the failed attempt to form a coalition with the Tories and Plaid Cymru. The Conservatives have been encouraged by a poll analysis which predicts the constituency would turn blue if an election were held tomorrow.
It has just dawned on Ms Davies that, if she is elected, a woman will have broken into the ranks of Welsh Tory MPs. She last night said, “I didn’t realise that until yesterday. I have never found being female a problem, no matter what walk of life I’ve been in.” _ I presume she has just been beamed down form another planet.
Story from David Williamson, Western Mail
US Activist Speaking Tour of Wales - Do US Plans Herald a new Cold War?
Bruce Gagnon, co-ordinator of the Global Network against Weapons & Nuclear Power in Space, is visiting Wales from the USA this week to speak in Cardiff, Bridgend and Aberystwyth about the dangerous and provocative US plans for National Missile Defence (NMD) in Europe.
Bruce is highly respected in both academic and radical circles in the USA. Raised in a conservative home, he joined the US Air force before 'changing his mind' to become a full time campaigner for peace and justice. He says that "The role of the US in the new corporate world order is going to be to 'export security'. The Pentagon will send our kids off to foreign lands to
suppress opposition to corporate globalization."
Peace and justice groups from nine European countries earlier this year agreed strategies and joint campaigns to oppose US plans for National Missile Defence. The US plans are to use radars to detect incoming missiles, and interceptor missiles to shoot them down. While the US claims this as 'defensive', it will allow the US to attack others without fear of retaliation. The proposal adds to global instability and tension with Russia and has led to a new nuclear arms race. And it may well lead to a new Cold War.
Britain already hosts NMD bases at Fylingdales and Menwith Hill in Yorkshire, without public or parliamentary consultation. Now, the US wants bases in Poland and the Czech Republic. This has caused considerable concern not only to Russia, but also to the populations of Poland, the Czech
Republic and across Europe.
Bruce Gagnon asks: "How will we ever end America's addiction to war and violence as long as our communities are dependent on military spending for jobs? We must work to convert the military industrial complex to sustainable technologies."
CND Cymru National Secretary Jill Gough welcomed anyone interested to come along to hear Bruce Gagnon this week. She said:"True security means ensuring adequate, food, education, shelter and human rights for everyone in the world; it means developing human understanding at home and abroad. "
"As with plans to build a 'Military Academy' in South Wales at St Athan, US National Missile 'Defense' plans have nothing to do with protecting people and their environment from future threats. Both may actually increase threats from terrorism. Despite this, the Welsh Assembly Government has blindly welcomed the increasing militarisation plans for Wales, the dangerous US National Missile 'Defense' plans develop apace and the British Government works towards the replacement of the British Trident nuclear weapons system."
"We must say no to NMD, no to a new nuclear arms race, no to militarisation
and no to a new Cold War."
Bruce Gagnon Speaking Tour of Britain [Welsh section] Monday 3rd September Temple of Peace Cardiff hosted by Cynefin y Werin (Common Ground) contact George Crabb
Tuesday 4th September Bridgend - Quaker Meeting House contact: Pete Thompson
Thursday 6th September Oswestry/Oswestry Coalition for Peace contact: Margaret Clarke firstname.lastname@example.org
By Rob Boston, Church & State Magazine
Presidential candidates are getting barraged by the media on questions about their prayers, their sins, and their beliefs on religious doctrine --
Spare us -it will happen here next - we don't want 'happy clappies' or 'holy joes'! Do we?