UK Social Struggles Newswire Archive
05-03-2011 11:21Just a couple of weeks after the revelation by Southwark Council they were going to axe 450 trees and not the 147 they admitted in their planning application, Southwark Council started the destruction today of many old loved friends and younger woodlands that local volunteers planted just 15 years ago. Total barbarians and carbon criminals.
The chain-saw team is now scheduled to continue the destruction over the coming weeks in the park of The Millennium Woodland planted in 2000 to mark birth of kids on the Aylesbury Estate, the cycle track orchard, the library woodlands and glade, the nesting woodland by the lake, the two mounds woodlands to the west of the lake and 147 individual specimen trees across the park.
04-03-2011 11:06The detention of children for immigration purposes was labelled "state sponsored cruelty" by the Lib Dems and Yarl's Wood is being forced to close in May. Instead, they aim to open "pre-departure accommodation" at Peas Pottage near Crawley. This is just an image makeover and one we can prevent.
03-03-2011 13:27Fundraiser and film night for Brighton's new anti-fascist group.
Historian Howard Zinn (1922-2010), would be remembered above all for his humanity and warmth, were it not for the crystal clarity of his insight. In 'A Power That Governments Can’t Suppress,' he wrote:
‘There is a tendency to think that what we see in the present moment will continue. We forget how often we have been astonished by the sudden crumbling of institutions, by extraordinary changes in people's thoughts, by unexpected eruptions of rebellion against tyrannies, by the quick collapse of systems of power that seemed invincible.’ (Zinn, A Power That Governments Can’t Suppress, City Lights, 2007, p.267)
02-03-2011 19:18"The "lap dog presses" in western nations will not assist in revealing the horrific imperial grab now shaping up in North Africa. The western powers are on the "counter attack" as naval might is now poised to "intervene" in Libya to "save the day," read steal the victory, after the people themselves have deposed the dictator and begun to set up their own government. That is the west's' worst nightmare. Normal human beings, peacefully governing themselves? That would be a disaster and the most feared example from the "great white man's" perspective. And of course they want the oil and a potential launch pad for attacks (remember the contra war against revolutionary Nicaragua) on the new governments in Tunisia and Egypt should they deem to be too independent from the dictates of capital. Eh gads! They might decide to meet the needs of their citizens!
The people of Libya will need to state to the entire world that they will defend they're independence and sovereignty with the force of arms from all invaders. Only then will the imperialist consider backing off."
02-03-2011 18:57P.E.D.A.L. planning to cycle from London to Palestine over Spring 2011 to draw attention to battles against economic, environmental and political injustice faced by communities across the world.
The first stop on the journey after leaving will be to spend time in Calais for 3 days of workshops, skill-shares, film-shows, music, information and dancing.
02-03-2011 14:01Join us in bringing down the Greek state's websites, in solidarity with the immigrant hunger strikers!
02-03-2011 07:08We denounce with indignation the new escalation in violence and repression against the organised communities of the Other Campaign in Chiapas. During the month of February we have witnessed with alarm assaults and attacks by the state and its paramilitary groups on adherents to the Sixth Declaration of the Lacandon Jungle:
01-03-2011 22:09The near-collapse of the financial system; droughts in the Amazon, floods in Pakistan; a new government in the UK; a violent programme of unprecedented cuts; food prices rising and real incomes eroding; revolutions across the Middle East… This is all very different from 2005 when the Camp for Climate Action first met to spark radical action on the greatest threat to humanity, climate change.
01-03-2011 15:12While Peoples’ Power blazed a bloody trail across the Middle East, offering fresh hope to the marginalized and injecting fear among tyrants, this island archipelago ruefully reflected on the 25 wasted years since Corazon Aquino’s popular revolt mesmerized the world.
01-03-2011 13:05AstraZeneca are a major customer and vocal supporter of HLS's cruel methods of animal torture and scientific fraud, AZ even have the audacity to state that no suffering occurs at HLS! Two days of action against them in London - get involved!
01-03-2011 02:24"The US is already in contact with Gadhafi. They will keep him “in country” until they make they’re move. Capture or kill the old “asset,” it will make little difference to the US ruling class or the “seals” that carry it out. All that matters to the “masters” are two things: 1) The country’s’ oil. 2) Certainty that the new rulers represent the same elite class interests. Nothing is to be gained by the Libyan people. They will have to fight to be able to determine their fates. Perhaps many others will rise with them? Otherwise, it will be imperial conquest as usual."
28-02-2011 19:06“There is now talk about a “humanitarian intervention” in Libya, similar to Yugoslavia and Iraq. A “no-fly zone” over Libya has been mentioned, as has NATO military intervention. The aims behind such statements are not humanitarian, but are intended to justify foreign interference, which could potentially lead to an invasion. Should this come to fruition, Libya would become an occupied country. Its resources would be plundered and its assets privatized and controlled by foreign corporations as in the case of Iraq.
Today, in Libya and the Arab World the ghosts of Omar Mukhtar and Saladin are still very much alive and active. Getting rid of Gaddafi and his sons alone is not the solution. The entire corrupt system of governance in Libya and the culture of political corruption must be dismantled. At the same time, however, foreign interference or domination should also not be allowed to take root in Libya. If the Libyan people are mobilized and steadfast, they can fight such schemes.”
"Reports by Al Jazeera about Libyan jets firing on protesters in Tripoli and the major cities are unverified and questionable.  Hereto, the reports that Libyan jets have been attacking people in the streets have not been verified. No visual evidence of the jet attacks has been shown, while visual confirmation about other events have been coming out of Libya.
Al Jazeera is not alone in its biased reporting from Libya. The Saudi media is also relishing the events in Libya. Asharq Al-Awsat is a Saudi-owned paper that is strictly aligned to U.S. interests in the Middle East-North Africa (MENA) region. Its editor-in-chief is now running editorials glorifying the Arab League for their decision to suspend Libya, because of the use of force by Tripoli against Libyans protesters – why were such steps not taken for Egypt, Tunisia, Bahrain, or Yemen? Inside and outside the Arab World, the mainstream media is now creating the conditions for some sort of intervention in Libya."
28-02-2011 13:31Today’s Guardian has again made excuses for the failure of Tower Hamlets Council as a Local education Authority. Generations of children in the East End have been let down by the failing LEA.
28-02-2011 12:57The Roots Research Centre and Equanomics UK are assisting author Stephen Armstrong in research for a book with a modern day take on the Orwell book about poverty in the UK 'The Road to Wigan Pier' and he would really like to make contact with people in Manchester, Bradford, Sheffield, Liverpool and Wigan.