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The Plug for Boris Johnson via BIg Biz agenda hype Xrail 2 has got to be seen in
the context of the severe economic hardship that so many people across London and the South East are experiencing.
This episode two speakers give us a new angle on why so many people seem addicted to living lives that leave them unfulfilled. Firstly, doctor and addiction specialist Gabor Maté gives a personal reflection on the question "Who We Are When We Are Not Addicted?". After a musical break we hear a radio adaptation of Consumed - The Human Experience, which looks at how marketing is finely tuned to hijacking human evolutionary drives.
Release Abdul Ghafar Rajabali and halt his deportation.
Please click on the website and sign the petition.
This week an invitation to reflect on capitalism in crisis not as an economic but a political phenomenon. We hear two 'bigger picture' talks on the interrelationships between Economics and Politics, one with a European focus, one which concentrates on USA. First Tariq Ali gives us "The Rotten Heart of Europe" summarising the machinations of the political elite in Europe. Next it is Gar Alperovitz, author of "America Beyond Capitalism", on the growth of US movements to decentralize wealth and ownership.
Solidarity gig in West Wales, All welcome!
'Culture as creative refusal' a talk and discussion led by David Graeber (author of Debt: the first 5000 years).
Tuesday, May 21 6.15–9.00 pm.
Venue: The St Martinʼs Community Centre
43 Carol St, London NW1 0HT (2 minutes from Camden tube) http://www.radicalanthropologygroup.org
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Tower Hamlets is notorious deprived, crisis-ridden, wrong-headed local Borough Council. Right now, its head of legal is involved in a most secretive employment tribunal tussle being very strangely held only yards from the main Council Town Hall. The Central Govt has repeatedly condemned the Council Administration for wasting public money on running a propaganda organ called East End Life, aka 'Tower Hamlets Town Hall's very own pravda'.
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Anti-Capitalists are targeting the rich in the West End of London in the
run-up to the G8 Summit next month.
Presenting the action map for the June 11 Carnival Against Capitalism. Some 90 locations connected to blatant murder, oppression and exploitation. And that's just the tip of the iceberg ...
This review updates information on planning developments affecting new English Opencast sites. In addition, it has information on the sites that would be affected if UK Mine Holdings / UK Coal Operations were, as recent press stories indicate, to go into administration. In addition it has news on the the land slip at Hatfield Colliery, latest developments over the Helsley Wood Tip and opencast mining on the Canobie Coalfield.
Last episode we reflected on whether people's penchant for doomsday predictions and tales of the living dead was connected to their common experience of life under capitalism. This time, given the absence of an apocalyptic Mayan doomsday event, we ask whether a conscious effort to reject such catastrophism is in order, and what a progressive future might look like.
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Tower Hamlets Council's transfer of Council housing stock was done under dubious
promises. One promise Tower Hamlets Council made was that tenants, residents would enjoy the same rights when their homes were taken over by the "social landlords" as they had enjoyed under Council control.
This evening, Tuesday 07 May 2013, residents at the Trahorn Close, near Vallance Road, are rallying to question Tower Hamlets Council's pledge.
They have already petitioned the Borough’s “executive Mayor” Lutfur Rahman demanding action over the “social landlord” outfit’s behaviour.
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On our last show before December 21st, 2012, we examine the spectre of 'catastrophe'. Does the popularity of undead imagery reveal anything about modern society? We begin by revisiting David Graeber's insights on Tiv mythology at the time of the African slave trade, then examine the underpinning of the modern university and schooling systems as a way to decode the barrage of modern day warnings of the 'Fiscal Cliff'.
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Cross Posted from Eco-Action.org
An article from Do or Die Issue 9. In the paper edition, this article appears on page(s) 160-166.
Is planet earth facing a food crisis? Are there too many people here? Can humanity afford to tackle desertification in the Sahel? Filmmaker Mike Freedman, food activist Tristram Stuart, author Ronald Wright and finally permaculturist and aid worker Tony Rinaudo all contribute their voices to this week's challenge to simplistic and reductionist thinking on such matters.
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Just as we are seeing climate chaos change to climate catastrophe, we may also see job chaos change to job catastrophe. We are entering an era of technological change which has the potential to create havoc in an already seriously undermined world of employment. It has become a well-worn cliché to declare that the robots are coming but it is necessary to consider seriously how the creeping technologisation of production and services is going to affect many areas of employment considered today to be relatively safe from the machines.
There are now 30 billion barrels of oil, estimated at brutal 6 trillion R$ (three trillion US$), the equivalent to 3 or 4 Brazilian Union budgets that are under the risk of being delivered by derisory percentage of this amount, following the infamous "tradition" of the NPA.
A upcoming animation film is nearly complete and is titled 'No Pasaran'. It's a film about the rise of modern fascism in Magdeburg, Germany.
A touching tribute to the late prime minister has been unveiled in Birmingham to coincide with International Workers Day. It can be found on Lombard Street, Digbeth, Bimingham.