Many Jewish families take their children to Israel to strengthen their children’s Jewish identities. I, as a Jewish mother, instead took my children to Palestine. Rather than touring the modern Isr…
The USA has engaged in occupation, war, ,genocide, regime change and globalisation since its independence. It has always tried to blame others, but the blame Russia hysteria, is a reflection of its arrogant selfish nature. Boycott all USA products where you can.
I’m really struggling with this whole “blame Russia” hysteria. I’m troubled by DT winning the election and it seems like a cosmic joke. I’m horrified by the people appointed to be in charge of departments that are supposedly for the common good, when they have all built their careers on enriching private individuals at the cost of social good. Secretary of education that sells private education. Secretary of state that runs the world’s largest oil company. Not that any of it is surprising. If you have been paying any attention behind the the scenes for even just a few years you know that the USA has been functioning as a private enterprise for the very rich for the past 30 years. Private prisons. Private healthcare. Private schools. Private mercenary squads in faraway deserts and during peaceful protests at home. Oil lobbyists setting the foreign agenda. The media faithfully reporting on…
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Israel and its allies doing their best, to silence the truth!
An inter-ministerial team was recently established by Israel’s Government to formulate a program to deport activists. The growing international solidarity with Palestinians is framed as a risk to Israel’s national security. Here’s my own experience and a glimpse of what we are facing.
By Moara Crivelente
Cases of deportation and bans are mounting and a campaign starts to develop against what is a repressive policy. Like mine – I was interrogated, detained, deported and banned from returning for 10 years – numerous other cases reveal an ever more aggressive practice.
Right after arriving at the International Airport Ben Gurion, on July 23rd, I went through what so many have already experienced in Israel’s lack of hospitality with whomever is suspect of having an opinion about the occupation of Palestine. I was repeatedly interrogated for hours and later informed of my deportation and ban…
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Though this paper: BDS A Global Movement for Freedom and Justice, is 6 years old, it is still very pertinent today. Especially as some Countries and Cities are trying to outlaw, something that is totally legitimate and is morally correct.
One of the recommendations of the BDS (Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions) movement, mentioned in this paper;
Applying public pressure to ostracize the Jewish National Fund (JNF) and deny it its current legal status in most western countries as a tax exempt, charitable organization;
Jewish members of the UK’s Green Party‘s on several occasions, tried to put forward a motion to the party’s conference. Calling on the Green Party, to call on the Charity Commission, to withdraw charitable status from the Jewish National Fund. These motion were side-tracked and finally voted down, by a party claiming to stand for ‘equality and fairness’.
Another recommendation, which is extremely pertinent, in today’s environment;
Lobbying local councils and regional governments to strictly apply domestic and international laws which urge them to preclude from public contracts companies that are involved in “grave misconduct,” especially at the human rights level;
Labour controlled Manchester City Council, especially its leader, Richard Leese, have tried to stigmatise the BDS. Trying to equate the BDS movement to anti-Semitism, despite the fact Palestinians are Semites. Judaism is a religion, not a race! And recently we have New York City producing a blacklist, of those they believe are boycotting the State of Israel. Which is of course against the USA Constitution?
At the end of the day, those who are morally right, those who support Palestinians rights, will win in the end.
The Soil Association highlighted the issue of peak phosphorous and its threat to food security in their report: A rock and a hard place, in 2010 (which appears to be no longer available on-line?). And made several recommendations for the UK Government, it would like to implement. In an article I posted in 2013, I highlighted the work Wessex Water was doing to recycle nutrients. Using the waste from their bio-digester plant, which also produces electricity and bio-gas. They also employ chemists to work with their customers, to ensure their land gets the right amount of nutrients.
Unfortunately, the Agra-chemical companies, who produce the fertilisers (mostly from fossil fuels) for industrialised farming industry. Have the money and the lobbying might, to try and prevent, the large scale uptake of organic farming practices. In fact, one of the issues being highlighted at the present time, is the pharmaceutical drug residue, that might be present in the recycled waste? In September 2016, the European Commission’s Science for Environmental Policy, published a news alert. It was titled: Applying sewage sludge to soil may spread antibiotic resistance. It has been widely acknowledge, that their has been an abuse of the use of antibiotics in humans and animals. From which the chemical companies also benefit from, as well as their trade in fertilisers, herbicides, pesticides, fungicides and GMOs (genetically modified organisms).
Back in 2007, Green Alliance examined the challenges and opportunities for the more sustainable use of nutrients, chiefly nitrogen and phosphorus, in the UK. It recommended a suite of policy principles to make a more circular system a reality.
Little has happened since in the UK. But last month I was asked to present Green Alliance’s policy principles to a conference of Nordic countries in Malmo, and to discuss how to take the agenda forward. I discovered that the ideas remain relevant and useful.
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The UK definitely has gone backwards and is now in The Ragged Trousered Philanthropists days. With the Labour Party being no different than the present Conservative Government. Which is what happens in an undemocratic FPTP (First-Past-the Post) electoral system. A two-party state, with the two parties being almost identical! Also, the present situation in the UK, shows that capitalism does not work, wealth does not trickle down. Consumerism, part of the capitalist agenda, also increases inequality and accelerates depletion of finite resources and climate change.
The overall benefit cap level reduces by £115 per week from November and means no job no house. That is not scaremongering or exaggeration it is simple fact. As well as mass eviction of existing t…
The harder the Israelis try to stifle criticism and condemnation of its war crimes. Palestinians and their supporters will not be silenced, by foul lies and accusations thrown at them. The TRUTH is might, not might the truth!
[Prefatory Note: An earlier version of this post was published with the title, “The Palestinian Struggle for Self-Determination: A New Phase?” in Middle East Eye, June 26, 2016. This version stresses the misappropriation of anti-Semitism as a propaganda weapon to smear pro-Palestinian activists, especially those supportive of the BDS Campaign. It also clarifies the issues of representation by explaining the formal differences between the PLO and PA, which do not seem presently consequential in my understanding; I am indebted to Uri Davis for bringing the distinction to my attention although he may not agree with my way of handling it.]
End of the Road?
There are many reasons to consider the Palestinian struggle for self-determination a lost cause. Israel exerts unchallenged paramilitary control over the Palestinian people, a political reality accentuated periodically by brutal attacks on Gaza causing massive civilian casualties and societal dislocation…
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Nakba detailed maps including Refugees statistics. /* Excerpt from a 1997 article putting to rest once and for all the #hasbara MYTH of the Palestinian leaving voluntarily following calls from R…
Whilst our mainstream media continue with the media circus about the USA presidential nominations, the referendum on EU membership and the false allegations of anti-Semitism against those who support the Palestinians rights. Concerns have been raised by landlords, that those on Universal Credit, are in rent arrears? Which will come as no surprise, to any one with any commosense!
We still have a Government still hounding the least able in society. Whilst the rich get away with false expenses applications and avoiding tax. Money is wasted hounding the poorest in society, instead of assisting them and making their lives more worthwhile. A society which sits-by and allows the persecution and ridicule of the poor and meek, is not worthy of calling itself civilised!
Recent experience leads me to ask the question what does is PIP – Personal Independence Payment OR Permanently Irritation Persecution? In February I wrote about how following the DWP rules r…
It started with a conversation on the importance of the environment to the region and in particular, the issues with the exploration for gas and petrol in the Algarve.
This was followed by music, which attracted more members of the public to stop and listen, to what was being said.
There also was a petition circulating against the proposed exploration in the Aljezur, which is to start shortly. Unfortunately, I left to cycle back to Monte Francisco before the finish. But to me, it seemed the audience was growing all the time.