In Manchester we have the council investing in the expansion of Manchester Airport, promising it will bring jobs and improve the local economy. Neither is true, especially when the majority of people who work at the Airport do not come from Manchester. And Airports suck money out of the local economy, with people flying and spending their money abroad. Manchester City Council has made very little progress towards a low carbon future, even though Siemens has it one of it’s Headquarters in Manchester.

Inside track

This post is by Nick Mabey, chief executive and a founder director of E3G. It was first published on Guardian Sustainable Business.

Walking into Westminister tube station, members of parliament currently find themselves surrounded by a phalanx of purple adverts announcing that “The road to economic growth is … a flight path”. This is just the most visible manifestation of a massive business-led campaign arguing the importance of increased airport capacity to the UK economy.

At one level you have to admire the chutzpah of the British Airports Authority (BAA) in making this argument. New airport capacity is irrelevant to UK economic recovery and will not provide a single additional job before the end of the decade. With business passengers making up only 12% of total UK flights it is also clear that absolute capacity constraints are not a material business issue. But at least BAA’s opportunism is understandable…

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Congressman Endorses Apartheid, Ethnic Cleansing for Palestinians – Robert Wright – International – The Atlantic

Most right-thinking people know ethnic cleansing has been carried out in Palestine since 1948.  But for an a US politician to openly admit that it is the  only options they see, as the way forward.  May be the rest of the World will wake up and realise, if the do not take more assertive action action Israel, the Palestine will be wiped of the maps of the world.

Congressman Endorses Apartheid, Ethnic Cleansing for Palestinians – Robert Wright – International – The Atlantic.

ALEC’s Top Five Anti-Environment “Model” Laws

Here is an article posted by Truthout about a lobbyist group funded by Big Energy to water down environmental laws.  Unfortunately, this is happening in the UK with lobbyists funded by Big Energy trying to get the UK Government to water down environmental laws, Health & Safety regulations and reduction in funding to renewables.

ALEC’s Top Five Anti-Environment “Model” Laws.

The Massive Palestinian Hunger Strike: Traveling below the Western Radar

The media do not want to know anything about the plight of the Palestinians, as it would upset their Zionist masters.

Global Justice in the 21st Century


 

            Can anyone doubt that if there were more than 1300 hunger strikers in any country in the world other than Palestine, the media in the West would be obsessed with the story?  It would be featured day after day, and reported on from all angles, including the severe medical risks associated with such a lengthy refusal to take food. At this time two Palestinians who were the first to start this current wave of resistance, Thaer Halaheh and Bilal Diab, entering their 64th day without food, are reported by the prisoner protection association, Addameer, and the NGO, Physician for Human Rights-Israel, to be in critical condition with their lives hanging in the balance.  Despite this dramatic state of affairs there is scant attention in Europe, and literally none in North America. It is the case that prison protests, even large-scale ones such as occurred in…

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Politics and why you should vote Green tomorrow 3rd May.

Whether a Conservative, Liberal or Labour voter, this is what you are voting for:

A little boy goes to his dad and asks, ‘What is Politics?’ Dad says, ‘Well son, let me try to explain it this way:

I am the head of the family, so call me The Prime Minister..
Your mother is the administrator of the money, so we call her the Government
We are here to take care of your needs, so we will call you the People.
The nanny, we will consider her the Working Class.
And your baby brother, we will call him the Future.
Now think about that and see if it makes sense.’

So the little boy goes off to bed thinking about what Dad has said.
Later that night, he hears his baby brother crying, so he gets up to check on him.
He finds that the baby has severely soiled his nappy.
So the little boy goes to his parent’s room and finds his mother asleep.
Not wanting to wake her, he goes to the nanny’s room. Finding the door locked, he peeks in the keyhole and sees his father in bed with the nanny..
He gives up and goes back to bed.
The next morning, the little boy says to his father, ‘Dad, I think I understand the concept of politics now. ‘
The father says, ‘Good, son, tell me in your own words what you think politics is all
about.’
The little boy replies, ‘The Prime Minister is screwing the Working Class while the
Government is sound asleep. The People are being ignored and
the Future is in deep shit.’ 

So vote Green, for a new type of politics.