Archive for May, 2007
Some of you, especially if from Bradford, may have seen stickers on lamp-posts talking about British Oppression, an organisation set up to oppose anti-Islamic governmental policy. (You may also have seen the word “cancelled” written on the ones in the Morley Street area of Bradford, which is a lie). Anyhow, my good friend Jonny has kindly done some research and is proposing something interesting on his blog. I like to recommend people go read his post on the matter now.
I was reading a story a couple of days ago about a man who has left various Islamist groups and subsequently written a book about his experiences and what he sees as the state of play between the government and these groups. Sadly, I feel a sense that his noble aims of exposing those who would seek to impose a violent and deadly Islamist State on Britain are being caught up in the state/media project of Islamophobia. (more…)
The BBC was at a tech fair in London this week, and reported on several company’s prototypes for systems which allow RFID tags to be tracked using WIFI. This scares me immensely. Even worse, of the suggested uses for this technology, campuses and schools are high on the agenda. (more…)
Read this story, about South African public sector workers protesting over the lack of substantial pay rise, and was interested by comment concerning the ANC party which represented Black South Africans through the last of the apartheid era, and were subsequently elected by about 85% to run the country.
On behalf of the largest Union representing the strikers, Cosatu, spokesman Patrick Craven said “The [ruling party] ANC seems to have lost touch with the people they represented through the anti-apartheid years,” he told the BBC. “Lots of well qualified people like teachers and nurses are leaving the country, yet the government still refuses to improve their pay and conditions.”
Thought it might be amusing, having done a blog post on petitions, to look at some of the rejected petitions on the governments website, to see how many of them I’d like to sign. The following may be vaguely offensive, somewhat amusing or a complete let down, but lets see where this gets us shall we? (more…)
Well, they happen from time to time. They’re the ones where you hear both really amazing and really crap news in the same day. The crap news is that London Critical Mass have been told to supply a route 7 days in advance or have one imposed/everyone arrested. The great news is that an old friend and Peace MA student, Toby Olditch, has been cleared of criminal damage against a B-52. Justice is a very fickle friend. (more…)
See also Monday Action.
Turns out that Soul Action, the bit of Soul Survivor which promotes Social Justice, is telling everyone to go sign a petition somewhere. Though mostly they’re recommending people should sign fairly popular petitions, like Stop Climate Chaos and Stop the Traffik, there are plenty out there which are a bit more outspoken and blunt.
Petitions themselves are quite interesting as tactics go: they’re the kind of default, least difficult method of proving support for something, yet they can have quite an effect, and can be quite an important part of a bigger campaign. While they shouldn’t be the last thing we do, they’re often a good pick for the first. So I’m being lazy this week and telling people to go sign a petition as well. You might like to look at The Petition Site and 10 Downing Street for more possibilities. And add comments on petitions you like and dislike and so forth below…
The Chinese are managing some wonderful double-speak I think. They’re claiming that attempts to create a boycott of the 2008 games, on the basis of Chinese arms sales to Sudan, will politicise the games. Sudan has just been accused by the UN of killing over 100 Dafur refugees, while China continues to buy oil from the regime. The fact is, these games are already the most political since 1936 and the whole Olympic project has long been a political one anyway. (more…)