Friday, 21 November 2014
Today, it is 40 years since the Birmingham pub bombings and the wrongful arrest of the Birmingham six.
40 years later Paddy Hill is still seeking justice of the 21 who lost their lives, the 182 injured and the families of all those affected. We remember the death of innocents, but also the death of justice, where people are gaoled, not because they are guilty, but because the police needed a conviction, . Victims left dehumanised, spending their lives, seeking some form of justice.
Posted by teifidancer at 15:19
Thursday, 20 November 2014
Good film from the People's NHS. We must save the NHS from the corporations and the vultures in power . As Private health firms are on course to win more than £9bn of NHS contracts to look after patients as a result of the coalitions ramping up of competition in the health service.Private contractors ares damaging our beloved NHS and simply wasting money, as they cherry pick the most profitable treatments.We urgently need to protect the NHS's services, we must keep faith, in only 3 years the Tory's and their friends have given us cuts, queues and chaos, only ramping up I guess what New Labour began, lest we forget. If it carries down on this road to privatisation, it will cease to exist as we know it.The NHS cannot be sold. It belongs to us all.
We have no time to waste this is an emergency.
Posted by teifidancer at 15:55
Wednesday, 19 November 2014
Today I offer a poem in rememberance of Joe Hill, on the anniversary of the murder by the state of this itinerant worker, labour activist and singer songwriter of the Industrial Workers of the world, who gave rise to the labour motto ' An injury to one is an injury to all.'
Born Joel Haggland in Sweden, he came to the U.S.A on 1902. Active in the Labour movement throughout his live, in January 1914, he was arrested in Salt Lake City and accused of murder. He died proclaiming his innocence. From his conviction to his death he became an icon for workers everywhere, and his subsequent execution sent echoes around the world. For many his spirit and his legacy lives on.
Two earlier posts of mine can be found here :-
Through the dusty ages,
the earth creaks and moans,
dark shadows try to break people bones,
the air still cloudy, thick with mire,
daily each border, delivers human shame,
parasites create walls of oppression,
build bloodstained monuments that try to
but the human spirit, carries taverns of memory,
within us all, harbours rivers of resistance,
standing together we are worth more than
the weight of gold,
in our palms, another world glows,
with unity's strength, we can set people free,
no tyrant can stop us, we serve the weak and
protecting and defending with dignity and defiance,
on November 19th, 1915, Joe Hill was shot down,
yet his enduring dream survives, gives us strength,
shoulder to shoulder, solidarity lives forever,
we remember, an injury to one, is an injury to all.
Posted by teifidancer at 12:00
Monday, 17 November 2014
In a landmark study of the coalition's tax and welfare policies 6 months before a general election, it has been revealed how money has been transferred from the poorest to the better off, apparently refuting the chancellor of exchequer's claims that the country has been 'all in it together.'
According to independent research published today, and seen by the Observer Newspaper George Osborne has been engaged in a significant transfer of income from the least well off half of the population to the more affluent in the past four years. Those with the lowest incomes have been hit hardest.
In an intervention that will come as a major blow to the government's claim to have shared out the burden of austerity equally, the report by economists at the London School of Economics and the institute for Social and Economic Research at the University of Essex, finding that :-
1. Sweeping changes to benefits and income tax have had the effect of switching income from the poorer half of households to most of the richer half, with the poorest 5% in in the country in terms of income loosing nearly 3% of what they would have earned if Britain's tax and welfare system of May 2010 had been retained.
2. With the exception of the top 5% who lost 1% of their potential income. It is the better half of the country that has gained financially from the changes, with an increase of between 1.2% and 2% in their disposable income.
3. The top 1% in terms of income have also been small net gainers from the changes bought in by David Cameron's government since May 2010, which includes a cut in the top rate of income tax.
4. Two-earner households, and those with elderly family members, were the most favourably treated, as a result of direct tax changes and state pensions respectively.
5. Lone-parent families have done worse, losing much more through cuts in benefits and tax credits and higher council tax than they ever gained through higher income tax allowances. Families with children in general. and largefamilies in particular, also did much worse than the average.
6. A quarter of the lowest paid 10% have shouldered a particularly heavy burden, losing more than 5% of what would have been their income without the coalitions's reforms.
For more on this see here:-
and more here
Not that any of the above surprises too much, this is what the tories and their friends do, look after the rich, lie to the people, persecute the sick, diabled and vulnerable. Surely they are not fit to represent the people of this country. It is is time to destroy this nasty coalition.
Posted by teifidancer at 12:20
Sunday, 16 November 2014
An American writer I admire, Henry Miller, is known for breaking existing literary forms, who sought to reestablish the freedom to live without the constraints and restraints of civilization.
His works often reflected hos own personal experiences, measured with a humanism that often shocked and outraged. Writing about all phases of his life, everything that happened to him struck him as being of equal and monumental importance.His total surrender to life without meaning has resonated with me for a while, and despite succumbing to what some people have referred to as 'existential despair' he never completely surrendered reason. He has become one of the worlds forbidden writers, forbidden because he dared to speak from his dark passionate heart, of some place beyond ideology , where the shadows of the soul know no time.The perception of Henry Miller as a writer and literary outlaw remains today.
Th following paragraph was quoted in Normal O. Brown's Life against death and he comments on Millers's text as follows:' Utopian speculations such as these of Henry Miller must come back into fashion. They are a way of affirming faith in the possibility of solving problems that seem at the moment insoluable. Today even the survival of humanity is a utopian hope.'
Here's to Henry Miller spiritual Anarchist.
' The cultural era is past. The new civilization, which my take centuries or a few thousand years to usher in, will not be another civilization - it will be the open stretch of realization which all the past civilizations have pointed to. The city, which was the birth place of civilization, such as we know it to be, will exist no more. There will be nuclei of course, but they will be mobile and fluid. The peoples of the earth will no longer be sent off from one another within states but will flow freely over the surface of the earth and intermingle. There will be no fixed constellations of human aggregates. Governments will give way to management, using the word in a broad sense. The politician will become as superannuated as the dodo bird. The machine will never be dominated, as some imagine; it will be scrapped, eventually, but not before men have understood the nature of the mystery which binds them to their creation. The worship, investigation and subjugation of the machine will give way to the larger one of power - and of possession. Man will be forced to realize that power must be kept open, fluid and free. His aim will be not to possess power but to radiate it.'
Posted by teifidancer at 14:43
Friday, 14 November 2014
There's already a song about Ebola by high profile Francophone West African musicians. Why doesn't Mr Bob Geldof simply promote this song? Or even acknowledge its existence? 'Africa stop Ebola' features a number of international stars :- Tiken Jah Faloky, Amadou and Marian, Salif Keita, Ounu Sangare, Kandina Kora, Mory Kante, Sia Tolno, Barbara Kana and rappers Didire Awadi and Markus and Mokoke, so why another rehash of the grotesque ' Do they know its Christmas'. We should remember that this crisis is part of a long colonial disengagement, Geldof just compliant in glossing neo-liberal policies towards the continent with a humanitarian/ anti poverty sheen of respectivitety, gathering together in my humble opinion a worthless pile of toss, which ignores the richness of Africa's own musical voice that is already out there.
The Ebola crisis is tragic and devastating, a crisis for humanity,the fight against it, is a fight well worth supporting but we should not ignore or erase the efforts of those that come fromAfrica while making it appear that western actions are what saved the poor diseased Africans once again. We should not either forget that the aid industry that has emerged from efforts like Band Aid, have themselves fuelled human rights abuses, and corruption across the African continent and missed the Ebola crisis in its entirety. Ebola is a pestilance but we must carry on treating sufferers and the people from country's effected with dignity and respect.
Please share and support the above project , all profits of which go to Medecins Sans Frontiers/Doctors without borders
Posted by teifidancer at 12:06
Wednesday, 12 November 2014
Torture is an everyday reality in Tibet yet survivor accounts are rare, used by China as a weapon against political dissent, since the Chinese forcefully took over Tibet in 1959.Harsh treatment is common at the prisons where diissidents are held, with prisoners routinely subjected to torture, beatings, and forms of abuse.
Ex-political prisoners are closely monitored by Chinese authorities, their families often under threat if they speak out and escape into exile overseas is increasingly difficult. When Tibetans do share information they are risking everything.
Hear from torture testimonies read by the actors Dominic West, Alan Rickman, Juliet Stevenson and David Threlfall.
As many as 133 Tibetans have also set themselves ablaze in self-immolation protests calling for Tibetan freedom, opposing Beijing's rule and calling for the return of their exiled spiritual leader the Dalai Lama. As others have also resisted their actions represent the wishes and aspirations of countless Tibetans living under repressive Chinese rule.
You can also read about recent incidents and learn how you can join the campaign to stop torture in Tibet.
Please share the testimonies widely, lets show the Chinese that the world is watching, and continue to help global Tibetan groups who campaign to secure the release of courageous individuals who symbolise the enduring resistance of Tibetans inside Tibet.