Friday, 29 August 2014
' The man who is a pessimist before 48 knows too much : if he is an optimist after it, he knows too little.
Good breeding consists in concealing how much we think of ourselves and how little we think of ourselves and how little.
Good breeding consists in concealing how much we think of ourselves and how little we think of the other person.
There are several good protections against temptations, but the surest is cowardice.
Of all God's creatures, there is only one that cannot be made the slave of the lash. That one is the cat. If man could be crossed with the cat, it would improve man, but it would deteriorate the cat.
(um I've been cat sitting in Wood Green in North London.)
Posted by teifidancer at 18:24
Next week, heads of governments from more than than 60 countries will descend on Newports Celtic Manor Park for NATO's latest gathering.
I will be heading down too, on Saturday to join a week long peace camp protesting against its plans. At the moment the two cities of Cardiff and Newport are in lock down to try to prevent people opposing NATO's presence and dubious agenda, at a cost of millions in this age of austerity.
A national demonstration will be held tomorrow Saturday 30th August http://bit.ly/1qhhA07
It is hoped that thousands of people from Wales and across the country will embark on a series of protests across the two cities, and attend an alternative counter summit that will be taking place. I have packed my tent to join others at this Peace Camp http://bit.ly/1libFb4
Hopefully NATO will receive a clear message of defiance to their plans, saying no to a summit that takes place only weeks after the centenary of World War 1, which forever serves as a reminder of the bloodshed and horror that empire,militarism, nationalism, and yes organisations like NATO help to perpetuate.
It is heartwarming to learn that a non religious/non partisan vigil for peace in support of the opposition to the NATO summit, will be taking place in my hometown of Aberteifi/Cardigan, West Wales from 11 a.m to 1.pm on the Guildhall steps.
An alternative message of peace must be delivered.
Posted by teifidancer at 08:14
Wednesday, 27 August 2014
We can cite the tens of thousands of working families relying on foodbanks, the sick and disabled people commiting suicide because of benefit cuts, the rising numbers of children in poverty.
Britain on its way to being the most unequal country in the world according to Oxfam, pensioners being payed the lowest pensions in Europe while the income gap rockets between working people and a super wealthy elite, who use their power and influence to maintain the status quo.
Alex Salmond smashed you to bits the other night, seeing you as an opponent who sides with the tories, that would push us all further into poverty.
Your message appalling for someone who is supposed to be in opposition to the Conservatives and their cronies. Darling, your message simply appalling. xx
Posted by teifidancer at 10:53
Tuesday, 26 August 2014
For over 400 years more than 15 million, men, women and children were the victims of the tragic transatlantic slave trade, one of the deadliest chapters in human history.It is a sad fact that there are more people in slavery today than during the entire period of the International Slave Trade.
The United Nations defines slavery as " when someone is coerced against their will into making money for someone else.
According to the International Labour Organisation, almost 21 million people are enslaved into forced labour worldwide generating an estimated $150 billion in illegal profits each day, forced into labour in the global economy.
They are exploited by private individuals or enterprises,with economic self interest and moral convictions cast aside, many of todays' capitalist corporations, still turn a blind eye, still profiting from peoples misery and exploitation. Sadly too 4.5 million are victims of forced sexual exploitation.It is such an unfortunate fact that modern day slavery helps too, to fuel corruption and organised crime. Over 130 goods from more than 70 countries are still produced by forced labour.
Despite being remembered on the International Day for the Rememberance of the Slave Trade on August 23 every year, when on this day in 1791 the slaves of Saint Dominique (now known as Haiti) began an uprising. though courageous, it did not bring down the slave trade, .
We must today provide safe harbours, make sure that victims forced into illegal activities are not prosecuted
and that that are provided with shelter,treated with respect and dignity and the means to escape their oppression, and given the means and assistance available to try and help them rebuild their lives.
We should continue to be asking large companies to take action to ensure that as consumers we are contributing to the end of modern day slavery instead of propping it up.
Let us remember too as NATO meets next week in Newport, South Wales, UK, that its core member states play central roles, and are complicit in many of the causes of conflict that lead to slavery and trafficking.We should not forget that NATO is nothing more than a war machine, whose entire raison d'etre, is to start wars ,and fuel the voracious appetite of the arms industry, acting belligerently like modern day slave masters, who only show contempt for their slaves.
It is time this distortion is stopped now. End the suffering and exploitation of people across the globe.
A couple of useful links:-
Posted by teifidancer at 10:02
Sunday, 24 August 2014
Image of Notting Hill Carnival.
( Where I returned from earlier)
Sometimes the weight of the world
feels like an inflatable balloon, filled,
leaving a permanent scar,
like a tatooists signature.
But cordial jet streams, pass upstream too
heaving with notations, admission price zero,
turning down streets, flowing with rum
the afternoon thunders along, with the pulse
We join a carnival, follow sweet, perfumed air
a procession of celebration, high on hope,
dancing to the throb of bass and drum
voices laugh and sing, together we dance
as strong community spirit, is shared.
We drift, deeper and deeper
get lost in mists of perambulation,
to find the source within to rekindle
to store in our hearts, waves of spirit
that we hope, may never be erased,
from the rivers to the sea
in synchronisation we are free.
Posted by teifidancer at 22:21
Saturday, 23 August 2014
Vanzetti on left, Sacco on right
On May 5, 1920, Italian immigrants and anarchists Nicola Sacco (22/4/1891 -23/8/1927) and Bartolomeo Vanzetti 11/6/1888 - 23/8/27) were picked up, arrested and charged with the murder of two men during a robbery in South Braintree, MA, USA.
Today their trial and conviction is widely regarded as one of the greatest miscarriages of justice in American history.In spite of conflicting ballistic evidence and despite the testimonies of numerous eyewitnesses,as many as 180, that they were elsewhere at the time of the alleged crime, they were convicted of first degree murder the following year. The socialist and labor movement did not forget them, recognising them as one of their own, and proceeded to rally on their side, many being convinced of their innocence, seeing them as scapegoats, singled out, because of anti-italian feeling and prejudice that was currently doing the rounds, and chiefly were being persecuted for their passionate personal beliefs in anarchism.Incidentally both men had no criminal record prior to this incident.
Protests were carried out in every major city in the US and across Europe on their behalf, and even in places as faraway as Tokyo, and Rio de Janeiro and Johannesburg, such was the strength of feeling that Saccco and Vanzetti garnered,sparking international outrage and raising questions that are still timely. Many writers, artists, academics, people from all walks of life pleaded for
their pardon or at least for a new trial.
Sadly after years of appeals, the two were executed on August 23, 1923, just over hundred days today. Shortly before he was executed Vanzetti said "If it had not been for this thing, I might have ived out my life talking at street corners to scorning men. I might have died unmarked, unknown, a failure. Now we are not a failure. This is our careers and our triumph. Never in our full life can we hope to do so such work for tolerance, justice, for mans understanding of man, as now we do by accident. Our words - our lives -our pains -nothing! The taking of our lives lifes of a good shoemaker and a poor fish peddlar.The last moment belongs to us - that agony is triumph!".He also expressed his own personal belief in peaceful struggle and continued to plea his innocence.
International outrage led to riots in Paris and London,such was the sense of outrage that their cause inflamed at the time.
Their names still resonate with controversy but In 1977, Massachussets Governor Michael Dukakis issued a proclamation declaring that Sacco and Vanzetti had been unfairly tried and convicted and that 'any disgrace should be forever removed from their names.'
We will continue to remember Sacco and Vancetti and all other victims of miscarriages of justice.Their story timeless, as is the struggle for human rights, and is still relevant as todays headlines , we remember too across many lands, those that are still persecuted, because of their beliefs..
The struggle continues.
Christy Moore - Sacco and Vancetti (W.Guthrie)
Posted by teifidancer at 08:54
Thursday, 21 August 2014
As news reaches us that the ceasefire has been broken again it is vital that we keep on the pressure of Companies that invest in Killing Palestinians.
Sadly at least 2,0016 Palestinians including 541 children, 250 women and 95 elderly men, have now lost their lives so far, and as many as 10,196 others have suffered injuries in Israels onslaught.
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Please keep up the Pressure
Posted by teifidancer at 08:51
Tuesday, 19 August 2014
Song by David Roviks
R.I.P Michael Brown, unarmed African American teenager executed in broad daylight by racist cops on his way to visit his grandmother in Ferguson, Missouri..For more than a week now, we have witnessed the rage on the streets of America, days of unrest as we see angry confrontations between protestors and police, nighttime clouded in tear gas and anger.
Sad as all this is, the cops are now trying to lay the blame on the victim, spreading a dubious story that the young man, had supposedly shoplifted a cigar from a convenience store. Well the cop that killed him .knew nothing of this allegation, which as it turns out, happens to be completely false. The search for justice seems to be lost, with the Ferguson Police Chief,Tom Jackson and his police department leaving the impression that they really don't give a damn.
I fear the rage will continue and many more flashpoints will occur, it has exposed the ugly underbelly and racism that still exists in American society, Ferguson just the latest in a long list of African Americans, being treated with suspicion, recklessly, unlawfully killed by the police.
If the end results, mean that the actions of the police on the streets are now being called into question, then that is good.
But before Obama jets over to us, to meet other World leaders, at the NATO gathering in Newport South Wales to apparently try and build some stability in this unpredictable world( but in many peoples eyes, a gathering of leaders, that are seen as solely responsible for the chaos of our times), perhaps it is time for Obama to look for a change in his own backyard, and start addressing the root problems that still sees his one nation divided. Until he tackles his hometurf, the backlash of a communities anger will continue to rise.He has to try and overcome the appalling record of injustice that still exists in today's America.
Until then voices of condolences are just empty gestures, and justice is far from being served.
Posted by teifidancer at 15:30
Thursday, 14 August 2014
Never give up. They were born to make life, and they are. Palestinian children from Gaza, smiling in despite of the destruction all around them (13/9/14). In sad and desperate times, these children still cling on to hope. Despite experiencing excruciating, times of misfortune, they keep on smiling.
It takes great courage to stay delicate in a world this cruel.
They stay human, but lets not forget our silence allows us to consent to their dreams being torn apart.
Posted by teifidancer at 11:21
Wednesday, 13 August 2014
Peter Weir Dead Poets Society 1989
Sad to hear of the passing of the comic Robin Williams,a sad loss indeed. My heart though goes to the many who have been effected by this story. The millions of individuals whose stories and voices are never heard. We can never really know or understand the suffering of others. But the reality is that daily people suffer, many in silence, with no support. We must keep working on our self-awareness, drop the shame and the guilt. I am sorry to have to say this, but there is no easy way of coping daily with an illness that causes exhaustion, physically and mentally. Many people still live with undiagnosed or untreated depression, often masked by self-medication of alcohol or drugs. There are no magic formulas, but I guess the strength of others can help, and it is always good to swim along waves of pride, love and hope.
Often when we are alone and in despair it is easy to get lost, find ourselves in rooms that offer no means of escape, so I can understand why some people choose to let go. But I remember too, that some of us find ways to cope, paths of living and endurity, and survival, but even then we are left to our own devices, have to do it all on our own.
I remember today all the victims, that this government of ours has caused with blood on its hands, stopping essential services to those that really need it, the cutting off of benefits to the marginalised and the walking wounded. I remember the outsiders, the stigmatised, the branded, the unloved, the unwanted. The devastation daily caused to lives already finding it difficult to cope, their lives a daily battle, a continuing battle of the wits. We need to find ways to be there for them, if they talk, then we must listen, don't judge, give them your opinions. A hug perhaps, maybe some reassurance, but remember you are never in their shoes. But we should not give up on them, allow them to breathe in a little hope. Personally the black dog still comes a barking, I can never know when it will appear, in the meantime I try to engage with time, patience and kindness, find ways to express some of my inner angst, and at the end the day, I tend to think,that what the world really needs is a restart, some much needed compassion and peace.
Posted by teifidancer at 16:16
Tuesday, 12 August 2014
I am very honoured and privileged to be included in this new book published by Onslaught Press, http://onslaughtpress.tumblr.com/trade for the children of Gaza, with a poem published under my actual name in an anthology of poems and art work. Great to be part of a project that has been released so quickly, with some well chosen poems, all powerful and moving stirring in their own way. You can contribute yourself by buying a copy here.http://onslaughtpress.tumblr.com/trade
Below is the preface written by the editors, Mathew Staunton and Rethabile Masilo.
Operation Protective Edge, described by US Secretary of State John Kerry as "Israel's appropriate and legitimate effort to defend itself" from Hamas rocketeers and tunnel builders, is now in its fourth week. Unfortunately for the civilian population of Gaza, however, there is little in this operation that could reasonably be considered defensive. The destruction of Gaza's civilian infrastructure and its only power station, the targeting of schools, hospitals, mosques, fishing boats, orchards, and the beach is more about making life intolerable for Gazans than it is about ending rocket attacks.
The civilian death toll, and the number of child casualties in particular, make it difficult to see this as anything other than collective punishment. And yet we are asked everyday to believe that these casualties are ' legitimate, 'unavoidable', appropriate', 'justified', 'necessary', and 'reasonable' and that children are dying because they are being used as 'human shields'.
Suffering is increasingly mediated by diplomats, official spokespeople, broadcasters, news corporations, community leaders, spin doctors, and legal tams, but usually with no more than a passing commentary. We see more and more pictures of dead children on our screens and in our newspapers but the texts and speeches that accompany them are full of ambigious and misleading words, or words with no meaning at all. Sometimes there are so many dead children that it is more expedient to forget about words alltogether and simply use numbers.
The contributors to this book are telling the story of our anger and disgust and horror. You will not be surprised to discover that there is darkness in many of the texts that follow. But there is also joy and beauty. Its aim is much less to accuse than to paint a correct picture of what most of the world seemingly does not see, or chooses not to see, and we think that a right recognition of the reality of Gaza today needs to be accompanied by the right remedial action. Such action is in the hands of all of us, even if the leaders of the world, who are indeed in the best position to act, do not.
What is at stake in Gaza goes well beyond the politics of sides and enters the consideration of crime and of killing. There are many accomplices on both sides and as in any crime, they, too must be held accountable. Bishop Tutu has said that "if you are neutral in situations of injustice you have chosen the side of the oppressor. If an elephant has its foot on the tail of a mouse and you say that you are neutral, the mouse will not appreciate your neutrality." The work presented here by many artists and writers from all corners of the world attempts, unlike the non-actions of those who actually have political clout and power, to choose the side of the oppressed.
Suddenly in the face of these killing, it does not matter that tunnels have been dug, or that rockets are being launched at Israeli cities. Even if you are right; what suddenly matters is choosing to kill your opponent, who is weaker.
Mathew D. Staunton & Rethabile Masilo
You can see much more on their facebook page
I can send a PDF too anyone interested.
Link to poem of mine included, originally posted here on this blog:-
The Night is Long Faced
Posted by teifidancer at 09:00
Sunday, 10 August 2014
I do like the smell of the earth
that casts thoughts free from shadows curse,
certainty released from beneath a shifting sky
pouring protection, down with summer rain,
to moisturise and nourish, beyond whitewashed walls.
There is evidence of magic, I see it as it covers life,
with all of its sweet juices, richness sinking, deep beneath roots
from the clouds inspiration is sown,released on parched soils,
watering the garden with an active force called love.
In fading twilights and dirty old towns
this rich taste of tomorrow,
sprinkling lands with roses
unappeasable flavours of reason,
fragments of truth to share
that never kills passion.
Posted by teifidancer at 16:37
Saturday, 9 August 2014
Solidarity with all those marching for Gaza and Palestine today.
Silence is complicity. The chance to be a force for good in the world is there for the taking. I hope more join Ken Loach and others willing to speak their minds - movement and momentum is everything.
Posted by teifidancer at 11:15
Friday, 8 August 2014
We have a long proud tradition of standing up for peace, against injustice, this is what I hope the walkers will bring to mind. Ordinary people reflecting a different view, another path. Against militarism and institutions that perpetuate violence on a global scale. As heads of governments from 60 countries head to Newport, at Celtic Manor Resort I sincerely hope that the people of Wales, are joined in solidarity from people from all walks of life who want to see an end to aggression perpetuated by alliances forged with imperialistic agendas, that seem to serve only their own self interests, profiteers of war and poverty, with the added obscene costs of this summit in these austere times, a clear message of defiance and resistance must be delivered. To demand a world without bosses or bombs.
Marchers plan to start from the Eisteddfod in Llanelli today to arrive in Newport on August 29 ,the day before a planned demonstration in the city, I hope to make the journey at some later stage too.
More Details here:-
Posted by teifidancer at 12:25
Wednesday, 6 August 2014
The BBC has said that this was just a misunderstanding but the choir disagrees, and the choir is taking it further. All they were doing is wearing badges as a gesture of support and solidarity.http://www.golwg360.com/newyddion/Cymru/158944-bbc-yn-rhwystro-perfformwyr-rhag-dangos-bathodyn-palestina
I'm not sure if I can trust the Beeb at moment, because this is the same BBC where Lyse Doucet said that the ceasefire in Gaza means that the Arab fishermen can go back fishing on the sea normally again. What she or the BBC do not say is that the Palestinians are not allowed to go out beyond 250 metres off the beaches, and have not been allowed to do this since 2007, because of the illegal blockade thrust upon them. Its all reported as if nothing was wrong in Gaza prior to 4 weeks ago, and the same BBC that uses its news services to spread its messages of jingoism in support of things that only readers of the Daily Mail would want to hear about.
Posted by teifidancer at 16:52
Tuesday, 5 August 2014
Sunday, 3 August 2014
Contribution to letter to Unknown Soldier Project
We build anniversaries, to remember horror,
as genocide still brings its daily misery,
we should never forget, anybody's senseless slaughter,
all those tragically killed in patriotic disguise.
The innocent victims, the fallen, the walking wounded,
all those that do not return home, those that mourn,
the many voices, silenced and stilled,
their names and stories forever touch and live.
We remember as long as dead names are coughed out,
as time moves on, locomotive tracks of destruction still created,
as days stretch, we do not follow complicity with silence,
remind ourselves of senses of humanity, left scattered and slain.
We remember too, all those who refuse to fight,
branded cowards, treated like an enemy,
as they battle for a world of peace,
against brutal threads that leave us numb.
With these memories, we continue to share,
spreading the fever of anger, across many lands,
all loss is like a ruined tunnel of light,
a centenary later, we again chant words of peace,
swimming together, desperately under dangerous sky.
Posted by teifidancer at 16:11