Borders divide us but frontiers unite

Get over the cheesy voiceover and suppress your cynicism for 3 minutes.

This is what it’s all about. and mashing up protest


Whatever your political perspective, few can dispute that there are interesting happenings on the streets at the moment. Lots are talking about the role that social media (particularly Twitter) is having to play in mobilising people in ways that weren’t possible before.

While I agree with that main argument, I think social media could be going further.
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Chevron gives us the middle finger

Chevron's own projection of possible oil spill in UK watersSource: Greenpeace UK

Last week, hidden under piles of news about wikileaks and student uprisings was a pretty shocking story about Chevron’s oil spill response plan for its drilling in the North Sea. It’s a worrying read, with lots about their repeated computer crashes when trying to model spill scenarios. Perhaps we shouldn’t expect anything else from a company who said that dolphins and wales would likely be unaffected by a spill “given their good swimming abilities, relative intelligence and nomadic behaviour”.

The government doesn’t appear worried though and seems happy to let them continue boring holes in the sea bed. Not reassuring.

Does anyone else think the spill picture looks like they’re giving us the finger?

Have a read of the confidential correspondence between the government and Chevron. Here’s their oil spill response plan.

Green Bob takes a stand for real democracy

Bob Brown - Leader of the Australian Greens

Big respect for Bob Brown – leader of the Australian Green Party – who took a stand for borderless democracy in their senate a couple of weeks ago.

In a senate debate in support of the United Nations Parliamentary Assembly, he said:

“We go to war over supporting democracy in countries elsewhere around the world. The opposition certainly supported the invasion of Iraq on the basis of extending democracy to that country. When it comes to a principle of democracy being given to the near seven billion people on the planet, it seems that there is no willingness to support that ethic of democracy whatever.”

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Panorama – embedded with the IDF…

Tonight was a mega-painful watch. I don’t know why I do it, but sometimes I’m a glutton for getting angry at the telly. I saw a few tweets from maydayblues which went a bit like this: Continue reading ‘Panorama – embedded with the IDF…’

Why is Iran holding Pro-Palestinian activists?

Picture of Shane Bauer and Sarah Shourd
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It is almost a year since Iran detained my friends Shane Bauer and Sarah Shourd (and their friend Josh).

It demonstrates just how empty the Iranian government’s claim to defend Palestinian rights really is.

Shane and Sarah – who were living in Yarmouk, a Palestinian refugee camp at the time – have done more for Palestinians and against the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan that pretty much every Arab and Iranian I know.
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Oil and nationalism

Nationalism and Oil

Take two of the nastiest things around and you’re bound to get grim results. Nationalism and oil make for an unhappy world.
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Give Your Goat Vote!


This blog has been dormant for a while – partly because I’ve been working flat out on Give Your Vote.

A few years back on this blog I floated the idea of Americans ‘giving their votes’ to Iraqis so that they could have a say in the decisions that affect them.
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My friend Osama talks of the Israeli attack on the Gaza aid convoy

Britain’s Radical Moment

atomic bomb explosion

It happened nearly 65 years ago, in November 1945. After the signing of the UN Charter in San Francisco in June and the dropping of the atomic bombs on Japan in August.

Foreign Minister Ernest Bevin, future Prime Minister Anthony Eden and Liberal leader Clement Davies all talk in Parliament about the need to rethink nationalism and introduce a democratic world assembly.

Labour, Conservative and Liberal leaders criticising everything from the UN Security Council veto to “the barriers that divide us”.

This the language of today’s anti-G8 protesters. Whereas 60 years ago it was the voice of our elected politicians.

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