Sep 20 2020

HUNGER STRIKES IN SUPPORT OF DR. ISSAM HIJAWI

This appeal for solidarity was first posted by Working Class Club on Facebook.

 

HUNGER STRIKES IN SUPPORT OF DR. ISSAM HIJAWI

 

 

Dr. Issam Hijawi is Palestinian and has lived in Scotland for over ten years where he works as a doctor and is active in highlighting the cause of the Palestinian people.. He was detained at Heathrow Airport on 22nd of August following an MI5 spycop/supergrass operation similar to those used against political activists campaigning on everything from the environment to human rights in the past. He was taken to Belfast where he was held in a police station for questioning for 5 days.

After being denied bail on August 27th he was transferred to the isolation unit in Maghaberry jail. He immediately informed prison staff of his existing health conditions, medication required and concerns that he requires an MRI scan to diagnose a developing condition. He was refused medication and not taken for the MRI, which it was agreed he required, until Monday 14th September.

Upon returning from hospital he was told that he would be returned to the dilapidated isolation wing of the prison for a further two weeks, despite there being plenty of space to isolate in the main prison. Given the uninhabitable state of the isolation wing, his medical conditions, and his previous treatment, he advised staff that if he was returned here then he would immediately embark on a hunger strike. Staff refused to listen and Issam began a hunger strike on Wednesday evening.

On hearing of this, republican prisoners in Maghaberry immediately joined him in solidarity, with those in Portlaoise joining the following morning as news reached them. A press release was sent to every media source across the islands and was ignored by all.

Let us be clear, this is not a matter of your views on a united Ireland, or on Palestine. This is a question of basic human rights. It is a matter of state infiltration, entrapment, imprisonment and persecution of political activists. It highlights how the entire media will close ranks to protect the state when told to. This is the control the ruling class have and we must stand together against it at every opportunity.

 

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Sep 15 2020

FROM BLAIRGOWRIE TO THE BLACK SEA – STRAWBERRIES AND NUTELLA

We are posting this article by Sarah Glynn from bella caledonia highlighting the plight of Kurdish migrant workers  in Turkey and East European migrant workers in Scotland

FROM BLAIRGOWRIE TO THE BLACK SEA – STRAWBERRIES AND NUTELLA

and the capitalist node of production

 

 

Last week, a brief news story told of a violent racist attack on a family of hazelnut pickers in north west Turkey. 70% of the world’s hazelnuts are grown in the hills near Turkey’s Black Sea coast, and Turkey’s hazelnut production is estimated to employ some four million people. Picking the nuts is hard work and poorly paid. Like most of the pickers, this family was Kurdish, and had travelled hundreds of miles from the other end of the country for the harvest. The hazelnut trees grow on steep slopes, making the work dangerous and uncomfortable. For a month, pickers work up to eleven hours a day, every day of the week, for subsistence wages. The middlemen who recruit the labour take a cut of the money, which is generally not paid out until the end of the season. The meagre wages mean that all members of the family must work, and, regardless of the law, children are not exempt from the long hours or from carrying heavy loads. Only people who had no other choice would take this work – such as the Kurds, and also some Syrian refugees. Continue reading “FROM BLAIRGOWRIE TO THE BLACK SEA – STRAWBERRIES AND NUTELLA”

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Sep 15 2020

THE ZIONIST ATTEMPTS TO CLOSE DOWN DEBATE ON ZIONISM LIES IN RUINS

 

 

We are posting  this article by Tony Greestein following the Labour Representation Committee’s AGM, in which John McDonnell took part, breaking the Board of Deputies  ‘banned list’,  borrowed from Apartheid South Africa,

 

THE ZIONIST ATTEMPTS TO CLOSE DOWN DEBATE ON ZIONISM LIES IN RUINS AFTER LABOUR REPRESENTATION COMMITTEE AGM

 

 

At last Saturday’s Labour Representative Committee AGM McDonnell and Laura Pidcock decided to take a day trip to the Left.

Gone was the McDonnell who wanted war criminal Alistair Campbell reinstated in the Labour Party and who said that Starmer’s COVID strategy was 100% correct. Now he talked of Solidarity and even the Grunwick Strike (past battles always make social democrats more at ease than current ones)! Continue reading “THE ZIONIST ATTEMPTS TO CLOSE DOWN DEBATE ON ZIONISM LIES IN RUINS”

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Sep 09 2020

TRIBECA BELFAST

A story of corporate corruption and seizure of land and property could be told of virtually every city in the UK. The following article from Socialist Democracy (Ireland) shows are this process takes place under the auspices of the bisectarian Belfast City Council. 

 

TRIBECA BELFAST

Brits Out!  – Unless they’re London developers and absentee landlords, in which case Brits very much in.

On Wednesday September 2nd, Belfast City Council’s Planning Committee passed a proposal for a new ‘Tribeca’ development – the largest property development in Britain and Ireland. The proposal was supported by the Democratic Unionist Party, the tag-along Progressive Unionist Party and Sinn Fein, despite a long history of public objection. All the other parties voted against. It will involve the demolition of much of Belfast’s Cathedral Quarter and the loss of public space, including Writers’ Square – the site of most local trade union rallies. Continue reading “TRIBECA BELFAST”

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Sep 09 2020

JAMIE DRISCOLL ON THE THREATENED CRIMINALISATION OF EXTINCTION REBELLION

It’s not often that we would post a piece by a Labour mayor, bu Jamie Driscoll, Labour’s North of the Tyne mayor, made this very good response  to Boris Johnson’s and Priti Patel’s threat to criminalise Extinction Rebellion.

 

 

JAMIE DRISCOLL ON THE THREATENED CRIMINALISATION OF EXTINCTION REBELLION

Jamie Driscoll, Mayor North of Tyne

 

“Extinction Rebellion could be treated as an organised crime group as part of a major crackdown on its activities that may also include new protections for MPs, judges and the press, The Telegraph can disclose.”

Boris Johnson and Priti Patel are calling for Extinction Rebellion to be classified as “serious organised crime”. Some Tories are demanding they be classed as a terrorist organisation.. Continue reading “JAMIE DRISCOLL ON THE THREATENED CRIMINALISATION OF EXTINCTION REBELLION”

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Sep 09 2020

EU RECOVERY PLAN – PULLING TOGETHER OR FALLING APART?

Category: How they are organised,The EURCN @ 2:24 pm

We are posting this article from Socialist Democracy (Ireland) about the EU response to Covid-19 and its possible longer term effects.

 

EU RECOVERY PLAN – PULLING TOGETHER OR FALLING APART?

 

 

After four days of negotiations at the recent EU Summit (18-21 July) officials and government leaders came to an agreement on a recovery plan for a European economy badly impacted by the coronavirus pandemic. News of the agreement was greeted with a mixture relief and bombast. A sample of this was the declaration by European Council President Charles Michel that: “We did it! Europe is strong. Europe is united!”. Continue reading “EU RECOVERY PLAN – PULLING TOGETHER OR FALLING APART?”

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Sep 06 2020

REINSTATE RICHIE VENTON

 

REINSTATE RICHIE VENTON

 

This is a campaign page set up by workers furious at the victimisation and sacking of the elected USDAW shop steward and convener in IKEA Glasgow, RICHIE VENTON, and IKEA’s attacks on workers’ rights and conditions, including removal of wages from workers off sick with COVID-19.. Continue reading “REINSTATE RICHIE VENTON”

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Sep 06 2020

EXTINCTION REBELLION BLOCKADES MURDOCH PRESS

We are posting this news item from Extinction Rebellion, following their blockade of Murdoch Press printers in Broxbourne, Liverpool and Glasgow.

EXTINCTION REBELLION BLOCKADES MURDOCH PRESS

 

Dear rebels,

Welcome to our Rebel Daily #4 – some of the only news available today!

A team of over 100 rebels blockaded newspaper printers overnight, successfully preventing The Sun, Daily Telegraph, Daily Mail and Times from reaching newsstands all over the country. In one of our most coordinated and disruptive actions to date, rebels simultaneously took sites in Broxbourne, Liverpool and Glasgow with fantastically effective roadblock structures.. Continue reading “EXTINCTION REBELLION BLOCKADES MURDOCH PRESS”

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Sep 06 2020

CULTURAL APPROPRIATION – A REACTIONARY DEBATE

E&L has appreciated the significance of cultural arena in the struggle for self-determination. We are posting this article by Gearoid O’Loingsidh which addresses the issue of cultural appropriation.

CULTURAL APPROPRIATION – A REACTIONARY DEBATE

 

 

In the world of identity politics and the myriad expressions of it, one topic pops its head up on a fairly regular basis, that of Cultural Appropriation. There is not one definition of it, but it basically goes that people from one particular culture use artefacts, expressions, musical forms, clothing and other things from a culture other than their own, generally to make money, but not always. Sometimes the mere use is enough to provoke the ire of identitarians and the liberal hangers on. Though it is an accusation generally levelled at white people, as Rihanna and Beyoncé found to their cost, anyone can be accused of it. The debate around Cultural Appropriation makes a number of assumptions and ignores the glaring elephant in the room. The first assumption is that culture is static and “belongs” to a particular group. It also makes assumptions about who that group is. Continue reading “CULTURAL APPROPRIATION – A REACTIONARY DEBATE”

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Sep 03 2020

LABOUR’S HISTORIC DEFEAT IN SCOTLAND

We are posting this article by Steve Freeman first posted on the Republican Socialist Alliance outlining, mainly for the benefit of republican socialists in England, the Scottish dimension of ‘Labour’s historic defeat’.

 

LABOUR’S HISTORIC DEFEAT IN SCOTLAND

 

Stunned?
Resting?
Pining for the ‘Spirit of 45’?

You may remember the famous Monty Python sketch about a parrot returned by a dissatisfied customer, John Cleese, to the pet-shop run by Michael Palin. As Cleese enters the shop, Palin says, “We are closing for lunch”. Cleese says “Never mind that, my lad, I wish to complain about this parrot what I purchased not half an hour ago from this very boutique.” Palin replies “oh yes, the, ur, the Norwegian Blue. What, uh, what is wrong with it”. “I tell you what’s wrong with it, my lad,” says Cleese, “E’s dead, that’s what is wrong with it”.“No, no e’s uh…. he’s resting” claims Palin. Continue reading “LABOUR’S HISTORIC DEFEAT IN SCOTLAND”

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