From daily The Morning Star in Britain:
Fears for victim of torture spark rally
Friday 12th June 2015
They are demanding he be allowed to stay in Britain.
Protest organiser Alistair Tice said: “There was a genocide against Tamils in Sri Lanka in 2009, with 100,000 killed or missing.
“The Foreign Office’s latest report on Sri Lanka found that there were continued allegations of police involvement in torture and custodial deaths, as well as in extrajudicial killings throughout 2014.”
Mr Sivanathan is to report to the Home Office today. The last time he did so, he was detained. The protest is at 1.30pm.
22 year old man detained regardless of UK rules forbidding detention of torture survivors: here.
A GLASGOW student was feared dead yesterday after he disappeared in Pakistan following his deportation by the Home Office: here.
This music video from the USA says about itself:
Richie Havens (January 21, 1941 — April 22, 2013) was an American singer-songwriter guitarist. His music encompassed elements of folk, soul, and rhythm and blues. He is best known for his intense and rhythmic guitar style, soulful covers of pop and folk songs, and his opening performance at the 1969 Woodstock Festival.
There were not only serious problems in Oxford, Mississippi in the USA in the 1960s.
There are some problems in Oxford, Oxfordshire in England today as well.
By Paddy McGuffin in Britain:
Oxford rough sleepers face council fines
Friday 12th June 2015
Activists slam plan to criminalise the homeless
A LOCAL authority is facing pressure to ditch “unlawful” plans which, it is claimed, would effectively criminalise homeless people and buskers.
If given the green light, the orders would ban sleeping in public toilets and “persistent begging” — defined as begging “on more than one occasion.”
The orders would allow council officers to issue on-the-spot penalties of up to £100. If those in breach were unable to pay, they would face prosecution and a fine of £1,000.
But Liberty argues that the proposals would breach the council’s code of conduct for busking and street entertaining in Oxford and its duties under the Equality Act 2010.
The charity accused the council of persisting with the proposals despite its own eight-week public consultation, which found that most people opposed the plans.
Liberty legal officer Rosie Brighouse said: “If somebody is forced to beg or sleep in a public toilet, that’s not antisocial behaviour, it’s poverty.
“Oxford City Council should focus on finding ways to help the most vulnerable people, not slap them with a criminal record and a fine they can’t possibly afford to pay.
“These plans are unlawful and Liberty will try to challenge them if the council does not see sense.”
Homeless charity Centrepoint also condemned the plans, warning that, in seeking to combat antisocial behaviour, the council would also end up punishing some very vulnerable people.
Centrepoint head of public affairs Paul Noblet said: “At the very least, they should take seriously the drawing-up of a comprehensive code of conduct for enforcement officers to ensure that people sleeping rough can be referred to other parts of the council and local charities for support rather than being given fines they won’t be able to pay.”
This video from England says about itself:
Save Our Spider from extinction
2 feb. 2015
Spiders and bats are not closely related. However, they have in common that too many people consider them to be ‘creepy’, not really ‘cute’. If there are enough people in England to stand up for ‘non-cute’ spiders, then one should hope there are enough people to stand up for ‘non-cute’ bats as well.
From Wildlife Extra:
Rare spider saved from developers thanks to people power
One of the world’s rarest spiders has been given a fighting chance of survival, after an appeal by developers to be allowed to build new houses in an old quarry was dismissed earlier today.
The Horrid ground weaver (Nothophantes horridus) is a tiny money spider which has only been found in three sites in Plymouth, nowhere else in the world, and one of those sites has already been built on and lost.
Proposals to build a new development of 57 new houses on the second site, Radford Quarry – also a County Wildlife Site – would have destroyed the spider’s habitat and pushed it closer to extinction.
Originally the development was refused by Plymouth City Council but the applicant appealed the decision and a planning inquiry took place in January and March.
Buglife launched a petition, which was highlighted on Wildlife Extra, and over 9,700 people signed to say they wanted to save the spider.
On 9 June the Planning Inspector announced that the case had been dismissed, stating that concern over the rare wildlife, notably the Horrid ground weaver, was the primary reason for rejection.
Andrew Whitehouse, Buglife’s South West Manager says: “What a fantastic result for wildlife. Buglife believe that to knowingly cause the extinction of a species, no matter how small, is morally wrong.
“We welcome the decision of the Planning Inspector to dismiss the planning appeal and protect this site for nature and for the local community.
“Thanks to all of our supporters and everyone who signed our petition to save the Horrid ground-weaver spider.”
See more about the appeal and rejection here.
This video from Britain says about itself:
Glastonbury Left Field: The Tony Benn Years
5 June 2014
By Will Stone in Britain:
Tuesday 26th May 2015
PROTEST singer-songwriter Billy Bragg unveiled the line-up for Glastonbury’s only left-wing stage yesterday, saying its agenda “has been set by the Tories.”
Bragg has curated the festival’s Left Field stage since 2010. It was launched in 2002 by the RMT’s Geoff Martin, then Battersea and Wandsworth TUC organiser, in a bid to tackle political apathy and promote left-wing views.
.“This year at Left Field, our agenda has been set by the Tories,” said Bragg.
“No, we’re not turning into Right Field, we’re simply responding to the challenges that people will face under the new administration.”
Performing under the banner “purveyors of pop and politics since 2002,” the stage’s headliners for the three days are Buzzcocks, Enter Shikari and Bragg himself.
This music video from Btritain is called The Buzzcocks Live 1981.
PCS general secretary Mark Serwotka and GMB organiser Elly Baker will join a debate on workers’ rights while representatives of Greece’s governing party Syriza and Spain’s left-wing Podemos will discuss the rise of radical movements across Europe with Cat Boyd of Scotland’s Radical Independence Campaign.
A Feminism Without Borders discussion will be chaired by journalist Reni Eddo-Lodge and feature E15 mum Jasmin Stone, who has become a staunch housing activist after being evicted from her own hostel.
“We round it all off with a discussion about how to begin the fightback against the new Tory government on a panel that will include Labour’s Ken Livingstone and Scottish commentator Pat Kane,” added Bragg.
The Glastonbury festival takes place over the last weekend of June at Worthy Farm, Pilton.
The event, which has its roots in the free festival movement of the ’70s and was organised by the CND in the ’80s, has faced criticism in recent years for becoming too corporate.
This video from England says about itself:
26 May 2015
While BBC Springwatch allows us a fascinating glimpse into the intimate details of the lives of breeding British wildlife for three weeks this spring, here at the RPSB a small group of volunteers has helped to produce their own series of films introducing some of the characters you might see on you TV, the places they live, the struggles they face and how they are being overcome.
Migration is one of nature’s great events. Here, Paul Green, assistant warden at RSPB Minsmere nature reserve, talks about the exciting return of our summer migrants, and the astonishing journeys they’ve made to get here.
Unfortunately many migrating birds are declining in numbers due to loss of habitat, decreased availability of food, and climate change, both here in their wintering grounds and the countries they pass through on migration. The RSPB’s Birds Without Borders project aims to improve the breeding success of some of our most rapidly declining summer visitors, ensure safe passage for birds on migration, and deliver sustainable conservation initiatives that provide benefits for both migrant birds and people. Find out more here.
Find out more about bird migration here.