United Kingdom

27.11.2014 Silvia Swinden

Snooper’s charter and political manipulation

Snooper’s charter and political manipulation

The “Snooper’s charter [Communications Data Bill] has practically zero chance of becoming law, say senior MPs. Labour’s Tom Watson and Tory David Davis say Guardian revelations mean data communications bill is probably doomed” read the headlines in a June 2013 Guardian article. “The chances of [Home Secretary] Theresa May … »

22.11.2014 Silvia Swinden

Speaking with forked tongues can win you an election

Speaking with forked tongues can win you an election

What better allegory than the Native Americans’ to describe Orwell’s “double speak” or the semantic violence of those who steal the discourse of the opposite view to increase their appeal amongst those who normally would not agree with or vote for them? The wolves in sheep’s clothing, (and why do … »

06.11.2014 Pressenza London

The TTIP can seriously damage your Health

The TTIP can seriously damage your Health

An article by John Hilary, executive director, and published in the BMJ [British Medical Journal] reminds us again of the serious and imminent risk to the National Helth Service (NHS) and therefore to the health of the population. “Designed to meet the interests of corporations rather than patients, and … »

22.10.2014 Pressenza Hong Kong

UK – Creating Real, Voter-Driven Recall

UK – Creating Real, Voter-Driven Recall

Please excuse the non-personal nature of this email but I have had many people contact me on this. You may have already had a reply from me saying I was reviewing the amendments and discussing the Bill with colleagues and reading various views.  Despite 38 degrees suggesting that … »

13.10.2014 Pressenza London

British Parliament backs Palestinian statehood

According to the BBC “MPs have voted in favour of recognising Palestine as a state alongside Israel. The House of Commons backed the move “as a contribution to securing a negotiated two-state solution” – although less than half of MPs took part in the vote. The result, 274 to 12, … »

16.08.2014 Waging Nonviolence

As fracking expands in the UK, so does resistance

As fracking expands in the UK, so does resistance

Kate Aronoff, August 5, 2014, for Waging Nonviolence As of last week, energy companies will once again be invited to explore and bid on shale gas reserves in the United Kingdom. Under “exceptional circumstances,” they can even submit applications to drill in … »

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