Wednesday, 28 July 2010
Saturday, 24 July 2010
If you don't already know, Counterfire provides news, features and theories from a network of activists who are Marxist, anti-capitalist, anti-war, anti-cuts while campaigning for equality and workers' rights. As it was launched less than 12 months ago it has not yet featured in the Total Politics directory.
The website launched this year with an opening day readership of 2,000 and has quickly been recognised as the cutting edge publication for the left. The network also runs Counterforum and is up to its knees launching the Can't Pay Won't Pay campaign to defend jobs and the welfare state.
Bloggers who are on the editorial board of Counterfire include The Sauce & Luna17 by Alex Snowdon. The site also provides content from Penny Red by Laurie Penny, A Very Public Sociologist from Phil and Brother S and the Third Estate collective.
The Total Politics magazine was launched by Britain's most successful blogger and former Conservative parliamentary candidate Iain Dale. The annual vote is now in its fifth year and a high ranking is a huge boost to the profile of any blog.
The rules of the poll state that you must vote for between five and 10 websites and bloggers are not allowed to provide a "slate" or list for their readers to vote for. Too many people voting for the same bloggers in the same order will lead to votes being rejected. We ask all our readers to vote now and canvass everyone they know to vote as well.
Wednesday, 21 July 2010
Joe Glenton, jailed for refusing to fight in Afghanistan, speaks out against the war. With Caroline Lucas, Jeremy Corbyn and Mark Steel.
7pm, Monday, 26th July
25 Red Lion Square
London, WC1R 4RL
Joe Glenton, jailed for refusing to fight in Afghanistan, speaks out against
the war. With Caroline Lucas, Jeremy Corbyn and Mark Steel.
The war in Afghanistan is in crisis. The strategy is crumbling, with Obama's
sacking of General McChrystal and an increasingly corrupt Karzai government.
The violence is intensifying with No clear goals and even fewer results.
ThousandS of Afghan civilians are dying every year and very little rebuilding
is being done. Despite the 77% of people being opposed to Britain's
involvement in Afghanistan, this government continues to send troops to kill
and die in a war that is being lost.
This war is wrong, this war has failed and it's Time To Go--
Monday, 19 July 2010
Two photojournalists injured by IDF at West Bank protest
Two Palestinian photojournalists were injured by Israel Defense Forces troops on Saturday during a protest in the southern West Bank town of Bait Ummar near Hebron.
The photojournalists were covering a weekly demonstration again the theft of agricultural land by the Israeli settlement of Karmei Tsur. The demonstration was attended by dozens of Palestinians as well as international and Israeli activists.
One photojournalist reported being hit in the face and leg by a soldier with a rifle and another photojournalist suffered concussion and hearing loss after a stun grenade exploded near his head.17/07/10 Bait Ummar, Occupied Palestine.
© Fil Kaler 2010
Wednesday, 14 July 2010
> END THE KILLING, BRING THE TROOPS HOME
> 5.00 - 6.00PM
> DOWNING STREET LONDON SW1A 2
> Four more UK soldiers killed in one day, three of them by a recruit
> to the
> Afghan army, but Liam Fox, the defence secretary, still says we will
> "see our mission through and train Afghan security forces so they
> can look after their own security and our forces one day can come
> home". The latest opinion poll shows that only 17 percent of the
> British public agrees with him.
> Stop the War has called a protest at Downing Street this Friday to
> represent the vast majority who say bring the troops home.
> RALLY MONDAY 26 JULY 7PM: AFGHANISTAN - TIME TO GO
> CONWAY HALL, 25 RED LION SQUARE, LONDON, WC1R 4RL
> SPEAKERS INCLUDE: Lance Corporal JOE GLENTON, just released from
> prison following his court martial for refusing to fight in
> Afghanistan, ex-soldier ROSS WILLIAMS, jailed in 2008 for refusing
> to fight in Iraq, CAROLINE LUCAS MP and other MPs. More speakers TBA.
> The war in Afghanistan is in crisis. The strategy for the US-led
> occupation is crumbling. Violence is increasing, with deaths of
> Afghan civilians and Nato troops at higher levels than at any time
> since 2001. But the Con-Lib coalition government continues to send
> troops to kill and die in a war that has no purpose and is being
> lost. Among the speakers at this rally will be two soldiers who were
> jailed by the British army for agreeing with the two thirds majority
> of people in Britain who want all the troops brought home now.
Tuesday, 13 July 2010
Reality TV star Carole Vincent and photojournalist Guy Smallman join this month's carnivalesque investigation into The Media"Freddie Starr Ate My Hamster", claimed The Sun in 1986. "There has been no global warming since 1995", the Daily Mail headlined in February 2010.
We can't always trust the media but since the invention of the printing press it's been a central force in politics, religion, society and fashion.
The advent of reality TV and the rise and rise in online media has made everyday human action a focal point like never before.
The general election was supposed to be decided on Twitter but in reality it was traditional television debates that set the agenda – and the tabloid press that tried to bully the voters.
Mutiny presents a topical and interactive discussion on the nature of the media, the challenges it can pose and how it can be used as a force for change.
The Media on Trial opens at 6pm on Wednesday 21st July at the Resistance Gallery, 265 Poyser Street, London E2. Tickets are £5 with £3 for concessions.
The event is a whistle-stop tour from Big Brother to blogging and hegemony to hatred, with live performers, art installations and video – all in an evening, at one of London's most famous subversive venues.
The event will be hosted by former Sunday Times journalist and blogger at The Sauce, Brendan Montague with contributions from photojournalist Guy Smallman, Big Brother contestant Carole Vincent and Counterfire editor Adrian Cousins.
The night begins with speed debating, followed by three discussion sessions covering the impact of the media, hegemony and the media and activism and blogging. We are still open to submissions for art and performance in all media.
Join us as we put The Media on Trial.
Sunday, 11 July 2010
Tell the Daily Express, Daily Mail and Daily Star - LGBT asylum seekers are welcome here
Following the homophobic witch hunt against asylum seekers in the tabloids yesterday please find the attached statement calling for a full retraction and a protest outside of the Daily Express offices Thursday 15th July, 5.-6.30pm.
In times of crisis we know there will be more attempts to divide us by whipping up bigoted ideas. But there has been widespread anger yesterdays newspapers with our statement and protest attracting widespread support already including from the NUJ Gen Sec and many members, UCU LGBT committee, NUS LGBT and Black student campaigns and more. We must take a stand against any attempted anti-gay backlash but also use this opportunity to win arguments in defence of asylum seekers and refugees.
Please circulate the statement widely and get backing from individuals, organisations and union branches. Send names to firstname.lastname@example.org
Bring people and banners to the protest on Thursday 15th July
Check out facebook groups
"No room for gays? No room for homophobes" http://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=133406423360622#!/group.php?gid=137196942964613&v=wall&ref=ts
Statement: Tell the Daily Express, Daily Mail and Daily Star - LGBT asylum seekers are welcome here
We condemn the disgraceful homophobic comments in the Daily Star, Daily Mail and Daily Express which attack the recent Supreme Court decision to prevent the deportation of two gay asylum seekers back to Iran and Cameroon.
The Express front page on 8th June headlined "Now asylum if You're Gay: they must be free to go to Kylie concerts and drink multi-coloured cocktails, says judge". The Daily Mail asked "What planet is he on?" and called his decision to give home to gay asylum seekers "infantile". The Daily Star carried an editorial titled 'No room for gays' which claimed "opening the floodgates to gay asylum seekers is absolute madness." (see links to articles below)
The reality is very different. Homosexuality is still illegal in over 80 countries world wide. LGBT people seeking asylum in the UK are often fleeing attempted murder, serious assault or rape. Only this month a young gay man has been sentenced to death in Iran. In 2003 a gay Iranian man who had been refused asylum in the UK poured petrol over his body and set light to himself in the offices of Refugee Action in Manchester rather than go back to Iran.
Stonewall's recent report "No Going Back" reveals that only 1 in 50 people who claim asylum on the basis of their sexual orientation is admitted to the UK with applicants frequently being told by the UK authorities that they can avoid attacks by being "discreet" in their country of origin - that is, by lying about their sexuality for the rest of their life.
Abbey Kiwanuka from Uganda where there are moves to introduce the death penalty for homosexuality, said: "This (recent decision) gives me hope …..I feared for my life in Uganda. Just two weeks ago a gay man was beheaded. I lost my appeal because the court said I should go back and live a discreet life. I can't do that. It's impossible to do. "
The only motivation in these tabloid articles is to whip up hatred and division. They want to weaken our support for persecuted people and use asylum seekers and LGBT people as scapegoats to divert attention from an economic crisis we did not create. This is designed to undermine opposition to the cuts which their rich friends want to force on us.
It also risks intensifying homophobia in Britain at a time when reports have shown an increase in reported homophobic attacks of up to 63%. The brutal murder of Ian Baynham in central London last Autumn is a terrible and tragic reminder of where this can lead.
We remember Jan Moir's homophobic article in the Daily Mail following Stephen Gately's death in which she claimed "Whatever the cause of death is, it is not, by any yardstick, a natural one" and questioned civil partnerships. Despite a record 22,000 complaints, including one made by Gately's former partner, the Press Complaints Commission found no case to answer. This cannot be allowed to happen again.
We demand an apology and retraction of the vile views published in The Daily Star, Daily Express and Daily Mail and that they publish the truth about the persecution which LGBT refugees and asylum seekers face in their home countries, and about homophobia here in Britain.
We urge you to write to the papers' editors, post comments online and register a complaint with the Press Complaints Commission.
We also support calls for a protest outside the Daily Express Thursday 15th July, 5-6.30pm.
Supported by: Supported by Love Music Hate Homophobia, Jeremy Dear NUJ Gen Sec, Michelle Stanistreet Dep Gen Sec NUJ UCU LGBT members committee, Elly Barnes LGBT history month/Schools Out, Vicki Baars & Alan Bailey NUS LGBT campaign, Clare Solomon ULU President elect, Richard Simcox National press officer PCS, Mark Bergfeld NUS NEC, Aaron Kiely NUS Black students campaign, Stow College Student Association, Sean Fox Branch Sec Haingey UNISON, Robert Goddard Youth and Education Officer Stonewall Cymru, Dave Toomer NUJ NEC rep for North West England, Steven Bird, deputy FoC, Katie Carnie, chapel officer, David Crouch, FoC. from NUJ Financial Times, Jason Brown LGBT rep NUS Black students campaign, Jess Hurd Chair NUJ London Photographers' Branch,Counterfire, Socialist Workers Party and many more. All individuals in a personal capacity.
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