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Joe H: Activists plan to Resist NATO summit

On the 4th and 5th of September, NATO will come to Wales for what is said to be “the largest gathering of international leaders ever to take place in Britain”. Attendees will include President Obama, Chancellor Merkel, and President Hollande, who “are expected to attend along with leaders and senior ministers from around 60 other Read more…

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Joe H: A short debate on NATO

Last Sunday my reply to a blog piece Newport West MP Paul Flynn appeared on Znet.  My e-mail to him elicited a reply, which I replied to enquiring after further details of his views and putting some counter-points, expanded on below.  As no further response was forthcoming (other than to agree to the use of the Read more…

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Joe H: Crisis and opportunity inside the UK left

The left in the UK is at a crossroads. Economic problems are breeding dissatisfaction with mainstream politics, a situation in which the left should thrive, according to the usual ideas.  But the organizations that see themselves as presenting a positive alternative are in a state of flux.  Established parties are rupturing while new outfits are Read more…

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Joe H: The Bridge: a proposed project for IOPS

Mark Evans helpfully kicked off discussion of IOPS projects recently with Reimagining the BBC.  My last post commented on how useful this process is for the new organisation.  Here is my own suggestion.  I hope others will keep them coming! A problem: the credibility gap For prospective members of IOPS, radical is reasonable.  Given the Read more…

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Joe H: While we are waiting for IOPS

With the upcoming launch of the Organisation for a Participatory Society, the next few months are an important time for those of us who are keen to be involved, especially those who are already members of organisations that may merge into IOPS, the largest being the Project for a Participatory Society in the UK and Read more…

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Joe H: The PPS-UK anti-cuts leaflet and the problem of passive dissent

In 2003 over a million marched against war.   But a large movement of active dissent failed to materialise.  Without this, the anti-war movement was toothless, and failed to raise enough problems for the military machine to give it pause for thought.  Why was this?  My estimation is that man people went along because (a) they Read more…

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Joe H: The Nation’s progress to nowhere

With their new watch, the nation (wryly and ironically of course) describes their pointless, depressing view of progressive activism.  Score. "Eternally condemned, the Greek hero pushes his boulder round and round as the seconds and hours tick by.  Sound like life as a progressive?" Good job Nation.  If this is how progressives view themselves, should we be Read more…

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Joe H: Toronto G20/G8 leafleting

Toronto — what needs doing? I was one of the million-and-a-bit people that protested the Iraq war in London a few years ago.  It was amazing and heartening to see the public transport rammed to the roof with placards and flags before I was anywhere near the protest, and great to hear about the numbers Read more…

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Joe H: Gearing up for Copenhagen: The Necessity for Direct Action

The world’s leading politicians will meet between the 7th and 18th of December  for the next UN climate summit.  All indications are that the talks will result in insufficient measures to tackle global climate change, including more legislation along the lines of the "cap-and-trade" schemes now being implemented around the world.  Meanwhile, activists are organizing Read more…

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